I love moonshot goals — probably a carryover from my obsession with space exploration as a child. So, when President Biden first announced his goal to cut child poverty in half — I was all in and wanted to develop a community-based roadmap to make this happen in a sincere and sustainable way. Children in the wealthiest nation should not be living in poverty. And yet, 1 in 6 children do.

First, this goal is not new. President Lyndon Johnson started Head Start with this goal in mind in his War on Poverty. At the time, he said, “Poverty perpetuates…


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Like many of you, after every presidential speech and opposition rebuttal, I am struck with two feelings: 1) inspiration for the power of prose in presenting new ideas and 2) bias toward action. I could not fall asleep last night with ideas and possibilities swirling in my head, so I wrote down my thoughts and decided to share them with you today. After President Joe Biden’s Inaugural address, I challenged his administration as well as a bipartisan Congress to take on some key issues, and it was evident in last night’s address that they had risen to the challenge.

First…


In 2020, every board we worked with was asking the same question — how do we as a board truly commit to racial equity and social justice? Last summer we wrote a post, “7 Actions Nonprofits Can Take to Be Anti-Racist Organizations” with some ideas that we have successfully implemented with clients. I’m so pleased that my colleagues and fellow allies — Carole Rylander, CFRE of Rylander Associates; Rachel Branaman, CEO of Talem Consulting; and Barbara Shelton, CFRE, VP of M. Gale & Associates — took on the challenge of creating a board workbook that goes even deeper. …


During COVID-19, everyone went into baking mode. Last year, it was all about banana bread. This year, for my family, it is about the best homemade ice cream for our upcoming Memorial Day Bash. We have a family recipe, but I wanted to kick it up a notch. I reimagined the model of what I thought the recipe for ice cream was and came up with something even better. Every year we encourage our clients to reimagine their programs and services. They each have their own recipes, but sometimes you need to rethink everything to create an award winner or…


This time last year we all pivoted from in-person meetings to Zoom and Teams meetings to protect each other during the early days of the pandemic. Shortly after that, the Social Impact Architects’ team wrote a blog on best practices for online meetings to help nonprofit leaders make the most of this format, which was new to many of us. Now, with the world opening up again, in-person meetings are returning. As a refresher, we want to share our best practices for energizing your social sector meetings, whether in person or online.

Dave Barry said it best: “If you had…


After our recent national survey and webinar, which we discussed in a recent post, I wanted to dig deeper into the financial results. First, the bad news from the surveydue to COVID-19, 17% of nonprofits reorganized, 13% reduced overhead and 10% postponed programs. But, there is a silver lining — 70% of nonprofits expect growth in 2021 and have prioritized “expanding revenue generation” as their top priority.

I asked one of our partners on this project, John Gillespie of Charles River CFO, about these priorities and how to tackle them. We had a great conversation that resulted in…


Spring always reminds me of one of my family’s favorite pastimes — baseball. When my nephew Alexander was first learning to play a few years ago, I got a chance to help him practice for a game. At practice, he was struggling with hitting the ball, and I finally realized his error — he wasn’t watching the ball. He was watching everything but the ball — his teammates clowning around, the pitcher, the audience — and he got lost in all the chaos. When I taught him to focus on the ball and only the ball, he hit it almost…


Last Sunday, we sprung forward with Daylight Saving Time. It was a perfect analogy for how many of us are feeling — we have been in a holding pattern for the past year and we are ready to spring forward into 2021. Right now, the №1 question I have been hearing is: “What does the future hold and what do I do about strategic planning?” We recently worked with a cohort of nonprofits in the Truckee/Lake Tahoe area and helped them answer this question. We hope by sharing this discussion it will help bring clarity to your organization’s next steps.


One of my favorite days of the year is Super Bowl Sunday — and this last one was no exception. The big game is not the only reason the day is interesting — the commercials are always a highlight. While our team is a fan of proactive corporate social responsibility (see our related Forbes article), we also love companies that tie their brands directly to social good.

On the flip side, we have also seen commercials that are so good the brand gets lost. You’ve seen these before too — you walk away loving a clever commercial, without knowing who…


“Sustainability” has been a buzzword in the social sector for the past few years, but what does it really mean? Everyone agrees that sustainability is an important factor to evaluate the resiliency of social sector organizations, but few have agreed on a simple path for nonprofits to reach it.

Over the past few years, we have worked together with more than 70 nonprofits from across the country to co-create a straightforward way to achieve sustainability. To distill the concept, we developed the following formula:

Sustainability = High-impact + High-performance Organizations

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