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How Nonprofits Can Maximize Millennials’ Talents

How Nonprofits Can Maximize Millennials’ Talents

Millennials – born between 1980 and 2000 – are this country’s future. According to a recent report by Deloitte, they make up one out of every three workers in the United States and will account for 75% of the workforce by 2025. Although corporate types have complained...

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Should Nonprofits Become Landlords?

Should Nonprofits Become Landlords?

COVID-19 had a devastating impact on the commercial real estate market in 2020. And, even with things reopening in 2021, the effects will likely be felt over the next few years. This puts nonprofits that own their own real estate and/or are landlords in a tricky...

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How Nonprofits Can Sharpen Their Focus on Mental Health

How Nonprofits Can Sharpen Their Focus on Mental Health

Like many of you, I was stunned when Prince Harry opened up in his new docuseries, “The Me You Can’t See,” co-created and produced with none other than Oprah herself. He speaks passionately and with authority about his own trauma and the treatments that have made a...

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3 Steps to Make Evaluation Plans Easy

3 Steps to Make Evaluation Plans Easy

At a recent forum, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria was asked the ONE thing that children need to learn. His answer? “Intellectual discipline.” He defined it as the ability to wade through noise, discern the facts, analyze findings and form a point of view. We echo this sentiment...

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(Almost) Free Wi-Fi for Nonprofit Clients

(Almost) Free Wi-Fi for Nonprofit Clients

In our January call-to-action to the president and his team, we called out technology as one of the key areas to tackle post-pandemic to rebuild the economy. Today, access to technology stands in the way of achieving the American dream. And, equity must be consciously...

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Can We Really Cut Child Poverty in Half?

Can We Really Cut Child Poverty in Half?

I love moonshot goals – probably a carryover from my obsession with space exploration as a child. So, when President Biden first announced his goal to cut child poverty in half – I was all in and wanted to develop a community-based roadmap to make this happen in a...

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Solving Social Issues in the Biden Era

Solving Social Issues in the Biden Era

Like many of you, after every presidential speech and opposition rebuttal, I am struck with two feelings: 1) inspiration for the power of prose in presenting new ideas and 2) bias toward action. I could not fall asleep last night with ideas and possibilities swirling...

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How to Build an Inclusive Board

How to Build an Inclusive Board

In 2020, every board we worked with was asking the same question – how do we as a board truly commit to racial equity and social justice? Last summer we wrote a post, “7 Actions Nonprofits Can Take to Be Anti-Racist Organizations” with some ideas that we have...

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Top Tips for Mastering Nonprofit Logic Models

Top Tips for Mastering Nonprofit Logic Models

During COVID-19, everyone went into baking mode. Last year, it was all about banana bread. This year, for my family, it is about the best homemade ice cream for our upcoming Memorial Day Bash. We have a family recipe, but I wanted to kick it up a notch. I reimagined...

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