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Measuring Social Impact

 

Innovative ways to measure the impact that an organization has on society

 
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Ten Nonprofit Funding Models

For-profit executives use business models—such as "low-cost provider" or "the razor and the razor blade"—as a shorthand way to describe the way companies are built and sustained. Nonprofit executives are not as explicit about their funding models and have not had an equivalent lexicon—until now.

By William Landes Foster, Peter Kim, & Barbara Christiansen | 40 | Spring 2009
 
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Offsetting Green Guilt

Voluntary carbon offsets allow people to invest in projects that allegedly counteract their greenhouse gas emissions. But can voluntary offsets help slow global warming? Or are offsets a way for consumers to buy their way out of bad feelings?

By Matthew J. Kotchen | 6 | Spring 2009
 
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Government by Numbers

How CitiStat’s hard data and straight talk saved Baltimore.

By Noah Weiss | Winter 2007
 

Overhead Isn’t Everything

How donors should think about nonprofit efficiency.

By Alana Conner Snibbe | 1 | Fall 2006
 
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Drowning in Data

Funders are calling for more program evaluation, but nonprofits are often collecting dubious data, at great cost to themselves and ultimately to the people they serve.

By Alana Conner Snibbe | 9 | Fall 2006
 

Research Rules

Why nonprofits should do their homework before communicating with the public.

By R. Christine Hershey & Andrew Posey | Winter 2005
 

Donor, Heal Thyself

Donor fatigue is ultimately rooted in givers' own reluctance to invest in the future.

By Paul C. Light | Winter 2005
 

Throwing Good Money After Bad

A common error misleads foundations and policymakers.

By Judith M. Gueron | Fall 2005
 

The Ratings Game

Evaluating the three groups that rate the charities.

By Stephanie Lowell, Brian Trelstad, & Bill Meehan | 1 | Summer 2005
 

When You Build It and They Still Don’t Come

The World Bank reevaluates previous methods.

By Andrea Orr | Spring 2005