The Loneliness of Leadership

The Loneliness of Leadership by Tamela Spicer, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy Being an executive director can be a lonely job. It’s an ongoing balance of leading and following. There are times when a leader needs to guide or teach their board of directors or staff how to be

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Your Organization’s Archives Could Be a Treasure Trove of Donor Intent

Your Organization’s Archives Could Be a Treasure Trove of Donor Intent by Brittany Kienker, Ph.D.  //  photo credit: Rockefeller Archive Center In considering how to best navigate modern-day institutional challenges, board members and staff may ask, “What did the founder intend for this program?” or “Is this what the donor really

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Unnatural Disasters: Can Nonprofit Governance Promote Recovery in Detroit and Flint?

Unnatural Disasters: Can Nonprofit Governance Promote Recovery in Detroit and Flint? by Davia Cox Downey Over the past two years, my research partner, Sarah Reckhow of Michigan State University and I have explored the concept of disaster, whether natural or man-made, to examine how these types of events impact collaboration

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Data to What End?

11 Trends for 2018 What are the trends that will be affecting your work in 2018? Drawing on our local, national, and international research, tool development, training, and data work, leaders from the Johnson Center have identified 11 key trends that will impact the work of both grantmakers or nonprofit

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