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  • 10 Social Media Goals to Become a Rock-Star Nonprofit

    Social Media For Nonprofits
    admin
    14 May 2015 | 9:48 am
    Those in the nonprofit sector do what we do because we want to make a difference in the world. We’re not looking for accolades or awards, but we recognize that in order to be effective we need to catch the attention of others who share our vision, care about our cause, and can make meaningful contributions to move our efforts forward. Image Credit: Anand Patel, Social Media Rockstars, used under CC BY. To that end, social media is a nonprofit’s best friend. There isn’t a better vehicle to drive your organization’s exposure and engagement, bringing those cause partners into the fold.
  • Your Mission Statement is NOT Your Story

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    Jay Geneske
    1 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    I recently spoke at an event about the potential of storytelling to drive social impact. One of the other event speakers was an executive at a large business software service provider. The speaker’s presentation was complemented by polished and expensive videos with messages of a hopeful future and a world of social justice that—at the […] The post Your Mission Statement is NOT Your Story appeared first on John Haydon.
  • 4 Simple Donor Segments That Will Maximize Your Fundraising Efforts

    Winspire News
    8 May 2015 | 10:38 am
    While segmenting donors is not a new concept, there are strategies you might not have tried yet. Nonprofits typically group donors into categories based on demographic information and donors’ interests. As an example, your organization may already be using communication methods to reach baby boomers that are different from those used to target millennials. This is an effective tactic, but it’s not the only one you should try. Another way to segment donors is to categorize based on giving. When you group donors by how much and how often they give, you can dramatically improve your…
  • Why Good Habit Formation Is Important for Nonprofits

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    Beth
    19 May 2015 | 7:23 am
    Flickr Photo by Celestine Chua For the past few months, I’ve been working on a new project that will launch next month.   It is a leadership professional development project for emerging leaders in nonprofits in collaboration with Third Plateau funded by the Packard Foundation. This pilot project will test a leadership development training model for emerging leaders in environmental organizations that uses a combination of peer learning, coaching, and mentoring. The approach tests a hypothesis that emerging leaders need to have exciting, new assignments as well as the professional…
  • How to Turn Donors into Fundraisers

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    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    12 May 2015 | 2:39 am
    Want to add new donors and more donations to your fundraising results this year? One of the best ways to expand your reach and attract new supporters is by tapping into the networks of your existing supporters with a social fundraising campaign. Here’s why: people are more likely to give when asked by a friend or family member, and thanks to the multiplier effect, these supporter-fundraisers will increase their lifetime value to your organization by giving and bringing new donations to your cause. So, how do you do it? How do you inspire donors to create personalized fundraising…
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  • Mind the Gap: True Program Costs

    lindsi@gish.co
    21 May 2015 | 2:36 pm
    mind_the_gap.jpg Imagine this budget planning conversation at a human services nonprofit: “The county wants to expand our contract! Isn’t that great?” The easy answer is: Yes! We can provide more services in our community! But the smart answer is: It depends.  In this example, we’d need to ask ourselves a couple financial questions:
  • Déjà Vu All Over Again: Nonprofit Survey Results

    awagstrom@nonprofitsassistancefund.org
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:06 am
    report_covers.jpg Déjà Vu All Over Again: Nonprofit Survey Results “It’s been a rugged three years for Minnesota’s nonprofits, years characterized by economic instability, management uncertainties, and fundamental shifts in a once-familiar external landscape. Still reeling from significant financial downturns, many nonprofits have used the last few years to take a long, hard look at their internal capacities and financial requirements.”
  • Nonprofit Outreach Specialist (VISTA)

    awagstrom@nonprofitsassistancefund.org
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:11 pm
    acvista_0.jpg The Nonprofits Assistance Fund AmeriCorps VISTA project will help culturally-based nonprofits build and strengthen financial health and stability with training, one to one guidance and counsel (technical assistance), and financing for working capital and facilities.
  • Spring Cleaning: We're giving away office furniture and printers

    awagstrom@nonprofitsassistancefund.org
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:45 am
    everything_must_go-spring_cleaning-naf.jpg We're making room in our office for our soon-to-be new hires. Are you in the market for some gently used office furniture?   Come and get it!  Free, but you need to pick it up.  Links have photos of the amazing offers!
  • It's Never About the Donuts

    awagstrom@nonprofitsassistancefund.org
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:57 pm
    donuts_photo_credit_manda_wong.jpg I felt sick to my stomach. After a month of avoiding a serious look at our budget and a reforecast for the next six months, I was seeing a deficit of ($80,000). I knew that grant funding had not come in as expected and that donations were slower than previous years. I knew that we had included more stretch goals than baseline fundraising goals. I rechecked my forecast as the dread and fear sunk in.
 
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  • The Art of Facilitating Virtual Meetings with Sticky Notes

    Beth
    26 May 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Last week, Andrea Kihlstedt and I did a reprise of our Guidestar webinar, “Healthy and Productive Meetings” as a learning session for Guidestar staff.     Guidestar has multiple office locations, so this session was done as a virtual meeting using a platform and apps that offered features like chat, desktop sharing, polling, white board, sticky notes, and audio and video conferencing.   As trainers,  Andrea and I both know the value of “modeling the model,” so we wanted to use and model best practices for designing effective meetings on their preferred platforms.
  • My Most Engaged Follower On Twitter Is @JenniferPreston

    Beth
    21 May 2015 | 10:28 am
    My most engaged follower on Twitter this past week is Jennifer Preston.  I know why Jennifer, who is the VP at the Knight Foundation is one of my engaged followers this week.   Earlier this week I was in Miami to do a social media pre-workshop at the Knight Digital Media Seminar.  Jennifer was observing and tweeting during the session.  (If you want to read the re-caps or view the videos for the seminar itself, the Knight Foundation blog has full documentation here). On the other hand,  my most influential followers is Ellen DeGeneres.  I’m not sure why as I don’t follow…
  • What I Learned From @Sree Sreenivasan Chief Digital Officer of @MetMuseum

    Beth
    20 May 2015 | 3:51 am
    I just spent two days in Miami at the Knight Foundation Media Learning Seminar where I co-facilitate a pre-conference workshop on leading on social channels with Amy Gahran and Stephanie Rudat.   But I also got an opportunity to finally hear the keynote speaker, Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer of the @MetMuseum in person.   I’ve been fan for a long time, but never had the chance to meet or hear him in person. Sree is authentic, humble, and always making connections.   When I asked for a photo of him with the Fast Company magazine that includes the profile of him, he modestly…
  • Why Good Habit Formation Is Important for Nonprofits

    Beth
    19 May 2015 | 7:23 am
    Flickr Photo by Celestine Chua For the past few months, I’ve been working on a new project that will launch next month.   It is a leadership professional development project for emerging leaders in nonprofits in collaboration with Third Plateau funded by the Packard Foundation. This pilot project will test a leadership development training model for emerging leaders in environmental organizations that uses a combination of peer learning, coaching, and mentoring. The approach tests a hypothesis that emerging leaders need to have exciting, new assignments as well as the professional…
  • Take A Walk! Work Smarter and Live Longer

    Beth
    15 May 2015 | 10:09 am
    We know that sitting is bad for your health and has been dubbed “the new smoking.”    Two years ago I got put on a fitbit and started walking, and haven’t stopped.  It’s benefited overall physical health and boosts cognitive function. I’ve been incorporating sitting, standing, and walking into my work and doing sessions at nonprofit conferences about walking as work.    After a session at the NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference,  Lisa Colton, set up the “Take A Walk” group on Facebook for nonprofit folks who are sharing their walks and tips.
 
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  • Anti-obesity campaign is a big shame

    Tom Megginson
    22 May 2015 | 12:21 pm
    And I mean that literally. It’s shaming and it’s shameful, really. This campaign, by LatinWorks, Austin for “League Against Obesity” (Liga Contra la Obesidad y el Sobrepeso in Guatemala) shows heroes that boys traditionally dream of becoming. There’s a fighter pilot, a firefighter, and an astronaut. The punchline is that the heroes are obese. I find this campaign problematic on several levels. Guatemala has one of the highest adult obesity rates in the world. (Although much lower than the United States, where Latino men are the most affected.) Poor nutrition and…
  • Anti-FGM campaign looks brutally familiar

    Tom Megginson
    22 May 2015 | 8:13 am
      The first thought that crossed my mind, when people started asking me about this new anti-FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) campaign by Ogilvy, UK, was “didn’t Amnesty do it first”?   Yes, they did. This iconic image, by Volontaire (Stockholm, Sweden) was part of a stunning awareness campaign about the FGM practice of infibulation that turned both heads and stomachs. The new campaign is also disturbing, although it lacks the vulnerable fragility of the flower metaphor. The flags, instead, are pure brutality: Admittedly, only advertising people care if a concept…
  • The firefighters in Peru have to go naked to raise money

    Marc van Gurp
    14 May 2015 | 1:39 pm
    In Peru the firefighter department isn’t funded by the government.  All the firefighters in Peru are volunteers, and the only way to finance their teams is through donations. This is why Quorum Saatchi & Saatchi in Lima came up with a campaign for the AABV (Asociación Amigos de los Bomberos Voluntarios) to make people realize that if they don’t donate, volunteer firefighters have no choice but to find some sort of income doing whatever is necessary, even if it means stripping. Agency: Quorum Saatchi & Saatchi Executive Creative Director: Daniel Fierro Creative…
  • Will these “edgy” coaster ads just re-brutalize women? (TW: #VAW)

    Tom Megginson
    14 May 2015 | 7:42 am
    People are talking about this new campaign by Ogilvy & Mather, Tokyo, for the Yaocho bar chain in Japan. But there’s another conversation we need to have about campaigns that address violence. It has become common practice to shock viewers with images of battered women. The general strategy is that violence is shocking, and by exposing it in unexpected ways we are helping promote awareness and — in the long run — positive behaviour modification. But what about victims themselves? How will they react to seeing a bruised and bleeding woman revealed on their bar coaster,…
  • Help the homeless on their period #TheHomelessPeriod

    Marc van Gurp
    12 May 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Homeless women have limited or no access to sanitary products like tampons and towels. Oli, Josie, and Sara, interns who met at a London advertising agency were shocked by this fact and started #TheHomelessPeriod. This initiative believes that tampons and towels should be made available through homeless shelters, the same way the government provides condoms. thehomelessperiod.com is the basis for the action with main priority on a petition directed to the British government. The post Help the homeless on their period #TheHomelessPeriod first appeared at Osocio
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  • Our Hiring Practices Are Inequitable and Need to Change

    Steph
    22 May 2015 | 11:36 am
    Vu Le Executive Director Rainier Valley Corps Go ahead and bake some unicorn-shaped cookies. While you're at it, how about taking some time to ponder more equitable hiring practices? We have been relying heavily on the for-profit world’s hiring model, which has not been aligned with our sector-wide values of equity and community. It leaves out too many good people, and it is time that we as a field examine and change how we hire people. 
  • A Note About Those Notes

    Steph
    21 May 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Ash Shepherd Education Director NTEN A reveal of the magic behind the 15NTC collaborative notes URL creation. For a number of years at the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC), we have created “Collaborations Notes” for each of the sessions. This is a Google Doc that anyone can access and contribute to before, during, or after the session. We have found it adds great value for those who attended and also for folks who, for whatever reason, couldn’t attend that particular session.
  • Announcing the Digital Inclusion Fellowship

    Amy
    21 May 2015 | 8:07 am
    Only when everyone is online can we truly support our entire community with necessary services, access to education and information, avenues to employment, and social connections to friends and family regardless of income or where someone may live. Today, more than 60 million Americans still aren't using the Internet at home. Most organizations don't have the know-how or resources to address key barriers of digital literacy, awareness of affordable options for access and devices, or even availability of digital trainers.Digital Inclusion FellowshipIn partnership with Google…
  • Happy Global Accessibility Awareness Day: A roundup of accessibility resources

    Megan
    20 May 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Recall a time when you encountered one of those websites where it was hard to read and navigate. You wanted to get some basic information or perhaps complete a simple transaction, and you ended up spending a lot longer than necessary, or maybe even left the site in frustration. For many people with disabilities, this is a daily reality when they encounter the common problem of non-accessible websites. In recognition of these challenges, May 21 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). GAAD was conceived four years ago after Joe Devon, a web developer, wrote a blog post reflecting on the…
  • Utilizing Campaigns to Grow Long-Term Organizational Strength

    Steph
    18 May 2015 | 10:24 am
    Charles Denson Membership Director Civil Liberties Defense Center The ability to harness a campaign for the long-term benefit of the organization's mission and vision is an art. Campaigns are short term and set out to accomplish a goal, while long-term organizations are more permanent and mission based. A successful organization will have many campaigns during its time. Sometimes campaigns can grow larger than expected and build great momentum for your organization, which is why it is important to be prepared to engage supporters of the campaign.
 
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  • How to Get Your Board on Board with Social Fundraising

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    25 May 2015 | 11:09 pm
    Looking for a new way to get your board involved with your fundraising efforts? A social fundraising campaign can help make it easier for your board members to fulfill their “give or get” commitment to your organization. Of course, the idea behind social fundraising isn’t new, but combining the age-old structure of board support and your fundraising assets with technology that makes it much easier to ask for a gift can amplify your outreach, resulting in more donors and more donations for your mission. Make It Easy Any time you want to turn donors into fundraisers (or get…
  • Half of Your Email Subscribers Are Ignoring You

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    20 May 2015 | 10:07 am
    New research from the 2015 M+R Benchmarks Study tells us that, on average, almost half (45%) of small nonprofits’ email subscribers are inactive. Yikes! Inactive could mean different things to different organizations. Many organizations define inactive subscribers as those who’ve gone one year with no activity. (These don’t necessarily include lapsed or inactive donors. We’re simply talking about people in your database who haven’t opened an email in a really long time—donors and nondonors.) However you define your inactive subscriber base, I think we can all agree that you need a…
  • Philanthropy Outlook Rosy, Reports IU Lilly School of Philanthropy

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    19 May 2015 | 8:55 am
    U.S. charitable giving predicted to rise 4.8 percent in 2015. The tide may be turning! Giving momentum is strong and getting stronger, according to research findings recently released by the IU Lilly School of Philanthropy and Martz & Lundy. Here’s more of the good news reported in The Philanthropy Outlook 2015 & 2016:
  • Our Top 4 Takeaways from the Millennial Alumni Study Research Update

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    12 May 2015 | 7:33 am
    Thanks to our friends at Achieve, we have valuable new insights into how Millennial alumni think, act, and support their alma maters and favorite organizations. Here are our key takeaways:
  • How to Turn Donors into Fundraisers

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    12 May 2015 | 2:39 am
    Want to add new donors and more donations to your fundraising results this year? One of the best ways to expand your reach and attract new supporters is by tapping into the networks of your existing supporters with a social fundraising campaign. Here’s why: people are more likely to give when asked by a friend or family member, and thanks to the multiplier effect, these supporter-fundraisers will increase their lifetime value to your organization by giving and bringing new donations to your cause. So, how do you do it? How do you inspire donors to create personalized fundraising…
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  • Proof Point #2: Email Subject Line Length Matters, SOMETIMES

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    21 May 2015 | 5:24 am
    Welcome to our Proof Point series—highlighting research findings to use when advocating for the marketing approaches you know are right.  Email subject line length DOES MATTER, as proven by Mail Chimp’s research on open rates for 200 million emails. The best email subject lines are short [50 characters or less]…and provide the reader with a reason to explore your message further. No surprise, as many email readers and browsers cut off subject lines there. But… We’ve all read multiple takes debating the ideal subject line length, many of which are contradictory. In…
  • Disconnect Is Damaging (Messaging Case Study: Part 1)

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    20 May 2015 | 5:27 am
    Here’s how I partnered with a wonderful client organization to develop relevant, memorable messages (and guided graphics to match) that are bringing employees, supporters, partners and participants closer and motivating them to get more involved. YOU can do it too The Challenge: Outdated Messages Were Deterring Key Actions: Registering, Donating, Partnering  I recently completed an all-new message platform (tagline, positioning statement, talking points or key messages at organization and program level and elevator conversation) for the largest human services organization in…
  • OMG Nonprofit Communications Jobs

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    18 May 2015 | 5:23 am
    Post YOUR comms job here—nonprofits, grantmakers, B Corps & vendors serving nonprofits. Administrative and Marketing Associate History Theatre (Twin Cities, MN) Associate VP for News, Communications and Media Duke University (Durham, NC) Chief Marketing Officer Jewish Board for Family and Children Services (New York, NY) Communications and Development Manager Financial Beginnings (Portland, OR) Communications Director Southern Poverty Law Center (Montgomery, AL) Communications Manager Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (New York, NY) Creative Manager Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa…
  • OMG Nonprofit Communications Jobs

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    11 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Post YOUR comms job here—nonprofits, grantmakers, B Corps & vendors serving nonprofits. Associate Designer & Query/Segmentation Specialist & Knowledge and Instructional Design Specialist WGBH (Boston, MA) Communications Coordinator Envision Unlimited (Chicago, IL) Communications Manager Justice at Stake (Washington, DC) Communications Manager Aspen Global Leadership Network (Washington, DC) Digital Graphic Designer Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (Manhattan Beach, CA) Digital Media Coordinator  The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust (New York, NY) Director…
  • That 1 Thing… Ugh!

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    6 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    What’s that one bad work habit you want to change but just can’t do it? C’mon—we all have at least one. But be it one or many, these habits can drive us crazy. OMG! Here’s my biggie bad: Whenever I speak or train, I learn a ton from folks like you who are in the room or on the webinar. These learnings hugely enrich my understanding of the topic (let’s say, writing for social media vs. websites). I know that weaving them into my presentation will make next time even better. Plus many are the start of 5-star blog posts. Each and every time I vow—as I digest…
 
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  • Welcome to our Newest Disclaimer

    Phil Cubeta
    22 May 2015 | 9:31 am
    <Not part of the Operative Disclaimer but provides needed context> Please Return any Prior Disclaimers You May Have in your Possession Wealth Bondage and Gifthub are constantly co-evolving to serve you better. Our Disclaimers are no exception. Any prior disclaimers in your possession are the sole property of Wealth Bondage and must be returned immediately <Operative Disclaimer Begins Here>   The Nature of Wealth Bondage Wealth Bondage is reality as it appears to us within The Market, as you have known it since birth. There is no "outside" of Wealth…
  • Seriatim Ad Libitim Sin and Absolution for a Flat Fee as Befits our Roles as Fiduciaries

    Phil Cubeta
    22 May 2015 | 7:04 am
    White magic and Black magic. The term for healer in Greek also means killer, as medicine also means poison. Both are related to scapegoat. When you think of terms like secular priest or mentor (as used in reference to themselves by highest level advisors to highest level wealth) they have that kind of duality. The altar reeks of blood beneath the slain one. Communion we call it. Drawn into this sacred dance as priest or lamb or goat is there any question of the risk? As to the eternal reward, is that a bet you would take in wagering your life, as opposed to, say, mine? I love Reverend J.
  • On Satire and Self Renewal

    Phil Cubeta
    20 May 2015 | 8:22 am
    Maria Popova on John Steinbeck's creative process, demolishing himself to create the work that became Grapes of Wrath by the author we now call John Steinbeck. He had written a satire on the way the poor were treated, but discarded it as too glib, or "smart alec-y." He said he had made the owners look "ridiculous." So he chucked a finished manuscript, writing his editor to stop the presses. Satire works best when it is a purgation, or implicit scourging, by the author of the author. It is not a sermon by a holier man than thou, nor a confession by one…
  • Candidia to Doctor Schambra on (get this) Civil Society

    Phil Cubeta
    5 May 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Click goes the stiletto heel, tapping under the desk, click, click. Grossly inappropriate! That William Schambra! O Excuse me, Doctor Shambra (sounds like one of those Baptist Preachers, probably has an honorary Doctorate from  some shitty little Bible College in one of those crappy states like Mississippi. Or Oklahoma, if that really is a state.) How dare that impudent little man disrespect Mistress Andreeson? He says he wants civic virtue, yadda yadda, like this is 1850 or something. Does anyone even know what the flying fuck civic virtue even is? How do you measure…
  • Passing a real priest off as a secular one - lessons learned the hard way

    Phil Cubeta
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:31 am
    One of my friends from The Asylum is a real priest, though having taken a vow of poverty, he is always casting about for ways to make ends meet. I was able to borrow him a blue blazer and grey slacks, to disguise him as a Secular Priest, and was able to hook him up with a Family of Wealth for a Values-Planning Retreat, but he starting spouting Greek and Latin, saying prayers, offering to hear confession, or perform an exorcism, and was soon exposed as a pious fraud. "Hey, what is this? A real priest?" I had to give the family their money back and we may still face damages.
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  • Responsible data practices

    Lucy Bernholz
    25 May 2015 | 8:47 am
    (Book Cover Photo http://the-engine-room.github.io/rdf-primer/) For 100 years foundations and nonprofits have developed practices to use time and money for good.For 50 years, investors have been developing ways to use investment capital for environmental and social goals.For about 10 years, (some) foundations have been trying to use both their investments and grantmaking funds to achieve their missions.Now, it's time to do this with data.Managing data to achieve mission will be a defining characteristic of philanthropy and civil society going forward. Right now, we are learning now how to do…
  • Technology, democracy, civil society

    Lucy Bernholz
    21 May 2015 | 10:14 am
    Loved this quote from Nathan Schneider in an article on the "slow technology" movement:"There is a habit in tech culture of saying that the latest app is “democratizing” whatever it happens to do. This is lovely, but best not to confuse it with actual democracy. Democracy is about participation with control, freedom with accountability, privacy with transparency. Tech companies tend to pick and choose from that list rather inventively."*Finding this on the same day that Pew Research shows just how little trust we Americans have for our data in the hands of either government or companies,…
  • Blueprint 2016

    Lucy Bernholz
    19 May 2015 | 10:27 am
    Yes. It is time for me to start thinking about Blueprint 2016.  To get it to you live in December I start thinking, mulling, complaining about, and drafting by June. I just made my annual notebook to start compiling my papers, thoughts, and ephemera that I don't store online. I start carrying this with me everywhere. I spend a few minutes each day going back through all my online storage spots where I've been bookmarking and filing things since January 1, looking for ideas and patterns and questions.What do you think I should be thinking about? Almost half-way through 2015, what's on…
  • Digital Sabbatical = brain growth

    Lucy Bernholz
    15 May 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Thanks to everyone who has asked about my digital sabbatical. It was fantastic. The best way I can describe it? Remember the part in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, when his heart grows three sizes? Without the addictive stimulation and distractions of digital life it feels like my brain grew three sizes.And I returned to an empty inbox. (It filled up again immediately, but it sure looked good empty for that one minute)For everyone who has asked for the autoreply message I used, here is the text for you to use/modify:Subject line: It's 1989 and I'm on an EMAIL SABBATICAL [date 1] - [date…
  • How to use private data for public benefit

    Lucy Bernholz
    13 May 2015 | 11:08 am
    (gambar: ucar.edu)I've been away, writing. 28 days, 167 draft pages. Probably 50-60 more to go.And just yesterday, working on something else, I think I've figured out what I'm trying to say.We need a theory of data for the public good if civil society is going to continue to thrive in the digital age.In law and economics there are theories of the commons. Theories of the public domain. Theories of civil society. And theories that bring some of these together.  We have theories of privacy and theories of data privacy. At least one theory of intellectual privacy. We have economic…
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  • This is my week, and I’m sticking to it.

    Edward Sumner
    20 May 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Ok.  Last week we talked about the massive fail of inadvertently communicating to supporters and prospects that we are not really listening to them because we’ve got too many other things on our minds.  Today, I want to offer a general guide to structuring our weeks in such a way that this is less likely to happen. It’s not a perfect plan, but is a plan that’s worked for me.  It is offered with the caveat that things always come up, priority relationships trump plans, and flexibility is always needed.  But, if we go into each week without a solid playbook and without…
  • ‘I’m not really listening to you.’

    Edward Sumner
    18 May 2015 | 12:05 pm
    What?!?!  This is probably the worst thing that we could ever communicate to a prospect or supporter for our agencies.  It is a privilege and huge opportunity to personally secure time with those that we are seeking to draw into closer relationship with us, and so, to tell them we’re not  listening would be just awful.  And, I wouldn’t be surprised if they bailed on us. A dear friend, colleague, and one of the best fundraisers I know was sharing the other day about a really tough season of being so stretched for time, that his 1-1 donor meetings were the only opportunities…
  • Sticky Notes – Really?

    Edward Sumner
    13 May 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Our friend Josh Collier kicks off our first segment on time management: I had this friend who organized his life with sticky notes. I thought he was so disorganized – he literally carried his laptop and a manilla folder filled with printer paper. Each page of paper was covered in sticky notes. What drove me – a borderline organization obsessor – most crazy was that he used different colors of sticky notes with no rhyme or reason! I was sure my methods would always be better. It’s easy to get all gung-ho on technology these days. Want a project management app in the cloud?
  • Time is assuredly not on our side.

    Edward Sumner
    7 May 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Oh that song and those Rolling Stones singing ‘tiiiiiiiime, is our our side, yes it is….’ Well, Mick, for the fundraiser in today’s obscenely fragmented and fast moving culture time isn’t on our side, at all.  In fact, lacking time to get everything done, setting priorities, and addressing time management issues with the latest strategies can be one of the biggest challenges we face as development professionals. Considering the full scope of work, we have current supporters to connect with, prospects to meet, events to plan, tweets to tweet, Facebook posts to…
  • One from the Vault – Elusive Prospects

    Jason Dick
    5 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Grateful for these helpful words from Jason Dick in our first installment of ‘One from the Vault,’ featuring older posts that warrant revisiting: We all have those prospects which we can never get on the phone. I had a great question in my post, This Thing Called Follow-up, and I wanted to provide a bit more of a comprehensive response. It is almost always difficult to connect with a new prospect as nobody likes to receive a phone call from a stranger. Building your fundraising programs via people in the community who have never given and have little connection to your…
 
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  • Guest Post: Why You Should Help the Nepalis, and How to Start

    Alison Carlman
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:57 am
    This post was written by Chris Wolz, GlobalGiving Board Member, and President/CEO Forum One. When I heard Saturday morning, April 25, 2015, that there had been an earthquake in Nepal, I let out a gasp and uttered to myself “oh, no.” Oh no. Like many who have lived and worked in Nepal, I love the Nepali people and their beautiful, colorful, chaotic, friendly country. I also know that Kathmandu city is jammed full of 1+ million people, and narrow lanes lined with many shoddily built, and brittle, brick buildings. And I’ve walked through many villages in the surrounding hills, past the…
  • How GlobalGiving Helps Nonprofits Become More Effective

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

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

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

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

  • Editorial Calendar Basics [New Video]

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    26 May 2015 | 11:01 am
    Today I’m sharing the third video in our new series from the Communications Coaching Program for Executive Directors (we call it the CoCoa Club for short.) An editorial calendar is a great tool, but don’t over-complicate it! In this video, we cover the basics with grid and calendar formats.   (Can’t see the video player? Watch it on YouTube) Please leave comments and questions below, and I’ll get right back to you! Registration for the current session of the Communications Coaching Program for Executive Directors ends this Friday, May 29th and the program starts…
  • Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    22 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Friday, everyone! Join me for some Mixed Links… Ever think about how you would handle a social media firestorm? Hubspot has you covered with their Social Media Crisis Management Plan Kit. Nonprofit Hub explains Why Passion Isn’t Enough for Your Board of Governance. Sorry, but it’s probably true – Half of Your Email Subscribers Are Ignoring You. John Haydon shares 25 Nonprofit Twitter Tips From The Pros. Have a grant that’s ending soon? Check out Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: When Grants Come to an End. If you use AdWords, Google has shared their best…
  • Social Media Takeovers: 6 Nonprofits That Gave It Up for Good (PLUS: 6 Tips for Getting it Right)

    Kerri Karvetski, Online Campaigns and Social Media Adviser
    21 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    Image Source: https://flic.kr/p/dzN6Vp Would you hand over the keys to your nonprofit’s Twitter or Instagram account to a volunteer, partner, artist or celebrity?  It’s called a social media takeover, and it’s been used by big brands and a variety of nonprofits with some fairly impressive results – such as big boosts in followers and engagement. It’s a tactic well suited for arts organizations and orgs with great visuals (think food porn), but any org can use it with a little creative thinking. Here are 6 tips for executing a social media takeover of your own. 1.
  • How to Solve Any Nonprofit Marketing Problem [New Video]

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    20 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Today I’m sharing the second video in our new series from the Communications Coaching Program for Executive Directors (we call it the CoCoa Club for short.) I hear LOTS of nonprofit marketing problems each year, and sometimes there’s a quick solution. But many times, they require more thought. So I’m sharing my no-fail, sure-fire way to get you closer to a solution, no matter the problem. (If you’ve taken a lot of our training, you should recognize the method!). (Can’t see the video player? Watch it on YouTube) Please leave comments and questions below, and…
  • Protecting Donor Information: What’s Your Security IQ?

