From the Editor
January 31, 2017

How The Chronicle Is Helping Readers in a Time of Change

The following letter from The Chronicle’s editor, Stacy Palmer, is the first in a series of a regular update she will provide to readers in the coming months.


Dear reader,

We know that facts matter. You count on The Chronicle of Philanthropy to bring you the facts about what news and trends matter most to nonprofits and foundations, and you rely on us to provide the context and analysis you need to lead your organization to success.

As a new administration in Washington takes charge, we're deploying more of our reporters and editors than ever to help you understand how President Trump and Congress seek to reshape government policy — changes that have the potential to affect every corner of the nonprofit world and the people it serves. 

No other publication that covers nonprofits has as many journalists on its staff to delve into the stories that matter.

You can count on us — online every day and in print every month — to help you lead your staff and community in a time of change.

And because this promises to be such a momentous year, we've released a special report, What Will Matter in 2017 — available now — to help nonprofit executives, board members, and others navigate the opportunities and challenges ahead.

For almost 30 years, The Chronicle's journalists have covered transformations around the world that have shaken up philanthropy for good and for ill — and that expertise that equips us with the perspective that you and your organization need to thrive.

Our reporting team will run 17 webinars this year showcasing the best of nonprofit fundraising, and the 600-plus items in our Resource Center cover issues you and your staff members face every day.

We know from every turbulent moment of history that nonprofits are resilient — and none more so than the ones who count on the kinds of facts and analysis The Chronicle provides every day. You also rely on us to publish great thinkers in our opinion pages with diverse points of view and experiences that will help you make sense of what's happening and what comes next. 

No other publication that covers nonprofits has as many journalists on its staff to delve into the stories that matter — and none cover nonprofits and government as we do. Adding to our powerful newsgathering: we have a team of data journalists with years of experience analyzing and visualizing information about nonprofit organizations.

Beyond our news reporting, of course, The Chronicle offers much more to help you do your job:

  • Our reporting team will run 17 webinars this year that will showcase nonprofits that excel at raising private money, especially important at a time when government funds are likely to be squeezed.
  • We're always adding material to the 600-plus items in our online Resource Center to help you deal with the leadership, fundraising, and management issues you and your staff members face every day. We use our journalistic judgment to find proven examples of what works, and our library already has outstanding articles and case studies you can put to use right away. In addition, we show you actual examples of other nonprofits' gift agreements, contracts, letters, and other vital documents that you can adapt for your purposes.
  • We keep you up-to-date on the latest additions to the Resource Center in our subscriber-only Nonprofit Adviser newsletter. And we're developing another newsletter, this one to focus on nonprofit leadership, to bring you the news, features, and tools you need from The Chronicle and elsewhere to help you stay up with the facts with a fast, smart read.
  • Perhaps most exciting: We’re planning our Philanthropy NEXT conference in September, where we'll help nonprofits from around the country learn how to tap into the power of America's emerging donors — millennials, women, people of color, and others whose support will be increasingly valuable in the coming years.

My colleagues wake up every day dedicated to helping nonprofit leaders like you get the information you need to change the world. 

We have a privileged position covering the people who seek to make our world a stronger, fairer, and more just society — and we will never waver in our commitment to help you and your organization thrive.

I hope you will be in touch with me with your ideas on how The Chronicle can serve you better. Please feel free to write to me at or leave a comment below with your ideas, suggestions, or questions.


Stacy Palmer
The Chronicle of Philanthropy