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Register for IPL’s New Development Professionals Program August 2020

The New Development Professionals program prepares aspiring nonprofit leaders to excel in the fundraising, management and organizational planning skills required in the philathropic sector. To date, 93 professionals from 58 organizations have attended this program. Click here to see our graduate list.

The target audience for this program is new or aspiring professionals to the nonprofit sector whose responsibility features fundraising. The program consists of four monthly (3-hour) sessions from September - December each fall... [..] read more


Patton's Picks from the PMA Library: Outer Order, Inner Calm August 2020

Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness by Gretchen Rubin

Rubin makes the case for organizing your spare time to improve productivity, but also your state of mind and her signature happiness mindset in Outer Order Inner Calm. She explores the psychology that is often the culprit as to why we hold onto things and have a hard time letting things go and cleaning up our messes.
THREE TAKEAWAYS: ... [..] read more


Building A Legacy Organization Through Nonprofit Leadership (Jeff Michael) August 2020

Every nonprofit organization has an upcoming anniversary, whether it's their first or their 150th or somewhere in between. While simply celebrating an anniversary may not help your organization achieve strategic success, it may well provide a unique opportunity to raise awareness of what your organization has accomplished throughout its history, as well as elevate your mission and vision going forward. That's exactly what Jeff Michael and I discussed during episode #53 of the ... [..] read more


FAQs for PMA’s Mastermind Programs August 2020

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What are PMA's Mastermind Programs?

The need for agile nonprofit leadership has never been greater. Unfortunately, individuals in the nonprofit sector so often do not receive the professional development they need to advance towards their leadership goals.

PMA is committed to responding to this need for targeted leadership development coaching and training; as a result, we are launching PMA's Mastermind Programs to accelerate Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership. ... [..] read more


Celebrating Black Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (Valaida Fullwood)  August 2020

What can your nonprofit do to better engage Black philanthropists? There is no one better suited to answer that question than Valaida Fullwood, who brings her pioneering experience through Charlotte's New Generation of African American Philanthropists (NGAAP) and its Bold Project, as well as her experience as a champion for Black Philanthropy Month and the #BPM2020CLT initiative. She also brings to life more than 200 examples of Black philanthropy through her award-winning book ... [..] read more


Patton's Picks from the PMA Library: Principles August 2020

Principles: Life & Work by Ray Dalio

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. In Principles, billionaire investor Ray Dalio reflects on 40 years in finance and his career as the successful founder and CEO of Bridewater Associates. Using anecdotes and experiences from his life and success as an investor, Dalio ... [..] read more


Is a Merger Right for Your Nonprofit? (Laura Belcher) July 2020

As uncertain conditions continue to challenge nonprofit leaders and their ability to plan strategically, the need for effective collaboration is greater than ever. While effective partnerships and collaborative opportunities exist without an actual merger having to take place, many nonprofit leaders are contemplating what an actual merger might do for their organization. In episode #51 of the Path Podcast, Laura Belcher, the President & CEO of Habitat for Humanity of the Charlotte Region, and I ... [..] read more


Patton's Picks from the PMA Library: Digital Minimalism July 2020

"Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World" by Cal Newport



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. Rather than dismissing technology entirely, Newport insists that you should feel in control of your technology use, rather than the other way around. Digital Minimalism is true to its title: conveying ... [..] read more


Elevating A Cause Through Nonprofit Leadership (Curtis Drafton) July 2020

Not many nonprofit leaders have actually experienced the personal and professional challenges facing the individuals their organization serves. After two Army tours in the Middle East left him injured, Curtis Drafton then had to overcome the tragic loss of his fiancé to cancer. In his words, he was "mentally broken and confused," but also realized he was not alone in his struggle. Few would have blamed him for taking years to get his life and ... [..] read more


4 Tips for Effective & Efficient Fundraising (Patton McDowell) July 2020

Patton had an opportunity to be a guest on Dolph Goldenburg's great podcast and discuss four key tips he's found to help nonprofit organizations organize their fundraising efforts. This was also our first opportunity to participate in a "reverse podcast," as this episode first appeared on Dolph's feed on July 16, 2020, and now is included on our feed as well. Summary from The Successful Nonprofits Podcast:Small and medium-sized nonprofits ... [..] read more


