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Maximizing Your Nonprofit’s Impact on Facebook

Building a Successful Anniversary Campaign with a Readiness Checklist

Goals: The Hidden Professional Development Tool

Six Questions to Improve Your Negotiating Skills

How Cloud Computing Can Benefit Nonprofit Teams

This 2002 Policy Is Still Affecting Nonprofits

How to Keep Your Donors Giving Year After Year: Seven Revealing Factors You Need to Know

Market Your Impact

We’ve Changed the Way We Collect and Share Demographic Data!

Where to Begin: Candid Resources to Help You Support the Causes You Care About

California Hospitals Halved Charity Care Spending Following ACA

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

How Foundations Can Leverage Digital Storytelling to Increase Their Impact

Does the Nonprofit Sector Need Fundraising Physical Therapy?

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

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

How Schools Can Attract and Retain Parent Volunteers

How Social Intrapreneurs Influence Organizations

Tips for Creating Your Nonprofit's Value Proposition

Congratulations to the Winners of the Nonprofit Summer Sprint

Six Things Your Board Needs to Know about Fundraising

Changing the Way Candid Serves You

How to Prepare for Preparing Your 990

Will Your Capital Campaign Cannibalize Your Annual Fund?

Grantmaking for Human Rights Efforts Totaled $2.8 Billion in 2016

Gaining a Say: Lifting Up Philanthropy’s Unheard Voices

Where Have all the Donors Gone?

4 Steps to Launching a Team of Passionate Messengers

Electronic Filing of Nonprofit Tax Returns Signed Into Law

Hospice Care for Nonprofits, Part 2: The Board’s Role

New Jersey Pushes Back against IRS Rollback of Donor Disclosure Requirements for Nonprofit Organizations

Soros, Koch Partner to Launch Foreign Policy Think Tank

Asking Questions as a Powerful Way to Learn

10 Reasons Being an Executive Director Is Still Awesome

Breaking #BadNonprofitHabits: Unrealistic Overhead Ratios

Hospice Care for Nonprofits: Diagnosis and Treatment

International Humanitarian Aid Totaled Nearly $29 Billion in 2018

Creating Your Nonprofit’s Future: Why Strategic Planning May Be the Most Important Thing Nonprofit Executive Directors Can Do

Donor Dollars Into Dividends: The Past, Present, and Future of Nonprofits Aiding the Private Sector

The Best Fundraising Consultants in the World

Design Your Fundraising for Older Eyes and See Your Revenue Rise

Charitable Giving Up 0.7 Percent in 2018, Giving USA Finds

The Offer in Fundraising Appeals, and Why We Should Take Our Cue from Commercial Marketing

Using Outcomes to Guide Your Nonprofit to Success

Six Ways to Share Your Seal of Transparency

Major Gifts = NO Copying & Pasting ... Ever!

Chicago Dance Ecosystem Report Highlights Gaps in Arts Sector Data

How Thinking Like LEGO Helps Boost Your Member Engagement

What’s Your Nonprofit Job Title—Chief Excrement Officer?

The Mycelium Model for capacity builders, professional associations, funders, and other support organizations

Donor Retention: 6 Ways to Create Lasting Relationships

Tidying Up Philanthropy

Why Corporate Volunteerism and VTO Are on the Rise

In Search of Peaceful Development

Why a Donor Gives Dramatically More

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining: 10 Inspirational Fundraising Clichés

Design Therapy for the Purpose-Driven Organization

Report Outlines Solutions for Closing Racial Gaps, Advancing Equity

Can You Solicit the Same Donor 21 Times a Year with Success?

Make It Social: How Charities Can Use Their Channels for Impact

Is Your Advocacy Making a Difference?

