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Elevator Speech - 4 Easy Steps to Promoting your Organization

Do you need your board or staff (or even volunteers) to help create a buzz for your organization throughout the community? Use this simple format to help everyone in your organization create their own elevator speech to promote your organization.

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A FIO PARTNERS PERSPECTIVE: Developing a Model of Executive Director Performance Appraisal

In challenging times, Board of Directors may be struggling with how best to evaluate the Executive Director. This article provides a review of five possible models for Executive Director performance appraisal.

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10 Ideas For Entrepreneurs Facing Personnel Issues

Advice from the co-director of Stanford’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Irv Grousbeck, for entrepreneurs struggling with personnel issues.

http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/news/headlines/entrep_firing.shtml

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Private Equity, Public Good

An article about a relatively new form of private equity investing called development investment capital, which has the objective of delivering competitive returns for investors while funding social growth in low income communities.

http://www.ssireview.org/articles/entry/private_equity_public_good/

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The Power of Strategic Mission Investing

An SSIR article geared towards foundations, touting the benefits of taking strategic mission investing positions that synthesize grantmaking objectives and market forces.

http://csi.gsb.stanford.edu/power-strategic-mission-investing

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Keep or Kill? Score Your Programs

An article about the concept of applying organized abandonment in order to nurture the most useful programs. It also provides examples of decision making tools an organization may use to systematically decide what programs to eliminate.

http://www.socialent.org/pdfs/NONPROFITWORLDOrganizedAbandonment.pdf

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Putting Entrepreneurship in the Social Sector

An interview with the authors of a casebook entitled Entrepreneurship in the Social Sector. It argues that nonprofits would benefit from a new model of entrepreneurship that would allow nonprofits to “create more value with their limited resources while tapping into additional resources not directly under their control.”

http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/5782.html

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Doing Well, Doing Good

A profile on Good Capital, a San Francisco-based firm that is working to create a new capital market that considers the social benefit of organizations it invests in as well as the business opportunities.

http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2007/0423/056.html

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Peer Networking and Community Change: Measuring Impact

A case study of how peer networking affects community change and philanthropic practice, including examples, challenges, best practices, and following through on the study’s results.

http://www.humaninteract.org/images/finalrep146a.pdf

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Shaping the New Rules of Competition: UN Global Compact Participant Mirror

A research paper based on a survey of CEOs of companies participating in the UN Global Compact, examining the need for such companies to address global environmental, political and social problems.

http://www.mckinsey.com/client_service/sustainability/old/latest_thinking

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From the Outside In: Market Driven Screening of Potential Earned Income Ventures

An article explaining how to maximize the success of earned income ventures, by customizing the new venture to address an already existing need in the market.

http://www.sereporter.com/?q=node/235

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Social Entrepreneurs Turn Business Sense to Good

As chief executive of Mercy Corps since 1994, Neal Keny-Guyer helped turn the Portland relief organization into a global powerhouse with 3,500 employees and a budget of nearly $300 million. But he was taken aback last year when one of his lieutenants proposed the radical step of buying a bank in Indonesia. Why would... (continued)

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Uncharitable Book Review

A book review - Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential

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Fiscal Sponsorship

Fiscal sponsorship refers to the practice of non-profit organizations offering their legal and tax-exempt status to groups engaged in activities related to the organization's missions. It typically involves a fee-based contractual arrangement between a project and an established non-profit.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiscal_sponsorship

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Financing Earned Income Venture

How to finance earned income venture.

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Holes in the Safety Net

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A Business Plan Curriculum outline

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Academies for Social Entrepreneurship

The Academies for Social Entrepreneurship creates training and mentoring programs for sustainable, mission-based businesses.Our goal is to enable not-for-profit organizations to (1) attract growth capital and (2) increase revenue from earned, rather than donated, income. Our core program is Social Enterprise Academies which provide... (continued)

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Strategy Framework

Concise framework for communicating organizational vision, mission, aims and strategic priorities.

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Social Enterprise Alliance

The Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) is the leading membership organization in North America for social enterprises, service providers, nonprofit organizations, corporations, and venture capitalists that is actively building the field of social enterprise through networking opportunities, educational forums, strategic partnerships, and impact... (continued)

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Database of Cases on Scaling Social Impact

A searchable database of over 160 case studies on scaling social impact, including access to an annotated bibliography on scale, presented in partnership with Duke University’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE).

https://go.fuqua.duke.edu/case/sc/cat1.jsp