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  • What’s another way to introduce the idea of introverted changemakers?

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    Trina Isakson
    10 Feb 2014 | 8:59 pm
    So I’m writing a book. Right now I’m identifying and interviewing introverted changemakers. But I have a problem. Whenever I pitch the idea to people in the social change/non-profit/social innovation space who I think might consider themselves to be introverts, I often get this response: Oh, but I’m both. or… I did that test and I was right in the middle. And then they go on to talk more about how they work — and they describe introverts to a T. Is it about not knowing much about introversion/extroversion? Or is it about a discomfort with coming out as an…
  • Content Curation: The Art and Science of Spotting Awesome

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    Beth
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    Flickr Photo by Soyignatius Content curation – the process of finding, organizing, and  sharing topical, relevant content for your audience that supports your nonprofit’s engagement or campaign goals (or your professional learning) begins with “Spotting the Awesome.”   I love that phrase coined by my friends at Upwell.   Do you or your organization have formal guidelines for “spotting the awesome”  like Upwell (see below) or is it more of  ”we know it when we see it?” UpWell Content Curation Guidelines - The Mobilisation Lab Effective…
  • A Little Bit of Proofreading Goes a Long Way

    Event Fundraising Blog
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    After all of the hard work your organization puts into the planning and publicizing of your event, don’t let errors in communication undermine your credibility and your message. Poor grammar and spelling mistakes give the impression that you don’t pay attention to details. Broken or misdirected links are frustrating and an incorrect date or address could even cause someone to miss your event altogether.Proofreading your communication is a vital part of interacting with participants and donors. With so many emails, blogs and tweets competing for attention, it is imperative that…
  • 4 Reasons Women Are More Responsible Entrepreneurs Than Men

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    Geri Stengel
    20 Mar 2014 | 4:20 am
    Social responsibility is second nature to female entrepreneurs When it comes to social responsibility the answer is “yes,” according to 2013 U.S. Trust Insights on Wealth and Worth. Successful women are more likely than successful men to own a business so they can pursue a personal passion and to make a positive impact on the world. These women are also far less likely than than their male counterparts to take actions such as moving the company to another state, eliminating staff or reducing employee benefits in response to increased tax burden. read more
  • Charity Miles App Nominated for Webby: Walking for A Good Cause

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    Beth
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Over the past year, I have been using a fitbit to help me incorporate more activity in my life.  I’ve committed to walking 10-20,000 steps per day and even earned my 1,000 miles badge.  But what if you could raise money for a charity just by walking, running, or riding your bike?    That’s exactly what the app “Charity Miles” makes happen.   You download the app, select a charity, and start moving and earn money from sponsors for that charity.  Walkers and runners earn 25¢ per mile; bikers earn 10¢ per mile, all courtesy of corporate sponsors like Timex,…
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  • Former Orphan Provides Safe-Haven for Street Kids

    EshaC
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:51 am
    This article first appeared on TruthAtlas. The boy is crouched over in the back of a van. Drops of blood from the cut on his head stain his shirt—he’d been hit with a bottle when he got into a fight. Stanislas Lukumba, a tall, good-looking, fortyish nurse, checks for shards of glass as the driver shines his cell phone on the wound. For the last eight years, Stanislas has made nightly runs in the van, a mobile clinic that operates in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He stops in neighborhoods where street kids hang out, and those in need come inside the van for…
  • Three Takeaways in my First Steps as a Social Entrepreneur

    EshaC
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    This post is written by Armand Tossou, a Fulbright scholar from Benin who is an MBA Candidate in the Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA program at Colorado State University. Armand and his co-founders Yesse, Aaron, and Leana, are starting a social venture that will support rural farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa through increased access to agricultural technologies. Until fall 2013, I had lived in my home country (Benin) and entertained big dreams about weeding poverty out of the African Continent. Now I am studying social entrepreneurship at Colorado State University in a path-breaking…
  • The Solutions Set: six must-read stories from the last month

    EshaC
    29 Mar 2014 | 4:12 am
    Welcome back to Solutions Set, where each month we select some of the most compelling solutions journalism from across the web. Solutions journalism offers rigorous coverage of solutions to huge social problems – this month’s Set spans cancer, childhood trauma, and college access. Of course, the best posts include suggestions from our Solutions Set community – including what we’ve missed each month. (For more on what we missed, see #6.) We value your insights, delivered via email, on Twitter @DowserJosh, or in the comment section below. This month’s Solutions Set includes: “pay it…
  • StandProud for Polio Survivors

    EshaC
    27 Mar 2014 | 3:04 am
    This article first appeared on TruthAtlas. The boys in red-and-blue-striped jerseys race across the field—their eyes fixated on the bright yellow ball as sweat drips from their brows. Palm trees border one side of the playing field while the Congo River ripples behind; it’s a gorgeous setting for a soccer game. On the other side a road cuts through Kinshasa’s tony embassy neighborhood. Many of the locals have taken to jogging there, and some enjoy being spectators at today’s match. If you look at the boys only from the waist up, you might think this was just another soccer game. It is…
  • The Big C: changing the way the world lives with cancer

    EshaC
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:01 am
    On February 4th, the LIVESTRONG Foundation launched a pioneering initiative to “change the way the world lives with cancer.” The Big C competition is targetting a global community of entrepreneurs and innovators to create financially-sustainable enterprises that improve the daily lives of cancer patients and survivors. The competition will fund 60 total ventures, from which 20 projects will be selected for an accelerator programme. Ben Thurman caught up with LIVESTRONG’s Vice President for Communications & External Affairs, Katherine McLane, to find out more. Ben Thurman: Can you…
 
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  • How to Make Consistent Progress on Your Goals

    Rosetta
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:56 am
    “Start by starting.” - Meryl Streep It’s nice to daydream and set big goals for yourself, but for you to start seeing some real results in your life, you need to start putting some real stuff out there in the universe. And the best way to do that is to simply do one thing every single day in pursuit of your goals. Just imagine – that’s 365 actions you’d be taking over the course of a year. With that much effort and focus, there’s no way you wouldn’t make progress on even the BIGGEST dreams you have for your life. Here’s how to get started on this…
  • Behind the Scenes of a 4-City Tour: A Brief Guide to Planning Live Events on a Budget

    Rosetta
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    Some of my favorite photos from our last 2 tours! I’m writing this at 7:00am in Honolulu. The sun is rising above the palm trees. I’m sitting at my favorite table in my favorite coffee shop, drinking something called an “island breakfast tea” and nibbling on a warm, crumbly blueberry muffin. In just a couple of days, I’ll be on a flight from HNL to LAX (my life will be lived in airport codes this month) for our first Launch Yourself Tour stop in Los Angeles. This will be the THIRD year in a row that I’ve gone on tour to different cities to meet and connect…
  • VIDEO: 4 Distractions That Keep You from Reaching Your Goals (and How to Eliminate Them)

    Rosetta
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:53 am
    Do you get distracted easily and find yourself procrastinating on important tasks? In today’s video post, I reveal four harmful time-wasters that may be limiting your ability to pursue your dreams. Once you eliminate these distractions, you will have the time and energy you need to make progress on your big goals. In the video, I share some helpful tips you can use to get rid of four common distractions that often lead to procrastination on your goals. 1. Watching too much TV Remember, the more time you spend watching television, the less time you have available to take action on your…
  • How to Make a Digital Vision Board in 5 Simple Steps

    Rosetta
    21 Mar 2014 | 6:33 am
    Last weekend, I went to the Hawaii Auto Show here in Honolulu. There were shiny models from all of the major car dealerships on the island, including some sports car brands I had never seen up close and in person before, like Ferrari! Now, I’m not much of a car enthusiast, but sitting in the driver’s seat of all those luxury cars helped me visualize what MY ideal car would be. And as you can see below, I now have a black BMW convertible on my digital vision board! What is a digital vision board and why should you create one? A digital vision board is a collection of images that…
  • Four Strategies to Build Your Professional Network the Old-Fashioned Way

    Rosetta
    14 Mar 2014 | 6:01 am
    You’ve probably heard that the key to growing your business and getting ahead in your career is to network, network, network. Well, that’s because it’s true! But no matter how popular technology becomes, you simply cannot restrict your networking efforts to the internet. Although I was able to build up both of my businesses largely through social media, my most influential professional relationships have actually come from an initial in-person meeting. Back in the day, before email, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, people actually made connections face to face most of the…
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  • Don’t be embasrrased to budget for a surplus

    KateB
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    twitter_budget_photo.png Stephanie Jacobs pulls inspiration from our conference about how nonprofits shouldn't be embarrassed about budgeting for a surplus.
  • Depreciate your way to a healthier nonprofit

    KateB
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:21 am
    library_construction.jpg Depreciation is seldom given the respect it deserves. For many who are first encountering the term, it is a mysterious financial concept best considered only by CPAs. At Nonprofits Assistance Fund, we hold depreciation among our favorite tools for building reserves and planning for the future stability of an organization.
  • Twin Cities' Underserved Areas to Benefit from Midwest Lenders Alliance funded by JPMorgan Chase

    KateB
    24 Mar 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Vital new private-sector funds will be flowing into the Twin Cities to help low-income communities and special-needs residents. Nonprofits Assistance Fund will soon have access to additional capital for lending thanks to a new partnership between Minnesota’s Nonprofits Assistance Fund (NAF), Chicago-based IFF, and the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.
  • Busting the Nonprofit Overhead Myth starts with you

    KateB
    19 Mar 2014 | 12:11 pm
    pies.jpg When the topic of overhead costs comes up, there is always a shared sentiment that we need to work together to change the emphasis on this single ratio and focus on quality, results, and impact. In this blog post, Kate Barr urges nonprofits to communicate beyond overhead, and it can begin with changing your financial pie chart.
  • Be provocative: Embrace your nonprofit-ness

    KateB
    5 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    2014nafconference_012_cropped.jpg Last week, Nonprofits Assistance Fund and Minnesota Council of Nonprofits presented our 3rd Annual Nonprofit Finance and Sustainability Conference. The turnout was fantastic: 415 nonprofit staff and board members. Our keynote, Phil Buchanan, president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, set the conference, and Twitter, abuzz with his great lead on the theme Embracing our Nonprofit-ness.
 
