What’s your organization for?

6 Feb

On the shelf of my favorite books is one by rural advocate and poet Wendell Berry called “What are People for?” I love the direct, fundamental and not wholly answerable question, and we ought to be regularly asking the same of our organizations. “What are we for?”

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Could you use a thinking partner?

30 Sep

What if you had a trusted nonprofit peer with whom to test new ideas, explore strategy options or troubleshoot challenges?

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Nonprofit Assets: New Articles for Nonprofit Quarterly

20 Sep

The three latest articles I’ve written for the Nonprofit Quarterly newswire all deal with assets related to the nonprofit sector: the rise of web-based philanthropy in China, the uniquely shared nature of nonprofit leadership, and business ventures as a source of nonprofit revenue.

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Nonprofits as economic engines, mixing religion and politics, the “glee effect” and more: Recent NPQ contributions

30 Jun

In recent newswire articles for the Nonprofit Quarterly, I’ve covered a landmark study of Oregon’s nonprofits that documents the sector’s surprising economic impact, as well as the impact of the recession. The links below span a wide range of additional topics, including the wisdom of mixing religion and politics, corporate responsibility, and how arts education fosters civic engagement.

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Recent articles on the Nonprofit Quarterly Newswire

20 Mar

There is a season for everything, and apparently this past month hasn’t been one for blogging! Here, however, are my most recent newswire articles, covering such topics as funding trends and social enterprise. NPQ has revamped its website, so I encourage you to check out all the good content while you are there!

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Cultivating nonprofit fans, revisited

23 Jan

Now that my beloved New England Patriots have made it to the 2012 Superbowl, I’m featuring an archived post on how nonprofits can learn from football fans– really– about building connections with their communities.

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Five ways to change the world

29 Nov

Challenge motivation. Challenge assumptions. Challenge organization. Challenge authority. Challenge ourselves. Themes from my recent Nonprofit Quarterly articles.

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The gift of questions

31 Oct

I can’t remember when we’ve had such fundamental questions about our collective values as a society in my adult lifetime. So I’ve gathered some inspiring quotes about questions to inspire all of us to ask more questions, everyday!

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The roots of nonprofit power need tending

28 Oct

The original source of power for the good work of non-profits, people who care about their communities, is all around us. But, according to Ruth McCambridge of the Nonprofit Quarterly, nonprofits today could do far more to harness this power.

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Five new postings from the Nonprofit Quarterly newswire

19 Oct

Yet another installment of recent postings on the Nonprofit Quarterly newswire. The subjects include: questionable public policy moves, a troubled nonprofit and an effective one, and a new wrinkle in the Occupy protests.

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