The WE in Southeast Pennsylvania

This Listening Tour Stop included Bucks County and Philadelphia. We started the tour in Bucks County, keep reading to see what we heard in Philadelphia! BUCKS COUNTY We headed to Bucks County on March 19, where we met with Jamie Haddon, President and CEO of the United Way of Bucks County, followed by a focus […]

The WE In Northeast Pennsylvania

Visiting Lackawanna, Bradford, Luzerne, Sullivan, Monroe, Wayne, Pike and Wyoming Counties On March 12, we traveled north, spending our first day in Scranton—with our lovely hosts, Laura Ducceschi and Jenny Blanchard from the Scranton Area Community Foundation.  Early on March 13, I headed north and west, through the cold, beautiful rolling Endless Mountains in Bradford County to […]

The WE In South Central PA

Visiting York and Cumberland Counties Though I paused in our reporting to reflect on our training in Westmoreland County (see blog post Growing Gains—Not Pains), I now want to reflect on conversations we had with two focus groups in Central Pennsylvania.  On March 7, we stopped in both York and Cumberland Counties.  Two groups, two […]

Growing Gains—Not Pains

Lessons Learned When Turning an Organization Around I pause on our Listening Tour to share a critical juncture in PANO’s journey.  At PANO, we are mapping our new road as we go—anticipating that some of our lessons become yours, hoping that you will join us on our journey.  We invite you to be fellow travelers—fellow […]

Join the “We”: Join the Conversation

What happens when we invite conversation?  What does the conversation itself produce? Conversations generate ideas which generate other ideas and lead to new ways of thinking and doing.  Ultimately, of course, the goal of dialogue is to build community initiatives that lead to real results.   And WE can do that better if WE partner with […]

Your Fiduciary Cheat Sheet

by Guest Blogger Laura Solomon, Esq. This Post-Hershey, Post-Penn State world is enough to make a thinking person nervous about serving on a nonprofit Board.  And, if you read the newspaper reports about the abuses in the charitable sector and the attention paid by regulators in Harrisburg and in Washington, you might be overwhelmed by […]