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Nonprofit Sector

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

Nourish International | Posted 04.17.2014 | 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 04.10.2014 | 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.

'It's Sequestration, Stupid'

Tom Sheridan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Tom Sheridan

Over the past few weeks, Wall Street has had its eye on world economic ruin. Washington has had its eye on the shuttered doors of government. Me? I have had my eye on the demise of sequestration.

Business Needs a Plan B

Richard Branson | Posted 08.17.2013 | Impact
Richard Branson

It shouldn't just be left to politicians and community organizations to tackle the world's problems -- businesses should help, too. Although individually lots of businesses do great things, collectively they could be far more powerful and do much more good.

Nonprofit Trends: Tax Status vs. Business Model

Marc Chardon | Posted 08.11.2013 | Impact
Marc Chardon

As we move forward, if we can keep our focus on how to best craft, market, sell and support whatever it is we do -- profit or not -- and if we can learn from each other, then we'll all be better off.

Hard Questions Every Nonprofit Must Ask

Nell Edgington | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Nell Edgington

It is critically important that we move away from an unwritten rule that "charities" are doing good things that shouldn't be questioned, to a place where nonprofits are continually asking themselves whether they are making the most effective use of resources and providing real solutions.

Nonprofit Trends: Seeking Careers with Meaning

Marc Chardon | Posted 07.16.2013 | Impact
Marc Chardon

I think it's vital -- that having a work world where there is choice between nonprofit and corporate, both offering ways to connect with and care for the community at large is a position of strength.

Looking for a Nonprofit Job? 4 Tips Hiring Managers Want You to Know

Allison Jones | Posted 06.29.2013 | Impact
Allison Jones

For the third straight year, we reached out to the nonprofit organizations in the Idealist community and asked them about their funding situations, recruitment plans, and compensation projections.

Nonprofit Brands in the Age of Supporter Shift (Part 4)

Marc Chardon and Hal Williams | Posted 05.28.2013 | Impact
Marc Chardon and Hal Williams

At the core of relevancy is the basic understanding that the audience for the brand really matters, not the other way around. In an age of supporter shift, nonprofits must figure out how to make their brand promise relevant to different generations that have varying needs and perspectives.

Luring More MBAs to the Social Sector

Laura Moon and Margot Dushin | Posted 05.14.2013 | Business
Laura Moon and Margot Dushin

The barriers that prevent students from making social impact career choices are real: positions that do not effectively leverage the MBA skill set, careers that lack investment in professional development and growth potential, and pathways that require vows of poverty.

Nonprofit Brands in the Age of Supporter Shift (Part 3)

Marc Chardon and Hal Williams | Posted 05.13.2013 | Impact
Marc Chardon and Hal Williams

So, now that we've covered the evolution of branding and what a brand is, let's take a look at the importance of having a living brand.

Nonprofit Trends: Flight to Quality

Marc Chardon | Posted 05.08.2013 | Impact
Marc Chardon

When I say "flight to quality," I'm talking about the observable trend of donors deciding to support fewer organizations, consolidating their giving with those that mean the most to them from a mission perspective, demonstrate sustainability and treat them well.

Expert: The Nonprofit Sector Isn't Working

blog.ted.com | Posted 03.04.2013 | Impact

The nonprofit sector as we know it isn’t working. In the United States, poverty has been stuck at 12% for the last 40 years. Homelessness has not be...