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Y Combinator Gathers 800 Startup Women to Jumpstart Gender Equality in Tech

Erica Swallow | Posted 02.24.2015 | Technology
Erica Swallow

Beloved seed accelerator Y Combinator hosted its second annual Female Founders Conference this Saturday, gathering 800 startup-type women in hopes of jumpstarting future gender diversity in the technology sector.

If Fundraisers Are Known As the Best Givers, Then Should Grantmakers Be Better Fundraisers?

Lori J. Bertman | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Lori J. Bertman

As a CEO of a large foundation who receives grant requests of all types year-round, it is my fundraising acumen that helps my staff and me make better grantmaking decisions. Every organization likes to see its money leveraged.

Do You Hate Asking for Money? Here's a New Way to Look at Fundraising.

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey | Posted 02.17.2015 | Impact
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

Fearing "the ask" is a professional hazard, and I want to help reframe the experience so that you can get out there, raise more money and actually start to enjoy doing it.

How to Fundraise During a Giving Day

Geoff Livingston | Posted 02.12.2015 | Impact
Geoff Livingston

The conference room was filled with eager nonprofits ready to begin their 2015 campaign. During breaks, they networked, shot promotional videos and took Big Payback social media pics in a photobooth.

Why Crowdfunding's a Good Idea

Craig Newmark | Posted 02.11.2015 | Money
Craig Newmark

Folks, lots of people have been doing crowdfunding campaigns lately, myself included, and they're pretty effective. In 2013 alone, crowdfunding raised about $5.1 billion worldwide.

GiveNOLA Day Rallies New Orleans Community

Geoff Livingston | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact
Geoff Livingston

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu appeared at a press conference hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation to officially proclaim May 5, 2015 GiveNOLA day.

The One List I Found Myself Unable to Make

Beth Whitley | Posted 02.03.2015 | Parents
Beth Whitley

Five weeks after Hannah's diagnosis (five years ago today, hence the reflective post), I had six weeks off work, less because of the emotional trauma we'd been through and more because of the magnitude of the lists that needed to be dealt with.

How Saving a Child's Heart Is Crossing Boundaries In the Middle East

Jessica Katz | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact
Jessica Katz

"I love you too" I told her, as I hugged her back. We both meant those words, even though we didn't know each other's names. She had a large scar that ran across her chest, poking out from her blue tribal print dress.

Internet Rallies To Support Man With Disabilities Who Was Mugged Outside His Home

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 02.03.2015 | Good News

After being mugged outside his house, a retired man with disabilities was too afraid to return to his home. But now, thanks to the kindness of one you...

Paul Blumenthal

Democrats Link Middle Class Woes To Need For Campaign Finance Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday, the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, House and Senate Democrats aimed all the spotlights...

Paul Blumenthal

5 Years After Citizens United, Money Controls Politics More Than Ever

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Five years ago this Wednesday, the Supreme Court overturned two decades of precedent in a bitterly divided 5-4 decision to open the door...

Nonprofit Overhead Doesn't Matter. Except When It Does.

Brady Josephson | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Brady Josephson

Nonprofits need to make their donors feel like they are changing the world. One of the main reasons people don't give is because of futility. They don't feel that their donation will make a difference.

5 Lessons I Learned From Running a Crowdfunding Campaign

Erica Swallow | Posted 02.28.2015 | Impact
Erica Swallow

This holiday season, my mother and I hosted a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for our local Humane Society animal shelter.

5 Ways to Tap the Crowd to Drive Change

Skoll Foundation | Posted 02.20.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

As many other groups look to leverage crowdfunding and other unique approaches to fundraising, we wanted to share some of the our top five pointers for building successful crowdfunding campaigns.

A Foolish Way to Evaluate Charities

Brady Josephson | Posted 02.14.2015 | Impact
Brady Josephson

A reputable, financially focused magazine doing an analysis of charities to help donors make smarter decisions. What's wrong with that? It's not about impact.

Big News: Over $2 Million Raised for Nonprofits in CrowdRise Holiday Challenge

Craig Newmark | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Each time a donation's made, a brick is added to the #GivingTower. What does this mean?

The Sound a Thank You Makes

Hildy Gottlieb | Posted 02.08.2015 | Impact
Hildy Gottlieb

I dialed with a fever. I forgot about the week behind me, where the mountain of work had overshadowed the reasons we were doing the work in the first place. I listened to donor after donor tell me what amazing things we were doing, and how they wished they could give us more.

10 Last-Minute Fundraising Strategies For The Holiday Season

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

'Tis the season to... raise more money. People feel sentimental, it's the "giving" time of the year, and as the fiscal year closes many people and corporations are determining where to spend their leftover charity dollars.

Soaring With the Washington Ballet's Noche de Pasión: The Tango Soirée

David Drake | Posted 01.30.2015 | Arts
David Drake

The new edition of performers and the charm of the artistic director Septime Webre were only exceeded by his impromptu Cuban salsa in sync with his Latin ballet dancers.

Democratization of Philanthropy Through Crowdfunding

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 01.29.2015 | Impact
Ritu_Sharma

Nonprofits that are used to relying on super donors writing hefty checks need to learn to embrace a better way: The idea of crowd-funding, where numerous smaller donations add up, powered by social media marketing.

The Real Potential of Giving Tuesday

Hildy Gottlieb | Posted 01.29.2015 | Impact
Hildy Gottlieb

Imagine if Giving Tuesday were instead a day of celebrating the power and strength that already exists within communities and within the organizations that support those communities.

In the Memory of Abdul Rahman Peter Kassig

Zaher Sahloul | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Zaher Sahloul

I am confident that the Syrian people who knew Peter and loved him as a person and as a humanitarian will one day establish a school, a hospital and a foundation under his name. His legacy will outlive the criminals who took his life away.

#GivingTuesday: A Guide for Nonprofits

Hilary A. Doe | Posted 01.25.2015 | Impact
Hilary A. Doe

It's coming up. Every Dec. 2nd, families, students, businesses, and organizations around the world come together for Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to giving back.

Want to Be Happier? Give More. Give Better.

Brady Josephson | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact
Brady Josephson

Giving to others gives us pleasure. It makes us happier people which in turn leads us to give more which makes us even happier and... you get the picture.

How Congress Auctions Off Power

Avram Billig | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Avram Billig

Warren's elevation is the latest instance of fundraising prowess helping to open the gates to party leadership, a trend that cements money's role in politics and could worsen polarization.