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So, let’s chat. I have a few client conversations where I know they call me names in their heads. Challenging a mission is one of them. But, whether or not they start an organization is another big one. I have this conversation for a few reasons. One, there are narratives–I mention them below–that pressure us […] The post Do I Need to Start an Organization to Have Impact? appeared first on Notations on Non-Profits.…
This year’s protests, increasing research on disparities between people of color and their white counterparts, and coverage on racially driven killings has many organizations looking at the ways they perpetuate inequity. Note, I didn’t say whether they perpetuate inequity. There’s a reason for that. The US economy, its legal institutions, academic institutions…heck its constitutional charter […] The post Centering Social Equity In Your Projects, Programs and Initiatives: A Tool-kit and Workbook appeared first on Notations
I always appreciate a client honestly and vulnerably naming their fears.  For others, I find fears are a bit more unconscious. But, if I’m helping with strategy or a business launch and hear “I don’t want to get it wrong,” “I want to well-received,” or “I don’t want to look stupid” what I often pick […] The post Are You Building For Impact or Building for Acceptance? appeared first on Notations on Non-Profits.…
Happy Friday! Over the years, I’ve noticed any time a client is hesitant to adopt an approach or direction it’s not because of dislike but fear. They’re afraid that something they don’t know will turn around and bite them. So instead of exposing themselves, they stick with what they know and has kept them out […] The post Understanding the Legal Concerns with Nonprofit Technology appeared first on Notations on Non-Profits.…
An example I like to use here is Fair Trade work. Some solutions focus on ensuring producers are paid fair, livable wages for things like produce, spices, textiles, or coffee. This is important. Particularly, the removal or monitoring of abusive or exploitative market intermediaries. But it’s not enough. Some solutions, take it a step further […] The post Are Your Projects Transactional or Transformative? appeared first on Notations on Non-Profits.…
In partnership with Dallas SCORE, I had the privilege of giving a introductory talk on social enterprises. Still nascent in Texas, social enterprise as a framework is a direction consumers continue to demand of organizations. Fewer and fewer people want a product or service that helps them but does so to the detriment of someone […] The post How to Create Sustainable Revenue and Impact: The Social Enterprise appeared first on Notations on Non-Profits.…
Who founders choose to have on their board is a decision that comes early, and quick. Too often, in a rush to get started, founders breeze through this process. Only to find themselves stuck in a Jerry Springer-esque scenario with their boards six months later. But alas, tables and chairs do not have to fly. […] The post How To Build a Board: For Nonprofits and Socially Conscious Businesses appeared first on Notations on Non-Profits
Lots of calls coming in on this, and with everything that’s happening this may be a question for more of us as time goes on. When a founder or executive director decides to move, sometimes there is a question of whether the charitable or socially conscious business they’ve created should move with them. Moving an […] The post Can I Move My Business or Nonprofit To Another State? appeared first on Notations on Non-Profits.…
Consultants, community organizations, and funders are starting to work with communities on stabilizing and rebuilding after a number of pandemics (race and health-related). We have rebuild while dismantling the ways of engaging, thinking, and relating that have caused many of the problems. We have to check whether our approaches to rebuilding are in fact community […] The post Community-Building or Colonizing? The Case For And Ways To Build In Agency appeared first on Notations on