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  • 6 Takeaways From This Year's #npfinance

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    awagstrom@nonprofitsassistancefund.org
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:47 am
    rodney_keynote_cropped.jpg It’s been a couple of weeks since the 4th Annual Nonprofit Finance and Sustainability Conference that Nonprofits Assistance Fund co-hosts with Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, and I’m still thinking about the topics, questions, and discussions from that day. The conference could not have had a better start than the keynote from Rodney Christopher, a Director on the Capital Deployment Team at F.B. Heron Foundation, on building strong nonprofit enterprises. Rodney invited us all to “let our nonprofit finance geek flags fly” and then provided us with…
  • How An Informal Nonprofit Employee Champion Program Can Benefit A One-Person Communications Dept.

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    Beth
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:28 am
    Are you an one-person communications department?  Perhaps you can relate to this chart from Gerard Matthews, Communications Director of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families.   As a one-person communications department, your workload, which includes doing the social media, is always increasing.  Your most valuable resource, your time, is a finite resource – even if you forgo getting enough sleep which you know doesn’t work to your advantage.    Gerard decided to do just one that dramatically changed his capacity to deliver a robust integrated social media strategy.  …
  • [Net2 Chicago] Social Media for Social Impact: Fundraising and Customer Relationship Management

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    nathanleejones
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Social Media for Social Impact: Fundraising and Customer Relationship Management from read more
  • There are as many forgotten children in Syria as songs on Forgotify

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    Marc van Gurp
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:21 pm
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  • What Does Organizational Behavior Have to Do with Nonprofit Technology? Everything!

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    Steph
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Kelly Trusty, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Western Michigan University School of Public Affairs and Administration What's your organization's tech strategy type, and what does that mean for your organization? Defender! Analyzer! Prospector! Reactor! Could this be a new set of superheroes? Well, sort of. In an organizational context, it is a set of descriptors for the strategic approaches organizations use to make plans and decisions. In some organizations, those approaches are fueled by behaviors that are akin to superpowers. I’d like to introduce you to four strategy typologies and…
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  • 6 Takeaways From This Year's #npfinance

    awagstrom@nonprofitsassistancefund.org
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:47 am
    rodney_keynote_cropped.jpg It’s been a couple of weeks since the 4th Annual Nonprofit Finance and Sustainability Conference that Nonprofits Assistance Fund co-hosts with Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, and I’m still thinking about the topics, questions, and discussions from that day. The conference could not have had a better start than the keynote from Rodney Christopher, a Director on the Capital Deployment Team at F.B. Heron Foundation, on building strong nonprofit enterprises. Rodney invited us all to “let our nonprofit finance geek flags fly” and then provided us with…
  • Community Development Officer (Come work with us)

    awagstrom@nonprofitsassistancefund.org
    13 Mar 2015 | 1:26 pm
    wordle2.gif We are excited to announce a new position here at Nonprofits Assistance Fund: Community Development Officer. If you are interested in buidling connections, relationships, and program partnerships with nonprofits and love nonprofits, we invite you to apply.
  • Want a nonprofit with flexibility, resilience, and durability? If only …

    awagstrom@nonprofitsassistancefund.org
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:17 pm
    if-only.jpg The #1 issue for almost half of the nonprofits included in a national survey is "achieving long-term financial sustainability." The most common responses for what they need to achieve long-term financial sustainability, are: “more revenue”, “more grants”, or “more general operating support.” If only we had more income ... If only.
  • How Board Members Can Learn to Spot the Red Flags

    awagstrom@nonprofitsassistancefund.org
    7 Jan 2015 | 1:06 pm
    red_flags.jpg Here we go again. A few weeks ago Nonprofit Quarterly reported about the fallout from reports by FEGS Health & Human Services in New York of an unexpected $19.4 million loss:  changes in the executive office and cuts to programs and budgets. Like many others in the sector, one of my first reactions is to ask, “Where was the board?”
  • New Offering: New Possibilities

    lindsi@gish.co
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:58 am
    isla-large.jpg Every nonprofit leader knows that none of us can achieve our mission and vision alone. Here at Nonprofits Assistance Fund we're able to work closely with other organizations in ways that multiplies our impact.
 
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  • How An Informal Nonprofit Employee Champion Program Can Benefit A One-Person Communications Dept.

    Beth
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:28 am
    Are you an one-person communications department?  Perhaps you can relate to this chart from Gerard Matthews, Communications Director of Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families.   As a one-person communications department, your workload, which includes doing the social media, is always increasing.  Your most valuable resource, your time, is a finite resource – even if you forgo getting enough sleep which you know doesn’t work to your advantage.    Gerard decided to do just one that dramatically changed his capacity to deliver a robust integrated social media strategy.  …
  • Will Give Local America Be The Largest Crowd Funding Event in History?

    Beth
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:28 am
    Note from Beth: Give Local America, powered by Kimbia’s technology, is an effort to coordinate giving days on one platform.   Last year, Give Local America raised more than $53 million from more than 306,000 gifts in 2014.  Though Give Local America is a national giving day event,  it has many community foundations and nonprofits running unique campaigns in their various communities.    Lori Finch,  Vice President of Community Giving,  Kimbia and the General Manager of Give Local America,  shares five new tactics they plan to use in 2015 to make this national day of giving the…
  • Nonprofit Crowd Funding Success Formula: Robust Planning, Networks, and Blessings

    Beth
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:03 am
    After publishing this post about Save the Children’s Crowd Funding Campaign – where I mentioned the Dalai Lama Foundation’s successful campaign, I noticed this tweet in my stream from Brian Rusch the former deputy director for the DLF: Woohoo! The crowd-funding campaign I ran for the Dalai Lama Foundation got a shout-out on @kanter‘s blog today! http://t.co/7FZnJT2rLq — Brian Rusch (@alohalife) March 25, 2015 I’m always on a higher path of learning. So, I reached out to Brian to learn more about the inside story of their success and lessons learned.   The…
  • Crowdfunding: Can Partnering With An Internet Celebrity Make Your Campaign An Overnight Success?

    Beth
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    Ask any high school boy who likes video games who PewDiePie is and they will tell you that he is the most watched video personality on YouTube.  The main focus of PewDiePie’s videos is his commentary and reactions to various video games as he plays, captured on video and shared on his YouTube Channel. PewDiePie’s channel is the most subscribed channel on YouTube,and reaches over 34.8 million subscribers. Currently, the PewDiePie channel has received over 8 billion video views.  Due to his popularity, PewDiePie’s coverage of indie games has created an Oprah effect on video…
  • Case Study: How Human Rights Watch Leverages Employee Personal Brands on Twitter

    Beth
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
    There are no better champions for your organization’s communication’s strategy than your staff.  Leveraging the networks and personal brands of your staff as champions can help your organization’s communications strategy have more impact.    With a few guidelines and a little  training, employees can use social channels effectively  in service of  your organization’s mission AND their own learning.  I asked colleagues what nonprofits had good employee champion programs and Chris Tuttle pointed me to Human Rights Watch. I interviewed Jim Murphy,  Senior Online Editor,…
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  • [Net2 Chicago] Social Media for Social Impact: Fundraising and Customer Relationship Management

    nathanleejones
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Social Media for Social Impact: Fundraising and Customer Relationship Management from read more
  • [Net2 Vancouver] April Nonprofit Tech Events Roundup

    chadleaman
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:16 am
    Hey friends, there’s a wealth of great events for the nonprofit tech community. Check ’em out! UPCOMING NET2VAN EVENTS Most NetSquared Vancouver events are free or by donation. In addition to our Digital Nonprofit conference on May 22 Net2van is also planning a trio of CRM and database-focused events. This is a great opportunity for any organization exploring their options for tracking and managing their supporters. read more
  • [Net2 Wellington] Upcoming, upcomings: two conferences, meetup

    sablyth
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:58 am
    Here are a couple of things coming up that I thought y'all might be interested in, but first a question: 1. Google Grants for Nonprofits - a meetup topic? $10k per month in AdWords and more is the promise, but what is the reality? Lets run a meetup where we learn what the Grant programme is all about, how to apply, and what the benefits are. From my experience, it's a steep learning curve. Please get in touch if you're willing to share your experiences - good, bad, earth shattering, or indifferent. read more
  • Four Netsquared Organizers Win 2015 NTENny Awards

    Jim Lynch
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
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  • How to Implement a Mobile Strategy for Your Nonprofit

    jcsocial
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:48 am
    In 2015, more of your supporters will visit your website from a mobile device than from their desktop computer. read more
 
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  • What Does Organizational Behavior Have to Do with Nonprofit Technology? Everything!

    Steph
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Kelly Trusty, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Western Michigan University School of Public Affairs and Administration What's your organization's tech strategy type, and what does that mean for your organization? Defender! Analyzer! Prospector! Reactor! Could this be a new set of superheroes? Well, sort of. In an organizational context, it is a set of descriptors for the strategic approaches organizations use to make plans and decisions. In some organizations, those approaches are fueled by behaviors that are akin to superpowers. I’d like to introduce you to four strategy typologies and…
  • The 17th Issue of NTEN: Change is out - "Digital Inclusion and Technical Divides"

    Joleen Ong
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:02 am
    I can be sure of one thing: this issue is going to surprise you. As you dive in, prepare to have your assumptions challenged about who’s using technology, and the role your organization may play in addressing the digital divide. The 17th issue of NTEN: Change covers a range of perspectives from those at the forefront of bridging the digital divide: schools, libraries, city governments, and nonprofit organizations. Access the March 2015 issue! There are two ways to read it:  Online through Issuu (read it on your desktop, mobile device, or Issuu app)Download the…
  • Things We Like (March 2015)

    Steph
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    A monthly roundup of our favorite nonprofit tech resources and other goodies. Read more posts on our blog. We start off Things We Like by suggesting what you’ll be doing on April 29th: attending the 5th Women Who Tech TeleSummit program. Whether you attended 2015 SXSW Interactive or not, here is a brilliant round-up by Joleen Ong and Amy Sample Ward. Amy Sample Ward was also one of 16 nonprofit experts to round up innovative fundraising trends in this new era of philanthropy. Here’s an innovative trend we’d love to see in a new era of fashion: making textiles from bananas and…
  • Deep in the Heart of #NPTech: It's time for our #15NTC Round-up

    bethany
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:27 pm
    These socks were made for walkin'The 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference in Austin, TX was a-mazing! We ate BBQ by the pound, celebrated inspiring campaigns and community members, rode around on Segways, and did a lot of photoshopping. Of course, we learned and shared a ton too. Check out this ridiculously long list of 15NTC content.Did we miss anything? Please let us know in the comments!ResourcesCollaborative session notesSession presentationsSession recordingsDiscussion forumPicturesOfficial photos, Trav Williams, Broken Banjo PhotographyPhotobooth photos, AbilaHeadshot photos,…
  • Tech Is Everyone's Job

    Amy
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Amy Sample Ward CEO NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network Technology is everyone’s job because being an effective organization making real progress towards the mission is everyone’s job. Let’s face it: It’s 2015. Technology is a central part of how we do our work, communicate, and even fundraise. The idea that technology – from decisions to training and even testing new tools – would be something reserved for a single staff person or department doesn’t simply meet the needs we have as organizations anymore. 
 
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  • How I Started My First Monthly Giving Program

    sandy@networkforgood.com
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:46 am
    [Editor’s note: This week’s post in the Recurring Giving Challenge series comes to us from Sandy Rees, CFRE. ] I didn’t know much about monthly giving until she called in late December that year. She was one of my newest donors, and told me her family had just moved here from another state. She had given monthly to the food bank there, and now would like to give monthly to the food bank here. (That would be us). Oooookay. I didn’t have a monthly giving program and didn’t know how they worked, but I knew I had to think quickly—I could send her 12 reply envelopes so she…
  • Nonprofit Link Round Up

    sandy@networkforgood.com
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    It’s round up time in the NFG corral! Mosey on over and check out this week’s best nonprofit resources and recommended reads. Why do donors give? Science has the answer. Most of this we’ve covered before, but these principles are important for all fundraisers to keep in mind. via The Guardian “Philanthropy is a way for people to experience human love.”  Don’t miss this great profile of Jen Shang, Professor of philanthropic psychology at University of Plymouth. via Third Sector Want to rock donor stewardship? Try these six secrets to loving your…
  • What Our Top Monthly Giving Campaigns Have in Common

    sandy@networkforgood.com
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:57 am
    I’m happy to share the current campaigns at the top of the Recurring Giving Challenge leaderboard. There are organizations of every type and size leading the pack of campaigns with the most new monthly donors as well as the largest increase in their monthly giving program. The one thing that they all have in common? They’ve made offering monthly giving options and asking for sustaining gifts a top priority. Need some help making the case for monthly giving at your organization? Download our free Monthly Giving Basics fact sheet which includes a quick checklist on getting your…
  • Nonprofit Link Round Up

    sandy@networkforgood.com
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:19 am
    With so many resources to read and review, keeping up with nonprofit marketing and fundraising insight can be a little overwhelming. Never fear, we’ve collected the cream of the crop in this week’s round up. Could a single point of failure devastate your organization? Mazarine Treyz takes a look at how can your nonprofit become less fragile. via Wild Woman Fundraising How do you track your donors? Do you love it? Share your feedback in this quick survey. Your input will help Network for Good provide more great resources to nonprofits just like yours! Search engine optimization can…
  • Rich Details for Record-Breaking Results (Case Study)

    sandy@networkforgood.com
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Image: Roland Godefroy “When the new antenna went live, you’d swear that Dizzy Gillespie was playing right next to you.” I can easily visualize this scene—and hear it. Can you? In fact, this appeal excerpt from WBGO (New York City’s premier jazz radio station) made the listening-enriching value of the station’s new antenna crystal clear—by showing, not telling. Compare this with the way another station introduced its new antenna:
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  • Have Fun, Do Good Has Moved to brittbravo.com

    Britt Bravo
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
    Hello Have Fun, Do Good Readers!After almost 10 years of writing Have Fun, Do Good on the Blogger.com platform, I've decided to integrate it into my Big Vision Consulting website at brittbravo.com.If you would like to continue to receive my posts via email or RSS, the prompts to subscribe are at the bottom of brittbravo.com.I hope to see you over there soon!Warmly,Britt
  • What pollinators for your big vision do you want to attract this spring?

    Britt Bravo
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Q. What is the function of a flower?A. The purpose of a flower is to attract pollinators to a plant to aid in fertilization so that the plant creates seeds. Bright colors, strong scents and sweet nectar all work together to attract birds, bees and other insects to move pollen from one flower to another. After pollination occurs, the flower develops seeds. ~ via Ask.com:I'm reading journalist Gail Sheehy's memoir right now, Daring: My Passages: A Memoir. I've only read up to 1981, when she is 44, but so far she has been a founding writer of New York magazine, interviewed all kinds of people…
  • Which is better: structure or flow?

    Britt Bravo
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:53 am
    Neither.You need both.If you think of yourself as a creative, visionary, intuitive and/or spiritual person, you might feel more comfortable with moving towards your big vision by "going with the flow." It allows you to come up with amazing ideas, have big aha's, experience incredible synchronicities, create prolifically, and feel connected to something greater than yourself.Going with the flow can also make you feel confused, overwhelmed by possibilities, disorganized and like you're going around and around in circles rather than towards your big vision.Maybe you're naturally a more…
  • How do I find time to ___________?

    Britt Bravo
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:27 am
    Many of us feel time-crunched. Like we need more spaciousness in our lives for all kinds of things, including working on our big vision.Now sometimes, "I don't have enough time," can really mean, "I'm exhausted and need more sleep," or "I'm afraid," or "I don't want to fail," or "I don't want to have to make a decision and focus on one project." But when time is truly the issue, we have two choices:1. Eliminate some of the things that have been taking up the space we need to create.2. Adapt to the space we have and embrace our limits. For example, let's say you were hoping to sit down at…
  • One question for you

    Britt Bravo
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:05 pm
    As I make some changes to my business, Big Vision Consulting, I want to know:What challenges are you facing around your big vision for your work in the world?Some normal obstacles that come up when you are pursuing your dreams are:Lack of clarity around your vision. Haziness around the required action steps to reach it. Fear of failure. Lack of time, money, skills, energy, or other resources.I would be honored if you would share the challenges you're experiencing as you work towards your big vision either in the comments of this post, or on this anonymous form.Thank you!Photo of…
 
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  • Distressing Disconnect—INSIDE Your Org! (Part One)

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Surprising, distressing but all too true! According to findings released in the latest Nonprofit Communications Report, one of your greatest challenges to communications effectiveness is the difference in priorities and perspectives held by us (as marketers) versus those of our “closest” colleagues—our executive director and fundraising colleagues. Take a look at these disconnects in goals and preferred tactics: 65% of communications staff, but just 44% of development staff, feel responsible for community engagement goals Just 12% of communications staff, but 72% of development…
  • Great Nonprofit Marketing Jobs

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:20 am
    Post YOUR nonprofit communications job here—nonprofits, grantmakers, B Corps, and vendors serving nonprofits. ABQtodo Marketing & Operations Manager Albuquerque Community Foundation (Albuquerque, NM) Account Executive Fenton (Los Angeles, CA) Associate Director, Marketing San Francisco Ballet (San Francisco, CA) Communications Associate Center for Health and Gender Equity (Washington, DC) Communications Coordinator St. Louis Crisis Nursery (St. Louis, MO) Communications Director Women’s Link Worldwide (New York, NY, Madrid, Bogata) Communications Manager FSG (Boston, MA)…
  • Make Your (Re)Brand Magical!

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:53 am
    Thanks to guest blogger Caryn Stein, VP at Network for Good I’m so eager to share with you the incredible learning experience I had at the recent Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) . I learned all about nonprofit rebranding via Farra Trompeter, Vice President of Big Duck, and Will Nolan, Senior Vice President of Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD). Here are a few key takeaways to help you understand the potential of brand for our causes, and knowing when it’s time for a change. First Things First: What’s a Brand? Your nonprofit’s brand represents your…
  • Next? Nonprofit Communications Jobs

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:26 am
    Post YOUR nonprofit marketing job here: Featuring jobs with nonprofits, grantmakers, B Corps, and vendors serving nonprofits. Administrative Assistant, Communications Mott Foundation (Flint, MI) Communications Director UC Student Association (Oakland, CA) Communications & Fund Development Manager Yakima Humane Society (Yakima, WA) Communications Manager Gradian Health Communications (New York, NY) Communications Manager  Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority (Las Vegas, NV) Communications Manager SAHMA (Atlanta, GA) Communications and Marketing Coordinator  Collier Youth…
  • Must-Know Insights from #15NTC

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:57 am
    As Technology Program Manager at the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, guest blogger Kevin Martone helps nonprofits use technology to meet their business goals. NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) is one of the best learning opportunities I know. Then there are the wonderful folks who participate, but that’s another story. I know many of you weren’t at the recent NTC, so I want to share my greatest takeaways with you—insights from great sessions like #15NTCvisualmedia, #15NTCemaileq, #15NTCsurround and #15NTCembracesm. Be Visual—Here’s How Despite recent news…
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  • Human Truth Eyes Shut Ears Stopped

    Phil Cubeta
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    The guttural voice of the group id. Yik Yak, the anonymous gossip app. Masquerade. Life as a cabaret vs. the world of polite power, played with pious faces. The "carnivalesque." The Lord of Misrule. Channeling violence and obscenity, at times for a higher purpose, anonymous for good reason, and sometimes just harassment or mob rule, like a lynching. On our best behavior not much can be said to overturn stifling decorum, which itself blocks self knowledge, and social change. Oscar Wilde said, "Man is least himself when he speaks in his own person. Give a man a mask, and he will…
  • Mnemosyne's Journey

    Phil Cubeta
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    "The paths of glory lead but to the grave," the poet writes. Lost myself, on the Journey from Success to Significance, having found neither, I crossed paths with Mnemosyne. In her dotage she had lost her memory and her mind. I asked her name, next of kin, her home address, and all she could mutter were a few clichés.  Sic transit Gloria. God help us all. She died intestate. Her intellectual property was distributed to Marketing, Avarice, Mendacity, Cunning, and Folly. Their mentor, Wisdom, turned…
  • Old Lady Wisdom in Clogs

    Phil Cubeta
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:11 am
    Interesting article on Jay Hughes from a publication in China. Jay uses proverbial wisdom to help dynastic wealth and power retain its privileges for as long as possible, in the face of entropy, corruption, enervation, despair, fortune's ever-turning wheel, familial infighting, pathology, social unrest and justice. For this shtick to be plausible as a moral position requires a selective reading of the Tao and the Gospels, Virgil, Dante, and Chaucer, and an audience largely post-literate, but tends to attract the interest of those who find in Wealth a lodestar. The role of Advisor who…
  • Shark Tank Philanthropy in Wealth Bondage

    Phil Cubeta
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    After thankless decades toiling in Wealth Bondage, for slave wages under the heel of my immediate superior, and generous patron, the Goddess of the Free Market, she who rules us all, Mistress Candidia, the self-made billionaire, with, as she says, "a fucking Harvard, MBA," I was delighted to see others being thrown to the sharks for once. If we losers cannot make the case for our own survival, we deserve to perish. Nature and Markets are cruel. Philanthropy is love, but love of a certain sort - many kneel, one gloats. If you feel there is no Market for that, you…
  • Making 'Wealth Disparity' personal - and profitable

    Phil Cubeta
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:23 am
    "Is it safe to go shopping?" asks a women in a new Porsche, as the hedge fund protesters move through Greenwich, CT. Increasingly, I believe, wealth disparity will be assigned a human face - with protests not in public parks, as with Occupy, but on the doorstep of high profile "job creators" whose job creation has fallen short. As here, too, when 26 were arrested outside Alice Walton's NYC apartment. The photo of a bin chained to her awning pole here, went viral on Twitter, to the delight of labor organizers who consider it a case study in…
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  • Digital sabbatical

    Lucy Bernholz
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    It's intermission. I am going offline (email, twitter, blog, etc.) till mid - May. Please be in touch again after May 15.
  • Institutional philanthropy goes digital (slowly)

    Lucy Bernholz
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    I often write about emergent forms of philanthropy, enabled or accelerated by digital technology. And I spend a lot of time looking for ways that established philanthropic institutions are or could be using these tools. Here are two recent examples:HIPGiveHispanics in Philanthropy is an association of foundation executives committed to expanding Hispanic leadership and giving and an international funders' collaborative. After many years of grantmaking and technical assistance to small organizations it has turned to the crowdfunding space to push this work even further. It has partnered with…
  • 19 minutes on digital civil society

    Lucy Bernholz
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    This was a fun interview to do, with Dave Erasmus of Givey (UK mobile giving platform). Nineteen minutes (in British and American English) on what we're trying to understand at the Stanford PACS Digital Civil Society Lab.
  • Beyond Big Data

    Lucy Bernholz
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    What happens when a university with schools of arts and humanities, business, design, education, engineering, law, and medicine decides to develop interdisciplinary learning experiences for professionals, using the latest technology and assuming a global audience? And when they turn to former management consultants - experts in helping professionals learn new ideas - to help them do it?Well, in one experiment you get Stanford's new Worldview program. A combination of customized online content drawn from faculty across the university, onsite interdisciplinary and experiential learning…
  • Laboratory of human behavior...

    Lucy Bernholz
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:38 am
    "A laboratory of human behavior the likes of which we've never seen."That's actually a description of a social media company. You can hear more in this fantastic Radio Lab podcast, The Trust Engineers, which Andrew Zolli of PopTech Means of Data Science for Social Good helped to create.The idea of a social media company as laboratory of human behavior is provocative enough to push us to ask, where does science get done? Citizen science, wearable technology, remote sensors - perhaps we've turned the whole world into a lab of human behavior.There's surely more to come - with virtual reality and…
 
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  • Value Offers

    Edward Sumner
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    What a privilege and help it is when our supporters and prospects provide candid feedback to us.  I mean, really candid feedback.  The kind that can sting a little bit, but, will without a doubt help us to strengthen our relationship with those that are giving said feedback as well as help us improve our efforts to connect with others.  Here are some helpful examples: ‘I don’t have a lot of time, just tell me what’s new.’ ‘A couple email updates a year will suffice for me, no need to keep in touch.’ ‘I don’t do events.’…
  • Good question!

    Edward Sumner
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
    I’m always impressed and grateful when a current supporter or prospect asks good questions.  First and foremost, it indicates that they are really considering our agency and mission carefully which means if I answer these questions well, a positive giving decision may follow.  Secondly, the questions the ask create opportunity for our relationship to deepen.  Lastly, good questions keep me sharp!  Some examples I love to hear, and aim to respond to carefully and creatively are: What impact are you actually having on the people you are seeking to serve? How are you measuring success?
  • But you said you were going to give!?

    Edward Sumner
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    Ok.  This is a real time situation.  Happening now.  I’ve got 4 or 5 folks that I’ve been building relationships with and over email and in person they have committed to giving a gift to the agency I have the privilege of representing.  We’ve had some great interactions, they are supportive of the mission and aiming to respond by investing financially.  Awesome stuff. But, here’s the thing, it’s been weeks and in a few cases months since these commitment were made and well, no gift yet.  No meat in the pan so to speak.  I’ve sent a few reminders but…
  • That first impression.

    Edward Sumner
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Last week my colleague here at A Small Change, Jason Dick, wrote up a great piece on how wearing something that’s got a little color can impact donor interactions.  I couldn’t agree more.  In fact, I think there are a number of other small things, when considered, we should also commit to as we are representing our agencies and aiming to make a great first impression.  We should also stay committed to these things when we are meeting with supporters that we have the privilege of knowing well. On the fashion front, do think about what you are wearing (speaking to the guys here…
  • Colored Shirts

    Jason Dick
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:40 pm
    There’s no doubt about it, color makes everything more fun. Would you rather sit in a dark and colorless room or a well lit one with a vibrant painting?  We are all drawn to color. Color also makes you more noticeable. I am so glad that we are moving away from a culture where men can where only grey and blue. You watch a show like Mad Men and the only difference in their suits is the cost, the color schemes are all the same. I’ve always enjoyed wearing colors because again, its just more fun. But, there is some practical value here also as color is more memorable for donor…
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    Frogloop

  • Big News: Startup Challenge to Fund & Showcase Social Impact Ventures By Women

    Allyson Kapin
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:36 am
    How do we disrupt the nonprofit sector? I’ve talked about the dire need for nonprofits to innovate over the years on Frogloop. Why? Because there are over 1.5 million nonprofits in the US that are working in similar issue areas and trying to address global warming, poverty, the gender pay gap, affordable healthcare, education, etc.If we are going to truly solve these problems and bring about real change, organizations must change the way they do business and begin to think outside of the box. This means building programs or products that can scale. This means testing news ideas quickly,…
  • Making Your Organization More Fluid

    Maddie Grant
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:23 pm
    This post is an edited excerpt from When Millennials Take Over: Preparing for the Ridiculously Optimistic Future of Business, by Jamie Notter and Maddie Grant. The book identifies four principles that will guide successful businesses now and in the future: Digital, Clear, Fluid, and Fast. This excerpt is from the chapter on Fluid. There has been a long-standing love/hate relationship in the business world with hierarchy. It has helped us scale and get things done, and it also reduces complexity for us by providing a set of rules about who gets to decide on things, but it frustrates us by…
  • 9 Things To Do After A Donor Donates

    Lori Finch
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    Acquiring a new donor is just the start. Developing long-term donors who contribute year-after-year should be the goal of any fundraiser. Donor acquisition takes a lot of work. What can you do to improve your donor retention rate? Consider these nine ideas: Say thank you. A “thank you” is one of the easiest things you can do, but it’s often forgotten. People remember thank yous, especially if they’re personalized and inventive. Just watch how the ONE organization thanked its volunteers and supporters. Celebrate donors as they give. Use social and other platforms to…
  • Why You Should Crowdfund for Your Nonprofit

    Allyson Kapin
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:02 am
    Crowdfunding is a great tool to raise money and engage your audience and your donors. And, it might be surprising but it's even effective in engaging and retaining new donors. If that's not enough to get you out there crowdfunding right now, we've got more... You might remember that we reported on an infographic last year called Cracking the Crowdfunding Code, released by Craig Newmark, of craigconnnects and craigslist. Just to remind you, here's a snippet: And while that infographic talked a lot about best practices and crowdfunding facts, we've got some new information for you. MobileCause…
  • Wrap Up of Nonprofit Llama Drama

    Allyson Kapin
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Did you catch the llamas on the loose yesterday? They were all the rage, and some nonprofits ran with it too. If you missed it, let's quickly recap: Described as the "Bonnie and Clyde of llamas," two llamas broke out of an Arizona retirement home and instigated a high-speed llama chase across the state. The Twittersphere erupted, nonprofits spoke out, and the llamas were on everyone's radar. [View the story "Wrapup of Nonprofit Llama Drama" on Storify] The nonprofits who used the llamascade to their advantage tied the incident to their cause. It's critical to be flexible and able to curate…
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    GlobalGiving Blog - News and Updates

  • How GlobalGiving Helps Nonprofits Become More Effective

    Alison Carlman
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:27 pm
    This is our mission at GlobalGiving: catalyzing a global marketplace for money, information, and ideas. In 2002 we began to build an online funding bridge between passionate individual donors—people whose gifts are often seen as too small to be meaningful—and smaller organizations whose impact has been all too easy to ignore because of their size or remoteness of their work. Today that funding bridge has turned into a global marketplace where anyone in the world can support projects and organizations that they otherwise would never have known. But democratizing fundraising was only the…
  • A Sneak Peek at GlobalGiving’s Brand Refresh

    Acacia Betancourt
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Very exciting things are happening at GlobalGiving! Over the last several months, we have been working behind the scenes to refresh our brand and we are finally ready to share it with the world. Our main goal of this change is to make our outward appearance more accurately reflect who we are on the inside: hopeful, curious, enthusiastic, substantive, and human. We love the work that we do, and we want the world to feel the same. The launch of this new, fresh brand is symbolic of the many exciting changes being made this year at GlobalGiving and helps visualize the tremendous growth we are…
  • A New Year to Build On

    Marisa Glassman
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:44 am
    Happy New Year, GlobalGivers!  The last couple of months of 2014 passed in a flash of donation gift cards and year-end giving, and 2015 is off to an inspiring start.  As I have been reflecting on 2014’s passing and thinking about what is to come in 2015, I have been focused on the ways in which 2015’s accomplishments will rely upon and build upon all the hard work and generosity that took place in 2014. A timely example of this compounding effect is the work GlobalGiving and the VMware Foundation have done together over the last few years.  In alignment with GlobalGiving’s goal to…
  • The Popup Experiment: Effects from Unexpected Places

