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  • IRS 990: What’s in it for me?

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    akrapek
    3 Jun 2015 | 10:10 am
    decoder_kit.jpg When nonprofit organizations complete the IRS 990, the standard federal reporting requirement for nonprofit organizations, most probably aren’t thinking about how they will use the form. The 990 is essentially a compliance document, explaining to the IRS the mission, governance, program activities and financial situation of an organization for the prior year. The IRS uses the form to not only make sure the organization still exists, but also to check to see that the organization is meeting the rules for charities, and basically doing the things that it said it would do.
  • Four Classic Storylines for Nonprofit Storytelling

    Care2Blog
    19 Jul 2015 | 11:51 am
      What’s the big deal about storytelling? Storytelling matters because it shapes movements and defines the success of your nonprofit. But you're probably thinking, “I don’t have a sexy story” or “I don’t know how to tell a story”. You may have even tried to use storytelling at your nonprofit but it didn’t get much traction. We believe that nonprofits and social good projects have an unlimited potential in using stories because you make this world a better place. It’s actually easier than you think to create a compelling story. You have all the building…
  • Storytelling tools and resources for nonprofit communicators

    Christine Sculati's blog
    christine
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:25 pm
    Why are stories important for nonprofit communicators and fundraisers? Through stories, we help people to understand, relate to and remember difficult or complex issues. Stories make emotional connections. We inspire action and engage people through stories. Stories influence thought leaders and decision makers. In this post, I highlight five outstanding online tools and resources to help you share stories that will motivate your audiences. Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences: Presentation innovator Nancy Duarte is the CEO of Duarte Inc. based in Sunnyvale,…
  • Women rising to leadership

    Christine Sculati's blog
    christine
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:13 pm
    How can we solve tough environmental and social problems if women continue to be underrepresented in leadership positions in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors? How can we change this reality? In June, the Women’s Environmental Network (WEN) organized a groundbreaking event on how women can rise to leadership roles in the environmental sector.  The topic resonated widely. More than 100 participants came out to the Impact Hub San Francisco to hear from our three esteemed panelists: Savanna Ferguson, California Environmental Associates Francesca Vietor, The San Francisco…
  • 4 Reasons your Charity Should use Medium

    The White Fuse Blog
    Mary Mitchell
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:51 am
    Medium is a relatively new (2012) web publishing platform, that many charities are engaging with. But if you’re a charity with stretched resources, why should you start using yet another publishing platform or social network? This post sets out four reasons why it may be worth the extra effort. This is how the folks at Buffer put it: Imagine starting a blog with zero overhead. Imagine having a place online to write your thoughts, tips, and learnings and share with a built-in audience and an immediate potential for viral traffic. Imagine a really great writing app. 1. It's Sociable Medium…
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  • Clear the Fuzzy Thinking About Nonprofit Reserves

    lindsi@gish.co
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:52 am
    fire_buckets.jpg When I want to push nonprofit leaders to think about finances more comprehensively than their annual budget, I have a simple exercise that I use: Imagine that a surprise gift arrives at your organization from a loyal and honorable donor, with no restrictions or strings attached, equal to 20% of your annual budget. What would you do with this windfall?
  • Communication is Key to Financial Leadership

    akrapek
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:45 am
    yelling.jpg If you’ve ever read anything about leadership development, you are well aware of how crucial communication is for leaders. They need to articulate their vision, discuss strategy, woo donors, and motivate staff. We know the difficult consequences that can arise when communication breaks down and how leaders often need to over-communicate in tough times to help turn things around.
  • Are you a mission cruncher?

    akrapek
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:34 pm
    heart_calculator2.jpg In moments of indiscretion, some people have referred to me as a number cruncher. I understand. For non-finance folks, it’s easy to have the perception that those of us who work in nonprofit finance spend our days poring over formulas and spreadsheets (which, let’s be honest, is partially true). But the reality is, our passion for this work is driven by the missions of the nonprofits we serve and the broader causes they’re supporting.
  • IRS 990: What’s in it for me?

    akrapek
    3 Jun 2015 | 10:10 am
    decoder_kit.jpg When nonprofit organizations complete the IRS 990, the standard federal reporting requirement for nonprofit organizations, most probably aren’t thinking about how they will use the form. The 990 is essentially a compliance document, explaining to the IRS the mission, governance, program activities and financial situation of an organization for the prior year. The IRS uses the form to not only make sure the organization still exists, but also to check to see that the organization is meeting the rules for charities, and basically doing the things that it said it would do.
  • 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:
 
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    Beth’s Blog

  • What I learned from the @Fitbit Community Manager at #octribe about Walking Communities

    Beth
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    Earlier this week, I was honored to present at the #octribe (online community tribe) meet up “Walking Communities: Fit Fanatics Online and Off” with Allison Leahy from Fitbit who manages fitbit online communities.    The #octribe meetup was hosted at TechSoup and organized by long time colleague Susan Tenby who has supported this community of practice for ten years.   The participants include a mix of people from nonprofit and for-profit online communities – and it is an excellent opportunity to learn and network with peers, not to mention have healthy food and drink,…
  • Five Ways to Help Your Nonprofit Learn from Feedback (and Earn More Funding Too!)

    Beth
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:29 am
    Note from Beth: At the end of the day, organizations that are committed to learning will be more effective at meeting the needs of the people they serve.  Learning is the ultimate result of being “data informed” that is using feedback data to improve results.   GlobalGiving has just launched GG Rewards, a new program rewarding nonprofits that are committed to learning and improving. They have also provided resources for nonprofits to learn how to use tools to get feedback in the Feedback Commons or the DIY Toolkit, and join GlobalGiving to earn points (which leads to more…
  • Reflections from Networked Nonprofit Workshop for Latin American NGOs

    Beth
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:41 am
    I just returned from doing two days of facilitating a Networked Nonprofit training in Mexico City with Oxfam LAC  and participants from offices throughout Latin America, South America, and Caribbean.   The first day focused on networks and strategic use of social media along with some practical skills in content creation and measurement.  The second day was a networked leadership workshop that focused on how participants could use their personal brands on social in service of the organization’s mission and practical leadership skills training. I was lucky enough to be working with…
  • How Can Nonprofits Become Agile Learners?

    Beth
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    Flickr Photo by Ale Nunez I read this wonderful article “Agility Is Today’s Most Critical Leadership Competency” by Julie Winkle Giuliani, author of “Watch Them Grow or Watch Them Go.”   Agility is defined in the dictionary as light and graceful or as a project management approach, but she defines agility as the ability for continuous learning and as a leadership competency in today’s complicated world. The leadership qualities she identifies are what many of us have been described as networked leadership: Expansive, possibility-oriented thinkers, able to…
  • Healthy Nonprofit Work Culture: Shouldn’t That 2 Hour Conference Call Have Been An Email?

    Beth
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:53 am
    That is a slogan on a t-shirt, and while meant as a joke, it is all too familiar for many nonprofits.   Meetings that waste your time! When we talk about healthy nonprofit work culture, the fit nonprofit, it goes beyond having organizations create wellness policies and practices that encourage staff to eat right, exercise, take vacation time, and get enough sleep.    And, healthy meetings are not just about avoiding salty and sugary snacks.    It’s about creating collective organizational energy and optimizing it so we’re not wasting time and taking into account…
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    NetSquared blogs

  • Your #nptech Community Calendar for August

    elijah
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:19 pm
    What if there was a place for your nonprofit to get free technology support from local experts? What if there were regular gatherings where nonprofit techies could come together to drink, laugh and network with their peers? Well there are! TechSoup’s NetSquared is the world’s largest volunteer-driven network of in-person nonprofit technology training and peer support events. We have groups in 20 countries and last year we held 600+ events helping 17,000+ nonprofit employees, board members, volunteers, and community leaders. Check out NetSquared’s year-in-review and discover what topics…
  • NetSquared State of the Union: Annual Report for July 2014 to June 2015

    elijah
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:52 pm
    We all agree that technology is changing the world. So are nonprofits. Let’s ensure that civil society has the tools and skills to succeed in their audacious world-changing missions. We believe that meeting face-to-face is a uniquely effective way to learn and build community. That’s why TechSoup’s NetSquared supports a global network of activists who host free technology workshops and networking events. Last year we delivered training to 17,000+ nonprofit employees, board members, volunteers, and community leaders. Event attendees build a support network and learn practical technology…
  • SPREAD THE WORD: Boost is here!

    NetSquared
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:27 pm
    Exciting news: Boost is here! TechSoup Boost is a subscription service offering additional and limited products and services to members who seek tools, services, access and participation opportunities above and beyond our traditional model. We would love to get your help to spread the word so nonprofits can discover how they can get more and save more with Boost! PLEASE SHARE TO YOUR SOCIAL CHANNELS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TechSoupGlobal/posts/10153141679272568 Twitter: https://twitter.com/TechSoup/status/623920483436769281 LinkedIn: Post to share Google+:…
  • Spread the Word: July #NPTechChat - Financing for Development

    NetSquared
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Please help us spread the word around the next #NPTechChat on financing for development. When: Tuesday July 28, 2015 at 10 am PT Hashtag: #NPTechChat #NPTechChat is creating a global conversation, is demonstrating TechSoup Global thought leadership and is bringing together our NetSquared organizers, our PNGOs and partners in a global conversation.  PLEASE RE-TWEET AND SHARE BELOW Twitter: https://twitter.com/TechSoup/status/623983567391985664 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TechSoupGlobal/posts/10153146401792568 LinkedIn: Link to Share Google+:…
  • Slides: Designing Experiences in the Nonprofit World

    NetSquared
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:21 am
    Designing Experiences in the Nonprofit World: Philly Net Tuesday from NetSquared Slides by Phillip Le (senior experience designer and former chair of PhillyCHI) from the NetSquared Philadelphia July meetup. With a deep desire to create the most impact, yet bound within the limits of stretched resources, many nonprofits feel they have no agency in creative processes -- or any ability to leverage design sensibilities while trying to provide social value in their work.  This month, Phillip Le (senior experience designer and former chair of PhillyCHI) will join us to address these issues. In…
 
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    The Nonprofit Marketing Blog

  • What Your Social Fundraising Campaign Is Missing

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Social fundraising can help even the smallest organizations spread their message and attract new donors. These peer-driven campaigns tap into the networks of your supporters allowing you to expand your reach beyond your list. But the real power of turning your donors into fundraisers is not just about the multiplier effect. It's about harnessing the personal stories and passion of those who care about your work. A generic copy and paste doesn't begin to realize the full potential of a social fundraising campaign powered by testimonials, personal experiences, and emotion of individual…
  • Your Fundraising Jargon Cheat Sheet

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    It’s 2015 and, yes, online fundraising is mainstream. However, many terms surrounding online marketing and fundraising can trip up nonprofits. When you’re making decisions about which software to use or campaign strategies to test, we want to make sure you and your colleagues aren’t confused when you come across a term you don’t use every day. That’s where our Online Fundraiser’s Glossary comes in! Take a look at the glossary, and tell us in the comments below if you can think of other words that should be on this list. Here’s a quick snapshot of what’s in the glossary. Be…
  • The Millennial Impact Report: Q&A with Derrick Feldmann

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    What inspires Millennials to give and volunteer? How can an organization engage with its Millennials? We’re racking our brains trying to understand the group that’s soon to be the largest living generation in the nation. Fortunately, we’ve got help from Derrick Feldman and his team at Achieve, who recently published the 2015 Millennial Impact Report. If you have the same burning questions, I strongly encourage you to read the report here. Short on time? Read our Q&A with Derrick below: Network for Good: How can organizations use your research to activate their Millennial donors and…
  • A New View of Grant Resources

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    A truly sustainable funding model is the holy grail of nonprofits. A great way to achieve that goal is by making sure you have a diversified revenue stream that includes individual donations, fees for service, and grant funding. A healthy organization can stack up these funding sources for a strong foundation that supports their mission. Grant seekers ask us for lots of advice, so we chatted with Cynthia Adams, president and CEO of GrantStation and a longtime friend of Network for Good, about a new way of approaching grant funding, including a recently launched resource called the PathFinder.
  • What’s Your Ask: One-Time or Monthly Giving?

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Did you donate to the relief effort for victims of the Nepal earthquake a few months ago? I contributed via GlobalGiving, thanks to the on-the-ground guidance of a friend living there. Here’s the donation page I encountered, and I have to tell you, I was confused. Take a close look. You’ll see that GlobalGiving asks donors to choose between one-time and monthly giving. In fact, rather than finding the emphasis on asap funds that I anticipated, the matching gift opportunity for monthly gifts motivated me to give that way. My expectation of the emphasis on right-now, one-time donations was…
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    SSIR Articles

  • A Coming of Age for Impact Investing

    editor@ssireview.org
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:33 am
    By Amit Bouri More than seven years ago, when the first conversations about creating the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) were percolating, very few would have characterized the impact investing community as a “market.” Outside of active sector-specific pockets, such as microfinance, individual investors were operating as pioneers in largely uncharted territory. Although some of these investors had been practicing impact investing in one form or another for decades, it was a fragmented, inefficient, and challenging environment, with very little knowledge exchange among the actors.
  • Doing Less, Better (Blog)

    editor@ssireview.org
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    By Dave Algoso
  • Architecting for Data (Blog)

    editor@ssireview.org
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    By Rahul Bhargava
  • Why We Love to Hate Nonprofits (Blog)

    editor@ssireview.org
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:23 am
    By Allison Gauss
  • Building Movements, Not Organizations (Blog)

    editor@ssireview.org
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    By Hildy Gottlieb
 
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    Getting Attention Blog

  • Part 2: Get to Stronger Supporter Relationships (Peer Guidance)

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:12 am
    Please tell us what you’re doing to strengthen supporter relationships, and what’s in your way. Thanks! Read Part 1 here Thanks to these fabulous folks in the field for sharing their right-now paths to stronger relationships with supporters, and what’s getting in their way! The greatest challenge Kathleen Kennedy faces in building relationships and keeping them strong “ I have so many competing priorities! My job has both development and program responsibilities, and sometimes the program side overshadows the development side. “As a result, I don’t get as much…
  • Get to Stronger Supporter Relationships (Peer Guidance: Part 1)

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Got 2 minutes? Please tell us what YOU’RE DOING to strengthen supporter relationships, and what’s in your way. Thanks! Read Part 2 here. Thanks to these fabulous folks in the field for sharing their right-now paths to stronger relationships with supporters, and what’s getting in their way! What Lorna Riddle is doing differently to build stronger relationships “I’m creating a welcome pack for new donors, and a plan on how to steward them through the first 18 months.”   —Lorna Riddle, Community Champion The Mary Potter Foundation Donor retention is at the top of many…
  • Sizzling Nonprofit Marketing Jobs

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:23 am
    This is my 202nd jobs posting, and the final one. There are so many dedicated nonprofit jobs sources, that this feature is no longer necessary. I’m going to focus content 100% on what you’ve told me is most useful, and can’t find elsewhere—tips, tools, templates and case studies. Thanks for reading, and for your feedback! Communications Coordinator Prevention Partners (Chapel Hill, NC) Communications & Grants Manager Urban Habitat (Oakland, CA) Communications Manager MLVE, Inc. (Springfield, VA) Communications Officer The Skillman Foundation (Detroit, MI) Copywriter…
  • 3 Steps to Comms that Connect (Frank Talk: Part 2)

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:23 am
    Read Part One Here Guest blogger Mark Dessauer is Director of Communications at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. Frank: A gathering of communicators who work for the common good (or public interest). Here’s the final challenge we discussed, with core takeaways: How do we shape our communications to engage audiences TO ACT for change? Humor: The most reliable way to folks hearts and minds is through laughter: Satire has played a critical role in bringing in Millennials into the news via the Daily Show, Colbert Report and similar programs. If you want to make an…
  • Made-for-You Nonprofit Marketing Jobs

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    14 Jul 2015 | 5:21 am
    Subscribers, we’re working on getting you the ability to opt-in or -out of these listings vs. other posts. Hold on!  Post YOUR comms job here—nonprofits, grantmakers, B Corps & vendors serving nonprofits. Communications Expert and Editor Frameworks Institute (Washington, DC) Communications Manager for Reproductive Rights ACLU (New York, NY) Communications & Marketing Officer Shining Hope for Communities (New York, NY) Communications & Marketing Specialist League of Women Voters (Twin Cities, MN) Communications & Outreach Specialist California YMCA Youth &…
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    Gift Hub

  • A Pious Fraud and Role Model

    Phil Cubeta
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:04 pm
    "Just because we are damned for all eternity does not make us bad people," Tutor explained to me, last night, over a can of half-eaten tuna we had found in a Dumpster. "God has his value system, we have ours. Who is to say what is right or wrong?" You can see why Tutor, my mentor, and Dungeon Master to the Stars in Wealth Bondage, has always done better than I as a Spiritual Director to Worldly Wealth. 
  • Philanthropy through the urbane eyes of Lewis Lapham

    Phil Cubeta
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Lapham's Quarterly for Summer, 2015 is devoted to philanthropy. Quite a wonderful compilation of humane learning. What would happen if all who write about impact investing or social capitalism, or metrics were willing to read this issue, take it to heart, and spend 10-20 years in meditation before re-entering the public sphere? I should take my own advice.
  • Author and Reader On Speaking Terms, at best

    Phil Cubeta
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    "We read," said William Nicholson, "to know we are not alone." But in a time of Facebook, Twitter, and surveillance, my mentor, The Happy Tutor, teaches, "We must write to remain alone." I am not sure what he means. But maybe that is what he means. I don't know.  Maybe my not knowing is the point. But that would be so sad. He is my only friend, though, apparently, imaginary.
  • The Rules of Power

    Phil Cubeta
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:43 am
    Reading up on The 48 Rules of Power, a kind of modern Book of the Courtier, in the hopes of rising in Wealth Bondage, through loyal service to my Leader and Generous Patron, she who rules us all, I have not found much I can use, here at the ragged end of an undistinguished career, but I did find this bit, under Rule 24, promising: Rather than speaking uncomfortable truth to power, position yourself as a soothsayer who reads omens and portents. Rather than you being to blame, when the augury is unwelcome, you could blame the entrails of a bird, or the movements of the stars. So, I…
  • Red or blue pill, Sire?

    Phil Cubeta
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Generally, in pitching the world's wealthiest families on my (as yet unsuccessful) Moral Tutoring shtick, I don't get past the butler, the trusted advisors, and the most trusted advisor, let alone the man of all work, or even the chambermaid, the chauffeur, or the teller of fortunes; and when I chase the limousines, naked and barefoot, to make the pitch, they generally just speed off, before I can outline my Value Proposition. But in imagination, so I can be ready when given an opening, if ever I get one, I have honed the my Elevator Speech to one poignant…
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    PHILANTHROPY 2173

  • When what was new becomes old

    Lucy Bernholz
    24 Jul 2015 | 10:35 am
    Alliance Magazine published my article,  From the Edge to the Middle, a few months ago and has now made it available for free to everyone.Enjoy.
  • (what if) we are not alone

    Lucy Bernholz
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:52 pm
    (photo: http://www.hawking.org.uk/images.html)Today's headlines are bursting with announcements of Yuri Milner's $100 million gift in search of alien life. Professor Hawking (pictured above) accompanied Mr. Milner when he made the announcement. Let's suppose this philanthropic grant is effective. The scientists find extraterrestrial intelligent life.  Does the fact that the search was philanthropically-funded matter?Does Mr. Milner get first dibs on meeting our new neighbors?Do the UC scientists get to negotiate international(galactic) diplomatic ties?Do all the citizen scientists who've…
  • #QuestionTheData

    Lucy Bernholz
    17 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    (photo credit: ISP)[This is not an "anti-data, anti-measurement" screed. This is a plea to "understand the data."]What do you do when the data sources you are looking at indicate that there are more black men in prison than there are alive? If you are Becky Pettit, Sociologist at University of Washington, you write a book called Invisible Men.If you are in nonprofits, community organizations, foundations, or a citizen of the world - you should #QuestionTheData. When the data don't make sense,  ask how is such a thing possible? Who is doing the data collection? What are they looking for?
  • Ethical, Safe, and Effective use of Digital Data in Civil Society

    Lucy Bernholz
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    A great set of speeches from the Media Impact Funders Conference - Van Jones, Brewster Kahle, Erin McKean, Craig Newmark. And me.All the speeches are here.
  • Minimum viable data collection

    Lucy Bernholz
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    I worked for the federal government for several months in 1989. Along with at least 21,499,999 other people information that can be used to identify me (and as me) was stolen from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. I held up the letter I'd received about this while giving a speech recently (hard copy, put it back in my pocket immediately) and several people in an audience of foundation and media professionals nodded and raised their hands. They'd received the same letter. Government, hacked. Big companies (Sony, Target, etc), hacked. Health insurers, hacked.  Nonprofits and…
 
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    A Small Change

  • A Tool from the Vault – Simple Solicitation Letters

    Edward Sumner
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:24 pm
    The latest iteration of our Fundraising Toolbox series is an oldie but a goodie from the Jason Dick: Giving should be simple. How long was your last solicitation letter? Half a page, two pages? How many stories did you tell? How many statistics from your organization did you quote? If you are like many non-profits today you probably said, “my letter was a page and a half, I told the donor all about my administrative rate, why they should give, how it will help them, what the program they are giving to is, what the program does, where their money went, where there money will go, how many…
  • A Word on the Annual Report

    Edward Sumner
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Ok.  It’s the end of the year.  Dollars have been raised.  Dollars have been spent.  Objectives have been established.  Objectives (hopefully) have been met.  Now, it’s time to shot it from the mountaintops!  Or, more likely, get it down on paper and into an electronic or printed format that looks just awesome.  After all, it’s the Annual Report for crying out loud! We give a lot weight to this tool, and sometimes, perhaps too much weight.  Accurate, compelling, and transparent reporting on our finances and key metrics every year is a unique privilege and…
  • Nothing like a good report

    Edward Sumner
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:14 pm
    As we continue our series on the tools a fundraiser should have, needs to refine, or better pick up if they haven’t in a while, it would be a grand miss to not highlight how effective crisp, consistent, and compelling reporting can be. The agency that I have the privilege of serving with is relatively young, but we have made it a priority to focus on developing and communicating key metrics for operational results.  With great care and by leveraging feedback provided by members of our support community, we’ve come up with 10 specific measures to report how giving is impacting…
  • YOU are a valuable tool!

    Edward Sumner
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:47 pm
    I had the privilege recently of participating in Jim Shapiro’s Better NonProfit Conference which was designed to help development professionals and other non-profit folks to grow, lead, and fund their organizations.  The speaker line up was solid, content really helpful, and the project reminded me of how valuable other development professionals are to me. I have never come across a professional fundraiser who has it all figured out and I for sure  know I haven’t.  Each of us has unique perspectives that have been informed by years of fighting and flourishing and cumulatively,…
  • A tool for inspiration: Mobile Giving

    Edward Sumner
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:14 pm
    There are now more than 1 billion smartphones on the planet.  And, in a recent study, researchers learned that 9.5% of donations came from mobile devices.  Clearly, this is a huge opportunity for fundraisers and a seamless and user friendly mobile giving interface can be an incredibly helpful tool to increase giving. I’ve done a little bit of testing, and found that there are some non profits out there who really have their mobile giving option dialed in, characterized by: Webpages that are designed to be mobile friendly A singular and integrated giving page that does not require…
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    Care2Blog

  • Why Millennials Are One of Your Best Audiences

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:08 pm
     Millennials have been pigeonholed as being lazy, but when it comes to social justice issues, Millennials are quite passionate about causes and donate money to the issues they support. With all these mixed messages, how can your nonprofit really dig in and learn what Millennials need, and how to reach them? Or maybe you’re reading this as a Millennial who’s working at or running a nonprofit, and want to know how to reach your own generation most effectively?
  • 7 Reasons Why Mobile Is Critical To Your Nonprofit

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:46 pm
     …for starters, it’s in everyone else’s pockets. 91% of adults have their phone within arm’s reach 24/7. I know that it’s tough for nonprofits to find the budget and the time to make sure your website is responsive, but your donors, volunteers, activists and even your board members expect it. You don't want these audiences visiting your site from their phones and tablets and then be forced to look at a different site because your site looked funky, and was hard to read and search for info. A funder even recently expressed this frustration to me about a nonprofit they were…
  • Four Classic Storylines for Nonprofit Storytelling

    19 Jul 2015 | 11:51 am
      What’s the big deal about storytelling? Storytelling matters because it shapes movements and defines the success of your nonprofit. But you're probably thinking, “I don’t have a sexy story” or “I don’t know how to tell a story”. You may have even tried to use storytelling at your nonprofit but it didn’t get much traction. We believe that nonprofits and social good projects have an unlimited potential in using stories because you make this world a better place. It’s actually easier than you think to create a compelling story. You have all the building…
  • Donations To Charities Increase 7 Percent

    10 Jul 2015 | 3:47 pm
     Two thirds of American’s give to charity every year. In 2014 charities raised over $358 billion, a 7 percent increase, according to a new report by Giving USA. The report says this is the most amount of money that has been raised for charities in the last 60 years. About $255 billion was raised from individual donors, a 5.7 percent increase.
  • How to Create a Tribe for Your Nonprofit

    8 Jul 2015 | 3:08 pm
       What is a Tribe? A tribe is a group of people that includes many families and relatives who have the same language, customs, and beliefs. A tribe is more than just a group of people, it is a community.
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    GlobalGiving Blog - News and Updates

  • GlobalGiving’s Big Bet

    Alison Carlman
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:22 am
    How we’re using gamification, incentives, and behavioral economics for good. We all want our donations to have the most impact possible. But how do we choose which nonprofits to support? And how does an organization like GlobalGiving, working with nonprofits in 165 countries, measure, compare, incentivize, and reward effective nonprofits doing everything from providing affordable housing in Nicaragua to restoring buffalo on Lakota land, to teaching organic farming to at-risk teens in Indonesia?) Well, we’ve made a Big Bet about how we can do just that, and today marks a major milestone as…
  • Unveiling GlobalGiving 6.0… Little by Little by Little

    Alison Carlman
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:58 am
    Do we look a little… different to you? Our team is hard at work re-designing the GlobalGiving website so that it’s faster, easier, and more fun for donors, nonprofits, companies, and everyone else around the globe. Especially for users on mobile devices! Today you’re seeing the first bit of it in place: the header and footer (with a few new pages in between.) Rather than hiding away and working for years on a new design and launching it all at once hoping you’ll love it, we’re designing and launching GlobalGiving version 6.0 in sections. This helps us gather feedback as we go,…
  • How We’re Building GG Rewards Together

