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  • What are nonprofits for?

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    Lucy Bernholz
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    What are nonprofits for?This seems like a question that used to have an easy answer - they are tax-exempt organizations that provide services, from education to art to meals; they offer a place for ideological, ethnic or other minority groups to express their ideas and serve their communities; they offer complements or alternatives to services provided by the government; and they advocate for change.While it never really was all that clear cut I think there was a general sense among Americans at least that, within the U.S., you knew a nonprofit when you saw one.Well, if it was clear once,…
  • Together, Differently

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    Mark Holmgren
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:48 pm
    I sit on the Mayor of Edmonton’s Task Force to End Poverty. It’s a diverse group including the expected mix of leaders from government, business, education and community services. At a recent gathering we were working together to increase common understanding about poverty as well as to move forward with identifying strategies. In this session we were gathered in small groups around round tables. At my table the folks there represented those that might be considered to be on the far left and those on the far right and everything in between. (I will let you imagine where I fit on that…
  • What’s the Difference Between a Campaign and a Facebook App?

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    Sara Piccola
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:44 am
    Apps and Campaigns serve the same general purpose. They’re both used to run promotions, contests, sweepstakes, newsletter integrations, welcome pages and landing pages. However, a Campaign can be placed anywhere on the Web while an App is limited to Facebook. So there you have the BIG difference between Apps and Campaigns: Apps = Facebook; Campaigns = Everywhere. Whether they’re called Campaigns or Apps — or even Tabs, which is what these tools were originally called — many of the tips and best practices we’ve all been hearing for years are still relevant.  Moving…
  • 5 Green Funding Ideas to Aid Your Operating Budget

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    Devon Reeser
    3 Jun 2014 | 10:15 am
    Can’t find those operating budget funds? You have great grant-funded projects, but you can’t keep the lights on in your administrative building? Operating support can be difficult to attract and then to maintain for your organization, especially when dollars are tight in your main mission field. What you can do, without changing your mission or turning the lights out, is access different specialty pools of funds for “greening” your business, or be creative by greening (and as a result enhancing) the resources you already have at your disposal to attract new funding sources. Green…
  • Reactivate Your Email List (Case Study)

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    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    Since 1996, Karla Capers has been working for advocacy organizations, figuring out ways to use the internet to raise visibility for progressive issues, engage people in campaigns, and try to make the world a better place. Note from Nancy: I came upon Karla’s terrific guidance for re-engaging folks on the Progressive Exchange list serv, and got her permission to repost here. I’m Online Director at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and we were faced with a real challenge—how to re-engage the many folks who were not reading or acting on our emails. Here’s our three-part reactivation…
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  • How to Push Past Your Limits

    Rosetta
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’ve been easing into the habit of running 3 times a week in preparation for a 5K race this summer (fingers crossed). I have to say, yesterday’s training run was so much easier on the treadmill with hype music and a great ocean view! It was the first time in YEARS that I jogged a whole mile without stopping to walk. I’ve been here in Hawaii for almost 9 months(!) now and every few weeks, I still pinch myself because I can’t believe I get to live my ideal island lifestyle. I often think back to the moment when I made the decision to come here, more specifically the day…
  • You’re Never “Too Old” to Follow Your Dreams

    Rosetta
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    A few months ago, I called my bank to change my address for one of my checking accounts. When I told the call center operator that I had recently moved to Hawaii, she gasped and said, “Oh my God, I’ve always wanted to live there!” I’ve gotten used to people saying things like that when I tell them I live on a tropical island, so I just kept going with the process of completing my transaction. Or at least, I tried to. As she was updating my address in the computer system, the woman began to open up as if talking to a friend, not a banking customer. She shared more of…
  • 5 Lessons I Learned About Success While Hiking Koko Head in Hawaii

    Rosetta
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Yesterday, I hiked Koko Head Crater here in Honolulu, Hawaii with my boyfriend and some of his friends. Koko Head is one of the more challenging hikes on Oahu because it’s a really steep climb up about 1,000 steps on an old railroad path. I don’t particularly enjoy hiking (or any form of exercise for that matter), but I have been wanting to go on at least one hike here on the island to see the amazing ocean views from the top. Since I’m not a regular hiker, it was especially tough for me and totally outside of my comfort zone. But of course, with any new experience, you…
  • How to Get What You Really Want

    Rosetta
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:07 pm
    I’ve been thinking a lot about desire over the past few weeks. There’s a magical process that begins when you finally admit that you want something MORE for your life. When you write your desires down on paper and even better – say them out loud - there’s a spiritual shift within you. Because as soon as you take the first step toward the life you really want, the universe starts moving on your behalf. God starts placing new people and new opportunities in your life. Miracles start happening. At the end of last year, I set this powerful intention for 2014:…
  • The Power of Making a Decision

    Rosetta
    17 Jun 2014 | 2:53 pm
    “Procrastination is the opposite of decision.” – Napoleon Hill Let me ask you a serious question. In the past 12 months, how many opportunities have you missed out on because of procrastination? Be honest. Add up all the times you kept that email in “draft” for weeks until the deadline had passed. Count up all the times you “forgot” to follow-up with a potential client or customer for your business. Go through all the events you didn’t get to attend because you waited…and waited…and WAITED until the very last minute to get your ticket…and then it was sold…
 
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  • Value, cost, and price: a nonprofit dilemma

    KateB
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    sale.jpg In this post, Curt Klotz talks about the importance of placing value and cost to the services nonprofits provide. He encourages nonprofits to value our work beyond the traditional definition of cost.
  • Where passion meets business model

    KateB
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    smarty_pants_button.jpg In this post, Kate Barr identifies six facets to help you develop financial leadership at your organization.
  • Balance Sheet? Who cares?

    KateB
    10 Jun 2014 | 9:47 am
    shrug_shoulders.jpg We acknowledge that not every one will love the balance sheet as much as we do. In this post, Stephanie Jacobs suggests moving beyond financial jargon and using the balance sheet as a tool to identify different things nonprofit staff and board members do care about.
  • Nonprofits Assistance Fund presenting at Nonprofit Essentials Conference

    KateB
    30 May 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Stephanie Jacobs is presenting a session at the 2014 Nonprofit Essentials Conference on July 24, 2014 at the University of St. Thomas.
  • Budgeting time for collaborative budgeting

    KateB
    22 May 2014 | 9:40 am
    working_from_above.jpg At Nonprofits Assistance Fund, we teach that a budget is just another version of a mission statement or strategic plan expressed in a different language, the language of numbers. In this post, Curt Klotz encourages nonprofits to use a collaborative budgeting approach in order to create a budget that best reflects your mission.
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  • Can My Fitbit Data Make Health Care Better?

    Beth
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    I first put a fitbit, a digital pedometer that tracks steps, calories burned, food intake, and other personal analytics data,  on my wrist back in October. After some results from routine tests during my annual physical,  my doctor informed me that my cholesterol was high.    ”Start exercising more and stop eating bacon cheese burgers ” were the doctor’s orders and we’ll retest in 6 months.  Otherwise, I would need to go on statins. As a data nerd, I couldn’t resist the fitbit and its ability to track my every move during this glorious science experiment.  …
  • Stop the Glorification of Busy and Thrive

    Beth
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    I just returned last week from vacation with my husband and children at the Jersey Shore where I grew up.   It was great to sit on the beach and do nothing, get lots of walking in, and hang out with family.    Above all, it is a great escape from your never ending to do list.   I did take along a few books, including Ariana Huffington’s Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. The book is about how to reframe success away from money and power to a third metric.  She identifies this as “thriving,” where you…
  • Markets for Good Post: Design A Better Dashboard

    Beth
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Flickr Photo by PetitPlat - Stephanie Kilgast This post was also appeared on the MarketsforGood site as part of my regular column, “Between the Dashboard and the Chair.” How Human-Centered Design Methods Can Help You Design A Better Dashboard Take a look at any nonprofit dashboard and the most effective ones probably have an organizational process that lies beneath. Dashboard design is more than simply clarifying outcomes and key metrics. Dashboard design should also inspire buy-in and continuous improvement by using “human centered design” methods. But shouldn’t dashboards…
  • How Do World Leaders Use Twitter? New Findings from Annual Twiplomacy Study

    Beth
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:53 am
    Twiplomacy aims to identify the extent to which world leaders use Twitter and how they connect on the social network.  The research is conducted annually by Burson-Marsteller and I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of their study released today. They analyzed 645 government accounts in 161 countries. Only 32 countries, mainly in Africa and Asia-Pacific, do not have any Twitter presence.  The study also revealed that more than 83 percent of all United Nations (UN) governments have a presence on Twitter, and two-thirds (68 percent) of all heads of state and government have personal…
  • How Your Organization’s CEO Can Use Social Media for Thought Leadership

    Beth
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:31 am
    If your nonprofit’s executive director or CEO a thought leader? Thought leaders drive conversations – online and off, influence others, and shape perceptions in their field.   They are the respected voices who others turn to understand sector social change issues. Many nonprofit CEOs use their social media profiles to extend the reach of their thought leadership and connect with professional colleagues, media, and policy makers.   There are significant benefits to both the organization and the leaders themselves by building a thought leadership profile on social.   This post covers…
 
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  • Palestinian and Israeli Bereaved Families: We don’t want you here

    Marc van Gurp
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:10 am
    The Palestinian Israeli Bereaved Families for Peace also known as The Parents Circle-Families Forum (PCFF) is a joint Palestinian Israeli organization of over 600 families, all of whom have lost a close family member as a result of the prolonged conflict. Their latest campaign video consists of one sentence: We don’t want you here. Said by people, Palestinians and Israelis, who have lost a family member to the conflict. They doesn’t want new PCFF members. PCFF: “We are all - Palestinians and Israelis - going through difficult, sensitive and emotional days. But it’s…
  • Five gorgeous posters to tell you that life is better by bike

    Marc van Gurp
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Probably the best campaign this year about the benefits of cycling comes from Argentina. The City of Buenos Aires explains with gorgeous illustrations and great copy why life is Better by Bike. Stay healthy by cycling. And don’t forget, it’s good for your mental health too. Author: Marc van Gurp
  • A disease that takes your voice before it takes your life

    Reuben Turner
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:36 am
    Motor Neurone Disease (known as Lou Gehrig’s disease in the US) is not a good thing to get. It’s incurable and is usually fatal within 2 years. Along the way, sufferers lose the use of their limbs and one of the first things to go can be their voice. Hence this striking storytelling campaign from the UK’s Motor Neurone Disease Association.  I can’t track down the agency involved – will happily ad creds if anyone knows. More executions after the jump. Author: Reuben Turner
  • You eat what you dump

    Marc van Gurp
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Three gorgeous ads from the Surfrider Foundation about the fact that when we pollute the ocean we pollute ourselves. Illustrator: Pieter van Eenoge. Author: Marc van Gurp
  • Tell her she’s pretty… brilliant - #InspireHerMind

    Oriana Lauria
    27 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    This is the first post from Oriana Lauria, our blog friend at Clicktivist. It’s the hub to discuss and dissect the successes, failures, and practices of online activism. Women make up half of the workforce in the US, but only less than 25% of STEM jobs (Science, Technology, Engeneering and Math). Fingers are usually pointed at companies, for not providing equal gender opportunities, or at women themselves, for not pursuing science degrees. This powerful ad from Verizon and Makers tells a different story, showing how parents could unintentionally discourage science interest in girls, and…
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  • 8th Annual Nonprofit Technology Staffing and Investments Report

    Amy
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    We are excited to release the 8th Annual Nonprofit Technology Staffing and Investments Report! This research provides valuable benchmarks to help you assess and plan your technology budgets and strategies, and considers the nonprofit sector as a whole to gauge the maturity and effectiveness of technology strategies and use. With NTEN's theory of change in mind, this report examines technology staffing levels, technology budgets, and overall organizational approaches to technology decisions, as well as technology oversight and management practices. We have a number of key findings…
  • Five Things to Do Now to Enhance Your Nonprofit’s Website

    Steph
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    Adam Hostetter Web Design & Development Lead American Technology Services Here's a listicle that breaks down some trends and can help you help your website produce greater impacts. Website design and development is a moving target where little changes can make a huge difference to your nonprofit’s website performance over time. In the past few years, you’ve heard a lot about responsive/mobile websites and the use of videos/ graphics to make the content more user-friendly. A lot of that still holds true. Here are some additional trends for making your website produce greater…
  • Connecting Resources and People: a Journey from Website to Digital Strategy

    Steph
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Reggie Henry Chief Information Officer ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership From website to interactive content space and digital strategy hub: Reggie Henry from ASAE tells all. Content-rich websites are resplendent with both opportunities and challenges. NTEN staff met up with Reggie Henry, CIO of ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership, to understand how their membership organization went about meeting the challenge of better connecting ASAE's online resources and information to the members who need and want specific content.
  • How to Have a Killer Online Donation Page

    Steph
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Leah Merrill Software Analyst Capterra A silky smooth donation page can make the difference between a gift from a new supporter and a missed opportunity. For many organizations, their primary means of receiving donations is through their donation page.  For this reason, it is really important that you make sure that your page works well and is straightforward for your donors to navigate.  Here are a few tips on how to make your online donation page the best that it can be.
  • Our Website as Our Home Base

    Amy
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    At NTEN, we're all over the Internet: we've got a community platform supporting online discussions and local events; microsites for both the Nonprofit Technology Conference and the Leading Change Summit; monthly email newsletters highlighting guest articles and new research on the blog; and social media profiles where we engage with the community regularly, including on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter. For all this effort to create content and spark conversations, we won't be successful if our online presence didn't have a home. Our website is that home, and being a home is a…
 
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  • How to Get the Most from #GivingTuesday

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:25 am
    In 2013, Network for Good saw nonprofits raise $1.8 million on #GivingTuesday, kicking off December giving with gusto. #GivingTuesday 2014 is December 2 and many organizations are already putting their plans in place. Now in its third year, this annual fundraising event is expected to be even bigger.  When done well, giving days like #GivingTuesday can generate excitement in your community, attracting new donors and additional donations for your cause. Creating your own #GivingTuesday campaign does require the right people, a good plan, and a lot of energy. How do you capitalize on the…
  • Reboot with These 6 Summer Camp Strategies

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    Our daughter Charlotte’s world right now is probably familiar to many of you. She’s in the middle of a blissful summer at a few different day and overnight camps. At the end of every day, her mind and creativity are stimulated, she’s made new friends, and she sleeps soundly with a smile on her face. Charlotte finishes the summer inspired, energized, and smarter than ever. As a longtime overnight camper myself, I greatly envy her. Finally, this summer I decided to follow her summer camp strategy lead and am doing something completely different from the everyday. I’m taking a two-month…
  • How to stand out on social media

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:05 pm
    At this week’s Social Media for Nonprofits conference in Washington, DC, Avi Kaplan, Director of Online Strategy for Rad Campaign, challenged organizations to think about how they can break through the noise on social media when we live in a BuzzFeed world. Avi says the key to standing out is to focus on the right audience in the right context with awesome content. Here are just a few of the tips he shared with the crowd. Connect with the right people. Keep in mind that your social media universe is comprised of three segments: your die-hard supporters, people who are likely receptive…
  • 7 Strategies for Mobilizing Millennials

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:21 am
    (Part two in our series on the Millennial Impact Project) Millennials: A powerful force for change. Earlier this month, I shared my perspectives on the 2014 Millennial Impact Report and MCON14. Hopefully, that post got you thinking about how Millennials are shaping our culture and social sector in profound new ways. As a refresher, this is a summary from Derrick Feldmann, President of Achieve, on the growing significance and power of Millennials: Approximately 80 million Millennials live in the U.S. today. Collectively, they spend about $300 billion annually on consumer discretionary goods.
  • What is your biggest fundraising challenge?

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:49 am
    We recently asked our nonprofit Learning Center community about their biggest fundraising challenges. These fundraisers and marketers overwhelmingly indicated that acquiring new donors was the biggest challenge, with 61% choosing this as their top issue, followed by diversifying funding sources (16%), donor retention (9%), and increasing demand/staff constraints (both coming in at 7%). There’s a lot that goes into a successful donor acquisition strategy. Once you have a strong marketing plan in place, it’s important to understand how to effectively tell your nonprofit’s…
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  • 14 Fantastic Nonprofit Marketing Jobs! Take It Forward Tuesday

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    Please post your open nonprofit marketing positions here Communications Associate, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (Princeton, NJ) Communications & Policy Director, American Forest Foundation (Washington, DC) Communications Director, Rebuild by Design (New York, NY) Communications Director, William Mitchell College of Law (Saint Paul, MN) Communications Specialist, The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation (Asheville, NC) Digital Content & Marketing Manager, National Council on Aging (Washington, DC) Digital Media Specialist, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (Spartanburg,…
  • Reactivate Your Email List (Case Study)

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    Since 1996, Karla Capers has been working for advocacy organizations, figuring out ways to use the internet to raise visibility for progressive issues, engage people in campaigns, and try to make the world a better place. Note from Nancy: I came upon Karla’s terrific guidance for re-engaging folks on the Progressive Exchange list serv, and got her permission to repost here. I’m Online Director at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and we were faced with a real challenge—how to re-engage the many folks who were not reading or acting on our emails. Here’s our three-part reactivation…
  • New Nonprofit Marketing Jobs! Take It Forward Tuesday

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    Please post your open nonprofit marketing positions here Alumni Marketing & Communications Manager, Poly Prep Country Day (Brooklyn, NY) Chief Marketing Officer, National Trust for Historic Preservation (Washington, DC) Communications & Program Manager, Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (Los Altos,  CA) Communication Officer, The Raikes Foundation (Seattle, WA) Digital Media & Website Associate, Center for Economic & Policy Research (Washington, DC) Director of Communications, Berks County Community Foundations (Reading, PA) Director of Communications, Fountain House (New…
  • Do Your Headlines Deliver? Nonprofit Wordsmithing Makes a Difference

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    Guest blogger Tom Furtwangler manages digital communications and social media for a large international development nonprofit based on the west coast. There’s a headline arms race on the web these days. Upworthy’s “curiosity gap” approach to click-enticing headlines is now widely imitated and even parodied. You know what I mean: those “You won’t believe…” headlines that we don’t believe anymore. I love Upworthy, and I regularly send communications colleagues to their amazing “How to make that one thing go viral” slide deck.
  • Your New Nonprofit Marketing Job? Take It Forward Tuesday

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    Please post your open nonprofit marketing positions here Administrative Assistant, The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County (San Luis Obispo, CA) Communications Officer, The Raikes Foundation (Seattle, WA) Digital Engagement Officer, International Rescue Committee (New York,  NY) Digital Marketing Specialist, The Harwood Institute (Bethesda, MD) Director of Marketing & Communications, San Francisco AIDS Foundation (San Francisco, CA) Director of Digital Experience, National MS Society (Denver, CO) Director of Communications, Center for Popular Democracy (Washington, DC) Director of…
 
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  • Crowd Sourcing our Motto Upgrade subject to Rigorous SASB Standards

    Phil Cubeta
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Wealth Bondage Rebooted is getting a little stale. The following Branding-4-Good statements, have been created by me, in a fugue state, while high on carpet layment glue, or were submitted by our readers, or my AAA friends, I forget which, as potential motto upgrades. - Wealth Bondage: The Best in Business - Wealth Bondage: Bettering a Sorry World -Wealth Bondage: Business at its Best - Wealth Bondage: Capitalizing the Commons -Wealth Bondage: Capitalizing the Commonweal - Wealth Bondage: The Common Wealth Improved -Wealth Bondage: Incorporating the Social - Wealth Bondage: A World of…
  • The Calloused Muse

    Phil Cubeta
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    One of the Muses, it may be Calliope, the musical one, mother of Orpheus, though she has seen better days, now works in the poultry plant, slashing chicken parts on the line. Sometimes she breaks into song, the cleaver beating cadence, like meter in poetry. Asked who is her immediate supervisor she says, "You all work for me." She always has been crazy.  Comes in late, leaves early, works in spurts. Had she been more reliable, she might have made it into management by now, maybe at Bridgespan, FSG, or the new and improved TPI.
  • Tribute to Bill Schambra

    Phil Cubeta
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:06 am
    In The National Review, a lovely tribute to the work of William Schambra on behalf of civic life and the life of the mind.  To think of Bill as a distinquished cultural elder, is sort of hard. He is the purest trouble-maker, vexing us all into thought.
  • Adaptive Philanthropy - But Wait! There's is More. If this Fails too We have more Buzzwords

    Phil Cubeta
    12 Jun 2014 | 8:02 am
    William Schambra, at NPQ, in assessing the present state of metrics mania, and the ever changing parade of biz school buzzwords speaks of philanthroptists "cracking the metrics whip." I admire Bill, as a man and as an academic. And I fully understand why he may not wish to acknowledge his debt to the Brand that Dare not Speak its Name, in polite circles, the Brand of all Brands, the Frame of all Human Life and Discourse (Wealth Bondage: Capitalism Rebooted), but when he steals our riffs, I do wish he would at least acknowlege the prior Greatness of Mistress Candidia, she with…
  • Leverage for Good by Lester Salamon

    Phil Cubeta
    29 May 2014 | 6:45 am
    If you follow the scholarship on civil society you already know the work of Lester Salamon, at Johns Hopkins. Given his internationally known work on the nonpropfit sector, you may be suprised to learn is that he has a new volume out, Leverage for Good: An Introduction to the New Frontiers of Philanthropy and Social Investment.  That is turn is the first section of an extended volume, soon to be published. He has mastered the burgeoning field of social investment, and its supporting infrastructure. His attitude is optimistic, supportive, and also cautionary. In other words,…
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  • Digital civil society - the infographic

    Lucy Bernholz
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    I spend a lot of time trying to explain what I mean by digital civil society.Does this help?
  • What are nonprofits for?

    Lucy Bernholz
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    What are nonprofits for?This seems like a question that used to have an easy answer - they are tax-exempt organizations that provide services, from education to art to meals; they offer a place for ideological, ethnic or other minority groups to express their ideas and serve their communities; they offer complements or alternatives to services provided by the government; and they advocate for change.While it never really was all that clear cut I think there was a general sense among Americans at least that, within the U.S., you knew a nonprofit when you saw one.Well, if it was clear once,…
  • Five notes on digital social activism

    Lucy Bernholz
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    I'm running faster than I can (I broke my foot and am in a boot, so actually I can't run very fast right now). I just realized with all the writing I've been doing, I haven't been blogging. So - a few quick thoughts:(Photo from rabble.ca)1. betterplace labI got to spend some time with the team from betterplace lab and learn from their Lab Around the World. They've got great examples of digital social innovation from several countries. I'm thrilled that some of this material will be featured in Blueprint 2015. Look for the United States launch of their work at the Digital Civil Society Lab's…
  • Data, digital, and change - four items of note

    Lucy Bernholz
    9 Jun 2014 | 11:13 am
    I've been either head down or on the run so I haven't blogged much in the last few weeks. Here are a few things of note:1. New Markets for Good website - worth checking out the new column from Beth Kanter, some posts which will be coming from participants at the Markets For Good Workshop last week, and look for a "Lake Washington Declaration" on the values and norms of this emerging community.2. The Foundation Center working on new taxonomy to match our new world. Check this out, comment, help make sure the data can work for you going forward. To quote a smart foundation colleague from…
  • Foreword to Building a Beloved Community

    Lucy Bernholz
    20 May 2014 | 11:08 am
    The Funders for Black Male Achievement's new report, Building a Beloved Community, is an inspiring, thoughtful, and strategic piece that applies to a much broader array of funders than might see it. I'm taking this opportunity to highlight it again - reposting the Foreword to the report that I was honored to be asked to contribute.Foreword --> What does it take to help an entire population to achieve? What does it take to make that possible while also counteracting systemic obstacles, built over generations, that seek to hold back that same population? Building a Beloved Community is more…
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  • How to ASSURE a Gift

    Jason Dick
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    What are the steps of a successful solicitation?  Every solicitation should be made up of a few simple things a thank you, a story, an ask, a close, and follow-up.  ASSURE is an acronym (or as I call it an ASKronym) that we are currently using with our campaign when we approach a potential donor.  This is a great way to help our board members (and staff) remember each important step in the solicitation process. A – Acknowledge – Thank the donor for their past gifts or volunteer involvement.  Make sure this is personal and specific.  Maybe mention how the money was spent or what…
  • The Pre-Emptive Gift

    Jason Dick
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have you ever set out to ask a donor for a gift, you set everything up perfectly, have a great solicitation plan, and then you go to ask them for their gift and they offer you a smaller gift before you can ask? Or maybe your donor tells you I’m just going to give this don’t worry about coming out and asking me? We want donors to be giving on their own accord but especially for our major and lead gifts (and especially during a specific campaign) we want to be able to present them the whole picture first.  Some donors do this because we take too long to ask.  But most donors do this…
  • Annual Board Solicitations

    Jason Dick
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Does your board do annual one-on-one solicitations? Have your board members regularly ask each other for their gifts as part of an Annual Board Campaign. This is a great thing for you to start for a number of reasons. Why is this a good idea? This gets your board members in the regular practice of asking for money, which gives you more options when you are soliciting people. It makes a big difference when you are asking for money to have a board member along that knows what they are doing. They will often give a larger gift if they are asked for it and if the board starts to get in the…
  • 5 Factors to Consider with Merchant Services Selection

    Jason Dick
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you think your nonprofit could benefit from processing credit card payments, your next step is to set-up a merchant account. Luckily, there are many companies that provide this service. Yet, merchant services can be complicated and costly (especially without the right partner to help guide you). We’ve provided a list of five important things to consider when selecting a merchant services provider. Hopefully the information here will help you select the right partner! Credibility: Partner with a company that has experience, ethical values, positive testimonials, and is a certified payment…
  • Barometer or Board Member

    Jason Dick
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’ve mentioned this on some level before (More About Using Board Members) but I thought I’d speak here in a little more depth. I have found board members and advisory level volunteers to be great barometers for how my organization is viewed publicly. Often these people will tell you what they really think when someone else will not. They will also do so in such a way that includes advice as to what you can do to improve. Beyond simply invaluable feedback your board is often your best connection to the community. Your largest donations often come from a board member’s connections and…
 
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    Frogloop

  • How To Track Your Twitter Engagement

    Allyson Kapin
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    Nonprofits have been able to track gather important data about their audiences interactions with their website via Google Analytics. Facebook pages have also offered some insightful data on audience engagement. Twitter has been a bit late to the party, providing very limited data unless you invested in their ad platform. Just recently however Twitter rolled out their mew Analytics platform, making it accessible to everyone. What will this mean for the nonprofit world, and will this change how we're communicating on Twitter?Now people will be able to see what tweets are being seen by how many…
  • Dear Nonprofits, Be Fearless

    Allyson Kapin
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    This is our final installment of Nonprofit 2.0 keynotes. In the last couple of weeks, we were able to recap Majora Carter and Craig Newmark. And we finally have the workshop session notes up for you to check out. Michael Smith, the Director of the White House's Social Innovation Fund, spoke to the Unconference after lunch. His topic? Be Fearless. He encouraged every nonprofit and strategist to embrace being fearless. Michael stressed the need for social change in our country. He had some really important points: Make big bets, experiment often, make failure matter, get out of your bubble, and…
  • Nonprofits Need to Focus on Results

    Allyson Kapin
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Last week we gave you a recap of Majora Carter's keynote at the Nonprofit 2.0 Unconference, and we promised to keep 'em coming. This week, we'll dig into what Craig Newmark had to say during his keynote. Craig Newmark is the founder of craigconnects and craigslist, and tends to focus on getting stuff done. He's pretty much a pro at that, and had some really great feedback for the nonprofit community. Some highlights from Craig's talk that you'll want to make note of: He talked about social justice in the US: "We put a lot of money into feeding people yet a lot of people are hungry. We put a…
  • 5 Ways To Make Your Donors Feel Like Heroes

    Allyson Kapin
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:20 pm
    I feel like there is a lot of donor fatigue happening right now in the nonprofit community. Our donors are being solicited on every channel from numerous organizations multiple times a day. Today I received at least 10 fundraising pitches. Instead of treating our donors like ATM machines, we need to make them feel like heroes to our movement. Here are five ways to make your donors feel totally valued.1. Connect their donation (even if it’s $5) to measurable impact. For example, tell them how their $5 went to purchase vaccines or a pizza pie for 5 volunteers who were canvassing around a…
  • Why aren't we supporting leadership in a way that helps people grow?

    Allyson Kapin
    27 Jun 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Yesterday at the Nonprofit 2.0 Unconference we explored how to disrupt social change in the nonprofit sector. The day began bright and early, bursting with energy. Majora Carter started us off as the first keynote. Majora Carter is an activist, urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. She recently launched another nonprofit to help train low-income people in the Bronx to code.  Her philanthropic pursuits and business interests have all pointed toward greater self-esteem and economic potential for low-income people everywhere.
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    Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

  • If You Could Tell Consultants One Thing . . .

