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  • How Can You Measure Your Nonprofit’s Marketing Success?

    Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog
    Kivi Leroux Miller
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    Ever feel like you are just sort of flailing around at work, trying every last “best practice” and hoping you are somehow reaching who you want to reach? Or maybe you are really confident in your marketing strategy, but just need to be able to prove it’s working to your boss? Measuring things like email subscribers and dollars raised are pretty straight-forward. But how do you measure things like ideas, writing, and relationships? Measuring the success of your nonprofit’s marketing strategy isn’t just a series of numbers. You need a sound strategy, strong…
  • Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Kate Edgerton

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    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    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.  Want to be featured in this series? Tell us what you do in a typical day as a nonprofit communications pro. Kate Edgerton joined the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education in 2010 as an office assistant and has morphed into many different roles. She helps to keep the Center running smoothly, coordinating marketing efforts, maintaining the database, communicating with members, updating the website, sharing stories on social…
  • The One Call We All Want To Receive

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    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Are you making thank you calls to your donors or members? It's one of the few calls we all want to receive – and it can make a difference for donor retention and member engagement.
  • Building a Culture of Philanthropy (Blog)

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    daniam@stanford.edu
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
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  • Fundraising Programs

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    Simplenonprofit
    23 Nov 2011 | 9:18 am
    Fundraising Programs Whether you are just starting out with a nonprofit or you have been at it a while, fundraising becomes vital and that is where fundraising programs can help.  By engaging several fundraising programs you give donors and businesses several choices pick from when helping your nonprofit.  In addition, it also gives your nonprofit multiple donation streams that aid in funding stability. There is a huge variety of fundraising activities you nonprofit can embrace.  While some are complex, there does exist funding programs that are easy to implement and simple to manage.
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  • VIDEO: Love Yourself Enough to Try a New Path

    Rosetta
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:52 am
    Have you been feeling unhappy about your life lately…and maybe even a little disappointed in yourself? It may seem like nothing is working in your favor right now. You might be struggling in your business, your finances or even your relationships. You might be feeling discouraged in your situation because it seems like you don’t have any options. In moments like this, it’s important to remember that life doesn’t have to be this way. It’s never too late to change your circumstances! If you’ve been holding on to your suffering for far too long, the video…
  • VIDEO: 2 Simple Steps to Creating a Location-Independent Business

    Rosetta
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Do you dream of being able to live and work from anywhere in the world but just can’t figure out how to do that with your current job? If so, it may be time for you to create a location-independent business so that you can live life on your own terms. A “location-independent business” is a business that can be run VIRTUALLY, which is what allows you to manage it from anywhere in the world. Watch the video below for my two simple steps to help you get started. Step 1: Make a List of All the Places You Want to Go Make a list of all the places you want to travel to. Maybe…
  • Quiz: Do You Have a Struggle Mentality?

    Rosetta
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Today, I received a message from a woman – we’ll call her Sandy – who is having trouble making money in her business. There was one part of Sandy’s email that really touched me and inspired me to write this post. “I have never not had to struggle. It is all I know and the people around me also have that struggle mentality. But I know without a doubt God has a greater purpose for me in mind. I was not meant to merely to survive, but to thrive.” Do you have a “struggle mentality,” too? Do you find yourself getting in your own way every…
  • 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…
 
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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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  • Does Rigorous Data Analysis Thwart Effective Storytelling by Non-Profits?

    Beth
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Earlier this month I co-facilitated the “Impact Leadership Track” at the NTEN Leading Change Summit with John Kenyon, Elissa Perry, and Londell Jackson.   Our track was one of three where participants could take a deep dive into a topic and learn from peers through dialogue.  The event also included plenary speakers, including a provocative talk about storytelling with data from Alexandra Samuel. Her most controversial point was: “Rigorous data gathering and analysis can get in the way of effective storytelling by non-profits.” She was speaking to a room filled with nonprofit…
  • How To Train Your Attention and Be Effective When Working Online

    Beth
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Photo by BirgerKing Take a guess. Be honest. How long can you pay attention when working online before your mind wanders?    According to the Statistic Brain site list of attention span stats, in 2000 we had a 12 second attention span compared with an 8 second attention in 2013.   To put this context, a gold fish has an attention span of 9 seconds!    Attention span is the amount of concentrated time on a task without becoming distracted. Most educators and psychologists agree that the ability to focus attention on a task is crucial for the achievement of one’s goals. It’s no…
  • A Guide to Evaluating Networks

    Beth
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    Note from Beth:I met Madeleine Taylor back in 2009 while I was Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.  This was fairly early in the Foundation’s exploration of networks and Madeleine came in to discuss her approach to evaluating networks.   We draw a lot of network depictions on napkins and had an amazing conversation. I captured it in this blog post.  Fast forward five years, Madeleine has published a new guide on evaluating networks.  She kindly wrote this guest post about it.   A Guide to Evaluating Networks – Guest Post By Madeleine Taylor Over…
  • NTEN Leading Change Summit #14lcs: Reflection

    Beth
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    Photo by Trav Williams Last week I co-facilitated the “Impact Leadership Track” at the NTEN Leading Change Summit with John Kenyon, Elissa Perry, and Londell Jackson.   Our track was one of three where participants could take a deep dive into a topic and learn from peers through dialogue.  The event also included plenary speakers, including a provocative talk about data methods from Alexandra Samuel.  There were cross-track sessions that ranged from traditional panels to an unconference.    The culmination of these two and half very intense days was an Idea Accelerator Lab.
  • 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…
 
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  • Tampon Run game – fighting menstrual taboo one 8-bit tampon at a time

    Oriana Lauria
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Women spend over 3,000 days of their lives menstruating. Pretty normal stuff. Yet, many people feel uncomfortable when it comes to discussing anything related to menstruation - except for the classic put down: “you’re a bit grumpy. Are you on your period?” This is why Andy and Sophie, two teenagers from Girls Who Code, decided it was time to end the awkward and help the discussion ‘flow’. Author: Oriana Lauria
  • Son admits he’s straight in this video from Queer Lisboa

    Marc van Gurp
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    In a family where homosexuality is the norm, the son comes out of the closet. This spot is from Queer Lisboa, the Portuguese Film Festival dedicated exclusively to screening gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and transsexual themed films, a genre known as Queer Cinema. Related Queer Lisboa posts: - Brave Heart comes out of the closet in Lisbon - Perfect Ad For A Gay Film Festival (2012) (Buzzfeed) - You’ve Seen More Gay Movies Than You Think (2011) - I’m gonna be Mister Pink (2010) Author: Marc van Gurp
  • A Marriage to Remember

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    This intimate portrait is about Pam White. At the age of 61 she was given a diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. She had a fine and good life with her husband and three children. Filmmaker Banker White discovered through this documentary the power of the marriage of his parents.
  • Jon Hamm wants YOU to stop rape culture

    Tom Megginson
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    He may play a real bastard on Mad Men, but by all accounts Jon Hamm is a great guy in real life. So I’m not surprised he is the spokesperson for this campaign for the White House that obliquely addresses the problem of rape culture: Author: Tom Megginson
  • We can’t reverse what’s happened in Syria

    Marc van Gurp
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    In reverse, in a campaign video it’s possible. Not in Syria. But we can change how the story ends in the country with the huge amount of civilian casualties. Martin Stirling, the director behind The Most Shocking Second A Day brings us this heartbreaking but hopeful message. With the death toll close to 200,000 Syria is now the most dangerous place in the world. While ISIS have seized headlines, the story of this massacre is not making the news. Martin Stirling: “I really had no choice about whether or not to make this film. I was swamped by a couple of projects and I tried my…
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  • Failing Forward: Why building failure into your organizational culture can make it more successful

    Steph
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Michelle L. Chaplin Senior Manager, Online Fundraising PBS "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." - Thomas Edison Most people bristle at the sound of the “F” word. Failing is something to be ashamed of or something to use for deprecation (#FAIL, anyone?). But failing can be one of the most powerful tools your organization has to continuously innovate and improve its programs.
  • How Nonprofits Can Ensure Security and Compliance of Sensitive Data in the Cloud

    Steph
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Matt Goche Director of Security Consulting Sungard Availability Services How can a nonprofit protect the data it holds in the cloud? The vast majority of nonprofits employ cloud computing in some way, but they may not know or think about it. If you use Gmail, Google Docs, Microsoft Office Live Workspace, Salesforce, or Yahoo mail, you’re in the cloud. The cloud delivers key advantages for nonprofits, who often possess limited funds, space, and IT staff. Still, security and compliance are critical issues; many nonprofits worry just how protected they are and how they can meet compliance…
  • #14LCS Recap: Content Round-Up

    Joleen Ong
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    We kicked off September by launching the 2014 Leading Change Summit...and we couldn't have done it without you.All of us all NTEN are amazed (but not too surprised, really) by the degree of engagement at the 14LCS, and by the movement of individual ideas into actionable projects during the Idea Accelerator. We're grateful for the articles, blog posts, videos, photos, and more from the 14LCS community. Relive the experience and learn what attendees absorbed during the four days at 14LCS through this content round-up.Did we miss anything? Please let us know in the comments.Also, check out the…
  • From Big Data to Big Insights: Using data science to transform your work

    Steph
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Miriam Young Communications Specialist DataKind What do the Beverly Hillbillies theme song and data science have in common? Ah data, that “black gold” that is now everywhere. In fact, many have pronounced that “data is the new oil,” yet we’re still struggling with how to harness its potential. Worse still, many people are struggling just to understand what it really means. All this information could be used to make more informed decisions, react more quickly to changes, and better understand our environments. However, while we are surrounded by more data than ever before, we…
  • 2014 NTEN Awards at 14LCS

    Steph
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:55 pm
    This year's inaugural Leading Change Summit brought together an amazing group of attendees: passionate people who know they aren’t alone in believing there’s another way to tackle a social issue, who see the world in a multichannel network, and who are looking to flip our cycle of adopting new technology on its head. As part of 14LCS, we at NTEN were excited to recognize a few individuals and organizations who have gone above and beyond to push the limits, redefine the way we approach social impact, and help chart a course for all of us to follow. Based on nominations that came in from…
 
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    The Nonprofit Marketing Blog

  • The Secret Sauce of Record-Breaking Year-End Campaigns

    nancy@gettingattention.org
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    Come in close and listen hard. This is a secret I don’t want to broadcast to the entire world. The secret sauce to ensuring year-end campaign success that I’ve seen work time and time again is this year-end checklist. Year-end campaign creation and management is a busy, often overwhelming process fraught with anxiety. This checklist is the best antidote I know, and it doubles as a surefire tool to propel you to your year-end victory lap. Pinpoint Where You Are Right Now Roll up your sleeves and take a long, hard look at this year’s fundraising results to date, both quantitative and…
  • 11 Weeks to Go: Launch Your #GivingTuesday Team!

    nancy@gettingattention.org
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:36 am
    The Best December Ever For the past several weeks, we’ve focused on making this the best December ever, beginning with the launch of the giving season on #GivingTuesday, and running straight through year-end. In our first two posts, we shared thoughts on preparing for the giving season and whether to participate in #GivingTuesday. Beginning today, we’re digging into the tactics for a successful December, with #GivingTuesday as the launchpad. First up: Building your #GivingTuesday Team Enthusiasm + Planning + Execution = Success! Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said, “Nothing great was ever…
  • Two easy – yet lasting – ways to advance your nonprofit’s mission

    nancy@gettingattention.org
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:37 am
    (Editor’s note: Today’s post comes from our friends at the National Council of Nonprofits. Jennifer Chandler, Vice President and Director of Network Support & Knowledge Sharing, offers an easy way for your nonprofit to help advocate for charitable giving.) If you could make two simple phone calls or send two easy letters to advance your nonprofit’s mission, would you do it? If yes, then please read on. A ray of sunshine is peeking through dark storm clouds that have hovered over nonprofits the last several years. Those storms dropped the Great Recession, increased demands…
  • Still on the Fence About #GivingTuesday?

    nancy@gettingattention.org
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    To do, or not to do, #GivingTuesday… With 12 weeks to go, you are hearing about #GivingTuesday everywhere. In the press, and perhaps on your team, there are advocates and skeptics. And we get it. Year-end is a critical time, and your team has a full plate. So is #GivingTuesday worth it? From where we sit, the answer is simple: Yes! We are unabashed supporters and believers in the #GivingTuesday movement. For most nonprofits the question should not be ‘if’, but ‘how’, to incorporate #GivingTuesday into your December giving season. How does #GivingTuesday work (for your organization)?
  • Reclaim Back to School: How to Stay Energized, Relevant, and at the Top of Your Game

    nancy@gettingattention.org
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:20 am
    Our daughter, Charlotte, recently started sixth grade, and the pumped-up energy at school that first morning really got me thinking. “Back to school” is one of the definers of fall as we know it. It’s right up there with apples, the changing colors of the leaves, and Halloween. Here are all these kids marching into the unknown for nine months of learning and growth. Some are thrilled to be starting again, others are longing for the pool or camp, but all have this incredible opportunity to be exposed to new content, to digest it in the context of what they know now, and to arrive on the…
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  • Big Vision Tip: Stay on Track. Text Your Big Vision Buddy

    Britt Bravo
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    About a year and a half ago my friend Heather and I decided to try the Oprah and Deepak 21-Day Meditation Experience. To make sure we completed it, we texted each other right after we meditated. There were many mornings when I would "forget" to meditate (isn't it funny how our minds do that when we're resisting something?), and her text would prompt me to do it.It worked so well that even when the 21 days were over, we continued to text each other after we meditated. A year and half later, our meditation practices certainly aren't perfect, but they're so much a part of our lives that we no…
  • Bye-Bye Big Vision Podcast: 70+ Interviews Over 7 Years with Social Changemakers

    Britt Bravo
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:37 pm
    East Bay Express, Best of the East Bay 2007Today is my day for letting go of things to make space for something new.I just told my VegCookbook Club that I'm stepping down as its organizer, and now I'm letting go of the Big Vision Podcast. It has been REALLY hard to let this go, but after not posting an interview for a year, I know that it is time.I started the Big Vision Podcast in 2006 about six months after starting Have Fun, Do Good. When I told my husband that I wanted to interview social changemakers for my blog, he suggested that I start a podcast. He had the audio equipment to help me…
  • Color = happiness

    Britt Bravo
    7 Jun 2014 | 8:18 am
    A few years ago, I had a vivid dream that I went into a dark therapist's office to meet with my client, Cameron Diaz. She wanted to know the secret to happiness, so I told her:Cook Connect Care ColorI've heard that all of the characters in your dreams are aspects of yourself, so I've thought a lot over the years about my advice to the "Cameron Diaz" aspect of myself. Cooking, connecting and caring made sense, but I didn't fully understand the color part until last week when I joined Andrea Sher's e-course: Collecting Color: 30 Days of Photo Joy. I'm having so much fun!Each day, for…
  • The healing power of . . .

    Britt Bravo
    31 May 2014 | 12:45 pm
    I woke up this morning feeling kinda poopy. It was one of those mornings when I felt like a "broken" person. When I feel like that, I sometimes wonder if it is all me, or if I am also feeling the pain and sadness everyone is feeling (I'm a bit of an emotional sponge).I began thinking about what heals, what helps us feel more whole, and how there are a lot of things we say have "healing power":Healing power of natureHealing power of listeningHealing power of artHealing power of hugsHealing power of laughterHealing power of tears Healing power of animalsHealing power of childrenHealing power of…
  • Feeling Between Seasons

    Britt Bravo
    23 Feb 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Is it spring yet?It is warm and lovely outside today, and I'm feeling between seasons. It's technically winter, the time of the year when we're supposed to stay inside and embrace the quiet and the darkness, but it's also spring-like (at least in California), which is inspiring a desire to bloom.Very confusing weather that is reflective of the transition time I'm in.In January, I joined the staff of Rockwood Leadership Institute as the Senior Communications Manager (yay!), which has been awesome, and a big change after working for myself for about eight years. Over the past couple months,…
 
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  • Back at Nonprofit Marketing: Rejuvenated & Recalibrating

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:22 am
    I know your fall is booting up big time—on right-now to-dos, end-of-year campaigns and thinking/talking on what to do differently and better next year. Same here, and for our client orgs. But—thanks to pulling myself away from work for a much-needed sabbatical—I’m seeing what’s ahead for me and Getting Attention.org far more clearly than ever before. Now, two months later, I’m back to work and focused on bringing my new professional vision to life. That’s: Finding a way to keep doing what I love (that stays put—guiding nonprofits like yours to build &…
  • Learn to Tell 5-Star Stories: NYC-Area, Limited Seats

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:27 am
    Yes you can—Find, Shape & Share Stories that Activate Your Supporters. Join me on October 1 in NYC. But register right now. Just a few seats remain. In the competition for attention, connection and action, CHOOSING WHAT TO TALK ABOUT and HOW is one of the most powerful marketing methods your nonprofit has. But many organizations leave this game-changer undeveloped or overlooked altogether. That’s where the right stories come in, and they have far too much potential to ignore! So don’t . Instead… Join me for this intensive (but totally fun!) hands-on workshop,…
  • Great Nonprofit Marketing Jobs: Monday Matters!

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:20 am
    Please post your open nonprofit marketing positions here Associate Director of Marketing & Communications, The Center for State and Local Finance (Atlanta, GA) Chief Marketing Officer, Net Impact (San Francisco, CA) Communications & Marketing Manager, The Lewy Body Dementia Association (Lilburn, GA) Communications & Marketing Manager, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic (Hawthorne, NY) Communications & Public Engagement Coordinator, Outdoor Alliance (Washington, DC) Communications Director, Bead for Life (Boulder, CO) Communications Director, Why Marriage Matters Ohio…
  • Your New Nonprofit Marketing Job: Take it Forward Tuesday!

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:20 am
    Please post your open nonprofit marketing positions here Assistant Designer – Education Publications & Communications, Hospital for Special Surgery (New York, NY) Content Specialist, National Trust for Historic Preservation (Washington, DC) Communications Coordinator, The Work Place (Bridgeport,CT) Communications Director, Public Square Partnership (Bridgeport, CT) Communications Specialist, DentaQuest Foundation (Boston, MA) Digital Marketing Manager, Panthera (New York, NY) Director of Communications, North Avenue Presbyterian Church (Atlanta, GA) Director of Marketing…
  • 14 Fantastic Nonprofit Marketing Jobs

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:20 am
    Please post your open nonprofit marketing positions here Associate Director of Organizational Communications, Garden Conservancy (Garrison, NY) Communications and Partnerships Manager, Columbia University, CPC Learning (New York, NY) Communications Officer, International Planned Parenthood Federation (New York, NY) Communications Manager, Community Servings (Boston, MA) Digital Content Coordinator, SOS Children’s Villages (Washington, DC) Digital Organizer, Corporate Accountability International (Boston, MA) Information Graphics Designer, Council for a Strong America (Washington, DC)…
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  • The Going Rate for Highest Quality Experience Goods

    Phil Cubeta
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    In Wealth Bondage, Tammy  is the most sought after of my fellow serving professionals.  Lovely, educated, pneumatic, she provides to our highest capacity clients what she calls "the ultra high end girlfriend experience." $75,000 a night, or proportionally more by the hour. I too am smitten but unable to afford her rates, or even a cup of coffee, I tried flattery.  "Tammy," I said, "you are far better than that. What you offer as a human being is beyond any market price." "I know," she said, "I am raising my rates to $100,000 a…
  • The Parable of the Talents (updated)

    Phil Cubeta
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    "Why," I asked The Happy Tutor, "does a priest who saves a person's soul live in poverty, while a heart surgeon who saves only the person's life makes millions?" Tutor said nothing, absorbed in a web video by Dan Pallota.  "I will let you know you in minute," he said, "just let me finish this."  
  • 2 and 20 to save the world (explanation to come later)

    Phil Cubeta
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    When social venture people say that they are sector agostic, or that nonprofits would benefit from a dose of the profit motive, I wonder how they address issues like these in forprofit education. One benefit (excuse me, please) of nonprofit jobs is that profit maximizers do not apply. Nonprofit structures prevent a highly talented person from doing good while making a killing, and that is the point. Once you get used to making a killing, doing good becomes one more shuck and one more jive, in culting the brand. I asked Fr Brennan (former Jesuit Priest, now employed by a Hedge Fund creating a…
  • Venus in Spurs

    Phil Cubeta
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    The professor, it says here,  lives happily in his Dumpster, as do I, only his is better. Retrofitting Dumpsters for the poor could be an entrepreneurial social venture, for Bottom of the Pyramid Consumers - not making money off the poor but reducing the cost of being poor. Anyway, I did attend SOCAP14, saw Jed Emerson wearing a Big Black Fist (Power to the People) T shirt, and met many young people who are brimming with idealism and a belief that markets are the best way to express their identity, express ideals, and make a practical difference and a good buck too. Also present…
  • 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.  
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  • Apple's Watch and the Ethics of Data

    Lucy Bernholz
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Apple made big news this week with the announcement of its new phones with mobile payment built in and it's new watch, which seems to be a platform for everything from telling you the time to heartbeat sharing (?!)Much has been written by privacy experts, tech geeks, health policy wonks, and financial gurus about all the new stuff this new OS and device are bringing.Personally, I appreciated the Cupertino company's doing such a fabulous job of sending a signal that  digital civil society has arrived. (And just in time for our conference on the Ethics of Data - how perfect!)Here's the…
  • Why focus on civil society and data?

