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  • 10 Facebook Page Best Practices for Nonprofits

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    Heather Mansfield
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    With more than 1 billion active users, Facebook is the largest social network in the world. More than two-thirds of its users log in every day and three-fourths do so on a mobile device. Without a doubt your nonprofit’s supporters use Facebook on a regular basis. Therefore, Facebook Pages should be your first priority and entry into social networking. but to stand out from the other 50 million pages regularly active and all vying for likes, comments, and shares, you must excel at Facebook in order to stand out from the clutter and the 10 best practices below will ensure your nonprofit is…
  • Tips for CEO transitions

    Charitable Advisors
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    By Bryan Orander, president, Charitable AdvisorsOver the past five years, Charitable Advisors has guided and advised more than 25 nonprofit organizations’ boards as they replaced staff leaders. Nearly half of these searches resulted from retirements of long-term leaders or founders. While hiring an organization’s executive leader to fill a vacancy caused by retirement or any reason is one of a board’s most important responsibilities, over time in this support role, a number of lessons have become clear, as we provided support. ·        Boards…
  • UNICEF tells us something we already know and it still surprises us #violencevaccine

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    Marc van Gurp
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    UNICEF tells us something we all know: there is no vaccine for violence. And yet it is a surprising statement what the make in their new video because of the way of narrating and the lack of stereotypes. The video is the start of the UNICEF UK’s new Children in Danger campaign. They asks the viewer to imagine what it would be like if there was a ‘violence vaccine’ that could protect children and ensure they were safe. Titled A Vaccine for Violence the video focuses on one young victim of gang violence who is seen visiting a chemist in the hope he will be given something that will…
  • Is SEO Dying, Or Do You Just Need to Revitalize Your Content?

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    Allyson Kapin
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    SEO certainly has its critics. Some call it snake oil. But SEO is critical to your website, online advocacy, and online fundraising. If your nonprofit is about to embark on a website redesign, a website audit, or even online content planning for year-end fundraising, it's important to come up with a content strategy that is tailored to your specific audiences. This also will benefit your site's SEO.I'm going to highlight a few of the best content marketing strategies visualized in this infographic:Develop a consistent tone, message, and personality for your brand. It's critical that the…
  • Zuckerberg Replies to Facebook Comment About $25M Ebola Donation

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    John Haydon
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg announced a $25 million donation to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to help fight Ebola. He shared how strongly he feels about the Ebola issue in a Facebook post: “We need to get Ebola under control in the near term so that it doesn’t spread further and become a long term global health crisis that we end up fighting for decades at large scale, like HIV or polio.” Mark also replied to a comment from Scott Solomon, adding: “Spending $25 million to help get this under control now is very little cost compared to all the lives it…
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  • If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Fear vs. Legacy

    Rosetta
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Speaking on the Success Panel at the Ultimate Sales Boot Camp in San Diego! “Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.” — Unknown I’m writing this post from my hotel room in San Diego, California where I’ve been for the past few days for an awesome training and networking event with my business mentor, Lisa Sasevich. I’m a lifelong learner and strongly believe in surrounding yourself with people who have already “made it” to where you…
  • 3 Magical Steps to Attract More Money Into Your Business This Month

    Rosetta
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    One of the most powerful lessons I’ve learned since I quit my job back in 2010 is that there is no limit to the amount of money you can make in your business. We are always surrounded by the energy of abundance; we just have to claim it! There is never a shortage of potential clients and customers who want what you have to offer. Once I embraced this infinite possibility for my life, I began to see so many doors open up for me, especially when it came to increasing my income. This year was the first year that I have been able to earn over $100,000 in my business and I owe much…
  • Are You Waiting for Permission to Live the Life You Really Want?

    Rosetta
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    When I was growing up, there were two messages that were pretty strong in my family. 1. Finish school and go to college. and 2. Get a good job. My mom was raising me and my little sister on her own and we didn’t have a whole lot of money. But what my family DID have was high expectations for me. And I worked very hard to not only meet, but exceed them. I did finish school and go to college. Then, I went on to grad school. Then, I went on to build a great career in my field. As I got older, however, many of my goals drifted away from the original vision that my family had for me.
  • How to Make the Right Decision, Every Single Time

    Rosetta
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:49 pm
    Life Mapping workshop at the Happy Black Woman Hawaii Retreat! “If what you are doing is not moving you towards your goals, then it’s moving you away from your goals.” – Brian Tracy We had a great time at our Happy Black Woman Hawaii Retreat! It was a week full of learning, connection and FUN! One of our wonderful attendees summed it up so beautifully in her blog post reflecting on the week-long experience: “It all starts with a mindset. We have to be ready to receive. We have to stop limiting ourselves. There were two televisions in my suite and not once did…
  • VIDEO: Love Yourself Enough to Try a New Path

    Rosetta
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:52 am
    Have you been feeling unhappy about your life lately…and maybe even a little disappointed in yourself? It may seem like nothing is working in your favor right now. You might be struggling in your business, your finances or even your relationships. You might be feeling discouraged in your situation because it seems like you don’t have any options. In moments like this, it’s important to remember that life doesn’t have to be this way. It’s never too late to change your circumstances! If you’ve been holding on to your suffering for far too long, the video…
 
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  • #IFC2014 International Fundraising Congress: Inspire, Connect, Transform

    Beth
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    Source: Pamela Sutton-Legaud I’m just back from a trip to Europe where I  was part of the opening plenary at this year’s International Fundraising Congress outside of Amsterdam. (I also keynoted the NGO track at the Internet Festival in Pisa, Italy (more about that in separate post later).   The IFC is amazing global community of fundraising professionals, representing nonprofits working in every continent of the globe.    The conference had 1,000 delegates and offers high quality production values and advanced content sessions as well as incredible networking opportunities.
  • 8 Reasons Why Bad Trainings Happen to Good Nonprofits

    Beth
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    Note from Beth: Last January, I put together a train the trainers session for nonprofit trainers.  You can find the presentation here and accompanying blog post, How To Think Like A Nonprofit Instructional Designer.   Over on the SalsaLabs blog, they are doing a series on designing nonprofit tech training and I discovered this excellent rewrite of my post.  And if that’s not enough, we’ll also be sharing a few of the latest and greatest user trainings on Salsa tools to quench your thirst for knowledge and skills.  Anyway,  they graciously allowed me to republish the post here as a…
  • A Crash Course in Design Thinking for Network Leadership Skills

    Beth
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Last month, I participated in a Design Thinking Lab with network leadership practitioners convened by the Leadership Learning Community.   The lab was facilitated by Heather Mcleod-Grant and Justin Ferrell, Director of Fellowships at the Stanford d-School.  The session was an introduction to design thinking methods and to generate ideas for instructional modules for networked leadership development.  The design challenge was:  How do we come up with concrete tools, frameworks and methods for helping people better understand and adopt network systems leadership? Like all good training…
  • Giving 2.0: The MOOC Launches Today: Sign Up for Free

    Beth
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Giving 2.0: The MOOC, is a Stanford University-sponsored FREE online course intended to teach givers of all ages, backgrounds, incomes and experiences to give more effectively.  It launches today, so there is still time to sign up!    The instructor is Stanford Professor and Philanthropist  Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen.    The course teaches students to assess nonprofits, create a high-impact giving plan, volunteer more effectively, and use online networks and tools for good.    The course also has an action learning component.  Participants will do a real-time grantmaking process…
  • What can nonprofit technology trainers learn from the social work field to improve their training techniques?

    Beth
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    Last month, I spent two days teaching at University of Buffalo, School of Social Work.    During my visit, I gave a keynote at a nonprofit leadership conference, facilitated a workshop for social work agencies on networks and data, guest taught a graduate course in social work research and evaluation methods,  met with faculty, gave a talk on giving to students at the student union (pictured above), and was interviewed for the podcast series. I love teaching (and learning) and it was a pleasure to work with students, nonprofits, and faculty.   I also learned a lot working along side…
 
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  • UNICEF tells us something we already know and it still surprises us #violencevaccine

    Marc van Gurp
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    UNICEF tells us something we all know: there is no vaccine for violence. And yet it is a surprising statement what the make in their new video because of the way of narrating and the lack of stereotypes. The video is the start of the UNICEF UK’s new Children in Danger campaign. They asks the viewer to imagine what it would be like if there was a ‘violence vaccine’ that could protect children and ensure they were safe. Titled A Vaccine for Violence the video focuses on one young victim of gang violence who is seen visiting a chemist in the hope he will be given something that will…
  • Knitting is the new sex without a condom

    Marc van Gurp
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:20 am
    AIDES, the well known French organisation, is doing remarkable Aids awareness campaigns for many years. Mostly they target specific groups like the gay community and youth. With their new campaign which is launched today they speak to all sexual active. No condom? You better go knit. The new campaign includes four films with accompanying print. They are named ‘Pea’, ‘Knitting’, ‘Pearls’ and ‘Puzzle’, evocative names that reveal what the long winter nights can look like….without a condom. Author: Marc van Gurp
  • Wear It Pink - Look Good. Do Good

    Tatjana Vukic
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:22 am
    Campaign by Media agency Carat for breast cancer fundraising initiative ‘Wear It Pink’ started yesterday. Campaign videos are running across cinema, social media and out of home channels during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Carat used the Genero platform to put out a brief to a global creative community of over 300,000 filmmakers to create pieces of cost-effective, high quality, shareable video content. The video content , either 25 seconds or 55 seconds, based on the themes “look good, do good” or “bored with beige” is promoting the ‘Wear It Pink’ campaign…
  • Little girls hijack age warnings during prime time

    Marc van Gurp
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    The latest Plan Belgium campaign was recently featured on TV, in Belgian cinemas and via Preroll on YouTube. The idea is simple and surprising. At the start of a movie (on TV and in cinema) viewers got the age warning that the film is suitable for children over 12 years. After the age warning a girl tells the viewer “I’m too young to watch this movie but old enough to marry.” Within 30 seconds, it is clear that it is about child marriage. Every minute 27 girls are forced into marriage. That’s one every two seconds. Plan Belgium: “The start of a solution is simple:…
  • If you knew your words were hurtful, would you say them again?

    Tom Megginson
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Full disclosure: I wrote these ads as a personal volunteer project, in partnership with my sister-in-law, Bonnie Robinson, at Ottawa’s YOW! Productions. We had been looking for a pro-bono job to do together, and Bonnie had been involved with the organization. She shot these two PSAs on an absolute shoestring, with volunteer actors and most people’s time donated. I’m sharing them here because as parents we really need to stop enabling a culture of casual homophobia. The first PSA is for parents of LGBT children who haven’t come out yet. The quotes are based on actual…
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  • Weekly Event Round-Up (Oct. 20-Oct. 26)

    bethany
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    There's a lot happening at NTEN, and we want you to get involved! In this weekly roundup, you'll find the full list of NTEN events, opportunities, and deadlines for participation. Whether it's in-person events, such as NTEN Labs or 501 Tech Clubs, online Communities of Practice or webinars, or deadlines for contributing content or applications - this weekly round-up has you covered. Also, are you attending an NPTech-related event this month? Check out this page to see where NTEN will be in the community this month; we'd love to link up with you. In-person Events 10/20 PDXTech4Good (Portland,…
  • Evaluating Evaluation: Behind the scenes of NTEN's new worksheets

    Amy
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Amy Sample Ward CEO NTEN "Check your assumptions at the meeting room door" and other lessons learned from NTEN's meta-evaluation process. Evaluating our evaluation. I hear you, it sounds pretty meta. In creating the newly launched series of worksheets supporting data-informed nonprofits, that's exactly what we did. And in evaluating our evaluation process, we found that it was the people and not the data that needed to be addressed further.
  • On Transparency, Data, and Trust

    Steph
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Kord Davis Co-Founder Signal Workshop "What kind of relationship would donors and other stakeholders have with you if they knew your data handling practices?" Transparency in data handling practices is becoming a clear and valuable trend as organizations begin to realize the competitive advantage available to them as a result of developing that capability. The importance of transparent data dealings are particularly relevant for mission- and values-based organizations that depend in large part on deep engagement and trusting relationships with their partners, constituents, and…
  • Data Therapy: 10 tips to optimize your Database Administrator

    Steph
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Alan Gordon Data Operations Manager Society for Science & the Public Help database administrators (DBAs) help you. /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;…
  • Measure what Matters

    Steph
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Chari Smith Founder CRSmith Consulting Are these the data you're looking for? Exploring what to measure is the first step on a journey to greater impact. How can nonprofit organizations know what is working, what is not, and what impact they are making? They can achieve this understanding by implementing a realistic and meaningful evaluation system.
 
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  • The most important holiday for all fundraisers

    elizabeth.ragland@networkforgood.org
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:24 am
    Thanks to the most-photogenic NFGers for reminding us why it’s important to #beyourdonor on October 24th! Network for Good’s favorite holiday is this month. Although we do love Halloween, October 24this Be Your Donor Day and the reason why we celebrate big this month! Sometimes fundraisers are so caught up in the day to day that we forget how important our donors are to our organization’s success. Without understanding how our donors interact with our organization, what the donation process looks like from a donors’ point of view, and how donors are thanked for their gift, we can’t…
  • Love ‘Em Up Now to Boost Year-End & 2015 Support

    elizabeth.ragland@networkforgood.org
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:31 am
    This final quarter can shine as the time to generate the donations you need to move your organization’s mission forward, if you do it right. In fact, 40% of online donors make their gifts in December, and that 40% to 60% of those gifts are made the last two days of the month according to superstar fundraiser Gail Perry. Offline giving is up as well in December, says Perry. But…Just don’t wait until December to ramp up the start or strengthen your campaign, and don’t stop too early that month! Start the Nurturing NOW with these 3 Simple Steps 1. Thank your current supporters—of all…
  • 11 Great Online Giving Tips for #GivingTuesday and Every Day

    elizabeth.ragland@networkforgood.org
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:49 am
    The countdown is on. In exactly 7 weeks, or 49 days, #GivingTuesday will be here! For many organizations, #GivingTuesday will launch the giving season, fueling energy and excitement that will carry through to year-end. We’ve written a series of posts to help you make the most of #GivingTuesday. Today, we’re focused on one of the most important year-end strategies for any organization: creating a compelling online presence and outreach campaign to inspire support. 11 to-do’s for #GivingTuesday and year-end campaigns that work online. We could write a book on this topic (actually, we…
  • Strategies to turn supporters into fundraisers for #GivingTuesday, and beyond.

    elizabeth.ragland@networkforgood.org
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:31 pm
    #GivingTuesday – what for many will be the launch of the December giving season – is now just 7 weeks away. Gulp. Your year-end campaigns are just about ready to go, but making the most of December is probably in the back of your mind all the time. Perhaps you’re asking yourself if there is anything else you can put into motion today that can move the needle at year end. Yes! Try a peer fundraising campaign. The Power of Peer Fundraising Social, Personal, P2P or team fundraising are all names for the same concept: harnessing the power of your supporters and their networks to scale your…
  • You can do it! Goal setting for #GivingTuesday

    elizabeth.ragland@networkforgood.org
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:26 am
    Party on! If you’re a fundraiser, you’re seeing news about #GivingTuesday everywhere. And the buzz is for good reason - #GivingTuesday is not only the launch of the giving season, but has become an international celebration of generosity. And your donors, prospects, staff and volunteers are likely to be hearing a lot about the big day – from you or someone. So, it’s time to solidify your #GivingTuesday plans. GivingTuesday, when done well, can have all the excitement and engagement of a great party, while building awareness and donations for your cause. It can also carry good feelings…
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  • Don't be shy. Run towards your big vision.

    Britt Bravo
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    As I was walking to work one day this week, I saw this cute Corgi (pictured above) on the street. At first he was shy. He watched me with half of his face hidden behind the wall. But as I walked closer, his excitement overwhelmed him. He ran out of hiding to say hello and invited me to pet him (so soft!).Sometimes that's how we are with our Big Visions. Shy at first. Testing the waters. Not wanting to make a commitment. But here's the important part. The excitement. When we get SO excited about something that we just HAVE to do it, or learn more about it, or share it with others, we need to…
  • When your big vision dies . . .

    Britt Bravo
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    A tree grows a tree"The Death of a tree is the birth of a log or a snag [a standing dead or dying tree]. Dead trees are essential to the health of the forest and they are the basis of its astonishing productivity. Fallen trees are a substantial reservoir of organic matter and water that other plants and trees depend on. . . As a tree slowly decays, it becomes a nursery for plants. It may take 400 years or longer to become incorporated into the forest floor. During this time, a variety of shrubs and trees have the opportunity to develop part or all of their root systems within the decaying…
  • Looking for Your Big Vision? Notice What "Sparkles"

    Britt Bravo
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    Rain "sparkles" by meA friend who is between jobs recently asked me, "Is there one piece of advice you would give to a creative person when they are looking for their next job, or project?"I responded, "Notice what 'sparkles' for you."I think of "sparkles" as things that make you smile, makes time fly, or that you all of a sudden become very curious about (even if you don't understand why).If you are a "creative" type, you already know that most creative projects don't usually happen in a straight line: A to Z. They often begin with something small: a craving for an ingredient, a phrase you…
  • Big Vision Tip: Stay on Track. Text Your Big Vision Buddy

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

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

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    She got me… The rain was pouring down this morning as our daughter, Charlotte, was getting ready to walk to school, so I caved and drove her. And I’m glad I did. Because as I dropped her off to join the gaggle of noisy, drenched kids waiting outside the middle school, I started thinking. Here were all these kids crowded round the dripping doorway to march in for another day of challenge, learning and growth. I was jealous—they were walking into this incredible opportunity to be exposed to new content, to digest it in the context of what they know now, and to arrive on the far…
  • Your Next Nonprofit Marketing Job: Monday Matters

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    Post YOUR open nonprofit marketing and communications positions here Communications Coordinator (PT) World Affairs Council of Oregon (Portland, OR) Communications Specialist  The Health Trust (San Jose, CA) Communications Specialist, School Improvement & Marketing Manager Southern Regional Education Board (Atlanta, GA) Events Director/Consultant & External Relations Associate END Fund (New York, NY) Design Intern (Paid)  Beespace (New York, NY) Digital Communications Project Manager & Director of Video Services See3 Communications (Chicago, IL) Director of Business…
  • Rebrand to Connect: Red Rover Tells All (Case Study-Part 1)

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    Within the first five minutes of meeting Leili Khalessi last year, I learned that she and her colleagues were in the process of rebranding their organization, including a new name. As Marketing and Communications Manager with (what is now) Red Rover, Leili was right in the middle of that challenging project. So I jumped on the opportunity to ask if she’d share the organization’s experience in this marketing adventure. Most important takeaways: Pinpoint the problem you’re trying to solve with your marketing decisions, especially when it’s as big as a new name Ensure your…
  • Show-Not-Tell Message Power (Case Study: Breast Cancer Action)

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    Breath this in deeply. It’s a strong model of that golden communications rule: Show, Don’t Tell. Here, on its Facebook page, Breast Cancer Action (BCA) zigs rather than zags, with memorable results. See post in full size here. Most nonprofits would have simply told folks that  pink-labeled water bottles is pinkwashing, and leave it at that. But… Good thing they didn’t. Because that kind of jargon-heavy messaging is NOT likely to be understood—much less acted on—by most readers. In fact, it’s more likely to annoy them because it’s inaccessible, demands…
  • Your New Nonprofit Marketing Job? Monday Matters!

