Nonprofits & NGOs Innovative ideas to help leaders of nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations work more effectively
With its professional management class and army of consultants, the nonprofit sector can sometimes seem isolated from the messiness of civil society, and a new Philanthropic Beltway may have sprung up. But it wasn’t always that way, and it may be time to reclaim an earlier identity as the “volunteer sector,” which is inherently democratic.
Like all of civil society, the American nonprofit sector is a living thing. Its recent evolution has created a large and diverse force for good, but faces distinct challenges ranging from identity to sustainability.
The history of America’s Hispanic community shows how civil society can create a refuge for those excluded from society at large. But allowing such demarcation lines is never good enough. For a civil society to be effective, sustainable, and worthy, it must tie together all who reside in that society.
Driven by a confluence of powerful secular trends, Americans’ trust in civil society has declined to alarming levels. Without addressing these trends and reversing the loss of trust, the ideal of private action for the public good could be at risk.
When designing and implementing exit strategies, nonprofits need to put the focus on impact and sustainability, rather than timelines and money spent.
Four ways nonprofits and social enterprises can use market-based solutions to help meet millennial demand for affordable housing.
To enact policies that reduce gun violence in the United States, advocates are flipping the script to make the conversation about saving lives rather than taking away Americans’ guns.
Large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, not the isolated intervention of individual organizations.
New developments from the disciplines of innovation, data science, and implementation management are teaching us that good strategy isn’t just about setting your destination and path, it’s also about how you execute and adjust over time.