September 2010

New York City Asks Nonprofits: How Can We Streamline Administrative Costs?

Imagine: 52 audits of one agency by various branches of the City of New York ... in one year! How's a nonprofit to deal with that? Well, it won't have to as of 2012 if the Health and Human Services (HHS) Accelerator Program comes into being as planned.

Nonprofit Recognizes Value of Training, Reaps Rewards

Progress happens, even if it is sometimes so slow as to be barely noticeable. A report by McKinsey Quarterly is an example of progress. It recounts leadership training by The Boys and Girls Club of America.

Break Down Walls to Build Creativity With New Technology

This is one of three blogs about the future of tech-enabled business models. Check out Tech Knowledge Will Expand Markets, Services of Entrepreneurs and Nonprofits and Tagged Products, Smartphones Offer New Business and Fundraising Possibilities to read what else is in store.

Out with the old organization chart, in with the wiki-world. That's the gist of the first three of 10 tech-enabled business trends, according to a new McKinsey report.

3 Guidelines for Corporate Philanthropy

The world of nonprofits and social enterprises is aboil about new ways to structure funding, about public/private partnerships, and ways to tap private money for public purposes.

Social Good Needs the Power of Social Media

If you aren't sure whether social media is useful for nonprofits, read on. 

A million deaths to zero: A goal within reach?
In 2006, private equity investor Ray Chambers founded Malaria No More with then-News Corporation President and COO Peter Chernin. Chambers is now special envoy of the UN Secretary General for Malaria. The focus of Malaria No More is to end the 1 million deaths per year -- mostly children -- from malaria in sub-saharan Africa. Insecticide-treated mosquite bed nets (cost $10) can bring the death rate to 0.

For Nonprofits in the Dark About Social Media, Here's the Light Switch

Nonprofits that don't use social media much or, by their own assessment, don't use it effectively had some problems in common, according to Ventureneer's recent survey.

Tech Knowledge Will Expand Markets, Services of Entrepreneurs and Nonprofits

This is one of three blogs about the future of tech-enabled business models. Check out Break Down Walls to Build Creativity With New Technology and Tagged Products, Smartphones Offer New Business and Fundraising Possibilities to read what else is in store.

Think back to the technology that has come and gone in a few decades: VCRs, diskettes, cassettes, Walkman CD players, CDs for that matter, phones that only transmitted voices ... well, you get the drift.

LinkedIn Failing Most Nonprofits But That Change Is Near

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It's like a treasure chest, right there in front of you, heavy with the gold inside. But you don't have the key. At least that seems to be the case for most nonprofits who responded to Ventureneer's soon to be released survey about best practices in using social media.

What Is Business Ethics?

Ethics, one person told me, is what you do when no one is looking.

The corollary is the old adage, "Don't do anything you wouldn't want printed on the front page of the morning paper."

The One Big Reason People Like Going to the Office

Telecommuting isn't catching on the way it was "supposed" to. 

Despite the benefits to productivity (more productivity, less time commuting, less office space to support), employees (less money spent on gas, autonomy), and the environment (fewer cars on the road), most people still go to the office.

Is This Ethical Business? Profits Are High So Cut Wages and Benefits.

The way a business treats its employees is a matter of ethics as well as a matter of profit. Well-trained employees, who are loyal and invested in the company, are more productive and often come up with the tweaks and changes that help a company grow. Moreover, they contribute to profit and growth and so deserve to participate in the rewards thereof.