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The data/crisis catch-22: How the pandemic created a social sector data gap

There’s a data/crisis catch-22: While it’s important to have recent data when managing a crisis, it’s also harder to get. Case in point: 990 data from the IRS.

By Cathleen Clerkin (she/her) and Anna Koob (she/her)

September 26, 2022

The overhead myth: crash course to fundraising transparency

The overhead myth states that nonprofits that can spend the least amount on overhead are seen as the most effective. It’s time to disprove this.

By Jacob Spencer

July 26, 2022

All you need to know about fiscal sponsorship

Many people have amazing ideas for creating a nonprofit or public-benefit project, but aren’t sure how to get started or find funding. Instead of starting a new organization, you may want to consider working with an existing 501(c)(3) public charity…

By Melissa Pulis (she/her)

July 12, 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

The strategic plan dilemma: Building for the future while you’re drowning

This blog was originally published on the KAL Fund blog. Three years ago, I launched my consulting practice with the sole objective of providing the nonprofit sector targeted solutions for creating capacity and clarity for executive director roles. Unfortunately, one…

By Kaseem Ladipo (he/him)

June 8, 2021

What do funders look for in grant proposal budgets?

Demonstrating credibility is one of the most important factors in a grant proposal. You may be surprised to learn that the budget in your proposal plays an important role in illustrating your organization’s credibility. Many funders look at your budget…

By Tracy Kaufman (she/her)

May 18, 2021

Increasing attention to how much and where money flows—or doesn’t

Reprinted from the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy. For decades, challenging questions have been raised about the power dynamics within philanthropy. Who benefits? Which needs and communities are given priority? And most contentiously, how much funding is being distributed? While…

By Teri Behrens, Ph.D. (she/her) and Michael D. Layton, Ph.D. (he/him)

March 10, 2021

Tainted money and tainted donors: A growing crisis?

Reprinted from the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy. Just about every major arts institution—from the Guggenheim to the Louvre—has received sizable funding from the Sackler family. Until recently, this arts patronage was how most people knew the Sackler name—if they…

By Michael Moody and Michael Pratt

January 6, 2021

Low-cost high-impact fundraising ideas

If we could fit our advice on a bumper sticker, it would be: Don’t take your foot off the fundraising gas pedal! Continue to identify prospects, tell your moving stories, nurture relationships, thank donors profusely, and most importantly, continue to ask…

By Jim Eskin (he/him)

November 19, 2020

For organizational resilience and impact, focus on business model not overhead

It has always been a source of angst for ambitious not-for-profit organizations: how to ensure they can sustain and scale up impact while also building resilience to weather financial or other shocks. Often the focus is on increasing core or…

By Gerard McHugh

October 21, 2020