Endorsements

After our orientation meeting, Steve dove right into the task, and along the way, became an ardent supporter and coach for Blue Ocean Society. Once the board determined that developing our board was critical to ensuring our capacity to perform our mission, Steve facilitated our creation of a board member role and responsibilities document. In less than a year, we recruited 3 new board members who have brought tremendous strength to the organization. I am now proud to talk about our board and able to better articulate the organization's accomplishments. Steve is wonderful to work with - positive, accessible, and skillful at providing ideas and advice. His many years of experience in the non-profit sector make him an ideal consultant and I'm so glad we worked with him.
Jen Kennedy, Executive Director, Blue Ocean Society

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Benefit Concert in Orlando for Victims/Families of Pulse Attach

From Broadway With Love: Benefit concert in Orlando July 25 to benefit victims & families of Pulse attack.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/arts-and-theater/os-broadway-pulse-benefit-auction-201

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What is Happening in Orlando to Heal from the Attack on Pulse

Celebrity tribute to 49 victims of Pulse attack https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nq6xRZlCSoM.
Posted by Human Rights Campaign.

How Heart of Florida United Way responds to Pulse tragedy.

http://www.hfuw.org/2-1-1-orlandounited/

Two weeks+ following June 12, what is happening…who is contributing to the healing…in Orlando.

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Nonprofits in Orlando Working in the Aftermath of Pulse Massacre

Several nonprofits have stepped in to the breech in Orlando Florida to provide services to families in need. Including opening a Go Fund Me page. Huffington Post story featuring LGBT nonprofits: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/how-to-help-orlando-shooting_us_575eb266e4b0e39a28ae14ee.

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Developing Fundraising Skill in the CEO

Today, most nonprofits seek a CEO with fundraising experience. Generally, that experience is in the annual campaign and major gift fundraising.
But at times, the nonprofit Board hires a new CEO who has built successful special events. With the expectation that this new leader will apply that ability successfully.
My advice to Board search committees is, negotiate with the top candidates on how this will be applied in six month blocks of time from hire date. What is the hoped for result? What experience and qualities of the candidate can be best applied to get improved results?
Building on a solid track record has the best chance of success. Focusing on candidates who get the mission, who communicate with enthusiasm, who seem most engaging with other people…look for the skills that will have the best chance at success.
Then monitor progress along the way.

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Transparency and Accountability

For nonprofit organizations to achieve their highest level of effectiveness, there must be accountability.

Effective nonprofits adopt performance standards for the executive director and a self-assessment process for the Board itself.

Nonprofit executives adopt sound performance review process to assure staff are working to achieve their responsibilities.

And high-functioning Boards have an annual or semi-annual review process in place of their executive director.

Transparency is a value we should strive for. There needs to be sound processes of evaluation in place so we know we’re measuring what’s important, and report to our clients and supporters how we’re doing. Our successes. As well as areas we’re working to improve.

It’s continuous improvement that contributes to nonprofit effectiveness.

For assistance in putting such systems in place: s.p.99smith@gmail.com.

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