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The Start of a New Era

The Start of a New Era

by Josh Jacobson Next Stage has new branding and I couldn’t be prouder of what that means. When I started the firm back at the end of 2013, I have to admit that I didn’t have a clear picture of where it was going. I knew the type of work I wanted to do and...
Standing in Solidarity #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd

Standing in Solidarity #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd

Next Stage stands in solidarity against systemic racism and oppression in our country and our community. Our firm is about the advancement of social good, but we know this can’t fully happen until we recognize systems of injustice in our communities, in our sector,...
Gratitude, Kinship & Kathleen Ross Crosby

Gratitude, Kinship & Kathleen Ross Crosby

A few weeks ago, Caylin and I had the opportunity to serve as facilitators for a Kinship Summit organized by SHARE Charlotte on behalf of the Reemprise Fund. Charlie Elberson, his wife Lou Kinard and more than 50 leaders in community development got together to...
Next Stage’s Values and Guiding Principles

Next Stage’s Values and Guiding Principles

by Josh Jacobson Of late we have been talking about the importance of values and guiding principles to informing the culture and brand of a nonprofit organization. We think it is really important and an under-examined element of the nonprofit business model. But what...
The Values Retreat: A Love Letter

The Values Retreat: A Love Letter

by Josh Jacobson This past Monday, I had the opportunity to engage in one of my favorite activities: facilitating a values retreat. Of all the ways in which Next Stage engages in facilitation, none is more spirit-lifting than bringing together the board, staff and key...