Patton's Picks from the PMA Library: The 5 AM Miracle July 2020

"The 5 AM Miracle: Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast" by Jeff Sanders


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. This is a recommendatioon made by podcast guest and PMA team member Penny Hawkins.
In The 5 AM Miracle, author Jeff Sanders explains how and why his dramatic wake up time is ... [..] read more


Agile Arts Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector (Devlin McNeil) July 2020

How do you manage an Arts organization when every aspect of your program is disrupted? Perhaps no nonprofit sector has more challenges right now than Arts & Culture organizations, given the limitations to programming, performances and gatherings. And with the philanthropic community understandably focused on health and human services, the Arts sector faces even greater needs for agile leadership. Fortunately, Devlin McNeil, the President & Executive Director of Arts+, provides great insight as to how ... [..] read more


IPL Announces New Development Professionals & Leadership Gift School programs for 2020-2021 July 2020

The Institute for Philanthropic Leadership is pleased to announce registration is now open for its two signature programs in 2020-21. The New Development Professionals (NDP) program will be offered virtually in the Fall of 2020, and Leadership Gift School (LGS) will take place in the Spring of 2021 in a live/virtual/hybrid manner as circumstances allow. For more information and to register CLICK HERE! IPL is offering the 2019 rate of $350 as ... [..] read more


PMA’s Mike Blackwelder Joins Smart Start as Chief Administrative Officer July 2020

PMA Managing Director Mike Blackwelder will join Smart Start of Mecklenburg County in a newly created Chief Administrative Officer role, beginning full-time on August 3rd, 2020.

"It's hard to summarize the fantastic work Mike has done to elevate our firm over the last three years, as well as all he's done to support the work of many nonprofit organizations across North Carolina," noted PMA President Patton McDowell. "He will be a great ... [..] read more


Patton's Picks from the PMA Library: The First 90 Days July 2020

"The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter" by Michael Watkins

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.
Possibly our most reccommended title to date by guests of the Path Podcast, The First 90 Days is a classic, essential read for readers interested in maximizing ... [..] read more


Millennials & Corporate Partners: What Nonprofit Leaders Need to Know (Derrick Feldmann) July 2020

How do you get the millennial generation to engage in your nonprofit's cause? That's just the first question Derrick Feldmann and I explored during our conversation on episode #47 of the Path Podcast. Perhaps there is no one more qualified to answer that question, given his research has focused on the millennial generation for over a decade. While Derrick provided a fascinating look at that demographic, we were also able to follow his ... [..] read more


Finding New Opportunities Through Nonprofit Leadership (Cheryl Richards) July 2020

As a nonprofit leader, how do you know when it's the right time to make a change? That's exactly where Dr. Cheryl Richards and I started our conversation in Episode #46 of the Path, as she was only two weeks into her new role as the first female President of Johnson & Wales University's Charlotte Campus. After great success in her previous leadership role as the CEO & Founding Regional Dean at ... [..] read more


Patton's Picks from the PMA Library: White Fragility July 2020

"White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism" by Robin DiAngelo

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.
White Fragility is a fascinating, instructive, and sometimes unsettling explanation as to why we white people are so easily angered and confused while talking about racism. After ... [..] read more


4 Takeaways from the Giving USA 2020 Annual Report July 2020

Can we rely on the good news from the latest Giving USA 2020 Annual Report ? It was just released in June, and the data shows several positive trends in the fundraising world, albeit pre-COVID. This report, released annually by The Giving Institute, analyzes national-level giving data and provides econometric-based estimates from leading industry experts. Keep reading to learn about the biggest news from this year's findings and learn unique insights into ... [..] read more


