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.

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Top 150 Nonprofit Blogs [BETA]

Fall 2014 Edition

Rank
Blog Name
Alexa
Open Site Explorer Page Authority title= OSE PA
Open Site Explorer Linking Root Domains (Blog Home) OSE RD
Google Page Rank
PR
Twitter Followers
1Huffpost Impact67872197@HuffPostImpact - 84617
2Beth's Blog135,0327610646@KANTER - 403956
3The Nonprofit Times136,8378111176@nonprofittimes - 66405
4Shareable69,6748010596@shareable - 21365
5Nonprofit Quarterly175,892735296@npquarterly - 63376
6Blackbaud Forums44,430722376@blackbaud - 21321
7Skoll World Forum (Social Entrepreneurship)362,667704566@SkollWorldForum - 450661
8About.com Nonprofit Charitable Orgs95733256@joannefritz - 6989
9Nonprofit Marketing Blog (Network for Good)460,846694266@Network4Good - 39961
10NTEN Connect Blog118,876721275@ntenorg - 20501
11New Public Health (RWJF)148,76780696@rwjf - 66375
12Stanford Social Innovation Review Blog79,97871636@SSIReview - 67870
13Socialbrite180,738642645@socialbrite - 14856
14EJewish Philanthropy414,371611735@eJPhil - 110006
15Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog241,934652485@kivilm - 13654
16Connection Cafe166,464641145@Blackbaud - 21320
17OSOCIO Weblog362,674653616@osocio - 7389
18World Vision Blog65,18858655@WorldVisionUSA - 152590
19Charity Navigator Blog27,04259546@CharityNav - 36685
20John Haydon175,404643990@johnhaydon - 50618
21SocialEarth299,231601235@socialearth - 26294
22Getting Attention550,890633206@nancyschwartz - 10796
23Knight Foundation102,07069406@knightfdn - 76281
24JustGiving8,81760416@JustGiving - 90392
25Netsquared, an Initiative of TechsoupGlobal.org Blogs468,92965886@netsquared - 12161
26Human Capital (RWJF)148,76778336@rwjf - 66375
27Case Foundation520,43662506@casefoundation - 497477
28Pioneers Post622,984591515@pioneerspost - 12317
29The Fundraising Coach565,005592684@marcapitman - 10652
30GuideStar Blog19,71059317@guidestarusa - 49735
31Frogloop.com (Care2)473,776611975@care2frogloop - 7050
32Classy76,24962525@classy - 9341
33Blue Avacodo472,061673985@blueavocado - 2501
34Philanthropy 2173; The Business of Giving4,168,293672575@p2173 - 13681
35Feeding America82,97158365@feedingamerica - 138368
36Inspiring Generosity (Razoo)79,30256515@razoo - 13762
37Pioneering Ideas (RWJF)148,76776206@rwjf - 66375
38Community Organizer 2.01,511,727551476@askdebra - 9673
39PND - Philanthropy News Digest190,70172520@pndblog - 30744
40Social Fish296,787602285@socialfish - 2162
41Philantopic1,134,48564486@pndblog - 30744
42Chronicle of Philanthropy's Blogs78,24164146@philanthropy - 135095
43Wild Apricot Blog (RSS 2.0)50,65565636@WildApricot - 1317
44Pamela Grow (Fundraising)1,082,448511184@pamelagrow - 13969
45The Causemopolitan1,819,942531204@sloane - 14715
46Fired Up Fundraising680,631501194@GailPerrync - 10926
47Future Fundraising Now1,012,901541355@jeffbrooks - 5193
48The Fundraising Authority247,99854795@fundraisingauth - 4452
49Engaging Volunteers32,86656137@VolunteerMatch - 26945
501% for the Planet347,41465315@1PercentFTP - 13311
51Pam Moore "The Marketing Nut"71,30050303@pammktgnut - 222011
52The GiveWell Blog196,84657475@GiveWell - 8158
53101Fundraising1,011,67549754@101fundraising - 15327
54Black Gives Back3,372,185541116@blkgivesback - 7849
55The Agitator860,049591995@AgitatorEditors - 1247
56A Fine Blog5,610,583541145@afine - 13434
57The Fine Print730,54669346@foreffectivegov - 6653
58J Campbell Social Media592,078481013@juliacsocial - 7502
59Have Fun, Do Good12,149,791612264@BBravo - 6312
60Markets for Good1,156,680561015@MarketsForGood - 3193
61Work In Progress (Hewlett Foundation)452,86965136@Hewlett_Found - 23209
62Servicespace162,58150235@servicespace - 21401
63Nonprofit Hub188,09849704@NPhub - 4293
64Social Impact141,39454364@wssocialimpact - 5415
65Nonprofit Law Blog868,42954844@gtak - 3723
66Donor Driven73,20061290@donordriven - 1818
67Duck Call835,30151495@bigduck - 6971
68Grant Writing Confidential2,786,76644974@SeligerGrants - 14310
69Ken's Commentary2,593,69252666@kenscommentary - 5390
70Culture of Health (RWJF)148,7677075@rwjf - 66375
71Globalgiving Blog96,77346135@globalgiving - 82892
72Bad Rap Blog2,705,41754653@BADRAPorg - 7625
73A Small Change3,304,641531146@infosmallchange - 1932
74Broad Institute213,98665106@broadinstitute - 10436
