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The Nonprofit 10 Percent

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Those of us who work for or support the nonprofit sector have always known how important it is to the nation’s health, environment, safety net, creativity and quality of life. From churches to cultural centers to food banks, schools and humanitarian organizations, the nonprofit sector feeds the nation’s soul, its heart and its body. But, it’s also critically important to the nation’s economy and job market.

American Express Hosts Its Largest-Ever Leadership Academy Global Alumni Summit to Back the People Who Move the World Forward

MOVING TO WASHINGTON, D.C. IN ITS FIFTH YEAR, THE SUMMIT HELPS EMERGING SOCIAL PURPOSE LEADERS GAIN THE TRAINING AND CONTACTS TO MAKE A LASTING IMPACT
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American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) announced today its annual Leadership Academy Global Alumni Summit on April 1.  The intensive two-day immersive program offers professional development and networking opportunities to cultivate emerging nonprofit and social purpose leaders. Marking its fifth year, the summit will convene outside New York for the first time, taking place in Washington, D.C., a major hub for nonprofit organizations.

Today’s Leaders Need to Be Great Storytellers

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Ken Chenault, the former CEO of American Express, often paraphrased Napoleon in saying that leaders need to define reality and give hope. Essentially, it is up to leaders to tell their people what is happening now and inspire them by outlining the opportunities that the future holds for them both individually and institutionally.

In sum, leaders need to tell a good story. An authentic, believable and realistic one. But, one filled with promise of a better day, and how we’re going to get there.

Leaders Should Engage In Principled Conflict

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As widely reported, before John Dingell, the longest serving member of Congress, passed away recently, he shared some thoughts in his final statement to America.  One of those missives was the following:

5 Books That Every Leader Should Be Reading Now

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The beginning of a new year is always a good time to be reconsidering one's reading list.  With apologies to friends who have written terrific books on leadership and corporate social responsibility, the following are the five books (in alphabetical order) that I think leaders should be reading (or in some cases, re-reading) this year.  Some of them are new, some are more vintage, but all of them have lessons for leaders that are not only worthwhile, but increasing important in our highly competitive and chaotic world.

Nonprofit Board Service Builds More Effective Business Leaders

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Alice Korngold, President and CEO of Korngold Consulting LLC, has recently released the results of her study 2018 Nonprofit Board Leadership Study in partnership with IMPACT2030, a private sector collaboration with the United Nations, corporations and nonprofit organizations.

American Express Backs the Community of Puerto Rico

Lin-Manuel Miranda Brings Hamilton to Puerto Rico to support local arts
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NEW YORK, January 18, 2019 /3BL Media/

5 Corporate Social Responsibility Trends to Watch in 2019

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2018 proved to be an active year in Corporate Social Responsibility with issues related to sustainability, globalization, advocacy on social issues and multiple natural disasters in the forefront. Some of these issues and trends will continue into 2019, but leaders should expect to see the following noteworthy changes:

Helping Corporations Give Every Day for 75 Years

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Last week included Giving Tuesday, a day when individuals, foundations and corporations are encouraged to support their favorite causes during the holiday season. Designating the Tuesday after Thanksgiving as a day of giving has been a hugely successful way of focusing attention on the wide variety of charitable institutions in the country, and it’s also been a great way of promoting the idea of giving on-line.

Passion vs. Purpose in Leadership: Which Do You Need Most?

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“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” Oprah Winfrey

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, and to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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