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[…]

On Grant Funding, Alchemy, and the Funk

Posted last week on LinkedIn: I woke up this morning worrying about the kind of funding problem that at some time or other worries all kinds of leaders involved in community building, social service, opportunity, and various kinds of world-fixing and change-making. Grant funding usually carries with it restrictions of use, of timing, of connections, of this and[…]

A Few Essential Truths About Fundraising

A few weeks back, in the late-night last hours of writing up a fundraising strategy for a client — after having gone back and forth with staff and executives, and earlier in the week with board members of another client — I posted a quick, hot note on LinkedIn: Thinking of drawing up a fresh list of really[…]

Trip Report: Mississippi Delta

Last week we were in Mississippi, planning the launch of two new farming microenterprise programs and attending the second annual The Future of the Mississippi Delta conference. ChangeMatters is working hand in hand with our trusted Arizona-based partners, DRA Resources (who specialize in Federal grants, compliance, program evaluation, and business planning). This is our second[…]

Don’t Ever Stop Bootstrapping: Saluting All Entrepreneurs

We’re honored to share this special guest post by our friend and colleague Pamela Hawley, founder and CEO of UniversalGiving, an award-winning service connecting donors and volunteers with high-quality international charities and global opportunities.
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