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    If you could tell consultants, freelance writers, graphic designers, and other people your nonprofits hires Just One Thing about working for nonprofit clients, what would it be? What do they not understand about nonprofits? What would make your working relationship soooo much better? Please share your advice in the comments. Lots of consultants read this blog so you are doing a public service.    
  • Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator –

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:08 am
    Sherry S. Kirschenbaum 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. Sherry S. Kirschenbaum is senior writer/media relations manager at Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ. Previously, she was the media relations manager at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, and associate director of the New Jersey regional office of the Anti-Defamation League. Here is her typical day: Before 8:00 am: 7:45 a.m.-Quickly check email before heading out the door. Nothing…
  • Help Me Create #MixedLinks

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:45 am
    Most Fridays I sit down and read through Alltop, my Twitter feed, and various other resources to find the best stuff on the web for our awesome community of nonprofit marketers and fundraisers. We call this round-up Mixed Links, because Kivi and I like cocktails and thought it was funny. We always get very positive feedback about these posts, but I think they can be even better – with your help! While there is no shortage of content out there that is helpful to you as a nonprofit communicator, I, try as I might, cannot read everything on the Internet (shocking, I know). So I thought I…
  • If You Write Direct Mail Appeals In-House, You’ll Want to Know About This

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    If you have been part of our community for any length of time, you know Tom Ahern and how awesome he is at writing fundraising copy – especially direct mail appeals. (If you are new here, “Welcome!”) In fact, his direct mail appeal e-clinic has been the most popular e-clinic we offer and consistently sells out each time. (Because of the personal attention Tom gives to participants, we have to limit the number who can take part to 20). We are offering this program again starting July 28th, but this time there’s a twist… Even though the e-clinic option has sold…
  • 3 Email Acquisition Campaigns You Can Use to Grow Your Email List

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    We get a lot of questions about how to grow your email list, so we decided to create a new advice and tips page devoted solely to growing your email list. We still have a page focused on email newsletters, but we thought that email list growth needed its own page. Like the other advice and tips pages, this page is also organized based on your experience level, so whether you are just starting to acquire emails for a new e-newsletter or if you have been collecting emails for years, we have tips for you. Along with the tips, you can register to download an all-new resource - Get Started with…
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    SocialFish - Social Media for Associations and Nonprofits

  • The Importance of Testimonials and Social Media

    Scott Huntington
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Buyers in today’s age are more educated than ever, conducting vast amounts of research before making a purchase. In the B2B realm, product reviews and testimonials from other organizations can make all the difference in acquiring more market share, making them an absolute necessity for your website. Additionally, social media is a huge component of increasing leads for new customers. In fact, lead generation is the top objective for B2B marketing programs according to a recent survey, and 54% of these B2B respondents said that they have generated leads through social media. With that being…
  • [Cool Infographic Friday] Content for SEO

    Maddie Grant
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Quoth this post: “The power of content for SEO is clear, as 92 percent of marketers cite content creation as effective for search engine optimization. In MarketingSherpa’s latest Search Marketing Benchmark report, content came out a winner, named a top-performing strategy by survey respondents. Web pages are the leading content for SEO gains, cited as “very effective” by 50 percent of marketers. But marketers should take note that not just any content will boost search performance – especially in the post-Panda searchscape.” More like this...3 Reasons Why Content…
  • 21st Century Collaboration in Action: The Path To Belgium’s First AMC

    Maddie Grant
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Guest post by Marc Mestdagh, ceo 2Mpact, Executive Director of BSAE (Belgian Society of Association Executives) – follow him at @2Mpact Here’s looking at you, AMC! Report: http://www.2mpact.be/sites/default/files/AMSE_whitepaper2013_v2_0.pdf Life would have been so beautiful. Imagine discovering a business model to provide professional services for associations. All- inclusive, state of the art, a myriad of cases and best practices confirming its raison d’être. Just take it off the shelf, and use it. Go on! What if we would call ourselves the first Belgian Association…
  • Calling all Association Social Media Managers

    Maddie Grant
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Are you an association social media manager? Then I want to hear from you! I’m starting a rockin’ new series of interviews right here on the blog. I’m looking for folks who would like to be interviewed for SocialFish by yours truly… and you will get to show off your good social media stuff and get a big bump of traffic your way in return, along with my eternal gratitude! Those of you who have been reading us since the early days, when we were mere guppies in the social media pond, may remember I did a series like this a whole 4 years ago (along with an Associations Now…
  • Leveraging Social Identity

    Maddie Grant
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Watched this over the weekend. It’s really good. “In this one-hour webinar, analysts Andrew Jones and Charlene Li share how insights can be gleaned from social media to: 1) Identify and better understand prospects and customers throughout the customer lifecycle, and 2) Deliver targeted, personalized messages and experiences to them across channels.” Download the slides to this webinar and download the full research report [Webinar] Leveraging Social Identity, by Altimeter Group from Altimeter Group Network on SlideShare ————— (photo credit) More…
 
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    AFP Blog: Recent News of Note

  • Video-Game Giant Puts Veterans Groups Under the Microscope Before Giving - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

    Reed Stockman
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Video-Game Giant Puts Veterans Groups Under the Microscope Before Giving - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: ut the results of early funding efforts were a mixed bag, so the endowment has turned to an unusually intensive screening process before making grants, one it hopes will spur transparency among charities and more scrutiny from
  • Philanthropy Must Step Up Action to Help Children Crossing the Border - Opinion - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

    Reed Stockman
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Philanthropy Must Step Up Action to Help Children Crossing the Border - Opinion - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: Young people often show up at the Central American Resource Center in Los Angeles because they and their parents face horrific choices. For instance, a 14-year-old client appeared after his father was murdered by gangs in
  • Letter To A CEO: The Surprising View In The Mirror

    Reed Stockman
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    Letter To A CEO: The Surprising View In The Mirror: I sincerely applaud your decision to commit a greater part of yourself to a favorite charity. And by extension, committing your company, as well. But in your zeal to rush forward, you’re only glimpsing the reflection from one side of the mirror. Turn it around and what do you see? Your employees. Often just as passionate and dedicated as
  • Higher education responds to nonprofit leadership needs

    Reed Stockman
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    Higher education responds to nonprofit leadership needs: As nonprofits demand more sophistication from their executives, that’s giving rise to another sector: educating nonprofit leaders. This fall, Grand Valley State University is set to introduce its master of philanthropy and nonprofit leadership program. The program is a response to the need for more nonprofit leaders in the field, which
  • Melodrama at the Met — The American Magazine

    Reed Stockman
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    Melodrama at the Met — The American Magazine: But something else is happening at the same time: the very philanthropy that has traditionally funded and enabled artistic innovation and expression is now being attacked, and also shifting from arts funding to medical research. Eric Gibson of the Wall Street Journal reports that more than half the members of New York’s City Council signed a letter to
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    Wild Apricot Blog (RSS 2.0)

  • Volunteers Please Come Back

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Here's a look at survey findings (and SlideShare presentation) that offer insight into what motivates repeat volunteers.
  • 5 Hot Links For Associations and Non-profits

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    This link round-up offers 5 hot links with insight into: "a big problem for associations", how an AMS can help with membership retention, tips on Post Traumatic Board Member Disorder, and more.
  • Advisory Series 1-On-1 With Kim Elliott

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    In this first of our Advisory Series 1-On-1 posts, we offer highlights of an interview with Kim Elliott of the Klamath Falls Rental Housing Association - who shares her experience and insight in growing her association.
  • Finding the Secret to Member Happiness

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    In this guest post, Lamees Abourahma interviews the founder of a non-profit membership organization who offers tips on "asking members what they want" and "giving them something to talk about."
  • Association Best Practices, Repeat Volunteers, Empathy Maps and More

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    This week’s link round-up offers 5 posts with insight into: challenging association best practices; motivating repeat volunteers; help with making social media matter; and using empathy maps to improve event success.
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    So what can I do?

  • Change the world.

    Karama
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    The Best of So What Can I Do - A Tenth Anniversary Celebration of Service  is now available for purchase! Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using the hastag #SWCID.  How will you make our world a better place? * Health and education* Economics, social entrepreneurship, and microfinance* Food and water* Energy and technology* Women, children, and family* Environment, land, and sustainability* FaithYour efforts change the world.Please visit http://sowhatcanido.blogspot.com to offer your comments and suggestions, forward this post, and peruse…
  • Celebrate Juneteeth, end slavery.

    Karama
    19 Jun 2012 | 5:13 am
    Today is Juneteenth, my favorite holiday. It marks the "end" of slavery in the United States in 1865 and feels particularly relevant because is linked, at least peripherally, to my great-great-granddaddy, Griffin Henry Belk. But one cannot honestly celebrate Juneteenth these days without recognizing the slavery is not over in the United States or elsewhere. Today there are more people enslaved than at any time in human history. Many of those enslaved are women and girls; many are in the United States. I often wonder why so many people sat idly by while people enslaved other people like my…
  • Send a girl to school.

    Karama
    8 Mar 2012 | 6:15 pm
    Happy International Women's Day! One great way to celebrate is to invest in the women of tomorrow and the communities they'll create. You can do that by helping send a girl-child to school. According to CAMFED, "When you educate a girl in Africa, everything changes. She’ll be three times less likely to get HIV/AIDS, earn 25 percent more income and have a smaller, healthier family." Consider supporting CAMFED as they help girls all over rural Africa pay school fees, purchase school books and uniforms, and get a life-changing education. And if you'd like other ideas for today and everyday,…
  • Sacrifice, save, serve.

    Karama
    22 Feb 2012 | 8:32 pm
    Today is the first day of Lent and many Christians are giving up some luxury as a way of preparing for Easter and focusing their thoughts and prayers on Christ's sacrifice for us. If you are giving up something for Lent this year, and if that something costs money, consider donating your savings to a worthy local, national, or international service organization. * If you're giving up pop for Lent, you could save and donate $30 to help a family use agriculture more self sufficient by supporting Heifer International (where I got this idea).* If you're giving up desserts for Lent, you could save…
  • Make it a day/life of service.

    Karama
    6 Jan 2012 | 8:02 pm
    I remember one Martin Luther King day many years ago, when I was in grad school, that I spent in the lab. That wasn't too unusual because I generally went to the lab every day. But one of my colleagues (who was also working) asked me why I was in the lab on the King holiday. I replied that I thought Dr. King would want me to get my PhD. I still think of the King Holiday as a day on rather than a day off, but now that I have finished school, I have a bit more time to be of service to others on that day. Readers of So What Can I Do are likely to feel the same, so I offer two resources to find…
 
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    The Fine Print: blog posts from Center for Effective Government

  • Corporate Inversions: A “Get Out of Taxes Free” Card

    sklinger
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:06 pm
    If you don’t pay your taxes in America, you risk heavy fines or even jail time. That is, unless you are a major, profitable corporation able to merge with a firm registered in a low-tax country. American firms have been on a buying binge lately, but some of these mergers have little to do with extending product lines or growing market share and everything to do with shedding the responsibility to pay taxes in the United States. When a U.S. corporation buys a foreign corporation with the intent to shift its incorporation and tax domicile offshore, this is known as a "corporate…
  • Lifting the Ban on Crude Oil Exports Troubling in Light of Recent Rail Catastrophes

    kweatherford
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
    What do fracking, recent rail car explosions, and international trade have in common? A volatile light crude oil called "condensate." Condensate is typically defined as natural gas trapped underground that liquefies as it comes to the surface and is classified as an ultralight, gassy crude oil. The distinction between traditional crude oil and condensate has only become relevant in recent years due to hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"), which has resulted in higher yields of condensate than traditional extraction methods. With the growing stock of condensate and projections…
  • Highway Trust Fund Temporarily Saved, Unemployed Still Waiting on EUC

    jschieder
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:03 pm
    The House of Representatives has voted to approve a temporary extension of the National Highway Trust fund until May 2015 – the legislation will save hundreds of thousands of construction jobs, which would have been lost without the patch. While the House protected hundreds of thousands of jobs in construction, advocates for the renewal of Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) were distressed by how the bill was paid for. The highway extension bill uses funding from pension smoothing* and customs fees – the same sources that had been included in bipartisan legislation to…
  • Ethics Training for All Members of Congress

    jschieder
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    Reps. David Cicilline (D-RI) and Scott Rigell (R-VA) introduced legislation on July 14 to require all members of the House of Representatives to participate in annual ethics training. The legislation would essentially extend the requirement – which already applies to all senators, Senate staff, and House staff – to all members of Congress. The Ensuring Trust and Honorability in Congressional Standards (ETHICS) Act (H.R. 5095) would require ethics training within 60 days of taking office and then annually thereafter. In an era when confidence in Congress is at historic lows,…
  • Momentum Growing as Campaign Finance Amendment Clears Senate Committee

    lautenried
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    Highlights: The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow Congress and the states to regulate money in elections. The full Senate is expected to vote on the amendment later this fall. An identical version of the proposed amendment has since been introduced in the House. On July 10, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to support S.J. Res. 19, a proposed constitutional amendment that would restore the ability of Congress and the states to regulate money in elections. The amendment was introduced by Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) amid growing concerns over…
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    eJewish Philanthropy: Your Jewish Philanthropy Resource

  • Keeping Life Normal in Southern Israel

    eJP
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Puppet therapy at the Cheruv Absorption Center in Be’er Sheva; photo courtesy The Jewish Agency. by Ravit Elia-Leib The question on our minds these days is how can we best grapple with and confront this emergency situation, which continues on and on – endlessly, it seems. How can we help our small children, who waited so long for their summer vacation, to overcome their fears and disappointments? In my own home, we decided to deal with things by making light of them. We make games out of the experiences and try, to the greatest extent possible, to maintain routine. When the air-raid…
  • A Third Gen Professional Takes the Reigns in Vancouver

    eJP
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:15 pm
    by Abigail Pickus These days, Ezra Shanken looks out his office window and sees snowcapped mountains. It’s a long way from Manhattan, where Shanken recently served as Director of Emerging Leaders & Philanthropists (ELP) at UJA-Federation of New York.   But as the newest Chief Executive Officer of Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver – and arguably, at 33, one of the youngest to ever assume such an executive role in the Jewish communal world – Shanken seems up to the challenge. “This has been a dream that I’ve had from the beginning,” said Shanken. “I’ve come…
  • Why Was the JCC Global Budapest Conference Different Than Any Other?

    eJP
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:10 pm
    by Smadar Bar-Akiva The simple answer: Because JCCs, perhaps more than any other institution, have members … Jews who are a natural constituency for the work we do and whose lives are changed by their involvement in our work. Therefore, when we recruited the senior leadership of 27 JCCs from 12 countries - Canada, England, France, Hungary, Israel, Mexico, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, USA and Venezuela – serving more than 300,000 Jews annually and managing a total budget of close to $200,000,000 – we knew that the potential for impact was enormous. A month…
  • Israel, War and The Diaspora

    Stephen G. Donshik
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    How should Jews in the Diaspora (those who themselves are not under threat, as in some cities in Europe) respond to Israel’s needs, and what specific activities should they engage in? by Stephen G. Donshik This time, just like every time there is an armed conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbors or the indigenous Palestinian community, there has been a strong response from Jewish communities around the world. In some cases, as in a number of European cities during the last two weeks, the Jewish community is being forced to defend itself. We have witnessed stronger displays of…
  • 100 North American Olim Children Land in Israel

    eJP
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Ilana Barta, 23, from Teaneck, NJ, came to Israel to marry her fiance next month. Ilana has not heard from her fiance, a Paratrooper who is currently on active duty in Gaza, since the ground operation began. Jerusalem, July 22, 2014 – Despite the tense security situation in Israel, 228 new Olim, including 100 children, from the United States and Canada arrived at Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion Airport today as new citizens, on a Nefesh B’Nefesh Aliyah charter flight, in collaboration with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael…
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • Weekend Link Roundup (July 19-20, 2014)

    Mitch Nauffts
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Our weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the nonprofit sector.... Education In The Atlantic, Meredith Broussard, an assistant professor at Temple University, notes that asking poor school districts to give standardized tests inextricably tied to specific sets of...
  • NGO-Run Schools: Three Ways to Increase Value

    Mitch Nauffts
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    It's no secret that international development work has more than its share of challenges, especially when it involves a project that espouses a long-term goal such as improving access to or the quality of education. While some schools run by...
  • Artists as Social Entrepreneurs – 3 Exemplary Leaders

    Mitch Nauffts
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    As defined by Ashoka, social entrepreneurs are individuals with an innovative solution to a pressing social problem. They are ambitious and persistent in tackling the issues they target and in offering new ideas for wide-scale social change. I gave a...
  • Philanthropy, Diversity, and Equity

    Mitch Nauffts
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    In May, the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE), in partnership with the Black Philanthropic Network, released the report The Exit Interview: Perceptions on Why Black Professionals Leave Grantmaking Institutions (21 pages, PDF). The report highlights the need for leadership...
  • Is Your Nonprofit Ready to Play a Leading Role?

    Mitch Nauffts
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Is our organization relevant? If you work for a nonprofit, you've probably asked yourself that question more than once. Concerns about relevancy stem from the most challenging aspect of organizational sustainability. Unfortunately, even when your cause is viewed as "relevant,"...
 
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    The GiveWell Blog

  • The moral value of the far future

    Holden
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:41 am
    A popular idea in the effective altruism community is the idea that most of the people we can help (with our giving, our work, etc.) are people who haven’t been born yet. By working to lower global catastrophic risks, speed economic development and technological innovation, and generally improve people’s resources, capabilities, and values, we may have an impact that (even if small today) reverberates for generations to come, helping more people in the future than we can hope to help in the present. This belief is sometimes coupled with a belief that the most important goal of an…
  • Potential global catastrophic risk focus areas

    Alexander
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:34 am
    Throughout the post, “we” refers to GiveWell and Good Ventures, who work as partners on GiveWell Labs. This post draws substantially on our recent updates on our investigation of policy-oriented philanthropy, including using much of the same language. As part of our work on GiveWell Labs, we’ve been exploring the possibility of getting involved in efforts to ameliorate potential global catastrophic risks (GCRs), by which we mean risks that could be bad enough to change the very long-term trajectory of humanity in a less favorable direction (e.g. ranging from a dramatic…
  • Update on GiveDirectly

    Elie
    20 Jun 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Three members of GiveDirectly‘s board of directors (Paul Niehaus, Michael Faye, and Chris Hughes) are planning to start a for-profit technology company, Segovia, aimed at improving the efficiency of cash transfer distributions in the developing world. Segovia plans to sell software to developing-country governments for use in implementing their cash transfer programs. This development was announced today (though we have been aware of and discussing it with GiveDirectly for some time). Some discussion is available at today’s post on the Development Channel blog. GiveDirectly and…
  • Sequence Thinking vs. Cluster Thinking

    Holden
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Note: this is an unusually long and abstract post whose primary purpose is to help a particular subset of our audience understand our style of reasoning. It does not contain substantive updates on our research and recommendations. GiveWell – both our traditional work and GiveWell Labs – is fundamentally about maximization: doing as much good as possible with each dollar you donate. This introduces some major conceptual challenges when making certain kinds of comparisons – for example, how does one compare the impact of distributing bednets in sub-Saharan Africa with the…
  • Reflections on a Site Visit in Myanmar (Burma)

    Natalie
    2 Jun 2014 | 9:10 am
    This is a cross-post from Good Ventures’ blog Give & Learn. It was co-authored by Cari Tuna, Good Ventures Co-Founder, and Natalie Crispin, GiveWell Research Analyst. We recently traveled to Myanmar to visit a project Good Ventures is supporting to help prevent the spread of drug-resistant malaria. This post shares some observations from the trip and general thoughts about the value of site visits versus other ways of learning about the impact of one’s giving. About the project To recap, this project aims to rapidly replace one type of malaria treatment in Myanmar (AMT) with…
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    FundraisingCoach.com

  • How Mr. T can help your nonprofit fundraising. Seriously.

    Marc Pitman
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:11 am
    Here's a short video explaining one of the most important aspects of fundraising: shutting up. When you've done all the researching, engaging, and you've just made the ask...the decision is out of your control. And that's ok. In my fundraising training, I recommend picturing Mr. T at this moment. He'll help keep you from confusing your donor and losing money for you nonprofit. Watch this video to see why: For more common sense, real-life strategies on asking for money, check out my Ask Without Fear! fundraising book and fundraising DVD. (c) The Fundraising Coach, LLC Get 100 donors in the…
  • An unlikely summer reading list for nonprofit leaders

    Marc Pitman
    1 Jul 2014 | 1:35 am
    Summer can be a great time to catch up on some reading. "Catch up" may be relative term. Summer doesn't really slow down anymore, does it? But as those of you in the Northern Hemisphere experience the change in pace that summer brings, here are some books I recommend you consider adding to your summer reading list: Be Our Guest: Perfecting the Art of Customer Service by the Disney Institute with Theodore Kinni It's no secret that I'm a Disney fan. I grew up going to the parks and still go every few years. While they don't hit "magical" service every time, they are far more consistent than…
  • Why I pay for the Chronicle of Philanthropy

    Marc Pitman
    20 Jun 2014 | 6:49 am
    Years ago, the school that employed me as a fundraiser paid for a subscription to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. So when I began running a development shop, I made sure the Chronicle subscription was in my budget. But then, somewhere along the line, I realized two things: The stack of Chronicles just kept piling up on my desk. And I was getting pretty much all the news I wanted from their free Philanthropy Today email. So I stopped subscribing. And over the years, I began believing a subscription to the Chronicle was simply too expensive for my small budget. Every time I'd throw away another…
  • Nonprofit Marketing Tips from 19 Experts

    Marc Pitman
    17 Jun 2014 | 1:13 am
    A while ago, I was invited to be a guest lecturer at Brandeis. As my friend David Mersky was introducing me, I put this question across various social media platforms: RIGHT NOW: Nonprofit people, what marketing tips would you tell a graduate class on philanthropy? I'm guest lecturing at Brandeis right now and would love to show the power of social media. There was a lot of wisdom in the responses so I thought I'd share them with you. I'm including the links to the people who posted them. Marketing Tips for Nonprofits On Google+ Julia Campbell: Passion over technology! If you have a…
  • 15 Social Media Tips for Ministry Fundraising

    Marc Pitman
    6 Jun 2014 | 11:40 am
    This month's Church Executive features an interview with me on how pastors can use social media for fundraising. The editor pulled out 15 of the most important tips I've learned, both pastoring a church and in coaching church planters and others in ministry fundraising. It was fun to see what she chose! Social media tips for online fundraising It’s OK to ask for money. Really. Larger gifts require face time. Don’t always be closing. Lead with the vision. Whatever you do online, do it regularly. Listen first. Think like an event planner. Twitter tips. Go beyond the norm. Publicize your…
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    Low Hanging Fruit Communications

  • Nothing to See Here. . .

    Maureen Carruthers
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:44 pm
    I’ve been helping out on the WordPress.com forums for a couple weeks and in that time have twice published test posts here that were intended for my test blog.  So, if you are here because you got an e-mail and were super excited that I was blogging again, I’m sorry to disappoint.  I do have a post in mind though, so hopefully the next time you get an e-mail from Low Hanging Fruit it will be because I have something of potential value to say–not that I clicked “publish” too soon. Thanks everyone!
  • An Alternative to Hierarchical Leadership

    Maureen Carruthers
    21 Jan 2014 | 1:13 pm
    These guys need a chain of command.  Your family probably doesn’t.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Every now and again someone goes on television to talk about how her husband is the head of her household and she loves that because it’s the only thing that makes sense. After all we only have one President, and the military works in a hierarchy so obviously that’s just how leadership works. Normally I see these stories and roll my eyes or make yakking noises in the privacy of my own home. If I’m feeling really worked up, I treat my partner to a monologue on why comparing…
  • Push on the Pull Door

    Maureen Carruthers
    18 Jan 2014 | 9:51 am
    In public buildings if a door is labeled pull, the only way to open it is by following the stated direction. Pushing is only going to make you look foolish. What is true of doors is not necessarily true anywhere else. There is nothing wrong with following the directions the first time around, but if you’ve been diligently pulling on a problem waiting for the door to open, it might be time to push.* Your Turn We want to hear from you! When has your forward progress required you to break the (written or unwritten) rules? *conversely, if you’ve been pushing and pushing and the door…
  • Hello, Strangers!

    Maureen Carruthers
    20 Mar 2013 | 10:24 am
    Time to clean out the tumbleweeds!  (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Long time, no type! A lot has happened since I last shared this space with you, most notably, I left the solopreneur  world to become the Program Manager for the National Robotics League.  It’s a wonderful position, (what’s not fun about robots that fight each other in an arena and teach students STEM skills at the same time?) but it has seriously cut into my free writing time.  After 5 months I feel like I’m starting to get things under control, and I missed the creative outlet of this space, so I’m…
  • Why don’t volunteers follow through?

    Maureen Carruthers
    4 Oct 2012 | 8:05 am
    How is volunteer management like golf? It’s all about the follow through.  (Photo credit: gibsonsgolfer) I’ve asked myself this question more times than I can count. Sometimes I ask it as a manager who works with dedicated volunteers–all of whom seem completely confident in their ability to live up to a commitment one moment and many of whom are absolutely “too busy” to follow through the next. Sometimes I ask it as a volunteer who enthusiastically agrees to work in one meeting–only to sheepishly admit in the next meeting that the work is (still) not…
 
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    Amy Sample Ward’s Version of NPTech

  • Great reads from around the web on June 29th

    Amy Sample Ward
    29 Jun 2014 | 4:16 pm
    I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of June 29th). You can join the conversations in the comments, or click through to the original posts to find what others are saying. To follow more of the things I find online, you can follow @amysampleward on Twitter (which is just a blog and resource feed), or find me on Delicious (for all kinds of bookmarks). Is For-Profit the Future of Non-Profit? – Amy Schiller – The Atlantic – “Charity is for…
  • Social Media Tools to Watch in 2014 for #NonprofitRadio

    Amy Sample Ward
    9 Jan 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Last Friday, I had my monthly spot on Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio, a weekly online radio show that Tony hosts, it’s Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95%. In December, we discussed some of the latest social media stats and trends, especially as those trends highlight changing demographics on various social media platforms like Facebook. Continuing that conversation this time, we turned to some of the tools that your nonprofit may want to watch in 2014. Listen to the show and subscribe to the weekly episodes via iTunes! Like last time, I mentioned that I’d share some blog…
  • Latest Social Media Stats for #NonprofitRadio

    Amy Sample Ward
    13 Dec 2013 | 11:34 am
    Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio, a weekly online radio show that Tony hosts, is Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95%. Trusted experts and leading thinkers join Tony each week to tackle the tough issues facing small-and mid-size nonprofits. This week, Tony focused on Millennials and some of the tips for engaging different demographics on social channels with guest Derrick Feldmann of Achieve. As a monthly guest, I was excited to join for this episode to add to Tony and Derrick’s conversation. Listen to the show and subscribe to the weekly episodes via iTunes! On today’s show, I…
  • Celebrate Giving Tuesday with NTEN and @Kanter

    Amy Sample Ward
    26 Nov 2013 | 6:17 pm
    Giving Tuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. The second annual GivingTuesday is on December 3rd and you’re invited to join the celebration with NTEN! Want to participate? Here are three easy ways you can be part of the giving season kick-off: Donate to the 2013 NTEN Challenge We are so excited to celebrate the strength of this community, now 50,000 people stong! The 2013 NTEN Challenge will raise $50,000 to support expanded programs and…
  • If a Metric Changes on a Spreadsheet and No One Notices, Does it Show Impact?

    Amy Sample Ward
    20 Sep 2013 | 9:00 am
    This post originally appeared on the NTEN blog – you can also read the full post and join the conversation on the NTEN.org website. —– I love data as much as the next person. Give me an interactive map, a pivot table, even a plain old pie chart and I’m happy. But, there’s more to being data-informed and more to what we should demand of our data, right? When it comes to focusing on the right data, I like to ask myself these two questions. Is data helpful if you aren’t using it? We collect a lot of data. People join or renew as members (when did they join,…
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    FundraisingIP.com: Fundraising Ideas

  • Got the Donor Blues? Stewardship and Donor Relations

    Cari Mostert
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    There’s a phenomenon, a wave of charity and compassion that greets cataclysmic events and earth shattering tragedies. The torrent of giving that follows a crisis or disaster fills the databanks of nonprofits with new benefactors. But all too often this groundswell of emotional response is lost soon thereafter. Could this brief moment of enthusiastic generosity and feel-good emotion be harnessed to keep this active altruism alive? This is where the concept of stewardship comes in. Donor stewardship is the continuing connection with a donor after a gift has been made and is closely related to…
  • 10 Mistakes Nonprofit Professionals Make

    Cari Mostert
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Doesn’t the nonprofit sector attract the idealistic, self-sacrificing individuals amongst us? And wouldn’t that mean that mistakes are factors that just don’t happen? You have a passion to make a difference, there’s so much good you want to accomplish. But the charity sector has unique drawbacks and non-profit professionals make mistakes too. This happens often at the beginning of a career when abundance of vision and lack of experience merge. If you’re new to the nonprofit industry, and even if you’re not, this round-up reminds us of some common obstacles to dodge.   The…
  • Tips for Creating Community Awareness for Your Nonprofit

    Harlow Keith
    10 Jun 2014 | 10:37 am
    There is no question that nonprofits are full of passion and zeal. They are firmly convinced that there is a problem in society that needs to be corrected, or a service that should be provided for the common good. But what if a smaller nonprofit has difficulty connecting with the community they wish to serve? And to connect to those community leaders who can provide valuable assistance? An inability to generate recognition is something that has to be overcome for the nonprofit organization to not only thrive, but in many cases survive.     1. Spread the word Assuming the nonprofit…
  • 5 Green Funding Ideas to Aid Your Operating Budget

    Devon Reeser
    3 Jun 2014 | 10:15 am
    Can’t find those operating budget funds? You have great grant-funded projects, but you can’t keep the lights on in your administrative building? Operating support can be difficult to attract and then to maintain for your organization, especially when dollars are tight in your main mission field. What you can do, without changing your mission or turning the lights out, is access different specialty pools of funds for “greening” your business, or be creative by greening (and as a result enhancing) the resources you already have at your disposal to attract new funding sources. Green…
  • 9 Ways to Use Nonprofit Watchdogs’ Standards to Up Your Game

    Cari Mostert
    3 Jun 2014 | 8:02 am
    The nonprofit sector is huge. Did you know the Center for Civil Society Studies at Johns Hopkins University reports that more than 70 million people work and volunteer in the industry? Nonprofits produce more than 1.9 trillion dollars annually and employ the third-largest workforce of all U.S. industries. (More here.) With such a big industry, charity evaluators, reviewers and nonprofit watchdogs play an essential role. They expose unscrupulous tactics like shifty bookkeeping, deception and aggressive fundraising. And they are a fundamental resource for philanthropists deciding where their…
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    Social media marketing hacks for nonprofits | Powered by JohnHaydon.Com

  • How To Get More ROI from Facebook Boosted Posts

    John Haydon
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    Boosted Posts is a Facebook product that increases reach for specific Facebook Page updates. Boosted Posts are labeled “sponsored” and appear at the top of the Newsfeeds (web and mobile) of people you target. When people interact with your Boosted post, that interaction is seen by their friends. Facebook doesn’t sell engagement You can’t pay Facebook to increase engagement on your Page posts, but you can pay for more reach (the number of people who see your update). You are free to boost any update you choose (under these terms), and the shareholders will be happy to…
  • How to use Canva to Create Stellar Visual Content [VIDEO TUTORIAL]

    John Haydon
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    If you’re not familiar with Canva, you should be. Especially if you are in charge of content marketing for your organization. Last week, I gave an overview of Canva for my weekly mini webinar. If you’d like invites to these mini-webinars, make sure you subscribe. Here’s an edited version of “How to use Canva to Create Stellar Visual Content” (slideshare is below the video):
  • How to Promote Your Next Fundraising Event with Facebook Ads [FREE WEBINAR]

    John Haydon
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    Facebook Ads are a powerful way to increase engagement and drive traffic to your website. But are you using Facebook ads effectively? Or is your strategy to simply throw money at Facebook ads and hope you’ll get the results. This free webinar will show you simple ways to use Facebook Ads to promote your next fundraising event – without wasting money. In this 45-minute webinar, you will learn: Where you should start if you’re a beginner When to drive engagement, and when to drive website clicks When to use Facebook ads and when to use Boosted posts How to use Facebook…
  • What’s the Difference Between a Campaign and a Facebook App?

