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Are Humans Resources? Moving from Extraction to Reciprocity in Our People Practices AND... Towards A More Equitable Tax Agenda: A Plea to Reinstate the Universal Charitable Deduction
Volume 25, Issue 3 Fall 2018
6 The Nonprofit Whisperer
What can you do to break down
the seemingly impregnable
barriers between departments in
your organization and replace them
with an open and positive culture? The
Nonprofit Whisperer is here to help!
F e a t u r e s
8 IT’S TIME TO RE-FORM HUMAN CAPITAL ASSUMPTIONS IN NONPROFITS
12 Nurturing Renewable Human Capital in the Nonprofit Workplace
“If we were to think of the human capital in and around our organizations as explicitly
including social, intellectual, and cultural capital, what changes might it engender in our
nonprofits’ human resource practices?,” asks Ruth McCambridge. A shift like this, she
proposes, would fundamentally transform the employment contract.
by Ruth McCambridge
16 Developing Human Capital: Moving from Extraction to Reciprocity in Our
“Many of us in the nonprofit sector aspire to make our organizations more
human, more personally sustainable, and more conscious of the full humanity of the
people with whom we work. For many of us this means revisiting, if not entirely
revising, our approaches to ‘human resources management,’” writes Jeanne Bell.
This article is an in-depth how-to for organizations wishing to develop reciprocity
in all organizational areas.
by Jeanne Bell
24 BALLE—Change from the Outside In
In this article, which inaugurates the Nonprofit Quarterly’s “Racial Equity Change
Process” series, Cyndi Suarez presents a detailed case study that highlights the mix of
uncomfortable self-reflection and creative breakthroughs one organization experienced
over a seven-year period committed to centering racial equity in its work.
by Cyndi Suarez
30 Emergent Coaching: Becoming Nimble in Complex Times
“Our assumptions about how work should be structured to be highly effective are
changing. Even in corporate settings, there is an acknowledgment that engagement
is prized—that people want to know that their work matters and has meaning. Yet,
we are only on the threshold of understanding what this means in practice.” Here, Ana
Polanco and Susan Misra present the experiences of four leaders who used emergent
coaching methods to “navigate their complex and emergent environments.”
by Ana Polanco and Susan Misra
40 THE RICH GET DEDUCTIONS AND THE POOR GET RULED:
A BURNING PLATFORM FOR A UNIVERSAL CHARITABLE DEDUCTION
44 The Growth in Total Household Giving Is Camouflaging a Decline in Giving
by Small and Medium Donors: What Can We Do about It?
Small and midsize donations are falling, increasing nonprofit dependence on the
wealthy few. Should we be prioritizing the universal charitable deduction as sectorwide
policy? This special feature presents new research demonstrating two trends that
are negatively affecting the nature of how America gives, leading to the diminishment
of civil society generally.
by Patrick M. Rooney
50 Nonprofit Contracting: Breaking the Cycle of Public Underinvestment
The way nonprofit contracts with government are handled suggests a lack of respect
bordering on malfeasance. Make no mistake: these are tax expenditures, and we should
demand more from public agencies that administer those funds.
by Mary Kate Bacalao
D e p a r t m e n t s
54 You First: Leadership
for a New World
“Think of a funnel—or a sausage grinder,
if you’d like. You put the information in
the SWOT’s grinder, and out come your
best strategies,” writes Mark Light in
this damning disquisition on the everprevalent
by Mark Light, MBA, PhD
56 Breaking Through the Academic
Bubble: A Personal Journey
How can you take your research beyond
the “academic bubble” and into the
concrete realm of policy? Here, Nhan
Truong describes how he used a
“pracademic” approach to leverage his
research into practice, discovering critical
issues for the pracademic along the way.
by Nhan Truong
61 Restoring Reciprocity: How
the Nonprofit Sector Can Help
Save Capitalism from Itself
Nonprofits often act to mend problems
within a given system, but what if
the system as a whole is decaying?
This article discusses the problematic
entanglement of state and market, and
how this adversely affects the majority
of the population.
by Elizabeth A. Castillo