Transparency. One simple word, yet it is amazing how many organizations still reject the concept; still do not realize our world has changed. Fortunately, some not only 'get it' but continually demonstrate they do. Take for example the AVI CHAI Foundation, a significant funder to the Jewish world who is currently in sunset. They certainly get it. In order to help others learn from their experiences, they've hired an outside team to track … [Read more...] about Picking a Needle out of a Haystack: Selecting for Social Entrepreneurs
by Shilpi Shah Nonprofits are not alone in their struggles through the recent recession and its aftermath. Their funders - including foundations, corporations, individual donors and the government - have had challenges as well, facing increased demand from grantees, with a declining pool of funds. As a result, it becomes even more critical for nonprofits to make the case for funding. Nonprofits need to effectively tell their story, … [Read more...] about Communicating Your Financial Story
from The New York Times comes a helpful primer of communication “do’s” and “don’ts” as seen by a range of crisis managers in the professional PR priesthood. Of course, there’s anything but universal agreement on how best to handle a crisis, but one thing is universal and certain: Some plan is better than no plan. In Case of Emergency: What Not to Do Whoever suggested that all publicity is good publicity clearly never envisioned the … [Read more...] about Can You Handle the Difficult Questions
by Robert I. Evans I spent several days last week at NewCAJE, a first-time conference for approximately 350 Jewish educators. Men and women committed to Jewish education gathered in suburban Boston at the Gann Academy, the New Jewish High School of Boston, and talked passionately about diverse subjects all related to the Jewish educational agenda. Given my background and expertise, I was invited to lead two workshops, one on attracting and … [Read more...] about Reflections on the NewCAJE and Important Fundraising Questions
Israel's Ministry of Justice was host today to a press conference celebrating the launch of GuideStar Israel. This tri-lingual web portal contains profiles of each of the 30,000 registered non-profit organizations in Israel. GuideStar Israel features official information regarding all NPOs in Israel sourced from the Registrar of NPOs databases, coupled with additional information provided by the individual NPOs. This combination will create … [Read more...] about GuideStar Israel is Live!