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]

Fall 2014 Edition

Fall 2014 Top 150 Nonprofit Blogs

RankBlog Name Alexa Open Site Explorer Page Authority title= OSE PAOpen Site Explorer Linking Root Domains (Blog Home) OSE RDGoogle Page Rank
PR
Twitter Followers
1 Huffpost Impact 67 87 219 7 @HuffPostImpact - 84617
2 Beth's Blog 135,032 76 1,064 6 @KANTER - 403956
3 The Nonprofit Times 136,837 81 1,117 6 @nonprofittimes - 66405
4 Shareable 69,674 80 1,059 6 @shareable - 21365
5 Nonprofit Quarterly 175,892 73 529 6 @npquarterly - 63376
6 Blackbaud Forums 44,430 72 237 6 @blackbaud - 21321
7 Skoll World Forum (Social Entrepreneurship) 362,667 70 456 6 @SkollWorldForum - 450661
8 About.com Nonprofit Charitable Orgs 95 73 325 6 @joannefritz - 6989
9 Nonprofit Marketing Blog (Network for Good) 460,846 69 426 6 @Network4Good - 39961
10 NTEN Connect Blog 118,876 72 127 5 @ntenorg - 20501
11 New Public Health (RWJF) 148,767 80 69 6 @rwjf - 66375
12 Stanford Social Innovation Review Blog 79,978 71 63 6 @SSIReview - 67870
13 Socialbrite 180,738 64 264 5 @socialbrite - 14856
14 EJewish Philanthropy 414,371 61 173 5 @eJPhil - 110006
15 Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog 241,934 65 248 5 @kivilm - 13654
16 Connection Cafe 166,464 64 114 5 @Blackbaud - 21320
17 OSOCIO Weblog 362,674 65 361 6 @osocio - 7389
18 World Vision Blog 65,188 58 65 5 @WorldVisionUSA - 152590
19 Charity Navigator Blog 27,042 59 54 6 @CharityNav - 36685
20 John Haydon 175,404 64 399 0 @johnhaydon - 50618
21 SocialEarth 299,231 60 123 5 @socialearth - 26294
22 Getting Attention 550,890 63 320 6 @nancyschwartz - 10796
23 Knight Foundation 102,070 69 40 6 @knightfdn - 76281
24 JustGiving 8,817 60 41 6 @JustGiving - 90392
25 Netsquared, an Initiative of TechsoupGlobal.org Blogs 468,929 65 88 6 @netsquared - 12161
26 Human Capital (RWJF) 148,767 78 33 6 @rwjf - 66375
27 Case Foundation 520,436 62 50 6 @casefoundation - 497477
28 Pioneers Post 622,984 59 151 5 @pioneerspost - 12317
29 The Fundraising Coach 565,005 59 268 4 @marcapitman - 10652
30 GuideStar Blog 19,710 59 31 7 @guidestarusa - 49735
31 Frogloop.com (Care2) 473,776 61 197 5 @care2frogloop - 7050
32 Classy 76,249 62 52 5 @classy - 9341
33 Blue Avacodo 472,061 67 398 5 @blueavocado - 2501
34 Philanthropy 2173; The Business of Giving 4,168,293 67 257 5 @p2173 - 13681
35 Feeding America 82,971 58 36 5 @feedingamerica - 138368
36 Inspiring Generosity (Razoo) 79,302 56 51 5 @razoo - 13762
37 Pioneering Ideas (RWJF) 148,767 76 20 6 @rwjf - 66375
38 Community Organizer 2.0 1,511,727 55 147 6 @askdebra - 9673
39 PND - Philanthropy News Digest 190,701 72 52 0 @pndblog - 30744
40 Social Fish 296,787 60 228 5 @socialfish - 2162
41 Philantopic 1,134,485 64 48 6 @pndblog - 30744
42 Chronicle of Philanthropy's Blogs 78,241 64 14 6 @philanthropy - 135095
43 Wild Apricot Blog (RSS 2.0) 50,655 65 63 6 @WildApricot - 1317
44 Pamela Grow (Fundraising) 1,082,448 51 118 4 @pamelagrow - 13969
45 The Causemopolitan 1,819,942 53 120 4 @sloane - 14715
46 Fired Up Fundraising 680,631 50 119 4 @GailPerrync - 10926
47 Future Fundraising Now 1,012,901 54 135 5 @jeffbrooks - 5193
48 The Fundraising Authority 247,998 54 79 5 @fundraisingauth - 4452
