5 Nonprofit Trends to Watch in 2013
January 11, 2013

I’m more of an optimist than fortune-teller, but the nonprofit sector is changing in some exciting ways. And I, for one, am excited to see what the new year brings. Following are five trends we should watch for.

BBB's Charity Ratings, Seal of Approval Under Fire
January 3, 2013

Some question whether the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance charity ratings really have teeth, and if the up to $15,000 it receives annually from charities that pay to use its seal of accreditation influences its decisions. The questions come as many charities, particularly smaller ones, struggle to raise money as the proportion of people's incomes devoted to charitable giving remains stagnant.

Sleepless in 2013?
January 1, 2013

Listen in as some of fundraising's freshest thinkers take on some of the sector's toughest topics — the things that should be top of mind in the new year.

Did It? Wrote It? Own It!
August 1, 2012

There will come a time when someone doesn't like something you write, when you make a mistake or even just use a turn of phrase that rubs someone the wrong way. The key is in how you handle it.

Nonprofit Characteristics Foundations Seek Before Making Grants
November 30, 2010

The competition for foundation grants is greater than ever with charitable service demand at an all-time high. So to ensure your organization is in position to grab the attention of grantmakers, make sure you're set up with the pre-grantseeking needs foundations look for.

Editor's Note: Welcome, 2010
January 1, 2010

I don't know a single person who wasn't ready for 2009 to be over. Across the board, my friends, co-workers and professional acquaintances all are looking forward to ?welcoming whatever 2010 has in store. We all know it might not be a whole lot better than what 2009 dealt, but the hope that it will be carries us into the new year.

What Americans Really Need to Know About Charities
October 1, 2009

The economic crisis has put nonprofit organizations in a double bind. On the one hand, social-service organizations like food banks, rescue missions and health clinics have seen demand for their services skyrocket as the unemployment rate rises and Americans see their savings, home values and retirement accounts plummet. Yet while the demand for nonprofit services is rising, in a severe economic downturn it's harder than ever to raise dollars to pay for those services.