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“Audience” by Croswald9 (CC BY-SA 2.0)
April 19, 2018

When was the last time you left a panel discussion – that most ubiquitous of nonprofit and civic sector experiences – feeling like, yes, that was really worth my time? My guess is that it’s

October 1, 2007

I first picked up that terminology – privileged insight – hanging around a guy who spent most of his time in the venture capital world. It’s a fancy way of summing up what you’ve got in hand when

September 1, 2007

Just to get off the starting line, strong contenders for success in the charitable marketplace seem to do at least three things well. They honcho. They hustle.

July 1, 2007

Cooperating, coordinating, collaborating – all three behaviors can amplify a nonprofit group’s effectiveness in addressing the needs of people and communities. However, building networks

June 1, 2007

No one working in this city’s communities can afford to ignore the wider civic context swirling around their efforts. Take, for example, the leaders of a Los Angeles after-school program helping

May 1, 2007

I’ve gotten acquainted recently with Dan, a good man in his mid-50’s who is changing. My grasp of the language leaves me short of a single word or phrase precise enough to describe the place in

April 1, 2007

The prestigious Chronicle of Philanthropy’s April 5, 2007 issue features one of the more comprehensive articles (“Getting a Head Start”) about fiscal sponsorship that’s ever appeared in a major

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

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