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A New Pro Bono Consulting Service

Submitted by Marc Rolfes on October 27, 2014 - 16:55

A New Pro Bono Consulting Service

We wanted you to know about a new pro bono consulting service available from the Taproot Foundation called Taproot+. Taproot+ allows a nonprofit to define a short-term project generally requiring 4-6 weeks and typically less than 30 hours of support from a single pro bono consultant. Taproot+ makes it very easy for a nonprofit to sign up and for a pro bono consultant to make themselves available.

Implementation Planning as a Success Factor for Strategic Planning

Submitted by Marc Rolfes on September 4, 2014 - 19:09

Implementation Planning as a Success Factor for Strategic Planning

One of the key success factors for effective strategic planning is to address the implementation plan as part of the process. The impact of an excellent strategic plan is often not fully realized due to the challenges of implementation.

Helping Board Members Read the Signs for a Nonprofit Merger

Submitted by Jean Butzen on June 5, 2014 - 13:28

Helping Board Members Read the Signs for a Nonprofit Merger

In this age of tremendous change and economic uncertainty, I am often asked by board members if they should consider a merger strategy for their nonprofit organization. Board members who work in the for-profit sector are familiar with the signs leading up to a merger in their own business arena, but not necessarily for the nonprofit sector. Have you seen these signs?

Two Disability Organizations, One Merger, One Year Later

Submitted by Jean Butzen on April 24, 2014 - 00:00

Two Disability Organizations, One Merger, One Year Later

See How Two Nonprofits Creatively Addressed the Challenge of the Ligas Decisions

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the merger that took place between United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago and Seguin Services, to form UCP Seguin Greater Chicago.

Upcoming Collaboration Funding Deadline: CCT Organizational Development and Collaboration

Submitted by Jean Butzen on March 18, 2014 - 12:44

Upcoming Collaboration Funding Deadline: CCT Organizational Development and Collaboration

Are you considering a merger, program/administrative partnership, sharing services, an alliance, or some other type of collaboration with a two or more nonprofit agencies? If so, you should know that The Chicago Community Trust has an upcoming deadline for their Organizational and Development and Collaboration Fund.

Success and Mergers: Five Literacy Organizations Combine Forces and Secure $487,000

Submitted by Amanda Wright on February 28, 2014 - 11:47

Success and Mergers: Five Literacy Organizations Combine Forces and Secure $487,000

The Literacy Volunteers of Tuscon could probably not have anticipated where they would end up when they made teaching basic literacy and the English language their mission back in 1961. However, the scope of positive change they’ve experienced in the last few years has been extraordinary, picking up traction as a result of being chosen by Social Venture Partners (SVP) of Tuscon, Arizona as their non-profit investee back in the Spring of 2007.

Nonprofit Merger Secrets to Success

Submitted by Jean Butzen on September 18, 2012 - 05:08

Nonprofit Merger Secrets to Success

A review by Jean Butzen, Mission + Strategy Consulting, of a study completed in July 2012 analyzing best practices for nonprofit mergers, completed by Wilder Research and published by MAP for Nonprofits. Research examined 41 nonprofit mergers completed between 1999 and 2010.

Local Library or Management Service Organization?

Submitted by Jean Butzen on May 31, 2012 - 09:47

Local Library or Management Service Organization?

A posting describing an example of a public library being adapted to be a nonprofit management service organization, to strengthen charitable charitable organizations in Indiana.

Sharing Nonprofit Collaboration Knowledge and Experience

Submitted by Jean Butzen on February 23, 2012 - 09:08

Sharing Nonprofit Collaboration Knowledge and Experience

One of the best outcomes of the Lodestar Foundation's Collaboration Prize (a competition to identify the best nonprofit collaboration) is the Nonprofit Collaboration Database, a searchable database of nonpr

Submitted by Jean Butzen on February 22, 2012 - 09:10

Just moments ago, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn proposed in his 2012 State-of-the-State address that we eliminate $425M in general revenue spending, and take the budget back to 2008 spending levels. To do this, he is proposing significant cuts to social service, healthcare and prison budgets, among other items. With all of the cuts that human service agencies have already experienced since the start of the recession, can we really say we have an intact safety net?

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