By Avrum Lapin The dedication of board members and campaign leaders is often the primary indicator of success for any fundraising campaign, or indeed any major fundraising initiative. Committed, dedicated, capable, and influential leaders guide the direction of an effort. These lay leaders provide essential and visible support for campaign goals and enable the initiative to penetrate the philanthropic community. While all members of a board … [Read more...] about Campaign Success 101: Leadership Recruitment and Development
Managing Your Nonprofit
By Daniel Stein After the 2018 Leatid Top Leaders seminar I realized that many of the participants have much broader responsibilities and have to overcome very critical challenges. Knowing that helps me keep a “low profile” regarding my own challenges. Here are some of the ideas I brought back to my community: Our Jewish community is not limited to our edifice, as in the past. The community faces the challenge to capture the interest of … [Read more...] about Ideas & Challenges for the New Year
By David Edell
Ask any Board Chair if they know who will succeed them. (Ask any of those mentioned if they are sure they will accept.) Ask any nominating committee chair about the responses they get as they reach out to ask people to consider board membership. Ask any CEO who works to recruit major donors and influential community members to play leadership roles about the questions they are asked. In every community we visit and organization … [Read more...] about What about the Lay Leader Pipeline?
Another Call to Action
By Aaron Saxe With the new year approaching, many of us will both reflect on the year that was and think about what we hope to accomplish in the year, or years, to come. In other words, we will do some type of planning. At the Jim Joseph Foundation, one tool we use to support grantee-partners in this regard is investing in strategic and business planning, which we do within a relational-grantmaking approach that establishes and strengthens … [Read more...] about It’s Your Plan, Not Ours: An Approach to Investing in Strategic Planning
By Andrew Fretwell Something out of the norm has happened. The Union for Reform Judaism recently posted an opening for Chief Information Officer. That in itself shouldn’t be extraordinary; every day we watch Chief Information Officers and Chief Technology Officers in other industries turn cutting edge technologies into sustained growth. Yet, for all our bluster about technology, URJ stands alone among major Jewish nonprofits in seeking a chief … [Read more...] about Four Reasons You Need a CIO