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.

Five Strategies for Advancing Your Mission in 2020

Five Strategies for Advancing Your Mission in 2020

Michael J. Marker  |  March 30, 2020

The managing director VOX Global, a strategic communications agency, argues that the months leading up to the presidential election presents philanthropic and nonprofit leaders with an opportunity to highlight important issues, contribute to and inform the national dialogue, and advocate for the public interest....

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....

What It Takes to Manage Leadership Change in the Nonprofit Sector

What It Takes to Manage Leadership Change in the Nonprofit Sector

Miecha Forbes  |  January 5, 2020

Leadership transitions — especially when they're unexpected — can leave an organization vulnerable. Koya leadership Partners' Forbes shares advice with respect to preparing for a variety of scenarios and having plans in place to manage any lchange in leadership, regardless of the circumstance....

The Fiduciary Responsibility and Nonprofit Boards

The Fiduciary Responsibility and Nonprofit Boards

Nikki Newton  |  November 15, 2019

The president of private wealth management at UMB Bank discusses the need for board directors to have a solid grasp of their primary fiduciary responsibilities....

What Influences Young Americans to Support Social Causes

What Influences Young Americans to Support Social Causes

Derrick Feldmann  |  November 6, 2019

Successful awareness-to-action journeys typically involve an issue that strike a personal chord with individuals, writes Feldmann. And once young Americans learn more about an issue, most will act....

Making the Most of Your Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Campaigns

Making the Most of Your Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Campaigns

Joshua Meyer  |  October 11, 2019

The director of marketing for OneCause outlines five strategies for maximizing the impact of your peer-to-peer fundraising efforts, online and off, from pre-event buildup to post-campaign updates....

Less Hassle and Still Charitable: Why Projects Choose Fiscal Sponsorship

Less Hassle and Still Charitable: Why Projects Choose Fiscal Sponsorship

Jenny Lah, Michael Jarvis  |  September 4, 2019

Jarvis, executive director of the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, and Lah, an independent consultant who specializes in strategy, research, and organizational development, explore the pros and cons of the fiscal sponsorship model....

Ten Years of Millennial Research: What I'd Do Differently

Ten Years of Millennial Research: What I'd Do Differently

Derrick Feldmann  |  August 30, 2019

Feldmann shares insights from the final Millennial Impact Report — the culmination of a decade of research conducted by the Case Foundation and research teams he led into cause behaviors of the generation born between 1980 and 2000 — about issues he wishes the project had explored further....

A Tale of Two Donations

A Tale of Two Donations

Ellen Flax  |  August 27, 2019

Flax, a philanthropy consultant, illustrates how charities that ignore both ends of the giving spectrum — new, lower-level donors who might one day become bigger donors, as well as those who care enough about a cause or organization to include it in their estate plans — do so at their own peril....

An Engaged Board Is a Fundraising Machine

An Engaged Board Is a Fundraising Machine

Jeb Banner  |  August 2, 2019

Your board is critical to your organization's fundraising success. Banner shares six things you can do to make sure your board members are pulling their fundraising weight....

Creating a Donor Stewardship Plan: 3 Best Practices

Creating a Donor Stewardship Plan: 3 Best Practices

Adam Weinger  |  July 12, 2019

A common mistake made by many nonprofits, writes Weinger, is to put so much emphasis on acquiring new donors that they forget to pay attention to the donors they already have. Don't be that nonprofit....

The Essential Guide to Modernizing Your Fundraising

The Essential Guide to Modernizing Your Fundraising

Carl Diesing  |  July 2, 2019

If you've been feeling stuck with fundraising strategies that don't seem to cut it anymore, you're not alone, says Diesing. The good news? Implementing new tech solutions is not as difficult as you might think....

How to Find Your Most Engaged New Board Member

How to Find Your Most Engaged New Board Member

Jeb Banner  |  June 18, 2019

Jeb Banner, the founder and CEO of Boardable, a nonprofit board management software provider, offers some advice on how to find engaged board members....

Giving Voice to Your Supporters

Giving Voice to Your Supporters

Derrick Feldmann  |  June 12, 2019

Your nonprofit's messaging, writes Feldmann, should make clear what supporters can do and why they should do it while capturing what they believe in through stories that resonate with them....