Monthly Archives: April 2011
|April 13, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Management, News, Research||
In a recent study of traits linked to leadership potential, PsychTests.com (a provider of psychological assessment products and services) identified several skill sets where persons rated as great leaders outperformed peers who were rated as poor leaders. Through analysis and comparison of the assessments, the researchers found that individuals rated as excellent leaders scored higher than their counterparts overall and by the largest margins in the areas of goal setting, motivating others, coaching and problem solving. The high-rated leaders also outperformed the lower-rated group in measurements of extroversion and open-mindedness.
What skills do you consider to be most critical in an “excellent” leader? Should nonprofit organizations use these kind of leadership tests to help identify and develop potential in employees and volunteers?
|April 11, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Management, Philanthropy, Research||
Charitable giving is not on the decline even in this time of slow economic growth according to the 2010 Year-End Survey, an annual report from the Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC) that shows approximately 66 percent of nonprofits surveyed reporting stable or increased gift totals in 2010. Overall, data from the nonprofit respondents (of varying sizes and areas of service) indicated the agencies that invested in their development departments were likeliest to obtain more robust giving results.
In addition, the study found:
- more nonprofits experienced fundraising growth (43 percent) than loss (33 percent); but
- smaller nonprofits were less likely to see growth in the past year compared to their larger counterparts; and
- online giving increased at over half of the agencies that reported using it.
|April 6, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Philanthropy, Research|
The actions of parents are a strong indicator of the future philanthropic behavior of their children according a national study of 2,000 respondents. The study, entitled Heart of the Donor, conducted by Grey Matter Research & Consulting for the Russ Reid Company, examined how adults engage with nonprofits as well as their recollection of their parents’ level of philanthropy. The study concluded that adults who often saw their parents financially support a church or nonprofit engaged in the same behavior, while a much smaller proportion of the people who reported little or no charitable giving by their parents were donors themselves. The study also looked at the impact of parental behavior on volunteer activity and the role of such behavior in predicting the values and practices of children as they mature.
A summary of this study is available at the Grey Matter Research website.