    Nicholas Violi
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:49 am
    Part 1: Testing Upworthy’s Technique I spend a lot of time on the Internet and I’m always looking for inspiration. In late 2013 I clicked a link to an article on Upworthy, a site always on the forefront of testing stickiness and psychological hooks. When the page loaded I was presented with this statement: After clicking “I Agree” (because who wouldn’t?), I was asked to sign up for the site’s mailing list. This type of interface element is called a “modal dialog,” and I generally find them to be annoying, distracting, and intrusive. In this case however, the dialog made me…
  • DataKind and GlobalGiving Using Data Science to Drive Funding to Effective Organizations

    Alison Carlman
    16 Jan 2015 | 1:57 pm
    A DataKind DataDive team hard at work answering questions with GlobalGiving data This is a guest post written by Miram Young, DataKind’s Communications Specialist. At DataKind, we harness the power of data science in the service of humanity by bringing together data science experts with mission-driven organizations like GlobalGiving to work on projects addressing critical humanitarian problems. We have the honor of working with inspiring organizations around the world looking to use data to transform their work and are thrilled to be working on our second project with GlobalGiving using…
 
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    Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

  • Check Out the Latest with an All-Access Pass

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Ever thought about getting an All-Access Pass with Nonprofit Marketing Guide? With an All-Access Pass, you get the latest training on a wide variety of topics – from annual reports, direct mail, and thank you letters to websites, email, and social media.  All of these live webinars are coming up in the next several weeks: Writing a Donor Centered Website, Part 1 Email Newsletters for Nonprofits Part I: Strategies to Make the Most of Your E-Newsletter Email Newsletters for Nonprofits Part II: Writing and Designing Great E-Newsletters Feedback and Fine-Tuning Session: Email Newsletters…
  • Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Cherise Arrendale

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Cherise Arrendale Here’s the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words.   Cherise Arrendale is the Marketing and Communication Manager for Central Carolina Community Foundation.  In this position, Cherise implements and monitors all marketing, communications and public relations efforts by the Foundation. She develops strategies to build brand awareness, manages the Foundation’s online presence, and coordinates the Foundation’s publications. Here is her typical day: 6:30 AM:…
  • Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    It’s been a loooooong week! I really need some Mixed Links… Allison Gauss at Classy Blog tells you how to Give Your Nonprofit a Social Media Makeover. Worried about your search engine rankings? John Haydon has 7 Easy Fixes to Get Your Nonprofit Ranking Higher on Google. And if you aren’t quite sure about your Google analytics, here is your Essential Google Analytics Resources for Marketers: A Complete Guide. If you need help getting your members to renew, take a look at 3 Engagement Tactics To Improve Membership Renewals. To get the best out of collaborations, Assign…
  • Writing a Donor Centered Website

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    You can’t just add a “Donate” button to your nonprofit’s website and expect it to be successful. Many online gifts are impulse purchases. So any number of things can detract a potential donor from completing the donation: What you say and how you say it The images and graphics you use What information you ask for The check-out experience Like all of your communications, your website needs to focus on your potential donor. You have less than 25 seconds to make a good impression on first-time visitors to your website. What do potential donors want to see when they visit…
  • Messages Matter—More than Ever

    Nancy Schwartz, Branding and Messaging Advisor
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    ummmm…what do we do again? Ummmmm. We’ve all been there. As a matter of fact, it happened to me just yesterday. You’ve got just a few seconds to explain what your organization does and the “who cares,” but that’s not enough time to deliver your well-practiced elevator pitch. Or you’re about to jump off the bus and need to leave your seatmate with a memorable and repeatable take on your newest FILL-IN-THE BLANK in just 10 seconds. Instead, all you can say is ummmmmmmm. Names Just Don’t Do It All Most of us expect our organization’s name (and our…
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    SocialFish

  • How to Bring Your Business Blog to the Next Level

    Maddie Grant
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Guest post by the awesome Ann Smarty. —————- Your business blog is a failure. You get your team publish something there once in a while but you still have hard time justifying the cost of maintaining it. But you keep updating it because all your competitors have blogs. Sounds familiar? Many company blogs are like this: Business owners start them because everyone else does but you are not sure what to do with it. What gives? Is there something wrong with your content? No, not really. You just haven’t brought your blog to the next level. Doing so requires…
  • Fine-Tuning Targeting with YouTube Cards and Facebook Ads: What’s New in Social Media

    Elizabeth Bookhultz
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Social media updates designed to help marketers better reach segments of their audiences are blooming with the start of spring. Here’s a look at what’s new in social media: YouTube Cards Help Direct Viewers to Relevant Content YouTube is greeting marketers and video buffs with cards, a new way to direct viewers to relevant content while they’re streaming a video. If the idea sounds familiar, that’s because it is: the savvier sister to annotations, cards can be seen on mobile devices and TVs, rather than just on desktop. According to YouTube, mobile devices account for 50% of video…
  • [Cool Infographic Friday] Awesomizing YouTube

    Maddie Grant
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
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  • Data-Driven Millennials in the Social Sector

    Editorial
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Are you a millennial that wants to make a real impact in the world? Do you pledge to make a difference that can be measured? If you answered “yes” to both of these questions, your likelihood of being the next generation of nonprofit leaders is “very high” on a Likert scale – extra points if you know what a Likert scale is. For the first time ever, data scientists are becoming the most desirable group of people on this earth. If you didn’t get the memo it reads: nerd is the new cool. More recently, the art of crunching numbers to inform decisions and make predictions is…
  • Assessing Your Culture is Next on #CultureChat

    Jamie Notter
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    This Thursday at 1pm ET we will host another #CultureChat on twitter, and the topic will be assessments. CultureChat is a (now) monthly chat on twitter for anyone interested in the topic of organizational culture, and particularly those who want to create strong ones (fourth Thursday of the month, 1pm ET). Our previous chats discussed the impact of the Millennial generation on cultures today and the role of HR in culture work. Thursday’s topic will focus on culture assessments. There are a lot of assessments out there, so how do you know what works the best? Can you even measure a…
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    AFP Blog: Recent News of Note

  • Free meetings aimed at bettering nonprofits in W.Va. | The Herald-Dispatch

    Reed Stockman
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    Free meetings aimed at bettering nonprofits in W.Va. | The Herald-Dispatch: "HUNTINGTON - Nonprofits across the state are being invited to a series of discussions on the future of the sector that employs 1 out of every 10 West Virginians and generates more than $7.9 billion in annual revenues. In April and May, the West Virginia Nonprofit Association will host nine meetings throughout the state
  • Nearly 75% of Charities Met Fundraising Goals in 2014

    Reed Stockman
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    Nearly 75% of Charities Met Fundraising Goals in 2014: ""The strong growth the nonprofit sector is experiencing aligns with the broader economic recovery," said Andrew Watt, FInstF, President and CEO of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, which is one of the seven members of the NRC. "We've been seeing a slow and steady recovery since the end of the recession, but with marked
  • United Way: The power of networking

    Reed Stockman
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:28 am
    United Way: The power of networking: "Andrea Rosenbaum with the YMCA captured the value to be found in the training and the sharing of best practices. "For a community of our size, there are a lot of very impactful nonprofit organizations who may not have the capacity to go out of the area for training or attend certain conferences, so I think its really important that we all work together to
  • Clash at Koret Foundation Shows Perils of Cloudy Succession Plans - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    Reed Stockman
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    Clash at Koret Foundation Shows Perils of Cloudy Succession Plans - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "Board members at the Koret Foundation have spent a good deal of the past six months prepping their lawyers and sniping at one another when they could have been devoting their energy to grants designed to help the poor and celebrate Jewish art and pursuing other priorities of the San Francisco
  • Disrupting Charity: What is the future of philanthropy? | The Agenda

    Reed Stockman
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Disrupting Charity: What is the future of philanthropy? | The Agenda: "In 2012, DoSomething, a nonprofit organization focused on creating grassroots social change, discovered text messaging was the best way to communicate with its youthful audience. They didn’t anticipate the consequences." 'via Blog this'
 
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    Wild Apricot Blog (RSS 2.0)

  • Wild Apricot Update – March 2015: Android App Completes Phase 1 of Our Mobile Strategy

    Steve Andrews [PickyApricot]
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Wild Apricot 's mobile app for Android has been released! This Wild Apricot Update offers details on the Android and iOS apps, as well as the first wave of responsive website themes - all part of the first phase in our mobile strategy.
  • "Matterness" – Your Questions Answered

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    During our recent Expert Webinar, "Making Members Feel They Matter", there were a number of questions left unanswered about "Matterness". In this post, presenter Allison Fine provides answers to these questions.
  • 22 Free Non-profit Webinars For April 2015

    Farhad Chikhliwala
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Looking to continue your non-profit education? We've got you covered. Take a look at the 22 free webinars available this April.
  • Do Your Members Feel They Matter?

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    In our recent Expert Webinar – Making Members Feel They Matter – with Allison Fine, we heard first-hand how members, volunteers and supporters are feeling left out, abandoned and unheard. Have a look at some of the key takeaways, “ah-ha” moments and lessons learned from the webinar.
  • 3 Engagement Tactics To Improve Membership Renewals

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Can increasing member engagement through effective interactive feedback impact renewal rates? Here's an overview of an MGI article that proved it can.
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    The Fine Print: blog posts from Center for Effective Government

  • FDA’s Insufficient Response to Antibiotics in Food Animals

    rwhite
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:09 pm
    The Obama administration released the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria on March 27. The plan comes in response to the president's 2014 Executive Order 13676, “Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.” UPDATE (March 30, 2015): The Obama administration released the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria on March 27. The plan comes in response to the president's 2014 Executive Order 13676, “Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.” Unfortunately, the plan essentially maintains the status quo with respect to…
  • Six Charts Explain How Workers’ Compensation is Deteriorating

    jschieder
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Workers’ compensation is a state-based government program that has protected American workers for close to a century. Throughout the early part of U.S. history, injured workers were taken care of by the communities they were a part of: churches, worker’s benevolence associations, neighbors, or extended family. But when workplace deaths and injuries soared during the industrial revolution, government stepped in to help. Today, workers who are injured on the job or become ill after long-term exposure to workplace hazards are able to collect workers’ compensation. This…
  • Can We Get Serious about Train Safety? Technology Could Reduce 40 Percent of Rail Accidents

    afrank
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Last month, we wrote about the rise in crude oil train accidents and the need to approve federal crude-by-rail safeguards as quickly as possible. These rules, currently under review by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, would require thicker walls on oil tankards and impose speed limits on oil trains. These are vital safeguards that will improve oil train safety. But they don’t address a factor contributing to 40 percent of rail accidents: human error. Just as distracted driving can cause road collisions, trains can collide or derail when engineers fail to respond to…
  • The Administration's New Fracking Rule Has a Few Catches

    afrank
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:50 am
    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) just released a long-awaited rule that regulates fracking on federal and tribal lands, the first revision to federal fracking standards in almost 30 years. BLM currently manages over 100,000 oil and gas wells – over 90 percent of which are fracked. The rule establishes minimum safeguards that must be followed when drilling occurs on federal or tribal lands. The Rule Does Not Establish a Clear Right-to Know The new rule requires companies to disclose the chemicals used during fracking.  While the data is officially reported to BLM, the bureau…
  • Reject Government Contractors Who Draw the Blinds on Sunshine

    kmcfate
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:12 am
    Once a year, Sunshine Week rolls around and presents us with an opportunity to assess how open and transparent our government is. But with more and more public services being contracted out to private companies, sunlight’s “disinfectant” effects are being lost, according to a new report by In the Public Interest – Closing the Books: How Government Contractors Hide Public Records The report shows how government contractors are hiding the data needed to evaluate whether contracting out to private companies is a better deal for taxpayers than leaving services in the…
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    eJewish Philanthropy: Your Jewish Philanthropy Resource

  • Rev. John Steinbruck: Spiritual Role Model

    eJP
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    [The following article is offered as a partnership between eJP and Clal’s CLI program. The Clergy Leadership Incubator (CLI) is a two-year program to support and encourage early career congregational rabbis in the areas of innovative thinking, change management and institutional transformation. CLI is the newest program in the Rabbis Without Borders (RWB) family of programs under the auspices of Clal and is directed by Rabbi Sid Schwarz. Each month CLI offers a column called “Innovation and Institutional Change: What it Took; What we Gained.” Past columns can be found at:…
  • What Does the Torah Say About Paying Dues?

    eJP
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:30 pm
    By Barry Mael For several years now synagogue dues and membership models have been the focus of spirited discussion in the Jewish world. The question about dues speaks to the heart of the post-World War II North American Jewish model, since the system has become so ingrained in our collective psyche. Jewish leaders have been discussing the pros and cons of alternative models at conferences, on blogs and in the Jewish press. Some congregations have reported astounding success after switching to alternative membership models, while others have continued to struggle with finances and membership…
  • The Truth About Giving to Israel

    eJP
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    When Israel was just born, when it was a fledgling state, it relied on the financial support of Diaspora communities. Today, Israel has a booming economy. It can, theoretically, “fend for itself.” Why, then, should the Diaspora continue to give to Israel? The answers begin with a story. In 2003, three years after immigrating to Israel from the United States, Joseph Gitler founded Leket Israel – The National Food Bank, and Israel’s largest food rescue and redistribution organization. His experiences running Leket and in fundraising on its behalf over the past eleven…
  • Keeping Your Eye on the Ball and Controlling Your Tongue

    Stephen G. Donshik
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:30 pm
    In every resource development activity, event, and conversation it is important to keep your eye on the ball, and by this I mean to maintain your focus on strengthening your relationship with donors and supporters. This can only be done by using yourself purposefully and consciously in your relationships with the supporters of your organization. However, there are times when resource development professionals, as hard as they try, sometimes lose their professionalism and commit a major error in their manner of speaking or the words they choose in certain conversations. Not too long ago, a…
  • The DNA of Limmud FSU

    eJP
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:04 am
    Havdalah at Limmud FSU Intellect 2015 By Walter Ruby Anyone who is worried about the demographic future of the Jewish people would do well to attend a Limmud FSU Conference. Back in 2010, when this reporter took part in a one day Limmud FSU Conference in Westhampton Beach, NY, there were some 500 attendees,the majority of them 20 and 30 somethings, but no children. This year, at the Limmud FSU Conference in Parsippany, NJ – the sixth Limmud FSU conference to be held in the United States and the largest-ever in terms of attendees, there were 850 adult participants and 120 children, from…
 
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • Weekend Link Roundup (March 28-29, 2015)

    Mitch Nauffts
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Our weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the social sector... Collaboration On the Rockefeller Foundation blog, Zia Khan, the foundation's vice president for initiatives and strategy, shares four "counter-intuitive lessons" about cross-sector collaboration. Data On the Markets for...
  • Invest in Leadership Development to Retain High Performers of All Races

    Mitch Nauffts
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:56 am
    While people of color in the United States account for nearly half – 48 percent – of the total student population, leadership in nonprofit education organizations doesn't mirror this demographic fact. In a recent survey, From Intention to Action: Building...
  • The German Philanthropic Sector: A Conversation With Rupert Graf Strachwitz

    Mitch Nauffts
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
    Dr. Rupert Graf Strachwitz is director of the Berlin-based Maecenata Institute for Philanthropy and Civil Society an independent academic center established in 1997. A political scientist and historian and the son of a German diplomat and English writer, Graf Strachwitz...
  • How to Visualize Philanthropy? Listen. Improve. Repeat.

    Mitch Nauffts
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:56 am
    When Foundation Center was developing Foundation Maps, a platform through which users can explore the world of philanthropy, our staff met with dozens of potential end users. My colleagues connected with foundations, funder networks, philanthropy consultants, and nonprofits — on...
  • 5 Questions for…Nancy Northup, President and CEO, Center for Reproductive Rights

    Mitch Nauffts
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:09 pm
    More than forty years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a woman's right to have an abortion in Roe v. Wade, a number of states have passed laws designed to restrict women's access to reproductive health services, including emergency...
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    The GiveWell Blog

  • Investigating neglected goals in scientific research

    Holden
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:55 am
    A major goal of the Open Philanthropy Project is to explore the topic of scientific research funding, starting with life sciences. This post discusses the process we’ve used so far, including some of the challenges we’ve faced and changes we’ve made in our investigation methods: We first discuss some of the general challenges of finding good giving opportunities in this space. We then introduce the concept of scientific research “gaps” – areas that the existing system doesn’t put enough investment into, leaving potential philanthropic opportunities.
  • General progress and plans for GiveWell as an organization in 2015

    Holden
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    This is the fifth post (of six) we’re planning to make focused on our self-evaluation and future plans. Previous posts have discussed our 2014 progress on, and 2015 plans for, Our traditional work on top charities delivering evidence-backed interventions. See our posts on 2014 progress and 2015 plans. The Open Philanthropy Project. See Open Philanthropy Project: Progress in 2014 and Plans for 2015. This post outlines our plans and thoughts on issues that cut across these two projects, and pertain to GiveWell the organization as a whole. Our staff has expanded significantly, and we…
  • Open Philanthropy Project: Progress in 2014 and Plans for 2015

    Holden
    12 Mar 2015 | 2:59 pm
    This is the fourth post (of six) we’re planning to make focused on our self-evaluation and future plans. We’re in the midst of finalizing detailed updates on Open Philanthropy Project progress and plans. This post gives a high-level summary, comparing our progress and stage of development with what we hoped for as of a year ago. In brief: We made substantial progress on our main priorities: U.S. policy and global catastrophic risks. The precise nature of our goal (“commitments” to causes) shifted, but we have completed a substantial number of high-level cause…
  • Open Philanthropy Project Update: Global Catastrophic Risks

    Holden
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:54 am
    This post lays out our progress, since last year, on identifying potential focus areas for our work on global catastrophic risks. SummaryNote: this section is similar to the introduction of our previous post on U.S. policy. The overall approach of our work has evolved similarly in the two areas. Last year, we set a “stretch goal” for the Open Philanthropy Project: There are two types of causes – global catastrophic risks and US policy issues – that we now feel generally familiar with (particularly with the methods of investigation). We also believe it is important for us to…
  • Open Philanthropy Project Update: U.S. Policy

    Holden
    10 Mar 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Last year, we set a “stretch goal” for the Open Philanthropy Project: There are two types of causes – global catastrophic risks and US policy issues – that we now feel generally familiar with (particularly with the methods of investigation). We also believe it is important for us to pick some causes for serious commitments (multiple years, substantial funding) as soon as feasible, so that we can start to get experienced with the process of building cause-specific capacity and finding substantial numbers of giving opportunities. As such, our top goal for 2014 is a stretch goal…
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    FundraisingCoach.com

  • Fundraising Kick: Fundraising is NOT from a diminishing pie

    Marc A. Pitman
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:40 am
    Each week, I send out a coaching email to nonprofit CEOs, Executive Directors, and leaders. These Fundraising Kicks are quick emails designed to help them get out from behind their desk and in front of donors. Often they have scripts or task lists. Sometimes they contain attitude adjustment reminders. Here's one I wrote for today. It will definitely help in your fundraising this week. Good morning, Kickers! I’m relieved that last week’s Kick was helpful for so many of you. Thanks for the feedback. And good for those of you making the necessary steps to get out of bad relationships. This…
  • 71 sessions to help your hospital fundraising – for free!

    Marc A. Pitman
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:40 pm
    If you raise money for a hospital, or are thinking of moving into that career, you need to register for the The Hospital Fundraising Summit. It's coming April 6 - 12 and gathering 48 of us, giving over 70 sessions! The schedule for The Hospital Fundraising Summit I've just heard that the schedule for The Hospital Fundraising Summit is now final. Each session is available for viewing for 24 hours only, starting at 08:00 am Eastern Time. Here is the schedule, arranged by track. (Mine sessions are in the "Grateful Patients" and "Donor Communications" sections. HOSPITAL ANNUAL GIVING Bloom, Carl:…
  • [Guest Post] 4 Fundraising Questions for Your Board Chair

    Marc A. Pitman
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    I like John Fulwider. His energy, optimism, and experience make a powerful force for helping nonprofits. I suppose this is in part because of his expertise with Gallup's StrengthsFinder. He knows every organization and every leader has strengths and he's skilled at building on them. His new book Better Together: How Top Nonprofit CEOs and Board Chairs Get Happy, Fall in Love, and Change Their World is a great example of that! In this post, I've asked him to share some ideas from his research for the book. You can find out more about John at his site www.JohnFulwider.com and you can reach him…
  • [Question Marc] Help! My board wants to do another event!

    Marc A. Pitman
    10 Mar 2015 | 1:18 am
    Dear Marc, Help!! My board wants to do ANOTHER fundraising event! We're already doing 10 events a year. How can I tell them we don't have the resources to do another one? Stressed in San Diego My Answer Dear Stressed, Oh no! I definitely feel your pain! I think your board is living out the "when the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail" truism. In fact, does your board meeting look like this? Don't worry, you're not alone. You have to believe the board isn't trying to kill your team but that they are truly trying to help. It's just that they don't know how to help. So…
  • Celebrating your nonprofit – The Nonprofit Blog Carnival

    Marc A. Pitman
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:06 am
    The February Nonprofit Blog Carnival generated some interesting comments but not many blog posts. The call for posts was for creative ways to celebrate you cause. We seem to be a creative bunch...Many people said they loved this topic. But there weren't any blog post submitted. In looking around, I did find that the most creative time for nonprofits seems to be around anniversaries. Here are some posts on that and one on a surprising tweak that can lead to celebrating your cause: In a post on Kivi Leroux Miller's blog, Carol Goglia of Communities Foundation of Texas shares how her group…
 
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    FundraisingIP.com: Fundraising Ideas

  • 6 Ways Nonprofit Professionals Can Further Career Development

    Cari Mostert
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    The nonprofit sector is a unique industry where a passion for the greater good and earning a paycheck come together. For this reason, nonprofit leaders tend to be visionary, passionate individuals who are growing their management experience. Coupled with a dearth of funds for skills training, nonprofits often aren’t in the position to offer the type of career development found in a for-profit company. It’s no secret that in today’s fast-paced nonprofit setting, you have to take responsibility for your own professional development. So, how can you grow your career, gain the skills to…
  • 18 Fundraising Resources for Environmental Nonprofits

    Devon Reeser
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:30 pm
    ?Whether you are looking for new prospects, or some fresh fundraising ideas for Earth Day, you need a crash course in proposal writing, or you have no idea how to get started about development planning, these resources are musts for any conservation, environmental education, or green activist group! Grants These sites will help you hone a prospect list and loan ideas about where you can look for funding: 1. Fundsnet Services has 17 pages of the best foundations funding environmental nonprofits.   2. The Center for Nonprofit Excellence regularly updates an impressive list of national…
  • Direct Mail and Free Gifts to Boost your Fundraising on a Budget

    Devon Reeser
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:50 am
    Despite the virtual Smartphone and email era we are in, direct mail is still the best way to attract new donors, both young and old, to your organization. While most might assume seniors prefer snail mail, Forbes reported that even 18-34 year olds respond better to paper in hand. And young and old alike want to be offered something in return for their gift.  What do you offer then if you have a nonexistent budget and seemingly nothing to offer? And what is the cheapest and best way to both send what could be an expensive appeal and then get that gift to new donors? Follow these tips for a…
  • Your Favorite Sports Are Charities? The Truth of the 501(c)(6) Tax Loophole

    Devon Reeser
    10 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    The NFL is a multi-billion dollar industry – but did you know that it is classified as a charity? The recent economic downturn made the public, and in turn Congress, nationally challenge the NFL and other professional sports associations – namely the NCAA, the NHL, the PGA, and the US Tennis Association – for making money but not paying taxes. Are they getting away with tax evasion, however, as Senators claim? Read here to learn the background of why sports associations have exempt status and whether or not it actually matters much for the rest of America. Tax law code from a different…
  • How to Attract Corporate Sponsorship – 6 Steps

    Devon Reeser
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    From the DONNA Breast Cancer Marathon to the Purina Paws for the Planet, corporations seem to have their names on nearly everything charitable.  Corporate sponsorship spending is directly tied to corporate earning – as earnings increase this year as projected, more money will be available for sponsorship. By following these simple steps, you can attract those corporate sponsors to your cause. 1. Pick the right program or event You don’t want to ask your local Starbucks to sponsor your summer camp for kids – you want to ask your local Chuck E. Cheese’s or your local Ronald McDonald…
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    Social media marketing hacks for nonprofits | Powered by JohnHaydon.Com

  • 5 Questions to Ask Before Sending That Email Blast

    John Haydon
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:24 am
    According to the Nonprofit Communications Trends Report for 2015, nonprofits spend a lot of time and resources sending email. Email newsletters, emails about upcoming events, and emails about fundraising and volunteer opportunities. But are you sending the right messages to the right people at the right time? If not (or if you’re not sure), here are […] The post 5 Questions to Ask Before Sending That Email Blast appeared first on John Haydon.
  • 3 Secrets for Converting Volunteers to Donors

    Corbit Harrison
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:35 am
    The latest release of Volunteering and Civic Life in America shows that volunteers are almost twice as likely to donate to charity as non-volunteers. In fact, almost 80 percent of volunteers donated to a worthy cause last year. It makes sense that volunteers are probably your warmest leads for donations, but is your nonprofit maximizing its […] The post 3 Secrets for Converting Volunteers to Donors appeared first on John Haydon.
  • 7 Easy Fixes to Get Your Nonprofit Ranking Higher on Google

    David Hartstein
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:15 am
    I’m sure you’ve heard a thing or two about search engine optimization (SEO). For many, SEO is a murky concept at best, and downright confusing at worst. It’s true, SEO is a complex topic with a lot of moving pieces. It’s also often an afterthought when it comes to a nonprofit’s content strategy. But it’s […] The post 7 Easy Fixes to Get Your Nonprofit Ranking Higher on Google appeared first on John Haydon.
  • Will Google’s Mobile-Friendly Website Search Ranking Kill Your SEO?

    John Haydon
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:55 am
    You’ve probably already noticed the “Mobile-friendly” designation in Google search results on your mobile phone. If not, here’s a screenshot from my iPhone: Google (along with Facebook, Twitter, etc.) knows that the future of the web is already here. And that future exists on smartphones and tablets – not desktop or laptop browsers. Google’s New […] The post Will Google’s Mobile-Friendly Website Search Ranking Kill Your SEO? appeared first on John Haydon.
  • Three Reasons to Require Verified Opt-In for your Email Newsletter

    John Haydon
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:38 am
    Your email list is the lifeblood of online fundraising. It’s one of the most effective tools for converting and retaining donors, growing your volunteer base, and for staying top-of-mind with your supporters. But to get the best result from your email newsletter, list quality is essential. And by list quality, I mean people who have […] The post Three Reasons to Require Verified Opt-In for your Email Newsletter appeared first on John Haydon.
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    Cynthia D'Amour

  • Did Hell Freeze Over?

    Cynthia D'Amour
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:26 pm
    I am a proud Michigan State graduate. I loved going to school there. Was very involved. Even helped run the spirit block at the football games. In 1993, I moved to the Center of the Evil Empire (also called Ann Arbor) – for love. What else could cause this loyal Spartan to embrace the world of Maize and Blue? (Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan.) I loved James – a lot. For years, my blood ran proudly and loudly green. I cheered for Michigan State – and anyone playing Michigan! On football Saturdays, I was one of the few in our complex cheering when the other…
  • Poof! Gone Like Magic

    Cynthia D'Amour
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    Saturday night, James and I decided to do a TV date. He wasn’t feeling that great. Needed to lay low. Plus we had good stuff to watch. Midway through the date, I got up to fix dinner. We ate in the family room. Enjoyed the food. And continued our viewing. An hour later, James could not find his phone. He had been playing on it earlier. And it disappeared around dinner. Poof! Just like magic. We looked everywhere. Under the couch. Around the room- including the secret places where the dogs hide their toys. Even under the dogs and their blankets. I called his phone with mine. Nothing.
  • Potential Side Effects from Embracing Your Feminine Power

    Cynthia D'Amour
    6 Feb 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Last night, I felt like I was watching pharmaceutical TV given all the ads for drugs. They had the big promise. And then the endless list of potential scary side effects. With lovely music and video in the background. I decided perhaps I too should come clean on potential side effects women may experience as they embrace their feminine power. I just did a coaching call with the 30 Days to a More Powerful You! participants yesterday. It was only week #3 – and they all noticed changes. Embracing your power can have powerful side effects very quickly. 95.7% of the women I’ve…
  • Your Body Tells All – Are You Listening?

    Cynthia D'Amour
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:03 pm
    We love attending the Michigan Women’s Basketball games. The athletes are passionate. The games intense. We have season tickets. Last night we decided to go over early to the game. We have our favorite seats behind the team. There was a big push to encourage attendance. We wanted our spots. Dressed in our Michigan fan gear, we left for the game. The stadium is about four miles from our house. About two miles into our drive, I realized I had forgotten our tickets at home. So much for arriving early. I turned the car around to go back to our house. I was frustrated and disappointed. I…
  • What Does Your Body Say?

    Cynthia D'Amour
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Great clothes. Fabulous hair. Perfect makeup. All trumped by how you hold your body. When you don’t feel powerful it shows. In how you sit or stand. The way you hold your head. Power is an internal job expressed externally. It’s all about you. Wonderful, amazing you. You aren’t broken – you just need to unleash your power. If a hidden camera took a photo of you at work today, what would your body say about your power? Not sure what you need to do to change your power story? The 30 Days to a More Powerful You! program can help. Register now – the next…
 
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    Idealists in Action

  • Handmade To The Streets

    Jake Chatt
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    HTTS Website You know those brisk fall nights when you’re camping in the woods with family or friends, and you burrow into your sleeping bag but just can’t seem to get warm enough no matter what you do?   Could you imagine feeling that way every single night?   Ashleyann Burnett had this very thought one day when she noticed a man on MLK Boulevard in Portland, Oregon sheltering himself with only a sheet. After witnessing him attempting to make himself comfortable over and over she knew she needed to help him. This small epiphany quickly spawned a much larger idea when…
  • An Argument for Doing Something More

    Jake Chatt
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
      “Happiness is the absence of striving for happiness.” So said Chuang Tzu, preeminent Taoist thinker, some 25 hundred years ago. Nonetheless, there is a whole industry catering to people who approach happiness as something to be hunted down in self-help books, courses, new age practices, and life coaches. Via Giphy.com  On the opposite end of the spectrum, many of us feel that our happiness is constantly bombarded with negative messages: angsty status updates from friends and family on Facebook and Twitter, awful news headlines, and advertising that plays on our worst…
  • Which Area Of Focus Are You Passionate About?

