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Rebuilding Exchange – An Innovative Model for Sustainability and Reuse

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Dear Readers, in addition to writing on a variety of for-profit and non-profit topics, beginning with this post I’ll also be contributing occasional stories where I profile successful non-profit social enterprises in order to share their inspiring stories.

Rebuilding Exchange (RX), a Chicago based non-profit social enterprise focused on re-purposing reclaimed building materials, was recently awarded the 2015 Excellence in Art and Culture Award from the Lincoln Park Chicago Chamber of Commerce. Caitlin Grey, Outreach Coordinator for RX was on hand ...

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5 Ways to Get Your Nonprofit Board to Stop Underperforming

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A recent survey by Board Source Leading with Intent reveals that only 1 in 5 Executive Directors/CEO’s strongly agree that they have the right Board members for their organization. It concluded that if a Board isn’t thoughtfully composed as it relates to skill sets, leadership styles, and diversity of thought and background, it is less likely to excel in other areas of board performance.

Several theories have been proposed about why some nonprofit Boards underperform and remedies tested, yet the problem ...

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Outstanding Nonprofit Management! Hallmark #7: Accountability and Integrity

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Welcome to the final installment of my seven-part series on Outstanding Nonprofit Management. If you have not seen the first six posts visit: www.synthesis.biz/synergies

This series is inspired by the Axelson Center’s Alford-Axelson Award Review Committee’s use of the following seven Hallmarks of Nonprofit Managerial Excellence℠ in order to assess the nonprofit management and performance of award applicants:

• Mission and Program
• Leadership and Governance
• Strategy and Innovation
• Human Resources
• Financial Strength and Performance
• Resource Generation ...

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Outstanding Nonprofit Management! Hallmark #6: Resource Generation and External Relations

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Welcome to the sixth installment of my seven-part series on Outstanding Nonprofit Management. If you have not seen the first five posts visit: www.synthesis.biz/synergies

This series is inspired by the Axelson Center’s Alford-Axelson Award Review Committee’s use of the following seven Hallmarks of Nonprofit Managerial Excellence℠ in order to assess the nonprofit management and performance of award applicants:

• Mission and Program
• Leadership and Governance
• Strategy and Innovation
• Human Resources
• Financial Strength and Performance
• Resource Generation ...

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Outstanding Nonprofit Management! Hallmark #5: Financial Strength and Performance

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Welcome to the fifth installment of my seven-part series on Outstanding Nonprofit Management. If you have not seen the first four posts visit: www.synthesis.biz/synergies

This series is inspired by the Axelson Center’s Alford-Axelson Award Review Committee’s use of the following seven Hallmarks of Nonprofit Managerial Excellence℠ in order to assess the nonprofit management and performance of award applicants:

• Mission and Program
• Leadership and Governance
• Strategy and Innovation
• Human Resources
• Financial Strength and Performance
• Resource Generation ...

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