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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....

Five Website Initiatives to Consider Post-Launch

Five Website Initiatives to Consider Post-Launch

Johanna Kinsley  |  July 24, 2019

The launch of your new or redsigned website isn't the end of your work, writes Kinsley, it's the beginning. In the latest installment in our Cause-Driven Design® series, Kinsley looks at five things you can do to keep your new website  fresh, relevant, and true to the goals you established during the design/redesign process....

5 Tips for Giving Great Design Feedback

5 Tips for Giving Great Design Feedback

Lily Moaba  |  June 14, 2019

Paying attention to the way in which design feedback is delivered can have a real impact on the success of a project, writes Moaba. By implementing these five tips, you'll be doing your part to make sure that the design process is collaborative and projects run a little more smoothly....

Why Branding & Design Agencies Should Ask Why

Why Branding & Design Agencies Should Ask Why

Lexie McGuire  |  April 5, 2019

One of the most important roles a design firm play as a strategic partner to a client is to identify and politely probe at the client's assumptions. In her latest, Constructive's McGuire explains what that looks like....

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.

Nostalgia and Social Change

Nostalgia and Social Change

Derrick Feldmann  |  February 11, 2020

The question in 2020, writes Feldmann, is not so much about what we might do to recreate an earlier age of activism, but rather what we have learned from the past and how can it be applied to the present and future....

The Best-Kept Secret: A Strategic ‘Pivot’

The Best-Kept Secret: A Strategic ‘Pivot’

Sarah Kornhauser  |  January 10, 2020

"Pivoting" — a shift in strategy that helps an organization achieve its desired impact — is crucial for nonprofits that want to succeed over the long-term, writes Kornahuser, but it should emerge from a clear understanding of what is working and what is not....

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.

A World Free From Violence: Let's Move

A World Free From Violence: Let's Move

Monica Dennis, Pamela Shifman, Priscilla Hung  |  February 5, 2020

The decade-long history of Move to End Violence, an operational program of the NoVo Foundation, provides many lessons about the dismantling of structures and narratives of oppression, write Dennis, Hung, and Shifman....

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.

Tips to Help Make Your Organization More Inclusive

Tips to Help Make Your Organization More Inclusive

Molly Brennan  |  March 9, 2020

Recruiting and retaining employees is a top priority and challenge for most organizations, writes Brennan, but many fail to take even the basic steps needed to attract and retain candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences....

To Build More Diverse Teams, Avoid Unconscious Bias When Recruiting and Hiring

To Build More Diverse Teams, Avoid Unconscious Bias When Recruiting and Hiring

Molly Brennan  |  October 29, 2019

Unconscious bias often gets in the way of our conscious desire to make purely competency-based hiring decisions, writes Brennan. The best way to combat this tendency is to recognize it and put in place practices designed to promote equity, consistency, and fairness at every step of the hiring process....

After the Hire, Then What?

After the Hire, Then What?

Ashley Waterson  |  October 17, 2019

More than half of all U.S. employees leave their job in the first year, citing internal factors like lack of training or mentoring as their reason for bailing. So what does "a great onboarding experience" look like?... 

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.

How Philanthropy Can Create Public Systems Change

How Philanthropy Can Create Public Systems Change

Debbie Mukamal, Rebecca Silbert  |  February 27, 2020

Philanthropic investment in the public system through the social sector can enable statewide systems change. Silbert and Mukumal share the story of one initiative that transformed access to public higher education for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated Californians....

Foundations Should Invest in Building the Field of Sustainable Development

Foundations Should Invest in Building the Field of Sustainable Development

Sarah E. Mendelson  |  January 28, 2020

By supporting collaborations among young scholars, practitioners, and universities, writes Mendelson, U.S. ambassador to the UN's Economic and Social Council in the Obama administration, foundations can help facilitate SDG literacy in the United States and around the world....

How Philanthropy Can Get Smarter About Risk Management

How Philanthropy Can Get Smarter About Risk Management

Mark Wolfson, Paul Brest  |  December 31, 2019

Foundations looking to make headway against some of the urgent challenges of the day should start, write Brest and Wolfson, by thinking differently about risk and reward....

TechSoup@PND

Through an arrangement with TechSoup, PND is pleased to offer a series of articles about the effective use of technology by nonprofits.

Tips for Holding Virtual Meetings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tips for Holding Virtual Meetings During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Shannon Cherry, Stephen Jackson  |  March 25, 2020

With the spread of COVID-19 in the United States, more and more of us are working from home and conducting business via virtual meetings. Jackson and Cherry's practical tips are designed to help you get the most out of those meetings....