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Four lessons from Candid about balancing grantee data protection and transparency

When working with grantees, it’s important to understand the type of data you have, be clear about how the data is used, and be proactive so you know what to do in case of an incident.

By Laia Griñó (she/her)

June 14, 2022

The basics of building a nonprofit budget

Budgets can be one of the most intimidating aspects of grantseeking and nonprofit management, especially for new projects or organizations—most of us don’t have accounting degrees after all! The good news is that budgets aren’t as complicated as most people…

By Melissa Pulis (she/her)

June 9, 2022

How do you choose a payment processor for your nonprofit?

Whether you’re a nonprofit professional with decades of experience or thinking about starting your own organization, you know how crucial donations are for fueling a nonprofit’s ability to deliver on its mission. One of the most recent trends we’re seeing…

By Murad Bushnaq

May 31, 2022

Navigating the Form 990 to find funding

If you work at a nonprofit or have thought about starting one, chances are you’re already familiar with the Form 990. All tax-exempt organizations, including foundations, must file some version of Form 990 with the IRS each year to comply…

By Melissa Pulis (she/her)

May 19, 2022

How to master participatory grantmaking by engaging the right voices

Grantmaking is hard, but it’s even harder when you aren’t engaging the voices of people with lived experience. In the video of their recent webinar with Candid, authors Ben Wrobel and Meg Massey provide tangible examples of participatory grantmaking in…

By Meg Massey (she/her) and Ben Wrobel (he/him)

May 17, 2022

Reimagining Candid’s return to office

It’s the question on all our minds as we look to a world in which we coexist with COVID-19: what does a return to the office look like? Entirely remote or entirely in-person arrangements don’t appeal to a majority of…

By Sarah Sprott (she/her) and Deb Snider

May 10, 2022

Why cultural reimagination must precede DEI initiatives

There are myriad ideas circulating in the current diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) conversation. And for good reason - much needs to be said. And yet, there is much less noise just one layer below - in the realm of…

By Rachel Wyley (she/her)

May 5, 2022

Three things you can do instead of founding a nonprofit

Some years ago I was teaching an undergraduate class on fundraising at a local university. Courses like that didn’t exist when I was a student. That would’ve been game-changing, considering that I had to cobble together learnings from macroeconomics, microeconomics,…

By Evan Wildstein

May 3, 2022

What it takes to be more data driven

As our social sector continues to become more data-driven, relevant, and responsive, we need better information on which we can all rely. By nature our field hosts a wide array of organizations all in service of good. Centralizing what we can…

By Caroline McDowell (she/her) and Asia Hadley (she/her)

May 2, 2022

5 common questions about starting a nonprofit organization

As Candid’s online librarian, I often receive questions about starting a nonprofit, what it entails, and whether it’s the best way to pursue a person’s particular passions. Starting a nonprofit organization can be an inspiring way to give back to…

By Melissa Pulis (she/her)

April 28, 2022

Digital mobilization models: Engage the public at scale to create the biggest impact

I’ve been to a lot of charity sector conferences and at every one there has been a session or conversation about how we need to integrate communications approaches and bust siloed ways of working. These conversations highlight the problems caused…

By Paul de Gregorio (he/him)

April 26, 2022

Two years later: how our fundraising strategy changed overnight 

It’s been just over two years since the world shut down on March 13, 2020. Looking back, I vividly remember how it felt when life was put on pause and in-person activity was not an option. Adding another layer of…

By Deanna Mancuso

April 19, 2022