The Importance of Storytelling in Philanthropy

One of the challenges in American philanthropy, broadly speaking, is its “stuckness” at about 2% of disposable income annually. The concept of financial “stuckness” is not a new problem; in fact, we humans demonstrate consistent financial behaviors – good and bad – in many ways. Economists and psychologists have been studying this for a while …

The Evolving Impact Investing Landscape

In the not-too-distant past, what we now know as impact investing was pretty much confined to de-selecting “bad” publicly traded securities from portfolios and investing in securities that were selected because of factors deemed to be positive – board diversity, nascent social impact industries, and so on. Private impact investments were generally funded by individual …

Cause Fund 2017!

Join us for a brief and to-the-point interview with Astrid Hendren, Executive Director of Cause Fund, Inc., an important new MA fundraising platform that provides Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programming to K-12th grade public and private schools while supporting health causes. Cause Fund launches this school year in more than 200 public and private MA K-12th grade schools …

Get Your Board Past Stuck on “Give and Get”

We hear often about the opportunity for Boards and nonprofit executives to work even more effectively together to consistently raise money and resources. Nonprofit executives cite the “usual suspects” as trouble spots, including buy-in and engagement, and challenges in achieving give-and-get success. While these are certainly valid concerns, there are other stumbling blocks, including the comfort …

#Sustainability Means Sometimes Taking Chances

In some things, tradition matters more than almost everything else. Family recipes, for example. In other things, how much tradition we incorporate into our work is ideally understood – like so many things – along a continuum. In an organization that delivers services primarily using technology, or develops apps, for example, we can see intuitively …