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We have uploaded the audio for the morning presentation from the Foraker Group Leadership Summit.  These audio files are quite lengthly (and large - the smallest file is 19 MB!) so you might want to download them first and then save them to your hard drive.

Audio 01: Dennis McMillian
Opening Remarks - Setting the stage for Exploring Leadership by Dennis McMillian (41:31).
Audio 02: Peter Brinckerhoff - Part 1
Keynote Address: Leading Your Nonprofit Through Generation Change, by Peter Brinckerhoff (1:16:03).
Audio 03: Peter Brinckerhoff - Part 2
Keynote Address: Leading Your Nonprofit Through Generation Change, by Peter Brinckerhoff (44:15).
Audio 04: Peter Brinckerhoff - Part 3
Keynote Address: Leading Your Nonprofit Through Generation Change, by Peter Brinckerhoff (17:00).
Audio 05: Panel Discussion - Sven Haakanson and Katherine Gottlieb
Path to Leadership - Becoming a Global Leader Through Local Actions; Sven Haakanson and Katherine Gottlieb Interviewed by Steve Lindbeck (50:16)
Audio 06: Day 2 Panel Presentation Part 1
Weathering the Storm - Leadership in a Time of Disaster presented by Gary Ostroske (55:06).
Audio 07: Day 2 Panel Presentation Part 2
Weathering the Storm - Leadership in a Time of Disaster presented by Gary Ostroske; closing remarks (27:09).

I couldn't resist including links to this exchange between popular Comedy Central star Jon Stewart and Susan Tenby, senior manager of TechSoup. The whole thing started after the Congressional panel on Second Life and virtual worlds. I file this under NON-PROFIT HUMOR.

From The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Give & Take
A roundup of blogs about the nonprofit world

April 15, 2008 Jon Stewart's Education About Charities and Second Life

Nonprofit fans of Second Life, an Internet game, are seeking to educate Jon Stewart about their online activism after the comedian made fun of one of them.

Susan Tenby, senior manager of TechSoup, a nonprofit technology group, appeared before a Congressional panel this month to discuss how Second Life and other virtual worlds can lead to real-world social improvement.

However, on The Daily Show, Mr. Stewart couldn’t help but be amused with the proceedings, noting that Ms. Tenby told the lawmakers the name of her online avatar: Glitteractica Cookie.

Full article...

from The Associated Press

JUNEAU - Alaskans could donate a portion, or all, of their Permanent Fund Dividend to certain community, educational or charitable organizations under a bill that has passed the House and Senate.
House Bill 166, by Haines Republican Bill Thomas would place a checkoff box on the PFD application.

Each campus of the University of Alaska would be eligible as well as organizations that offer programs that serve youth, the elderly and low income or cover arts, health care, recycling, public broadcasting, libraries and zoos, among others. Political groups would not be eligible.

The Rasmuson Foundation, the state's largest charitable foundation, has pledged to fully fund the administrative costs of the program for its first three years. The bill now goes to Gov. Sarah Palin.

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Sabbaticals continue to be fodder for the media as more and more executives are taking them and experts are talking about them. Here's a piece in the Wall Street Journal that is making the syndication rounds.

How One Executive Used a Sabbatical to Fix His Career

by Joann S. Lublin, Wall Street Journal Online 

One morning in 2005, Daniel H. Marcus awoke in a pitch-black hotel room. The executive-pay consultant knew he needed to see a corporate client, his third in three days in three far-flung cities. But for several minutes, he didn't know where he was or who awaited him.

"That doesn't bode well for my work," Mr. Marcus thought to himself. His memory lapse proved a blessing in disguise. With constant travel and 60-hour weeks pushing him close to burnout, the veteran partner at Mercer, a major human-resource consultant, decided he needed a sabbatical.


A major theme at the Leadership Summit was how to handle a crisis or disaster. TechSoup has developed a Disaster Planning and Recovery Toolkit for nonprofit organizations.

From the TechSoup web site:

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In the wake of a disaster — whether typical disk failure or catastrophic flood — it can be difficult to know where to begin the recovery process. With so many other pressing concerns, how should you prioritize IT recovery? What steps need to be taken immediately, and which can wait?

In this toolkit , you'll find resources to help you plan ahead so that you can limit the damage from a disaster; a comprehensive, downloadable guide to recovery; and information about tools to help keep your nonprofit's data safe should the unthinkable happen.

TechSoup has setup the toolkit into three sections — Plan, Mitigate, and Recover — so you can take a step-by-step approach to disaster planning and recovery.

Go to the Toolkit


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Escape 101 I saw an article about sabbaticals in the newspaper the other day, and it mentioned this book: Escape 101: The Four Secrets to Taking a Sabbatical or Career Break Without Losing Your Money or Your Mind. Looks like an interesting read.

Learn more about the Rasmuson Foundation Sabbatical Program. From the Rasmuson site:

"The Rasmuson Foundation Sabbatical Program is designed to provide time away from the job for nonprofit leaders to engage in activities for personal renewal or professional growth. The Foundation believes that nonprofit CEOs/executive directors better serve their organization when they have extended opportunities to reflect on their work, gain insight into what they want to accomplish in their careers, learn better ways to run their agencies, and renew their personal energy."


Read Dennis McMillian's articles about the program and taking a sabbatical:

Are You Really Going to Do It?

What I Did That You Should Consider



Kiva.orgPeter Brinckerhoff mentioned the organization several times in his presentations. Here's a closer look.

The global micro-lending organization was started as a side project by computer programmer Matt Flannery and his wife Jessica in 2004.  The couple decided to "change the world, one loan at a time."

From Jessica's bio on the Kiva site: "Jessica first saw the power and beauty of microfinance while working in rural Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda with Village Enterprise Fund and Project Baobab on impact evaluation and program development."

From Matt's bio: "As CEO, Matt has led's growth from a pilot project to an established online service with partnerships across the globe and millions in dollars loaned to low income entrepreneurs."

You can read more about the organization at . You can also read Matt's blog "The Kiva Chronicles ."

Bob Hallinen image/ADN

This article in ADN today struck me as touching on some of the issues brought up by Peter Brinkerhoff at the Leadership Summit. 

When Liz Posey, Jonathan Teeters, Kokayi and Toccarra Nosakhere took their seats in a small Midtown boardroom on a recent snowy afternoon, it wasn't to talk corporate strategy, it was to plot a revolution.

Read the Article

Want to know more about who is speaking at the Summit?

Download a PDF file of all the speaker bios.

You can also find other useful PDF files on The Foraker Group web site including:

Leadership Summit 2008 Agenda

Leadership Summit Schedule 


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