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    Please post your open nonprofit marketing positions here Communications & Graphic Design Manager, Algiers Charter School Association (New Orleans, LA) Communications Associate, The Hatcher Group (Bethesda, MD) Communications Director, Venture Philanthropy Partners (Washington, DC) Communications Internship (Paid) and Marketing Internship (Paid), Make a Wish Foundation (Phoenix, AZ) Communications Project Manager, Barr Foundation (Boston, MA) Database & Social Media Associate, Episcopal Community Services (San Francisco, CA) Digital Campaign Manager, Center for Popular Democracy…
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  • False Art

    Phil Cubeta
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    False Art wears finery, and walks with little mincing steps, every inch a lady. Sadly, she sometimes tries to sing.
  • Phronesis and The Philanthropic Plural

    Phil Cubeta
    5 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Phronesis, in Aristotle, is practical wisdom, or judgment. The following question drill (suited, it seems to me, for dialectic, dialogic, self-aware, philanthropy) comes from the sociologist, now at Said School of Business, Bent Flyvbjerg, via Wright and Cairns, Scenario Thinking: 1. What is going on here? 2. Is it desirable? 3. What, if anything should we do about it? 4. Who gains and who loses, by what instrumentalities of power? Take the incursion of metrics, managed systems, branding, mass customization, into all walks of life, the rise of wealth inequality, the instrumentaliziation of…
  • Best Practices of a world class Fool

    Phil Cubeta
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    World class Fools, too, as you would expect, have an annual conference and panels and breakout groups. Admist the din of Bedlam, today's topic is, "What have we learned that has served us best?" How to take a beating is apparently the answer.
  • The Wise Courtiers' Best Practices

    Phil Cubeta
    4 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    The Courtiers, too, have a Mastermind Group, where they go to learn Best Practices from each other. How can we best serve the King, whose name is Lear, is today's question. The Fool, dancing through, carrying an empty pitcher and a  tray of invisible beer mugs, offers, "Is this before or after you have driven him mad?"
  • Helping our clients live simply

    Phil Cubeta
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Burt, the surgeon, doubles as a mortician - that is a joke as old as Martial, and still funny. Jill, the firm's top grossing wealth consultant, doubles as a morals tutor.  When your balance hits zero, she gives you a complimentary copy of Thoreau's, Walden, and you can go "live simply" in the woods outside the office park. I guess that's funny. Why would she give a free book to someone who's broke?
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  • Nonprofits and Cybersecurity

    Lucy Bernholz
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    Today's New York Times reveals that the folks who hacked the website of JP Morgan Chase, one of the world's largest banks, also hacked the website and account of the bank's affiliated charity arm - the Chase Corporate Challenge.In July, GoodWill Inc announced that hackers had accessed information on payments processed by the nonprofit employment program. Waaaaay back in 2007 hackers breached the security systems at Convio Inc., gaining access to donor information for more than 90 charitable organizations.Universities have long been, and in 2014 seemed to grow as, a target for cybersecurity…
  • Data, Work, and the Social Sector

    Lucy Bernholz
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    (photo from https://www.linkedin.com/company/3632240?trk=hk_egc_website) Organizations that support nonprofits in the U.S. are quick to point out the contribution these organizations make to the economy. $1 trillion in assets, $2 trillion in revenue, 10% of jobs or GDP - the economic impact of the sector is used as evidence for all kinds of arguments.  The data behind these numbers, and the methods for calculating them, have typically come from government filings of labor statistics, tax records, contracts, and charitable giving and are crunched by research institutes, scholars, and…
  • Ten Innovations in Global Philanthropy

    Lucy Bernholz
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    Thrilled to see this new report from New Philanthropy Capital - Ten Innovations in Global Philanthropy.*(photo and report: http://www.thinknpc.org/publications/10-innovations/)One of my partners in the upcoming Blueprint 2015 - betterplace lab - is featured as one of the innovations. Check out their incredible work from the lab around the world - and be sure to get the Blueprint 2015 (Free from Grantcraft) when it goes live in December.Also very proud to see PoweredByData from Ajah.ca on the list. I've been saying all year that Canada is the world leader when it comes to using open data for…
  • Ethics of Data Conference - First Quick Summary

    Lucy Bernholz
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    The #Eod14 Conference was a huge success. Thanks to all who participated. We're still decoding, transcribing, and following up so a more formal synthesis is still to come. But in the meantime:The conference encouraged real work. One and one-half days of small group sessions, filled with the 100 participants, yielded (at least) the following:  •   The curriculum for a class on building trust in conflict situations being taught at Stanford this quarter •   A "responsibility for harm" checklist •   A framing document on different types of consent - (being…
  • Apple's Watch and the Ethics of Data

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

  • Calendaring

    Jason Dick
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I have spent a lot of time with people’s calendars trying to schedule time to meet with them one-on-one. Here are a few tips/tricks that I use: Talk with people about what their typical schedule looks like so you get an idea as to when they are usually free. Ask for two times instead of just one and let them know you will circle back when you have a confirmation (this works great for group meetings). Try and have shorter meetings so it is easier for people to give up their time. Often times 30 minutes is enough time. Schedule a month out this is easier for everyone. Most people are usually…
  • The Water Cooler

    Jason Dick
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    How much time do you actually spend at the water cooler? I’m going to make the case for spending just a little bit more time there. Internal relationships are often the key to fundraising success. If you have the support of your fellow fundraisers and program staff your job will often become a lot easier. Sometimes work gets really busy and you have to put your head down and work hard, and that’s fine. But in the off times and when you need a breather I encourage you to build relationships with your co-workers. I’m not talking about hanging out after work only knowing enough that you…
  • All Talk And No Give

    Jason Dick
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    A pet peeve of mine is when a development office spends all their time talking about donors and none of their time talking to donors. Has your organization ever fallen victim to this trap? It is important that you do the needed research and you ask in the right timing. And it is also a good idea to gain input from those experts at your nonprofit that know how to ask for money and know the donor you are talking with. But do not get caught in the cycle of perpetual preparation. Development Officers should spend a lot of their time out of the office. These individuals should be grabbing coffee…
  • Eloquence in Equivalencies

    Jason Dick
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    An equivalency is an example of what a specific sum of money buys for your organization. I have been really surprised when these numbers are not strategically planned and thought through. If you are going to create statistics please, please use them to upgrade donors. Say things like a gift of $10 will do this and a gift of $25 will do this bigger seemingly greater thing. And when you do this make sure the $25 thing is actually better. I have been a part of too many organizations that have created equivalencies that do a really sad job of this. They will try only to provide greater numbers…
  • The Fundraising Advantage

    Jason Dick
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    What are some of the advantages of working in fundraising and in the nonprofit world? Below are a few of my ideas. Feel free to leave some of your own in a comment: Why are you in fundraising? What would be a few advantages that I missed? You have a great opportunity to spend 8 hours a day working to make a difference in your community. This kind of work makes a difference to me in feeling like I am personally making an impact. One of the greatest benefits of this industry is that personal initiative makes a huge difference. If you want to make an impact or difference you can. Because…
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    Frogloop

  • Online Advocacy Drives List Growth

    Salima Mangalji
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    Online advocacy as a tool for list growth and new donor acquisition is hotter than ever. Actions such as petitions and pledges serve to engage cause-minded individuals and convert them into valuable supporters. Care2.com has been at the forefront of online acquisition for over 15 years. It has an online community of over 26 million civically active members all working to make the world a better place, and they are looking to engage with your organization! This infographic tells the story of Care2’s members, their passions and their donating philanthropic behavior. Here are some…
  • Kickstarter’s Founder Launches Nonprofit “Dollar A Day”

    Allyson Kapin
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    Kickstarter’s founder Perry Chen, who resigned from his position at the crowdfunding platform, recently launched the nonprofit Dollar A Day to raise money for charities. Chen helped spark a movement that raised over $1 billion dollars for individual projects that has led to startups, social change initiatives, etc. via Kickstarter. Can he replicate this for nonprofits?Chen told the media that one of the inspirations behind Dollar A Day was to make it easy for people to discover nonprofits that they might not be familiar with.Here’s How It Works. Every member who joins Dollar A…
  • Is SEO Dying, Or Do You Just Need to Revitalize Your Content?

    Allyson Kapin
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    SEO certainly has its critics. Some call it snake oil. But SEO is critical to your website, online advocacy, and online fundraising. If your nonprofit is about to embark on a website redesign, a website audit, or even online content planning for year-end fundraising, it's important to come up with a content strategy that is tailored to your specific audiences. This also will benefit your site's SEO.I'm going to highlight a few of the best content marketing strategies visualized in this infographic:Develop a consistent tone, message, and personality for your brand. It's critical that the…
  • So you want to get into online advocacy?

    Salima Mangalji
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
    It starts with the action!  An engaging action, one that is shareable and appealing to not only your audience, but also friends of your supporters, is the first step in launching your effective online advocacy strategy.  Once you have created your action: Don’t just rely on email.  Yes, send it to your email list, but also post your action on social media, use “self-serve” channels like the DailyKos, and see if bloggers will display it on their sites. Segment your supporters and target your emails.  Avoid the unsubscribes and worse, the dreaded MARK AS…
  • Study: Nonprofits Score an "F" in Online Fundraising Scorecard

    Allyson Kapin
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Dunham and Company released an Online Fundraising Scorecard that looked at 151 nonprofits online fundraising activities. The report either gave a big "F" or a mediocre rating to most of the nonprofits in the report. Out of 151 nonprofits, only 24 of them scored 76% or above.  The study looked at the flow of donation pages on each of the nonprofits websites as well as email appeals, follow up emails, etc. Here are some of the key findings.  65% required users to go through three or more pages to actually donate. Forcing users to go through multiple steps is one of the…
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    SocialFish

  • 5 Social Media Tips for Social Good Companies That Will Get Your Message Heard (In Less Than 10 Minutes Per Day)

    Editorial
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Guest post by Meg Rulli, Co-founder, ModMark Group. ———— “I don’t have time for social media.” “I don’t have the money to hire anyone to do our social media marketing.” “Social media? I wouldn’t even know where to start!” Do any of these above statements sound familiar? Well, you aren’t alone. Getting your organization out there on social media can be daunting… but it doesn’t have to be. Here are 5 quick tips that you can easily implement today to get your company dominating on social media (if you want even more tips, check out our book…
  • The future of customer service

    Maddie Grant
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Thanks, Jason Falls for this one. The Future of Customer Service from Jason Falls ———— (photo credit) More like this...What to measure in social mediaContent Strategy for AssociationsCommunity Management FundamentalsAdapt Your Website to a Mobile WorldHow to Lead Your Way to a Social OrganizationAll You Need To Know About User Experience The post The future of customer service appeared first on SocialFish.
  • You’re Not Too Busy for Social Media Marketing

    Editorial
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Your website represents your products and services. Your Facebook page helps you connect with your customers. Your company’s LinkedIn profile connects you with vendors, industry contacts, and candidates. You’re so busy you can barely keep up with email and voicemail, and you can’t afford to hire another manager. So why would you want to add any other social media channels? Because it increases brand recognition, improves brand loyalty, multiplies opportunities to convert prospects to sales, creates valuable customer insights, and produces higher conversion rates – all for lower…
  • [Cool Infographic Friday] Google Helpouts

    Maddie Grant
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Tip o’ the hat to Eddie Driscoll, of DPFOC UK, for sending this along for you guys. Google being the main internet search provider worldwide always emphasises its aim to make its search engine a great user experience. We see this regularly as part of their widely-feared algorithm updates like Penguin and Panda which are used by them to promote better web content. Perhaps through their experience of seeing people’s search behaviours and queries, they spotted an area that could be exploited commercially. A 2012 study found that Google earns $100million a day from AdWords so it is fair…
  • It’s that time again: The Third Annual Association Content Marketing Readiness Survey

    Editorial
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    By Monica Bussolati ——————– The Harvard Business Review had an article this summer that stated when it comes to marketing, “most organizations are stuck in the last century.” The author went on to say that excluding IT, he can’t think of another discipline that is evolving as quickly as marketing. And for associations, the marketing that gets the lion share of their resources is content marketing. Associations have always been on the leading edge of relying on content to play an important role in reaching business goals, but the approach to it…
 
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    AFP Blog: Recent News of Note

  • Markets For Good :: Forcing Nonprofits To Lie About Data

    Reed Stockman
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Markets For Good :: Forcing Nonprofits To Lie About Data: "Forcing Nonprofits To Lie About Data Laura Quinn raises a common problem faced by nonprofits - paying for the cost of data. But what is the result of these ever growing costs in the search for better data?" 'via Blog this'
  • How to hire for cultural fit at your nonprofit organization

    Reed Stockman
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    How to hire for cultural fit at your nonprofit organization: "The process of hiring and onboarding new employees is an important and costly one for any organization, and finding someone who is a great fit for your organization is always the goal. Increasingly, nonprofit (and for-profit) organizations are including questions about “cultural fit” in their hiring process." 'via Blog this'
  • Get FIT and Improve Your Fundraising: The FEP’s Fundraising Fitness Test - Resource Center - AFP

    Reed Stockman
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    Get FIT and Improve Your Fundraising: The FEP’s Fundraising Fitness Test - Resource Center - AFP: "One of the most important issues in fundraising right now is donor retention, and I believe that both the Fundraising Effectiveness Project and the Growth in Giving Initiative (GiGi) contain great secrets and insights into this issue and how to improve the philanthropic sector for your organization.
  • 9 ways to jumpstart your program - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

    Reed Stockman
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    9 ways to jumpstart your program - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "Planned giving, as important as it is, can feel like an inert piece of machinery – very large machinery – when it needs to be restarted. Getting the thing moving looks like an impossible task. It does not need to be that way, however. Matt J. Beem, president and CEO of Hartsook Companies, offers nine tips for
  • Aroma, Touch and Words All Boosted Giving - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

    Reed Stockman
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    Aroma, Touch and Words All Boosted Giving - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "James, a professor of personal financial planning and Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, presented some of the latest findings on the science of giving during the Association of Fundraising Professionals 2014 International Conference on Fundraising in San Antonio, Texas earlier this year. “Charitable
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    So what can I do?

  • Change the world.

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

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

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

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

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

  • End of the "Double Irish" Scheme Could Take a Bite Out of Apple's Tax Avoidance

    jschieder
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Last May, many were shocked to hear that one of their favorite companies, Apple, was acting less than patriotically. The corporation was stashing profits out of the reach of the U.S. Treasury. Apple has been using the “holy grail of tax avoidance,” as Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) described the accounting tricks, to generate profits that cannot be taxed by any country. The company is one of several that have taken advantage of this scheme. Google used the "Double Irish" accounting maneuver, as it is known, to avoid paying an estimated $2.5 billion in U.S. taxes last year.
  • New Study Finds Big Government Makes People Happy, "Free Markets" Don't

    guest
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Originally released by the Campaign for America's Future on Oct. 15, 2014 Interview with Patrick Flavin, principal author of the study “Assessing the Impact of the Size and Scope of Government on Human Well-Being,” conducted by host of “The Zero Hour” Richard Eskow Forget about feeling “like a room without a roof,” or whatever that “happy” song says. If you want to know “what happiness is to you,” try living in a social democracy. A recent study confirms something leftists have suspected for a long time: People are happier in…
  • The Need for Speed: $15 Billion Cost of Foodborne Illness Underscores Urgent FDA Action

    rwhite
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Preventable foodborne diseases cause thousands of illnesses and deaths in the United States every year. Coupled with this pain and suffering, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently estimated that foodborne illnesses cost the American public more than $15 billion annually. To develop this estimate, the USDA analyzed specific disease outcomes from 15 major pathogens found in food in the United States, which account for over 95 percent of the illnesses and deaths from foodborne disease. It also examined health care costs, lost wages from these illnesses, and other costs. We can…
  • Cleaning Up CAFOs with the Civil Rights Act

    afrank
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    For decades, minority communities in North Carolina have suffered with the odors and pollution of industrial pig farms. They may finally get a reprieve thanks to a complaint submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Civil Rights. The complaint, filed by Earthjustice on behalf of several groups, argues that North Carolina’s permitting process for pig farms negatively and disproportionally affects minority communities and violates the Civil Rights Act. CAFOs Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, also known as “CAFOs,” are highly…
  • Report: Anonymous Companies Threaten American Interests

    jschieder
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    It is easier to form a corporation in the United States than it is to get a library card or driver’s license. Current law allows people or existing corporations to create new companies without requiring any information about the human owners of the businesses. A powerful new report by Global Witness details the threats these anonymous companies pose. “The Great Rip Off”  provides 22 detailed case studies to highlight the threats to American interests posed by anonymous company ownership. These include: jeopardizing national security, exploiting taxpayers, conning the…
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    Public Sector Marketing 2.0

  • Blocking Access to Social Media is now “Against Policy” in the Government of Canada

    Mike Kujawski
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    To the Canadian federal “govies” out there that may have missed the memo, a crucial policy instrument called PANDU took effect exactly one year ago (excluding section 6.1.3 , which kicked-in 7 months later). What is PANDU? PANDU stands for Policy on Acceptable Network and Device Use. It was developed by the Treasury Board Secretariat to replace the outdated Policy on The Use of Electronic Networks. The official objective of PANDU is “to ensure acceptable and efficient use of Government of Canada electronic networks and devices to support enhanced communication and…
  • Two Free Twitter Network Visualization Tools

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

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

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

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

  • On Community Building: What Can Be Learned from the Hong Kong Protests

    eJP
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    copyright Erica Lyons By Erica Lyons In the Jewish communal world, we spend a great deal of time analysing community. We engage in community building workshops and we attend conferences designed to build community. We speak broadly of the Jewish community and we allocate generous periods of time dedicated to how we can expand our definition of community and make our communities more inclusive, more pluralistic. I have spent a considerable part of the past three weeks, chagim aside, observing students of Hong Kong engaged in protests. As I walk the streets and watch their actions, I am certain…
  • Holy Texting! Does New App Make Smartphone Use Permissible on Shabbat?

    eJP
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    A sample screen of the Shabbos App; via Shabbos App Facebook page. By Maayan Jaffe JNS.org Teens love texting. Cell phones don’t jive with Shabbat. A new app seeks to address this uniquely Jewish case of “unstoppable force meets immovable object.” In 2012, teens were sending an average of 60 texts per day, according to a report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. That number was up from 50 in 2009, so it is likely even higher in 2014. Orthodox teens are no exception. In 2011, an article published in The New York Jewish Week drew attention to the high percentage of modern…
  • The Tent: Helping Jewish Leaders Look Through New Prisms

    eJP
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    By Larry Glickman Leading a Jewish community can be a daunting task. Whether you lead your community as clergy, professional staff, or lay leadership, we all do our sacred work through different prisms. We work through the prism of spirituality. The Torah and other teachings of our ancestors guide our communities with holiness and wisdom. We work through the prism of the history of our community. Every community has experienced its own victories and challenges, and those experiences often inform how the community is led today. We work through the prism of expertise and best practices. We…
  • The Successful Jewish Educator: When Instinct Meets Know-how

    eJP
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    [This series of two articles reflects the learning from our experience with the four-year old Executive MA program in Jewish Education at HUC-JIR. In particular, we focus on two aspects of our learning: 1. why successful mid-career Jewish education professional choose to engage in a rigorous academic experience while working full-time, and 2. how “hybrid” (online and in person) learning at the graduate level can build relationships and result in impressive and profound professional growth.] By Lesley Litman and Michael Zeldin Why would a successful Jewish educator with job security choose…
  • Steinhardt Foundation Announces Leadership Changes

    eJP
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:45 pm
    The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life has announced several changes in its leadership structure. On the professional side, Rabbi David Gedzelman, who has been leading on various projects of the Foundation for over a decade, has been named the President and CEO. Rabbi Gedzelman first came to work for the Foundation in 1995 to lead in the development and implementation of what became Makor, a facility-based program that engaged young adults in arts and culture and possibilities of Jewish life and learning. Among other things, he has been the lead professional in the Foundation’s work…
 
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • 5 Questions for...John Kordsmeier, President, Northwestern Mutual Foundation

    Mitch Nauffts
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    In August, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation marked the two-year anniversary of its Childhood Cancer Program, an initiative to raise awareness of pediatric cancer and generate additional funding for research on treatments and a cure, by announcing a $900,000 grant to...
  • Archiving Simply: How FACT Prioritized Sharing

    Mitch Nauffts
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Over its eighteen years of existence, the French American Charitable Trust focused its grantmaking on strengthening community organizations in the United States and France. (We are a bi-national family.) So when we made the decision to spend down the foundation...
  • Four Cornerstones of Online Fundraising

    Mitch Nauffts
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    Many tactics contribute to successful online fundraising, but there are four elements that I consider to be essential cornerstones of success. Whether you are just getting started with online fundraising or are an old hand at it, they bear reviewing:...
  • Knight Cities Challenge: We Want Your Best Idea to Make Gary More Successful

    Mitch Nauffts
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    The City of Gary, Indiana, is ushering in a new era. The days when the city was synonymous with urban blight and crime are fading into the distance. Once a symbol of disinvestment standing next to City Hall, the Sheraton...
  • Arts Education and Human Development: Creating Space for Transformation

    Mitch Nauffts
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Art can change lives. For over eighteen years, we have lived that reality at Life Pieces To Masterpieces, a comprehensive arts-based youth development nonprofit serving African-American males from the most underserved communities in Washington, D.C. We have seen — over...
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    The GiveWell Blog

  • Our ongoing review of Living Goods

    Natalie
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Living Goods runs a network of Community Health Promoters (CHPs) who sell health and household goods door-to-door in their communities in Uganda and Kenya. CHPs also provide basic health counseling. Living Goods also provides consulting and funding to other organizations to run similar networks in other locations. We have been considering Living Goods for a 2014 recommendation. We’ve now spent a considerable amount of time talking to Living Goods and analyzing documents Living Goods shared with us. This post shares what we’ve learned so far and what questions we’re planning to focus on…
  • Expert philanthropy vs. broad philanthropy

    Holden
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    It seems to me that the most common model in philanthropy – seen at nearly every major staffed foundation – is to have staff who specialize in a particular cause (for example, specializing in criminal justice policy). Often, such staff have a very strong background in the cause before they come to the foundation, and they generally seem to focus their time exclusively on one cause – to the point of becoming (if they weren’t already) an expert in it. I think this model makes a great deal of sense, partly for reasons we’ve discussed previously. Getting to know…
  • Our ongoing review of Development Media International

    Timothy Telleen-Lawton
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Development Media International (DMI) produces radio and television programs in developing countries that encourage people to adopt improved health practices, such as exclusive breastfeeding of infants and seeking treatment for symptoms associated with fatal diseases. The program aims to reduce mortality of children under five years old. In May, we wrote that we were considering DMI for a 2014 top charity recommendation. We’ve now spent a considerable amount of time talking to DMI and analyzing documents DMI shared with us. This post shares what we’ve learned so far and what…
  • A promising study on the long-term effects of deworming

    Jake Marcus
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    This year, Dr. Kevin Croke, a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, released a study that we consider an important addition to the evidence for deworming children. The study (Croke 2014) followed up on a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of a deworming program in Uganda and found higher scores on tests of literacy and numeracy in children living in treatment areas compared to the control 7 to 8 years later. This finding reinforces the findings of the only other RCT examining the long-term effects of deworming, which we had previously considered to be relatively strong…
  • Guest Post from Tom Rutledge

    Holden
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    The following is a guest post from one of our Board members, Tom Rutledge, that he wrote to reflect on his personal experiences as a GiveWell supporter. I was a Jerk for GiveWell When I first learned about GiveWell, I was a real jerk about it. I blame the preceding years. Before GiveWell, I had accumulated a lot of bad feelings related to giving. My charitable activities had consisted of the usual, in the usual categories: alumni funds, causes that friends solicited for, affinity groups I was somehow part of, and the odd fund drive related to an event. Along the way, I didn’t really think I…
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    Low Hanging Fruit Communications

  • 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…
  • Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys

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

  • #NPTech, Digital Inclusion, and the Web we are cocreating

    Amy Sample Ward
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Regardless of the specific sector you work in or the kind of technology you may be interested in, it’s likely you’ve seen blog posts, tweets, or other coverage of some incredibly tough experiences by a few women working in the tech industry. Peter Campbell, a long-time member of the nonprofit tech community, collected some of the links in a recent post. I had already read the various articles before seeing his post. What really gripped me, though, was what he included at the very end of the post: Postnote: The nonprofit tech sector is a quite different ballpark when it comes to…
  • Great reads from around the web on June 29th

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

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

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

    Amy Sample Ward
    26 Nov 2013 | 6:17 pm
    Giving Tuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. The second annual GivingTuesday is on December 3rd and you’re invited to join the celebration with NTEN! Want to participate? Here are three easy ways you can be part of the giving season kick-off: Donate to the 2013 NTEN Challenge We are so excited to celebrate the strength of this community, now 50,000 people stong! The 2013 NTEN Challenge will raise $50,000 to support expanded programs and…
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    FundraisingIP.com: Fundraising Ideas

  • When Did You Last Tell Your Donor that You Love Them?

