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Who doesn't love a good summer book that's not only enjoyable, but that is informative? If you are like me and you work in the nonprofit field, then you might be interested in the books we at Charity Navigator have read and recommend. And if you do get the chance to read one this summer, leave us a comment here and tell us what you thought of it.

Presenting for Impact

How applying the principles of live performance to presentations can increase organizational impact.

Ice Bucket Challenge Leads to Research Breakthrough

In the summer of 2014, a remarkable viral campaign called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge swept across the United States, leaving in its wake both a nation of cold, soaked people and a massive infusion of cash into the ALS Association and...Show More Summary


We’d like to think that all the generations of women and men who worked, volunteered, sacrificed and, yes, donated through all the decades to create last night’s landmark moment in American history are joyously celebrating wherever they are. We sure are! We’ll let the pundits and commentators deal with what Hillary Clinton’s nomination means in […]

Seeing the Big Picture in Medical Science

A 21st-century collaborative framework has the potential to deliver more effective and affordable therapies by aligning and engaging all sectors of society.

Who’s Getting Paid to Advance Grantee Inclusion?

It’s time to recognize how inequity shapes funders’ choice of partners.

Quick-fix fundraising: it's how you do the job

Our donors just don't make the grade. We really need to increase their sophistication about our work. We've got to stop coddling them with simple and easy-to-grasp fundraising offers. That seems to be the message of How can you save a child for £1 a day? at The Guardian Voluntary Sector Network, a UK blog about nonprofit issues. Show More Summary

4 things I learned from making an ask this week

This week I did something scary. On Friday afternoon, my friend asked me to make the ask for her first campaign kickoff on Saturday […]

Big Can Be Beautiful Too

I can’t let Roger’s paean yesterday to pursuing one’s fundraising career in small nonprofits stand with no countervailing comment. I appreciate all the reasons why small is beautiful … although many times those reasons are given by folks who have no choice but to make the best of ‘small’ and find virtue in it. Yes, […]

3 Easy Steps to Creating a Killer VolunteerMatch Presence

You probably already know that your nonprofit provides exceptional value and service to your community. With the explosion of nonprofit organizations across the U.S., how can you continue to capture the attention of quality volunteers? One of the best ways … Continue reading ?

Fundraising Events: The 10-Step Guide to Planning Your Own

Most of us like to believe that we’d give to charity purely out of the goodness of our hearts. It’s also what we’d hope to be true of our donors. 100% altruism. Philanthropy without expectation of reciprocation. But the world doesn’t work that way. That’s why, as fundraising professionals, it’s a large part of our [...]Show More Summary

Building Inclusion from the Inside-Out: A Brief Case Study

The philanthropic sector believes diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to any social mission, but how can organizations ensure that their own people and processes reflect those values?

Are you an isolated or a connected fundraiser?

Are you the only professional fundraiser in your organization? That's the way it is for many -- probably most -- fundraisers. That can be hard. Worst of all is the isolation it can mean. I can hardly imagine it, having spent most of my career at agencies where I had lots of smart, dedicated colleagues to talk with and learn from. Show More Summary

Work Our Audience-Driven News Climate

Thanks to guest blogger Mollie Katz, Multimedia Strategist at Mollie Katz Communications. In their day, legendary journalists like Ben Bradlee of The Washington Post essentially defined the day’s news for their audiences. But today it’s a different story—Increasingly, audience interests shape journalists’ decisions on what’s news. Show More Summary

It Only Takes One Story to Change Everything

The most common complaints I hear about sharing a story to increase fundraising revenue: “I don’t know any stories” or “We don’t have any good stories.” I disagree. In 1999 I was the President/CEO of Prevent Blindness America, Greater Phoenix Division. Show More Summary

Your Fundraising Career Choice

If you had it to do all over again, what size organization would you choose to work in for your career? That was the fundamental question Tony Martignetti, host of Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio asked me in an interview we did for The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s ‘Fundraising Fundamentals’. You can listen to the full interview below. In […]

How a Volunteer Manager Played to Her Strengths and Discovered Her Purpose

Guest post by Elisa Kosarin, Twenty Hats This post was originally published on Twenty Hats. Great things happen for our programs when our work aligns with what we love to do The more I work with volunteer engagement pros, the … Continue reading ?

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