    Marc Maxmeister
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Next week GlobalGiving will be launching the new GG Rewards Program. Here’s a post by Marc Maxmeister that provides a sneak peek into the work that’s gone into conceptualizing, building, and launching the program.  _______ GlobalGiving‘s goal is to help all organizations become more effective by providing access to money, information, and ideas. That is a lofty, aspirational goal. To everyone else, it might look like all we do is run a website that connects donors to organizations. But internally, I serve on a team that has met every week for the past 3 years to pour over…
  • Crowdsourcing Compassion from a Global Community

    Alison Carlman
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    “The war in Liberia and the Ebola situation we are going through are enough to tell us what those people are going through.”  — Nelly Cooper, President, West Point Women for Health and Development After the devastating April 2015 earthquakes, Nepali communities are working to rebuild, and the GlobalGiving community has stepped up to respond with tremendous compassion. We’ve seen people giving from 111 countries around the world, including young children, grandparents, Nepali citizens, climbers who have summited Mt. Everest, and leading companies and their employees. Among this…
  • Using Data to Drive Donations: key findings from our work with DataKind

    Alison Carlman
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:28 am
    By Alison Carlman, in partnership with Miriam Young from DataKind Recently we worked with DataKind to analyze project data from our website to learn what our nonprofit partners can do to maximize their potential for donations.   If you’ve ever visited more than a few pages on GlobalGiving, you’ll know that our project pages are the main hub of all fundraising activity on the web platform. Project pages are the pages where organizations describe their needs and give their best pitch to attract potential donors. We recently worked with a team of DataKind volunteers to analyze our data,…
 
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  • How Communications Directors Can Get CALM

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Someone asked me the other day what the outcome of our Communications Director Mentoring Program and other coaching programs really was . . . what was the ultimate result of communications coaching? The word that instantly popped into my mind and off of my tongue was CALM. Communications directors are usually very busy, often frazzled, people. They have information and ideas flying at them from all directions. The media landscape in which they communicate with the world about their causes is in a constant state of flux. There’s a great need and desire for creativity and timeliness,…
  • Mixed Links for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
    I am surrounded by boxes and can’t find anything, as I am moving tomorrow. I really need some Mixed Drinks, whoops, I mean Links… This month’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival is up! July’s Carnival theme was End-of-Year Fundraising Tips and was hosted by Joanne Fritz. August’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival will be hosted right here at Nonprofit Marketing Guide, and we are asking for submissions on how you share progress or communicate accomplishments. Looking to up your infographics game? See these 5 Must-Have Infographic Templates to Supercharge Your Nonprofit. If you are…
  • Need Writing Ideas? Try These Prompts

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:36 am
    At the start of each month, we send at least 10 writing prompts (usually more) to the subscribers of our Monthly Nonprofit Writing Prompts E-Newsletter. These prompts help you come up with ideas for articles, stories, press releases, blog posts, Facebook updates, letters, and other content. We send them a month ahead so you’ll have time to think about the ideas and incorporate them into your editorial calendar. The emails are usually broken down into these headers: On the Calendar – important dates, holidays, cause awareness days, etc Metaphor of the Month – how you can…
  • Blog Posts Needed: Sharing Progress, Communicating Accomplishments

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:43 am
    In August, we here at Nonprofit Marketing Guide will be hosting the latest edition of the Nonprofit Blog Carnival. The Carnival is a round-up of recent posts — like a “best of”  — on a particular topic. For example, this month Joanne Fritz at About.com compiled 18 posts all about year-end fundraising. Reserve some time on your calendar now to review them as you plan your 2015 year-end campaigns. We are also interested in a topic that’s discussed a lot at year-end, but is relevant year-round: How you share progress or communicate your accomplishments, not just…
  • Telling Your Nonprofit’s Financial Story

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:59 am
    Peter Panepento As much as we wish our nonprofits would be looked at for impact as opposed to overhead, how much nonprofits spend (or lose) is a story the media love to tell. In this month’s post Peter Panepento tells you how to be prepared when your nonprofit’s salaries make the news. ~Kristina Guest Post by Peter Panepento of Panepento Strategies Who are the highest-paid charity executives in your city? You’ve probably seen a variation of this question plastered in large point across the front page of your local newspaper. And if you work for a nonprofit of some size, chances…
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  • Design Your Online Community for the Users, Not for the Organization

    Maddie Grant
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    This post originally appeared on the Higher Logic blog, where I’m posting an ongoing series related to Millennials and online community.  I’m excited to share them here for you over the next few months! Check out the other good stuff over on Higher Logic too.  And don’t forget that Higher Logic clients can have access to our Essentials of Online Community Management program at a special discount. Contact me for details! ——— We talk a lot about how social media has changed marketing pretty drastically, and we also talk about the Millennial generation’s use…
  • Realignment #3: From Passive Knowledge to Collaborative Discovery

    Anna Caraveli
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    From The Demand Perspective Leading From the Outside Picture a workplace in which you don’t have to labor to artificially construct programs and products on the themes that your board arbitrarily decided would be this year’s strategic priorities.   Instead, you watch and talk to your members and decide, for example, to develop a resource you realize would be invaluable to them for gauging their markets and looking up solutions to tough cases:  capturing, archiving and making searchable member online insights and conversations. Imagine if, instead of the uphill battle of…
  • Strategy Meets Culture on This Month’s #CultureChat

    Jamie Notter
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    We’ve all heard the mantra, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast,” but is it true? What exactly is the relationship between culture and strategy? I have argued that they are two sides of the same coin and that culture should always be connected to what drives the success of the enterprise, but how integrated should the two be in terms of processes and systems? I don’t think this issue is cut and dry. I think a lot of organizations have been very successful keeping strategy as its own thing, fairly distinct from culture, even though that personally does not make a lot…
  • Maddie’s Must Reads for July – Social Media Edition

    Maddie Grant
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    A few social media goodies handpicked by me that I think you need to see: A Teenager’s View on Social Media – “written by an actual teen” – very, very eye-opening.  Also, part 2 – What Teens Really Think about YouTube, Google+, Reddit and Other Social Media.  If you’re trying to reach teens through social media, or if your members are trying to reach teens through social media, or if you have kids who are teens, or just if you’re interested in one take on how they see the world through social media eyes, read these.”Facebook is often…
  • Five Subtle Lessons from Great Community Managers

    Ben Martin
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    This post originally appeared on Online Community Results. SocialFish and OCR partner on many online community strategy and implementation projects – contact us if you need help with yours. ——– Here are five non-obvious yet compelling lessons from great community managers we’ve picked up in several years of working alongside them in their online communities. 1) Managing a community takes more time than you think. Did you know that at least half of that time is spent guiding staff who should be using the community as part of their daily work? Community managers also…
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    AFP Blog: Recent News of Note

  • Overall Charitable Giving to Nonprofits Down, Online Giving Up | Blackbaud News

    Reed Stockman
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:41 am
    Overall Charitable Giving to Nonprofits Down, Online Giving Up | Blackbaud News: "Overall Charitable Giving to Nonprofits Down, Online Giving Up Posted on August 3, 2015 by Nicole McGougan The Blackbaud Index debuts new specialty index focused on giving to foundations Charleston, S.C. (August 3, 2015) – Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB) today updated The Blackbaud Index with charitable giving
  • Overall Charitable Giving to Nonprofits Down, Online Giving Up | Blackbaud News

    Reed Stockman
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:41 am
    PRESS RELEASE Overall Charitable Giving to Nonprofits Down, Online Giving Up | Blackbaud News: "Overall Charitable Giving to Nonprofits Down, Online Giving Up Posted on August 3, 2015 by Nicole McGougan The Blackbaud Index debuts new specialty index focused on giving to foundations Charleston, S.C. (August 3, 2015) – Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB) today updated The Blackbaud Index with
  • Third-party-warehousing firms fight world hunger « Philanthropy North Carolina

    Reed Stockman
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:46 am
    Third-party-warehousing firms fight world hunger « Philanthropy North Carolina: "Third-party-logistics (3PL) providers are piloting an innovative warehousing and corporate-social-responsibility partnership with an international relief agency to help address the global hunger epidemic." 'via Blog this'
  • 2015 Mid Year Report on U.S. Charitable Giving | Atlas of Giving - Fundraising Forecasting

    Reed Stockman
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:39 am
    2015 Mid Year Report on U.S. Charitable Giving | Atlas of Giving - Fundraising Forecasting: "015 first half U.S. charitable giving has been exceptionally (and unexpectedly) strong – up a total of 7.6% to $238.88 Billion from $222.03 Billion for the same period in 2014. Most of this strong giving performance is attributed to the continually good news of improving employment rates. Individual
  • FASB Sees Dissent on Nonprofit Accounting Changes | Accounting Today News

    Reed Stockman
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:52 pm
    FASB Sees Dissent on Nonprofit Accounting Changes | Accounting Today News: "FASB Sees Dissent on Nonprofit Accounting Changes NORWALK, CONN. (JULY 31, 2015) BY MICHAEL COHN The Financial Accounting Standards Board is beginning to hear from not-for-profit organizations and their accountants about the far-reaching changes it has proposed in reporting by nonprofits, and finding there are some
 
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  • Earn CAE Credits by Attending Our Webinars

    Farhad Chikhliwala
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Looking for ways to increase your professional development? We have some good news! Wild Apricot is now a Certified Association Executive provider!
  • July 2015 Update: Have Your Voice Heard

    Dmitry Buterin [Chief Apricot]
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    We’ve taken a huge leap forward in how we collect your feedback by migrating our Software Forums to the Uservoice platform. See how Uservoice will let your voice be heard!
  • Organizing a Fundraiser? You’ll want to read this first

    Farhad Chikhliwala
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:13 am
    Fundraisers are a great way to bring in additional revenue, but how do you choose the right event for your organization? Check out this survey by Software Advice, you'll be surprised with the results!
  • John Haydon’s Top 5 Tips on Facebook Marketing

    Farhad Chikhliwala
    17 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Facebook is an excellent tool for your nonprofit to share content, communicate with members, and grow your cause. The best part is that it’s free. However, keeping your members engaged can be tough. With over 42 million pages and nearly a billion users, how do you stand out from the crowd?
  • Wild Apricot Podcast Episode 5 : Sponsorship & Raising Money

    Farhad Chikhliwala
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Episode 5 of the Wild Apricot Podcast sees Farhad Chikhliwala and Lori Smith facilitate a group discussion with members of our Membership Advisory Group on the key challenges membership organizations face in trying to secure sponsorship and raise money.
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    So what can I do?

  • Make a promise.

    Karama
    8 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The positive correlations between educational attainment and economic mobility are clear. But the rising cost of higher education makes getting a college degree seem more challenging for the very people who need it most. I say "seem" because while the list price of a college education has increased dramatically, the actual cost for students from families with low or moderate income has not changed much. How can we ensure those student see college as attainable and worth the effort? Make a promise.Promise communities have a place-based scholarships that fund all or part of every…
  • Speak up.

    Karama
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:05 pm
    As a lifelong member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and as a human being, I was truly saddened by the recent killing of nine members of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. This was one of those occasions in which it is difficult to answer the central question of this blog, "So what can I do?"  As a society, we answered by considering removal of Confederate flags from public spaces, discussing reductions in gun violence, and making donations to Emanuel AME. All of this is important and worthy work, but it does not address the core issue of racism and hate. We…
  • Ban the box.

    Karama
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:37 pm
    If you've ever applied for a job, you likely had to respond to a question about past criminal convictions. If you have none, you may never have thought much about the box.  But if you have a past conviction or care for someone who does, you know that checking that box means lost opportunity to contribute positively to society and one's family. The Ban the Box Campaign  is a national movement to give those with prior convictions a fair chance to live decently, work productively, and provide for themselves and their families.  Here's how you can help:Take the Fair Chance Pledge…
  • Change the world.

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

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

  • The $13 Billion Bottled Water Industry vs. the National Park Service...and American Hikers, Campers, Hunters, and Nature-Lovers

    kmcfate
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:16 am
    Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872 “for the benefit and enjoyment” of the American people. It was the first of 59 national parks dedicated to the conservation of 'wild nature' for posterity, and it is a symbol of national pride. Almost 14 million people a year visit our national parks to camp, hike, and enjoy nature. Concerned about garbage cans overflowing with plastic bottles and the ever-growing costs of recycling them, four years ago, the Director of the National Park Service, Jonathan Jarvis, told park managers to replace the sale of disposable plastic water bottles…
  • Two Years Ago, President Obama Directed Federal Agencies to Prevent Chemical Disasters. Are We Any Safer Now?

    afrank
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:43 am
    In April 2013, an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas killed 15 people, injured more than 200, and levelled nearby homes and schools. President Obama visited West in the aftermath and promised to improve our nation’s chemical safety laws. On Aug. 1, 2013, he issued an executive order directing federal agencies to revise their chemical safety policies to ensure that a West-type tragedy never happens again. But two years later, are we any safer? Since West, we’ve seen an additional 431 chemical releases or explosions that have killed 82 people and injured more than 1,600.
  • Medicare: Protecting Seniors for 50 Years

    jschieder
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:27 am
    Fifty years ago, the United States created the Medicare insurance program – which has significantly increased the affordability of health care for America’s seniors, as well as those with certain disabilities and medical conditions. Today, close to 55 million people are covered by Medicare, and 60 percent of Americans say the program is working well for most seniors. Before the program was created, only about half of adults older than 65 had health insurance to help them pay for care. For many working Americans, this meant that although care was available at local hospitals and…
  • Happy Birthday, NASA! We’re Celebrating the Thousands of Ways NASA Has Improved Our Lives.

    sklinger
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:06 am
    One of my earliest childhood memories is of our mailman, Mr. Harmon, taking a break from his daily deliveries and joining my Mom and me to watch some of the early space launches. I didn’t know it at the time, but the influence of government filled my family’s living room – from the presence of our caring letter carrier to the visionary work of NASA scientists exploring the world far beyond Earth. Fifty-seven years ago this week, Congress passed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which consolidated space exploration efforts into one independent federal agency. Today NASA…
  • New White House Initiative on FOIA Expands Government Transparency

    sklinger
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:38 pm
    In the days following the 49th anniversary of the nation’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) on July 4, the White House announced a new FOIA-related pilot program involving seven federal agencies. Under the new policy, dubbed “release to one is release to all,” agencies would post information released in response to any FOIA request on its website for all to see. This is a big win for the transparency community, which has been asking for this for years. The U.S. Environmental Protection Policy (EPA) has had this policy in place since 2013. Joining EPA in the new initiative…
 
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    Public Sector Marketing 2.0

  • Fraudulent CRA Collections Office Call Confusion

    Mike Kujawski
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Last week I had a brief scare that my wife and I had become the latest victims of identity theft, and worse, that it was my own fault. Luckily it was a false alarm, however determining so with full confidence proved to be quite the challenge. Chain of events: 9:30pm –>I receive a voicemail message from someone claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Collections Office. They mention to call back immediately about an outstanding balance and have my SIN # ready (they said they are open until 11pm). 10:00pm –>Having received a similar legit call in the past, and…
  • 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…
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    eJewish Philanthropy: Your Jewish Philanthropy Resource

  • Limmud Displays Vitality of the Johannesburg Jewish Community

    eJP
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Featuring presenters from Poland, Israel, the UK and Cape Town, Limmud Johannesburg comes to a successful conclusion. (r-l) David Bilchitz, Chair of Limmud Intl; Chaim Chesler, Chair of Limmud FSU; and local Limmudnikit Keturah Dhlamini. Photo by Ilan Ossendryver. An exhibition on the liberation of Soviet Jewry was amongst the highlights of the Limmud conference held in Johannesburg between 31 July and 2 August. The exhibition was brought by Chaim Chesler, founder of Limmud FSU. He presented on his first-hand experience with the immigration of over 1 million Russians to Israel and the…
  • Are These The Voices We Want to Silence?

    eJP
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Young leaders report quietly that any conversation or public statement they make that is not emphasizing how Israel is the best in the world is considered by many influentials in their community and nationally to be anti-Israel. By Charlene Seidle One of the most evocative teachings in Pirkei Avot lays a framework for divergence of opinion. “Any dispute for the sake of heaven will have enduring value, but any dispute not for the sake of heaven will not have enduring value,” our Sages said. Our task is to determine what falls into what category. This can be ambiguous, but we are further…
  • The Magic Hour

    eJP
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Jessica Downey It’s the final session of the summer. Counselors jump up and down with lagging enthusiasm. They have smiles on their faces that don’t quite reach their eyes. Teens and young adults are approaching their eighth, ninth or even tenth week of the summer. Campers are tired. The staff is burnt out. But if you look closer, you may find this is the most magical time to be at camp. At first glance, the camp is wilted. The mighty trees seem to sigh. Water bottles of varying sizes litter the benches and tables. A rainbow of colorful towels hangs by the pool, sagging from the…
  • Applications Open: Matara – Education and Training Programme for European Jewish Youth Leaders

    eJP
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:30 pm
    The Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe, in partnership with Limmud, welcomes applications to participate in the 5th MATARA programme for European Jewish Youth Educators and Activists to take place at the 2015 Limmud UK conference. Registration is open and closes 5th October 2015. Send to Kindle
  • In Poland, Jewish Identity isn’t Because of the Holocaust – but Despite It

    eJP
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    By Marisa Fox-Bevilacqua Krakow – The six clarinets, three percussionists, horn players, fiddlers, bassists, guitarists and singers were whipping the hordes into a whirling dervish. Their unabashedly joyous, sometimes harmonious, often cacophonous and always rhythmic brew had turned Szeroka Square into a mass of clapping hands and dancing feet. Where exactly had I landed – Coachella? The gospel tent at a Jazz fest? An outdoor concert in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, right on Broadway, so the Chassids and the hipsters can comingle? Before I knew it, a young Sinead O’Connor lookalike…
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • Weekend Link Roundup (August 1-2, 2015)

    Mitch Nauffts
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:53 am
    Our weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the social sector. For more links to great content from and about the social sector, follow us on Twitter at @pndblog.... Climate Change While the decision of the Hewlett Foundation to...
  • Most Popular PhilanTopic Posts (July 2015)

    Mitch Nauffts
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:52 am
    It was a typically hot and muggy July in most places, but here at PhilanTopic it was an especially cool month, with new posts from Sarah Gunther and Diana Samarasan related to the release of an updated Foundation Center report...
  • The Parting Glass

    Mitch Nauffts
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:49 am
    In 2009, when the board and staff of the Paul Rapoport Foundation decided to spend out in five years, we focused initially on conveying our decision to our grantees with total transparency. We then worked to develop effective guidelines, assist...
  • [Review] How to Be Great at Doing Good: Why Results Are What Count and How Smart Charity Can Change the World

    Mitch Nauffts
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:37 am
    There are more than 1.5 million nonprofits in the United States, and in 2013 over 62 million Americans volunteered nearly 7.7 billion hours to charitable causes. Given these statistics, you might think we were well on our way to a...
  • New Tool to Help Funders Coordinate and Grow Early Childhood Investments in East Africa

    Mitch Nauffts
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:45 am
    Coordinating investments is a challenge for all funders. How do we avoid duplicating investments in some areas while other areas are overlooked and underfunded? How do we identify potential synergies and opportunities to collaborate with others who have similar interests...
 
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  • Sharpen your saw this July

    Marc A. Pitman
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:29 am
    July can be an odd month in fundraising. Many nonprofits finish their fiscal year, so this is the first month with a new goal. Starting from zero. Even those that don't have fiscal years starting, July is often a challenging month. Donors tend to be less responsive. Even when donors are in your seaside, summer vacation location, they aren't necessarily interested in talking about philanthropy. So in many ways, July is a perfect month for learning. Take Time to Learn Your Craft As Stephen Covey talks about in his "sharpening the saw" story, it's important to invest time in learning your craft…
  • How your nonprofit got into its fundraising mess

    Marc A. Pitman
    11 Jul 2015 | 8:19 am
    Photo by RachePhotos on Flickr. Used with permission. https://flic.kr/p/4bAUoAWhen people join a nonprofit or start one, they typically think they're going to get to do the "mission" - feeding kids, promoting art, conserving land, caring for the elderly, protecting animals. They rarely think about the funding. (Oddly, many fundraisers often don't seem to understand that their main job is "raising funds.") It's as though people think that money will just fall from the sky. That like water flows to the lowest point, so funding will flow to them. This "rainbow and unicorn" type of wishful…
  • [Guest Post] 9 Shocking Stats that Should Convince Your Church to Start Using Mobile Giving Today

    Marc A. Pitman
    8 Jul 2015 | 7:02 pm
    Today I am pleased to introduce you to Tithe.ly and Dean Sweetman. Many of you know, I've pastored a church for years. We were early adopters of online giving because I knew people should be able to give when they were doing bills at home if they wanted. I wish there had been an app like Tithe.ly! In this post, Dean shares why your church should move into mobile giving. He knows. For over 30 years, he's been involved in ministry and building businesses that support the work of the Church. He’s helped plant over 50 churches and raised millions of dollars to spread the Gospel, equip leaders,…
  • Thank you for connecting donors with mission

    Marc A. Pitman
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:02 am
    Happy New (fiscal) Year! For many FundraisingCoach.com readers, today - July 1st - is the start of a brand new fiscal year. The amount raised starts at zero but the goals are set higher. As fundraisers, we rarely get thanked, and that's fine. The nature of our work puts the emphasis on the donors and the impact they create through our nonprofits. But today I wanted to pause and say: Thank you. To all who raise money, thank you. Because of your work, donors are finding the way to invest in their values. Because of your work, people are being fed. Kids are being educated. Land is being…
  • Donor Fatigue – the rest of the story

    Marc A. Pitman
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:06 am
    In his recent post, Jeff Brooks agreed with my “Donor Fatigue” video. And he went a step further. Like a newly minted Paul Harvey, he tells “the rest of the story.” Fundraiser Fatigue I love his concept of “fundraiser fatigue”! He says that we get tired of saying the same thing over and over so we just stop. And then blame the lack of donations on "donor fatigue." Be honest: do you get sick and tired of saying the same thing over, and over, and over? Do you ever worry that you’re telling someone a story that they’ve already heard? It's o.k. All great fundraisers have. I have…
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    Low Hanging Fruit Communications

  • ICANN Considers Relaxing Domain Registration Privacy; Automattic Objects

    Maureen Carruthers
    9 Jul 2015 | 3:40 am
    Originally posted on Transparency Report: We’ve said it time and time again: user privacy is important to us. We’re vigilant about protecting it on WordPress.com, and we’re always on the lookout, ready to weigh in on policy proposals that might curtail the privacy that we and our users value so highly. Today, our focus turns to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization responsible for coordinating the internet’s naming system, such as domain names. ICANN is currently considering a proposal that would prohibit many domain owners from using…
  • J and I just gave to the Ada…

    Maureen Carruthers
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    Maureen Carruthers:I originally posted this over on one of Mach 30’s sites, but the lessons for fundraisers are good ones–plus I’m a little in love with the Ada Initiative right now and it’s a cause that might not be familiar to all of my nonprofit peeps. Enjoy! Originally posted on Mach 30 Discussions: J and I just gave to the Ada Initiative and there are a lot of things about their fundraising process that is well done. I’m sharing it here as inspiration/ideas to steal for Mach 30: Twitter stream is full of reasons to support their work with Retweets, photos,…
  • Volunteer service is a gift

    Maureen Carruthers
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    I’ve worked for nonprofits most of my career which has afforded me a lot of experience with volunteering from a staff perspective. That experience taught me how critical volunteers are to an organization’s success, how wonderful great volunteers are to work with, and how challenging it is when the relationship between volunteers and staff gets strained. Recently, I started helping out in the WordPress.com forums as an actual volunteer. It’s been a wonderful experience. I’ve met great people and it gives me a chance to give back to the WordPress community. It has also…
  • Take Time for You

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

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

  • Restaurant Fundraiser! – A Step-By-Step Guide

    Devon Reeser
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Make the most of restaurant fundraiser opportunities by being prepared and focusing your marketing efforts to take advantage of online resources! Thousands of restaurants across the country actively support nonprofits by offering percentage of sales fundraising opportunities. For example, Chuck E. Cheese’s has given more than $10 million to schools by giving back 15% of sales to schools on particular days in local communities.  Here is a step-by-step guide to 1) find the best venues for your particular size nonprofit or group and 2) advertise your fundraiser with little time and cost to…
  • Checkout Charity: Good For Small Local Nonprofits?

    Cari Mostert
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Checkout charity – or point-of-sale fundraising – is big business for national nonprofits. But the question here is: Can this type of fundraiser work for smaller, local organizations? Stores everywhere are getting involved, restaurants too and even local utility companies. After all, what harm is there in asking for a dollar or two to support a worthy cause? A cashier requesting your checkout change while you’re at the cash register is hardly going to break-the-bank. Point-of-sale fundraising, or “checkout charity,” has become a popular fundraising approach for…
  • Checklist: Attracting Corporate Sponsors for Your Event

    Devon Reeser
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    More checklists here and here. Use this checklist as a guide to help you create a strategy when planning for attracting corporate sponsors for your event: 1. Enlist board member or volunteer fundraising support You need help! Form a committee immediately of a few dedicated board members, staff, and volunteers to plan and fundraise for your event. 2. Start planning early Define a budget. Use realistic line items based on your event from last year or from a model of another nonprofit’s similar event if your event is new. Give yourself at least six months, better yet a year, to start…
  • You Can Get a Career in the Nonprofit Sector

    Cari Mostert
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Picture this: You work in a vibrant industry – the nonprofit sector – improving the quality of life for countless recipients. Each day you and your colleagues face challenges that define the saying, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” With passion fueling a profound sense of purpose and meaning in your life, even long days won’t dull the enthusiasm. You’ll talk about the work, learn about it, live it; because, true passion becomes a part of you. Increasingly, our work paradigm is shifting. More and more Americans want jobs they can care about, finding fulfillment in…
  • Our 8 Favorite Summer Fundraisers

    Cari Mostert
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    For the charity sector, summer fundraisers that embrace the spirit and the benefits of the season can truly make for incredible summer events. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, nothing spells summer fundraiser success more than passionate people, promoting a praiseworthy cause and having fun while doing it! Take advantage of summer holidays, long weekends, and warm weather – the perfect recipe for great fundraising opportunities! Following are our eight favorite summer fundraisers. Stage them as they are or diversify, combining a food fundraiser with a sporting fundraiser for example. You…
 
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    Social media marketing hacks for nonprofits | Powered by JohnHaydon.Com

  • Three Social Media Lessons From Your Dog

    John Haydon
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    This is Otis. He’s my officemate. He’s taught me a lot about engaging supporters and donors. 1. Listen first To make the evolutionary leap to domesticated dog, wolves had to overcome a huge challenge in their environment. Leftovers and trash from people created a reliable and abundant food source for the wolves. But getting this food […] The post Three Social Media Lessons From Your Dog appeared first on John Haydon.
  • How to View Facebook Video Metrics in Facebook Insights

    John Haydon
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Facebook Insights displays video metrics for videos that you post to your page. You can see which videos are getting the most views and how long people watch each video. You can also see metrics for videos you share from another Facebook page. To access Facebook video metrics, click Insights at the top of your […] The post How to View Facebook Video Metrics in Facebook Insights appeared first on John Haydon.
  • How to Setup Google Analytics Goals

    John Haydon
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:55 am
    If you want to be smart about using Google Analytics, the first thing you have to do is setup Google Analytics Goals. With goals, Google Analytics starts making a whole lot more sense. What are Google Analytics Goals? Imagine playing soccer without nets. Sure it might be fun to kick the ball around, but you won’t be able to keep […] The post How to Setup Google Analytics Goals appeared first on John Haydon.
  • 7 Strategies to Increase Facebook Organic Reach [INFOGRAPHIC]

    John Haydon
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
    If you manage a Facebook Page for your nonprofit, you’re no doubt painfully aware that Facebook organic reach has plummeted over the past two years. Organic reach has declined for two reasons: The number of business pages competing for fans’ attention has skyrocketed. Facebook makes money solely from advertizing. Pages now have to pay to […] The post 7 Strategies to Increase Facebook Organic Reach [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on John Haydon.
  • 5 Ways to Turn Social Media Followers Into Activists

    Derrick Feldmann
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:33 am
    As we prepare to release research from our sixth year of The Millennial Impact Project, something that remains abundantly clear is how well the Millennial generation uses the power of social media to influence their networks and share their causes. In fact, it’s really Millennials who control social networks. Case in point: 88% of Millennials […] The post 5 Ways to Turn Social Media Followers Into Activists appeared first on John Haydon.
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    Charity Navigator

  • Nepal Update: Where'd the Money Go?

