Donors are placing nonprofits on the hot seat to measure social performance. Problem is, there is little agreement on what those metrics should be. Professor Alnoor Ebrahim on how nonprofit managers should respond.
Content: Article | Authors: Alnoor Ebrahim, Julia Hanna | Source: Harvard Business School (HBS) Working Knowledge | Subjects: Industry Specific, Nonprofit | Industry: Non-Profit
Recent studies raise an uncharitable question: Is nonprofit accounting off track?
Content: Article | Author: Joseph McCafferty | Source: CFO Publishing | Subjects: Accounting, Nonprofit | Industry: Non-Profit
Nonprofit managers who develop social purpose ventures to generate revenues to support a social mission have limited opportunities to share their experiences with others in the field or to learn from the experiences of others. Many nonprofit managers also have modest business backgrounds. Yet, despite these challenges, the movement toward income generation by nonprofits continues to grow. Some of these ventures succeed, yet many more … [ Read more ]
Content: Article | Authors: Cynthia W. Massarsky, Samantha L. Beinhacker | Source: Yale School of Management | Subjects: Industry Specific, Nonprofit | Industry: Non-Profit
Corporations aren’t alone in focusing on governance; rigorous oversight of management and performance is increasingly important for nonprofits too.
Content: Article | Authors: Andrea R. Kilpatrick, Paul J. Jansen | Source: McKinsey Quarterly | Subjects: Corporate Governance, Nonprofit | Industry: Non-Profit
We have business and we have government. For too many intents and purposes, we have nothing in between. This distinction has framed the great social debate for more than a century: capitalism versus socialism, markets versus controls, individualism versus collectivism, privatization versus nationalization, “free enterprise” versus “democracy of the proletariat.” The debate features no cooperatives, no NGOs, no not-for-profits, no volunteer organizations, not because they … [ Read more ]
Content: Article | Authors: Chahrazed Abdallah, Emmanuel Raufflet, Henry Mintzberg, Pamela Sloan, Rick Molz | Source: Leader to Leader | Subjects: Miscellaneous, Nonprofit | Industry: Non-Profit
Business plan competitions are a powerful way to help nonprofits turn ideas into sustainable commercial ventures.
Content: Article | Authors: Anamaria Schindler, Andréa C. Waslander, Heinz-Peter Elstrodt | Source: McKinsey Quarterly | Subjects: Entrepreneurship, Nonprofit | Industry: Non-Profit
The federation structure remains a viable model for nonprofit organizations – if managements transform themselves and affiliates collaborate more closely.
Content: Article | Authors: Lynn K. Taliento, Maisie O’Flanagan | Source: McKinsey Quarterly | Subjects: Industry Specific, Nonprofit | Industry: Non-Profit
Teach For America learned the importance of building organizational capacity the hard way.
Content: Article | Author: Jerry Hauser | Source: McKinsey Quarterly | Subjects: Industry Specific, Nonprofit | Industry: Non-Profit
Nonprofit organizations should focus on building a lasting organization and on developing effective performance metrics. To make this possible, donors must change their approach to philanthropy.
Content: Article | Authors: Les Silverman, Lynn Taliento, Stephanie Lowell | Source: McKinsey Quarterly | Subjects: Industry Specific, Nonprofit | Industry: Non-Profit
The usual question echoing in the hallways of nonprofit organizations is, What do donors want? The more pertinent question is, What do donors need? One way to answer this question is to examine the remarkable success and consequent challenges of one of the fastest growing sectors of American philanthropy: community foundations.
Editor’s Note: this article applies Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to the nonprofit world. … [ Read more ]
Content: Article | Author: Joe Lumarda | Source: Leader to Leader | Subjects: Nonprofit, Social Responsibility | Industry: Non-Profit
Marc Pollick runs the Giving Back Fund, an umbrella nonprofit that manages foundations of athletes, entertainers and others. Pollick’s pitch is simple: quick startup, low overhead and no scandal. And he guarantees noncharitable overhead will be no higher than 5% for the minimum donation of $250,000, down to 1% for a $5 million gift.
Content: Article | Author: William P. Barrett | Source: Forbes | Subject: Nonprofit | Industry: Non-Profit