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Strategic Planning is Alive and Kicking

Over the past several years, our sector has been debating the design, relevancy and role of strategic planning as a core capacity building tool. Some say it is too time intensive and the final product too often ends up “sitting on a shelf.” Others deem planning to be a distraction from critical daily, operational and…

The Power of Possibility Campaign

The Power of Possibility Campaign, initiated by BoardSource and leaders in the field of nonprofit restructuring, provides new resources and tools for strategic alliances and restructuring.  

PIOSA Tool

Still a prototype, the Performance Imperative Organizational Self-Assessment (PIOSA) is a set of tools that allows organizations to self-reflect to help drive organizational learning and improvement. The PIOSA was specifically created for social-sector leaders who seek high performance—and funders who want to help their grantees get even better. A complete suite of materials, including a…

The Full Cost Project: Funding for Impact

This should be obvious, but it’s key for our sector: To deliver on their mission and sustain their good work over time, nonprofit organizations require the right mix of financial resources. Resources to pay the right people to get the job done well. Resources to have cash on hand for unexpected events. Resources to allow…

Deepening Commitments: Working Toward Equity and Inclusion When Connecting Youth To The Outdoors

As a trainer, facilitator and program officer at Youth Outside, I have the honor of building relationships with countless nonprofit organizations working tirelessly to accomplish their missions. Regularly, these organizations identify their desire to be more culturally relevant and regularly, people feel at a loss for how to take actionable steps for making cultural relevancy…