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]

Spring 2013 Edition

Rank
Blog Name
Alexa
Moz Page Auth
Moz Root Domains
Google Page Rank
Twitter
1Beth's Blog85,5127710646@KANTER - 402834
2The Nonprofit Times139,7538011566@nonprofittimes - 54063
3Nonprofit Quarterly165,805735266@npquarterly - 50703
4Nonprofit Marketing Blog (Network for Good)154,062694636@Network4Good - 31796
5Skoll World Forum (Social Entrepreneurship)329,302685176@SkollWorldForum - 443000
6Nonprofit Tech for Good103,356632705@nonprofitorgs - 684176
7About.com Nonprofit Charitable Orgs79753436@joannefritz - 6621
8Stanford Social Innovation Review Blog99,10671676@SSIReview - 54907
9Socialbrite108,090653235@socialbrite - 14621
10N Ten Connect Blog122,857731365@ntenorg - 18104
11JustGiving11,10362416@JustGiving - 83056
12Charity Navigator Blog37,86859576@CharityNav - 29716
13Connection Cafe121,558631035@Blackbaud - 19714
14World Vision Blog54,20961625@WorldVisionUSA - 65854
15Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog222,909662625@kivilm - 12503
16GuideStar Blog22,82258327@guidestarusa - 43615
17PND - Philanthropy News Digest55,056742600@pndblog - 26231
18OSOCIO Weblog289,270653536@osocio - 7092
19Inspiring Generosity (Razoo)54,03060885@razoo - 12790
20Geoff Livingston375,758603664@geoffliving - 19293
21Case Foundation472,72964506@casefoundation - 483365
22Idealist Blog9,39561206@idealist - 69507
23Feeding America72,16659385@feedingamerica - 134418
24Getting Attention572,630633326@nancyschwartz - 10074
25Chronicle of Philanthropy's Blogs59,67067146@philanthropy - 115907
26SocialEarth326,832571305@socialearth - 25333
27Netsquared, an Initiative of TechsoupGlobal.org Blogs453,86666916@netsquared - 11112
28Philanthropy 2173; The Business of Giving1,984,137682765@p2173 - 12636
29Philantopic1,086,83764516@pndblog - 26231
30The GiveWell Blog306,208621055@GiveWell - 7446
31Frogloop.com (Care2)310,484592235@care2frogloop - 6810
32Dowser528,493621826@dowserDOTorg - 5881
33Community Organizer 2.0986,520581946@askdebra - 9335
34Selfish Giving650,975581976@joewaters - 6937
35EJewish Philanthropy662,689601715@eJPhil - 9222
36The Fundraising Coach530,591582504@marcapitman - 10181
37Wild Apricot Blog (RSS 2.0)46,39368707@WildApricot - 1166
38Pioneers Post765,969551485@pioneerspost - 11804
39Blue Avacodo418,537673915@blueavocado - 2286
401% for the Planet291,48661305@1PercentFTP - 11967
41Pam Moore "The Marketing Nut"49,38449363@pammktgnut - 196726
42Fired Up Fundraising398,871511194@GailPerrync - 9506
43Engaging Volunteers36,05149126@VolunteerMatch - 23125
44The Fine Print401,40968296@foreffectivegov - 5763
45Globalgiving Blog63,40549145@globalgiving - 76117
46Blackbaud Forums40,94349126@blackbaud - 19714
47Measuring to Improve111,88156164@BridgespanGroup - 17503
48Stay Classy96,01450375@stayclassysd - 8548
49Social Fish189,886582245@socialfish - 1889
50Black Gives Back1,198,742531126@blkgivesback - 7163
51Servicespace235,63250245@servicespace - 20178
52Inside Philanthropy3,453,62159785@phijo - 18309
53The Causemopolitan1,226,030501244@sloane - 13259
54Pamela Grow (Fundraising)835,394491104@pamelagrow - 13062
55First Giving Blog47,58250116@FirstGiving - 10792
56Broad Institute208,62863106@broadinstitute - 8204
57The Fundraising Authority241,42053825@fundraisingauth - 3795
58Breaking News From Third Sector119,7325684@ThirdSector - 46667
59101Fundraising492,50648724@101fundraising - 14375
60Have Fun, Do Good3,122,570632464@BBravo - 6304
61Future Fundraising Now1,037,668561295@jeffbrooks - 4706
62Center for Effective Philanthropy1,141,41858495@CEPData - 7087
63Social Impact126,56854374@wssocialimpact - 5081
64Duck Call484,73450515@bigduck - 6210
65Donor Driven154,28360340@donordrive - 9626
66The Razoo Blog54,0305146@razoo - 12790
67Pamela's Grantwriting Blog1,755,82849754@pamelagrow - 13116
68Wild Woman Fundraising628,803511954@wildwomanfund - 3522
69The Agitator620,098592015@AgitatorEditors - 1092
70Ad Libbing (Ad Council)1,156,62349256@adcouncil - 13947
71Refugees International1,773,34856155@RefugeesIntl - 18937
72AFP Blog: Recent News of Note3,195,51155475@AFPIHQ - 10704
73J Campbell Social Media415,23047793@juliacsocial - 6701
74Associations Now251,63560185@associationsnow - 2707
75Rahim Kanani1566365@rahimkanani - 2482
76Bad Rap Blog2,294,97256753@BADRAPorg - 6865
77Jamie Notter971,41850484@jamienotter - 5977
