New York Times 2008 Nonprofit Awards
Posted June 27, 2008 2:34 PM by Ted Jackson
I was lucky to be in New York for the awards ceremony for the NY Times 2008 Nonprofit Excellence Awards. This award is given in conjunction with the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers (NYRAG) and the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC). The ceremony was at the Times Center on June 24.
Is Consolidation the Answer? - more thoughts
Posted June 25, 2008 8:52 AM by Ted Jackson
It is hard to imagine Mergers and Acquisitions in the nonprofit sector--especially acquisitions. How much is a nonprofit worth? What would one nonprofit pay another one for its resources? Would there be hostile takeovers or poison pill structures? Probably not. Mergers, on the other hand, might be a good idea. I saw two articles referencing this on Monday of this week, in fact.
Is Consolidation the Answer?
Posted June 24, 2008 7:25 PM by Ted Jackson
The most recent study released by The Boston Foundation, "Passion & Purpose; Raising the Fiscal Fitness Bar for Massachusetts Nonprofits" is an excellent study of the nonprofit community in the commonwealth (http://tbf.org/Home.aspx ).
Balanced Scorecard Basics
Posted June 23, 2008 12:49 PM by Dylan Miyake
Have you decided to deploy the Balanced Scorecard in your organization? If so, congratulations. You've just taken the first step in aligning your organization for success. But it's important to remember that deciding to deploy the Balanced Scorecard is just the first step on this journey. Throughout your travels, keep the following in mind:
Posted June 18, 2008 8:21 AM by Dylan Miyake
The Summer 2008 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review has an interesting article entitled "Reimagining Microfinance" where they argue that microfinance should be viewed as a platform, not as a product. One of the critical factors in this transformation is the creation of holistic performance standards and a certification program that add transparency to this market.
Is focusing on performance hurting nonprofits?
Posted June 17, 2008 11:24 AM by Ted Jackson
The United Way's mission and vision are about improving people's lives, and they recently decided that they were not making as big of a difference as they could. CEO, Brian Gallagher, decided that the most important measure for the organization was to look at the number of lives impacted and communities shaped. His approach may take donations away from traditional recipients of United Way grants.
Ascendant is Sponsoring a Leadership Breakfast in Boston
Posted June 9, 2008 8:29 AM by Ted Jackson
We are pleased to announce that we have begun inviting nonprofit leaders in the greater Boston area to attend an executive breakfast on managing performance with the Balanced Scorecard. Our keynote speaker is the Balanced Scorecard co-creator, David Norton. The breakfast will be on July 16, 2008.
Survey of Foundations
Posted June 6, 2008 9:14 AM by Ted Jackson
Ascendant is very interested in learning more about how foundations measure impact across their grantees. As a result, we created a simple survey for attendees of the Council on Foundations Leadership Summit last month. We are now opening up the suvey to foundations that come to our website
Norton says money can buy happiness
Posted June 3, 2008 8:04 AM by Ted Jackson
In the March 21, 2008 issue of Science magazine, Harvard professor Michael Norton, not to be confused with Balanced Scorecard co-creator David Norton, published his findings that money can buy you happiness. I certainly was intrigued when I read this news in a Harvard Business School's Working Knowledge interview earlier this week.