|February 21, 2009
Roundtable & survey: Thriving in Tough Times
BoardWalk's Leadership Stimulus Grants
Two sector champions honored at BoardWalk's annual Leaders & Legends Event
Recent Placements: President & CEO, American Chestnut Foundation; VP for Administration, CDC Foundation; Director of Development, Open Hand
- New Assignments: Executive Director, Care & Counseling Center of Georgia; Chief External Relations Officer, Arthritis Foundation
- Off the BoardWalk: Congratulations, Kim Anderson!
- Tips & Tools from the BoardWalk
|Survey: Thriving in Tough Times
We are firm believers in the value of collective wisdom, and our readers are a savvy lot. That's why we'd like to hear from you: What have you learned from the recent economy? Aside from $$, what's holding you back?
Please click the highlighted link to take our anonymous 5-question survey. We will share your input with other nonprofit champions in next month's smorgasBoard.
In the same vein, here's what several of our well-placed friends told smorgasBoard recently:
Ann Cramer, Director, North America, Corporate Community Relations, IBM:
Uncertainty is the enemy of philanthropy. Stay rooted in your mission, focus, and think innovatively about doing things better and more efficiently.
Milton Little, CEO, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta:
Find efficiencies in the operations, and invest more fully in proven programs that distinguish your nonprofit from other organizations.
Don't stop letting people know about the needs of the people you serve. Organizations that stopped communicating with their donors after 9/11 lost contact and created a gap for years.
Michael Kay, Chair, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta:
Spend more time with people who are already committed to your cause. They will be back as donors when times get better.
Help us help each other! Share your advice, opinions and thoughts by taking BoardWalk's Mini-Survey. Results will be featured in the next issue of smorgasBoard.
for additional advice and links from our friends on thriving in challenging times.
DEADLINE APPROACHING for BoardWalk Leadership Stimulus Grants
Last week we announced the BoardWalk Leadership Stimulus Grants, summarized here
and below. The Application
deadline is February 27.
At a time when many donors and sponsors are reducing their support for nonprofits, we are seeing a sense a pent-up but underfunded demand for the leadership consulting at the heart of our reputation. Accordingly, we are increasing our investment in the sector by offering three Leadership Stimulus Grants.
Nonprofits or foundations contemplating a material leadership project in executive search, board enrichment, and strategic or structural planning are invited to submit an application for one of three grants we will offer. Our BoardWalk Leadership Stimulus Grants will cover one-half the cost of a new engagement. (As usual, clients will be responsible for hard costs such as travel.)
The application process is simple, and our decisions will be quick. The final information sessions will be held Thursday, February 26th at 8:30 am at our offices (call for conference call arrangements). Submit an application by February 27, 2009
, and we will select grant recipients in early March. Work on the three projects can commence immediately thereafter.To apply
for a BoardWalk Leadership Stimulus Grant, please click here»
To view the full announcement, please click here»
Leaders & Legends Event
In a now-annual event honoring the sector's Leaders & Legends, BoardWalk recently recognized the contributions of two great philanthropic leaders:
Bill Bolling, Executive Director
Atlanta Community Food Bank
Bill Bolling received the BoardWalk Beacon of Light award
for bringing hope and opportunity to our community for 30 years as founder and Executive Director of the Atlanta Community Food Bank
Bill is a nationally known expert on hunger, poverty, affordable housing and policy reform. From his unique vantage point, Bill has built bridges that strengthen the community to serve those most in need.
Ron Frieson, SVP in Communications
Ron Frieson received the BoardWalk Encore Career award for his philanthropic career after his retirememt from BellSouth, where he had been president of Georgia operations.
Ron served as interim President and CEO of the Atlanta Urban League, provided essential leadership during a challenging period. He is now having a pervasive impact on the community as Senior Vice President, External Affairs, for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
Each award winner received a contribution from BoardWalk for their respective nonprofits, a BoardWalk Governance Fellowship for one of their trustees to attend a course on nonprofit board governance at Harvard Business School, and a custom-designed scroll by quilt artist Judy Loope celebrating their selection
Recent placements on the BoardWalk
... announced since our last smorgasBoard:
Bryan Burhans, President & CEO
The American Chestnut Foundation
Bryan Burhans has been named CEO of The American Chestnut Foundation, a national organization committed to the restoration of the American chestnut tree to its native range. Bryan's experience working with large chapter-based organizations and his extensive partnerships with multiple stakeholders relevant to TACF's mission made him the search committee's unanimous choice.
Most recently Bryan was Director of Land Management Programs for the National Wild Turkey Federation, a large conservation and education organization based in Edgefield, SC.
Bryan holds a B.S. degree in Wildlife Science from The Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from Frostburg State University. Bryan is based in the Foundation's new headquarters in Asheville, NC.
Alan Harrison, Vice President for Administration
The CDC Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting programs of the Centers for Disease Control, has named Alan Harrison Vice President for Administration.
Alan brings more than 15 years of administrative leadership experience in both private industry and non-profit sectors. Most recently, Alan served as Director of Operations for The Nature Conservancy's Georgia Chapter, responsible for Finance, HR, technology and multi-site operations. Alan holds a Master's in Biology from Lehigh University and a BS in Biology from Geneva College.
Matthew Pieper, Development Director
Matthew Pieper, a creative and energetic fund-development professional, has joined Open Hand as Development Director.
Matt's career has afforded him the privilege of providing leadership for fund development and community relations programs for several not-for-profit organizations. Most recently he headed up the Development Department
for the Georgia Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Matt holds a BA in Communications/Public Relations from the University
New Assignments since our last smorgasBoard:
Executive Director, Care and Counseling Center of Georgia
Decatur, GAThe Care and Counseling Center of Georgia (CCCG) is a nonprofit, ecumenical organization offering a unique combination of counseling, pastoral care and education programs. CCCG is the largest clinical pastoral organization in the United States.
Click here to view the Leadership Profile for Executive Director of Care and Counseling Center of Georgia.
Chief External Relations Officer, Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation is committed to ending arthritis pain. Founded in 1948, the Foundation is the largest nonprofit contributor to arthritis research in the world - over $380 million to date. The organization also provides information, strategies and real-life solutions for people with arthritis.
Click here to request the Leadership Profile for Chief External Relations Officer for Arthritis Foundation when finalized (expected the week of February 23).
To view all active assignments on the BoardWalk, please click here.
Congratulations, Kim Anderson!
Congratulations and gratitude to Kim Anderson, who after three wonderful years on the BoardWalk has joined our friends at Families First as Executive Director.
Families First is the leading non-profit family service agency in Georgia. Rooted in accountability for measurable results, the organization has created programs that have since been adopted in more than 40 states. The move represents a return to direct community service for Kim, as prior to her tenure with us she was Executive Director of AID Atlanta, the largest AIDS services organization in the Southeast.
Her colleagues and clients on the BoardWalk are truly blessed to have worked with her these past three years, and we wish her all the best in her new endeavors.
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