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  • Content Curation: The Art and Science of Spotting Awesome

    Beth
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    Flickr Photo by Soyignatius Content curation – the process of finding, organizing, and  sharing topical, relevant content for your audience that supports your nonprofit’s engagement or campaign goals (or your professional learning) begins with “Spotting the Awesome.”   I love that phrase coined by my friends at Upwell.   Do you or your organization have formal guidelines for “spotting the awesome”  like Upwell (see below) or is it more of  ”we know it when we see it?” UpWell Content Curation Guidelines - The Mobilisation Lab Effective…
  • Top 6 Tips for Taking Your Cause Mobile

    Beth
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:49 am
    Note from Beth: My colleague, Darian Rodriguez Heyman has launched a new company, BetterWorld Wireless.  You not only get a great mobile wireless plan, but through their nonprofit giving partners, a person in need will receive a mobile device loaded with content to help break the cycle of poverty and empower their life.   I’ve signed up and love the fact my my mobile broadband hotspot is helping someone in need!   Check out their devices and plans.  It’s easy to switch. Top 6 Tips for Taking Your Cause Mobile Guest Blog by Darian Rodriguez Heyman Whether compared to…
  • Charity Miles App Nominated for Webby: Walking for A Good Cause

    Beth
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Over the past year, I have been using a fitbit to help me incorporate more activity in my life.  I’ve committed to walking 10-20,000 steps per day and even earned my 1,000 miles badge.  But what if you could raise money for a charity just by walking, running, or riding your bike?    That’s exactly what the app “Charity Miles” makes happen.   You download the app, select a charity, and start moving and earn money from sponsors for that charity.  Walkers and runners earn 25¢ per mile; bikers earn 10¢ per mile, all courtesy of corporate sponsors like Timex,…
  • Learning is the Work

    Beth
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:09 am
    Last month, I had the pleasure of participating in National eXtension Conference which was amazing for many reasons.    I first did several professional sessions with this network back in 2007 and an online class on knowledge sharing and online collaboration – so it was great to long-time colleagues.     The highlight was a master panel with Dave Gray,  Harold Jarche, and Jane Hart on connected learning and culture change needed to embrace this type of learning.  We used Dave Gray’s “Board Thing” online tool to crowdsource questions to discuss from the audience.
  • How Do I Get My Nonprofit’s CEO To Use Twitter or other Social Media?

    Beth
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    “You have to show not just tell your CEO about social media”- @carolynsave “Create a tweetorial” – @kanter #afpshift pic.twitter.com/zKggoMllYB — Ettore Rossetti (@EttoreRossetti) March 25, 2014 Last month, I participated in a keynote panel at the AFP Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX on the theme, “Social Media for Social Change” with Carolyn Miles, CEO of Save the Children, Ben Rattray, Founder of Change.Org, and Ritu Sharma and Darian Rodriguez Heyman, co-founders of Social Media for Nonprofits Conference.     It was a blast!    Carolyn,…
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  • The Brazilian sea is bleeding on MapLink

    Marc van Gurp
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Brazil is a top 10 producer of shark fins to the black market, exporting 200 tons of it every year. To alert the brazilian population to sign an online petition against finning, the campaign Bleeding Oceans was launched. Creatives Rafael Pfaltzgraff and Gabriel Lepesteur in partnership with Sea Shepherd Brazil changed the map from Brazil on MapLink. From today, April 22nd, people that access Maplink.com.br (one of the most popular online maps of Brazil) to search for traffic and addresses information, will no longer see the brazilian seas in bue, but in red, representing the thousands of dead…
  • Amnesty International campaign takes over UK’s busiest train station

    Arbie Baguios
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:06 am
    On Mother’s Day weekend, Amnesty International reminded thousands of commuters on their way to see families and loved ones that, for some people, there is simply no going home. As part of their “Help Get Them Home” campaign, the international human rights organisation took over the departure boards of Waterloo station in London on 29-30 March 2014. In place of arrivals and departures, the giant screens displayed the names of people who were arrested for peacefully expressing their views. A spokesperson from the organisation said: “The message is simple: on your way home, help get…
  • Fuss about singing tablets

    Marc van Gurp
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Funny promotion for the Children’s Philharmonic performing at the XV international Festival of Young Art. Twelve children from around the world sing with the boys from the city of Yekaterinburg in Russia using tablets. The organizer of the festival likes the stir about the campaign video. And writes about it on the festival website. [Google translate] Author: Marc van Gurp
  • Is smoking a good look? Tinder says “no”

    Tom Megginson
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    Here’s an interesting social experiment by ASH (it’s an acronym for “Action on Smoking & Health”), an American NGO headquartered in Washington DC. Using the superficial nature of the “hookup” app Tinder, they created identical profiles of attractive people, with one difference: one version showed them smoking a cigarette, the other did not. Author: Tom Megginson
  • A love story from a country that is about to explode: She is from Lviv, he is from Donetsk

    Marc van Gurp
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    War and propaganda are inseparable. And that also applies to the current situation in Ukraine. Which is very serious and is about to explode. Therefore, it is remarkable that the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) came with this love story last week. It gives me an uncomfortable feeling. I know it’s propaganda but I also believe in the power of love. The story in the video dates back centuries. But gets much power of expression because of the current situation in the country. Author: Marc van Gurp
 
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  • Mobility: We Cannot Afford Not to Take Advantage of It

    Steph
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Tomas Wojciechowski Editor in Chief Technologie.ngo.pl Use of mobile technology is exponentially increasing around the world. Are the world's nonprofits keeping up? Explore ways nonprofits can build mobile technology into their mission-based work, and discover what the organizers of the Sektor 3.0 Conference in May are planning to do to get there. Mobile technology has revolutionized the means of communication. Today, nobody can afford not to use it. In particular, this applies to NGOs. This is why it is so important to be aware of opportunities associated with mobile technologies and…
  • Interview with NTEN's Content Manager: Steph Routh

    Joleen Ong
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    We're so excited to welcome our new Content Manager, Steph Routh, to the NTEN team! Steph will be managing and keeping the great online community content flowing, while doubling as one of Portland's most revered bike & transportation advocates outside the office. You may have also met her at the 14NTC, where she was working with the NTEN team behind the scenes. (see photo below).Check out this interview with Steph, follow her on Twitter @StephRouth, and drop her a message to introduce yourself!  1. How did you first become involved with the NTEN Community?  Good…
  • Going Mobile: The Importance of Mobile Apps for Nonprofits

    Steph
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    Danny Boice Co-Founder & President Speek How can you utilize mobile apps to achieve maximum benefit? Learn the most common goals from the for-profit sector, and see how it translates to nonprofit organizations. When considering the development of a native mobile app for any of the app stores, you should start by contemplating what it is you really want to get out of it. In my experience, most for-profits are after some combination of three main goals: Direct revenue generation, user acquisition, and providing an additional feature to your users. Learn about how it applies to the nonprofit…
  • 2014 NTC Report: The Wins, The Fails, The Ideas for 2015

    Amy
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    I can't believe that just one month ago we were wrapping up the 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference in Washington, D.C. In the last month, NTEN staff have rested and recuperated (Jessica even traveled to China!), launched into planning and logistics for the inaugural Leading Change Summit (coming this September 3-6!), and debriefed a whole lot of the NTC. We also read through all of the NTC evaluations! Today, I have a full report back about what went well and what we want to improve, and even what we want to flat out discontinue.I apologize in advance for the length of this post. We didn't…
  • Volunteering in (Belated) Honor of National Volunteer Week!

    Joleen Ong
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:06 am
    On April 16, the NTEN team in Portland spent the afternoon volunteering at Schoolhouse Supplies, in belated honor of National Volunteer Week. Schoolhouse Supplies is a nonprofit based in northeast Portland that helps to serve classrooms in need by operating a volunteer-run Free Store for Teachers, which is stocked with donated supplies.Working with Schoolhouse Supplies’ Volunteer Coordinator, Sara Yellen, and Free Store Coordinator, Barb Burwell, we rolled up our sleeves, sorted through the boxes of donated supplies, and helped to tally it all up. For accountability purposes, Schoolhouse…
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  • Major Gifts 101: Free Webinar

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:46 am
    Two keys for your organization’s financial success are to diversify funding sources and foster giving at every donation level. Having distinct strategies for your entry level, mid-level, and major donors will allow you to customize your relationship with these audiences and communicate to them in a much more effective way. This is especially important when pursuing major donors. If done well, your major gifts program can lead you to other donors and become a cornerstone of your fundraising strategy. Tomorrow we’re hosting what might be the most important webinar you’ll…
  • How to retain more donors through recurring giving

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:09 am
    I recently had the chance to host a webinar with two of Network for Good’s DonateNow customers, Renee O’Donnell from SIFF and Katie Matney from The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio. Our goal was to understand how they’re retaining more donors through recurring giving at their respective organizations. With 70% of donors never returning to make a second gift, we were eager to learn from two peers who are building and retaining a large sustaining network of recurring donors. While SIFF is primarily membership-based, The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio takes a more traditional view of…
  • Top Nonprofit Tips for Social Media

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    Editor’s note: Did you miss Social Media Week? Don’t worry, every week can be Social Media Week for your nonprofit with the advice in this guest post from Social Media for Nonprofits founder Ritu Sharma. If your organization is looking to get in on the action, here’s a day-by-day breakdown of some easy-to-implement, yet highly effective tips to get your social engine humming. Monday: Create an Editorial CalendarThe typical nonprofit only allocates .25 full time employees to social media, and actually, you’re better off if this is split between several people with different…
  • Are nonprofits recovering with the economy? Survey says…

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    The Nonprofit Finance Fund’s 2014 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey is out and the report has some sobering insight on how nonprofits have fared during the economic recovery. While 80% of respondents reported an increase in demand for services, 56% of those surveyed were unable to meet demand in 2013. Nearly half of these groups also reported a 5-year decline in government funding. The good news is that as some funding sources change or dry up, many organizations are exploring new ways to support their programs. According to the survey, in the next 12 months: 31% will change the main…
  • 4 questions to help you stay true to your brand

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    Most organizations go to great lengths to carefully craft a mission statement, outline a vision, and develop a tagline to clarify their place in the world. But it’s important to remember that these elements aren’t meant to be stored away as archived material in your annual report. These core beliefs should be an everyday yardstick for all of your communications. As you work to react to changes in your community, crises, and fundraising ups and downs, it can be tempting to try anything to see what may stick. Something similar happens when there’s a marketing trend or a new…
 
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  • 10 Miles at Midnight (or 10 Minutes till the Grant is Due)

