With the end of summer approaching and a busy fall right around the corner, it’s a good time to look at some of the trends in the nonprofit sector. How does your experience mesh with what these bloggers are seeing? Leave a comment and take part in the conversation.

It’s All About Social Media

The biggest trend (or at least the one people are talking most about) is how nonprofits can use social media. Michelle Murrain at Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology admits she was rather curmudgeonly about social media initially, but now that a broader range of people are using it (not just 20-something and tech geeks), she believes social media will be a major part of online communications, thus nonprofits need to be there.

Just take a look at all the panel titles related to nonprofits and social media being considered for next year’s SXSW conference on Beth’s Blog. Jordan Viator at Connection Cafe highlights several great case studies on how nonprofits are putting social media to work for good and Norman Reiss at Nonprofit Bridge discusses the concept of groundswell – where people use technology like social media to connect directly, rather than going through traditional institutions.

What’s Happening in Fundraising

Jason Dick at A Small Change – Fundraising Blog applauds the trends of multi-year grants and more strategic giving by foundations. Phil Cubeta at Gift Hub also sees some big trends in philanthropy, including the role financial advisers play in gift-making decisions.

Randal Mason at Fundraising Breakthroughs was surprised to learn just how big the giving circles concept has become.

Nonprofits who work with the elderly, disabled, and other groups that have traditionally relied on subsidized housing can expect some big changes in how they are funded as government gets out of the housing business, says Jane at FIO Partners Perspectives.

What’s Not Hot, But Should Be?

Katya Andresen at Nonprofit Marketing Blog says great photos on nonprofit websites should be trend, even thought it’s not yet.

Melanie Guin at Adventures in Good Governance says strategic planning, not good intentions, is what’s needed in the nonprofit sector.

Aaron Hurst at Pro Bono Junkie’s Blog says that the nonprofit sector needs to invest more into getting good data, rather than relying on thin, faux data that creates misleading conclusions.

This is the first edition of the new format for the Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants. You’ll find the same great roundups as always, but now just twice a month. The September 2 edition will be hosted by A Small Change, with the September 15 edition at FIO Partners Perspectives. See you there!

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