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Cause-Driven Design

In Cause-Driven Design®, Matt Schwartz, founder and director of strategy at MSDS, 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....

How Nonprofit Branding Strengthens Impact: Part 1

How Nonprofit Branding Strengthens Impact: Part 1

Matt Schwartz  |  April 30, 2015

In the third installment in his series, Matt Schwartz provides some context for determining what a brand is and how it is experienced, then offers insights into how to think more strategically about the brand experiences your organization creates....

8 Keys to a Successful Client/Design Firm Relationship

8 Keys to a Successful Client/Design Firm Relationship

Matt Schwartz  |  March 5, 2015

In the second article in our new series, Matt Schwartz shares the "rules of engagement" his design firm developed to work with nonprofit clients in an open, collaborative, and even fun dynamic....

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.

How GlobalMedic Uses Dropbox to Maximize Funding Impact

How GlobalMedic Uses Dropbox to Maximize Funding Impact

Rahul Singh  |  June 11, 2015

We often hear that technologies such as drones, robots, and 3-D printers will revolutionize international relief efforts. But for most nonprofit organizations, simple tools like Dropbox can transform some of their least productive practices....

Becoming a Profitable Nonprofit While Staying Mission-Focused

Becoming a Profitable Nonprofit While Staying Mission-Focused

Bethany Lampland  |  June 3, 2015

Is your nonprofit looking to build new revenue streams without compromising its charitable status and mission? New York Foundling COO Bethany Lampland shares some advice designed to help you navigate that balancing act....

What Does It Really Mean to Be an Engaged Donor?

What Does It Really Mean to Be an Engaged Donor?

Derrick Feldmann  |  May 5, 2015

Achieve president Derrick Feldmann explains why listening, really listening, to how your donors define "engagement" is key to building a long-lasting, high-quality relationship with them....

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.

Interview With Roshni Nadar Malholtra

Interview With Roshni Nadar Malholtra

Caroline Hartnell  |  May 13, 2015

We share a discussion between Alliance magazine editor Caroline Hartnell and Malholtra, the millennial-generation daughter of Indian industrialist Shiv Nadar and one of the trustees of his eponymous foundation, about their family's approach to philanthropy….

An Act of Faith: Why Should Philanthropists Fund the Arts?

An Act of Faith: Why Should Philanthropists Fund the Arts?

Andrew Milner, Caroline Hartnell  |  April 15, 2015

In the latest installment of our Alliance@PND series, Caroline Hartnell and Andrew Milner ask funders who support the arts, leaders of arts organizations, and individual artists to answer this perennial question....

MyCareer@PND

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

Five Tips for Starting a New Job on the Right Foot

Five Tips for Starting a New Job on the Right Foot

Molly Brennan  |  June 24, 2015

Congratulations on landing the job! Now it's time to transition into your new role. Molly Brennan, managing partner at Koya Leadership Partners, describes how to make the process productive, seamless, and enjoyable....

The New Entry-Level: Hiring from Leadership Development Programs

The New Entry-Level: Hiring from Leadership Development Programs

Commongood Careers  |  May 11, 2015

In the latest article in our MyCareer series, Commongood Careers explains why leadership development programs are increasingly popular in the social sector, identifies the best ones in operation today, and provides case studies and advice for anyone seeking to benefit from them....

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.

The Promise of Lean Experimentation

The Promise of Lean Experimentation

Peter Murray, Steve Ma  |  June 25, 2015

Peter Murray and Steve Ma of Accelerate Change, a nonprofit incubator that uses lean experimentation, examine the potential of the popular management model to launch, test, and implement new programs and services more efficiently and effectively....

Who’s Afraid of DAFs?

Who’s Afraid of DAFs?

Jack Shakely  |  May 21, 2015

California Community Foundation president emeritus Jack Shakely explains why people in the philanthropic community need to move beyond their fear of donor-advised funds….

Adventures in Adaptation

Adventures in Adaptation

Alison Powell, Anne B. Stanton  |  April 22, 2015

In the latest article in our SSIR@PND series, Anne B. Stanton and Alison Powell examine the James Irvine Foundation's Linked Learning initiative for insights into how adaptive philanthropy works in practice....

TechSoup@PND

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

Easy Ways for Your Organization to Go Green (Part 1)

Easy Ways for Your Organization to Go Green (Part 1)

Anna Jaeger, Jim Lynch, Sarah Washburn  |  June 30, 2015

Given their limited resources, how can nonprofits implement greener practices? TechSoup's Jim Lynch and Caravan Studios' Sarah Washburn and Anna Jaeger share five easy things you can do right now to make a big impact on your organization's environmental footprint....

Funding Technology Projects

Funding Technology Projects

Kyle Henri Andrei  |  May 27, 2015

Can you reduce your organization's technology expenses and raise funds for new tech at the same time? TechSoup's Kyle Henri Andrei says yes....

How to Choose and Work With Technology Consultants

How to Choose and Work With Technology Consultants

Dan Rivas  |  April 2, 2015

In the latest article in our TechSoup@PND series, Dan Rivas helps nonprofits determine what kind of professional technology help they need, how much it will cost, and how to hire and work with a tech consultant....