Situations that raise the conflict-of-interest specter may not always turn out to be illegal but do always raise ethical questions. When in doubt, follow IRS-recommended procedures, your own conflict-of-interest policy, and your gut—the three together should go a long way toward helping you to make the right decision.
Making the Most of Stakeholder Revolt: The Recapturing of the San Diego Opera and Sweet Briar College by Ruth McCambridge (Winter 2015)
Now that organizational stakeholders have access to one another across boundaries that formerly would have kept them apart, opposition to a given leadership’s objective can be rallied. More and more, stakeholders are demanding transparency around organizations’ decision-making processes, and the standard insular board structure may well become something of the past.
Staging a Comeback: How the Nonprofit Arts Sector Has Evolved since the Great Recession by Eileen Cunniffe and Julie Hawkins (Winter 2015)
Preexisting conditions made the arts sector especially vulnerable to the recession: undercapitalization, changing audiences, and untenable employment practices. Now that the sector is emerging from its troubles, it must reinvent itself in order to remain a vibrant force in the twenty-first century.
As the nation watches, Detroit is attempting to chart an action strategy toward sustainable recovery. But true civic engagement in the process has been lacking, and longtime Detroiters feel largely disenfranchised and that funded development is targeted toward incoming new residents. As Cohen writes, “‘Democracy for whom?’ might be the appropriate question.”
For years, Pittsburgh’s African-American citizens explored ways to celebrate and showcase their vibrant community. Many believed the answer lay in the creation of a center—a gathering place—dedicated to African-American culture.
Since its founding, thirty-two years ago, Holy Family has become well known across the United States for serving the healthcare needs of families in the Rio Grande Valley, as well as acting as a unique practice location for healthcare professionals and clinical learning site for student midwives and nurses.
Network as the Form: Reconfiguring Architecture for Humanity by Josh Bevan, Sonja Lengel, and Joseph C. Mester (Winter 2015)
At the organization’s peak, AFH had over sixty of these chapters— each a volunteer branch office that consisted of dues-paying members, with at least one architect in the mix.
Why Funding Overhead Is Not the Real Issue: The Case to Cover Full Costs by Claire Knowlton (Winter 2015)
As the author explains, “By abandoning overhead, we free up limited nonprofit capacity to focus on more important measures. With the coming sector-wide shift toward outcomes-based measurement, this capacity is needed now more than ever.” This article outlines four things each that nonprofits and foundations can do to end the “Doom Loop” of underfunded full costs.
Movement-Building Opportunities for Change: Perspectives on Criminal Justice Reform Today by Margaret Post and Sian ÓFaoláin (Winter 2015)
As attention turns to the problem of mass incarceration in the United States, it is critical that the knowledge and experience of two oft-overlooked groups be brought in at the leadership level: those who have lived through incarceration, and the families and communities to which they return.
The Public’s Trust in Nonprofit Organizations: The Role of Relationship Marketing and Management by Herrington J. Bryce (Winter 2015)
Our transactions with our stakeholders must be carefully managed if we are to maintain public trust. Here the author offers five core nonprofit-public transactional relationships that, depending on how they are managed, can impair or improve the public trust, and outlines key concepts in relationship marketing that can be used to help restore trust once it has been lost.