Nonprofits Need to Invest in Research and Development (R&D)

Nonprofits Need to Invest in Research and Development (R&D)

Nonprofits Need to Invest in Research and Development (R&D) As I continue my journey of helping nonprofits design and deliver strategies that help them achieve greater impact, I am increasingly convinced that nonprofit organizations need to intentionally invest in Research and Development (R&D). At the same time, I am surprised at how few nonprofits are […]

Developing a Nonprofit Theory of Change

Developing a Nonprofit Theory of Change

As an opening premise to strategic thinking, I contend that the foundation for nonprofit strategy is an organization’s theory of change. A theory of change describes how your nonprofit organization connects its activities to create a pathway towards the goals and outcomes associated with your organizational mission. In some cases, your organization’s theory of change may be quite simple and in other cases your theory can be quite complex. The classic illustration of a theory of change is the story of the village on the river…

Four Aspects of Nonprofit Excellence

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Nonprofit Network of Southwest Washington’s Nonprofit Excellence Awards presentation. The event recognized local nonprofit agencies and community partners for excellence.  I always welcome the opportunity to attend such events because I believe such gatherings give insight into the heart and soul of the local nonprofit community.  As […]

Five Unintentional Nonprofit Leadership Self-Deceptions

This blog post is a mild risk because it focuses on leadership deficits rather than strengths. Innately, we don’t like to acknowledge our weaknesses. Yet, at this moment in time, when resources continue to decline and social needs continue to grow, nonprofit leaders must be driven by evidence and not self-deception. I offer these five principles, hoping that the as a reader that you will invert them into the positive practices. Forward thinking organizations are