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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?

"Too Strong for Our Support" -- How Does That Logic Work?

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

Imagine you're a foundation program officer funding in the area of youth development and education. You're approached for renewal support by a nonprof...

Building a Community of Creative Collaborators

Barry Segal | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

This is a guest post by Martin Segal, Managing Director, Segal Family Foundation (SFF). Martin is the son of Barry Segal, founder of SFF. Our grassr...

Be My Hero

Tim McDonald | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Tim McDonald

Inspiration comes from many places. To me, there is perhaps no greater source of inspiration than the youth of the world. Being involved with No Kid Hungry brings me in contact with many who feel the same way.

Why the Ice Bucket Challenge Is Not Good for Philanthropy

Jacqueline Herrera | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Jacqueline Herrera

Shouldn't we just focus on the fact that people are becoming aware and donating, disregarding why? I say no. In the bottom of my heart and in the back of my business-oriented mind, I want people to care.

Stay on That Nonprofit Board!

Eugene Fram | Posted 08.26.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

Nonprofit directors often become impatient with the slow pace of progress toward positive change. Here are some actions that may change the situation.

Corporations Spy on Nonprofits With Impunity

Ralph Nader | Posted 08.22.2014 | 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.

Ice Bucket Challenge: Donor-Focused Charity and the Donation Vacuum

Claire Topalian | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact
Claire Topalian

My primary concern with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is that donating participants, of which there are clearly very many, will write off their obligation to donate to another charity this year.

O.J. Brigance: ALS Warrior and Giant Among Men

Kandice Ferrell | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact
Kandice Ferrell

Entering O.J.'s office at Ravens Training Camp, you are immediately drawn in by his smile. It is enormous, radiant and genuine. While settling in for our interview, I was amazed by the combination of love and strength in the room.

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.

Wiggle Room: Making a Case for NGO Partnerships

Barry Segal | Posted 08.18.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

My experience tells me that when responsible NGOs work together, often across sectors, we gain efficiencies of scale in the delivery of highly-specialized services. In the end, larger swaths of the population are touched by not just one, but an array of these life-improving inputs and we begin to see our combined efforts improve lives in meaningful and lasting ways.

How to Spot Financial Fraud in a Non-Profit: 2 Warning Signs

Steve Mariotti | Posted 08.15.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

We all want to believe that nonprofit corporations are full of hard-working people committed to improving society--and most are. But even the most wel...

What Is a Digital Ocean Country?

Samantha_Harris | Posted 08.15.2014 | Green
Samantha_Harris

Shark week got me thinking... Do you really care about the ocean? What's beyond the shoreline may never cross your mind. Could an ocean country change that?

What All Nonprofits (and Donors) Should Know about Fundraising

Steven Crandell | Posted 08.15.2014 | Impact
Steven Crandell

Asking for a favor is one of the most important techniques of fundraising. That's according an expert who has helped raise an estimated $200 million for nonprofits as a volunteer in his home town of Santa Barbara, California.

Service as a Career Path

Brad Jamison | Posted 08.12.2014 | Business
Brad Jamison

The more talented and skilled a non-profit groups paid staff is, the greater good it can do in pursuit of its cause. The challenge is, typically, positions in the non-profit sector pay less than similar positions on the for profit side.

Coming to Terms About Mentorship

Vivy Chao | Posted 08.09.2014 | Education
Vivy Chao

Often times what is failed to mention about mentorship is that it is difficult to develop that relationship. That relationship is so difficult to develop because it can be seen as a one-way street.

The African Youth Movement for Social and Economic Prosperity

Barry Segal | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

We cannot afford to stand at the sidelines and watch people do things for us. Developing a resilient entrepreneurial base and private sector can sustain economic growth and produce real economic and social gains in Africa.

The Social PetWork: Platform Helps Boost Adoptions

Helaina Hovitz | Posted 08.07.2014 | Impact
Helaina Hovitz

We love digging up videos of puppies doing adorable things online. Thanks to ShelterMe.com, we can put this guilty pleasure to good use by spending time with shelter animals and sharing their photos and videos with the world.

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...

Bolster Your Career With Service (Part 2)

Brad Jamison | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Brad Jamison

By the time someone is a senior executive, it should be fair to assume they are effective at what they do -- after all it's gotten them this far.

How To Make The World a Better Place: 4 Lessons on Founding a Non-Profit

Christopher Molaro | Posted 08.04.2014 | Small Business
Christopher Molaro

To be sure, there are many ways one can try to change and help their community, big or small. Admittedly, there are more effective and less effectiv...

Social Entrepreneurs Need to Think Beyond the Business

Hila Mehr | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Hila Mehr

Social enterprises can become easily distracted building and managing their business instead of focusing on the problem they are trying to solve -- even if the solution involves running a healthy business.

How Does a Nonprofit Board Know When a CEO Is 'Just Minding the Store'?

Eugene Fram | Posted 08.03.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

Making changes in the governance or operations of a nonprofit is difficult; culturally changes can only take place after a long tenured CEO leaves.

When it Comes to Leveling the Playing Field for Women Writers, VIDA Reminds us that Women are Not Alone

Janice Sands | Posted 08.01.2014 | Arts
Janice Sands

With the pervasiveness of gender inequality in nearly every arena, it's heartening to know that there are passionate individuals and organizations out there working hard to affect change.

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.