The Chronicle of Philanthropy | Ideas & Advice http://philanthropy.com/section/Ideas-Advice/255/ Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:12:48 EDT <![CDATA[Fear of Losing Foundation Support Makes Charities Leery of 'Failing Fast’]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/145417/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Fear-of-Losing-Foundation/145417/ While traditional philanthropies may not like a new management technique that emphasizes lots of testing to see what works, nonprofits may find that technology donors embrace the approach.

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Sun, 23 Mar 2014 19:30:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Charities Learn to Test Ideas Fast and Polish Them Later]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/145409/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Charities-Learn-to-Test-Ideas/145409/ A management approach popular with tech companies called "lean start-up" is catching on in the nonprofit world. The emphasis is on experimentation and constant improvement.

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Sun, 23 Mar 2014 19:30:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Community Funds Ask Local People to Set Giving Priorities]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/145429/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Community-Funds-Ask-Local/145429/ A growing number of the funds are moving away from a traditional approach of letting donors and board members pick worthy projects.

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Sun, 23 Mar 2014 19:30:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Brooklyn Fund Pauses Giving While It Consults Residents]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/145431/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Brooklyn-Fund-Pauses-Giving/145431/ As the community foundation deals with growing gaps between rich and poor, some local groups worry they will no longer be able to count on the philanthropy's largesse.

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Sun, 23 Mar 2014 19:30:00 EDT
<![CDATA[SXSW Update: How Small Groups Can Spark Innovation]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/145285/ http://philanthropy.com/article/SXSW-Update-How-Small-Groups/145285/ Hint: Don't call it innovation, says a top leader at the Sierra Club.

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Tue, 11 Mar 2014 06:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Nonprofits Take a Wide-Eyed Look at What Data Can Do]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/144857/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Nonprofits-Take-a-Wide-Eyed/144857/ Big data are changing the way charities make decisions about programs, solicit contributions, and push for social change.

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Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Contest Offers Charities Chance to Test Solutions to Social Problems]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/144871/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Contest-Offers-Charities/144871/ The Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy will offer three charities up to $100,000 to conduct tests that meet the gold standard of evaluation.

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Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Nonprofits Have Adapted Meticulous Scientific Methods to Collect the Best Data]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/144851/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Nonprofits-Have-Adapted/144851/ Randomized, controlled trials are expensive and present ethical questions, but they produce very accurate results.

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Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[How Three Groups Use Data]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/144881/ http://philanthropy.com/article/How-Three-Groups-Use-Data/144881/ They collect data from day one and never stop testing. And they aren't afraid to try new things.

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Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Charities Benefit From Ad Agencies' 24-Hour Creativity Marathons]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/143903/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Charities-Benefit-From-Ad/143903/ The idea behind CreateAthon, in which ad executives donate services to charities in a 24-hour blitz, is turning into a national charity to extend its reach.

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Mon, 13 Jan 2014 08:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Video: PopTech's Favorite Speeches]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/143111/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Video-PopTechs-Favorite/143111/ Organizers of the group's annual conference gathered recordings of their favorite, most innovative, and most influential presentations.

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Sun, 17 Nov 2013 13:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[How to Find New Ideas: Tips From PopTech’s Leader]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/143039/ http://philanthropy.com/article/How-to-Find-New-Ideas-Tips/143039/ Andrew Zolli gets people in different fields to work together and share ideas.

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Sun, 17 Nov 2013 12:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Cross-Disciplinary Experiments Spark New Ideas]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/143045/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Cross-Disciplinary-Experiments/143045/ The nonprofit PopTech is on a mission to accelerate innovations that solve vexing social problems, like staging a performance to help residents of Joplin, Mo., recover from a tornado’s destruction.

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Sun, 17 Nov 2013 12:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Charities Put Their Collective Buying Clout to Work]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/143027/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Charities-Put-Their-Collective/143027/ The Back Office Cooperative allows groups of all sizes across the country to lower the costs of administrative services and supplies.

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Sun, 17 Nov 2013 12:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Reducing Paperwork for Grant Seekers]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/142733/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Reducing-Paperwork-for-Grant/142733/ A $150,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is designed to build an online information-sharing portal for grant makers and nonprofits.

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Sun, 03 Nov 2013 12:00:00 EST
<![CDATA[Cleaning Up a Messy Donor Database Can Lift Giving]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/142429/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Cleaning-Up-a-Messy-Donor/142429/ Advice on how to deal with haphazard records that hobble fundraising efforts.

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Sun, 20 Oct 2013 13:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Nonprofits Differ on How to Shape Strategy Chiefs’ Roles]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/142093/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Nonprofits-Differ-on-How-to/142093/ Some officials focus full-time on strategy while others also manage human resources, technology, evaluation, and other administrative functions.

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Sun, 06 Oct 2013 13:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[How Charities Can Harness Energy of Youthful Volunteers]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/142089/ http://philanthropy.com/article/How-Charities-Can-Harness/142089/ Students can be a valuable pool of hidden talent and are often available because of their schools' community-service obligations.

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Sun, 06 Oct 2013 13:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[More Charities Hiring Chief Strategy Officers]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/142083/ http://philanthropy.com/article/More-Charities-Hiring-Chief/142083/ As competition for resources grows, nonprofits are hiring new executives to plan for the future and look beyond a group's day-to-day operations.

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Sun, 06 Oct 2013 13:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Holograms to Explain Holocaust to Future Generations]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/141403/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Holograms-to-Explain-Holocaust/141403/ As eyewitnesses to the historical event grow scarce, one museum is developing a 3-D approach to transmit knowledge to young people.

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Sun, 08 Sep 2013 13:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[A Social-Service Leader Seeks the Right Moment to Share His Exit Plan]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/140981/ http://philanthropy.com/article/A-Social-Service-Leader-Seeks/140981/ Paul Castro knows he wants to retire to teach, but he doesn't want to suffer from problems his colleagues have faced when boards "panic and overreact" to the departure of a longtime leader.

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Sun, 11 Aug 2013 13:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Transition Is Tough When the Budget Doesn’t Allow for Succession Overlap]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/141001/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Transition-Is-Tough-When-the/141001/ Pati Martinson, head of a New Mexico community-development group, is 66 and wants to retire, but her organization can't afford to hire a successor.

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Sun, 11 Aug 2013 13:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Calling It Quits]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/140977/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Calling-It-Quits/140977/ Many veteran CEOs want to step down but are not getting much support or guidance from their boards or elsewhere, a new study finds. Former Girl Scouts USA leader Kathy Cloninger (left) says she struggled to find a role after retiring in 2011.

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Sun, 11 Aug 2013 13:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[How the Centre for Social Innovation Ended Up in New York]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/140259/ http://philanthropy.com/article/How-the-Centre-for-Social/140259/ The Toronto nonprofit, which has provided shared work spaces to charities and social entrepreneurs for nine years, opened its first outpost in the United States in May.

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Sun, 14 Jul 2013 13:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Small Nonprofits Share Work Space and Ideas]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/140229/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Small-Nonprofits-Share-Work/140229/ The Centre for Social Innovation has opened a New York building that could become a model for how to spur collaboration among charities and social entrepreneurs.

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Sun, 14 Jul 2013 13:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Steps to Building a Collaborative Nonprofit Community]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/140337/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Steps-to-Building-a/140337/ Three ways the Centre for Social Innovation, in New York, helps nonprofit organizations and social entrepreneurs cross-pollinate their ideas.

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Sun, 14 Jul 2013 00:00:00 EDT