    Cari Mostert
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    Is donor attrition the dirty secret in your nonprofit world? Why do some nonprofits retain their loyal donors, building lifelong, mutually rewarding relationships, while others never get further than the first gift? Unfortunately, some nonprofits have a tendency to view their supporters as a collective whole; the donors – a vast, faceless, pool of potential resources. But donors are human too, humans who show they care by giving to our missions. In return, they want us to care about them. What we need to do is show our donors “the love” by demonstrating our concern for their…
  • What Went Wrong? 9 Reasons a Fundraising Appeal Fails

    Cari Mostert
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    Nonprofit professionals often don’t have the time to indulge in anything but the most basic study of marketing dynamics. Yet, fine-tuning the details of a nonprofits’ mission for maximum impact with donors is a never-ending learning curve. There’s a tendency to gauge this impact by the success of our campaigns and fundraising appeals but what happens when an appeal results in a lackluster outcome or a total fail? We all know what makes donors give but why do donors not give? There are plenty of resources on inspiring generosity and how to reach the emotions of our audience but not so…
  • Gear Up for Year End Giving: Clean up Your Nonprofit Website ’til it Squeaks!

    Cari Mostert
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    Have you taken a really good look at your nonprofit website lately? Was it set up years ago and then allowed to get all rusty and stale? It’s time to clean it up! An outdated, unmaintained website is a red flag to visitors and search engines alike and this great asset can become an enormous detriment. If your site isn’t up to date, it won’t be generating any excitement and you’ll be chasing away the very people you’re trying to attract. Online giving continues to surge in popularity as donors discover the ease of the whole process. But is your nonprofit website easy to use?
  • Halloween Fundraisers are a Great Way to Connect with your Local Community!

    Cari Mostert
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    For some of us, Halloween really kicks off the holiday season, although nonprofits don’t always recognize it as an important fundraising celebration. Nevertheless, Halloween traditionally generates plenty of hype and enthusiasm; a sterling opportunity to engage the local community and fundraise all at the same time. Many nonprofits ignore Halloween’s fundraising potential and tend to focus on more traditional giving holidays at year’s end. But for local charities, Halloween can be an incredible time to implement entertaining and creative Halloween fundraisers and get people involved…
  • Seed Money for Nonprofits – 11 Keys to Success

    Devon Reeser
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Are you forming a new nonprofit and think the grant money will just pour in the second you start asking for grants? Maybe it will, but more likely than not, you will find it challenging to find foundations and corporations that want to invest in an organization without a track record, no matter how wonderful your cause. Do not let that dissuade you, however! Here are some specific tactics to setting your organization up for success and finding the funding you need to achieve your goals. 1. Be a partner Make sure that you have at least two solid community partners invested in working with you,…
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    Social media marketing hacks for nonprofits | Powered by JohnHaydon.Com

  • Zuckerberg Replies to Facebook Comment About $25M Ebola Donation

    John Haydon
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg announced a $25 million donation to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to help fight Ebola. He shared how strongly he feels about the Ebola issue in a Facebook post: “We need to get Ebola under control in the near term so that it doesn’t spread further and become a long term global health crisis that we end up fighting for decades at large scale, like HIV or polio.” Mark also replied to a comment from Scott Solomon, adding: “Spending $25 million to help get this under control now is very little cost compared to all the lives it…
  • Promoting Annual Appeals with Facebook Ads [FREE WEINAR]

    John Haydon
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    Tomorrow (10/8) I’m doing a webinar with 4Good called “Using Facebook Ads to Promote Year-End Campaigns”. It starts at 3pm (EDT), and will be 60 minutes in length. This webinar the following topics about using Facebook Ads to promote year-end campaigns: Selecting the best ad type for each stage in the donor funnel Targeting your ads more effectively with Facebook Insights data How to amplify reach with lookalike audiences How to increase website conversion rates with retargeting How to target friends of people who have RSVP’d to your event A recording and copy of…
  • Crowdfunding Site for Nonprofits Launched by Kickstarter Founder

    John Haydon
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Perry Chen (Kickstarter founder) just launched a new crowdfunding site for nonprofits called Dollar a Day. The idea is simple: Donors receive a daily email featuring one organization that automatically receives $1 from each Dollar A Day donor. Donors are charged $30 every 30 days, and are encouraged to share the nonprofit’s work with their friends. Their website says it best: “We hope that our daily emails will be a gateway for people to give directly, volunteer for, or simply learn more about a variety of great organizations and the problems they’re trying to solve. A public more…
  • Pinterest Analytics Explained – A Video Guide for Beginners

    John Haydon
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    During this week’s Hump Day Coffee Break, a weekly mini-webinar I do for my e-mail subscribers (click here to learn more), we dove into Pinterest Analytics. After the slideshare deck was featured on slideshare’s homepage, I decided to publish the edited version for everyone here. Pinterest Analytics Explained – A Video Guide for Beginners Pinterest recently upgraded their analytics for business accounts.  You can discover your most popular pins, repins and boards. You can also learn about the people engaging with your pins. In addition to basic demographics, you can…
  • How Responsive Web Design Works with Mobile Devices [Infographic]

    John Haydon
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    If you haven’t taken a peek at Google Analytics lately, you might be surprised to see how many visitors view your website on a mobile device. Chances are there’s a significant increase in traffic from smart phones and tablets. Responsive web design ensures that those visitors have a valuable experience with your website. What is Responsive Web Design? A responsive website design automatically resizes in response to the particular device a viewer is using. The content (pages, text, videos, photos), page templates, and navigation structure snaps neatly within the constraints of each…
 
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    columbus imPRessions

  • Coming to the Polaris Fashion Place

    7 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    The newest United Way of Delaware County Women's Leadership Network banner  to be hung at the Polaris Fashion Place.  Recognize anyone? Live in Delaware County and want to learn more about the WLN?  Check out the website here.
  • Columbus Dispatch Social Strategy Exceeding Goal Three Months Ahead of Schedule

    23 Sep 2014 | 11:39 am
    At the end of January I was hired by The Columbus Dispatch to assist with their Facebook social strategy. I was charged with taking their over 30,000 likes to a benchmark year-end goal of 60,000 likes and boosting weekly engagement levels. This week the Columbus Dispatch Facebook page exceeded the year-end 60,000 like goal ahead of schedule by almost three months. Currently they are at
  • My Dames Bond Interview with Mary B

    24 Mar 2014 | 12:22 pm
    A couple months ago CEO and Dames Bond Founder Mary Relotto asked me to do an interview segment for her Columbus BizTV Show. I sat down with Mary to talk about strategic marketing. After watching I guess the interview wasn't as bad as I thought, but I still prefer to be behind the camera providing the messages instead of being the actual messenger. Thanks Mary, Dames Bond and Columbus BizTV
  • Strategic & Sophisticated Social: Columbus Metro Parks

    19 Feb 2014 | 4:47 pm
    The Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks once again renewed their contract at the beginning of the year with columbus imPRessions making this the beginning of our fourth year working together. As social media changes so does the strategy to make sure our reach, engagement and page visits continue to track at high volumes across Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram.
  • Fan of Love It Or List It? Columbus Dispatch Has Something For You!

    3 Feb 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Are you a fan of the HGTV Show "Love It Or List It"? If so, the duo will be in Columbus on March 1st and The Columbus Dispatch has a VIP prize for you! Just like the Columbus Dispatch Facebook page, click on the "Love It Or List It" Contest Tab and you could win a VIP Meet and Greet Package just for liking their page! It's that simple. Good luck! This is one of the social promotions I'm
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    Social Media Bird Brain

  • The 7 Deadly Social Media Sins

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Digiday, which is one of the places I go for social media wisdom, has a great breakdown of the 7 Deadly Sins of social media that may be committed by commercial brands. As often happens, I think it applies to NGOs just as well. See the whole post here (recommended, otherwise you'll miss the great Brunner animations). The 7 Deadly Sins of Social Media Speaking with multiple voices Paying for
  • 3 Free Webinars from Nonprofit Tech for Good

    6 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The Public Interest Registry stepped up to sponsor these, so they are all FREE. Take advantage! Check them out HERE.
  • Social Media and News Nonprofits

    24 Sep 2014 | 3:54 pm
    From PEW Research PEW Research has come out with a new study that shows refinement of the data coming through about how news is distributed via social media. While Facebook remains a place that a lot of people pick up news from, the new data shows that those people don't look at that news in an in-depth way, so if you're wanting to get people more involved with the news you have to share,
  • Where Your Content Marketing Went Wrong

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

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

  • Video Grants Available for Innovative Charities

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    Charity Navigator is collaborating with Two Parrot Productions (a video production company that specializes in creating compelling mini-documentaries for non-profit organizations) to help them select THREE charities to receive 100% pro-bono video production grants for 2015.  Watch this short video to learn more. And if you think your charity exhibits innovation, creativity, and future-thinking, then visit Two Parrot Productions' website to apply for a video grant   Jessica Kizorek on Vimeo.
  • Moving Toward An Overhead SOLUTION

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    Today, with Guidestar and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator published a letter inviting the nonprofits of America to do their part to focus donors’ attention on what really matters: a charity's efforts to make the world a better place (which we are beginning to track via our Results Reporting methodology). Read the full letter that asks nonprofits and the social sector at large to join us as we move toward an Overhead Solution.
  • Video: Evaluating Charity CEO Compensation

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    For those of you who are looking for some assistance in evaluating CEO compensation, we've recently published our 2014 CEO Compensation Study. It shows the median compensation and raise for the leaders of mid to large sized charities and includes details on how pay varies by location, charitable mission and organizational size. The end of the report, like this video, offers tips for evaluating your favorite charity’s compensation practices.
  • Help Us Scale Up

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    Although Charity Navigator is a small charity, we have technology-related expenses similar to that of a large, commercial website. While we may not need the thousands of programmers that Google and Facebook employ, we do need more than the two programmers we currently have on staff. So, if Charity Navigator is useful to you, then we kindly ask you to make a tax-deductible donation so that we can invest in the necessary technology resources to continue to improve our service to you. Donate Now
  • Charities Working to Prevent and Cure Breast Cancer

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    There are 1,000s of charities competing for donations to continue their efforts to promote awareness and to cure breast cancer. How is a donor supposed to distinguish between them all?Check out our list of breast cancer related charities - from those rated 4-stars to those on our Donor Advisory list.
 
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    Together We Flourish

  • The Children’s Institute is Named a Passy-Muir® Center of Excellence

    Susan
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, known for its expertise in general and specialized pediatric rehabilitation, is among a select group of facilities world-wide that has been recognized and named a Passy-Muir® Center of Excellence. Representatives from Passy-Muir, Inc. will present the award at The Children’s Institute on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 9:30 AM. The […]
  • Poverty Simulation Reveals Challenges of Low Income Families

    Susan
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    We cannot afford to be insensitive to the people we serve. On Friday, October 31, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., a poverty simulation experience presented by Aliquippa Weed and Seed in conjunction with the Franklin Center of Beaver County’s Disproportionate Minority Contact Project, will be held in the lower level of The Church […]
  • Fashion Show and Lunch in Support of Dress for Success

    Susan
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    Great news…Trunk Shows To Go is doing a Lunch, Vendor & Fashion Show on Sunday, November 16 at Peters Place,1199 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA  from 11:00AM to 3:00 PM benefiting Dress for Success. Please go to our website: https://www.trunkshowstogo.com  to pay for your lunch ticket – it is only $15 -and bring your receipt for 10 FREE tickets […]
  • Five South Hills Residents to Ride 100 Miles for Arthritis

    Susan
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    RiverRide 100 is the 2nd Annual Fundraiser  On Saturday, October 18, five friends will be riding a more than 100-­?mile stretch of the Great Allegheny Passage from Rockwood, Pa., to the Point in downtown Pittsburgh in one day to raise awareness and money for the Arthritis Foundation. Last year, a group of bike riders traveled from […]
  • Winter Coat Drive Happening Now at North Hills Community Outreach

    Susan
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:04 am
    NHCO winter coat drive is underway North Hills Community Outreach is collecting new and gently used winter coats for local families in need through October 24. All sizes are appreciated; children’s and adult XL and XXL are especially needed. Coats should be clean and have working zippers. Donations can be dropped off at NHCO Allison […]
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    Minnesota Council on Foundations Blog - Philanthropy Potluck

  • Learning and Teaching with Fire

    MCF Webmaster
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Yesterday we brought you a post from Kayla Yang-Best focused on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Today we have a post from Kyle Erickson of Blandin Foundation, who attended the same event and shares takeaways from the Tribal Colleges portion. Thank you Kyle! Native Americans and African Americans have traveled a very different path through time and place in America. One area of shared experience for the two cultures is a history of governmental and societal policies and systems that have resulted in a largely inequitable educational experience for their young people. Too often,…
  • HBCUs Share Best Practices for Student Success

    MCF Webmaster
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Today on the blog we welcome MCF member Kayla Yang-Best of Bush Foundation, who will share what she learned from a recent event about Tribal Colleges and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Thank you, Kayla! I had the great pleasure of attending a presentation and panel discussion on Historically Black Universities and Colleges this past week. The presentation was part a larger convening hosted by the Center for School Change on “Learning and Teaching with Fire: Lessons from HBCUs and Tribal Colleges.” What an invigorating discussion – one well participated by…
  • Color Outside the Lines with Youthprise

    MCF Webmaster
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Is your organization creating change around the issues of bullying, school support, and/or cultural restoration within the education system? Youthprise wants to know! It’s teaming up with Youth Diverse Union for its annual video contest. The directions for nonprofits are simple: Create a video that shows how your organization creates their own change. Upload the video to a video sharing website like YouTube or Vimeo Email in the link to your video and photo/video release by November 4. Videos should be original content and no longer than three minutes, with parental permission required…
  • Movin’ On Update

    MCF Webmaster
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Construction at MCF’s soon-to-be new home is coming along quickly! Things are going so well that we’ve bumped up our move-in date. You’ll find us in the Tractorworks building starting on December 1. (Remember, that’s in the North Loop at 800 Washington Avenue North.) While the construction crews do their work, we are plotting out how things will look inside. One project includes scanning a bunch of old photos and soliciting new ones from members in order to create a mosaic of Minnesota’s philanthropic community that will greet you when you come in. We can’t…
  • New RFP Launches to Help Children Succeed

    MCF Webmaster
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    MCF member Greater Twin Cities United Way has announced it is now accepting proposals in its Helping Children Succeed impact area. United Way hopes to create a community of nonprofit partners making lasting impact for children and youth in the nine-county metro area by investing almost $13 million in Community Impact grants annually. This group of organizations will work together with community and thought leaders throughout the region to make sure every child in this community is prepared for success in school and in life. The Request for Proposals is available now and due on…
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    SocialEarth

  • Enactus World Cup in Beijing to Promote Young Social Entrepreneurs

    Vikas Vij
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    The Enactus World Cup is a unique global event that showcases the efforts of college and university students around the world who are helping their communities through entrepreneurial action. It [...] The post Enactus World Cup in Beijing to Promote Young Social Entrepreneurs appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • B Corps, Corporate Philanthropy and Being the Change

    Ryan Scott
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    B Corps?  Don’t you mean C Corps? Nope, that isn’t a typo. Like Fair Trade certifications for coffee or USDA organic certifications for milk, B Corp is a voluntary certification [...] The post B Corps, Corporate Philanthropy and Being the Change appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Pakistan Gives Rise to a New Wave of Social Entrepreneurs

    Vikas Vij
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    The emergence of social enterprises over the last two decades has driven social innovation and created sustainable and scalable solutions in several parts of the developing world. Social enterprise, a [...] The post Pakistan Gives Rise to a New Wave of Social Entrepreneurs appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Quit, Get Lost and Support the New Economy: Redefining Entrepreneurship

    Julie Fahnestock
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    It’s a new economy: slow living, locavores, new entrepreneurs, and community-based practitioners. The idea of what it means to be an entrepreneur and to start and grow a business is [...] The post Quit, Get Lost and Support the New Economy: Redefining Entrepreneurship appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Runa Tea Gets An Infusion of Capital To Grow Its Products and Mission

    Grant Trahant
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    MetaBrand Capital, a new “conscious capital” private equity fund,  announced a $5.75 million investment in Brooklyn, NY-based Runa Tea, supporting the growth of the “healthy energy” food and beverage market. After analyzing  the [...] The post Runa Tea Gets An Infusion of Capital To Grow Its Products and Mission appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • 5 Questions for...John Kordsmeier, President, Northwestern Mutual Foundation

    Mitch Nauffts
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:53 pm
    In August, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation marked the two-year anniversary of its Childhood Cancer Program, an initiative to raise awareness of pediatric cancer and generate additional funding for research on treatments and a cure, by announcing a $900,000 grant to...
  • Archiving Simply: How FACT Prioritized Sharing

    Mitch Nauffts
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Over its eighteen years of existence, the French American Charitable Trust focused its grantmaking on strengthening community organizations in the United States and France. (We are a bi-national family.) So when we made the decision to spend down the foundation...
  • Four Cornerstones of Online Fundraising

    Mitch Nauffts
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    Many tactics contribute to successful online fundraising, but there are four elements that I consider to be essential cornerstones of success. Whether you are just getting started with online fundraising or are an old hand at it, they bear reviewing:...
  • Knight Cities Challenge: We Want Your Best Idea to Make Gary More Successful

    Mitch Nauffts
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    The City of Gary, Indiana, is ushering in a new era. The days when the city was synonymous with urban blight and crime are fading into the distance. Once a symbol of disinvestment standing next to City Hall, the Sheraton...
  • Arts Education and Human Development: Creating Space for Transformation

    Mitch Nauffts
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Art can change lives. For over eighteen years, we have lived that reality at Life Pieces To Masterpieces, a comprehensive arts-based youth development nonprofit serving African-American males from the most underserved communities in Washington, D.C. We have seen — over...
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    Charitable Advisors

  • Repair regulations considerations

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    Editor’s note: Last October, the IRS issued its final regulations regarding the rules for deduction versus capitalization of tangible property. These final regulations clarify the previous regulations under IRC Sections 162 (a) and 263 (a) and affect all taxpayers who acquire, produce or improve tangible property.The following is a reprint of an article that appeared on BKD’s website in March. By Robert Conner, national tax assistant director, BKDThe IRS recently issued final “repair” regulations clarifying when tangible property expenditures may be deducted instead of capitalized for…
  • So you want a lawyer on your board …

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    By Zac S. Kester, executive director, Charitable AlliesGoodnonprofit organizations seek out community leaders from diverse backgrounds to serve on their boards of directors. As they recruit directors, they know that having the right people with the right skills helps the organization achieve its strategic goals. Nonprofits are tapping lawyers not only for their legal expertise, but also for their personal networks and reputation. With increased regulatory focus and challenges in nonprofit governance, business transactions and donations have taken on a new complexity that can benefit from a…
  • Tips for CEO transitions

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    By Bryan Orander, president, Charitable AdvisorsOver the past five years, Charitable Advisors has guided and advised more than 25 nonprofit organizations’ boards as they replaced staff leaders. Nearly half of these searches resulted from retirements of long-term leaders or founders. While hiring an organization’s executive leader to fill a vacancy caused by retirement or any reason is one of a board’s most important responsibilities, over time in this support role, a number of lessons have become clear, as we provided support. ·        Boards…
  • If the shoes fit

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Familiarity breeds contempt. It may be good advice in some relationships, but maybe not if you are a new boss.When Eric Strickland was hired as the new executive director of Riley Area Development Corporation a little more than a year ago to replace a longtime leader, he didn’t come in cold. As a former board member, he was familiar with the operation. He knew the staff. He knew what to expect. It was a comfortable fit.“When I came in to step into the shoes, they were really the right size. I knew a lot about the history, how that leader…
  • Following a Founder or Long-Timer Requires a Hard Head

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    This article is reprinted with permission from Blue Avocado, a practical and readable online magazine for nonprofits.  Subscribe free by contacting the Blue Avocado editor or visiting, www.blueavocado.org. The original article can be found here.By Jan Masaoka When Blue Avocado asked for potential interviewees who had followed a founder or a long-time executive, we didn't expect 58 people to respond. We interviewed 18 executive directors who followed founders, and another 10 who followed long-time execs. Last issue's First Person Nonprofit and this article are also ramp-ups to the…
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    ONE

  • ONE Girls and Women launch the first-ever AYA Summit

    Julie Eckert
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Photo credit: ONE Mom Blogger Karen Walrond, taken on a trip to Ethiopia with ONE. Tomorrow, ONE Girls and Women is kicking off the first ever AYA Summit for digital influencers. Named after a hardy West African fern, the AYA represents endurance and resourcefulness—just like so many girls and women across the world. The AYA Summit will take place at Google’s DC headquarters and will focus on issues facing women and girls in the developing world. Through a series of talks, panels, visuals, and demonstrations, attendees will learn what it means to be born female in Africa, and what we,…
  • Why TB treatment can’t keep up with demand

    Guest Blogger
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    By Mandy Slutsker, the Senior Associate for TB at ACTION, a global partnership of advocacy organizations working to influence policy and mobilize resources to fight diseases of poverty. Every day, hundreds of people with a deadly disease are being turned away from clinics and hospitals. Without proper treatment, they are asked to return home and are likely to infect others. The WHO estimates less than half of people given MDR-TB drugs successfully complete treatment. This isn’t just happening in West Africa — it’s happening all over the world. And the disease isn’t Ebola, its…
  • Tanzania’s Generation Z reveal their own global goals

    Jamie Drummond
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    ONE co-founder Jamie Drummond with pupils at Malinzanga Village primary school who will all be 15 in 2015. Photo: ONE I’d just asked the kids clustered in the classroom, “Which of you is about 14 years old, or born around the year 2000?”. A swarm of hands shot up, and with the help of Happy, a local youth activist from the excellent Restless Development, we picked out 15 teens that will be 15 in 2015. I really wasn’t sure if this experiment would work. We trotted out to stand in the shade of the old tree in the Malinzanga Village primary school playground. Though we were in remote…
  • AYA Summit: Agenda

    Anna Lemberger
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    Wednesday, October 22 3:00 – 6:00 pm – Registration, The Fairfax Hotel at Embassy Row, 2100 Massachusetts Ave NW 6:00 – 8:00 pm – Cocktails at The Mansion on O Street, 2020 O St NW   Thursday, October 23 7:45 – 8:35 am – Buses depart hotel to Google, 25 Massachusetts Ave NW 8:00 – 9:15 am – Breakfast 9:15 – 9:25 am – Welcome by Patricia Amira, Master of Ceremonies 9:25 – 9:35 am – Intro to ONE & Why Girls Patricia Amira and Ginny Wolfe, ONE 9:35 – 10:25 am – Why Girls Aili Tran, Caterpillar…
  • Speaker Profiles

    Anna Lemberger
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    Patricia Amira has carved a stellar career path in radio and television. Creator and content-driver of her own ‘The Patricia Show’, broadcast on four continents, she is committed to presenting a rounded view to modern day issues. In addition, she is developing avenues in which this view can be more effectively utilized in media storytelling. Lending her voice in support and action with a number of initiatives both locally and internationally, she is an elected Trustee with Heshima Kenya and a Signatory and Individual Champion of the Girl Effect’s, “The Girl Declaration”.
 
