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  • Webinar: The 10-Point Email Marketing Makeover for Nonprofits

    Emily Davis Consulting
    Kaylie Marsh
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:23 am
    The 10-Point Email Marketing Makeover for Nonprofits Hosted By: Charity How To Presented By: John Haydon Date: Wednesday, August 6th Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Mountain Price: $77 Click here to register! Are you getting the email marketing results you hoped you would? Or are you feeling frustrated and wondering how to create more effective email marketing campaigns? The fact is, email is the most effective way to convert potential online donors and volunteers. But most small and medium-sized nonprofits still think that email marketing is simply having a newsletter and the sign-up form. This…
  • Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge

    Ken's Commentary
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:46 am
    Originally published on WNYC on 8/27/2014.  The ALS ice bucket challenge continues to bring in huge donations this summer for efforts to cure and treat what's commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. As of today, the viral campaign has raised more than $94 million for the ALS Association. That's compared with $2.7 million raised by the group during the same time last year.Now the association faces a challenge of its own: figuring out the best way to spend all that money.
  • 10 Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits

    Nonprofit Tech for GoodNonprofit Tech for Good
    Heather Mansfield
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    In 2013 online giving grew 13.5% according to the Blackbaud Index of Online Giving and 14% according to the Network for Good’s Online Giving Index with small and medium-sized nonprofits are experiencing the largest growth. In addition, charitable giving is at an all-time high in the United States and nonprofits would be wise to invest in upgrades to their online donation service to ensure that they are meeting the needs of today’s online donors. “Donate Now” buttons were launched in the late 1990′s and since then the nonprofit sector has learned through trial and…
  • Raising Awareness for Your Cause – Nonprofit Blog Carnival

    Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog
    Kivi Leroux Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    Welcome to this month’s edition of the Nonprofit Blog Carnival, a roundup of great blog posts on a topic of interest to the nonprofit community. Our topic is raising awareness, which was great timing with the Ice Bucket Challenge phenomena, so let’s start there. The Ice Bucket Challenge In addition to raising a mind-boggling amount of money ($94.3 million as of yesterday), it’s certainly raised awareness of ALS as a disease with millions. I blogged it about last week in Creating Your Nonprofit’s Version of the #IceBucketChallenge, where I broke down why the specifics…
  • 5 Ways Your Nonprofit Can Reach Millennials

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    Allyson Kapin
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Nonprofits have been trying to reach millennials effectively for some time now. Some organizations like Ask Big Questions, a program of Hillel International and Do Something have figured it out, while others are still tailoring their strategies. We took a look at a couple of surveys, from Millennial Impact Research and from the infographic, Everything You Need to Know About the Millennial Consumer. For those of nonprofits still tailoring their strategies, we've got some tips on how to reach millennials.   Text, don't call! 52% of millennials would rather have conversations via text than…
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  • VIDEO: How to Stop Holding Yourself Back from Being Happy

    Rosetta
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    “People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.” — Paulo Coelho Are you happy with your life as it is right now? Or are you postponing your happiness until later? If you find yourself constantly living in the future while being miserable in the present, you might be holding yourself back from being happy. You might be delaying your happiness until certain circumstances change in your life. If you’ve been holding yourself back from doing what you really want to do with your life, the video below could help you shift your mindset. It’s a…
  • 6 Powerful Strategies for Hosting a Successful 3-Day Live Event

    Rosetta
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Professional photography by Lynsey Weatherspoon Now that I’ve had a chance to get some perspective, I wanted to share some valuable lessons learned from my experience hosting our first 3-day live event for women entrepreneurs! Holding the space for a room full of people over the course of a whole weekend is NOT easy (especially for an introvert like me!), but after seeing the impact the event had on attendees, it was so worth it! We had dozens of women (and a few men!) join us from all over the country to learn practical strategies for getting their businesses off the ground. Here…
  • VIDEO: 5 Things You Need to Turn Your Side Hustle Into a Full-Time Business

    Rosetta
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    Contrary to popular belief, it is totally possible to build a successful business while you still have a 9 to 5 job. In my case, I started my first business as a consultant back in 2008 while I was still working at a nonprofit in DC. My little “side hustle” grew to the point when I was earning a nice supplemental income and ultimately enabled me to leave my job less than 2 years later. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to mentor numerous women in our Happy Black Woman community, helping them to stop procrastinating and finally get their businesses off the ground. Now,…
  • Why You Should Always Take a Chance on Yourself

    Rosetta
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:12 pm
    I fell in love with Gregory Porter sometime last year. His music is jazzy, original and real. One of my favorite songs of his is called, “But Beautiful.” (Here is a link to Gregory’s live performance of the song in Germany.) This line hit home for me: Love is tearful or it’s gay. It’s a problem or it’s play. It’s a heartache either way… Over the last five years, I’ve built two different businesses, lived in a dozen different cities and experienced several different romantic relationships. Although I’ve enjoyed the feelings of…
  • Minimalism 101: How to Live With Less So You Can Have More Freedom

    Rosetta
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    My minimalist bedroom I’ve been living a minimalist lifestyle since 2011 and it’s worked really well for me and the goals I have for my life. In a nutshell, minimalism is all about living with less – maintaining only what you need and not much else. While this lifestyle is certainly not for everyone, I receive a lot of questions from women in our community who want to learn how to live this way so that they can achieve their big goals. Minimalism is an attractive lifestyle for many because it can help you: Save money Lower your monthly bills Travel the world Work less…
 
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  • Can I have some more slack, please?

    Amanda
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    string_lightbulb.jpg Kate Barr writes about the payoffs of building organizational cushion, both in staff time and financial reserves.
  • Build financial leadership to follow the golden rules

    KateB
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:43 pm
    yellow_brick_road.jpg In this blog post, Stephanie Jacobs recaps a recent training about the twelve golden rules of nonprofit finance.
  • 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.
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  • Has the Ice Bucket Challenge Spawned Charity Jacking?

    Beth
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    The amount of money raised for ALS research through the IceBucket Challenge is almost $100 million and the other impacts are just as impressive.    Scores of nonprofit fundraising staffers report being called on to replicate the challenge.    Jeremiah Owyang has provided the easy recipe and I’ve provided an analysis of what can and cannot be reproduced.   So, now we are seeing an emerging practice that for lack of a better phrase, I’m calling “Charity Jacking.” Charity Jacking is similar to brand jacking and  news jacking, defined by David Meerman Scott as the…
  • Personal Health Data: It’s Amazing Potential and Privacy Perils

    Beth
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    This is a graph of aggregate data from Jawbone,a wristband that people wear that tracks their steps throughout the day and their sleep patterns during the night. (h/t Robert Scoble)   This aggregate data shows exactly when and how many people in the San Francisco were bolted awake by the recent Napa Valley earthquake.   This is one of the first reports using “Personal Health Data” in aggregate, using data points around sleep tracking to look at a natural disaster.    As Jacob Harold mused on Twitter, “In such a moment of something so powerful and scary as an…
  • Ice Bucket Challenge: Can Other Nonprofits Reproduce It?

    Beth
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am
    Is success of the Ice Bucket Challenge a happy accident for ALS  and the people who suffer from the disease or is the first example of the power of crowd charity?    Can other nonprofits reproduce it?   My answer: yes and no. The Ice Bucket  Challenge has raised over $88.5 Million Dollars to fight the horrible disease, according to the ALS Association web site.    Just one week ago, donations totaled $22.6 million.  In just seven days, donations have skyrocketed by an average of $9 million per day, now totaling $88.5 million.    And critics, with a scarcity mindset, talk about…
  • Why Your Nonprofit Should Invest in Video As Part Its Communications Strategy

    Beth
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    Photo Credit: Tristan Hanson Why Your Nonprofit Should Invest in Video As Part Its Communications Strategy – Guest Post by Michael Hoffman, CEO of See3 It’s obvious to anyone who spends time online that video is taking over the internet. It is the dominant form of content we all engage with – on our desktops, our tablets and now our phones. And when video is paired with a continuous strategy and clear metrics for success, there is overwhelming evidence showing that it is a crucial, important investment for nonprofits. And so it continues to surprise me that nonprofits invest far…
  • Summer School: Test Drive: Using #GivingTuesday to Experiment with New Fundraising Strategies

    Beth
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
      How many of you who work for nonprofits are getting asked to “come up with an icebucket challenge” for your annual fundraising campaign?  Or maybe it’s caught your attention and you are more realistically asking, “What can we learn from the icebucket challenge apply to our year-end giving and integrating social media in fundraising?” Participating in a local or national giving day may help you work on that second question.   Most giving days also provide lots of toolkits, webinars, and other training – and it is free!   Take for example,…
 
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  • Into the night with a dictator

    Marc van Gurp
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:19 am
    These posters are made for an event about dictatorship. The event is held in The Hague in The Netherlands. It is a varied and active program of lectures, exhibitions, night tours, films and debates titled The Night of Dictatorship. The Night of the Dictatorships is created to deal with the meaning of democracy and the state of justice. It is the counterpart of the UN Day for Democracy (15 sept.). The event is organized for the fourth time this year. More about the event here and here in English. Author: Marc van Gurp
  • Priority Seats for those who want to make friends

    Marc van Gurp
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Public transport is not the best social environment you can think of. Staring, reading, silence, and nowadays playing with a smartphone is what most travelers do. In Brazil they came with a new kind of priority seats to break this daily routine. You could call it social intervention 2.0 IRL. These seats, marked with a label, are only available to people who wish to gain new experiences. For people who are ready for a new conversation. For help to start a conversation some suggestions are given on post-its. Author: Marc van Gurp
  • Homes without kitchens

    Reuben Turner
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:57 am
    Another example of commercial brands addressing social issues. Uncle Bens (rice) have launched this viral in the UK showing how important it is to keep passing our cooking skills on – or we risk our children growing up not knowing how.  More and more corporates are positioning themselves as tackling social issues not just selling product. But do they really believe it? And more importantly, do we? Author: Reuben Turner
  • A Systems Story in a new and accessible way

    Marc van Gurp
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    This seems off topic, it isn’t about a cause, person or organisation. It is about System Thinking, a concept for understanding and solving complex world problems, from climate change, to public health care, and beyond. Therefore it is very relevant for the world of social marketing. The problem is that system thinking itself is complex. This is why the team of BEE Environmental Communication decided to explain this very useful but quite technical concept in an easy-to-understand way. Illustrated with an universal example: love. BEE Research Manager Sarah Czunyi: “On six-sided…
  • Alzheimer’s patients as news editors

    Marc van Gurp
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    This campaign from Macedonia is about the loss of short term memory known as the first symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s patients were asked what the latest news is they can remember. Agency Publicis collected these memories for the campaign from the Macedonian National Neurological Institute. On World’s Alzheimer’s day these memories were published in cooperation with the leading newspapers with front pages featuring news from the past. Also, the news on the TV stations were substituted with news from the past. The main message: “This is the latest news for people…
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  • Recap: Community Organizing Tools from the Experts

    bethany
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:32 pm
    As we all know, the nonprofit tech community is loaded with smart and thoughtful organizers who give their time and efforts to help the rest of us do the good work we do. We recognize NTEN’s 501 Tech Clubs (local in-person groups) and Communities of Practice (CoPs) (online affinity groups) organizers are one clever and innovative bunch! We learn new community organizing tips and tools from them all the time. In honor of our August theme of "Tools," we invited several of our beloved Tech Club and CoP organizers to give short presentations about their favorite community organizing tools…
  • NTEN's Website Redesign: Survey results from the community

    Megan
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    With NTEN's website redesign project underway, we took a step back and asked, "How do we know how our users use our site and what they want if we don't ask? So we turned to the NTEN community, as we will continue to do at various stages of the redesign process, for your candid feedback about the NTEN website. We conducted a website survey with about 80 respondents, and conducted some one-on-one interviews with eleven members of the NTEN community. Here's what you had to say.First the good: While there’s definite improvements to be made, NTEN’s existing site does have clean appearance that…
  • Things We Like (August 2014)

    Steph
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:31 pm
    A monthly roundup of our favorite nonprofit tech resources and other goodies. Read more posts on our blog. Three teens have created a police accountability app with tons of features as their awesome contribution to bringing We the People and government together. The White House’s Github — where, for example, code for the “We the People” petition site is housed — hit the 10,000 user mark earlier this month. The Administration apparently got so excited that they officially launched the US Digital Service. Now it’s your turn to get excited! May we suggest the Techsoup Storymakers…
  • How to Choose an Email Service Provider: Key Findings

    Steph
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Kirsten Kippen Marketing Manager Idealist Consulting "How is an organization to go about evaluating email service providers?" and other questions answered with key findings from a new report. Although email is one of the oldest forms of digital communication, even highly technical users (looking at you, NTEN community!) continue to discuss the best tools for mass distribution and database integration. Marketing automation, CRM integration, and social listening are all common features of email service providers now, and it can be challenging to weigh the benefits of different…
  • Crowdfunding: From Threat to Friend

    Steph
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Andy Hamflett Co-Founder and Director AAM Associates Crowdfunding, how much do we love thee? Let us count the ways (that nonprofits are using and leveraging crowdfunding as a fundraising tool) There are a growing number of ways for nonprofits to take advantage of crowdfunding, to add an extra layer of resilience alongside more traditional fundraising. From starting basic crowdfunding campaigns to using existing donations as leverage, nonprofits are experimenting successfully. Funders, too, are beginning to investigate how they can nudge their grantees to make the most of the phenomenon.
 
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  • How Crowdfunding Can Transform Alumni Giving

    jamie.mcdonald@networkforgood.com
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    “Over the past decade colleges and universities of all stripes have struggled with a truly stunning national decline in alumni participation rates: More than a third fewer alumni make a gift of any size to their alma mater today compared with alumni 10+ years ago.” —Cara Quackenbush of Eduventures The cost of college, the rise in student loan debt, a weak economy, and uncertain job prospects have all contributed to the rapid decline in alumni giving. These are issues that advancement offices can’t control. But there are many factors that drive participation and giving…
  • Think your data is too overwhelming? Start here.

    jamie.mcdonald@networkforgood.com
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:52 pm
    In the recently released Individual Donor Benchmark Report, the folks at Third Space Studio and BC/DC Ideas looked at fundraising data for organizations with budgets under $2 million. The report contains a wealth of information—including insight on donor communication, recurring giving programs, and technology use—that can help small and medium nonprofits understand how to best reach potential donors. The research also observed data practices of small nonprofits. Not surprisingly, these organizations often struggle to collect and use their own data to optimize their fundraising…
  • Are you thinking about mobile?

    jamie.mcdonald@networkforgood.com
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    How many times have you checked your smartphone today?  Whether we’re texting, reading email, or catching up on our social networks, this on-the-go connectedness is becoming a part of our daily routine. And, because we value the speed and convenience of our smartphone lifeline, we expect our mobile experience to be fast and easy. Of course, it’s the same for your donors, who are becoming more likely to read your emails and research your organization via their mobile device. Think your audience isn’t on mobile? Consider this: 58% of American adults have a smartphone The…
  • What’s the state of your online giving?

    jamie.mcdonald@networkforgood.com
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:46 am
    In our latest Network for Good video clip, I share some key points about the state of online giving. Online donations continue to grow at a faster clip than overall giving as more of our communication and actions go online. As digital natives come into their own and as we see peer fundraising, mobile giving, and events like giving days become nonprofit staples, we expect online giving rates to climb more quickly. To make the most of digitally-minded donors, your online fundraising strategy needs to adhere to these core tenets: Online giving can’t be siloed.  Your online fundraising…
  • Seeking the Killer App? You Already Have It—Your Website

    jamie.mcdonald@networkforgood.com
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:22 am
    Way back when, when social media was newish—let’s say 2007—I used this classic baseball analogy to illustrate how social media fit into the communications universe. Your website is your nonprofit’s online home base, with email as pitcher (no hits without the pitcher). Core social media platforms (now Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram) as inside bases. Other social media platforms as the outfield. Then, for many organizations, social media platforms took precedence—capturing our imaginations and anxieties, if not the impact—over more traditional online and offline…
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  • Fundraising Idea: The Cupcake Challenge

    5 Aug 2014 | 6:54 am
    The Cupcake Challenge - Here's how it works:Info cards are set on tables along with a copy of the cupcake sign, which is mounted on small dowel and when a table raises their flag they set it in a vase filled with sand to hold it up. The info card includes rules:  Each person at the table (who is eligible to contribute - which is a PAC rule) must contribute $5 (or other designated amount) or more for EVERYONE to win at that tableNo one can contribute for anyone else (which is a PAC rule - but may not apply to your rules)Can limit it to only credit cards…
  • 3 things that make me crazy at banquet events ...

    2 Oct 2013 | 4:53 pm
    Not only do I plan events, but I attend a large number of events. Here are three things that make me crazy:1. Centerpieces that block the view of half the table: What's the point of being seated with 8 or 10 people if you can't even see half of them because of the centerpiece, much less be able to engage them through the centerpiece? There are plenty of nice ways to decorate a table that won't block the view of others at the table.2. Those stretchy chair covers that totally cover the chair legs: Remember when our legs didn't bounce off the chair covers at events? Whoever created those…
  • 6 Words that Stop Change at Associations

    23 Feb 2013 | 8:11 pm
    There are 6 words that routinely stop change at Associations: "But that will set a precedent."  With a precedent of course being assumed to be a bad thing.Here are a few thoughts on getting past the dreaded precedent-setting:1.  Call it a pilot program.  Then it is clear it's a test and may or may not ever apply again.2.  Make it clear why it's one-time in an explanatory to a decision. "Due to the current market conditions ...", "due to an unexpected overage in the fund balance," or whatever provides explanation to do something even if it's never been done before or…
  • A Return to Blogging - and "Most Obvious Lessons"

    18 Feb 2013 | 4:45 pm
    The past few months have been filled with personal and professional transitions - left a job (and membership) I loved after 24 years due to a relocation, changed states, consulted, participated in a lot of association executives meetings, interviewed for a new job, facilitated a search for a new CEO, started a new job, bought a new house, and more.  Which means I have lots of association management blog topic content; so it's time to return to blogging.My first post has to be a highlight of my good friend Judith Lindenau's blog about what she learned as an Interim Association…
  • 3 Association Questions found at a Yard Sale

    1 Sep 2012 | 2:39 pm
    Prior to selling our house this week, we had a yard sale.  There are three questions we were asked by yard sale attendees that I believe are really relevant to association management too:1.  Are the prices firm or flexible?  Clearly regular yard sale attendees like to know if there is flexibility in pricing.  I thought it was actually really easy for them to find out, just by asking.  Anytime you get a quote for anything, ask if it's "firm or flexible."  You might get a lower price just by asking.2.  Do you have (fill in the blank)?  Several asked for…
 
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  • Great Nonprofit Marketing Jobs: Take It Forward Tuesday

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:20 am
    Please post your open nonprofit marketing positions here Communications and Digital Engagement, Rita Allen Foundation (Princeton, NJ) Communications and Marketing Manager, Catalina Island Conservancy (Long Beach, CA) Communications Coordinator, Ford Foundation (New York, NY) Communications Director, Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (Remote) Communications Officer, The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (Palo Alto, CA) Communications Officer, The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation  (Winston-Salem, NC) Digital Fundraising Manager, Drug Policy Alliance (Washington DC) Director of…
  • Ask and Train Your Board to be Powerful Messengers (Hands-On)

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:20 am
    Andy Robinson provides training and consulting for nonprofits in fundraising, board development, marketing, earned income, planning, leadership development, and facilitation.  Along with training people to raise money, Andrea Kihlstedt writes, speaks and coaches about campaign campaign fundraising. Do you dream of a board composed of wealthy people with wealthy friends, people who are fearless about asking those friends for big gifts? Unless you’re very lucky (and these types of boards come with their own challenges), that’s not your board. So, looking beyond that fantasy, what’s your…
  • How to Make Your Meetings Happy and Productive—3 Questions You Can Ask

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:20 am
    Guest blogger, Dennis Fischman left a senior management position at a nonprofit organization to found Communicate! Consulting. We love talking with friends.  We hate going to meetings.  Why? Too often at meetings and conferences, we’re listening to people we don’t know, talking about an agenda that doesn’t matter to us. With friends, we can share not only thoughts and plans, but hopes and dreams–the things that make us get out of bed in the morning–the things that make us human. If only we could invite people to bring their whole humanity to the conference room. But how?  Ask…
  • Your New Nonprofit Marketing Job: Take It Forward Tuesday

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:20 am
    Please post your open nonprofit marketing positions here Communications Coordinator, American Federation of  Teachers (Portland, OR) Communications Director, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences  (Plymouth, MA) Communications Manager, CDF: A Collective Action Initiative (Clarkston, GA) Communications Specialist, American Chestnut Foundation (Asheville, NC) Copy Writer & Social Media Coordinator, East-West Ministries (Plano, TX) Director of Communications & Marketing, Breast Cancer Fund (San Francisco, CA) Director of Communications & Marketing, Wildlife Habitat Council…
  • Great Nonprofit Marketing Jobs: Take It Forward Tuesday

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:20 am
    Please post your open nonprofit marketing positions here Assistant Manager of Digital Engagement, Rubin Museum of Art (New York, NY) Associate Director of Communications, World of Children Award (Dublin, CA) Communications Coordinator, Urban Libraries Council (Washington, DC) Communications Manager, Trinity Church Foundation (Boston, MA) Design Associate, Public Interest GRFX (Philadelphia, PA) Development/Communications Officer, Countryside Association (Palatine, IL) Editorial Assistant, Thomas B. Fordham Institute (Washington, DC) Executive Director, Osterville Village Library (Osterville,…
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  • Giving Matters (Chris McLeod, JD)

    Phil Cubeta
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:06 pm
    I have not met her but certainly have enjoyed reading around on her site and her blog. Chris, an attorney, writes about giving with her whole being. I have never heard this thought before (as listed in her service offerings).  Transform your grief: People who suffer a loss or trauma often feel powerless or at a loss for what to do. Connecting with a nonprofit partner that is doing outstanding work to educate the community and prevent similar heartbreak can help restore a sense of hope and well-being to the individual and his/her family.  
  • Email to a Friend Well-Placed in Dynastic Wealth Counselling

    Phil Cubeta
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:07 am
    "When the grandmothers speak the world will be healed." Hawaiian proverb.  Whatever Cordelia saw in her dysfunctional family, emblematic of a deranged kingdom and cosmos, she said only "nothing." When she awakened her father from his madness, it was not with words but with music. By the end of the play she and her father are dead, and a moral order is restored to a world that seems lesser and prosaic. The Fool is Cordelia's friend and talks constantly, always off balance. "My poor fool is hanged," exclaims the king dying with his daughter's corpse…
  • Secular Priest, Adoptive Son, and Consigliere in a Great Family

    Phil Cubeta
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    You remember Fr. Francis (Frank) Brennan, the defrocked priest who disappeared from Wealth Bondage (proud sponsor of  Gifthub) along with a case of communion wine, and an altar boy, from the Wealth with Wisdom Scene Room? He called me on a stolen cellphone to catch up. Apparently, he has landed on his feet as Consigliere to a Great Family from South America. I asked Father Frank what his duties entail. He said as "the most trusted advisor," he is responsible for the family mission statement, and maintaining family values, wisdom,…
  • The Old Philosopher (Eddie Lawrence)

    Phil Cubeta
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:27 am
    My thanks to a well known figure in philanthropic planning circles, an honest man, though a secret reader of Gifthub, who provided the link. I promise not to mention, to any of our mutual friends, that he reads this blog, if he promises not to tell anyone that I write it. (If you too are a reader, your secret is safe with me.) Let's keep things positive, with Eddie Lawrence. The rich have their burdens no less than the poor and we all must do our best to maintain their morale in a world of hurt.
  • The Parable of The Empty Cask

    Phil Cubeta
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    As he has aged, my mentor, The Happy Tutor, Dungeon Master to the Stars in Wealth Bondage, has become more irascible and cryptic. I was asking him how I could better position myself as a Morals Tutor to America's Wealthiest Families, or even as their Secular Priest of choice, since that is the fashionable term now among my fellow Serving Professionals who have successfully penetrated this elite and highly competitive market for virtue and wisdom. All Tutor would say, sitting on his pile of garbage in the Dumpster, well insulated with a layer of Great Books, is, "Phil, I have…
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  • Why "ethics" of digital data?