6 Things You Can Do to Close the Gender Gap in the Nonprofit Sector

30% of U.S. Households Made Disaster-Related Donations in 2017 and 2018

How to Think Like a Capital Campaign Consultant

Maximize Your Time Connecting Offline

“Does This Board Member Spark Joy?” How to Tidy Your Organization Using the KonMari Method

Survey Finds College Students Divided Over Free Speech vs. Inclusivity

New Research on Women’s Foundations and Funds

The Value of Structured Professional Development

What Does It Takes to Be Happy at Work? FRIDA Tries to Answer through the Happiness Manifestx

Boost Your Fundraising by Centering Your Audience in Your Content and Engagement Strategy

Fundraising Lessons from Freddie Mercury & Queen

Three Tips to Help You File a More Complete Form 990-Series Return

The Donor Pyramid and Marketing Funnel Have Changed

The Soft Underbelly of Nonprofit Collaboration

Program Evaluation That Works

Connecting with Community Foundations: Your Partner Next Door

9 Ways to Engage and Motivate Your Board Members to Raise Money

To Take Notes in Meetings with Donors or Not …That Is the Question!

Replacing an Iconic Nonprofit Leader

The One Action Needed to be a Successful Fundraiser

Pay Attention to the Information Reported on Form 990—It Could Alert You to the Fact That Something Is Terribly Wrong

The Value of ROI Analysis in Technology Grant Writing

7 Essential Tips for Growing Your Nonprofit Meetup

6 Fundraising Questions to Ask Yourself Today

For the Benefit of All: How Our DEI Work Supports the Social Sector

Blogging and Email Marketing Are Like Peanut Butter and Jam: Better Together

IRS Tips for Form 990 Filers

Bridging the Nonprofit Knowledge Gap Together

Avoiding Burnout and Building a Positive Organizational Culture

Pulling Back the Veil: Top 5 Things Grantees and Funders Wish the Other Knew

Succession Planning: Leading by Sharing Power

The Importance of Video on Social Media

How About a Money-Back Guarantee for Donors?

So You Don’t Think Race, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Are Relevant to Your Mission

Reduce Payment Processing Costs and Build Your Sustaining Donor Roster

Is Your Fundraising Appeal Cluttered? That Won’t Do

How Gender, Race, and Ethnicity Affect Charitable Giving

Best Practices for Nonprofits Requesting Corporate Funding

The ROI of Research: 4 Questions Nonprofits Need to Answer (And Why Research Is Worth It)

New Research on Catholic Fundraising Foundations

The Benefits of Volunteer Tracking and Management

Inside the Mind of a Board Candidate: Seven Questions for Which You Need Ready Answers

How Your Donors Can Help You

What Organizations Need To Know About Leadership Transition

First Data Analysis of the Chicagoland Dance Sector Since 2002 Reveals Growth and Challenges

Giving Donors and Funders Context for Your Platinum Metrics

Reasons for Having—and NOT Having—a Capital Campaign

Finding the Right Nonprofit Employer or Volunteer Opportunity

2019 Seals of Transparency Are Here!

2019 Fundraising Trends—And How to Take Advantage of Them

How to Make the Most of Spring Break Volunteers

8 Tips to Enhance Your Fundraising and Donor Relationships

How Social Norms Affect Giving to Women’s and Girls’ Causes

The Iditarod of Capital Campaigns: Multi-Use Projects

Strategic Partnerships: An Avenue to Success

Candid In Your Community

5 Technology Tips for a Better Fundraising Strategy

3 Things You Should Not Do When Writing About Your Nonprofit

GuideStar APIs Are Now Even Better

6 Year-Round Fundraising Ideas to Drive You to Success

1 of 40 Fundraising Questions That Demands an Answer

How Small and Medium Nonprofits Can Benefit from Using an Automated Dialer

Why Your Nonprofit Should Consider Holding a Charity Auction

The Impact of the Government Shutdown on the Flow of Nonprofit Data, Part 2

4 Strategies to Overcome Fear of Fundraising

How to Spot Cultural Fit in Nonprofit Leadership Candidates

Show Me the Love: Creative Ways to Steward Your Donors

What Are “Major Gifts”—and Where Do I Find Them?

How Funder Fragility Is Similar to White Fragility and What Funders Can Do about It

Retain More Online Donors with These 5 Fundraising Strategies

Bullet Lists Can Drain the Life from Your Fundraising—or Pump Up the Energy—Here's How

Data Is Not Wisdom

How We Became Candid and What It Means for You

Facing the Future Together

Why Smaller Donations Are One of 2019’s Biggest Online Fundraising Trends

Four Things Your Nonprofit’s Board of Directors Should Do to Start Out the New Year by Embracing Best Practices

Work Wonders by Redefining the Word “Fundraising” for Your Board

Staff Annual Fundraising Campaign? An Open Letter to Vu Le of Nonprofit AF

Why Nonprofit Staff Should Not Be Asked to Donate to the Organizations They Work For

Has the Flow of Nonprofit Data Been Affected by the Government Shutdown?

