I was coaching a nonprofit leader the other day about a funding proposal she was putting together for a potential corporate donor. She had been working with this particular donor for several months, so she knew what level of investment to request. But she struggled to send the proposal because she had a fundamental block. […]
Often, and nauseatingly, the nonprofit sector is told to be more like the business sector. From admonishments to be more cost-effective, more innovative, more data driven, it is a common refrain — essentially we are saying “Nonprofit sector, be smart like businesses.” I have often argued against this very limited and patronizing view of the […]
Note: The last couple of years have been particularly trying for nonprofit leaders — those of you who are working tirelessly to build a better world. I know that it can sometimes seem that your work is a thankless, never-ending list of tasks, while you face increasing challenges from every corner. So I wanted to […]
These past months have been frightening, with new banks crumbling every week and the government weighing the merits of a $700 billion bailout. The economy is reeling with tremendous uncertainty. I can see the nonprofit sector, which is often hit hardest and longest by any economic downturn, holding its collective breath, unsure what all of […]
Welcome to the Social Velocity blog. Here I’ll be writing about what is going on throughout our region, country and world in social innovation. The field, concepts and terms are being defined so it is an exciting time.