Accidental Culture Change: The Awesome Power of Monthly Giving
March 27, 2017 at 8:30 am

Two decades ago, Human Rights Campaign introduced “Partners,” our new monthly giving program. But we did so much more than that—in large part, unknowingly. We didn’t just create a program. We embarked on a journey to create an organizational culture. A culture of sustained giving...

Turkey Revokes Mercy Corps' Registration to Operate
March 14, 2017 at 1:39 pm

Mercy Corps, a leading American charity that uses Turkey as a base to aid hundreds of thousands of civilians upended by the war in neighboring Syria, was forced to curtail its work last week after the Turkish government abruptly revoked its registration to operate. “Our hearts are broken by this turn of events, which comes…

Google Commits $11.5M to Racial Justice Efforts
March 3, 2017 at 10:12 am

Google’s charitable arm is pumping $11.5 million into 10 organizations fighting for racial justice. The largest of’s new grants, $5 million, will go to the Center for Policing Equity. It’s a think tank based in New York that’s working with police departments and communities to create a database that tracks police interactions with citizens…

Philanthropy Motivates Sedentary Kids to Exercise
February 8, 2017 at 8:51 am

When sedentary kids strap on this Fitbit-like wearable, they might start exercising—at least temporarily. But they'll work out harder and longer if they know that their activity is also helping someone else. The Kid Power band, developed by UNICEF, lets kids use exercise to "unlock" a donation of a food packet to a child in…

Kal Penn Raises Over $500K for Refugees After Being Told He Doesn’t 'Belong' in US
January 31, 2017 at 10:02 am

Actor and former White House staffer Kal Penn has raised more than $500,000 for Syrian refugees after a person left a message on one of his Instagram posts saying that he "[doesn't] belong in this country." Penn posted an image of the comment on Saturday accompanied with a link to a crowdfunding page. "To the…

7 Strategies Every Nonprofit Should Master in 2017
January 18, 2017 at 9:24 am

Last year, I gave you five priorities for success in 2016. I called them “Dive the Five.” This year, I’ve expanded my thinking a bit. I give you “Seven is Heaven.” I promise if you focus on these fundamental areas, you will hear the angels begin to sing and your mission will take wing. Some of these areas will seem familiar, but the way you employ them may need to be tweaked in order for you to survive and thrive...

FBI Investigates Sacramento Nonprofit Involved in Adult Adoptions
January 7, 2016 at 10:20 am

Adult immigrants in Northern California are being adopted by American families with the promise of gaining U.S. citizenship, KCRA Investigates has learned. Hundreds of immigrants from Sacramento to Marin County are shelling out $5,000 to $10,000 each for the chance to be adopted. Behind it all is a Sacramento nonprofit called Americans Helping America Chamber…

SOFII's Choice(s)
November 1, 2010

We'd like to introduce SOFII to those of our readers who don't know about it and share some of the fundraising efforts that have made it into the site's Best of the Best Showcase.