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The Sector is Big, but Are We Strong?

The sheer size of the nonprofit sector suggests that it should be highly influential. So why is it then, in recent decades, with rare exception, nonprofits have failed to win on major issues in the public interest such as strong gun control...

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5 vital ingredients for effective strategic planning

Consider each one as vital to your strategic planning process and I assure you it will improve your outcomes. How you apply these principles varies based on several factors, including the size and scope of your organization.

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How to Get Donors to Vote for You

Every nonprofit has its own approach to sustainable solvency. In some cases, there is a wide base of support with many sources providing for the annual fund. Another approach is fewer but larger supporters, who often provide multi-year...

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The New Frontiers of Philanthropy

There is a revolution emerging in philanthropy—a subtle revolution involving new actors and tools that  is underway on the frontiers of traditional philanthropy.

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Building and Engaging an "A-Team"

GCN convened a panel of recognized community leaders as part of the Nonprofit CEO Peerspectives program at the Federal Reserve Bank of Georgia on April 17 to discuss "Selling Your Organization to Attract 'A' Player Board Members...

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Man on a Mission

A conversation with Thomas J. Tierney, chairman and co-founder of the Bridgespan Group, advisor to the nonprofit sector and its donors, sought-after speaker, and co-author of Give Smart: Philanthropy That Gets Results. He serves on...

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3 Board Building Lessons from Big League Baseball

Nonprofit organizations should operate more like a baseball team! That may be a new idea for you. I’m certain you’ve been told that “nonprofits should be run more like a business!” But a baseball team, seriously? Yup, and...

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Finding our Advocacy Mojo

We must activate and unify as advocates if we are individually, and collectively, to succeed in our work. To this end, here are some concrete steps we can take together.

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Transforming CURE from the Inside Out

GCN member CURE Childhood Cancer, an Atlanta-based nonprofit cancer research foundation dedicated to finding cures for childhood cancer, knew they had to make some major changes in order to effectively carry out their mission. In a recent...

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