Latest Articles & Reports

  • 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
  • By Laura Quinn,
    November 2014
    UPDATED for 2014! If you need an inexpensive software tool that’s not particularly strategic for your organization, traditional software selection techniques can seem awfully complicated. Here’s a simplified six-step process that can help when you just need to make a simple choice quickly.
  • By Laura S. Quinn,
    October 2014
    Updated for 2014Are you embarrassed by your organization’s website? (Come on, you can admit it.) Was it built in a volunteer’s nephew’s basement — or does it look like it was? Does it feature events or breaking news that are sadly out of date? Are you still trying to get around to adding that program you started last year?