Month: March 2015

  • Capital Day

    Each spring for the past dozen or more years, Penn State administrators craft roughly the same narrative, which is: “The rising costs of academic instruction, combined with flat or decreasing state appropriations, will necessitate a 3-6 percent increase in tuition. If the Pennsylvania legislature would only commit to a significant increase in state appropriations, perhaps the […]

  • Nonprofit strategy and stewardship

    Following on from last week’s thoughts on nonprofit traits for sustainability and this weekend’s board meeting. Here’s a great a16z podcast episode on corporate boards and directorship. For small or startup nonprofits that are volunteer-led, I think it’s critical for board members to shape strategy. But as the mission gains traction and more of the…

  • Miserere

    It’s Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week for Christians. This is the week of Christ’s passion and death, preceding Easter. I want to mark today by sharing a piece of music that’s timely and remarkable: This piece is Psalm 51, but first set to music by Allegri around 1630. It is one of the…

  • Convening in Philadelphia

    I’m in Philadelphia today for a Nittany Valley Society meeting. As a cultural conservancy, our mission and work is deeply rooted in physical place. But as a group we decided from the outset that we would meet once per year in either Philadelphia or Pittsburgh. We regularly meet in State College, but we felt it was important…

  • Traits for sustainability

    This piece on Leadership Lessons from Great Family Businesses caught my attention on Twitter last week. I saved it to Pocket and read it yesterday. Key parts: Only 30% of family businesses last into the second generation; 12% are viable into the third… And yet family-owned or -controlled businesses play a key role in the global…