Topic: Organizational Culture

Moving to the Cloud: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

May 10, 2013

I had decided in early 2011 that moving our small company from a physical office space to the cloud would be good for our business in a variety of ways: allow us to employ and contract with top-of-the-line workers and take advantage of cutting edge technologies for both internal and external communications and operations. And because I travel so much (my husband is a composer, so we’re always going hither and yon for performances, residencies, etc.) and had learned how to work efficiently from almost anywhere, it seemed like a smart move.  Making the decision was fairly easy, the reasons straight-forward, but implementing it proved to be a combination of amazingly simple to disturbingly complex. 

Let me share with you what I now refer to as the good, the bad, and the ugly.

7 Ways for Nonprofits to Make the Most of Google Hangout

March 4, 2013
Google Hangout is a super easy way to hold video conferences with multiple individuals or groups of people. In addition to being easy, it is accessible to all of your employees, constituents and volunteers as anyone with a Google account can take part in a Hangout without having to download any additional software or sign up for anything new. With the ability to video chat with up to 10 people or accounts, Hangout (technically “Hangouts,” but most folks seem to drop the s) is a great option for personal live chats with key stakeholders.

Nonprofit Data: The Case of the Women’s Center of Montgomery County

January 7, 2013
Based in Pennsylvania's third-largest county, the Women's Center of Montgomery County serves as many as 4,200 women each year through a domestic violence program and two hospitals. Director Maria Macaluso said the 800-member organizations 14 staff-members and 185 volunteers use data in a number of different ways across its seven offices—primarily to improve the services it is able to offer clients.

Nonprofit Data: The Case of Neighbors, Inc.

January 7, 2013
With a $1 million budget, Neighbors, Inc., runs a food shelf that serves more than 400 families a month, a secondhand clothing store and 14 other programs that reach a variety of clientele with services aimed at reducing poverty, promoting self-sufficiency and building community. The various programs offer a number of opportunities to collect and track data to better manage services and improve outcomes, and the nonprofit wisely decided to take advantage of those opportunities by hiring a director of development with a passion—and a mandate—for data.

How to Encourage a Knowledge Sharing Culture

June 26, 2012
Social media cannot thrive in silos. What is happening online affects the entire organization, not just the marketing department, or the development team, or top management. And while social media use has penetrated the nonprofit sector in a meaningful way, reports and activities are usually not shared throughout the organization. The result is a lack of organizational buy-in, misunderstanding of the benefit of digital engagement, missed opportunities, and role confusion. Instead of siloing information, turn it around. Knowledge sharing results in stronger organizations that have a broader knowledge base about its online stakeholders and a wide net of useful information to meet organizational goals.

Women Leaders Needed in STEM Fields

June 12, 2012
Women are gaining numbers in traditionally male dominated fields, but we are still significantly outnumbered in STEM occupations. Getting talented women into male-dominated careers is one struggle; keeping them is another. The issue is especially apparent in STEM careers, which is extremely important to the global economy. Attracting and retaining more women in STEM careers will help tremendously to improve diversity, maximize creativity, and boost competitiveness.