    31 Jul 2015 | 11:23 am
    On April 25, 2015, a devastating earthquake hit Nepal, killing thousands, and injuring or displacing thousands more.Many nonprofit organizations responded immediately to the disaster, providing aid in the form of food, clothing, medical supplies, shelter, and other necessities. Several of these organizations provided a way for donors to designate their gifts so that they would be used only to provide aid to Nepal. But how can a donor be sure that their designated gift led to meaningful results for those affected by the earthquake?Direct Relief, an international humanitarian relief…
  • Five Charity Myths Dispelled

    29 Jul 2015 | 8:47 am
    Are you guilty of believing any of these 5 myths about charities and charitable giving?
  • Check This List Before You Donate

    26 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    Before you donate, check this list to make sure your charity isn't on it. 
  • The Honor Of Earning A 4-Star Rating

    22 Jul 2015 | 8:41 am
  • An Example Why Dropping Money In A Bucket May Not Be The Best Way To Give

    16 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Wise donors don't drop money into canisters at the checkout counter or hand over cash to solicitors outside the supermarket or on the street. As this report about the Veterans Support Organization shows, situations like these are irresistible to scam artists who wish to take advantage of your goodwill.
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    Case Foundation » What’s New

  • Announcing a New Partnership to Support Young Social Entrepreneurs

    Emily Yu
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:33 am
    The Case Foundation has long been a believer that entrepreneurs can change the world, and that young people have a particular set of skills and impact-oriented ambitions to build great social enterprises. Today, we’re excited to announce our sponsorship of the Forbes $1 Million Change the World Social Entrepreneurs Competition – the largest ever competition […] The post Announcing a New Partnership to Support Young Social Entrepreneurs appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Unleashing Entrepreneurship in Africa: Solutions for the World

    Emily Yu
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:01 am
    At the core of the Foundation’s “Unleashing Entrepreneurship” pillar is the belief that startups—and entrepreneurial approaches—play a key role in tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges. We’ve put that belief into practice by supporting promising initiatives that bring business to the problem-solving table and catalyze strong entrepreneurial ecosystems in the U.S. and abroad. We’ve […] The post Unleashing Entrepreneurship in Africa: Solutions for the World appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Celebrating Exploration with National Geographic

    Emily Yu
    8 Jul 2015 | 9:27 am
    This post was written by Aaron Coleman on behalf of the Case Foundation: National Geographic has celebrated explorers for more than 120 years and each year they honor these fearless individuals by sharing their stories during Explorers Week. Through a series of panels and TED-style talks, National Geographic spotlights intellectual pioneers from around the world. […] The post Celebrating Exploration with National Geographic appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Authenticity, Relevance and the Power of Business as a Force for Good: Inspiration for the 37,000 Changemakers at MCON 2015

    Dave Cooley
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:44 am
    For the fourth consecutive year the Case Foundation proudly supported the Millennial Impact Conference, MCON2015, hosted by Achieve at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. The dynamic two-day conference, which coincided with the release of the 2015 Millennial Impact Report, featured thought leaders from companies like Upworthy, American Express, the Huffington Post, the Levi […] The post Authenticity, Relevance and the Power of Business as a Force for Good: Inspiration for the 37,000 Changemakers at MCON 2015 appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Business as a Force for Social Good

    Elyse Kort
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    This post was written by J.D. Brady on behalf of the Case Foundation: At the Case Foundation, we believe impact investing is an excellent example of how business and philanthropy can work hand-in-hand to drive social change. We applaud the work of for-profit enterprises that deliver both a financial and social return, and we encourage […] The post Business as a Force for Social Good appeared first on Case Foundation.
 
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    IMPACTMAX

  • Tooting your own horn

    Violet Hoarder
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:18 pm
    I work with lots of nonprofit communication managers who are at various stages of desperation about how to prove the value of their work to their CEOs. I tell them they need to toot their own horn in professional, meaningful ways. I know, I know–just keeping up with your everyday marketing to-do lists is impossible enough, actually marketing the communications department gets pushed to the back burner time and again. But that makes it very hard for you to ask for continuing or additional communications resources during budget planning. Over time, it also erodes the credibility of your…
  • Use Pinterest to track media coverage

    Violet Hoarder
    15 Feb 2015 | 8:07 am
    There are lots of useful ways for nonprofits to use Pinterest, not only to engage their stakeholders but to carry out communications tasks. For organizations that track their media coverage through Google alerts or another online monitoring system–think about using Pinterest as the collection point for all that coverage. Start a “2015 Media Coverage” Pinterest board and every time you find a media story about your nonprofit, pin it to the   board, noting the name of the media outlet and the date (the article title usually generates automatically). This not only is more…
  • Taking a break…

    Violet Hoarder
    2 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    I should have mentioned this earlier but I’ve been involved in a house move for the past year and am taking a break from blogging at Impact Max. During the interim, you can follow me on twitter. I still manage to tweet!
  • Links to Love

    Violet Hoarder
    8 Mar 2013 | 5:57 pm
    I don’t often do this, but I ran across some great posts this week that I wanted to share with everyone. Go ahead, take 10 minutes this weekend and skim through them! Blogs outrank social networks for consumer influence Four skills PR newbies (or oldies) should possess When campaigns go bad; New York City’s teenage pregnancy campaign 8 steps to prepare your Facebook page for graph search Marketing to baby boomer and senior customers, Part 1 (three-part series) Tips for an effective contact us page Why nonprofits have low donor retention rates and how to fix it
  • Kick-ass Kickstarter campaigns

    Violet Hoarder
    15 Feb 2013 | 8:52 am
    Nonprofits should at least know about the potential of Kickstarter for crowd-funding small to medium-sized creative projects. Even if you don’t use this tool yourselves, your supporters and/or grantees might be interested. Over the past year, I’ve watched a few friends launch successful Kickstarter (KS) campaigns for very worthy causes, but I wanted to learn more—especially from the communications perspective. Happily, there was a recent presentation on the process by local expert Lou Abramowski—sponsored by one of my favorite Minneapolis design agencies, bswing. I…
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    Together We Flourish

  • Developmental Pediatrics Practice Grows at The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh

    Susan
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:34 am
    The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh welcomes Bethany E. Ziss, MD, and Ashley Dauenhauer, CPNP, as new members of its Developmental Pediatrics team. This highly-regarded practice at The Children’s Institute serves infants, children, and teens with a wide range of developmental-behavioral disorders, including autism spectrum disorders. “We’re pleased to grow our team so that we can […]
  • Potluck Supper with Sr. Janice McLaughlin at the Thomas Merton Center

    Susan
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:41 am
    All are invited to a potluck supper with Pittsburgh native, Sr. Janice McLaughlin on Tuesday, July 28 from 6 – 8:30 PM at the Thomas Merton Center. Sr. Janice completed her six year term as president of the Maryknoll Sisters in 2014 and is visiting her family and friends in Pittsburgh before returning to her ministry abroad.  She hopes […]
  • Tiger Pause Need Your Help With Summer Projects in Beaver Falls

    Susan
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:17 am
    Ways to Help Electricians Tiger PauseE is in desperate need of electricians to help us finish our apartment renovations. We have the material and workers to crawl in the hot attic, but we need someone to tell them where to pull and push the wiring. Rental Properties Tiger Pause will have several apartments and a […]
  • Summer & Fall Groups at Anchorpoint

    Susan
    17 Jul 2015 | 4:11 am
    Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry will be running a number of educational and therapeutic groups this summer and fall.    Some of our groups are free, and all have scholarships available. We will not turn anyone away due to financial circumstances. Anchorpoint’s groups reach a variety of ages and issues experienced. Some groups offered are for those struggling with […]
  • Emmaus and Bulter County Humane Society Present 2015 Ride-n-Stride

    Susan
    14 Jul 2015 | 4:45 am
    Join Emmaus and the Butler County Humane Society for  the 2015 Ride-n-Stride on July 25, 2015. REGISTER ONLINE NOW! Don’t miss your chance to Win one of our Amazing Raffles! Over $5,000 in prizes are going to be raffled off. Free Food, Drinks, Music, Giveaways and Fun! REGISTER FOR: STRIDE: 1 Mile Walk –  Designated […]
 
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    Minnesota Council on Foundations Blog - Philanthropy Potluck

  • MCF Seeks Our Next Program Manager

    MCF Webmaster
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:14 am
    Are you or someone you know MCF’s next Program Manager? This highly-visible and member-facing role is perfect for someone with a passion for connecting groups of people to opportunity, link participants to resources and energy to grow and expand a well established set of program activities. The Program Manager will manage the day-to-activities of the Council’s 20+ active member networks and growing web-based learning programs. This role will collaborate closely with other department program directors on the development of interactive and informative programmatic content relevant to…
  • A Fond Farewell to Tara Kumar

    MCF Webmaster
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    Our program manager, Tara Kumar, will be leaving her role with MCF as of July 30. She has decided to seek part-time work, so she can focus more of her time on her family. In her two years at MCF, Tara has made a big impact on shaping and strengthening our member networks, as well as being a joy to work with. Here’s what our members and staff have to say: “Tara has been invaluable to our work with member networks. Any question you’ve got about a network or member, she’s got the answer! She will be greatly missed.” –Alfonso Wenker, MCF director of program strategy…
  • Meet Our Summer Communications Intern

    MCF Webmaster
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:45 am
    Thanks to The BrandLab, a nonprofit that integrates students of different races and socioeconomic backgrounds into the marketing world, MCF has a communications intern this summer! Meet Paul Vang, who will be with us for the next seven weeks. Paul graduated from Johnson Senior High School in Saint Paul, and still volunteers there for its wrestling team. He is currently a junior at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities pursuing a Communications major, with a minor in Leadership. Last summer he held a BrandLab internship with 3M. While with MCF, Paul will help us with social media, email…
  • MCF Welcomes Leah Lundquist as Program Manager — Leadership Development

    MCF Webmaster
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:15 am
    We are excited to announce Leah Lundquist is joining MCF as our new program manager — leadership development. Leah comes to us from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where she served as director of the Hubert Project. She previously held positions at the Center for Integrative Leadership, Northwest Area Foundation and the Kellogg Action Lab. She received her Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey School in 2012. Leah will serve as lead trainer on MCF initiatives like Grantmaking for the 21st Century, the Policy Connections Institute and other cohort learning programs. She will begin…
  • Fast Forward with PPL’s Paul Williams

    MCF Webmaster
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:46 am
    In MCF’s latest Fast Forward podcast, MCF President Trista Harris sits down for a wide-ranging talk with Paul Williams, president and CEO of Project for Pride in Living. Topics they discuss include: The importance of being rooted in community and using it as an asset. The need for scale to make a meaningful impact. Paul’s wish for philanthropy to create greater leverage with government. Listen to the podcast now! And while you’re at it, be sure to check out other recent episodes like: MCF Director of Public Policy and Communications Bob Tracy talking with George Cheung of…
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    SocialEarth

  • Managing the Restless Millennial Employee

    Ryan Scott
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:27 am
    “Should I stay or, should I go now?” This is a question millennial employees ask themselves far more regularly than workers of other generations. According to the Bureau of Labor [...] The post Managing the Restless Millennial Employee appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Promoting Tolerance: Middle Eastern Campaign by Coca-Cola

    Sangeeta Haindl
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:57 am
    Coca-Cola wants us to imagine a world without labels to inspire tolerance, and has introduced a new version of its iconic red and white can in Middle Eastern countries for [...] The post Promoting Tolerance: Middle Eastern Campaign by Coca-Cola appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • More Companies Try to Close the Gender Pay Gap

    John Howell
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:28 am
    According to the White House figures, American women on average earn $0.77 for every dollar earned by men. The pay gap is even wider for women of color and ethnic [...] The post More Companies Try to Close the Gender Pay Gap appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • B Corp Amavida Runs Across Congo to Support Gender Equality

    Julie Fahnestock
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:09 am
    Seven days, seven marathons. The Run Across Congo has created huge awareness for gender equality in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Women runners from around the U.S. gathered together [...] The post B Corp Amavida Runs Across Congo to Support Gender Equality appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Nourishing 9 Billion: Addressing the Challenge of Producing More Nutritious Food with Less Waste While Conserving Land

    Guest Author
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:52 am
    Guest blog by Toni Voelker There was excitement in the room when the student organization Net Impact held a SolutionLab at the UC Davis campus, at the end of May. About [...] The post Nourishing 9 Billion: Addressing the Challenge of Producing More Nutritious Food with Less Waste While Conserving Land appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Pulling for the Underdog

  • 28 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    Of the people, by the people, and for the people‘… for the popular principle of justice is to have equality according to number, not worth, and if this is the principle of justice prevailing, the multitude must of necessity be sovereign and the decision of the majority must be final and must constitute justice, for they say that each of the citizens ought to have an equal share; so that it results that in democracies the poor are more powerful than the rich, because there are more of them and whatever is decided by the majority is sovereign.’ (Aristotle, Politics, 4th…
  • 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.
 
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • Weekend Link Roundup (August 1-2, 2015)

    Mitch Nauffts
    2 Aug 2015 | 11:53 am
    Our weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the social sector. For more links to great content from and about the social sector, follow us on Twitter at @pndblog.... Climate Change While the decision of the Hewlett Foundation to...
  • Most Popular PhilanTopic Posts (July 2015)

    Mitch Nauffts
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:52 am
    It was a typically hot and muggy July in most places, but here at PhilanTopic it was an especially cool month, with new posts from Sarah Gunther and Diana Samarasan related to the release of an updated Foundation Center report...
  • The Parting Glass

    Mitch Nauffts
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:49 am
    In 2009, when the board and staff of the Paul Rapoport Foundation decided to spend out in five years, we focused initially on conveying our decision to our grantees with total transparency. We then worked to develop effective guidelines, assist...
  • [Review] How to Be Great at Doing Good: Why Results Are What Count and How Smart Charity Can Change the World

    Mitch Nauffts
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:37 am
    There are more than 1.5 million nonprofits in the United States, and in 2013 over 62 million Americans volunteered nearly 7.7 billion hours to charitable causes. Given these statistics, you might think we were well on our way to a...
  • New Tool to Help Funders Coordinate and Grow Early Childhood Investments in East Africa

    Mitch Nauffts
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:45 am
    Coordinating investments is a challenge for all funders. How do we avoid duplicating investments in some areas while other areas are overlooked and underfunded? How do we identify potential synergies and opportunities to collaborate with others who have similar interests...
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  • 17 ways we’re going to change the world

    Jordan Elton
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:24 pm
    And when we say we: that’s the collective we, so people, get ready to change the world! How is this going to happen? Well, today something very exciting was announced. The global community has agreed on 17 goals that could end extreme poverty and improve the lives of BILLIONS of people around the world. This September these goals will be formally adopted at the United Nations General Assembly, and we will DEFINITELY be celebrating. But on their own they won’t end poverty. We need to make sure that we monitor and evaluate the implementations of these 17 game changing goals to ensure that…
  • Why this Nigerian chose rural farming over a suit and tie

    Guest Blogger
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:36 am
    A version of this article, written by Kate Douglas, was originally published by How We Made it in Africa  Photo credit: Springboard In 2007, when Lawrence Alaba Afere graduated from university, he shocked his family with the news that he was not going to use his business management degree to get a high-paying job in the big city. Instead, he wanted to pursue social entrepreneurship in agriculture in his hometown Akure, a low-income community in southwest Nigeria. “It was a difficult decision because my family expected I’d get a job in the city and then be able to help them as well.”…
  • Afghan Men Are Getting Trained to Be Feminists

    Guest Blogger
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:33 pm
    A version of this article, by Jennifer Swann, a culture and lifestyle reporter covering the intersection of pop culture and social justice, originally appeared on TakePart.  Photo: Reuters/STR News Emma Watson, U.N. Women’s goodwill Ambassador, has spent the last year trying to convince men that women’s equality is more than just a women’s issue. In the U.S., the  “He for She” campaign gained the support of celebs like Forest Whitaker and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who tweeted about it, and Steve Carell, who wore the campaign logo on his cuff link at the Oscars! However, in…
  • Finding Ubuntu in an Unexpected Place: Humans of South Africa Part 4

    juliet schear
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:36 am
    In April, a string of xenophobic attacks shocked Durban, sending waves of chaos and fear throughout the city and its surrounding townships. Store fronts were set afire, homes were looted and a reported 8,000 foreign nationals were displaced into three interim refugee camps. These attacks happened minutes from my doorstep, giving me no option other than to witness firsthand the scarring effects of such malicious crimes against humanity. My own host bhutis (brothers) were hesitant to commute to work, fearful that they would be mistaken as amakwerekwere (foreigners). When I agreed to join a few…
  • Take a virtual tour of an orphanage in Vietnam that’s giving children a second chance at life

    Caroline Coughlan
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:03 am
    An hour outside of the city of Hanoi in northern Vietnam, the Ba Vi Orphanage is doing incredible work for 79 HIV-positive children, aged 1-21. Started in 2001, the orphanage houses kids that have either been abandoned by their families due to the severe stigma surrounding HIV, or whose parents have passed away due to AIDS. Despite their difficult circumstances, the staff at the Ba Vi Orphanage  aims to give the children a second chance at life. Come take a virtual tour of the orphanage’s facilities and see all the great services the center provides: Medical Center After entering the…
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  • Pit Ed Primer: Homework for dog owners on our wait list

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Next to chihuahuas and small dog mixes, dogs described as pit bulls are some of the most popular dog 'types' in all of CA. In the SF bay area, we can boast some of the best mannered 'block heads' you will find in the country, thanks to the dedication of hundreds of responsible dog owners and advocates who live here.If you've signed up for BADRAP's Pit Ed classes, this primer (with homework!) is for you. Classes are designed to help you and your dog learn how to be a better team. Your pet will learn self control around intense distractions, and you'll learn safe, humane handling…
  • the blue dot dogs

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:01 am
    First the bad news. This map shows the number of bank owned (foreclosed) homes being offered for sale this week in just one slice of Oakland - East Oakland, to be exact. (Source: Zillow) It's a shocking graphic that grows as the map reveals more pieces of the hardest hit parts of the SF east bay.Behind every blue dot is a displaced family and/or an evicted tenant. Approximately 47% of those homes likely owned one or more dogs and/or cats when they were told they had to move. (That figure comes from the American Pet Products Association, who likes to keep tabs on the number of American…
  • Game Changer Dogs - Viva the Evolution

    11 Feb 2015 | 3:53 pm
    We lost our founding dog Sally recently, which was as big a blow as anyone can experience when saying good-bye to a dear friend. Our nostalgia about our seventeen year friendship with her stirred a project we'd been simmering for years: An image-rich tribute to the human-animal bond and the ways we're transformed by that bond. The healing, motivation and comfort that dogs offer in exchange for a meal and some ear scratches have been a source of poetry and prose for centuries, and now, as pit bulls secure their rightful place in our culture, their fans seem to have no shortage of gratitudes…
  • We're Hiring!

    5 Feb 2015 | 9:38 am
    Now seeking a very special Super Hero who has the vision and fortitude to help us ramp up our Keep'Em Home work in the SF East Bay. Thank you for sharing with your community-minded friends and colleagues.Keep'Em Home Manager Part Time Position Opening
  • Hello, Hello to 2015 / Year end report and Good bye to Sassy

    1 Jan 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Are the holidays always so filled with nostalgia, or was this year special? Just yesterday, on the last day of 2014, we said a sad good-bye to Barn Dog alumna Sassy - a regal elderbull who first came to us from a dusty hoarding case in SoCA. She lived a very happy two years with her adopters, and died of mass cell cancer under the tears of her biggest fans, the Blechman Rivera family. Photos Bettina Crawford PhotographyLife ends, Life begins. And on the first day of this New Year, our team tended to a small litter of puppies who've just* started to scuffle around. They currently…
 
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  • Roundup for July 2015

    Emily
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:25 pm
    How 10 Nonprofit Brands Roll on Twitter (A New Marketing Commentator) 5 Super Solid Ways To Engage Your Supporters Online (PLUS 28 Affordable Tools to Help You Do It) (Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog) Make ONE—and Only ONE—Call to Action (Case Study) (The Non-Profit Marketing Blog) Why Fundraising Events Are About More Than Money (Engaging Volunteers) 10 Tips for Rocking Your Event Social Media (Event Fundraising Blog) Making the Most of Feedback – Event Survey Results (Event Fundraising Blog) 5 Steps to Easy Online Donations (Double the Donation) 10 Non-profit…
  • Roundup for June 2015

    Emily
    2 Jun 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Storytelling Get Noticed in an Instant With a Visual Story (Ann Green’s Nonprofit Blog) Why You Need to Tell Your Stories (Ann Green’s Nonprofit Blog) Helping board members tell their nonprofit story (FundraisingCoach.com) 4 reasons why you should spend less time telling donor stories and more time getting your supporters to tell you their life stories (MarketSmart) Story-Led Change: A Photojournalist’s Thoughts on the Power of Storytelling (npENGAGE) Design and Photos 4 Things Non-Designers Should Know About Graphic Design (TechSoup) Event 360 Partner Spotlight:…
  • Roundup for March 2015

    Emily
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:03 pm
    Fundraising/Donors/Donations 4 Non-negotiable Rules For Asking For Donations Online (Fundraising Pulse) Are your non-profit donors confused by the things you share? (Get Fully Funded Blog) 9 Things To Do After A Donor Donates (frogloop) What Makes a Great Donor Newsletter? (Ann Green’s Nonprofit Blog) The Special Sauce: It’s Not Just for Campaigns Anymore (The Collins Group Blog) Are You Taking Your Donors on a Journey?  (PhilanTopic) Steer Clear of Generic (Ann Green’s Nonprofit Blog) Stories/Storytelling User-Generated Content: Put your constituents to work! (npENGAGE) Using…
  • Roundup for January 2015

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

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

    eJP
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Featuring presenters from Poland, Israel, the UK and Cape Town, Limmud Johannesburg comes to a successful conclusion. (r-l) David Bilchitz, Chair of Limmud Intl; Chaim Chesler, Chair of Limmud FSU; and local Limmudnikit Keturah Dhlamini. Photo by Ilan Ossendryver. An exhibition on the liberation of Soviet Jewry was amongst the highlights of the Limmud conference held in Johannesburg between 31 July and 2 August. The exhibition was brought by Chaim Chesler, founder of Limmud FSU. He presented on his first-hand experience with the immigration of over 1 million Russians to Israel and the…
  • Are These The Voices We Want to Silence?

    eJP
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Young leaders report quietly that any conversation or public statement they make that is not emphasizing how Israel is the best in the world is considered by many influentials in their community and nationally to be anti-Israel. By Charlene Seidle One of the most evocative teachings in Pirkei Avot lays a framework for divergence of opinion. “Any dispute for the sake of heaven will have enduring value, but any dispute not for the sake of heaven will not have enduring value,” our Sages said. Our task is to determine what falls into what category. This can be ambiguous, but we are further…
  • The Magic Hour

    eJP
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Jessica Downey It’s the final session of the summer. Counselors jump up and down with lagging enthusiasm. They have smiles on their faces that don’t quite reach their eyes. Teens and young adults are approaching their eighth, ninth or even tenth week of the summer. Campers are tired. The staff is burnt out. But if you look closer, you may find this is the most magical time to be at camp. At first glance, the camp is wilted. The mighty trees seem to sigh. Water bottles of varying sizes litter the benches and tables. A rainbow of colorful towels hangs by the pool, sagging from the…
  • Applications Open: Matara – Education and Training Programme for European Jewish Youth Leaders

    eJP
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:30 pm
    The Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe, in partnership with Limmud, welcomes applications to participate in the 5th MATARA programme for European Jewish Youth Educators and Activists to take place at the 2015 Limmud UK conference. Registration is open and closes 5th October 2015. Send to Kindle
  • In Poland, Jewish Identity isn’t Because of the Holocaust – but Despite It

    eJP
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    By Marisa Fox-Bevilacqua Krakow – The six clarinets, three percussionists, horn players, fiddlers, bassists, guitarists and singers were whipping the hordes into a whirling dervish. Their unabashedly joyous, sometimes harmonious, often cacophonous and always rhythmic brew had turned Szeroka Square into a mass of clapping hands and dancing feet. Where exactly had I landed – Coachella? The gospel tent at a Jazz fest? An outdoor concert in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, right on Broadway, so the Chassids and the hipsters can comingle? Before I knew it, a young Sinead O’Connor lookalike…
 
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  • Judge Threatens to Hold IRS Commissioner in Contempt of Court

    Justin Williamson
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    This week, in the latest twist in the IRS targeting scandal, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan threatened to hold the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department attorneys in contempt of court after the IRS failed to… The post Judge Threatens to Hold IRS Commissioner in Contempt of Court appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • IRS Turned Over 501(c)(4) Documents to DOJ and FBI

    Justin Williamson
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:25 am
    Judicial Watch, a conservative advocacy group, released new documents last week indicating that the IRS gave the FBI 21 computer disks, which contained over a million pages of confidential tax returns of over 113,000 nonprofit social welfare groups (nearly every… The post IRS Turned Over 501(c)(4) Documents to DOJ and FBI appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • The Board Chair & Your Nominating Committee: Why They’re So Important

    Greg McRay, EA
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Nonprofits and social enterprise organizations rely immensely on their board of trustees. These individuals collectively can help propel a charity forward or become a roadblock to success. There are two areas where leaders should ensure that they are observing good board governance and practice, and they relate to the board chair and the nominating committee. The post The Board Chair & Your Nominating Committee: Why They’re So Important appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • IRS Advisors Asking Congress to Mandate Electronic Filing

    Justin Williamson
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:28 am
    An Internal Revenue Service subcommittee put forth a recommendation to require all tax-exempt organizations to file their annual tax forms electronically. During its annual public meeting, the subcommittee, IRS Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT), recommended the… The post IRS Advisors Asking Congress to Mandate Electronic Filing appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • Judge Orders IRS to Answer Questions Regarding Lerner Emails

    Justin Williamson
    10 Jun 2015 | 1:01 pm
    The IRS has been ordered to answer questions on the status of certain emails of former exempt director Lois Lerner. The federal judge has ordered the agency to answer questions in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed… The post Judge Orders IRS to Answer Questions Regarding Lerner Emails appeared first on Foundation Group®.
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  • Pamela’s Weekly Words of Wisdom: A Policy of “Zero Problems with the Neighbors”

    Pamela Hawley
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
    Turkey is a model for us.  It has a new official policy: “zero problems with the neighbors.” As is the situation with many countries, Turkey has had its share of challenges with its neighbors.  For example, there were reports of genocide in 1915 in Armenia, or challenges with its other Arab neighbors. Yet their official policy now is to extend friendship, positive relations and harmony in its relationship-building.  In essence, Turkey is focusing forward, rather than looking back. Whether we’re a country, a person, in a marriage, or working on a partnership, shouldn’t we all take…
  • What happened when I was suspected of having Ebola

    Pamela Hawley
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:05 am
    Guest Post by Kai Hopkins Kai Hopkins I recently returned from Sierra Leone, where Keystone’s Ground Truth programme is providing real-time feedback from the general public and frontline workers on the Ebola response. The good news is that the data are being used by decision-makers in the response to improve programming. The bad news is that exactly one week after returning from Sierra Leone, I was surrounded by doctors in biohazard suits, being tested for Ebola myself. It started with a headache, a deep pounding painful rhythm, not unlike the feeling the morning after the night before,…
  • UniversalGiving is Hiring!