    Sara Piccola
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:44 am
    Apps and Campaigns serve the same general purpose. They’re both used to run promotions, contests, sweepstakes, newsletter integrations, welcome pages and landing pages. However, a Campaign can be placed anywhere on the Web while an App is limited to Facebook. So there you have the BIG difference between Apps and Campaigns: Apps = Facebook; Campaigns = Everywhere. Whether they’re called Campaigns or Apps — or even Tabs, which is what these tools were originally called — many of the tips and best practices we’ve all been hearing for years are still relevant.  Moving…
  • 8 Tools to Make You a Visual Content Ninja

    John Haydon
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:47 am
    If you manage social media for a nonprofit, you realize that creating visual content is becoming a bigger part of your job. You’re creating more visual content than ever before, and it has to look exceptional! That’s a lot of pressure for someone who didn’t go to art school. Fortunately, there are several tools and apps to make you look like a visual content ninja. 1) Canva If you need to churn out visual content that’s beautiful (or at least branded), then Canva is your tool. They have templates for Facebook covers, social media posts, posters, blog graphics, and more. Did I mention…
 
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    Cynthia D'Amour on Leadership & Life

  • A New Journey Begins

    Cynthia D'Amour
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:37 pm
    When my Dad went into hospice almost two years ago, a big piece of me unraveled. My commitment to fitness became a lessor priority. I found comfort in food. I left the gym. Fast forward two years to this July… I carried a lot of grief weight. My back rebelled and locked up for over six months. Food was making me sick – literally. (My food allergies were running wild.) I decided to use the Whole30 plan to help me to detox and get on a healthier horse. The plan eliminates common food allergens. No dairy, soy, grain, legumes, sugar and alcohol for 30 days. Focus on veggies, meat,…
  • My Hero Saved the Day!

    Cynthia D'Amour
    4 Jun 2014 | 12:09 pm
    I did the subway in NYC for the first time ever this trip. I had avoided it for years. A new friend offered to serve as my personal guide. Got me to the subway station. Then I hit my snag… The lanes to the turnstiles were really skinny. I was going to have to turn sideways to navigate. And pull my suitcase behind me. This approach was a great idea in theory – and not so brilliant in execution. I got through the turnstile no problem. However, my roller bag got caught on one of the turnstile spikes. And locked in place. I went into shock. How the heck was I going to get that roller…
  • Just Call Me Irresistible

    Cynthia D'Amour
    29 May 2014 | 9:42 am
    Just the thought of my appearance makes them drool in anticipation. When I show up the party starts. They can never get enough of me. Year after year. Do I sound like I’m bragging? It’s totally true. Some of us got what they want. I’m one of the lucky few. Do you wish you were me with fans clamoring around? Seriously? You may want to think twice. It’s not all it’s cut out to be. They are blood suckers. Never getting enough. Attacking me night and day. As soon as I walk out of my house. Do I sound ungrateful? Try a night in my skin. These lovers bite hard.
  • What’s Your Leadership Bow Wow Score?

    Cynthia D'Amour
    27 May 2014 | 5:49 am
    Wonder how much leadership energy you project? Ask a dog. We learned this Saturday at our second dog training class with dog whisperer Julia Levitt. (Should be called “Humans Understanding Dogs” class.) Dogs respond to the energy you project. They want you to be a leader. If you are not, they will fill the void. But not be as happy. How do dogs tell you that you need to be a stronger leader? They pull when you walk them. Bark and jump way too much. Don’t come when you call. The fun thing is dogs respond almost immediately to your change in energy. Julia had me think about…
  • Click Here for Your Gift

    Cynthia D'Amour
    21 May 2014 | 7:43 am
    My birthday is in about two weeks. Today I got a birthday email from one of my favorite restaurants. I got excited. Especially when the nice note said “Click here for your gift.” I LOVE gifts! We didn’t do a lot of gifts growing up. They are extra fun for me now. I wondered what it might be – hopefully something yummy! On the gift webpage I had to identify which location I wanted to go to. And then… it was just a coupon! The same one they run in a variety of local promotions. 15% off $50. Call me underwhelmed…. I had to open an email. Click a link. Enter a…
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    Charity Navigator

  • Fake MH17 Social Media Appeals

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    “Without fail, every time there’s a disaster or crisis, the scammers come out,”~ Ken Berger, President & CEO of Charity NavigatorThis statement is all too true. We've seen it time and time again. Disasters hit, people want to give generously to alleviate the suffering and the scammers go to work to try to siphon off some of that money. And it is happening again in the wake of the tragic destruction of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17. At least 6 bogus Facebook appeals have been reported (and since shut down by Facebook) as well as scams on Twitter. This case…
  • New & Updated Charity Ratings for July

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:24 am
    431 Charities with New Ratings including:Intrepid Museum Foundation received 4-starsFeeding America received 4-starsAmerican Red Cross received 3-starsPolice Athletic League of New Jersey received 0-stars85 New Charities Rated including:Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation received 4-starsLandesa received 4-starsVeterans Support 
  • Don't You Just Love a Good Book in the Summer?

    15 Jul 2014 | 1:19 am
    One of the things I most look forward to in the summer is reading a good book while relaxing in the outdoors. But it isn't always easy to find a book that I'll enjoy as well as learn something by reading. If you are like me and you work in the nonprofit field, then you might be interested in the books we at Charity Navigator have read and recommend. And if you do get the chance to read one this summer, leave us a comment here and tell us what you thought of it.Happy Reading! 
  • Hey Charities - Got Questions About Our Expanding Rating Methodology?

    10 Jul 2014 | 3:21 am
    As you probably know by now, Charity Navigator has developed a new dimension to our evaluation system - called Results Reporting - that specifically examines the quality of how charities report on their results (especially outcomes). We know many charity representatives have questions about the new methodology. To help address your questions, we've published a list of FAQs that deal specifically with the Results Reporting methodology. New FAQs include:When will my charity's star rating be impacted by the Results Reporting metrics?My charity just received the Results Reporting survey, now…
  • Do You Know - How Many Billions of Dollars Were Donated to Charity in 2013?

    8 Jul 2014 | 2:42 am
    Few people realize how large charities have become, how many vital services they provide, and how much funding flows through them each year. Without charities and non-profits, America would simply not be able to operate. Their operations are so big that during 2013, total giving was more than $335 billion.How big is the sector?Total giving to charitable organizations was $335.17 billion in 2013 (about 2% of GDP). This is an increase of 4.4% from 2012. Although this is the fourth straight year that giving has increased, it is still not at the pre-recession level of $349.5 billion seen in…
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    YouTube: Nonprofits

  • Exciting Announcements and Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

    vlogbrothers
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    Exciting Announcements and Mosquito-Borne Illnesses In which John discusses his forthcoming trip with Bill Gates (yes, that Bill Gates), his health anxiety, the worldwide threat of mosquito-borne illnesses, he... From: vlogbrothers Views: 295789 13914 ratings Time: 03:01 More in People & Blogs
  • The Future of Nerdfighteria

    vlogbrothers
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    The Future of Nerdfighteria SURVEY! On advertising and education: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/adsvlogbrothers (THANKS FOR TAKING IT!!) In which John discusses dragons, dinosaurs, and... From: vlogbrothers Views: 350780 18699 ratings Time: 03:35 More in People & Blogs
  • ALL THE SHIRTS (and some paths to community)

    vlogbrothers
    27 May 2014 | 12:40 pm
    ALL THE SHIRTS (and some paths to community) Buy my World Cup and FIGHT SARCOMA: http://fightworldsuck.org/pickourteam.php Join The Art Assignment community: https://www.youtube.com/user/theartassignmen... From: vlogbrothers Views: 361887 15324 ratings Time: 04:00 More in People & Blogs
  • Google Glass Explorer Story: WWF's Sabita Malla

    Google Glass
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:17 am
    Google Glass Explorer Story: WWF's Sabita Malla WWF's Sabita Malla is exploring how Glass can help protect rhinos. Learn more about how Glass can make an impact for nonprofits: g.co/givingthroughglass. Int... From: Google Glass Views: 463615 1317 ratings Time: 02:11 More in Nonprofits & Activism
  • Are Poor Countries Doomed?

    vlogbrothers
    21 Jan 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Are Poor Countries Doomed? The Gates Foundation Letter: http://annualletter.gatesfoundation.org/ In which John discusses the three myths at the center of Bill and Melinda Gates's 2013 ... From: vlogbrothers Views: 463114 21090 ratings Time: 03:51 More in Nonprofits & Activism
 
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    Together We Flourish

  • Roaring 20′s Themed Fundraising Event Benefits Sisters Place

    Susan
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:24 am
    The friends of Sisters Place Board presents the first annual friends of the table event. Don’t Bet the House ~ Raise the Roof!  This Roaring 20’s themed event is in honor of the 20th anniversary of Sisters Place. Please join us for casino games, prohibition cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. SAVE THE DATE Thursday, August 14, 4014 […]
  • A Mother’s Fear Turns to Hope

    Susan
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:27 am
    Anthony’s Remarkable Progress; To a casual observer, Anthony is just like any other child in his preschool classroom. He participates in circle time with the other children. He quietly stands in line and patiently waits his turn. But this hasn’t always been the case. Now six years old, Anthony was diagnosed with autism at 26 […]
  • Calling All Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Youth

    Susan
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:59 am
    Three Rivers Community Foundation wants you to lend your voice to GLSEN Pittsburgh’s Trans* Project! We are very excited to take the next step in our mission to help better the experiences of gender nonconforming students in schools across Southwestern PA. A key part of developing resources is to hear from students willing to participate […]
  • “Flash tattoos” to benefit North Hills Community Outreach

    Susan
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    Brother’s Keeper, a Christian-based tattoo parlor in West View, will hold a Flash Tattoo day 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, August 2, to benefit North Hills Community Outreach, a nonprofit organization that serves families in crisis, hardship and poverty in northern Allegheny County. Brother’s Keeper is located at 483 Perry Highway, West View. Four tattoo artists […]
  • JTBC is Providing Computer Recycle Program to Beaver County Area

    Susan
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:53 am
    Job Training for Beaver County (JTBC), in partnership with Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania, is providing a Computer Demanufacturing (Recycling) Program. JTBC, now located in the Beaver Valley Mall, is accepting donations of old computers. This recycling service is free of charge to those who donate.  The Computer Demanufacturing also provides a practical work experience for […]
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    Minnesota Council on Foundations Blog - Philanthropy Potluck

  • Channel One Regional Food Bank Wins All-Star Grant

    MCF Webmaster
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Baseball’s All-Star Game happened earlier this week in Minneapolis, and with it came the announcement of the nonprofit awarded the Twins “All-Star Fans Choose” grant. Nearly 75,000 fans voted to help award the $500,000 grant, with Channel One Regional Food Bank ultimately selected. The food bank plans to use the $500,000 grant to add more than 20,000 square feet of warehouse space at its Rochester location and build a kitchen and classroom to better serve and feed people in need. Channel One serves 13 counties in Southeast Minnesota and LaCrosse County in Wisconsin and an…
  • What’s Your Verb?

    MCF Webmaster
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    Jennifer Ford Reedy addressing the YNPN National Conference A couple of weeks ago, the national conference of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network came to Minneapolis. As a board member of the local chapter, I was thrilled to see so many young leaders from around the country in town and for them to hear Jennifer Ford Reedy of the Bush Foundation during day two’s opening keynote. One insight from Reedy’s keynote in particular has been sticking with me and others who attended. It came during her description of her career path and how she figured out what her dream job was. A…
  • Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation Announces Community Health Spirit Award

    MCF Webmaster
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation has launched a leadership award in honor of Ann K. Johnson, former Executive Director of Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation, and Community Affairs Director of Delta Dental of Minnesota. Ann dedicated her career to uplifting the lives of others and encouraging those around her to use their talents towards improved oral health for all Minnesotans. The Ann K. Johnson Minnesota Community Health Spirit Award will be given to an individual in special recognition of their contributions to improving oral and/or overall health in Minnesota, and to celebrate…
  • MCF Welcomes Na Eng as Director of Communications

    MCF Webmaster
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    MCF is pleased to welcome Na Eng as our new interim director of communications. As an award-winning journalist for PBS and CNBC, Na covered a broad range of critical economic and social issues, such as health care, education, immigration and renewable energy. Her hard hitting reporting took her to far-flung destinations all over the world and earned her top industry honors, including an Emmy Award and an Edward R. Murrow Award. Na also served as a senior communications officer for the international humanitarian organization Mercy Corps where she managed media relations and wrote op-eds, web…
  • MCF Welcomes Jennifer Hall as Program Assistant

    MCF Webmaster
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    This week MCF welcomes Jennifer Hall as our new program assistant. Most recently she worked at the Minnesota State College Faculty and prior to that she was at Grassroots Indigenous Multimedia where she worked on revitalizing the Ojibwe language. Jenn comes to MCF with experience in the nonprofit and legislative sectors. Over 7 years, she has developed a passion for public and customer service. Working for the state legislature helped her appreciate the importance of bringing a variety of perspectives together, while working for a nonprofit inspired her to learn more about the field of…
 
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    SocialEarth

  • ACEEE Ranks World’s Largest Economies on Energy Efficiency

    Justmeans
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    We see a lot of analyses and projections showing why renewables, despite their rapid growth will not be able to provide sufficient energy to allow us to get off fossil [...] The post ACEEE Ranks World’s Largest Economies on Energy Efficiency appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Microsoft Announces its Largest Wind Investment to Date

    Vikas Vij
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    Global corporations are picking up speed to make a shift towards renewable sources of energy in order to reduce their environmental footprint. Some of the major technology companies such as [...] The post Microsoft Announces its Largest Wind Investment to Date appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Integrated Capital for Social Enterprises

    3BL Media
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    A thriving social enterprise sector is essential to increasing community resilience and improving the lives of those who’ve been marginalized by the global economy. Social enterprises—which are in business to solve [...] The post Integrated Capital for Social Enterprises appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Sindyanna of Galilee: Positive Action for Women And Communities

    Sangeeta Haindl
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    Tensions between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas are running high after days of fighting. The peace process has faltered and the shadow of terrorism remains as property is [...] The post Sindyanna of Galilee: Positive Action for Women And Communities appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • The High Cost of Climate Change: A Warning to Businesses, Investors, and Homeowners

    Reynard Loki
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    “Risky Business,” a new report led by Mike Bloomberg and Henry Paulson, aims to frame climate change in economic terms. Will it make Americans care more about the issue? (Justmeans/3BL [...] The post The High Cost of Climate Change: A Warning to Businesses, Investors, and Homeowners appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • Weekend Link Roundup (July 19-20, 2014)

    Mitch Nauffts
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Our weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the nonprofit sector.... Education In The Atlantic, Meredith Broussard, an assistant professor at Temple University, notes that asking poor school districts to give standardized tests inextricably tied to specific sets of...
  • NGO-Run Schools: Three Ways to Increase Value

    Mitch Nauffts
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    It's no secret that international development work has more than its share of challenges, especially when it involves a project that espouses a long-term goal such as improving access to or the quality of education. While some schools run by...
  • Artists as Social Entrepreneurs – 3 Exemplary Leaders

    Mitch Nauffts
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    As defined by Ashoka, social entrepreneurs are individuals with an innovative solution to a pressing social problem. They are ambitious and persistent in tackling the issues they target and in offering new ideas for wide-scale social change. I gave a...
  • Philanthropy, Diversity, and Equity

    Mitch Nauffts
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    In May, the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE), in partnership with the Black Philanthropic Network, released the report The Exit Interview: Perceptions on Why Black Professionals Leave Grantmaking Institutions (21 pages, PDF). The report highlights the need for leadership...
  • Is Your Nonprofit Ready to Play a Leading Role?

    Mitch Nauffts
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Is our organization relevant? If you work for a nonprofit, you've probably asked yourself that question more than once. Concerns about relevancy stem from the most challenging aspect of organizational sustainability. Unfortunately, even when your cause is viewed as "relevant,"...
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  • Online nonprofit giving

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:19 am
    This is the first article in a series. By Dave Voris, Horizon BankIn the past several years, donors to nonprofits have become more comfortable with online giving. A new study released by M+R and the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), shows a 14 percent increase in 2013 with nearly $325 million raised through more than 5.5 million gift transactions. But just a couple of years ago, most credit card donations were made over the phone. And that required the charity to take several additional steps. A staff member would write down the credit card numbers and notes about the donor, then punch…
  • Financial Analysis Can Boost Your Nonprofit’s Success

    15 May 2014 | 8:01 am
    Beth Huffman, Foster Results2014 is well underway and already ushering in an array of new trends, from the latest fashions to cutting edge technology. A growing trend in the nonprofit world, however, has resulted from the not-so-new negative economic climate, which has brought along tighter resources for nonprofits – forcing organizations and funders alike to become more bottom-line-oriented.“Funders are having fewer resources and greater demands,” explains Althea Gonzalez, North Carolina program manager for Hispanics in Philanthropy. Gonzalez tells The Nonprofit Times, “There’s…
  • PGGI Wraps a Great Education Year

    7 May 2014 | 8:08 am
    In early 2013, the leadership of the Planned Giving Group of Indiana (PGGI) charted a course to provide a new level of excellence in programming and education to its members and the central Indiana fund development community. More than a routine luncheon, they determined to bring a diverse array of many of the best speakers available.- September 2013 - Chris Hoyt opened with an informative and humorous presentation on current trends in gift planning.- October - Ron Brown’s history of gift annuities provided a new and interesting perspective.- November - Indiana Philanthropy Day- December -…
  • Accounting for Your Volunteers, Literally!

    29 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    by Alerding CPA Group - Tyler KleinschmidtNot-for-profit entities rely heavily on volunteers and a variety of contributed goods and services to fulfill their mission. The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”), which sets the rules regarding accounting and financial reporting, outlines criteria that govern whether or not a contributed service should be recognized in the financial statements. However, there is still debate as to whether these guidelines allow for the most accurate reflection of the activities within the financial reporting framework.The first criteria for…
  • Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Study

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    by BlackbaudBlackbaud has released its 2013 Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Study that explores giving trends across 39 organizations and 44,000 events from 2011 to 2013 that raised more than $1 billion online, in total. The study addresses four categories – Cycle, Endurance, 5K and Walk.Key Findings:- Endurance events generate the most revenue; 5K events generate the least- Cycle events get the most participants in online fundraising- The percentage of people raising money has remained flat across all four event types, but donors gave more each year- The average online gift for…
 
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  • Seda’s light

    Guest Blogger
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Credit: Every Mother Counts Take a few moments to watch Every Mother Counts‘ video, Seda’s Light, and take action to bring electricity to mothers giving birth.  Imagine giving birth in the dark. Imagine complications arising that require emergency medical attention. Imagine that the doctor cannot see well enough to perform accurate surgery. Imagine you or your baby dying from complications during or after birth that could have been prevented with a flick of a switch. Unfortunately for women and families across the world, this isn’t just imaginary—it’s their reality. Without…
  • Global Soap Project is helping to put more girls back in school

    Guest Blogger
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:35 am
    Global Soap Project distributing soap to women in Malawi. Credit: Global Soap Project Derrick Kayongo is the co-founder of the Global Soap Project. As an executive and development expert, he has more than 15 years experience developing strategic social campaigns within organizations for cause-related advocacy, public policy, issue management, and community organizing. In July of 2005, I was blessed to be among the main speakers in Philadelphia with the likes of Pastor Rick Warren, Chris Tucker, Black-eyed Peas, and many other amazing people. At the time the Campaign to “Make Poverty…
  • This is personal: Flight MH17 and HIV/AIDS

    Erin Hohlfelder
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    On Thursday, frantic emails started popping up in my inbox.  News had broken that a plane had crashed in Ukraine, with hundreds of crew and passengers dead. It registered as a horrible and senseless event; nothing more. Then, I started to learn that some of the passengers were heading to the 2014 International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Melbourne, Australia. Six delegates, including Dutch advocates with whom our ONE colleagues had partnered, had been killed—a terrible loss. Suddenly, the news felt raw, and personal.  The victims were no longer faceless individuals part of a collective…
  • Bono, Malala & Desmond Tutu send stark warning to world leaders

    Sipho Moyo
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    Clockwise from top left: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Bono, Malala Yousafzai, Muhammed Yunus, Graca Machel, and Mo Ibrahim. You probably haven’t heard about it, but this week decisions are being taken that could mean the difference between poverty and dignity for millions of people.  Diplomats from UN member states are finalizing a draft blueprint for the post 2015 development agenda and the stakes could not be higher. Today, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Malala Yousafzai, Graca Machel, Bono, Mo Ibrahim and Muhammed Yunus have joined forces to sound a warning that 2015 is a…
  • 3 Normal situations that become scary without power

    Malaka Gharib
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    Giving birth, studying and cooking: these are three totally normal situations that take place everywhere around the world each day. But without electricity, doing any of these things can be frustrating, scary, and in some cases, life threatening. That’s the reality for 7 in 10 people in Africa who live without power every day.  Scroll through these scenarios from our interactive infographic to see how energy can make a big difference: Giving birth with electricity – NORMAL Giving birth without electricity – SCARY A whopping 70 percent of child and maternal mortality…
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  • TIME's 'Problem' piece: What a media giant's fumble can teach us about dog bites and an industry in decline

    8 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    The number of dog bite injuries spikes in summer months, so to help curb the tide, news sites, trainers, advocacy groups and humane orgs roll out a perennial offering of bite prevention info as early as May. The efforts to educate seem to be helping: Reports from public health agencies around the US tell us that the number of bite injuries reported has declined significantly, even as the dog population has risen by millions during the time period bites have been studied. (Fewer bites.)Right: Graphic & Info Huffington Post & Sophia YinWhat happens though when you take the same worthy…
  • Oakland's most popular dogs need community support

    8 May 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Follow up from our report back in December. Oakland Animal Services (OAS) is still in the spotlight for ongoing practices that endanger the survival of our city’s lost and surrendered dogs (News Link).  If you are a pit bull owner or if you’ve found a lost dog in Oakland and you value his survival, it’s imperative that you try every alternative before bringing your dog to OAS at this time. Please read at bottom of post for information on alternatives. But first, some background...OAS has been under heavy scrutiny for lack of leadership, high euthanasia rates of adoptable and…
  • Keep'Em Home. A longtime mission with a new name.

    28 Apr 2014 | 10:43 am
    We've recently christened our dog owner support mission the Keep'em Home Project in recognition of the efforts of families who struggle to keep their dogs in the face of personal crisis including financial and housing challenges. We've been assisting pit bull owners especially with resources for many years, but naming the project allows us to sharpen our focus and deepen our commitment to this important work. We hope you like it! Keep'em Home is a rallying cry to everyone who shares our belief that providing dog owners with relevant information and necessary…
  • a week of firsts

    17 Mar 2014 | 8:24 am
    A very special group of survivors arrived in CA two weeks ago. We first met them over Christmas week when our team of ten traveled to the southeastern US to provide care for 167 dogs held in a busy HSUS-run animal shelter. They'd been swept up in a dog fighting raid that saved 367 dogs - not including the pups born post-seizure. News Link. The dogs are being released to rescue for TLC and re-homing one group at a time. We accepted seven (Monkey, Jamie, Melvin, Gwennie, Ollie, Luna, Lady Bug), and hosted Megg and Londyn for two weeks at the Rescue Barn before they left for new adventures…
  • a 12-step plan for Good Samaritans

    11 Feb 2014 | 10:03 pm
    People who pluck strays from the streets are unsung heroes in any community's efforts to prevent early deaths in crowded animal shelters. You may not know they're out there because they're working independently, without much of an internet presence and with little to no access to resources. But they make up some of the most motivated partners in the ongoing work to help homeless dogs move from danger back to safety.We know how frustrating it can be to be a solo rescuer with no support and a dog that no one can absorb, including the original owner(s), so we built this little slideshow video…
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    GuideStar Blog

  • How Your Charity Can Avoid the Donor Fatigue Trap

    Courtney Cherico
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Many nonprofits are constantly asking themselves a single question: How can we consistently keep donations flowing in to support our cause? There really is such a thing as donor fatigue – if you are constantly pleading with your supporters to donate cash, you risk having them “tune out” and become desensitized to this type of call to action. The solution: give supporters a new call to action, a new way to support your cause. Instead of asking for cash all the time, now you can ask them to donate their unused stuff that is laying around their homes (and taking up precious space.) By…
  • Justin Bieber vs. the Gates Foundation

    Courtney Cherico
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    This following post first appeared on Glasspockets’ Transparency Talk blog. Click here to view the original post.  Glasspockets, which champions philanthropic transparency in an online world, is a service of the Foundation Center.   When it comes to social media and “crowds,” the largest philanthropic foundation in the world is no match for Justin Bieber. Not even close. As the graphic below shows, over the thirty-day period from November 3 to December 3,”Justin Bieber” was mentioned in 40,596,304 tweets while the “Gates Foundation” appeared in just…
  • Branding yourself as a nonprofit consultant

    Mazarine Treyz
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:49 am
    Mazarine Treyz of Wild Woman Fundraising Sometimes fundraising people get fed up with working for nonprofits all the time and think, I’ll just be a nonprofit consultant! How hard can it be? It’s actually really hard. Don’t get me wrong, fundraising prepares you in many ways to become a nonprofit consultant, but there are a few key things that you won’t learn in a fundraising office. One of them is branding. What is branding? It’s the foundation of your marketing. Branding creates a symbol of quality that you are known for. And it helps differentiate you in the…
  • A list of social enterprises: why does it not exist?

    Courtney Cherico
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    Problem Despite the buzz, energy, and enthusiasm surrounding social entrepreneurship, we are missing something fundamental: a list of social enterprises.  Several leading organizations have begun to compile such lists but we will need a shared effort if we are to build something comprehensive. Why would a list of social enterprises be good? Investors, researchers and entrepreneurs alike could greatly benefit from access to a centralized database of social enterprises. Social enterprises take various legal forms such as for-profits, non-profits, L3Cs and benefit corporations. There is…
  • 5 Strategies to Generate More Donations at Your Nonprofit

    Alison Ho
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    While generating donations for your nonprofit can seem like a never-ending battle, there are ways to make it easier. The Internet has changed the face of nonprofit fundraising, and as an ever-increasing number of donors give online, it is crucial to ensure that your organization is up to the task of accepting these gifts. Use these strategies to bump up the giving from your current donors, while attracting new donors to the mix: 1. Make Your Website Mobile-Friendly The online world is constantly changing, and if you’re not keeping up with the times, your organization is going to suffer.
 
