Let’s Start a Nonprofit

In this first quarter of the calendar year I have been giving lots of talks on the latest trends for nonprofits.  Apparently a lot of people think about “what’s on the horizon” at the beginning of the calendar year, even though it’s neither their fiscal year nor their board’s terms.  And while I have five or six key trends, depending upon the audience and time I’m allotted, I don’t discuss all five.

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Two factors that I always do discuss are the growth of Read more

The Most Deserving List

This is the time of year for lists – top 10 movies of the year, top 10 retweets, top 10 pictures of dogs dressed as reindeer. That’s one way of collecting data.

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Every semester, I start off one of my graduate classes by asking the students to explore the various sources of data on nonprofits. I give them starting sources, such as the National Center for Charitable Statistics, Giving USA and the Foundation Center, making it clear that they are by no means Read more

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