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From addressing the challenges of nonprofit collaboration to understanding the value and importance of collective action to tackle large scale social problems: highlights of successful and failed initiatives, tools, and leaders!
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Report outlines economic impact of Michigan’s nonprofits

Report outlines economic impact of Michigan’s nonprofits | Building a Better Social Sector | Scoop.it

Economic impact studies often ignore the contributions of Michigan’s nonprofit sector, but a recently released study conducted by Lansing-based Public...

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The economic benefits generated by the nonprofit sector are undeniable, as Public Sector Consultants' study on Michigan nonprofits indicates. 

 

Recognizing how difficult the feat is, I'd love to see a study that capture the value and benefits of the social benefits the sector provides in its entirety.

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Is Strategic Philanthropy Yesterday’s News?

Is Strategic Philanthropy Yesterday’s News? | Building a Better Social Sector | Scoop.it

Do you ever feel like you need a special app to keep up with the fads and fashions and attendant language and models of the philanthropic world? Meanwhile, life in the trenches goes on as so-called thought leaders say, “whoops!”

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The good & the bad of old and new strategic philanthropy.

 

In response to John Kania, Mark Kramer, and Patty Russell's “Strategic Philanthropy for a Complex World” article in the latest issue of SSIR,  William Schambra, director of the Hudson Institute’s Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal explores the tangible implications this may have for nonprofits, and the practical challenges that transitioning from the old to the new model will bring. Though the new approach is more flexible, dynamic, and responsive, and  aligns better with nonprofit operations, the structure and quantifiable nature of the old approach still have their benefits. Ultimately, the end-state will hopefully be a balance of the two. 

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Nonprofit Values and Efficiency

Nonprofit Values and Efficiency | Building a Better Social Sector | Scoop.it
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Efficiency shouldn't come at the cost of effectiveness.

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Social Enterprise: Making the Choice Between For-Profit and Nonprofit

Social Enterprise: Making the Choice Between For-Profit and Nonprofit | Building a Better Social Sector | Scoop.it
As ThinkImpact grew, its founder, Saul Garlick, had to make a tough decision: remain a nonprofit, or change to a for-profit model? To do so, he had to consider some key elements: ownership, transparency, and profits.
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Not arguing against one or the other type of social impact organization, Garlick has some interesting insights about nonprofits:

 

- If your beneficiary is not a customer, they may never tell you what you are providing is unhelpful

- The notion that nonprofits are the right—or even, better—vehicle for doing good in the world is no longer true

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Makin’ it Happen: Leading Cross-sector Collaboration

Makin’ it Happen: Leading Cross-sector Collaboration | Building a Better Social Sector | Scoop.it
Cross-sector leadership can only lead to cross-sector collaboration if it is undertaken with purposeful intent. Many cross-sector leadership activities focus on looking for ways to transfer learnin...
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True collaboration isn't just a transfer of skills, but a joint-venture towards the same goal/vision.

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Collaboration should come not just from an organization's leadership but from a spirit of sharing and partnership among the entire staff.

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Lessons from Haiti: An interview with Free The Children’s cofounder

Lessons from Haiti: An interview with Free The Children’s cofounder | Building a Better Social Sector | Scoop.it
"Partnering with groups to enable them to do their work [is critical]. If they can do it more cost effectively and quickly, and reach more people, to a certain extent you should just get out of the way. Egos need to be checked at the door. Too many organizations were waiting for their logos to be on shipments originating in North America."
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Liberating 990 Data (SSIR)

Liberating 990 Data (SSIR) | Building a Better Social Sector | Scoop.it
Sharing nonprofits’ Form 990 tax data in a comprehensive and easy-to-access manner may open the door to more collaboration and innovation within the sector.
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Beth Simone Noveck argues that with greater government transparency and enhanced collaboration across  philanthropy-focused institutions, there can be greater accountability and innovation within the nonprofit sector. #FreeForm990

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Evaluating Fellowship Programs for Readiness Process, and Impact

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Readiness of the fellows, host companies, and placement agency, accountability measures and mentorship, and a process for impact measurement are all critical components of a well-structured, effective nonprofit fellowship program. 

 

Read on for more details from the TCC Group!

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We’ve Seen the Future and It Is…Collaborative! - PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

We’ve Seen the Future and It Is…Collaborative! - PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center | Building a Better Social Sector | Scoop.it
(The following post is the final in a series of four written by Laura Callanan, a senior fellow at the Foundation Center. Laura wishes to acknowledge colleagues who have contributed to this work. For more on the scope of the...
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Understanding that social problems can't be solved alone or in a vacuum, it seems obvious that collaboration is key, both within as well as across sectors. Yet the current way of doing "business" doesn't always align with this approach. "A social sector leader must put solving the problem first, ahead of building their organization or personal reputation." And "what the social sector needs most is a heightened ability to collaborate across organizations, solving problems at the ecosystem level." Thankfully, good social sector leadership skills, and collaboration in particular, can be learned - it just needs to be made a priority!

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A Formula for Fixing the Hardest Problems

A Formula for Fixing the Hardest Problems | Building a Better Social Sector | Scoop.it
It starts with genuine collaboration and it's not easy or quick.
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Tri-sector collaboration may be the way to solve the world's largest and most complex problems.

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Becoming a Better Judge of People

Becoming a Better Judge of People | Building a Better Social Sector | Scoop.it
Ten questions to help you understand the
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"Would you want to spend a long car ride with this person?" and "What's their talk-to-listen ratio" are just two of the 10 questions you should keep in the back of your mind when interviewing a candidate or evaluating someone's character and attitude.

 

Great considerations to help you determine what kind of person someone is!

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Keeping Kids in School (SSIR)

Keeping Kids in School (SSIR) | Building a Better Social Sector | Scoop.it
With hard data and soft skills, Communities in Schools fine-tunes its model to reduce dropout rates.
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Through a network-wide evaluation that led to the development of a set of best practices and an open-source approach to sharing data and results, Communities in Schools has set the gold standard not only for reducing youth drop out rates but also for how a nonprofit should behave.

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Before You Innovate, Ask the Right Questions

Before You Innovate, Ask the Right Questions | Building a Better Social Sector | Scoop.it
Make sure you're not solving the wrong problem.
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Defining the problem and understanding who's best-suited to address it are questions that constantly plague those on the innovation frontier. Depending on where you stand on each will determine the best approach to solve the problem at hand.


Regardless of when you stand on each, however, "innovation is, above all, about combination."



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