Nonprofit Leaders of       Tomorrow :4 Things You Should Know              Carol Loftur-ThunCEO and Executive Director, Th...
4 Trends     Government        outsourcing of social        services &        proliferation of        nonprofits     Nat...
Government Outsourcing &      Proliferation of Nonprofits     Less costly, reduced        liability & more        account...
National Debt &   Aging Population   • Looming hard choices for   society—social security &   Medicare costs   • Populatio...
Growth of   Internet & Social   Media     Revolutionizing        communication &        commerce     Revolutionizing pol...
Professionalization   of Nonprofits     Nonprofit graduate        programs     Medical model     Compartmentalization &...
4 Challenges     A new “Pink Ghetto”?     Undervalued & under-        resourced     Getting a voice at the        table...
The New “Pink   Ghetto”?     Traditionally teaching & nursing        were the “pink ghetto”     Lower salaries in nonpro...
Undervalued &   Under-resourced     Nonprofits often seen as just        “charities”     Nonprofits have to “beg” for mo...
Need a Voice at   the Table     Just like in “pink ghetto”        professions, nonprofits        have little power or say...
The Leadership     Challenge     Long hours, low pay & lots of        pressure     It’s running a business with more    ...
4 Opportunities     Social media &        Internet     Nonprofits are the        Third sector     Solving the leadershi...
Social Media &   the Internet     New ways to educate,        fundraise, recruit, organize     Email, Facebook, Twitter ...
Nonprofits are   the Third Sector     Nonprofit Congress     V3 Campaign     Nonprofit Roundtable in DC--        Beyond...
Solving the   Leadership   Challenge    Innovate new leadership       styles & forms    Collaborative leadership    Job...
New Business   Models for   Nonprofits     Likely consolidation of        nonprofits     Get more efficiency—        big...
4 Skills You Need In Your                    Toolbox     Finance &        accounting     Management     Social media   ...
Finance &   Accounting     Can you read a balance        sheet?     What is ROI?     How about debits &        credits?...
Management     Formal management skills are        critical for performance—for        example:           Forming, Storm...
Social Media &   Networking     Stay abreast of        technology as a powerful        tool in your toolkit     Facebook...
Communication &   Marketing     Top communication skills are the        gold standard for leadership     Need ability to...
Wrapping Up     Pursue lifelong learning—”if        you’re not learning, you’re        dead”     Make time to stay abrea...
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  • Hi Thomas,

    I've uploaded a slightly updated version as a PDF so that the formatting is more consistent and added a wrap-up slide. Glad you felt this was valuable, and hope your students think so too.

    Carol

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  • Thanks for posting this! I've shared it with the students in my online class on nonprofit management for Loyola University's Graduate School of Social Work - http://tomsclasses.wordpress.com/nonprofit-management. Tom Tresser, Chicago, tom@tresser.com
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Nonprofit Leaders Of Tomorrow: 4 Things To Know

