Special Reports

Feb 8, 2016

Trend Spotter: Clear and Meaningful Responsibilities Ease Board Recruitment Challenges

For all nonprofit organizations, board members play important role in the work that they do. Most Trend Spotters reported having good relationships with their board chairs, and many resources exist to help nonprofits improve the way the board functions.

Nov 3, 2015

Trend Spotter: What Keeps You Up At Night

As we resume our Trend Spotter reports, we are interested in what are the things executive directors are losing sleep over. These insomnia-inducing concerns will drive our upcoming Trend Spotter reports where we explore the causes and evidence-based solutions to help nonprofit executives hopefully sleep a little bit more easily going forward.

Dec 2, 2013

Trend Spotter: (Mis)Perceptions and challenges of nonprofit advocacy

Trend Spotters are more politically active than they think but face the challenges of limited staff, volunteers and financial resources to be engaged in the long process of influencing public policy.

Dec 1, 2013

Trend Spotter: Using social media

Many nonprofit organizations use their websites and social media to raise awareness about the work that they do. Even relatively small nonprofit organizations in North Carolina are using these tools to cultivate volunteers and appeal to donors, as well as the broader community. While most nonprofit organizations are focused mainly on using Facebook and their websites, some organizations are using Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube to reach out to their volunteers, donors and the broader community. Although nonprofits like that social media helps them publicize their events and activities and reach out to new audiences, many do not have the time, staff or capacity to effectively use and manage social media. Some wonder about the return on investment. The good news is that there are number of resources available to nonprofits who are interested in investing in the use of social media

Oct 8, 2013

U.S. Foundation giving reaches an estimated $50.9 billion in 2012

News release Even through a period of unpredictability in the national and global economic and political environment, domestic foundation giving has continued to grow at a moderate pace. According to Key Facts on U.S. Foundations, the Foundation Center‘s new annual research study, […]

Sep 30, 2013

Service learning’s ripple effect: Millennials and public service

Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that “integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.” Today, it has reached classrooms from kindergarten through college and beyond. But it got off the ground in the early ‘90s, which means that Millennials and service learning came of age together.

Aug 19, 2013

Trend Spotter: Managing volunteers in your nonprofit organization

The sixth Trend Spotter survey of small nonprofits in North Carolina finds that volunteers continue to play essential roles, especially in supporting fundraising efforts, but that it is difficult to recruit enough dedicated volunteers to support ongoing programs.

Jul 29, 2013

NC nonprofits fared well overall in this round of state tax changes

Nonprofit tax exemptions and incentives for charitable giving are at the heart of the bill overhauling North Carolina’s tax system, which Governor Pat McCrory signed into law last week.

Jul 15, 2013

Trend Spotter: Investing in staff and your nonprofit’s future

The fifth in an ongoing series of Trend Spotter surveys looks at attracting and retaining talented staff – not just to meet today’s needs, but to establish long-term success in serving constituents. Learn about the challenges and opportunities facing small North Carolina nonprofit organizations.

Jul 8, 2013

Millennials challenge status quo by redefining charity within the sector

Raleigh-based Activate Good applies Millennial approach of bypassing Band-aid solutions with the intent of addressing problems from the ground up.