    Lucy Bernholz
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    This is the first of three posts leading up to the Ethics of Data Conference at Stanford. I've posted some earlier thoughts here. In early August, the New York Times ran a "Room for Debate" series about big data. Over the course of a week columns noting the dangers of digital data use ran next to columns extolling the utility of digital data for community improvement. Other columns in the series, which was titled "Is Big Data Spreading Inequality," looked at how data may be used to extend credit to underserved communites, while others noted that data may be limiting job opportunities. One…
  • Cases for Discussion - data, ethics, and civil society

    Lucy Bernholz
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Last year when I wrote the Blueprint 2014 I included a few scenarios regarding nonprofits, foundations and the uses of digital data (see pages 22-23).Now we're on the brink of hosting an entire conference on the Ethics of Data in Civil Society.We're pulling together resources from the field and from scholars. I was thrilled when Jeff Raderstrong, now of Living Cities, sent me these Case Studies he and a colleague developed for classes at George Washington University.    Cases for Discussion BigData by Lucy BernholzWe'll share these on the conference website…
  • A new calculus for civil society

    Lucy Bernholz
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    In the analog era, when you took action for social good the math was relatively straightforward;                                 1 action = some result.It might have been a 1:1 relationship: 1 donation = 1 meal.It might have been more than that: 1 volunteer act = multiple additional donations = multiple benefitsIt might have included a multiplier effect: Action sustained over time = new policies = multiple benefitsIt might have…
  • The last 20 years and the next 20 years

    Lucy Bernholz
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:15 pm
    I had a great conversation this morning with Sara Davis at the Hewlett Foundation. It led to these two napkin sketches of the past and the future of organizational structures - what do you think?*The last 20 years in nonprofits and foundations:The next 20 years in nonprofits and foundations*The drawings are mine and should not implicate the Hewlett Foundation in any way.
  • Opting in in digital civil society

    Lucy Bernholz
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    One of the defining features of civil society, the independent sector, the nonprofit and philanthropic sector or whatever you want to call it...is that participation is voluntary. Giving your time or money is your own choice. Partaking of services offered, for the most part, is by choice (less so where government services are contracted through nonprofits, but stay with me here). One of the most common names for nonprofits is the "voluntary" sector. We are neither required by market forces nor obligated as citizens to participate. This notion of "voluntary" access is complicated when we are…
 
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    A Small Change

  • Development Fatigue

    Jason Dick
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Are you experiencing “Development Fatigue”? Many donors go through “Donor Fatigue” when they have been asked too often for a donation but that’s not what I’m talking about. Do you ever feel like you have been asking too much and just don’t have any more “development” left in you? I think this happens to the very best of us. We have to wear a lot of hats in the development world from motivator to advocate, solicitor to coach, and many more. Often times we have more to do than we can get done in any given day. I know sometimes I am overwhelmed just at the number of things I…
  • Sample Solicitation Semantics

    Jason Dick
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Try to say that ten times fast. Sample solicitation semantics… Sometimes we get lost in the semantics of how to ask for a gift so I thought I’d provide you with some examples of ways you can ask for money.  There are thousands of unique programs and partnerships that you could create to help in asking for a gift but I’m talking here about one-on-one solicitations.  Below I’ve included several different “asks” this would be the part of the solicitation where you actually ask them for their gift. I’d like to invite you to give a gift in the range of $1,000 to $2,000 over 2…
  • A Day in the Life of a Major Gifts Officer

    Jason Dick
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    One area you asked me to write a little more about is: What is it like to be a fundraising professional?  Many of you already know exactly what it is like in your specific department but maybe you are thinking about going into a different area.  Today I’m going to focus on Major Gifts fundraising.  There is more to it than flashy events, big names, and large gifts. In the major gifts fundraising I’ve done I have spent my time doing three things: talking about asking for money, looking into asking for money, and asking for money. Talking about asking for money: depending on where I’ve…
  • Ask Out Loud

    Jason Dick
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    I have set-up and counseled quite a few board members on how to do a successful solicitation. One of the best pieces of advice that I was given is to “practice the ask out loud.” This means that once you have set-up the solicitation pair and figured out who is doing what piece (ie. Who is acknowledging, who is soliciting, etc.) then practice actually saying the solicitation. Often times people think this is a little silly but it can make a huge difference. Even if it takes asking a board member to humor you, say the ask out loud it is worth it and can make a huge difference. The ask is…
  • Be Quiet!

    Jason Dick
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’ve mentioned this in previous post but I wanted to hit on the point in a little bit more depth.  After you have asked for a gift or even for a volunteer’s involvement and help their should be silence. The next person to talk should not be you, it should be the donor.  Many people get nervous and feel like they have to fill the silence with other asks or other stories.  But if you do not give the donor the opportunity to talk you will never find out if they will or can give the gift you asked for.  And if you are not silent you will never be able to respond to the reasons they…
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    Frogloop

  • Are Nonprofits Staffing Tech Right?

    Allyson Kapin
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    In the past, nonprofits would just have someone on staff (usually the Communications person) run all things tech at the organization, plus their organizational duties, and sometimes that's still the case. Technology staffing is a full time job, and NTEN just released their 8th Annual Nonprofit Technology Staffing and Investments Report to dig deeper into what nonprofits are doing to handle the tech in this fast-paced technological world. The report examines technology staffing levels, technology budgets, overall organizational approach to technology decisions, as well as technology oversight…
  • 5 Ways Your Nonprofit Can Reach Millennials

    Allyson Kapin
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Nonprofits have been trying to reach millennials effectively for some time now. Some organizations like Ask Big Questions, a program of Hillel International and Do Something have figured it out, while others are still tailoring their strategies. We took a look at a couple of surveys, from Millennial Impact Research and from the infographic, Everything You Need to Know About the Millennial Consumer. For those of nonprofits still tailoring their strategies, we've got some tips on how to reach millennials.   Text, don't call! 52% of millennials would rather have conversations via text than…
  • Will Nonprofits Take SXSWi By Storm in 2015?

    Allyson Kapin
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    SXSWi is one of the biggest conferences for startups, technologists, and people who have innovative ideas that they think can change the world. But where do nonprofits and cause related startups fit into SXSWi? This year several nonprofits and leaders who are doing innovating work to create social change movements, submitted terrific panels in hopes of carving out a bigger track related to activism. Check out some of the panels that could be featured at SXSWi if we rally together and vote for them by September 6th!     Why Failure Is a Dirty Word for Nonprofits Vote Here:…
  • Are Memes Really Just Slacktivism?

    Allyson Kapin
    16 Aug 2014 | 12:25 pm
    New memes get started everyday. Some stick and go “viral” while others just get shared with a small community of friends, and some go nowhere. Remember the Facebook meme challenge that asked women to post what color bra they were wearing that day? Many thought the meme was connected to raising breast cancer awareness, but that was not the intention behind it. After some research, it turns out that this meme was started in December of 2009 in Canada. Here’s the original meme: “Right girls let’s have some fun. Write the color of the bra you’re wearing right…
  • Effective Online Onboarding Strategies

    Ashley Hansen
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Here is (yet another) compelling reason for your organization to leverage digital channels:  the next generation of donors are engaging more on digital platforms and are increasingly looking for a way to support and donate through these channels. The data is in, but how can you acquire and “on-board” these digitally savvy people and convince them to donate to your organization?  Care2 and Parachute Digital teamed up to create a White Paper explaining just that! The report’s Six Stages of an Effective On-boarding Strategy guides you through and answers these…
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    Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

  • #MixedLinks for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Would love to hear what you’re publishing or reading! Just tweet the link using #MixedLinks (and if you have room mention @kristinaleroux), then I will take a look. And give you full credit for the find, of course. ~Kristina First off, we hosted this month’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival on raising awareness. (You can also find a round-up of #IceBucketChallenge posts there too.) Next month’s carnival will be hosted by Joanne Fritz on measuring social media effectiveness. Guidestar gets the gold star for sending me suggestions using #MixedLinks! They suggested their post on…
  • Raising Awareness for Your Cause – Nonprofit Blog Carnival

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    Welcome to this month’s edition of the Nonprofit Blog Carnival, a roundup of great blog posts on a topic of interest to the nonprofit community. Our topic is raising awareness, which was great timing with the Ice Bucket Challenge phenomena, so let’s start there. The Ice Bucket Challenge In addition to raising a mind-boggling amount of money ($94.3 million as of yesterday), it’s certainly raised awareness of ALS as a disease with millions. I blogged it about last week in Creating Your Nonprofit’s Version of the #IceBucketChallenge, where I broke down why the specifics…
  • Breaking My Bad Habits: From College To Nonprofit Writer

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    Laurel Dykema Would your nonprofit communications make your English Lit professor cringe? Good! You’re probably on the right track. Today, Laurel Dykema shares some habits she had to change once she started writing for the real world. ~Kivi Guest Post by Laurel Dykema of Mission India Confession: I had a lot of bad habits when I started in nonprofit writing. And most of them came from writing college papers! When I started as an intern at Mission India, I discovered that nonprofit writing is VERY different from college writing—and I had to break my “good” college writing habits…
  • How to Ask Your Current Donors for Bequests – Tactfully!

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    Did you know organizations in the UK, Canada, and Australia raise more money with bequests than we do in the US? Fundraising expert Tom Ahern believes that the answer may be as simple as not having a marketing plan to ask for those bequests. A simple plan might include: Writing a vision statement that lets donors know how their bequest will help the organization for future generations. Identifying your best donors. Creating a bequest society. Sending an annual appeal letter. Adding stories featuring why other donors made bequests to your newsletter and other publications. You can also add a…
  • Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Kim Rescate

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    Kim Rescate 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. Kim Rescate is a lover of food and a runner (’cause of all the food). Though her passion for most things geeky is certainly a main driving force in her life, she also loves traveling and snowboarding. Kim works in communications at Alliance San Diego, but hopes it leads to a recurring role in Doctor Who, or Lost Girl. Here is her typical day: Before 8:00 am: Check emails before heading to work. Read news from all my…
 
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    SocialFish

  • [Cool Infographic Friday] Top 10 Data Breaches

    Maddie Grant
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    A propos of nothing, really, but I thought this was interesting in a “time to get a new way to protect our data” kind of way. via. —————– (photo credit) More like this...[Cool Infographic Friday] Is the Book Dead? [Cool Infographic Friday] Women dominate social media[Cool Infographic Friday] Clues to Facebook’s Future From Facebook Investing[Cool Infographic Friday] Google’s design for search[Cool Infographic Friday] On Content Marketing[Cool Infographic Friday] Big Data Big Profits The post [Cool Infographic Friday] Top 10 Data…
  • Best Practices in B2B Retargeting

    Scott Huntington
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s clear that retargeting as a marketing practice is here to stay. It’s an idea based on logic: only 2% of website visitors convert during their first visit, meaning there will be a lost opportunity 98% of the time. Reaching out through social media to past visitors on the sites that they normally visit each day has proved to be an essential way to bring them back while increasing the opportunity for a sale. What about business to business marketers? Since it has been historically viewed as a business to consumer practice, other marketers have been slow to adopt retargeting. That’s…
  • Association Social Media: National Business Officers Association (NBOA)

    Maddie Grant
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    In this series of interviews of Association Social Media Managers, you’ll be able to compare notes on what all of these fab organizations are doing with their social media management – from how they organize the roles and responsibilities, to how they manage content flow through the organization and out to social, to what campaigns they tried, to how they see the future of association social media.   ———————  In today’s interview, we’re talking to Melissa Zinder, Manager, Social Media & Online Initiatives at the National…
  • The Real Meaning of Digital

    Jamie Notter
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    In the research for our next book, we’ve been asking Millennials a few questions. Some of their answers, as expected, are more about life stage than generations. Their complaints that senior managers don’t take them or their expertise seriously, for example, represents a sentiment that has been repeated throughout the ages by pretty much every generation when they were that age. But some of what they are saying is shining a light on some very important trends that we think are going to radically reshape our organizations in the next decade. One area that I am finding particularly…
  • Teem’d: The New Collaboration Tool

    Maddie Grant
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    This series of posts is for software and app and tech vendors who have new tools they’d like you to know about. Startups are welcome to contact me at maddie[at]socialfish[dot]org to submit guest posts about their platforms. —————  Social Media: The Bottom Line Social media grows audiences by allowing friends and colleagues to build on their relationships to spread messages that are important to them. The goal of the social media team is to find ways to keep the company’s message meaningful and relevant for the community- making them want  to stick around.
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    Wild Apricot Blog (RSS 2.0)

  • Software News August 2014: Using Wild Apricot’s API

    Dmitriy Buterin [Chief Apricot]
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The August Software News is all about Wild Apricot's API: what it is, how it can benefit our customers and examples of API applications for associations, clubs and non-profits.
  • 24 Non-profit Webinars for September 2014

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:29 am
    Summer is almost over and school is back in session - with 24 free non-profit webinars scheduled for September.
  • Ice Bucket Lightning, Happy Meetings and More

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Here's a link round-up offering insight into the Ice Bucket Challenge; how to have happier meetings; letting your "givers grow"; learning lessons from failure; and hosting successful roundtables.
  • Everything You Need to Know To Recruit Younger Members

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Are you having trouble recruiting and engaging Gen Y or Millennials? Here's a look at our compendium of 10 resources – our Ultimate Guide to Connecting With & Recruiting Younger Members.
  • Advisory Community Registrations Are Open

    Shiv Narayanan [Marketing Project Manager]
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:41 am
    Want to join our Small Membership Advisory Community? Here are details on our conference call series and community forum.
 
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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

  • Burning Money: Natural Gas Flaring Costs Millions in Lost Revenue

    afrank
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Nighttime satellite imagery makes it seem like a new metropolis has sprung up in the prairies of western North Dakota. But the large cluster of lights actually comes from natural gas flaring in the Bakken oil field. Flaring – or the burning of natural gas released in oil fracking – creates pollution and costs the state millions of dollars in lost taxes and royalties. An Earthworks report explored gas flaring in North Dakota’s Bakken and in Texas’s Eagle Ford shale plays. Both plays are primarily drilled for oil. However, fracking for oil also releases methane (natural…
  • Report: Obamacare Limits Subsidies for Excessive CEO Pay, Saves $72 Million

    jschieder
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    A new report from the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) calculates that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), popularly known as Obamacare, reduced taxpayer subsidies by more than $72 million last year. It did this by capping the deductions that currently reward companies for providing excessive pay to their CEOs. Companies providing top executives multimillion dollar pay packages are able to deduct much of that compensation from their tax bills because loopholes currently allow corporations to deduct all executive pay if it is deemed “performance based.” These tax subsidies encourage…
  • Renters in Foreclosed Properties Could Be Left Out in the Cold

    jschieder
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    The Permanently Protect Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2013 (H.R. 3543, S. 1761) is just one of the many pieces of unfinished business for the 113th Congress. This bill would make permanent the only federal protection for renters living in foreclosed properties. The law was originally passed in May 2009, a year in which a record-breaking number of foreclosures took place. It protects renters who continue to pay their rent even if their landlord has fallen behind on his or her mortgage payments. The law also ensures that tenants are able to stay in their homes until their lease ends or for at…
  • Drinking Diesel? Fracking Companies Use Toxic Substance without Permits

    afrank
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    When it comes to protecting drinking water, fracking companies have just one federal rule to follow – get a permit if they are using diesel. But a new report by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) indicates that many drillers can’t even abide by this simple requirement. Thanks to an ill-advised loophole in the Safe Drinking Water Act – often called the Halliburton loophole – hydraulic fracturing (fracking) activities are exempt from drinking water protection standards – unless the drilling companies use diesel fuel. Diesel is the only fracking fluid that…
  • Election Transparency Threatened by Lack of Resources for Key Agency

    lautenried
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Impeded by a lack of resources, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has been slow to publicly release recent campaign finance disclosures. The FEC is the independent agency charged with enforcing federal election laws and making campaign finance information available to the American people. This information is vital, particularly in the wake of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that gutted our campaign finance laws, and significant delays in releasing of such data are of serious concern to the health of our democracy. On May 21, the Center for Responsive Politics downloaded all FEC files…
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    Public Sector Marketing 2.0

  • Two Free Twitter Network Visualization Tools

    Mike Kujawski
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    Lately, my associates and I have been doing quite a bit of social network visualization research for clients, typically using raw social data and comprehensive, fee-based custom tools. While these are great for deep analysis and strategic planning, sometimes a simple free tool can do the trick if all you are looking for is quick high-level insights. I would like to point out two such tools today, both of which rely on the Twitter API. Hashtagify  Use this tool to quickly visualize a network based on a Twitter hashtag (now available in widget form as shown below using the Canadian Politics…
  • Text Messaging vs. Mobile Instant Messaging

    Mike Kujawski
    22 May 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Over the course of the last year, I have noticed a rapidly rising organizational  interest amongst my clients in using “text messaging” for communications purposes; specifically for opt-in notifications. The main reasons are quite obvious: 26.3% of Canadian households have no land-line (Convergence Consulting Group, 2014) The smartphone penetration rate is now at a staggering 63% in Canada (Ipsos, 2013) 96% of smartphone users text message (Acision, 2013) 98% of text messages are read, compared to 22% of emails, 29% of tweets and 12% of Facebook posts (Frost & Sullivan,…
  • When your employees go too far on social media…

    Mike Kujawski
    29 Mar 2014 | 1:33 pm
    I recently did some work for a client that involved looking into recent Canadian legal cases dealing with employees that have been either fired or reprimanded for their conduct on social media platforms.  I ended up using some of these cases as examples in an internal training program I developed for employees on “responsible digital engagement”. I thought I’d share a few of them with you today. All five of these cases reinforce my firm belief that every employee of a modern organization should take the following five tips to heart: Read your existing policies related to…
  • Dear WhatsApp

    Mike Kujawski
    19 Feb 2014 | 5:52 pm
      Just over a year ago, I wrote about the prolific rise of cross-platform mobile messaging apps along with the corresponding exodus of users in terms of “small circle conversation” on major social platforms. At that time , few people at my workshops or among clients ever  heard of WhatsApp. Even up until very recently, I would still get blank stares when asking people if they knew anything about it. As of today that will no longer be an issue. Facebook just bought WhatsApp for $19 Billion. What is Whats App? “What’s App is a cross-platform mobile messaging app…
  • Patients Like Me

    Mike Kujawski
    31 Jan 2014 | 11:12 am
    For over five years now, I’ve mentioned Patients Like Me in nearly all of my “digital engagement” related speeches. It is one of my favourite examples of big data used to improve actual lives. What is it? An online social network dedicated primarily to chronically ill patients. How does it work? Patients fill out their individual health profiles based on their condition. They then provide information such as: Basic Demographics Symptoms Medication Dosage Treatments What’s the benefit? When you have 220,000 members sharing information about 2,000+ conditions the result…
 
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    eJewish Philanthropy: Your Jewish Philanthropy Resource

  • Why Sharansky is Wrong to Write off European Jewry

    eJP
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    A leader is one whose words not only describe reality, but whose words prescribe the future. By Barbara Spectre “I believe we are beginning to see the end of Jewish history in Europe” Natan Sharansky, Jewish Chronicle (UK) July 25th Dear Natan, I am certain that it gave you no joy to have uttered what you said, in the wake of rising antisemitism and the discomfort of Jews in France, as well as increased aliyah to Israel. You suggested that the situation might herald not only the demise of the venerable French Jewish community but also of Jewish communities throughout Europe. That…
  • Building Bridges and Promoting a Legacy of Unity

    eJP
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Ayala Young In the 18 days between the kidnapping of Eyal Yifrach, Gil-Ad Sha’ar, and Naftali Fraenkel and the revelation of their untimely deaths, an unprecedented wave of heightened solidarity overtook Jews in Israel and around the world. The #BringBackOurBoys campaign, the leading social media and activism campaign behind the solidarity efforts, took on a life of its own and generated numerous rallies, charities and learning initiatives aimed at easing the pain of the boys’ families and the nation at large. Upon hearing that the boys had been murdered, the ongoing…
  • Beyond Hasbarah: Harnessing Our Technological Edge to Strengthen Communities on the Front Line

    eJP
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:40 pm
    By Daphna Kaufman Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi’s important piece in this publication (“An ‘Iron Dome’ Needed to Protect Jews in Europe”) addresses the acute challenge that Jews in Europe are contending with. With the tide of the assault on Israel’s fundamental legitimacy rising, many in local Jewish communities describe an onslaught of hostility. This threat is manifesting in sharp spikes in physical attacks on Jews. Mizrahi urges philanthropists to focus on hiring top strategic communications experts to win hearts and minds of European opinion elites. This…
  • In Bulgaria, Charity and Care In and Out of the Community

    eJP
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:35 pm
    In the absence of fully-functioning state institutions, the branches and programs of the Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee have become all the more important. By Liam Hoare The healthcare system in Bulgaria is inadequate. Interviewing young medical students earlier this year, Mariya Petkova writing for Al Jazeera discovered a system riddled with “corruption, nepotism, dysfunction and poor facilities”. The lowest salaries for doctors in the European Union drives young medical candidates out of the country – Bulgaria loses 500 to…
  • Achieving Excellence by Pursuing Excellence in our Early Childhood Center

    eJP
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    [For the past 18 months, the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) supported three “Communities of Practice,” cohorts of congregations that came together to learn, discuss, and experiment in a specific field. Members from participating congregations have been asked to reflect about their process.] By Dr. Paula Sayag As an early childhood consultant with Washington, D.C.’s central Jewish education agency, I had the privilege of interacting with Jewish educators on a national scale, learning about trends in Jewish communal involvement, and helping congregations respond to large-scale concerns.
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • Why WITNESS and Other Nonprofits Are Adopting the Serious Business of Monitoring and Evaluation

    Mitch Nauffts
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    Last month, The New York Times "reviewed" the still-in-development Participant Media Index, which is designed to measure the impact and engagement of social issue documentaries. Anyone in the nonprofit world knows that impact and engagement are the buzzwords du jour....
  • 5 Questions for…Michael Petrilli, President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute

    Mitch Nauffts
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:04 pm
    With a new school year beginning and debate over the Common Core State Standards heating up, we thought it would be an excellent time to talk to an expert on the subject. According to Michael Petrilli, president of the Thomas...
  • 'Under Construction': Northside Achievement Zone

    Mitch Nauffts
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Under Construction is a multimedia online exhibit showcasing some of the best and brightest organizations working with males of color. The UC team of filmmakers, photographers, writers, and nonprofit experts worked directly with each of these organizations for several weeks....
  • The 'Overhead' Pledge

    Mitch Nauffts
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    I was in a room full of international development professionals at the InsideNGO Annual Conference, and the excitement was palpable. Why? We had all just raised our hands and pledged to fully disclose the true costs of our nonprofit operations...
  • All Aboard for Practices That Matter

    Mitch Nauffts
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    It's a common refrain these days: a perfect storm is changing the way philanthropy is done, and that change is likely to accelerate in the years to come. Some of the forces driving this change are external, beyond the control...
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    The GiveWell Blog

  • Open Philanthropy Project (formerly GiveWell Labs)

    Holden
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    GiveWell and Good Ventures have launched a new website for the Open Philanthropy Project. This is the new name and brand for the project formerly known as GiveWell Labs. The mission of the Open Philanthropy Project is to learn how to give as effectively as we can and share our findings openly so that anyone can build on them. The word “open” refers both to being (a) open to many possibilities (considering many possible focus areas, and trying to select the ones that will lead to as much good accomplished as possible) and (b) open about our work (emphasizing transparency and…
  • Update on GiveWell’s web traffic / money moved: Q2 2014

    Natalie
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:39 am
    In addition to evaluations of other charities, GiveWell publishes substantial evaluation of itself, from the quality of its research to its impact on donations. We publish quarterly updates regarding two key metrics: (a) donations to top charities and (b) web traffic. The table and chart below present basic information about our growth in money moved and web traffic in the first half of 2014 (note 1). Money moved: first two quarters Growth in money moved, as measured by donations from donors giving less than $5,000 per year, slowed in the second quarter of 2014 compared with the first…
  • Thoughts on the End of Hewlett’s Nonprofit Marketplace Initiative

    Holden
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Note: we sent a pre-publication draft of this post to multiple people who had been involved in the Hewlett program discussed here. A response from the Hewlett Foundation is available in the comments of this post; a response from Jacob Harold is available on the GuideStar blog. Last April, the Chronicle of Philanthropy covered the decision by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to end its Nonprofit Marketplace Initiative, which in 2008 was the source of GiveWell’s first grant from a foundation, and has continued to be a source of substantial support for GiveWell’s operations…
  • Our ongoing review of ICCIDD

    Timothy Telleen-Lawton
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    The International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders Global Network (ICCIDD) advocates for and assists programs that fortify salt with iodine. Our preliminary work (writeup forthcoming) implies that even moderate iodine deficiency can lead to impaired cognitive development. ICCIDD tracks iodine deficiency around the world and encourages countries with iodine deficient populations to pass laws requiring iodization for all salt produced in and imported to the country. ICCIDD also provides – and helps countries find – general support and assistance for their iodization…
  • Partnership with The Pew Charitable Trusts

    Holden
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Throughout the post, “we” refers to GiveWell and Good Ventures, who work as partners on GiveWell Labs. [Added August 27, 2014: GiveWell Labs is now known as the Open Philanthropy Project.] We have agreed to a major partnership with The Pew Charitable Trusts as part of our work on criminal justice reform. Good Ventures will provide $3 million to support and expand the work of Pew’s public safety performance project (PSPP), which aims “to advance data-driven, fiscally sound policies and practices in the criminal and juvenile justice systems that protect public safety,…
 
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    FundraisingCoach.com

  • Free Donor Stewardship Class!

