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  • Who Really Owns a Nonprofit?

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    Greg McRay, EA
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:20 am
    The concept of who owns a nonprofit organization can be hard for some to grasp, especially given that the answer is, “No one…and everyone!”  We encounter this confusion with new clients on a fairly regular basis.  And, given people’s understanding of… The post Who Really Owns a Nonprofit? appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • The 7 Biggest Mistakes In Handling Donor Data

    GuideStar Blog
    Jay Love
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:02 am
    So much is written every month in various nonprofit publications and blog posts regarding the insights and best practices revolving around fundraising. Virtually all of them are truly insightful and can lead to greater successes. However, just a few mistakes here and there in the handling of your data can easily decrease your fundraising totals by decreasing your communication effectiveness, or worse yet, harming the delicate relationships being built with your donors! What type of mistakes could cause such dastardly outcomes? Grab a notepad, so you can mark down if you should check on these…
  • Free Expert Webinar: Learn Google Analytics to Improve Your Website & Attract More Members

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    Farhad Chikhliwala
    4 Sep 2015 | 5:30 am
    Our next Expert Webinar will focus on two basic techniques with Google Analytics that will help you understand what is working and what is not with your Wild Apricot website, so you can sign up more members, raise more money and reach more people.
  • 6 Reasons to Engage on #GivingTuesday

    Third Sector Today
    Yvonne Hudson
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:28 am
    Summer is waning, but, admit it, the anticipation of autumn inspires. The new season signals new plans, tactics, and a calendar full of opportunities. And soon it will be shopping on “Black Friday” and/or avoiding stores by shopping online on Cyber Monday. We ask, then, why not engage on #GivingTuesday   If #GivingTuesday is not on your calendar as fundraising opportunity on Tuesday, December 1, let’s discuss why it should be.   It’s easy. All the tools and tactics are provided. In its third year, #GivingTuesday has a track record and now offers the roadmap for your success…
  • Why it’s Important to Promote Your Corporate Philanthropy Program in the Community

    Double the Donation
    Nina Sullivan
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:29 am
    From time to time, we at Double the Donation like to point out companies that are using particularly smart tactics in regards to their corporate giving programs. We wanted to highlight a business doing an especially good job of spreading the word about their corporate giving programs. We recently came across a newsletter from Georgia Natural Gas and it fit the bill. Georgia Natural Gas has just used its newsletter as a platform to promote its new “Dollars for Doers” Program. That was a very savvy move that other companies can learn from. And I will explain why that is, but I…
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  • Core Strength for Nonprofits: Financial Lessons from a First Time Marathoner

    akrapek
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:03 pm
    sit_ups.jpg Over the past year I have been enthused by a newfound passion for long-distance running, which began innocently enough as a fifty-something guy cautiously running a mile and a half. While logging many miles since then, I’ve had time to reflect on parallels between my fledgling ardor for running and my long-established passion for nonprofit finance. Running buddies of mine, who are far more experienced in this realm, have taught me that developing core strength is a key to longevity in running. This lesson is true in the nonprofit world as well.
  • The Innovation Sector

    akrapek
    12 Aug 2015 | 8:08 am
    mncup_landing-logo.jpg Innovation is essential to community and economic health. You often hear about innovation coming from the tech community—but what about in our sector? Nonprofits are constantly creating new solutions to old problems, and new ways to deliver those solutions. That’s innovation. Let’s ignite the conversation about how our state and region can continue to innovate and improve.  Following are some nonprofits doing truly innovative work in our community.  Cookie Cart – Baking Bright Futures
  • Join the NAF Team! Program Director Position

    akrapek
    7 Aug 2015 | 12:54 pm
    wordle2.gif Nonprofits Assistance Fund is excited to welcome a new Program Director to our team. If you are interested in nonprofit financial management, committed to building strong relationships and have prior teaching or training program delivery experience, we'd love to talk with you. Applications are due August 31, 2015. A full description of the position can be found here. 
  • Clear the Fuzzy Thinking About Nonprofit Reserves

    lindsi@gish.co
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:52 am
    fire_buckets.jpg When I want to push nonprofit leaders to think about finances more comprehensively than their annual budget, I have a simple exercise that I use: Imagine that a surprise gift arrives at your organization from a loyal and honorable donor, with no restrictions or strings attached, equal to 20% of your annual budget. What would you do with this windfall?
  • Communication is Key to Financial Leadership

    akrapek
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:45 am
    yelling.jpg If you’ve ever read anything about leadership development, you are well aware of how crucial communication is for leaders. They need to articulate their vision, discuss strategy, woo donors, and motivate staff. We know the difficult consequences that can arise when communication breaks down and how leaders often need to over-communicate in tough times to help turn things around.
 
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  • Resource: The Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Playbook

    Beth
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:38 am
      I am thrilled to share The Emerging Leaders Playbook.  It offers a comprehensive guide for emerging leaders and their mentors to help them make sense of the changing nature of leadership. The Playbook offers practical tools grounded in research, and accompanied by systems of support to guide reflection, growth, and organizational best practices.   It is part of a project funded by the Packard Foundation that also includes an intensive peer learning program for emerging leaders and their mentors. I am honored to have worked with Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies to develop the…
  • The Secret Sauce for Productive Nonprofit Meetings that No One Talks About

    Beth
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:59 am
    Flickr Photo by Iain I’m facilitating a peer learning leadership development group for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders supported by the Packard Foundation.   One of the modules is on meetings.  It includes design and facilitation – and these days those are important leadership skills.   But often we forget to add the secret sauce: how to participate in meetings with impact. There is lots of advice out there about how to design and facilitate meetings.  In fact, I just wrote a post summarizing some of the most recent research on the topic.   So much of our work life is being in…
  • Healthy and Productive Nonprofit Meetings: What Does the Research Say?

    Beth
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:15 am
    Flickr Photo by Haldane Martin How many meetings and conference calls did you have yesterday?  Our work days are filled with meetings and conference calls with the intent of getting stuff done.  But many meetings end up being a complete waste of time. That’s why we included a module in the Emerging Nonprofit Leaders peer learning group on meeting design and facilitation – and these days it is an important leadership skill.  In preparation, I’ve been studying the research and best practices for productive meetings.   Here’s a summary of what I learned: Do You Have…
  • Help Empower Women Rights Organizations in the Ukraine

    Beth
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:53 am
      A branch of my family tree is from the Ukraine.   At the age of 13, my grandfather left his country and ended up as a refugee in America.    Despite harsh conditions, he made a new life in a new country, but never forgot his homeland. Now, almost 100 years later, I have an opportunity to give back to my ancestral homeland.  I’m giving my support as well as sharing my teaching and technology skills with Women’s Rights organizations in Ukraine.   The project is called “Tech2Empower,” organized by Wake, an organization on a quest to leverage technology for women’s…
  • #Buypens – Social Media and Crowdfunding Helps Syrian Refugee

    Beth
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:27 am
    People who know me well, know that I have an obsession with pens and magic markers.   So, when this viral fundraising campaign – #BuyPens – to help Syrian refugee came across my radar, it immediately caught my attention. When Gissur Simonarson, an activist from Oslo, Norway, shared a photo on Twitter last week of a father selling pens on the streets of Beirut as he cradled his sleeping daughter, the tugged at the heart strings of the 6,000 followers on Twitter.    Within hours, requests poured in from around the world to help the man, a refugee from Syria, in the photo. But…
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  • Online Nonprofit & Technology Webinars, Conference calls & TwitterChats

    bph
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:26 pm
    We collected again a list of 30+ webinars, community conference calls and TwitterChats for September 2015. The list of providers is growing, too...  All times are Eastern Daylight Saving Time (EDT). If you are not located in Eastern United States, use this site  to convert those times into your own timezone. If you find a particular event or provider missing, send a note to birgit.pauli@gmail.com, and we’ll check it out. Sep 01, 2015 1PM 10 Actions to Maximize Your Reach Through Social Media   Idealware / Webinar / Fee: Free 0 Sep 01, 2015 1PM Donor Newsletters That Raise More…
  • Chicago: Weeving"­ Nonprofits, People & Companies

    nathanleejones
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:27 am
    Just wanted to send a direct note about our next upcoming event scheduled for Tuesday, September 29th from 6p - 8:30p:  "Weeving"­ Nonprofits, People & Companies. Matt Strauss, and his sister Stephanie, are actually NetSquared Chicago members and reached out to me to assist with the event. Their company, WeevU, has set out to make great connections within the nonprofit space and really help connect volunteers with organizations. I invite you to take a peek at their site (www.weevu.com), reach out to Matt (matt at weevu dot com) or Stephanie (steph at weevu dot com) directly with with…
  • @Net2Midlands: Technology For Good Events in Birmingham

    watfordgap
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:24 am
    This is to let you know that In September we have lined up three events (so far!) for people interested in using the web or mobile technology for social good. All events take place at the new Impact Hub in Digbeth, Birmingham. We'll even arrange some refreshments too! On September 2nd (9.30am -12.00pm) there is a sesssion on Tableau - free software that can allow anyone to connect to a spreadsheet or file and create interactive data visualizations for the web. On September 7th (6.00pm - 8.00pm) we have our regular open meetup which this month will be about tools and websites that can help…
  • Your #NPtech Community Calendar for September

    NetSquared
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:39 pm
    NetSquared gathers together nonprofits and activists, tech leaders and funders, and everyone who’s interested in using technology for social change. Every month our meetup leaders host free in-person events every month in 60 cities. Find your closest group or apply to start a new group. Nonprofit staffers will find a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for those who aren’t experienced with technology, and many chances to ask questions of tech-experienced nonprofits and experts. Technologists and consultants will find opportunities to put your expertise to social good, as well as the potential…
  • Net2 Organizer Tip: Add Your Twitter Handle to Your Personal Introduction

    elijah
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:58 am
    Make it easy for your meetup members to talk to you on Twitter. Add your Twitter handle to the first line of your introduction. My thanks to Pauline Roche of NetSquared Midlands for pioneering this technique. Topics: Organizer Tipmeetuptwittertips
 
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  • If Surrey Were Syria

    Marc van Gurp
    4 Sep 2015 | 1:08 pm
    It is what the UNHCR showed us with a campaign video from Manhattan. But also very different, and more shocking. The latest campaign from Save The Children comes with a confrontation question: What if the UK were under siege? With the use of actors the charity recreate real-life situations in an attempt to imitate life in Syria. Hidden cameras capture the genuine reactions of the public when access to food, school and even medical care are seemingly cut off. With the mother and child scene at 1:50 just right on the borderline of what is acceptable for an experiment. Save the Children…
  • This heartless PSA really hits the heart hard

    Tom Megginson
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:51 am
    Attention-getting, heartbreaking… that’s for sure. But is it too much pathos without a path forward? That was the question that came to mind after watching this PSA for the British Heart Foundation: I have a son around that age, and this hit me where I live. But at the end of the spot, I felt too dejected to absorb the call-to-action. When I went back and looked at it again, I was let down. A plea for funding? I would have expected it to be a reminder to clean up my lifestyle! There’s no arguing that this is very powerful creative. But I’m not sure how motivational it…
  • The erasure of LGBT youth

    Tom Megginson
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:31 am
    Well, “LG” anyway: These posters, for Czech LGBT support organization Sbarvouven, give a visual expression of how “in the closet” lesbian and gay youth feel themselves erased by having to pretend to be someone they’re not. Simple, but devastating. Agency: Oh, Deer! Prague Creative Director: Roman Bayguzov Art Director: Daniel Novotny Copywriter: Bohdana Rambouskova Photographer: Nikola Tacevski Source: Ads Of The World The post The erasure of LGBT youth first appeared at Osocio
  • You all are going to read this copy

    Marc van Gurp
    20 Aug 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Even old fashioned print ads can be good in this digital era. It’s what a commenter on Ads of the World says about these ads from the MS Society of Western Australia: Good Proof enough that copy heavy ads can make you read from A to Z… It’s typographic storytelling about the horror of Multiple Sclerosis. Done in a way that the viewer can feel the pain. And with a smart pay off: Every person with MS has their own story. With your help we can tell a better one.   Via Ads of the World Agency: The Brand Agency, Perth, Australia Creative Director: Craig Buchanan Art…
  • Glow in the Dark Guerrilla for Road Safety in Brazil

    Marc van Gurp
    16 Aug 2015 | 10:29 am
    This Guerrilla project was done for Renault in Brazil. The idea was to help drivers protect their tires in a country where the roads contain a lot of damages. It was done in a very simple and useful way with fluorescent paint which has the same effect as Glow in the Dark materials. Warnings were painted with the phrase: “Hole Alert. Protect your tires. ” Within three days after the first warnings were painted the road authority started repairing the damages.   A mystery artist did something similar in England earlier this year. Not with a deliberate text but with a…
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  • How to Shift Giving: New Money for Good Research Released

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:33 pm
    Of all of the research I reference in webinar and conference presentations, the Money for Good studies are a longtime favorite. By delving into the true giving motivations and habits of donors, fundraisers can create more effective strategies and stronger appeals to inspire more giving. These are exactly the kind of insights that the Money for Good research offers. That’s why I’m happy to share that the latest Money for Good report from Camber Collective, the result of Hope Consulting and SwitchPoint LLC’s merger, has been released today. Money for Good 2015 seeks to answer the…
  • 6 Quick Behavioral Economics Lessons for Fundraisers

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:46 pm
    Last month I had the chance to listen to Professor Judd Kessler of the Wharton School during the Ruffalo Noel Levitz Annual Fundraising Conference in Minneapolis. He shared insight on how behavioral economics can affect nonprofit fundraising. Wait, what the heck is “behavioral economics”? Think about it as simply understanding the factors and situations that influence behavior and motivate people to take action. Many researchers have tested which scenarios prompt more charitable donations, many of which are illustrated in The Science of Giving. But behavioral economics isn’t…
  • Ignite Action with a Powerful Data Story

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    [Editor's note: Today's post comes from Lori Jacobwith, founder of Ignited Fundraising. Lori is a fundraising culture change expert and master storyteller. Be sure to register for tomorrow's Nonprofit 911 webinar to hear Lori tell you all about how you can change your nonprofit's data story.] As a master storyteller people often mistakenly think I only tell stories about people. The truth is, I find stories everywhere: In a glance between a client and staff, at board meetings, and even in financial data. The question is what to do with the stories you find, especially the stories in your…
  • Master Monthly Giving (Part 2: Expert Interview)

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Read Part 1 here I’m thrilled to share more monthly giving mastery with you from my recent interview with leading monthly giving expert Erica Waasdorp. Nancy: Once you have a new monthly donor in the door, what’s the best way to welcome him? Erica: If donor signs up online, make sure you get a warm, appreciative email to him ASAP. Automate that via your donor management system. In addition, I recommend that you always send a snail-mail thank you letter to new monthly donors. I’m a strong proponent of including a certificate in that mailing. Skip the premium—thank yous are not the…
  • Master Monthly Giving: Q&A with Erica Waasdorp

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    I’m thrilled to share this monthly giving mastery with you, drawn from my fascinating interview with leading monthly giving expert Erica Waasdorp. In her unequaled guidebook, Monthly Giving: The Sleeping Giant, Erica walks you through recurring giving, step by clear-and-doable step. “Historically, U.S. fundraisers have focused on major gifts. I’m thrilled that organizations are widening their focus to include monthly giving and small to medium gifts. There’s huge potential there,” says Erica. What do fundraisers need to know about how monthly giving has changed since the release of…
 
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  • Still time: Summer-ize Your Marketing

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:32 am
    You know it, and I know it. Shaping content that matters to your readers is everything. But that’s tough when we’re all seasonally distracted by the fireflies, fireworks and family vacations. Even though schooldays ended eons ago for most of us, our focus, attitudes, and readiness to act change as the weather warms. But how to reshape your communications to meet your people where they are? Here are three ways to up your summer communications game in the next few weeks and future summers: Change timing and/or frequency. A quick poll of nonprofit communicators found this to be the…
  • 6 Now-or-Never Summer Reboots

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    11 Aug 2015 | 5:17 am
    Our daughter Charlotte is finishing up a blissful summer at a few different day and overnight camps. At the end of each and every day, her mind and creativity are stimulated, she’s made new friends, and she sleeps solidly with a smile on her face. She finishes the summer inspired, energized and smarter than ever. I envy her greatly. But you and I are too old for summer camp (find me an adult camp, please!). Instead, I set out an a discovery mission—asking fellow nonprofit staffers and consultants how they reboot to tee up for a great fall and forward. There’s still time for you to…
  • Important Insights for Marketing Impact: Part 1

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:58 am
    Ever since super-smart statistician Nate Silver brought presidential campaign data to the headlines in 2012, we’ve become a metrics-obsessed nation. That’s changed the life of most marketers I know, who have been asked (pressured in some cases) to harvest more and more data. This laser focus on data parallels the growth of nonprofits’ use of social media and mobile channels—whether whole-hog or in experimentation mode. You’ll find lists of must-measures for your website, blog, direct mail, telemarketing, social channels. Put those musts together and you get a baseline of 50 data…
  • Part 2: Get to Stronger Supporter Relationships (Peer Guidance)

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:12 am
    Please tell us what you’re doing to strengthen supporter relationships, and what’s in your way. Thanks! Read Part 1 here Thanks to these fabulous folks in the field for sharing their right-now paths to stronger relationships with supporters, and what’s getting in their way! The greatest challenge Kathleen Kennedy faces in building relationships and keeping them strong “ I have so many competing priorities! My job has both development and program responsibilities, and sometimes the program side overshadows the development side. “As a result, I don’t get as much…
  • Get to Stronger Supporter Relationships (Peer Guidance: Part 1)

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Got 2 minutes? Please tell us what YOU’RE DOING to strengthen supporter relationships, and what’s in your way. Thanks! Read Part 2 here. Thanks to these fabulous folks in the field for sharing their right-now paths to stronger relationships with supporters, and what’s getting in their way! What Lorna Riddle is doing differently to build stronger relationships “I’m creating a welcome pack for new donors, and a plan on how to steward them through the first 18 months.”   —Lorna Riddle, Community Champion The Mary Potter Foundation Donor retention is at the top of many…
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  • Philanthropy as Private Self on a Public Stage

    Phil Cubeta
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:06 pm
    "Philanthropy is private action in a public space." - H. Peter Karoff "All philanthropy is personal." - Tierney and Fleishman Gifts, libations, communion around a hearth or altar, sacrifice (sometimes animal, sometimes human), propitiation, commemoration, expiation - all that preceded the invention of money. These traditions continue in our subterranean lives, or in the space outside the market, around the central square, where we meet to enact and pass on an identity deeper than that of owner, manager, investor, consumer. Willy-nilly, we are part of a pluralistic…
  • Laboring in the New Economy: Sharing or the New Sharecropping?

    Phil Cubeta
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:14 pm
    A speech by long time labor attorney, Jules Bernstein. I serve with him on the board of Interfaith Worker Justice. (Provided here with his permission.)
  • Invoking Love and Money

    Phil Cubeta
    14 Aug 2015 | 9:38 am
    Faith and money network, a ministry of The Church of the Saviour. Within some such context, where the language of love and the language of money are woven, here are questions I would like to ask, in the presence of those with "more." Those with more wealth, and capable of more love. “Are you at the table when the big dollars are planned?" "Are you heard at the planning table when the big dollars are planned?” “Are your highest aspirations brought to voice?” “If you are heard, are you heeded?” “Are you sure that we would find your highest aspirations in the…
  • To a Confused Reader of Gifthub

    Phil Cubeta
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:58 am
    I received your email saying you have read every post on Gifthub.org for ten years and have not understood a blessed one. That makes both of us. Things seem to be going as planned. But, just this once, because you asked and we are friends, now with assistance from Dr. Amrit Chadwallah, Chief Adjunct in Charge of Hidden Meaning, here in Wealth Bondage, proud Sponsor of Gifthb, I will do my best to explain the set up here. Gifthub is intentionally obscure, the meanings are hidden so the wrong people cannot understand them and get saved as St Mark says they…
  • What A Flourishing Dynastic Family is For beyond Supporting us as Loyal Retainers

    Phil Cubeta
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:57 am
    The Happy Tutor, my friend and mentor, Dungeon Master to the Stars in Wealth Bondage, actually does serve as the moral mentor, and pander, to a dynastic family, who built their wealth disrupting among other things the trade in blood. While blood donations are still made charitably, the company founded by this family makes the market, and takes a percentage. They are helping promote the sharing economy. They are doing the most good. They have a spreadsheet to prove it. I caught up with Tutor in the servant's quarters of the family's compound on an island off the coast of Canada. I…
 
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  • Digital Philanthropy

    Lucy Bernholz
    4 Sep 2015 | 11:58 am
    There’s a new research journal — RIO- that is an experiment in opening up science. As the description says "All outputs of the research cycle, including: project proposals, data, methods, workflows, software, project reports and research articles together on a single collaborative platform. Watch a short video explaining RIO Journal."This isn’t a gimmick. It’s an adaptation of existing scientific publishing to the reality and potential of digital data and the practices they enable.The same opportunity exists for philanthropy and civil society. Imagine if the whole process of…
  • The blockchain and civil society

    Lucy Bernholz
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    (Photo; BTC Keychain)A lot of the excitement about the blockchain - the distributed ledger technology that undergirds currencies such as bitcoin - has to do with the potential of distributed authority and record keeping. Super enthusiasts think it could do away with traditional regulatory practices and intermediaries.I think the pendulum of history will show that such a tech-dependent, unmonitored future is not without real challenges and won't come to pass. By now we ought to accept that algorithms alone don't provide due process, recourse and redress procedures, or protection against…
  • A memorial to free speech

    Lucy Bernholz
    17 Aug 2015 | 12:24 pm
    This stopped me in my tracks this morning. Apropos my comments about park benches on the Internet, let us hope we don't yet need to memorialize free speech.(Valencia Street, San Francisco, August 17, 2015.)In case you can't read the plaque, here's a closeup of the text: And another view.
  • Park benches on the internet

    Lucy Bernholz
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Park benches are really important. They are places where you can grab a seat by yourself and read without anyone else knowing what you're reading. Or sit with a friend and chat and not be overheard. Or step out at midday with a work colleague to complain about your boss or plan your startup, without being listened to.  Our actions on the Internet are listened to. Monitored. Scraped. Mined. Stored. If you read a book on a Kindle, Amazon knows the page number where you stopped. Read blogs, websites, Tumblr posts, newsletters - all tracked. Social media - stored. Text messages - stored.
  • When what was new becomes old

    Lucy Bernholz
    24 Jul 2015 | 10:35 am
    Alliance Magazine published my article,  From the Edge to the Middle, a few months ago and has now made it available for free to everyone.Enjoy.
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  • Is Your Nonprofit's Content Effective?

    31 Aug 2015 | 6:22 pm
     Are Google Analytics your best friend? Does data that gives you insight into your fundraising and advocacy strategy make you happy? If not, they should be. Analytics and metrics are what should be informing your content, your strategy, and your nonprofit campaigns. Recently General Assembly and HubSpot teamed up to generate a report to fill you in on all the important metrics: Introduction to Inbound Marketing Analytics and the Key Metrics Your Executives Want To See They cover what your analytics should look like, and what exactly you should be measuring. But you also don’t have to…
  • Tips to Connect with Millennials

    21 Aug 2015 | 11:27 am
     A couple of weeks ago, we talked about why millennials are one of your best audiences. Today we are digging a little deeper into some of the great research from The Millennial Impact Project about how to better connect with millennials.  The Millennial Impact Project released their Top 100 data points based on 6 years of millennial cause and workplace engagement research. This data will help your nonprofit better involve the next generation in your fundraising campaigns, volunteer projects, cause initiatives, and programming. Here’s a highlight of the top findings:
  • 3 Steps to Launch a Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Campaign

    11 Aug 2015 | 7:03 am
     What does it take to launch a successful peer to peer fundraising campaign? Well, all it takes is a trip down memory lane! Whether it was selling chocolate to raise money for the school field trip, gift wrap for the year-end events, a bake sale for charity, or any other number of childhood fundraising activities, you can recall a time when you desperately wanted to raise the money for something, and you called on your friends and family to help. That is called peer-to-peer fundraising, and that means you already know what peer-to-peer fundraising entails: reaching out to your friends…
  • Online Donations Rise in 2015

    9 Aug 2015 | 6:28 am
     What goes down must come up, right? Okay, maybe that’s not the saying, but that’s what is happening with charitable giving trends right now. The Blackbaud Index just released the newest giving data through June 2015. We’ve pulled together the stats to keep you in the loop: Overall charitable giving decreased 0.5% for the 3 months ending June 2015, compared to the same period a year earlier (based on data from 5,170 charities that raised more than $17 billion in the prior 12 months). Online giving grew a significant 13.8% in the same 3-month period, compared to the same period a…
  • Why Millennials Are One of Your Best Audiences

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:08 pm
     Millennials have been pigeonholed as being lazy, but when it comes to social justice issues, Millennials are quite passionate about causes and donate money to the issues they support. With all these mixed messages, how can your nonprofit really dig in and learn what Millennials need, and how to reach them? Or maybe you’re reading this as a Millennial who’s working at or running a nonprofit, and want to know how to reach your own generation most effectively?
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  • Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:23 am
    I am so ready for the weekend. Let’s distract ourselves with some Mixed Links… Mary Cahalane is hosting September’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival and is taking submissions. The theme will be How Do You Say Thanks. Beth Kanter has more advice on productive meetings – this time she talks about how you can be a better participant. Allyson Kapin breaks down the latest Blackbaud Index findings in Online Donations Rise in 2015. Want to hold a fundraising event? See Which Fundraising Event is Right for your Organization [Infographic]. Marketing Profs takes a look at a recent…
  • The 3 Worst Mistakes a Nonprofit Can Make When Trying to Acknowledge Online Donors

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:25 am
    Gretchen Barry We often talk about how your thank yous may be the most important communication you send. Below you’ll find some of the most common errors you make when thanking donors who gave online. ~Kristina Guest Post by Gretchen Barry of NonprofitEasy Online fundraising may no longer be the wild west of the nonprofit community, but it still carries with it the aura of an unsettled frontier. Online revenue has risen, and is still rising. Industry standards surrounding how organizations utilize their online presences have been shifting, but they are slowly solidifying. With the…
  • Don’t Make It Look TOO Nice

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Your reaction when your Executive Director says, “This looks TOO nice.” via GIPHY Heard this one before? The theory is that donors will think you wasted their money if any of your communications look like they cost you cash money to produce them. This theory holds that all of that money should be going to programs and services. (This is the same theory that keeps your salary so low, your software so old and your desk chair so rickety, but that’s another post.) I asked some friends about this and heard back these real-life examples . . . “I get requests for Comic Sans…
  • Misty Water Colored Memories…Of the Way Facebook Was

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:20 am
    Remember the good ol’ days of Facebook? It was just like a romance. You would meet someone and hit it off. You had the same interests and beliefs. They might sign up for your newsletter. Witty banter would ensue, then you knew it was “for real” when they liked your Facebook Page. Once you got someone to like your Page, it was all kittens and sunshine (well, if you were an animal shelter or environmental org). It was beautiful. By just posting great content, you could get people to pay attention. You could get them to act. But then “it” happened… Some…
  • Nonprofit Blog Carnival: Sharing Progress and Communicating Accomplishments

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Welcome to the August edition of the Nonprofit Blog Carnival! We’re glad you’re here. Our topic for this month’s roundup is how you share progress and communicate accomplishments to your supporters. Annual Reports Ayda Sanver answers the question Do Your Really Need to Print an Annual Report? In this post, Reporting Impact, consultant Rebecca Davis, PhD, CFRE, talks about the five questions behind the Charting Impact movement of Guidestar, the Wise Giving Alliance, and the Independent Sector and discusses weaving answers to those questions into your Annual Reports without…
 
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    White Courtesy Telephone

  • Philanthropy’s Response to Katrina: A Ten-Year Perspective

    Curator
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:13 am
           P   O   S   T   E   D       B   Y       A   L   B   E   R  T  An edited version of this post was published by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) in the Summer 2015 edition of its Responsive Philanthropy newsletter. A CITY OF TWO TALES Local responses to the upcoming commemoration of Hurricane Katrina have been decidedly mixed. Some who lived through the storm and…
  • Unaccompanied Minors in Detention

    Curator
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:42 pm
           P   O   S   T   E   D       B   Y       S   A   L   L   Y Given the current national debate on immigration, and given how little things have changed for unaccompanied minors in the past seven years, the WCT editors are republishing this October 2007 post written by WCT contributor Albert Ruesga shortly after his  visit to a detention center in Phoenix. The mood in House 5 is…
  • Too Hot For The Countess

    Curator
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:10 pm
           P   O   S   T   E   D       B   Y       S   A   L   L   Y WCT blogger Albert Ruesga met the Countess Apraxina at a Tolstoi Foundation reception a few years back.  She offers a unique perspective on American culture and philanthropy.  “Alyosha” is a Russian nickname for “Alexei.”  She never properly learned Albert’s name ... Dearest Alyosha— Past two weeks have…
  • White Courtesy Telephone Laff Fest

    Curator
    18 Jun 2014 | 5:46 pm
    This post was prompted by the Countess Apraxina, currently the guest of Vladimir Putin at his Sevastopol dacha. She sent us this telex: “Alyosha, my little turd swallow, please help Apraxina! Send Pussy Riot quick! This dreary man does nothing but sit shirtless entire day displaying effete pectorals and reciting lines from Zhukovsky! ‘A black raven, its wings whistling / Drives above the sleigh / Prophetic wail affirming sadness!’ ... It is summer for God’s sake! Desperately need good laugh!” …  Link: Strategic Philanthropy for…
  • Lessons in Strategic Philanthropy: How To Do Things With Humans

    Curator
    12 May 2014 | 1:30 pm
           P   O   S   T   E   D       B   Y       A   L   B   E   R  T This post was conceived as a companion piece to an earlier post on theories of change, titled How to Cause Things in Philanthropy. 1. Engineering without the math. A colleague of mine once pointed out, to my great satisfaction, that as grantmakers we are in fact social engineers. I still feel the glow of this flattering assessment.
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    SocialFish

  • How Are Associations Using Learning Technologies?

