High Anxiety

High Anxiety [Digital Issue]
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High Anxiety: Volume 16, Issue 1: Spring 2009

Table of Contents:

F e a t u r e s

4 Welcome

6 The Nonprofit Ethicist: Nonprofit executive salary raises: do they reward a job well done or send the wrong message? by Woods Bowman

8 High Anxiety: As the economy continues to sputter and the Obama administration completes its first 100 days, nonprofits face unprecedented challenges. Nonprofit leaders reveal their strategies to survive and thrive. by Ruth McCambridge

28 Improving Nonprofit Decision Making amid Economic Crisis: When the going gets tough, the tough prepare for the options. by Kate Barr

32 Sweat Equity: Housing Assistance in the Downturn: By planning ahead and making smart decisions, the Colorado Rural Housing Development Corporation has stayed above water and hopes to ride out the wave of financial crisis. by the editors

38 Foundation Grantmaking during the 20082009 Economic Collapse: With foundation payouts declining, what are the financial prospects for nonprofits in 20092010? by the editors

46 The Dance of the Four Veils: Dont bury your message: your communications count now more than ever. by Tom Ahern

S p e c i a l S u p p l e m e n t

51 How Applied Learning Shapes Nonprofit Management Education: In universities across the nation, applied learning curricula offer students real-world nonprofit experience and challenge in classroom settings. by Judith Millesen

55 NPQs 2009 Nonprofit Management Education Directory

D e p a r t m e n t s

C o n f l i c t

62 Dr. Conflict: Executive committees: are they helpful decision makers or boardroom bullies? by Mark Light

P h i l a n t h r o p y

64 Escaping the Perpetuity Mindset Trap: By giving only 5 percent of their endowments, foundations squander opportunities to solve pressing problems and stunt nonprofit performance. by Arthur Buzz Schmidt

M e m b e r s h i p O r g a n i z a t i o n s

69 Solid Associations: Not Recession- Proof: The recession has affected even the most reliable of nonprofit performers. by Rick Cohen

H u m a n R e s o u r c e s

71 Compassionate Layoffs: Proceed with Care: Layoffs are never easy. But they can be less draconian if organizations abide by the golden rule. by Melanie Lockwood Herman and Ruth McCambridge

M a n a g e m e n t

74 Nonprofit Dissolution: What to Do When Closing the Doors: Going out in style: The dos and donts of closing your doors with honor and integrity. by Lee Bruder

G r a n t m a k i n g

79 Measuring Grantmaking Excellence: How Good Are Your Foundation Donors?: How can we raise the bar for foundations and improve their practices in the nonprofit sector? by Aaron Dorfman and Niki Jagpal

83 The Take-Away: A summary of the articles in this issue.

86 Classifieds

S a t i r e

88 Invisible Hand Crushes Fund for Economic Literacy: A slice of humble pie: the story of how Wall Street titans got schooled by eighth-graders. by Phil Anthrop