78Keeping a Close Eye (National Committee for Repsonsive Philanthropy)1,609,03155255@NCRP - 8287
79When You Work at a Nonprofit411,792571226 -
80Nonprofit Hub217,66449474@NPhub - 3421
81Marketing For Nonprofits1,922,45650805@jocelynharmon - 3770
82A Fine Blog2,070,75251284@afine - 12924
83A Small Change2,685,274541256@infosmallchange - 1915
84Nonprofit Capacity Building151,35964135@FreeMgmtLibrary - 1285
85Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital4,175,27057586@BloorviewPR - 4174
86Philanthropy Potluck (Minnesota Council On Foundations)2,058,60154296@FollowMCF - 3605
87Social Butterfly3,303,58745985@socialbttrfly - 5741
88TopNonprofits186,73347454@vankorlaar - 1439
89Public Sector Marketing 2.01,367,33243644@mikekujawski - 5005
90Look To The Stars News164,3264445@looktothestars - 8532
91Nonprofit Law Blog652,89447304@gtak - 3430
92Ken's Commentary11,845,31150426@kenscommentary - 5192
93Allison Jones2,145,0955356@ajlovesya - 5361
94Lessons I Learned2,955,06145734@danielapapi - 4422
95#fundchat643,55644373@fundchat - 4402
96Gift Hub2,797,642491145@PhilCubeta - 1133
97Tall Skinny Kiwi4,066,386461013@tallskinnykiwi - 5370
98Nolo's Fundraising Tips For Busy Nonprofits4,9264464@NoloLaw - 3912
99The School For Social Entrepeneurs393,6104263@SchSocEnt - 16666
100For Impact2,467,89946774@forimpact - 2357
101Rosetta Thurman284,5023934@rosettathurman - 18568
102Exceptional Boards (Board Source)4,446,96244145@BoardSource - 14610
103Fundly32,337504N/A@Fundly - 4894
104Justice for All3,402,24244953@akhilak - 4056
105Blog: Fundraising for Nonprofits151,3595364@FreeMgmtLibrary - 1285
106UK Fundraising388,671469N/A@ukfundraising - 11111
107Together We Flourish8,961,41541743@togetherwf - 9325
108Vistas: Geri Stengel's Blog536,9244473@Ventureneer - 6976
109Service Nation3,112,9044555@ServiceNation - 13709
110MRSS Labs834,02547193@MRCampaigns - 2555
111Event 3601,160,26841156@Event360 - 2880
112Queer Ideas; a Bloody Good Fundraising Blog3,074,49944303@Markyphillips - 4794
113Alex Swallow2,779,79145292@AlexSwallow - 5179
114Bidding for Good53,1003935@BiddingForGood - 2999
115Volunteering News & Trends244,3584874@volunteerhub - 1386
116Communicate & Howe1,430,37339473@communic8nhowe - 2603
117DonorPefect Blog381,9644785@donorperfect - 1100
118Conor Byrne's Blog8,828,02451503@conorbyrne - 1933
119Cool Data Blog2,342,99850383@kevinmacdonell - 658
120Nonprofit Technology News2,173,52642295@NPTechNews - 2249
121Living and Giving4,318,64849484@pamelahawley - 1342
122Get Fully Funded1,503,98940133@SandyRees - 6183
123Jolkona Blog1,998,87742144@jolkona - 3950
124Wow! Goodwill4,629,41848204@GoodwillSP - 3516
125The Nonprofit Consultant Blog4,802,27452534@NonprofitKenG - 298
126Seeking Grant Money Today2,543,44448283@thegrantplant - 1765
127Pulling for the Underdog5,746,25841385@DennisWhittle - 3034
128Grant Writing Confidential3,243,68144964@SeligerGrants - 144
129Robert Egger17,702,02145253@robertegger - 6879
130Fundraising Detective1,884,75043143@frdetective - 3224
131The Nonprofit Facebook Guy867,89243523 -
132Volunteer Nation2,879,4943744@volunTEENnation - 16556
133Social Media Bird Brain8,318,30842532@robynmcintyre - 4269
134Food for Education (Akshaya Patra)272,2393674@akshayapatra - 2595
135So What Can I Do6,050,09550593@sowhatcanido - 174
136Sam Davidson2,312,7423474@samdavidson - 8288
137Nonprofit Blog Exchange4,727,38750374@np_blogexchange - 1,038
138AFP Blog: Youth in PhilanthropyN/A41114@AFPIHQ - 10704
139Vivanista18,760,4554763N/A@vivanista - 2857
140White Courtesy Telephone20,646,23455384 -
141Deep Social Impact3,493,3914785@TPIPhilanthropy - 1572
142RAD Blog2,867,3994794@radcampaign - 1418
143AFP Blog: Nonprofit TechnologyN/A40114@AFPIHQ - 10704
144Nonprofit Bridge4,263,44137373@nonprofitbridge - 2282
145Asian Philanthropy Forum4,501,43741364@asiangiving - 1261
146Fundraiser Ideas1,868,06438294@FundraiserInfo - 267
147Giving In A Digital World3,605,23341274@millbry - 893
148Lori Jacobwith2,053,20532103@LJacobwith - 4625
149CCS philanthropy 3605,630,1734384@ccsfundraising - 3152
150Winspire994,8054334@WinspireMe - 777

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. With the exception of Google Pagerank (see below), 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 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 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.