Balancing the Mission Checkbook

Who Pays For the Common Good?

The recent news of Minnesota’s Crisis Connection closing due to shortfalls in funding is a powerful case study in the financial and strategic issues that face nonprofits.

And it raises a gigantic, thorny question: What is the balance between serving the common good and the financial realities of nonprofits?

Financial Management is a Teachable Skill

One of our foundational beliefs at NAF is that the nonprofit sector is chock full of potential for financial savvy.

8 Lessons from the Front Lines of Nonprofit Arts Management

Over the years, NAF has worked with a wide range of arts organizations: small, large, urban, rural, and spanning an array of mediums, audiences, and missions.

There’s (Almost) No Such Thing As “Founder’s Syndrome”

Ways to talk about organizational leadership challenges without blaming the people who got it off the ground

We’ve all heard the phrase when there’s trouble in a nonprofit: “Founder’s Syndrome.” It means, in essence: the organization’s difficulty can be laid at the feet of the person whose creative energy got things going in the first place.

Piece by Piece, Putting it Together

The last four months feels more like four weeks; it’s gone by so quickly. As you probably know, on Jan. 1, 2017, MAP for Nonprofits and Nonprofits Assistance Fund merged to become one organization, offering a broader and deeper range of programs and services for nonprofits. Our larger team of staff, volunteers, and board members has accomplished a lot in the last four months, and we’re excited about much more to come.

Here’s an update:

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