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:25 am
    Thanks so much to guest blogger (and dear friend) Mark Dessauer, Director of Communications at Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina Foundation. I’m ever grateful to Mark for contributing this stirring post  to this month’s blog carnival—The Work Behind Your Work Thoughts on facing insurmountable challenges…alone There was not a soul in sight.  No lights, cars, homes, or other runners.  Only the steady rain on a rural road deep in South Carolina. I had been running for four miles by myself in the dark with knuckle lights.  I had six more miles to go.  I could hear frogs…
  • Nonprofit Marketing Jobs—Movin’ Up Monday

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    Please post your open nonprofit marketing positions here Campaign Writer, All Out (Virtual) Communications Advisor, Links Media (Rockville, MD) Communications Assistant,  David and Lucile Packard Foundation (Los Altos, CA) Communications Associate, American Red Cross (Dallas, TX) Communications Intern, Turner 4D (Washington DC) Digital Engagement Officer, Women for Women International (Washington DC) Digital Media Director, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy (San Francisco, CA) Digital Media Specialist, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (Washington DC) Graphic Designer,…
  • Nonprofit Facebook ROI—Yay or Nay? (w/John Haydon)

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    Get ready for a roaring point vs. counterpoint, thanks to Facebook for Nonprofits expert John Haydon, who shares his Yay below. I’ll be following up with mini case studies and links to research supporting my recommendation. Please share your Facebook plan (or plan not to use) and why here, and/or tell us what it does (or doesn’t do) for your organization. NAY, IN MOST CASES You’ve probably noticed the raging discussion about the value (or not) of Facebook for all organizations (profiteers too)—it even made the most mainstream ever Time magazine. There are two main reasons…
  • Nonprofit Crisis Communications: Passover Case Study

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    This week’s triple murder at a Jewish Community Center (JCC) and Jewish-run retirement home in Kansas City—by a white supremacist, because he thought his victims were Jewish—generated empathy and concern among everyone I know. It was made even worse by the timing just a few days before the anniversary of 2013′s Boston Marathon massacre. But for us Jews, about to celebrate Passover the next evening, it spurred extra sadness, anxiety and fear. Like many other peoples, Jews are periodically targeted for acts of hatred and violence. And this one, coming on the eve of such an…
  • Great Nonprofit Marketing Jobs—Movin’ Up Monday

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    Please post your open nonprofit marketing positions here Associate Director, Communications & Strategic Research Departments, Rockefeller Foundation (New York, NY) Celebrity Relations Coordinator and Staff Writer/Editor, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (Washington DC) Civic Engagement Coordinator, League of Conservation Voters (Washington DC) Data Manager, Climate Action Campaign (Washington DC) Communications Assistant and Social Media Manager, Race Forward (New York, NY) Communications Campaign Manager, Center for Effective Government (Washington DC) Communications…
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  • American Oligarchy and Public Policy

    Phil Cubeta
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:10 am
    American Oligarchy: How the Preferences of Elites Shape Policy Outcomes.  How does concentrated wealth shape policy? Through the four capitals: wisdom, virtue, public-spiritedness, and prayer. The wealthy hire secular priests to impart wisdom and instill virtue, and promote public-spiritedness in the heirs and to pray night and day for tax reduction, regulatory rollbacks, bailouts, favorable taxation on the carried interest in hedgefunds and other policies that will help the Great Silver Beech of dynastic wealth flourish for one hundred years.
  • Is Family Governance open to a Manly Man like me?

    Phil Cubeta
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Having committed murder, Heracles, for punishment, was given for a sentencing term to a woman as a slave. She dressed the dim, muscular brute as a woman. Likewise, Thor was dressed as a girl by Loki, the trickster hero. I mention this as my recent post on Family Governance as Home Ec has drawn many emails from very distinguished men, some of the leading lights in the booming Dynastic Family Governance business (or calling), asking if they have to become Big Sissies if they are to be taken seriously in the art of Household Governance, or Home Ec. I am not sure; I do…
  • Is Family Governance a branch of Home Ec?

    Phil Cubeta
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Properly considered could Dynastic Family Governance be a branch of Home Economics? In asking a few distinquished friends, both male and female, they are agreed on only one point: that I for asking should be beaten half to death. So what else is new.  I should butt out. Family Dumpster Governance. Here I rule in solitary splendor, with a rotting orange as my globe, a bag of garbage as my throne, and a ruined umbrella as my sceptre. A Lord of Misrule, long after Carnival is over. Next Mardi Gras, I will dress in a hula skirt and offer wise counsel to those masquerading as kings and…
  • Rousting Homeless Jesus

    Phil Cubeta
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:09 pm
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  • Serving Professional As Adoptive Scion of Wealth

    Phil Cubeta
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:21 pm
    I am told on good report that in the dynastic families who can afford to employ a Trusted Retainer, Man or Woman of all Work, Trusted Morals Consultant, Wise Counselor, or Secular Priest, that the advisor may become almost a member of the family. Having no personal reference point in this fabulously growing world of dynasties I wonder if Mammy in Gone with the Wind would be such an adoptive family member, only today the Serving Professional, down to the Valet, or the wet nurse, has freely chosen her or his role, however elevated or debased. Then I recalled that The Happy Tutor himself my ego…
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  • Thinking today like an historian of tomorrow

    Lucy Bernholz
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:18 pm
    I had an interesting conversation with folks at the Atlantic Philanthropies the other day. Atlantic has announced it will spend out its endowment and close up shop - something it is working on quite publicly. One of its concerns is how to make sure that the work it has funded can be used by others.Now, I entered philanthropy through the side door of a historian-in-training. My interests in grad school (and still today) were in questions of public and private - what's what and who decides? While reading history on the Reconstruction South I became particularly intrigued by philanthropic giving…
  • In search of digital civil society around the world

    Lucy Bernholz
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:07 pm
    I recently had the opportunity to discuss the role of digital data and my ideas about digital civil society in Beijing, China and São Paolo, Brazil. Some reflections:Beijing - the day before this photo was taken I joined Maria Rendon, of USAID and Bin Pei of the Gates Foundation at an event hosted by the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. We were there to talk about data and digital civil society. (It took place on the other side of the wall in the photo - other than location there is no connection to Mrs. Obama). We drew attention to the many ways digital data are becoming…
  • Future of Museums 2014 - always worth a read

    Lucy Bernholz
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:30 am
    The 2014 version of the Center for the Future of Museums report, TrendsWatch, is out and it's always worth a read. The big 2014 trends they see?The Sharing EconomyRobotsPrivacyDataSocial entrepreneurshipMultisensory experiencesYou can download it here (PDF).  The Center for the Future of Museums is part of the American Alliance of Museums.
  • Is this the #crowdfunding scandal I predicted?

    Lucy Bernholz
    26 Mar 2014 | 12:23 pm
    There are lots of headlines today about Facebook's decision to buy Oculus VR for $2 billion. This is a big payout for a company (Oculus) that got its product launched with Kickstarter support. And now those Kickstarter supporters are wondering why they're not getting any return on their "investment."Because most Kickstarter support is not an investment. Indiegogo support may or may not be a charitable gift.  Crowdfunding on most platforms is a pre-purchase of a product - if you want it to be something else you have to choose carefully. Most crowdfunding support is not even a pre-purchase…
  • We, the data...

    Lucy Bernholz
    12 Mar 2014 | 11:52 am
    Our work at the Digital Civil Society Lab is about figuring out the norms and rules for a thriving civil society in the digital age. This livestreamed discussion from the New America Foundation and The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and Big Data is right in our sweet spot.The panelists will be discussing a set of civil rights principles for the era of big data. I've copied most of the framework from the co-hosting Leadership Conference's website. You can see the rest of it here and sign up for the event/webcast on Friday, March 14. The hashtag is #datajustice"Civil Rights Principles…
 
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    A Small Change

  • Micro vs. Macro

    Jason Dick
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    For the first time ever, Micro-enterprise in some instances can be more powerful than macro-enterprise. What does that mean? It means that a small organization that is serving a very specific need may be the best tool to address a problem. For example a large relief organization might be able to help 30 villages in Africa, but a small organization focused on helping one village may do a better job. A small nimble organization in that instance can understand the needs of the village and respond specifically too them. The large organization is trying to run programs that fit with all the…
  • Turning it Over to the Donor

    Jason Dick
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    Did you know that your donors can give more than money? Of course you do—many organizations strongest advocates are their major and monthly donors. Giving results out of a desire to make a difference to impact something you care about. Perhaps your non-profit has a small staff (maybe just you) and only a handful of development people and that makes it really hard to get your message out.An organization called the Mission Increase Foundation is trying some revolutionary ways to get the message out. One of these ways is to use your donors as advocates and development officers. What if you…
  • Designing Your Event

    Brenda Tincher
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    You’ll be most successful if you’re always thinking of your main goal as you design your event. Are you trying to thank and recognize, educate and make a case for support or raise money? Again, clearly define your goal and design the event from there. Let’s say you decide that your major donors should see the facility first hand and understand how their support made it possible. What are some creative ways to reach your audience? Individualized tours of the facility might an option because tours allow more personal interaction with staff and an in-depth look at the housing. Tours can be…
  • Ratios Versus Results

    Jason Dick
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
    What does your non-profit stand for? How do you raise money? As donors ask more and more for outcomes and details about programs what sets your organization apart? What figures, stats and stories do you use to tell your story? Do you know if your programs are better than the programs of other organizations? Too often many organizations focus to strongly on administrative rate to judge if a non-profit is a good steward. I’ve always had a really hard time with administrative rates because it can be such a relative number. The administrative rate is traditionally the percent of money that goes…
  • Showing Off Your Non-Profit: A Word About Tours

    Jason Dick
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:05 am
    A donor tour is possibly one of the most exciting parts of fundraising. Tours give you the opportunity to show off your organization and talk to your donors face to face. They provide you the chance to share all your organization’s wonderful stories and provide a context for the work that you do. In a solicitation letter you might have a brief story, or at an event you will often share a few facts about your organization, but in a tour you can explain more in-depth exactly who you are and what you do. Here are a few things that I do on my tours that might help you as you give tours.
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    Frogloop

  • New Study: How Much Money Do Peer-to-Peer Fundraisiers Raise For Charity?

