A Small Nonprofit’s Journey from Startup to Sustainable Part 3: Strategic Planning By Esther Mendlowitz Few things propel a company into strategic planning like a global market shift. To survive and succeed in the new digital era, businesses around the world and across all industries are working hard to reinvent themselves. While digital transformation is a daunting prospect for many organizations, it actually intrigued us at Jerusalem … [Read more...] about The Quest for Organizational Health
Managing Your Nonprofit
By David Mersky Emergency leadership transition management has been on my mind ever since the tragic, untimely death last month of Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, Ph.D., z”l, may his memory be for a blessing, the 12th president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. As soon as shiva had passed the leadership of the College-Institute named Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., its Chancellor Emeritus as the Interim President. Dr. Ellenson had … [Read more...] about Does Your Organization Have an Emergency Leadership Transition Management Plan?
By Cantor Adina Frydman “I really do love the work. But I think the biggest challenge is the lack of clarity around the position.” - Response from a Synagogue Executive Director Synagogues are engaged in sacred work, and in the ideal world, the synagogue team is dedicated to furthering this sacred purpose by effectively executing their unique roles. And yet, we sense that key members of the professional and lay team feel stymied by … [Read more...] about The Synagogue Executive Director: A Changing Role for Changing Times
By Barry S. Mael In synagogues across North America tens of thousands of volunteers are putting in substantial time to help our kehillot survive and thrive. In most cases, without volunteers, our synagogues couldn’t offer the programs, services and operations they need to exist. From board officers, trustees, committee chair people and members, to those who set up Kiddush, teach classes, lead youth groups, read Torah and everything in between, … [Read more...] about Don’t forget Volunteer Recognition
By Avrum Lapin When we engage with new clients, we always begin with the imperative - up front and with clarity - that in order for the campaign or fundraising project to be successful, 100% board participation is required. Board members, as the legal stewards of the organization, must lead by example. The impact of board members’ participation goes well beyond the individual donations themselves. Nonprofit organizations rely on their … [Read more...] about “Skin in the Game” and the Importance of Board Giving