Episode 1: Donor Perceptions + How Wealthy Women Donate

Ron Sellers of Grey Matter Research talks about donor perceptions of nonprofits based on their size, from findings in Part V of “The Donor Mindset Study: How Donors See Large Versus Small Organizations.” The study can be found here.

Elizabeth Dale, assistant professor of nonprofit management at Seattle University, discusses the characteristics of of high-net-worth female donors. She is the lead researcher on “Giving By and For Women: Understanding High-Net-Worth Donors’ Support of Women and Girls.” The study was done in partnership with the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and can be found here.

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Episode 16: M+R Benchmarks Study...

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The 13th annual M+R Benchmarks Study is chock full of data almost as far as the eye can see. That’s what happens when you analyze 4.4 million emails sent to 37.5 million email addresses, more than 7 million online gifts and $376 million raised, all from a variety of 135 nonprofits of all shapes and […]

Episode 14: Donor-Advised Fund Grants In A Recession...

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Donor-Advised Funds (DAF) have become one of the fastest-growing vehicles for philanthropy over the past decade or more. They’ve also become a lightning rod in the debate about charitable giving. Some have gone so far as to call DAFs “The Wall Street takeover of charity” while others have called for a change in how DAFs […]

Episode 13: Anatomy of a Mega Merger...

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Two of the two largest data and information nonprofit organizations in the United States announced a merger on Feb. 1. The Foundation Center and GuideStar will become Candid after almost two years of discussions on a merger that has its origins at least a decade in the making. Brad Smith, president of the Foundation Center, will be president of Candid, […]

Episode 12: Gilded Giving + Giving Circles...

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More charitable giving than ever is coming from high-income households while the donor universe has been shrinking for years. Those are some of the concerns identified in “Gilded Giving 2018: Top Heavy Philanthropy and Its Perils to the Independent Sector and Democracy.” Chuck Collins directs the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the […]

Episode 11: Volunteer Rates + The Philanthropic Closet...

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Part 1: Robert Grimm & Nathan Dietz Where are America’s volunteers? That’s literally the question posed, and answered, by a new study from the Do Good Institute at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy: “Where Are America’s Volunteers? A Look At America’s Widespread Decline in Volunteering in Cities and States.” Robert Grimm, director of the Do […]

Episode 10: Executive Teams + Income Inequality...

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Part 1: Libbie Landles-Cobb Only about half of nonprofits surveyed agreed that their executive team communicates to others. Two-thirds agreed that their teams focus on the right work or use their time effectively. Now, that’s not Michael Scott-level executive management but it could use some work. The Bridgespan Group has come up with what it calls […]

Episode 9: Nonprofit Overhead + Global Trends in Giving...

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Your browser does not support the audio element. Part 1: Jason Coupet and Jessica Haynie Nonprofit overhead seems to be the most popular way to evaluate nonprofits, although even watchdogs that made program and expense ratios a focus are trying to come up with other ways to measure an organization’s effectiveness. Jason Coupet, assistant professor […]

Episode 8: Too Many Nonprofits? + Nonprofit Collaboration...

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Your browser does not support the audio element. Part 1: Rebecca Nesbit and Laurie Paarlberg Hardly a day goes by when someone isn’t questioning whether there are too many nonprofits in the United States. True, there are more than 1.5 million organizations, twice as many as two decades ago, but a group of researchers looked […]

Episode 7: Giving in Retirement + Effective Altruism...

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Your browser does not support the audio element. Some 10,000 Baby Boomers will turn 65 every day for at least the next decade, and those older than 65 already represent about 15 percent of the total population. With that in mind, the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) released “How Women & Men Give Around Retirement” to help the […]

Episode 6: Donor Retention + Diversity In Nonprofit Tech...

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Your browser does not support the audio element. Online fundraising trends continue to point to growth within mobile, so it’s not a surprise to see another study confirming what’s been happening of late. “The State of Modern Philanthropy: Examining Online Fundraising Trends,” from San Diego, Calif.-based Classy,  examines data from more than 3,500 organizations and more than […]

Episode 5: New Giving USA Numbers + Diversity In Nonprofit Leadership...

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Your browser does not support the audio element. 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 […]

Episode 4: Mobile Trends + Jewish Philanthropy...

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Your browser does not support the audio element. 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 […]

Episode 3: Founder Transitions + Studying Millennials...

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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. 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." The latest research is the 2017 Millennial Impact Report: "An Invigorated Generation for Causes and Social Issues."

Episode 2: Nonprofit Digital Teams + Baby Boomer Retirements...

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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, digital organizing director of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. They surveyed 80 advocacy organizations about their digital teams and programs. Some of the results may surprise you and there are a few new trends since the 2014 results.