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The Unintended Consequences of a “Jobs” Investment

A few years ago, Heron gave a sizable grant to stimulate job growth in a city that had high rates of unemployment. While our intentions were good, our grant resulted in unintended consequences for the community— prompting us to reevaluate how we think about net contribution in a place.

Thinking Out Loud: Implications of the Small Business ACE Act

This summer, Congressman John Curtis (R-UT) introduced a bipartisan bill called the Small Business Access to Capital and Efficiency Act, also known as the Small Business ACE Act. The point of the Small Business ACE Act is to strengthen the Small Business Administration 504 loan program (SBA 504) by reconciling conflicting requirements and removing unnecessary burdens.

Steps to Approach Nonprofit Capitalization Planning

In part two of a video series on nonprofit capitalization, Heron’s Rodney Christopher shares thoughts on assessing where an organization stands financially, and four capitalization goals to help ensure a nonprofit has the right kinds of money when various needs arise.

Building vs. Buying: Distinguishing Capital and Revenue for Nonprofits

Capital and revenue are as different, and important, in the nonprofit space as in the for-profit space, but these differences are often overlooked—endangering the health and sustainability of nonprofit enterprises and the missions they serve.

Properly Capitalizing Nonprofits: A Key to Long-Term Impact

Part one of a video series on nonprofit capitalization: Heron’s Rodney Christopher discusses how the right approach to capitalization can be the difference between a nonprofit that struggles and one that thrives while pursuing its mission.

Field Notes: Blackrock and the Wherewithal of Society

An announcement by Blackrock CEO Larry Fink that corporations need to pay more attention to their effects on society echoes Heron Chair Buzz Schmidt’s call for accountability for enterprises’ positive or negative effect on society’s wherewithal.

Dana K. Bezerra Named President of Heron Foundation

Transition to take place on December 31, 2017

Join us Nov. 10th to Change the Narrative on Poverty

Join us in celebrating Mauricio Lim Miller of the Family Independence Initiative, whose recently released book, The Alternative, describes a new approach to addressing poverty.

Video: Investing for the Long Term

A longer-term view and sustainable business practices can lead to better results, argues Daryl Brewster, in the latest installment of Heron's "Poor U.S." video series.

Field Notes: Overcoming the Caregiver Crisis

Through 60 Caregiver Issues, Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI) confronts the shortage of caregivers to meet growing demand amidst an aging population.