October 03, 2011

Pursuing Innovation in the Nonprofit World

"Innovation’s something everyone is striving for, but nobody actually knows what it is."

Darell Hammond
Chief executive, KaBoom

Grappling with what it means to be innovative in the nonprofit world is tough. But given the daunting issues charities tackle, there’s no choice but to try.

With this blog, we plan to dive in and take an expansive view of innovation. We’ll report on nonprofit groups that are taking bold, new approaches to solving social problems and look at organizations that have found better ways to run their operations.

The blog will explore what charities can learn from other disciplines, such as business, design, and the social sciences. We’ll highlight new forms of financing and what they mean for nonprofits, as well as the management issues leaders face as they try to encourage their employees’ creativity.

It’s going to be an exciting ride. And if you share your innovation stories, the challenges you’re confronting, and the ideas you want to learn more about, it’ll be even better.

To get started, take a look at what some of your nonprofit colleagues have to say about innovation. What would you add to the conversation?