    Maddie Grant
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    HELP TAGORAS OUT!  How are YOU using learning technologies in your organization?  Their annual survey is aimed at any organization that provides educational products and experiences for its members, whether online or off, more or less formal. Their goal is to understand both whether and how organizations are using learning technologies. Jeff Cobb says they “define “learning technologies” broadly. It can include more traditional tools like learning management systems and Webinar platforms, but also social and mobile tools, community platforms, etc.” From Tagoras: If…
  • Should your online community be open or closed?

    Ben Martin
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    This post originally appeared on Online Community Results. We partner with OCR on many online community strategy and implementation projects – contact us if you need help with yours. ———— Open or Closed—Who Can Participate? If your community is completely open, anyone can see everything, post anything, and participate as a full member of the community. If your community is completely closed, only people with special permission may see or post content and participate. In most cases, private online communities operate best when they have a mixture of open and…
  • A Millennial Approach to Mentoring

    Maddie Grant
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    This post originally appeared on the Higher Logic blog, where I’m posting an ongoing series related to Millennials and online community.  I’m excited to share them here for you over the next few months! Check out the other good stuff over on Higher Logic too.  And don’t forget that Higher Logic clients can have access to our Essentials of Online Community Management program at a special discount. Contact me for details! ———- Mentoring has been around since the dawn of time, and it certainly has been a central tenet within associations. Many of us can think of…
  • So did you GO to #ASAE15?

    Maddie Grant
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Adele Cehrs, CEO of Epic PR Group and Author of SPIKE Your Brand ROI ———— You’re here, you went, you made sure you didn’t
  • Association Social Media: Kelli Windsor, Food Marketing Institute

    Maddie Grant
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    I had the great pleasure of moderating a panel of fabulous association social media managers at an Association Trends breakfast last month, where results were shared (and we opined on them) from the Association Social Media Benchmark Survey.  Here’s a snippet of my conversation with just one of several great association social media folks.  Don’t forget, if you do social media for an association or nonprofit and would like to be interviewed for SocialFish, contact me anytime.  We love to hear about what you guys are up to. ——— Please introduce yourself and…
 
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    The Fine Print: blog posts from Center for Effective Government

  • CEG's Scott Klinger on Los Angeles Public Radio

    sys_anon
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    CEG’s Scott Klinger talks with Los Angeles Public Radio’s Ian Masters about the effect of the dramatic stock market decline on Americans’ retirement security. The pair discuss ways the government could create retirement options that would allow workers invest in rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure, as an alternative to using our retirement dollars to fatten Wall Street’s profits and power.   Listen to the show: Your user agent does not support the HTML5 Audio element.
  • Student Debt Matters to All of Us

    jschieder
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    A college degree is arguably the best investment a young person can make in his or her economic future.  A university education is associated with higher lifetime earnings, and lower risk of unemployment. But beyond the individual benefits, society has an interest in an educated citizenry.  Beyond the goal of having an educated workforce, if we want our democracy to thrive in the 21st century, we need individuals with critical thinking skills, intellectual curiosity, an ability to consider options and trade-offs, and to plan for our collective future.  For political as well as…
  • Creating a Monster? Proposed Monsanto Merger with Swiss Chemical Giant Raises Troubling Questions

    bgumm
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    UPDATE (8/31/2015): At the end of August, Monsanto dropped its effort to merge with Syngenta. Monsanto had increased its offer to nearly $47 billion (from an earlier bid of $45 billion), which Syngenta's board rejected because it "significantly undervalued the company and was fraught with execution risk." This potential merger continues to bear watching, however, since nothing is stopping Monsanto from pushing an offer again should conditions become more favorable in the future. Farmers and scientists intimidated. Groundwater contamination. Human health risks. The decimation of one of…
  • Now You Can Yelp Your Favorite Federal Agency

    jschieder
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:38 am
    Under a new agreement with Yelp— a website that allows people to locate and review local businesses— federal agencies will now be able to claim existing Yelp pages that already bear their name or create new pages. Since Yelp already maintained pages on federal agencies where citizens could rate them, this change will allow federal agencies to respond to citizen queries and complaints and engage with people across the country. Enabling agencies to accept and respond to feedback via Yelp— a platform visited by 83 million visitors on average every month—will open yet…
  • Will Wind Energy Emerge as the Unsung Hero in Fighting Climate Change?

    rwhite
    20 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Daniel D’Arcy, CEG Environmental Right-to-Know Intern, contributed to this article. While solar energy typically receives the most attention as the “bright future” of renewable energy, there is strong evidence that wind energy will emerge as the “unsung hero” of the renewable clean energy movement. A key strategy for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases that cause global warming included in President Obama’s Clean Power Plan unveiled earlier this month is to grow renewable energy from its current 10 percent of all energy used in America to 28 percent by…
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    Mike Kujawski's Blog

  • Shame Cannot Survive Empathy

    Mike Kujawski
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:58 pm
    Over the years I have written many posts about the negative impact of online public shaming and cyber-bullying, as well as the major downsides to the global democratization and sharing of content. I’ve also read countless books (most recently Jon Ronson’s “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed“) and discussed this topic extensively with others. Nothing I’ve come across has ever packaged and actioned this important topic quite so well as this TED talk I just watched by Monica Lewinsky (embedded below). She was, as she rightly points out, patient zero of modern…
  • Fraudulent CRA Collections Office Call Confusion

    Mike Kujawski
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Last week I had a brief scare that my wife and I had become the latest victims of identity theft, and worse, that it was my own fault. Luckily it was a false alarm, however determining so with full confidence proved to be quite the challenge. Chain of events: 9:30pm –>I receive a voicemail message from someone claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Collections Office. They mention to call back immediately about an outstanding balance and have my SIN # ready (they said they are open until 11pm). 10:00pm –>Having received a similar legit call in the past, and…
  • Social Media Vigilantism – Have We Gone Too Far?

    Mike Kujawski
    19 May 2015 | 10:54 am
    Over the course of the last few weeks there has been significant discussion about the very disturbing, derogatory and blatantly sexist #FHRITP trend. Let me point out from the get-go that I personally believe there is nothing about this trend that is excusable. It is wrong, period. I would however, like to discuss a hidden story here within the larger issue of sexual harassment. Last Thursday, in the course of reading about the Hydro One employee being fired from his $100K+ job for participating in this sad trend, I tweeted about how this was yet another example of the need for education…
  • Integrating Social Data into Decision Making (5 Free Tools)

    Mike Kujawski
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:40 am
    Having worked on numerous digital/social organizational strategies for the better part of the last decade, I find that I still occasionally run into organizational leaders that haven’t yet integrated social data into their decision making. At most of today’s marketing conferences and events, and in modern business literature, the bulk of attention is given to reaching and engaging with your audience on social media.  This is great, but it often misses the low-hanging fruit and far less resource intensive element of the social channel, which is the act of researching and analyzing your…
  • How to Measure the Performance of your Government Social Media Initiative

    Mike Kujawski
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:59 am
    This post is based on a comment I left on the following OECD blog post the other week : Measuring government impact in a social media world One thing I like to do off the bat when working on social media performance reporting for my government clients, is to differentiate between three basic levels of reporting (inspired by some Altimeter Group research) depending on which level of the organization I am working with (using the Canadian federal government structure as an example). These are as follows: Business Metrics (e.g. Reputation) –>For executives and senior managers…
 
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    eJewish Philanthropy: Your Jewish Philanthropy Resource

  • JCC Maccabi: Teens at the Center, Jewish Community at the Core

    eJP
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:00 pm
    By Jonathan Fass When Team Israel entered the arena at opening ceremonies for JCC Maccabi this summer, thousands rose to their feet in celebration. It was a powerful message of what JCC Maccabi, the world’s largest summer program for Jewish teens can accomplish. An intense, weeklong celebration of amiut Yehudit (Jewish Peoplehood), JCC Maccabi gathered more than 3,000 teens from across North America and around the world. We welcomed back this summer the delegations from Australia and Poland. Waving the Union Jack, 150 visiting spectators cheered Great Britain’s delegation. The Mexican…
  • Jewish Summer Camp Strengthens Resumes and Character

    eJP
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:30 pm
    By Rabbi Mitchell Cohen Mikayla, a rising 11th grader, wasn’t planning to return to Camp Ramah in the Poconos this summer. She was heading into the challenging junior year of high school and already had college on her mind. She thought it was time to start building her resume, to do the typical things that we think impress college admissions officers, like interning at a company or research lab, or volunteering in a faraway country. Then she thought again. “I realized that I couldn’t miss coming back to camp. I was so incredibly happy all the time and I was free to be me. It was a…
  • It’s Not too Late to Unite the Jewish Community.

    eJP
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Mike Victor AIPAC and any other national Jewish organization that has come out against the deal, PLEASE STOP the intense emails and lobbying. Your aggressive and thoughtless approach is selfish and dividing our community. When I was 8 years old I was taught the game of chess by an elderly friend of the family. His no nonsense approach to teaching me the game taught me many things. It taught me patience and discipline. It taught me to focus and to not be distracted from the ultimate goal of beating my opponent. However the greatest lesson he taught me was to be strategic and think at least…
  • Redefining Religious

    eJP
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:30 pm
    By Talia Cooper I’ve tried out many answers: “Not really.” “Kind of.” “I guess, but it’s not what you’d think.” “I suppose in my own kind of way, but I’m not strict or anything.” I can’t remember if I’ve ever just said, “Yes.” But I’ve been thinking about it. After all, when you tell people your mother is a cantor and your father is a rabbi, it’s probably a good idea to have an answer to the oft asked question: “So, are you religious?” It would be easier if the question was as neutral as, “Are you an outdoors person?” or “Donuts or cupcakes?”…
  • How Would a European Pew Survey Look?

    eJP
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:00 pm
    For those who work with Jewish communities in Europe, the Pew Survey led to an inevitable question: How would a European Pew survey look? By Marcelo Dimentstein In 2013, the publication in the US of the Pew Survey, “A Portrait of Jewish Americans,” gave place to numerous and heated debates in the American Jewish world. Optimistic, pessimistic, alarmist and critical reactions succeeded one another in what was virtually the first nation-wide survey after the much-disputed National Jewish Population Survey of 2000-2001. Among its most salient findings, the survey showcased the existence of a…
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    FIspace

  • Installment Loans That Are Online + Money Help In Only A Click

    admin
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:44 am
    The total amount of loans can be not fixed. For this undesirable financial condition existence becomes more unpleasant to endure. Keeping the length short — a maximum of two or a year — can help you develop credit while limiting the amount of interest you spend. Unique people require this credit for reasons that are various. We wish all our requirements to be satisfied by it. There’s other such long drawn method or no extended faxing. Florida Paydayloan offers you the liberty to have adverse credit rating, but still be eligible to ask for that loan. Worse, you risk having a…
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • [Excerpt] 'When the Past Is Never Gone'

    Mitch Nauffts
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:11 pm
    As people around the country mark the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, it's entirely appropriate that many should feel the need to pause and reflect on what the storm and its aftermath reveal about our troubled racial past. The images...
  • 3 Things to Know About Donor Behavior

    Mitch Nauffts
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:42 am
    When I first got into fundraising, I executed campaigns without worrying too much about donors or spending a lot of time thinking about why or how they responded to particular strategies or appeals. Eventually, I realized that if development professionals...
  • Most Popular PhilanTopic Posts (August 2015)

    Mitch Nauffts
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:03 am
    With the markets sliding and the heat and humidity rising, it seems like a good time to take a step back and revisit some of the great content published here on PhilanTopic in August. Learning to embrace change and failure,...
  • Katrina 10: Recovery, Resilience, and a City Back From the Dead

    Mitch Nauffts
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    [View the story "Katrina 10: Recovery, Resilience, and a City Back From the Dead" on Storify]
  • In Post-Katrina New Orleans, Do Black Lives Really Matter?

    Mitch Nauffts
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:48 am
    Hurricane Katrina laid bare the lack of value attached to black lives in the U.S., a reality that New Orleans residents and the nation are still wrestling with a decade later. Recent events suggest that Americans are at a crossroads...
 
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    The GiveWell Blog

  • The process of hiring our first cause-specific Program Officer

    Holden
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:13 am
    Earlier this year, we announced Chloe Cockburn as our incoming Program Officer for criminal justice reform. Chloe started her new role at the end of August. This hire was the top priority we set in our March update on U.S. policy. It represents the first time we’ve hired someone for a senior, cause-specific role. Chloe will be the primary person responsible for recommending $5+ million a year of grants in this space. As such, hiring Chloe is one of the highest-stakes decisions we’ve made yet for the Open Philanthropy Project, certainly higher-stakes than any particular grant to…
  • History of philanthropy case study: the impact of philanthropy on the passage of the Affordable Care Act

    Milan
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Benjamin Soskis, who has been working for us on our history of philanthropy project, has completed a case study of philanthropy’s impact on the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The case study focuses first on the Atlantic Philanthropies’ funding of Health Care for America Now! (HCAN), as well as on HCAN’s activities and impact. The second part of the study surveys the activities of other funders involved in health care reform, such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Commonwealth Fund. The case study concludes that, as a…
  • Coming down to earth: What if a big geomagnetic storm does hit?

    David Roodman
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:31 am
    This is the fourth post in a series about geomagnetic storms as a global catastrophic risk. A paper covering the material in this series was recently released. I devoted the first three posts in this series to describing geomagnetic storms and assessing the odds that a Big One is coming. I concluded that the iconic Carrington superstorm of 1859 was neither as intense nor as overdue for an encore as some prominent analysts have suggested. (I suppose that’s unsurprising: those who say more-alarming things get more attention.) But my analysis is not certain. To paraphrase Churchill,…
  • Change in our fundraising policy for the Open Philanthropy Project

    Elie
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:33 am
    We previously decided to cap the amount of funding we would request from Good Ventures at 20% of GiveWell’s operating budget (more in our October 2013 blog post). In our most recent board meeting (Attachment E), we changed this policy and now plan to cap our request for funding from Good Ventures at: 20% of costs that are attributed to GiveWell’s top charities work 50% of costs that are attributed to the Open Philanthropy Project When we initially set the cap in October 2013, the Open Philanthropy Project (then called GiveWell Labs) was a small part of our overall budget. Now, it…
  • The long-term significance of reducing global catastrophic risks

    Nick Beckstead
    13 Aug 2015 | 9:57 am
    Note: this post aims to help a particular subset of our audience understand the assumptions behind our work on global catastrophic risks. One focus area for the Open Philanthropy Project is reducing global catastrophic risks (such as from pandemics, potential risks from advanced artificial intelligence, geoengineering, and geomagnetic storms). A major reason that the Open Philanthropy Project is interested in global catastrophic risks is that a sufficiently severe catastrophe may risk changing the long-term trajectory of civilization in an unfavorable direction (potentially including human…
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    Thought Leadership Blog

  • What We’re Reading (and Loving) This Summer

    David L. Thompson
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:15 am
    Eloquence is on display this month as writers wax forth on two essential nonprofit topics: the importance of indirect or administrative costs and the value of advocacy in advancing missions. In case you missed them while you were away, or are packing your late summer reading file for a trip, we offer these seven short articles to help you get/stay up to date: On Owning Your Own Costs – and Getting Reimbursed for Them
  • What is the #1 action you can take NOW to ensure a high performing board?

    Jennifer Chandler
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:58 am
    You can ensure a high performing board by taking time to orient and continually engage board members.
  • Do your nonprofits’ board members “stand for your mission”?

    Jennifer Chandler
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:06 am
    With data gathered from the Nonprofit Finance Fund showing that - for the past seven years – increasing demands on nonprofits outpace their ability to provide services to meet the demands, every board member should be raising the question, “Is there enough money to support the nonprofit’s mission?” Since money doesn’t grow on trees, what’s a board member to do? Stand for your mission. Here are some ways board members can help a nonprofit FIND MONEY. (Did we get your attention?)
  • What Do Nonprofits Need to Know about "Fintech"?

    Ray Lu - Summer Fellow
    14 Aug 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Entrepreneurs are making financial transactions simpler, easier, and better—not only for banks, but also for consumers. How might financial technology innovations affect nonprofits? We decided to investigate the up-and-coming in “Fintech.”
  • Nonprofit Employees, Board Members, and Volunteers: Integral Parts of American Democracy

    Melissa Barwick
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    Elections are taking place every month in America. This month – and almost every month –you can bet that somewhere in the country, an engaged citizen is stepping up to cast her vote in a special election for mayor, a primary for county supervisor, or a ballot initiative that will directly impact her daily life. In the next five months, residents in more than 400 communities across the United States will go to the polls, exercising their rights as Americans by engaging in the purest form of democracy.
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    FundraisingCoach.com

  • Upcoming Nonprofit Leadership Talks & Training

    Marc A. Pitman
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Are you in Orlando, Salt Lake City, Austin, Seattle, or Kansas City? I'll be coming to each and would love to get together. Most of my work is private, with individuals and nonprofits. But I also love giving leadership and fundraising trainings at conferences. Here are some events I'll be presenting at: WALT DISNEY WORLD: 9/11-16 NCDC Annual Conference (September 12-15) I'll be doing two sessions: a seminar on "The Crisis in Nonprofit Leadership" and facilitating a discussion with leaders. There may still be time to register: http://NCDCconference.org/ SALT LAKE CITY: Utah Nonprofit…
  • How To Tell a Powerful Fundraising Story

    Marc A. Pitman
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:44 am
    We've all heard that science proves stories are more powerful than statistics. Kendall Haven's book Story Proof: The Science Behind the Startling Power of Story goes into great detail about hundreds and hundreds of studies. We've seen storytelling seminars for nonprofits and read the blog posts extolling the virtues of stories for fundraising. But how do we actually tell powerful stories? Three simple steps to telling a powerful fundraising story Since human beings are wired for story, you'd think it would be easy for us to tell our nonprofits' stories, don't you? And that is a huge part of…
  • Happy National Bow Tie Day!

    Marc A. Pitman
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:12 am
    I love National Bow Tie Day! I knew I'd worn bowties since kindergarten but a while back, my mother found a picture of me wearing a bow tie when I was 3 years old! It seems that my father went through a brief bow tie phase back in the 1970's. I must've caught it from him - but never recovered! To celebrate, I'm sharing pictures of people who've "tried on" a bow tie with my bow tie business card. You can see the over 150 pictures: on Facebook or on Google+ How would you look in a bow tie? Here is a sneak peak at the over 150 images in those albums...including me at 3 years old! Who do you…
  • [Guest Post] Telling Your Story In the Grant Proposal Budget

    Marc A. Pitman
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:45 am
    I'm thrilled to introduce you to Diane H. Leonard, GPC. Diane is an accomplished grant professional who's been providing provided grant counsel to nonprofit organizations of all sizes for over a decade. Since starting her firm - DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services, LLC - in 2006, she has secured more than $32 million dollars in competitive grant funds for clients from the government (federal, state, and local) and private foundations. So naturally, when a reader asked about how to share his story in the budget section of his grant applications, I reached out to Diane!
  • Are you giving donors the right clues?

    Marc A. Pitman
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    When we're close to a system or procedure, we just assume everyone else knows what we know. We do this all the time with donors and board members. It's like we've set up a system of roads but only put half the road signs up. I explain more in this short video. (I tried to do a Periscope broadcast, but it failed. So I created this video instead!) The post Are you giving donors the right clues? appeared first on FundraisingCoach.com.
 
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    BlogClump - Blogging About Associations From a Gen Xer

  • Check out my video about Anna Maria Island Rentals

    Matt Baehr
    16 Aug 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Anna Maria Island Rentals As you can imagine, it is about where you can find good Anna Maria Island Rentals.
  • It's Been Way Too Long

    Matt Baehr
    6 Jan 2013 | 7:09 pm
    I feel awful. I haven't written on here in ages. I left the association world a year ago this week. It has been a crazy year, but it was great. Lots of new beginnings. I will do my best to do a little more on here in 2013. Happy New Year!
  • Google TV Ads Revisited

    Matt Baehr
    19 Oct 2011 | 10:54 am
    In case you didn't catch it last year, I did some Google TV ads testing.Looks like they are doing a little more now.
  • Voting for Sessions

    Matt Baehr
    4 Oct 2011 | 6:43 am
    I got an email from ASAE asking me to vote for sessions for the 2012 Marketing, Membership and Communications Conference. What a great idea. Crowdsourcing at its best. Having been involved in session selection for ASAE before, I am sure that the ones presented to the masses were a vetted list, eliminating the obvious ones that didn't fit/work. But why not ask the very folks who would be going to such a conference to pick their learning opportunities? Now the only problem is scheduling, so that people don't miss sessions they really want to see. I like choice in a time slot, just not TOO much…
  • Update on mobile website for workshop

    Matt Baehr
    29 Sep 2011 | 9:15 am
    Our mobile site is mobile.scranet.org. We had it for our meeting that took place last week. It didn't get much usage, but I attribute that to being new and us not publicizing it enough. I think we will see increased growth in usage as we roll it out at our other meetings and increase marketing of it. Having it run wordpress was really nice and flexible. Hopefully we can see more usage sooner rather than later. Any thoughts?
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    FundraisingIP.com: Fundraising Ideas

  • 5 Basics to Begin Donor Segmentation

    Cari Mostert
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am
    Do you remember the saying, “Begin with the end in mind,” that great bit of advice given by the late Stephen Covey? In the business of growing nonprofits, how would this principle apply to one of our biggest assets, our donors? Successful donor segmentation from the start is a key strategy to great donor communications and the beginning of the end of that nonprofit nightmare – donor attrition. Beginning with the end in mind, it’s critical to understand the steps needed to boost our donor’s engagement, earn their loyalty, and keep them actively supporting our cause. There are no…
  • Host a Poker Tournament Fundraiser!

    FundraisingIP.com
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    Few games have endured modern history with as unfaltering popularity as poker. The classic game is simply unique in how it combines skill and luck for engaging and unpredictable play. Universally loved, poker has become a game appropriate for casual settings amongst friends, online or in government regulated casinos. Poker is an effective means of fundraising for numerous reasons. First, it’s highly social in nature. For many, getting to know your opponents is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the game. Providing you don’t end up taking yourself or the game too seriously, you’re…
  • Quick Quiz! What Fundraising Mix is Most Effective for Your Nonprofit?

    Devon Reeser
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Don’t waste thousands of dollars in planning and hundreds of hours going after the wrong funding opportunities! Take our quick quiz to determine what a good fundraising mix is for your particular organization:     Question 1: How have you supported your organization to date? We haven’t! We’re just getting started. (1 point) We have received one or two large grants for our work and rely on the in-kind support of volunteers and small donations to fill in the gaps. (2 points) We have a handful of major donors, mostly from an actively giving board of directors, and a few…
  • Get Ready for Fall Fundraising! 12 Tips for Your Nonprofit

    Devon Reeser
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    August may be the slowest month for nonprofit fundraising in the entire calendar year – so use it to your advantage to plan, be on your toes, and be successful in the fall! Here are 12 helpful tips to start preparing for your nonprofit’s fall fundraising. 1. Set your fall fundraising goals Follow this easy to use checklist to set goals for the new fundraising season before you do any planning. You need to know how much money you are planning to raise, for what programs, and for what particular purpose to be effective in your events and other donor appeals.     2. Put yourself…
  • Restaurant Fundraiser! – A Step-By-Step Guide

    Devon Reeser
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Make the most of restaurant fundraiser opportunities by being prepared and focusing your marketing efforts to take advantage of online resources! Thousands of restaurants across the country actively support nonprofits by offering percentage of sales fundraising opportunities. For example, Chuck E. Cheese’s has given more than $10 million to schools by giving back 15% of sales to schools on particular days in local communities.  Here is a step-by-step guide to 1) find the best venues for your particular size nonprofit or group and 2) advertise your fundraiser with little time and cost to…
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    Social media marketing hacks for nonprofits | Powered by JohnHaydon.Com

  • Improving Donor Relations Through Better Donation Processing

    Bill Sayre
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:05 am
    As kids head back to school, nonprofits are emerging from the summer fundraising lull. In preparing for the busy end of year giving season, it is important to make sure your nonprofit is making the grade in gift processing and donor relations. Four lessons from your school days can put your organization at the head […] The post Improving Donor Relations Through Better Donation Processing appeared first on John Haydon.
  • NEW Training: Fundraising with Facebook Ads

    John Haydon
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:15 am
    If you’re like most nonprofits, Facebook is an important way for you to engage supporters. You regularly post useful updates, reply to comments, and encourage fans to join your email list. But what about Facebook ads? How can you use Facebook ads to promote fundraising events and other campaigns? During a 90-minute training for the Nonprofit Marketing […] The post NEW Training: Fundraising with Facebook Ads appeared first on John Haydon.
  • 2 Strategies to Promote Matching Gifts and Year-End Fundraising

    Adam Weinger
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    How much time do you give yourself before a fundraiser to plan? Would you start planning a wrapping paper fundraiser the day before it is set to begin? No. Last minute efforts are rarely as successful as carefully planned ones. We all know how much preparation goes into successful fundraising efforts, so why not start […] The post 2 Strategies to Promote Matching Gifts and Year-End Fundraising appeared first on John Haydon.
  • The Best Thank You I Never Got

    Rachel Muir
    21 Aug 2015 | 3:15 am
    A good thank you does more than set up your next ask. It’s the key to retaining and upgrading your donors. Here’s 5 reasons why you need to invest in crafting killer thank you, a winning thank you example, and a guide for how to craft yours. 5 Reasons to Craft a Killer Thank You Your donor retention […] The post The Best Thank You I Never Got appeared first on John Haydon.
  • Nonprofit Crowdfunding Campaigns: 3 Key Strategies for Success

    Joe Garecht
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:15 am
    Thousands of organizations have run successful crowdfunding campaigns that have been fully funded… but thousands of other non-profits have been left disappointed with the process. I have discovered three key nonprofit crowdfunding strategies that separate the winners and the losers. And not all of them are intuitive for nonprofits that are used to raising funds […] The post Nonprofit Crowdfunding Campaigns: 3 Key Strategies for Success appeared first on John Haydon.
 
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  • Chairing the Women's Leadership Network & Influencing Outcomes For The Betterment Of Others

    20 Aug 2015 | 12:51 pm
    I've been a member of the United Way of Delaware County's Women's Leadership Network (WLN) for three years now. The last two and a half years I've been a member of the Steering Committee and for almost two of those years I have been leading the group as the Steering Committee Chair. I'm proud of the work we do and love knowing we have made a HUGE difference in the community where we live.
  • Columbus Metro Parks Turns 70 On Friday! Come Celebrate

    10 Aug 2015 | 10:29 am
    You are invited to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Columbus Metro Parks and the opening of the newest park .... Rocky Fork Metro Park.  Join us this Friday, August 14th at 10:00 a.m. There will be cake! Get more details here
  • Supplies For Scholars A Success

    4 Aug 2015 | 7:56 am
    This past weekend I had the privilege of volunteering and supporting The United Way of Delaware County and the Supplies for Scholars event. The Women's Leadership Network donated $15,000 toward backpacks and supplies for Delaware County children to start their upcoming school year ready to go!
  • Cheers to Seven Years

    1 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Today columbus imPRessions is 7-years-old!!! Seven, my favorite number, happens to be the year of brass. The number seven seems to have quite a bit of meaning too. For when it comes to making a grand statement, feeling lucky or seeking the divine, nothing beats the power of seven. The optimum number of hours of sleep for humans is seven. There are seven colours of the rainbow. The number
  • Total Comfort Shoes: Grand Opening Social Strategy

    31 Mar 2015 | 4:38 pm
    The last couple months I've had the pleasure of assisting Total Comfort Shoes, a locally owned shoe company, with their social strategy, specifically for Facebook to promote and get ready for the Easton Gateway Grand Opening on April 16th. We've discussed the importance of connecting online with the brands they carry, as well as the local media, creating hashtag strategies and engaging
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    Ken's Commentary

  • My New Job

    17 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Ken Berger Joins AlgorhythmFormer President & CEO of Charity Navigator to Further Focus Nonprofits and Funders on Managing and Measuring their EfficacyPHILADELPHIA, Aug. 17, 2015Algorhythm, a technology company dedicated to fostering greater social impact through data-driven decision making, announced today it has appointed Ken Berger as its new managing director effective August 17th. Mr. Berger joins Algorhythm from Charity Navigator, where he was the president and CEO for the past seven years.Algorhythm helps nonprofits manage and measure their performance. Berger will play a crucial…
  • Franklin Graham Does a Reversal on His Promise Not to Draw Two Salaries

    10 Aug 2015 | 8:44 am
    Check out the article here which includes a couple of quotes from me:http://www.charlotteobserver.com/living/religion/article30505932.html
  • What has Charity Navigator learned so far about how NGOs report on their results?