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  • Roundup for September 2014

    Emily
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    Your Favorite Engagement Asks? (Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog) Do You Need a New Website? Check Out Idealware’s New Free Workbook (TechSoup) 4 Tips to Stand Out From the Nonprofit Crowd (Red Rooster Group) 4 Ways Your Non-profit’s Social Media Habits Are Like A Carnival (Wild Apricot) 6 Tips to Make Your Digital Story Stand Out (TechSoup) Great Advice on Storytelling for Nonprofits (Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog) Creating the perfect campaign for #GivingTuesday (The Nonprofit Marketing Blog) The 4 Questions You Need To Answer When Raising Money Online (J Campbell Social…
  • Roundup for August 2014

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

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

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

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

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    Today is Blog Action Day 2014. Each year, BAD organizes bloggers from over 100 countries to write on a single theme for one day of coordinated action. This year's theme is Inequality.As I searched around for a particular subject to write on, it hit me that I could not narrow it down to a single aspect of inequality that I could relate to work in the nonprofit sector.I considered writing about education, noting the disparity in the range of annual per-pupil spending (from $6,206 in Utah up to $19,522 in New York - a range that is politically inspired at least as much as it is a recognition of…
  • Let the Commencement Commence!

    19 Jun 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Good afternoon graduates, faculty, administration, families, friends, and distinguished alumni. I am very pleased to have been asked to give this year's commencement address at this fine institution, even if I was a last minute replacement following the protests that accompanied your first several choices.I am even more pleased that every single one of this year's graduates has chosen to move on to a career in the human services sector. I don't know if your parents, who paid for your education, are pleased, but I am.I suppose I should start with some sort of inspirational quote. Some…
  • Are You Treating Your Cats Like Dogs?

    26 May 2014 | 8:36 am
    I love dogs. Who wouldn't? They're fun, happy, and above all, loyal. It doesn't take much to earn a dogs love... a scratch behind the ear in just the right spot, a tossed tennis ball, or dropped bits of food of any sort will do the trick. Dogs are easy.I love dogs, but I prefer cats. Cats are seen as aloof. Cats can be fickle. Cats demand respect. Some people say that cats are incapable of love. I feel sorry for those people. Earning a cats love is much more rewarding than the easy affection that flows from dogs.But this is a nonprofit blog, not an animal blog, so let's talk about your…
  • The FCC is Coming After YOUR Nonprofit!

    1 May 2014 | 7:47 am
    I'm not sure how closely any of you have been following the legal battles over "net neutrality" but the FCC has issued new (draft) rules that would effectively kill it (along with the ability of most nonprofits to use the web as an inexpensive communications strategy), all while wrapping itself up in the language of net neutrality.Net neutrality is the concept that all content traffic on the web should be treated equally, and that ISPs (the companies you purchase your internet access from, like Comcast, Verizon, etc.) can't pick and choose which content you access (as long as it's legal), or…
  • The Rational Aspect of Irrational Philanthropy

    3 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    A few weeks back I was at a social gathering and, in conversation with another attendee, wound up talking about the use of crowdfunding to help low-income people over hurdles on their way to self-sufficiency.She found it very interesting, and asked, "What country are they aiding?"My reply, "Well, um, here. The U.S., including groups down the street, right here in Berkeley!"She was a bit surprised, but pleased. Because we were talking about small dollar amounts, she had assumed that the donations were going elsewhere, where there would be more "bang for the buck."Put your money where there…
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  • A World Without Missionaries?

    Andrew Jones
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    An article on medical missionaries and Ebola by atheist Robert Palmer has caused some outroar among the Christian community. In Palmer’s In Medicine We Trust, the author denigrates missionaries in a way that has created a lot of ink. I don’t want to add much to that but, A few thoughts: – The notion that missionaries have not impacted the world ...
  • Exponential West

    Andrew Jones
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    A big religious conference called Exponential West starts their LIVE WEBCAST in about  . . 2 minutes. I almost went down to SoCal to see some of my friends who will be there but decided I should just stay in San Francisco and watch a few streaming video sessions while my friend Dave is outside, setting up the smoker for some ...
  • Interviewed by TROV

    Andrew Jones
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Today an interview with me was published on Trov. They really liked my 1890’s field camera and I suppose there were a few questions about it. I was ‘troving’ my possessions a month or so ago because we were shipping our stuff to Europe and then Africa and I decided to use Trov as a way of cataloging my stuff, ...
  • Feast Worldwide Dinner Party

    Andrew Jones
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:06 pm
    11 October 2014 at 7pm UPDATE: There is another Worldwide Feast Coming this weekend with the big one in New York and heaps of tiny ones around the world ———————————————- ORIGINAL POST, 2012 The creative people at Feast on Good, who I met in New York and have mentioned on the blog before, are hosting a worldwide dinner party for good on ...
  • Best of APE 2014

    Andrew Jones
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    My daughter and I just came back from the Alternative Publishing Expo in San Francisco. She wore a red cape and I wore a ridiculous Fez. Gwennie attended some workshops on comic creation and publishing e-books and I sat in them also. For me, it was a good time to wander through the exhibition area chatting with artists and alt. ...
 
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  • On Community Building: What Can Be Learned from the Hong Kong Protests

    eJP
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    copyright Erica Lyons By Erica Lyons In the Jewish communal world, we spend a great deal of time analysing community. We engage in community building workshops and we attend conferences designed to build community. We speak broadly of the Jewish community and we allocate generous periods of time dedicated to how we can expand our definition of community and make our communities more inclusive, more pluralistic. I have spent a considerable part of the past three weeks, chagim aside, observing students of Hong Kong engaged in protests. As I walk the streets and watch their actions, I am certain…
  • Holy Texting! Does New App Make Smartphone Use Permissible on Shabbat?

    eJP
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    A sample screen of the Shabbos App; via Shabbos App Facebook page. By Maayan Jaffe JNS.org Teens love texting. Cell phones don’t jive with Shabbat. A new app seeks to address this uniquely Jewish case of “unstoppable force meets immovable object.” In 2012, teens were sending an average of 60 texts per day, according to a report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. That number was up from 50 in 2009, so it is likely even higher in 2014. Orthodox teens are no exception. In 2011, an article published in The New York Jewish Week drew attention to the high percentage of modern…
  • The Tent: Helping Jewish Leaders Look Through New Prisms

    eJP
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    By Larry Glickman Leading a Jewish community can be a daunting task. Whether you lead your community as clergy, professional staff, or lay leadership, we all do our sacred work through different prisms. We work through the prism of spirituality. The Torah and other teachings of our ancestors guide our communities with holiness and wisdom. We work through the prism of the history of our community. Every community has experienced its own victories and challenges, and those experiences often inform how the community is led today. We work through the prism of expertise and best practices. We…
  • The Successful Jewish Educator: When Instinct Meets Know-how

    eJP
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    [This series of two articles reflects the learning from our experience with the four-year old Executive MA program in Jewish Education at HUC-JIR. In particular, we focus on two aspects of our learning: 1. why successful mid-career Jewish education professional choose to engage in a rigorous academic experience while working full-time, and 2. how “hybrid” (online and in person) learning at the graduate level can build relationships and result in impressive and profound professional growth.] By Lesley Litman and Michael Zeldin Why would a successful Jewish educator with job security choose…
  • Steinhardt Foundation Announces Leadership Changes

    eJP
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:45 pm
    The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life has announced several changes in its leadership structure. On the professional side, Rabbi David Gedzelman, who has been leading on various projects of the Foundation for over a decade, has been named the President and CEO. Rabbi Gedzelman first came to work for the Foundation in 1995 to lead in the development and implementation of what became Makor, a facility-based program that engaged young adults in arts and culture and possibilities of Jewish life and learning. Among other things, he has been the lead professional in the Foundation’s work…
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  • Taking Action to End World Hunger

    universalgivingteam
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    By Kelly Ann Oxenham One of the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) was to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger by 2015. While extreme poverty rates have been reduced by half since 1990, 1 in 8 people remain hungry. That’s about 805 million people in the world. In America alone, an estimated 49.1 million households do not know when their next meal will be. Most nights, an estimated 15.1 million children in America go to bed hungry. Mind-boggling, isn’t it? When the compost bin is stuffed with food that’s been carelessly discarded, how is it possible that millions go…
  • My Volunteer Experience with Embrace Tanzania

    universalgivingteam
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:52 pm
    By Nicola Da Silva  The phone buzzed and it was my mom. “Guess what? Nic, Andrew, and Lex booked a trip to Zanzibar and invited me to join. We wish you and Daniel could join to – any chance of that??” Sometimes you get invitations to events and you weakly offer to try your best to make it happen and other times you get an invitation to something and you know that no matter what you will be going! This was one of those. I don’t know why I felt so strongly about going on this trip, but as soon as I knew about it, I couldn’t think about anything else. I started making plans the…
  • Advice on Starting a Non-profit

    universalgivingteam
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:07 pm
    By Alice Deng I’ve learned many lessons throughout my journey of establishing RSVP Speech (www.rsvpspeech.com), a non-profit dedicated to organizing free public speaking classes to students worldwide. These are my most treasured tips that I’d like to pass along to fellow entrepreneurs: Identify problems. Good ideas come from seeing a problem and envisioning a solution. For me, it was a problem in my own life that I wanted to solve in order to make an impact on the world. Look around you and identify problems that you see yourself and others struggling with. What unique perspective do you…
  • Spending the Evening in San Francisco?

    universalgivingteam
    12 Jul 2013 | 3:34 pm
    Kurt Bodden as Steve Seabrook The hit solo show STEVE SEABROOK: BETTER THAN YOU is currently playing at The Marsh in San Francisco. This satire of the personal-growth industry has just been extended for the third time. Writer/performer Kurt Bodden is a UniversalGiving supporter, and will be making a donation to UniversalGiving. We’re encouraging supporters to attend the performance on Saturday, July 20th! The SF Examiner raves that the show is “filled with laughs!” and calls the performance “pitch-perfect.” The Chronicle says, “Steve Seabrook is very funny…
  • How No More Poverty Is Addressing Global Need

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

  • The Classic Pamela Positive: “In Happy Moments…”

    Pamela Hawley
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    “In happy moments, praise God.  In the difficult moments, seek God.  In the quiet moments, trust God.  In every moment, thank God.” – Robert Albert Wood
  • “What the World Needs Is People Who Have Come Alive” – Howard Thurman

    Pamela Hawley
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” - Howard Thurman This is very true. Often I hear people say,”Oh! I wish I did something meaningful like you do, helping the world.” Working in philanthropy is a wonderful way to serve. But just because you aren’t a social worker, teacher, or philanthropist doesn’t mean you aren’t living a meaningful life of service. Follow what your deepest inner voice tells you – not what…
  • Robin Williams’ Comedy: What You Can Learn from Him and Apply It to the Workplace

    Pamela Hawley
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Robin Williams truly helped the world. He wasn’t just a comedian. He was crazy. And smart, crazy people bring us a lot of joy. He was the best in class of comedians, and also actors.  It was because he was real, told the truth, and was present. What can we learn from him in our work lives? 1- Be Involved. Robin Williams was so involved in his characters. He committed 200%. He brought in different nuances, surprised us, changed, stayed the same. But he was always involved. Be committed to your team.  Ask questions. Engage, listen to their ideas, and provide feedback. Commit to being a…
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: Loyalty to Those Not Present

    Pamela Hawley
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    “One of the most important ways to manifest integrity is to be loyal to those who are not present.   In doing so, we build the trust of those who are present.  When you defend those who are absent, you retain the trust of those present.” –Stephen Covey Stephen Covey is a speaker and author, writer of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.  His work focuses primarily on leadership, family and living with principle.  He is a professor at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.  He and his wife, Sandra, have nine children and fifty-two…
  • Celebrate People… Celebrate Moments!

    Pamela Hawley
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    I just got done speaking at Berkeley to a group who wanted to find the right volunteer opportunity.  And yet on the way… we talked too about being able to serve right now. That means greeting a homeless person, not rushing on the freeway, smiling at the grocery checker, and being present. That’s service too. And here is another fun way! I was walking on the street… and found two girlfriends who had just laughed and looked so joyful. I asked if I could take a photo and told them they must be special friends. Then I sent them a photo. Here they are, Maggie and Liz on Union…
 
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    Group of Minds Arts Marketing + Technology Consultants

  • Experiments in surveying arts audiences via tablets

    Ron Evans
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Ron Evans, Principal of Group of Minds, talks about his experiments with surveying arts audiences via tablets and puts the call out for arts organizations interested in partnering on additional experimentation in unique spaces. Finally! A screen the executive director wants to see in the audience! With prices for tablets declining and acceptance of their use increasing, I wondered how they would hold up as survey tools for arts organizations. I’m liking the results! Tablets are not a good fit for all situations, but are a great fit for some. To get rolling, I knew I would be going…
  • Arts marketing micro-experiments: testing response to an “audio actor bio”

    Ron Evans
    2 Apr 2013 | 4:33 pm
    I often tell arts groups that “every marketing thing you do should be some sort of experiment.” If you’re sending out an email, do an A/B test of subject lines to find out what works better. Study what time of day your Twitter posts get the most response. Test if patrons who are given details about your yummy concession items during a curtain speech end up buying more concession items at intermission than patrons who do not hear the description. These are not giant experiments with far-reaching implications. They are not big enough to cause red tape at your organization.
  • What arts and cultural groups can learn from Five Guys

    Ron Evans
    14 Jan 2013 | 9:15 pm
    I’m a strong believer that arts and cultural organizations should explore the practices of for-profit companies, and assimilate what works. Take the popular burger chain Five Guys. I heard about Five Guys launching in my city from my friends. “You have to try the burger… awesome…” they said. I have tried it, and it is a great burger experience. I also noticed interesting consumer psychology at play, and began to think about how these ideas could be adapted to arts and cultural organizations. Testimonials Every Five Guys location has its walls covered with huge…
  • Arts Patrons: Mobile Preferences | 2012 update to ongoing longitudinal study

    Ron Evans
    11 Dec 2012 | 10:18 am
    What are arts patrons doing with their mobile devices? What are their feelings about mobile devices at arts and cultural events? What devices are they using, and what information do they want? Download the 6-page report (PDF)      In 2009, Arts Council Silicon Valley commissioned Group of Minds Arts Marketing + Technology Consultants to research the mobile preferences of arts patrons. A sample of 45,000 patrons were contacted via email selected from the half-price ticket email lists of six regional online arts calendars in six U.S. cities. The goal of the research was to: Discover current…
  • Thoughts on the psychology of social media

    Ron Evans
    2 Jul 2012 | 12:48 pm
    Institutions don’t talk, passionate people who work there do.   By Ron Evans There is a lot of content on the web on “how to create stronger social media connections.” A simple Google or Bing search will show a ton of articles (when I checked for that search term, Google actually had 129 million results it thought relevant — even if it is only 1% correct, that’s a lot of articles!). I know that a lot of arts organizations struggle with best practices for social media. In preparation for my upcoming webinar with the National Arts marketing Project on July 10…
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    Look To The Stars News: Latest

  • Alicia Keys And Ryan Reynolds Attend Star-Studded Angel Ball

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research presented its annual fundraiser, the Angel Ball, on Monday night at Cipriani Wall Street. Alicia Keys and Swizz BeatzCredit/Copyright: Getty/Dimitrios KambourisThis black-tie benefit, hosted by Grammy-nominated songwriter Denise Rich and her daughters Daniella Rich Kilstock and Ilona Rich Schachter, honored His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States, and Mrs. Abeer AL Otaiba; four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and Founder of the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation, Jeff Gordon; Mr. Jho Low,…
  • Celebrity Guests Announced For Long Island Music Hall Of Fame Fundraising Gala

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    The Long Island Music Hall of Fame (LIMHoF) will celebrate its 2014, and fifth Class of Honorees, at its star-studded red carpet Award Ceremony and Fundraising Gala this Thursday, October 23, 2014, at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. Special guests Roger Waters, Dionne Warwick, Felix Cavaliere and more will join in celebrating an extraordinary night in music. Performances in R&B, Oldies, rock and a musical tribute to Gerry Goffin featuring members of the Tokens, Toys and Cookies will all take place in one amazing evening. The fifth induction class includes: Record Producer and Music…
  • Hillary Clinton To Co-Chair Clean Cookstoves Summit

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves has announced that it will host the first ministerial- and CEO-level Cookstoves Future Summit: Fueling Markets, Catalyzing Action, Changing Lives in New York City, November 20-21, 2014. The Summit marks an important opportunity in the Alliance’s efforts to prevent the more than 4 million deaths that occur every year from household air pollution caused by smoke from the use of open fires and traditional cookstoves. It is a critical time to invest in market-based solutions to increase the adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels to save lives,…
  • Prince Harry Attends The 100 Women In Hedge Funds Gala Dinner

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Last week, Prince Harry attended a fundraising gala dinner at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in west London held by 100 Women in Hedge Funds (100WHF) to raise money for children’s charity WellChild. Prince Harry with members of 100 Women in Hedge FundsCredit/Copyright: www.princehenryofwales.org/Dressed in a tux, and addressing a room full of professional women in evening gowns, he said: "Thank you all very much for coming this evening. “I am not entirely sure who made the seating plan but I am sitting between two men. I thought it would just be 100 women and myself.” There…
  • Ray Romano To Host Celebrity Autobiography For Charity

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The International Myeloma Foundation’s 8th Annual Comedy Celebration will present the smash hit stage show Celebrity Autobiography on Saturday, November 8 at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre. Created and developed by Emmy award nominated writer-performer Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel, Celebrity Autobiography features outrageous celebrity memoirs acted out hilariously on stage by an all-star cast. Celebrity Autobiography has been one of the most critically-acclaimed and popular productions ever Off-Broadway, and has won a 2009 Drama Desk Award and a 2010 Bistro Award. Ray Romano (Everybody…
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    Nonprofit Resource Memo

  • A Breakdown of Drug and Alcohol Usage in America

    M. P.
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:36 pm
    In 2013, 56% of adults in America classified themselves as “current drinkers”, 24.6% reported that they were “binge drinkers”. Alcohol consumption statistics have received much attention of late thanks to a Washington Post Wonkblog post citing material from the book Paying the Tab by Philip J. Cook and data from The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).  Those interested in alcohol consumption trends by adolescents and adults might also want to peruse the findings from the  National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an annual source of estimates on…
  • A Look at the Research on School Lunches and the Importance of Recess

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

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

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

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

  • The Thoughtful Cover Letter

    Karen Alphonse
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Question: I am applying for C-Suite position with a company. The position description requires a “thoughtful” cover letter. What does this mean? How do I draft one? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bridging the Gap

    Karen Alphonse
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Years ago, I founded a successful social service organization that ran well until I had to take on family concerns. Do you have any ideas about how I can get back to this area of interest when most employers look at my finance and legal accomplishments and want to place me in those kinds of roles? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Professional Development

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

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

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

    Trina Isakson
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:23 pm
    I love being semi retired. I like having control over my time. I like downtime, and I like being busy. Paradoxical, I know, but I guess I mean that I like having a strong purpose(s) that drive me everyday, so that I work hard on things that I enjoy, but do it efficiently so that I also spend downtime reading, Scrabbling, etc. This is abundance I am grateful for, but…it’s abundance. I think that’s why I dug into Outlander book #8 this weekend, indulging in a calm before a stormy week. Here are some of the things going on for me… Working on two consulting contracts right…
  • If I can make culture I must act responsibly

    Trina Isakson
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    A while back I wrote about ranting vs. modelling, and how we can change the minds of others not just through protests and media, but through small actions. Which is why I love the following quote Far from despair, the idea that each of us recreates reality with each encounter fills me with a wondrous sense of hope, empowerment and community connection. If there is no absolute truth “out there” by which to create pristine “expert systems” which can somehow solve our problems mathematically; if I am who I am because you are who you are; both of us who we are because they…
  • Volunteer engagement frameworks or no?

