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.

2020: A year to remember

2020: A year to remember

Derrick Feldmann February 19, 2021

Derrick Feldmann shares highlights of the social issue engagement surveys he and his colleagues conducted in 2020....

Fundraising learnings from social media

Fundraising learnings from social media

Evan Wildstein February 5, 2021

Wildstein, a fundraiser at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, shares a few fundraising lessons he's learned from social media....

Learning as compromise: a hard look at evaluation in today’s nonprofit sector

Learning as compromise: a hard look at evaluation in today’s nonprofit sector

Leah Reisman, Maoz (Michael) Brown December 10, 2020

In the context of capacity and funding limitations, the authors argue, learning serves as a more flexible form of evaluation practice than traditional outcome evaluation, in that it addresses clients' needs and funders' expectations while remaining feasible within existing constraints....

The next crisis: nonprofit leadership exodus

The next crisis: nonprofit leadership exodus

Kris Putnam-Walkerly December 7, 2020

In addition to providing emergency funding, funders should be thinking about what they can do to support exhausted nonprofit leaders on the front lines of the pandemic response. In her latest, Putnam-Walkerly shares five things funders can do to disrupt the scarcity paradigm....

The role of offline and online behavior in advancing social causes

The role of offline and online behavior in advancing social causes

Derrick Feldmann November 2, 2020

An analysis of how young Americans responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and protests against police brutality against African Americans found that social media tends to bring together both like-minded people and people with polarizing views across all types of divides for "conversations" that unfold in real time....

Evaluation has a key role to play in racial equity work

Evaluation has a key role to play in racial equity work

Dominica McBride October 29, 2020

The founder and CEO of BECOME, a nonprofit organization that uses evaluation as a tool to advance social justice and thriving communities, argues that evaluation is most effective when it is culturally responsive and engages multiple stakeholders — especially those likely to be impacted by the intervention — in the process of developing questions, designing solutions, and recommending next steps based on lessons learned....

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....

Thinking twice before hosting a virtual fundraiser

Thinking twice before hosting a virtual fundraiser

Evan Wildstein August 3, 2020

Wildstein, a fundraiser for the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, outlines important questions and considerations nonprofits should examine before deciding to host a virtual fundraising event....

Young Americans, racial equity, and the pandemic

Young Americans, racial equity, and the pandemic

Derrick Feldmann July 23, 2020

In his latest, Feldmann shares five key takeaways from a series of survey questions posed to young Americans (ages 18-30) conducted immediately after the killing of George Floyd....

The power of diverse boards: an argument for change

The power of diverse boards: an argument for change

Pam Cannell June 19, 2020

The CEO of BoardBuild explains how diversity drives organizational performance, inclusion drives action, and the outcome is equity — and calls on nonprofit board members to speak out about developing policies that strengthen diversity and building leadership that supports change....

A good RFP attracts better partners for your project

A good RFP attracts better partners for your project

Howard Adam Levy June 12, 2020

The president of brand strategy firm Red Rooster Group outlines steps for creating a clear Request for Proposal and selecting the right branding agency or fundraising consultant who can help a nonprofit revise its strategic plan and shape its future.... 

The Reinvention of the Nonprofit

The Reinvention of the Nonprofit

Derrick Feldmann June 2, 2020

In this time of uncertainty, nonprofits' embrace of innovation and technology should not merely be focused on substitution, writes Feldmann, but should aim instead to develop entirely new experiences....

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....