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Chasing the Holy Grail of Outcomes - article by youth program leader
If you're the leader of a volunteer-based tutor and/or mentor program or different format of youth support organization, the ideas expressed in this article will resonate with you if you've been in your position for five or more years.

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Consequences of Impact Investing on Philanthropy
This article was written in 2013, but is still relevant in 2017 and beyond. As more philanthropists divert dollars from supporting organizations who don't have a way to generate consistent revenue, to revenue generating strategies, services to people in poor areas will be even fewer than are now available.

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Critique of Collective Impact - Vu Le is Right* About Equity and Collective Impact
This article comments on an article written by Vu Le, who he calls "an important voice in the nonprofit sector" because "He speaks truth to power and calls out the elephants in our collective room." This article points to a November 30, 2015, by Vu Le, titled “Why Communities of Color Are Getting Frustrated with Collective Impact.”.

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Dan Pallotta campaign to change how NPOs funded, and more
This link points to a set of blog articles by Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC which each point to work by Dan Pallotta and others who seek to revolutionize how non profits, social benefit activists, and similar organizations are supported. Look at the comments section on each blog where links to other articles are posted.

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Drowning in Paperwork. Distracted from Purpose
From the web site of Project Streamline: "Drowning in Paperwork: Distracted From Purpose" examined grantmakers application and reporting practices and their impact on grantmakers and grantseekers. This report formed the basis for Project Streamline and continues to be used by grantmakers to better understand the flaws in the current system, barriers to change, and principles that grantmakers can adopt to improve their practices."

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Foundation habits that aggravate grant seekers
This 2017 blog article provides a long checklist of foundation practices that aggravate and make life difficult for grant seekers.

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Foundations, how aggravating is your grantmaking process?
In this article on Nonprofit with Balls blog Vu Le posts an extensive list of things grant makers do to make life difficult, costly, frustrating and miserable for NPO grant seekers. Fix some of these problems and you improve capacity and quality of NPOs throughout the sector.

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Ideas on effective philanthropy, from Center for Effective Philanthropy
As foundations and consultants write about how philanthropy can help solve complex problems, the articles from this site, and the links the articles point to, should be recommended reading.

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Investing in Non-Profit Talent - Fund the People Tool Kit
From the web site: "The Fund the People Toolkit is a rich new resource is full of information that will help funders, nonprofits and others maximize their investments in talent and leadership. For example, anyone in philanthropy who is trying to convince their board or colleagues of the value of “funding the people” would be well-served to read the toolkit section on the top reasons to invest in nonprofit talent. "

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Is Strategic Philanthropy Yesterday's News? - 2014 article
As a CEO of a small non profit during the 1993-2011 period described in this article, the frustrations expressed by the fictional CEO are very real. One topic not included is the inconsistent flow of operating dollars that makes complex work even more difficult, and frustrating. I recommend you add this article to your reading.

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NANOE - time for a reformation of the nonprofit industry
From the web site: "National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives (NANOE) is a nationwide network of donors, volunteers and charitable leaders whose relentless commitment to significant and sustainable impact transforms the communities we serve. NANOE members are innovators who solve problems (not just service them) by deploying heroic missions of scale that confront social and environmental dilemmas so completely that money chases after their every need." This link points to article posted in 2018 to show new vision and direction for NANOE.

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Needs of African American-led nonprofits in Philadelphia
From the web site: "In 2013, the Philadelphia African American Leadership Forum (PAALF), with funding from the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, commissioned a study of African American-led nonprofits in Philadelphia. PAALF was interested in understanding whether the experiences and needs of African American-led nonprofits in Philadelphia differed in important ways from white-led nonprofits." Browse this site for conclusions and recommendations. Apply this understanding to other cities, not just Philadelphia.

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Shortcomings of Modern Strategic Philanthropy and How to Overcome Them
This is one of many articles on the web site of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy which focus on challenges facing social benefit organizations focusing on complex social problems.

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State of the Non profit Sector - 2014 survey
From the web site: "Key Findings of the 2014 survey:
* The economic recovery is leaving behind many nonprofits and communities in need: Only 11% expect 2014 to be easier than 2013 for the people they serve.
*41% of nonprofits named "achieving long-term financial stability" as a top challenge, yet:
* More than half of nonprofits (55%) have 3 months or less cash-on-hand.
* 28% ended their 2013 fiscal year with a deficit.
* Only 9% can have an open dialogue with funders about developing reserves for operating needs, and only 6% about developing reserves for long-term facility needs.
Respondents said that more than 70% of their funders requested impact or program metrics. Only 1% reported that funders always cover the costs of impact measurement; 71% said costs were rarely or never covered." Next survey will be done in 2018.

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Strategic Philanthropy for Complex World
This is one of an on-going set of articles on the Stanford Social Innovation Review intended to stimulate creative thinking about philanthropy, collective action, impact, etc.

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Sustaining evidence-based prevention programs: correlates in a large-scale dissemination initiative.
This 2015 research focuses on sustainability of youth tutor, mentor and learning programs, recognizing that without the ability to attract and retain talent and resources beyond start up funding, programs will have limited impact on youth.

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The New Normal: Capacity Building During a Time of Disruption- -2018 challenges to social sector
From the web site: "How is the current economic and political environment impacting the capacity building needs of social-change leaders, nonprofits, networks, and movements? How are funders responding to these changing needs, and how can they better support this work going forward?

In our new report, “The New Normal: Capacity Building During a Time of Disruption,” we explore these questions and make recommendations for how philanthropy can better support social change during a time of upheaval.:

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Time to Reboot Grantmaking - 2017 SSIR article
This Stanford Social Innovation Review article addresses challenges facing many non-profit organizations and offers a funding pyramid and strategies that might help reduce these challenges. Add it to your reading list.

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What Social Sector Leaders Need to Succeed - McKinsey & Co.
This 2014 McKinsey & Co report illustrates challenges facing social sector organizations.

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Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World - book review
This article is a NPR interview with Anand Giridharadas, author of a new book that is a critique of well-meaning philanthropy.

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UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising
From the web site: "The newly released study (2013) UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising reveals that many nonprofits are stuck in a vicious cycle that threatens their ability to raise the resources they need to succeed. A joint project of CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, the report found high levels of turnover and lengthy vacancies in development director positions throughout the sector. More significantly, the study reveals deeper issues that contribute to instability in the development director role, including a lack of basic fundraising systems and inadequate attention to fund development among key board and staff leaders."

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Charities and The Compassion Gap - article
This article illustrates one of the challenges charities serving the poor have in attracting consistent financial support.

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CompassPoint - research on non profits
This Daring to Lead 2006 report shared "three surprising findings from CompassPoint's new national study on executive directors:
a) 30% of executives leave their jobs involuntarily (either fired or forced out); b) Executive directors plan to leave their jobs but will stay active in the nonprofit sector; and c) A key driver of executive burnout is frustration with funders." While this report is 10 years old, the challenges are the same in 2017, and perhaps greater.

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Distribution of charity dollars to poor - article
This is a thought-provoking article from the New York Times, showing how the majority of charity dollars don't actually get to the poor.  This is an issue of great importance to non profit tutor/mentor programs who serve youth in high poverty urban areas.

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FSG - Mission Driven Consulting
From the web site: "FSG is a mission-driven consulting firm for leaders in search of large-scale, lasting social change. Through our combination of customized consulting services, powerful ideas, and learning communities, we help foundations, businesses, nonprofits, and governments around the world accelerate progress." Browse the various sections of the site, read the blogs, add your own feedback.

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