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Strategic Planning and Business Planning: What’s the Difference?

Kicking off a series of posts on strategic planning and how it continues to evolve, below is a blog post that I wrote a few years ago while I was a capacity building consultant. This post focuses on the difference between strategic planning and business planning. It is meant to provide some guidelines and understanding…

Fundraising Matters: Building a Culture of Philanthropy

Fundraising Matters will empower your whole organization to chart a course for fundraising success. In the newest npEXPERTS eBook, 10 of the brightest minds from across the nonprofit sector share their unique perspectives to help you create a culture of philanthropy.

Liberating Structures

Liberating Structures are novel, practical and no-nonsense methods to help leaders fully engage staff to greatly increase productivity and innovation. This website offers an alternative way to approach and design how people work together. It provides a menu of thirty-three Liberating Structures to replace or complement conventional practices such as presentations, status reports and managed discussions.


Despite the protests of generations of economists, recent neurological and psychological research shows that human decisions come from our heart, not from our head. In small decisions, like which jam to buy, and large ones, like whom to marry, we are more often swayed by our psycho-social circuitry than by rational thought. For social changemakers,…

Resiliency Guide

This guide features seven factors that can contribute to organizational resiliency, an essential characteristic of organizations that are built for ongoing success. The factors are presented in a way that can fuel discussion and inform action to strengthen resiliency.