    Allyson Kapin
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:58 am
    Loyalty, donation levels, and fundraising performances is just some of the data unveiled in Blackbaud's 2013 Peer-to-Peer Fundraising study. The study looked at peer-to-peer giving across 39 organizations over the last 3 years (from 2011 to 2013). Combined, these organizations hosted more than 44,000 events and raised more than $1 billion online. The study looks at trends across four event types — Cycle, Endurance, 5K and Walks — and looks at different types of participants — participating donors (those who participate and donate, but don’t fundraise), fundraising…
  • Are Email and Click-through Rates Heading South?

    Allyson Kapin
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
    It's no secret that the nonprofit community has seen a steady decline in email open rates, click-through rates, and email page completion rates, which was also confirmed by the 2014 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study. The report, which analyzed data from 53 nonprofits, over 2.1 billion email messages, 5.6 million donations, and 7.5 million online actions shed light on valuable information for nonprofits and their messaging. This information will be a great place to begin evaluating your own online progress. For example: Fundraising messaging response rates were down 11% from 2012 levels to 0.07%.
  • 5 Analytic Tools to Track Your Organization's Metrics

    Allyson Kapin and Jared Seltzer
    6 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    If your organization is struggling to find the right analytic tools to track your website traffic, social media presence, and how your reports, campaigns, or infographics perform across the web, check out this list of 5 helpful analytic tools. It won't fulfill all of your data analysis needs, but if you use some of these tools together, they will provide a decent baseline. 1. Google Analytics Report with Visually Looking for a report that combines your Google Analytics stats in a visual format? This is a great tool, especially if you need to produce reports weekly and present them to senior…
  • New Report Shows Largest Increase in Charitable Giving Since the Recession

    Allyson Kapin
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:44 am
    Should nonprofits be less panicked now that the latest report by Blackbaud report shows that charitiable giving is finally up for nonprofit sector since the recession? While this trend is good news for the sector, don't throw a big bash to celebrate this milestone just yet. As Amy Sample Ward and I discuss in our book Social Change Anytime Everywhere there are over 1.6 million organizations in the United States. This means that there are hundreds or even thousands of organizations working on similar issues with similar names and missions competing for donor dollars. It's time for nonprofits…
  • Infographic: Cracking the Crowdfunding Code for Your Nonprofit

    Allyson Kapin
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:58 am
    Crowdfunding has really taken off in the past couple of years. Crowdfunding alone raised an estimated $5.1B worldwide in 2013. Individuals and organizations are using crowdfunding methods and platforms to raise money for their causes, and it's working. Craig Newmark, of craigconnects, comissioned my web agency Rad Campaign to research the effects of crowdfunding, and we took the fascinating results and created an infographic. Over the course of our research, we spoke with prominent crowdfunding platforms such as Causes, Causevox, FirstGiving, StayClassy, Razoo, and others to find out…
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    GlobalGiving Blog - News and Updates

  • A Full Circle of Giving

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

    Alison Carlman
    18 Oct 2013 | 9:54 am
    The Science of Smarter Spending – Book If you think money can’t buy happiness, think again. In their new book Happy Money, our friend Michael Norton and his fellow behavioral scientist Elizabeth Dunn, explain how money really can buy happiness – if you follow five core principles of smarter spending. One of the principles should come as no surprise to all you GlobalGivers: spending money on others can increase your happiness even more than spending your cash on yourself. It’s not just a warm fuzzy feeling. It’s science. Click here to see the book or read…
  • Virtual Community, Actual Impact

    Donna Callejon
    4 Jun 2013 | 2:18 pm
    Paul was a teenager when he was drafted into the United States (US) Army during the Vietnam War.  And when the US ended its military involvement in Vietnam, it was just the beginning of a longer battle for him.  He was later deployed to multiple other international posts, and when he finally returned home, he was left with little support and undiagnosed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  The disorder wreaked havoc on his life, leaving him homeless, unemployed, over-medicated, and depressed. Today, with the help of Canines with a Cause (CWAC) and the generous donations of VMware…
  • How they won: American Open Challenge Winner says “crowd-sourcing was the key to our success”

    Marc Maxson
    13 Feb 2013 | 1:49 pm
    Jared Schwartz of Frogloop (a nonprofit online marketing blog) interviewed the guys from Critical Exposure and have some excellent advice for nonprofits trying to succeed on GlobalGiving: http://www.frogloop.com/care2blog/2009/9/7/how-a-small-nonprofit-used-social-media-crowd-sourcing-to-wi.html  The goal was simple. Earn a permanent spot on the GlobalGiving website by raising at least $4000 online from 50 individual donors in three weeks. Win up to $6000 in additional bonuses for out-fundraising the 70 other participating organizations. The challenge was daunting. How does Critical…
  • google hunger relief campaign: simple ways to take a bite out of hunger

    Donna Callejon
    10 Jan 2013 | 11:31 am
    Koro is a six-year old girl who arrived at A Child for All’s orphanage (ACFA) without a home or family, her thin body extremely malnourished.  The founder of ACFA, Kadiatou Sidibe, remembers the first meal Koro had with the organization in 2010.  “It was lunch-time, and you know how in Mali, we all eat around one large plate of food.  Koro saw the food; her eyes grew big.  Then she took the whole dish and ran away—she didn’t know that there would be another meal later.” Koro’s health has improved dramatically with the help of ACFA and its donors throughout the world.  It’s…
 
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    About.com Nonprofit Charitable Orgs

  • Is $1 Million Too Much to Pay for a Top Fundraiser?

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:52 am
    Fundraising is a complicated task. No less so in these days of constricted budgets, an economy that is still struggling with the aftermath of a recession, and when there is more competition among nonprofits for what money is available for philanthropy. Still, as the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports, some salaries for a few top fundraisers have reached new heights, even going beyond $1 million. Here are some of the top earners: Anne McSweeney, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - Total Compensation $1,212,309 - Total donations (private sources) $308,280,000 Susan Feagin, Columbia…
  • Best Links: Heartbleed Tips for NPOs, Fundraising Math, Questioning Facebook Reach

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:09 am
    Nonprofit Blog Carnival The Work behind Our Work: Your Methods & Wants for Nonprofit Blog Carnival. Nancy Schwartz of Getting Attention! is in charge of the April Carnival. She wants your back story. Write about "productivity, planning, and/or getting great ideas out of your head and into action." Conversely, write about what is holding you or your organization back. Fundraising, Marketing, and More 8 things donors expect from nonprofit communications - Ben Stroup for LinkedIn. Your donors are busy. Don't irritate them with too many messages or irrelevant ones. Great, succinct tips about…
  • How a Food Bank Keeps Volunteers Happy and Coming Back for More

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    If you stumble upon the Facebook Page for the Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, you might be amazed that it is so active, with over 4,000 likes, 28 talking about, and 463 "were here." I'd guess that it's because this food bank has a loyal cadre of volunteers that provided more than 30,000 hours of service last year. The food bank is proud of that number and has put it front and center of its FB Page and its website this month. "The Chronicle of Philanthropy" was also impressed enough to use this organization as a case study recently as it trained its eye on effective volunteer…
  • Best Links: Twitter Changes, Lessons from Letterman and Fallon, Data vs Relationships

    8 Apr 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Nonprofit Blog Carnival The Work behind Our Work: Your Methods & Wants for Nonprofit Blog Carnival. We're all busier than ever! So how do we get so much done? Nancy Schwartz of Getting Attention! is in charge of the April Carnival. She wants your back story. Write about "productivity, planning, and/or getting great ideas out of your head and into action." Fundraising, Marketing, and More Get More Out of Your Fundraising Donation Page by Acting Like an Online Store - Christine Schaefer of Salsa Labs for Fundraising Success. Branding and price points are things commercial sites do very…
  • If Volunteers Were Paid What They're Worth, We Couldn't Afford Them

    7 Apr 2014 | 3:58 am
    April is all about volunteers. It is not only National Volunteer Month, but this week is National Volunteer Week. It seems that when the weather warms up, and the flowers start blooming, volunteers start moving. Here are some facts about volunteers that you might not know: There are an estimated 64.5 million volunteers in the US. That's more than a quarter of us adults. We gave 7.9 billion hours of service in 2012, worth about $175 billion. A recent report provides a break down of who does what and where. The Independent Sector has reported that the value of volunteer time in 2013 reached…
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    Giving in a Digital World

  • What’s not to Like about Facebook Likes?

    Bryan Miller
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Rather a lot, according to this video by the smart folks over at the YouTube educational science channel Veritasium. If you’ve got ‘Volume of Likes’ as a KPI for your digital activity but don’t know about the murky world of click farms and the impact they’re having on engagement and organic reach on Facebook, then sit back and invest a few minutes watching their interesting video report. It’s a really clear explanation of a pretty complex challenge facing digital marketers and fundraisers – and may well change just how much you like your Likes, for…
  • Are organisational silos blocking your online fundraising growth?

    Bryan Miller
    13 Mar 2014 | 2:47 am
    Research from eMarketer reveals that the UK’s love of online shopping is well ahead that of the rest of the world, with an estimated 87% of Internet users here shopping online – compared to 73% for the US and 72% for Western Europe overall. According to the latest IMRG E-Retail Sales Index this results in online now making-up an estimated 21% of all UK retail sales. On this basis, and given all of the talk over recent years about the new fundraising opportunities that online offers, you’d be forgiven for expecting that online donations should make-up a pretty substantial…
  • Kick-off the New Year with a healthy dose of global digital stats

    Bryan Miller
    8 Jan 2014 | 9:57 am
    The strategy projects I work on often involve organisations working in multiple countries, so I’m always on the look-out for research reports that offer country-by-country comparative digital usage data – to help assess the need for office-specific variations in plans or expectations. With this in mind, it was great to see the Global Digital Statistics Report the kind folks at We Are Social Singapore have just made available through Slideshare (you can flick through a copy above). From Regional Comparison data across internet, mobile, and social media usage, to detailed snapshots…
  • Australia’s FebFast 2014 fundraiser to include a Digital Detox option

    Bryan Miller
    19 Nov 2013 | 7:31 am
    While the idea of individuals raising money for charity by being sponsored to give something up for a period of time isn’t by any means new, there does seem to have been a growing interest in charity ‘abstainathons’ just recently – with new takes on the old idea cropping-up all over the place. To name just a few, Cancer Research UK raised almost £4 million ($USD 6.4m) earlier this year when over 35,000 people signed-up to it’s inaugural Dryathalon – raising sponsorship for giving-up alcohol for the whole of January. Then there’s Macmillan Cancer…
  • Is there any real future for QR Codes in fundraising?

