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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

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

How I learned to stop yawning and love the Zoom Room

I read somewhere once that the worst mistake you can make while presenting is to yawn. Yawns are contagious, and nothing makes an audience sleepier than to see that you are fighting not to slip into unconsciousness. So, how does…

By David M. Holmes (he/him)

March 23, 2022

3 rising trends in fundraising innovations

New year, new fundraising strategy. Are you making the most of the latest trends in fundraising to elevate your nonprofit in 2022? While there are risks to embracing new fundraising innovations, the rewards are often well worth taking the chance.…

By Cassie Losquadro

February 16, 2022

Using smart tech to reimagine nonprofit work

The Great Resignation was a long time in the making. The warning signs included the ongoing toxic combination of low pay and overwhelming workloads endemic in nonprofit work that leads to exhaustion, mistakes, and ultimately burnout. The pandemic exacerbated these…

By Beth Kanter (she/her) and Allison Fine (she/her)

February 14, 2022

A powerful new tool to combat hunger and homelessness

Last year, as the pandemic stretched on, the team at Vanguard Charitable contacted our approximately 25,000 donors to ask them about their giving priorities. The response was clear: In that moment, our donors were focused most on hunger and homelessness in the United…

January 26, 2022

4 Tips for using video effectively in your digital strategy

As a nonprofit professional, you know how powerful advocacy videos can be for charitable organizations. Just think of the classic ASPCA video featuring a carousel of devastating animal video clips and Sarah McLachlan's melancholic voice in the background. You know…

By Anne Stefanyk (she/her)

January 19, 2022

3 tips for incorporating great visuals into your website

Your website’s visual elements define your organization, helping to draw visitors in and explain your nonprofit’s mission before they read a single word. This is why a strong visual brand matters: the first images visitors see shape their impression of…

By Murad Bushnaq

November 22, 2021

How cloud computing is breaking down barriers for global NGOs

Getting up to speed with current digital solutions is now imperative to development. Without them, workflows can be dramatically slowed, and datasets can be lost altogether. For non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that work with huge amounts of data, any issues that…

By Sharif Shaalan (he/him)

September 30, 2021

Let’s talk about “reasonable” cybersecurity

New privacy regulations are making cybersecurity a legal requirement Let’s start with the good news. Many states within the United States are implementing privacy regulations to protect our individual data. As individuals, this is good for us. Finally, companies will…

By Joshua Peskay (he/him)

September 21, 2021

The brave new world of crypto-philanthropy

Much of the growing interest in bitcoin and other digital currencies focuses on individual financial gain and financial innovation. At the same time, there is an exciting trend toward leveraging cryptocurrencies for philanthropic purposes. Not only are hundreds of charities…

By Paul J. Lamb (he/him)

September 7, 2021

How can NGOs raise funding by implementing blockchain technology?

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, worldwide have played a pivotal role in global philanthropy. But according to a survey by International Development Charities Network, 77 percent of charities surveyed agreed that COVID-19 had affected their finances.…

By Carl Torrence (he/him)

August 26, 2021