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On 25 June 2015 - 6:38pm

Thomas Edison one said, “the three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.” This week’s team member of the week is the personification of these three essentials. Morgan DeLuce is not only a hard worker; she exemplifies perseverance and persistence gracefully with her common sense. Morgan, thank you for your hard work and dedication. We appreciate you for always taking the time to get the job done. Congratulations!

Name: Morgan DeLuce
Hometown: Lafayette, CA
Business Unit/JOB TITLE: Operations and Recruiting Coordinator
Favorite Hobby: Traveling
Favorite UniversalGiving Giving Opportunity: Children’s Emergency Medical Fund

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Posted By Social Edge
On 25 June 2015 - 11:12am

Budgeting: The word can, more often than not, elicit a collective groan in a nonprofit.  Program directors resent what feels like an administrative distraction from their primary mandate. Finance dreads being the messenger of budget cuts to program staff. Everyone emerges from the annual exercise fatigued and a little bruised.

Imagine, instead, budgeting as a collective activity where leadership makes choices as a team around organizational priorities and financial resources. Cast in this light, budgeting shifts from being a copy-and-paste template to the stuff of strategy, vision, and, dare I say, optimism.

Together, three simple principles can help transform budget development at your organization.

1. Democratize planning

Budgeting often occurs among the top echelons of leadership — the ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 25 June 2015 - 9:00am

Taking on too much at once is a recipe for failure ...more

On 24 June 2015 - 8:47pm

The February 2015 OECD report Social Impact Investment – Building The Evidence Base described ‘Social Impact Investment’ as:  “the provision of finance to organisations addressing social needs with the explicit expectation of a measurable social, as well as financial, return”.  On that basis, there’s not much ‘Social Impact Investment’ going on in the UK social investment market.

Oranges & Lemons, written by Investing for Good and funded by Big Society Capital and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, is an assessment of ‘The State of Play of Impact Measurement among UK Social Investment Finance Intermediaries’ (SIFIs).

The report, published earlier this month, is probably not one that will attract significant numbers of readers working for frontline charities and social enterprises; many face a tough choice ...more

On 24 June 2015 - 5:05pm

buffett So Are You Curious? If you read my blogpost on Warren Buffett a few days ago, you benefitted from his 14 points of great wisdom. I promised to share my top 2 favorites. Here they are, and here’s why!

#1  Have Integrity

At a 1998 lecture at the University of Florida School of Business, he asked the students in the audience to think of someone in their class who had the makings of success, such that the audience members would want to get 10 percent of that person’s earnings for the rest of their lives. “You would probably pick the one you responded the best to, the one who has the leadership qualities, the one who is able to ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 24 June 2015 - 3:10pm

Just coming back from an inspirational visit to see the work of Young Epilepsy at their base in Lingfield. Here they run a school and college for people with the most difficult of forms of epilepsy, provide residential homes, hospital and diagnostic faculties, a farm and horticultural centre.  Set up in the 19th century by 2 Anglican priests who bought the magnificent site for £5k it has grown and adapted to modern day demands for a particularly vulnerable community who cannot prosper or learn in mainstream schooling and who need high levels of emotional support and care by highly professional staff and teachers.  They also do important research and they campaign for a better deal for young people with epilepsy.

Epilepsy is the most common childhood neurological disorder.  I didn't know this but on average there's one diagnosed child in every primary school and five in every secondary school.  It's a condition that is widely misunderstood and I have to say I found my visit ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 24 June 2015 - 9:00am

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Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 24 June 2015 - 6:45am

Co-operatives Fortnight is underway. This is the annual sector campaign to promote awareness of co-operative enterprise. It closes on July 4th, which is the United Nations International Co-operatives Day.

Today, I am up early as we are releasing The Co-operative Economy 2015, our annual sector data.

Overall, there are now 6,796 individual co-operatives across the UK covering every industry, from retail giants and agricultural heavyweights through to community owned pubs, football clubs and credit unions. 

The fastest growth areas are agriculture, energy and social care, where co-operative innovations offer a powerful economic advantage. 

The sector as whole turned over £37 billion last year, a growth of 15 percent since 2010. The figure is a 2.8 percent decline on last year’s £38 billion, a dip accounted for by the shifts in trading and business lines at ...more