ardentCause was founded by four partners, all veterans of the information technology industry. They met while creating and managing a regional charitable nonprofit and foundation, assisting girls and women to enter and stay in the technology fields.
While the challenges were significant, the partners learned from their volunteers and from the community they served. They realized that simple, transparent information tools, technology consulting, and management consulting could be an answer to many operational challenges and the need for additional capacity for nonprofits.
Wanting to serve this community as a whole, they discovered that there were technology tools, but many of them were not easily implemented by volunteer-run or even fully-staffed organizations.
ardentCause was born.
A research fellow at the Brookings Institution has sorted through state legislation across the nation to figure out which ones are based on the model bills generated by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
One potential benefit of running a successful social enterprise is a personal brand with a higher social consciousness. Did that weigh on the scales of Lululemon’s new choice for CEO?
Here’s a great example of local nonprofit arts organizations stepping up when public schools lack the resources they need to expose their students to the arts.
Take money from criminals? “Absolutely not!” advise these rabbis—unless the money would otherwise go to illegal activity. Or the crooks would end up harassing the rabbi. Or the money seems to come from a “legitimate business.” Or…you get the idea.
Russia prepares for the Olympics by considering pardons for the many activists they have recently jailed and by imposing tighter controls on the media.
When Lewis Carroll wrote, “Twas brillig, and the slithy toves/Did gyre and gimble in the wabe,” he might have been describing the analysis by which this Forbes writer came to recommend the dissolution of the nonprofit sector.
Congressional negotiators announced a framework for a new 2014 and 2015 budget deal with important implications for nonprofits. We have some of the emerging details here.
Have we now trivialized racism to the point that people brush it off, even when there are serious racial inequities in nearly every corner of our society?
The musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra seem to be progressing along parallel tracks: one being their discussions with the Minnesota Orchestral Association, the other looking more and more like independence. Will this be a new model?
In response to a pledge of $5 million by a local philanthropist, the Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan has established the Fund to Support Detroit’s Retirees, Cultural Heritage, and Revitalization. This might be a forerunner for the $500 million foundation fund that the bankruptcy judge is negotiating with 10 foundations.
Choose your friends wisely, be honest and straightforward, and produce great quality—three suggestions for social entrepreneurs (and just about anyone else).
Towns with a quirky anonymous donor at holiday time get an extra little bit of joy from the whole production. So when Grandpa Claus of Hammond, Indiana, passed on, it left the town doubly bereft.
This unique and enormously practical article looks at how board/staff relationships played out in four small cultural organizations as each encountered a growth/financial crisis but it also defines the phases of the crises in ways that may help any organizations progressing through similar transitions.
The idea that foundations should be leading social change rather than following and supporting the direction of nonprofit activists on the front lines just seems wrong.
A restaurant in Maine successfully revitalized its business by hosting all-you-can-eat-for charity nights. Though it raised more than $600,000 for groups and individuals, it ran afoul of the law in doing so.