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Will the Council on Foundations Be a Change Agent or Just a Trade Group?

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Pablo Eisenberg

Over the past few years, the council has lost well over 200 members dissatisfied with the direction of the organization. And some of the remaining 1,585 members feel they are no longer getting much bang for the big bucks they pay in membership fees.

Beyond the Clothes

S. L. Young | Posted 09.17.2014 | Impact
S. L. Young

It's often said that clothes make an individual, but this old adage isn't always true -- as there are many talented individuals who don't dress as expected and still have a lot to offer. The reality is that sometimes individuals who appear to be different don't always get a chance to prove their worth.

The Heartbeat That Changed the World

Tim McDonald | Posted 09.17.2014 | Impact
Tim McDonald

This first step to letting people feel your heartbeat. That is, assuming you know what cause has meaning to you, or that you truly care about. This is my story of learning to share my heartbeat instinctively.

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 08.27.2014 | 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?

Innovating Impact: Two Social Entrepreneurs Tackle Critical Issues at Home and Abroad

Steve Mariotti | Posted 08.22.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Overwhelmingly, these talented fellows represent a growing commitment to fighting social issues like poverty, terrorism, infrastructural collapse, and beyond -- through straightforward, effective means. I was lucky to learn from two of them, and share their stories here.

Taking Partnerships to the Next Level

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 08.20.2014 | 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.

3 Ways to Give (Without Spending Any Money!)

Julia Schemmer | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Julia Schemmer

Unless you're Bill Gates or Angelina Jolie, it is nearly impossible to make a meaningful financial impact on the organizations you love. Thankfully, helping someone in need goes way beyond economic support.

How Tech Innovation Leads To Sustainable Solutions In Developing Nations

Lauren Woodman | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Lauren Woodman

It seems as if the days of manually doing routine tasks such as shopping and health care are slowly fizzling into obsolescence. People in both developed and developing countries are reshaping their daily lives and interactions as digital technology becomes intertwined with their everyday activities.

Using Food as a Treatment for Mental Illness

Food Politic | Posted 09.24.2014 | Impact
Food Politic

Most of us are familiar with food banks and soup kitchens, where donated food goes to feed hungry people in the community. Yet we rarely talk about the connection between mental illness and hunger and how access to food can do more than just provide a full stomach.

Think Big, Act Now for Nature: Unexpected Common Ground Between Montana, Azerbaijan and the Middle East

Sean Gerrity | Posted 09.16.2014 | Green
Sean Gerrity

Innovation, persistence, and an attitude of mutuality in the midst of intense sociological and political resistance is the key to creating more large-scale natural places that people will visit and cherish for hundreds of years into the future.

Buckle Up -- Things Are Getting Real With #TheStitch!

Matt Pipkin | Posted 09.01.2014 | Impact
Matt Pipkin

You know those seasons in life that you look back on and think, "Whew, those were some amazing times!"? Well, that's how we're going to look back on what's happening right now.

Nonprofit Cleans Homes For Women With Cancer So They Have 1 Less Thing To Worry About

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 06.27.2014 | Good News

What started out as a simple, selfless idea to help women cancer patients, has grown into an incredible organization spanning all 50 states and Canada...

Why Tech Innovation Should Matter To NGOs

Lauren Woodman | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Lauren Woodman

Every industry, sector, and market goes through times of transformation and innovation. Whether you're selling smart phones or automobiles, technological change is a powerful force that drives industry innovation and disruption, shaking up traditional industry leaders and establishing new companies.

The Current System is Broken: Bringing Hunger Relief Home for the Summer

Kevin Hagan | Posted 08.23.2014 | Impact
Kevin Hagan

It's summertime, and with summer break comes the laughter of carefree children in many neighborhoods... But not all of them. When the final school bell rings, millions of kids head home to empty refrigerators.

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 You Know a Huggable Hero?

Megan Rosker | Posted 08.04.2014 | Good News
Megan Rosker

This year, just as summer begins for most of our school children, I learned of another wonderful opportunity for children and young adults to display their leadership qualities -- Huggable Heroes.

How Healthy Do You Want Your Nonprofit Board to Be?

Anne Wallestad | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Anne Wallestad

Can you imagine saying, "I don't have time to manage my staff" or "We don't have the resources to fundraise"? No, it wouldn't happen, because it's understood we have to invest in these things for our organizations to flourish.

The Specifics of Storytelling for Social Innovation

Pauline Zalkin | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Pauline Zalkin

A story is a roadmap to another person's subjective experience - the gateway to empathy. It's obvious, then, why stories are an essential means of relating for social innovators.

Making the world kinder, one "digital hug" at a time

Laura Howe | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Laura Howe

While we train digital volunteers, ultimately what we do isn't very complex. We help people feel more connected when something scary is happening. We offer some basic human kindness.

The Lean Interfaith Nonprofit

Frank Fredericks | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Frank Fredericks

It's pay day. The bills are due. The fundraiser flopped, the ask unanswered. Donations are diminishing and expected grants taken for granted. Program ...

Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark On Helping Others

Geoff Livingston | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Geoff Livingston

I am one of the co-organizers of the NonProfit 2.0 Conference in Washington, DC this June 26. One of our keynotes is Craigslist Founder and philant...

Idjwi: The Un-Forgotten Island

Karen Mehiel | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Karen Mehiel

When the abstract discussion of traveling to Idjwi to view the progress of Amani's Medical Center became a reality, I was mentally ready, but unaware of how emotionally unprepared I was.

How I Made the Most of My Liberal Arts Degree While Job Hunting

Idealist | Posted 07.13.2014 | College
Idealist

Like me, you might have felt panicked, because it can seem like a major determines not only what you'll be studying, but also what your career track will be, and what direction your adult life will take (and that's hardly a decision that should be left to an 18-year-old, you think).

How to Raise $50K+ for Vets and Heroes

Craig Newmark | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Hey, we're launching the Veterans Charity Challenge 2 to raise money for good causes.