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“Many Things Are Possible Just as Long as You Don’t Know They’re Impossible”

“Many Things Are Possible Just as Long as You Don’t Know They’re  Impossible”

I’ve always had an analytical mind. Even as a child, I enjoyed anything that involved uncovering the solution to a problem, putting the pieces together or getting to the bottom of things. In those early years, I spent many an hour in my room doing word finds

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We are proud to be SWAM certified!

We are proud to be SWAM certified!

Knowledge Advisory Group holds the SWAM (Small, Women-owned, and Minority-owned Business) certification of Virginia.  We embrace this classification as we continue to serve our clients with a wide variety of superior consulting and business services. How does working with a SWAM certified organization benefit you? Tax Incentives

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How Much Should My Program Evaluation Cost? (FAQ)

How Much Should My Program Evaluation Cost? (FAQ)

“How much is it going to cost?” As a consultant, I am often asked this question by organizations that need my services. It’s a reasonable inquiry, undoubtedly, and something that service professionals of any type face frequently. Sometimes the answer is simple, for an hour of time

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4 Smart Tips for Hiring an Evaluator

4 Smart Tips for Hiring an Evaluator

You know that your organization needs an evaluator…but how do you go about it? Hiring the right evaluator can save your organization a considerable amount of time, effort, and money. For many organizations with limited internal capacity, an external evaluator can often produce more accurate, useful, and

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What I Gained from the Nonprofit Learning Point Summit

What I Gained from the Nonprofit Learning Point Summit

by Leota Parandeh The Nonprofit Learning Point Summit held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond on November 10, 2015 happened weeks ago, however, what I gained from the experience of attending it resonates even today. I catch myself thinking about the theme of that day–stories, tales,

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State of Virginia Department of General Services (DGS) Pre-Approved Vendor

State of Virginia Department of General Services (DGS) Pre-Approved Vendor

Knowledge Advisory Group are proud to be a State of Virginia Department of General Services (DGS) pre-approved vendor. For state college, community college, state or local governmental agencies, or any organization that requires the use of State of Virginia Department of General Services (DGS) pre-approved vendors, we

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A Brief, Non-Political Reflection on the Komen/Planned Parenthood Situation

I don’t plan to use this blog as a political forum, so fear not – this post has nothing to do with my personal opinions on the missions of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Planned Parenthood organizations. In addition, I admittedly haven’t read every word written

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Measuring the Impact of Your Organization: Why Do It?

In recent years, nonprofit organizations have been encouraged to embrace a new mindset. This groundswell of change invokes terms such as “performance outcomes” and “results measurement,” but focuses on one primary concept: accountability. As funding becomes increasingly competitive, the demands of foundations, government agencies, and benefactors have

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It’s a Big World Out There

Recently, I traveled for the first time to Canada. I’ve been out of the country before, but I’m not a frequent international traveler. On this particular trip, I was on my own and therefore freed of certain worries, such as where I’d stashed my son’s passport or

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Evaluation Can Be Fun? Yes it Can!

People who know me well have heard me say many times that I see evaluation as part science and part art. Armed with markers, flip charts and their imaginations, students in my Outcomes Evaluation class (hosted by Nonprofit Learning Point) discover their preconceived notions about evaluation, envision

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