Nonprofit Management and Operations

Nonprofit Research Rocks! ARNOVA Conference

I recently attended the Association for Research on Nonprofits and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) conference in Chicago. (My alma mater--North Park University was one of the host colleges.) This conference was a great gathering of Nonprofit Professors, Researchers and Practitioners who presented relevant research findings and presentations about the Nonprofit Sector.

I especially enjoyed the session about Nonprofit Fraud which reported about some nonprofit fraud statistics as well as provided suggestions how to prevent it. Some of the suggestions included:

Wireless for Everyone

After attending NTEN's event-"No Strings Attached: How Municipal Wireless will change the way you create social change." I was reminded of the time that I was working at my previous nonprofit and my IT consultant helped me install a router that gave us the ability to have wireless throughout the entire office. This was a huge deal for us to get wireless!

Imagine this on a much larger scale--wireless that everyone can access. The folks at San Francisco Tech Connect are trying to create city wide wireless here in SF. How does this relate to Nonprofit Operations? Imagine all the things that nonprofits will be able to do with city wide wireless.

Security Culture at my Nonprofit

I was shredding some documents in the office yesterday, and Aspiration's Director, Allen, over heard me and asked what I was doing. I told him I was shredding.  He then asked if I was going to blog about my shredding and suggested that I blog about Aspiration's security procedures. Funny that he suggested this topic considering the Brown Bag Lunch discussion I will be hosting in a couple of weeks is about Risk Management.

So, this blog post is dedicated to Allen Gunn who taught me a lot about security culture. 

Here is a glimpse of Aspiration's security culture. All of our security culture procedures are listed in our Operations Manual.

I Love Nonprofit Operations Resources

So when I first started this blog, I posted just a few of the nonprofit operations resources/useful links that I have been collecting. Here are a couple more.

A great nonprofit operations focused blog I just started reading: Nonprofit Accounting Boot Camp, written by Alan from the California Association of Nonprofits, most recent post is about the great nonprofit legal resources and links available on the National Economic and Development Law Center's website.

Nonprofit Operations Brown Bag Lunch-Risk Management

Join us for an interactive Nonprofit Operations Brown Bag Lunch discussion about best practices for Risk Management.

Come learn and share best practices for Risk Management and receive Risk Management documents and templates.  Tell us what you want to discuss--Creating a Risk Management Plan, Preparing for Disaster, Preparing for an Office Move, Workplace Safety, or other Risk Management topics.

This Brown Bag lunch discussion will take place on Wednesday, November 29th from 12-1 PM at the San Francisco Nonprofit Technology Center, 1370 Mission St., 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103. Map link. Questions/Topic Suggestions 415-839-6456.

Board Meeting Preparation

I am in the process of preparing for Aspiration's December board meeting. One thing I am working on is the Board Binder. This binder contains helpful information about Aspiration for the board members to keep and bring to each board meeting.

Contents include:

  1. Articles of Incorporation
  2. Bylaws
  3. Board Member job description
  4. Board Roster
  5. Organizational Chart/Programmatic Chart
  6. Organizational Policies/Conflict of interest policy
  7. Organizational promotional materials
  8. Donation Form

The board will also be able to store board meeting minutes from past meetings and other helpful information in the binder.

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