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Who Does This?!!

I recently attended a meeting in Pueblo, Colorado. The local workforce center was holding its regularly-scheduled meeting with its partners. The people sitting around the table represented the local Department of Human Services, Voc Rehab, the community college, and an … Continue reading

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What If This Nonprofit Had Said, “We’re Struggling”

Last year, I conducted a site visit in D.C. with a nonprofit that had submitted a relatively large funding request to a foundation. It was fairly well known that the organization had been struggling. The Post had written a few … Continue reading

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What if Foundations Didn’t Measure their Own Impact?

I recently met with the VP of a large foundation, who shared that they were struggling to define their “impact.” I applaud them for having the conversation, which can be a challenging one. Nowadays, everyone wants to talk about outcomes … Continue reading

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Dear Co-Impact: Please Work!

In recent conversations, I have not been shy about my opinion that funders need to collaborate more. That is exactly why I am so excited to hear about Co-Impact, a new effort in collaborative philanthropy that brings together donors from … Continue reading

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Funding the Full Cost Can Enhance Social Good

I was intrigued by the recent article, “The Full Cost Project: Funding for Impact.” It made me start to wonder if and how foundations could fully support projects of organizations, rather than ask them to diversify their resources. As a … Continue reading

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Five Lessons that Also Apply to Nonprofits

The Stanford Social Innovation Review recently published “Five Lessons for New Philanthropists.” As I read the article, I couldn’t help but see the strong correlation to how these lessons can also apply for nonprofits: Scan the ecosystem first. The nonprofit … Continue reading

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When Was the Last Time You Said No?

Last month I was invited to sit in on a strategic planning session for a nonprofit that was trying to figure out its future plan. (I must admit, it was nice to be a participant and not a facilitator, for … Continue reading

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