Category Nonprofit Strategy

Two Essential Steps to Make an Impact with Your MBA

Throughout its history, the social impact sector has played host to relatively few MBAs. This is not because the degree is somehow an anathema to the sector.

Building International Community Development Strategies as a Quarterback

As a summer 2013 Quarterback (part of Quarterback’s founding cohort), I helped a non-profit organization in sub-Saharan Africa (BLOOM Africa) develop their strategy and implementation structure for future international development work. It was an extremely rewarding experience for me both personally and professionally.

Building a Bridge from Uganda to Consulting

After spending three years as a marketing and business development specialist in the construction industry, I decided I was ready for a change.  Looking for a more impactful and results-oriented career, I began to apply to business school to make the transition into human capital consulting.

Crafting Impact and Technology Strategies as a Quarterback

Headed into my MBA experience, I knew that my professional journey would be challenging.  In early 2013, I made the decision to leave a great banking career in order to try something that was non-traditional, impactful, and inspiring.  My dream was to become a facilitator of accessibility for underrepresented minorities within technology, but I had […]

Driving Sustainability in the Developing World as a Quarterback

This summer I was a part of the founding cohort of Quarterbacks and served as Zambia Business Development Manager for Spark Ventures, a Chicago-based nonprofit with international partnerships that provide children in poverty with nutrition, education and healthcare.  I was specifically worked on identifying a new business that a Spark Ventures partner organization could begin […]

Impacting Global Mobile Health as a Quarterback

I was looking forwards to enjoying some additional weeks of vacation before starting my MBA. But when the opportunity to join the Quarterback program and help Medic Mobile appeared, I just felt I couldn’t miss it. And I was right!

Model Innovation: #Trending

Clandestinely, nonprofits the world over are taking a hard look at their models. For established nonprofits phrases like “earned income” and “alternative delivery” have slipped into strategy discussions where “grant strategy” and “donor relations” used to sit prominently. Model innovation is trending. This is the first of a contemplated series tackling model innovation–subscribe to get […]

Economic Blindspot of Nonprofits?

Nonprofits may turn a blind eye to their economic reality. But it’s not where you might expect (funding)—it’s in a different realm entirely. Here I make the argument that economic principles reveal new methods of recruiting skilled volunteers. Focus on the project at hand! Skilled and traditional volunteer projects are different! Use the right tools […]

What Steps can we take to run this place out of business?

The Incredible Shrinking Nonprofit

Coming from a business perspective, the nonprofit goal of putting themselves out of business can be foreign (It still feels foreign to us). But, in a theoretical extreme, any effective nonprofit would be a shrinking one.