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Volume 23, Issue 1 Spring 2016
F e a t u r e s
4 The Nonprofit Ethicist
What are the ethical questions involved
in donors sitting on a nonprofit board?
And when a family foundation
experiences a generational shift and
its interests change, does it have any
responsibility to current grantees?
This and more from the incomparable
by Woods Bowman
6 Governance and Accountability:
A Different Choice for Nonprofits
Theories of governance are
underdeveloped in the nonprofit sector.
Here, the author walks us through
alternative conceptual frameworks that
may produce better results.
by Tracey Coule
18 Models and Components of a
Great Nonprofit Dashboard
Dashboards are enormously useful for
keeping strategic goals in play. So, how
do you create an effective dashboard?
Financial-management experts Hilda
Polanco and Sarah Walker guide
readers through a step-by-step process,
using real-life examples from a variety
of nonprofit organizations.
by Hilda H. Polanco and Sarah Walker
30 Self-Coaching Strategies
for Nonprofit Leaders
Some argue that leadership is most
effectively learned on the job, and
this makes our mentors and colleagues
critical sources of guidance. Here,
the authors provide a format for selfcoaching
that can add enormously
to leaders’ ability to learn from
by Jean Lobell, Pavitra Menon, and Mohan Sikka
42 Keeping It in Reserve:
Grantmaking for a Rainy Day
This article builds on our recent
offloading of the overhead obsession,
and makes a case for funders helping to
ensure financial reserves and liquidity.
by Hilda H. Polanco and John Summers
50 Considerations on Bringing
Virtual Stakeholder Dialogue
into Organizations: Dispersion
of Control and Organizational
Despite the growing importance of
managing stakeholder integration
and dialogue, there has been scant
academic attention paid to the issue.
This article delves into the structures
that can help organizations internally
coordinate issues emerging from
by Paul H. Driessen, Robert A. W. Kok, and
D e p a r t m e n t s
56 Dr. Conflict
How do you quell the tensions
that arise from a miffed funder?
Dr. Conflict is back to advise on this
and other questions with the simple
wisdom from which every nonprofit
leader can benefit.
by Mark Light, MBA, PhD
58 Charitable Plutocracy: Bill Gates,
Washington State, and the
Nuisance of Democracy
Can we maintain the integrity of
the democratic process, when
multibillionaire philanthropists like
Bill Gates and the Koch brothers
are able to shape policy without input
from the public in a way ordinary
by Joanne Barkan
67 Social Media Effectiveness for
Public Engagement: An Example
of Small Nonprofits
After studying twenty-six small
environmental nonprofits, the authors
found many examples of how small
organizations respond to the challenges
and constraints they encounter
with their uses of social media.
A remarkable on-the-ground view
of social media practice.
by Youyang Hou and Cliff Lampe
76 Is Each Site in Your Nonprofit
Network Raising as Much Revenue
as It Can?
In multisite nonprofit networks, you
will always find uneven fundraising
performance from one community
to another. This article presents
an analytical tool, common in the
corporate world, to use in considering
the reasons behind the success or lack
thereof of revenue generation in a
by Mark McKeag and Andrew Flamang