Friday Link Round-Up: Creating a Learning Culture

by Michele Martin on 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 the shift.

The Challenge of Organizational Learning–Disseminating insights and know-how across any organization is critical to improving performance, but nonprofits struggle to implement organizational learning and make it a priority. A recent study found three common barriers to knowledge sharing across nonprofits and their networks, as well as ways and means to overcome them.

The Google Way of Building a Strong Learning Culture–Four actions your organization can take to build a strong learning culture.

The Latte and Learn Community of Practice Meeting–A 30-minute structure for a team to learn something new from a colleague.

“Whisper Courses”–On-the-job Email-based Microlearning–How Google uses email reminders to encourage managers to use new skills.


Friday Link Round-Up–Community Engagement

by Michele Martin on 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 can help them advance their community engagement efforts.

Nonprofits Integrating Community Engagement Guide–Resources for all phases of community engagement.

9 Ways Nonprofits Can Increase Community Engagement–Some specific, actionable ideas here.

Community Engagement Governance–A framework for expanding your notions of governance to increase community engagement.


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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Friday Link Round-Up: The Bots Are Here!

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 […]

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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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