March 6, 2015

“Dancing Like Ginger Rogers”: The Remarkable Work of Free and Charitable Clinics

RogersIn many ways, the innovative work and extremely low budgets of FCCs are reminiscent of the joke about Ginger Rogers: She had to do everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and wearing heels.

Death or Reincarnation? The Story of ACORN

Nonprofit DeathsThe story of ACORN illustrates how seemingly strong nonprofit organizations can hide weaknesses and vulnerabilities. ACORN’s downfall exemplifies what happens when a variety of factors are allowed to combine to bring an organization down. However, a more in-depth analysis of ACORN’s death reveals possible...


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  • Non profitAs organizational theorists have described it, an organization’s risk of dying is highest at the point of its founding and decreases with age. So it is essential for new ...

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Frank Music in NYC: A Tiny Cultural Institution Closes for Good

Music notesAnother brick-and-mortar casualty as an era draws to a close with the loss of a historic landmark.

One Nonprofit Buys Another and Saves a Valuable Path to Asylum

NewsWith a grant from the John J. Oishei Foundation, the Jericho Road Community Health Center has announced it will buy Vive La Casa, a thirty-year-old shelter for refugees.

A Beautifully Crafted Goodbye from a Bankrupt Nonprofit

Architecture for HumanityYesterday, we received a nonprofit goodbye letter that was about as graceful and gracious and authentically hopeful as such a thing could possibly be.

Changing the Landscape of Theater Education: Pig Iron Theater and UArts

Pig Iron TheaterBroadway Worldsays that Pig Iron School’s Devised Performance program is poised to “change the landscape of theater education.”

Fiscal Sponsor, Heal Thyself

San FranciscoAfter a financial “meltdown” in 2014, San Francisco’s Intersection for the Arts has narrowed its focus and regained its financial footing to better serve the local arts community.

How to “Manage” in Chaos

RuthI want to call people’s attention to the fact that in every story of a management fiasco, there are artifacts that you can point to—odd details that reflect the whole gestalt.