    2 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    While I was working at Charity Navigator, I had wanted to write about what we had learned so far in our move to assess how NGOs report on their results (especially outcomes), but never had the time to do so. Now that I am an independent consultant in the start-up phase, there is (what I hope is) a slight lull before the tidal wave of work sweeps me back up again. To that end, I write this short blog post at the request of my friend and colleague David Bonbright. David’s pioneering work on Constituent Voice plays an important role in the new dimension to Charity…
  • Ski outings, luxury cruises and dating service membership (etc.) while fighting cancer?

    22 May 2015 | 6:53 am
    Four alleged cancer fighting charities are investigated by the FTC with 50 states backing the legal actions that followed. It has been called a "historic and unprecedented" response by government to charity scams. But is it really? See my views on the subject in this 4 minute video.
  • My Final Charity Navigator Interview

    20 May 2015 | 7:04 am
    About three weeks before my departure from Charity Navigator (CN), I was interviewed by mOppenheimTV for their INSIGHT show. In the interview (18 minutes in length), I discuss the past, present and planned future of Charity Navigator and its challenges. I also provide a brief review of my career and how it influenced my work at CN.
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    Charity Navigator

  • Syrian Refugee Crisis

    4 Sep 2015 | 12:06 pm
  • Want to be an Informed Giver?

    1 Sep 2015 | 8:32 am
    Get our weekly guide to intelligent giving now!
  • Big Thanks from New Orleans to You

    28 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    by Mariah G. RossIn August 2005, Hurricane Katrina swept through the Gulf Coast, seriously devastating New Orleans. Had it not been for American donors, this natural disaster could have left large populations throughout the Gulf Coast without the basic, crucial resources for an extended period of time. By September 15th, American donors had given $580 million to support relief efforts, and the outpouring of financial support, as well as volunteer efforts, by no means stopped there (for more information, see our 2006 report on Hurricane Katrina).Ten years have passed since the storm, and the…
  • Charity Calling

    24 Aug 2015 | 8:40 am
    Find out what to do when a charity calls for a donation. 
  • A 4-Star Charity Reflects on the Importance of Charity Navigator

    20 Aug 2015 | 8:21 am
    See our rating for Helen Keller International.
 
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    Case Foundation » What’s New

  • Be Fearless Spotlight: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana

    Emily Yu
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:42 am
    This Spotlight is authored by guest writer Caitlin Kelly and kicks off a new blog series by the Case Foundation featuring Be Fearless stories from the field. Follow along with us as we meet people and learn about organizations that are taking risks, being bold and failing forward in their efforts to create transformative change […] The post Be Fearless Spotlight: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Breaking Down the Barriers for Women Entrepreneurs

    Emily Yu
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:27 am
    This post was contributed by Aaron Coleman, intern at the Case Foundation. When she was only 22 years old, U.S. Marine Ramona Pierson was hit by drunk driver. The accident put her into a coma for 18 months. When she awoke, she weighed 64 pounds was bald, blind and couldn’t move nor speak. Through her grit […] The post Breaking Down the Barriers for Women Entrepreneurs appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • How Millennials are Driving the Future of Social Entrepreneurship

    Emily Yu
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:07 am
    Social entrepreneurship is the next generation’s secret weapon for tackling chronic social challenges and creating the change they want to see. What do they know that many others have yet to realize? As Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation notes, “Like other young generations before them, they are idealistic, but what sets this generation […] The post How Millennials are Driving the Future of Social Entrepreneurship appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • A Hot Summer for Impact Investing

    Emily Yu
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:42 am
    The past few months have been full of news on the growing impact investing sector. Coming off of the announcements earlier this year—Bain Capital starting an impact fund under the leadership of Governor Deval Patrick, BlackRock starting an impact practice and Darren Walker and the Ford Foundation taking leadership of the U.S. National Advisory Board […] The post A Hot Summer for Impact Investing appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Latest Email Marketing Benchmarks and Tips for Nonprofits

    Emily Yu
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
      Email remains one of the most effective communication tools for organizations when they want to engage with constituents, peers, community members and others. But like many of us across sectors, we are not using our email channels as effectively as we could be—and for those of us in the nonprofit sector that is ultimately […] The post Latest Email Marketing Benchmarks and Tips for Nonprofits appeared first on Case Foundation.
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    Together We Flourish

  • A+ Schools Now Accepting Applications Teenbloc Applications

    Susan
    4 Sep 2015 | 4:29 am
    Students are the reason we do our work. And it’s our students at TeenBloc who are leading the way on reforms like the Student Bill of Rights and Restorative Practices in our schools. Do you know a high school student in Pittsburgh schools who has the potential to be a leader, to be an advocate, […]
  • Join RSVP in Giving Beaver County First Responders a Big Thank You

    Susan
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:29 am
    Have you ever stopped to think about what would happen if there were no firemen in your community? Imagine the lives and property that would be lost if men and women did not step up to be part of the fire department. What about the policemen? What if there was no organization like the American […]
  • Savannah Jack in Concert for the Night of Your Life

    Susan
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:42 am
    Join us for an evening of Nashville style entertainment while supporting HELP–AT–HOME services for the frail elderly and adults with disabilities. Saturday, September 26 – 7:30 P.M. $25 – Reserved Seat, $25 – VIP Reception «Starring Chippewa’s DON GATLIN, lead vocalist« Join us September 26th for the Night of Your Life as Savannah Jack returns […]
  • The Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry Golf Classic Takes Place on September 14th

    Susan
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:21 am
    Make plans to join us  for a day of fun, fellowship & friendly competition at the Anchorpoint Golf Classic on September 14th at Wildwood Golf Club.  This event benefits Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry’s inspiring work on behalf of at-risk youth, individuals, and families. Please help us continue the healing.  For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please […]
  • Free Eye Screenings Available at Beaver County Assoc. for the Blind

    Susan
    18 Aug 2015 | 4:27 am
    Mission Vision and BCAB will be collaborating again on a clinic that includes a free eye screening and free eyeglasses for those that have NO vision insurance and are at 300% of poverty level.  They must call the office/me to make an appointment. Here are the details. WHERE: Beaver Co. Assoc. for the Blind, 616 […]
 
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    Minnesota Council on Foundations Blog - Philanthropy Potluck

  • MCF Welcomes Levi Weinhagen as Communications & Media Specialist

    MCF Webmaster
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:51 am
    Help us give a warm hello to our newest hire, Levi Weinhagen! As a St. Paul native, Levi is incredibly proud to be a part of Minnesota’s unmatched philanthropic community. In his position as communications and media specialist, Levi will help MCF members better understand and tell the stories of the work they do and the communities they serve. Levi also works with writers, photographers, and other artists to tell the stories of how philanthropy impacts the state, the region and the country. Prior to joining MCF, Levi spent over 15 years working in the nonprofit sector with the Minnesota…
  • Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellowship Applications Open for 2016

    MCF Webmaster
    5 Aug 2015 | 12:29 pm
    MCF is excited to launch the third selection round for the Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellowship – an opportunity which aims to increase the number of people from under-represented communities holding leadership positions in Minnesota philanthropy. We’re looking for high-potential leaders who will push themselves and Minnesota foundations to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in the communities they serve. In 2016, new fellows will be joining the seven already actively working at Minnesota foundations. These fellows will be employed by MCF and placed in full-time…
  • Resources on Funding Civil Legal Aid

    MCF Webmaster
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:40 pm
    A member post from Bridget Gernander of the Minnesota Supreme Court Legal Services Advisory Committee on their grantmaking field of expertise. Last year, the Minnesota Supreme Court Legal Services Advisory Committee (LSAC) became the first government grantmaker to join MCF.  LSAC’s focus is on funding civil legal aid statewide, with grants to twenty-six nonprofits that assist low-income people in meeting their legal needs. LSAC hosted a member briefing back in April about the impact of funding civil legal aid.  If you were unable to attend the member briefing or want to learn more about…
  • MCF Seeks Our Next Program Manager

    MCF Webmaster
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:14 am
    Are you or someone you know MCF’s next Program Manager? This highly-visible and member-facing role is perfect for someone with a passion for connecting groups of people to opportunity, link participants to resources and energy to grow and expand a well established set of program activities. The Program Manager will manage the day-to-activities of the Council’s 20+ active member networks and growing web-based learning programs. This role will collaborate closely with other department program directors on the development of interactive and informative programmatic content relevant to…
  • A Fond Farewell to Tara Kumar

    MCF Webmaster
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    Our program manager, Tara Kumar, will be leaving her role with MCF as of July 30. She has decided to seek part-time work, so she can focus more of her time on her family. In her two years at MCF, Tara has made a big impact on shaping and strengthening our member networks, as well as being a joy to work with. Here’s what our members and staff have to say: “Tara has been invaluable to our work with member networks. Any question you’ve got about a network or member, she’s got the answer! She will be greatly missed.” –Alfonso Wenker, MCF director of program strategy…
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    SocialEarth

  • Freeport-McMoRan Invests in Women’s Economic Empowerment Programs

    3BL Media
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:41 am
    Freeport-McMoRan has advanced investments in women’s economic empowerment programs, such as “Dreambuilder-Women’s Business Creator,” an online entrepreneurship skills training program that has reached more than 3,600 women in Latin America [...] The post Freeport-McMoRan Invests in Women’s Economic Empowerment Programs appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • How a Young Entrepreneur Keeps a Positive Attitude in a Tough Business World

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:04 am
    When talking to Jamila Smith, the young entrepreneur who created the eco-friendly streetwear line, Be Th3 Change, an old saying comes to mind. “If at first you don’t succeed, try, [...] The post How a Young Entrepreneur Keeps a Positive Attitude in a Tough Business World appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • India’s Youth: Its Most Influential Asset to Make Change

    Sangeeta Haindl
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:01 am
    With 356 million 10 to 24 year-olds, India has the world’s largest youth population. Despite having a smaller population than China, India is set to become the youngest country by [...] The post India’s Youth: Its Most Influential Asset to Make Change appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Entrepreneurship is (or should be) Gender Neutral

    Julie Fahnestock
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am
    I hate the term “female entrepreneurship.” We don’t call entrepreneurial endeavors led by men, “male entrepreneurship.” We just call it entrepreneurship. Unintentionally or not, “female entrepreneurship” implies a rare, or “wow, [...] The post Entrepreneurship is (or should be) Gender Neutral appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Companies that Care for Consumers Earn Higher Returns

    Vikas Vij
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:26 am
    When consumers purchase a brand, they are looking to improve their lives, and not just to buy a product. Consumers are more likely to spend money on companies that care [...] The post Companies that Care for Consumers Earn Higher Returns appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • [Excerpt] 'When the Past Is Never Gone'

    Mitch Nauffts
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:11 pm
    As people around the country mark the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, it's entirely appropriate that many should feel the need to pause and reflect on what the storm and its aftermath reveal about our troubled racial past. The images...
  • 3 Things to Know About Donor Behavior

    Mitch Nauffts
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:42 am
    When I first got into fundraising, I executed campaigns without worrying too much about donors or spending a lot of time thinking about why or how they responded to particular strategies or appeals. Eventually, I realized that if development professionals...
  • Most Popular PhilanTopic Posts (August 2015)

    Mitch Nauffts
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:03 am
    With the markets sliding and the heat and humidity rising, it seems like a good time to take a step back and revisit some of the great content published here on PhilanTopic in August. Learning to embrace change and failure,...
  • Katrina 10: Recovery, Resilience, and a City Back From the Dead

    Mitch Nauffts
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    [View the story "Katrina 10: Recovery, Resilience, and a City Back From the Dead" on Storify]
  • In Post-Katrina New Orleans, Do Black Lives Really Matter?

    Mitch Nauffts
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:48 am
    Hurricane Katrina laid bare the lack of value attached to black lives in the U.S., a reality that New Orleans residents and the nation are still wrestling with a decade later. Recent events suggest that Americans are at a crossroads...
 
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    ONE

  • 54 countries, 54 photos, 1 continent

    Clea Guy-Allen
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:05 am
    Africa is a beautiful and varied continent, but going by what you see from the majority of photographs in the media, you’d be forgiven for thinking all that existed in each of its 54 countries was never ending savannahs and endless safaris. This year a brilliant hashtag erupted on social media – #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou – which aimed to break the perception that all African countries were the same – affected by poverty, war and hunger – and boy were the images powerful. Not only in their beauty and charm, but in their ability to say so much more about a…
  • The homeless man who turned his life around by offering book reviews instead of begging

    Helen Hector
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:30 am
    Meet Philani Dladla, a.k.a. the Pavement Bookworm.  He’s 24 and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, and his story is quite incredible. Philani Dladla. Photo: http://facebook.com/jacaranda942 As a child growing up in KwaZulu Natal he had always loved books. But after moving to Johannesburg to find work, he started taking drugs. “I left my job and couldn’t afford rent anymore – I lost everything. While living on the streets I noticed how many beggars there were getting money for nothing on street corners. I thought I could be different and actually give people something…
  • Empowering artisans through design

    Guest Blogger
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:46 am
    This blog was brought to us by our partner, Indego Africa – a nonprofit organization and lifestyle brand that empowers female artisans in Rwanda. At Indego Africa, we are all about doing good through good design. That’s why we are so excited to launch our brand new collaboration with ONE – a custom collection of pink and black mini baskets handwoven by women in Rwanda! These vibrant pieces were made by the artisans of Imirasire – a group of 150 women who live and work in Rwanda’s rural Bugesera district. Despite their remarkable talent, for many years these artisans struggled to…
  • Artists join forces to stand #WithStrongGirls

    Ulrich Janse Van Vuuren
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:04 am
    Nigerian singer Waje, Bono, and Zimbabwean singer Selmor Mtukudzi Today in Lagos, music superstars D’Banj, Diamond, Banky W and Femi Kuti joined forces with Omotola, Waje, Selmor Mtukudzi to produce a new remix of the “Strong Girl” song – a rallying cry for women’s empowerment featuring some of Africa’s top female stars that first got the world dancing in May. In the new version of the song that originally featured Selmor Mtukudzi, Waje and Yemi Alade, among others, these strong women are now being backed by some of the leading men in African music. The song will also…
  • Are you dizzy yet?

    Jordan Elton
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:03 am
    People all over the world have been making themselves dizzy for a great cause – The Global Goals! Kicking off earlier this week with soccer star, Gareth Bale, the Dizzy Goals are helping make sure everyone in the world has heard about the Goals. That’s a big challenge, but football is one of the world’s most widely played sports, so it’s the perfect communication tool! Want to join in the fun? Get 2 footballs and find a soccer goal Place the balls about 20 feet apart (or 6 meters) Put your hand on the ball and spin around it 13 times Run to the other ball and try…
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    Nonprofit Blog Exchange

  • Nonprofit Blog Exchange Celebrates 10 Years

    Emily
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:01 am
    The Nonprofit Blog Exchange has now been around for 10 years! It started off as virtual events connecting nonprofit bloggers with each other and a place to see links to nonprofit blogs. Now it is known as a source for news in nonprofit technology with the roundups. To celebrate 10 years, I will be making some changes to continue the success of this blog/project. Here are some of the changes that will be made: 1) I am officially announcing that the virtual events are now over due to the lack of interest. Social media has now allowed bloggers to connect with each other better and there is no…
  • Nonprofit Blogging Report – Anyone Interested?

    Emily
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:29 am
    Changes are being made to the Nonprofit Blog Exchange within the next few months. One of my new ideas for the blog is to start a report about nonprofit organization blogs. Before going into the effort of putting this together, I was wondering if there is any interest. The first step in this process is to see what the interest is and to gather a list of organization blogs to include in the report. If you would like your organization included, please fill out the form at http://goo.gl/forms/ywrjDxvg4v Please spread the word!  
  • Roundup for July 2015

    Emily
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:25 pm
    How 10 Nonprofit Brands Roll on Twitter (A New Marketing Commentator) 5 Super Solid Ways To Engage Your Supporters Online (PLUS 28 Affordable Tools to Help You Do It) (Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog) Make ONE—and Only ONE—Call to Action (Case Study) (The Non-Profit Marketing Blog) Why Fundraising Events Are About More Than Money (Engaging Volunteers) 10 Tips for Rocking Your Event Social Media (Event Fundraising Blog) Making the Most of Feedback – Event Survey Results (Event Fundraising Blog) 5 Steps to Easy Online Donations (Double the Donation) 10 Non-profit…
  • Roundup for June 2015

    Emily
    2 Jun 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Storytelling Get Noticed in an Instant With a Visual Story (Ann Green’s Nonprofit Blog) Why You Need to Tell Your Stories (Ann Green’s Nonprofit Blog) Helping board members tell their nonprofit story (FundraisingCoach.com) 4 reasons why you should spend less time telling donor stories and more time getting your supporters to tell you their life stories (MarketSmart) Story-Led Change: A Photojournalist’s Thoughts on the Power of Storytelling (npENGAGE) Design and Photos 4 Things Non-Designers Should Know About Graphic Design (TechSoup) Event 360 Partner Spotlight:…
  • Roundup for March 2015

    Emily
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:03 pm
    Fundraising/Donors/Donations 4 Non-negotiable Rules For Asking For Donations Online (Fundraising Pulse) Are your non-profit donors confused by the things you share? (Get Fully Funded Blog) 9 Things To Do After A Donor Donates (frogloop) What Makes a Great Donor Newsletter? (Ann Green’s Nonprofit Blog) The Special Sauce: It’s Not Just for Campaigns Anymore (The Collins Group Blog) Are You Taking Your Donors on a Journey?  (PhilanTopic) Steer Clear of Generic (Ann Green’s Nonprofit Blog) Stories/Storytelling User-Generated Content: Put your constituents to work! (npENGAGE) Using…
 
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    eJewish Philanthropy: Your Jewish Philanthropy Resource

  • JCC Maccabi: Teens at the Center, Jewish Community at the Core

    eJP
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:00 pm
    By Jonathan Fass When Team Israel entered the arena at opening ceremonies for JCC Maccabi this summer, thousands rose to their feet in celebration. It was a powerful message of what JCC Maccabi, the world’s largest summer program for Jewish teens can accomplish. An intense, weeklong celebration of amiut Yehudit (Jewish Peoplehood), JCC Maccabi gathered more than 3,000 teens from across North America and around the world. We welcomed back this summer the delegations from Australia and Poland. Waving the Union Jack, 150 visiting spectators cheered Great Britain’s delegation. The Mexican…
  • Jewish Summer Camp Strengthens Resumes and Character

    eJP
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:30 pm
    By Rabbi Mitchell Cohen Mikayla, a rising 11th grader, wasn’t planning to return to Camp Ramah in the Poconos this summer. She was heading into the challenging junior year of high school and already had college on her mind. She thought it was time to start building her resume, to do the typical things that we think impress college admissions officers, like interning at a company or research lab, or volunteering in a faraway country. Then she thought again. “I realized that I couldn’t miss coming back to camp. I was so incredibly happy all the time and I was free to be me. It was a…
  • It’s Not too Late to Unite the Jewish Community.

    eJP
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Mike Victor AIPAC and any other national Jewish organization that has come out against the deal, PLEASE STOP the intense emails and lobbying. Your aggressive and thoughtless approach is selfish and dividing our community. When I was 8 years old I was taught the game of chess by an elderly friend of the family. His no nonsense approach to teaching me the game taught me many things. It taught me patience and discipline. It taught me to focus and to not be distracted from the ultimate goal of beating my opponent. However the greatest lesson he taught me was to be strategic and think at least…
  • Redefining Religious

    eJP
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:30 pm
    By Talia Cooper I’ve tried out many answers: “Not really.” “Kind of.” “I guess, but it’s not what you’d think.” “I suppose in my own kind of way, but I’m not strict or anything.” I can’t remember if I’ve ever just said, “Yes.” But I’ve been thinking about it. After all, when you tell people your mother is a cantor and your father is a rabbi, it’s probably a good idea to have an answer to the oft asked question: “So, are you religious?” It would be easier if the question was as neutral as, “Are you an outdoors person?” or “Donuts or cupcakes?”…
  • How Would a European Pew Survey Look?

    eJP
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:00 pm
    For those who work with Jewish communities in Europe, the Pew Survey led to an inevitable question: How would a European Pew survey look? By Marcelo Dimentstein In 2013, the publication in the US of the Pew Survey, “A Portrait of Jewish Americans,” gave place to numerous and heated debates in the American Jewish world. Optimistic, pessimistic, alarmist and critical reactions succeeded one another in what was virtually the first nation-wide survey after the much-disputed National Jewish Population Survey of 2000-2001. Among its most salient findings, the survey showcased the existence of a…
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    Jewish Donor Blog

  • List Deal! Save $400 off the L.A. Jewish Journal Email List Now!

    Yoav
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:32 am
    Rent the L.A. Jewish Journal email list for an early Rosh Hashana marketing campaign for $80o! That’s $400 off the regular rate of $1,200! This offer is for a limited time only. As of this moment, the open dates include: · 8/24 · 8/25 · 8/27 · 8/28 · 8/31 Details: · Dimensions: maximum size 600 x 900 pixels · Specifications: JPG or TIFF file format · URL: Up to you · Creative Deadline: Three business days prior to start date · This offer is available until the space is filled This offer is time sensitive and available until filled. If interested email yoav@negevdirect.com or…
  • New List: Negev Direct Jewish Demographic Database – U.S. Cell Phones

    Yoav
    11 Aug 2015 | 8:47 am
    297,000+ cell phone numbers of potential Jewish donors, buyers and subscribers in the U.S.. Need to reach your target audience on the phone they’re around the most? This list gives you access to cell phones, the phone people carry with them for a good part of each day. *Please check how the TCPA (Telephone Consumer Protection Act) regulations apply to or affect your client. https://www.fcc.gov/document/telephone-consumer-protection-act-1991 The post New List: Negev Direct Jewish Demographic Database – U.S. Cell Phones appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
  • WETA in DC is looking for a data-geek to join their team

    Yoav
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:44 am
    WETA, the flagship public broadcasting station in DC is looking for a data-geek to join their team. If you’re interested/know someone DM me. Details: Manager, Data Strategy & Management (DSM): WETA, Washington DC’s leading public broadcasting station, is looking for an all-star fundraising database manager. Experienced in working with fundraising database(s), the Manager will partner closely with WETA’s fundraising teams to understand and solve their data challenges and meet their data needs. The successful Manager of DSM is a whiz at extracting and analyzing data from…
  • Limited Time Sale on the Times of Israel Email List!

    Yoav
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:51 am
    This month and next month only! Rent 70,000 emails from the Times of Israel email list through Negev Direct Marketing for $900/F – that’s 50% off the normal rate! Contact Yoav Kaufman, VP of Digital Media via email yoav@negevdirect.com or call us at 646-201-4080 for details. www.negevdirect.com     The post Limited Time Sale on the Times of Israel Email List! appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
  • Guest Post by Jim Gilbert and some commentary by @yoavkaufman “Direct Mail’s Death Rumors are Greatly Exaggerated (but by whom?)”

    Yoav
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:35 am
    I’ve been following Jim Gilbert of Gilbert Direct @gilbertdirect  on Twitter for some time. His latest article caught my eye since it’s a question in the back of my mind and I think one that’s on many peoples radar. The topic is direct mail and more specifically, the lifespan of direct mail. Let’s be honest, direct mail is a dinosaur in the world of marketing and fundraising. It’s been around forever and although it changes and adapts, it’s still the senior member of many companies marketing campaigns. Being senior has it’s advantages and…
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  • Who Really Owns a Nonprofit?

    Greg McRay, EA
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:20 am
    The concept of who owns a nonprofit organization can be hard for some to grasp, especially given that the answer is, “No one…and everyone!”  We encounter this confusion with new clients on a fairly regular basis.  And, given people’s understanding of… The post Who Really Owns a Nonprofit? appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • Microsoft Official Chosen as CEO of Charity Navigator

    Justin Williamson
    6 Aug 2015 | 8:22 am
    Earlier this year we wrote about Charity Navigator, one of the top nonprofit evaluators in the country, parting ways with their CEO Ken Berger who had led the organization for nearly seven  years. Charity Navigator has now chosen Berger’s replacement. Michael Thatcher, a Microsoft… The post Microsoft Official Chosen as CEO of Charity Navigator appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • Judge Threatens to Hold IRS Commissioner in Contempt of Court

    Justin Williamson
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    This week, in the latest twist in the IRS targeting scandal, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan threatened to hold the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department attorneys in contempt of court after the IRS failed to… The post Judge Threatens to Hold IRS Commissioner in Contempt of Court appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • IRS Turned Over 501(c)(4) Documents to DOJ and FBI

    Justin Williamson
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:25 am
    Judicial Watch, a conservative advocacy group, released new documents last week indicating that the IRS gave the FBI 21 computer disks, which contained over a million pages of confidential tax returns of over 113,000 nonprofit social welfare groups (nearly every… The post IRS Turned Over 501(c)(4) Documents to DOJ and FBI appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • The Board Chair & Your Nominating Committee: Why They’re So Important

    Greg McRay, EA
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Nonprofits and social enterprise organizations rely immensely on their board of trustees. These individuals collectively can help propel a charity forward or become a roadblock to success. There are two areas where leaders should ensure that they are observing good board governance and practice, and they relate to the board chair and the nominating committee. The post The Board Chair & Your Nominating Committee: Why They’re So Important appeared first on Foundation Group®.
 
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  • “One Child, One Teacher, One Book, One Pen Can Change the World.”

