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Q&A on Nonprofit Mergers, Acquisitions and Exits

Q&A on Nonprofit Mergers, Acquisitions and Exits

Everything changed two years ago – so much so, many futurists, including myself, shifted gears from long-range planning to week-to-week survival. Now, as the country begins to get back to “normal,” we have begun shifting back to long-term planning. For nonprofits, the...

Boost Your Nonprofit’s Advocacy Through Coalition Building and Grassroots Campaigns

Boost Your Nonprofit’s Advocacy Through Coalition Building and Grassroots Campaigns

Late summer and early fall are opportune times to reach out and connect to elected officials, since many federal policymakers will be home for August recess and most state policymakers will be gearing up for legislative sessions. There are many reasons to start...

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Board Members

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Board Members

Now that school is back in session, nonprofit boards will be meeting regularly and gearing up for the fall season of Giving Days, annual letters and strategic planning. Did you know that the Latin root for governance (gubernare) means to guide or pilot a ship? It is a...

Nonprofit Board Icebreaker

Nonprofit Board Icebreaker

Due to summer vacations and COVID-19, we know many boards need some help not only getting acquainted but staying the course together. To that end, we wanted to share one of our favorite ways to accomplish this task – the game of BINGO. We use it two ways: as an...

5 Easy Steps to Boost Your Organization’s Performance Through Core Values

5 Easy Steps to Boost Your Organization’s Performance Through Core Values

We are always on the lookout for positive trends, especially from the for-profit space, to incorporate into nonprofit settings. Recently, we have heard a lot about great corporate cultures like those of Zappos and technology companies. When we dissect what makes these...

All You Need to Know about Charitable Giving Trends from Giving USA 2022 Results

All You Need to Know about Charitable Giving Trends from Giving USA 2022 Results

At the end of 2021, readers of The Boston Globe were asked to describe the year – the top word: "exhausting," followed by "rollercoaster." One reader noted that there were "some highs and lots of lows." Each year since 1956, social sector leaders anxiously await the...

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