April 19, 2015

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  • The Challenges of New Nonprofits

    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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The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Unprecedented Opportunities for Philanthropists

Rights for people with disabilitiesThere is not a single country on earth where people with disabilities don’t face stigmas, challenges, and massive gaps in workforce participation. If you want your philanthropy to help those who are marginalized, isolated, and face discrimination, this is the place to be.

Philanthropy after the Thaw

BostonFrom the battering of our collective psyche to the impact on schools, municipalities, business, and infrastructure, the snowiest winter ever in Boston had a truly epic effect on nonprofits in the city and around the region.

Nonprofit Leaders and Their Conflicts

RuthIf you are conflict avoidant you probably should not aspire to lead a nonprofit, because it can be very VERY rough sometimes.

The Bradley Foundation’s Agenda Setting: The Intersection with Partisan Politics

WalkerBradley Foundation president and CEO Michael Grebe’s comment that he tries to maintain a clear boundary between his personal political engagement in Republican Party (and Scott Walker) politics and the nonpartisan activities of the conservative foundation he runs raises questions about how difficult that challenge might actually be—especially at Bradley.

More Thinking about Contest Philanthropy: Market-Based Approaches

CrownsAn interesting defense of the proposed philanthropic contest at the Council on Foundations has emerged from the Case Foundation, touting contests as “market-based approaches” that can find innovative solutions to social phenomena such as local or national economic conditions—and somehow democratize philanthropy in the process. 

Ethics, Bad Board Chairs, and the Dirty Little Car Repair Shop

RuthNPQ’s Nonprofit Ethicist wants to help you with your questions about ethics in and around your organization.