By Allison Cohen As organization, often steeped in history and tradition, we tend to shy away from making big, sweeping changes because let’s face it, CHANGE IS HARD. But it is also good (really, really, good). As with most things the anticipation of the change is often worse than the change itself. We are at a point in time where movements like #metoo, #timesup and #enough are giving us the opportunity to pause and re-examine our … [Read more...] about Communicating Change: What Can We Learn from a Pair of Bean Boots
Managing Your Nonprofit
By Sara Shapiro-Plevan, Rabbi Rebecca W. Sirbu and Allison Fine The vast majority of employees in Jewish communal organizations are women, yet nearly all of the top positions continue to be filled by men. Each year the Forward publishes a salary survey listing the names and salaries of those at the helm of these Jewish communal organizations. Just like every year previously, in 2017 a woman’s name doesn’t appear until number 29 on the list. … [Read more...] about Gender Equity in Hiring: It is Time
By Neil Taylor “Misery always finds a mate.” Anonymous I can’t remember where I read this quote, but it seems apt to think through how we may change the way we do things this year, how we may approach our leadership role in a different way, focussing on the strengths of our staff, building on what people can do, as opposed to what they can’t do. I found the quote so poignant in that it reminded me how easy it is for us to be taken ‘down our … [Read more...] about The Power of Believing That You Can Improve
By Lisa Eisen #MeToo. #GamAni. The stories are numerous and painful. They span decades and reach every corner of the Jewish community. Enough is enough. The time is now for us to finally and fully address sexual harassment in Jewish institutional life. When it comes to sexual harassment, Jewish teachings are unequivocal: We are obligated to put an end to the behavior for the sake of the victim, the perpetrator and the community as a whole. … [Read more...] about 6 Ways to Address Sexual Harassment in the Jewish Community
Second in a Two-Part Series (you can read part 1 here) By Avrum Lapin Successful nonprofits are, by definition, mission driven. Mission creep can be gradual, an erosion over time of a nonprofit’s core, slowly drifting away. Or it can be a dramatic shift that occurs with a change in leadership or the acceptance of a new major gift. It often well-intentioned, as it can come from a desire and passion to serve more people or to expand the … [Read more...] about Mission Creep: It’s in the House… What do we do?