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The Competitive Advantage of Knowing Who You Are

At a dinner party not long ago I met Paul Brest, who was soon to retire as president of the Hewlett Foundation.  I knew of his work and writing and considered him one of the wise men of philanthropy and social change. I asked him about all of the interest in and work being done around developing metrics to measure social outcomes, and other ideas being debated in philanthropic circles, …Read More

What Does Success Look Like?

As I travel the country meeting with nonprofit organizations seeking to move from incremental impact to transformational change so that they can solve problems on the scale that they exist, a common obstacle appears almost without exception.  Whether they are working on hunger, health, education, community development, or a myriad of other challenges, nonprofit organizations are failing to grapple with the threshold questions on which all else depends: what specific …Read More