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Have Outcomes Become Passé?

In 2012 GuideStar and Hope Consulting issued a landmark report on giving.  One of the most important findings was that 71% of individual donors said they wanted information on organizations’ effectiveness.  However, only 33% said they actually did any research before giving, and a minuscule 6% said they compared nonprofits. Recent evidence suggests that this […]

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GuideStar’s new effort is laudable; but could be flawed.

GuideStar has announced the coming availability of a new level of participation for nonprofits, something called the Platinum Level.  The intention behind it, the creation of a tool to bust the Overhead Myth, is laudable. For too long, the notion has dogged the sector that anything a charity spends beyond “program expenses,” assumed by most […]

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Words matter.

Words matter. They contain nuances, shades of meaning, and implications.  Far more importantly, however, they often bespeak a mindset, a perspective, and even a course of action. It is for this reason that I repeatedly urge client organizations in the nonprofit space to change some very basic terms they use –especially in this era where […]

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Why Outcomes?

On December 12th I will be presenting at the inaugural session of the Nonprofit Texas Leadership Institutes in Austin, sponsored by the Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations and the Center for Community-based and Nonprofit Organizations of Austin Community College.  Preparatory to that event, Barry Silverberg, President of TANO, asked me to pen an article for […]

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Outcomes Toolbox on WOR radio in NYC

If you’d care to hear it, my appearance on Denver Frederick’s Business of Giving radio show on WOR 710AM in NYC last week -where we discuss nonprofits, outcomes, and my Outcomes Toolbox book- is now available in the archives

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Clouds on the Horizon

Advertising guru Elmer Wheeler once said that the best way to close a deal was to “Sell the sizzle, not the steak.”  Unfortunately, the nonprofit sector has, for the past 50 years or more, largely applied that thinking to its management, its reporting, and, most especially, its fundraising.  The result is a sector that largely […]

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July Update

July gave us an interesting conversation on evaluation and the underlying theme of performance measurement, in Jonathan Lewis’ 4-part series in the Huffington Post.  Beginning with Social Impact Evaluation: Useful? Utopian? and working its way through three subsequent essays, Lewis sought to –in the kindest terms we can use- put evaluation into perspective by making […]

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June Update

As June draws to a close, we want to take a moment to draw readers’ attention to three significant happenings in the Outcomes World this past month. The first was the release of Mario Morino’s Leap of Reason, a book which is not only destined to be viewed in the long term as a seminal […]

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