    Jake Chatt
    13 Mar 2015 | 9:38 am
    Which area of focus did you get? Did you enjoy this quiz? Let us know in the comments!
  • Philosophical activism: For best results, start at the root

    Idealist Guest
    21 Feb 2015 | 10:11 am
    Many of us feel the need to take concrete action, with the hope that our children may have a better place to live in. However, without contemplating the deeper reasons for our problems, activism can become a Sisyphean task – acting repeatedly, without making any real change. Wangari Maathai, the late Kenyan Nobel prize winner, spoke about certain aid campaigns that completely missed their purpose. As an example she presented a problem they had with disease infecting mosquitoes. This problem was “solved” by the donation and installation of mosquito nets in the villages. The problem is…
  • 4 Tips On How To Avoid Becoming Cynical

    Idealist Guest
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:18 am
    An unfortunate truth about law school is that it can be a real downer. It’s expensive, demanding, and remarkably difficult. As a second year law student, I have spent the past two years watching most of my friends go through profound personal changes, often observing people I love spiral into cynical patterns of thought. I think those of us in human rights law have a particular tendency to fall into such cycles, and I’ll admit I have gone through phases of severe negative emotions myself. As a bleeding heart and eternal optimist, I’d like to offer some advice to those going through a…
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  • 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
  • Are You A Woman Living In Delaware County? Here Is An Opportunity For You.

    21 Mar 2015 | 7:05 am
    If you're looking for an opportunity to give back where you live, the United Way of Delaware County Women's Leadership Network may just be the place for you. We're raising awareness and funds for programs in Delaware County and making a big difference. Since 2012 we have raised well over $270,000! I volunteer my time as Chair of the Steering Committee, as well as create the monthly messaging and
  • Happy Holidaze 2014!

    8 Dec 2014 | 3:56 am
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season! I hope you make it a little spicy!
  • My Vacation Day In The Woods

    4 Dec 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Today I took a vacation day and experienced my first hunting adventure. Sitting quietly in the woods for hours gives you plenty of time to think, and think and think (and take a selfie or two). I learned quite a bit while in the woods about hunting and myself: Multiple layers are good and Cabela's long john's definitely do the job at keeping you warm. However, I tend to look like
  • WLN Casino Night THIS Friday - Tickets Still Available

    10 Nov 2014 | 5:24 am
    Join the United Way of Delaware County Women's Leadership Network this Friday, November 14th for their annual fundraiser, Casino Night. In February 2012 the United Way of Delaware County officially launched the Women's Leadership Network.  WLN members invest financial resources, time and talent in programs that build self-confidence and social success in individuals and families that live
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    Social Media Bird Brain

  • It's Not Just How You Say It, But Where And When

    24 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    By Yevy Photography, on Flickr  Communication is a word we use a lot in social media because that is what social media is about: creating a relationship with others by communicating with them. But how is communication defined as a strategy? ONE is an international NGO whose mission is to end extreme poverty by 2030. In a recent article for Stanford's Social Innovation Review, Jamie Drummond
  • To Crowdfund or Not to Crowdfund

    11 Mar 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Fractured Atlas had a great article on putting together a crowdfunding video (read it here), which made me think about crowdfunding in general. In a recent Twitter chat I was on, one of the participants opined that crowdfunding was the same as begging, and a couple of other participants agreed. I don't. Obviously, the couple that asks people to crowdfund their wedding celebration and
  • Time For Social Media

    25 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    NonProfit Tech for Good has excerpted part of their Mobile for Good book on their site to talk about what kind of time social media requires for successful fundraising (read the piece here). Naturally, the first thing that jumped out at me is that there was no discussion of what a small nonprofit should do, just medium and large nonprofits. The second thing I noticed is that they recommend a
  • TL:DR or What Is The Perfect Length?

    11 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Ran across this infographic at MakeUseOf.com and thought it was worthy of a short discussion. As you may know, TL:DR stands for "Too Long: Didn't Read". There is a sweetness to brevity, particularly when it comes to social media. As a technical writer, I learned early on that wordiness can be a killer when you're trying to get people to read - and use - a user manual. I won't get into all
  • Two Great Thoughts from NonProfit Tech for Good

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Being a former IT worker, I can't help but geek out when I see technology being used for social good. One of the best groups throwing a spotlight on this is Nonprofit Tech for Good. Technology is crucial to every business and nonprofit and if your small NGO is not keeping up with the latest news in this sector, it could be at a very large disadvantage. This is not to say that you have to have
 
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    Charity Navigator

  • What was the inspiration to create Charity Navigator?

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    In 2001, Pat and Marion Dugan were interested in significantly increasing their charitable giving. As remains the case today, they were witnessing reports of scandals at a variety of local and national charities. Since many of these charities were household names that people assumed did good work, they concluded that they needed an independent and objective source of information to rely upon when making their giving decisions. But the information was not readily available. So, in 2001, they decided to create an unbiased source of information that would assist not just their needs, but also…
  • Are You Maximizing Your Charitable Donation Deductions?

    24 Mar 2015 | 8:49 am
    With April 15 approaching, you should know how much you can deduct, what types of contributions are deductible and how to best itemize deductions on your income taxes. Check out our tips now for help in answering these important questions.Article: Accurately Deduct Charitable Gifts Tip-Sheet: Tax Benefits of Giving
  • Cyclone Pam: How to Support the Relief Efforts in Vanuatu

    19 Mar 2015 | 11:50 am
    On March 13, Tropical Cyclone Pam hit the island nation of Vanuatu as a Category 5 storm. Initial reports indicate that 3,300 people were displaced by the storm and nearly a dozen were killed. Besides the immediately relief efforts, officials are warning of a serious food shortage in the coming months as crops were  destroyed in the storm.Given the significant damage to the infrastructure combined with the remoteness of the country, charities are finding it challenging to provide immediate relief. But we've been able to identify the following highly-rated charities that are either on the…
  • Come Make A Difference With Us

    13 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Regardless of your professional background or industry expertise, when you make the decision to work at Charity Navigator, you're embarking on a career path which impacts the entire philanthropic sector.If you want to grow personally and professionally, and make a difference, then we invite you to explore your career options with Charity Navigator.
  • Workshop for Nonprofit Leaders in NYC

    10 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Join Charity Navigator and Marks Paneth LLP For a Complimentary Breakfast Seminar This seminar will address the financial, governance, compliance and reputational risk-related issues every nonprofit must carefully monitor to ensure financial stability, operational sustainability and reporting transparency for key stakeholders. The speakers will also discuss the notable qualities of high-performing nonprofits that meet their mission most effectively.When: Wednesday, March 25, 2015  Registration and Networking Breakfast – 8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. ET Program – 8:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
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    Case Foundation » What’s New

  • Sari Miller: An Angel Investor Proving the “Goodness Factor” is Good for Impact and Returns

    Elyse Kort
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    As an early impact investor, Sari Miller’s strategies, experience and perspectives on angel investments offer others in the market a wealth of insight and guidance on investing with purpose in new markets. For this reason, Miller is the focus of our weekly series on social entrepreneurship with Entrepreneur.com, in partnership with ImpactAlpha. Sari Miller, CEO of […] The post Sari Miller: An Angel Investor Proving the “Goodness Factor” is Good for Impact and Returns appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • What’s So Wrong with Nonprofits Playing by Market Rules?

    Elyse Kort
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:33 am
    This post was written by Sheila Herrling and Allyson Burns on behalf of the Case Foundation. Here’s the thing about markets – they have this uncanny way of being candid, sending demand signals that companies need to pay attention and adapt to in order to thrive, if not survive. So why is it that the nonprofit […] The post What’s So Wrong with Nonprofits Playing by Market Rules? appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • The Future of Transportation: More than Just Convenience

    Elyse Kort
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:42 am
    I’d venture to guess that most of you reading this blog have used technology in some way to help us navigate our cars around town or make transportation from one place to another easier – from Google Maps or other online maps services (MapQuest, anyone?) to Uber or Lyft. Or you may have already started […] The post The Future of Transportation: More than Just Convenience appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Village Capital: Getting Startup Funding to Nontraditional Entrepreneurs

    Elyse Kort
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:38 pm
    As part of our ongoing series on social entrepreneurship with Entrepreneur.com, in partnership with ImpactAlpha, this week’s spotlight is on Village Capital. This startup accelerator is banking on the idea that the best solutions to community problems come from local entrepreneurs who have firsthand knowledge of the challenges being addressed. Village Capital is specifically focused […] The post Village Capital: Getting Startup Funding to Nontraditional Entrepreneurs appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Did Potato Salad Save or Kill Crowdfunding?

    Elyse Kort
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:50 am
    It started with a little campaign to raise money for making potato salad. It went viral, raising $55,000 and became one of the highest-viewed campaigns in Kickstarter history. Some rolled their eyes, thinking that this just showed all that was wrong with crowdfunding. Others thought this was a breakthrough moment – a crowdfunding campaign, albeit […] The post Did Potato Salad Save or Kill Crowdfunding? appeared first on Case Foundation.
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    Together We Flourish

  • Help and Support With Grief is Available in Your Time of Need

    Susan
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    GOOD GRIEF CENTER FOR BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT The premise of the Good Grief Center is to be a comprehensive bereavement resource and referral center that builds a more compassionate community through grief awareness, education, support and hope; creating a safe place where all who have experience the pain of death may come to work through loss […]
  • Real Faces Real Lives Changed at the Children’s Institute

    Susan
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:27 am
    One of The Children’s Institute’s photos has been selected as a finalist for the Children’s Hospital Association’s annual photo contest. The Photo Exhibit celebrates children’s hospitals and puts a face to the patients, their families and their health care providers. This photo was selected as a finalist from more than 250 entries for the Children’s Hospital Association’s […]
  • 2015 Glass Slipper Ball to Benefit Local and National Women’s Initiatives

    Susan
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:21 am
    Treasure House Fashions, Living in Liberty and Love and Care Family Uganda are the beneficiaries of the Twelfth Annual Glass Slipper Ball Featuring the Best of the Chefs competition,  at the DoubleTree by Hilton –Cranberry, on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 7pm to Midnight. The 2015 Glass Slipper Ball is showcasing almost two dozen of the finest restaurants whose chefs create signature dishes and desserts, while […]
  • United Way and Fred Rogers Company celebrate workplace volunteerism on March 19

    Susan
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:56 am
    Nine companies to be honored for their efforts in the community United Way of Allegheny County, in partnership with The Fred Rogers Company, is celebrating the legacy of Fred Rogers on March 19, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Pittsburgh CAPA. The event will recognize the work of nine local organizations that demonstrate a […]
  • Yoga Classes Are Now Being Offered at Focus On Renewal

    Susan
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:20 am
    Mark your calendars! Support FOR at one of our upcoming fundraisers. Have fun and make a difference in the lives of Sto-Rox families! •Yoga Benefit Class, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Friday, March 27 at BYS Yoga, 1113 East Carson Street, South Side Need stress relief? Experience yoga and benefit Focus On Renewal. Pay what you […]
 
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    Minnesota Council on Foundations Blog - Philanthropy Potluck

  • Applications Open for 2015-2016 Humphrey Policy Fellows Program

    MCF Webmaster
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    The Humphrey School of Public Affairs has opened applications for the 2015-2016 Policy Fellows program,one of the country’s most respected leadership programs for emerging and mid-career professionals. Fellows will connect with a cohort of 35 people across the work and political spectrum who will broaden each others’ perspectives and expand their networks as they engage in a high-level professional experience. They gain practical skills and experiences to take their career and civic work to the next level. The Policy Fellows meet once per month between September and June to explore…
  • Stormer Supports Endow Minnesota Legislation

    MCF Webmaster
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:33 am
    JoAnn Stormer, president of Rochester Area Foundation, knows first hand the importance of affordable housing to the city of Rochester. The foundation’s First Homes initiative has provided access to housing for more than 1,000 households since 2001. See what else she has to say about how she believes Endow Minnesota legislation, introduced in the Minnesota House (HF1530) and Senate (SF1399 and SF1400), encourages private giving for public good. Her commentary in today’s Rochester Post-Bulletin does a good job of explaining what a community foundation is, how community…
  • Annual Grantmaker Rankings Released

    MCF Webmaster
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:46 pm
    MCF today released its annual rankings of the top grantmakers in Minnesota based on cash grants paid in 2013. The top five Minnesota grantmakers by grants paid in 2013 were: Target Foundation and Corporation ($148.6 million); General Mills Foundation and Corporation ($105.7 million); The McKnight Foundation ($86.4 million); The Saint Paul Foundation and Minnesota Community Foundation ($65.6 million); and Cargill and The Cargill Foundation ($59.6 million). This is the third consecutive year that these five organizations are Minnesota’s top grantmakers. Of the 50 top grantmakers by grants…
  • Trista Harris Selected as 2015 Bush Fellow

    MCF Webmaster
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:44 am
    MCF President Trista Harris has been awarded a 2015 Bush Fellowship! Bush Fellows receive up to $100,000 over 12-24 months to pursue learning experiences that help them develop leadership skills. Trista will use her fellowship to advance her work examining how the tools of futurism can be used to strengthen the field of philanthropy. Trista will continue to serve full-time as MCF President, and she will leverage the insights she will gain from her Bush Fellowship to better serve the field. Trista joins 22 others awarded a fellowship this year. Get an introduction to the whole cohort in this…
  • Bill Encouraging Community Giving Moves Forward

    MCF Webmaster
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:55 am
    Legislation was introduced today in both houses of the Minnesota State Legislature to enact the Endow Minnesota tax credit. The bill encourages individual giving to permanent endowment funds at community foundations and has the potential to make $120 million¹ per year in new monies available to support community and economic development projects across the state. Approximately $47.9 billion in wealth will be transferred from one generation of Minnesotans to the next by 2030². Keeping some of these assets in Minnesota communities represents the opportunity of a generation, and Endow…
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    SocialEarth

  • Costa Rica Running on 100% Clean Energy So Far This Year

    RP Siegel
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:57 am
    There are a lot of things to love about Costa Rica. It has great weather, tremendous biodiversity, no army, along with top-notch education and health care. Now, the tropical paradise [...] The post Costa Rica Running on 100% Clean Energy So Far This Year appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Disney’s Create Tomorrowland Xprize Challenge: Share Your Vision Of The Future

    3BL Media
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Inspired by the upcoming Disney movie “Tomorrowland,” The Walt Disney Studios, Disney Citizenship, and XPRIZE announce a nationwide challenge for young innovators. Beginning April 22, 2015, Disney’s Create Tomorrowland – [...] The post Disney’s Create Tomorrowland Xprize Challenge: Share Your Vision Of The Future appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • The Robots For Good Project: Aiming To Improve Lives Of Hospitalised Children

    Sangeeta Haindl
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:24 pm
    The Inmoov Explorer is a full size 3D printed robot that will allow children to explore the world from their hospital room here in the U.K. and is known as the [...] The post The Robots For Good Project: Aiming To Improve Lives Of Hospitalised Children appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Greenpeace Highlights ‘Detox’ Fashion Leaders: Levi’s, Limited Brands, Adidas, Benetton, Esprit, H&M, M&S, Inditex

    Vikas Vij
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:42 am
    The fashion industry worldwide is going through a big shift to support sustainability. Many of the leading apparel brands have woken up to the environmental hazards posed by the use [...] The post Greenpeace Highlights ‘Detox’ Fashion Leaders: Levi’s, Limited Brands, Adidas, Benetton, Esprit, H&M, M&S, Inditex appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Singlecue Breaks New Barriers in Gesture Recognition Software

    Justmeans
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:39 am
    Gesture recognition technology has been fascinating researchers for years. The concept that we could one day control the TV, sound system and utilities in our homes with a wave of [...] The post Singlecue Breaks New Barriers in Gesture Recognition Software appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • Weekend Link Roundup (March 28-29, 2015)

    Mitch Nauffts
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Our weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the social sector... Collaboration On the Rockefeller Foundation blog, Zia Khan, the foundation's vice president for initiatives and strategy, shares four "counter-intuitive lessons" about cross-sector collaboration. Data On the Markets for...
  • Invest in Leadership Development to Retain High Performers of All Races

    Mitch Nauffts
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:56 am
    While people of color in the United States account for nearly half – 48 percent – of the total student population, leadership in nonprofit education organizations doesn't mirror this demographic fact. In a recent survey, From Intention to Action: Building...
  • The German Philanthropic Sector: A Conversation With Rupert Graf Strachwitz

    Mitch Nauffts
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
    Dr. Rupert Graf Strachwitz is director of the Berlin-based Maecenata Institute for Philanthropy and Civil Society an independent academic center established in 1997. A political scientist and historian and the son of a German diplomat and English writer, Graf Strachwitz...
  • How to Visualize Philanthropy? Listen. Improve. Repeat.

    Mitch Nauffts
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:56 am
    When Foundation Center was developing Foundation Maps, a platform through which users can explore the world of philanthropy, our staff met with dozens of potential end users. My colleagues connected with foundations, funder networks, philanthropy consultants, and nonprofits — on...
  • 5 Questions for…Nancy Northup, President and CEO, Center for Reproductive Rights

    Mitch Nauffts
    23 Mar 2015 | 1:09 pm
    More than forty years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a woman's right to have an abortion in Roe v. Wade, a number of states have passed laws designed to restrict women's access to reproductive health services, including emergency...
 
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  • Photos: what “girl’s empowerment” really looks like

    Erin Hohlfelder
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    In the weeks since our Poverty is Sexist report launched, I’ve found myself reflecting on some of the statistics included on those pages: A woman in Sierra Leone is 183 times more likely to die in childbirth than a woman in Switzerland. 39,000 girls become child brides every day. In least developed countries, average literacy among women is only two-thirds the rate of men. Together, data points like these can provide a compelling case for why investing in women and girls is so essential if we hope to reduce gender inequality and extreme poverty. But sometimes, I worry that the phrase…
  • The clock is ticking on the new development agenda

    Isabelle De Lichtervelde
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:26 am
    This year will be a milestone in the fight against the injustice of extreme poverty. In just 6 months, the world will agree on a new blueprint to eradicate extreme poverty from the face of the earth by 2030, and ensure no-one is left behind. On 17 March, the very first draft of what will form the financing strategy of this new development agenda was released. The final strategy will be agreed at the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa in July 2015. Word cloud of the Financing for Development Zero draft. The cloud gives greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in…
  • You want to cut aid? It’s on.

    Jordan Elton
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Congress’s budget proposals may have been submitted, but it will still be months until we know the final budget numbers. As much as we hate it, the global health and poverty-fighting programs we fight for every day always come under fire during this time and bad things happen when we don’t take action…. 1. When budget proposals are in, but nothing is final yet: 2. When people don’t think life-saving programs are important to fund: 3. And sometimes some of those people are decision-makers: 4. Even when Ryan Gosling proposes cuts it sounds awful: 5. Despite necessary…
  • It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no…it’s #ONEderWoman!

    Aishling Thurow
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:58 am
    Here at ONE we believe that there are a lot of amazing girls and women all over the globe who are doing incredible things to make our world a better place Whether it’s empowering women in their local communities, or influencing change on an international level, there are some seriously rock-star girls and women out there, who are breaking ceilings, pushing boundaries, and shattering stereotypes—and we want to highlight them on our Girls and Women page. That’s why we’ve created a new section of our webpage, in which we give a shout-out to a #ONEderWoman of the week. These girls and…
  • Two decades after the genocide, empowering female entrepreneurs in Rwanda

    Guest Blogger
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    Photo Credit: Indego Africa This blog comes to us from our partner Indego Africa. April 7th, 2015 marks the 21st commemoration of the Rwandan genocide, when more than 800,000 people were killed in 100 days. Indego Africa is a nonprofit social enterprise empowering Rwandan women to lead their country forward. — “Inventory, bookkeeping, budgeting, accounting…” She pauses to catch her train of thought. “…marketing, saving, taking out loans…I am learning to be a businesswoman.” Elizabeth. Photo Credit: Indego Africa Elizabeth is a student at Indego Africa’s Leadership…
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  • 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…
  • Roundup for January 2015

    Emily
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Blogging Lessons from Make-a-Wish America (Non-Profit Marketing Blog) 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report (Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog) Why You Shouldn’t be on Every Social Media Platform (Event Fundraising Blog) How To Organize Your Stories (The Storytelling Non-Profit) WHERE ARE MY PEOPLE? 6 Tools and Techniques for Finding Friends and Influencers on Facebook & Twitter (Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog) Using Infographics in Your Nonprofit Annual Report (Red Rooster Group) Tell donors the right story with your annual report (Big Duck) 5 Revealing Campaign…
  • Roundup for December 2014

    Emily
    31 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    3 Best Practices to Rock Your Blog (frogloop) Know your blogging terminology (Communicate and Howe!) MIND YOUR MICROCONTENT: 8 Little Bits That Can Make a Big Difference In Your Next Email (Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog) Stay Connected Throughout the Year by Using a Communications Calendar (Ann Green’s Nonprofit Blog) Agendas for Weekly, Monthly and Quarterly Editorial Meetings (Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog) Five Ways to Improve Your Fundraising and Communications in 2015 (Ann Green’s Nonprofit Blog) A Powerful & Simple Way to Increase Visibility…
  • Roundup for November 2014

    Emily
    30 Nov 2014 | 1:02 pm
    4 Ways to Use Your Nonprofit Blog for #GivingTuesday Storytelling (TechSoup) The Ultimate Tool for Managing Your Organization’s Social Strategy: LightBox Collaborative Editorial Calendar 2015 Edition (Beth’s Blog) 10 Must Have Year-End Fundraising Tips (frogloop) Creating Stories that Compel: Video Storytelling for Nonprofits (Community Organizer 2.0) Make Me A Match: 48 Ways to Ask for a Matching Gift in an Email Fundraising (Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog) Nonprofit Thank You Videos – Binge Watch Here! (Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog) ADA around the world through…
  • Roundup for October 2014

    Emily
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Nonprofit Marketing: Beyond Social Media (ASU Lodestar Center Blog) 5 Steps to Discovering Great Stories for Your Organization (Even if You’re a Policy Organization) (Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog) Social Media Awareness That Works: S’mores in the Outdoors (Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog) Accessibility: 5 Lessons for a Better Nonprofit Website (npENGAGE) How Healthy is your Nonprofit Website? (npENGAGE) Meet the 4 Types of People Who Make Up Your Online Community [Infographic] (J Campbell Social Marketing) Does Your Website’s Donate Button Do Its Job? (Red…
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  • The Mission of God

    Andrew Jones
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:16 am
    The Mission of God is a free ebook for you, courtesy of The Gospel Project. Its a collection of writings fr0m many contributors, including me. Make sure you read my chapter on Itinerant Ministry, especially if you are considering the way of nomadic pilgrimage as a mission lifestyle. You are in good company, as you will find out in my ...
  • Runaway Radical

    Andrew Jones
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:53 pm
    Here’s a book I bought this week simply because I respect the guy behind the book and his story of a negative missions experience that needs to be heard. And because my temperament is so close to his but my story was different. Runaway Radical: A Young Man’s Reckless Journey to Save the World is the story of a “radical” ...
  • Bohemians 1905

    Andrew Jones
    21 Feb 2015 | 6:01 am
    Tonight I am speaking for 3 minutes at a football (soccer) stadium in Prague. One of the owners of The Bohemian 1905 football club asked me to share some thoughts on Australia and my own pilgrimage because, he told me, the tour of  Australia in 1927 that this Czech team undertook, as well as the great games that were played ...
  • Finding Prague at St Nicholas

    Andrew Jones
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:21 am
    A new hotel opened last weekend called The Nicholas Hotel and our family were invited by the creative team at Bohemia Hotels to stay a night by the and enjoy the great location. I thought it would be a great time to bring out the old film cameras and take some old school shots around the hotel, which sits next ...
  • To blog or not to blog

    Andrew Jones
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:20 am
    In light of Andrew Sullivan’s announcement today to give up blogging after 15 years, (striking similar to my 15 uninterrupted years of blogging with the distinct difference of Andrew Sullivan being talented and famous and Andrew Jones being neither), I am reflecting on my own decision to stop my blog 18 months ago and enter a blog sabbatical that has ...
 
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  • Rev. John Steinbruck: Spiritual Role Model

    eJP
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    [The following article is offered as a partnership between eJP and Clal’s CLI program. The Clergy Leadership Incubator (CLI) is a two-year program to support and encourage early career congregational rabbis in the areas of innovative thinking, change management and institutional transformation. CLI is the newest program in the Rabbis Without Borders (RWB) family of programs under the auspices of Clal and is directed by Rabbi Sid Schwarz. Each month CLI offers a column called “Innovation and Institutional Change: What it Took; What we Gained.” Past columns can be found at:…
  • What Does the Torah Say About Paying Dues?

    eJP
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:30 pm
    By Barry Mael For several years now synagogue dues and membership models have been the focus of spirited discussion in the Jewish world. The question about dues speaks to the heart of the post-World War II North American Jewish model, since the system has become so ingrained in our collective psyche. Jewish leaders have been discussing the pros and cons of alternative models at conferences, on blogs and in the Jewish press. Some congregations have reported astounding success after switching to alternative membership models, while others have continued to struggle with finances and membership…
  • The Truth About Giving to Israel

    eJP
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    When Israel was just born, when it was a fledgling state, it relied on the financial support of Diaspora communities. Today, Israel has a booming economy. It can, theoretically, “fend for itself.” Why, then, should the Diaspora continue to give to Israel? The answers begin with a story. In 2003, three years after immigrating to Israel from the United States, Joseph Gitler founded Leket Israel – The National Food Bank, and Israel’s largest food rescue and redistribution organization. His experiences running Leket and in fundraising on its behalf over the past eleven…
  • Keeping Your Eye on the Ball and Controlling Your Tongue

    Stephen G. Donshik
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:30 pm
    In every resource development activity, event, and conversation it is important to keep your eye on the ball, and by this I mean to maintain your focus on strengthening your relationship with donors and supporters. This can only be done by using yourself purposefully and consciously in your relationships with the supporters of your organization. However, there are times when resource development professionals, as hard as they try, sometimes lose their professionalism and commit a major error in their manner of speaking or the words they choose in certain conversations. Not too long ago, a…
  • The DNA of Limmud FSU

    eJP
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:04 am
    Havdalah at Limmud FSU Intellect 2015 By Walter Ruby Anyone who is worried about the demographic future of the Jewish people would do well to attend a Limmud FSU Conference. Back in 2010, when this reporter took part in a one day Limmud FSU Conference in Westhampton Beach, NY, there were some 500 attendees,the majority of them 20 and 30 somethings, but no children. This year, at the Limmud FSU Conference in Parsippany, NJ – the sixth Limmud FSU conference to be held in the United States and the largest-ever in terms of attendees, there were 850 adult participants and 120 children, from…
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  • Nonprofit Tax Changes Could Come in 2015

    Greg McRay, EA
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:52 pm
    According to Harold Hancock, legal counsel for the House Ways and Means Committee, tax code changes are possible this year for charities and other nonprofits.  We talked about this last year (and the year before), but so far, nothing has&hellip The post Nonprofit Tax Changes Could Come in 2015 appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • Legal Liability for Nonprofit Board Members (Part Two)

    Justin Williamson
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    In our last article, we discussed legal liability of board members as it relates to corporate law. This post highlights liability in regards to IRS tax-exemption regulations. The board of directors collectively governs the affairs of a nonprofit organization. As&hellip The post Legal Liability for Nonprofit Board Members (Part Two) appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • Legal Liability for Nonprofit Board Members (Part One)

    Justin Williamson
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:57 am
    In real world practice, becoming a board member for a nonprofit organization usually comes with little personal risk, and the probability of a member being legally accountable for actions taken by the nonprofit is relatively low. The fear of being&hellip The post Legal Liability for Nonprofit Board Members (Part One) appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • Small and New Nonprofits Benefit from Donor Management

    Justin Williamson
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:27 pm
    It is common for small nonprofits to question if donor management is really necessary. After all, you may only have a handful of contacts or a few regular donors. But that is precisely why even small nonprofits need a well&hellip The post Small and New Nonprofits Benefit from Donor Management appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • Bill to Require More Advanced Revocation Notice

    Justin Williamson
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:51 pm
    We recently discussed a new bill which would require the IRS to give nonprofit organizations more advanced notice before revoking their tax-exempt status. Sens. Dan Coats and Ben Cardin coordinated the “Notice for Organizations That Include Charities is Essential (NOTICE)&hellip The post Bill to Require More Advanced Revocation Notice appeared first on Foundation Group®.
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  • Pamela’s Weekly Words of Wisdom: Connection to Life

    Pamela Hawley
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    We all remember a time when we were ‘hit’ with the importance of getting involved globally. For me, I was 12. We were on a family vacation in Mexico, near a traditional marketplace.  My father and I wandered off, just a few paces away, confronted with a cult-de-sac of unwashed, handicapped, begging children.  Having my eyes widened with just disbelief and overwhelming sadness, I simply remember the word UNACCEPTABLE flashing across my mind. I still feel it and see that word all the time. It’s simply “not ok” that millions are starving. Not only can we help, but we also have a lot…
  • Taking Action to End World Hunger

    universalgivingteam
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    By Kelly Ann Oxenham One of the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) was to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger by 2015. While extreme poverty rates have been reduced by half since 1990, 1 in 8 people remain hungry. That’s about 805 million people in the world. In America alone, an estimated 49.1 million households do not know when their next meal will be. Most nights, an estimated 15.1 million children in America go to bed hungry. Mind-boggling, isn’t it? When the compost bin is stuffed with food that’s been carelessly discarded, how is it possible that millions go…
  • My Volunteer Experience with Embrace Tanzania

    universalgivingteam
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:52 pm
    By Nicola Da Silva  The phone buzzed and it was my mom. “Guess what? Nic, Andrew, and Lex booked a trip to Zanzibar and invited me to join. We wish you and Daniel could join to – any chance of that??” Sometimes you get invitations to events and you weakly offer to try your best to make it happen and other times you get an invitation to something and you know that no matter what you will be going! This was one of those. I don’t know why I felt so strongly about going on this trip, but as soon as I knew about it, I couldn’t think about anything else. I started making plans the…
  • Advice on Starting a Non-profit

    universalgivingteam
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:07 pm
    By Alice Deng I’ve learned many lessons throughout my journey of establishing RSVP Speech (www.rsvpspeech.com), a non-profit dedicated to organizing free public speaking classes to students worldwide. These are my most treasured tips that I’d like to pass along to fellow entrepreneurs: Identify problems. Good ideas come from seeing a problem and envisioning a solution. For me, it was a problem in my own life that I wanted to solve in order to make an impact on the world. Look around you and identify problems that you see yourself and others struggling with. What unique perspective do you…
  • Spending the Evening in San Francisco?

    universalgivingteam
    12 Jul 2013 | 3:34 pm
    Kurt Bodden as Steve Seabrook The hit solo show STEVE SEABROOK: BETTER THAN YOU is currently playing at The Marsh in San Francisco. This satire of the personal-growth industry has just been extended for the third time. Writer/performer Kurt Bodden is a UniversalGiving supporter, and will be making a donation to UniversalGiving. We’re encouraging supporters to attend the performance on Saturday, July 20th! The SF Examiner raves that the show is “filled with laughs!” and calls the performance “pitch-perfect.” The Chronicle says, “Steve Seabrook is very funny…
 
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    Living and Giving - Pamela Hawley's Blog

  • The Best Way to Reverse Hatred- Learn from Civil Rights Leader Bettie B. Thompson

    Pamela Hawley
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    “I have put aside the concept that people are not all in one accord. We have to learn how to reverse hatred by focusing on Love itself.” What a beautiful quote by Bettie B. Thompson.  Read on about how to love your way through seeming discrimination, and triumph! We can all apply this today. When I discovered that Christian Science practitioner and teacher Bettie Thompson is a black woman who witnessed the civil rights movement, immediately I knew I had to interview her for the Journal. When I first called and told her I wanted to speak with her about civil rights, she gave a…
  • “I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine love.” — William Blake

    Pamela Hawley
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
     “I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine love.” William Blake. I see this quote, and I think how beautiful life is.  Sometimes you might see there is such a   CHASM  in a relationship you have with someone. “Will I ever resolve this issue with my husband?” “Why does my coworker rub me the wrong way?” “If I love my grandparents, why do they sometimes annoy me?” “Is that postoffice manager always so grumpy? Not again today!” “How can my church meeting go awry when we are supposed to be kind?” These kind of questions…
  • “Success, attitude, is equally as important as ability.”

