Social sector organizations differ from private sector businesses in obvious ways: tax status, fundraising methods, size of ambitions, relationships with the public sector, and extrinsic drivers for scale. Yet they are subject to the same pressures and patterns as any group human venture. The resources below borrow from the best of the for-profit and non-profit worlds to help socially-minded ventures fulfill their unique missions.

The Next Us resources

The Three Machines: Nonprofit Edition
Revenue and Relationships
Strategic Planning for Nonprofits
Scaling a Small Business

Sector innovation

Stanford Social Innovation Review
Open Philanthropy Project
Inside the Omidyar Network…, David Callahan (Feb 2019)
Chronicle of Philanthropy

Board governance

Compasspoint board governance resources
Compasspoint executive transition resources
Compasspoint finance and budgeting resources
Guiding Principles of Board Governance, IIA
La Piana governance and leadership resources
La Piana nonprofit M&A resources

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)

Nonprofit Leadership at a Crossroads, Mistinguette Smith (NPQ)
50 Ideas for Cultivating Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace, Jennifer Kim
Challenging Assumptions and Practices in Board Diversity, Josephine Ramirez

Development and fundraising

5 Metrics Fundraisers Need to Know to Retain Their Donors, npENGAGE
Fundraising tips for boards, Boardsource
Association of Fundraising Professionals
Association of Fundraising Professionals Guides & Resources
Veritus Group


Study: Audience churn and retention, JCA
Case study: TPAC achieves huge subscription ROI via segmentation strategies, JCA
AMA: Growing your subscription base, JCA
CRM optimization, JCA
The Art of Relevance, Nina Simon

Data strategy and tools

Open Datasets for Good: Urban Poverty (DataKind)

Arts organizations

The Art of the Turnaround, Michael M. Kaiser
Strategic Planning in the Arts: A Practical Guide, Michael M. Kaiser
Curtains?: The Future of the Arts in America, Michael M. Kaiser
The Cycle, Michael M. Kaiser
Mad Scenes and Exit Arias, Heidi Waleson
Excellent arts organization strategic plan example: SFGMC 2019-2023)
The Engagement Revolution: James Irvine Foundation (2013-2016)

Here are some of our most recent nonprofit clients:

“Mark is brilliant — on so many levels. He brings a deep understanding of the landscape and forces driving the many segments across the technology industry, as well as the nonprofit and government sectors, making him a strategic partner with a broad set of reference points. The project he led for me became a collaboration that transformed the strategy of the organization I represented and foretold broader movements in the industry. The work we did together continues to be a defining moment of my career.”

Wendy Conway Head of Marketing, Omidyar Network

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