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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Announcing a New Blog Series on Nonprofit Co-Location by Mission + Strategy
There is a lot of exciting and creative work occurring with nonprofit co-locations around the country and I thought I would write a series on the topic in my Stanford Social Innovation Review blog. The first posting was published Jan. 11th. It's about a really interesting co-location project in Charlotte, North Carolina which houses nine separate nonprofit organizations called the Children and Family Services Center of Charlotte.
There's a very interesting article about the Chicago-based shared service alliance called the Back Office Collaborative, or BOC, in the winter issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review (http://www.ssireview.org/articles/entry/case_study_change_comes_at_a_cost), summarizing what BOC and its members have been able to accomplish since it was formed in 2008. I recommend that you read it.
Changing the Way Nonprofits do Business by Funding Collaboration
An introduction to the Catalyst Fund, managed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund, which provides funding for nonprofit collaborations and mergers in the Boston metropolitan area.
Merger Client Announces New Identity
My client, the Badger Asn. of the Blind & Visually Impaired, of Milwaukee, WI., which merged in 2009 with the Center for Blind & Visually Impaired Children, is launching their new identity today: they are now known as Vision Forward Association. Congratulations! http://www.badgerassoc.org/whatsnew/launch-party-open-house/ .
Announcing a New Consolidation
Mission + Strategy would like to announce the consolidation of The Emergency Fund and The Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness, effective Oct. 1, 2011. This unique strategic partnership brings together the two largest systems-level nonprofits addressing homelessness in Chicago.
A New Merger: Changing Worlds and the Shanti Foundation for Peace
I'd like to announce a merger of Changing Worlds and the Shanti Foundation for Peace, completed with the assistance of Mission + Strategy's consultant Cinda Rierson, among many others. Congratulations to the Executive Directors Mark Rodriguez and Indira Johnson for a job well-done!
A New Source for Funding Nonprofit Mergers and Integrations
It isn't often that a funder calls me up to introduce himself, but that's what John MacIntosh of Sea Change Capital Partners did when he heard that I was active in nonprofit collaborations in the Midwest. John wanted to learn what I was up to and make sure I knew about a unique philanthropic fund dedicated to enabling nonprofit collaborations. The Sea Change-Lodestar Fund for Nonprofit Collaboration is itself a collaboration between the Lodestar Foundation and Sea Change Capital Partners.
Back Office Integrations - The Merage Foundation Early Learning Ventures Alliance Model
This is my third posting in a series on shared services alliances in the nonprofit sector. Aside from mergers, there is a wide variety of partial integration models that are extremely creative and productive that nonprofits can use. One of these models is called "shared services alliances."
I Gain and You Gain - The Emergence of "Smart Power" Strategies in the Nonprofit Sector
A discussion of Joseph Nye's theory of smart power, applied to the nonprofit sector through mergers, alliances, and partnerships.
If you've read any of my blogs about the Early Childhood Education Shared Services Alliances, you may want to participate in a webinar to learn more about them on Dec. 2nd. The webinar presenters are Louise Stoney and Libbie Poppick from the Opportunities Exchange. Go here to register: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/409553491 .
The Boston Foundation announced a $1.7M Catalyst Fund to underwrite nonprofit mergers and collaborations in New England. Read about it here: