Leslie Starsoneck

Conflicted

| by Leslie Starsoneck

There it was. Another news item about nonprofit compensation, this one detailing the exorbitant salary of the executive director of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  She is currently making somewhere in the mid-$700,000 range.  Something I fear is lost in the cover…

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The Elephant in the Room

| by Leslie Starsoneck

I love talking to my friend, Bernice Sanders Smoot.  She is the founder and principal of a firm called Saint Wall Street, LLC that helps nonprofits capture and articulate their value.   The first time I heard her speak, I had one of those “I really need to meet her”…

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Going Against Convention

| by Leslie Starsoneck

Despite the nonprofit sector’s complexity and diversity, there are a fair number of common practices or conventional wisdom.  One practice is when a founding director announces their intention to retire or otherwise leave the organization, it is best to make a clean break – …

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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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