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.

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Top 150 Nonprofit Blogs (Winter Edition)

RankBlog NameGoogle PRAlexaMoz PAMoz LRDFollowers
1 Chronicle of Philanthropy 7 69,083 86 2,075 @philanthropy 171K
2 Huffpost Impact 7 110 87 306 @HuffPostImpact 106K
3 About.com Nonprofit Charitable Orgs 6 182 73 293 @joannefritz 7914
4 Shareable 6 125,495 79 1,266 @shareable 24.6K
5 Nonprofit Quarterly 6 130,005 74 603 @npquarterly 87.3K
6 The Nonprofit Times 6 175,989 80 473 @nonprofittimes 89.7K
7 Beth's Blog 6 246,095 76 1,161 @kanter 404K
8 Breaking News From Third Sector 5 154,206 66 331 @ThirdSector 65K
9 Nonprofit Tech for Good 5 175,565 65 354 @nonprofitorgs 803K
10 SocialBrite 5 171,956 66 299 @socialbrite 15.2K
11 Nonprofit Marketing Blog (Network for Good) 6 561,299 67 452 @Network4Good 59.4K
12 NTEN Connect Blog 5 201,459 73 130 @ntenorg 25.2K
13 GuideStar Blog 7 17,455 59 47 @guidestarusa 59.3K
14 Charity Navigator Blog 6 29,422 59 60 @CharityNav 49.9K
15 Connection Cafe 5 251,645 71 164 @Blackbaud 24.8K
16 Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog 5 225,353 66 281 @kivilm 15.6K
17 JustGiving 6 10,390 61 60 @JustGiving 102K
18 WildApricot Blog 6 59,099 70 63 @WildApricot 1618
19 Equals Change (Ford Foundation) 7 135,452 85 1,567 @FordFoundation 87.7K
20 Knight Foundation 6 150,197 71 48 @knightfdn 102K
21 OSOCIO Weblog 6 653,916 65 432 @osocio 7869
22 Getting Attention 6 696,523 64 339 @nancyschwartz 11.8K
23 EJewish Philanthropy 5 335,706 62 180 @eJPhil 13.4K
24 Techsoup Blogs 5 29,432 63 36 @TechSoup 39.4K
25 John Haydon 0 166,998 68 443 @johnhaydon 48.8K
26 Blue Avacodo 5 271,965 68 467 @ANonprofits 142
27 Culture of Health (RWJF) 5 112,353 75 26 @rwjf 76.6K
28 PND - Philanthropy News Digest 0 108,607 70 102 @pndblog 38.4K
29 The GiveWell Blog 5 150,997 59 58 @GiveWell 10.6K
30 Inspiring Generosity (Razoo Secondary Blog) 5 111,333 56 56 @razoo 14.9K
31 The Fundraising Coach 4 528,172 60 306 @marcapitman 11.7K
32 Stanford Social Innovation Review Blog 6 252,210 56 56 @SSIReview 94K
33 Nonprofit Hub 4 161,065 57 87 @NPhub 6425
34 Fired-Up Fundraising 4 319,294 55 166 @GailPerrync 14.1K
35 SocialEarth 5 994,432 62 177 @socialearth 27.9K
36 The Fundraising Authority 5 240,997 55 96 @fundraisingauth 5755
37 Social Fish 5 611,682 62 244 @socialfish 2377
38 Idealware 5 102,185 63 25 @idealware 5569
39 Netsquared, an Initiative of TechsoupGlobal.org Blogs 6 350,262 59 37 @netsquared 13.5K
40 1% for the Planet 5 511,249 67 32 @1PercentFTP 17.3K
41 Sofii 5 697,857 57 138 @SOFIIisHOT 4585
42 Philantopic 6 1,424,982 67 58 @pndblog 38.4K
43 Urban Wire (Urban Institute) 0 84,550 67 11 @urbaninstitute 75.7K
44 Pioneers Post 5 868,756 55 96 @pioneerspost 13.9K
45 Servicespace 5 125,179 54 23 @servicespace 23.6K
46 The Agitator 5 967,636 59 223 @AgitatorEditors 1552
47 Work In Progress (Hewlett Foundation) 6 366,405 68 14 @Hewlett_Found 35.7K
48 YourMembership 0 225,302 70 33 @yourmembership 2136