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    Nonprofit Blog Exchange

  • Roundup for June 2014

    Emily
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:21 pm
    5 Quick Ways to Improve Your Nonprofit Email Newsletter (J Campbell Social Marketing) 10 Easy A/B Tests for Your Email (Michelle Chaplin) 3 Things You Can do Today to Move your Nonprofit Marketing Forward (Jessica Green) Nonprofit Marketing Tips from 19 Experts (FundraisingCoach.com) Do Nonprofits Really Need a Brand? (Red Rooster Group) What We Talk About When We Talk About Data (Idealware) 4 Disney Lessons to Transform Your Donor Retention (FundraisingCoach.com) Falling Donor Retention Rates and 5 Ways you can Reverse the Trend (Fundraising Pulse) Learning from Failure: Building Online…
  • Roundup for May 2014

    Emily
    31 May 2014 | 7:37 pm
    3 Reasons Why Nonprofits Don’t Do Storytelling (J Campbell Social Marketing) 6 Types of Stories that Spur Giving (The Nonprofit Marketing Blog) 10 Ways to Build Loyalty Among Online Community Members (J Campbell Social Marketing) 10 Ways Nonprofits Can Succeed with Visual Marketing (J Campbell Social Marketing) 10 Social Media Tips for Non-Profits (The Fundraising Resource Group) Five Steps to Take Before Starting a Website Redesign (LipmanHearne Commons) How Tech is Changing Fundraising (The Collins Group) Nonprofit Communications Strategy: Did you succeed? (Communicate and Howe!)…
  • Roundup for April 2014

    Emily
    30 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    Still Blogging? You’re Not Alone (Idealware) Who’s Segmenting Email, Why, and Why Not [Infographic] (Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog) If Google were a nonprofit, what would its website look like? And what could your nonprofit learn from its design? (npENGAGE) Is It Time to Rebrand? (Red Rooster Group) Spring Cleaning for your Creative (CCAH’s Industry Voices) The Nine Steps of Planning a Successful Technology Project (TechSoup Blog) Content Curation: The Art and Science of Spotting Awesome (Beth’s Blog) 6 Steps to Building an Engaged Staff Writing Team (Kivi’s…
  • Roundup for March 2014

    Emily
    30 Mar 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Got a Blog? It Could Be a Perpetual Content Creating Machine for Your Nonprofit (About.com Nonprofit Charitable Orgs) How Are You Telling Your Stories? (Ann Green’s Nonprofit Blog) 5-Star Storytelling Success Story (Getting Attention) Curating Content: How to Leverage Stories from Your Community (npENGAGE) Four Online Fundraising Pitfalls—And How to Avoid Them (ASU Lodestar Center Blog) How I Would Evaluate Your Email Newsletter (Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog) How great content can help you raise more money (Non-Profit Marketing Blog) Kick-Start Yourself with a…
  • Roundup for February 2014

    Emily
    12 Feb 2014 | 11:54 am
    Blogging, Content, and Website Management How To Spread Your Org’s Story Through Developing a Purposeful Blogging Strategy (Next Level Nonprofits) 3 Key Attributes to Boost Your Non Profit’s Blogging Abilities (See What’s Out There) 10 Must-Have Elements for Nonprofit Websites (npENGAGE) Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 3: Content Strategy (npENGAGE) Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 4a: Sitemaps (npENGAGE) Keeping Your Website Relevant for Your Participants (Event Fundraising Blog) Is your nonprofit content URGENT? (The Non-Profit Marketing Blog) Drowning in Content? Curated…
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  • Remembering Tony Palmer, the Great Ecumenicist

    Andrew Jones
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    ony Palmer was great Anglican leader and ecumenical ambassador. He was also a friend. So I am sad to announce that Bishop Anthony Palmer passed away on Sunday due to a motorcycle accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with Emily and the kids, as well as the Ark Community. Tony (Anthony) was one of those multi-talented individuals whose impressive abilities ...
  • Sending Elizabeth to College

    Andrew Jones
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Elizabeth, our oldest daughter, turned 21 this year. A few months ago she moved to Portland, Oregon and was accepted into the program at Oregon Culinary Institute. We are very proud of her. And so are many of you, who have followed her journey since the 90′s and have watched her grow up on our blogs or in person. Elizabeth has ...
  • Global Journey Map

    Andrew Jones
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:48 pm
    If you have been following our journey on Jonberries.com for the past few years, you would have seen our family travel map, courtesy of Nomad Travel Map plug in for wordpress. Awesome feature. I have always tried to keep TallSkinnyKiwi separate from Jonesberries [dont be surprised if this sentence disappears shortly] but I do want to put a few maps ...
  • Calvary the Movie

    Andrew Jones
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    We don’t go to the movies very often but when we do, we like to see a really good movie. Last night Debbie and I went out on a little date night to a nice theatre where we sat in oversized chairs with a glass of red wine  . .  and we saw the movie “Calvary”. LOVED IT!!!!!!! A deep well ...
  • What’s so Amazing About Being Anglican?

    Andrew Jones
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:09 pm
    pdate: Conference went well yesterday with over 100 people attending. Here are some of the best moments: Original Post: Some thoughts on Being Anglican and my current journey to be even more Anglican, part of which is attending a conference this weekend in Wellington with Bishop Victoria Matthews entitled “Whats So Amazing About Being Anglican?” [PDF] Obviously I am thinking about ...
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  • Keeping Life Normal in Southern Israel

    eJP
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Puppet therapy at the Cheruv Absorption Center in Be’er Sheva; photo courtesy The Jewish Agency. by Ravit Elia-Leib The question on our minds these days is how can we best grapple with and confront this emergency situation, which continues on and on – endlessly, it seems. How can we help our small children, who waited so long for their summer vacation, to overcome their fears and disappointments? In my own home, we decided to deal with things by making light of them. We make games out of the experiences and try, to the greatest extent possible, to maintain routine. When the air-raid…
  • A Third Gen Professional Takes the Reigns in Vancouver

    eJP
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:15 pm
    by Abigail Pickus These days, Ezra Shanken looks out his office window and sees snowcapped mountains. It’s a long way from Manhattan, where Shanken recently served as Director of Emerging Leaders & Philanthropists (ELP) at UJA-Federation of New York.   But as the newest Chief Executive Officer of Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver – and arguably, at 33, one of the youngest to ever assume such an executive role in the Jewish communal world – Shanken seems up to the challenge. “This has been a dream that I’ve had from the beginning,” said Shanken. “I’ve come…
  • Why Was the JCC Global Budapest Conference Different Than Any Other?

    eJP
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:10 pm
    by Smadar Bar-Akiva The simple answer: Because JCCs, perhaps more than any other institution, have members … Jews who are a natural constituency for the work we do and whose lives are changed by their involvement in our work. Therefore, when we recruited the senior leadership of 27 JCCs from 12 countries - Canada, England, France, Hungary, Israel, Mexico, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, USA and Venezuela – serving more than 300,000 Jews annually and managing a total budget of close to $200,000,000 – we knew that the potential for impact was enormous. A month…
  • Israel, War and The Diaspora

    Stephen G. Donshik
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    How should Jews in the Diaspora (those who themselves are not under threat, as in some cities in Europe) respond to Israel’s needs, and what specific activities should they engage in? by Stephen G. Donshik This time, just like every time there is an armed conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbors or the indigenous Palestinian community, there has been a strong response from Jewish communities around the world. In some cases, as in a number of European cities during the last two weeks, the Jewish community is being forced to defend itself. We have witnessed stronger displays of…
  • 100 North American Olim Children Land in Israel

    eJP
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Ilana Barta, 23, from Teaneck, NJ, came to Israel to marry her fiance next month. Ilana has not heard from her fiance, a Paratrooper who is currently on active duty in Gaza, since the ground operation began. Jerusalem, July 22, 2014 – Despite the tense security situation in Israel, 228 new Olim, including 100 children, from the United States and Canada arrived at Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion Airport today as new citizens, on a Nefesh B’Nefesh Aliyah charter flight, in collaboration with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael…
 
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  • Israel – Operation Protective Edge

    Yoav
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    Treatment of Civilians in Operation Protective Edge: Israel and Hamas The post Israel – Operation Protective Edge appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
  • The Rolling Stones Played Tel Aviv – Satisfaction

    Yoav
    5 Jun 2014 | 7:39 am
    The Rolling Stones played Tel Aviv the other night! So much for the BDSers and their BS. The Stones do seem a beat or two off from their youth judging from this video clip, but it’s great to see them in Israel especially when they encountered so much criticism for this show. I even even heard that Mick Jager peppered his banter with the crowd with a bunch of Hebrew phrases. Sababa…. http://www.timesofisrael.com/mick-jaggers-top-12-hebrew-phrases/ The post The Rolling Stones Played Tel Aviv – Satisfaction appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
  • R.I.P. Dr. Maya Angelou

    Yoav
    28 May 2014 | 7:55 am
    Final tweet (5/23) from DrMayaAngelou: “Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.” The post R.I.P. Dr. Maya Angelou appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
  • Israel Turns 66 – Yom Ha’azmaut – Israel Independence Day 2014

    Yoav
    6 May 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Today Israel turns 66! Only one more year until she retires… just kidding. Israel smelled like one big al ha aish (barbeque) today. We saw a fireworks show at night as did most of the country. IDF planes soared over most of Israel today in a show of unity. Parents tried their best not to buy our kids overpriced glow in the dark toys, sugary stuff and that stupid foam that kids spray on people that is somehow supposed to be fun. What a stark contrast to the day before which with Yom Hazikaron where we remembered Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror. For a laugh go check…
  • Yom Hazikaron – Israel Remberance Day for Fallen Soldiers 2014

    Yoav
    4 May 2014 | 9:18 am
    The post Yom Hazikaron – Israel Remberance Day for Fallen Soldiers 2014 appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
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  • 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…
  • How No More Poverty Is Addressing Global Need

    universalgivingteam
    25 Apr 2013 | 9:00 am
    We’re highlighting one of our partners today, No More Poverty. Here’s what they had to share about their work: Since its foundation in 2012, No More Poverty has been able to provide support and assistance to well over three dozen separate non-profit organizations that focus on poverty and poverty-related issues. Since the initial launch of No More Poverty efforts have extended to partnerships for charitable events and the funding of surgical missions to developing nations. Founders Michael and Julian Omidi started No More Poverty in order to help assist in the global crisis of…
  • Take a Volunteer Trip in Thailand

    Cheryl Mahoney
    15 Apr 2013 | 9:00 am
    UniversalGiving has recently been working with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), who have launched a contest to promote voluntourism, The Little Big Project.  One winner will receive a two-week volunteer trip to Thailand.  But everyone is invited to volunteer: TAT is partnering with other organizations, including UniversalGiving, to share volunteer opportunities. Sound appealing?  Looking for adventure?  Here are some top opportunities to volunteer in Thailand with UniversalGiving’s vetted NGO partners: Volunteer with Community Projects Work with Wild Animals Empower Single…
  • The Y Factor

    universalgivingteam
    27 Dec 2012 | 11:11 am
    Today’s guest post comes from our partner, Bright Funds. Millennials. Gen Y. The Facebook generation.  Whatever you call today’s teens, twenty- and thirty-somethings, they certainly constitute an increasingly powerful demographic. Now 80 million strong, millennials are the fastest-growing part of today’s workforce and the part responsible for much of the disruptive innovation that is forever transforming the way we conduct our daily lives.  Needless to say, with increasing political influence, expanding bank accounts, and sharpening technological insights, Gen Y has significantly…
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  • Patrick Henry: “Find the Peace so Sweet that You will Purchase it”

    Pamela Hawley
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    “Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!”   We all know Give me Liberty, or Give Me Death.” But what Patrick Henry’s rousing call points to is that our nation had to face either being killed and put down, in slavery and under the helm of another country…. or pay the price of being free.   We paid the price.  He did. Our forefathers, foremothers and forechildren all gave their lives… and so we have our…
  • Football Defensive End Michael Strahan: His Advice!

    Pamela Hawley
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    “Everything they learned for the most part comes from you—how they treat people, how they look at the world, how they process things. I love being that example for them.“ —Michael Strahan Football players are tough. Picture him on the field in aggressive play, (source: The New York Times) and still in uniform with that tough look on his face!   (source: Yahoo Sports) They are also smart.   (source: The New York Times) Toughness and smarts, along with an overweighted amount of being loving, make a good model. Michael Strahan has a call to leadership for all of us, on the…
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: “Do Not Fear to Be Eccentric…” – Bertrand Russell

    Pamela Hawley
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    “Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.” – Bertrand Russell Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) was a British philosopher, logician and mathematician.  He co-wrote “Prinicipia Mathematica” with A. N. Whitehead, attempting to ground math in logic, and he has had a profound influence on philosophy, mathematics and linguistics.  He was a staunch anti-war activist; he was jailed for pacifism in World War I, campaigned against Adolf Hitler, and was against the Vietnam War.  He also acknowledged that war could at times be…
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: A Great Gift: “Call Me Brother”

    Pamela Hawley
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    A story I heard and found inspiring: A famine was on in the land and a beggar on a street corner reached out to Tolstoy, who was passing by. Russia’s great man stopped, searched for a coin but found none. With genuine sorrow, he said: “Don’t be angry with me, my brother. I have nothing with me.” The beggar’s face lit up as he replied, “But you called me brother–that is a great gift.”
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: “The Soul Is the Core of Your Being” – Deepak Chopra

    Pamela Hawley
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    “The soul is the core of your being. Your body is in your soul. Your mind is in your soul. The whole universe is in your soul, and your soul is part of the universal consciousness.” – Deepak Chopra, in an interview with Oprah Deepak Chopra is an India-born, American author and lecturer, focusing on spirituality and mind-body health.  He began his career as a doctor, before moving into alternative medicine.  He focuses on meditation and spiritual practices, and the effect of one’s thoughts and emotions on one’s physical health.  He is a prominent figure in the…
 
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  • Why Your Nonprofit Should Conduct Surveys

    Howard
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:49 am
    Surveys can be a great way to gauge what people think of your organization’s brand, where improvements can be made, and how to generate more support. A survey doesn’t dig deep but it is broad, reaching far more people than could easily be asked in-depth questions in an interview. The value of surveys is that they can give you insight into how your nonprofit is perceived by many people, if it is well-known, what media are most effective in getting its message out, and what programs it is known for. Or it can help you find out why the demographic you want to target is not responding…
  • Great Photos Don’t Just Happen: They’re Planned

    Howard
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
    Preparation for a photo shoot is a critical part of creating good photos, according to Jason Gardner, a photographer experienced in both nonprofit and corporate photography. Proper planning will maximize the effectiveness of the photos while minimizing costs. Photos catch the eye and pull your audience into your  website, annual report, marketing brochure or Case for Support. Make sure that you know what you want the photos to say as well as the technical parameters of what you need — horizontal, vertical, color, high resolution, etc. Professional photographers can help you figure all this…
  • Who Needs to Hear Your Nonprofit’s Message?

    Howard
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Successful branding requires targeting all your nonprofit’s audiences with the right messages. Most nonprofits make the mistake of focusing on a limited number of audiences: donors, members,or  clients. But every nonprofit has a wide array of audiences that can help it succeed. Consider them all when crafting marketing messages and choosing which media to use. To focus your brand messages, explore the values of the audiences you want to reach and the ways in which they interact with your organization. Be sure to look ahead, at the audiences you want to reach going forward, not just…
  • Nonprofit Goals Determine Marketing Strategy

    Howard
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Whether online or offline make sure your marketing materials further your nonprofit’s goals, by making people aware of its mission, willing to donate, interested in joining or eager to participate in its fundraising event. An e-newsletter, like all points of contact with your organization’s stakeholders, should bring your organization closer to meeting its goals and keep its mission clear in people’s minds. Make sure outreach materials reflect what your organization does as well as what it hopes to achieve. Your nonprofit may be facing big changes: a new location or program,…
  • How a Competitive Review Can Give Your Nonprofit an Edge

    Howard
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:45 am
    You’re not alone out there where you try to generate interest from volunteers and donors or recruit dedicated staff. Pay attention to and evaluate the brands of competing organizations. You may find opportunities for growth as well as areas in which you need to up your marketing game in order to fulfill your mission. Nonprofits often don’t think in terms of “competition.” After all, they are all trying to better the world. But nonprofits, like for-profits, must attract attention, make sure their value is appreciated, and entice people to take action. While they may not…
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  • Elton John Narrates AIDS Documentary

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    At the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Voice of America has premiered a documentary that explores how stigma interferes with AIDS treatment and prevention around the world. The documentary, Living in the Shadows, profiles six individuals combating HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, Canada, Cambodia, Haiti, and the United States. Each of their stories argues that no matter the community, acceptance and compassion are necessary first steps to solving the AIDS crisis. The film was narrated by Sir Elton John, a longtime AIDS activist and founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF). “So…
  • Bret Michaels Donates Guitar To Hard Rock In Tribute To First Responders

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Bret Michaels visited Hard Rock Cafe New York on Friday to donate a one-of-a-kind guitar, the Patriot Guitar, to Hard Rock’s world-famous memorabilia collection as a tribute to the men and women who serve in the military and to our country’s first responders. Bret Michaels With Hard Rock Cafe New York General Manager, Daniel Sarroino, and Ray Pfeifer of FDNY Bret Michaels was also presented a plaque from the Feal Good Foundation, for his dedication to the 9/11 first responders and their families. This plaque joins Bret’s guitar on display at the cafe as a homage to…
  • Prince Harry Awards Digital Media Champions For Invictus Games

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Prince Harry has made an impassioned plea for the nation to support his paralympic-style sporting championships for injured servicemen and women. Prince Harry poses for a group photograph during a visit to Bethnal Green AcademyCredit/Copyright: www.princehenryofwales.org/The Prince told a group of students who have become digital media champions for the Invictus Games that the event would be the “most amazing weekends of your lives”. He met more than 60 young people from six schools across east and central London during a visit to Bethnal Green Academy where they were being…
  • Go Behind The Bars Of Orange Is The New Black

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Stella Adler Studio of Acting is auctioning off a rare opportunity to visit the production set of the groundbreaking Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, which was just nominated for 12 Emmy Awards and is this year’s most nominated comedy series. One lucky winner and a guest will enjoy an hour-long set visit during the filming of Season 3. The estimated value of this set visit is $2,500. This behind-the-bars experience is priceless. The auction will benefit the studio’s all-female actor training programs for prisoners on Rikers Island. The set visit was donated by…
  • Rehearse A Scene And Eat BBQ With Kevin Spacey

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    Here’s your chance to grab a friend and jet to the set of House of Cards to hang with Kevin Spacey and Beau Willimon. A new raffle on Omaze.com is giving you the chance to win the once-in-a-lifetime experience, which includes a Freddy’s-style BBQ lunch and the opportunity to perfect your acting skills when you rehearse a scene with one of the greatest actors of all time! You’ll also spend time with Beau Willimon when you get a personal tour of the stages and chat about writing for television and film. The raffle benefits The Old Vic and the Geffen Playhouse. The Old Vic is…
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  • The Nonprofit Director's Skill Set: One Group's Opinion

    4 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    THIS SUMMER I'M LEADING AN ONLINE COURSE in museum administration -- a new venture offered by the American Association for State and Local History.  The small band of participants -- most not museum administrators, by the way -- are being treated to the basics of nonprofit organization spanning how museums are founded to issues of leadership.  The most recent lesson explored the complex and sometimes competing roles of the museum director.  A director has allegiances to both the governing board and the staff requiring continual alignment of priorities and mitigation of…
  • When the Board Wastes the CEO's Talent

    19 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
    A RECENT CONVERSATION ABOUT WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE for ongoing member communications at a nonprofit got me thinking about how boards can, often quite unintentionally, waste their CEO's talent and, in turn, the talent of bright, committed staff.  Boards can waste their own talent, too, but that's the subject for the next post. In this conversation, some board members argued that it was the role of the board to review and approve every word the organization relayed to its membership.  Others differentiated between "strategic" communications -- issue briefs, advocacy alerts,…
  • That's Just the Way We've Done it Around Here

    26 Jan 2014 | 3:23 pm
    MAKING CHANGE IS TOUGH.  EVEN THE TINIEST OF CHANGES CAN OFTEN MEET THE LARGEST OF HURDLES. I recall meeting some serious resistance when I suggested that a nominating committee take an inventory of board member skills and attributes in an effort to help it think more holistically about filling existing gaps.  I thought that was a pretty easy one, but some members of the nominating committee didn't think it was a good idea at all and refused to participate.  Or the time an organization decided not to seek external input for its planning because it didn't want to raise…
  • Forward Guidance for Nonprofits: Where is it Taking You?

    10 Jan 2014 | 12:55 pm
    THE TERM 'FORWARD GUIDANCE' IS USED BY central banks to influence market expectations about the future levels of interest rates.  Banks do this by forecasting where markets will go and communicating their forecasts to businesses, governments, and the public.  I can see I've really grabbed your attention now.  But wait -- I'm going somewhere with this concept that has related, but not necessarily financial, applicability to the nonprofit sector.I'm intrigued by the phrase, which I admit I hadn't heard until recently.  I'm also intrigued with the idea of 'forward guidance'…
  • Committee Job Descriptions: The Essence of Group Work

    1 Dec 2013 | 9:42 am
    I'M SPENDING SOME TIME THIS MORNING DRAFTING COMMITTEE JOB DESCRIPTIONS, or charges, for a nonprofit organization whose committees have been working without the benefit of this important tool.  You might be saying to yourself, if committees are functioning, why gum up the works with wonky job descriptions?  Isn't that just one more layer of red tape that few people pay attention to, much less care about?I could respond by saying that committee job descriptions, just like employee job descriptions and board of trustee job descriptions, have the potential for strangling enthusiasm.
 
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    Nonprofit Resource Memo

  • Senior Hunger Threat Remains Higher than Pre-Recession Levels

    M. P.
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    Food insecurity is on the rise among seniors. The number of senior citizens considered food insecure increased by 49 percent between 2007 and 2012 according to a study from The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH).  Using the Three Core Food Security Module to measure risk, study authors Dr. James P. Ziliak of the University of Kentucky and Dr. Craig G. Gundersen of the University of Illinois found that over 9 million American senior citizens were food insecure, and threat of hunger rates for all senior groups (ages 60 to 69, 70 to 79, and 80+) were higher in 2012 than 2007,…
  • Study Asks: Why are Black Professionals Leaving Philanthropy?

    M. P.
    27 Jun 2014 | 7:22 am
    Recent high-profile hirings and movements to tweak what philanthropy “looks like” aside, new data indicate  that an emerging trend in grantmaking is the decline of Black professionals within the field. The Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE)  and members of the Black Philanthropic Network teamed up to take a deeper look at why Black professionals were leaving the philanthropic arena, where they ended up and what organizations could do to address this recent pattern. Main findings from the report, The Exit Interview: Perceptions on Why Black Professionals leave Grant…
  • Is Giving Bouncing Back from the Recession?

    M. P.
    17 Jun 2014 | 1:13 pm
    The Great Recession did a number on charitable contributions, with the rate of total giving dropping over 13 percent (combined) during 2008 and 2009.  Although charitable giving has yet to return to pre-recession levels, new data indicate that it may not take long to reach that mark. Estimates recently released by the Giving USA Foundation and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy suggest that individual giving played a significant role in the 4.4 percent increase in overall giving in 2013.   Corporate giving declined by 2 percent last year, while foundation giving…
  • Personal Stories Shed Light on the Dropout Rate

    M. P.
    31 May 2014 | 9:40 am
    What is happening in the lives of teens who leave school? Motivational sound bites like “Dream it, do  it” and “No excuses” are more appropriate on the wall of a fitness club then as explanations of the character traits lacking in those who appear to just give up.  It is understandable that there isn’t  much sympathy for youth who leave school, after all it is by their own choice, and one may wonder, how much more difficult is high school compared to the real world? Dropout rates have been trending downward for decades, (7 percent in 2011, down from 12 percent in 1990), but…
  • Study Highlights Challenges Faced by Children of Wounded Service Members

    M. P.
    16 May 2014 | 8:54 am
    Between 2001 and 2011, over 2.2 million American service members were deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Although it is not unusual for military families to experience some stress when a loved one is deployed, studies have found that children with a deployed parent are at risk for higher levels anxiety, poorer academic performance, and drug and/or alcohol use than their peers. Now, research from the Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research at the University of San Diego, in partnership with Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation,…
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  • Stepping Into the Same River Twice

    Karen Alphonse
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Question: I have been doing international contracts for the past decade. Many of them have been with affiliated organizations. Recently, I saw a great opportunity with an NGO with which I worked several years ago. I want to apply, but I hesitate. Is there some rule against working for the same employer twice? Will the recruiter see I previously worked with them and screen me out? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Where On the Map

    Karen Alphonse
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:45 am
    I am an international development professional. I have worked many years on economic development issues for NGOs in Eastern Europe and Africa. It’s time for me to launch myself as a leader. I just saw a Director role that has been posted for two locations, Tanzania and South Africa. Both roles look alike. However, the role in South Africa pays almost double that of the other. As well, the South Africa office seems to be the organization’s headquarters. I am interested in both. Please... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Career Trade-Offs

    Karen Alphonse
    27 May 2014 | 7:01 am
    I am a CFO, and a well-respected, local nonprofit is looking for an operations person with a strong finance background. This is a really exciting opportunity as the organization is in growth mode, and I could see myself leading it one day. The crunch is about the money. They are offering 40% of my current salary. Although I could scrape by on this sum, it feels like an awful lot to sacrifice. What do I do now? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Management Under Review

    Karen Alphonse
    6 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    Q: How can you tell good managers from bad ones? What sets them apart? A: No one deliberately sets out to be a “bad” manager. Therefore, I would reframe the question as one that focuses on a leader’s effectiveness. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Name Change: A Cultural Make-Over

    Karen Alphonse
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Q: About 10 years, ago, I came to the United States from a country overseas. I earned my first degree in accounting followed by a second degree in business organization from solid colleges. I know I am highly qualified, competent and have excellent references. Despite these attributes, I have circulated my resume with very little response. A colleague told me she thinks my name is causing problems. What do you think? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • The shocking secret ingredient to growing your nonprofit’s individual donor base

    Pamela Grow
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:22 am
    Why do your donors give? It’s not because of your awesome mission or the 1,723 kids you served last year. It is, in all simplicity, because of what they are doing through you. Your donors are changing the world! But so many nonprofit organizations miss the mark. Last year I saw a post on the Humans of New York Facebook Page. Brandon had photographed a young ex-con who was trying to put his life back together. In the comments, someone referred the fellow to an organization that gets these folks a college education.  I looked up the organization online and impulsively made a $10 monthly…
  • Five Great Non-Fundraising Fundraising Books

    Pamela Grow
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Books for the nonprofit sector are wonderful tools for helping you to navigate the world of fundraising and communications, board training, and grant proposal writing. But sometimes the world of nonprofit fundraising can be a bit…shall we say, insular? In addition to reading all the latest fundraising-specific books, I make it a point to read business and human potential books (usually 5-10 a month). Most fall by the wayside after only a chapter or two, while others manage to deliver lessons that seem tailored to nonprofit fundraising. What lessons can you learn from my favorite recent…
  • Reduce donor attrition by a third with one simple habit? Easy!

    Pamela Grow
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:37 am
    My regular newsletter readers have heard me tell this story many times.  How I first read this article called The Sound a Thank You Makes by Hildy Gottlieb over a decade ago.    About how it so resonated with me that I put her advice into practice from that day forward, in every development position, and with my consulting clients. In fact, from 2004 on, I’ve made it a practice every day to start my day out with donor phone calls. As my years in fundraising passed, I found that remembering that one small habit did much more than grow my relationships with donors.  By infusing my day…
  • Remembering Michael | Do you have a plan for in-memoriam gifts?

    Pamela Grow
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    In the weeks immediately following my youngest daughter’s birth, tragedy struck. One of my best friends lost her eight year old son to a form of pediatric cancer. I don’t imagine anything can quite prepare you for the loss of a child. And for friends and family members, the pain is deep. What do you say? What can you do? Is there any way you can help to ease the despair? Adding to my own feelings of despondency was the fact that, due to what had been a difficult birth and recovery, I could not fly out for the funeral. I sent flowers, spent hours on the phone with my friend, and, when she…
  • Nonprofit Online Fundraising | Does Your Organization Pass the Test?

