Fresh Research

A podcast by The NonProfit Times


Episode 1: Donor perceptions and what wealthy women look for when donating

Ron Sellers of Grey Matter Research talks about donor perceptions of nonprofits based on their size and Elizabeth Dale discusses the motivations and giving strategies of high-net-worth women.

Episode 2: Nonprofit digital teams + Baby Boomer retirements

Digital leaders on senior nonprofit management teams can make a huge difference. So why doesn't every organization do it? That's part of the discussion with Jason Mogus, principal strategist at NetChange Consulting, and Austen Levine-Coon, principal consultant at Empowered Digital and digital organizing director of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, who surveyed 80 advocacy organizations about their digital teams and programs. Some of the results may surprise you and there are a few changes since the 2014 results.

Ten thousand Baby Boomers a day are turning 65. What's that mean for the leadership of the nonprofit sector? Peggy Morrison Outon and Carrie Tancraitor of the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University discuss the implications for the Pittsburgh region and beyond and what the nonprofits can do to brace for the future.

Episode 3: Founder transitions and studying millennials

Conventional wisdom has always suggested that a nonprofit make a clean break from its founder, to avoid the dreaded “Founder’s Syndrome.” But according to research by Jari Tuomala and Donald Yeh of The Bridgespan Group, organizations can benefit when they carefully plan an extended role for founders who step down. They recently published “Making Founder Successions Work” in the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), based on more than 500 leadership transitions at nonprofits.

The largest generation since the Baby Boomers has finally come of age, with the oldest now approaching 40 and the youngest in their mid-20s. Derrick Feldmann has been studying millennials for almost a decade. He’s founder of The Millennial Impact Project, which puts out an annual study of millennial cause engagement that examines “the subject through a new lens each year since 2008.”

Episode 4: Mobile trends and Jewish philanthropy

The M+R Benchmarks Report has become one of the most anticipated studies of the year. For more than a decade, it has tracked trends and data for nonprofits, ranging from email open and response rates to social media and mobile fundraising.

This year’s study collected data from 154 nonprofits about all things digital, from email and social media to websites and digital advertising. The report’s findings are derived from almost 4.7 billion email messages, more than 527 million web visits and close to 12 million donations. For every 1,000 email addresses, nonprofits had an average of 474 Facebook fans, 185 Twitter followers, and 41 Instagram followers.

Episode 5: New Giving USA numbers and diversity in nonprofit leadership

A flurry of natural disasters, a booming stock market and strong economy, and more mega gifts all contributed to another record year for charitable giving in 2017.

Charitable giving in the United States hit another record, cracking the $400 billion level for the first time ever. Giving totaled more than $410 billion, an increase of more than 5 percent over 2016. The gains were seen virtually across the board, from arts and religion to education and human services, with only one subsector experiencing a decline.

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