A Makeover on a Mission!

February 21, 2018
Ruth Williams

I am pleased to announce the exciting launch of Community Initiative’s refreshed brand and website! I invite you to take a tour to get to know us, again. Our dynamic new project page showcases the incredible diversity of our community. The approximately 90 projects can easily be sorted by topic area to help network members […]

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Announcing our new President & CEO

November 28, 2016

The Board of Directors of Community Initiatives is pleased to announce the selection of Ruth Williams as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Ruth has served on the Board of Community Initiatives for nearly 8 years, and as Chairman of the Board since 2014. Ruth was most recently Chief Operating Officer at the Osher […]

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A Client Centered Mindset

September 7, 2016

Projects may have noticed that we have started to refer to our Fiscally Sponsored Projects as both “clients” and “partners.” This is not a slip of tongue, but a deliberate step towards clarifying our role and relationship with the community we serve. We also are not abandoning the term project.  There are times its use […]

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Our Unexpected Visitor: Leonor the Pigeon!

May 9, 2016
Our Unexpected Visitor: Leonor the Pigeon!

Sometimes at Community Initiatives, we have the opportunity to support our projects in unexpected ways. One such story happened last month, and it so fun and heartwarming, we just have to share it with our community. As many projects use our mailing address, we sometimes get unexpected visitors. Leonor showed up and needed a helping […]

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What Does Tax Season Mean for Tax Exempt Organizations?

March 30, 2016

While nonprofit organizations are tax-exempt, that does not mean we are completely free from IRS oversight. The IRS requires that nonprofit organizations annually submit very detailed information on “IRS Form 990,” commonly simply called “990.” The 990 requires a great deal of meticulous organization and information extraction in order to remain compliant with the law. […]

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Community Initiatives Reimagined Vision, Mission and Values

March 1, 2016

For the past year and a-half, the Community Initiatives Board and staff have been engaged in an intensive strategic planning process. Many of our projects have contributed as well through surveys and interviews. We are proud to announce that the Board recently approved an exciting three-year strategic plan, which you will learn more about in the […]

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The Glass is 80% Full

January 21, 2016

Last fall, Community Initiatives commissioned a Satisfaction Survey to determine how well we are doing with our fiscally sponsored projects. This project was led by Professor Jeff Prottas of Brandeis University, and was informed by his extensive experience with nonprofits and fiscal sponsors. It was a confidential survey to projects to ensure the objectivity of […]

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The Power of Sharing: Nonprofit Risk

December 2, 2015

We’ve all heard about the rise of the sharing economy or collaborative consumption in the context of for-profits. Such high profile examples like e-Bay where anyone can become a retailer or Airbnb where owners of underused assets rent out their home are becoming the norm for how we think and access services.  So far, the […]

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The New Normal of Nonprofit Turnover

October 21, 2015

Employee turnover is a challenge and a reality that all nonprofit organizations face.  Community Initiatives is no exception, and all of our nonprofit projects are experiencing turnover at a rate higher than in decades past.  It is critical for projects to think of themselves as institutions that can thrive outside of the personalities and knowledge […]

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What is the Role of Advisory Committees?

September 25, 2015

Fiscally sponsored projects, like those in the Community Initiatives network, are different from nonprofits in a number of ways. A prominent example is that because the Community Initiatives board holds fiduciary responsibilities for all projects, the projects themselves don’t have formal boards, but every Community Initiatives project has an advisory committee. Committee members represent an […]

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