What Is a Social Enterprise, Anyway?

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Social enterprises prioritize human and environmental well-being over profits. When you designate a percentage of profits toward helping a specific charity, it can turn your business into a social enterprise. Many social enterprises manage to balance the seemingly conflicting needs of profitability with sustainability and social enterprise. It really is just a question of priorities. […]

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Funding Changes Are A ‘Comin: How Nonprofits Can Prepare

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The news on the national budget is sobering. Honestly, these days I’d rather watch lions chase those poor gazelles than to check the news. But today’s Friday. Let us grieve, catch a “WTH” margarita on happy hour and then let’s get to work. (For now) this is our new reality, and it calls for a […]

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How To Create A Kick-butt Org Chart

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Current State of the Org Chart Org charts get a bad wrap. With them falling somewhere between the 6-hour cable window and telephone customer service on the “helpful” scale. But utility all depends on use. In other words, whether or not they are helpful depends on how and why you use them. Won’t you join […]

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What To Watch For In A Fiscal Sponsor

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Every now and again, the social impact space circles back to a familiar but intriguing idea. Not a new concept, fiscal sponsorship continually resurfaces as a popular option. And why not? As founders continue to innovate, and we continue to see loose networks mobilize for change, the idea of doing charitable deeds while hedging risk […]

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Another Way To Understand Nonprofit Entities

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I field lots of questions about entity structures.  But without fail, I start to run through the options and watch the questioner’s soul slowly die. Eyes glaze. Mouthes fall open. Stay with me!  I’ve lost them. Now, I’m taking a different approach. By pairing each entity with a cartoon character. Because what’s more relatable than […]

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