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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....

Five Website Initiatives to Consider Post-Launch

Five Website Initiatives to Consider Post-Launch

Johanna Kinsley  |  July 24, 2019

The launch of your new or redsigned website isn't the end of your work, writes Kinsley, it's the beginning. In the latest installment in our Cause-Driven Design® series, Kinsley looks at five things you can do to keep your new website  fresh, relevant, and true to the goals you established during the design/redesign process....

5 Tips for Giving Great Design Feedback

5 Tips for Giving Great Design Feedback

Lily Moaba  |  June 14, 2019

Paying attention to the way in which design feedback is delivered can have a real impact on the success of a project, writes Moaba. By implementing these five tips, you'll be doing your part to make sure that the design process is collaborative and projects run a little more smoothly....

Why Branding & Design Agencies Should Ask Why

Why Branding & Design Agencies Should Ask Why

Lexie McGuire  |  April 5, 2019

One of the most important roles a design firm play as a strategic partner to a client is to identify and politely probe at the client's assumptions. In her latest, Constructive's McGuire explains what that looks like....

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.

Nonprofits Need Certainty in Uncertain Times

Nonprofits Need Certainty in Uncertain Times

Sarah DiJulio  |  May 22, 2020

Before the crisis, writes M+R's DiJulio, the key to effective digital fundraising was to communicate timely, emotionally relevant appeals designed to motivate supporters to feel like they can make a difference. That hasn't changed a bit....

Go Virtual to Improve Results During COVID-19 Emergency

Go Virtual to Improve Results During COVID-19 Emergency

Lee Kuntz  |  May 18, 2020

During this time of COVID, nonprofits need to recapture some of the time they've lost while also protecting the health of their employees, writes Kuntz; going "virtual" is a way to do that.... 

Nonprofits and COVID-19: No Money – No Mission

Nonprofits and COVID-19: No Money – No Mission

Ernest Rosemond, Leslie Crutchfield  |  April 27, 2020

The executive director of Business for Impact at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business and the program director for Business for Impact's New Strategies program argue that some nonprofits will thrive in the current volatile environment, some will be forced to close, and some — with the help of smart, speedy planning — will survive....

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.

Following the Leadership of Indigenous Women

Following the Leadership of Indigenous Women

Nicky McIntyre  |  May 10, 2020

As a feminist funder, writes McIntyre, we believe that when people who experience the deepest forms of oppression actively represent their own interests, the solutions are more effective and progress is more enduring....

Memories of a Philanthropy Pioneer

Memories of a Philanthropy Pioneer

Leticia Ruiz-Capillas, Wendy Richardson  |  April 8, 2020

In the latest installment of our series, Richardson and Ruiz-Capillas pay tribute to the longtime chair and CEO of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and staunch champion of the philanthropic sector, William S. White....

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.

Overcoming Founder’s Syndrome on the Road to Success

Overcoming Founder’s Syndrome on the Road to Success

Naree W.S. Viner  |  May 27, 2020

Replacing a founder executive director or long-time leader can seem like a hopeless task, writes Viner. But by using commonsense and following these simple steps, you can greatly improve your chances of success.... 

Tips to Help Make Your Organization More Inclusive

Tips to Help Make Your Organization More Inclusive

Molly Brennan  |  March 9, 2020

Recruiting and retaining employees is a top priority and challenge for most organizations, writes Brennan, but many fail to take even the basic steps needed to attract and retain candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences....

To Build More Diverse Teams, Avoid Unconscious Bias When Recruiting and Hiring

To Build More Diverse Teams, Avoid Unconscious Bias When Recruiting and Hiring

Molly Brennan  |  October 29, 2019

Unconscious bias often gets in the way of our conscious desire to make purely competency-based hiring decisions, writes Brennan. The best way to combat this tendency is to recognize it and put in place practices designed to promote equity, consistency, and fairness at every step of the hiring process....

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.

Co-Designing Better Futures With Citizens

Co-Designing Better Futures With Citizens

Philippe Coullomb  |  April 29, 2020

By opening space for public discussion where people can feel they are heard and respected, writes Coullomb, democratic societies can achieve better results while restoring trust in institutions and a sense of belonging within communities that are in danger of failing....

Defend, Develop, Decolonize

Defend, Develop, Decolonize

Mary Emily O'Hara  |  March 30, 2020

Less than 0.3 percent of philanthropic dollars go to Indigenous communities, writes O'Hara, but one organization is beginning to shift the balance....

How Philanthropy Can Create Public Systems Change

How Philanthropy Can Create Public Systems Change

Debbie Mukamal, Rebecca Silbert  |  February 27, 2020

Philanthropic investment in the public system through the social sector can enable statewide systems change. Silbert and Mukumal share the story of one initiative that transformed access to public higher education for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated Californians....

TechSoup@PND

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

Getting Started With Slack

Getting Started With Slack

Amy Hooper  |  May 25, 2020

In our new COVID work-at-home world, business collaboration tool Slack is making it easier for remote teams to work productively. TechSoup's Hooper provides some tips to help your teams get the most out of it....

Guidelines for Configuring Zoom at Your Nonprofit

Guidelines for Configuring Zoom at Your Nonprofit

Michael Enos  |  April 27, 2020

As COVID-19 has spread globally, usage of the Zoom video conferencing app has skyrocketed, but as TechSoup's Enos explains, nonprofits using the app should pay attention to how it's configured....

Tips for Holding Virtual Meetings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tips for Holding Virtual Meetings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Shannon Cherry, Stephen Jackson  |  March 25, 2020

With the spread of COVID-19 in the United States, more and more of us are working from home and conducting business via virtual meetings. Jackson and Cherry's practical tips are designed to help you get the most out of those meetings....