Below is a humility-free list of articles I wrote or am quoted in:
My Boss Doesn’t Listen to Me: Should I Quit?
Tips for seeking feedback about your performance.
Funders: Step Up and Help Women Lead America
How would you turn a moment into a movement? That’s the question that organizations supporting women running for office have been asking themselves over the last year. It’s a hard question to answer in any field. Now imagine trying to answer it while being deluged by an unprecedented number of women ready to run for office.
The Robots Have Arrived: How Nonprofits Can Ensure They Save Rather Than Kill Us
How Nonprofits Can Survive Setbacks
Tips for helping your organization get stronger, healthier, and smarter internally.
From Resistance to Renaissance: Women Must Embrace their Power for Funding Social Change
Exactly a year ago, millions of women across the country created the Resistance. We have marched and protested, shared our outrage using hashtags such as #metoo, #yessallwomen #nastywomen and called (and called and called) Congress. Now it’s time to shift from powering the Resistance to creating the Renaissance. However, there is one huge barrier, the “final frontier” as philanthropist Ruth Ann Harnisch calls it: our discomfort with money and power.
How to Open Doors at Foundations
An advice column for the Chronicle of Philanthropy on how to gain access to foundations, “How To Open Doors at Foundations.”
Knowing When It’s Time to Seek a Job in Leadership
How to develop skills and knowledge on the job while helping other young leaders.
How to Get a Charity Job if You Have No Nonprofit Experience
Advice for a reader who’s having trouble breaking into charity work despite a strong academic background and work experience.
How Students Can Prepare for a Nonprofit Career
In her latest advice column, nonprofit expert Allison Fine answers a reader’s question about students who want to go right from college into work that benefits others. In a quandary about your career? Need tips on leadership?
How Not to Lose Ground in Your Career While You Raise Kids
Advice on balancing advancement opportunities and family priorities.
How Charities Can Communicate With the Communities They Serve
How to use social media to have two-way conversations with your supporters.
A Leader in a New Job Finds Old Ways of Communicating Fall Short
How to navigate within a new team and culture.
How to Start a New Nonprofit – And Why You Probably Shouldn’t
Allison walks through the steps to start a nonprofit, but cautions against doing so because raising money and managing all of the operational functions of an organization is daunting.
How to Measure Leadership Skills
Leadership is about more than producing a lot of stuff. How we work is as important as what we produce, and both can be measured.
5 Ways to Make 2015 Filled with “Matterness”
A post for Kivi’s Nonprofit Marketing Blog. It begins with stopping to control the uncontrollable!
How Businesses Can Make People Matter More with Allison Fine
I was a guest on the Brilliant Biz Mom’s podcast hosted by Sarah Korhnak and her sister Beth Anne Schwamberger.
5 Ways to Fill 2015 With More Matterness
Keeping up with New Year’s resolutions like losing weight or exercising may begin to slide as January becomes February, but there is one thing you can be fantastically successful at this year – leading fearlessly.esolutions to lose weight and exercise more may begin to slide as January soon becomes February, but there is something you can be fantastically successful at this year – leading fearlessly. – See more at: http://www.nonprofitmarketingguide.com/blog/2015/01/13/5-ways-to-make-2015-filled-with-matterness/#sthash.YeAMK6Q5.dpufKeepingKeepinKeeping up your New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and exercise more may begin to slide as January soon becomes February, but there is something you can be fantastically successful at this year – leading fearlessly. – See more at: http://www.nonprofitmarketingguide.com/blog/2015/01/13/5-ways-to-make-2015-filled-with-matterness/#sthash.YeAMK6Q5.dpuf
Is Your Cause Ready to Matter More to People This Year?
5 Steps to take to make your cause matter more this year.
3 Myths About the Outside World that Fearless Leaders Ignore
An article that I wrote for Inc. about the mythical fears that successful leaders ignore. It begins:
“Here is the dilemma for business leaders: How can we work with people out in the world when the world is so unsafe? Outside is a teeming, chaotic mass of people armed with social media tools shouting at companies about what they want and how they want it. Inside it is nice and safe, with controlled processes and plans that should work–if everyone just left us alone. Outside they’re off message and uncontrollable, inside we’re on message and always in control.”
Fearless Leadership in a Social World
An article for the Stanford Social Innovation Review I wrote about the pivot that organizational leaders need to make to focus on Matterness. “We need a different kind of leadership to enable organizations—whether traditional legacy organizations, start-ups, or all-volunteer networks—to focus on Matterness. Organizations that enhance Matterness are open to the input of constituents, and encourage leaders to be real human beings with flaws and vulnerabilities. They value Matterness relationships over transactions, and focus on facilitating crowds of people with their own good ideas and resources, rather than trying to own them. These organizations follow as often as they lead, listen more than they speak, and co-create with their crowds rather than dictate to them.”
The Need for Synagogues to Work With Not At Their Members
A post in eJewish Philanthropy about the need for synagogues to rethink their relationship with their own members. “Instead, organizations like synagogues continue to hide behind their fortress walls missing all of the good will, creativity and generosity available to them in their congregations. It takes fearless leadership to embrace Matterness.”
5 Falsehoods that Keep Nonprofits from Making the Most of Social Media
An article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy. “Nonprofit leaders face a dilemma: How can we work with people out in the world when the world is so unsafe? There are 5 falsehoods that are keeping organizations locked inside their walls.”
Rethinking Pink: What the NFL Needs to Be
An essay I wrote for the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s Rethinking Pink called, Against the NFL’s ‘Limousine Philanthropy’. I argue, “The NFL’s charge right now isn’t to do something different, but to be something different.”
