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Can Nonprofits Lobby? The Answer is YES!

Can Nonprofits Lobby? The Answer is YES!

Each year in February, state legislative sessions begin across the country. It is an exciting time and opportunity for nonprofits – with new possibilities for proactive policy change to better address social issues in our communities.   Whenever I discuss this the...

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Q&A on Successful Nonprofit Collaboration

Q&A on Successful Nonprofit Collaboration

I just had lunch with a dear friend who asked me a question I often hear as a teacher, consultant and community advocate: “Why is collaboration so hard?” I laughed a little and then explained it was the same reason why personal relationships are difficult. People go...

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Behavioral Economics Meets the Social Sector

Behavioral Economics Meets the Social Sector

Do you know why offices and hotels have mirrors in their elevators? One reason is because people will focus on fixing stray hairs and smoothing out wrinkled clothing rather than how long the elevator is taking and, as a result, be happier. This strange but true fact...

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2024 Nonprofit Trends: Building Your Dream Team

2024 Nonprofit Trends: Building Your Dream Team

One of the most anticipated events of 2024 is the Summer Olympics in Paris. More than 10,000 athletes from around the world will come together in this iconic event in 32 sports and 329 events – with breaking (a.k.a., breakdancing) being the newest. The theme of this...

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5 Truths about Solving Social Issues

5 Truths about Solving Social Issues

There have been rumors lurking in the corners of social entrepreneurship gatherings. I have heard them whispered: “There are investors who want to pursue impact investing, but we don’t have the right deal flow.” Impact investing is growing rapidly. A recent piece in...

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