What the Best Nonprofits Know About Strategy

Harvard Business

After years of working in tech startups, which strive to transform underdog status into competitive advantage, I dove into the nonprofit world. The contrast was striking: Too few nonprofits use the advantages of their nonprofit status. The nonprofit model has a strategic edge beyond tax exemption, and the best nonprofit leaders learn to leverage it. Khan Academy’s nonprofit mission catalyzed the partnership. William Andrew/Getty Images.

Charting your consulting career direction

Tom Spencer

Management consultants get the opportunity to work on challenging real world problems for companies, governments and nonprofits. Every year consulting firms hire new high achieving young graduates, meaning that recruits from last year must move up or move out.

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Full Disclosure in Board Recruitment

The Nonprofit Consultant

Liz Heath, executive director of The Nonprofit Center in Tacoma, Washington, has an article in the Tacoma News Tribune advising nonprofits to let future board members in on whole truth. Many times we're anxious to recruit new talent to our boards, so we soft-pedal the requirements and expectations. Tags: nonprofit , boards of directors , recruitment , disclosure

LinkedIn Launches Board Connect Service

The Nonprofit Consultant

LinkedIn, the social network for professionals of all sectors, has just announced the launch of their new Board Connect service for nonprofit organizations. Best of all, the service is free to nonprofits ( business use of the Talent Finder can cost $1,000). Michael recognizes that the LinkedIn service can be beneficial to the organizations that choose to use it, but, he notes: "Searching algorithyms can get a nonprofit only so far.

Boardroom Musical Chairs

The Nonprofit Consultant

When we only recruit within our existing circles, we don't open up our boards to new ideas, new connections, and a broader range of experience. Many people are drawn to serve on a nonprofit board of directors because of the social experience. Local board training and recruitment programs can often be found within chambers of commerce, community leadership programs, or nonprofit resource centers. Or are you actively developing new sources of recruitment?

Joining a Nonprofit Board of Directors: The Why and How of It

The Nonprofit Consultant

Perhaps you have had some experience giving your time and efforts to local nonprofit organizations, but find something lacking in the experience. This article will introduce you to a higher level of community involvement: joining a nonprofit Board of Directors. Your local Volunteer Center may also be aware of boards that are recruiting new members. (This is another older article that I'm posting to the blog to add it to the archives.

Mission-Driven Careers

The Nonprofit Consultant

I know of very few people in the nonprofit sector who are here "just for a job." Those of us who've made a career of the nonprofit sector do it as part of our personal mission. Jobs for Change, a part of change.org , is looking to inspire and recruit the next generation of nonprofit leaders - those looking for a mission-driven career. To attract these people, we need to enhance the social sector's ability to recruit, develop, and retain talent.

How Many Board Members?

The Nonprofit Consultant

This is a question that came up in a conversation last week, and from time to time; "What is the appropriate size for a nonprofit board of directors?" The generally accepted number for most small- to mid-sized nonprofits is 9-14 members. Many larger nonprofits do have large, 30-member boards, but upon closer examination, they're not typically the true governing body. And, seriously, how many times has your nonprofit board been stuck in a tied vote on an important issue?

National Volunteer Week is Coming.

The Nonprofit Consultant

Head on over to the VolunteerMatch web site and read the press release to find out more about National Volunteer Week, and how your nonprofit can tie into this promotion. VolunteerMatch is helping transform the landscape of nonprofit outreach—connecting good people directly with good causes, and providing access to an entirely new generation of volunteers who are eager to contribute. million matches to the 56,784 local nonprofits registered with VolunteerMatch.

What are the critical characteristics a board of directors needs to succeed?

The Nonprofit Consultant

For a nonprofit board of directors to succeed, the number one key ingredient is: Involvement. Do not recruit all of your board members from the same source, or you're likely to build a chorus of "yes-men" and stagnate under a lack of creativity. Involved boards lead successful nonprofit organizations. Tags: boards of directors Nonprofit involvement success

How Much Should Board Members Give?

