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Voices from the field: lessons on collaboration

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Partnership, collaboration and merger are terms often bandied around in the nonprofit world. And while the concept of collaboration isn’t new, it has become a hot topic as a way to reduce duplication, increase coordination and contribute to collective impact. According to a 2014 Bridgespan survey of nonprofits and […]

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A helping hand for fundraisers

By Pamela Clark, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Since 2008, Nathan Hand has raised money for causes he believes in. Working for nonprofits like Christel House, School on Wheels, and the Mind Trust, he has gained a wide range of both field and management experience.  The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy alumnus shared […]

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Former leaders reflect on change, progress

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors | Nonprofit careers can start in a variety of ways. — Willis Bright initially was a social worker, which developed his listening skills. — Ellen Annala worked for multiple nonprofits, which helped shape her understanding of community. — Jim McClelland was trained as an engineer but made the transition […]

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How to develop as a nonprofit leader

By Bridgespan writers | Many people who are working within the ranks of nonprofit organizations could become great senior nonprofit leaders. However, in part because of budget constraints, few organizations in the sector have formal professional development programs to prepare mid-level managers for senior roles. As a result, most mid-level nonprofit professionals must take responsibility […]

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Volunteer management software

By Janna Finch, market research associate, Software Advice | Every year, Software Advice speaks with hundreds of professionals from small nonprofits (organizations with annual operating budgets of $1 million or less) looking for the right volunteer management software. This provides us with valuable insight on what challenges these buyers face and what functionality they look […]

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Advice from the pros

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors | Been there, done that. In any endeavor, experience goes a long way. In the Indianapolis’ nonprofit world, wisdom is in no short supply, particularly from longtime executives. Many have seen changes in the field over the course of their careers. Recently, at the request of Charitable Advisors, five […]

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Nonprofit startups are just like their counterparts

By Sarah E. Needleman, reporter, The Wall Street Journal | What’s different about building a successful for-profit and nonprofit startup? Not much, according to Paul Graham, founder of Y Combinator, an elite accelerator program in Mountain View, Calif., that accepted a nonprofit for the first time this month, Watsi.org. “You could never tell there was […]

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