If you don’t believe checklists work, ask an airline pilot. Even the most tenured pilot has a checklist with detailed steps to start the engine, taxi, and take-off. And when the plane lands, they have a different set of checklists to get passengers safely to the terminal.
In fact, checklists are one of the reasons why air travel is among the safest forms of transportation. Assuming you believe that your organization’s mission is important and provides essential programs or services, shouldn’t you use an annual checklist?
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Most of us dream of taking extended breaks or sabbaticals to balance work and personal life. While charities rarely offer sabbaticals to every staff member, sabbaticals for all might build the vim and vigor your staff and organization need.
We talk to Marvin Webb, Director of Finance and Administration at Funders for LGBTQ Issues in New York City. Marvin shares:
Marvin’s Side gig: www.linkedin.com/in/marvinlwebb/
Funders for LGBTQ www.LGBTQFunder.org
*****Time Stamped Highlights*****
(1:45) How Funders for LGBTQ came to offer sabbaticals for all staff members
(5:30) The frequency and conditions of using sabbaticals
(9:55) Why you must “champion” a good idea to get it approved
(11:20) How staff inclusion in sabbaticals and strategic planning improves your team’s ethic
(13:45) Remodeling: Marvin shares what he did on his sabbatical
(15:45) The Jersey Shore: Marvin shares where he went on his sabbatical
(17:00) Going with the Flow: the attitude you should embrace on your sabbatical
(20:15) Returning to work when the sabbatical ends
(22:15) How to keep in contact with your job while on sabbatical
(23:45) How sabbaticals enhance and support succession planning
(25:00) Marvin’s side gig: consulting nonprofits and startups on how to organize their offices
(28:15) How Marvin compartmentalizes his side gigs and jobs.
(30:15) Complications your nonprofit may have with executing verbal commitments and strategic planning
(32:15) Long-term goal and budget: determinants you should consider for your strategic plan
(34:45) Marvin shares his life as a “power commuter”
About Successful Nonprofits Podcast Host Dolph Goldenburg
Dolph is recognized as a high performance leader in the nonprofit sector who served as a nonprofit CEO for a dozen years and a fundraiser for an additional ten years. Author of the book Successful Nonprofits Build Supercharged Boards, Goldenburg also founded a boutique consulting firm based in Atlanta.
His multi-state consulting practice provides interim executive transition, strategic planning, and organizational development services. The Goldenburg Group's clients have annual operating budgets ranging from $25,000 to over $25 million deployed in the areas of housing, education, civil rights, arts and culture, workforce development, health services, and community-based services.
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Late last week the White House released Donald Trump’s “budget blueprint” that outlines his spending priorities and cuts for the upcoming fiscal year. Knowing that this budget blueprint could have broad implications for nonprofits across the nation, we read the 62 page document, researched the agencies to be impacted, and summarized changes that nonprofits should anticipate if the budget resembles this blueprint.
The budget blue print calls for the elimination of 9 programs, and we analyze the impact their termination will have on both grant funding for nonprofits, as well as likely increased demand from consumers who used to access programs funded by these agencies.
Not being content with eliminating the 9 agencies that form the core of our nation's nonprofit infrastructure, "the cuts keep coming". For this reason, we researched every cut listed in the budget blueprint - which goes beyond just the cuts to meals on wheels we've already heard so much about. We outline the elimination of some funding sources (including some block grants that fund many organizations), as well as the sharp reduction of others.
About Successful Nonprofits Host Dolph Ward Goldenburg
http://traffic.libsyn.com/nonprofits/309019512-user-951067323-missioncontrol.m4aAt the Foundation Center Library, you will undoubtedly see a crowded bookshelf in the strategic planning and strategic prioritization section. But one recent book stands out as a resource for the busy nonprofit leader who needs guidance and practical advice to focus their work and increase their impact: Mission Control by Liana Downey.
Our conversation this week with Liana Downey offered some highlights from her book, including:
Be certain to pick up a copy of Liana Downey’s book Mission Control. As a consultant, board member, and former executive director, I’ve participated in a lot of strategic planning processes, and her book will be an invaluable resource if you’re completing a planning process without a consultant. And if you are looking for a consultant, her book will help you understand the questions to ask to get a consultant who will truly challenge your organization to focus for greater impact.
Purchase the book on Amazon
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About Successful Nonprofits Host Dolph Ward Goldenburg
Dolph is recognized as a high performance leader in the nonprofit sector who served as a nonprofit CEO for a dozen years and a fundraiser for an additional ten years. Author of the book Successful Nonprofits Build Supercharged Boards, Goldenburg also founded a boutique consulting firm based in Atlanta. His multi-state consulting practice provides interim executive transition, strategic planning, and organizational development services. The Goldenburg Group's clients have annual operating budgets ranging from $25,000 to over $25 million deployed in the areas of housing, education, civil rights, arts and culture, workforce development, health services, and community-based services.
Dolph can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.goldenurggroup.com.
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