Navigating the Nonprofit Leadership Journey (David Malloy) July 2020

Making a job transition is challenging enough under any circumstance, but how about adding a pandemic, cross-country logistics, and a new baby to the family?!?!?! That's exactly what David Malloy had to maneuver as he assumed his new role as Executive Director of the California-Nevada United Methodist Foundation. David and I had great discussion in episode #45 of the Path podcast in which he shares many lessons learned from his national search ... [..] read more


Patton's Picks from the PMA Library: Crucial Conversations June 2020

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High

By Al Switzler, Joseph Grenny, and Ron McMillan

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.
Sometimes ideas must be conveyed and understood urgently by multiple parties, but the discussion itself can be difficult or messy, with certain parties growing angry or leaving ... [..] read more


Building A Supercharged Nonprofit Board (Dolph Goldenburg) June 2020

How do you best engage your board members as a nonprofit leader, especially given the challenges the sector is facing right now? This episode of the Path poses that question to someone who literally wrote a book about the topic, called Successful Nonprofits Build Supercharged Boards. Dolph Goldenburg and I certainly discuss board development in episode #44 of the podcast, but also talk about specific fundraising tactics you can incorporate into your development plan, as ... [..] read more


Smart Start of Mecklenburg County Welcomes New CEO June 2020

PMA is excited to welcome Jake House as the new CEO of Smart Start of Mecklenburg County. Jake has been in Charlotte since 2013 and developed a passion for education - and inequity in education - early in his career through his experience with the Harlem Children's Zone. Jake holds an undergraduate degree in marketing, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and completed a prestigious 2-yr Broad Fellowship in Educational Leadership which takes outstanding ... [..] read more


What is Your Nonprofit Career Vision? 6 Questions You Need to Answer (Patton McDowell) June 2020

These are challenging times for all kinds of reasons, given the isolation of the pandemic, the obvious disparities of race and privilege we're seeing up close, and the economic uncertainties that affect our personal and professional livelihoods. These existential questions don't have easy answers, but nonprofit leaders are looking for guidance as they get their heads around them and evaluate what it means for their career journey. This Bonus Episode of the Path ... [..] read more


Challenging the Nonprofit Status Quo (Tina Postel) June 2020

What should you put in place at your nonprofit organization before you encounter challenges like those we're facing right now? That's one of the many topics Tina Postel and I discuss in episode #42 of the Path podcast, and fortunately you're not too late to implement many of her great ideas. Families struggling with food insecurities have enough barriers to overcome, and she knew her organization, Loaves & Fishes, had to be ... [..] read more


Patton's Picks from the PMA Library: How to Be An Antiracist June 2020

"How to be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi

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.
Kendi's premise is that "not being a racist" is insufficient to truly create positive change, and being a more proactive Antiracist is the way to do so. As a white ally listening, learning and ... [..] read more


Dealing with Adversity as a Nonprofit Leader (Michael Ward) June 2020

It's easy to celebrate successes when things are going well for you as a nonprofit leader, but what about when things don't go so well? Michael Ward has had some fantastic successes as a fundraiser and nonprofit leader, but what made our conversation so powerful was his willingness to share some of the adversity he's faced. His thoughtful and proactive approach to dealing with personal and professional challenges offers great insight for ... [..] read more


Patton's Picks from the PMA Library: Good to Great and the Social Sectors June 2020

"Good To Great and the Social Sectors" by Jim Collins

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.
This title is a personal recommendation, but also a favorite of Podcast Guests Tiffany Capers (#19) and Hal Lewis (#26).
Last week we recommended Jim Collins' business classic Good to Great which illustrated how ... [..] read more


What Do I Do With My Nonprofit’s Strategic Plan? (Andrew Hollo) June 2020

Given the great uncertainty nonprofit leaders are facing right now, it's no wonder many are dismissing their long-range strategic plans as practically useless. However, Andrew Hollo brings a much needed and fresh perspective to this strategic planning dilemma and demonstrates the work he has done across Australia is very much applicable to nonprofit leaders anywhere in the world. He not only describes three planning phases on which you should be focusing going forward... [..] read more


Patton's Picks from the PMA Library: Good to Great June 2020

"Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap.. and Others Don't" by Jim Collins

