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4 Tips for Crafting Your Organization’s Core Values

Submitted by Shawn Durr on January 16, 2024 - 15:12

4 Tips for Crafting Your Organization’s Core Values

If your mission is the blueprint for your organization’s work – the what, why, and for whom – and the vision is the artist’s rendering of the realization of that mission, then organizational values are your ethical and moral compass and the foundation of your decision-making process. They serve as a guide for how things get done and inform your day-to-day work routines, interactions and approaches.   

2023: The Year in Review

Submitted by Shawn Durr on December 13, 2023 - 11:37

2023: The Year in Review

As we reflect on this past year, our hearts are filled with gratitude for the incredible journey and the impactful strides we have made together. In 2023, our commitment to building healthy nonprofits and fostering thriving communities has propelled us to forge new partnerships and broaden our reach.

The Collaboration Spectrum: From Full Integration to More Flexible Approaches for Achieving Impact

Submitted by Shawn Durr on November 7, 2023 - 15:44

The Collaboration Spectrum: From Full Integration to More Flexible Approaches for Achieving Impact

When we think about strategic partnerships in the nonprofit industry, we often default to considering mergers as the primary form of integration. While mergers represent a fully integrated partnership, it is essential to recognize that they are not the sole option. In fact, there are various ways to collaborate, ranging from co-locating services in a peer organization to submitting joint funding proposals or when two organizations launch co-created programs for the benefit of both.

From Doubt to Trust: 4 Tips for Harnessing the Power of Consultancy for Nonprofit Excellence

Submitted by Shawn Durr on September 26, 2023 - 17:31

From Doubt to Trust: 4 Tips for Harnessing the Power of Consultancy for Nonprofit Excellence

At a recent M+S presentation to a group of for-profit and nonprofit leaders, we asked attendees, “When you hear the term consulting services, what comes to mind?” The group’s answers to this question showed a surprising level of antipathy towards consultants. 

Here’s what they said:   

  • “Telling others [about] problems they already know.”  

  • How's this response for cynicism, "Make money."  

  • One person simply responded, “Expensive.”  

Bridging the Nonprofit Technology Gap: The Keystone Solutions Platform

Submitted by Shawn Durr on September 26, 2023 - 17:07

Bridging the Nonprofit Technology Gap: The Keystone Solutions Platform

In today's fast-paced digital world, many nonprofits find themselves challenged by a widening technology gap. In a nonprofit trend report from Salesforce, which tracks global trends from 1,600 nonprofit leaders, 74% of nonprofits reported that digital transformation was a “need-to-have” or “must-have.” These findings reflect a growing recognition among nonprofit organizations that embracing technology is critical to achieving and growing mission impact. 

Good Communication Requires Discernment

Submitted by Shawn Durr on September 7, 2023 - 14:28

Good Communication Requires Discernment

Earlier in my career, I taught an interpersonal communication class at a university in northern Illinois. At the end of a lesson on active listening, I asked students to share a key take-away from the lesson. One student vigorously raised his hand and said, “Oh, oh, Ms. Caribeaux, I learned that it is important to think before you speak.” I was struck by the conviction with which he made that simple statement but appreciated this profound insight.  

Effective Communication is the Currency of the Realm

Submitted by Shawn Durr on September 7, 2023 - 13:13

Effective Communication is the Currency of the Realm

Our society has come to greatly value content generation, the virtual equivalent of talking. Social media influencers can make anywhere from $10 to $10,000 per post! Listening has become a lost art. 

A 2021 LinkedIn report in which 400 U.S. companies with 100,000 employees (about the seating capacity of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum) were surveyed, cited an average loss per company of $62.4 million per year because of inadequate communication to and between employees!  

Keystone Alliance and Mission + Strategy Join Forces

Submitted by Shawn Durr on August 30, 2023 - 14:27

Keystone Alliance and Mission + Strategy Join Forces

Photos of leadership: Greg Petersen, CEO, Jean Butzen, Founder, and Judie Caribeaux, CCO

Providing Nonprofit Organizations with A Single Source for All of Their Back-Office and Strategic Collaboration Needs

We are thrilled to announce that Mission + Strategy (M+S), a nonprofit collaboration services provider founded by Jean Butzen in 2006, is joining the Keystone Alliance (Keystone) family of organizations.

For discussion: How Many Nonprofits?

Submitted by Jean Butzen on August 15, 2018 - 09:39

For discussion: How Many Nonprofits?

This blog post is by Jean Butzen, Founder and President; you can read more about Jean and learn how to contact her here.

I read this article and found it so interesting I wanted to ask our blog readers: do you agree with its conclusions? What do you think of how it supports its arguments?

Helping Board Members Read the Signs for a Nonprofit Merger

Submitted by Jean Butzen on June 5, 2014 - 13:28

Helping Board Members Read the Signs for a Nonprofit Merger

In this age of tremendous change and economic uncertainty, I am often asked by board members if they should consider a merger strategy for their nonprofit organization. Board members who work in the for-profit sector are familiar with the signs leading up to a merger in their own business arena, but not necessarily for the nonprofit sector. Have you seen these signs?