    Marc Pitman
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    We're rapidly moving toward the most generous time of the year. Many nonprofits see 30% or more of their annual donations in December. But according to recent studies by Google, September is when donors start making their year-end giving decisions. Will you retain your donors this year? I've asked Shanon Doolittle and Vanessa Chase, the founders of the Stewardship School, to give a special free class for readers of this blog! And they've said you! I'm thrilled because I know how busy they must be with their next Stewardship School session starting soon! Come with your questions Join us,…
  • Are you ready for donors using LinkedIn?

    Marc Pitman
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:02 am
    In teaching nonprofit social media, I call LinkedIn the "little engine that could." Started in late 2002, LinkedIn has seen many social media platforms rise and fall. (Anyone remember Friendster or MySpace?) But LinkedIn keeps trucking along. And in my non-scientific experience, it is the preferred social media platform of many executives. They tell me where the other platforms seem a free-for-all of personal information, they like LinkedIn's focus on work. It feels safe to share your resume and interact professionally with others. These professionals are your donors. Your donors are using…
  • Don’t waste time trying to copy the #icebucketchallenge

    Marc Pitman
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Every week, I send a fundraising coaching email to nonprofit CEOs and Executive Directors. These Kicks are designed to remind them to get out from behind their desk to interact with 5-10 major donors and prospects. I rarely share these Fundraising Kicks with anyone but them. But this week there will be hundreds, possibly thousands, of board conversations about their nonprofit can copy the uber-successful ALS ice bucket challenge. These conversations are a waste of time. They're a waste of time because they're asking the wrong questions. Don't get me wrong. I've participated in the ice bucket…
  • KindleUnlimited offers a great marketing opportunity for your library!

    Marc Pitman
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    A few weeks ago, Amazon announced KindleUnlimited. For $10/month, you can read from their list of books, and listen to some of them on Audible. Doesn't this sound like charging for what libraries already offer? Start where your donors are In my book on raising library support, I talk about the importance of talking the language of your donors. Here is a great opportunity! Almost everyone knows Amazon. And people are talking about KindleUnlimited. A quick Google search on "KindleUnlimited" shows thousands of posts about Amazon's new service. So why not do a blog post or pitch a story with your…
  • How to get new donors

    Marc Pitman
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:40 am
    As a fundraising coach, one of the most common questions I get is about how to get new donors for a nonprofit. The question was well summed up in this question from an Ask Without Fear! email newsletter subscriber: "How do I acquire new donors? I find that people keep saying donor acquisition is given way more attention than retention. I find retention articles are a dime a dozen but it is difficult to find quality articles on acquisition." It’s great to read about donor retention, or how to call donors, but what if you don’t have any donors yet? So I reached out to some experts around…
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    Low Hanging Fruit Communications

  • Take Time for You

    Maureen Carruthers
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    This is Jenny. You really want to hang out with her. The nonprofit life can be a fulfilling one, but it’s also hard.  When resources are scarce, it seems fiscally responsible to put off buying the tools you need to do the job right for “just one more year.”  It seems impossible to hire another employee when, by staying late every night, you do manage to (mostly) get the work done.   Sometimes it even feels noble to ignore your personal needs in order to serve the greater good. The problem is when you make the “sacrifice” choice every time, eventually you…
  • New way to find images for your website

    Maureen Carruthers
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Rainbows and open licenses make me happy. Photo Credit: Flickr user: Bootbearwdc Great news!  Google Image search now includes a filter for searching images licensed for re-use!  Just go to Google Images and search by keyword.  Then under search tools choose the appropriate license under “usage rights” For example, here’s a search for images of rainbows licensed for re-use with modification. Not sure which license you need?  The Creative Commons website explains how you can (and can’t) use work based on its license.  Or, leave a comment below about how you want…
  • Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys

    Maureen Carruthers
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    I’ve been traveling a lot lately and on one of those trips I had the pleasure of visiting a college friend and her family.  In addition to the general awesomeness of hanging out with people I adore, she also introduced me to my new favorite proverb: Image Credit: Ashley of BaddestMotherEver.com It’s so easy for me to get caught up in other people’s decisions, or to feel somehow responsible for “fixing” problems where, not only do I have little to no influence, but often outside advice is not helpful or welcome. So I’m closing down my unsolicited circus-consulting…
  • 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…
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    FundraisingIP.com: Fundraising Ideas

  • Mid-Year Review: How is this Year Shaping Up for Your Nonprofit Goals?

    Cari Mostert
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    There’s no time like mid-year to evaluate your nonprofit’s performance. Now’s the time to measure how planning and strategizing have paid off and more significantly, what’s working and what needs to be tweaked. No matter whether your fiscal year ends in December or June, at some point, you’ll reach mid-year for your nonprofit and an evaluation will come in handy when moving forward. Are your goals as an organization loosely defined and vague? Mid-year reviews are an outstanding opportunity to not only look back on achievements, but to also look ahead and set positive, stimulating…
  • 5 Things to Put on Your Resume to Get a Green Non-Profit Job

    Devon Reeser
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Lacking the five years of experience, Masters degree, and other checklist requirements to get that green fundraising job you want? Don’t worry! Most non-profit fundraising jobs require someone with skills outside of what can be quantified on a list anyway. The key is to know what those unquantifiable skills are and how to prove that you have them. If you can’t fit the cookie cutter mold of the perfect paper candidate for your ideal job, make yourself stand out by highlighting your prowess in the following five areas.     1. Knowledge and passion for green Most green non-profits…
  • Getting Your Grant: 10 Things to Focus on Besides Writing

    Devon Reeser
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    To get grant dollars, whether from private foundations or government agencies, your writing should be secondary to other preparations. Too many nonprofits make the mistake of investing in a solid technical writer and spending hours preparing a lengthy proposal with perfect grammar, while ignoring what is really important. Yes, writing counts, but make sure you think about these ten aspects as well, and maybe even before you bother contracting that writer! 1. Budget Do you have a well-defined budget for your program? You want a detailed breakdown of tangible expenses, i.e. not just a line item…
  • Be Arty, Be Green, Make Money: How Bottle Cap Murals Can Help Your Nonprofit

    Devon Reeser
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    If you have a group of volunteers, youth program participants, board members, or staff that need a teambuilding exercise, and you are thinking about involving them in an art project but you have little funding, resources, or artistic ability, try a project anyone can do on a small budget with a little bit of patience! Bottle cap art projects have become quite trendy throughout the world, especially within youth and school groups that want to make a green statement. The tops of plastic bottles aren’t always recyclable, and their litter impact is a known contributor of nonpoint source…
  • 6 DIY Reuse Crafts for Your Group

    Devon Reeser
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
    Whether you are looking into making DIY crafts to create a sellable product for some project funding needs, generate promotional materials unique to your nonprofit, or provide an activity for your summer camp kids or summer volunteers, keep your activity budget at a minimum and be as green as possible by reusing found and collected materials! Here are six reuse craft projects any nonprofit can do, make applicable to their mission, and help with fundraising. Glasses from bottles It takes a glass bottle one million years to biodegrade. And while glass can be infinitely recycled, only about 35%…
 
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    Social media marketing hacks for nonprofits | Powered by JohnHaydon.Com

  • Three Chilling Facts About the #IceBucketChallenge

    John Haydon
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    The Ice Bucket Challenge is a viral fundraiser that’s raised over $41 million in less than 30 days. This is more than double the $19.4 million the ALS Association raised throughout all of 2013!
  • LAUNCH PARTY: Facebook Marketing All-in-One for Dummies

    John Haydon
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
      The 3rd edition of Facebook Marketing All-In-One for Dummies has just been published and the authors (Andrea Vahl, Jan Zimmerman, John Haydon) are throwing a launch party! Win cool stuff This live-streaming Google Hangout will be next Thursday (8/28) at 8pm, EDT. We’ll be giving away copies of the book, consulting sessions from each of the authors, 3 free tickets to my Facebook Bootcamp and 2 free memberships to Andrea’s Facebook Advertising Secrets. You must be present to win! Do not miss this event! You can RSVP at the G+ event here. Or you can RSVP at the Facebook event…
  • Facebook Kills Like-Gating, Now What?

    John Haydon
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    Like-gating is when you require a someone to like your Facebook Page BEFORE they can have access to exclusive content, coupons, giveaways, etc. For many Page admins, this tactic was an easy and powerful way to get more Facebook fans. However, effective November 5th, like-gating will be a no-no. Facebook says that this is good for marketers AND users: “To ensure quality connections and help businesses reach the people who matter to them, we want people to like Pages because they want to connect and hear from the business, not because of artificial incentives. We believe this update…
  • 5 Ways Your Nonprofit Is Like a Hammerhead Shark

    John Haydon
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    You’re probably wondering what hammerhead sharks have to do with digital marketing and fundraising. Well, I wondered the same thing. But my desire to write a blog post about sharks won over logic and reason. So… here are five ways your nonprofit is like a hammerhead shark: 1. You Both Possess Mutant-Like Eyeballs Hammerhead sharks can see almost 360 degrees. Nothing escapes their panoramic vision. Similarly, using listening tools like Mention, BuzzSumo and Hootsuite,  gives you a broader and deeper understand of your people. Across all marketing channels. 2. You Both…
  • 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…
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    Social Media Bird Brain

  • Here's An Interesting Tool For Your Small Nonprofit

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:34 pm
    If you use Gmail, you might find this extension worth taking a look at. Even if you don't, the idea of creating different footers or signatures to add more context to your email is worth consideration. It's a subtle sort of marketing that might pay dividends. EmailFooterApp *Note: it does ask to access your tabs and browsing history and I don't know what it plans to do with
  • Adventures in Customer Service

    7 Aug 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Image via Bruce Sallan There are a lot of new services out there and I looked at one this week called Readymag, which helps users create 'microsites, portfolios, photo stories, magazines, and presentations' using templates. As I browsed through their examples I wondered why a person or NGO with an already significant social media presence would want to use their service. So I sent them an
  • Decreased Reach? No, It Has Always Been About Content

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    A couple of Digiday pieces caught my notice this week. One is on social media measurement and the other on content. Decreased Reach Means Different Metrics On social media measurement, the article by John McDermott notes that likes and follows are no longer being seen as important measurements for whether a brand (like your small nonprofit) is reaching its audience. Decreased reach (for
  • New Ideas in NGO Structure - The Participation Nonprofit

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Via Flickr Robert Shiller, who is an economics prof at Yale, recently wrote a NYT article called "How Donors Give More When They Feel a Sense of Belonging." Within the article he posits a new form of nonprofit, the participation nonprofit. Rather than request donations, it would sell shares in the nonprofit, though how the valuation would be calculated, I don't know. Shareholders would
  • Hacks and Tasks for Your Social Media Work

    3 Jun 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Social Media Outposts (Photo credit: the tartanpodcast) Social Media Today often has some really useful information. I ran across two posts that I think go well together. One is for social media platform hacks (strategies or techniques for using something better) and the other is a list of things that will help you improve your social media presence - better content, better outreach. Put
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    Ken's Commentary

  • Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:46 am
    Originally published on WNYC on 8/27/2014.  The ALS ice bucket challenge continues to bring in huge donations this summer for efforts to cure and treat what's commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. As of today, the viral campaign has raised more than $94 million for the ALS Association. That's compared with $2.7 million raised by the group during the same time last year.Now the association faces a challenge of its own: figuring out the best way to spend all that money.
  • Advice From the Top

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Originally published in Working Class as a three part series written by Stephanie Longo. Part One: LinkedIn Influencer Ken Berger discusses his career pathIf Ken Berger, the chief executive officer of Charity Navigator, had the change to sit down and talk to himself at 22 years old, he would suggest one major thing: have humility.Berger was recently asked by LinkedIn to participate in a series of articles entitled “If I Were 22,” where various LinkedIn Influencers had the chance to travel back in time and imagine a conversation where they taught their younger selves the lessons…
  • ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Movember and Kickstarter: a look at the future of philanthropy

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Originally published on AirTalk on August 14, 2014.Please click here to access the radio piece. IBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty ImagesKris Dorward, a 22 year-old chef, poses for pictures with his 'Movember moustache' in London, on Nov. 28, 2011.You’ve likely seen the videos on the news and in your newsfeed of friends, family, and celebrities dumping a bucket of ice water over their heads. The “ice bucket challenge” is intended to raise money to fight Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), and so far the campaign has been incredibly successful, using the viral, friends-tagging method to increase…
  • How Much Should We Pay Charity CEOs?

    13 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Originally published on Linkedin on June 3, 2014. Last week it was reported by the Associated Press that median CEO pay among the Standard & Poor's 500 companies had crossed the $10 million mark. The justification given by many board members and large investors for this uptick (in addition to a surging stock market which is a big part of most of their pay packages) was that big pay packages are need to “attract talented men and women who can run multi-billion dollar businesses”.How does this translate into the nonprofit sector? Some have argued that we need to…
  • Charity Refuses to Show Proof of Housing Homeless

    27 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    Originally aired on WESH 2 News on May 13, 2014Video Version of Charity Refuses to Show Proof of Housing HomelessORLANDO, Fla. —Hundreds of charities vie for your donations and time. One local charity claims it houses the homeless in campsites throughout Central Florida.But when WESH 2 News Investigative reporter Matt Grant asked the charity's director to show us where those campsites are, he would not.And he has repeatedly refused to show us proof the charity has provided shelter to anyone at all.Inside a nondescript Leesburg thrift store is a charity that claims to be housing the…
 
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    Charity Navigator

  • 4-Star Charities Celebrating Their Success

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:37 am
    4-star Interfaith Community Services of Pima County4-star charities don't just shout their good news from the rooftops, they are increasingly sharing it via social media. Check out some of the fun 4-star inspired photos we've seen recently on twitter, facebook and other social media platforms. 
  • Make Today the Day You Find a Great Charity to Support

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    Find more inspirational quotes on CN's Pinterest account
  • Have You Taken the #ALSIceBucketChallenge?

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Unless you don’t use social media or you’ve taken a vacation from social media this summer, then you’ve probably seen a photo or video of a friend or celebrity being doused in icy cold water in the name of charity. What is this all about? Well, the premise is simple. If someone nominates you, then you have 24 hours to dump a bucket of ice water over your head or you must make a donation to an ALS related charity (of which Charity Navigator rates many).Photo Credig: slgckgc Not everyone is just having fun with this social media phenomenon. It appears some are actually donating to ALS…
  • The Charitable Spirit of Robin Williams

    12 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    Credit: Loren JavierYesterday, we learned that Robin Williams had tragically died at the age of 63. The news coverage since then has focused on what Williams was best known for - that of being an entertainer. But he was also a generous person who supported many charities during his life. Those include:3-star Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation3-star LiveStrong Foundation3-star St. Jude Children's Research Hospital3-star USOCredit: Eva Rinaldi Comic Relief  So as we mourn the loss of such a great performer, consider making a donation to one of his favorite…
  • Do The Charity Scores Look A Little Different Today?

    11 Aug 2014 | 11:07 am
    Well, they should because we transitioned to a 100 point scale rating system today!At Charity Navigator we've been rating charities on a 0 to 4-star scale since 2002. The star ratings are well-known and easily recognizable by individual donors, institutional funders, the media and the charities that we rate. What's been less understood is the scoring system - a 70 point scale - that underlies the star ratings. To resolve the confusion, all current and historical ratings transitioned to a more intuitive 100 point scale today. Although every charity's current and historical scores…
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    Together We Flourish

  • Carmen de Lavallade As I Remember It

    Susan
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
    September 12–13, 8 p.m. at Kelly Strayhorn Theater An intimate portrait of legendary artist Carmen de Lavallade told through dance, film, and her personal writings. Created by Ms. de Lavallade in collaboration with director Joe Grifasi and co-writer/dramaturg Talvin Wilks, this hour-long original work traces a career spanning seven decades, reflecting on what is remembered […]
  • Pittsburgh Food Bank Connecting Resources for People in Need

    Susan
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:02 am
    When the 650 families arrived at the Food Bank on a sunny afternoon in July for our monthly Produce to People (P2P) food distribution, they were certainly surprised by what they found! P2P is always busy, exciting, and productive, but this special version set an entirely new standard. The Duquesne P2P and Resource Fair, held […]
  • Savannah Jack in Concert

    Susan
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    Back by popular demand, Chippewa’s Don Gatlin brings his hot Nashville country band back to Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, Midland, for the 5th consecutive year on Saturday, September 20.  The band’s unique sound infuses vocals, guitar and fiddle like no other in a fast paced, high energy performance suitable for the entire family.  Selections […]
  • Support the Launch of The Global Switchboard!

    Susan
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:47 am
    Join the Private Reception! August 23rd is coming and we’d like you to join us for our Launch Party. There are still tickets available for the Private Reception, a meet and greet for guests and Switchboard members. We’ll have refreshments and an international art exhibition featuring local artists. Attend our Private Reception and make Pittsburgh […]
  • Tolga Sevdik to Chair Fashion Event for Partners For Quality

    Susan
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:10 am
    Partners For Quality Foundation is proud to present the 11th Annual Pittsburgh Fashion Story, an electrifying fashion show and cocktail party on Friday, September 5, 2014 in the Power Center Ballroom at Duquesne University.  Doors open at 7 pm. Tolga Sevdik, Honorary Chair and co-owner of Meat & Potatoes and Butcher in the Rye is pleased to chair the […]
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    Minnesota Council on Foundations Blog - Philanthropy Potluck

  • Subscribe to Fast Forward on iTunes

    MCF Webmaster
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Full, in-depth interviews with big thinkers in philanthropy are not available on the Fast Forward podcast! Subscribe through iTunes or plug the RSS feed into the podcast subscription software of your choosing. Interested in hearing from Trish Tchume of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network on the work she’s done with Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy to address power dynamics in the field? Have a listen. Want to hear from Phil Buchanan of the Center for Effective Philanthropy on the tools grantmakers can use to build and maintain effective practices? Now you can! Ready to know…
  • We’re Moving!

    MCF Webmaster
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    In mid-December, we’re relocating the MCF offices to the TractorWorks building in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood. Our new digs are on the 7th floor at 800 Washington Avenue North. We’re excited and we hope you will be too! Last week we held our first staff meeting in the unfinished space, which gave us all a chance to look around and make heavy use of our imaginations. The space is rough right now, but by move-in day it will be very welcoming and comfortable. Our new accommodations were designed with our members in mind. The convenient location and easy parking…
  • Young Leadership Cohort Busts Down Barriers

    MCF Webmaster
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Odds are you’ve heard a lot about the need for grantmakers and nonprofit professionals to set aside the power dynamics that hold back their relationships and to come together as peers to address needs in their communities. If you’ve worried that’s just lip service to a never-changing problem, good news! Young people in the sector have taken up that call to forge deep relationships and work closely together. Earlier this year, the Minnesota chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and the Twin Cities chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network unveiled a…
  • Action Alert: America Gives More Act

    MCF Webmaster
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:23 am
    Time is very short to pass the  America Gives More Act (HR 4719)! We need you to contact Senators Klobuchar and Franken to ask for their support today — before they return to Washington, D.C., in early September. The legislation (passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in July) promotes giving to all nonprofits by: permanently extending tax incentives for donations of IRA rollovers, food and land, allowing individuals to get credit for prior-year taxes for charitable contributions up to April 15, and streamlining the foundation excise tax, which reduces the administrative work…
  • Do Social Media Fundraisers Really Work?

    MCF Webmaster
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:19 pm
    That’s the question WCCO sat down to answer with MCF President Trista Harris this week. The ALS #icebucketchallenge is everywhere right now, with thousands dumping ice water on their heads and millions raised for the ALS Association. So how much fundraising comes from social media, and does it work? “It’s a small percentage, but it’s a growing percentage,” Trista said in the news clip, adding that she’s sure many others have also tried to create their own funny YouTube campaigns that haven’t attracted notice. “Sometimes you catch the tail of the…
 
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    SocialEarth

  • What’s Next in the World of Prosthetics

    3BL Media
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    This past week, Eastman Innovation Lab and Altair Thinklabs, a product development design firm, hosted a breakfast seminar at the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) International Conference in Austin, [...] The post What’s Next in the World of Prosthetics appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Green, But Mostly White: The Lack Of Diversity In The Environmental Movement, Part 5 of 5—Future 500

    Justmeans
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    Guest Blog By Nick Sorrentino, Future 500 I must admit that I usually loath discussing issues in terms of race, gender, class, etc.  But in this case I will make [...] The post Green, But Mostly White: The Lack Of Diversity In The Environmental Movement, Part 5 of 5—Future 500 appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Hospital In California’s Drought Stricken Central Valley Will Use Recycled Water

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    In case you live in a bubble and don’t know that California is in the third year of one of its worst droughts, driving through many towns in the state [...] The post Hospital In California’s Drought Stricken Central Valley Will Use Recycled Water appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • My Gig at the EPA: Support for Clean Power

    Josh Valentine
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:40 am
    Three glassy-eyed reps from the EPA listened all day to supporters and opponents of the newly proposed Clean Power Plan, which aims to cut carbon emissions considerably in order to [...] The post My Gig at the EPA: Support for Clean Power appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Eco-friendly “GreenBox” Pizza Packaging Launched in Boston

    3BL Media
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    America’s love for pizza knows no bounds. 93 percent of Americans eat pizza at least once a month. Out of total five billion pizzas consumed worldwide each year, the US [...] The post Eco-friendly “GreenBox” Pizza Packaging Launched in Boston appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • Why WITNESS and Other Nonprofits Are Adopting the Serious Business of Monitoring and Evaluation

    Mitch Nauffts
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    Last month, The New York Times "reviewed" the still-in-development Participant Media Index, which is designed to measure the impact and engagement of social issue documentaries. Anyone in the nonprofit world knows that impact and engagement are the buzzwords du jour....
  • 5 Questions for…Michael Petrilli, President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute

    Mitch Nauffts
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:04 pm
    With a new school year beginning and debate over the Common Core State Standards heating up, we thought it would be an excellent time to talk to an expert on the subject. According to Michael Petrilli, president of the Thomas...
  • 'Under Construction': Northside Achievement Zone

    Mitch Nauffts
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Under Construction is a multimedia online exhibit showcasing some of the best and brightest organizations working with males of color. The UC team of filmmakers, photographers, writers, and nonprofit experts worked directly with each of these organizations for several weeks....
  • The 'Overhead' Pledge

    Mitch Nauffts
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    I was in a room full of international development professionals at the InsideNGO Annual Conference, and the excitement was palpable. Why? We had all just raised our hands and pledged to fully disclose the true costs of our nonprofit operations...
  • All Aboard for Practices That Matter

    Mitch Nauffts
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    It's a common refrain these days: a perfect storm is changing the way philanthropy is done, and that change is likely to accelerate in the years to come. Some of the forces driving this change are external, beyond the control...
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    Charitable Advisors

  • Are new “EZ” charities second class?

