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How You Interact with Nonprofits Every Day

When I first applied for an internship at GuideStar last fall, I wasn’t even 100 percent positive it was a nonprofit—that’s how little I knew about the nonprofit sector at the time. Although I had made a few donations, volunteered a bit, and could name some large organizations, I thought of nonprofits as charities like the Red Cross or the Humane Society of the United States and didn’t understand what role a nonprofit information database played. I didn’t know anything about the different actors in the nonprofit sector and how their work affected my life, whether I was aware of it or not.


All Right, “Color-Blind” Colleagues, We Need to Have a Talk

In my work and travels I’ve met some really incredible people doing amazing stuff. Every meeting, every trip restores my faith in our sector, as well as replenishes my office’s supply of pens and chapsticks from various exhibitors at conferences.

But once a while, I encounter people who are “color-blind,” who say things like:

  • “Vu, I love what you say about nonprofits needing to be more inclusive. You know, I have a grown son who has diverse friends. And he has never once referred to his friends by their skin color characteristics. Not once. I think it’s wonderful that he just doesn’t see color.”

Why We Need to Stop Asking “What Do You Do?”

A while ago, while I was seeking input for a post on how we can all be more disability-inclusive, a colleague mentioned that we should drop the get-to-know-you question “What do you do?” because people with disabilities face significant employment discrimination, and this question is often a painful reminder of that. Another colleague of mine who is brilliant and talented and hilarious and wheelchair-enabled told me she spent seven years searching before someone hired her. I can imagine all the times during those seven years when people asked her “What do you do?” and how she must have felt. This has made me think of the “to-do” culture that we have and how it’s been affecting our work.


A Divided Sector: Medical & Educational Institutions and Everyone Else

A few weeks ago, we touched upon three initial findings on the nonprofit landscape. Today we're focusing on one finding in particular, how medical and educational institutions behave differently from all other tax-exempt organizations. And are treated as such.


What Does the Nonprofit Sector Really Look Like?

When we think about nonprofits, the most well-known brands, such as the Salvation Army, Goodwill, or the American Heart Association, might immediately come to mind. But these charities are only a sliver of the organizations that can be found within the nonprofit sector and, in most cases, are even outliers.


How Library Foundations are helping Public Libraries stay open: Insight for the overall nonprofit sector

Like nonprofits, Public libraries have evolved into organizations that provide expanded services to the local community. They go beyond just books and often act as an anchor in the community, providing a full array of educational and social services.


2012: How Technology and Consumer Trends Will Continue to Drive Change In the Nonprofit Sector

 


Is More Bureaucracy the Answer for the Sector?

 


Driving toward Donor Confidence

 


A Global View of Philanthropy