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Nell Edgington
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Attended Reed College
Lives in Austin, TX


Really smart analysis of the whole @COF_ Shark-Tank nonprofit contest debate: from the wise @david_henderson
The Council on Foundations made a stink last week with their proposal to hold a Shark Tank style competition where nonprofits would pitch for a $40000 grand prize before a live audience. The idea was largely derided by the social sector, so much so that the Council on Foundations ended up ...
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Check out the upcoming webinar on the Performance Imperative: #nonprofit #outcomes
We rely on the social sector to meet urgent needs and address pervasive problems, and we cannot afford for organizations to deliver anything other than high performance. But what does “high performance” look like? In the past year, a group of leaders has come together around the mission to ...
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Social outcomes require strong enterprises. Mythbusting & wise advice from #npfinance:
It’s been a couple of weeks since the 4th Annual Nonprofit Finance and Sustainability Conference that Nonprofits Assistance Fund co-hosts with Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, and I’m still thinking about the topics, questions, and discussions from that day. The conference could not have had a better start than the keynote from Rodney Christopher, a Director on the Capital Deployment Team at F.B. Heron Foundation, on building strong nonprofit en...
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Nonprofit financial info can be insightful & fun. See @JeffersonCtr annual report. Brilliant.
The Jefferson Center is a nonpartisan organization committed to advancing democratic, citizen-driven solutions to community and public issues.
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New research suggests that altruism makes employees more innovative and engaged.
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The 5 Most Promising Trends in Philanthropy via @forbes#nonprofit
1. Impact investing is seen as the most promising trend by most philanthropists, 52%, worldwide, according to the BNP Paribas Individual Philanthropy Index 2015. While not strictly philanthropy, impact investing, which prioritizes social and environmental returns before financial returns, is exciting to many people who care about philanthropy and [...]
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To summarize their list: 1. Impact Investing; 2. Collaborative Philanthropy; 3. Sharing of data, best practices, needs & skills; 4. Addressing the root causes of social problems; & 5. Venture Philanthropy! 
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Really enjoyed this podcast convo about the changing nonprofit landscape: #fundraising #philanthropy
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Quite a debate going on here: Opinion: Nobody Needs a ‘Shark Tank’ in Philanthropy #nonprofit
The Council on Foundations shouldn’t emulate reality television at its annual meeting, yet it has chosen to ask charities to act like circus barkers.
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How to Create a Compelling Fundraising Ask [Slideshare] #nonprofit
A Message of Impact can help your nonprofit create a cadre of donors who will support you over the long haul.
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How Scarcity Thinking Holds Nonprofits Back:
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@NatlCouncilNPs has put together a guide to help nonprofits advocate for their funding rights:
The federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued new rules that require governments at all levels – local, state, and federal – that hire nonprofits to deliver services to reimburse those nonprofits for their reasonable indire
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Fundraising and Strategy Consultant to Nonprofits
President of Social Velocity ( a nonprofit consulting company that accelerates social innovation by leading nonprofits to greater social impact and sustainability. We do this by helping nonprofits grow their impact, bring more money in the door, and use resources more effectively.
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  • Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
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Talent, Not Technology, Is The Key To Better Evaluation

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Bridging the Data Disconnect Between Nonprofits and Their Funders

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A New Strategy for Nonprofit Financing in 2012

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Using Data to Solve Social Problems: An Interview with David Henderson

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A Monster List of Social Innovation Books, Blogs, Conferences, Funders

Social Velocity provides a huge list of social innovation books, blogs, conferences, funders and organizations that nonprofit and social ent

Nonprofits as Equal Partners in the Economy: An Interview with Robert Egger

Social Velocity interviews nonprofit advocate, Robert Egger, about what the nonprofit sector needs to do to take their rightful, equal place

What Nonprofits Can Learn From Netflix

Netflix's recent mistakes with their customers can be instructive to nonprofits in how to treat their supporters.

Notes from the Field: From the White House Forum on Philanthropy Innovation

Thanks to Jonathan Greenblatt and his team from the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, I spent a day discussin

10 Great Social Innovation Reads: August 2012

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5 Hard Questions Every Nonprofit Should Ask

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To Innovate, Play with Pieces Off the Game Board

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Why Nonprofit Overhead is Destructive

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Raising Money to Grow On: Putting the Strategic Plan in Place

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The Road to a Better World is Jammed with Red Bikes

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Financing Not Fundraising Webinar Series

Social Velocity is launching a webinar series that takes the concept of Financing Not Fundraising and breaks it down into basic steps.

Teaching Children How to Give Back

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10 Great Social Innovation Reads: October

Social Velocity picks the 10 most interesting articles and blog posts in the world of social innovation in October.

Financing Not Fundraising E-Book

Social Velocity is releasing today a 27-page e-book outlining a way for nonprofits to move from ineffective fundraising to successfully fina