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.

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....

Design Therapy for the Purpose-Driven Organization

Design Therapy for the Purpose-Driven Organization

Talie Smith  |  May 20, 2019

The process of reimagining an organizational identity can produce both excitement and fear, writes Smith, but with a good design firm in your corner, it can be more the former and a lot less of the latter....

From 'Tribal' Knowledge to Technology: How Data Can Supercharge Your Nonprofit

From 'Tribal' Knowledge to Technology: How Data Can Supercharge Your Nonprofit

John Manganaro  |  May 10, 2019

John Manganaro, senior vice president of product management and data science at Social Solutions Global, explains how nonprofits can use software and historical data to more efficiently capture organizational knowledge, leverage the experience of staff, and translate staff insights into action....

Five Elements for Success in Capacity Building

Five Elements for Success in Capacity Building

Carla Taylor, Lori Bartczak  |  March 13, 2019

While there isn't a one-size-fits-all solution to capacity building, there are commonalities in the approaches that have proven to be successful. Community Wealth Ventures' Taylor and Bartczak share five....

My Way, Your Way, and the Highway

My Way, Your Way, and the Highway

Derrick Feldmann  |  February 20, 2019

In his latest, Feldmann shares his thoughts on the tension between new and old and multiple organizations trying to achieve impact on the same issue....

Be Bold, Take Risks

Be Bold, Take Risks

Derrick Feldmann  |  January 21, 2019

Change is hard, Feldmann writes, and requires a willingness on the part of leadership and staff to leave the status quo behind and push in the direction of a new guiding vision....