    Lucy Bernholz
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:31 pm
    This is the third of a three-part series leading up to the Ethics of Data in Civil Society Conference at Stanford on September 15-16. Big data and government. Big data and business. Big data and consumers.Why are we focused on data and civil society?First, what is civil society? This is a question that scholars can debate for years, so let's shortcut that and use this definition - "Civil society is where we use our private resources (money, time, data) to benefit a public (someone other than ourselves))."In many places (including the U.S), the nonprofit sector and philanthropy are often used…
  • What codes inform our work with digital data?

    Lucy Bernholz
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    This is the second of a three-part series on the ethics of data in civil society, leading up the Stanford Conference on September 15-16.Ethical codes abound - here's a list of just a few of them with relevance to how nonprofit organizations or private action for the public benefit.Asilomar Convention: Ethical decision making in higher education researchhttp://asilomar-highered.info/A manifesto for the future of the 'right to be forgotten' debatehttp://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jul/22/a-manifesto-for-the-future-of-the-right-to-be-forgotten-debateThe Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights…
  • 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…
 
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    A Small Change

  • Measuring the Un-measurable

    Jason Dick
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Sometimes because of one situation or another your organization will not give you measurable statistics. Maybe you are working on a venture project that has not yet been created, maybe you’ve been told to raise money for something that is a good idea but has no staff support. Here are a few things I’ve done to survive in this measureless world. Straight away I’ll make sure that I can measure my own fundraising success to help me in building a future case for measurable results. It is important that you keep trying to get these measurable results. Do not settle for doing a bad job at…
  • To Measure or Not to Measure

    Jason Dick
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    It is always good to make every attempt to have and provide measurable results to your donors. I have found, that sometimes we do not have the opportunity to do this to the degree we would like to or should. I have been frustrated many times with how little measurable and tangible things that I am raising money for. If we do not have enough measurable tangible results in what you are fundraising for try talking with your. Explain to them how important it is that donors know you have a plan for donation. If you think that is impossible to connect every donor to a specific gift take World…
  • Oh No! Not Another Good Idea

    Jason Dick
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Do you ever feel like you have way to many ideas?  Or do you feel like you have a lot of great ideas and things you want to do but never end up with time to get them done?  How do you manage your good ideas?  Do you ever find yourself partway through a new book on fundraising and are overcome with the number of programs or techniques you want to change? Every couple weeks there is something new that I want to try and almost every day there is a story or publication that I want to tweak to be more donor-centric.  I’ve found that if you don’t make new ideas a priority they will never…
  • 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…
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    Frogloop

  • Are You Keeping Up With Social Media Trends?

    Allyson Kapin
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    We know that social media is discussed at every tech conference, in every workshop, and within nonprofit organizations, but no matter how much we talk about it, the trends are always shifting, changing, and growing. It's important to keep up with the updates, and make sure you're utilizing social media the best you can for your organization. It's also critical to remember that what works for one organization may not be the right practices for you. We took a look at the social media marketing trends for 2014 from Social Media Examiner, and found a really great infographic to go along with it.
  • Strategies to Maximize your #GivingTuesday

    Salima Mangalji
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:27 pm
    With the holiday season inching closer and closer, your nonprofit might be looking to recharge your holiday giving campaigns. One option you may consider is to create a #GivingTuesday campaign for December 2nd to amp up your year-end fundraising. #GivingTuesday is a way for charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Last year #GivingTuesday raised more than $19.2M in online donations for participating nonprofits (according to this Blackbaud statistic). Here are some tips to…
  • Infographic: Data From America's Biggest Online Giving Challenge

    Allyson Kapin
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Last spring I learned about the 24-hour online Give Local America fundraising challenge. I was inspired by the idea because it provided a great way for local communities to come together and raise money to support local charities and causes. As I was watching the final hours of the campaign on May 6th, I was blown away to see that over $53M was raised in donations. It became the biggest giving day in US history. Give Local America just released their final data from the successful giving day.   Some of the impressive data includes: Total Donations: 306,098 Sector Raised the Most: Health…
  • Best Times to Post on Social Media

    Allyson Kapin
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:59 pm
    If you are like most organizations, your staff wears many hats. If you are juggling several tasks including managing social media accounts, check out this data about the best times to post updates. However, before you dive into it, it's important that you remember to look at your own engagement and what the best times are to post for your own organization. Sometimes posting during the "dead zone periods" can be beneficial because you are not competing with all the noise. The best thing that you can do is to test it.    Best Times to Post on Social Media: Twitter  9am-7pm…
  • 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…
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    GlobalGiving Blog - News and Updates

  • New Infographic: GlobalGiving’s Bet on Improving Nonprofit Effectiveness

    Alison Carlman
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
    Click to read about the impact GlobalGiving has in the world You may be familiar with GlobalGiving as a way to help nonprofits raise funds from individual donors and progressive companies. But that’s only part of our mission. Our mission is to catalyze a marketplace for information, ideas and money, helping nonprofits access not only critical funding, but also critical tools and knowledge so that you can be as effective as possible with the resources you do have. What do we mean by effectiveness? Well here’s what we’ve seen: whether in business, government or the nonprofit sector, the…
  • GlobalGiving to Hold Its First Summit on Social Media & Online Giving July 1-2, 2014 in New Delhi, India

    Alison Carlman
    11 Jun 2014 | 12:54 pm
    (WASHINGTON, DC), June 10, 2014 – GlobalGiving, the organization behind charitable giving websites GlobalGiving.org and GlobalGiving.co.uk, will hold its Summit on Social Media & Online Giving on July 1-2, 2014 in New Delhi, India. The Summit is produced in partnership with Social Media for Nonprofits, the premiere global event series on social media for social good. The first-ever, two-day in-person event from GlobalGiving will bring together representatives from global technology services and leading South Asian NGOs to share insights, trends, and best practices for effectively…
  • Local or Global. You choose.

    Donna Callejon
    10 Jun 2014 | 9:07 am
    Every CSR professional knows that securing company resources and operational support can be challenging at times. In addition, most employee engagement professionals are juggling many roles, so managing multiple philanthropic partners can be a challenge. But when you’re a 300,000+ employee company with a footprint in more than a hundred countries, you strive to provide your employees with programs that are as equitable and engaging as possible, while of course minimizing the time and expense necessary to administer them. That’s why we are very excited to have launched a…
  • Pursue Purpose Through New Power

    Angela Wu
    22 May 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Jeremy Heimans at CECP 2014 Summit: What Counts Imagine you’re eleven. You live in Rio. You absolutely love school. It’s a safe place where you are free to learn, engage with your peers, and grow. But suddenly you hear about plans to demolish the school building. In its place will be a parking lot for a local stadium. What do you do? In a perpetually evolving world, it’s necessary to be mindful that the way we approach change may need to adapt. Now more than ever, we’re equipped with tools and technology to tackle problem-solving with innovation, creativity, and efficiency. Jeremy…
  • A Full Circle of Giving

    Donna Callejon
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:43 am
    GlobalGiving recently joined the VMware Foundation at its Palo Alto headquarters to celebrate Pi Day by sharing ways that we can all support our global community. On the day marked by 3.14—and the joys of calculating the circumference of a circle—it was a reminder to us about the full circle of giving: the giving and receiving that helps propel our mission. We see this full circle exemplified by our continued collaboration with the VMware Foundation. The VMware Foundation believes in Citizen Philanthropy, in which every individual’s actions matter and add up to our collective impact. In…
 
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    Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

  • #MixedLinks for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:42 am
    Happy Friday! Let’s cap off the week with some Mixed Links … StayClassy presents a case study on how to get donors to re-engage in Asking Donors to Give Again Through Positive Reinforcement. In more donor retention news, Network for Good shows you How to Write a Fundraising Letter That Wins Back Lapsed Donors. Have you bought a Facebook Ad and not been happy with the results? John Haydon shares 5 Costly Facebook Ad Mistakes You Can Fix with This Checklist. Gail Perry warns A General Unrestricted Ask is LAZY Fundraising. If you couldn’t make it to this year’s Leading…
  • How Can You Measure Your Nonprofit’s Marketing Success?

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    Ever feel like you are just sort of flailing around at work, trying every last “best practice” and hoping you are somehow reaching who you want to reach? Or maybe you are really confident in your marketing strategy, but just need to be able to prove it’s working to your boss? Measuring things like email subscribers and dollars raised are pretty straight-forward. But how do you measure things like ideas, writing, and relationships? Measuring the success of your nonprofit’s marketing strategy isn’t just a series of numbers. You need a sound strategy, strong…
  • Super Short is Super Sweet: Storytelling that Hooks Digital Donors

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    Jim Lynch TechSoup is currently running their annual Storymakers contest so today we have TechSoup’s Jim Lynch to share some tips on how to create short, but compelling videos you can use for fundraising, to say thank you or to share your mission. ~Kivi Guest Post by Jim Lynch of TechSoup The heart of effective fundraising is telling a story that a donor can emotionally connect with. These days, one of the easiest ways to reach a donor with a story is through social media. When it comes to social media, visual marketing is a primary driver for connecting with audiences. This is why…
  • Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Kate Edgerton

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    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.  Want to be featured in this series? Tell us what you do in a typical day as a nonprofit communications pro. Kate Edgerton joined the Genesee Center for the Arts & Education in 2010 as an office assistant and has morphed into many different roles. She helps to keep the Center running smoothly, coordinating marketing efforts, maintaining the database, communicating with members, updating the website, sharing stories on social…
  • Nonprofit Communicators Photo-A-Day Challenge! #NPCommPix

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you spend much time at all on Instagram, you’ve seen those Photo-A-Day challenges. I thought it would be fun to create one especially for our community, so I teamed up with Dawn Crawford from BC/DC Ideas, a friend, Instagram junkie, and fellow geek and transplant to North Carolina, to create the Nonprofit Communicators Photo-A-Day Challenge, or #NPCommPix. The inaugural challenge will be this October 1- 31, 2014. We are telling you now, so you can get ready to play with us! (If you haven’t embraced Instagram yet either personally or professionally, this is a great way to warm…
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    SocialFish

  • [Cool Infographic Friday] Is there such a thing as online privacy?

    Maddie Grant
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Short answer is no, but more interestingly to me is the fact that despite these numbers, everyone uses social media anyway. H/t Rad Campaign and Craig Newmark. ————- (photo credit) More like this...[Cool Infographic Friday] How Will You Deal With Your Digital Afterlife?[Cool Infographic Friday] Clues to Facebook’s Future From Facebook Investing[Cool Infographic Friday] Top 10 Data Breaches[Cool Infographic Friday] 7 Ways to Screw Up Your Mobile Email Campaign[Cool Infographic Friday] 5 Reasons To Teach Your Kid To Code[Cool Infographic Friday] – Optimizing…
  • Small Business Set-Up and Digital Project Management

    Editorial
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    This is a digital project management guide to help small businesses and has been provided by Jeanne Heeraman. —————— With the way the business and media landscape has changed in the last few years, it’s little surprise that this has created and encouraged more entrepreneurial vision and start ups than we’ve ever seen. Now that everything is web based, with such a focus on social media, and with various grants and funds accessible to those with a plan, it means that it’s easier than ever to start your own business. So how can you make sure…
  • Association Social Media: Philanthropy Ohio

    Maddie Grant
    17 Sep 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.   ——————— This interview is with Jessica Howard, Membership Services Associate, Philanthropy Ohio. Welcome! 1) First things first –  in what…
  • Why is your content strategy failing?

    Jessica Davis
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    It is important to understand that it is not enough to just have a content marketing strategy in place. It should have the ability to make a difference in your organization, and should also help in attracting new members. Planning out an effective strategy that does both the jobs well can be difficult, and may not necessarily hit all the right chords amongst your consumers. There is a spectrum of factors that contribute towards making your content marketing strategy a success instead of a complete flop. From content generation to content publishing – each step is crucial and has to be…
  • Content Marketing Isn’t Always About Content Creation

    Editorial
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    This post is by Rich Becker and originally appeared on Words. Concepts. Strategies. It is reposted here with permission. ——————– Given the number of public relations firms with their feet in social media and digital marketing, one would think more organizations could demonstrate content creation restraint. They don’t. Content creation continues to be the focus of most digital marketing and public relations campaigns and it’s starting to backfire. There is so much being produced nowadays that some people are rightly asking how much is too…
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    AFP Blog: Recent News of Note

  • A Gender Lens For Giving: Women In Philanthropy Urged To Invest More In Women And Girls - Forbes

    Reed Stockman
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    A Gender Lens For Giving: Women In Philanthropy Urged To Invest More In Women And Girls - Forbes: "A Gender Lens For Giving: Women In Philanthropy Urged To Invest More In Women And Girls" 'via Blog this'
  • 7520 Rate for October Stable at 2.2% | Planned Giving Design Center

    Reed Stockman
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:04 am
    7520 Rate for October Stable at 2.2% | Planned Giving Design Center: "For purposes of determining the present value of an annuity, an interest for life or a term of years, or a remainder or a reversionary interest, the applicable federal rate under section 7520 for October 2014 is 2.2%; Stable with the last four month's rates." 'via Blog this'
  • Charity ride Couple to auction off Aardman figures on trip to Africa | Bristol Post

    Reed Stockman
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    Charity ride Couple to auction off Aardman figures on trip to Africa | Bristol Post: "The pair, who say they are not experienced cyclists, are raising money for Bristol-based charity the Kenyan Orphan Project – and Jake has managed to pull in some very special favours to help their fundraising mission. Jake is digital creative director for Aardman and his colleagues have decided to get behind
  • What Goes Into a Successful Mentor Relationship?: Associations Now

    Reed Stockman
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    What Goes Into a Successful Mentor Relationship?: Associations Now: "One mentor/mentee pair share their perspective about the tactics to forge a rewarding mentor relationship. The mentoring relationship can be somewhat of a mixed bag—sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t." 'via Blog this'
  • Second Mile Seeks Court Permission to Sell Pa. Property – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    Reed Stockman
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:37 am
    Second Mile Seeks Court Permission to Sell Pa. Property – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "The Pennsylvania nonprofit founded by the convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky is seeking a court’s OK to sell land once designated for the youth charity’s headquarters, writes the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The Second Mile filed a petition Tuesday to sell the 60.7-acre parcel
 
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    Wild Apricot Blog (RSS 2.0)

  • The One Call We All Want To Receive

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Are you making thank you calls to your donors or members? It's one of the few calls we all want to receive – and it can make a difference for donor retention and member engagement.
  • 1-On-1 With Greg Damron – Part 3: Events and Welcoming New Members

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Here is our final post in our 1-On-1 interview series with Greg Damron of ATD St. Louis. In this post, Greg offers insight into his organization's event planning and member welcoming processes as well as some final words of advice for his membership peers.
  • Choosing New Membership Software For Your Association?

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    If your fall planning includes finding membership management software, here is a guide to help you determine your needs and evaluate your options.
  • Back to School Behavior, Magnetic Membership and More

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    This week's link round-up offers four posts on: kick-starting your board, creating member value, fine-tuning your events website, and checking your new appeal letter.
  • 1-On-1 With Greg Damron – Part 2: Building Community

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Here is Part 2 of our 3-part blog series of highlights of our 1-On-1 interview with Greg Damron of ATD St. Louis who offered insight on building community and offering membership value.
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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

  • Fracking an Arid Landscape: New Report Examines Freshwater Availability near Gas Reserves

    afrank
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:39 am
    As governments around the world consider tapping into their shale gas reserves through fracking, a new report cautions them to consider a key factor: available freshwater. The World Resources Institute (WRI) found that 38 percent of shale resources lie beneath arid or water-stressed regions. These areas may face water shortages and disputes when fracking’s enormous thirst for water competes with other local uses. Fracking often requires millions of gallons of water per well in order to release the gas locked deep within the bedrock. And even though this accounts for a tiny portion of…
  • An Extreme Congressional Attack on Americans' Right to Breathe Healthy Air

    guest
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
    Originally posted by John Walke on Switchboard, the blog of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Reprinted by permission. Some conservative members of the Senate and House of Representatives introduced legislation this week bent on abolishing the 44-year-old health foundation for the Clean Air Act and eliminating Americans' right to breathe safe air. Senator John Thune (R-SD) co-sponsored the Senate bill with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and others. Representatives Pete Olson (R-TX) and Bob Latta (R-OH) co-sponsored the House bill. Both bills [pdf] would force the U.S. EPA…
  • The Star-Spangled Banner is a Song Full of Questions

    sklinger
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    Early on the morning of Sept. 14, I joined several hundred fellow citizens, along with guests from Canada and the United Kingdom, inside Fort McHenry in Baltimore. We huddled in the chilly morning air in the dawn’s early light to remember the moment 200 years earlier when Francis Scott Key penned the first words of the poem that was to become our national anthem. Key watched the 25-hour bombardment, part of the War of 1812, from a truce ship anchored about four miles from the fort. On Sept. 13, 1814, British war ships launched 200-pound bombs a mile into the air, which fell toward the…
  • 50 Years of Federal Workers Investing in America's Charities

    moriordan
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Federal workers help tens of thousands of people across the country, not just in their everyday work but with their generosity. In 1964, the first Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) was launched as an experiment. It raised $12.9 million dollars for charity (that’s $99 million in 2014 dollars). Today, 50 years after that experiment, the CFC raises a staggering $282.6 million for nonprofit organizations, allowing federal workers' payroll contributions to change lives and transform communities, throughout the U.S. and around the world. Historical Roots of the CFC Before the 1950s, no…
  • Support Those Who Support Us: Let Your Dollar Be Your Vote for Responsible Corporate Taxpayers

    sklinger
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    Tax Rates Paid by Major Retailers, Restaurants, Banks, and Cable/Cell Providers Over the last month, American consumers have sent a strong message to companies thinking about abandoning the U.S. and moving offshore: if you stop supporting the U.S. by avoiding taxes, we’ll stop supporting you and shop elsewhere. The offshore move, known in policy circles as "corporate inversion," occurs when a large American business buys a smaller foreign firm, then trades in its U.S registration for the foreign papers of its merger partner. It is the latest tax-dodging strategy for companies…
 
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    eJewish Philanthropy: Your Jewish Philanthropy Resource

  • 10 Ways to Engage Young Adults this High Holiday Season

    eJP
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:20 am
    By Rabbi Elie Kaunfer and Rabbi Ari Weiss For many, the High Holidays represent a fresh start. With all of our community’s services, celebrations, learning retreats and dinners happening over the next few weeks, this season is an ideal opportunity to involve young adults in meaningful Jewish experiences, and to lay the foundation for their year-round engagement in Jewish life. This year, thousands of Taglit-Birthright Israel alumni and young adults from across the country will access your holiday events on NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation’s interactive map, and we want to…
  • Reflections on the New Year: Defining a Jewish View of the World

    eJP
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    By Steven Windmueller, Ph.D. As we enter 5775, the world is in a different place, and for certain Jews find themselves in a complex and challenging environment. The global picture might best be defined as one of social displacement, where the core axioms and norms of the social order seem to be shifting. While such rapid and radical changes have profound and problematic implications for world Jewry, this also affords an opportunity for Judaism to be understood as an ideology committed to the idea of human perfectibility. Two competing views of humankind appear to be at hand. On the one hand…
  • Second Limmud in Vitebsk Creates Dramatic Atmosphere

    eJP
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:40 am
    Belarusian dance group at opening program; photo by Yossi Aloni. By Larisa Popovskaya Limmud does not stop. The world is anticipating every Limmud that happens all around the globe. I wouldn’t be surprised that the first event that would take place on Mars or in space would be Limmud. But let’s come back to the Earth. September time, year 2014, the Republic of Belarus, in the city of Vitebsk. These are the coordinates of the most recent Limmud FSU. More than 700 participants from Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Israel and the US came to the birthplace of the famous Jewish painter Marc…
  • Philanthropists Are People, Too

    eJP
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:35 am
    By Ken Gordon You know the Jewish world needs? It needs to believe in itself. That is, Jewish communal professionals must empower themselves to act, speak, and think in brave and interesting ways. It’s a challenging task. Even the most creative staffers and administrators suffer from the nonprofit inferiority complex, an unshakable sense that they just aren’t quite as worthy as those who derive money and power from the for-profit world. This brand of self-effacing shame is most visible when nonprofit people deal with donors. Communal professionals often – too often – enact a…
  • Fear in a Library, then Aliyah to Israel

    eJP
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:40 pm
    The Balaban family of Gorlovka, Ukraine, fled their home after Olga’s workplace was shelled. Now adjusting to their new home in Haifa, they look back at the home they left, and forward to the lives they hope to build here. photo by Nathan Roie By Nathan Roie Olga Balaban, 56, had just 10 months to go until she could retire from her job as a librarian at the medical school in her hometown of Gorlovka, in Eastern Ukraine, where she had lived her entire life. Other than the fact that her husband suffers from a disability that complicates his daily life, things were good: she was surrounded…
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    Fispace

  • Anti-cafards: La solution pour éradiquer tous les cafards !

