Nonprofit

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8/20/12

The new era of commonalities

This summer, the Stanford Social Innovation Review released an article entitled “In Search of the Hybrid Ideal” by Julie Battilana, Matthew Lee, John Walker, and Cheryl Dorsey. In the article, the authors identify four challenges for nonprofits that seek to combine aspects of a classic charitable organization with features of a commercial enterprise.  While limitations to legal structure and financial markets create roadblocks, […]

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8/13/12

Time to check in: How’s your strategy?

Every strategy is based upon a set of assumptions, some of which prove to be true and others false. Those assumptions play out real time, each and every day.  Now that you are half-way through the calendar year, you may find the need to reality check your current strategy.  At Corona, we define strategy as a coordinated series […]

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8/7/12

Of the Higgs boson and lavender farms

I celebrated my 2nd annual birthday stay-cation with a trip to Palisade, Colorado.  The draw?  Their annual Lavender Festival and a day-long bus tour to five lavender growers.  While I learned about the different species of lavender and what it takes to grow lavender successfully on the semi-arid Western Slope, I learned much more about a group of enterprising […]

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7/27/12

Changemakers and the Synergistic Business Model

Recently, Karla posted an article on CausePlanet.org introducing that readership to Corona’s Synergistic Business Model™. You can read Karla’s article, “Naming and claiming the nonprofit business model,” on CausePlanet. Denise McMahan, Founder/Publisher of CausePlanet, provided the following commentary on this article and the Synergistic Business Model™ in relation to a new book by Beverly Schwartz […]

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6/20/12

Synergistic Business Model on CausePlanet.org

Karla Raines has been on the forefront of shaping the nonprofit sector’s thinking about business models.  Check out her recent article on CausePlanet.org: “Naming and claiming the nonprofit business model.” While we’ve been using and promoting Corona Insights’ Synergistic Business Model™  for quite a while, it was exciting to see it on this widely used and […]

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5/21/12

Corona launches beta of Co-Strategy

Last week, Corona launched the beta version of Co-Strategy, a digital collaboratory designed exclusively for nonprofit agency executives to think and act strategically. We celebrated this milestone with a special breakfast and invited a few dozen nonprofit agency executives to participate in our beta test of the platform. Click here to learn more about Co-Strategy. Stay […]

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3/23/12

CWEE featured on PBS

The Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE) was featured on a recent PBS NewsHour feature, “To Receive Welfare, Should Drug Tests Be Required?” CWEE’s executive director Laurie Harvey, who has been working with single mothers for 30 years, is interviewed in the clip as Colorado is one of the states considering this new measure. […]

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2/27/12

The vortex of anxiety

Anxiety in organizations is like a vortex – a whirling mass with suction capable of drawing into its current everyone that surrounds it.  I’ve experienced the vortex firsthand in my strategic consulting work.  I’ve learned that the vortex exists when leadership is absent or insufficient.  More specifically, I’ve witnessed it swirl, suck and consume the […]

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2/21/12

Inspiring the next era nonprofit association

Inspire – to motivate, to stimulate to action, to bring about, to fill with enlivening or exalting emotion As a consultant, I strive to do more than advise, provide expertise or facilitate decision making.  I want to inspire my customers to believe they can do and be more than they are today.  Not only do […]

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2/1/12

Foresights Exemplified – Hello, Nonprofit Business Model

As consultants, we have the privileged opportunity to learn from each customer engagement.  We also practice at our professions. After all that’s what it means to be a practitioner. Each consulting engagement provides a forum for me to hone my associative thinking skills – an opportunity to make connections across ideas and customers – and […]

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