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Introducing our 2020 Seals of Transparency

We launch the 2020 Seals of Transparency on GuideStar at a chaotic time for the nonprofit sector, our country, and the world. We know the situation is not normal. We understand if you have more pressing actions to take during…

By Eva Nico (she/her)

March 23, 2020

COVID-19 vs. live events: alternative ideas for 2020 fundraising

With rapid development in the novel coronavirus pandemic, many nonprofits are facing a serious dilemma: should we cancel our live events for fundraising or continue promoting them? Regardless of the current public health concerns, alternative fundraising options such as digital…

By Daryl Hatton

March 23, 2020

Weekend Link Roundup (March 21-22, 2020)

There's no other way to put it: we've just experienced one of the most extraordinary weeks in our lifetimes. On the off-chance you were rafting the Grand Canyon, here's our weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the social…

By Mitch Nauffts (he/him)

March 22, 2020

8 steps for successful fundraising during the coronavirus crisis

"8 steps for successful fundraising during the coronavirus crisis" is reprinted from Amy Eisenstein’s blog. Coronavirus is spreading. The economy is declining. And there’s continued political turmoil. Any one of these three issues could be viewed as a recipe for…

By Amy Eisenstein (she/her)

March 20, 2020

Share grants data to inform the sector, locally, regionally, and globally

If you’re a grantmaker, you can inform multiple conversations important to the sector at large by sharing grants data with Candid. Candid, created when Foundation Center and GuideStar joined forces, celebrated our one-year anniversary on February 1 with a renewed…

By Kati Neiheisel

March 19, 2020

Advice to Funders in the Covid-19 Era

For people born after November 23, 1963, 9/11 was an emotional and psychological shock unlike any we had experienced. The financial crisis of 2008 and the Great Recession that followed were a shock of a different kind: slower, murkier, more…

By Michael Seltzer

March 18, 2020

Tips for successful online meetings

As more meetings move online, it is a good time to share tips and resources on facilitating online meetings with each other. Although you may find that the current coronavirus environment and the cancellations of in-person meetings is forcing a…

By Bonnie Koenig

March 18, 2020

Jeff Bezos and Climate Change

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon and, according to Forbes, the world's richest man, has asserted himself in the race to address our greatest global threat, the climate crisis. In February, Bezos announced he was donating $10 billion to fight a…

By Sierra Stephens, Lillie Heyman, and Hannah Connors

March 17, 2020

Funders: now is the time for true grantee partnerships

COVID-19 is creating unprecedented disruptions, fear, and uncertainty in all of our lives. While none of us can control this new reality, we can control how we respond. Now is the time to lead with compassion in each of our…

By Victoria Vrana (she/her)

March 17, 2020

7 ways to anchor your corporate coronavirus response in compassion

The coronavirus has now spread to more than 100 countries and claimed more than 4,000 lives. Companies have been among the first to step up, pledging more than 80 percent of the total funds given to coronavirus response efforts. The U.S. Chamber…

By Kayla O’Neill (she/her)

March 16, 2020

Candid launches pop-up coronavirus webpage, emphasizes online trainings and programs

Candid gets you the information you need to do good. That’s why we created this pop-up webpage to share the philanthropic response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Knowing where money is going and how, and having the latest information…

By Jen Bokoff (she/her) and Suzanne Coffman (she/her)

March 13, 2020

Mission driven … off the rails?

☑ Effective mission statement? ☑ Inspiring vision statement? ☑ Thoughtful strategic plan? ☑ Hardworking board and staff? ☐ Goals accomplished? You and your colleagues put a lot of time and effort into creating your nonprofit’s goals. Together, you identified strategic…

By Bill Hoffman

March 12, 2020