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    19 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    Bill Sayre We don’t touch on cyber security too often on this blog as it is so not in our area of expertise. But we know it’s extremely important you are doing everything you can to maintain the safety of your donor information. We were glad that Merkle reached out to us to talk to you about keeping your data secure. ~Kristina Guest Post by Bill Sayre, President of Merkle Response Management Group From Target to Home Depot, security breaches are being discovered at an alarming rate. In fact, reports have cited a 48 percent increase in cyber attacks from 2013 to 2014. With…
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  • Calling All #Millennials! Help Us Change The Conversation

    Maddie Grant
    26 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Will you join us for #MillennialChat on Thursday 5/28 at 11 am EST? Jamie Notter and I have been invited to join #MillennialChat, a Twitter chat which brings together young folks to discuss millennial issues.  We’re really looking forward to sharing our ongoing research with them and talking about the four key capacities we’ve defined in When Millennials Take Over.  The purpose of our book is to change the conversation around Millennials in the workplace, away from “kids these days” and “they’s so entitled” and “everyone gets a trophy”…
  • [Cool Infographic Friday] How to Speak Marketing Automation

    Maddie Grant
    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    LOL!  This one made me giggle.  Do you use Marketo, Eloqua, Pardot, Hubspot or Act-On for your marketing automation? Then you might need this visual thesaurus.
  • How to Promote and Measure Hashtag Campaigns

    Maddie Grant
    21 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Free resource alert! A single hashtag can connect your brand messaging across each of the major social networks. Learn how hashtags can be used to engage your social audience and how you can measure their performance in cross-channel campaigns. Download this guide from Simply Measured to learn things like: What hashtags are and why you should be using them How successful brands are using hashtags Which networks support hashtags How to use hashtags to promote contests …and much more. Get it here!
  • Whoo hoo! Give Local America raised $68.5 million for 9000 nonprofits!

    Maddie Grant
    20 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    THANK YOU so much to everyone who donated money, a share or a tweet to help with the Give Local America National Giving Day on May 5.  BIG THINGS come out of small actions and we’re very happy to have been a part of it!  What’s next, you ask?  Well, save the date (May 3, 2016) for next year!   ————- (photo credit)
  • How to Leverage Mobile Payments to Garner Customer Loyalty

    Editorial
    19 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Mobile payments will reach $90 billion by 2017, according to Forrester. The ability to attract mobile customers isn’t just a matter of selling more products, however. It also can help form long-lasting loyalty between your organization and consumers (members and non-member customers). From loyalty programs to innovative social-sharing incentives, mobile marketing can boost your sales and help form lasting loyalty. Here’s a round-up with some ideas: Use Pay with a Tweet Instead of giving away freebies, coupons and products, organize a Pay with a Tweet campaign to help spread the word…
 
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    AFP Blog: Recent News of Note

  • Which Companies Match Gifts Most?

    Reed Stockman
    26 May 2015 | 8:32 am
    Which Companies Match Gifts Most?: "According to Double the Donation, a firm that advises nonprofits and companies regarding matching gifts programs, about 65 percent of Fortune 500 companies (and many others) match employee donations. But some companies are far more active at contributing matching gifts than most, and that’s because their employee participation rates in matching programs are
  • After Debate, Montana Regents OK Naming Law School for Donor - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    Reed Stockman
    26 May 2015 | 8:29 am
    After Debate, Montana Regents OK Naming Law School for Donor - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: "The Montana Board of Regents voted Friday to rename the University of Montana law school in recognition of a $10-million gift, turning back one member's protest over a lack of public participation in the naming-rights process, the Missoulian reports. The gift will be used in part to create a program in
  • A Practical (and Possibly Provocative) Approach to Leadership Transitions - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

    Reed Stockman
    26 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    A Practical (and Possibly Provocative) Approach to Leadership Transitions - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: "Leadership transitions in the nonprofit sector occur regularly*. For small and mid-sized nonprofit organizations, the average term for an executive director or CEO is about six years. With sufficient time and preparation, these transitions can be positive events that make an organization" '
  • Where’s A Tuba When You Really Need One? - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

    Reed Stockman
    26 May 2015 | 5:49 am
    Where’s A Tuba When You Really Need One? - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "kay, maybe symphony orchestra directors don’t talk like scheming street vendors. They have the same problem a lot of organizations do — fixed costs.  When Wagner wrote his symphonies he was thinking about the soaring beauty of violins and the mellow tone of a cello, not how he could cut corners. A symphonic
  • 4 financial issues that inform strategy - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

    Reed Stockman
    26 May 2015 | 5:47 am
    4 financial issues that inform strategy - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "4 financial issues that inform strategy by The NonProfit Times - May 21, 2015 The bottom line is money. Finance has to be at the top of the agenda when developing organizational strategies. During a session called “Elevating the Financial Voice in Strategy Development,” during an American Institute of Certified
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    The Fine Print: blog posts from Center for Effective Government

  • Government Wins Protection for 33.8 Million Drivers in Largest Product Recall in U.S. History

    sklinger
    22 May 2015 | 6:16 am
    Imagine you’re hit from behind while driving. Your vehicles airbags deploy, but instead of cushioning you, bits of metal shrapnel are sent flying. That’s what has happened to more than 100 drivers since 2007. Six deaths and more than 100 injuries have been attributed to defects in the small component that inflates the airbag. It seems humidity degrades the casing around the chemicals, causing the inflator to sometimes explode. The components’ Japanese manufacturer, Takata, has been slow to accept responsibility for this defective product. The National Highway Transportation…
  • Meet the 25 Hedge Fund Managers Whose $2.2 Billion Tax Break Could Pay for 50,000 Highway Construction Jobs

    sklinger
    21 May 2015 | 11:44 am
    Congress is trying to figure out how to come up with $10 billion to extend funding for the nation’s Highway Trust Fund for a year.  Without action, it will run dry at the end of this month. Here’s a suggestion: tax hedge fund managers in the same way we tax other rich Americans. The 25 top hedge fund managers who made Institutional Investors annual “Rich List” in 2014 took home $11.62 billion. And thanks to the hedge fund pay loophole, known in Washington D.C. as the "carried interest" loophole, these top twenty-five managers saved an estimated $2.2…
  • The Public Wants EPA – Not Congress – to Protect Our Drinking Water

    afrank
    21 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    A nationwide poll by Hart Research Associates found that Americans overwhelmingly support the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Water Rule. The rule will clarify what waters EPA can protect under the Clean Water Act. For over 40 years, EPA has protected our surface waters from industrial pollution through the Clean Water Act. Before the Clean Water Act was passed in 1972, industrial plants had few regulations preventing them from dumping toxics and wastes into rivers and streams. When the Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1969, it brought national attention to the issue of water…
  • Banning Fracking Bans: The Paradox of Local Control

    afrank
    19 May 2015 | 9:50 am
    There is a new paradox emerging in the fracking debate.   The oil and gas industry firmly opposes federal fracking standards, claiming that states know best how to govern their own lands. States are currently responsible for the majority of industry oversight, and rules can vary significantly among them. But this staunch support for local control doesn’t extend to counties and cities. At least, it doesn’t when those locals are not interested in having fracking in their backyard. Drilling companies have supported state efforts to strip communities of their rights to ban…
  • The U.S. Corporate Tax Rate Isn’t a Threat to Business, but Crumbling Infrastructure Is

    sklinger
    18 May 2015 | 11:31 am
    Our country’s once-robust infrastructure has played a vital role in the success of our economy. Roads, bridges, and transportation systems are the heart and blood of commerce and give consumers easy access to goods and services. Our public schools produce the next generation of workers. Infrastructure has never been a partisan issue in this country; everyone knows it is essential. Unfortunately, paying for these investments seems to have become a partisan fault line. The need is pressing: funding for highway construction is set to run out. Congress is scrambling to find $10 billion…
 
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    Public Sector Marketing 2.0

  • Social Media Vigilantism – Have We Gone Too Far?

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

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

    Mike Kujawski
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:59 am
    This post is based on a comment I left on the following OECD blog post the other week : Measuring government impact in a social media world One thing I like to do off the bat when working on social media performance reporting for my government clients, is to differentiate between three basic levels of reporting (inspired by some Altimeter Group research) depending on which level of the organization I am working with (using the Canadian federal government structure as an example). These are as follows: Business Metrics (e.g. Reputation) –>For executives and senior managers…
  • Notes from the Digital Governance Forum (#DGF15)

    Mike Kujawski
    2 Feb 2015 | 11:54 am
    Hey folks, so I got back from my 10-day Vipassana Meditation Retreat last week and must say i feel fully re-charged, super-positive and healthier than ever. Overall it was an absolutely life-changing experience. For any of you interested in finding out more about what it was like, I’d be more than happy to chat about it offline. In the meantime, I wanted to share my rough notes with you from the Digital Governance Forum, which I attended this past week here in Ottawa. What was the event about? It brought together citizens, elected officials, academics, public servants, and…
  • Time to Disconnect and Recharge

    Mike Kujawski
    6 Jan 2015 | 9:11 pm
    Happy New Year folks! Usually I like starting off each year with a post on my digital trend predictions, however this year I’m actually going to live out what I think is a slowly growing social-cultural trend to counter balance the always-on nature of the digital world. What am I doing? I’m going on a 10-day silent meditation retreat. Why am I doing it?  To disconnect, recharge, embrace silence and exercise my mind while hopefully learning more about myself in the process. See you in a bit! @mikekujawski
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    eJewish Philanthropy: Your Jewish Philanthropy Resource

  • One Month After Nepal Quake, JDC Aiding Tens of Thousands

    eJP
    26 May 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Focus on Nepali women, teachers, and community leaders alleviates poverty and trauma Courtesy JDC New York, NY, May 26, 2015 – A month after Nepal was hit by the biggest earthquake in 80 years, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is providing aid to to tens of thousands of survivors; conducting post trauma counseling and training for teachers and women leaders; and launching a livelihood restoration program for women vulnerable to extreme poverty and trafficking. The organization’s second deployment of development experts will also depart for Nepal and focus on…
  • Dwindling Zambian Jewish Community Donates to Family Medicine in Israel and Zambia

    eJP
    25 May 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Inside a Jewish cemetery in Zambia; screenshot from CNN. A special inauguration was recently held at the School of Public Health/Sackler Facuty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University to celebrate the Zambian Jewish Community Public Health Wing. Here’s how it came to be: As the African sun sets on the Jewish community of Zambia, “it was a question of what to do with the Jewish community’s assets that would best exemplify the outstanding legacy of Zambia’s Jewish community,” said Michael Galaun, Chairman of the Council of Zambian Jewry. The result was an affirmation of…
  • First Time and First Impressions in Frankfurt Germany

    eJP
    25 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Eschenheimer Tower; photo by Rhonda Spivak By Rhonda Spivak It was February 2012, my first time in Germany for two days on a stopover on my way to Israel. I had decided to stay at the Flemings Deluxe Hotel because it was centrally located, safe and it had a great view of a medieval tower that was opposite it. There are two things I remember most about the hotel. The first was that when I ordered tea at the rooftop restaurant, it came with a little hour glass-timer. When I saw the timer it reminded me of playing boggle with my cousins in Israel on Netanya beach. For a moment, I began wondering…
  • Newly Launched Australia Program Shows Tweens Local Poverty

    eJP
    25 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Photo courtesy Twelve Batmitzvah program A unique Jewish coming of age program for 11-12 year old girls, Twelve, has been launched this year in Melbourne, Australia, in response to a growing desire of many parents to show their tweens firsthand what poverty and disadvantage looks like in Australia. Over 50 families, or 100 participants, have signed up for the yearlong program to roll their sleeves up and get to work with their daughters to help people in need. The Twelve Batmitzvah program is now in its fifth month and is showing no signs of slowing down, with an equivalent barmitzvah version…
  • A 5-Point Plan to Build Your Local Engager Network

    eJP
    25 May 2015 | 5:40 am
    By Dan Fast and Adam Pollack Since 2012, we have witnessed the growth of local networks for Jewish engagement professionals – “engagers” who are responsible for Jewish millennial engagement and programming – in cities across the country, including Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Philadelphia, and more. These networks serve as local engager hubs, complementing a national network such as the NEXTwork. They also uniquely further engagement efforts by: Increasing trust, mutual respect, and transparency among local engagers; Accelerating knowledge, skill-sharing,…
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • Investing in Fundamental Science: A Grantmaker's Perspective

    Mitch Nauffts
    26 May 2015 | 11:49 am
    A half-century ago, Gordon Moore wrote a paper in which he projected that progress in the density and speed of silicon chips would increase exponentially. In his paper, Moore envisioned how this would enable technologies ranging from the personal computer,...
  • Narrowing the Excellence Gap Requires a Multifaceted Approach

    Mitch Nauffts
    22 May 2015 | 8:47 am
    As globalization continues at breakneck speed, the United States needs to increase the number of talented individuals — tomorrow's innovators and leaders — in the workforce in order to remain economically vibrant and competitive. Changing demographics means we will be...
  • Scanning the Skyline: Lessons From Thirty Years of Capital Grantmaking

    Mitch Nauffts
    20 May 2015 | 11:38 am
    Buildings have a special allure for philanthropy — their mass, their unambiguous reality, their durability, their promise of sheltering great transformative enterprise — that few other achievements can match. They also conjure a cloud of distinctive risks: the possibility of...
  • [Review] 'Staying the Course: Reflections on 40 Years of Grantmaking at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund'

    Mitch Nauffts
    15 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    William S. Moody joined the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in 1968, and for the next four decades he helped shape the fund's grantmaking programs in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Central and Eastern Europe. In Staying the Course: Reflections on...
  • How Nonprofit Branding Strengthens Impact: Part 1

    Mitch Nauffts
    13 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    It used to be that nonprofits shied away from prioritizing their brands. After fifteen years of running MSDS, however, I've noticed that nonprofits are becoming more aware of the link between a brand's strategic value and organizational impact. One reason...
 
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    The GiveWell Blog

  • GiveWell summer fellowship

    Elie
    26 May 2015 | 1:32 pm
    We’re planning to host a one week fellowship this summer at our office in San Francisco for students more than a year away from graduation (e.g., first years or sophomores in college), who would be ineligible for our Summer Research Analyst position. We expect to have 4-8 fellows, who will spend a week doing standard GiveWell work, getting to know staff, and getting a feel for GiveWell and Open Philanthropy research. For more, see our page with details and application instructions.
  • History of philanthropy case study: Pew and drug safety legislation

    Elie
    15 May 2015 | 9:34 am
    Tamara Mann Tweel, who has been working for us on our history of philanthropy project, has completed a case study of a Pew Charitable Trusts (“Pew”) program focused on drug supply chain safety legislation in 2012. The report concludes: Pew put drug supply chain safety concerns on the legislative agenda in 2011 and actively built the coalition that ensured its passage in 2012. The team also assisted with and vetted the language of the 2012 bill and made sure that weak policy proposals did not supplant strong ones. Pew accomplished these goals largely by capitalizing on their…
  • Funder-initiated startups

    Holden
    14 May 2015 | 12:59 pm
    We’ve come across many cases where a funder took a leading role in creating a now-major nonprofit. This has been surprising to us: it intuitively seems that the people best suited to initiate new organizations are the people who can work full-time on conceiving an organization, fundraising for it, and doing the legwork to create it. Most successful companies seem to have been created by entrepreneurs rather than investors, and the idea that a philanthropist can “create” a successful organization (largely through concept development, recruiting and funding, without full-time…
  • Our updated agenda for science philanthropy

    Holden
    6 May 2015 | 11:38 am
    We’re hoping to set the Open Philanthropy Project’s initial priorities within scientific research this year. That means being in a place roughly comparable to where we currently are on U.S. policy and global catastrophic risks: having a ranked list of focus areas and goals for hiring and grantmaking. The process is going to have to look very different. For both U.S. policy and global catastrophic risks, we were able to do a relatively large number of “shallow investigations,” in which we quickly got a sense for the importance, tractability, and crowdedness of a cause.
  • Giving to support the relief effort for the Nepal earthquake

    Elie
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:58 pm
    GiveWell aims to find giving opportunities that allow donors to do as much good as possible with their donations, and our research efforts focus on that goal. We have not researched giving opportunities related to the relief effort for the Nepal earthquake, specifically. Below, we share our 6 tips on disaster relief giving, a post we first made in November 2013. 6 tips on disaster relief giving Our general advice on disaster relief giving: 1. Give cash, not clothes (or other goods). Giving away unwanted items makes donors feel good, and relief agencies can be under substantial pressure to…
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    FundraisingCoach.com

  • [Guest Post] Crowdfunding – Not the Hail Mary You Think

    Marc A. Pitman
    22 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    Today it's my pleasure to introduce you to Dana Ostomel, the founder of Deposit a Gift.com. Deposit a Gift allows anyone - nonprofits, schools, or individuals - to raise money and even sell tickets to benefit events. I love that Dana's background is in marketing. She's developed solutions for brands like Snapple, Century21, The Home Depot, and DirecTV. With Deposit A Gift, she brings this experience to help people and organizations in planning and marketing their crowdfunding goal. Dana recently presented an entire session on how to do crowdfunding for The Nonprofit Academy. So I asked her to…
  • Donor Fatigue is a myth

    Marc A. Pitman
    20 May 2015 | 10:57 am
    I firmly believe "donor fatigue" is a cop out, not a reality. In this quick video, I tell you why. And I give you a free tool to fix your next fundraising letter. For more on this, check out: The free fundraising letter email course at" http://fundraisingcoach.com/fundraising-letters/ The new Fundraising 101 video class for board members and "accidental" fundraisers at: http://fundraisingcoach.com/university/courses/fundraising-101/ And the official site for The Nonprofit Storytelling Conference at: http://bit.ly/NPStoryConf The post Donor Fatigue is a myth appeared first on…
  • Millenials aren’t really that different!

    Marc A. Pitman
    7 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    Millenials aren't really different. Charities just haven't been paying attention! "Selfie" by Patrik Nygren. Used with permission.https://flic.kr/p/nk9b1wCharities have gotten used to the WORLD WAR II GENERATION's trust in big social programs. Big programs overcame the Great Depression and overcame Hitler, right? So if "everyone does their part" we'll overcome the next hurdle. But their kids, the SILENT GENERATION started questioning the blind dependence on large organizations. Those questions became much louder in the BOOMERS. In fact, Boomers loudly asked questions like, "Your charity is…
  • Helping board members tell their nonprofit story

    Marc A. Pitman
    5 May 2015 | 1:33 am
    "Story Road" by umjanedoan on Flickr. Used by permission.Would you like to jumpstart your fundraising for your nonprofit? One of the most important tools I've seen is helping board members get comfortable telling their own story. Getting board members to be fully present In my work with nonprofits around the world, I find a common element in those with high performing boards: their board members feel released to be fully themselves. This is often evidenced by their ability to share their personal story. It seems basic, but the vast majority of board members I work with discredit the value of…
  • 9 experts weigh in on quite possibly the worst nonprofit mobile friendly advice ever

    Marc A. Pitman
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:47 am
    Just over a week ago, I saw this tweet from a self-proclaimed "social media expert": #Google is requesting all websites are mobile friendly by April. Use #socialmedia instead and avoid the expense of #websiteredesign This is horrible advice. The worst ever. At first, I was embarrassed for this guy. He probably means well. Google is upgrading its search algorithm on April 21 and is using mobile friendliness as a factor. (Click here for more on Google’s Mobile-Friendly Algorithm Update.) Then I started getting worried that nonprofits might actually take his advice. After all, his Twitter bio…
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    FundraisingIP.com: Fundraising Ideas

  • Considerations for a Career in the Nonprofit Sector

    Cari Mostert
    18 May 2015 | 9:29 pm
    For this generation of cause activists and volunteers desiring to make a difference from the start, the appeal of a charity career has never been stronger. Idealistic, ambitious young graduates are rejecting the idea that a mere paycheck is reward enough for their life hours spent at work. Where other than the nonprofit sector, can an individual – just starting out – impact social reform, change the world and be a force for good while working for a living? Many entering the job market today, see the opportunities offered by the nonprofit sector as more exciting and rewarding…
  • Giving to Nonprofit Hospitals: Is it Really Charity?

    Devon Reeser
    13 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Philanthropists give billions to nonprofit hospitals each year – recently Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg made headlines for a record $75 million gift to the San Francisco General Hospital, for example. In a tight race for philanthropy dollars for nonprofits across the nation, is it fair that hospitals, which operate more like businesses, are considered charities? (Source: CNN.) Health economists estimate that tax breaks for nonprofit hospitals total $12 billion annually, in the name of benefiting their communities. The reality, however, made apparent by mandated studies associated with the…
  • Top 4 Green Trends to Boost Your Environmental Nonprofit Fundraising

    Devon Reeser
    5 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you are an environmental nonprofit, or just a nonprofit going green, certain trends in American philanthropy can help you boost your fundraising! The bottom line is that nontraditional givers are now helping green nonprofits, for nontraditional reasons – and charity to green causes is rising faster than nearly any other giving segment as a result.   According to Charity Navigator, in 2013 giving to environmental causes was up 7.5% to nearly $10 billion, and those numbers are only increasing. The core trends behind that phenomenon are highlighted here – make sure you know who the new…
  • What Nonprofits Need to Know about Donations to Political Campaigns

    Devon Reeser
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    For the 2016 presidential election, more than $6 billion will be donated to political campaigns according to The Wire – and generally the side that raises the most money wins. Where does that money come from and where exactly does it go, however? Political donation law limits the amount of money that one individual or corporation can donate to particular candidates, but there are a handful of outlets for additional donations (some even unlimited and anonymous). If you are thinking of supporting a politician or a specific platform cause this election cycle, make sure you know how the…
  • 50 Inspiring Quotations To Delight And Motivate your Group

    Cari Mostert
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    Business gurus, motivational sages and savvy speakers are aware of the value of a timely quotation. Here are some favorite quotations to use whenever delight and inspiration are needed; with your colleagues, your board, in training materials, presentations and donor communications. Even with your morning coffee before tackling the dreaded email tsunami. Emphasize the mission and the message with these inspirational quotations from people who knew (and know) passion, determination and the meaning of grit.     Changing the world “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always…
 
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    Social media marketing hacks for nonprofits | Powered by JohnHaydon.Com

  • 25 Nonprofit Twitter Tips From The Pros

    John Haydon
    22 May 2015 | 6:11 am
    According to the most recent Nonprofit Communications Trends Report, 76% percent of nonprofits are now using Twitter. It’s the second most popular social network used by nonprofits, after Facebook. Twitter can be used to distribute news about your organization and your stories. And you can use a variety of apps to automatically tweet that news (Hootsuite […] The post 25 Nonprofit Twitter Tips From The Pros appeared first on John Haydon.
  • Lower Donor Remorse With This Amazingly Simple Strategy

    John Haydon
    14 May 2015 | 11:37 am
    Have you ever had a sinking feeling after making a purchase? If so, then you’ve experienced buyer’s remorse. Believe it or not, most donors can feel donor remorse after making a donation, regardless of the amount. It’s hard-wired into their brains. Even as they click the donate button, nagging questions hover somewhere in the background: How […] The post Lower Donor Remorse With This Amazingly Simple Strategy appeared first on John Haydon.
  • 5 Powerful Don Draper Quotes for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers

    John Haydon
    7 May 2015 | 5:12 am
    If you’re like me, you’re a huge fan of the Mad Men TV series (now in it’s final season). Jon Hamm play the legendary Don Draper, an advertising genius on Madison Avenue who is respected (and feared) by everyone in the advertising industry. He sells cigarettes, pantyhose, and more with his powerfully persuasive gift of gab. […] The post 5 Powerful Don Draper Quotes for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers appeared first on John Haydon.
  • The Ultimate Facebook Ad Guide For Fundraising Events

    John Haydon
    5 May 2015 | 7:58 am
    Are you promoting fundraising events online? Have you tried using Facebook Ads to spread the word? Targeted Facebook ads are an ideal way to reach people who are most likely to share and attend your event. In this article I’ll show you how Facebook ads increase exposure, engagement and registrations for your event. How Facebook […] The post The Ultimate Facebook Ad Guide For Fundraising Events appeared first on John Haydon.
  • Your Mission Statement is NOT Your Story

    Jay Geneske
    1 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    I recently spoke at an event about the potential of storytelling to drive social impact. One of the other event speakers was an executive at a large business software service provider. The speaker’s presentation was complemented by polished and expensive videos with messages of a hopeful future and a world of social justice that—at the […] The post Your Mission Statement is NOT Your Story appeared first on John Haydon.
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    Social Media Bird Brain

  • Did NGO Fundraising Help Kill the Poppy Seller?

    20 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal (image via Wikipedia) This story was startling and disturbing on different levels. Here we had a lady who had volunteered as a fundraiser for decades for a charity that was dear to her heart because it was a tie to her first husband, who died in WWII. Besides volunteering for the Royal British Legion, Olive Cooke - a pensioner - also gave to several other
  • On a Mission to Measure

    6 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Late last week I ran across these articles and wanted to share them with you. Via Wikipedia Commons Measuring Your Mission Social Media was a hard sell in the beginning because there was no real way to measure its impact. That's changed somewhat with businesses and NGOs measuring things such as Likes and Retweets. But maybe it's time to move on from there. At Medium, Jackie Mahendra asks
  • The Cost of Fundraising Through Social Media

    29 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    This week we have a guest post written by Rich McIver. Rich is the founder of Merchant Negotiators, where he also regularly writes on the subjects of merchant account services and how businesses and nonprofits can most effectively and efficiently use them. The Cost of Fundraising Through Social Media Tweeting, Posting and Liking your way to increased donations should be an essential part of
  • 20 Apr 2015 | 2:28 pm

    20 Apr 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Remember how I said that if you hadn't dealt with getting your website mobile friendly, you were going to be forced to? Well, that day has come and the news is everywhere in the tech and business world (read Business Insider's article). Google is changing its search algorithm again, this time in favor of mobile technology. By announcing this change, Google is more or less saying that it
  • Your Small Nonprofit's Infographics

    15 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    image via Flickr We all know that infographics have become a big deal - quite a great visual way to breakdown data for your audience, pleasing both those who like data and those who like visuals. By breaking up your infographic into smaller pieces, you can also orient them specifically to segments of your community, too. Take a look at this set of guidelines from Nonprofit Tech for Good and
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    Ken's Commentary

  • Ski outings, luxury cruises and dating service membership (etc.) while fighting cancer?