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.
This title is a personal recommendation, but also a favorite of Podcast Guests Carrie Bhada (#33) and Brian Maness (#37).
Jim Collins' Good to Great is the result ... [..] read more


Nonprofit Leadership in Healthcare Philanthropy (Adam Cook) June 2020

What's it like to lead a healthcare foundation in the midst of a pandemic? How do you stay organized when all of your events are pushed off the calendar and everyone you speak with has a new idea? Adam Cook has great insight and perspective on these questions and many more in episode #39 of the Path. He has served multiple health care foundations over the course of his nonprofit career, and we talk ... [..] read more


We Must Do Better: Resources for Fighting Racism June 2020

We are heartbroken by the recent events that show ongoing, systematic mistreatment of our black community in this country. We recognize that words are not enough - we must hold ourselves and our systems accountable by actively listening, learning, and speaking out against racism of all kinds. We can and must do better.

At PMA Consulting, we echo our friends at Safe Alliance, and stand in solidarity with everyone working to address racism and intersecting oppressions. ... [..] read more


Patton's Picks from the PMA Library: Atomic Habits May 2020

"Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results" by James Clear

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. "Many people think that they lack motivation, but what they really lack is clarity."

James Clear's Atomic Habits is a guide to eliminating bad habits and effectively replacing them with good ones. In an ... [..] read more


Six Steps to Help you Transition from Corporate to Nonprofit  May 2020

Thinking about leaving your corporate career and taking a job at a nonprofit? While working in the nonprofit sector is immensely rewarding, it comes with a unique set of challenges. Recent interviews on the Your Path to Nonprofit Leadership podcast have allowed us to learn about three nonprofit leaders who have successfully made the leap between these sectors and benefit from their experiences and insights. We interviewed Kristin Beck, Executive Director of Social Venture Partners ... [..] read more


Five Steps to Optimize your Fundraising Capacity May 2020

A mastery of fundraising demands much more than the ability to ask for money. Use the five steps of the Funding Cycle below to map out your fundraising strategy, help your organization define the tasks and actions needed to build your donor base, and strengthen relationships to effectively increase your fundraising capacity.

Identify.



The first step of the funding cycle is identifying potential donors and prospects.Start by analyzing your existing relationships and building up ... [..] read more


The Secret Lives of Nonprofit Leaders (Kishshana Palmer) May 2020

Kishshana Palmer is not afraid to tell us what we need to hear, even if we're not sure we're ready for it! She's the kind of truth-teller our sector needs, and our conversation on the Path provided all kinds of valuable insight for nonprofit leaders and fundraisers that can be put into practice right now. Kishshana shared a candid view of her journey into nonprofit leadership, and the challenges she's ... [..] read more


Patton's Picks from the PMA Library: The Obstacle is the Way May 2020

"The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph" by Ryan Holiday

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.
Holiday brings to life the wisdom of the Stoics in his book "The Obstacle is the Way," championing the practical value of their advice. The key to upholding ... [..] read more


Maintaining Strategic Focus as a Nonprofit Leader (Brian Maness) May 2020

What do you do to stay organized in an ever-changing environment with children and families from across the state depending on you? Like many nonprofit CEO's right now, Brian Maness has had to navigate both the personal and professional demands of nonprofit leadership despite an uncertain landscape around him. Brian is the President & CEO of Children's Home Society of North Carolina, providing services ranging from adoption and foster care to parent ... [..] read more


Patton's Picks from the PMA Library: Deep Work May 2020

"Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World" by Cal Newport

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.

