Driving Social Change

How do societies create the breakthroughs needed for a more just, tolerant, healthy, educated, and equitable world? How do they challenge the prevailing wisdom without losing hope? How do they enact lasting change and protect it from the inevitable backlash?

Must Conflict Always be Resolved? Ask Dr. Conflict

After an hour and a half drive through a freezing rain storm Dr. Conflict got to thinking. Dr. Conflict is often asked whether or not you should even try to fix every conflict. Some say that an intervention to get resolution is always required. Others say that conflict doesn’t always need to be resolved; conflict should be managed, yes, but not necessarily mediated. Fact is that all conflict is situational; context is everything. 

The Nonprofit Quarterly’s Study on Nonprofit and Philanthropic Infrastructure

The Nonprofit Quarterly’s Study on (U.S.) Nonprofit and Philanthropic Infrastructure maps and examines the strengths and weaknesses of the network that supports nonprofits and philanthropy in the U.S. The study’s major findings have to do with who is getting best served among nonprofits and why but there is more here like lists of funders of the U.S. infrastructure and a very provocative sub-study of the financial models of infrastructure organizations.

Four Futures

During these troubled times, what lies in store for the nonprofit sector, and what do we need to do about it? Along with every family in America, the nonprofit sector is wondering about its future. Will we miraculously survive as we largely do today? Will we starve our organizations to the core or emerge from the current economic calamity mostly intact? Will we fight the prevailing downturn on behalf of our individual institutions and leave others to defend themselves, or instead will we join forces to shore up the sector as a whole? In the aftermath of this financial crisis, will we have real options and choices?

The Spiral of Sustainable Excellence

FROM THE ARCHIVE: There are any number of articles about how nonprofit organizations grow and develop over time. This classic by Paul Light, however, is in a class by itself in terms of the way he describes nonprofit development as a nonlinear process that is very much affected by the choices made by leadership.