    John
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:47 am
    Salut tous le monde ! Mon dieux les cafards il n’y a rien de pire ! Ces petites bêtes rampantes sont tous simplement dégoûtantes ! Elles sont grosse en plus… J’ai essayé tous les moyens possible pour m’en débarrasser mais impossible de parvenir à quoi que ce soit… Jusqu’à ce que quelqu’un m’aide. J’ai trouvé toutes les informations et les produits anti-cafards sur ce site: http://www.espace-antinuisible.fr/19-anti-cafards Cette entreprise m’a été vraiment utile car ils ont pris du temps pour écouter mon problème, les…
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • Weekend Link Roundup (September 21-22, 2014)

    Mitch Nauffts
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    We're back, just in time for the autumnal equinox and what some are calling the largest climate change-related demonstration in history. Lots of other things happening as well, so let's get to it.... Charity Writing in TIME, Jean Case, CEO...
  • 'Thoughtful' vs. 'Thoughtless' Giving

    Mitch Nauffts
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Are you a thoughtful giver? A simple question, right? But think about it. How much thought do you really put into your charitable giving? And what about other donors? Would you say the majority of donors are "thoughtful" givers? Or...
  • Helping Low-Income Students Gain College Access AND Success

    Mitch Nauffts
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    As children across the country headed back to school this fall, the United States reached a milestone of sorts: nearly half the children enrolled in public schools now come from low-income families. As the public school population in the U.S....
  • Bright Shiny Objects

    Mitch Nauffts
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:56 am
    I like Alec Baldwin. I really do. He's sassy and good-looking. He's got a great head of hair and that instantly recognizable deep, silky, authoritative voice lulls you in whether he's cueing up classical music, bossing Liz Lemon around, or...
  • [Infographic] LGBT Rights Around the World

    Mitch Nauffts
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    If, like us, recent headlines have you feeling more than a little discouraged, the infographic below should cheer you up. While acknowledging that gays and lesbians around the world have widely different experiences, it notes that the legal status of...
 
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    The GiveWell Blog

  • Challenges of transparency

    Holden
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:42 pm
    When we first started GiveWell, we wondered why major staffed foundations didn’t write more about the thinking behind their giving (and the results of it), in order to share their knowledge and influence others. We’ve tried to counterbalance normal practice by making transparency one of our core values. Our commitment to transparency is as strong as it’s ever been; we derive major benefits from it, and we believe there’s far too little public information and discussion about giving. At the same time, we’ve learned a lot about just why transparency in philanthropy…
  • David Roodman’s draft writeup on immigration and current residents’ wages

    Holden
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    As discussed previously, we are investigating the cause of labor mobility as a potential focus area within U.S. policy. Much of our investigation is focused on outlining potential giving opportunities; concurrently, we are interested in reviewing the academic literature on the merits (and possible drawbacks) of the policy changes that we would be working toward. One key question around this cause is whether increasing immigration to the U.S. (something that we believe could be an excellent outcome in global anti-poverty terms) would result in lower wages for current U.S. residents. We…
  • 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…
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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

  • Want Rockstar Results? 6 Key Elements In A Nonprofit Plan

    Cari Mostert
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    Don’t let all this talk about nonprofit plans, strategic plans, fundraising plans, marketing plans or annual plans get you rattled. Whenever your nonprofit year begins – be it January or June – it’s never too late to put nonprofit planning on the agenda. Even if your organization only comprises yourself, your mother, the green grocer down the road, a local urban farmer, two student volunteers and the dog; all nonprofits started somewhere! Basically, nonprofit planning is setting out the considerations (on paper) that you’ll have hammered out when deciding to start a nonprofit in…
  • Raising Funds and Raising Spirits: Keep Your Group Motivated

    FundraisingIP.com
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    The goal of this article is to motivate you to think about motivation. The most brilliant Fundraising ideas can produce disappointing results if people are not motivated to implement them. There will be no plan of action in what follows, but rather our thoughts intended to provoke your thoughts. To motivate is to stimulate an interest in somebody to do something. In the best of worlds, the motivated person is enthusiastic, meaning that the motivation comes from within. So, one way to motivate a group might be to begin a fundraising drive with an informal meeting – more like a party –…
  • 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…
 
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    Social media marketing hacks for nonprofits | Powered by JohnHaydon.Com

  • Ice Bucket Challenge Raises Over $1 Million in 30 days [INFOGRAPHIC]

    John Haydon
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge surpassed $100 million dollars in 30 days. This is huge! Rallybound published an infographic highlighting the gargantuan fundraising results from the famed crowdfunding campaign. Over $100 million in donations was raised in just 30 days. That’s $37 per second! ALS also acquired 2.1 million new donors, and engaged over 112M people on Facebook. Needless to say, this is a massive increase on all fronts for this organization who only raised $2.8 million during the same 30 days last year. The post Ice Bucket Challenge Raises Over $1 Million in 30 days…
  • 5 Costly Facebook Ad Mistakes You Can Fix With This Checklist

    John Haydon
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    If you’ve used Facebook ads before, you’ve probably kicked yourself at some pointing for spending more than you should have for a campaign. It’s hard to keep track of everything you need to do to get the most from Facebook ads. From selecting the right targeting, to picking the best post to boost, there many ways to increase ROI for your Facebook ads. Here are five costly Facebook ad mistakes, along with a checklist of recommended reading: Facebook Ad Mistake #1: Boosting Crappy Content Facebook only sells reach, but you want likes, comments and shares. But you want…
  • 11 Surprising Donation Form Optimization Stats [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Frank Barry
    6 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    Donation for optimization is a key part of online fundraising success and a great way to boost donor acquisition. But sadly, so many nonprofits are doing it all wrong. A recent research report covering a variety of online fundraising topics done by Brad Davies and others at Dunham+Company reveals some surprising results that you, a fellow online fundraising enthusiast, should be aware of. Some of it is good news, but it’s mostly not-so-good news. On the brights side, you can run through the quick list below, evaluate your current online donation form, and quickly make some simple…
  • How to Publish Updates to Your Facebook Page (VIDEO TUTORIAL)

    John Haydon
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    File this under basics. There are four main types of Facebook posts: status updates, links, photos and videos. In this video tutorial, I cover the basic steps to publishing these updates: How to publish a status update How to publish a link post How to publish a photo How target updates based on age, gender, location, etc. How to schedule updates The post How to Publish Updates to Your Facebook Page (VIDEO TUTORIAL) appeared first on John Haydon.
  • OMG! You Won’t Believe What Facebook Just Did To Click Bait!

    John Haydon
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Click-baiting is when you post a link that encourages people to click, without telling them what they will see. For example, “OMG! You Won’t Believe What Facebook Just Did To Click Bait!” And of course these examples from UpWorthy: Tricking people into clicking? Don’t do it. The purpose of click-baiting is to trick people into clicking. The more people that click, the more exposure a link gets in the News Feed. Until now. In their News Feed FYI, Facebook says that people prefer headlines that help them decide if they want to read the article before they click. With this…
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    Social Media Bird Brain

  • Where Your Content Marketing Went Wrong

    3 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    This slideshow by Rand Fishkin lays out a lot of what I've been trying to say about engagement and using social media to its most beneficial. Give it a look: Why Content Marketing Fails from Rand Fishkin Update on Adventures in Customer Service You may remember I said I couldn't recommend Readymag because their customer service wasn't up to par. Very soon after, I got a couple of emails
  • 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
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    Ken's Commentary

  • Bloomberg TV: What Will ALS Association Do With Ice Bucket Cash?

    3 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Ken Berger was on Bloomberg TV to discuss the ALS Association's challenge in spending the 100 million dollars worth of donations it has received via the Ice Bucket Challenge.
  • 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. Read the transcript at WNYC.org
  • 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…
 
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    Charity Navigator

  • New Hot Topic: Charities Responding to the Ebola Outbreak

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    The worst known outbreak of Ebola is happening right now in West Africa. See which charities are responding.
  • Our CEO to Speak at NYU

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:08 pm
    The NYUReynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship presents The Battle for the Soul of theSocial Sector, a conversation with Charity Navigator President & CEO Ken Berger.Topic: Although the social sector continues to play a central role in tackling many societal problems, there is an unseen battle being waged for its soul. Mr. Berger argues that some of its leaders have not been introspective and proactive regarding the sector’s numerous internal problems, which threatens the sector's relevance and identity. The discussion will cover the contours of the battle and the efforts…
  • 9/11 Charities

    11 Sep 2014 | 2:15 am
    Remembering 9/11- the terrible loss, the charitable response and the patriotic feelings. For more on the 9/11 related charities, see our site
  • Local Station Highlights One Charity's 4-Star Rating

    10 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    Cool interview with SAMMinistries about their 7 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator. 
  • Removing Charities from 'My Charities'

    8 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    After you've taken the time to find charities that are of interest to you, then you may want to 'save' them so that you can quickly view them the next time you visit Charity Navigator. It is easy to do this as a registered user of the site (this service is 100% free). In fact, you can save both rated and unrated organizations to your favorites. As easy as it is to add a charity, it is to remove one from your favorites - for example if its rating declines or you are no longer interested in funding that type of charity. If you want to trim down the list of charities that you…
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    Start a Non Profit | How to Start a Nonprofit Organization | 501c3

  • How To Start A Nonprofit Organization

    Simplenonprofit
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Easy Steps On How To Start A Nonprofit Organization Since the beginning of time people have been involved in doing good, helping those that cannot help themselves. Whether it was time, food, goods or service, others have been donating toward making the world a better place. In a world that needs all the help it can get, its those who learn how to start a nonprofit organization and use that tool for good that makes the biggest impact on humanity. Governments come and go, technologies progress, wars are won but nothing makes as big an impact on history as nonprofit endeavors. Through nonprofit…
  • Start a Nonprofit

    Simplenonprofit
    17 Jun 2013 | 2:55 am
    Start a Nonprofit More than 12 years ago I started into the nonprofit world not knowing anything about how to start a nonprofit organization. I wanted to spend the summer doing humanitarian work in Mexico supported solely by donors. The challenge I faced was that not many others besides my family wanted to donate money to my ambitions without being able to get a tax-deductible donation for the giving. Instantly, I was thrust into the frustrating and confusing quest of learning to start a nonprofit. Learning how to start a nonprofit can be daunting. The nonprofit industry has made the process…
  • Nonprofit Startup

    Simplenonprofit
    22 May 2012 | 8:44 am
    Easy Nonprofit Startup Nonprofit startup is one of those challenges that has eluded many who want to have a successful charity organization and change the world in a positive way. It’s no doubt that many have a problem getting started because the information on the internet is unclear or even overwhelming. A nonprofit startup does not have to be a never ending process of forms and paperwork. Follow along below and I will give you some quick tips to help you quickly setup and operating in quick time. Quick Nonprofit Startup One little known avenue that anyone wanting to start a nonprofit…
  • Non Profit Blog

    Simplenonprofit
    6 Jan 2012 | 8:55 am
    Non Profit Blog Communications One of the most important aspects of a successful nonprofit is how you get the message out to everyone about what your nonprofit does, its needs and success stories, and the easiest way to do that is through a non profit blog. By keeping everyone up-to-date about your nonprofit, its needs and successes, you can you get a continual following that will support your nonprofit.  Starting a non profit blog immediately once you decide to start a nonprofit can be one of the best ways to raise even the initial funding your nonprofit needs to get started. It is easy to…
  • Fundraising Programs

    Simplenonprofit
    23 Nov 2011 | 9:18 am
    Fundraising Programs Whether you are just starting out with a nonprofit or you have been at it a while, fundraising becomes vital and that is where fundraising programs can help.  By engaging several fundraising programs you give donors and businesses several choices pick from when helping your nonprofit.  In addition, it also gives your nonprofit multiple donation streams that aid in funding stability. There is a huge variety of fundraising activities you nonprofit can embrace.  While some are complex, there does exist funding programs that are easy to implement and simple to manage.
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    Together We Flourish

  • Franklin Center Introduces MAKING/The Maker Movement

    Susan
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:47 am
    Do you like to BUILD, DESIGN, CREATE, HACK or INVENT? Have a child or student who does? Interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing, or Entrepreneurship? Come learn more about this growing movement focused on the intersection of DIY culture and technology, learn about upcoming sessions in Beaver County this school year, and complete a […]
  • Be a Brilliant Leader & Help Single Moms

    Susan
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:24 am
    Join us Tuesday, September 16th for Smart Leadership: Become a Brilliant Leader Become a Brilliant Leader at this workshop supporting Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry. Join us on Tuesday, September 16th at the Kearns Spirituality Center for a dynamic and inspirational leadership workshop by local author Beth Caldwell. Beth will be donating the proceeds to Anchorpoint to help […]
  • Dan McCoy Honored at Children’s HOMEtown Hero Luncheon

    Susan
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:23 am
    The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center will host its Third Annual The Children’s HOMEtown Hero Luncheon, which will honor this year’s HOMEtown Hero award recipient, Dan McCoy. Dan, along with his Paralympic Sled Hockey team, won the gold medal at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. A native of Pittsburgh […]
  • Focus on Renewal Celebrates 45 Years

    Susan
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    On Saturday, October 11, Focus On Renewal (FOR) will celebrate its 45th anniversary with a special event at the Father Ryan Arts Center, 420 Chartiers Avenue, McKees Rocks. Taris Vrcek, Executive Director of the McKees Rocks CDC, will be honored for his non-stop efforts to revitalize the Sto-Rox community. Honorary chairman is Charles Peterson, Community Development Officer […]
  • NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania Announces its First Conference on Suicide

    Susan
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    For the first time, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Southwestern Pennsylvania will present a one-day conference dedicated solely to the topic of suicide, featuring keynote speaker Ian Cummins, who has been walking across America in memory of his brother Ryan. While this educational event has been in the planning stages for months, it is […]
 
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    Minnesota Council on Foundations Blog - Philanthropy Potluck

  • Archibald Bush Legacy Grant Opens to Benefit Saint Paul

    MCF Webmaster
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    As a tribute to Archibald Bush, the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation and Bush Foundation have together pledged $200,000 to support a nonprofit organization that embodies Archie Bush’s legacy of working to strengthen the civic, social and cultural vitality of St. Paul. To be considered for the Archibald Bush Legacy Grant, nominated organizations must: Be a 501(c)(3) public charity Have an impact in St. Paul Exemplify Archie’s legacy in St. Paul St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman will work with the Foundation to review the nominations and select five finalists. The finalists will be asked…
  • PFund Foundation Wins Responsive Philanthropy Award

    MCF Webmaster
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    The results of the 2014 Minnesota Nonprofit Awards are in, and the recipient of the award for Responsive Philanthropy goes to PFund Foundation. MAP for Nonprofits and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits chose to honor PFund for its QReach initiative: In 2011, PFund convened grantees and partners across the Midwest to learn more about the needs of the communities they aim to serve. As a result of those conversations, PFund created QReach, a community network building and regional assessment project in partnership with LGBT organizations and leaders, donors, funders and allies. It is designed…
  • Are We Really Working Together to Solve Problems?

    MCF Webmaster
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    We’re all working to solve grand challenges – they’re complex, entrenched, systems-level problems that defy typical solutions. Again and again we hear that the only way we’ll make a difference on these issues is if we collaborate with folks from other sectors who bring perspectives different from our own. We know that single-sector actions to address them, although well-intentioned, often make the problems worse or spawn additional grand challenges. So, why don’t we collaborate more often? Sure, it’s hard work and first we have to grapple with all…
  • Meet the New Nexus Community Partners BCLI Cohort

    MCF Webmaster
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Today, MCF member Nexus Community Partners announced the second cohort of the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI). The 15 cohort members come from various communities in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the surrounding suburbs and bring a wealth of experience and knowledge working in community, nonprofits and the private sector. The BCLI will train and place these dynamic individuals onto publicly appointed boards and commissions in the Twin Cities. The fellows will have the capacity and community support to advance a regional equity agenda and serve as the next generation of…
  • Announcing the 8th Annual Local Government Innovation Awards

    MCF Webmaster
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Are you a school, city, township, or county that has been innovating to improve services or reduce the cost of local government? If so, share your innovation for a chance to win $5,000 and a professional video highlighting your effort! The Local Government Innovation Awards—sponsored in partnership between the Humphrey School’s Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center, the Association of Minnesota Counties , the League of Minnesota Cities, the Minnesota Association of Townships, and the Minnesota School Board Association—recognize the creative ways counties, cities, townships and schools…
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    SocialEarth

  • There’s a New Sheriff in Town: Your Employees

    Ryan Scott
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    If you’re involved in any activity related to managing employee volunteer programs, you need to know Chris Jarvis.  As the co-founder of Realized Worth, Chris and his intuitive team have [...] The post There’s a New Sheriff in Town: Your Employees appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Gates Foundation Commits $50M to Fight Ebola Outbreak

    Vikas Vij
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    (3BL Media/Justmeans) – According the World Health Organization (WHO), global health security faces an ongoing danger from emerging and re-emerging epidemic diseases. WHO calls for the reduction of the devastation [...] The post Gates Foundation Commits $50M to Fight Ebola Outbreak appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • How Closed Loop Systems Keep Unwanted Clothing From Landfills

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:59 am
    The clothing industry has a big impact on the environment. Synthetic materials take a long time to decompose once they end up in landfills. For example, nylon takes 30 to [...] The post How Closed Loop Systems Keep Unwanted Clothing From Landfills appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Storytelling Event for Social Entrepreneurs and Film Makers: Scaling Change Conference

    Julie Fahnestock
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means)- It’s a match made in Dover, Vermont. Social entrepreneurs meet film makers meet the next Academy Award. If your business plan or your movie plot [...] The post Storytelling Event for Social Entrepreneurs and Film Makers: Scaling Change Conference appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Crowdfunding for Nonprofits & Businesses: 7 Best Practices

    3BL Media
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:22 am
    Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talked to Richard Swart, the Director of Research on Crowdfinance at University of California at Berkeley and author of the World Bank’s Report On Global Crowdfunding, on how [...] The post Crowdfunding for Nonprofits & Businesses: 7 Best Practices appeared first on SocialEarth.
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  • Weekend Link Roundup (September 21-22, 2014)

    Mitch Nauffts
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    We're back, just in time for the autumnal equinox and what some are calling the largest climate change-related demonstration in history. Lots of other things happening as well, so let's get to it.... Charity Writing in TIME, Jean Case, CEO...
  • 'Thoughtful' vs. 'Thoughtless' Giving

    Mitch Nauffts
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Are you a thoughtful giver? A simple question, right? But think about it. How much thought do you really put into your charitable giving? And what about other donors? Would you say the majority of donors are "thoughtful" givers? Or...
  • Helping Low-Income Students Gain College Access AND Success

    Mitch Nauffts
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    As children across the country headed back to school this fall, the United States reached a milestone of sorts: nearly half the children enrolled in public schools now come from low-income families. As the public school population in the U.S....
  • Bright Shiny Objects

    Mitch Nauffts
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:56 am
    I like Alec Baldwin. I really do. He's sassy and good-looking. He's got a great head of hair and that instantly recognizable deep, silky, authoritative voice lulls you in whether he's cueing up classical music, bossing Liz Lemon around, or...
  • [Infographic] LGBT Rights Around the World

    Mitch Nauffts
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    If, like us, recent headlines have you feeling more than a little discouraged, the infographic below should cheer you up. While acknowledging that gays and lesbians around the world have widely different experiences, it notes that the legal status of...
 
