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interSector�s Take Five for Friday

December 19th, 2014 4:08pm

A weekly(-ish) roundup of what what’s new or newsworthy with us, our clients, our partners and friends. Mostly professional, some personal – with a focus on the positive.

Our 2014 Holiday Edition toasts:

Holiday-themed nonprofit board humor with ‘Twas the Night of the Board Meeting, our good-natured take on board dynamics and fundraising. An annual staple since 2003.

Cohorts past, present and future. Celebrating the Colorado Nonprofit Social Enterprise Exchange Inaugural and 2015 Cohorts with friends, our new business mentors and

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interSectors Five for Friday

December 12th, 2014 11:23am

A weekly(-ish) roundup of what what’s new or newsworthy with us, our clients, our partners and friends. Mostly professional, some personal – with a focus on the positive.

- Same name, (slightly) different game. interSector Partners, L3C may  have been the earliest adopter of the term “intersector” to focus on the evolving field of cross-sector work, but we’re excited to share the space with colleagues at The Intersector Project who are doing impressive work on the research side of cross- and tri-sector collaboration.

- Art Restart Redux. We’re just so darned proud to see Colorado Social Enterprise Exchange Inaugural Cohort graduate The Gathering Place get some amazing coverage in 5280 Magazine – and to learn that one of the artists received a royalty check ...

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interSectors Five for Friday

November 21st, 2014 11:35am

A weekly roundup of what what’s new or newsworthy with us, our clients, our partners and friends. Mostly professional, some personal – with a focus on the positive.

1. Finding the intersection of your passion, economic driver and what you can be best in the world at, and the ability to fully accessorize your hedgehog.

2. The trials and tribulations of being a board chair and a new resource from Emily Davis & Associates Consulting to help build skills, seek support and discuss cha ...

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interSectors Five for Friday

November 14th, 2014 11:29am

A weekly roundup of what what’s new or newsworthy with us, our clients, our partners and friends. Mostly professional, some personal – with a focus on the positive.

1. Awards. Including the Longmont Chamber’s Small Business of the Year for interSector’s weekly planning meeting location (and home to some really awesome people) Red Frog Coffee

2. Project Wrap-Ups. Completed our fifth year of facilitation and consulting services for the Denver HIV Resources Planning Council’s Ryan White Act Priorities and Allocation Setting Process and put the finishing touches on a comprehensive sustainability plan for Colorado Heights University. Grateful to engage with two groups doing such vastly different, but equally important work. ...

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interSectors Five for Friday

November 7th, 2014 6:02pm

A weekly roundup of what what’s new or newsworthy with us, our clients, our partners and friends. Mostly professional, some personal – with a focus on the positive.

1.       As the NB3 Foundation executive director search continues, we had the pleasure of talking with some exceptional, talented, visionary candidates from around the country.

2.       One simple question: “Who’s selling pies?” opened a flood gate of Pie in the Sky enthusiasm. (Project Angel Heart board chair, Lorii, was fastest on the draw and earned our order.)

3.       Who can blame us if our co-branded Art Restart cards make us want to escape ...

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Impact Investor Education Event Series to Support HUB Boulder

June 19th, 2012 4:57pm

As you may know, Rick and I are involved in an exciting new initiative serving social entrepreneurs – HUB Boulder. Part of a global network of co-working locations, HUB Boulder is a place-based community for changemakers opening this fall.

Over the last year, we’ve been hard at work assessing feasibility, raising money, selecting a great location (Walnut and Broadway in downtown Boulder) and gathering like-minded people to help build the HUB Boulder community. With 68 members to-date (4 months before we open!!!), a number of great events and a whole lot of learning, together we will have a HUB to be proud of—many of our approaches and some of our initial programming are already being touted as models for other HUBS – with such an amazing group of members and friends, it’s no doubt that trend will continue.

From time to time on our blog, we’ll provide ...

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Nonprofits need to be more business-like

February 1st, 2012 10:45am - Posted By: Caryn Capriccioso

Nonprofits need to be more “business-like” – There, I said it.

If the recent decision by Susan G. Komen Foundation to defund Planned Parenthood’s cancer screening services to low-income women tells us anything, it’s that donors drive how nonprofits deliver on their missions.

When will the sector finally understand that a more sustainable path is open to them? Rather than begging for funds, changing policies based on political whims or creating programs to access new donations, let’s get focused on the business at hand.

Earned income strategies and social enterprise solutions are not only possible for nonprofits, they are essential for survival. An entire world of opportunity awaits the organizations that are willing to set aside the traditional donor-focused fundraising universe and focus on business metrics and strategies for sustainability.

I've made my last apology for saying that nonprofits ne ...

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To Engage or not to Engage

July 25th, 2011 4:22pm - Posted By: Caryn Capriccioso

Question during an interSector training on stakeholder engagement:

“What do you do if you work for a nonprofit with a visionary, innovative, entrepreneurial executive director who doesn’t believe that we need to ask our stakeholders for their opinions?”

Good question, eh?

What do you think?

Are there times when you don’t need to engage stakeholders? Times when you do?

And, does it have anything to do with whether your organization’s leadership thinks they have it covered?

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The Consulting Rodeo

May 26th, 2011 7:19pm - Posted By: Caryn Capriccioso

A while back a nonprofit client said, “I can tell this ain’t your first rodeo.” His fellow board members, Rick and I all had a knowing chuckle—yes, you are right. We’ve done this before. We’ve helped a group like yours with similar problem like yours; several times, in fact. We bring their experiences to helping you through yours. We understand and know just what to do…

I know that this board member made the rodeo statement with the most positive of intentions. He was simply shining a light on our expertise and using a humor to make light of their tough circumstances. And it worked.

But, it also got me thinking about two ends of the consulting continuum:

1.  Making sure the client feels comfortable and confident in your ability to help them through this (often) common issue, problem or situation they are not sure how to face. You can help because you’ve seen this thing many times, yo ...

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How should you treat your best donors/supporters?

February 9th, 2011 3:11pm - Posted By: Rick Zwetsch

First…the set-up from one of our favorite marketing and customer experience gurus of all time. Get familiar with Seth Godin, if you’re not already, and you’ll be smarter every day until the day the world ends!

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How should you treat your best customers?

[Source: Seth Godin’s Blog]

Here's what most businesses do with their best customers: They take the money.

The biggest fan of that Broadway show, the one who comes a lot and sits up front? She's paying three times what the person just three rows back paid.

That loyal Verizon customer, the one who hasn't traded in his phone and has a contract for six years running? He's generating far more profit tha ...

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