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    By Zac Kester, JD, LLM, CFRM, at Charitable Allies By now you’ve likely heard of the new IRS Form 1023-EZ, a streamlined Application for Recognition of Tax Exemption that greatly reduces entry barriers for new, small charities. There are some potential benefits. There are some serious potential drawbacks. The benefits are fairly obvious. ·       The application fee is only $400, instead of $850. The total form is only 2½ pages, rather than 12 pages with eight schedules and scores of pages of attachments. ·       The time…
  • A Look Rearward and Forward

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:57 am
    Rely on Financial Statements to Make Decisions for the Future By Yvonne de CalonneFinancial statements regularly slide over your desk and pass through board members' hands, providing a wealth of financial data on your nonprofit's most recent month, quarter or year. But do you and the board rely on this valuable information to make business decisions and plan for the organization's future?Looking for insightsThink of the audited financial statements as a family album, providing a history of your nonprofit's financial past. Examining that past can help you better manage your organization now…
  • Welcome FirstPerson!

    11 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    FirstPerson and Paul Ashley are regular sponsors of the Central Indiana Nonprofit Salary Survey and are now joining the weekly sponsor team for the Not-for-Profit News. We requested them to provide a quick overview of how they serve nonprofits.The name FirstPerson reflects our passion for working with clients on a personal level. We are not a typical professional advisory firm—FirstPerson truly puts people first. We are partners, advisors, experts, communicators, friends, and neighbors who want you to be passionate about what you do and to succeed.FirstPerson knows that each organization…
  • How the Camp reform draft affects not-for-profit organizations

    5 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    Author: Noelle Alberto, Associate Effect of unrelated business income tax: Most universities are considered tax-exempt entities. If the university runs a restaurant that serves both the students and the public, the proceeds from the restaurant would be considered unrelated business income. The restaurant is a business that is regularly carried on by the university, and isn’t substantially related to the school’s exempt purpose. In February, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) released a draft of theTax Reform Act of 2014. This proposal includes multiple major…
  • Retaining top performers

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:50 pm
    By Laura Kragness, Synergy HR Field Representative“HR best practices” to foster employee satisfaction and engagement• Provide job descriptions, an employee handbook, and organizational policies and procedures that create standards for performance and fair and equitable opportunities for all employees to succeed. • Lead and develop employees to their fullest potential utilizing job standards, individual goal setting, ongoing coaching and counseling, and a merit-based compensation program to reward top performers. • Conduct internal trainings and support external training…
 
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  • Ebola response: World Health Organisation releases new plan

    Erin Hohlfelder
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    Photo: Cadaver Teeth https://flic.kr/p/DWJSD Published under Creative Commons License. This morning, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a new Ebola Response Roadmap—a detailed plan for stopping the ongoing West African Ebola outbreak over the next six to nine months. This updated document is an important step in ensuring that the world’s response to the outbreak is better coordinated and more comprehensive.  But it also comes with a hefty new price tag: $490 million—a nearly five-fold increase over their previous $100 million estimate. Why did the price tag increase so…
  • Five books to read over Labor Day weekend

    Andrew Marshall
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    Now that summer is almost at an end, cash in on your summer reading list this weekend with one or more of these great books about development and fighting poverty. Got a favorite book along these lines? Tell us in the comments below. Every Day Is for the Thief, by Teju Cole This is a quick and easy read, but it lingers long after the book is closed or the Kindle is shut down. It’s atmospheric and beautifully written. The narrator is returning to Lagos after 15 years in New York, but he realizes Nigeria has changed – and so has he. “I have returned a stranger,” he says – a…
  • Member of the Month: Tiffany Kieran

    Emily Walker
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    Congratulations to Tiffany Kieran, our August ONE Member of the Month! Tiffany is a Congressional District Leader for ONE in Dallas, TX, where she works in marketing for Reel FX, a feature film and production company. In addition to helping ONE with concerts, petition deliveries and meetings on Capitol Hill for the Power Summit, Tiffany was instrumental in solidifying the relationship between ONE and Reel FX. This partnership resulted in the amazing new PSA, “Halfway There.” In addition to her work with ONE, Tiffany is passionate about yoga, pets and volunteering with loads of…
  • The coolest internship around. No, it’s not with Google.

    Brandi Geurkink
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    What if you had the opportunity to intern with a well-known, international development organization no matter where in the United States you live? What if this internship also taught you how to develop, plan, and manage a campaign to end extreme poverty from the ground up? Did we mention that you could also: set your own hours; intern from Starbucks, the library, or even your dorm room (in your pajamas, I might add)?! Turns out you do! The ONE Campus Internship, open to any current college student in the US, is an on-campus field organizing opportunity meant to equip students with leadership…
  • The Ebola outbreak in six videos

    Stephanie Walstrom
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    As the worst Ebola outbreak in history continues to spread through West Africa, it’s important to stay in-the-know. We’ve collected several videos from around the web that provide reliable information and share personal stories of those impacted by the Ebola virus. A quick Ebola overview (BBC) Doctors Without Borders on their response to the outbreak (PBS) Inside an Ebola quarantine zone (CNN) How does Ebola spread, and how can we stop it? (CNN) Hear from a survivor (WHO and UNICEF) The story of one volunteer’s recovery from Ebola (CNN) You can get up-to-date outbreak numbers by…
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    GuideStar Blog

  • Follow-Up from Vanessa Chase’s August 21 Webinar with GuideStar, “Storytelling Basics for Nonprofits”

    Courtney Cherico
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    The preceding is a follow-up post where Vanessa Chase answers some popular questions from her August 21 Webinar, “Storytelling Basics for Nonprofits.”  To view the recorded webinar, click here. To access the slides from that presentation, click here. To download Vanessa Chase’s Story Collection Template, click here. For a comprehensive list of recorded GuideStar Webinars, click here to visit our Webinar Archives. Question: Any methods to capture stories in form other than writing? Some feel intimidated thinking they need to write a masterpiece. Answer: Not everyone thinks…
  • How to Work When No One is Watching

    Anisha Singh
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    Recently, I moved from my office job in Washington, DC to working remotely in a small town in North Carolina. To say this was a huge change is an understatement. I left the bustling, fun offices of GuideStar, where most of us eat lunch together every day, and co-workers know more about my personal life than my mother, to working full-time out of my apartment in a strange, new city. I’m extremely lucky to have this opportunity, and I’m not alone. More and more Americans are finding themselves working from home – whether it be because of  home businesses, remote, corporate positions, or,…
  • Measuring Fundraising Progress

    Paul Jolly
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:14 am
    (This is the last post in a series of five about building fundraising momentum in your organization.  The first covered the discovery that major gifts fundraising principles can be applied at this organization.  The second discussed the importance of building a team.  The third was about the power of the first big gift.  The fourth described the momentum of a vibrant campaign.) We live in an age of quantification.  This year, the Hewlett Foundation changed its tagline from “Solving social and environmental problems at home and around the globe” to “Helping people build…
  • How Major Charities Like the American Red Cross Are Energizing Supporters with WebThriftStore

    Courtney Cherico
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    Psst: How effective do you think the #ALSIceBucketChallenge has been? Take this super short GuideStar survey here: npo.gs/gssurvey1. Thanks!  The American Red Cross is the latest charity to take advantage of WebThriftStore to bolster their fundraising efforts and give their supporters a complementary way to raise money for their cause. “We are not typically able to accept small quantities of individual donations for emergency relief purposes,” said Jennifer Elwood, Vice President of Consumer Marketing at the Red Cross. “Partnering with WebThriftStore will now enable donors to sell…
  • Whoosh, Doldrums, Whoosh: The power of an ambitious goal

    Paul Jolly
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:36 am
    (This post is the fourth in a series of five about building fundraising momentum in your organization.  The first covered the discovery that major gifts fundraising principles can be applied at this organization.  The second discussed the importance of building a team.  The third was about the power of the first big gift.) Paul Jolly Swimming toward fundraising success Early in my career, I served as director of development for an organization throughout its first capital campaign, with a $4 million goal.  The executive director told me that she calibrated her morning swim with our…
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    Nonprofit Blog Exchange

  • Roundup for August 2014

    Emily
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:54 pm
    10 Tips To Drive Your Nonprofit’s Website from Good to Great (npENGAGE) Ten Tips for Creating Captivating Nonprofit Websites (TechSoup) Designing for Good: Central Park Conservancy (npENGAGE) The Top 10 Most Effective Donation Form Optimizations You Can Make (npENGAGE) 10 Types of Visuals to Boost Your Social Media Engagement (A New Marketing Commentator) 6 Simple Steps for Successful Campaign Planning (Non-Profit Marketing Blog) Designing Effective Online Engagement Campaigns (Community Organizer 2.0) 9 Tips for Creating an Editorial Calendar Chock Full of What Your Community Wants…
  • Roundup for July 2014

    Emily
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:28 pm
    7 Steps to Create a Good Nonprofit Blog (Fundraising Pulse) My Big Fat Problem With Social Media Measurement (J Campbell Social Marketing) Nonprofit Goals Determine Marketing Strategy (Red Rooster Group) The Power of Taking Stock: 5 Reasons to Conduct Evaluations (Philanthropy411 Blog) Why Your Nonprofit Should Conduct Surveys (Red Rooster Group) Designing Nonprofit Experiences (npENGAGE) Your Nonprofit’s Success Starts with Getting Discovered | 3 Steps You Need to Take (npENGAGE) The Essentials to Writing a Content Marketing Strategy | Every Nonprofit Communicator Needs to See This…
  • 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…
 
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  • Mark Driscoll’s Announcement at Mars Hill

    Andrew Jones
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    UPDATE: Mark announced he is stepping down from Mars Hill for six weeks while the charges are investigated, says Christianity Today.  There are a lot of people that care about him and want to see Mars Hill Church be the church they have given their energy towards. Lets hope and pray for a redemption story here. Personally, I feel 6 ...
  • Robin Williams

    Andrew Jones
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:58 pm
    hat a comic genius! I will miss Robin Williams. A few of us Christian bloggers are doing a crash synchroblog on Robin and this is my contribution. I always thought of Robin Williams as a unique artist and enjoyed him best when he was given scope to just be himself and do whatever he does. Like sit on a couch upside ...
  • 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 ...
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    eJewish Philanthropy: Your Jewish Philanthropy Resource

  • Why Sharansky is Wrong to Write off European Jewry

    eJP
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    A leader is one whose words not only describe reality, but whose words prescribe the future. By Barbara Spectre “I believe we are beginning to see the end of Jewish history in Europe” Natan Sharansky, Jewish Chronicle (UK) July 25th Dear Natan, I am certain that it gave you no joy to have uttered what you said, in the wake of rising antisemitism and the discomfort of Jews in France, as well as increased aliyah to Israel. You suggested that the situation might herald not only the demise of the venerable French Jewish community but also of Jewish communities throughout Europe. That…
  • Building Bridges and Promoting a Legacy of Unity

    eJP
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Ayala Young In the 18 days between the kidnapping of Eyal Yifrach, Gil-Ad Sha’ar, and Naftali Fraenkel and the revelation of their untimely deaths, an unprecedented wave of heightened solidarity overtook Jews in Israel and around the world. The #BringBackOurBoys campaign, the leading social media and activism campaign behind the solidarity efforts, took on a life of its own and generated numerous rallies, charities and learning initiatives aimed at easing the pain of the boys’ families and the nation at large. Upon hearing that the boys had been murdered, the ongoing…
  • Beyond Hasbarah: Harnessing Our Technological Edge to Strengthen Communities on the Front Line

    eJP
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:40 pm
    By Daphna Kaufman Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi’s important piece in this publication (“An ‘Iron Dome’ Needed to Protect Jews in Europe”) addresses the acute challenge that Jews in Europe are contending with. With the tide of the assault on Israel’s fundamental legitimacy rising, many in local Jewish communities describe an onslaught of hostility. This threat is manifesting in sharp spikes in physical attacks on Jews. Mizrahi urges philanthropists to focus on hiring top strategic communications experts to win hearts and minds of European opinion elites. This…
  • In Bulgaria, Charity and Care In and Out of the Community

    eJP
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:35 pm
    In the absence of fully-functioning state institutions, the branches and programs of the Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee have become all the more important. By Liam Hoare The healthcare system in Bulgaria is inadequate. Interviewing young medical students earlier this year, Mariya Petkova writing for Al Jazeera discovered a system riddled with “corruption, nepotism, dysfunction and poor facilities”. The lowest salaries for doctors in the European Union drives young medical candidates out of the country – Bulgaria loses 500 to…
  • Achieving Excellence by Pursuing Excellence in our Early Childhood Center

    eJP
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    [For the past 18 months, the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) supported three “Communities of Practice,” cohorts of congregations that came together to learn, discuss, and experiment in a specific field. Members from participating congregations have been asked to reflect about their process.] By Dr. Paula Sayag As an early childhood consultant with Washington, D.C.’s central Jewish education agency, I had the privilege of interacting with Jewish educators on a national scale, learning about trends in Jewish communal involvement, and helping congregations respond to large-scale concerns.
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    Foundation Group

  • 4 Simple Steps to Raising All the Money Your Nonprofit Needs

    Greg McRay
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    In the world of nonprofits, it’s all about fundraising. You can’t do much in the way of service delivery or mission fulfillment without money. For fundraising staff, it IS all about raising money and sometimes it can be a challenge. I’ve spent years raising money for all kinds of nonprofit organizations and I know what […] The post 4 Simple Steps to Raising All the Money Your Nonprofit Needs appeared first on Foundation Group.
  • Charitable Deduction Is Again Under Assault

    Greg McRay
    4 Mar 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Ever since Barack Obama became President in 2009, we have had to endure his annual budget proposal to limit the tax deductibility of charitable contributions.  And each year, we, along with almost the entire nonprofit sector, scream in frustration, knowing the terrible impact it would have on nonprofits.  This year is no different.  Just today, […] The post Charitable Deduction Is Again Under Assault appeared first on Foundation Group.
  • Client Spotlight: Niki Feezle Explosion of Hope Foundation

    Greg McRay
    26 Feb 2014 | 2:26 pm
    The Foundation Group is extraordinarily blessed to work with a huge variety of incredible charities.  Over the years, we’ve had the privilege of helping over 13,000 nonprofits get started.  Among those are our friends at the Niki Feezle C.F. Explosion of Hope Foundation. Foundation Group staff showing off their Niki Feezle Foundation t-shirts and hoodies! […] The post Client Spotlight: Niki Feezle Explosion of Hope Foundation appeared first on Foundation Group.
  • IRS Revises Procedure for Reinstating Tax-Exempt Status

    Greg McRay
    6 Jan 2014 | 3:35 pm
    The Internal Revenue Service has issued new guidance (in the form of Revenue Procedure 2014-11) for small nonprofits looking to regain lost tax-exemption.  The process outlined in the Rev. Proc. significantly changes the reinstatement process…mostly for the better. Under the old procedure, nonprofits that had their 501(c)(3) status revoked due to failure to file Form […] The post IRS Revises Procedure for Reinstating Tax-Exempt Status appeared first on Foundation Group.
  • Clergy Tax-Free Housing Allowance Ruled Unconstitutional

    Greg McRay
    27 Nov 2013 | 1:58 pm
    Freedom From Religion Foundation Wins Federal Suit In what amounts to a double whammy for religious nonprofits in the past week, a federal judge has ruled that the long-standing IRS tax exemption on clergy housing allowance is unconstitutional.  We reported earlier this week on the ongoing court challenge to exemption from Form 990 filing that […] The post Clergy Tax-Free Housing Allowance Ruled Unconstitutional appeared first on Foundation Group.
 
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    Living and Giving - Pamela Hawley's Blog

  • Why Liquid Cable Company is So Powerful in Africa

    Pamela Hawley
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    Liquid is working hard. That’s what happens when you try to set up shop, a complex online network, in Africa. While facing unbelievable challenges, they are succeeding. In part, it’s doing business right. Which is effective CSR. CSR is not just about philanthropy. It’s about treating everyone within your company and everyone without your company with excellence. That’s the first line of Corporate Social Responsibility — not a donation. Here’s what a good-intentioned company can face. It’s the story of a courageous company called Liquid: 5-year…
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: The Positives of Serving Others

    Pamela Hawley
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    As I’ve found in my own experience, volunteering can be such a positive and valued experience for both the people helping, and the people who need the help. I’d love to share just some of the Positives I’ve observed for volunteers. 1- Be A Part of Something Greater. Often new volunteers find that the “product” — serving homeless people, helping microentrepreneurs, tutoring young mothers on their GEDs, is so meaningful that it’s hard to return to the corporate world. They feel a part of something greater, because it is so definitively clear how they are helping. We all want to…
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: “You Have to Be Able to Tell People ‘Great Job’ on Things That Didn’t Work”

    Pamela Hawley
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    “You have to be able to tell people ‘great job’ on things that didn’t work.” – J. Kermit Campbell, former CEO of Herman Miller Campbell has it right.  A CEO is not an expert except in one area: getting the right people. Actually, let’s add another area: values. You must be a leader who gets the best people and demonstrates the highest values. Even if you are a manager, you should still think this way. Empower your people to learn and maintain a domain of expertise. Hopefully you can hire them with it. If you can’t, make sure they have the rapid…
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: “Enjoy When You Can, Endure When You Must”

    Pamela Hawley
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    “Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.”  – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Two grand lessons today: Enjoy and Persevere. Enjoying There is so much to enjoy… it’s important that we focus on the good!   Watching your nephew play sports, while catching up with family.  Taking a calming walk in nature. Cheering on the 49ers with friends! Sometimes, we are deterred by something that isn’t working.  Perhaps it’s a rough spot in business, or a relationship that seemed to get off the rails. But we can’t get distracted.  Find and focus on the…
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: Thoughts from Peter Drucker

    Pamela Hawley
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:53 am
    1. Build only on your islands of health and strength. 2. Only deal with people who are receptive to what you are trying to do. 3. Only start projects that will make a significant difference if you are successful. 4. Don’t try to build a business; build an organization. 5. Don’t subsidize failure; subsidize success. 6. Don’t try to fix things that are flawed in their concept.  Replace them with a superior concept that works. 7.  The only way to perpetuate a new idea is to make it the norm. Peter Drucker (1909-2005) was an influential writer on management theory.  He wrote 39 books,…
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    Red Rooster Group

  • 13 Reasons to Change Your Nonprofit’s Name

    Howard
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:23 am
    A name-change should not be undertaken lightly but, in some situations, it may be the best thing that can happen.  “Change our name? Oh, no!” That’s the usual response when a name change is suggested but it’s an idea that should be considered. In some cases, it may be the best way to boost your organization’s visibility and viability. Or it could be a big mistake. Before making an official decision to change your organization’s name—or to keep it — review the reasons why a name-change may be necessary. Name is too long. Nonprofits often have descriptive names…
  • 4 Ways to Support Your Branding Team

    Howard
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Rebranding gives you the opportunity to galvanize people around your shared vision. Learn how to build a team that will maximize your brand’s impact. Developing a distinctive, compelling brand involves research, creative thinking, and tough decisions. Whether you use outside help or in-house talent, you’ll need a branding committee that includes members of your staff and your board. The committee will coordinate the branding process, provide needed institutional knowledge, and make key decisions. Build a team that has the leadership, authority, and knowledge to guide the process. Then…
  • Measure Results to Maximize Success of Marketing Campaigns

    Howard
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:49 am
    Your nonprofit works hard to reach its donors and constituents, using a variety of tactics. Make those efforts more effective, by measuring results and making changes when necessary. If your organization is like most nonprofits, you reach out to donors and other supporters in any way you can — on your website, via email, at events, through year-end appeals and, perhaps, on social media. It all take staff, time, and money to get done. But what’s working? Knowing which tactics are effective can help you allocate your resources so you get the most bang for your marketing buck. Finding out…
  • How Do You Get Staff Buy-in for Your New Brand?

    Howard
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    You’ve got a dynamite logo, a compelling tagline, and great messages that really hit home with your audiences. How do you get your team to use them consistently and correctly? Has this ever happened to your organization? Staff sends out a picnic flyer without the correct logo, fonts, and or colors (created in MS Word, no less!). An office manager writes a listing for a section of a local magazine and doesn’t include any relevant messaging. The Development Department sends a card out to donors through a third-party marketing company, which formats the message in all caps, with an…
  • How to Build a Better Survey

    Howard
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    To be useful, a survey must be carefully crafted. As I wrote last week, surveys give you information about those whose support you seek and about your organization’s effectiveness. But to get that information, you need to prepare your survey carefully by asking the right people, in the right way. Survey Participants In order to conduct a successful survey, you need a willing pool of participants and a way to reach them. Start with your databases of clients, donors, and volunteers or the mailing list of newsletter subscribers. Customize surveys: You may want to segment your list and…
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    Look To The Stars News: Latest

  • 49th MDA Show Of Strength Telethon Set For This Weekend

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    ABC television stars will join forces this Labor Day weekend on the 49th MDA Show of Strength Telethon airing Sunday, Aug. 31, 9/8c on ABC television stations across the country to help raise funds and awareness to help save and improve the lives of children and adults affected by muscle disease. Alyssa Milano at 2014 MDA Show Of Strength TelethonViewers tuning into the 2014 telethon to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association will enjoy heart-felt appeals and introductions from some of the network’s leading stars, including Alyssa Milano of the hit drama series…
  • Princess Grace Foundation-USA To Honor Dick Van Dyke With Prince Rainier III Award

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA) is proud to announce that Dick Van Dyke will accept their prestigious Prince Rainier III Award. Mr. Van Dyke will be honored at PGF-USA’s annual Gala in Los Angeles on October 8th, 2014 along with this year’s 20 Princess Grace Award winners who are emerging artists in theater, dance and film, hailing from cities and states across America. The 2014 Princess Grace Awards will take place in the presence of Their Serene Highnesses, The Prince and The Princess of Monaco. The Gala, returning to LA for the first time in almost 30 years, will be…
  • Hal Sparks To Host Mercy For Animals 15th Anniversary Gala

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Mercy For Animals 15th Anniversary Gala will take place on Friday, September 12th at The London, West Hollywood. The MFA gala, hosted by Hal Sparks and Jane Velez-Mitchell will honor Pamela Anderson (The Sam Simon Award), Moby (Compassionate Leadership Award), Yves Potvin (The Innovative Business Award) and Cody Carlson (The Hidden Hero Award). MFA works to create a society where all animals are treated with the compassion and respect they so rightfully deserve. They serve as a voice for animals through proactive consumer education initiatives, cruelty investigations, corporate outreach,…
  • Actor Dominic Pace Talks Charity

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Written by Misty Schwartz LookToTheStars.org recently sat down with actor Dominic Pace about the causes close to his heart. Dominic PaceTell us about your favorite charities? The Dominic Pace/William Tagliaferri Scholarship. My Alma Mater, Ossining High School, in Ossining, NY, had tremendous impact on my desire to want to become an actor. I was very fortunate to have so many faculty members, family, and friends support me in my endeavors. Three years ago, I wanted to give back and give another student the same encouragement I received. It was my way of showing my gratitude to such an…
  • International Medical Corps To Honor Lionsgate

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    International Medical Corps will honor Lionsgate at its Annual Awards Celebration in October. The event will take place on October 23 at the The Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel, and will feature special remarks from International Medical Corps Global Ambassador Sienna Miller. International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical,…
 
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    Nonprofit Resource Memo

  • Heading to College? Take Along the Basics of Personal Money Management

    M. P.
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    For many families, the month of August is all about shopping for and packing with their college-bound offspring, many of whom are living away from home for the first time. Parents and students are likely also discussing topics related to this exciting transition – living with roommates, choosing a major, time management, student-parent communication boundaries, and staying healthy. In all of this activity, the issue of personal financial management may be overlooked; or is assumed to be understood by the student, even though knowing what a budget is and living by one are two very different…
  • The Relationship between Age of First Drug Use and Future Treatment Needs

    M. P.
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    Early alcohol and drug prevention efforts and enhanced treatment options for youth may play a key role in reducing the likelihood of future substance abuse according to a new brief from SAMHSA. The report, Age of Substance Use Initiation among Treatment Admissions Aged 18-to-30, presents data that suggest the age of first drug use is associated with need for treatment later in life; specifically, persons reporting an earlier age of initiation were 1) more likely to be admitted to treatment and 2) abuse multiple substances. In 2011, nearly three-quarters of the 18-to-30 year olds admitted for…
  • 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…
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  • Salary & Geography

    Karen Alphonse
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    Question: I am a highly qualified financial manager who just moved across the country for family reasons. The location where I am presently located has much lower salaries than the DC area from where I relocated. I cannot move back to DC to take advantage of the salary scale there. At the same time, what is offered in this jurisdiction is well below what I can afford. I am used to receiving between $150k and $175K per annum, and the offers I have received have come in at $80K or less. ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Difference Between Kind and Nice

    Karen Alphonse
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Question: I struggle to be the kind of boss my employees will respect and like. But, I am often confronted with shoddy work, poor employee attitudes and mistakes that shouldn’t be happening. What I am supposed to do? Can I continue to be nice while things fall apart? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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! ]]
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  • Fundraising Friday | August 29, 2014

    Pamela Grow
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:05 am
    What?  No Marketing Department?  New from The Agitator. How to Encourage Supporters to Donate Birthdays to Your Cause

. New from Jeff Brooks via Bloomerang.  Is your fundraising on the right track?  Yeah, it really IS that simple. What’s a nonprofit ‘Impact Report’ and how can it help you better communicate with your donors?  Two stellar examples in this week’s What’s in my Mailbox?  

