First of a Two-Part Series (you can read part 2 here) By Avrum Lapin What is Mission Creep? Among nonprofits, and in the for profit sector, mission creep is an often irresistible force that expands or changes an organization’s primary focus to something that is different than the original mission. These changes threaten to damage the organization and pull time, personnel and resources away from its core purpose and values. For a nonprofit, … [Read more...] about Mission Creep: Understand it; Know it; Resist it
Managing Your Nonprofit
By Eric Lankin I vividly remember being dressed down by the senior resource development professional after a conference call of volunteers who were leaders of one of our fundraising campaigns. “How dare you ask a question of our volunteers during the call” was his angry statement. I was baffled. My question was an innocent request for additional information that anyone with the title “Campaign Chair” would have known. As a Jewish communal … [Read more...] about Making Our Volunteers, Our Partners
By Rabbi David M. Rosenberg
JWI’s Clergy Task Force to End Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community
In recent months, a lot of necessary attention has been focused on prominent individuals in numerous fields who have used their power to sexually abuse others. We have also learned about how organizations have been perverted into examples of what The New York Times called a “complicity machine,” enabling abuse, protecting abusers, and punishing … [Read more...] about Drafting Policies for Our Organizations:
Staying true to our own values
The responses to our survey beg the question of Who’s the Boss in our synagogues.
By Dr. Ray Goldstein and Barry S. Mael
Some of you may recall the 1980’s sitcom, Who’s the Boss, in which a retired baseball player becomes a housekeeper for a busy executive - the premise was a lack of clarity in who was truly running the household. Having just completed a survey of nearly 600 USCJ affiliated kehillot, we are left wondering the same about … [Read more...] about Who’s the Boss?
Reporting Structures in Synagogues
By Hillary Gardenswartz I felt a little nauseous. I barely slept the night before. I had butterflies in my stomach. I was wearing a brand new outfit, wanting to make a good first impression. I was nervous, excited, confident and insecure, all rolled into one. This was my first day at my new job. Even under the best of circumstances - having a dream job at a dream workplace - new employees still face many unknowns. Sure, good onboarding … [Read more...] about How to Really Support the New Kid on the Block: Mentoring for Culture