The Nonprofit Consultant

This is the question that has haunted many a nonprofit Executive Director and Development Director. That means that if a member normally makes $500 gifts to other nonprofits, they should give $750 or $1,000 to the nonprofit they're on the Board of. If your Board member is still reluctant to give, it may be time to question their commitment and start recruiting to fill that seat. Tags: giving donors boards of directors Nonprofit

Bridgespan Non-Profit Consulting Interviews and Culture

Management Consulted

Bridgespan was birthed out of Bain’s desire to expand its support of nonprofits. The founding story goes like this: Bain consultant Thomas Tierney had an active involvement in non-profit work since the early 1980s and because of this, when he became worldwide director of Bain, he started focusing his personal attention on consulting for charities which led to the completion of 3 Bain studies between 1995 and 1998 about the market for nonprofit consulting. Nonprofit Job Board.

Washing Away in a Flood of Volunteers

The Nonprofit Consultant

Has your nonprofit been overrun and overwhelmed recently with a flood of new volunteers? groused one nonprofit executive, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Taproot has had to scale back on their recruitment of professionals: “It’s like a Greek tragedy,” according to Lindsay Firestone, who manages pro bono projects for Taproot. “We’re Tags: volunteers Nonprofit barack obama economy

Strategy Consulting – Reflections on the First Six Months

Tom Spencer

I took a lab class where a group of nine students from all areas of study (physics, biology, art history, business) came together to assess a nonprofit’s community impact and provide strategic recommendations to reach their long term objectives. There are two pieces of advice I often give: You should enjoy the campus recruiting process overall (networking, case prep, informational interviews, etc.).

Even Life-Saving Innovations Don’t Sell Themselves

Harvard Business

At the same time, some 1,000 nonprofits and community-based organizations were offering a drug-free solution to help avoid developing diabetes, but they weren’t sufficiently publicizing it or engaging users to sell the service. Among nonprofits we surveyed last year, 70% reported shortfalls in program participation currently, and half said they were struggling with participation now more than five years ago. Generating demand is unfamiliar territory for most nonprofits.

Oliver Wyman Careers

CaseInterview.com

Oliver Wyman recruits globally primarily from 100 of the most selective schools across five continents. Other Oliver Wyman consultants opt for a six-month nonprofit fellowship with a partner organization, while still enjoying up to 40% of their Oliver Wyman salary to make up for reduced compensation. Interest in Oliver Wyman careers has grown as the firm is one of the fastest-growing consultancies within the top ten.

Top 10 Consulting Firms in Washington, DC

Management Consulted

The Washington, DC office’s recruitment team hires highly intelligent people who start as great communicators but are trainable. Each spring, Bain also has an “Impact Day” like Deloitte’s – branded “Community Impact Day,” everyone leaves the office to spend the day supporting local nonprofits, which most recently included the Anacostia Watershed Society, KIPP DC, the Rock Creek Conservancy, and the Father McKenna Center.

Top Consulting Firms

CaseInterview.com

With 8,000 employees across 56 offices, it accepts clients in private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Its engineering services portfolio is among the strongest of any consulting firm, and it is also known for its business lines in nonprofit and public sectors. KPMG has made work-life balance a leading attraction in its recruitment efforts. What are the Top Consulting Firms?

Cold Emailing 101

Tom Spencer

First, look at the careers section on the website, which usually lists members of the recruiting team comprised of the alumni of a specific university. Alumni of the same university are great but alumni of the same student organization or nonprofit that you are part of are even better. This is part 2 of my posts on cold emailing. If you have not read part 1, check out “ How I used cold emailing to land an internship in Mongolia ”.

From STEM PhD to Federal Consulting: An Interview with Josh

Management Consulted

A few years later I was recruited for a position by one of the government consulting companies who had previously made me a contingent offer. Our goal is to share this experience with our clients and help them find the most rewarding, challenging and exciting careers in government consulting; the biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device industries, federal government and nonprofits. Thus, the recruitment-to-hiring phase can often be quite fast.

