Comment Guidelines

The Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ) welcomes your thoughts and conversations. Should you decide to add your voice to our website, please know that NPQ pre-moderates comments. Your comment will very likely be posted as long as you keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Treat one another with civility and respect. It is perfectly acceptable to disagree with others on the NPQ site, but personal attacks will not be posted. Acceptable example: I think you’re wrong about X because of Y and Z. Unacceptable example: You are an idiot.
  • Do not use obscene, abusive or defamatory language. One sure way to guarantee that your comment will not be posted on the NPQ site is to include language of this kind, which includes profanity as well as language that is abusive or discriminatory on the basis of race, gender, religion, sexual preference, age, region, disability, nationality, etc.
  • Avoid self-promotion. NPQ’s comments sections are an opportunity to engage in constructive online dialogue with NPQ and other readers. It is not a forum for promoting your website, book, consulting services or any other product or service. It is not a forum for solicitation of any kind. It is a forum for promoting your ideas.
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NPQ welcomes your thoughts and contributions. We reserve the right not to post any and all comments. We also reserve the right to remove any and all comments. When submitting a comment, you waive all rights you may have in relation to how and where your comment appears.

Thank you for participating in the ongoing vibrant discussion on the NPQ website.

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Writer Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in contributing content to the Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ) website. If you are familiar with NPQ as a reader, you probably already know that we strive to inform nonprofits and other social sector groups about changes in the operating environment that would be instructive to their work.

Included in what we cover:

  • Policy at every level (federal, state, local and sometimes abroad) as long as there is some link to the work of the nonprofit and social sector
  • Instructive stories from civil society
  • Relationships between nonprofits and their stakeholders
  • Programmatic or practice innovations
  • Advances in technology
  • Economic, political and social trends that effect the work of the nonprofit and social sector
  • Trends in funding both by philanthropy and government
  • Trends in revenue generation
  • Volunteerism
  • Collective action for social change

And much, much more… The list above is not all-encompassing. Very often, NPQ will start following a trend that you will help document—for instance, the imposition of new taxes or fees on nonprofits, or the rise of loose networks in the area of political advocacy. Through your coverage, we will build an understanding of the phenomenon until we can clearly name the trend and then we will continue to follow it. If you are interested in working with NPQ as a volunteer writer, here are a few important tips that we think it is important for our authors to keep in mind:

  • Consider your audience. Write clearly and keep sentences and paragraphs relatively short; don’t use a $10 word when a more mundane choice will provide greater clarity.
  • Check your facts and clearly state qualifiers (i.e., alleged, reportedly, according to) if you are not using a primary source.
  • Do not use press a release as a sole source.
  • Distinguish between your opinion and fact.
  • Question your own assumptions and objectivity.
  • When referencing a report, study, press release or article, trace back to original documents wherever possible.
  • Always clearly attribute source material and include links whenever possible.
  • Part of the value NPQ brings is in its ability to contextualize information. Try to present information with its “backstory.” Remember, especially, that you may be adding to a story that has already been covered in a series of articles on our site. Look back at what NPQ has previously published so you can reference it and build upon it in your work.

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