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Achieving Breakthrough Performance

Posted May 28, 2008 9:43 AM by Ted Jackson

One of the key articles in the Summer 2008 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review is titled Achieving Breakthrough Performance, and is written by Gottfredson, Schaubert, and Babcock (two partners at Bain and one CEO of a nonprofit). In this article, they argue that there are 4 principles that nonprofits should follow to achieve performance.

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iPod Winner Announced

Posted May 13, 2008 9:18 AM by Ted Jackson

Susan Towler, the Executive Director of The Blue Foundation for a Healthy Florida, won the iPod Touch drawing at the CoF Summit. The drawing was from the various attendees who filled out the Foundation Impact Survey. Congratulations Susan!!

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Council on Foundations Summit Recap

Posted May 12, 2008 10:36 AM by Dylan Miyake

I recently returned from the new National Harbor development and the Council on Foundations annual summit in Washington, DC. It was a great opportunity for me to learn more about issues facing community, family, and corporate foundations and to hear from leaders in the field on key strategic problems.

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Posted May 6, 2008 8:41 AM by Ted Jackson

In the April 2008 issue of Alliance magazine, a journal dedicated to philanthropy and social investments, Michael Edwards wrote an article about myths and realities of philanthrocapitalism. The title caught my attention, and when I read ahead, Mr. Edwards wrote about his real concern about the amount of money in the philanthropic world that was being dedicated to solving charitable issues with a capitalistic approach. I wrote about a good example of philanthrocapitalism in an earlier blog about Smile Train.

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Engaging Volunteers: Making it Relevant

Posted May 1, 2008 11:09 AM by Dylan Miyake

A constant problem for many not-for-profit organizations is recruiting, engaging, and retaining volunteers. The volunteer labor force has a lot of benefits: it costs little and is typically passionate about the cause. But volunteers bring baggage, too: there's a lot of turnonver and retraining required and they typically have their own ideas (not all bad) on how to acheive the organization's objectives.

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