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  • Traditional tools for evaluation and measurement fail to take into account the complexity of an interconnected and digitized world.

    Featuring Kathy Brennan, Patricia Bowie, & Lucy Bernholz
  • Three evolving approaches to evaluation in social enterprise could change its use in a significant way.

    Featuring Hallie Preskill
  • In this panel discussion, experts address how the social sector must ask the right questions when developing metrics.

    Featuring Lisbeth Schorr, Fay Twersky, & Alicia Grunow
  • Ned Breslin and Jacob Lief discuss funding for long-term impact in the current philanthropic system.

    Featuring Jacob Lief & Ned Breslin
  • How do we prevent collaboration from sweeping through nonprofits as a passing fad?

    Featuring Willa Seldon, Carolyn Nelson, & Stephanie Couch | 1
  • Personal connections and influence can be crucial in garnering support for an organization’s cause.

    Featuring Julie Dixon
  • From the 2013 Nonprofit Management Institute, Kenyon explains how the intersection of mobile, social, and technology is changing nonprofits.

    Featuring John Kenyon
  • In his 2013 Nonprofit Management Institute talk, Doug Hattaway outlines the components of effective campaigns: an exciting goal, motivational language, and compelling call to action.

    Featuring Doug Hattaway
  • Human capital is the most valuable asset in the social sector. Discover how nonprofits can create a recruiting framework and demonstrate organizational value to employees.

    Featuring Sal Giambanco
  • Akaya_Windwood_Rockwood_Leadership_Institute Rockwood Leadership Institute president Akaya Windwood discusses how we can get movements and sectors to work together to advance the common good.

    Featuring Akaya Windwood

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  • Evaluation has been a necessary evil for most nonprofits—expensive, time-consuming, impractical, and yet an absolute pre-requisite for funding. But is there a better way? The paradigm of evaluation is moving from retrospective, academic research studies to predictive, algorithmic measurement. With the advent…

    Jason Saul & Nolan Gasser
  • Mission creep is a pervasive and extremely debilitating problem that afflicts all too many nonprofit organizations. Some experts believe it is the number-one reason why nonprofits fail to achieve the impact for beneficiaries that they desire. Yet mission creep is easily preventable…

    Kim Starkey Jonker, William F. Meehan III, & Sakena Yacoobi
  • Many—and some leaders believe most—nonprofit boards are ineffective. Much is at stake. Weak board governance can diminish a nonprofit’s social impact, cause it to founder, and even die. But any board can improve its performance if its members are willing to confront…

    Kim Starkey Jonker, William F. Meehan III, & Kathy Spahn
  • Fundraising mystifies, if not terrifies, most social enterprise leaders. In truth, both for-profit and nonprofit fundraising is a simple, learnable skill. If you can talk, you can raise social impact money. Empower yourself! Join Jonathan C. Lewis, serial social entrepreneur and host…

    Jonathan C. Lewis
  • Social sector leaders around the world are getting impatient. Conscious of the enormity of the need that exists, they are no longer satisfied with impact that expands only incrementally. Now that they know “what works,” there is a deep urgency to help…

    Jeff Bradach, Susan Davis, & Gerald Chertavian
  • Over the last decade, many foundations have begun to lose their appetite for risk and experimentation in favor of safer, more proven, and incremental investments. But a small group of funders has begun to deliberately seek out and support high-risk, high-reward innovations…

    Gabriel Kasper, Justin Marcoux, Brian Quinn, & Sarah Koch
  • In spite of an improving economy, nonprofit mergers continue to lag their for-profit counterparts. Nonprofit leaders are finding that progress is being made on some of the major barriers that have prevented nonprofits from exploring mergers, yet three softer issues are miring…

    Katie Smith Milway, Lois Savage, Elisabeth D. Babcock, & Decker Ngongang
  • How can you build a capacity for innovation within your social purpose organization? Join Warren Nilsson and Tana Paddock as they discuss the theory and practice of “inscaping”—their term for the work of drawing on personal experience to generate the raw material…

    Warren Nilsson, Tana Paddock, & Marlon Parker
  • Innovation is all the rage. In this complimentary webinar, academic scholars and nonprofit leaders Seelos, Mair, May, and Joseph will examine innovation as an organizational process, looking at the ingredients needed to make the process productive as well as the pathologies that…

    Christian Seelos, Johanna Mair, Maria May, & Jessica “Kippy” Joseph
  • Though it may seem counterintuitive for a sector already struggling to support, sustain, and scale up its impact—panelists Shore, Hammond, and Celep argue that nonprofits need to embrace a much heavier lift. They must look beyond short-term achievements that please funders, staff,…

    Bill Shore, Darell Hammond, & Amy Celep