NPQ has frequently reported on the well-financed national strategy to privatize schools, on charter school proponents’ misplaced belief that changing schools and teachers rather than focusing on systemic poverty will remedy the racial achievement gap, on charter schools’ accountability, and on the increasingly unusual approach taken by the Waco school board to partner with a […]
What Does Lilly’s New $10M Philanthropic Investment Mean for Rural Engagement?
The Lilly Endowment, one of the world’s largest private foundations with assets of more than $10 billion, recently announced a $10 million grant to the new Center for Rural Engagement at Indiana University Bloomington. This investment is both encouraging and thought-provoking, raising important questions about the glaring geographic disparities in rural access to such private investments, […]
Can Ford Foundation’s $1 Billion Impact Investing Commitment Alter the Field?
Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, made headlines in April 2017 when he announced that Ford would commit up to $1 billion from its $12 billion endowment over the next decade to support mission-related investments that offer both social and environmental returns. So far, out of that billion-dollar commitment, Ford has made a $30-million […]
I Failed as a Nonprofit Board Member
After decades of serving, supporting and staffing non-profit boards, I remain stumped about how to make them work well over time. To grossly summarize –most Executive Directors think boards are a bother, most board members don’t feel valued and most meetings are either boring or painfully stressful. Most boards do a lousy job supervising their […]
Transformation? What? Now?
I’ve spent the last few weeks focused on ‘transformation’: sitting in on a national workshop called Advanced Leadership for Organizational Transformation and joining an international live webinar training for Mindfulness at Work: Transforming Stress into Well Being. The first was useful; the second was amazing. But the big question for me throughout was – what’s […]
Hunker down or charge into battle?
I had a call today with a colleague in Washington, DC whose organization does both inside-the-beltline high impact defense and state/local slow-change work. From my distance, it’s easy to say that both efforts are critical in these frightening, uncertain times. From her vantage point, however, the two lines of work don’t sit so comfortably together. […]
Moving Forward: Lessons from Kung Fu
Maybe we’ve moved beyond the first step of the grieving process and we’re looking for a few anchors to steady our organizations and ourselves as we confront this post-election ‘reality’. I stumbled on this 2012 article about the relevance of the teachings of Chinese martial arts — and these 4 concepts: Assume a posture of […]
Here’s how I’m surviving the days after the election
I have a habit, sometimes obnoxious, of always looking for the bright side. Today, a few days after the election that will create President Trump, I’ve been talking with colleagues about any opportunities this tsunami presents for non profit organizations, particularly those in the economic and social justice arena, and their supporters. Here’s what I’m […]
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