By Erin M. Connell, Consultant at Cause Strategy Partners, LLC Those who work in the nonprofit sector know there have been major shifts recently within the field. Economic hurdles, dramatic political shifts, and innovative technologies have all changed the face of the nonprofit world. At Cause Strategy Partners, we serve as witness and counsel to many organizations facing these challenges; through consulting […]
By Meryl Friedman, Graduate Fellow at Cause Strategy Partners, LLC As part of a collaboration with New York Community Trust (NYCT), our team at Cause Strategy Partners launched our first issue-focused BoardLead program in NYC last Fall called BoardLead Arts NYC. We set out to strengthen nonprofit arts organizations by training and placing diverse, talented, and driven professionals on their boards. […]
By Erin Connell, Consultant at Cause Strategy Partners, LLC Our BoardLeaders have proven their capabilities and drive in sheer numbers, with 56 BoardLeaders serving as high-impact nonprofit board members on 120 boards in New York and Chicago. As we prepare to launch our next round of BoardLead in both cities, our team wondered: what qualitative impact and growth have our […]
By Jessica Riegel, Associate at Cause Strategy Partners, LLC Cause Strategy Partners is thrilled to launch BoardLeader Spotlight, where we highlight the incredible work our BoardLeaders are doing with our nonprofit partners. BoardLead strengthens social good organizations by recruiting, placing, training and supporting talented professionals from top companies for high-impact board service. Meet BoardLeader Katarzyna Bednarowicz Or you can call her Kasia for […]
By Alexandra Hallock, Consultant at Cause Strategy Partners, LLC Cause Strategy Partners, LLC is approaching its two-year anniversary this February 2017. As we reflect on 2016 and look to 2017, we have a lot to celebrate! Join us as we review this year’s highlights and read on to see what’s coming. We designed, built, and launched our signature BoardLead Program in […]
By Robert B. Acton, Principal & Founder at Cause Strategy Partners, LLC What makes a great nonprofit board member? We spend a lot of time mulling over this question at Cause Strategy Partners – a consulting social enterprise that recruits, places, trains, and supports board members from top companies for the Boards of Directors of nonprofits in NYC, Chicago, and […]
“The greatness of an organization will be directly proportional to the greatness of its leader.” – Henry Blackaby Leadership — as authors James Kouzes and Barry Posner point out — is the art of mobilizing others “to want to get extraordinary things done” in an organization. Great leadership starts with the personal attributes of the person at the helm and […]
I’m always leery to paint an entire people group – for example, Millennials born between 1980 and 2000 – with a broad-brush stroke. I look at my four nieces and nephews, for example, all of whom fall into the Millennial generation, and often see more differences than similarities. Yet it’s clear that generational commonalities have emerged. I’m confident we could […]
Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. – Robert F. Kennedy
According to a 2015 national survey of nonprofit boards conducted byBoardSource, board chairs across the country assign, on average, a C+ to their board’s overall composition. Perhaps more concerning, just 20% of nonprofit chief executives indicate they have the right board members in place to accomplish mission. The majority of chief executives (58%) indicate that it is difficult to find new board members.
The picture seems bleak, doesn’t it? Nonprofits lack the governing boards they need to accomplish mission while, at the same time, nonprofit leaders feel stymied in their effort to recruit talented, fresh, energized new board members.
In light of my five coffees-a-day cravings, there are few things I know more about than the way dozens of Starbucks stores operate around New York City. I can tell anyone needing a Grande Americano where to expect to wait ten minutes, where your dog will and will not be welcome, where you’ll find artists sitting around chatting, where the […]