    Pamela Hawley
    4 Sep 2015 | 1:12 pm
    It’s that exciting time of year again–back to school! Yet at UniversalGiving, we remind ourselves that an education is not a given for many children around the world. Indeed, some have faced bullets for the right to learn. One Simple Question Malala Asks the World Malala Yousafzai, the teenager who stood up to the Taliban for the right to go to school, asks a simple question the world must answer: “Why is it that giving guns is so easy but giving books is so hard?”  How You Can Help Helping every child to go to school is Malala’s “duty.” At UniversalGiving, we…
  • A Message from Millennials: It’s All About Social Responsibility

    Pamela Hawley
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:05 am
    By Karen Kwiatek If you are unfamiliar with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), now is the time to learn. Social responsibility in the private sector has grown rapidly over the past 50 years.  The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) defines CSR as “[T]he continuing commitment by business to contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of the community and society at large” (2015). Today, CSR is pervasive in the consciences of corporate professionals, responding to the ever-increasing…
  • Pamela’s Weekly Words of Wisdom: Celebrate the Beauty of Balance

    Pamela Hawley
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
    I hope I believe in balance. And part of that is identifying and knowing your team members’ goals outside of work. It’s important to have outside lives and interests.  You have to begin by recognizing those first for yourself.  Your team will see you modeling this balance and how it makes you a whole, fully giving person. We try to encourage our team to have outside interests, and to share their goals. We know UniversalGiving can’t be everything for everyone (even me ). And so I love to hear about the other interests—how can we help further them? One person wants to be a writer.
  • Pamela’s Weekly Words of Wisdom: Do Unto Others

    Pamela Hawley
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
    Do Unto Others is from ancient times.  Hearing different versions from philosophers and religious leaders make us realize the commonality of Truth.  What a wonderful way to tie the world together! “May I do unto others as I would that they should do unto me.” Plato, 5th century B.C. “Do not do unto others all that which is not well for oneself.” Zoroaster, 6th century B.C. “Hurt not others with that which pains thyself.” Buddha, 6th century B.C. “Do not do unto others what you do not want others to do unto you.” Confucius, 6th century B.C. “Do not unto others what thou…
  • Calling All Social Entrepreneurs! Apply to the Forbes Under 30 $1M Change the World Competition

    Pamela Hawley
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Our world is filled with amazing, inspiring young people who embody UniversalGiving‘s mission: to create a world where giving and volunteering are a natural part of everyday life™. We are so excited that Forbes is recognizing such individuals who have committed themselves fully to a cause with the Forbes Under 30 $1 Million Change the World Competition. This competition recognizes young social entrepreneurs doing truly impactful work as the founders, CEOs, and leaders of their own organizations. If you know of a deserving organization led by a committed young adult, encourage them…
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  • The Classic Pamela Positive: “Make Each Day Your Masterpiece.” – John Wooden

    Pamela Hawley
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:05 am
    “Make each day your masterpiece.” — John Wooden Unmatched. That’s what Coach John Wooden is asking us to be. To live a life unmatched each day — which is a masterpiece — means living according to your values. When I usually think about a gargantuan goal, I think of something more along the lines of an Olympian. Yet it doesn’t always mean running (or winning) a marathon. It is being your own masterpiece. That means today, you live with kindness in all the minute interactions you might have. It’s not just about doing your best, yet also treating others your best. …
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: Olympic Trainer and Nike Co-Founder Bill Bowerman Tells Us, It’s Already Inside

    Pamela Hawley
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:05 am
    “Everything you need is already inside. Just do it.” – Bill Bowerman I love Bill Bowerman’s quote, as he speaks to the potential and belief in each one of us… We should always strive to be our best and to believe in ourselves, even if we don’t always achieve our immediate goal. The importance is in the process and our motives. We should treat ourselves and others with the utmost care, meaning, “we believe!” The alternative is costly to our health, to what we can achieve, and to what the world will miss… What I love is that Bill Bowerman translated this belief across many…
  • Why You Shouldn’t Have a Best Friend

    Pamela Hawley
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:05 am
    Everyone has a best friend. Don’t they? Many of us have grown up saying “She’s my best friend.” But you shouldn’t. By having one best friend, you’re limiting your circle of intimacy and kindness. We have so many unique people who come into our lives at different times. They should be cherished as individuals, in the particular situation. In addition, having one best friend can exclude others, when where we want to be headed is expanding our concept of loving and giving, at every point we can. Different people can be your best friend at different times.
  • How to be a GoGetter

    Pamela Hawley
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:05 am
    This is a sweet piece which is my first professional writing from my first job right out of Duke. I was thinking intensely about how to give of oneself. Enjoy! GUCKENHEIMER “GOGETTERS” GoGetters. The Guckenheimer team is made up of gogetters. As a GEI employee, you are expected to complete your day to day tasks as a “gogetter”—attacking your job with spirit and energy! Your position is very important part of this team, and GEI would like to give you the tools to be able to succeed. For that reason it is very important you understand what is expected of you. You may expect that both…
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: It Was the Swinging of the Branches…

    Pamela Hawley
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:05 am
    This is a special piece I wrote when I was visiting my parents’ home. It was during a very tender time as I was going through my mid-life crisis at age 25. Here, I was waking up and saw the trees outside my bedroom window… I rested and reviewed my heart, my values, and what I value. And as I prayed I cleared my heart, bringing so much peace… I hope you enjoy, “It was the swinging of the branches…” It was the swinging of the branches… and the gray in between which made me realize how much I love God and how much He loves me. The mornings I wake up here, I see…
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  • Justin Bieber To Join Star-Studded Think It Up Telecast

    4 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a leading charitable organization of the entertainment industry, today announced the latest round of celebrity participants for the star-studded “roadblock” fundraising telecast in support of Think It Up, EIF’s new national education initiative, on Friday, September 11, 2015, at 8 pm ET & PT / 7 pm CT. Watch Think It Up Live! Friday, Sept 11 8|7CToday EIF announced the telecast will include special musical performances from Justin Bieber and Kacey Musgraves, as well as appearances by Jason Bateman, Halle Berry, Julie Chen,…
  • Steven Spielberg, Halle Berry And Steve Carell To Attend USC Shoah Foundation Gala

    4 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    On Sept. 10, 2015, Steven Spielberg will present William Clay Ford Jr., executive chairman of Ford Motor Company, with USC Shoah Foundation's highest honor — the Ambassador for Humanity Award –– at the organization’s annual gala. Ford will be recognized for his leadership and corporate citizenry around education and community. Golden Globe-winning, Emmy and Academy Award nominated actor Steve Carell will serve as host, with Emmy and Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry joining the evening’s program as special guest. Grammy Award winner James Taylor will provide a…
  • Bob And Lee Woodruff Host Hamptons Stands For Heroes

    4 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Bob & Lee Woodruff hosted Hamptons Stands for Heroes, which celebrated the work of The Bob Woodruff Foundation on Friday, August 28, 2015 at the home of Joan & George Hornig with media partner Beach Magazine in Water Mill, NY. Lee Woodruff at Hamptons Stands for HeroesCredit/Copyright: Lenny StuckerThe event, designed by Rafanelli Events, began with cocktails by Manhattan Moonshine, which debuted the world’s first premium un-aged whiskey, and beer from Montauk Brewery. In addition, guests enjoyed canapés served by Acquolina Catering, overlooking the grounds of the estate. The…
  • New Book Reveals Truth About Celebrities, Government Leaders And Human Rights

    4 Sep 2015 | 6:45 am
    Aung San Suu Kyi, U2, Judd Apatow, Sting, Nelson Mandela, Chris Hani, Dick Gregory, John Lewis, Muhammad Ali, Fannie Lou Hamer, Phyllis Naidoo, and James Groppi are just some of the names Jack Healey weaves together in his memoir being released on September 16 by Snail Press. The 77-year-old Healey has confronted the human rights abuses of governments for over 50 years, and is still actively campaigning through Human Rights Action Center, (HRAC) a nonprofit he founded in 1994. In addition to raising millions of dollars to stop world hunger, Healey helped move the topic of human rights from…
  • Charlotte Church Sings Out Against Arctic Drilling

    4 Sep 2015 | 5:30 am
    Singer-songwriter Charlotte Church recently gave a soulful live performance of ‘Requiem for Arctic Ice’ in protest at Shell’s attempts to drill for oil in the Arctic. The event was part of Greenpeace’s month-long run of Titanic-themed orchestral protests against Arctic drilling outside Shell’s offices on the South Bank. As an addition to the Requiem, Charlotte sang a version of ‘This Bitter Earth’ accompanied by a string ensemble – a poignant combination of works originally by Max Richter and Dinah Washington. The live recording of Charlotte’s…
 
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  • Nonprofit News Round Up

    intelmarx
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:01 pm
    Just in case you missed it, here is this week’s top nonprofit news stories 1. Creating A Social Media Calendar Taking the time to plan out your social media efforts for certain events and holidays can make or break the social engagement you see at those times. This is why crafting a social media calendar is crucial. Here are our tips to craft a great social media calendar…..(Read More). 2. Ways A Nonprofit Can Tell An Ethical Story In an effort to raise money and awareness for causes, nonprofit organizations often feel compelled to tell stories of desperate victims. This does…
  • Nonprofit vs. For Profit Business, Know The Differences

    intelmarx
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:03 am
    Photo provided by star-a-credit-repair-business.com By: Scott Kinser There are many similarities between nonprofit organization and for profit businesses. You register both, a non profit and a for profit business, with your state. In this section we’ll outline some of the core differences between the two. For a nonprofit, you have to show that you are a nonprofit by satisfying a few criteria. After you register your nonprofit with the state, you still have to get a nonprofit status with the IRS because as a nonprofit, one of the biggest benefits you have are some very big tax exemptions.
  • Press Release Tips For Sharing Your Nonprofits Success Story

    intelmarx
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:50 am
    By: Scott Kinser To fulfill their missions, many nonprofit organizations depend on grants, corporate social responsibility campaigns and partnerships with foundations and other organizations. A lot of time and effort go into submitting a grant application or developing a relationship with a sponsor company. Sharing the news of this success can help you not just build awareness around the work you’re doing, but also spur future opportunities. Here are 6 things that will help your next nonprofit press release stand out. 1. Coordinate with your partners in advance It’s important to identify…
  • Acquire New Supporters Through P2P Fundraising By Using SocialGood(TM)

    intelmarx
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:03 am
    Photo provided by fikobservatory.com By: Scott Kinser They often overlook this benefit because they’re only focused on hitting the immediate fundraising goal. And while there’s certainly nothing wrong with focusing on the “raising money” part, this shouldn’t come at the expense of the long term acquisition benefits of p2p. If you are thinking about adopting a peer-to-peer strategy keep these steps in mind to make sure you are continually growing your individual supporter base with our SocialGood™ software. 1. Understand Why P2P Works for Acquisition with SocialGood™ The Average…
  • Fusionmarx’s Conne>

    intelmarx
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:29 am
    By: Scott Kinser Conne><ted™ in conjunction with or without the use of “SocialGood™” can further enhance relations with your donors. Most businesses are paying multiple bills each month for different services. Using a single solution that has everything you need for your campaign makes it easier for you and your clients, that is what “Conne><ted™” is all about. Motivate people to act on an organization’s behalf. Through your Conne><ted™ site, members can feel special and embowered to be part of the online community that allows members to collaborate with…
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    Nonprofit Resource Memo

  • Interview Series: Jake Milofsky, Tree Care and Restoration Coordinator at Tree Pittsburgh

    M. P.
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:49 pm
    Jake Milofsky, a native of Squirrel Hill, is the Tree Care and Restoration Coordinator at Tree Pittsburgh, a non-profit dedicated to growing and protecting the City’s urban forest.  Since 2011, he has worked with community, City, and industry partners to facilitate tree care activities with volunteers throughout Pittsburgh neighborhoods.  Jake also provides technical support for communities interested in restoring the health and sustainability of their local green spaces. Jake Milofsky, Tree Care and Restoration Coordinator at Tree Pittsburgh, engages in some mulch management during a…
  • Pennsylvania’s Student Achievement Gap

    M. P.
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:28 am
    As students ready themselves to return to their classrooms, a report from the RAND Corporation looks past test scores to the issue of Pennsylvania’s student achievement gap – one of the largest in the country.  Although data from 2013 Pennsylvania standardized tests ranks the Commonwealth among the top ten states in student performance (according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)) RAND found sizable achievement gaps according to race/ethnicity, economic status, parent education, and school district. Some study findings: An achievement gap by race/ethnicity: The…
  • Study Identifies Patterns in Rural Grants

    M. P.
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:27 am
    A study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service suggests that grants to rural-based organizations are on the decline.  The report, Foundation Grants to Rural Areas from 2005 to 2010: Trends and Patterns by John Pender, examined data on grants from the Foundation Center (of at least $10,000 awarded by the largest private and community U.S. foundations between 2005-2010), the National Center for Charitable Statistics, the Census Bureau, and USDA’s Economic Research Service to identify patterns grant distribution to rural communities in the United States.
  • Interview Series: Danielle Hardy, Community Donations Specialist for Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania

    M. P.
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Danielle is a Community Donations Specialist for Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania Danielle Hardy is the Community Donations Specialist for Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania, where she focuses on donation acquisitions and community outreach events.  She is also on the board of directors for Macedonia Family and Community Enrichment Center Inc., a faith-based non-profit community outreach of Macedonia Church in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, PA.  As an organization, Macedonia FACE is committed to living out its mission to encourage the development of healthy families. Years in the…
  • Study: Americans with Disabilities Want to Work, are Working

    M. P.
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:13 am
    Americans with disabilities endeavor to find employment and are successful in overcoming obstacles in the workplace, according to the 2015 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey, the first nationally representative survey to examine the work experiences of adult Americans with disabilities.  Approximately 68 percent of respondents indicated they were looking for work, have worked, or were currently employed since the onset of disability. Persons currently working averaged 35.5 hours a week, and over half (60.7 percent) worked 40+ hours a week.  The majority of those…
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  • ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter, September 2, 2015

    F. Jay Hall
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:37 am
    ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter         Connecting Mission & Talent Since 1999 September 2, 2015         In this issue – Q&A: How Do I Broach the Salary Topic When Interviewing? – New Job Postings – Resume Review & Career Counseling – Follow ExecSearches.com on Twitter and Facebook             Q&A: How Do I Broach the Salary Topic When Interviewing? […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter, August 26, 2015

    F. Jay Hall
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:16 pm
    ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter         Connecting Mission & Talent Since 1999 August 26, 2015         In this issue – Q&A: How To Maximize and Expand Your Connections – New Job Postings – Resume Review & Career Counseling – Follow ExecSearches.com on Twitter and Facebook             Q&A: How To Maximize and Expand Your Connections Q:  I am a […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter, August 19, 2015

    F. Jay Hall
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:47 am
    ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter         Connecting Mission & Talent Since 1999 August 19, 2015         In this issue – Q&A: Using Familiararity To Your Job-Seeking Advantage – New Job Postings – Resume Review & Career Counseling – Follow ExecSearches.com on Twitter and Facebook Q&A: Using Familiararity To Your Job-Seeking Advantage Q:   I am applying to an organization […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter, August 12, 2015

    F. Jay Hall
    13 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter         Connecting Mission & Talent Since 1999 August 12, 2015         In this issue – Q&A: How To Regain Traction During a Stalled Job Search – New Job Postings – Resume Review & Career Counseling – Follow ExecSearches.com on Twitter and Facebook             Q&A: How To Regain Traction During a Stalled Job Search […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter, August 5, 2015

    F. Jay Hall
    6 Aug 2015 | 2:06 pm
    ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter         Connecting Mission & Talent Since 1999 August 5, 2015 In this issue – Q&A: How Do I Transfer My Skills Into New Opportunities? – New Job Postings – Resume Review & Career Counseling – Follow ExecSearches.com on Twitter and Facebook             Q&A: How Do I Transfer My Skills Into New Opportunities? […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Fundraising Friday | September 4, 2015

    Pamela Grow
    4 Sep 2015 | 5:08 am
    This week’s What’s in my Mailbox: never forget the power of handwritten. Have your tissues handy. The British Heart Foundation knocks it out of the park in this week’s Power of Non-Profit Storytelling. Major Gifts: A Thing of the Heart – Introduction. This. This is the heart of all we do. A super Nonprofit Blog Carnival from Kivi. Sharing Progress and Communicating Accomplishments.And Mary Cahalane’s up next with the September call for submissions:  How do you say thanks? Bloomerang with 21 Ideas for your nonprofit’s donation confirmation page. Pick a few. Our…
  • What’s in my Mailbox | The power of handwritten

    Pamela Grow
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:36 am
    I’ve been a monthly donor to Living Yoga in Seattle for awhile now. Living Yoga brings the study and practice of yoga to kids, youth and adults in correctional facilities, drug treatment centers, and behavioral/mental health facilities. It’s a wonderful mission and I love the occasional handwritten thank you notes from clients, such as this one. Never underestimate the power of handwritten (click to tweet!) – and thank you notes from clients add a very special touch. Click to view. What the heck is What’s in my Inbox, What’s in my Mailbox, and the Power of Storytelling? Glad you…
  • The Power of Non-Profit Storytelling | British Heart Foundation knocks it out of the park

    Pamela Grow
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    The British Heart Foundation’s recent campaign packs one heck of a hard-hitting, emotional punch, driving their point home: heart disease is devastating. And heart disease is particularly devastating in how it can impact your children, forever changing their lives. This point is illustrated in a brutally honest way, through a narrative depicting a brief father and son interaction, brought to life within the walls of a dreary yet average grade school classroom, where students are hunkered down, working quietly and diligently. The young boy looks up to see his father standing before him.
  • Fundraising Friday | August 28, 2015

    Pamela Grow
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:01 am
    If you read only one post this week, read this one, via the Veritus Group, where Jeff Schreifels shares Tyre’s story as a chef at Atlantic City Rescue Mission. It’s a powerful reminder of both the power of storytelling – and why we do what we do. Could you find a more perfect example of a non-profit donor enewsletter than this one, from Feeding America? This week’s What’s in my Inbox. Our very own Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection has been awarded a Bloomie Award! Facebook Launches Donate Now Button for Nonprofits: Field of Dreams? New from Beth Kanter. Kris from Nonprofit…
  • What’s in my Inbox | The perfect non-profit email newsletter?

    Pamela Grow
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:58 am
    Why should your nonprofit be regularly communicating with your supporters via email? Well, the reasons are legion: it’s fast, it’s cheap (while not free, email must be one of the cheapest acquisition tools available), when done right, it’s got a terrific return on investment, unlike social media, email provides you with the opportunity to create a one-on-one relationship with your subscriber/supporter …and best of all: IT WORKS. But, getting back to that ‘when done right’ point: are you creating the kind of email newsletters your supporters love? Are they joyful? Donor-centered?
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  • Five Tips to Raise Awareness of Your Social-Change Film

    admin
    4 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Bad things can happen to good organizations, just like they can happen to good people. Unintended consequences from deeply rooted issues, as well as unpredictable life events, can strike nonprofit organizations just like they do everyday individuals. The post Five Tips to Raise Awareness of Your Social-Change Film appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • When Bad Things Happen to Good Organizations

    wake101
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Bad things can happen to good organizations, just like they can happen to good people. Unintended consequences from deeply rooted issues, as well as unpredictable life events, can strike nonprofit organizations just like they do everyday individuals. The post When Bad Things Happen to Good Organizations appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • The Changing Role of the Event Planner

    wake101
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Job Vacancy – Event Planner: Coordinate events, booking entertainers, decorating facilities, ordering flowers, hiring wait staff and sampling menu. Serve as timekeeper and resource planner, managing invitations and assets (projectors, printers, lighting). The post The Changing Role of the Event Planner appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • Going Back to School: Signs Your PR or Event Team Needs a Reboot

    admin
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Wakeman Agency’s “This Week in Social Change” feature takes a snapshot at high-impact headlines and happenings in the social-change space. We consistently mine the nonprofit and social-change landscape, assessing opportunities to learn from disruption in action, innovation in the works and even eye-opening missteps along the way. The post Going Back to School: Signs Your PR or Event Team Needs a Reboot appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • August 2015 Newsletter from The Wakeman Agency

    wake101
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:32 am
    Take Out, the monthly newsletter of The Wakeman Agency, is your one-stop shop for a rundown of the agency news. Get in the know about some upcoming events, Wakeman successes and, of course, the very best from our blog on PR, event planning, media relations and communications strategies for nonprofits and socially responsible businesses. To have the newsletter delivered straight to your inbox, sign up today. The post August 2015 Newsletter from The Wakeman Agency appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
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  • Event 360 Spotlight: Nanette Schlarmann

    Molly Fast
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re excited to introduce this week’s Event 360 Teammate Spotlight. Enjoy a glimpse into the personal and professional life of Nanette Schlarmann. Position: San Diego Crew & Volunteer Coordinator, Susan G. Komen 3-Day Start Year: 2008 What job did you hold right before you came to work at Event 360? I worked as a Buyer’s Agent for a lovely real estate agent in Big Bear, CA. Was there anything in particular that brought you to Event 360? The passion of the Komen 3-Day. If you weren’t working at Event 360 what would you be doing? Photographing many things… I hope. Favorite…
  • Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day Recap #2

    Molly Fast
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:50 am
    The Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day kept the Event 360 team on their toes. Last week we heard from Vehicle Coordinator, Liz Parks. Next up is Robin Shapiro, who played the role of Route Participant Liaison, affectionately called the “caboose.” In this role, Robin is responsible for working with the “back of the pack” walkers, ensuring no one gets left behind by motivating, supporting, and encouraging them and offering solutions to stay on track. Tuesday, August 18th (Prep Day) As is the case for many working mamas, my event week begins with lots of preparation to make sure that…
  • Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day Recap #1

    Molly Fast
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day kept the Event 360 team on their toes. This recap is from Liz Parks who played the role of Vehicle Coordinator. In this role Liz is responsible for managing all event-related vehicles in order to meet the transportation needs and expectations of event staff and crew members. Monday, August 17 (Travel Day) I left home at 8:40 a.m. and arrived in the Twin Cities at 1:50 p.m. and headed to the car rental to get a minivan. I plugged in the phone GPS to find my hotel. Once there, I got organized and waited for Tami Gray to arrive for dinner. Tuesday, August 18…
  • Event 360 Spotlight: Jillian Schranz

    Molly Fast
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re excited to introduce this week’s Event 360 Teammate Spotlight. Enjoy a glimpse into the personal and professional life of Jillian Schranz! Position: Director of Business Development Start Year: 2006   What job did you hold right before you came to work at Event 360? Waitress, PF Chang’s and Intern, Planned Parenthood Chicagoland Area (true story). Was there anything in particular that brought you to Event 360? The role of coach coordinator on the Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk seemed exciting, challenging and purposeful. I fell in love with the event life and the…
  • Event 360 Spotlight: Matt Tremback

    Molly Fast
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re excited to introduce this week’s Event 360 Teammate Spotlight. Enjoy a glimpse into the personal and professional life of Matt Tremback! Position: Senior Accountant Start Year: 2009 What job did you hold right before you came to work at Event 360? Starting at Event 360 as an intern in college, the job right before was as a bar-back at my uncle’s wine bar. At the beginning of my internship, I was actually working both of those jobs. Before that, I was building backyard ponds and doing construction. Standard run of the mill background for an accountant. Was there anything in…
 
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  • This Labor Day, Remember There Is Power in a Union

    Ryan Schlegel
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:00 pm
    NCRP knows there is power in a union. Whether we’re highlighting the great work of grassroots organizers or keeping a close eye on the power of organized money in America, our work in the philanthropic sector often dovetails with that of our country’s robust labor movement. For more than a century, organized labor has been a pillar of progressive politics, providing the financial heft and people power to counter policies that hurt the poor, people of color and other underserved groups. Labor Day is a time to celebrate this righteous shared history, and plan together for a more just…
  • Katrina at 10 – And the Truth about the Work Left to Be Done

    Ryan Schlegel
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:54 am
    Last week in New Orleans, a host of foundations and nonprofits teamed up with political partners at the local, regional and national levels to commemorate the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina and celebrate the progress wrought in the decade since. Through their Katrina 10 project, they’ve set out to tell a story of sorrow turned into renewal. With language about “opportunity, out of necessity,” city-wide reform, an economic boom and the city’s resilience, the project declares, New Orleans was laid low, but look what progress we’ve made in the years since the levees broke. Bearing in…
  • Required Reading for Southern Funders: New “Unequal Lives” Report

    Ryan Schlegel
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:49 am
    “In the rural South, more than one in four children and nearly as many women live in poverty. When race and ethnicity are taken into consideration, the poverty rate is more than double for African-Americans and Latinos compared to their white counterparts. For women and children living in the rural South, poverty is the result of unequal social, political and economic conditions – failing school systems, high levels of unemployment, poor public infrastructure and housing, and the lack of access to quality healthcare – that have persisted over many decades.” So begins the executive…
  • Summer Issue of “Responsive Philanthropy” Looks at Katrina@10 and More

    Aaron Dorfman
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:35 am
    Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans, causing unprecedented devastation made all the worse by an infamously inadequate response from the federal government. I was living in Miami at the time, and the eye of Katrina actually passed right over my house when it was still a relatively weak Category 1 storm. After it crossed Florida and entered the Gulf of Mexico, Katrina strengthened and began its march north. I’m sure we all remember being glued to the television as we watched the ordeal unfold. In the midst of this crisis, many in the philanthropic and nonprofit…
  • Double Edge Theatre: Connecting Arts, Culture and Community with Hess Foundation Support

    National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
    By: Elizabeth Myrick Located in rural Ashfield, MA, Double Edge Theatre describes its work as “creating a ‘living culture’ by developing the highest quality of original theatre performance – based on artists’ interaction with the communities in which the work takes place.” While maintaining a permanent center of performance, training, research and cultural exchange in western Massachusetts, Double Edge travels throughout the United States, South America and Europe, residing in communities for several weeks. The company works with residents, including local artists and…
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    Social Media Strategy for Mission-Driven Organizations

  • Social Media Metrics That Matter

    Debra Askanase
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:18 am
    I had the privilege of presenting at the Dallas and Austin Social Media for Nonprofits Conferences this month on the topic of social media metrics. As some readers may know, I’ve recently started a collaboration with colleague Allison Fine to create Matterness Consulting, a consultancy focused on bringing Matterness to the way that mission-driven organizations work. As a result of our Matterness work, I’ve shifted how I think about social media metrics. While many track “What actions are stakeholders taking as a result of our social media communication,” I believe that…
  • Graduates: So You Want To Work In Social Media

    Debra Askanase
    26 May 2015 | 10:23 am
    Creative Commons photo, courtesy of COD Newsroom ‘Tis the Season for commencement speeches, graduation plans, and career-promoting thoughts. Several times a month, someone sends me a message along the lines of “I’d love to get into social media…” or “I have a friend who is looking to work in social media,” or the most common question of all…” Can you help me find a job in social media or digital strategy?” I often can’t help folks find the job they want, and I don’t have the time for all the cups of coffee proffered. What…
  • Benchmark Yourself: 2015 M+R Digital Benchmarks Study

    Debra Askanase
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Every year, I look forward to the M+R Benchmarks Study, a review of email, online fundraising, website activity, and social media nonprofit digital activities. The study, partnering with NTEN, offers a “state of the sector,” if you will, of how mission-driven organizations are using digital media, tools, and resources to engage, raise funds, recruit, and activate stakeholders. This year’s study also includes information on paid web marketing (paid search, web/text display ads, retargeting). As Amy Sample Ward, CEO of the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) shares: “This is…
  • Creating Entry Points Using The Social Technographics Ladder

    Debra Askanase
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:22 am
    Courtesy of Forrester Research I had an “aha!” moment last week while I was re-reading Chapter 4 of the book Groundswell, The Social Technographics Profile chapter I had been thinking about engagement along a sequential ladder of engagement all along. I had been thinking sequentially. I forgot about the jump. As a community organizer, I often thought of ladders of engagement as sequential and deepening investments. I would look for potential members, then invite members to step into leadership, and craft strategies to deepen core engagement with the cause. I thought of engagement…
  • Two New Reports Tell a Story of 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends

    Debra Askanase
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:53 am
    Two new nonprofit communications reports shed a light on how nonprofit organizations are strategizing, executing, and approaching both digital and traditional communications. The 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report (#NPcomm2015), published by Kivi Leroux Miller and Nonprofit Marketing Guide, is a comprehensive look at trends in nonprofit communications, including staffing, marketing goals, communication priorities and time investment, calls to action, and direct mail activities. This is the fifth publication year, with 1,525 participating nonprofits. The first 2015 Digital Outlook…
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    Mark Holmgren's Blog: Anticipate!

  • What’s wrong? People are suffering.

    Mark Holmgren
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:59 am
    I never understood “don’t shoot the messenger” as the stereotypical retort the messenger must use to defend her delivery of a message. Maybe we need a new cultural utterance like “You know how the messenger shoots those who don’t listen.” Sometimes the message is actually a question, albeit unsettling in that the inquiry is unanticipated or more often, unwanted. We tend to prefer questions we can answer from our current inventory of answers. It allows us comfort and stability. Even when we craft something new or design an innovation, all too often we end up creating newly painted…
  • Let’s lock up the homeless, you know, for their own good

    Mark Holmgren
    6 Aug 2015 | 7:24 am
    When I think of a “wellness” centre, I imagine a place where one might be able to exercise, see a nutritionist, take a course on personal development, learn more about parenting, or see a counselor. Some of you might imagine a wellness centre as something akin to a health spa where you can spend an arm and a leg to get your arms and legs massaged or exfoliated or poked with acupuncture needles. My guess is none of you would imagine a wellness centre as a place where inebriated homeless people are locked up in a cell without any due process of law and then set free a few hours…
  • Why we can’t shop our way to a better economy

    Mark Holmgren
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:33 pm
    This is about the United States, but it rings true in Canada and around the world. More and more our economy is becoming controlled by a small group of big businesses. How does that bode for the future of our societies? Quoted from YouTube: “Published on Nov 23, 2012 “Stacy Mitchell is a researcher and writer at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), a national nonprofit organization that challenges corporate consolidation of the economy and champions policies to nurture community-scaled enterprise. “Stacy directs two ILSR initiatives on independent business and…
  • What are “Market Forces” Anyway?

    Mark Holmgren
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:26 pm
    I was reading an article about the NDP Government’s dialogue with the oil industry. I apologise for not recording the URL, but one of the major topics was the environment of course. One CEO was quoted as saying something like the government should let big business deal with environmental goals based on market forces. While I would agree that the government and the oil industry need to work together, it struck me that I am not quite sure what market forces really means? So I did a bit of looking. BusinessDictionary.com offers this definition: “Forces of demand and supply…
  • How We Keep the Poor Living in Poverty

    Mark Holmgren
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:16 pm
    It’s not that we do so on purpose. Our intentions are good, but how we go about trying to help the poor often ends up keeping them poor. Even when we come up with “good” solutions, often we only go part way. And sometimes what society offers the poor seems more punitive than helpful. Income security benefits, for example, are to be blunt, disgraceful. People cannot live on what these benefits provide and it’s not because poor people are bad at personal budgeting. For example if you are a single person, your income security allowance is $627.00 per month for food and…
 
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  • NONPROFIT BRANDING: Sweatshirts Were NOT Stolen From Under Our Client’s Nose. (Because His Head Was Turned!)

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:38 am
    VisABILITY Mantra: Buy Cautiously! You can always reorder. One East Coast development director ignored our advice. He purchased a gross of sweatshirts every couple weeks – red HANES raglan-sleeve sweats with a gorgeous and very tricky metallic silver imprint. Janice and I insisted he was overdoing it. We urged him to get a better handle on his inventory […]
  • NONPROFIT BRANDING: Why the Lord of Logos rules the Nonprofit Marketplace!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:42 am
    The Lord of Logos – Powerful, but Benign We all develop affinity for specific foods, products, activities, causes, teams, beliefs and more. More important: we define ourselves – and interpret other people – by observing evidence of personal affinities. Affinities generate personal descriptors – a form of verbal and visual shorthand. Market-savvy nonprofit managers strategically obtain three major […]
  • NONPROFIT BRANDING: When Pennies Count, Dimes Rule. Then You’re In Trouble!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    By using production shortcuts, almost any imprinted promotional product, or a close copy, can be made for a lower cost. That means almost any product, or a close copy, can be sold for a lower price.  In an effort to save a few hundred dollars on an order of logo-products, responsibility for budget sometimes trumps responsibility for brand integrity.  That […]
  • Harley Davidson, Your Nonprofit & a Mystery of Life!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    Hard to believe – more money is spent on products with Harley Davidson logos than on the actual motorcycles. Much more! More money spent on often garish caps, shirts, jackets, and banners….. than on noisy metal. Rejoice! This proves a point about branding.  Your logo has more leverage than you realize. A useful product with […]
  • Logo-Imprinted Mobile Electronics Can Trip Up Your Nonprofit!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    Mobile cell phone chargers.  Miniature speakers.  Cool connecting cords.  Portable electronics.  Put your own logo on a branding product that will be used and respected and seen and admired in the nonprofit marketplace. This is a great emerging Branding Product category. But be careful. New and untested factories and products enter the market faster than […]
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  • NONPROFIT BRANDING: Sweatshirts Were NOT Stolen From Under Our Client’s Nose. (Because His Head Was Turned!)

