News & Views

A blog for those interested in what affects, motivates and drives the New York City Nonprofit Sector — written by CRE’s crackerjack consulting team. We hope you use this space to share your thoughts, ask questions and engage in conversations about our city, social justice and the nonprofit sector.

The Power of Collaboration and Why Evaluation Stinks Part II

By Michael Hickey, Independent Community Development Consultant - Just recently I attended a very compelling conference put on by The Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, Neighborhood Housing Services of New York City, and my alma mater the Center for NYC Neighborhoods, entitled The Power of Collaboration. The title of the event comes from the very engaging article “Collective Impact,” published by the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Its authors make the argument that only through collaborative efforts can funders and nonprofit providers rise above the fragmentation of their service niche. The lay out a helpful framework include the following four components of effective collective action:  Read more >>

Why Evaluation Stinks

By Michael Hickey, Independent Community Development Consultant - Ask anybody, and I mean anybody, about evaluating the effectiveness of nonprofit service providers and you will be greeted by winces, whines, shrugs, groans, gnashing of teeth, sighs, and the burying of faces in flattened palms. And by anybody I don't just mean any nonprofit service provider - I mean as well our beloved philanthropic leaders and public sector partners. After all, we're talking about an industry that in 2009 paid 9% of all wages, contributed 5.4% of GDP, reported revenues of $1.4 trillion, and held some $2.56 trillion in assets. Why can't we find a way to tell how effective this industry is with our money (both public and private dollars)? How hard can it be?  Read more >>

Find us on:  CRE on Twitter CRE on Facebook  

News and Views


harvard business school HR Without HR Neighborhood Based Capacity Building Initiative What is Core? Jean Lobell bookkeeping Government News Board of Directors House Party nonprofit leaders New York staff United Way of NYC Fran's Corner record keeping Mark Light Data Starved strategic alliances publications Rona Taylor Useful Links nonprofit management rockaways New York Foundation Nonprofit News Nonprofit Tools grantmakers Stanford Social Innovation Review postponed event 30th Anniversary internal controls queens Nonprofit Quarterly Featured Items New York Community Trust executive transition leadership Ero Gray collaborations nonprofit ownership National and Community Service tips Rashid Littlejohn Randall Quan accountability Mohan Sikka nonprofit mergers Ximena Rua-Merkin Beth Kobliner board and staff relations Holly Delany Cole guest blogger Michael Hickey Peter Block Coaching grantmakers for effective organizations CRE News Fran Barrett Needs Assessment Harvard Kennedy School Valyrie Laedlein New York Times generative Advocacy evaluation Jeff Ballow Sector Research computers Huffington Post Data mergers Nonprofit CRE Tips Bill Ryan announcment NYS Budget handling the unexpected nonprofit start-ups cre Client News Barbara Turk government CRE Executive Search Pavitra Menon civic engagement media executive MAC AIDS Fund Funding Updates IT arts I.T. without I.T. hard times board leadership Albany National Committee of Responsive Philanthropy Karen Erdos Development Survey proposal writing Nonprofit Sustainability Louisa Hackett Barbara Blumenthal NYCCCOC Governance as Leadership website, resources, announcements foundations RFP capacity building Philanthropic Collaborative jobs Pamela Dicent Interns community case statement New York City Government Maria Mottola Alliance for Nonprofit Management HIV/AIDS services providers Hurricane Sandy nonprofit accountability fundraising President Obama Volunteers Daring to Lead lower Manhattan CRE POV Government Updates