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.

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....

Throwing in the Towel

Throwing in the Towel

Allison Shirk  |  May 22, 2014

Freelance grantwriter Allison Shirk shares five things a grantseeker should do when a foundation doesn't respond to a grant proposal....

Has the Word 'Impact' Lost Its Impact?

Has the Word 'Impact' Lost Its Impact?

Derrick Feldmann  |  April 24, 2014

Feldmann, the president of Achieve, a creative research and campaigns agency based in Indianapolis, suggests that nonprofits should spend less time telling donors about the impact they are creating and more time showing them....

The 'Fine Print' of a Grant Agreement

The 'Fine Print' of a Grant Agreement

Steven Green  |  January 15, 2014

The director of grants management and administration for the Jim Joseph Foundation explains why the "fine print" in any grant agreement matters — for funder and grantee alike....

Dear Abby's Advice to a Funder

Dear Abby's Advice to a Funder

Allison Shirk  |  September 20, 2013

Freelance grantwriter Allison Shirk shares some well-meaning relationship advice with funders....

Finding Hope in a Cause

Finding Hope in a Cause

Derrick Feldmann  |  August 7, 2013

Derrick Feldmann, the president of Achieve, a research and creative agency for causes, explains the relationship of powerful images and storytelling to effective email solicitations....