In my work with Washington Area Women's Foundation, I have met far too many women who seem to be running a marathon on a treadmill -- they're working so hard, but aren't getting anywhere. And one misstep could be disastrous.
It is critically important that we move away from an unwritten rule that "charities" are doing good things that shouldn't be questioned, to a place where nonprofits are continually asking themselves whether they are making the most effective use of resources and providing real solutions.
It took almost three years for our progressive Center for a Better South to get its tax-exempt status approved. I'm convinced we finally got approval only after complaining in a letter to the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Treasury.
Bill Ackman, one of Wall Street's most influential hedge fund managers is pioneering a relatively young investment movement that mixes business strategy with philanthropy, yielding massive impact in the world.
Here we are at the end of another school year, and once again, teachers throughout the USA are facing uncertainty. Congress has not acted and now the impact of sequestration on federal educational programs is beginning to take hold.
Education, like art, is never 'done.' We have to constantly iterate and adapt, which means building a national culture of continuous improvement and innovation, responding to the challenges and opportunities of the day.
There have been many articles written about the voluntourism industry in recent years. Often authors aggressively attack the idea. But what we keep finding however, is that few of these articles give practical ideas to passionate young people who want to make a difference.
Imagine the impact if dozens of people - or hundreds, or thousands - each gave blood just once. That's the power behind the Small Steps, Big Wins Challenge, a nationwide competition sweeping college campuses across the U.S.
At the core of relevancy is the basic understanding that the audience for the brand really matters, not the other way around. In an age of supporter shift, nonprofits must figure out how to make their brand promise relevant to different generations that have varying needs and perspectives.
With International Women's Day behind us and Women's History Month nearly over, we must work with the belief that the best way to honor the women of the past is to build a future where all people, regardless of gender, are afforded the same essential rights that all deserve.
The barriers that prevent students from making social impact career choices are real: positions that do not effectively leverage the MBA skill set, careers that lack investment in professional development and growth potential, and pathways that require vows of poverty.
When I say "flight to quality," I'm talking about the observable trend of donors deciding to support fewer organizations, consolidating their giving with those that mean the most to them from a mission perspective, demonstrate sustainability and treat them well.
We have seen the power of investing in one woman, then watching her make a difference not only in her family, but throughout her community. We have seen the remarkable acceleration effect of microfinance investment in women, and know that women have the potential to change the world.
Some have been quick to dismiss the pop-up phenomenon as a trend that is problematic for business, given the short-term nature of the model. But recent years have shown pop-up shops proving to be a long-term strategy for businesses, communities and nonprofit organizations alike.