Tag Archives: foundations

“God love you, Darren Walker.”

We all missed a terrific opportunity. I was talking with an entrepreneur last week who developed the neatest product I have ever heard about. And I was able to “handle” it, and it is simply awesome. I can’t tell you … Continue reading

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Mea Culpa.

The Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ) just posted a response to an article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press about the St. Paul Foundation’s challenge to the community to find the best idea to improve the city. The winner would get $1,000 … Continue reading

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What’s on Your “Stop Doing” List?

Phil Buchanan’s opinion piece in The Chronicle of Philanthropy (“In search of the Magic Formula for Philanthropy”) caught my eye. He says, “You can’t flip through more than a few pages [of philanthropic journals] without finding an article with the … Continue reading

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Don’t Check the “Diversity Box.” Be Inclusive.

Right now, “diversity” is a buzzword in my world, and the timing is apropos. I’m a member of Leadership Denver ’15, and our topic this month was inclusivity. Overall, the day was empowering and thought-provoking. And it struck a cord. … Continue reading

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Is Our “Focus on Impact” Hurting Our Ability to Actually DO?

It is no secret that over the past few years, more and more foundations have been asking nonprofit organizations to demonstrate their impact. As the sector is pushed to run themselves like a business and to show their ROI, foundations … Continue reading

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Funders and Nonprofits: Let’s Figure Out How to Talk With One Another

I remember the first time I asked a funder for money. I was new to the nonprofit sector and doing direct service. In my “free time,” I was working with a couple of other community leaders to launch a new … Continue reading

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