Defining A Successful SE Engagement

I had the following exchange recently: Questioner: Do you think that successful engagement in SE requires a diminished commitment to the profit motive as we usually think of it within the context of contemporary capitalism? ME: Great question and thank you for it. Is...

Always Ask: “What’s Our Why?”

Having worked with nonprofits and churches for the past decade, it goes without saying that the primary desire of each to is to help. We seek and we search out those who are in need, and then we help. After sitting through what must at this point be hundreds of...

Unpack Those Assets

A key consideration when looking at a new initiative be it a new program or an earned income venture, is whether or not you have the requisite assets to deliver consistent value. This seems like a straightforward consideration, however, if you dig in,...

2017 SE-Catalyst Application Open

CauseImpact is happy to be partnering with the Center for Social Enterprise Development in Columbus to offer SE-Catalyst.   This is an opportunity for nonprofits to go through social enterprise development, in a cohort model, building a venture to support their good...

Innovation Catalyst at the Center for NonProfit Management

CauseImpact is proud to be a part of the middle Tennessee Center for NonProfit Management's Social Enterprise Catalyst.  The program is now expanded and renamed Innovation Catalyst.  It empowers nonprofits to develop business plans for ventures that enhance their...

CauseImpact Welcomes Joy Bronson

CauseImpact is pleased to announce that Joy Bronson has joined our Nashville team as an Associate.  Joy has worked the past 10 years with nonprofits and faith-based organizations in program/ministry coordination and management, and program and organizational...

Don’t Worry, Be Crappy

In his book, Rules for Revolutionaries, Guy Kawasaki has a chapter called ‘Don’t Worry, Be Crappy.’ Seth Godin counsels to always be shipping. Several years ago I was watching an episode of CBS Sunday Morning and they featured a Manhattan restauranteur who had five...

Write That Plan!

I’m often asked about using any of various templates to aid in the writing of a business plan. I’m not a big fan of any particular template, rather, I’m a big fan of critically thinking through the important questions. So, by all means, if you have a template you feel...

Push Pull Distinction

An entrepreneurial organization is driven by the wants and needs of the customers served, not the products and services the organization has developed. Be wary of assuming complete knowledge of "them." So often we believe we know what people want and need or what's...

SEA Change Accelerator Pitch Day

"Want to learn more about social entrepreneurship, network with like-minded innovators, or just celebrate the movers and shakers in our community? Join us as we celebrate the debut of 12 home-grown social enterprises spurring change in our neighborhoods and beyond....

The Purpose Of Your Organization

The purpose of your organization… is to satisfy someone. The late Peter Drucker – writer, professor, management consultant and self-described ‘social ecologist’ - offered that the purpose of a business is to create a customer. No more, no less. And customers are those...

25 Things Awesome Board Members Do

Nonprofit with balls is a favorite blog of some of us at CauseImpact. Take a look at the link below and tell us what you think.  Do you agree with all of them?  Do you disagree with some?  We'd like to hear your thoughts at info@causeimpact.com. 25 Things Awesome...

Cut Loose The Ties That Are Holding You Down

I recently had the opportunity to be a part of a conversation with an executive director (Let’s call her Joan) who was in crisis. Joan had been hired by a long-standing agency, with a rich history, board members and staff who had been involved for years, and an...

SEA Change Pitch Accelerator Pitch Day

Want to learn more about social entrepreneurship, network with like-minded innovators, or just celebrate the movers and shakers in our community? Join us as we celebrate the debut of 14 home-grown social enterprises spurring change in our neighborhoods and beyond.  ...

Failure Part I: A New Attitude

25% of new businesses fail in their first year. 36% by their second. 44% in their third and 50% by their fourth. * That’s right, half of all business startups fail by their fourth year, and in the world of nonprofits, failure has an ugly stigma about it. One failed...

Cause Impact Q&A: Are Donuts Still Selling?

Q: Are people still buying donuts in this health-conscious era? Short Answer: Yes. Longer answer: If you're looking for information on product or service sales in a particular sector, it can be helpful to look at the annual statements of a publicly traded company that...

Beware Hidden Traps

Any of us have cognitive biases that are unique to us. For my purposes here I'll describe a cognitive bias as a 'common tendency to acquire and process information by filtering it through one's own likes, dislikes and experiences....

Data Can Drive Success, But Try Not To Drown In It

I once ran a nonprofit that had a contract with the local city government for services. The City Manager liked to style himself a “data-driven” leader and wanted copious amounts of information on the services we provided under the contract. He wanted the number of...

Mind Your Own Business

First. A key driver for your organization's pursuit of social enterprise likely includes generating earned income. The absolute quickest way to increase earned revenues is through your existing offerings. By examining where you are already providing value to the...

CauseImpact Q&A: A Second Business Plan?

Q: I have a small social venture that sells "nearly new" clothing from a retail shop to generate revenue for my nonprofit organization. I plan to start selling online in the near future. Do I need to make another business plan for this project? A: Do you need another...

God Bless The Child That’s Got His Own

Let me preface this post by saying that I can’t reference those words with hearing the rich, smoky voice of the amazing Billie Holiday. In her autobiography ‘Lady Sings The Blues’, Billie said the song’s origin was in an argument with her mother over money and her...

A Social Enterprise Story

Social Enterprise Story: Progress Inc. Gets SmART about Social Enterprise Donna Goodaker knew she had hit on a good idea. As Executive Director at Progress Inc., she had spent a long time looking for the right business opportunity; one that would generate new funds...

MIT Has A Waiting List

Even though all of MIT’s courses are online. For free. Why? Because the value is not in the content of the courses, it's in the diploma. There are always going to be free alternatives. Understand what your customer values and communicate in a way that keeps this...

Do I Want To Act Like A… Business?!?!

As a nonprofit leader you’ve heard it before. From a foundation, a donor, a stakeholder or even a board member, “you need to run your nonprofit more like a business.” Immediately the hairs on your neck go up, your shoulders bunch, your arms cross and your ears close....

Podcast Recommendation| StartUp by Gimlet Media

So you and your organization have an interest in social enterprise, but you don't really know what's involved in building a business.  Before you move to the deep end of the pool, we recommend listening to the podcast StartUp by Gimlet Media. Each season, Startup...

4 Pillars of Nonprofit Social Enterprise Success

There are four pillars of success in a nonprofit social enterprise. Each pillar requires attention and maintenance and your job as a nonprofit leader is to harmonize among the four. Each of these pillars is equal in terms of importance. Two of the pillars are...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | CauseImpact Launches New Website

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 22, 2016 Contact: Tom Bishop PH: 513-607-8447 EMAIL: tbishop@causeimpact.com Columbus, OH - CauseImpact LLC Managing Principal Sean McGee announced today that the organization has launched a new website.  "We see this as an extension of our...