Inspired by Carl Jung's isolated and incredibly productive Swiss retreats, Cal Newport's "Deep Work" emphasizes the importance of performing focused and effortful tasks for extended periods of time, all ... [..] read more


5 Ways to Adapt Your Nonprofit in Times of Change May 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented challenge for nonprofits. Demands are high, resources are low, and everything feels uncertain. Your organization can still survive--and even thrive--when we don't know exactly what the future has in store by adapting the right strategy and actions. We sat down with Dr. Michael Marsicano, President & CEO of the Foundation For The Carolinas , to discuss how nonprofits can adapt to the changing and unusual ... [..] read more


Vital Resources from BoardSource (Jim Taylor) May 2020

How can a nonprofit leader take advantage of the resources BoardSource has to offer, especially in a time of uncertainty and strategic challenge? The answers come from Jim Taylor, who not only highlights the tools available from BoardSource for nonprofit leaders everywhere, but also leans on his personal and professional experience to add even greater value for listeners of this episode of the Path. A pandemic certainly highlights vulnerabilities within the nonprofit sector, and Jim ... [..] read more


Fortune 500 to Nonprofit Founder & CEO (Tina Admans) May 2020

It's quite possible that you (or someone you know) have contemplated leaving the for-profit world to pursue an opportunity in the nonprofit sector. That's exactly what Tina Admans did after moving to Los Angeles over a decade ago. She could very well have stayed on a successful corporate track that included senior positions at Panavision, GE and NBC Universal, but she knew something was missing and nonprofit leadership was calling her. In ... [..] read more


Patton's Picks from the PMA Library: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team May 2020

"The Five Dysfunctions of a Team" by Patrick Lencioni

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. Lencioni's engaging book walks readers through five interconnected characteristics present in dysfunctional teams, and explains actionable techniques to dismantle them. Written as an engaging fictitious story of the executive board of a struggling tech ... [..] read more


The War for Fundraising Talent (Jason Lewis) May 2020

Fundraising is on every nonprofit leader's mind right now, and perhaps there is no one better to talk about that topic than Jason Lewis, who literally wrote a book about the topic, The War for Fundraising Talent. As Jason and I discuss, many of the topics he raised in the book are even more relevant right now. Why do so many organizations rely on "arms-length" fundraising tactics, and what can they do about ... [..] read more


Top 5 Books for a Positive State of Mind May 2020

It can be challenging to stay happy and focused while we all adjust to the uncertainty of our "new normal ." An optimistic mindset, however, is a powerful tool in times of adversity. Using the extra time on your hands to read a book from the PMA library is a great way to get inspired to refocus and keep working towards your personal and professional goals.

Each week. Patton provides a weekly summary of the most ... [..] read more


Patton's Picks from the PMA Library: The Power of Full Engagement May 2020

"The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal" By Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

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. Based on an athletic training concept, "The Power of Full Engagement" explains that only by taking breaks of equal and ... [..] read more


Adapting to Short-Term Challenges with Long-Term Benefits (Carrie Bhada) April 2020

Carrie Bhada's journey in nonprofit leadership has led her to outstanding higher education and healthcare institutions, but it has also given her the experience of dealing with internal and external challenges. While nothing compares to the unique complexities of the COVID-19 situation, she has utilized previous experiences to adapt and lead her team at North Carolina State University as they navigate this uncharted territory. Carrie provided great insight into change management strategies all ... [..] read more


Community Leadership in the Philanthropic Sector (Michael Marsicano) April 2020

Michael Marsicano leads one of the largest community foundations in the United States. He is passionate about bringing communities together to maximize philanthropy and improve all aspects of society. Like nonprofit leaders around the world, he was faced with an unprecedented challenge and opportunity with the arrival of COVID-19. What did he do? In partnership with the United Way of Central Carolinas, he mobilized his team and other collaborative partners throughout the region to ... [..] read more


Patton's Picks from the PMA Library: Eat That Frog April 2020

"Eat That Frog: 21 Ways To Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time" by Brian Tracy

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. Eat That Frog boils down to one significant lifestyle change: doing your hardest, most important task FIRST, even if that task happens to be "eating a ... [..] read more


Making the Jump: Corporate America to Nonprofit Executive (Kristin Beck) April 2020

After twenty years of success in the for-profit arena, Kristin Beck could have easily continued on her upward trajectory. But her inner voice confirmed something was missing and she knew a change might be warranted. She then began a thoughtful process to evaluate her options and make sure she was prepared for the eventual nonprofit leadership opportunity that could take advantage of the skills and experiences she brought from the corporate world. What emerged ... [..] read more


Personal Branding for the Nonprofit Professional April 2020

Developing, defining, and promoting your personal brand is important for any career, but is especially crucial for nonprofit professionals. Although it may feel a little uncomfortable or too self serving for some of us to think of "branding" ourselves, managing your personal brand will allow you to make a strong positive impact in your career and community.