    Pamela Grow
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:57 am
    In March of 2014, I embarked on an unofficial online giving study. Every week I’ve been making two online gifts of $20 each to various nonprofit organizations randomly selected from my own database of subscribers. What am I tracking? First off, overall ease of giving: how simple is it to find the organization’s ‘donate’ button on their homepage? How straightforward and seamless is the overall experience? How many ‘clicks’ to make a gift? Am I given the opportunity to make a recurring gift? Do I receive an automated email thank you and/or am directed to a thank you page…
 
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    15 Jul 2014 | 3:48 pm
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  • The Importance of Staffing Your Own Event(s)

    18 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Do you remember the last time you staffed an event? If the answer comes to you quickly- congratulations (and I hope you’ve caught up on some rest and are no longer sore)! If you can’t remember, or the answer is no, then this blog post is for you. In May, I staffed my first event in I don’t know how long. After working in a position “behind the scenes” for several years, being on event wasn’t part of my job responsibilities. Sure, I had been there as a participant and spectator. I even had a few meetings that took place off site so I could pop in on a…
  • Building Staff Relations While Producing an Event

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    One of the most important elements to a successful event is hiring great people. Once they are part of the team, it’s key to nurture a positive attitude and a strong work ethic, and exhibit flexibility and confidence in their work. As you and the team produce your event, it is important to place focus on ensuring that each person who is part of the team is set up for success. Listed below are the top five areas to focus on in building strong staff relations with your team:Modeling the Way: As the leader of the event, it is important that you serve as the role model for your staff.
  • Event 360 Explores: Dirty Girl Mud Run

    10 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    Event 360’s Jennifer Hanskat was busy in June participating in not one, but two events! In her latest event, she swapped color for mud! Read on to get Jennifer’s perspective in her second year participating in the Dirty Girl Mud Run.  Name, date and location of event: Dirty Girl Mud Run, Lake County Fairgrounds, June 28th & 29th.Event Summary: Taken from their website, the event is described as “a 5k women's only untimed obstacle course run for women of all ages and athletic abilities. You'll find challenge, excitement, laughter, and camaraderie.”Were the…
  • Encouraging Your Staff to be Social Media Savvy

    7 Jul 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Most of us spend our days constantly connected, juggling text messages, emails, phone calls and social media. Every day, billions of people log on to social media to share snippets of their lives. When the divide between work life and home life has been merged, supporting your staff to make social media a helpful tool can bring interconnectedness to an office rather than conflict.According to a recent study by Nielsen, the average American adult spends 11 hours per day with digital media. Considering the average adult sleeps around seven hours, that’s a large chunk of time to be…
  • Event 360 Explores: Out of the Darkness Overnight

    3 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    Next up in our blog series, Event 360 Explores, Aubrey Cushing shares her experience participating in the Out of the Darkness Overnight organized by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).Name, date and location of event Out of the Darkness Overnight, June 14th – 15th, Seattle, WashingtonEvent summary Out of the Darkness is a 16-18 mile journey through the night, from dusk until dawn, intended to “break the silence and bring the issues of depression and suicide into the light.” Walker registration was between 2:00 – 6:30 p.m and the process was…
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  • “Banning the Box” in Georgia and Beyond

    Alison Howard
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    This post discusses the May 2014 Philamplify Foundation Assessment, “Robert W. Woodruff Foundation – Will Atlanta’s Quiet Changemaker Adapt to 21st Century Opportunities?” On July 14, the D.C. City Council unanimously voted to “Ban the Box,” which prevents employers from asking an applicant to indicate whether s/he has been convicted of a felony in application forms. This small but significant change could not happen in a vacuum, and in the District’s case, is largely due to the work of area nonprofit the Employment Justice Center. In turn, EJC is supported alike by legal…
  • Do Foundations Seeking Policy Change Need Community Roots? (Part 1)

    Lisa Ranghelli
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    This is the first of a two-part series looking at the balance between policy leadership and support for grassroots voices. Part two will look at the grantmaking of The California Endowment. In a recent op-ed in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, NCRP founder Pablo Eisenberg contends that major foundations are exacerbating inequality through their support of large and “elite” institutions such as universities and hospitals, with little funding going to more grassroots organizations seeking social change. He adds: “Meanwhile, big foundations like Gates, Broad, Walton, and Lumina have become…
  • Celebrating Ben & Jerry’s Foundation

    Jeanné Isler
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    This is the second in a series of four blog posts celebrating the work of the 2014 NCRP Impact Awards winners. Stay tuned for the next installments, plus an upcoming video recap of the awards ceremony. On June 9, Vermont’s Ben & Jerry’s Foundation received the 2014 NCRP Impact Award for Corporate Foundation. Ben & Jerry’s embodies the belief that lasting change occurs when the people most affected by a problem are put in positions of power to solve it. Organizer Danilo Lopez is one man who has become a partner to the foundation, effecting change in both his own life and his…
  • Celebrating Liberty Hill Foundation

    Jeanné Isler
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    This is the first in a series of four blog posts celebrating the work of the 2014 NCRP Impact Awards winners. Stay tuned for the next installments, plus an upcoming video recap of the awards ceremony. On June 9, Los Angeles’ Liberty Hill Foundation received the 2014 NCRP Impact Award for Grantmaking Public Charity. Liberty Hill is known for the real impact it’s having on the lives of domestic workers in California, and gave crucial support to the nonprofit organizations behind the 2014 California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (also known as AB 241). Andrea Guadarrama is among the…
  • On the 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act, Foundations Must Be ‘Freedom Funders’ Once Again

    National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    By: Benjamin Todd Jealous and Aaron Dorfman This post first appeared in The Root on June 23, 2014. July 2nd marks the 50th anniversary of perhaps the most far-reaching emancipatory reform in American history—passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In the coming months, many in our nation will rightly honor the heroes of the civil rights movement whose courage and leadership helped secure passage of this seminal piece of legislation. And as we honor the movement’s activists and organizers, we must not forget to also recognize the handful of bold foundations that provided important…
 
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  • Unlocking Community Conversation: Cantors Assembly Keynote Address

    Debra Askanase
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
    This May, I delivered the keynote address to the Cantors Assembly, the Conservative Movement’s annual cantorial conference entitled “Unlocking the Community Conversation.” Cantors touch almost every member of the community through their work, which includes leading services, singing religious liturgy, teaching bar and bat mitzvah students to read from the Torah, working with a choir, and conducting weddings and funeral services. For the keynote, I drew a thread between the science of people connecting briefly, creating opportunities for online connections that move offline…
  • Informing Ourselves: The 2014 Social Media Marketing Report

    Debra Askanase
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    I love benchmarks – it guides our industry and those of us working in it. A good set of benchmarking data informs future social media marketing decisions and helps us to rethink others. Social Media Examiner recently released the 2014 Social Media Marketing Report detailing how 3,025 business marketing professionals conduct social media marketing activities. The report reveals what platforms marketers are using, how much time they are spending on them, the perceived return on investment, what marketing jobs they outsource, and which marketing activities complement social media. How much…
  • M&R 2014 Benchmarks Study: Findings and Implications

    Debra Askanase
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
    The M&R 2014 Benchmarks Study is here! For the past eight years, M&R,with support from NTEN, has produced a study of email and fundraising benchmarks. This year’s study looked at email (open rates, churn, click-through rates, list growth, response rates), online giving (email, other giving online, monthly vs. one-time gifts), website traffic (traffic growth and web gift rates), and social media (Facebook and Twitter fan size, growth, and frequency of posting) in 2013. What is interesting about this year’s study isn’t so much what is in it, but what it can mean for…
  • How Upworthy Thinks About Metrics

    Debra Askanase
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
      The founder of the news site Upworthy, Eli Pariser, knows just a little bit about how to get people to read his content. He joined MoveOn.org in 2001, and recently launched the massively popular news site Upworthy. Pariser spoke with New York Times journalist David Carr at South By Southwest Interactive about Upworthy: why he created it, the relationship with Facebook, and how Upworthy views metrics. While reading about the conversation in The Guardian, I was struck by Upworthy’s key metrics: importance, satisfaction, and quality. “We think a lot about three metrics:…
  • 50 Shades of Social Media: Navigating Policies, Laws & Ethics at #14ntc

    Debra Askanase
    24 Mar 2014 | 6:35 am
    Social media practices evolve, along with questions of how to implement social media, who should do it, and how should practitioners do so. As organizations, we struggle with questions such as: who owns social media followers, what is acceptable to post privately to social media even if you are the public face of an organization, who in the organization should post updates to Facebook, and is it acceptable to ghostwrite tweets? These are the gray areas. At the 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference, myself, Farra Trompeter, Carly Leinheiser, and Ashley Lusk developed a session focused on…
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  • Together, Differently

    Mark Holmgren
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:48 pm
    I sit on the Mayor of Edmonton’s Task Force to End Poverty. It’s a diverse group including the expected mix of leaders from government, business, education and community services. At a recent gathering we were working together to increase common understanding about poverty as well as to move forward with identifying strategies. In this session we were gathered in small groups around round tables. At my table the folks there represented those that might be considered to be on the far left and those on the far right and everything in between. (I will let you imagine where I fit on that…
  • Let’s Play Pretend

    Mark Holmgren
    13 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    Let’s play pretend. Pretend you run a business that sells widgets that are critical to a buyer. The price of each widget is $1000.00 and the buyer needs 100 of them. That’s $100,000. Now let’s pretend the cost of each widget (materials, labour, reasonable marketing costs, equipment maintenance, transportation costs, etc.) makes up 80% of the market price, leaving you with a gross profit of $20.00 per widget or in the case of this order of 100, a gross profit of $20,000 or 20% of the total price. Now imagine the buyer informs you that it does not pay proportionately for your accounting…
  • Expanding our Thinking about Poverty

    Mark Holmgren
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    For the majority of us, the experience of poverty is unimaginable. We intuit it must be difficult; we can read the reports of its impact and have some understanding, but in the end, we do not know poverty to the degree and depth those who live with it do. That said, think about the decisions you would have to make. Do I pay the gas bill or feed my family? Do I buy my medications or do I pay the rent? Should I enroll my daughter in an after school activity or take her to the dentist? Imagine what it is like to be hungry every day and, worse, to see your children go to school with an empty…
  • Questions We Must Answer to End Poverty

    Mark Holmgren
    29 Jun 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Over my career in the human services sector, I have been a part of many collaborative and cross-sector efforts that were formed to address a critical social problem. In most cases, if not all, the social problem being addressed was interwoven with economics. So, the problem was more accurately a socio-economic problem. As well every problem we worked on was understood and addressed through myriad lenses. Government, business, non-profit lenses were abundant and then of course each individual from those sectors brought to the table their own mindsets, beliefs and biases. One of the critical…
  • Homeless-Proofing the Streets

    Mark Holmgren
    12 Jun 2014 | 6:32 am
    Do you know what these photographs are of? The photo above are of a spiked surface of the underbelly of a highway overpass. Apparently homeless people sleep under the overpass is too unsightly. Better they go somewhere else. How about they go sleep on a bench somewhere? It appears the non-homeless have been on that one too. The photo below is of homeless-proof benches. These homeless-proof inventions are taking place in China and Great Britain. In Toronto they are building office buildings with slanted window ledges at street level to disallow homeless people from sitting. I wonder if anyone…
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  • Nonprofit Branding – Meet the Water Girls (This post is personal!)

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    It says at the top “this post is personal.” The cheery clown signals how lucky our family and company were last September. Colorado’s flood disaster badly messed up Boulder County. Torrents thundered down from the High Country, pushing boulders and trees and houses and trucks through our town’s commercial and residential districts – heading for Nebraska. […]
  • Nonprofit Branding: Pompous Ass? Or Articulate Professional?

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Are you a Super Cool Big-Word Person?  A Jargon Junkie? Don’t you know professional jargon may earn a smug nod of appreciation from those who also take jargon baths – but it also gets a WTF? reaction from everyone else. I think those fancy-ass words that seem so elite to the user are actually bred by […]
  • Nonprofit Branding: It’s Your Brand. But You Can’t Control It!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    Your brand lives out there in the collective mind of the public. You might touch it up a bit, but you can’t manage it. Alarming fact: there are more ways to damage the brand than there are to enhance it. That’s the topic we explore in this video..  
  • Nonprofit Branding: Process Is Nice: Results Are Essential!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:15 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 […]
  • NONPROFIT BRANDING: You Know These Are Different Tools. RIGHT?

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:30 am
    Marketing & Promotion. Not close pals. Distant cousins, though. Usually on speaking terms. Not much more to their relationship.  Understand the difference. That knowledge will turbocharge your nonprofit career. And help you get the corner office you’ve been lusting after. Maybe….
 
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  • Nonprofit Branding – Meet the Water Girls (This post is personal!)

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    It says at the top “this post is personal.” The cheery clown signals how lucky our family and company were last September. Colorado’s flood disaster badly messed up Boulder County. Torrents thundered down from the High Country, pushing boulders and trees and houses and trucks through our town’s commercial and residential districts – heading for Nebraska. […]
  • Nonprofit Branding: Pompous Ass? Or Articulate Professional?

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Are you a Super Cool Big-Word Person?  A Jargon Junkie? Don’t you know professional jargon may earn a smug nod of appreciation from those who also take jargon baths – but it also gets a WTF? reaction from everyone else. I think those fancy-ass words that seem so elite to the user are actually bred by […]
  • Nonprofit Branding: It’s Your Brand. But You Can’t Control It!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    Your brand lives out there in the collective mind of the public. You might touch it up a bit, but you can’t manage it. Alarming fact: there are more ways to damage the brand than there are to enhance it. That’s the topic we explore in this video..  
  • Nonprofit Branding: Process Is Nice: Results Are Essential!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:15 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 […]
  • NONPROFIT BRANDING: You Know These Are Different Tools. RIGHT?

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:30 am
    Marketing & Promotion. Not close pals. Distant cousins, though. Usually on speaking terms. Not much more to their relationship.  Understand the difference. That knowledge will turbocharge your nonprofit career. And help you get the corner office you’ve been lusting after. Maybe….
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    Notations on Non-Profits

  • Nonprofit Internal Controls: What To Do

    Erin
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    The framework was set regarding what to think about with internal controls in my previous post  so now we can talk about a few types of internal controls you might consider putting in place now. Things You Can Start Doing Now Cash, Checks and Deposits.  Cash is one of the biggest exposures an organization has. [...]
  • Understanding and Negotiating Nonprofit Software Licenses

    Erin
    13 Jun 2014 | 6:05 am
    Not to long ago I had the pleasure of participating in a webinar hosted by 4Good and CJW Consulting called Understanding Software Agreements: The Legal Concerns Nonprofits Should Know.  For those who not only sign software agreements (who doesn’t) but also want to understand what they’re signing you should find this helpful. Gone will be the [...]
  • Nonprofit Internal Controls: Post Numero Uno

    Erin
    9 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Whew. Now that things have slowed down a bit I want to post about something many (if not all) the last few presentation organizer’s have asked me to talk about; internal controls. Specifically, internal controls for organizations with staff smaller than 10 people and budgets less than 100K. What Are They and Why Do They [...]
  • Understanding and Negotiating Software License Agreements: What Nonprofits Should Know Webinar **TOMORROW**

    Erin
    26 May 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Just a reminder, my webinar for nonprofits on reading, negotiating and (more importantly) understanding software license agreements is tomorrow. It’s free of charge so join if you can, click here for registration. I’ll note, prepping for this webinar has been interesting. I negotiate software license agreements day in and day out at work but polled [...]
  • Don’t Forget! I’ll Be At The Social Enterprise Alliance Summit Next Week!

    Erin
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:57 pm
    I’m still alive I promise! But between the new position, starting the book up again and prepping for talks (here’s a podcast I just did for one) things have been a tad busy. However, I did want to remind folks that it’s not too late to sign up for the SEA’s National Summit in Nashville next [...]
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    Christine Sculati's blog

  • Contemporary Jewish Museum explores legacy of Pond Farm in special exhibit

    christine
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    View of interior of Pond Farm barn/studio. Photograph: Anthony Veerkamp. Courtesy National Trust for Historic Preservation. Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism. On view April 24–October 6, 2014. The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Last year in February I wrote a story for BayNature.org on a significant but little known historical site tucked away in the rolling hills above the Russian River Valley in what is now Austin Creek State Recreation Area – a California state park. Here a French Jewish woman by the name of Marguerite Wildenhain became one of the most…
  • Yosemite became world’s first nationally protected park 150 years ago

    christine
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Valley of the Yosemite, Painting by Albert Bierstadt, 1864 Monday, June 30, 2014, marks the 150th anniversary of the federal land grant that dedicated 39,000 acres of the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees and Yosemite Valley to the state of California for protection in perpetuity. The legislation protecting these lands in the Sierra Nevada symbolized the first time a federal government set aside lands solely for preservation for the people. The 19th century artist Albert Bierstadt first visited the glacier-carved Yosemite Valley in 1863 to sketch the cliffs, domes and waterfalls of one of…
  • Celebrating projects to study and protect wildlife in the Bay Area

    christine
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    Bouverie Preserve in Sonoma Valley is part of the Sonoma Land Trust’s Wildlife Corridor Study In a post to celebrate Earth Day today, Jamie Rappaport Clark, President and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife, points out that the United States has many “firsts in conservation:” “We were the first nation to establish a national park, the first to create a national wildlife refuge, the first to approve a law protecting endangered species and the first to create a national day dedicated to conservation, Earth Day. “ To follow her lead, I am dedicating this post to honor…
  • Famous mountain lion illuminates plight of wildlife on urban edge

    christine
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Griffith Park Mountain Lion P-22 when he was healthy. Photo credit: National Park Service A celebrity lives in a park above the Hollywood Hills amid a thick cover of chaparral and oak woodlands. He has helped rally the public to understand the plight of wildlife living on the urban fringe. He goes by the name “P-22” as the 22nd mountain lion to wear a GPS radio-collar in a study by the National Park Service. Widely known as the “Griffith Park mountain lion,” P-22′s improbable existence on an island of nature in the high hills above Los Angeles gained widespread media…
  • Nancy Duarte: Transforming audiences to change the world

    christine
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    “Changing the world starts with transforming an audience, and an audience will only change if you resonate with them.” That was the advice of Nancy Duarte in her presentation at a gathering of the San Francisco Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) on April 4, 2014. Presentation innovator Nancy Duarte is the CEO of Duarte Inc. based in Sunnyvale, California and the publisher of books on how to create engaging and memorable presentations that move audiences. Duarte’s clients have included politicians, thought leaders, nonprofit organizations…
 
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    Notations on Non-Profits

  • Nonprofit Internal Controls: What To Do

    Erin
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    The framework was set regarding what to think about with internal controls in my previous post  so now we can talk about a few types of internal controls you might consider putting in place now. Things You Can Start Doing Now Cash, Checks and Deposits.  Cash is one of the biggest exposures an organization has. [...]
  • Understanding and Negotiating Nonprofit Software Licenses

    Erin
    13 Jun 2014 | 6:05 am
    Not to long ago I had the pleasure of participating in a webinar hosted by 4Good and CJW Consulting called Understanding Software Agreements: The Legal Concerns Nonprofits Should Know.  For those who not only sign software agreements (who doesn’t) but also want to understand what they’re signing you should find this helpful. Gone will be the [...]
  • Nonprofit Internal Controls: Post Numero Uno

    Erin
    9 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Whew. Now that things have slowed down a bit I want to post about something many (if not all) the last few presentation organizer’s have asked me to talk about; internal controls. Specifically, internal controls for organizations with staff smaller than 10 people and budgets less than 100K. What Are They and Why Do They [...]
  • Understanding and Negotiating Software License Agreements: What Nonprofits Should Know Webinar **TOMORROW**

    Erin
    26 May 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Just a reminder, my webinar for nonprofits on reading, negotiating and (more importantly) understanding software license agreements is tomorrow. It’s free of charge so join if you can, click here for registration. I’ll note, prepping for this webinar has been interesting. I negotiate software license agreements day in and day out at work but polled [...]
  • Don’t Forget! I’ll Be At The Social Enterprise Alliance Summit Next Week!

    Erin
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:57 pm
    I’m still alive I promise! But between the new position, starting the book up again and prepping for talks (here’s a podcast I just did for one) things have been a tad busy. However, I did want to remind folks that it’s not too late to sign up for the SEA’s National Summit in Nashville next [...]
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    Engaging Volunteers

  • Engaging Talent in Best Work

    Shari Ilsen
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    Guest post by Stephen Ristau Too often I hear from highly skilled and motivated people, “I just can’t seem to find a nonprofit organization that uses my professional talent well.” And despite the great strides that nonprofits have made in recent years to design volunteer or pro bono work experiences that require advanced expertise or training, I still see a disconnect between the available talent pool and the engagement opportunities nonprofits offer. Do you find this to be true also? Has your organization stepped up the caliber of short-term, project-oriented work that taps…
  • Why It’s Still Hard to Volunteer (and How Nonprofits Can Help)

    Shari Ilsen
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    This post was originally published on the New York Cares blog. Guest post by Gary Bagley, New York Cares Since the report in February that volunteering numbers are down in the U.S., I have spent much of my time telling well-meaning people poised to make a call to service to please put down the bullhorn. A call to service is important, but a greater problem needs to be addressed first – improving the ability of nonprofits, schools, and community groups to engage volunteers strategically to drive impact. At New York Cares, we think of volunteers as employees who get ‘paid’ with…
  • People Make the Difference: Explore a Year of Impact

    Greg Baldwin
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    Everyone should have the chance to make a difference – wouldn’t you agree? That’s why VolunteerMatch makes it easier for people to connect with the causes they care about. To take a look at how far we have come, it is a pleasure to share with you VolunteerMatch’s Annual Impact Report – a graphic look at people and causes, like your organization, who are making a difference. Last year was an important time for us: we re-launched www.VolunteerMatch.org with a one-of-a-kind recommendations engine, overhauled our workplace group management services, ventured onto your…
  • How to Deepen Your Impact by Engaging Skilled Volunteers

    Shannon David
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Our recent announcement of a new partnership to automatically post all skilled volunteer listings from the VolunteerMatch network to LinkedIn’s Volunteer Marketplace has shed a serious spotlight on the importance and potential of skilled volunteering. Check out this special series of posts exploring skilled volunteering as a category, a strategy, and, of course, an inspiration for greater impact. So, with the help of VolunteerMatch and LinkedIn, you have a (free!) tool at your disposal for recruiting awesome skilled volunteers to support your nonprofit with important, high-impact…
  • Thinking…Bigger about Skilled Volunteering for Nonprofits

    Vicky Hush
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    Our recent announcement of a new partnership to automatically post all skilled volunteer listings from the VolunteerMatch network to LinkedIn’s Volunteer Marketplace has shed a serious spotlight on the importance and potential of skilled volunteering. Check out this special series of posts exploring skilled volunteering as a category, a strategy, and, of course, an inspiration for greater impact. When I first got wind late in 2013 that LinkedIn was launching a Volunteer Marketplace in the New Year, I sighed. Out loud. VolunteerMatch is a volunteer marketplace. We’ve seen this…
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    Nonprofit Tech for GoodNonprofit Tech for Good

  • 10 Must-Have Skills for Nonprofit New Media Managers

    Heather Mansfield
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    The following is an excerpt from Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits. In 2013 the number of nonprofits that hired part-time or full-time new media managers increased fourfold. As nonprofits have gotten better at implementing multichannel communications and fundraising campaigns and improving their tracking and reporting systems, many nonprofits have come to the conclusion that creating a paid part- or full-time new media manager position is worth the financial investment. For very small nonprofits, this may not be true, but for medium and large nonprofits—or small…
  • 6 Fresh Ideas for Your Nonprofit’s “Thank You” Landing Page

    Heather Mansfield
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    Each time @NonprofitOrgs reaches a 100K-follower benchmark, Nonprofit Tech for Good donates to various nonprofits. It’s a way to give back, but its also a system used to periodically review how nonprofits are innovating their online giving process. In this last round of donations – $25 to 28 nonprofits ($700 for reaching 700K followers), some progress has been made since the last round of donations made at 600K followers. More nonprofits are streamlining their online giving process and using more visuals to communicate their gratitude to donors. A “Thank You” landing…
  • 12 Google+ Best Practices for Nonprofits

    Heather Mansfield
    29 Jun 2014 | 10:43 am
    Google+ Pages have a vast tool set and Google’s quest to integrate Google+ into their most popular products, such as Search, Gmail, YouTube, Local, and Wallet, is paying off as active monthly users continue to grow. That said, Google+ is low on the priority lists of most nonprofits. Many nonprofits are curious, but lack the resources necessary to create and manage yet another social network. Google+ isn’t for all nonprofits, but for those that have actively adopted a pro-social media policy, it’s worth the time investment to experiment with Google+. In the process, your…
  • HOW TO: Respond to Trolls and Difficult Personalities on Social Media

    Heather Mansfield
    15 Jun 2014 | 10:40 am
    The following is an excerpt from Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits. The rapid rise of mobile and social media has directly correlated with a rise in Internet trolls—individuals whose sole purpose is to rant, vent, and incite discord. Most users of mobile and social media have come to recognize a troll and ignore rather engage them. More than often than not, the comments of trolls are relegated to the “crazy” category by your followers. Ironically, when considering the much buzzed about best practice of using mobile and social media to listen to your…
  • All Nonprofit Tech for Good Webinars Are Now Free and Open to the Nonprofit Community

    Heather Mansfield
    15 Jun 2014 | 6:58 am
    Thanks to a sponsorship from the Public Interest Registry, for the first and only time all Nonprofit Tech for Good webinars are being offered for free to the nonprofit community. Nonprofit Tech for Good occasionally offers free webinars, but the paid series has never before been offered at no cost to the public. Over the last five years more than 25,000 nonprofit staff worldwide have attended webinars offered by Nonprofit Tech for Good (free and paid), and thanks to this new sponsorship that number will jump to more than 35,000. How to Register for the Webinars 1. Registration for each…
 
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    Socialbrite

  • 8 ways to make social media matter

    Guest
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, educators, journalists, general public. Post by Nancy Schwartz Nonprofit Marketing Problem Solver & Coach at Getting Attention.org Pressure. You feel it. I feel it. Every nonprofit communicator and fundraiser out there feels it. Social media pressure, that is. Whether the source of this anxiety (Am I keeping up? Do I have a billion Facebook likes or Twitter followers? Is my Instagram strategy driving action?) is your immediate boss, board chair, or colleague in programs, it’s there.
  • 7 Facebook hacks to make your website more shareable

    John Haydon
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    Tips to make Facebook work harder for your website Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, educators, journalists, general public. How you reach people is not limited to your Facebook Page. You reach people with your e-mails, your YouTube videos, mentions in the local newspaper. And you reach people with your website content. In the same way that people share your Facebook Page updates with their friends (via likes, comments and shares), they can also share your website content. For example, someone sharing a blog post by clicking…
  • 5 tips to start your nonprofit thought leadership plan

    Caroline Avakian
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:33 am
    Thought leadership can be one of the most effective communications strategies for nonprofits Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, social strategists. Every so often, change makers and nonprofit leaders are unsure about how to activate the most powerful resource they have — their intellectual capital. Organizations can be treasure troves of big ideas just waiting to be unleashed and shared with the world, but these same organizations can have limited resources and small or non-existent communications and marketing teams more focused on…
  • 3 ways Milaap is changing the face of giving

    Shonali Burke
    16 Jun 2014 | 5:43 am
    Milaap creates sustainability by blending crowdfunding and micro lending Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, educators, journalists, general public. Icould begin this post by regurgitating any number of statistics on the sensory and information overload we all experience these days, but I won’t. We all know that that’s the world we live in. Technology has really broken down barriers to information and while that’s mostly a good thing, it can be really overwhelming as well. As a result, breaking through the digital clutter these days…
  • Using social media shortcuts to increase productivity

    John Haydon
    4 Jun 2014 | 5:45 am
    14 IFTTT recipes to hack social media marketing Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, educators, journalists, general public. If you’re not familiar with it, IFTTT (If This, Then That) is a free utility that automates tedious online tasks. For example, updating Google spreadsheets with retweets, updating profile pictures across networks, or uploading Instagram pictures to DropBox. Basically, it’s a digital personal assistant who takes care of repetitive tasks, based on simple if/then rules. The automated tasks you create with…
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    Wow! Goodwill

  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act To Be Signed Into Law

    goodwillsp
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Got a case of the Mondays? Here’s a piece of good news for workers to jump start your week. Last week the U.S. Senate passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a bill that modernizes and improves existing federal workforce development programs through 2020, helping American workers attain skills for 21st century jobs. The bill cleared the House of Representatives in June and will now go to President Obama for his signature. The WIOA provides access to training, education and workforce services that all of America’s workers, regardless of ability, need to compete in a…
  • The GRID: Not Your Average Tech Store

    goodwillsp
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    Summer is a prime time for scooping up terrific savings on back-to-school necessities, and deals are sizzling this season at our new store The GRID: Powered by Goodwill. We carry just about anything you can imagine that relates to computers and technology—at Goodwill prices! Most technology buyers tend to overspend in traditional retail stores. At The GRID: Powered by Goodwill, you can select from a range of Internet-ready computer systems or purchase those hard-to-find individual components—all at discounted prices that reflect a 15%-65% savings from retail markups.Whether you choose to…
  • Goodwill Construction Students Donate N.C. SAFE Box

    goodwillsp
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    Participants in Goodwill’s Construction Skills Training program recently partnered with a local middle school student to help children during times of crisis. Using materials provided by Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), the class constructed a donation box to collect items for the organization N.C. Stuffed Animals For Emergencies (SAFE). The donation box was presented at the Matthews Free Medical Clinic during a special dedication ceremony on June 26. The project was first introduced to the class by Ashton Gerlach, a seventh grade student at Providence Day School. Ashton asked…
  • DIY: Men’s Shirt Refashion

    goodwillsp
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:35 am
    Pop quiz: When is a men’s shirt not a shirt? Answer: When it’s a skirt, of course! From dressy button-downs to oversized tees, Goodwill is a treasure trove of men’s shirts in every color of the rainbow, which is exactly why these ubiquitous staples should not be overlooked by women. We’ve rounded up the best tutorials on the Internet for turning dress shirts into high fashion (no sewing machine required). Shirt-to-Skirt Transform a classic men’s dress shirt into a high-waisted pencil “shkirt” in less than five minutes using this tutorial from Mommy Chic. Style tip: When paired…
  • Success Story: Rashad

    goodwillsp
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:14 am
    Rashad, a graduate of Goodwill’s Occupational Skills Training program, says the best way to learn is to “close your mouth and open your ears.” Before coming to Goodwill, Rashad knew he had hit rock-bottom and wanted to make a change for himself and his family, including his mother, significant other and two kids. Rashad participated in Goodwill’s Construction Skills Training program, where he earned his OSHA license, forklift certification and NCCER (National Center for Construction Education Research) card. His positive attitude and eagerness to learn made a lasting impression on his…
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    Front Range Source

  • Ring or Fling? Not all Donors Want the Same Relationship

    Leslie Allen
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:02 pm
    I read the Harvard Business Review blog posts nearly every day and most of the time I find something that may not be meant for nonprofit fundraisers, but that is good for us to think about nonetheless. The other day, I found a goodie. Andrew O’Connell’s piece called Don’t Propose Marriage to a Customer Who Wants a Fling really made me think about the current discussions happening around donor retention in the fundraising blogs these days. Here’s a quote from his post. “…consumers are looking for certain kinds of relationships with companies. Some consumers might want to be treated…
  • Location is Everything: Where to Ask for the Big Gift

    Ann Goldman
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:18 pm
    I had dinner with an old friend this week at one of my favorite Chicago restaurants. The cozy Atwood Café is classy, but not pompous. Lovely food, but not too expensive. Gracious service, but not cloying. And the best thing? The tables are very private. In fact there are several tables by the window that have loveseats instead of chairs. I know from experience that the Atwood Café is the ideal place to make a major gift ask. No one can overhear your conversation, the atmosphere is comfortable and unrushed, and it’s just upscale enough to make any moment feel special. Choosing the right…
  • Bottling the Essence of Your Organization

    Leslie Allen
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:54 pm
    A couple of days ago I took the afternoon off to watch the US Soccer Team play Belgium in the World Cup. I even moved two meetings so that I could be in front of my TV to see it live. It ended up in disappointment for the US after a dramatic race against the clock in overtime. It was a gut-wrenching display of determination and chutzpa until the very end. And afterwards the announcers talked about the “heart” of the American team (that surpassed their technical skills). One announcer even said that the team was uniquely American in their character. Uniquely American… I do believe there…
  • Inspired to Act: Fundraising and the Summer Season

    Ann Goldman
    23 Jun 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Summer solstice is my favorite day of the year, followed closely by the Fourth of July. I’ve always loved these holidays. They bring recollections of warm summer nights, popsicles, lightening bugs and bare feet in the grass. As each year passes, these two events become more and more meaningful me. The light of the solstice inspires clarity. The patriotism of Fourth of July inspires action. Together, they make for some fantastic fundraising inspiration! The solstice is the perfect time to shed some light on your fundraising program. These bright summer days are often the slowest time in the…
  • Course-Correct: An Agenda for Your Next Fundraising Retreat

    Leslie Allen
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:47 pm
    This is a great time for a fundraising retreat. Sure there are vacation schedules to tangle with, but in general, this is the true “calm before the year-end storm” moment for fundraising staff and volunteers. It’s a good time to pause, look at the big picture, collect lessons from the past, and re-charge plans. Think of it as an opportunity to course-correct, a chance to fine tune plans based on “real-life” experience fundraising. It doesn’t have to be a full-day, but it does have to be a chunk of time away from the office, the e-mail, and the phone where you can unplug from the…
 
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    forimpact.org

  • For Impact Funding Roadmap …

    Tom Suddes
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    BLUE RED GREEN GOLD I wanted to share this ROADMAP with the Tribe. Special Note:  When I talk about the For Impact ‘TRIBE’, I am using definition #8 from the dictionary:  a classic set of persons, especially one with strong common traits or interests. Quick Background:  This Funding Roadmap has gone through so many iterations over the last 30 years.  It started as the Ideal Development Operation in the early 80′s with our work with Catholic high schools.  Originally, it was almost all ‘green‘ … focused on funding and fundraising. The IMPACT drives…
  • “ACTION IS THE FOUNDATIONAL KEY TO ALL SUCCESS.”

