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How to Evaluate a Nonprofit Social Enterprise

How does a nonprofit organization operate effective programs and also run a successful social enterprise? How does its enterprise generate both earned revenue and significant benefits to the organization’s target population? Balancing these two goals is harder than it looks, requiring adept leadership that is mission-focused and skilled in resource management and clear messaging. Some... Read More

The Economic Impact of Human Service Nonprofits

At Foellinger Foundation, we know that nonprofit organizations provide immeasurable support to our communities. By nature, they balance the scales, delivering services that otherwise might not be available to those who need it most. These organizations touch individuals in our community on a very personal level—counseling those who’ve experienced trauma, helping people re-enter the workforce,... Read More

Book It and Ship It

Earlier this year, Jim Morgan of Morgan Family Foundation published Applied Wisdom for Nonprofits: Eight Practical Tools for Leadership to share leadership tools and techniques with nonprofit emerging leaders, executive directors, and board members. Developed through his varied experiences—farming, military, venture capital, the Fortune 500 company Applied Materials, the Nature Conservancy, and his family foundation—Jim’s... Read More

Small-Staffed Funders Can and Do Influence Policy and Engage Voters: New Toolkits

To help more foundations get involved with policymaking, candidate education, and voter engagement, Nonprofit VOTE worked with the Council on Foundations and Independent Sector to create resources that would illustrate best practices and put to rest concerns. The result is The Voter Engagement Toolkit for Private Foundations and The Voter Engagement Toolkit for Community Foundations.... Read More

Free to Fee: Help Your Nonprofit Partners Generate Earned Income

Imagine the benefit to society—and to funders—if nonprofits generated income, operating with the efficient, effective practices that are necessary to do so? Stronger operating models. More money to drive mission. More people served. More philanthropic dollars available in the community. This has been our experience after working with nonprofit organizations on plans to generate mission-related... Read More