    Pamela Hawley
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    “Success, attitude, is equally as important as ability.” - Harry F. Banks Harry F. Banks, born in 1896, was a Scottish soldier who served in the Canadian Army. Some speculate that his real name was Harry Band though others say that these were two separate soldiers who enlisted in the Overseas Expeditionary Force.
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: Winning Over Obstacles

    Pamela Hawley
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    Not today, not today. There is nothing that can keep me from loving myself and loving others through this challenge given today. For there are many blessings, much more, much above, the seeming cloud in front of you. Step through the mist of the cloud. And realize all the great goodness around you! Is it a shining sun? Some people live with polluted skies… Is it a beloved family member? Several? Fortune are you. Do you have a home? Wonderful! Can you sleep at night? Some people only hear war outside their window… Can you see? What a vision of color you embrace! Some people do not…
  • “Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

    Pamela Hawley
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    “Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears” - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations Did someone offend you today? Or… did you let them offend you? Remember, you don’t have to accept what someone gives you in language or action or intent. You can choose to not follow your feeling. You can choose to know the Truth. Save yourself the time of angst that you think is from someone else. Center up inside and take responsibility for what you know: You are a person of value, complete and whole, right now. No one is going to make you that; no one is going to take it…
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    Group of Minds Arts Marketing + Technology Consultants

  • Is Amazon about to launch event ticketing?

    Ron Evans
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:43 pm
    Today, Amazon launched its new Amazon Home Services product, with a huge banner placement and video on its homepage. Amazon Home Services allows people to enter their zip code, and search for service providers such as electricians, home theater installers, or just “odd jobs” around the house (all in direct competition with Yelp, and somewhat in competition with listing services such as Angie’s List). All quite uninteresting to the arts, until a deeper search of the offerings reveals arts-based services such as voice lessons, violin lessons, and guitar lessons. There are…
  • Thoughts on the Explorer Edition of Google Glass and the arts

    Ron Evans
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:21 pm
    City Lights’ marketing director, Rebecca Wallace, trying out Google Glass After years of controversy and slow-burn marketing, Google has retired the Explorer Edition of Google Glass. In their blog post, they mention that they are going to focus instead on “building for the future” and that there will be future versions of Glass. The media has jumped on this and many sources are saying, “Google Glass is dead.” A few passionate tech folks at arts organizations are sighing heavily, because it feels like a promising avenue for engagement has vaporized. The good news…
  • Experiments in surveying arts audiences via tablets

    Ron Evans
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Ron Evans, Principal of Group of Minds, talks about his experiments with surveying arts audiences via tablets�and puts the call out for arts organizations interested in partnering on additional experimentation in unique spaces. Finally! A screen the executive director wants to see in the audience! With prices for tablets�declining and acceptance of their use increasing, I wondered how they would hold up as survey tools for arts organizations. I’m liking the results! Tablets are not a good fit for all situations, but are a great fit for some. To get rolling, I knew I would be going…
  • Arts marketing micro-experiments: testing response to an “audio actor bio”

    Ron Evans
    2 Apr 2013 | 4:33 pm
    I often tell arts groups that “every marketing thing you do should be some sort of experiment.” If you’re sending out an email, do an A/B test of subject lines to find out what works better. Study what time of day your Twitter posts get the most response. Test if patrons who are given details about your yummy concession�items during a curtain speech end up buying more concession items at intermission than patrons who do not hear the description. These are not giant experiments with far-reaching�implications. They are not big enough to cause red tape at your organization.
  • What arts and cultural groups can learn from Five Guys

    Ron Evans
    14 Jan 2013 | 9:15 pm
    I’m a strong believer that arts and cultural organizations should explore the practices of for-profit companies, and assimilate what works. Take the popular burger chain Five Guys. I heard about Five Guys launching in my city from my friends. “You have to try the burger… awesome…” they said. I have tried it, and it is a great burger experience. I also noticed interesting consumer psychology at play, and began to think about how these ideas could be adapted to arts and cultural organizations. Testimonials Every Five Guys location has its walls covered with huge…
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  • How to Focus Your Focus Group

    Howard
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Focus groups are an integral part of the discovery process, gleaning insights not accessible through other research techniques. With these benefits, however, come an array of obstacles that organizations must overcome to facilitate productive conversation. These days marketing research seems to be an amalgam of keywords, Google analytics, cross-tabs, big data, and all sorts of quantitative hubble-bubble. Even for someone who thoroughly enjoys lengthy journal articles, the progression toward a steadfast dependence on numbers can be both frustrating and daunting. Quantitative data often paints…
  • The Case for Custom Illustration: It Will Wake Up Your Marketing Materials

    Howard
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:32 am
    Illustrations can set designs apart. When used appropriately, hand-renderings speak a distinct stylistic and emotional language that grabs attention and communicates at a gut level. Digital photography and stock websites make it easier than ever to access to commercial graphics. Broad access to a wealth of visual resources is valuable, but in a saturated creative environment, using custom illustrations is a great way to make marketing materials stand out from the crowd. Potential clients, customers, and donors are inundated with the soft glow of screens and pixels. A hand-drawn image is…
  • Writing and Design Workshop for Nonprofits

    Howard
    12 Feb 2015 | 10:36 am
    Learn the tips, then use them immediately on your own materials. If you work with a nonprofit, but don’t have background in writing or design, this seminar is an opportunity for you to learn the tips, then use them on your own materials in a hands-on clinic. Through this workshop at the Foundation Center in lower Manhattan on February 18, you’ll receive guidance on ways to produce more compelling newsletters, e-mails, fundraising materials, website content, and other communications for your organization. We’ll give you an evaluation of the materials your organization has…
  • Yeshivah of Flatbush Capital Campaign Brochure

    Howard
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:58 am
    CLIENT: Yeshivah of Flatbush When this school’s capital campaign stalled at mid-point, Red Rooster Group was called in to reinvigorate the effort. The school had been using architectural renderings of the various spaces to excite the audience. However, since the renderings had been already seen before by their donor community, we knew we needed to up the game. Telling Their Story Red Rooster Group’s approach was not in showing the static spaces, but in helping donors understand the school’s story and what the new spaces would mean for students. We presented the concept of using…
  • Jewish Education Project 2010-2011 Annual Report

    Howard
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    CLIENT: The Jewish Education Project PROJECT: Annual Report 2010-2011 Red Rooster Group has been working with The Jewish Education Project for many years. For their 2010-2011 annual report, this educational nonprofit organization wanted something very simple — that could quickly convey highlights to their supporters in a way that would be easy to produce.   The 4-page annual report combines emotional appeal on the cover with more hard-hitting statistics on the inside. Readers get a short letter from the organization’s leadership, pie charts for revenue and expenses and a…
 
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    Look To The Stars News: Latest

  • Josh Groban Among Honorees At Celebrity Fight Night

    31 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    On Saturday, March 28, 2015 stars and athletes from around the country converged at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona for Muhammad Ali's 21st Anniversary of Celebrity Fight Night. Josh Groban at Celebrity Fight NightCredit/Copyright: Wireimage via Slate PRGRAMMY Award winning superstar of country music Reba McEntire returned for her tenth year as emcee and celebrated her 60th birthday last night. A resounding LED Drummers patriotic performance kicked off the night that was immediately followed by a stirring tribute to our country’s wounded veterans.
  • Peyton Manning And Stevie Nicks Honored By USO

    31 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Peyton Manning, Stevie Nicks, Sebastian Junger and Seema Reza – along with nearly 30 Medal of Honor recipients – were honored last week for their contributions to the military community at the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore’s 33rd Annual Awards Dinner. Video: Peyton Manning, Stevie Nicks and Others Shine at USO of Metro of Washington-Baltimore's DinnerTo read more, click here. From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/13466-peyton-manning-and-stevie-nicks-honored-by-uso Related past articles PlayStation HEROES Brings Gamers And Celebrities Together To Benefit…
  • Jerry Garcia Foundation Launched By Family Members Of Music Legend

    31 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    With great honor, family members Manasha and Keelin Garcia announce the creation of The Jerry Garcia Foundation, a nonprofit 501c3 charitable organization. Established as a vehicle to serve philanthropic projects, it honors music’s iconic legend and artist, Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. The Foundation serves artistic, environmental, and humanitarian causes epitomizing the generous spirit that Jerry had brought to his fans. The Jerry Garcia Foundation is in the process of forming partnerships with other like-minded nonprofits in support of meaningful causes. One hundred percent of…
  • LG And Shane Battier Go Beyond The Arc To Fund College Scholarship

    31 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    LG Electronics USA, Official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, is pleased to donate $20,000 to The Battier Take Charge Foundation's scholarship program as a result of the brand’s tweet-to-give social campaign and “Beyond the Arc” trivia event in New York City earlier this week. LG launched the tweet-to-give social campaign with former NCAA champion and Naismith College Player of the Year Shane Battier, and pledged to donate each time #LGTrivia was used during the live trivia event. Fans were encouraged to help drive donations by playing the trivia game on LG’s NCAA…
  • Help Celebrate The Arts In America And Rub Shoulders With The Stars

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    The Creative Coalition wants you to help Celebrate the Arts in America with Hollywood stars at an intimate 100 person dinner on Friday evening, April 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. You and one guest can attend this exclusive dinner and rub shoulders with Hollywood and Washington, DC’s elite! Featuring a star-studded guest list, bid now for a once in a lifetime evening with The Creative Coalition. Expected guests include: Tim Daly (“Madam Secretary”), Haley Joel Osment (Entourage), Rob Thomas (Grammy Award-winner), Gabourey Sidibe (“American Horror Story”), Jennifer…
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  • Nonprofit Tax Exemption Approvals Double

    intelmarx
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:09 pm
    The Internal Revenue Service approved 94,365 applications from organizations in 2014. That’s more than doubled in the previous two years. The reason for the jump increase in approvals is due to the introduction of an alternative, three page electronic version of the 26 page form 1023. This new version provided a streamlined way for organizations with annual gross receipts of less than $50,000 to apply for tax exempt status. If there ever was a time you wanted to start a nonprofit organization, now is the time. Click here to learn more…
  • Meerkat – How Can It Help with Nonprofits?

    Charlie Hullihen
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:33 am
    By: Scott Kinser Meerkat is so new, debuting March 13 2015, that many of you are unaware of its presence but Meerkat is not just a new app fad. It’s already being predicted as the new technology that will affect the 2016 Presidential campaign. In addition, Meerkat user base is has grown from a few people on March 13 to almost a million users within 10 days. Something almost unheard of from with new social media applications but more importantly, what is Meerkat and how can it help with nonprofits? Meerkat is a new app that allows users to easily livestream video from their cellphones onto…
  • Social Media is Perfect for Community Colleges

    Benmazur
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    by Benjamin Mazur, Creative Director Social Media in higher ed is now being used at almost 100% of institutions to engage students. There are webinars, blog posts, and conference presentations on the topic, yet very little of the content is focused on community colleges. With recent news and societal needs, community colleges are an extremely important part of the higher education system and have unique needs that may be addressed with strategic use of social media. While some community colleges are hesitant to invest time or resources into these new mediums, this article contains the top…
  • Should You Be Podcasting?

    Charlie Hullihen
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:27 am
    By: Scott Kinser Your business probably has a website, Twitter account and Facebook page. But does it need a podcast? Consumers enjoy podcasts because it gives them alternative and more convenient ways to consume content. More professionals are using podcasts as a marketing tool to establish expertise and distinguish themselves from the competition. Your podcasts can be anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour in length. Also, podcasting can feature expert guests on topics such as branding, social media and entrepreneurship. When inviting experts as guests on your show, you’re networking,…
  • 7 Things to Know for a Great Call-To-Action

    Benmazur
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:50 pm
    by Benjamin Mazur, Creative Director Read to the end of this blog to learn how to receive one-million-dollars in cold cash! Oh, if only that were true. Anyhow, here are some tips on how to craft a clear and engaging call-to-action (CTA) for your marketing campaigns. What Is a Call to Action in Marketing? Your call to action is the part of your advertisement that tells your target audience what they should be doing once they read your ad, see your landing page, receive your email, etc. The simplest example of a call to action is “Buy now!” The more information you can provide your…
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    Nonprofit Resource Memo

  • Interview Series: Zack Block, Director of Repair the World: Pittsburgh

    M. P.
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Zack Block, Director of Repair the World: Pittsburgh Zack Block, a life-long Pittsburgher, is the Director of Repair the World: Pittsburgh, a nonprofit that offers volunteer opportunities tailored to meet local needs. Zack is also Board Chair of the Hillel Jewish University Center, and sits on the advisory committee of the Neighborhood Learning Alliance and the board of The Documentary Works.  First job out of college?  My first job out of college was working for what was Mellon Financial which is now the Bank of New York Mellon.  I was a Portfolio Administrator, which means  that I…
  • How Much Do We Care About Our Health?

    M. P.
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Although the United States leads the world in obesity rates (don’t worry, the world is catching up) a recent study indicates that the majority of Americans do care about their health and put effort into improving or maintaining it.  Data from a NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health survey conducted last fall indicate that just over 60 percent of those polled were concerned with their health and 74 percent reported exercising or participating in vigorous activity at least a few times a week (29 percent reported exercising every day). However, just 16…
  • Interview Series: Jan Kubiska, Director of IT at Pressley Ridge

    M. P.
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:44 am
    Photo Credit: Jan Kubiska   Name:  Jan Kubiska Jan is the Director of Information Technology for Pressley Ridge, a nonprofit that provides Education, Treatment Foster Care, Residential, and Community-based services to children and families in six states and internationally. In 2014, Jan was President of St. Lucy’s Auxiliary to the Blind, an organization she has volunteered with since 2007.  During that time she served on several committees, including chairing the 2012 Medallion Ball, and as a Special Member on the board of Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh (BVRS…
  • Nonprofit Boards Rated Slightly Above Average on Overall Performance

    M. P.
    14 Feb 2015 | 7:54 am
    Would you give your board an A plus in performance?   If yes, then you are in the minority according to Leading with Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices, a report that indicates both nonprofit executives and board chairs consider their board performance only slightly above average, with an overall grade of B minus.  Survey respondents from across the country rated their boards in various areas of responsibilities with average grades ranging from an A minus in mission to a C in fundraising. The study, conducted by BoardSource, found that boards excel at tasks of a…
  • Interview Series: Heidi Baldt Matthews, Co-Founder of E.L.C.O.

    M. P.
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Throughout 2015 I will be posting interviews with nonprofit professionals from the Pittsburgh area. This is the first installment – an email question and answer session with Heidi Baldt Matthews. Heidi is Operations Director and Co-Founder of the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra (E.L.C.O.), a volunteer post that is truly a labor of love as her co-founder is also her husband, David Matthews. She was the Programming Coordinator at Gateway to the Arts for 10 years and just started as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator at The Woodlands Foundation. Heidi was recently named…
 
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  • ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter, March 25, 2015

    F. Jay Hall
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
    ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter         Connecting Mission & Talent Since 1999 March 25, 2015         In this issue – References: How To Get Great Input, Part Three – New Job Postings – Resume Review & Career Counseling – Follow ExecSearches.com on Twitter and Facebook             References: How To Get Great Input, Part Three In parts One and […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Reference Check

    Karen Alphonse
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Question: Our company is about to hire a new COO who will manage the whole finance department. We want to be very sure she has strong interpersonal and technical skills. We have spoken to all of her listed references, and, while they have been off the charts, I want to be absolutely certain we cover our basis. What do you suggest? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Lonely at the Top

    Karen Alphonse
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Question: I am at the top of my game having just been promoted into the CEO role at a major corporation. Yet, I am feeling strangely dissatisfied and lonely despite my professional accolades. It seems as if I attend meeting after meeting and as if I am not connecting with my staff. Am I missing some important clues? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Thoughtful Cover Letter

    Karen Alphonse
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Question: I am applying for C-Suite position with a company. The position description requires a “thoughtful” cover letter. What does this mean? How do I draft one? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bridging the Gap

    Karen Alphonse
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Years ago, I founded a successful social service organization that ran well until I had to take on family concerns. Do you have any ideas about how I can get back to this area of interest when most employers look at my finance and legal accomplishments and want to place me in those kinds of roles? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • What’s in my Inbox | A steller enews

    Pamela Grow
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    Today’s What’s in my Inbox was submitted by John Haydon. John writes: “Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity’s monthly newsletter is an excellent example of an email newsletter. First, they give subscribers the option of viewing the newsletter in a browser, which is important for people using mobile devices. Second, they lead with a powerful image and a story to hook readers. Third, they include several specific call-to-actions throughout the newsletter. Very smart indeed!” Want more? Sign up for John’s Stellar Email Newsletters webinar. Related…
  • Storytelling Can Change The World | Book Review

    Pamela Grow
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Storytelling is a crucial component of the human experience. From the time we’re very young, we begin learning through stories. We’re constantly communicating through stories. We share our experiences with others through our stories. And yet despite the profound importance of storytelling in our day-to-day lives, it’s so very easy for us to take it for granted, let alone realize its potential as an agent of genuine change — the kind of change that matters. Stories possess the potency to act as a full-on, sensory-engaging experience that can be simultaneously auditory, visual, and…
  • Fundraising Friday | March 27, 2015

    Pamela Grow
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:28 am
    New from Beth Kanter, Crowdfunding: Can Partnering With An Internet Celebrity Make Your Campaign An Overnight Success? We’ll be partnering later this year with one of our own SDS members, who has run a couple of scathingly successful crowd funding campaigns, to bring you an all new training. Hey, if you’re the kind of fundraiser cited by the blogger in this post by Jeff Brooks, well let’s just say it’s time for a new job for you. You’re in the joy and opportunity business, so own it! Craig Linton, the Fundraising Detective, weighs in with Find your purpose and…
  • What’s in my Mailbox | Good donor focus gets lost on a ‘dear friend’ letter

    Pamela Grow
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:17 pm
    This renewal letter from Glide, features plenty of donor-focused writing (lot’s of ‘yous,’ lots of references to what the donor is making possible), a strong story (and photograph) in Yolanda, and a really terrific two-page impact statement.  A few ways this piece could have been stronger (click pieces to read): an actual ask (too much pussyfooting around) this letter should have been segmented and personalized (my name was on the response device) a closed outer envelope rather than open window Related Posts:What’s in my Mailbox | In-memoriam thank youFundraising Friday | March…
  • What’s in my Inbox | Does clicktivism really help?

    Pamela Grow
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Does clicking to send a message to Washington really make a difference? Moms Clean Air Force Team makes it all about you, starting with their subject line Look what you did. In this short, inspiring email, they make it clear that your click made a difference. “Polluters may have money, but we have something more important: We have hundreds of thousands of voices, speaking up for what’s right. We have you.” Well done! Related Posts:What’s in my Inbox | Storytelling on a budget and…Fundraising Friday | March 27, 2015What’s in my Inbox | Empowering…
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    Wakeman Agency

  • Five Women to Watch in Social Change

    Updates Updates
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    As The Wakeman Agency concludes our celebration of bold and innovative agents of change and progress during Women’s History Month, we’re proud to spotlight five women who are making the world a better place in various spheres. From fostering economic viability by providing the homeless with a greater sense of agency to trying to level the playing field when it comes to racial inequity, these leaders have made not only a name for themselves, but also for the social change causes they advance each day. The post Five Women to Watch in Social Change appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • Overused Buzzwords and Phrases in the Workplace

    wake101
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Have the same buzzwords been in your playbook a bit too long? Are the metaphorical pages in your daily dictionary becoming weathered, filled with overused catchphrases and once-trendy expressions that still monopolize your business meetings, presentations and watercooler conversations? The post Overused Buzzwords and Phrases in the Workplace appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • Take Out: Event Planning & Public Relations Strategies To Go (March 2015)

    wake101
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Dear Friends, I love being a woman! And during Women’s History Month, I can’t help but feel even more grounded keep reading The post Take Out: Event Planning & Public Relations Strategies To Go (March 2015) appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • Introducing Tameka Mullins, Social Media Manager

    wake101
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Tameka Mullins is a relative newcomer to The Wakeman Agency, having joined the team in late 2014. But she’s a veteran of the PR, marketing and communications world, as a bona fide and vetted pro, with no shortage of industry contacts and impressive capstone projects, to boot. The post Introducing Tameka Mullins, Social Media Manager appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • Infographic: The Power of One in Nonprofit Fundraising

    wake101
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Even in the social-change space, we sometimes underestimate the power of the individual. But we know that, when mobilized, the game-changing impact of the individual can be vast. This also pays dividends when it comes to raising funds for worthwhile causes. The post Infographic: The Power of One in Nonprofit Fundraising appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
 
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    Event 360

  • Event 360 Teammate Spotlight: Kiki Setterlund

    Molly Fast
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Great People is one of the six core values that guides the work we do at Event 360. We have been fortunate enough to find some of the best of the best in the event business. (We’re not biased or anything!) And in an attempt to share a little bit more about who we are, we’re introducing our new series: The Event 360 Teammate Spotlight. Each week you’ll get a glimpse into the personal and professional life of someone who works at Event 360. We can’t wait for you to learn more about why we do the work we do! Name:  Kiki Setterlund Position:  Crew & Volunteer Coordinator Start…
  • Seven Ways to Raise Your Event Satisfaction Results

    Patrick Riley
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    Written by Mark Dolce Just put on a great event. Okay, good night. Thanks for coming. Drive safely. Seriously, if all you had to do was put on a great event, then every great event would see significant, year-over-year growth and we could retire to Barbados already. We know that’s not the case. However, there are several things you can do to raise your event satisfaction in addition to producing a solid event. Here’s why you should care. High satisfaction creates positive word-of-mouth, which is one of your best and least expensive recruitment tools out there. Start with Your…
  • Event Participant Profiles

    Patrick Riley
    17 Mar 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Written by Jim Hennessey and Katie Zupancic At Event 360 we build our marketing and event experiences around the participant. But how do we know who the participant is and what will resonate with them? We use Event Participant Profiles. Participant profiles (personas) are fictional characters/stories that represent the typical participants at our events and the new audiences we are trying to reach. The profiles are useful in crafting marketing messaging and tactics. They are also useful in designing on event experiences and almost any other participant touch point (emails, merchandise,…
  • Baby Boomer Volunteers

    Patrick Riley
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Written by Kiki Setterlund I think about volunteers. A lot. As a Crew & Volunteer Coordinator for the Susan G. Komen Twin Cities 3-Day, it’s my job to recruit, organize, train and work alongside roughly 300 – 400 volunteers at any given time to put on a successful event. As I work on volunteer recruitment for the 2015 season, I’ve been thinking about how to engage a particular segment of people — the baby boomer generation. In 2013, the first members of this generation started enrolling in Medicare and in 2014 the last boomers turned 50. Together they represent a gigantic…
  • Baby It’s Cold Outside

    Patrick Riley
    6 Mar 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Wait … Isn’t that a holiday song? Didn’t Puxatawny Phil say spring was on its way? As an Angelino, I can’t really complain about the cold but I’m in our Chicago office getting a small taste of real winter weather and I can understand why it’s affecting all aspects of an event cycle from marketing to production. We’re seeing events with slightly lower registrations specifically in the Northeast. While our Production teams live and breathe the weather, it’s not on the top of the list for a Marketing team. Understandably so. To try and get in front of this, we just tested a new…
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    blog.ncrp.org

  • Why Should Foundations Serving Marginalized Communities Focus Explicitly on Equity?

    Lisa Ranghelli
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    This post first appeared in the Nonprofit Quarterly on March 17, 2015. A recent Washington Post series on black homeownership contained startling national statistics: The net worth of the typical African American family declined by one-third between 2010 and 2013, significantly more than white or Hispanic families in the same period. It also noted that the “top half of African American families” has been left with less than half the wealth they possessed in 2007, compared to the 14 percent decline experienced by white families. Ultimately, the series reported, “the typical African…
  • Choosing Leadership Development – and Spilling the Best-Kept Secret in Philanthropy

    National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    By: Elizabeth Ramirez Editor’s Note: This piece is the second in a series featuring leadership development experts on the value they’ve found in NCRP’s new report, Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership: A (Missed?) Philanthropic Opportunity. For past posts, click here Supporting nonprofit leadership development has clear benefits for the leaders themselves, their organizations and their movements. As detailed in NCRP’s new report, Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership:  A (Missed?) Philanthropic Opportunity, it disrupts usual ways of thinking, builds the networks needed to win,…
  • More Philanthropy’s Promise Leaders Share Their Wishes for Women’s History Month

    Alison Howard
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    As Women’s History Month draws to a close, we asked four more Philanthropy’s Promise leaders: “What’s your wish for philanthropy this Women’s History Month?” Click here to read last week’s responses.   “This Women’s History Month our wish is to increase philanthropic giving dedicated to advancing gender equity. For too long, too small a percentage of philanthropic dollars has gone specifically to women and girls’ issues – a mere 7 percent. That’s nowhere near enough, especially when we know that women and girls are key to sustainable social change. When women are…
  • How White Foundation Leaders Can Promote Racial Justice

    Aaron Dorfman
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    This post first appeared in The Chronicle of Philanthropy on March 13, 2015. Since last summer, a movement has been brewing in response to the police killings of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, and many others. People across the country have taken to the streets, demanding changes in policies that contribute to government-sanctioned violence against African- Americans and Latinos. People of color are leading this movement, as they should be, but they shouldn’t be expected to move this agenda forward by themselves. White people working in philanthropy are an important source of…
  • Sustaining Leaders for Social Change

    National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    By: Dr. Britt Yamamoto Editor’s Note: Over the next couple of weeks, we will be sharing stories from leadership development experts about the value they’ve found in Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership: A (Missed?) Philanthropic Opportunity, which contains new research from NCRP showing just how underfunded leadership development is in our sector. In this piece, Britt Yamamoto, executive director of iLEAP, shares why the report matters to his organization’s mission of inspiring leaders to ignite social change. For past coverage of this report, click here iLEAP is thrilled to be featured in…
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    Social Media Strategy for Nonprofits and Businesses

  • 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…
  • Trendspotting: 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference

    Debra Askanase
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    I just returned from the 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) energized and excited about where nonprofit technology practitioners think the field is heading. This is my fifth NTC, and it was the most exciting NTC I’ve attended in many years. Why? This is the year that nonprofit technology field jumped past “where are we now” to answer the question “where do we want to go next?” These are the nonprofit tech conversations and trends I spotted at #15ntc. (A list of other #15ntc blog posts may be found at the bottom of this post.) 1. We’re so past How Do…
  • Finding #GivingTuesday Community at the NTEN Hangout 12/2

    Debra Askanase
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:39 am
    Thank you, Henry Timms, for envisioning the #GivingTuesday movement in 2012. Henry had the clever idea of a day to celebrate generosity, on the heels of the spending spree that follows the American Thanksgiving holiday. In just two years #GivingTuesday has become the recognized day of giving (and giving back) in the US, and now has participation in 9 countries worldwide. GivingTuesday has incredible potential to be a community-building movement, encompassing not only acts of generous financial donations, but also giving of time, place, community, and assets.  I wrote about the potential for…
  • Creating Stories that Compel: Video Storytelling for Nonprofits

    Debra Askanase
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:31 am
    Image courtesy of Kenno McDonnell, Creative Commons license One of my big “aha!” insights into storytelling came to me when I read this fact: Personal stories and gossip make up 65% of our daily conversations All day long, what do I do? I tell stories. As humans, we tell stories in order to make events that have happened to us relatable, we re-tell stories we’ve heard because they are memorable, and we tell stories to make sense of our world. Why wouldn’t we do the same when explaining a need, cause, or event? Last month, I offered an interactive workshop on video…
  • An Unexpected Nonprofit Fundraising Story

    Debra Askanase
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    A few weeks ago, my friend Courtney brought the Amazon Wish List of the Center for Great Apes to my attention. She wrote: “My brother is quite passionate about saving endangered orangutans and, as a fellow animal-lover, I’m motivated to support this cause of his. The other day, he shared an Amazon “wish list” from the Center for Great Apes. It’s the kind of thing you could easily overlook, but he called the list “humble” and I was compelled to take a look – I mean, who isn’t able to purchase a “humble” gift for a nonprofit? Not…
 
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    Mark Holmgren's Anticipate!

