Ken Goldstein, MPPA

Ken Goldstein has been working in nonprofits and local government agencies from Santa Cruz, to Sacramento, and back to Silicon Valley, since 1989. He's been staff, volunteer, board member, executive director, and, since 2003, a consultant to local nonprofit organizations. For more on Ken's background, click here. If you are interested in retaining Ken's services, you may contact him at ken at

Monday, May 24, 2021

Lately on Quora...

No, blog, I haven't forgotten about you, but I do apologize for not keeping you up-to-date.

I've been spending much of my social media time over at Quora, answering questions about nonprofit management and fundraising (and a few questions of a more political nature).

Here are links to a few of my recent answers:

Why is a charity considered a business? (or, isn't it?)

How does a walk/run/jog-a-thon work to raise money? 

If you were in charge, what would you do to make community service for everyone an unforgettable experience?

What is the best step after setting vision and mission in strategic planning for a nonprofit organization?

If one person can form a company why can't one person form a non profit?

Is it legal to pay your board members a percentage of money raised instead of a fixed salary if you own a non-profit organization?

How important are accountability, transparency and stewardship in business and to non-profit organizations?

Should you pay a company to create file your 501(c) 3 application?

You can find more of my Quora answers on my profile page there. I've been (mostly) enjoying the experience, although I'm a bit dismayed by some of the misunderstandings and misconceptions about what nonprofits are and how they operate. Still, I'm glad when I can help out.

Mostly, I've been spending my non-blogging time in my Interim Executive Director duties with Friends of Oakland Animal Services. We survived the pandemic with a healthy, strong organization, and are getting it ready to recruit permanent leadership in the near future.

I'm also preparing more online training courses for Udemy and possibly YouTube. You can find my Basic Grant Proposal Writing course by clicking here.