I am no longer surprised when I receive an email from a nonprofit group announcing their dissolution of operations. More and more charity groups are going out of business. Typically, these organizations are small, with little capacity to weather this current economic storm.
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Robert Irvine charges in like a bull in a fine dining establishment, except the restaurant in need of rescuing is not fine. In fact, typically it’s failing. His television show on Food Network, Restaurant: Impossible, showcases Irvine’s talent for reviving dying eateries with a change of interior, menu, branding and, of course, food. At the end of each episode, the nearly-shuttered restaurant becomes a successful, vibrant community eating space. Does the charity world need a similar hero?
A study released in the March issue of Cityscape, a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) publication, investigated adoption of the Homeless Information Management System (HMIS) amongst a sample group of homeless providing agencies. HMIS is a national HUD initiative to streamline information sharing across homeless service providers. The idea is that better information sharing decreases duplication [...]
I sat in my chair riveted for the whole day listening to these idealistic, technologically savvy leaders of companies and non-governmental organizations describe how they are literally changing this world. The speakers were this country’s next generation of executives, influenced by role models like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Bono, creating life changing products of [...]
On Monday Joel argued that technology has a role to play in helping people lift themselves out of poverty by connecting them to services and one another. As the founder of a technology social enterprise myself I could not agree with this sentiment more. However, while Joel laments that non-profit technology does not hold a [...]
From a professional standpoint there is only one thing I like more than good data; helping lift impoverished people out of poverty. I am fortunate that my profession is at the intersection of my two passions. Good data helps people make good decisions every day. Good data also helps make people a lot of money, [...]
Can you hear the music? Those ballads of joy, the ringing of bells, and the lyrics of faith? It is that time of year when music pipes through Macy’s tiny ceiling speakers and every other department store, spreading good tidings. The music overwhelms radio waves, television commercials, and our own ears. The festive atmosphere inspires [...]
My career focus, like many of you who read this site and work in the social sector, is poverty reduction, and hopefully eradication. While we all focus on poverty, we do so in different ways. Some of us are advocates, some work in direct services, others build housing, etc. My company creates database systems that [...]
As people’s pocket books grow leaner, if not empty, state and municipal governments are slashing their appetites for spending. Slimming down is always good for personal health, but forced economic diets can wreak havoc on those struggling with poverty. The Urban Institute recently confirmed what many on the front lines of American homelessness already know—institutional [...]
The Union Rescue Mission (URM), a homeless services provider in downtown Los Angeles’s Skid Row, recently announced it would start charging some shelter residents a fee for staying in the agency’s shelter. I applaud URM’s decision to try something new, not because I think it will necessarily succeed in improving client outcomes, but because it [...]