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What Funders Can Learn From Flipping Burgers

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Articles, Blog

I recently watched “The Founder” (2016) on a cross-country flight – the story of how Ray Kroc transformed the McDonald brothers’ restaurant into a global business. Through the entire movie, I kept thinking this should be required viewing for business majors everywhere. But I realized that foundation and nonprofit leaders should also see this movie! Here are three lessons that stuck out for me. (PS: We’ll leave the issues of buying your food through a window and Mr. Kroc’s business ethics for another time.)   If it doesn’t work the first...

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Greater Giving through Giving Circles

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Articles, Blog

The Giving Back Gang, a Cleveland-based giving circle, recently celebrated its 15th anniversary.  It has engaged over 70 individual participants and generated in excess of $275,000 in grants benefitting more than two dozen nonprofit organizations. Here are highlights on the Giving Back Gang story from my interview with founder Hank Doll – philanthropist, foundation board member and civic leader.   What motivated you to start this giving circle 15 years ago? I was talking about my passion for philanthropy to a group of folks at my...

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Two Searches Underway – Eccles Foundation (UT), and First Things First (AZ)

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Articles, Blog

Senior Program Officer, George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation (Salt Lake City, UT)     Strategy + Action/Philanthropy has launched a search to fill the newly created Senior Program Officer position at the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation. Read More.   The Foundation is a key philanthropic and civic leader in the state of Utah. This position is a direct report to the President & COO, and will be an integral part of the small staff team at this significant grantmaking organization.   We’re receiving...

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Senior Program Officer Opportunity

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in Articles, Blog

Strategy + Action/Philanthropy is pleased to launch the search to fill the newly created Senior Program Officer position at the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation. The Foundation is a key philanthropic and civic leader in the state of Utah. This position is a direct report to the President & COO, and will be an integral part of the small staff team at this significant grantmaking organization.   To apply: Please send resume and cover letter to Jeff Glebocki, jeff@strategyplusaction.com by June 30, 2017. All applications are...

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Start Planning Now for Leadership Succession

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Articles, Blog

  By Jeff Glebocki, Founder & Lead Advisor Strategy + Action/Philanthropy jeff@strategyplusaction.com   Over the past few months, I’ve been in dialogue with a range of organizations about leadership succession. These conversations reminded me about the absolute importance of planning ahead, of being prepared for change. This month, I’m reposting an earlier blog on the topic.   “Over the past decade, ‘board/generational succession’ has been identified as the top issue for foundation boards in 7 of the past 9 years….”*  ...

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Evaluation is what you do with partners, not to them

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Articles, Blog

  By Jeff Glebocki, Founder & Lead Advisor Strategy + Action/Philanthropy jeff@strategyplusaction.com   The National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers invited me to present a webinar this month on evaluation – “Are We Making a Difference in Our Philanthropy?  Exploring Low-Cost, High-Value Tools for Evaluation.”  In this April newsletter, I wanted to highlight a theme from the webinar that doesn’t get enough attention in philanthropy.   Let me get right to the point – when foundations consider how best to learn if their...

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Things NOT to do in 2017

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Articles, Blog

  By Jeff Glebocki, Founder & Lead Advisor Strategy + Action/Philanthropy jeff@strategyplusaction.com   We’ve all been bombarded with the editorials, position papers and prognostication about what will, what might and what won’t happen with a new administration in Washington.   While I’ll leave the crystal-ball reading to others, I can share these observations for foundations and nonprofits to consider not doing when tectonic plates shift.   Don’t avoid engaging in public policy!  There’s tremendous (and completely legal)...

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Exponent Philanthropy Names My 2-Part Blog on Sustainability as a Top Post of 2016

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Articles, Blog

By Jeff Glebocki, Founder & Lead Advisor Strategy + Action/Philanthropy jeff@strategyplusaction.com   I’m really pleased to report that my two-part blog series, “There’s No Such Thing as Nonprofit Sustainability,” has been listed as a Top Post of 2016 by Exponent Philanthropy!   Here’s the official post from Exponent Philanthropy   In this May 2016 series, I shed light on the specific dynamics in philanthropy that contribute to making sustainability an illusion—and what funders and nonprofits can do to begin altering...

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3 Lessons Funders Can Learn From School Improvement

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Articles, Blog

By Jeff Glebocki, Founder & Lead Advisor Strategy + Action/Philanthropy jeff@strategyplusaction.com   Through my adventures in education grantmaking, I’ve seen the research on and the realities of replicating successful school improvement models. Ringo Starr was right when he said, “it don’t come easy.”   Regardless of your funding priorities – education or not – there are three key lessons funders can learn from the challenges of replication.   ONE: Know what works in your chosen focus area and use all the proven...

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Look past the millennial stereotypes – look at what the research says

Posted by on Nov 19, 2016 in Articles, Blog

Look past the millennial stereotypes – look at what the research says Almost lost in the final days of this year’s election season was the release of the second wave of research from the Millennial Impact Report. Read the report This large-scale, national study is considering “how millennials’ cause engagement behaviors may change during an election year, and how these changes may be influenced by important demographics such as gender, age, geographic location and race/ethnicity.” Find the results of the Wave 2 research of the 2016 endeavor...

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