Nonprofit Leaders Unsure of What to Expect Over Next Four Years

The Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership holds public policy meetings that, despite its 400 member organizations, usually only attract about 30 nonprofit leaders. Their meeting in December 2016 however, brought in 85 people. Their top concern? What the incoming presidential administration would mean for nonprofits in the Pittsburgh area, as well as the rest of the […]

Top Government Aides Join Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has enlisted the help of two former government officials to assist in their charity efforts. One of the recruits is former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe. Plouffe most recently served as vice president of Uber’s policy and strategy. He will now serve as president of policy and advocacy at the Initiative. […]

Looking to Startups for the Future of Nonprofits

Nonprofits have been struggling for years to maintain the donations and grants that they need to pursue their missions. While some are pretty well set up, others have to scramble, especially those just starting out or addressing a problem that isn’t yet widely known or understood. While donations form the majority of most nonprofits’ income, […]

Kiva and the Microloan Phenomenon

Think you have to have big bucks to donate to charity? Think again! Microloan nonprofits like Kiva.org offer the average Joe an opportunity to donate where it counts. Boasting a 4-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, Kiva provides microloans for people in need who want to serve their community or start their own small business. […]

Indoor Farms and Food Deserts in Denver

“Food deserts” are urban regions where there are large populations but little or no access to fresh food. The Elyria-Swansea and Globeville neighborhoods in Denver are perfect examples: 10,000 people with no full-service grocery store, in areas with some of the lowest incomes in the city. Without access to fresh food, people living in food […]

Nonprofits Are Needed and Trusted More Than Ever

One thing that the divisive presidential election cycle of 2016 brought to the fore was a widespread distrust of the government, but a commensurate trust of nonprofit charities. While there is probably a lot that can be said about the state of American society that the government is so widely distrusted, it is good to […]

Eric Trump Foundation Is Under Fire

It looks like the charity scandal apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in the Trump family, as Eric Trump is under fire for his own Eric Trump Foundation’s seeming inability to follow IRS rules for charities. Chief among the problems is widespread conflict of interest, as the foundation regularly makes donations to pet projects […]

Forbes Releases List of Top Charitable Organizations

In mid-December of 2016, Forbes released its list of the 100 charitable organizations with the most donations for 2016. The list is based on cash and in-kind donations received, and doesn’t account for things like fees for services or sales of merchandise, so it does give us some idea of how much people are donating […]

Can Patreon Serve as a Nonprofit Fundraising Tool?

The Internet has changed the way we do a lot of things, and there are many platforms available for crowdsourcing—that is, raising money through small payments or donations by a large number of people. These have been particularly useful not only to artists, who they are often created to serve, but also to nonprofit organizations. […]