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Cause-Driven Design

In Cause-Driven Design®, Matt Schwartz, founder and director of strategy at , a New York City-based design and brand strategy firm specializing in nonprofits and education, explores the nexus between design and mission-driven work and explains how nonprofits can use design to engage and speak more meaningfully to the needs, goals, and motivations of their principal audiences....

Why Branding & Design Agencies Should Ask Why

Why Branding & Design Agencies Should Ask Why

Lexie McGuire  |  April 5, 2019

One of the most important roles a design firm play as a strategic partner to a client is to identify and politely probe at the client's assumptions. In her latest, Constructive's McGuire explains what that looks like....

Some of Our Favorite Moments From ComNet18

Some of Our Favorite Moments From ComNet18

Allison Murphy  |  October 22, 2018

Murphy, a communications and outreach strategist at Constructive, shares some key takeaways from this year's Communications Network conference in San Francisco and why it was so special.... 

Engage From the Inside! (Part 2): The Benefits of Internal Branding for Nonprofits

Engage From the Inside! (Part 2): The Benefits of Internal Branding for Nonprofits

Matt Schwartz  |  July 25, 2018

Nonprofits engaged in strategic planning and brand strategy work often struggle to translate the internal memos and documents generated by the process into broader organizational change, but an internal branding process can turn that around in a hurry — and deliver additional benefits to boot....

The Sustainable Nonprofit

The Sustainable Nonprofit (TSN) examines critical issues related to nonprofit sustainability through the eyes of nonprofit leaders, practitioners, and consultants. For more information, contact Mitch Nauffts, PND's publisher and editorial director, at [email protected].

Five Elements for Success in Capacity Building

Five Elements for Success in Capacity Building

Carla Taylor, Lori Bartczak  |  March 13, 2019

While there isn't a one-size-fits-all solution to capacity building, there are commonalities in the approaches that have proven to be successful. Community Wealth Ventures' Taylor and Bartczak share five....

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Wanted: A Cure for Color-Blindness

Wanted: A Cure for Color-Blindness

Jeff Raikes  |  May 9, 2019

Policy makers and philanthropists often take a color-blind approach to education, calling for policies they believe will support "all" children, writes Raikes. But suggesting that all children have the same shot at opportunity is not borne out by the facts....

Let's Change the System, Not the Symptoms

Arianne Shaffer, Tobias Troll  |  April 5, 2019

The large, complex problems of our times are deeply interwoven with today's global political economy, write Shaffer and Troll, and that is the "system" that systems change philanthropy needs to address....

Moving With Movements

Solomé Lemma  |  March 6, 2019

To respond effectively to the forces that create systems change, argues Lemma, funders have to be willing to change themselves....

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What’s in a Job Description?

What’s in a Job Description?

Allison Fuller  |  February 2, 2018

What's in a job description? More than you might think. Envision Consulting's Tiffany Garcia looks at six common mistakes managers make when crafting their job descriptions....

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Through an agreement with the , PND is pleased to be able to offer a series of articles and profiles related to the "business" of improving society.

Forest Restoration for Fuel

Forest Restoration for Fuel

James Gaines  |  April 29, 2019

Is commercial-scale torrefaction — the process of turning wood scraps from forest-thinning operations into a coal substitute — a partial solution to climate change? Gaines, a freelance science journalist living in Seattle, reports....

Communities Need Neighborhood Trusts

Joseph Margulies  |  March 29, 2019

Low-income communities need ownership over the resources that flow into them and defenses to protect them from feckless funders and footloose capital, argues Margulies. In an age when the failure of unregulated capitalism is becoming more evident every day, options like the neighborhood trust cannot be implemented quickly enough....

The Cost of Financial Precarity

Carrie Leana  |  February 26, 2019

With wages stagnating, benefits shrinking, and personal debt increasing, financial precarity has become widespread in the United States, writes Leana, but the philanthropic community has been and can continue to be a catalyst for solutions to the problem.... 

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5 Takeaways From the 2019 NTC Conference

5 Takeaways From the 2019 NTC Conference

Daphne Laglos  |  April 11, 2019

Laglos traveled to Portland in March for the annual Nonprofit Technology Network conference. Here are some key takeaways from the event....

How Data Science Can Be Used to Power Civil Society Across the World

Jacob Kohlhepp  |  March 27, 2019

Nonprofits have been slow to tap the power of data science, writes Kohlhepp, in part because of cost, which is where data science volunteers come in....

The Nonprofits' Guide to Managing Documents in the Cloud

Stephen Jackson  |  February 20, 2019

Jackson, a digital content manager at TechSoup, tells you everything you need to know about working in and sharing documents through "the cloud"....