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  • National Philanthropy Day Sponsors Enable Community Celebration of Philanthrop

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:36 am
    The 2014 National Philanthropy Day (NPD) Luncheon is on Thursday, November 13.  The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) proudly holds this annual event to recognize outstanding community members who inspire change in our community through generously supporting area nonprofit organizations.   Registration is now open and will be solely online this year.We look forward to introducing you to this year’s award winners at NPD:   Philanthropists of the Year – Barbara and Larry Kellar;  Volunteer of the Year – H. Richard Duval;  and Outstanding…
  • How to protect your nonprofit organization from fraud

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:37 am
    By Jim Simpson, president, Financial Technologies & Management (FTM)Four years ago when officials from a local cultural and arts volunteer organization discovered that more than $380,000 had been embezzled from its account, it was shocked. Over a nine-month period, an officer supported his gambling addiction with money from the organization’s bank account.But according to a 2014 Association of Certified Fraud Examiners study, that is not all that unusual. In fact last year, The Washington Post analyzed nonprofits’ 990 filings from 2008 to 2012 and found more than 1,000 nonprofit…
  • Security is more than locking the door

    9 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    This is the second article in a series. For the first article, click here.   By Dave Voris, Horizon BankData Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) DBIR found that 96 percent of record breaches involved credit card numbers/data. Nonprofits can attain a reasonable level of security against the potential risk of a breach. In 2006 to combat these breaches, the major credit card companies launched a security standards council to manage the evolution of security standards and requirements. For more information about the standards and materials available, click here.The credit card…
  • Best practices in the digital age

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    By Chris Mennel, audit manager, Alerding CPA Advisory GroupHow prepared are you to prevent fraud or financial misstatements in the digital age? Technological advances have forced everyone to continually reassess their internal controls.  Technology has improved efficiency and expedited basic transactions like paying by check and depositing cash and checks.  On the downside, these improvements have created opportunities for fraud.  Because technology is constantly changing, your control environment must be continually reassessed. Here are a few technological changes that have…
  • Finding a niche: reshaping the idea of disability

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    By Lindsey Hill, marketing manager, Tangram Listen to Scott McGuire, a UIndy student, talk about the differences his life coach has made. Diagnosed with severe dyslexia, this spring he completed his junior year, passing all his classes. During the summer, he worked on campus and made connections for his senior social work practicum. Scott and his life coach, Megan Lauman, continue to work on organizational skills, time management and setting priorities. Together, they have developed a plan and work in tandem with UIndy’s Baccalaureate for University of Indianapolis Learning Disabled…
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  • Help us look into the future – to 2030

    Andrew Marshall
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:14 pm
    This is a big week on the international calendar, when people from around the globe show up in New York to debate the state of the world. It’s a chance for progress on some of the planet’s biggest challenges – Ebola, the environment, the struggle to defeat extreme poverty – and we want to seize it. The centerpiece is the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, or UNGA. That’s the part of the UN where every country meets in a kind of global legislature. When it first met, in London in 1946, there were 51 countries. Now, there are 193. It’s chaos,…
  • Meet the winners of ONE’s #PowerProject!

    Stephanie Walstrom
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:22 am
    This week, ONE flew 13 of our most dedicated volunteers to DC to thank them for their hard work on the Power Project. These committed volunteers were part of a campaign that delivered more than 44,000 messages to the Senate this summer in support of the Energize Africa Act, a bill that will bring electricity to more than 50 million people for the first time. During their week in DC, these 13 outstanding volunteers met with ONE staff at our headquarters, lobbied congressmen on the Hill, attended a USAID forum on development and took in the sites and sounds of the nation’s capital.
  • Empowering women through micro-business education in Uganda

    Guest Blogger
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    Alli Sarazen is a junior copywriter for BeadforLife. Think for a moment about the first time someone recognized a spark in you—a purpose and drive you hadn’t yet seen yourself. At BeadforLife, we believe every woman deserves to experience that moment, see that spark, and feel the pride that comes from transforming her own life through micro-entrepreneurship education. Since 2004, BeadforLife has ignited opportunities for more than 3,200 women—who in turn support over 25,000 family members—living in extreme poverty in Uganda. We provide income generation, entrepreneurial and…
  • Helene Gayle: Ebola’s economic side effects may kill more people than the virus

    Guest Blogger
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    By Helene Gayle, President and CEO of CARE USA. A version of this piece was originally published in The Huffington Post.  Ebola kills. This dreadful disease threatens the lives of millions in West Africa. But it could be that we are ignoring something worse: what Ebola can do to countries where the illness is raging. Ebola’s ferocity comes from its ability to attack the vital functions of human society with the same intensity it unleashes on the human body. We need to understand Ebola’s deadly economic and social side effects — and to craft a response that is just as…
  • Sign the Petition: Tell world leaders to step up on Ebola NOW!

    Kara Arsenault
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    Thousands of men, women and children have died from Ebola, and the number is likely to get much worse. Families travel for miles and end up sitting outside overwhelmed clinics, waiting to die, because there is no room inside. Nothing could be more wrong. As President Obama said this week: “This is a global threat, and it demands a truly global response. International organizations just have to move faster than they have up until this point. More nations need to contribute experienced personnel, supplies, and funding that’s needed, and they need to deliver on what they pledge…
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  • Listening to Feedback Improves Fundraising Results for Nonprofits

    Courtney Cherico
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    WebThriftStore recently released a completely redesigned website and mobile shopping experience based on the valuable feedback collected from many charity partners and their supporters. The website’s new, totally streamlined design is a perfect example of how charities and the companies providing complementary fundraising services can work together to improve the experience for everyone. WebThriftStore allows any nonprofit to open an online thrift store for free with no risk or physical inventory. Charities encourage their supporters to donate goods online, WebThriftStore sells the goods in…
  • Taking Nonprofit Inbound Marketing Automation to the Next Level

    Courtney Cherico
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
    The following is the second part of this two-part cross-post series by Social Media For Nonprofits. Click here to read yesterday’s part one post, Basics of Social Automation for Nonprofits.  Click here to read the original version of today’s post. Following on from last week’s post about choosing a social listening and light automation platform, we’re now going to look at automation on a larger scale: email marketing automation, CRM (customer relationship management) and lead nurturing. Unsurprisingly, in-depth automation platforms which include these features tend to cost…
  • Basics of Social Automation for Nonprofits

    Courtney Cherico
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    The following is a cross-post from Social Media For Nonprofits’ July 24th blog article. Click here to read the original post. Please visit our blog tomorrow for the second part of this two-part series. Everything we do in the nonprofit sector is done with budget constraints in mind, but that doesn’t always mean our organizations must go without. For example, the rise of digital means that automation software is becoming a necessity, not a luxury. Image by Jeff Hartman; Sales-Marketing-SEO.com Great automation software allows you to manage supporter relations, schedule posts,…
  • 11 Tips On How to Write Original Appeal Letters

    Mazarine Treyz
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    If your appeal letter isn’t pulling in enough money in the last few years, it might be the downturn. It might also be because your appeal letter reads like a grant proposal. Mazarine Treyz “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinion, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” -Oscar Wilde So how can you come right out and be more original with your appeal letters? How can you be brave and stand up and write something different than has been tried before? Follow these 11 tips. I found them at James Altrucher’s blog, then rewrote them for a…
  • The importance of slowness in the development office

    Paul Jolly
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:43 am
    Alvin Toffler’s 1970 mega-hit Future Shock described “too much change in too short a period of time.”  1970!  Anyone remember how slow things were then? Paul Jolly Many people I meet want results from their fundraising now.  It’s great to accelerate your development operations.  Get that thank you letter out the door as fast as possible.  Thank the sponsors of an event as soon as the event is over.  Enter gifts in the database quickly so board reports are complete. But there is one thing you can’t accelerate: nurturing a donor’s connection to your organization.  In that…
 
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  • The Ice Bucket Challenge Won’t Solve Charity’s Biggest Problem

    Dan Pallotta
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    I love the Ice Bucket Challenge. Period. It’s a collective expression of love in a world with far too little of it. It has generated public tears in an age with far too few of them. It restores faith. It connects. And, as of last week, it raised more than $100 million for the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association, up from donations of $2.8 million for the same period last year. So, are we looking at the future of charity? We are glimpsing the potential of momentary collective engagement, but at the same time, we are seeing the confining rules by which nonprofits must play, collectively…
  • Be Kind to Your Employees, but Don’t Always Be Nice

    Dan Pallotta
    12 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    At 39, I was the CEO of a company with a few hundred employees. Depending on the day and the employee you asked, I’d rate anywhere from a zero to a seven on the unkindness scale (10 being a tyrant). I’d guess that I normally hovered around 4.5. I doubt anyone would have rated me a 10—that takes a particular kind of malevolence. I wasn’t taken to raging, other than on one occasion when the lives of the participants in our Montana AIDS Vaccine Ride (a 1,500-person, seven-day bike ride across the Rockies to fight the disease) were in jeopardy during a horrific mountain wind storm that…
  • Take a Walk, Sure, but Don’t Call It a Break

    Dan Pallotta
    27 Feb 2014 | 9:00 am
    Every weekday morning, I take a three-and-a-half mile walk around my neighborhood, in pretty much whatever weather my New England town throws at me. I split an apple and give half to each of the horses at the corner of Cross Street. The sounds of their chomps and slurps fill me with vicarious happiness. When I was a kid I walked to school every day with John Flaherty, Doug Casey, and Rollie Graham. At the end of the day, after debate practice, Bill Bailey, Paul Salamanca, and I would walk home. We never stopped talking for a minute, and we could have used another hour each day to say all that…
  • Nest and Google’s Customer Service Problem

    Dan Pallotta
    17 Jan 2014 | 7:37 am
    “…Google does not offer live customer support at this time…” That’s the recording you’ll eventually receive (after you’ve gone through two decision trees) if you call the Google headquarters phone number, the only number listed on Google’s “Contact Us” page. Really? Google—as in Android, Chromebook, Google Glass, Google TV—does not have live customer support? No, it doesn’t. Google’s intense focus on data and technology and advertisers since its founding meant that it didn’t need retail customer support. So not having it wasn’t really a problem. But…
  • What’s the Point of Creativity?

    Dan Pallotta
    9 Sep 2013 | 1:00 am
    Creativity and innovation are hot topics these days, and they are being studied more frequently and intensely. Great observations have come of the attention, as Will Burns writes for Forbes: A coffee-shop study from the University of Illinois concluded that moderate levels of noise, as opposed to high or low levels, foster greater creativity. A study from the University of Stuttgart found that low levels of lighting enhance creativity. And then there’s my favorite, another study from the University of Illinois, that concluded that alcohol intoxication improves creative problem solving.
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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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  • The Next Season: Who’s with us?

    Andrew Jones
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:10 pm
    I am very VERY happy to make public that our family has been accepted by a mission organisation and we are returning overseas towards Europe and Africa. The next 3 years will see us work in about 30 countries, many of them the same countries we have been investing in, helping to launch new expressions of  faith communities and sustainable impact ...
  • Truck revamp

    Andrew Jones
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Its been a lot of work but the truck is now ready for shipping to Africa. Inside and out, our family have been busy. We have chosen a look that is kind of rat-rod, steam-punk and carnival at the same time. Not too posh for Africa but not too rubbish for Europe. Photos of the inside coming soon.
  • Hoping the Scottish vote YES for Independence

    Andrew Jones
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    UPDATE: I have updated this post because it was graciously brought to my attention that the English people are not the same as the English/British government and my original post was therefore insulting. My sincerest apologies. ORIGINAL: My son posted on Facebook yesterday that he would be voting “YES” on the Scottish Independence referendum coming up next Thursday, if he ...
  • Funny Accent

    Andrew Jones
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    My wife has a funny accent so the kids make fun of her. So do I actually. Debbie’s mum is from Kentucky and her dad was from Oklahoma. So my wife says “BADMINTON” in one syllable and she also says “curtains” without hitting the “t”. More of a swallow than a “t”. Recently the kids and I asked her to ...
  • 51

    Andrew Jones
    6 Sep 2014 | 8:46 pm
    I turn 51 today. Its a nice chilled day for me. I dressed up in some vintage clothes – a blue waistcoat and some black Hugo Boss pants. Then I changed my blog by adding an image of mahogany taken from my cabinet and giving it a fresh look. Now I am dressed casual and have already lit the firebath ...
 
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    eJewish Philanthropy: Your Jewish Philanthropy Resource

  • 10 Ways to Engage Young Adults this High Holiday Season

    eJP
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:20 am
    By Rabbi Elie Kaunfer and Rabbi Ari Weiss For many, the High Holidays represent a fresh start. With all of our community’s services, celebrations, learning retreats and dinners happening over the next few weeks, this season is an ideal opportunity to involve young adults in meaningful Jewish experiences, and to lay the foundation for their year-round engagement in Jewish life. This year, thousands of Taglit-Birthright Israel alumni and young adults from across the country will access your holiday events on NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation’s interactive map, and we want to…
  • Reflections on the New Year: Defining a Jewish View of the World

    eJP
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    By Steven Windmueller, Ph.D. As we enter 5775, the world is in a different place, and for certain Jews find themselves in a complex and challenging environment. The global picture might best be defined as one of social displacement, where the core axioms and norms of the social order seem to be shifting. While such rapid and radical changes have profound and problematic implications for world Jewry, this also affords an opportunity for Judaism to be understood as an ideology committed to the idea of human perfectibility. Two competing views of humankind appear to be at hand. On the one hand…
  • Second Limmud in Vitebsk Creates Dramatic Atmosphere

    eJP
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:40 am
    Belarusian dance group at opening program; photo by Yossi Aloni. By Larisa Popovskaya Limmud does not stop. The world is anticipating every Limmud that happens all around the globe. I wouldn’t be surprised that the first event that would take place on Mars or in space would be Limmud. But let’s come back to the Earth. September time, year 2014, the Republic of Belarus, in the city of Vitebsk. These are the coordinates of the most recent Limmud FSU. More than 700 participants from Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Israel and the US came to the birthplace of the famous Jewish painter Marc…
  • Philanthropists Are People, Too

    eJP
    21 Sep 2014 | 3:35 am
    By Ken Gordon You know the Jewish world needs? It needs to believe in itself. That is, Jewish communal professionals must empower themselves to act, speak, and think in brave and interesting ways. It’s a challenging task. Even the most creative staffers and administrators suffer from the nonprofit inferiority complex, an unshakable sense that they just aren’t quite as worthy as those who derive money and power from the for-profit world. This brand of self-effacing shame is most visible when nonprofit people deal with donors. Communal professionals often – too often – enact a…
  • Fear in a Library, then Aliyah to Israel

    eJP
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:40 pm
    The Balaban family of Gorlovka, Ukraine, fled their home after Olga’s workplace was shelled. Now adjusting to their new home in Haifa, they look back at the home they left, and forward to the lives they hope to build here. photo by Nathan Roie By Nathan Roie Olga Balaban, 56, had just 10 months to go until she could retire from her job as a librarian at the medical school in her hometown of Gorlovka, in Eastern Ukraine, where she had lived her entire life. Other than the fact that her husband suffers from a disability that complicates his daily life, things were good: she was surrounded…
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    Jewish Donor Blog

  • Featured KICKSTARTER Campaign – Zip Up For Special Needs

    Yoav
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The post Featured KICKSTARTER Campaign – Zip Up For Special Needs appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
  • Case Study: Direct Mail vs. Email Invoices

    Yoav
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Case Study: Direct Mail vs. Email Invoices. An electric utility used the Danish Post test methodology to prove that it would be paid faster and at less expense using paper invoices rather than digital invoices. “Certainly one can’t beat the price of sending invoices by email. At least it appears that way, until one captures all the real costs of doing so.” “When testing the letter versus email question, a Danish utility company was quite enlightened by the outcome. This Fresh Data Case Study will analyze the true costs of both options and present the quantitative results…
  • Israel – Operation Protective Edge

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

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

    Yoav
    28 May 2014 | 7:55 am
    Final tweet (5/23) from DrMayaAngelou: “Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.” The post R.I.P. Dr. Maya Angelou appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
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    Living and Giving - Pamela Hawley's Blog

  • The Classic Pamela Positive: “Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do.” – Dr. Robert Schuller

    Pamela Hawley
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” – Dr. Robert Schuller And the point here is not be tough… but to persevere.  To last through the valley.  To endure, cultivate patience, and live humility.  With that, we develop our character which allows us to serve our world and neighbors more effectively. So we encourage you to last… so you can live more fully. Dr. Robert Schuller is a minister and founder of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California.  He is best known for starting the popular TV program Hour of Power; as a result he became a popular Televangelist.
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: “We Were Born to Succeed, Not to Fail.” – Henry David Thoreau

    Pamela Hawley
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    “We were born to succeed, not to fail.” – Henry David Thoreau That is our life purpose.  To follow our calling in our own specially designed way. And so we will succeed, because the measurement is solely on how you uniquely pursue your talents, goals and qualities.  Everyone has a different picture of success, his or her own beautiful expression. Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was an author, philosopher, poet, abolitionist, and naturalist.  He is the author of Walden, which is a philosophical argument for simple living and preservation of natural environment.  He also had other…
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: “I Am Here for a Purpose and That Purpose Is to Grow into a Mountain.” – Og Mandino

    Pamela Hawley
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    “I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply all my efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it cries for mercy.” – Og Mandino I love this quote by Og Mandino.  He uses wonderful analogies with nature, encouraging us to think big.  But what I love most is that when we think big, being the best we can be, it is so that we may help others. Og Mandino (1923-1996) is a well-known author.  His bestselling book, The Greatest Salesman in the World, sold more than 50…
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: The Importance of “Yes And”

    Pamela Hawley
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    When on the improv stage, one of the most important principles is listening to and supporting your partner.  If you do this, you help create a very strong sense of team, and also further the story in a way that is interesting to the audience.  For example, if someone says, “let’s go to the store,” you can “yes and” it by saying, “wonderful, I love JZ’s store, because it has such great record memorabilia that dates back to the fifties!”  What you have done is “yes and-ed” your partner.  You have essentially built on the first concept they introduced, a store. Contrary…
  • How Can You Use, and Reuse, Paper?

