February 1, 2022
How nonprofits can truly advance change
by Hildy Gottlieb, co-founder of Creating the Future

What would it take for the nonprofit sector to live up to its potential to advance systemic social change?

In the 30 years I’ve been part of this sector, that question has been a constant. Critics often focus on the sector’s size—a huge asset that could be leveraged for more significant change.

In the US alone, the nonprofit sector raised $471 billion in donor revenues last year for 1.3 million organizations employing 12 million people. Changemakers themselves often feel like Sisyphus, pushing a boulder uphill, only to see it roll back down.

Everyone seems to have their pet answer. More diverse boards. More equitable funding. Reforming human resources. Or evaluation. Or leadership.

It’s time to acknowledge that there is not one silver bullet that will lead to our potential. What is needed is structural change in every aspect of nonprofit work. And the time for that change is right now.
What’s been tried

The quest to enhance nonprofit results is not new. Below are just a few reforms I have witnessed.

Enhancing board effectiveness: The baseline for boards is the seemingly official list of roles and responsibilities (few of which are actually law, just “best” practice). Governance reforms like governance as leadership and policy governance have recently been joined by new models to flatten organizations with distributed leadership (e.g., holacracy and sociocracy), as well as others built around circles, committees, roles, and/or community engagement.

Better fundraising: “Not enough results” is often equated with “not enough money.” For years, those tasked with raising money have been steeped in donor-centered fundraising, assisted by software programs that turn people into acronyms like LYBUNTs (gave Last Year But Unfortunately Not This year).

Does your ‘consultant’ always know best?
(Editor’s note: Due to a previous headline error, Not-for-profit News is republishing this feature by Johnson Grossnickle and Associates.)
Stakeholder feedback: The key to smart decision-making
by Angela E. White, CFRE, Johnson Grossnickle and Associates

Now more than ever due to the pandemic, nonprofits are faced with many questions about how to adapt and revise their services and extend their outreach to donors and constituents.

Taking the time to solicit feedback from stakeholders can help your organization be thoughtful and strategic as you make these decisions. This feedback can:

  • Help take the guesswork out of decision-making.
  • Impact your strategies for current and potential clients, audience members, program participants, donors, and partners.
  • Help you answer questions, understand real and perceived barriers, hear from new and underrepresented voices, and hone efforts around philanthropic support, services, inclusion, perceptions, and brand messaging and communications.

About 88 percent of organizations prioritize gathering client feedback, yet only 13 percent of organizations are actually using the data as a top source for continuous improvement. Of the organizations not taking the time to solicit feedback, two-thirds said it was because they faced limited staff time and other barriers, according to a 2019 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review. Barriers may include lacking the needed financial resources, expertise or support from management. Despite these concerns, stakeholder feedback can be a valuable investment.

Let’s explore the benefits and challenges of three useful methodologies of data gathering: interviews, focus groups, and surveys.

The Jackson Center for Conductive Education has named Mike Foddrill as executive director. Foddrill previously served as executive director for The United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Indiana. — Leadership search conducted by Charitable Advisors
Peace Learning Center has promoted Dountonia Batts as new associate director. Batts previously was director of programs.
Peace Learning Center has hired Niruparma Hayden as director of equity learning. Hayden has previously worked as a diversity and inclusion consultant.
The Dyslexia Institute of Indiana has promoted Asurné Johnson to development officer. Johnson previously served as operations coordinator.
Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana has promoted Jared Rains to director of business strategy. Rains previously was regional director for retail.
Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana has promoted Travis Darden to director of retail. Darden previously was regional director for retail.
Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana has promoted Betsy Horine to regional director, retail division. Horine previously led several Goodwill retail stores in central and southern Indiana.
Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana has promoted Charles Sargeant to regional director, retail division. Sargeant previously served as site leader for Goodwill.
Old National Bank Foundation has granted Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana $50,000 to support a new manufacturing facility at 38th and Sheridan. The facility, which will generate 100 new jobs in the neighborhood, will focus on the production of medical devices for Cook Medical. Read

Local housing developer The Annex Group is partnering with Youth Build Indy to build Union at 16th, an affordable housing community on the city’s near west side. As part of the partnership, participants of the nonprofit BUILD program will help with construction of the $29 million development. Read

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) was recognized with an Innovation Award for its native plant nursery at the 2021 national Keep America Beautiful conference. KIB repurposed the side-yard at their headquarters to grow their own nursery that provides native plants as part of their greening efforts around the city. Read

Lilly Endowment has granted $20 million in seed funding to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund as part of the Preserving Black Churches Project. Read

Please take this important survey. The IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is studying nonprofit board composition, engagement, and leadership in Central Indiana. Participation by Central Indiana nonprofits in this research is key. Go here to take part in the study.