 Our new Tuesday feature, What’s in my Inbox, features email communications from small shops just like yours.  This week:  Mr. Holland’s Opus…
  • What’s in my Mailbox | Nonprofit Impact Reports

    Pamela Grow
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:27 pm
    How are small nonprofit organizations using the power of direct mail to love their donors? Join us every Wednesday for What’s in my Mailbox. When I mention a minimum of 12 ‘touches’ per year to clients and Grow Report readers, I’m often met with slack-jawed dismay. “Twelve touches??? We can’t afford 12 newsletters a year!” Yes, if your donors are true partners, if you’re thinking of them as the ‘friends’ that they are to your work, 12 touches a year is the minimum. Several of those touches will be thank you’s. And, yes, some will be newsletters, both print and…
  • What’s in my Inbox | Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation

    Pamela Grow
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    How are small nonprofit organizations using the power of email to love their donors? Join us every Tuesday for What’s in my Inbox. Nearly two decades have passed since the release of the movie, Mr. Holland’s Opus. I love how Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation‘s  recent email reminded supporters of the timeless beauty of the film…and why music matters for children. Related Posts:Fundraising Friday | August 29, 2014Your Fast Track to Year-End Online Giving | 3 Quick FixesFundraising’s Ruby SlippersNovember Nonprofit Blog Carnival | Giving Thanks and…Thanks for Signing…
  • Keeping your fundraising real

    Pamela Grow
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:50 pm
    In the midst of every other nonprofit organization trying to figure out how to create their own ice bucket challenge, Simple Development Systems member Rachel Stephenson Ramjattan shared with me this inspirational story of how Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill developed a life-changing relationship with a next-door millionaire and his wife (click to read the entire story) Ron, the communications director of Zoo Miami, was approached in 1993 by an elderly gentleman after he’d given a talk.  The man explained that he was inspired and handed Ron a check.  He asked that it be used in a way that…
  • The only Ice Bucket Challenge video you really need to see

    Pamela Grow
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Related Posts:Fundraising Friday | August 22, 2014Keeping your fundraising realA personalised video thank you that you can emulateThe DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards | Are you in?Nonprofit Storytelling with Video | Three Unbreakable Rules
 
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  • From the desk of Tim Giuliani

    Tim Giuliani
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:27 am
    A handshake a warm welcome to you.   Here, I have good books to share, thoughts I write about, and leadership insights to pass along.  If you’d like to connect with me, the most direct route is email at tim@timgiuliani.com.
  • Phillipine Ambassador Jose Cuisia in Gainesville

    Tim Giuliani
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:57 am
    Gainesville Mayor Ed Braddy and I had the honor of hosting H.E. Jose Cuisia, Phillipine Ambassador the United States, today. He came to meet with companies interested in doing business in the Phillipines, which is growing 2-3 times faster than the U.S. economy.  The Ambassador gave a very informative overview of his nation that showed many opportunities for U.S. companies.  Here is a link to more information: http://www.philippinestrade.org/  
  • Growing the biosciences sector

    Tim Giuliani
    7 Jun 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Biosciences is an important sector in our Gainesville regional economy and one that we are strategically growing. This report is a product of the Biosciences Industry Association, headquartered in Washington, DC. Since this industry is structured differently than most other sectors, this report has great insights for state and local policy leaders and those involved in economic development. BIOSCIENCE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES, BEST PRACTICES, AND RETURN ON INVESTMENT http://www.bio.org/sites/default/files/State-Leg-Best-Practices_0.pdf
  • UF and Gainesville rising together

    Tim Giuliani
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:49 am
    We are living in transformational times in Gainesville, FL.  Indeed, the world is shifting and creating new winners and losers in this global 21st century economy.  Gainesville and UF are leading Florida’s push to diversify its economy, although the strategies are sometimes not widely known. Thank you to the Gainesville Sun for publishing my column titled, “UF’s rise is helping to put Gainesville on the map.”  If you are interested in the very real connection between higher education and economic development, this information should help explain the tremendous…
  • Gainesville growing tech sector

    Tim Giuliani
    19 Feb 2014 | 12:00 am
    The IT sector is growing in the Gainesville region and we are doubling down on our strategy to support and grow companies and jobs in this sector.  Last week, we announced our new collaboration with Gainesville tech entrepreneurs to launch the “Gainesville Area Tech Council” that will operate through the Chamber and be led by an industry advisory board. This represents another step in implementing our “Regional Platform for the Future.”  We’ve aligned our six lines of business (Business Development, Economic Development, International Trade, Public Policy, iG & Regional…
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    Event Fundraising Blog

  • Guest Blog: A Process for Improvement (How to A/B Test)

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:46 pm
    For the past two years, we’ve been working with Cameron Corda and his team to optimize our MuckFest® MS event series website. In this post, he’ll give us an introduction to the A/B testing process and insights into how we’ve applied it.A process for improvementHow many times have you been in a meeting where the process goes something like this?●      There are lots of ideas in the room, commonly beginning with “I think this might work…”●      The decision makers select their…
  • Production Expense Budgeting 102 – Focus on Income

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:24 am
    Production Expense Budgeting 102 – Focus on Income In the beginning of July, we posted a blog titled “Production Expense Budgeting 101” which focused on expenses. Today we are back with Part 2, which will focus on income. We are always striving to find   ways to offset costs to our events while still producing a safe and fun experience for our participants. Take a look below at four ways we’ve identified any organization can incorporate to enhance the bottom line: Charge for Items Previously Free. Without nickel and diming participants, look at…
  • Event 360 Explores: The Great Lakes Relay

    7 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Over a certain weekend in July, it’s pretty much a guarantee that you can find Event 360’s Jason Mahakian running in Northern Michigan. After all, for the past 10 consecutive years, he’s been part of a team participating in the Great Lakes Relay. According to Jason, it’s an event that is executed flawlessly where “the race directors do a great job of sending out all of the necessary information needed to complete the event stress-free. Through relentless planning and strong attention to detail, the event staff is able to provide an incredible experience for…
  • Barking at Cats

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:39 pm
    When I was in college, a children’s literature professor taught me a phrase that has stuck with me whenever I’m trying to write. She said, “You don’t bark at a cat.” What she meant was: Keep your audience in mind when you’re writing. In the context of the course I was taking, she meant that we should write the way a child wants to read. As I started writing emails and websites for fundraising events for my career, “you don’t bark at a cat” meant that I should get to know my audience and write content that will speak to them.As…
  • Retaining Volunteers

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Retaining volunteers is one of the most important aspects of executing a successful event year after year. It is the dedication of returning volunteers that helps us pave the way to our end result of happy participants.  Here are few ways to help communicate and engage with volunteers in order to bridge the gap between registration and event.Clearly communicate expectations. Outline when volunteers should expect to receive information and the time frame. This will help volunteers feel informed and comfortable with their responsibilities, while fostering excitement and enthusiasm for…
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  • Summer Issue of “Responsive Philanthropy” Shares New Ideas from the Sector

    Alison Howard
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    Today, NCRP is excited to announce the release of our summer issue of “Responsive Philanthropy,” featuring pieces by top voices in the philanthropic sector and their efforts to improve their communities. This edition of the journal offers tools and tips for grantmakers who are interested in learning how they, too, can have greater, positive impact on their issues and the world today. Now, more than ever, is the time for philanthropy to prioritize and empower those with the least wealth and opportunity. If we do, together we will build a more fair and just society. Our writers share…
  • Philamplify Users Overwhelmingly Agree that Foundations Should Get Honest Feedback

    Alison Howard
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    In May, NCRP launched Philamplify to tackle a pervasive problem in philanthropy: the isolation bubble that prevents grantmakers from getting honest opinions about how they operate. Grantees and other stakeholders’ appreciation for foundation support tends to hinder their willingness to offer critical feedback, for fear of alienating or offending a valued benefactor. Philamplify seeks to change this culture of philanthropy – to make honest feedback the new standard in philanthropy – allowing all involved to reach their best potential in serving the public. So far, one of the most popular…
  • Which Executive Director Would You Fund?

    Christine Reeves
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    If you were a foundation president with one $50,000 grant left to give before your fiscal year ended, which of these three nonprofit executive directors would you fund? Executive Director #1 wants to end human trafficking, establish safe houses for victims and help survivors start new lives. Since childhood, she has been a victim of violence and human trafficking, which some conjecture resulted in her mental delay. She has a history of breaking the law, but she was never convicted. She married a violent man and left him. She is illiterate. For years, she has been unable to keep a domestic…
  • Celebrating The California Endowment

    Jeanné Isler
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    This is the last in a series of four blog posts celebrating the work of the 2014 NCRP Impact Awards winners. Check out a video recap of the event here. On June 9, The California Endowment received the 2014 NCRP Impact Award for Large Private Foundation. The Endowment is a national player in improving health equity, and played a significant role in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, the Endowment recognizes that big policy wins are achieved by fostering engagement with local communities – as demonstrated by the story of Long Beach native Christopher Covington. In…
  • What Is Foundation Transparency and Why Does It Matter?

    Caitlin Duffy
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    In my role as a research assistant for NCRP’s Philamplify initiative, I have found that “transparency” is defined and applied differently from one foundation to the next. Not only is it rare to find details like contact information, internal policies and strategic plans, but I also found that it can be difficult to source seemingly simple things such as documentation around foundation strategies, grantmaking guidelines or even a list of organizations and projects that receive funding. Even when such materials are provided, increased disclosure and transparency are not ends in and of…
 
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    Social Media Strategy for Nonprofits and Businesses

  • An Unexpected Nonprofit Fundraising Story

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

    Debra Askanase
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    One of my favorite types of online campaigns to run are online engagement campaigns. Once an organization has built what it believes is a steady and committed following online, I strongly suggest testing fan commitment by designing an online engagement campaign. Engagement campaigns serve the purposes of identifying who is most engaged with your organization online, whether online fans can be moved to action, and testing new ideas. These campaigns, after completion, offer incredibly valuable insights for future activities. Following an online engagement campaign your organization should know,…
  • 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…
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  • HERETICAL PROPOSITIONS (Part One)

    Mark Holmgren
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
     This is the first installment of a series from a long essay I am writing about philanthropy or more specifically about the need for a major, if not radical shift, toward democratic philanthropy. The essay will be included in a book of exposition and criticism I am writing, currently entitled “Heretical Propositions.” Money can mean a lot of things for those who have it. It can feed us, open doors, and keep us safe and warm. For those who have a lot of it — we call that “wealth” — it also provides influence and power. Those who make policy are those in…
  • 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…
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    Nonprofit Branding Blog

  • As Promised: Second Batch Of New PubRadio Premiums!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Just too much excitement here! The Fall, 2014 Premium Roll-out continues …….. Second Installment: New Contributor Incentives and Nonprofit Branding Items
  • Diving for Freebies – PLUS New Premiums for Public Radio

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    In a shameless hustle, VisABILITY brought a wheelbarrow of excess merchandise to the PMDMC in Denver last July. And then – in a public media version of dumpster diving – your station colleagues traded dignity for giveaways. Here we share a peek at that frenzy. Then we introduce NEW branding products and contributor incentives for Fall Fundraising! […]
  • 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.  Even kids see through that baloney! A psychologist would say the use of fancy-ass terminology may […]
  • 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..  
 
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    Nonprofit Branding Blog

  • As Promised: Second Batch Of New PubRadio Premiums!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Just too much excitement here! The Fall, 2014 Premium Roll-out continues …….. Second Installment: New Contributor Incentives and Nonprofit Branding Items
  • Diving for Freebies – PLUS New Premiums for Public Radio

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    In a shameless hustle, VisABILITY brought a wheelbarrow of excess merchandise to the PMDMC in Denver last July. And then – in a public media version of dumpster diving – your station colleagues traded dignity for giveaways. Here we share a peek at that frenzy. Then we introduce NEW branding products and contributor incentives for Fall Fundraising! […]
  • 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.  Even kids see through that baloney! A psychologist would say the use of fancy-ass terminology may […]
  • 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..  
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    Notations on Non-Profits

  • Article About Nonprofit Trademarks

    Erin
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:50 pm
    I came across this article today and had to share. Not long ago I posted an article on things exempt orgs should do to protect its intellectual property (here). Then, in a fit of serendipity I came across this article outlining ways exempt orgs can protect one particular type of intellectual property; trademarks. I wanted [...]
  • Much Ado About IP

    Erin
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Whenever I speak, it always surprises me that the most popular questions I get deal with intellectual property. Not what it takes to get a tax exempt status and nada on starting an organization. But questions about when to copyright and how much the patent process is. Which to me, is uncanny. Generally, I don”t [...]
  • Nonprofit Internal Controls: What To Do With the End In Sight

    Erin
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
        Tada!! Here it is, the last post in the internal controls series. The last two things I’ll talk about (don’t look so happy) is detection and maintenance. Detection I often try to impress that internal controls don’t just address the “bad stuff”, they catch mistakes as well. But, as we see in the [...]
  • 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 [...]
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    Vistas: Geri Stengel’s Blog

  • 3 Ways To Close The Self Confidence Gap

    Geri Stengel
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Women’s confidence gap is making headlines. We face a society that says we can’t do it as well as our own inner voice. read more
  • Entrepreneurship And Angel Investing Are Breaking Barriers For Women

    Geri Stengel
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Opportunities are growing for women to sidestep the glass ceiling and steer clear of the glass cliff, that corporate “opportunity” for leadership given to women and minorities when there is high risk of failure due to a crisis created by former leaders or because needed resources aren’t given. read more
  • Learning The Business Ropes Turns Filmmaker Into Entrepreneur

    Geri Stengel
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Some entrepreneurs are born that way. It’s in their genes. Others work hard to become one. While a film student at Pratt Institute, Aubrey Smyth worked the circuit: working at film festivals, heading the student film club, organizing student film festivals, and seeking teachers to mentor her. Talent and hard work paid off with awards and a paid gig: The Human Resources Department at Pratt hired her to make a film. It was so good that Pratt asked her to do more. read more
  • 8 Entrepreneurial Lessons From A Two-Time Olympic Champion

    Geri Stengel
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:37 pm
    Bet you didn’t know that playing sports frequently lays the foundation for women’s entrepreneurial success, according to From elite female athletes to exceptional leaders: For all the places sport will take you. Participation in sports correlates with leadership success. A whopping 80% of women executives played sports growing up, and 69% said sports helped them develop leadership skills that contributed to their professional success, according to From the Locker Room to the Boardroom: A Survey on Sports in the Lives of Women Business Executives. read more
  • Crowdfunding Is More Than Just The Money It Helps You Raise

    Geri Stengel
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Entrepreneurs have an important new way to raise money. Crowdfunding pools money from a group of people via the internet and social media. It levels the playing field for anyone raising and investing money, but its impact may be the greatest on under-represented groups, such as women and minorities. read more
 
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    Notations on Non-Profits

  • Article About Nonprofit Trademarks

    Erin
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:50 pm
    I came across this article today and had to share. Not long ago I posted an article on things exempt orgs should do to protect its intellectual property (here). Then, in a fit of serendipity I came across this article outlining ways exempt orgs can protect one particular type of intellectual property; trademarks. I wanted [...]
  • Much Ado About IP

    Erin
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Whenever I speak, it always surprises me that the most popular questions I get deal with intellectual property. Not what it takes to get a tax exempt status and nada on starting an organization. But questions about when to copyright and how much the patent process is. Which to me, is uncanny. Generally, I don”t [...]
  • Nonprofit Internal Controls: What To Do With the End In Sight

    Erin
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
        Tada!! Here it is, the last post in the internal controls series. The last two things I’ll talk about (don’t look so happy) is detection and maintenance. Detection I often try to impress that internal controls don’t just address the “bad stuff”, they catch mistakes as well. But, as we see in the [...]
  • 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 [...]
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    Engaging Volunteers

  • People Make the Difference: The Joys of Discovery

    Shari Tishman
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    You may have noticed lately that we’ve been highlighting the data and stats in our 2013 Annual Impact Report. And these numbers are exciting, don’t get me wrong. We’re data nerds with the best of them. But data isn’t the whole picture, especially when we’re talking about social impact. The truth is, there’s no substitute for the stories behind those numbers. These are what show us that each one of us – staff member, employee, volunteer, company, nonprofit – can make a difference. Hearing about real-life stuff going on in the network is what inspires us…
  • Nonprofit Insights: Tapping into the Power of National Days and Weeks of Service

    Shari Tishman
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:08 pm
    The Nonprofit Insights webinar series brings major thought leaders and experts to you for thought-provoking presentations on a variety of issues related to technology and engaging your community members for social good. For many nonprofit organizations, national events like MLK Day of Service, National Volunteer Week or #GivingTuesday create not only another opportunity to build support, but also more work, more logistical challenges, and potential fatigue among donors and volunteers. How can nonprofits balance the potential benefits of #GivingTuesday? Tapping into the Power of National Days…
  • People Make the Difference: The Beauty of Efficient Impact

    Shari Tishman
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Efficiency is important for nonprofits. No matter how big or small our budgets are, we never have a ton of extra cash lying around. It’s simply a reality of life in the nonprofit sector. In order to provide the best services possible for our causes given limited resources, we learn very quickly to find all sorts of ways to stretch dollars and make the ones we have really count. At VolunteerMatch, we are proud to be a very efficient organization. As revealed in our recently released 2013 Annual Impact Report, for every $1 we spent during 2013, $190 of social value was created in our…
  • How and Why to Make Volunteering a Family Affair

    Shari Tishman
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:23 am
    Guest post by Beth Steinhorn, JFFixler Group A mother and daughter volunteer together with the Sacramento Tree Foundation. Whether you represent a food pantry, youth program, senior center, theater, or other organization or agency, families are likely a key constituent of yours. They may be welcomed as members, program attendees, visitors, or clients. They may be cultivated as donors or participants. Rarely, however, do families easily and readily find ways to volunteer at these organizations – to volunteer together. Meanwhile, families are as busy as they have ever been and finding time…
  • The Responsive Tech that Powers Your Volunteer Recruitment

    Shari Tishman
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    Here’s a fun activity: Take out your smartphone, open a Web browser, and go to www.volunteermatch.org. Looks nice, right? We just released a fully responsive version of our website. This means that when volunteers come to VolunteerMatch.org to search and sign up for your volunteer opportunities, it’s even easier and prettier. Why Does Responsive Design Matter for Volunteer Engagement? That’s a fair question. Let’s start with the numbers: Over 25% of people coming to our website these days are doing so via a mobile phone (this doesn’t even count tablet users!) To…
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    Nonprofit Tech for GoodNonprofit Tech for Good

  • 10 Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits

    Heather Mansfield
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    In 2013 online giving grew 13.5% according to the Blackbaud Index of Online Giving and 14% according to the Network for Good’s Online Giving Index with small and medium-sized nonprofits are experiencing the largest growth. In addition, charitable giving is at an all-time high in the United States and nonprofits would be wise to invest in upgrades to their online donation service to ensure that they are meeting the needs of today’s online donors. “Donate Now” buttons were launched in the late 1990′s and since then the nonprofit sector has learned through trial and…
  • 8 Nonprofit Lessons Learned from the 2014 FUSE Conference

    Heather Mansfield
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    Thanks to a partnership with Salsa Labs, Heather Mansfield of Nonprofit Tech for Good was able to report live from the FUSE Conference on August 6-7 in Annandale, VA. Over 250 nonprofits were in attendance represented by staff mostly from the Millennial Generation who actively contributed to the conference hashtag: #FUSEcon2014. Heather also presented two general sessions during which she invited attendees to share via Instagram the most useful piece of advice they gained from attending the conference. The responses from eight attendees can be heard below: 1. Allie @ Virginia Consumer…
  • New Mobile App Will Change the Way Donors Give and Nonprofits Fundraise

    Heather Mansfield
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:22 am
    At long last a mobile app has launched that allows Americans to easily donate to any U.S.-based nonprofit in just a few taps. By partnering with Guidestar and Network for Good, donors can now give to their favorite nonprofits and manage their giving portfolio in one simple, very smart mobile app called the Give App. Launched on July 13, donors search the GuideStar database inside the app for their favorite nonprofit, enter their credit card information which is then stored for all future donations, and then tap to give. It’s a simple idea whose timing is perfect. All nonprofits would be…
  • 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…
 
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  • My take on the ALS #IceBucketChallenge

    Caroline Avakian
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    Video still of Bill Gates taking the ALS #IceBucketChallenge (via YouTube) 3 reasons I’ve decided to embrace this campaign — and why you should, too Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, educators, journalists, general public. As you all likely know by now, the ALS #IceBucketChallenge is taking your Facebook news feed by storm. Your friends, colleagues, heck, even your grandmother might have been nominated to dump a bucket of cold water and ice on her head in the name of charity. And in this case, it’s a very good cause. ALS…
  • 3 powerful email marketing examples from the pros

    John Haydon
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Tell stories of impact, use humor & cultivate relationships for more powerful email marketing Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, educators, journalists, general public. Are you looking to breathe new life into your nonprofit’s e-mail marketing? If so, you will love these tips three from my peers: Tell stories about your impact Rachel Hope Allison, Senior Strategist at Big Duck: The most exciting opportunities for smaller nonprofits are around the stories they tell with their campaign. Being small, they are in more…
  • 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…
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    Wow! Goodwill

  • You can Help Goodwill Help U.S. Workers

    goodwillsp
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    Since 1894, Labor Day has been designated as a federal holiday in America to honor the economic and social contributions of the country’s workers. For nearly that long, since 1902, Goodwill has been doing its part to bolster America’s workers. Across the country and here in the Charlotte Metro area, Goodwill provides skills training, support services and job training to help people reach their full potential. This Labor Day, you can do your part as well. Your donations to Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont will go to help fund our services. It’s easy to do. Simply gather those…
  • DIY Back-to-School Supplies

    goodwillsp
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    School is back in session this month—are you ready? This year save money on back-to-school essentials with DIY school supplies. We’ve rounded up five easy projects on the Internet that can be crafted using items from your local Goodwill store. Denim Backpack Your favorite jeans may be ratty and worn, but don’t toss them yet! Due to its soft yet durable nature, used denim is an inexpensive and easily available craft supply for just about everyone—and Goodwill is a treasure trove of pre-loved jeans. This tutorial for turning jeans into a backpack may require more advanced sewing skills,…
  • Barriers to Job Success: Lack of Education

    goodwillsp
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    Research has shown that poverty and lack of education put Americans at greater risk of unemployment and underemployment. In addition, a lowered level of economic opportunity translates into greatly diminished earnings potential, little career advancement and lack of educational attainment. A study from Georgetown University shows that workers who have suffered the most from the recession are those with a high school education or less educational background. Not only did this group lose millions of jobs when the recession began, it has continued to worsen during the sluggish recovery.
  • Success Story: T.T.

