2016 Graduation of Cohort

Come Celebrate With Us! CNM’s Coaching Certification program is accredited with the International Coach Federation. IFC offers the only globally recognized, independent credentialing program for coach practitioners. ICF Credentials are awarded to professional coaches who have met stringent education and experience requirements and have demonstrated a thorough understanding of the coaching competencies that set the standard in the profession. Achieving credentials through ICF signifies a coach’s commitment to integrity, understanding and mastery of coaching skills, and dedication to clients. Join us in recognizing the achievements of 13 coaches as we celebrate their completion of our intensive, six-month Coach Certification [...]

By | September 2nd, 2016|Featured Posts, Nonprofit Directions|0 Comments

Q+A with Omar Brownson, Executive Director of River LA

Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Omar Brownson, Executive Director of the newly rebranded River LA, a nonprofit whose mission is to ensure the 51-mile Los Angeles River integrates design and infrastructure to bring people and nature together, to discuss how a small nonprofit can take on big challenges. Omar will be discussing this further at the closing plenary of our 501(c)onference, Changemakers (Re)Creating Los Angeles, where he and others like Sachi Hamai, CEO of LA County, and Tom Sayles, Chairman of the LA Chamber of Commerce, will talk about how they are redesigning their organizations and [...]

Q+A with Bill Parent, Director of the Center for Civil Society at UCLA

Since 2002, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs’ Center for Civil Society has researched the state of the nonprofit sector in Los Angeles. The resulting annual State of The Nonprofit Sector in Los Angeles reports have been instrumental in providing a picture of the current landscape and valuable perspective on actionable next steps for our community to consider. In a recent OpEd, Bill Parent, Director of the Center for Civil Society, shared that this year’s report, which he co-authored, will outline serious challenges, most notably a substantial decrease in annual individual giving. I recently sat down with Bill to [...]

By | May 11th, 2016|Data and Trends, Featured Posts, Nonprofit Directions|0 Comments

California Contingency of Grantmakers and Nonprofits Travel to DC to Meet with Congressional Leaders

“Decisions at the federal level matter to this sector. That stream of cash flow and policy direction can have a material impact on how or if nonprofits get results within the communities they serve.” -Regina Birdsell, President & CEO, Center for Nonprofit Management On April 11, our President & CEO, Regina Birdsell, traveled to Washington DC for Foundations on the Hill with a contingent of organizations from California that included Southern California Grantmakers, Northern California Grantmakers, The San Diego Community Foundation, United Way of LA, and several other foundation representatives. Foundations on the Hill is a two-day event that allows [...]

The Next Industrial Revolution?

When the Industrial Revolution happened, we saw shifts in how people worked. New machinery allowed for efficiencies, and the assembly line created the management style we in many ways still use today. But with the dawn of the internet, a booming technology industry, and the rise of the millennial workforce, there have yet again been dramatic shifts in the tools and working styles used to get things done. We’ve seen this in the nonprofit sector, both in our own organization and in the thousands of organizations we help each year. With limited resources, many of us struggle to keep pace [...]

By | April 18th, 2016|Data and Trends, Featured Posts, Nonprofit Directions|0 Comments

The Results Are In: People Look to Business, Not Nonprofits, To Solve Social Problems

This year, for the first time in its 16 year history, the 2016 Edelman Trust Barometer shows that business is closing in on NGOs’ long-held lead in trust. In fact, 80% of the general population believes that it’s up to businesses to improve social conditions and that they are more capable of keeping up with our rapidly changing world than government, media, and nonprofits. The Good Cross-sector partnerships are key to making positive and lasting change, and the public’s increased trust in business will help move things along faster. In addition, the demand from consumers for businesses to be socially [...]

By | March 21st, 2016|Data and Trends, Featured Posts, Nonprofit Directions|0 Comments

Congratulations to 2016 Graduates of Civic U

CNM would like to congratulate the most recent graduating class of Civic University! CNM was delighted to participate as facilitators at Civic U, a joint-program of The Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs (PBI) at Cal State LA and the City of Los Angeles, in February. Civic U’s mission is to help increase the civic literacy of the community—providing constituents with the tools they need to understand local government and affect policy at City Hall. The latest iteration of this program, Civic U 2.0, took place over four Tuesday evenings in February 2016 and ended with a surprise visit from [...]

By | March 14th, 2016|CNM News, Featured Posts, Nonprofit Directions|0 Comments

What Does Ketchup Have To Do With Board Recruitment?

According to a recent BoardSource report, 80% of all nonprofit board members are white, and 25% of boards having only white members. Only 19% of CEOs say that their board has a plan to increase diversity. But why does it matter? 73% of Americans are white. That’s a pretty large percentage. Why should we try to add diversity? How will adding diversity to our boards change anything? I recently listened to a fascinating podcast about diversity in Silicon Valley. In this episode of Reply All, hosts PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman speak with Leslie Miley, a former Twitter employee. Miley [...]

Congrats to the 2015/2016 Graduating Class of the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program

Congratulations to the 2015/2016 graduating class of the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program! David Benavides, Executive Director, KidWorks Edguin Castellanos, Program and Projects Officer, Special Needs Network, Inc. Alexander Cornejo, Volunteer Manager, Union Rescue Mission Bianca Dobrikovic, Director of Institutional Giving, Downtown Women's Center James Gilliam, Deputy Executive Director, ACLU of Southern California Tracee Green, Sr. Program Assistant, Community Build, Inc. Leon Gullette, Program Director, Community Build, Inc. Eric V. Ibarra, Executive Director, Las Fotos Project Alexa Kim, Program Associate, Self Help Graphics & Art Steven Kim, Director, Project Kinship Ginger Lee, Chief Operating Officer, Latino Health Access Virginia Lee, Senior [...]

By | February 24th, 2016|CNM News, Featured Posts, Nonprofit Directions|0 Comments

The True Cost of Employee Turnover

The Center for Nonprofit Management’s (CNM) Southern and Central Compensation and Benefits Report found that a third (36%) of respondents have a difficult time retaining their top performers and 1 in 2 respondents attribute this to their inability to offer a competitive salary and benefits packages. Besides losing talent, turnover has many costs. A study by the Center for American Progress found that, turnover costs are often estimated to be 100% to 300% of the base salary of replaced employee, depending on wage and role of an employee. On average, the costs to replace an employee are:  20% of annual [...]