Friday Link Round-Up: Framing

by Michele Martin on April 20, 2018

How we frame issues–the metaphors we use to talk about them, the ways we set context around them–have profound influences on how and whether people will act. Any advocacy or communication work we do must be based in an understanding of how to create effective frames and use them to achieve our objectives. So this week, some resources on framing.

Framing for Social Change–An introduction to framing and why it matters for social change organizations.

Developing and Framing Your Message–Some great general tips on framing.

Framing Public Issues–A toolkit for more effective framing around public advocacy issues.

A 5-Minute Refresher on Framing–Another great introduction to framing.

Creating Causal Chains–Good discussion and examples of how to connect social issues and consequences in ways that are more compelling to your audience.


Friday Link Round-Up

by Michele Martin on April 13, 2018

The best CIL’s are learning all the time. In this week’s Round-Up, we look at how to use communities of practice. These are “groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.”

Introduction to Communities of Practice–An excellent introductory article to get you started.

Cultivating Communities of Practice Quick Startup Guide (note this may not be accessible to all)–A one-page flow chart for starting a community of practice.

Community of Practice Design Guide–Provides a practical approach based on the experiences of nonprofits, government, educational institutions, and others.

How Do You Support a Community of Practice?–Excellent guidelines for growing and sustaining your community.

Problems of Practice–A basic protocol for facilitating a community of practice discussion around dilemmas or problems people may face in their work.


Friday Link Round-Up: Nonprofit Business Models

April 6, 2018

Every organization has to have a “business model”–a sustainable way to deliver value to customers. In this week’s post, we explore some links related to nonprofit business models and creating financial sustainability. Pay What It Takes Philanthropy–A new grantmaking approach is needed—one that provides enough money for nonprofits to pay for all their operations, not […]

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Friday Link Round-Up: Mentoring

March 30, 2018

Mentorship is a powerful professional development tool. In this week’s Round-Up, we share some links to help you re-think mentoring. 8 Types of Mentors: Which Ones Do You Need?–A good discussion of the types of mentors that can be useful on a personal “board of directors.” Co-Mentoring–Co-mentoring is an efficient, free way to get and […]

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Friday Link Round-Up: Effective Collaborations

March 23, 2018

As organizations are increasingly tasked to “do more with less” and to engage with other agencies in achieving their missions, building effective collaborative relationships is high on the list of priorities. This week’s links can help. Cutting Through the Complexity: A Roadmap for Collaboration–Collaborations and networks rarely achieve their ambitious goals. Here’s what it takes […]

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Friday Link Round-Up: Creating a Learning Culture

March 16, 2018

Continuous learning–both individually and as an organization–is the heart of innovation and adapting to change. In this week’s Round-Up, we share links to help you create a learning culture within your CIL. From a Training Culture to a Learning Culture–Key differences between a training culture and a learning culture with tips on how to make […]

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Friday Link Round-Up–Community Engagement

March 9, 2018

In this week’s Round-Up, we’re focusing on community engagement. Introduction to Community Engagement–Great info here, including a look at the difference between marketing and community engagement and using ideas such as “traveling board meetings” as a way to engage with other organizations. Using Human-Centered Design to Advance Civic Engagement–When organizations are already strained, Human-Centered Design […]

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Friday Link Round Up–Data Visualization

March 2, 2018

Being able to put data into easy-to-understand charts and graphs is an increasingly important skill for nonprofits. It allows you to more effectively report to various audiences on needs and outcomes and can help you “make your case” to funders and supporters. This week, we share some resources and tools for improving your data visualization […]

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Friday Link Round Up: Storytelling

February 23, 2018

The ability to tell stories is a key “new century” skill. Here are some links to help. Using Story to Foster Systems Change–This article is a field guide to three qualities of story and narrative that all sectors can use to change systems: story as light, as glue, and as web. Storytelling for Nonprofits: How […]

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Friday Link Round Up: High Value Boards

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 […]

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