Will you be ready for your next opportunity to be a nonprofit leader? Often the best opportunities occur when you're least expecting them, and you must rely on past experience, great mentors, and simply gut instinct, before you make the move. This type of opportunity occurred for Mary Ward, our guest in episode #88 of the Path Podcast, when she had the opportunity to lead the McLeod Center. She offers fantastic advice for nonprofit ... [..] read more
Black History Month
PMA salutes all of the outstanding Black leaders in the nonprofit sector. We're very grateful to have had the opportunity to connect with several of these incredible leaders through our Path Podcast. Listen and learn from Tiffany Capers (episode #19), Angela Woods (episode #30), David Malloy (episode #45), Curtis Drafton (episode #50), Lisa Baxter (episode #57), Sabrina Dawson (episode #66) and Karen Lee (episode #83).
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Nonprofit leadership requires a wide range of skills and experiences to be successful, but no single leader can manage all of the technical aspects of a growing enterprise without help. For nonprofit professionals who advance through the program, marketing or fund development side of the organization, the thought of also managing the finance and accounting part of the business is uncomfortable at best and downright intimidating at worst. If you are new in your leadership ... [..] read more
"Range: Why Generalists Triumph in A Specialized World" by David EpsteinIf you're looking for book recommendations in the productivity and professional development genre, Patton offers a weekly summary of some of the essential and emerging titles from the PMA Library. Much has been written about the "10,000 hour rule" popularized by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers and the supposed benefits of a hyper-focused specialization that led athletes like Tiger Woods ... [..] read more
There is much to be learned between the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, and many nonprofit leaders are elevating their organizations through creative and entrepreneurial tactics. Matt Larson is a wonderful resource on exactly that type of mindset, as he's been wildly successful in both the tech and software industry but also translated his success into nonprofit development and leadership. In Episode #86 of the Path Podcast, Matt shares three key entrepreneurial fundamentals that ... [..] read more
PMA is delighted to welcome another talented group of nonprofit leaders to its signature Mastermind program. The Spring Cohort kicked off in January, 2021, and will continue with six additional sessions through April, 2021. Applications are being accepted for the Summer and Fall Cohorts, but space is limited!
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Podcasts provide a great source of professional development content and are delivered in the perfect format to consume knowledge on the go. Curating effective podcast resources will help you on your path to nonprofit leadership, and quite possibly position you for your next nonprofit job!
As PMA approaches 100 episodes this Spring of its podcast Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership, we have also benefitted from great resources and knowledge shared by other top podcasters in ... [..] read more
Fundraising is one of the most important - but often dreaded - functions you have to contemplate as a nonprofit leader. You clearly believe in the mission of your organization, yet fundraising often feels disconnected and transactional. How do you get more comfortable assuring your nonprofit has the funding it needs to achieve its core purpose, and feel good about it at the same time? Well, Jennifer Harris is the perfect person to address this dilemma, and ... [..] read more
Are you pondering nonprofit leadership among multiple career options? That's exactly what Elizabeth Hausler considered before she started the global nonprofit Build Change in 2004, and she offers a fascinating review of her leadership journey and the many lessons learned on Episode #84 of the Path Podcast. These lessons, of course, offer great insight for others considering a similar nonprofit career. Elizabeth reflects on what she would do differently if she were starting over ... [..] read more
Cain Center for the Arts, located in the Lake Norman Region near Charlotte NC, is currently seeking a Director of Development to start prior to the Groundbreaking of its new Performing Arts Center in April of 2021. This senior fundraising professional will lead the organization's key philanthropic strategies, which include the completion of a $25 million Capital Campaign launched in 2018. To date, the community has contributed $18 million towards the campaign goal. Equally ... [..] read more
"The Core Value Equation: A Framework to Drive Results, Create Limitless Scale and Win the War for Talent"by Darius Mirshahzadeh If you're looking for book recommendations in the productivity and professional development genre, Patton offers a weekly summary of some of the essential and emerging titles from the PMA Library. The author struggled understanding the value of "soft skills" in his business with things like core values. he'd composed poetic phrases that ... [..] read more
Managing a nonprofit organization requires a variety of skills and experiences to succeed, and a leader can certainly be consumed by simply keeping their organization in motion. The best nonprofits, however, commit to a vision the exceeds the direct impact of their programs and services but also seeks to positively influence their communities at large. Karen Lee is a great example of a nonprofit leader just like that, as she manages one of the largest ... [..] read more
How do you look at profitability as a nonprofit leader? Our sector's leadership often grapples with conflicted emotions about running their nonprofit "more like a business" despite the fact it is a business and needs to employ critical revenue-generating practices to assure long-term sustainability. In episode #82 of the Path Podcast, Martyn Drake brings a global perspective to this topic and offers great insight and ideas about how nonprofit leaders can come ... [..] read more
As a nonprofit leader, you have multiple responsibilities to manage and often limited time to adjust to changing circumstances (case in point: 2020!). Complicating this leadership challenge are often self-imposed barriers that nonprofit leaders need to understand and avoid. In episode #81 of the Path Podcast, Kris Putnam-Walkerly helps not only identify ways nonprofit leaders stop themselves, but offers solutions as to how to avoid them. Kris also illustrates some of the mistakes ... [..] read more
Situated on the pedestrian-friendly, tree-lined East Morehead Street, resides a sanctuary that has worked with more than 2000 Charlotte- based breast cancer survivors. It is known as The Pink House and happens to be home to Carolina Breast Friends where Executive Director Lynn Erdman spends her days building partnerships and programs while simultaneously supporting survivors.
"The opportunities and experiences I've had have helped me expand Carolina Breast Friends," she says. This makes ... [..] read more
As more young professionals look to the nonprofit sector as an attractive option for their career path, Executive Directors and other senior leaders are eager to recruit and retain the best and brightest to join their organizations. In episode #80 of the Path Podcast, I had a great conversation with Kamber Parker, who not only serves as the Development Director for the nonprofit Greenville Area Parkinson Society, but she has also created a platform for ... [..] read more
What is Co-Leadership and how could it elevate your nonprofit to the proverbial next level? In Episode #79 of the Path Podcast, I had a great conversation with Alicia Winckler and Alan Mather, two talented individual leaders who have embarked on a co-leadership model for the Chicago-based Golden Apple Foundation. By combining forces, they have not only strengthened a great organization addressing teacher shortages across their state, but are poised to expand ... [..] read more
The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement If you're looking for book recommendations in the productivity and professional development genre, Patton offers a weekly summary of some of the essential and emerging titles from the PMA Library. Eli Goldratt's The Goal has been a business school favorite since its initial publication in 1984, and employs a similar "business fable" design akin to Patrick Lencioni's work such as The 5 Dysfunctions of a ... [..] read more