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Principal and Partner, Helicon Collaborative
- Management consultant with 20 years working with nonprofit cultural organizations and foundations on strategy, program development and assessment.
- Program director for the arts at the James Irvine Foundation, commissioned groundbreaking research on cultural engagement and initiated innovative programs to boost cultural participation.
- Developed and managed the Knight Foundation's "Community Partners in Arts Access" program.
- Managed the Ford Foundation's $40 million "New Directions/New Donors for the Arts."
- Leadership positions at the James Irvine Foundation, TCC Group, Nonprofit Finance Fund and Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund. Conceived and launched funding initiatives in multiple areas, commissioned research, and conducted assessments of complex programs as well as individual organizations.
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- A big shift in the nonprofit business model is occurring.
- Over the past five or ten years, government support and foundation support of nonprofits has decreased, and organizations need to be much more savvy about engaging high-net-worth individuals. That can requires shifting the nonprofit business model. Organizations focused on primarily grant income need to diversify revenue streams, and change contributed and earned income expectations so they are more aligned with current revenue sources and opportunities. This may also mean examining capitalization and working capital needs.
- The changing demographics of the United States present new challenges in terms of marketing and communications.
- Nonprofit organizations are challenged to reach increasingly diverse people who speak multiple languages and have multiple levels of education. That challenge is particularly acute for organizations that serve the community, like education, arts and cultural organizations and social service organizations but is pertinent across the nonprofit sector.
- Technology platforms are changing how people can access nonprofit programming and information.
- Nonprofits are accustomed to providing direct, face-to-face services. Now, they need to navigate delivering content and support via technology and understand the different service delivery options, the opportunities, and the technology required. This is in addition to the corollary ways to use technology platforms for communications, marketing fundraising and other organizational functions.
- Government divestment in basic needs and education has affected the people nonprofits are serving.
- Because government services have been cut in many sectors, a greater onus if falling on nonprofit organizations, especially those addressing "safety net issues." More is being asked of nonprofit organizations and understanding and serving multiple constituencies with a myriad of needs involves evolving programs, delivery systems, and sometimes organizational priorities and mission.
- Environmental issues are having an impact on the economy and philanthropy.
- Climate change and events like floods, tornadoes and droughts are rightfully attracting a lot of attention. Concurrently it means government and private philanthropy resources are expended on disaster relief and rebuilding efforts. This will increasingly mean an unpredictability in the flow of money to nonprofit sector.
Nonprofit Organizational Change and Development: Key Trends