The New Nonprofit Leader

The new millennium has been a difficult one. A crippled global economy, threatening climate change, crumbling education and healthcare systems, and a widening income gap comprise a few of the social problems we face. But the leaders of our nonprofit sector are already so worn down by continuously being forced to do more and moreContinue reading “The New Nonprofit Leader”

The Nonprofit Sector Must Change, or Be Left Behind!

I often start my speeches or consulting sessions by stating that the nonprofit sector is broken. I'm not talking about being a little off track or needing some tweaks here and there. I am talking about smashed up and shattered to splinters BROKEN. Consider the present social sector. Not only do we benefit from aggressiveContinue reading “The Nonprofit Sector Must Change, or Be Left Behind!”

Foundation Responsibility Goes Beyond GrantMaking

As a past community foundation CEO, I am a passionate advocate of the power of foundations.  However, I find myself disappointed in the narrow-minded focus of many of these organizations who hold so much potential power in terms of making and inspiring positive social change.  Currently most foundations (especially in Florida) are trying to solveContinue reading “Foundation Responsibility Goes Beyond GrantMaking”

Throwing Starfish: A Philanthropic Debate

I was really moved by a recent article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review written by Rich Tafel, titled "Social Entrepreneurs Must Stop Throwing Starfish". Tafel begins by summarizing the beloved starfish story often told by motivational speakers: A man walking along a shore covered with washed-up, dying starfish notices a boy throwing them back intoContinue reading “Throwing Starfish: A Philanthropic Debate”

The Experimental Stage of Mission Investing

Many foundations have already begun to do more than simply make grants, and consider social values in their investment decisions through the screening of securities portfolios for undesirable stocks, using shareholder activism to change corporate behaviors, investing in socially responsible businesses, and making loans to promising nonprofits.  While these foundations are successfully challenging the orthodoxyContinue reading “The Experimental Stage of Mission Investing”

Effective Social Change – It’s More Than Just Grant-Making

As a past community foundation CEO, I am a passionate advocate of the power of foundations.  However, I find myself disappointed in the narrow-minded focus of many of these organizations who hold so much potential power in terms of making and inspiring positive social change.  Currently most foundations (especially in Florida) are trying to solveContinue reading “Effective Social Change – It’s More Than Just Grant-Making”

Who is Responsible For Advancing the Practice of Philanthropy?

No matter where I go or who I talk to about philanthropy, I very rarely (if ever) hear concern for the improvement of philanthropic approaches. The bottom line – nonprofits just don't believe they should pay as much attention to the practice of philanthropy as they should to the execution of their programs. In recent years, the GatesContinue reading “Who is Responsible For Advancing the Practice of Philanthropy?”

Is Philanthropy Broken?

Maybe it’s because I’m getting older and I just plan to do what I want to do.  Maybe it’s more confidence. Maybe it’s just more wisdom.  No matter the reason, I feel it’s been long overdue to kick the time-worn “nonprofit template” to the curb.  As a long-time nonprofit executive, with more than 16+ years leadingContinue reading “Is Philanthropy Broken?”