What We’re Thinking About

“Plans Are Useless, But Planning Is Everything.”*

Posted on September 13th, 2013 · Posted in What We're Thinking About

Strategic plans. We spend thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars, creating them.  Countless hours are spent bringing people to the process, writing, rewriting, and seeking its approval. What happens.. read more

B Corporations

Posted on July 24th, 2013 · Posted in Philanthropy, What We're Thinking About

On July 17, Delaware became the 19th state to enact benefit corporation legislation, which goes into effect on August 1. What are benefit corporations, why is it suddenly newsworthy now.. read more

The Overhead Myth

Posted on June 26th, 2013 · Posted in What We're Thinking About

Three organizations that publish information on charities launched a campaign this month that challenges the perception donors have about operating costs. GuideStar, Charity Navigator, and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.. read more

Turnover

Posted on May 15th, 2013 · Posted in What We're Thinking About

This year, the Chronicle has turned its attention to turnover of development staff at nonprofits.  The short version:  it is rampant, and it is problematic. In a recent survey, half.. read more

State of the Sector

Posted on April 2nd, 2013 · Posted in What We're Thinking About

Last week, the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) released its annual “State of the Sector” survey results. Their summary of trends in the nonprofit sector nationally reflects what we are seeing.. read more

A Random Blog of Kindness

Posted on December 18th, 2012 · Posted in Philanthropy, What We're Thinking About

Happy Holidays! What random act of kindness have you performed this year?  Let us know in the comments below.

The Psychology of Giving

Posted on November 13th, 2012 · Posted in Major Gifts, What We're Thinking About

In the New York Times recent section on giving, you will find the transcript of a conversation with Dr. Jen Shang – the world’s first Ph.D. in philanthropy and only.. read more

ArtPrize 2012

Posted on September 26th, 2012 · Posted in What We're Thinking About

Here at Hammond, we love Michigan, including Grand Rapids. We really love ArtPrize and the attention it brings to the state. If you are planning to go to ArtPrize, here.. read more

The DIA as a National Model …

Posted on September 12th, 2012 · Posted in Detroit, What We're Thinking About

The Detroit Institute of the Arts has heads turning again. Back in 2008, the art world, for the most part, gave the DIA a collective nod of approval for the.. read more

Local Professional Athlete Gives Back

Posted on August 26th, 2012 · Posted in Detroit, What We're Thinking About

The Detroit Lions’ stock has risen significantly the past few years.  Changes in coaching and leadership have brought a fresh perspective to an NFL franchise that limped its way through.. read more