    Pamela Hawley
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Work for an Amazing Team. Serve Our Global Community. Find Your Dream Job. At UniversalGiving®, we are looking for dedicated, passionate, and fun-loving talent to join our team. Come join us as a creative and enthusiastic Marketing Coordinator, an innovative Software Engineer, a hands-on Corporate Social Responsibility Intern, or a diligent Administrative and Operations Intern. Here are five reasons you should join our team: 1. We are dedicated to our international community, and our diverse backgrounds reflect our global reach-our San Francisco office hosts team members from all over the…
  • Pamela’s Weekly Words of Wisdom: Why Indonesian Street Children Love the Internet

    Pamela Hawley
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
    On the streets of Indonesia, children often compete, gang against gang, in violent war.  Many of them don’t have a home, much less a bed, to call their own. But a new night life is emerging in Indonesia. Starting at 10 pm until 5 am, many cafes, which have internet access and computers, are hosting street children.  They provide a special offer to “spend their time online with a cup of coffee and a piece of bread.”  It costs just one dollar. Instead of becoming involved in crime, or being the victim of one, now children are able to find a safe haven.  They can not only protect…
  • Getting Involved – Achungo Children’s Center    

    Pamela Hawley
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Guest Post by Monte Fisher, Executive Director of Achungo Children’s Center. “The Achungo Children’s Center (ACC) provides education, care, food, clothing and medical assistance for over 200 orphans and destitute children in rural southwest Kenya.” All School Assembly at ACC I first visited Kenya when I was 19. As part of my studies, I spent 8 months in Kenya and absolutely fell in love with the country – its incredible beauty and exotic character, and more than that, with its people. They seemed the friendliest, most inclusive and loving people I’d ever met.
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  • Pamela’s Weekly Words of Wisdom: A Policy of “Zero Problems with the Neighbors”

    Pamela Hawley
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
    Turkey is a model for us.  It has a new official policy: “zero problems with the neighbors.” As is the situation with many countries, Turkey has had its share of challenges with its neighbors.  For example, there were reports of genocide in 1915 in Armenia, or challenges with its other Arab neighbors. Yet their official policy now is to extend friendship, positive relations and harmony in its relationship-building.  In essence, Turkey is focusing forward, rather than looking back. Whether we’re a country, a person, in a marriage, or working on a partnership, shouldn’t we all take…
  • Leaders, Can You Take Time Off? What Silicon Valley Says, What You Say

    Pamela Hawley
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
    As I write here from Silicon Valley, I see so many people working 10 hour days and weekends. I often wonder, can we truly be productive? And more importantly, are we fulfilled? Diligence is an important aspect of one’s life. We should find a worthy endeavor and apply ourselves to it. Ideally it’s something we’re passionate about. Be it gardening, child rearing, accounting, philanthropy, eyeglass making, bassoonist, or mail carriers. We find joy in whatever our right purpose is. Perhaps it is delivering the mail to those who appreciate hearing from a loved one, and being outside as you…
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: “The Greatest Mind is Always the Simplest.” – Russell Conwell

    Pamela Hawley
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
    Now, the greatest mind is always the simplest. Did you ever see a really great man? Great in the best and truest sense? If so, you could walk right up to him and say: “How are you, Jim? “                                -Russell Conwell, “Acres of Diamonds” That’s right. The most amazing people are warm and accessible to all. That’s because they know everyone has a beautiful gift to give, and no one is greater. The greatest gift is being open and loving. Russell Conwell (February 15, 1843 – December 6, 1925) was an American Baptist…
  • Seek… Slow down… Share…

    Pamela Hawley
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
    Seek… empathy  Slow down… to emphasize good  Share… encouragement Grey T. Full Filed under: Living Right
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: “Before You Can Give Yourself Away, You Must Have a Self to Give.”

    Pamela Hawley
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
    “Before you can give yourself away, you must have a self to give.” – Isabel Hickey Similar to George Gurdjieff’s commitment to self and spirit before serving others, Isabel Hickey realized that we must put ourselves first. In so doing, we become strong and committed to giving ourselves the best, and then we can give our best selves unto others…                                                                      —✶— Isabel Hickey was an American astrologer and writer who practiced Humanist Astrology with a psychological…
 
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  • How Bad Images Hurt Your Brand

    Howard
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Your Imagery Represents Your Brand, and Saving Money by Using Poor Quality Photos is Penny-Wise and Pound-Foolish. The ability to use images to attract people to your cause, convey your story, and motivate donors is more important than ever before — especially for nonprofits, the sector that needs to get its message out in a powerful way. And yet, in my two decades of working with nonprofits, it’s a rare occasion that I have worked with ones that have hired good, professional photographers. Most organizations supply photos shot by volunteers with little understanding of what is needed for…
  • 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…
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  • Stars Appeal To US Fish And Wildlife Service Over Killing Of Cecil The Lion

    3 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Appalled by the tragedy surrounding Cecil the lion, who was killed by an American trophy hunter in Zimbabwe, celebrities from around the world are urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to finalize its proposed rule to protect African lions under the Endangered Species Act. African lions currently have no protection under U.S. law, with more than 400 lions killed every year by American trophy hunters, and trophies such as lion heads, paws and other body parts free to flow across the U.S. border in unlimited quantities from anywhere in the world. The stars write in support of efforts by The…
  • Jared Padalecki And Stephen Amell Give The Shirts From Their Backs... And Fronts

    3 Aug 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Written by Tim Saunders Supernatural star Jared Padalecki has lost his shirt – and he wants you to buy a new one! Jared Padalecki and Stephen Amell Go ShirtlessCredit/Copyright: FacebookThe actor joined his pal Stephen Amell to relaunch Represent.com/Jared for just two days. The massively popular campaign has raised money for Padalecki’s Always Keep Fighting cause, which promotes mental health awareness. Jared Padalecki's AKF – Part IIIYou’d better be quick to get your hands on this shirt – grab one here. From:…
  • Spotlight: Donald Trump's Charity Work

    3 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Trump signed a wooden dog bone for an auction benefitting the Mississippi Animal Rescue League. Charities & foundations supported Donald Trump has supported the following charities: Arnold Palmer FoundationCelebrity Fight Night FoundationChildren with AIDSDavid Foster FoundationDoSomething.orgFriends of ScotlandJimmy FundLos Angeles Police Memorial FoundationMake A Child Smile AppealMake-A-Wish FoundationMississippi Animal Rescue LeagueMuhammad Ali Parkinson CenterNeurofibromatosis, Inc.Operation SmileParalyzed Veterans of AmericaPediatric Epilepsy ProjectRaising MalawiReef ReliefSmile…
  • Tony Bennett Awarded George Washington University President's Medal

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    Accomplished painter, singer and humanitarian Tony Bennett and his wife, arts advocate Susan Benedetto, have been awarded the George Washington University President’s Medal, the highest honor the university president can bestow. Tony Bennett and his wife Susan Benedetto honored by George Washington University for their commitment to the Arts.George Washington President Steven Knapp presented the award to honor Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Benedetto’s dedication to the arts at a ceremony in the Corcoran building, home to GW’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, on July 30. The…
  • Jerry Garcia Foundation Launches #RippleEffect Social Media Global Art Project

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    The Jerry Garcia Foundation is collaborating with the Playing for Change Foundation to initiate the #RippleEffect social media art project. Video: Ripple | Playing For Change | Song Around The WorldThe project will support the mission of bringing music education programs to children around the world. Foundation co-founder, Keelin Garcia, honors her father, Jerry Garcia, by singing with other talented musicians who share their artistry on a global version of the Grateful Dead's “Ripple”. Keelin joins Jimmy Buffett, David Crosby, Bill Kreutzmann, and David Hidalgo, on a newly…
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  • Nonprofit News Round Up

    intelmarx
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:50 am
    In case you missed them, here are our top news worthy stories for the week of July 27th, 2015. 1. Useful Social Media Management Tools Are you short on resources when it comes to keeping your social media presence alive? Let me help. Here are four social media management tools that will save you time and be gentle to your expense report (Read More). 2. How To Reach Out To New Prospects Reaching out to new prospects is hard to do especially if you have to make cold calls. Regardless of the channel of communication (phone, email, in person), the following tips should ease the awkwardness just a…
  • 10 Money Saving Tips You Need To Start Now

    intelmarx
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:51 am
    By: Scott Kinser Americans continue to place an increased emphasis on saving, with 1 in 6 citing this as their top financial priority. What better time is there to give yourself a fresh start than now? Want to boost your savings? Here are 10 savings tips to help you reach your goals in 2015 and beyond. Tip 1: Start, or boost, your emergency savings account Fewer than 1 in 4 Americans have an adequate emergency savings cushion, and an alarming 26 percent have no emergency savings at all, so the majority of people need to heed this tip. Since the biggest barrier to saving is not being in the…
  • Motivation Quotes To Inspire You

    intelmarx
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:29 am
    By: Scott Kinser Sometimes life can deal you a hand that keeps the rain pouring over you, making you feel like it will bury you and take all your convictions away. Don’t let that happen, all of us have the innate ability to succeed. Sometimes we just need that quote of wisdom to remind us what we’re fighting for. So I have comprised some of the best motivational quotes that have gotten me through the slumps 1. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream – C.S. Lewis 2. Luck is when opportunity meets preparation – Seneca 3. You have to learn the…
  • 5 Signs Indicating Your Site Is Ready For Redesign

    intelmarx
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    By: Scott Kinser This seems to be the year for website redesign. Many companies and startups are re-launching brand new websites, and with good reason. Technology is changing, design trends are evolving, how sites are used is changing, even things such as social media are changing and shaping how websites look and function. Technology moves so fast that by time you finish reading this blog post (assuming it takes you less than five minutes), there will be 1,000,000 searches on Goggle, 360 hours of YouTube video uploaded and over 370 new domain names registered, each with potential of…
  • Retweet To Gain Brand Awareness

    intelmarx
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:33 am
    By: Scott Kinser Retweeting is one marvelous way to utilize existing content to build your following and grow your brand. This is where you pick up on a message from another source that you feel your followers will be interested in seeing and send it out there. How does this help you spread your name or brand? Don’t simply retweet. Instead, edit or quote the original tweet. Then use the RT abbreviation to show that you’re actually retweeting a quote of the original tweet. It will say RT, but it will be coming from you and include the name of the original source. A good example of…
 
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  • Study Identifies Patterns in Rural Grants

    M. P.
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:27 am
    A study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service suggests that grants to rural-based organizations are on the decline.  The report, Foundation Grants to Rural Areas from 2005 to 2010: Trends and Patterns by John Pender, examined data on grants from the Foundation Center (of at least $10,000 awarded by the largest private and community U.S. foundations between 2005-2010), the National Center for Charitable Statistics, the Census Bureau, and USDA’s Economic Research Service to identify patterns grant distribution to rural communities in the United States.
  • Interview Series: Danielle Hardy, Community Donations Specialist for Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania

    M. P.
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Danielle is a Community Donations Specialist for Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania Danielle Hardy is the Community Donations Specialist for Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania, where she focuses on donation acquisitions and community outreach events.  She is also on the board of directors for Macedonia Family and Community Enrichment Center Inc., a faith-based non-profit community outreach of Macedonia Church in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, PA.  As an organization, Macedonia FACE is committed to living out its mission to encourage the development of healthy families. Years in the…
  • Study: Americans with Disabilities Want to Work, are Working

    M. P.
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:13 am
    Americans with disabilities endeavor to find employment and are successful in overcoming obstacles in the workplace, according to the 2015 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey, the first nationally representative survey to examine the work experiences of adult Americans with disabilities.  Approximately 68 percent of respondents indicated they were looking for work, have worked, or were currently employed since the onset of disability. Persons currently working averaged 35.5 hours a week, and over half (60.7 percent) worked 40+ hours a week.  The majority of those…
  • Child Maltreatment and Abuse – A Predictor Agencies are Using Prediction to Prevent

    M. P.
    11 Jun 2015 | 6:49 am
    According to 2011 data,  12.5 percent of children under the age of 18 are abused or neglected in the United States each year.  A Facts on Youth brief from the Center for Health and Justice at TASC cites a study published in JAMA Pediatrics that found confirmed maltreatment for 1 in 8 youth, with nearly 6 percent of cases  (just less than half of confirmed reports) involving children ages 5 and under.  The brief also notes that studies of child abuse and maltreatment that rely on self-reports rather than substantiated reports indicate a rate of up to 40 percent. The Child Trends brief…
  • 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…
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  • The Power of Nonprofit Storytelling | Sharing an emotional story in video

    Pamela Grow
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kathleen Kennedy of the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection submitted today’s Power of Nonprofit Storytelling, an extraordinarily compelling video from the nonprofit organization Preemptive Love. “I don’t know if you are familiar with the non-profit Preemptive Love. They work internationally on a bunch of issues in Iraq. I became familiar with them through a blog I read and decided to make a donation a few months back. I was really impressed with what they are doing and I also received one of the most heartfelt thank-you phone calls within a couple days of my donation…
  • Fundraising Friday | July 31, 2015

    Pamela Grow
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:47 am
    Mary Cahalane submitted this week’s Power of Nonprofit Storytelling | Simple. Powerful. Actionable. Still struggling with surveying and donor feedback? Keep it simple. This week’s What’s in my Inbox. In this week’s What’s in my Mailbox, Rachel Ramjattan explains why Food for the Poor’s latest campaign had her at hello. How do you start your day? Implementing this simple daily habit can transform your organization’s individual giving. Let gratitude be the guiding cornerstone of your fundraising and marketing plan. How your crummy thank you feels. New from Mary Cahalane. Are you…
  • The daily habit that makes all the difference

    Pamela Grow
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:35 am
    Ever attended a conference, or paid for a course, and gotten so excited about the potential for your organization…but then failed to act on what you’d learned? Maybe you started your organization’s monthly giving program…and now it’s just an option tacked on to your year-end appeal. Or maybe you even took my Power of Thank You course — but never got around to actually rewriting your thank you letters or applying the program. Hey, it happens to the best of us. Some research points to only 5% of conference attendees actually acting on what they’ve learned! For just…
  • What’s in my Mailbox | The campaign that had me at hello

    Pamela Grow
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:31 am
    We’re big fans of both the work and the marketing of Food for the Poor (read more here and here). Today’s What’s in my Mailbox comes to you courtesy of Simple Development Systems’ member, Rachel Ramjattan . You probably know that Food for the Poor, Inc. is a direct mail champion! Like many fundraising consultants I enjoy studying direct mail campaigns. After reading so many, it takes a lot to bring me to tears. This campaign did. The “A Bag like this Filled with Food Could Save a Life” campaign had me at, “Hello”. The mail caught my eye. I’ve never received a…
  • What’s in my Inbox | Simple surveying

    Pamela Grow
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    I’ve been practicing donor surveying since 2000, and was the first to preach the benefits of regularly surveying . Why? The better you get to know your donors and their reasons for supporting your mission, the easier your marketing becomes. Yet, nonprofit organizations continue to struggle with this practice and typically arrive at surveys that are lengthy, boring, and very much organization-focused. Keep it simple. Make shorter surveying a regular part of your donor communications. Here’s an excellent example from Emily’s List. The email reminds you of why you support Emily’s…
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    Wakeman Agency

  • Our Top 5 on Turning 12

    admin
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:38 am
    Eyebrow-raising moments, head-scratching successes and outside-the-box opportunities as we reflect on The Wakeman Agency’s 12th year The post Our Top 5 on Turning 12 appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • Raising the Bar (and Engagement) by Celebrating Success

    admin
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:21 pm
    In 2005, The Wakeman Agency started working with Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO), a New York-based nonprofit organization that helps enable small business owners and budding entrepreneurs through its signature workshop - a sixteen-week program that can be likened to a mini-MBA. During this program, attendees from underserved communities gain foundational business knowledge in critical subject areas such as sales, finance, human resources and customer service. The post Raising the Bar (and Engagement) by Celebrating Success appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • From The Wakeman Agency Archives

    admin
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:19 am
    As we celebrate our twelfth birthday this month, we find ourselves reminiscing about the early days. Check out this article about one of our first clients, The Development and Finishing Institute. It was our first media placement in The New York Times and we have been on a roll ever since - building and nurturing deep relationships with a broad group of producers, reporters, hosts, editors and bloggers that cover a variety of beats for some of the most sought after, coveted media outlets. Relationships that have benefited our growing roster of clients. The post From The Wakeman Agency…
  • The Wow Factor of the Wakeman Workplace

    admin
    17 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    According to the Harvard Business Review, more than 100 studies found that the most engaged employees — those who report they’re fully invested in their jobs and committed to their employers — are significantly more productive, drive higher customer satisfaction and outperform those who are less engaged. The post The Wow Factor of the Wakeman Workplace appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • Walking the Talk: A Tale of Professional Development at The Wakeman Agency

    admin
    14 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    I’m fortunate enough to have been with The Wakeman Agency for three out of its 12 years in business. I came on board in August of 2012 as a college intern. And as the Agency has evolved and grown, so, too, have I. The post Walking the Talk: A Tale of Professional Development at The Wakeman Agency appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
 
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    Event 360

  • Event 360 Spotlight: Aubrey Cushing

    Molly Fast
    30 Jul 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 Aubrey Cushing Position: Seattle Field Marketing Coordinator, Susan G. Komen 3-Day Start Year: 2012 What job did you hold right before you came to work at Event 360? Administrative Assistant. Was there anything in particular that brought you to Event 360? My love for the Komen 3-Day, of course! I was already a team captain, training walk leader and a volunteer, but I wanted to expand my reach and be involved on a larger basis. If you weren’t working at…
  • 10 Tips for Rocking Your Event Social Media

    Patrick Riley
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Written by Alyssa Curran and Katie Zupancic The events industry is all about moments. Unique, shared experiences between participants, volunteers, staff members, and spectators are what will make your event hit #1 on the charts, and why participants want to return year after year. These moments build loyalty, and whether your ultimate goal is fundraising or experiential marketing-related, they have a lifetime far longer than the event itself. Social media is the perfect way to amplify those moments. You can extend the passion and excitement surrounding an event for those who were present, and…
  • Event 360 Teammate Spotlight: Slade Thompson

    Molly Fast
    23 Jul 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 Slade Thompson! Position: Senior Event Production Manager, MuckFestMS Start Year: 2003 What job did you hold right before you came to work at Event 360? Construction project management. Was there anything in particular that brought you to Event 360? Great work with great people. If you weren’t working at Event 360 what would you be doing? Probably working at an event venue. Favorite part of your job? The hilarity that ensues on event. What do you like to…
  • Making the Most of Feedback – Event Survey Results

    Patrick Riley
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Written by Molly Fast and Sarah Coniglio Whether doing so through post-event surveys or by asking participants you interact with on event, there are so many opportunities to learn how your participants really feel about their event experience. Receiving feedback is critical to the success of your event, the long-term health of your project and the strength of the relationship you build with everyone who does your event. Asking for feedback is critical, but what you actually do with that feedback is just as, if not more, important. Read on for how to set yourself up successfully to get it…
  • Event 360 Teammate Spotlight: Ali Finkel

    Molly Fast
    16 Jul 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 Ali Finkel! Position: Account Director, Susan G. Komen Projects Start Year: What job did you hold right before you came to work at Event 360? I was working on the 3-Day as part of the Production team at Pallotta TeamWorks. I’ve worked on the 3-Day in some capacity since 1999! Was there anything in particular that brought you to Event 360? I am fortunate to be one of the very first people hired to work at Event 360 and I was really excited for the…
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    blog.ncrp.org

  • New Video Revisits the 2015 NCRP Impact Awards

    Alison Howard
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
    NCRP celebrated its third annual NCRP Impact Awards on May 19, recognizing five exemplary grantmakers helping to effect real change in the communities they serve: Blue Shield of California Foundation, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Needmor Fund, New York Foundation and Open Society Foundations. The awards ceremony was held in San Francisco, in conjunction with The Center for Effective Philanthropy 2015 National Conference. Relive the night with this video recap of the event: Daniel Lee, executive director of the Levi Strauss Foundation and NCRP board member, served as master of ceremonies,…
  • What Can Philanthropy Learn from the Movement for Marriage Equality?

    Ryan Schlegel
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Last month, the Supreme Court effectively ended what had been for two decades a pitched battle in the nation’s so-called culture wars. When their ruling in the Obergefell vs. Hodges case found a constitutional right to marriage, they crowned victorious a movement that had been gathering steam, state by state, since the early 1990s. Amid the jubilation among LGBTQ people; their friends, families, and allies; and champions for progress ranging from President Obama to Gandalf, a narrative began to emerge from political and historical commentators. Mostly, the internet filled with breathless…
  • Investigating Charitable Lead Trusts with David Cay Johnston

    Peter Haldis
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    In researching our Philamplify assessments of the Hess Foundation and Walton Family Foundations, I interviewed David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and expert on economics and tax issues. Johnston is a well-known critic of charitable lead trusts, an investment strategy that provides the Hess Foundation with much of its wealth. Read on to learn what he thinks of this controversial, but little-understood, philanthropic tool. NCRP) What is the purpose of a charitable lead trust (CLT)? JOHNSTON) To avoid paying taxes on the increased but untaxed increase in value from a family…
  • Can We Love Humanity with a Market-Based Approach?

    Janay Richmond
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Several Fridays ago I first learned that yet another Black man had been killed during a police stop in Baltimore, and I made no immediate effort to learn more of the story. It was a tale I had heard several times over, especially recently, and I suppose because of this it was easy to brush it to the side as I toiled through my daily tasks. The next night, after weekend errands and the premiere of my favorite show, I was finally ready to dive a little deeper into the story. I googled “Freddie Gray”, and as I poured over the Baltimore Sun article detailing the injuries he sustained,…
  • How Volunteering Gives Us Strong Roots for Strong Giving

    Jeanné Isler
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    NCRP strives to transform philanthropy so that it more directly supports organizations that use strategies like community organizing, and supports the people who drive and benefit from those organizations, particularly underserved communities. NCRP’s research and policy work is highly regarded in our sector and we spend a lot of time in the field to help philanthropy be more responsive to the communities and causes we believe in. Our work is based clearly on our values and our mission, and each of us is passionate about what we do. In addition, many of us volunteer with organizations that…
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    Mark Holmgren's Blog: Anticipate!

  • Why we can’t shop our way to a better economy

    Mark Holmgren
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:33 pm
    This is about the United States, but it rings true in Canada and around the world. More and more our economy is becoming controlled by a small group of big businesses. How does that bode for the future of our societies? Quoted from YouTube: “Published on Nov 23, 2012 “Stacy Mitchell is a researcher and writer at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), a national nonprofit organization that challenges corporate consolidation of the economy and champions policies to nurture community-scaled enterprise. “Stacy directs two ILSR initiatives on independent business and…
  • What are “Market Forces” Anyway?

