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'Tis the Season for Helping Others

Wendy Spencer | Posted 11.27.2015 | Impact
Wendy Spencer

On #GivingTuesday, Dec. 1, more than 30,000 nonprofit organizations will highlight charitable giving and philanthropy, but the spirit of the day reaches even further -- right down to the street where you live.

What Is the Real Meaning of Development and How Can We Achieve Sustainable Results?

Hannah Laufer-Rottman | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact
Hannah Laufer-Rottman

As Palms for Life Fund implements its second development project in Swaziland, we are constantly faced with questions that give us tremendous pause for thought.

Evaluations Help Us Deliver on Our Promises

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

With goals as significant as the Sustainable Development Goals, it is of the utmost importance to have plans for determining progress and success -- or lack thereof -- toward the desired ends. Strong evaluation plans allow organizations and other players to gauge if what they are doing works, and if not, what they need to do to course-correct.

Investing in New York's Human Capital

Allison Sesso | Posted 11.23.2015 | New York
Allison Sesso

Recently, New York's Governor Cuomo announced he will establish a mandatory $15 minimum wage for all state workers. New York has one of the largest in...

Let the Giver Beware: 3 Boxes to Check Before #GivingTuesday

Nicole Neroulias Gupte | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Nicole Neroulias Gupte

Whether it's the holiday season, tax time or another occasion prompting you to be one of the millions of American households contributing more than $2...

Sometimes, It Just Can't Wait - World Toilet Day

John Travis | Posted 11.21.2015 | Impact
John Travis

Toilets are one of the first steps towards better health and brighter futures. For us at DROP, water, sanitation, gender equality and education go hand in hand and we believe that this four pronged approach is the most effective way to reduce poverty in rural communities. It's never too late to change where we go!

Generous Souls Fundraise Better

Cat Moore | Posted 11.20.2015 | Religion
Cat Moore

Written in conjunction with Nicholas Warnes* Unlike professional fundraisers, non-profit founders like Cissy Brady-Rogers are rarely excited (or skil...

National Service for a Just and Equitable Society

Adren O. Wilson | Posted 11.19.2015 | Impact
Adren O. Wilson

As our cities grow larger and more diverse, we can no longer afford to overlook, dismiss, or ignore the promise and potential of so many who live in them. Justice and economics demand that we create more opportunities for young adults, and national service is a proven strategy.

Changing Lives: A Conversation with Amy Saxton, CEO of Summer Search

Bobbi Silten | Posted 11.18.2015 | Education
Bobbi Silten

Sometimes the decision to change the lives of others can end up changing your own. I had a chance to ask Amy Saxton, CEO of Summer Search, a nonprofit youth development organization focused on education, about her decision to become a champion for underserved youth.

How to Ramp Up Your Social Media Presence

Craig Newmark | Posted 11.18.2015 | Technology
Craig Newmark

I've been suggesting for some time now that nonprofits spend more time on social media. One way to do that is to make sure you're sharing what you're up to on Facebook and Twitter, and another way to do that is by targeting your content to your audiences with Facebook's advertising.

Understanding the Real Cost of Nonprofit Work

John E. Kobara | Posted 11.17.2015 | Los Angeles
John E. Kobara

We all want to help nonprofits continue to deliver measurable and sustainable outcomes. And in Los Angeles, the message is simple and straight forward: value nonprofits by paying them what it costs to provide the vital and essential services we all depend upon.

For Philanthropy, Make No Little Plans And Take Bold, Small Actions

Brady Josephson | Posted 11.17.2015 | Impact
Brady Josephson

The World's Columbian Exposition wasn't as much about a fair but an emerging city fighting for the respect of the world in times of change. Similarly, BBCON for me was less about a technology conference but the current changes that will affect the philanthropic sector in the near future.

