Strategic planning should be a means not only to produce a strategy, but also to engage and cultivate stakeholders, develop leadership, and generate new energy, commitment and consensus around mission. Its primary product is not a written plan, but strategic thinking within the organization, which is achieved through a process of planning followed by a process of implementation. A well-conceived and managed planning process can be the most effective form of organizational development.
Learn how social good organizations can adopt the Lean Startup methodology to amplify their impact.
The Lean Startup Methodology has taken the startup world by storm, and lean principles have been adopted by everyone from Fortune 1000 companies to the U.S. Government. How can more social good organizations adopt Lean methodology to amplify their impact? In this webinar, the co-founder of Lean Impact and one of the publishers of The Ultimate Dictionary of Lean for Social Good will walk you through some of the best (and worst!) examples they've seen throughout the impact sector -- from A/B testing to Vanity Metrics. We'll leave plenty of time for discussion, so bring your questions!
Fundraising: the business function that nonprofit professionals love to hate. Why? Without predictable, consistent income growth, charities struggle mightily to fulfill their missions and achieve their visions. Yet the data show income growth for most charities is sluggish or worse, in spite of the onslaught of new technologies, training programs, and graduate schools offering advanced degrees. Maybe it’s time to do something different: to look at the way fundraising is managed, not just the way it’s done.
The Ela Area Public Library has two digital media labs in the same building. The purpose of the digital media labs is to provide Library patrons with a space where they may use various digital media technologies that support their educational, professional, and personal goals and endeavors. Topics:
- What inspired the library to obtain a media lab
- List of equipment
- Possible classes/training offered to the community
- How the community has responded to the lab (attendance, project successes, etc.)
- Do you wish your library got more credit for its wide range of offerings?
- Do you sometimes feel pressured to make tough choices without adequate information?
- Has your library documented everything there is to know about how items move through the system, and next to nothing about how users move between services?
- Are you reluctant to delve into patron data for fear of compromising confidentiality?
If you suspect that better data might contribute to better decisions, you're right! Let's face it – as library services evolve, traditional statistics paint an increasingly limited picture of what's really going on. Today's library is supposed to be a "people place," yet we pay relatively little attention to people-related data. In this webinar we'll explore the human side of library measurement, taking special care to improve our understanding of our users without sacrificing confidentiality or invading their privacy.
You do not need previous knowledge of statistical methods or research techniques to benefit from this discussion. We'll focus on simple, practical approaches to analyzing:
- Patron recruitment and retention,
- Usage life-cycles,
- In-building navigation and browsing,
- Past and future demand for services,
- Target audiences' communications preferences, and
- Overall patterns of library use.
Succession planning is NOT anointing the heir apparent, and taking action only when the director retires. It starts long before that. This talk focuses on a new way to think about board planning, administrative goals, and who to hire at all levels of the organization.
This webinar helps to define the successful library as one that serves as a vibrant and active community center. Learn how to take a leadership role as a creative catalyst – exploring new ways to build partnerships, strengthen community and contribute to local development.
Renew your sense of hope for the longtime viability of public libraries. Presenter Mary Lou Carolan sees amazing and out-of-the-ordinary opportunities for your library to serve as a vibrant and active community center. The library can be the creative catalyst to ignite community enthusiasm. Learn about the ‘Inside/Outside Approach’ and other engaging and fun marketing practices. Find out how to implement ‘placemaking’ for lighter, quicker, cheaper ways to attract more users. And catch the sense of urgency that libraries need to act now: Hope, Opportunity, Time – strike while the iron is HOT!
Explore the world of corporate support and tools and resources on corporate giving.
Seeking to target companies that might fund your organization?
Finding it hard to get information?
Need to get beyond the Yellow Pages?
Join us for an introduction to the world of corporate support for nonprofits and funding research tools to help you identify corporate prospects. We'll answer such questions as:
- What are the motivations behind corporate giving?
- What is the difference between a direct corporate giving program and a company-sponsored foundation and how does it affect my approach to research?
- What are the different pathways to partnership with a company?
- How can I match my organization's needs with the interests of a corporation?
- How can I use the Foundation Center’s resources to locate corporate funders?
Peter Drucker has a great quote: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Although culture plays a large part in how organizations function, grow and change, we don’t always take its power and influence fully into account.
When organizations assess their readiness for growth – or are unexpectedly thrown into change – their culture can be a help, a hindrance or somewhere in between. Because an organization’s culture often evolves organically, leaders and staff are not always aware of the role culture takes in their ability to grow.
- Learn how to assess your organization’s current culture and the role it plays in organizational growth.
- Understand how to influence positive cultural change.
- Plan, communicate, and implement strategies to shift your organization’s culture to better support your mission.
We’re excited the announce the January episode of AL Live, The Future of Libraries: What’s Your Vision? We're thrilled to have Innovative Interfaces as a sponsor for this episode. David Lee King will lead our expert panel in an open discussion on the challenges and changes we’ll see in our libraries in the near and distant future.