Google.org Fellowship is an initiative that lets employees take paid sabbaticals, up to six months, to work with nonprofits on special projects. The first formal fellowship class will work with Goodwill Industries to create a data strategy that helps identify effective programs operating within the organization's various chapters.
About 15 million taxpayers are expected to file deductions related to charitable contributions in 2018, marking a decrease of more than 50% from 2017's levels, according to the Tax Policy Center. Donors may make lump gifts every several years or use donor-advised funds to maintain the tax benefits of giving after the tax code overhaul, writes Laura Saunders.
Evaluating nonprofits based on their overhead ratio isn't a consistently good indicator of effectiveness, and doing so can cause some organizations to skimp on important upgrades, such as new computers, write Jason Alix Coupet and Jessica Berrett of North Carolina State University. Instead, they recommend comparing resources and nonprofit activities with a Data Envelopment Analysis, a Stochastic Frontier Analysis, or both.
Papa John's has launched the Papa John's Foundation for Building Community to advance equality and other positive attributes at the community level. "This foundation is about more than giving dollars, it's about cultivating partnerships that empower communities as they work to overcome barriers to civility and unity," says CEO Steve Ritchie.
US District Judge John Robert Blakey has agreed to consider a lawsuit from Protect Our Parks challenging the construction of the Obama Foundation's $500 million Obama Presidential Center in Chicago's Jackson Park. Protect Our Parks argues that the city unfairly leased the site to the Obama Foundation.
A lawsuit filed by the National Rifle Association against former President Oliver North alleges North conspired to overthrow CEO Wayne LaPierre and has resulted in the suspension of executive Chris Cox. North reportedly threatened to publicize the use of NRA funds by LaPierre for inappropriate expenses.
Nonprofits that make changes needed to grow and advance their missions tend to have the support of board members, specific goals for change in place and the belief that change can be achieved, Nell Edgington writes. "[A] significant amount of both board and staff leadership must realize that the status quo just won't do anymore," Edgington writes.
Leaders who engage employees at all levels of a nonprofit create more inclusive work cultures, which increases innovation, employee satisfaction and work quality, according to a study at Binghamton University, State University of New York. The study aimed to discover why "the nonprofit sector generally suffers from high employee-turnover rates, low work performance and deficits among the leadership," according to this synopsis.
A CEO's experience in making a bad hire and having to fire that person can teach us several lessons, including that authentic leaders recognize and own their mistakes, writes Alaina Love, CEO of Purpose Linked Consulting. These leaders are able to ask for feedback, seek out other perspectives and are committed to building trust, she writes.
An hour of a volunteer's time was worth a record $25.43 in 2018, with roughly 63 million Americans pledging about 8 billion hours during the period, according to the Independent Sector. "Volunteerism has been a driving force in the strength and power of our civil society since this country's founding," says Independent Sector President and CEO Dan Cardinali.
Tough conversations require two-way communication as well as empathy, whether you are overhauling workflow or holding a performance review. "Your ability to attempt to see issues through the eyes of your audience may be the greatest superpower you will develop during your career (and life)," writes Art Petty.
Men's grant proposals get better review scores than ones from women, according to a National Bureau of Economic Research study of nearly 7,000 submissions to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that was conducted with the researchers' genders obscured. Reviewers preferred men's word choices, which tended to be broader and less specific, but the winning proposals did not end up outperforming women's projects, the study found.
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