Effective lay leaders are not born into their positions and skills are not acquired by people who donate funds to non-profit organizations. There are some people who intuitively develop people-to-people skills, however, the transition from being a natural leader to a skilled volunteer leader can be the result of participating in a dynamic leadership development program. Often professionals are faced with a dilemma of how to involve devoted and … [Read more...] about Dynamic Leadership Development Programs
A letter from Jehuda Reinharz on the Rose Art Museum Dear Members of the Brandeis community: The past ten days have been extremely difficult for all of us. I have heard from many of you and listened carefully to your criticisms and constructive suggestions. I have read every message on the faculty list serve, and the thoughtful letter sent to me by a group of faculty last night. I have also heard from students, staff, alumni, university … [Read more...] about Brandeis President Issues Apology
from GuideStar: The Most Important Part of Your Strategic Plan Trust is at a premium. Public skepticism regarding institutions and organizations of all kinds is at an all-time high. Trust, which many once took for granted—especially with respect to some of our most venerated for-profit, nonprofit, and government institutions—is now at a premium... Most organizations are so focused on achieving their goals and objectives that they fail … [Read more...] about The Trust Factor
Change. Donor Rights. Reputation. Transparency. Trust. Some of the most important keywords in 2009. The late Harry Zvi Hurwitz, the Founder and President of the Menachem Begin Heritage Foundation, was a gentleman. He was also a well respected and successful fundraiser. Harry was from the old school - in soliciting donations "trust me" were commonly heard words. Right up until his death, his faithful staff tried to get him to see times have … [Read more...] about Change is Challenging
The board of directors of a non-profit organization is composed of people who care about the services provided by the agency. The members of the board demonstrate their commitment not only by contributing financially to the organization but also by a variety of leadership roles they can play. Their credibility is established by their participation in the fundraising efforts of the organization and they build upon this through their involvement in … [Read more...] about Board Members or Members Who Are Bored: Are Lay Leaders Really An Asset to the Non-Profit Organization?