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  • Chester Davis

    Love this use new of something I learned about long ago in a sociology class. I bet lots of large and complex NGOs could "profit" from similar consulting help. As an advocate of the practical value of various business techniques for creativity and problem solving, I have to wonder what else out there might be put to good use in what contexts. No doubt there are many possibilities.

  • Joao Alves

    this is a massive change right here. great work. what for someone is Toyota could be so basic and fully acquired (TPS) for others that's odd to imagine that a regular food distribution can improve so much with learning a manufacturing system. this is overwhelms me everyday at university and out there. so many basic things that can improve our effectiveness. kind like the biomimicry, but that field is more magical :)

  • Claire Lyons

    Such a great example of smart collaboration and shared solution making! Nice work, it rocks with TMS. More please!

  • herbertpeters52

    Lot of money flow into developing and underdeveloped countries as charities which are usually misappropriated and mismanaged with the real needy not getting anything. We are in the age of 'Knowledge Management'. Ideas for better managing is more important than money itself.

  • Allison Cote

    This was incredible! It's great to see how non-profits can benefit from receiving information and other forms of aid that aren't monetary. By using what this organization already had, they were able to learn how to become more efficient. I think efficiency should be mastered first so as to better handle funds when they do start to arrive.

  • Malia Schilling

    While Toyota's non-financial help was definitely necessary in a crisis, usually non-profits struggle the most with getting funds for their un-sexy day-to-day operations. Finding people to keep the lights on is usually the hardest thing.

    • Adele Peters

      Yes, definitely agree that money for things like rent is critical. It's interesting to think about how little interventions in day-to-day work, like those that Toyota helped with, can actually save the org serious money—for example, when they packed boxes differently and could put many more in a truck, they can save gas on deliveries. By working so much more efficiently, they can save employee time. All of those operational improvements mean that dollars donated to them can go farther...I wonder how the same types of small innovations could be applied to things like office work, too, or even the way that donations are managed. The small nonprofits I've worked and volunteered at have struggled with all of those things.

      • Malia Schilling

        Very true! Toyota definitely had a great targeted approach that helped the organization become more efficient. Operations management is a huge issue for non-profits, and its awesome to see corporations reaching out to help innovate in that way!

  • ellie schmidt

    Wow! That's really generous of Toyota and a great way to help nonprofits. Do you know of any other companies that give help to nonprofits in ways other than financial?