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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Making Smart Decisions

Sometimes when you meet someone, you just click. Last year, while teaching for the Executive Nonprofit Management certificate program at Duke University, I met Amy Gearhart, a student in my class. She had recently made a career shift. After serving 30 years as a...

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A New Mash-Up for the Social Sector: Coopetition

Every social sector conference this spring will feature sessions on collective impact, collaboration and system building. These concepts signify an important shift in the social sector – one toward advancing the cause through a network mindset. But, we have also...

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Can Nonprofits Lobby? The Answer is YES!

Shortly before Congress left for Easter/Passover recess, 4,500 charitable nonprofits, including religious institutions, and foundations came together to stand against new legislation that could destroy the nonpartisan nature of charitable nonprofits called the Johnson...

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10 Goals for Daring Greatly in the Social Sector

Watching the earth come to life again in the spring reminds us of the sense of renewal this season brings and emboldens us as we face the future. In the social sector, spring kicks off a new season as well – one of strategic planning. Like new growth, strategic plans...

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Minding the Gap with Dashboards

We love sharing good deeds like a great one we saw in February when good Samaritans came to the aid of a 3-year-old girl in China who fell in the gap when boarding a train. The girl ultimately was fine thanks to the dozen or so commuters on the platform rushing to her...

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How to Land the Big Fish: Try a Prospectus

We got a great email from a reader that I thought I’d share. “Dear Suzanne – we are working with a big-fish entrepreneur and instead of a grant, she is asking us for a prospectus. We have researched this term and don’t see how to applies it to our nonprofit. Can you...

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