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‘Unparalleled Leadership’: Lessons From the CEO of a Top Children’s Hospital

On the occasion of his retirement from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, its longtime CEO reflects on bringing people together, pursuing a vision, and other elements of leading well.

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Team of Teams: An Emerging Organizational Model

The social sector is moving toward a model that emphasizes decentralized autonomy, meritocracy, and a sense of partnership—a model in which team members work together in fluid, constantly changing ways.

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Our Core Principles: High Impact at Scale, Yes, but Serve Others Always

Here, the fruit of their long and rich experience, are the authors’ foundational principles as active observers, advisors, and leaders in the social sector.

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How Two Figures Shaped Our Core Principles on Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leadershi

Encounters with Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka, and Roy Prosterman, founder of Landesa, had a decisive influence on how the authors think about achieving impact at scale.

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Our Call to Action: Join Together for Social Impact

Regardless of their political views, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, or gender, there is much work that all Americans can do to join together in common purpose.

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Philanthropists, Nonprofit Executives, and Board Members Must Awaken to the Dawn of the Impact Era

We are entering a new era. Increasingly, philanthropists are grounding their generosity in decisions that focus on having real impact, and nonprofits are refocusing their strategies to maximize that impact.

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Recent Publications

Learning to Live in a Team-of-Teams World

Five years ago, Bill Drayton described the emergence of a new organizational model for the social sector. This article for SSIR highlights recent research on the promise of that model.

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Most Nonprofits Aren’t Ready for the Coming Impact Era

A survey of more than 3,000 nonprofit sector stakeholders illuminates shortcomings in performance that limit the impact potential of many organizations.

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Earning the Right to Scale

Throughout the nonprofit sector, scaling is viewed as a cardinal imperative. Is your organization truly ready to expand its impact? Here, presented in an article for SSIR, is a tool to help you find out.

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The Four Questions to Ask When Serving on a Nonprofit Board

From McKinsey Quarterly, a brief guide to serving as a nonprofit board member.

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Filling Essential Gaps in Nonprofit Leadership

The Stanford Survey on Leadership and Management in the Nonprofit Sector shows that most nonprofits fall short in important areas of performance. This article, from SSIR, discusses ways to help solve this problem.

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How to Get the $300 Billion More That Nonprofits Need to Make a Difference

A call to action for the Impact Era, published in the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

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"Your Engine of Impact" Series

Your Engine of Impact: Mission

The first post in an eight-part GuideStar series on key insights from Engine of Impact.

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Your Engine of Impact: Strategy

The second post in an eight-part GuideStar series on key insights from Engine of Impact.

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Your Engine of Impact: Impact Evaluation

The third post in an eight-part GuideStar series on key insights from Engine of Impact.

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Your Engine of Impact: Insight and Courage

The fourth post in an eight-part GuideStar series on key insights from Engine of Impact.

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Your Engine of Impact: Organization and Talent

The fifth post in an eight-part GuideStar series on key insights from Engine of Impact.

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Your Engine of Impact: Funding

The sixth post in an eight-part GuideStar series on key insights from Engine of Impact.

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Your Engine of Impact: Board Governance

The seventh post in an eight-part GuideStar series on key insights from Engine of Impact.

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Your Engine of Impact: Scaling

The final post in an eight-part GuideStar series on key insights from Engine of Impact.

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"Fundamentals, Not Fads" Series

Fundamentals, Not Fads

The experience of prize-winning social sector leaders highlights the enduring lessons of nonprofit management. Part one of a six-part SSIR series.

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Mission Matters Most

To thrive, a nonprofit organization must develop and adhere to a clear statement of its core purpose. Part two of a six-part SSIR series.

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Fundraising Is Fundamental (If Not Always Fun)

Overcoming a reluctance to ask people for money is a crucial step that every nonprofit leader must make. Part three of a six-part SSIR series.

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A Better Board Will Make You Better

High-performing nonprofits benefit from having a board of directors that functions as more than a rubber stamp. Part four of a six-part SSIR series.

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Nothing Succeeds Like Succession

One test of a nonprofit organization hinges on whether it can manage a difficult leadership transition. Part five of a six-part SSIR series.

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Clear Measurement Counts

A commitment to impact evaluation is the mark of a nonprofit organization that takes its work seriously. Part six of a six-part SSIR series.

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Other Articles

How to Be a Better Nonprofit Board Member

Suggestions for applying the fundamentals of corporate governance to charitable organizations.

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The Rise of Social Capital Market Intermediaries

Donors and grantmakers are allocating money more efficiently, thanks to the emergence of information and funding intermediaries.

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In the Black with BRAC

A case study of BRAC, widely considered to be the largest NGO in the world.

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Curbing Mission Creep

A profile of the Rural Development Institute (now known as Landesa), an organization that remained single-mindedly devoted to its mission.

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The Ratings Game

An evaluation of three organizations—the Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, and Charity Watch—that rate nonprofit organizations.

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Investing in Society

Charitable donors should think of themselves as “investors” and should expect returns, just like a stock market investor would.

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