By Rabbi Andrew Kastner In 20 years as a Jewish professional, the trope of “family” has been used to describe nearly every Jewish organization that I have been affiliated with. For years I found this lovely. As a new employee, I’d be greeted with such warmth - multiple Shabbat dinner invitations, a hug, and a “welcome to the family” from veteran staff. There was a sweetness and comfort about working with “family.” The notion communicated an … [Read more...] about We Are (‘nt) Family: What Netflix Can Teach Us about Organizational Culture
Managing Your Nonprofit
By Nanette Fridman and Jennifer Weinstock How many times have you asked your development team or CEO, “What did we do last year?” or “Can anyone remember how it worked in fiscal year 2015?” Wonder no more! No matter the size of your organization, preparing these important documents will create essential roadmaps to effectively guide the coming year and establish a solid development foundation for years to come. Annual Campaign … [Read more...] about Start the Year Off Right: Foundations for Development Success
By Nanette R. Fridman, MPP, JD Are you taking advantage of the summer to plan for your board's year? During this quieter time, I suggest taking these six actions to set your board up for a successful year to come. Establish board goals and key dates. The board chair and CEO or executive director meet to outline board goals for the year and to iron out board meeting, retreat and other key dates etc. It may also be a chance to schedule the … [Read more...] about Six Actions to Take Now to Optimize Your Board for the Year
By Elyse Hyman I have worked in the Jewish community for 30 years. Having worked in the federation world, adult education, policy studies and security, I thought I knew just about everything I needed to begin a new career as a synagogue administrator. How much more could there be? I was sure that I could do it part-time. Six years later, I am still learning and working 60+ hour weeks. How is this possible? Work Hard and Smart The … [Read more...] about Lessons Learned as Synagogue Executive Director
By David Phillips and David Raphael The departure of an Executive Director can be a time of opportunity and challenge (or both) for an organization to take stock, reflect and seek new goals and future strategies. Conversely, some transitions can leave an organization vulnerable and unstable. Regardless of which circumstance befalls the organization so much rides on the recruitment of a new leader. We believe that there are times when, contrary … [Read more...] about Valuing an Interim Executive – An Option Worth Considering!