Leaders Matter - May 2021 - For Resilient Nonprofits, There Is Opportunity in Adversity

How two nonprofits identified and de-risked emerging opportunities
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May 2021
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Leaders Matter
Nonprofit leadership, careers, and recruiting

For Resilient Nonprofits, There Is Opportunity in Adversity

​By Meera Chary and Bill Breen

Throughout the past year's crises, nonprofits like Karam Foundation's Karam House, pictured above, have turned adversity into opportunities to serve their communities in previously unimagined ways, managing risks and harvesting rewards in the process.
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