    Mark Holmgren
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:26 pm
    I was reading an article about the NDP Government’s dialogue with the oil industry. I apologise for not recording the URL, but one of the major topics was the environment of course. One CEO was quoted as saying something like the government should let big business deal with environmental goals based on market forces. While I would agree that the government and the oil industry need to work together, it struck me that I am not quite sure what market forces really means? So I did a bit of looking. BusinessDictionary.com offers this definition: “Forces of demand and supply…
  • How We Keep the Poor Living in Poverty

    Mark Holmgren
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:16 pm
    It’s not that we do so on purpose. Our intentions are good, but how we go about trying to help the poor often ends up keeping them poor. Even when we come up with “good” solutions, often we only go part way. And sometimes what society offers the poor seems more punitive than helpful. Income security benefits, for example, are to be blunt, disgraceful. People cannot live on what these benefits provide and it’s not because poor people are bad at personal budgeting. For example if you are a single person, your income security allowance is $627.00 per month for food and…
  • Some Questions: Minimum and Living Wage

    Mark Holmgren
    17 Jul 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Some short snippets to ponder: None of the government contracts my organization currently has provide sufficient monies to provide my staff with an RSSP or pension plan. Funny though that every one we deal with about our government contracts is paid more than my staff and have a pension plan. Why is that? I wonder how many of those employers (owners, senior staff) who decide it is cost-prohibitive to provide their workers with benefits have company benefits themselves? Look at how many Alberta-based companies already offer a living wage to their employees. Some small businesses in the mix as…
  • Living Wage: Benefits to Business

    Mark Holmgren
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:39 am
    There is considerable evidence from sources around the globe that not only point to the benefits of a living wage to employees, but also the considerable benefits to businesses. Consider the following summary of the benefits from Living Wage Canada: EMPLOYEES Paid fair compensation for their work Raised out of poverty Better quality of life Improved health Increased opportunities for education/skills training EMPLOYERS Reduced absenteeism Decreased turnover rates Lower recruitment and training costs Increased morale, productivity and loyalty Recognized as responsible employer COMMUNITY…
 
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    Notations on Non-Profits

  • What You Don’t Know, But Should, About Sweepstakes and Contests

    Erin
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:18 pm
    Image from: http://www.gratisography.com/#people There is no denying the major impact a sweepstakes or contest can have for a startup. Especially at such an important stage. When creating buzz can mean life or death. But as simple as sweepstakes and contests seem, they can also cause unwanted trouble if not carefully thought out. There is more involved […]
  • What You Can Do In ONE Minute Today…

    Erin
    18 Jul 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Know that feeling when you find a twenty in your back jean pocket? Or unopened butterscotch at the bottom of your bag? Both sum up how we feel being nominated for a Best Legal Blog contest hosted by The Expert Institute. Really, it’s exciting for a number of reasons. One, who doesn’t want to be […]
  • Disrupt Your Industry Within The Comfort Of Your Own Fence

    Erin
    12 Jul 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Not too long ago I wrote a post for Startup Grind to help startup organizations (be they charities, social ventures of otherwise) trail-blaze while managing the risk. Had a “duh” moment and posting here for all the readers who are shaking things up.   Disruption seems to be the name of the game these days. […]
  • What You May Not Know, But Should, When Adding Technology

    Erin
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:19 pm
    Image: Jeff Sheldon https://unsplash.com/photos/9dI3g8owHiI/download   Having just figured out the “emoji,” I get how difficult it is to keep up with technology. Let alone the evolving issues that come with it. As my Netsquared chat (deets here if you’re in Houston) on nonprofit technology quickly approaches (Eek!) I’m ironing out the legal points to touch on. […]
  • Legal Topics in Nonprofit Technology: Upcoming Talk and Past Posts

    Erin
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:52 pm
    I’ll be chatting with NetSquared Houston July 14th on legal topics, pitfalls and traps that come up with nonprofit technology! For those unfamiliar, NetSquared is a national affiliation focused on blending startup technology, entrepreneurialism and acumen with charitable and social-benefit organizations. In other words, what we’d call a win-win situation. I’m working on a separate post […]
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    Vistas: Geri Stengel’s Blog

  • Changing The World One Period At A Time

    Geri Stengel
    15 Jul 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Like many other entrepreneurs, Miki Agrawal starts companies based on her needs and the needs of those she cares about. When she sees an unmet need, she fills it. In 2005, when her twin sister, Radha, had one of those embarrassing moments during a three-legged race at a family barbecue — she got her period and soiled her bathing suit — Miki and Radha had an “aha” moment. With all the innovation in the world, there had to be a better way. Miki’s second “aha” moment happened when she asked a school-aged girl in South Africa why she…
  • How Lucrative Israeli Tech Investments Opened Up To Global Investors

    Geri Stengel
    11 Jul 2015 | 5:39 am
    Two women have taken on the task of connecting high-return Israeli tech start-ups with the angel funding they need to take off. It’s been a challenge, despite the track record of such companies. Angel investors are beating out venture capitalists when it comes to Israeli tech companies. Between January 2011 and July 2014, nearly half of the most profitable investor exits were funded exclusively by angels, according to iAngels, an equity crowdfunding platform. Although angels invested smaller amounts of money than VCs, they reaped the high rewards that VCs crave: 10 to 30 times…
  • A Business Vision That Steve Jobs Would Envy

    Geri Stengel
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Being the next Steve Jobs requires a bold vision for your company. So when Joanna Drake Earl, serial entrepreneur, angel investor and venture capitalist, told me about Danielle Applestone’s vision for the Other Machine Co. (OMC) I knew I wanted to talk to her. Applestone’s vision captured the imagination and wallets of more investors in Broadway Angels, a group of world-class angel investors, than any other entrepreneur’s vision. Sounds a lot like Jobs! To read all of A Business Vision That Steve Jobs Would Envy go to Forbes.com
  • Child Support Doesn't Have To Create Family Stress

    Geri Stengel
    16 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Creating a product to meet your own big pain point In the U.S. alone,  $200 billion in child support and expenses changes hands annually, according to Sheri Atwood, founder of SupportPay. Parents (the vast majority are dads) don’t have a problem paying for their children’s expenses, they just want to make sure that what they pay is for the child. Parents are 90% more likely to exchange child support and expenses when they clearly see what they are paying for, said Atwood. SupportPay makes sharing expenses transparent as well as easy to do. To reall all of Child…
  • How To Create An Entrepreneurial Community When No One Is Nearby

    Geri Stengel
    9 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Sara Davidson needed a boost to grow her own business. But, as a woman entrepreneur in the Midwest, she had trouble finding kindred spirits. The midwest consists of 12 states in the north central United States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. It does have cities that are among the top 25 metro areas for women entrepreneurs including Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis and St Louis, according to Julie Weeks, president and CEO of Womenable, which researches and recommends policies and programs to…
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    Sharing the Goodness

  • BiddingForGood is Acquired by FrontStream Holdings, Adding Best-in-Class Auction and Event Management Services to FrontStream’s Set of Philanthropic Solutions For Nonprofits and Corporations.

    Alice Curley
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Cambridge, MA– July 27, 2015 – FrontStream Holdings LLC, the foremost provider of philanthropy solutions for nonprofits and corporations, has acquired BiddingForGood. This move is the latest in a series of strategic moves made by FrontStream and is consistent with their commitment to the development of a completely comprehensive platform for nonprofits and corporations. BiddingForGood is the most widely recognized platform for online auction and event management and gives fundraisers a cloud-based, intuitive, and easy-to-use, solution that helps them raise more money by offering anytime,…
  • The Art of the Scramble: How to run an amazing auction with very little time

    Alice Curley
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:44 am
    It’s July 22nd, and the powers that be have decided you need to run an amazing auction on August 22nd. You have no auction team, no items, no promotional plan, no venue, you have nothing but a complete lack of time. What do you do? For starters, you put your auction online. Take finding a venue, booking a band, finding a caterer, hiring an auctioneer, and all the hassles of running an event off the list of things to be stressed about. And then… Round up the usual suspects Reach out to the friends and colleagues you know you can count on. They’ve been volunteers before and they know the…
  • What Successful Auction Chairs Do Differently

    Alice Curley
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:42 am
    They get started early Who is thinking about their fall auction in July? The most successful auction chairs are. They know that they need to start planning now. Organizing their donor lists, writing their donor solicitation letters, and creating their donor solicitation plan isn’t put off until September. They know how important it is to start early. They still relax and relish the summer months, but they make item solicitation part of their summer activities   They always ask for help The most successful auction chairs don’t go it alone. They know how important it is to have a great…
  • Why Summer Auctions Sizzle

    Alice Curley
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:53 pm
    There are a lot of things that are put on hold for the summer, but your fundraising doesn’t have to be one of them! Here are some of the top reasons that summer is a great time to have a fundraising event. The field of competing fundraising events is thinned out Some smart nonprofits, and even schools, have caught on that it’s possible to raise a lot of money over the summer. The number of organizations that raised over $20,000 in a summer auction (between June 1st and September 1st) on BiddingForGood.com rose 64% between 2012 and 2014. But, it still doesn’t compare to the number of…
  • Why Your Online Auction is Like a Summer Blockbuster

    Alice Curley
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Chances are you’ve heard about the new Jurassic Park movie: Jurassic World. What you may not know is that it grossed $200 million domestically in its first weekend alone. So, why are so many people going to see this movie? They’re a fan of the original Jurassic Park movie. They are friends with, dating, married to, or related to a Jurassic Park fan. They enjoyed the other Jurassic Park movies. So, why not see this one? They’ve heard so much about it they just have to see what all the fuss is about. There have been all kinds of teasers, interviews, mini-trailers, articles, blog posts,…
 
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    Christine Sculati's blog

  • Women rising to leadership

    christine
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:13 pm
    How can we solve tough environmental and social problems if women continue to be underrepresented in leadership positions in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors? How can we change this reality? In June, the Women’s Environmental Network (WEN) organized a groundbreaking event on how women can rise to leadership roles in the environmental sector.  The topic resonated widely. More than 100 participants came out to the Impact Hub San Francisco to hear from our three esteemed panelists: Savanna Ferguson, California Environmental Associates Francesca Vietor, The San Francisco…
  • Storytelling tools and resources for nonprofit communicators

    christine
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:25 pm
    Why are stories important for nonprofit communicators and fundraisers? Through stories, we help people to understand, relate to and remember difficult or complex issues. Stories make emotional connections. We inspire action and engage people through stories. Stories influence thought leaders and decision makers. In this post, I highlight five outstanding online tools and resources to help you share stories that will motivate your audiences. Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences: Presentation innovator Nancy Duarte is the CEO of Duarte Inc. based in Sunnyvale,…
  • What is the new vision for California State Parks and how will it be funded?

    christine
    5 Feb 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Towering Redwoods, Hendy Woods State Park According to a new report, the struggling and underfunded California state park system can transform into a model of sustainability for park systems worldwide. This new system will be one that protects California’s iconic landscapes, natural resources, and cultural heritage; engages a diversity of Californians; and promotes healthy lifestyles. To achieve this vision, there is a lot of work to be done. The report by the Parks Forward Commission outlines recommendations, actions steps and entities responsible to achieve two-year and…
  • Singing praises for fundraisers and philanthropists

    christine
    30 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    A common yellowthroat sings loudly while perched on a branch in Oregon’s William L Finley National Wildlife Reserve. Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “In winter all the singing is in the tops of the trees,” wrote poet Mary Oliver. Or if you attended San Francisco’s National Philanthropy Day in November, all the singing came from Kat Taylor as she serenaded a room full of fundraisers and philanthropists while accepting this year’s award for “Outstanding Philanthropists.” The Outstanding Philanthropists Award celebrates philanthropists who have made a meaningful and…
  • Awe, wonder and giving back

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

  • What You Don’t Know, But Should, About Sweepstakes and Contests

    Erin
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:18 pm
    Image from: http://www.gratisography.com/#people There is no denying the major impact a sweepstakes or contest can have for a startup. Especially at such an important stage. When creating buzz can mean life or death. But as simple as sweepstakes and contests seem, they can also cause unwanted trouble if not carefully thought out. There is more involved […]
  • What You Can Do In ONE Minute Today…

    Erin
    18 Jul 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Know that feeling when you find a twenty in your back jean pocket? Or unopened butterscotch at the bottom of your bag? Both sum up how we feel being nominated for a Best Legal Blog contest hosted by The Expert Institute. Really, it’s exciting for a number of reasons. One, who doesn’t want to be […]
  • Disrupt Your Industry Within The Comfort Of Your Own Fence

    Erin
    12 Jul 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Not too long ago I wrote a post for Startup Grind to help startup organizations (be they charities, social ventures of otherwise) trail-blaze while managing the risk. Had a “duh” moment and posting here for all the readers who are shaking things up.   Disruption seems to be the name of the game these days. […]
  • What You May Not Know, But Should, When Adding Technology

    Erin
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:19 pm
    Image: Jeff Sheldon https://unsplash.com/photos/9dI3g8owHiI/download   Having just figured out the “emoji,” I get how difficult it is to keep up with technology. Let alone the evolving issues that come with it. As my Netsquared chat (deets here if you’re in Houston) on nonprofit technology quickly approaches (Eek!) I’m ironing out the legal points to touch on. […]
  • Legal Topics in Nonprofit Technology: Upcoming Talk and Past Posts

    Erin
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:52 pm
    I’ll be chatting with NetSquared Houston July 14th on legal topics, pitfalls and traps that come up with nonprofit technology! For those unfamiliar, NetSquared is a national affiliation focused on blending startup technology, entrepreneurialism and acumen with charitable and social-benefit organizations. In other words, what we’d call a win-win situation. I’m working on a separate post […]
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    Engaging Volunteers

  • Last Chance to Shape the 16NTC Agenda!

    Tessa Srebro
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:57 pm
    In today’s world, volunteer engagement and technology go hand in hand. In our recently-published book Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World, we dedicated an entire section to technology shifts and their impact on the volunteer engagement space. So wouldn’t it be great to see volunteer engagement heavily represented at the conference for leveraging technology for social good? Yes, I’m talking about NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference (16NTC), coming up this March in San Jose, CA. This conference puts its content in the hands of its…
  • Don’t Keep All That Volunteer Engagement Knowledge to Yourself!

    Tessa Srebro
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:14 am
    VolunteerMatch is now accepting Nonprofit Insights Webinar session proposals. Has your organization done something out-of-the-ordinary with your volunteer program? Have you witnessed new trends or conducted research around volunteerism? Are you simply a volunteer engagement rockstar? Don’t keep all that knowledge to yourself! VolunteerMatch is asking nonprofit professionals, academics, and/ or volunteers with something to share to submit session proposals for our Nonprofit Insights Webinar series. Topics should relate to the webinar’s mission of building a better world…
  • 3 Good People, 3 Good Causes, 3 Perfect Matches

    Tessa Srebro
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:17 am
    A senior trying yoga for the first time. A bobcat that can’t go back into the wild being cared for. A brother and sister strengthening their English skills after school.  These vastly different activities have one thing in common. They’re made possible by the passion of volunteers.  At VolunteerMatch, we make it easy for good people and good causes to connect. With our network of 100,000+ organizations, it’s no surprise that VolunteerMatch has connected close to 10 million volunteers with causes that light them up. However, since these initial connections happen online, we…
  • 4 Ways to Build an Ineffective, Disengaged Nonprofit Board

    Tessa Srebro
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:12 am
    Your board of directors. They are responsible for the governance of your organization. They are also volunteers. It’s an unfortunate truth that many nonprofit organizations struggle to effectively attract and engage board members. And for good reason – it’s not an easy task! But before you start asking, “Why are there no good board members out there?!” take a look internally. Are you making these all-to-common mistakes with your board? 1. Be Vague About the Commitment Level I once knew someone named Don. Don’s good friend was starting a nonprofit whose…
  • Why Fundraising Events Are About More Than Money

    Tessa Srebro
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:32 am
    Does your nonprofit fundraise through major events? Unless you’re part of an 18% minority, the answer is yes. And these events come with a myriad of upfront costs and planning time. So, how do you know if you’re making the most of your events? A new report from nonprofit technology review firm Software Advice researched eight types of common fundraising events and their return on investment. What did they find? For one thing, fun runs and walks had the highest return on investment, particularly for midsize and large nonprofits. Check it out: However, the report also shines light on an…
 
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  • From 2005 to 2015: The Radical Effect of Social Media on Nonprofit Web Design

    Heather Mansfield
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:39 pm
    The average person worldwide has five social media accounts and spends an average of 1 hour and 40 minutes browsing these networks every day. In 2005 Facebook was only open to college students and professors, Twitter didn’t exist, and the iPhone was still in concept mode. The Internet was primarily a desktop PC or laptop experience and reading news and sending and receiving email accounted for the majority of time spent online. Today, social media consumes the most time spent on the Internet and the majority of that browsing occurs on a smartphone or tablet. Also, over the last decade…
  • 12 Nonprofit Call-to-Action Twitter Images to Study and Learn From

    Heather Mansfield
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:48 am
    It is true that tweets with images receive more engagement, but how much more engagement depends on the quality of the images and if they are properly sized for Twitter (1024  x  512 pixels or a 2:1 aspect ratio). If your nonprofit is committed to maximizing engagement on Twitter, then you must create visually compelling call-to-action images for fundraising and advocacy campaigns. As we begin preparing for another year-end fundraising season spent tweeting and retweeting, studying the images below and creating a series of your own would be time and financial resources well spent.  1.
  • 24 Must-Read Fundraising and Social Media Reports for Nonprofits

    Heather Mansfield
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:57 am
    The reports listed below are just a small sampling of some of the research available to nonprofits on the subjects of online fundraising and social media. The data can be used to help your nonprofit craft a technology and fundraising strategic plan. If you would like to suggest a report be added to the list, please send a link to the report to Nonprofit Tech for Good. Most of the reports listed are based on U.S. nonprofit research, but Nonprofit Tech for Good would also like to add similar reports from other regions of the world. For Nonprofits in the United States: 1. 2015 Nonprofit…
  • Mobile for Good: A Free How-To Fundraising Webinar for Nonprofits

    Heather Mansfield
    20 Jun 2015 | 1:15 am
    Date: Thursday, November 19 Time: 1-2:30pm EDT Cost: Free! How to Register: Sign up Presented by: Heather Mansfield View: Complete Webinar Schedule Based on more than 20 years of experience and 25,000+ hours spent utilizing mobile and social media, Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits is a comprehensive 256-page book packed with more than 500 best practices. This free webinar will feature one best practice from each of the book’s sixteen chapters and will provide the basis for writing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising and content strategy.
  • 10 Blog Content Ideas for Nonprofits

    Heather Mansfield
    14 Jun 2015 | 8:27 am
    The following is an excerpt from Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits. Nonprofits are familiar with writing blog posts that provide program updates, tell success stories, comment on breaking news and current affairs, and promote calls to action. This type of blog content is standard in nonprofit communications and should continue to be reported on regularly; however, some of your most shared, retweeted, and +1′d blog posts will be those that are out of the ordinary. With more than 250 million blogs in existence and countless online news outlets worldwide, your new…
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  • (VIDEO) Leveraging Periscope App for Social Good

    Caroline Avakian
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:22 am
    As a follow-up to my post on Periscope for Nonprofits: A Quick Guide & Review, I gave a video interview last week with Stephen Shattuck from Bloomerang. The interview covers how nonprofits can leverage Periscope – Twiiter’s new live streaming mobile app – to better reach and communicate with their supporters and donors. I’ve been getting so many questions, and there’s been so much interest in this new app from the nonprofit community, that I thought posting this video Q and A would be an additional way to get the Persicope basics down, as well as some best…
  • HatchforGood.org helps nonprofits tell their stories

    Caroline Avakian
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:26 am
    This past Tuesday, I attended the Social Media for Nonprofits Conference in NYC. There’s always great content and discoveries to be made at the #SM4NP Conferences.  They tour around the country and are focused on providing great content and practical, tactical workshops and tools that nonprofits can put to work the next day. Full disclosure: I’m on their Leadership Council but I still know a good conference when I see one. One of my favorite presentations came from Jereme Bivins and Jay Geneske from the Rockefeller Foundation. They were presenting one of their latest projects:…
  • WordPress Tags And Categories – The Ultimate Guide For Nonprofits

    John Haydon
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:42 am
    What exactly are WordPress tags and categories? What purpose should they serve for the reader? Should they each just be one word? How do tags and categories relate to each other? And what does all this mean for SEO? What’s the Difference Between WordPress Tags And Categories? Categories are like the aisles in a grocery store and tags are like the ingredients in the various different foods. Chinese chili sauce is only located in the ethnic foods aisles, but garlic (an ingredient) is found in the chips aisle, the frozen dinners aisle, and the vegetable aisle. Tags (ingredients) link together…
  • Nonprofit Case Study: Periscope for Nonprofits

    Caroline Avakian
    10 Jul 2015 | 6:11 am
    As a follow-up to my Periscope for Nonprofits Quick Guide, I wanted to focus on real Nonprofit Periscopers, and how they’re using this new tool for social good. Today, I’m featuring Jennifer Tislerics, the Special Events & Partnerships Coordinator for Gift of Life Michigan. Gift of Life Michigan coordinates organ and tissue donations from deceased donors for the state. Jennifer also handles social media, youth outreach, faith-based programs, workplace outreach, and more. As a refresher, Periscope is a three month-old, free mobile app that allows any user to live stream from…
  • Periscope for Nonprofits: A Quick Guide & Review

    Caroline Avakian
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:35 am
    Live streaming has been thrust into the limelight recently with the release of Periscope — a free mobile app that allows any user to live stream from wherever they are. The whole concept of Periscope is to virtually place you somewhere in the world you would never be if it weren’t for the app. Even as a nonprofit techie, I tend to look at new apps and platforms with a bit of skepticism because I don’t always think nonprofits should jump on the bandwagon of the next new shiny app that promises a lot and underperforms. That said, I do feel it’s important to keep updated on new…
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  • DIY Decorative Curtain Tie-Backs

    goodwillsp
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:59 pm
    The trend in dressing windows today is simple and casual. Straight panels with tab or grommet tops are very popular. They’re easy to open and close without the fuss of traverse rods and cords. Sometimes you need to close the curtains for privacy or to keep the sun out. Other times you’ll want them open to let the air in or to admire the garden view. Adding personality to curtains is as easy as coming up with creative tie-backs. You don’t have to settle for matching fabric ties or the more formal cord and tassel tie-backs. Use your imagination and put vintage items or found objects to a…
  • Success Story: Cassandra

    goodwillsp
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:20 am
    Cassandra first came to Goodwill in 2011, homeless and with two young children, in need of a job. “I moved to Charlotte from Baltimore, M.D. with my children. I didn’t have a real plan. And let me tell you, that’s scary, particularly for a parent,” said Cassandra. “After trying to make a better life for myself on my own, I realized I needed some help, and this was when I learned of Goodwill.” She quickly enrolled in the banking and customer service occupational skills training course through the Goodwill Job Connection on Freedom Drive. She attended the class for two weeks before…
  • Build Your Own Garden Hose Hanger

    goodwillsp
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:29 pm
    By Kilby Watson, Community Engagement Manager at Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont We enjoy spending time outside in the summer, and it can be annoying to walk outside to a patio with great furniture and look over to see your hose laying in a clumped mess on the ground. At my house, our future plan is to enclose the patio space with a screened in porch – which means we would be moving the outside spigot. Therefore, I don’t want to purchase a hose hanger that adheres to the wall, where I would need to drill holes into the wall and eventually have to move the hose. Instead, I…
  • Leaving a Legacy on Nelson Mandela Day

    goodwillsp
    17 Jul 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Source: Nelson Mandela Foundation On July 18th every year, Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrated across the world in honor of the legendary late activist’s birthday and legacy. The day was officially declared by the United Nations as a global movement to honor his life’s work and act to change the world for the better. Nelson Mandela devoted 67 years of his life to the struggle for human rights and social justice. As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary this year in the Southern Piedmont region of North and South Carolina, we are reminded of the importance of leaving a lasting…
  • Success Story: Angela

    goodwillsp
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:39 am
    Angela came to Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont at a time in her life when she didn’t know where she was going to sleep each night. Angela was transitioning out of a local homeless shelter and needed help finding a job quickly so that she could secure permanent housing. When Charlene Hendricks, Manager of DSS Initiatives at Goodwill, met Angela for the first time, she saw the abundance of potential in Angela and knew she could help. That’s when Charlene connected Angela with Mike Foster, Transitional Jobs Supervisor at Goodwill. Angela worked with Mike to secure immediate…
 
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  • 7 Tips for Writing Effective Fundraising Copy

    Leslie Allen
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:31 am
    This week, I am in the wilds of western Wales. I’ve rented a cabin in Cenarth, Pembrokeshire so that I can concentrate on some writing projects. (I’m also getting some fun hiking in with my dog, Reggie – see adorable photo from today). Lately I’ve been doing a lot of fundraising writing for our clients. And I’ve been reminded that whether you are writing a capital campaign case statement or a direct mail appeal, all writing for donors requires a certain balance of creativity and discipline. Creativity is needed to use words that intrigue and inspire. Discipline is needed to stay…
  • Tell me…what can my dollars actually do?

