Blogs tagged with business model

  • John Brothers, Quidoo Consulting
    Posted: July 1, 2013

    Scaling, to many in the nonprofit sector, is a concept that originated in the business sector.  As nearly two-thirds of the sector are nonprofits that are small-to-mid-sized, the Plenary session at the Social Impact Exchange Conference titled “Lessons from Private Sector Leaders on Scaling Impact,” was an inside look at the role that business can play in driving large-scaled impact in the social sector.

    The session panelists, artfully selected and moderated, represent very different but complementary sections of thought on the issues of businesses and scaling, almost like a perfect Venn Diagram. 

  • John Gillespie, Veris Consulting
    Posted: May 10, 2013

    This post originally appeared on the Stanford Social Innovation Review's blog. It is reposted with permission.

    Scaling is critical to any nonprofit looking to increase impact—but of course, it is easier said than done. In addition to gaining board engagement around your strategy and building a focused business plan, organizations must secure sufficient capital—funds that they can raise only if potential donors have a clear enough picture of their growth plan and financials to invest with confidence.

    According to a recent study on the state of scaling impact, conducted by the Social Impact Exchange and Veris Consulting, only 24 percent of nonprofits currently scaling have started fundraising and only 42 percent have a growth business plan. When it comes to scaling, many nonprofits are trying to “build the plane while flying,” when a more disciplined approach is required.