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 'Fine Print' of a Grant Agreement

The 'Fine Print' of a Grant Agreement

Steven Green  |  January 15, 2014

The director of grants management and administration for the Jim Joseph Foundation explains why the "fine print" in any grant agreement matters — for funder and grantee alike....

Dear Abby's Advice to a Funder

Dear Abby's Advice to a Funder

Allison Shirk  |  September 20, 2013

Freelance grantwriter Allison Shirk shares some well-meaning relationship advice with funders....

Finding Hope in a Cause

Finding Hope in a Cause

Derrick Feldmann  |  August 7, 2013

Derrick Feldmann, the president of Achieve, a research and creative agency for causes, explains the relationship of powerful images and storytelling to effective email solicitations....

Spice It Up!

Spice It Up!

Allison Shirk  |  July 10, 2013

Freelance grantwriter Allison Shirk shows grantwriters how they can freshen up their writing and reinvigorate their passion for the client organization's mission....

Managing Up - The Grantwriter's Dilemma

Managing Up - The Grantwriter's Dilemma

Allison Shirk  |  June 6, 2013

Freelance grantwriter Allison Shirk provides diplomatic advice about how to target the problems in a client's proposal and, perhaps, the organization itself....

Ten Ways to Make Your Grantwriter's Time Count

Ten Ways to Make Your Grantwriter's Time Count

Allison Shirk  |  May 3, 2013

Freelance grantwriter Allison Shirk provides ten recommendations (plus a bonus tip) to help nonprofits make the most out of their investment in a grantwriting consultant....

Blinded By the 'Sophisticated Donor'?

Blinded By the 'Sophisticated Donor'?

Derrick Feldmann  |  April 9, 2013

In his latest TSN article, Achieve CEO Derrick Feldmann urges fundraising professionals to keep it real by considering the interests of contributors other than major donors, board members, and foundations....

Hey, Nonprofits, 'Usability' Is More Than a Tech Term

Hey, Nonprofits, 'Usability' Is More Than a Tech Term

Derrick Feldmann  |  January 2, 2013

In his latest TSN article, Achieve CEO Derrick Feldmann draws on his experience as "techie" for his mom to describe how nonprofit organizations need to consider the online giving experience potential donors have at their Web sites....

8 Trends That Will Shape Fundraising

8 Trends That Will Shape Fundraising

Derrick Feldmann  |  September 13, 2012

In his latest TSN article, Achieve CEO Derrick Feldmann shares predictions and warnings about the increasingly technology-driven, donor-personalized, and sped-up environment of nonprofit communications and fundraising....

How Sustainable Is Your Organization?

How Sustainable Is Your Organization?

Derrick Feldmann  |  June 12, 2012

In his latest TSN article, Achieve CEO Derrick Feldmann asks nonprofit executives, Are you endangering the sustainability of your organization by refusing to share responsibility with your staff?

Microgifts and Impulse Giving Online

Microgifts and Impulse Giving Online

Dave Patterson  |  April 21, 2012

Fundraising expert Dave Patterson decodes the psychology of microgiving and provides tips to help organizations create — and curate — their own microgiving campaigns....

Managing and Reporting Fundraising Campaign Progress

Managing and Reporting Fundraising Campaign Progress

Tony Poderis  |  March 16, 2012

Fundraising expert Tony Poderis shares some practical advice about how to keep a fundraising campaign on track and follow through with thank-yous and useful records when it's done — even if the campaign is not successful....

Technology Makes Volunteer Screening Easy and Affordable

Technology Makes Volunteer Screening Easy and Affordable

Beverly McIntosh  |  December 21, 2011

McIntosh describes how advances in technology have made background checks simpler, easier, and less expensive for nonprofits, and recommends why and how an organization should implement such a system....