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Cause-Driven Design

In Cause-Driven Design®, Matt Schwartz, founder and director of strategy at Constructive, a New York City-based design and brand strategy firm specializing in nonprofits and education, explores the nexus between design and mission-driven work and explains how nonprofits can use design to engage and speak more meaningfully to the needs, goals, and motivations of their principal audiences....

Design Vendors Are Destroying Nonprofit Organizations!

Design Vendors Are Destroying Nonprofit Organizations!

Matt Schwartz  |  June 28, 2016

If you still see design firms as "vendors" rather than as "partners," you need to stop. In the latest installment of his Cause-Driven Design series, Constructive's Matt Schwartz explains why....

The Sustainable Nonprofit

The Sustainable Nonprofit (TSN) examines critical issues related to nonprofit sustainability through the eyes of nonprofit leaders, practitioners, and consultants. For more information, contact Mitch Nauffts, PND's publisher and editorial director, at mfn@foundationcenter.org.

Embracing Partnerships to Widen Impact

Embracing Partnerships to Widen Impact

Masha Pearl  |  November 29, 2016

If nonprofits learned anything from the economic downturn of 2008-09, writes Masha Pearl, executive director of The Blue Card, it's that it is just as important to diversify one's operational strategy as it is one's fundraising strategy....

How Associations Can Overcome Fundraising Barriers

How Associations Can Overcome Fundraising Barriers

Derrick Feldmann  |  November 15, 2016

Is your nonprofit association struggling to stay relevant in today's media-saturated environment? In his latest for PND, Achieve's Derrick Feldmann says maybe it's time to rethink your fundraising model....

Linking Challenge to Opportunity to Strategy

Linking Challenge to Opportunity to Strategy

Derrick Feldmann  |  October 20, 2016

Nonprofits appreciate the importance of good strategy, but they often overlook the role of the "challenge" narrative when creating a strategic plan, says Derrick Feldmann....

Alliance@PND

Through an agreement with UK-based Alliance magazine, PND is pleased to be able to offer a series of articles about global philanthropy.

Should Philanthropy Help People Leave?

Should Philanthropy Help People Leave?

Timothy Ogden  |  January 4, 2017

If foundations are to be "America's passing gear," writes Alliance contributing editor Timothy Ogden, perhaps it's time they adopted a more radical approach to helping poor people in failing communities.... 

#ShiftThePower: It's About Time...

#ShiftThePower: It's About Time...

Hilary Gilbert  |  December 6, 2016

People the world over are tired of bad development, tired of being patronized or ignored, and tired of seeing money poured down the drain, writes Hilary Gilbert, a research fellow at the University of Nottingham and chair of the South Sinai Foundation....

Climate Philanthropy: The Tyranny of the 2 Percent

Climate Philanthropy: The Tyranny of the 2 Percent

Edouard Morena  |  November 1, 2016

In the latest installment of our Alliance@PND series, Edouard Morena, a lecturer at the University of London Institute in Paris, examines the role of climate philanthropy after the Paris Agreement....

MyCareer@PND

PND is pleased to offer articles of interest to jobseekers and prospective employers. To submit an article for consideration, e-mail Mitch Nauffts at mfn@foundationcenter.org.

Mastering the Video Interview

Mastering the Video Interview

Molly Brennan  |  October 5, 2016

Like it or not, the video interview is here to stay. Koya Partners' Molly Brennan shares some tips designed to help you make a great impression....

Requesting a Flexible Work Arrangement

Requesting a Flexible Work Arrangement

Molly Brennan  |  July 15, 2016

As the trend toward greater flexibility in work arrangements accelerates, employees should use a little common sense, writes Koya Leadership Partner's Molly Brennan....

SSIR@PND

Through an agreement with the Stanford Social Innovation Review, PND is pleased to be able to offer a series of articles and profiles related to the "business" of improving society.

Selling Social Change

Selling Social Change

Matt Plummer, Taz Hussein  |  December 19, 2016

The mere fact that your organization has built an innovative program doesn't mean there's a demand for it. The Bridgespan Group's Tazz Hussein and Matt Plummer explain why it's time for nonprofits to develop a more sales-driven approach to social change....

Let’s Redraw the Map

Let’s Redraw the Map

Michael Zakaras  |  November 22, 2016

Social entrepreneurship in the United States is a strikingly homogenous affair. Michael Zakaras, director of partnerships at Ashoka US, explains what his organization is doing to change the equation....

A New Model for Citizen Engagement

A New Model for Citizen Engagement

Myung J. Lee, Peter Levine  |  October 26, 2016

To meet their challenges, communities in the United States need to increase the scale and the quality of citizen engagement. One way to do that, write Myung J. Lee and Peter Levine, is through "impact volunteering" initiatives....

TechSoup@PND

Through an arrangement with TechSoup, PND is pleased to offer a series of articles about the effective use of technology by nonprofits.

Power Up Your Organization's Data With Microsoft's Power BI

Power Up Your Organization's Data With Microsoft's Power BI

Susan Hope Bard  |  January 18, 2017

With a little help from her colleague Jordan McCarthy, Tech Soup's Susan Hope Bard shows you how to use Microsoft BI to gather data from different sources, prepare it, and show it in bar graphs, line charts, maps, and more....

Ten Tips for Donating a Computer

Ten Tips for Donating a Computer

Ariel Gilbert-Knight, Jim Lynch  |  December 13, 2016

Your old computer might have some life left in it. But dropping it off at your favorite nonprofit, charity, or library might not be the best way to pass it on. Learn about the environmentally smartest options in the latest installment of our TechSoup@PND series....

5 Steps to Improving Your Website on a Tiny Budget

5 Steps to Improving Your Website on a Tiny Budget

Nicole Sirivansanti  |  November 11, 2016

A major challenge for nonprofits is how to upgrade a website on a limited budget. Elefint Design's Nicole Sirivansanti shares a few actions you can take to improve your website without spending tens of thousands of dollars....