How Business Retention and Expansion Programs Can Play a Vital Role in Economic Recovery

John SchoberBusinesses, Economic Development, Government, Nonprofits, Technology

business retention and expansion

Business Retention and Expansion programs are taking on increasing importance across the country as communities look to mitigate the negative economic impact of the pandemic. These efforts can help local and regional businesses regain their footing and prosper in the new market environment. What is Business Retention and Expansion? The term is used to describe efforts to help local business … Read More

One Person’s Experience Working From Home

John SchoberBusinesses, Technology

As communities are dealing with the spread of COVID-19, remote work is a new or growing reality for many. Working from home has been the norm for me since 2013, so I thought that I would share my own experience. Admittedly, my circumstances for jumping in were very different from those driving many to do so now, but hopefully this … Read More

For-Profit Businesses in the Social Cause Economy

John SchoberBusinesses, Cross-Sector Collaboration

When you think of the social causes, you likely think of the players as nonprofit organizations or government agencies. But, the reality is that for-profit businesses have been an important cog in the social cause economy for some time. Consider the following ways that businesses contribute to social causes: Businesses are an important channel to donors and volunteers, i.e. in … Read More

Can More Self-Interest Help In the Social Cause Economy?

John SchoberCross-Sector Collaboration, Nonprofits

Is the nonprofit sector becoming more selfish? In the hearts of the people working in the sector…not likely. But in the ways that groups and organizations are advancing their missions, there is growing evidence that more self-interest is good for the sector. The inspiration for the question originated from a recent article in Nonprofit Quarterly that distinguishes between nonprofits with a “doing … Read More

The 2020 Census as a Social Cause?

John SchoberCensus 2020, Cross-Sector Collaboration, Government

The idea of counting millions of people nationally as part of the 2020 census may not seem all that exciting, but this decade’s version will be far from boring, as politics will be a force and the results will be consequential in communities across the country. At first glance, the census appears to be simply a federal government effort with … Read More

Giving Tuesday Donation Trends Keep Rising

John SchoberGiving, Nonprofits

#GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement centered around a single day of giving…the Tuesday after the Thanksgiving Holiday in the US. This movement exemplifies important trends in the social cause economy: The use of technology to improve efficiency and manage an increasing amount of data Disparate groups coming together to advance shared interests Increasing use of metrics in the management … Read More