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

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

    13 May 2015 | 7:46 am
    I was recently interviewed by a reporter for NY Magazine regarding the CN Watchlist entry for the Clinton Foundation. You can find that article - here.In follow-up, I was interviewed on the Willis Report and you can watch that interview here.
  • NOT a Farewell Message to Readers of Ken's Commentary

    14 Apr 2015 | 1:48 pm
    My tenure as president & CEO of Charity Navigator ended on 3-30-15. It was an amicable and mutually agreed upon departure based upon each party wanting to move in a different direction.  I am still involved with the organization, most immediately planning to finish a book I have been co-writing with Dr. Robert Penna about the unique perspective, tools, resources and leverage for positive change that CN offers the nonprofit sector. My plan is to continue to work in some capacity to help donors, foundations, corporations, government, nonprofits and social businesses to do their best to…
  • The Battle for the Soul of the Social Sector

    25 Feb 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Ken Berger spoke at an event hosted by the NYU Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship in October 2014.
 
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    Charity Navigator

  • How to Donate Safely

    21 May 2015 | 2:25 pm
    The way these charities operated is offensive to the generosity of donors and insulting to those stricken with cancer. Together, these charities siphoned $187 million out of the philanthropic marketplace. Just think what legitimate cancer charities could have accomplished with that money!While the government’s actions in pursuing this case of charity fraud are commendable, donors are only slightly more protected today than they were yesterday. That’s because there are more than 1 million charities in America – far too many for our government to effectively police. Given this reality,…
  • Cancer Charities Bilked more than $187 Million from Donors

    19 May 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Today, in an unprecedented collaboration, the FTC and 58 law enforcement agencies put a web of sham cancer charities out of business. The investigation revealed that the four charities involved - Cancer Fund of AmericaCancer Support ServicesChildren's Cancer Fund of America and the Breast Cancer Society - primarily benefited one family, that of Cancer Fund founder James T. Reynolds Sr., rather than the cancer patients the organizations' purported to helpIn total, these groups made off with $187 million in donations.What can you do as a donor to ensure your charitable…
  • Find Out What 5th Graders Learned By Using Charity Navigator

    13 May 2015 | 9:48 am
    Read the story about how one 5th grade teacher taught his students a range of skills just by using Charity Navigator's website. 
  • The NFL - No Longer Tax Exempt

    11 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    You may be asking, "The National Football League was considered a Tax Exempt organization?" Well yes it was, up until now.  The NFL has voluntarily given up their 501 (C) (6) tax exempt status. 501 (C) (6) entities are different then the 501 (C) (3) charities you find rated on Charity Navigator's website.  501 (C) (6) status covers business leagues, chambers of commerce and other similar entities, such as professional sports leagues.  Income from their industry-promoting activities is exempt from federal taxation. The move to relinquish this status has been explained by the…
  • This Summer Get Healthy! Generous! Happy!

    8 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Charity Footprints, a fitness tracking & fundraising app, is one of our API partners. The app uses Charity Navigator powered search engine to connect their users to worthy charities.The mobile app allows users to set-up a fitness goal and dedicate their fitness miles to any charity in the US. This summer they are launching a “Healthy. Generous. Happy.” campaign, where teams (of up to 5 people - anywhere on the globe) will be able to compete, and earn donations for their favorite charity. To donate your fitness miles, follow these steps:Download Charity Footprints…
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    Case Foundation » What’s New

  • The Power of Influence: Get Ready for MCON 2015

    Elyse Kort
    21 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    This post was written by Derrick Feldmann on behalf of the Case Foundation: In 2010, Achieve and the Case Foundation began an effort to understand the dynamics between organizations and a new generation of donors and activists. Together, we established the Millennial Impact Project to fill a knowledge gap that existed in the field: How does […] The post The Power of Influence: Get Ready for MCON 2015 appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • A Fearless Approach to Ocean Conservation

    Elyse Kort
    19 May 2015 | 11:08 am
    Earlier this month, I found myself in a sea of sleepy-eyed millennials in a Georgetown University auditorium waiting for the first annual Sustainable Oceans Summit to begin. The Sustainable Oceans Alliance (SOA), founded by Georgetown student and Case Foundation intern Daniela Fernandez, hosted the summit. SOA is one of the first student-led initiatives started in […] The post A Fearless Approach to Ocean Conservation appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Impact Investing Conversations Expand at Milken Institute Global Conference

    Elyse Kort
    8 May 2015 | 6:20 am
    This year, Case Foundation CEO, Jean Case, and team again traveled to the Milken Institute Global Conference to lead conversations about how business can contribute to solving social problems. The Milken Institute has the mission to increase global prosperity by advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs and improve health, and impact […] The post Impact Investing Conversations Expand at Milken Institute Global Conference appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Better Businesses Make Better Mothers’ Day Gifts

    Elyse Kort
    5 May 2015 | 10:56 am
    Here at the Case Foundation, we believe that where we shop matters, and we’re convinced that better businesses make better gifts. In an effort to help you wrap up your Mother’s Day shopping, we put together a collection of gift ideas from some of our favorite “better” businesses—companies driven to have positive social and environmental […] The post Better Businesses Make Better Mothers’ Day Gifts appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Racing for a Cure

    Elyse Kort
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Recently I watched a 60 Minutes segment on brain cancer patients at Duke University. These men and women had been diagnosed with a type of brain cancer called glioblastoma. The episode went on to tell the story of the clinical trial that used a re-engineered poliovirus to kill cancer cells. That’s right, polio – a […] The post Racing for a Cure appeared first on Case Foundation.
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    Together We Flourish

  • Learn About New Rules for Engaging Sponsors

    Susan
    22 May 2015 | 6:10 am
    Association of Fundraising Professionals presents “New Rules for Engaging Corporate Sponsors” with Barbara Harrington Thursday, June 18, 2015 – 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Shannopin Country Club – 1 Windmere Road, Pittsburgh 15202 Register online  –  $25 for AFP members, $40 for not yet members Workshop Highlights: Sponsorship Trends & Ethics Case Studies Valuing Benefits and Pricing […]
  • Ryan Arts, Pretty Young Ladies, Dancing Soldiers 412 and Terrance Austin Presents Host Justice for Kelvin Lovelace Benefit

    Susan
    19 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Focus On Renewal (FOR) is hosting a benefit performance at the Father Ryan Arts Center at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20 for 14-year-old Kelvin “Fat Man” Lovelace, who was shot and killed on Sunday, May 17 in East Hills. The donation is $10 and can be purchased at Ryan Arts, 420 Chartiers Avenue, McKees […]
  • Anchorpoint’s 40th & Final Used Book Sale To Be Held at the Papermart Building

    Susan
    15 May 2015 | 4:47 am
    Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry (ACM) is celebrating the 40th and final year of their annual Used Book Sale with a location change to the Papermart Building just south of Northway Mall at 7809 McKnight Road in Ross Twp. The Book Sale will take place Saturday, June 13th through Thursday, June 18th from 10am to 8pm (Sunday […]
  • 17th Annual Gerry Dulac Charity Golf Classic Scheduled for July 20th

    Susan
    13 May 2015 | 4:11 am
    The Parkway West Rotary Club will host its 17th annual Gerry Dulac Charity Golf Classic on Monday July 20 at Sewickley Heights Golf Club, 126 Backbone Road, Sewickley. The format is a scramble with teams of four players. Entry fee is $195 per golfer or $780/foursome. Registration is at 10 a.m. with an 11 a.m. […]
  • Learn the Basics to Start Your Own Business

    Susan
    7 May 2015 | 4:31 am
    Job Training for Beaver County, Inc.’s next workshop starts on May 18, 2015.   This series is hosted by the Franklin Center of Beaver County, Inc. 524 Franklin Avenue, Aliquippa, PA   15001 There is no cost to adult Beaver County residents currently experiencing low to moderate income. The Workshop series includes the following 10 […]
 
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    Minnesota Council on Foundations Blog - Philanthropy Potluck

  • Preparing for Civic Disasters

    MCF Webmaster
    1 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
    MCF has worked hard to help our members be future focused. There has been great work to help foundations proactively prepare for natural disasters, so that when that tornado or flood hits, the philanthropic community already has a plan to get the community back to normal and in some cases, even better than they were before the disaster. What we haven’t done is civic disaster preparedness. What does a community do when the trust between officers of the law and the communities they are swore to protect is breached? What do we do when our schools are failing to prepare our next generation…
  • Food System Innovators Convene to Strengthen Healthy Food and Farm Financing & Technical Assistance for Minnesota

    MCF Webmaster
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:05 am
    Minnesota funders gathered together today to discuss healthy food financing strategies. Today, a strategic group of 50 decision-makers working in food and farm financing and technical assistance convened at the University of Minnesota to explore together how to align and strengthen our state’s ecosystem of these resources to increase the health and prosperity of all communities. The outcome? Concrete policy and systems changes that these decision-makers can implement together to ensure a healthy, robust food infrastructure for the state. These changes can happen by creating a coordinated…
  • MCF Seeks Program Manager – Leadership Development

    MCF Webmaster
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:03 pm
    MCF is adding to its Program Strategy Team! We are seeking a dynamic trainer/facilitator who is passionate about leadership development, cohort-based learning and promoting effective philanthropy. The Program Manager – Leadership Development will manage the day-to-day activities of several Council cohort-learning programs and the Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellows program. This person will be responsible for researching and implementing best practice in training, facilitation and adult learning in concert with grantmaking best practices. Responsibilities include: Cohort-Based…
  • The ABCs of Impact Investing in Minnesota

    MCF Webmaster
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:48 am
    Until recently, I’ve used impact investing terms interchangeably (and sometimes incorrectly, as it turns out). I’ve seen others do the same, so I decided I’d share this glossary of terms that I recently came across. Impact Investment: Broad name for investments made to generate measurable positive social or environmental impacts and financial returns. Impact investments are also known as double-bottom-line or blended-value investments. Program-related Investment (PRI): A type of impact investment made primarily for charitable purposes rather than for financial gain.
  • Steve Joul Supports Endow Minnesota

    MCF Webmaster
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:32 am
    Steve Joul, president of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation, has lent his voice to support Endow Minnesota legislation currently before the Minnesota House and Senate. Joul’s foundation hosts many funds doing good work in Central Minnesota, including the Good Samaritan Fund, the Women’s Fund and several area education foundations. As he explains, “Collectively, the foundation and its affiliate partners today hold more than $110 million of private philanthropic resources dedicated to making our communities better places to live.” See what Joul has to say about…
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    SocialEarth

  • Cities Pledge to Save Water, Plastic Bottles

    Antonio Pasolini
    26 May 2015 | 6:20 am
    As citizens become more acutely aware of water issues, so does their willingness to save water and reduce their environmental impact. A recent demonstration of popular commitment to the issue [...] The post Cities Pledge to Save Water, Plastic Bottles appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • “Slum Soccer” Gets Football Support from Chevrolet

    Sangeeta Haindl
    19 May 2015 | 11:57 pm
    Sachin Tendulkar, the former Indian cricketer and captain and widely acknowledged as one of the greatest cricketers of all time, is convinced that football can be big in India. Others have also [...] The post “Slum Soccer” Gets Football Support from Chevrolet appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • P2P Equipment Rental Platform Gets Investment from Caterpillar

    Antonio Pasolini
    19 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    Since 2013, Yard Club in San Francisco has been operating an online platform that enables peer-to-peer equipment rental, which the Wall Street Journal calls an AirBnb for excavators. Since then, [...] The post P2P Equipment Rental Platform Gets Investment from Caterpillar appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Harvard Business School “Peek” Program Aims to Bridge Gender Gap

    Vikas Vij
    18 May 2015 | 8:15 am
    America’s finest business schools continue to struggle with a gender gap. Many decades after they started admitting women. Harvard Business School’s class of 2016 constitutes 41 percent women – the [...] The post Harvard Business School “Peek” Program Aims to Bridge Gender Gap appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Fossil “Unbound”: Collaborating with Social Problem Solvers to Change Young Lives

    Sangeeta Haindl
    15 May 2015 | 7:56 am
    Fossil Unbound is an organisation that is creating tumbleweeds of change by supporting projects that are nurturing and inspiring children. It strongly believes the best social entrepreneurs aren’t just changing [...] The post Fossil “Unbound”: Collaborating with Social Problem Solvers to Change Young Lives appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Pulling for the Underdog

  • Why is Your Boss Such an A**hole?

    8 May 2015 | 8:01 am
    In 2010, Bob Sutton from Stanford University wrote a great book called The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One that Isn't.  This book was sitting on my desk when, a year later, I got a call from a dean at Princeton asking me to come teach a course on organizational behavior to mid-career and advanced graduate students. I asked what she wanted me to teach, and she said,  "The students graduate from here all revved up with idealism and excellent analytical skills, but soon after returning to the workplace they usually end up hating their bosses and…
  • 100 Days of Gratitude, Day 38 - Chris McGoff

    3 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
    Chris McGoff, Universe DenterA visitor asked me recently how, in 2001 at the age of 40, I changed from a successful World Bank expert to an entrepreneur whose goal is to unleash the expertise of the "crowd." I briefly recounted my story and referred them to my TED talk. But when my visitor left, I realized that I had failed to tell them about a profound influence on my transformation - someone from whom I learned things that I still use every day.That someone was Chris McGoff.  Chris and his firm, GDSS, had been hired by the World Bank to work on high-level issues with senior…
  • Revenues, Votes and [X] in Philanthropy?

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    Beyond Compliance, a new paper from the Center for High Impact Philanthropy and Wharton Social Impact Initiative is the best summary I have seen of tools that non-profits and donors can use to measure impact. It also contains some rare common sense that can help readers chart a reasonable and feasible approach.I was struck by the paper's conclusion that there is  “an (over) abundance of resources for funders and non profits, sometimes leading to confusion.” To me this gets to the root of the problem, which is that impact measurement is supply driven rather than demand-driven.
  • Entrepreneurship as Experimentation

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    "The solution of the economic problem of society is... always a voyage of exploration into the unknown."That is Friedrich Hayek, as quoted in Entrepreneurship as Experimentation, a new paper that Michael Clemens flagged to me recently.  It emphasizes the important disruptive impact that entrepreneurship has on society.  But it's also a refreshing antidote to so much of the nonsense that is written about entrepreneurship. Much effort (and hot air) has gone into honing the selection of entrepreneurs by venture capitalists, incubators, academics, and philanthropic funders.
  • 100 Days of Gratitude, Day 37 - Sally Osberg

    27 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Sally Osberg"This is just something we have to take a chance on."That was Sally Osberg, president of the Skoll Foundation, in early 2002, months after we launched GlobalGiving. Mari and I had a great idea, but little track record in making markets for good on the new-ish World Wide Web.Our site was extremely crude, with none of the polish and few of the features it has now. Still, we had launched what would currently be called our minimum viable product - a platform that had already intermediated a few donations to organizations overseas. We had at least taken the first…
 
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • Investing in Fundamental Science: A Grantmaker's Perspective

    Mitch Nauffts
    26 May 2015 | 11:49 am
    A half-century ago, Gordon Moore wrote a paper in which he projected that progress in the density and speed of silicon chips would increase exponentially. In his paper, Moore envisioned how this would enable technologies ranging from the personal computer,...
  • Narrowing the Excellence Gap Requires a Multifaceted Approach

    Mitch Nauffts
    22 May 2015 | 8:47 am
    As globalization continues at breakneck speed, the United States needs to increase the number of talented individuals — tomorrow's innovators and leaders — in the workforce in order to remain economically vibrant and competitive. Changing demographics means we will be...
  • Scanning the Skyline: Lessons From Thirty Years of Capital Grantmaking

    Mitch Nauffts
    20 May 2015 | 11:38 am
    Buildings have a special allure for philanthropy — their mass, their unambiguous reality, their durability, their promise of sheltering great transformative enterprise — that few other achievements can match. They also conjure a cloud of distinctive risks: the possibility of...
  • [Review] 'Staying the Course: Reflections on 40 Years of Grantmaking at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund'

    Mitch Nauffts
    15 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    William S. Moody joined the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in 1968, and for the next four decades he helped shape the fund's grantmaking programs in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Central and Eastern Europe. In Staying the Course: Reflections on...
  • How Nonprofit Branding Strengthens Impact: Part 1

    Mitch Nauffts
    13 May 2015 | 1:30 pm
    It used to be that nonprofits shied away from prioritizing their brands. After fifteen years of running MSDS, however, I've noticed that nonprofits are becoming more aware of the link between a brand's strategic value and organizational impact. One reason...
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    ONE

  • 9 facts that prove 2015 is the time to take action to end extreme poverty!

    Jordan Elton
    26 May 2015 | 2:19 pm
    2015 is a HUGE year and with only a few months to go until the world agrees on the new Global Goals, the pressure is on. Ahead of the goals, ONE released its 2015 DATA Report to urge world leaders to shift their focus and prioritize the poorest countries and the poorest people – specifically women and girls. The report findings show that the majority of international aid isn’t going to those who need it most. If we keep this up, we won’t end extreme poverty by 2030. Here are 9 facts that prove it’s time for action: 1. The share of the global poverty burden in least developed…
  • Photo essay: Dedication, hope and joy in Malawi

    Guest Blogger
    26 May 2015 | 2:08 pm
    By Karen Walrond. This post originally appeared on her blog, Chookooloonks. Karen recently traveled to Malawi with ONE Girls and Women and Heifer International to learn about the challenges and successes in sub-Saharan Africa and to see firsthand how strong African leadership and smart donor investments help fight poverty and preventable disease. On our trip to Malawi, my travel companions and I visited two health care facilities.  I’m not going to lie: visiting clinics is my least favorite thing to do — it’s tough seeing people, especially children, who are ailing.  And…
  • The 2015 DATA Report: Putting the Poorest First

    Eloise Todd
    25 May 2015 | 4:56 pm
    Today marks the launch of the 10th annual DATA Report – ONE’s yearly flagship report monitoring development spending and holding leaders accountable to their promises to the world’s poorest. And in this momentous year, when world leaders will agree on new Global Goals to replace the Millennium Development Goals, success depends on whether these Goals will be fully financed. This year, the most vulnerable, especially girls and women, must be prioritized, yet financing for the very poorest is decreasing, negotiations between nations are souring, and there is a distinct lack of political…
  • How You Can Change the World by Shopping!

    Guest Blogger
    22 May 2015 | 12:29 pm
    This blog comes to us from our partner Indego Africa. While many of us wish to make a positive difference in the world, it can be hard to figure out how to do it. As individuals, how can we drive change in our communities and around the globe? Where is a good place to start? One answer – which may surprise you – is…shopping. Yes, that’s right – from the groceries we eat to the clothes we put on our backs, the decisions we make everyday about what and what not to buy can profoundly impact the world in which we live. This line of thinking – often called “conscious…
  • #ONEonTour with U2: A shout out from San Jose

    Akbar Khan
    21 May 2015 | 8:53 am
    This is the second post in a series from our volunteers who are recruiting new members for the ONE Campaign while on the U2 Innocence + Experience tour. U2 kicked off their first of many US shows in San Jose, California. And ONE was right there with them. General admissions lines began as early as 6am with U2 fans who had travelled from around the country to watch the band perform. Among the eager fans were 15 volunteers, equipped with their ONE shirts and bands to recruit new members. The friendly volunteer crew in San Jose. The volunteer worked the lines with iPads to encourage fans to sign…
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    The Nonprofit Consultant Blog

  • Back to the Future of Philanthropy

    14 May 2015 | 2:01 pm
    I received a kind email from Erik Anderson, of the Donor Dreams Blog, suggesting I take on the subject of The Future of Philanthropy for this month's nonprofit blog carnival. Easy peasy, right? Well maybe not.In Erik's call for Future Philanthropy blogs he links to a TED Talk from 2007: Katherine Fulton on You are the future of philanthropy. I've watched the video a couple of times now, and Ms. Fulton makes some great points on several philanthropic trends (and I recommend you also watch it), but it didn't really help me answer the question of what I viewed the future of philanthropy to…
  • Aligning Nonprofit Strategy with Donor Preferences

    6 May 2015 | 11:52 am
    Last week I attended the "What Really Matters" webinar from Abila to discuss the findings in their latest Donor Engagement Study. There were a few surprises in their latest findings, and several confirmations of what we've always known, or at least should have sensed.On of the key points that should be obvious, but bears repeating, is that Content is King. What you say is more important than the frequency with which you communicate, or even what medium or channel you are using.And, when it comes to that content, what donors are most interested in is stories. Again, many of us have been…
  • Did LinkedIn help nonprofits & leave nonprofit professionals behind?

    24 Apr 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Some time back I blogged about LinkedIn's (then new) Board Connect Service as a great new resource for nonprofit organizations. In the couple of years since, LinkedIn has built upon and expanded their vision of "LinkedIn for Good" and their offerings to nonprofits. I have taken part in a couple of free nonprofit technology trainings provided by LinkedIn and have enjoyed meeting their enthusiastic and caring team.One of the great nonprofit tools they have is being able to search for professionals who are interested in volunteering or board leadership opportunities by their job skills,…
  • The Business of Philanthropy - A Rant

    14 Nov 2014 | 1:54 pm
    I apologize in advance that today's posting here is going to be more of a rant than a helpful article, but I hope you will sympathize with my frustration. This comes from two articles I read yesterday that left me shaking my head, wondering if the world's gone crazy.First, yesterday morning, I read Poor customer service at charities 'a key reason for high attrition rates', about a report released by Donor Voice called Donor Churn - How to stop it before it starts and why current approaches prevent this from happening.Actually, I very much agreed with the thrust of the article and report, that…
  • Top Three Takeaways from the Nonprofit Overhead Challenge

    28 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    If you're not already talking about overhead, you should be, and you will be soon. Overhead, of course, is shorthand for what nonprofits spend on general management and oversight, fundraising, and membership development. In other words, anything that isn't directly mission-related programming.Seems pretty basic, but there are often fuzzy lines between what we consider "overhead" and what we consider "programming" - a line that is not only fuzzy, but politically charged as more and more donors (individuals as well as foundations and government) are looking at our overhead-to-programming ratio…
 
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  • Serbia

    Andrew Jones
    23 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    I am still not officially blogging but getting ready to make a comeback after 2 GLORIOUS BLOG FREE YEARS, possibly on June 5th (the day I started TallSkinnykiwi in 2001 and the day I stopped it ten years later.  In the meantime, we are in Serbia at the Rainbow gathering. Yesterday I finished building a pizza oven that we will use ...
  • Bohemians 1905

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

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

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

    Andrew Jones
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    I have been collecting vintage fonts and logos recently, despite NOT being a hipster, but the huge collection in the January Big Bundle from Creative Market is about to swamp everything I have and give me plenty of goodies to spruce up the blogs of my friends and clients. Hmmmmmmmm!!!!!! Can’t wait. Especially that Tall Abbey font that could easily ...
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  • One Month After Nepal Quake, JDC Aiding Tens of Thousands

    eJP
    26 May 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Focus on Nepali women, teachers, and community leaders alleviates poverty and trauma Courtesy JDC New York, NY, May 26, 2015 – A month after Nepal was hit by the biggest earthquake in 80 years, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is providing aid to to tens of thousands of survivors; conducting post trauma counseling and training for teachers and women leaders; and launching a livelihood restoration program for women vulnerable to extreme poverty and trafficking. The organization’s second deployment of development experts will also depart for Nepal and focus on…
  • Dwindling Zambian Jewish Community Donates to Family Medicine in Israel and Zambia

    eJP
    25 May 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Inside a Jewish cemetery in Zambia; screenshot from CNN. A special inauguration was recently held at the School of Public Health/Sackler Facuty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University to celebrate the Zambian Jewish Community Public Health Wing. Here’s how it came to be: As the African sun sets on the Jewish community of Zambia, “it was a question of what to do with the Jewish community’s assets that would best exemplify the outstanding legacy of Zambia’s Jewish community,” said Michael Galaun, Chairman of the Council of Zambian Jewry. The result was an affirmation of…
  • First Time and First Impressions in Frankfurt Germany

    eJP
    25 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Eschenheimer Tower; photo by Rhonda Spivak By Rhonda Spivak It was February 2012, my first time in Germany for two days on a stopover on my way to Israel. I had decided to stay at the Flemings Deluxe Hotel because it was centrally located, safe and it had a great view of a medieval tower that was opposite it. There are two things I remember most about the hotel. The first was that when I ordered tea at the rooftop restaurant, it came with a little hour glass-timer. When I saw the timer it reminded me of playing boggle with my cousins in Israel on Netanya beach. For a moment, I began wondering…
  • Newly Launched Australia Program Shows Tweens Local Poverty

    eJP
    25 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Photo courtesy Twelve Batmitzvah program A unique Jewish coming of age program for 11-12 year old girls, Twelve, has been launched this year in Melbourne, Australia, in response to a growing desire of many parents to show their tweens firsthand what poverty and disadvantage looks like in Australia. Over 50 families, or 100 participants, have signed up for the yearlong program to roll their sleeves up and get to work with their daughters to help people in need. The Twelve Batmitzvah program is now in its fifth month and is showing no signs of slowing down, with an equivalent barmitzvah version…
  • A 5-Point Plan to Build Your Local Engager Network

    eJP
    25 May 2015 | 5:40 am
    By Dan Fast and Adam Pollack Since 2012, we have witnessed the growth of local networks for Jewish engagement professionals – “engagers” who are responsible for Jewish millennial engagement and programming – in cities across the country, including Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Philadelphia, and more. These networks serve as local engager hubs, complementing a national network such as the NEXTwork. They also uniquely further engagement efforts by: Increasing trust, mutual respect, and transparency among local engagers; Accelerating knowledge, skill-sharing,…
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  • IRS-Affiliated Site for Charities Hit by Data Breach | Accounting Today News

    Greg McRay, EA
    13 May 2015 | 9:44 am
    It seems like hardly a week goes by that the news doesn’t report a serious data breach somewhere.  Well, this time it involves tax exempt entities.  A site that is used to process tax forms for nonprofit organizations on behalf… The post IRS-Affiliated Site for Charities Hit by Data Breach | Accounting Today News appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • NFL Drops Tax-Exempt Status

    Justin Williamson
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:26 am
    According to USA Today, the NFL league office will become a taxable entity after 70 years of operating as a 501(c)(6) business league. Despite having confirmation from the IRS regarding its status as a tax-exempt organization, the NFL has decided the… The post NFL Drops Tax-Exempt Status appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • FASB Proposes Major Changes in Nonprofit Accounting | Accounting Today News

    Greg McRay, EA
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:19 am
    The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) is the regulatory body that governs, well, accounting standards.  FASB is recommending some pretty significant changes to the way nonprofits present their financial information. These proposed changes, the first in over 20 years, would… The post FASB Proposes Major Changes in Nonprofit Accounting | Accounting Today News appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • CalNonprofits Asks Charity Navigator to Make Changes

    Justin Williamson
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:04 pm
    The California Association of Nonprofits (known as CalNonprofits) has urged Charity Navigator to make two big changes in the way the organization evaluates nonprofits. The group sent Charity Navigator a letter after recent news of the watchdog’s CEO Ken Berger… The post CalNonprofits Asks Charity Navigator to Make Changes appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • No Contempt of Congress Charges for Former IRS Official Lois Lerner

    Greg McRay, EA
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    We’re a few days late in reporting this, but it is still big news.  The Justice Department announced that it will not seek criminal contempt charges against former head of IRS Exempt Organizations Division, Lois Lerner.  We have chronicled the… The post No Contempt of Congress Charges for Former IRS Official Lois Lerner appeared first on Foundation Group®.
 
