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August 1, 2017

How A.I. and Automation Could Doom Charities and Nonprofits

What a time to be alive. Bob Dylan was right when he sang “the times, they are a-changin”. It’s a claim that would be even more accurate today. Exponential growth in technology and automation means the times will only ‘a-change’ faster, leaving the world as we know it increasingly different with each passing year. But what does that mean for charities? We’ve covered emerging roles for future nonprofits in past blogs, but for this post let’s explore a different possibility […]
July 1, 2017

Housing First is a Homeless Solution Worth Considering

We’ve all seen them before; even though referring to “them” as such somehow detracts from the fact that they’re just as much human as we are. They live behind the stores we shop at, under the bridges we drive over, and on the street corners we eat near. Often times they’re out of sight out of mind, but with homelessness becoming a growing issue in the United States, we’re often confronted with the uncomfortable reality that despite being a wealthy […]
April 1, 2017

Did You Check the BBB’s Rating of that Charity You’re Thinking of Donating to?

So Many Ratings, So Little Time Let’s be honest: chasing down the information on a charity you want to donate to can be exhausting and overwhelming. A simple search for the rating if a charity you’re looking for information on can net thousands of results, hundreds of reviews, and dozens of different entities and rating websites all claiming to have their own unique perspective as to why this charity is great or not. Suddenly you’re not researching charities, you’re researching […]
April 1, 2017

The Foundation Center is a Resource Every Charity Can Benefit From

To strengthen the social sector by advancing knowledge about philanthropy in the U.S. and around the world. — Foundation Center mission statement. Last month’s article on data scientists highlighted the need within charities to have dedicated research analysts who can parse through large amounts of data to provide charities with the information they need make informed decisions. Of course, hiring skilled individuals capable of such feats can be costly and difficult to find. Cash-strapped organizations with razor thin operating margins […]
March 1, 2017

How Big Data is Defining the Future of Charity

Charities all rely on research and data to assist in making decisions within the organization. These can include finding the answers to questions like how much to spend on internal growth, who to solicit and advertise to, determining the next location for a promotional event, or perhaps track the latest news and trends within relevant public and/or government entities. The list goes on of course, and Nonprofit Quarterly has suggested that charities in the future will begin using individuals who […]
February 1, 2017

Does Your City Care Enough to Top This List?

Wallethub recently published their list of most caring cities in America, and the results may surprise you.
January 1, 2017

Things to Look for When Donating to a Charity

With just a couple clicks, you can do lots to ensure your donations aren’t wasted.   One of the reasons I created this blog in the first place was to ensure responsible charity donations through informative articles. Forbes has a great article on things to verify when you’re donating, and I’d encourage you to check it out. Read about it here and check out my thoughts on it below. It’s a fact that some overhead is necessary for a charity […]
December 1, 2016

Thousands Dead, Billions in Damage. Here’s How to Help.

With a death toll in the thousands and damages of over $10 billion, it’s a wonder why Hurricane Matthew didn’t garner more media attention during the aftermath of this storm. It’s the first category 5 storm the world has seen in almost 10 years and has damaged communities in the Southeastern United States, Venezuela, Colombia, Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, and tropical islands in the area. Watching the storm unfold was tragic enough. Torrential downpours caused flooding, coupled with intense winds strong […]
July 3, 2016

5 Charities Worth Donating To

I’ve always believed that charity is one of the most important things that defines us as humans. Despite all the bad that goes on in the world, there are still people willing to give to a cause they believe in to try and make the world a better place. Today, I want to help the rest of you willing to donate make sure that the money you give goes to the right people, and not to waste. Without further ado, […]