The Chronicle of Philanthropy | Ideas & Advice http://philanthropy.com/section/Ideas-Advice/255/ Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:58:46 EDT <![CDATA[The Top 25 Nonprofit Management Tools]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/149177/ http://philanthropy.com/article/The-Top-25-Nonprofit/149177/ Bridgespan interviewed more than two dozen nonprofit leaders and other experts to identify which tools were among the most important to nonprofits.

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Sun, 05 Oct 2014 21:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[How Harlem Children’s Zone Spent a Decade Preparing for New Leadership]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/149157/ http://philanthropy.com/article/How-Harlem-Children-s-Zone/149157/ A key part of the effort: building an endowment before the new CEO took over to reduce fundraising pressures.

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Sun, 05 Oct 2014 20:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Listen and Observe Are the Watchwords for New Chief Executives]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/149127/ http://philanthropy.com/article/ListenObserve-Are-the/149127/ New nonprofit leaders should cast a wide net instead of relying on a single ally in the organization.

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Sun, 05 Oct 2014 20:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[New Project Will Identify and Share Best Nonprofit Management Tactics]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/149119/ http://philanthropy.com/article/New-Project-Will-Identify-and/149119/ Survey results will offer insight from experts on tools and trends that can help organizations increase their social impact.

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Sun, 05 Oct 2014 20:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Handing Over the Reins: a Charity’s 6-Step System]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/149159/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Handing-Over-the-Reins-a/149159/ How Harlem Children’s Zone developed its succession plan and transition.

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Sun, 05 Oct 2014 20:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Government, Foundations Turn to Cash Prizes to Generate Solutions]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/147255/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Government-Foundations-Turn/147255/ Competitions are now popular to stimulate innovative answers to vexing social and technological problems, a report finds.

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Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:02:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Institute Overhauls Accreditation Process for Nonprofit Accountability]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/146847/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Institute-Overhauls/146847/ The changes by the Standards for Excellence Institute come as a study suggests that accreditation can help charities raise more money.

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Thu, 29 May 2014 14:39:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Female Nonprofit Activists Learn to Influence Legislation Firsthand]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/146335/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Female-Nonprofit-Activists/146335/ The Women's Policy Institute, in California, has trained more than 300 fellows and now is expanding its work from the statehouse to include local governments.

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Mon, 05 May 2014 07:00:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Y Seeks Revenue by Helping Americans Prevent Diabetes]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/146101/ http://philanthropy.com/article/Y-Seeks-Revenue-by-Helping/146101/ In the organization's work to reduce the rise of the disease, it hopes to be seen as a health-care provider—and a beneficiary of the Affordable Care Act.

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Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:30:00 EDT
<![CDATA[YMCA Sheds 'Gym’ Image to Focus More on Youths and Health]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/146115/ http://philanthropy.com/article/YMCA-Sheds-Gym-Image-to/146115/ The nonprofit's experience shows how both rewarding and tough it can be to remake a large and traditional nonprofit organization.

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Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:30:00 EDT
<![CDATA[3 Causes the Y Hopes Will Attract New Members and New Money]]> http://philanthropy.com/article/article-content/146029/ http://philanthropy.com/article/3-Causes-the-Y-Hopes-Will/146029/ The Y is focusing on healthy living, social responsibility, and youth development to appeal to supporters.

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Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:30:00 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