There are hundreds of nonprofit related blogs out there, but do you ever wonder which ones everyone else is reading? We do, which is why we have compiled a list of the world’s most popular nonprofit blogs.

What we measure.

Scroll down past the list to learn how the rankings are computed and what the metrics mean as well as the answers to many more commonly asked questions.

Don’t see a blog you think should be on here? Let us know.

Spring/Summer 2015 Edition

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Top 150 Nonprofit Blogs

RankBlog NameAlexa Global RankOSE Page AuthorityOSE Linking Root DomainsGoogle PagerankTwitter Followers
1 Huffpost Impact 97 87 283 7 @HuffPostImpact - 96.2K
2 Beth's Blog 135,454.00 75 1,158 6 @KANTER - 405K
3 Nonprofit Quarterly 95,675.00 73 552 6 @npquarterly - 77.4K
4 The Nonprofit Times 141,740.00 81 1,240 6 @nonprofittimes - 79.5K
5 Blackbaud Forums 20,157.00 70 245 6 @blackbaud - 23.2K
6 Shareable 114,134.00 78 1,230 6 @shareable - 23.3K
7 Skoll World Forum (Social Entrepreneurship) 229,000.00 67 391 6 @SkollWorldForum - 461K
8 Nonprofit Tech for Good 110,649.00 62 335 5 @nonprofitorgs - 761K
9 Stanford Social Innovation Review Blog 65,864.00 72 80 6 @SSIReview - 81.5K
10 About.com Nonprofit Charitable Orgs 138 72 283 6 @joannefritz - 7539
11 NTEN Connect Blog 73,138.00 71 136 5 @ntenorg - 23.3K
12 JustGiving 12,152.00 60 58 6 @JustGiving - 96.9K
13 Nonprofit Marketing Blog (Network for Good) 370,739.00 66 441 6 @Network4Good - 51.4K
14 World Vision Blog 46,128.00 59 81 5 @WorldVisionUSA - 360K
15 Knight Foundation 81,714.00 69 47 6 @knightfdn - 90.5K
16 Human Capital (RWJF) 76,496.00 78 40 6 @rwjf - 72.2K
17 GuideStar Blog 16,308.00 60 40 7 @guidestarusa - 55.6K
18 Charity Navigator Blog 28,076.00 59 59 6 @CharityNav - 44K
19 Connection Cafe 141,953.00 69 151 5 @Blackbaud - 23.2K
20 Socialbrite 124,194.00 64 300 5 @socialbrite - 15K
21 Pioneering Ideas (RWJF) 76,496.00 76 26 6 @rwjf - 72.2K
22 Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog 155,554.00 64 269 5 @kivilm - 14.8K
23 Chronicle of Philanthropy's Blogs 46,369.00 66 17 6 @philanthropy - 157K
24 Feeding America 72,893.00 58 46 5 @feedingamerica - 144K
25 John Haydon 119,269.00 63 438 0 @johnhaydon - 50K
26 Getting Attention 345,304.00 61 328 6 @nancyschwartz - 11.5K
27 Techsoup Blogs 33,031.00 60 30 5 @TechSoup - 37.5K
28 Culture of Health (RWJF) 76,496.00 73 18 5 @rwjf - 72.2K
29 SocialEarth 540,520.00 59 171 5 @socialearth - 27.2K
30 Fundraising Success 232,543.00 63 208 5 @non_profit_pro - 9292
31 EJewish Philanthropy 309,116.00 61 189 5 @eJPhil - 12.3K
32 Netsquared, an Initiative of TechsoupGlobal.org Blogs 299,442.00 65 93 6 @netsquared - 12.9K
33 OSOCIO Weblog 424,982.00 62 410 6 @osocio - 7694
34 Inspiring Generosity (Razoo) 34,165.00 55 58 5 @razoo - 14.4K
35 PND - Philanthropy News Digest 92,589.00 70 62 0 @pndblog - 35.6K
36 Philantopic 789,851.00 65 56 6 @pndblog - 35.6K
37 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 37,629.00 66 4 7 @gatesfoundation - 14.7M
38 Idealist Blog 7,511.00 50 20 6 @idealist - 87.8K
39 The Fundraising Coach 396,371.00 58 313 4 @marcapitman - 11.3K
40 Work In Progress (Hewlett Foundation) 285,479.00 66 17 6 @Hewlett_Found - 30.4K
41 Pam Moore "The Marketing Nut" 138,914.00 52 43 3 @pammktgnut - 237K
42 Frogloop.com (Care2) 437,950.00 59 204 5 @care2frogloop - 7 137
43 Engaging Volunteers 20,971.00 52 11 7 @VolunteerMatch - 32.6K
