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Why Every Collaboration Needs Controversy

Why Every Collaboration Needs Controversy

“It’s not polite to talk about politics, money or religion.” Like most Americans, this was the advice I was given growing up. It was meant as advice to help avoid awkward conflict and it sent a clear message – some topics are too personal to discuss openly. For many...
Rumination, Reflection & Communities of Practice

Rumination, Reflection & Communities of Practice

Community is a hot topic these days. After years of pandemic separation and responding to crisis after crisis, we’re seeing more energy and interest in collaboration than ever before. When we launched Profit & Purpose last year, we noted that nonprofits and...
Vulnerability and the Power of Impact Networks

Vulnerability and the Power of Impact Networks

“Wow! That was awesome!” My colleague Helen Hope Kimbrough and I spend a lot of time together working on behalf of our nonprofit clients. She leads our community voice work, surfacing insights and wisdom from community stakeholders, which we in turn summarize and...
Three Kinds of Support Nonprofit Leaders Need

Three Kinds of Support Nonprofit Leaders Need

by Helen Hope Kimbrough We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond. – Gwendolyn Brooks While in the office one day, I ran into one of our Cultivate alumni who happens to be a founder of an emerging nonprofit...
ESG 101: What does ESG mean for business?

ESG 101: What does ESG mean for business?

ESG is everywhere right now – but what does it all mean? In this week’s video blog conversation, Candice, Janet and Josh break down the ESG basics, why every company should pay attention to their impact strategy and one way any business can get started. Whether...
Why Every Company Needs a Theory of Impact

Why Every Company Needs a Theory of Impact

How does your business determine how to make social impact investments? There is no single way that companies choose to express the public-facing ‘S’ in their ESG strategy. Some companies choose to align around a particular cause or passion. Others largely leave it up...
ESG & The Rise of the External ‘S’

ESG & The Rise of the External ‘S’

 “Woke corporations.” I suppose it was only a matter of time. Perhaps it was an inevitability. Paradigm shifts like this are bound to disrupt the status quo for many, and so it is only natural that this one would result in some unhappy people. ESG has ‘arrived’ as a...
The Next Stage Team Welcomes Susan Arrington!

The Next Stage Team Welcomes Susan Arrington!

The Next Stage team couldn’t be more excited about the addition of Susan Arrington as our brand-new Digital Content & Community Manager! Susan comes highly recommended as a collaborative community builder and an expert content strategist who is passionate about...
Hire it Out: Contractors and the Nonprofit Business Model

Hire it Out: Contractors and the Nonprofit Business Model

If you missed out on last night’s panel and happy hour event at Town Brewing, then you really missed it! It felt great to see so many of our friends together in one spot and the conversations and energy in the room were so positive. We’ll do it again soon – and we...
Why We Should Retire ‘Work-Life Balance’

Why We Should Retire ‘Work-Life Balance’

Last week I had the opportunity to speak on a panel at the Inventures Conference, an innovation-focused gathering that was held in Calgary. The topic was “Bigger Ideas for Building Impact-Driven Businesses,” structured around three limiting beliefs commonly held in...