    Pamela Hawley
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:19 am
    We can live consciously and thoughtfully about how we use paper.  When you write a note, could you also reuse it again, and use the other side?  When you receive a card, is there a portion of it that’s not written on, that could be used for a casual note to a roommate, spouse or friend?  Or perhaps you could even use it for a to-do list.  When you receive a box of a recent book or item of clothing, you can save it for holiday gifts.  Let’s think creatively about our trees…
 
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    Look To The Stars News: Latest

  • Amanda Seyfried Wants To Save Them All

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    One of Hollywood’s most captivating young actresses, Amanda Seyfried, is so enamored with her canine sidekick, Finn, that she frequently posts photos of his escapades across her social media channels and has him accompany her on talk shows. Amanda Seyfried Wants Your Help To Save Them AllFinn’s presence on social media and appearances on shows including The Late Show with David Letterman have resulted in the dog becoming a celebrity in his own right with his own Twitter account and more than 13,000 followers. Finn’s new-found fame is just fine by Seyfried who wants to remind…
  • George Fest: An Evening To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    George Fest: An Evening To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison will take place at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles On September 28. Among the stars who will perform are Brian Wilson, Norah Jones, Brandon Flowers & Mark Stoermer of The Killers, Ann Wilson of Heart, Wayne Coyne & Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips, Britt Daniel of Spoon, Weird Al Yankovic, Nick Valensi of The Strokes, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Dhani Harrison, Ian Astbury, Butch Walker, Cold War Kids, Karen Elson, Brian Bell of Weezer, Big Black Delta, Chase Cohl, Jamestown Revival, Matt Sorum, Ryan Miller of Guster,…
  • Derek Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation Benefits From Kids Rock Fashion Show

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    The second annual Kids Rock! Fashion Show presented by Haddad Brands, hit New York Fashion Week earlier this month with high-powered performances and appearances by celebrity athletes and their kids. Derek Jeter and his nephew at the Kids Rock! Fashion ShowThe Kids Rock! exclusive invite-only fashion show will took place at Terminal 23 @ Cafe Rouge featuring Spring 15 fashion looks from the Levi’s brand, Converse, Nike, Jordan, Hurley and Nike SB. The event was sponsored by Rookie USA, a premium kid’s retailer and global retail partner for Nike and Levi’s kids footwear and…
  • Russell Simmons Records Radio Ad Campaign For PETA

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    “You see them on every corner, lurking, waiting to take your money for unhealthy products that can ruin your life and put you in the hospital. Fast-food restaurants are everywhere.” That’s how Russell Simmons begins in a new radio ad campaign for PETA, which the group is launching across the U.S. in cities that are consistently ranked as unhealthy or obese and have a high concentration of fast-food restaurants. In his 30-second spot, which will run on hip-hop and R&B stations during prime commuting hours for two weeks, Simmons continues, “They’re selling…
  • Tom Brokaw To Be Presented With Spirit Of Hope Award

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) is proud to announce that it will honor Tom Brokaw, Special Correspondent for NBC News who is living with multiple myeloma, with its Spirit of Hope Award at the MMRF Annual Fall Gala on November 8, 2014 in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. Funds raised through this premier event will benefit the innovative cancer research models of the MMRF, which are aimed at accelerating the development of new treatments to extend the lives of patients and to lead to a cure of multiple myeloma, the second most prevalent blood cancer. The MMRF Spirit of Hope Award is…
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    Leading by Design: A Resource for Nonprofits

  • Stagnant or In Motion: What's Your Nonprofit's Mission?

    6 Sep 2014 | 4:55 am
    WHAT'S SO IMPORTANT ABOUT A NONPROFIT'S MISSION STATEMENT ANYWAY?  A recent exchange of emails with a museum client about their mission statement underscores the potential they can play in a nonprofit's growth and development.  I've been encouraging this client to go beyond the usual, inward-focused litany of activities that virtually every museum in the world cites as their mission.  Yes, museums collect and preserve stuff.  But if that's all they did, they'd be more like mausoleums than museums.The museum director and his staff have had several robust discussions about…
  • The Nonprofit Director's Skill Set: One Group's Opinion

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

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

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

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

  • A Look at the Research on School Lunches and the Importance of Recess

    M. P.
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    Over the summer I came across a couple of briefs from Bridging the Gap that I thought might be appropriate to post once the yellow buses started rolling again. One report summarizes research on the changes in the federal lunch program, the other discusses policies on recess. Although an initial government study found the much debated new nutritional regulations resulted in a decrease in participation in the school lunch program, waste of food, price increases and menu planning challenges between 2010-11 and 2012-13, student opinion of lunches may not be as negative as previously thought.
  • 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…
 
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    Mission Connected Blog

  • Professional Development

    Karen Alphonse
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    Question: I am a human resources officer, and our company wants to set up really effective professional development programs. How should we go about doing this? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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! ]]
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    Pamela Grow

  • Fundraising Friday | September 19, 2014

    Pamela Grow
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:04 pm
    The scathingly brilliant Rory Green is back with Who Would You Rather Ask for a Gift: A Woman or a Man?  Lots to think about.  I’m joining forces with Rory in 2015 for an all new course on working with program staff (if you haven’t read her guest post, it’s one of my favorites). Why is emotional storytelling so important?  In this week’s What’s in my Mailbox I feature a masterful example of nonprofit storytelling.  Don’t miss it.  And now...imagine for a moment if this letter had instead shared their statistics of numbers served? it seems like everyone is busy…
  • Retention Fundraising | A Review

    Pamela Grow
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Flashback to 2000.  I was working in my first nonprofit development job for a small regional nonprofit — an organization with the typical fundraising complaints – magnified three times.  In a matter of days I realized that fundraising and systems were both a mess.   What to focus on first?  Our most highly regarded volunteer told me, “If you can turn our membership program around, you’ll be golden.” But how? The ‘annual’ campaign had been farmed out to five different mail companies in about as many years. The resulting mailings had been glossy, expensive pieces.
  • What’s in my Mailbox | Extraordinary storytelling

    Pamela Grow
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:28 am
    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. Storytelling is the single most powerful way to connect people to your mission. Whether yours is a human services agency, an arts organization, an educational organization, an advocacy organization, or an environmental organization, we all have stories worth sharing. Storytelling invites us into an imaginary world. They seduce us. Stories invite us to step into one or more of the characters. We think (and feel) in terms of our stories. This direct mail…
  • What’s in my Inbox | Best email thank you

    Pamela Grow
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:52 am
    How are small nonprofit organizations using the power of email to love their donors? Join us every Tuesday for What’s in my Inbox. While the thank you letters that cross my desk have improved considerably, email thank you’s are lagging far behind.  This email thank you from Merchants Quay Ireland, though, is a rare exception…and quite possibly the finest email thank you I’ve seen. Where are your donors in your communications pieces? Related Posts:What’s in my Inbox | A whole lotta loveWhat’s in my Inbox | Mr. Holland’s Opus…Tell me again…why…
  • The Dos and Don’ts of Donor ‘Thank You’ Calls

    Pamela Grow
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    One of my Grow Report subscribers recently asked, “If a donor doesn’t give you their phone number, is it creepy to look it up in the White Pages in order to make a thank-you call?” Kieran went on to add, “On a related note, should we require phone numbers on our online donation form?” I’ve been recommending regular donor thank you calls to both my clients and subscribers ever since I first ran across this 2006 article from Hildy Gottlieb.  Regular board thank-a-thons provide a marvelous opportunity to engage your board in introductory fundraising activities, sans the…
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    Tim Giuliani

  • Leadership in Gainesville

    Tim Giuliani
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:41 pm
    The Gainesville Sun ran an editorial on Sunday, September 14, 2014 titled, “New Leadership.”  Here is an excerpt and link to the full editorial. “Since Tim Giuliani was hired as president of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce in 2012, the group has become more involved in local government. The chamber has created groups to study issues such as GRU’s finances and governance, and made recommendations for reforms. The group’s members have advocated for the Plum Creek development and will hopefully be leaders of the campaign for the transportation surtax on…
  • From the desk of Tim Giuliani

    Tim Giuliani
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:27 am
    A handshake and 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…
 
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    Cedar Communications Group

  • How to Publish Articles on LinkedIn: Quick Tips

    Pam McAllister
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    LinkedIn is the B2B social media platform — and now all users can publish long-form posts, increasing opportunities for visibility and engagement. The mechanics are straightforward: Click the little pencil icon on your LinkedIn status. You get a pretty standard editing screen. There are heading styles, bullets, etc. You can add images, although it seems you’re stuck with having them left-aligned. You can add iframe embed code, which opens some interesting possibilities. (I’m a bit surprised they allow that.) The usual content strategy considerations apply. Some…
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    Event Fundraising Blog

  • Then vs. Now: Supporting Participants via Customer Service Efforts

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    Last week, in part one of our Then vs. Now series, my friend and colleague Joann talked about the many ways in which things have changed over the years with participant support via website and email communication. Like Joann, I’ve been around for what feels like a million years. In fact, I’ve been helping to create fundraising events for non-profits since 2002. And this week I’m going to talk about the evolution of participant support via customer service efforts, namely phone and email support. My first foray into the non-profit space was on the front lines of…
  • Then vs. Now: Supporting participants via your website and eCommunications

    8 Sep 2014 | 4:41 pm
    This month, we take a look at how customer service and participant communications have changed for events over the past decade in our series: Then vs. Now. We'll look at changes in technology, tactics and the state of the event industry.I’ve been helping to create fundraising events for non-profits since 1998, before anyone slapped an “e” in front of “communication” to create a name for the work I do every day. Back then, we wrote and published printed newsletters, mailing them to participants’ homes. Because of the lead time involved in printed…
  • Event Safety & Security – 3 takeaways from the NCS4 Conference

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    As en event production professional for over 11 years I find it interesting to see how different organizations handle the safety and security of their events. From the staff to participants to the general public, there are quite an array of issues that can come up, and even more possible resolutions. Managing these situations takes skill and finesse, and of course, planning. Attending the annual National Spectator Sports Safety & Security Conference in July brought a revitalized interest in the measures taken to create a safe and secure event. The practices and resources available are…
  • 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…
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    blog.ncrp.org

  • “Working Well With Grantees” and Being Better Partners

    Jeanné Isler
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress and  working together is success.” -Henry Ford If grantmakers want to ensure their grantees’ success, and their own, they cannot neglect the importance of ongoing relationships. Unfortunately, the wider the power gap in a professional relationship, such as that between foundations and nonprofits, the more difficult it can be to sustain trust, respect, honesty and other qualities needed to support long-term partnerships. But this challenge doesn’t have to become a permanent point of division; there are important…
  • Lessons in Foundation Transparency from Philamplify

    Caitlin Duffy
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    This post originally appeared on the GrantCraft blog on September 16, 2014. If a foundation sees itself as accountable to the communities it serves, how can it be as transparent as possible about key decisions that affect those communities? While voluntary disclosure of financial information online is commendable and sorely needed in philanthropy, funders must expand their mindset of openness. There is a need for a comprehensive approach to transparency that goes beyond figures on a website; foundation leadership, from board members to staff, need to think critically about how to communicate…
  • Amplifying Philamplify: Sector Reactions and Visions for Impact

    Lisa Ranghelli
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    NCRP will be kicking off its fall webinar series with a lively discussion about Philamplify, NCRP’s new initiative to burst the isolation bubble in philanthropy. Philamplify is all about helping grantmakers get honest feedback from the very communities and constituencies they seek to benefit – whether or not they have asked for that feedback. We do this by conducting comprehensive foundation assessments, sharing them with the public and inviting discussion and debate on Philamplify.org. We at NCRP value honest feedback about our own work too, which is why we recently assigned a third…
  • Should Nonprofits Be Foundations’ “Middlemen”?

    Jeanné Isler
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    How many times have we heard the quip that “cutting out the middleman” would be easier, cheaper and more efficient? This idea hasn’t quite taken hold in philanthropy. Because of the distance between foundations and the communities they serve, nonprofit staff often must serve as “gatekeepers” for foundations, taking away needed time from their work to impact systemic, long-term social change. Take for example Ron,* the director of a small nonprofit that organizes tenants in a city with one of the largest wealth gaps in the nation. Ron has worked with a particular group of…
  • The “Ice Bucket” Challenge for the Nonprofit Sector

    Lia Weintraub
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has recently taken off on social media, with 2.4 million videos since it began on June 1. The challenge asks you to either donate to the ALS Association, which fights Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, or dump a bucket of ice on your head. Many participants do both. Newsfeeds have been virtually doused in ice, with video after video peppering the social media-sphere. Numerous celebrities have joined in, from Matt Lauer completing the challenge on live television to Shakira nominating Pope Francis to soak his papal…
 
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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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    creativecommons.org

  • HERETICAL PROPOSITIONS TOWARD DEMOCRATIC PHILANTHROPY (Part Two)

    Mark Holmgren
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    (CONTINUED…  If you missed Part One in this series, you can find it here.) It is well documented that those countries where the Income Gap between the wealthiest and poorest citizens tend to have a higher degree of crime, incarceration, mental illness, and health problems. Both the United States and Canada have wide gaps between the wealthy and the poor and both have higher incidents of social, economic, and health problems than other nations with smaller more realistic gaps The growing chasm between rich and poor contributes to isolation, insensitivity, and intolerance. Systems and…
  • HERETICAL PROPOSITIONS: TOWARD DEMOCRATIC PHILANTHROPY (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…
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    Nonprofit Branding Blog

  • Don’t Damage Your Brand (Part Two)

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    You get it, right? You are not one of this nonprofit execs with his or her head in the sand. Maybe you saw Part One of this series. Or maybe you just have the sense or experience to understand two principles: (1) Logo-imprinted branding products are a BIG Deal in nonprofit marketing. (See how BIG below.) (2) They […]
  • Don’t Damage Your Brand (An Eye Opener!)

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:34 pm
    We supply logo-imprinted branding products to nonprofits.  So here’s an alert from VisABILITY: unless you understand them, promotional products – the stuff we sell – can be dangerous to your nonprofit brand.  It may seem odd to receive this warning from a company that supplies the nonprofit sector with branding products. (Which we’ve been doing […]
  • Nine Nonprofit Heresies. You Add Number 10!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    These nine assertions will make some folks uncomfortable. A few will be pissed off at my effrontery. ** But if these observations make some readers think outside of their comfort zone, I will be pleased. Moreover – I will be thrilled if some readers use the comment section at the end of this post to […]
  • Personal, Funny & Anecdote-Filled – Carl Kasell’s Memoir

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    Wait Wait …I’m Not Done Yet! One of the easiest-to-pitch premiums in years. AND…one of the most desirable! Filled with anecdotes and insights that will make your pledge breaks easier, funnier and more productive. PLUS – plenty of photos….introduction by Peter Sagal, ……comments by folks like Paula Poundstone, Cokie Roberts, Nina Totenberg, Bob Edwards,  Mo […]
  • Funny You Should Ask…

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
     All of us expect Terry Gross and Danny Miller to produce great fundraising tools for the Fresh Air carriage group.  They have done it for years. They will continue to do so. Fresh Air now introduces a custom Flash Drive collection of interviews with the country’s greatest comedians. Funny, poignant, insightful & intensely candid – these interviews […]
 
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  • Don’t Damage Your Brand (Part Two)

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    You get it, right? You are not one of this nonprofit execs with his or her head in the sand. Maybe you saw Part One of this series. Or maybe you just have the sense or experience to understand two principles: (1) Logo-imprinted branding products are a BIG Deal in nonprofit marketing. (See how BIG below.) (2) They […]
  • Don’t Damage Your Brand (An Eye Opener!)

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:34 pm
    We supply logo-imprinted branding products to nonprofits.  So here’s an alert from VisABILITY: unless you understand them, promotional products – the stuff we sell – can be dangerous to your nonprofit brand.  It may seem odd to receive this warning from a company that supplies the nonprofit sector with branding products. (Which we’ve been doing […]
  • Nine Nonprofit Heresies. You Add Number 10!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    These nine assertions will make some folks uncomfortable. A few will be pissed off at my effrontery. ** But if these observations make some readers think outside of their comfort zone, I will be pleased. Moreover – I will be thrilled if some readers use the comment section at the end of this post to […]
  • Personal, Funny & Anecdote-Filled – Carl Kasell’s Memoir

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    Wait Wait …I’m Not Done Yet! One of the easiest-to-pitch premiums in years. AND…one of the most desirable! Filled with anecdotes and insights that will make your pledge breaks easier, funnier and more productive. PLUS – plenty of photos….introduction by Peter Sagal, ……comments by folks like Paula Poundstone, Cokie Roberts, Nina Totenberg, Bob Edwards,  Mo […]
  • Funny You Should Ask…

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
     All of us expect Terry Gross and Danny Miller to produce great fundraising tools for the Fresh Air carriage group.  They have done it for years. They will continue to do so. Fresh Air now introduces a custom Flash Drive collection of interviews with the country’s greatest comedians. Funny, poignant, insightful & intensely candid – these interviews […]
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    Notations on Non-Profits

  • Cause-Related Marketing Campaigns: The Legal Concerns With Each Step

    Erin
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    From the outside looking in, cause-related marketing campaigns seem pretty straight forward. A company sells something and donates a certain amount from each sale to an organization.   But whenever: 1. a product or a service is offered for purchase; 2.with a promise that the purchase will benefit a charity or cause there are all […]
  • 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. […]
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  • How To Start A Nonprofit Organization

    Simplenonprofit
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Easy Steps On How To Start A Nonprofit Organization Since the beginning of time people have been involved in doing good, helping those that cannot help themselves. Whether it was time, food, goods or service, others have been donating toward making the world a better place. In a world that needs all the help it can get, its those who learn how to start a nonprofit organization and use that tool for good that makes the biggest impact on humanity. Governments come and go, technologies progress, wars are won but nothing makes as big an impact on history as nonprofit endeavors. Through nonprofit…
  • Start a Nonprofit

    Simplenonprofit
    17 Jun 2013 | 2:55 am
    Start a Nonprofit More than 12 years ago I started into the nonprofit world not knowing anything about how to start a nonprofit organization. I wanted to spend the summer doing humanitarian work in Mexico supported solely by donors. The challenge I faced was that not many others besides my family wanted to donate money to my ambitions without being able to get a tax-deductible donation for the giving. Instantly, I was thrust into the frustrating and confusing quest of learning to start a nonprofit. Learning how to start a nonprofit can be daunting. The nonprofit industry has made the process…
  • Nonprofit Startup

    Simplenonprofit
    22 May 2012 | 8:44 am
    Easy Nonprofit Startup Nonprofit startup is one of those challenges that has eluded many who want to have a successful charity organization and change the world in a positive way. It’s no doubt that many have a problem getting started because the information on the internet is unclear or even overwhelming. A nonprofit startup does not have to be a never ending process of forms and paperwork. Follow along below and I will give you some quick tips to help you quickly setup and operating in quick time. Quick Nonprofit Startup One little known avenue that anyone wanting to start a nonprofit…
  • Non Profit Blog

    Simplenonprofit
    6 Jan 2012 | 8:55 am
    Non Profit Blog Communications One of the most important aspects of a successful nonprofit is how you get the message out to everyone about what your nonprofit does, its needs and success stories, and the easiest way to do that is through a non profit blog. By keeping everyone up-to-date about your nonprofit, its needs and successes, you can you get a continual following that will support your nonprofit.  Starting a non profit blog immediately once you decide to start a nonprofit can be one of the best ways to raise even the initial funding your nonprofit needs to get started. It is easy to…
  • Fundraising Programs

    Simplenonprofit
    23 Nov 2011 | 9:18 am
    Fundraising Programs Whether you are just starting out with a nonprofit or you have been at it a while, fundraising becomes vital and that is where fundraising programs can help.  By engaging several fundraising programs you give donors and businesses several choices pick from when helping your nonprofit.  In addition, it also gives your nonprofit multiple donation streams that aid in funding stability. There is a huge variety of fundraising activities you nonprofit can embrace.  While some are complex, there does exist funding programs that are easy to implement and simple to manage.
 
