Defining roles for volunteers and why it matters

By: Heather Davidson Activate and Grow Your Volunteer Network  Nonprofits are the safety nets of our communities—weaving the protections that support our most vulnerable. Organizations are asked to solve complex systemic issues requiring time, capacity, and resources. Few resources are as invaluable and transformative in nonprofits as dedicated volunteers. Driven by passion and a desire […]

Being fully present and appreciating the past are key to mindfulness

Jessica in Vietnam on boat in canal

By: Jessica Munday | jess@thrivewithcloud9.com Cloud Nine Nonprofit Advisors, Co-Founder Last year, my business partner stepped away from the daily grind to participate in a mission trip in the Bahamas. She returned with a profound new perspective: “Be where your feet are.” Her reflections on being fully present resonated with me, and whenever the opportunity […]

Wave of Change: MacKenzie Scott’s ‘Yield Giving’ Campaign and Its $640 Million Impact

By: Kelly O’Neill Giving back to the community isn’t just a statement for MacKenzie Scott—it’s a commitment she’s wholeheartedly embraced. Scott is a strong advocate for philanthropy and has dedicated herself to donating her wealth to non-profit organizations through her Yield Giving Campaign over the past year. In March of 2024, Scott gave out $640 […]

How to Maximize Your Nonprofit’s Strategic Plan: A Guide for Broader Impact

By: Jessica Rodriguez and Jessica Munday Often, nonprofits exist without a strategic plan, going against guiding principles and best practices. If you don’t have a strategic plan, we highly recommend you start there. However, a number of nonprofits have invested the necessary time to create a valuable roadmap for their organization, creating a guide for […]

Top 3 Best Practices in Fundraising

By: Rachel Sylvester What constitutes effective fundraising practices? The answer can vary among nonprofit organizations, and strategies can include soliciting donations, volunteer outreach, or selecting the optimal fundraising tools. Each of these strategies contributes to the set of best practices in fundraising for nonprofit organizations, and if you had to take away just three, these […]

Turning Scrolls into Goals: How Nonprofits are Using TikTok for a Cause

By: Rachel Sylvester As the fundraising landscape evolves, nonprofits are searching for fresh and engaging ways to drum up support. Enter social media: a powerhouse for boosting visibility and rallying support for charitable causes. TikTok has emerged as a beloved favorite among these digital giants, especially among the Gen Z and Millennial crowds. A growing […]

Notable Nonprofit Sector Stories in 2023 from around the Globe

The year 2023 has been a remarkable period for the nonprofit sector, with organizations around the globe making significant strides in various fields. Here are 9 stories that stood out for their innovation, impact and inspiration. “United for Climate”: The Global Climate Action Coalition – Spearheaded by Green Earth Alliance (USA) and Climate Action Network […]

Building Effective, Healthy Nonprofit Boards

Are you wanting to elevate your nonprofit to new heights? Have you had the same board members for years? Do personal agendas overshadow the organization’s mission? It may be time to take a look at the composition of your board to make sure you follow the guiding principles and best practices. According to the Standards […]

Sustainable Growth: Strengthening Nonprofits Through Strategic Investment

By: Jessica Munday, Jessica Rodriguez and Heather Davidson In the world of nonprofits, pursuing financial sustainability should take center stage as an essential driver for long-term success. While the term ‘strategic investment’ may initially seem at odds with the altruistic mission of these organizations, a shift in perspective reveals that a focus on strategic investment […]

8 reasons why guiding principles and best practices matter

By: Jessica Munday, Cloud 9 Co-Founder & Partner Jessica is passionate about this topic and was an advisor with Together SC to author several editions of South Carolina’s Guiding Principles and Best Practices for Nonprofits. If systems set you free, following guiding principles and best practices gives you the framework and guardrails to operate so […]