How Prepared Are Directors for the Challenges of the Nonprofit Culture?

Given that the typical tenure of a new board member is six years. And assuming that a new director’s intention is to make his/her unique contribution to the organization’s progress before he rotates off the board and is supplanted by another “new” director. With these factors in mind, I estimate that many volunteers enter the boardroom with little understanding of nonprofit culture. Even those who have served previously on business boards may initially spend valuable time in accommodating to the nuances of nonprofit practices and priorities before being poised to make contributions to the “greater good” that nonprofit create. …read more

Source: Business


<a href= class="colorbox">Instead of Bombing Syria to Fight the Islamic State, Let Syria and Others Battle Islamic Radicals</a>

Instead of Bombing Syria to Fight the Islamic State, Let Syria and Others Battle Islamic Radicals

Until now, President Barack Obama’s foreign policy appeared to be based more on reason than emotion. In contrast to the easily excitable and often angry Sen. John McCain, for instance, the president did not suggest war was the answer to every international problem.

However, the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant may have cost President Obama his equanimity. Administration officials are proclaiming this isolated experiment in 7th Century Islam to pose a dire threat to America. After promising to strictly limit the mission in Iraq, Washington is preparing to expand the war …read more

Source: World News


<a href= class="colorbox">Michael Sam Fails To Make St. Louis Rams' Practice Squad</a>

Michael Sam Fails To Make St. Louis Rams' Practice Squad

Sept 1 (Reuters) – Defensive end Michael Sam’s bid to become the first openly gay player in the National Football League (NFL) looked even more remote on Monday when he failed to make the St. Louis Rams’ 10-man practice squad.

Two days after being cut from the Rams’ final 53-man roster for the 2014 regular season, and a day after going unclaimed on wavers by any other NFL team, Sam was still on the outside looking in.

The 6-feet-2 (1.88 m), 260-pound (118 kg) former University of Missouri standout became the first openly gay player to be selected …read more

Source: Sports


<a href= class="colorbox">Back to College -- The Only Gateway to the Middle Class</a>

Back to College -- The Only Gateway to the Middle Class

This week, millions of young people head to college and universities, aiming for a four-year liberal arts degree. They assume that degree is the only gateway to the American middle class.

It shouldn’t be.

For one thing, a four-year liberal arts degree is hugely expensive. Too many young people graduate laden with debts that take years if not decades to pay off.

And too many of them can’t find good jobs when they graduate, in any event. So they have to settle for jobs that don’t require four years of college. They end up overqualified for the …read more

Source: Business


<a href= class="colorbox">British Government 'Deplores' Israel Decision To Claim West Bank Land</a>

British Government 'Deplores' Israel Decision To Claim West Bank Land

LONDON, Sept 1 (Reuters) – The British government said on Monday it deplored an Israeli decision to appropriate a large swathe of land inside the occupied West Bank, saying the move would seriously damage Israel’s international reputation.

On Sunday, Israel announced the appropriation of land in the Etzion Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem, a move which an anti-settlement group said was the biggest such claim in 30 years.

“The UK deplores the Israeli government’s expropriation of 988 acres (1.54 square miles) of land around the settlement of Etzion,” British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a statement which …read more

Source: World News


<a href= class="colorbox">Vladimir Putin, BRICS Bank and Eclipse of South American Idealism</a>

Vladimir Putin, BRICS Bank and Eclipse of South American Idealism

If recent developments are any indication, South American political elites seem to have jettisoned much of the high minded left idealism of past years in favor of crass economic interests. In a somewhat outlandish turn of events, Brazil has embraced Vladimir Putin, a figure who has desperately sought to end his country’s political and diplomatic isolation. Since Russia came to the aid of Ukraine’s rebels, the west has imposed stiff sanctions on the Kremlin, and Putin seems keen on consolidating the inchoate BRICS group (which counts Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa as members) as a means …read more

Source: World News


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