Lessons from Yankton: Stop hunting, start farming

Posted on 09. Oct, 2013 by in Economic Development, Growth

I had the joy of being the kick-off speaker at the 2nd annual Wire Me Awake conference last week – an event that champions entrepreneurship in the Midwest. An entrepreneurial venture in and of itself, it was started by a group of business owners in Yankton, SD who know how to hustle. With the vision […]

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Risk vs. Risk

Posted on 26. Apr, 2012 by in Growth, Social Finance

Nonprofit Finance Fund, which has been doing the country an incredible service by conducting rigorous research on the emerging Pay For Success (PFS) models in the United States, released its latest report yesterday. [If you’re new to the social finance space, don’t even try to read through this post without at least a little background. […]

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Please use our money for fundraising and infrastructure!

Posted on 20. Apr, 2012 by in Growth, Org Development

Imagine if great nonprofits received a huge influx of cash that could be used to build, among other things, a robust fundraising infrastructure. Or to invest in its leadership team. Did you just gasp? A complete 180 degree swing from what many grantmakers currently incorporate into their RFPs: “What our foundation does not fund:  a, […]

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