75When You Work at a Nonprofit892,657571136UNK
76Center for Effective Philanthropy6,766,03760495@CEPData - 8270
77Ahern Donor Communications1,784,268501354@thattomahern - 1781
78First Giving Blog71,52451116@FirstGiving - 11284
79Nonprofit Tech for Good124,8166435@http:www.twitter.comnonprofitorgs - 717743
80Refugees International1,524,87355175@RefugeesIntl - 21403
81Ad Libbing (Ad Council)2,344,49251256@adcouncil - 14932
82BLOOM4,077,02153516@BloorviewPR - 4553
83AFP Blog: Recent News of Note3,786,54453395@AFPIHQ - 11685
84Associations Now194,26762145@associationsnow - 4469
85Research and Results134,8466436@macfound - 21285
86Tall Skinny Kiwi2,038,33745893@tallskinnykiwi - 5377
87Social Velocity1,010,76651384@nedgington - 6140
88Philanthropy Potluck (Minnesota Council On Foundations)1,049,17054276@FollowMCF - 4525
89Public Sector Marketing 2.01,570,95044634@mikekujawski - 5147
90Breaking News From Third Sector138,8435464@ThirdSector - 52800
91Nonprofit Capacity Building78,87561145@FreeMgmtLibrary - 1331
92Keeping a Close Eye (National Committee for Repsonsive Philanthropy)2,295,19653225@NCRP - 10453
93Gift Hub2,548,93549915@PhilCubeta - 1179
94Jamie Notter3,743,98146514@jamienotter - 6396
95TopNonprofits150,88644394@top_nonprofits - 1811
96The Knowledge Hopper (Bridgespan)105,3245535@BridgespanGroup - 20418
97Justice for All4,648,24744973@akhilak - 4295
98The Razoo Blog79,3025074@razoo - 13762
99La Salle Nonprofit Center5,393,792511044@thenonprofitcen - 929
100For Impact4,231,10145744@forimpact - 2397
101Lessons I Learned14,825,26045684@danielapapi - 4728
102Clairification1,194,42546493@charityclairity - 2161
103Rosetta Thurman379,79743114@rosettathurman - 18683
104Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation42,7566637@GatesPress - 1831
105Together We Flourish14,628,62441643@togetherwf - 9257
106#fundchat2,106,67743393@fundchat - 5116
107DonorPefect Blog293,41652155@donorperfect - 1268
108Nonprofit Technology News2,027,84746335@NPTechNews - 2351
109Cool Data Blog1,624,10950433@kevinmacdonell - 772
110Living and Giving3,313,90048434@pamelahawley - 1565
111Nolo's Fundraising Tips For Busy Nonprofits4,7324384@NoloLaw - 4104
112Bloomberg Philanthropies356,8545830@bloombergdotorg - 52220
113Queer Ideas; a Bloody Good Fundraising Blog2,037,25143263@Markyphillips - 5052
114MRSS Labs855,68247173@MRCampaigns - 2824
115Alex Swallow5,427,31045322@AlexSwallow - 6775
116Geoff Livingston694920@geoffliving - 20013
117Event 3601,741,89642176@Event360 - 2933
118The Nonprofit Consultant Blog8,035,58751504@NonprofitKenG - 324
119Volunteering News & Trends167,0964884@volunteerhub - 3535
120Exceptional Boards (Board Source)17,069,55742175@BoardSource - 15697
121The School For Social Entrepeneurs716,1584653@SchSocEnt - 19277
122Look To The Stars News150,8864045@looktothestars - 9530
123Social Media Bird BrainN/A40522@robynmcintyre - 4333
124Robert Egger12,906,69344253@robertegger - 7376
125Nonprofit Blog Exchange6,572,54549354@np_blogexchange - 1122
126Asian Philanthropy Forum6,476,93643404@asiangiving - 1377
127Equals Change (Ford Foundation)161,4965210@FordFoundation - 47564
128Charity Info3,167,03749364UNK
129So What Can I Do11,623,35449503@sowhatcanido - 190
130Fundraiser Grrl2,784,00548403UNK
131UK Fundraising338,7444180@ukfundraising - 12616
132Fundly34,9034730@Fundly - 6317
133Re:Charity3,197,28840244@bradyjosephson - 2117
134Lodestar Center Blog8,0134054@ASULodestar - 2147
135Deep Social Impact13,130,97549195@TPIPhilanthropy - 1742
136White Courtesy TelephoneN/A54364UNK
137Wow! Goodwill11,317,34546164@GoodwillSP - 3814
138Get Fully Funded1,771,50039103@SandyRees - 6419
139Vistas: Geri Stengel's Blog2,041,2224283@Ventureneer - 8695
140Fundraising Detective5,237,38744143@frdetective - 3562
141Nonprofit Bridge12,139,50338343@nonprofitbridge - 2466
142Blog: Fundraising for Nonprofits77,0294743@FreeMgmtLibrary - 1331
143Cause 4 OpinionN/A44452@officialcause4 - 1114
144Service Nation4,610,8884345@ServiceNation - 14265
145Low Hanging Fruit Communications9,836,53938433@Nonprofit_Mo - 658
146BLG - Canadian Charity Law Blog627,7824173@BLGLaw - 4042
147AFP Blog: Nonprofit TechnologyN/A39114@AFPIHQ - 11685
148Jolkona Blog3,056,41941104@jolkona - 3991
149Veritus Group1,953,32739183@VeritusGroup - 1112
150Double the Donation356,0552524@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.