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Cause-Driven Design

In Cause-Driven Design®, Matt Schwartz, founder and director of strategy at Constructive, a New York City-based design and brand strategy firm specializing in nonprofits and education, explores the nexus between design and mission-driven work and explains how nonprofits can use design to engage and speak more meaningfully to the needs, goals, and motivations of their principal audiences....

5 Tips for Giving Great Design Feedback

5 Tips for Giving Great Design Feedback

Lily Moaba  |  June 14, 2019

Paying attention to the way in which design feedback is delivered can have a real impact on the success of a project, writes Moaba. By implementing these five tips, you'll be doing your part to make sure that the design process is collaborative and projects run a little more smoothly....

Why Branding & Design Agencies Should Ask Why

Why Branding & Design Agencies Should Ask Why

Lexie McGuire  |  April 5, 2019

One of the most important roles a design firm play as a strategic partner to a client is to identify and politely probe at the client's assumptions. In her latest, Constructive's McGuire explains what that looks like....

Some of Our Favorite Moments From ComNet18

Some of Our Favorite Moments From ComNet18

Allison Murphy  |  October 22, 2018

Murphy, a communications and outreach strategist at Constructive, shares some key takeaways from this year's Communications Network conference in San Francisco and why it was so special.... 

The Sustainable Nonprofit

The Sustainable Nonprofit (TSN) examines critical issues related to nonprofit sustainability through the eyes of nonprofit leaders, practitioners, and consultants. For more information, contact Mitch Nauffts, PND's publisher and editorial director, at mfn@foundationcenter.org.

How to Find Your Most Engaged New Board Member

How to Find Your Most Engaged New Board Member

Jeb Banner  |  June 18, 2019

Jeb Banner, the founder and CEO of Boardable, a nonprofit board management software provider, offers some advice on how to find engaged board members....

Giving Voice to Your Supporters

Giving Voice to Your Supporters

Derrick Feldmann  |  June 12, 2019

Your nonprofit's messaging, writes Feldmann, should make clear what supporters can do and why they should do it while capturing what they believe in through stories that resonate with them....

Design Therapy for the Purpose-Driven Organization

Design Therapy for the Purpose-Driven Organization

Talie Smith  |  May 20, 2019

The process of reimagining an organizational identity can produce both excitement and fear, writes Smith, but with a good design firm in your corner, it can be more the former and a lot less of the latter....

Alliance@PND

Through an agreement with UK-based Alliance magazine, PND is pleased to be able to offer a series of articles about global philanthropy.

In Search of Peaceful Development

In Search of Peaceful Development

Hope Lyons, Lauren Bradford, Rasha Sansur  |  June 6, 2019

Working in the field of peace and conflict resolution involves a particular set of demands, write Bradford, Lyons, and Sansur. Funders need to be aware and willing to meet them....

Wanted: A Cure for Color-Blindness

Wanted: A Cure for Color-Blindness

Jeff Raikes  |  May 9, 2019

Policy makers and philanthropists often take a color-blind approach to education, calling for policies they believe will support "all" children, writes Raikes. But suggesting that all children have the same shot at opportunity is not borne out by the facts....

Let's Change the System, Not the Symptoms

Let's Change the System, Not the Symptoms

Arianne Shaffer, Tobias Troll  |  April 5, 2019

The large, complex problems of our times are deeply interwoven with today's global political economy, write Shaffer and Troll, and that is the "system" that systems change philanthropy needs to address....

MyCareer@PND

PND is pleased to offer articles of interest to jobseekers and prospective employers. To submit an article for consideration, e-mail Mitch Nauffts at mfn@foundationcenter.org.

What’s in a Job Description?

What’s in a Job Description?

Allison Fuller  |  February 2, 2018

What's in a job description? More than you might think. Envision Consulting's Tiffany Garcia looks at six common mistakes managers make when crafting their job descriptions....

SSIR@PND

Through an agreement with the Stanford Social Innovation Review, PND is pleased to be able to offer a series of articles and profiles related to the "business" of improving society.

How to Push DEI Conversations Out of the Comfort Zone

How to Push DEI Conversations Out of the Comfort Zone

Chera Reid, Jara Dean-Coffey  |  May 30, 2019

As we work to advance racial equity in philanthropy, write Reid and Dean-Coffey, four practices can help us find our "learning edge" — the boundary of our comfort zone and competencies where change is truly transformative and freeing....

Forest Restoration for Fuel

Forest Restoration for Fuel

James Gaines  |  April 29, 2019

Is commercial-scale torrefaction — the process of turning wood scraps from forest-thinning operations into a coal substitute — a partial solution to climate change? Gaines, a freelance science journalist living in Seattle, reports....

Communities Need Neighborhood Trusts

Communities Need Neighborhood Trusts

Joseph Margulies  |  March 29, 2019

Low-income communities need ownership over the resources that flow into them and defenses to protect them from feckless funders and footloose capital, argues Margulies. In an age when the failure of unregulated capitalism is becoming more evident every day, options like the neighborhood trust cannot be implemented quickly enough....

TechSoup@PND

Through an arrangement with TechSoup, PND is pleased to offer a series of articles about the effective use of technology by nonprofits.

5 Takeaways From the 2019 NTC Conference

5 Takeaways From the 2019 NTC Conference

Daphne Laglos  |  April 24, 2019

Laglos traveled to Portland in March for the annual Nonprofit Technology Network conference. Here are some key takeaways from the event....