    Trina Isakson
    6 Jun 2014 | 7:24 pm
    There are two fantastic volunteer engagement spectrum/ladders that I have come to know and use in my strategizing for volunteer engagement, and another that looks more at the purpose/intent of volunteerism. I wanted to share them with you as potential frameworks with which to view how you engage volunteers, and for you to identify gaps in how volunteers might be engaged. Framework 1: Spectrum of Volunteer Engagement (Volunteer Canada) Source: Volunteer Canada. Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement. p. 20. Available at…
  • What my master to-do list looks like – Workflowy and GTD

    Trina Isakson
    11 May 2014 | 6:25 pm
    In previous posts on my to-do lists and how I organize my life, I’ve talked about my master to-do list. This, and many of my other productivity practices, come from a book called Getting Things Done by David Allen (also know as GTD…Allen’s productivity ways have a bit of a cult-like following). For people, like me, who organize themselves in a linear/logical way, I highly recommend the read. It’s been years since I read it back at SFU (thanks Chris Koch for the recommendation) but here are some of the principles that I still use: Brain dump. Every once in a while, give…
  • Vancouver Mayor’s Engaged City Task Force final report – a review

    Trina Isakson
    9 May 2014 | 5:33 am
    Late 2012 I was selected to serve on the Vancouver Mayor’s Engaged City Task Force (ECTF)…and promptly had to step down as I was heading to Spain and Morocco for 4 months. But I remained interested in the work of the task force, following their “quick starts” released in mid 2013, and recently read the final report [PDF], which was approved at council last month. About the ECTF and the report The purpose of the final report was to “dig deeper into the roots of a disengaged and disconnected population,” specifically to To examine innovative best practices for…
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  • What’s in my Mailbox | Senior Services new donor welcome kit

    Pamela Grow
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:56 am
    How are small to mid-sized nonprofits using the power of direct mail?  Join us every Wednesday for What’s in my Mailbox. I recently donated online to Senior Services in Seattle, WA as part of my ‘Two Gifts a Week’ mystery shopping experiment, and received this direct mail welcome in response.  It includes: a thank you letter a four-page brochure/newsletter reply envelope response device/monthly giving invitation Related Posts:What’s in my Mailbox | Nonprofit print newsletterWhat’s in my Mailbox | Extraordinary storytellingWhat’s in my Mailbox | Nashville…
  • What’s in my Inbox | Celebrating milestones with supporters

    Pamela Grow
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    How are small to mid-sized nonprofits using the power of email to love their donors?  Join us every Tuesday for What’s in my Inbox. Today’s What’s in my Inbox, via Kivi Leroux Miller, features a short, sweet email announcement from The Island Institute in Maine. They’ve come up with a clever way to announce their newest four-star Charity Navigator rating. Kathy Westra, who headed their communications shop from 2004-2006, writes “I’d give them a gold star for creativity–great, share-able photo for news that usually gets buried in a dry fundraising letter.” Related…
  • Fundraising Friday | October 17, 2014

    Pamela Grow
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    You’re a Grow Report reader.You already know better. Fundraising Fables You Shouldn’t Believe.  Mary Cahalane asks Does a well-written appeal really matter?  The Unsafety Net: How Social Media Turned Against Women.  Under the banner of free speech, companies like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have been host to rape videos and revenge porn—which makes female users feel anything but free. Don’t miss as Nonprofit with Balls weighs in with a hysterically funnyScary Nonprofit Ghost Story. This is Thea. She is 12 years old, and will this week be married to Geir, who is 37. Plan…
  • What’s in my Mailbox | Nonprofit print newsletter

    Pamela Grow
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    How are small nonprofit organizations using the power of direct mail to love their donors? Join us every Wednesday for What’s in my Mailbox. Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, one of the participants in our recent Nonprofit Newsletters | The Basics & More courses, wins with their Autumn newsletter. Note: the strong, vibrant photographs and captions the emphasis on the donor “your generosity has changed their lives” the clean, easy-to-read layout the nice legacy gift shout-out This newsletter arrived in an envelope, and was accompanied by a reply envelope. Related…
  • What’s in my Mailbox | Potomac Conservancy Welcome Kit

    Pamela Grow
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    How are small nonprofit organizations using the power of direct mail to love their donors? Join us every Wednesday for What’s in my Mailbox. This Welcome Kit from Potomac Conservancy, sent following my first donation, consists of a thank you letter which details what your donation is accomplishing, a map and sticker, and a calendar of events. Related Posts:What’s in my Mailbox | In-memoriam thank youWhat’s in my Mailbox | When systems failWhat’s in my Mailbox | Senior Services new donor…What’s in my Mailbox | Nonprofit Impact UpdatesWhat’s in my Mailbox…
 
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  • Cade Museum, Gainesville downtown redevelopment and much more

    Tim Giuliani
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:22 pm
    The Cade Museum represents a great opportunity to support downtown redevelopment, build our tourism product that supports small businesses, cement our “innovation” brand nationally and provide our kids an eternal source of inspiration for invention and creativity.  We, as those focused on building our economy, almost could not ask for a better project to support. John Carlson, the 2014 Chair of the Gainesville Chamber’s economic development arm, the Council for Economic Outreach, provides reasons why the public and our government officials should seize this opportunity for…
  • Leadership in Gainesville

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

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

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

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

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    Event marketing has traditionally been sporadic, short-term, and short-lived.  But the growth of digital marketing and social media now allows event organizers to keep the conversation going year round, giving them time to build an army of brand ambassadors, attendees and valuable content creators.Digital marketing allows you to reach new audiences and deliver a sample of your event “experience” at a low cost. Digital ads are easy to produce and with the growth of self-serve platforms – easy to purchase and schedule.  The best part of digital marketing is that…
  • Four Elements to Successfully Manage Volunteers

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Volunteers are always first to think of themselves last. In my time working events, I’ve found that if you take care of these special constituents, who are graciously donating their time, they’ll take care of your participants. It’s as simple as that. By treating your volunteers right, you’ll have a more dedicated and productive team that can accomplish just about anything you place in their path. Below I’ve outlined what I like to call the “Four Elements to Successfully Manage Volunteers”:Ensure your volunteer projections and goals are…
  • What I Learned While Happily Geeking Out at Social Media Week 2014

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    If you followed social media professionals in one of the 11 cities that hosted Social Media Week, your Twitter feed was overflowing with interesting user-generated content factoids, thought-provoking engagement graphs, and the ever-present #SMW hashtag. As a marketing professional who dedicates a big portion of her time to social media marketing, I devoured presentation after presentation, happily live-tweeting about analytics and different types of creative. Combine my love of word sleuthing and data mining into a week of panels, and you have one happy marketing geek. In true social…
  • Then vs. Now: Connecting in Person

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    Over the past couple of weeks, our colleagues, Joann and Molly, have taken you on a walk down memory lane and examined how participant support has changed over the years through eCommunication and web and phone and email. For the final installment of our “Then vs. Now” series, we’ll examine what we’ve learned over the years about connecting with our participants in person.Despite the prevalence of social media, email and cell phones in our lives, we all know that face-to-face interaction is still invaluable, and is an experience that just can’t be replicated…
  • Then vs. Now: Supporting Participants via Customer Service Efforts

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    Last week, in part one of our Then vs. Now series, my friend and colleague Joann talked about the many ways in which things have changed over the years with participant support via website and email communication. Like Joann, I’ve been around for what feels like a million years. In fact, I’ve been helping to create fundraising events for non-profits since 2002. And this week I’m going to talk about the evolution of participant support via customer service efforts, namely phone and email support. My first foray into the non-profit space was on the front lines of…
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  • Why Don’t Our Elected Officials Look Like Us?

    Dan Petegorsky
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    In August, a federal judge ruled that Yakima, Washington’s prevailing election system violates the Voting Rights Act, finding that “the non-Latino majority in Yakima routinely suffocate the voting preferences of the Latino minority.” In early October, a U.S. District Court in Virginia ruled that the state’s congressional district maps illegally concentrated the state’s African American voters into a single district in order to dilute their influence in others. These rulings go to the heart of remarkable and, indeed, incendiary new research by Who Leads Us?, a project of the Women…
  • Mission Investing: A Conversation with Flozell Daniels, Jr. & Foundation for Louisiana

    Christine Reeves
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Earlier this year, NCRP released a special edition of our quarterly journal dedicated to mission investing, or making investments that reflect an organization’s values. As foundations are only required to pay out 5 percent of their assets annually in grants and the administrative costs of making these grants, much of the remaining 95 percent is invested to strengthen the foundation’s economic viability. As such, mission investing can be just as important to creating change as grantmaking. Many great groups promote investments that support both the economy and the greater good, such as…
  • Do Feedback Loops in Philanthropy Create Stronger Accountability?

    Lisa Ranghelli
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Editor’s note: This post first appeared in the Nonprofit Quarterly Three years ago, I accepted the challenge of implementing a program that provides “actionable feedback” for major foundations. It entailed assessing foundations, whether or not they wanted it, and then telling them and the public what the foundations were doing well and how they could improve. When I described the idea to a close friend, she asked me, “Aren’t you worried about being able to get your next job after this one?” Somehow, my answer was “No.” I was confident that there was a welcome mat in the…
  • Patrons Can Have Non-Patronizing Site Visits

    Christine Reeves
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP), like many organizations, encourages grantmakers to meet with their grantees and the communities they serve, as part of a greater strategy of engaging constituents, receiving feedback and witnessing firsthand the impact of philanthropic work in the “real world.” But, let’s face it: not all site visits are equal, and not all site visits are necessary. So, let’s consider three questions grantmakers can ask themselves before pursuing a site visit. (1) How do power dynamics affect the grantee-grantmaker partnership? Before a site…
  • Donor-Advised Funds Reform Faces Violent Opposition, For Now

    National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    By Alan Cantor Editor’s note: This post first appeared on the Alan Cantor Consulting blog. Arthur Schopenhauer said, “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” I’m no expert on German philosophers, but Schopenhauer really nails it. Just think of the cause of marriage equality, which has followed exactly that course, passing from ridicule to violent opposition to acceptance as self-evident over the course of the last 20 years. The effort to reform donor-advised funds (DAFs) does not have…
 
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  • Non-Profits and Lean Thinking

    Mark Holmgren
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:55 pm
    I had a conversation recently with my management team about capacity challenges and capacity building. I did so because it is not uncommon for those in our organization (and those in others as well) to “feel” like they are maxed out in terms of the work and challenges facing them. We work pretty hard at Bissell Centre and I can understand how that sentiment can surface. An organization’s capacity is generally expressed in terms of its: Human Resources (how many staff, volunteers, their skills, their knowledge and experience, as well as how they are organized to meet demand)…
  • On Creativity and Collective Impact

    Mark Holmgren
    11 Oct 2014 | 3:12 pm
    “I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking” -Albert Einstein At Tamarack’s Collective Impact Summit in October 2014, I had the pleasure of hosting a dinner with about ten of the summit participants. My co-host was the wonderfully creative Elayne Greeley who did some incredible art work of the summit proceedings. The topic of our dinner conversation was Collective Impact, Creativity and Personal Change. I chose this topic because all too often practitioners of Collective Impact discount the creativity required to do this work and also tend to discount…
  • A Few Thoughts on the Tamarack CISummit 2014

    Mark Holmgren
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Five days is a lot of time and content for 300 people to spend and digest. What impresses me consistently about Tamarack is that they bring in excellent speakers who are more than knowledge experts. They also bring passion to their work and they are also here to engage and learn. The best teacher is one who learns from her/his students. It helps too that the Tamarack folks understand the need for play space, for ample breaks and good food and of course on one of the evenings a great party: this year the theme is Bollywood! Should be an awesome time. I felt blessed that Tamarack’s lead,…
  • Let’s Stop Assuming Non-Profits Should Just Be Run Like a Business.

    Mark Holmgren
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    It is not uncommon for business leaders or entrepreneurs to suggest that charities need to behave more like business. Of course non-profit operations should be based on sound financial and management principles and practices, but I suggest blanket statements like “be more like business” ignore some fundamental differences between private and non-profit sector organizations. Often this advice is offered pejoratively, as if such business-minded people believe that non-profits lack business-savvy and consequently are inefficient or at least could be run much more effectively.  There’s…
  • HERETICAL PROPOSITIONS TOWARD DEMOCRATIC PHILANTHROPY (Part Two)

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

    Shari Tishman
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    Guest post by Denise Howell, VolunteerMatch CFO This post is part of Blog Action Day 2014. I remember listening to Mari Kuraishi, President of Global Giving, at the Independent Sector a few years ago. She spoke about how we can find the greatest richness in our careers when we aren’t looking or have not factored it into our life plans. I think back now to her message she shared, and how true it has been for me. I would never have expected, almost 4 years ago, to embark on a very different frontier in nonprofit work. I am not a technology person. I appreciate all that it has to offer,…
  • Expert Snapshots for October

    Shari Tishman
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    At VolunteerMatch we learn so much from other experts in the field of volunteer engagement and management, and we want to help you stay up to date on the latest news and trends. Here’s just a snapshot to get you started… What All Nonprofits Should Know About Corporate Philanthropy The relationship between nonprofits and companies is changing – we can all feel it. And so nonprofits now need to change the way they look at the support they can receive from companies. By doing so, nonprofits can build robust, mutually beneficial relationships with companies. This TechSoup…
  • The Nonprofit Welcome Wagon: How to Engage Newcomers and Build a Strong Community – Through Volunteering

    Shari Tishman
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    Guest post by Dylan Manderlink Dylan volunteering at an animal shelter in her new home. Upon moving to rural Arkansas from Boston, I had anticipated the reality of how different my new life would be down south. From the great distance between towns, expansive farmland, to the welcoming and warm southern accents, I expected my adjustment to take some time and happen gradually. Although that’s not completely untrue, through the volunteer opportunities I have taken advantage of and the connections I’ve made to local nonprofits since being here, I feel as if my acclimation was…
  • Nonprofit Insights: Making It Last with For-Profit Companies

    Shari Tishman
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:56 pm
    The Nonprofit Insights webinar series brings major thought leaders and experts to you for thought-provoking presentations on a variety of issues related to technology and engaging your community members for social good. The world of corporate-nonprofit partnerships is shifting – in a major way. The simple partnerships that used to characterize how nonprofits and for-profits worked together have become complicated, integrated relationships. Making It Last with For-Profit Companies Register for this free event. Wednesday, October 22, 2014 11am – 12pm PT (2-3pm ET) Follow along with the…
  • 4 Minutes to Help Everyone Learn about Volunteer Appreciation

    Shari Tishman
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    Thank You cake for Calabazas Library volunteers. Boy, do we appreciate our volunteers. The time, passion and talent given by these generous people makes the difference when it comes to creating impact for our communities and the world. They are the best. But how do we appreciate them? And how does the way we appreciate our volunteers compare to how other organizations show volunteer appreciation? VolunteerMatch has partnered with txtMovies.com, a company that enables you to send customers, prospects, volunteers, employees and survey respondents movie rental codes, to learn about volunteer…
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  • 10 Facebook Page Best Practices for Nonprofits

    Heather Mansfield
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    With more than 1 billion active users, Facebook is the largest social network in the world. More than two-thirds of its users log in every day and three-fourths do so on a mobile device. Without a doubt your nonprofit’s supporters use Facebook on a regular basis. Therefore, Facebook Pages should be your first priority and entry into social networking. but to stand out from the other 50 million pages regularly active and all vying for likes, comments, and shares, you must excel at Facebook in order to stand out from the clutter and the 10 best practices below will ensure your nonprofit is…
  • 10 e-Newsletter Best Practices for Nonprofits

    Heather Mansfield
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    Despite the rapid rise of social media, more online donations are made from a click in an e-newsletter than any other source. In fact, in 2013 for every 1,000 fundraising messages delivered, nonprofits raised $17. That was a 21% decrease from the previous year, but the decrease is mostly likely due to poor online fundraising practices, such as not having a mobile-optimized donate page and e-newsletter design. Furthermore, email still dominates among online adults of all ages and thanks to the rise of social media, e-newsletter growth in the nonprofit sector grew 14% in 2013, especially…
  • Mobile for Good: A Free How-To Fundraising Webinar for Nonprofits

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

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

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

    John Haydon
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    Sometimes it’s the little things that count. Often I come across nonprofit professionals who keep an online calendar and want to share events, content or information with some of their colleagues. Well, it’s pretty easy to create a collaborative calendar and to make it private or public. In the 45-second video above, I’ll show you a super easy and helpful way to create a shared content calendar using Google Calendar.John Haydon delivers social web strategy solutions for “the quick, the smart, and the slightly manic.” Curious? Then connect up: Contact John by…
  • 9 tips for using Twitter to tap into #globaldev community

    Guest
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Post by Gemma McNeil-Walsh Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises If you were to ask me what my most useful resource during a three-year undergraduate development studies degree has been, I think the answer might surprise you: Twitter. Although I initially joined Twitter so that I could join in on my housemates’ banter about cupcakes and Ryan Gosling (don’t judge), I quickly found Twitter to be an invaluable professional and career development resource. I decided to leave the Ryan Gosling banter to Facebook, the pictures of cupcakes to…
  • 3 ways to sharpen your PR measurement skills

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

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

    Caroline Avakian
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    Video still of Bill Gates taking the ALS #IceBucketChallenge (via YouTube) 3 reasons I’ve decided to embrace this campaign — and why you should, too Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, educators, journalists, general public. As you all likely know by now, the ALS #IceBucketChallenge is taking your Facebook news feed by storm. Your friends, colleagues, heck, even your grandmother might have been nominated to dump a bucket of cold water and ice on her head in the name of charity. And in this case, it’s a very good cause. ALS…
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  • Moderate earthquake – Iceland on October 22, 2014

    Armand Vervaeck
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 4.3 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-10-22 13:21:34 GMT/UTC Time : 2014-10-22 13:21:34 Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience (I Have Felt It) with our readers. Click on the “I Felt It” button behind…
  • Moderate earthquake – Buryatiya, Russia on October 22, 2014

    Armand Vervaeck
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 4.2 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-10-22 20:20:02 GMT/UTC Time : 2014-10-22 11:20:02 Depth (Hypocenter) : 15 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience (I Have Felt It) with our readers. Click on the “I Felt It” button behind…
  • Moderate earthquake – South Sandwich Islands Region on October 22, 2014

    Armand Vervaeck
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 5 Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown GMT/UTC Time : 2014-10-22 12:38:22 Depth (Hypocenter) : 15 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience (I Have Felt It) with our readers. Click on the “I Felt It” button behind the…
  • Moderate earthquake – Molucca Sea on October 22, 2014

    Armand Vervaeck
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 4.6 Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown GMT/UTC Time : 2014-10-22 12:10:43 Depth (Hypocenter) : 30 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience (I Have Felt It) with our readers. Click on the “I Felt It” button behind the…
  • Moderate earthquake – Orcopampa, Peru on October 22, 2014

    Armand Vervaeck
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 4.7 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-10-22 06:23:25 GMT/UTC Time : 2014-10-22 11:23:25 Depth (Hypocenter) : 96.8 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience (I Have Felt It) with our readers. Click on the “I Felt It” button behind…
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  • Barriers to Job Success: Lack of Housing

    goodwillsp
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    A report in the New York Times reveals that a shocking number of working people live in homeless shelters. According to the report, more than one out of four families in New York City homeless shelters include at least one employed adult and 16 percent of single adults in shelters hold jobs. As alarming as these statistics may seem, a more disturbing fact is that they are indicative of a nationwide trend of the “working poor” being unable to afford housing. Unemployment, underemployment and low-wage employment are frequent causes of homelessness. The loss of a job leads to homelessness…
  • The Queen City Style Shows Us How to be Stylish this Halloween

    goodwillsp
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    We recently teamed up with The Queen City Style, Whitley Hamlin, to pull together budget friendly and stylish costumes for Halloween. Here are a few of her ideas and DIY tips: Madonna White lace dress (Whitley wears a wedding dress from Goodwill) White heels Pale sheer stockings Lots of gold and pearl accessories White lace gloves Cross necklace or earrings Make-up tips: Achieve this hair by using a 1/2 inch curling iron or crimper and tease! Apply red lips and don’t forget about the famous mole! Corpse Bride A wedding dress White evening gloves A veil A long blue or black wig Make-up tips:…
  • Easy To Follow Halloween DIY Costume Ideas

    goodwillsp
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Goodwill is a Halloween destination for one-of-a-kind costumes. Shoppers can find fresh items at Goodwill every day, including clothing in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, as well as accessories from different decades to transform an ordinary look into a fantastic, eclectic costume. With a little creativity, anyone can become a ghost, cowboy, zombie or superhero of choice simply by combining Goodwill finds into a unique costume. Visit facebook.com/GoodwillSP for DIY costume ideas. The best way to save at Halloween is to use your imagination. Goodwill offers unique, gently used items…
  • Designer Tips: Cost-Saving Ways That Bathroom Hardware Can Transform Your Loo

    goodwillsp
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    Image source: DCoopMedia – Coastal Living Showhouse Giving your bathroom a full makeover doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, some of the easiest ways to breathe life into your bathroom involve small details that can make a big impact. Bathroom hardware such as towel bars and rings, robe hooks and toilet paper holders offer “jewelry” to your bathroom at a low cost. Whether your style is traditional or ultra-modern, look at these ways to give your bathroom a new feel with the addition of the right functional accent pieces. The look of luxury without the price tag Image…
  • Easy Elegance: DIY Vintage Chandelier

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

    Ann Goldman
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:40 pm
    This week’s blog offers behind-the-scenes insight on how funders really operate. Fellow Coloradoan Amanda Johnston knows how it works. She has 18 years experience in nonprofit development and an outstanding track record with more than $11 million raised for her clients from local and national funders. Here’s what Amanda has to tell us: As beginning grant-seekers, many of us are learning the same things…tell a good story and communicate clearly, evaluate your programs and demonstrate your impact in the community, present sound financial documents, etc… I encourage my clients…
  • Giving Days: Will a Virtual Experience Inspire Event Donors to Give?

    Leslie Allen
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Here’s the challenge: while some nonprofit events bring in new donors, inspire major gifts, and create organizational loyalty, most nonprofit events contribute to a cycle of inefficient fundraising that is hard to break. In most cases, very little net income (if any) is raised at most events when all the costs (including the “opportunity cost” of other kinds of fundraising by those staff members and volunteers) have been taken into account. And while many new donors come in through events, getting them to renew and move from “event donors” to “organizational donors” is often…
  • The 8 Key Elements of Capital Campaign Success

    Ann Goldman
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:43 pm
    What’s it going to take for your capital campaign to succeed? Here are the top things we look for when assessing an organization’s readiness to embark on a major fundraising effort: 1. Clearly articulated goals The first thing you need is a real vision for the kind of change your campaign will make in the world. What’s the impact you’re trying to have, what are the specific programs or facilities that will enable that change, and how much money do you need to make it all happen? In our experience, this is one of the most difficult things for our clients to wrap their arms around.
  • Will the Long-Term Donor Please Stand Up?

