Category Archives: Nonprofit organizations

Shame on you, Ann Coulter

I frequently agree with Ann Coulter’s political commentary, although more often than not I’m put off by her acerbic, often cruel, manner.  I don’t appreciate cruelty and personal attacks from the right any more than I do from the left. However, I’m … Continue reading

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“Your young men shall see visions”: The importance of organizational vision

If you are an organizational leader, do you have a vision? Is your organization focused on a clear and broadly understood vision of your corporate purpose and future? “If there is no vision,” a 1599 version of Proverbs 29:18 reads, … Continue reading

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7 Reasons NonProfits Flounder or Fail

By Jim Jewell A group of my friends led a wonderful start-up that was trying to bring new perspectives to a worthy cause, to reach faith-based constituencies who were not traditional supporters of environmental concerns.  They had the plan worked … Continue reading

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7 Disciplines of Highly Successful Charities

How to build the trust that fuels program growth By Jim Jewell In the last year, some two thirds of Americans responded to appeals from charities for support of projects to meet human needs, create new initiatives, advance faith, and … Continue reading

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Vision Problems: 6 causes of World Vision’s PR debacle

World Vision, the giant international Christian relief and development organization, made two announcements last week. I was shocked and disappointed by both. The nature of my alarm was somewhat different than what I’m reading among my friends who share my … Continue reading

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Choosing Gelato, and the Value of Values

In a simple visit to a gelato shop this weekend, I—knowingly or unknowingly—made value statements about risk taking, friendship, childhood joy, keeping promises, and childhood diligence. While we all can recognize that the overtly important choices of life are based … Continue reading

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“Your young men shall see visions”: the importance of nonprofit vision

“If there is no vision,” a 1599 version of Proverbs 29:18 reads, “the people decay.” Without a vision, missions can stagnate or waste away. A vision is an answer to the question: “What can and should we accomplish?” My post … Continue reading

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Trust Me

Trust has been in decline for many years.  I wrote about the decline in public trust in 2010, and just now on the NPOutlook Blog.  With charities trying to recover–like so many others–from the economic carnage of the last five years, … Continue reading

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7 reasons nonprofit organizations falter and fail

Why do some charities thrive and others struggle and fail.  I’ve been heavily involved in organizations that have done both, and I have some ideas about why even the best intentioned leaders often see their nonprofits decline into virtual irrelevance.  In a … Continue reading

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7 disciplines of highly effective charities

I have spent all of my career working for or with nonprofit organizations, primarily Christian groups. I’ve made a recent job move, to work with a management consultancy called The Valcort Grop, which specializes in diagnosing organizational health and providing solutions … Continue reading

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