2018 Education Focus

"Re-thinking the Bang for your Buck: How to tell an organization is worth your investment"

For years, donors have struggled with how to select organizations to receive their precious charitable donations. With so many organizations asking for funds, how can we make a choice? We've learned that use of certain statistics - like "overhead" costs, or percentage of budget spent on salaries - is misguided and often leads to giving decisions that in fact limit impact and stifle social change rather than accelerate it. So how should we be thinking about maximizing the bang for our buck by supporting organizations with the structure, leadership and mission to make a difference?

This year, we will hear from experts in non-profit management and get thought-leaders' perspectives on the true indicators of organizational health and potential for program success.

The featured speaker for our April 23, 2018 Education Event is Yolanda Coentro, President and CEO, Institute for Nonprofit Practice

The Institute for Nonprofit Practice’s mission is to transform communities by equipping the most promising nonprofit leaders with the skills, confidence, and resources they need to make their organizations effective, innovative, and sustainable.  Yolanda will survey the best management practices that effective organizations use to maximize their impact and help us understand how to spot them as we evaluate an organization in preparation for casting our Womenade grant-making vote, or in making choices for our own personal philanthropy.

Read Yolanda's presentation "Hallmarks of High Performing Nonprofits."

Additional Reading

More on The Boston Foundation’s Nonprofit Effectiveness Strategy can be found here

The Performance Imperative: A Framework for Social Sector Excellence

Engine of Impact by William F Meehan III and Kim Starky Jonker – Tools and Additional Readings can be found on this website as well here.

Uncharitable by Dan Pallotta

See Dan Pallotta’s TedTalk as well:  The Way We Think about Charity is Dead Wrong

SSIR High Performance Vs. High Impact Nonprofits by Sean Stannard-Stockton

Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High Impact Nonprofits by Leaslie Crutchfield and Heather McCleod Grant

High Performance Nonprofit Organizations by Christine W. Letts, William P. Ryan and Allen Grossman

The Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap in Massachusetts by The Building Movements Project

Opportunity in Change Report by Third Sector New England

2017 Education Focus

Resilience: What is it? Why is it important? Can we learn to be resilient, and if so, how?

Womenade Boston has chosen the subject of resilience as our education focus for 2017. At our spring Education Meeting on Monday, April 3, 2017, a panel of experts and practitioners will discuss their programs, their experiences, and how they work to foster resilience among their clients and in their own organizations. This is a crucial topic for many nonprofits serving at-risk populations. For those interested in learning more about the topic, we invite you to go deeper through the following reading list of articles and books on the topic.


Rockefeller Foundation Research on Resilience: https://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/our-work/topics/resilience/

 “The Resilience Factor” from Momentum, the magazine of the National MS Society: http://momentummagazineonline.com/the-resilience-factor/

 Stories of personal resilience - a podcast on the “Dream 9” from NPR’s Latino USA: http://latinousa.org/episode/the-dream-9-rb/

“What makes us happy?” from The Atlantic: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2009/06/what-makes-us-happy/307439/

From the Harvard Business Review:

“Building Resilience” - https://hbr.org/2011/04/building-resilience

“How Resilience Works” - https://hbr.org/2002/05/how-resilience-works

“Grit: Perseverance and Passion for Long-Term Goals,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2007, Vol. 92, No. 6, 1087–1101



Angela Duckworth, “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” (2016)

Ann Masten, “Ordinary Magic” (2014)

Paul Tough, “How Children Succeed” (2012)

George Vaillant, “Adaptation to Life” (1977)