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Aug 23, 2017
Expert help for social entrepreneurs

When we talk with social entrepreneurs, they often say capital is what they most need.  Further discussion reveals they most need good advice and feedback. SocialVentures just announced several new ways to get that advice.

Aug 17, 2017
A New Way to Connect Your Purchases to Social Impact

Our new website has dozens of new features, including training opportunities and information to connect experts and investors to social enterprises.  One especially valuable new service on our website is the Marketplace.  At the Marketplace you can search for local social enterprises.

Apr 10, 2012
Effective Financial Strategy for Higher Ed: Cross-Subsidization

While recently reading the Chronicle of Higher Education, I came across an interesting research initiative. It focused on an improved understanding of what is driving the increase in higher education costs. This research initiative, called the Delta Cost Project, was founded by Jane Wellman, a provocative advocate for change. The article presented the following excerpt: […]

Feb 8, 2012
In Review: Providence House Board Retreat

I recently had the pleasure of speaking to board members and guests of Providence House, a Cleveland nonprofit dedicated to crisis care for infants and their families. The organization is currently dealing with the issue that all responsible nonprofits should be facing now: how do we sustain our programs in the face of less certain […]

Dec 10, 2010
“New Book Helps Nonprofits Compete and Thrive”

More Than Just Money: Practical and Provocative Steps to Nonprofit Success was recently reviewed by Andrew Clancy, Senior Editor at Soundview Executive Book Summaries. The review was published in the Executive Book Alert E-newsletter on December 3, 2010: “In the spectrum of business book topics, the nonprofit world receives a fraction of the attention garnered […]

Nov 12, 2010
Linking Mission to Money for $20: Ending Soon!

“Just the section on ‘Building a Mission-Focused Budget’ would be worth the investment in Linking Mission to Money, the best resource for board members I’ve read in a long time. Principled, informed, mission-focused governance is well served by this indispensable handbook for social sector, nonprofit boards. Thank you, Allen Proctor.” Frances Hesselbein, President and CEO, […]

Oct 7, 2010
More Than a Party: An Excerpt from More Than Just Money

I write about several challenges in philanthropy in More Than Just Money: Practical and Provocative Steps to Nonprofit Success. One of the challenges that nonprofits face is appropriately planning a gala and learning that it is more than just a party. Below is an exclusive excerpt from Chapter 6 in my newest book: “Before you […]

Oct 1, 2010
How to Lay the Groundwork for Greater Nonprofit Effectiveness

Are you creating a greater and more effective future for your organization? Laying the groundwork for success is one of the best things you can do for your nonprofit. Follow these 5 steps:           1. Base your budget on the community’s needs As part of your annual budget preparation, you should reassess the links between […]

Sep 9, 2010
The Evolution of the Financial Statement

Can a Private Sector Rule-Making Board Change the Way We Count? I just finished my column for Business First for September. It is about a technical subject that has huge implications. We all know the fiscal problems that state and local governments are facing. And we know the tuition and Medicaid reimbursement pressures that public universities […]

Aug 12, 2010
The Business of Nonprofits: A Peek Inside More Than Just Money

One of the challenging issues that most nonprofits face is the internal tension that occurs when the organization starts taking a business-minded approach. Some of the organization’s most passionate supporters may view treating the nonprofit as a business as a betrayal of its mission. In my new book, More Than Just Money, we take a […]