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The end of the year is always a special time for many social sector organizations. Not only do we have the chance to celebrate with clients and their families over the holidays, but we also enjoy the magic of the season. This warm holiday glow is often accompanied by...read more
As another year comes to a close and we explore possibilities for the next, many executives and board members reflect on the state of their organizations. I was recently asked by a client about the best way to diagnose where her organization is to help determine where...read more
As November turns to December, we welcome several traditions. Holiday music. Party invitations. Family gatherings. It is also the busy season for our postal carriers – my mailbox bulges with end-of-year solicitations from nonprofits seeking a donation. It got me...read more
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In John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address, he said: “The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears...read more
Tuesday marked a historic day – one for the record books. Whether you are on the left or right, this country is ready for change and now is the time to act. Historically, nonprofits have advocated for important causes from improving children’s health (Children’s...read more
In our office, one of our favorite, well-worn books is The Time Trap by R. Alec Mackenzie. We use it as a skill-building tool on time management, but also as a touchstone to remind us to use our time wisely. As Mackenzie notes, “each of us already has all the time...read more
There have been rumors lurking in the corners of social entrepreneurship gatherings. I heard them whispered: “There are investors who want to pursue impact investing and social impact bonds, but we don’t have the right deal flow.” We didn’t know for sure – until now....read more
We love unearthing provocative ideas and showing how they are relevant to the social sector like we did last week in our post on 3Q, the convergence of intelligence, emotional and spiritual quotients in organizations. This week, we want to focus on an equally...read more
In 2002, I attended the Drucker Institute’s annual conference. Based on an impromptu speech I gave during one of the workshops, I was selected to meet with Peter Drucker himself. He was a legend, and I never expected to have a real audience with him. I was content...read more