    goodwillsp
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    A single mom of two amazing young preteen girls, T.T. Dunlap struggled to survive. “I had to go without a lot of things to just keep a roof over my family’s head,” she said. “I had to go on government assistance and work temporary jobs that didn’t pay well because I didn’t have any of the necessary skills or training to get a better-paying job.” T.T. was unaware of Goodwill’s career development services until seeing a television commercial. From there she went online to learn more about their services before visiting Goodwill’s Career Development Center to meet with an…
  • Prepare for a Job Interview: Helpful Tips

    goodwillsp
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    Does the idea of a job interview make your palms sweat? Human resources consultant Harry Tatum has worked with hundreds of prospective job seekers during his career. His interview tips reveal how you can make the best impression. Be early, at least 15 minutes. Running late not only suggests poor time management skills, but also shows a lack of respect for your interviewer. Dress for the interview. Interviewers will take a well-dressed candidate more seriously, says Harry. Job seekers should dress in “business casual” clothes at minimum. Although appropriate interview attire…
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    Front Range Source

  • How We Think About Bequest Giving

    Leslie Allen
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:25 pm
    I just got back from a fantastic presentation by Russell James, J.D., Ph.D., at the Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable on bequest giving. Dr. James has done amazing research, using MRI scans of the brain, experimental psychology, and surveys to see what motivates bequest gifts. He has a book all about it called “Inside the Mind of the Bequest Donor” that goes through all his impressive research. This presentation really focused on what we as fundraising professionals can do to more effectively communicate with planned giving prospects. To what messages do these prospects best respond?
  • It’s Your Party: What Giving Days Can Do For You

    Ann Goldman
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:51 pm
    If you’re not already participating in some kind of giving day (e.g., Giving Tuesday, Colorado Gives Day, etc.) chances are you will. Aside from the ice bucket challenge, giving days are one of the hottest things around. Here on the Front Range, we have Colorado Gives Day in early December. In its first year, $8 million was raised for 539 nonprofits. Four years later, more than $20 million was raised for nearly 1,500 nonprofits. Despite the skeptics, something’s obviously working. But the trouble with giving days is that they can be a distraction. After all, it’s the giving days that…
  • How often should you e-mail your supporters?…It all depends

    Leslie Allen
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:45 pm
    In our work with fundraisers from organizations of all shapes and sizes, there are very few questions we get as often as this one: “How much e-mail should we send?” While I know it would be infinitely easier to say “twice a month” or “every third Thursday” or “when the moon is half full”, the real answer is….it depends. There are benchmarks for what other organizations are doing, including this study on communications from the NonProfit Marketing Guide for 2014. This survey of over 2,100 nonprofits shows that a third (33%) of all nonprofits plan to e-mail fundraising or…
  • Mission-Driven Fundraising: Finding Your True North

    Ann Goldman
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Do you know where you’re going? Does your fundraising program move steadily in one direction, or is it kind of all over the place? Do you feel comfortable with your fundraising activities, or do they feel out of alignment with your values? In order to be truly successful – in terms of dollars and donor participation – your fundraising program must be intimately connected to your organization’s mission.You should be headed toward your organization’s own true north and headed there with a vengeance. If you can’t answer the following questions in less than two minutes, you may be…
  • Using Old Fashioned Strategies to Get New E-mail Addresses

    Leslie Allen
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:14 pm
    When July rolls around, we start to think about year-end fundraising. I know it seems like jumping the gun a little bit, but time marches on and we want you, fierce fundraiser, to be armed with both proven practices and new ideas. Of course, every organization has a different fundraising strategy and that strategy will dictate where you put your energies (and resources) this summer. But, if you are trying to increase your annual giving, there are few things you could be doing right now that could be more impactful than getting new e-mail addresses – whether that be from donors new to…
 
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    Habitat for Humanity Santa Barbara Blog

  • Introducing Shelby Messner, AmeriCorps National Service Member

    Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Introducing Shelby Messner, Habitat's new AmeriCorps National Service Member!       A new face to Habitat, Shelby Messner is a recent graduate from the City and Regional Planning program at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Through her schooling as a City and Regional Planning major, she has developed a passion for community engagement and involvement  as tools to make stronger communities. She has a strong interest in sustainability and strives to be environmentally conscious in all aspects of her life, as well as for the future of her community.    …
  • Habitat ReStore Steal of the Week

    Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Every week the Habitat ReStore puts one item on deep discount as the Steal of the Week.This week's Steal of the Week is a beautiful 9-Light Chandelier. It was $230, now just $50.The Steal of the Week is valid through the close of business on Saturday. The item must be paid in full and removed from the store at the time of purchase. Holds are not allowed on Steal of the Week merchandise.Habitat for Humanity ReStore6860 Cortona Drive, Suite AGoleta, CA  93117Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11am to 5pm805-692-2226www.sbhabitat.org/restore.php
  • Construction update on the Canon Perdido Affordable Homes

    Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County is 85% complete with construction. In July Habitat welcomed volunteer groups from Curvature, Procore, and Reality Church, as well as many individuals, who helped prime, paint, hang drywall, install base board and much more at the Canon Perdido Affordable Homes site. Construction progress at the Canon Perdido Affordable Homes site. Volunteers from Curvature pose for a group photo.Volunteers from ProCore working on the 2nd floor balcony railing. Volunteers from Reality Church pose before the workday…
  • Meet a Partner Family: The Rodriguez Family

    Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County
    25 Jan 2013 | 11:36 am
    Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County is proud to partner with Luis and Magdalia Rodriguez in the construction of their new home. Luis and Magdalia are the parents of two young children, Abraham and Ximena. The parents have lived and worked in Santa Barbara for the past 15 years but have struggled to afford the high cost of housing. To make ends meet the family of 4 rents out a bedroom in a larger home. They look forward to shortly own one of the two-bedroom homes that Habitat for Humanity is currently building on Canon Perdido Street. Like all Habitat for Humanity…
  • Breaking Ground on 12 New Homes

    Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County
    24 Jan 2013 | 10:27 am
    On Wednesday, December 12th Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County broke ground on 12 new affordable homes for low-income families in Santa Barbara. The 12 home development will provide safe and affordable housing for 43 people, including 20 children.  Mayor Helene Schneider, Fire Chief Andrew DiMizio, Montecito Bank and Trust CEO and President Janet Garufis, and Pastor Colleen Hurley-Bates participated in the ceremony which was attended by donors, corporate partners, volunteers, family mentors, and each of the 12 new partner families. 
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    forimpact.org

  • No More Mission Statements

    Tom Suddes
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    No one, and I mean literally no one, can recite their organization’s Mission Statement. This is not just true in the “Not-for-Profit” world but in the “For Profit/Business” world as well. Mission Statements are WORDY, ALL INCLUSIVE, POLITICALLY CORRECT STATEMENTS WRITTEN WITH A THESAURUS BY A COMMITTEE. If you don’t believe me, TEST IT! Ask three or more staff and volunteers to recite, in unison, your Mission Statement (without looking)! *Compare this to Mother Theresa’s Mission Statement: “We must radiate God’s love.” Your real goal is to have a MESSAGE that is CLEAR ……
  • No More Major Gift Officers

    Tom Suddes
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    TALENT DEVELOPMENT/RED FUND DEVELOPMENT/GREEN Don’t freak out! If you ARE a Major Gift Officer … or have just HIRED a Major Gift Officer … or HAVE multiple Major Gift Officers … THAT’S GREAT!!! What I’m strongly urging you to do is to CHANGE THEIR TITLE!!! It’s soooooo development-y and fundraise-y! It’s such an insider’s word. We should wear a sandwich board that says “I’m a MAJOR GIFT OFFICER. I’m coming to ask you for a Major Gift. Get ready.” Nobody OUTSIDE your organization deals with ‘MAJOR GIFTS.’ Nobody INSIDE even knows what they are. As always, I…
  • Focus on Strengths

    Tom Suddes
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    TALENT DEVELOPMENT/RED This has become one of my most personal and driving maxims. Simple fact: People don’t change. Each one of has great strengths and corresponding weaknesses. There’s a ton of powerful research and thinking on why we should NOT be trying to ‘fix’ our weaknesses … but rather focusing on our strengths! (This is particularly true when comes to finding and hiring good people.) The premise of this is very simple: Stop trying to fix your weaknesses … and FOCUS ON YOUR STRENGTHS. I think we do this intuitively. Do we really enjoy doing ‘stuff’ that we’re not…
  • How To Make Your Story Awesome

    Nick Fellers
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    I’ve heard it said that culture eats strategy for breakfast. I buy that. If that’s the case then I’m convinced STORY eats strategy for lunch, dinner and all the little snacks in between. We’re preparing two important resources for our followers and alums. Teleseminar on Thursday, August 21: How to Make Your Story Awesome 1ET. Free for the first 95 to register.  Info & Registration. Storytelling Boot Camp on Thursday, October 9 Eagle Creek (our HQ in Columbus, OH).  Info & Registration.
  • Hire for Attitude. Train for Skill.

    Tom Suddes
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    TALENT DEVELOPMENT/RED Attitude is everything! Please take this literally! In all my years and all my experience, I have learned that ATTITUDE really is EVERYTHING. Your attitude on ‘life,’ on ‘work,’ on ‘problems,’ on ‘failure.’ My friend Tim Kight calls this the R Factor. E + R = O. Event + Response = Outcome. Everything is about your RESPONSE (ATTITUDE), not the situation or the activity itself. This is especially true in SALES! The ATTITUDE you bring on a visit … the PASSION and ENERGY and EMTHUSIASM that you show about the work that you do and the impact you have … is…
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    TakeTwo

  • 10 Things Every Non-Profit Can Learn From The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Stephanie
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
    This is TakeTwo’s first BuzzFeed list!  You can see this list in all its visual glory on BuzzFeed here. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Regardless of the different opinions out there about it, IT WORKED. The organization raised $94.3 million since July, an unprecedented number of people visited their website, and now just about everyone knows the acronym ALS, and many people also know what it stands for.  The trend is shifting- from ice water pouring to clever videos on donating without wasting water to donating for other causes – one thing is clear, ALS continues to get more…
  • ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Is An Outstanding Success – Here’s What We See!

    Stephanie
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:23 am
    TakeTwo has been watching the ALS #IceBucketChallenge closely.  Its success is absolutely breathtaking. They have raised nearly $91.6 million dollars more than in the same period of time last year.   We want to shake the hands of the people behind it.  Seriously. (We do, however, acknowledge people’s concerns about the excessive use of water through the campaign.  The ALS Association staff likely did not foresee this level of success, and therefore did not even consider the amount of water that would be used…something to learn from for sure). Here is what we’ve observed and…
  • 5 Ways To Gauge If Your Communications Cart Is Leading Your Nonprofit’s Horse

    Bix
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:46 pm
    More often than you would think we come across nonprofits – small and large – that, without a strategic plan or theory of change or even a clear plan of action, pull off incredibly successful communications work, from campaigns to email newsletters to branding. In a world where image seriously matters, talented communications’ personnel are able to tap into the passion and emotion that most nonprofits are built around, and even without a clear “blueprint”, communicate and motivate people around the organization’s mission. But should communications and marketing efforts leading the…
  • Don’t Change For Your Funders…or Should You?

    Stephanie
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:50 pm
    “We shouldn’t chase funding.  We shouldn’t change our mission and work to be more appealing to donors.”  We hear this from nonprofit leaders from time to time at TakeTwo. On paper, it is totally true.  But, in reality, it is more complicated than that. Often times, nonprofit leaders function in a very insular, unquestioning environment.  People are appreciative of the good work they are doing and know they are passionate about their work and cause.  Many times, nonprofit leaders are involved in a cause because it is personally meaningful or important.  Thus, criticism,…
  • 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…
 
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    Social media marketing hacks for nonprofits | Powered by JohnHaydon.Com

  • Three Chilling Facts About the #IceBucketChallenge

    John Haydon
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    The Ice Bucket Challenge is a viral fundraiser that’s raised over $41 million in less than 30 days. This is more than double the $19.4 million the ALS Association raised throughout all of 2013!
  • LAUNCH PARTY: Facebook Marketing All-in-One for Dummies

    John Haydon
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
      The 3rd edition of Facebook Marketing All-In-One for Dummies has just been published and the authors (Andrea Vahl, Jan Zimmerman, John Haydon) are throwing a launch party! Win cool stuff This live-streaming Google Hangout will be next Thursday (8/28) at 8pm, EDT. We’ll be giving away copies of the book, consulting sessions from each of the authors, 3 free tickets to my Facebook Bootcamp and 2 free memberships to Andrea’s Facebook Advertising Secrets. You must be present to win! Do not miss this event! You can RSVP at the G+ event here. Or you can RSVP at the Facebook event…
  • Facebook Kills Like-Gating, Now What?

    John Haydon
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    Like-gating is when you require a someone to like your Facebook Page BEFORE they can have access to exclusive content, coupons, giveaways, etc. For many Page admins, this tactic was an easy and powerful way to get more Facebook fans. However, effective November 5th, like-gating will be a no-no. Facebook says that this is good for marketers AND users: “To ensure quality connections and help businesses reach the people who matter to them, we want people to like Pages because they want to connect and hear from the business, not because of artificial incentives. We believe this update…
  • 5 Ways Your Nonprofit Is Like a Hammerhead Shark

    John Haydon
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    You’re probably wondering what hammerhead sharks have to do with digital marketing and fundraising. Well, I wondered the same thing. But my desire to write a blog post about sharks won over logic and reason. So… here are five ways your nonprofit is like a hammerhead shark: 1. You Both Possess Mutant-Like Eyeballs Hammerhead sharks can see almost 360 degrees. Nothing escapes their panoramic vision. Similarly, using listening tools like Mention, BuzzSumo and Hootsuite,  gives you a broader and deeper understand of your people. Across all marketing channels. 2. You Both…
  • 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…
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    Nonprofit Bridge

  • How to Use Data to Measure and Improve Programs

    nhr2000
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    Have you read Idealware’s latest report, Nonprofit Performance Management: Using Data to Measure and Improve Programs, which discusses these 6 steps for strong data collection: Define a goal for your data – what will best demonstrate the value of your programs? Identify specific data elements to help you reach that goal Store data in a way that’s accessible (hint – use a web based system that can be easily shared) Establish a way to gather data (use required fields for the information that’s most important) Report and analyze what the data is telling you (many…
  • Thoughts About ALS and the Ice Bucket Challenge

    Norman Reiss
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    The fundraising phenomenon this summer has been the Ice Bucket Challenge, where supporters literally pour a pail of water over their head to raise awareness for the disease which killed Lou Gehrig and the ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Association.  The campaign has raised over $100 million (see chart below) in less than a month. What can other nonprofits learn about fundraising campaigns from this stunning success? Video is a must  - this idea would never have taken off without being able to see those taking the challenge Multi-channel isn’t just a buzzword – the ice…
  • What to Ask Your Next Software Vendor

    Norman Reiss
    9 Aug 2014 | 5:42 am
    When my organization implemented a new database a few years ago, we worked closely with the vendor to create screens that would be easy to use and would allow us to capture reliable data about those we serve.  Although there was the usual nervousness about moving to a new product, overall my colleagues were enthusiastic about being able to better demonstrate the impact of our work. Earlier this year, however, I learned that staff were struggling with the new system and found the new setup difficult to use.   As a result, I met with everyone and we came up with a more streamlined structure,…
  • Are Your Donation Forms Mobile Friendly?

    nhr2000
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:25 pm
    (Guest post by Todd Turner) Successful fundraising isn’t only about knowing your audience;  it’s also about providing tools that empower them to donate whenever and wherever they are compelled to support your cause.   Here are some tips to make your donation forms mobile friendly. Do your forms load quickly? Mobile functionality involves more than allowing your online donation form to automatically adjust to a mobile device’s screen size or orientation, especially given the importance of a nonprofit’s ability to convert a user’s “real time” emotional response into a…
  • 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:…
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    Tanenbaum.org

  • Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur 2014

    Bob Johnson, MFA
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Next month, approximately five million people across the United States will celebrate the high holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Many will need accommodations at work or at school. This year, Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on Wednesday September 24 and ends at sundown on Friday September 26. Yom Kippur begins at sundown on Friday October 3and continues until sundown on Saturday October 4. What happens, and what can you expect, during these holidays - both of which are often regarded as the most important of all Jewish holidays? What other Jewish holidays will take place this fall…
  • New Stories August 15-21, 2014

    Nicole Margaretten
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    “We will dance and be merry… We favor coexistence.” -Mahmoud Mansour, Jaffa, Israel In Israel, a Wedding of Jew, Muslim draws hundreds of protesters. Israeli police restrained more than two hundred protesters from crashing a wedding for a Muslim man and a Jewish woman. Despite their hateful phrases, the couple celebrated a marvelous wedding. It was reported that the father of the bride was saddened that his daughter chose to convert Islam but the groom, Mahmoud Mansour, had a very positive message to share: “We will dance and be merry until the sun comes up. We favor…
  • Off The Beaten Path: Children Celebrate Raksha Bandhan

    Nicole Margaretten
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
      OFF THE BEATEN PATH: The Annual Festival of Raksha Bandhan Raksha Bandhan is a beautiful Hindu festival that commemorates the love and loyalty that exists between brothers and sisters. Celebrations include a meaningful tradition where sisters tie a colorful rakhi bracelet fashioned from silken threads onto their brother’s wrists. Raksha Bandhan translates to mean “Knot of Protection” and its significance is a reminder that above all, brothers must provide protection for their sisters. A young girl ties a Rakhi bracelet onto her brother’s wrist. Photo…
  • UPDATE: Peacemaker Rev. Canon Andrew White

    Bob Johnson, MFA
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    Tanenbaum Peacemakers Rev. Canon Andrew White and Yehezkel Landau Tanenbaum Peacemaker Yehezkel Landau met with Peacemaker Rev. Canon Andrew White yesterday morning in Jerusalem. They had a deep and important conversation over coffee inside the Jaffa Gate to the Old City.  Andrew is in Israel to work on getting humanitarian relief to people in Gaza. They shared elements of their respective peace efforts, and are trying to support each other going forward. We are glad to hear that Andrew is doing well.
  • The New N-Word

    Bob Johnson, MFA
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:59 pm
    This morning, at a press conference I attended at the offices of the Sikh Coalition, Sandeep Singh looked into a video camera and shared his story of being dragged through the streets of Queens by a pick-up truck. The video doesn’t show his scarring blisters from being burned by the asphalt, nor the 40 stitches that line his chest, but it does illustrate the emotional pain that his face cannot hide. On July 30, Singh was run down by a man yelling, “Go back to your own country, Bin Laden.” The horror of this attack has been traumatizing for Singh and the Sikh community of New York City.
 
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    want2donate.org

  • Slow on blogs, but fast on a content refresh!

    Linda
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Hey everyone. If you look at our slow down in blog production you'd be easily forgiven for thinking we've been on a long holiday! But - not so! We've been mega-busy making a stack of improvements to the text and layout of our other site pages. We have been trying to improved them based on how popular we can see they are when we look in our web analytics package, Google Analytics. We've made all new buttons and improved the imagery on the pages.
  • Marketing jargon you might hear in the charity sector explained

    Linda
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Hi everyone - hope you have been all enjoying the prolonged hot spell we've been having here in the UK! Apologies we appear to have been quiet on the blog front! We have actually been super busy updating lots of our other pages with all new copy and improves layouts and buttons. For example, check out our adopt a tiger page to see the work!
  • 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)
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    Palmetto Buzz

  • Credibility, the Information Age, and You

    Dan Knapp
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    An undeniable truth in the public and nonprofit sectors as in the world at large: There are many wonderful things about working and living in the information age. We are able to obtain pertinent news immediately, communicate more effectively with colleagues near and far, and convey our missions and successes in ways that were previously... Read more »
  • 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 »
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    Social Velocity

  • The Value of Quiet for the Nonprofit Leader

    Nell Edgington
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    As summer draws to a close and my own downtime ends, it occurs to me that there is a real need, in our increasingly always-on world, for leaders to find time for quiet reflection, to reconnect with their core. And particularly in the nonprofit world, where a leader is constantly bombarded with suggestions – from funders, board members, staff, fellow leaders, Facebook friends - it is critical that she find regular solitude to analyze and plan the best way forward. Indeed true leadership lies not in finding the lowest common denominator among a disparate group of supporters,…
  • Guest Post: The Language of Crowdfunding, Philanthropy and Impact Investing

    Nell Edgington
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Note: Fifth and last in my list of guest bloggers this summer is Laura Tomasko. Laura is a network developer at the Council on Foundations, where she follows trends related to private capital for social good. Here is her guest post: Perhaps like some of you, I dedicate a good portion of my internet reading to blogs like Social Velocity, Re: Philanthropy, and Philanthropy 2173. When I am browsing a blog unrelated to nonprofits, philanthropy, and impact investing, I do a double take when I come across a topic from my professional sphere. One of those non-work related blogs that I read is…
  • How to Fundraise for a Stronger Nonprofit [Slideshare]

    Nell Edgington
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
    In order to add to the growing Social Velocity Slideshare library, I’m delighted today to offer How to Fundraise for a Stronger Nonprofit. If you want to get your nonprofit out of the (all too common) starvation cycle of never having enough money to achieve your goals, you must raise capacity capital. Capacity capital is not the day-to-day revenue you need to keep your doors open. Rather, capacity capital is a one-time infusion of significant money that can help you grow or strengthen your nonprofit. It is money for things like: technology, revenue-generating staff, systems, a…
  • Making Nonprofit Giving Smarter: An Interview With Jacob Harold

    Nell Edgington
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    In today’s Social Velocity blog interview, I’m talking with Jacob Harold, CEO of GuideStar, the clearinghouse of information on nonprofits. Jacob came to GuideStar from the Hewlett Foundation, where he led grantmaking for the Philanthropy Program. Between 2006 and 2012, he oversaw $30 million in grants that, together, aimed to build a 21st-century infrastructure for smart giving. Jacob was just named to the 2014  NonProfit Times’ Power and Influence Top 50. You can read other interviews in the Social Velocity Interview Series here. Nell: It has been over a year since the…
  • Guest Post: When a Foundation Wants Real Nonprofit Feedback

    Nell Edgington
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Note: Fourth in my list of guest bloggers this summer is Jessamyn Lau. Jessamyn is Executive Director of the Peery Foundation, a family foundation that invests in and serves social entrepreneurs. Here is her guest post:  At the Peery Foundation, we’re hungry for insight into what a truly grantee-centric approach to philanthropy looks like. About five months ago we had an idea. What if we could hear regular, brief, unfiltered feedback from our grantees on what we do and how we do it? We occasionally solicit input from our grantees on delicate questions, like “how should we…
 
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    Engaging Volunteers

  • People Make the Difference: The Joys of Discovery

    Shari Tishman
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    You may have noticed lately that we’ve been highlighting the data and stats in our 2013 Annual Impact Report. And these numbers are exciting, don’t get me wrong. We’re data nerds with the best of them. But data isn’t the whole picture, especially when we’re talking about social impact. The truth is, there’s no substitute for the stories behind those numbers. These are what show us that each one of us – staff member, employee, volunteer, company, nonprofit – can make a difference. Hearing about real-life stuff going on in the network is what inspires us…
  • Nonprofit Insights: Tapping into the Power of National Days and Weeks of Service

    Shari Tishman
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:08 pm
    The Nonprofit Insights webinar series brings major thought leaders and experts to you for thought-provoking presentations on a variety of issues related to technology and engaging your community members for social good. For many nonprofit organizations, national events like MLK Day of Service, National Volunteer Week or #GivingTuesday create not only another opportunity to build support, but also more work, more logistical challenges, and potential fatigue among donors and volunteers. How can nonprofits balance the potential benefits of #GivingTuesday? Tapping into the Power of National Days…
  • People Make the Difference: The Beauty of Efficient Impact

    Shari Tishman
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Efficiency is important for nonprofits. No matter how big or small our budgets are, we never have a ton of extra cash lying around. It’s simply a reality of life in the nonprofit sector. In order to provide the best services possible for our causes given limited resources, we learn very quickly to find all sorts of ways to stretch dollars and make the ones we have really count. At VolunteerMatch, we are proud to be a very efficient organization. As revealed in our recently released 2013 Annual Impact Report, for every $1 we spent during 2013, $190 of social value was created in our…
  • How and Why to Make Volunteering a Family Affair

