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As the year draws to a close, I am spending time thinking about the gratitude, regard, and appreciation I have for the people and organizations that have had an impact on me personally and on…

It seems pretty obvious, yet it can’t be asked enough: are you making it clear to people that your organization needs them?

Let’s talk about giving circles, a quickly growing source of funds for nonprofits throughout the U.S. Giving circles have tripled in number since 2007. There are now over 1,600 giving…

If you asked me to pinpoint the exact origin of my love for travel, I would tell you, without hesitation, it stemmed from a childhood obsession with Pippi Longstocking.

We are living in troubled times, and the constant barrage of hyperbolic headlines from all sources of media can feel like an attack on your organization’s mission, your values, and your peace of…

In our series on telecommuting, we've looked at reasons why some nonprofits are shifting to a telecommuting model and how to make that shift…

Your heart races when you see the email or snail mail from XYZ Foundation. There is a 50/50 chance that the project your organization has planned will be funded.

They’re back—the holidays! If you dread this fundraising crunch-time, you are not alone. Rather than falling prey to the slippery slope of holiday overwhelm and busy-work, follow…

On the last day of September the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which was instrumental in purchasing and preserving parks, national forests, wildlife refuges, and monuments across the…

In the past year or so, you may have noticed something called a BRIDGE Number in the GrantStation funder profiles.

When you think of the holiday fundraising season, what springs to mind? For me, it’s the aesthetic of Tim Burton’s movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas, which combines visual elements from both…

If you’ve read my past blog posts, either here at GS Insights or in GuideStar’s blog, you know that I tend to root for the underdog (in fact, literally), the little guy (or NPO) that runs on…