Winter 2008 - Digital Issue

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Building the Power Grid

Winter 2008: Volume 15, Issue 4


  • The Nonprofit Ethicist
    In the competitive marketplace, should you offer higher salaries to retain an eroding staff? by Woods Bowman

  • Dancing with Uncertainty: Keeping the Heat and Lights on in the Nonprofit Sector
    What have the nonprofit and philanthropic infrastructures accomplished? What is their task? by the editors

  • The U.S. Nonprofit Infrastructure Mapped
    Take a visual tour through the overlapping structure of organizations on which nonprofits and philanthropy depend. by David O. Renz

  • Accelerants: The Nonprofit Infrastructure on Fire
    If it didn’t exist, there would be a movement to create it. by Elizabeth Boris

  • Four Futures
    Not all future nonprofit scenarios are rosy. by Paul Light

  • Infrastructure in Action: Bolstering Nonprofit Community Developers
    The nonprofit community development infrastructure provides a compelling example of how infrastructure should work and what happens when it doesn’t. by Rick Cohen


  • One Step Removed: The U.S. Nonprofit Sector and the World
    In other countries, the kind of innovation that is vital for the future of U.S. nonprofits abounds. by Geoff Mulgan

  • Nonprofits: The DNA of Democracy
    The nonprofit sector is the doorway through which millions of Americans pursue civic opportunities that are the hallmark of a healthy democracy. by Cynthia M. Gibson

  • Nonprofits and Philanthropy: Scenario I—An Interview with Kelvin Taketa and Chris Van Bergeijk
    Nonprofits and one foundation are working to create a culture of mutual accountability in Hawaii. Can it work? by the editors

  • Seizing the Day: Opportunity in the Wake of Crisis—An Interview with Lester Salamon
    Nonprofits can advance where for-profits fear to tread. by the editors

  • Nonprofits and Philanthropy: Scenario II—An Interview with Ralph Smith
    The relationship between nonprofits and foundation philanthropists was once mutually exclusive, but not anymore. by the editors

  • An Era of Powerful Possibility
    To face the new world order, we must abandon our practices of distrust, fragmentation, and control in favor of true collaboration between nonprofits and funders. by Margaret Wheatley

  • Obama Campaign Provides Lessons for Nonprofits
    Go to school on the Obama campaign. by Paul Schmitz

  • Substantial Activity: Building Nonprofit Political Heft
    The historic achievements of U.S. nonprofits are many, but those in the sector need to ensure that there will be many more to come. by Tim Delaney

  • The Dialogue Challenge: Nonprofits’ Central Role in the Conversation
    Nonprofits need to participate in the dialogue on solutions to social and economic inequality. by James Jennings

  • Weasels on the March: The Struggle for Charitable Accountability in an Indifferent Sector
    Why weasels can’t self-regulate and what should be done about it. by Dean Zerbe



  • Dr. Conflict
    A nonprofit employee’s off time is a sacred space, right? by Mark Light


  • Watchdog Wanted: Making the Case for Internal Oversight of the Nonprofit Sector
    It’s time for an independent nonprofit inspector general. by Scott Harshbarger and Steven Netishen


  • Hybrid Organizations: More Than Just a New Fuel—An Interview with Steve Dubb
    Can hybrid organizations perform better and deliver more than traditional nonprofits? by the editors


  • The Opportunities and Dilemmas of Technology Support Organizations
    It’s not about technology; it’s about what you do with it. by Michael Gilbert


  • Stoking the Nonprofit Advocacy Engine
    Strong advocacy makes for a strong nonprofit sector. by Gita Gulati-Partee


  • The Research System: A Public Utility on Which All Nonprofits (Should Be Able to) Depend
    Accomplishments notwithstanding, the nonprofit research infrastructure needs to move to the next level. by Jon Pratt

  • The Take-Away
    A summary of the articles in this issue


  • In Desperate Times, Bad News Is Good News for Fundraising
    In nonprofit politics, the commando approach has it pros and cons. by Phil Anthrop