Revisitng the Joseph Kony Story
A story by NPR News on the continuing reverberations of the video by Invisible Children about Joseph Kony from 2012.
Turning Away from Scarcity and Toward Abundance
A sermon I gave at the biennial convention of the Union for Reform Judaism.
Healthcare.gov and the Rules of Disengagement
My analysis on how the Healthcare.gov website development could have all been so different – if the Obama administration had made a different philosophical choice and managed the entire project as an open source process.
How About Matterness
A recap of my talk at the Independent Sector conference on Matter-ness and what it means to individuals and organizations.
The Social Network Behind Wendy Davis
An article I wrote for the American Prospect Magazine on the rise of new feminists in Texas who organized support for Wendy Davis’ filibuster.
Reinventing the Synagogue
A discussion of the ways that social media are remaking synagogue life. And ways we need to move faster and bolder to take advantage of the changing environment.
Victims of Boston Bombing Turn to Crowdfunding for Support
Lessons from crowds supporting the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Impatient Optimists – Best Advice for Organizations
My best advice for organizational leaders? Make yourself uncomfortable – all the time!
Why Social Media Can Be Good for Your Kids
Article for The Forward on the benefits of social media for children.
What Does “Professional” Look Like Today?
An article I wrote for Harvard Buisiness Review on the changes to the way we work in a social world.
Have You Friended Your Favorite Cause?
An article on NPR.org about the use of social media for raising awareness, friends and funds for causes.
The New Networked Feminism: Limbaugh’s Spectacular Social Media Defeat
Prominent feminist organizers told Forbes that it was social media’s terrible swift sword, led once again by Twitter and Facebook-savvy women, that dealt Limbaugh the worst humiliation of his controversial career, and in many ways, revealed the most pot…
No More Excuses – Nonprofits Give Social Media a Try
An article in the Faith & Leadership newsletter: Using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more, nonprofits old and new are connecting with supporters and others like never before.
An Interview of Allison Fine with MKCreative Blog
The interview was conducted by Don Akchin, a principal of Nonprofit Marketing 360 and a frequent contributor to the MKCREATIVE blog.
One Thousand Points of “Like”
Allison Fine, co-author of a book called “The Networked Nonprofit”, argues that social media offer a handy, low-cost way to build a network of supporters who share ideas and information. But donations come only when the bonds are strong and the network…
New Charges of Cheating Tarnish Pepsi Fund-Raising Contest for Nonprofits
Pepsi Refresh, the online fund-raising contest with a $20 million giveaway for charitable causes and nonprofit groups, is again receiving complaints that its results are being manipulated.
San Francisco Chronicle – “Many Ways to Give Without Spending a Dime”
Allison is quoted in an article on ways of donating to charity without spending money.
Christian Science Monitor – “And Now, Twitter Philanthropy”
Allison is quoted in an article on new ways nonprofits are tapping social networks.
Las Vegas Sun – “Need Deciding Nonprofit Funding”
Allison is quoted in an article on new ways of distributing taxpayer dollars to nonprofit organizations.
Brian Lehrer Show – “Personal Democracy: Rebooting the System”
Hear Allison discuss her new anthology, Rebooting America, with WYNC’s Brian Lehrer.
New York Times – November 12, 2007 — “My Network, My Cause “
In 2003, as Howard Dean’s presidential bid surged, the Internet was hailed as a decisive new factor in electoral politics. In 2007, the explosive growth of online social networks seems poised to drive a similar upheaval in the world of philanthropy…
Redbook Magazine – “Get Involved Now”
Choose your cause…. Know your options…. Do your research….
Huffington Post – “Is Post-9/11 Becoming a Military State?”
The death of Carol Anne Gotbaum in the custody of the Phoenix Police Department last Friday afternoon is a shocking, unbelievable and a sad personal story.
Investing in Donors is the Real ROI
The fundraising industry is an enormous triumph of transactional churn over relationship building. The result is that too many fundraisers are failing at their most fundamental job; safeguarding and securing the future of their organizations. Your people are waiting to talk to you. They are anxious to help, and create and share and celebrate with you. It’s time for you to let them.
Huffington Post – “Daylight Savings Time Conspiracy Theory”
In August 2005, President Bush signed the Energy Policy Act. The greatest impact of the new law for most of us was that daylight savings time starts tomorrow night, one month earlier than usual.
Contribute Magazine calls Momentum “a Must-Have!”
In their February/March 2007 issue, Contribute Magazine offers an excellent review of Momentum, calling it “a must-have for anyone looking to boost their organization’s odds of survival in today’s rapidly changing philanthropy world.”
Alternet here on the missteps of the Gates Foundation.
Huffington Post – “The SOTU You Didn’t See “
Frantic! I am frantically searching for just the right snack for the State of the Union address.
Huffington Post – “First Lady Bubba”
At long last, twenty-four months after the last group went home, we have a fresh batch of Tweedle Dems.
- Beth Kanter’s review of Momentum on blogher
A fun podcast conversation with Sanford Dickert at the Personal Democracy Forum
(I am podcast #11!)
- A quote in Louis Freedburg’s column in the San Francisco Chronicle about the changing face of activism with younger people self-organizing using text messaging, MySpace and cell phones
Minority Leaders Put Immigrant Movement in Context
Discussing with Richard Gonzales on NPR the impact that young people are having on the immigration movement.
Back to old school!
Here’s an article from Foundation News & Commentary about measuring activists results.