    Ann Goldman
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:24 am
    I was browsing donate pages the other day (yes, this is the life of a fundraising consultant) and I came across one that I just love: Oxfam of America. Along with being just plain gorgeous, Oxfam of America’s donate page is fabulous because it so clearly identifies what my dollars can make possible. It doesn’t suggest that I restrict my donation. It simply presents some compelling outcomes and connects them to dollars, like:               $100 can help start a women-led savings group              $320 can start a community garden Both of these things happen appeal to me…
  • How You Can Innovate Your Way to a Better Event

    Leslie Allen
    8 Jul 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Question everything. That’s what I learned from a recent session I attended at the Institute of Fundraising conference here in London yesterday. The presentation was given by Zoe Macalpine and Lucy Graham who lead the Major Gifts team at Terrence Higgins Trust, the leading HIV prevention and education organization here in the UK. I know a lot about Terrence Higgins Trust and their fundraising (as I’ve been very fortunate to work with them on another project), but I didn’t know that they had systematically used a process of innovation to dramatically improve their event…
  • What’s in a Name? How to Price Your Greatest Asset

    Ann Goldman
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:34 am
    Have you ever thought about what it would take to name your organization? Or your primary facility? I’m sure your answer is a lot! But, what is a lot? Or more accurately, what is enough? This is not a conversation you want to be having when a donor is standing over you with a million dollars in hand. Decision making at that point gets really difficult. Just think what you could do with a million dollars! Naming your organization or facility is like getting a tattoo on your forehead. It’s a pretty public and permanent move. It has to be worth it. When a donor wishes to name your agency or…
  • Group Decision Making at Its Best

    Leslie Allen
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:57 am
    I’ve been working with a great organization here in the UK to create a middle donor program. We’re at the point where we’ve got the principals in place, but we need to think about the creative. Should this program have a name and a brand? What are the benefits of belonging? How are we going to communicate with these donors? This program was the brain child of the direct marketing and major gifts team and so both have an interest in figuring this stuff out. So, next week, we’ll meet to start mapping out specifics. When I started thinking about the agenda, I remembered…
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  • Video Nugget: Creating Great Funding Rationales

    Nick Fellers
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:31 am
    x https://vimeo.com/132943417 Previous video in this sequence: Using Altitude to develop your Presentation. In this video we cover the ‘Last 3 Feet’ tied to Creating Great Funding Rationales (hint: “Unrestricted” does not make a great Funding Rationale!) Create a Funding Rationale tied to a Unit of Impact if possible – “Our goal is to underwrite all 3000 of our families each year at $1500 per family. How many families can you help support?” Package up your Programs – “Here is the Impact we’d like to have in each community and it will take about $100,000 per…
  • Video Nugget: Using Altitude to Develop your Presentation

    Nick Fellers
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:26 am
    x https://vimeo.com/132943419 Previous video in this sequence: Using Altitude for Engagement, Organizational Development and Communication In this video we cover using Altitude to develop your Presentation: Lay out a Vision at 30,000’ Focus on clear Priorities over the next 1,000 Days Answer “How you can help” with a Funding Plan Check back tomorrow for more on developing your Funding Rationale.
  • All You Need is Love

    Tom Suddes
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    My good friend Teju, Co-Founder and CEO of the Unreasonable Institute recently spoke at a TEDx in Denver. He is a great storyteller … and has a clear message (tied to Just Ask). It’s entertaining and actionable. Enjoy.   x https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzwCuje__Sc
  • Colorado Boot Camp: ‘Early Bird’ Opportunity

    Kerry Suddes
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Join us on September 15-16, 2015 in Larkspur, CO (halfway between Denver and Colorado Springs/ 60 miles south of the Denver Airport) for our For Impact Boot Camp. This high-energy, two-day session explores the For Impact Point of View and Sales Process. And it is the best resource we can recommend for you and your team. Boot Camp is focused on frameworks and skill building. You will leave with the knowledge you need to simplify your message and funding rationale and take your organization to the next level. This opportunity is perfect for organizational alums, new hires, or anyone looking to…
  • Charles Schultz Philosophy on Life

    Tom Suddes
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:29 am
    Former Notre Dame Women’s Boxing Captain, and my good friend, Brittany Crawford, sent me this 10 years ago. Well worth the read. The following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the creator of the “Peanuts” comic strip. You don’t have to actually answer the questions. Just read it straight through, and you’ll get the point. Name the five wealthiest people in the world. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners. Name the last five winners of the Miss America. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winner for…
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  • Four ways keeping it old school can make your modern work life better

    Amanda Lydon
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:46 pm
    Happy Birthday, TakeTwo! Congratulations to Bix & Stephanie and to all the incredible Nonprofits who make up TakeTwo Services’ clientele on four years of communication and fundraising collaboration for so many great causes. TakeTwo Services launched four years ago. While 2011 wasn’t exactly the dark ages, in our super speedy culture, it was a different time. In 2011 we didn’t know Edward Snowden or Pope Francis and SCOTUS hadn’t yet ruled in favor of gay marriage. We hadn’t seen the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter and Snapchat was just being launched. In 2011, TakeTwo didn’t have a…
  • 4 x 4 x 4 Things We’ve Learned Working with Nonprofits

    Bix
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:14 pm
    We launched TakeTwo four years ago, this July – and we’ve learned, during that time, there are many things we love about our work and TakeTwo. Here are our top four: We get inspired by our clients and their work, every – single – day. We can have important, serious, and super-productive conversations – in our pajamas. Offering communications and fundraising under the same umbrella makes all our jobs easier – more productive – and fun. We have great team members who are smart, flexible, patient, and above all, have a strong sense of humor. Now, when we…
  • 6 Ways to Avoid Being a PITA Client

    Bix
    15 Jul 2015 | 10:02 am
    Kerstin Vogdes Diehn, a designer we’ve worked with for a long time, and an integral part of the TakeTwo Team, has a new post on what makes a project worthwhile for her. She calls it her PITA triangle. And it has nothing to do with pita bread. Re-posted from KV Design. Many of us are familiar with the project management triangle. You get two on the triangle and the third suffers (e.g., you want it cheap and fast, quality suffers; you want it top-notch by tomorrow, cost goes up). My entire business operates by this triangle. (Apparently so does every contractor I hire to fix something on…
  • Four for four: free consulting!

    Bix
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:26 pm
    This July marks our fourth birthday. And to celebrate, we’re treating! Since we’re turning four, we’re giving away four one-hour consulting slots where you get to pick Stephanie and Bix’s brains – two for one, as always! If you have a knotty area of fundraising or communications or both, simply fill out the form below and you could get one free hour on the phone with us to help you solve that challenge – on us!* They do say, two heads are better. Some questions we’ve asked – and answered – are: I have a limited budget and multiple staffing needs. What are some of the…
  • You Know It’s Time For Self-care When Babies Curse

    Bix
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:31 am
    It’s been a very tough week for many of us in the US, with the #Charlestonshooting, the latest in an epidemic of racist violence. Our deepest condolences to the families and everyone who is experiencing this loss. Like perhaps many of you, we are angry, sad, fed up, and, as The New Yorker’s The Borowitz Report put it, among Many in Nation Tired of Explaining Things to Idiots. So, when this genius put together this video (alongside), we found ourselves watching it over and over. And we knew we had to share it with you. Excuse the profanity, but we thought, “if even babies are…
 
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  • Three Social Media Lessons From Your Dog

    John Haydon
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    This is Otis. He’s my officemate. He’s taught me a lot about engaging supporters and donors. 1. Listen first To make the evolutionary leap to domesticated dog, wolves had to overcome a huge challenge in their environment. Leftovers and trash from people created a reliable and abundant food source for the wolves. But getting this food […] The post Three Social Media Lessons From Your Dog appeared first on John Haydon.
  • How to View Facebook Video Metrics in Facebook Insights

    John Haydon
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Facebook Insights displays video metrics for videos that you post to your page. You can see which videos are getting the most views and how long people watch each video. You can also see metrics for videos you share from another Facebook page. To access Facebook video metrics, click Insights at the top of your […] The post How to View Facebook Video Metrics in Facebook Insights appeared first on John Haydon.
  • How to Setup Google Analytics Goals

    John Haydon
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:55 am
    If you want to be smart about using Google Analytics, the first thing you have to do is setup Google Analytics Goals. With goals, Google Analytics starts making a whole lot more sense. What are Google Analytics Goals? Imagine playing soccer without nets. Sure it might be fun to kick the ball around, but you won’t be able to keep […] The post How to Setup Google Analytics Goals appeared first on John Haydon.
  • 7 Strategies to Increase Facebook Organic Reach [INFOGRAPHIC]

    John Haydon
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
    If you manage a Facebook Page for your nonprofit, you’re no doubt painfully aware that Facebook organic reach has plummeted over the past two years. Organic reach has declined for two reasons: The number of business pages competing for fans’ attention has skyrocketed. Facebook makes money solely from advertizing. Pages now have to pay to […] The post 7 Strategies to Increase Facebook Organic Reach [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on John Haydon.
  • 5 Ways to Turn Social Media Followers Into Activists

    Derrick Feldmann
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:33 am
    As we prepare to release research from our sixth year of The Millennial Impact Project, something that remains abundantly clear is how well the Millennial generation uses the power of social media to influence their networks and share their causes. In fact, it’s really Millennials who control social networks. Case in point: 88% of Millennials […] The post 5 Ways to Turn Social Media Followers Into Activists appeared first on John Haydon.
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  • How to Get Funding for Technology

    Norman Reiss
    25 Jul 2015 | 4:38 am
    Do you and your co-workers assume that funders will not support new technology projects?  As I learned by participating in Idealware‘s webinar series, How to Get Your Technology Project Funded, for many funders, that’s not always true.  (Nten also recently featured Ask the Expert: Finding Funding for Technology Projects free for Nten  members.) Below are some highlights: Funders like to support projects that are more likely to be successful.  Have you done the homework to research vendors to choose a product that is best matched to your needs? Do you have management and line…
  • How to Prepare Content for Multiple Channels

    Norman Reiss
    11 Jul 2015 | 6:24 am
    (This is a preview of a session I will be leading at the Non-Profits & NGO Summit this Friday, Jul 17 at 4:15 PM) Do you struggle coming up with ideas of what to post on multiple communication platforms?  Below are some tips: 1. Determine which platforms to focus on.  It is much easier to communicate with supporters where they already are then to encourage them to start using a new platform.  Your website analytics will help (see referrals) and you can also survey constituents to ask how and where they prefer to be communicated with. 2. Use an editorial calendar to plan what to post…
  • 5 Tips in Using Salesforce

    Norman Reiss
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:27 am
    This week I had the rare pleasure of attending a full week training in Salesforce Administration.  While I’ve used Salesforce for years, I had never attended a formal class, learning mostly on my own.  It was an intense experience;  now I know how much I don’t know about Salesforce.  Below are five takeaways: If you are lucky enough to have the opportunity to take a live class, do it.  If not, there are great resources such as Trailhead and the Who Sees What series of data visibility on YouTube. (Even if you’re not a developer), sign up for an account on…
  • Fundraising Day Recap

    Norman Reiss
    13 Jun 2015 | 5:48 am
    Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending Fundraising Day.  I spent part of the day volunteering to help attendees, but was able to attend several sessions of the Web, Tech and Social Media track. Below are a few highlights: Social media guru Danielle Brigida (US Fish & Wildlife Service) offered these essentials for communicating on social media: a compelling message, an intriguing visual and a clear call to action.  On Facebook, she suggested we focus more on getting shares than likes and to utilize interest lists David Acup (Environmental Defense Fund) and Luke Franklin (ASPCA)…
  • How to Get (and Maintain) Buy-In for Tech Projects

    Norman Reiss
    1 Jun 2015 | 8:18 pm
    At the recent Nonprofit Technology Conference, Nonprofit Radio host Tony Martignetti asked me to speak about my two sessions,  Winning 100% Buy-In from Staff and Board for your Next Nonprofit Technology Adoption and Why User Adoption Shouldn’t Be an Afterthought: Making Sure Your Organization Actually Uses the Technology You Implement. If  you missed my sessions, now you can listen to my interview via podcast.   (The program also includes comments by Blackbaud veteran Steve MacLaughlin on emerging nonprofit technology trends.)  My segment begins at 32:00 of the 57 minute podcast.
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  • Maysoon Zayid & The First Ever Muslim Stand-Up Comedy Festival

    LWasserberger
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:32 am
    Pictured: Maysoon Zayid; Photo Credit: Earl Wilson/The New York Times Too often, when people hear the word “Muslim” they have one-dimensional images pop into their mind. Women wearing all black and covered, so only their faces – or just their eyes – can be seen. Bearded men carrying weapons. Terrorism. Such associations stereotype 1.6 billion people. And fabulous comedians will make that point. Take a look and even go and laugh with them at America’s first ever Muslim stand-up comedy festival, The Muslim Funny Fest. From July 21 to July 23 in New York, the not-for-profit festival…
  • Confronting TERRORISM: The Epidemic of our Times

    LWasserberger
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:26 pm
    We are reeling from today’s horrific terrorist attacks – in Tunisia, France and Kuwait. At least 37 people vacationing at a Sousse beachside hotel in Tunisia were killed by gunmen, as guests scrambled in fear to hide. In France, at least one assailant triggered an explosion by ramming his car into gas tanks; later, a man’s decapitated body was found, desecrated by inflammatory Arabic writing. Then, during traditional Muslim Friday prayers, a suicide bomber killed more than ten Muslim people at a Shi’ite mosque in Kuwait City. Whether coordinated or not, several and maybe all of…
  • I am Mother Emanuel

    Nicole Margaretten
    19 Jun 2015 | 7:24 am
    We join the nation in mourning the horrific massacre that claimed the lives of nine individuals at Emanuel African Methodist Church, known as Mother Emanuel, in Charleston, South Carolina. There, individuals gathered to pray – expressing their dedication towards improving their lives and lighting our world. Tragically, their prayers were silenced and their lives taken from us by the actions of a single individual. This massacre is not an isolated incident. We remember the seven people who were massacred in 2012 at the Sikh Gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. We also remember the three Muslim…
  • Peace Made Possible: 2015 Tanenbaum Annual Awards Gala

    LWasserberger
    11 Jun 2015 | 8:56 am
    Thank you to everyone who helped to make the 2015 Tanenbaum Annual Awards Gala the most successful Tanenbaum Gala to date! The night at the Mandarin Oriental was riveting, and the passion for making peace possible could be felt in the room! Against the backdrop of Central Park and iconic New York City architecture we were gifted with two inspiring speeches by this year’s honorees, Brian Lehrer, Host of The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC and Monika M. Machon, Senior Vice President and Treasurer at AIG, Inc. They each highlighted the difficulties in fostering religious respect and also the great…
  • Ramadan Karim! Resources for Teachers

    LWasserberger
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:47 am
    Ramadan Karim! Mosque in Abuja, Nigeria by Kipp Jones This year, the Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins the evening of June 17. During Ramadan observing Muslims pray for forgiveness and guidance and seek to purify themselves through self-restraint and good deeds. Many abstain from eating and drinking during the daylight hours, ending each daily fast at sunset with a large meal, known as the Iftar. The month concludes with Eid-al-Fitr, a three-day celebration with family and friends. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) recommends a few simple accommodations for students…
 
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  • Program Evaluation Primer, Part 3

    Laura Gonzales
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:11 am
    What does effective programming mean? PGC examines evaluation methods in this blog series on Program Evaluation – what it is, how to plan meaningful systems, and how to translate your data into meaningful stories for your organization. Part III describes the different kinds of outcome indicators and report types that can be used to measure […] The post Program Evaluation Primer, Part 3 appeared first on Palmetto.
  • Program Evaluation Primer, Part 2

    Laura Gonzales
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:29 am
    What does effective programming mean? PGC examines evaluation methods in this blog series on Program Evaluation – what it is, how to plan meaningful systems, and how to translate your data into meaningful stories for your organization. Our next installment covers the need for program evaluations, and what to consider when selecting which programs should […] The post Program Evaluation Primer, Part 2 appeared first on Palmetto.
  • A Program Evaluation Primer, Part 1

    Laura Gonzales
    29 May 2015 | 8:52 am
    Do you ever wonder if your organization is truly making a difference? Are you really “moving the needle” on housing the homeless, healing the sick, or protecting the environment? What does effective programming mean? Throughout the next few months, PGC will present a blog series on Program Evaluation – what it is, how to plan […] The post A Program Evaluation Primer, Part 1 appeared first on Palmetto.
  • Part 2 – Grant Writing Benefits BEYOND the Financial

    Stephanie Watson
    6 Feb 2015 | 11:57 am
    In our last post, you will see that we introduced benefits of grant writing to your organization even if you don’t receive the funding. We will continue defining these benefits below and throughout the next series of posts. Many of the items highlighted, when addressed well, are components of a “highly effective” organization. We outlined […] The post Part 2 – Grant Writing Benefits BEYOND the Financial appeared first on Palmetto.
  • Grant Writing Benefits BEYOND the Financial

    Stephanie Watson
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:19 am
    There are many ancillary benefits to writing and submitting grants that go beyond the economic development of your organization. They are outlined below. With funders moving more and more toward partnering with strong, efficient, and effective organizations, you may want to assess whether you are as strong as you could and should be. Over the […] The post Grant Writing Benefits BEYOND the Financial appeared first on Palmetto.
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    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog

  • Your Year-End Appeal Checklist

    Ann Green
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:23 am
    This summer is flying by and September will be here before you know it. Fall is a busy time, especially if you’re doing a year-end appeal. Many nonprofits rely on their year-end appeal for a good portion of their revenue.  Even though your mind may be focused on going to the beach and eating ice cream, you want to start planning your year-end appeal now.  Here’s a checklist to help you get started. Of course you can use this any time you run a fundraising campaign. How much money do you need to raise? You may have already set a goal in your 2015 fundraising plan (at least I hope…
  • Connection Not Interruption

    Ann Green
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:20 am
    I’m a big fan of marketing guru Seth Godin. His blog is filled with pearls of wisdom. I highly recommend subscribing to it for his daily gems. One that caught my attention recently is “connection not interruption.” When you’re communicating with donors here’s how to ensure you’re connecting and not interrupting. Be donor-centered Some people may think of fundraising appeals as an interruption, but you can connect with your donors in an appeal if you focus on them. Thank your donors for their past support, show them how their gift will make a difference for…
  • Don’t Treat Thanking Your Donors as an Afterthought

    Ann Green
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:34 am
    This post is included in the July Nonprofit Blog Carnival 18 End-of-Year Fundraising Tips Summer is in full swing, but fall is just around the corner.  Many of you may be starting to work on your year-end appeal, but have you given any thought to how you will thank your donors? Thanking your donors is just as important as your appeal.  Here’s how can give your donors a great thank you experience. Make a good first impression with your thank you landing page Many people donate online now, and your landing page is your first chance to say thank you.  It should be personal and not have…
  • How to Get Everyone in your Organization on the Same Page

    Ann Green
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:52 am
    What would happen if you got your staff or board together and asked them to give a short description of what your organization does? Would you get 20 different answers? Now take a look at some of your communication materials – fundraising letters, thank you letters, website etc. Are your messages consistent in all your materials? Inconsistent messages are fairly common among nonprofits, but don’t worry, it’s something  you can fix. Create a message platform Putting together a set of clear, consistent messages, also known as a message platform, is a good project for you to do…
  • Create a Jargon-Free Zone

    Ann Green
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:37 am
    Are your appeal letters, thank you letters, and newsletter articles laced with terms like at-risk youth, underserved communities, leverage, and impactful?  If you think your donors understand you when you use jargon like this, think again. It’s easy enough to use these terms around the office. I think people use jargon because it’s an insider language, and it makes them feel like they’re “in the know” in their professional world. But the danger comes when jargon creeps outside of your insular community and into your donor communication. People need to understand you to…
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    Social Velocity

  • Guest Post: An Emergent Approach to Philanthropic Strategy

    Nell Edgington
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:35 pm
    Note: As I mentioned earlier, I am taking a few weeks away from the blog to relax and reconnect with the world outside of social change. But I am leaving you in the incredibly capable hands of a rockstar set of guest bloggers. Next up is Kelly Born, program officer at the Hewlett Foundation working on their Madison Initiative, which focuses on reducing today’s politically polarized environment. Kelly also writes for the always thoughtful Hewlett Foundation blog. Here is her guest post… In March of 2014, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation launched a new initiative focused on…
  • Guest Post: Data Is Not Changing The World

    Nell Edgington
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:13 am
    Note: As I mentioned earlier, I am taking a few weeks away from the blog to relax and reconnect with the world outside of social change. But I am leaving you in the incredibly capable hands of a rockstar set of guest bloggers. First up is David Henderson, Director of Analytics for Family Independence Initiative, a national nonprofit which leverages the power of information to illuminate and accelerate the initiative low-income families take to improve their lives. David also writes his own blog, Full Contact Philanthropy, which is amazing. Here is his guest post… In early June I was…
  • Building Demand For Impact Measurement: An Interview with Tris Lumley

    Nell Edgington
    15 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    In today’s Social Velocity interview, I’m talking with Tris Lumley. Tris is Director of Development for New Philanthropy Capital (NPC), a U.K. think tank and consultancy that works with both nonprofits and funders. Tris focuses on both the demand and supply sides of innovation around social impact. His particular interest is putting impact at the heart of the social sector, including shared measurement, open data and systems thinking. He helped initiate, and now coordinates, the Inspiring Impact program which aims to embed impact measurement across the UK charity sector by 2022.
  • 10 Great Social Innovation Reads: June 2015

    Nell Edgington
    9 Jul 2015 | 7:17 am
    June was an amazing month in the world of social change. Most notably, the long fight for marriage equality was won with the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. It is moments like these where the long, arduous road towards social change makes sense. But that wasn’t all that was going on in the busy month of June. From “new” tech philanthropy, to the orthodoxies of philanthropy, to the oversight of philanthropy, it was all up for debate. Add to that some fascinating new ideas for museums, new data on how Millennials get their news, and a fabulous new…
  • Social Velocity Summer 2015 Guest Bloggers

    Nell Edgington
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:15 am
    As I mentioned earlier, it is so important to take time away to rejuvenate and reconnect with your passions, family and friends. So I am taking my own advice and taking some time off later this summer to connect with the world outside of social change. And so for the second summer in a row I’ve asked a group of social change thought leaders to write guest blog posts in my absence (you can read last summer’s guest blog posts here). I am so excited about this year’s group of amazing social change thinkers. They are experts in social change finance, philanthropy, political…
 
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    Engaging Volunteers

  • Last Chance to Shape the 16NTC Agenda!

    Tessa Srebro
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:57 pm
    In today’s world, volunteer engagement and technology go hand in hand. In our recently-published book Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World, we dedicated an entire section to technology shifts and their impact on the volunteer engagement space. So wouldn’t it be great to see volunteer engagement heavily represented at the conference for leveraging technology for social good? Yes, I’m talking about NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference (16NTC), coming up this March in San Jose, CA. This conference puts its content in the hands of its…
  • Don’t Keep All That Volunteer Engagement Knowledge to Yourself!

    Tessa Srebro
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:14 am
    VolunteerMatch is now accepting Nonprofit Insights Webinar session proposals. Has your organization done something out-of-the-ordinary with your volunteer program? Have you witnessed new trends or conducted research around volunteerism? Are you simply a volunteer engagement rockstar? Don’t keep all that knowledge to yourself! VolunteerMatch is asking nonprofit professionals, academics, and/ or volunteers with something to share to submit session proposals for our Nonprofit Insights Webinar series. Topics should relate to the webinar’s mission of building a better world…
  • 3 Good People, 3 Good Causes, 3 Perfect Matches

    Tessa Srebro
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:17 am
    A senior trying yoga for the first time. A bobcat that can’t go back into the wild being cared for. A brother and sister strengthening their English skills after school.  These vastly different activities have one thing in common. They’re made possible by the passion of volunteers.  At VolunteerMatch, we make it easy for good people and good causes to connect. With our network of 100,000+ organizations, it’s no surprise that VolunteerMatch has connected close to 10 million volunteers with causes that light them up. However, since these initial connections happen online, we…
  • 4 Ways to Build an Ineffective, Disengaged Nonprofit Board

    Tessa Srebro
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:12 am
    Your board of directors. They are responsible for the governance of your organization. They are also volunteers. It’s an unfortunate truth that many nonprofit organizations struggle to effectively attract and engage board members. And for good reason – it’s not an easy task! But before you start asking, “Why are there no good board members out there?!” take a look internally. Are you making these all-to-common mistakes with your board? 1. Be Vague About the Commitment Level I once knew someone named Don. Don’s good friend was starting a nonprofit whose…
  • Why Fundraising Events Are About More Than Money

    Tessa Srebro
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:32 am
    Does your nonprofit fundraise through major events? Unless you’re part of an 18% minority, the answer is yes. And these events come with a myriad of upfront costs and planning time. So, how do you know if you’re making the most of your events? A new report from nonprofit technology review firm Software Advice researched eight types of common fundraising events and their return on investment. What did they find? For one thing, fun runs and walks had the highest return on investment, particularly for midsize and large nonprofits. Check it out: However, the report also shines light on an…
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    Clairification

  • Clairity Click-it: The Millenial Issue – to Ignore at Your Nonprofit’s Peril

    Claire
    15 Jul 2015 | 11:55 pm
    Click it! The 2015 Millennial Impact Report was released last week, and lots of folks are weighing in on what this means for nonprofits. Why is everyone all agog? These folks, born between 1980 and 2000, represent huge buying (aka donating) power and influence. As the lead researcher and president of Achieve, a lead researcher [...] The post Clairity Click-it: The Millenial Issue – to Ignore at Your Nonprofit’s Peril appeared first on Clairification.
  • 7 Storytelling Tips to Inspire Nonprofit Donors to Act

    Claire
    12 Jul 2015 | 10:23 pm
    Listen up: Have I got a story for you! As a fundraising professional, relationship building with donors is an ongoing process and communication is an important part of that process. Stories are a great communications tool that you can use to tell donors about their impact in a tangible and easy to understand manner. Storytelling [...] The post 7 Storytelling Tips to Inspire Nonprofit Donors to Act appeared first on Clairification.
  • 1 Big Donor Retention Secret: Giving is Not Always its Own Reward

    Claire
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:10 am
    What are you doing to give your donors the meaning they seek? Donor needs vary and evolve, depending on where they are in their own life cycle and their life cycle with your nonprofit. Do you ever wonder how you might help them meet their needs? How you might reward them for giving?  You should [...] The post 1 Big Donor Retention Secret: Giving is Not Always its Own Reward appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Social Content Marketing for Fundraising; Giving Psychology; Donor Metrics; Boards

    Claire
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:59 pm
    What did one mouse say to the other mouse? Click-it! To all my friends in the U.S., Happy Independence Day and I hope you get to enjoy a long, lovely refreshing week-end. To everyone else, why not pretend it’s a holiday and do something just for you?!. Because it’s summer, I’m giving you a light [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Social Content Marketing for Fundraising; Giving Psychology; Donor Metrics; Boards appeared first on Clairification.
  • 4 Things Clothing Upcycling Can Teach Nonprofits about Donor Retention

    Claire
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:18 pm
    Stop discarding clothes (letting donors lapse); Treasure them (renew and upgrade). I know this may sound silly, but I sometimes like to think of my donors as clothing. Huh? Well, shopping is one of my favorite activities so I think about clothing a lot. I think about the many ways I can use it, repurpose [...] The post 4 Things Clothing Upcycling Can Teach Nonprofits about Donor Retention appeared first on Clairification.
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    Thunderhead Works

  • Blue Zones and World Change

    Tom Peterson
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:27 am
          By Tom Peterson A recent piece in the Los Angeles Times asks why residents of Loma Linda, California, live longer than the rest of us. I like where this article led me for a couple of reasons. First, it was for me a reminder that words and phrases (like Blue Zone) are powerful and can re-frame both our understanding and our actions. I was telling a friend about Blue Zones, and her first reaction was, “Let’s do that in our neighborhood!” The first step in big change is seeing what could happen, having a framework for what’s possible. Second, it…
  • Procott or Boycott?

