Balancing the Mission Checkbook

To Build, Buy, Beg, Borrow, or Boldly Lease

For nonprofits, the choice of office space or program space matters. Who doesn’t want the perfect environment that inspires our clients or fuels the passions of our staff and contributors?  Our mission, our brand, and our success can all be tied up in the location and building our organization calls home. With this much at stake, how we go about getting that perfect space matters, too.  Should we own it or lease it?  Should we build it or renovate it?  Should we fundraise for it or borrow for it? 

When it Adds Up Just Right: Merger Announcement

When does one plus one equal five, or maybe even ten? When you can multiply as well as add. That kind of arithmetic is why I’m so excited to announce that the Boards of Directors of both Nonprofits Assistance Fund and MAP for Nonprofits have approved the merger of the two organizations effective January 1, 2017.

Making Progress Together

Have you ever had the experience of talking with someone and you see their eyes light up with clarity and understanding? It is a seminal moment. To know that not only has understanding been bridged but also an impact has been felt.

Multiply that by 10, and that is the Financial Leadership Cohort experience. We gathered together interested strangers and seekers of knowledge. We went through a shared time and curriculum. And what has evolved is the most amazing dynamic.

A Graphic Re-visioning of Nonprofit Overhead

A Blog in Pictures (and some words, too)

Most nonprofit leaders agree that we need a new way to communicate about the true costs of our programs and the vital importance of strong organizational infrastructure.  But we have not yet developed a simple, consistent message when sharing our view with potential supporters and investors. We are stuck with old terms and old images.

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