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Eight Lessons from the Front Lines of Nonprofit Arts Management

Re-posted from the Balancing Your Checkbook blog. Over the years, NAF has worked with a wide range of arts organizations: small, large, urban, rural, and spanning an array of mediums, audiences, and missions. Our partnerships with these nonprofits have yielded great lessons and insights into the finances, pitfalls, challenges, triumphs,...More?

There’s (Almost) No Such Thing As “Founder’s Syndrome”

Reprinted from the Balancing the Mission Checkbook blog. Ways to talk about organizational leadership challenges without blaming the people who got it off the ground We’ve all heard the phrase when there’s trouble in a nonprofit: “Founder’s Syndrome.” It means, in essence: the organization’s difficulty can be laid at the...More?

Piece by Piece, Putting it Together

The last four months feels more like four weeks; it’s gone by so quickly. As you probably know, on Jan. 1, 2017, MAP for Nonprofits and Nonprofits Assistance Fund merged to become one organization, offering a broader and deeper range of programs and services for nonprofits. Our larger team of staff,...More?

New Strategic Partnerships Resource for Nonprofits

Over the past year, MAP for Nonprofits has served as a content contributor and a development partner with BoardSource to launch The Power of Possibility: Exploring Greater Impact through Strategic Partnerships campaign. This campaign is designed to educate, inspire and motivate board members to pause and consider strategic alliances during...More?

Winds of Change – Setting Sail

Just over one year ago, I told MAP’s Board of Directors that I would be stepping down from my position at the end of 2016. I could feel in my soul that MAP was ready for its next adventure, and so was I. It didn’t take long at all for...More?

When it Adds Up Just Right: Merger Announcement

When does one plus one equal five, or maybe even ten? When you can multiply as well as add. That kind of arithmetic is why I’m so excited to announce that the Boards of Directors of both Nonprofits Assistance Fund and MAP for Nonprofits have approved the merger of the two...More?

Executive Transition Creates Powerful Possibilities

Earlier this year, I wrote a blog about my upcoming retirement, and shared that my Board of Directors was using my transition to examine whether there might be a merger opportunity that could propel MAP’s mission forward more powerfully.* For the past several months, MAP has been in discussion with...More?

2016 Minnesota Nonprofit Awards

Join MAP and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) as we announce and congratulate this year’s Mission and Excellence Award recipients. The formal presentations occur Friday, Oct. 7 at MCN’s annual conference in Duluth. Whether now or then, here or there, in-person or virtual, we encourage you to congratulate these...More?

Readying Nonprofit Organization for Change

Several years ago my Board of Directors hinted that they were worried about my retirement. They rightly recognized that the Board has a huge job to do when an executive director lets go of the helm.  To mitigate their worries, I promised that I’d give them a year’s notice when...More?

Fiscal Sponsorship Supports Innovative Responses to Unmet Community Needs

Our still new fiscal sponsorship program at MAP continues to grow and add wingspan to our mission. What is it about connecting to innovators that is so exhilarating? Gene Tierney of Carfreelife wants people to understand that it’s possible to leave a car-oriented sedentary lifestyle in the past and reap lots...More?