These Two $1 Million Grants Are a Waste of Money

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Pablo Eisenberg

At a time when small grassroots, advocacy, and watchdog nonprofits are desperately fighting to maintain their precarious budgets, two recent million-dollar grants to two established, well-financed organizations seem inappropriate and a waste of philanthropic resources.

A Guide to Giving

Verelyn Gibbs Watson | Posted 11.12.2015 | Impact
Verelyn Gibbs Watson

Getting involved in nonprofits is a lot of work, either as an employee or board member. There is a constant need to raise visibility, do more with less, and, in the process, constantly raise funds to keep the momentum going.

I Thought Students Had No Reason to Drop Out. I Was Wrong.

America's Promise Alliance | Posted 11.13.2015 | Education
America's Promise Alliance

It was my first day as a tutor at McClellan High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. I walked into the front office to sign in when, to my left, I saw a young student holding a newborn baby. She couldn't have been older than 15.

Want to Make an Impact Through Social Enterprise? Avoid These 3 Mistakes

Christie Garton | Posted 11.12.2015 | Business
Christie Garton

Through social enterprise you can make an impact and a profit, a definite win-win and a major reason for its popularity as a business model. But while more entrepreneurs are incorporating social good into their business, the struggle that comes with balancing the management of a new company and tackling important social issues can be a bit of a mystery to them.

Peter Singer Wants Us to Be More Thoughtful Givers

Tamar Abrams | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact
Tamar Abrams

Many acts of charity are spontaneous, as you walk by the Salvation Army kettle or past the guy with a cardboard sign standing in the median. Others ar...

Angel Island: A Troubling History Lesson in American Immigration

Verelyn Gibbs Watson | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact
Verelyn Gibbs Watson

While there were parts of the immigration experience that were challenging for me (like transitioning to the school system), the physical journey itself and the citizenship process were straight forward from my perspective.

Nonprofits and the Problem of Cultural Inertia

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 11.10.2015 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

The Independent Sector, a leadership network for nonprofits, foundations and corporations working in philanthropy, released a report that looked at ma...

Passing the Pro Bono Baton

Max Skolnik | Posted 11.06.2015 | Impact
Max Skolnik

I was at a conference recently where a young leader declared, "Pass the baton to us, or we're going to take it." After this comment, much of the room erupted defensively. But one of the more senior activists stood up in the back. She pleaded, "We want to pass the baton, but you need to teach us how."

Tias Arms: Making a Difference in South Africa

Margaret Moodian | Posted 11.03.2015 | World
Margaret Moodian

The most prevalent concentration of individuals living with HIV in the world is in South Africa, according to the Current HIV/AIDS Reports. These reports state that, of all the people worldwide who have HIV, almost one fifth of them, or 6.4 million, live in South Africa.

Stride Through the Holidays for a Great Cause

Melissa Fenton | Posted 11.03.2015 | Impact
Melissa Fenton

When Denise Dollar's son was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes, of course her every waking minute became about taking care of his health. What she didn't anticipate happening was the putting of herself, and her own physical and mental health, on the back burner.

Who Cares About How Nonprofit Foundation Boards Govern Themselves? I Do, and You Should Too.

Anne Wallestad | Posted 11.03.2015 | Impact
Anne Wallestad

What boards do - or don't do - matters. And when it comes to foundation boards, it matters not just because of its impact on the success of the foundation and its philanthropic goals, but because of the signal that it sends to the rest of the nonprofit sector.

What Good Is Fame?

Susan Danish | Posted 10.30.2015 | Impact
Susan Danish

I marvel at how many different ways there are to become "famous" these days...reality TV (hello, Kardashians!), YouTube, and so forth and yet how hard it can be to be recognized for substantive and positive, world-changing accomplishments.

Recruiting and Maintaining Millennials in Membership Organizations

Janice Celeste | Posted 10.29.2015 | Business
Janice Celeste

Millennials started reaching adulthood around the year 2000 and organizations have been racking their marketing brains trying to figure out how to get and keep this demographic.