The Leader You’re Looking For Is You

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Today’s anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom has left me feeling…hollow. While I celebrate how far our country has come in the past 50 years, I lament that most remember this as the anniversary of the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.

In front of 170 W 130 St., March on Washington, l to r, Bayard Rustin, Deputy Director, and Cleveland Robinson, Chairman of Administrative Committee / World Telegram & Sun photo by O. Fernandez. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

America’s preoccupation with leaders and figureheads has done our nation a collective disservice. We remember the singular man …read more

Co-Creating Community

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As a newcomer to Charm City, it’s managed to quickly capture my heart with its quirky neighborhoods and rich history. Being a transplant from the Midwest, Baltimore’s industrial past has easily made me feel at home. Like other metropolitan areas, Baltimore has been struggling during the economic crisis of the past few years and is turning to development to raise its profile. This neighborhood reinvestment is especially needed here as Baltimore City’s population has been declining since the 50’s. A loss of almost 35% of city residents has left Baltimore with numerous vacant homes and near-abandoned blocks.

Reinvestment to the …read more

4 Volunteer Engagement Myths to Avoid

Nonprofit leaders have grown accustomed to seeing their roles defined in terms of leveraging tight resources, maximizing community engagement, and advancing organizational growth and development. Too few have made the connection between those goals and creating an effective system for volunteer engagement.

The effort exerted by nonprofit leadership to engage volunteers often results in outcomes that meet neither the needs of the organization nor those of the volunteers involved.

Avoid these four common myths to maximize the success of your volunteer engagement strategy:

Myth #1: Volunteers are free.

While it is true that volunteers operate without receiving financial compensation for …read more

Share Leadership with Your Volunteers

Nonprofits increasingly struggle to deepen their impact in the community while operating within tightened budget lines. Why not circumvent this by sharing leadership responsibilities with groups outside your organization’s four walls?

In the article “Local Forces for Good,” which appears in the summer 2012 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, authors Leslie R. Crutchfield & Health McLeod-Grant examine how their framework for creating high-impact nonprofits applies to local and smaller organizations. The authors assert that extending responsibility to volunteers and leaders of partner organizations is one practice that organizations can use to maximize their impact in the community.

Volunteers …read more