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Jean Butzen
Greater Chicago
Jean Butzen is a former nonprofit CEO who now uses her 30+ years of experience to offer consulting -- and to publish this blog -- on values-driven mergers, partnerships, and management for nonprofits.
Interests: cooking, blogging, politics, fiction and non-fiction books, dog-handler
Recent Activity
A New Post from Mission + Strategy Consulting Not long ago, a new shared service alliance, or administrative partnership was considered a major event - not any more. Back office collaborations are popping up all over the place. One of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2012 at Mission + Strategy = Social Value
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A review by Jean Butzen, Mission + Strategy Consulting, of a study completed in July 2012 analyzing best practices for nonprofit mergers, completed by Wilder Research and published by MAP for Nonprofits. Research examined 41 nonprofit mergers completed between 1999 and 2010. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2012 at Mission + Strategy = Social Value
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A posting describing an example of a public library being adapted to be a nonprofit management service organization, to strengthen charitable charitable organizations in Indiana. Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2012 at Mission + Strategy = Social Value
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There are many ways that nonprofit organizations can collaborate to expand the impact of their missions. One that I've been writing a lot about is nonprofit centers, or shared space, such as the Children and Families Services Center (CFSC), in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2012 at Mission + Strategy = Social Value
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One of the best outcomes of the Lodestar Foundation's Collaboration Prize (a competition to identify the best nonprofit collaboration) is the Nonprofit Collaboration Database, a searchable database of nonprofit collaboration models in the US that were submitted through the competition.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at Mission + Strategy = Social Value
Just moments ago, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn proposed in his 2012 State-of-the-State address that we eliminate $425M in general revenue spending, and take the budget back to 2008 spending levels. To do this, he is proposing significant cuts to social... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2012 at Mission + Strategy = Social Value
There is a lot of exciting and creative work occurring with nonprofit co-locations around the country and I thought I would write a series on the topic in my Stanford Social Innovation Review blog. The first posting was published Jan.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2012 at Mission + Strategy = Social Value
There's a very interesting article about the Chicago-based shared service alliance called the Back Office Collaborative, or BOC, in the winter issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review (http://www.ssireview.org/articles/entry/case_study_change_comes_at_a_cost), summarizing what BOC and its members have been able to accomplish... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2012 at Mission + Strategy = Social Value
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An introduction to the Catalyst Fund, managed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund, which provides funding for nonprofit collaborations and mergers in the Boston metropolitan area. Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2011 at Mission + Strategy = Social Value
My client, the Badger Asn. of the Blind & Visually Impaired, of Milwaukee, WI., which merged in 2009 with the Center for Blind & Visually Impaired Children, is launching their new identity today: they are now known as Vision Forward... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2011 at Mission + Strategy = Social Value
Mission + Strategy would like to announce the consolidation of The Emergency Fund and The Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness, effective Oct. 1, 2011. This unique strategic partnership brings together the two largest systems-level nonprofits addressing homelessness in Chicago. Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2011 at Mission + Strategy = Social Value
I'd like to announce a merger of Changing Worlds and the Shanti Foundation for Peace, completed with the assistance of Mission + Strategy's consultant Cinda Rierson, among many others. Congratulations to the Executive Directors Mark Rodriguez and Indira Johnson for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2011 at Mission + Strategy = Social Value
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It isn't often that a funder calls me up to introduce himself, but that's what John MacIntosh of Sea Change Capital Partners did when he heard that I was active in nonprofit collaborations in the Midwest. John wanted to learn... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2011 at Mission + Strategy = Social Value
This is my third posting in a series on shared services alliances in the nonprofit sector. Aside from mergers, there is a wide variety of partial integration models that are extremely creative and productive that nonprofits can use. One of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2011 at Mission + Strategy = Social Value
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A discussion of Joseph Nye's theory of smart power, applied to the nonprofit sector through mergers, alliances, and partnerships. Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2010 at Mission + Strategy = Social Value
If you've read any of my blogs about the Early Childhood Education Shared Services Alliances, you may want to participate in a webinar to learn more about them on Dec. 2nd. The webinar presenters are Louise Stoney and Libbie Poppick... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2010 at Mission + Strategy = Social Value
The Boston Foundation announced a $1.7M Catalyst Fund to underwrite nonprofit mergers and collaborations in New England. Read about it here: http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2010/09/22/boston_foundation_other_groups_promise_more_clout_for_charities/ . Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2010 at Mission + Strategy = Social Value
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This is my se cond posting on a series I am writing on nonprofit back-office integrations, or what these organizations refer to as Shared Services Alliances. In my first posting on this topic, I explained that shared service alliances are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2010 at Mission + Strategy = Social Value
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There has been so much discussion about the push to merge nonprofits that I thought it would be good to shift the focus to another form of strategic integration: Shared Service Alliances, or what some people refer to as management... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2010 at Mission + Strategy = Social Value
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MergeMinnesota, a how-to book about nonprofit mergers, is now available as a PDF on the MAP for Nonprofits web site. Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2010 at Mission + Strategy = Social Value
The Lodestar Foundation announced that they donated their Nonprofit Collaboration Database to the Foundation Center. Now you can go here http://foundationcenter.org/gainknowledge/collaboration/ - to find models of nonprofit joint ventures, MSO's, parent corporations, and mergers. Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2010 at Mission + Strategy = Social Value
The Lodestar Foundation has announced the launch of their 2011 Collaboration Prize. This prize recognizes notable nonprofit partnerships and provides $250,000 in prizes, including one, $150,000 prize to the winners. Go here to find out more about the prize: http://www.thecollaborationprize.org/... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2010 at Mission + Strategy = Social Value
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Mar 15, 2010
Nonprofit strategic re-structuring is more than mergers and stakeholders in the sector need to learn to distinguish between mergers and other forms of partial and full integrations in order to keep nonprofits interested in these types of strategies. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2010 at Mission + Strategy = Social Value
Great new article on nonprofit mergers by David LaPiana in the new issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review, "Merging Wisely." Argues that there are lots of alternatives to mergers, and groups should really check them out. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2010 at Mission + Strategy = Social Value