Lessons from Leaders
Each mission-driven organization is on a journey, whether a day or decade old. Our “Lessons from Leaders” essays are designed to offer help from those who’ve faced the same challenges you do now – whether it’s creating an online presence, engaging with communities, fundraising, best practices or other issues. We hope these short essays will help you on your journey – and someday that you’ll offer your own perspectives to help the next generation of mission-driven organizations.
Learn how Nicole Morris, Executive Director of Women Giving Back (WGB), an organization that provides quality clothing at no cost to women and children in crisis, successfully pivoted her organization’s programming during Covid-19.
Letters to Strangers began as a school club in California and now reaches teens all over the world. Learn how Diana Chao, Founder and Executive Director, grew her .ORG into the largest global youth-run non-profit focused on destigmatizing mental illness and increasing access to affordable, quality treatment.
A Conversation with Stephanie Chan
Stop AAPI Hate's Research Manager, Stephanie Chan, shares how other non-profit and mission-driven organizations should use data to better understand the communities they serve.
A Conversation with Mark Bergel
Mark Bergel, co-founder of The Shared Humanity Project, shares how conversations with community members can grow and strengthen your mission and lead to greater impact.
A Conversation with Jorge Valencia
Jorge Valencia, Executive Director of Point Foundation shares why it is important to build a sense of community between students to help them to achieve both their educational and personal goals.
A Conversation with Aniya Butler
Aniya Butler shares why it is important for youth to have a voice in their communities and how she became a leader at Youth vs. Apocalypse.
A Conversation with Rick Yount
Rick Yount of the Warrior Canine Connection speaks to how the .ORG domain reflects the seriousness of Warrior Canine Connection No-Fail mission to support veterans reconnecting with their communities and each other.
By Stuart Patience, Founding Board Member at Saya Suka Membaca
Non-profits need to fund their operations, but what’s the best way to do this? They can engage in fundraising efforts, seek out corporate sponsors, or simply collect donations.
Longevity Pro Tip: Two Keys to Success
By Leigh R. Allen II, Interim Chief Executive Officer and VP of Marketing and Development at the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO)
How does a small organization remain viable and thrive?
Collaboration Pro Tip: Tools are Essential
By Jessica Williams, Chief Communications Officer at Days for Girls International
What is the most effective way to collaborate, especially in a COVID world?
Engagement Pro Tip: Keep Enagagement Authentic
By Emily Wasek, Associate Director of Development at Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center
How can you best engage the communities you serve?
Fundraising Pro Tip: The Value of a Monthly Donation Program
By Kirollos Barsoum, Digital Giving Manager at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children