    Tom Peterson
    27 May 2015 | 7:22 am
        By Tom Peterson Around 1969 when I was a teenager living in Corpus Christi, Texas, I helped open the first Chick-fil-A west of the Mississippi River. I worked there several years, occasionally wandering the mall in a chicken suit passing out coupons for free ice cream. (You decide whether I’m bragging or looking for sympathy!) Every once in a while, founder Truett Cathy would drop by. That was a big deal. Should I eat that chicken sandwich? Fast forward to 2012 when his son and now Chic-fil-A president, Dan Cathy, commented on a Christian radio show about same sex marriage: I…
  • 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…
 
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    Clairification

  • Clairity Click-it: The Millenial Issue – to Ignore at Your Nonprofit’s Peril

    Claire
    15 Jul 2015 | 11:55 pm
    Click it! The 2015 Millennial Impact Report was released last week, and lots of folks are weighing in on what this means for nonprofits. Why is everyone all agog? These folks, born between 1980 and 2000, represent huge buying (aka donating) power and influence. As the lead researcher and president of Achieve, a lead researcher [...] The post Clairity Click-it: The Millenial Issue – to Ignore at Your Nonprofit’s Peril appeared first on Clairification.
  • 7 Storytelling Tips to Inspire Nonprofit Donors to Act

    Claire
    12 Jul 2015 | 10:23 pm
    Listen up: Have I got a story for you! As a fundraising professional, relationship building with donors is an ongoing process and communication is an important part of that process. Stories are a great communications tool that you can use to tell donors about their impact in a tangible and easy to understand manner. Storytelling [...] The post 7 Storytelling Tips to Inspire Nonprofit Donors to Act appeared first on Clairification.
  • 1 Big Donor Retention Secret: Giving is Not Always its Own Reward

    Claire
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:10 am
    What are you doing to give your donors the meaning they seek? Donor needs vary and evolve, depending on where they are in their own life cycle and their life cycle with your nonprofit. Do you ever wonder how you might help them meet their needs? How you might reward them for giving?  You should [...] The post 1 Big Donor Retention Secret: Giving is Not Always its Own Reward appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Social Content Marketing for Fundraising; Giving Psychology; Donor Metrics; Boards

    Claire
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:59 pm
    What did one mouse say to the other mouse? Click-it! To all my friends in the U.S., Happy Independence Day and I hope you get to enjoy a long, lovely refreshing week-end. To everyone else, why not pretend it’s a holiday and do something just for you?!. Because it’s summer, I’m giving you a light [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Social Content Marketing for Fundraising; Giving Psychology; Donor Metrics; Boards appeared first on Clairification.
  • 4 Things Clothing Upcycling Can Teach Nonprofits about Donor Retention

    Claire
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:18 pm
    Stop discarding clothes (letting donors lapse); Treasure them (renew and upgrade). I know this may sound silly, but I sometimes like to think of my donors as clothing. Huh? Well, shopping is one of my favorite activities so I think about clothing a lot. I think about the many ways I can use it, repurpose [...] The post 4 Things Clothing Upcycling Can Teach Nonprofits about Donor Retention appeared first on Clairification.
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    Veritus Group

  • How Can YOU Keep the Donor Pipeline Flowing?

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:30 am
    In my last post, I hope I convinced you WHY you should consider starting a mid-level donor program. Currently, nonprofit donor-base pipelines are clogged up with donors who are giving significantly; they are on their way to becoming major donors, but nonprofits are clumsily treating them like $15 donors. You can change this! Here are the steps and the strategy to do it. NOTE: There is a lot here to digest, so I advise you to print this out and come back to it over and over again. 1. Start with the database — You want to determine who exactly your mid-level donors are. This can be done by 1)…
  • Keep the Donor Pipeline Flowing

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    We at Veritus Group are passionate about major gifts (you may have guessed that from the majority of our blog posts). About a year and a half ago, we branched out to start developing strategies to help nonprofits with their mid-level donors. Now we want to give away what we’ve learned so you can be successful! What is considered a mid-level donor? Well, it’s different for every organization: for some organizations these donors give $250-$999 cumulatively per year, and in other larger organizations it’s $1,000-$9,999 cume per year. (For you, this could be lower or higher depending on…
  • How to Help Your CEO Succeed at Major Gifts

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    Too often we encounter a Director of Development or an MGO who is just exasperated with the CEO or Executive Director of their nonprofit because they don’t want anything to do with major gifts. Richard and I hear story after dreadful story from development professionals like you who feel they are leaving hundreds of thousands… or even millions of dollars on the table because their CEO or ED will not do their job. As you know, you need your leader to be engaged with it. Not only you – your donors need it, too. If your donors are going to make a significant investment in your…
  • How to Keep a Great MGO

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    I was recently a guest panelist for Greater Public Media’s annual development conference in Washington, D.C. The topic was how to hire and retain great major gift officers. It’s a great subject. It was the last session on a gorgeous afternoon, and the room was packed… so you know it was important to people. One of the first questions the moderator asked me was, “what is the single greatest reason an MGO leaves a position for another one?” My answer: Bad management and leadership. In my research for the conference session, I read an article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy entitled,…
  • Scatterbrained People Can Succeed in Major Gifts

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    We find many development professionals, people working in major gifts, or nonprofit Executive Directors who are scatterbrained and unable to focus. If you are organized and have a system for everything, scatterbrained people can leave you frustrated and worn out. Perhaps you have a boss that wants information about a donor at the last minute – even though you gave them all they needed a week ago, they failed to review it and can’t find it on their desk, so now you have get the information again before they go and see the donor in 20 minutes! Sound like someone you know? Perhaps you are…
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  • Community TechKnowledge and Social Solutions Join Forces

    CarlosCTK
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    Combined Resources Provide Nonprofits with Unprecedented Technology and Support Community TechKnowledge (CTK) has joined forces with Social Solutions, a global leader in outcomes management solutions for nonprofits and public sector organizations.
  • Due Diligence: Selecting the Best New Software for Your Nonprofit

    CarlosCTK
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:39 am
    New Research Offers Insight into Common Pitfalls If you’re looking for a new database to track service recipients and programs, we recommend talking to your colleagues in the nonprofit world. In addition to your colleagues’ advice, there are several services that formally review and compare nonprofit software solutions.
  • Show and Tell: Outcomes Resources for Your Nonprofit

    CarlosCTK
    27 May 2015 | 7:21 am
    Resources from Nonprofit Leaders on Measuring What Matters This spring, there’s been a flurry of research and writing on nonprofit outcomes, big data, and measuring what matters to your organization and service recipients. If your nonprofit is making program evaluation a priority in 2015, the following new resources and articles will help you measure what you value – and stakeholders value what you measure.
  • Nonprofit Data Without Borders

    CarlosCTK
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:27 am
    Resources for International Social Service Organizations In the United States and internationally, nonprofits are increasingly responsible for proving their impact in the communities they serve. Yet, especially outside the U.S., NGOs and NPOs are often unaware that affordable and secure tools are available to make it easier to demonstrate programmatic outcomes to internal and external stakeholders, and to the public-at-large.
  • CTK’s Hometown Guide to SXSW 2015

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

  • 7 Digital Marketing Ideas to Make an End-of-Summer Splash

    shad
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:21 am
    As we make our way into August, we face a hard truth: The end of summer is in sight. June and July are in the books. The next thing you know the kids will be back to school and we’ll be grilling dogs at Labor Day picnics. Fortunately, we still have the opportunity to make the most of the month of August. For businesses and nonprofits, that might mean taking advantage of the summer slowdown before things start to pick up again. Or simply setting things up for a big end-of-the-year push. To help you close out the summer on a high note, here are some ideas to take your digital marketing…
  • 10 Stats on the Status of Mobile Marketing from the 2015 DMA Fact Book

    shad
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:34 am
    We’re not going to chirp too much about the importance of mobile in this post. By now, that should be pretty apparent. In fact, according to the numbers, the chances are greater you’re reading this on a mobile device than a desktop (see stats below). For many organizations, the mobile tipping point came back in April when Google updated its algorithm to give greater weight to mobile-friendly websites. That was the moment when mobile went from something you should be doing to get ahead of the game to something you need to be doing so you don’t fall behind. Mobile is now a…
  • 14 Fascinating Findings for Nonprofits on Millennial Giving and Volunteering

    shad
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:16 am
    Millennials. There’s a lot of focus on this generation these days. You’ve probably seen endless articles discussing how to reach them, why they’re valuable to employers, and ways they differ from other generations. So why all the fuss about this generation? Why are they so desirable? The answer’s simple: They’re next in line. They are primed to move into more significant (and higher earning) professional roles and marketing demographics in the next decade. Perhaps the 2015 Millennial Impact Report sums it up best with this statement: “By studying the Millennial generation, we’re…
  • 30 Shareable Marketing & Fundraising Stats

    shad
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:40 am
    Summer has arrived. Along with longer days, vacation time and sun-kissed skies, that means we’ve officially reached the halfway point of the year. That’s right, the first six months of 2015 are already in the dust. So what have we learned about the current state of marketing so far this year? In today’s post, we’ll sum up the first six months of the year in marketing and fundraising the best way we know how: Through the numbers. … 30 Statistics on the Current State of Marketing & Fundraising Here are a handful of social-ready statistics painting a picture of the…
  • Email Subject Line Research, Examples and Tips to Increase Your Open Rates

    shad
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:50 am
    Despite the vast and infinite expansion of the online marketing universe in the past decade, email remains one of the top digital tools for organizations across the board. Email also sits at the top of the marketing hierarchy when it comes to return on investment (ROI). As reported by Direct Marketing News, the 2015 DMA Response Rate Report found email led all digital channels in both response and conversion rates: “Campaigns conducted with house lists achieved an average 30 to 32% ROI. Those done using prospect lists achieved 15 to 17%.” While we know email can be incredibly effective…
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    Wagenmaker and Oberly - Nonprofit Update

  • Checking Up on Work Applicants

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:03 am
    Each summer, thousands of volunteers join with employees at youth-centered nonprofit organizations – running sports camps, leading Vacation Bible School programs, and providing childcare.  Throughout the rest of the year, nonprofits regularly rely on both paid staff and volunteers as the bedrock of their religious, educational, and charitable programs.  Before serving in these positions, many applicants consent to background checks – perhaps by signing an application with only a sentence-long disclosure or by checking a box to mark their assent.  Although these background…
  • Nonprofit Tax Exemption: Post-Obergefell

    24 Jul 2015 | 5:52 am
    As described in our law firm’s preceding blog article, nonprofits’ tax-exempt privileges are increasingly being questioned.  It thus may be helpful to understand not only the underlying rationales for income and property tax exemptions, but also to consider what may lie ahead in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Obergefell same-sex marriage decision. During oral argument in Obergefell, U.S. Solicitor General Verrilli indicated that religious colleges’ tax-exempt status could become an issue for colleges that prohibit same-sex relationships.  Post Obergefell,…
  • Rationales for Nonprofit Tax Exemption

    21 Jul 2015 | 9:06 pm
    Nonprofits face recurring political pressure to justify their tax-exempt privileges.  In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell[1]ruling that a fundamental right to marry exists for same-sex couples, some religious organizations have questioned whether their Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status may come under attack, to the extent that they object to sexual orientation civil rights protections and notwithstanding their religious beliefs regarding human sexuality.  Property tax exemption for nonprofits is a related area under increasing opposition, as noted in our law…
  • PILOT Programs – The Nonprofit Property Tax

    15 Jul 2015 | 2:44 pm
               If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…    In an era of waning revenue streams and increasing demand for government services, some cash-strapped municipalities cast a longing eye at nonprofits’ real property as a missed source of revenue.  Through Payment in Lieu of Taxation (“PILOT”) programs, states and municipalities encourage – and sometimes require – nonprofits to pay what they consider the nonprofit’s “fair share.”   PILOT programs, however nicely packaged, are still…
  • End of IRS’s Health Insurance Reprieve?

    7 Jul 2015 | 6:17 am
    Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s enactment, the IRS and the U.S. Department of Labor have delivered a rather unpleasant surprise to many, namely, that it now treats employers’ reimbursement or payment of employees’ individual health insurance premiums as taxable income to such employees (also known as health reimbursement arrangements or “HRAs”).  This new rule, which essentially is an interpretation of “plan” under the ACA’s so-called market reforms, applies to small employers that are otherwise exempt under the ACA.  The interpretation constitutes an…
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  • CowabUNGA! Let’s get ready for the UN General Assembly

    Cosabeth Bullock
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:21 am
    We’re now 46 days from the start of the UN General Assembly on September 15. CowabUNGA! UNGA isn’t one of those never-too-late-to-be-great events. You can’t wing UNGA. You have to plan…uhh, yesterday. During UNGA season, many, many, many groups organize events, run ads and carry out visibility stunts all at once. It’s like the campaign Olympics. And if your organization is thinking about long-jumping into the competition, have these 6 PR and marketing considerations on your mind from now through October: 1) Remember the Security Perimeter: Events that are possible in October in…
  • 🍦Your August Recess Advocacy Packing List🍦

    Val Vilott
    16 Jul 2015 | 10:32 am
    As members of Congress prepare to burst out the doors of the U.S. Capitol like a bunch of 16-year-olds headed for the beach (cue Alice Cooper chanting schooooooool’s out for SUMMER! ), it’s time for you to prepare your in-state activists for August Recess activities. Yeah…August Recess sounds like a heck of a lot more fun than it really is — especially if you’re an overworked organizer. So I’ve put together a handy little Recess Advocacy Packing List to help your advocacy teams hit the doors, phones, townhalls, and sometimes the beach with gusto this August — with…
  • How to finally & easily engage the right reporters on Twitter

    Aaron Eske
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:58 am
    Journalists and Twitter go together like glitter & Broadway.* When digital pilgrims set sail for the new world-wide-web platform in 2006, reporters were some of the first tweeples on deck. Turns out Twitter is the perfect place for them to be timely, connected, and bylined without an editor looking over their shoulder. I’ve never talked with a reporter who said, “I <3 emails from PR people.” But so many of them love Twitter. And it’s awful nice (and important) to engage with them on a platform they love for a change. The big question is: Uhh…how? Where do I even start?
  • Raising lots of money on Father’s Day? Ugh, as if!

    Phoebe Lee
    19 Jun 2015 | 7:54 am
    For fundraisers, once December 31st passes by, it can seem like a 364-day slog back to that enchanted time of year when donors are jonesing to give. And…in the intervening time, some might be tempted to believe that another holiday will bring the same miraculous results wrapped up in a bow. Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, National Waffle Iron Day**…these Hallmark Holidays can pop up on the calendar like mirages in the desert. Parched for some meaningful fundraising hook, we stagger towards them, hoping to hit the jackpot with a successful fundraising campaign. I…
  • Say yes to the test!

    Theresa Bugeaud
    16 Jun 2015 | 9:54 am
    Editor’s Note: We recently made this totally swell thing called the M+R Toolshed.  It’s a place on the interweb where you can go and get some pretty neat – and free – tools you’ve always wanted to build a better, stronger, faster fundraising, PR, social media and advocacy machine. We’re kind of excited! This here Lab post is dedicated to the first shelf in the ‘Shed: Testing Tools! It’s a wrenching fact that’s been drilled into our heads time and again: No matter how much data you shovel and how many spreadsheets you hammer out, if you don’t nail the details of…
 
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  • We’re Hiring! Consulting Associate Position

    emily
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:39 am
    Position Announcement: Consulting Associate Emily Davis Consulting partners with not-for-profits and philanthropists on board governance, charitable advising, digital communications, and multigenerational issues. Emily and her team provide expertise through consulting, publications, speaking, and training. We help philanthropists and nonprofits thrive using creative, and customized best practices to serve your mission, passion, and community. POSITION DESCRIPTION Emily Davis is seeking a part time Consulting Associate to administer primarily professional, but some personal, support virtually…
  • Strategic Plan Implementation

    emily
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:35 pm
    As a strategic planning consultant it can be hard to convey the roles and responsibilities within implementation of a strategic plan. Once the plan is delivered… what happens now? Knowing board, staff, and volunteer roles in implementation of the plan can be tricky. It’s important to point out that a strategic plan is a high level document (and more importantly process!) that creates a roadmap and aligned direction for an organization. From the strategic plan come other plans such as work plans, fundraising plans, marketing plans, and more. The key is to understand what people,…
  • A Founder’s Time to Leave

    emily
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:13 am
    #TBT: Originally posted September 1, 2010 Over lunch today, a colleague and I got into the conversation about when is the best time for a founder to leave his/her organization. Both of us have seen far too many founders stay on with their organizations as executive directors or board members for way too long after founding the organization. We agreed that ten+ years is too long for anyone to stay in a leadership role with their organization and then we debated… Are 3 years too little? Are 7 years too long? Maybe 5 years are a good enough? Of course, it all depends on the organization…
  • How to Network, Nonprofit Style

    emily
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    #TBT: Originally posted September 15, 2010 I’ve taught classes on networking and have had a great deal of success networking myself in any communities I have been a part of.  Now I would like to share some of those tips and experiences with you. First of all, it is always a good idea to get involved with trade and networking organizations that are locally and nationally connected to nonprofits. When I say “involved” I mean a few different things: Participate in person – this may mean attending lunches, becoming a member, or joining trainings and just meeting people.
  • Next Gen Philanthropy Entry Point: All in the Family

    emily
    18 Jun 2015 | 3:10 am
    #TBT: Originally posted February 6, 2011 Courtesy of jcfsandiego.org Where do I find the next generation of donors? Many organizations assume that there is some next generation philanthropy fairy that will deliver individuals from the middle of nowhere with oodles of money. The truth is that many of these individuals are already within nonprofit organizations’ spheres of influence. They are volunteers, children of existing donors, and young professionals connected to or affected by the cause. These individuals are much like the previous generations’ donors. Like generations before,…
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    Voss Foundation

  • Malaika School for Girls: Summer 2015 update

    ExecutiveDirector
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:25 pm
    The ongoing success of the Malaika School for Girls (FKA Georges Malaika Foundation School for Girls) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo attests to the ripple effect of clean, safe water on both Malaika and the surrounding community of Kalebuka. The Malaika School has increased its enrollment from the initial number of 106 girls...
  • Masikita Addition: Project Description

    Caitlin Rackish
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:31 am
    Our solar-powered water system in Masikita will get an upgrade this summer! Masikita, Lene Maria for Rent Vann’s first project with Voss Foundation and implementing partner Milgis Trust in the Samburu region of Kenya, was completed in 2013. Milgis Trust retrofitted a pre-existing borehole drilled by the government with a solar pump that pipes water to 4...
  • One Well At A Time Winner Announced

    Caitlin Rackish
    9 Jul 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Last week, VOSS Water announced that Matt Kistler of Downingtown, PA is the winner of the One Well At A Time program, earning a trip for two to visit and dedicate a new Voss Foundation water project in Swaziland. Every year, VOSS Water celebrates its support of Voss Foundation between World Water Day (March 22) and Earth...
  • Women Helping Women Beach: August 3 in East Hampton

    ExecutiveDirector
    8 Jul 2015 | 8:16 am
    Voss Foundation Women Helping Women Beach A luncheon to improve the lives of African women and their communities by providing access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene; and to celebrate global female empowerment. PURCHASE TICKETS NOW PURCHASE TICKETS NOW Thanks to our sponsors: For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Deborah at Deborah Hughes, Inc. at (212)...
  • Recap: Rafiki Circle Inaugural Cocktails

    ExecutiveDirector
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:53 am
    Tuesday, June 30, an exciting new coterie of clean water champions gathered on the patio of New York hot spot Hotel Americano for their inaugural cocktail event to raise a glass – and funds – in support of our work. Rafiki Circle is a group of young, professional Voss Foundation supporters working collectively towards a...
 
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    Double the Donation

  • 5 Steps to Easy Online Donations

    Adam Weinger
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:52 am
    Double the Donation’s blog is dedicated to covering matching gift and volunteer grant programs, yet our readers and customers often ask how they can design easy and effective online donation forms. So we reached out to Ronald Pruitt at 4aGoodCause to share a few thoughts on how nonprofits can draw in additional online donations.  5 steps to easy online donations For individuals looking to support a nonprofit or cause, monetary donations are the easiest and most common way they are likely to give. Regardless, nonprofit organizations must still be taking the correct steps to ensure…
  • America’s Charities’ Snapshot 2015 Survey

    Nina Sullivan
    22 Jul 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Have you heard about America’s Charities’ Snapshot 2015? If so, have you participated? America’s Charities is reaching out to leaders in social responsibility regarding the evolution of employee engagement in their respective companies. The results of this landmark research will be released on December 8, 2015 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. As indicated by past Snapshots, this year’s survey is well worth a brief moment of your time. Background:   America’s Charities specializes in corporate giving on both sides of the equation. America’s…
  • View the Matching Gift Webinar Hosted by Double the Donation and DonorPro

    Adam Weinger
    18 Jul 2015 | 11:47 am
    Double the Donation and DonorPro recently co-hosted a matching gift webinar. In case you missed it you can view it anytime on our website. In the matching gift webinar we cover 6 topics: An introduction to matching gifts Top companies Marketing tips Double the Donation demo An overview of how DonorPro and Double the Donation integrate View the Webinar Additional Resources: View the DonorPro / Double the Donation integration press release View the DonorPro / Double the Donation integration guide The post View the Matching Gift Webinar Hosted by Double the Donation and DonorPro appeared first…
  • 4 Things High Performing Nonprofits with Great Leaders Have in Common

    Adam Weinger
    13 Jul 2015 | 11:55 am
    Double the Donation’s blog is normally dedicated to covering corporate giving yet we know our readers and customers are interested in improving their leadership abilities, always a hot topic. So we reached out to Dan Quirk at DonorPro to share a few thoughts on common traits among high performing nonprofit leaders. As you work to grow your nonprofit and fight for the cause, you’re under pressure to make difficult decisions every day. You deal with more red tape and have to overcome more hurdles than you could have imagined… when really all you want to do is to just educate kids, help…
  • Companies Match Employee Fundraising for Walk, Run, and Biking Events

    Erin Ehrlich
    11 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Did you know many national and even international companies also offer what’s called a “fundraising match program”? This means that a company will match all of the funds raised by an employee for a fundraising activity, including walks, runs, and/or biking events. Companies Matching Employee Fundraising Efforts for Walk, Run, and Bike Type of Events: Intuit, Inc. Intuit is a software company that develops financial and tax preparation software. It has 8,500 employees and offers a comprehensive matching gift program to its employees. Intuit’s matching gift program…
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    Invisible Children » Blog

  • Blessed are the Peacemakers || Remembering Nate Henn

    Ananda Robie
    10 Jul 2015 | 9:02 pm
    This week marks the 5-year anniversary of Nate Henn’s passing. He and 75 others were killed by a terror bombing in Kampala, Uganda as they watched the final match of the 2010 World Cup. As I write this blog it’s hard for me to believe that I never had the honor of meeting Nate in person because his story has had […] The post Blessed are the Peacemakers || Remembering Nate Henn appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • 7 Long-Term LRA Escapees Report that Kony’s Health is Failing

    Ananda Robie
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:22 am
    In April, seven men escaped from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and walked for nearly two months before reaching safety at the African Union Regional Task Force (AU-RTF) base, near Obo in the Central African Republic (CAR). This group consisted of four Ugandan males, two South Sudanese males, and one Congolese males. On top of […] The post 7 Long-Term LRA Escapees Report that Kony’s Health is Failing appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • Introducing The New LRA Crisis Tracker

    Ananda Robie
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:20 am
    In December of 2009, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) killed 321 people in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Despite the incredible scale and brutality of the violence, the international community did not learn of the massacre until March 2010—three months later. This attack was the catalyst for Invisible Children and The Resolve: The LRA Crisis […] The post Introducing The New LRA Crisis Tracker appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • Keep Fighting Joseph Kony’s LRA || REBLOG: The Daily Beast

    Ananda Robie
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:15 am
    Keep Fighting Joseph Kony’s LRA  Written by: Kathryn Bigelow and Holly Dranginis ++++ In February, a man and his teenage daughter floated in a fishing boat on the Were River, deep in the heart of Garamba National Park, where Congo’s last elephants roam. Out of the forest, four armed rebels appeared, wielding AK-47s and speaking […] The post Keep Fighting Joseph Kony’s LRA || REBLOG: The Daily Beast appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • Forgiveness is the way forward

    Invisible Children
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Jean Mbokihinie Koumboyo does not have any photographs of his daughter Adeline. In fact, he has not seen her in more than seven years. In 2008, when Adeline was just 12 years old, she was kidnapped by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and was forced to join the rebel group during one of the […] The post Forgiveness is the way forward appeared first on Invisible Children.
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  • 5 Things I Bet You Didn’t Know About Facebook

    Julia Claire Campbell
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    We all know how popular Facebook continues to be, among all age groups and income levels. Pew Internet reported in January of this year that for the first time, more than half of all online adults 65 and older (56%) use Facebook. This represents 31% of all seniors. In order to be successful on Facebook, you know that you need to be posting helpful and informative content, eye-catching and compelling visuals & photos as well as funny and entertaining videos. This is just Facebook 101. In recent weeks there have been several announcements about features to the social network that you may…
  • Telling Your Story Using Social Media [Presentation]

    Julia Claire Campbell
    9 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    Here are my slides from tonight’s presentation – Telling Your Story Using Social Media. I was honored to be part of such an amazing panel of speakers!   The post Telling Your Story Using Social Media [Presentation] appeared first on JCSM.
  • Nonprofit giving is about more than just money

    Julia Claire Campbell
    5 Jun 2015 | 7:33 am
    photo credit: Child Holding Succulent Plant via photopin (license) As a busy nonprofit professional, I am sure you often get hung up on the million-dollar question – How can we quickly raise more money for our organization? Nonprofits are obsessed with online giving campaigns and social media fundraising, but how can we quantify all the other ways people support our cause? This infographic from everydayhero describes this type of support as “quantified giving”: Highlights of the infographic: 37% of your supporters believe their time is the most important resource they can…
  • 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…
 
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  • The importance of digital skills for nonprofit marketing success [#NPMC Chat]

    Kelly Rembold
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:03 am
    It’s no secret that nonprofit marketers are expected to have a wide range of skills. In today’s digital world, that includes learning and developing digital skills. But with technology evolving so quickly, it can sometimes be hard to keep up. As a nonprofit marketing specialist, I’m already feeling behind. It’s only been five years since I graduated from college, but the skills I’m expected to know have changed. So how can nonprofit marketers keep up with digital demands, and how do we determine which skills we need to be successful? Skills for Success There are many resources…
  • How to live stream your nonprofit’s event for broader reach

    Joyce Hsu
    16 Jul 2015 | 7:03 am
    No matter what your budget is or where your event is being held, your face-to-face events will always have geographical and physical restrictions. However, this does not mean your event reach has to be restricted as well. Live video streaming (aka. live streaming) enables you to broadcast your events over the Internet. Unlike webinars and webcasts, viewers can join a live stream without registering as long as they have the URL to the event channel. Due to its ease of access, live streams can be embedded directly on your website, whereas webinars cannot. Why should I live stream my events?
  • Help shape future Nonprofit MarCommunity blog content! [survey]

    Marlene Oliveira
    9 Jul 2015 | 6:36 am
    Summer is the perfect time to step back, evaluate and plan our communications. And that’s what I’m doing as I look at the next few months of Nonprofit MarCommunity blog content. This blog practically fills itself with content as I’m constantly approached by potential bloggers and have always have many post ideas of my own. But this is a community blog, so I want to know: What content would you like to see on the blog in the coming months? What help do you need when it comes to nonprofit marketing communications? Please share your content wishes in the form below to help…
  • Shifting our understanding of mobile marketing for nonprofits: Q&A with Heather Mansfield

    Marlene Oliveira
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:02 am
    Earlier this year at the Nonprofit Technology Conference, I found myself seated for lunch with Heather Mansfield of Nonprofit Tech for Good. I was surprised to learn from Heather that her older book on social media marketing outsells her latest book on mobile marketing for nonprofits. This was curious: why aren’t readers keen to access the latest information about digital and mobile marketing? I invited Heather to answer a few of my questions to shed some light on why you should be – and luckily for us, she accepted! Mobile marketing for nonprofits: expert interview with Heather…
  • How to design a logo that actually works for your nonprofit

    Katherine Moffat
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:15 am
    Logo development is a bit like an onion. When you delve into logo design with a qualified professional, you start to realize there are many layers involved in doing it right. The core of the matter is to make sure your logo is on point in terms of brand positioning and strategy. Secondly, it’s important to hit the mark with the design to create impact and mindshare with not only your target audiences, but with those who’ve yet to hear of your organization. Just as importantly, being prepared to address important technical issues in advance will ensure that the logo design process…
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    Social Fundraising for Nonprofits

  • Be honest, you love AND hate virality.

