Latest Articles & Reports

  • April 2015
  • By Amadie Hart and Kyle Henri Andrei ,
    April 2015
    Collaboration is integral to the work done by foundations and nonprofits. This is especially true for boards of directors tasked with working together to guide organizations — but when board members and staff are spread across multiple offices or geographic locations, collaboration is not as easy as sitting around a conference room table. Whether voting on proposed budgets, preparing financial documents or recommendations for upcoming meetings, or evaluating pending grant proposals, sharing documents by email or participating in conference calls is sometimes not enough.
  • By Dan Rivas,
    April 2015
    Updated for 2015. Though payroll is an essential function of every organization, it’s easy for nonprofits to make it a low priority as they pursue their core missions. Many small nonprofits struggle to meet Human Resources needs, lacking the funding for dedicated HR staff—and the experience that comes with it. However, not giving enough attention to HR functions can make employees feel as though they’re being overlooked. 
  • By Elizabeth Pope,
    April 2015
    Thanks to TechSoup for the generous funding of this article. Learn more about the software available to libraries and other topics of interest to nonprofits at www.techsoup.org. 
  • By Dan Rivas,
    March 2015
    This article originally appeared at TechSoup.org, where you can find many other nonprofit techno
  • By Amadie Hart,
    January 2015
    This article originally appeared at TechSoup.org, where you can find many other nonprofit technology resources and connect your nonprofit, charity, or public library with tech products and services. We're grateful for the financial support our friends there provided for this article.
  • By Laura S. Quinn and Kyle Henri Andrei,
    January 2015
    Updated January 2015 Adding visuals to a phone conference can make a big difference in your audience’s engagement level. Sharing a document, software application, or slides helps your audience follow along more closely and get more information then they would just by listening. If you want to conduct a more formal online seminar—sometimes called a webinar—there are a number of affordable software packages that can help you communicate more effectively. We talked to five nonprofit professionals about the tools that have worked for them.
  • By Ethan Drigotas,
    December 2014
    Should your organization be sharing the information it gathers about programs and services? There are benefits to doing so—and there are risks. Generally, sharing data is not common practice, but as funders increasingly demand information about the effectiveness of the organizations they support, more and more nonprofits are doing so. Strictly speaking, open data is information that’s accessible, standardized, and reusable, which in this context are defined as follows:
  • November 2014
    Whether you’re updating an existing website or building a new one from scratch, you’re looking at a major project with a lot of moving pieces to consider. What content stays, and what goes? How can your website address the needs of the people who matter—constituents, donors, funders, clients—and still be easy-to-use? Who will be responsible for making sure everything happens on time?
  • November 2014