New Guidelines for Nonprofits Confronts The Norms

New Guidelines for Nonprofits Training Course by Dr. Kathleen Robinson has been designed for professionals who want to grow in their nonprofit career.  New Guidelines for Nonprofits (NGN) is an 1,100 page desk reference that makes six major recommendations that ensures you become an expert who takes charity to scale.


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NGN is based on the work of high performing executives and and array of nonprofit experts who have achieved significant impact across our sector. It’s been divided into six sections:

Guideline #1 – Network & Engage – Harness The Power of Differentiated Relationships
Guideline #2 – Strong CEOs – Character, Competence, Courage, Vision, Actions & Achievements
Guideline #3 – Build Capacity – Secure Technology, Equipment, Legacy, Facilities and Working Capital
Guideline #4 – Boost Capacity – Secure Opportunity, Risk and Change Capital for Significant Impact
Guideline #5 – Evaluate Impact – Before, During and After Strategic Growth Actions
Guideline #6 – System Shock – Leadership Structures and Governance Cultures that Soar


Here’s what Kathy has to say about New Guidelines for Nonprofits Training Course: In this article, I summarize the six guidelines for Nonprofit Growth and Impact, which is a series produced by the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives. NGN is for those leaders who increase their impact. Most of us want to achieve impact. But more and more of contributors, funders and donors expect that the impacts we make be of greater size have greater depth in terms of the change it produces in current thinking and is more pervasive in reaching a larger number of people. Most of us also want to grow and feel a great deal of unease that our visions always are inhibited by lack of the funds.  How you handle the unease is at stake. I recently saw a mug that says, “Instead of cleaning house, I just turn off the lights.” Well, unfortunately, the unease your feel regarding your own effectiveness and resource levels won’t go away unless you intentionally build capacity.

These six guidelines are meant to help you build capacity that makes a difference and fosters growth and impact. You’ll find all Six Guidelines, Videos and Exams at NANOE Central. New Guidelines for Nonprofits Training Course is free for NANOE Members. Read the summary of all the key practices. Each key practice is outlined and described and ends with “decision time” where you’re asked to reflect on your personal values, beliefs and behaviors regarding the concepts discussed in the key practice. At the end of each booklet is a glossary of terms so that you can make sure that you’re defining things in the same way that the author defines them.

New Guidelines for Nonprofits IS ABOUT YOU!

We ask you to emulate high performing leaders character, competence, courage, vision, action and achievements. Are you a Strong CEO? New Guidelines covers leadership behaviors and the actions of all leaders within your organization. If you want to grow and develop and reach greater impact, it starts with you and your leadership. It’s about the choices you make as leaders and the actions you take within your organization. We challenge you to take an in-depth look at your inner person. What is your world view? How do your behaviors and actions affect personal outcomes? What you believe about leadership? Are you helping people engage in a concerted direction to accomplish your mission. It’s about your moral compass. What will you do and not do to and with others? What lines will you not cross? NGN is also about core virtues. Virtues are key habits of leadership that are seen in daily practice. We look at humility, courage and care for others as the basis for a high performing nonprofit leader who achieves impact.


Simply put, New Guidelines for Nonprofits will transform you both personally and professionally. Thank you for taking a few moments to learn more about our movement. I look forward to meeting you personally.

Sincerely Yours,

Kathleen Robinson, Ph.D., CNE, CDE, CNC

NANOE Co-Founder

Kathleen Robinson
Kathleen Robinson
During her fifty-year career, Dr. Robinson worked in community and regional support systems development for at-risk families, children and youth organizations, community-based literacy systems, holistic family centers and nonprofit human services organizations. In addition, her focus has been on systems-based approaches to community planning and policy development, and social impact assessments of various community change projects. Her expertise is rural, integrated community development. Dr. Robinson previously served as Director of the Center on Neighborhood Development and the Director of the Center on Nonprofit Leadership within the Institute on Families and Neighborhood Life at Clemson University (1998-2009). She also co-lead in the development of the Institute’s PHD program in International Family and Community Studies. Prior to her work at Clemson University, she was Associate Director and Research Professor at the Institute for Families in Society and Director of the Division on Neighborhood Development at the University of South Carolina (1995-1998). From 1981-1995, she was a tenured Assistant and Associate Professor in the College of Agriculture and Human Resources (Department of Human Resources), an Associate Professor in the College of Social Sciences (Department of Urban and Regional Planning), and Research Associate in the Center on Youth Development at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. In 1977, she and her husband moved to Hawaii where she was a Research Associate in the Culture Learning Institute at the East-West Center (1978-1981) before joining the UHM faculty. From 1975-1978, she was a senior graduate assistant and Research Associate in the Nonformal Education Institute at Michigan State University working on a multi-million dollar USAID project in Indonesia to enhance the nation’s teacher training college system to include, among other things, an emphasis on community development initiatives. In addition, she served as Vice President of Program and Publications for Pioneer Girls, a faith-based, interdenominational, international girls club, camp and women’s leadership development program (1970-1975). From 1967-1970, she was a graduate assistant in the College of Education at Texas Women’s University working on marine biology science curriculums for inland schools, and a science teacher in the Denton Texas public school system. While studying at Moody Bible Institute, she founded and directed an out of school child and teen development and literacy center in two housing projects in Chicago, as well as founding and hosting a radio program at WMBI (1964-1970). Dr. Robinson testified several times before the U.S. Congress, several states’ legislative bodies, and the United Nations. She served as a consultant to numerous state social service, health, juvenile justice, governors’ offices, environmental, and municipal agencies. Internationally she was a consultant to 28 international organizations, including several divisions of the United Nations, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, ASEAN and the All Union (USSR) Academy of Sciences, Asian Development Bank, Asian Institute for Technology, Australian Commonwealth’s Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Canadian International Development Agency, Chulalongkorn University Social Research Institute, European Centre For Social Welfare Policy and Research, the German Development Bank, German Ministry of Education, Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture, and the U.S. Peace Corps. She has received numerous awards and recognitions from her work, including several fellowships and an Award of Distinction from the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges for her leadership of a national task group to add new science understanding to what was offered through schools and colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources across the U.S. She was awarded the University of Hawaii Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching in 1990, the highest award given at UHM. She also has received awards of distinction from the U.S. Peace Corps and USDA for her community development work. At the University of South Carolina, she was recognized for her contributions to research productivity, and received three faculty excellence awards while at Clemson University. Texas Woman’s University honored her in 2015 with the Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award and, that same year, the National Development Institute awarded her their 25th anniversary Nonprofit Leadership Award. In 2017, the National Association of Nonprofit Executives and Organizations honored her with their first Robinson Lifetime Achievement Award. She received letters of commendation from three states’ governors for her work in enhancing various aspects of human service delivery systems. Having traveled and worked in 151 countries, she is a recognized leader in rural community development in a variety of national and cultural contexts. She retired in 2009 from Clemson University but remains affiliated with the Institute as an Adjunct Professor. Since her retirement, she has remained active in leadership roles within two charter schools, National Development Institute and the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives. She currently lives in Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

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  1. […] organization. They wanted more authority and control of budgeted revenues related to their work. (See NANOE’s Guideline on System Shock and Strong CEOs.) Budget discussions need to focus on the need of staff to handle expanded programmatic and […]

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