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Increasing demands from funders, accreditors, and donors as well as increased competition for scarce resources are creating challenges and frustrations for many nonprofits.
- Focus and re-align your program strategies to ensure greatest impact?
- Define, measure, and describe your success with outcomes?
- Balance and meet the competing requirements of your stakeholders?
- Figure out how to achieve more with less?
- Reduce the sense of burden and over-work among your team?
- Find cost-effective, intuitive, and simple strategies for collecting and using data?
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