Five Lessons for Nonprofit Innovation and Creating an Institution

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It’s not always easy being 143 years old. Today’s stars, including those in the social sector, are the disruptors and the start-ups: driven, hungry, agile. Traditional institutions are often cast as falling out of fashion, even a little lumbering.

As with a lot of other institutions, innovation has been a hot topic for us at the 92nd Street Y(92Y), a cultural center that creates community and enrichment for people at all stages of life. In recent years, we also built an innovation center to help us re-imagine what a cultural and community center does, how we meet our mission, and how we…


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