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  • Pamela’s Weekly Words of Wisdom: Never stop paying attention to your feelings

    Pamela Hawley
    25 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    “Never stop paying attention to your feelings: they’re the only warning bell God lodged into your inner circuitry to remind you of your higher purpose.” — Anthony Silard Anthony Silard has written some very powerful insights on staying in touch with our true course.  It’s the inner voice…it’s the clear light telling us that we need to choose the right activity…not only the good one.  It’s the right course for us, not determined by the world, society, or expectations from others or ourselves. Tony’s profound book, Full Alignment, encourages us all to keep listening,…
  • The Rickshaw Puller by Anshu Priya

    Pamela Hawley
    22 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    I grew up in a household where giving and sharing was part of everyday life. And for that reason, UniversalGiving ‘s motto and overall objective really resonated with me. I was born in India. In one of the poorest states of India, in fact, Bihar. Poor not just in terms of people not having money, and basic food and shelter, but in terms of low access to healthcare, clean water and so on. We were fortunate to be born into a household that did not have to fight for survival, and where we could afford luxuries time to time. My grandfather was part of the Gandhian movement, and that meant that…
  • Pamela’s Weekly Words of Wisdom: Do you have enough green light in your life?

    Pamela Hawley
    18 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    Try to use all the natural light that comes to us from our earth.  Green light is light from the sun, and not fluorescent bulbs.  In fact, I’d even go so far to say that what a wonderful world it would be if we operated based on when our day was light — and our night was dark.  Our body rhythms would be in tune with this natural course of living. Perhaps light is sending us a message of when we should work, engage with people, and when we should sleep, rest, rejuvenate.
  • Pamela’s Weekly Words of Wisdom: Just for Today

    Pamela Hawley
    11 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    “Just For Today” is a moving, practical piece that allows us to warmly embrace life, each day…I hope you enjoy and it helps you live life more graciously today! Just for today I will be happy. This assumes that what Abraham Lincoln said is true, that “most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Happiness is from within, it is not a matter of externals. Just for today I will try to adjust myself to what is and not try to adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my family, my business and my luck as they come and fit myself to them. Just for today I…
  • Why I Am Involved by Mario Flores Ruiz

    Pamela Hawley
    8 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    Thinking of an explanation for my passion for social change leads me to inevitably think about my family. My father has a passion for politics. Every time I talk to him about the political situation of Peru, my home country, it always leads to a discussion about the factors that impede the integral development of our people, as well as the opportunities that we can use as a country. We always end up with more questions than answers and after every conversation; I can feel my father’s hope for young people to make a change, especially his children, to who he always repeats that the…
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  • Oprah and Dairy Queen Speak: “Don’t Get Out Of Order With Yourself

    Pamela Hawley
    26 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    What a privilege for many Stanford students and Palo Alto go-getters to hear Oprah at Stanford. She came to speak to the students and what an inspiration it was! Oprah relayed many personal stories of challenge and triumph; one of them was a special favorite. In her Academy Award winning role in The Color Purple as the character Sofia, she went through a perilous audition. To even go for this acting role seemed like a stretch for her; she was very nervous (auditioning for Steven Spielberg no less). For days she did not hear a response. We all know what that feels like! The job interview,…
  • Classic Pamela Positive: If you feel out of order, here’s the way: Love, love, love! Be it, live it, and that’s your success for today.

    Pamela Hawley
    25 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    “If you feel out of order, here’s the way: Love, love, love! Be it, live it, and that’s your success for today.” – Grey T. Full
  • A Love that is Universal – William Barclay and Pammie Hawley

    Pamela Hawley
    22 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    “I am a convinced universalist. I believe that in the end all men will be gathered into the love [of God].” -William Barclay Of course, leading UniversalGiving, I love the term Universal. It says to me, “We include everyone.” We cherish every person’s life, contribution, spoken word, and presence. I learned this from my parents, my religion, and the values in our home. And it really got driven home while I was on Outward Bound. Outward Bound, an outdoor education camp, threw you into 20 mile hikes, ice picking and rock climbing on trails with people from such…
  • “I have no enemies and no hatred…” – Liu Xiaobo, Chinese writer and human rights activist

    Pamela Hawley
    21 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    “I have no enemies and no hatred. Enemy mentality will poison the spirit of a nation’s progress towards freedom and democracy.” – Liu Xiabo, Chinese writer and human rights activist “I am O.K. Here in prison, I have continually been able to read and think. In my studies, I have become even more convinced I have no personal enemies.” “I have no enemies and no hated. None of the police who monitored, arrested, and interrogated me, none of the prosecutors who indicted me, and none of the judges who judged me are my enemies. Although there is no way I can…
  • Classic Pamela Positive: Keep Your Balance

    Pamela Hawley
    20 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    I think one key point in life is to maintain balance–balance between time for work, time for loved ones, time for oneself, time for interests outside of one’s business. It’s so important to keep that balance, or we’ll simply burn-out. I remember once when I was young in my career, and meeting with a fairly older, single woman. She was a successful venture capitalist. I don’t know that I would consider her life successful. She traveled the world incessantly and was on every important board. But she seemed tired and joy was scarce. She told me to “Pack it all in.” I didn’t. I…
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  • Make Your Nonprofit a Social Media Event

    Howard
    11 May 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Don’t just post gala photos on Facebook after the event. Leverage social media to make your gala bigger and better. Incorporating social media into events is nothing new. Think back to the ALS Association and how their Ice Bucket Challenge took over the internet. This year’s version of that is Red Nose Day. These campaigns use people’s obsession with selfies to their advantage: Leveraging the vanity of others makes for good marketing as long as you include hashtags. Large nonprofit organizations have social media teams, camera crews, and extra funding for promotion. The average…
  • I am Color Uncertain, Not Color Blind

    Howard
    28 Apr 2015 | 12:03 pm
    About a month ago, the internet was taken by storm, with a debate about whether a dress was blue and black or white and gold. All sorts of people were befuddled, and the productivity of many workplaces came screeching to a halt as employees debated and argued with one another about who was right.  While I did see the phenomenon take hold throughout my daily actions online, I couldn’t have cared less what colors this dress was, for I am colorblind or, more accurately, color deficient. In order to perceive color, eyes have three sets of color receptors, allowing them to perceive more…
  • SEO Simplified: Understanding & Navigating Google  

    Howard
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:58 am
    Google’s April 21st search update continues to complicate the ever-changing world of search engine optimization. Here are some insights on how to improve your website search ranking.  Most nonprofits, and small businesses, do not have an extensive budget for digital marketing and SEO (Search Engine Optimization) efforts. These websites might be managed by a “jack of all trades” who knows a thing or two about blogging and social media but knows little about improving that vital SEO. Let’s be honest–-nobody wants to put in hours of work on a website if nobody is going to see…
  • 7 Ways to Make Sure Your Media is Social

    Howard
    3 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    The top goals for nonprofits are to acquire new donors, engage their communities, raise brand awareness, and retain donors, according to the Nonprofit Marketing Guide Trend Report. Social media can help achieve all of those goals … if it’s truly social. Nonprofit social media is like a child: It must be nurtured, clothed, fed, kept out of trouble, and then let go with a single unshed tear. However, before nonprofit social media can reach the “letting go” phase, they must graduate from the nurture process. Listen up, social media managers and communications fellows, this is a call to…
  • How to Focus Your Focus Group

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

    26 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    Susan Sarandon has arrived in Nepal to help victims of the devastating earthquakes that hit the country. Michelle Yeoh In NepalThe actress is visiting with Live To Love International, and is following a visit by Michelle Yeoh last week. Sarandon is encouraging tourists to keep visiting Nepal to ensure the country’s tourism industry survives. “It is important to emphasize that by the fall, when monsoon ends, people should make their reservations now if they want to help and they want to come and visit because it is very, very important to keep all these jobs alive,” said…
  • Katie Couric Honored By Scholarship America

    26 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Scholarship America hosted their inaugural From Dreams to Degrees Education Dinner – honoring Katie Couric – on May 19, 2015 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Video: #DreamsToDegrees: Celebrating Katie Couric and Scholarship America Dream Award RecipientsProceeds from the event will go toward the Scholarship America Dream Award, a completion-based scholarship program for students who are entering their second year or higher of education beyond high school. More than 300 individuals attended the event, which honored Katie Couric, journalist and author; Donald Graham,…
  • Viola Davis: Creativity Is The Only Way To Survive

    26 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    McCann Worldgroup & The Paley Center for Media are very proud to announce that the critically revered film, theater and TV actress Viola Davis will be joining the “Creativity is the Only Way to Survive” seminar they are hosting at the 2015 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity on Monday, June 22, 2015 at 1pm. A two-time Tony winner who has also been twice nominated for Academy Awards, Ms. Davis’s current role in the new ABC Studios hit show How to Get Away with Murder has already earned her the current top Screen Actors Guild, People’s Choice, and NAACP…
  • Rob Riggle Stars In Easter Seals PSA

    26 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    Retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel, actor and comedian Rob Riggle stars in the third installment of Easter Seals Dixon Center’s award-winning PSA series. Video: What to Wear-Easter Seals Dixon Center PSAReleased to coincide with Memorial Day, “What to Wear” uses light humor to highlight the strengths of returning veterans while reinforcing the valuable contribution they make in America’s workforce. “Changing the conversation about how Americans perceive veterans is really important,” says Riggle, with 20+ years of military service. “These are…
  • Prince William Asks World Bank For Help Against Poaching

    26 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Written by Elizabeth Willoughby A Washington Post article this month stated that elephants, hippos, rhinos, gorillas and other large herbivores are disappearing at an alarming rate, but we already know that. The shocking part of the article was this statement: “The situation is so dire, according to a new study, that it threatens an ‘empty landscape’ in some ecosystems ‘across much of the planet Earth’.” Such slow-breeding, long-living species are known to be vulnerable to human activities – from encroachment, cultivation, deforestation and livestock, as…
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  • Three Most Important Nonprofit Executive Director Soft Skills

    8 May 2015 | 2:48 pm
    If you were asked to narrow down the list of executive director qualifications to the three most important, which ones would you identify? Would the list consist of soft skills, hard skills, or some combination? Would your list be based on the great ED you are or one you've worked for, or would it be your wish list for the ED you haven't been fortunate yet to work for? This was an assignment in my recent online class in leadership and administration for the American Association for State and Local History. I asked the class to review three-five advertisements for museum directors and…
  • Nonprofit Resolutions for the New Year | Infographic

    30 Dec 2014 | 11:43 am
  • Five Questions for the New Nonprofit Board Member

    29 Dec 2014 | 9:06 am
    IS 2015 THE YEAR YOU JOIN A NONPROFIT BOARD?  Perhaps you've been thinking that board service would be a great way to give back to your community or perhaps you've decided to give in to your best friend's pleading to join her board.  Whether you're giving back or giving in, don't waste any time in asking these five questions:1.  Am I comfortable with group work?  Everything you read on nonprofit governance casts it as group work: deliberation and decision-making as a team; working with and through committees; and working to consensus.  If you're the lone wolf type,…
  • What Would You Do With a $$ Windfall?

    29 Nov 2014 | 1:02 pm
    RECEIVING A SUM OF MONEY UNEXPECTEDLY (or half-expectedly) isn't as unusual as it may seem in the nonprofit world. It often comes in the form of a bequest, but it might just as often come as a year-end gift from a loyal member.  Sometimes, it's a grant few thought the organization would ever be competitive enough to get.  Or a local corporation or government acknowledges the efforts of a nonprofit that is making the community a better place.The question that gets some organizations tied up in knots is how to make the best and most efficient use of these funds.  We all dream…
  • 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…
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  • Technology In The Office

    intelmarx
    26 May 2015 | 8:59 am
    By: Scott Kinser Technology is a big part our lives anymore, that’s not an unknown fact. Yet, some offices are not behind using modern technology to help their employees. They are relying on old methods but today’s workers don’t have the attention spans for the older methods when newer methods are easier and better. When co-workers are using technology as a tool or a support for communicating with others, they are in an active role rather than the passive role of recipient of information transmitted by a boss. The employee is actively making choices about how to generate, obtain,…
  • Memorial Day Message

    intelmarx
    22 May 2015 | 6:02 am
    As everyone gathers around with family or those that have to work on this day. Remember to give thanks to those who have come and gone and those that are serving now to protect your freedom. Just remember that either foreign or domestic, these brave soldiers are trying to protect you and the freedoms we’ve come to enjoy. We can get very lazy as a society and forget about the hard work these individuals must endure. One day is not enough to say “Thank You”. And some of you may not agree with the politics our soldiers have been put in within the past or present. Regardless,…
  • Nonprofit News Roundup

    intelmarx
    22 May 2015 | 5:49 am
    In case you missed them, here are our top news worthy blogs for the week of May 18th, 2015: 1. Grant Writing Grant writing for nonprofits can be a daunting task. Strict deadlines, a wide variety of formats, and individual preferences can create havoc at the grant writer’s desk. A busy, diligent grant writer can fall prey to the boilerplate syndrome or become overwhelmed by the constant barrage of organizational needs. Here are some suggestions to make your grant proposals more successful (Read More). 2. Ways To Lead Your Organizations Culture Shift We’ve all been there. Feeling…
  • Nonprofit Memes Only Nonprofits Will Get

    intelmarx
    21 May 2015 | 7:56 am
    Who doesn’t love a good Internet meme? Those clever little images and captions that have become a phenomena on the interwebs. But what would happen if we combined some commonly “overheard” phrases from the nonprofit sector with the most popular Internet memes? Click here to see those Memes http://npengage.com/nonprofit-news/top-12-internet-memes-for-nonprofits/.
  • Emails Nonprofits Should Send To Attract & Maintain Donors

    intelmarx
    21 May 2015 | 7:41 am
    Last year non-profits raised $324 billion through online fundraising. It’s no secret that non-profits are strapped for time, cash and resources, which explains why email marketing is so popular. It’s an affordable option that can attract and maintain donors with a small time investment. While many non-profits are already sending emails to their donors, we have some advanced tips to take your non-profit email marketing to the next level. This guide explains– Click here to read…
 
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  • Interview Series: Erika Arbogast, President of Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services

    M. P.
    17 May 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Erika Arbogast Erika Arbogast is the President of Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services, a 104-year-old private nonprofit organization in Pittsburgh. She also serves the community through her membership on the boards of many organizations including Pennsylvania Association for the Blind – where she is also Treasurer, Unique Source as Secretary of Board and Chair of the Governance committee, National Association for the Employment of People who are Blind, and VisionServe Alliance. Erika is also a volunteer at Magee Women’s Hospital. Years in the Pittsburgh area: 36  All my life. What…
  • Study Finds Overseas Tobacco Advertising Reaches Very Young Children

    M. P.
    12 May 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Tobacco marketing reaches children as young as 5 years old influencing their attitudes about smoking and smokers, according to a study of children in Brazil, China, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Russia recently published in the journal Child: Care, Health & Development. The research study, led by Dr. Dina Borzekowski, research professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health at the University of Maryland adds to her body of work on the impact of media on children’s health. The research team assessed the children’s level of familiarity with tobacco branding, their…
  • Interview Series: Darelle Porter, Program Director at Ozanam, Inc

    M. P.
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:22 pm
    Darelle Porter Darelle Porter is a Program Director at Ozanam, Inc., a Pittsburgh nonprofit that provides educational programming, athletic competition, social and cultural activities, and support services to enhance the lives of local youth.  Darelle has been involved with Ozanam for 35 years. He is also a volunteer with Cash For Kids – Swin Cash’s foundation that works with youth from the McKeesport area. Years in the Pittsburgh area: I was born and raised in Pittsburgh. I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Public Schools. What was your first job? My…
  • Nonprofit Benchmarks – Social Media Continues to Grow but Email is Still on Top

    M. P.
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:24 am
    M+R, in partnership with the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), recently released the 2014 Nonprofit Benchmarks Study  a look at data from a sample of nonprofits on email lists and messaging,  fundraising, web traffic,  social media activity and following, and online advocacy and/or programs.  The study can be downloaded from M+R or at the NTEN website and offers the opportunity to create your own infographic. Some highlights from the 2014 data, Email list size for study participants grew by 11 percent, although growth slowed for all nonprofits except environmental groups. Open rates…
  • Happy National Volunteer Week

    M. P.
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:17 pm
    This week is National Volunteer Week, a program that began in 1974 by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.  In 2013, 62.6 million volunteers averaged 32 hours of service each in the United States, with fundraising (25 percent) and the collection/distribution of food (24 percent) ranking as the most popular volunteer activities. Besides benefiting the organizations and communities receiving these free services – that range from general labor, to tutoring and mentoring youth – volunteerism brings positive outcomes to those who serve.
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  • ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter, May 13, 2015

    F. Jay Hall
    18 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter         Connecting Mission & Talent Since 1999 May 13, 2015         In this issue – Q&A: What Are the Hallmark Signs Of Leadership? – New Job Postings – Resume Review & Career Counseling – Follow ExecSearches.com on Twitter and Facebook Q&A: What Are the Hallmark Signs Of Leadership? Q: As a recruiter, what […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter, May 6, 2015

    F. Jay Hall
    12 May 2015 | 9:27 am
    ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter         Connecting Mission & Talent Since 1999 May 6, 2015         In this issue – Q&A: What should be included in an Executive Director job description? – New Job Postings – Resume Review & Career Counseling – Follow ExecSearches.com on Twitter and Facebook             Q&A: What should be included in an Executive Director […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter, April 29, 2015

    F. Jay Hall
    4 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter         Connecting Mission & Talent Since 1999 April 29, 2015         In this issue – Q&A: What leadership qualities are sought in a nonprofit Executive Director? – New Job Postings – Resume Review & Career Counseling – Follow ExecSearches.com on Twitter and Facebook Q&A: What leadership qualities are sought in a nonprofit Executive […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter, April 15, 2015

    F. Jay Hall
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:38 am
    ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter         Connecting Mission & Talent Since 1999 April 15, 2015         In this issue – Q&A: Is It Stepping Over Or Stepping Down? – New Job Postings – Resume Review & Career Counseling – Follow ExecSearches.com on Twitter and Facebook             Q&A: Is It Stepping Over Or Stepping Down? Q:   I have been […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter, April 8, 2015

    F. Jay Hall
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:33 am
    ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter         Connecting Mission & Talent Since 1999 April 8, 2015         In this issue – Before Creating a Job Description: Purge, Then Draft – New Job Postings – Resume Review & Career Counseling – Follow ExecSearches.com on Twitter and Facebook         Before Creating a Job Description: Purge, Then Draft Your trusted Chief Operations Officer […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • How I started a podcast

    Trina Isakson
    24 May 2015 | 10:10 am
    As you probably know, I just started a podcast, and for those podcast – curious out there, here are the steps I used to make it happen. Create a name, description, and artwork for the podcast. Record an episode using Audacity on my MacBook. I used the internal microphone of my laptop. Format the recording using Audacity and iTunes, to get it ready to upload to my podcast host. I use Libsyn to host my podcast, and Blubrry to create the podcast feed (the latter is a plug-in in WordPress). Upload the episode to Libsyn. Format the settings for Blubrry in WordPress. Publish a blog post…
  • Sound check / $100 for your fave charity (ep.01)

    Trina Isakson
    22 May 2015 | 4:49 pm
    The Do Go Better Podcast is up! Listen to this quick intro to get an overview of the podcast and learn how you can get me to donate $100 to your favourite nonprofit or charity. Resources mentioned in this episode How to submit a question to be answered on this podcast Options to subscribe to this podcast: iTunes Podcasts app (iPhone) Stitcher Podcast Addict RSS: http://trinaisakson.com/feed/podcast/ Or just listen to individual episodes on the website, within the blog posts (sign up for email updates!)
  • Career advice for the student

    Trina Isakson
    18 May 2015 | 8:12 pm
    Unless you know that you want a career that requires a professional designation or deep knowledge in one area, do a general degree – eg General Arts, General Science. Take the courses that pique your interest. See where it takes you. Your degree does not define you. Sure, it might now, while connecting with other students, helps them fit you into a box. But the rest of the world doesn’t work that way. Your life choices in general define you – i.e. you define you. The sum of the courses, workshops, events, volunteer roles, jobs, travel experiences, passion projects and other life…
  • Quick tip for self-copy-editing

    Trina Isakson
    15 May 2015 | 11:58 am
    Editing your own work sucks. Here’s a trick for basic copy editing of your own work, especially things that are missed by spellcheck/grammar check in your word processor. Make a list words you don’t want in your work (e.g. depending on your clients/audience, you may not want contractions) can’t won’t shouldn’t there (“There” is generally a lazy word, especially at the begining of sentences) etc. Make a list of common word misuses you make. I’m bad with words like “about”, “around”, “regarding” – phrases…
  • Do Good Better podcast call for questions!

    Trina Isakson
    13 May 2015 | 11:58 am
    What frank advice do you want about a difficult situation you’re facing relevant to the nonprofit sector/social innovation/social purpose business/general do-gooding? What information have you always wanted to know but didn’t know who to ask? (A few updates have been added, in italics, for clarity). ME WANT TO HEAR! (instructions below) After some thinking and chatting I did over March/April, I’ve decided to experiment with podcasting. Drumroll……enter the Do Good Better podcast! For those of you who are addicted to podcasts as I am, I’m imagining…
 
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    Pamela Grow

  • Fundraising Friday | May 22, 2015

    Pamela Grow
    22 May 2015 | 4:16 am
    You’ve got a direct mail swipe file, your grant swipe file…do you have an email swipe file? This week’s What’s in my Inbox. (Take a minute to comment and tell me which organizations are in your swipe file!) Which is worse: root canal or fundraising? Is your fundraising a pain in the ask? New from Mary Cahalane. Why fundraising is hard – and how that’s our big opportunity. New from Jeff Brooks. New from 101 Fundraising: If you want more money, stop asking for it! Now, this can get confusing, I know. Just remember: your focus needs to be on communicating…
  • What’s in my Inbox | Political fundraising for your swipe file

    Pamela Grow
    19 May 2015 | 5:03 am
    How do you master fun, engaging, ‘donate-able’ email copy? Start by creating your own nonprofit email ‘swipe file’ to keep enewsletters, eappeals, and other communications. And you may want to begin by subscribing to Emily’s List, an American political action committee (PAC) that aims to help elect pro-choice Democratic female candidates to office, and Al Franken, United States Senator from Minnesota. Senator Franken’s ‘exercise in humility’ showcases an excellent monthly giving appeal. Franken’s stuff is always wholly donor-centered (“Your support is the fuel…”…
  • Fundraising Friday | May 15, 2015

    Pamela Grow
    15 May 2015 | 4:22 am
    I’ve been blogging for years on the importance of your organization’s welcome email. Check out this week’s What’s in my Inbox for a couple of exceptional examples. How can you combine your annual report with a soft ask? Solid example from Food for the Poor in this week’s What’s in my Mailbox. My friend Debra Beck with Letter to a young nonprofit board member. Good read. New from Kerri Karvetski (online fundraiser extraordinaire) 8 Commandments for Converting Direct Mail Fundraising Appeals to Email. “There is never a good excuse to disrespect anyone.” A thoughtful reminder…
  • What’s in my Mailbox | Miniature annual report celebrates donors

    Pamela Grow
    13 May 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Food For The Poor shares their latest annual report via a personalized letter, a mini (5” X 7.5”) report that covers all the bases, and donor certificate of appreciation. Related Posts:Fundraising Friday | May 15, 2015Simple Development Systems Podcast | Creating Your…Does your nonprofit annual report focus on what really…Protected: Bonus Podcast: Your Annual Report | The Basics…Interview with Angel Aloma | Simple Development Systems…The post What’s in my Mailbox | Miniature annual report celebrates donors appeared first on Pamela Grow.
  • What’s in my Inbox | Exceptional Welcome Email

    Pamela Grow
    12 May 2015 | 3:29 am
    I liked everything about these two Welcome emails from National Center for Lesbian Rights, starting with the subject line: “This is just the beginning…” NCLR issues a warm welcome, lets me know exactly what to expect in terms of emails, and features a beautiful close, “Together towards a new day.” The followup email, with the subject line “8 Simple Ways to Get Involved with NCLR” invites further engagement (“some of these only take a minute!”). Clean, simple, warm and friendly. Perfect for your swipe file. Lots of takeaways in these two emails. Additional Resources A missed…
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    Wakeman Agency

  • Is Your Charitable Organization Sexy Enough?

    wake101
    19 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Most people probably would not describe nonprofit organizations as sexy. Instead, it’s easier to think of Hollywood crushes, designer fashions, luxury vehicles and even awe-inspiring renovations as possessing that magnetic pull that captivates our attention. The post Is Your Charitable Organization Sexy Enough? appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • Why Board Members are Like Facebook Statuses

    wake101
    15 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    This just in: The way your friends’ (or kids) update their Facebook relationship statuses and how your nonprofit Board members feel about your organization may have more in common than you think. The post Why Board Members are Like Facebook Statuses appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • What We Learned from Haiti

    wake101
    12 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Fukushima nuclear disaster. The Sri Lanka tsunami. Hurricane Katrina. The Haiti earthquake. When tragedies of epic proportions strike, hearts are touched, and goodwill is inspired at levels just as epic. The post What We Learned from Haiti appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • Four Simple Ways to Keep Post-Event Buzz Alive for Nonprofit Organizations

    wake101
    8 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    When done well, events can be part of a sustained and integrated strategy that engages audiences, builds support, heightens awareness and expands reach. The post Four Simple Ways to Keep Post-Event Buzz Alive for Nonprofit Organizations appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • Why Becoming a Better Place to Work Improves Your Brand

    wake101
    5 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Having a strong brand is essential for organizational success. When companies and nonprofit agencies think about their brand, they are usually astute enough to consider factors beyond the approved color palette and logo. They frequently consider how certain audiences perceive and interact with them – the media, donors, volunteers, foundations, governmental bodies, clients. The post Why Becoming a Better Place to Work Improves Your Brand appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
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    Event 360

  • Event 360 Partner Spotlight: Gameface Media – Five Tips for Awesome Event Photography

    Patrick Riley
    26 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re proud to work with some of the best vendors and clients in the event business. Today, we’re highlighting our event photography partner, Gameface Media. They consistently deliver high value to our participants and make event marketing much easier because we always have the right photo to convey our message. Written by Marty McCrory Events can be challenging to photograph. There’s action happening everywhere and there’s never enough time. Further, at athletic events, participants move dynamically which makes it tricky to get great photos. As Director of Photography…
  • Event 360 Teammate Spotlight: Joann Collins

    Molly Fast
    21 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re excited to introduce this week’s Event 360 Teammate Spotlight. Enjoy a glimpse into the personal and professional life of Joann Collins! Position:  Senior Copywriter, Susan G. Komen 3-Day Start Year:  2004 What job did you hold right before you came to work at Event 360? I worked for CauseForce and prior to that, Pallotta TeamWorks, working on the 3-Day. The last jobs I had in my pre-3-Day life were in the film business, as a screenwriter and creative exec. Was there anything in particular that brought you to Event 360? Patrick Riley! I had just had my first baby and was…
  • Six things to consider when your website goes down

    Patrick Riley
    20 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    Written by Katie Zupancic As event producers, we know how important your website is to your event. It’s typically the prime vehicle for registration and likely plays a core role in fundraising and donations. In the case that something causes your website to go down, our team put together a short reference list to transition you from frantically hitting the refresh button to calmly climbing on top of the situation. Broken out by department, we hope this helps your team both identify the outage’s impact on your initiatives and mitigate the impact on your constituents. IT – Once the…
  • You’ve decided to rebrand your event. Now what?

