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From Asset-size to Impact-size: What I learned about the future of Community Foundations from facilitating a CEO retreat

“We must change the language of how we describe ourselves to fit why we’re here.” These words were spoken to me by Simeon Banister, the CEO of the Rochester Area Community Foundation.  We recently facilitated a series of impact-driven leadership workshops for CEOs of community foundations from across the country at the CEONet spring retreat. […]
April 29, 2024
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Leading Like a Maestro: Focusing on ‘Who’ Not ‘How’

“Tucker, every time we talk about revenue your energy plummets…” That’s what Aaron Cohen, my coach and now our Chief Growth Officer at THRIVE IMPACT, said to me early last year.  Realization came crashing in all at once. I had created a system around me where I was the one accountable and responsible for everything […]
March 29, 2024
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The THRIVERS Manifesto v2

We feel the speed and complexity of change forcing a shift in our communities and teams in our work with impact-driven organizations every day. We see firsthand that traditional leadership models no longer suffice. They’re growing more irrelevant as every day goes by and in fact are often hurting the most important part of our […]
February 28, 2024
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Space For Solitude

The coming of the end of the year always brings out a spirit of contemplation in me—questions about what we are really doing here and why. But more than that, the end of the year invites some solitude. When I have space for this solitude, there are a few favorite things I listen to, consider, […]
December 22, 2023
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Discovering Our Working Genius

Have you ever sat at your desk and wondered if you are bringing value to your team?  Have you ever felt criticized for not being “good” at something that was asked of you?  Earlier this year, I felt weighed down by a belief that I didn’t bring as much value to my team as I […]
October 13, 2023
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Setting and Achieving Goals

It’s that time of year again. We’ve said goodbye to summer and are wrapping our heads around fall and preparing for the year’s final quarter. This time of year lends itself to goal-setting, reflection, and preparation for that final sprint. If there’s one thing we’ve learned in the last few years, it’s that many folks […]
September 15, 2023
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Connecting Cultures of Learning and Accountability

We took a short break from the newsletter last month to move, explore the wilderness, and have some summer fun. But we’ve been working (and learning), too. One of the things we have been thinking a lot about lately is this seeming tension between cultures of learning and cultures of accountability. Without the room to […]
August 18, 2023
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Shaping Your Organizational Culture

Culture is coming up a lot in our work these days. As Peter Drucker once said, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” And it’s true; we’ve seen it. In organizations where the culture is bad or even toxic, the ability to move forward with other work is, well, nearly impossible.  But what is culture, really, and […]
June 9, 2023
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Impact Viability Matrix

How many of you are doing programs or activities that you are not sure make sense? Or that aren’t worth the time and effort? Or that aren’t even producing positive, measurable change? If you raised your hand, you’re not alone. Almost all of us have worked at organizations where this is true. And the reason… […]
May 12, 2023
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What does your organization do?

Simple question?  Ask five people in your organization and see what you get. Try asking the board, the community, and your clients. The answer is almost always not as simple as it seems.  We’ve found that many  nonprofits are struggling with one or more of the following questions:  You may say, what’s the big deal […]
April 14, 2023
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Outsmart The AI By Mastering the Art of Facilitation

If recent advances in AI have you worried about your job, we get it. ChatGPT may solve poorly written emails, but it can’t do everything. One thing robots will (probably) never do well is facilitation. According to a recent report from the World Economic Forum, employers are increasingly looking for people with problem-solving and critical-thinking […]
March 17, 2023
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To Plan or Not to Plan…

Have you thrown planning out the window? If the answer is yes, you aren’t alone.  A recent article by Forbes highlights that the constant change brought on by the pandemic has caused many of us to throw planning out the window. The idea is, hey, if all my plans were wrong, why should I keep planning? I’m […]
February 17, 2023
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