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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.

How to achieve brand consistency for your nonprofit

How to achieve brand consistency for your nonprofit

Howard Adam Levy October 16, 2020

The president of the Red Rooster Group outlines seven steps to ensure consistent application of a unified visual identity and messaging, which is critical to building brand recognition....

Donors have an opportunity to build on last year's strong giving

Donors have an opportunity to build on last year's strong giving

Rick Dunham September 16, 2020

The the immediate past chair of the Giving USA Foundation and founder and CEO of Dunham + Company observes that charitable organizations that have maintained donation levels did so by pivoting quickly to donor-centric communications that emphasized the challenges donors might be facing while also affirming the relevance of their missions, and that many donors have cited COVID-19 as the main reason they plan to give more....

Nonprofits: it's time to redefine your corporate relationships

Nonprofits: it's time to redefine your corporate relationships

Derrick Feldmann September 4, 2020

Feldmann, whose latest book is The Corporate Social Mind, argues that nonprofits have an opportunity, even a responsibility, to help companies successfully engage customers, employees, and stakeholders in taking action on social issues....

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.

Making philanthropy’s superpower super

Making philanthropy’s superpower super

Lily Tomson October 9, 2020

While foundation investment directors might look more like Bruce Wayne than Batman, writes ShareAction's Tomson, a growing number of them are taking action to protect the long-term value of their investments and to facilitate impact in line with their charitable objectives....

Investing for a just transition

Investing for a just transition

Nick Robins September 7, 2020

The need to rebuild after the COVID-19 pandemic offers an opportunity for a just transition to a clean economy – an opportunity, argues Robins, that foundation investors must act on....

Working together to make the difference

Working together to make the difference

Ghislain Muhiwa August 10, 2020

If foundations are to help bring about the changes that people in Africa want, Muhiwa writes, they need to support social movements....

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.

Remote Onboarding: Set Up New Hires for Success

Remote Onboarding: Set Up New Hires for Success

Molly Brennan October 1, 2020

Brennan offers tips for remote onboarding that may be useful during these unusual — and unusually challenging — times, including beginning the onboarding process early and making sure that new hires are familiar with the platforms and software they'll be expected to use and that their home-office setups are integrated with then organization's systems....

Pay transparency: what it means for job seekers and employers

Pay transparency: what it means for job seekers and employers

Molly Brennan July 13, 2020

In this new era in which we find ourselves, corporate and nonprofit leaders are waking up to the realization that they can and must play a role in creating a more just and equitable society, writes Brennan. Creating transparency around pay is one way to do that....

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.... 

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.

Are Donor-Advised Funds Good for Nonprofits?

Are Donor-Advised Funds Good for Nonprofits?

Daniel Hemel, Joseph Bankman, Paul Brest September 28, 2020

Critics claim that DAFs unduly postpone funds needed by charities, but a policy lab at Stanford Law School suggests the giving vehicle offers benefits that may outweigh its costs....

Social Entrepreneurship Needs a New Funding Model

Social Entrepreneurship Needs a New Funding Model

Ben Powell August 31, 2020

The frustration long felt by those who advocate for more effective strategies focused on driving investment to entrepreneurs is boiling over into existential dread, writes Powell. Could a new funding model named Delta deliver the kind of productive relationships among entrepreneurs, impact investors, and funders that the sector desperately needs?...

The People’s Platform

The People’s Platform

Trish Bendix July 28, 2020

WT.Social, a news-focused social network launched by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, aims to solve America's fake news problem....

TechSoup@PND

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

Due Diligence: What Grantees Need to Know

Due Diligence: What Grantees Need to Know

Martha Lackritz-Peltier September 21, 2020

Due diligence. Most people are familiar with the term, but do they know what it means for nonprofit grantees? Lackritz-Peltier, general counsel at TechSoup, breaks it down....

What's the Difference Between a Nonprofit and a Charity?

What's the Difference Between a Nonprofit and a Charity?

Martha Lackritz-Peltier August 27, 2020

In the first installment of a new series that will examine basic concepts in nonprofit law, Lackritz-Peltier considers some of the legal differences between nonprofits, charities, public charities, and private foundations....

Nonprofit Fundraising in the Age of Uncertainty

Nonprofit Fundraising in the Age of Uncertainty

Michael Stein July 21, 2020

The situation for most nonprofits in 2020 feels similar to and yet more complex than the Great Recession, writes Stein, but there are things that nonprofit fundraisers can do to survive these tough times and emerge on the other end of it with a more positive approach to donor engagement and fundraising....