The Organizational Development Muse

An ode to money

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

First published in 2005 in Depth Perception - a pre-blog publication of Design Group International

An Ode to Money

If money makes the world go round,
then it is the reason I'm dizzy,
I'm overworked and spent afore earnt,
frantically spending a-tizzy.
And if money does not grow on trees,
then no wonder it's a labor;
working a lifetime to earn for me,
with hardly a cent for my neighbor.

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Topics: stewardship studies, philanthropy, stewardship education, stewardism, organizational development muse, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International

A new stewardship direction: towards out of the box thinking

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Gary Moore, a long-time friend, offers forward thinking for investors, particularly those with a Christian and ethical persuasion. He recently offered these thoughts on cultivating generosity and agreed to let us post them here. The Omega Plan curriculum  he refers to is also offered through the comprehensive approach to stewardship cultivation, Open Hands Open Hearrts that Design Group International helped to develop.

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Topics: gary moore, stewardship studies, stewardship services, Stewardship Development, stewardship education, stewardism, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International

Generosity Education: 3 measurements of effectiveness

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

Generosity Education: 3 measurements of effectiveness

Design Group International spends a lot of time with organizations that want to raise financial support. To distinguish between firms like ours a key question is often asked by potential clients: How do we know you are effective? Because of our standing in the industry we are also asked the same question as educators: How can we know that a potential consulting firm is effective?

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development, stewardship, Stewardship Development, barbara fullerton, generosity education, stewardship education, stewardism, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International

Nonprofit financial management: 4 confusions infecting executives

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

My remaining blog posts in 2011 are going to touch on 4 confusions that infect nonprofit leaders when it comes to nonprofit financial management. We find them everywhere we turn in our consulting practice--especially among gifted executive directors, faithful board members and departmental managers. Yes, even CFO's who are good at what they do can share in the confusion.

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Topics: nonprofit leadership, financial confusion, nonprofit executive leadership, stewardship education, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, steward leadership

The release of Teaching a Christian view of money

Posted by Mark L. Vincent

The revised and expanded version of Teaching a Christian View of Money is now available.

The original was a key volume among those produced by The Giving Project, which I led from 1995-2000, and involved a variety of Mennonite, Presbyterian and Uniting church groups before it was over. The original work proposed that seven areas of a congregation's life provided the settings where understandings about generosity could be embedded and effectively passed along. A whole host of resources were included, from worship tools to narrative budgets to outlines for congregational retreats.

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Topics: process consulting, organizational development, stewardship studies, Ecumenical Stewardship Center, steward leaders, barbara fullerton, steward leader, stewardship education, stewardism, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International, organizational design, steward leadership, Teaching a Christian view of money