    Tom Suddes
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:42 pm
    BLUE RED GREEN GOLD I saw this quote from Pablo Picasso in something I was reading lately. “ACTION IS THE FOUNDATIONAL KEY TO ALL SUCCESS.” Reinforces the Entrepreneurial Mantra: THINK BIG.  BUILD SIMPLE.  ACT NOW. Here are some more quotes to help you ACT NOW. “My dreams are worthless. My goals are impossible. All are of no value unless followed by ACTION. I will ACT NOW.”- Og Mandino (My Favorite Author) “We can’t cross the sea by merely staring into the water.” - Rabindranath Tagore (Bengali Nobel Laureate) “VISION without ACTION is hallucination.” - Thomas…
  • Simple Suggestions for Loving Your Life

    Tom Suddes
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    You can read an article on ‘Happiness’ every day online, on Flipboard, in magazines, etc. Here’s a great one I just read in my new SUCCESS MAGAZINE, August 2014 called THE SCIENCE OF BEING HAPPY by Patty Onderko. She begins by mentioning Martin Seligman, the author of AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS, LEARNED OPTIMISM, as the leader of this kind of “Positive Psychology Movement”. Here’s the essence of the article … ” … the most powerful message to arise from the new science of happiness is the idea that we can significantly change our work and life…
  • ForImpact.org as Your Resource

    Tom Suddes
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:59 am
    BLUE – RED – GREEN – GOLD To the Tribe, Sorry about going ‘dark’ for the last few weeks. I’ve been spending a lot of time with family, working around Eagle Creek (building mobile chicken coop, etc.) and re-thinking priorities and focus. Mobile Chicken Coop We are committed to make ForImpact.org the best possible RESOURCE we can … and I know we need to do a better job of organizing the content so it is easier for each of you to get what you want … when you want it. We are working on a ForImpact.org site re-design that will use the following framework for our information…
  • Storytelling Boot Camp

    Nick Fellers
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    “Our destiny follows the story we tell ourselves.” - Jim Loehr in The Power of Story I’m convinced this is true for our funding results.  I’m also convinced this is true: For our selves. For our causes / organizations. For our teams. By ‘story’ we could mean the plot of a movie.  But, if you go up in altitude, ‘story’ is really about the way in which we weave together everything that happens around us. This fall we will be hosting our first ever STORYTELLING BOOT CAMP at Eagle Creek. This will be a session where we focus on: How to drive your…
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    TakeTwo

  • Three Years Old: Growing – And Moving!

    Bix
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    When Stephanie and I started TakeTwo three years ago, our business plan amounted to something like: Let’s see how it goes in a year and then figure out whether we keep going or not. We’d been working together on and off for seven years by then, but even so, we had no idea how we’d work out as business partners. Nor did we know whether a firm predicated on integrating marketing/communications and fundraising for nonprofits was viable; our instinct told us it was but the proof would be in the business we garnered. And now, here we are, with a healthy three-year old baby business, and…
  • One Of The Best Things A Nonprofit Can Do: Practice What You Preach

    Stephanie
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Two Cents has focused the last couple of blogs on work culture – the challenges and opportunities to improve it in our modern day’s changing work environment. It’s something we come back to often. As part of this series, let’s talk about the importance of nonprofit leadership creating a work environment that reflects its core mission and values. For integrity purposes, we must embody our missions through our daily work cultures.  We’ve got to live the life we envision. Seems like a no-brainer, right? It’s actually a lot harder (and less common) than you would think, when you…
  • A Radical View: Re-defining Nonprofit Work Culture In The World Of 24/7 Communication

    Bix
    18 Jun 2014 | 8:34 am
    Image via: www.clangnuts.com Every day we talk with nonprofit staff and across the board, every single person is “swamped”, “completely fried”, “wearing too many hats”, “just not able to keep up.” And all over the internet, tips on time management, tools to cope with constant communication, and thousands of other suggestions proliferate for people to take control and draw better boundaries between work and you know, life. These ideas are often useful and well intentioned. But at the core they all recommend an individual changing her/his behavior to adjust to today’s 24/7…
  • Guest post: Leaning In – One Designer And Mom’s View

    Bix
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:23 pm
    This post comes to you from our designer par excellence, Kerstin Vogdes Diehn of KV Design, who apart from meditating on “leaning in”, kids, and work, manages to consistently wow us with her design – like with her new website. Leaning In By Kerstin Vogdes Diehn Re-posted from http://kvdesign.net/blog/entry/leaning_in Jun 09, 2014 I’m an avid reader, but by and large, I have a strong aversion to business books. They are usually boring, full or nauseating buzzwords or totally inapplicable to my life as a sole proprietor of a design business. So when everyone started talking…
  • Got An Hour? Watch Our Webinar: The Critical (And Often Lonely) Transition from Program Director to Executive Director

    Stephanie
    5 Jun 2014 | 7:32 pm
    This past Thursday, we had the pleasure of presenting a webinar with Purvi Shah, former Executive Director of Sakhi for South Asian Women.  During the webinar, Purvi shared some of the lessons she learned while serving at the helm. And Bix and I shared our perspective (the consultant perspective) of what it takes to be a successful ED Some of the lessons shared: Understand that you are always creating your legacy…you represent the organization’s vision, mission in action, strategy for impact, and reputation. EDs have too many hats for all of them to fit well – so build,…
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    Social media marketing hacks for nonprofits | Powered by JohnHaydon.Com

  • How To Get More ROI from Facebook Boosted Posts

    John Haydon
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    Boosted Posts is a Facebook product that increases reach for specific Facebook Page updates. Boosted Posts are labeled “sponsored” and appear at the top of the Newsfeeds (web and mobile) of people you target. When people interact with your Boosted post, that interaction is seen by their friends. Facebook doesn’t sell engagement You can’t pay Facebook to increase engagement on your Page posts, but you can pay for more reach (the number of people who see your update). You are free to boost any update you choose (under these terms), and the shareholders will be happy to…
  • How to use Canva to Create Stellar Visual Content [VIDEO TUTORIAL]

    John Haydon
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    If you’re not familiar with Canva, you should be. Especially if you are in charge of content marketing for your organization. Last week, I gave an overview of Canva for my weekly mini webinar. If you’d like invites to these mini-webinars, make sure you subscribe. Here’s an edited version of “How to use Canva to Create Stellar Visual Content” (slideshare is below the video):
  • How to Promote Your Next Fundraising Event with Facebook Ads [FREE WEBINAR]

    John Haydon
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    Facebook Ads are a powerful way to increase engagement and drive traffic to your website. But are you using Facebook ads effectively? Or is your strategy to simply throw money at Facebook ads and hope you’ll get the results. This free webinar will show you simple ways to use Facebook Ads to promote your next fundraising event – without wasting money. In this 45-minute webinar, you will learn: Where you should start if you’re a beginner When to drive engagement, and when to drive website clicks When to use Facebook ads and when to use Boosted posts How to use Facebook…
  • What’s the Difference Between a Campaign and a Facebook App?

    Sara Piccola
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:44 am
    Apps and Campaigns serve the same general purpose. They’re both used to run promotions, contests, sweepstakes, newsletter integrations, welcome pages and landing pages. However, a Campaign can be placed anywhere on the Web while an App is limited to Facebook. So there you have the BIG difference between Apps and Campaigns: Apps = Facebook; Campaigns = Everywhere. Whether they’re called Campaigns or Apps — or even Tabs, which is what these tools were originally called — many of the tips and best practices we’ve all been hearing for years are still relevant.  Moving…
  • 8 Tools to Make You a Visual Content Ninja

    John Haydon
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:47 am
    If you manage social media for a nonprofit, you realize that creating visual content is becoming a bigger part of your job. You’re creating more visual content than ever before, and it has to look exceptional! That’s a lot of pressure for someone who didn’t go to art school. Fortunately, there are several tools and apps to make you look like a visual content ninja. 1) Canva If you need to churn out visual content that’s beautiful (or at least branded), then Canva is your tool. They have templates for Facebook covers, social media posts, posters, blog graphics, and more. Did I mention…
 
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    Nonprofit Bridge

  • Vote For Your Favorite #15NTC Sessions

    Norman Reiss
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    This Friday, July 18 is the deadline for picking your favorite sessions / topics for next year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference in Austin, Texas on March 4-6, 2015. To help you navigate the long list of submissions, below are some of my favorite ideas organized by topic, many which I’ve spoken and/or blogged about: Giving Effective Online Presentations Webinars that Work: Best Practices for Engaging E-Learning 12 Webinar Mistakes to Avoid – Delivering Successful (and Effective!) Online Trainings Maintaining Better Nonprofit Data Put Your Data in the Driver’s Seat:…
  • When Are People Most Likely to Donate?

    Norman Reiss
    2 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    (Guest post by Kristen Gramigna) Knowing your audience well enough to communicate when they will most likely respond to your call to action is a basic tenet of marketing. But putting that theory into practice presents additional complexity for nonprofits,  particularly when asking constituents to commit money to an intangible cause.  Properly timing when you solicit donations can improve the success of your fundraising campaign. Below are findings about donor behavior that can help gauge when your supporters are most likely to donate. When they’re in good company: Regardless of the…
  • How to Get the Most from a Webinar (and who to take them with)

    Norman Reiss
    27 Jun 2014 | 7:14 am
    Attending a webinar online is a great way to keep up your skills and connect with others in the nonprofit community.   To get the most value from an online event: As tempting as it may be, minimize multitasking.  If you can’t focus on the session you’re attending, find out if there will be a recording available (most do provide this) then listen at a time you can focus Ask questions.  (You’ll learn more that way.)  Many session presenters (including me) prefer an interactive format and welcome questions at any time, not only at the presentation’s end. Take notes…
  • What Do YOU Want to Talk About at #15NTC?

    nhr2000
    14 Jun 2014 | 9:23 am
    Want to get the most out of next year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference (#15NTC)?  Submit an idea for a session – the deadline is Sun, Jun. 22. I’ve presented several times in the past, and it’s always been a great experience.   By participating in a session, you: can highlight what you’ve accomplished at your nonprofit become more of an expert in your topic.   It really is true: The best way to learn something is to teach it to others form deeper relationships with others who are presenting with you (most conference sessions involve multiple speakers) learn…
  • How to Create a Long Term Stewardship Strategy

    nhr2000
    31 May 2014 | 5:20 am
    (Guest post by Leah Merrill)  Many nonprofits focus primarily on acquiring additional contributions, but it’s equally important to keep the donors you already have.   Having a plan for how you’re going to engage and thank donors, and to nurture them are crucial to keeping them connected to your organization. Below are a few tips to implement a long-term stewardship strategy: 1. Have a written stewardship plan. Once you formulate your plan, write it down. Here is an example you can use to help you come up with your own plan. This stewardship plan will be a guide for your…
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    Wired 4 Leadership

  • Creating Change Adept Organizations

    Kerry Stackpole
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    Not-for-profit organizations, social sector groups and associations are not inherently designed to be nimble. The principles of democracy that underlie the structure of most non-profit organizations are by design slow and deliberative. The environment in which our members, customers, donors, clients and stakeholders live and work is sodden by overwhelming complexity, rapid innovations, urgency and […] You are reading Creating Change Adept Organizations from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
  • Bringing the Best to Non-Profit Boardrooms

    Kerry Stackpole
    17 Jun 2014 | 8:23 am
    At the top, non-profit Boards increasingly need a diversity of interests, strategic insight, and closer contact with the member’s universe to deliver meaningful value. Who sits at your non-profit Board table? The movers and shakers of your profession or industry? Successful, recognized, long-time members or donors? These are the people you need, right? Perhaps, but […] You are reading Bringing the Best to Non-Profit Boardrooms from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
  • Leaders: Get Your Head In The Game!

    Kerry Stackpole
    6 May 2014 | 6:23 am
    “Get your head in the game” is the clarion cry of coaches demanding athletes regain focus and bring their talents to bear on the success of the team.  While no one can ignore the extraordinary physical talents and capacities of athletes, in some ways the far more demanding effort is what goes on in their […] You are reading Leaders: Get Your Head In The Game! from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
  • 3D Leadership In A Changing World

    Kerry Stackpole
    18 Feb 2014 | 7:56 am
    There’s a new normal afoot that I’ve taken to calling 3D leadership. You don’t need those cheap plastic glasses to see or experience it. You will however want to think hard about your worldview with an entirely new lens.  If you are to be a successful and effective leader you do not have the luxury […] You are reading 3D Leadership In A Changing World from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
  • Five Ideas for Leaders in 2014

    Kerry Stackpole
    31 Dec 2013 | 5:18 am
    As the visions of sugar plums and the joys of Christmas 2013 dissipate and celebrations of the New Year come into focus there’s a swell of stories about the “best of” 2013–blogs, wines, photos, events, books, most delicious stuffed olives–okay I made that one up–but you get my drift.  Looking back is a tradition writ […] You are reading Five Ideas for Leaders in 2014 from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
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    Tanenbaum.org

  • Pay Up or Die: Christians in Iraq Update

    Bob Johnson, MFA
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:13 am
    Iraqis flee from Mosul. UNHCR / R. Nuri Have you been following the news about Iraq, ISIS (now IS) and what’s happening to Christians in areas IS controls? Take a quick look with us. This past Saturday, as reported in Breaking Israel News and other media outlets, the Islamic State (formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) “issued a deadline for Christian residents of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, to leave, pay, convert or die. The Islamic State is requiring residents of Mosul to pay the jizyah: “Jizya (sometimes written as jizyah and pronounced “jiz-yuh”), as explained…
  • Top news stories across the world

    Nicole Margaretten
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
                    A collection of top news stories you need to know from July 11 – July 17, 2014 Church of England approves women bishops in historic vote • Three charged over Palestinian Mohammad Abu Khdair murder • Faithful flock to see statue of Santo Toribio, the immigrants’ saint • Beautiful Ramadan Photos From Around The World • These Are The Most Breathtaking Church Ceilings In The World– And We Almost Missed Them Church of England approves women bishops in historic vote Following a 20-year-old debate, the General Synod of…
  • DiversityInc and Tanenbaum: A Powerful Partnership

    Bob Johnson, MFA
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    Tanenbaum is joining forces with DiversityInc, a widely read, well respected, and dominant “diversity” publication. As subject-matter experts in the field of religious diversity, Tanenbaum will share our better practices and research with DiversityInc.com and DiversityInc Magazine. As one of the leading publications on issues of diversity at work, DiversityInc will expand Tanenbaum’s ability to spread the word that religion cannot be ignored. DiversityInc offers expert content, benchmarking services, events and The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity competition. Get informed…
  • We Are All Human Beings

    Nicole Margaretten
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Despite the rockets and the airstrikes wreaking havoc in Israel and Gaza, Peacemaker in Action Yehezkel Landau’s organization Open House held its annual Summer Peace Camp. Seventy Arab and Jewish children gathered at the peace education center in Ramle, Israel did what all children should do during the summer – they had fun together. While the latest war in Gaza further complicates hope for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, a twelve-year-old camper relays her belief that there can one day be by reminding us of what we too often forget in times of conflict: “We are all human…
  • SURVEY: Can discrimination based on sincere religious beliefs ever be okay?

    Bob Johnson, MFA
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
     
 
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    want2donate.org

  • Charity smartphone apps review - part 8

    Linda
    25 Jun 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Whizz-Kidz Asks for donations? YesLinks to website donate form? YesResponsive giving forms? YesText to donate? YesHas other monetisation? NoHas native iPad version? No We really liked the Whizz-Kidz app which serves, as its primary function, as a kind of shop window on the different equipment that you can apply for through the charity. It also has information on volunteering and how to fundraise.
  • Celebrate Father's Day with a present from Concern Gifts

    Linda
    11 Jun 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Trying to find the right gift for dad? With Father’s Day this Sunday, it’s time to make dads feel special. However, they’re not always so easy to buy for! Something fathers around the world may have in common is that they want to provide for their children and make sure they get the best possible start in life.  Concern Worldwide offers the unique gift of a Mini Farmyard, including piglets and chickens, to provide a father living in poverty with the chance to support his family into the future.
  • Charity smartphone apps review - part 7

    Linda
    2 Jun 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Hey there, Hot(ish!) off the heels of our first blog about charities and wearable tech we've come back to post number seven in our series of blogs that look at the various charity smartphone apps that are available to download. The Big Issue Asks for donations? NoLinks to website donate form? NoResponsive giving forms? N/AText to donate? NoHas other monetisation? NoHas native iPad version? (N/A - it's an Apple Newstand download now)
  • How charities can use wearable technology - part 1

    Linda
    20 May 2014 | 1:56 pm
    At want2donate we're not really sure about the much hyped and encroaching wave of wearable tech and what a drastic change this could mean (for better or worse) of our species. This is ultimately dependant on the intent of the people who create, own and develop this incredible and increasingly powerful knowledge and ability to bring humans and technology closer and closer. It would probably be fair to say they already know how to do things that would 'blow our tiny minds', as they say!
  • Stuff you might not know about lions

    Linda
    5 May 2014 | 6:22 am
    Last week, we wrote a short blog about rhinos, and it's proved a really popular page. So, we thought we'd follow up with a few more like this - this time it is about lions. The lion (Panthera leo), which belongs to the Felidae family, is one of only four large cats that comes from the Panthera species, the other three being the tiger, the jaguar, and the leopard.
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    Palmetto Buzz

  • Taking Collaboration to a New Level

    Marge White
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    In the non-profit world, most funders and organizations applying for funding focus on what we call “isolated impact.” Funding organizations look for the best application with measurable outcomes that will make a difference in people’s lives. They often choose applicants who show collaboration and commitment from partners, but primarily focus on the qualifications and outcomes... Read more »
  • Great Nonprofits

    Tina Jones
    6 Jun 2014 | 1:05 pm
    If you were to score your nonprofit organization on a scale of 1-10, would you give it a 10, or maybe an 8? Perhaps more importantly, how would your supporters score you? Many of us who work for nonprofit organizations – do so because we enjoy making a living by helping others. Most of us... Read more »
  • Welcome to the Virtual World

    Sharyn McHenry
    8 May 2014 | 1:24 pm
    The definition of work and workspace has been evolving in recent years to include many options that make it easier to balance the obligations of a professional career and with a flexible schedule that allows for time to manage family duties and pursue other interests. A survey on workplace flexibility for Mom Corps conducted by... Read more »
  • Thoughts on Earned Income Ventures for Non-Profits

    Stephanie Watson
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Recently I attended the Southern Regional Grant Conference 2014 here in Atlanta, Georgia. One of the break-out sessions was of particular interest to me – Social Entrepreneurship / Earned Income Opportunities. We as grant-writers know it is critical for organizations to diversify their funding streams in order to remain viable. The topic of ‘earned income’... Read more »
  • It’s About So Much More Than Money!

    Paige Havens
    7 Mar 2014 | 12:31 pm
    There’s nothing like the feeling you get when the call comes in sharing the good news that you’ve been awarded a big grant. It’s a moment where the world seems to stop and all of your hard work and dedication seems to be validated and appreciated. It is also a critical moment where a new... Read more »
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    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog

  • Is it Time for a Message Makeover?

    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    What would happen if you got your staff or board together and asked them to give a short description of what your organization does? Would you get a variety of different answers?Now take a look at some of your communication materials - fundraising letters, thank you letters, website etc. Are your messages consistent in all your materials? Are they written in clear, conversational language or are they filled with mind-numbing jargon? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then it's time for a message makeover. Create a message platformPutting together a set of clear, consistent messages,…
  • Is it Time For an Extreme Thank You Makeover?

    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:15 am
    Summer is here! Yea, finally.  This may be a slower time for you, and over the summer, I'm going to give you some suggestions on how to improve your fundraising and communications to help you get ready for a busy fall.One area where most nonprofits can do better is thanking their donors, something that often seems like an afterthought.  A landing page is more than a receiptMany people donate online now, and your landing page is your first chance to say thank you.  Make it personal and not transactional.  Open with Thank you, Susan!or You're amazing!  Include an…
  • How You Can Print and Mail With Limited Resources

    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog
    11 Jun 2014 | 10:04 am
    In my last post Don't Give Up on Print, I mentioned that some nonprofit organizations try to save money by cutting back on printing and mailing. That could be a mistake and I suggested you survey your donors to see whether they have a preference between print and electronic communication.So now you've surveyed your donors and found many of them prefer to receive print communication, and you rarely send anything through the mail because you have limited resources (budget, time, staff).  What do you do?  Here are some suggestions. Be smartFirst off, figure out what you should print…
  • Don't Give Up on Print

    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog
    4 Jun 2014 | 10:18 am
    If your nonprofit organization has limited resources (and many do), you may try to cut costs by scaling back your printing and mailing.  But be careful.  Print communication still has a place.  Know your donorsYou might think print is too traditional or old fashioned.  It's not. Some donors prefer print communication.  How do you know?  You ask them.  The more you know about your donors, the more effective your communications will be. It's good to know the age range of your donors.  Many of them may be over 45 and won't think print communication is…
  • Have You Thanked Your Donors Lately?

    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog
    27 May 2014 | 10:38 am
    When was the last time you thanked your donors?  Maybe it was when you sent a thank you letter after your year-end appeal.  Perhaps you sent out a Valentine's Day email message. Okay, it's been awhile. You need to be thanking your donors more often - at least once a month.  Nonprofit organizations generally don't do a great job of thanking their donors, and that's a problem, especially as donor retention rates continue to plunge.  We can do better. The good news is, with a little planning, you can come up with short, creative ways to thank your donors throughout the…
 
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    Social Velocity

  • Speaking About A Changing Nonprofit World

    Nell Edgington
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    One of the things I love most about what I do is the opportunity to speak around the country to nonprofit and philanthropic leaders about new approaches. The nonprofit sector and the philanthropy that funds it are changing dramatically, which can be unsettling, but can also be an incredible opportunity for nonprofit leaders to find a better way to reach their goals. This Fall I’m particularly excited about some great speaking opportunities I have coming up. If you will be at any of these events, please let me know, I’d love to connect there. And if you’d like to learn more…
  • Guest Post: Philanthropy Must Get Better at Funding Scale

    Nell Edgington
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Note: Second in my list of esteemed guest bloggers this summer is Adin Miller. Adin is Senior Director of Community Impact and Innovations at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, but his post is his personal viewpoint, not necessarily that of his employer.  Here is his guest post:   Readers of the Social Velocity blog know of Nell’s clarion call for nonprofit financing not fundraising and her conviction that the current mode of nonprofit growth through fundraising is bankrupt. Today I want to examine another area I consider broken, namely the ineffective way in…
  • Moving Beyond the Starving Nonprofit

    Nell Edgington
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    Ever since last year’s release of the Letter to the Donors of America it seems there is an increasing drumbeat against the “Overhead Myth,” the idea that nonprofits must keep their overhead and administrative costs as low as possible. The fact that we are now openly talking about overhead as a myth is very encouraging. But I think it will take a good deal of time before donors actually embrace the idea that nonprofits should stop starving their organizations of the resources they need to create and execute effective programs. To move donors along, nonprofit leaders…
  • Social Technology for Social Change: An Interview with Amy Sample Ward

    Nell Edgington
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:54 pm
    In today’s Social Velocity interview, I’m talking with Amy Sample Ward, CEO of Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), the membership organization of nonprofit professionals who put technology to use for their causes. Amy leads a team dedicated to connecting individuals, organizations and campaigns in order to transition the nonprofit technology sector into a movement-based force for positive change. Previously serving as the Membership Director at NTEN, Amy is also a blogger, facilitator and trainer having worked with groups and spoken at events in the US, UK and around the world.
  • 10 Great Social Innovation Reads: June 2014

    Nell Edgington
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    I have to admit, June was a busy month for me with lots of travel and events, so I was less tuned into social media. Thus, I am offering a far from definitive list of the best reads from the month. But here goes… New data on charitable giving and social fundraising, and a new effort to create a system to classify philanthropic activity made for some exciting developments. And because it wouldn’t be a great month in the world of social innovation without lots of debate, there is also plenty of criticism of philanthropists, philanthropic consultants, and business theory. It…
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    Ethics Resource Center

  • How to Improve Your Whistleblower Program and Address...

