Paul's Message

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August 17, 2017

The social entrepreneurs who succeed through their work with Community Partners come from many backgrounds, yet each shows a “maker” bent. While all of us, to one extent or another, are takers and

March 1, 2007

Funders often ask Community Partners what factors we consider and what questions we ask when reviewing early stage start-up projects for fiscal sponsorship. Recently we prepared a checklist of

February 1, 2007

Anyone assuming the entrepreneurial leadership of a new venture de facto dons the sometimes weighty mantle of relentless positivism, no matter the circumstances, even when conditions feel

January 1, 2007

A charitable organization executive director asked for my guidance the other day on clearing up ties between the group’s founders, who serve as directors on the nonprofit board, and a business the

December 1, 2006

We’re blessed in America to have an arena in which people routinely join hands and act with profound freedom in the public interest. Though not always unfettered by the state nor unconstrained by

November 1, 2006

Having led Community Partners for the last 14 years, I realize the privileged position fiscal sponsorship and intermediary organizations like ours occupy on the social and civic landscape. There

July 1, 2006

(Reproduced from the 2005-2006 Biennial Report)

Like a seed, an idea grows. But only if it’s given the right conditions. A seed needs water, sun, good

July 1, 2004

We Americans don't use the word “civic” very much. It too often modifies terms that clash with our all-too-individualistic culture. Terms like “duty” and “obligation.” We instinctively respond: “

July 1, 2002

The shape of a person’s soul most likely gets cast by the deeds they do while they’re alive. That’s why I like hanging around with people who care about what’s happening in their communities right

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