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A Crisis at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation

  In mid-April the Chronicle of Philanthropy published a story by Marc Gunther profiling leadership problem s at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF). The story revealed that former staff of the foundation are accusing Mari Ellen Loijens, the foundation’s top fundraiser of “engaging in emotionally abusive and sexually inappropriate behavior.” This led to her […]

A Crisis at Facebook

A Crisis at Facebook My friend Roger McNamee put it best: “It reads like the plot of a sci-fi novel: a technology celebrated for bringing people together is exploited by a hostile power to drive people apart, undermine democracy, and create misery.” This was in an article he wrote, “How to Fix Facebook—Before It Fixes […]

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Sudden Policy Shifts: Nonprofits and Washington Politics

Every time a federal or state administration shifts, nonprofits are among the most exposed, sometimes negatively (extra work, extra costs, or undoing needed protections) and other times positively (greater opportunities to fulfill their mission).The fast-changing political climate in Washington is creating a host of challenges for the nonprofit community. Nonprofits focused on climate change and […]

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Problems in Washington

When I was in Washington, I was impressed with the politicians and the bureaucrats. As Majority Leader and later as President, Lyndon Johnson got a lot done. Presidents Reagan, Bush Senior, and Clinton were effective at accomplishing policy changes that made peoples’ lives better and made government work better. Part of the problem these days […]

Respect, Not Harassment

In my May newsletter I considered the stories about sexual harassment at the ride-sharing service Uber. At the time I saw the story in part as a crisis of management, of executives who adopt the posture of “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.” Since then the accounts of sexual harassment have mushroomed, […]

Non-Profits and Giving Fatigue

Non-Profits and Giving Fatigue I’ve noted before that America has always been a country of givers. It was heartening to see five former presidents on the stage together in October calling for donations for hurricane relief. But this gratifying image doesn’t represent the state of non-profit funding in 2017. Things are getting tight. “Giving fatigue” or “donor […]

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Interview: Dr. Ichack Kalderon Adizes and Jim Morgan

This blog post was featured in the Huffington Post on November 29, 2017. Dr. Adizes: Jim, you have authored and published a book, Applied Wisdom, (2) in which you summarized your thirty years of leading Applied Material as its CEO and Chairman of the Board. Applied Material grew from a small company, with $17 million in revenues when […]

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Applied Materials Gives

America has always been a country of givers. As waves of new immigrants came to this land, they built the schools, community centers, hospitals and vibrant arts organizations that now exist. Many people came to this country with very little, and yet they gave back. I made charitable giving central to Applied Materials’ mission early […]

Applied Materials at 50

Applied Materials will be celebrating its fiftieth anniversary on November 10. To be a 50-year-old company in Silicon Valley is quite an achievement. To be growing fast, setting new records and delivering cutting-edge innovation at 50 is almost unheard of. Few companies can make that claim. When I joined Applied in October of 1976 the […]

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Patience and Persistence for Results

Sometimes impatient business people get involved with non-profits. The non-profit’s goals may seem remote, the results unachievable. But I’ve learned that patience and persistence can produce powerful results. In 1997 I traveled with Applied’s diverse Asia-Pacific team down the Yangtze River to China’s Three Gorges Dam. Construction on the dam had begun in 1994. It […]