Nonprofits Plan for the Worse

December 20th, 2009 by Admin

Originally posted in The Washington Times on December 16, 2009.

By Christopher Gergen and Aaaron K. Chatterji

Even as the economy shows glimmers of recovery, a recent survey by the nonprofit consulting firm Bridgespan reminds us that the social sector has been particularly hard hit by this recession. The survey results, while sobering, also provide important management lessons for social, business and government leaders.

First, the numbers. Among the 100 responding organizations, 93 percent said they were experiencing the effects of the downturn – up from 75 percent last year. A reduction in charitable giving, foundation grants and government cuts also has taken its toll, with 80 percent of nonprofits saying they are working with less funding this year and 48 percent reporting that they are eating into their cash reserves to make up the deficit, up from 19 percent…(read more).

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Why to Start a Startup in a Bad Economy

July 14th, 2009 by Admin

Some people consider Paul Graham‘s essays to be the “Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder Letters” of startups — a must read for all serious about doing well in the field. Having read some of those essays now, it would be hard to disagree. Graham speaks truth to the power of conventional wisdom and tells it like it is, from his personal success as a startup founder and from advising over 200 other founders through Y Combinator.

One particular essay that may convince you to take the leap is this one: Why to Start a Startup in a Bad Economy.

Granted, Paul Graham’s work is focused exclusively on the technology sector, but there are invaluable lessons for startups of all kinds in this essay library. Check it out for some great reading!

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