October 20, 2014
System Automation: Trusting Technology To Help You Do More

System Automation: Trusting Technology To Help You Do More


With the advent of readily available APIs, more and more systems are “talking” to each other these days. However, connecting the systems that you use each day can be a scary idea.

In this article, we’ll offer tips for approaching system integration and how nonprofits can do even more good with technology.

Why is system integration important?

No matter what data it contains, an isolated…

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October 17, 2014
A Nonprofit Board’s Fiduciary Responsibility

Both the recession and wide-ranging scandals over the past few years have changed the perceptions of duties required of boards of directors in all industries – including nonprofits. Additionally, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), through its revisions to Form 990, requires reporting by nonprofits on a range of governance issues that go far beyond financial reporting, including board member…

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October 16, 2014
NPC’s Four Pillar Approach

NPC’s Four Pillar Approach

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The following is a guest post by Anne Kazimirski, Deputy Head of Measurement & Evaluation and co-author of NPC’s four pillar approach. To read the original article, click here

new philanthropy capital logoIn an increasingly competitive environment, it is paramount for any organisation that depends on attracting funding to measure the impact of their work. More importantly, being able to gauge the success of existing…

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October 14, 2014
The Two Faces Of Data

The following is a cross-post of Markets for Good’s September 29 article, The Two Faces of Data by Chris Delatorre. To read the original article, click here.

Chris Delatorre, Managing Editor at WINGS, shares his views on the conflicting sides of data progress and privacy.

As public-private relations evolve and data sharing initiatives proliferate, philanthropy should remain vigilant about the

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October 13, 2014
Good strategy needs sound data: response to ‘Strategic Philanthropy for a Complex World’

The following is a  cross-post of an article by Angela Kail that first appeared on Latest from Alliance, the blog of Alliance magazine.  To read the original post, click here

Strategic philanthropy is too simplistic for a complex world, according to John Kania, Mark Kramer and Patty Russell, writing in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Setting a goal and working tirelessly towards it might…

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October 7, 2014
GuideStar DonorEdge Learning Conference: Reflections from the Innovation Lab

GuideStar DonorEdge Learning Conference: Reflections from the Innovation Lab


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In May, I was lucky enough to spend a few days with community foundations at the annual GuideStar DonorEdge Learning Conference.  I gave a keynote about the Human Side of Data for Good and facilitated a mini-innovation lab to brainstorm creative ideas around the challenge of communicating about the value of shared data and becoming the community knowledge center for shared data for…

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October 7, 2014
Social Media for Nonprofits: Learning from Beth Kanter

Social Media for Nonprofits: Learning from Beth Kanter

I recently read that approximately 900,000 people post blog entries, daily. As the blogosphere continues to grow, more and more publications are providing readers the ability to subsribe via RSS feeds. This is making it both easier and more cumbersome to keep up with all of the information that is out there. I, as I’m sure many of you do, subscribe via RSS feed, to a variety of different…

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October 7, 2014
Managing Attention Online

The following is a guest post by Beth Kanter, the author of Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media, one of the longest running and most popular blogs for nonprofits.  

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Take a guess. Be honest. How long can you pay attention when working online before your mind wanders?    According to the Statistic Brain site list of attention span stats, in 2000 we had a 12 second…

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October 6, 2014
7 Perfect Responses to Overcome a Donor’s Objections to a Visit

Rachel Muir headshotIt takes a lot of “no’s”  to get to a “yes,” but the truth about fundraising is that the hardest part isn’t the ask, is getting the visit to make the ask!  To help you get that all important face to face visit I’ve outlined seven of the most common objections a prospect or donor might have to taking a meeting and how you can overcome them.

“Are you going to ask me for money?”

Response:  “We would…

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October 3, 2014
The Lake Washington Declaration

This past summer, GuideStar’s President and CEO Jacob Harold worked with 70 nonprofit leaders to draft a set of principles with the goal of helping the social sector build a data-driven infrastructure. What came of that workshop is now known as the Lake Washington Declaration.

Jacob Harold, alongside Evan Paul, GuideStar’s Vice President of Products, signed the declaration on behalf of GuideStar,…

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