    Patrick Riley
    19 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Written by Erin Kirchhoff It’s an inevitability in the career of a brand manager: you’ll spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars to develop, design and create materials for your event, only to rebrand the very next season. So what do you do when the event name, logo and/or tagline changes? Here’s a checklist to help you simplify the process. Take inventory of what you have. It’s important to have a manifest of all the materials that currently exist with the now-outdated logo; be sure to include both digital and printed materials. This will give you an idea of what will need…
  • Event 360 Teammate Spotlight: Susan Wynne

    Molly Fast
    14 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re excited to introduce this week’s Event 360 Teammate Spotlight. Enjoy a glimpse into the personal and professional life of Susan Wynne! Position:  Participant Support Coordinator (Coach), Susan G. Komen 3-Day Start Year:  2009 (Susan is on the right) What job did you hold right before you came to work at Event 360? I was staying at home with my kids, and was a full-time volunteer with some local organizations. Was there anything in particular that brought you to Event 360? I walked my first Komen 3-Day in 2007. Shortly after that, I received an email about working for the 3-Day…
 
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    blog.ncrp.org

  • Reconciling Choice with Equity in Walton Family Foundation’s Education Portfolio

    National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
    25 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    By Gita Gulati-Partee [Editor’s Note: The following is adapted from NCRP’s Philamplify assessment, Walton Family Foundation: How Can This Market-Oriented Grantmaker Advance Community-Led Solutions for Greater Equity? This section deals with the foundation’s support of school choice and charter schools. To read the full report, click here.] NCRP’s criteria for strategic and just impact has three key characteristics: that marginalized communities explicitly benefit, that systems become more equitable and that those most affected are empowered to help define solutions and lead…
  • Making a Difference with a Career in Philanthropy

    Aaron Dorfman
    21 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Editor’s Note: Aaron Dorfman, executive director of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and a graduate of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, gave the commencement address there on May 10, 2015. What follows is the text of his address, as prepared for delivery. Good afternoon. It is a great honor to be with you all today as you begin exciting new chapters in your lives. I had so much fun reading the descriptions of this year’s graduates. You are an impressive and accomplished group, and I know you’re going to do amazing things. I’m going to…
  • Foundation and Nonprofit Leaders Celebrate the 2015 NCRP Impact Awards

    Yna Moore
    20 May 2015 | 7:36 am
    It was a rousing evening at last night’s 2015 NCRP Impact Awards reception in San Francisco, which honored five inspiring foundations in the U.S.: Blue Shield of California Foundation, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Needmor Fund, New York Foundation and Open Society Foundations. The room was buzzing with nonprofit and foundation leaders committed to working for the greater good through social justice. “The winners of the 2015 NCRP Impact Awards are some of the smartest, most strategic grantmakers in the nation,” said Aaron Dorfman, executive director of NCRP, in his opening remarks. He…
  • Spring Issue of Responsive Philanthropy Looks at Implicit Bias

    Aaron Dorfman
    14 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Like most white people in the United States, I grew up completely oblivious to the many privileges I enjoy because of the color of my skin. It wasn’t until I took courses in college like “Race, Power and Inequality in America” from Paul Wellstone or “Race, Reform and Rebellion” from Manning Marable that I began to develop an understanding of how our nation, its institutions and the experiences of its people are overwhelmingly shaped by race and racism. Serving as a community organizer for 15 years, primarily working with communities of color, deepened that understanding. That’s…
  • Six Reasons Why Foundations Should Invest in Worker Cooperatives

    Caitlin Duffy
    11 May 2015 | 8:00 pm
    If you’re a coffee lover, you’ve likely enjoyed beans cultivated by farmers from a fair trade worker cooperative. If you haven’t yet, sip a delicious brew of fair trade coffee in the spirit of this past Saturday’s World Fair Trade Day, which celebrates fair trade as a “tangible contribution to the fight against poverty and exploitation, climate change and the economic crisis that has the greatest impact on the world’s most vulnerable populations.” When fair trade comes to my mind, instead of coffee and other ethically-sourced products, the first thing I associate it with is…
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    Social Media Strategy for Nonprofits and Businesses

  • Graduates: So You Want To Work In Social Media

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

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

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

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

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

  • My Newsletter is Available

    Mark Holmgren
    22 May 2015 | 4:26 pm
    This month’s focus on on resources related to poverty, homelessness, and philanthropy. CLICK HERE TO READ ITFiled under: Homelessness, Income Inequality Tagged: newsletter
  • Video: The Truth We Find In All That We Deny

    Mark Holmgren
    14 May 2015 | 8:20 am
    Click Image for the video (Opens a new window) I performed this song at the opening of Tamarack Institute‘s Poverty Reduction Summit, held in Ottawa in 2015. It was recorded one late afternoon and amazingly we did it in one take. Thanks to Tamarack’s Will Snyder for recording and editing this video. If clicking the image fails, click HERE.Filed under: Creativity Tagged: Tamarack Institute
  • Pictures tell the story: Income Inequality

    Mark Holmgren
    14 May 2015 | 6:40 am
    “The top 10 per cent of earners have seen their share of income rise from 34 per cent in 1982 to 42.5 per cent in 2007. At the very top, the highest one per cent of earners in Canada accounted for almost one-third of all income growth from 1997-2007. “At the bottom of the income scale, the bottom 40 per cent lost significant ground in their share of Canadian income starting in the early 1980s. For the last ten years, this 40 per cent of Canadians has taken home an average of just over 12 per cent of all income (see chart). This declining share for the lowest has led to increased…
  • Upside Down Thinking: Disrupting the Status Quo

    Mark Holmgren
    10 May 2015 | 12:10 pm
    This is the slide deck from the presentation I did at the Poverty Reduction Summit in Ottawa in May 2015. Click the Image. It will take you to slideshare.net where I store many of my presentation. I give custom workshops on Upside Down Thinking. Contact me for more info.  Filed under: Learning, Tool Box, Upside Down Thinking, Wicked Questions
  • Louie and Bruno

    Mark Holmgren
    7 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    I was in a board meeting in the Operation Friendship drop in centre. I was positioned so I could see out of the windows into the courtyard. During the meeting I noticed Louie walking slowly toward the rooming house door. Louie was a short, slender man, about 65 years of age. I turned my attention back to the meeting but it was soon again diverted when I heard a hoarse voice shouting profanity. Louie had stopped and turned and he was angry, yelling at someone that was out of my line of sight. I stood up as Louie reached into his pocket and pulled out a blade. I said nothing to my colleagues as…
 
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    Notations on Non-Profits

  • The Productive Nonprofits Savior: A Deadline Calendar

    Erin
    23 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    How much detail to include depends entirely on what’s most helpful for your organization. Too much detail and it starts to look like a rocket schematic. Not enough detail and it’s about as helpful as Ikea instructions.   It’s no secret, I’m a fan of planning. Imagine that, an attorney with a (probably unhealthy) love […]
  • Have You: Decided What State is the Best Home For You?

    Erin
    14 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    One of the top questions I get is, “Where should I form my organization?” Ironically, I use the availability of hot sauce and Whataburger’s as a determining factor for location. But clearly most of you want to be a bit more responsible than me and since there’s a ton of material out there already covering this, […]
  • What NOT To Do When It’s Time For Your Organization to Wind-down

    Erin
    4 May 2015 | 7:48 pm
    You read about organizations making uh-oh’s all the time. Expected and impossible to avoid. Sometimes they’re relatively minor uh-ohs, other’s are uh-oh’s so big it makes you want to run and hide. This recent uh-oh I read about is one that not only made me want to hide, but look for my passport. The Facts […]
  • Tips & Tricks on Writing Board Minutes: A Resource Guide

    Erin
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:32 pm
    I’ve had enough people ask about this one I figured I’d share it on the blog. It’s a brief guide I created for the 4Good community (join if you haven’t already). Just a few things to keep in mind when making your next go round at board minutes…because who doesn’t love writing board minutes? Would love to […]
  • ED as Board President? Good or Bad Idea?

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

  • ALWAYS ASK

    Perry Allison
    18 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    Meet Kathy Kingston, guest blogger Kathy is an award-winning consultant, speaker, professional fundraising auctioneer and author.  Her new book, A Higher Bid, How to Transform Special Event Fundraising with Strategic Benefit Auctions is launching later this week on May 20.  We thought you’d enjoy reading her thoughts about the Art of the Ask. How to Master the Art of the Ask for Your Fundraising Auctions At the age of 64, Diana Nyad became the first person on record to swim 51 hours nonstop from Cuba to Florida, in waters teeming with killer sharks and the deadly venomous Box…
  • Gone with the Gala

    Perry Allison
    15 May 2015 | 11:23 am
    My husband and I hosted an annual Christmas party for many years. Our friends had grown to expect that our party would happen every year with the usual boisterous singing and great food and piles of work for us. One year we decided to un-invite everyone. We decided it was time to take a year off and rather than leave everyone guessing, we sent out an engraved un-invitation. It read something like…you are cordially NOT invited to our annual Christmas party. It’s not because of the terrible singing (and you know who you are) or the clean-up that lasts for days, it’s because…
  • Take Time to Reflect

    Perry Allison
    8 May 2015 | 2:24 pm
    I am lucky to live between Boston and Vermont. I am especially lucky that when I am in Vermont, away from the fray, I am able to look out over my farm and my garden and reflect . It is a practice that I highly recommend, whatever your view. In fundraising, as in life, it is incredibly important to take the time to reflect on what has happened, to peel things back and take a hard look at what has worked and what has not. While there are still lots of galas taking place in May and June, March and April are the busiest months of the year in the auction fundraising world. At BiddingForGood, we…
  • Why How You’re Feeling Matters

    Alice Curley
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    A recent article in the New York Times, The Importance of Naming Your Emotions, explores the topic of acknowledging your emotions in the workplace. We’re taught that emotions should be kept at bay when we’re working. If you’re angry, tired, or sad, you need to keep those feelings to yourself. But, as the author of this article aptly points out, we’re only human. We all have tough days and rough patches. We don’t need to make them harder by stifling our feelings or keeping how we feel a secret. Ignoring how you’re feeling can make the task at hand even more challenging. We…
  • How to Cope With Committee Conflicts

    goodnessinaction
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:10 am
    So you’re in charge of the auction committee this year! There is a lot to do. For example: Solicit items Build your auction site Promote Lucky for you, you’ve got a team of people to work with. There’s just one problem. They aren’t getting along. You’re keeping a positive attitude. Why can’t they? In meetings you hear a lot of negativity. As much as you try to steer the conversation in a more positive direction, it just isn’t working. What do you do? Get specific. Who is saying what and why? If you notice that one person on your team is always finding reasons not to solicit…
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    Full Contact Philanthropy

  • What I learned about the state of analytics in the social sector at the Do Good Data conference

    david
    3 May 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Last week I attended the third annual Do Good Data conference in Chicago. The turnout was impressive with about six hundred attendees across the country and a smattering of international attendees. I attended the conference with high hopes. Andrew Means, one of the conveners of the conference suggested in his opening remarks that being a data analyst in the social sector can be a lonely job. Andrew stated that at the Do Good Data conference you are surrounded by people like yourself. For better or for worse, I did not find this to be true. While the conference title suggests it is targeted at…
  • Open grant making – The Council on Foundations’ almost good idea

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

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

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

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

  • The Productive Nonprofits Savior: A Deadline Calendar

    Erin
    23 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    How much detail to include depends entirely on what’s most helpful for your organization. Too much detail and it starts to look like a rocket schematic. Not enough detail and it’s about as helpful as Ikea instructions.   It’s no secret, I’m a fan of planning. Imagine that, an attorney with a (probably unhealthy) love […]
  • Have You: Decided What State is the Best Home For You?

    Erin
    14 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    One of the top questions I get is, “Where should I form my organization?” Ironically, I use the availability of hot sauce and Whataburger’s as a determining factor for location. But clearly most of you want to be a bit more responsible than me and since there’s a ton of material out there already covering this, […]
  • What NOT To Do When It’s Time For Your Organization to Wind-down

    Erin
    4 May 2015 | 7:48 pm
    You read about organizations making uh-oh’s all the time. Expected and impossible to avoid. Sometimes they’re relatively minor uh-ohs, other’s are uh-oh’s so big it makes you want to run and hide. This recent uh-oh I read about is one that not only made me want to hide, but look for my passport. The Facts […]
  • Tips & Tricks on Writing Board Minutes: A Resource Guide

    Erin
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:32 pm
    I’ve had enough people ask about this one I figured I’d share it on the blog. It’s a brief guide I created for the 4Good community (join if you haven’t already). Just a few things to keep in mind when making your next go round at board minutes…because who doesn’t love writing board minutes? Would love to […]
  • ED as Board President? Good or Bad Idea?

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

  • Volunteer Engagement 2.0 Author Spotlight: Jayne Cravens

    Tessa Srebro
    26 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    VolunteerMatch’s new book, Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World, features chapters from 35 experts in the field of volunteer engagement. In this series of blog posts, get to know these #35experts and their areas of expertise. Today’s expert: Jayne Cravens, consultant and researcher. First of all, what is your chapter about? It’s about what I think is “what’s next” regarding virtual volunteering: An expansion of high-responsibility and high-impact roles, such as online mentoring. Why is this topic important? While a lot of people want volunteer…
  • Volunteer Engagement 2.0 Author Spotlight: Angela Parker & Chris Jarvis, Realized Worth

    Tessa Srebro
    21 May 2015 | 8:20 am
    VolunteerMatch’s new book, Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World, features chapters from 35 experts in the field of volunteer engagement. In this series of blog posts, get to know these #35experts and their areas of expertise. Up first: Angela Parker and Chris Jarvis, co-founders of Realized Worth. First of all, what is your chapter about? It’s about how corporations and nonprofits can more effectively work together to create employee volunteer programs that produce value for everyone involved. From trends and challenges in workplace giving and volunteering to…
  • 5 Ways to Attract Young People to Your Nonprofit

    Tessa Srebro
    19 May 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Guest post by Tess Pajaron The Urban Institute reported that 1.44 million nonprofits were registered with the Internal Revenue Service in 2012. Many of those organizations struggle to attract young people – a group that typically has both the strength and endurance to face difficult and challenging tasks. Whether you are trying to attract young donors or bring in new volunteers, you have to employ the right strategy. Here’s an overview of five effective methods to reach out to young people and get them involved. Get vocal about your organization Consistent promotional strategy…
  • Meet Trudy

    Tessa Srebro
    18 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    Guest post by Elisa Kosarin, Twenty Hats This post was originally published on Twenty Hats. That’s Trudy, on the left. She is 51 years old, lives in Fairfax VA with her software exec husband, Lance, and her youngest daughter, Angie. Angie is headed off to college in the fall, and Trudy is trying to figure out what to do when she becomes an empty nester. She used to be a school teacher before raising her daughter – she loves children – but she has not worked in many years. She is wondering if there is a way she can volunteer that involves children and will challenge her – she wants to…
  • Six Dollars for Doers Programs Doing It Right (And What This Means for Your Nonprofit)

    Tessa Srebro
    12 May 2015 | 7:47 am
    Guest post by Adam Weinger, President of Double the Donation Atypical children choose to mow the lawn before dad offers payment. As with any person with a job, kids want their hard work to amount to more than inherent byproducts, such as a green field with a proverbial buzz cut. Thankfully, most nonprofit volunteers truly want to help, but a corporate incentive to volunteer regularly can increase the value an individual can bring to his or her community. However, many volunteers don’t submit volunteer grant requests because they either don’t know that such programs exist or they don’t…
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    Nonprofit Tech for GoodNonprofit Tech for Good

  • 4 Reasons Why Your Nonprofit Should Register .NGO and .ONG

    Heather Mansfield
    17 May 2015 | 10:14 am
    In 1985 the .ORG domain was released to the public along with .COM, .NET, .GOV and .EDU – the original top-level domains of the Internet. Over the next 30 years the .ORG domain would become the Internet home of the nonprofit sector worldwide and become synonymous with the term “nonprofit organization.” Consequently, in poll after poll conducted by the Public Interest Registry, the nonprofit responsible for managing the .ORG domain, the online masses have communicated that more than any other domain on the Internet, .ORG is the most trusted, credible domain name for nonprofits,…
  • Tweetchat: Introducing the New .NGO and .ONG Domains

    Heather Mansfield
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:18 am
    The tweetchat occurred in May 6. You can view the highlights on Storify. Hashtag: #NGOtechchat Host: @NonprofitOrgs Featured Guests: @BrianCuteCEO of @PIRegistry and @OnGood After four years of planning and hard work, on May 6 the Public Interest Registry and OnGood will release the new .NGO and .ONG domains worldwide. This tweetchat will highlight three reasons why your NGO/nonprofit,/charity should register the new domains and  discuss how you can integrate the new domains into your online branding effort. Three Ways to Participate: 1. Ask questions live during the tweetchat by using…
  • Bookmark Your Browsers! The Official Blogs of the World’s Most Popular Social Media Sites

    Heather Mansfield
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:51 pm
    The nonprofit sector has a large community of technology bloggers committed to helping nonprofits stay current on emerging trends in social media, online fundraising, and mobile technology. There are these 35 nonprofit marketing blogs and these 25 must-read nonprofit IT blogs as well as these 8 great nonprofit resources. You can also browse 300+ on Twitter at @nonprofitorgs/lists/bloggers-resources. Reading the official blogs of the social media sites that we use most often is also useful and it may be time to add some new bookmarks to your browsers. 1. Facebook Newsroom…
  • Why Nonprofit Fundraisers Should Give More Attention to Gen X Donors

    Heather Mansfield
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:36 am
    There is a lot of discussion in the nonprofit sector about Millennials (a.k.a. Gen Y) and Baby Boomers and a growing interest in Gen Z a.k.a. #Philanthrokids, but almost no analysis of Generation X (aged 35-50 years). As the first generation to donate online and the generation that pioneered web design, email, blogging, and online advocacy, ignoring Gen X is a big mistake. As Gen X rebounds from the Great Recession, Gen Xers are entering their peak giving years and nonprofit fundraisers would be wise to pay more attention to how they give and why. 1. Despite the fact that Gen X lost…
  • 9 Fundraising Tools to Watch in 2015

    Heather Mansfield
    11 Apr 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Over the last six months Nonprofit Tech for Good has bookmarked over 50 fundraising tools to prepare for this blog post. When the time came to write the post, at least 25% of the fundraising tools had shut down. It is very difficult to launch a fundraising service that is sustainable i.e., can earn enough revenue to pay staff, keep the lights on, and continually invest in innovation.  That said, the nine fundraising tools listed below are good ideas whose time has time come. Most are still a work in progress, but they stand out in 2015 as services that might be around for awhile.
 
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    Earthquake-Report.com

  • Moderate earthquake – Rota Region, N. Mariana Islands on May 26, 2015

    Armand Vervaeck
    26 May 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 4.8 Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown GMT/UTC Time : 2015-05-26 14:15:43 Depth (Hypocenter) : 40 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience (I Have Felt It) with our readers. Click on the “I Felt It” button behind the…
  • Moderate earthquake – Jp Tinian Town Pre-ww2, Northern Mariana Isl on May 26, 2015

    Armand Vervaeck
    26 May 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 4.8 Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown GMT/UTC Time : 2015-05-26 14:15:44 Depth (Hypocenter) : 43.68 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience (I Have Felt It) with our readers. Click on the “I Felt It” button behind the…
  • Minor earthquake – Northern California on May 26, 2015

    Armand Vervaeck
    26 May 2015 | 11:47 am
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 3 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-05-26 08:01:39 GMT/UTC Time : 2015-05-26 15:01:39 Depth (Hypocenter) : 17 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience (I Have Felt It) with our readers. Click on the “I Felt It” button behind the…
  • Moderate earthquake – Myanmar-india Border Region on May 26, 2015

    Armand Vervaeck
    26 May 2015 | 11:42 am
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 4.3 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-05-26 22:54:12 GMT/UTC Time : 2015-05-26 17:24:12 Depth (Hypocenter) : 65 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience (I Have Felt It) with our readers. Click on the “I Felt It” button behind…
  • Moderate earthquake – Kakching, India on May 26, 2015

    Armand Vervaeck
    26 May 2015 | 11:41 am
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 4.3 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-05-26 22:54:13 GMT/UTC Time : 2015-05-26 17:24:13 Depth (Hypocenter) : 65.15 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience (I Have Felt It) with our readers. Click on the “I Felt It” button behind…
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    Wow! Goodwill

  • Honoring Service Members on Memorial Day

    goodwillsp
    22 May 2015 | 11:04 am
    On the last Monday in May every year, the summer season rolls in following an important United States holiday: Memorial Day. All across the country, individuals take the day off and children are pardoned from school to honor and remember the millions of American soldiers who sacrifice so much to defend the lives of civilians. Memorial Day is one collective, patriotic effort to say “thank you” to our heroes who lost their lives in the line of duty. Goodwill offers services for veterans to successfully reenter the workforce and provide for themselves and their families. Since World War I,…
  • Shelve It: Transform an Old Drawer into a Wall Display

    goodwillsp
    12 May 2015 | 7:34 am
    If you’re an avid thrift store digger like me, chances are you’ve come across a few odds and ends that seem useless at first glance. But if you’re feeling creative, you can envision the potential of anything — even a discarded old drawer. In a recent visit to a local thrift store, I came across a few drawers and decided to transform one into a quirky wall shelf. What was once a boring cast-off would soon become a conversation starter! Here’s how I did it. This was a pretty beat-up, dusty drawer, so I started out by cleaning it well with a rag, soap and water. Even after cleaning, it…
  • Turn a Mirror into an Impressionist Work of Art

    goodwillsp
    4 May 2015 | 7:25 am
    The chance of finding an original Monet painting at Goodwill may be slim, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make your own version of an Impressionist painting. Claude Monet was the founder of the Impressionism movement in the late 1860s, a style of painting that is more representational than realistic, with an emphasis on color and the effect of light. In the spirit of Monet, I decided to create my own masterpiece. I found three round mirrors: 3 in., 6 in., and 7 in. Think like an interior designer and always work in odd numbers—three or five items look better than a grouping of two or…
  • Earth Day Ideas: Giving a “Second Life” to a Recycled Chair

    goodwillsp
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Happy Earth Day! Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont is excited to celebrate our beautiful planet and support environmental sustainability today and every day. DIY projects from Goodwill finds are a great way to recycle pieces and give something a “second life.” Our friend Emily at the blog Our House Now a Home completed a fun and easy refurbishment project that saved a useable chair from the landfill. Chair Redo Tutorial – No Sewing Needed By Emily Burmeister, Our House Now a Home Today I am sharing a DIY project about a chair I redid for my daughter Nora’s…
  • Spring Cleaning Tips & Trends from the Queen City Style

    goodwillsp
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:02 pm
    This spring, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont has partnered with Whitley Adkins Hamlin, author of the Queen City Style blog, for spring cleaning tips and fashion trends. Whitley is a Charlotte-based professional wardrobe stylist, personal shopper and fashion blogger, featured in the May 2015 issue of SouthPark Magazine and recent winner of Charlotte Magazine’s 2015 BOB (Best of the Best) Award for best personal stylist. Whitley Adkins Hamlin, author of the Queen City Style blog Spring is the perfect time to welcome a new season and start fresh by cleaning out your closet,…
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    Front Range Source

  • Building Trust in the Face of Scandal

    Ann Goldman
    20 May 2015 | 6:50 pm
    Waking up to the news of yet another major charity scandal – reported to be one of the largest ever – sure didn’t feel good. Turns out Knoxville-based Cancer Fund of America was busy building a $187 million “fraud empire” while you and I were busy trying to make the world a better place. Go figure. The problem is that we’ve already got enough working against us. People are generally fairly suspicious of charities. Fundraisers and used car salesmen are routinely lumped together. I just bought a car this week and, believe me, I found no useful comparisons between car sales…
  • Is Your E-newsletter Doing Anything for Your Donors?

    Leslie Allen
    14 May 2015 | 5:49 am
    Lately I’ve been fretting about our clients’ success (or lack of it) with e-newsletters. It seems like everyone has one, but no one is raising any real money out of them. In fact, in many cases the e-newsletter has virtually been assumed to be a stewardship tool, with few organizations even bothering to measure revenue. It just seems like “you have to have one” rather than it serving any purpose. I recently bought Tom Ahern’s book Making Money with Donor Newsletters. (If you have a paper newsletter, it’s a must buy for you!) and it gives example after example of amazing…
  • Answer these Six Questions Before You Ask for Money

    Ann Goldman
    6 May 2015 | 8:03 pm
    We’ve had a lot of fog in Colorado this week. It has made me consider how important clarity is. For the most part, you want to see what’s around you and where you’re going. It’s true in life and it’s definitely true in fundraising. A strategic plan and a powerful case for support are two critical tools that provide clarity in fundraising. But, if those things are out of date or if you’re in the process of creating them, there are six questions that can help you create focus in your donor conversations. Make sure you and your board can answer these questions: What do your prospects…
  • How Losing Control Can Lead to Your Next Big Fundraising Idea

    Leslie Allen
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Some of the work Ann and I do is to help organizations based outside of the United States assess and act on their opportunity to raise money inside the US. Often we have to temper expectations. Many organizations think the American streets are filled with gold, just waiting to fund their cause. Some succeed and get established, but more often than not, they have to try (and fail) a couple of times before they hit on the right formula. Those that have succeeded have adapted. They have accepted that to be successful, there is a need to make the cause relevant and authentic in the American…
  • A Few Fundraising Resources for Geeks

    Ann Goldman
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:37 pm
    We’re a little geeky when it comes to fundraising. We love reading the latest research on everything from donor retention and how volunteers give, to the dramatic rise in donor advised funds and the influx of new nonprofits. We want to know what channels are performing best, who’s got the best new ideas around staff retention, and what we can expect giving to do in the months ahead. While we hope Front Range Source is your favorite fundraising resource, here are a few other resources you might want to add to your list. These are just a few of the resources I find myself referencing…
 
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    Habitat for Humanity Santa Barbara Blog

  • ReStore Anniversary Sale

    samantha_garcia
    1 May 2015 | 11:17 am
    The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is having a sale on Saturday May 9th, 2015!To celebrate the ReStore's 7th year in business it will be hosting a storewide 40% off sale. The ReStore sells new and gently used building materials, furniture, and appliances at discounted prices. All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity.The ReStore Address6860 Cortona Drive (Suite A) Goleta, CA 93117 HoursTuesday-Friday: 11:00 am to 5:00 pmSaturday: 11:00 am to 5:00 pmSunday & Monday: Closed
  • Volunteer Spotlight

    samantha_garcia
    1 May 2015 | 10:47 am
    Last week the Habitat for Humanity ReStore celebrated awesome volunteer, Susana. Susana has volunteered over 500 hours in the ReStore since she started volunteering last year.This week 11 students from Providence Christian School came out and volunteered at the ReStore. Their help is critical in the functioning of the ReStore on a day to day basis. A huge thank you to Susana, the students from the Providence Christian School, and the other volunteers who help make the ReStore a success.Volunteers are the heart of Habitat for Humanity and keep our critical programs running. Below are some of…
  • Earth Day Work Day

    samantha_garcia
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Volunteers and staff from Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County joined in on the Earth Day festivities in Downtown, Santa Barbara. As one of the many booths at the annual Earth Day festival, volunteers were able to connect with community members and talk about current and upcoming projects. These projects include volunteering at the ReStore, Cars for Homes, and A Brush with Kindness.Also happening over the weekend, Habitat for Humanity of Southern California completed another A Brush with Kindness home repair project. Volunteers came together to complete home repairs for…
  • Celebrating Habitat ReStore Volunteers

    Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:57 pm
    The Habitat for Humanity ReStore recently celebrated two stellar volunteers, Frank and Samantha. Frank has volunteered over 500 hours in the ReStore and Samantha has volunteered over 75 hours. A huge thank you to these two volunteers who help make the ReStore a success. Volunteers are the heart of Habitat for Humanity and keep our critical programs running. Below are some of the volunteer opportunities currently available with Habitat for Humanity Santa Barbara:ReStore Volunteers:Volunteers assist ReStore employees. Tasks include sorting, pricing and cleaning donated items, shelving new…
  • Habitat for Humanity + Volunteers= Another Completed A Brush with Kindness Project

    Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County
    7 Feb 2015 | 2:10 pm
    On January 20th 2015, volunteers from Cate School partnered with Habitat for Humanity Southern Santa Barbara County to complete another A Brush with Kindness home repair project. Sponsored by Thrivent Financial, 82 students and faculty came together to complete home repairs for an elderly low-income homeowner. Unable to make repairs himself due to MS, the students and faculty worked during the day to provide exterior repairs to the home, clear overgrown landscaping, plant drought resistant plants, build a new walkway, and clean the full exterior of the home.
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    For Impact | The Suddes Group

  • How to use an Engagement Tool

    Nick Fellers
    15 May 2015 | 8:06 am
    http://vimeo.com/127835847 In this video I share three quick tips around how to use an Engagement Tool. (Download the sample Engagement Tool PDF.) I suspect we will film many more videos around this topic. I could offer 50 examples / tips. In this video we cover three things: The engagement tool is not the presentation. It’s a tool. It’s not meant to be used (necessarily) in a linear and ‘unabridged’ monologue / delivery. In order to illustrate how little we ACTUALLY need to support a conversation we use a placemat drill in some of our trainings. Try walking through…
  • A Framework that Works for Every Visit…. ever.

