March 2015

Volume 27, Issue 7

Cover Story

Tech’s Power for Good

Nonprofits are deploying drones, 3-D printers, and other advanced tools in exciting new ways.

7 Tips for a Successful High-Tech Project

New projects may require unexpected partnerships and benefit from getting potential users involved early.

Environmental Sleuths Find Signs of Fracking

Online volunteers at the nonprofit SkyTruth scan aerial images for signs of oil and gas drilling, also called fracking.


Philanthropy’s Green Thumb

Donors are pouring money into parks, including the National Mall. The results are often stunning, but is it the job of private money to spruce up public spaces?

Raising $350-Million for Uncle Sam

The nonprofit Trust for the National Mall has committed to attracting $350-million for the Park Service’s $700-million restoration plan.

Billy Starr Means Business

As charity walks and runs lose steam, the head of the Pan-Mass Challenge shares his secrets for success.

Legacy Charity Walks and Runs Are Stumbling, New Report Says

Stiff competition from exotic events like the "Tough Mudder" obstacle race appears to be draining revenue from many of the biggest names in traditional athletic fundraising.


Shrinking Capital Campaigns Pays Off for 2 Hospitals

Getting rid of ambitious drives is helping to reduce fundraiser turnover in addition to raising just as much, if not more, money.

Big Bets: Help for the 'Forgotten Worker'

Inside JPMorgan’s $250-million pledge to help people get the skills they need for jobs in high demand.

Unlikely Partners Tackle Big Issues and Gain Fresh Insights

Nonprofits are forming eclectic coalitions to battle climate change and other causes, but can donors keep up?

Upbeat Images Help Women’s Charities Gain More Support

A veteran photographer sends volunteers to document the work of charities that help females in the developing world.

Male Donors Respond Best to Pitches That Stress Self-Interest, Study Says

Stanford University researchers document an "empathy gap" with important implications for how fundraisers should make their case to men.

MacArthur Fund Pledges $75-Million to Reduce Local Jail Populations

The grant maker wants to reduce the length of stays for nonviolent offenders and expedite court action.


Opinion: Let’s Stop Haggling

Too many projects are doomed before they start because grant makers are unrealistic and shortsighted.

Opinion: Nonprofit Boosters or Muckrakers — Can’t the Press Be Both?

Journalists struggle to tell the real story of the charity world, and it’s not just the news media at fault.

Opinion: Philanthropy Must Lead With Its Heart

All the focus on strategy means nonprofit leaders are afraid to talk about love or caring, and that could ultimately limit what donors and charities can achieve together.