    Leslie Allen
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:44 pm
    I don’t know if it’s this time of year or what, but I always feel a little unsettled in September. Maybe it’s the change in the light, maybe it’s the lovely (but dying) trees, or maybe I’ve been a fundraiser for so long that I know that this is a pivotal month – something big is coming. But this September I feel something shifting in the fundraising field as well. While the last couple of years has seen a sharpening focus on building relationships with your donors for the long-term, it only takes an ice bucket challenge to show us that you can’t possibly expect to keep them all.
  • A Trail Guide for the Last Stretch of Your Capital Campaign

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

    Tom Suddes
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    BLUE GOLD The idea of ‘synchronicity‘ and ‘flow‘ just seem to get reinforced every day.  Last week, Nick led an unbelievable day around STORY and MEANING and PURPOSE. FAST COMPANY, November 2014 arrived after that with the cover and primary theme/article on FIND YOUR MISSION. The article was written Robert Safian who is also editor at Fast Company.  (This really smart guy was also editor at Fortune and Money and now Fast Company.) I had just written a quick thought/blog on Work-Life Balance vs. Integration and then I read this quote from the Editor, “I’ve…
  • A Leader’s Job is to Bear Pain … Not Inflict It

    Tom Suddes
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    RED GOLD I came across some old notes (1998) on Robert Greenleaf’s seminal book, SERVANT LEADERSHIP. As with many great books, the message is in the title/on the cover. Greenleaf suggests a domain of leadership grounded in a state of being, not doing. He goes on to say “The first and most important choice a leader makes is the choice to SERVE … and being a leader has to do with the relationship between the leader and the led.” SERVANT LEADERSHIP is a small pamphlet (only 37 pages long), but powerful. “The essence of leadership is the desire to serve one another…
  • BALANCE vs. INTEGRATION

    Tom Suddes
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    GOLD At a company meeting last March 1st (at Notre Dame), I had a chance to talk with the team about the whole Work-Life Balance thing. To me, it has always been way more about INTEGRATION … rather than BALANCE. For me, it was always about the entrepreneurial adventure and the integration of family and boxing and travel and good health. Stew Friedman, who is a Wharton School Professor, has just come out with a new book called LEADING THE LIFE YOU WANT: SKILLS FOR INTEGRATING WORK AND LIFE. I saw this post at Forbes from Dorie Clark and am just starting the book. Two great teaser quotes:…
  • JUST ENGAGE

    Tom Suddes
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    30 years ago, I tried to create THE IDEAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICE (IDO) for Catholic secondary schools. That subsequently morphed into a Major Gift Process and then into a Funding Roadmap … which is probably in its 10th (?), 30th (?) iteration. Here is the latest change … and it is not made without a great deal of thought and input. We are changing Green #2 from JUST VISIT … to JUST ENGAGE. While JUST VISIT is a specific part of ENGAGEMENT… it is a lower hierarchy. JUST ENGAGE reinforces at the highest level the importance of ENGAGEMENT, MAXIMIZING RELATIONSHIPS, VISITS,…
  • My #1 Job Is To SELL.

    Tom Suddes
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    Just received my November 2014 Success Magazine.  Still one of my favorites. Success publisher and founding editor, Darren Hardy, has a new book just released called THE ENTREPRENEUR ROLLER COASTER.  Here’s the exclusive excerpt. Although Hardy is talking to entrepreneurs about THE CHOICE (What is the most important thing you can do every day?), his answer applies to all of us.  It’s not about the best product ever, top-notch management, best customer service or best business plan. In Hardy’s words, “You’re #1 job is SALES.” I’m trying to finish…
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  • 3 Questions To Help You Prioritize Communications When You’re Pressed For Time

    Bix
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    The title of this blog post should really read “Three Questions That Help You Prioritize Communications When You’re Pressed For Time, as in All The Time”. Because let’s face it, there’s no real downtime or slow time when you work for a nonprofit. There are times when you’re not as busy as the rest of the time, when you’re rushing about in ten different directions trying to make your deadlines, deadlines, deadlines. So here are three questions to help you figure out what and how to prioritize in your nonprofit’s communications, when you have multiple, competing tasks.
  • Better Than BOGO: FIVE Free Prospects

    Bix
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
    Sure, Buy One Get One free is always great. But you know what’s even better? Get FIVE Free. Yup! If you hire TakeTwo to be your grant writer before December 10, 2014, we’ll research and find your organization FIVE potential institutional donors – absolutely free, gratis, at no cost, por nada! Email *protected email* for more information. Fine print:  One per organization. New clients only.
  • Finish Strong in 2014

    Stephanie
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:46 pm
    We are in September – can you believe it?  The next few months are going to fly by – with all the holidays, end of the year activities, and work that has to get done. There are some real tangible things you as a fundraiser can do to finish the year off strong.  Here’s your bucket list for the final three months – start acting on it now: Institutional support: identify and meet all final proposal deadlines – there is still money out there to request in 2014.  Finish strong, get in some big grant requests before the end of the year.  Also, identify the proposals…
  • 4 Social Media “To Do’s” For The 4th Quarter

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

    Stephanie
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
    This is TakeTwo’s first BuzzFeed list!  You can see this list in all its visual glory on BuzzFeed here. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Regardless of the different opinions out there about it, IT WORKED. The organization raised $94.3 million since July, an unprecedented number of people visited their website, and now just about everyone knows the acronym ALS, and many people also know what it stands for.  The trend is shifting- from ice water pouring to clever videos on donating without wasting water to donating for other causes – one thing is clear, ALS continues to get more…
 
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  • Zuckerberg Replies to Facebook Comment About $25M Ebola Donation

    John Haydon
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg announced a $25 million donation to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to help fight Ebola. He shared how strongly he feels about the Ebola issue in a Facebook post: “We need to get Ebola under control in the near term so that it doesn’t spread further and become a long term global health crisis that we end up fighting for decades at large scale, like HIV or polio.” Mark also replied to a comment from Scott Solomon, adding: “Spending $25 million to help get this under control now is very little cost compared to all the lives it…
  • Promoting Annual Appeals with Facebook Ads [FREE WEINAR]

    John Haydon
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    Tomorrow (10/8) I’m doing a webinar with 4Good called “Using Facebook Ads to Promote Year-End Campaigns”. It starts at 3pm (EDT), and will be 60 minutes in length. This webinar the following topics about using Facebook Ads to promote year-end campaigns: Selecting the best ad type for each stage in the donor funnel Targeting your ads more effectively with Facebook Insights data How to amplify reach with lookalike audiences How to increase website conversion rates with retargeting How to target friends of people who have RSVP’d to your event A recording and copy of…
  • Crowdfunding Site for Nonprofits Launched by Kickstarter Founder

    John Haydon
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Perry Chen (Kickstarter founder) just launched a new crowdfunding site for nonprofits called Dollar a Day. The idea is simple: Donors receive a daily email featuring one organization that automatically receives $1 from each Dollar A Day donor. Donors are charged $30 every 30 days, and are encouraged to share the nonprofit’s work with their friends. Their website says it best: “We hope that our daily emails will be a gateway for people to give directly, volunteer for, or simply learn more about a variety of great organizations and the problems they’re trying to solve. A public more…
  • Pinterest Analytics Explained – A Video Guide for Beginners

    John Haydon
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    During this week’s Hump Day Coffee Break, a weekly mini-webinar I do for my e-mail subscribers (click here to learn more), we dove into Pinterest Analytics. After the slideshare deck was featured on slideshare’s homepage, I decided to publish the edited version for everyone here. Pinterest Analytics Explained – A Video Guide for Beginners Pinterest recently upgraded their analytics for business accounts.  You can discover your most popular pins, repins and boards. You can also learn about the people engaging with your pins. In addition to basic demographics, you can…
  • How Responsive Web Design Works with Mobile Devices [Infographic]

    John Haydon
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    If you haven’t taken a peek at Google Analytics lately, you might be surprised to see how many visitors view your website on a mobile device. Chances are there’s a significant increase in traffic from smart phones and tablets. Responsive web design ensures that those visitors have a valuable experience with your website. What is Responsive Web Design? A responsive website design automatically resizes in response to the particular device a viewer is using. The content (pages, text, videos, photos), page templates, and navigation structure snaps neatly within the constraints of each…
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    Nonprofit Bridge

  • Should You Use Project Management Software?

    Norman Reiss
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Currently at my organization I’m assisting a few departments to find a better way to manage their projects by piloting products such as Asana and Basecamp.  But before I recommend any software, I’m asking these questions first: What problems are you trying to solve?  Is it that projects are chronically late and/or over budget, or is that staff can’t easily find the information they need? Where is the staff working?  If mostly from home or from remote locations, a web based product works best, preferably with mobile access. Is there a need to transfer data to/from external…
  • Who Would You Pick to Win a Nonprofit Excellence Award?

    nhr2000
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    (Updated 10/9/14) Below are the finalists in the 2014 Nonprofit Excellence Awards, which will be presented Nov. 20 by the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York and Philanthropy New York.  (Latest news release is here.) While we won’t make the final selections until after our site visits, these are the organizations that we’re considering: Bowery Residents Committee Community Access Graham Windham Leake and Watts, Inc. Row New York Washington Heights CORNER Project It’s really tough to pick the winners, as all of these nonprofits have submitted impressive…
  • Before You Build (or Rebuild) Your Next Website

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

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

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

    Nicole Margaretten
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    Responding With Empathy and Respect to Belief Systems By: Sara Wicht Senior Manager for Teaching and Learning at Teaching Tolerance Overview: Tanenbaum and Teaching Tolerance share tips for coaching students during class discussions on religious and nonreligious beliefs. This year, Teaching Tolerance teamed up with the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding to bring educators a webinar series called Religious Diversity in the Classroom. The second webinar in the series, Fostering a Culture of Respect, offered ways for educators to help students feel safe, supported and respected…
  • Please Think About Andrew White – As ISIS Menaces Baghdad

    Nicole Margaretten
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
      Right now, all we can do is pause, hope, and for those who pray – to pray. Canon Andrew White, one of Tanenbaum’s Peacemakers in Action, was interviewed from Baghdad where he continues to tend to the dwindling Christian community and their neighbors. He remains in Iraq, even though he tells us that ISIS is descending on Baghdad. Word is that they are about 5 miles out. Andrew is supposed to have some protection from Iraqi soldiers assigned to defend him. But his soldier told him that, if ISIS comes, he will take off his uniform and run! Andrew believes that ISIS must be…
  • Business for Peace: Inaugural Event in Istanbul, Turkey

    Nicole Margaretten
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    On September 29-30 Business for Peace (a platform run by the U.N. Global Compact) will hold its inaugural event in Istanbul, Turkey. This event will focus on how the private sector can help promote peace. The incredible work done by Business for Peace is closely related to the work Tanenbaum does to promote religious diversity and inclusion for employees. Both Tanenbaum and Business for Peace understand that the private sector can create policies and practices that help make the world more peaceful and respectful of differences. In addition, the work we do is often symbiotic—countries that…
  • Tanenbaum Peacemaker Receives International Peace Prize

    Nicole Margaretten
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    Tanenbaum Peacemaker Receives International Peace Prize A Tanenbaum Peacemaker in Action is back in the news! Ricardo Esquivia’s organization, Sembrandopaz, which is based in the town of Sincelejo, in Sucre, Colombia, was just awarded the 2014 World Vision International Peace Prize. The award is given out annually by World Vision International to acknowledge courageous “individuals or organizations that excel in peacebuilding or peacemaking”. There were six finalists from India, Pakistan, Yemen, Canada, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Colombia vying for this year’s award. In the end, it was…
  • News Stories 9/12-9/18

    Nicole Margaretten
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Hundreds pardoned as Ethiopia celebrates New Year Almost 1,000 inmates were pardoned in Ethiopia this September 11 as the country celebrated their New Year in accordance with the Coptic calendar. The Ethiopian New Year is rooted in religious traditions that embrace peace and forgiveness. Federal police reported that the prisoners who were released had not committed serious offenses and demonstrated both good behavior and “sincere regret” for the crimes that had been committed. Tanenbaum Peacemaker in Action Dr. Ephraim Isaac has worked to free thousands of Ethiopian prisoners. To…
 
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  • Two special days and how Concern Worldwide are helping

    Linda
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    International Day for Disaster Reduction Concern Worldwide is joining today’s celebrations for the International Day for Disaster Reduction which takes place on Monday the 13th of October 2014.  Many of the countries where we work are highly vulnerable to conflict-based emergencies and natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, storms and droughts. To ensure the work we do helping the poorest communities lift themselves out of poverty is sustainable, we need to prevent and limit the impact of future crises. 
  • CAF's guide to giving to charities infographic

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

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

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

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

    Paige Havens
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    There is a quiet struggle going on in the world of nonprofits that tends to strike a cord with every organization – Board Development. Your board list might look impressive on paper, but is your board really effective? Is your board a strong engine helping power the mission and work of your organization? Or is... Read more »
  • What Makes Your Organization Shine?

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

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

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

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

  • Social Enterprise is Not the Answer to Fundraising Woes

    Nell Edgington
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    There is an article in Forbes this month that bothered me. Carrie Rich, co-founder and CEO of The Global Good Fund, argues that more nonprofits should move from a “donor-driven organization” to a “revenue-producing social enterprise.” Instead of “relying on donor funding” more organizations should “create revenue-producing services.” In essence she is encouraging more nonprofits to figure out how to sell their services. The problem with her argument, though, is that it encourages nonprofits to think one-dimensionally about funding…
  • What Social Change Requires

    Nell Edgington
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    It is obvious to most in this country that our political system is quite broken. A gridlocked Congress, a shilling mainstream media, a checked-out electorate, and the list goes on. But last week I saw some hope. I participated in a really interesting gathering in Baltimore hosted by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. As part of their Madison Initiative (a $50 million project to “support and improve the health of representative democracy in the United States”) Hewlett brought together 90 nonprofit and government leaders, consultants, journalists, heads of think tanks, and…
  • Flipping the Default Setting on Philanthropy: An Interview With Kathleen Enright

    Nell Edgington
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:31 am
    In today’s Social Velocity blog interview, I’m talking with Kathleen Enright, founding president and CEO of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO). GEO is a diverse community of more than 450 grantmakers working to reshape the way philanthropy operates and advance smarter grantmaking practices that enable nonprofits to grow stronger and achieve better results. Prior to GEO, Kathleen was at BoardSource, where she was responsible for building public awareness of the importance of strong nonprofit boards. Prior to joining BoardSource, Kathleen was a project manager for the National…
  • What Nonprofits Really Need From Their Donors [Video]

    Nell Edgington
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    My hope in creating the growing library of Social Velocity videos is that nonprofit leaders will use the topics as a jumping off point for honest discussions with boards and donors. It can often be intimidating for a nonprofit leader to raise a controversial question like: “Should all board members be required to fundraise?” “Should we stop worrying about program vs. overhead expenses?” “How do we get our board more engaged?“ A nonprofit leader could set aside 30 minutes in a board meeting agenda for a discussion kicked off by a 2-minute video. Play a…
  • 10 Great Social Innovation Reads: September 2014

    Nell Edgington
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:23 pm
    There were some pretty exciting things happening in the world of social innovation last month. From a new fund to make philanthropy more effective, to a new blog series written by funders making the case for investing in nonprofit leadership, to some ideas for making performance measurement more accessible to small nonprofits and arts and culture organizations, to some interesting partnerships between philanthropy and city government. It all made for a great month of reads. Below is my pick of the 10 best reads in social innovation in September. As always, add what I  missed to the…
 
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    Ethics Resource Center

  • ERC and ECOA Join Forces To Create Ethics and Compliance Alliance

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    Foremost Ethics and Compliance Organizations Align To Offer Industry Leading Programs, Research,...
  • United States Office of Government Ethics Virtual Summit -...

    24 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    United States Office of Government Ethics Virtual Summit - September 23, 2014 Watch ERC President, Pat Harned, and other panelists from DOJ and Office of Special Counsel discuss whistleblower protections.  (Video starts at 4:26)
  • Call for Nominations for ERC's 2014 Stanley C. Pace Ethics and Leadership Award

    23 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    The Ethics Resource Center (ERC) proudly announces a call for nominations for the 2014 Stanley C....
  • ERC Tells Congress That Strong Ethics Programs Would Bolster...

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    Hearing: Oversight of the False Claims ActERC Tells Congress That Strong Ethics Programs Would Bolster False Claims Act "When a strong program and culture are in place, misconduct decreases by more than half," Harned said in testimony to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. She said ERC research also shows that employees feel much less pressure to compromise standards in companies with strong compliance and ethics programs. Read full release http://bit.ly/1nMRTUC
  • How to Improve Your Whistleblower Program and Address...

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

    Shari Tishman
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    Guest post by Denise Howell, VolunteerMatch CFO This post is part of Blog Action Day 2014. I remember listening to Mari Kuraishi, President of Global Giving, at the Independent Sector a few years ago. She spoke about how we can find the greatest richness in our careers when we aren’t looking or have not factored it into our life plans. I think back now to her message she shared, and how true it has been for me. I would never have expected, almost 4 years ago, to embark on a very different frontier in nonprofit work. I am not a technology person. I appreciate all that it has to offer,…
  • Expert Snapshots for October

    Shari Tishman
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    At VolunteerMatch we learn so much from other experts in the field of volunteer engagement and management, and we want to help you stay up to date on the latest news and trends. Here’s just a snapshot to get you started… What All Nonprofits Should Know About Corporate Philanthropy The relationship between nonprofits and companies is changing – we can all feel it. And so nonprofits now need to change the way they look at the support they can receive from companies. By doing so, nonprofits can build robust, mutually beneficial relationships with companies. This TechSoup…
  • The Nonprofit Welcome Wagon: How to Engage Newcomers and Build a Strong Community – Through Volunteering

    Shari Tishman
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    Guest post by Dylan Manderlink Dylan volunteering at an animal shelter in her new home. Upon moving to rural Arkansas from Boston, I had anticipated the reality of how different my new life would be down south. From the great distance between towns, expansive farmland, to the welcoming and warm southern accents, I expected my adjustment to take some time and happen gradually. Although that’s not completely untrue, through the volunteer opportunities I have taken advantage of and the connections I’ve made to local nonprofits since being here, I feel as if my acclimation was…
  • Nonprofit Insights: Making It Last with For-Profit Companies

    Shari Tishman
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:56 pm
    The Nonprofit Insights webinar series brings major thought leaders and experts to you for thought-provoking presentations on a variety of issues related to technology and engaging your community members for social good. The world of corporate-nonprofit partnerships is shifting – in a major way. The simple partnerships that used to characterize how nonprofits and for-profits worked together have become complicated, integrated relationships. Making It Last with For-Profit Companies Register for this free event. Wednesday, October 22, 2014 11am – 12pm PT (2-3pm ET) Follow along with the…
  • 4 Minutes to Help Everyone Learn about Volunteer Appreciation

    Shari Tishman
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    Thank You cake for Calabazas Library volunteers. Boy, do we appreciate our volunteers. The time, passion and talent given by these generous people makes the difference when it comes to creating impact for our communities and the world. They are the best. But how do we appreciate them? And how does the way we appreciate our volunteers compare to how other organizations show volunteer appreciation? VolunteerMatch has partnered with txtMovies.com, a company that enables you to send customers, prospects, volunteers, employees and survey respondents movie rental codes, to learn about volunteer…
 
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    Clairification

  • How to Deal with Disgruntled Donors: Don’t Waste Valuable Complaints

    Claire
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:29 pm
    I’m going to tell you to do exactly what I do. Don’t ignore a single disgruntled supporter. Express compassion and contrition. If someone takes the time to tell you they’re unhappy, that means they care. They’re connected to you. They want something from you, and you’re disappointing them. This is your golden opportunity to get [...] The post How to Deal with Disgruntled Donors: Don’t Waste Valuable Complaints appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it Donor Communication Special: Eliminate Silos; Customer Service; Social Media; Content Marketing; Using the Phone + Call for Submissions

    Claire
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Donor Communication Special Edition I cannot say this strongly enough. Do not segregate marketing and fundraising as separate silos. When it comes to fundraising, communication with your donors should not be an “add-on.” Nor should it be relegated to the marketing department. As the guru of donor-centered fundraising, Penelope Burk, states: It is a core [...] The post Clairity Click-it Donor Communication Special: Eliminate Silos; Customer Service; Social Media; Content Marketing; Using the Phone + Call for Submissions appeared first on Clairification.
  • It’s Blog Action Day: No Blog Needed to Participate; Learn How – and Feel Good!

    Claire
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Did you know today is Blog Action Day? It’s a day when bloggers all over the world get together to shine a light on one single thing that’s not going right in our world. We shine this light on Blog Action Day so that, together, we can fix things. There’s an old Jewish parable that [...] The post It’s Blog Action Day: No Blog Needed to Participate; Learn How – and Feel Good! appeared first on Clairification.
  • 10 Ways to Earn Donors’ Trust and Confidence

    Claire
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:25 pm
      Do you know about The Donor’s Bill of Rights? Does your staff know about it? Your board of directors? If you do know about it, do you heed it? You should. For the sake of your donors. For the sake of your nonprofit. For the sake of the entire social benefit sector. The Donor’s [...] The post 10 Ways to Earn Donors’ Trust and Confidence appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Donor Communication; Donor-Centered Leadership; Call for Submissions

    Claire
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    Here’s a timely October Click-it to help you get ready to communicate in a donor-friendly fashion with all your supporters this fall.  It’s giving and gratitude season, so grab yourself some great advice and be thankful — for the wisdom of the experts and for your donors.  May the force be with you. And don’t [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Donor Communication; Donor-Centered Leadership; Call for Submissions appeared first on Clairification.
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    Thunderhead Works

  • Ask the Right Question

    Tom Peterson
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
        By Tom Peterson Have you ever been in this meeting? A group has struggled over some issue for hours. Then someone says, “Maybe we’re not asking the right question.” While it’s not often welcome, it’s a comment to listen for. It’s like someone opened the windows so fresh air can come in. Sometimes the most important act in solving a world challenge is to step back and pose this, “Are we asking the right question?” Too often we spend all of our energy getting the right answer, but for the wrong question. This focus on a less important preoccupation keeps us…
  • Courage Quotes

    Tom Peterson
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
          Here are a few Courage quotes I’ve found over the years: “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” — Rosa Parks “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” — Marie Curie “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is…
  • Ask Fans for Help

    Tom Peterson
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Every so often some nonprofit hits the news because of a breakthrough supporter-driven campaign. With the Kony 2012 campaign-turned-phenomenon the organization Invisible Children asked its supporters to bring attention to war criminal Joseph Kony and thus aid in his capture. This summer’s ALS ice bucket challenge became a viral social media phenomenon as it quickly and unexpectedly raised more than $115 million for the ALS Association. We’re not going into the complexities of either of these campaigns here. Rather, the question is: How do you get your best supporters to help your cause?
  • Nothing takes the place of persistence

    Tom Peterson
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:38 am
        “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” —Calvin Coolidge World Changing requires tenacity at the individual and at the group level. Bringing about justice, freedom, human rights, sustainability is never simple. Progress in…
  • Use Inspiring Statistics to Move us to Action

    Tom Peterson
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
        What could be more boring, less likely to move us to action than a fact? There’s no such thing as an inspiring statistic. Right? Well, not always. In her book Resonate, the best book out there on presentations, Nancy Duarte tells us to create S.T.A.R. moments. That is Something They’ll Always Remember. One STAR moment is when Bill Gates released a jar of mosquitoes into the audience of a TED talk. Occasionally, this can come from a statistic. A great example is when Al Gore got on a cherry picker to show the growth of carbon dioxide and global temperature in his…
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    Clairification

  • How to Deal with Disgruntled Donors: Don’t Waste Valuable Complaints

    Claire
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:29 pm
    I’m going to tell you to do exactly what I do. Don’t ignore a single disgruntled supporter. Express compassion and contrition. If someone takes the time to tell you they’re unhappy, that means they care. They’re connected to you. They want something from you, and you’re disappointing them. This is your golden opportunity to get [...] The post How to Deal with Disgruntled Donors: Don’t Waste Valuable Complaints appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it Donor Communication Special: Eliminate Silos; Customer Service; Social Media; Content Marketing; Using the Phone + Call for Submissions

    Claire
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Donor Communication Special Edition I cannot say this strongly enough. Do not segregate marketing and fundraising as separate silos. When it comes to fundraising, communication with your donors should not be an “add-on.” Nor should it be relegated to the marketing department. As the guru of donor-centered fundraising, Penelope Burk, states: It is a core [...] The post Clairity Click-it Donor Communication Special: Eliminate Silos; Customer Service; Social Media; Content Marketing; Using the Phone + Call for Submissions appeared first on Clairification.
  • It’s Blog Action Day: No Blog Needed to Participate; Learn How – and Feel Good!

