Author - Smita Vadakekalem

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How Do You Pay for Change Management?
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Preparing for Changes at Make-A-Wish®
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Gathering Together for Change

How Do You Pay for Change Management?

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This is a question I’ve wrestled with many times. Through years of implementation projects with every size nonprofit, I’ve seen how important it is to invest in change management efforts. And in every project, the one question that always comes up is: How do we justify the cost of these efforts? Where does the budget for this come from?

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Preparing for Changes at Make-A-Wish®

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As I sat in the lobby waiting to meet our client for the first time, I read through some of the brochures on the coffee table.  There was also a photo album that told their origin story.  After thumbing through it, I had to quickly wipe my tears before I walked in to our first meeting.  I’ll never forget that first visit at Make-A-Wish America, and the many visits after. I quickly learned that from local chapters to the national headquarters, everyone is truly passionate for the work they do.  They have to be. There’s a lot of work, logistics, and uncertainties the team has to deal with when granting one wish to a child. In fact, that is how we started working together. They felt their processes had too many steps, too much paperwork, and took too long to grant a wish. They wanted to be more efficient so they could grant more wishes to more children, and asked us if we could help.

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Gathering Together for Change

Change Management Conference Review Heller

Nonprofit organizations around the world are familiar with the idea of gathering together for change. It’s what we do. Our missions are centered on changing something about the world we live in. No matter our specific focus, we share this common characteristic, and it echos throughout all we do. But how often do we think about just the basic idea of change? How does change impact our lives, our organizations, and the way we work together?

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