Tossing Out Stale Beliefs About Innovation

Everyone wants to be innovative, right? But incorrect beliefs about innovation are getting in our way, and outdated attitudes are holding us back. In a recent article in Stanford Social Innovation Review, author Polina Makievsky shared a fresher perspective on six stale beliefs about how innovation ...
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eLearning: Texting for Nonprofit Program Delivery

Texting can be a powerful tool in your program toolbox. Take this short eLearning course to consider whether texting is right for your nonprofit, how you might use texting in your programs, and how to get started with texting.
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Overcoming the Obstacles to Innovation

Technology can trigger conflicting emotions. On one hand, most of us enjoy “shiny objects” in our regular lives: phones, flat screen TVs, smart thermostats, sound systems. Maybe you have one of those devices that you can tell to order more laundry soap, or ask about the agricultural products of ...
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Best of the Web: July 2017

Magic Is Not Magic A couple of weeks ago, This American Life aired an interview between Ira Glass and the magician David Blaine where they talked about Blaine’s glass eating trick. But here’s the thing. It’s not a trick. Blaine really eats glass. In fact, he’s done it so many times that his teeth ...
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SMS Case Study: Pathways to Education Canada

Helping High School Students Stay on Track Thousands of Canadian teenagers living in low-income communities drop out of school each year. Why? The reasons are complex, but it’s widely agreed that staying connected with them and providing ongoing support increases the likelihood that a student will ...
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How Can Technology Help Nonprofits Run More Efficiently?

How can technology help nonprofits run more efficiently?
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SMS Case Study: Chicago Scholars

High school students live mobile lives. They’re always on the move between home, school, after-school activities, work, friends’ houses, and hangout spots. Email is typically unreliable and phone calls are nearly impossible. For an organization that serves talented low-income students, it can be ...
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The Challenges Grantmakers Face in Supporting Technology

Can grants managers play a role in helping nonprofits get the technology funding they need to be successful? I led a discussion on this topic yesterday at the PEAK Grantmaking (formerly Grants Managers Network) conference in Hollywood, California. The breakout session, "How To Spot the Missing Tech ...
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Unleashing Innovation Case Studies: Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA)

In 2012, Idealware worked with our friends at MAP for Nonprofits on Unleashing Innovation: Lessons and Stories from a Pilot Program. Since then, the folks at MAP tested an approach to helping nonprofits identify viable opportunities for innovation. You can read all about the pilot program and read ...
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