    Claire
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Did you know today is Blog Action Day? It’s a day when bloggers all over the world get together to shine a light on one single thing that’s not going right in our world. We shine this light on Blog Action Day so that, together, we can fix things. There’s an old Jewish parable that [...] The post It’s Blog Action Day: No Blog Needed to Participate; Learn How – and Feel Good! appeared first on Clairification.
  • 10 Ways to Earn Donors’ Trust and Confidence

    Claire
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:25 pm
      Do you know about The Donor’s Bill of Rights? Does your staff know about it? Your board of directors? If you do know about it, do you heed it? You should. For the sake of your donors. For the sake of your nonprofit. For the sake of the entire social benefit sector. The Donor’s [...] The post 10 Ways to Earn Donors’ Trust and Confidence appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Donor Communication; Donor-Centered Leadership; Call for Submissions

    Claire
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    Here’s a timely October Click-it to help you get ready to communicate in a donor-friendly fashion with all your supporters this fall.  It’s giving and gratitude season, so grab yourself some great advice and be thankful — for the wisdom of the experts and for your donors.  May the force be with you. And don’t [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Donor Communication; Donor-Centered Leadership; Call for Submissions appeared first on Clairification.
 
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    Veritus Group

  • Have the Fundraiser Blues? Seek Some Motivation.

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    I know it happens to you; it certainly happens to me. And it happens to just about everyone I know in major gift fundraising: you go through a period of time where you lack motivation and drive. It’s strange, isn’t it? I’m not sure how it starts, but it sure takes hold of you. For me, I can sometimes go a whole week (or more) where I just can’t get it going. For others, it could be months; and some people have told me it’s taken hold of them for a couple of years! I’m not necessarily talking about depression, although that certainly takes hold of some folks and is a serious, often…
  • You Need Help!

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    I have to admit that I’m pretty worked up. Over the last few days there have been many instances where good MGOs are being sucked into a vacuum of despair. What’s causing this vacuum of despair? The lack of administrative help. That’s right, even with all the pressure on MGOs to “get the money” (and more importantly to form meaningful relationship with donors), many MGOs like you are stuck dealing with data entry, mailing correspondence, making travel arrangements and setting up multiple meetings. Richard and I think this is a waste of valuable time. In fact, Richard has written…
  • It’s Not Too Late

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Here we are in mid-October, and you have two and a half months until the end of the year to make or exceed your major gift revenue goals. I’m writing to tell you it’s not too late to get it together and finish the year strong. You have time to evaluate, make a plan, and execute on it to see great results. Here is what I’ve done with all the major gift officers that I work with this year to help them get their focus, communicate to their boss and have a clear path toward execution. Evaluate your entire caseload. Go through every donor and figure out if they are on track for the goal…
  • Staying Focused: The Key to Major Gift Success

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    One of the single most overlooked aspects that create success in major gift fundraising is the ability for the major gift officer to stay focused. Without focus, you will be off in the woods of distraction and quickly lose your way, and eventually you’ll get lost. Have you ever been lost in the woods? It’s not a fun experience. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve heard so many MGOs telling me why they haven’t done what they said they were going to do with their caseload. All of their reasons have to do with losing focus on their primary job: creating and building meaningful…
  • Donors Need to Give Input and Criticism:Outrageous Donor Service, Part 6

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    There is an interesting dynamic that occurs when someone criticizes what I do or say. Part of me immediately puts up a defensive wall. Another part of me truly wants to hear it. I think you might be able to relate. A wise person once said: “There is wisdom in counsel.” What that phrase means to Jeff and me is that everyone everywhere has something to add to what we are doing and saying, both professionally and personally. Since we believe that, we are constantly watching how we react to criticism and negative input. When you stop to think about it, unless you welcome the input of others…
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  • Eleventy Group Helps Best Friends Animal Society Promote Peer Engagement Amongst Constituents Online

    shad
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Data-driven marketing company Eleventy Group is excited to announce a new partnership with Best Friends Animal Society. Eleventy will work with Best Friends to use social and peer networking to recruit more members in support of their vital mission to Save Them All. Peer-to-peer engagement is one of the best ways to spread the word about a nonprofit organization and get people behind the cause. “It is our privilege to be a part of the agency team at Best Friends Animal Society,” said Ken Dawson, president of Eleventy Group. “We are excited to use our data science as well as our online…
  • How To Use Data In Your Marketing Without Being Creepy

    shad
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:35 pm
    This time of year, with Halloween right around the corner, people like to be given the creeps. That’s why we go to horror movies and haunted houses. But there’s one place people should never leave creeped out: your marketing. Unfortunately crossing the creepy line is one of the dangers of using data for marketing personalization. Use data right and people feel like you understand their individual needs and wants; use it wrong and people will feel like you’re stalking them serial-killer style. It’s a tough balancing act but an absolutely necessary one. In today’s post, we’ll…
  • The Significance of ‘How America Gives’ for Fundraisers

    shad
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently released their annual “How America Gives” report, which analyzes IRS data to track charitable giving. The results of this report are always pretty interesting (we’ve covered them here in past posts), but this year it’s the narrative tied to the findings that has caught a lot of people’s attention. The headline of the The Chronicle’s report summary says it all: As Wealthy Give Smaller Share of Income to Charity, Middle Class Digs Deeper. That article points to the divergence in giving percentages between the rich and middle-class and…
  • 9 Ways to Promote and Encourage Monthly Giving on Your Website

    shad
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    25% overall growth rate for online monthly giving to nonprofits in 2013. That statistic from the 2014 M+R Benchmarks Study is eye-widening and jaw-dropping. Every nonprofit should be taking note. Why? Because it points to the collision of two of the biggest areas of fundraising growth: monthly giving and online giving. Monthly giving is incredibly important because it provides a steady stream of income you can rely on without working quite as hard to get it. For organizations fighting to plan, budget and make every penny count, that’s a huge asset. Meanwhile, online giving continues…
  • 16 Stats Showing How Businesses Are Using Social Media Marketing

    shad
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:02 pm
    The social media marketing waters remain as choppy and unpredictable as ever. With more social sites arising (see Snapchat for the latest riser) and Facebook brand engagement numbers fluctuating like a sailboat in a storm, marketers continue to fish their way through the social ocean finding success and failure in equal numbers. This ebb and flow of social media marketing is apparent in the 2014 Social Media Marketing Industry Report. Survey findings reveal organizations reaping rewards from social media even though marketers still have a lot of questions when it comes to social strategy and…
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    Wagenmaker and Oberly - Nonprofit Update

  • Around the Sector: The Five Hundred-Thousand Dollar Question with Sherry Quam Taylor

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    The W&O Blog occasionally goes outside the firm to seek helpful insight from other experts and innovators in the nonprofit sector.  This guest post is by Sherry Quam Taylor of QuamTaylor LLC.  Sherry provides organizational and development counsel to equip nonprofit leaders with tangible strategies to grow into the next phase of their mission.  Nonprofit organizations are so often staffed with sacrificial leaders striving hard toward achieving admirable missions.  They are full of passion and great ideas to make an even greater impact in the world.  At the same…
  • Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Cert. Denial: Tacit Refusal with Massive Implications

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    The Supreme Court of the United States recently refused to hear federal appeals from five states concerning the legality of same-sex marriage.  As explained in the Chicago Tribune, “When the Supreme Court declines to hear a case — known as "denying cert" — it can seem anticlimactic.  Instead of dramatic oral arguments and protests outside the court, we get a written notification that the decision of an appeals court will stand.  But sometimes, denying cert is an earthquake.  And that's what happened last week.  The court denied cert in same-sex marriage cases…
  • Defying the IRS Preaching Ban: Good Politics?

    10 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
    On Sunday, October 5, 2014, hundreds of religious leaders preached politics from the pulpit -- part of a now annual tradition and nationwide protest against the IRS’s ban on nonprofit involvement in political campaign activity.  Known as “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” the event is organized by the Alliance Defending Freedom.  While tax practitioners, scholars, and religious leaders often question the IRS ban’s constitutionality, active violation of the ban warrants great caution and discretion.             Believers need not…
  • Conflicts of Interest – What Hat Are You Wearing?

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:54 am
    Does your nonprofit have established policies for handling conflicts of interest?  While such policies have long been recommended by the IRS and state agencies, adoption of a specific corporate conflict of interest policy is not generally a legal requirement.  However, through its newly enacted Nonprofit Revitalization Act, New York now requires its nonprofit corporations to adopt policies regarding the disclosure and handling of potential conflicts of interest.  Other states may follow suit.  Until then, take note:  conflict of interest policies – and accompanying…
  • When “Nonprofit” Isn’t Enough for Tax Exemption

    24 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
               Does an organization’s tax-exempt status under 501(c)(3) automatically qualify it for property tax exemption?  According to many state revenue departments, the answer is No!   Recent news stories highlight how states can be rather miserly with their property tax exemptions.  Why?  To begin with, many states face mounting fiscal challenges.  In addition, significant political pressure exists for nonprofits to pay their “fair share” of state taxes since they benefit from the state’s…
 
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    M+R » Lab

  • Gmail Promotions Tab – A New Way to View Your Promotions

    M+R
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    You know how every time Facebook makes the slightest change to its page layout, everyone FREAKS OUT and tries to figure out what it all MEANS and what the world is coming to and whether the END IS NIGH? Well, right now Google is experimenting with a pretty drastic change to the way nonprofit email messages appear in Gmail. And while we don’t think you should hit the panic button, this has the potential to be what Joe Biden would undoubtedly call a Big F-ing Deal. For a few months, Google has been quietly testing a new feature on Gmail that allows for a more visual version of the Promotions…
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Strategy: On the hunt for reporter relationships

    Courtney Greenwald
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:52 am
    Picture the jungle scene, raucous birds squawking in the distance. Into the foreground a massive paw pads noiselessly on brittle leaves. The narrator chimes in with his impeccably precise British accent: “Watch closely as the Bengal tiger closes in on her prey. She is a masterful huntress, creeping slowly, daring only the briefest of breaths through massive teeth. Her green eyes narrow, her nostrils flare ever so slightly as she confirms her prey’s exhilarating scent. It has been a long hunt, but through skill and patience and cunning, the tiger is mere moments from striking.
  • Tackling media work with coalitions: The whole…err..eight yards

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

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

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

  • Small Nonprofit Shortcuts To Attracting Resources

    Mark C. Titi
    11 Oct 2014 | 6:01 pm
      You need resources to power your mission. You have tr […] The post Small Nonprofit Shortcuts To Attracting Resources appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
  • Hot Potatoes of Grant Administration

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

    Mark C. Titi
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:50 pm
    The post Just Be appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
  • Inspiring Faith before Your Ask

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

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

  • Setting the Speaker Stage: What are the Logistics? (Part 1)

    emily
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Serving as a speaker or a trainer for a workshop session or a conference is a great honor. The host organization has invited you to represent them. They believe you have something valuable to offer – both in content and delivery. The host organization’s commitment to setting the stage for the speaker is as important as the speaker him or herself. I’ve been a trainer and speaker for a number of years and am a member of the National Speakers Association. I’ve learned over time what has helped me to best serve the participants at these sessions and what host organizations need to think…
  • Board Retention: Tips to Try (part 2 of 2)

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

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

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

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

  • Recap: Women Helping Women San Francisco 2014

    ExecutiveDirector
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    On Tuesday, October 14th, nearly 100 guests gathered for lunch and shopping at the Ritz-Carlton in Nob Hill for our third annual Voss Foundation Women Helping Women San Francisco event. The luncheon recognized 2014 Women Helping Women Co-Honoree Kristy Caylor, Co-founder, President and Creative Director of Maiyet. Voss Foundation Board Member and Event Chair Charlot...
  • 2014 Women Helping Women Project: DR Congo

    Caitlin Rackish
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    Voss Foundation launched our Women Helping Women campaign in the United States in 2010 by fundraising for our first project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a borehole at the site of the Georges Malaika School for Girls, founded by our 2010 Women Helping Women honoree, Noella Coursaris Musunka.  This year, Voss Foundation will...
  • 2014 Women Helping Women Co-Honoree: Kristy Caylor

    ExecutiveDirector
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Voss Foundation is thrilled to introduce our 2014 Women Helping Women Co-Honoree, Kristy Caylor! Kristy is the Co-Founder, President, and Creative Director of Maiyet, a company pioneering a new luxury by creating a fashion brand that celebrates rare artisanal skills from unexpected places. “Maiyet and Voss Foundation are deeply aligned in our commitment to women’s...
  • Recap: Alison Wright at the Explorers Club

    ExecutiveDirector
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:31 pm
    On October 2nd, Voss Foundation Board member Tenny Field and his wife Kim hosted a private event at the legendary Explorers Club in New York to raise funds for the water and sanitation facilities for the dormitories and teachers’ houses at the Good Future & Hope orphanage in Uganda. The event featured a keynote address...
  • Women Helping Women NY cocktail party at Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art

    ExecutiveDirector
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    On September 17th, the esteemed Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art gallery hosted a celebration of Voss Foundation’s upcoming Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon on November 12th. The event was organized by Voss Foundation Women Helping Women New York Luncheon committee member, Janis Gardner Cecil, the gallery’s Director. Edward Tyler Nahem, the gallery’s...
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    Double the Donation

  • Ideas with the best ROI for Giving Tuesday

    Adam Weinger
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Did you miss last week’s #GivingTuesday Google Hangout? If so you’re not too late to discover the ideas with the best ROI for #GivingTuesday. In this Google Hangout, Adam Weinger, Double the Donation’s President, is joined by Alexandra Saavedra of Greater Giving, Kait Sheridan of Giving Tuesday and 92Y, Sarah Ford of America’s Charities, and Colin Schmidt of America Scores Bay Area to discuss the highest ROI #GivingTuesday ideas. The Google Hangout includes examples as well as guests panelists sharing how they planned their 2013 Giving Tuesday campaigns. We encourage you…
  • Develop a World Class Matching Gift Program

    Adam Weinger
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    At Double the Donation we provide services to nonprofits to help them raise more money from employee matching gift programs. While most of the articles our team publishes are focused on our nonprofit audience we love sharing ideas and strategies for how companies can continue growing their matching gift programs. We recently came across the following infographic which was created by Benevity and shared on its blog on October 9th, 2014 that highlights how companies use matching gift programs to increase employee engagement. We asked Bryan de Lottinville, Benevity’s CEO, if we could…
  • iModules® Matching Gift Integration with Double the Donation

    Adam Weinger
    11 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Does your nonprofit use iModules and are you looking to integrate Double the Donation’s matching gift plugin into your iModules donation pages? If so then this guide is for you. Double the Donation’s Relationship with iModules: iModules and Double the Donation are two separate and unrelated companies. IMODULES is a trademark of IMODULES SOFTWARE, INC. iModules is a leading online Constituent Engagement Management provider for educational institutions. iModules interconnected suite of modules transforms how institutions create relevant constituent experiences and achieve…
  • What Nonprofits Can Learn About Social Media Success From the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Brian Beard
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    With the recent explosive success of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease), we here at Double the Donation wanted to touch upon the power of social media and how nonprofit organizations can use it to engage supporters and increase awareness about matching gift programs. The ALS Association’s social media campaign touched upon three very important factors that other nonprofits should make sure to utilize, especially when discussing matching gifts: The campaign made a direct ask. The campaign got followers and non-followers to promote the…
  • 4 Reasons Why Your Company Needs a Matching Gifts Program

    Adam Weinger
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    Source: Truist Photo Credit Lets face it, your employees love a good cause. That’s why businesses with a corporate philanthropy program consistently have happier, more engaged, and productive employees than those that do not. There are a myriad of ways companies can get behind the causes they care about and make meaningful change in their local and global communities. Matching gift programs are just one way to do that. They boost contributions and encourage employees to exceed their company’s philanthropic goals, while giving more dollars to charities. In their 2011 survey of…
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    Invisible Children » Blog

  • Deep Philosophical Questions + Jim Beam = Whiskey Wednesdays

    Liz Arthur
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
    “I love it when the interns and staff come together for a spirited debate. Each of our voices is valued equally, and I get to learn a lot about people’s stories and what shapes their worldviews.”  –Aashima Gandhi, Engagement Intern It’s a little-known fact that once a week, our office comes together to discuss the world’s […] The post Deep Philosophical Questions + Jim Beam = Whiskey Wednesdays appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • Dance until the war ends // HeartBeats dance marathons

    Miranda Brown
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    “Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.” –Rumi There are many ways to support a cause. Some people sit for a cause, some people walk for a cause – but we are different. We dance. […] The post Dance until the war ends // HeartBeats dance marathons appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • Kony 101 // Why is he fighting?

    Camille Marie-Regnault
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    The Lord’s Resistance Army is one of the most vicious rebel groups on this planet today. Its leader, Joseph Kony, instructs his fighters to abduct young men and women to fight in their ranks, loot and ravage innocent communities for food and clothing, and hold women and children hostage as sex slaves and porters. Joseph Kony […] The post Kony 101 // Why is he fighting? appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • Changing the world with music // Meet Andy Allo

    Liz Arthur
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Andy Allo is one heck of a gal. Just 25 years old, this native-born Cameroonian is already an established singer-songwriter, guitarist, pianist, model, and actress – she even performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Not to mention she’s got just about the most amazing hair we’ve ever seen. On anybody. Ever. Andy is the newest addition […] The post Changing the world with music // Meet Andy Allo appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • Radio Towers Save Lives // Expanding the Early Warning Network

    Camille Marie-Regnault
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    We’re ending a war with radios. Thanks to your incredible support, we’ve expanded one of our most essential programs. Last month, our team in the Central African Republic installed a new radio tower that will link into the Early Warning Network. This new tower is huge news. Why? Because it means that more communities are protected from LRA […] The post Radio Towers Save Lives // Expanding the Early Warning Network appeared first on Invisible Children.
 
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    A Family Mission

  • Do Not Get in the Way of a Miracle

    kent smith
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:39 pm
    From Renay on our sponsorship journey.  Summed it up for the whole family. Crazy Orphan People About 90 days ago we returned home from Zambia, Africa. We had spent a week there, each of us with 10 precious children. We loved on them, got to know them and taught them about the love that Jesus has for them. We had one task when we returned home, to find “sponsors” for these children. Greer, the leader of Family Legacy, told us to become “those crazy orphan people”. We took the challenge 100%. This journey has proven to be an emotional one. We have experienced the gamut of emotions…
  • Now is the Time

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

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

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

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

  • What Will Be The Next Ice Bucket Challenge?

