Leslie Starsoneck

Nonprofits in the Trump Era - Part II

| by Leslie Starsoneck

Last week in this space I posted a link to Richard Clerkin’s opinion piece about the repeal of the Johnson Amendment, ”Keeping politics out of the pews.”   This week I want to share my thoughts.  The Amendment focuses only on the engagement of nonprofits in e…

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Nonprofits in the Trump era

| by Leslie Starsoneck

In an effort to share timely information and opinion on current trends impacting the non-profit sector in our state and region, we will be devoting consecutive weekly blogs to an issue or topic.  This week begins a series on the Johnson Amendment and the current administration’s i…

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Defining Time, Talent, and Treasure

| by Leslie Starsoneck

We write a lot in this space about the role and impact of great board members. We don’t sugarcoat the significant commitment required and we tout the value of setting early shared expectations to avoid frustration and ineffectiveness.Some organizations are so grateful to have a person …

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Adding Fairness to Your Appeal

| by Leslie Starsoneck

I love a quiet Sunday morning with coffee, a lazy cat, and the Sunday New York Times.  During the week I get my news like most people these days, I scan headlines and articles from many of my favorite online sites.  On Sunday I take time, fold back pages, and dig in to articles tha…

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Professional Troublemaking

| by Leslie Starsoneck

Speaking out about unjust conditions – to friends, family, on social media – is the American way. Pointing to unfair treatment of individuals, groups, communities, or the environment is an important part of being civically engaged.  As a nonprofit leader there is an added ob…

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3 Quick Tips for Candidates

| by Leslie Starsoneck

When we do a search at Armstrong McGuire as part of our Executive Transition Management offering, we work collaboratively with clients putting together a detailed position announcement that outlines the opportunity, as well as the primary responsibilities and related candidate qualifications…

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Understanding Millennials

| by Leslie Starsoneck

There are opinions galore about millennials just as there have been about past “gens.”  Defined as those born between 1980 and 2000, millennials want, and demand meaning from their work.  They shun the rat race.  They aren’t driven to amass the money, or what…

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Just Six Things

| by Leslie Starsoneck

In the book Just Six Numbers by renowned astrophysicist Martin Rees, the genesis of the universe is explained in a simple theory based on just six numbers.  Here is my simple theory of Just Six Things you really need to know to be a successful nonprofit leader: 1.  Do not start wi…

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Leaders and Mentors

| by Leslie Starsoneck

I love this graphic.  It is elegant in its simplicity and I love that the leader’s head is turned sideways, and he or she is pointing and speaking.  For me, it brings back good memories about the great leadership role models I was fortunate to have had early in my career. …

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