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.

Embracing Partnerships to Widen Impact

Embracing Partnerships to Widen Impact

Masha Pearl  |  November 29, 2016

If nonprofits learned anything from the economic downturn of 2008-09, writes Masha Pearl, executive director of The Blue Card, it's that it is just as important to diversify one's operational strategy as it is one's fundraising strategy....

How Associations Can Overcome Fundraising Barriers

How Associations Can Overcome Fundraising Barriers

Derrick Feldmann  |  November 15, 2016

Is your nonprofit association struggling to stay relevant in today's media-saturated environment? In his latest for PND, Achieve's Derrick Feldmann says maybe it's time to rethink your fundraising model....

Linking Challenge to Opportunity to Strategy

Linking Challenge to Opportunity to Strategy

Derrick Feldmann  |  October 20, 2016

Nonprofits appreciate the importance of good strategy, but they often overlook the role of the "challenge" narrative when creating a strategic plan, says Derrick Feldmann....

Four Questions Every Nonprofit Marketer Should Ask

Four Questions Every Nonprofit Marketer Should Ask

Andy Semons  |  September 22, 2016

Andy Semons, founding partner and strategic planning partner at advertising agency Interplanetary, answers the question: What can we do to break through the noise and build lasting and meaningful relationships with donors?

How to Get the Public Behind Your Cause

How to Get the Public Behind Your Cause

Derrick Feldmann  |  September 7, 2016

Really great nonprofit executives, those who are really good at getting the public engaged in their cause, tend to focus their time and energy on four key stakeholder groups. Derrick Feldmann explains...

How to Talk to Your Donors About Funding Outreach and Awareness

How to Talk to Your Donors About Funding Outreach and Awareness

Derrick Feldmann  |  July 27, 2016

Do your palms get all sweaty when you're asked to raise funds for your organization's marketing and outreach efforts? In his latest, Derrick Feldmann shares some talking points guaranteed to make those conversations a lot less stressful.... 

Time to Honor the Fearless Donor

Time to Honor the Fearless Donor

Derrick Feldmann  |  June 6, 2016

Too often, says Derrick Feldmann, fundraisers focus on the acquisition of new donors and forget to honor the support of their "fearlessly" loyal donors....

Why and How Do Nonprofits Work Together?

Why and How Do Nonprofits Work Together?

Bernard Simonin, May Samali, Nada Zohdy, Nathalie Laidler-Kylander  |  May 19, 2016

While the need for nonprofit collaboration is clear, what is missing from the discussion, researchers May Samali, Nathalie Laidler-Kylander, Bernard Simonin, and Nada Zohdy argue, is a fundamental understanding of why and how nonprofits collaborate....

5 Steps to Help Turn Interest Into Action

5 Steps to Help Turn Interest Into Action

Derrick Feldmann  |  May 3, 2016

How can you turn people with a general interest in doing good into enthusiastic supporters of your cause? Achieve's Derrick Feldmann shares his thoughts.... 

Ways to 'Own' a Movement

Ways to 'Own' a Movement

Derrick Feldmann  |  January 25, 2016

In his latest article for The Sustainable Nonprofit, regular contributor Derrick Feldmann outlines five ways that social movement builders and leaders can transform their cause from an idea into something with universal appeal....

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....