March 30, 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 Murky “Progressive” Politics in Social Enterprise: Thoughts from Two Conferences

ProgressiveProgressives tend to be conflicted about social enterprise and broader issues of corporate social responsibility. The Cohen Report pulls the issues apart in this review of two social enterprise-focused conferences from earlier this year.

Fatally Incurious Governance a Kind of Nonprofit Malfeasance

ruthI have been struck again and again, and again just recently, that it’s excruciatingly common not to listen and understand the stakeholder environment around your organization.

Game of Thrones: The Nonprofit Edition

Dr. ConflictWhen a new hire gets caught between the longstanding CEO and an overly involved board chair (and must manage a resentful staff, to boot), misery ensues.

What’s Behind the Scathing Critique of NeighborWorks America?

Storms aheadWhen a nonprofit is criticized by House Republicans as “left-wing community organizers,” our antenna goes up to sense an over-the-top attack. NeighborWorks America, the most unlikely “left-wing” group you’ll ever meet, got slapped with that epithet as part of an agenda to defund community-based housing counseling nonprofits.

Thinking about Leaving? The Latest Thinking on Executive Transitions

RuthI have been struck by some recent studies that show the proportion of long-term executive directors still in their jobs after 10 or more years. Many of them are over 50.

Getting the Most out of Evaluation

DataJust as every nonprofit organization or program is unique, so every evaluation presents its own challenges and opportunities; one size does not fit all.