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Supporting Cybersecurity for Nonprofits

Early in my career I taught a series of classes for UNIX system administrators, including a course in computer security. I guided people through password management, taught them about viruses and worms and showed them how to set-up a firewall. This was back in the days of the “world-wide-web” when the underground world of hackers…

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Are You Uncomfortable? You’re Welcome.

Early in my career I was working in Kampala, Uganda on a development project. One day I walked past a little girl, about age 3 or 4, sitting cross-legged on the street in tattered clothes under the hot sun, with her hand out for money, eyes closed, not moving an inch. A similar-looking slightly older…

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What Does It Take to Support Leadership and Effectiveness in Movements?

The Haas, Jr. Fund recently convened two groups of grantees working on immigrant and LGBT rights in California. In the course of the conversations, leaders reflected on a range of tough challenges their organizations are facing in today’s charged political environment. Considering that these social change groups are pressing hard to rapidly develop new advocacy…

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Creating Next Gen Leaders and the Organizations to Support Them

Last year we were honored to facilitate an emerging leadership program for a cohort of leaders who were part of the Packard Foundation’s Conservation and Science portfolio of grantees. The project, which combined peer learning and mentoring together with an online “Emerging Leaders Playbook,” offered a new and entirely virtual approach to leadership development. The…

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Listen up! National RFP on Nonprofit Listening

Hi everyone. This is an exciting announcement for nonprofits and funders interested in building the practice of listening to the people you seek to help. If you are a Packard Foundation grantee who is interested in this support, please get in touch with your program officer soon! What is Listen for Good? Listen for Good…

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