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The Future of Social Enterprise

Posted August 22, 2008 9:18 AM by Ted Jackson

I first wrote about this topic in a blog post Is Consolidation the Answer - more thoughts. Since I made that post in June, some rather interesting comments have been posted on the Harvard discussion site.

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Ascendant is Sponsoring a Leadership Breakfast in Washington

Posted August 19, 2008 4:11 PM by Ted Jackson

Based on our successful breakfast in Boston, we are pleased to announce that we have begun inviting nonprofit and government leaders in the greater Washington 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 September 24, 2008.

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Does Advocacy Matter?

Posted August 11, 2008 1:59 PM by Ted Jackson

The majority of charities devote less than 2% of their budgets to advocacy or lobbying. Does it matter? Should Charities take on the mantle of Advocacy as an element of their mission?

Most charities have a two pronged mission: strive to alleviate some type of struggle or suffering in the immediate term and to change the cycle that allows the harm to continue. I suggest it is impossible for most charities to achieve their mission without advocating and lobbying for their particular cause.

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Measurement Does Not Equal Wisdom

Posted August 6, 2008 8:35 AM by Ted Jackson

Melissa Berman, the president of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, recently wrote a white paper titled Data, data, everywhere; and not a way to think. In this paper, she describes the difference between philanthrocapitalism and philanertainment, and the insufficient role that data usually plays in nonprofit outcomes.

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Picking Measures That Work

Posted August 5, 2008 12:30 PM by Dylan Miyake

We've all heard the adage "what gets measured, gets managed." But how do you know if you're measuring the right things? And therefore managing the right things? For many organizations, measurement exists simply for the sake of measurement. And that's a key reason why so few organizations are able to acheive strategic success.

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