Beth Kanter\'s Blog - Part 7

Different Ways Nonprofits Are Using Design Thinking to Solve Problems and Achieve Impact

Innovation, Tools and Tactics, Training Design

Note from Beth:  Several years ago, I was got trained in design thinking facilitation methods using Luma and have incorporated these techniques into my consulting and training practice.  I have also learned a lot from other nonprofit colleagues who have use these techniques, including Brian Reich (see this blog post about his design thinking work to solve the refugee crisis) who has just published a book on innovation called “The Imagination Gap” and my colleagues, Ted Frickes and Micheal Silberman at the Mobilization Lab.    

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Can You Measure the Impact of Capacity Building for Nonprofits?

Capacity, Research Studies

Capacity building is about improving organizational (or network) effectiveness.  Capacity building includes both money (grants), consultants/technical assistance, peer learning/communities of practice, and collaboration.  According to the survey of funders about capacity building completed by GrantCraft, the top five areas of capacity building that funders most likely support include: leadership, strategic planning, financial management, governance, and fundraising.  … Read More

Listen Up: A New, National RFP Offers Nonprofits and Funders Tools to Survey Clients

Listening

Note from Beth: Melinda T. Tuan,  Managing Director, Fund for Shared Insight  shares details about an incredible funding opportunity for nonprofits.

Does your organization want to make meeting the needs of the people it serves a top priority? Are you and your colleagues eager to improve and expand your capacity to listen to the people you seek to help, and to make the right changes in response?… Read More

Annual M&R Benchmarks Study Released

Research Studies

One important part of effective digital measurement is being able to benchmark your performance relative to your organization’s past performance or compared to peer organizations.    One excellent resource to use for benchmarking nonprofit digital results (in the US) is the annual M&R Benchmarks study of nonprofit digital advocacy.  … Read More

How To Facilitate Leadership Development In Your Nonprofit As Part of Doing the Work

Leadership, Tools and Tactics, Training Design

One of the biggest challenges that many nonprofits face is the finding time and resources for professional development activities.   People are so busy doing the work that they don’t have time to go off-site to take a class or sign up for an online course.  … Read More