By: Sindre Carlsen
This past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many people to turn to nonprofits for much-needed help. With little notice, nonprofits saw their responsibilities skyrocket while revenue streams took great hits. Income from government contracts dropped and fundraising events were cancelled. Consequently, many nonprofits have seen their operations greatly reduced if not terminated. This situation highlights how important it is for nonprofits to develop effective and robust funding models. …
By: Aneesh Patel
Over a year ago, the first case of COVID-19 was detected. Since then, the pathogen has wasted no time proliferating across the world and radically changing economic markets, social interactions, and business operations. A pandemic of this caliber was unprecedented, unexpected, and unforgiving for nonprofit organizations, in particular threatening financial revenue streams, outreach and employment strategies, and ability to provide services. The survival of organizations lacking digitally-resilient operations was at risk if they did not effectively adapt to the changes brought upon by COVID-19 by transitioning to a digital environment.
By: Aneesh Patel
The COVID-19 pandemic has opened our eyes to the fact that a stable Internet connection, reliable access to technological resources, and digital literacy are not luxuries, but necessities. Unfortunately, many individuals in rural or low-income communities are digitally disadvantaged, lacking resources and literacy. The resulting disparities between these marginalized populations and those who benefit from their technological resources is referred to as the “Digital Divide.” This article explores how non-profit organizations have been working to bridge these discrepancies in technological access and education in order to democratize the power of technology.
By: Mansi Seth
“Advocacy” and “lobbying” are words commonly avoided by nonprofits. Many organizations steer clear of advocacy out of fear that they’ll come off as “too radical” or “too political.” Nonprofit leaders recognize that it’s important to have an active voice in larger conversations about their communities, but they’re discouraged by the potential repercussions. Fear of risking their organization’s tax-exempt status or losing donor funding can understandably deter nonprofits from speaking out, but fear alone shouldn’t be the reason nonprofits fail to take action. …
By: Shaheer Sandhu
What are Student Information Systems (SIS)
Higher Ed Student Information Systems (SIS) store, track, and use student data that then allows faculty to manage university operations. This data includes grades, financial aid, admissions info, etc. that is all being used in a central service that is the SIS. Examples of traditional functions of SIS include registering students for courses, dispersing financial aid, and building student schedules. …
By: Tanushree Jain
Over the past decade, it is evident that the proliferation of the fossil fuel industry has exacerbated the climate crisis. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that human activities have caused global temperatures to rise about 1℃. This poses a great threat as scientists have deemed the point of no return to be an average temperature increase of 1.5℃.
We have seen the effects of global warming through the wave of mass extinction, natural disasters, and massive amounts of devastation. Yet, climate change has also unveiled the systemic racism ingrained into this country’s DNA.
By: Jeffrey Shen
The Bay Area is known to be a wealthy, successful, and prosperous region nestled into coastal Northern California. The region inhabits many of the largest and most successful tech corporations in the world, with giants like Facebook, Google, and Amazon coming to mind. For many it is seen as the embodiment of an advanced and fruitful future, a location everyone wants to live and work in. However, situated under the gleam and shine of six figure tech salaries, prestigious universities, and seemingly endless amounts of capital is an insidious underbelly, which once exposed, reveals jarring realities —…
By: Leo Wang
The modern, capitalist economy that we know of today is predominantly driven by private, for-profit firms. It is based on transactional, self-interested relationships between consumers and producers who seek no other goal other than to fulfill their own selfish needs. While this objective and traditional characterization is indeed accurate, it neglects the expanding role of an increasingly influential group of firms: non-profit organizations. Not only do nonprofits like Amnesty International, Red Cross, UNICEF, and Covenant House further virtuous societal goals, but also benefit the economy in unique ways researchers far too often overlook. How do these entities…
By: Tanushree Jain
Part 1: Understanding the Problem
Over the past 10 years, the nonprofit sector has grown by 20%. This rise in the number of nonprofit organizations coupled with the drop in government funding has created a market where nonprofits are competing to attract donors. While people believe that nonprofits tend to be more ethical than for-profit companies, the concern lies with the quality of care. This poses a question of legitimacy to the nonprofit. It becomes crucial for nonprofits to establish their credibility and legitimacy in order to have a better chance at increasing their funding.