Incubating a Nonprofit Social Enterprise

  How can we incubate an innovative, profit-making nonprofit project? As covered in our last post, Starting a Self-Sustainable Nonprofit, it may be possible and advantageous to operate a sustainable, profit-making, charitable project as a nonprofit organization.  If this route is chosen, the leaders should ensure that the organizational, governance, and administrative structures are carefully […]

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Nonprofits

  Following up on our suggested 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Board, here are 5 (admittedly broad) resolutions for your organizations: We will review our mission statements to ensure they are consistent with our activities and within all our publications. We will examine our activities, thoughtfully develop/improve ways to measure the impact they have […]

What’s in a Name? Lessons learned from current trademark battles

Nonprofits are not immune to the trademark battles that are more commonly associated with for-profit corporations. Nonprofits, like other corporations, benefit from strong branding and may be just as protective of their trademarks. Last week, Clifford Marks’ article “Charity Brawl, Nonprofits Aren’t So Generous When a Name’s at Stake” in the Wall Street Journal wrote […]

Tweets of the Week – July 16, 2010

Here are some of my favorite posts of the week: COF_: Healthy democracy needs philanthropy consciousgovern: My new article just published by ProBono Australia: The True Role of the Board – How Governance has been Hijacked charitylawyer: Ultra Vires Acts – Give2Asia: Just released our latest overview of Give2Asia's work and […]

Tweets of the Week – 6/25/10

Here are some of my favorite posts of the week: GTak: Great Resource List for Nonprofits from NGEC (including on collaborations and coalitions) – via @aapip GTak: Nonprofit Collaboration and Merger Resources – (Lodestar Foundation) GTak: Legit business model or not? Nonprofits contracting their founder for services advocating for donors' interests. GTak: […]

Tweets of the Week – 6/18/10

Here are some of my favorite posts of the week: GTak: Q: Is your organization's conflict of interest policy targeted at Board members, employees, or both? HildyGottlieb: Our library is filled w/articles about #nonprofit boards & governance (and more!) #socent #leadership IndSector: New video of @diaviv, CEO of @IndSector, on the "Nonprofit Sector & […]

Who is the Chief Executive Officer – the Executive Director or the Board Chair?

Nonprofit Conversations recently posted the article What's in a Name? Benefits of the President/CEO Title.  The article, written by Professor Emeritus Eugene Fram, encourages nonprofits to consider changing the title of "executive director" to "president/CEO" in order to "obtain some subtle but useful organizational benefits."  While I agree that this matter deserves the board's consideration, […]

Tweets of the Week – 6/11/10

Here are some of my favorite posts of the week: GTak: IRS – Advisory Committee on Tax-Exempt & Gov't Entities Report of Recommendations - plamb: What are the Critical Issues in International Grantmaking Raised at the Grantmakers Without Border.. Philanthropy: Key Senator Seeks Additional Information on Foundation Tax Proposal: Sen. Charles E. Grassley, senior […]

Tweets of the Week – 6/4/10

Here are some of my favorite posts of the week: GregLColvin: Final of my Sugarman lecture, political tax law reform after Citizens United: BCorporation: In case you haven't heard – B Corps now legally exist in VT as well as MD! ajlovesya: Recap #ynpchat: The Importance of Board Service for Young Nonprofit Professionals […]

Tweets of the Week – 5/28/10

Here are some of my favorite posts of the week: GTak: Yunus: Grameen Bank to open a branch in San Francisco later this year. GTak: Yunus: Grameen Bank lends out $100M per month in collateral-free loans averaging about $200 each (repayment rate of 98%). GTak: SF Bay Area nonprofits continue to struggle via @COF_ – […]