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What Matters Most to Folks at Nonprofits?

What matters most to those of you who work at nonprofit organizations? We’re guessing probably not money, power, or fame. But perhaps a worthy cause? Making a difference in this world? Maybe a good bottle of wine at the end of a long workday?

How to Make the Most out of Conferences

Jessica Walker

Must See Speakers at AFP ICON

I’m counting down the days to AFP ICON in Baltimore. It helps that they have a counter on their website. My colleague Kelley Stewart calls me a “conference junkie” and she’s right. I’m thrilled to get spend 3 days getting inspired by the brilliant thought leaders in our space. Jon Duschinsky and Tony Elischer’s jaw dropping multimedia sensation “The Philanthropy Kaleidoscope” at last year’s AFP was unforgettable. It raised my expectations for this year’s event which were quickly met with the star-studded keynote line up of Seth Godin, Whoopi Goldberg and Isabel Allende.

Join Us for a Live Special Announcement During Our Third Quarter Impact Call

Dear Friends,

Beth Kanter Keynotes Social Media for Nonprofits in Chicago

Chicago friends: Ready to launch your year-end fundraising? Need to boost your social media acumen? Want to learn how to better use social media in your storytelling efforts?

Then join Social Media for Nonprofits as it returns to Chicago on October 29th, and learn how to:

  • Create results-driven fundraising strategy around #GivingTuesday
  • Use video to enhance your fundraising campaigns
  • Make your stories more powerful by using visuals

Learn directly from heavyweights such as Beth Kanter, David Gunn, Susy Schultz, Bridgett Colling, and Ira Horowitz. Use this code to get $30 off of registration: SM4NP

Scholarships are available for nonprofits to learn how to leverage resources & social media:

See you there!

What’s your good deed for today?

Today, GuideStar staff remembers. We remember the victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks. We remember those that rose in service in response to the attacks. We remember the way our nation joined together that day. And we pay tribute to the importance of working more closely together in peace to improve our world.

Celebrating Our Past, Looking to Our Future

Buzz Schmidt was frustrated. As a fundraiser and a donor, he’d encountered the same roadblock: he couldn’t find the nonprofit information he needed.

Call for Applications to the LeaderSpring Fellowship Program for Nonprofit Executive Directors

Are you an executive director of a nonprofit based in the East Bay who wants to improve your leadership and management skills? Enhance the capacity of your organization? Build collaborative relationships with other nonprofit leaders? If yes, LeaderSpring invites you to apply to a two-year, on-the-job Fellowship program. Applications are due Friday, August 29th, 2014. Click here for more information, visit or contact LeaderSpring at (510) 286-8949 or

Join Social Media for Nonprofits in Austin, Texas August 13

Does your Austin-based nonprofit need to explore social media strategy, how to use visuals and memes to increase engagement, how to raise more funds, and how to measure and benchmark your social media efforts, among other topics? If so, don't miss the Social Media for Nonprofits Conference in Austin, Texas on Wednesday, August 13th!

GuideStar DonorEdge Learning Conference: Reflections from the Innovation Lab

Beth Kanter