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:38 am
    VisABILITY Mantra: Buy Cautiously! You can always reorder. One East Coast development director ignored our advice. He purchased a gross of sweatshirts every couple weeks – red HANES raglan-sleeve sweats with a gorgeous and very tricky metallic silver imprint. Janice and I insisted he was overdoing it. We urged him to get a better handle on his inventory […]
  • NONPROFIT BRANDING: Why the Lord of Logos rules the Nonprofit Marketplace!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    17 Mar 2015 | 11:42 am
    The Lord of Logos – Powerful, but Benign We all develop affinity for specific foods, products, activities, causes, teams, beliefs and more. More important: we define ourselves – and interpret other people – by observing evidence of personal affinities. Affinities generate personal descriptors – a form of verbal and visual shorthand. Market-savvy nonprofit managers strategically obtain three major […]
  • NONPROFIT BRANDING: When Pennies Count, Dimes Rule. Then You’re In Trouble!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    By using production shortcuts, almost any imprinted promotional product, or a close copy, can be made for a lower cost. That means almost any product, or a close copy, can be sold for a lower price.  In an effort to save a few hundred dollars on an order of logo-products, responsibility for budget sometimes trumps responsibility for brand integrity.  That […]
  • Harley Davidson, Your Nonprofit & a Mystery of Life!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    Hard to believe – more money is spent on products with Harley Davidson logos than on the actual motorcycles. Much more! More money spent on often garish caps, shirts, jackets, and banners….. than on noisy metal. Rejoice! This proves a point about branding.  Your logo has more leverage than you realize. A useful product with […]
  • Logo-Imprinted Mobile Electronics Can Trip Up Your Nonprofit!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    Mobile cell phone chargers.  Miniature speakers.  Cool connecting cords.  Portable electronics.  Put your own logo on a branding product that will be used and respected and seen and admired in the nonprofit marketplace. This is a great emerging Branding Product category. But be careful. New and untested factories and products enter the market faster than […]
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    Notations on Non-Profits

  • “Should I Use the 1023-EZ Form?”: Pro’s and Con’s

    Erin
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Not too long ago the IRS released a new Application for Exemption (1023-EZ) to help with its backlog. Shorter, and filled out online, it allows certain organizations to get determination letters quicker. Typically those bringing in a small amount of revenue. But in the time leading up to, and shortly after, finalizing the form you’d […]
  • What You Don’t Know, But Should, About Sweepstakes and Contests

    Erin
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:18 pm
    Image from: http://www.gratisography.com/#people There is no denying the major impact a sweepstakes or contest can have for a startup. Especially at such an important stage. When creating buzz can mean life or death. But as simple as sweepstakes and contests seem, they can also cause unwanted trouble if not carefully thought out. There is more involved […]
  • What You Can Do In ONE Minute Today…

    Erin
    18 Jul 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Know that feeling when you find a twenty in your back jean pocket? Or unopened butterscotch at the bottom of your bag? Both sum up how we feel being nominated for a Best Legal Blog contest hosted by The Expert Institute. Really, it’s exciting for a number of reasons. One, who doesn’t want to be […]
  • Disrupt Your Industry Within The Comfort Of Your Own Fence

    Erin
    12 Jul 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Not too long ago I wrote a post for Startup Grind to help startup organizations (be they charities, social ventures of otherwise) trail-blaze while managing the risk. Had a “duh” moment and posting here for all the readers who are shaking things up.   Disruption seems to be the name of the game these days. […]
  • What You May Not Know, But Should, When Adding Technology

    Erin
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:19 pm
    Image: Jeff Sheldon https://unsplash.com/photos/9dI3g8owHiI/download   Having just figured out the “emoji,” I get how difficult it is to keep up with technology. Let alone the evolving issues that come with it. As my Netsquared chat (deets here if you’re in Houston) on nonprofit technology quickly approaches (Eek!) I’m ironing out the legal points to touch on. […]
 
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    Vistas: Geri Stengel’s Blog

  • How To Make The Connections That Make Things Happen

    Geri Stengel
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Research shows that entrepreneurs with larger and more diverse networks grow their businesses bigger. Yet, networking can be uncomfortable, especially if you’re an introvert. Leave it to an introvert, Dorie Clark, to write a practical, actionable e-book, Stand Out Networking: A Simple and Authentic Way to Meet People on Your Own Terms, that anyone can follow. It maps out how to make meaningful connections that can lead to an investment, a major new customer or partnership, media coverage, a publishing contract, a speaking opportunity, and much more. Read all of How To Make The…
  • Profit Is Nice. Margins Are Even Better

    Geri Stengel
    16 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Most people who own a company would say that a big reason they’re in business is to make money. There’s more to being successful, however, than the absolute dollar amount you bring in. Revenue and profit are important, but alone they do not provide the full picture of a company’s overall health. Revenue shows how much you’ve earned and profits show how much money your company has made in absolute terms. Margin ratios, however, offer a look at your profitability by telling you how much you're making relative to your revenue. It's not an absolute…
  • An Agile Mindset: Not Just For the Leader

    Geri Stengel
    12 Aug 2015 | 4:32 pm
    What sets highly successful leaders apart from the rest? Agile learning does, and entrepreneurs are better at it than corporate executives, according to The Korn Ferry Institute. They should know. The Institute researches leadership and has found that the ability to navigate through novel situations—and to learn from experience without becoming rigid—is a key leadership skill set. Agile learners are better able to work through complex problems drive innovation and grow a bottom line. The three traits characterize of an agile learner: Tolerance of ambiguity: Comfort with vague…
  • 6 Common Misconceptions About Equity Crowdfunding

    Geri Stengel
    10 Aug 2015 | 5:16 pm
    Only a tiny percentage of wealthy people—less than 3%—who qualify to become angel investors actually do so. When people decide to claim their accreditation wings, angels are the most likely investors to focus on early-stage companies. In 2014, angels invested $24.1 billion in 73,400 U.S.-based ventures, according to the Center for Venture Research. There is now a new way to reach angels that centralizes, streamlines and brings transparency to the financing process for both entrepreneurs and investors: equity crowdfunding. This is done using…
  • 9 Ways to Perfect Your Pitch and Investor Presentation

    Geri Stengel
    7 Aug 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Whether you’re pitching to investors at a business plan competition, angel group meeting or one-on-one, your goal is to interest them enough so they want to know more about you and about your company. “You need to present a compelling business case that makes them believe not only that your company will generate significant returns on their investment, but also that you have the capability to execute that vision,” according to Amy Millman, president of Springboard Enterprises, an accelerator for women-led businesses in technology, media and…
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    Sharing the Goodness

  • Top 10 Promotional Ideas for School Fundraisers

    Alice Curley
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:57 am
    Successful fundraisers don’t just happen – they require time, planning and promotion. BiddingForGood has helped schools and nonprofits run over 29,000 online auctions, and we know that the right promotion can make all the difference. Schools are uniquely positioned to reach out to their parent and local communities, and we’ve compiled this list of Top 10 Promotional Ideas for School Fundraisers to help make sure you cover all the bases Backpack flyers Schools usually have a dedicated day when all homebound print communication is sent to parents via their students. Get the necessary…
  • Quality Item Images Inspire More Bids

    Alice Curley
    14 Aug 2015 | 1:16 pm
    There are many advantages to putting your auction online, and one of them is being able to inspire more bidding through the use of images. For example, even the best description of a great trip, doesn’t quite capture how amazing the trip will be. Online you have a great opportunity to grab your bidders’ attention and inspire more bids with excellent images. Before they even go to your event, bidders have a chance to look through all of your items and images and decide what they want to bid on. They can bid before they even get in the door, and they will have much more motivation to bid…
  • BiddingForGood is Acquired by FrontStream Holdings, Adding Best-in-Class Auction and Event Management Services to FrontStream’s Set of Philanthropic Solutions For Nonprofits and Corporations.

    Alice Curley
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Cambridge, MA– July 27, 2015 – FrontStream Holdings LLC, the foremost provider of philanthropy solutions for nonprofits and corporations, has acquired BiddingForGood. This move is the latest in a series of strategic moves made by FrontStream and is consistent with their commitment to the development of a completely comprehensive platform for nonprofits and corporations. BiddingForGood is the most widely recognized platform for online auction and event management and gives fundraisers a cloud-based, intuitive, and easy-to-use, solution that helps them raise more money by offering anytime,…
  • The Art of the Scramble: How to run an amazing auction with very little time

    Alice Curley
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:44 am
    It’s July 22nd, and the powers that be have decided you need to run an amazing auction on August 22nd. You have no auction team, no items, no promotional plan, no venue, you have nothing but a complete lack of time. What do you do? For starters, you put your auction online. Take finding a venue, booking a band, finding a caterer, hiring an auctioneer, and all the hassles of running an event off the list of things to be stressed about. And then… Round up the usual suspects Reach out to the friends and colleagues you know you can count on. They’ve been volunteers before and they know the…
  • What Successful Auction Chairs Do Differently

    Alice Curley
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:42 am
    They get started early Who is thinking about their fall auction in July? The most successful auction chairs are. They know that they need to start planning now. Organizing their donor lists, writing their donor solicitation letters, and creating their donor solicitation plan isn’t put off until September. They know how important it is to start early. They still relax and relish the summer months, but they make item solicitation part of their summer activities   They always ask for help The most successful auction chairs don’t go it alone. They know how important it is to have a great…
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  • A summer adventure on the John Muir Trail

    christine
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:27 pm
    This past spring and summer I was immersed in learning and writing about the benefits of nature and wilderness for youth, for science, for parks and for everyone. I attended a summit at UC Berkeley in March (where I shook hands with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell!), relished the Bay Area Open Space Council’s 25th Anniversary conference in May and wrote grant proposals (for projects like this one) to support a stronger and more diverse constituency for our national lands. It was time for me to drink from the streams of adventure and discovery. On my first day on the trail,…
  • Women rising to leadership

    christine
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:13 pm
    How can we solve tough environmental and social problems if women continue to be underrepresented in leadership positions in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors? How can we change this reality? In June, the Women’s Environmental Network (WEN) organized a groundbreaking event on how women can rise to leadership roles in the environmental sector.  The topic resonated widely. More than 100 participants came out to the Impact Hub San Francisco to hear from our three esteemed panelists: Savanna Ferguson, California Environmental Associates Francesca Vietor, The San Francisco…
  • Storytelling tools and resources for nonprofit communicators

    christine
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:25 pm
    Why are stories important for nonprofit communicators and fundraisers? Through stories, we help people to understand, relate to and remember difficult or complex issues. Stories make emotional connections. We inspire action and engage people through stories. Stories influence thought leaders and decision makers. In this post, I highlight five outstanding online tools and resources to help you share stories that will motivate your audiences. Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences: Presentation innovator Nancy Duarte is the CEO of Duarte Inc. based in Sunnyvale,…
  • What is the new vision for California State Parks and how will it be funded?

    christine
    5 Feb 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Towering Redwoods, Hendy Woods State Park According to a new report, the struggling and underfunded California state park system can transform into a model of sustainability for park systems worldwide. This new system will be one that protects California’s iconic landscapes, natural resources, and cultural heritage; engages a diversity of Californians; and promotes healthy lifestyles. To achieve this vision, there is a lot of work to be done. The report by the Parks Forward Commission outlines recommendations, actions steps and entities responsible to achieve two-year and…
  • Singing praises for fundraisers and philanthropists

    christine
    30 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    A common yellowthroat sings loudly while perched on a branch in Oregon’s William L Finley National Wildlife Reserve. Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “In winter all the singing is in the tops of the trees,” wrote poet Mary Oliver. Or if you attended San Francisco’s National Philanthropy Day in November, all the singing came from Kat Taylor as she serenaded a room full of fundraisers and philanthropists while accepting this year’s award for “Outstanding Philanthropists.” The Outstanding Philanthropists Award celebrates philanthropists who have made a meaningful and…
 
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    Notations on Non-Profits

  • “Should I Use the 1023-EZ Form?”: Pro’s and Con’s

    Erin
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Not too long ago the IRS released a new Application for Exemption (1023-EZ) to help with its backlog. Shorter, and filled out online, it allows certain organizations to get determination letters quicker. Typically those bringing in a small amount of revenue. But in the time leading up to, and shortly after, finalizing the form you’d […]
  • What You Don’t Know, But Should, About Sweepstakes and Contests

    Erin
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:18 pm
    Image from: http://www.gratisography.com/#people There is no denying the major impact a sweepstakes or contest can have for a startup. Especially at such an important stage. When creating buzz can mean life or death. But as simple as sweepstakes and contests seem, they can also cause unwanted trouble if not carefully thought out. There is more involved […]
  • What You Can Do In ONE Minute Today…

    Erin
    18 Jul 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Know that feeling when you find a twenty in your back jean pocket? Or unopened butterscotch at the bottom of your bag? Both sum up how we feel being nominated for a Best Legal Blog contest hosted by The Expert Institute. Really, it’s exciting for a number of reasons. One, who doesn’t want to be […]
  • Disrupt Your Industry Within The Comfort Of Your Own Fence

    Erin
    12 Jul 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Not too long ago I wrote a post for Startup Grind to help startup organizations (be they charities, social ventures of otherwise) trail-blaze while managing the risk. Had a “duh” moment and posting here for all the readers who are shaking things up.   Disruption seems to be the name of the game these days. […]
  • What You May Not Know, But Should, When Adding Technology

    Erin
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:19 pm
    Image: Jeff Sheldon https://unsplash.com/photos/9dI3g8owHiI/download   Having just figured out the “emoji,” I get how difficult it is to keep up with technology. Let alone the evolving issues that come with it. As my Netsquared chat (deets here if you’re in Houston) on nonprofit technology quickly approaches (Eek!) I’m ironing out the legal points to touch on. […]
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  • September Food for Thought: What Are the Experts Saying?

    Tessa Srebro
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:21 am
    At VolunteerMatch we learn so much from other experts in the fields of volunteer engagement and nonprofit management, and we want to help you stay up to date on the latest news and trends. Here’s some food for thought to get your September going… The Top 10 Things Executive Directors Need to Know About Volunteer Services From Volunteer Plain Talk: Do you feel a disconnect between how you and your executive director view your volunteer program? Meridian Swift puts your feelings into words, topped with a dash of humor. Transforming Volunteers into Strategic Messengers From JFFixler…
  • Vote for the 2015 Innovation Award Winner!

    Tessa Srebro
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:27 am
    “Innovation” is not always the first word that comes to mind when people think of nonprofits. Why is this? Across the globe, nonprofits are making huge strides in solving problems and making the world a better place. And many are doing this through innovative partnerships with corporations. At the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit, we want to recognize these original and cutting-edge nonprofits. That’s why we created the Innovation Award. We reached out to our family of corporate clients and asked them to nominate their favorite nonprofit partners – the ones driving change by thinking…
  • When Volunteers Fall Off the Radar

    Tessa Srebro
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:17 am
    Guest post by Elisa Kosarin, Twenty Hats This post was originally published on Twenty Hats. How do you manage volunteers who have dropped off the radar screen? Twenty Hats turns to a pro for the answers. What do you do when a volunteer drops the ball – either fails to fulfill their responsibilities or just plain falls off the radar? It’s a scenario that causes plenty of heartburn for supervisors who are then placed in the uncomfortable position of holding a difficult conversation. And for some volunteer supervisors, the dread around addressing this unfortunate issue makes it hard to even…
  • 9 Quotes to Inspire Your Volunteers (And Yourself!)

    Tessa Srebro
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:31 am
    Guest post by Lesley J. Vos Even the most devoted volunteers experience a lack of inspiration and motivation from time to time. As a volunteer leader, it’s you who can change this. You can encourage your volunteers, engage and motivate them to grow, and become a source of inspiration! There are many ways you can do this. What is one simple way? Sometimes the right words can perform magic, helping us reach new horizons and inspiring us to do good for others. Share these awesome quotes to inspire your volunteers (and yourself next time your organization can use a little extra…
  • Nonprofit Spotlight: Catholic Charities Community Services

    Tessa Srebro
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:52 am
    Linda holding her CVA certification! In the 1970s, Linda Tailleart taught students in a Michigan classroom. It’s here that she first began working with volunteers. “Volunteer engagement became my passion,” explains Linda. Now, she’s the Director of Volunteer Services at Catholic Charities Communities Services in Phoenix, AZ. “Volunteers make such a difference to our organization, community, and the people we serve, by sharing their time, talent and love which infuses Catholic Charities with energy and passion,” says Linda. Managing the volunteer program at Catholic Charities is…
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  • Announcing the 2015 Global NGO Online Technology Survey ☑

    Heather Mansfield
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:40 pm
    To gain a better understanding of how nonprofits, charities, and NGOs worldwide use online technology, Nonprofit Tech for Good is conducting the first-ever Global NGO Online Technology Survey. The data will be used to compile a report about regional differences in how NGOs raise money online, use website and email communications, and embrace social media. This is huge undertaking, but a necessary one as the NGO sector becomes more diverse and global in scope. The 2016 Global NGO Online Technology Report will be released in January and whether it is a success depends upon you. We need a…
  • HOW TO: Add a “Donate Now” Button to Your Nonprofit’s Facebook Page

    Heather Mansfield
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:39 pm
    For years nonprofits have hoped for the capability to accept donations through their Facebook Page and although Facebook recently added a “Donate Now” option to their call-to-action buttons, only a handful of partner nonprofits have been selected to accept Facebook digital payments through a “Donate” button (see Oxfam America). For the vast majority of nonprofits, charities, and NGOs worldwide the ability to accept digital payments on Facebook is unlikely anytime soon since it would require Facebook to invest significant time and financial resources into creating a…
  • 10 Blog Design Best Practices for Nonprofits

    Heather Mansfield
    23 Aug 2015 | 6:47 am
    Your nonprofit could have a wide variety of excellent blog content, but if your blog’s design doesn’t make a positive first impression, then few will read it – much less share it with their followers on social networks. The same is true with website and web articles. Today’s fast-scanning Internet users need online content that is visually appealing and easy to read on desktop and mobile devices, and they have little patience with poorly designed blog and web content. A decade ago a nonprofit could get by with winging it online and use the low-overhead excuse for poor…
  • From 2005 to 2015: The Radical Effect of Social Media on Nonprofit Web Design

    Heather Mansfield
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:39 pm
    The average person worldwide has five social media accounts and spends an average of 1 hour and 40 minutes browsing these networks every day. In 2005 Facebook was only open to college students and professors, Twitter didn’t exist, and the iPhone was still in concept mode. The Internet was primarily a desktop PC or laptop experience and reading news and sending and receiving email accounted for the majority of time spent online. Today, social media consumes the most time spent on the Internet and the majority of that browsing occurs on a smartphone or tablet. Also, over the last decade…
  • 12 Nonprofit Call-to-Action Twitter Images to Study and Learn From

    Heather Mansfield
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:48 am
    It is true that tweets with images receive more engagement, but how much more engagement depends on the quality of the images and if they are properly sized for Twitter (1024  x  512 pixels or a 2:1 aspect ratio). If your nonprofit is committed to maximizing engagement on Twitter, then you must create visually compelling call-to-action images for fundraising and advocacy campaigns. As we begin preparing for another year-end fundraising season spent tweeting and retweeting, studying the images below and creating a series of your own would be time and financial resources well spent.  1.
 
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  • Is Giving Tuesday a Waste of Time?

    John Haydon
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:17 am
      Good question, right? First of all, the data says it’s been hugely successful in the past. Over 15,000 nonprofits participated last year, raising over $45 million. Yes, some nonprofits probably raised very little money. But Giving Tuesday is NOT just a 24-hour fundraising campaign. It’s a movement that your supporters are embracing, more and more each year. How did your nonprofit do last year? If you participated in Giving Tuesday before, you can look at several metrics to judge your past success. Depending on your goals, you can look at: Total donations ($) Number of new…
  • (VIDEO) Leveraging Periscope App for Social Good

    Caroline Avakian
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:22 am
    As a follow-up to my post on Periscope for Nonprofits: A Quick Guide & Review, I gave a video interview last week with Stephen Shattuck from Bloomerang. The interview covers how nonprofits can leverage Periscope – Twiiter’s new live streaming mobile app – to better reach and communicate with their supporters and donors. I’ve been getting so many questions, and there’s been so much interest in this new app from the nonprofit community, that I thought posting this video Q and A would be an additional way to get the Persicope basics down, as well as some best…
  • HatchforGood.org helps nonprofits tell their stories

    Caroline Avakian
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:26 am
    This past Tuesday, I attended the Social Media for Nonprofits Conference in NYC. There’s always great content and discoveries to be made at the #SM4NP Conferences.  They tour around the country and are focused on providing great content and practical, tactical workshops and tools that nonprofits can put to work the next day. Full disclosure: I’m on their Leadership Council but I still know a good conference when I see one. One of my favorite presentations came from Jereme Bivins and Jay Geneske from the Rockefeller Foundation. They were presenting one of their latest projects:…
  • WordPress Tags And Categories – The Ultimate Guide For Nonprofits

    John Haydon
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:42 am
    What exactly are WordPress tags and categories? What purpose should they serve for the reader? Should they each just be one word? How do tags and categories relate to each other? And what does all this mean for SEO? What’s the Difference Between WordPress Tags And Categories? Categories are like the aisles in a grocery store and tags are like the ingredients in the various different foods. Chinese chili sauce is only located in the ethnic foods aisles, but garlic (an ingredient) is found in the chips aisle, the frozen dinners aisle, and the vegetable aisle. Tags (ingredients) link together…
  • Nonprofit Case Study: Periscope for Nonprofits

    Caroline Avakian
    10 Jul 2015 | 6:11 am
    As a follow-up to my Periscope for Nonprofits Quick Guide, I wanted to focus on real Nonprofit Periscopers, and how they’re using this new tool for social good. Today, I’m featuring Jennifer Tislerics, the Special Events & Partnerships Coordinator for Gift of Life Michigan. Gift of Life Michigan coordinates organ and tissue donations from deceased donors for the state. Jennifer also handles social media, youth outreach, faith-based programs, workplace outreach, and more. As a refresher, Periscope is a three month-old, free mobile app that allows any user to live stream from…
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  • Goodwill is a Resource for Job Seekers Around Labor Day

    goodwillsp
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:33 am
    Cassandra, a client who found employment through Goodwill’s services. With unemployment rates hovering at 5.8% in North Carolina and 6.6% in South Carolina, individuals in the region are still in need of work. Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont provides job training and employment services for individuals facing barriers to employment such as lack of skills, experience or education, criminal backgrounds and more. Services are free of charge, as proceeds from donations and purchases at Goodwill retail stores fund these programs. Goodwill celebrates the American worker and this…
  • Success Story: Shontel

    goodwillsp
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:49 am
    “I was already attending classes at Central Piedmont Community College when I decided to try Goodwill’s Career Leadership Academy for Youth (CLAY). A job coach at the college suggested joining CLAY to build leadership skills and gain confidence in communicating with others. I consider myself a shy person and it’s not always easy for me to express myself around unfamiliar people. Because I moved around in foster care since the age of 12, I grew up with few stable resources to cultivate my academic potential. As a college student, I was one of the oldest people in the CLAY program,…
  • Transform a Plain Mirror with Flowers and Spray Paint

    goodwillsp
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    It’s amazing how paint can change almost everything it touches. Interior designers understand the power of paint. For very little expense, a room or piece of furniture can be transformed into something new and beautiful. I love spray paint for DIY projects. It’s fast, easy to use and comes in a multitude of colors. I recently worked with a client to redecorate her powder room. I couldn’t find a mirror with a big ‘WOW’ factor, so I decided to make one for her. I found a mirror with a wide wood frame below (I made sure I could remove the decal before I purchased it), like one you…
  • Success Story: Jason

    goodwillsp
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:02 am
    For many job hunters with a criminal background, getting a second chance isn’t easy. After Jason served several prison sentences, he learned that Goodwill was a resource available to help those with barriers to employment, including how to navigate job searching with a criminal background. Jason came to Goodwill’s Career Development Center in Charlotte and was immediately welcomed by a team of people ready and willing to help him get back on his feet. He enrolled in the Second Chance Workshop, a program designed to help individuals with criminal backgrounds re-integrate into the…
  • DIY Candle Lantern with Tuna Can Base

    goodwillsp
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:11 am
    There are not many moments that my mind is not on thrifting, decorating and/or organizing. This is especially true when on vacation and visiting another city. I’m always on the hunt for new treasures and ways to save money. On a recent trip to Charleston, S.C. to celebrate my sister’s birthday, we couldn’t resist using our handy dandy Goodwill locator app to find the stores in the area. On one such stop, I came across the lantern glass I’d been hunting for quite some time. The $.79 price tag made the deal even sweeter! If you know me, you know all things candle-related are my deal. I…
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  • Six Tips for a Better Campaign Gift Pyramid

    Ann Goldman
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:18 pm
    So you need to raise a million dollars. Or more. Or less. Regardless of your campaign goal, you’ll need to put together a gift pyramid (also known as a gift table or gift chart) to project how the revenue will come in and to guide your campaign strategy. We’ve got six tips to help you break out of the traditional gift pyramid model and make it really and truly work for you. There’s nothing essentially wrong with the classic gift pyramid. But there are a few things you can do make your campaign more realistic in terms of where the dollars will actually fall. And, it can also be…
  • Bigger Fundraising isn’t always Better Fundraising

    Leslie Allen
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:20 am
    Living in the UK for these last nine months has given me a front seat in the recent storm of controversy over certain fundraising practices by larger charities here. You may have heard that there was an older British woman, Olive Cooke, who was portrayed in the media as having been induced to jump to her death because she was hounded by direct mail solicitations and phone calls. That has since been put in perspective by her family (while they say the attention was a nuisance, they are not blaming the charities for her death). But the media frenzy and political pressure that has been swirling…
  • Sometimes You Just Have to Say “No” to a Gift

    Ann Goldman
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:01 pm
    A client of ours recently had to grapple with whether or not to accept a potentially controversial gift. It was a gift that made them feel uneasy, but also one that could potentially transform their very future.  It made me think of this blog we ran several years ago about when to look a gift horse in the mouth, so I offer it up again as an important reminder to act like a good scout and be prepared! As fundraisers, we spend our days asking for gifts, we encourage philanthropy in all its forms, our hearts and minds are lifted with the joy of giving and receiving (can you hear the angels…
  • How to Write Fundraising E-mail Like a (Radio) Star

    Leslie Allen
    12 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
    So you’ve got your appeal all figured out and you know that you want to include an e-mail component. But when you sit down to write it, you know you can’t just copy your appeal letter. It has to be different. Shorter – yes – and snappier. But what gives good e-mail that “snappy” quality? I just came across a great piece by Felix Davey, who blogs for the Institute of Fundraising here in the UK and I just love what he has to say about fundraising in a recent post: “Writing copy for emails is a bit like writing for radio. Your audience is always doing something else. You don’t…
  • Attracting the Investor Donor

    Ann Goldman
    5 Aug 2015 | 4:57 pm
    My summer reading list has included several good novels, a few rock ‘n roll biographies, and With Charity for All by Ken Stern. I won’t pretend I enjoyed reading Mr. Stern’s book as much as a history of the Allman Brothers Band, but it was a good and, I believe, important read. Stern suggests that the nonprofit sector has created a charitable marketplace that undermines its very effectiveness. Our fundraising techniques center around emotional pleas and easy-to-understand results. Why? Because donors respond to these things. “…the market incentives of the nonprofit world push…
 
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    For Impact | The Suddes Group

  • Wealthy Prospects vs. Qualified Prospects

    Nick Fellers
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:41 am
    The wealthiest names on your list are not necessarily the most qualified prospects. A truly qualified prospect for your organization has both wealth (financial capacity) AND a relationship with your cause. Here’s the really important point: They musthave BOTH (to some degree). Too many organizations are trying to figure out how to bend and twist a case for a prospect with the highest capacity (and very little connection to cause). Example: Imagine you are an organization impacting cancer. Prospect #1: A really visible billionaire located in your city. This billionaire gives primarily to his…
  • When a House Is On Fire, You Don’t Need Metrics

    Nick Fellers
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:53 am
    Impact is the goal. It doesn’t have to be complex. SOMETIMES it’s okay to lead around ACTION over outcomes and metrics. There are times when we simply need to command and communicate ACTION. “This one’s not about metrics. A house is on fire, a family is trapped inside, let’s move!” If your assessment of the situation is correct and clear, then your team and (funding) partners will follow you. They will say, “I get it. We’re with you. Let’s move.”
  • Don’t Make a Funder Work Hard to Understand What You Do

    Kerry Suddes
    19 Aug 2015 | 8:02 am
    I was on a coaching call yesterday with a fantastic Development Director. We’re about a month out from a very productive message building session with senior team, program staff and a few board members. During the session, the big a-ha was “We’ve always thought that what we do is too complicated to explain to people but it doesn’t have to be!” Today, the DD finds herself back in a place where the team (with the best of intention) is still tweaking words on the Engagement Tool. There a many reminders for the team here: Don’t make a funder WORK HARD to understand what you do and why…
  • Turn ‘Dog Days’ Into Great Thinking and Planning Time

    Tom Suddes
    14 Aug 2015 | 9:29 am
    An earlier version of this post was originally published August 13, 2009. I’m struck by how August is viewed as such a down month, dog days of summer, no productivity, nobody around, nothing happening. The fact is, it’s a TERRIFIC time to THINK… REFLECT… PLAN. After Labor Day, the kids are back in school, there’s more focus on business and work, etc. WHAT IF… you use these next few weeks to commit (to yourself) that you’re going to make some ‘BIG STUFF’ happen in September, October and November? WHAT IF… you took some time during these next few weeks to: THINK BIG! Set…
  • Additional 2015 Boot Camp Dates Added

    Kerry Suddes
    12 Aug 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Our September Boot Camp has sold out and so we are adding additional dates this year! (Early Bird Pricing available through the end of August.) Join us on October 20-21 at Eagle Creek – our beautiful 50-acre retreat center.   You Need to Find a Way to Boot Camp and Here’s Why   The For Impact Boot Camp is focused on frameworks and skill building – You will leave with the knowledge you need to simplify your message and funding rationale, and take your organization to the next level. This high-energy, day-and-a-half session covers topics like: How to execute against a sales…
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  • What Nobody Tells Nonprofits About Making Videos: Part 1, Pre-Production

    Fivel Rothberg
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    Wondering what videos have to do with your next fundraising campaign? Maybe you’re thinking, “We’re a small nonprofit and what you filmmakers call ‘affordable,’ we call superfluous.” Well, you could be correct AND there is a way to make an impact, and garner funds, with low-budget videos. Two of the key elements that might be overlooked when producing a low-budget video for nonprofit fundraising or awareness campaigns are not technological. They are: 1) in-depth preparation (pre-production) and 2) emotionality.  This update will focus on #1 and we’ll go over #2 in the near…
  • Facebook “Donate Now ”Button is Here!

