The Magic Key That Will Transform the Nonprofit Sector

The Magic Key That Will Transform the Nonprofit Sector

We’ve all heard it, I’m sure. Culture eats strategy for breakfast, in an organization. Right?

Whether or not you’ve heard this aphorism, I’d be willing to bet you’ve experienced it. I sure have — in different sizes and types of organizations, and in different ways within those organizations.

But never have I been more frustrated by this truth than when it relates to the lack of a culture of philanthropy in a nonprofit.

Without a culture of philanthropy, growth is slow and painful, if not impossible. Sound strategies for new projects or programs sputter and fumble. Financial stability is but a dream.

Joining YNPN is the Best Career Move You’ll Ever Make (& 12 Other Things I've Learned So Far)

Joining YNPN is the Best Career Move You’ll Ever Make (& 12 Other Things I've Learned So Far)

When I was a recent college grad in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I had lunch with a woman several decades ahead of me in her career. She had a job I wanted some day, and I was so grateful she had agreed to meet with me. 

She recommended many things to me that day. One of those things, however, was especially impactful.

A YNPN chapter was just starting up in Milwaukee, at that time. “Go seek them out and get involved,” she said. “You’ll really make a name for yourself.” This woman was well-respected in the nonprofit community, and her words seemed golden to me. I didn’t waste a moment seeking out YNPN.

How I Think the Nonprofit Sector Can Find & Live In Abundance (Over Fear)

How I Think the Nonprofit Sector Can Find & Live In Abundance (Over Fear)

Vu Le, author of the wildly popular (at least with my nonprofit compadres) blog called Nonprofit with Balls, is known for pushing buttons.

He doesn't tiptoe around controversial issues. He runs straight into raging battles, shooting his arrows of truth. And because of both his style and his substance, he has ended up serving as a primary voice of emerging leadership within the nonprofit sector.

Here's what he had to say recently about nonprofits and fear:

"The nonprofit sector is full of brilliant people paralyzed by fear."

Values-Based Leadership: Find Your Inner Compass, Lead Well

Values-Based Leadership: Find Your Inner Compass, Lead Well

Picture a leader you admire. What do you think makes her/him tick?

One of my most admired leaders has always been Martin Luther King, Jr.

Here’s the problem: I’ve often thought of him as kind of a saint. I have forgotten that he had everyday, mundane decisions to make — small things that added up to the sum total of his life.

He ate three meals a day, needed sleep, and had a family. He was just like you and me — except for how he managed to transcend the everyday mundane details, to strive for his highest ideals.