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Resources for Nonprofit Leaders & Changemakers (May 2021)

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Hello Reader,

Welcome to the latest Resources for Nonprofit Leaders and Changemakers newsletter!

If this is your first time receiving this little newsletter: It's my newsletter series to share resources and opportunities I know about or find, the latest social impact news and trends, and more! It's designed to give you a boost, give you some ideas, and - I hope - fuel your change-making in whatever form it takes (nonprofit, social enterprise, special projects, etc.),

Check out my updates and resources below! (and see newsletter archives at the bottom of the page here.)

My Latest Updates

Videos for you: A nonprofit business plan can really help you clarify some things. In one of my most recent videos, I share 8 things you'll want to be sure to include in your nonprofit business plan: Check it out: How to Write a Nonprofit Business Plan

In case you missed it: My Nonprofit Idea to Official online training helps people at the very beginning of their journey to start a nonprofit in the USA validate their idea and conduct effective market research, define their signature program and brand, learn the steps to file for nonprofit status in the USA, and more. If you're interested, check out the course here. (I'll be launching my NEXT online training, Find and Grow Your Funding, soon, too!)

Stuff I'm reading: Social Impact News and Trends

  • What is Purchase Power? And why does it matter? Every time we shop, we vote with our wallets. Points of Light recently released research on civic engagement, and found that 41% of all adults and 59% of Gen Z have made buying decisions based on a company’s social responsibility. As leaders and changemakers, how can we improve the world through our own (or our organization's?) everyday purchases, too? Read the article to find out.
  • On Poetry and Leadership - Can poetry really improve your leadership of your organization and engage your team in unexpected ways? Check out "On Poetry and Leadership" and read one leader's take on this.

  • "Longtermism" is focusing your social change energy on long-term, systemic issues faced by the planet. But it can be hard to focus on the long-term future. Here's what one longtermist does to keep himself motivated to keep working on these big, daunting - but critical - issues.

Resources and Opportunities


Constellation’s Community Champions program - Small grants (up to $500) for projects, organizations, or initiatives focusing on education, environment, or youth. Next deadline May 15. Learn more about eligibility and apply here.

David Rockefeller Fund - The Fund provides support to non-profit organizations working in Arts, Criminal Justice, and Environment. They review brief 1-2 page Letters of Inquiry related to their program priorities on a rolling basis throughout the year. Learn more.


The Elevate Prize - Due May 5 (hurry!). $5 Million in funding and in-kind support will be dividing amongst the top 10 selected winners from around the world. The Elevate Prize is looking to amplify the next generation of social impact leaders who have a track record of impact, an inspiring story to tell, and a model that can scale. Learn more.

1Treellion - Grants to help organizations plant trees all over the globe. Learn more about the funder here, and access the application for funding here.

UNESCO Prize for Girls' and Women's Education - Nominations due May 26! the prize honors outstanding and innovative contributions made by individuals, institutions and organizations to advance girls’ and women’s education and includes a $50,000 prize to advance your work. Learn more here.

Keep changing the world!