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    How to Improve Your Whistleblower Program and Address Impediments to Reporting Recording of July 1, 2014 Webcast Moderator Cynthia M. Fornelli, Executive Director, Center for Audit Quality Panelists Patricia J. Harned, President, Ethics Resource Center Janice Innis-Thompson, Senior Managing Director and Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer, TIAA-CREF Kristin D. Rivera, Partner, Forensic Services, PwC All publicly traded companies are required to have a process whereby employees can report occupational misconduct—i.e., the whistleblower program. How do you know if your company has an…
  • ETHICS DECLINE DURING MERGERS, ACQUISITIONS AND ORGANIZATIONAL RESTRUCTURING

    11 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    When Companies Undergo Change, on Average, 21.5 Percent More Employees See Misconduct Employees in...
  • Federal Whistleblowers Must be Protected

    24 Jun 2014 | 4:26 am
    Letter to the Editor in case you missed it, Pat’s letter appeared over the weekend on the...
  • NBES in the News

    10 Feb 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Below are some of the recent articles on ERC’s latest National Business Ethics Survey...
  • NBES Webcast Registration Now Open

    7 Feb 2014 | 11:07 am
    An Insider’s View of the Ethics Resource Center’s National Business Ethics Survey® 2013 February 21...
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    Always ACTIVE

  • 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…
  • How the National Park Service Inspires Visitors to Share their Experiences

    ACTIVE Network
    1 May 2014 | 4:22 pm
    At ACTIVE, we’re excited to play a role in powering the 14th annual Share the Experience photo contest that highlights the best of America’s federal recreation lands from the view of participants. As the leading partner powering recreational reservations, licenses, permits, and registrations nationwide, we proudly support the official photo contest on behalf of the National Park Foundation, the National Park Service the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service. The 2014 contest just kicked off and gives…
  • How ACTIVE Connects Our Mission with Yours

    ACTIVE Network
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    Our mission is to make the world a more active place. We believe in participating in our customers’ activities to better understand how we can serve them. We also want to understand the communities that our customers serve. Over the past eight years, ACTIVEx Charity Challenge (AxCC), has been a way for us to walk a mile in our customers’ shoes AND give back directly to the communities they serve. This year, we’re proud to continue our partnership with KIDS in the GAME (KITG) to provide the opportunity of activity to underprivileged kids around the nation. ACTIVEx fundraising…
  • How the PGA of America is Attracting New Players to Golf

    ACTIVE Network
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    ACTIVE Network is a proud partner of the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of America. We provide the technology that powers the PGA’s Program Manager, which is built on ACTIVE Works. Program Manager is an all-in-one registration solution that’s free to PGA members to promote their lessons, leagues and tournaments. Here’s how the PGA and ACTIVE help facilities attract new participants Sign up for Program Manager: PGA invites members to sign up for a free Program Manager account on http://www.PGALinks.com/ACTIVE and allows them to start posting their programs and events right…
  • How One Community is Giving Members Better Access to Activities

    ACTIVE Network
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:14 am
    On the heels of the 2014 Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) Educational Forum, one local community, Saugeen Shores, is proving that member satisfaction and greater participation are linking back to ACTIVE Net’s online accessibility. Last week at PRO, representatives from the Saugeen Shores discussed their transition from ACTIVE’s Class software system to ACTIVE Net. As hundreds of our community partners prepare to undergo the same software transition, check out Saugeen Shores’ story: Prepare for the Transition: Saugeen Shores made the commitment to dedicate time to plan their…
 
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    Engaging Volunteers

  • Engaging Talent in Best Work

    Shari Ilsen
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    Guest post by Stephen Ristau Too often I hear from highly skilled and motivated people, “I just can’t seem to find a nonprofit organization that uses my professional talent well.” And despite the great strides that nonprofits have made in recent years to design volunteer or pro bono work experiences that require advanced expertise or training, I still see a disconnect between the available talent pool and the engagement opportunities nonprofits offer. Do you find this to be true also? Has your organization stepped up the caliber of short-term, project-oriented work that taps…
  • Why It’s Still Hard to Volunteer (and How Nonprofits Can Help)

    Shari Ilsen
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    This post was originally published on the New York Cares blog. Guest post by Gary Bagley, New York Cares Since the report in February that volunteering numbers are down in the U.S., I have spent much of my time telling well-meaning people poised to make a call to service to please put down the bullhorn. A call to service is important, but a greater problem needs to be addressed first – improving the ability of nonprofits, schools, and community groups to engage volunteers strategically to drive impact. At New York Cares, we think of volunteers as employees who get ‘paid’ with…
  • People Make the Difference: Explore a Year of Impact

    Greg Baldwin
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    Everyone should have the chance to make a difference – wouldn’t you agree? That’s why VolunteerMatch makes it easier for people to connect with the causes they care about. To take a look at how far we have come, it is a pleasure to share with you VolunteerMatch’s Annual Impact Report – a graphic look at people and causes, like your organization, who are making a difference. Last year was an important time for us: we re-launched www.VolunteerMatch.org with a one-of-a-kind recommendations engine, overhauled our workplace group management services, ventured onto your…
  • How to Deepen Your Impact by Engaging Skilled Volunteers

    Shannon David
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Our recent announcement of a new partnership to automatically post all skilled volunteer listings from the VolunteerMatch network to LinkedIn’s Volunteer Marketplace has shed a serious spotlight on the importance and potential of skilled volunteering. Check out this special series of posts exploring skilled volunteering as a category, a strategy, and, of course, an inspiration for greater impact. So, with the help of VolunteerMatch and LinkedIn, you have a (free!) tool at your disposal for recruiting awesome skilled volunteers to support your nonprofit with important, high-impact…
  • Thinking…Bigger about Skilled Volunteering for Nonprofits

    Vicky Hush
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    Our recent announcement of a new partnership to automatically post all skilled volunteer listings from the VolunteerMatch network to LinkedIn’s Volunteer Marketplace has shed a serious spotlight on the importance and potential of skilled volunteering. Check out this special series of posts exploring skilled volunteering as a category, a strategy, and, of course, an inspiration for greater impact. When I first got wind late in 2013 that LinkedIn was launching a Volunteer Marketplace in the New Year, I sighed. Out loud. VolunteerMatch is a volunteer marketplace. We’ve seen this…
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    Darrell Gwynn Foundation

  • Wheelchair Recipient Reads Letter, Not a Dry Eye in the Room

    Darrell Gwynn
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:48 pm
    At the Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s recent gala event, “Evening with Emerson,” wheelchair recipient Isabella Valle shared a heartfelt letter with guests, detailing the major changes in her life that would result from the donation of her new $40,000 custom standing power wheelchair. After Isabella finished her letter, it was clear that there wasn’t a dry
  • Darrell Gwynn Foundation Donates $40,000 Custom Standing Power Wheelchair to Isabella Valle at Coke Zero 400, July 5

    Darrell Gwynn
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:19 am
    Daytona, FL. – The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors and supporters, donated a custom standing power wheelchair to 18 year-old Isabella Valle of Orlando, FL at the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 5. Isabella was born with Cerebral Palsy and needs a custom power standing wheelchair to maintain
  • DGF to hold an “Evening with Emerson” at Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale on July 8th

    Darrell Gwynn
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:08 am
    DGF will donate $40,000 Custom Standing Power Wheelchair to Isabella Valle; Event to feature Champion Race Car Driver Emerson Fittipaldi DAVIE, Fla. – To celebrate the incredible support the Darrell Gwynn Foundation receives from the auto racing and collector car community, the foundation will be holding an “Evening with Emerson,” a spectacular night of cocktails,
  • Wheelchair Recipient Update: Karen Spencer

    Darrell Gwynn
    12 Jun 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Karen Spencer, who received a custom power wheelchair donation from the Darrell Gwynn Foundation in January, recently sent us an article she published on Polio Echo, Inc. We LOVE hearing from our recipients! Wheels of Fortune By Karen Spencer This year has started off being one of the best years of my life. On January 13th, I was
  • Statement on Wheelchair Donation to Shane Ragland

    Darrell Gwynn
    12 Jun 2014 | 8:36 am
    Recently, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation became aware of Mr. Ragland’s troubled past. The foundation tries to make an impact in each community it visits.  We reached out in search of a candidate for an event in Kentucky and Mr. Ragland was referred to us for a wheelchair donation by a local rehabilitation clinic. As a
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    Clairification

  • A Baker’s Dozen of Nonprofit Blogging Do’s and Don’ts – Pt.2

    Claire
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Last week, in part 1 of this post, I encouraged you to begin blogging if you’re not doing so already. And, if you are, to do so more effectively. Make your blog the hub of your content marketing. It will simplify your life in so many ways, and become the anchor for your marketing communications [...] The post A Baker’s Dozen of Nonprofit Blogging Do’s and Don’ts – Pt.2 appeared first on Clairification.
  • A Baker’s Dozen of Nonprofit Blogging Do’s and Don’ts – Pt.1

    Claire
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:32 pm
    If you’ve been reading Clairification you know by now that I’m a huge blog booster for nonprofits.  If you don’t have a blog yet, you should get one. Pronto! Yup, I think they’re that important. And don’t tell me you don’t have the bandwidth. You absolutely do. You just have to rethink your modus operandi. [...] The post A Baker’s Dozen of Nonprofit Blogging Do’s and Don’ts – Pt.1 appeared first on Clairification.
  • To Blog, or Not to Blog? Only if You Do it Right. Do You?

    Claire
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Do you have a mature social media operation, or are you just a baby? Or a teen? Babies babble. Teens make it all about themselves. Are you simply using Twitter to babble? Facebook to say “look at me?”  Or have you embraced a more full-grown strategy?  The best place to start, and the fastest way [...] The post To Blog, or Not to Blog? Only if You Do it Right. Do You? appeared first on Clairification.
  • Eulogize the Donor Pyramid; Life Moves On – Pt. 2

    Mark
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:12 pm
    [This is Part 2 of my response to Andrea Kihlstedt’s Open Letter to me, Is The Donor Pyramid Really Dead, in the GuideStar blog. She was responding to my recent posts on the death of the Donor Pyramid in Fundraising Success Magazine: R.I.P. Donor Pyramid? and Maximize Social Business Blog How Social Media Toppled the [...] The post Eulogize the Donor Pyramid; Life Moves On – Pt. 2 appeared first on Clairification.
  • 4th of July Clairity Click-it: Be a Show Off! Get Attention with Instagram, Pinterest, Visual Storytelling, Content

    Mark
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm
    This is your 4th of July Clairity Click-it (Independence Day for all my U.S.-based friends) – an array of hand picked articles to help you set off some fireworks for your organization and your donors. Seriously… are you putting on a captivating show for folks, or does your marketing send folks off to slumber land? [...] The post 4th of July Clairity Click-it: Be a Show Off! Get Attention with Instagram, Pinterest, Visual Storytelling, Content appeared first on Clairification.
 
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    Thunderhead Works

  • The Forest Man of India

    Tom Peterson
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
    “I saw something strange, it looked like a forest far in the distance. I began walking toward it. And when I reached it, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I had found a dense forest in the middle of a barren wasteland.” A master of tenacity, Jadav Payeng of India has been planting trees on his island since the seventies. And it’s now larger than Central Park. In this award-winning short documentary Douglas McMaster tells why this is not just your ordinary reforestation project. It may help save the world’s largest river island. It is so dense it’s attracting…
  • Walk Your City: Signs Improve Communities

    Tom Peterson
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    By Tom Peterson As one who walks for exercise, I’m often surprised when places I used to think were so far away are, in fact, walkable. That’s why I like this guerrilla wayfinding effort. Urban planning student Matt Tomasulo founded Walk [Your City] based on signs that simply say, “It’s a __ minute walk to [destination].” The first 27 signs went up in Raleigh, NC, in 2012. And they’ve spread to 45 states and almost as many countries. After successful program in Raleigh, and some media-generated enthusiasm in other parts of the world, Tomasulo launched a…
  • Maggie is Making a Documentary

    Tom Peterson
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:57 pm
    I just got this email from a former student, Maggie Carroll. She graduated from the Clinton School of Public Service a couple of years ago and has since been busy with public radio and film work. She also wrote a post for Thunderhead Works on Participatory Media. Maggie is trying to bring to light the issue of children who have a parent in prison. Please consider kicking in to help, she’s half way to her goal. Here, Maggie describes the project:   I am producing and directing a documentary, titled My Video, My Voice. Helping me are five amazing kids, who agreed to carry around…
  • Avoid Cynics, Pessimists and Other Downers

    Tom Peterson
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
      By Tom Peterson This is a post I’ve avoided writing because it’s an unpleasant topic. But it’s important for those who choose a path of improving the world. Hanging out with positive people who give energy to the world will gives us energy, as well. The more we’re around them, the more we find ourselves reaching for our own best. However, by the same token, nothing can be more counter-productive than having negative people on your team. Negative people may be cynics, pessimists, sneerers, back-stabbers, know-it-alls, scapegoaters, liars, get-ahead-at-other’s-expensers, and…
  • Get on the Bus

    Tom Peterson
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:04 am
      “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a flame to be kindled.” —Plutarch. By Tom Peterson Summer is a great time for an adventure that could give us a new perspective, shake things up. Help us leave our comfort zones. In the summer between her high school junior and senior years my niece Mary Lois, went with a group of 19 teenagers and five adult leaders on a short journey that she says changed her life. The program, “Get on the Bus,” was the idea of David McNair, a youth coordinator for the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina. This was the first trip. Mary Lois…
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    Clairification

  • A Baker’s Dozen of Nonprofit Blogging Do’s and Don’ts – Pt.2

    Claire
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Last week, in part 1 of this post, I encouraged you to begin blogging if you’re not doing so already. And, if you are, to do so more effectively. Make your blog the hub of your content marketing. It will simplify your life in so many ways, and become the anchor for your marketing communications [...] The post A Baker’s Dozen of Nonprofit Blogging Do’s and Don’ts – Pt.2 appeared first on Clairification.
  • A Baker’s Dozen of Nonprofit Blogging Do’s and Don’ts – Pt.1

    Claire
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:32 pm
    If you’ve been reading Clairification you know by now that I’m a huge blog booster for nonprofits.  If you don’t have a blog yet, you should get one. Pronto! Yup, I think they’re that important. And don’t tell me you don’t have the bandwidth. You absolutely do. You just have to rethink your modus operandi. [...] The post A Baker’s Dozen of Nonprofit Blogging Do’s and Don’ts – Pt.1 appeared first on Clairification.
  • To Blog, or Not to Blog? Only if You Do it Right. Do You?

    Claire
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Do you have a mature social media operation, or are you just a baby? Or a teen? Babies babble. Teens make it all about themselves. Are you simply using Twitter to babble? Facebook to say “look at me?”  Or have you embraced a more full-grown strategy?  The best place to start, and the fastest way [...] The post To Blog, or Not to Blog? Only if You Do it Right. Do You? appeared first on Clairification.
  • Eulogize the Donor Pyramid; Life Moves On – Pt. 2

    Mark
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:12 pm
    [This is Part 2 of my response to Andrea Kihlstedt’s Open Letter to me, Is The Donor Pyramid Really Dead, in the GuideStar blog. She was responding to my recent posts on the death of the Donor Pyramid in Fundraising Success Magazine: R.I.P. Donor Pyramid? and Maximize Social Business Blog How Social Media Toppled the [...] The post Eulogize the Donor Pyramid; Life Moves On – Pt. 2 appeared first on Clairification.
  • 4th of July Clairity Click-it: Be a Show Off! Get Attention with Instagram, Pinterest, Visual Storytelling, Content

    Mark
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm
    This is your 4th of July Clairity Click-it (Independence Day for all my U.S.-based friends) – an array of hand picked articles to help you set off some fireworks for your organization and your donors. Seriously… are you putting on a captivating show for folks, or does your marketing send folks off to slumber land? [...] The post 4th of July Clairity Click-it: Be a Show Off! Get Attention with Instagram, Pinterest, Visual Storytelling, Content appeared first on Clairification.
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    Veritus Group

  • Do Your Words Really Matter?

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    One of my pet peeves is sitting with someone who is just chattering away about certain values and positions – but they really have no intention of actually acting on any of those values or the positions that they are taking. It is just words flowing out of their mouth. Just words. This kind of thing happens with politicians, religious folks, sales people and a host of others. It is particularly disturbing when it comes from people close to you – people whom you want to trust – people you normally believe will follow through and make their words good. Jeff and I feel very strongly that…
  • You Can’t Thank Fast Enough

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    It is always interesting to me how some managers approach the timing of a “thank you” when it comes to giving. It’s as if any kind of delay is acceptable. Let’s make this really personal and see how it feels to you. You come into my office and give me a copy of a book you knew I really wanted. Yep. You went out and bought it, walked in and handed it to me. And when I received that book from your generous and gracious hands, I looked up from my computer and nodded then went back to the document I was working on. How would you feel? I can imagine the nasty labels you would attach to me…
  • How to Finish Your Year Strong

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    You are 65% through the year and you are behind in reaching your goals. What should you do? Your first inclination might be just to do more of what you have been doing. Or hope that one donor will come through really big and take you over the top. Or maybe, just maybe, everything is going to work out just fine. You have planted the seeds. Now you just need to sit back and watch the harvest come in. I don’t think any of those approaches will work. Last week, I sat with a very talented MGO who was facing this very situation. He was nine months into his fiscal year and sitting at $900,000 in…
  • Six Ways to Do What’s Expected in Major Gifts

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Another article from Veritus Group to help you succeed at major gift fundraising. What you will learn in this White Paper: How to work with management to create goals and expectations that will allow you to succeed. How to plan time out of the office that is strategic and easily approved. How to communicate your progress up-line and put management at ease. To obtain this white paper, please fill out our form…
  • Is CFRE Certification Worth It?

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    We are often asked if a degree or certification of some sort is really necessary to be successful in major gifts. And this goes to a much larger question of the role education plays in preparing a person to do the job. I go back and forth on this subject, a vacillation I will explain later. CFRE International, the body that certifies fundraisers, says that “certification shows the public that fundraisers are committed to the highest ethical and professional standards and have gained significant levels of competence in their work.” I’m not sure that is entirely true, in that a person…
 
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    eleventy marketing group

  • 3 New Resources Exploring the Emergence of Bitcoin Fundraising

    shad
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    Recently we reported on this blog about the potential of Bitcoin as a fundraising tool. Since then, there’s been a lot more chatter in the nonprofit industry about this topic. And that chatter will only grow louder in the near future. From nonprofit organizations to political campaigns, more and more information about how Bitcoin is being used to raise funds is coming to light. We’re moving beyond simply talking about the vast potential of Bitcoin to seeing real results. Still, many questions remain. In today’s post, we’ll provide summaries and links to some recent articles and…
  • 14 Reasons Your Nonprofit Should Be Engaging Millennials At Work

    shad
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    For any nonprofit with an eye toward the future, Millennials are an incredibly important audience. They may be not significant donors yet, but they will be. That’s why laying the groundwork and creating a connection early on is so essential. The annual Millennial Impact Report is a great resource for nonprofit organizations looking to build bonds with this demographic. The data in this report comes directly from Millennials, and can help you identify ways to make inroads with them in your marketing and fundraising efforts. In today’s blog post, we’ll look at some significant stats…
  • 6 Notable Numbers for Nonprofits from the 2014 Giving USA Report

    shad
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:43 am
    The past decade has been a rocky one for nonprofit organizations. There have been high highs and low lows. But new statistics from Giving USA reveal nonprofit fundraising numbers are close to returning to pre-recession levels earlier than expected. In today’s post, we’ll take a quick trip through fundraising past, present and future. We’ll explore some key figures from the Giving USA 2014 report and touch on a few key things nonprofits need to keep in mind moving forward. The Tumultuous Past and Road to Recovery For nonprofits, one of the top factors influencing donor giving is the…
  • Angie Moore Explores the Impact of a Bold Nonprofit Marketing Decision

    shad
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    As many of you know, eleventy’s vice president of strategy and development Angie Moore authors a popular nonprofit blog over at Fundraising Success. On this blog, Angie explores many of the big ideas, changes and challenges taking place in the nonprofit industry. One year ago, Angie reported on her blog about a major marketing change at the American Cancer Society (ACS). The post attracted a ton of interest from nonprofit professionals across organizations and sectors. Recently, Angie posted an insightful follow-up to that article. The Original Story: A Top Nonprofit’s Surprising…
  • 6 Top Marketing Trends From The First Six Months of 2014

    shad
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:58 am
    It’s hard to believe we’re already at the midway point of the year. It seems like only last week we were shivering our way through the brutal winter and laying out strategic marketing goals for 2014. But after you make it through the first quarter, the calendar has a way of stepping on the gas. At key points throughout the year, we like to dip into our Web stats to see what topics are driving reader interest. It’s not a deep data analysis—just a glimpse of where our audience is focusing their attention. And we like to share that info so you can catch up on any content you…
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    Wagenmaker and Oberly - Nonprofit Update

  • Don’t Let Them Eat Cake

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Grade school administrators, take note!  The USDA’s new nutrition standards for foods sold in grade schools are now effective for the 2014-15 school year.  The standards apply to all schools that accept federal funding through the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs, including private schools.  What do these changes mean for your school?  The more stringent nutritional standards apply to both meals and other food consumption.  Consequently, schools may need to modify their food-provider contracts, fundraising activities, and vending machines practices.
  • It’s about the Industry: A Peek Into the 501(c)(6)

    8 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    Tax break for industry developers?  Yes.  Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code provides income tax exemption for organizations that advance a “Line of Business.”  Trade associations are one type of 501(c)(6).  But the category is much more broadly defined.  The statutory definition includes, “Business leagues, chambers of commerce, real-estate boards, boards of trade, or professional football leagues (whether or not administering a pension fund for football players), not organized for profit and no part of the net earnings of which inures to the…
  • Celebrating Our Country’s Freedoms

    3 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    A Day to Reflect        Independence Day provides a great opportunity not only to light fireworks and the grill, but also to reflect on our country’s freedoms and values.  The First Amendment has been front and center as of late.   Our bedrock democratic values of political discourse, free speech, and religious expression have contributed incredibly and uniquely to the shaping of our pluralistic nation.  They also strongly and increasingly influence laws affecting nonprofit organizations.   The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013-2014…
  • Volunteer Handbooks: Benefits and Best Practices

    30 Jun 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Many nonprofit organizations rely on volunteers to serve vital operational needs.  From overseeing major fundraising events to filling daily administrative or other critical operational needs, volunteers often serve as the hands-and-feet of an organization.  They significantly expand the organization’s capacity and mission-impact, beyond their paid-staff.  Yet, given their vital role, the expectations, guidelines, and management of volunteers are often overlooked.  Nonprofits engaging volunteers need to carefully consider the best ways to manage their volunteers. …
  • Public Charities and the Attorney General: Lessons from Maxwell Manor

    20 Jun 2014 | 11:06 am
    How does the Illinois Attorney General regulate charities?  The Illinois First District case People v. Maxwell Manor provides a rare glimpse at how the Attorney General utilizes the Illinois Charitable Trust Act (the “Act”) to enforce the public’s interest in nonprofit corporations.  While the IRS is often seen as the main regulator of charities, each state’s Attorney General also plays a predominant role . The Attorney General brought suit against Maxwell Manor, Inc., a nonprofit corporation operating a nursing home, as well as its officers and directors. …
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    M+R » Lab

  • Our All Time Favorite Terrible Marketing Email Mistakes – And How to Avoid Them

    Sara Wolfson
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:53 pm
    I read a heck of a lot of email. (Rest of the world, staring slack-eyed at me: “…we all do, honey.”) I love reading great email from compelling writers: persuasive tactics, new formatting styles, tricks to make content “pop”, etc. I’m a pretty relentless thief, and I sure do love stealing other people’s good ideas and tactics. But most of all I love reading emails that are less great and more… terrible. Not just in a schadenfreudey, can’t-look-away-from-the-train-wreck way, but because unsuccessful emails are a great way to learn what NOT to do. Because here’s the…
  • “Politicians can’t read, but they can count” — a nonprofit summer organizing Q+A with M+R’s Bill Wasserman

    Bill Wasserman
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    Val Vilott: So…honestly, what’s the deal with August recess? Why is it so important? Bill Wasserman: It’s simple. Members of Congress are home in August. And because Congress will only have one short session left before the mid-term elections, it’s likely the last time to advocate for your cause directly. You want your cause to be top-of-mind for electeds and candidates alike. So you’ve got to get in front of them! VV: Speaking of midterms, it seems to me like there’s a lot of extra political hubbub and noise this year because of them. Is that a good thing…
  • An Op-Ed About Op-Eds for Nonprofits Writing Op-Eds

    Aaron Eske
    29 May 2014 | 7:56 am
    I love reading op-eds, and I’m counting the days until the new NYT Opinion app launches in June. As much as I love reading them — I love writing them even more. But for all that love, the truth is that op-eds aren’t always the best use of my time and energy when advocating for a cause. A good op-ed can take hours to write and edit. And that’s the easy part. Once your piece is finished, the process of placing it in the media can drag on for days or weeks as you wait for outlets to take their turn telling you, “Thanks, but no thanks.” The smallest amount of…
  • Love and List Growth: A (True) Fairy Tale

    Ragini Kathail
    13 May 2014 | 11:00 am
    Once upon a time, there was a children’s hospital, the fairest children’s hospital in all of the land. Its name was Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and it had BIG dreams, but a modest email list. One day, it decided that it was time for that email list to grow, and grow, and grow. At the beginning of February, when the first spring blooms were poking through the ground (or not, if you lived anywhere but California), CHLA’s online direct response team created a Valentine’s Day campaign for people to send cards — real, printed, absolutely adorable cards —…
  • Put the PR in Protest: 5 Tips for Organizers

    Courtney Greenwald
    12 May 2014 | 5:28 am
    If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Um, probably. How about this one: If you hold a protest and nobody notices, does it make a difference? (The correct answer is no.) Protests are the pinnacle of campaigning – the signs, the speakers, the stunts, the celebs. Sometimes you even get food trucks to show up if there’s a big enough crowd. The best, right? But let’s be real, protests are a TON of work, and if nobody’s paying attention except the protestors, what’s the point? Without a solid earned media strategy, your…
 
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    Wobbly Nonprofit

  • Inspiring Faith before Your Ask

    Mark C. Titi
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
    You jump up out of  your sleep in a cold sweat. Your he […] The post Inspiring Faith before Your Ask appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
  • One Minute of Multiplying Good

    Mark C. Titi
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:35 pm
      More72 Killer Resources for Multiplying GoodDoes […] The post One Minute of Multiplying Good appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
  • 72 Killer Resources for Multiplying Good

    Mark C. Titi
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Keeping in mind the power of compounding and the rule o […] The post 72 Killer Resources for Multiplying Good appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
  • Dare to be Unforgettable

    Mark C. Titi
    28 Jun 2014 | 7:45 am
    What lights up your nonprofit? Enjoy this poster from R […] The post Dare to be Unforgettable appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
  • How to Create Mind-Blowing Meetings

    Mark C. Titi
    24 Jun 2014 | 10:52 am
    Pumped up for your next amazing meeting? You know, thos […] The post How to Create Mind-Blowing Meetings appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
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    Emily Davis Consulting

  • The Value of a Board Recruitment Strategy

    emily
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Reposted from the SVP Boulder County blog Last week I had the opportunity to provide an educational workshop for SVP Boulder County’s Boards with Brains program on recruitment and retention. Below are highlights from the first part of training… Healthy boards that retain quality board members have a strong understanding of the basic board roles and responsibilities as well as a clear recruitment process. The best-retained board members know what they’re walking into and have leadership invested in their professional growth. If your organization has planned a recruitment strategy you…
  • Webinar: From Good to Great: How to Score High on Grant Proposals

    Kaylie Marsh
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:36 am
    From Good to Great: How to Score High on Grant Proposals Hosted By: CharityHowTo Presented By: Diane Leonard Date: Wednesday, July 23rd Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Mountain Price: $87 Click here to register! Participating in “From Good to Great: How to Score High on Grant Proposals” will provide grant professionals who have been successful in securing grant funds with information on how to improve their scores with funder review processes. Increasing the scores of your proposal will ultimately have a significant impact on improving your success rate and the dollars that you are…
  • Webinar: How to Keep Your Nonprofit Donors Engaged Over the Summer

    Kaylie Marsh
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:32 am
    How to Keep Your Nonprofit Donors Engaged Over the Summer Hosted By: CharityHowTo Presented By: Lori Jacobwith Date: Tuesday, July 22nd Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Mountain Price: $66 Click here to register. Summer means long weekends, vacations, and lots of distractions from fundraising, right? Or not. A year-round donor communication plan that includes fun stewardship messages can ensure your supporters know you are thinking about them over the summer, AND let them know their gifts are helpful and appreciated any time of year. During this webinar you’ll learn how to stay connected to…
  • Webinar: Writing for the Web: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Great Email Appeals

    Kaylie Marsh
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:23 am
    Webinar: Writing for the Web: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Great Email Appeals Hosted By: CharityHowTo Presented By: Kerri Karvetski Date: Tuesday, July 22nd Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Mountain Price: $87 Click here to register. Are your email fundraising appeals falling flat? Having trouble going from direct-mail to email? Writing for email can be tough for traditional writers. Forget stretching out your story with lots of details and writing dozens of paragraphs! Your e-appeal is heading to an email inbox that’s flooded with messages, on a device rife with distractions. You’ve got…
  • Webinar: Optimizing the Board Chair/CEO Relationship

    Kaylie Marsh
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Optimizing the Board Chair/CEO Relationship Hosted By: BoardSource Presented By: Rena Henderson Mason Date: Thursday, August 7th Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Mountain Price: Organizational Members – $0; Individual Members – $40; Non-members – $75 Click here to register. An effective board chair/CEO relationship is among the most critical factors for organizational success. These two individuals touch every area of board performance and drive the organization’s outcomes. Many board chair and CEO relationships are good, but leaders know they could be better. And with the…
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    Voss Foundation

  • GF&H Orphanage: Project Description

    Caitlin Rackish
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Construction of a solar powered water system is underway at the Good Future and Hope (GF&H) orphanage in Nakisunga. This is Voss Foundation’s first project with GF&H, and our first project in Uganda. The GF&H orphanage borehole is also the seventh project funded by Give A Drop, Voss Foundation’s partnership with Jewel’s Project Clean Water and Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Unite to address the worldwide water problem. Give A Drop supports water, sanitation, and hygiene projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, implemented by Voss Foundation and our on-the-ground…
  • You’re Invited! East Hampton Meets East Africa

    ExecutiveDirector
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    Long-time Voss Foundation supporters artist Beth O’Donnell, jewelry designer Carolyn Roumeguere and Bill Cummings and Bernt Heiberg of Heiberg Cummings Design invite you for an open studio, jewelry trunk show, and African Bazaar in East Hampton, NY, celebrating Voss Foundation six years of providing access to clean water in Kenya with Milgis Trust. Friday, August 8th Saturday, August 9th Sunday, August 10th 11AM-7PM RSVP@DeborahHughesInc.com
  • Georgica Well: Follow-Up Photos

    Caitlin Rackish
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Almost four months after the completion of the Georgica Well, our project with implementing partner FACE Africa in the community of Little Liberia, in the rural Timbo District of Rivercess County, Liberia, the FACE Africa team returned for a visit and took some pictures of the well in action!   The Georgica Well was funded in 2013 by the First Annual Georgica Clean Water Benefit for Voss Foundation held at Georgica Restaurant and Lounge in Wainscott, East Hampton, New York. VOSS Water chronicled the implementation of this project worldwide in their 2014 31 Days to Make A Difference…
  • Recap: 2014 Georgica Clean Water Benefit

    VFIntern
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    On July 3rd, Blue Bloods’ actress Sami Gayle and Victoria’s Secret model Vita Sidorkina hosted the Second Annual Georgica Clean Water Benefit for Voss Foundation, which raised over $14,000 in support of our work providing access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene as a means to enable community-driven development in Sub-Saharan Africa and raising awareness of the ongoing need in the region. Over 100 guests attended the event, held at Georgica Restaurant and Lounge in Wainscott, East Hampton, New York. Georgica owner Antonio Fuccio generously partnered with Voss Foundation for…
  • Empowering Through Education: GMF & Voss Foundation

    VFIntern
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. The wide smiles of the driven, young students and moving stories of the many villagers in this video, demonstrate the true “ripple effect” that access to clean water can have on whole communities. Voss Foundation is proud to have implemented two successful clean water projects in the village of Kalebuka, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and to see the impact of our work in the latest Georges Malaika Foundation (GMF) video. Voss Foundation and GMF first worked together in 2010 to install a well onsite at the Georges Malaika School for…
 
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    Double the Donation

  • How to Find and Establish Sponsorships for an Event

    Adam Weinger
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    At Double the Donation we provide tools to help nonprofits raise more money from employee giving programs. One of the questions we receive on a regular basis is how nonprofits can find and secure sponsorships for events. It’s a bit out of our area of expertise so we asked the experts at Greater Giving to share their insights. The following article was written by Alexandra Saavedra, Marketing Programs Manager at Greater Giving. Greater Giving provides nonprofits and schools with technology and credit card processing services to make all their fundraising efforts more successful. Double…
  • DonorDrive Matching Gift Integration with Double the Donation

    Adam Weinger
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Does your nonprofit use DonorDrive and are you looking to integrate Double the Donation’s matching gift plugin into your DonorDrive donation pages? If so then this guide is for you.   Double the Donation’s Relationship with DonorDrive: DonorDrive is a leading provider of technology and credit card processing services to nonprofits and schools to make all their fundraising efforts more successful. Double the Donation is a leading provider of employee matching gift data and tools to nonprofits. This guide was put together to help organizations who use…
  • Are Gifts In-Kind Eligible to be Matched Through Matching Gift Programs?