  • Provincial Budget – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    Mark Holmgren
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Note: you can download a PDF of this posting HERE Some good things To be fair, the Prentice government has taken some significant steps in the right direction and those steps clearly acknowledge that Alberta needs more revenue.As I wrote previously here and in a piece I wrote for the Edmonton Journal it seems just a tad off when, after losing seven or eight billion dollars in oil revenue, people in our province still limit our budget woes to the proverbial “we have an expense problem.” If I lose my job and the revenue with it, I have a pretty big revenue problem. Sure, I will…
  • Premier Prentice – My Two Cents about the Budget

    Mark Holmgren
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:28 am
    UPDATE… at the request of the Edmonton Journal, I rewrote the piece below and the EJ published it HERE. Dear Premier Prentice: We met west of Edmonton at a BBQ when you were campaigning for your position. I appreciated your speech and remember thinking you could be a strong Premier and move our Province forward in a variety of ways. I am sure you weren’t all that happy that shortly after winning the post you faced plummeting oil prices and the prospect of $7 billion or so in lost revenue. I imagine you have a few voices offering up their advice about what to do now. I filled out your…
  • Recording of Upside Down Thinking Webinar

    Mark Holmgren
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
    On January 22, I was part of a Tamarack Institute webinar with my friend and colleague, Elayne Greeley. Our topic was Working in Complexity, a Case for Upside Down Thinking. I have been doing a lot of thinking about thinking and in particular about how to create cognitive tools we can use to help community practitioners not only work with complex issues and challenges but also undertake efforts of transformational change. I have written before on my blog about Upside Down Thinking and given a number of workshops on the topic as well. The webinar allowed me to have further reach and…
  • The Charity Slam: Enough Already

    Mark Holmgren
    2 Feb 2015 | 10:55 am
    It’s been going on for quite some time to be honest. Often it’s just subtle derision producing comments like “charities need to be more business-like” or “My goodness, how many charities do we really need?” Other times the charity slam manifests as a rant against “poverty pimps” or a rail against artists who create things “that my five year old could make.” I am used to these kinds of slams against charities. Often they are based on a solid lack of evidence, are judgements governed by unpleasant ideologies (“how can you help worthless bums?”), or constitute a…
  • The Economy is Not Working for the Majority

    Mark Holmgren
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    “The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.”― Jane Addams You can download this posting by clicking HERE. As you may know, I sit on the Mayor of Edmonton’s Task Force to End Poverty. Because of that honour I am privy to a range of research and data, not to mention the bright minds of the hundreds of people now involved with this effort. What follows are some of the data I pulled from a recent report done for the task force by the Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC), as well as some…
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  • 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. It’s a great emerging Branding Product category. But be careful. New and untested factories and products enter the market faster than I […]
  • Nonprofit Branding: Process Is Nice: Results Are Essential!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    We’re starting a conversation about Strategic Planning. A highly regarded nonprofit exercise. Often a waste of time. Take it too seriously, make it too rigorous and strategic planning becomes a can of worms. With little long-term impact. And with much short-term disruption. These are initial comments. They will irritate some folks. I’ll have more to […]
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  • 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. It’s a great emerging Branding Product category. But be careful. New and untested factories and products enter the market faster than I […]
  • Nonprofit Branding: Process Is Nice: Results Are Essential!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    We’re starting a conversation about Strategic Planning. A highly regarded nonprofit exercise. Often a waste of time. Take it too seriously, make it too rigorous and strategic planning becomes a can of worms. With little long-term impact. And with much short-term disruption. These are initial comments. They will irritate some folks. I’ll have more to […]
 
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    Notations on Non-Profits

  • ED as Board President? Good or Bad Idea?

    Erin
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Mullets, motorized stools and Turducken. All clearly bad ideas. But one debate with not so clear an answer is whether an Executive Director should also serve as an organization’s Board President. I know where I line up on the issue. The two positions should be separate. But it might be helpful (for me and possibly […]
  • Are Supermajority Votes Really That Super? Or Is It An Ego Thing?

    Erin
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:05 pm
    I believe there are many conventions that survive solely because they sound schnazzy. Like any present use of the word of “indubitably.” And l’m convinced the supermajority vote is another one of these. Not a bird or a plane, supermajority votes are where more than a “simple majority” has to vote in favor of something for […]
  • ND Attorney General Says “No, No, No” To Shelter’s Executive Meetings

    Erin
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:11 am
    Well, had a “wowza” moment after reading about this. The Board of a North Dakota animal shelter held closed sessions (executive meetings) twice last Fall to discuss terminating an Executive Director and the possibility of a lawsuit as a result. The first closed session was to talk about the Executive Director and other personnel issues. […]
  • Quick Resource Guide

    Erin
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:33 pm
    For those organizations constantly on the hunt to find new ways of relaying information, check out a quick guide I created for the blog in Haiku.   Oh, and well read the guide too.       Notations on Nonprofits Resources – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires
  • New Year, New Org: Nonprofit New Year’s Resolutions

    Erin
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:38 pm
    You’ll stop going to Krispy Kreme….on Sundays. You’ll work out more….than zero times a week. And you’ll stop playing Candy Crush…..until 2am. So many of us are in the throes of setting resolutions. But what about those nonprofit organizations we work for or run? They shouldn’t be left out the fun. What might those resolutions […]
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  • 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…
  • Awe, wonder and giving back

    christine
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    American White Pelicans at Briones Reservoir in the East Bay hills Can you recall times when you have felt a tremendous sense of awe or wonder? Where were you? What was happening? What did those moments inspire in you? I oftentimes gain this sense of awe and wonder in the outdoors — whether its marveling at the iconic granite features of Kings Canyon or Yosemite National Park, exhilarated by the discovery of a new bike path, or hiking in a local Bay Area watershed. The feeling gives me a sense of hope about the world and inspires ideas in support of my work. Galloping Goose Regional…
  • The ripple effect of stories: Lessons from a river journey

    christine
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Thousand Island Lake in the Ansel Adams Wilderness is the source of the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River. Photo: © 2010 Steve Dunleavy What happens to California’s San Joaquin River after it flows from its high altitude headwaters in the Sierra Nevada toward the San Francisco Bay? In June a CNN journalist, who had never kayaked in a river before, set out on a 400 mile journey to find out. Why? Because in April the nonprofit American Rivers named the San Joaquin the #1 endangered river in the United States. The group is concerned that “outdated water management and…
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    Full Contact Philanthropy

  • Open grant making – The Council on Foundations’ almost good idea

    david
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    The Council on Foundations made a stink last week with their proposal to hold a Shark Tank style competition where nonprofits would pitch for a $40,000 grand prize before a live audience. The idea was largely derided by the social sector, so much so that the Council on Foundations ended up scrapping the event all together. Copying a show called Shark Tank is never a good idea. While it’s certainly unpopular to do so, I do however think there are some elements of the open style grant competition the Council on Foundations proposed that might be valuable. Funder transparency For a sector…
  • Charity Navigator’s naughty and nice list gets a lump of coal

    david
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Last week Charity Navigator released a “naughty and nice” list, listing the highest and lowest rated charities by category (civil rights, animal rights, etc.), In the spirit of the holidays, shaming the “lowest” rated charities seemed a rather naughty thing for Charity Navigator to do, so I was intrigued to learn more about what makes a charity naughty or nice according to the charity rater. I wrote a program to scrape data on the 68 charities listed in the 34 categories from Charity Navigator’s site (two charities per category, one high and one low rated). I used this data to…
  • Giving Tuesday picks

    david
    30 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Giving Tuesday is this Tuesday, December 2nd. I’ve compiled a list of a few of my picks for Giving Tuesday, separated into two groups; safe picks and speculative gifts. As the grouping names suggest, “safe picks” are gifts to organizations that I feel confident deliver effective interventions. The second group, “speculative gifts”, are organizations I’m supporting but whose interventions/execution I’m not as confident in. Safe picks GiveDirectly – GiveDirectly provides unconditional cash transfers to those living in extreme poverty. I frequently write about GiveDirectly…
  • Digging into the Foundation Center’s Glasspockets grants data

    david
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    As you may know, the Foundation Center has been collecting detailed grants data from some of the largest U.S. foundations for the last few years through its Glasspockets initiative. What you may not know is that Glasspockets has developed a simple programmatic way to access its data through an open API (a way for programmers to easily access information). For those technically inclined, I developed and published an R wrapper for accessing and loading Glasspockets queries on Github. For those less technical, R is a popular open soure statistical software package that I use for data analysis.
  • How founder culture threatens the social sector

    david
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Job titles can be incredibly misleading, yet are frustratingly persuasive. Most of my career I’ve been the “founder”, “CEO”, and “principal” of a company I created. During my eight years running my company I was always amazed by the instant credibility these lofty titles commanded. Never mind that as a founder you are not only the “CEO” and “founder”, but also the “office coordinate”, “janitor”, and just about everything else. Nevertheless, people invariably assumed my decision to create a company meant that I was both a leader and that I must have been…
 
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    Notations on Non-Profits

  • ED as Board President? Good or Bad Idea?

    Erin
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Mullets, motorized stools and Turducken. All clearly bad ideas. But one debate with not so clear an answer is whether an Executive Director should also serve as an organization’s Board President. I know where I line up on the issue. The two positions should be separate. But it might be helpful (for me and possibly […]
  • Are Supermajority Votes Really That Super? Or Is It An Ego Thing?

    Erin
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:05 pm
    I believe there are many conventions that survive solely because they sound schnazzy. Like any present use of the word of “indubitably.” And l’m convinced the supermajority vote is another one of these. Not a bird or a plane, supermajority votes are where more than a “simple majority” has to vote in favor of something for […]
  • ND Attorney General Says “No, No, No” To Shelter’s Executive Meetings

    Erin
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:11 am
    Well, had a “wowza” moment after reading about this. The Board of a North Dakota animal shelter held closed sessions (executive meetings) twice last Fall to discuss terminating an Executive Director and the possibility of a lawsuit as a result. The first closed session was to talk about the Executive Director and other personnel issues. […]
  • Quick Resource Guide

    Erin
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:33 pm
    For those organizations constantly on the hunt to find new ways of relaying information, check out a quick guide I created for the blog in Haiku.   Oh, and well read the guide too.       Notations on Nonprofits Resources – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires
  • New Year, New Org: Nonprofit New Year’s Resolutions

    Erin
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:38 pm
    You’ll stop going to Krispy Kreme….on Sundays. You’ll work out more….than zero times a week. And you’ll stop playing Candy Crush…..until 2am. So many of us are in the throes of setting resolutions. But what about those nonprofit organizations we work for or run? They shouldn’t be left out the fun. What might those resolutions […]
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    Engaging Volunteers

  • 4 Steps to Finding Your Volunteer Software Match

    Tessa Srebro
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:36 am
    If you’re struggling to manage your volunteer program with Excel spreadsheets, manual emails, and shared Google Docs… you’re not alone. A new report from nonprofit technology review firm Software Advice shows that only 7% of small nonprofits (nonprofits with an annual budget of less than $1 million) use formal volunteer management software. This is understandable. With tight budgets and even tighter schedules, who has time to search for new systems? If you’re struggling with your current systems… you should make time. Why? A common reason that nonprofits eventually search…
  • Volunteers OR Donors? Think Again.

    Tessa Srebro
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:03 am
    Volunteer-donor hybrids are more common than you might think. This post looks at why this is the case and how to encourage it, as well as how to avoid some common mistakes. True or false? Volunteers donate their time because they are unable or unwilling to donate money. Sometimes? True. Most of the time? False. According to research, two thirds of volunteers donate money to the same organizations they volunteer for. Also, volunteers tend to donate much more than non-volunteers. Surprised? It’s actually pretty simple. When someone volunteers for your organization, they are likely to feel…
  • Afraid of Losing Volunteers? Start Giving Constructive Criticism.

    Tessa Srebro
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:25 am
    Guest post by Monique Goodyer You’ve shed blood, sweat and tears getting enough volunteers to join your nonprofit. (At least it feel like that sometimes; am I right?) And even when they need it the most, you are afraid to give feedback or constructive criticism. Why risk loosing your hard-earned volunteers? This situation describes the thought process of many nonprofits. While the logic may have some appeal, this way of thinking is actually counter-intuitive and hurting your organization! Creating a constructive feedback loop for your volunteers will make them feel more valued, as…
  • Looking to Engage Tech Volunteers? Advice from #15NTC

    Tessa Srebro
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    Pro bono/ skilled volunteerism is a concept that’s been around for a while. Yes, it can come with unique challenges, but for the most part, it  tends to work well for both parties. So why do things tend to get all murky when technology is involved? That’s what NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference (#15NTC) set out to answer with the session Tech Volunteerism Triumphs and Challenges. Facilitated by 501 Commons, with presenters from Microsoft, Austin Free-Net, and Breakthrough Austin, it was a session fully of lively discussion from both nonprofit and volunteer…
  • Beyond Intuition

    Tessa Srebro
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    When you interview volunteers, trusting your gut leads to mixed results. Guest post by Elisa Kosarin, Twenty Hats This post was originally published on Twenty Hats. True or False? Our gut feelings about a volunteer are the best predictor of volunteer success. Since I’m asking the question – and it’s a leading question – you’ve probably guessed the correct answer: FALSE. Five years ago I would have answered ‘True’. The program where I have worked, Fairfax CASA, takes volunteer screening seriously. We expect candidates to complete a one hour orientation and two interviews before…
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    Nonprofit Tech for GoodNonprofit Tech for Good

  • How to Successfully Launch Nonprofit Infographics Online

    Heather Mansfield
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:27 am
    Any new media manager who has ever posted, shared, retweeted, pinned, or tumbled an infographic has first hand experience of how popular and poweful infographics can be online. Communicating your data and calls-to-action in visual format is smart strategy. However, you can have an exceptionally well-designed, useful infographic, but if its not compatible with social media and mobile devices, then it’s unlikely to gain traction. To ensure that your nonprofit’s infographics have the best chance possible of success, then adopt the six best practices detailed below. 1. Upload your…
  • 15 Online Job Boards for Nonprofit Professionals

    Heather Mansfield
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:24 am
    Working at a nonprofit often pays less than the for-profit sector, but the perks of extended vacation time, flex time, and the personal satisfaction of having a meaningful professional life can outweigh the financial downside of building a nonprofit career. And the good news is that 2015 is predicted to be a great year for nonprofit sector hiring thanks to a rebounding economy. Many nonprofit professionals who have weathered years of pay freezes and minimal advancement are ready for a change. That said, below are 15 resources to help you find your next nonprofit dream job. 1. Aid Jobs…
  • Mobile for Good: A Free How-To Fundraising Webinar for Nonprofits

    Heather Mansfield
    21 Mar 2015 | 1:15 am
    Date: Tuesday, June 16 Time: 1-2:30pm EDT Cost: Free! How to Register: Sign up Presented by: Heather Mansfield View: Complete Webinar Schedule Based on more than 20 years of experience and 25,000+ hours spent utilizing mobile and social media, Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits is a comprehensive 256-page book packed with more than 500 best practices. This free webinar will feature one best practice from each of the book’s sixteen chapters and will provide the basis for writing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising and content strategy. Topics…
  • Must-Read Fundraising and Social Media Reports for Nonprofits

    Heather Mansfield
    15 Mar 2015 | 1:57 am
    The reports listed below are just a small sampling of some of the research available to nonprofits on the subjects of online fundraising and social media. The data can be used to help your nonprofit craft a technology and fundraising strategic plan. If you would like to suggest a report be added to the list, please post the name and a  link to the report in a comment below. Most of the reports listed are based on U.S. nonprofit research, but Nonprofit Tech for Good would also like to add similar reports from other regions of the world. For Nonprofits in the United States: 1. 2015 Diversity…
  • 16 Professionals Share Nonprofit Technology Advice via Instagram Video

    Heather Mansfield
    8 Mar 2015 | 11:49 am
    15-second video interviews are the new elevator pitch. In a world where attention spans are waning, the ability to communicate a message succinctly and on camera is a very valuable skill. While a few individuals succeeded in just one take, most needed two or three takes. Getting your point across verbally in 15 seconds while the camera is recording is much harder than it looks! That said, this year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference (view on Storify) produced sixteen Instagram videos in response to the question: What is your number one piece of nonprofit technology advice? 1. Mona…
 
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    Socialbrite

  • Three simple ways to dramatically increase website traffic from Facebook

    John Haydon
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:38 am
    Although Facebook has decreased newsfeed exposure (reach) for Facebook Pages, they have increased newsfeed exposure for links people share with their Facebook friends.   Right now, take a look at your own News Feed and look at the number of links from friends versus links from Pages. My News Feed has 1 link (or less) from a Page for every 10 links from friends. Clearly, Facebook puts my friends first in the News Feed. All this link-sharing has made Facebook the number one source of social referral traffic. In fact, a recent study from Shareaholic shows that Facebook now…
  • Photos no longer get more reach on Facebook

    John Haydon
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:38 am
    You’ve no doubt heard the advice that posting photos will help you get more reach on Facebook. That advice has been tried and true for years, until now. According to a study by SocialBakers, photos now get less organic reach than videos, links, and even text updates. In fact, videos are now the king of the News Feed! Socialbakers analyzed 4,445 Facebook Pages and 670,000 posts between October 2014 and February 2015. They discovered that videos now get more than twice as much reach as photos (shown below). There’s no clear reason for this recent Facebook algorithm change, but Socialbakers…
  • Honesty Oscars 2015: Best Activist in a Leading Role

    Caroline Avakian
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:01 am
    Our friends over at the Accountability Lab and the ONE campaign are hosting the Honesty Oscars. Every day in the week leading up to the Academy Awards, February 17th to 21st, ONE and Accountability Lab will unveil a category for our Honesty Oscars 2015, an award that honors not Hollywood films, but the creative work of activists and organizations that fight global corruption. Vote for your favorites, and they’ll announce the winners following the Oscars on Monday, February 23rd. We think it’s great that they’ve hijacked the Oscars in the friendliest and most humanitarian way…
  • Seven FAQ’s on Social PR Strategy

    Guest
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:59 am
    When I teach workshops, there are certain stumbling blocks to smart social PR strategy that come up frequently. As the workshop facilitator, it’s my job to help participants understand how to overcome these challenges or, at the very least, find a way to deal with them that’s not quite as painful. Here are the seven most frequently asked questions in my social PR strategy workshops, and how I typically answer them. 1. “Too much to do, not enough time. Now you’re asking me to add social?!” This is true. But this is true of life in general. As far as social media goes, that’s what…
  • Nonprofit Communications Trends Report for 2015

    John Haydon
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:22 am
    As a consultant and trainer in the nonprofit community, I’ve been waiting with bated breath for the Nonprofit Communications Trends Report. And it’s here! Kivi published the first Nonprofit Communications Trends Report back in 2011, surveying 780 nonprofits. For the most recent report, Kivi surveyed 1,535 nonprofits – mostly in the US. Highlights from the 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report are presented in an infographic (below), which includes the following eye-openers: Nonprofits no longer have new donor acquisition as a primary goal. Instead, retaining current donors and…
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    Earthquake-Report.com

  • Moderate earthquake – Rat Islands, Aleutian Islands on March 31, 2015

    Armand Vervaeck
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 4.1 Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown GMT/UTC Time : 2015-03-31 18:27:35 Depth (Hypocenter) : 31 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience (I Have Felt It) with our readers. Click on the “I Felt It” button behind the…
  • Minor earthquake – Portugal on March 31, 2015

    Armand Vervaeck
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 3.4 Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown GMT/UTC Time : 2015-03-31 21:29:46 Depth (Hypocenter) : 26 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience (I Have Felt It) with our readers. Click on the “I Felt It” button behind the…
  • Moderate earthquake – Costa Rica on March 31, 2015

    Armand Vervaeck
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 4.6 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-03-31 03:09:24 GMT/UTC Time : 2015-03-31 09:09:24 Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience (I Have Felt It) with our readers. Click on the “I Felt It” button behind…
  • Minor earthquake – Puerto Rico Region on March 31, 2015

    Armand Vervaeck
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 3 Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown GMT/UTC Time : 2015-03-31 16:57:50 Depth (Hypocenter) : 62 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience (I Have Felt It) with our readers. Click on the “I Felt It” button behind the…
  • Moderate earthquake – Sabanilla, Costa Rica on March 31, 2015

    Armand Vervaeck
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 4.6 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-03-31 03:09:25 GMT/UTC Time : 2015-03-31 09:09:25 Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience (I Have Felt It) with our readers. Click on the “I Felt It” button behind…
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    Front Range Source

  • One Board Campaign = Two Problems Solved

    Ann Goldman
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Have you been begging your board to go out and ask for money? Perhaps you’ve even brought in a trainer to give them a refresher on how to make the “ask.” Have you been urging your board to pony up their own gifts? Insisting that you need 100% participation? Reminding them that their leadership is essential before others will give? We know it can be grueling to get your board excited about giving and getting. Here’s one simple solution to get your board motivated and build their skills at the same time — have a board campaign! We do this all the time for capital campaigns…
  • Not Just For the Birds: Making Your Website Generate Quality Leads

    Ann Goldman
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:57 pm
    I’ve noticed lately that a lot of organizations don’t really think about their website as a lead generator. Sure, there is a lot of attention paid to the website as basically a new version of the “general brochure” of the organization. It’s important for your branding and general awareness raising, definitely. And in this blog, and many others, there has been a lot of thinking about the donation page. You can check out one of our posts here. But are you thinking about your website as a way to generate contact information for future donors? I know that sounds logical, almost like a…
  • Spring is Here. Throw Things Out!

    Ann Goldman
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Spring is springing in Boulder and London so Front Range Source is here to remind you that this is a great time to rejuvenate your fundraising program with a little spring cleaning! If you’re feeling overwhelmed and realizing with a start that first quarter is almost over, it might be time to get out some rubber gloves and garbage bags and start tossing things out. We’d wager there are things you are doing that, with a little scrubbing and a lot of fortitude, could be removed from your “to do” list.  And, that by removing them you wouldn’t be jeopardizing…
  • Doing Right by Your Middle Donors

    Leslie Allen
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    If your organization has an individual giving program, you have middle donors. You might not call them that. You might not know who they are. And if you are like most organizations, you have nothing special to offer them. But you should. Middle donors are those givers that have chosen to give you more than you standard average gift, but who are not quite large enough donors to be in your “major gift” category. Typically, these donors are giving somewhere in the range of $250 to $5,000 a year, depending on where “the middle” is for your organization. Generally, this group of donors…
  • Time is on Your Side. Yes it is!

    Ann Goldman
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:15 am
    It’s not unusual for us to think a lot about how fundraisers spend their time. Several of our clients have recently undergone our dreaded “Time Allocation Survey” process and survived to tell the tale. And, they’ve learned a lot. We’ll tell you more about that in a moment, but first let’s remember that development is a demanding field. Fundraisers get pulled away from their primary responsibilities all the time. They pitch in for events, respond to last-minute requests, help with grant deadlines, pull together materials for board meetings, and so on and so on. The things that…
 
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    For Impact | The Suddes Group

  • The Presentation Framework

    Tom Suddes
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:03 pm
    The are three key components to a great presentation: Engagement, Discovery and Authenticity. 1. ENGAGEMENT The ‘green’ ENGAGEMENT word is there to remind all of us that our goal on the visit is to get people ENGAGED – in a dialogue, about them, about you, and about the opportunity you both have to save, change, and impact lives. 2. DISCOVERY Asking questions is the best way to do DISCOVERY. It is the best way to create ENGAGEMENT and an absolutely marvelous way to be able to PRESENT THE OPPORTUNITY! Here are 3 quick tips on how to be a great listener: Focus. Actually sit up, and…
  • You Need to Find a Way to Boot Camp – And Here’s Why

    Kerry Suddes
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:17 am
    You (or your new hire, board member, development director) need to find a way to get to Boot Camp. And here’s why: It will change everything for you and your organization. The reason Boot Camp has such a huge impact on organizations is because we’re not just trying to make you a better charity or increase your annual fund by 10% – we’re teaching you how to be something completely different, to think bigger, and get bigger funding results. It’s not a normal training. Boot Camp is chock-full of practical stuff. You’re building tools, developing strategy, and doing/thinking the…
  • Use Predisposition and Perseverance to Get the Visit

    Tom Suddes
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Getting a visit is both an ATTITUDE and a SKILL. There’s a ‘SYSTEM’ to it. Getting a visit is all about: PREDISPOSING … QUALIFIED PROSPECTS … to take your phone CALL … and ultimately VISIT with you. I’ve included action steps, strategies, and tips to help you make it happen. We are professionals. We do not make COLD CALLS! We always PREDISPOSE the prospect/potential investor. We first predispose a potential investor to our phone call to set up the visit, and then we predispose to the visit/ presentation itself (and yes, we even predispose to the follow-up). The word…
  • Maximize Relationships at This Given Moment

    Tom Suddes
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:15 am
    STOP CULTIVATING. This is one of my favorite ‘soap box’ platforms. As a gardener and faux-farmer, I know ‘cultivation’ is when you spread manure on plants! Think about it from the other side for a second. No one wants to be CULTIVATED. They either get your Message and Impact or they don’t. They want to support your Cause and your Case or they don’t. Your Qualified Prospects/Investors truly do want to help, but they don’t want to have a multitude of meetings before they’re even told what it is that you actually WANT from them. START MAXIMIZING RELATIONSHIPS … AT THIS GIVEN…
  • No More Feasibility Studies

    Tom Suddes
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    STOP FEASIBILITY STUDIES. Having watched hundreds (maybe even thousands) of nonprofits do feasibility studies, I still don’t get it! Internal staff get together and agree they need more money. An internal group decides to do a campaign to raise more money. Internal leaders enlist external consultants to do a feasibility study for justification, CYA, and backup. Consultant conversation with a prospect goes like this: “If XYZ nonprofit org were to do a hypothetical campaign with a hypothetical goal, how much hypothetical money would you hypothetically give to this hypothetical campaign?”…
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  • Don’t Shoot The Medium: Dialogue on Social Media

    Bix
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:22 am
    Stephanie has been railing about the pitfalls of dialogue on social media – how, rather than an exchange of ideas, online talk often seems to devolve into counterproductive mudslinging. While that certainly happens, I find myself in the unusual position of defending social media! Unusual, because typically I’m the person at TakeTwo complaining about the lack of ‘real’, human connection on social media. And because social media hardly needs me to defend it! But, as I was thinking about Starbucks’ #RaceTogether campaign – which has many issues, that many have already noted – I…
  • When Will Social Media Be A Safe Place For Honest Discussion?

    Stephanie
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
    I got to tell you – I’m deeply discouraged and deflated by the trends in social media today. Bix tells me – write! Write a blog! Write the next Two Cents! I answer, what is the point? The trends seem to be this – either you say nothing (even if you are saying something) because you don’t feel safe sharing your voice or opinion. Or you say something and you are applauded by those that agree with you fully and criticized (or ignored) by those who disagree with you entirely. Every day, it seems, the news includes a story of someone’s or some company’s attempt at…
  • A Shot of Springshine Planning

    Bix
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Yes, it’s still snowing all over the North East US, and spring may seem a long way off. (If you’re in the southern hemisphere, or any warmer clime, feel free to skip this post. No, we’re not bitter at all.)  BUT, we want to assure those of you who haven’t seen your feet out of snow-boots, since oh, the Middle Ages (that can’t just be us?), spring is on its way. So, if you, like us, feel you may have lost sight of your big plans for the year, what with the daily shoveling grind, here’s a little burst of what we’re calling Springshine Planning!
  • What’s The One Thing Your Major Donors Want To Know?

    Bix
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:13 am
    In our work with major donors to nonprofits over the years, what we’ve seen is that donors want to know what impact their money has made – what has resulted, what change, what positive outcome. This seems pretty straightforward, and we know that the words “impact”, “outcomes”, and “results” are bandied about the nonprofit world all the time. But, thinking about this from a communications perspective shifts the entire frame for how we engage with donors. How? Rather than spending time, energy, and money to send your donors updates on all the excellent workshops, events,…
  • Survey Says…It’s All About Building Relationships

    Stephanie
    8 Feb 2015 | 6:50 pm
    Last week, at a luncheon held by Women in Development, the guest speaker, Claire M. Costello, shared some insightful statistics on the current giving trends of major donors.  “The 2014 U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy” is conducted annually by U.S. Trust and The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.  It’s interesting stuff and worth a read. These are some of my favorite statistics shared: 85% of wealthy donors plan to give as much (50%) or more (35%) in the next 3 to 5 years – up from 76% who said they planned to give as much or more in…
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    Social media marketing hacks for nonprofits | Powered by JohnHaydon.Com

  • 5 Questions to Ask Before Sending That Email Blast

    John Haydon
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:24 am
    According to the Nonprofit Communications Trends Report for 2015, nonprofits spend a lot of time and resources sending email. Email newsletters, emails about upcoming events, and emails about fundraising and volunteer opportunities. But are you sending the right messages to the right people at the right time? If not (or if you’re not sure), here are […] The post 5 Questions to Ask Before Sending That Email Blast appeared first on John Haydon.
  • 3 Secrets for Converting Volunteers to Donors

    Corbit Harrison
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:35 am
    The latest release of Volunteering and Civic Life in America shows that volunteers are almost twice as likely to donate to charity as non-volunteers. In fact, almost 80 percent of volunteers donated to a worthy cause last year. It makes sense that volunteers are probably your warmest leads for donations, but is your nonprofit maximizing its […] The post 3 Secrets for Converting Volunteers to Donors appeared first on John Haydon.
  • 7 Easy Fixes to Get Your Nonprofit Ranking Higher on Google

    David Hartstein
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:15 am
    I’m sure you’ve heard a thing or two about search engine optimization (SEO). For many, SEO is a murky concept at best, and downright confusing at worst. It’s true, SEO is a complex topic with a lot of moving pieces. It’s also often an afterthought when it comes to a nonprofit’s content strategy. But it’s […] The post 7 Easy Fixes to Get Your Nonprofit Ranking Higher on Google appeared first on John Haydon.
  • Will Google’s Mobile-Friendly Website Search Ranking Kill Your SEO?

    John Haydon
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:55 am
    You’ve probably already noticed the “Mobile-friendly” designation in Google search results on your mobile phone. If not, here’s a screenshot from my iPhone: Google (along with Facebook, Twitter, etc.) knows that the future of the web is already here. And that future exists on smartphones and tablets – not desktop or laptop browsers. Google’s New […] The post Will Google’s Mobile-Friendly Website Search Ranking Kill Your SEO? appeared first on John Haydon.
  • Three Reasons to Require Verified Opt-In for your Email Newsletter

    John Haydon
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:38 am
    Your email list is the lifeblood of online fundraising. It’s one of the most effective tools for converting and retaining donors, growing your volunteer base, and for staying top-of-mind with your supporters. But to get the best result from your email newsletter, list quality is essential. And by list quality, I mean people who have […] The post Three Reasons to Require Verified Opt-In for your Email Newsletter appeared first on John Haydon.
 
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    Nonprofit Bridge

  • Do You Work for an Excellent Nonprofit?