44 Pioneers Post 789,943.00 57 181 5 @pioneerspost - 13K
45 Fired Up Fundraising 361,984.00 53 156 4 @GailPerrync - 12.8K
46 1% for the Planet 472,272.00 65 33 5 @1PercentFTP - 17.1K
47 Philanthropy 2173; The Business of Giving 3,338,254.00 66 264 5 @p2173 - 14.6K
48 Amy Sample Ward's Version of NP Tech 2,076,781.00 55 172 6 @amyrsward - 17.9K
49 The GiveWell Blog 152,995.00 57 54 5 @GiveWell - 9 332
50 Pamela Grow (Fundraising) 793,180.00 52 140 4 @pamelagrow - 20.8K
51 Measuring to Improve 72,273.00 56 17 4 @BridgespanGroup - 23.3K
52 Research and Results 139,945.00 69 5 6 @macfound - 67.4K
53 Tactical Philanthropy 1,882,328.00 61 140 6 @tactphil - 9 646
54 Wild Apricot Blog (RSS 2.0) 44,356.00 67 68 6 @WildApricot - 1482
55 Community Organizer 2.0 1,177,173.00 54 150 6 @askdebra - 10.1K
56 The Fundraising Authority 208,001.00 54 91 5 @fundraisingauth - 5 169
57 Servicespace 112,754.00 50 23 5 @servicespace - 22.5K
58 Future Fundraising Now 567,636.00 54 167 5 @jeffbrooks - 5 862
59 Center for Effective Philanthropy 611,281.00 58 61 5 @CEPData - 10.7K
60 NCVO 459,432.00 58 17 5 @NCVO - 41.2K
61 Globalgiving Blog 60,421.00 46 15 5 @globalgiving - 91.2K
62 Nonprofit Hub 122,928.00 53 76 4 @NPhub - 5 313
63 Social Fish 440,946.00 62 249 5 @socialfish - 2 300
64 Case Foundation 346,892.00 54 8 6 @casefoundation - 515K
65 101Fundraising 755,379.00 49 101 4 @101fundraising - 16.6K
66 Social Impact 108,647.00 54 40 4 @wssocialimpact - 5 842
67 First Giving Blog 43,296.00 52 11 6 @FirstGiving - 11.6K
68 The Razoo Blog 34,165.00 51 9 6 @razoo - 14.4K
69 Ad Libbing (Ad Council) 911,741.00 52 35 6 @adcouncil - 16.4K
70 A Fine Blog 1,806,024.00 51 122 5 @afine - 13.9K
71 Have Fun, Do Good 2,791,812.00 61 228 4 @BBravo - 6 338
72 Markets for Good 933,764.00 57 112 5 @MarketsForGood - 4 433
73 Associations Now 137,221.00 61 16 5 @associationsnow - 5 430
74 The Agitator 244,229.00 57 214 5 @AgitatorEditors - 1425
75 Duck Call 335,940.00 53 27 5 @bigduck - 7 703
76 Black Gives Back 2,400,124.00 52 120 6 @blkgivesback - 8 465
77 Broad Institute 41,787.00 65 9 0 @broadinstitute - 13.6K
78 The Knowledge Hopper (Bridgespan) 72,273.00 52 4 5 @BridgespanGroup - 23.3K
79 J Campbell Social Media 528,804.00 48 114 3 @juliacsocial - 7 870
80 Equals Change (Ford Foundation) 111,021.00 64 5 0 @FordFoundation - 69K
81 Pamela's Grantwriting Blog 1,392,608.00 47 77 4 @pamelagrow - 20.8K
82 Not Impossible Now 627,381.00 58 314 0 @notimposs - 3539
83 Refugees International 1,499,362.00 55 16 5 @RefugeesIntl - 23.9K
84 Nonprofit Law Blog 491,348.00 51 91 4 @gtak - 3 989
85 Keeping a Close Eye (National Committee for Repsonsive Philanthropy) 1,067,660.00 52 24 5 @NCRP - 13.2K
86 The Fine Print 641,521.00 68 37 0 @foreffectivegov - 7 151
87 The Causemopolitan 3,505,815.00 49 132 4 @sloane - 14.6K
88 Inside Philanthropy 10,407,896.00 56 69 5 @phijo - 23.8K
89 Rahim Kanani 161 60 8 5 @rahimkanani - 2 824
90 Social Velocity 550,037.00 50 44 4 @nedgington - 6 381
91 Philanthropy Potluck (Minnesota Council On Foundations) 697,586.00 52 25 6 @FollowMCF - 5 141
92 Fundraiser Grrl 753,540.00 49 54 3 @RoryJMGreen - 7720
93 Breaking News From Third Sector 136,761.00 45 6 4 @ThirdSector - 59.2K
94 Ken's Commentary 4,029,803.00 51 109 6 @kenscommentary - 5 652
95 Donor Driven 56,562.00 60 31 0 @donordriven - 1914
96 AFP Blog: Recent News of Note 3,956,359.00 52 36 5 @AFPIHQ - 13K
97 A Small Change 1,619,780.00 52 113 6 @infosmallchange - 1963
