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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 power of diverse boards: an argument for change

The power of diverse boards: an argument for change

Pam Cannell June 19, 2020

The CEO of BoardBuild explains how diversity drives organizational performance, inclusion drives action, and the outcome is equity — and calls on nonprofit board members to speak out about developing policies that strengthen diversity and building leadership that supports change....

A good RFP attracts better partners for your project

A good RFP attracts better partners for your project

Howard Adam Levy June 12, 2020

The president of brand strategy firm Red Rooster Group outlines steps for creating a clear Request for Proposal and selecting the right branding agency or fundraising consultant who can help a nonprofit revise its strategic plan and shape its future.... 

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.

On climate justice, funders could do better

On climate justice, funders could do better

Andrew Milner June 12, 2020

Philanthropy is falling short, writes Milner, when it comes to supporting a grassroots climate justice movement that is spreading rapidly around the globe....

Following the Leadership of Indigenous Women

Following the Leadership of Indigenous Women

Nicky McIntyre May 10, 2020

As a feminist funder, writes McIntyre, we believe that when people who experience the deepest forms of oppression actively represent their own interests, the solutions are more effective and progress is more enduring....

Memories of a Philanthropy Pioneer

Memories of a Philanthropy Pioneer

Leticia Ruiz-Capillas, Wendy Richardson April 8, 2020

In the latest installment of our series, Richardson and Ruiz-Capillas pay tribute to the longtime chair and CEO of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and staunch champion of the philanthropic sector, William S. White....

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.

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.... 

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....

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.

The United States Needs Its Own WASH Sector

The United States Needs Its Own WASH Sector

George McGraw June 29, 2020

Water, sanitation, and hygiene projects are not just for low-income countries overseas, writes DigDeep founder McGraw; they are also desperately needed at home....

Nonprofit Advocacy and Democracy

Nonprofit Advocacy and Democracy

Daniela Blei May 31, 2020

Scholars of social movements have long documented the ways in which nonprofit advocacy strengthens civic engagement, creates political cohesion, and focuses attention on underrepresented communities. But what if their working assumptions are no longer valid? asks Biel....

Co-Designing Better Futures With Citizens

Co-Designing Better Futures With Citizens

Philippe Coullomb April 29, 2020

By opening space for public discussion where people can feel they are heard and respected, writes Coullomb, democratic societies can achieve better results while restoring trust in institutions and a sense of belonging within communities that are in danger of failing....

TechSoup@PND

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

Getting Started With Slack

Getting Started With Slack

Amy Hooper May 25, 2020

In our new COVID work-at-home world, business collaboration tool Slack is making it easier for remote teams to work productively. TechSoup's Hooper provides some tips to help your teams get the most out of it....

Guidelines for Configuring Zoom at Your Nonprofit

Guidelines for Configuring Zoom at Your Nonprofit

Michael Enos April 27, 2020

As COVID-19 has spread globally, usage of the Zoom video conferencing app has skyrocketed, but as TechSoup's Enos explains, nonprofits using the app should pay attention to how it's configured....