August 2011

More than One Road Can Take You Where You Want to Go

Vacations are for relaxing and recharging, but what happens when things don’t go as planned? As with business, sometimes you plan for X and Y happens. So it was with my vacation.

I Think I Can, I Think I Can … I Know I Will!

I’m a Pollyanna, always optimistic, always seeing the glass half full instead of half empty.

UJA-Federation of NYC Exemplifies Changes in Philanthropy

Jewish philanthropy is undergoing a transformation. The challenges it faces are a microcosm of the challenges facing the larger philanthropic community.

Is Your Nonprofit Ready If There Is a Major Funding Loss?

So you’re going along, minding your own nonprofit, putting on great fundraising events, and suddenly the global financial crisis knocks your socks off or, more precisely, knocks out a sizable chunk of your budget.

Pipeline Fellowship Announces Call for Applications in NYC and Boston

by Lauren Abele

For entrepreneurs looking to positively impact people, planet, and profit by launching a triple bottom line enterprise, financing opportunities are scarce.  Why? Traditional investors—like banks, angels, and VCs—tend to look exclusively at financial return on investment and ignore social impact when making an investment decision. On the other hand, most foundations and other nonprofit funders, which traditionally have funded projects with high social and environmental impact, are either unable to or not interested in funding for-profit companies. With this funding dichotomy, where is there room to do well and do good?

5 Tips for Attracting Large Donations

Donors are different these days. I’m talking about the individual donor, not foundations. And I’m particularly talking about the donors you hit up for more than $10 per month. How do you inspire donations in the $10,000 range?

Social Media for Small Businesses: It’s About The Bottom Line

Yes, we all know that social media are about conversation and engagement. But how does that conversation get translated into profit for small businesses?

What Will It Take To Get Women Into The Executive Suite?

Recent articles in The Economist and in the Huffington Post  have addressed a topic that I’m very interested in: Women in senior management or the lack thereof.

Can Social Media Change The Way Government Works?

Every day in every way, social media are changing the way the world works.  Now it’s the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that is using Twitter to find out what kind of protection consumers want.