49 Future Fundraising Now 5 1,227,196 57 170 @jeffbrooks 6264
50 Social Impact 4 190,243 55 41 @wssocialimpact 6091
51 Engaging Volunteers 7 22,530 53 10 @VolunteerMatch 36.4K
52 Nonprofit Law Blog 4 542,269 55 91 @gtak 4133
53 Markets for Good 5 1,230,801 59 117 @MarketsForGood 5138
54 Donor Driven 0 32,702 59 28 @donordrive 13.3K
55 Research and Results 6 118,823 67 6 @macfound 83.2K
56 Philanthropy 2173; The Business of Giving 5 5,676,382 67 271 @p2173 15.1K
57 Classy 0 70,624 53 53 @classy 11.2K
58 Center for Effective Philanthropy 5 1,124,522 61 54 @CEPData 12.5K
59 101Fundraising 4 820,902 52 104 @101fundraising 17.4K
60 Associations Now 5 232,776 63 17 @associationsnow 6334
61 Pamela Grow (Fundraising) 4 1,044,771 52 139 @pamelagrow 16K
62 NCVO 5 431,208 56 19 @NCVO 47.4K
63 Globalgiving Blog 5 75,343 47 17 @GlobalGiving 96.4K
64 TopNonprofits 4 135,559 51 59 @vankorlaar 80
65 First Giving Blog 6 53,890 52 11 @FirstGiving 11.9K
66 Community Organizer 2.0 6 3,668,965 55 152 @askdebra 10.4K
67 Nonprofit with Balls 3 346,305 50 94 @nonprofitwballs 3889
68 Amy Sample Ward's Version of NP Tech 6 6,954,817 57 181 @amyrsward 18.6K
69 Social Velocity 4 804,103 55 43 @nedgington 6503
70 Philanthropy Potluck (Minnesota Council On Foundations) 6 603,260 53 27 @FollowMCF 5580
71 The Razoo Blog 6 111,333 53 8 @razoo 14.9K
72 Black Gives Back 6 3,458,027 53 122 @blkgivesback 8941
73 Fundly 6 90,842 48 12 @Fundly 9790
74 Nonprofit Pro 0 287,921 51 69 @non_profit_pro 10.5K
75 Ad Libbing (Ad Council) 6 1,793,724 53 39 @adcouncil 17.2K
76 Case Foundation 6 400,773 56 8 @casefoundation 529K
77 Allison Fine 5 5,038,944 54 135 @afine 14.1K
78 Broad Institute 0 58,937 64 9 @broadinstitute 16.4K
79 Refugees International 5 1,097,909 56 19 @RefugeesIntl 26.3K
80 Ahern Donor Communications 4 2,172,256 52 158 @thattomahern 2728
81 The Fine Print 0 1,055,337 70 39 @foreffectivegov 7488
82 DonorPefect Blog 5 244,654 53 15 @donorperfect 1576
83 Duck Call 5 1,100,147 53 28 @bigduck 8314
84 Fundraiser Grrl 3 1,073,163 51 69 @RoryJMGreen 8223
85 Nonprofit Tech 2.0 Blog :: A Social Media Guide for Nonprofits 5 N/A 65 354 @nonprofitorgs 803K
86 Bad Rap Blog 3 2,683,828 54 74 @BADRAPorg 8873
87 Not Impossible Now 0 874,970 53 73 @NotImpossible 3991
88 Clairification 3 1,156,143 49 73 @charityclairity 3419
89 Barry's Blog 5 1,142,993 58 28
90 Keeping a Close Eye (National Committee for Repsonsive Philanthropy) 5 2,504,721 54 26 @NCRP 15.2K
91 BLOOM 6 7,018,063 54 65 @HBKidsHospital 5852
92 Keeping a Close Eye...By the National Committee for Repsonsive Philanthropy 5 2,504,721 54 26 @NCRP 15.2K
93 Aligning Government Nonprofits and Philanthropy 4 87,441 52 4 @bridgespangroup 25.4K
94 For Impact 4 2,222,452 48 88 @forimpact 2478
95 What Works (Bridgespan) 4 87,441 52 4 @bridgespangroup 25.4K
96 Dowser 6 N/A 61 191 @dowserDOTorg 5556
97 Ken's Commentary 6 9,676,708 53 101 @kenscommentary 5544
98 Lodestar Center Blog 4 4,059 44 10 @ASULodestar 2451
99 Gift Hub 5 3,385,228 50 99 @PhilCubeta 1235
100 Public Sector Marketing 2.0 4 2,404,268 44 76 @mikekujawski 5230
