The Heinz Endowments will distribute $10 million in grants over three years to Pittsburgh organizations focused on early childhood development, including access to education and health care. The grants strive to equal the playing field for all children and are "integral to our vision of a just Pittsburgh where all have an equitable opportunity to reach their fullest potential," says President Grant Oliphant.
American Jewish World Services is among nonprofits sharing observations in this article about how to be proactive about CEO succession in a way that benefits the organization, as well as the outgoing and incoming leaders. Gali Cooks and Eben Harrell encourage nonprofits to take steps to get women to apply, as they "often self-select out of the top role," among other recommendations gleaned from their research.
Internet-based organizations are backing a nonprofit cooperative headed by Wikimedia Foundation CEO Katherine Maher to oversee .org domains, potentially avoiding the Internet Society's sale of the unit to Ethos Capital. "There needs to be a place on the internet that represents the public interest, where educational sites, humanitarian sites, and organizations like Wikipedia can provide a broader public benefit," Maher says.
Kaiser Permanente and the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West have formed a nonprofit, Futuro Health, to train and introduce 10,000 new workers into California's health care sector over the next four years and 10,000 additional workers every year after. The state is expected to have a gap of 500,000 health care workers by 2024, says the Public Policy Institute of California.
Smart leaders will consistently listen deeply, ask clarifying questions, control their emotions and display positivity, all of which helps avoid miscommunication, writes Lolly Daskal. "Whatever you send out as a leader is usually returned to you, so own the power of contagious positivity," she writes.
Grenzeloos Milieu and engineers have designed and installed three bamboo houses in earthquake-prone areas that can withstand natural disasters. The organization is partnering with communities to teach people about earthquake-resistant design and plan bamboo forests for future projects.
CDC Foundation President and CEO Judy Monroe has found success by learning from other people's mistakes, embracing opportunities and keeping perspective. "Sometimes we can get caught in the minutia of the day to day and miss the gravity of the huge strides we're making and the awesome work we do each day," she says.
Whether you know it or not, your board has an internal culture. How your board members communicate with each other, work as a team, and make decisions all define the culture of your board. BoardSource has lots of resources and topic papers to help you create one that energizes members and furthers your mission. See them all here.
The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.
Peter Drucker, management consultant, educator, writer
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