Alignment from the Inside out

My goal was to start the day by centering the work around impact. From my pre-retreat survey of a community foundation board of directors and conversations with its leadership, I understood them to be facing a pileup of open program and policy issues with no clear path for making decisions. There was an underlying question about whether everyone agrees[…]

Logic Model, How Do I <3 Thee?

  At least three times last week I found myself referencing the basic elements of a logic model (aka theory of change). Once, when a colleague and I were discussing what learning to assess among individual participants in community service programs. And then, when introducing our capable intern to the wild world of grant writing. What could our client[…]

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[…]

What social value is your business creating?

What type of social value or environmental value is your business creating? Most for-purpose businesses and social enterprises are driven by one value theme. The meaningful, powerful, driving social or environmental value exists primarily in • the thing (product or service) that you do or make, • the way you do it (being different from the typical[…]