Beth Kanter’s Blog

Beth Kanter's Blog

Building Relationships within A Cause-Centered Community: Jeffersonian Dinners

A cause-centered community is a group of people who share a common passion for a cause.   They could be a group of people who support a particular nonprofit’s social change agenda or a group of people from different organizations united around a common challenge, idea, or cause. I’ve been a member of the Leap…

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Different Ways Nonprofits Are Using Design Thinking to Solve Problems and Achieve Impact

Note from Beth:  Several years ago, I was got trained in design thinking facilitation methods using Luma and have incorporated these techniques into my consulting and training practice.  I have also learned a lot from other nonprofit colleagues who have use these techniques, including Brian Reich (see this blog post about his design thinking work to…


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Can You Measure the Impact of Capacity Building for Nonprofits?

Capacity building is about improving organizational (or network) effectiveness.  Capacity building includes both money (grants), consultants/technical assistance, peer learning/communities of practice, and collaboration.  According to the survey of funders about capacity building completed by GrantCraft, the top five areas of capacity building that funders most likely support include: leadership, strategic planning, financial management, governance, and…

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Listen Up: A New, National RFP Offers Nonprofits and Funders Tools to Survey Clients

Note from Beth: Melinda T. Tuan,  Managing Director, Fund for Shared Insight  shares details about an incredible funding opportunity for nonprofits. Does your organization want to make meeting the needs of the people its serves a top priority? Are you and your colleagues eager to improve and expand your capacity to listen to the people you…


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Annual M&R Benchmarks Study Released

One important part of effective digital measurement is being able to benchmark your performance relative to your organization’s past performance or compared to peer organizations.    One excellent resource to use for benchmarking nonprofit digital results (in the US) is the annual M&R Benchmarks study of nonprofit digital advocacy.  For the past 11 years, this…

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How To Facilitate Leadership Development In Your Nonprofit As Part of Doing the Work

Register now! One of the biggest challenges that many nonprofits face is the finding time and resources for professional development activities.   People are so busy doing the work that they don’t have time to go off-site to take a class or sign up for an online course.   And, when nonprofits budgets are tight,…


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How To Avoid Becoming Addicted To Your Mobile Phone

I have been reading Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter, a professor of marketing at NYU.   The book is about our behavioral addictions to our smartphones, video games, social media, and email and how to break them. He describes the “Ludic Loop,” a cycle of…

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Trainer’s Notebook: Online Interaction Tools To Engage Your Audience in the Room and Beyond

This past month I’ve done several workshops where I experimented with different audience online interaction tools to engage people in the room as well as a remote audience tuning in through a live video stream.   These were workshops at Cause Camp,  Global Giving, and the Hartford Foundation. My instructional needs were simple: Question/Answer back…


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How To Focus When You Work in An Open Office Space

In the Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout, my co-author Aliza Sherman and I share a framework to think more broadly about creating a culture of wellbeing in the workplace.  It includes our relationship with our physical environment and in the workplace that refers to the nonprofit’s physical office space. When nonprofits invest…

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How To Stop Your Nonprofit’s After Hours Email Habit

I recently taught several leadership development workshops at the Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership based on my new book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.   One of the workshops was focused on technology wellness in the nonprofit workplace, more specifically how to avoid collaboration overload. Collaborative overload is the burnout that results from our…