Announcing the 2019 Nonprofit Employment Report from the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies

Up the Ladder: Career Advancement for Grant Professionals

The GuideStar Blog Posts You Read Most in 2018

Can’t We All Just Disagree?

Do Capital Campaigns Hurt or Strengthen Major Gifts?

How Campaigns Hurt Major Gifts

The GuideStar Newsletter Articles You Read Most in 2018

Keeping It Ethical, Principle 14: The Power of Separation

Nonprofit Tech Solutions: A Guide to Ramping Up Donations

How Storytelling Can Help Your Nonprofit Grow Its Membership

When Asking Goes Wrong: A Case Study in Communication Failure

10 Measurable New Year’s Resolutions Your Nonprofit or Foundation Can Totally Achieve in 2019

New Research Shows Nonprofit Transparency Matters

8 Essential Practices for Capital Campaign Committees That Fuel Success

Your Group Isn’t Unique—and That’s a Good Thing

The Good and Evil Words of Fundraising

Underappreciated Elements of Nonprofit Disaster Preparedness Planning

2018 Was Another Wild Ride. Can We Unbuckle Our Seatbelts Yet?

Nonprofit Event Planning: 6 Web Tactics to Boost Engagement

Special Gratitude for Donors Who Give to Local Nonprofits

6 Tools to Launch Your Peer-to-Peer Campaign to Success

Is Microvolunteering Right for Your Nonprofit?

Cultivating a Culture of Philanthropy on Your Board

Grateful Givers: A Lesson from Dad

Saving the Planet, One NGO at a Time

Thoughtful Solutions for Reluctant Fundraising Board Members

That Coulda Gone Better: Three Fundraising Mistakes You Don't Have to Make

Learn Three Things from America’s Favorite Charities

Will Philanthropy Help End Poverty?

Navigating the Neutral Zone: What Happened During the In-Between Time in Our DEI Work

See What Thanking Donors Can Do for Your Fundraising

How to Use Community Engagement to Reach Qualified Volunteers

Our Default Organizational Decision-Making Model Is Flawed. Here’s an Awesome Alternative!

Why the Biggest Ask Might Not Be the Best Idea

3 Steps to Progressing in Your Nonprofit Career

2019: The Year for Nonprofits to Innovate

Are You Mindlessly Employing “Best Fundraising Practices?”

Gilded Giving 2018: Top-Heavy Philanthropy and Its Risks to the Independent Sector

Ready! Fire! Aim?

Showing Gratitude to Donors

Understanding Your Donors Is Crucial to Keeping Them

Is Your Year-End Fundraising a Sprint or Part of the Long Game?

4 Easy Steps to Develop a Social Media Content Strategy for Your Nonprofit

5 Best Practices to Strengthen Your Fundraising Cycle

Five Tips for Safe Charitable Giving This Holiday Season

Is Participating In #GivingTuesday Really Worth It For Nonprofits?

“Trick or Treat?” Who’s Knocking on Your Nonprofit’s Door Looking for Data?

The Digital Shift: Transitioning Out of Traditional Marketing

Top 6 Ways a Board Can Help Its CEO

Converting Volunteers to Donors: Missed Opportunity for Most Nonprofits

5 Key Ways to Make Sure Your Digital Marketing Campaign Pays Off

How to Use Peer-to-Peer Texting to Boost Your Nonprofit Campaign

Designing Printed Charity Newsletters and How to Get the Reader’s Attention

Capital Campaigns and Motivation: Lessons from Microsoft and Wikipedia

4 Instagram Post Ideas to Help Grow Awareness of Your Nonprofit

The Expert’s Guide to Nonprofit Fundraising Events

The Top Five Things You Need to Know for the 2018 Giving Season

The Fundraising Cheat Sheet for Board Members