Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Blockbuster Post! More Resolution Ideas from Nonprofit Experts!

One of my resolutions for 2008 is to learn more about social networking. So I decided to ask my LinkedIn network: What recommendations do you have for New Year's resolutions for Nonprofits in 2008? Wow! What a great idea that turned out to be. Quite an esteemed group of people responded and I am providing links to them for your reference. Many responses included a statement of agreement with another response. These recommendations will cause you to stretch and make for much better organizations. Consider them all!

Jesse Wiley - Most nonprofits, especially the smaller ones, should spend 25-50% of their time and resources advocating for their cause in some way. Whether through collaboration, coalition building, political lobbying, organizing, communications or any other means, greater impact can only be achieved by advocating large scale, systematic change and providing services/programs.
Jesse Wiley, Acquisition Editor at Jossey-Bass, an imprint of John Wiley & Sons
John Wiley & Sons website

John Wiley & Sons Bicentennial Video on YouTube

Community Building
Hildy Gottlieb - Learn what it takes to focus everything they do on creating more impact in the community they serve. And to further learn what it takes to stop using approaches that go counter to creating more significant community impact.

Learn how to engage more and compete less. Learn how their boards can aim their primary accountability at community results, and only then at organizational means (legal and operational oversight). Learn how to plan within the context of a strong community, working backwards to determine what that means they need to be, both in their programs and in their internal infrastructure.
Hildy Gottlieb’s blog

Hildy Gottlieb’s website

Jane Garthson adds - That community focus and involvement would make more difference than anything else most nonprofits could possibly do.

Jane Garthson - I suggest each nonprofit board resolve to enhance its governance in at least two ways. Depending on what is now missing or weak, that might mean an ED Succession Plan, Board Assessment Process, better recruitment package, an external speaker on governance at least annually, or other such actions. Each member of the senior management team could be similarly challenged to fill two strategic gaps or review two action areas that have been long neglected and allowed to run as status quo even though the world changed.
Jane Garthson’s website

Marc Pitman
- We're storytelling creatures. If we can articulate our mission in a story form, we will make change in government. We will help our volunteers and donors to help us carry out our mission. We will see our vision become accomplished.
Marc Pitman’s blog

Paul Kerness
- Technology makovers should be on the resolution list for many of us. Non profits seem unwilling to view technology as a mission critical strategic asset. They spend 80-100% of their IT resources simply maintaining what they already have. Few or no dollars are spent building capacity. Many simply do not look forward when it comes to IT because they are so busy patching and putting out fires.. Consequently, they do not have the vision to adopt the modern technologies and techniques like virtualization, server consolidation, centralized infrastructures, managed services and some others that our corporate and small business counterparts have been using for years to do more with less.
Paul Kerness LinkedIn Profile

Rick Birmingham - Nonprofit leaders (especially of small mission-focused organizations) need to be making certain that their organizations have good data backup. Add to that up-to-date virus protection and the resolutions would go a long way!
Rick Birmingham,Senior Technology Circuit Rider

Marion Conway Consulting

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