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.

Top 150 Nonprofit Blogs [BETA]

Honorable Mention:

Fall 2013 Edition

RankBlog NameAlexa RankOSE Page AuthorityOSE Linking Root DomainsGoogle PagerankTwitter Followers
1PND - Philanthropy News Digest40172863977@pndblog - 21919
2Beth's Blog816677711956@KANTER - 403453
3The Nonprofit Times1491798112917@nonprofittimes - 43479
4Nonprofit Quarterly153675745506@npquarterly - 39751
5Katya's Non-profit Marketing Blog148262725536@Network4Good - 25892
6Skoll World Forum270573704986@SkollWorldForum - 438331
7GuideStar Blog1940064637@guidestarusa - 38617
8About.com Nonprofit Charitable Orgs85764066@joannefritz - 6118
9Stanford Social Innovation Review Blog10925973716@SSIReview - 46006
10SocialBrite89392683685@socialbrite - 14376
11Geoff Livingston236113634205@geoffliving - 18715
12World Vision Blog4473262785@WorldVisionUSA - 60052
13Charity Navigator Blog2808660646@CharityNav - 24074
14Feeding America4561161466@feedingamerica - 131989
15Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog184982673065@kivilm - 11533
16Connection Cafe15604663996@Blackbaud - 18409
17OSOCIO Weblog241405664316@osocio - 6875
18JustGiving1059562435@JustGiving - 76328
19Inspiring Generosity (Razoo)4067560746@razoo - 11603
20Fundly64312715225@Fundly - 3825
21Case Foundation Blog43397970605@casefoundation - 473598
22Rosetta Thurman466167613245@rosettathurman - 17941
23Netsquared248887691065@netsquared - 10315
24The GiveWell Blog186901641296@GiveWell - 6719
25SocialEarth367695581595@socialearth - 24564
26Idealist Blog1263360186@idealist - 63999
27Dowser443736662076@dowserDOTorg - 5719
28Philanthropy 21732911446693126@p2173 - 11698
29Getting Attention493068593845@nancyschwartz - 9423
30Philantopic170449865546@pndblog - 21919
31Selfish Giving565102602295@joewaters - 6484
32Community Organizer 2.0700951592195@askdebra - 8883
331% for the Planet25371265335@1PercentFTP - 10337
34Frogloop.com (Care2)394985542555@care2frogloop - 6719
35Stay Classy8822559395@stayclassysd - 8131
36EJewish Philanthropy505266551945@eJPhil - 7766
37Nonprofit Tech 2.0-643035@nonprofitorgs - 658200
38Pam Moore "The Marketing Nut"4296949403@pammktgnut - 175264
39Social Fish170295632515@socialfish - 1674
40Inside Philanthropy266327260845@phijo - 16076
41Black Gives Back1290676601245@blkgivesback - 6343
42Globalgiving Blog6159449156@globalgiving - 71170
43First Giving Blog5136254166@FirstGiving - 10100
44Measuring to Improve14749857155@BridgespanGroup - 15325
45Chronicle of Philanthropy's Blogs711535267@philanthropy - 100864
46Blackbaud Forums4350453145@blackbaud - 18409
47Pamela Grow (Fundraising)1250059531234@pamelagrow - 12241
48Refugees International102318961245@RefugeesIntl - 17513
49Fired Up Fundraising531398531244@GailPerrync - 8108
50Social Impact11805958544@wssocialimpact - 4721
51Engaging Volunteers3572948117@VolunteerMatch - 19754
52Broad Institute20326664146@broadinstitute - 6630
53Future Fundraising Now1071922571455@jeffbrooks - 4326
54Wild Apricot Blog (RSS 2.0)5559467426@WildApricot - 1044
55Breaking News From Third Sector1117715884@ThirdSector - 41710
56101Fundraising81443350734@101fundraising - 13640
57Servicespace31363250265@servicespace - 19101
58N Ten Connect Blog14783572151N/A@ntenorg - 16161
59Center for Effective Philanthropy154342759545@CEPData - 6229
60Blue Avacodo517439684245@ANonprofits - 81
61Donor Driven8498951165@donordrive - 9244
62Ad Libbing (Ad Council)241598855346@adcouncil - 13148
63Duck Call52132953635@bigduck - 5335
64The Agitator1005788622255@AgitatorEditors - 990
65The Fundraising Authority30182353834@fundraisingauth - 3201
66The Causemopolitan4190813511364@sloane - 12915
67Keeping a Close Eye194862557325@NCRP - 7048
68A Fine Blog225286053315@afine - 12429
69Marketing For Nonprofits2110124531015@jocelynharmon - 3764
70Gift Hub3601152604285@PhilCubeta - 1084
71Allison Jones258186955644@ajlovesya - 5309
72The Fundraising Coach48136361307N/A@marcapitman - 9895
73J Campbell Social Media44939646813@juliacsocial - 5904
74Tall Skinny Kiwi1766816491163@tallskinnykiwi - 5372
75The Razoo Blog406755043@razoo - 11813
76Ken's Commentary318266551516@kenscommentary - 4751
77Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital446700057645@BloorviewPR - 3860
78Social Butterfly3226665471115@socialbttrfly - 5752
79Philanthropy Potluck197881955336@FollowMCF - 3072
80Look To The Stars News1355355164@looktothestars - 7403
81Nonprofit Capacity Building14235164124@FreeMgmtLibrary - 1257
82A Small Change5583796571505@infosmallchange - 1932
83Associations Now24494757164@associationsnow - 2047
84Public Sector Marketing 2.0221863745844@mikekujawski - 4897
