Ep 170: The Top Nonprofit Sector Trends and Takeaways of 2022 (with Stacy Palmer)

by Joan Garry

What were your biggest takeaways from 2022? Tune in as Stacy Palmer, editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy, and I discuss some of the nonprofit sector’s biggest headlines, trends, and takeaways of 2022.


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It’s that time of year again… the new year is upon us, so let’s reflect back on all the lessons we learned in 2022. What were some of the biggest nonprofit sector trends, headlines, and challenges? What lessons did you learn this year that will inform your goals and strategies for the upcoming year?

Today’s guest has her finger on the pulse of the nonprofit sector as the editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Tune in as Stacy Palmer and I dig into some of the biggest takeaways from 2022 and how they will shape the future of nonprofits.

Leading a nonprofit in 2022 was no easy task, but you were up for it — even in the face of challenges like rampant inflation, people leaving the sector in droves, and operating in a world that needs our help now more than ever.

When it comes to how our sector can overcome these challenges and move in the direction of greater impact in 2023, Stacy has some keen insights to share with you around giving, recruitment, training, and more.

Click play to learn:

  • What were the biggest nonprofit sector headlines of 2022? (10:18)
  • How is the current economic crisis different than 2008’s recession? (13:00)
  • Why is “trust” one of the biggest takeaways of 2022 for the nonprofit sector? (16:54)
  • How is the Great Resignation impacting the nonprofit sector? (27:08)
  • Are too many nonprofits going back to business as usual? (​​29:28)


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About Stacy Palmer

Stacy Palmer has served as a top editor since The Chronicle of Philanthropy was founded in 1988 and has overseen the development of its website, Philanthropy.com. She plays a hands-on role in many Chronicle services, such as its Philanthropy Today daily newsletter and its webinar series offering professional development for people involved in fundraising, grant seeking, advocacy, marketing, and social media.

Palmer has appeared frequently on radio and television to offer commentary on news in the nonprofit world. She is the editor of Challenges for Philanthropy and Nonprofits, a book published by the University Press of New England that collects three decades of observations by the nonprofit activist and Chronicle columnist Pablo Eisenberg. Before she helped found The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Palmer was editor for government and politics at The Chronicle of Higher Education.

She is a graduate of Brown University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations. She has been an active alumna, serving on numerous alumni boards, including chairing the Brown Alumni Magazine, and is now a member of the university’s Women’s Leadership Council.

Contact Stacy Palmer