Posts from the ‘Impact & Strategy’ Category

Moving Our Own Needle: Adapting Blue Garnet

What happens when the changing environment forces a firm to re-evaluate their business model and impact? Innovation! Well, as long as that firm is willing digest the learning and course correct... Take a peek at some of the things we learned at Blue Garnet this last year.

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3-Minute to Win It

Last week, a few of my Blue Garnet colleagues and I had the privilege of attending the Southern California Grantmakers (SCG) and Los Angeles Social Venture Partners (LASVP) Fast Pitch event, the nightcap to the annual SCG conference. The event allowed selected organizations to give a quick, 3-minute “pitch” to potential funders, and ultimately...

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Depressing. Maddening. Motivating. Good or bad, With Charity for All will get your blood boiling

Every year there are more books and articles about the nonprofit sector than any one person can read. So how to decide which book wins your precious time? Let us provide some food for thought. This post starts a 2-post series where we review the winner and a finalist for the Terry McAdam Book Award.

Blue Garnet (really Jenni) is honored to be on the Terry McAdam Book Award committee, especially...

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B Corp or Bust: a (fake) interview with a blog reader

We did it! After a 10-month certification process, Blue Garnet is a certified B Corp. Cue mental fireworks and applause...

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Candid Reflections from the CNM 501(c)onference

“Fail fast and often. When is the last time we’ve failed? And what came of it?” These are the provocative words of Aaron Hurst, Taproot Foundation, who kicked off the Center for Nonprofit Management’s 501(c)onference last Friday. Blue Garnet was fortunate to be a part of this annual gathering of 300 leaders who are working to imagine, design and build our sector into a new era, focused on creating a lasting impact in Southern California and in our world. We were present as volunteers, attendees and speakers, with Jenni partnering...

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120 Socially Conscious Women Walk Into a Room…

Hockey, maple syrup, and free health care, eh? That’s right…Way-Ting and I traveled to the exotic, far-off land of Canada for Social Venture Institute’s Women’s Conference. In all seriousness, our time spent getting to know and learn from 120 women social entrepreneurs, both non-and for profit, in Vancouver was truly a gift.

It was a rare pleasure...

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