101 Volunteering News & Trends 4 97,966 47 8 @volunteerhub 3236
102 Connectivity 0 419,653 57 19 @CQConnectivity 1463
103 Fundraising for Nonprofits 3 82,168 53 6 @FreeMgmtLibrary 1403
104 ReCharity 4 994,682 43 41 @bradyjosephson 2715
105 Tall Skinny Kiwi 3 3,890,730 47 98 @tallskinnykiwi 5427
106 Marketing For Nonprofits 5 6,223,489 50 71 @jocelynharmon 3965
107 Hilborn 4 1,794,718 48 48 @hilborninfo 1251
108 Canadian Education Association 5 248,946 44 22 @cea_ace 4430
109 Allison Jones 4 7,747,370 53 59 @ajlovesya 5737
110 Bloomberg Philanthropies 0 602,118 64 6 @bloombergdotorg 76K
111 Look To The Stars News 5 170,598 43 4 @looktothestars 10.2K
112 #fundchat 3 3,286,047 46 47 @fundchat 6259
113 Grant Gopher 4 1,048,477 37 52 @grantgopher 4346
114 Cool Data Blog 3 3,401,971 51 49 @kevinmacdonell 915
115 Joan Garry - Because Nonprofits Are Messy 3 440,926 38 29 @joangarry 1409
116 AFP Blog: Recent News of Note 5 13,358,506 53 38 @AFPIHQ 13.9K
117 Justice for All 3 6,968,031 45 101 @akhilak 4576
118 Jolkona Blog 4 674,176 43 12 @jolkona 4241
119 Social Media for Nonprofits 4 789,190 49 6 @SM4Nonprofits 21.2K
120 Happy Black Woman 4 594,310 40 12 @happyblackwoman 15.8K
121 Mission Connected Blog 4 198,853 43 6 @ExecSearches 3623
122 Living and Giving 4 5,215,133 47 44 @pamelahawley 1791
123 Nonprofit Technology News 5 5,808,163 45 41 @NPTechNews 2499
124 Together We Flourish 3 6,365,714 43 67 @togetherwf 8801
125 Event 360 6 1,496,999 42 16 @Event360 3031
126 Exceptional Boards (Board Source) 5 4,422,741 43 22 @BoardSource 18.3K
127 Get Fully Funded 3 2,082,858 43 21 @SandyRees 7044
128 Smart Giving Matters 5 1,050,283 50 5 @smartgivers 4916
129 Vistas: Geri Stengel's Blog 3 2,966,985 44 15 @Ventureneer 32.7K
130 The Story Telling Nonprofit 0 1,138,388 40 53 @vanessaechase 3743
131 Institute of Fundraising 4 463,270 44 8 @ioftweets 18.2K
132 Veritus Group 3 1,367,681 42 23 @VeritusGroup 1420
133 Service Nation 5 2,441,138 46 6 @ServiceNation 15.7K
134 Pursuant 4 901,836 43 8 @Pursuant 2008
135 Third Sector Today 0 1,853,036 47 20 @3rdSectorToday 2549
136 Wow! Goodwill 4 6,455,983 48 15 @GoodwillSP 4049
137 Vivanista 0 8,101,285 46 80 @vivanista 2697
138 Everyday Giving 0 9,995,638 48 102 @rogercarr 1264
139 The Direct Mail Man 3 3,722,496 41 26 @TheDmailman 2165
140 So What Can I Do 3 18,851,569 51 64 @sowhatcanido 321
141 Tripoint Fundraising 5 1,505,509 41 8 @AmyEisenstein 2983
142 Conor Byrne's Blog 3 13,142,931 49 38 @conorbyrne 1938
143 Good News Shared 0 2,372,533 38 35 @GoodNews_Shared 5517
144 Nonprofit Blog Exchange 4 14,351,693 48 38 @np_blogexchange 1265
145 Blue Sky Collaborative Blog 2 1,106,235 45 12 @blueskycollab 265
146 Crowd101 0 266,732 36 20 @crowd101 489
147 DonorPerfect 5 230,057 55 2 @donorperfect 1606
148 BLG - Canadian Charity Law Blog 3 588,456 37 7 @BLGLaw 4842
149 UK Fundraising 0 371,902 37 8 @ukfundraising 16.1K
150 Communicate & Howe 3 4,200,371 36 43 @communic8nhowe 2667


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.