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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month


Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the history, culture, and contributions of the U.S. Latinx and Hispanic communities. This month offers a time for Americans with roots in Hispanic countries and cultures to honor their heritage and to recognize the impact these cultures have had on American society as we know it today. 

Monday, September 28, 2020

Early Education Taskforce: Helping Providers Navigate the Child Care Crisis


According to our June 2020 survey of Star rated nonprofits, 72% of organizations
have suffered financially due to the pandemic. Additionally, 54% of respondents have cut back on program services due to the pandemic/economic shutdown. To overcome this disruption and to continue to serve communities, many nonprofits are adapting and innovating. 

Today, we are honored to share a first-hand account of what innovation and 
adaptation look like during the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent 
economic crisis from The Family Conservancy.

The Family Conservancy’s (TFC) work to improve the early education system has enabled them to forge close partnerships with thousands of child care providers and programs in the Kansas City Community. Over the years, these partnerships have deepened TFC’s understanding of challenges and opportunities facing the sector. 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Nonprofit Hackathons: Hacking for Social Good

If you are anything like me, the word “hackathon” makes you think of an emergent breach in security or people secretly stealing digital information from a government or business. Though this may have been how every data theft movie portrayed this idea, today, “hacking” no longer exclusively implies criminal intrusion. 

Hackathons now refer to marathon-styled events where groups of people come together to problem-solve. Most commonly held within the technology industry, these events traditionally involve computer programmers and others collaborating on software development with a specific focus on designing and building out functioning applications or programs. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

3 Reasons Wealth Screening is Critical During a Crisis


The challenges of nonprofit fundraising have been made even more difficult by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, it’s more important than ever to conduct thorough
prospect research to ensure campaign success. And a key component of this research is wealth screening.

Wealth screening is research that determines a donor’s giving capacity by examining indicators like real estate holdings, stock information, past charitable giving, and other records.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Encompassing a Nonprofit's Story Begins with the Form 990

For nearly two decades, Charity Navigator has helped donors make better giving decisions and served to strengthen the sector in the process by promoting greater accountability and transparency practices. Until recently, our ratings applied to a subset of organizations that were predominantly older, larger, and better funded. This year, we set out to expand both the scope and depth of our ratings by developing a new rating system that encompasses over 150,000 charities and enables our site users to assess financial health metrics within the greater context of the organization’s overall effectiveness. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Remote Learning in East Los Angeles during COVID-19

According to our June 2020 survey of Star rated nonprofits, 72% of organizations have suffered financially due to the pandemic. Additionally, 54% of respondents have cut back on program services due to the pandemic/economic shutdown. To overcome this disruption and to continue to serve communities, many nonprofits are adapting and innovating.
Today, we are honored to share a first-hand account of what innovation and adaptation look like during the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic crisis from PUENTE Learning Center.

Over the last several months, PUENTE has adapted to COVID-19 by providing high-quality distance learning, handing out laptops to families in need, and distributing free meals to our community members. Even though the way we deliver programs has changed, our mission remains the same.