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    Notations on Non-Profits

  • Cause-Related Marketing Campaigns: The Legal Concerns With Each Step

    Erin
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    From the outside looking in, cause-related marketing campaigns seem pretty straight forward. A company sells something and donates a certain amount from each sale to an organization.   But whenever: 1. a product or a service is offered for purchase; 2.with a promise that the purchase will benefit a charity or cause there are all […]
  • 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. […]
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    Engaging Volunteers

  • Nonprofit Insights: Engaging Volunteers on Facebook

    Shari Tishman
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
    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. With all the buzz recently about Facebook and organic reach, one question remains: How useful is Facebook for nonprofit engagement? Can nonprofits build support on Facebook? How?? Engaging Volunteers on Facebook Register for this free event. Thursday, September 25, 2014 10am – 11am PT (1-2pm ET) Follow along with the conversation on Twitter: @VolunteerMatch and #vmlearn.
  • 5 Tips for Engaging Youth Volunteers

    Shari Tishman
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Guest post by Susan Ragsdale A young lady works on door decorations for Ronald McDonald House during service camp. “[The world's hope] is to rely on youth . . . not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease.” — U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy When I was young, I watched the Wonder Twins on Saturday morning cartoons. These youth worked with superhero adults to make a difference in the world. They assessed situations, made decisions and took…
  • Fall Webinar Preview: New Heights for Your Volunteer Engagement

    Jennifer Bennett
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    September always brings a new school year and a new television season – in the spirit of both, here’s my Fall Preview of all of the upcoming presentations and workshops on VolunteerMatch’s Learning Center. Focus on Foundations This Fall I’m focusing on the foundations and some important key components for your volunteer engagement program. Whether you’re new to volunteer engagement or just looking for a refresher, I’ve got a great fall lineup! Join me on September 9th as I talk about what you should (and shouldn’t) include in your volunteer handbook.
  • What Difference Does Mobile Make?

    Shari Tishman
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Last month we announced something geeky and exciting: a fully responsive version of VolunteerMatch.org. Almost a year in the making, this update to a fully optimized, mobile-friendly version of the Web’s largest volunteer engagement network is our natural response to the fact that so many people these days access the Internet via their phones. Mobile is not just the future, it’s the present, and we’re making sure VolunteerMatch.org is a part of both for nonprofits, volunteers and companies. And our members are responding in droves. For example, 25% of folks using…
  • 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…
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  • Mobile for Good: A Free How-To Fundraising Webinar for Nonprofits

    Heather Mansfield
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Date: Thursday, October 23 Time: 1-2:30pm EDT Cost: Free! How to Register: Sign up Presented by: Heather Mansfield View: Complete Webinar Schedule Based on more than 20 years of experience and 25,000+ hours spent utilizing mobile and social media, Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits is a comprehensive 256-page book packed with more than 500 best practices. This free webinar will feature one best practice from each of the book’s sixteen chapters and will provide the basis for writing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising and content strategy.
  • 9 Must-Know Best Practices for Distributing Your Nonprofit’s Content on Social Networks

    Heather Mansfield
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    The following is an excerpt from Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits. The Internet is at a tipping point. It’s estimated that by late 2014 or early 2015 the majority of adults will get their information from social networks rather than search engines and that social networks will become the primary source of referral traffic to your website and blog. Any doubts that social networks aren’t powerful or don’t need to be prioritized in your online communications and fundraising campaigns can now be put to rest. The sooner your nonprofit can master content…
  • 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…
 
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    Socialbrite

  • 3 ways to sharpen your PR measurement skills

    Shonali Burke
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    Focus on what you should be measuring so you can streamline your PR measurement tracking Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises When it comes to the latest in PR measurement, the mere thought of it may make you feel like it’s impossible to “keep up.” Before you overwhelm yourself, take a deep breath and focus on growing your skills by incorporating these three principles into your regular routine. By focusing on these simple – not to mention, free! – tips to refine your skills, you’ll become a measurement star before you…
  • 7 tips for your nonprofit communications plan

    John Haydon
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    Photo by J.D. Lasica How to maximize and follow through on your communications goals Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses. If you’re like most nonprofit communicators, you have a list of specific quarterly or yearly goals. No doubt they include growing your e-mail list, acquiring new donors and increasing engagement on your Facebook updates. But whatever your goals are, make sure they cover these seven tips below: Write it down 1A plan is very difficult to follow and measure if it’s not written down. Most nonprofits don’t…
  • 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.
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    Wow! Goodwill

  • Easy Elegance: DIY Vintage Chandelier

    goodwillsp
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    There’s nothing more satisfying than stopping at Goodwill, finding an old piece of wooden furniture on the cheap, and putting a fresh spin on it. One very popular option is to whitewash wooden items to achieve the shabby chic look. Keep in mind, you don’t have to stick with traditional pieces like tables and dressers—you can also whitewash things like picture frames, small shelves, and even wooden light fixtures like chandeliers. For this project we’ve chosen to whitewash a wooden chandelier to give this modern design some vintage, old world charm. Materials: Drop cloth Chemical…
  • Barriers to Job Success: Lack of Transportation

    goodwillsp
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    Getting a job and getting to a job are not the same thing. James Bryant learned that lesson the hard way when he spent two years searching for a job after being laid off from his manufacturing job. “I applied to literally hundreds of places, but since I don’t have a car and have to rely on public transportation, it really limits what I can do,” said the Construction Skills Training graduate. While James’ story has a happy ending, other people who lack cars aren’t so fortunate. Nearly 40 million working-age people now live in parts of major American metropolitan areas that lack…
  • Success Story: Lawrence

    goodwillsp
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    It’s graduation day for Lawrence. He completed a seven week training program in Goodwill’s Hospitality and Tourism program and received hands-on training in customer service, banquet set-up and service, wine appreciation and concierge roles and responsibilities. But as Lawrence will be quick to tell you, he received more than training during that time. “I gained lifelong friends, more professional connections and a lifetime partner in Goodwill,” he said. “For seven weeks, I watched my classmates strive to better themselves; and to be able to observe their journey from day one, until…
  • 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,…
 
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    Front Range Source

  • A Trail Guide for the Last Stretch of Your Capital Campaign

    Ann Goldman
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Here in Colorado, we know that few things are more satisfying than the final stretch of a really great hike. The same is true for a capital campaign. Before you can celebrate you actually have to get to the end of the trail! Hopefully your campaign trail hasn’t been too lengthy. Anything over three years can be really rough and it’s hard to maintain momentum. But, that’s another blog topic. Let’s assume you’ve made it through the uphill excitement of the leadership gifts phase, the hard, muddy slog of the middle gifts work, and the occasional moments of panic when you thought you…
  • 5 Easy Ways to Boost Fundraising With Your E-Newsletter

    Leslie Allen
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:53 am
    Today’s post on e-newsletters is from Radha Marcum, fellow Boulderite and content marketing guru who works with mission-driven organizations and businesses, including local and national nonprofits, such as Growing Gardens, The Center for Resource Conservation, and The Wilderness Society. In the work I do to help mission-driven companies and nonprofits tell better stories and grow their communities, e-newsletter strategy is often overlooked. Shouldn’t we focus on growing our social media presence, instead? they ask. The answer is no. Why? In a nutshell, e-newsletter subscribers are…
  • What it Really Takes to be a Major Gifts Officer

    Ann Goldman
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:28 pm
    If you want to be a successful major gifts officer, it helps if you’re intuitive, well read, a good listener, and an even better closer. But that’s not all. There are other skills you might need if you’re to make it in this field. Like gardening. Gardening? That’s right. The nature of major gifts fundraising is you get to visit with people in their own environments and they often pull you in to their lives in unexpected ways. Leslie once called upon a female donor who was busy in the garden and roped her into a few hours of weeding. Was getting her fingers dirty worth the gift? Well,…
  • 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…
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    Habitat for Humanity Santa Barbara Blog

  • Spotlight on unique items in the ReStore!

    Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
          For those familiar with the ReStore, a trip to the ReStore is like searching through a treasure trove! With new items coming in daily, you never know what you might happen to find in the ReStore and how unique many of our items are!Today, we'd like to put a spotlight on two items and also our "Steal of the Week"! Here we have a Brass Coat Hanger, which is about 70" in height. This coat hanger can be a wonderful addition to adding a touch of class to a living room or the entrance hallway of a home. This item is unique due to the design and the color that exudes…
  • Another successful A Brush with Kindness Project, completed!

    Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
          On a beautiful day last Saturday in Santa Barbara, a total of over 70 volunteers from Thrivent Builds Lutheran and students from Westmont College and Concordia of Oregan's women soccer players came together to provide assistance with one of  Habitat's A Brush with Kindness projects!      Habitat's A Brush with Kindness program works to help low-income or fixed-income homeowners to restore their homes to be a safe and decent place to live, through minor exterior repairs. The program provides materials and volunteer labor to make improvements to a house…
  • Habitat for Humanity's Volunteer of the Year, Dennis Kirby!

    Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
          Throughout the year, Habitat for Humanity continues to have a flow of volunteers who dedicate their time on our building projects, A Brush with Kindness projects, and in also in our ReStore!      Dennis Kirby, who has put in 770 volunteer hours at the ReStore, has been awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award. A dedicated volunteer since 2009, we have been so blessed to have a volunteer who gives back to their community. Please join us as we recognize this year's Volunteer of the Year and thank him for all the dedication he has put into the…
  • Induction of the 500 Club's youngest member, Anna!

    Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    At Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara, volunteers make up a large amount of the hours that are put into different areas and projects. The ReStore, building projects, and A Brush with Kindness projects are all completed with the help of many volunteers, and we are fortunate and thankful to each and every volunteer.Today, we have a volunteer who we would like to thank for her time here at Habitat. A Santa Barbara local and student who attends UC Davis, Anna has been volunteering with us in the ReStore every summer since 2012 and we are blessed to induct her into the "500 Club".The…
  • Introducing Shelby Messner, AmeriCorps National Service Member

    Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:46 pm
    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.As an Americorp National Service Member, Shelby is a part of civil society program through the Corporation for National and…
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  • Moving the World Forward …

    Tom Suddes
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    BLUE RED GREEN I just got my Fall 2014 issue of Rotman Management from the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management.  This is one of my four top reads/magazines along with Fast Company, Success, Inc. There’s a great article by Roger Martin, former dean and author and brilliant design thinker, and Sally Osberg, President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, one of the premier funders of social entrepreneurs and innovators. Here’s the article: Moving the World Forward: The Quest for a New Equilibrium.   Here’s the summary:  “By combining elements from government…
  • NO MORE VOLUNTEER SOLICITATION

    Tom Suddes
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    GREEN START MAKING PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS Here’s a simple question: Would Apple or Microsoft or IBM (or your own favorite company) ask ‘VOLUNTEERS’ to do their ‘SALES’??? Just the idea of the word ‘SOLICITATION’ (the implication of which I cannot go into in a PG-13 document), should be enough to make you give up on this 1950’s “Peer-To-Peer Solicitation” model! Note: In this Traditional Model, a typical ‘ask’ by a peer (to a peer) goes “I have your (3 x 5) card. Can you give something? Just send it in.” WOW! Clear. Concise. Compelling. NOT! A ‘PROFESSIONAL’…
  • 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…
 
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    TakeTwo

  • 4 Social Media “To Do’s” For The 4th Quarter

    Bix
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:13 pm
    by Padmini Mangunta Most of us tend to think of the last few months of the year in terms of sadness (“there goes another year”) or eagerness to start anew (“Let’s just brush last year’s mess under the rug, shall we?”). In nonprofit terms, the same tendencies follow suit — rather than taking a good, hard look at everything that’s gone wrong — and right! — with your social media strategies for the year, nonprofits often tend to gloss over the analysis and barrel ahead. Thus begins a never-ending cycle. But as the last quarter of the year gets rolling,…
  • 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,…
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  • Ice Bucket Challenge Raises Over $1 Million in 30 days [INFOGRAPHIC]

    John Haydon
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge surpassed $100 million dollars in 30 days. This is huge! Rallybound published an infographic highlighting the gargantuan fundraising results from the famed crowdfunding campaign. Over $100 million in donations was raised in just 30 days. That’s $37 per second! ALS also acquired 2.1 million new donors, and engaged over 112M people on Facebook. Needless to say, this is a massive increase on all fronts for this organization who only raised $2.8 million during the same 30 days last year. The post Ice Bucket Challenge Raises Over $1 Million in 30 days…
  • 5 Costly Facebook Ad Mistakes You Can Fix With This Checklist

    John Haydon
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    If you’ve used Facebook ads before, you’ve probably kicked yourself at some pointing for spending more than you should have for a campaign. It’s hard to keep track of everything you need to do to get the most from Facebook ads. From selecting the right targeting, to picking the best post to boost, there many ways to increase ROI for your Facebook ads. Here are five costly Facebook ad mistakes, along with a checklist of recommended reading: Facebook Ad Mistake #1: Boosting Crappy Content Facebook only sells reach, but you want likes, comments and shares. But you want…
  • 11 Surprising Donation Form Optimization Stats [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Frank Barry
    6 Sep 2014 | 7:49 am
    Donation for optimization is a key part of online fundraising success and a great way to boost donor acquisition. But sadly, so many nonprofits are doing it all wrong. A recent research report covering a variety of online fundraising topics done by Brad Davies and others at Dunham+Company reveals some surprising results that you, a fellow online fundraising enthusiast, should be aware of. Some of it is good news, but it’s mostly not-so-good news. On the brights side, you can run through the quick list below, evaluate your current online donation form, and quickly make some simple…
  • How to Publish Updates to Your Facebook Page (VIDEO TUTORIAL)

    John Haydon
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:56 am
    File this under basics. There are four main types of Facebook posts: status updates, links, photos and videos. In this video tutorial, I cover the basic steps to publishing these updates: How to publish a status update How to publish a link post How to publish a photo How target updates based on age, gender, location, etc. How to schedule updates The post How to Publish Updates to Your Facebook Page (VIDEO TUTORIAL) appeared first on John Haydon.
  • OMG! You Won’t Believe What Facebook Just Did To Click Bait!

    John Haydon
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Click-baiting is when you post a link that encourages people to click, without telling them what they will see. For example, “OMG! You Won’t Believe What Facebook Just Did To Click Bait!” And of course these examples from UpWorthy: Tricking people into clicking? Don’t do it. The purpose of click-baiting is to trick people into clicking. The more people that click, the more exposure a link gets in the News Feed. Until now. In their News Feed FYI, Facebook says that people prefer headlines that help them decide if they want to read the article before they click. With this…
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    Nonprofit Bridge

  • Before You Build (or Rebuild) Your Next Website

    Norman Reiss
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    Yesterday I led an all-day kickoff meeting for a new website at my organization which we plan to launch in early 2015.  As the Project Manager, my role was to set expectations for our internal team, most who have not been through a website development process (which can be a bit ‘challenging’ at times). On the same day as our meeting, I also learned of a newly released workbook by Idealware, Do You Need a New Website, which I would recommend as required reading before you decide to embark on this journey.  Also, consider these tips, which we discussed during our kickoff meeting:…
  • 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…
 
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    Tanenbaum.org

  • One More Month: Nominate a Peacemaker, Change the World!

    Nicole Margaretten
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    Dear Friends, You have one more month to nominate a religiously motivated peace activist working in an armed conflict – a Tanenbaum Peacemaker in Action. Please take a moment, and help us respond to the hate and violence that are infecting our world! Peacemakers in Action fill a critical gap, working with people at the local level as well as the diplomatic community. By supporting these individuals and strengthening their voices, Tanenbaum is taking a stand against ISIS, against extremism, against hate.  With our Peacemakers, we can move toward peace. Transform communities. Save lives.
  • Anglican Vicar of Baghdad: Iraq is ‘Just Too Dangerous’ for Western Journalists

    Bob Johnson, MFA
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
    CNSNews.com) – Rev. Canon Andrew White, vicar of St. George’s Church and health clinic in Baghdad, said Wednesday that Iraq has become too dangerous for Western journalists covering the carnage inflicted by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Click here to read more.
  • 9/11: Thirteen Years Later

    Bob Johnson, MFA
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Over 50 percent of Sikh children report being the target of bullying in school. Photo by Hargitay One of the reverberations from 9/11 is religious stereotyping and hate affecting many groups across the U.S. One community has been a particular target. Let me tell you what I mean. A pick-up truck driver in Richmond Hill, Queens calls a Sikh man a terrorist before mowing him down and dragging him thirty feet through the street.  A few days later, a group of young teens, male and female, attack another Sikh man as he walks to dinner with his mother on Roosevelt Island. The assailants yelled…
  • News Stories August 22-28

    Nicole Margaretten
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    The Rampage of the Islamic State We are saddened to report that on August 25, One Iraq villager’s refusal to convert triggered Islamic State mass killings. Islamic State terrorists invaded the village of Dohuk, Iraq and ordered all villagers to convert to Islam or die. After the Yazidi village leader (sheikh) refused to convert, at least 80 men were massacred. Khalof Khodede, an eyewitness that narrowly escaped, described how the villagers were taken to the school and robbed of their belongings. Women and children were taken hostage and the men were escorted away from the village by bus.
  • 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…
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    want2donate.org

  • CAF's guide to giving to charities infographic

    Linda
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    Hi everyone, It's getting nearer to Christmas 2014 - and that's a time of year we certainly see so many more of having a propensity to donate to a charity. Our friends over at the Charities Aid Foundation, CAF, got in touch last week with news of a really interesting new infographic that throws up some great insights into the current state of charity giving in the in the United Kingdom.
  • Celebrate International Literacy Day with Concern Worldwide gifts

    Linda
    6 Sep 2014 | 3:40 am
    Photo: Aeri Wittenbourgh/February 2014. Students at Sha primary school in the Gasabo District of Kigali, Rwanda. Concern supports efforts at the school to promote girls’ education and works to strengthen the parent-teacher committee.  Monday the 8th of September is International Literacy Day and international development charity, Concern Worldwide, is joining in celebrations to improve access to good quality education for children in the ares of the world where communities are very poor.
  • 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.
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    Palmetto Buzz

  • What Makes Your Organization Shine?

    Harriette Grissom
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    Economists sometimes talk about “comparative advantage”—the particular feature of a company, region or nation that gives it an edge over competitors. Comparative advantage is a strong selling point, and it’s important for non-profits to be aware of their special strengths and hallmark accomplishments, and to present them convincingly. In a time of tight resources, is... Read more »
  • 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 »
 
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    Social Velocity

  • Investing in Nonprofit Leadership: An Interview with Rick Moyers

    Nell Edgington
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:59 pm
    In this month’s Social Velocity interview, I’m talking with Rick Moyers, vice president for programs and communications at the Meyer Foundation in Washington DC – a regional grantmaker that is nationally recognized for its capacity-building programs. Rick is a co-author of the Daring to Lead 2006 and Daring to Lead 2011 national studies of nonprofit executive directors, and has written and spoken extensively on executive and board leadership. He currently serves on the boards of BoardSource, the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, and the Community Connections Fund of the World…
  • 5 Questions Every Nonprofit Leader Should Ask

    Nell Edgington
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    One thing the nonprofit sector desperately needs is more people asking hard questions. A lot of time is spent skirting issues or sugar coating situations. If nonprofit leaders instead forced some challenging conversations, with hard questions as the impetus, the sector could become more effective.  And the place to start is with a nonprofit leader questioning herself. I’ve written before about questions to ask your board, and questions to ask your nonprofit, and questions to ask before you pursue a new opportunity, but there are also some key questions a nonprofit leader…
  • 10 Great Social Innovation Reads: August 2014

    Nell Edgington
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Between my own time away from social media in August, the general end of summer quiet, and of course, the glut of posts about the Ice Bucket challenge (of which I have already said my piece), my list of great reads in August is admittedly slim. But there was some interesting debate, most notably about “strategic philanthropy” and about ratings agency Philanthropedia. Also, calls for more nonprofit leadership development and for nonprofit leaders to get out of their own way by taking the Overhead Pledge. Throw in a little Mark Twain, some sharing economy, and a dash of…
  • New Webinar: How to Build a Fundraising Board

    Nell Edgington
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:08 am
    I’ve been conducting a lot of Financial Model Assessments lately (where I analyze how a nonprofit raises money and show them how to do it more effectively) and, not surprisingly, the board of directors often comes up as an impediment to greater financial sustainability. There are so many reasons why a nonprofit’s board is not helping to bring money in the door. Often board members: Don’t know who or how to ask for money Can’t articulate why someone should give to their nonprofit Are unable to figure out where they can be most helpful Don’t understand how…
  • Fundraising’s Shiny Object Syndrome

    Nell Edgington
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    I have to be honest. I am so sick of hearing about the ice bucket challenge that I am loathe to write about it. But I wonder if many in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector are falling victim, yet again, to shiny object syndrome, so I feel compelled to say something. To me the ice bucket challenge is yet another example of what happens so often in the world of fundraising. Nonprofit board members and staff hate fundraising, so they desperately search for a magic bullet to make it all go away. Sometimes that magic bullet is “an endowment,” sometimes its “earned…
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    Engaging Volunteers

  • Nonprofit Insights: Engaging Volunteers on Facebook

    Shari Tishman
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
    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. With all the buzz recently about Facebook and organic reach, one question remains: How useful is Facebook for nonprofit engagement? Can nonprofits build support on Facebook? How?? Engaging Volunteers on Facebook Register for this free event. Thursday, September 25, 2014 10am – 11am PT (1-2pm ET) Follow along with the conversation on Twitter: @VolunteerMatch and #vmlearn.
  • 5 Tips for Engaging Youth Volunteers

    Shari Tishman
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Guest post by Susan Ragsdale A young lady works on door decorations for Ronald McDonald House during service camp. “[The world's hope] is to rely on youth . . . not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease.” — U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy When I was young, I watched the Wonder Twins on Saturday morning cartoons. These youth worked with superhero adults to make a difference in the world. They assessed situations, made decisions and took…
  • Fall Webinar Preview: New Heights for Your Volunteer Engagement

    Jennifer Bennett
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    September always brings a new school year and a new television season – in the spirit of both, here’s my Fall Preview of all of the upcoming presentations and workshops on VolunteerMatch’s Learning Center. Focus on Foundations This Fall I’m focusing on the foundations and some important key components for your volunteer engagement program. Whether you’re new to volunteer engagement or just looking for a refresher, I’ve got a great fall lineup! Join me on September 9th as I talk about what you should (and shouldn’t) include in your volunteer handbook.
  • What Difference Does Mobile Make?