49 Engaging Volunteers 32,866 56 13 7 @VolunteerMatch - 26945
50 1% for the Planet 347,414 65 31 5 @1PercentFTP - 13311
51 Pam Moore "The Marketing Nut" 71,300 50 30 3 @pammktgnut - 222011
52 The GiveWell Blog 196,846 57 47 5 @GiveWell - 8158
53 101Fundraising 1,011,675 49 75 4 @101fundraising - 15327
54 Black Gives Back 3,372,185 54 111 6 @blkgivesback - 7849
55 The Agitator 860,049 59 199 5 @AgitatorEditors - 1247
56 A Fine Blog 5,610,583 54 114 5 @afine - 13434
57 The Fine Print 730,546 69 34 6 @foreffectivegov - 6653
58 J Campbell Social Media 592,078 48 101 3 @juliacsocial - 7502
59 Have Fun, Do Good 12,149,791 61 226 4 @BBravo - 6312
60 Markets for Good 1,156,680 56 101 5 @MarketsForGood - 3193
61 Work In Progress (Hewlett Foundation) 452,869 65 13 6 @Hewlett_Found - 23209
62 Servicespace 162,581 50 23 5 @servicespace - 21401
63 Nonprofit Hub 188,098 49 70 4 @NPhub - 4293
64 Social Impact 141,394 54 36 4 @wssocialimpact - 5415
65 Nonprofit Law Blog 868,429 54 84 4 @gtak - 3723
66 Donor Driven 73,200 61 29 0 @donordriven - 1818
67 Duck Call 835,301 51 49 5 @bigduck - 6971
68 Grant Writing Confidential 2,786,766 44 97 4 @SeligerGrants - 14310
69 Ken's Commentary 2,593,692 52 66 6 @kenscommentary - 5390
70 Culture of Health (RWJF) 148,767 70 7 5 @rwjf - 66375
71 Globalgiving Blog 96,773 46 13 5 @globalgiving - 82892
72 Bad Rap Blog 2,705,417 54 65 3 @BADRAPorg - 7625
73 A Small Change 3,304,641 53 114 6 @infosmallchange - 1932
74 Broad Institute 213,986 65 10 6 @broadinstitute - 10436
75 When You Work at a Nonprofit 892,657 57 113 6 UNK
76 Center for Effective Philanthropy 6,766,037 60 49 5 @CEPData - 8270
77 Ahern Donor Communications 1,784,268 50 135 4 @thattomahern - 1781
78 First Giving Blog 71,524 51 11 6 @FirstGiving - 11284
79 Nonprofit Tech for Good 124,816 64 3 5 @http:www.twitter.comnonprofitorgs - 717743
80 Refugees International 1,524,873 55 17 5 @RefugeesIntl - 21403
81 Ad Libbing (Ad Council) 2,344,492 51 25 6 @adcouncil - 14932
82 BLOOM 4,077,021 53 51 6 @BloorviewPR - 4553
83 AFP Blog: Recent News of Note 3,786,544 53 39 5 @AFPIHQ - 11685
84 Associations Now 194,267 62 14 5 @associationsnow - 4469
85 Research and Results 134,846 64 3 6 @macfound - 21285
86 Tall Skinny Kiwi 2,038,337 45 89 3 @tallskinnykiwi - 5377
87 Social Velocity 1,010,766 51 38 4 @nedgington - 6140
88 Philanthropy Potluck (Minnesota Council On Foundations) 1,049,170 54 27 6 @FollowMCF - 4525
89 Public Sector Marketing 2.0 1,570,950 44 63 4 @mikekujawski - 5147
90 Breaking News From Third Sector 138,843 54 6 4 @ThirdSector - 52800
91 Nonprofit Capacity Building 78,875 61 14 5 @FreeMgmtLibrary - 1331
92 Keeping a Close Eye (National Committee for Repsonsive Philanthropy) 2,295,196 53 22 5 @NCRP - 10453
93 Gift Hub 2,548,935 49 91 5 @PhilCubeta - 1179
94 Jamie Notter 3,743,981 46 51 4 @jamienotter - 6396
95 TopNonprofits 150,886 44 39 4 @top_nonprofits - 1811
96 The Knowledge Hopper (Bridgespan) 105,324 55 3 5 @BridgespanGroup - 20418
97 Justice for All 4,648,247 44 97 3 @akhilak - 4295
98 The Razoo Blog 79,302 50 7 4 @razoo - 13762
99 La Salle Nonprofit Center 5,393,792 51 104 4 @thenonprofitcen - 929
100 For Impact 4,231,101 45 74 4 @forimpact - 2397
101 Lessons I Learned 14,825,260 45 68 4 @danielapapi - 4728
