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Volunteer management trends in 2020 and beyond

The importance of volunteers in 2020 can not be overstated. The value of a volunteer hour has risen over 7 percent in just the last five years and is now at $25.23. If you ask most nonprofits, however, they would…

By Eric Burger

January 29, 2020

You can stop guessing about what works in fundraising and what doesn’t

When you add up fundraisers, their bosses, their boards, and assorted second-guessers, there are, I’m sure, millions of opinions about what works in fundraising and how to raise money “the right way.” For example, executive directors and board chairs who…

By Tom Ahern

January 28, 2020

Weekend Link Roundup (January 25-26, 2020)

Our weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the social sector. For more links to great content, follow us on Twitter at @pndblog.... Fundraising It's the end of the world as we know it...and most of us feel fine.…

By Mitch Nauffts (he/him)

January 26, 2020

Attracting your best corporate partner

Imagine going on a first date with someone you think you’re really interested in. I know the rules have changed a lot since I’ve been in the game, but I bet some things have stayed the same. Even if you’re…

By Jessica James (she/her)

January 24, 2020

11 trends in philanthropy for 2020: anticipate and embrace what’s next

What place should philanthropy hold in a democratic society? Across our field, in politics, in business, and in our communities, Americans are questioning the very nature of philanthropy and probing its core value. These questions ask who has the responsibility—or…

By Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

January 23, 2020

As foundations reimagine themselves, they should give attention to DEI in operations

Not every foundation has shifted toward a lens of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), but fortunately, many have. That said, there seems to be a glaring miss amidst all this DEI work, and that is with who gets to participate…

By Satonya Fair (she/her) and Chantal Forster

January 22, 2020

Should your budget balance? NO!!

In December 2019, Jeanne Bell of Nonprofit Quarterly and I led the first of a two-part webinar series on strategic nonprofit budgeting. One of the things we inevitably covered, even though I wish we no longer had to, was dispelling the myth…

By Kate Barr (she/her)

January 21, 2020

When Numbers Fall Short: The Challenge of Measuring Diversity in a Global Context

At C&A Foundation we believe many of the challenges we seek to tackle are rooted in social exclusion. We are on a journey to deepen our approach to gender justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. As part of our own effort…

By Bama Athreya

January 16, 2020

What’s new at Candid (January 2020)

Happy new year! For my squad’s first meeting of the year, we spend some time reflecting on what went well, what challenges we faced, who we met, and what we learned in 2019. We also asked each other, “What’s one…

By Jen Bokoff (she/her)

January 16, 2020

Time for our sector to draw a new fish!

A while ago, I read about an experiment where kids were asked to draw a fish. One group was just told to draw a fish; the other group were told the same thing, but they were also given an example…

By Vu Le (he/him)

January 15, 2020

5 online tools to become a nonprofit marketing expert

When I started in nonprofit marketing, with a shiny new journalism degree in hand, I thought I was all set to succeed. How hard can it be? I had much to learn about what makes a good marketer. After over…

By Maria Bryan (she/her)

January 14, 2020

How Philanthropy Can Benefit From Tapping Into Instagram Communities

Judging from media coverage and online conversations, it's clear we're living in a time of heightened social consciousness ("wokeness"). Whether that sentiment is driven by genuine concern for the fate of the planet and the welfare of others or a…

By Rodney Laws

January 13, 2020