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Craft an annual communications plan that pays off at year’s end webinar on Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. How can you manage donors’ communication preferences, avoid over- or under-communicating, and lay a strong foundation. Presented by Chronicle of Philanthropy. Cost: $69. Register

Living in the community with dementia webinar on Feb. 10 from 9- 11 a.m. Panelists will discuss community and state initiatives to better address the challenges of people living with dementia and their caregivers’ resources. Presented by SAVI. Register

Women in Leadership annual workshop on Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Johnson County Armory, 325 Minuteman Way, Franklin, Ind. The theme is "Leading with Happiness." Cost: $119 general public /$99 LJC and Franklin College alumni and Franklin, Aspire and Indy Chamber members. Presented by Leadership Johnson County. Register

Understanding and interrupting microaggressions webinar on Feb. 16 from 10 a.m.-noon. Join Peace Learning Center for this 2-hour workshop where participants will define the term, its history and impact, and build awareness of microaggressions in daily life. Cost: $35. Presented by Peace Learning Center. Register

Is now the right time for a partnership or merger/acquisition? pre-recorded webinar. Presented by VonLehman CPA Firm. Cost: Free. Watch
Looking for a board opportunity? Disability Legal Services of Indiana, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to empowering students and families with disabilities with low-cost legal services, is looking for board members. Apply
Explore the leading tactics to boost board and CEO diversity, including working with third-party recruitment agencies and setting goals for leadership to reflect the demographics of the communities served.
It’s been a year since corporate governance teams around the globe pivoted their organizations’ board meetings from traditional boardrooms to virtual meeting platforms. How do you digitize the boardroom without compromising efficiency, confidentiality or group dynamics?
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Executive Director - Perry Township Education Foundation

Executive Director - Reconstruct 3, Inc.

Executive Director - Crawfordsville | Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce

Executive Director - Alpha Kappa Psi Foundation

President & Chief Executive Officer - Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana


Development Director - Indianapolis Symphonic Choir

Director of Advancement - American Pianists Association

Corporate Relations Director - ALS Association Indiana

Director of Development - Triangle Education Foundation

Development Associate - Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra

Senior Advancement Officer (SAO) - Delta Tau Delta Educational Foundation


Grants Administration Associate - Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

Manager of Community Programs - Center for Leadership Development

Administrative Assistant (part-time) - Central IN Police Foundation


Events Associate - Indiana Humanities

Donor & Patron Relations Manager - Indianapolis Opera

Communications Manager - Indiana Philanthropy Alliance

Events and Operations Coordinator - Christian Theological Seminary

Director of Museum Membership – Children’s Museum of Indianapolis


Controller - Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children

Accounting Assistant - Heart of Indiana United Way

Bookkeeper (Part-time) - PrimeLife Enrichment

Finance and Operations Manager - Indianapolis Ballet

Executive Director of Finance/Controller - Bishop Chatard High School


Program Manager (Part-time) - GiGi's Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center

Program Specialist - Sigma Theta Tau International

Volunteer Coordinator (Part-time) - Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc.

Manager of Economic Stability - United Way of Central Indiana

Capstone Facilitator (Part-time) - Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, Inc.

Financial Coach-1 - Indianapolis Urban League

Director of Health & Wellness - Indianapolis Urban League

Counseling & Testing Specialist, Bi-Lingual - Indianapolis Urban League

Project Assistant - Foster Success

Director of Community Foundation Programs - Indiana Philanthropy Alliance

Program Administrator - Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, Inc.

Homeownership Education & Resource Coordinator - Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity

Public Programs Coordinator - Eiteljorg Museum

Special Projects Manager- Children's Bureau, Inc.

Afterschool Site Coordinator (EDGE) - John Boner Neighborhood Centers

Opportunity Coach (Employment) - Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center

Education Support Coach (Youth and Adult) - Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center

Community Inclusion & Engagement Manager - Hendricks County Community Foundation


Physical Education Teacher - Sycamore School

Teachers - TNTP/Indianapolis Teaching Fellows

Youth Minister (part-time) - LifeJourney Church


Community Programs Fiscal Monitor - Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority/ Division of Community Programs


Cultural Trail Maintenance Specialist - Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc.

Construction Superintendent - Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity