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4 Steps to Greater Social Impact (#2): Strong Alliances

Now that you’ve taken the first step to greater social impact by identifying the root cause of the problem you’re trying to solve, and having worked directly with the community in need to solve it, what’s next? I’ll start with a question. How many nonprofits do you...

Are you lost in the “noise”?

Pop quiz! Sorry, I know you weren’t expecting this. I promise there’s a good reason for it. How many ads do you think the typical person sees or hears in a day? How many nonprofits do you think there are in the US? Take a wild guess. Don’t worry, I’m not grading your...

Step Into Financial Clarity

Great news! You just got off the phone with your contact at a foundation and they have committed to funding you for the 3rd year in a row! Sweet! But, it came with an understanding that your organization would increase the number of students served in the tutoring...

Story Mapping For Project Success

Regardless of industry, you often hear of projects running over budget, past their deadline, or even failing completely. A successful project can be defined as one that is completed on time, within budget, and delivers expected customer value. Given that criteria,...

Pioneer Solutions Through Human-Centered Design

Early on in my career, I was fortunate enough to receive some sage advice from an executive director at a small nonprofit that has stuck with me to this day. It came about in our first meeting, as she was running through her challenges in the community and I was...

Breaking Down Silos By Being Holistic

Silos. What comes to mind when you hear that word? It is common place to hear about silos in regards to businesses. In this context, silos refer to the mentality of departments or teams that are focused only on their work, while being less likely to share resources...

A Case for Earned Revenue

Time and again, we’re approached by nonprofits struggling to stabilize their fundraising efforts (too many peaks/troughs). Or, struggling to build enough capital to scale-up their efforts and get to their next level of impact (plateauing). When digging into these...

Stand Up For Your Mission

We’ve all had these questions as individuals working on a team. What are we working on? When will this be done? What issues are blocking us from achieving our goals? When working with limited resources and time, as many nonprofits and social enterprises are, being...

How Agile Can Drive Impact For Nonprofits

Nonprofits serve, sacrifice, and champion their mission every day. But it’s easy to get sidetracked managing the day-to-day operations of your organization. There’s never enough time in the day to get everything done. So how do you get back to the mission at hand? By...

3 Steps To More Effective Fundraising

As a development professional for a small nonprofit, you spend a lot of time chasing funding in all its forms. No dollar amount is too small. And when you add to that limited time and resources, you’ve got the perfect recipe for burnout. For the sake of your sanity,...