"Personal brand is a person's perception of another person, primarily in a business context," says Yvonne Levine... [..] read more


Patton's Pick from the PMA Library: "Essentialism" April 2020

"Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less" by Greg McKeown

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. This is also a recommendation of Angela Woods, the guest on Episode 30 of The Path Podcast. An exercise in prioritization, Greg McKeown's "Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less" provides readers with a great ... [..] read more


Nonprofit Leadership in Uncertain Times (Angela Woods) April 2020

As the COVID-19 situation descended on her organization with stunning speed, Angela Woods, JD MBA knew she would have to make critical strategic decisions without the luxury of time to thoroughly evaluate options or wait for additional data. Like so many nonprofit leaders right now, she had to rely on her instincts and experience to best "triage" an evolving situation. How she's managed these circumstances so far is a great study in leadership ... [..] read more


Agile Nonprofit Leadership During the COVID-19 Crisis (Mike Blackwelder) April 2020

Uncertainty abounds in the charitable sector, but leadership is needed now more than ever. My colleague Mike Blackwelder and I tackle five critical areas of leadership, and lift up examples, suggestions and resources to better address each of them in episode 29 of The Path Podcast. Whether you're a current nonprofit leader or aspire to be one, these are the types of circumstances you must be ready to manage. How do you work with ... [..] read more


Patton's Pick from the PMA Library: "Grit" April 2020

"Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance" by Angela Duckworth

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. Angela Duckworth's "Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance" calls out the biased celebration of "talent," and makes a compelling case for the superior effectiveness of passion and continued efforts.

Formula:

Talent x ... [..] read more


5 Questions to Answer Before Using A Nonprofit Consultant (Heather Yandow) April 2020

As you move into senior leadership in the nonprofit sector, the opportunity to explore external contractors and consultants will likely present itself. How do you evaluate such an option? What are the factors you should consider before engaging such a resource? These are exactly the questions Heather Yandow and I explore in episode #28 of the Path. Through her experience founding Nonprofit.ist, she is the perfect person to help you evaluate any type of ... [..] read more


Patton's Pick from the PMA Library: "10% Happier" April 2020

"10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story" By Dan Harris

I f 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. In his journey of demystifying meditation and discovering how to put it to use... [..] read more


Building A Culture of Philanthropy at Your Nonprofit (Stamie Despo) April 2020

Despite her successful fundraising experience, Stamie Despo knew as a new Executive Director she would need the entire organization to embrace philanthropy for it to achieve the kind of mission success she knew was possible. That's exactly what Stamie and I discussed during episode 27 of The Path Podcast. What exactly is a culture of philanthropy? What did she find when she began her role as Executive Director at the Susan G. Komen affiliate ... [..] read more


3 Essential Skills for Nonprofit Leadership (Hal Lewis) March 2020

Dr. Hal Lewis was the perfect person to illustrate three critical skills nonprofit leaders must develop. As a nonprofit executive himself, a scholar published on a variety of leadership topics, and a consultant working with leaders across the country, he was well-positioned to provide the practical advice and resources you need on your nonprofit path. In episode #26 of The Path Podcast, Hal and I discussed the ability to attract and retain top-notch ... [..] read more


3 Things Nonprofit Leaders Can Do Now March 2020

"I don't know where to start," confided a nonprofit Executive Director I was speaking with last week. Like so many of our colleagues in the charitable sector, she was trying to triage the nearly overwhelming number of issues in front of her, facing more questions than answers. We worked through her situation, and came up with a plan that has been reinforced by conversations we're having with each of our nonprofit partners. As ... [..] read more


Three Writing Practices for Nonprofit Success March 2020

Sharpen your communication skills, monitor your productivity and meet your professional development goals in minutes a day with these three simple writing exercises.