    Norman Reiss
    21 Mar 2015 | 5:06 am
    If so, then why not apply for the 2015 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards?  It’s a fantastic program that will improve your nonprofit’s management practices,regardless of whether you win. The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee is holding application clinics to give those considering submitting an application for the 2015 Nonprofit Excellence Awards a chance to ask questions and get more detailed information about the application and selection processes. Prospective applicants are encouraged to bring a board member. Fri, Mar. 27  10-11:30 AM  —  Adelphi…
  • Another Great Nonprofit Technology Conference – Notes on #15NTC

    Norman Reiss
    14 Mar 2015 | 5:58 am
    I returned from Austin, TX this week, where I attended another wonderful Nonprofit Technology Conference (great job Amy & Nten!).  Thanks to everyone who attended and participated in my two sessions, Winning 100% Buy-In from Staff and Board for your Next Nonprofit Technology Adoption (see collaborative notes) and Why User Adoption Shouldn’t Be an Afterthought: Making Sure Your Organization Actually Uses the Technology You Implement (see collaborative notes). Although these sessions were given at different times with different co-presenters, they really were related;  how to get…
  • Winning 100% Buy-In For Your Next Nonprofit Technology Adoption – #15NTC Preview

    Norman Reiss
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Have you ever spent a lot of time and effort planning and implementing a project, only to find out months after rollout that users barely use the new system? At the 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference, in Austin, Texas next week, I will be a presenter in the session, Winning 100% Buy-in from Staff and Board for Your Next Nonprofit Technology Adoption.  With co-presenters Kathryn Englehardt-Cronk (Community TechKnowledge), Brad Pierson and Jennifer Vocelka (SIMS Foundation), we will share our experiences about how to get your colleagues on board for your next project. Here’s a preview…
  • Who Will Take Care Of You When You’re Old(er)

    Norman Reiss
    21 Feb 2015 | 5:19 am
    I believe feeling ‘old’ is often a state of mind rather than a chronological age (or maybe it’s just someone who’s been around a bit longer than you).  But most of us have had some experience with caring for a family member or friend who needs help as they age.   And like it or not, most of us will eventually need help eventually, and few people I know want to end up in a nursing facility. So who will take care of you so you can continue to live at home?  The Age of Dignity: Preparing For the Elder Boom in a Changing America, describes the difficult life for those…
  • A Simple Tip to Improve Project Success

    Norman Reiss
    7 Feb 2015 | 5:44 am
    Have you ever been in a situation where you carefully describe your organization’s database requirements to a vendor / consultant / developer, only to find that months later they still haven’t gotten it right?  Then since the project has taken much longer than anticipated, the people doing the work have changed, so you have to explain again to the new staff, since they weren’t around for the initial round of meetings. Sadly I find myself in that type of situation currently, but fortunately with the help of my boss, we’ve found a way to make to make our needs crystal…
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    Wired 4 Leadership

  • 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.
  • Showing The Love for Wired 4 Leadership 2014

    Kerry Stackpole
    23 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    Leaders have a lot to learn, me included. While you may be tempted to dismiss this notion as trite or cliché, it is and remains the central tenet of effective leadership. The rate of technical progress is increasing exponentially, we are discovering more effective ways to use our brains and bodies to learn, and leaders … Continue reading Showing The Love for Wired 4 Leadership 2014 → You are reading Showing The Love for Wired 4 Leadership 2014 from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
  • Leaders: Five Ways To Step It Up in 2015

    Kerry Stackpole
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    The economic reality of 2014 was far better than many expected.  Unemployment fell to its lowest level in six years, the stock market climbed to historic highs, gasoline prices fell and commercial interest rates remained steady and low. The continued gridlock in Congress and the coming shift in majority control fuels some uncertainty and likely … Continue reading Leaders: Five Ways To Step It Up in 2015 → You are reading Leaders: Five Ways To Step It Up in 2015 from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
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    Tanenbaum.org

  • Memories of Selma – All of Them

    Nicole Margaretten
    21 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Today marks the beginning of the last – and ultimately successful – march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama led by Martin Luther King Jr. The march has been commemorated all month because it was a powerful turning point toward justice in the U.S. Personally, I believe that remembering this history – in all its various manifestations – is important. It helps us steady the course and stay true to some of our nation’s core principles. If you have a moment, please take a look at some of my thoughts in Memories of Selma – All of Them. I’d love to hear what…
  • 2015 Women’s History Month

    Nicole Margaretten
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:04 am
    In Vultee-Nashville, Tennessee, a women works on a “Vengeance” dive bomber. Credit: Library of Congress. Women, Religion and the Workplace Experience Recently in the United States, some have asserted that the increasing complexity of women’s lives has contributed to a movement away from religion altogether. In a recent Huffington Post article, Phyllis Tickle, a Protestant Scholar and Atheist, called it “religiously imposed schizophrenia,” claiming that added workplace pressures simply don’t leave time or headspace for spirituality. Women in the workplace already have the…
  • Reflections on UCLA

    Nicole Margaretten
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:56 am
    Dear Friends, On Febuary 10th, Rachel Beyda, a talented campus leader, was interrogated about her Jewish identity and questioned whether it meant she was somehow unable – or unfit – to serve on UCLA’s Student Council Judical Board. The questions from students targeted Rachel for only one reason – that she is a Jew. “Given that you are a Jewish student and very active in the Jewish community,” said Fabienne Roth, an Undergraduate Students Association Council member, “how do you see yourself being able to maintain an unbiased view?” Apologies for…
  • The Power of Poetry! Free Lessons from Tanenbaum

    Nicole Margaretten
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:11 am
    Dear Educators, March 21st is  World Poetry Day, a day established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to celebrate the role of poetry in enhancing cultural life throughout the world. Poetry provides an excellent way to explore issues related to religious diversity and identity. It gives students a means of communicating their feelings, experiences and beliefs – and it helps students to better understand their peers. Poetry promotes empathy, it affirms our common humanity, and it bridges differences. We can find no better example of the…
  • Agree to (Respectfully) Disagree

    Nicole Margaretten
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Agree to (Respectfully) Disagree by Marisa Fasciano Overview: How to teach students to respectfully engage with peers of differing religious belief systems. Most educators would agree that it’s important for students to respect classmates with different religious or nonreligious beliefs. But what if the doctrine or practices of the belief system in question contradict students’ values or marginalize or limit their identity group? Or what if a student has experienced microaggressions or harassment from peers of a different religious tradition? How do you respond when a student asks,…
 
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    want2donate.org

  • What did you do on Mother's Day?

    Linda
    22 Mar 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Hello everyone, we hope you all had a great day on Mother's Day! We went off for a family lunch to a beautiful National Trust property. The National Trust preserves and promotes some of the most beautiful historic buildings and countryside in the UK, and people often don't realise that the trust is a charity. We were really impressed to find out that they are actually the largest voluntary conservation organisation in the whole of Europe - imagine what treasures we might have lost if the National Trust wasn't looking after them?
  • Little blog about guide dogs

    Linda
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:20 pm
    I love how excited my dogs are when I get home from work – you can understand why they are called a ‘man’s best friend’! It made me think about how important this relationship must be between a person and their guide dog. Did you know that there are currently over 5,000 guide dogs assisting blind or partially sighted people in the UK? I had no idea, so I tried to find out a little bit more about them from the leading charity Guide Dogs.
  • Busy Bees can make the difference this Christmas

    Linda
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:15 pm
    The noble honey bee does so much. They provide us with delicious honey, their honeycomb can be used for candles and their beeswax is often found in many cosmetic products. Most important of all they are crucial to the pollination process. Bees may be experiencing tough times at the moment but tough times don’t last and with your help you would not only be helping a family but helping aid the survival of this great insect.
  • Human Rights Day

    Linda
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Today Concern Worldwide is joining in celebrations for Human Rights Day. This day marks the anniversary of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. It’s a day to celebrate, but it also serves to remind us that everybody is entitled to basic human rights. These rights include having access to an education and to an adequate standard of living. Concern works with the world’s poorest people, many of whom don’t get to enjoy these rights.
  • Blog from Concern Worldwide: Universal Children's Day

    Linda
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Concern Worldwide is joining in today’s celebrations for Universal Children’s Day. We mark a very special day dedicated to the promotion of the welfare of children worldwide. Childhood is such a special and important time in our lives; a time to learn, play, explore and have fun. Yet, tragically millions of children living in poverty aren’t free to simply be children. A daily struggle with hunger can have a drastic and lasting impact of the health and wellbeing of children. 
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    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog

  • Nonprofit Spring Cleaning Part One – Tackling Your Donor Data

    Ann Green
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:53 am
    Spring is finally here, and after the winter we’ve had in Boston, it’s about time.  Spring is a time for new beginnings. It’s a time to clean up, throw stuff out, and make room for improvements. Many of you may take on spring cleaning projects in your home. Here are a few spring cleaning projects you can do that will benefit your nonprofit organization. Clean up your mailing lists Did you have an influx of address changes, returned mail, and bounced emails after you sent your year-end appeal? Now is a good time to clean up and update both your direct mail and email mailing…
  • Don’t Let Your Fundraising Be One-and-Done

    Ann Green
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:40 am
    In college basketball, players are allowed to turn pro after playing one season.  This is known as one-and-done.  If you watch the NCAA tournament (aka March Madness), it’s likely that many of the players won’t be around next year. I’m not a fan of one-and-done.  I think players should stay in college longer. I’m also not a fan of one-and-done in fundraising, but it seems to happen a lot. According to The Fundraising Effectiveness Report, the retention rate for first-time donors was 23% in 2014 Yikes! 2014 Fundraising Effectiveness Project Survey Report …
  • How You Can Break Through the Noise

    Ann Green
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    You have a message you want to send. Easy enough, right?  But today people are barraged with information coming at them from all different directions. How can you stand out and get your audience’s attention? What do you want to achieve A popular discussion on LinkedIn over the last couple of months asked the question “When you write a communication what’s the first thing you consider?”  Some of the responses included outcome, audience, and message.  These are all important, but I think outcome is the first thing to consider. What do you want to achieve, or…
  • Steer Clear of Generic

    Ann Green
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:02 am
    Generic products can be a great option. When CVS ibuprofen is exactly the same as Advil, why not save some money by going generic? One area where you don’t want to go generic is in your fundraising and communication.  Yet so many organizations do.  Here are some ways to avoid creating generic communication. Same old same old Are you sending all your donors the same appeal letter and thank you letter?   Stop doing that. At the very least, create different letters for new donors and repeat donors.  Acknowledge a donor’s past support or upgrade.  You can also personalize…
  • This is the Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship

    Ann Green
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:45 am
    Casablanca is one of my favorite movies.  There are so many priceless lines, which I often recite while I’m watching the movie.  One of them is “Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” When someone donates to your organization, it’s also the beginning of a beautiful friendship or the continuation of one if the person is a repeat donor. Here’s how you can ensure a beautiful friendship with your donors. Say thank you In my last post I wrote about creating a thank you experience for your donors that starts (not ends) after you receive their…
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    Social Velocity

  • The Changing Nonprofit Landscape [Podcast]

    Nell Edgington
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:23 am
    Earlier this month I participated in a podcast conversation with Joed Lopez of Panvisio as part of their on-going Q2 Podcast series with social sector leaders. We talked about: How broken fundraising is A more effective financing approach Nonprofit fear of money The passion of nonprofit leaders The need to articulate a nonprofit’s message Capacity capital Social entrepreneurship Nonprofit boards And much, much more… I really enjoyed the conversation and hope you will too. You can listen to the podcast below, or click here to listen to it on the Panvisio site.   Photo Credit:…
  • How to Create a Compelling Fundraising Ask [Slideshare]

    Nell Edgington
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:55 am
    There are many misconceptions about fundraising. One of which is that there is a magic bullet out there (the perfect event, a connection to a celebrity) that will create a financial windfall. Often in the nonprofit world board and staff members so despise fundraising that they desperately search for a shiny object to make it all go away. But the reality is that fundraising is an ongoing affair. Financial sustainability comes from a strategic financial model, a piece of which often includes loyal, committed donors who passionately believe in your work. And you create that by…
  • How Scarcity Thinking Holds Nonprofits Back

    Nell Edgington
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    There are many things that hold the nonprofit sector back, not the least of which is a lack of money. But perhaps a bigger impediment is the scarcity thinking that may actually contribute to that lack of money. Most nonprofit leaders, their staffs, board members, and even funders automatically think that resources will always be scarce. It is such a profound psychological impediment because if your assumption is constant deficiency, then you will never try for more. But shifting this nonprofit mindset from never having enough (scarcity), to endless potential (abundance) could…
  • How to Build A Stellar Nonprofit Staff

    Nell Edgington
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:59 am
    Building and keeping a highly effective nonprofit staff is really tricky. The recently released 2015 Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey from NonprofitHR found that 50% of nonprofits surveyed plan to add new positions in 2015, compared to 36% of private companies. But, staff recruitment and retention are still significant hurdles for nonprofit leaders, with 52% of nonprofits lacking a recruitment strategy and 27% reporting their greatest retention challenge is low wages. So how can nonprofits grow their staffs when they are hampered by significant recruitment and retention…
  • 10 Great Social Innovation Reads: February 2015

    Nell Edgington
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    February was a pretty cold month around the country, but on the positive side that made it a great month to stay inside and read. I really struggled to cull the list of great reads to 10 this month because there was so much thought-provoking stuff out there. But below is my valiant effort. From Afghan women, to political engagement, to nonprofit burnout and capacity building, to economic development and net neutrality, there was lots to read and think about. Here is my view of the 10 best reads in the world of social change in February. But as always, add to the list in the comments. And if…
 
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    Always ACTIVE

  • How to Raise Active Kids: Q&A with an ACTIVE Mom

    Whitney Teal
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Keeping kids active and healthy is a hard job for parents. Just ask Sheryl Hoskins, our General Manager of Communities. She’s an executive on the ACTIVE Network team and we want you to know the folks who are driving our mission to make the world a more active place. That goal would be no more than a hopeless wish without Sheryl, who leads the effort to customize current and future software and service solutions for camps, churches, classes, government and non-profit organizers. As an MBA graduate and a six-year U.S. Army veteran, Sheryl is up for the challenge. We spoke with Sheryl, a…
  • ACTIVEkids.com: Where Parents Can Find Kid-Focused Activities Online

    Whitney Teal
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s our mission at ACTIVE Network to make the world a more active place. That includes connecting youth activity organizers in communities all over the world with parents who want to keep their kids active in any type of program, from art class to youth soccer to summer camp. We’re very excited to introduce you to our newest website, ACTIVEkids.com, an easy-to-use site for parents to find, search and register their children for activities that will enrich their lives. This kid-focused site features more than 120,000 activities and parents will create customized profiles of their…
  • ACTIVE Network Celebrates Headquarters Relocation to Dallas with Ribbon Cutting

    ACTIVE Network
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Why Hello Dallas. Innovation and goals go hand in hand at ACTIVE Network. We reached a major goal of relocating our headquarters to Dallas this fall. On December 3rd, we celebrated by opening the doors to our new state-of-the-art, 125,000 sq.ft. space that was designed to foster collaboration, innovation and growth. More than 85 of our partners and customers celebrated with us, including Dallas Mayor, Mike Rawlings. After taking a walk in the “park” (above photo) honored guests, Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas Regional Chamber CEO, Dale Petroskey joined ACTIVE Network CEO Darko…
  • WhY Be ACTIVE?

    ACTIVE Network
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:06 pm
    YMCA and ACTIVE Partner to Transform Communities Despite all of the amazing medical breakthroughs that have occurred in the past, something terrible is happening. Since 1980, childhood obesity has risen 300%. 70% of our 5-17 years olds are at risk for cardiovascular disease. For the first time in history, we’re looking at a generation of children who are facing a shorter life expectancy than their parents. On top of these health trends, we’ve seen how rising adolescent crime rates and after-school program budget cuts affect communities. It hurts where we live. The good news is that…
  • Accessing the ACTIVE Net Customer Support Portal

    Marcus Hernandez
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:12 pm
    The Customer Portal is more than just a way to manage your cases. It’s a strong support solution that’s available any time of the day. This knowledge base contains articles written by our support representatives based on the questions customers have asked. Set Up Your Portal Account You may have an account already created in our Case Management Software. Please follow the steps below to gain access to this awesome feature. Go to http://customerportal.activenetwork.com Select First Time User? In Username field, type email address Press Submit An email will automatically be sent to your…
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    Next Level Nonprofits

  • In A Challenge Do You Get Bitter Or Get Better?

    Natasha Golinsky
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:42 am
    If you’ve been in church any amount of time you’ve probably heard the famous story of foolish Nabal and wise Abigail from 1 Samuel 25. For those of us who need a refresher here is the scripture – it’s long but definitely worth it! Now Samuel died, and all the Israelites assembled and mourned for him, and […]
  • A Crown On Your Head Or A Bounty Instead?

    Natasha Golinsky
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
    If you were to ask me what my favorite Bible verse is a month ago I would have said Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” Being somewhat obsessed with rules, […]
  • Becoming A “David” When You Feel Stuck In “Saul”

    Natasha Golinsky
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:11 am
    Samuel was distraught. After all the work he had put into helping Saul rise up to his position as leader of Israel, God had let Samuel know that He was going to be choosing a new leader after getting fed up with Saul’s disobedience. His mission was simple – to go anoint the replacement King as […]
  • The Arm Of The Flesh Versus The Arm of the Lord

    Natasha Golinsky
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:46 am
    After a particularly frustrating day yesterday I complained over dinner to my husband rattling off all the things that were on my mind and asked for his opinion. In a typical male response he smiled and said “I don’t know”. Ahh!!! I was even more discouraged. If he didn’t know and I didn’t know then who […]
  • What To Do When You Feel Overwhelmed By Self-Doubt

    Natasha Golinsky
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:44 am
    In yesterday’s post we read a bit about the story of Saul’s journey to becoming King of Israel. Here was a man who, although good looking, did not have any leadership, military or business qualifications to lead a nation. When initially presented with the job description he balked and tried to shirk the role hoping that Samuel would see that […]
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    Engaging Volunteers

  • 4 Steps to Finding Your Volunteer Software Match

    Tessa Srebro
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:36 am
    If you’re struggling to manage your volunteer program with Excel spreadsheets, manual emails, and shared Google Docs… you’re not alone. A new report from nonprofit technology review firm Software Advice shows that only 7% of small nonprofits (nonprofits with an annual budget of less than $1 million) use formal volunteer management software. This is understandable. With tight budgets and even tighter schedules, who has time to search for new systems? If you’re struggling with your current systems… you should make time. Why? A common reason that nonprofits eventually search…
  • Volunteers OR Donors? Think Again.

    Tessa Srebro
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:03 am
    Volunteer-donor hybrids are more common than you might think. This post looks at why this is the case and how to encourage it, as well as how to avoid some common mistakes. True or false? Volunteers donate their time because they are unable or unwilling to donate money. Sometimes? True. Most of the time? False. According to research, two thirds of volunteers donate money to the same organizations they volunteer for. Also, volunteers tend to donate much more than non-volunteers. Surprised? It’s actually pretty simple. When someone volunteers for your organization, they are likely to feel…
  • Afraid of Losing Volunteers? Start Giving Constructive Criticism.

    Tessa Srebro
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:25 am
    Guest post by Monique Goodyer You’ve shed blood, sweat and tears getting enough volunteers to join your nonprofit. (At least it feel like that sometimes; am I right?) And even when they need it the most, you are afraid to give feedback or constructive criticism. Why risk loosing your hard-earned volunteers? This situation describes the thought process of many nonprofits. While the logic may have some appeal, this way of thinking is actually counter-intuitive and hurting your organization! Creating a constructive feedback loop for your volunteers will make them feel more valued, as…
  • Looking to Engage Tech Volunteers? Advice from #15NTC

    Tessa Srebro
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:48 am
    Pro bono/ skilled volunteerism is a concept that’s been around for a while. Yes, it can come with unique challenges, but for the most part, it  tends to work well for both parties. So why do things tend to get all murky when technology is involved? That’s what NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference (#15NTC) set out to answer with the session Tech Volunteerism Triumphs and Challenges. Facilitated by 501 Commons, with presenters from Microsoft, Austin Free-Net, and Breakthrough Austin, it was a session fully of lively discussion from both nonprofit and volunteer…
  • Beyond Intuition

    Tessa Srebro
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    When you interview volunteers, trusting your gut leads to mixed results. Guest post by Elisa Kosarin, Twenty Hats This post was originally published on Twenty Hats. True or False? Our gut feelings about a volunteer are the best predictor of volunteer success. Since I’m asking the question – and it’s a leading question – you’ve probably guessed the correct answer: FALSE. Five years ago I would have answered ‘True’. The program where I have worked, Fairfax CASA, takes volunteer screening seriously. We expect candidates to complete a one hour orientation and two interviews before…
 
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    Clairification

  • Clairity Click-it: Nonprofit Social Media, Fundraising Ideas + Learning Ops for You

    Claire
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:52 pm
    This week’s Click-It is nice and fat, offering a big mix of social media tips I’ve found for you across the web. Some are nonprofit specific; some are ideas you can steal from the for profit world. If your social media plan isn’t working, or you’re working too hard, check these out. Plus, of course, [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Nonprofit Social Media, Fundraising Ideas + Learning Ops for You appeared first on Clairification.
  • 9 Amazing Secrets You Need to Get a Major Donor Meeting

    Claire
    22 Mar 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Did you know you’re 85 percent on your way to securing a gift if you can get your prospect to agree to a visit? So says veteran major gifts fundraiser Jerold Panas in his iconic book, Asking. He also says, “If you want to milk a cow, sit by its side.” But … how do [...] The post 9 Amazing Secrets You Need to Get a Major Donor Meeting appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: GenX, Retention, Video, Decision-making + Learning Ops for You

    Claire
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:22 pm
    This week’s Click-it is another eclectic mix of some really interesting stuff I’ve found for you across the web. I really like this week’s collection; I believe you’ll find it surprisingly thought-provoking. And at the end you’ll find some great learning opportunities you won’t want to miss! GenX Click-It: Generation X is coming: What fundraisers [...] The post Clairity Click-it: GenX, Retention, Video, Decision-making + Learning Ops for You appeared first on Clairification.
  • Do You Want to Double Your Donations? Seize Matching Gifts!!!

    Claire
    8 Mar 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Children crave sugar, cars want gasoline, and nonprofits need money to operate at full capacity. While moms bake their children cookies and drivers give their cars all the fuel they need, nonprofits have donors to keep them running. Nonprofits need all the dollars they can get, which is why increasing fundraising from matching gifts is [...] The post Do You Want to Double Your Donations? Seize Matching Gifts!!! appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Event Marketing, Headlines, Writing, Major Gifts + Master Class

    Claire
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:29 pm
    This week’s Click-it is another eclectic mix of stuff I think you’ll find really, really useful. The post on headlines has already changed my life! And at the end you’ll find a great opportunity to join a cool major gifts Master Class. I promise, it’s a good one. Event Marketing Click-It: 16 Ways to Use [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Event Marketing, Headlines, Writing, Major Gifts + Master Class appeared first on Clairification.
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    Thunderhead Works

  • Should We Be Hopeful?

    Tom Peterson
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:25 pm
    “The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. The most you can do is live inside that hope, running down its hallways, touching the walls on both sides.” — Barbara Kingsolver, from Animal Dreams In 1982 I spent a memorable Easter week with Salvadorians in a refugee camp. These gentle people, mostly peasant farmers, had fled the violence of the war to the camps in Honduras. The night before I left I sat with a small group under a starry sky while one after another they told their stories. One farmer told me that the Salvadoran military (with Reagan…
  • Family Started Car Wash to Help Autistic Son

    Tom Peterson
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
    The family of an autistic young man in Parkland, Florida, wanted to help him have a meaningful job that fit his needs. So they created Rising Tide Car Wash. Of its 43 employees, 35 are young adults on the autism spectrum. “We view autism as one of our key competitive advantages,” says Tom D’Erie, whose brother, Andrew, is autistic and an employee. D’Erie says that unemployment among young adults with autism is between 80 and 90 percent. Learn more at the Rising Tide Car Wash website. Other employment stories: Spring Back Recycling Mattresses, The Empowerment Plan.
  • Burlington, Vermont: 100 Percent Renewable Energy

    Tom Peterson
    4 Feb 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Maybe in five years 100 U.S. cities will be powered completely by renewable energy.
  • The Power of Words to Change the World

    Tom Peterson
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
      The Language of Social Change By Tom Peterson “Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care, for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.”
 —Buddha Understand the power of words. Like a magician’s incantation they can cast a spell on us, even when we don’t realize it. And we can use the power of words to make our world a better place. World changing terms play different roles. Some call us to a certain action, say live off-grid, have a designated driver or to join a protest movement using nonviolence. Others simply describe, like old-growth…
  • Marcus Borg: Focus on Your Square

    Tom Peterson
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:49 am
    Focus on Your Square Liberal theologian Marcus Borg died Wednesday at the age of 72. Here’s what he said that helped me not feel overwhelmed about solving all the world’s problems: Asked how to avoid becoming overwhelmed, theologian Marcus Borg said, “It’s like being part of a quilter’s group. Don’t worry about the entire quilt; just focus on your square.” As we focus our energy, we can be effective in big ways. And we can rest assured that millions of others are also working on their patch, plugging away at all those other causes. And together our patches will create…
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    Clairification

  • Clairity Click-it: Nonprofit Social Media, Fundraising Ideas + Learning Ops for You

    Claire
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:52 pm
    This week’s Click-It is nice and fat, offering a big mix of social media tips I’ve found for you across the web. Some are nonprofit specific; some are ideas you can steal from the for profit world. If your social media plan isn’t working, or you’re working too hard, check these out. Plus, of course, [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Nonprofit Social Media, Fundraising Ideas + Learning Ops for You appeared first on Clairification.
  • 9 Amazing Secrets You Need to Get a Major Donor Meeting

    Claire
    22 Mar 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Did you know you’re 85 percent on your way to securing a gift if you can get your prospect to agree to a visit? So says veteran major gifts fundraiser Jerold Panas in his iconic book, Asking. He also says, “If you want to milk a cow, sit by its side.” But … how do [...] The post 9 Amazing Secrets You Need to Get a Major Donor Meeting appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: GenX, Retention, Video, Decision-making + Learning Ops for You

    Claire
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:22 pm
    This week’s Click-it is another eclectic mix of some really interesting stuff I’ve found for you across the web. I really like this week’s collection; I believe you’ll find it surprisingly thought-provoking. And at the end you’ll find some great learning opportunities you won’t want to miss! GenX Click-It: Generation X is coming: What fundraisers [...] The post Clairity Click-it: GenX, Retention, Video, Decision-making + Learning Ops for You appeared first on Clairification.
  • Do You Want to Double Your Donations? Seize Matching Gifts!!!

    Claire
    8 Mar 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Children crave sugar, cars want gasoline, and nonprofits need money to operate at full capacity. While moms bake their children cookies and drivers give their cars all the fuel they need, nonprofits have donors to keep them running. Nonprofits need all the dollars they can get, which is why increasing fundraising from matching gifts is [...] The post Do You Want to Double Your Donations? Seize Matching Gifts!!! appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Event Marketing, Headlines, Writing, Major Gifts + Master Class

    Claire
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:29 pm
    This week’s Click-it is another eclectic mix of stuff I think you’ll find really, really useful. The post on headlines has already changed my life! And at the end you’ll find a great opportunity to join a cool major gifts Master Class. I promise, it’s a good one. Event Marketing Click-It: 16 Ways to Use [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Event Marketing, Headlines, Writing, Major Gifts + Master Class appeared first on Clairification.
 
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    Kinsey Street Online Marketing

  • Tips For Applying to GrantsPro

    Robert Coats
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:29 pm
    A user in the Google Ad Grants Help Forum where I am the moderator (or what Google calls a ‘Top Contributor’) commented on the number of posts they had seen lately about denials for GrantsPro applications and asked if there was anything they should be doing to improve their chances of getting accepted. Before I share my response the question, let me tell you a little about GrantsPro for those that are not familiar with the program: GrantsPro is part of the Google Ad Grants program and offers Grantees an increased ad spend of  $40,000 USD per month instead of the standard (and…
  • Ask Ad Grants – Should I target my location from Country to Region?

    Robert Coats
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:12 pm
    As the Top Contributor of the Google Ad Grants Help Forum in the AdWords Community, I am often asked about maximizing ad spend of the Google Ad Grant to generate more clicks. Many grantees run into an issue with being able to gain much traction due to the $2 bid cap imposed on Grant accounts and this grantee was wanting to know if changing the location targeting would help overcome some of these challenges. The question was: With Google Grants I want to get as many clicks as I can because the $2.00 cap on keywords makes it hard for me to get clicks. Would I have more luck if I limited my…
  • Google Ad Grants In 41 Countries

    Robert Coats
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Last week I had mentioned the big news that Google For Nonprofits was now in 5 countries but did you know that one of Google For Nonprofits most popular products, Google Ad Grants – Google’s nonprofit version of Google AdWords that provides up to $10k/month of free advertising on Google AdWords is already in 41 countries! If you are not familiar with this fantastic program be sure to read our page which describes the Ad Grants program in detail and answers the question, “What is Google Ad Grants?” If you haven’t signed your organization up for Google Ad…
  • Google For Nonprofits is Now In 5 Countries

    Robert Coats
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Google For Nonprofits is is now available in 5 countries! Google For Nonprofits USA Google For Nonprofits United Kingdom Google For Nonprofits Canada Google For Nonprofits Japan Google For Nonprofits New Zealand Google For Nonprofits is an incredible program that offers 4 great products to nonprofits such as: Google Apps For Nonprofits – Get free access to the Google Apps suite including Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Drive. YouTube Nonprofit Program – an enriched version of YouTube just for nonprofits that let’s you place a Call-To-Action overlay directly on your…
  • Speaking At The Google All Star Summit

    Robert Coats
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:48 pm
    This last week I was honored to be invited by Google to speak on a panel with 4 other agency owners at this year’s Google All Stars Summit at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA. The exclusive event hosted about 200 Google Partner agencies and the panel fielded a range of questions on running a successful agency from moderator, Jennifer Qiao of Google and from the audience. The All Star Summit was held at the Googleplex, Google’s home-office in Mountain View, CA and in addition to the Agency Speaker panel, attendees also got to hear from other Google experts and…
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    Veritus Group

  • When is it Time to Go?

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    Recently I passed along a VP of Development job opportunity to a former colleague who was looking for a new position. I got back a text saying, “Jeff, I wouldn’t touch this one with a ten foot pole. Did you see how long the Executive Director has been there? 15 years! Not a good sign.” Remember the “good old days” when longevity in a job meant you were a stable, hard-working person that took pride in his work? Those days are long gone. In fact, from my colleague’s reaction, it’s just the opposite. I recall a few months ago sitting around a conference table telling an…
  • Why Personal Touches Matter

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    Last week I had a birthday. Yep, I’m getting old. What I found amazing is that I received four birthday cards, handwritten, by local folks I do business with. I received a card from my dentist, my doctor, the car dealer where I bought my car and a local restaurant I often have dinner at. All of these cards were hand-addressed to me personally and had a hand-written card inside wishing me a happy birthday. Now, being a “savvy” fundraiser/marketing type you would think I would be jaded, but I actually felt touched that someone took the time to hand-write a card to me, even if they…
  • Are You Feeling Alone?

