Particularly during an economic downturn when funds are tight and costs and strategies need to be carefully monitored, nonprofit board members have specific roles and responsibilities. David discusses these responsibilities with reference to land trusts, but his points are salient for all nonprofits.Event: California Council of Land Trusts 2009 Conference
CEO Michael Garb discusses the different challenges of leading commercially-focused business organizations and nonprofits. Michael Garb was appointed CEO of Youth and Family Enrichment Services (YFES) in 2008 after an extensive business career that included positions as an accountant, controller and CFO; as a small business owner; and as a senior executive and chief operating officer with substantial organizations. In preparation for his transition to the nonprofit field, Michael Garb served for 16 years on the boards of both the Family and Community Enrichment Services (FACES) and Youth and Family Enrichment Services, also knows as YFES, which he now leads. YFES is one of the largest and most respected non-profit agencies in San Mateo County, and provides a wide array of free and low-cost services to help over 34,000 children, youth and adults each year who are dealing with substance abuse, violence, mental health and other issues
Executive Director Jeremy Madsen discusses how the Greenbelt Alliance encourages responsible development through a mix of education and activism, and through partnerships with business, nonprofit and government leaders.Jeremy Madsen joined Greenbelt Alliance from The San Francisco Foundation, where he helped to launch the Great Communities Collaborative and supported social equity, affordable housing, and smart growth efforts around the Bay Area. He previously held positions as a community organizer and lobbyist on fair trade issues and urban quality of life issues, serving as Field Director for Washington state’s Transportation Choices Coalition and the Washington, DC-based Citizens Trade Campaign.Founded in 1958 as Citizens for Regional Recreation and Parks (CRRP), the Greenbelt Alliance works in partnership with local municipalities, communities and businesses, and has secured protection of more than 1.1 million acres of open space, establish urban growth boundaries around 26 cities and five counties, and endorsed the creation of 60,000 homes within existing urban areas.
During past recessions nonprofits have had to adjust their approaches to raising money and this recession posses some of the greatest challenges that nonprofits have faced. Donna discusses the importance of local constituencies, and of remaining close to donors through these times.Event: California Council of Land Trusts 2009 Conference
Coming off of some exceptional accomplishments, land trusts are challenged by the recession to continue their work of protecting and preserving lands. Darla summarizes the accomplishments of the CCLT family and suggests some strategies for strengthening land trust and conservation organizations.Event: California Council of Land Trusts 2009 Conference
CEO Willa Seldon continues our discussion of the management challenges of managing an organization founded on unconditional love and a commitment to social justice.
CEO Willa discusses the challenges of managing an organization founded on unconditional love that must deliver quality services to people in need.
Founding President Janice Mirikitani continues our discussion of how Glide supports the process of recovery, transformation, and empowerment in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District.
Janice Mirikitani discusses her own personal journey and how the Glide Foundation supports the process of recovery, transformation, and empowerment.