Science of the Nonprofit Starvation Cycle

While many nonprofits are used to working with scarcity—in fact, I often think too many nonprofits are so rooted in their framework of scarcity—not enough dollars, people, time, energy, etc.—that they can’t even dream in a framework of prosperity.

A professor of  psychology and public affairs at Princeton and an economist from Harvard—have affirmed what they call the scarcity mindset.  They have shown that a brain focused on what a person is lacking becomes obsessed with that missing thing to the exclusion of all else and, as Read more

Learning from Other’s Mistakes

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America was all over the news of late, having had its federal funding temporarily frozen.  According to the Inspector General’s Office of the Department of Justice, the national organization has done a poor job of complying with federal standards for accounting for more than $23 million of federal grant dollars received.  While the Fed’s expectations are not, by any means, light and easy, they are generally clear and straightforward, particularly for an organization with a track record of receiving federal Read more