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    Almost daily, Richard and I receive letters and emails from readers of this blog who talk about the fact that they are either “the lone voice in the wilderness” or “on their own with no support.” Some of the communication is quite hard to read, because we hear the loneliness of some development professionals and the utter lack of support they feel from their managers and leaders. I have often said that major gift fundraising is one of the hardest professions, because a major gift officer often is “alone” to fend for himself or herself. It’s kind of the nature of the job. Think…
  • How is Your First Quarter of 2015?

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    Over the last four years, we have often asked you to do a “check-in” on your major gift caseload progress at this time of year. Why? Because after three months of activity in the new year, you start to develop convictions, patterns and revelations about your caseload that will help you predict how you are going to do with your revenue goals. Can you believe we are almost at the end of March? Believe me, it always seems like the “fundraising year” goes faster than normal life. Why is that? I don’t know, but now is the perfect time to evaluate, set course corrections and communicate…
  • Don’t “Mine” New Donors, “Mind” Your Current Donors

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    When we evaluate a non-profit’s major gift performance, we really zero in on two things: value retention (caseload value in terms of dollars retained year over year) and donor retention (number of donors on a caseload that continue their giving year after year). What we usually find when digging into the performance of the major gift program is quite dreadful. Over a four-year period of tracking donor behavior, most non-profits’ value retention is only in the 30-60% range, and donor retention can be worse. That’s a lot of money and donors going out the back door of the non-profit.
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    communitytech.net

  • CTK’s Hometown Guide to SXSW 2015

    CarlosCTK
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    Are you heading to Austin for SXSW 2015? Great news – your trip to Austin was approved and, even better, you scored a badge for South By Southwest (SXSW). Now, you just have to make it through the busiest week of the year in America’s most booming city. 
  • Top 10 Best Practices for Nonprofit Database Administrators

    CarlosCTK
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:11 am
    CTK’s Customer Care Experts Share What Works Nonprofit database management can be challenging due to a variety of factors, including: multiple users and administrators, disparate constituent groups, old records, and shifting reporting requirements. Though it’s not easy to effectively accumulate and evaluate organizational data, competent database management can make you an invaluable resource – and even a “wizard” – to your colleagues.
  • Winning 100% Buy-In for your Next Nonprofit Technology Adoption - 15NTC Preview

    CarlosCTK
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:04 am
    A quick preview on Norman Reiss, Kathryn Engelhardt-Cronk, Brad Pierson, and Jennifer Vocelka's session at 15NTC. Have you ever spent a lot of time and effort planning and implementing a project, only to find out months after rollout that users barely use the new system?
  • Five New Books for Nonprofit Leaders

    CarlosCTK
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:43 am
    Inspiring Page-Turners for Your Professional Bookshelf Woven throughout with compelling stories from the battlefield to the nursing home, these critically-acclaimed new books demonstrate how data-informed social welfare leaders can change lives.
  • How to Track and Report Qualitative Data

    CarlosCTK
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:31 am
    Turn descriptions into data points for performance metrics and reports Nonprofit mission success is often measured by subjective qualities such as client mental health status and participant goal attainment. However, these kinds of data points can be difficult to code and evaluate in a meaningful way.
 
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    eleventy marketing group

  • 14 Noteworthy Findings on the State of Nonprofit Fundraising

    shad
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Things continue looking up for fundraisers. After the devastating donation drop-off during the recession years, giving levels continued their steady climb upward in 2014. That’s good news for nonprofits and it comes with a collective outlook of optimism for fundraising in 2015. Those are the key takeaways from some new survey findings exploring the existing fundraising landscape. We’ll share a handful of those findings with you today to give you a better sense of the current state of nonprofit fundraising and baseline by which you can gauge your own results. About the Nonprofit Research…
  • How to Turn Your Email Unsubscribe Page Into a Marketing Asset

    shad
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:26 am
    Whether you’re a B2C business, B2B company or nonprofit organization, giving people the ability to sign up for email updates on your website is always a good idea. It’s an easy way for potential customers or donors to move to the next level of engagement. When a person jumps onto your email list, they are giving you a fantastic opportunity. It’s an open invitation to enter their inbox, provide valuable information, and (hopefully) create a closer brand relationship. It’s definitely an opportunity you don’t want to lose. In today’s post, we’ll tell you how your brand can use an…
  • 5 Website Analytics You Should Be Watching + 3 Others To Keep An Eye On

    shad
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:57 am
    Anyone who’s ever stepped inside Google Analytics knows there’s a lot there. A LOT. While it’s undoubtedly a great resource for any business or nonprofit operating a website, the sheer volume of data—and the many different ways to look at the data—can be overwhelming. In today’s post, we aim to make the great wide world of website analytics a little less imposing by sharing some key data points you should be looking at. We’ll also provide some quick insight into what you can do with that data. Are You Getting Your Google Analytics? For those who don’t…
  • 2 Imperative Yet Underrated Elements of Effective Fundraising Appeals

    shad
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:09 am
    What compels people to give? This is the fundamental question that fuels fundraising strategy. What information needs to be delivered in what way to trigger a response? Of course, if we had a universal answer to that question that worked every time life would be a lot easier for fundraisers. You could just hit the magic button and watch the donations pour in. Alas, it’s not quite that easy. But some interesting new research has shed light on a couple key pieces of effective fundraising that are often overlooked. We’ll discuss those elements in today’s post and how you can incorporate…
  • 8 Ways to Spring Forward on Social Media

    shad
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:42 am
    The social media world is constantly evolving. From ask.fm to Vine, there are more social sites than ever before in our cultural vocabulary. Different demographics gravitate toward different networks. And how we use them—and how we engage with brands on them—keeps on shifting. Social is definitely a realm where you have to keep up, adapt and change more frequently than most organizations are accustomed. To help you along on your arduous social journey, here are eight useful stats, insights and tips to propel your social media strategy forward this spring. 1. You may want to start…
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    Wagenmaker and Oberly - Nonprofit Update

  • Tax Time: Top Tips for Reporting Charitable Deductions

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:44 pm
                With April 15 fast approaching, now is the time to make the most of charitable tax deductions.  Many people give significant amounts to charities, schools, religious institutions, and other nonprofit organizations, with an accompanying expectation of tax deductibility.  Through such giving, donors not only help worthy causes but also can reduce their personal tax liability through itemized deductions.  Here are some top tips for maximizing the charitable tax…
  • Of Online Fundraisers and Tax-Exempt Status

    17 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    Do nonprofits that engage in online fundraising activity as their principal activity qualify for tax-exempt status under IRC Section 501(c)(3)?  The IRS recently said no to three nonprofit applicants, denying their requests for tax-exempt status.[1]  One applicant operated an online retail store, with profits from sales going to the charity of the buyer’s choosing.  The other two applicants obtained most or all of their funding by charging fees for their fundraising services to nonprofit organizations. Many nonprofit organizations that engage primarily in fundraising…
  • IRS Reprieve on Health Insurance Premium Tax Penalties

    13 Mar 2015 | 2:42 pm
    On February 28, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2015-17, providing temporary transitional relief for employers that offer pre-tax reimbursement or payment of premiums, deductibles, and co-payments to multiple employees for their individual health individual plans.  By way of background, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) wrought a drastic change for all employers providing such pre-tax benefits.  Despite such long-standing practice, the IRS and U.S. Department of Labor eliminated this option as part of its implementation of the ACA, making such benefit fully taxable to…
  • “Ministerial Exception” Upheld in Campus Ministry Context

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:06 am
    Are campus ministries exempt from anti-discrimination employment laws, with respect to their religious leaders?  The federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has emphatically said, “Yes.”  Its decision expands application of the “ministerial exception” doctrine that protects faith-based organizations from certain discrimination claims.  The decision also raises important questions concerning judicial application of the doctrine.1.         Background to the “ministerial exception” – religious exemptions from certain…
  • L.A. Times cites W & O attorney Oberly on risks of shared charitable resources

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:10 pm
    May public charities share personnel and other resources with other non-charitable groups?  What if that group is a political campaign?  For a recent article, The Los Angeles Times sought out Ryan Oberly, a principal with Wagenmaker & Oberly, to help address that question.  The Times articleconcerns a California nonprofit’s founder and his bid for election to the Los Angeles City Council.  According to the article, two former interns of the nonprofit filed a complaint with the Los Angeles ethics committee, alleging that the founder “blurred the lines between his…
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  • My Super Sweet Sixteen Takeaways from NY Social Media Week 2015

    Taylor Maxwell
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:48 am
    Editor’s note: You probably caught some of the buzz around New York’s Social Media Week last month. We probably should have published this post during that buzz but the greater good called and we got distracted. These 16 takeaways are worth the wait though. So is this classic MTV GIF about poor timing: NYC SOCIAL MEDIA WEEK LESSONS: 1. TARGET MICRO-INFLUENCERS If the influencers are too hard to reach, map out who influences them and reach those people instead. A speaker from a phone company used the example of when he couldn’t give new phones to a college basketball team due…
  • Emotional Copywriting Tips for Robots (and Humans)

    Sara Wolfson
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:10 pm
    [Author note: Hi. Sara here, writer and robot enthusiast. Sometimes I find it a challenge to switch from the analytical parts of my job — evaluating data, digesting scientific reports, solving complex problems — to suddenly trying to write something that’s supposed to be all “heartfelt” and “compelling” and “emotionally moving” or whatever. I’m not the only one, I assume…Right? Right, guys? Anyway, this is how I switch gears. Pun intended.] Dear fellow robots — Greetings, and well met. Thank you for taking the time; I know we are all…
  • Straight-talk campaign advice from our favorite drag queens

    M+R
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:55 am
    In honor of the return of the best reality show of all time, the fabulous staff from M+R’s RuPaul’s Drag Race email group — what, doesn’t your office have one? — has crowdsourced a round-up of the best advice RuPaul’s queens have ever unintentionally given to nonprofits. If you’re afraid of failing you will never succeed. Most people are afraid to fail, and because people work at, volunteer for, and donate to nonprofits, organizations are often afraid to fail, too. To find success, you need to step outside of the ordinary and take risks. Sometimes they work out,…
  • A Texas-Sized Helping of M+R in Austin

    Marc Ruben
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:28 am
    You guys. NTC is this week. I’m so bleeping excited, I very well may keel over. Okay, so maybe it has something to do with this: Or possibly this: But…but! It’s also because I and my trusty/crusty comrades (hey Madeline and Katie!) will be there to share not one, not two, but THREE (!!!) sessions about everything you could ever possibly want to know about anything, ever. That’s a certifiable fact. So…are you ready to help us keep Austin weird? On Wednesday, March 4th at 1:30 PM, M+R’s Madeline Stanionis and Jessica Getty from PETA will be serving up some…
  • 7 ways to tick off a reporter

    Michelle Blundell
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:55 am
    It’s 5:00 pm on a Friday and you’ve just pressed send on a pitch to your 3,000-name press list about your client’s new app that tells you how fat your Chipotle is going to make you. Guess what? You just broke all of the rules of the pitching world in one fell swoop. Impressive! But we know you can do better than that. When it comes to pitching media, it’s good to know the do’s but the don’ts can be even more important. i.e, you need to familiarize yourself with the many, many ways you can piss off a reporter. Reporters are busy, work on tight deadlines, and…
 
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    Emily Davis Consulting

  • Gimme the Basics: 10 Tips for Using Social Media in Nonprofits

    emily
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:16 am
    #TBT: Originally posted October 4, 2010 penn-olson.com There are plenty of nonprofits out there who have mastered the social media world – leveraging all the right tools, telling their story, and raising funds through the internet. Then there are those who are slowly chugging along looking for good reasons and ways to start to use social media more effectively. It’s not all about jumping into every social media tool at once, but rather a strategy and an on-boarding process that will help the sustainability of this marketing strategy. 1. Social media is A tool, not THE tool Social…
  • Setting the Speaker Stage: Curating Content

    emily
    13 Feb 2015 | 11:31 am
    Here we go with part 2 of the Setting the Speaker Stage series. If you missed part 1 on logistics, be sure to check it out here! The speaker’s or trainer’s content is ultimately the heart of what the host plans for. The hosting organization is hoping that the speaker will be dynamic, engaging, and well informed on the topic. To achieve this goal, it is essential to establish communication about your organization’s needs with the speaker. Here are some tips that you can utilize to communicate this information. Title and Description Ask the trainer for a title and description. Be clear in…
  • SVP Conference 2014: role of funders in scaling organizations

    emily
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Reposted from the Alliance Magazine blog. Last week I had the pleasure of participating in Social Venture Partners’ Audacious Philanthropy conference in Austin, Texas, USA. One of the best sessions I attended examined the role of funders in scaling organizations. The session facilitators, Terri Sorenson from Friends of the Children and Greg Coussa from the International Centre on Social Franchising, provided real-life examples and theoretical framework. Sorenson shared her recent pitch for funding to scale efforts, and Coussa explained models of expansion and recommendations for…
  • Setting the Speaker Stage: What are the Logistics? (Part 1)

    emily
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Serving as a speaker or a trainer for a workshop session or a conference is a great honor. The host organization has invited you to represent them. They believe you have something valuable to offer – both in content and delivery. The host organization’s commitment to setting the stage for the speaker is as important as the speaker him or herself. I’ve been a trainer and speaker for a number of years and am a member of the National Speakers Association. I’ve learned over time what has helped me to best serve the participants at these sessions and what host organizations need to think…
  • Board Retention: Tips to Try (part 2 of 2)

    emily
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:20 am
    Enjoy my recent post for SVP Boulder County on nonprofit board governance. Be sure to check out the BOARDS WITH BRAINS series – It’s an excellent resource for board members and nonprofit executive directors alike. As a follow up to our part 1 blog post on recruiting quality board members, below are ideas on how you can RETAIN your organization’s great board members (hint: invest in them and they will invest back in your organization!). Connect them to organizational successes Always highlight how the board’s efforts have made organizational successes possible. This is a…
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    Voss Foundation

  • Travel 2015: East Africa Trip Preview

    ExecutiveDirector
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Our Program Director, Caitlin Rackish, is off on another adventure! This March and April, Caitlin will spend nearly a month traveling to Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (twice), Uganda, and Kenya (twice). She will be visiting our existing partners Milgis Trust in Kenya, Georges Malaika Foundation in the DRC, and Good Future &...
  • Celebrating World Water Day 2015

    ExecutiveDirector
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:36 pm
    We join the United Nations in their annual March 22 celebration of World Water Day. This year we are particularly excited that the 2015 theme is Water and Sustainable Development! We have always believed that access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene is the foundation for sustainable development – it is included in our very...
  • One Well At A Time in Swaziland

    ExecutiveDirector
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:47 am
    This year, as part of their annual 31 Days to Make a Difference campaign, VOSS Water is funding a new Voss Foundation clean water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) project in the Ndlinilembi Chiefdom of Swaziland. Thanks to their generosity, we will be able to enhance access to clean water and sanitation facilities for the benefit...
  • Our Executive Director Speaks at the UN for the Commission on the Status of Women

    ExecutiveDirector
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    On Tuesday, our Executive Director Kara Gerson spoke at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on the occasion of the 59th Commission on the Status of Women and the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration. The event she participated in launched a new inter-agency Joint Programme on empowering adolescent girls and young women through...
  • GF&H School: Sanitation Infrastructure Progress

    Caitlin Rackish
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Construction of the sanitation infrastructure for the Good Future & Hope Primary School in Uganda is almost complete. Viera Liebe, the founder, recently sent new photos progress on the toilets and septic tanks, part of our multi-year project to meet the water, sanitation, and hygiene infrastructure needs for the school. Our Lene Maria for Rent Vann campaign, in memory of Lene Maria Bergum, funded...
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    Double the Donation

  • 10 Types of Corporate Giving Programs

    Alex
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    It has never made sense to me why money doesn’t grow on trees. Why else do banks have branches? Alas, money is hard to come by. You’ve got to wake up with the sun, strap on those boots, and tend to real trees that grow apples and bananas and other fruits you can sell. Actually, fundraising doesn’t have to be that hard. Thanks to companies both big and small, nonprofits can raise money from corporate giving programs. This is money that companies want to donate, and all nonprofits have to do is remind donors and volunteers to seek these funds. We’ve got not one, not two,…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Marketing Matching Gifts

    Alex
    21 Mar 2015 | 10:37 am
    Earth has always been spherical, but it took until the Greek philosopher Pythagoras in the 6th century BC to dispel the myth of a flat world. Likewise, matching gifts exist, but a lack of donor awareness could be holding your fundraising back. The most common reason why people don’t submit matching gift requests is because they don’t know if their employer offers such a program. Corporate giving is a big deal, with 65% of Fortune 500 companies offering matching gift programs. Furthermore, promoting matching gifts increases donation response rates by 71%, and the average donation…
  • Our Favorite Fundraising Books for Nonprofit Management (Updated March, 2015)

    Alex
    20 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The Double the Donation team loves Netflix as much as everyone else, but we also love books. Our interests range from The Hunger Games to Anna Karenina to Harlequin romance novels. What we all have in common is a fervent interest in reading about the nonprofit industry, and a recent conversation got us thinking about our favorite nonprofit books. The discussion got heated. Tape dispensers went flying. Water was spilled. One of us had to break out a band-aid because he got a paper cut while trying to do some actual work. The following list did not come easy, but the Double the Donation team…
  • Matching Gift Team Execution

    Alex
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    You’ve got a matching gift leader and hopefully a team to back her up. What should your dedicated team be doing? Marketing matching gifts, of course, which all starts with planning, and might be best executed via word of mouth. Develop Your Matching Gift Plan Once you have a matching gift team in place, here’s a visual model of the sort of streamlined process that you’ll want to follow: Baseline Current Revenue and Determine Information to Provide to Donors It’s amazing how few organizations know how much they raise from matching gifts on an annual basis, so don’t worry…
  • Select Your Matching Gift Leader and Develop Your Matching Gift Team

    Alex
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:49 am
    A great deal of matching gift success hinges on having a go-to person or team dedicated to controlling the matching gift process. The process includes the incorporation of influences across the entire spectrum of fundraising. Matching gift success starts with a leader: Your go-to matching gift guru who will coordinate your matching gift strategy. While you may have a membership team, a marketing team, and accountants, you need someone who can conglomerate each department’s efforts to maximize your matching gift potential.   Identify Your Matching Gift Champion When a major donor calls,…
 
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  • Mama Koko and the Hundred Gunmen

    Ananda Robie
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:37 am
    A story can change the world. If you’ve been on the lookout for a good read lately, we’ve got you covered. This week, our staff has been glued to an incredible new book called Mama Koko and the Hundred Gunmen by Lisa Shannon and Francisca Thelin. It’s a compelling true story about a Congolese woman whose family […] The post Mama Koko and the Hundred Gunmen appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • What The Surrender of Dominic Ongwen Means to Me || By Ben Keesey

    Invisible Children
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    Reports surfaced on Tuesday that senior LRA commander and International Criminal Court (ICC)  indictee Dominic Ongwen is in the custody of U.S. military forces in the Central African Republic (CAR), and that he may have surrendered voluntarily. If officially confirmed, this will be a defining moment in the mission to stop the Lord’s Resistance Army […] The post What The Surrender of Dominic Ongwen Means to Me || By Ben Keesey appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • Top LRA commander Dominic Ongwen in US custody in Central African Republic

    Invisible Children
    6 Jan 2015 | 3:35 pm
    An update on January 15th, 2015 from our Director of International Programs and Policy Advisor, Lisa Dougan:The U.S. military in Obo, Central African Republic (CAR), have handed Ongwen over the the African Union forces in Obo (aka the Ugandan military). It has been reported that Ongwen will be taken to the ICC for trial, with the […] The post Top LRA commander Dominic Ongwen in US custody in Central African Republic appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • It’s good to have you with us

    Miranda Brown
    31 Dec 2014 | 2:49 pm
    As you’ve probably heard by now, Invisible Children is making some major changes in 2015. (If you missed the news amidst all the holiday parties and eggnog lattes, get updated here.) For the last 10 years, we’ve experienced beautiful and powerful victories, and we’ve seen thousands of people become bolder and more compassionate by standing up for […] The post It’s good to have you with us appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • How I Became an Activist // Reblog: Huffington Post

    Miranda Brown
    27 Dec 2014 | 1:09 am
    In the last few weeks, we’ve received countless messages from our friends and supporters, telling their stories of how Invisible Children has affected their life and purpose. This piece from Adam DeAngelis in the Huffington Post is one we found to be particularly inspiring. In the last 10 years, our media and mobilization projects have challenged young […] The post How I Became an Activist // Reblog: Huffington Post appeared first on Invisible Children.
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    A Family Mission

  • Same Book, Same Story

    Kent Smith
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:12 am
    Those of you that know me well, know that I struggle with what I do to make a living versus the need and desire for significance. Significance in the sense of eternity and leaving a mark in this world that is not of this world. Case in point, I recently accepted a job with a major worldwide telecommunications firm basing my employment in the United Kingdom.  The role I was brought here to fulfill is a senior project management role is a project that is totally out of control.  So out of control that it is the worst performing project financially in the Western European region and in the top…
  • How an Orphan Changed My Life

    Kent Smith
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    A journey of unexpected transformation through the power of the holy spirit… James 1:27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. Our journey started in 2010 when our 10 year old daughter came to us with the idea that she was called to serve orphans in Africa.  That was the full extent of the conversation at that time.  A conversation that was started after our pastor had just returned from visiting the Methodist synod in Kenya that our American conference of the…
  • The Circle is Unbroken

    Kent Smith
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    This time last year we were in preparation for our first ever international short term mission trip.  We had just completed the application for Camp Life Zambia.  We had more questions than we had answers, more fears than confidences, more unknowns than knowns. But we were going… Since that time we have traveled to Zambia and spent a week with the amazing Family Legacy Missions International team to participate in sharing the love and comfort expressed in the gospel of Jesus.  I adopted in my heart ten 12 year old boys that have no male role model or compass in their lives other than…
  • Do Not Get in the Way of a Miracle

    Kent Smith
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:39 pm
    From Renay on our sponsorship journey.  Summed it up for the whole family. Crazy Orphan People About 90 days ago we returned home from Zambia, Africa. We had spent a week there, each of us with 10 precious children. We loved on them, got to know them and taught them about the love that Jesus has for them. We had one task when we returned home, to find “sponsors” for these children. Greer, the leader of Family Legacy, told us to become “those crazy orphan people”. We took the challenge 100%. This journey has proven to be an emotional one. We have experienced the gamut of emotions…
  • Now is the Time

    Kent Smith
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    As is the case with most people these days, it seems that there more things to do than hours in the day.  By the end of the day, I plop into my chair in total exhaustion with little or no energy left for anything other than sleep. I am pulled in 50 different directions on a given work day in particular, with offices in two different cities each about 3 hours away. I spend a good portion of each week on the road traveling to these locations.  The thought of a 40 or even 50 hour week is so far removed from my consciousness that I would think something is wrong if it were that quiet.  It is…
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  • How to Implement a Mobile Strategy for Your Nonprofit

    Julia Claire Campbell
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In 2015, more of your supporters will visit your website from a mobile device than from their desktop computer. Despite the explosion of mobile usage, too many nonprofits think that having a successful mobile strategy means simply creating a mobile-friendly website. In reality, an effective mobile strategy encompasses design, content and messaging into all channels used for marketing and fundraising – websites, emails, appeals, events, blogs and social media. Implementing a mobile strategy is no longer an option for nonprofits. Today’s webinar with NonprofitReady detailed the reasons…
  • The 3 Keys to Social Media Success

    Julia Claire Campbell
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Nonprofits often ask me – What is the one piece of advice you can give to help us achieve social media success? I wish it were that simple. There is no silver bullet, no magic key that will unlock thousands of new, passionate followers or online donors. Not to mention that “social media success” looks different for every organization. The American Red Cross has very different goals than the local dog adoption agency down the street. However, in my experience, I have found that there are three things when done well, and when done together, often result in success for organizations. I…
  • Telling Your Nonprofit Story With Social Media

    Julia Claire Campbell
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:33 am
    These are the slides from a free seminar I provided to a group at the Nonprofit Net in Lexington, MA. Enjoy! Takeaways: * How to use digital and visual storytelling strategies * What stories you should be telling online * How to use photo and video-sharing tools to connect with supporters The post Telling Your Nonprofit Story With Social Media appeared first on JCSM.
  • 5 Ways Your Nonprofit Can Raise Money Like charity:water

    Julia Claire Campbell
    7 Jan 2015 | 12:31 pm
    You may have heard of the mammoth success of the nonprofit charity:water and its effectiveness in raising money online. When you hear about its amazing story, you may shake your head and say: “Sigh. There is absolutely NO way that my tiny, itty bitty, bootstrapped nonprofit can do what they do.” But you are wrong! Take the advice of the incredibly talented and enthusiastic Paull Young, past Director of Digital at the organization, currently at Instagram working on Strategic Partnerships. He wrote a fantastically insightful post on Medium about the 5 things he learned during his tenure at…
  • Facebook in 2015 – What Nonprofits Need to Know

    Julia Claire Campbell
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Thanks for this great infographic, ShortStack! Love it or hate it, Facebook continues to be an important tool in a nonprofit’s marketing and fundraising kit. On their Q3 earnings call, Facebook released the following mind-blowing statistics: 1.35 billion people log into Facebook each month 864 million daily active users 64% of monthly active users log on every day 1 billion video views each day in September 2014 Here are just 8 things your nonprofit needs to understand about Facebook as we enter 2015: 1) 2015 will be survival of the fittest. According to Facebook, the average user has about…
 
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  • How nonprofits can embrace emerging social media: Q&A with Lauren Girardin [video]

    Marlene Oliveira
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    Earlier this month at the Nonprofit Technology Conference in Austin, I attended Lauren Girardin’s session, Don’t Panic! How to Embrace Emerging Social Media with Infinite Majesty and Calm. Lauren is an exceptional marketing and communications consultant, writer, and trainer and her session was so packed with practical advice and tips, I asked her to come share some key points for Nonprofit MarCommunity readers. In this video interview, I asked Lauren to answer a few questions: What qualifies as emerging versus established social media? What are some examples? What questions do you…
  • How nonprofits can create real-time marketing

    Drew Bernard
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:05 am
    Every year, there are a handful of events that present unique real-time marketing moments. From March Madness to the upcoming birth of the Royal Family’s newest member, these events aggregate audiences in the millions. With so many people united by a single event, and participating in the conversation on social media, there is a clear opportunity for nonprofits to create their own real-time marketing moments, here’s how:  1. Plan ahead There are some events that come and go like the rising and setting of the sun. Predictable and known, nonprofits should have them on their radar and plan…
  • What’s changing? Media relations or the media landscape? [#NPMC chat]

    Kelly Rembold
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    Media relations have always been an important part of nonprofit marketing and communications. Unfortunately, they can easily become lost in a jumble of responsibilities and not given the attention they need. A recent project at work led me to start paying more attention to media relations.  Over the past few weeks, I spent time sorting and archiving our old news clippings, dating as far back as 1960. In doing so, I realized that we used to be covered by newspapers and other publications all the time. Unfortunately, that frequency has decreased over the years. The entire project made me…
  • 9 steps to add visual storytelling to your nonprofit’s mix

    Andrea Brody
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    It’s undeniable. We live in an over stimulated world. Human attention spans are down to 8 seconds—that’s lower than goldfish! With all the noise competing for your supporters’ attention, how can you stand out? Through visual storytelling. You need to create an emotional connection with your nonprofit organization. And nothing creates moving, emotional connections better than powerful visuals—which are processed 60,000 times faster than text! Your organization has stories to share. By sharing them visually through your marketing materials, website, blog, e-newsletter— and…
  • 12 stock photography sites for nonprofits

    Angela de Burger
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:29 am
    If folklore is to be believed, a picture tells a thousand words. In a time when our messages need to be short and sweet, yet informational, impactful and inspiring, nonprofit communicators can use all the help they can get. If an element of your message can be conveyed by a great photo, I say go for it! There are numerous stock photography sites offering images to help you tell your story. People are drawn to photos Whether you’re publishing a blog and need a compelling image to accompany the text, posting an inspiring quote to your social media channels, or livening up a presentation or…
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    Social Fundraising for Nonprofits

  • Online Donations: On the Rise & Only Part of the Story

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:38 pm
    Over the last few weeks, the RallyBound team has been delving into the 2015 P2P Forum dataset provided by P2P Forum and Plenty.Doing so has unveiled a few interesting discoveries. Over the next couple weeks, we will present these findings and offer up some insights on their market implications.In this initial iteration we are focusing on the percentage of gross revenue that was donated online. The criterion for inclusion was organizations presented both 2013 and 2014 online donation data.What did we find?Our analysis revealed that in 2014, 45% of all donations were completed via an online…
  • 4 Ways to Enhance your 2015 Fundraising!

    20 Mar 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Last month, RallyBound had the pleasure of co-hosting a webinar with our partner, Charity Dynamics. The webinar took place in conjunction with the publication of Charity Dynamics: The Next 10 Years In Digital Fundraising report. The infographic below illustrates a few of the trends surveyed.Within the discussion both organizations addressed where the winds of peer to peer fundraising are heading over the next decade. So, as the first quarter of 2015 comes swiftly to a close, we wanted to reignite the conversation in an effort to ensure that organizations are finessing early strategies for…
  • Is DIY Fundraising right for you?

