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  • From the CEO: Joining

    Paul Bernstein
    2017-08-15

    We have been delighted as we prepare for the start of the school year to welcome many schools as members of Prizmah. Our goal is to maximize participation among schools as members.  As we reach out to achieve this, I have been reflecting on what it actually means to join something or to sign up […]

  • Board Chairs, Do You Want to Find Your Successor?

    Andrea Hernandez
    2017-07-19

    By GFA Coach Nanette Fridman, Cross-Posted from her blog Today I am at a conference with 16 schools. I met this afternoon with the board chairs who are present to facilitate a break out session. While the discussion had guiding questions, the one topic everyone wanted to talk about was succession. How are they ever […]

  • How Did it Go? Assessing Your Annual Campaign

    Andrea Hernandez
    2017-07-19

    Pearl Kane spoke about drilling down and evaluating various aspects of the annual campaign in order to assess overall success. One thing she shared was the initial questions that should be considered.

  • Fundraising is a Team Sport: Engaging Your Board Members

    Andrea Hernandez
    2017-07-19

    GFA St. Louis Keynote Speaker Kay Sprinkel Grace: The AAA Way to Fundraising Success: Building Capacity For Successful Fundraising Through Teamwork When Kay speaks to board members they often say, “I joined this board because I’m passionate about the organization, but they never ask me to do anything.”To engage the board members, you need to be […]

  • From Our CEO: On Reflection

    Paul Bernstein
    2017-07-13

    When Prizmah’s founders considered names for our now year-old start-up, they made sure, like any parent, that the name would embody characteristics they would like to see the organization grow to represent.  A prism has many attributes, and the name lends itself to metaphors about vision, light, and diversity of color, among others.  We mostly […]

  • Schools Are For Humans

    Shira Heller
    2017-03-09

    Well, that’s obvious! If I say schools are for humans, you may think I’m wasting my breath. Who (or what) else would school be for? But from what I’ve seen, I think it can’t be said enough. Sometimes, in an effort to build an institution, to articulate a value proposition, maintain standards, ensure a rigorous […]