No matter where you are in your nonprofit career, being able to communicate effectively is critical to your success. Honing your communications skills will help you build relationships, broaden your network, collaborate effectively with colleagues and coworkers, and improve your fundraising results. Effective written communication skills are especially critical in today's ... [..] read more


Utilizing A Coach to Strengthen Your Nonprofit Leadership (Nancy Beard) March 2020

Nancy Beard offers great perspectives on the value of finding good mentors as well as the potential a coach can have on your personal and professional journey on Episode #25 of The Path Podcast. Her path to nonprofit leadership was shaped by early volunteer roles, both as a board member and a volunteer, and she continued to hear a calling for social justice causes that began during her childhood. We had a great conversation about ... [..] read more


New to the Nonprofit World? Here are 5 Ways to Hit the Ground Running March 2020

A career in the nonprofit sector can be highly rewarding for motivated and mission-driven individuals, but that doesn't mean it's easy. It can get pretty overwhelming trying to manage different types of advice and information, understand all of the varied roles around you, and learn new skills, especially without much support from your organization. For someone adjusting to a career change or recently entering the nonprofit sector, it can feel next to ... [..] read more


Patton's Pick from the PMA Library: "Mindset" March 2020

"Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" by Carol S. Dweck



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.

In her great book Mindset, Stanford psychologist Carol S. Dweck explains the differences between fixed and growth mindsets, and the implication of both on personal development, teaching, and parenting.

The two mindsets outlined by ... [..] read more


Patton's Pick from the PMA Library: "Never Eat Alone" March 2020

"Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship At A Time" by Keith Ferrazzi


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.

Keith Ferrazzi's "Never Eat Alone" offers practical tips on professional success through effective networking. For some, the term "networking" conjures dreaded images of awkward small talk and ... [..] read more


Leadership Development for the 3 Phases of Your Nonprofit Career (Chris Delisio) March 2020

Chris Delisio's career in higher education has led him to a leadership role in one of the largest comprehensive campaigns in the country, as the Time and Change Campaign at Ohio State targets one million donors and a fundraising goal of $4.5 billion. While justifiably proud of his current leadership position, Chris is quick to point to the resources and advice that helped him move along the path to nonprofit success. In Episode ... [..] read more


Patton's Pick from the PMA Library: "Quiet" March 2020

"Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking" by Susan Cain

While your travel and activities are likely curtailed in this coronavirus environment, take advantage of the opportunity to catch up on your reading! If you're looking for recommendations in the professional development genre, Patton will offer a weekly summary of some of the essential and emerging titles in the professional development and leadership space from the PMA Library. ... [..] read more


Driving from the Backseat: Nonprofit Leadership Lessons  (Ronnie Bryant) March 2020

The title of Ronnie Bryant's nonprofit leadership book says it all: Driving from the Backseat. It's a wonderful illustration of the skill and finesse required by nonprofit Executive Directors as they steer their organization along but allow a whole group of board members to sit in the front seat and "drive." In Episode 23 of The Path Podcast, my conversation with Ronnie was just as enjoyable as reading his book, full of insight... [..] read more


Essential Skills for Nonprofit Fundraising Success (Joanne Beam) February 2020

Like many of us, Joanne O'Brien Beam did not aspire to nonprofit leadership following her undergraduate days, but the lure of her alma mater and the skills she developed in the for-profit sector combined to make her a very successful fundraiser and a highly sought-after consultant and coach. In Episode 22 of The Path, Joanne and I had a great conversation about the wonderfully practical advice she received during her journey along ... [..] read more


3 Keys to Maximizing Your Nonprofit Leadership Opportunities (Justin Dionne) February 2020

Justin Dionne knew he had a great opportunity on his hands when he arrived at the Cain Center for the Arts. As a relatively new executive director, he also knew he needed to maximize all of his productivity and professional development resources to get this new organization off the ground as well as navigate its very aspirational campaign of $25 million to build a new performing arts center. Justin and I had a great conversation ... [..] read more