    16 Mar 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Whether you prefer to dub it DIY (Do-It Yourself) Fundraising, IFP (Independent Fundraising Program) or 3rd-Party Fundraising, the power and temptation of alternatively hosted events/campaigns is palpable. During the P2P Forum this year, the topic permeated a variety of conference halls, bar rooms and hallway powwows. While many examples of success exist, many conversations circle back towards: Is it right for us? Can we manage it? ROI?The encouraging part about the chatter is that the focus is on the right questions. Fundraising has become a wonderfully complex puzzle with unlimited…
  • How to Incorporate Gamification on RallyBound

    12 Mar 2015 | 3:37 pm
    While many dispute its true value, gamification is a hot topic of interest for many fundraising practitioners. For those who are unaware or looking for a refresher, the term gamification relates to techniques utilized to leverage people’s natural desires for competition, achievement, socializing, learning, and self-expression .Here at RallyBound, we are ardent supporters of gamification when it is appropriately aligned with the core objectives of a fundraising campaign.At its base, gamification is focused on extrinsic rewards such as badges, scores, and leaderboards based upon certain…
  • Psychology & Technology: The Perfect Mixture for Donor Retention

    6 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    The main objective of any fundraising campaign is to accumulate the necessary funds for organizational operation. More specifically, the goal is to create meaningful relationships and behaviors that preserve donors year after year. Why? Returning donors raise 2X in comparison to new donors. Trouble is maintaining donors are a tough task, but methods are emerging to make these efforts less taxing. It is amazing what psychology and technology can accomplish together. Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic MotivationIn psychology there are two types of motivations: Intrinsic & Extrinsic. Intrinsic relates…
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  • [AFP 2015] What Your Small Staff Should Be Doing Right Now for Donors

    Hub Staff
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:54 am
    Working with a small staff can mean monumental challenges. It’s just not fair that the big guys get more resources and more help. But you work for a nonprofit, and you’re set on making a difference. We can assure you, that’s ALL you need to be the change you’re hoping to see in the world. It’s time to make sure donors take notice of the small organizations out there (and then stick around). So how are you going to do it? We asked expert fundraiser Shannon Doolittle what small organizations can be doing to keep donors around for good. Here’s what she said:…
  • [AFP 2015] The Donor Retention Change You Can Make Right Now

    Devin Thomas
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:58 pm
    When it comes down to it (whether you like it or not) you’re always going to be competing for money from other organizations. So what’s going to set your organization apart from the other guys? At AFP 2015, we caught up with our friend and Bloomerang donor retention expert Jay Love to find out what nonprofits should be doing to ensure that they’re going to make the cut for second round donations (and thirds, and fourths…). See what he said in the video below.   The post [AFP 2015] The Donor Retention Change You Can Make Right Now appeared first on Nonprofit Hub.
  • Stewardship at a Small NPO Starts with Gratitude

    Lyndsey Hrabik
    29 Mar 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Look out, Baltimore—there are fundraisers invading the harbor. AFP’s Fundraising Conference is in full swing this weekend and lasts until Tuesday. Jennifer Pelton, Director of Development for the Public Justice Center of Maryland, kicked off the day with a simple yet effective reminder for fundraisers—gratitude is the place that all donations stem from. These are the key points Pelton discussed that your nonprofit can apply right away. 1. Breathe ‘Thank You’ “We want to build a culture of ‘thank you.’ We want to make it the air that we breathe,” Pelton said. It’s not just…
  • Starting a Nonprofit: Have a Volunteer Plan in Place

    Randy Hawthorne
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:48 am
    Before you announce your new nonprofit to the world, here’s a heads up on something you may not have considered: People will be stoked about your nonprofit and want to help. Be prepared to harness that energy and excitement. In other words, get a somewhat solid volunteer plan in place right away. If you have a good idea, community members will be willing to help you out, not just financially, but with sweat equity, as well. When we announced our plans for the Nonprofit Hub’s co-working space, we had to quickly determine how we could use the energy of our announcement to engage as many…
  • Why Engaging Your Volunteers Will Help Your NPO Thrive

    Lincoln Arneal
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:40 am
    This article was originally published in our April/May issue of Nonprofit Hub Magazine. Sign up to get a free issue delivered to your mailbox. Also, check out our interviewee Andrew Stanley speaking at this year’s virtual and in-person Cause Camp conference. _____________________________ For most, being called a grammar nazi isn’t the most flattering compliment. However, for one volunteer at The HALO Foundation, it is the perfect way to recognize her contributions to the organization. HALO, which works with disadvantaged youth in Missouri and Africa, gives this award as part of a…
 
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  • Make The Most Of Fundraising Conferences

    Brendan Kinney
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
    Click here to review the full transcript. I don’t know about you, but I find fundraising conferences to be a hit-or-miss experience. I try to discern from the vague session titles what might be of most value. But half of the time, I find myself debating, “Should I stay or should I go?” And sometimes, I find myself trapped in the front row, not wanting to walk out at the risk of offending the presenters. With the the annual International Fundraising Conference is taking place in Baltimore at the end of the month, many professional fundraisers are packing their bags, reviewing…
  • Your Nonprofit’s Future Depends on Today’s $10 Donor

    Brendan Kinney
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Click here to review the transcript! In partnership with the Shineman Foundation, this week’s #fundchat is all about the future. That is, if you believe the future success of your nonprofit is dependent on today’s smallest donors in your fundraising universe. When you are staring down your fundraising goals for the month, quarter, or year, it’s easy to overlook those “small” donors. But in fact, they represent your future. How well you steward small donors could mean the difference between making an impact or having a lasting impact in your community, region,…
  • The Top 10 Things That Drive Fundraisers Crazy

    Brendan Kinney
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:28 am
    Click here for the full transcript! If you don’t already follow Fundraising Grrl, stop what you’re doing right now and visit this website curated by @RoryJMGreen. It’s full of animated GIFs, poking fun at the trials and tribulations of nonprofit fundraisers. It’s a place I can go to commiserate about that things that drive fundraisers crazy. Here’s an example:   http://fundraisergrrl.tumblr.com/post/111590363688/when-my-direct-mail-budget-is-cut As in any field, there are common issues that make people nuts. So we’re taking a bit of a break from the…
  • The Art of Donor Stewardship

    Brendan Kinney
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:57 am
    Click here to view the transcript! Our annual homage to donors is the topic for this week’s #fundchat! Every year around Valentine’s Day we dedicate a chat specifically to the art of what is known in fundraiser parlance as “donor stewardship.”  The ways in which we interact with and treat donors throughout their journey as a supporter has a significant impact on their loyalty and lifetime giving. Join the #fundchat community on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 from 12-1 pm EST for a conversation we’re calling, “The Art of Donor Stewardship.”  Here’s…
  • 20 Ways To Thank Your Donors Throughout The Year

    Dennis Fischman
    5 Feb 2015 | 9:55 am
    If you’re a nonprofit, every day is Thanksgiving…or should be. Yes, I know it’s been months since your end-of-year appeal. You sent a thank-you letter to each donor back then. (In fact, maybe you sent the ideal thank-you letter.) But have you been ignoring them ever since? You neglect donors at your peril.  Donors notice when and how often you’re in touch.  If they say, “That organization only writes me when they want money!”, how likely are they to respond the next time? Have you heard the rule that you should thank a donor seven times before asking him or her for money…
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  • 3 Surprising Stats About Women and Nonprofits

    Krystyn Tully
    8 Mar 2015 | 6:28 pm
    In honour of International Women's Day, here are three surprising stats about women and nonprofits in this 21st Century.1. Three in four nonprofit workers (75%) are femaleWhether you're looking at Canada or the U.S., the numbers have been about the same for the last decade. Only 1 in 4 nonprofit workers is a dude. (Source)2. Females are 3x more likely to consider a job in the nonprofit sectorWhen asked, female Canadians between the ages of 16 and 27 were 3-times more likely than males to say they are interested in the nonprofit sector. (Source)3. Male nonprofit…
  • Don't throw baby out, my advocate friends

    Krystyn Tully
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Photo courtesy flottenheimer via Flickr.  This sentence made me spit coffee this morning: "First, it should be understood that the solutions to many of the problems society faces do not need never-ending research and the criticism-free public education that the CRA permits. They cry out for intelligent advocacy and new law." It comes from a piece in the Montreal Gazette by Garfield Mahood and Brian Iler. I get where the authors are coming from and agree with the concerns behind the article, but I wish an editor had taken a pencil to that line. There is…
  • Why are there so few biographies of nonprofit leaders?

    Krystyn Tully
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:56 pm
    There's a biography of this guy ... Business people. Artists. Athletes. Politicians. Religious leaders. There are biographies for these types of people coming out the wazoo. So why few biographies of nonprofit leaders? Surely in the course of the last century a few individuals have left their mark. Why is it so hard to find them?Case in point: Do a search for "biographies nonprofit leaders". You'll get loads of tips on how to make the bio on your website better. That's not the case for any other sector.The nonprofit sector won't get the kudos it deserves if we don't even know who are own…
  • What is a "project"?

    Krystyn Tully
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    "Project Management" is a buzzwordy thing that all the kids seem to be doing these days. One of the skills that we chose to develop in our office this year is project management. Inevitably, that led to the question, What is a project?As it turns out, there isn't a great definition of project out there - not one that applies to a nonprofit organization and/or a company that isn't large enough to have different divisions. Cribbing from some of the classics in project management and adding some of my own, here's my definition. Steal away, if it's helpful.A Project is…
  • Lesson #22: You don't *know* where you're going, but keep going there anyway

    Krystyn Tully
    4 Jan 2015 | 8:19 pm
    I don't know where [I'm] going, and I don't know why ...How do you know where you should be going? How do you know if you're on the right track? Famed start-up guru Ben Horowitz says you never know in advance (that's what makes leadership hard, duh).A champion athlete I asked says you don't know you're a champion until you've won. Most of our lives we have parents, teachers, or coaches who set out tasks for us and ensure we're never really and truly in over our heads.What they don't tell you is that, eventually, you will always be in over your head. Except when you're…
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  • 10 Lessons from The Breakfast Club for Nonprofits

    Amy DeVita
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:55 am
    This year marks the 30th anniversary of the theatrical release of The Breakfast Club.  A movie that revealed as much about the high school caste system as it did the actual goings on of a unique, all-Saturday detention behind closed doors. Sure, it may very well be the 80’s-phile in me, but I think that the film is just as relevant today–and not just for high-schoolers.  I think there are lessons that can be applied to just about any nonprofit.  Here are the 10 lessons from The Breakfast Club for nonprofits: Sincerely yours,  The Breakfast Club 1. You Don’t Know Me…
  • How Dollars For Doers Programs Bolster Fundraising

    Adam Weinger
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:52 am
    From holding doors open to leading mobility-impaired persons across streets, people reach out and help strangers every day. What do these good-doers receive in return? Perhaps the intimate feeling of having done the right thing or a simple thank you or nothing. And these people are okay with their lack of a reward because they’re good people. But what if being a good person helped to raise money for charitable causes? Would more people do good? The idea behind volunteer grants, also known as dollars for doers programs, is to encourage a culture of philanthropy that gives as opposed to…
  • 9 Factors to Determine if a Walk/Run Event is Ideal for Your Nonprofit

    Ashley Metz
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:19 am
      Being a race director for the past seven years now, I am often asked how to quickly pull together a 5K run or walk for “fill-in-the-blank” cause. My answer is rather straightforward:  there is no easy or fast way to plan, organize, and execute a successful fundraising event of any kind, especially a race. The reality is – hosting a walk/run event of any size is a lot of hard work! The 5K for which I am responsible attracts 3,000 participants, volunteers, and spectators combined, along with raising $118,000 for the non-profit beneficiary.   The Race For Grace, which began in…
  • 3 Top Tips for Letting Employees Go

    James Zackal
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:22 pm
    No one enjoys letting employees go or having the “let go” conversation. It can even be harder in small organizations in which that person likely a significant role. In 3 Tips For Letting Employees Go As Painlessly As Possible, National Federation of Independent Business provide advice for letting employees go.   Eliminate the Surprise Factor Prepare employees through your regular evaluation and feedback process. Be clear about performance on an ongoing basis. Record and share this information with them as soon as it happens and explain the procedure of how it will be treated over…
  • Abila Elevate to Rise Above Nonprofit Fundraising Challenges

    thirdsector
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:54 am
    This week Abila, introduced Abila Elevate. Elevate is a cloud-based fundraising solution created to help “…fundraisers turn data into knowledge so that fundraisers can better know and engage with donors and supporters, add new donors, and more easily and effectively manage resources, ”  according to the company’s press release. “We listened to nonprofit organizations around the country, and designed a fundraising solution in Abila Elevate that reflects their true needs and desires. It is designed to support the future needs of both the organization and donors,”…
 
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  • Purkal Youth Development Society

    Rohini Vemuganti
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:08 am
    An organization which lives to give The school is nestled in the Shivaliks, the foothills of the Himalayas. It has roomy classrooms with a view of... The post Purkal Youth Development Society appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • An organization which lives to give

    Rohini Vemuganti
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:50 am
    The school is nestled in the Shivaliks, the foothills of the Himalayas. It has roomy classrooms with a view of the mountains, away from the... The post An organization which lives to give appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • How it all began at Purkal Youth Development Society

    Rohini Vemuganti
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:45 am
    G.S Swami is an 80-year-old, who is as strong as the mountains and as swift and cool as the winds that blow around Dehradun where... The post How it all began at Purkal Youth Development Society appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • Drishti School for Blind

    Rohini Vemuganti
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:11 am
    An organisation that gives something more than a vision to the blind The girls from the school showed me around and also taught me how not... The post Drishti School for Blind appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • An organization that gives something more than a vision to the blind

    Rohini Vemuganti
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:49 am
    The girls from the school showed me around and also taught me how not to fear darkness.While strolling around I find a few girls walking... The post An organization that gives something more than a vision to the blind appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
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    Top Nonprofits

  • 8 Tools for Organizing Volunteer Programs

    James Zackal
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Does your organization have great upcoming events but lack the volunteers needed? Or do you have the volunteers but need the most efficient tools for keeping everyone up-to-date? There are thousands of tools organizations can use to gain and manage their volunteers. Here are 8 popular tools for organizing your volunteer needs. Google Docs is a universal tool that is ideal for connecting and sharing information. Users can share documents, spreadsheets, schedules, and presentations for free and have access to their information from any computer. VolunteerSpot is a free scheduling tool that…
  • 9 Key Performance Indicators Every Nonprofit Should Be Tracking

    Andrew Desmond
    10 Mar 2015 | 3:24 pm
    When it comes to determining how efficiently your nonprofit operates, there’s nothing quite as helpful as a large pool of accurate, relevant performance indicators that can objectively show you exactly how well you’re doing. But sometimes, it can be tough to figure out exactly what measures your organization needs to identify where your performance may be lacking. That said, most nonprofit organizations will always be able to make use of some of the same core Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). We’ve selected nine fundraising-related KPIs that have aided Development Directors, Executive…
  • The Google Advantage for Nonprofits

    Joseph Nelis
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:36 pm
    It’s free for nonprofits. Got your attention?   Google has offered some of its services to nonprofit organizations free of charge since 2007. Over the past couple of years, they have opened up a much wider selection of software and services to any qualifying 501(c)(3). Here’s everything Google for Nonprofits can do to aid your efforts.   Resources for Efficiency Google’s suite of productivity software helps nonprofits work toward their goals and direct funds toward their mission. Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Drive makes it easy for organizations keep in contact and…
  • 9 Awesome Blogging Tools

    Joseph Nelis
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:54 am
    Blogging can be a fun and effective way to engage with your donors, volunteers, and community while bolstering your social media presence. The content you create helps further your message and raise awareness of your efforts online and in the real world. But is content creation, alone, enough? To truly take advantage of blogging’s potential, analyze what content really works for you.  Social Media Examiner compiled a list of nine tools every blogger should be using and shows you how they work. Here’s a look at some of these tools and the ways in which they can support a…
  • 2015 Nonprofit Degree Programs.csv

    Craig Van Korlaar
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:48 pm
    [[“State”,”College\/University”,”Bachelor’s Degree”,”Master’s Degree”],[“AZ”,”Arizona State University”,”BS in Nonprofit Leadership and Management“,”Master of Nonprofit Studies“],[“AZ”,”University of Arizona”,”BS in Public Management and Policy“,”Master of Public Administration (Nonprofit Management & Finance)“],[“CA”,”American Jewish University”,””,”Master of Nonprofit…
 
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    NSC Strategies » Blog

  • Grand Challenge Engagement Benefits Associations

    Robert Nelson
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Addressing grand challenges can benefit your association, and deliver value to your members and the broader community. If your end goal is to deliver value, increase member engagement, increase retention and membership / customer growth, and elevate the prominence of your organization and industry / profession you represent, a grand challenge strategy might be the answer. Today we are confronted with an ever-growing list of grand challenges ranging from hunger to global warming to water scarcity to disease. There are also complex challenges that are unique to various global supply chains.
  • How Do You Know When it’s Time to Step Down?

    Robert Nelson
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    You’ve been CEO at the association for a few years, you’re three months into the new term of a chairperson and despite everything you’ve tried you know that you’re not going to be able to develop a true partnership with the new chairperson, who may very well be chair for the next two years. You’ve been in your post for a number of years. Everything is moving along smoothly. The chairperson and the board understand their roles vis-à-vis your role as CEO. The association has been hitting its strategic and operational goals and incremental progress has made in each of the last few…
  • Board Orientation: A Development Framework

    Robert Nelson
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:40 am
    If you are considering developing a board orientation program for the first time, it is important to begin with the understanding that a sound board orientation program is more than just an orientation session. If you already conduct a board orientation program and are looking for ways to improve the orientation process, think beyond the orientation session. The board orientation process begins with the first board recruitment call to the prospective board member and ends with a formal evaluation of the process. In between, there are many steps and opportunities to familiarize the board…
  • Designing an Engaging Board Orientation Session

    Robert Nelson
    10 Feb 2015 | 5:40 am
    When designing a board orientation session, it is important to keep three key factors in mind. First, you must consider what a new member of the board needs to feel comfortable and to become a contributing member as soon as possible. Second, you want to instill in the new members a clear sense of their importance to the organization. Third, you want to design a program that is inviting and motivates veteran board members to attend. An intellectually stimulating, engaging, interactive program is an imperative. Remember, first impressions count and your orientation session sets the tone for the…
  • Undertaking an Initial Association Merger Assessment

    Robert Nelson
    3 Feb 2015 | 5:40 am
    Have you ever thought about merging your association or organization with another organization? In today’s increasingly competitive environment, an association merger is one way to enhance member value and create efficiencies. Of course, mergers aren’t for everyone. So, once you think it might make sense to merge or your members raise the issue of merging with another organization, what is the next step? Ultimately, considerable work needs to be done to make a merger work. However, conducting an initial assessment follows a fairly standard framework. Sound Rationale The first step is to…
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    Winspire News

  • BizWorld Lesson #5: Manage Your Donors More Like Customers

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:19 am
    This article is part of a series titled "Lessons from the Biz World" where we explore valuable aspects of the for-profit sector we can apply to nonprofit management and translate into a more efficient, stable and successful organization with a greater impact.  There are many of parallels that can be drawn between a business's healthy customer portfolio and a thriving nonprofit donor base. In both cases, it is up to the organization to spur individual patrons to spend or contribute some of their hard-earned cash. The for-profits and nonprofits who are best at this understand how to keep…
  • A Brief History of Charitable Giving [INFOGRAPHIC]

    19 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    Charity has been part of human culture for thousands of years. There are numerous instances of charitable acts in ancient civilizations dating back as far as 2500 BCE (or 4,500 years ago), which is around the time the Egyptians were building the pyramids.  More recently over the last 30 years or so, donations to charitable organizations have increased consistently year-over-year, far outpacing the rate of inflation. Today, charitable giving is a core value of western culture with over 95% of U.S. households donating to charity in 2013! Where did all of this generosity come from? In…
  • [WEBINAR] Consignment Items: Making the Most!

    17 Mar 2015 | 10:13 am
    These days no charity fundraiser is complete without a dazzling live and silent auction to delight donors and maximize revenue at an event. Anyone who has organized a fundraising auction, however, knows how difficult and time-intensive it can be to find enough quality auction items to offer donors and keep them interested.  Enter consignment or "no-risk" travel packages - an increasingly popular fundraising tool that gives charities the ability to place unique and exclusive vacation packages in their charity auction while guaranteeing a return on investment. Join us as we…
  • 3 Reasons Donor Sponsored Experiences Are Awesome

    12 Mar 2015 | 12:09 pm
      Experiential travel has always been a top seller in charity auctions and raffles. It is also one of the most difficult items for auction committees to get donated and fulfill. Developing a quality travel experience for your auction can quickly spiral into a nightmare of logistics, unfulfilled promises and in the end - a complete waste of time. What's worse, you could end up with unhappy winning bidders. We're all familiar with the scenario: A well-meaning board member offers their vacation condo, only to have it be put up for sale, go through renovations or get used for some other…
  • The Ultimate List of 100+ Silent Auction Item Ideas

    10 Mar 2015 | 12:05 pm
      Are you planning a silent auction to raise money at your next special event? Most Nonprofit fundraising events aren't complete without at least a few tables filled with donated items for your supporters to consider. Offering silent auction items for your guests to browse is helpful because they not only raise money, they give guests something to do when they first arrive at your event. Your donors can mingle, socialize and sip cocktails while perusing the auction tables. Over the course of your event, this can develop into a fun and sometimes competitive spirit as the time to close the…
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    The White Fuse Blog

  • 3 Fonts Created For Good

    Amy Reinecke
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    We love bringing attention to digital technology being used for social change. But what about typography? In this post, Amy looks at how typography and fonts are being used innovatively for a good cause.
  • How to Avoid Gender Discrimination: Start With Incentive Structures

    Andy Pearson
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:04 am
    Gender discrimination in technology is rife. Andy shares how we have changed our pay incentive structures in light of this, and his suggestions for other small technology businesses to implement.
  • 3 New YouTube Ideas for Your Charity

    Mary Mitchell
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:10 am
    YouTube is 10 years old. In this post we look at three new ways of campaigning on YouTube and share suggestions for how your charity can adopt them. 
  • Books That Are Rocking Our World

    Mary Mitchell
    3 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    Everyone knows reading is good for you yet it's difficult to get past our immersion in bite-sized content to spend time reading a meaty book. In this post we look at some books our team are currently reading and lessons they are learning.
  • Web Apps Every Charity Should Use: Buffer App

    Mary Mitchell
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    There are some awesome web apps out there. In the first of our mini-series we look at Buffer App, why it's a good fit for charities, and our top tips for making the most of it (including the charity discount).
 
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    GuideStar Blog

  • How to Go Viral Without 40 Million Fans

    Shonte Riddick
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Not everyone has the star power of Ellen DeGeneres, with millions of followers to make their tweet the most retweeted of all time. So, how do you capitalize on moments like the Oscars or political debates without 40 million fans? With three simple guidelines. Be fast and timely The key to creating viral Facebook content that’s sharable is rapid response. While others enjoy the Oscars or post simple text responses to political debates, be prepared to take key moments and transform them into visual Facebook content. For example, OurTime.org at last year’s Oscars jumped on a speech by…
  • 7 Follow Up Questions About 7 Habits

    Courtney Cherico
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
    During our “Seven Habits of Highly Effective Organizations” webinar on March 19th, we only had time to discuss a small fraction of the questions that came in from participants. We asked Lowell Weiss, president of the Cascade Philanthropy Advisors and a Leap Ambassador, to provide answers to some of the many great questions left in the queue at the end of the webinar. To access the slides from the presentation, click here.To view the recorded webinar, click here. Q: As a leader who desires to step up to excellence, how can I inspire the team to up their game to meet the performance…
  • With Charitable Giving Tactics Old and New, Nimble Nonprofits Win

    Shonte Riddick
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:02 am
    The numbers are out. Charitable giving grew by 2.1 percent in 2014, according to the newly-released 2014 Charitable Giving Report from Blackbaud, and this modest growth will no doubt prompt nonprofit fundraisers and executives to take a step back and evaluate their own fundraising results from the past year. But behind this solitary, lackluster statistic, there’s a more complex and profound transformation taking place in the U.S. charitable giving environment. Above all, nonprofits currently face a challenging combination of longstanding norms and evolving trends. Nonprofit trade journals…
  • What Matters Most to Folks at Nonprofits?

    Abila
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:01 am
    What matters most to those of you who work at nonprofit organizations? We’re guessing probably not money, power, or fame. But perhaps a worthy cause? Making a difference in this world? Maybe a good bottle of wine at the end of a long workday? We decided to take our question “to the streets” and do the roving reporter thing at NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) in Austin earlier this month. We conducted a completely non-scientific, wildly random, but really fun survey of nearly 20 NTC attendees. Here’s what we learned: 44 percent of those folks we talked to said fulfilling…
  • How to Make the Most out of Conferences

    Jessica Walker
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:17 am
    Jessica Walker Conferences are a great way to learn about new trends in the field and refresh your knowledge and skills. They’re also great places to make new contacts and to continue building relationships. Although the digital world is shrinking, there’s still something to be said for the face to face meeting. That is the power of a conference. Nothing else brings large groups of similarly motivated people together with the sole purpose of learning, meeting, and talking. So, how do you leverage a conference? Plan ahead Lots of conferences post an attendee list before the big day(s).
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    The Canada Wood Group Blog

  • Korea Architecture Fair and Festival 2014

    Sunny Kim
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    CWK booth and visitors watching video on Canadian forests, wood products and buildings Korea Architecture Fair and Festival (KAFF) is an annual event organized by the Korea Institute of Registered Architects (KIRA), the largest organization in Korea for registered architects with more than 10,000 members. KAFF 2014, held from October 29th to November 1st for 4days at COEX in Seoul, was attended by more than 22,300 architects, designer and construction professionals from all over the country. President of KIRA, Young Soo Kim, visiting CWK booth For the event, CWK has set up 3 meter by 6 meter…
  • Inspection of Canadian Treated Wood at its 4th Year Finds Them Intact in Korea

    Tae Ik Hwang
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:59 pm
    FPInnovations, GNTECH and CWK inspecting stakes. Some of control stakes were replaced due to sever decay. Jieying Wang, Senior Scientist, Durability and Sustainability, FPInnovations, visited Korea and conducted inspection of Spruce and Hemlock stakes treated to Canadian Standards at the field stake testing site in Jinju, a city located in Gyeongnam Province, on October 22nd, 2014 in collaboration with Professor Jong Bum Ra, Gyeongnam National University of Science and Technology (GNTECH) and Canada Wood Korea. Professor Ra and Senior Scientist Wang examining ground proximity specimens Field…
  • Sino-Canada Eco-District Mission to Canada

    Fred Spoke
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:33 pm
    at UBC’s Earth Science Building The Sino-Canada eco-district project is making progress with a timetable set for implementation.  In September 2014 on the occasion of the visit of Minister Rickford to Beijing, the MOU between the Department of Natural Resources Canada and the Tianjin Binhai local government was signed designating that district for the project. An area of 2 square kms has been designated within the Tianjin Binhai Tourism area for the project, with the first phase of 1 square km.  The construction phase of the project is scheduled to start by the end of 2015. Toronto…
  • Two Year of the Goat, the Year of Evolution

    Lance Tao
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:28 pm
    You have probably already heard from news that this Chinese New Year is special because foreign media is debating whether the year of 2015 should be sheep, goat or ram? 12 years ago (the Chinese Zodiac is also 12 years cycle) this could not happen and now it does because China is continuously becoming a very important and prosperous market that for many nations. One week before the Chinese New Year Eve, Canada Wood and FII invited over 60 guests from government, developers and building and design industry to attend a New Year Party at DHC. Rick Jeffery, Paul Newman from Canada Wood and…
  • China Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments

    Fred Spoke
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Economy Hours after China’s central bank cut interest rates to battle slowing growth and rising deflationary risk, an official survey showed on Sunday that activity in China’s factory sector contracted for a second straight month in February.The official Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) inched up to 49.9 in February from January’s 49.8, a whisker below the 50-point level separating growth from contraction on a monthly basis, but nevertheless above more pessimistic analyst forecasts for a 49.7 reading. The new reading ended a four-month streak of declining numbers, and…
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    Social Media For Nonprofits

  • The April #SM4NP Twitter Chat

    Jenna Spagnolo
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:38 am
    Telling the Story of Nonprofits via Blogging Having a blog is an incredibly effective way to tell your nonprofit’s story, connect with supporters, and gain exposure with new audiences. From SEO to establishing authority—there are numerous and very compelling reasons to write and maintain a blog. Then, why doesn’t every nonprofit have one? Join us to talk blogging and learn actionable tools for your nonprofit on Friday, April 10th from 1-2 pm EST on Twitter with #SM4NP. About #SM4NP Every 2nd Friday at 1 pm EST, we invite thoughtful individuals from the nonprofit, private, and social…
  • What did we learn from the 1st #M4NP? [Storify]

    Jenna Spagnolo
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:15 am
    [View the story “Why Should Nonprofits Go Mobile? #M4NP” on Storify]
  • The Mobile Nonprofit

    admin
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:03 pm
    What is a Mobile Nonprofit? Is your nonprofit mobile savvy and has it incorporated key elements of mobile in how it operates yet? The broad phrase “Going Mobile” is often taken for granted but is comprised of many separate moving pieces. It’s a term that’s quickly becoming necessary knowledge in the nonprofit sector. In this post, we will explore the high-level how, why, and what exactly it is to be a mobile optimized and mobile first nonprofit. In subsequent posts in this series, we’ll cover different aspects touched here in greater detail. Mobile doesn’t just refer to the use…
  • The First #M4NP Twitter Chat

    Jenna Spagnolo
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Why Should Your Nonprofit Be Mobile Ready? Nonprofits benefit from embracing mobile to connect, fundraise and amplify social media. If you’re shying away from making this adjustment in your organization’s Web presence, it’s time to embrace it. Social is better with mobile. We are excited to undertake the Mobile for Nonprofits arm of our organization and hope to move the needle on mobile adoption in the nonprofit sector. About #M4NP To help nonprofits be smart about their strategy with smart phones, tablets, and less-smart phones, we will lead monthly Twitter chats with the hashtag…
  • Are You Measuring the ROI from Your Blog & Content Strategy?

    Ritu Sharma
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:40 pm
    By Ritu Sharma, CEO, Social Media for Nonprofits This is part five of a five-part series on how you can build a strong cause (brand) presence through blogging. We’ll talk about getting started, blogging platforms, idea generation, and distribution channels in the series to help you get started with blogging. As our “Blogging for Nonprofits” series wraps up, it’s time to talk about how you’ll measure your blog’s success. There are many factors to consider, and you want to have an understanding of everything so can course correct as you move forward with your nonprofit’s blog. …
 
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    eXos Cloud Services

  • 15 Top Nonprofit and Association Technology Trends

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    We've conducted extensive research to see what nonprofits & associations are saying about the Cloud- including an internal survey of our own clients. Whether you're concerned about cloud security, searching for an alternative to hosting systems on premise, or just interested in learning more about the cloud, these 15 nonprofit and association technology trends are for you. 
  • Technology Challenges Facing Small Staff Associations

    25 Feb 2015 | 7:51 am
    Data Access  One challenge associations are facing is the popular trend of telecommuting, which according to Global Workplace Analytics, has grown in the nonprofit and association community by 87.6% since 2005. Samantha Whitehorn, Deputy Editor of Associations Now, says spending less on leasing office space and creating a more flexible working environment for employees are the main factors of telecommuting.
  • Cloud Governance: How to Mitigate Resistance to Change

    4 Feb 2015 | 8:28 am
    Creating Organizational Buy-In Technology can have a significant influence on change within an organization, and even in the best interest of the organization, change can often be met with resistance. The purpose of this article is to highlight why organizations may be resistant to change, specifically when implementing cloud solutions. 
  • OSIbeyond Names Michael Soepnel Partner

    14 Jan 2015 | 1:06 pm
     
  • 10 Key Considerations When Selecting a Cloud Service Provider

    4 Dec 2014 | 6:49 am
    Searching for a cloud vendor, but don't know where to begin? This intuitive, out of the box Vendor Selection Matrix enables you to narrow down the most qualified cloud service provider to meet the needs of your organization. 
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