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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....

What Am I Buying? Understanding Website Technology & Costs

What Am I Buying? Understanding Website Technology & Costs

Ian Mariano  |  May 30, 2017

Your website is a critical part of how audiences experience your organization's brand, says Constructive's Ian Mariano, and the choices you make about website technology have a significant impact on how effective it will be in accomplishing your organizational goals....

Content Strategy and Copywriting for Social Impact

Content Strategy and Copywriting for Social Impact

Quinn MacRorie  |  March 22, 2017

There's lots of good (and not so good) writing on the Web, which is why it's important, writes Constructive's Quinn MacRorie, to structure and format your content so as to capture and keep your readers' attention....

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....

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 Secret to Motivating Donors

The Secret to Motivating Donors

Derrick Feldmann  |  October 13, 2017

Want to know how to develop a strategy for new donor acquisition and turn your one-time donors into loyal supporters? The secret, writes Derrick Feldmann, lies in connecting donors to the specific and general — in the same appeal....

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.

Interview: Michael Faye of GiveDirectly

Interview: Michael Faye of GiveDirectly

Charles Keidan  |  October 3, 2017

Cash transfers account for less than 5 percent of development aid, yet there is strong evidence, borne out by the experience of GiveDirectly, to suggest they are effective. GiveDirectly's co-founder, Michael Faye, tells Alliance editor Charles Keidan how the approach works and dispells some of the myths surrounding cash transfers....

From Diversity to Representation — A Road Map for Foundations

From Diversity to Representation — A Road Map for Foundations

Jenny Oppenheimer  |  September 6, 2017

As the space for progressive values continues to shrink, it is up to foundations to make sure their values are fully reflected in the composition of their senior management teams and boards, argues Ariadne's Jenny Oppenheimer.... 

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.

Easy Steps to Make Your LinkedIn Profile Not Suck

Easy Steps to Make Your LinkedIn Profile Not Suck

Julie Ha Truong  |  October 12, 2017

LinkedIn is the network for nonprofit professionals, writes Envision Consulting's Julie Ha Truong, and if you're not taking full advantage of it, you are doing yourself — and your career — a disservice....

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?...

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.

Capital for Creativity

Capital for Creativity

Laura Callanan  |  September 28, 2017

While investments in the creative economy have the potential to stabilize threatened communities and generate quality jobs, argues Laura Callanan, the impact investment community has been confoundingly slow to recognize the opportunity....

Marginalized Returns

Marginalized Returns

Chris West, Mara Bolis  |  August 28, 2017

Impact investing originally was created to improve the lives of others, but nowadays achieving predefined financial returns has become the primary goal; that needs to change, write Mara Bolis and Chris West.... 

Caught in a Fake Debate

Caught in a Fake Debate

Annie Duflo, Heidi McAnnally-Linz  |  July 25, 2017

Innovations for Poverty Action's Duflo and McAnnally-Linz argue that impact evaluations should always help decision making, whether immediately or in the longer term, and should also add to an existing body of evidence....

TechSoup@PND

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

5 Steps to an Effective Content Strategy for Your Nonprofit

5 Steps to an Effective Content Strategy for Your Nonprofit

Jenna Martin  |  October 17, 2017

"Content strategy" is everywhere, even though the term leaves many scratching their heads. In the latest installment of our series, TechSoup's Jenna Martin shows you what a content strategy should address and how to develop one for your nonprofit....

What Is TechSoup? Stick to Our Knitting?

What Is TechSoup? Stick to Our Knitting?

Daniel Ben-Horin  |  August 14, 2017

Daniel Ben-Horin shares a few thoughts about the mission of Compumentor/TechSoup, the tech-focused vehicle for social change he founded back in 1987....