February 28, 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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Havana Dreams: Nonprofits and the Realities of Reinstating Diplomatic Relations with Cuba

HavanaAfter decades of isolation, the doors of Cuba are flinging open, with nonprofits and social enterprises among those who hope to rediscover the island 90 miles away. Both Cubans and Americans might be well advised to take it slowly.

Are You Lying Right Now? (Or Simply ‘Misspeaking’?)

RuthThese past few weeks have distinguished themselves by the number of lies exposed publicly.

What’s the Purpose of a Thank-you Letter?

Thanking donorsThank-you letters should be a return gift, an extraordinary experience with emotional value. Here are some examples you can use as models.

Philanthropic Activism on the Ferguson Commission: An Interview with The Deaconess Foundation’s Starsky Wilson


Since November, Rev. Wilson has worn three hats—UCC minister, CEO of the Deaconess Foundation, and co-chair of the Ferguson Commission. But his activism extends far beyond those roles.

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.

Social Giving IRL (In Real Life) for Nonprofits

Birds on a wireSocial giving uses the power of networks to amplify donations. Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, and the rest can encourage new donations. But what about location-based networks? Can donations go up using ad-hoc networks of people in the real world?