98 Nolo's Fundraising Tips For Busy Nonprofits 5,043.00 47 13 4 @NoloLaw - 4 307
99 Bloomberg Philanthropies 368,332.00 59 4 0 @bloombergdotorg - 66.7K
100 TopNonprofits 110,136.00 45 55 4 @top_nonprofits - 2 248
101 Grant Writing Confidential 3,079,812.00 41 103 4 @SeligerGrants - 14.3K
102 Dowser NA 59 187 6 @dowserDOTorg - 5 669
103 Vistas: Geri Stengel's Blog 454,402.00 43 14 3 @Ventureneer - 28.2K
104 Bad Rap Blog 4,763,936.00 53 73 3 @BADRAPorg - 8 446
105 Trippoint Fundraising 1,085,524.00 47 103 5 @AmyEisenstein - 2773
106 Ahern Donor Communications 1,416,475.00 49 155 4 @thattomahern - 2 355
107 Geoff Livingston 97 50 2 0 @geoffliving - 20.6K
108 Nonprofit Capacity Building 67,855.00 59 9 5 @FreeMgmtLibrary - 1365
109 Public Sector Marketing 2.0 1,320,731.00 43 77 4 @mikekujawski - 5 154
110 Rosetta Thurman 384,862.00 40 12 4 @rosettathurman - 17.9K
111 Jamie Notter 2,576,457.00 48 52 4 @jamienotter - 7 046
112 Clairification 1,030,626.00 49 63 3 @charityclairity - 2 861
113 #fundchat 1,399,711.00 45 52 3 @fundchat - 5 816
114 Volunteering News & Trends 101,590.00 48 9 4 @volunteerhub - 3 576
115 Donor Power Blog 6,399,682.00 52 100 4 @merkleCRM - 3 979
116 Look To The Stars News 123,867.00 43 4 5 @looktothestars - 9 936
117 Tall Skinny Kiwi 3,205,521.00 45 98 3 @tallskinnykiwi - 5 420
118 Allison Jones 5,595,040.00 51 57 4 @ajlovesya - 5 705
119 DonorPefect Blog 230,996.00 51 17 5 @donorperfect - 1460
120 Exceptional Boards (Board Source) 5,354,339.00 44 26 5 @BoardSource - 16.9K
121 Step By Step Fundraising 822,769.00 49 126 4 @sbsfundraising - 691
122 Lodestar Center Blog 3,458.00 44 10 4 @ASULodestar - 2 300
123 Social Butterfly 8,399,066.00 45 98 5 @socialbttrfly - 5 750
124 Lessons I Learned 4,529,694.00 44 74 4 @danielapapi - 5 182
125 Justice for All 3,489,715.00 43 98 3 @akhilak - 4 478
126 MRSS Labs 210,078.00 47 19 0 @MRCampaigns - 3 128
127 For Impact 3,334,632.00 46 90 4 @forimpact - 2 426
128 Service Nation 1,230,873.00 43 4 5 @ServiceNation - 15K
129 Stay Classy 2,368,083.00 59 59 5 @stayclassysd - 25
130 Marketing For Nonprofits 11,172,095.00 48 73 5 @jocelynharmon - 3 954
131 The School For Social Entrepeneurs 1,019,703.00 43 4 3 @SchSocEnt - 22.3K
132 Blog: Fundraising for Nonprofits 67,855.00 51 7 3 @FreeMgmtLibrary - 1365
133 Get Fully Funded 1,258,350.00 41 16 3 @SandyRees - 6 798
134 UK Fundraising 350,252.00 38 9 0 @ukfundraising - 14.9K
135 Nonprofit Technology News 2,545,131.00 44 41 5 @NPTechNews - 2 409
136 Event 360 1,038,094.00 41 16 6 @Event360 - 2 987
137 Connectivity 207,353.00 55 14 0 @CQConnectivity - 1389
138 Robert Egger 5,166,315.00 44 27 3 @robertegger - 7 892
139 Cool Data Blog 1,423,365.00 51 47 3 @kevinmacdonell - 835
140 Packard Foundation 315,867.00 52 3 6 @PackardFdn - 1591
141 NP Communicator 1,332,773.00 46 15 4 @npcommunicator - 3 186
142 Cause 4 Opinion 1,879,966.00 45 68 3 @officialcause4 - 1419
143 Living and Giving 3,937,523.00 49 48 4 @pamelahawley - 1693
144 Cliff Notes: Government, Nonprofits and Philanthropy (Bridgespan) 72,273.00 27 1 4 @BridgespanGroup - 23.3K
145 ReCharity 1,501,074.00 38 38 4 @bradyjosephson - 2 441
146 Mission Connected Blog 387,434.00 43 5 4 @ExecSearches - 3 540
147 BLOOM 4,751,996.00 54 58 6 @HBKidsHospital - 5
148 Asian Philanthropy Forum 3,849,746.00 41 113 4 @asiangiving - 1439
149 CatchaFire 1,276,813.00 31 8 5 @catchafire - 15.6K
150 Together We Flourish 16,171,795.00 40 67 3 @togetherwf - 9 010


