Throughout the nonprofit sector, successes are celebrated and mistakes tend to be deliberately forgotten. But this is a lost opportunity. Discussing, analyzing and learning from failure should be a common practice that can strengthen the work of nonprofits.
This website provides a safe space to discuss the mistakes that have come in investing without evaluating, scaling up too fast or refusing to shift strategies. It’s starting point is a new book: Mistakes to Success: Learning and Adapting When Things Go Wrong, a collection of revealing essays edited by Robert Giloth and Colin Austin and focused on the field of community economic development. We want to keep the discussion going, with new stories and new insights on philanthropic and nonprofit mistakes that have led to new approaches.