Friday Link Round Up: High Value Boards

by Michele Martin on February 16, 2018

This week we’re focusing on Boards.

Challenging Conventional Wisdom on Nonprofit Boards–Rethinking board sizes, term limits, and fundraising requirements may help unlock greater strategic insight and value from your board.

Four Anchors of Effective Nonprofit Boards–To be successful, a nonprofit organization needs to think carefully about their board design, membership expectations, meeting process, and board accountability.

10 Steps for Building an Effective Nonprofit Board: A Checklist for Action–A practice-based assessment tool that frames 10 essential elements of a high-functioning board.

Board Chair and Board Member Best Practice Packet–A collection of best practices from the Nonprofit Alliance at Kellog Community College.

The Effective Not-for-Profit Board: A Value-Driving Force–A guide to more effective governance practices.


Friday Link Round-Up: The Bots Are Here!

by Michele Martin on February 9, 2018

This week, we’re taking a look at something that may not be on your CIL’s radar screen yet, but should be–the use of “bots.” Although we may not realize it yet, bots are everywhere. They are pieces of artificial intelligence that can be “taught” to answer questions, provide virtual tours, improve fundraising efforts and even be there for emotional support! If you’ve ever used Siri or Google Now, you’re familiar with the idea of what chatbots can do.

Here are some links to get you started discovering the possibilities.

Cases for Successful Nonprofits that Use Chatbots–A good beginner’s description with examples.

Nonprofits in the Autonomous World: Will the Bots Take Over–Tons of examples of how nonprofits are using bots along with some background on how one person “trained” a Facebook Messenger bot.

The Bot Are Here: Leading with Our Humanity in the Age of Automation–Some suggested steps on getting started with bots.

Facebook Bots 101–Facebook Messenger bots are probably the easiest way for a CIL to begin experimenting. This article can get you started.

The Emotional Chatbots Are Here to Probe Our Feelings–Chatbots that can be programmed to provide emotional support.


Friday Link Round-Up: Innovation

February 2, 2018

This week, we’re focusing on innovation. Rockefeller Foundation Innovation Capacity Diagnostic–Use this tool to explore your CIL’s capacity for innovation along 6 factors and then access a suite of free resources to help you grow your innovation muscles. Is Your Nonprofit Built for Sustained Innovation?–Using the Rockefeller Foundation framework mentioned above, this article has links […]

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Friday Link Round Up

September 29, 2017

This week, a miscellaneous round up of links. Should You Agitate, Innovate or Orchestrate?-A framework for understanding the roles you can play in a movement for social change. 5 Social Media Trends That Will Have Maximum Impact in 2018–It’s not too early to start thinking about your social media strategy for 2018. Staying Productive: The […]

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Friday Link Round Up: Meeting Design

September 22, 2017

Meetings are one of the main ways we engage with staff and board members. In this week’s Round Up, we share resources to use for more effective meeting design and facilitation. Emerging Leaders Playbook Toolkit–The toolkit includes highly practical meeting facilitation “recipes” to help build skills in managing self, teams, and organizational culture.The facilitator agendas […]

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Friday Link Round Up: Advocacy and Communications

September 8, 2017

It’s Friday! This week we’re talking advocacy and communications strategies. The Back of the Envelope Guide to Communications Strategy–Use these four questions to develop communications strategies that move from awareness to impact. Creating an Effective Call to Action–Tips from 9 nonprofit communications professionals for crafting better CtA’s. Make a Difference for Your Cause in 3 […]

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Friday Link Round Up: Working with Boards

August 25, 2017

This week we’re sharing some resources on working with your Board Secret to Getting Boards to Address Critical Issues–From the Melos Institute, this article offers some strategies for dealing with “elephants in the room.” How to Build an Effective Board–Tips to ensure that Board Members are engaged, fully participating, and the team operates at optimal […]

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Friday Link Round Up: Reflection

August 18, 2017

It’s easy to get caught up in constant action and “to do” lists, but pausing for reflection is an important aspect of organizational effectiveness. This week we’re featuring some links that will help you up your reflection game. After Action Review–A step-by-step guide for conducting a review following a major project or event. Want to […]

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Friday Link Round Up: Peer Learning Communities

August 11, 2017

One of the most powerful ways to grow skills and connections is through the development of Peer Learning Communities. These can happen within an organization, across CILS, or within a regional area with related agencies/organizations. Here are some links to get you started: Communities of Practice: Learning as a Social System–An excellent introduction to the […]

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Friday Link Roundup: Professional Development

July 28, 2017

This week we’re sharing some professional development resources. Nonprofit Ready–Free online training for nonprofit professionals in key nonprofit occupational families, The Emerging Leaders’ Playbook–This playbook is designed for those emerging leaders who want to hone their leadership skills and have more meaningful impact on the issues and causes they care about. On-the-Job Development Opportunities for […]

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