    Shari Tishman
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:23 am
    Guest post by Beth Steinhorn, JFFixler Group A mother and daughter volunteer together with the Sacramento Tree Foundation. Whether you represent a food pantry, youth program, senior center, theater, or other organization or agency, families are likely a key constituent of yours. They may be welcomed as members, program attendees, visitors, or clients. They may be cultivated as donors or participants. Rarely, however, do families easily and readily find ways to volunteer at these organizations – to volunteer together. Meanwhile, families are as busy as they have ever been and finding time…
  • The Responsive Tech that Powers Your Volunteer Recruitment

    Shari Tishman
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    Here’s a fun activity: Take out your smartphone, open a Web browser, and go to www.volunteermatch.org. Looks nice, right? We just released a fully responsive version of our website. This means that when volunteers come to VolunteerMatch.org to search and sign up for your volunteer opportunities, it’s even easier and prettier. Why Does Responsive Design Matter for Volunteer Engagement? That’s a fair question. Let’s start with the numbers: Over 25% of people coming to our website these days are doing so via a mobile phone (this doesn’t even count tablet users!) To…
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    Darrell Gwynn Foundation

  • Barrett-Jackson Auction Raises $100,000 for DGF, 3-year old gets Life-Changing Wheelchair

    Darrell Gwynn
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    Reno, NV-The Barrett-Jackson Auction brought wheels for more than just car buffs this past weekend. Ford Motor Company auctioned a 2014 Ford Transit Connect Titanium Wagon during the Hot August Nights Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson on Saturday, August 2nd at approximately 2pm. The vehicle was modified by MobilityWorks to allow access by wheelchair users and
  • 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
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    Clairification

  • 6 Types of Modern Jargon to Avoid in Your Fundraising Appeal

    Claire
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Who writes your annual appeal letter? If it’s your executive director or your board chair there’s a very good chance it’s filled with jargon. This (pardon my non-jargon language) sucks. Jargon is the opposite of constituent-centered writing. It’s not your writer’s fault. Most of us use jargon all the time without being aware we’re doing [...] The post 6 Types of Modern Jargon to Avoid in Your Fundraising Appeal appeared first on Clairification.
  • 3 Secrets to Boost Fundraising Response: Help Donors Stretch Their Dollars + More

    Claire
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Your year-end appeal is less likely to fall on deaf ears than at any other time of year. Why? It’s the time of year when people are naturally inclined towards counting their blessings and feeling both grateful and giving. Some nonprofits raise as much as 40% or more of their annual giving total during the [...] The post 3 Secrets to Boost Fundraising Response: Help Donors Stretch Their Dollars + More appeared first on Clairification.
  • How to Create an Ice Bucket-type Challenge for Your Nonprofit: A Formula for Success

    Claire
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Are you wringing your hands because your boss or board wants you to come up with a viral social campaign to rival the “Ice Bucket Challenge?” Oy! I was first introduced to this phenomenon one evening as I was watching the Jimmy Fallon show on t.v. Jimmy, some of his crew and his band all [...] The post How to Create an Ice Bucket-type Challenge for Your Nonprofit: A Formula for Success appeared first on Clairification.
  • 4 Tips to Getting Your Year-End Annual Fundraising Appeal Opened

    Claire
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:15 pm
    My guess is that you’re starting to think about your year-end appeal. Good! Because between mid November and December 31st many nonprofits will realize as much as 40% or more of their total giving for the calendar year. In fact, there’s research showing that 33% of December giving occurs on December 31st! The holidays are [...] The post 4 Tips to Getting Your Year-End Annual Fundraising Appeal Opened appeared first on Clairification.
  • Check Your Next Appeal Letter Against This 16-Point List Before Sending

    Claire
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Are you starting to worry about whether you’ll raise enough money this year to meet your goals? Are you concerned because last year’s appeal didn’t raise as much as you had hoped? Are you fresh out of ideas for what to put into an appeal to generate the giving response you need to sustain vital [...] The post Check Your Next Appeal Letter Against This 16-Point List Before Sending appeared first on Clairification.
 
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    Thunderhead Works

  • Agency: You Can Go Any Direction You Choose

    Tom Peterson
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:06 pm
        “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” —Dr. Seuss By Tom Peterson The other night, a few of us stayed up late discussing what direction we should go in our little world-changing movement. We wondered who could help with certain tasks. We explored ways to share the core ideas with the new folks, how to spread technical expertise and how to best learn from each other. We debated the shape this tiny effort should take as it tries to move the needle, to help hospitals move outside their walls to improve…
  • Do it Differently: San Antonio’s Mental Health Squad

    Tom Peterson
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:04 am
        I love it when people take the time to truly question an obviously broken system. And then look for a better way. There’s a great story by Jenny Gold on NPR about a Mental Health Squad. The report begins with this sobering fact: ten times many mentally ill people are in jail than in state hospitals. In San Antonio, jails that were once overcrowded are now under capacity, people with mental illness receive better treatment, and the city saves $10 million a year. How? The Mental Health Squad, a six-person team on San Antonio’s police force that focuses on mental…
  • Repurposed for Good: Rails to Trails

    Tom Peterson
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
          By Tom Peterson Every day fleets of trucks wend their way through our towns and cities. Their giant claws reach out to grab the heavy waste bins. They are denizens of our throwaway world. Almost half of our harvested food, millions of tons of plastic, entire neighborhoods. It’s sad to see so much still discarded. So it’s encouraging when something discarded is repurposed. I recently became aware of a connection between a river trail I walk in Little Rock (pictured above) and some wonderful wooded paths I walk in Winston-Salem. It turns they’re both converted rail…
  • World Building for a Cause

    Tom Peterson
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:12 am
    “If this world does not have a place for us then another world must be made.” —Zapatista saying By Tom Peterson George R.R. Martin’s world, Game of Thrones, has captivated many of us, with its wonderful geography, seasons, languages, cities, ships, attire, customs and strange creatures. Most novelists tell their stories in familiar settings. But some—particularly science fiction and fantasy writers—have the added task of world building. World Building is constructing an entire fictional universe. Authors create settings, like Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, where…
  • 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…
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    Clairification

  • 6 Types of Modern Jargon to Avoid in Your Fundraising Appeal

    Claire
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Who writes your annual appeal letter? If it’s your executive director or your board chair there’s a very good chance it’s filled with jargon. This (pardon my non-jargon language) sucks. Jargon is the opposite of constituent-centered writing. It’s not your writer’s fault. Most of us use jargon all the time without being aware we’re doing [...] The post 6 Types of Modern Jargon to Avoid in Your Fundraising Appeal appeared first on Clairification.
  • 3 Secrets to Boost Fundraising Response: Help Donors Stretch Their Dollars + More

    Claire
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Your year-end appeal is less likely to fall on deaf ears than at any other time of year. Why? It’s the time of year when people are naturally inclined towards counting their blessings and feeling both grateful and giving. Some nonprofits raise as much as 40% or more of their annual giving total during the [...] The post 3 Secrets to Boost Fundraising Response: Help Donors Stretch Their Dollars + More appeared first on Clairification.
  • How to Create an Ice Bucket-type Challenge for Your Nonprofit: A Formula for Success

    Claire
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Are you wringing your hands because your boss or board wants you to come up with a viral social campaign to rival the “Ice Bucket Challenge?” Oy! I was first introduced to this phenomenon one evening as I was watching the Jimmy Fallon show on t.v. Jimmy, some of his crew and his band all [...] The post How to Create an Ice Bucket-type Challenge for Your Nonprofit: A Formula for Success appeared first on Clairification.
  • 4 Tips to Getting Your Year-End Annual Fundraising Appeal Opened

    Claire
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:15 pm
    My guess is that you’re starting to think about your year-end appeal. Good! Because between mid November and December 31st many nonprofits will realize as much as 40% or more of their total giving for the calendar year. In fact, there’s research showing that 33% of December giving occurs on December 31st! The holidays are [...] The post 4 Tips to Getting Your Year-End Annual Fundraising Appeal Opened appeared first on Clairification.
  • Check Your Next Appeal Letter Against This 16-Point List Before Sending

    Claire
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Are you starting to worry about whether you’ll raise enough money this year to meet your goals? Are you concerned because last year’s appeal didn’t raise as much as you had hoped? Are you fresh out of ideas for what to put into an appeal to generate the giving response you need to sustain vital [...] The post Check Your Next Appeal Letter Against This 16-Point List Before Sending appeared first on Clairification.
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    Veritus Group

  • Six Things Your Boss Wants More Than Anything

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    I’ve been in a ton of meetings recently with Executive Directors, CEOs and Development Directors, and they all seem to heave a collective sigh when talking about their major gift officers. That collective sigh is followed by something like this, “I just wish my MGOs were ‘on it.’ It seems like I have to be all over them to get out there in front of donors and get stuff done.” Are you an MGO that is “on it?” This is what your boss and what all bosses want, but are you delivering on it? Perhaps I should spell out for you what these executives want. When I was listening to them…
  • Why You Need to Mentor

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    I’ve been blessed. All my life I’ve had people coach and mentor me. And boy, have I needed it! I can think of multiple poignant moments where a mentor gave me some really sage advice that helped guide me as a person and in my profession. That mentoring and coaching has made an incredible difference in my life. In fact, I would not be where I am today without the guidance of some selfless people who gave me their time and energy, all so they could help me grow as an individual. There is no such thing as a self-made person. Each of us has been helped by someone to stand where we are at this…
  • Working With Your Hands Tied Behind Your Back

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    You can be the greatest major gift officer and have donors who are passionate about your cause, but if you don’t have compelling, inspiring projects and programs to offer them, you will ultimately fail in your work. Here’s the thing: major donors want their hearts to be broken and they want to give, but they also want to be specific in their giving, knowing that they made an impact. For some reason though, non-profit leaders have gotten it in their heads that major donors just don’t need this information. It’s arrogant to think that somehow donors will support their cause because…
  • The Best Thing Your Organization Could Ever Do

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Ever since we started the Passionate Giving Blog over three years ago, we have written regularly on the need for non-profit organizations to invest in major gifts. I don’t know that we have the ear of the non-profit sector, but I definitely don’t think our industry is listening. Time and again, non-profits both large and small are being absolutely foolish with their resources and squandering an opportunity for net revenue. This opportunity could mean more money for programs – which would mean growth and more good stuff happening in our world. I know for a fact that the non-profit sector…
  • If You Think Small, You Get Small: Four Secrets to Getting Large Gifts

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    I have to tell you I’m tired of it. I’m tired of hearing from MGOs that they don’t have donors on their caseloads that give high five, six and seven figure gifts. If you are an MGO and you have at least 75 to 100 donors on your caseload (remember 150 is a full caseload) you have at least 5-10 donors who can give you gifts in the high five to seven figure range. “But Jeff, you don’t know my caseload. These donors just can’t give that much.” You know how many times I’ve heard that same line over the years? Too many. In my many years of managing dozens and dozens of major gift…
 
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  • When It Comes to Reaching Your Target Audience, Personality Goes a Long Way

    shad
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:43 pm
    You’ve probably heard of the Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator. Developed back in the 1920s by the mother-daughter team of Katharine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers (based on the theories of Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist Carl Jung) this “personality inventory” is still widely used today in areas like career counseling. The Myers-Briggs indicator consists of a questionnaire. Based on how a person answers the questions, they are placed into one of 16 distinctive personality types. The types are based on four dichotomies: (1) Introversion or Extroversion, (2) Sensing or…
  • 10 Tips To Help You Get More Out Of Twitter

    shad
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Twitter is a great marketing tool for nonprofit organizations and businesses. Unlike Facebook, which is designed to connect people who already know each other, Twitter is designed to connect people who share similar interests. For organizations looking to engage people who may be interested in their products or services, Twitter is a great way to build an online community. It’s also a great way to share your content with people interested in your industry, and find content you might be interested in. While some social sites are only ideal for certain types of organizations or connecting…
  • How Today’s Nonprofits Are Investing in Digital Marketing

    shad
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    While nonprofits have been using mail, phone and event marketing for decades, online marketing is still a relatively new nonprofit tool. And a constantly changing one too. Where there was once email and websites, there is now social media, content marketing, peer-to-peer fundraising, mobile apps, landing pages, data analytics, and more. With so many avenues and options, developing digital best practices has been a slow process for nonprofit organizations. Pair that with the fact that what worked yesterday may not work tomorrow and you have a lot of nonprofit leaders scratching their heads…
  • What’s the Difference Between Responsive and Adaptive Website Design?

    shad
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    A recent report revealed 1/3 of all Internet traffic is now coming from mobile devices. That’s a huge number. And for the near future at least, that number will only go up. That’s why it’s imperative for your website to be visually appealing and easy to navigate on mobile devices. At eleventy, we provide Web design services. And we’ve been getting a lot of questions from clients lately about the difference between responsive and adaptive design. You may have heard these terms yourself and wondered exactly what they mean. In today’s post, we’ll attempt to explain the difference…
  • 3 New Stories 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…
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    Wagenmaker and Oberly - Nonprofit Update

  • Nonprofit Payroll Tax Alert

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    A recent federal government report shows that thousands of nonprofits are not meeting their payroll tax obligations.  Though it may be tempting for nonprofits to avoid payroll tax responsibilities, especially when facing cash flow challenges, such avoidance is extremely risky.  Payroll Tax Primer            All organizations with employees owe taxes to the government, in substantial part to pass along tax dollars owed by the employees.  Payroll taxes cover both employees’ income tax obligations, and their employees’…
  • Is the IRS Back in Church?

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:33 am
    With fall approaching, the next election cycle is just around the corner – just in time for new IRS developments affecting churches and other religious institutions.  As with all section 501(c)(3) organizations, religious institutions are prohibited from engaging in “political campaign activities.”  That is, they may not advocate for or against a particular candidate for office, or otherwise seek to influence an election.  For many, such restriction seems like a constitutional violation of First Amendment free speech and religious liberty protections.  In recent…
  • By Executive Order – No LGBT Discrimination

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    President Obama recently signed an executive order prohibiting federal contractors and subcontractors from engaging in employment decisions based on sexual orientation and gender identity.  The President’s order amends previous executive orders regarding employment discrimination dating back to the 1960s, which were implemented to prevent racial discrimination in hiring and contracting decisions made by organizations receiving federal funding.  Previously, the order prohibited employment decisions based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.  President Obama…
  • Section 501(c)(2) Tax-Exempt Title Holding Corporations: The Good, the Bad, and Other Options

    13 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
     The problem of risk to nonprofits            Lawyers often advise to “separate valuable assets from risky activities.”  It’s a legal maxim with which nonprofit directors and officers should be familiar.  Keeping valuable assets away from risky activities may provide an organization with protection in the event of a lawsuit or other liability.  Exempt organizations have sometimes used  501(c)(2) title-holding corporations or other tax-exempt corporate structures to provide such protection.  Nonprofit…
  • House Approves New Charitable Giving Incentives

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    On July 17, the US House of Representatives passed the America Gives More Act of 2014 (“Act”).  The package of bills is designed to increase donations to Section 501(c)(3) organizations.  While the prospects of the bill being approved by the Senate may be unlikely, given the current gridlock and partisanship in Washington, its future implications for charitable giving are quite noteworthy.  The Act contains the following five charitable giving provisions:  1.     Extends Charitable Deduction.  Currently, charitable contributions may only be…
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    M+R » Lab

  • Make it easy: Use one checkbox to transform your membership program

    Jonathan Benton
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    Two things that are hard: thinking and remembering. That’s why businesses thrive when they don’t ask customers to think and remember, and instead automatically renew our subscriptions and memberships. It’s how Netflix works, and US Weekly subscriptions, and why you still get strange eggplants that you don’t know what to do with from your local CSA. But is it how your fundraising program works? You might think you’ve got this covered with your monthly giving program, harnessing the same philosophy as the for-profits and locking in that reliable revenue month by month.
  • Nonprofit tele-townhalls: How to get 10,000 people in a ‘room’

    Hanah Smith
    8 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    A recent survey of M+R staff shows that 8% of us keep a megaphone at home so we can be ready in case a rally, protest, or alien invasion requiring a rousing speech from Bill Pullman breaks out. We were kinda surprised and disappointed the number wasn’t higher — we love making noise, and we love when activists get together. But the truth is, bringing 1,000 people together in person requires more than a megaphone: it takes a ton of staff time and a pretty big budget. If your nonprofit doesn’t have idle staff and big bucks to spare (shocking, we know), how do you do mass…
  • Should Your Nonprofit Care About Website Optimization? A Flow Chart.

    Cameron Lefevre
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Like mid-80s Madonna*, the best websites are constantly evolving — they are always making improvements to their design to increase their conversion rates. Success rates for the world’s best websites look like this: *Editor’s note: Madonna metaphor was not approved by Cameron before we published. The thing is, if you’re not regularly testing, and instead are only redesigning your website every five years or so, your website isn’t living up to its full potential today. Success rates for the fix-it-every-5-years-ish websites looks like this: It’s easy to say that everyone should…
  • Crafting Rapid Response: Winning the Hobby Lobby Loss on Facebook

    Lucy Midelfort
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    Nobody knew what the Supreme Court would do in the Hobby Lobby case. But when the decision came down, Planned Parenthood Action Fund responded like they’d known the outcome all along — because the truth is, they were ready for every possible outcome. That’s Lesson One: Just because the future is unpredictable doesn’t mean you can’t prepare for it. You can tweak and retweak copy and graphics so that no matter what happens — a win, a loss, an incredibly damaging and poorly reasoned ruling from Alito, whatever — you’ve got your email, press release, and web content…
  • 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…
 
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    Wobbly Nonprofit

  • Just Be

    Mark C. Titi
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:50 pm
    The post Just Be appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
  • Cashing In on your Awesome Nonprofit

    Mark C. Titi
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Some things just aren’t cool anymore. Like the CD […] The post Cashing In on your Awesome Nonprofit appeared first on 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Board Retention: Tips to Try (part 2 of 2)

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

    emily
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:28 am
    fundchat.org From time to time I get questions about fundraising best practices and commission-based fundraising is a common topic. Here is my recent response and resources on fundraising, commission, and ethics: Based on the standards set by the Association of Fundraising Professionals fundraising on a commission basis is unethical. I would never recommend an organization hire anyone on a commission basis. While commission-based income strategies are common in for-profit businesses it’s one of the many things that sets to the two types of businesses apart. Nonprofit organizations are…
  • Development Associate with Reading Village (Boulder)

    Kaylie Marsh
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:11 am
    Position Title: Development Associate Organization: Reading Village Organizational Overview: Based in Boulder, CO, Reading Village was founded in 2007. We work alongside impoverished indigenous Mayan communities in Guatemala. We leverage scholarship, leadership and literacy to accomplish our mission: empowering Mayan youth to eradicate illiteracy and lead their communities out of poverty. Position Description: Part-time, exempt. The Development Associate reports directly to the Executive Director and will work closely with her to develop and implement the fundraising plan. Organizational…
  • Webinar: The 10-Point Email Marketing Makeover for Nonprofits

    Kaylie Marsh
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:23 am
    The 10-Point Email Marketing Makeover for Nonprofits Hosted By: Charity How To Presented By: John Haydon Date: Wednesday, August 6th Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Mountain Price: $77 Click here to register! Are you getting the email marketing results you hoped you would? Or are you feeling frustrated and wondering how to create more effective email marketing campaigns? The fact is, email is the most effective way to convert potential online donors and volunteers. But most small and medium-sized nonprofits still think that email marketing is simply having a newsletter and the sign-up form. This…
  • Webinar: Email Newsletters for Nonprofits: Writing and Designing Great E-Newsletters

    Kaylie Marsh
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:18 am
    Email Newsletters for Nonprofits: Writing and Designing Great E-Newsletters Hosted By: Charity How To Presented By: Kivi Leroux Miller Date: Tuesday, August 5th Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mountain Price: $77 Click here to register! According to the 2014 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report, nonprofit communicators spend more time on creating email newsletter articles than any other type of content. And 59% of nonprofits send an email newsletter at least once a month. And, honestly, a lot of those e-newsletters look and sound downright terrible. Many nonprofit e-newsletters…
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    Voss Foundation

  • Shop for Charity in Oslo: Sept 4

    ExecutiveDirector
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:26 pm
    You’re invited! Thursday, September 4th, from 11AM to 7PM, please join us at the Sophia Rose showroom at Jacob Aalls Gate 8 in Oslo (cross street: Middelthuns gate) to shop for charity: 100% of the dedicated Voss Foundation bracelets sales and 15% of all other proceeds will go to Voss Foundation. Get more information and...
  • FACE Africa’s Ebola Awareness Campaign

    VFIntern
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Western Africa is currently in the midst of the worst Ebola virus outbreak in history. According to the WHO, there have been 2,473 confirmed, probable, and suspect cases and 1,350 deaths in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leona, as of August, 18th 2014. Over one-third of all confirmed, probable, and suspect cases and deaths to date have occurred...
  • 2014 Women Helping Women co-honoree: Rebecca van Bergen

    ExecutiveDirector
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Introducing one of Voss Foundation’s 2014 Women Helping Women co-honorees, Rebecca van Bergen! Rebecca van Bergen is the founder and Executive Director of Nest, a New York City non-profit organization that is working side-by-side with the world’s most promising artisans, to sustainably develop their small businesses while simultaneously promoting peace, prosperity, and female empowerment. Nest...
  • Women Helping Women San Francisco 2014

    ExecutiveDirector
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Women Helping Women San Francisco A luncheon to improve the lives of African women and their communities by providing access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene; and to celebrate global female empowerment. For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Deborah at Deborah Hughes, Inc. at (212) 727-2220 or deb@deborahhughesinc.com. For more information, please contact info@thevossfoundation.org. VOSS FOUNDATION...
  • Kalebuka Village Well Update: August Photos

    Nell Ryan
    6 Aug 2014 | 12:20 pm
    There is a bevy of activity at the Kalebuka village well. Noella Coursaris Musunka, founder of Georges Malaika Foundation, our implementing partner in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) sent us two photos of women at the well earlier this week. The well, which was completed in August 2011, was funded by our Give A Drop partnership with Jewel’s Project Clean Water and Sir Richard...
 
