What We’re Thinking

What Funders and Nonprofits Can Do To Solve the Sector’s Talent Troubles

Kathy Reich’s blog post “What Funders and Nonprofits Can Do to Solve the Sector’s Talent Troubles“, originally published on the Social Velocity blog, outlines our latest thinking on how best to support and develop nonprofit leaders. Note: As I mentioned earlier, I am taking a few weeks away from the blog to relax and reconnect with…

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From Best Practice to Common Practice

The June 2015 issue of Alliance magazine features an interview with former OE Director Kathy Reich about the Fund for Shared Insight, a collaboration among seven funders that pools financial and other resources to make grants to improve philanthropy. The Fund for Shared Insight provides grants to nonprofit organizations to encourage and incorporate feedback from…

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A Call to Action for Funders: Listen, Reflect, and Learn

The following blog post was originally posted by OE Director Kathy Reich on the Center for Effective Philanthropy blog: Every September and October, I spend a lot of time in synagogue. The Jewish holidays Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are a time of intense reflection for Jews about where we’ve fallen short as human beings,…

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Listening

Listening. It is important for philanthropy and business and parenting and just people. No problem. I’m good at listening. (At least that is what I thought until I took a deeper dive into facilitation at a workshop led by David Barkan at the Hewlett Foundation last week.) My new self-assessment: I’m good at parts of…

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Reflections from BoardSource Leadership Forum, October 2014

Last week I continued my walkabout in the wide world of non-profit organizational development by attending the BoardSource Leadership Forum in Washington DC. Relatively few Organizational Effectiveness grants are for board development, at least explicitly. It is the rare non-profit board that collectively wakes up one morning and says “Hey, we think that investing in…

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