While still a fraction of the income available to the very wealthy ($152 trillion, according to the Boston Consulting Group,) impact investing of $46 million has been spent so far and is trending upward. The impact investing market is estimated to reach $1 trillion by 2020, according to J.P. Morgan and The Rockefeller Foundation. … Read More
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Many existing foundations and prospective philanthropists are considering or pursuing a “limited life” strategy. In other words, they are planning to close at some future date. One reason leading to this new trend are donors who want to see their philanthropic vision realized during their lifetime. A second reason is that many donors want to tackle larger challenges that require large amounts of capital. And a third reason is an impatience with the bureaucracy inherent in large foundations. Researchers at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University have identified 45 foundations that have completed an intentional spend-down, along with 29 other foundations that plan to follow such a course. … Read More
Yes, language DOES matter, asserts this excellent article on nonprofit program/project evaluation. Unless the organization takes the initiative to use appropriate nonprofit language to define its evaluation, the funder will decide what language is used. And more and more scientific and business terms have crept into nonprofit evaluations. The danger in using business/scientific language is in the “crowding out” of nonprofit voices. This has resulted in monitoring, measuring and reporting becoming ends in their own right at the expense of learning from successes and failures.… Read More
If you have always suspected nonprofit organizations under invest in leadership development for its staff, you are correct. The good news is, though, the tide is turning. According to the nonprofit ProInspire: “An investment in talent is an investment in a nonprofit’s ability to achieve its mission and meet increasing societal needs.”… Read More
How do you assess your current and future leaders? Watch this video tutorial on measuring performance vs. potential.
Follow this link to the video from The Bridgespan Group: Video Tutorial: Identifying Leaders with the Performance-Potential Matrix… Read More
As we ponder the age old question of short-term vs. long-term planning, read what Amy Celep, CEO of Community Wealth Partners, posits about transformational change: “Where do we best focus our efforts and resources—on the short-term immediate need that is critical but yields incremental results, or the harder to achieve long-term outcome that addresses the root cause of an issue and ultimately solves the problem at the magnitude it exists? I advocate for us to focus more effort than we currently do on the latter, not to say that there isn’t a role for filling the short-term immediate need.”… Read More
Simon Sinek is possibly the most brilliant speaker about leadership. His latest book “Why Leaders Eat Last” is a testament to his ability to mesmerize audiences. Please listen to what he has to say. According to Sinek, leadership is not a position. It’s a choice – a decision to act in a generous way.… Read More
Creating a high performance team is no easy task. It doesn’t happen overnight. And it doesn’t happen in a group setting. Lack of trust is a deal breaker for any team member.… Read More
Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, went to teach leadership skills at West Point but instead learned a lot himself.
Follow this link to read the full article: The West Point Way… Read More
Measuring Collaboration – the benefits and impacts of nonprofit centers – is a study conducted by Tides, a San Francisco-based organization that funds and assists nonprofits to collaborate for greater effectiveness.… Read More
Authors, Bill Shore and Darell Hammond, EDs of Share Our Strength and KaBOOM!, respectively, two large, successful nonprofits, hold forth about shifting emphasis from shorter-term modest goals to long-term strategies that are transformational. There’s even a link at the end explaining how to set a “bold goal.”… Read More
The Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS) is a research center for students, scholars, and practitioners to explore and share ideas that create social change. Its primary participants are Stanford faculty, visiting scholars, postdoctoral scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, and nonprofit and foundation practitioners.… Read More