    29 Jul 2015 | 5:01 am
    Virality: The elusive and agitating term. What everyone wants, but so few catch.It creates envy, a wanting to duplicate another brands sensation for organizational awareness. The interest is warranted. From celebrities to brands, these “movements” have made significant impressions, but they are not the be all and end all. We’ll address this later.For the most part, we believe it’s lightning in a bottle. However, Wharton professor, Jonah Berger, has extensively studied these marvels and crafted what he believes are the 6 STEPPS to achieving what was once out of reach.S – Social…
  • Heart to the Page: Moving Cause Connection from Fundraiser Hearts to Fundraiser Pages

    23 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Motivation in fundraising is crucial. It can come in different forms based on the event, but one through-line persists: if a fundraiser relates their story to possible donors success is imminent.There’s a lot to be said about storytelling. Some take it in high-regard while others believe it’s a secondary priority. Trouble is that just isn’t the case. Within online fundraising the need to draw in donors is instantaneous. Every individual is bombarded with messaging. In email, on Facebook, on Twitter, everywhere and anywhere you look there is messaging, stories’ trying to…
  • Fundraising needs a little money + magic

    21 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    A lot has been said about innovation. More often than not, the term is quite vexing, leaving readers with more questions than answers. We’ve been guilty of it. But now, we want to present a methodology supporting real success at scale applicable for peer-to-peer fundraising.  Developed by Fahrenheit 212, this process is called Money + Magic.According to the team at Fahrenheit 212, innovation is seen to be inherently plagued, suffering from a perception as a resource drain. The internal viewpoint is different:The model is inefficient, consistently omitting two key aspects that must be…
  • Self-service ticketing pages: Impact now, not later

    16 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Speed is vital to fundraising. Impact anytime, anywhere. This is the motto. This is the objective.For many organizations, friction has historically inhibited launching new events, donation or ticketing pages. This reality caused opportunities to be passed up simply because they couldn’t react. RallyBound was built to ease this by providing a fluid process to adjusting and acting upon any fundraising occasion. In staying true to this, we recently deployed Self-Service Donation Pages ensuring that those who support you, will never have to work or wait to donate. Now, in follow up, RallyBound…
  • RallyBound + Boundless Fundraising: A dream situation for peer-to-peer fundraising

    13 Jul 2015 | 11:54 am
    Great integrations are like any other business partnership. They provide equal opportunity to all: the user, the partners and in the nonprofit sphere, beneficiaries.RallyBound’s fusion with Boundless Fundraising checks all three boxes. On Wednesday, July 15, we’ll be digging deeper into why this is such and highlighting some organizations who have had success as a result of this coupling. While adding an integration may not be in the cards short term, we hope you will join us to learn how powerful a great integration can be. Remember, impact technology is here, it just needs to be sourced…
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    Nonprofit Hub » Featured

  • How to Make the Most of Your Event Using Facebook

    Nick Small
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:58 am
    Every twenty minutes, about 1.5 million event invites are posted to Facebook. It’s crucial that you take the right steps to get the kind of exposure that you’re looking for, as not to get drowned out among the noise of all those events. Utilizing Facebook Events is an excellent way to educate your audience about your events and prompt them to attend. Create the Event You should create this event on behalf of your organization, not on behalf of your personal account, so head to your organization’s page and click the “Offer, Event +” button, then click event. This will bring up the…
  • Putting on the Full-Court Press: How Releases Can Help Your Cause

    Lincoln Arneal
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:23 am
    Breaking news: press releases are a gold mine. You already know that your events make a difference in your community, but through press releases, that impact can be magnified. Press releases help your nonprofit reach a wider audience and showcase your mission and great work. You should use these to garner publicity in advance of your events, as well as coverage on gameday. Write to the Unknown The first goal of a press release is to let the public know about your event. Make sure all of the important details are included: what, when, where, why and contact information. If someone can’t…
  • 3 Tips to Help Spark Your Organization’s Fire

    Lyndsey Hrabik
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:48 pm
    With an undeniable spark, the fire is sure to spread. This past week, four Nonprofit Hub staffers were volunteering at a leadership workshop for middle and high schoolers. This was my first year on the volunteer staff, and it was every bit as eye-opening for me as it was for the students attending the workshop. After all, when you work in the nonprofit sector, you’re constantly looking for ways to improve your own organization and glean any ounce of insight from other nonprofits. The tips below are just a glimpse of what I learned this week that can be applied to your own organization. In…
  • One of Your Most Powerful Marketing Tools is a Great Story

    Jay Wilkinson
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:40 am
    You have a wonderful opportunity to convey your mission on your website through powerful stories about the people you impact. Donors are generally more inspired to give for emotional reasons than logical ones, and telling stories that stir the heart gives your website the human factor and soul that supporters are attracted to. Here are four easy guidelines for writing a story that not only engages and inspires, but also supports the message you want the world to hear. 1. Find something worth writing about. Not everything that happens in your organization is a story worth sharing on your…
  • 6 Examples of Nonprofits Working with For-Profits for a Greater Good

    Kayla Matthews
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:03 am
    Kayla Matthews is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub. She is a writer and blogger with a passion for self-improvement and helping others. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter to read all of her latest posts. ______________________ These days, partnerships between charities and for-profit companies go beyond writing a check (although that’s still a useful part of the relationship). Nonprofits are tapping into the resources available from successful companies in all sorts of ways. It turns out, many of these companies are eager to help. Here are some different ways that nonprofits are…
 
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    CHARITY CASE

  • Yes, it’s a nonprofit. No, it’s not weird. 

    Krystyn Tully
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:42 pm
    There's always one ... People think it’s weird when you start a nonprofit. “There are too many, already!” some say. “Why not get a real job?” others say.How great would it be if people understood that the nonprofit sector has always existed, and will always exist? It’s not a deviation from “normal”. It’s part of “normal”.People are always going to organize to address needs or issues. They are often going to do it because they think it’s the right thing to do, regardless of whether or not it’s profitable. And they should not have to wait for government’s…
  • In defence of failure (why there is no ‘right’ number of nonprofits)

    Krystyn Tully
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:10 pm
    "Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don't know which half."-- John Wanamaker (attributed), US department store merchant (1838 - 1922) Only one puppy can win this race. You, however, are a winner just by looking at them try.  This whole thing about how there are “too many nonprofits” has got to stop. There’s no “right” number of nonprofits, no perfect formula for who gets to start and organization and who doesn’t.True, nonprofits fail all the time. We fail in minor ways and we fail in spectacular ways, day after day. And it’s…
  • What I wish YOU knew about charities (Part 1)

    Krystyn Tully
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:03 am
    Don't let the wool throw you off; this sheep does not have a charitable purpose. (Image courtesy Tony, Flickr.) Forget lessons to myself. There's a crap-ton of super basic information that I wish other people knew about the nonprofit world. I wasn't sure where to start with this topic, so I appreciate the Keilburger brothers* and their latest column for helping me focus. It touches on virtually every annoying nonprofit sector trope floating around the interwebs these days.Starting with ....Oh my gosh, people, nonprofits and charities are not the same thing. This…
  • 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!
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  • Best of breed versus single vendor suite: A debate no more.

    Caroline Stallings
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Deciding whether or not to adopt a single vendor suite or utilize best-of-breed applications has been one of the most common debates amongst nonprofits when discussing technology. The story was if you didn’t buy from a single vendor, integration would either be impossible or prohibitively expensive translating into hours of duplicate data entry and reconciliation between systems. But, now thanks to cloud and advanced integration technology, there is no debate! The winner is…Best of Breed! Having to integrate external applications with a nonprofit’s fundraising CRM solution can be a very…
  • 10 Specialists Vote on the Top Fundraising Books

    Craig Van Korlaar
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:22 pm
    There are a lot of nonprofit books and resources out there. Rather than listing our their opinion on the best ones, or sister site, TopNonprofits.com decided to collaborate with 10 fundraising experts from the top nonprofit blogs list who each provided their top 5 votes. A combination of these votes and amazon metrics were used to compile the final list of the best 20 fundraising books. Special thanks to the contributors: @AmyEisenstein @thattomahern @SandyRees @jeffbrooks @RoryJMGreen @pamelagrow @101fundraising @GailPerrync @marcapitman @fundraisingauth The post 10 Specialists Vote on…
  • Closing the Nonprofit Sector’s Gender Pay Gap

    Amy DeVita
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:35 am
    It’s 2015 and, sadly, in the United States a gender pay gap of 22% still exists. In practically every corner of the workforce, women earn less than men.  While the gap has become smaller over the years, Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) , a US think tank founded in 1987 and tracks wages with updated fact sheets, projects that- at this pace- it won’t be “..until 2058 for women to finally reach pay parity.” Possibly more surprising and sobering, is the reality that the gender pay gap is even greater in the nonprofit sector. Yes, the nonprofit sector…
  • Improvising in the Nonprofit Workplace

    Jennifer Schaupp
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
      When people hear the word “improvisation,” some say: “I watched Whose Line is it Anyway on T.V. and thought it was funny!” “I think professional actors do that at Second City in Chicago, like Amy Poehler did.” “Who in their right mind would do that?” What is this ”improvisation” that causes an array of reactions? Essentially, it is a type of performance that requires participants to think on their feet as an ensemble in order to create an experience without any prior written material. They may start with a prompt from the audience and build characters and a story…
  • 14 Ways to Know When It’s Time to Leave Your Job

    James Zackal
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    Is your organization causing stress? Do you dread spending time at the office? Are you looking for a better opportunity or just a change? It may be time to leave your job. Some employees know when it is time to leave while others may not recognize it right away. In 14 Signs It’s Time To Leave Your Job, Jacquelyn Smith and Forbes look at when it’s the right time to leave your position. Ask yourself these questions: Passion. Are you losing the passion you once had for your nonprofit? Miserable Every Morning. Do you wake up every morning dreading going to work? Organization is sinking. Are…
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  • One Small Spark

    Tarika Vaswani
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:56 am
    By Kelly Munro IN a tiny village on the outskirts of Mumbai, one organization is making a huge difference. For over 29 years Vidhayak Sansad has been working with the most neglected and abused people in Thane district, educating them … Continue reading → The post One Small Spark appeared first on Your NGO's GiveIndia.org.
  • Beacon of Hope

    Tarika Vaswani
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:54 am
    By Kelly Munro   YOU have cancer, is a phrase so many will be told this year. ‘We can help you,’ is a phrase the Indian Cancer Society says to those that cannot help themselves. The Indian Cancer Society, based … Continue reading → The post Beacon of Hope appeared first on Your NGO's GiveIndia.org.
  • Dreams of a Child

    Tarika Vaswani
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:45 am
    HEADING into Bihar, I wasn’t scared; I was anxious. Most people fear kidnapping, but seeing as I’ve been kidnapped before I felt my chances of survival were high. My concerns lay with visiting the Daudnagar Organisation for Rural Development, to … Continue reading → The post Dreams of a Child appeared first on Your NGO's GiveIndia.org.
  • 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, always smiling. Since he looked like one of them, there was a sense of belonging … Continue reading → The post Asha Kiran appeared first on Your NGO's GiveIndia.org.
  • A Ray of Hope 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 either sides, huts made of dried grass, exposed to the heat and open drainage.I was … Continue reading → The post A Ray of Hope in Andhra appeared first on Your NGO's GiveIndia.org.
 
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    Top Nonprofits

  • Let Your Supporters Define Themselves

    Lynn Swain
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:34 am
    I recently had the pleasure of speaking at the 2015 Bridge to Integrated Marketing and Fundraising Conference. The session “Who Should You Love Most? Your Donors, Your Members or Your Subscribers” drew a great crowd – all ready to learn how to leverage their donor, member and/or subscriber base to raise the most revenue. Now this is a topic that is dear to me – because as membership director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, I think about it every day! Even though my focus is primarily on building and stewarding our member base, members and subscribers and donors are not mutually…
  • Where to Find a Top Nonprofit Degree Program

    Yvonne Hudson
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:06 am
      The growth in nonprofit management degree programs on the nonprofit sector supports the need for the United States’ nonprofit growth sector, up 11.3% over the decade from 2003 to 2013, according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics. So Top Nonprofits’ list of Top 100+ Nonprofit Degree Program by State is a great resource when considering an undergraduate or graduate degree program for bachelor’s or master’s credentials.   While nonprofit administrators often move to the sector from business and specialties, many seeking careers in nonprofit prepare by earning a…
  • How to Increase Fundraising with Matching Gifts

    Adam Weinger
    18 Jul 2015 | 7:34 am
    It’s a shame when two of your friends get you the same birthday present. Like, hello, what does a grown person need with two Hot Wheels racing sets? You want different gifts from everyone or at least receipts so you can get what you want. While matching gifts might ruin your birthday, they’re exactly what your nonprofit wants. Gifts to nonprofits usually come in monetary form, which is why it’s never bad to receive two of the same gift. However, depending on the nonprofit, if a person donates two Hot Wheels sets then the donor might disappoint a few folks. What is a Matching Gift? Many…
  • Webinar: Research on Gender Pay Gap in Nonprofit Sector

    Amy DeVita
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:27 am
    Consider this: The average pay of a white woman in the United States is 78 cents on the dollar, compared to her counterpart… and much lower for women of color (see chart, below). With the issue gaining more visibility through an Oscar acceptance speech by  Patricia Arquette or in President Obama’s State of the Union Speech, and on the 2016 Presdential Campaign trail, the topic is gaining more attention. Ironically, according to reasearch by The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management, the gender pay gap is even greater in the nonprofit sector. Yes, the same sector which…
  • 5 Ways to Grow Online Giving

    James Zackal
    8 Jul 2015 | 11:20 am
    Nonprofits are using online giving to raise money. Having the capability for online donations  backed by strong marketing tactics are essential for any nonprofit organization. In Leading nonprofits are raising more money online than ever before, Mashable and Matt Petronzio analyze the  2015 M+R Benchmarks Study. The study revealed that nonprofits raised $413 million in donations last year. How are nonprofits gaining such great donations? In 10 Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits, Nonprofit Tech for Good looks at how nonprofit organizations are becoming successful online. Here…
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    Winspire News

  • Engaging Stakeholders in Shaping Your Next Charity Event

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Nonprofit stakeholders are vital to the development of a sustainable and profitable fundraising event. As an event organizer, they are an invaluable resource as you seek to improve your event and reach ever-higher fundraising goals and expectations. Surprisingly, despite the value of stakeholder input, many nonprofits overlook the simple act of gathering feedback and using it in their planning of future events.  But first, who are stakeholders? Stakeholders are any individual or group of people who have a vested interest in the success of your nonprofit in fulfilling its objective.
  • Experience Spotlight: Wimbledon Tennis Championship

    23 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
    What started in 1877 as the Lawn Tennis Championship, at what was then known as the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis, has become the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world.  Known today simply as “Wimbledon”, this spectacular event is the only Grand Slam still played on grass. All eyes were on Serena Williams earlier this month as she entered Wimbledon as the overwhelming favorite to win a fourth straight major tennis title. She did that, in her usual impressive fashion. She bested her sister, Venus Williams, narrowly avoided an upset at the hands of unseeded Heather…
  • U.S. and Canadian Travel Trends [INFOGRAPHIC]

    21 Jul 2015 | 8:50 am
    Americans and Canadians are some of the largest spenders on international travel, with residents of both nations ranked in the top six worldwide in terms of average annual expenditures on international travel. Travelers from both countries most commonly make the easy intracontinental trips, with the U.S., Canada, and Mexico all registering as top travel destinations.  In addition, millions of travelers every year from both of these countries make overseas journeys to the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and even Cuba! When Americans and Canadians choose to stay closer to home and…
  • Ssshh... Have You Heard About The Super Silent Auction?

    14 Jul 2015 | 9:47 am
      When planning your charity gala’s live and silent auctions, have you ever had an item or two that seemed a little high priced for the silent auction tables but did not quite have the appeal for your live auction? Or perhaps you already have too many items in the live auction, but there are some other special items you want to call attention to. It can be confusing trying to figure out how to best utilize these items, and the super silent auction may be the best answer to this dilemma.  What is a Super Silent Auction?  A super silent auction is a subset of your normal…
  • Congrats to our July Donation Give-Away Winner: Julie-Anne Lambert

    9 Jul 2015 | 9:29 am
    We are excited to announce the winner of the July 2015 Donation Give-Away drawing! Julie-Anne Lambert of Hudson, Quebec, Canada will be using the Napa Valley Wine Tour Experience to help raise money for The Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence Foundation (VSPCRF) where she is the Assistant Executive Director of Fundraising.  VSPCRF was founded in 2005 to provide professional palliative care in the community, free of charge. Their mission is to offer a home where serenity, warmth, comfort and relief are provided with an approach to excellence in palliative…
 
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    The White Fuse Blog

  • 4 Reasons your Charity Should use Medium

    Mary Mitchell
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:51 am
    Medium is a relatively new (2012) web publishing platform, that many charities are engaging with. But if you’re a charity with stretched resources, why should you start using yet another publishing platform or social network? This post sets out four reasons why it may be worth the extra effort. This is how the folks at Buffer put it: Imagine starting a blog with zero overhead. Imagine having a place online to write your thoughts, tips, and learnings and share with a built-in audience and an immediate potential for viral traffic. Imagine a really great writing app. 1. It's Sociable Medium…
  • How to Choose the Best Home Page Layout for your Charity

    Amy Reinecke
    8 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    Deciding which type of home page best suits your charity is about more than just finding and emulating the one you like the look of best. Home pages are the beginning of a journey for many website users and should therefore be driven by your website objectives.  As such, it is very important to design a home page that attracts users to the most appropriate content for them. Your home page will contain a combination of various elements such as slides (or 'banners'), content feeds and signposts all placed strategically to intentionally direct users. It is often helpful to group the different…
  • Why Low Customisation and High Quality Design Are Friends Not Enemies

    Owen Roseblade
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:39 am
    Last week Andy wrote about why we've changed the way we build websites and introduced you to our new product, Bamboo. We've standardised lots of the functionality we deliver, lowered the cost and sped up the process. It's quite a shift for us as we move from high levels of customisation to an approach that offers a fixed number of features, a fixed layout, and sees many other decisions made before we work with individual clients. There are loads of reasons why we think this approach is much better than the more standard way of building charity websites, yet there is a question we've been…
  • Why We Changed The Way We Build Charity Websites

    Andy Pearson
    16 Jun 2015 | 9:28 am
    For years we operated like every other website agency serving the charity sector. We would listen to our clients, understand their needs and use open source technology like Drupal or Wordpress to craft a website to fit those requirements. Yes, we challenged opinions when appropriate. Yes, we brought our expertise and experience to the client’s problems. But we went with the fundamental assumption that all of our clients’ needs were different and needed a customised solution from the ground up every time we began a new project. Analysis of our past website projects When we started…
  • SEO for Charities: A Comprehensive Guide

    Andy Pearson
    28 May 2015 | 8:15 am
    This post is about search engine optimisation (SEO) and is aimed at charity marketers. It will give you a run-down of all the basics you need to know about SEO and in particular will address the following common questions: What really matters and what can I ignore? What should my website agency do and what can I do myself? This post doesn’t  address questions like ‘is SEO even important for my charity?’ or ‘how do I measure my website’s effectiveness?’ but these worthwhile and related questions are addressed in these posts: 7 Steps to Mastering SEO for Your Charity Website…
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    GuideStar Blog

  • Using GuideStar as a Student

    guidestartrustblog
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:07 am
    Artisha Naidu My name is Artisha Naidu and I am currently a fundraising/development intern for GuideStar. I became interested in the organization after taking a course as part of my degree in Community and Regional Development at the University of California, Davis. “Theories of Organization and their Role in Community Change” was one of my required courses. It was essentially a course on nonprofits aimed to explain issues of altruism and trust and the role of nonprofits in modern U.S. society. For one of the main projects, I worked with a team to analyze the quantitative aspects of…
  • 3 Facts You Need to Know to Plan A Profitable Fundraising Event

    guidestartrustblog
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:11 am
    Expert fundraisers know that to maximize contributions, they must diversify their fundraising tactics. Special events are one method many turn to. Unlike an email or direct-mail appeal, events incur hefty out-of-pocket costs and tens to hundreds of planning hours. What’s more, many have low profit margins—meaning small errors can result in missed goals, at best, or a negative return, at worst. Here are three of the most important facts nonprofits with different budgets and goals need to know to plan successful events—and how software can help. Fun Runs and Walks Are Top Performers…
  • Want to Increase Nonprofit Funding? Start by Increasing your Transparency

    Jasmine Marrow
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
    On July 16th, GuideStar partnered with GlobalGiving, Foundant Technologies, and The California Endowment for a live demonstration on how nonprofits can update their GuideStar Nonprofit Profile and give their organization the potential to increase its funding through major foundations, corporate giving portals, and individual donors.  In case you missed it, click here to download the full recording and slides from this webinar. As a follow up, here our panelists answer some of the most popular questions attendees asked during and after the event!  What are the “red flags” that…
  • GlobalGiving’s Big Bet

    guidestartrustblog
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:09 am
    How we’re using gamification, incentives, and behavioral economics for good We all want our donations to have the most impact possible. But how do we choose which nonprofits to support? And how does an organization like GlobalGiving, working with nonprofits in 165 countries, measure, compare, incentivize, and reward effective nonprofits doing everything from providing affordable housing in Nicaragua to restoring buffalo on Lakota land, to teaching organic farming to at-risk teens in Indonesia?) Well, we’ve made a Big Bet about how we can do just that, and today marks a major milestone as…
  • Center for Responsive Politics Receives Knight News Challenge Award from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

    Gabe Cohen
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:53 am
    We are excited to participate in this collaborative effort with the Center for Responsive Politics, and are hugely grateful to the Knight Foundation for generously providing funding to research this important topic. By combining CRP’s expertise in nonpartisan money-in-politics data with GuideStar’s extensive information on nonprofits, we hope to expand the amount of political financial information available to donors and illuminate the topic of dark money. ~ Gabe Cohen, Media and Outreach Manager, GuideStar The Center for Responsive Politics is delighted to announce that it has been…
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    Social Storehouse

  • Gym Equipment – elliptical, total gym, punching bag

    smiker
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:46 am
    Selling gym quality Nautilus NE 3000 ($900), Top-Line Total Gym ($200), 100 lb. Punching Bag ($100) – all items are like new! Buy the whole bundle (all 3 items) for $1,000.    
  • Kid’s Rubber Mud Boots

    smiker
    28 May 2015 | 6:37 pm
    Free Kid’s Mud Boots – to someone who wants a likes to play in the mud!!  
  • Four Drawer Chest

    smiker
    28 May 2015 | 6:28 pm
    A sturdy chest with four drawers. It’s white now, but easily paint it any color you wish!! $20. Pick up Lincoln, Nebraska or happy to ship anywhere at buyers expense.  
  • Futon – with Matress

    smiker
    28 May 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Gently used Futon with Matress. Perfect for starter apartment or college. $75. Pick-up Lincoln, Nebraska  
  • Trailers

    Sandy_Foss
    13 May 2015 | 9:09 am
    Pontoon Trailer Float on type tandem axle, winch, jack . $650.00 phone #701 472 3210  
 
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    Laramie Board Learning Project

  • The community of practice as effective governance site: A (revisited) case study

    Debra Beck, EdD
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:54 am
    The essential elements of a healthy community of practice also provide an environment for healthy generative governance and board learning.While last week's official caveat against generalizing qualitative data to all nonprofit boards still applies, the evidence that the exemplary nonprofit board at the center of my dissertation case study offers provides familiar illustrations for discussion about whether and how we create environments and processes that embed learning and feed generative thinking and governance. Today, in this first post of a series revisiting the takeaways from this case…
  • Governance toolbox: July potpourri

    Debra Beck, EdD
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:55 am
    Last Friday of the month means one thing: it's time for the July potpourri. Following is an interesting mix of resources collected this week and elsewhere this month, ready for sharing."I never #learn anything talking. I only learn things when I ask questions." - Lou Holtz— Training Magazine (@TrainingMagUS) July 29, 2015 Not a "resource," but a nice way to end a week (and month) and launch this post, Holtz's quote applies almost anywhere but especially in a nonprofit boardroom. Ask questions. Lots of provocative, mission-focused questions. You'll be a better board for doing so.Five ways to…
  • Learning theory to governance practice: Boards as communities (of practice)

    Debra Beck, EdD
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:59 am
    (Link to article abstract)Effective nonprofit boards have the essential characteristics of a high-functioning community of practice.While I can't officially generalize findings from the case study that informed my dissertation - or any qualitative research - that is the message I took away from the experience. What I can ethically do is share the key concepts behind the big news of that work and suggest we explore ways to apply it to nonprofit boards. Strictly speaking, nonprofit boards don't align perfectly with the community of practice framework. Whereas communities of practice generally…
  • Performance-driven follow-up for nonprofit board training: A personal wish list

    Debra Beck, EdD
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:14 am
     Formal training events may or may not solve nonprofit board performance problems; but they often provide the entry point for the conversation and, if we're lucky, the opportunity to move toward the improved governance capacity that our organizations desperately need.I still hold firm to a vision of a learning environment where formal learning events play an appropriately small role in the larger context. But I'm also realistic: many boards and nonprofit executives - and possibly some board consultants - undoubtedly see training sessions as the primary vehicles for educating members and…
  • Governance toolbox: July this-n-that

    Debra Beck, EdD
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:04 am
    Not to be confused with next week's "potpourri" post, this week's toolbox reflects the delightful mix of ideas, resources, and a little bit of humor that awaited when I pulled up the bookmarks saved for consideration.Getting to strategic and generative governance: Tapping the connection between scenario thinking & mental models -- Frank Martinelli's LinkedIn post draws on the model that most influences my thinking (and informed my dissertation research), Governance as Leadership. Any post that draws attention to GAL and, most important, to the strategic and generative aspects of…
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