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Pointed Reflections From a Long-Time Leader in Philanthropy

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

In her last public act before retirement, Valerie S. Lies, the long-time president and CEO of the Donors Forum in Chicago, took the opportunity to speak truth to power and to leave the field that she so loves with several calls for action.

Beyond the Bylaws: A Clarification of Nonprofit Board Responsibilities

Eugene Fram | Posted 07.27.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

A nonprofit director's duties may be much more difficult than those of a for-profit board member.

Going Back to Congo

Diana Buckhantz | Posted 07.23.2014 | Impact
Diana Buckhantz

All I could think about was thank god I was not in Congo when this happened for, as amazing as our medical partners are there, there is much still that is needed to bring medicine up to western standards.

Getting Attention - Breaking Through the Clutter and Noise

Gregory P. Demetriou | Posted 07.23.2014 | Small Business
Gregory P. Demetriou

As with anything, expectations need to be managed so that they're realistic and tempered by the overall commitment to any effort. You and our clients often assume that working on the Internet leads to instant results and is inexpensive. If that were only true.

Can Nonprofits Build on Bill Gates's Business Insights?

Eugene Fram | Posted 07.20.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Bill Gates shares some of his convictions about what makes or breaks developing businesses. Based on his vast experience I suggest that many of his insights can serve as models as well as caveats in the nonprofit environment.

The Important Difference Between For-profit and Nonprofit Colleges

Robert Shireman | Posted 07.17.2014 | College
Robert Shireman

Rather than working cooperatively with the new administration, the major for-profit chains went on the attack, alleging that they were victims of regulations unfairly aimed specifically at them. I do not know why they took this tack, but the result was to focus media and public attention on the for-profit sector specifically.

How Do You See Me?

Gerard Kersey | Posted 07.17.2014 | Black Voices
Gerard Kersey

I was not dressed inappropriately, I wasn't loud or menacing, I wasn't posing a threat to anyone. I was just a regular teenager shopping in an outlet store. However, to her I was a black teenager in an outlet and that made the world of difference on her skewed perspective of the situation.

From Crisis to Chronic

Gary Laermer | Posted 07.15.2014 | New York
Gary Laermer

In fundraising, momentum is key. Maintaining awareness -- and, hopefully, support -- of a particular cause is the great challenge that faces any nonprofit organization. Hurricane Sandy is a useful and relatively recent case study.

86-Year-Old Granted Wish for Party Cruise

Helaina Hovitz | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact
Helaina Hovitz

Twilight Wish, a nonprofit focused on the needs -- and desires -- of low-income senior citizens, is the first national wish granting organization specifically aimed at the elderly.

The Baby Saving Revolution: Obama and Beyonce Embrace Founder, Jane Chen (You Will Too)

Elise Lelon | Posted 07.10.2014 | Business
Elise Lelon

For our next installment of AWE's Inspirational Female Leaders Showcase Series, we have chosen Jane Chen, Founder of Embrace, a nonprofit with the mission of advancing maternal and child health by delivering innovative solutions to the world's most vulnerable populations.

People: Adam Finck, Projects Director, Bridgeway Foundation

Shea Parton | Posted 07.10.2014 | Impact
Shea Parton

Since our first visit Adam has become one of our heroes and is arguably one of the most knowledgeable individuals regarding the Lord's Resistance Army conflict in Central Africa Republic.

How to Choose a Worthwhile Organization

Brad Jamison | Posted 07.09.2014 | Impact
Brad Jamison

It's hard to accept the fact that an organization to which you choose to dedicate your time and service may not be the worthwhile organization you originally thought it to be.

Want a Winning Website for Your Non-Profit?

Laura Packard | Posted 07.09.2014 | Impact
Laura Packard

Say you have a successful long-established non-profit advocacy group. Or perhaps you just launched your political campaign or non-profit online. Now it's time for your organization to do a full website build (or rebuild)!

Do as I Say, Not as I Do?

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

Are there ways in which your practices and values might be misaligned? What might you do to explore that question with your board and staff?

Where Are the Bridges to Opportunity?

Irv Katz | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Irv Katz

All kids come into the world with pretty much the same raw material. Each has a body, a brain, and is hard-wired to learn and develop. And let's not exclude kids with disabilities -- they have these assets as well. So on what dimension do kids differ?

Buckle Up -- Things Are Getting Real With #TheStitch!

Matt Pipkin | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Matt Pipkin

You know those seasons in life that you look back on and think, "Whew, those were some amazing times!"? Well, that's how we're going to look back on what's happening right now.

Navigating Federal Grants, Training, and Resources

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

Ed. note: A version of this blog was originally posted on the White House Blog. The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders...

From #GivingTuesday to Giving USA, New Lessons for Faith-Based Organizations

Jumpstart | Posted 06.25.2014 | Religion

Ethics, integrity, imagination. These are among the opportunities and challenges that faith-based nonprofit organizations bring to the broader social sector.

Doing Good to Make Good

Gregory P. Demetriou | Posted 06.20.2014 | Small Business
Gregory P. Demetriou

The small-to-middle market business owners must be thoughtful when it comes to the support that is so desperately needed by so many good causes. So, how can such businesses be responsive to charities and help them do such good works?

Celebrating an Important Wedding Anniversary

Liz Hamburg | Posted 06.20.2014 | Impact
Liz Hamburg

We give our "Roots" as our employees are called, the day off to celebrate and more importantly, to remember and acknowledge a major milestone in the civil rights movement in this country -- the legalization of gay marriage in the largest state in the land.

'America's Best Leader' Used Eric Reis's Lean Startup Before It Existed

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 06.17.2014 | Small Business
Marquis Cabrera

Below is an excerpt from our interview on how he intuitively used Eric Reis's Lean Startup during the early days of his organization. I am sharing this to illustrate that some nonprofits can, must, and should pivot to become more effective.

Is Your Nonprofit Board Chair Productive?

Eugene Fram | Posted 06.14.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

Hundreds of articles have probably been published about the skills and abilities nonprofit CEOs need to have to meet the challenges of the nonprofit e...

How Philanthropy Is Changing the Culture on Full Cost Funding

Valerie S. Lies | Posted 06.13.2014 | Impact
Valerie S. Lies

Breaking the nonprofit starvation cycle is not easy, but exciting progress keeps happening. To keep that momentum going, a great deal of culture change is needed.

Nanning Diary: Turning a Bear Bile Farm Into a Sanctuary, Peace by Piece

Jill Robinson | Posted 06.12.2014 | Green
Jill Robinson

This was field work in the raw, where six bears were going to be anesthetized and examined -- undergoing procedures to remove pain they had been suffering for years.

Handwriting From Homeless People's Signs Turned Into Fonts, Earning Them Food

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 06.11.2014 | Impact

When you walk by a homeless person on the sidewalk holding a cardboard sign, you might see an anonymous face struggling to survive. When the team at t...