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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....

Designing Brand Experiences for Social Impact

Designing Brand Experiences for Social Impact

Matt Schwartz  |  January 29, 2017

In his latest, Matt Schwartz argues that focus and clarity are critical if brands hope to stand out in our message-saturated world. And for social change organizations, the challenge is even greater....

Design Vendors Are Destroying Nonprofit Organizations!

Design Vendors Are Destroying Nonprofit Organizations!

Matt Schwartz  |  June 28, 2016

If you still see design firms as "vendors" rather than as "partners," you need to stop. In the latest installment of his Cause-Driven Design series, Constructive's Matt Schwartz explains why....

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.

Reluctant Rolodex Syndrome

Reluctant Rolodex Syndrome

Ami Nahshon  |  February 22, 2017

Donor support for your organization, writes fundraising consultant Ami Nahshon, is likely to have the most impact when it involves both the opening of your checkbook and the opening of your Rolodex....

Embracing Partnerships to Widen Impact

Embracing Partnerships to Widen Impact

Masha Pearl  |  November 29, 2016

If nonprofits learned anything from the economic downturn of 2008-09, writes Masha Pearl, executive director of The Blue Card, it's that it is just as important to diversify one's operational strategy as it is one's fundraising strategy....

How Associations Can Overcome Fundraising Barriers

How Associations Can Overcome Fundraising Barriers

Derrick Feldmann  |  November 15, 2016

Is your nonprofit association struggling to stay relevant in today's media-saturated environment? In his latest for PND, Achieve's Derrick Feldmann says maybe it's time to rethink your fundraising model....

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.

Is There Any Value in Imposing Annual Payouts?

Is There Any Value in Imposing Annual Payouts?

Cathy Pharoah  |  February 2, 2017

Efforts to impose higher mandatory payout rates on foundations are misguided, writes Cathy Pharoah, not least because they would put at risk foundations' capacity to be proactive and respond to needs in flexible ways....

Should Philanthropy Help People Leave?

Should Philanthropy Help People Leave?

Timothy Ogden  |  January 4, 2017

If foundations are to be "America's passing gear," writes Alliance contributing editor Timothy Ogden, perhaps it's time they adopted a more radical approach to helping poor people in failing communities.... 

#ShiftThePower: It's About Time...

#ShiftThePower: It's About Time...

Hilary Gilbert  |  December 6, 2016

People the world over are tired of bad development, tired of being patronized or ignored, and tired of seeing money poured down the drain, writes Hilary Gilbert, a research fellow at the University of Nottingham and chair of the South Sinai Foundation....

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.

How to Jumpstart Your Nonprofit Career in 2017

How to Jumpstart Your Nonprofit Career in 2017

Kelly Behrend  |  February 16, 2017

Enact Impact's Kelly Behrend spoke with the experts and asked them a simple question: What is the one piece of advice you would give to a young person just starting out in his or her social change career?...

How to Attract and Retain Next-Gen Talent

How to Attract and Retain Next-Gen Talent

Natalie Hackbarth  |  January 20, 2017

Natalie Hackbarth, inbound marketing manager at Quantum Workplace, outlines three proven ways to attract and retain millennial and Gen Z employees....

Mastering the Video Interview

Mastering the Video Interview

Molly Brennan  |  October 5, 2016

Like it or not, the video interview is here to stay. Koya Partners' Molly Brennan shares some tips designed to help you make a great impression....

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.

Seeking and Solving

Seeking and Solving

Alph Bingham, Kiko Suarez  |  January 24, 2017

Kiko Suarez, vice president of communications at the Lumina Foundation, and Alph Bingham, a co-founder of InnoCentive, explain how the low cost of crowdsourcing and the high value of crowdsourced solutions can translate into a high return on investment for foundations....

Selling Social Change

Selling Social Change

Matt Plummer, Taz Hussein  |  December 19, 2016

The mere fact that your organization has built an innovative program doesn't mean there's a demand for it. The Bridgespan Group's Tazz Hussein and Matt Plummer explain why it's time for nonprofits to develop a more sales-driven approach to social change....

Let’s Redraw the Map

Let’s Redraw the Map

Michael Zakaras  |  November 22, 2016

Social entrepreneurship in the United States is a strikingly homogenous affair. Michael Zakaras, director of partnerships at Ashoka US, explains what his organization is doing to change the equation....

TechSoup@PND

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

How to Up Your Digital Marketing and Fundraising Game in 2017

How to Up Your Digital Marketing and Fundraising Game in 2017

Michael Stein  |  February 15, 2017

The start of a new year is the perfect time, says Michael Stein, to figure out how your organization can push the envelope on its digital efforts to engage constituents, grow its list, and raise more money....

Power Up Your Organization's Data With Microsoft's Power BI

Power Up Your Organization's Data With Microsoft's Power BI

Susan Hope Bard  |  January 18, 2017

With a little help from her colleague Jordan McCarthy, Tech Soup's Susan Hope Bard shows you how to use Microsoft BI to gather data from different sources, prepare it, and show it in bar graphs, line charts, maps, and more....

Ten Tips for Donating a Computer

Ten Tips for Donating a Computer

Ariel Gilbert-Knight, Jim Lynch  |  December 13, 2016

Your old computer might have some life left in it. But dropping it off at your favorite nonprofit, charity, or library might not be the best way to pass it on. Learn about the environmentally smartest options in the latest installment of our TechSoup@PND series....