102 Clairification 1,194,425 46 49 3 @charityclairity - 2161
103 Rosetta Thurman 379,797 43 11 4 @rosettathurman - 18683
104 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 42,756 66 3 7 @GatesPress - 1831
105 Together We Flourish 14,628,624 41 64 3 @togetherwf - 9257
106 #fundchat 2,106,677 43 39 3 @fundchat - 5116
107 DonorPefect Blog 293,416 52 15 5 @donorperfect - 1268
108 Nonprofit Technology News 2,027,847 46 33 5 @NPTechNews - 2351
109 Cool Data Blog 1,624,109 50 43 3 @kevinmacdonell - 772
110 Living and Giving 3,313,900 48 43 4 @pamelahawley - 1565
111 Nolo's Fundraising Tips For Busy Nonprofits 4,732 43 8 4 @NoloLaw - 4104
112 Bloomberg Philanthropies 356,854 58 3 0 @bloombergdotorg - 52220
113 Queer Ideas; a Bloody Good Fundraising Blog 2,037,251 43 26 3 @Markyphillips - 5052
114 MRSS Labs 855,682 47 17 3 @MRCampaigns - 2824
115 Alex Swallow 5,427,310 45 32 2 @AlexSwallow - 6775
116 Geoff Livingston 69 49 2 0 @geoffliving - 20013
117 Event 360 1,741,896 42 17 6 @Event360 - 2933
118 The Nonprofit Consultant Blog 8,035,587 51 50 4 @NonprofitKenG - 324
119 Volunteering News & Trends 167,096 48 8 4 @volunteerhub - 3535
120 Exceptional Boards (Board Source) 17,069,557 42 17 5 @BoardSource - 15697
121 The School For Social Entrepeneurs 716,158 46 5 3 @SchSocEnt - 19277
122 Look To The Stars News 150,886 40 4 5 @looktothestars - 9530
123 Social Media Bird Brain N/A 40 52 2 @robynmcintyre - 4333
124 Robert Egger 12,906,693 44 25 3 @robertegger - 7376
125 Nonprofit Blog Exchange 6,572,545 49 35 4 @np_blogexchange - 1122
126 Asian Philanthropy Forum 6,476,936 43 40 4 @asiangiving - 1377
127 Equals Change (Ford Foundation) 161,496 52 1 0 @FordFoundation - 47564
128 Charity Info 3,167,037 49 36 4 UNK
129 So What Can I Do 11,623,354 49 50 3 @sowhatcanido - 190
130 Fundraiser Grrl 2,784,005 48 40 3 @RoryJMGreen - 7117
131 UK Fundraising 338,744 41 8 0 @ukfundraising - 12616
132 Fundly 34,903 47 3 0 @Fundly - 6317
133 Re:Charity 3,197,288 40 24 4 @bradyjosephson - 2117
134 Lodestar Center Blog 8,013 40 5 4 @ASULodestar - 2147
135 Deep Social Impact 13,130,975 49 19 5 @TPIPhilanthropy - 1742
136 White Courtesy Telephone N/A 54 36 4 UNK
137 Wow! Goodwill 11,317,345 46 16 4 @GoodwillSP - 3814
138 Get Fully Funded 1,771,500 39 10 3 @SandyRees - 6419
139 Vistas: Geri Stengel's Blog 2,041,222 42 8 3 @Ventureneer - 8695
140 Fundraising Detective 5,237,387 44 14 3 @frdetective - 3562
141 Nonprofit Bridge 12,139,503 38 34 3 @nonprofitbridge - 2466
142 Blog: Fundraising for Nonprofits 77,029 47 4 3 @FreeMgmtLibrary - 1331
143 Cause 4 Opinion N/A 44 45 2 @officialcause4 - 1114
144 Service Nation 4,610,888 43 4 5 @ServiceNation - 14265
145 Low Hanging Fruit Communications 9,836,539 38 43 3 @Nonprofit_Mo - 658
146 BLG - Canadian Charity Law Blog 627,782 41 7 3 @BLGLaw - 4042
147 AFP Blog: Nonprofit Technology N/A 39 11 4 @AFPIHQ - 11685
148 Jolkona Blog 3,056,419 41 10 4 @jolkona - 3991
149 Veritus Group 1,953,327 39 18 3 @VeritusGroup - 1112
150 Double the Donation 356,055 25 2 4 @2xDonations - 17151


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 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, 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 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.