Heather is an experienced Nonprofit Manager, Researcher, Trainer, and Blogger. She is currently Assistant Professor in the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration at Grand Valley State University.
In this blog I write about nonprofit leadership, nonprofit careers, the nonprofit workforce, nonprofit technology, and nonprofit management education.
It has been an exciting few weeks for women everywhere. First there was the release of Makers Documentary from PBS that chronicled the history of the women’s movement. Then, this past Monday was the release of Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook’s new book LeanIn. Sheryl’s book is not meant to appeal to all women but [...]
This blog post is a continuation of the series: Education for Good. See the first post in the series: Education for Good: Undergraduate Degrees Students interested in pursuing graduate degree’s for good tend to pursue master’s degrees in Nonprofit Management, Public Administration, Social Work or Business. However, there are many other graduate degree programs such [...]
I get e-mails all the time from people like this: “I would like to go into non profit business, what program should I take to get my degree, what type of business program should I take? Please help!” Do you want to pursue a “do gooder career” but don’t know what undergraduate degree to choose? [...]
Yesterday, the Nonprofit Times came out with their 2012 NPT Power and Influence Top 50. I was happy to see some familiar faces on the list such as, Holly Ross, Robert Ashcraft, and Paul Schmitz. But yet again, the NPT left out some amazing powerful and influential people in the sector mainly because these amazing [...]
People are passionate about many different things. Some people are passionate art, others are passionate about caring for children, and Olympians, they are passionate about their sport! I personally am passionate about nonprofit management and helping people pursue nonprofit careers. By working in a field I am passionate about, my work doesn’t feel like work [...]
A few years ago the Institute for Nonprofit Organization and Management at the University of San Francisco went out of business. Few people knew about the closure but those of us who did, it was a harsh reiteration of the changing world of philanthropy and the drying up of nonprofit capacity building funding. Formed in [...]
I used to rarely write about my personal life on this blog but after having a baby last fall I’ve become more comfortable in my own skin. My daughter turned 8 months old last week and it has certainly been a whirlwind of experiences. I read many books before and after becoming a mom including: [...]
I tell my students…the hardest job you will EVER have is being a manager. Being a GREAT manager requires you to truly care about your employees and their lives–”the human side of the organization”. Managers need to be able to balance the technical tasks of the organization with interpersonal relations and group dynamics. However, many [...]
I am running for the Alliance for Nonprofit Management Board of Directors. The Alliance is a national community of capacity builders for nonprofits. Initially 14 candidates applied for board positions and the nominating committee narrowed the field to 6. Now the members will vote and select 2 final candidates to serve on the board. I’m [...]
I am so pleased I chose to move to Grand Rapids, it truly a hidden Gem. The area has great restaurants, shopping, arts and performances. The downtown area is clean and the majority of new buildings going up are leed certified. Grand Rapids recently was named the #2 best place to live in the entire [...]