    Amanda Lydon
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:12 pm
    We’re approaching the fourth quarter! As we each prepare to take stock of our strategies, we can make organizational decisions about what to do differently next year. For many, Facebook may have been in the running for a major priority demotion! It’s harder than ever to get posts seen organically without paying for ads and nonprofits have long been complaining that they don’t often see donations resulting from Facebook engagment. Facebook doesn’t want to lose those of us in the nonprofit sector though! After twenty months, they have finally made the elusive DONATE NOW…
  • Four ways keeping it old school can make your modern work life better

    Amanda Lydon
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:46 pm
    Happy Birthday, TakeTwo! Congratulations to Bix & Stephanie and to all the incredible Nonprofits who make up TakeTwo Services’ clientele on four years of communication and fundraising collaboration for so many great causes. TakeTwo Services launched four years ago. While 2011 wasn’t exactly the dark ages, in our super speedy culture, it was a different time. In 2011 we didn’t know Edward Snowden or Pope Francis and SCOTUS hadn’t yet ruled in favor of gay marriage. We hadn’t seen the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter and Snapchat was just being launched. In 2011, TakeTwo didn’t have a…
  • 4 x 4 x 4 Things We’ve Learned Working with Nonprofits

    Bix
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:14 pm
    We launched TakeTwo four years ago, this July – and we’ve learned, during that time, there are many things we love about our work and TakeTwo. Here are our top four: We get inspired by our clients and their work, every – single – day. We can have important, serious, and super-productive conversations – in our pajamas. Offering communications and fundraising under the same umbrella makes all our jobs easier – more productive – and fun. We have great team members who are smart, flexible, patient, and above all, have a strong sense of humor. Now, when we…
  • 6 Ways to Avoid Being a PITA Client

    Bix
    15 Jul 2015 | 10:02 am
    Kerstin Vogdes Diehn, a designer we’ve worked with for a long time, and an integral part of the TakeTwo Team, has a new post on what makes a project worthwhile for her. She calls it her PITA triangle. And it has nothing to do with pita bread. Re-posted from KV Design. Many of us are familiar with the project management triangle. You get two on the triangle and the third suffers (e.g., you want it cheap and fast, quality suffers; you want it top-notch by tomorrow, cost goes up). My entire business operates by this triangle. (Apparently so does every contractor I hire to fix something on…
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  • Improving Donor Relations Through Better Donation Processing

    Bill Sayre
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:05 am
    As kids head back to school, nonprofits are emerging from the summer fundraising lull. In preparing for the busy end of year giving season, it is important to make sure your nonprofit is making the grade in gift processing and donor relations. Four lessons from your school days can put your organization at the head […] The post Improving Donor Relations Through Better Donation Processing appeared first on John Haydon.
  • NEW Training: Fundraising with Facebook Ads

    John Haydon
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:15 am
    If you’re like most nonprofits, Facebook is an important way for you to engage supporters. You regularly post useful updates, reply to comments, and encourage fans to join your email list. But what about Facebook ads? How can you use Facebook ads to promote fundraising events and other campaigns? During a 90-minute training for the Nonprofit Marketing […] The post NEW Training: Fundraising with Facebook Ads appeared first on John Haydon.
  • 2 Strategies to Promote Matching Gifts and Year-End Fundraising

    Adam Weinger
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    How much time do you give yourself before a fundraiser to plan? Would you start planning a wrapping paper fundraiser the day before it is set to begin? No. Last minute efforts are rarely as successful as carefully planned ones. We all know how much preparation goes into successful fundraising efforts, so why not start […] The post 2 Strategies to Promote Matching Gifts and Year-End Fundraising appeared first on John Haydon.
  • The Best Thank You I Never Got

    Rachel Muir
    21 Aug 2015 | 3:15 am
    A good thank you does more than set up your next ask. It’s the key to retaining and upgrading your donors. Here’s 5 reasons why you need to invest in crafting killer thank you, a winning thank you example, and a guide for how to craft yours. 5 Reasons to Craft a Killer Thank You Your donor retention […] The post The Best Thank You I Never Got appeared first on John Haydon.
  • Nonprofit Crowdfunding Campaigns: 3 Key Strategies for Success

    Joe Garecht
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:15 am
    Thousands of organizations have run successful crowdfunding campaigns that have been fully funded… but thousands of other non-profits have been left disappointed with the process. I have discovered three key nonprofit crowdfunding strategies that separate the winners and the losers. And not all of them are intuitive for nonprofits that are used to raising funds […] The post Nonprofit Crowdfunding Campaigns: 3 Key Strategies for Success appeared first on John Haydon.
 
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  • Please don’t fundraise like this

    Norman Reiss
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:26 am
    This is not the first time I’ve received an appeal like this, but previously it was from a much smaller nonprofit.  Now that the US Fund for UNICEF is adopting this strategy, I’m even more dumbfounded.  Why would any nonprofit try to raise money by only asking for one gift! Have we raised the white flag on donor stewardship / retention, and now simply don’t expect supporters to go beyond the first donation?  I can’t imagine how this would work to the benefit of any deserving charity, especially one as well-known as the US Fund for UNICEF. While there may be many…
  • My First Days with Windows 10

    Norman Reiss
    15 Aug 2015 | 6:09 am
    Having a 5 year old desktop PC at home (Windows 7) that has slowed considerably, I figured that it made sense to wait until the release of Windows 10 before getting a new computer.  But then I heard that the new operating system would work well on older machines, I quickly said yes when Microsoft offered a free upgrade. Unfortunately, my experience so far hasn’t been good.  The upgrade seemed to go well, but when I entered my new desktop, I found that I couldn’t access the start menu or the much heralded Cortana assistant.  Fortunately, it seems that a few others have had this…
  • How to Get Funding for Technology

    Norman Reiss
    25 Jul 2015 | 4:38 am
    Do you and your co-workers assume that funders will not support new technology projects?  As I learned by participating in Idealware‘s webinar series, How to Get Your Technology Project Funded, for many funders, that’s not always true.  (Nten also recently featured Ask the Expert: Finding Funding for Technology Projects free for Nten  members.) Below are some highlights: Funders like to support projects that are more likely to be successful.  Have you done the homework to research vendors to choose a product that is best matched to your needs? Do you have management and line…
  • How to Prepare Content for Multiple Channels

    Norman Reiss
    11 Jul 2015 | 6:24 am
    (This is a preview of a session I will be leading at the Non-Profits & NGO Summit this Friday, Jul 17 at 4:15 PM) Do you struggle coming up with ideas of what to post on multiple communication platforms?  Below are some tips: 1. Determine which platforms to focus on.  It is much easier to communicate with supporters where they already are then to encourage them to start using a new platform.  Your website analytics will help (see referrals) and you can also survey constituents to ask how and where they prefer to be communicated with. 2. Use an editorial calendar to plan what to post…
  • 5 Tips in Using Salesforce

    Norman Reiss
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:27 am
    This week I had the rare pleasure of attending a full week training in Salesforce Administration.  While I’ve used Salesforce for years, I had never attended a formal class, learning mostly on my own.  It was an intense experience;  now I know how much I don’t know about Salesforce.  Below are five takeaways: If you are lucky enough to have the opportunity to take a live class, do it.  If not, there are great resources such as Trailhead and the Who Sees What series of data visibility on YouTube. (Even if you’re not a developer), sign up for an account on…
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  • Five Tips for Leading Ad Hoc Teams

    Kerry Stackpole
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:31 am
    How do you lead ad hoc teams to do great things? If you asked five people from different divisions or departments within your organization to come together to launch a strategic event involving your CEO, department heads, multiple vendors, outside groups, and unique media demands with three or four days notice, could they do it? … Continue reading Five Tips for Leading Ad Hoc Teams → You are reading Five Tips for Leading Ad Hoc Teams from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
  • Independence Day #239

    Kerry Stackpole
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:46 am
    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It’s Independence Day in these United States of America.  A celebration and remembrance of the day Americans absolved their allegiance … Continue reading Independence Day #239 → You are reading Independence Day #239 from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
  • A Lesson for Aspiring Leaders

    Kerry Stackpole
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
    A Parable for Aspiring Leaders . . . The young woman nervously held the three white envelopes in her hand. As the newly appointed non-profit CEO, she was about to meet with the entire Board of Directors for the first time. Her predecessor–a longtime nonprofit executive–had warned her the Board could be contentious at times. … Continue reading A Lesson for Aspiring Leaders → You are reading A Lesson for Aspiring Leaders from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
  • Culture Made Me Do It

    Kerry Stackpole
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:13 am
    “Has culture become a legitimate basis for avoiding responsibility?” The concept of corporate culture burst on to management’s radar in 1982 with publication of Terrence Deal and Allan Kennedy’s groundbreaking book, Corporate Cultures: The Rites and Rituals of Corporate Life. The notion that financial results were not completely tied to financial planning, HR policies, or … Continue reading Culture Made Me Do It → You are reading Culture Made Me Do It from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
  • Six Ways to Attract Engaged Members in 2015

    Kerry Stackpole
    6 Jan 2015 | 7:22 am
    Will “Castle and Moat” Strategies Help You Win Engaged Members? Active, engaged members remain the number one challenge for associations and professional societies. Why do so many nonprofits end up leaving them stranded? There are great strategies for assuring success in recruiting, retaining and engaging members if you’ll commit the time and resources to making … Continue reading Six Ways to Attract Engaged Members in 2015 → You are reading Six Ways to Attract Engaged Members in 2015 from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
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  • Conscientious Refusals – New Fact Sheet Available!

    Nicole Margaretten
    4 Sep 2015 | 11:31 am
    Tanenbaum’s new Conscientious Refusals Fact Sheet is now online! Religiously-motivated conscientious refusals to provide services in the workplace have increasingly become a topic for debate. From the 2014 Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case, to health care providers who believe providing abortions violates their faith, to federal employees who object to issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, religiously motivated conscientious refusals are invoked by employees who work in a variety of industries and come from a wide range of religious backgrounds. Our Conscientious…
  • Don’t Threaten My Religion!

    Nicole Margaretten
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:30 am
    By: Sara Wicht Editor’s note: Teaching Tolerance and Tanenbaum produced a free, five-part webinar series on religious diversity in school. The Religious Diversity in the Classroom Webinar Series and accompanying resources examine how awareness of religious diversity affects global citizenship, and how teaching about religion across grade levels and subject areas can help meet important academic standards. In the webinar Applications for High School Educators, we offered practical suggestions for teaching about religious diversity in ways that reduce prejudice, promote mutual respect and…
  • Tanenbaum Helps Bring Religious Leaders Together to Build Peace in Sri Lanka

    LWasserberger
    11 Aug 2015 | 11:42 am
    Three weeks before the People’s Forum 2015, the Centre for Peacebuilding and Reconciliation (CPBR)—an organization co-founded and directed by Tanenbaum Peacemaker in Action recipient Dishani Jayaweera and her partner Jayantha Seneviratne—held a four-day workshop, supported by Tanenbaum, where 50 religious leaders representing the four main faiths in Sri Lanka—Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Christian—came together. There, the religious leaders agreed on a set of recommendations for grassroots communities, opinion makers and national policymakers, as a “path for reconciliation and…
  • Invest in Diversity Education Now – Or You May Pay Later

    Nicole Margaretten
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:58 am
    Invest in Diversity Education Now – Or You May Pay Later By: Marisa Fasciano Overview: School districts need to invest in thoughtful strategies for addressing students’ religious differences before they create an expensive legal problem. As reported in The New York Times, a judge recently approved a $4.48 million settlement agreement between New York’s Pine Bush School District and five Jewish students who were victims of horrific and prolonged anti-Semitic bullying by schoolmates. While the district defended itself in the lawsuit and was not required by the settlement to admit…
  • Take this Non-Expert Advice

    Nicole Margaretten
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:23 am
    Take this Non-Expert Advice By: Mark E. Fowler Overview: How to teach about religious diversity without being a world religions “expert.” Editor’s Note: This blog post was written in response to a request from a participant in our spring webinar with Teaching Tolerance, Religious Diversity in the Classroom: Applications for High School Educators. Click here to watch the recording via a free registration process. Have you ever had to teach a subject you weren’t very familiar with? Outside of class, you were reading the textbook just ahead of your students, asking other teachers and…
 
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    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog

  • How to Create an A+ Appeal Letter

    Ann Green
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:38 am
    Wow, September is already here. Can you believe how fast the summer went? If you’re doing a year-end appeal, it’s time to start getting ready for it. One of the most important components is your letter. You want to create a letter that captures your donors’ attention right away and convinces them to donate. Sounds simple, but it’s not. Here are some ways to ensure an A+ appeal letter. Make a good first impression First, you need to get your donor to open your letter. Give some thought to the outer envelope. You could include a teaser such as Learn how you can help Lynn find…
  • How You Can Share Accomplishments Without Bragging

    Ann Green
    18 Aug 2015 | 11:03 am
    This post is included in the August 2015  Nonprofit Blog Carnival: Sharing Progress and Communicating Accomplishments  We all know someone who talks too much about himself or brags about all the wonderful things she’s done.  Once this person gets going, it’s enough to make you want to flee the room.  Imagine your donors having the same reaction when all your communications sound like one big bragfest. You don’t want to be that guy Of course, you want to share your accomplishments, and it’s possible do it without bragging. Here’s how. Be donor-centered You…
  • Is Your Website in Good Shape?

    Ann Green
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:37 am
    As summer winds down and you start getting ready for year-end fundraising, you need to make sure your website is in good shape. This means it’s up-to-date, easy to read and navigate, welcoming, and audience-centered. How does your website fare?  Use the checklist below to find out. Home page Your home page is often the first place a newcomer will visit. Make it an entryway to the rest of your website. Is it free of clutter and easy to navigate and read? Does it include an engaging photo and a small amount of text, such as a tagline or position statement? If you’re highlighting…
  • Show Appreciation by Holding an Open House

    Ann Green
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:25 am
    Are you thanking your donors all year round?  One special way to show appreciation is to hold an open house at your organization. If you can’t hold one on site, have it at a restaurant or other venue.  You may be able to find someone to donate space. Invite other supporters, too You could just have an event for donors, but why not invite other supporters such as event attendees, email subscribers and social media followers? This could be a great way to convert these supporters into donors. Also, encourage donors to bring a friend. Coordinate it with your year-end appeal Depending on your…
  • Your Year-End Appeal Checklist

    Ann Green
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:23 am
    This summer is flying by and September will be here before you know it. Fall is a busy time, especially if you’re doing a year-end appeal. Many nonprofits rely on their year-end appeal for a good portion of their revenue.  Even though your mind may be focused on going to the beach and eating ice cream, you want to start planning your year-end appeal now.  Here’s a checklist to help you get started. Of course you can use this any time you run a fundraising campaign. How much money do you need to raise? You may have already set a goal in your 2015 fundraising plan (at least I hope…
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    Social Velocity

  • 10 Great Social Innovation Reads: July & Aug 2015

    Nell Edgington
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:12 am
    Since I was out of the office for a good chunk of July and August, I’ve decided to combine both months into one 10 Great Reads list. But let me be clear, there was still lots going on, I just happened to be (somewhat blissfully) missing it. From philanthropy’s role in inequality, to climate change preparation, to what the Greek financial crisis teaches us about networks, to civic engagement, to digital’s effect on fundraising, to social impact bond results and pizza on the family farm, they were a great couple of months. In my (limited) view, below are my 10 favorite…
  • Using Digital to Influence Social Change: An Interview with Jay Geneske

    Nell Edgington
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:20 am
    In today’s Social Velocity interview I’m talking with Jay Geneske, Director of Digital at The Rockefeller Foundation. Jay directs the Foundation’s digital strategy to engage internal and external audiences, champion organization-wide collaboration, deliver data that informs organization decisions, and pioneer new ways to hear and share innovative ideas. Jay previously served as the Director of Online Communications for Echoing Green, and has also served in digital and brand strategy roles at Carnegie Hall, Shedd Aquarium, and Steppenwolf Theatre. You can read past Social…
  • Why Some Nonprofits Leap, And Others Don’t

    Nell Edgington
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:58 am
    I am back after an amazing three weeks away from the world of social change. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my job and the ability it gives me to work each day with incredibly inspiring, passionate, and driven social changemakers. But as I’ve said before, time away is absolutely critical to feeding your soul and making you a more complete, interesting and effective person. I am so grateful to the amazing guest bloggers who wrote incredible pieces for the blog while I was away (you can read their posts here). One of the benefits of giving your brain a break is new…
  • Guest Post: Nonprofits Must Be Able to Adapt

    Nell Edgington
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:32 am
    Note: As you know, I am taking a few weeks away from the blog to relax and reconnect with the world outside of social change. I’ll be back later this week, but I have left you in the incredibly capable hands of a rockstar set of guest bloggers. The last, but certainly not least, is Antony Bugg-Levine. Antony is CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund, a national nonprofit and financial intermediary that works with philanthropic, private sector and government partners to develop and implement innovative approaches to financing social change. Here is his guest post…  When we asked…
  • Guest Post: What Funders and Nonprofits Can Do To Solve the Sector’s Talent Troubles

    Nell Edgington
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Note: As I mentioned earlier, I am taking a few weeks away from the blog to relax and reconnect with the world outside of social change. But I am leaving you in the incredibly capable hands of a rockstar set of guest bloggers. Next up is Kathy Reich. Kathy is Organizational Effectiveness and Philanthropy Director at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation where she helps grantees improve their strategy, leadership, and impact. Here is her guest post…  Philanthropy pundits often exhort nonprofits to “act more like businesses.” Usually I disagree; in fact, I think there’s a great…
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    Engaging Volunteers

  • September Food for Thought: What Are the Experts Saying?

    Tessa Srebro
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:21 am
    At VolunteerMatch we learn so much from other experts in the fields of volunteer engagement and nonprofit management, and we want to help you stay up to date on the latest news and trends. Here’s some food for thought to get your September going… The Top 10 Things Executive Directors Need to Know About Volunteer Services From Volunteer Plain Talk: Do you feel a disconnect between how you and your executive director view your volunteer program? Meridian Swift puts your feelings into words, topped with a dash of humor. Transforming Volunteers into Strategic Messengers From JFFixler…
  • Vote for the 2015 Innovation Award Winner!

    Tessa Srebro
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:27 am
    “Innovation” is not always the first word that comes to mind when people think of nonprofits. Why is this? Across the globe, nonprofits are making huge strides in solving problems and making the world a better place. And many are doing this through innovative partnerships with corporations. At the 2015 VolunteerMatch Summit, we want to recognize these original and cutting-edge nonprofits. That’s why we created the Innovation Award. We reached out to our family of corporate clients and asked them to nominate their favorite nonprofit partners – the ones driving change by thinking…
  • When Volunteers Fall Off the Radar

    Tessa Srebro
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:17 am
    Guest post by Elisa Kosarin, Twenty Hats This post was originally published on Twenty Hats. How do you manage volunteers who have dropped off the radar screen? Twenty Hats turns to a pro for the answers. What do you do when a volunteer drops the ball – either fails to fulfill their responsibilities or just plain falls off the radar? It’s a scenario that causes plenty of heartburn for supervisors who are then placed in the uncomfortable position of holding a difficult conversation. And for some volunteer supervisors, the dread around addressing this unfortunate issue makes it hard to even…
  • 9 Quotes to Inspire Your Volunteers (And Yourself!)

    Tessa Srebro
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:31 am
    Guest post by Lesley J. Vos Even the most devoted volunteers experience a lack of inspiration and motivation from time to time. As a volunteer leader, it’s you who can change this. You can encourage your volunteers, engage and motivate them to grow, and become a source of inspiration! There are many ways you can do this. What is one simple way? Sometimes the right words can perform magic, helping us reach new horizons and inspiring us to do good for others. Share these awesome quotes to inspire your volunteers (and yourself next time your organization can use a little extra…
  • Nonprofit Spotlight: Catholic Charities Community Services

    Tessa Srebro
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:52 am
    Linda holding her CVA certification! In the 1970s, Linda Tailleart taught students in a Michigan classroom. It’s here that she first began working with volunteers. “Volunteer engagement became my passion,” explains Linda. Now, she’s the Director of Volunteer Services at Catholic Charities Communities Services in Phoenix, AZ. “Volunteers make such a difference to our organization, community, and the people we serve, by sharing their time, talent and love which infuses Catholic Charities with energy and passion,” says Linda. Managing the volunteer program at Catholic Charities is…
 
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    Clairification

  • Clairity Click-it: Databases; Content; Leadership; Free Stuff; Learning Opportunity

    Claire
    4 Sep 2015 | 11:53 am
      Click it! I’ve got some really cool links for this first week of September. I try to find stuff I think you may not be seeing through your regular channels because it’s fun to get new perspectives. I especially love to find folks who come from other disciplines and see how nonprofits might apply [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Databases; Content; Leadership; Free Stuff; Learning Opportunity appeared first on Clairification.
  • How to Magically Multiply Your Donors

    Claire
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Want to pull some donors and dollars out of a hat? With a little retention magic, you can! By now I hope you’ve read the latest Fundraising Effectiveness Survey results and know that, on average, U.S. and UK nonprofits are retaining only 41% of their donors. This is abysmal, and it makes me sad. When [...] The post How to Magically Multiply Your Donors appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Social Media + Content; Cause-Related Marketing; Events; Business Cards; Coaching; Free Stuff; Last Day for Year-End Appeals!

    Claire
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Click it! I’ve a really eclectic mix of links this week, ranging from marketing to fundraising to management – and then some! Plus you’ll find some free resources and your last chance opportunity to improve your year-end fundraising (scroll to the bottom). Can you believe this will be the last “Click-it” in August? How’d it [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Social Media + Content; Cause-Related Marketing; Events; Business Cards; Coaching; Free Stuff; Last Day for Year-End Appeals! appeared first on Clairification.
  • Warning: Your Nonprofit is Sending Too Few Emails

    Claire
    23 Aug 2015 | 5:27 pm
    If you want your emails to bear fruit, stop being so stingy with them! As the end of the year approaches, are you planning enough emails? Emails should be included as part of your robust, multi-channel annual appeal if you want to increase your chances of reaching your goals.  On top of that, emails can [...] The post Warning: Your Nonprofit is Sending Too Few Emails appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Fundraising Pride; Messaging & Branding; Major Gifts; Social Media; Writing; Last Chance!

    Claire
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Click it! This week I’ve another potpourri of links on a variety of fundraising, nonprofit management and nonprofit marketing topics. Some practical stuff, some food for thought, some free resources and a last chance opportunity to improve your year-end fundraising (scroll to the bottom). I hope you’re enjoying the last days of the season! Fundraising [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Fundraising Pride; Messaging & Branding; Major Gifts; Social Media; Writing; Last Chance! appeared first on Clairification.
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    Thunderhead Works

  • 10 Interesting Things I’ve Experienced

    Tom Peterson
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
        I’ve been to Hawaii five times! This is a self-indulgent post. It’s all about me. If you can’t handle that, click the back arrow and be off to some other time-wasting page! I’ve asked a lot of people who have traveled the world, “Where’s the most beautiful place you’ve been?” Many say Hawaii. Yes, I’ve been there, but I’ve never left the airport. We’d land just long enough for the planes to refuel and take off some direction across the Pacific. I’m not sure what to do with this. It’s just part of my journey. By time you’re as long in the tooth…
  • Ten ways to grow as a nonprofit professional

    Tom Peterson
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:11 am
         By Tom Peterson Working as a nonprofit professional and wondering, What can I do to grow? Here are some ideas created by a couple dozen nonprofit folks in a twenty-minute exercise called “25/10 Crowd Sourcing.” (My changes were minimal.) They emerged from a workshop on Liberating Structures at the national conference of the YNPN, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network this month in Little Rock. Change jobs. If where you are isn’t providing growth, switch to a different field within the nonprofit sector. Research career opportunities that would be a step up and use your…
  • Blue Zones and World Change

    Tom Peterson
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:27 am
          By Tom Peterson A recent piece in the Los Angeles Times asks why residents of Loma Linda, California, live longer than the rest of us. I like where this article led me for a couple of reasons. First, it was for me a reminder that words and phrases (like Blue Zone) are powerful and can re-frame both our understanding and our actions. I was telling a friend about Blue Zones, and her first reaction was, “Let’s do that in our neighborhood!” The first step in big change is seeing what could happen, having a framework for what’s possible. Second, it…
  • Procott or Boycott?

    Tom Peterson
    27 May 2015 | 7:22 am
        By Tom Peterson Around 1969 when I was a teenager living in Corpus Christi, Texas, I helped open the first Chick-fil-A west of the Mississippi River. I worked there several years, occasionally wandering the mall in a chicken suit passing out coupons for free ice cream. (You decide whether I’m bragging or looking for sympathy!) Every once in a while, founder Truett Cathy would drop by. That was a big deal. Should I eat that chicken sandwich? Fast forward to 2012 when his son and now Chic-fil-A president, Dan Cathy, commented on a Christian radio show about same sex marriage: I…
  • Mail Boxes and Memes

    Tom Peterson
    10 May 2015 | 8:08 am
          It’s all about Accelerating Audacious World Change. And a great way to speed up world change is through replication. Most of what’s being done in one community can be copied in another. The rapid spread of good world change ideas is how we’ll get there. If someone’s figured out a way to make the world better—with no bad side effect, that actually works—let’s spread the practice. Adopt it. Help make it the new norm. Something that works here, will probably work there. Here’s an idea could be copied somewhere pretty easily. Become a meme. An…
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    Clairification

  • Clairity Click-it: Databases; Content; Leadership; Free Stuff; Learning Opportunity

    Claire
    4 Sep 2015 | 11:53 am
      Click it! I’ve got some really cool links for this first week of September. I try to find stuff I think you may not be seeing through your regular channels because it’s fun to get new perspectives. I especially love to find folks who come from other disciplines and see how nonprofits might apply [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Databases; Content; Leadership; Free Stuff; Learning Opportunity appeared first on Clairification.
  • How to Magically Multiply Your Donors

    Claire
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Want to pull some donors and dollars out of a hat? With a little retention magic, you can! By now I hope you’ve read the latest Fundraising Effectiveness Survey results and know that, on average, U.S. and UK nonprofits are retaining only 41% of their donors. This is abysmal, and it makes me sad. When [...] The post How to Magically Multiply Your Donors appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Social Media + Content; Cause-Related Marketing; Events; Business Cards; Coaching; Free Stuff; Last Day for Year-End Appeals!

    Claire
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Click it! I’ve a really eclectic mix of links this week, ranging from marketing to fundraising to management – and then some! Plus you’ll find some free resources and your last chance opportunity to improve your year-end fundraising (scroll to the bottom). Can you believe this will be the last “Click-it” in August? How’d it [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Social Media + Content; Cause-Related Marketing; Events; Business Cards; Coaching; Free Stuff; Last Day for Year-End Appeals! appeared first on Clairification.
  • Warning: Your Nonprofit is Sending Too Few Emails

    Claire
    23 Aug 2015 | 5:27 pm
    If you want your emails to bear fruit, stop being so stingy with them! As the end of the year approaches, are you planning enough emails? Emails should be included as part of your robust, multi-channel annual appeal if you want to increase your chances of reaching your goals.  On top of that, emails can [...] The post Warning: Your Nonprofit is Sending Too Few Emails appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Fundraising Pride; Messaging & Branding; Major Gifts; Social Media; Writing; Last Chance!