    Shari Tishman
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Last month we announced something geeky and exciting: a fully responsive version of VolunteerMatch.org. Almost a year in the making, this update to a fully optimized, mobile-friendly version of the Web’s largest volunteer engagement network is our natural response to the fact that so many people these days access the Internet via their phones. Mobile is not just the future, it’s the present, and we’re making sure VolunteerMatch.org is a part of both for nonprofits, volunteers and companies. And our members are responding in droves. For example, 25% of folks using…
  • 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…
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    Darrell Gwynn Foundation

  • Darrell Gwynn Foundation Receives $10,500 Grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida to Support Education & Prevention Program

    Darrell Gwynn
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    Foundation to Expand Spinal Cord Injury Prevention Efforts DAVIE, FL, September 16, 2014 – The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, a South Florida-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support for people living with paralysis and preventing spinal cord injuries, was awarded a $10,500 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida. This grant will support the
  • Darrell Gwynn Foundation Announces Busy Event Season

    Darrell Gwynn
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    Davie, FL-The Darrell Gwynn Foundation will be hosting and participating in several events across the country in the next few months to raise awareness for their mission to provide support for people living with paralysis and prevent spinal cord injuries. All proceeds will support the foundation’s Wheelchair Donation Program, Education & Prevention Program and Patient
  • 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
 
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    Clairification

  • 3 Rules for Thanking Nonprofit Donors that Should Never Be Broken

    Claire
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:36 pm
    If you’re not retaining as many donors as you’d like, you’ve no one to blame but yourself. And I’m here to tell you why. You’re Not Thanking Donors Properly. I’m serious. How you handle donor acknowledgements is that important. Yet, sadly, most of you do an absolutely rotten job of showing your donors how much [...] The post 3 Rules for Thanking Nonprofit Donors that Should Never Be Broken appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: How Philanthropy is Changing; Social Media Measurement; Twitter for Nonprofits; Recurring Gifts; Lapsed Donors; Thank You

    Claire
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Here’s this week’s Clairity Click-it, leading off with a provocative piece about the state of the charitable sector and roaming through a mix of interesting and useful nonprofit marketing and fundraising tips — all designed to help you be the best you can be. Enjoy! Changes in Philanthropy Click-It: Philanthropy Reconsidered: The Paradigm Shift is [...] The post Clairity Click-it: How Philanthropy is Changing; Social Media Measurement; Twitter for Nonprofits; Recurring Gifts; Lapsed Donors; Thank You appeared first on Clairification.
  • 6 Traits of Relationship-Building Nonprofits + 4 Most Effective Ways to Retain Donors

    Claire
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Donor retention has continued to plummet every year for the past seven years.  It’s really, truly an awful problem. For some unknown reason, all that hard work you put into acquiring new donors is, seemingly, being wasted. Why? I recently asked folks what ONE word they would use to sum up what is needed to [...] The post 6 Traits of Relationship-Building Nonprofits + 4 Most Effective Ways to Retain Donors appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Leadership, Text Donations, Mobile Optimization, Saying Thank You

    Claire
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Here are some important links for you as we head into prime fundraising season. Some will make you think. Others are hands-on and practical. Enjoy! Leadership Click-It: To Be a True Leader, Start by Listening. Check out this podcast where Allison Fine interviews Annie Murphy Paul, author of the upcoming Brilliant: The New Science of Smart, [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Leadership, Text Donations, Mobile Optimization, Saying Thank You appeared first on Clairification.
  • The Big Secret – One Word – to Transform Donor Loyalty

    Claire
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:17 pm
    In a recent post about building donor loyalty I promised to reveal my personal #1 SECRET – the one principle that makes the greatest difference to long-term, sustainable fundraising success. I’m going to share that principle here; then I’m going to turn this principle into a word – actually three variations of the same word [...] The post The Big Secret – One Word – to Transform Donor Loyalty appeared first on Clairification.
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    Thunderhead Works

  • Wendell Berry on Movements

    Tom Peterson
    7 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
        In Citizenship Papers, writer and farmer-prophet Wendell Berry tells of his distrust of movements. They “lapse into self righteousness and self-betrayal” and it adherents too easily deny other the rights they expect themselves. For Berry the movements aren’t radical enough. And they fail because they try to address effects instead of causes. In the end, says Berry, the movements fail because they believe “that the trouble is caused by other people; they would like to change policy but not behavior.” The task before us, he says, “to enlarge the consciousness and the…
  • 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…
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    Clairification

  • 3 Rules for Thanking Nonprofit Donors that Should Never Be Broken

    Claire
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:36 pm
    If you’re not retaining as many donors as you’d like, you’ve no one to blame but yourself. And I’m here to tell you why. You’re Not Thanking Donors Properly. I’m serious. How you handle donor acknowledgements is that important. Yet, sadly, most of you do an absolutely rotten job of showing your donors how much [...] The post 3 Rules for Thanking Nonprofit Donors that Should Never Be Broken appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: How Philanthropy is Changing; Social Media Measurement; Twitter for Nonprofits; Recurring Gifts; Lapsed Donors; Thank You

    Claire
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Here’s this week’s Clairity Click-it, leading off with a provocative piece about the state of the charitable sector and roaming through a mix of interesting and useful nonprofit marketing and fundraising tips — all designed to help you be the best you can be. Enjoy! Changes in Philanthropy Click-It: Philanthropy Reconsidered: The Paradigm Shift is [...] The post Clairity Click-it: How Philanthropy is Changing; Social Media Measurement; Twitter for Nonprofits; Recurring Gifts; Lapsed Donors; Thank You appeared first on Clairification.
  • 6 Traits of Relationship-Building Nonprofits + 4 Most Effective Ways to Retain Donors

    Claire
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Donor retention has continued to plummet every year for the past seven years.  It’s really, truly an awful problem. For some unknown reason, all that hard work you put into acquiring new donors is, seemingly, being wasted. Why? I recently asked folks what ONE word they would use to sum up what is needed to [...] The post 6 Traits of Relationship-Building Nonprofits + 4 Most Effective Ways to Retain Donors appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Leadership, Text Donations, Mobile Optimization, Saying Thank You

    Claire
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Here are some important links for you as we head into prime fundraising season. Some will make you think. Others are hands-on and practical. Enjoy! Leadership Click-It: To Be a True Leader, Start by Listening. Check out this podcast where Allison Fine interviews Annie Murphy Paul, author of the upcoming Brilliant: The New Science of Smart, [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Leadership, Text Donations, Mobile Optimization, Saying Thank You appeared first on Clairification.
  • The Big Secret – One Word – to Transform Donor Loyalty

    Claire
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:17 pm
    In a recent post about building donor loyalty I promised to reveal my personal #1 SECRET – the one principle that makes the greatest difference to long-term, sustainable fundraising success. I’m going to share that principle here; then I’m going to turn this principle into a word – actually three variations of the same word [...] The post The Big Secret – One Word – to Transform Donor Loyalty appeared first on Clairification.
 
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  • Google For Nonprofits is Now In 5 Countries

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

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

    Robert Coats
    9 Jun 2014 | 8:12 am
    A Great Program For Nonprofits Continues To Grow Google announced today that it was launching it’s popular Google For Nonprofits program in Canada. This extends the program that first launched in the US to its 3rd global region.
  • GrantsPro Returns For Google Ad Grants

    Robert Coats
    6 Jun 2014 | 6:03 pm
    The much loved GrantsPro program is back! The program had a soft-launch back on Thursday May 29th but we are officially allowed to discuss it now so here are the details. What Is GrantsPro? The GrantsPro program is an extension on the standard Ad Grants program from Google that increases the current $10,000 per month in free AdWords advertising an additional $30,000 per month, for a total of $40,000 per month in free AdWords advertising. Suffice to say, a nonprofit can do a lot of good with that kind of AdWords advertising budget. But to get to the GrantsPro level, you really need to be…
  • Live Google Event In Snoqualmie

    Robert Coats
    18 May 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Join us for Google Partners Connect We’re hosting an exclusive Google event on May 21st, and you’re invited to join us. It’s a great opportunity to learn from Google experts about how to grow your business. We’ll provide refreshments, all we need is your company. Please RSVP as soon as possible. We’d love for you to come learn with us.   Here are the speakers at the event: Arjan Dijk – VP, Global Small Business Marketing Help small businesses succeed on the web Arjan, author of The Small Think Big Book, will share unique insights, inspirational…
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    Veritus Group

  • Donors Are Your Mission, Too: Creating a Radical Culture of Philanthropy Part 2

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    A Culture of Philanthropy From your CEO down to the janitor, your non-profit embraces your donors as central to your mission, as central as your organization’s programs to change the world. I put our definition of a culture of philanthropy right at the beginning to remind you of our radical approach to your non-profit’s donors (major and all donors) and their relationship to you. Part one had to do with you. Essentially, I asked whether you have the passion to do this amazing work. This means, do you have a love for major donors and understand they have the ability to transform your…
  • Creating a Radical Culture of Philanthropy: A Six-Part Series

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Richard and I travel around the country constantly, talking to executives and front-line folks working in non-profits and major gift programs. We have become absolutely convinced that, unless non-profits radically change their approach with donors and adopt a true culture of philanthropy, they will never thrive – or most likely not survive – over the next 10 years. We define a culture of philanthropy like this: From your CEO down to the janitor, your non-profit embraces your donors as central to your mission, as central as your organization’s programs to change the world. This is a…
  • We All Need Each Other

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Another article from Veritus Group to help you succeed at major gift fundraising. What you will learn in this White Paper: Why development departments shouldn’t work in isolation What nonprofit departments can learn from each other How to start bridging the gaps that exist To obtain this white paper, please fill out our form…
  • Start Planning Now for Year-End Stock Gifts

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    It’s September, and it’s almost Christmas. I know this statement can be irritating; if you’re like me, you are annoyed by the Christmas promotions that are happening earlier every year. But here is one area you need to be thinking about and planning for right now as it relates to the donors on your caseload. In some cases, you shouldn’t wait until the end of the year – you need to act now! I’m talking about gifts of appreciated stock – one of the most ignored areas of potential revenue for non-profit organizations. Take a look at these facts from an article written by Holly Hall…
  • Facing Obstacles in Major Gifts

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    It’s a funny thing about obstacles in life: when they come up, our first impulse is to give up – or to question the destination or even the path or strategy. That’s why I found this Zig Ziglar quote interesting and applicable to all of us in major gifts. My thanks to Marc Pitman for sharing this. Here are some of the most common obstacles in major gifts and what we think you should do about them: Getting a “no” – Jeff and I have talked about this before: that a “no” is simply a path toward a “yes,” and that “no’s” are to be embraced for all the lessons they bring us.
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    eleventy marketing group

  • 3 Inspiring Signature Nonprofit Fundraising Efforts (Beyond The Ice Bucket Challenge)

    shad
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was a fundraising success story the likes of which we’ve never seen before (as of September 15 it has produced $113.3 million in donations and counting) and, in all likelihood, will never see again. It was a phenomenon that emerged organically and swept across the summer of 2014 like a tidal wave. Like “The Macarena” we may never totally understand how it happened, it just caught on. Most nonprofit professionals understand the event is something of a flash in the pan that cannot be easily replicated. Still, nonprofit-ers working to make a difference in the…
  • 5 Recent Logo Redesigns from Big Brands and What You Can Learn From Them

    shad
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    From Yahoo! to Airbnb, the past couple years have seen a ton of logo redesigns. Is this just a trend where businesses follow one another’s lead like dominoes? Or are more organizations adopting the belief that logo refreshes need to occur with increasing regularity? Whatever the reason, the evidence is undeniable (here’s a recap of 21 logo redesigns from the first part of 2014). And it has many organizations—business and nonprofit, large and small—wondering if they too need to redesign their logos. In today’s post, we’ll take a look at five recent big brand logo redesigns—and an…
  • 8 Excellent Nonprofit Resources To Check Out

    shad
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    Twitter is a great place to connect with nonprofit leaders, marketers and fundraisers who are sharing top-notch information and ideas. From the eleventy Twitter circle, we discover many valuable links. So we figured why not share some of the top resources we’ve come across with our blog readers? Today’s post is devoted exclusively to external information from nonprofit thought leaders around the great wide world of the Web. We found these links useful—and we hope you will too. Eleventy Recommends: Nonprofit Posts from Around the Web Here are some of our top Twitter discoveries from the…
  • 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 nonprofits 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 with specific…
 
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    Wagenmaker and Oberly - Nonprofit Update

  • IRS and U.S. House Respond to Treasury Audit; All Better Now?

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:02 pm
                This week IRS Commissioner John Koskinen responded before a U.S. House Subcommittee to the recently issued report from the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).  The 224-page report addressed the well-known improper processing of tax-exemption applications, particularly those of conservative Section 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations.  Koskinen defended the IRS by stating that it has demonstrated continued cooperation with the investigation.  He cited voluminous production of…
  • The Legal Side of Mission Trips

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Mission trips can provide fantastic opportunities to help others, to learn, and to grow spiritually.  Indeed, an estimated 2 to 4 million Americans participate in mission trips annually.  Aside from the packing list and the plane ticket, what do responsible leaders and participants need to know for legal compliance, optimal safety, and even tax reporting purposes?  Here are eight key legal tips for successful mission trips. 1.           Who’s in Charge?  This question is more complicated than it may seem.   A mission…
  • Who “Owns” a Nonprofit?

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    Nonprofit “ownership” can be a confusing, counterintuitive concept.  It can implicate both financial and control issues for stakeholders.  Consider the following scenario.            Jack founds Nonprofit Beanstalks with two supportive friends to improve the environment.  The first week, Jack contributes $20,000 to launch Nonprofit Beanstalks and otherwise invests extensively through volunteer service as its President, focusing on eco-friendly gardening as the first initiative.  One year later, Jack is worn out and…
  • Diverse Religious Groups Unite on Clergy Housing Allowance Appeal

    5 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    What will become of the clergy housing allowance?  We have been following the legal developments a 2013 Wisconsin federal district court case, which struck down the venerable income tax benefit as unconstitutional.  The case is now on appeal before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.  See Freedom from Religion Found., Inc. v. Lew, 983 F. Supp. 2d 1051 (W.D. Wis. 2013).  This decision stands in stark contrast to other decisions, including a 2014 Kentucky federal court case, that have rejected such challenges creating disagreement among the courts as to whether the tax…
  • 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’…
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    M+R » Lab

  • Tackling media work with coalitions: The whole…err..eight yards

    Diana Mask
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Editor’s note: As Eagles and Giants fans, there’s not much that Diana Mask and Katie Andriulli agree on when it comes to football. But they’ve found common ground in their approach to day-to-day media work with coalitions. Since football season is officially underway (huzzah!), and since we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to lay down some good ol’ fashioned sports metaphors, we thought we’d take this opportunity to point out some of the striking similarities we’ve noticed between managing a successful fantasy football team and executing a media…
  • 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…
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    Wobbly Nonprofit

  • Hot Potatoes of Grant Administration

    Mark C. Titi
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:51 pm
    You got the grant! But are you ready? Explore some hot […] The post Hot Potatoes of Grant Administration appeared first on 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.
 
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    Voss Foundation

  • A New Fundraising Campaign for GF&H

    Caitlin Rackish
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    In July, Voss Foundation and Good Future and Hope (GF&H), our newest implementing partner, began construction on our first project, a solar powered water system for their Ugandan orphanage and the community of Nakisunga funded by our Give A Drop partnership. Now, one of Voss Foundation’s Board members, Robert (Tenny) Field, is launching his own fundraising campaign...
  • Women Helping Women New York 2014

    ExecutiveDirector
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Women Helping Women New York Voss Foundation’s fifth annual 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. in formation For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Deborah at Deborah Hughes, Inc. at (212) 727-2220 or deb@deborahhughesinc.com. For more information,...
  • Swaziland: WHW 2013 Project Update

    Caitlin Rackish
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    Over the past several months, the pace of work has increased on Voss Foundation’s 2013 Women Helping Women project in Swaziland with implementing partners Gone Rural boMake and Rosecraft. Mbingo Velakhe Solomon, Gone Rural boMake’s WASH Project Officer has provided several implementation updates. In April, a three-day Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Training (PHAST) workshop took place. Out of the 222 homesteads in...
  • Back to school for GMF girls!

    ExecutiveDirector
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    On Monday, September 8th, 2014, students at the Georges Malaika School for Girls in Kalebuka, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, go back to class for the fourth year! Voss Foundation attended the opening of the GMF School, the first girls school in the Katanga province, in 2011, to celebrate our two wells for the...
  • Milgis School: Opening Ceremony Recap

    Caitlin Rackish
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:38 pm
    On August 8th, 2014 our European Representative Cecilie Malm Brundtland (pictured far left) joined Tove and Arnulf Bergum at the opening ceremony of their second clean water project with Voss Foundation’s partner, Milgis Trust, in the Samburu district of Kenya, in memory of their daughter Lene Maria Bergum. Here is Cecilie’s trip report: More than...
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    Double the Donation

  • Expert Advice on Taking Advantage of #GivingTuesday

    Erin Ehrlich
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:16 pm
    #GivingTuesday might not be until December, but because planning and preparation are key to any successful campaign, we think the best time to start thinking about how to take advantage of this fundraising opportunity is now! Double the Donation’s team has compiled advice from over 30 experts on how nonprofit organizations can make #GivingTuesday a hit. Good luck! Start Planning Now! Far and away, the most common piece of advice was to start planning as soon as possible. Getting a head start on promotions, social media trends, marketing materials, and getting in touch with donors…
  • Three Examples of Companies Using Facebook to Share Dollars for Doers Information

    Adam Weinger
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    At Double the Donation we not only talk a lot about how nonprofits can raise more money from employee matching gift and Dollars for Doers programs but we also like to highlight ways companies can better manage their employee giving programs. With employee participation rates all over the board it’s clear many companies can do a better job promoting these giving programs to employees. One easy and free way is to use social media. Here are three examples of how companies use Facebook to promote their Dollars for Doers programs. CH2M Hill – Announcing the Launch of  a New Dollars…
  • 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…
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    Invisible Children » Blog

  • From our friends in Uganda // New fall styles

    Miranda Brown
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Our online store just got a little fresher, and we’re excited to sport these handmade styles as the fall season rolls in. The fall interns couldn’t resist putting on a little photo shoot to model our newest accessories: Handmade necklaces. Braided and printed headbands. And a bold pair of elephant shorts. We’re slightly obsessed. Stories behind these new products: […] The post From our friends in Uganda // New fall styles appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • Ridge Top Series // Exclusive videos from the Musician Coalition

    Invisible Children
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:15 pm
    The Frendly Gathering music festival provided another year’s worth of positive energy and ‘frendly vibes’ this summer at their festival in Vermont, and we were honored to have been a part of it. If you managed to go, we are sure you will want to re-live it, and if you didn’t… we want to give you a […] The post Ridge Top Series // Exclusive videos from the Musician Coalition appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • We’re writing to you, so you can write with us

    Invisible Children
    13 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Sometimes, there are names that represent more than a simple collection of letters and syllables: Albert Einstein. Anne Frank. Steve Jobs. Jack Kerouac. Harriet Tubman. You get the idea. These names bring world change to mind. They understood things differently, saw potential for change, and expressed their vision in powerful ways. They did everything wrong, […] The post We’re writing to you, so you can write with us appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • A record-breaking month // 85 returned from the LRA

    Invisible Children
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Over the past month we’ve celebrated five huge victories for the LRA mission. Five reports came in detailing different groups regaining freedom from LRA captivity – either escaping, or being released by their commanders. We’ve never seen anything like this. In less than 30 days, 85 people came home from the LRA. 85 real lives have […] The post A record-breaking month // 85 returned from the LRA appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • Dreaming of Teaching // Meet Rubangkene Erick

    Lauren Manning
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Rubangkene Erick joined the Legacy Scholarship Program in 2013 when he was entering Senior 4. He came to Gulu Secondary School to complete his A Levels, an important step for entering university. Erick, now in Senior 6, plans to sit for exams at the end of term three with the hopes of entering university and pursuing the […] The post Dreaming of Teaching // Meet Rubangkene Erick appeared first on Invisible Children.
 