A Dozen Resources for the Nonprofit Professional (Leighton Fogan) February 2020

Leighton Fogan has not only enjoyed a successful career in the nonprofit sector, but she's also a dedicated student of professional development resources! Her career path includes hands-on experience at several nonprofits, many successful consulting engagements, and coursework through Columbia University and Duke's Nonprofit Management program. Episode #20 of The Path features our conversation on three categories of career-enhancing resources, and is a gold mine for current and aspiring nonprofit leaders. ... [..] read more


Hiring Talent and Sharpening Your Nonprofit Leadership Skills (Tiffany Capers) February 2020

Tiffany Capers did not plan to go into nonprofit leadership, and in fact, she thought her graduate degree would take her into a corporate environment. But after opportunities in government and in a community foundation, she found a calling that led to leadership in our sector. She now serves as the Executive Director of the CrossRoads Corporation, which creatively partners with the residents of the Grier Heights neighborhood in Charlotte and numerous other stakeholders to ... [..] read more


How Do You Blend For-Profit and Nonprofit Leadership Lessons? (Will Jones) February 2020

Like many in the nonprofit sector, Will Jones gained leadership experience from other arenas, including the social service and for-profit sectors. He now serves as the President and CEO of Thompson, a leading provider of clinical and prevention services for children and families across the Carolinas. In Episode 18 of The Path Podcast, Will and I dive into many topics related to the blend of best practices he's gained from his experience, and ... [..] read more


How Do You Move from Manager to Senior Leader at Your Nonprofit? (Katherine Lambert) January 2020

Katherine Lambert is passionate about professional development in the nonprofit sector and is a champion for internal candidates who can serve as senior leaders. Her advice provides great insight for other senior leaders who want to better develop their talent, but also provides many clues for those pursuing a new job in the charitable sector. On episode 17 of the Path Podcast, Katherine talks about how she allocates professional development funds in her organization, and ... [..] read more


7 Nonprofit Podcasts You Should Listen to in 2020 January 2020

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!

While the rise of the podcast is a professional development opportunity for you, it's also a medium that your nonprofit will likely explore just as Don Jonas, the Executive ... [..] read more


IPL Welcomes Cohort 8 of Leadership Gift School January 2020

The Institute of Philanthropic Leadership welcomed nine nonprofits to its 8th Cohort of Leadership Gift School beginning this Spring, hosted by the Foundation For The Carolinas. These outstanding organizations join 165 nonprofit leaders from 76 nonprofits that have graduated from this highly acclaimed program.

Anuvia. Valerie Kopetzky, CEO; Abigail Lord-Ramsey, Director of Fund Development

Arts & Science Council. Jeep Bryant, President & CEO; Robert Touchstone, Director of Development

Augustine Literacy Project. Alison Houser, Executive ... [..] read more


4 Writing Practices for Nonprofit Success (Clay Hodges) January 2020

The concept of writing might not be an activity that brings back pleasant memories (late-night term papers anyone?), but as attorney Clay Hodges illustrates, it is a powerful tool to activate in your productivity toolbox. In episode 16 of the Path, Clay and I explore four different writing rituals and routines that can help you build skills for professional development and more effective communication. How can you utilize journaling to monitor personal and professional ... [..] read more


Personal Branding for the Nonprofit Professional (Yvonne Levine) January 2020

What is Personal Branding, and why is it important for you as a nonprofit professional? That's exactly what Yvonne Levine and I discussed in episode #15 of the Path. Yvonne's great coaching and consulting experience with different organizations - and their senior leaders - provides many useful take-aways for current and aspiring nonprofit leaders who want to engage in genuine activities to build their positive brand. Among other things, we talk about when to ... [..] read more


Finding Your Nonprofit Leadership Shadow (Will Sparks) January 2020

What is your leadership shadow, and why should you worry about it? That's exactly what Dr. Will Sparks and I discuss in episode #14 of the Path. He's spent 20 years researching the characteristics of great leaders, and also the "shadow" side of their leadership styles which often hold them back in ways they're not even aware. Will and I explore the practical aspects of his studies, and how nonprofit leaders can ... [..] read more


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