Michael Hickey

32 Posts

Michael Hickey serves as vice president of development for the Fund for Public Schools. He writes the Man-About-Town blog.
Housing Advocacy

Can Nonprofit Leaders Also Be Tech Innovators?

You may have seen my prior post on why the nonprofit sector is so tech averse. If you haven't read it you should, because my observations are fresh, keen, and […]

Community Development Field

Do Good Techies Make Good Neighbors?

Everybody knows that if you want to restore integrity to your downtown business corridor or your local industrial park, if you want to create jobs and point your community toward the future of the workforce, or if you want to capture the hearts and minds of DIY makers and social entrepreneurs, you'd better have a […]

Community Development Field

#OMG: Is the #NPO Sector Tech Averse?

I was speaking with a friend of mine who works at a very large nonprofit organization (very large as in over $100 million in annual revenues). They serve thousands of clients every year with job development, alcohol and other drug abuse treatment, affordable housing, psychological counseling and a variety of other supports. As a result […]

Community Development Field

The New Dawn of the Nonprofit Merger

It used to be that the idea of one nonprofit taking over another was simply anathema.  Nonprofits didn’t, you know, do that to one another. Mergers and acquisitions were the territory of national banks, energy companies and pharmaceutical giants with oversized ambitions and possibly malevolent intent. Nonprofits weren’t motivated by “creating efficiencies,” particularly at the […]

Community Development Field

Social Impact Investment and the Failure of Imagination

Domestic social impact investment is stuck. Each year a few deals trickle through, but despite the potential and promise, impact investments in the United States are rare, complex, and entirely […]

Community Development Field

Are You TED Talk Ready?  The Importance of Conceptual Capital

In the callow youth of the nonprofit sector, you needed two kinds of capital: (1) financial capital, because money does, after all, grease the wheels of change, and (2) social […]

Community Development Field

Let’s Turn this Old Barn into a Theater…Part III

Taking on a “fixer upper” means taking on the unexpected.  If you are a cultural organization seeking a home, there are real benefits to obtaining a space that needs a […]

Arts & Culture

Let’s Turn this Old Barn into a Theater…Part II

Moving into a newly adapted space usually entails a leap in operations—not a slow, steady climb.

Community Development Field

Let’s Turn This Old Barn into a Theater!

For many cultural organizations, buying a fixer-upper is a good strategy for acquiring a home at a reasonable price and turning it into something uniquely right for their needs.   […]

Community Development Field

Stuck in the Middle

What do community development intermediaries do these days, and why do we need them?

Part II: What If Someone Gave You $5M, Then Asked for It Back?

When was the last time you sat down with your financial manager and the actually considered the various tranches of capital you would need?

Part I: What If Someone Gave You $5M, Then Asked for It Back?

There are wealthy people and institutions out there in the world right now who are willing to give your nonprofit a lot of money. As a matter of fact, that number appears to be growing.