    Adam Weinger
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:56 pm
    At Double the Donation we receive a wide range of questions from both nonprofits who subscribe to our matching gift service as well as general readers of our blog. One question that comes up on occasion is whether in-kind donations are eligible to be matched through corporate matching gift programs.   Common Question from Nonprofits and Individual Donors Question from nonprofits: We’re reviewing our list of donors from the past few months and noticed that some individuals who made in-kind donations work for companies with matching gift programs. Are these donations eligible to be…
  • Free Webinar: Supercharge your Corporate Donations with Matching Gifts

    Adam Weinger
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    Employee matching gifts are one of the most overlooked sources of fundraising for many nonprofits. Join Adam Weinger, President of Double the Donation, in a matching gift webinar hosted by GiftWorks as we explore the key elements of developing a matching gift strategy. By the end of this session, you will know the answers to these questions: What are employee matching gifts and how are they typically structured? What is the process for donors to submit matching gifts? How should we be marketing and promoting matching gifts? What steps should our organization take in the next month to…
  • The Good Card – A Top Innovation in the Corporate Giving Space

    Adam Weinger
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:34 pm
      Anyone who’s been involved in the philanthropy space for a long time knows giving methods for individual donors and corporations are always evolving. At Double the Donation, we provide cutting-edge employee matching gift tools to nonprofits, but also recognize there are many other innovations occurring in the corporate philanthropy space. As part of our Top Innovations Series we’d like to highlight Network for Good’s Good Card. The Good Card: Network for Good was founded in 2001 by America Online, Cisco Systems and Yahoo! as an online fundraising platform for…
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    Invisible Children » Blog

  • Reblog // How Kony ‘hibernates’ to evade capture

    Lauren Manning
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    As we work to protect communities from the violence of Joseph Kony’s rebel army, Ugandan and United States military forces are leading efforts to find him once and for all. But the man we made famous in 2012 is still eluding capture. Though he is thought to be hiding in Kafia Kingi, recent defectors admit that they have not had a Kony sighting in years.   Willy Charles Okello, Invisible Children’s Regional Media Liaison, said that none of the recent returnees he has worked with are sure of Kony’s exact whereabouts. However, some have shared that when Kony…
  • 5 fun things to look for on our new website

    Stephanie Mullen
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    If you haven’t seen it yet, check out our new website. We got a facelift, and we are looking fresher than ever (cue the popped collar). Our web team has been hard at work creating the most interactive, easy-access site we’ve ever had. They did a great job (I mean, just look at this blog page) and we want to highlight their hard work and the fun features of the new site. 1. Welcome to your own mini-movie Landing on our page launches you into a movie. If you’re like me, you got goose bumps and spent the next five minutes watching the mini-movie over and over again.   2.
  • Take Action // Keep Washington Committed to Ending LRA Violence

    Invisible Children
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    President Obama is about to make an important decision about whether or not the U.S. will continue its current efforts to help end LRA violence and bring Joseph Kony to justice. We need you to speak up now to make sure he chooses to stay the course. Here’s the scoop: Right now, approximately 100 U.S. military advisors are in central Africa, assisting the regional mission to end LRA violence and arrest Joseph Kony. They were first sent to the region in late 2011, as a result of the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act, legislation that was passed thanks to the dedicated lobbying…
  • Asiimwe Proscovia // “Education is the source of everything”

    Lauren Manning
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Proscovia missed her official graduation from Gulu University in October because she was on tour with Invisible Children in the United States. Since returning to Uganda in December, she celebrated her graduation again with other recent graduates of the Legacy Scholarship Program from across the region. She also began working at Sacred Heart Secondary School, one of Invisible Children’s partner schools. Her job? As the academic secretary, Proscovia’s role is a perfect match for her diploma in secretarial and information management. All the same, she never stops planning.
  • Photo blog // A day in the life of a Warped Tour Roadie

    Nathan Garcia
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Nathan Garcia is pretty awesome. He’s worked with Invisible Children for almost a year and now he’s traveling around the country on Warped Tour spreading the word about Invisible Children with his equally awesome teammate, Catherine. Oh, and we hear he’s pretty decent at handstands, too. He gave us a look at a day in his life, and we have to say, it looks impressive. But we will let you decide for yourself. 7:30 AM Wake up call. Whether you’re on Warped Tour or back home, mornings can be a struggle. 8:00 AM Waiting for our tent assignment. Once we get it, we’ll…
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    A Family Mission

  • A Father’s Love Letter

    Kent
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:51 am
    Every Zambian child that attends CampLIFE this summer is hearing this letter read to them during during communion on Friday of each week and then gets a copy to take home for constant reminder…thank you to the Family Legacy staff that put this encouraging letter together.  Read it without quoting the scripture references first or better yet read it out loud to hear the beauty of how the Father is revealed in the bible. My Child, You may not know me but I know everything about you. (Psalm 139:1)  I know when you sit down and when you rise up. (Psalm 139:2)  I am familiar with all your…
  • Game Changer Week in Zambia

    Kent
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    June 19 – June 27, 2014 the week the game changed… As most of you know my family and I just completed what has to be the most significant event we have ever attempted either individually or as a group.  On June 19th, we boarded the plane that took us to Family Legacy Mission International’s Camp Life in Lusaka, Zambia.  We were filled with anticipation, excitement, nervousness and uncertainty of just exactly what we were going to do.  But we were being faithful to the call we were given about a year ago for me and Renay and about four years ago for Hannah. We were told…
  • God’s Healing Power – A Recovery Story

    Kent
    14 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    The backdrop to this story is set in the summer of 2013… For years my father suffered from Alzheimer’s that ultimately took his life August 13, 2013.   During the previous 10 years to that his primary care giver up until 30 days before his passing was one of the strongest people I know, my mother.  She would not give up the ship, she cared for him until she was no longer able when he literally slipped out of a chair into the floor and she could not get him up.  The next few weeks were a peaceful passing into eternity for him. Three weeks after his passing, another unexpected…
  • The Kids Did Good

    Kent
    31 May 2014 | 6:35 am
    If you are anything like me, when your kids do something good you like to shout it from the mountaintops for all to hear!  That is the case for me today but in this case it is not my child but some other people’s children that I want to shout my praises for. This past week, the culmination of a theater arts project by a couple of 8th grade young men at Belton Middle School resulted in raising just over $1300 to benefit one of their classmates that is battling leukemia.  I will not use anyone’s names because I have not gotten their parents permission to do so but I feel compelled…
  • When Life Gets in the Way

    Kent
    26 May 2014 | 7:09 am
    I made a commitment to myself when I started this blog, to write at least weekly.  I have a story of transformation to tell and want to get it out fully and transparently.  This site was meant to be a place to document the incredible transformation of faith and belief that has been happening to me and my family for the past few years. When Life Gets in the Way The writing has become less frequent and the story is not being told. That is completely within my control, to take the time to come up with a few words to share what my experience is at any given time. I have taken on new…
 
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    J Campbell Social Marketing

  • My Big Fat Problem With Social Media Measurement

    Julia Campbell
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    photo credit: venspired via photopin cc Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s fantastic when nonprofits want to measure their social media efforts. In fact, it’s vital – consistent measurement is something I strongly recommend (a.k.a. require) of all my clients. Without measurement and analysis: How will you know what to improve upon? If you don’t know where you want to go, how will you know when you get there? How will you know that you have taken the right road? How will you know how to get there again, and again? This brings me to my big, fat problem with the majority of social media…
  • 5 Quick Ways to Improve Your Nonprofit Email Newsletter

    Julia Campbell
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:52 am
    I receive a lot of email newsletters – from nonprofit organizations, from businesses and from consultants. In recent months, I dramatically pruned by email subscriptions. This was mostly due to lack of time to read all of them, but it was also due to the fact that most email newsletters are just plain awful. Hard to read, useless, spammy and worst of all – BORING. This is my public service announcement to the nonprofits out there. Change your communications now or risk alienating your mailing list! You have an important advantage when marketing. In the traditional sense, you aren’t…
  • 4 Ways to Use Social Media to Strengthen Donor Relationships

    Julia Campbell
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:51 am
    Donor retention (how many donors continue to give to your organization after their first gift) is at an all-time low. It’s abysmal and worrisome. The Association of Fundraising Professionals found that 70% of all donors that nonprofits recruit into giving a gift never donate again to that organization! Can you imagine if Coca-Cola or Nabisco lost 70% of their customers every single year? They wouldn’t be able to survive. Right now nonprofits are communicating with 5 distinct generations of donors. Just because the majority of your donors may be in the 50-70 bracket, do not be lulled into…
  • Nonprofits, are you still doubting the power of social media?

    Julia Campbell
    10 Jun 2014 | 3:30 am
    Still doubting the power of social media? Check out this neat interactive infographic from Digital Insights. Some of the more mind-blowing findings: 75% of the engagement on a Facebook post happens in the first 5 hours – so post frequently (more than once per day if you can); 44% of Twitter users have never sent their own tweets, but don’t discount them – they are following others, clicking on links and learning about causes; Almost a quarter of teenage social media users consider Instagram their favorite – if you target or serve teens in any way, get on Instagram!;…
  • Which Nonprofit Causes Rule Social Media?

    Julia Campbell
    5 Jun 2014 | 6:52 am
    Have you ever wondered which nonprofit organizations, causes and issues get the most engagement and exposure on social media? Check out this great infographic by the RAD Campaign and Craig Newmark’s Craigconnects. The findings may surprise you! The infographic also includes quotes and tips from nonprofit online engagement specialists and marketing managers. Find more great infographics on NerdGraph Infographics The post Which Nonprofit Causes Rule Social Media? appeared first on J Campbell Social Marketing.
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    Nonprofit MarCommunity

  • Ensuring consistency among your nonprofit’s spokespeople [#NPMC chat]

    Marlene Oliveira
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    How do you keep your nonprofit organization’s team of spokespeople delivering the right messages, in the right way? You might have a team of spokespeople made up of subject matter experts, staff from various departments, volunteers telling their personal stories, board members and other leaders and more. How do you keep this diverse group of brand ambassadors ‘on message’?   At our last #NPMC chat, group member RoiAnn Phillips asked us to explore this topic in July: Great #NPMC chat (as usual)! Yes, please July: I’m curious about team-as-spokespeople – how to stay on…
  • How to set content marketing goals and measure success

    Lauren Girardin
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    You wouldn’t run a race without knowing where the finish line is, or without knowing how many miles you’ll have to hoof to reach the end. Similarly, your content marketing must work toward your organization’s larger goals, and needs to be something you can measure. These measurements will inform your ongoing content marketing efforts, helping you understand whether what you’re doing—and how you’re doing it—is working. Here’s how you can set content marketing goals and measure success at your organization.   Ask “Why?” In these digital, social, and always-on times,…
  • Nine questions to answer when creating editorial calendars

    Marlene Oliveira
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    You know that life as a newsletter or blog publisher is easier when you have a plan and an editorial calendar, so you’ve decided to create one. You know that this calendar will essentially line up what content you’re going to publish, and when. But what factors will guide you to making the right decisions? When you’re creating editorial calendars for your nonprofit organization’s blog or newsletter, ask yourself these questions:   What content do your readers want? If you’re creating an editorial calendar then you’re at the tactic development stage. This should mean that…
  • How to create a media list for your nonprofit

    Linda Alberts
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    One of the first tasks I learned when I started my career in public relations was how to create a media list. My boss sat me down with a tower of dark green media directories and told me to find newspapers in these books that were related to our client. He told me to call the newsroom to confirm the journalists’ names and fax numbers – and ask if there was an email address, because that was a new thing that hadn’t made its way into media directories yet. Technology has changed, but the process to create a quality media list remains the same: do your research, find targeted information,…
  • How to create style tiles for web design in 3 easy steps

    Julia Reich
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    Wouldn’t it be great if your designer or design team could reach into your brain and pull out all the things you want (and don’t want) in your organization’s website design? It can be difficult to verbalize to others what you like (and don’t like) if you haven’t been trained in a visual vocabulary. I’m going to explain how a simple visual reference called style tiles helps communicate the essence of a visual brand for the web – without getting everyone bogged down in design specifics too soon. It establishes design criteria early on, so you can get critical buy-in from your…
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    Social Fundraising for Nonprofits

  • Decoding Your Data for Impact

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:41 pm
    “Data. Data. Data.” is a common refrain that confuses more than it defines. But despite the confusion, it is vital to success and most nonprofits are not entirely sure where to begin. Fortunately, there are organizations like Plenty that help nonprofits dig out meaning from mounds of fundraising data that creates insights to analyze. In conjunction with MADD and Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum, Plenty presented the key tactics to help nonprofits with every type of mission, gather the right data and focus on the right analyzation goals. While listening/downloading the presentation is…
  • Amp Up Social Fundraising at #15NTC!

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:06 pm
    We are nonprofit tech evangelists. Day in and day out, we iterate our own software, partner with other outstanding solutions and consult with clients on technology and peer-to-peer strategies. It is our passion to ensure that nonprofits are provided the opportunity to adopt and utilize products reinvigorating their mission and amplifying their impact. It’s why, alongside our partner, Billhighway, RallyBound has proposed discussing how diversifying your revenue stream is key to success at the 2015 NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference. Our session will give NPOs a fresh view of direct…
  • Top 5 Salesforce Apps for Nonprofits

    10 Jul 2014 | 4:18 pm
    The Salesforce appexchange, akin to Apple’s app store or Google Play, has a directory of applications that are available to Salesforce users in companies and organizations of all shapes and sizes. Being advocates for digital adoption within the nonprofit sector (and Salesforce fans ourselves), we felt it was important to call out the top Salesforce apps that were built with your organization in mind. We’ve linked to the apps and included their rating and number of reviews.  We ranked these apps from the Salesforce appexchange based on three criteria: Developed for nonprofits Number…
  • Summer is Here: Time to Assess Your Fundraising Software

    3 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    With the 4th of July hours away, summer has truly arrived. In conjunction, fundraising slows up a bit; staff disappears on vacations and along with so many of the other perks of NPO employment, summer hours set in. In an effort to provide a little bit of guidance on how to use this time to prep for fall fundraisers, we give you: The Five Things You Need to Succeed (in Fundraising). 1. Integrations Centralizing your technology is key to making timely strategic decisions. If your database doesn’t speak with your fundraising platform, if your email marketing can’t converse with your…
  • 5 Ways to Leverage 4th of July for P2P Fundraising

    30 Jun 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Great campaigns are not solely built upon a mission, but by connecting a unique activation to that mission. Charity:Water’s birthday campaigns are an example. Movember another.  As the 4th of July creeps up on the calendar, here are some unique ways to leverage our country’s independence for social impact. 1. “Skip the 2nd Scoop”: Donate $5 to Childhood Hunger 2. America’s Birthday Campaign 3. Tour of Fireworks 4. “Recipes for (insert cause)” Chili Cook-Off 5. Digital Flag Planting-Every dollar sends a flag to a veteran People love to “do good”, but with the…
 
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    Nonprofit Hub » Featured

  • Tales from the Trenches: How to Balance the Roles of Your Board of Directors

    Lincoln Arneal
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:52 am
    In my other life, I serve as the Executive Director of a volunteer-run nonprofit that is focused on youth leadership development. Soon though, my term as Executive Director will be coming to an end and our board of directors selected my successor, who will be vacating her seat on the board of directors. With the open seat, the board of directors charged a group to come up with ideas for potential replacements. During the discussion, the nominating committee had a good-spirited debate about the role of the board of directors. One point of view wanted the new person to be active in the…
  • The Secret to Unlocking Google Analytics for Nonprofits

    Andrew Garberson
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    Andrew Garberson is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub and the Manager of Search at LunaMetrics, a Google Analytics certified partner and search marketing consultancy. In addition to leading the SEO and PPC departments, Andrew is a GAIQ certified analytics junkie with a special interest in nonprofit marketing. Be sure to find him on Twitter. _____________ Google Analytics for nonprofits without defined goals should be hard to imagine. It’s like peas without carrots, bread without butter or, dare I say, pie without ice cream. (Shriek!) Fine alone, for sure, but so much better…
  • Why It’s Hard to be a Volunteer (And Even Harder for You to Find Them)

    Kathryn Pauley
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    As nonprofits we’re often focused on the difficulties we face on our end—logistics, recruiting, finding jobs suited for each volunteer’s unique set of skills, etc. But we tend to overlook the difficulties volunteers face when trying to get involved with a NPO. In understanding what aspects of volunteerism frustrate them the most, perhaps you’ll have better luck at finding them. Last week, VolunteerMatch touched on the difficulties of being a volunteer in today’s world. They hinted at a couple problems, so we put together some solutions to common issues nonprofits face with volunteer…
  • 4 Lessons in Higher Education Engagement from “Animal House”

    Will Folsom
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    “Seven Years of College Down the Drain.” We know it and we love it, but few of us knew that the 1978 National Lampoon hit Animal House could give us such serious insight into the world of nonprofit and higher education engagement. As our beloved alma maters like fictional Faber College from the movie continue to evolve in the 21st century, they continue to struggle with setting themselves apart and selling themselves, even to their own students. Higher education engagement is absolutely crucial because engaged students are more likely to turn around and promote you. Engaged students…
  • The Break-Up: How to Say No to Volunteers

    Lincoln Arneal
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    Upon hearing her younger sister Primrose selected as tribute, Katniss Everdeen steps forward and volunteers to take her place. However, what if she was told no?  Effie Trinket tells her, “Thanks, but no thanks.” Katniss would have been devastated as she watched her sister escorted off to the Hunger Games and the book/movie series would have turned out drastically different. Volunteers can also get a similar feeling of devastation when they receive a “Thanks, but no thanks” from an organization they are involved with. We know every volunteer’s time and energy is valuable and you…
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  • Five Things I Wish For Nonprofit Websites

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    1. Works On My Device More people are visiting websites using a wide variety of screen sizes - desktop, tablet and smartphone so responsive web design is more important than ever. With the increase of mobile use, text-heavy and complex sites are falling out of favor. If your website is due for an overhaul, this is a good reason to do it now.    Doing it right: Heifer International Read More
  • UX Design for Fundraisers

    14 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
      Maybe it’s because I read some tech-leaning blogs but in recent years I’ve come across the terms user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design more frequently. These terms are often discussed in relation to usability of websites, apps and other software. When I saw this blog post by Jakob Nielsen, !0 Usability Heuristics for User Interface Design, it struck me that so much of fundraising is about managing the “user” experience. Even though his original post is almost 20 years old, it still has relevant applications to much more than just software. So here is my list of…
  • Link Roundup #5

    7 Jul 2014 | 3:03 pm
      Finding Out What Are Your VIPs Are Up ToNot happy with Google Alerts? Take a look at Newsle as another way to find out when your donors and prospects get in the news. This could be a very useful addition to your relationship-building toolbox. Giving Tuesday 2014The next Giving Tuesday isn’t until December 2 but it’s not too early to make your plan. The Knight Foundation has a handy Giving Day Playbook that covers planning, outreach, logistics, follow-up and assessment. Read More
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    #fundchat

  • This Week’s #fundchat – Making The Ask

    Brendan Kinney
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Click here to review the transcript. As Joe Garecht says, “Making an ask is the penultimate act of a development professional. It’s the final step of what is often a long process, complete with identifying and cultivating prospects, doing research, getting people involved, and planning the final approach. “ Unfortunately for many fundraisers, making the ask is the most difficult part of the cultivation process. But it shouldn’t be. Join the #fundchat community on Wednesday, July 16 from 12-1 pm EST for “Making The Ask.” Here’s how you can help spread the…
  • Math for Fundraisers

    Beth Ann Locke
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    During recent travels I was able to meet in Kampala, Uganda and Nairobi, Kenya with my far-flung colleagues from Chicago and London. We were there to make a progress report  to the President of The Aga Khan University (AKU) on campaign developments. It is a very big campaign and I’m learning much about reaching out in meaningful ways to prospective supporters, with and without connectors (Ambassadors) to introduce us. As part of our work, my London colleagues (Shelley, Bruce and Steve) developed the following equations to help our faculty and other non-fundraising colleagues better…
  • Is Content Marketing Right For Your Nonprofit?

    Brendan Kinney
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    Click here for the transcript! If you are disillusioned by traditional marketing tactics, then it might be time to explore “content marketing,” the idea that creating and distributing good content is the best and most effective way to gain traction for your cause, while earning the trust of prospective donors and strengthening the respect from your current base of support. “Nonprofits are turning to contentmarketing because ‘spray & pray’ mass marketing isn’t working for them.” - Kivi Leroux Miller Explore this idea during this week’s…
  • Strategies For Wooing New Donors

    Brendan Kinney
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Transcript now available! Click here. Take our poll! Vote now for the type of donor acquisition that you think is the most effective. Did you know that fundraising is “back?” An article out today on the Chronicle of Philanthropy website details that gains that philanthropic giving is making after a precipitous fall during the most recent recession. The article claims that data from the new Giving USA report gives reason for optimism: Contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations totaled $335-billion in 2013, a 3-percent increase over 2012, when adjusted for…
  • Nonprofit Communications Trends 2014

    Brendan Kinney
    13 Jun 2014 | 4:34 pm
    It seems that most nonprofit communications suffer from a lack of focus. These revealing stats could help you put time and energy into the methods and tactics that are most effective. Some interesting facts: 95% of nonprofits rank Facebook as their main social media channel. Twitter trails far behind at 64%. Nonprofits consider email marketing their most important communications channel, right behind their website. Most organizations spend their communications efforts on acquiring new donors. What stats from the infographic below are most intriguing to you and why? To learn more about this…
 
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    CHARITY CASE

  • What are you REALLY trying to do?

    Krystyn Tully
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:38 pm
    "One never reaches home .... But where friendly paths intersect, the whole world looks like home, for a time."This is one of my favourite quotes, from one of my favourite authors (Herman Hesse). It captures what we're trying to do: Find the people whose paths intersect, for a time - the staff, the volunteers, the members, the clients, the donors, and all the other others.It also reminds us that those intersections are temporary. You are always on a path. You never arrive. I love that.
  • Lesson #18: We owe it to the world to fail

    Krystyn Tully
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:52 pm
    I mean jeepers, does this LOOK like the face of a man destined for success in politics? You have an obligation to fail, if you work in the charitable sector.The issues you tackle in this field - quality of life, poverty, violence, civic society - are huge. Failing means you tried. As important as it is, we aren't very good at talking about failure. Grantmakers and donors ask for success stories. The public looks for heroes. We're afraid that if we report a failure donor dollars will flee elsewhere - a different charity, a different cause. Success begets success.Except too much…
  • Yes, you CAN run a great company when your customers can't buy what you're selling

    Krystyn Tully
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:37 pm
    "Health care is a business, I'm gonna run it like one." I got sucked into some old episodes of House on Netflix while recovering from a cold. Figures that Vogler was at the centre of my favourite story-arc.His obsession with running the hospital “like a business” will be familiar to anyone working in the nonprofit sector.Now, I think there is a lot nonprofits can learn from for-profits, and vice versa. But it’s important to remember that they are different sectors.Fundamentally, the incentives are entirely different. And, as any economist will tell you - incentives are…
  • Lesson #17: The (charity) world is not a meritocracy

    Krystyn Tully
    22 Jun 2014 | 8:43 pm
    The meritocracy ends shortly after scouts and guides, alas.  The projects with the greatest impact don’t magically get funded just because they have the greatest impact.The most talented charity workers won’t have secure jobs because they are the most talented.The best ideas will not spread just because they are the best ideas.The most effective organizations will not survive just because they are the most effective.This is true for all sectors, but it’s amplified in the charity world. Here, there is no link between the popularity of product or service and the revenue that it…
  • Me talk feminine

    Krystyn Tully
    7 Jun 2014 | 2:26 pm
    "Come. Now.""I'm sorry you must have me mistaken for a pet.""Would you come with me?""That's better." When it comes to “please take me seriously” challenges, I hit the trifecta. I was 23 when we started our organization, so quite young to be in a senior position. I work for a charity, so many people automatically assume I don’t have the smarts to keep up in the “real” world. And I’m female. Now, I never thought being female was relevant to anything. But when I was 25, an elder colleague took me aside at a conference. “You should step aside and let a man speak for…
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    Third Sector Today

  • Want to Know How to Best Help Poor People? Just Ask.

    Rose Frech
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    Early this month, Tianna Gaines-Turner testified before Paul Ryan’s House Budget Committee during a hearing labeled as a “Progress Report on the War on Poverty.” Gaines-Turner’s testimony was smart, incredibly compelling, and included solid recommendations on fixing problems with our country’s social safety net. Like her counterparts testifying that day and during previous hearings on the topic, Gaines-Turner is an advocate for low-income people and disadvantaged communities. But unlike her counterparts, she’s lived it. Gaines-Turner lives and works in a low-income neighborhood,…
  • Something Doesn’t Add Up: Why the Lack of Women on Boards? Part 2 

    Sarah Daxton
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    Gender diversity on nonprofit boards outshines that of corporate boards. According to the Nonprofit Governance Index, 45% of nonprofit board members were women, compared to the 16% of women on corporate boards. Given that approximately 74% of the nonprofit workforce is female, what do women think about the representation of women on nonprofit boards? The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s Lack of Women in Top Roles Hinders Nonprofits, Female Nonprofit Workers Say shares results from a recent poll which surveyed 650 women working in nonprofits. The survey reveals confidence and drive among women in…
  • 8 Ways to Foster Sponsor Relationships

    Alexandra Saavedra
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:55 pm
    You’ve done the hard work of identifying and signing up sponsors that align with your mission. You’ve created a great package that provides valuable benefits to your sponsors. Now, how do you foster these relationships so they last? Here are 8 ways to nurture your relationships with your sponsors so you both benefit for years to come: Consistent communication. Follow up with your sponsors via phone calls, emails, face-to-face meetings and newsletters. Ask for feedback. Check in with them to make sure they are getting what they need. Don’t always ask for funds; forward useful information…
  • What happened? 4 Mobile Giving Myths: Debunked!

    James Zackal
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    Are you a nonprofit that is consistently fundraising and seeing little outcome? How important are mobile sites when fundraising? What myths are standing in the way of increasing your organization’s mobile fundraising channel? Amy DeVitaThird Sector Today Founder and CEO, and guest Dale Knoop, RAZ Mobile CEO, presented 4 Mobile Giving Myths: Debunked! Dale debunked four common myths that are scaring nonprofits away from greater fundraising potential. Myth #1 – No one wants to fill out a form on his or her phone. Myth #2 – Only young people will enter their credit card info on a…
  • Why Not Do It?

    Will Passera
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    “Why not do it?” That is the phrase repeated daily among the hallways of Voorhees High School given the opportunity to complete an extra credit assignment. That is the phrase stated by teenagers choosing to spend their weekends helping those in need rather than catching up on much needed rest. While all the credit for these activities cannot be given to a single source, Together We Are One (TWAO) is certainly responsible for many of the “why not do it” decisions seen in Hunterdon County these days. “Why not do it?” That was the response Conor Scott gave to future TWAO…
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    GiveIndia NGOs

  • Paripurnata Half-Way Home

    Tarika Vaswani
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    by Haylie Pallister This NGO rehabilitates mentally ill women back into society I arrived at Paripurnata Half-Way Home by auto rickshaw, my first taste of... The post Paripurnata Half-Way Home appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • This NGO rehabilitates mentally ill women back into society

    Tarika Vaswani
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I arrived at Paripurnata Half-Way Home by auto rickshaw, my first taste of the Indian monsoon season as there had been heavy rainfall the night... The post This NGO rehabilitates mentally ill women back into society appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • How it began at Paripurnata Half-Way Home

    Tarika Vaswani
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:09 am
    The main force behind Paripunata Half-Way Home is Dr. Joyce Siromoni. A medical graduate (1954) from Christian Medical College, Vellore and D.(Obst.) RCOG from London... The post How it began at Paripurnata Half-Way Home appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • How it began at Catalysts For Social Action

    Tarika Vaswani
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:49 am
    Shibani and Vipul Jain are Adoptive parents whose life underwent a sea-change with the adoption of their daughter Saachi. The late Mr. Jinendra Prashad Jain,... The post How it began at Catalysts For Social Action appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • Catalysts For Social Action

    Tarika Vaswani
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:53 am
    by Haylie Palister Being parents to children who have lost their own My visit to the NGO Catalysts for Social Action (CSA) came on a... The post Catalysts For Social Action appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
 
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