Female leaders in your organization might not be getting as many training and development opportunities as men, which is inequitable as well as a potential retention problem, writes Alaina Love. "Development plans should be forward-focused and include stretch assignments, exposure to senior leadership and projects that allow women to practice skills they will need for advanced roles," she writes.
A property manager of a manufactured home park in Oregon is attempting to stop the distribution of a newsletter by the park's tenant committee, citing the lack of a formal HOA. However, Oregon law protects residents' rights to canvass, which includes the distribution of a newsletter, regardless of whether an HOA has been formed.
A South Carolina HOA is surprised that it has been charged a total of $1.3 million over the last 14 years by utility company Santee Cooper for renting 220 light poles throughout the community. As a lower-cost alternative, the HOA could decide to purchase and maintain their own light fixtures.
In condo communities, information about garage and parking space ownership may be found in the Condominium Plan or CC&Rs. When there is no documentation, owners face an uphill battle when trying to prove that their parking area belongs to them, even if it was deeded to them as part of the condo sale.
An HOA in Athens, Georgia, is involved in a civil case with owners of a farm in the community. The HOA initially approved the farm, but after the farm owners wanted to build hoop houses and residents complained about the farm not being a good fit for the community, the HOA withdrew the farm's approval.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will direct about $50 million to universities and scholars that research how big data and social media are affecting democracy in the US. "We're drowning in conventional wisdom when what we need is basic knowledge about the ways in which digital communication is altering the mechanisms of our democracy and the underlying fabric of our society," wrote executive Sam Gill.
Learning to acknowledge and empathize with the fear many minorities have in situations that may appear innocuous to people with white privilege, such as being questioned by law enforcement officers, marked a turning point for Northwest Area Foundation President and CEO Kevin Walker. "As a white leader in philanthropy who is committed to advancing [diversity, equity and inclusion], I am determined to get better and more consistent at learning from my experiences, speaking up and speaking out," writes Walker.
Nonprofits can ensure they maintain ethical fiduciary relationships by considering who the nonprofit is responsible to and who its people think they're responsible to, write the editors of Nonprofit Quarterly. "Maintaining a fiduciary relationship in which there is money given in stewardship for the benefit of an entity with which you do not consult when consultation is available, is unsupportable as an issue of trust," they write.
National nonprofit Yoga Foster offers an online course that provides teachers the basics needed to lead yoga and facilitate lessons to increase productivity and lower stress in students, many of whom live in low-income areas and are prone to high levels of stress. Eighty percent of the teachers have secured grants to offset their program costs.
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