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The Delta Queen Riverboat, the Election and You

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.01.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Far too many of us spend our time paddling around in the shallow things of life instead of heading straight for the deeps. We get tangled up on the sandbars of the shallow waters of life, dissipating our energies on the trivial. This is especially relevant now as people prepare to vote in the election of this coming Tuesday, November 4.

Charity Exec Pay Is Catching Up With An Improving Economy: Report

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.24.2014 | Impact

A new survey is suggesting charities are climbing out of the Great Recession with the rest of America -- and their leaders are reaping the benefits. ...

Islands of Safety: Libraries and Books, Part 2, Orphanages

James M. Lynch | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
James M. Lynch

Why you might want do this I don't know, but let's pretend anyway that you're a 3-year-old boy in Mumbai and your parents and sister just died, l...

From Cubicle to Classroom: Corporate Volunteerism in a Purpose Economy

Michele Kotler | Posted 10.10.2014 | Impact
Michele Kotler

Companies that give their employees time to volunteer and bring greater meaning to their careers are doing it with purpose.

Offense Can Also Be Defense

Paul Clolery | Posted 07.20.2014 | Impact
Paul Clolery

Congress should shine a spotlight on the elected officials who vote to cut funding for programs that then must be picked up by a nonprofit sector that was pushed off balance and had its legs swept from under it.

How to Use Social Media to Help Social Causes

Russell Bishop | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
Russell Bishop

One of the biggest challenges not-for-profits face in gaining support is the simple fact that no one cares what they do until they know why it matters. It's pretty much a take off on the old cliché: No one cares what you know until they know how much you care.

To Protect Their Missions, Nonprofits Must Actively Engage Legislators

Valerie S. Lies | Posted 02.11.2014 | Chicago
Valerie S. Lies

The state of Illinois took a big step toward resolving its dire financial position last week when the state assembly passed legislation to reform Illinois' public pension system. The bill aims to cut $160 billion in pension liabilities over 30 years.

Transforming the Not for Profit Sector by Telling the Truth: An Interview with Vik Maraj of Unstoppable Conversations

Danisha Bhaloo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Danisha Bhaloo

His two primary roles in Unstoppable are to drive the innovation of our programs through learning from other disciplines and to expand our ability to impact people faster and more deeply.

The Power of a Challenge Grant

Michael Kaiser | Posted 10.05.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Turning around arts organizations is mostly about changing the psychology of an organization. If we can get people who are closest to us to believe in our work and proceed with confidence, we can find the resources we need.

How Nonprofits and Government Can Work Together To Tackle Illinois Challenges

Valerie S. Lies | Posted 09.22.2013 | Chicago
Valerie S. Lies

Nonprofit organizations are a vital resource in Illinois, providing critical services to people across the state. But Illinois is the worst state in the nation -- by a wide margin -- when it comes to overdue bills to nonprofits.

How To Turn A Deadly Weapon Into A Thing Of Beauty

Mary Alice Stephenson | Posted 02.28.2014 | Style
Mary Alice Stephenson

This unique brand repurposes illegal guns from the streets and, through designer collaborations, turns them into stunning pieces made from guns and bullets, all to raise awareness and help stop gun violence.

For Math Education to Profit, Look to the Nonprofits

Andrew R. Coulson | Posted 07.03.2013 | Impact
Andrew R. Coulson

The leaders achieving radically higher educational goals are mission-driven, not-for-profit organizations. Nonprofits, almost by definition, need support beyond current market forces. Visionary and savvy business social investments, though relatively small change to billion-dollar businesses, can be and should be vital support for continuous invention and prove-out.

Begin With the End in Mind

Rumeet Billan | Posted 06.24.2013 | Impact
Rumeet Billan

Having the end in mind at the beginning seems counter-intuitive to most. There is no certainty that your position or the organization you create or are a part of will exit one, five or ten years from now. Things change -- needs evolve -- life happens.

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 | Posted 05.20.2013 | Arts
Roxane Assaf

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.