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Nonprofit Organizations

An Open Letter to Business Owners Everywhere: You Can Do Better

Alexandra Ostrow | Posted 01.22.2015 | Impact
Alexandra Ostrow

As the founder of a marketing consultancy that focuses on social change, I work with my fair share of nonprofits. My team builds awareness around issues like lack of access to healthcare and clean water.

Couple Ditches Honeymoon To Perform Random Acts Of Kindness In All 50 States

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.06.2014 | Impact

Mark and Ismini Svensson have traveled in plenty of planes, trains and automobiles since they got married. But the newlyweds haven't been jet-setting ...

Killing the Moment -- It's Time to Do Your Events Differently

Jacqueline Wolven | Posted 11.24.2014 | Business
Jacqueline Wolven

My daughter called this afternoon after class and on her way to work at the library to tell me about how here teacher decided to dress down the class after they had all done small teaching sessions at a summer camp.

Cory Booker: Revoke NFL's Nonprofit Status, Give The Funds To Domestic Abuse Prevention

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.18.2014 | Impact

The NFL continues to be the world's most valuable athletics league, raking in an estimated $9 billion in revenue last year. It also happens to be ...

Retweet, Favorite, Donate: Charitable Giving On Twitter Might Soon Be A Click Away

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact

The Twittersphere may soon be getting a little more giving. Twitter announced on its blog Monday that the social media site is testing a new "buy"...

Nonprofit Watchdog Overhauls Rating Process To Resemble School Grading System

The NonProfit Times | Posted 09.03.2014 | Impact

It might be time to dig out that retainer and tuba from your high school yearbook picture. Charity watchdog Charity Navigator changed in August the wa...

A Huge Economic Impact But Who Knew?

Shar McBee | Posted 10.27.2014 | Impact
Shar McBee

Do you know that there is a sector of the economy that is larger than the construction industry, employs more people than real estate, and creates fifty times more jobs than agriculture... but this sector is almost totally ignored?

Corporations Spy on Nonprofits With Impunity

Ralph Nader | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Our democracy can't function properly if corporations may spy and snoop on nonprofits with impunity. This espionage is a despicable means of degrading the effectiveness of nonprofit watchdogs and activists.

Taking Partnerships to the Next Level

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Joseph Amodeo

When the mission of a nonprofit is well-aligned with the social impact goals of a for-profit partner, together they can help to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to the most pressing social and economic problems.

Mobile Phones Save Lives in Timor-Leste

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact
Mary Anne Mercer

"A pregnant woman has one foot in the grave." This common saying reflects the reality in many developing countries: bearing a child is one of the main risks to a woman's life. In the poor countries of the world, giving birth is both one of the most significant days in a woman's life but also a time when she is closest to losing it.

Knife Skills for Your Nonprofit!

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 10.01.2014 | Impact
Ritu_Sharma

Nancy Lublin's got guts. The CEO of DoSomething.org recently made an unprecedented move and cut more than half of the organization's current programs.

Social Media Is an Equalizer, When You Make the Time to Use It

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
Ritu_Sharma

As we're being pulled in so many directions, it's hard to find time to slow down and figure out a solid social media strategy -- but it's worth it. Here's why.

Do Nonprofits Need to Think Outside the Box?

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Joseph Amodeo

Do nonprofits need to think outside the box? Is there even a box anymore? Through my own experience, the answer to both of these questions is yes.

Maintaining World Class Integrity in a Nonprofit Boardroom: Guides for Action

Eugene Fram | Posted 07.19.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

There is little question that boards have overall responsibility for ensuring a nonprofit's integrity. Take, for example, the case of a nonprofit wher...

Legos, Erector Sets, Collaboration, and the Future of the Nonprofit Sector

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Joseph Amodeo

Whether two or more nonprofits are working together to achieve a commonly shared goal or facing the realities of limited resources to meet a need, they're demonstrating that collaboration often strengthens the impact of a project.

The Time is Ripe for a Nonprofit Revolution

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Joseph Amodeo

Local government leaders can help to foster successful solutions in their communities by providing an environment that welcomes and encourages the contributions of nonprofit partners.

Transition and Transformation in the Nonprofit Sector: Understanding the Need for For-Profit Best Practices

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 06.21.2014 | Impact
Joseph Amodeo

When I graduated from college with a bachelor of arts in religious studies, working in the nonprofit sector seemed like an appropriate 'fit.' However, now more than ever the sector is in need of students and professionals from a variety of disciplines.

Is Your Nonprofit Forward-Focused or a Prisoner of the Past?

Eugene Fram | Posted 06.06.2014 | Impact
Eugene Fram

Nonprofit recruiting can be a hit-or-miss process, often producing candidates who are readily available and familiar to the current board. Rarely will the committee seek out people who have strong track records as strategists and/or competent visionaries.

Imagine Warren Buffett and/or Charlie Munger on Your Nonprofit Board

Eugene Fram | Posted 05.16.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

Buffet and Munger, close partners for 54 years are sometimes described as 'being joined at the hip.' Two Stanford professors have developed an analysis of Munger's comments on good corporate governance.

Ellen DeGeneres Would Make a Great Executive Director

Joan Garry | Posted 05.03.2014 | Impact
Joan Garry

Like many of you, I spent the evening with Ellen on this Sunday night (Oscar telecast). But while you were watching her deliver pizza to Meryl Streep and retweeting her selfies, I was thinking about how great an Executive Director she would be.

3 Words Could Save Billions in Healthcare Costs

Shar McBee | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Shar McBee

The question is this: Are our elected officials locked in a conventional view of the way things work, at our expense? Are they stuck with selfish motives and preconceived ideas? Or can they recognize true solutions?

Take a 'Virtual Walk' for Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Shannon Cutts | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Shannon Cutts

Long gone are the days of the "anonymous Internet" when folks surfed and shared about their deepest fears and struggles under the protective cover of ...

Time to Manage Your Charitable Portfolio?

Irv Katz | Posted 03.09.2014 | Money
Irv Katz

There is really very little to be gained by passivity in charitable giving. Make your investments in issues and in organizations that matter to you. You will be far less likely to fall for anything bogus.

Too Many Nickelbacks

Nancy Lublin | Posted 02.25.2014 | Impact
Nancy Lublin

In the not-for-profit world, there are a bunch of orgs and people who are very popular. Articles and lists tout "the best social innovations of 2013" or the "top social changemakers." But being on a list or knowing lots of powerful people doesn't mean your org has huge impact.

The Static State of Philanthropy (Part 5)

Marc Chardon and Hal Williams | Posted 02.17.2014 | Impact
Marc Chardon and Hal Williams

As we come to the end of this series on the state of philanthropy, we want to turn away from the analysis and move to the proactive question: "Where do we go from here?"