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April 15, 2012
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National Charities Find They Need Flexibility to Keep Affiliates Happy

Habitat for Humanity/Steffan Hacker

At Habitat for Humanity International, national leaders have been turning to local chapters for ideas. One result: More Habitat groups are now refurbishing houses, not just building new ones.

The notion of a charity’s national headquarters handing down commands to its affiliates, like an all-powerful Big Brother, no longer holds sway at many of the nation’s biggest nonprofits—including Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

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