"ARE WE TALKING ABOUT THE WEATHER" - It's time for funders and grantees to sit down together and have some real conversations. The text can also be found in the "Nonprofit Thinking" section of the website.

Included as a featured resource in the Oct 10 blog from the National Council of Nonprofits on the "Secret Sauce" of great funder/grantee relationships.

"CHANGE UP Your Questions" - For family foundations who want to up their philanthropic game, perhaps it's time to change the types of questions that are asked of potential nonprofit partners.   See the Management Factors Score Sheet here.

A shorter version of this can be found on the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers "NNCG Now!" blog. 

"PEOPLE FIRST Leadership" -  An inspirational TED Talk and other experiences illustrate that the ways an organization manages its people can make all the difference

Direct Link to Jim Hemerling’s TED Talk: 5 ways to lead in an era of constant change

Links for references in PEOPLE FIRST paper:

"Supporting The Community - Think It Through and Get It Right" October 21, 2015 blog post for the Arlington Chamber of Commerce on how businesses should approach giving back to nonprofits.  

"Leadership and Resilience in the Sector" - September 18, 2015 blog submission for BoardSource's "Exceptional Boards" website in advance of the BoardSource Leadership Forum.

"The Evolution of Excellence" A rework of the "What's Leadership Got to Do With It" piece in the Spark e-newsletter produced by BoardSource.  To access information found on other issues of Spark, as well as additional resources on board leadership, consider joining BoardSource

"What's Leadership Got to Do With It" Reflections on how organizations are demonstrating leadership in the nonprofit sector - By Marshall H. Ginn, CFRE.  Based on an analysis of the semifinalists from the 2015 Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management.

Two contributions to the Association of Fundraising Professionals' Info Exchange series Talking About Gifts and Engaging Your Colleagues to be Part of the Fundraising Team.  Both are from 2009.