FAQ :: Can you explain the metrics? 

  • Traffic – Alexa Global Rank (AR)
    Alexa’s traffic rankings are based on the usage patterns of Alexa Toolbar users and data collected from other, diverse sources over a rolling 3 month period. A site’s ranking is based on a combined measure of reach and pageviews. Reach is determined by the number of unique Alexa users who visit a site on a given day. Pageviews are the total number of Alexa user URL requests for a site. However, multiple requests for the same URL on the same day by the same user are counted as a single pageview. The site with the highest combination of users and pageviews is ranked #1.
  • Buzz Depth – Open Site Explorer Homepage Authority (PA)
    Predicts the website’s homepage ranking in search engines based on an algorithmic combination of the number of sites linking to it, the total number of links, Facebook shares & likes, tweets, and Google +1s.
  • Buzz Scope – Open Site Explorer Linking Root Domains (RD)
    The number of unique root domains containing at least one url linking to the website’s homepage.
  • Google’s Opinion – Google PageRank (PR) 
    PageRank relies on the uniquely democratic nature of the web by using its vast link structure as an indicator of an individual page’s value. In essence, Google interprets a link from page A to page B as a vote, by page A, for page B. But, Google looks at more than the sheer volume of votes, or links a page receives; it also analyzes the page that casts the vote. Votes cast by pages that are themselves “important” weigh more heavily and help to make other pages “important.”
  • Twitter Followers – Social Following
    Though follower counts aren’t a perfect measure of social media authority, they are certainly a great indication and are the easiest to understand and measure. These numbers can be found by going to the primary twitter pages associated with a blog. If a blog is associated with multiple accounts on a single social network, we only count the largest as this eliminates inflation caused by duplicate followers.

FAQ :: How was the list computed?

  1. Over 300 blogs were reviewed in a preliminary screening to determine if they meet the criteria of posting frequency, and definition of a nonprofit blog.
  2. Around 230 blogs qualified.
  3. Data was collected for each blog from all 5 measured criteria (i.e., Alexa Rank, Open Site Explorer Page Authority, Open Site Explorer Linked Root Domains, Google PageRank, and Twitter Followers).
  4. With the exception of Google Pagerank (see below), the blogs were sorted best to worst for each metric and ranked 1-230. Blogs with the same metric value tied in rank with subsequent blogs taking their true rank (e.g., rank = 1, 2, 3, 3, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9).
  5. For Google Pagerank, a weighted value of 15 is given to each blog as their rank (i.e., PR7 = 15, PR6 = 30, PR5 = 45, PR4 = 60, etc.). This approach gives more stable and consistent rankings.
  6. A composite rank for each blog is determined by averaging each blogs ranking from the 5 measured criteria.
  7. The top 150 blogs were published.

FAQ :: Are these metrics reliable?

Once a blog meets the topical criteria, it is objectively measured by 5 website metrics that are difficult to cheat and relatively consistent across all blogs. The metrics aren’t perfect, but it is the best formula we’ve found thus far. Check out Moz’s analysis on the reliability of Alexa and Compete traffic analytics. While imperfect, there isn’t a better alternative outside of the time consuming process of getting several hundred bloggers to all use the same analytics software and participate in reporting data (impossible!).

FAQ :: Why aren’t there any large nonprofit organization blogs listed?

For the time being, we have chosen to keep this list focused on blogs targeting the nonprofit sector as a whole and not just the interests of a single organization. We may create a separate list for these org’s blogs at some point in the future.