Susan Detwiler

88 Added | 7 Magazines | 7 Likes | 2 Following | 2 Followers | @SusanDetwil2016 | Consultant, facilitator, and strategic planning guide for nonprofits; believer in the power of vision to create the future we want to live in.                         sdetwiler@detwiler.com                         

Evaluating Community Change

In 2012, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) made a big bet on the ability of collective impact to accelerate systems change. It committed $3.5 …

Who Says a Common Agenda Is Necessary for Collective Impact?

o-O-o-O-o / Rob<p><i>Editors’ note: This piece differs from those previously published on collective impact in that the implications stem from several</i> …

Two Ways Organizations Adapt to Change (And Which Brings Long-Term Success)

<b>Organizations tend to approach trends in one of two ways – but only one makes for greater odds of long-term success.</b><p>Many organizations are doing …

From Guessing to Knowing (Blog)

By Jesús GerenaWe do best when we let communities define and direct their own “positive outcomes.”

Poverty

5 Choices You Can Make to Become a Conscious Leader in Your Workplace and in Your Life

Selling Social Change

By Taz Hussein & Matt PlummerRather than focusing so much effort on creating services that are “innovative,” nonprofits need to develop a more …

Innovation

7 Ways to Get Your Board on Board With Sponsorship

Following on from Chris’ excellent article on what boards need to know about sponsorship, here are a few extra tips on how you can make it much …

Why Donors Stop Giving to Cultural Organizations (DATA)

<b>Here’s why some people make a few donations to a cultural organization and then stop giving, according to the donors themselves.</b>Yesterday was …

Philanthropy

Beyond Financial Oversight: Expanding the Board’s Role in the Pursuit of Sustainability

© JAMES HARDY / PHOTOALTO / CORBIS<p>Throughout the ten years prior to the recession, it seemed that whenever anyone talked about boards and finances in …

How to Listen When You Disagree: A Lesson from the Republican National Convention

Cultural Organizations: People (Not Things) Matter Most

<b>This may be the most important sentence for the evolution of visitor-serving organizations.</b>This post is a short one, but it’s an important one to me …

Content Marketing

Six Concepts that Visitor-Serving Organizations Confuse at Their Own Risk

<b>For the sake of the future of cultural organizations, let’s stop mixing up these terms.</b> There’s a good amount of information here on KYOB that has …

Digital Marketing

Voices of Board Chairs: A National Study on the Perspectives of Nonprofit Board Chairs

<b>Editors’ note:</b> <i>This article was adapted from a research report by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, published on August 23, 2016. Visit</i> …

The Empty Space: A Look at How Theaters Have Filled Gaps in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Oren Jacoby’s adaptation of Ralph Ellison’s INVISIBLE MAN / The Huntington<p><b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>This piece is part of our ongoing Equity, Diversity, and</i> …

Nonprofits

Why we hold on to bad employees, and why we need to fire people faster

Hi everyone. This post a little tough for me to write. Because, I love the people in our sector, 93% of whom are amazing, dedicated, wonderful …

Leadership

Study of Arts Nonprofits Shows Donations Drop as Audience Numbers Rise

September 7, 2016; Phys.org<p><i>Despite a growing culture of performance measurement, the empirical evidence does not provide strong support of its</i> …

Philanthropy

KQED

<i>The excerpt below is from the book “Mindfulness for Teachers: Simple Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom,” by Patricia A. Jennings.</i> …

Can You Really Power an Organization with Love?

Tolstoy asserted that “<i>one can live magnificently in this world if one knows how to work and how to love</i>.” Freud said, “l<i>ove and work… work and love, that’s all there is</i>.”<p>Love and work.<p>Tolstoy and Freud suggest we need to do both. I suggest we need to do both <i>at the same time.</i><p>For centuries, outside …

Leadership

How U.S. Army Basic Training Turns Diverse Groups into Teams

We know that diverse teams are more creative and productive than homogenous teams, but how do you get individuals who aren’t alike working together smoothly? As I’ve seen from teaching over 960 recruits as a basic-training company commander in the U.S. Army, people from various backgrounds struggle …

Harvard Business Review