I'm an activist when it comes to recruiting talented people to serve on nonprofit boards. My friends know that when I leave a party, a few people might be on a new path that will lead to their joining nonprofit boards. Only because I so often meet amazing people who are interested in boards but don't quite know what a board does, what will be expected of them, or how to find the right board that fits their interests and where they can add value.
We’re big fans of Beth Kanter and her work helping non-profits utilize social media to “power change.” Recently on Twitter, Beth announced her intention to switch from the iPhone to a phone that usesGoogle’s Android operating system.
North American corporate cause sponsorship spending should expand by 5.0% in 2011. According to the IEG Sponsorship Report, this will be “driven by marketers seeking to earn goodwill from consumers and other stakeholders still recovering from the recessionary economy”.
Necessity is the mother of invention, as the old saying goes, and there's no clearer time to see that maxim in action than in the wake of a disaster. Much the way Bushfire Housing sprang up back in 2009 to help the thousands of Australian families left homeless by fires in Victoria and New South Wales, so Flood Aid aims to help those affected by this year's devastating floods.
By building more effective nonprofit boards, we can achieve more ambitious results for our communities and the world. Federal and state laws regulating nonprofit boards make that possible by giving us flexibility in designing each board. Boards can be created to maximize every organization’s revenues and its impact.
I don’t often post quick links, but this article in the U.K.’s Daily Mail spoke to me of my latest obsession – sustainability hidden in plain sight. Except this time, it is sustainability packaged in a way that will resonate with a lot of previous naysayers. If greed and the U.S.
Nonprofit boards alone have leadership authority--the legal and fiduciary responsibilities--for the organizations that can invigorate the economies of our communities, protect the environment, provide access to education and health care for all, alleviate poverty around the world, and more. Given such important missions, under tough financial circumstances, let 2011 be the year that nonprofit boards get in shape.
There were nearly 100,000 new charges of discrimination filed against employers during fiscal year 2010. This marks the highest level (7.2 percent) of new discrimination cases ever recorded, according to the latest report by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Do your CSR messages differentiate you from your competitors? Do you tell your CSR story in a way that captures the attention and imagination of your customers and your employees? I thought it would be interesting to look at some real examples – in this case from the oil and gas industry. See what you think:
It’s the new question and answer site called Quora. Like Twitter, you ask a question, you get an answer, but you don’t have to filter out the other noise. You can follow people, but you can also follow topics (e. g. cause marketing) or questions (e. g. Where is cause marketing headed in 2011?). Also, like Twitter, Quora results are showing up in Google.
An added feature is that you can vote up or down people’s answers.
Time for a quick update on my movements in the world of CSR.
After a couple of years talking with all those friendly sorts at 3BL Media, sharing blog posts, tweets, Skype conversations and even yours truly sat in front of a video camera for 3BL TV, we decided it was time to announce our formal engagement.
Now entering its third decade, CSR is at last stepping into the spotlight. CSR has moved from the corporatecubicle to the board room, onto the curricula of the world’s most prestigious MBA programs, and the agendas of the most prominent global CEO gatherings.
“If mankind is not to perish after all the dreadful things it has done and gone through, then a new spirit must emerge. And this new spirit is coming not with a roar but with a quiet birth, not with grand measures and words but with an imperceptible change in the atmosphere – a change in which each one of us is participating…”
Listen to Glenn Beck ("Get away from my french fries, Mrs. Obama,” he’s reported to have said at an event in Illinois in September) or the lobbyists at the Center for Consumer Choice and you might come away thinking that the obesity epidemic in America is only a political issue: Nanny-state politicians vs. just plain folk.
But it’s not nearly that simple.
Certainly, individual freedom is a key and enduring American value, and I thank God for mine. But in this case, such declarations sidestep what is clearly the public health threat of our time, obesity. Two of every three American adults, and one out of every three American children, are overweight or obese.
Wilson cites the recent ballyhooed experiment by Mark Haub, a Kansas State professor, who ate only junk food during a recent stretch and lost weight. He is reported to have achieved this by limiting his calories to 1,800, and exercising 40 to 60 minutes, daily. Haub’s point is that substances have no role in obesity, that it is simply a matter of calories in, calories out.
The year started off with a bang with accountability questions related to Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti Foundation. From April on, people berated BP and cringed as the CEO told us one thing about the environmental and economic damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, while images flooding the media showed quite another story.
It’s been a heck of a year for the Ladies. We have declared ourselves at war – with the status quo and with the state of our second-class citizenship in politics, business, finance, religion, social, sexual and civil rights.