January 2017

Volume 29, Issue 03

Cover Story

A Survival Guide for Nonprofits as Big Changes Loom for Fundraising

Young donors with unknown motivations are replacing aging stalwarts, making fundraising less and less predictable. Here’s what charities need to know to avoid being left behind.


Trump Tax Overhaul Could Cause Short-Term Fundraising Spike

Lessons from 1986 suggest that the fear of smaller deductions causes donors to speed up giving, but the long-term effects are more nuanced.

Hollywood Producer's Nonprofit Helps Ex-Inmates Forge New Paths

Scott Budnick, a key player on the Hangover movies, sidelined his film career to go behind bars and help troubled young men turn their lives around.

Measuring Charities by Impact, Not Overhead, Proves Difficult

Services like GuideStar and Charity Navigator are expanding their tools to help shine a light on results, but transparency advocates say the movement is still in its infancy.


Photographers-Turned-Activists Capture Nature's Beauty in Peril

SeaLegacy raises money for expeditions to create compelling images for conservation groups that work on issues like climate change, sustainable fisheries, and the livelihoods of coastal people.

Donor Recognition Doesn’t Need to Be Prominent to Work, Study Says

New research suggests that a link to an online list of donors may be as effective in spurring gifts as listing boldface names in expensive, glossy printed materials.

Foundation Chiefs Say They Need to Make Sweeping Changes

In surveys and interviews, grant makers say they need to listen more to the charities they support and the people those charities serve.

Leader of National-Service Program Has a Hunger for Results

Curt Ellis helped start FoodCorps, a nonprofit whose AmeriCorps program teaches kids about healthy food and nutrition through hands-on activities like gardening and cooking.

How to Negotiate a Higher Nonprofit Salary

Hiring managers, consultants, and nonprofit employees share their tips and advice.

How to Train Young Employees for Leadership Roles

Incorporating training into daily operations can keep costs down and staff members learning.


Opinion: 5 Ways Philanthropy Is Jump-Starting Economic Mobility

Foundations, donors, and nonprofits around the country have been showing how early-childhood development, alternatives to jail, and other means improve economic prospects for low-income Americans.

Opinion: Wealthy Donors Aren't Getting Good Giving Advice

Too few donors tap philanthropic advisers to ensure they support the most worthy causes and structure their gifts carefully to do the most good.

Opinion: To Become a Better Grant Maker, Rethink Everything

The Eisner Foundation’s decision to put all its money into intergenerational projects forced it to focus more on the needs of grantees and what it takes to innovate.

Opinion: Foundations Must Muster Their Money and Courage to Fight Trump

At a time of profound challenges to our democracy, grant makers must spend generously and be strong advocates for the vulnerable, writes Gara LaMarche, former leader of the Atlantic Philanthropies and the Open Society Institute.