85Nonprofit Law Blog68508550364@gtak - 3316
86Wild Woman Fundraising155394848594@wildwomanfund - 3329
87For Impact170501248894@forimpact - 2318
88Nonprofit Hub28847747463@NPhub - 2533
89Have Fun, Do Good193007564281N/A@BBravo - 6353
90Lessons I Learned381876448884@danielapapi - 4184
91Jamie Notter298082950384@jamienotter - 5492
92TopNonprofits23551247523@vankorlaar - 1328
93Blog: Fundraising for Nonprofits1427735794@FreeMgmtLibrary - 1257
94Service Nation22906264975@ServiceNation - 13143
95UK Fundraising27541845103@ukfundraising - 9871
96Justice for All4308258451124@akhilak - 3799
97Event 36076764446245@Event360 - 2772
98Vistas: Geri Stengel's Blog57138147114@Ventureneer - 6268
99Wow! Goodwill207990151204@GoodwillSP - 3388
100Together We Flourish798881243893@togetherwf - 9415
101Deep Social Impact199009652305@TPIPhilanthropy - 1438
102MRSS Labs102661349224@MRCampaigns - 2350
103The School For Social Entrepeneurs9697044582@SchSocEnt - 14759
104Nolo's Fundraising Tips For Busy Nonprofits63693945@NoloLaw - 3758
105DonorPefect Blog31757050155@donorperfect - 977
106Robert Egger1048897348265@robertegger - 6501
107Queer Ideas273897545324@Markyphillips - 4535
108Jolkona Blog159513747154@jolkona - 3844
109Conor Byrne's Blog566052952594@conorbyrne - 1908
110Bidding for Good490084325@BiddingForGood - 2911
111The Nonprofit Consultant Blog356153053664@NonprofitKenG - 277
112The Nonprofit Facebook Guy63203247634
113Cool Data Blog250868651444@kevinmacdonell - 599
114Social Media Bird Brain797684443694@robynmcintyre - 4281
115Nonprofit Technology News226805245394@NPTechNews - 2301
116Exceptional Boards (Board Source)1699575843165@BoardSource - 13600
117Bad Rap Blog34925885691N/A@BADRAPorg - 6366
118#fundchat211506643342@fundchat - 3559
119Pulling for the Underdog370446941345@DennisWhittle - 2838
120Seeking Grant Money Today365921449373@thegrantplant - 1746
121So What Can I Do534755751654@sowhatcanido - 168
122Get Fully Funded203909139153@SandyRees - 5955
123Volunteering News & Trends3031294764@volunteerhub - 1283
124Living and Giving1777573650564@pamelahawley - 1255
125White Courtesy Telephone1439106855445
126Communicate & Howe389628140483@communic8nhowe - 2522
127When You Work at a Nonprofit21111955121N/A
128AFP Blog: Recent News of Note53430875553N/A@AFPIHQ - 9759
129Grant Writing Confidential6084636461104@SeligerGrants - 124
130RAD Blog270062248115@radcampaign - 1251
131Sam Davidson38175893984@samdavidson - 7892
132Akshaya Patra - Food for Education5083654074@akshayapatra - 2296
133Nonprofit Blog Exchange606911151404
134Giving In A Digital World375895743354@millbry - 863
135AFP Blog: Youth in Philanthropy-42124@AFPIHQ - 9875
136Volunteer Nation28731763533@volunTEENnation - 14768
137Asian Philanthropy Forum1144334743405@asiangiving - 1195
138Fundraiser Ideas163395140314@FundraiserInfo - 255
139Nonprofit Bridge1252453341404@nonprofitbridge - 2161
140Fundraising Detective504942744153@frdetective - 2987
141Rahim Kanani (Forbes)1635630@rahimkanani - 2092
142Pursuant13218934084@Pursuant - 1390
143AE On The Verge1680167347244@cindybutts - 1201
144Jewish Donor Blog504275943354@NegevDirect - 244
145CCS philanthropy 36053362114494@ccsfundraising - 2885
146Core Thought298829934163@susan_hyatt - 2940
147Vivanista39154295169N/A@vivanista - 2894
148Lori Jacobwith442545236133@LJacobwith - 4343
149The Fine Print: (OMBWATCH)-6920N/A@foreffectivegov - 5068
150Nonprofit Vote Blog-47135@NpVOTE - 1617

* Blog that was missed in initial version and was added due to numerous requests.

FAQ :: Can you explain the metrics? 

  • Traffic – Alexa 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 (HA)
    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 220 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. For each metric the blogs were sorted best to worst for each metric and ranked 1-220. 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, since most blogs have a pagerank of 3 or 4 now do to 2012′s Google Penguin reducing the number of blogs with pagerank of 5 or better and due to the growth of this list naturally weeding out most blogs with pagerank of 2 or less.
  6. A composite rank for each blog is determined by averaging each blogs ranking from the 6 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 6 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 the BETA status?

Although we spent a good deal of time building out this list of blogs, we know we missed a few. The BETA status indicates that it is still in the early testing phase and will likely be undergoing a number of additions in the near future.

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.