Capacity Building: Jared Raynor calls for a renewed conversation on the topic
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Capacity Building: Jared Raynor calls for a renewed conversation on the topic

Jared Raynor (@jraynor1) recently published an interesting post on “The Return of Capacity Building” in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.  In this thoughtful piece he reflects on how capacity-building remains a cornerstone in the social science sector. Jared argues: Capacity building—the process of building the systems, structures, and skills organizations need to succeed—is getting left behind, … Continue reading

Can Foundations Adapt to a Complex World? When Conventional Tools Are Not Enough
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Can Foundations Adapt to a Complex World? When Conventional Tools Are Not Enough

Are conventional ‘strategic philanthropy’ tools – such as goal-driven strategies, multi-year agendas and rigorous evaluations – really the solution to increase the odds of success? John Kania, Mark Kramer and Patty Russell recently contributed their thoughts on the question in the Summer 2014 edition of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The authors make the following … Continue reading

“And the winner is…”: How the use of prizes can drive innovation
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“And the winner is…”: How the use of prizes can drive innovation

By: Gregory Häuptli Ever wondered how prizes can be used to spur innovation? Or what sponsors can do to deliver effective prizes? Prizes are not just for sporting events; indeed, philanthropic organizations have long used prizes to encourage and reward innovation in the social sector. A McKinsey report drew on academic literature, case studies, databases … Continue reading

What Organizational Capacities are Needed to Address the Issue of Violence against Women?
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What Organizational Capacities are Needed to Address the Issue of Violence against Women?

By Charles Lusthaus and Efrat Shemesh Violence against women remains a significant issue in Canada. In July 2013, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives published a report titled The Gap in the Gender Gap: Violence Against Women in Canada, which notes that the percentage of women who experience violence is unclear due to a lack … Continue reading

Non-Profit Organizations – Think Business Model Before You Sink
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Non-Profit Organizations – Think Business Model Before You Sink

By Charles Lusthaus and Mariane Arsenault About a year ago, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) asked Universalia to help them explore alternative ways of thinking about resource mobilization for think tanks in developing countries. In recent years, resource mobilization has become a huge challenge for non-profit research institutions, as funding has decreased while competition … Continue reading

Applicability of business models to not-for-profit organizations
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Applicability of business models to not-for-profit organizations

Universalia has been working on a research paper meant to understand whether or not the “business model” concept is applicable to not-for-profit organizations, and more particularly to research institutions in developing countries. Can we apply private sector knowledge and terminology to not-for-profit organizations? If so, how can this knowledge be used to ensure that these organizations remain … Continue reading

State of Evaluation 2010 and 2012: shedding some light on U.S. nonprofit evaluation
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State of Evaluation 2010 and 2012: shedding some light on U.S. nonprofit evaluation

Founded in 1992, the Innovation Network is an educational nonprofit organization that aims to help other nonprofits measure their own results: in providing tools, training and consulting services, the Innovation Network collaborates with nonprofit organizations across sectors and worldwide to demonstrate how evaluation can contribute to better management and the improvement of practices. Two years … Continue reading