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Aaron Hurst

SSIR_blogger_Aaron_Hurst_Taproot_Foundation_Nonprofit_management Aaron Hurst (@Aaron_Hurst) is the founder and president of the Taproot Foundation, a nonprofit organization building a national pro bono marketplace and leading the global service movement through its award-winning Service Grant program. Widely known for his thought-leadership in civic engagement, nonprofit management and corporate social responsibility, Aaron is an Ashoka and Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation fellow and has been formally recognized as a social innovator by the Aspen Institute, Social Venture Network, Fast Company, Commonwealth Club, the Manhattan Institute, the State of California, and the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. Aaron currently sits on the International Advisory Board of Directors of CiYuan, a three-year initiative to increase social investment in China, and serves on the boards of Reimagining Service and BoardSource. He co-authored the children’s book Mommy and Daddy Do It Pro Bono and is a featured blogger for The Huffington Post.

 

The Purpose Economy: How Your Desire for Impact, Personal Growth and Community Is Changing the World | Apr. 2, 2014

 

The Purpose Economy describes how a new type of economy is taking shape, one that will emphasize serving the people.

A Better IRS Code | 9 | Jun. 7, 2013

 

One simple change to the IRS code would ensure that nonprofits assemble diverse boards that truly represent the organizations’ owners: the community.

Demystifying Scaling: Part 5 | Jan. 3, 2013

 

A five-part series on developing a common framework for nonprofits to scale for impact.

Demystifying Scaling: Part 4 | Dec. 20, 2012

 

A five-part series on developing a common framework for nonprofits to scale for impact.

Demystifying Scaling: Part 3 | Dec. 3, 2012

 

A five-part series on developing a common framework for nonprofits to scale for impact.

Demystifying Scaling: Part 2 | Nov. 13, 2012

 

A five-part series on developing a common framework for nonprofits to scale for impact.

Demystifying Scaling: Part 1 | Nov. 2, 2012

 

A five-part series on developing a common framework for nonprofits to scale for impact.

The Present Value of Social Investment | 2 | Aug. 1, 2012

 

How to calculate the value of a social investment made now versus at a future date.

Is Business the New Charity? | 8 | Jun. 26, 2012

 

Investing in small business and new ventures is a good thing and vital to our communities, but we must not confuse it with charity or strategic long-term social investment.

Net Promoter Mania | 4 | Jun. 13, 2012

 

Introducing a corporate measurement strategy to the social sector presents a variety of potential uses and associated practices.

Social Sector Peer Evaluation: A Proposal | 4 | May. 14, 2012

 

Imagine a new nonprofit board governance practice where organizations engaged peers to assess their work.

Five Levers for Social Change: Part 5 | 5 | Apr. 2, 2012

 

Practical Advice Series: Five basic “levers,” or strategies, to help businesses or nonprofits achieve social change.

Five Levers of Social Change: Part 4 | 5 | Mar. 26, 2012

 

Practical Advice Series: Five basic “levers,” or strategies, to help businesses or nonprofits achieve social change.

Five Levers for Social Change: Part 3 | 2 | Mar. 16, 2012

 

Practical Advice Series: Five basic “levers,” or strategies, to help businesses or nonprofits achieve social change.

Five Levers of Social Change: Part 2 | 2 | Mar. 2, 2012

 

Practical Advice Series: Five basic “levers,” or strategies, to help businesses or nonprofits achieve social change.

Five Levers for Social Change: Part 1 | 2 | Feb. 20, 2012

 

Practical Advice Series: Five basic “levers,” or strategies, to help businesses or nonprofits achieve social change.

Did Reagan Launch the Social Entrepreneurship Movement? | 6 | Feb. 10, 2012

 

Social entrepreneurship has led to excellent work, but without an informed and empowered population we will never address the core issues we face.

Five Investments You Can Skip | 11 | Oct. 19, 2011

 

The nonprofit sector wastes an insane amount of time implementing best practices that have painfully low return on investment.

“Oops, I Failed Again” | 7 | Oct. 4, 2011

 

Face-to-face conversations among CEOs reminds and reassures them that that failure is, in fact, the norm and does not preclude success.

Why Do New York City Board Members Give More? | 10 | Sep. 20, 2011

 

Why do board cultures vary so much by geography, and how can we help bring the best of them to all cities?

How Simon Greer Became a Lover, Not a Fighter | Sep. 8, 2011

 

An interview with Simon Greer before starting as president of the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

Knight Foundation CEO on Social Transformation and the Bottom Line | Aug. 23, 2011

 

An interview with Alberto Ibargüen, president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Surdna CEO on Philanthropic Isolation | 6 | Jul. 22, 2011

 

An interview with Phillip Henderson about the challenges he faces as the president of the Surdna Foundation.