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While this information is valuable to any donor, having it readily available online would make it especially valuable to individuals and small foundations with little or no staffto gather it themselves, and it would save each large funder the cost of gathering it separately.

Organizational barriers

While information technology can play an important role in making information of this sort available to donors, the main challenges are not technological, but flow from thenonprofit organizations’ limited time and capacity.

Developing clear goals and strategies makes demands on the time of nonprofit executives, who often are already stretched thin and must make tough choices withlimited resources. Yet for an executive to give an organization’s day-to-day activities higher priority than clarity about its goals and strategies is like an airplane pilot’sdeciding that it is more important to get off the ground and up in the air than to know where he’s going. Most of us would prefer not to be passengers on that flight.

Some executives believe that specifying goals and strategies deprives them of the flexibility to exploit unanticipated opportunities and challenges and, morefundamentally, that it takes the passion out of social change. Of course, organizations must have the flexibility to respond to the unexpected. But it’s one thing to makemidcourse corrections, and quite another to have never charted a course at all. Passion is incredibly important; it’s what makes those committed to social change go to workearly and come home late. But creating actual social change also requires channeling that passion into effective planning and execution.

Nonprofit executives often describe their ambitions in grand terms, but then—like many of us—get caught up in the things they are doing right now, without focusing onthe middle ground of actionable goals. Organizations often have mission statements— along the lines of “End poverty in California” or “Save the rainforest”—that areinspiring but neither realistically attainable nor specific enough to lend themselves to tracking progress. Ultimately, organizations’ missions must be realized through moremundane and specific goals such as “Move 100 residents of South Central Los Angeles into jobs as medical technicians” or “Secure indigenous land rights for 20,000 hectares of tropical forest.” The fault for lack of specificity does not lie solely with granteeorganizations. Many philanthropists are satisfied with lofty missions and inspiring anecdotes—hardly an incentive for nonprofit managers to be clear about their goalsand strategies.

Although designing and implementing strategies can be a daunting task, a nonprofit executive can get assistance from an increasing number of sources. The BridgespanGroup and McKinsey and Company are among the well-known national consulting firms that work with nonprofits, and there are good local ones as well. Innovation Networkand ActKnowledge, with its project Theory of Change, have Internet sites with templates for helping organizations develop strategies. And DonorEdge (describedbelow) assists organizations in articulating the goals and strategies that underlie their programs.

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
learn
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
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da
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Bhagvanji
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
revolt
da
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
yes that's correct
Professor
I think
Professor
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
Alexandre
nanocopper obvius
Alexandre
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
LITNING Reply
What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
Rafiq
if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
Anam
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Anam
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
Hafiz
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
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