    Claire
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Click it! This week I’ve another potpourri of links on a variety of fundraising, nonprofit management and nonprofit marketing topics. Some practical stuff, some food for thought, some free resources and a last chance opportunity to improve your year-end fundraising (scroll to the bottom). I hope you’re enjoying the last days of the season! Fundraising [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Fundraising Pride; Messaging & Branding; Major Gifts; Social Media; Writing; Last Chance! appeared first on Clairification.
 
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    Veritus Group

  • Heart & Light are the Key Drivers – #2 in Major Gifts: A Thing of the Heart

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    4 Sep 2015 | 3:30 am
    William James, an American philosopher and psychologist who lived and worked in the late 1800s early 1900s, said that the greatest discovery of his generation was that a human being could alter his life by altering his attitudes. Another way to say this is: “you are what you believe”. There are differing views as to how a person might alter his attitudes. Some believe that real change can only come through a profound spiritual experience. Others believe that sorting through the past with counseling will change attitudes and beliefs. Still others believe that one must simply decide to…
  • Major Gifts: A Thing of the Heart – Introduction

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:30 am
    I was listening to her tell her story. A single mom and her small child in trouble, they were helped by this nonprofit. She told me where they lived, how they both had been abused by a very controlling man, how she had tried to run away and was caught and beaten. And then her heart got the best of her. She paused, struggling to find words to express her deep feelings. There was a long silence. A tear trickled down her cheek, and she was overcome with emotion. I cried too. I felt the pain. I was in the story and felt close to that precious mom and her child. My heart had kicked in. And we sat…
  • The Life of an MGO is Messy

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:30 am
    Sharon (a major gift officer from an East Coast nonprofit) got a call from a very important donor. The donor wanted to meet her in New York City the following week at the University Club to discuss a large gift she was considering. Sharon was excited. She had been cultivating this donor for over 18 months, and she knew this donor had tremendous capacity to give a very large six-figure gift. In preparation for the meeting, Sharon had done all her homework on the projects and programs her donor would like to fund. She had even researched the University Club, had all her directions, picked out…
  • How to Work your Plan Successfully

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:30 am
    Perhaps there is something in the water, but recently I’ve received a number of emails from MGOs asking an important question, but prefacing it much like this: “I love going out and meeting people, I’m outgoing and I’m not afraid to ask donors for money. I love forming relationships with donors, and I have a real talent for listening to their needs and concerns. However, I struggle with how, on a daily basis, to ‘work my plan.’ I get distracted easily, and I can’t seem to stay on track. How can I do this part of my job better?” As you know if you’ve been reading our blog for…
  • How to Love Your Donors After You Leave

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:30 am
    Most major gift officers like you will leave your nonprofit sometime in the next several years to work for someone else. In fact, today you and your colleagues are moving from one nonprofit to another every 2-3 years. Richard and I have written about this fact many times, and it doesn’t look like there is going to be a huge change anytime soon. This reality means that your major donors will have a “disruption” in their relationship with your nonprofit when you leave to take another position somewhere else. This “disruption” can either be a good transition or a disaster. Richard and…
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    communitytech.net

  • Five Reasons Small Nonprofits are Great Places to Work

    CarlosCTK
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:57 am
    Do you work at a small nonprofit? What do you love about it? In small organizations, emerging nonprofit professionals – as well as experienced social service veterans – can find rewarding and career-building opportunities.
  • Community TechKnowledge and Social Solutions Join Forces

    CarlosCTK
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    Combined Resources Provide Nonprofits with Unprecedented Technology and Support Community TechKnowledge (CTK) has joined forces with Social Solutions, a global leader in outcomes management solutions for nonprofits and public sector organizations.
  • Due Diligence: Selecting the Best New Software for Your Nonprofit

    CarlosCTK
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:39 am
    New Research Offers Insight into Common Pitfalls If you’re looking for a new database to track service recipients and programs, we recommend talking to your colleagues in the nonprofit world. In addition to your colleagues’ advice, there are several services that formally review and compare nonprofit software solutions.
  • Show and Tell: Outcomes Resources for Your Nonprofit

    CarlosCTK
    27 May 2015 | 7:21 am
    Resources from Nonprofit Leaders on Measuring What Matters This spring, there’s been a flurry of research and writing on nonprofit outcomes, big data, and measuring what matters to your organization and service recipients. If your nonprofit is making program evaluation a priority in 2015, the following new resources and articles will help you measure what you value – and stakeholders value what you measure.
  • Nonprofit Data Without Borders

    CarlosCTK
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:27 am
    Resources for International Social Service Organizations In the United States and internationally, nonprofits are increasingly responsible for proving their impact in the communities they serve. Yet, especially outside the U.S., NGOs and NPOs are often unaware that affordable and secure tools are available to make it easier to demonstrate programmatic outcomes to internal and external stakeholders, and to the public-at-large.
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    eleventy marketing group

  • 12 Infographics to Help You Optimize Your Online Marketing Efforts

    shad
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Online marketing is a large and complex machine. There are just so many moving parts (website, blog, email, social, video, etc.) that need to align for the all the gears to churn properly. Even with top experts on the job, it can be a challenge to keep the machine updated, oiled and running efficiently. Enter the infographic, the perfect tool for consuming knowledge to maximize your online marketing efforts. We like to think of infographics as quick-reference manuals, providing the info, stats and tips you need to accelerate your efforts. Because of their easy-to-scan visual format,…
  • 4 Key Questions Nonprofits Should Ask When Developing a Social Media Strategy

    shad
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:57 am
    Sprout Social recently published A Strategic Guide to Social Media for Nonprofits. This excellent resource uses insights from Beth Kanter, charity.water, Kivi Leroux Miller and others to outline eight steps to craft an effective nonprofit social media strategy. If you’re a nonprofit professional involved in marketing and fundraising efforts, we strongly recommend you take a look at this guide. In the meantime, informed by Sprout Social’s Strategic Guide, we have four key questions you should ask if you’re looking to refresh or revise your nonprofit’s social media…
  • Redesigning the Logo for the Ben Carson Presidential Campaign

    shad
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:43 am
    A logo can be a powerful marketing tool. This is especially true when it comes to political marketing—where how a candidate’s name is presented to the public can have big impact on voter awareness and perception. And nowhere in the political world are the marketing and branding stakes higher than they are in presidential campaigns. The 2016 race for the White House is already shaping up to be a tight one, with a lot different candidates out there vying for voter attention. One of those candidates is Ben Carson… … How Eleventy Redesigned the Ben Carson Campaign Logo The…
  • 13 Eye-Opening Insights for Brands on the Latest Social Media Marketing Trends

    shad
    11 Aug 2015 | 12:55 pm
    For organizations trying to  build relationships via Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and other social media sites, it can often feel like you’re pushing a boulder up hill. You’re putting forth a lot of time and effort for very little forward movement—sometimes even backsliding. And make no mistake about it: Social media has gotten harder. It’s more difficult to stand out amongst all the other brands and conversations taking place. It’s more challenging to cut through the noise and make valuable connections. Of course, that’s also true of every other marketing channel. The good news…
  • 4 Good Reasons You Don’t Need To Update Your Brand Logo

    shad
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:22 am
    You may have noticed a lot of organizations are redesigning their logos these days. From recent refreshes by StubHub and Pizza Hut to the numerous other big brands that have updated their stamps in the past couple years, it seems like more organizations are tweaking their logos more than ever before. It’s a trend that has many organizations stepping back to ask: “Do we need to update our logo?” That’s never a bad question to ask or explore. But, as with anything in marketing, you shouldn’t redesign your logo just because everyone else is doing it. There should…
 
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  • Should We Incorporate?

    31 Aug 2015 | 5:52 am
    Imagine you and a group of friends want to start a charity, church, club, or other nonprofit organization or are considering whether to restructure a currently operating organization.  An initial question you will need to answer is what form the organization will take.  The two most common forms of nonprofit organization are the corporation and the unincorporated association. Organization founders should understand each option in their decision of how best to structure the organization.  These days, most people choose the corporate structure, and for good reason.  Here’s…
  • Politics Run Amok? Issue Advocacy and Democracy, Wisconsin Style

    19 Aug 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Politics Run Amok?  Issue Advocacy and Democracy, Wisconsin Style  A long-standing criminal prosecution of “John Doe” targets finally ended with a massive court decision that harshly criticized both the blatant constitutional violations by government operatives and antics such as “paramilitary-style home invasions.”  The Wisconsin Supreme Court issued its decision in July 2015, providing potent reminders about the importance of free speech to our country’s democratic processes, how damaging government abuses can be, and the continued importance of educational “issue…
  • Congress Approves Form 990 6-Month Auto-Extension

    11 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Nonprofits: mark your calendars for 2016 – well, actually soon thereafter.  Starting with tax years that begin after December 31, 2015, IRS Form 990 filings will be eligible for a longer automatic extension of the submission deadline.  Translated from IRS-speak, that means 2016 tax returns filed in 2017 are eligible for the extension.  On July 31, 2015, President Barack Obama signed an extension of the highway funding bill into law.  The legislation primarily ensures that federal government will continue to reimburse states for highway and mass transit projects.
  • New Rules for “Exempt” Employees

    7 Aug 2015 | 1:43 pm
    More employees may soon qualify for overtime. In newly proposed rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Obama Administration aims to substantially increase the minimum salary requirements for qualification as an “exempt” employee.  The new limits should concern both nonprofit and for-profit employers alike, as the current salary threshold is $23,660 and the proposed rules more than double this amount.  Under the proposed rules, an employee must earn at least $50,440 per year to qualify as “exempt” and therefore not be subject to otherwise mandatory overtime…
  • Checking Up on Work Applicants

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:03 am
    Each summer, thousands of volunteers join with employees at youth-centered nonprofit organizations – running sports camps, leading Vacation Bible School programs, and providing childcare.  Throughout the rest of the year, nonprofits regularly rely on both paid staff and volunteers as the bedrock of their religious, educational, and charitable programs.  Before serving in these positions, many applicants consent to background checks – perhaps by signing an application with only a sentence-long disclosure or by checking a box to mark their assent.  Although these background…
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    M+R » Lab

  • Should we even send emails to Congress anymore?

    Val Vilott
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:39 am
    It’s the first question any online organizer should ask, and one of the hardest to answer: “Should we still be asking our activists to send emails to Congress? Do they really matter?” Do you like simple answers? The simple answer is YES! Email advocacy matters, and you should do it! The more complicated (and also more honest) answer is: Email advocacy matters if you do it right. So if you’re going to do it, you need to do it the right way.   First, look who’s talking. By all accounts, form emails to the Hill are alive and well. The 2015 M+R Benchmarks Study showed that nonprofits…
  • 9 daily social media exercises to grow your nonprofit’s followers

    Taylor Maxwell
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:58 am
    Pump up the jam! Raise your standing desk! If you post/tweet/gram/pin/snap for your nonprofit, it’s time to tone your social media muscles. When your mind is spinning with ideas and your to-do list is spinning out of control, how can you stay focused and stick to a digital routine? Do these 9 social media exercises every day and visualize your follower numbers climbing higher and higher. You can print out the 8.5×11 Social Media Calisthenics sheet here and hang it up somewhere that will remind you to do it tomorrow and the tomorrow after that. If you’re on your phone, keep scrolling…
  • CowabUNGA! Let’s get ready for the UN General Assembly

    Cosabeth Bullock
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:21 am
    We’re now 46 days from the start of the UN General Assembly on September 15. CowabUNGA! UNGA isn’t one of those never-too-late-to-be-great events. You can’t wing UNGA. You have to plan…uhh, yesterday. During UNGA season, many, many, many groups organize events, run ads and carry out visibility stunts all at once. It’s like the campaign Olympics. And if your organization is thinking about long-jumping into the competition, have these 6 PR and marketing considerations on your mind from now through October: 1) Remember the Security Perimeter: Events that are possible in October in…
  • 🍦Your August Recess Advocacy Packing List🍦

    Val Vilott
    16 Jul 2015 | 10:32 am
    As members of Congress prepare to burst out the doors of the U.S. Capitol like a bunch of 16-year-olds headed for the beach (cue Alice Cooper chanting schooooooool’s out for SUMMER! ), it’s time for you to prepare your in-state activists for August Recess activities. Yeah…August Recess sounds like a heck of a lot more fun than it really is — especially if you’re an overworked organizer. So I’ve put together a handy little Recess Advocacy Packing List to help your advocacy teams hit the doors, phones, townhalls, and sometimes the beach with gusto this August — with…
  • How to finally & easily engage the right reporters on Twitter

    Aaron Eske
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:58 am
    Journalists and Twitter go together like glitter & Broadway.* When digital pilgrims set sail for the new world-wide-web platform in 2006, reporters were some of the first tweeples on deck. Turns out Twitter is the perfect place for them to be timely, connected, and bylined without an editor looking over their shoulder. I’ve never talked with a reporter who said, “I <3 emails from PR people.” But so many of them love Twitter. And it’s awful nice (and important) to engage with them on a platform they love for a change. The big question is: Uhh…how? Where do I even start?
 
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    Voss Foundation

  • Women Helping Women New York 2015

    ExecutiveDirector
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Women Helping Women New York 2015 A luncheon and African Bazaar to improve the lives of African women and their communities by providing access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene; and to celebrate global female empowerment. PURCHASE TICKETS NOW For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Deborah at Deborah Hughes, Inc. at (212) 727-2220 or deb@deborahhughesinc.com. For...
  • Water Quality Month – Hand in Hand Blog Tour

    ExecutiveDirector
    15 Aug 2015 | 11:42 am
    Did you know that August is the U.S.’ National Water Quality Month? At Voss Foundation, our very mission is to provide access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene as a means to enable community-driven development in Sub-Saharan Africa and raise awareness of the ongoing need in this region. We are proud to be working with...
  • Recap: Women Helping Women Beach 2015

    ExecutiveDirector
    6 Aug 2015 | 5:01 pm
    On August 3rd, Voss Foundation brought our celebrated Women Helping Women (WHW) program “out East” for the first-ever WHW Beach event in at Osteria Salina in East Hampton, New York. Hosted by Cristina Cuomo and Andrea Greeven Douzet, the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, respectively, of sponsor, Modern Luxury’s Beach Magazine, the luncheon was an unqualified success....
  • Malaika School for Girls: Summer 2015 update

    ExecutiveDirector
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:25 pm
    The ongoing success of the Malaika School for Girls (FKA Georges Malaika Foundation School for Girls) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo attests to the ripple effect of clean, safe water on both Malaika and the surrounding community of Kalebuka. The Malaika School has increased its enrollment from the initial number of 106 girls...
  • Masikita Addition: Project Description

    Caitlin Rackish
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:31 am
    Our solar-powered water system in Masikita will get an upgrade this summer! Masikita, Lene Maria for Rent Vann’s first project with Voss Foundation and implementing partner Milgis Trust in the Samburu region of Kenya, was completed in 2013. Milgis Trust retrofitted a pre-existing borehole drilled by the government with a solar pump that pipes water to 4...
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    Double the Donation

  • Why it’s Important to Promote Your Corporate Philanthropy Program in the Community

    Nina Sullivan
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:29 am
    From time to time, we at Double the Donation like to point out companies that are using particularly smart tactics in regards to their corporate giving programs. We wanted to highlight a business doing an especially good job of spreading the word about their corporate giving programs. We recently came across a newsletter from Georgia Natural Gas and it fit the bill. Georgia Natural Gas has just used its newsletter as a platform to promote its new “Dollars for Doers” Program. That was a very savvy move that other companies can learn from. And I will explain why that is, but I…
  • 10 Companies Doing Corporate Philanthropy Right

    Adam Weinger
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Companies whose employees regularly contribute to nonprofit organizations can show that they also care about the causes that their workers are passionate about. By implementing corporate giving programs and keeping employees in the loop about those programs, companies can donate money and time to worthy charities that their workers feel strongly about. Two common ways that companies donate to nonprofits are through: Matching gift programs. Employees submit forms to their employers requesting that their donation to a nonprofit be matched by the company. Volunteer grant programs. When…
  • How Corporate Volunteer Grants Can Increase Employee Engagement

    Erin Ehrlich
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Employee engagement is generally defined as the emotional and functional commitment an employee has to achieving the mission of the organization. At most companies, there’s a lot of lip service paid to making sure employees are engaged. But have you ever wondered why? Have you thought about strategies companies can use to increase employee engagement? Basic Facts about Employee Engagement To better understand employee engagement, we turned to Dale Carnegie Training which has done extensive research into the topic. A few key insights include: When an employee is disengaged, there is a…
  • Using Corporate Philanthropy to Increase Employee Engagement

    Erin Ehrlich
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    An engaged and satisfied workforce can undoubtedly turn a good company into a great one. According to a recent Gallup Poll, only 30% of the workforce is actively engaged. The key to keeping your employees happy certainly includes a solid benefits package and free cookies in the kitchen every once in a while, but ensuring a sense of shared philanthropic values between the corporation and employee is also a huge piece of the puzzle. Learn more about why employee engagement is vital to your company. Here’s how to use corporate philanthropy to increase employee engagement and satisfaction.
  • How to Create an Employee Engagement Survey

    Abby Larson
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Employee engagement surveys are a great way to gauge how content employees are. By collecting data on a regular basis, whether monthly, quarterly, or yearly, employers can discover better ways to keep their employees happy and engaged. Because employees who are disengaged tend to leave companies earlier than those who are more involved and satisfied, it is important to create a survey that probes into employees’ thoughts and can be used to help foster a corporate culture of employee engagement. Learn more about why employee engagement is so important. Although it might seem like an easy…
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    Invisible Children » Blog

  • Reblog || The Kony Crossroads: Can the LRA outlast Obama’s presidency?

    Invisible Children
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:52 am
    Paul Ronan of The Resolve LRA Crisis Initiative just released a buff new report on the current state of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in central Africa as well as U.S. efforts to combat the rebel group. ++++ Nearly seven years after President Obama was elected, and five years after he signed the landmark LRA Disarmament […] The post Reblog || The Kony Crossroads: Can the LRA outlast Obama’s presidency? appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • ACTION ALERT || Join the Resolution

    Invisible Children
    5 Aug 2015 | 11:36 pm
    Can’t stop. Won’t stop. Over the past ten years, you and millions of others – from California to the Central African Republic – have stood together and demanded justice for Joseph Kony’s crimes and peace for the communities he has terrorized. By raising our voices together, we’ve moved world leaders to take unprecedented action to […] The post ACTION ALERT || Join the Resolution appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • The LRA Resolution || Be A Know-It-All

    Invisible Children
    5 Aug 2015 | 11:34 pm
    It goes without saying that to be an effective and responsible activist, you’ve got to be an informed one. That’s why we love it when you geek out over the details as much as we do, and why we wanted to provide you with lots of information about the LRA Resolution and why it’s so […] The post The LRA Resolution || Be A Know-It-All appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • Blessed are the Peacemakers || Remembering Nate Henn

    Ananda Robie
    10 Jul 2015 | 9:02 pm
    This week marks the 5-year anniversary of Nate Henn’s passing. He and 75 others were killed by a terror bombing in Kampala, Uganda as they watched the final match of the 2010 World Cup. As I write this blog it’s hard for me to believe that I never had the honor of meeting Nate in person because his story has had […] The post Blessed are the Peacemakers || Remembering Nate Henn appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • 7 Long-Term LRA Escapees Report that Kony’s Health is Failing

    Ananda Robie
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:22 am
    In April, seven men escaped from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and walked for nearly two months before reaching safety at the African Union Regional Task Force (AU-RTF) base, near Obo in the Central African Republic (CAR). This group consisted of four Ugandan males, two South Sudanese males, and one Congolese males. On top of […] The post 7 Long-Term LRA Escapees Report that Kony’s Health is Failing appeared first on Invisible Children.
 
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  • Nonprofit Storyteller of the Week – Women for Women International

    Julia Claire Campbell
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:18 am
    My Nonprofit Storyteller of the Week is Women for Women International, an international nonprofit helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives, has fantastic (and horrifying) stories to tell. Through their website, blog, email newsletter and a variety of social media channels they share the personal, heart-wrenching stories of the women they serve and other women who inspire them in their mission. Using the hashtag #SheInspiresMe, WfWI encourages people everywhere to share personal stories of women who inspire them, and why. This campaign is especially effective because you do not…
  • A Road Map for Nonprofit Storytelling

    Julia Claire Campbell
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    I came across this great infographic from Classy, providing details and a road map for nonprofits who have great stories to tell but do not know how to tell them. A compelling story starts out with a person – someone that the reader can relate to or empathize with. Little details make the person more relatable, so provide as much information as you can – the more colorful and unique, the better! The person you describe must be in the middle of some kind of conflict. Maybe they are homeless, maybe they just lost their job, maybe they need access to clean water. The possibilities…
  • Get your nonprofit mobile ready for year-end fundraising

    Julia Claire Campbell
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:43 am
    Getting “mobile-ready” is no longer an option for nonprofits, or any entity with online properties such as a website, email newsletter or social media channels. We all know that everyone is addicted to their smartphone. 92% of teens access the Internet via their smartphones daily, and almost two-thirds of Americans own a smartphone. It’s the predominant method for going online, and nonprofits need to pay attention. In my latest post for About.com, I detail my top 5 tips for getting your nonprofit on the mobile bandwagon, in order to accelerate your year-end fundraising…
  • 5 Things I Bet You Didn’t Know About Facebook

    Julia Claire Campbell
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    We all know how popular Facebook continues to be, among all age groups and income levels. Pew Internet reported in January of this year that for the first time, more than half of all online adults 65 and older (56%) use Facebook. This represents 31% of all seniors. In order to be successful on Facebook, you know that you need to be posting helpful and informative content, eye-catching and compelling visuals & photos as well as funny and entertaining videos. This is just Facebook 101. In recent weeks there have been several announcements about features to the social network that you may…
  • Telling Your Story Using Social Media [Presentation]

    Julia Claire Campbell
    9 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    Here are my slides from tonight’s presentation – Telling Your Story Using Social Media. I was honored to be part of such an amazing panel of speakers!   The post Telling Your Story Using Social Media [Presentation] appeared first on JCSM.
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    Nonprofit MarCommunity

  • Digital marketing skills development: 13 ideas for nonprofit communicators

    Marlene Oliveira
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:58 am
    Earlier this summer, at the July #NPMC Twitter chat, participants discussed the importance of digital skills for nonprofit marketing success. It was a popular topic and a lively conversation – as usual! I missed the live chat, but found many ideas and sources of continuing digital marketing skills development in the transcript. In case you also missed the chat, I’ve pulled together a number of the suggestions and added a few of my own. Here are 13 suggestions for maintaining and learning digital marketing skills: 1. Code academy During the chat, Joyce Hsu from Techsoup Canada (our…
  • How your nonprofit organization can use Reddit

    Lauren Girardin
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:15 am
    I have a confession. Take a seat. It may disturb you. I use Reddit. And I believe more nonprofit communicators should use it, too. Reddit is a community of communities. It’s like going to a gigantic high school—you can’t possibly know everyone and you certainly won’t all get along. But, within the Reddit website, you can find smaller groups of people who share your interests. Whether you’re a brain, an athlete, a princess, or a criminal, you can find your kindred spirits in various subreddits (discussion areas about specific topics). There are many potential benefits for nonprofits…
  • Event collateral checklist for nonprofits (Part 2)

    Laura Wertkin
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:07 am
    In my last post, I talked about how to lay the groundwork for your event collateral — where to get started and how to prioritize your to-do list. Now that we have covered the importance of establishing a strong event theme (and the branding to go along with it!), it’s time to make sure you are reaching your audience in the best possible way. The checklist continues… Here is part 2 of your nonprofit’s event collateral checklist: 7) Design the INVITATION (print or electronic) If you’re wondering whether to do a printed or electronic invitation, my advice is to think about your…
  • Event collateral checklist for nonprofits (Part 1)

    Laura Wertkin
    6 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    For many nonprofits, summer is the season of making plans, listing goals and gearing up for an annual event — be it a gala, luncheon, symposium or conference. The amount of work it takes to pull off a successful event can be daunting at times. Therefore, it is crucial to create a roadmap of what needs to happen, including the development of your event collateral. Having an event collateral checklist will ensure your event raises as much money and awareness as possible while preventing you from tearing your hair out. Keep the following list handy at your next event meeting, and then stay…
  • The importance of digital skills for nonprofit marketing success [#NPMC Chat]

    Kelly Rembold
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:03 am
    It’s no secret that nonprofit marketers are expected to have a wide range of skills. In today’s digital world, that includes learning and developing digital skills. But with technology evolving so quickly, it can sometimes be hard to keep up. As a nonprofit marketing specialist, I’m already feeling behind. It’s only been five years since I graduated from college, but the skills I’m expected to know have changed. So how can nonprofit marketers keep up with digital demands, and how do we determine which skills we need to be successful? Skills for Success There are many resources…
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    Social Fundraising for Nonprofits

  • Some DIY Fundraising examples to get you started

    27 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Do-It-Yourself Fundraising is all the rage right now and with good reason. There are numerous advantages to organizations who implement it such as:1. Low barrier to entry2. Registration aids in market research3. Revenue diversification4. Non-core donor/advocacy interest5. Enlarged awareness net6. Management ease provides huge potential for smaller organizationsBut what type of events fall under DIY (or IFP or IFE or Third-Party) Fundraising?These are of course solely examples of possible 3rd Party Fundraising styles. The beauty is that organizations are only limited by their and their…
  • Import contacts via iCloud + LinkedIn

    21 Aug 2015 | 5:01 am
    Email is a critical component of peer-to-peer fundraising. Whether on mobile, desktop or tablet, donors still take more impact actions on email than any other channel. That’s why we take email so seriously.And in conjunction with the mission of making it that much easier for fundraisers to import contacts (to raise funds), HQ’s now have the option to import via their iCloud and LinkedIn accounts. How?  Within Fundraiser HQ, select import contacts within contact book and select either iCloud or Linkedin.Once you click iCloud, enter your credentials as prompted and push into your contact…
  • Sync RallyBound with Constant Contact

    18 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    In our minds, it is crucial that administrators have the ability to connect 3rd-Party service platforms. Our ethos is that great products focus: RallyBound on peer-to-peer type fundraising, CRMs on managing contacts and providers like Constant Contact on nurturing your supporters with stellar email marketing.So, it is with delight that we announce our Constant Contact integration. Now available within the Settings area of your campaign admin, this integration can be enabled with just a click to automatically push fundraising contacts into current or newly created lists. Campaigns move the…
  • How to Give THANKS to your Donors on RallyBound

    6 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    “Please” and “Thank You” are commonplace in child development. We’re taught to treat others with esteem and in return they will do the same. In fundraising this is no different; it’s crucial to sustaining influence.In a world of impersonal interactions, saying “Thank You” to a donor whether in-kind or monetary, says a lot about the type of organization you are. Every cause is important; every organization wants to create tangible impact, but it is the organizations that spend the time to provide the same care to advocates as they do beneficiaries that thrive.On the RallyBound…
  • Be honest, you love AND hate virality.

