Announcing November’s Carnival of Giving: “What Business Practices Should Nonprofits Adopt to Maximize Their Resources?”


I am proud to be hosting November’s Carnival of Giving. Our question this month is: “What business practices should nonprofits adopt to maximize their resources?”

We know from research and experience that the private sector is far more adept at handling resources than the public sector. What can we as nonprofit organizations learn from for-profits in how we conceptualize and manage our organizations?

Should we think about ways to offer our employees better incentives? Should we require our managers and directors to have degrees in the field? Should we partner more deeply? Display our image more prominently? Use social media tools more expansively?

I can’t wait to hear what you think.

How to Participate

Please send me your responses via e-mail to mnorton [at] and include:

  • Your name
  • The name of your blog
  • The title of your article
  • A link

If you don’t have a blog, you can leave me a comment below or e-mail me your article and tell me how to credit you.

Please submit your contribution by Monday, November 26th and I will post shortly thereafter. I know it’s tricky this month with Thanksgiving coming early in America, but I am really excited to hear your ideas on this question.

If you don’t get time to write a full post, send me a note and tell me your thoughts- consider it an electronic postcard.

Encouraging New Participants


Help spread the word by posting news of the Carnival in your blog and telling your friends, especially those who are new to blogging or might not know of us yet.

You can even tell your off-line colleagues and encourage them to write in. All entries will be published.

If you have participated in the Carnival of Giving previously, then I have your contact information and will be sending you a reminder by e-mail in the coming days.

Please spread the word to get as many quality entries as possible so that we can have a good conversation.

Bonus Points

Head over to Tactical Philanthropy’s One Post Challenge to promote conversations in philanthropy among bloggers and foundations.

On your mark, get set, write!

Photo Credit

Photos sourced from here and here with thanks.

12 Responses to Announcing November’s Carnival of Giving: “What Business Practices Should Nonprofits Adopt to Maximize Their Resources?”

  1. […] Announcing November’s Carnival of Giving « The New Jew The Giving Carnival is coming to town again. And our host Maya is specifically looking for new participants. She even gives a shout out to the One Post Challenge. (tags: blog) […]

  2. […] What private-sector practices do you think non-profits should adopt? Submit your answer here. […]

  3. This is a great post!

    My immediate response to the headline question is to use Google Checkout to take donations! Its free for non-profits until 2009.

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  5. […] Get to know the bloggers in your niche through commenting, linking, joining blog communities (like Building a Better Blog) and participating in carnivals (like the Carnival of Giving). […]

  6. […] November question for the Giving Carnival is: “What business practices should nonprofits adopt to maximize their […]

  7. Anonymous says:

    Excellent post. Keep it up!

  8. If you ever want to read a reader’s feedback 🙂 , I rate this post for 4/5. Detailed info, but I have to go to that damn yahoo to find the missed bits. Thank you, anyway!

    • Maya Norton says:

      Well I’m not sure it meets the criteria of “missing bits” since it was not intended to be an informative post, but sure, let’s hear your constructive feedback.

      ~ Maya

  9. […] is the link to the November Giving Carnival hosted by the great, Maya […]

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