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A Trend That Could Change Everything, Collaborations Across Generations -- And What It Means for Causes, Nonprofits and Social Enterprises

Jeffrey Walker | Posted 06.19.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Walker

Today's B-school students and recent graduates are eager to connect with experienced business people and work collaboratively on the big social issues of the day, from poverty and health care to education and the environment. These collaborations can be extraordinarily powerful.

Artwork Is Work

Nora Younkin | Posted 06.10.2013 | Arts
Nora Younkin

Artwork is work. Art does not come into existence in a single fell swoop of expressive resolution. Art is not a hobby to a professional artist. Art is labor. Choreographer, painter, composer: these are occupations.

Opera vs. the Economy: Verismo 2.0 Pulls 'Wildcard'

Roxane Assaf Lynn | Posted 05.20.2013 | Arts
Roxane Assaf Lynn

Verismo 2.0 cleaves to a motto of feasibility. Opera with full orchestra is exciting for a singer and alluring for a producer. But small companies have been brought to ruin by the insistence upon this luxury.

5 Tips to Sharpen Your Pitch for Funding

Chitra Nawbatt | Posted 01.12.2013 | Small Business
Chitra Nawbatt

The nature, extent, scope and tone of the pitch have numerous permutations and combinations depending on the scenario.

The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator: Supporting Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Chitra Nawbatt | Posted 12.01.2012 | Small Business
Chitra Nawbatt

When we think of successful business creation and development, we focus on the fundamental business model, value proposition, strategy, organization and alignment of resources, and focused and disciplined execution of that strategy.

Who Cares About Nonprofit Finances? The Top 12 Reasons Why the Most Vulnerable Are at Risk

Fred Leeb | Posted 11.12.2012 | Detroit
Fred Leeb

Who is responsible to ensure that nonprofits operate most efficiently? While the great majority of people in the nonprofit world are good people, this doesn't necessarily mean that the financial system is functioning most effectively.

Nonprofits and the Government: A Relationship Strained by Bureaucracy

Richard Buery | Posted 08.14.2012 | New York
Richard Buery

Our country faces existential challenges, like rising income inequality, poor educational outcomes and long-term health costs. By rethinking how governments fund the agencies doing vital work, we can finally put the welfare of our citizens first.

The Way Forward for Higher Education Is Not For-Profit Colleges

Tressie McMillan Cottom | Posted 10.10.2012 | College
Tressie McMillan Cottom

If we need more post-secondary education for more Americans we can and should invest in the nation's community college sector, not for-profit colleges.

Understanding the Controversy Surrounding For-Profit Higher Education

William G. Tierney | Posted 10.10.2012 | College
William G. Tierney

After two year's worth of chairing frequently combative committee hearings on for-profit higher education, Sen. Tom Harkin's four-part report should come as no surprise. But there is more bad news for the industry.

Nonprofits Are Now Too Critical To Fail

Fred Leeb | Posted 09.07.2012 | Detroit
Fred Leeb

Nonprofits have become an essential part of the fabric of our communities. There are over one million registered tax-exempt public charity nonprofits in the United States.

#NP12: The Power of Pooling Nonprofit News

Robert Egger | Posted 08.20.2012 | DC
Robert Egger

Let's unite the 10 million people who work in nonprofits and countless millions who volunteer to push for an recovery agenda that utilizes the full array of our country's economic resources. Together, we can help each other.

Dynamic Pricing: Fair or Foul

Michael Kaiser | Posted 06.23.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Despite the heartfelt concerns expressed by those who find this form of pricing abhorrent, dynamic pricing has won many converts.

The Most Important Word for Nonprofits: Merger

Robert Egger | Posted 06.11.2012 | DC
Robert Egger

It's time for nonprofits to consider mergers to bolster services, consolidate costs and achieve better economies of scale. When we stand together, our votes are essential, our role in the economy unquestionable and our agenda unstoppable.

First Things First: Helping Your Not-for-Profit Raise More Money

Vivien Hoexter | Posted 05.26.2012 | Business
Vivien Hoexter

Many NFP leaders are also challenged to explain what makes their organizations different from others with similar visions and strategies. And if they don't know what makes their NFPs special, how are donors supposed to know?

Taking Care of the Family

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.05.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

While the family nature of not-for-profit organizations might seem like a liability, preventing rapid, decisive action, it is also a huge asset.

Lesson #4: The Non-Profit Needs to Be Run More Like a Business

Paul Shoemaker | Posted 05.01.2012 | Impact
Paul Shoemaker

When it comes to efficiency, operational processes, and measurement, non-profit organizations can learn important lessons from private sector business.

A Billion+Change: Supporting Nonprofits Through Skills-Based Pro Bono Service

Sen. Mark Warner | Posted 04.28.2012 | Impact
Sen. Mark Warner

In tough times, we need to find more creative ways to help. Many American businesses have agreed to partner with their employees to donate pro bono services, leveraging the extraordinary talents of their workforce to help support community needs.

Art Fair Survey Results; Art Heists; An Ode to Art Supplies

Jane Chafin | Posted 10.18.2011 | Arts
Jane Chafin

Even though I haven't been a practicing artist for a long time, my pulse still quickens when I walk into an art supply store or get the Utrect catalog in the mail. Remember the excitement of getting that first box of 64 Crayola crayons?

Cooking With Kindness: Restaurant Donates All Profits To Feed Poor

Posted 08.01.2011 | Impact

Over a year and a half ago, in the midst of nationwide economic turmoil, Chef Jim Noble launched a new restaurant. It may seem like a risky venture, b...

Tips for Entrepreneurs Who Want to Start Not-for-Profit Organizations

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.23.2011 | Business
Steve Mariotti

In the U.S., over 1 million organizations qualified for 501(c)(3) status in 2009, yet charitable donations declined: $315.08 billion in 2008 vs. $303.75 billion in 2009. As competition for resources increases, it's difficult for nonprofits to grow or even exist.

Why Government Must Rein in For-Profit Colleges

Ben Jealous | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Ben Jealous

Students trying to improve their job prospects shouldn't be duped into taking on crushing debt in exchange for the promise of a future job that will probably never materialize. A

Using the Whole Whale: A Strategy For Nonprofits

George Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
George Weiner

Here are two examples of nonprofits that changed their approach by leveraging existing assets to get more bang (impact) for their buck.

Five Things Start-Ups Can Learn From Not-for-Profits

Robbin Phillips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robbin Phillips

There's a value shift in America right now. And it's one of the gifts of the Great Recession. We want to work with our values front and center. So what can start ups learn from the not-for-profit world?

The Concept of Family

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

When corporate executives become leaders of arts organizations, they must truly appreciate this difference in mission or they will come into severe conflict with their artists, staff and board members.

Responsible Philanthropy

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

Governments and other major institutional funders across the globe are cutting arts funding as other social needs take precedence. This situation leads to a discussion of the responsibility large donors bear when they wish to cut their grants substantially.