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  • Do You Need Radical Transparency?

    Your non-profit, no matter the size, runs on an important currency: information. Yet, interviews with staff and volunteers in almost every organization reveal a discontent with the way information is, or is not, shared. Even relatively open and transparent organizations have blind spots, secrets, hidden agendas, and personal biases that mean that not all information…

  • Are You Outcome Oriented?

    At the start of each year, personal finance experts remind us of some resolutions we can make for a sounder financial life: calculate your taxes early, reduce your debt, and build an emergency fund. It is important to have that emergency fund and to budget for those unexpected problems that modern life might throw at…

  • Should You Be Working Side-To-Side?

    Is the direction of your work top-down, bottom-up, or…side-to-side? Bottom-up social impact spreads from the ideas, needs, wants, and often the organization of you and your neighbors. Perhaps you have banded together, or partnered with a community group. Your needs were clear, and highly motivating. Perhaps a local oil refinery’s toxic releases have led to…

  • Equity Praxis: What Does It Look Like?

    So many community-based non-profits are staffed by hard working, brilliant, dedicated, white folks. These non-profits deliver services and improve lives for millions of people each year. Without these teams, lives would be poorer off.  Working in these communities, equity is a central topic. When the community you serve is from around the world, with a…

  • Are we doing philanthropy wrong in America?

    The non-profit sector in America is massive, by any measure. In 2021 there were 1.54 million non-profit organizations, with total revenues exceeding $2.62 trillion. And this list excludes universities which would add another $900 billion. As with household wealth, or donor lists, we can think of America’s nonprofit organizations as a pyramid: Many of the…