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The New Global Leader, Part VIII: Guillermo Chavez and the Gift of Giving

O'Brien Browne | Posted 09.02.2014 | Business
O'Brien Browne

Guillermo is co-founder and CEO of We Gift, a marketing agency whose mission is to help non-profit organizations and businesses by creating shared win-win relationships through creative marketing campaigns.

How Prepared Are Directors for the Challenges of the Nonprofit Culture?

Eugene Fram | Posted 09.01.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

Once acclimated to the unique challenges of the nonprofit culture, serving on the board can provide an exceptionally rewarding experience. Directors will have a chance to work with others who are dedicated to the work of serving people with significant personal needs.

Nonprofit Work A Non-Option For Some Young People, As 57% Of Industry Internships Are Unpaid

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.01.2014 | Impact

Cortney Harding knows how it feels to be at the bottom of the office food chain. The Wellesley College alumnus had completed seven unpaid internsh...

Nonprofit Showcases Asian American Talent

Peak Johnson | Posted 09.02.2014 | New York
Peak Johnson

The New York chapter of Kollaboration, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering Asian-American performers, will hold its annual showcase this Saturday at New York University Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

Vicki Escarra – Opening Windows of Opportunity

Renata M. Black | Posted 08.28.2014 | Impact
Renata M. Black

Knowing what it feels like to be really poor and not fit in drives me to try and help other people. I'm not arrogant enough to think that I know everything women in the developing world are dealing with, but some of the psychological things we go through are exactly the same.

Why the Ice Bucket Challenge Works (And Doesn't Work)

Greta Perel, Ph.D. | Posted 08.28.2014 | Impact
Greta Perel, Ph.D.

While I certainly do not begrudge the funds raised for ALS research -- money is, after all, the only way to develop life-saving treatments through expensive research and trials -- it does raise some questions about awareness campaigns in the digital age. Why do some causes get so much attention and not others?

A Step to Addressing Race and Building Trust After Ferguson

Patience B. Peabody | Posted 08.28.2014 | Black Voices
Patience B. Peabody

I believe that having hard conversations is hard because we haven't put ignorance in its proper place. Ignorance has become synonymous with choice and that's not always true. If I can't ask an ignorant question, how will I become enlightened to the truth?

Outdoor Company Cotopaxi Puts Its Money Where Its Heart Is

Ahrif Sarumi | Posted 08.28.2014 | Impact
Ahrif Sarumi

Cotopaxi donates a minimum 10 percent of its profit to one of its partner nonprofit organizations to create a sustainable impact in the community those organizations serve. Smith's company goes one step further by showing potential and returning customers where that donation is going.

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.