The view from Nonprofit Street in 2011—our top-rated posts

By Katy Snyder, JVA Consulting

Last year was a busy year on our blog, and we saw some themes emerge in the types of topics that were most popular. We thought we’d share some themes that we saw this year with you, and give you a chance to let us know what you’d like to see in 2012.

Guest blogging. Our most-read story of the year was our guest blogger contest, in which six nonprofit professionals submitted blogs. Readers voted, and Abby Landmeier emerged victorious, winning a one-year JVA Training Subscription for her blog on young nonprofit professionals and the economy. Click here to read the rest of the entries in our guest blogger contest.

Celebrity foundations (or really anything about celebrities). Our second most popular story last year is also one of our all-time most popular stories: Leona Helmsley’s foundation to support more than dogs. Apparently, the fact that Helmsley, who was known for her devotion to her dogs, bequeathed most of her $5.2 billion fortune to charities that work with dogs, and $12 million in a trust for her own dog, was fascinating to a lot of readers. Perhaps more interesting and controversial to some who commented on the story was a judge’s ruling to lower the amount given to Helmsley’s dog (the dog still got $2 million, which isn’t too shabby), and the shift in the Helmsley Foundation’s priorities to fund areas other than canines.

Stories about Steve Jobs and Greg Mortenson also garnered a lot of hits, and, more locally, a story on the Flobots and their work to help youth through their nonprofit,, also generated a lot of buzz.

Nonprofit career advice. Apparently, the reports that nonprofit jobs are on the upswing are true, because a lot of you read our career advice columns for nonprofits, especially: Great advice for starting a new job and Ask Amber: Tips for starting your nonprofit career. Both offer practical advice for those in or seeking a career in the sector.

Nonprofits in the news. Timely stuff continues to be popular. Nonprofits and the Occupy Wall Street movement, nonprofits and government limits on executive directors’ salaries, etc. For 2012, we are seeing this trend again, with lots of interest in our blogs on the Komen debacle and takeway lessons for nonprofits.

As 2012 swings into full gear, we’d like to know what stories you’d like to see on Nonprofit Street. More stories on celebrity foundations? Guest blogs? Timely stories on what is going on in the U.S. and the world? Let us know by leaving a comment below.


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