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Mergers are tough work. Just ask Mike Tarpinian, CEO of Alliance member The Opportunity Alliance in Portland, Maine. With two strategic mergers in the past six years, the resulting organization now serves 20,000 individuals each year with 450 employees and a $35 million budget.
Betsy Vander Velde, president and CEO of Alliance member The Family Conservancy in Kansas City, Kan., was the commencement speaker for the Kansas University School of Social Welfare this week.
I received an email from the Institute for Safe Families and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on a funding opportunity through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for round two of the Health Care innovation Awards. The grant deals with something our sector has the expertise to help accomplish: Innovations in new payment and service delivery models that achieve better care and lower costs.
It is rare not to find silos in today’s nonprofits and many businesses. Staff tend to focus on their specific service or program and fully commit themselves to that work. What can be lost is a view of the greater spectrum of services an organization offers.
Peter Sims, best-selling author of Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries, will show how the greatest innovators of our time achieved breakthrough results by taking small, experimental steps in order to discover and develop new ideas.
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