    Bryan Miller
    9 Sep 2013 | 2:13 am
    The news last month that Microsoft has decided to discontinue Tag, its proprietary alternative to QR Codes, has sparked a fresh debate as to whether there is really any future in them at all. For anyone who hasn’t heard of QR (Quick Response) Codes – you’re not alone, based on the lack of success being achieved incorporating them into campaigns. In short they are the little square maze-like icons that you may see on press ads, posters, or product packaging that smartphone users who have downloded a relevant App can use to open a related webpage simply by snapping a photo of…
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    Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

  • Celebrating Your Nonprofit’s Milestone Anniversary

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Carol Goglia I’ll admit that I am not into super big anniversary celebrations. Today my husband and I are celebrating our 13th wedding anniversary and we just returned from a nice hike with the kids, and will have a nice dinner at home. That’s good enough for me. And for most nonprofit anniversaries, I think the low-key approach works well too. However, in some cases, going for the full-on celebration is a great approach — but you really can’t do it half-way. When the Communities Foundation of Texas decided to celebrate its 60th anniversary, they tied it into…
  • Communications Director Mentoring Program – Accepting Applications

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    We’ve opened the application process for the July to December 2014 session of our Nonprofit Marketing Guide Mentoring Program for Communications Directors. This will be the sixth “class” to go through the program. Helping you make good marketing decisions for your nonprofit is the primary goal of the Nonprofit Marketing Guide Mentoring Program. I want to help you focus, so you can get some really great work done for your good cause. Here are the basics: It’s a six-month program for just 10 nonprofit communicators that will start in July, and run through December 2014.
  • Mixed Links for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:43 am
    Happy Friday! Let’s cap off the week with some Mixed Links… Gail Perry has an infographic with the top fundraising tips and tweets from this year’s AFP conference. Robert Slates gives us the six deadly writing sins for nonprofits. Blackbaud released its Peer-to-Peer Participant Fundraising Study. The study looks at trends across four event types — Cycle, Endurance, 5K and Walk. CauseVox also just released its newest ebook, How to Plan a Nonprofit Crowdfunding Campaign Chris Brogan lets you know 7 Ways to Bore the Hell Out of People. Check out these 9 Crucial Tips for…
  • Middle Donors: Where Communications and Development Learn to Love Each Other?

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:41 am
    Alia and Mark over at Sea Change Strategies are two super smart cookies, so when they have a new report out, I’m on it. Their latest work of genius is The Missing Middle: Neglecting Middle Donors is Costing You Millions. Middle donors are those giving between $1,000 and $10,000 annually. Focus on this group — despite their huge potential — is frequently absent because development professionals are often specialists in either lower dollar direct mail fundraising or higher dollar major gifts. Alia and Mark discuss why ignoring this group is so perilous, and offer “8…
  • How to Convince Your Boss to Let You Write Like a Human

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Kate Snyder We’ve been telling you for years that most nonprofits need to create less formal communications. But we know a lot of you are not being heard by your executive director or board members. Kate Snyder, who is the donor communications coordinator for South Hills Interfaith Ministries and also runs Kate Write Now, shared how baby steps may be in order to convince your boss to be more friendly. ~Kivi Guest Post by Kate Snyder of South Hills Interfaith Ministries Confession time.  I like sentence fragments.  And starting sentences with a conjunction. My high school English…
 
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    SocialFish

  • Free Comic Book Day – May 3

    Maddie Grant
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Free Comic Book Day is Saturday May 3rd, 2014   The biggest event in the comic book industry, Free Comic Book Day (FCBD), is taking place on Saturday May 3rd, at participating comic book specialty shops across the U.S., Canada, and worldwide! 2014 marks the biggest FCBD event yet with 60 free comics for new and devoted comics fans to discover, while also exploring what other treasures their local comic shop has to offer. Celebrating its thirteenth year, FCBD has been an industry-wide success in promoting the reading of comics and is one of the reasons behind the comic industry’s recent…
  • An invisible economy in Latin America and the Caribbean?

    Maddie Grant
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    This is a guest post by Felipe Buitrago, consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank, related to his awesome new book about the Orange Economy. I plan to write more about this later, but take a look first. ————- The overnight expansion of Nigeria’s GDP by 89% on Sunday April 6th would be the most dramatic economic improvement in history by any measure, except that it was merely a statistic update of the base year from 1990 to 2010, as explained by The Economist. However, the nature of this statistical adjustment comes with a one-off opportunity to visualize the…
  • Mobile – from Strategy to Implementation

    Maddie Grant
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I have been meaning to share this deck from Amy Hissrich, Director, Knowledge Initiatives at ASAE, after she presented this session at an ASAE conference. She kindly agreed to send me some notes to accompany it. Enjoy! Mobile from Strategy to Implementation for the 2013 ASAE Technology Conference (Tech13) from Amy Hissrich “I was excited to do this session because over the past year, I’ve changed my mindset around mobile. After speaking on mobile, social, and web related topics for years, I still firmly believe that mobile should be considered in context with the organization’s…
  • Easy B2B Tips for Google+ Users

    Scott Huntington
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Businesses often use Google+ to connect with target audience members but forget it’s also a useful tool to gain prominence among peers in the marketplace. As this is an invaluable aspect of Google+, keep reading to get some actionable strategies for reaching out to other businesses in an effort to benefit your own. Use Google Circles to Create Personas Once your Google+ account is set up, use the Circles feature to your advantage and tailor content to specific groups. Create one for vendors, another for advertisers, and so on. It only takes a few seconds to make designated circles. By using…
  • Cool Social Tools: Wizeo

    Maddie Grant
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    This is a new series of posts from software and app and tech vendors who have new tools they’d like you to know about. Vendors are welcome to contact me at maddie[at]socialfish[dot]org to submit guest posts about their sites. ————— Philanthropy Should Be More Fun SITE: Wizeo.org CONTACT: Guy Bauman, Founder at Wizeo-Guy[at]wizeo[dot]org ————- (Leo Bertelli, Guy Bauman, Christine Del Castillo, and John Hervey from Wizeo) Let’s face it: Donating to charity isn’t always fun. Yes, everyone knows it’s the right thing to do. Yes,…
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    AFP Blog: Recent News of Note

  • Privacy Worries Shutter Gates-Funded Education-Data Nonprofit – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

    Reed Stockman
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    Privacy Worries Shutter Gates-Funded Education-Data Nonprofit – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy: A foundation-funded nonprofit software company that collected and stored information about public-school students announced Monday that it was closing over parental concerns about privacy, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times report.
  • Center for the Future of Museums: Khan Academy & Cultural Understanding

    Reed Stockman
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    Center for the Future of Museums: Khan Academy & Cultural Understanding: Smarthistory at Khan Academy is used by museum visitors, independent learners, professors, teachers and their students. There are nearly 600 short-form art history videos created from conversations recorded on-site (in urban spaces, archeological sites, museums, churches and mosques), as well as hundreds of essays on art and
  • [INFOGRAPHIC] Nonprofits and Communication Segmenting

    Reed Stockman
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    [INFOGRAPHIC] Nonprofits and Communication Segmenting: t’s no secret that effective donor communications is the secret to higher donor retention rates – but what makes for effective donor communications? Segmenting your emails, newsletters and acknowledgement letters are a great way to customize and individualize your messaging to donors. But are most nonprofits doing this? We recently
  • Pension Fund for Artists Capitalized by Pooled Artwork - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

    Reed Stockman
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:47 am
    Pension Fund for Artists Capitalized by Pooled Artwork - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: Artists, like the rest of us, have to plan for retirement, and the Artist Pension Trust is an unusual nonprofit retirement mechanism for artists. Established in 2004, the APT involves some 2,000 artists from around the world who have put a portion of their work into one of nine investment funds. Participating
  • Controversial CFC Regs Approved by OPM; Both Parties Protest - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

    Reed Stockman
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:42 am
    Controversial CFC Regs Approved by OPM; Both Parties Protest - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: After the reports on this year’s campaign, with donations plummeting a record 19 percent, it was only a matter of time before Congress got involved to question exactly what might be going on with the Office of Personnel Management’s oversight of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) and with OPM’s proposed
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    Wild Apricot Blog (RSS 2.0)

  • For Your Members' Eyes Only

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Do your website spring cleaning plans include looking at your members-only content?
  • When Volunteer Jobs Are Just Too Big

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Does your organization have volunteer roles that are just too big - scaring folks off or causing volunteer fatigue? Here's a look at a new resource in our Hub, by Tobi Johnson, that offers some tips and advice for re-designing volunteer jobs.
  • Spring Cleaning Time On Your Website

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Is it time to do a little spring cleaning on your website? Here's a preview of a resource in our Membership Knowledge Hub: Website Spring Cleaning To Do List.
  • Are Virtual and Micro-volunteering the New Normal?

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Here's a preview of a new article in our Membership Knowledge Hub (by Tobi Johnson) that provides insight into and tips for managing and supporting offsite and virtual volunteers.
  • Wild Apricot Customers Are NOT Affected By The 'Heartbleed' Security Bug

    Dmitriy Buterin [Chief Apricot]
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    You may have heard about an Internet security vulnerability known as the 'Heartbleed bug'. Wild Apricot are not affected - read on for more information.
 
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    So what can I do?

  • Change the world.

