Barbara Clemenson, CPA, CFRE has worked most of her life in the nonprofit sector. For seven years she was Director of Finance and Administration at The City Mission, a gospel rescue mission, in Cleveland, Ohio. She is currently an adjunct instructor at the graduate Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, teaching their nonprofit financial accounting and reporting, and financial management classes.

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Stewardship in Nonprofit Organizations (Part 2)

Last time we looked at the difference between stewardship and ownership attitudes within nonprofit organizations, based on ethnographic research I conducted at a nonprofit agency that professed and practiced stewardship. We saw how critical it was that individuals within nonprofits together hold the essential values of stewardship, in order for an organization to be able…

Stewardship in Nonprofit Organizations (Part 1)

Some people seem to be born with a nonprofit gene. It’s deep in our makeup. We become caught up in the passions to address needs, right wrongs, enhance lives, or invest in children and elders. We particularly become dedicated to causes that have in some way personally touched us, and into which we invest our…