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Online Fundraising and Charitable Solicitation Registration

With the advent of social media, email, and “Donate Now” buttons, it is increasingly common that nonprofits solicit donations online. Part of these tools’ attractiveness is that nonprofits can reach broader audiences, and that they make giving to a cause relatively simple, at least on the surface.


Myths, Misconceptions, and Mistakes: The Wounded Warrior Project


The Wounded Warrior Project, a major nonprofit serving veterans, has found itself in the public eye. A recent article in the New York Times offered a wide-ranging analysis of the organization’s practices. That article was followed up by others in major media outlets.


Introducing the GuideStar Community - Getting You the Nonprofit Support You Need


Today, GuideStar is excited to announce the launch of its online community. GuideStar’s mission is to revolutionize philanthropy and nonprofit practice by providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions and encourages charitable giving. Our new community will allow you to share our vision and support collaboration in the nonprofit sector. But before you jump right into the community, let's check out a few of its key features.


Redefining Innovation in Today's Social Sector


Innovation exists in a number of different forms. The impression promoted by mainstream media and corporate marketing campaigns is that innovation is exclusive to groundbreaking technologies and sophisticated software. But the fact is, innovation is happening all around us, in the most simple applications and often driven by the most unlikely players.


Open Data Set to Reshape Charity and Activism in 2016

How will data affect charity and activism in 2016? This week, we look at The Guardian’s article where experts share their thoughts on what this year will hold for the growth of open data.

Across the world, countries are expanding their use and distribution of data for others to access. Last year, the EU, China, and Taiwan announced various accomplishments and goals for the use of open data by the civic groups, businesses, and governments who need to analyze it. Five of the world’s experts on open data shared their thoughts on what is to come with the expansion of access to this knowledge.


The BRIDGE Is Open! New Lookup Tool Identifies Global Social Sector Entities

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One of the first projects to emerge from the Markets for Good community, GuideStar, TechSoup, GlobalGiving, and Foundation Center have been busily building a BRIDGE to Somewhere. We are proud to announce to the Markets for Good community that the project has reached an important milestone. The BRIDGE is now live, which means that organizations can find or apply for a BRIDGE ID, and that GuideStar, TechSoup, GlobalGiving, and Foundation Center will begin displaying BRIDGE IDs within their products and to power collaboration.


What Forms 990 Can and Can’t Tell Us About Wounded Warrior Project


Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), an organization whose mission is “to honor and empower Wounded Warriors” has been in the news recently, and not in a positive light.  CBS News aired a three-part series alleging that money contributed to the organization was being wasted and not doing enough to improve the lives of veterans.  Concurrently, the New York Times published a story that criticizes both spending and management practices at WWP.  As a result of these events, watchdog Charity Navigator placed WWP on its watchlist.  I wanted to look at WWP’s Forms 990 to see what I could glean from them.


Book Giveaway: Nonprofit Fundraising 101 by @dheyman


Nonprofit leaders, and fundraisers in particular, are in for a treat this new year!


How Have Organizations That Depend on Government Grants Fared?


The two major sources of funding for most public charities are contributions and program services revenue.  One important source of contributions for some public charities is government grants.  In light of the so-called Great Recession, I thought it would be interesting to look at how, if at all, revenue streams had changed for organizations that depended on government grants before the recession.


Impact Auditing for Smarter Giving


Many philanthropists struggle with a straightforward question: are their dollars having an impact on the cause they care about? Several initiatives have tried to answer this question. But these initiatives have been either too reliant on financial data or narrowly focused on a handful of causes.