An Options Framework for Nonprofit Turnarounds

Over the last 10 years, I’ve been developing an informal diagnosis and strategy model for choosing financial turnaround strategies for nonprofits and social enterprises. In this working model, I’ve named 12 directional themes and not quite 100 strategy options. To use the model, the first diagnostic question is whether the problems are low-level and chronic[…]


Grants and Program Design Together with our grants and evaluation partner, DRA Resources, we have worked with clients to design programs that have attracted nearly $4 million toward multi-sector employment and a food hub in the Mississippi Delta in Federal grants under programs including the following: National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP, WIA and WIoA) DOL Rural Business[…]

What New Executive Directors Have in Common with a TV Host

Last week, I wrote a bit to encourage new executive directors, especially those following a founder. On Sunday, I read the piece in Sunday’s print Washington Post Arts & Style section on current host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah (similar but different story by same writer, WaPost online). What jumped out were the observations and[…]

Dear Executive Director Following a Founder

At least a few times a year, I find myself saying that the hardest job in the nonprofit sector is that of the new executive director following the founder. Having been one (with only limited success), having supported some through different consulting engagements, and having worked with founders and executives at every point in the organizational life[…]

ChangeMatters Clients and Partners

Partners and Investments Invested Impact (Baltimore) Mississippi Delta Council for Farm Worker Opportunities, Inc. (Clarksdale, MS)   Nonprofit Organizations American Farmland Trust Arts on the Block Bailey’s Crossroads Health Access Partnership Bethesda Green Center for Watershed Protection Center for Women’s Business Research ECO City Farms Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR) The Eurasia Foundation Gandhi Brigade Greater[…]