March 18, 2015 Human Resources Management Program


Join us from 11:30 to 1:30 on March 18, 2015 at the Walla Walla Community College Water and Environmental Center for the 501 Commons presentation of: The Importance of a Human Resources Management Program and How to Develop One

Annual Workshop for Nonprofits at Whitman College


This all-day session will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Reid Center and feature Sara Lawson with Shorthand Consulting.  Her topic will be Leadership, Teamwork, and Trust: Building an Extraordinary Board-Staff Partnership. 

 

2015 Non Profit Learning Center Sessions at WWCC's Water Center


April 21/22, 2015

May 21/22, 2015

June 9/10, 2015

September 15/16, 2015

October 20/21, 2015

November 17/18, 2015

Please note that the content for each session is repeated on the second date, i.e. these are not 2-day sessions with new material at each session.  Also, any PowerPoint presentation and handout material will be posted on the Learning Center's webpage, i.e.   www.wwcc.edu/learningcenter

 

 


Sustainability among nonprofit organizations


ANNOUNCEMENT!

Sustainability is a popular topic among nonprofit organizations.  What exactly is it?  How is it achieved?  Is it only about financial resiliency?  Some argue not.

 

For those nonprofit organizations interested in exploring more deeply, here are a few resources:

 

  • A small, but insightful book takes you on a journey to learn more deeply about those factors that are essential to real organizational sustainability.  A copy of Focus on Sustainability by Dennis McMillian of The Foraker Group is available for those interested.  Please contact Susan at 525-8863 or susana@wwymca.org.

 

  • Jeanne Bell, CEO of CompassPoint, has an article titled Beyond Financial Oversight: Expanding the Boardís Role in the Pursuit of Sustainability.  It is available at www.compasspoint.org or on the Learning Centerís webpage under Resources, Article/Book/DVDís.

Enjoy!




Articles Worth Reading


PDF Nimble Nonprofits: Taking Nothing for Granted in an Era of Constant Change 

In the spring of 2012, a group of graduate students from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington interviewed leaders of nonprofit organizations in the Puget Sound Area to determine how they were handling the challenges caused by the steep economic downturn beginning in 2008. The result is a summary of important insights into the resiliency of certain nonprofits that are determined to build resilient organizations that can adapt quickly to change.

Check out the article PDF "Bright Spots - Leadership in the Pacific Northwest".  The article is based on a six-month exploration by the Helicon Collaborative and describes the five characterisitics, Bright Spot Principles, shared by cultural organizations that are successfully adapting to changing conditions.

Books Available at WWCC Library


The library at Walla Walla Community College has acquired the following books:

  • Donor-Centered Fundraising by Penelope Burke
  • Governance as Leadership; Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards by Richard Chalt et. al.
  • Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations by Michael Allison and Jude Kaye
  • Boards on Fire! Inspiring Leaders to Raise Money Joyfully by Susan Howlett
  • Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block
  • Be Quiet and Be Heard: The Paradox of Persuasion by Susan and Peter Glaser

These books are housed at the WWCC library. They can be picked up at the Walla Walla campus or requested online and picked up at any of the WALNET Libraries. A WALNET library card is needed to check the materials out of the library. Seach for the above titles and their availabilty at  http://www.wwcc.edu/lib or call 509.527.4294.

A Book Worth Reading on Fundraising!!


Boards on Fire: Inspiring Leaders to Raise Money Joyfully is a new book published by Susan Howlett, a national consultant to nonprofit organizations. For more information go to  www.susanhowlett.com/htm/board_on_fire.html

Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea by Gary Kinder (1998). On the surface, this is a story of recovering gold from the 1857 shipwreck of the steamship Central America off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Underneath, this may be the most instructional book ever written on the art of fundraising.

Remember the Glasers!


Re-visit the wisdom of Drs. Susan and Peter Glaser, PhD Communications, through an intergrated, 3-part video learning system titled "Mastery of Leadership Communication".

The DVD set includes:

  • Breakthrough Conflict
  • Hardwiring Teamwork
  • Persuasion and Influence

These DVD's will enable nonprofit organizations to teach their staff the Glaser's communication models, which have been featured at several Sherwood Trust workshops at Whitman College.

The DVD's are available for no cost and can be checked out by contacting Walla Walla Council Camp Fire office (525-3180) at 414 S. Park Street.