Three women were ejected from LGBT pride festivities in Chicago this weekend for marching with a rainbow flag that displayed the Jewish Star of David, according to reports. Organizers of the 2017 Chicago Dyke March said the women had been expelled because the Jewish symbol “made people feel unsafe” — and that the march was...
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- Marchers booted from gay pride march for waving Jewish flag
By Tamar Lapin - Tuesday Jun 27, 2017
- Welcome to the softer side of gutted Sears stores
By John Biggs - Monday Jun 12, 2017
If there is any indication of the cultural import and effect of the “millennials” – a term I dislike for reasons I will explain later – look no further than America’s malls. The Baby Boomer hubris and NIMBYism that sent malls into further and further orbits from city centers has come home to roost and it promises to change the face of retail in a big way. First,… Read More
Balancing politics and productivity in the office
Friday Mar 17, 2017
Everyone’s talking politics these days—all day, every day. At home, and definitely at work. Right now in the nonprofit sector, political conversations also permeate the work day—because the mission of a particular organization may be directly impacted by current events, or simply because the nonprofit field leaves more room for the passion of politics than the private sector, where it’s more common to leave your affiliations and opinions at home. Many nonprofits have also made public statements, or are working as an organization on specific mission-related actions (check out this statement on human dignity and LGBTQ rights from the Jewish Theological Seminary, for example). But how do politics integrate into the individual’s workday, especially now that we’re living and breathing breaking news? Let’s face it—what’s going on is critically important—but engaging with it constantly is distracting!
These days it feels unrealistic and unmotivating to encourage confining the “meet you at the rally” talk to after-work hours. Further complicating the issue is the fact that folks—no matter their political bent—may feel uncomfortable, or demotivated by the constant barrage of news. So how do you set boundaries in order to stay productive and engaged with work, not make anyone else uncomfortable, and still be involved politically?
Here are some ideas (most of which we’re implementing at Big Duck) to thoughtfully and strategically make space for politics at an individual level at your nonprofit.
Do you use an instant messaging platform like Slack or Hipchat? Make a political room.
Create a space for staff to motivate each other to participate in upcoming protest events, call legislators’ offices, and fight back. Removing these types of conversations from actual work dialogue also allows staff to focus when they’re trying to dive deep, so you have the best of both worlds—productivity and political action!
Schedule an optional weekly brown bag lunch or after-hours meet-up to vent, debate, and or incubate ideas for your nonprofit to get involved.
Planning a lunch or meet-up gives staff a collaborative outlet to bring their thoughts, ideas, and opinions to the table. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and alone with the daily inundation of political media, and connecting with peers can offer some mental relief and could produce a constructive plan for your organization to get involved.
Use an anonymous poll to gauge how comfortable the staff is.
Before introducing new initiatives or sharing too much, get a temperature read on staff opinions first. The idea of getting politically active now in areas your organization may not have been engaged in before could evoke some thoughts and fair concerns from staff members, especially those who don’t share the majority point of view. An anonymous poll lets staff present their perspectives without judgment and allows you to make informed decisions on how your nonprofit should communicate internally.
Have a best practices brainstorm with staff on how to stay motivated and mission-focused.
Maybe it’s turning off alerts on your NYT app so that you don’t break focus at work. Or maybe it’s scheduling time to call your senator on your lunch break… use your collective brains for ideas on how to turn off the noise and focus on work, while making room for the political engagement that’s important to you.
Make sure your board is on board.
If you’re a nonprofit with a hands-on board, or a nonprofit that’s politically oriented, your leadership team and board will likely have something to say about using official work channels for politics. Run your ideas by your executive director to make sure internal initiatives don’t ruffle any feathers.
- A Case Study: Are Your Donations Going Where You Think?
By Martin Levine - Monday Jun 19, 2017
A rift has grown between Aish HaTorah and Aish International, a fundraising organization, over transparency and use of funds.
- Genesis Prize, JFN Award $1 Million for Disabilities Programs
By firstname.lastname@example.org (Kyoko Uchida) - Thursday Jun 15, 2017
The matching grants were awarded to twenty-two organizations working to promote inclusion of individuals with disabilities in Jewish life....
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By CHARLES DUHIGG - Wednesday Jun 14, 2017
One relief organization found that people were more likely to donate to victims of the 2011 Japanese tsunami than to those fleeing the war in Syria.
Aligning an organization’s website with its vision for the future
Friday Sep 30, 2016
The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) is the premier institution for advanced Jewish learning in North America. We have been helping JTS bring aspects of their vision for the future to life during an exciting period of change and growth. We recently created a new website for JTS, launched this past April at www.jtsa.edu. The new site tells their story in simpler, more compelling terms, features responsive design, and uses marketing automation tools and a content strategy to help them connect with students, staff, donors, alumni, and others.
- How Whole Foods Became the Organic Giant
By ERIC OWLES - Friday Jun 16, 2017
Over several decades, John Mackey grew a 2,000 square-foot store in Austin into a $13.4 billion deal with Amazon.