    Nick Fellers
    13 May 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Having made 2,000+ visits I can share that only three went EXACTLY as scripted. However, in all of those visits I cannot think of ONE time in which the Presentation Framework was not totally valid.   On every single visit these three things are really important. Authenticity. Authenticity makes you and immediate sales expert. I’ve found — through our workshops and trainings — that I need to be very dramatic about this. Here, I might even say BRUTALLY authentic. One time I made a visit on behalf of a monastery. There were 33 monks praying for the visit. That made me nervous. I…
  • What is an Engagement Tool?

    Nick Fellers
    1 May 2015 | 8:01 am
    Most organizations and sales teams don’t have ENGAGEMENT tools. They have brochures, binders, or pitch decks. What are you using to DRIVE engagement on a visit? Is is simple? Visual? Does it SUPPORT the conversation or constrict the conversation? In a later video we will show you ways to use an engagement tool. Download / view the For Impact engagement tool. See also: Guidebook – On Engagement | Guidebook – On Visual Engagement
  • No More Endowment

    Tom Suddes
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:45 am
    STOP ENDOWMENT. This is an issue that I believe impacts all FOR IMPACT ORGANIZATIONS. We’re caught up in an endowment arms race. We’re communicating that “We need ENDOWMENT now to build and preserve ENDOWMENT for future generations.” START SAVING, CHANGING, IMPACTING LIVES!   ENDOWMENT, in and of itself, is NOT the goal! The goal is and always should be around Saving Lives, Changing Lives, Impacting Lives, etc. And if that doesn’t get your attention, how about: No More Cash For Endowment. Cash is a very, very expensive and difficult way to increase endowment. Very few investors…
  • Team Selling

    Tom Suddes
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:21 am
    These 3 Concentric Circles represent a great way to look at your organization’s TALENT and how it might be most effectively used. The Blue-Red-Green Team is a great visual that helps with roles and responsibilities within the Sales Process. Use your ‘Blue’ Team to help with predisposition, open doors, and even set up the visit. Blue Team represents best example of ‘3 Degrees of Separation’ (Kevin Bacon/6 Degrees is actually less than 3 moves (2.78) from any other actor). Note: In many cases, you are only 1 person removed from who you want to see. This is especially true in Ireland…
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    TakeTwo

  • Baltimore, Mainstream Media, and Social Media

    Bix
    29 Apr 2015 | 7:27 pm
    What a month. Earlier this month, when we at TakeTwo discussed what we might blog about, Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (#RFRA) was all over the news. Now, of course, US news is dominated by #BaltimoreUprising. At the same time, the tragic #NepalEarthquake continues to be in the headlines. Of course, this is no surprise: we are now permanently in the 24/7 news-cycle. But two remarkable things about the #Baltimore news: First, from whom and where the news is coming from – from local folks in Baltimore via Twitter. This isn’t terribly surprising; in the last year, we’ve…
  • Being a Star on Social Media Isn’t Enough

    Amanda Lydon
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Stephanie and Bix have both recently pointed out just how valuable social media can be for creating buzz and propelling movement toward social change. I totally agree and it’s a good thing since I spend a good part of my days managing social media campaigns. It’s thrilling that by hitting tweet or send, you can share your thoughts and ideas with individuals all over the world. Let’s assume you’re doing everything right. You have 300,000 Twitter followers and 900,000 friends on Facebook not to mention 1,200 connections on LinkedIn and once you share your idea with your faithful…
  • When Advocacy Works – Arkansas and Indiana Had To Step Back

    Stephanie
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    We all watched the headlines in late March and early April – the impending signing of two new laws in Arkansas and Indiana, that under the guise of “religious freedom,” poised a very serious risk to the rights and liberties of our LGBT populations. Thankfully, advocates across both states and around the country were on top of it. Thankfully, there are people out there reading these laws carefully and getting the word out when something is wrong.  It makes me wonder about what gets passed without anyone noticing. But, what was remarkable in this situation was that advocates…
  • Don’t Shoot The Medium: Dialogue on Social Media

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

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

  • 25 Nonprofit Twitter Tips From The Pros

    John Haydon
    22 May 2015 | 6:11 am
    According to the most recent Nonprofit Communications Trends Report, 76% percent of nonprofits are now using Twitter. It’s the second most popular social network used by nonprofits, after Facebook. Twitter can be used to distribute news about your organization and your stories. And you can use a variety of apps to automatically tweet that news (Hootsuite […] The post 25 Nonprofit Twitter Tips From The Pros appeared first on John Haydon.
  • Lower Donor Remorse With This Amazingly Simple Strategy

    John Haydon
    14 May 2015 | 11:37 am
    Have you ever had a sinking feeling after making a purchase? If so, then you’ve experienced buyer’s remorse. Believe it or not, most donors can feel donor remorse after making a donation, regardless of the amount. It’s hard-wired into their brains. Even as they click the donate button, nagging questions hover somewhere in the background: How […] The post Lower Donor Remorse With This Amazingly Simple Strategy appeared first on John Haydon.
  • 5 Powerful Don Draper Quotes for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers

    John Haydon
    7 May 2015 | 5:12 am
    If you’re like me, you’re a huge fan of the Mad Men TV series (now in it’s final season). Jon Hamm play the legendary Don Draper, an advertising genius on Madison Avenue who is respected (and feared) by everyone in the advertising industry. He sells cigarettes, pantyhose, and more with his powerfully persuasive gift of gab. […] The post 5 Powerful Don Draper Quotes for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers appeared first on John Haydon.
  • The Ultimate Facebook Ad Guide For Fundraising Events

    John Haydon
    5 May 2015 | 7:58 am
    Are you promoting fundraising events online? Have you tried using Facebook Ads to spread the word? Targeted Facebook ads are an ideal way to reach people who are most likely to share and attend your event. In this article I’ll show you how Facebook ads increase exposure, engagement and registrations for your event. How Facebook […] The post The Ultimate Facebook Ad Guide For Fundraising Events appeared first on John Haydon.
  • Your Mission Statement is NOT Your Story

    Jay Geneske
    1 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    I recently spoke at an event about the potential of storytelling to drive social impact. One of the other event speakers was an executive at a large business software service provider. The speaker’s presentation was complemented by polished and expensive videos with messages of a hopeful future and a world of social justice that—at the […] The post Your Mission Statement is NOT Your Story appeared first on John Haydon.
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    Nonprofit Bridge

  • Is Agile Project Management Right for Your Nonprofit?

    Norman Reiss
    23 May 2015 | 6:13 am
    Seven years ago I presented a webinar for Nten on Project Management for Nonprofits (I’ve recently updated the slides).  Since then, agile has become an increasingly popular methodology for managing a project. At the 501TechNYC meeting in NYC on Wed, May 27, Monica-Lisa Mills and I will present Is Agile Project Management for Your Nonprofit, where we will discuss how agile may (or may not) work at your organization. Please join us for this conversation!  Whether you realize it or not, you probably do some project management in your job, and using agile principles may help you to have…
  • If You Do This Right, Your Project Will Be Successful

    Norman Reiss
    2 May 2015 | 5:15 am
    Probably the most challenging part of a project is defining your requirements.  Try these tips to improve the odds that your next project will be successful: Allow sufficient time to document your current system – and what features / functionality you want in your new system. Ask a team member who is a strong writer to help with this process. After you think you’re done, show your write-up to someone who is not directly involved in your project.  Can they understand what you’ve described? Many vendors/consultants will guide you through the requirements gathering process. …
  • How to Wake Up Your Fundraising

    Norman Reiss
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:09 am
    Attended an event this week offered by Nonprofit Pro on How to Get Your Entire Organization on Board for Fundraising Success, focusing on how you can help break down the silos in your organization.  As I’ve  discussed previously in this blog, fundrasing is the lifeblood of any nonprofit and shouldn’t only the concern of the Development staff.  More tips: If you want to start to break down silos, it’s not just everyone else that has the problem.  Start with yourself.  How can you involve other departments in your work on an ongoing basis? Sometimes there are also silos…
  • How Well Can Your Nonprofit Exchange Data With Other Orgs?

    Norman Reiss
    5 Apr 2015 | 6:25 am
    When my boss asked me to attend a three day training in Virginia on NIEM, I was a bit surprised since I had never heard of the National Information Exchange Model, nor does by organization often pay for out-of-office trainings.  But as it turns out, all nonprofits could benefit from learning about NIEM. NIEM provides a way for organizations with data in different systems to be able to exchange data with each other by using an intermediate data model.  There is some effort involved in creating a NIEM model, but once done, it can be used to provide data with any other nonprofit that uses…
  • Do You Work for an Excellent Nonprofit?

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

  • Families Have Much to Share

    LWasserberger
    26 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    By Sara Wicht of Teaching Tolerance Overview: Use these ideas to include the religious and nonreligious diversity of students’ home lives in your practice. Many educators want to teach about religious and nonreligious diversity, but introducing content about belief systems into curricula may seem scary or dangerous. Some teachers worry that families will object to the content and that these objections will isolate or marginalize students. This was one concern we heard from our audience recently when  Tanenbaum teamed up with Teaching Tolerance to provide the webinar Religious Diversity…
  • Extremism and white supremacy – A conversation with Arno Michaelis

    Nicole Margaretten
    21 May 2015 | 12:55 pm
    We were so happy to host an event at Foa & Son with our friend, Arno Michaelis. Previously affiliated with the white supremacist movement, Arno has now rejected extremist philosophy – and is working with youth to counter the danger that it poses. We were able to have an intimate conversation among a few of our close friends, diving into topics such as: extremist narratives and the conditions in which hatred thrives, addressing extremism across cultures, the utter exhaustion from harboring hatred, and personal transformation. It was enlightening for many when Arno described…
  • Peacemakers in Action Network: A Model for the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention

    LWasserberger
    20 May 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Photo Credit: KAICIID Last month, the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention co-convened the “Forum on the Role of Religious Leaders in Preventing Incitement that could Lead to Atrocity Crimes.” The major outcome from the forum was a “Plan of Action for the Prevention of Incitement to Violence that could lead to Atrocity Crimes.” The Plan of Action is a draft document that will be revised and finalized during five regional meetings set to take place during the next year; and a “Declaration will be adopted at a plenary meeting of religious leaders” in 2016. Eight major areas…
  • Hey, teachers, don’t leave those kids alone!

    Nicole Margaretten
    12 May 2015 | 10:54 am
    Hey, teachers, don’t leave those kids alone! – Why and how to teach about extremism that claims the mantle of religion. In the midst of ubiquitous media coverage of atrocities committed in the name of religion, teachers sometimes struggle with how to present such events in a fair and accurate context.  For example, a participant in our Religious Diversity in the Classroom webinar for middle level educators asked, “What is the best way to address religious controversies without condemning a whole religious group that may be an aggressor against another?” This blog post provides…
  • Tanenbaum Peacemaker Father Sava Travels to the U.S.

    Nicole Margaretten
    12 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    Father Sava Janjic, a Tanenbaum Peacemaker in Action who has been tirelessly pursuing peace and reconciliation in Kosovo for decades, concluded his recent trip to the U.S. last week in Boston, where he presented at the Colloquium on Orthodox Christianity and Humanitarianism: Ideas and Action in the Contemporary World. The Colloquium was sponsored by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America’s Office of Inter-Orthodoxy, Interfaith and Ecumenical Relations. Father Sava and Joyce Dubensky, Tanenbaum CEO, both had the privilege of sitting on the Colloquium’s “Experiences from the Frontline…
 
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    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog

  • The Next Best Thing May Already Be Here

    Ann Green
    22 May 2015 | 8:40 am
    All nonprofits want to succeed and grow.  You want more donors and more people to find out about your organization. You hear a lot about innovation and finding the next best thing to accomplish what you want.  But sometimes we need to take a step back, and realize the next best thing may already be here. Give donors the personal touch We have lots of different ways to communicate with donors, many of them electronic.  Electronic communication can be great because you can get a message out to many people in an instant. But technology isn’t always our friend.  Often these electronic…
  • Get Noticed in an Instant With a Visual Story

    Ann Green
    11 May 2015 | 10:46 am
    When we think of stories, we often think of a written story. But stories come in many forms and people process information in different ways.  Some people respond better to visual stimuli.  In our information packed world, a visual story can be great way to connect. Tell a story in an instant with a photo Your donors are busy and may not have time read a story, but you can capture their attention in an instant with a great photo. A photo of your executive director receiving an award is not very compelling. Use photos of your programs in action. In my last post, I highlighted a couple of…
  • Why You Need to Tell Your Stories

    Ann Green
    4 May 2015 | 10:37 am
    Are you sharing stories with your donors, or are you putting them to sleep with a bunch of facts and statistics? Donors love stories.  Stories bring the work you do to life by using everyday language to create a scene. Here’s an example from the Pet Partners newsletter.  Pet Partners is an organization that provides therapy animals to people who need them. “Molly is a 12 year-old Boxer who barely survived Hurricane Katrina. Abandoned and scheduled to be euthanized, she was given a chance at Boxer Aid and Rescue Coalition (BARC) in Tallahassee, Florida and at a BARC foster home…
  • Make Spring Relationship Building Season

    Ann Green
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    This may or may not be a busy time for your organization. Some organizations do fundraising appeals or hold events in the spring. Others don’t. Either way, you should make spring relationship building season. Of course, relationship building needs to be a year-round effort.  Donor relations is an important, but often overlooked, component of fundraising.  It’s easier and less expensive to keep your current donors.  Retention rates are getting better, but we still have a long way to go. Put relationship building front and center this spring. Find ways to build relationships in…
  • Why You Need a Thank You Plan

    Ann Green
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:21 am
    You probably have a fundraising plan and maybe a donor relations plan, but it’s also important to have a thank you plan since you should spend just as much time thanking your donors as you do raising money. This isn’t happening. Nonprofit organizations spend a lot of time on their fundraising campaigns, but treat thanking donors as an afterthought. According to Bloomerang, 13% of donors leave because they were never thanked. Another 18% leave because of poor communication. Why Donors Leave We can fix this! Creating a thank you plan will help you stay focused on gratitude all year…
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    Social Velocity

  • What’s Your Nonprofit’s Theory of Change?

    Nell Edgington
    26 May 2015 | 6:25 am
    Over the past few years I’ve developed a Social Velocity library of books, step-by-step guides, and webinars. My hope is that these tools can make the concepts I use with my consulting clients accessible to smaller and start up nonprofits who aren’t ready for or interested in a customized approach. The tools follow the methods I develop in my consulting practice (like creating a financing plan, growing the board of directors, designing a theory of change) so when my consulting approach changes over time, the tools must change as well. Which brings me to the Design a Theory…
  • Building a Sustainable Nonprofit: A Case Study

    Nell Edgington
    21 May 2015 | 6:25 am
    I consider myself incredibly lucky because I get to work one-on-one with some amazing social change leaders. One of the clients I’m working with right now is the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). This is a group of incredibly smart and passionate people who are committed to improving public understanding and policies that impact American Muslims by engaging the government, media, and communities. The challenges they face as a nonprofit organization are not unique. So I’d like to share their story as a case study. I met MPAC in 2013. While they had been around for 25 years…
  • 5 Fundraising Delusions Nonprofits Suffer

    Nell Edgington
    18 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Fundraising is, for the most part, a fundamentally misunderstood activity. There are a lot of misconceptions, among nonprofit leaders, board members — even donors — about effective ways to bring money in the door. Here are are a few of the worst delusions about fundraising that persist in the sector: Events Are Fundraisers Very few nonprofit events generate a net income after you factor in the direct (food, venue, invitations, entertainment) and indirect (board and staff time) costs that go into them. They simply are not profit-generating activities. If you are looking to your…
  • Speaking With Social Change Leaders

    Nell Edgington
    12 May 2015 | 6:25 am
    One of the things I love about my job is that I get to travel to different parts of the country talking with groups of social change leaders about how to think about their work in new ways. I speak to nonprofit and philanthropic conferences, events, groups, even boards about trends in the nonprofit sector and how social change leaders must adapt. Recently I have spoken to groups in Portland, Seattle, Sacramento, Dallas, and Idaho. You can see a video of me speaking to the Seattle Association of Fundraising Professionals Conference below (or click here) where I was talking about one…
  • Making the Case for Nonprofit Leaders: An Interview with Linda Wood

    Nell Edgington
    7 May 2015 | 6:11 am
    In today’s Social Velocity interview, I’m talking with Linda Wood, Director of the Haas Leadership Initiative. Over the past decade, the Haas, Jr. Fund has invested over $20 million in strengthening the leadership of more than 75 grantees in its key priority areas– immigrant rights, education equity, and gay and lesbian rights—through the Flexible Leadership Awards program. In that time Linda has become a leading voice on the topic of leadership in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Prior to joining the Fund, she advised senior leaders on strategy, organizational…
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    Always ACTIVE

  • Activity Cloud: Fueling Big Growth with Big Data

    Whitney Teal
    8 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    “Data is what takes [our customers] to the next level.” — ACTIVE Network CEO Darko Dejanovic Our entire team here at ACTIVE Network—from developers to editors, from Dallas to Shanghai—is united around a single goal: Helping you meet your goals. Activity Cloud, our new data insights platform for event organizers, was born of this mission. After working with thousands of race directors for the past 15 years to help grow their events, we created a solution that makes it possible for our customers to reach the next level. With unprecedented data and industry insights, Activity Cloud…
  • Let’s Play! Infographic: ACTIVEkids by the Numbers

    Whitney Teal
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re super-excited about the opportunity to connect our customers’ fun and enriching kids programs with parents all over the nation through our new website, ACTIVEkids.com. Our mission is two-fold: To offer yet another avenue for community organizers to get in front of parents searching for unique opportunities and to fulfill our mission of making the world a more active place. When kids are active, it affects them for the rest of their lives, often resulting in better academic performance and setting them on a path to a healthy life. Don’t believe us? We’ve got the…
  • How to Raise Active Kids: Q&A with an ACTIVE Mom

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

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

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

  • Volunteer Engagement 2.0 Author Spotlight: Jayne Cravens

    Tessa Srebro
    26 May 2015 | 8:36 am
    VolunteerMatch’s new book, Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World, features chapters from 35 experts in the field of volunteer engagement. In this series of blog posts, get to know these #35experts and their areas of expertise. Today’s expert: Jayne Cravens, consultant and researcher. First of all, what is your chapter about? It’s about what I think is “what’s next” regarding virtual volunteering: An expansion of high-responsibility and high-impact roles, such as online mentoring. Why is this topic important? While a lot of people want volunteer…
  • Volunteer Engagement 2.0 Author Spotlight: Angela Parker & Chris Jarvis, Realized Worth

    Tessa Srebro
    21 May 2015 | 8:20 am
    VolunteerMatch’s new book, Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World, features chapters from 35 experts in the field of volunteer engagement. In this series of blog posts, get to know these #35experts and their areas of expertise. Up first: Angela Parker and Chris Jarvis, co-founders of Realized Worth. First of all, what is your chapter about? It’s about how corporations and nonprofits can more effectively work together to create employee volunteer programs that produce value for everyone involved. From trends and challenges in workplace giving and volunteering to…
  • 5 Ways to Attract Young People to Your Nonprofit

    Tessa Srebro
    19 May 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Guest post by Tess Pajaron The Urban Institute reported that 1.44 million nonprofits were registered with the Internal Revenue Service in 2012. Many of those organizations struggle to attract young people – a group that typically has both the strength and endurance to face difficult and challenging tasks. Whether you are trying to attract young donors or bring in new volunteers, you have to employ the right strategy. Here’s an overview of five effective methods to reach out to young people and get them involved. Get vocal about your organization Consistent promotional strategy…
  • Meet Trudy

    Tessa Srebro
    18 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    Guest post by Elisa Kosarin, Twenty Hats This post was originally published on Twenty Hats. That’s Trudy, on the left. She is 51 years old, lives in Fairfax VA with her software exec husband, Lance, and her youngest daughter, Angie. Angie is headed off to college in the fall, and Trudy is trying to figure out what to do when she becomes an empty nester. She used to be a school teacher before raising her daughter – she loves children – but she has not worked in many years. She is wondering if there is a way she can volunteer that involves children and will challenge her – she wants to…
  • Six Dollars for Doers Programs Doing It Right (And What This Means for Your Nonprofit)

    Tessa Srebro
    12 May 2015 | 7:47 am
    Guest post by Adam Weinger, President of Double the Donation Atypical children choose to mow the lawn before dad offers payment. As with any person with a job, kids want their hard work to amount to more than inherent byproducts, such as a green field with a proverbial buzz cut. Thankfully, most nonprofit volunteers truly want to help, but a corporate incentive to volunteer regularly can increase the value an individual can bring to his or her community. However, many volunteers don’t submit volunteer grant requests because they either don’t know that such programs exist or they don’t…
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    Darrell Gwynn Foundation

  • Woody Folsom Automotive GRAND OPENING A Success

    Blue Super
    26 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    Grand opening kicked off with custom power wheelchair donation to 10- year-old Andres and a visit by Cole Swindell! May 21 –  BAXLEY, Ga. – During grand opening ceremonies at the new Woody Folsom Automotive dealership, 10-year-old Andres Ramirez Garcia of Baxley, GA received his custom power wheelchair donated by the Woody Folsom Auto Group The post Woody Folsom Automotive GRAND OPENING A Success appeared first on Darrell Gwynn Foundation.
  • You Buy a Ride They Get a Ride at Woody Folsom Auto Group Raises $25,000 to Donate Power Wheelchair

    Blue Super
    13 May 2015 | 10:37 am
    “You Buy a Ride, They Get a Ride” at Woody Folsom Auto Group Raises $25,000 to Donate Power Wheelchair Woody Folsom Auto Group and the Darrell Gwynn Foundation to donate custom power wheelchair to 10- year-old Andres on May 21st BAXLEY, Ga. -On May 21, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. 10-year-old Andres Ramirez Garcia of Baxley, The post You Buy a Ride They Get a Ride at Woody Folsom Auto Group Raises $25,000 to Donate Power Wheelchair appeared first on Darrell Gwynn Foundation.
  • All good things must come to an end!

    Blue Super
    5 May 2015 | 7:49 am
    The Darrell Gwynn Foundation began as a result of a catastrophic accident that occurred in 1990.  Darrell Gwynn, a world class top fuel drag racer, was tragically injured during an exhibition run.  Despite his significant injuries, Darrell’s indomitable spirit persevered, and with the support of his wife, family and friends, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation was The post All good things must come to an end! appeared first on Darrell Gwynn Foundation.
  • Darrell Gwynn Foundation Set to Donate $17,000 Custom Wheelchair at Festivals of Speed Miami on April 26

    Darrell Gwynn
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:14 am
    Miami, Fla. – The Darrell Gwynn Foundation will donate a custom manual wheelchair at the 3rd Annual Festivals of Speed Miami on Sunday April 26, to 29 year old Jessika Kattah of Plantation, FL. Festivals of Speed is an opportunity for car enthusiasts and collectors of automobiles, motorcycles, aircraft, yachts and luxury products to join The post Darrell Gwynn Foundation Set to Donate $17,000 Custom Wheelchair at Festivals of Speed Miami on April 26 appeared first on Darrell Gwynn Foundation.
  • “Smoke” Edition Chevelle Auctions for $75,000 to Benefit Darrell Gwynn Foundation

    Darrell Gwynn
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:42 am
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The 1969 “Smoke” Edition 396 Chevelle Coupe sold for $75,000 at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach on Friday, April 17. The car was donated to DGF by Patrick Hurst and purchased by Perry Nichols. Proceeds from the auction of the car benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission is to The post “Smoke” Edition Chevelle Auctions for $75,000 to Benefit Darrell Gwynn Foundation appeared first on Darrell Gwynn Foundation.
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    Clairification

  • Partner to Solve Social Problems; Stop Acting in Silos

    Claire
    25 May 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Does this look like a 21st century nonprofit to you? Ask someone on the street if there are too many nonprofits addressing the same causes. Most likely, you’ll get a resounding “yes.” When there’s a crisis, folks are confused as to which relief agency they should give their money. When a friend is diagnosed with [...] The post Partner to Solve Social Problems; Stop Acting in Silos appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it Memorial Day Edition: Let’s Get Social

    Claire
    21 May 2015 | 10:19 pm
    Click it! Since Memorial Day in the U.S. is often a very social holiday (think picnics and barbecues and family get-togethers) I thought I’d offer you a click-it with helpful tips on social media. Heck, love it or hate it, it’s not going away. So we may as well celebrate what it makes possible! I [...] The post Clairity Click-it Memorial Day Edition: Let’s Get Social appeared first on Clairification.
  • 10 Ways to Slay Sharing Nonprofit Content on Social Media

    Claire
    18 May 2015 | 12:39 am
    Figure out a killer way to capture folks attention. We live in an information overload society. So much competes for folks’ attention that they don’t even open your content, let alone share it. If your content isn’t getting shared, here’s what you do: You figure out a killer way to capture their attention in much [...] The post 10 Ways to Slay Sharing Nonprofit Content on Social Media appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Customer (aka Donor) Service Edition + Learning Opps

    Claire
    14 May 2015 | 12:35 am
    Click it! This week is all about the customer experience. I’ve gathered a bunch of articles from the business world because they think and talk a lot more about customer experience (CX) than do we in the nonprofit world. This is a shame, because there’s a lot we can learn (think ‘donor service’ as you [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Customer (aka Donor) Service Edition + Learning Opps appeared first on Clairification.
  • 5 Ways to Revolutionize Your Nonprofit Culture to Stop Losing Donors

    Claire
    10 May 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Do you have a “best service” donor-centered culture? If not, you’re losing donors you could keep. Time for a revolution! It’s common for retail businesses to adopt the mantra: “The customer is always right.” But when’s the last time you heard “The donor is always right?” Too often, the opposite is true. I hear a [...] The post 5 Ways to Revolutionize Your Nonprofit Culture to Stop Losing Donors appeared first on Clairification.
 
