By David E. Posner In 2011, the Rady JCC in Winnipeg undertook a strategic planning process that began with rethinking what their organizational values would be, ones like customer responsiveness and quality, along with values rooted in Judaism. This wasn’t going to be an easy process, nor one they would undertake lightly. To be effective, the JCC would need to decide what desired competencies would be, what they wanted to be truly excellent … [Read more...] about Finding Jewish Values at the Center of Strategic Visioning
By Amy Asin An executive committee can play a crucial role in the strategic leadership of a congregation. Regrettably, many congregational executive committees - rather than fulfilling their true purpose - serve only to preprocess board decisions, leading to a disengaged board. We have seen a trend among congregations that realize this diminished role is ineffective but lacking an understanding of the true value of the executive committee, are … [Read more...] about What Should Be the Role of the Executive Committee?
By Sandy Cardin What would happen if your CEO resigned tomorrow? If your organization is like most others, you probably don’t have a succession plan in place, let alone a capable replacement in the pipeline. Fortunately, organizations typically receive more than 24 hours’ notice. But regardless of how much time they have, the point still holds: nonprofit boards are generally ill-prepared for their CEO’s departure. In fact, in a 2015 … [Read more...] about ISO Great Leaders: A Guide to Successful CEO Searches
By Deena Fuchs
At a recent gathering, conversation turned to AVI CHAI’s impending spend-down at the close of 2019. A number of colleagues expressed interest in hearing more about the spend-down and its implications. I was actually surprised by the request for more information. Since announcing the spend-down more than a decade ago, I feel like we are the ever-spending-down foundation, and there was nothing more to say.
That is, until I read … [Read more...] about An Open Book:
How AVI CHAI’s Spend Down is Impacting its Work
By Terri Lynn Helge The activist group Prescription Addiction Intervention Now, or PAIN, is organizing protests across the country at museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Sackler wing in New York City, Washington’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Harvard Art Museums. These protesters aim to pressure the Sackler family, which amassed a fortune after founding Purdue Pharma - the drugmaker that launched the opioid industry. As … [Read more...] about It’s Harder than you Might Expect for Charities to Give Back Tainted Money