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.

This Giving Season, Make Sure You Stand Out

This Giving Season, Make Sure You Stand Out

Derrick Feldmann  |  December 14, 2015

Tired of advice that isn't relevant to your fundraising strategy — and might actually be killing your results? Here are five things that will help your nonprofit's brand resonate with donors....

5 Reasons the Public Is Losing Interest in Your Cause

5 Reasons the Public Is Losing Interest in Your Cause

Derrick Feldmann  |  November 9, 2015

Does this sound familiar? Your organization's fundraising results are okay, but the number of individual donors is beginning to decline. Your biggest donors may be giving a little more, but others are giving less — or aren't giving at all. What to do? Achieve president Derrick Feldmann diagnoses the most common problems causing donor doldrums, and provides solutions....

Why Are We Obsessed With Social Media Fundraising?

Why Are We Obsessed With Social Media Fundraising?

Derrick Feldmann  |  October 9, 2015

Why do we spend so much time obsessing about an activity that generates just 1 percent of total revenue from online donations? Achieve president Derrick Feldmann helps put social media in perspective for those involved in fundraising....

3 Things to Know About Donor Behavior

3 Things to Know About Donor Behavior

Derrick Feldmann  |  August 31, 2015

In his latest article, regular contributor Derrick Feldmann reminds us that donors are social animals who, like the rest of us, prefer the path of least resistance....

Tell People What You Believe In

Tell People What You Believe In

Derrick Feldmann  |  July 23, 2015

In the latest article in our Sustainable Nonprofit series, Derrick Feldmann explains why your nonprofit's "elevator pitch" should be replaced with something more meaningful....

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....

The Future of Fundraising Is Peer-to-Peer

The Future of Fundraising Is Peer-to-Peer

Derrick Feldmann  |  February 3, 2015

Achieve president Derrick Feldmann considers how social networking and P2P models will continue to shape the practice of fundraising....

Slow and Steady Wins the (Fundraising) Race

Slow and Steady Wins the (Fundraising) Race

Derrick Feldmann  |  October 31, 2014

Achieve president Derrick Feldmann explains why fundraising home runs lke this summer's "Ice Bucket Challenge" are not as #FOMO-worthy as you might think....

'Thoughtful' vs. 'Thoughtless' Giving

'Thoughtful' vs. 'Thoughtless' Giving

Derrick Feldmann  |  October 1, 2014

Achieve president Derrick Feldmann compares and contrasts "thoughtful" and "thoughtless" donors — and explains how to appeal to both....

Buyer Beware: The Hidden Costs of Free Software for Nonprofits

Buyer Beware: The Hidden Costs of Free Software for Nonprofits

Gretchen Barry  |  July 9, 2014

Barry, marketing director for nonproft software solutions provider NonProfitEasy, warns about some of the pitfalls in the world of free software for nonprofits and offers advice to help you determine software strategies that will best fit your organization and budget....

Noncash Giving: The 'Long Tail' of Donor Engagement

Noncash Giving: The 'Long Tail' of Donor Engagement

Ray Gary  |  June 9, 2014

The CEO of iDonate argues that accepting noncash gifts enables nonprofits not only to expand their donor base but also to capture a larger portion of what donors are willing to give....