  1. 1. Nonprofit Leaders of Tomorrow :4 Things You Should Know Carol Loftur-ThunCEO and Executive Director, The Women’s Center
  2. 2. 4 Trends   Government outsourcing of social services & proliferation of nonprofits   National debt & aging population   Growth of Internet & social media   Professionalization of social servicesCarol Loftur-Thun, CEO and Executive Director, The Women’s Center
  3. 3. Government Outsourcing & Proliferation of Nonprofits   Less costly, reduced liability & more accountability   Leverages in-kind donations & volunteers   Are nonprofits doing government’s job?   One result: more & more nonprofits—58,000 new 501(c)3 applications to IRS in 2008 aloneCarol Loftur-Thun, CEO and Executive Director, The Women’s Center
  4. 4. National Debt & Aging Population • Looming hard choices for society—social security & Medicare costs • Population shift to older, conservative demographic • Aging population with higher health care costs • Government cuts in human services makes increased cuts & competition for nonprofits almost inevitableCarol Loftur-Thun, CEO and Executive Director, The Women’s Center
  5. 5. Growth of Internet & Social Media   Revolutionizing communication & commerce   Revolutionizing political campaigns   Creating fast-paced true marketplace & democracy?   Provides new powerful communication, organizing, education & fundraising toolsCarol Loftur-Thun, CEO and Executive Director, The Women’s Center
  6. 6. Professionalization of Nonprofits   Nonprofit graduate programs   Medical model   Compartmentalization & specialization   Those served are now “clients” & “patients” instead of people   Demographic shifts & volunteering trendsCarol Loftur-Thun, CEO and Executive Director, The Women’s Center
  7. 7. 4 Challenges   A new “Pink Ghetto”?   Undervalued & under- resourced   Getting a voice at the table   The nonprofit leadership challengeCarol Loftur-Thun, CEO and Executive Director, The Women’s Center
  8. 8. The New “Pink Ghetto”?   Traditionally teaching & nursing were the “pink ghetto”   Lower salaries in nonprofits than other professions   Mostly women fill nonprofit positions, especially in smaller organizations   Human service nonprofits serve children, elderly, sick, poor, people of color—those often marginalized in society   Are nonprofits the new “Pink Ghetto”?Carol Loftur-Thun, CEO and Executive Director, The Women’s Center
  9. 9. Undervalued & Under-resourced   Nonprofits often seen as just “charities”   Nonprofits have to “beg” for money   Short-staffed, inadequate facilities, little working capital, lower salaries than government or business   Always “changing water into wine”   Toughest jobs out there—best & brightest work harder with less to get more doneCarol Loftur-Thun, CEO and Executive Director, The Women’s Center
  10. 10. Need a Voice at the Table   Just like in “pink ghetto” professions, nonprofits have little power or say in big decisions   Nonprofits need a “voice at the table”   Third Sector with Business & Government   Largely ignored in decision- making—recent health care debate is an exampleCarol Loftur-Thun, CEO and Executive Director, The Women’s Center
  11. 11. The Leadership Challenge   Long hours, low pay & lots of pressure   It’s running a business with more accountability, higher standards, & fewer resources—”a levitation act”   Only business where more customers equals less resources   ¾ of EDs will leave jobs - but not nonprofit sector – within 5 years .   Boards & funders contribute to ED burnout.   EDs believe they make significant financial & family/work-life sacrifices to lead nonprofits (Daring to Lead 2006, Meyer Foundation & Compass Point)Carol Loftur-Thun, CEO and Executive Director, The Women’s Center
  12. 12. 4 Opportunities   Social media & Internet   Nonprofits are the Third sector   Solving the leadership challenge   New business modelsCarol Loftur-Thun, CEO and Executive Director, The Women’s Center
  13. 13. Social Media & the Internet   New ways to educate, fundraise, recruit, organize   Email, Facebook, Twitter   The Obama campaign model   Pepsi Challenge & Lilith Fair Competition   SaveWEAVE campaign   Razoo Give2Max dayCarol Loftur-Thun, CEO and Executive Director, The Women’s Center
  14. 14. Nonprofits are the Third Sector   Nonprofit Congress   V3 Campaign   Nonprofit Roundtable in DC-- Beyond Charity: Recognizing Return on Investment   Politicians need to see votes & businesses need to see customers when they see nonprofits   Organizing the sector to achieve political & economic muscle is keyCarol Loftur-Thun, CEO and Executive Director, The Women’s Center
  15. 15. Solving the Leadership Challenge   Innovate new leadership styles & forms   Collaborative leadership   Job-sharing; Sabbaticals; Co-EDs; 9 month jobs; higher pay; more resources so better work/life balance   Challenge boards to become more savvy, more realistic, more skilledCarol Loftur-Thun, CEO and Executive Director, The Women’s Center
  16. 16. New Business Models for Nonprofits   Likely consolidation of nonprofits   Get more efficiency— bigger bang for the buck   Use full range of strategic alliance options for nonprofitsCarol Loftur-Thun, CEO and Executive Director, The Women’s Center
  17. 17. 4 Skills You Need In Your Toolbox   Finance & accounting   Management   Social media   Communications & marketingCarol Loftur-Thun, CEO and Executive Director, The Women’s Center
  18. 18. Finance & Accounting   Can you read a balance sheet?   What is ROI?   How about debits & credits?   Can you put together an Excel spreadsheet budget?   Financial acumen is a must for nonprofit management & program managementCarol Loftur-Thun, CEO and Executive Director, The Women’s Center
  19. 19. Management   Formal management skills are critical for performance—for example:   Forming, Storming, Norming & Perfoming = Group Development   Tannenbaum-Schmidt Leadership Continuum from collaborative to authoritative & Situational Leadership   Powerpoint, business writing, meeting facilitation, people skills, etc   Nonprofit leaders must speak the language of business & government tooCarol Loftur-Thun, CEO and Executive Director, The Women’s Center
  20. 20. Social Media & Networking   Stay abreast of technology as a powerful tool in your toolkit   Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In, Blogging   Will keep evolving   Innovate & envision new ways to connect with those we serve & those who support usCarol Loftur-Thun, CEO and Executive Director, The Women’s Center
  21. 21. Communication & Marketing   Top communication skills are the gold standard for leadership   Need ability to advocate, persuade, sell, & most of all listen   Written, verbal, visual & non- verbal communication skills plus active listening skills key   Crowded world of information— how can you make your message stand out?   Branding & marketing—if you don’t know it, learn itCarol Loftur-Thun, CEO and Executive Director, The Women’s Center
  22. 22. Wrapping Up   Pursue lifelong learning—”if you’re not learning, you’re dead”   Make time to stay abreast of strategic trends, challenges & opportunities   Look for intersections & synergies, and realize change is the norm & will accelerate   Practice the “jiu jitsu” of turning crises into opportunitiesCarol Loftur-Thun, CEO and Executive Director, The Women’s Center

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