Our weekly blog, Social TrendSpotter provides you with the latest trends and ideas within the social sector. It merges current thinking with the edge of innovation to inspire, to encourage, to educate and – ultimately – to create a better sector. Social TrendSpotter includes original analysis, but also highlights the latest sector-wide thinking into a user-friendly resource where social sector professionals and students alike can draw inspiration, share ideas and develop new thinking on best practices.

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Help Your Team Take Flight with Tips from Southwest

This month, we have noticed a common trend among our clients: many want to work on unifying their team. It makes sense – social sector organizations need strong teams to take on tough projects, management teams to lead programs and organizations and willing team...

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How Can Nonprofits be Agile?

I remember the first time I heard the word “agile” used in a business context. I was intrigued by it and how it was being used by a group of software developers in the IT sector to revolutionize their industry. They wanted to find a better way to manage the process of...

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5 Tips to Hit a Business Pitch Out of the Park

Summer always reminds me of one of my family’s favorite pastimes – baseball. When my nephew Alexander (pictured) was first learning to play a few years ago, I got a chance to help him practice for a game. At practice, he was struggling with hitting the ball, and I...

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Crowdfunding

I have watched with wonder this month as the RAICES crowdfunding campaign has gone viral across Facebook and Twitter. RAICES, a nonprofit in San Antonio that provides services to refugees and immigrants, has raised an astonishing $20 million dollars since...

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Social TrendSpotter’s Summer Superlatives 2018

July 4th is my favorite holiday – everyone comes together united in celebration for our country, connected to our family and friends, and reminded of our collective past as immigrants and pioneers forging ahead to build a better world. With Fourth of July celebrations...

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