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    A Family Mission

  • Now is the Time

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

  • The 4 Questions You Need To Answer When Raising Money Online

    Julia Campbell
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Raising money online seems to confound many nonprofits, especially smaller ones. The three main challenges that nonprofits face with raising money online are 1) how to find new donors willing to give online, 2) convincing “traditional” donors to give online and 3) using social media to raise money. As with any kind of fundraising campaign or appeal, you are putting the cart before the horse if you worry about the tools before figuring out the message and the strategy. Online fundraising campaigns have a start, middle and end. Preparation before the campaign is just as important as the…
  • Is A Donate Button Coming To Twitter?

    Julia Campbell
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    photo credit: mkhmarketing via photopin cc The ability to donate directly inside Twitter may be coming to a nonprofit near you! Last week, Twitter announced that it will start testing a Buy button embedded into individual tweets. The company aims to encourage shopping directly from your mobile device – “sellers will gain a new way to turn the direct relationship they build with their followers into sales.” The first question on my mind was, of course, what about a Donate button for nonprofits? Thankfully Twitter did not completely overlook nonprofits. They listed 7 in their list of beta…
  • Social Media & Your Small Business [PRESENTATION]

    Julia Campbell
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    On Tuesday I provided a presentation to the Revere Chamber of Commerce – here are the slides. In this slideshow, you will learn: **The impact of social media on business – yes, it can be used for marketing! **Creative ideas for using social media to promote your business Social Media & Your Small Business from Julia Campbell The post Social Media & Your Small Business [PRESENTATION] appeared first on 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…
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  • 10 ways to ensure success when working with communications volunteers

    RoiAnn Phillips
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    Volunteers are golden. They bring fresh energy and outside-the-box ideas. A communications volunteer will recognize immediately when I’m writing in acronyms or preaching to the choir. Volunteers keep me sharp, too, by recommending audiences or tools or strategies I may never have considered. Not sure if working with communications volunteers is right for you? Or do you want to work with volunteers, but you’re not sure how to begin? Read this article on effectively engaging communications volunteers. In my role as Communications Manager for HealthConnect One, I love working with volunteers…
  • Putting nonprofit key messages to work [#NPMC chat]

    Marlene Oliveira
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    It will soon be two months since our last #NPMC Twitter chat, which feels like forever to me! I’ve been ready and excited to tackle this month’s topic – nonprofit key messages – since it came up way back in June when discussing our July chat topic. For July, community member RoiAnn Phillips had requested a chat on working successfully with spokespeople; this great idea resulted in an amazing, informative chat. You can see for yourself by reviewing the July chat transcript. When planning the conversation, RoiAnn posed a number of questions about core – or key – messages and…
  • Five tips for building relationships with the media

    Kelly Rembold
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    Picture this: your nonprofit’s event is coming up in a few weeks. You’ve gathered all the details and crafted the perfect media pitch. But this time, you want to send it to a new radio station in the area and a trade publication you’ve never worked with before. What do you do? How do you begin to build a relationship with them? The answer – follow many of the same practices as you would in any relationship. Here are a few tips to get you started building relationships with the media:   1. Be realistic We all know that having unrealistic expectations in a relationship can lead to…
  • Rebranding a nonprofit that has outgrown its identity [case study]

    Yesenia Sotelo
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:50 am
    For 25 years, the name “Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition” was right for our organization and its founding mission. But by 2012 we had a new executive director, new programs and an expanded vision. It was clear that the organization was growing beyond the confines of its existing brand. Our board and staff collaborated for almost two years to identify a new name and identity that describes our organization as it is and as we envision it will become.   Practical challenges of rebranding Staff, board and supporters all struggled with our existing name. “The Illinois…
  • How to develop an email marketing strategy for your nonprofit

    Aerin Guy
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    As a communications professional, you’ve likely heard: “Email is dead. It’s all about social media now.” “Gmail changes mean my email content will never get through. What’s the point?” “We don’t bother keeping a list. It’s too much work.  Nobody knows how to manage it.” “CanSpam legislation means that email is dead.” When you hear things like this, dear reader, my advice to you is to plug your ears with your thumbs, wiggle your fingers, and run, run, run far away with your email engagement strategy intact and tucked wherever it is you tuck it. It’s the only way.
 
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    Social Fundraising for Nonprofits

  • One month of the #ALSIcebucketChallenge

    10 Sep 2014 | 7:44 pm
    On August 29th the ALS Association announced that the #IcebucketChallenge had just surpassed raising $100 million dollars. The viral sensation took the country by storm this summer. While there was reason to be concerned with slacktivism, we believe that this campaign should be celebrated for what it is: an amazing windfall for those working hard to help individuals afflicted with this horrible disease. The #IceBucketChallenge accomplished in a few weeks what some organizations seek out for years: a national movement that attracts millions of donations. There are nonprofits that have…
  • RallyBound's Mailchimp Integration

    9 Sep 2014 | 8:27 pm
    RallyBound is always on the look out for new services to add to our integrations directory. Today we are excited to announce yet another service that extends our client’s reach with peer-to-peer fundraising: Mailchimp. Email is the most effective way of reaching out to potential donors and supporters. Important and easy-to-use email tools are critical to a nonprofit’s mission and communication channels. image from Mailchimp. Our v1 integration does a few simple things:  1. Automatically, syncs fundraiser and donor campaign data into a Mailchimp list and, optionally, push into groups…
  • The Case for your Own Fundraising Platform

    3 Sep 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Over the past few years, many nonprofits have become well involved with DIY peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns. Here’ s a greatarticle from Henry Gresson of Fundraising & Philanthropy Magazine Australia exploring this global phenomenon and specifics on improving results. From campaigns like the #ALSIceBucketChallenge, to a concerted citywide Bake Sale, providing your supporters with the ability to advocate on your behalf is a vital strategy to explore. It also can be very lucrative for your organization if managed properly. When appropriately structured, the sky’s the limit for a…
  • 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…
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    Nonprofit Hub » Featured

  • Why Your Year-End Ask Should Last 12 Months

    Lincoln Arneal
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    This article originally ran in our Nonprofit Hub Magazine, a free bi-monthly magazine dedicated to providing focused content on a particular topic. In our September/October edition, we explored year-end giving. To reserve your free copy of our November/December issue on creating a solid marketing plan for 2015, sign up today.    Don’t let the name fool you, the end-of-year ask fundraiser for nonprofits is not about the end of the year. For an end-of-year campaign to be successful, it cannot be done during the final few months of the year. Instead, an effective end-of-year ask extends…
  • Assembling Your Super Board of Directors [Infographic]

    Devin Thomas
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:46 am
    During the climatic battle scene in The Avengers movie, Loki uses the Tesseract to summon the Chitauri fleet through a wormhole, and it looks like New York City is doomed. The only hope is a group of superheroes who very recently didn’t much care for each other. They each had their own skill set, that on the surface level didn’t appear to work well together. However, after a brief pep talk, they rally around the common cause and save the day. Sometimes it can feel like you are fighting a massive fleet of alien invaders while working on your nonprofit. While you don’t have to…
  • No More Excuses—You Need to Call Every New Donor

    Steven Shattuck
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:02 pm
    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. _____________ It’s no secret that fundraising is all about building relationships. And when it comes to building relationships, nothing beats a personal,…
  • Google Algorithm Cheat Sheet for Nonprofits

    Andrew Garberson
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:56 am
    Andrew Garberson is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub and the Manager of Search at LunaMetrics, a Google Analytics certified partner and search marketing consultancy. In addition to leading the SEO and PPC departments, Andrew is a GAIQ certified analytics junkie with a special interest in nonprofit marketing. Be sure to find him on Twitter. _____________ Nonprofits are not the only busy bodies in 2014. Google has kept nonprofit marketers on their toes with iterations of Panda and Penguin, a new algorithm called Hummingbird, and in late July a local algorithm called Pigeon. This article…
  • Wear Your Brand Out: How to Use Clothing to Promote Your Nonprofit

    Lincoln Arneal
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:05 am
    Yellow wristbands. White shirts with a red plus sign. Pink shirts. Pink hats. Pink gloves. Heck, pink everything. Despite those vague descriptions, you likely know what nonprofits these products are associated with because they have effectively used clothing and merchandise to promote their nonprofit and brand. Even if your nonprofit’s primary objective isn’t achieved through sales, you can still use clothing to promote your nonprofit’s mission and brand. For example, the NPO that I was Executive Director of underwent a massive rebrand last year. After being part of another organization…
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  • 50 Years of Ethics and A True Story With a Fake Witch

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:19 pm
    I once received a bad performance review. (I Know! So hard to believe!) Even though all of our fundraising goals were met or exceeded, my boss wasn’t happy with me because I am, apparently, stubborn. I asked what specific instances made her feel that way. Well, there’s that time I refused to give a tax receipt to a board member for something that was not an allowable tax deduction. And then there’s that time I spoke up when she wanted to use some restricted grant funds for overhead costs. I had mentioned the Code of Ethics and, you know, federal law, as impediments to doing as she…
  • Creative Visitor Engagement at NAMPC

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    This November I'll be hosting a roundtable session (along with Katy Malone, outreach and education manager, Zuckerman Museum of Art) on creative visitor engagement at the National Arts Marketing Project Conference.   National Arts Marketing Conference Project Roundtable: Creative Visitor Engagement Strategies You Can Do Right Now with Ann-Laura Parks, CFRE & Katy Malone, Zuckerman Museum of Art Sunday, November 9, 2014 | 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.     If you work in the arts, I cannot recommend this conference enough - it's simply one of the best professional development…
  • 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…
 
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    #fundchat

  • Nonprofit Sponsorships 101

    Brendan Kinney
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:53 am
    Transcript now available! Click here. For many nonprofits, sponsorships are something that falls to the bottom of the list. There’s usually not enough time, resources, or expertise to focus on them. After all, corporate sponsorships feel more like “selling” than the heart-on-the-sleeve mission-driven work of your noble nonprofit! But done right, corporate sponsorships can become a significant source of revenue for your organization, helping you better deliver on your mission. Join #fundchat this week for the conversation, “Nonprofit Sponsorships 101,” on…
  • So You Want To Be A Fundraiser?

    Brendan Kinney
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Click here to review the transcript! So you want to be a fundraiser? Join the #fundchat community on Wednesday, September 3, from 12- 1 pm EST for a conversation on how to get started with a career in the nonprofit sector. In this discussion titled, “So You Want To Be A Fundraiser?” get tips and advice from nonprofit fundraisers and marketing professionals about what it takes to take your career to the next level in the nonprofit sector. Here’s how you can help prep for a great conversation: Share this post with your social networks! Invite your colleagues to join the…
  • 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…
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    CHARITY CASE

  • Why Ray Bradbury was my first hero

    Krystyn Tully
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Dandelion Wine is about that moment when you realize you're alive.  I don't know if it's a rule for everyone who starts a project or an organization, or just for me, but I'm happier and I do better work when I have heroes. I like my heroes to be strangers. I like them to be people who make stuff. And I like them to challenge me to stretch a little further. The best heroes are the ones who gently help you realize that your worldview is too small and show you how to see a little further, a little wider.My first such hero was Ray Bradbury. He was the first author I read whose…
  • 3 (good) reasons for non-profits to ignore so-called content marketing

    Krystyn Tully
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Al filler, no killer. Content. noun. Words and/or images you post on the interwebs to prove you are “part of the conversation." Content Marketing. verb. To post link baity stuff online so people will come to your website, then pay and/or like you.If you’re in the charitable sector and you’ve read anything online about communications lately, then you’ll have heard about “content marketing”. Perhaps you’ve even heard that content marketing is the secret to untold success.Here’s the truth: Content marketing is horrifying. First and foremost, if you’re running a…
  • What are you REALLY trying to do?

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

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

    Krystyn Tully
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:37 pm
    "Health care is a business, I'm gonna run it like one." I got sucked into some old episodes of House on Netflix while recovering from a cold. Figures that Vogler was at the centre of my favourite story-arc.His obsession with running the hospital “like a business” will be familiar to anyone working in the nonprofit sector.Now, I think there is a lot nonprofits can learn from for-profits, and vice versa. But it’s important to remember that they are different sectors.Fundamentally, the incentives are entirely different. And, as any economist will tell you - incentives are…
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    Third Sector Today

  • Webinar: Fundraising Research Findings to be Presented

    Amy DeVita
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    What works in fundraising? Join this webinar to review the findings of the latest fundraising research from the Nonprofit Research Collaborative When planning a fundraising campaign, you will increase your likelihood of success if you employ strategies that have been proven to work.  Luckily for us, Melissa Brown has just wrapped up analyzing all the latest findings of a fundraising research study conducted this summer by the Nonprofit Research Collaborative and will share the “Big Reveal” with us in a webinar on October 8 at 3:00 pm EST. You probably know to look for…
  • 4 Questions to Ask Before Kicking Off an Annual Fundraiser

    Tonya Bulboff
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    Galas, Dinners, and Fundraisers, oh, my! Annual fundraising events can be a great asset to organizations. They can help nonprofits raise awareness in the community while engaging people in their cause. Well-executed annual events can even build credibility to an organization’s overall image and brand. But, let’s face it, events are not a one-size-fits-all road to fundraising success. A lot goes into coordinating an annual event, and not every nonprofit may be properly aligned to begin hosting a signature event. So, how do you know if your organization is ready to take the plunge into the…
  • Top Benefits of Working for a Nonprofit

    Jennifer Schaupp
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:42 am
    As children, we are told we should shoot for the stars and that we can be anything we want when we grow up. Sometimes our dreams lead us to the nonprofit world. Nonprofits can get a bad rap. Fewer resources, below average salaries, and understaffed environments are some common gripes. But let’s not lose sight of the benefits of working for a nonprofit. What about those folks who are drawn to helping children or pursuing the arts – fields that are naturally 501(c)3? There must be a reason these individuals remain in the nonprofit sector, aside from the mission that led them there…
  • How to Measure Nonprofit Success?

    James Zackal
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:28 am
      Have you ever been asked “how successful is your organization?” But, a nonprofit’s success cannot be determined by data at the end of a quarter. Which begs the question, “How do we measure nonprofit success?”   Nonprofit work varies throughout the sector and success will vary from clients and participants to events and fundraisers. Being successful in the sector may often be measured by the amount of funding in a given period.   Recently, Richard Brewster discussed indicators of a successful nonprofit in Four Key Indicators of Nonprofit Success.   1.
  • 5 Tips for Moderating Online Comments

    Ritu Sharma
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:35 pm
    By Ritu Sharma, Executive Director, Social Media for Nonprofits Do you get stressed out and upset from reading and responding to comments on your blogs? This post is for you! A recent post received more criticism than accolades, and it made me wonder, “Is there anyone who hasn’t been through this? How do others handle it when their work is panned instead of praised?” For those who haven’t experienced it, I’d like to offer my thoughts on dealing with this statistically inevitable outcome. As nonprofit social media managers and community managers– moderating and responding…
 
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    GiveIndia NGOs

  • The Earth Saviours Foundation

    Rohini Vemuganti
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:29 am
    A Saviour to the poor “I drive around the streets of Delhi past midnight to spot abandoned people and bring them into my ashram; where... The post The Earth Saviours Foundation appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • Volunteering Requirements

    Rohini Vemuganti
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:03 am
    TESF requires volunteers with good English communication skills. If you could spend even a few hours a day providing support like responding to emails and... The post Volunteering Requirements appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • A Saviour to the Poor

    Rohini Vemuganti
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Earth Saviours Foundation gets its name from the efforts of its Founder – Mr. Ravi Kalra – who is literally a savior to the... The post A Saviour to the Poor appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • How it all began at The Earth Saviours Foundation

    Rohini Vemuganti
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:58 am
    TESF has been set up by Ravi Kalra, one of the few individuals who literally has devoted his life for the welfare of less privileged... The post How it all began at The Earth Saviours Foundation appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • Deepalaya

    Rohini Vemuganti
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:12 am
    Delhi’s largest NGO From teaching just five children in a rented house in Delhi, Deepalaya has grown to become Delhi’s largest operating NGO. Working in... The post Deepalaya appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
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    Top Nonprofits

  • 8 Ways to Keep Volunteers

    Yvonne Hudson
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:18 am
    8 Wonderful Ways to Keep Volunteers Coming Back by Yvonne Hudson 1. Thank your volunteers and thank them again. Show appreciation in varied ways and always mention volunteers who make your organizational successful. 2. Reward your volunteers. Volunteers have many motivations. While they are supportive of your mission, making connections, being seen at your events, and becoming more immersed in the experiences of your staff and constituents are all perks with appeal. Remember that some individuals volunteer to have more contact with others in event and social settings. Some of your most…
  • New Nonprofit Technology? Have a plan!

    Kadi McDonald
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
      Tuesday’s #AppleEvent brought great news – two new iPhone models, the new Apple Watch and the Apple Pay. These much-anticipated releases didn’t fail to deliver great new bells and whistles, and with the Apple Watch, a completely new mobile technology with features that haven’t been grappled with.   Apple is known for its innovation and quality products. But they’re also the source of frustration for many companies who’ve got to shell out cash every time there’s a system update to make sure their apps are compatible.   It seems like there’s something new out…
  • Shape Reputation by Managing Perception

    Jennifer Schaupp
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    When you were in high school, reputation was everything. How your classmates perceived you, i.e. your way of dressing, what you did for fun, determined whether you had a cool reputation or not. When starting a nonprofit, the way to be cool with the staff, the donors, the board of directors, and the general public involves carefully crafting their perceptions of your organization. Much of this perception building happens as a result of precise marketing and preventive strategies, in person and especially online, an effective vehicle for reaching many people around  the world. Here are some…
  • 8 Steps to Building a Nonprofit Career

    James Zackal
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
      What are your nonprofit career goals? Are you considering making a career change within the sector? Or do you see yourself advancing in your organization over the next few years? Either way, it is important to set goals.   Bridgespan and former Bridgespan partnerWayne Luke discuss the steps to building your career in the nonprofit sector with Building a Nonprofit Career Path.   1. Focus on your current job. Do your best at your current position. If you are thinking about trying to advance within your organization or are thinking about a career change, doing your best now…
  • 5 Ways to Amp Up Online Marketing

    Amy DeVita
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    Online marketing and social media can be an incredibly efficient way to gain awareness of your cause and to engage supporters. The trick is to know how to best utilize it. Emily Goodstein, (on Twitter @EmilyGoodstein) D.C.-based Online Marketing and Social Media Strategist, has help for us all.  Take a listen to this podcast to hear her 5 favorite ways to amp up a nonprofit’s social media effort. Key Takeaways: Communicating with your supporters and donors with multiple touches through multiple channels results in greater giving. Facebook: Focus on interactions rather than Likes…
 
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