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    Thunderhead Works

  • Mail Boxes and Memes

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

    Tom Peterson
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:32 am
    Produced by The Make it Fair Project. This “We Are the World”-like appeal points out the gap between men and women in the film industry. In the past few years, they point out, only 93 percent of popular films were directed by men. Visit their website for more information. Here is their goal: The goal is vast and so, as artists, we decided to do what we do best: create. Our first video involves a cast and crew of more than 70 women, underscoring the wealth of female talent that often goes untapped. As we move forward, we will continue to raise awareness, ask tough questions,…
  • Happy Earth Day?

    Tom Peterson
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:09 am
      By Tom Peterson A Ben Sargent cartoon In 1977 when I was a student I thought highly of Austin American Statesman editorial cartoonist Ben Sargent and felt it would be cool to own an original. So I called and he invited me to the paper to pick out one for a small price. At his desk Sargent handed me a folder full of his work. I thought, pick one that will be hold up over time. With that measure, you can see that I chose well; 38 years later oil and gas and auto lobbies still call the shots. Why are we so far behind on developing renewable energy? Why are we about the only wealthy nation…
  • Happy Birthday, Gary!

    Tom Peterson
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:16 am
              Today’s the birthday of my friend, Gary Gunderson. Staying at his house recently, I saw a quote on his desk. It was on a half sheet of paper, typed on a typewriter, so it’s been around for a while. I’m guessing he’s read it many times. Having just posted about knowing your purpose this subject was fresh in my mind. I know no one who more lives out the notion that “my life belongs to the whole community.” I can’t even begin to fathom how many lives his actions and words have touched in both subtle and powerful ways. So instead of a birthday…
  • Know your Purpose in Life

    Tom Peterson
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:23 am
            “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” —Mark Twain By Tom Peterson What’s your purpose in life? Do you know? Hear the words of Benjamin Mays: The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for. Not failure, but low aim, is a sin. “What do I want to do with my…
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    Clairification

  • Partner to Solve Social Problems; Stop Acting in Silos

    Claire
    25 May 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Does this look like a 21st century nonprofit to you? Ask someone on the street if there are too many nonprofits addressing the same causes. Most likely, you’ll get a resounding “yes.” When there’s a crisis, folks are confused as to which relief agency they should give their money. When a friend is diagnosed with [...] The post Partner to Solve Social Problems; Stop Acting in Silos appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it Memorial Day Edition: Let’s Get Social

    Claire
    21 May 2015 | 10:19 pm
    Click it! Since Memorial Day in the U.S. is often a very social holiday (think picnics and barbecues and family get-togethers) I thought I’d offer you a click-it with helpful tips on social media. Heck, love it or hate it, it’s not going away. So we may as well celebrate what it makes possible! I [...] The post Clairity Click-it Memorial Day Edition: Let’s Get Social appeared first on Clairification.
  • 10 Ways to Slay Sharing Nonprofit Content on Social Media

    Claire
    18 May 2015 | 12:39 am
    Figure out a killer way to capture folks attention. We live in an information overload society. So much competes for folks’ attention that they don’t even open your content, let alone share it. If your content isn’t getting shared, here’s what you do: You figure out a killer way to capture their attention in much [...] The post 10 Ways to Slay Sharing Nonprofit Content on Social Media appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Customer (aka Donor) Service Edition + Learning Opps

    Claire
    14 May 2015 | 12:35 am
    Click it! This week is all about the customer experience. I’ve gathered a bunch of articles from the business world because they think and talk a lot more about customer experience (CX) than do we in the nonprofit world. This is a shame, because there’s a lot we can learn (think ‘donor service’ as you [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Customer (aka Donor) Service Edition + Learning Opps appeared first on Clairification.
  • 5 Ways to Revolutionize Your Nonprofit Culture to Stop Losing Donors

    Claire
    10 May 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Do you have a “best service” donor-centered culture? If not, you’re losing donors you could keep. Time for a revolution! It’s common for retail businesses to adopt the mantra: “The customer is always right.” But when’s the last time you heard “The donor is always right?” Too often, the opposite is true. I hear a [...] The post 5 Ways to Revolutionize Your Nonprofit Culture to Stop Losing Donors appeared first on Clairification.
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    Veritus Group

  • It’s All About Asking and NOT asking for Money

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    25 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    When Richard and I ask nonprofit leaders to tell us what they think the role of a major gift officer should be, their immediate response is “asking donors for money.” This is typical and tragic at the same time. And you probably know from the title of our recent book, It’s Not JUST About the Money, that we don’t agree. But readers of this blog will hear Richard and me regularly imploring MGOs to get out there and ask. This is because we witness so many MGOs doing everything except asking donors to invest in their organization. So we’ve got this tension going on. Nonprofit executives…
  • Are Your Donors Stuck?

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    22 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    At Veritus, before we start working with any client we look at their data. Mainly we’re looking at donor retention (donors who continue to give year over year) and value retention (the amount of revenue that is retained from the same donors year over year). But there is another factor we keep our eye on. We also look for the number of donors who give the same gift amount year after year after year. For example, we might see a major donor file that has a few six-figure gifts, a couple of high five-figure gifts and then a large number of $5,000 gifts from donors who seem to “renew” at…
  • Six Ways to Manage Your MGO to Greatness

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    20 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    At Veritus Group, we love to help MGOs become all they can be. We love to help those who may be discouraged and help them make a breakthrough. We can’t help but feel proud when the MGOs we manage not only exceed their goals, but also have fun doing it. Most of all, we just get ecstatic when MGOs find joy in their work. We love all this because when these things happen to MGOs, we know that donors are being served and great things are happening to help make the world a better place. But sometimes, there are MGOs who are “just getting by,” struggling to succeed and finding it hard to feel…
  • Breaking Through the Story You Created in Your Head

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    18 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    I just don’t know what it is, but lately I’ve been working with many MGOs who are really struggling with confidence. Either they’ve recently had a bad experience with a donor, or a donor just doesn’t get back to them after trying what seems like hundreds of times… or they look at their colleagues and wonder why they are not experiencing that same success. Have you ever felt this way? Sometimes the MGO then starts to create what I call his “excuse story” or “the story in his head” to either justify not taking an action or to explain why he is not reaching his goals and…
  • Open Letters to Fundraising Professionals

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    16 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Another article from Veritus Group to help you succeed at major gift fundraising. What you will learn in this White Paper: Why experienced professionals need to value and appreciate young fundraisers; What young fundraisers can do to earn trust, respect and advancement in the profession; How to value and learn from mistakes. To obtain this white paper, please fill out our form…
 
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  • 3 Excellent Infographics To Help You Strengthen Your Social Media Strategy

    shad
    19 May 2015 | 8:01 am
    Social media marketing is an area of constant learning and tweaking. Things are changing on the social media front all the time—Facebook is updating its news feed, Twitter is adding new capabilities, and the who, when, and why of social network usage is evolving. More than any other area of marketing, social media requires regular updates and adjustments. To help keep you “in the know”, we’ve collected a few key resources (in easily-digestible infographic format) in this blog post. We encourage you to bookmark or download these graphics and return to them for future…
  • 7 Tips For Optimizing Your Online Forms

    shad
    12 May 2015 | 12:01 pm
    When it comes to Web design, online forms are often an afterthought. They get tacked on at the end with little strategy involved. Sure, functionality is tested to make sure the form works. But that’s usually the extent of it. It’s a crucial mistake. Forms are a vital part of websites and landing pages. They are where visitors go to take action. Not optimizing them is like running an entire marathon and then giving up inches before you cross the finish line. Too many organizations today do not optimize their online forms, and it discourages and decreases completions and submissions. A…
  • Nonprofit Marketing Stats & Trends from the 2015 DMA Fact Book Webinar

    shad
    5 May 2015 | 10:53 am
    Last week, the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) kicked off the launch of the 2015 DMA Fact Book with a webinar highlighting some key facts and stats from the book. It was a great webinar with a lot of insightful information on emerging trends and best practices. You can view the full webinar here. Our own Vice President of Strategy and Development Angie Moore led the Nonprofit Marketing section of the webinar. She looked at some overall giving trends as well as key findings related to nonprofit usage of direct mail, email, online fundraising, and social media. In today’s post, we’ll…
  • 9 Notable New Digital Marketing Benchmarks for Nonprofit Organizations

    shad
    28 Apr 2015 | 12:50 pm
    For nonprofit organizations, digital marketing is a landscape of both challenge and opportunity. The opportunity: More ways of reaching people on a more personal basis than ever before. The challenge: Cutting through all the noise and developing best practices. Websites, email, social media, online fundraising, and Web advertising all offer ways to connect with donors, volunteers, and supporters. All have value as marketing and fundraising tools. And all are continually shifting in terms of how people receive and perceive them. So how are today’s nonprofits using these tools? How are…
  • What Google Is Doing Differently—and How It Will Impact Your Website

    shad
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:40 am
    Is your website mobile-friendly? For the past several years, that question has taken on increasing importance as more people engage with websites via smartphones and tablets. But thanks to a new change from Google that question has become more important than ever. We’ll tell you what Google’s doing differently in today’s post, as well as what you need to do to ensure your website is SEO-optimized moving forward. Why Google Updates Matter To Your Website Google dominates the search engine world. Sure some people use Yahoo or Bing for searches, but not nearly the numbers that…
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  • Arkansas Church, Nonprofit Employees Mandatory Reporters Under Law

    26 May 2015 | 6:24 am
    Times Record, May 26, 2015Thanks to legislation enacted in April, all employees of nonprofit organizations, including churches, are now mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse in Arkansas.However, it’s a fact of which many 501(c)(3) nonprofits may be unaware, according to local child advocates.“Some organizations have in the past requested employees or volunteers to report to them if something needed to be reported,” said Jackie Hamilton of Hamilton House in Fort Smith. “When I do mandated-reporter training, I point out that the law holds them civilly and criminally responsible…
  • Creative Nonprofit Collaboration: Four Basic Principles

    22 May 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Collaborative nonprofit projects are on the rise, such as through new joint venture opportunities, partnering with social enterprises, and even strategically engaging with business to further mutual interests.   But Section 501(c)(3) organizations may not simply give their money or other assets without restrictions.  After all, their resources are charitable:  they held in trust for the “public” benefit and subject to high levels of legal accountability. So, what questions should these nonprofits ask themselves before engaging in these ventures?  In 1968, the IRS…
  • Better Together: Washington State Expands Self-Insurance Risk Pools to Nonprofits

    12 May 2015 | 6:10 am
     Insurance can be expensive, but not having insurance is sometimes even more costly!  One solution within many industries is risk pooling – that is, to join with others and effectively self-insure together, thereby spreading out risk and bringing down overall costs for protecting property and against liability.  The insurance industry itself, however, is highly regulated and therefore requires state authorization for such programs.  State-authorized self-insurance risk pools seem to be gaining traction in the nonprofit sector, with Florida, California and Washington…
  • Federal Appeals Court Chimes In: IRS Not Above Constitution

    9 May 2015 | 8:43 pm
    “Pummeled,” “raked over the coals,” and “almost laughed out of court” – these are news descriptions of the recent judicial thrashing of the IRS during oral argument in Z Street v. Koskinen.  It is rare for judges to speak so harshly to government officials, but, then again, the IRS’s argument that it should be allowed to engage in viewpoint discrimination hardly seems worthy of respect.The case was filed last year by Z Street, Inc., a nonprofit corporation dedicated to educating the public about issues related to Israel and the Middle East.  Z Street filed an IRS…
  • An Introduction to Nonprofit Financial Statements

    30 Apr 2015 | 12:28 pm
    The following article is provided courtesy of Cathedral Consulting Group, LLC, a Milwaukee-based firm that helps small and mid-sized nonprofit organizations and private companies to grow their enterprises through the implementation of best practices.   As growth requires vision for tomorrow and an awareness of today’s needs, Cathedral works alongside clients to identify their organizational needs and to implement both long-term and short-term beneficial strategies. Perhaps no single operational practice is more impressive to a donor than having timely, accurate financial…
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  • MOAR Benchmarks? Yes, please!

    M+R
    5 May 2015 | 10:08 am
    Can’t get enough Benchmarks? Live in Boston or San Francisco? If you answered yes to one (or preferably BOTH) of those questions, boy oh boy, do we have some news for you: We’re hosting two happy hours (in SF and Boston) to celebrate Benchmarks + eat some noms + drink some drinks + share some stories. It’s all part of our 10x20xM+R Happy Hour series, and we think you should definitely come (locale permitting, of course). And if you’ve never heard of or seen these truly remarkable 10×20 presentations, you are in for many edible and non-edible treats. More details…
  • How to win a Supreme Court case even if you lose

    Aaron Eske
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    This is it. The case that comes around once every 50 years. The kind of case that someday our grandchildren’s children will download directly to the memory chip in their brains from the Amazon textbook cloud. I was going to be a constitutional lawyer once. The closest I got was the LSAT exam room (which put an end to that dream) but I still have a soft spot in my logic-puzzle-challenged mind for the Supreme Court. When you’re fighting for a cause today, who you gonna call? Congress? Ha! Hahahaha. Hardly. The White House? Good luck getting through unless you’re calling collect from…
  • The 2015 M+R Benchmarks Study is here!

    M+R
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:21 am
    YES It’s here, it’s beautiful, it’s in 3D, and it’s ready for download: the 2015 M+R Benchmarks Study. Within these pages you will find answers to all your burning, or even just mildly combustible, questions about nonprofit online fundraising, organizing, marketing, and more. And your questions about the questions Benchmarks answers? We have answers for those as well… 2015 M+R Benchmarks FAQ Q. Where can I download my copy of the 2015 M+R Benchmarks Study? A. It’s available at mrbenchmarks.com — click here to get your free copy! (And no need to be so…
  • How to use photos to get media hits for your nonprofit cause

    Tania Stewart
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:39 pm
    There’s a popular saying in the advocacy world: show don’t tell. I can ramble on and make this mean a lot of things. Today it means be careful to not ramble. Sometimes words can get in the way. Too many and you lose people’s attention. Too much jargon and folks can’t understand you. Too one-sided and it becomes hard to move beyond someone’s bias to truly hear what they have to say. With seconds and inches being cut from news stories every day — not to mention character counts & the popularity of images/videos on social channels — the ability to show & tell a…
  • 10 lessons Game of Thrones learned from us about advocacy coalitions

    Val Vilott
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Brace yourselves. Forget what the calendar says. Winter is, in fact, coming. A substantial number of us here at M+R moonlight as obsessive Game of Thrones fans, myself included. What can I say? The triumphant victories, the crushing heartbreak, the war of alliances…I think the series just speaks to our real experiences as campaigners and rabble-rousers who manage coalitions and partnerships. We’ve all seen coalitions succeed fabulously. We’ve also seen ‘em fail. The one relief is that, at least in our work, even failure doesn’t (typically) lead to bloodshed. So,…
 
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  • 72 Killer Resources for Multiplying Good

    Mark C. Titi
    21 May 2015 | 3:25 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.
  • Challenging Common Nonprofit Operating Beliefs

    Mark C. Titi
    19 May 2015 | 8:12 am
    Got an unwavering belief your vision can be realized? T […] The post Challenging Common Nonprofit Operating Beliefs appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
  • One Minute of Multiplying Good

    Mark C. Titi
    8 May 2015 | 3:18 pm
      The post One Minute of Multiplying Good appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
  • 5 Keys to Go Beyond Awesome

    Mark C. Titi
    2 Apr 2015 | 3:32 pm
    “Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s pos […] The post 5 Keys to Go Beyond Awesome appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
  • Avoiding a Death Spiral in your Nonprofit Vision

    Mark C. Titi
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:08 am
    Maybe your small nonprofit is coffin to death but doesn […] The post Avoiding a Death Spiral in your Nonprofit Vision appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
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  • How Starting a Nonprofit is Like Starting a Restaurant

    emily
    21 May 2015 | 1:10 am
    #TBT Originally Posted August 4, 2008 Before starting a nonprofit I always like to give folks fair warning about what they are about to get into. A nonprofit corporation is starting an actual business even though your profits go directly back into your mission and vision. Why do I compare this social venture process to starting a restaurant? Most people wouldn’t start an Italian (pick your cuisine – I can’t get enough pasta myself) restaurant solely because they have a passion for eating lasagna or cannelloni. There is a great deal of planning and expertise that goes into…
  • Board Essentials: 100% Board Giving

    emily
    21 May 2015 | 1:06 am
    #TBT Originally posted September 10, 2012 Recently, I read a blog post from Clay Myers-Bowman about “A campaign rule that when broken can cause disaster.” One piece that really jumped out at me was the point about board giving. I want to expand on the importance of board giving how it impacts so many aspects of your organization. In other words, I’m trying to answer the question, “why does 100% board giving matter?” 100% board giving demonstrates a crucial commitment to the organization. Board members should set an example for staff, volunteers, and other donors.
  • Nonprofit Startup Peer Group Launches July 2015

    emily
    15 May 2015 | 11:29 am
    Frequently, I meet with people interested in or having just started a nonprofit organization. There are a lot of questions that come up for folks once they start digging into the details of running a nonprofit business. In my experience starting a nonprofit is – in many ways – hard than starting a small for-profit business. http://sites.udel.edu For one, there are rarely products and services at the heart of the revenue sources (see Nonprofit Social Enterprise Exchange for more on using social enterprise for you nonprofit). Unlike other businesses, healthy nonprofits thrive on a…
  • Part 3: Before You Join a Board of Directors…

    emily
    14 May 2015 | 12:41 am
    #TBR: Originally posted September 27, 2010 Part 3: Policies and Procedures Continued from Part 1 and Part 2, these are some suggestions for what to consider and look for when joining a board of directors of a nonprofit organization. Your responsibility to an organization’s mission begins before you even sit on the board. At the end of the day, remember your job as a board member is to serve the mission of the nonprofit – not your ego, friends, or particular individuals; a board is not a social club, it’s a governing body that oversees a nonprofit business. Enjoy the third…
  • Joining the Team: Covering Your Board Bases

    heather
    13 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Thanks to Heather Winner for this great post on the recent training Emily Davis Consulting provided in Nederland, CO! I recently accompanied Emily Davis as she traveled to Nederland last week to deliver a training on nonprofit board governance and best practices in Board Engagement through the Boards with Brains series. In collaboration with Social Venture Partners Boulder County we drove “up the hill” from downtown Boulder to work in a community well known for its commitment to residents and its desire to preserve the unique culture of a mountain town. As Emily and I prepared for our…
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    Voss Foundation

  • Travel 2015: DRC Trip Recap

    Caitlin Rackish
    18 May 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Voss Foundation’s Program Director, Caitlin Rackish, spent over three weeks in Eastern Africa with our partners Milgis Trust in Kenya, Malaika (formerly known as the Georges Malaika Foundation) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Good Future & Hope in Uganda. While there, Caitlin visited our water, sanitation, and hygiene projects funded by Women Helping Women, Jewel’s Project Clean Water and Virgin Unite through Give A Drop, Lene Maria for Rent Vann, and Kim and...
  • Spotlight on a Supporter: Melanie Fraser Hart

    ExecutiveDirector
    14 May 2015 | 10:47 am
    “As an executive who has had a varied background, I make it a priority to contribute and support Voss Foundation in any way that I can,” says Creative Director, Lead Designer, CEO and President of Callula Lillibelle, Melanie Fraser Hart. “Clean water is desperately needed in Africa and in so many places all over the...
  • Travel 2015: Uganda Trip Recap – GF&H Orphanage Borehole Tour

    Caitlin Rackish
    7 May 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Voss Foundation’s Program Director, Caitlin Rackish, recently returned from over three weeks in Eastern Africa where she spent time with our partners Milgis Trust in Kenya, Georges Malaika Foundation in the DRC, and Good Future & Hope in Uganda. While there, Caitlin visited our water, sanitation, and hygiene projects funded by Women Helping Women, Jewel’s Project Clean Water and Virgin Unite through Give A Drop, Lene Maria for Rent Vann, and Kim and Tenny...
  • Just Around the Next Corner Art Auction 2015

    ExecutiveDirector
    7 May 2015 | 11:44 am
      * * * Click here to view the invitation Click here to view the catalog * * * Learn more about our 2011 Just Around the Corner art auction
  • Travel 2015: Kenya Trip Recap

    Caitlin Rackish
    4 May 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Voss Foundation’s Program Director, Caitlin Rackish, recently returned from over three weeks in Eastern Africa where she spent time with our partners Milgis Trust in Kenya, Georges Malaika Foundation in the DRC, and Good Future & Hope in Uganda. While there, Caitlin visited our water, sanitation, and hygiene projects funded by Women Helping Women, Jewel’s Project Clean Water and Virgin Unite through Give A Drop, Lene Maria for Rent Vann, and Kim and Tenny...
 
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    Double the Donation

  • Matching Gift Participation Rates

    Adam Weinger
    8 May 2015 | 8:13 pm
    Has your organization ever taken a look at which companies are consistently providing matching gift donations to your organization? If you have, you may notice that a disproportionate number of matching gifts come from a select few companies. Survey Results | Participation Varies Widely by Company: The Chronicle of Philanthropy released a report entitled “How America’s Biggest Companies Give” which was compiled from their Corporate Giving Survey. In this survey, America’s largest companies provided employee participation rates for their matching gift programs. The below table…
  • Team Volunteer Grants | Volunteers and Grants, the Best of Both Worlds

    Adam Weinger
    5 May 2015 | 9:46 pm
    You’ve probably already heard of employee matching gift and volunteer grant programs, but has your organization looked into the benefits of corporate team volunteer grants? What are corporate team volunteer grants? Team volunteer grants are corporate giving programs in which a company provides a monetary donation to nonprofits when a group of employees volunteer together. Corporations offer these programs to promote team building and community service. These corporate grant programs have the potential to be a win-win-win for everyone involved. If your organization can design…
  • 5 Proven, Effective School Fundraising Ideas

    Adam Weinger
    5 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    At Double the Donation we’re dedicated to helping nonprofits increase the amount of money they raise with innovative fundraising ideas. We asked our friends at DoJiggy to share five proven and effective school fundraising ideas.   Are you trying to come up with a fundraising idea for your school that will really rake in the dough? Coming up with an effective idea can be a difficult task. You need something that isn’t just effective, but it’s fun for participants and will make people to give to your cause. Well great news! We’ve gathered 5 proven, effective school fundraising…
  • Legacy of Hope Austin: Dreams for Kids with Special Needs

    Alex
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:17 am
    At Double the Donation, we love stories about corporate giving in action. Today we have a story about Cisco’s corporate giving program. Cisco’s Employee Product Donation Program (EPDP) empowers nonprofits by enabling employees to purchase equipment at a 75% discount for donation to qualified nonprofits and schools in the United States. Many companies offer employee product donation programs that provide services and products to nonprofits in need. The following originally appeared on Tech Soup’s blog…
  • Companies with Unique Matching Gift Programs

    Alex
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:44 am
    If matching gift programs were second graders on a playground, they might sound something like this: “My matching gift ratio is higher than yours!” “Who cares! My company matches bigger gifts than yours.” “My company had the first matching gift program.” “First is the worst! It’s all about matching fundraising pledges.” Those kids could bicker for days and not come to a conclusion about what makes the best matching gift program. Truthfully, all matching gift programs are equally great. Corporate giving supports employees’ passions…
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  • How to Raise More Money from Matching Gifts Using Email and Social Media

    Julia Claire Campbell
    21 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    This week I am pleased to present a guest post from Adam Weinger of Double the Donation.  Imagine using the Pony Express to make matching gift appeals. With all due respect to horses, your messages probably won’t arrive in the timely manner you desire. The internet has facilitated the creation of several fast, efficient ways to fundraise. These include using social media and email to remind donors about matching gifts. While speed isn’t everything, the fact of the matter is that most of your donors are plugged into laptops, phones, and tablets. Reaching them entails catering to the…
  • How to Implement a Mobile Strategy for Your Nonprofit

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

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

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

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

    Janice Power
    21 May 2015 | 5:15 am
    When planning a gathering like an event, a meetup, a town hall, or a conference for your nonprofit there are a lot of factors that need to be considered. One way to make things easier when it comes to event photography is to create a photo shot list. People are always looking for easy confirmation that an event was a success. This is why it is so important to have a variety of high quality photos for use in blog posts, annual reports, sponsorship sell sheets, social media shares, and on your website, for example. Make sure your event photographer – volunteer or paid – has this photo shot…
  • How does your nonprofit’s history fit into your nonprofit’s story? [#NPMC Chat]

    Kelly Rembold
    14 May 2015 | 5:15 am
    Very recently, I started working on a new media kit for my organization. I decided to include a brief history, so I copied our most recent list of important dates and pasted it onto the page. That’s when I realized just how boring it looked Isn’t the point of marketing and communications to get people’s attention? To draw them in, make them feel something, and help them understand what your organization is all about? One way to accomplish this is by telling your nonprofit’s story. So how does your nonprofit’s history fit into your nonprofit’s story? Think about when, where, and…
  • Nine DO’s & DON’Ts of writing effective email subject lines

    Aerin Guy
    7 May 2015 | 5:15 am
    Since email is one of the main ways we connect with our stakeholders/donors/constituents these days, you’ve gotta get a toe in the door before you can even think of launching into your big pitch. And writing effective email subject lines is job 1 – it’s a first impression that really counts. I seem to have lost my phone number. Can I have yours? I’m a sucker for a good line. A good line is the start of a beautiful friendship – between you and your intended audience. I don’t have a library card, but do you mind if I check you out? I’ll admit it. As a Gmail user, I’m in…
  • Two years of sharing nonprofit marketing communications how-to content from the community!