    Karama
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    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* FaithAnd don’t forget to visit the So What Can I Do Bookstore. Your efforts can change the world.”Be the change you want to see in the world.” - Mohandas GandhiPlease visit http://sowhatcanido.blogspot.com to offer your comments and suggestions, forward this post, and peruse the archives. Thanks for reading "So what can I do", the public service weblog promoting…
  • 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

  • Senate Mandates Private Tax Collectors, Despite Past Failures

    sklinger
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:35 pm
    On April 3, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved a package of tax breaks, heavily tilted to corporations that will cost the Treasury an estimated $85 billion this year. Most of these tax giveaways were part of a package known as “tax extenders” that expired at the end of last year. These breaks were not required to be “paid for” with other budget cuts or revenue raisers, unlike emergency unemployment benefits and other programs that Congress won’t pass without taking funds from some other program.  However, Congress did adopt additional new tax…
  • Interactive Map: Students, Others at Risk from Hazardous Chemical Facilities

    splagakis
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:32 am
    One in ten American schoolchildren study within one mile of a potentially dangerous chemical facility, according to the Center for Effective Government's latest interactive map, which we released yesterday. A year ago, the fertilizer facility explosion in West, TX, which destroyed one school and irreparably damaged two others, demonstrated the very real risk these facilities pose, especially to schools and students. Parents and community members need to better understand the risks these facilities pose and demand that facilities be as safe as possible. The Data and the Map The Center for…
  • One Year after the West, Texas Explosion: Has Safety Improved?

    splagakis
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A year ago today, 15 Americans were killed and 200 injured in a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas that also destroyed surrounding schools, a nursing home, and residential buildings. The disaster raised serious questions about managing the risks that facilities can pose to local communities. A year later, we ask ourselves, are we any safer? The unfortunate reality is that the West, TX accident is not an isolated occurrence. Explosions and spills involving toxic chemicals have occurred almost regularly, injuring or killing workers and community residents, forcing the evacuation of…
  • A. Philip Randolph: Relentless Advocate for Economic and Racial Justice

    kmcfate
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    April 15 is the 125th anniversary of the birth of A. Philip Randolph, a staunch trade unionist, civil rights activist, and advocate for federal action to ensure every American receives equal protection under the Constitution. His 90 years of life spanned tumultuous times for the nation and were filled with violent repression and astounding advances, but Randolph never stopped fighting for structural change. As many despair the past three years of gridlock in Washington, it may be useful to remember the broader arc of history that Randolph helped to bend toward justice. Born in segregated…
  • OIRA Makes Much-Needed Improvements to Online Meetings Database

    kweatherford
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), within the White House Office of Management and Budget, recently updated its online database for disclosing meetings with non-government officials, such as lobbyists, trade associations, public interest groups, and other private stakeholders.  This updated database is a welcome improvement over the older, far less useful website for accessing meeting information. Under the older system, users could not search or sort through the meeting logs; instead, the meetings were listed chronologically by agency and sub-agency, and the…
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    Public Sector Marketing 2.0

  • When your employees go too far on social media…

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

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

    Mike Kujawski
    31 Jan 2014 | 11:12 am
    For over five years now, I’ve mentioned Patients Like Me in nearly all of my “digital engagement” related speeches. It is one of my favourite examples of big data used to improve actual lives. What is it? An online social network dedicated primarily to chronically ill patients. How does it work? Patients fill out their individual health profiles based on their condition. They then provide information such as: Basic Demographics Symptoms Medication Dosage Treatments What’s the benefit? When you have 220,000 members sharing information about 2,000+ conditions the result…
  • Great “behind-the-scenes” progress in 2013, now let’s get creative!

    Mike Kujawski
    6 Jan 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Typically at this time of year I tend to write a few thoughts surrounding my hopes and expectations for digital engagement in the public sector sphere here in Canada. I must admit that I am quite optimistic about the next twelve months, given the amount of  behind-the-scenes progress that has been made to date in various organizations in terms of setting up the necessary infrastructure that social channels require (primarily governance and hr related). At the municipal level, cities such as Edmonton, Regina and Calgary (note the latter’s bold move to a search focused website) are…
  • Merry Christmas

    Mike Kujawski
    23 Dec 2013 | 12:29 pm
    I would like to wish all of my blog readers a wonderful Christmas and a New Year filled with health, happiness and epic new adventures in your professional and personal lives. Thank you for putting up with my random posting patterns this year as I adjusted to becoming a father and also a partner at CEPSM. I can’t wait to get back to it in January with a little bit more regularity. Now get some rest if you can and I’ll see you all in 2014! All the best, MK
 
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    EveryJoe

  • Whoops! Joseline Hernandez Unveils a Bit Too Much

    Stephen Kersey
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:19 am
    Shortly after Joseline Hernandez posted to Instagram, the reality goddess from Love & Hip Hop Atlanta spotted something was wrong. As you can see below, she suffered a nipple slip while hanging out with K. Michelle and Steve J. It’s actually … More »The post Whoops! Joseline Hernandez Unveils a Bit Too Much appeared first on EveryJoe.
  • Twerking Amber Rose Lights Up Instagram Again

    Wil Reagan
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:56 pm
    Amber Rose proved once again that she can twerk when she lit up Instagram on Monday by posting a 15-second video of herself twerking to A$AP Ferg’s “Shabba.” Amber apparently took a twerk break during her shoot for Unleashed magazine. … More »The post Twerking Amber Rose Lights Up Instagram Again appeared first on EveryJoe.
  • Who Was That Lint Rolling His Pants Courtside?

    Wil Reagan
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Who would bust out a lint roller courtside at an NBA playoff game? Drake, that’s who. With the Raptors facing off against the Nets in Game 2 of their first round playoff matchup, Toronto-born rapper Drake had important things on … More »The post Who Was That Lint Rolling His Pants Courtside? appeared first on EveryJoe.
  • You Won’t Believe Where This Artist Stores Her Paint

    Noah Gulliver
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:03 pm
    We know performance artists are a bunch of crazies. But Milo Moire takes the cake. This Swiss beauty was performing in Germany at the Art Cologne Fair. Her art was called PlogEgg and it required her to shoot eggs filled … More »The post You Won’t Believe Where This Artist Stores Her Paint appeared first on EveryJoe.
  • The Twisted Story of a Catfishing Radio Producer

    Stephen Kersey
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:10 pm
    A beautiful 21-year-old named Beckie Livesey has found herself in the middle of a catfishing scheme perpetrated by a famous radio producer in London. Capital Xtra’s Stuart Grant pretended to be a girl Chelly Chaz Hume and he went to … More »The post The Twisted Story of a Catfishing Radio Producer appeared first on EveryJoe.
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    eJewish Philanthropy: Your Jewish Philanthropy Resource

  • The Israeli Spirit and Style of Corporate Giving

    eJP
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:45 pm
    [This article is part of an overview on Philanthropy in Israel today.] by Frayda Leibtag In the first half of the twentieth century, before Israel was home to philanthropists and a plethora of nonprofit organizations, halutzim, pioneers, were the ultimate representation of commitment to the State of Israel. With blood, sweat and tears, they did the arduous and grimy work of building a state by ploughing fields, drying swamps and defending outposts. This Israeli ideal of getting involved on the front lines in a very hands-on way persists in the way that Israeli corporations are choosing to…
  • The MiNYanim Multiplier Effect: Making a Difference in Eastern Europe

    eJP
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:40 pm
    If you invest in ten people in one community and these ten people reach out another 100, you will soon reach 1,000 or more people. by Abigail Pickus Tamás (Tomi) Buchler is a 30-year-old Hungarian Jew who has been a leading force in what can only be described as a renaissance in Jewish life throughout Central and Eastern Europe. Born and raised in Budapest, his story is “a bit different from the typical Jewish Hungarian narrative.” “I was born a few years before the regime fell and I received a strong Jewish identity straight from the beginning,” he said, adding that only a “tiny…
  • Are Investments in Experiential Jewish Education for Teens Worthwhile?

    eJP
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:35 pm
    by Sally Gottesman Dr. Amy Sales, associate director of the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University, recently wrote an insightful piece for eJewishPhilanthropy.com that should serve as a wake-up call to all those who fund or run informal education programs. “The research on goals in experiential Jewish education,” Sales writes, “shows a strikingly low priority placed on Jewish subject matter.” Sales goes on to say that “it is possible that the current low priority of Jewish subject matter in experiential Jewish education is a result of this shift from education…
  • Limmud FSU Moscow Kicks Off Tomorrow

    eJP
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Limmud FSU Moscow 2013 provided programs for participants of all ages; photo courtesy Limmud FSU. Moscow, Russia, April 123 – Over 1,000 Jewish participants, mainly from across Russia, will gather in Moscow, tomorrow through Sunday, for the Limmud FSU Moscow conference. Limmud FSU Moscow is considered the largest Jewish gathering in the former Soviet Union. Limmud FSU conferences are also considered to be among the leading Jewish cultural events in the FSU, and provide a festival of Jewish learning featuring lectures, workshops, round-table discussions, music and a wide-range of…
  • Cultivating the Next Generation of Leaders for Jewish Nonprofits

    eJP
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Why are critical Jewish institutions struggling to find the talent they need, particularly at the most senior ranks? a must read report for current and aspiring communal leaders Last month’s Jewish Funders Network annual conference saw a full morning devoted to leadership for a 21st-century Jewish community including a plenary that looked at “the changing roles of leaders in the social sector, how we prepare future lay and professional leaders for complex roles … and what it takes to make the Jewish community sector an attractive and compelling career and life path.”…
 
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • Nonprofits and Oligarchy

    Mitch Nauffts
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    (Mark Rosenman is emeritus professor at Union Institute & University and a frequent contributor to PhilanTopic. In his previous post, he wrote about the link between corruption and declining trust in our public and private institutions.) The Supreme Court's recent...
  • Indexes Are the New Infographics

    Mitch Nauffts
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    (Ryan Reynolds is design director at MSDS, a New York firm specializing in design and branding for nonprofits, financial service firms, and technology companies. A version of this post appears on the Communications Network blog.) The nonprofit sector seems like...
  • [Review] 'Abusing Donor Intent: The Robertson Family's Epic Lawsuit Against Princeton University'

    Mitch Nauffts
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:35 pm
    (The newest book by Doug White, a well-known expert in the fields of philanthropy and nonprofit management, is "equal parts thriller and cautionary tale," writes Daniel Matz, Foundation Web Manager at the Foundation Center. Click here for more from PND's...
  • Documentary Film and Gentrification (Part 2)

    Mitch Nauffts
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:41 am
    (Kathryn Pyle is a documentary filmmaker and a regular contributor to PhilanTopic. Click here to read part one of this two-part series.) In my previous post, I wrote about a handful of documentary films that explore the phenomenon of gentrification....
  • Weekend Link Roundup (April 12-13, 2014)

    Mitch Nauffts
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    Our weekly roundup of new and noteworthy items from and about the nonprofit sector.... Civil Society Writing in The Week, journalist Matt Bruenig takes a closer look at the one part of the charity versus social welfare argument that everyone...
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    The GiveWell Blog

  • David Roodman’s draft writeup on the mortality-fertility connection

    Holden
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:39 pm
    We’re sometimes asked whether life-saving interventions (such as insecticide-treated net distribution) risk leading to overpopulation. A common response is that (as argued by Hans Rosling of Gapminder and the most recent Gates Foundation annual letter, among others) the reverse dynamic holds: population growth tends to slow as child mortality declines, possibly because parents feel less need to have multiple children in order to hedge against the risk of death. Empirically, it appears generally true that lower child mortality tends to correlate with slower population growth. However,…
  • Our work on outreach

