Ruth J. Simmons

The job of a University President isn’t a simple one. For a large, private university the unique hats one must wear are particularly challenging. These leadership positions involves many skills, including:

  • Motivating
  • Fundraising
  • Strategic Planning
  • Recruiting

Given these ‘hats’, to rise and successfully a single university or college is a uniquely-challenging thing for a person to accomplish. Ruth J. Simmons has led 2 universities (1995 – 2012) and is currently, after a five year break, leading a third.

  • An Executive Director who desires sustainability, who wishes to do more than simply survive, is well served if they can strategically plan, fundraise, motivate, and recruit.

Read More Ruth J. Simmons: A Trailblazing University Leader

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It’s through one’s ability to motivate that a Non-profit Leader can Activate. Activate what? The written plans and internal passion they have for their cause, organization, or department.  Where does this begin? With the self-talk and self-motivation of the leader.  From there it’s important to be able to motivate and inspire others.  

  • Be they paid staff, Board members, unpaid volunteers. or large donors, those who have succeeded in both types of motivation will be the masters of their own destiny.  

3 women have shared their thoughts on motivation on this blog. Twelve (12) quotes from our Leadership Keys posts should serve as good food for thought too.

Read More The Power of Motivation: 12 Quotes, 3 Women

Non-profit Leadership


When Your Outcomes Well met with Donna Newton, we knew she was a leader in the Greensboro area’s Non-Profit community.  While some who are called leaders are really glorified managers, Donna isn’t one of them!  She’s a true leader.  In this new Series, we’ll share the hardworking, humble woman’s thoughtful insights into a wide range of important issues facing most Professionals and Executive Directors in the Non-profit sector.

  • Today’s post, the first in this Series, aims to help you understand the community-critical work Donna Newton has done tirelessly in Central NC since 2002.  Doing “meaningful” work, and successfully motivating people, is at the core of what this wise leader does.  She entered the Non-profit arena 15 years ago, after working thirty years in the corporate world.  

Read More Knowing Newton: The Non-profit Journey of Donna Newton

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As many non-profits have come to learn, those who donate their time (Volunteers) can be as valuable as those who donate their money (Donors).  Successfully managing volunteers is the focus of this Toni Jackson series post.

For some Non-profit organizations, people who work willingly as unpaid supporters are the lifeblood of the non-profit.  If this describes your organization, it’s particularly important to be smart in the way you motivate and lead your volunteers.  Jackson offers several strategies and thoughts on doing so.

Read More Volunteers: An Essential Element of Many Non-profits (Toni Jackson)

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What separates well-run Non-profits from those that often run aground? Passion? Available funds? Habits? In this post, Toni Jackson sets forth two habits that she feels the best run non-profit organizations need to know and master.

It’s habits that can often make or break non-profits. Want to achieve sustainability? Embracing good habits, and eliminating bad ones, is a very good place to start.

Read More Achieving Better Outcomes: 2 Must-do Habits of Non-profits

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Given the wide range of skills and backgrounds to be ideally found at a meeting of Board members and the Executive Director, a well-led non-profit makes sure these men and women harmoniously complement one another.  In this post, Toni Jackson explores how the Executive Director and Board members are stronger working together. Working apart is avoided whenever possible. The odd coupling of gifts within some non-profit organizations can allow them to thrive where others would simply struggle.

Read More Stronger Working Together: Executive Directors and Non-profit Boards

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What’s the benefit of running a successful non-profit? The short answer: You’ll be able to impact more lives and have fewer leadership headaches. In this post, Toni Jackson shares four strategies for non-profit leaders. Following her strategies, you’ll avoid operating in a way which undermines your organization’s sustainability and day-to-day effectiveness.

Read More 4 Things That Thriving Non-profits Do Really Well

Non-profit Leadership

 ”Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”

John F. Kennedy

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As I developed a clearer sense of the gifted person whose words and wisdom will be shared in this new Series, Toni Jackson, the famous words of Pres. Kennedy (above) and a well-known Bible scripture came to mind.  The scripture:

  • The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (James 5:16b).

As a Christian prays, to connect with God, a cheerful volunteer donates their time to connect with their community.  Jackson is a proud Christian woman who has generously volunteered throughout her life – to support a wide range of organizations and community causes.

A Housing Specialist for the City of High Point (NC), she has volunteered countless hours – and managed volunteers too.  However, if you look only at Jackson’s paid employment, you’re missing out on a lot of what has allowed the married mother of two to make her mark.

  • During her life she’s volunteered in the areas of housing, financial capability, developmental disabilities advocacy, & public ministry.

A Series on Your Outcomes Well featuring Toni Jackson begins today.

In the biography at the bottom of this Series-launching post, her career, volunteer work, awards, and family are described.

  Read More Community Service & Volunteering Avail Much: Toni Jackson

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It takes more than passion to be a true leader. Listening and loyalty are also important.  Delquanda S. Turner has personally observed qualities which I feel represent true leadership.

Those seven (7) leadership qualities are:

  1. The ability to go beyond just leading staff members.
  2. Avoid placing your own expectations on a community.
  3. Be a good listener.
  4. Be able to talk real talk to those in the community.
  5. Passion is so very important.
  6. Be loyal and dedicated.
  7. Learn to just Say No when necessary.

These qualities are fully explored in two posts in the Series:

Read More Series Snapshot: Delquanda S. Turner (Non-profits)

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Robin Morgan


Unconditional Service: Robin Morgan’s Non-profit Mission

I was raised to be, not a servant, but a person who is willing to serve unconditionally.   And the good Lord didn’t put you here to just make money, to just be a family.   He put you here to leave a legacy.

And that can be knowledge, that can be money, that can be service. To me, it’s service.  The more [people] I can connect with, the more people I can connect.   I thrive on that!”


Unconditional Service: Robin Morgan’s Non-profit Mission

Financial Talk for Non-profits: From a Seasoned Pro

Good Non-profit Leaders: Seeing the Forest Too!

5 Habits of People who Start Non-profits Successfully

4 Must-have Qualities of Exceptional Non-profit Leaders

Non-profit Leadership: Tell-tale Signs of an Ineffective Leader

Successful Time Management for Non-profit Leaders

Read More Series Snapshot: Robin Morgan (Non-profits)

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