The Rundown 11.15.2017

You know it's the holiday season when your lists not only grow, but you start adding new ones to the bunch: lists for work, lists for holiday gift shopping, lists for holiday food shopping, lists for seasonal events and parties, lists for who's been naughty and who's been nice around the office. And on and on and on they go.

So it seems about right that my favorite articles this week all seemed to have the list thing too going on. And who doesn't love a good list blog anyway? Usually articles in this format are clear and consumable from the title alone. 5 things? That sounds great. 25? Hm. Maybe. 82? No way, I have better things to do.

So, here is your list of the 5 of the best articles I've read this week with a combined 37 tips and ideas to make you smarter and savvier in less than 25 minutes. Not too shabby, right? Aren't you glad you've added The Rundown to your list of some of your favorite things this year? I know I am.



8 Nonprofit Phrases, From Least to Most Exploitative, Ranked

  • If you've been reading The Rundown for any length of time, you know what a nut I am for language and the use of it. Especially in the nonprofit sector. And while I'm not fully on board with every example in this list, I'm enough so that it's one of my favorite articles I've read this week. 
  • Filled with phrases we all use wildly, Ryan Blocker at The Clyde Fitch Report, breaks down 8 of them that really tear at our collective fabric in ways we don't always intend or notice. Until today. 

5 minute read 

11 ways to get feedback from your most introverted employee

  • Believe it or not, I'm honestly an extroverted introvert. As such, I am often more sensitive to the plight of classic introverts. So an article like this really spoke to me when it came to helping anyone manage more strategically and thoughtfully with their introverted employees and co-workers. 
  • Brilliantly outlined by Claire Lew at the Know Your Company Blog, she not only puts things into perspective, but honestly offers one of the best lists I've ever seen that's both frank and effective. 

8 minute read

6 Approaches to Innovation for Nonprofit Boards

  • Upon my deathbed, I will probably utter to my loved ones "...always remember, a nonprofit with a crummy board will never thrive in any other area of their organization until they build one that can move them forward powerfully..." Or something dramatic like that. 
  • So I'm always thankful for articles like this by Eugene Fram, because it's ripe with a wealth of ways to think bigger and more effectively about board models and management. No. Seriously folks. Get your boards together. 

3 minute read

5 Reasons to Add Your Voice to the Volunteer Management Progress Report

  • And if I still have any breath in my body while still on my deathbed, I will also include the phase "...and don't even get me started about the plight of volunteer managers and how poorly the industry treats them..." or again, something equally as dramatic. 
  • No matter if you are a paid or unpaid volunteer professional, please check out this  request to help support the 2018 Volunteer Management Progress Report put out by Tobi Johnson at VolunteerPRO. It'll provide a dynamic wealth of information on the industry and honestly needs your voice to help insure so. 

3 minute read w/o links

The Seven Deadly Sins of Sponsorship

  • Sponsorship is not philanthropy. And yet, how many times do we attempt to intertwine them boldly and foolishly? But they are not the same, and it's a problem and often looks foolish when we try to merge them. 
  • Carrying them down from the mountain top, Chris Baylis spells out the top 7 "sins" we all face in the sponsorship game and how to smartly avoid them.  He's not just preaching folks, this is the Word. Trust me. 

5 minute read



We all know the classic nonprofit terms and definitions governing the sector, but what happens when we need new ones? So Team Rhinocorn decided to suggest new thoughtful or playful terms we think need introduced into the nonprofit lexicon.


noun | An organization of one where the sole founder calls themselves the "owner" and won't accept any sustainable help, advice, or support from volunteers or stakeholders. Often 501cMEs brag about how hard they work for no pay and how "no one gets the importance of their work anyway" to anyone within earshot. 



"The human animal differs from the lesser primates in his passion for lists."

H. Allen Smith