What We’re Reading: July 2016

Culture Suck: How a Bad Ethical Culture Can Doom a Good Nonprofit, Nonprofit Quarterly
“Nonprofit culture is not a “soft” component of an organization; it is the final word, the informer of action or inaction.”

Nonprofit Work After Retirement? Maybe You Can Make It Pay, New York Times
“You can get paid to do something you care about. How cool is that!”

Managing Tech and Online Volunteers, Idealist
An aggregate of resources to support you in your role as manager when managing tech volunteers.

Think Giving to Groups That Support Nonprofits Is a Waste? You’re Wrong., Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscribers)
Philanthropists encouraged to invest in capacity building and the organizations that can help nonprofits realize their potential. The authors of the piece in the Chronicle of Philanthropy sum it up this way: We’re asking foundations to support those organizations focused on multiplying the good that nonprofits do for our communities. An investment in the right infrastructure is an investment in impact.

Lawyer Mobilizes Nonprofit to Force Reckoning on History of Racism, Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscribers)
Nicole Wallace in her Chronicle of Philanthropy column writes: Confronting the history and legacy of racism without flinching is enormously difficult — but lawyer, author, and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, Bryan Stevenson believes it’s essential for recovery and maybe even redemption.

Creating an Effective, Fluent Corps of Board AmbassadorsMass Nonprofit News
A useful article to share with specific board committees as well as your full board of directors. The exercise often precedes a strategic planning process and can be completed annually.