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On Governance

We are experiencing an unprecedented moment, disrupted by COVID, hurt by the economic downturn, and excited by a renewed focus on racial justice and inclusion.  Organizations from all sectors are grappling with tough financial decisions, program realignment responding...

Planning for Uncertainty

“The social sector has a real opportunity to meet the moment by stepping forward with bold action and leadership in a national time of crisis.” 

Keep Calm and Zoom On

We are living through an unfathomable experience, almost impossible to comprehend, wrap-your-head-around, process, whatever words you choose. Articles are written, posts posted, podcasts cast, addressing nearly every detail of the pandemic.  I, for one, don't have...

When a visit to the museum brings it home

I recently had the opportunity to view a terrific art exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum: Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle.  Jacob Lawrence was a great 20th c.  American painter, a social realist, and one of the few widely recognized African American artists...

The Board’s Financial Literacy

Boards of directors charged as stewards of an organization have to be fundamentally knowledgeable about and actively engaged in the business models of the organizations they govern. How many of your board members can read your organization's financials?  Following the...

Reverse Mentoring

An insightful post by Sharlene Gandhi in the Stanford Social Innovation Review (7/19) on how the idea of reverse mentoring can contribute to an organizational culture of mutual exchange that crosses hierarchy, age, position, and demographics.  Worth a read....

Make-It Springfield, MA

ADC completed a comprehensive strategic planning project for Make-It Springfield, a community-based makerspace located in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts. Beginning as a 30-day pilot project in a vacant storefront, in just under two years Make-It Springfield has...

The Seebaldt Pilot, Detroit MI

Ann Donner Consulting (ADC) was a member of The Seebaldt Pilot (TSP) project team. TSP was the result of a 4-year community-driven partnership between the transdisciplinary design firm, studio[Ci], the grassroots community group, It Starts at Home (IS@H), and...

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