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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.

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....

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.

Hitting the bull's-eye

Hitting the bull's-eye

Seb Elsworth November 9, 2020

Foundations' missions and investments may never be perfectly aligned, writes Elsworth, chief executive of UK-based Access — The Foundation for Social Investment, but the center of the target is always worth aiming for....

Making philanthropy’s superpower super

Making philanthropy’s superpower super

Lily Tomson October 9, 2020

While foundation investment directors might look more like Bruce Wayne than Batman, writes ShareAction's Tomson, a growing number of them are taking action to protect the long-term value of their investments and to facilitate impact in line with their charitable objectives....

Investing for a just transition

Investing for a just transition

Nick Robins September 7, 2020

The need to rebuild after the COVID-19 pandemic offers an opportunity for a just transition to a clean economy – an opportunity, argues Robins, that foundation investors must act on....

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.

Remote Onboarding: Set Up New Hires for Success

Remote Onboarding: Set Up New Hires for Success

Molly Brennan October 1, 2020

Brennan offers tips for remote onboarding that may be useful during these unusual — and unusually challenging — times, including beginning the onboarding process early and making sure that new hires are familiar with the platforms and software they'll be expected to use and that their home-office setups are integrated with then organization's systems....

Pay transparency: what it means for job seekers and employers

Pay transparency: what it means for job seekers and employers

Molly Brennan July 13, 2020

In this new era in which we find ourselves, corporate and nonprofit leaders are waking up to the realization that they can and must play a role in creating a more just and equitable society, writes Brennan. Creating transparency around pay is one way to do that....

Overcoming Founder’s Syndrome on the Road to Success

Overcoming Founder’s Syndrome on the Road to Success

Naree W.S. Viner May 27, 2020

Replacing a founder executive director or long-time leader can seem like a hopeless task, writes Viner. But by using commonsense and following these simple steps, you can greatly improve your chances of success.... 

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.

Inclusive Philanthropy

Inclusive Philanthropy

Faculty of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy October 30, 2020

The most significant role philanthropy plays in democracy, argue members of the faculty of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, is to ensure that a spirit of generosity both maintains the integrity of democratic procedures and expands the realm of civil society....

Are Donor-Advised Funds Good for Nonprofits?

Are Donor-Advised Funds Good for Nonprofits?

Daniel Hemel, Joseph Bankman, Paul Brest September 28, 2020

Critics claim that DAFs unduly postpone funds needed by charities, but a policy lab at Stanford Law School suggests the giving vehicle offers benefits that may outweigh its costs....

Social Entrepreneurship Needs a New Funding Model

Social Entrepreneurship Needs a New Funding Model

Ben Powell August 31, 2020

The frustration long felt by those who advocate for more effective strategies focused on driving investment to entrepreneurs is boiling over into existential dread, writes Powell. Could a new funding model named Delta deliver the kind of productive relationships among entrepreneurs, impact investors, and funders that the sector desperately needs?...

TechSoup@PND

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

Nonprofit Fundraising in an Age of Uncertainty

Nonprofit Fundraising in an Age of Uncertainty

Michael Stein November 27, 2020

In these uncertain times, supporting a nonprofit can be a source of both inspiration and empowerment. But first, writes Stein, you have to find and persuade would-be donors that your nonprofit merits their support....

Can I Tweet That? Charities and Social Media in an Election Year

Can I Tweet That? Charities and Social Media in an Election Year

David A. Levitt October 26, 2020

Given the lack of guidance from the IRS addressing the use of social media by 501(c)(3) charities in the context of election-related activities, Levitt addresses considerations for its use by nonprofits looking to engage in these activities....

Due Diligence: What Grantees Need to Know

Due Diligence: What Grantees Need to Know

Martha Lackritz-Peltier September 21, 2020

Due diligence. Most people are familiar with the term, but do they know what it means for nonprofit grantees? Lackritz-Peltier, general counsel at TechSoup, breaks it down....