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California Hospitals Halved Charity Care Spending Following ACA

Hospitals in California have been spending significantly less on charity care for low-income patients since the Affordable Care Act went into effect, California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation and Kaiser Health News, reports.


Do Tech Tools Really Help? (Spoiler Alert: Yes. Like These Free Resources for Nonprofits)

As a nonprofit professional or passionate advocate, you’re always on the lookout for ways to grow your organization. Maybe you’re looking to increase membership, donors, or engage volunteers?

The Internet is filled with articles and headlines revealing the benefits of the latest technology and tools. So, do they make a difference? And how do you know which ones to use?

It depends on what you’re doing and what you want to be doing.


How Foundations Can Leverage Digital Storytelling to Increase Their Impact

Traditionally, foundations have chosen to maintain an air of mystery about their grantmaking priorities, selection criteria, and even the organizations they support. However, in today’s increasingly digital and connected world, foundations have an opportunity to streamline their grantmaking processes, share their stories of impact to inspire others and attract potential collaborators, and highlight their grantees to draw other prospective funders and supporters to them.


Does the Nonprofit Sector Need Fundraising Physical Therapy?

Muscle memory. It helps us move and function.

A few years ago when I strained my hamstring while running, it was excruciating. Only months of dedicated physical therapy re-trained me for healing and strength. My body had to re-learn not to overemphasize and over-rely on just one set of muscles.

It’s about behavior patterns. And I believe the nonprofit sector has a muscle memory problem.

That’s especially true in light of the Giving USA report released in June.


U.S. Community Foundation Asset Growth Stalls While DAF Giving Outpaces Trends

The latest results from the Columbus Survey of community foundations, reflecting fiscal year (FY) 2018, are now live. This annual effort by CF Insights, a service of Candid, establishes a baseline understanding of where the community foundation field is today. It also helps inform those within the field who want to know how they compare with peers. This year, more than 250 community foundations, which together manage over 90 percent of the estimated dollars in this segment of the field, contributed their data to inform our findings, now available on our refreshed Columbus Survey Results Dashboard.


Building a 21st-Century Fundraising Strategy: A Quick Guide

Life is not the same as it was 30 years ago. Texting is the communication norm, our friends can all be found on the Internet, and we can research any information in just seconds with a couple of keystrokes into a search bar. As the world is evolving, shouldn’t your fundraising strategy evolve as well?


How Schools Can Attract and Retain Parent Volunteers

Is your school lacking in personpower to run events or help teachers and staff? Getting parents more involved can boost student performance and make parents feel welcome and appreciated. But attracting new parent volunteers and keeping them coming back can be difficult. Many parents who have never volunteered before are likely nervous because they’ve never done it, they’re afraid they won’t do it correctly, or they feel that they don’t have enough time in their schedules. There are ways to work around those fears, however. We’ve put together some helpful tips on recruiting and retaining more parent volunteers.


How Social Intrapreneurs Influence Organizations

Don’t underestimate the intraprenuers. When most people think of social innovation, they think of social entrepreneurs. They think of the social entrepreneurs finding innovative new solutions and building companies to make profit while making impact on pressing social challenges. Less celebrated are social intrepreneurs that are diligently working in more established organizations to initiate change. 


Tips for Creating Your Nonprofit's Value Proposition

Most people are familiar with value propositions, even if they are unsure exactly what value proposition are. A value proposition is a short description of what a company provides for its customers in exchange for their financial support. If you’ve ever purchased a product, paid for a service, or donated to a nonprofit, you likely did so because you accepted (perhaps subconsciously) its value proposition.


Congratulations to the Winners of the Nonprofit Summer Sprint

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Nonprofit Summer Sprint! We’d like to take a moment to congratulate the organization(s) that won each prize.

We’ve rewarded four nonprofits that advanced at least one Seal of Transparency level and five organizations that earned or held a 2019 Platinum Seal between June 19 and 28.

Note: all winners were selected at random from the full list of participants in their events.


  Your Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar has a new Demographics section.