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Where is the “Birth Control” for Nonprofits?

I recently saw this headline in the Nonprofit Quarterly: “The Nascent Nonprofit Organization – What Happens Before a Nonprofit is Born?” I went running from the computer, screaming, “Please! No more nonprofits!!” We have 1.5M nonprofits in the U.S. There … Continue reading

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Foundation Program Officers: Is It a Privilege? (Part 2 of 2)

Earlier this week, I posted a blog on CEP’s recent report: “Benchmarking: Program Officer Roles & Responsibilities.” I shared some general reactions, but I have a few more thoughts to share. It’s fascinating – and worrisome – that only 52% … Continue reading

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Foundation Program Officers: Let’s Take a Deeper Dive (Part 1 of 2)

About 8-9 years ago, I really wanted to work for a foundation. I had a lengthy history in the nonprofit sector, some of which included grantmaking to other qualified organizations. Rather than asking for money, I longed to be on … Continue reading

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CSR Lessons Worth Replicating

Last month, Greg Hills of FSG published, “Five Lessons from Walmart’s CSR Strategy Efforts.” The third lesson really resonated: “Employ humility and authentic listening.” Understand the landscape. Who are the players? Is there territorialism – and why? What have been … Continue reading

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There Are Reasons Why More Funders Don’t Collaborate

As I’ve shared in past blogs, collaboration is in my blood. And yes, while I do believe that there is an over-emphasis on “working together,” I also believe that it can lead to really strong outcomes. And I believe that … Continue reading

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Say What?!!

Them: “We want to start a foundation.” Me: “Okay, tell me more about why you’d like to do that. You already have a strong corporate giving program.” Them: “Our competitor has a foundation. They get a lot of press about … Continue reading

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Let’s be Realistic About Companies Doing Social Good

To give my brain a break, I’ve been reading a lot of adventure stories recently – such as “Blood River,” which tells of a journey trekking through the Congo, and “The Blue Sweater,” which is about how Jacqueline Novogratz (of … Continue reading

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