Michael Hickey

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

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...

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 […]

#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 […]

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 […]

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...

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,...

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,...

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

Turning that old barn (or firehouse, or smelting plant, or abandoned vaudeville theater) into a theater (or dance studio,...

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...

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.

The (In)Efficiencies of Scale

ArtsBlog (the blog of Americans for the Arts) recently hosted a forum called:  “So, Does Size Matter?”  The short answer...

Report Back: NY Grantmakers in the Arts “Creative Placemaking” Panel

Your Man About Town’s middle name is Moderation, Dear Reader; and although it is a somewhat awkward locution when making...

Disaster and Recovery – Part II

Shortly after hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the Gulf Coast, I was dispatched to New Orleans by the corporate foundation...

Disaster and Recovery

Dear Reader, I’m writing to you from Man About Town’s Brooklyn redoubt – where we have been...

The Art$, Part III: Some Quick Fixes

In my earlier posts on this subject, dear reader, I first endeavored to put a finer point on the more...

The Art$, Part II

In my most recent post we started a conversation about some of the differences between very large cultural organizations and,...

The Art$

I was invited recently by the Municipal Art Society to do a research project called “Who Pays for the Arts.”...

Blurring the Lines Between For-Profit and Nonprofit

In my last blog post I spent a good chunk of time talking about the trend toward “complexification” in the...

The Complexification of the Nonprofit Sector

Nonprofit sector organizations are getting bigger, operations are getting more tentacled, financial tools are getting wonkier, and budgets keep growing....

It Came from Chicago!

Let's just come right out and say it: New York City is the best. At everything. We are the smartest,...

In Praise of (Loud, Stinky) Bars

The vaunted “third space” isn’t home, and isn’t work—it’s more like the living room of society at large.  It’s a...

What’s Next in Arts & Economic Development

There’s something you should know about me:  I’m a professional amateur.  For the past seven years I’ve been co-writing and...

How to Hire a Consultant

Did you ever feel like you need a consultant to help you figure out what you need your consultant to...

NYC’s Philanthropy Bagel Hole

New York City has everything, just like this bagel. Yum! The secret, as they say, is in the water.  And...

I’m a Recovering Funder

I spent 10 years as a corporate foundation program officer in New York City.  I managed our $5 million community...

The Healthy Nonprofit Ecosystem

In the halcyon days of my youth, way back in 2006, I went to New Orleans. I traveled there...

Why Leadership Pays

In previous blog posts (Why Evaluation Stinks), I’ve discussed how the fragmented nature of the nonprofit sector makes it very...

Dear Mom, Here’s What Crashed the Economy (Part III) – And How to Fix...

Happy New Year!  And what better time to talk about my favorite ideas for getting us out of this...

Dear Mom, Here’s What Crashed the Economy (Part II)

In case you missed the first post in this series, you can link to it here. You should read it....

Dear Mom, Here’s What Crashed the Economy (Part I)

My mom rocks. She’s the most big-hearted, intellectually curious, bright-eyed and good-looking mom in the world. Now, she and Pop came for a visit...