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You might not think that a chinchilla could have anything to teach you about grantseeking, or life. But Chewie Chinchilla is here to tell you that you are wrong.

Philanthropy as an institution has long taken the heat for perpetuating unequal power dynamics. Some might argue that the very nature of the giver-receiver relationship makes it impossible to…

At GrantStation we've discussed many of the changes taking place in or adjacent to the nonprofit realm—from contactless donations to cryptocurrencies to donor-advised funds. An innovation that has…

In many ways, the philanthropic sector seems to be a microcosm of the greater world. There are needs that need to be addressed, and funders and nonprofit organizations work to meet those needs.…

For fundraisers, the last year has been anything but ordinary. The constraints of a global pandemic on a profession that thrives on face-to-face communication have been manifold. Cancelled annual…

Today, nonprofit leaders and grantmakers know how important sustainable fundraising is. Improve your nonprofit’s sustainability with these recurring gift tips. The past few years have caused many…

If you live in the United States, depending on your location, if you happen to search your radio dial you'll encounter numerous broadcasts but also plenty of static. Those bands of white noise…

Fall 2021 marks the tenth anniversary of adopting community-engaged projects in my graduate course, MPA 8600 - Effective Nonprofit Management, at Villanova University. Since their introduction to…

All of us have humbling teachable moments in our lives. I have experienced one in the past few days, and I’m quite thankful for it.

As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on and the debate over vaccinations continues to be politicized, organizations are going to be faced with a tough decision: do you, or do you not, require your staff…

Word on the street is that the U.S. is in the midst of a labor shortage. After an extended period of suspended animation, the economy is bouncing back, but firms are struggling to fill openings.…

The last 16 months have been challenging for all of us—personally and organizationally. Because of COVID-19, many nonprofits had to stop, defer, or dramatically change our core-mission activities…