    Elie
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    One of the core questions we’ve faced throughout GiveWell’s history has been whether to allocate our time to research (i.e., identifying and evaluating outstanding giving opportunities) or outreach (i.e., increasing the number of donors who are aware of GiveWell and use our research, and the amount of money we move to top charities). The question of “research vs. outreach” was one of the most common topics at board meetings in our early years, and new staff and supporters often ask us why we don’t focus more of our time on outreach. Over the course of…
  • Against Malaria Foundation finalizes distribution agreement for ~676,000 nets

    Holden
    26 Mar 2014 | 11:18 am
    The Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) was our top-rated charity for approximately two years, before we suspended our recommendation last November for room for more funding related reasons. We are happy to see that it has recently finalized an agreement to fund 676,000 nets – at a total cost of ~$2 million – in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Our impression is that DRC is a very difficult country to work in; that said, our impression from speaking with AMF is that the agreement has met its high standards for monitoring and evaluation, and that we can expect strong reporting…
  • The first case study from our history of philanthropy project

    Elie
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:32 am
    Benjamin Soskis, who has been working for us on our history of philanthropy project, has completed a case study (.docx) of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-Pew Memorial Trust Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) program. We have found this case study very interesting and believe it to be a helpful addition to the literature on the history of philanthropy and its impacts. Dr. Soskis had previously compiled a literature review for this program (.docx). In brief, the HCH program consisted of the following: “In December 1983, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), in partnership with…
  • GiveWell annual review for 2013: details on GiveWell’s money moved and web traffic

    Natalie
    19 Mar 2014 | 8:45 am
    This is the final post (of six) we have made focused on our self-evaluation and future plans. This post lays out highlights from our metrics report for 2013. For more detail, see our full metrics report (PDF). 1. In 2013, GiveWell tracked $17.36 million in money moved to our top charities, and an additional $0.90 million to recommendations made as a part of work on GiveWell Labs. This is a significant increase over past years. 2. GiveDirectly received about 60% of the money moved and our other top charities, Against Malaria Foundation, Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, and Deworm the World…
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    FundraisingCoach.com

  • CEO's: It's not THEIR first date!

    Marc Pitman
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:28 am
    Courtesy of Robert McGoldrick under Creative Commons License Over the last 18 months or so, I've been hearing a similar phrase from a number of my nonprofit executive coaching clients. The phrase? "I don't ask on the first date." This is often said with a self-righteous smuggness, as though the CEO is taking the moral high ground. Sometimes it's said in advance of the meeting. Other times it's an excuse for why a scheduled solicitation devolved into merely another cultivation visit. These same CEO's are incredibly frustrated that they can't find enough donors for their cause. And that it…
  • Fundraising certainly is fun!

    Marc Pitman
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:46 am
    I often remind people that fundraising is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes hard work, strategic planning, and most importantly consistent execution of the plans. But it's important to remember that fundraising is fun! We get to connect donors' assets with their passions. Who wouldn't want to be part of that?! In my trainings, I say that the donor is like an electrical cord and our nonprofit is like a wall of outlets. Some of those outlets are three-pronged, some are two-pronged, some are two-pronged with a fat edge, some are tree shaped like the plugs in New Zealand. We get to walk up and…
  • [Guest Post] 5 Principles to crowdfunding success - a case study

    Marc Pitman
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    Today it's my distinct pleasure to introduce you to Renee Tougas. I've known Renee and her husband Damien for more than a decade. They're not your typical fundraisers, so when their crowdfunded Kickstarter campaign for $16,000 raised over $19,000, I knew I wanted their story. As a fundraising coach, I'm not advocating nonprofits scrap their traditional fundraising program in favor of crowdfunding. But if you have the pieces Renee talks about, it might be an important tool in your fundraising toolkit. Be sure to check out these other posts on 6 channels to call in the crowds for crowdfunding…
  • Are you using that all wrong?

    Marc Pitman
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:03 am
    Sometimes, we get so used to using something, we don't realize we're using it the wrong way. Here are three tools that nonprofits use all the time. And many use the wrong way. Common uses and a better way Donor Database Common use: Recording gifts and keeping addresses. If this is all you're using your donor database for, you're using it wrong. Better use: Beyond keeping transactions and addresses, you can keep notes from visits. Record birthdays, areas of interest, hobbies, and when people like to be solicited. Used well, donor database system can be use to honor donors. Social Media…
  • Upcoming Leadership Trainings

    Marc Pitman
    22 Mar 2014 | 5:30 am
    One of the joys of my work is getting to speak at conferences and inspire boards. Since, I'm often asked "When are you coming to my area?", I thought I'd share my upcoming speaking gigs. March 9-11: Closing Plenary at the New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy's Annual Conference, Portsmouth, NH This just happened, but here I was privileged to do the closing keynote for the conference. They asked me to keep a pulse on the entire conference and then pull all the themes together at the end. I was able to share about effectively using social media, establishing a grateful patient…
 
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    FundraisingIP.com: Fundraising Ideas

  • Sample Proposal Letter: How to Write an Environmental Proposal Pitch that Appeals to Funders

    Devon Reeser
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am
    “Green” is in, and more and more funders are giving to environmental causes, but donations to environmental nonprofits and projects still only constitute around 7% of US philanthropy (Giving USA).  While funders see environment as a worthy giving sector, it is hard to compete with cancer, children starving, religion, or education. If you are an environmental nonprofit, you need to make your proposal stand out from the competition to get those limited dollars! Here are three keys to making your proposal better than the rest, and a sample letter to help you get started. 1. Link your cause…
  • 5 Ways to Use Earth Day to Put Your Nonprofit in the Green

    Devon Reeser
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    If it seems like every other advertisement is adopting a “green” strategy to show product alignment with environmental friendliness, you are not seeing things. Corporations, nonprofits, and even government agencies are hopping on the green bandwagon because it pays off. Studies show that a majority of people value green, and more than 35% will pay more for green, even in a bad economy. In fact, consumers think that organizations and corporations have an obligation to try to be green. So, if you are a nonprofit that believes in green but has not necessarily aligned itself with green to…
  • 4 Steps to Use Reputation Marketing to Boost Fundraising

    Devon Reeser
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    Reputation marketing has become a buzz phrase in the small business world, as 95% of people now check ratings for small businesses online before choosing a restaurant, dentist, hotel, or other service-based product – more than 50% with regularity. (More on local search and reviews on BrightLocal.com) The result is that businesses are scrambling to form, market, and manage fabulous reputations for themselves online.  Since your nonprofit is trying to elicit investment via donations, reputation is one of, if not the most important asset you have, and you should be focusing on building,…
  • Chasing Donors Away? Annoying Tactics Non-Profits Use

    Cari Mostert
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:30 am
    With well over a million non-profit organizations registered in America, each competing for their share of the revenue pie, every donor becomes a valuable asset. Yet a surprising number of nonprofits are inadvertently chasing donors away. You would never knowingly risk the allegiance of your donors with an offensive or irritating appeal, or alienate supporters by forgetting to acknowledge their contribution to your cause. And yet, many organizations, from the largest to the smallest, have done just that. Understanding your donors is the key to building lasting connections with them. Giving…
  • Tips For Tweaking Your Nonprofit’s Social Media Presence

    Harlow Keith
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:12 am
    Many nonprofit organizations have already signed up for Twitter, Google+ and Facebook accounts, and others are looking at Pinterest and Instagram. Social media is great – if the given platform is actually used and used to its full potential. Perhaps it’s time to scrutinize the platforms you’ve signed up with and make some changes to improve your nonprofit’s social media presence. Guides for nonprofits using social media The stories in the media are not exaggerations. Social media can be extremely beneficial for getting the word out and for developing a following of…
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    Social media marketing hacks for nonprofits | Powered by JohnHaydon.Com

  • How Many of Your Donors Use Facebook? Here’s Your Answer!

    John Haydon
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:39 am
    If you’ve ever wondered how many of your donors, subscribers, and volunteers use Facebook, this step-by-step blog post will show you exactly how to find out. Don’t assume that all your supporters use Facebook You already know that there are over 1.2 billion people using Facebook and that over 40% of Americans login every day. But while these numbers are impressive, they don’t say how many of YOUR supporters use Facebook. Here are five steps to find that out: 1. Export Your Email Lists You’re trying to find out how many of your supporters use Facebook. This starts with…
  • Facebook ROI for Nonprofits: Are You Wasting Your Time?

    John Haydon
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Should your nonprofit use Facebook to promote your cause? What’s the ROI? Here’s a point vs. counterpoint with nonprofit marketing expert Nancy Schwartz. Nancy: What is the value in nurturing a brand page/community for orgs on Facebook? John: Every marketing plan—whether it’s for a brand or a nonprofit—should include word of mouth elements. You want to create opportunities for your community (who love you) to tell their friends about you. The fact is, people talk with their friends on Facebook about what’s important to them—movies, weekend activities, family…
  • 3 Facebook Marketing Taboos You Should Break Right Now

    John Haydon
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    The term “best practice” implies that a particular approach works for every situation. But that’s impossible. When you adopt “best practice” thinking, by default you adopt “worst practice” thinking – the idea that there are “taboos” one should never do! Here are three Facebook marketing taboos that have successfully been broken: 1. Posting Lengthy Text Updates The prevailing wisdom around text is that short and sweet gets more engagement than lengthy updates. This makes sense, right? After all, Facebook users are busy – they…
  • 18 Ways to Beat Facebook’s News Feed Algorithm

    John Haydon
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    This article gives you 18 ways to beat the Facebook News Feed algorithm with posting strategies, external channels, and Facebook Insights. How Reach is Created on Facebook Facebook defines reach as the number of unique Facebook users who see your updates. To see your Page’s reach, go to your Facebook Insights page and look at the Reach report. You’ll be able to see how your reach is improving over time (as shown below). Reach is generally influenced by one or more of the following actions: You post content to your Facebook Page.Yes, most of your fans don’t see it, but…
  • 7 Ways to Optimize Your Facebook Page for Search

