Cheryl Snapp Conner – Communicating Social Responsibility Goals

– Cheryl Snapp Conner   In case you haven’t noticed yet, social responsibility is good for business in a number of ways. It’s no longer a choice of 1) doing good, or 2) good for business. In an increasing number of arenas, these two goals are one and the same. Consider the following:   Millennials…

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Ed Bogle – Moving from Scarcity Thinking to Focused Impact

– Ed Bogle   Most nonprofits have very broad and lofty mission statements. In an attempt to satisfy the greater needs of their “target” constituencies they often spread their resources, dollars and people over too many fronts, in a noble attempt to achieve their broader mission. This leaves them in a mode of scarcity, constantly…

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Small Business Saturday: Are You Ready?

– Sandy Birkenmaier   Small Business Saturday was begun by American Express in 2010 to encourage everyone to shop at small local brick and mortar stores. It can be equally important for small nonprofit organizations. The purpose of Small Business Saturday is to encourage people to shop local every Saturday, but two days after Thanksgiving…

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Desmond Tutu – Lessons from a Legend

– Bishop Desmond Tutu   As our globe shrinks geographically, economically, and socially, it is more important to live together across cultural, racial, and ever-blurring borderlines. I have learned many lessons on performance that have led to great things being accomplished and many yet to come. Lessons from a Legend – When you do business…

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Building and Maintaining a Community is a Process!

– Todd Greer   We constantly read of organizations that do ‘community building.’ What does that mean? How does the community remain intact after it is built? ‘Community management’ and ‘community building’ are terms that have become part of the lexicon for a wide variety of organizations, from nonprofits to coworking spaces, and for membership…

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Golf Balls and Lemonade: Missional Entrepreneurship 101

– Rob Touchstone                                                                   I think I was born to be an entrepreneur. I spent part of my childhood in a middle-class neighborhood surrounded by a “country club” (a poor man’s golf course), one big amazing playground. My friends and I would sneak our bikes onto the paths for joy rides that required avoiding flying…

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Creative Care of Stakeholders

– Sandy Birkenmaier Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., published a piece in his newsletter this week on why senior citizens should live in jails and criminals should be housed in nursing homes. It was meant to be humorous, but there is often a very fine line between humor and philosophy. Dr. T spoke of how seniors in…

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