Money is Easier than Helping

The Nonprofit Consultant

If these statistics are right, then it should be easier to ask for a donation than to recruit volunteers, and easier yet to find wealthier donors. Tags: nonprofit , volunteerism , donations , charity , fundraising , surveysA new study by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans finds that most Americans find donating money to a charity to be easier than volunteering, and would rather write a check than help you out with physical tasks.

Disaster Fundraising

The Nonprofit Consultant

If you haven't run such a campaign for your nonprofit, you are certainly aware of the massive fundraising pitches that go out on the heals of any natural or man-made disaster. It is up to us, as nonprofit community leaders, to educate the public about the need for building emergency reserves of disaster supplies and cash. This type of fundraising is always dishonest, and an embarrassment to the entire nonprofit community.

6 Things Successful Women in STEM Have in Common

Harvard Business

For years, companies, universities and nonprofits have researched the reasons why women are less likely to enter STEM field s — and why, once they enter, they face challenges that frequently push them out. More recent research suggests that messages in recruiting for women in STEM often reinforces the notion that men are naturally better in those fields. PM Images/Getty Images.

Fixing the Gender Imbalance in Health Care Leadership

Harvard Business

Targeted at the largely-male executive leadership, the program is run by the nonprofit Catalyst and covers topics such as privilege, unconscious bias, dominant culture, and gender role conditioning and its link to leadership. Laura Leyshon/Getty Images. Female physicians continue to face myriad challenges in medicine ranging from implicit bias to gaps in payment and promotion to sexual harassment.

Can You Afford to Change Your Career?

Harvard Business

A well-respected HR manager in the public sector, leading his own recruitment team and earning a decent salary. Or Brandon, a rising star at a large, well-known nonprofit organization. Brandon took the leap and left his stable nonprofit job to seek a better work-life balance. He considers himself risk-averse, so when he made the move from nonprofit leadership to starting his own business, he did so with caution. anniepaddington/Getty Images.

To Better Train Workers, Figure Out Where They Struggle

Harvard Business

The business model of Generation, a youth employment nonprofit founded by McKinsey & Company, where we both work, is based on that assertion. The metrics we track include: productivity, cost savings in recruitment and training, quality, retention, and speed to promotion. What company would spend thousands — or even millions — of dollars, year in and year out, without knowing the return? When it comes to training and workforce development, lots of them.

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The Importance of a Good Success Story

The Nonprofit Consultant

Here's a quick look at six months of strategic, happy, thinking: The old mission statement: "We recruit, train and support volunteer host home families to shelter abused, neglected and at-risk children and youth." The old mission statement describes what the organization does day today - recruiting and training volunteers to act as host families. Tags: case studies branding vision Nonprofit success stories mission From Guest Blogger Christina Delzingaro.

Career Bankers Alone Can’t Solve the Financial Industry’s Problems

Harvard Business

Most think banks are part of an elite establishment that’s lost sight of the broader mission to serve customers and would prefer they operate more like nonprofits. The cornerstone of bank recruiting strategies should be experiential diversity enabled by a broad range of personal experiences and networks. The banking industry is mired in a state of permanent crisis.

How to Become a Coach or Consultant After You Retire

Harvard Business

Start recruiting clients. All of that is a moot point until you have actual clients, so recruiting them should be your first priority. Roxann Kriete, the former head of an education nonprofit and the subject of a profile in my book Reinventing You , did zero marketing for her new consulting business when she retired, because she’d already received offers for more consulting work than she could handle.

As Machines Take Jobs, Companies Need to Get Creative About Making New Ones

Harvard Business

This practice helps companies recruit and incentivize workers. For example, the nonprofit Truckers Against Trafficking engages those in the trucking industry in social entrepreneurship to help end human trafficking. Jobs in retail, transportation, manufacturing, and agriculture are highly vulnerable to technological change.

