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3 Holiday Giving Tips From Ebenezer Scrooge

Steven Crandell | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Steven Crandell

When Scrooge casts off his mean and greedy persona, he embraces giving and turns his constrained life into a celebration.

What If Every Purchase You Made Gave Back?

Michael Seo | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Michael Seo

Companies and programs scale because they are successful but scale does no ensure success. In parallel OHW and OHF are both embarking on scaling up their impact. OHW has introduced "viaONEHOPE" and the OHF is working with other consumer product companies through their "Social Impact as a Service (SIAS)" program.

No One Told Us! The Unspoken Challenges of Being an Executive Director

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey | Posted 12.15.2014 | Money
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

The challenges are real and the job is tough, but being an Executive Director has the potential to be life-defining and unbelievably rewarding.

Dysfunction in the Nonprofit Sector -- Reality or Myth?

Eugene Fram | Posted 12.14.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

Judging from the vast literature on dysfunctional nonprofit boards and organizations (my own posts included!) one might conclude that the majority of nonprofits are struggling, strategically incompetent and/or in crisis. I argue that this is not the case.

Why You Should Curb Your Instinct to Judge Homeless Youth

Ariel Zwang | Posted 12.12.2014 | Impact
Ariel Zwang

When you see a homeless young person like Mike on the street, you don't see the trauma he has suffered after years of physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

8 Tips for Making a Co-Directorship Work

Christopher Punongbayan | Posted 12.11.2014 | Impact
Christopher Punongbayan

Both of us saw a need for a massive intervention to address the organization's ongoing issue of executive sustainability. Moreover, as parents of young children, we wanted to challenge the notion that raising a family and being an executive director was incompatible.

Big News: Over $2 Million Raised for Nonprofits in CrowdRise Holiday Challenge

Craig Newmark | Posted 12.11.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Each time a donation's made, a brick is added to the #GivingTower. What does this mean?

How Do We Define Effectiveness for Charitable Organizations?

Steve Nardizzi | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Steve Nardizzi

Like any other business, nonprofits need funding to effectively fulfill their mission and serve their populations. And yet, charitable organizations are too often under fire for fundraising and operating costs.

The Sound a Thank You Makes

Hildy Gottlieb | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Hildy Gottlieb

I dialed with a fever. I forgot about the week behind me, where the mountain of work had overshadowed the reasons we were doing the work in the first place. I listened to donor after donor tell me what amazing things we were doing, and how they wished they could give us more.

Can Nonprofit Boards Afford to Underinvest in Management Leadership Development?

Eugene Fram | Posted 12.07.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

Nonprofit board member interviewees were not included in the study. Obviously boards would need to approve the budgets to achieve these objectives. But boards have some major cultural restraints.

10 Last-Minute Fundraising Strategies For The Holiday Season

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey | Posted 12.04.2014 | Impact
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

'Tis the season to... raise more money. People feel sentimental, it's the "giving" time of the year, and as the fiscal year closes many people and corporations are determining where to spend their leftover charity dollars.

A New Measure for Scaling-up

Shelley Bird | Posted 12.04.2014 | Business
Shelley Bird

Social innovation is alive and well across America. There is really no shortage of great ideas and passionate socialpreneurs working to make society a better place -- but the majority of them fail.

Be a Joy Maker

Daniel Horgan | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
Daniel Horgan

Despite the traditional bustle we find ourselves in during the holiday season, let's pause for a moment and reflect on the last time someone shared joy with us. Whether someone shared a kind smile, held a door or offered a helping hand, it sure does feel good to recognize all of the joy.

This New Contraceptive Could Be a Game-Changer

Christopher Purdy | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Christopher Purdy

What happens when this innovation puts family planning decision-making where it belongs - literally into the hands of women who want to prevent pregnancy? Although there may be challenges with promoting Sayana Press this way, the concept is fairly straightforward and should not be terribly controversial.

Why Does Progress for Women Take So Long?

Susan Danish | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Susan Danish

It took 72 years for women to get the right to vote in this country. Will it take that long to build a museum on the National Mall exploring and celebrating the contributions of American women?

Helping Children Survive and Thrive on #GivingTuesday

Sarina Prabasi | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Sarina Prabasi

Worldwide 748 million people live without safe water and 2.5 billion live without sanitation. Water-related diseases are among the leading causes of preventable child deaths in the world and approximately 60 million children are born into homes without access to sanitation.

Nonprofit Advocates Making Big Change, Millions of Vehicles at a Time

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 12.02.2014 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

Did corporate and governmental leaders play a part in achieving this success? Absolutely. But would it have happened at all if not for the tenacity and savvy work of environmental NGOs and their supporters? Not a chance.

Continuous Learning Is Key to Achieving Better Outcomes

Kirsten Lodal | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Kirsten Lodal

Co-authored with Dan Cardinali To address complex social challenges, we need to figure out what works. Collecting evidence, however, is only part of ...

This Giving Tuesday: Five Reasons to Stop Obsessing About Overhead at Non-Profits

Michael Zakaras | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Michael Zakaras

This Giving Tuesday, let's think twice about our overhead obsession and what it might mean for the very same organizations we're rooting for. And let's give thanks to those who have chosen careers dedicated to solving big problems that affect us all.

Project Athena Provides Hope Through Breathtaking Adventures

Nadine Cheung | Posted 12.01.2014 | Good News

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Marquis Cabrera Helps Others With 'Foster Skills'

Nadine Cheung | Posted 12.01.2014 | Good News

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Celebrating #GivingTuesday and the Importance of Volunteerism

Eileen Howard Boone | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Eileen Howard Boone

On Tuesday, December 2, charities, individuals, schools, businesses and other community organizations will come together to celebrate the third annual #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving back that reminds each and every one of us that, whether through a charitable donation or volunteerism, we can all make a positive impact on our communities this holiday season.

Top 9 Priorities for Your First Month as a New Executive Director

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey | Posted 12.01.2014 | Money
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

Congratulations, you're the new Executive Director of a social-change organization. You've taken on a very hard job.

Why Pro Bono Works

Erin Lackey | Posted 12.01.2014 | Business
Erin Lackey

In the end, pro bono shouldn't be about the awards or credit your agency gets. It's about the results for the organization because nobody is forcing you to work for free.

Beyond the Bounds of Conservation

Vincent L. Michael, Ph.D. | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Vincent L. Michael, Ph.D.

Saving world heritage sites is one thing. Activating them as economic and social assets for the local community is another project altogether.