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Friday, May 31, 2019

Donors, Data, & Decision Making: 5 Tips for Embracing Research & Development to Drive Impact

This guest post was contributed by Kelly Fitzsimmons, Founder and Managing Partner, of Project Evident. Kelly and her team are committed to working with funders and the organizations they support to strengthen their data and evidence-building agendas to make a greater impact in the world through more effective programs.

In the private sector, as the pace of innovation has accelerated, so too has the use of data to drive decision-making. The for-profit sector has long embraced technology and tools to capture and use data to better serve their customers. Less so in the social sector, where such tools, talent, and technology have largely not made it into the hands of practitioners (a "last mile problem"). At the same time, there is increasing demand for programs that produce real outcomes for communities, yet many of these programs do not have access to the resources needed to research and develop those outcomes.  

Individual donors are a powerful force for promoting better research and development, or R&D, practices and ensuring that the social sector is not left behind in our rapidly evolving world. As you think about your next charitable contributions or your role as a board member with a nonprofit organization, here are five tips to help close this critical gap for those causes you care most about.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Do's and Don'ts of Matching Gifts and Challenge Grants

Is your organization considering a matching gift campaign? Charity Navigator worked with industry experts to discuss best practices for soliciting and structuring a matching gift campaign to ensure that you and your Donor are on the same page.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

3 Ways Moms Are Finding New Ways to Deal with Deadly Hunger

A nutritious diet, essential to a strong start in life, is a universal priority for mothers around the globe. Yet, access to all the elements that build nutrition in young children - healthy, diverse diets; clean water; good hygiene practices, and more - is anything but universal. 

After years of decline, global hunger is now on the rise: the latest reports indicate that some 821 million people suffer from hunger. Due to conflict, climate change, and economic shocks, millions of moms struggle daily to give their children what they need to thrive and survive.