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Challenges facing non profits
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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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Reducing Turnover of Chief Development Officer (CDO)
This 2013 study, titled "CDO Confidential: What CDOs Want You to Know about Retention" reveals that unrealistic expectations set by management have reduced the average Chief Development Officer (CDO) tenure to one to two years." Read the full report and recommendations on the Campbell & Company web site.

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The Philanthropic Complex - opinion
The writer of this article shares thinking about the relationships between non profits and philanthropy.

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Transforming the Anti-Social Sector - SSIR article
This article shows challenges facing the social sector as they seek to solve complex problems. Add this to your understanding of the challenges social sector organizations face and work to help overcome these challenges.

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A Look at the Decade Ahead - P/PV White Paper
This is a 2011 Public/Private Ventures publication, now archived on the IssueLab web site: "In this white paper, P/PV proposes a comprehensive and bold re-thinking of how nonprofits are evaluated. Rejecting a rigid, one-size-fits-all model that focuses narrowly on determining a program's success or failure, Priorities for a New Decade proposes an approach that fully engages nonprofit practitioners as partners in evaluation efforts, reflects a deep understanding of local circumstances and constraints, and suggests guidelines for evaluation and scaling that actually support on-the-ground program quality and performance."  Visit the site and download the report.

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Article - "funders’ unrealistic expectations"
"Straight Talk in Mixed Company: A Plea for Across-the-Aisle Conversations about Overhead" is a worth-reading article on the Stanford Social Innovation review web site.

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Daring to Lead - 2011 report (pdf)
Key findings of this 2011 report were: "The vast majority of nonprofits, 84%, were negatively impacted by the recession. Negative financial impact, however, is not the same thing as planned downsizing. A minority of nonprofits, 26%, reported a smaller budget this year than last; 40% maintained their budget size; and 34% budgeted for growth compared with the prior year." Read the full report and compare it to the 2006 report also posted in this web library.

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Emotional Labor Doesn't Pay - HBR Blog article
We pay financial analysis large salaries but don't pay people who do much harder work in the social sector anywhere near what they might earn on in the for profit sector. Read the article and add this to your understanding of challenges facing non profits.

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Funding civic tech models that "do good" but don't generate revenue
This article could be put in the Social Enterprise links section of this library, but I've put it in the "challenges facing non profits" because those who are seeking to build a tech-based solution to solving social problems are often expected to have a revenue generating model, when such a model may not be possible. Take a read.

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Gaps Between Nonprofit Needs and Donor Practices
This 2008 report reveals major gaps between nonprofit needs and donor practices. Although both grantees and grantmakers claim to have the same top priorities -- more general operating support, more multi-year support and more supportive and respectful relationships with grantees -- many grantmakers have yet to adopt these practices. Amid gaps between good intentions and poor practices, the study, sponsored by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, also reports hopeful news; many grantmakers are moving toward nonprofit-friendly practices, which they attribute, in part, to more staff and board members with prior nonprofit experience.
To learn more, read the brief study overview


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Listening Post Project learns challenges to NPOs
From the web site: "The Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies is a leading source of ground-breaking research and knowledge about the nonprofit sector, social investing, and the tools of government. Working in collaboration with governments, international organizations, investment innovators, and colleagues around the world, the Center encourages the use of this knowledge to strengthen and mobilize the capabilities and resources of the public, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors to address the complex problems that face the world today"

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NonProfit Sector Leadership Report 2016 - pdf
This report by The Concord Leadership Group identifies major challenges facing non profit sector. Leadership isg number one.

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Philanthropy - Needs Radical New Habits
Article titled "In Philanthropy, Who Is Actually Broken?" States: “Philanthropists need more than ‘big ideas’ about how their profession could and should change. They need radically new habits — or these ideas just become bold in theory.”. Add this to your understanding of challenges facing non profit organizations.

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Strengthening Our Sector - 2014 review of two initiatives by major foundation
In 2014 The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation posted this blog article showing how their analysis of two major grant making initiatives led to them continuing one and discontinuing the other. The one that was discontinued was the "Giving Marketplace" effort which aimed at helping donors make smart philanthropic decisions and at ensuring that the strongest, most effective nonprofits get the resources they need".

Educating donors so they are more consistent, proactive and strategic in funding tutor/mentor programs in all high poverty areas of Chicago has been the goal of Tutor/Mentor Connection since 1993. The findings shown in this blog article indicate how difficult this is to do.

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The Future of Philanthropy - 2016 article
Eight writers contribute to this 2016 article on the future of philanthropy.


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