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

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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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Getting Foundations to Look at Your Work -
This article, titled "Scaling the Wall: 5 Ways to Get Unsolicited Proposals Heard", points to a growing challenge of smaller social benefit organizations who are not part of the "in circle" of grant makers. The solutions proposed are overwhelming challenges in themselves.

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Next Generation of Community Revitalization: A Work in Progress
This report by The Bridgespan Group points to challenges that must be overcome for collective efforts to achieve long-term social impact:
a) short term funding
b) overstretched leaders; gaps in organization capacity
c) uneven commitment to resident engagement (stakeholder involvement)
d) unrealistic expectations about how much can be accomplished how soon
e) limited access to knowledge
f) silo-ed thinking as initiatives work separately from each other
These are challenges Tutor/Mentor Connection and Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC focus on.

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Non Profit IPO - selling shares?
This SSIR shows how one non profit launched an IPO to generate revenue. It builds on the thinking launched by Dan Pallotta in his TED talk showing challenges of the Non Profit Sector. Worth following.

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Non Profit Overhead and other issues. Re-Charity blog
The author writes about the ideas of Dan Pallota and the issues that limit effectiveness of a larger number of organizations depending on philanthropic giving and charity for support of their work.

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Non Profit Starvation Cycle - The Bridgespan Group
Without supporting the infrastructure of non profit organizations on a consistent basis, few will achieve the long-term impact and results expected of them. Make this one of the topics you keep referring to as you discuss ways to solve social problems.

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Outcomes Measurement for Non Profits: Who does Analysis?
Deborah Elizabeth Finn raises some important questions about outcomes measurement and analysis in this 2012 blog article/survey.

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PhilanthroMedia - Lessons for donors
From the web site: "PhilanthroMedia was established for discerning donors who want to increase the impact of their giving. A project of PhilanthroMedia, Inc, it provides syndicated daily content to 70 community foundations via RSS feed."
This link points to a series of articles under the topic of "Ten Things We'd Like to Tell Every New Philanthropist"

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Ready to Lead? Next Generation Leaders Speak Out
A skilled, committed, and diverse pool of next generation leaders would like to be nonprofit executive directors in the future, according to a new national survey of nearly 6,000 next generation leaders. However, the survey also finds that there are significant barriers: work-life balance, insufficient life-long earning potential, lack of mentorship and overwhelming fundraising responsibilities which may prevent many younger nonprofit staff from becoming executives
Visit the web site and download the report.

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