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Will They Pay?

by Laura Starita, Alliance Magazine; December 1, 2008 Donor advisory firms have paved the way to assist wealthy individuals and families who want more information about the effectiveness of their giving. According to a recent study by the Boston College Center on Wealth and Philanthropy, 66% of wealthy donors surveyed said they would give more — and differently — if they had information about the effectiveness of their gifts. Two former partners at Goldman Sachs, … Continue reading

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Fulfill the Dream of Leading a Non-Profit

by David Simms and Wayne Luke, The Harvard Business Review, January 2009. The authors of this Harvard Business Review article have worked with several hundred private sector executives seeking to transition to social-sector leadership positions. Their advice to corporate employers? Start lending a hand. Employer programs that help people move into nonprofits can make restless managers more productive and bolster a corporation’s CSR goals. This article cites a study where 9.5% of U.S. workers between … Continue reading

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Book Review: Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan For Smart Philanthropy

Book by Paul Brest And Hal Harvey, Bloomberg Press; 2008. Reviewed by Duncan Peppercorn; Founder of Social Ventures Australia Consulting. Thank goodness for this book. I hope that it quickly becomes obligatory reading for all those who want to invest in creating a better Australia. Brest and Harvey have managed, with great clarity and appropriate simplicity, to outline the rationale for philanthropists — and by extension all funders of social change — to take a … Continue reading

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Is the Grass Greener? Sector Shifting and Choice of Sector By MPA and MBA Graduates

by Mary Tschirhart, Kira Kristal Reed, Sarah J. Freeman, and Alison Louie Anker, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Volume 37, Number 4, Sage Publications, December 2008. Which pasture holds the greener grass for aspiring graduates: business, government, or nonprofit? The authors of this study published in the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly surveyed 688 graduates to track their careers within and between sectors. They argue that today’s graduates have abandoned the traditional view of a … Continue reading

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Leveraging Leadership Effectiveness

by Sarah Cornally, Third Sector, Issue 3, January 2009. Third Sector, published by The Australian Society of Association Executives (AuSAE), explores issues affecting not-for-profits. The most recent Third Sector issue, ‘Weathering the Economic Storm,’ includes an article on leadership by seasoned management consultant, Sarah Cornally. Turbulent economic times test leadership effectiveness. These times in particular require leaders to remain composed and steadily focused on their organisation’s purpose and long-term vision. Good leaders, Cornally says, turn … Continue reading

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Why Good Leaders Make Bad Decisions

by Andrew Campbell, Jo Whitehead, and Sydney Finkelstein, The Harvard Business Review; February 2009. Why do good leaders sometimes make poor decisions? According to this Harvard Business Review article, leaders are just as vulnerable to basic cognitive biases as the rest of us. Additionally, we entrust leaders to make public decisions that affect other people’s lives and livelihoods — meaning the consequences of these decisions are more exposed. Authors Campbell, Whitehead, and Finkelstein raise awareness … Continue reading

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Leading Through Uncertainty

by Lowell Bryan and Diana Farrell, The McKinsey Quarterly, Number 1; 2009. The global financial crisis is forcing leaders to recalibrate. Wildly vacillating financial markets make planning more difficult, especially when no-one seems to know the depth or duration of the financial downturn. While McKinsey Quarterly authors Bryan and Farrell target corporate leaders in this piece, their approach also applies to nonprofit and government heads. Bryan and Farrell assert that even as senior executives confront … Continue reading

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Summer 2009: Leadership and Accountability

Welcome to the second issue of Knowledge Connect, a quarterly review by the Centre for Social Impact (CSI). Knowledge Connect seeks to connect readers to the latest social impact thinking worldwide. This issue focuses on leadership. Those in leadership positions in nonprofit organisations, government, and philanthropic bodies are presently facing a new set of challenges as they seek to chart a way forward through turbulent economic times. The articles profiled examine ways to enhance leadership decision-making, … Continue reading

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Disclosure Regimes for Charities and Not-for-Profit Organisations

by The Senate Standing Committee on Economics, Senate Printing Unit, Parliament House, Canberra, Australia; December 2008. Leaders of Australian third sector organisations may soon face new national disclosure regulations with the Australian Senate Standing Committee on Economics’ recent report on models to improve governance, accountability, and transparency in the not-for-profit sector. Historically, Australia’s legislation regulating not-for-profits came about in a piecemeal fashion, with lack of a coordinated approach to transparency and accountability. Charities are not … Continue reading

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For-Profit Activism: Change We Can Profit From

The Economist, print edition; January 29, 2009. Never heard of a Carrotmob? You’re about to. Carrotmobs are beginning to crop up for a cause, thanks to two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who have turned to activist campaigning as the next start-up industry. The Economist reports that Brent Schulkin and Steve Newcomb’s company, Virgance, plans to profit from organising campaigns for change. The company builds campaigns by recruiting volunteers and creating an on-line presence through paying bloggers … Continue reading

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