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4 Steps to Launching a Team of Passionate Messengers

You face an uphill battle to recruit members and retain them at ever higher and more effective levels of engagement, as well as to maximize your organization’s impact. There's nothing more important than these two goals.


Electronic Filing of Nonprofit Tax Returns Signed Into Law

President Trump has signed the final version of a bill requiring the electronic filing of nonprofit tax returns and the release of those forms to the public free of charge in a searchable, machine-readable format.


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

Because not every group is designed to last forever, I recently shared a post about end-of-life care for nonprofit organizations.


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

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has announced that certain nonprofit organizations must disclose donors who have contributed $5,000 or more in a tax year, as part of annual reports due to the state. Although styled as "charitable" registration requirements, the law also applies to social welfare organizations that are no longer required to provide donor information to the IRS.


Soros, Koch Partner to Launch Foreign Policy Think Tank

Two mega-philanthropists at opposite ends of the political spectrum—George Soros and Charles Koch—have teamed up to launch a think tank focused on shifting U.S. foreign policy away from "forever war," the Boston Globe reports.


Asking Questions as a Powerful Way to Learn

Whether in the realm of business, journalism, relationships, or of course in our nonprofit and social sector, the act of “questioning” can be powerful. A piece in the Harvard Business Review last year noted, “Questioning is a uniquely powerful tool for unlocking value in organizations: It spurs learning and the exchange of ideas, it fuels innovation and performance improvement, it builds rapport and trust among team members. And it can mitigate business risk by uncovering unforeseen pitfalls and hazards.”


10 Reasons Being an Executive Director Is Still Awesome

Hi everyone, this blog may have more typos than normal because it is (was) Father’s Day, and instead of spending it writing and “editing,” I hung out with my kids. They are in bed now, so I can finish this post. ...


Breaking #BadNonprofitHabits: Unrealistic Overhead Ratios

A few days ago, nonprofit leader, visionary, and lover of unicorns, Vu Le, tweeted the message below about one of the top #badnonprofithabits: advertising how high a percentage of a donation goes “directly to helping the individuals we serve.” Vu pointedly pleaded, “Y’all, please stop putting stuff like this on your website and then complain about how people don’t fund core support like rent and utilities.” He is 100 percent correct!


Hospice Care for Nonprofits: Diagnosis and Treatment

How healthy is your organization?

What’s your trajectory? Are you growing, shrinking, or treading water? What’s the energy level among staff and board? Is your mission still relevant and inspiring?

More than a decade ago, I participated in volunteer training at our local hospice agency. As the Great Recession rolled through the economy, I found myself applying the lessons of hospice to my work with nonprofits.

Not every organization is meant to live forever—and that’s OK. In this post, we’ll discuss how to determine if your organization is dying and what to do about it. A future post will cover the board’s role in end-of-life decisions.


International Humanitarian Aid Totaled Nearly $29 Billion in 2018

International humanitarian assistance totaled a record $28.9 billion in 2018, an increase of 30 percent since 2014, but up just 1 percent on a year-over-year basis, a study by Development Initiatives finds.


  Your Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar has a new Demographics section.