    Marlene Oliveira
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:14 am
    The Nonprofit MarCommunity is two years old today! And as I contemplate this milestone, it also occurs to me that I haven’t written a full post in almost three months. Even if I feel like contributing, the next available publication slot is more than three months away! This means I’ve accomplished two things: 1. I’ve created a rich library of high-value how-to information about many aspects of nonprofit marketing communications such as: Media relations Branding Photography Graphic design Content marketing 2. I’ve established a successful and smoothly-running multi-author blog that…
  • Communicating impact; data driven strategies for nonprofits [book review]

    Markus Stadelmann-Elder
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:39 am
    Most communicators in nonprofit organizations understand the importance of data and reporting back to our stakeholders about what we’re doing and how our programs are succeeding. We have to communicate not only our outputs: how many people we served; how many shelter beds we offered; or how many meals we served. We also need to have a good understanding of the outcomes of our work so we can communicate our impact: whether there have been some real changes in how people feel about our services; how they moved from being homeless to being able to stay in their own place; or how they are no…
 
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    Social Fundraising for Nonprofits

  • Benjamin Franklin and Strategic Fundraising

    26 May 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Few people in history are as revered as Benjamin Franklin. An intellectual’s intellectual, he was an architect of the US Constitution, an inventor and a statesman. But for our 3rd installment in the “Pioneers of Fundraising” series, we are going to focus on how he structured fundraising for success and was quite the aficionado.He focused on the prevention of poverty believing that stopping financial hardship before it began was much more effective than aiding in the journey back. Franklin devised a system that enabled himself as well as solicitors to elicit more funds than ever before.
  • Charles Sumner Ward, Frank L Pierce and the YMCA

    21 May 2015 | 10:23 am
    Publicists, Publicity and Time Incentives. These are all commonplace within fundraising campaigns today. In 1905, this was not the case and provides the setting for the second installment of our series on the “Pioneers of Fundraising”.HistoryIn need of a securing funding to construct a new building in New York City, the YMCA set out to raise $350,000. Unfortunately, the campaign was coming up shy and holding an $80,000 deficit in spite of a generous $50,000 donation from the Rockefeller’s. So, Charles Sumner Ward and Frank L Pierce were called upon to inject some life into the sluggish…
  • Refine Responsibilities and Focus with Automation

    18 May 2015 | 11:16 am
    Scientifically speaking, humans are unable to multitask at a high level. In fact, we actually don’t act simultaneously, rather transition between tasks at impressive rates. Yet, this is often a requisite skill for many non-profit administrators. It is these Reasonings that make automation an incredible asset to peer-to-peer fundraising.Why? It provides the ability to limit resources to unnecessary and time consuming tasks, which can hamper administrators from performing other vital responsibilities to successfully launch initiatives. What’s more, those eliminations tend to enhance a…
  • Bill Graham and the Benefit Concert

    11 May 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Photo credit: AllPostersImages.comDriving into work a few days ago, our COO Joe Magee was greeted by an NPR story on famed concert impresario, Bill Graham. While influential in the storied Fillmore Auditorium’s rise to prominence, he was also the father of the benefit concert.This sparked some internal deliberation about the evolution of fundraising and those whom have had a significant impact on how charities accumulate funds from supporters. To start, let’s take a look at Bill Graham and in succeeding weeks we will examine a variety of influential players in transforming fundraising…
  • Some optimism for post-recession fundraising

    6 May 2015 | 1:45 pm
    The fear of many within the nonprofit and fundraising space is that the opportunities or inflow pre-recession greatly surpassed post-recession. It is a concern of ours and drives our interest in developing frictionless products that allows donors to engage and contribute swiftly to campaigns.As we have done for many weeks, our team dug into the 2015 Peer-to-Peer Forum data that was provided to unearth encouraging aspects to push our industry forward.The Great Recession gripped all of us. We all had to adjust. To be frank, many of the staff here at RallyBound was still in college or about to…
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    Nonprofit Hub » Featured

  • The ABCs of Board Development: Recruiting the Right Nonprofit Board Members

    Randy Hawthorne
    26 May 2015 | 12:08 pm
    This post was originally featured in our May/June edition of the Nonprofit Hub Magazine. To get our next issue delivered to your mailbox, sign up here. _________________________ Everything I learned about sales I learned from Glengarry Glen Ross. Okay, not really everything. But one of my favorite plays (and later a movie starring many of my Hollywood faves) did immortalize the number one rule of sales: ABC. A: Always. B: Be. C: Closing. Well, in recruiting your nonprofit board members I want to modify this adage for your board recruiting practices. Always Be Cultivating. That’s right. If…
  • Nonprofit Website Mistakes: The Problem with Failing to Research and Plan

    Jay Wilkinson
    26 May 2015 | 8:27 am
    I understand how difficult it is for a nonprofit organization to do a proper amount of planning and research. Budgets are tight, resources are limited, your staff is small—I get that. But planning and research is crucial before building a new nonprofit website. Here’s what I typically see happen when a nonprofit is ready to take their website to the next level. The marketing director, the executive director or someone else in the organization will call a meeting and they’ll pull together all the key employees, a couple of volunteers and maybe a few board members. Everyone will…
  • The Future of Doing Good: What’s Old is New Again

    Randy Hawthorne
    22 May 2015 | 1:27 pm
    We. Were. Warned. And the future of America’s social capital was discovered in a bowling alley. In 2000, Robert D. Putnam, a public policy professor at Harvard, published Bowling Alone. Putnam recognized that Americans were becoming less politically and socially engaged. And the support of his argument was that the activity of bowling was on the rise but bowling leagues were actually declining. People were bowling alone and engaging in less discourse about the community because they weren’t in a team. The book reported about the decline in social organizations that had been pillars of…
  • How to Take the Blind Date Out of Grant Writing

    Lincoln Arneal
    21 May 2015 | 9:09 am
    Rejection stinks. Right when you think you have a perfect match, the other party lets you know they don’t think so. It might take a few attempts at first, but with enough practice you will learn how to say the right things, make sure you have all the right qualifications and eventually you’ll live happily ever after. We are, of course, talking about grant writing. Grant writing is not an easy venture. Foundations and companies want to know all about your company and you want to put your best foot forward. However, it shouldn’t be a blind date. If you can work to make sure your first…
  • Why Passion Isn’t Enough for Your Board of Governance

    Nick Small
    20 May 2015 | 1:07 pm
    This post was originally featured in our May/June edition of the Nonprofit Hub Magazine. To get our next issue delivered to your mailbox, sign up here. _________________________ Passion simply isn’t good enough for a fruitful board of directors. This may come as a surprise to some, but Chris Grundner has some compelling points that suggest otherwise. Someone on your board could be extremely passionate about your cause, but terrible with numbers. Logically, this person would not make a great treasurer for your organization. Yet sometimes, positions are simply delegated to whoever is…
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  • How Nonprofits Can Harness The Power of Online Communities

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

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

    Mary Cahalane
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:32 am
    Image thanks to Purple Sherbet Photography Have you ever thanked your donors “just because?” Anytime is a good time to thank your donors, but try a little experiment: start each week by showing some gratitude – the best kind, no strings attached – and see what happens. When I’ve done this, I’ve gotten thank you notes and calls from my donors. I guess they’re not used to being thanked without another request, or when it’s not for a recent gift. If you’re looking for an easy way to delight your donors, this is it. What is it? A thank you letter. Personalized and sent to…
  • Generation C: The YouTube Generation

    Brendan Kinney
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:20 am
    Click here for the full transcript. Forget Generation Y. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Generation “C.” The C stands for connected. According to a Mashable article: “The C stands for “connected,” and the group comprises Americans between 18 and 34 — who are defined by their digital connectivity, Nielsen and NM Incite’s U.S. Digital Consumer Report says. They consume media, socialize and share experiences through devices more than other age groups.” Join #fundchat on Wednesday, April 22 from 12-1 pm EST for “Generation C: The YouTube…
  • Communicating With Younger Donors

    Brendan Kinney
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:41 pm
        Click here to review the transcript! As nonprofits prepare for the future generations of philanthropists, they need to do a complete audit of their communications bag of tricks. What worked for the Silent Generation and Baby Boomers won’t necessarily work for younger donors, very distinct generations who have new and different expectations and experiences with communication. They are savvy, smart, and maybe a little cynical. But knowing how best to communicate with younger donors is an absolute necessity for the future success of your organization. Luckily, there are a lot…
 
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  • Lesson #23: There's never enough training

    Krystyn Tully
    19 May 2015 | 5:03 am
    Training is good for everyone. Someone should make a Venn diagram. In one circle, put start ups. In another circle, put charities. Where they overlap, that can be the "we're super bad at training place." "We wait too long to train our leaders," by Jack Zenger. December 2012. I saw a HBR post recently, which says that the average age of someone in corporate leadership training programs is 42.We teach math, writing, philosophy, history, science, and phys-ed to children, but wait until someone is 42 years old before we start teaching them how to be an effective leader. That's crazy. And…
  • Gone fishing (back around May 1)

    Krystyn Tully
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:18 pm
    Because, really. Let's not pretend anything else is getting done until after April 24!
  • 3 Surprising Stats About Women and Nonprofits

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

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

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

  • Teens and Social Media: Consider This Resource

    Aloma Arter
    26 May 2015 | 9:16 am
    Though they may be too young to be viable donors or join your board of directors, teenagers still have a lot to contribute to the nonprofit sector. If your volunteer roster consists of even a few teens, you should be looking for creative way to utilize and learn from them. Have questions about Twitter, Instagram, or Google+? Today’s teens know more about social media than any other generation. Ask for a quick lesson or simply observe your in-house social media genius in action. It’s no surprise that teens are on the cutting-edge of technology: 92% of them go online every day according to…
  • Is THRED the Next Mobile and Social Media Sensation? 

    Kadi McDonald
    19 May 2015 | 3:24 pm
    The guy who brought you SimCity and The Sims, Will Wright, launched his new mobile app last week. THRED brings a series of photos, memes or Internet images together so that users can customize, caption, and string them together to tell a story. The app is pretty simple. You can select photos from your phone’s photo album, take photos using your phone’s camera, or simply search the Internet for an image (this search opens right in the app) and add stickers, filters, borders, text, locations, other THRED users, and bookmarks to other THREDs to your story. Pretty great, right? It’s a combo…
  • Why Nonprofits Fail

    Amy DeVita
    19 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    The other day I had a chat with a local shop owner who was lamenting how slow business had been over the past year. She told me, she’s had several shops over the past few decades and it’s never been this slow. I had to ask if she is offering her items for sale online to augment the brick and mortar shop. She recoiled: “Oh no, I don’t want to do that! I don’t want to deal with shipping and I like to get to know my customers.”  I was surprised (well, not really) that she felt the only way for her business to succeed was to get more people into town and into her store. I was also…
  • Successful Donor Relations, Spelled Out

    Sandy Sabot
    18 May 2015 | 4:56 am
    Starting a new calendar year encourages everyone to set new goals and priorities, whether personal or professional. It’s no different for a nonprofit that needs to raise funds to survive. What can be done differently or what should be continued from one year to the next?  Incorporating these successful donor relations techniques will help reach those goals more consistently. As you know, “Out with the old and in with the new” is not necessarily the best way to get a new year going.  While today’s fundraisers call for innovative ideas like the viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that…
  • The Myth and Truth Behind Nonprofits’ Overhead Expenses

    Alexandrea Roman
    15 May 2015 | 11:58 am
    According to the National Council of Nonprofits, overhead expenses of a typical nonprofit are often misunderstood. The idea that effective nonprofits don’t need to spend a lot to perform their duties continues to persist, so overhead expenses are usually seen as markers of ineffectiveness, especially when they’re higher than expected. Not many people seem to realize that when nonprofits work toward achieving their goals, they also incur substantial administrative costs covering management, general, and fundraising in the process. This misconception of nonprofits’ true expenses is often…
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    GiveIndia NGOs

  • Asha Kiran

    Rohini Vemuganti
    19 May 2015 | 2:13 am
    An organisation that is a ray of hope to the villagers in Andhra People used to flock to Prakash wherever he went. He would listen patiently,... The post Asha Kiran appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • An organization which is a ray of hope to the villagers in Andhra

    Rohini Vemuganti
    19 May 2015 | 2:01 am
    One of the areas that Asha Kiran does invaluable work in is Harijanwada Here there are no proper roads, just small lanes with cacti on... The post An organization which is a ray of hope to the villagers in Andhra appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • How it all began at Asha Kiran

    Rohini Vemuganti
    19 May 2015 | 1:57 am
    The mission of my trip was to see firsthand the wonderful work that Mr Prakash of Asha Kiran was doing for the under privileged.I was... The post How it all began at Asha Kiran appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • Annai Charitable and Educational Trust

    Rohini Vemuganti
    19 May 2015 | 1:48 am
    An organisation which provides empowerment to the less privileged As I walked into one of the classrooms kids were busy with their Math class. They... The post Annai Charitable and Educational Trust appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • Volunteering Opportunities at Annai

    Rohini Vemuganti
    19 May 2015 | 1:32 am
    For volunteering opportunities at Annai, you can contact annaicharitableandedutrust@gmail.com The post Volunteering Opportunities at Annai appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
 
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    Top Nonprofits

  • 3 Constituent Personas That Nonprofit Content Marketers Should Target

    Dan Quirk
    20 May 2015 | 2:17 pm
    According to Content Marketing Institute’s 2015 “State of Nonprofit Content Marketing” – 61% of marketers are using content marketing, only 35% say they are using it effectively, and only 23% report having a written content strategy.   These numbers tell me two things. First, there’s a lot of really bad content out there. And secondly, there is a TON of room for improvement for nonprofits looking to find success with content marketing.   Let’s take the first big step in documenting your content marketing strategy by determining exactly whom you should be targeting…
  • 6 Examples of Cause Marketing Activities

    James Zackal
    19 May 2015 | 6:03 am
      “Causes brings over 140 million people together to form the world’s largest giving community. The belief that everyone has something to give is at the core of what we do; people just need a little inspiration, and to know that whoever they are, there is something meaningful they can do.” -Joe Green, Causes.com   Box Tops for Education, TOMS Shoes, and Live Strong are a few of the most popular cause marketing campaigns today. They are great campaigns that help organizations and others in need. But what exactly is cause marketing?   In ReDefining Cause…
  • Diversity in the Nonprofit Board Room

    Aloma Arter
    6 May 2015 | 8:18 am
      One of the best assets of a nonprofit organization is its Board of Directors. One of the biggest challenges, however, is creating a board that is diverse, inclusive, and representative of the community it serves.   Jeri Eckhart-Queenan, a partner at The Bridgespan Group, believes: “The most effective boards are those that are able to bring together a diverse group of people that bring a range of thought and perspective.”   Having a diverse board not only provides a variety of backgrounds, skills, and resources, but also assists you in understanding your community’s…
  • The Importance of Professional Development at Your Nonprofit

    James Zackal
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:24 am
    From marketing and communications duties to human resources and accounting tasks, a typical nonprofit employee constantly applies various tools and skill sets and covers a variety of roles–sometimes, daily! It’s essential that nonprofit boards and managers engage with their employees and help shape their career path by offering opportunities for professional development. It not only benefits the employee, but the organization.   In Why Employee Development Is Important, Neglected And Can Cost You Talent, Victor Lipman and Forbes both examine common reasons given for neglecting…
  • 6 Steps to Fuel Your Success

    Jennifer Schaupp
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:58 am
    If you are not in a peaceful place with your own career, then every accomplished person may seem out of your reach. Take stock of the successful people in your office, on your social media newsfeeds, and living on your street.   Even though everyone’s definition of success is different and everyone’s journey towards success is unique, here are some helpful common traits of accomplished people.   Know when to leave the party. Forbes notes that part of success is knowing which opportunity is over and which is about to begin. Sure, you love your co-workers and/or employees, but…
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    Winspire News

  • Charitable Giving Trends in Canada [INFOGRAPHIC]

    21 May 2015 | 9:09 am
    Charitable giving in Canada is at an all-time high. In 2010, just as we began climbing out of the global recession, 84% of adult Canadians or just under 24 million people reported making at least one donation to charity during the calendar year. At an average donation of $446, the total amount donated to charity was over $10.6 billion. While this may be a drop in the bucket compared to the $278 billion donated by U.S. households in 2009 at the height of the recession, it is a dramatic increase over the $4 billion that was contributed as recently as the 1990's - showing that giving in Canada…
  • Writing Item Descriptions for a Silent Auction is Easier Than You Think

    19 May 2015 | 11:14 am
    Vibrant tables filled with unique and exciting auction items are the focal point for many nonprofit fundraising events. These silent charity auctions offer guests a fun social activity that also facilitates spending money, which can turn out to be very profitable for your cause. Attendees of most charity auctions possess a shopping mentality as they circulate through the silent auction tables, browsing items and vying for the top bid spot on the things they want. For many, the combination of competition and shopping can provide an exhilarating experience. Not to mention... it's for…
  • What is SEO and How Can It Help My Nonprofit?

    12 May 2015 | 10:24 am
    Before you skip over this article! For those of you who are new to the whole concept of search rankings, I encourage you to give this article a chance! You probably know more than you think and will be able to make some of these tips work for your nonprofit.  Search Engine Optimization, or “SEO”, has become a frequent topic among marketing and development directors at nonprofit organizations. While most marketers know that SEO can benefit their organization, few understand the factors that impact search and what you can do to help your organization establish a more competitive…
  • 4 Simple Donor Segments That Will Maximize Your Fundraising Efforts

    8 May 2015 | 10:38 am
    While segmenting donors is not a new concept, there are strategies you might not have tried yet. Nonprofits typically group donors into categories based on demographic information and donors’ interests. As an example, your organization may already be using communication methods to reach baby boomers that are different from those used to target millennials. This is an effective tactic, but it’s not the only one you should try. Another way to segment donors is to categorize based on giving. When you group donors by how much and how often they give, you can dramatically improve your…
  • ¡Arriba! Mexico Trips You'll Love this Cinco De Mayo

    5 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    Believe it or not, Cinco de Mayo is a bigger celebration in the U.S. than in Mexico. Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day (that occurred 50 years prior to the Battle of Puebla, which is celebrated on September 16). The significance of today is that on May 5, 1862, the Mexican army celebrated a remarkable victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla. The Mexican army won the battle despite having far fewer troops and less artillery.  As we know Cinco de Mayo, today calls for tortilla chips, salsa, guacamole (an estimated 81 million avocados…
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    The White Fuse Blog

  • 4 Steps to Optimising your Images for the Web

    Amy Reinecke
    7 May 2015 | 6:44 am
    A quick 4-step checklist to making sure your images are the right size, format and dimensions for your website
  • 8 Things to Include in your Charity Brand Guidelines

    Owen Roseblade
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:28 am
    Ensure your staff make good use of your brand guidelines with our top tips of what to include and examples from our own brand guidelines.
  • 10 Lessons From 100 Blog Posts

    Mary Mitchell
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:52 am
    We’ve been blogging regularly since July 2013 and have written over 100 blog posts. Mary shares ten things about blogging that we wish we’d known sooner.
  • 3 Fonts Created For Good

    Amy Reinecke
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:27 am
    We love bringing attention to digital technology being used for social change. But what about typography? In this post, Amy looks at how typography and fonts are being used innovatively for a good cause.
  • How to Avoid Gender Discrimination: Start With Incentive Structures

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

  • Data’s role in your nonprofit storytelling strategy

    joshmaitrelsci
    21 May 2015 | 6:55 am
    In both its volume and accessibility, big data has had all kinds of implications for the way nonprofits operate—from internal processes to volunteer recruitment to fundraising. But what I find most interesting (maybe unsurprisingly, considering my title) about data’s integration into the nonprofit world is the way it can be used to augment that most powerful of marketing tools—the story. Big data’s value to your marketing strategy is its ability to quickly present your readers with a macro view: of the problem you’re addressing, of the people you serve and their…
  • Ask Andrea: How do we know if we’re ready for a capital campaign?

    andreakihlstedt
    19 May 2015 | 5:56 pm
    Hello, and welcome to the forth blog post in which I answer your questions about fundraising! I’ll select interesting or frequent or thought-provoking questions each month and write my answers to them in this forum on the third Thursday of every month. Do you have a question to ask me? Email me, Andrea Kihlstedt, at ask.andrea@yahoo.com for your chance to be featured in the column! Now, let’s get to this month’s important question from Gary. Dear Andrea, My organization is getting ready for a capital campaign. We’ve never had a capital campaign before and I’m wondering what’s…
  • 5 Ways for Board Members to Support Fundraising (Without Making an Ask)

    Pursuant
    19 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    Rachel Muir Most people are afraid to ask for money.  In the depths of our deepest fears public speaking is king (at number one) and death scores a close second.  Jerry Seinfeld pointed out the irony of this, joking, “This means we’d rather be in the casket than delivering the eulogy!” Where does fear of asking other people for money come in?   Number three.  Not as scary as death but more terrifying than spiders.  Perhaps no one expresses more fear or trepidation around it as board members.  Which is why it may be so easy for them to deflect and suggest you “Just go ask Oprah…
  • How Effective Organizational Change at Community Foundations Can Result in Positive Community Change

    Lori Larson
    18 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    This blog is part of a series of conversations with executives from leading community foundations who are stepping out of their traditional, risk-averse roles and stepping up to affect positive social change. Watch your email for an invitation to join us for an interactive GuideStar webinar with these community foundation leaders. To read Lori’s articles on How Building Community Knowledge Can Facilitate Successful Organizational Change and Community Impact for Community Foundations, click here and here.   The below is Part 1 of a conversation was between Lori Larson, Senior Director…
  • 4 Easy Tips to Jumpstart your Donor Data Cleanup

    Abila
    15 May 2015 | 9:46 am
    The annual appeal sent to a home where the donor contact is recently deceased. The call made to the prospective major donor … who just spoke with someone on your fundraising team last week (and told him no). The volumes of direct mail pieces sent out with no response. If these things have happened to you, you’ve probably been a victim of dirty data. And, simply put, bad data is a waste of your organization’s precious time and money. The case for data hygiene is clear, but daily maintenance of donor information can feel like a never-ending chore. Dun & Bradstreet reports in its…
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    Social Media For Nonprofits

  • Simple but Great Advice on Building Digital Volunteer Teams

    Jenna Spagnolo
    20 May 2015 | 5:51 pm
    By Jenna Spagnolo. This blogpost is a roundup of awesome ideas generated by our #SM4NP community during our Twitter chat about activating volunteers through Social Media (Storify).  Give your volunteer the right tasks It can be a challenge to figure out how to align the skills and interests of a volunteer with the vast and complicated work of a nonprofit. To make it easier, do the legwork before-hand: have a specific, scoped-out project before bringing volunteers into the organization. As Catchafire pointed out in the #SM4NP tweetchat on May 8th, this can make a volunteer more willing…
  • 10 Social Media Goals to Become a Rock-Star Nonprofit

    admin
    14 May 2015 | 9:48 am
    Those in the nonprofit sector do what we do because we want to make a difference in the world. We’re not looking for accolades or awards, but we recognize that in order to be effective we need to catch the attention of others who share our vision, care about our cause, and can make meaningful contributions to move our efforts forward. Image Credit: Anand Patel, Social Media Rockstars, used under CC BY. To that end, social media is a nonprofit’s best friend. There isn’t a better vehicle to drive your organization’s exposure and engagement, bringing those cause partners into the fold.
  • Storify: Activating Volunteers through Social Media: Tweetchat Recap

    Jenna Spagnolo
    8 May 2015 | 1:01 pm
    [View the story “Activating Volunteers through Social Media: A #SM4NP Chat” on Storify]
  • The June #M4NP Twitter Chat

    Jenna Spagnolo
    7 May 2015 | 12:42 pm
    After Mobilegeddon: The Mobile Responsive Nonprofit Website by Jenna Spagnolo and Ritu Sharma Mobile responsive websites adjust to the screen of the device the site is opened on. If a site is not mobile responsive, more than a quarter of users will navigate away immediately, according to ExactTarget. That’s too much of your audience to immediately lose. Not only that, but Google now prioritizes mobile-friendly websites for users searching on  mobile devices in a move that has been dubbed “Mobilegeddon.” Join us at #M4NP to talk about Mobile-Ready Websites on Monday, June…
  • Activating Volunteers Through Social Media

    Jenna Spagnolo
    5 May 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Following is a guest post from Sherry Heyl, Director of Sensei Project, in conjunction with May’s #SM4NP Twitter chat on the same topic. It originally appeared here on May 4th, 2015. Social Media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and others can be seen as large gathering places where people are showing up to discuss what they like and don’t like, want to experience and want to change, and who they are and who they want to be. With each status update, reply, like, favorite, and share, a potential new connection is being forged. People are finding opportunities to…
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    Social Storehouse

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    13 May 2015 | 9:09 am
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    eXos Cloud Services

  • Cloud Governance: Regulatory Compliance Requirements

    5 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    If your organization requires HIPAA, FISMA, PCI, or other regulatory compliance needs, there are additional requirements for moving, storing and accessing data in the cloud.
  • Is the Cloud Secure Enough For Your Association's Sensitive Data?

    10 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
  • 15 Top Nonprofit and Association Technology Trends

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    We've conducted extensive research to see what nonprofits & associations are saying about the Cloud- including an internal survey of our own clients. Whether you're questioning, "is the cloud secure," seeking preparing your association for a cloud migration, or just interested in learning more about the cloud, these 15 nonprofit and association technology trends are for you. 
  • Technology Challenges Facing Small Staff Associations

    25 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Data Access  One technology challenge associations are facing is the popular trend of telecommuting, which according to Global Workplace Analytics, has grown in the nonprofit and association community by 87.6% since 2005. Samantha Whitehorn, Deputy Editor of Associations Now, says spending less on leasing office space and creating a more flexible working environment for employees are the main factors of telecommuting.
  • Cloud Governance: Overcoming Resistance to Change

    4 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Overcoming Resistance to Change Technology can have a significant influence on change within an organization, and even in the best interest of the organization, change can often be met with resistance. The purpose of this article is to highlight why organizations may be resistant to change, specifically when implementing cloud solutions. By following these cloud governance best practices, you will ensure a successful cloud migration.
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    Laramie Board Learning Project

  • Four modes of nonprofit boardroom inquiry

    Debra Beck, EdD
    26 May 2015 | 5:15 am
    What is inquiry? What does board inquiry look like? How do we know when inquiry is in our bones and hearts as a governing body? Is all inquiry the same? Is all inquiry productive?I continue to work on ways to translate the larger concepts described in Edgar Schein's remarkable book, Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling. in ways that might be actionable to nonprofit boards, I thought I'd share one framework that may ring familiar to readers: Schein's "four fundamentally different forms of inquiry." I predict that you - and your fellow board members - may recognize one or…
  • Governance toolbox: A few holiday weekend/summer reading recommendations

    Debra Beck, EdD
    22 May 2015 | 8:12 am
    Heading into the three-day (U.S.) holiday weekend, I'd hoped to offer a few positive/inspirational resources. But looking at the mostly negative tone of what I'd bookmarked for consideration recently, I think I'll take a different approach and share a handful of books that, while not necessarily governance-focused, offer much to consider and apply to the nonprofit boardroom.Humble inquiry: The gentle art of asking instead of telling (Edgar Schein)Schein shaped my thinking about organizational culture many years ago, so I shouldn't be surprised that this text on "building positive…
  • Nonprofit governance: Changing the question

    Debra Beck, EdD
    19 May 2015 | 5:47 am
     "We can more easily do this if we shift our thinking from 'What is governing?' to 'Toward what ends are we governing?'"I already was drawing inspiration from Cathy Trower as I prepared for a recent board training session when I encountered again this quote from her marvelous The Practitioner's Guide to Governance as Leadership: Building High-Performing Nonprofit Boards. I knew instantly that this the perfect starting point for the work that the local board and I would be doing. But as I continued to reflect on that quote, and how it set the tone for making the case for Governance as…
  • Governance toolbox: The "Mooooo" edition

    Debra Beck, EdD
    15 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    This week's title inspired by the first link, obviously: boards wearing paths to the tried and true (if not always effective) habits of board work, unless leaders help them discover the "new gates" that take them somewhere better.  Cows and new gates -- The imagery of Dan's opening paragraphs on this one was so vivid - and so familiar - that I knew it had to be shared this week. The bottom line message for board leaders: go first. Even among a group of recognized community leaders, there is a need for someone go "go first:" to model the kind of attitudes and behaviors that will help them…
  • Do this, not that: Some (potential) reasons nonprofit boards fall short of expectations

    Debra Beck, EdD
    11 May 2015 | 4:53 am
    Why won't they just do what we want them to do?My quest to explore factors - obvious and not - for nonprofit boards falling short of expectations continues. This week, that path led me to Ferdinand Fournies' book, Why employees don't do what they're supposed to do... and what TO DO about it."Fournies' "hidden influences that affect everyone's performance" caught my eye when they were referenced in an earlier reading on performance support. As the title suggests, the book's focus - and many of the specific recommendations - are not necessarily perfect fits to the volunteer-leader board…
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