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Can You Measure the Impact of Capacity Building for Nonprofits?

Capacity building is about improving organizational (or network) effectiveness.  Capacity building includes both money (grants), consultants/technical assistance, peer learning/communities of practice, and collaboration.  According to the survey of funders about capacity building completed by GrantCraft, the top five areas of capacity building that funders most likely support include: leadership, strategic planning, financial management, governance, and fundraising.  … Read More

Annual M&R Benchmarks Study Released

One important part of effective digital measurement is being able to benchmark your performance relative to your organization’s past performance or compared to peer organizations.    One excellent resource to use for benchmarking nonprofit digital results (in the US) is the annual M&R Benchmarks study of nonprofit digital advocacy.  … Read More

New Research and a Welcome Surprise from Foundation CEOs

New Research and a Welcome Surprise from Foundation CEOs

By Lindsay Austin Louie

“How much promise do the following practices hold for increasing foundations’ impact in the coming decades?” The twenty-four potential answers provided covered a broad spectrum of philanthropic practice, from taking more risks, to providing more general operating support, to engaging in impact investing.… Read More

Why Self-Interested Volunteers are the Best for Nonprofits


Note from Beth:   The Mobilization Lab at Greenpeace recently commissioned and released this report, Beyond the First Click: How Today’s Volunteers Build the Power of Movements and NGOS.   Beyond the First Click examines innovative volunteer engagement work by 35 organisations empowering people to scale change and win by learning and doing more.  

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Recent Social Media User Data: One Big Takeaway for Nonprofits

Source: Acenture Interactive’s Acquity Group’s 2015 Next Generation of Commerce Study

One way I keep up with news and trends in social media is to curate social media research studies on Pinterest, share on my Facebook Page, and make sense of them here on my blog.… Read More