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    Double the Donation

  • DonorPerfect Matching Gift Integration Guide

    Adam Weinger
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Does your nonprofit use DonorPerfect for your donor management software and to accept / process donations? Are you looking to incorporate matching gift information into both your DonorPerfect donation pages as well as across your organization’s broader fundraising? If so then this guide is for you. Either follow the steps in the below article or download our complete DonorPerfect matching gift integration guide. Double the Donation’s Relationship with DonorPerfect: DonorPerfect is a leading provider of donor management software which helps nonprofits cultivate donor…
  • Nonprofits: How to Increase Donor Awareness about Matching Gift Programs

    Adam Weinger
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Here at Double the Donation, we often write about the benefits of corporate giving programs, but we also touch upon marketing these programs to your donors. Informing individuals about the possibility of literally doubling donations via matching gift opportunities is step one to extra financial support, but step two is ensuring that these marketing efforts are working! We’ll touch upon some common marketing efforts to get your donors ramped up to submit that matching gift request form to their employer, but also how to tell if your strategy is working.   Marketing Matching Gift…
  • Donation Requests: The Top Companies

    Adam Weinger
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Double the Donation’s core business is providing employee matching gift services to nonprofits yet we also hear from countless organizations that they’re looking for information on requesting donations from companies. Here’s a list of the most common donation requests as well as information on each company’s donation request process and details on the company’s matching gift or volunteer grant programs. Macy’s Donation Requests: Macy’s offers three main methods in which it donates to nonprofits: My Macy’s District Grants Employee Matching Gifts…
  • Unrestricted Matching Gift Revenue Policy

    Adam Weinger
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:28 pm
    In addition to providing matching gift tools and services to nonprofits, Double the Donation’s team manages the largest LinkedIn Group dedicated to helping nonprofits raise money from employee matching gift programs. With matching gift experts scattered across the world the LinkedIn group is a great place to ask questions and learn how other organizations are promoting and handling matching gifts. Last week there was a question about limiting incoming matching gifts to your organization’s unrestricted fund. We’ve heard questions about allocating matching gifts to different areas…
  • Foster Relationships with Companies by Starting with Employee Matching Gifts

    Adam Weinger
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:20 pm
    At Double the Donation, our goal is to share the most useful and relevant information on matching gifts with our readers and customers. Yet as a small team we know we can’t cover every topic. Recently we can across an article on Matching Gifts by Megan Hill on Professional Grant Writer’s website. We thought she could bring a unique perspective to our audience and extended an invitation for her to guest post on our blog. Fortunately she said yes so below is her article on how to foster relationships with companies by starting with employee matching gifts:   The world of…
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    Invisible Children » Blog

  • #Icebucketchallenge // Why awareness campaigns are the future

    Invisible Children
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Over the past few weeks, our Facebook feeds have gotten a little chillier with 30-second videos of our friends, families, and sometime strangers drenching themselves in ice water for a cause. The #ALSicebucketchallenge is taking over and we kind of like it… Here at Invisible Children, we just can’t get enough of social media movements – so we couldn’t wait any longer to dive right into the #Icebucketchallenge. San Diego needed a little cooling off, anyway. There’s no denying the viral success and popularity of the #IceBucketChallenge, but criticism of this…
  • Welcome to the family // Our fall interns get started

    Miranda Brown
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:44 pm
    There’s been a new buzz around the office – our fall interns have finally arrived. It’s only a week in, and we can already tell this new class is a great one. Here’s the breakdown: 15 girls, 3 guys. 18 to 24 years old. They’re from five different countries and nine U.S. states. Collectively, they’ve probably visited half the globe. Last Wednesday was their first day in the office, and they’re already getting into the swing of things. Some highlights so far: life chats at a beach bonfire, filling the Roadie house with flowers from the farmers…
  • On the Radar // 16-year-old boy returns home

    Miranda Brown
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:24 am
    We’ve had so much to celebrate over the past few weeks, including the largest group of returnees since 2008. And the good news keeps on coming: The Incident: August 4, a 16-year-old Congolese boy escaped from the LRA after 5 years in captivity. In 2009, he and his brother were abducted from a community near Dungu, DR Congo (DRC). This was during the height of LRA violence in DRC. Since then, he has served as a porter for a group of 23 LRA members from DRC, Central African Republic (CAR) and Uganda. This group is comprised of 6 men, 10 women and 7 children, and they are required…
  • LRA Crisis Tracker mid-year security brief // Reblog from The Resolve

    Miranda Brown
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am
    In partnership with The Resolve, we’ve just released a new report from the LRA Crisis Tracker, which demonstrates important trends in LRA activity over the last six months. Our friend Paul Ronan does a great job at summarizing this data, which points to a spike in LRA abductions in DR Congo and Central African Republic (CAR). Check out his recent article: LRA abductions in CAR and DRC surging past 2013 levels The release of 46 women and children from LRA captivity this week is a cause for celebration, but a new report released today by Resolve and Invisible Children demonstrates…
  • Uganda Trip Winners // ICU Reflects Two Months Later

    Lauren Manning
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    At Invisible Children Uganda, we remember how two months ago a group of bright and enthusiastic supporters came by our office for the first time. We had been waiting expectantly for this group of trip winners since the #zeroLRA fundraising initiative kicked off the previous year. We are pleased to say that they impressed us with their commitment to ending Africa’s longest running war, their poignant questions, and openness to learning as much as possible about northern Uganda in such a short time. It was a challenging campaign, but it prompted us to innovate, something Invisible…
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    A Family Mission

  • Building the Next 50 Years of Zambia

    Kent
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    My family spent 10 days this past June outside Lusaka, Zambia at the Family Legacy Missions International facilities there.  We were there to participate in Week 4 of Camp LIFE which is the primary engine that fuels the other facets of their ministry in that country. The theme of camp this year was “Faith to move mountains” and a larger theme of “building the next 50 years of Zambia”. Quick History Lesson This year 2014 is the 50th anniversary of Zambia becoming a nation.  It just so happens that Greer turned 50 years old this year as well.   For those that…
  • Remembering a Good Man

    Kent
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today one year ago is the day that I grew up. It was at 1 AM in the morning that I got the call… The years of failing health, loss of all recollection and a hard fought battle with Alzheimer’s had come to a close. Dad was gone on to a better place where the angels rejoiced at his arrival and danced in the streets for another soul that had a long, productive life in this world. After sitting with him until late into the night that night, praying hard that I could fill the void of his passing, saying goodbye and thank you for a job well done, I went home knowing that was likely the…
  • What Zambia means to me

    Hannah Smith
    9 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Zambia:// a African country. over 1 million orphans. only 7 years of bad education. life expectancy of 52. children raising children. Zambia is a country with a lot of pain, hurting, and devastation. It is a totally different community compared to America. However, Zambia and the children that occupy it now hold my whole heart. When I was around 10 years old, God placed a desire on my heart to serve in Africa. For my parents, a 10 year old saying, ” Lets go to Africa.” is way out there. My call was kind of pushed to the side and considered “A phase I would get over”. I…
  • Faith as Small as a Mustard Seed

    Kent
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    Faith is what we spent a week teaching young orphan children in Africa 6 weeks ago.  Faith as small as a mustard seed to move the mountains in their lives.  It seems like a lifetime ago as the busy times of life back here starts getting in the way of what our hearts keep tugging us back to. Those kids… the looks of longing in their eyes the sorrow of seeing things that I can only imagine no hope when they arrive the smiles when they realize you are here for them the hugs that are hard and long sending them home knowing at least they would not starve today seeing the joy of getting an…
  • It Makes a Difference – Renay to her Brother

    Kent
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    In the words of a crazy orphan woman!  An excerpt of a letter Renay composed to her brother, sharing her passion, love and testimony of a week in Zambia! Begin Excerpt - As you know, Kent, Hannah and I went to Zambia, Africa earlier this summer. We went with an organization called FAMILY LEGACY. It was an amazing adventure, one we certainly will never forget. We have every intention of going back next summer, and the summer after that. Truth be told, Hannah plans on working there during the summers of her college years, and has high hopes of going to work as a missionary there one day. We…
 
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    J Campbell Social Marketing

  • One Fundamental Thing Nonprofits Need To Know About Social Media

    Julia Campbell
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    photo credit: mkhmarketing via photopin cc –> One of my favorite nonprofit technology evangelists is Amy Sample Ward, the innovative and creative CEO of the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN). Association Mavens has an insightful interview with Amy, and her perspective about social media, nonprofits and the future of nonprofit technology. The most important point Amy makes is regarding the tendency of nonprofits to jump on the latest new social media channel, just because they see other organizations using it: You don’t have to be using Instagram if your community is not…
  • Social Media Slacktivism or Something Bigger?

    Julia Campbell
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    photo credit: slworking2 via photopin cci Does the recent success of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge leave you feeling exhilarated, or skeptical? There certainly were a variety of lively opposing viewpoints presented at the most recent #CommBuild and #FundChat nonprofit Tweet chats! I participated in the challenge, and continue to believe that it is a big opportunity for the sector to examine the way it communicates and reaches out to new supporters. WBUR presents two views on the Ice Bucket Challenge: , one against, written by surgeon Heena Santry and a pro viewpoint by student Eric…
  • 10 Qualities You Need To Become A Stellar Nonprofit Storyteller

    Julia Campbell
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    Storytelling is not only a fantastic way to relate to other humans on a personal level, it is also a fantastic marketing and fundraising tool for nonprofits. When done strategically and in harmony with online channels, storytelling can and will help you raise more money and strengthen relationships with your supporters. Great nonprofit stories: *Convey impact and outcomes; *Elicit emotion and compassion; and *Inspire further action and commitment. Nonprofits of all sizes need to start thinking of themselves as storytellers and not “development professionals” or “communication…
  • 6 Proven Methods To Get More Social Media Shares

    Julia Campbell
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    We all know that sharing is the gold standard of social media. Likes and comments are all well and good, but getting someone to share, to retweet, to repin, to regram – that is what exposes your content to a wider audience. Sharing is more powerful as it requires more engagement than passively, scrolling, reading or even clicking “like” on a post. When a member of your online community shares your stuff with their network, this gets new eyeballs on your information and hopefully brings new people into the fold. Preaching to the choir all the time won’t get you anywhere. That leaves us…
  • What the Social Media Success of the ALS #IceBucketChallenge Can Teach Nonprofits

    Julia Campbell
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    I am sure that you’ve seen it by now – a Facebook friend posting a video as they get doused by a bucket of ice water, all in the name of raising awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. From Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to  Scott Brown to Wally the Green Monster (Red Sox mascot), people around the state, and the nation, have been stepping up to the #IceBucketChallenge. Started by 29-year-old Peter Frates and his friend Pat Quinn, both living with ALS , the awareness and fundraising campaign has gone viral and seems poised to take over the…
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    Nonprofit MarCommunity

  • How to create an editorial calendar for your nonprofit’s blog

    Nick Rojas
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    An editorial calendar can help make a side-project blog into the centerpiece of a nonprofit’s website, transforming your online hub from a static series of descriptions into a dynamic and interactive community destination. In this age of virtual volunteers, freelancers and telecommuting, an editorial calendar is more necessary than ever. An editorial calendar is key to organizing content creators in disparate locations and time zones, with different schedules and levels of autonomy. Editorial calendars also help you organize the less content-specific aspects of your blog to maximize its SEO…
  • Using digital assets to bring attention to literacy: Heather Cosentino [profile]

    Linda Alberts
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:20 am
    With an academic background in philosophy and the history of thought, Heather Cosentino says her career in marketing communications was the result of a happy accident. Today she uses the critical thinking and research skills she honed at university in her position of communication specialist at ABC Life Literacy Canada (ABC) in Toronto, where she develops the organization’s communications strategy and manages digital communications content, including writing communications plans, website and social media content, monthly newsletters, media releases and editorial content. ABC Life Literacy…
  • How to choose the right promotional items for your nonprofit

    Todd Turner
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    Looking for ways to make your nonprofit stand out from the pack? Ready to use branded promotional items but not sure where to start? The fact is, whether you’re trying to spread the word about a hospital foundation or a food bank, promotional items matter. When chosen correctly, promotional items can be great marketing tools. So to help you make the most of promotional items for your nonprofit, consider the following suggestions. Here are five tips to follow to find relevant, creative and on-brand promotional items:   Remember the purpose Promotional items are about more than checking…
  • Eight ways to put video content to good use for your nonprofit

    Nicholas Buccheri
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    Video content is in its heyday as brands small and large test their production chops online. With YouTube attracting up to 1 billion unique visits each month and smart devices now streaming in HD, it’s pretty clear why so many organizations are flocking to the medium. But how does video content align with your nonprofit’s marketing and communications strategies? The beauty is that, when it’s done properly, video can actually enhance many of your core efforts! Here are 8 ways to put video content to work in the endeavor to make change.   1. Tell Your Story Every organization has…
  • How to take portraits and headshots on a budget

    Donnie R. Mills
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    The cost of hiring a professional photographer can be in the thousands of dollars per day—something that your organization might be able to afford on special occasions. But the budget for photography is always smaller than the need. As nonprofit communicators and marketers, we need a lot of great images to be able to share the work that we do with our audiences and potential supporters. Images are powerful storytelling tools, and likewise, professional looking portraits and headshots of leaders, staff and community members also help to showcase the people of our stories. In this post,…
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    Social Fundraising for Nonprofits

  • Infographic: Top 5 Wildest Nonprofit Fundraisers

    15 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    Fundraising is serious business but campaigns don’t always have to be. The more unique, different or interesting the campaign the more attention it gets. This attention and awareness usually equates to more dollars raised. The recent #StrikeOutALS #Icebucketchallenge craze is a good example. Some figures estimate up to $4 million raised for ALS in just a matter of weeks. With that in mind, we’d like highlight the most creative and successful campaigns in our: “Top 5 Wildest Nonprofit Fundraisers”. These amazing fundraisers raise a lot of money for great causes while having a TON of…
  • Apply #SharkWeek Tactics. Improve Peer-to-Peer Campaign Buzz.

    13 Aug 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Last week, our team examined the possible issue of Donor Fatigue. While many worry about it creeping into their donor base, it is best to focus on solutions. This week is SharkWeek, a hallow time. And as it’s touted, it has been the “King of Summer since 1987”. There is good reason for that. Focused Deployment. Discovery Channel continues to show dominance in its ability to cannibalize all other shows once-a- year for an entire week. Many networks are content with one individual show a week, controlling its time-slot. So why should you care? Approaching your fundraising campaigns with…
  • What can nonprofits learn from the #StrikeoutALS #Icebucketchallenge?

    13 Aug 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Around July 28th, I noticed a bunch of my college friends from the east coast were posting videos on Facebook pouring ice water over their heads. I know Boston can be sort of nutty but it was all over the place. Everyday two or three more friends would post their video. It was all in the name of ALS. The challenge is simple. If you get nominated by a friend you have 24 hours to either a. Film yourself pouring a bucket of ice water over your head or b. Donate to ALS. The ALS Association reports that ice bucket challenge has resulted in over $4 million in donations between July 29th and August…
  • Donor Fatigue: Its Impact and Circumvention

    7 Aug 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Today, we enjoy a flooded market. Now, more than ever people are bombarded by media incessantly; organizations have heightened competition and the result is a possible donor base, tirelessly trying to decipher who does what, how they do it better and why they should give money. Each and every one of you understands this. You contemplate on these realities daily and identify solutions. However, there is one serious complication to a practitioners creative resolution: Donor Fatigue. What is it? According to Wikipedia, Donor Fatigue is a phenomenon in which people no longer give to charities,…
  • 10 Nonprofits Email Tips from MailChimp Research

    4 Aug 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Emails are the most effective form of converting individuals to donors in peer-to-peer fundraising today. Over and over, strategists, experts, and organizations come to the same conclusion. But are you sending email communications as effective as you could be? Are you missing out on vital conversions? Most likely. Frankly MANY organizations, including us, can be better at email marketing. We love MailChimp for a variety of reasons. On top of a sleek, user-friendly interface they provide an amazing amount of insight from their data they collect. Their research presents findings that make their…
 
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    Nonprofit Hub » Featured

  • Top 5 Wildest Nonprofit Fundraisers [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Joe Magee
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Joe Magee is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub and the Vice President of RallyBound, which provides social fundraising software to nonprofits. He has helped organizations such as TED, Kaiser Permanente and AOL implement digital initiatives aimed at solving problems and making an impact. _____________ Long before the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge took the summer by storm, organizations have enjoyed a history of hosting wacky nonprofit fundraisers. These goofy events or campaigns challenge supporters to a number of feats from plunging into freezing water to scaling tall buildings. Many of these…
  • What DoSomething.Org Can Teach You About Snapchat

    Lyndsey Hrabik
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    On a particularly bitter and snowy day last February, the rest of DoSomething.org’s staff was nestled comfortably at home. But not Bryce Mathias, the digital content associate. Instead, he was dressed up as Cupid handing out Valentines on the street. Shirtless and in an adult diaper, he put on his wings in the snowy streets of New York City. And it’s all in the name of Snapchat. “I’m basically humiliating myself,” he added with a laugh. With Snapchat, all you have is a fleeting moment to captivate your audience. With a 10 second max, people send videos and messages that disappear…
  • The Greatest Online Video Ever Made by a Nonprofit

    Steven Shattuck
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:38 am
    Steven Shattuck is VP of Marketing at Bloomerang. As a HubSpot Certified inbound marketer, he is a contributor to Nonprofit Hub, National Council of Nonprofits, Ragan, Social Media Today, Search Engine Journal, The Build Network, HubSpot, Content Marketing Institute and Business2Community. Steven has spoken at national and local conferences, and is frequently interviewed by media outlets for his expertise in digital marketing. _____________ I found the greatest online video ever made by a nonprofit. Yes, it’s true. It was published a few weeks ago by Greenpeace USA. Want to see it?
  • Helping Hands: Why You Should Be a Nonprofit Mentor

    Lincoln Arneal
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    When you were starting your nonprofit or starting on your journey in the nonprofit world, you probably had someone you could rely on for advice and a boost every now and then. And even if you didn’t have a specific mentor or group of people you could call upon, you probably wish that you did. You’ve heard about the perks of having a mentor before. But we’re here to tell you (as a nonprofit professional) why you should be out in the community mentoring others. Mentoring provides a helping hand to people who are trying to find their footing in the nonprofit world. That’s why we’re…
  • The Blueprint for Nonprofit Workplaces [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Devin Thomas
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Everyone wants to love what they do. Especially when we spend so much time in the same place with the same people. And right now, organizations seem to be making the right changes in recruiting and hiring. Plus, they’re giving employees the chance to move up within their organizations. But there’s still some work to do. Did you know that 89 percent of organizations are leaving social media out of their recruiting strategies? Check out the entire infographic for more information on how the nonprofit workplace culture is evolving. The Blueprint for Nonprofit Workplaces [INFOGRAPHIC]…
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    Latest blog entries

  • Nonprofits and Native Advertising

    24 Aug 2014 | 4:09 pm
    A few months ago my local AFP chapter hosted a panel discussion with representatives from some of the big corporate giants in our city. The primary topic of discussion was sponsorships and other support they provide to nonprofits. The big takeaway was that they are not really interested in the main perks that nonprofits offer such as event tickets and recognition on donor and sponsor lists. What they like should be no surprise: employee involvement and alignment with company values. So far, so good if you’re approaching the corporate foundation. Increasingly, though, sponsorship money comes…
  • Last Call to Plan for Giving Tuesday

    18 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
      Giving Tuesday is an annual fundraising initiative – a national day of giving – founded by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations in 2012. Last year more than 7,000 nonprofits participated in the event raising $19 million. Just like any crowdfunding, though, the amount of money you can raise will very much depend on having a focused plan and sound strategy. Fortunately, the sector gets better at this every year and people and organizations are generous with their tools, tips, and ideas. Here are a few of the best I’ve seen to date. Even if you don’t participate in Giving…
  • A Gentleman of Melbourne Proposes a Judicious Scheme

    11 Aug 2014 | 6:37 pm
    In 1858, the Australian colony of Victoria was young and rich. Neighboring not-so-rich colonies had been launching expeditions of discovery into the "barren void" of the interior for years and the leaders of Victoria wanted in on that action. The Exploration Committee of the Philosophical Institute of Victoria (later the Royal Society of Victoria) began making plans for an expedition in the name of progress and science. If there’s glory to be had, so much the better. An anonymous donor (later revealed to be Ambrose Kyte) issued a £1,000 challenge grant to support the enterprise on the…
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    #fundchat

  • An Ode To Summer: Your Donors Need Watering

    Dennis Fischman
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:43 am
    I put a plant into the ground.  Then I forgot about it. The sun baked it.  It drooped.  It withered. Oops!  Well, no problem.  I’ll just water it now. Wait…why isn’t it coming back to life? When your organization ignores a donor for months at a time, you are scorching and burning your relationship. You may get lucky. Their feelings for you may be so hardy that you can bring the relationship back to life with a really good appeal.  Most often, though, you’ll be watering a dead plant and left wondering why it isn’t growing. Real communications are the water…
  • What Can Fundraisers Learn From The Ice Bucket Challenge?

    Brendan Kinney
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    Click here for the transcript! You’d have to be living under a rock to miss the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. This viral fundraising effort has caused a surge of donations to the ALSA and has raised considerable visibility about the disease, as people from celebritites, politicians, high-powered CEOs, family, friends, and neighbors have joined the fun by dumping a bucket of ice water on their heads and challenging others to do the same. Here’s my version: Post by Brendan Kinney. As fundraisers, what can we learn from this phenomenon? Are their lessons to learn and carry forward in…
  • Are You A Great Fundraiser?

    Brendan Kinney
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:46 am
    Click here for the full transcript of the conversation. The latest issue of The Chronicle of Philanthropy describes a great fundraiser this way: They connect supporters with the charity’s top experts, get into donors’ minds to understand how they want to give, ask open-ended questions to find flexible solutions, use their imaginations to help people give even in hard times, and inspire passion by sharing a program’s details. Does this sound like you and the colleagues you know? We’ll delve into the issue of what makes a fundraiser truly great during this week’s…
  • The Next ‘Big Thing’ In Fundraising: Stewardship

    Brendan Kinney
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:12 am
    Click here to review the transcript! There’s always the next big thing. But sometimes the thing that matter most is staring you right in the face. It’s not sexy, it’s not shiny…it’s stewardship. In our quest for the magic bullet that will solve all of our funding woes, we often overlook the importance of the thing that could actually help us close the gap. Join the #fundchat community this week for, The Next “Big Thing” In Fundraising: Stewardship, Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 12-1 pm EST. The guiding questions for this week’s discussion:  Q1…
  • 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…
 
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    Third Sector Today

  • Nonprofit Technology Leveraged for Change

    Amy DeVita
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    If you’ve spent any amount of time on Third Sector Today, you have seen mentions, references and shout outs to NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network. This organization is a membership of nonprofit technology professionals, guided by belief that “…technology allows nonprofits to work with greater social impact. [We] enable [our] members to strategically use technology to make the world a better, just, and equitable place.”  And, just as the import of technology within nonprofits has grown so, too, has the community since its beginnings in the late 1990′s. Third…
  • Win a $100 Donation: Look Ma, No Ice!

    Amy DeVita
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:49 am
    Announcing: #3STPushUpChallenge Visit our Facebook Page to find out how you can win a $100 donation from Third Sector Today–and hopefully also inspire you to create a challenge that will get your donors sharing with their social networks. Determined to Develop is an organization that provides “programs supporting education, orphan care, women’s empowerment, health and the environment… in Africa and the world.” And they are a determined bunch! They won our “First to post” prize, a $50 donation–by posting this video.  There’s still time for…
  • Hashtag 101: Tips on how to #hashtag

    Kadi McDonald
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    I started tweeting in 2008 for one of my journalism classes. It was pretty cool to be able to use social media during class then (professors didn’t like cell phones out during class back in my day). But the one thing I didn’t really start using until the recent past was hashtags.   I always found hashtags to be kind of stupid. I’m not sure why, I just didn’t like using them. But when Facebook enabled usage of hashtags, I found my loyalty to Twitter hashtags and actually started using them.   Nowadays, hashtags are a figure of speech. I’m just waiting for the Associated…
  • 4 Ways to Improve Donor Engagement

    Leah Merrill
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
      Why is getting your donors to upgrade such a difficult task sometimes? Getting your donors to upgrade should be at the top of the list for your fundraising program, but upgrading isn’t as simple as just asking your donors to give more—it’s about fostering your relationship with them and becoming an organization that they trust and are inspired to donate even more to. Having a good membership management system and implementing the tools and functionalities that it provides is a great way to start. Here are 4 ways to increase donor engagement and encourage your donors to upgrade:…
  • The Haitian Entrepreneur: Micro-Enterprise

    Wayne Elsey
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
      We tend to view the world through the filter of our own prism. Oftentimes, people in developed nations tend to look at their own work and sometimes forget there are experts in developing nations working to make a difference for themselves and others in their local communities.   After the major earthquake in Haiti the country was left devastated. People lost their homes and businesses. In fact, Haiti is still a country going through an incredible recovery period.   Unfortunately, some people wait continue to wait for help, but there are others who are looking to help…
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    GiveIndia NGOs

  • Apnalaya

    Rohini Vemuganti
    3 Aug 2014 | 11:36 pm
    An organisation that withdraws from communities as it makes them self-sustaining My visit to Apnalaya was a cultural learning as much as a sociological one.... The post Apnalaya appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • Bhagini Nivedita Pratishthan Pune

    Rohini Vemuganti
    2 Aug 2014 | 5:09 am
    Helping the Aam Aurat Never underestimate the power of a common man is the theme of the 2013 Bollywood blockbuster “Chennai Express”. If a movie were... The post Bhagini Nivedita Pratishthan Pune appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • Recognition received by Bhagini Nivedita Pratishthan

    Rohini Vemuganti
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    BNP has received the following - Pandita Ramabai Puraskar by Yashvantrao Pratishthan and Mazi Maitrin Charitable Trust Best Institute Award by Kesari Maratha Trust Jayantrao... The post Recognition received by Bhagini Nivedita Pratishthan appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • How it all began at Bhagini Nivedita Pratishthan

    Rohini Vemuganti
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:37 am
    It’s said that too many cooks spoil the broth. But in the case of Bhagini Nivedita Parishad, every cook has added a new spice, which... The post How it all began at Bhagini Nivedita Pratishthan appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • Helping the “aam aurat”

    Rohini Vemuganti
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Never underestimate the power of a common man is the theme of the 2013 Bollywood blockbuster “Chennai Express”. If a movie were to be made... The post Helping the “aam aurat” appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
 
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