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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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Funders: Responsibly Use Your Power for the Common Good

I have long believed that funders – namely, foundations – often don’t execute their influence as much as they should. So I was really interested to read Andy Carroll’s article, “Are You Using Your Power, or Leaving It on the … Continue reading

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Ugh. Stop Creating Nonprofits. Please.

I recently kicked off a new client project for a nonprofit organization, which includes interviewing a number of comparable organizations. When I asked my client what other organizations they suggested I speak with, they gave me a long list – … 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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“Our Plan Flopped”

The Philanthropy Roundtable recently published an article written by the Walton Family Foundation entitled, “Rebounding from Philanthropic Failure.” The subtitle stated, “Our plan flopped. We didn’t give up. We changed course.” I immediately digested the article, in which the Foundation … Continue reading

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What if Funders Were Forced to Partner?

I was recently asked if it would be a good idea to have a foundation force two organizations to work together. Essentially, the proposition was to request two nonprofits to work together, with the promise that a large sum of … 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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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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