Stephen Nill founded CharityChannel in 1992 as a means of connecting his nonprofit hospital chain's fund development staff over the Internet to their colleagues at other organizations. That first discussion community grew into what is today the oldest and largest community of third-sector professionals in the world, comprised of well over 100,000 participants worldwide. He has been working in the US and international third sector for more than four decades. He has served as the Chief Development Officer at a major Southern California university, the CEO of a large health care foundation, a senior vice-president of fund development of a U.S. west-coast nonprofit hospital chain, as a founder and acting director of development of a parochial school in his community, and as a founder of an organization dedicated to providing food and clothing for homeless persons.

Stephen enjoys composing symphonic and choir music at wee hours of the morning in his studio. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Janet, and his golden retriever, Gypsy.

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Do your peers consider you a master practitioner?

For the next few minutes, I want you to suspend all modesty and answer this question: Do your peers consider you a master practitioner? Do you?

Listen to the Podcast: Ted Hart Interviews Kent Stroman re The Intentional Board

I've just posted a podcast from today's interview by Ted Hart of Kent Stroman, author of the new book, The Intentional Board.

Two Minutes to the Sound of Silence

Did you hear the news? The Doomsday clock is now just two minutes to midnight. Midnight is an atomic nightmare that none of us wants to even think about. My first grandchild is about to be born, baby Stetson Thorp. That got me to thinking. How could I possibly explain this to him, once he…

Podcast: Darin Martin is interviewed by CharityChannel's Stephen Nill

Darin Martin first came to my attention in April, 2017 when he contributed an excellent blog post, Aid Distribution Programs: Good for Nonprofits, Donors, and the Poor and then, in May, 2017, his follow-on post, How Nonprofits Can Avoid Reinventing the Square Wheel. Both posts show how nonprofits that distribute aid can leverage their effectiveness several times over…

Goodbye, Becki Shawver

I am saddened to report the passing yesterday of Rebecca Vermillion Shawver, editor of CharityChannel’s Grants and Foundations Review and contributor of a trove of tell-it-like-it-is articles on grantsmanship. Becki had been bravely battling brain cancer.

That thunderclap you just heard was The Donor Lifecycle Map being released

That thunderclap you just heard is Deborah Kaplan Polivy’s just-released book, The Donor Lifecycle Map: A Model for Success (CharityChannel Press, 2017).