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Leverage infrastructure grant programs

By Teddie Linder, business manager, Netlink, Inc The largest companies in the world are invested in good corporate citizenship.  As a nonprofit leader staying up to date on these opportunities could enhance the resources you have available. One area in particular has options you may want to investigate: technology infrastructure. This phrase simply means the […]

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MacArthur, Chicago Community Trust create low-interest loan program for nonprofits

By Lisa Bertagnoli, reporter, Crain’s Chicago Community Trust and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation earlier this year introduced what they say is a win-win for Chicago’s philanthropic community: A way for charitably minded investors to participate in a local social-impact fund and a way for area nonprofits and social-enterprise companies to access […]

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Cooper Union inquiry puts nonprofits on notice

By James B. Stewart, New York Times | In what should be a ringing alarm for nonprofit boards across the country long accustomed to minimal scrutiny or accountability, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman of New York has signaled that the laissez-faire approach to nonprofit governance is over. Mr. Schneiderman’s office has sent letters to the […]

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From projects to people

By Ken Banks, Ashoka fellow, Stanford Social Innovation Review | Bill Siemering was about to jump in his cab to make an airport pickup when his home phone rang. It was the vice president of the MacArthur Foundation. “I was shocked,” said Bill, “when he told me I was being awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.” That […]

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Eight common innovation traps

By Gabriel Kasper & Justin Marcoux, Stanford Social Innovation Review | Innovation, it seems, is easier said than done. Despite growing interest in applying innovation methodologies to social sector challenges over the past decade, more often than not, philanthropic efforts to support innovation fall short. That’s because the processes, strategies, and structures that funders need […]

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