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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....

Content Strategy and Copywriting for Social Impact

Content Strategy and Copywriting for Social Impact

Quinn MacRorie  |  March 22, 2017

There's lots of good (and not so good) writing on the Web, which is why it's important, writes Constructive's Quinn MacRorie, to structure and format your content so as to capture and keep your readers' attention....

Designing Brand Experiences for Social Impact

Designing Brand Experiences for Social Impact

Matt Schwartz  |  January 29, 2017

In his latest, Matt Schwartz argues that focus and clarity are critical if brands hope to stand out in our message-saturated world. And for social change organizations, the challenge is even greater....

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.

Moving the Needle on Youth Violence

Moving the Needle on Youth Violence

Toni Irving  |  March 22, 2017

Toni Irving, executive director of Get IN Chicago, offers recommendations for funders and donors who want their charitable donations to make a measurable difference in addressing youth violence....

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.

Why Political Science Should Study Organized Philanthropy

Why Political Science Should Study Organized Philanthropy

Theda Skocpol  |  April 4, 2017

Inequality, declining democratic accountability, and partisan polarization are at the forefront of cutting-edge political science, writes Harvard's Skocpol, but none of these phenomena can be fully understood without bringing organized philanthropy into the analysis.... 

Why We Need to Talk About Payouts

Why We Need to Talk About Payouts

Angela Kail  |  March 7, 2017

Unless a foundation or trust is permanently endowed, writes London-based New Philanthropy Capital's Angela Kail, its payout shouldn't simply be a function of the return it earns on its investments....

Is There Any Value in Imposing Annual Payouts?

Is There Any Value in Imposing Annual Payouts?

Cathy Pharoah  |  February 2, 2017

Efforts to impose higher mandatory payout rates on foundations are misguided, writes Cathy Pharoah, not least because they would put at risk foundations' capacity to be proactive and respond to needs in flexible ways....

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.

How to Jumpstart Your Nonprofit Career in 2017

How to Jumpstart Your Nonprofit Career in 2017

Kelly Behrend  |  February 16, 2017

Enact Impact's Kelly Behrend spoke with the experts and asked them a simple question: What is the one piece of advice you would give to a young person just starting out in his or her social change career?...

How to Attract and Retain Next-Gen Talent

How to Attract and Retain Next-Gen Talent

Natalie Hackbarth  |  January 20, 2017

Natalie Hackbarth, inbound marketing manager at Quantum Workplace, outlines three proven ways to attract and retain millennial and Gen Z employees....

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.

In Defense of Pet Causes

In Defense of Pet Causes

Ian David Moss  |  March 27, 2017

Effective altruists have a revolutionary idea, writes Createquity's Ian David Moss, but their rhetoric and inflexibility are limiting its potential...

Stop Raising Awareness Already

Stop Raising Awareness Already

Ann Christiano, Annie Neimand  |  February 24, 2017

For those working on a cause they care about, the first instinct is often to make sure that as many people as possible are aware of the problem, write Ann Christiano and Annie Neimand. But is that the best approach?...

Seeking and Solving

Seeking and Solving

Alph Bingham, Kiko Suarez  |  January 24, 2017

Kiko Suarez, vice president of communications at the Lumina Foundation, and Alph Bingham, a co-founder of InnoCentive, explain how the low cost of crowdsourcing and the high value of crowdsourced solutions can translate into a high return on investment for foundations....

TechSoup@PND

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

Microsoft Office vs. OpenOffice.Org

Microsoft Office vs. OpenOffice.Org

Dan Rivas  |  March 14, 2017

How do open-source productivity suites compare to Office 2016 — and does it make sense for your organization to choose free, community-based software rather than the commercially licensed offering from Microsoft? Dan Rivas breaks it down....

How to Up Your Digital Marketing and Fundraising Game in 2017

How to Up Your Digital Marketing and Fundraising Game in 2017

Michael Stein  |  February 15, 2017

The start of a new year is the perfect time, says Michael Stein, to figure out how your organization can push the envelope on its digital efforts to engage constituents, grow its list, and raise more money....