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

Non-profit Leadership

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I’m acting as if it is so, even though it ain’t so,

in order for it to be so”.

Delman Coates, Ph.D.


In order to grow, in order to (hopefully) succeed, a Non-profit Leader needs to believe – in their self and their organization’s goal-driven plans. Those who wholeheartedly BELIEVE tend to thrive. Those who, on the other hand, are fervent Doubters are likely destined to flounder, not flourish. It’s that simple folks! Even with a great Mission and rock-solid resources (financial & human), a lackluster Executive Director who isn’t a believer is not likely to be an effectual Achiever either.

  • The ‘better outcomes‘ they seek may never come to be. The mission of the non-profit they lead may remain unaccomplished.
  • Passion, however deep it is, can not be allowed to be dampened by doubt. Doubt should be starved, not fed.

I’m acting as if it is so, even though it ain’t so, in order for it to be so”.

Read More Believe Today, Triumph Tomorrow

Non-profits: Better Outcomes


See Early, See More, See Further

Link: Collaborations and Partnerships: My Non-profit Journey (Sofia Crisp)

Each new stage of a non-profit organization’s growth requires, I feel, a strategic re-channeling of the organization’s energy. Quite simply, the startup vision which allowed the non-profit to take root, and emerge as a viable venture, can lose its impact once the organization is up and running. I’ve seen too many accomplished, visionary leaders taken ‘out of the game’ by underestimating the virtue of collaboration as they grow. Much like Shakepeare’s Julius Caesar, they have a character flaw which holds them back. As the funds for nonprofits continue to decrease, the need for partnering and collaborating has become a necessity”.


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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

Non-profit Leadership


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)

Non-profit Leadership

Starting a Non-profit

 

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

Non-profit Leadership

Leadership Keys