    29 Jul 2015 | 5:01 am
    Virality: The elusive and agitating term. What everyone wants, but so few catch.It creates envy, a wanting to duplicate another brands sensation for organizational awareness. The interest is warranted. From celebrities to brands, these “movements” have made significant impressions, but they are not the be all and end all. We’ll address this later.For the most part, we believe it’s lightning in a bottle. However, Wharton professor, Jonah Berger, has extensively studied these marvels and crafted what he believes are the 6 STEPPS to achieving what was once out of reach.S – Social…
 
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    Nonprofit Hub » Featured

  • How to Sleep Better After Your Next Nonprofit Fundraising Event

    Lincoln Arneal
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:09 am
    I sat in bed an hour and a half before my alarm was supposed to go off. I was physically still tired, but my mind was racing. Sleep was no longer an option. The prior evening I had just helped put on the first major fundraising event for a nonprofit of which I am the executive director. The night was exhilarating and the culmination of a flurry of activity over the previous two months. While I have planned many other events (mainly watch parties for Hoosiers and V for Vendetta), I had never tackled anything on this scale. As I was going through this process, I kept notes on some lessons I…
  • Take Your Organization’s Instagram Outside the Box

    Angela Cuadros
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Instagram now supports horizontal and vertical photo formats, and people all over the world are rejoicing. Regular users no longer have to use a supplementary app that fits their portrait and landscape photos into the mandated square shape, and organizations can post comfortably knowing that none of their photo or video content must be cropped. As mentioned in Advertising Age, marketers no longer need to worry about specifically tailoring their visual content to fit Instagram’s standards. What does this mean for your nonprofit Instagram account? It’s time to get on it, and it is now…
  • 5 Tips to Collect More of Your Nonprofit’s Inspiring Stories

    Vanessa Chase
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:38 am
    Vanessa Chase is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub. She is the President of The Storytelling Non-Profit and co-founder of Stewardship School. Vanessa works with nonprofit organizations to help them develop stories for donor communications and fundraising appeals. You can follow her on Twitter @VanessaEChase and find more storytelling resources on The Storytelling Non-Profit Blog. ________________________ You have probably heard about storytelling and the positive impact it can have on nonprofit fundraising. Perhaps you’ve even seen a few examples of stories you think are great. But is…
  • 5 Things You Can Do Now to Plan Your End-of-Year Fundraising Campaign

    Caron Beesley
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:20 am
    Caron Beesley is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub. She is a marketing communications consultant and writer for Salsa. She has over 15 years experience helping organizations large and small connect and engage with their audiences. She has a degree in English Literature and Communication Studies and is a British ex pat, currently soaking up southern living in Cary, North Carolina. This article originally appeared on Salsa. Read it here. _____________ Summer’s over and the busiest fundraising season of the year is right around the corner. Are you ready? To help you get a jumpstart on…
  • The Answers to Your Crowdfunding Questions

    Josh Schukman
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Josh Schukman is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub. He’s the writing whiz for WonderWe—a crowdfunding social network that provides free viral tools for nonprofits to fundraise, recruit and measure impact like a pro. When not crafting beautiful musings for WonderWe, Josh can be found cooking up the latest Paleo dish (his fiancee’s fault), cycling all over God’s creation and/or endeavoring to understand the mysterious ways of the universe. ________________________ Crowdfunding is all the rage these days. From newfangled technologies to heartwarming causes, it seems like…
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    #fundchat

  • How To Stay Engaged With Donors During Summer Vacation

    Brendan Kinney
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:45 am
    Click here to review the transcript! Summer. A chance to kick back, unplug, and let your hair down. We all need a summer vacation to rest and recharge, but does that mean our fundraising can afford to take a holiday too? For fundraisers, summertime is a time of anxiety and frustration. While our donors are getting some well deserved R and R, we fret over meeting our fundraising goals and carrying out much needed mini-campaigns as the fiscal year comes to a close! How can we best engage our donors and supporters during this time of year? Do we just throw up our hands and close up shop for the…
  • #fundchat On Summer Hiatus!

    Brendan Kinney
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:37 am
    Since our first #fundchat in June 2011, we’ve hosted over 150 discussions on a wide variety of topics having to do with marketing and fundraising for nonprofits. As we celebrate our 4th anniversary, it’s not time to chart a bold new direction, it’s actually time for a vacation. That’s right team, #fundchat will be going on summer vacation and will return on Wednesday, September 2, 2105 (at 12pm EST!). You may see an occasional post or two over the next few months, but we will be taking a break from weekly discussions until the fall. Please share your ideas for topics…
  • Direct Mail Is Dead! Long Live Direct Mail!

    Brendan Kinney
    1 Jun 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Click here for the transcript! Every six months or so, the death knell for direct mail rings loudly across the nonprofit world. Six months later, it’s rises from the dead: what was old is new again! Is it any wonder that our direct mail practices feel disjointed and our results as erratic? If there’s one thing which all nonprofit fundraisers can agree upon, it’s that direct mail produces frustration and anxiety. But does it produce results? Join #fundchat on Wednesday, June 3, from 12-1 pm EST for “Direct Mail Is Dead! Long Live Direct Mail!” We’ll discuss…
  • How Nonprofits Can Harness The Power of Online Communities

    Brendan Kinney
    19 May 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Click here for the transcript! This week’s #fundchat is inspired by a recent article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy called, “Click, Click, Cash?” part of a special report called “Unleash The Future.” One of the most intriguing elements of their coverage is the notion that nonprofits need to harness the power of online communities in order to truly take advantage of online giving: In the future that they envision, nonprofits take a quantum leap beyond slapping “donate now” buttons on their websites to build dynamic communi9ties of supporters on the…
  • How Nonprofits Can Benefit From Periscope And Meerkat

    Brendan Kinney
    11 May 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Click here to review the transcript! When I first heard about Meerkat, I immediately thought of Timón, you know, that character from The Lion King. Then came Periscope, which triggered the voice of Sean Connery from The Hunt For Red October in my head. But in reality, the only thing Meerkat and Periscope have in common with either movie is video, streaming video in this case. If you are on Twitter, it’s nearly impossible that you have not heard of either streaming video service. I get dozens of notifications a day from people and brands using one or the other (or both) apps to stream…
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    CHARITY CASE

  • Those who “do” less, raise more money (Another thing I wish you knew about charities)

    Krystyn Tully
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:11 pm
    My kind of highway ... Quick: think of ten charities you’ve heard about lately. If you’re like most people, the ones that come to mind are often large, high-profile, national or international organizations whose mission is to raise funds for important causes. You know them, because they are the ones knocking on your door, benefitting from community events, and connecting with your youngest family members through schools.These big (and often highly-ranked) charities are primarily fundraising and marketing organizations. They raise awareness for their issue, raise funds, and then…
  • Yes, it’s a nonprofit. No, it’s not weird. 

    Krystyn Tully
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:42 pm
    There's always one ... People think it’s weird when you start a nonprofit. “There are too many, already!” some say. “Why not get a real job?” others say.How great would it be if people understood that the nonprofit sector has always existed, and will always exist? It’s not a deviation from “normal”. It’s part of “normal”.People are always going to organize to address needs or issues. They are often going to do it because they think it’s the right thing to do, regardless of whether or not it’s profitable. And they should not have to wait for government’s…
  • In defence of failure (why there is no ‘right’ number of nonprofits)

    Krystyn Tully
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:10 pm
    "Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half."-- John Wanamaker (attributed), US department store merchant (1838 - 1922) Only one puppy can win this race. You, however, are a winner just by looking at them try.  This whole thing about how there are “too many nonprofits” has got to stop. There’s no “right” number of nonprofits, no perfect formula for who gets to start and organization and who doesn’t.True, nonprofits fail all the time. We fail in minor ways and we fail in spectacular ways, day after day. And it’s…
  • What I wish YOU knew about charities (Part 1)

    Krystyn Tully
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:03 am
    Don't let the wool throw you off; this sheep does not have a charitable purpose. (Image courtesy Tony, Flickr.) Forget lessons to myself. There's a crap-ton of super basic information that I wish other people knew about the nonprofit world. I wasn't sure where to start with this topic, so I appreciate the Keilburger brothers* and their latest column for helping me focus. It touches on virtually every annoying nonprofit sector trope floating around the interwebs these days.Starting with ....Oh my gosh, people, nonprofits and charities are not the same thing. This…
  • Lesson #23: There's never enough training

    Krystyn Tully
    19 May 2015 | 5:03 am
    Training is good for everyone. Someone should make a Venn diagram. In one circle, put start ups. In another circle, put charities. Where they overlap, that can be the "we're super bad at training place." "We wait too long to train our leaders," by Jack Zenger. December 2012. I saw a HBR post recently, which says that the average age of someone in corporate leadership training programs is 42.We teach math, writing, philosophy, history, science, and phys-ed to children, but wait until someone is 42 years old before we start teaching them how to be an effective leader. That's crazy. And…
 
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    Third Sector Today

  • 6 Reasons to Engage on #GivingTuesday

    Yvonne Hudson
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:28 am
    Summer is waning, but, admit it, the anticipation of autumn inspires. The new season signals new plans, tactics, and a calendar full of opportunities. And soon it will be shopping on “Black Friday” and/or avoiding stores by shopping online on Cyber Monday. We ask, then, why not engage on #GivingTuesday   If #GivingTuesday is not on your calendar as fundraising opportunity on Tuesday, December 1, let’s discuss why it should be.   It’s easy. All the tools and tactics are provided. In its third year, #GivingTuesday has a track record and now offers the roadmap for your success…
  • Measurably Better: Reaching Success in Crowdfunding

    Ryan McKelvey
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:59 am
      Indiegogo recently kicked off a series of events, including informal discussions with local crowdfunded organizations and several informational workshops to launch Pittsburgh as one of its focus cities for 2015. I attended a workshop with Fygment Productions on how to practically devise plans for one’s own crowdfunding campaign. Active campaigners attended the event at a startup incubator  Thrill Mill, in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty (home of Google’s Pittsburgh headquarters). The workshop was a crash course on best practices for reaching success in crowdfunding- Ranging from…
  • Mobile Giving and Your Holiday Giving Campaign

    Amy DeVita
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:03 pm
    I know! It’s beautiful outside and the lake/mountain/ocean/pool/garden is calling your name for the long holiday weekend.  But, the clever fundraiser knows NOW is the best time to get one’s Holiday Giving strategy together. Need more inspiration? Just think how you’ll be able to actually enjoy the holidays this year with a little work done now, while the office is half empty! Benchmark studies on charitable giving show that activity is improving– it’s heading back up to pre-’08 Recession levels. But, do you know what has changed drastically since…
  • OPINION: Facebook Rolls Out a Donate Now Button for Nonprofits

    Dale Knoop
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:59 am
    Having the power of Facebook’s incredibly large audience can seem a benefit to a nonprofit looking for opportunities for greater reach. As Facebook rolls out a Donate Now button for nonprofits to use may seem like just the solution to additional funding many orgs could use.  Or is it?   What are your thoughts on Facebook’s Donate Button?  We want to hear opinions for and against– and will be curating them here for the audience to decide for themselves. To kick things off, we are sharing this post, 7 (Not Cool ) Things You Need to Know About Facebook’s Donate…
  • 4 Ways Young Nonprofit Professionals Can Make A Measurable Impact

    Andrew Desmond
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:14 am
    The way your nonprofit conducts its business is important. With a limited budget and, too often, few resources, the hard work that you put in, even with smaller details, can make a big difference. But sometimes, it can feel a bit like you’re struggling to make a truly measurable impact – you want to do great, profound work that spurs positive change in the lives of those you’re fighting for. Now, there are a number of ways that you can do that – be it volunteer engagement, marketing efforts, or helping your nonprofit management by improving its existing systems. Let’s…
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  • Aarti For Girls

    Rohini Vemuganti
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:41 pm
    An organisation which is a family to the abandoned girls   I walked through the gate at 4:30 a.m. and was greeted by the girls who were already up and about. They were as fresh as daisies with books in their hands … Continue reading → The post Aarti For Girls appeared first on Your NGO's GiveIndia.org.
  • An organization which is a family to the abandoned girls

    Rohini Vemuganti
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:21 pm
    A twenty minutes drive from the main city, Aarti School for Girls is nestled amongst hills. It has neatly planned buildings, a kitchen surrounded by a vegetable garden and walkways…everything spic and span. I walked through the gate at 4:30 … Continue reading → The post An organization which is a family to the abandoned girls appeared first on Your NGO's GiveIndia.org.
  • How it all began at Aarthi

    Rohini Vemuganti
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:19 pm
    “Bearing a girl child here is like watering the neighbours’ plants,” says PV Sandhya, who is the founder of Aarti for Girls in Cuddapah. “Parents do not want to spend money on educating a girl or giving her a comfortable … Continue reading → The post How it all began at Aarthi appeared first on Your NGO's GiveIndia.org.
  • Uma Educational and Technical Society

    Rohini Vemuganti
    13 Aug 2015 | 2:18 am
    An organisation which provides comprehensive rehab I entered a two storied building with the administration office on the first floor and equipment/aids room on the ground. I was greeted at a table with a grill bar on it. A sign read ‘Bank’on the … Continue reading → The post Uma Educational and Technical Society appeared first on Your NGO's GiveIndia.org.
  • An organization which provides comprehensive rehab

    Rohini Vemuganti
    13 Aug 2015 | 2:04 am
    I entered a two storied building with the administration office on the first floor and equipment/aids room on the ground. I was greeted at a table with a grill bar on it. A sign said ‘Bank’on the grill bar with … Continue reading → The post An organization which provides comprehensive rehab appeared first on Your NGO's GiveIndia.org.
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  • Monday Mix: Social Media News You May Have Missed

    Susan Chavez
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    This week, the last before Labor Day, is considered the end of summer. Before you go into mourning for the end of the summer season, make sure you’re at least caught up on the latest in social media. Vine Adds New Music Tools: Vine has introduced two new music tools. The first, is a tool […]
  • 5 Tools That Will Get Your Community to Share Your News

    Susan Chavez
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:19 am
    Sharing progress or, better still, success can go a long way towards keeping your supporters invested in your organization and its goals. Your website or blog, email, infographics, and social media are some of the tools most commonly used to share such critical information. However, your sharing shouldn’t stop after you’ve used any of these […]
  • Monday Mix: Social Media News You May Have Missed

    Susan Chavez
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    The month may be winding down but that doesn’t mean the social media news has. Here are the latest updates to start your week with: Facebook Makes Basic Page Available on Posts: Facebook Page Admins can now get a quick view of post performance without having to navigate to Insights. Posts now display the number […]
  • Monday Mix: Social Media News You May Have Missed

    Susan Chavez
    17 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    If you’ve been spending your time trying to enjoy the remaining summer days, here are the social media news items you may have missed: Periscope Reaches Member Milestone: Periscope announced having surpassed 10 million as of August 2. The live-streaming company, which launched on March 26 of this year, took a little over four months […]
  • #QOTW: Social Media Takes Time

    Susan Chavez
    14 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    The latest quote of the week is from Brian E. Boyd Sr., author of Social Media for the Executive.
 
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  • Why Your Employment Brand and Company Culture are Everything

    Kadi McDonald
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:18 am
    As I’ve gone through the last five years of my career, my job search has stayed relatively the same. When I’m searching for writing jobs, it doesn’t matter what the industry is, the job descriptions are all virtually the same. Except that, over the last couple of years, I’ve seen a lot of companies squeezing in witty little remarks, hidden questions, and seemingly ridiculous proclamations about what goes on in their office every day. [Example: I just read one that mentions bike races in the office…how does that even happen?]   Have offices always been this fun and crazy? Am I…
  • 8 Ways to be More Productive

    James Zackal
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:46 pm
      It’s easy to get distracted at work. With everyone multitasking, we need the advantage of staying focused on the original assignment. In 23 Best Productivity Hacks of the YearLarry Kim and Inc. review the best ways to stay focused at work. We like these 8 ways to stay productive at work: No Mobile Alerts You can’t stay focused on an assignment with your phone going off. Just turn notifications off and check your email and social media when you have completed the work. Stay Healthy Good health supports productivity. If you enjoy exercising, exercise in the morning. Drink more water…
  • 7 Super Steps to Recruit Volunteers

    James Zackal
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:18 am
    How can a nonprofit recruit the right volunteer? In The Seven Deadly Sins of Recruiting Volunteers, Volunteer Power provides seven tips to recruit volunteers. Just Ask. People liked being asked to volunteer. Announce why and when your organization needs volunteer help, but invite your best leads personally. Team. Work with your employees or board to create a list of individuals you feel work best for you, and then ask them to volunteer. Ask them what they enjoy doing. Lifetime volunteers. Create a relationship with new and old volunteers that will make them want to come back. When managing…
  • Why You Absolutely Need to Take That Vacation

    Kadi McDonald
    6 Aug 2015 | 9:44 am
    I just returned from an incredible trip to America’s largest state (Alaska). For the first time since spring break my senior year of college, I took a full week off of work and did something that had nothing to do with work. I’m not saying you need to go anywhere exotic, but taking time away from your office is essential to your physical, emotional, and professional health. Here are some real reasons why you should make sure you don’t have any days to carry over next year: Your team needs you to take a break. In stressful or high-demand work environments, it can sometimes become…
  • Let Your Supporters Define Themselves

    Lynn Swain
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:34 am
    I recently had the pleasure of speaking at the 2015 Bridge to Integrated Marketing and Fundraising Conference. The session “Who Should You Love Most? Your Donors, Your Members or Your Subscribers” drew a great crowd – all ready to learn how to leverage their donor, member and/or subscriber base to raise the most revenue. Now this is a topic that is dear to me – because as membership director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, I think about it every day! Even though my focus is primarily on building and stewarding our member base, members and subscribers and donors are not mutually…
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  • Most Charitable States in America [INFOGRAPHIC]

    3 Sep 2015 | 9:16 am
    Donating both time and money has long been an integral part of American society.  According to the World Giving Index, the United States was the only country to rank in the top 10 in 2014 for each of the three categories they use to measure charitable behavior, including volunteering time, donating money, and helping strangers.  The National Philanthropic Trust states that 95.4% of U.S. households donate to charities, with each household’s average annual donation a robust $2,974.  Total U.S. donations to charity amounted to $331 billion in 2013, with 72% of that…
  • Charity Auction Ideas to Match Your Event Theme [Part 2 of 4]

    25 Aug 2015 | 10:23 am
    Picking a unique and exciting theme for your charity auction gala is helpful for many reasons. It gives you direction for promoting and planning many aspects of the event, helping your committee with decisions about the venue, decor, entertainment, marketing materials and even the food. Plus, it can make the night magical. A well executed theme encourages audience participation by transporting guests to a special place where they can get 'lost' in the evening. Offering this sort of experience for your donors and creatively tying it back to your nonprofit mission helps drive engagement,…
  • Millennial Giving [INFOGRAPHIC]

    20 Aug 2015 | 10:05 am
    Millennials. Tired of hearing that word yet? Well we're not going anywhere (yes I am a millennial). Defined as the age group born between 1980-1999, this cohort of 'youngsters' is quickly growing in influence as they begin to take on more leadership roles at work and increase their spending power. There are approximately 80 million millennials in the United States, and by 2017, this age group will account for more total charitable donations than any other age group. The giving trends among millennials show that philanthropy is pervasive in this age group with 93% of millennials donating…
  • 12 Charity Event Theme Ideas Matched with Travel Packages [Part 1 of 4]

    18 Aug 2015 | 11:20 am
    Choosing just the right theme can be pivotal to your fundraising event's success. Engaging potential donors and building anticipation for the big night is important not only for your current fundraising gala, but for future events as well - and selecting a theme can spark plenty of promotional ideas to generate buzz in your donor community. Picking a cool theme isn't just about promotion, either. The event theme is carried through to create atmosphere and ambiance, setting the tone and giving you direction for planning many of the event elements such as decor, food, venue and entertainment.
  • 6 Must-Have Volunteer Duties for a Successful Charity Event

    11 Aug 2015 | 10:13 am
      Charity event chairs (great tongue twister!) love to have as much help as they can get when planning and executing events. Whether planning for a large gala this fall or a golf scramble this summer, utilizing volunteers will help your event thrive and benefit your nonprofit organization in plenty of other ways too. Volunteers already have a passion for your mission, and they are willing to work for you – for free! Take them up on their willingness and assign them a task or two. There are several roles available for volunteers, depending on their time and availability.
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  • Intranets for Charities: What You Need and How to Get It for FREE

    Andy Pearson
    13 Aug 2015 | 4:26 am
    An intranet is a private network, accessible only to an organisation's staff. Ten years ago charities had little option but to build their own intranet. Now customised intranets are almost redundant for all but the largest organisations. Read on to discover why you need an intranet and how to save thousands by getting the best intranet software for free (or close to free if you are a larger charity!). Here are 3 reasons you need good intranet tools 1. Waste less time through clear communication Most charities spend much of their cash on salaries so efficient working is crucial.Without…
  • 4 Reasons Your Charity Should Use Medium

    Mary Mitchell
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:51 am
    Medium is a relatively new (2012) web publishing platform, that many charities are engaging with. But if you’re a charity with stretched resources, why should you start using yet another publishing platform or social network? This post sets out four reasons why it may be worth the extra effort. This is how the folks at Buffer put it: Imagine starting a blog with zero overhead. Imagine having a place online to write your thoughts, tips, and learnings and share with a built-in audience and an immediate potential for viral traffic. Imagine a really great writing app. 1. It's Sociable Medium…
  • How to Choose the Best Home Page Layout for Your Charity

    Amy Reinecke
    8 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    Deciding which type of home page best suits your charity is about more than just finding and emulating the one you like the look of best. Home pages are the beginning of a journey for many website users and should therefore be driven by your website objectives.  As such, it is very important to design a home page that attracts users to the most appropriate content for them. Your home page will contain a combination of various elements such as slides (or 'banners'), content feeds and signposts all placed strategically to intentionally direct users. It is often helpful to group the different…
  • Why Low Customisation and High Quality Design Are Friends Not Enemies

    Owen Roseblade
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:39 am
    Last week Andy wrote about why we've changed the way we build websites and introduced you to our method of creating websites. We've standardised lots of the functionality we deliver, lowered the cost and sped up the process. It's quite a shift for us as we move from high levels of customisation to an approach that offers a fixed number of features, a fixed layout, and sees many other decisions made before we work with individual clients. There are loads of reasons why we think this approach is much better than the more standard way of building charity websites, yet there is a question we've…
  • Why We Changed The Way We Build Charity Websites

    Andy Pearson
    16 Jun 2015 | 9:28 am
    For years we operated like every other website agency serving the charity sector. We would listen to our clients, understand their needs and use open source technology like Drupal or Wordpress to craft a website to fit those requirements. Yes, we challenged opinions when appropriate. Yes, we brought our expertise and experience to the client’s problems. But we went with the fundamental assumption that all of our clients’ needs were different and needed a customised solution from the ground up every time we began a new project. Analysis of our past website projects When we started…
 
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    GuideStar Blog

  • 990s and the Future of Nonprofit Data: Impact Call Follow-up

    Courtney Cherico
    4 Sep 2015 | 5:32 am
    On August 10th, 2015 GuideStar hosted its quarterly Impact Call– we discussed what the new IRS 990 rules mean for the sector, our quarterly financials, and unveiled our new video that tells GuideStar’s story in 90 seconds.  Our goal for Impact Calls is not simply to report our results but to jump-start the conversation on how transparency is defined and conveyed across the sector. To view our latest Impact Call, visit our Youtube page, or download our slides here. To see our latest video, simply visit our homepage. There were several follow-up questions people asked during…
  • 5 Things I Bet You Didn’t Know About Facebook

    guidestartrustblog
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    We all know how popular Facebook continues to be, among all age groups and income levels. Pew Internet reported in January of this year that for the first time, more than half of all online adults 65 and older (56%) use Facebook. This represents 31% of all seniors. In order to be successful on Facebook, you know that you need to be posting helpful and informative content, eye-catching and compelling visuals & photos as well as funny and entertaining videos. This is just Facebook 101. In recent weeks there have been several announcements about features to the social network that you may…
  • Money for Good 2015: There’s $22 Billion Up for Grabs

    Suzanne Coffman
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:05 am
    Money for Good 2015 is out today, and, like its two predecessors, it offers plenty of food for thought. Published by the Camber Collective (the result of the merger between Hope Consulting and SwitchPoint LLC), Money for Good 2015 examines donors’ motives for charitable giving and what they mean for philanthropy overall. Here are some key findings from the 159-page report: Donors Are Suspicious The Money for Good team surveyed more than 3,000 people with household incomes greater than $80,000 (half of the group had incomes greater than $300,000). This audience represents the top 30 percent…
  • WHAT DOES THE FALL SEASON MEAN TO YOU?

    Abila
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:53 am
    As we head into late summer/early fall, most people’s attention turns to the kiddos heading back to school, the weather finally cooling off, and the leaves changing colors. However, as nonprofit professionals, our attention turns to one thing – the single most important event for all nonprofits – end-of-year (EOY) fundraising! Most nonprofits will raise the vast majority of their funds during this critical time of year. Depending on which study you read, nonprofits will raise between 30 and 70 percent of their annual contributions during the last five weeks of the year. If that’s not…
  • The 7 Biggest Mistakes In Handling Donor Data

    Jay Love
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:02 am
    So much is written every month in various nonprofit publications and blog posts regarding the insights and best practices revolving around fundraising. Virtually all of them are truly insightful and can lead to greater successes. However, just a few mistakes here and there in the handling of your data can easily decrease your fundraising totals by decreasing your communication effectiveness, or worse yet, harming the delicate relationships being built with your donors! What type of mistakes could cause such dastardly outcomes? Grab a notepad, so you can mark down if you should check on these…
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  • Learning theory to governance practice: Learning in everyday (board) activity

    Debra Beck, EdD
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:55 am
    (Link to article)"Daily" (routine) interactions between offer powerful, practice-based learning experiences for adults in any setting - including nonprofit boards.Sociocultural perspectives certainly informed my thinking about embedded learning in a nonprofit board setting (and offered a frame for the book chapter that emerged from this work). One of the reasons I was drawn to them was the practice focus: their attention is, as the quote above says, on the routine activities where work is done and learning ultimately takes place. (That's very much reminiscent of the "70" of the 70:20:10…
  • Nonprofit governance practice: Two peer learning roles that board members can play

    Debra Beck, EdD
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:59 am
    Note: this is the second of four Monday posts exploring one of the major practices that emerged in case study research uncovering an effective community of practice.  While some necessary board learning may require support from trainers and other outside resources, a lot of the expertise and wisdom already is sitting around the table and on the board roster.One of the reasons the "practice" component of my case study findings was so compelling was the clear and compelling evidence that unfolded in the area of peer learning.I identified two roles that members play in peer learning. First…
  • Governance toolbox: August potpourri

    Debra Beck, EdD
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:25 am
    We wrap up August - and summer - with a toolbox potpourri.The three hallmarks of a dysfunctional workplace -- This one is not board-specific, but an excellent opportunity for self-reflection nonetheless. I've been a part of, observed, and participated actively in all three of the hallmarks that Crystal Spraggins describes here. I can almost guarantee that every reader - and every board member - has seen at least one in action and knows how it can completely grind productivity and creativity to a halt. Seeing these behaviors that frequently function as blind spots often is half the battle.10…
  • Learning theory to governance practice: Creating, drawing from shared vision

    Debra Beck, EdD
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:43 am
     (Link to book) Shared vision not only shapes and transforms nonprofit governance, it also drives truly meaningful board learning to feed that work.Peter Senge's quote, from The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization, didn't ping the theoretical radar as I analyzed months of data from my case study exploring learning in a nonprofit board setting. The reason may be obvious to readers following other posts this summer. By the time I sat down to report on those findings, I'd found the clear connection between that work and the community of practice…
  • Nonprofit governance practice: Member clarity about personal, board roles

    Debra Beck, EdD
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:45 am
    Note: each of the next four Monday posts will explore one of the major practices that emerged in case study research uncovering an effective community of practice. Board member clarity about why they were being asked to served - before an invitation was made or accepted -provided a crucial foundation for that service.In individual interviews with members of my case study board, one noteworthy "practice" theme emerged: clarity about the role(s) they would play as individual members. Some of that clarity could be tied to specific expertise (especially professional expertise) that they…
 
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  • Donor Cultivation via LinkedIn

    Dustin McKissen
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:31 am
    Donor cultivation is all about building relationships with potential donors. If done right, those potential donors become actual donors. However, before you even begin building a relationship with donors, you need to start a conversation with them. And you can start that conversation on LinkedIn. For years I used LinkedIn the way most people use LinkedIn: as my online resume. I was a passive user, and while recruiters would occasionally view my profile, my interaction with the platform was minimal. Then, a little over a year ago, I began publishing blogs using the LinkedIn Publisher tool. One…
  • 16 Failsafe Must-Do’s for Your Fall Fundraising Event

    Brian Lauterbach
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:29 am
    As a development professional who works for and with nonprofit organizations where time is the most precious asset, I have grown to dislike special events as a the first-option fundraising strategy.   While these events can serve as opportunities to increase awareness, attract new supporters, persuade policymakers, or generate revenue, they need to be planned with great care and precision – and communicate the mission and vision of the organization. Whether you are the organization’s full-time Event Planner or Chief Everything Officer, there is a proven planning method to ensure…
  • Jumpstart Your Year-end Fundraising Campaign

    Carl Seid
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:05 am
    Next Tuesday, the day after Labor Day, marks the opening day of the 2015 fundraising season.  Between then and New Year’s Day, your current and potential donors will be giving at the highest rates of the calendar year.  The next four months represent the single largest fundraising opportunity of the year. The numbers speak for themselves: – 70% of total annual giving occurs during the last 90 days of the calendar year – 30% of total annual giving occurs during the month of December – 10% of total annual giving occurs during the last 48 hours of the year DonorPath knows…
  • 14 Essential Steps to Secure Your Nonprofit’s Next Major Gift

    Brian Lauterbach
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:54 am
    To successfully solicit a major gift, it’s first necessary to determine what exactly qualifies as a major gift. Contrary to common industry thinking, there is no magical set dollar amount that determines whether or not a donation could be considered a major gift. What constitutes a major gift will actually vary from organization to organization. A $1,000 donation to a nascent grassroots organization may be a real game-changer, however, an established major non-profit may view a $10,000 donation as a standard gift. The baseline for qualifying as a major gift is that its amount is of a…
  • Facebook Fundraising Becomes a Reality with “Donate Now” Button

    Carl Seid
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:44 pm
    In potentially exciting news for the nonprofit sector Facebook is now providing organizations with the opportunity to add a “donate now” button to their Facebook pages and linked advertisements. The feature was originally introduced in 2013 in partnership with a select few, very large, organizations (including the American Red Cross, the Livestrong Foundation, and Oxfam).  On Monday, Facebook made the button available (with modified features) to all nonprofits on the social network. Nonprofits have traditionally found success using Facebook to find, connect, and engage people who care…
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