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Nonprofit Sector

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?

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.

Youth Want To Work In Nonprofit World, But Unsure If It's Financially Sustainable

Nonprofit Quarterly | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact

Every kid who ever started playing an instrument has had the same fantasy: You’re sitting in the park, practicing the four chords that you know o...

Knife Skills for Your Nonprofit!

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 08.01.2014 | 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.

Fighting Poverty Requires Unorthodox Business Practices

Bill Bynum | Posted 07.31.2014 | Impact
Bill Bynum

The biggest problem with bringing business values to the work of expanding opportunity for people disadvantaged by birth, geography or both is that no one in the business world has figured out how to value incremental improvements in social welfare in bottom-line calculations.

How Philanthropy Is Changing the Culture on Full Cost Funding

Valerie S. Lies | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
Valerie S. Lies

Breaking the nonprofit starvation cycle is not easy, but exciting progress keeps happening. To keep that momentum going, a great deal of culture change is needed.

Net Neutrality Threatens Much More Than Free Speech

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Ritu_Sharma

Accessibility, and specifically high-speed Internet accessibility, changes lives. Which is why it is so important to continue to offer accessibility options to those who would otherwise be left behind.

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.

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.

Top 6 Tips for Taking Your Cause Mobile

Darian Rodriguez Heyman | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Darian Rodriguez Heyman

Just as most nonprofits initially resisted getting on board with social media, they're also apprehensive to spend the time and resources to devise and implement a mobile strategy. But with over 28 percent of web traffic now coming from mobile devices, the truth is the mobile age isn't coming, it's here.

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.

Which Would You Rather Be as an Organization -- Efficient or Effective?

Nourish International | Posted 06.16.2014 | Business
Nourish International

The difference between these two issues has been a point of contention within the sector over the last several years and the conversation is far from over.

State of the Nonprofit Sector

Sandi Vidal | Posted 06.10.2014 | Impact
Sandi Vidal

For those of us who work in the nonprofit sector, the news by the Nonprofit Finance Fund that even after the "end" of the recession the demand for services continues to rise is not surprising.

16 Signs You're Destined For The Nonprofit World

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.03.2014 | Impact

You can't escape your fate: You're just a good person who is cut out to make the world a better place, darnit. Ride or die. 1. You get really into...

MacArthur Foundation Chooses 7 Nonprofits To Get $1 Million Grants

AP | HERBERT G. McCANN | Posted 02.20.2014 | Impact

CHICAGO (AP) — The MacArthur Foundation has chosen seven nonprofits for grants of as much as $1 million to recognize their success and future potent...

Cover Letter From a Frustrated Nonprofit Job-Seeker

Laura Weiss | Posted 04.16.2014 | College
Laura Weiss

I am one of dozens of cover letters that you will receive today, in your 30k no-benefits full-time plus "Associate Program/ Program Assistant/ Education Coordinator/ Development Coordinator/ Social Media Associate" job.

Her Own Rising Tide: Alfa's Story

Steve Mariotti | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

In a small office with in Jersey City, Alfa and Alex radiate confidence and energy. I sat stunned at Alfa's remarkable journey to get to this place, and the beautiful love that exists between them.

The New Four-Letter Word In The Nonprofit Sector

Renee C. Herrell | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Renee C. Herrell

The "overhead myth" is centered on the idea that nonprofits are valued by how little they spend on overhead. Overhead includes salaries for non-program management, office space, office technology and office supplies -- the non-sexy budget line items of a nonprofit organization.

Why Do Nonprofit Leaders Get in Their Own Way?

Nell Edgington | Posted 04.06.2014 | Impact
Nell Edgington

Once you have the courage to admit (to your board, to your donors, to your staff) that you don't know how to do everything, you just might finally get the help you so desperately need.

Unbelievable: Over $2 Million Dollars Raised for Nonprofits

Craig Newmark | Posted 03.15.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

The CrowdRise #HolidayChallenge just ended last week, and you won't believe how much the organizations raised collectively in small donations for their nonprofits: $2,394,827, more than double last year's total for the Vets Challenge.

Why Nonprofit Storytelling Won't Be Enough in 2014

Shayla R. Price | Posted 02.26.2014 | Impact
Shayla R. Price

Yes, crowdfunding and social media have taught nonprofit staffs how to convey great stories to pull donors' heartstrings to open wallets and purses. However, the information age also yields more vigilant contributors who want to be reassured.

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?"

So You Want To Save The World? Part 1 – First, Ask Yourself The Right Questions

Alex Amouyel | Posted 02.05.2014 | Impact
Alex Amouyel

My first piece of advice to anyone who wants to start their career in the non-profit world or switch from the private to non-profit sector is to ask yourself the right questions.

The Static State of Philanthropy (Part 4)

Marc Chardon and Hal Williams | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Marc Chardon and Hal Williams

In our fourth post of this series examining the forces that are affecting the traditions of philanthropy, we asked nonprofit expert Carol Rhine to sha...

Supporting Some Nonprofits, And Some Not -- Here's The Deal

Craig Newmark | Posted 12.17.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

We've learned, the hard way, that some nonprofits are really good at telling a really good, heart-rending story. Turns out that they aren't really good at helping anyone who needs help.