Asian Insights on Nonprofit Leadership

- a blog by Usha Menon

iORDER – Duty of Care and Prudence

Nonprofit boards have a duty of care and prudence in performing its role. This fact is well known and accepted. However, as stewards of nonprofit organizations, knowing what these duties entail and how to operationalize their responsibilities are issues faced by the board members. Here is a mnemonic that I have devised to help us […]


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Seven Life Lessons as a student, parent and businesswoman

In this post I take a break from my reflections on nonprofit management and fundraising. Today I would like to share with you the Seven Life Lessons that I have learnt over the years. I have used the colors of the rainbow to help me organise my thoughts. For the first 3 colors I focus […]


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Becoming a Non-Profit Director

This article was first published on 6 June 2016 in The Business Times and BT Invest (a financial portal of The Business Times), under the column “Boardroom Matters” by the Singapore Institute of Director. It is not uncommon for board directors who sit on “for-profit” boards to also serve on the boards of non-profit organisations […]


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Asian Fundraising Insights

Special thanks for the input from Wei Zheng (China), Sarath Yoeung (Cambodia), Daniel To (Hong Kong), Kunal Varma (India), Maitra Widiantini Faiszal (Indonesia), Aliyah Karen (Malaysia), Mayan Quebral (Philippines), Rod Paterson (Thailand). Fundraising in Asia is surviving the economic slowdown. It is refreshing to note that it is thriving in some places, although not without […]


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Action without thought is labour lost!

Blog Post by Usha Menon for 101fundraising , Aug 2015 Evaluating activity v/s  performance   In my last post ,  I  shared my insights on the importance  of making Optimism an actvity (yes! not just an attitude) to impact fundraising performance.  In this post, I want to focus on the negative  impact of ‘activity ’ […]


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Optimism – an activity as much as it is an attitude

Blog Post by Usha Menon for 101fundraising , May 2015 – by Usha Menon “Usha, do we have a plan B?” This recent question from a client with whom I am working on an exciting major gift development plan, triggered the topic for this blog. We were preparing to meet with a highly placed and […]


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Stations of the CSR Journey

As seen on indiacsr.in Executive Chairman of Usha Menon Management Consultancy (Asia), Usha Menon in conversation with Deputy Editor, IndiaCSR, Bilal Hussain. IndiaCSR News Network Usha Menon is the Executive Chairman of Usha Menon Management Consultancy (Asia), an international training and consultancy service working exclusively with social-impact organisations across Asia. Her multi-country client list include International […]


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APT Considerations: Fundraising’s Market-entry Into Asia

A recent blog post on 101 Fundraising where Daryl Upsall gave his views on what it takes ’to go global’ in fundraising,  got me thinking of fundraising’s  market entry into Asia.  If indeed INGOs want to head East with a new-market strategy they will do well to know a few ground realities. For INGOs especially […]


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Fundraising Funnels and Flasks

    Hello Usha, I have just sold my stake in an Indonesian company. I plan to retire from business and spend time with my grandchildren.  I want to give the entire amount of US$3.0 Million to a good charity. But you have to promise me that they will not follow me after that; because […]


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Generation G: Teachings from a five year old philanthropist

While much is written and discussed about the giving behaviours of the baby boomers, Gen X, Gen Y (or Millennial), I want to focus on Generation G in this post.  Generation Generosity cuts across many age-groups and their generosity embraces more than charity. Here is an account of a recent encounter with a member of […]


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