2023 Nonprofit Trends: Re-centering our Cultural Norms

2023 Nonprofit Trends: Re-centering our Cultural Norms

Last year, we lost one of my leadership mentors – Frances Hesselbein, who is best known as the transformative leader of the Girls Scouts. This led her to be noticed by Peter Drucker, who named her “the best CEO in America” and later his successor. I interacted with...

Top 10 Moonshot Goals for the Social Sector

Top 10 Moonshot Goals for the Social Sector

As a futurist for the social sector, I am often asked about what to expect in the future. While there are many things I don’t know, there are some that I do. For example, I know the social sector has risen to the challenge and opportunity of the post-COVID world and...

Nonprofit Trends and Inspiration: Top 5 TrendSpotter Favorites of 2022

Nonprofit Trends and Inspiration: Top 5 TrendSpotter Favorites of 2022

With so much negativity swirling around us, it is easy to let it color our view of the world. But as I told my students in our wrap-up class last week, we have a choice. If we let them in, negative news and interactions can convince us that the world cannot be...

How to Create a Nonprofit Advisory Council and Why

How to Create a Nonprofit Advisory Council and Why

I love fall – with it comes so many possibilities. It reminds me of one of my favorite fall quotes by French author Albert Camus: “Autumn is the second spring when every leaf is a flower.” It professes a love for the season of fall but also a season of life where...

Q&A on Nonprofit Mergers, Acquisitions and Exits

Q&A on Nonprofit Mergers, Acquisitions and Exits

Everything changed two years ago – so much so, many futurists, including myself, shifted gears from long-range planning to week-to-week survival. Now, as the country begins to get back to “normal,” we have begun shifting back to long-term planning. For nonprofits, the...

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Board Members

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Board Members

Now that school is back in session, nonprofit boards will be meeting regularly and gearing up for the fall season of Giving Days, annual letters and strategic planning. Did you know that the Latin root for governance (gubernare) means to guide or pilot a ship? It is a...

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