You Can Be a Great Leader and Also Have a Life

Harvard Business

That’s a question Jessica DeGroot sought to answer nearly 20 years ago when she started the nonprofit ThirdPath Institute, an organization dedicated to helping people find time for work, family, and life. Their strategies have since become the “ Vacation Checklist ” DeGroot shares with others at the nonprofit. Dimitri Otis/Getty Images. Tesla and Space X CEO Elon Musk tweets that no one changed the world working 40 hours a week.

How to Overcome Executive Isolation

Harvard Business

For example, one executive director of a nonprofit told me that when she was appointed to the position, after many years in the organization, long-time colleagues stopped inviting her to birthday celebrations and other social events. This is easier for some people than for others, so you should actively recruit or promote at least two or three people who will serve as important counterpoints.

What We Learned from Improving Diversity Rates at Pinterest

Harvard Business

For nearly a decade, I worked at Catalyst , a nonprofit focused on helping women advance in the workplace, consulting with progressive companies who began investing in diversity initiatives in the ‘90s. Perhaps the most immediate impact was on our recruiters, who faced new sourcing and relationship challenges. My team and I worked alongside recruiters to ensure we would help them test new strategies for hiring. Juan Díaz-Faes for HBR.

Growth Needs to Come from the Entire Company

Harvard Business

Organizations, whether businesses or nonprofits, almost universally pursue growth. The business has a distinctive customer experience capability, a prowess at creating premium food and beverage products, and an ability to recruit and manage thousands of retail employees with high loyalty and low turnover. In fact, 94% of the senior executives who responded to a recent global survey conducted by our firm, Strategy&, said that growth was a priority for their companies.

Access to Digital Technology Accelerates Global Gender Equality

Harvard Business

In a recent report , the World Economic Forum identified high skills instability across all job categories and acknowledged that most businesses currently face major recruitment challenges and talent shortages. as several national nonprofit initiatives, such as EveryoneOn , are delivering training at the local level. In every industry, digital technologies are transforming the status quo. Now we have evidence that they are also bringing us closer to workplace equality.

Most Executives Believe in the Business Case for CSR. So Why Don’t They Invest More in It?

Harvard Business

In our recent research , we recruited several samples of executives from around the world to explicitly test them. Many academics, nonprofit leaders, and consultants are still trying to convince executives to invest more in CSR by telling them stories about how it will benefit their companies’ bottom line. Ilka & Franz/Getty Images. Companies achieve remarkable things. They create products for customers, financial returns for investors, and jobs for employees.

Bad Day for Bad Teachers, Good Day for Kids

MishTalk

The Vergara lawsuit was backed by Students Matter, a nonprofit educational policy advocacy group funded by Silicon Valley entrepreneur David Welch. Welch’s organization recruited the nine students, from several school districts, to serve as the public face of the case. The Journal reports that the majority of teachers in the pool had “neither applied for another job in the system nor attended any recruitment fairs in recent months.” ?Things

Research: How Subtle Class Cues Can Backfire on Your Resume

Harvard Business

Harvard and Yale) are typically recruited on-campus. In fact, some attorneys even steered the lower-class candidates to less prestigious and lucrative sectors of legal practice, such as government and nonprofit roles, positions that tend to be more socioeconomically diverse than jobs at top law firms. Every fall, tens of thousands of law students compete for a small number of coveted summer associateships at the country’s top law firms.

Why You Should Have (at Least) Two Careers

Harvard Business

A good producer should be someone who knows how to create a vision, recruit personnel, establish a timeline, raise money, and deliver products. In order to generate funds to help musicians in the city, I could have created a typical nonprofit organization that solicits people for money.

Yes, You Can Make Office Politics Less Toxic

Harvard Business

I once served on the board of a nonprofit with a group of men and women I deeply admired. For example, a board member makes pre-meeting calls to recruit two friendly members to her position on an issue. Juan Díaz-Faes for HBR. Board meetings were an uninterrupted joy. Even lengthy conference calls were opportunities for spontaneous sharing, personal connection, and productive problem-solving. It was Camelot. Until it wasn’t.