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Research Alert: New Study Explores Program Factors That Influence Early Match Closures

By Mike Garringer (MENTOR National), National Mentoring Resource Center We are happy to announce that some innovative original research developed by the National Mentoring Resource Center has been accepted into the journal Prevention Science and published earlier this year. Research Board members Sam McQuillin (Univ. of South Carolina) and Michael Lyons (Univ. of Virginia) led […]

Co-Creating for Impact: Five Steps to More Responsive Youth Programming

By Linda Fogarty, International Youth Foundation It’s easy—and fashionable—to talk about engaging youth in development programming, but it’s much harder to make it happen. Everyone agrees it’s important, but commitment to meaningful youth engagement falls short without a strong plan and a structure for true collaboration. Developmental Evaluation (DE) is one solution. First proposed by […]

New research recommends targeted approach to seeking donations

Posted to Futurity by Matthew Biddle Charities and nonprofits can increase engagement and revenue by suggesting the right donation levels, according to new research. Setting a low suggested amount increased the total number of donations, the study found. Conversely, setting a high default amount increased the average amount donors gave, but resulted in fewer contributions overall. […]

The “warm-glow” theory of giving to others: Implications for mentoring programs

by Jean Rhodes Why do people give their precious time and resources to strangers? Is it pure altruism or are there other motivational forces at work? This is an intriguing question that has implications for our efforts to encourage volunteerism and charitable donations. Fortunately, a growing number of scholars have focused on non-profit organizations as an […]