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Insight #2: Discipline is Key

This is the fifth in a series of posts that will examine ten insights Community Wealth Partners has uncovered through our research of and experience with initiatives that have created transformational social change. This series was introduced in a previous post. Articulating a bold and believable goal is critical, but alone, it will not lead to transformational change. Discipline is key—without it, a daring goal, such as eradicating malaria, represents unattainable idealism. Leaders must …Read More

Changing the Conversation

As Amy Celep noted in an earlier post, “changing the conversation” can be a powerful tool toward creating the change we want to see in the world.  I was reminded of the validity of Amy’s claim during a recent lunch meeting with Jim Down, a wonderful strategic thinker who led Mercer Management Consulting until retiring at age 50. Since then he has played a critical role in the nonprofit sector, …Read More

Dear Social Sector: Did you hear the President call us to action?

In the words spoken and unspoken during President Obama’s State of the Union address, I heard three strong calls to action for the social sector. 1. Put our differences aside in pursuit of the mission. In his speech, President Obama pointed to the military’s ability to put aside differences and focus on the mission.  On many military missions, it’s life or death for those involved. For much of our work …Read More

Seeing and Seeking Common Ground in the New Year

As I reflect upon my recent trip to Turkey, where I celebrated the New Year with family, I’m reminded that, at the most basic level, we are all the same.  In so many ways, Turkey is a country marked by stark contrasts. The most visible manifestation of this is the dress of the women: everywhere you go you can find Muslim women fully covered from head to toe sitting side-by-side …Read More

5 Factors of Sustainability: This isn’t your grandmother’s sustainability framework.

Across the board, nonprofit organizations are on a quest for sustainability. Despite the growing interest in the topic, confusion often exists as to what sustainability for a nonprofit organization entails. For many people sustainability means one thing and one thing only: financial health. And we can understand why, especially in this economy. But at Community Wealth Partners we believe that an organization’s financial health is just one piece of its …Read More

How do you set that big, bold, but achievable goal for your organization?

In 2006, Ray Chambers, currently UN Special Envoy for Malaria, founded the nonprofit organization Malaria No More with the hope of ending a disease that had scourged the planet since the times of King Tut.  Given the advent of several promising technologies as well as the unsynchronized state of the anti-malaria movement at the time, Ray saw a tremendous opportunity to make massive progress in combating the disease once and …Read More

The Conversations that will Transform Our World

Over the past few weeks I have had a number of powerful conversations with CEOs of former client organizations, all of whom have echoed the same sentiment: our environment has been forever changed as a result of the economic downturn. This changed world has huge implications for our clients and their ability to garner resources, to engage critical stakeholders, and to create the change they want to see in the …Read More

All politics may be local. All social impact is personal.

As Amy noted in her recent blog post, the Community Wealth Partners team has begun to study transformational efforts in the social sector. Over the next few months, we will be interviewing leaders who have not only had the courage to set bold goals to end social problems, but have made substantive strides in achieving those goals. We recently spoke with Christine Benero, CEO of Mile High United Way, who …Read More

Top Ten: Social Media Outlets

Social media are no longer just for tech-savvy teenagers and computer wizards. Now nonprofit organizations are using social media to get their messages out to a broad audience at a very low cost (typically for free, though with the investment of staff time). In fact, a University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Marketing Research study recently looked at the use of social media among America’s largest charities and found that …Read More

Nonprofits 2.0

Social media-based marketing is a natural tool for organizations that depend on the willingness and interest of their supporters to remain involved in and connected to the organization. Social media include online networks like Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter that allow users to post photos, videos, blog posts and so forth to share with others. Viewers can vote on the posted items, and the popular ones spread further through the Internet. …Read More