Once again, it’s time to sum up which of the thousands of pieces NPQ published this year drew the most readers. Some themes came through loud and clear; most notably, we noticed high interest in issues of racial justice across all our venues.
Top 5 Features
NPQ publishes one or two features each day. Many are written by external contributors with whom we work regularly to track questions critical to the future of the civil sector. In some cases, these contributors are “pracademics”—academic researchers with an interest in answering the knowledge needs of our readers. This year, all of our top features were written by non-staff members—except the top spot, which is held by our own Senior Editor Cyndi Suarez.
- What Does It Look Like to Support Women of Color to Lead? by Cyndi Suarez
- Nonprofit Capacity Building: A Multiple-Capitals Approach by Elizabeth A. Castillo
- Where Have All the Donors Gone? The Continued Decline of the Small Donor and the Growth of Megadonors by Patrick M. Rooney
- Money as Medicine: Leveraging Philanthropy to Decolonize Wealth by Edgar Villanueva
- Nonprofit Leadership at a Crossroads by Mistinguette Smith
Top 5 Newswires
NPQ produces five newswires every day on a wide variety of topics; these track trends in the nonprofit, philanthropic, and activist operating environments. The newswires are produced in large part by NPQ’s volunteer newswire writers; the first three below are examples of their work. These pieces tend to be very current and tied to developments in the sector. The news we report here is given context and meaning by people familiar with the dynamics of the sector as a whole and all of its subsectors.
- Diversifying Boards Means Ceding Control—Are White Nonprofit Leaders Ready? by Martin Levine
- Chick-Fil-A Returns to Funding Anti-LGBTQ Groups after Vowing to Stop by Skip Lockwood
- A Swedish Teenager Crosses the Atlantic to Fight for the Planet by Marian Conway
- Hospitals and Nightly Wealth Screenings: Are These “Grateful Patients”—Or Played? by Steve Dubb
- In Georgia, Women May Receive a Death Sentence for Choosing Abortion by Ruth McCambridge
Top 2 Podcasts
Tiny Spark’s Amy Costello and Freddie Boswell release a new podcast twice monthly with original reporting that delves deeply into a topic we likely have been exploring elsewhere. The word many use to describe these is “rich.”
- The Ethics of Nonprofit Storytelling: Survivor Porn and Parading Trauma
- On A Mission to Make White People Uncomfortable
Top 3 Classics
NPQ makes active use of its archive, republishing popular features from time to time. The number of visits these continue to get over the years is testament to their “classic” status. In this category, the emphasis is on financial management, one of NPQ’s historic sweet spots. The first listed here received almost 14,000 visits in 2019, and we have published it yearly since 2011. “A Graphic Re-visioning” has more than 16,000 visits in its fourth year of annual publication.