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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Nonprofit evaluation, funding challenges, Peace Corps: Four new NPQ postings

30 Sep

Though I can’t find a unifying theme in my most recent news wire posts for the Nonprofit Quarterly,the stories from which they draw are all interesting! This batch includes a retrospective look at the Peace Corps, financial challenges at two different nonprofits for two different reasons, and highlights from a new book on nonprofit evaluation.

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As April showers bring May flowers, summer plans yield autumn celebrations

31 Aug

What a disorienting season this odd-weathered summer has been. Now, as August ends, autumn is truly around the corner, and several clients from the past year are launching exciting new initiatives!

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Eat, read, connect

29 Jul

Organic produce at a mini-mart? A library expressly for homeless people? An issue that conservatives and progressives agree upon? A hidden resource for nonprofit advocacy? Here are links to my most recent contributions to the Nonprofit Quarterly Newswire.

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Joining a club that will have you as a member: Tourism development lesson from Australia

7 Jul

Groucho Marx famously said he wouldn’t want to join a club that would have him as a member. Well, I disagree! It seems a common practice in Australia to offer free day passes to member-only establishments if one lives so many kilometers away from the community.

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Social impact bonds, economy and heart

29 Jun

More recent contributions to the Nonprofit Quarterly Newswire:

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Creative tourism? Yes. Irresistible? Not so much . . .

27 Jun

Time will tell if a creative new “eco-tourism” adventure in the Philippines proves to be innovative from a business perspective as well. In the meantime, it’s certainly creative! But not my idea of a good time.

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Make it worth rising before dawn: Part III lessons from New Zealand rural tourism development

25 Jun

I, a seriously non-morning person, convinced my husband that we should pay good money to be awakened before dawn for a day of adventure in Dunedin on the southeast coast of New Zealand. The draw, it turned out, was an irresistible package of local attractions, and I’d bet that many communities could do the same, albeit with different attractions.

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Weaving a destination together: Part II lessons from New Zealand rural tourism development

23 Jun

Our recent experience traveling in New Zealand was so unlike anywhere else I’ve been, and, more importantly, so relevant and potentially replicable for rural communities here that it’s worth sharing. The most stunning difference was the strong system of logistical support for independent travelers, from one community to another, one activity to another, something more guided to something less guided. I’ve plucked one week out of our trip to illustrate these dynamics.

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Fresh crop of ideas for stronger local food systems

19 Apr

From corporate strategy to public policy to hands in the warm spring soil, it’s all about food.

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