    Julia Campbell
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    It seems like every charity is taking to social media to become the next Ice Bucket Challenge. But when does it become too much? Writing for The Guardian, Hadley Freeman explains that while she gritted her teeth through the #NoMakeUpSelfie craze and of course, the #IceBucketChallenge, the latest trend in celebrity “slacktivism” is just too much for her. It’s organized by UNICEF, and called the #WakeUpCall selfie. In this social media campaign, celebrities take a photo of themselves, sometimes a video, when they wake up first thing in the morning. The point is to start a…
  • Get More Nonprofit Social Media Exposure: A Simple Idea From #bbcon

    Julia Campbell
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Sadly I wasn’t able to attend the Blackbaud Conference for Nonprofits (#bbcon) in person this year, but just by following the Twitter hashtag, I have learned a lot! I am especially fond of one small, yet very powerful idea that you can use to raise even more money at your next event – and get your nonprofit social media exposure to boot! The idea of Blackbaud’s Social Media Give Back campaign is brilliant, because even the smallest nonprofit can use it. You will need to partner with a loyal donor or a corporate partner to provide the funds. This year bbcon chose the Boys and Girls Clubs…
  • An Example Of How To Fundraise With Nonprofit Infographics

    Julia Campbell
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    photo credit: peddhapati via photopin cc Infographics are taking the world by storm! Nonprofit infographics are growing in popularity as marketing and fundraising tools, and there are many reasons for this: **In just the last two years, Google searches for infographics have increased by over 800%. **Blogs that use infographics grow in traffic an average of 12% more than those that do not. **Social news site Digg reported that since 2007, posts containing infographics have increased 250x! For example, take this great nonprofit infographic (below) from Compassion International. There are…
  • How Your Nonprofit Can Plan Ahead for #GivingTuesday

    Julia Campbell
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    I know, I know – it’s too early to talk about December. On the East Coast, we just got comfortable ordering Pumpkin Spice Lattes and pulling out our fall boots. We don’t want to discuss Christmas and certainly not year-end giving right now! Think again!  Don’t let your nonprofit be left behind – start planning for #GivingTuesday and year-end giving now. Network for Good found that 30% of annual giving occurs in December – with #GivingTuesday jumpstarting the giving season. Donations on #GivingTuesday grew a whopping 73% in 2013 versus 2012 @JuliaCSocial…
  • How To Build Raving Fans, A Huge Email List & Facebook Ads That Work: Lessons from #AOC2014

    Julia Campbell
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    With Jillian Vorce at #AOC2014 The 2014 Agents of Change Conference was packed with insightful, useful information that I cannot wait to fully digest and use! The speakers all know their stuff and walk the social media walk. It was a pleasure to watch them speak and learn from their experiences. If you couldn’t be there, I do pity you. There are still digital passes available so you can watch all the fabulous presentations. And make sure to sign up next year – I know I’ll be there! Here are my top takeaways from each speaker. (I have about 20 pages of notes so sift through, so I’ll…
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    Nonprofit MarCommunity

  • Using Google’s free online tools for nonprofit marketers [#NPMC chat]

    Marlene Oliveira
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    Today’s nonprofit marketer has access to a huge range of free online tools to support research, planning, measurement and analysis, content creation, curation, management and promotion, meetings and collaboration – and even advertising. Google alone has a huge range of free online tools for nonprofit marketers and communicators. In fact, Google has a program dedicated to nonprofits, through which they offer free or highly discounted products, including: Google Drive: for document sharing and collaboration Google Forms: for online surveys Google Sites: to quickly establish a web presence…
  • ‘Must-attend’ professional development events for nonprofit communicators

    Marlene Oliveira
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    Is there a professional development opportunity that you won’t miss? To unearth opportunities and ideas for the community, I asked a group of nonprofit communicators for their ‘must-attend’ professional development events. Here’s how I framed the question: What is your ‘must-attend’ professional development event of the year and why? It can be a major conference or an informal gathering. It can involve significant investment and travel, or might be free and local. Anything goes, as long as it provides you with powerful professional development and you really try to make…
  • 12 outcomes to measure and communicate for a successful nonprofit annual report

    Sheri Chaney Jones
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    What if the CEO of corporation X refused to report profits in their annual report to shareholders? He would be seeking a new job in 2015, right? Just like this hypothetical out-of-work CEO, for too long nonprofits have got away with leaving their true profit out of their annual reports. The bottom line for a nonprofit is more than the difference between dollars raised and expenditures. The true profit of a nonprofit should be measured in outcomes: how is the organization changing lives and changing circumstances? Your profits, which should be included in your annual report, are measured in a…
  • How to conduct a website content audit for your nonprofit

    Mike Mella
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    I like to think of a website not like a building that has a set construction end-date, but like a garden that continues to grow and requires constant attention. Often websites don’t get this level of attention of course, which leads to the periodic need to redesign or rebuild. If you reach this point in your organization, think of it as an opportunity to refresh stale or inaccurate content on your site, or simply to document in one place the content you have. The best way to handle this is to perform a website content audit. Having a good understanding of your current content can be very…
  • Beyond brand identity to nonprofit brand management [book review]

    Suzanne Hallsworth
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    A major component of nonprofit management is brand management – which can be particularly challenging in the context of our sector. If you feel as though you’d benefit from deepening your nonprofit brand management or brand strategy knowledge, The Brand Idea: Managing Nonprofit Brands with Integrity, Democracy, and Affinity is a compelling read. The Brand Idea is a comprehensive guide for nonprofit professionals interested in effectively managing their brands in today’s marketplace. The authors present a new framework for nonprofit brand management that they have coined the brand IDEA…
 
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    Social Fundraising for Nonprofits

  • Prevent Cancer 5k grows by 58%

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    We’re grateful to all of our clients for giving us a front row seat to impact in action. Each and every cause is vital, powerful and socially enriching. Prevent Cancer Foundation is especially one of those inspiring groups. Prevent Cancer is solely focused on cancer prevention and early detection through research, education, advocacy and community programs. They recently held their annual 5k Walk/Run at the end of September and saw incredible engagement. With an increase in participants, a galvanized teambase and ever-present board member advocates, it is easy to see how the annual event…
  • RallyBound Now Integrates with Salesforce NGO Connect

    13 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    We strive to provide our clients with the latest and greatest technology not just for their online fundraising efforts, but to centralize all of their collective administrative tasks through effective integrations. RallyBound was one of the first to be certified as a peer-to-peer fundraising app for nonprofits on Salesforce’s Nonprofit Starter Pack. We were early to be designated as a Salesforce1 Mobile ready app and now excited to announce a beta integration with the newly unveiled: NGO Connect! Now, more than ever, Salesforce Foundation has cultivated a platform that syncs social, mobile…
  • The Power of Humility and Gratitude: Open Arms of Minnesota

    7 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    It is a great joy watching our clients exceed their goals. Recently, we had the privilege to watch Open Arms of Minnesota utilize RallyBound to fundraise for their inaugural Cook-a-Thon Open Arms of Minnesota did a lot of things right in their campaign but the more impressive aspects of their campaign were displayed through their email blasts. They focused on three key aspects to emails: Tone, Structure and Timing. This email, see below, is a great example of this. Tone: They weren’t too formal or informal. They were authentic. They were personal. They showed humility and gratitude, which…
  • Before and After: 3 of 3 Registration Flow

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    This is the last post in the 3 part series is WAY over due! In this post of our Before and After series, we break down the participant registration flow of our client’s previous platform. The series has attempted to show the power of a well designed and intuitive software that ultimately helps your organization raise more money in peer-to-peer fundraising.   Your fundraisers and participants are the lifeblood of any event or campaign. Providing an easy signup process enables your organization to onboard more advocates in a shorter period of time. However, you have to balance the…
  • RallyBound now integrates with Dropbox!

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    Oh, Dropbox how you make life so much more organized and collaborative. We use it internally at RallyBound to alleviate clutter and manage vital documents across departments with ease. After conversations with clients specifically regarding report management, we present our latest integration: Dropbox Now, simply with the click of a button within the admin integrations tab, you can sync your Dropbox account to your RallyBound instance to manage and store fundraising campaign reports. As with most integrations, this is still in beta. We’ll be launching a few additions to this feature like…
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    Nonprofit Hub » Featured

  • How to Pick Yourself Up When You Feel Like You’re Not Making a Difference

    Josh Schukman
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Josh is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub and is a thought leader at VolunteerMark, where they’re dedicated to maximizing the volunteer experience for nonprofits and for-profits alike. Josh writes on all things volunteer, corporate social responsibility and other purposeful musings. In his spare time, he loves traveling, reading, hanging with friends and is a wannabe triathlete. _____________ Let’s be honest here—all of us in the nonprofit space have moments when we seriously question the difference we’re really making. Being on the front lines of social justice means that we…
  • 5 Marketing Trends for 2015 That You Can’t Ignore

    Lisa Thompson
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    Is your marketing strategy so last season? Update your marketing plan and maximize the impact that your dollars make in 2015 with these five significant trends. 1. Mobile is hot. Still. We’re almost starting to sound like a broken record, but if mobile has not been a priority for you, now’s the time to embrace it. Responsive website design is a must-have functionality that provides optimal user experience whether your website is accessed via mobile, tablet or desktop, plus it tells people that you’re current and relevant. With 66% of people now reading their emails on smartphones,…
  • Celebrate Every Month With Recurring Donations

    Lincoln Arneal
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    Your birthday is one of the best days of the year. You get treated like royalty, enjoy lots of cake and are showered with gifts. But what if your birthday wasn’t just one day every year? What if you could celebrate once a month? Although the gifts might be smaller, you’d still come out ahead in the long run. Plus, imagine all the extra cake and cookies you’d get. While it might be hard to get other people to celebrate your birth on a monthly basis, you can let them celebrate your nonprofit every month with a regular recurring donation. Monthly donations are vital to your organization…
  • The Five Things Corporate Sponsors Want From Nonprofits

    Sean Horrigan
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    Sean Horrigan is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub, and a marketing/PR consultant with a track record of helping clients grow and prosper through consistent media coverage, strategic social media campaigns, killer copy and better branding. _____________ Nonprofits and their corporate colleagues have a codependent relationship. Corporations provide nonprofits with financial support, and in return, nonprofits provide corporations with positive PR and a boost in business. And the boost can be significant: 91% of global consumers are likely to switch brands to one associated with a good…
  • 4 Online Giving Practices We Could Be Doing Better

    Lyndsey Hrabik
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    You’ve got online fundraising on lockdown, right? It’s true—as a whole, we’ve come a long way. If you’re a nonprofit veteran, you know that even 10 years ago, online fundraising wasn’t as important as it is now. But alas, times have changed. And according to the Online Fundraising Scorecard released by Dunham and Company, there’s still much room for improvement. And Frogloop’s Allyson Kapin pulled out some key findings from the report. Here are the key stats Allyson hits on, and our ideas to help blow your online fundraising out of the water (year-end giving is coming up,…
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    Latest blog entries

  • All The Places You’ll Go (Once You Get Out of the Gate)

    12 Oct 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Ann Laura-Parks @bemonsterful is here to help make #NAMPC dreams realities - get that executive buy-in http://t.co/GBpSSlhQF2 #ARTSBlog — AmericansForTheArts (@Americans4Arts) October 10, 2014 This article was originally posted on the Americans for the Arts ARTSBlog on October 10, 2014: Ever come back from a conference inspired, energized, and ready to unleash your brilliant ideas on your colleagues? You’re cruising along on a creative high until you hear, “That’s a good idea BUT…” followed by the reasons why it can’t be done. When yours truly was a young worker bee, I heard…
  • A Trick-or-Treat Charitable Tradition

    11 Oct 2014 | 5:58 pm
    When you were a kid, did you ever Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF with the iconic orange box? That tradition started in 1950 when Mary Emma Allison, a school librarian, saw a UNICEF booth in a department store while shopping for winter coats for her children. The booth inspired an idea and Mary Emma drafted her three children into service going door-to-door collecting coins that Halloween. "We were real little, and my mother was behind us, and we were trying to explain it, and there were these memories of terror, actually," said daughter Mary Jean Thomson. "But people are…
  • 50 Years of Ethics and A True Story With a Fake Witch

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

  • How To Create An Effective Nonprofit Volunteer Program

    Brendan Kinney
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Establishing a volunteer program for your nonprofit can have an enormous impact on everything from fundraising to delivering on your organization’s mission. But that’s easier said than done. It’s relatively easy to create one or two volunteer experiences that is meaningful, but how do you maintain a program over months or years? Join the #fundchat team for, “How To Create An Effective Nonprofit Volunteer Program,” on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 12-1 p.m. EST. Share your expertise and experience on building and maintaining en effective program. Here’s how…
  • Fundraising Metrics, Data, & Stats (Oh My!)

    Brendan Kinney
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
     We’re hosting #fundchat from the annual Blackbaud users’ conference being held in Nashville (check out the hashtag #bbcon to follow the action). And of course, a major focus of the conference is fundraising metrics, data, statistics, analytics, and the technology that can help us better track and analyze it all. Join the #fundchat community on Wednesday, October 8 from 12-1 pm EST for “Fundraising Metrics, Data, and Stats (Oh My!).” Fundraising metrics are nothing to fear. Share your insights and ideas about how fundraisers can make better use of metrics, data and…
  • Donor Communication Is A Life And Death Issue

    Dennis Fischman
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
      Does your organization care whether it’s supporters are alive or not? The way you handle your data in your communication with donors is not a “tech” issue. It’s vital to your relationship. Vital–literally, as in life or death. My friend Rosie just wrote an angry note to the university her son attends: I would be much more likely to feel “excited… for the start of the school year” for my son, or even to respond positively to the rah rah e-mail that you just sent me if you hadn’t addressed it to me and my late ex-husband! We were divorced. That’s in your…
  • Live from #BBcon2014!

    Brendan Kinney
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    This week, #fundchat will be hosted from the annual Blackbaud users’ conference, being held in Nashville. Also, follow @fundchat on Twitter for a live stream of insights, advice, and quips from the conference. You can also keep tabs on all of the conference happenings by following the hashtags #BBCon2014 and #BBCon. There are plenty of great sessions throughout the three-day conference. Follow @fundchat and we’ll highlight the following: Are You Reaching Your Fundraising Potential? Leadership 2.0: How To Harness A Data-Driven Culture Three Award-Winning Integrated Fundraising…
  • Are You A ‘Certified’ Fundraising Professional?

    Brendan Kinney
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    Transcript now available – click here. The moderators of #grantchat and #fundchat are teaming up to focus on career advancement and the value of being a “certified” fundraising professional. On Tuesday, September 23 from 12-1 p.m. EST, follow the #grantchat hashtag on Twitter to participate in the conversation. You can preview their question line-up here. Then, on Wednesday, September 24 from 12-1 pm EST, join the #fundchat conversation about what it means to be “certified” (CFRE or other) and the pros and cons of such programs. Here’s how you can help prep…
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    CHARITY CASE

  • Are nonprofits always this late?

    Krystyn Tully
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Day Three of the Dreamforce conference and one thing is clear: nonprofits can't start a session on time to save their lives. The for-profit sessions have blinking red timers. They start early and end on time. The nonprofit sessions are late to start, people talk through the presenters, and 10% of every session is spent "thanking the staff who all work so hard."
  • Strategy isn't found, it's made

    Krystyn Tully
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    "Hey, it looks pretty good over there, guys. Let's go over there!" (Photo courtesy Paging Super Mom.) This interview with former IBM CEO Sam Palmisano was interesting on a bunch of levels (apologies, it's behind a paywall).The thing that struck me most was a tiny reference in the section where Palmisano discusses how he helped shape IBM's new strategy. It took him and his team four years to define a new strategy for the company.Four years!This is a guy with as close to unlimited resources as you're ever going to get with a professional team, and he was on the job for four years before…
  • Lesson #19: Do you recognize the most important moments when they happen to you?

    Krystyn Tully
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:58 pm
    “And when the storm is over, you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of a storm, you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what the storm is about” ― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore There's a moment just before you launch something, a moment when an idea is still private, when a project is still fledgling, when no one knows what you are doing and no one expects anything from you that is a truly rare moment. Some…
  • Why Ray Bradbury was my first hero

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

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

    Amy DeVita
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
      If you’ve been reading our newsletters or following us on Facebook or Twitter, you should know that Beth Kanter will be the afternoon Keynote Speaker of this meeting of philanthropic tech-loving minds to be held next week in the Pittsburgh area. For the 11th straight year, the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management is organizing this “Technology Conference for Nonprofits,” and encouraging tech professionals, “accidental” techies, nonprofit leaders, board members–and anyone handling some aspect of technology at a nonprofit organization–to…
  • Don’t give your team members FOMO

    Kadi McDonald
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
      I must confess that the thing that frustrates me the most in life is being left out. In my personal life, being left out is never a good feeling. The new Internet slang acronym FOMO (or Fear of Missing Out) is a real thing in my world. While this is also a very serious problem for a lot of junior high students, I do, on occasion, find it carrying over into my professional life and I’ve made it part of my professional purpose to help ensure others aren’t feeling my pain.   I’ve said it many times before, and I’ll say it again: Communication is the key to any…
  • Passion vs. Paycheck

    Jennifer Schaupp
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Why We Work For many successful nonprofit employees, the timeless mantra is “I am passionate about my work.” But what does passion mean and is it the driving force that motivates most people to work? Cal Newport, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, says following your passion is bad advice. Having a passion for something is not terrible by any means, but it is just not enough. It is important to cultivate skills, take time each day to do “deep mind work” in the selected field, and then let what you are good at take hold of you. Passion and skill go…
  • A Personal Journey: Fitness Tech to Help Nonprofits Raise Funds

    John Arterberry
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Inspired to help charities raise funds with fitness technology: A personal journey. By John Eric Arterberry, Pledgerunner Founder If you’ve ever lived in your car for a week or more, the reality of your situation hits home when you hear a hard knock on the car window soon after falling asleep in the cold of night. It’s at that moment you realize that there’s no bathroom down the hall or the convenience of a shower. No kitchen, TV, XBOX or otherwise. There wasn’t even a smartphone to use some twenty-two plus years ago, which would have kept me from drowning my sorrows away…
  • Fundraising: Capturing Hearts- Not Just Wallets

    Dylan Nord
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Every fundraising professional knows how critical the last quarter of the year is. According to the Center on Philanthropy, the average person makes 24% of their annual charitable contributions between Thanksgiving and the end of the year. In fact, more than 30% of Network for Good’s donations are processed in the month of December. During this time of the year, people are more willing than usual to make a charitable contribution. It’s responsibility of the fundraising professional to make sure that those donations are made and that they are as large as possible.   In 2013,…
 
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  • Fighting rural poverty in Andhra Pradesh

    Tarika Vaswani
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:06 pm
    If you’re reading this, I am assuming you are prosperous enough to have a toilet in your home. Millions of villagers in India, however, are... The post Fighting rural poverty in Andhra Pradesh appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • How it began at Chaithanya Educational and Rural Development Society

    Tarika Vaswani
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    Mr. Narra Srinivasa Rao is a simple man from an agricultural background. When you see his work, his involvement with his projects, and the office... The post How it began at Chaithanya Educational and Rural Development Society appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • Volunteering opportunities with Chaithanya Educational and Rural Development Society

    Tarika Vaswani
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    While donations are welcome, CERDS is in need of volunteers who can help out with project proposals. The work would involve preparing proposals of upcoming... The post Volunteering opportunities with Chaithanya Educational and Rural Development Society appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • Recognition received by Chaithanya Educational and Rural Development Society

    Tarika Vaswani
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
    Mr. Srinivasa Rao’s efforts have been recognized on the national level. In 2012 and 2013, CERDS received 6 awards: – the “Bharat Vikas Ratan Award”... The post Recognition received by Chaithanya Educational and Rural Development Society appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • Volunteering Opportunities with Rural Development Foundation

    Tarika Vaswani
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    You can also volunteer your time with the children. RDF schools are in need of resources for spoken English, as well as career counselling. The post Volunteering Opportunities with Rural Development Foundation appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
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  • How Corporate Giving Can Motivate Employee Performance

    Randall Anderson
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    The case for nonprofit-company partnerships for Win-Win-Win Fundraising By Randall Anderson, Chief Operating Officer at Listen Up Español   Is it really more rewarding to give than to receive? Many of us know how great it feels when we donate to a cause that is dear to our hearts. It is also known that gift-matching programs have been around for many years and are commonly used as a recruiting tool for businesses. However, the connection between corporate donations and employee performance is not as widely known. At Listen Up Español we have proven that the connection between being…
  • 4 Tips for Managing Your Nonprofit Board

    Wayne Elsey
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    How to Manage Your Non-Profit Board Congratulations, you are now the new executive director of a non-profit organization. One of the most challenging things you will have to do is to effectively “manage up” and work well with your board of directors. As an executive director, it is critically important to set the right tone from the outset and strike a balance that will allow you to do your work and productively collaborate with your board in the best interest of your charity.   First, it is important to understand the role of your non-profit board. The most critical functions of a…
  • Fa14 Top Blogs List.csv

    Craig Van Korlaar
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    [["Rank","Blog Name"," Alexa "," OSE PA"," OSE RD"," PR","Twitter Followers"],["1","Huffpost Impact","67","87","219","7","@HuffPostImpact - 84617"],["2","Beth's Blog","135,032","76","1064","6","@KANTER - 403956"],["3","The Nonprofit Times","136,837","81","1117","6","@nonprofittimes - 66405"],["4","Shareable","69,674","80","1059","6","@shareable - 21365"],["5","Nonprofit Quarterly","175,892","73","529","6","@npquarterly - 63376"],["6","Blackbaud Forums","44,430","72","237","6","@blackbaud - 21321"],["7","Skoll World Forum (Social Entrepreneurship)","362,667","70","456","6","@SkollWorldForum -…
  • Why This Corporate Stunt Should Remind You That PR is Awesome

    Kadi McDonald
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
      If you’re a citizen of this great Earth, it is highly likely you’ve sampled the exquisite decadence that is a McDonald’s value meal at one point in your life. And if you’ve watched a documentary on the fast food industry, read a blog, or basically had a conversation with another member of the human race over the last 10 years, I’ll assume you’ve heard the rumors about the ingredients of McDonald’s food.   Now let me first say – I don’t particularly care for McDonald’s. It’s not that I think their food is particularly gross, or I have any qualms regarding its…
  • Nonprofit Hiring: The Right Degree?

    Jennifer Schaupp
    4 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
      Are liberal arts degrees the norm in the nonprofit sector? These days, many recent college graduates experience cautious optimism. The world is at their fingertips, but what lucrative direction will their degrees take them? For liberal arts graduates in areas such as sociology and philosophy, job prospects could seem limited – on the surface. However, isn’t the nonprofit realm a place of comfort where such job seekers may utilize their broad studies in writing, analysis, and research for the plethora of tasks required of most positions? According to a June 2014 report in…
 
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  • Board Diversity in Homogeneous Industry

    Robert Nelson
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    Although not-for-profit boards are more diverse, on average, than for-profit boards, achieving optimal board diversity is especially challenging for associations that represent industries that are lacking diversity in the upper executive ranks. However, even in situations where the bulk of industry leaders are white males, there are steps that can be taken to formulate a diverse board. Ultimately, the goal is to achieve diversity of thought; diversity of thought is achieved by intentionally recruiting people with varied backgrounds to a board that embodies inclusivity. An inclusive board is a…
  • Enthusiastically Driving Long Term Success

    Robert Nelson
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Someone recently asked me what the key was to my long term success at the association where I spent nearly two decades as the chief executive officer. After all, the average tenure of an association executive is 9.7 years, according to the American Society of Association Executives. That got me thinking about the most important factors that allowed us to sustain organizational growth and me to maintain enthusiasm over the long haul. Believing in the good we were doing and seeing the fruits of our many successes played a big role, but on reflection, it was more than this. These fundamentals of…
  • 10 Tips for a Strategic Thinking Board

    Robert Nelson
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    Most will agree that high performing boards are those that are strategic thinking entities. In fact, in Gazley and Bower’s book, What Makes High Performing Boards, they point out that “the greater the strategic orientation, the better for board performance.” Yet, only 13% of boards spend more than 50% of their meeting time engaged in strategic thinking and discussion (Gazley, Bowers). In a non-profit setting, it is the CEO’s responsibility to take a leadership role in transforming a board into a strategic thinking entity. Here are 10 easy tips you can engage to start the process:…
  • Strategic Thinking Defined

    Robert Nelson
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    Strategic thinking is often identified as one of the most valuable executive / management skills. Governance literature often cites the importance of having a strategic thinking board. But, what does “strategic thinking” mean? In Thinking Strategically, Professor Collis of Harvard Business School writes that “strategic thinking is about analyzing opportunities and problems from a Broad perspective and understanding the potential impact your actions might have on others.” Professor Collis’s definition is one of the most succinct definitions I have seen. However, Greg Githen’s…
  • Four Step Performance Improvement Plan

    Robert Nelson
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    As managers and leaders, as Ken Blanchard stated, if we want to “help people reach their full potential, catch them doing something right." In fact, wouldn’t be great if we started each day with the conscious goal of catching our employees doing something right and giving them immediate positive feedback? Unfortunately, even if our default position is to catch people doing things right, there will be times that an employee’s performance doesn’t meet our expectations. When this occurs, immediate feedback is also necessary. Of course, unlike positive feedback that is great to give in…
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