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Learning Together: Building Capacity and Relationships

No one can solve the world’s problems alone, yet often it feels easier and more efficient to get through our long to-do list by ourselves. It is time consuming to find others doing similar work, and to really collaborate you need to build relationships first (see my previous blog post on this topic!). We, the…

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Becoming One of the Best NGOs to Work for in India

The Organizational Effectiveness team is delighted to share this post from Jyoti Puri, the Human Resources Director at Ipas Development Foundation (IDF), on her experience in implementing a talent management OE project that not only boosted staff morale but also impacted IDF’s ability to attract new and better talent. The Ipas Development Foundation (IDF) is…

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Social Accountability in Ethiopia: The Power of Feedback Loops

Last month, I had the opportunity to learn from Consortium of Christian Relief and Development Associations (CCRDA) and its partner Harmee Education for Development Association (HEfDA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia about their work to leverage the power of feedback and accountability through a process called Social Accountability. In Social Accountability, users of public services are…

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Closing the Loop: Sharing our Learning

Ever wonder if final grant reports just collect dust in a corner of the Foundation’s office or get thrown into the furnace (or the digital equivalent)? These reports contain a wealth of information that organizations spend significant time writing, and our team works diligently to read every final grant report- albeit sometimes a little later…

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A Push and a Pathway: Race and Leadership in California

For many years, the nonprofit sector’s strategy for diversifying the leadership of our organizations has been guided – or more accurately mis-guided – by assumptions about people of color. When our team at the Building Movement Project started digging into why for a decade or more, people of color are less than 20% of nonprofit…

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