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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

Writing for the Web can be a daunting task. In this article, Quinn MacRorie shares some tips on how to structure and format your Web 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....

What We Learned From Our End-of-Year Fundraising Appeals

What We Learned From Our End-of-Year Fundraising Appeals

Derrick Feldmann  |  March 1, 2017

Many of us start each new year with the goal of starting our various campaigns early. But like a lot of things, writes Derrick Feldmann, we often leave the necessary preparation to the last minute. Don't be that person....

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 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....

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.... 

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....

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....

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.

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....

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....

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 for you....

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....

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....