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How you doin’? Nonprofits benefit from formal evaluations

  By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Jodi Snell grew up in a small town. Under 20,000 people live in Jacksonville, Illinois, but Snell remembers her parents were always busy helping to make their tiny community a better place. Like organizing a softball tournament to raise money for a young cancer patient and her family. […]

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Signs of hope in the American food system

By Michael Pollan, author, reprinted from The Washington Post In the 10 years since I wrote “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” many things about the American food system have changed for the better, but perhaps the most important development — and potentially the most challenging to the long-term survival of that system — is the fact that […]

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Focus on natural capital costs in industrial farming

By Dan Mitchell, independent journalist, Green Biz It is nearly impossible to calculate the real costs and benefits — including the externalized or invisible costs — of any human activity: growing soybeans; making car tires; cooking dinner for your family. When growing soy, for example, it’s easy enough to calculate the total price paid for […]

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Five 2016 nonprofits trends to watch

By Nell Edgington, president, Social Velocity | This is my favorite time of year. Despite the darkness of the last few months, December is often about reflecting on the year that is drawing to a close and hopes for the new one coming. And as is my tradition on this blog, I like to look ahead at […]

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Local nonprofit “incubators”

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors | Business incubators have been around since the late 1950s. Their goal: to lend a helping hand to start-up companies through a variety of services that may include a working space, seed money, management assistance and networking capability. Incubators were especially busy in the past decade due to resurgence […]

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Nurturing a nonprofit through infancy

Video by Foundation Center | Is your emerging nonprofit organization facing management hurdles it cannot yet handle? A nonprofit incubator could offer your group assistance with getting off the ground and tackling necessary financial and administrative tasks while you’re focusing on key programmatic work. During this Foundation Center seminar, panelists from a variety of organizations […]

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An incubator for labor

By Suzie Boss, writer, Edutopia Could digital gaming be used to retrain fast-food workers for better-paying waiter jobs in fancy restaurants? Could an Uber-like “sharing economy” app help freelance workers boost their income? Today’s napkin sketches might well become tomorrow’s solutions to the challenges faced by the American working class. That’s the hope behind the […]

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Incubators: transformational vehicle in the education sector

By Yiming Ma, PALF associate for Stanford Social Innovation Review | Committing to a relationship is hard. In venture capital, the first investment is the business equivalent of starting a serious relationship. Prior to investment, funds and start-ups will scrutinize each other through the due diligence process — recognizing that if due diligence is successful, […]

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