    John Haydon
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    When you think about search engine optimization, the first place your mind goes your website. But Facebook is also an important element in any search strategy, for three simple reasons: 1. Facebook is huge There are over 1.2 billion Facebook users, more than half use Facebook every day (757 million daily active users on average in December 2013). One common way people use Facebook is for social search engine. Facebook users can do a variety of complex searches that combine their personal friend network with a topic, brand, cause, etc. For example, half of us use Facebook to search for…
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    Cynthia D'Amour on Leadership & Life

  • These Tulips Don’t Tiptoe

    Cynthia D'Amour
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:08 am
    In spite of our best efforts! When James and I bought our house, the driveway was lined with tulips. Scraggly In ugly railroad tie boarders Designed to “boost” the value of the house with a prettier photo for promotions. We let them live for a few years to see how they looked. Answer: not great. The railroad ties were a bear! And weed-magnets. Three years ago, we decided to move the tulips. James dug up the bulbs. Lovingly replanted them. We started to remove the railroad ties. The next spring, the darn tulips came up. In both the new garden. And what was now our lawn. Causing…
  • It Was Pause Time

    Cynthia D'Amour
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:53 am
    (Or “Paws Time” if we let GiGi (in photo) do the spelling!) Yesterday was a gorgeous sunny day. Most of the area shut down for Easter. Nothing pressing on our plate. We decided to just enjoy our backyard. We pulled out the lounge chairs. Talked. Schemed. Snoozed. It went on for hours. Even the dogs got into the theme of the day. We were interrupted only by neighbors who walked by our corner. And needed escort by Ruby – our other dog. At the end of the afternoon we were relaxed. Totally enjoyed doing nothing. Smiled at feeling like we may have got away with something……
  • Saying Hello Again is Hard to Do

    Cynthia D'Amour
    15 Jul 2013 | 12:27 pm
      Hello. It should be easy to say. And sometimes it feels so hard to do. Like now. For the last two years my life was consuming me – and I always didn’t know it. My long time readers may have noticed I wasn’t blogging as often. And then I didn’t blog at all. I had lost my voice in the stress of life. It started with my Dad. His Alzheimer’s continued to advance and he had to move into assisted living. Last September we had to add hospice care. Dad passed on February 20, 2013. I am a daddy’s girl and took Dad’s passing really hard. It was my first up…
  • Fit Can’t Be Overlooked

    Cynthia D'Amour
    29 Jul 2012 | 6:24 pm
    I should know. I’ve been slow to buy new clothes to wear around the house. I have nice clothes for the road – so I look good for clients. And clothes that fit for the gym – so Mollie can watch my form. But not so much for my casual wear. I’m on a six-month, fat-burning challenge. The weight is peeling off me. I won’t wear the clothes for long. Does it really make a difference? A certain friend thinks so. When she discovered I was wearing summer clothing that fit 50+ pounds ago. Threatened to turn me into one of those fashion makeover shows. For wearing such…
  • Celebrating the 4th

    Cynthia D'Amour
    4 Jul 2012 | 6:50 pm
    And a new chapter in my life. Three years ago, my cousin Sarah visited me. We both thought we looked good. Decided to play makeovers. We cut her hair and bought new makeup. Exercise was not my thing back then! A trip to the mailbox was huge. I had to walk to and from the end of my driveway. Plus up and down three steps! Fast forward three years… The makeup is off. The hair slicked back with sweat. Arms up in victory. Today I ran a 5K for the first time in my life. The heat index was in the 90s. I fought off heat exhaustion with the help of my team. Ran across the finish line in a state…
 
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    Idealists in Action

  • Tech Tip: How to subscribe to Team discussions

    Sara Jensen
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    It’s important to keep up with conversations on topics you’ve started or joined on your Team page, and many of you have asked for an easier way to do so. We heard you! The next time you start a discussion or leave a comment on an existing one, you’ll receive an auto-email from Disqus, the company who hosts our discussion forums. In this example, I started a discussion called “Testing topic subscriptions” on the Portland Team page. Within a few minutes, Disqus sent me an email asking me if I’d like to subscribe to discussions on Idealist. (Note: the subject line looks a little…
  • Ami and Megan field questions from Seattle

    Celeste Hamilton Dennis
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    A couple of weeks ago, six Connectors met in Seattle for an awesome kick-off meeting that included lots and lots of Post-Its. Connectors Talya, Nic, Alyssa, Lisa, Traci, and Kimberlee The Team talked about what brought each of them there, and why they were excited by the Network. They also generated a great list of questions that we’re sure some of you have also been thinking about. Here are a few of them and our answers from Idealist’s Executive Director Ami Dar and Community Relations Manager Megan O’Leary: Q: How will Groups form? (and when?) A: We’re planning for…
  • Meet a Connector: Blaise in Nairobi, Kenya

    Celeste Hamilton Dennis
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Local pride on the streets of Nairobi(photo by Meena Kadri via Flickr’s Creative Commons) When Connector Blaise Jabo was a kid, he saw firsthand the power of a network—albeit in the face of tragedy. “When we were in Burundi as refugees, everybody was sharing solutions to people’s problems,” he says. Blaise was raised in Rwanda but when his parents were killed in the genocide, he moved to Burundi with his uncle. He then attended college in Australia, where he studied computer security, and later in Kenya, where he received a Master’s in security management. Having experienced…
  • Idealist is hiring a Director of Communications!

    April Greene
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    We’re hiring! If you love big ideas, have led large-scale multimedia campaigns, and are experienced in building and leading a communications team, become our Director of Communications in our New York City office.  Check out the full description and application instructions. Theapplication deadline is Monday, May 5th. Your future coworkers?
  • Field Report! Second Team meeting in Brooklyn, New York

    Liz Morrison
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    On Wednesday April 16, six Brooklyn Connectors came together for our second meeting. We had a fun discussion that ranged from coining the adjective “connectory” to discussing ways we can build and support our Team. Over the course of two hours we tackled the following questions: What are some of the best ways that we can connect the Connectors? We have a Team of 57 Connectors spread out across our large borough (fun fact: Brooklyn could be considered the 4th largest city in America!). As we grow our Team, it’s important to us that we spend time building and strengthening our bonds to…
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    Social Media Bird Brain

  • Always Ask - Even When You Don't

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    ask you (Photo credit: Victor Bezrukov) Pamela Grow has two great sites (one focused on grants and fundraising and one focused on one-person development departments) with loads of terrific information. In a 2013 post I recently read, she challenged some assertions made by another nonprofit blogger and finished up by saying: Remember, too, that every communication from your organization
  • Six Points for Good Content Leading to Engagement

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Engagement comes from content. And the most often given advice about content? Make it good. But what, exactly does that mean? What is good content? Relevancy, Timeliness Informative, Funny, or Touching Presentation Visual/Audial Inviting Comment or Elaboration Relevancy, Timeliness Via Media Republic/Global Voices What you're posting about has to be something meaningful to your audience. If
  • Facebook - Stay or Go?

    9 Apr 2014 | 4:05 pm
    More and more folks appear to be waking up to the change in their reach on Facebook - seeing a lot more posts wondering whether they should stay or go. And since FB hasn't said anything about whether they'd cut the nonprofits any slack, that's a question that's going to remain a while. So what to do? I think this is a good time to experiment. Patricia Redsicker cites recent research
  • Facebook Blocks the Stream

    2 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Via Schenectandy on Panoramio I touched on this subject in last week's post, but now it's time to look at it from the perspective of what it means to you. To recap: Facebook is continuing its monetizing strategy by restricting what you see in your timeline. While you'll continue to see posts from your friends and family with no problem, you might miss notifications and news from Pages that
  • No Corners Cut in Social Media

    26 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    Image via Digital Inspiration Let's talk about Facebook this week. Something is always going on with that social platform and it makes the news almost every day.  They're always trying something new and breaking something in the process, which drives some of their users crazy, but as long as their profits come from advertisers and they're not charging their users to be there, it's not
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    Ken's Commentary

  • State of Nonprofits: Nudity, Ghosts and Perpetual Indulgence

    27 Mar 2014 | 5:30 am
    Originally published on Linkedin on March 25, 2014.What do nudity, ghosts and perpetual indulgence have in common? They relate to the core mission of a variety of US registered (IRS-approved) public charities. This is no joke! If you use these keywords to do a search of all the 1.4 million plus US-registered nonprofits on theCharity Navigator website, you will find organizations that include: nudist research libraries,ghost hunters and various chapters of a worldwide coalition of the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” (they state that they dress in drag as nuns to "use humor…
  • Pennies to Charity and Tens of Millions to Telemarketers: A Report from the NY Attorney General's Office

    7 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    Originally aired on The Willis Report on March 5, 2014. A recent report released by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman revealed that, on average, approximately 62% of the monies raised by charitable donations made through telemarketing campaigns in that state went to the telemarketing companies rather than to the charities. I address this issue as well as discussing ways to ensure that your charitable donations are reaching their intended recipients during this video clip from Fox Business' The Willis Report. Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.com
  • The Road Beyond Nonprofit Overhead

    24 Feb 2014 | 7:00 am
    Originally published on LinkedIn on February 18, 2014.Last summer I co-signed a letter to the donors of America called the “Overhead Myth Letter.” The letter has gotten a fair amount of attention within the US nonprofit sector (at least amongthe 1% of US charities that get 86% of the funding each year). In addition, representatives of some of those larger charities have told me that, at least among some of their big donors and family foundations; it has been a helpful piece of information. The letter urges donors to look at “other factors of nonprofit performance” beyond overhead,…
  • Technology is an Important tool for Charities that Want to be more Mission Driven

    7 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am
    This was originally posted as Transforming Charities into Being More Mission Driven with the Help of Technology on TechSoup.US charities of almost every size  (although especially the 50% of them whose budgets are $50,000 or less) complain of tremendous resource scarcity as they try to help solve some of our world’s most pressing problems. The movement to encourage charities to become more outcome focused (and thereby mission driven) has been seriously hampered by these resource constraints. More specifically, how can you build a performance management system in your organization to…
  • Charitable Giving Results and Forecsts

    24 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am
    This week, Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio hosted a presentation of Atlas of Giving estimates for charitable giving in 2013, our collective reactions to it, as well as our thoughts on what's in store for 2014 regarding charitable giving and trends in the nonprofit sector more generally. I participated in the conversation along with Marcia Stepanek, New Media Faculty & Advisor at the New York University Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Rob Mitchell, CEO of Atlas of Giving. The video below is one hour in length. The first ten minutes or so of the video is a…
 
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    Charity Navigator

  • Will This Year's Boston Marathon Break Its Prior Fundraising Record?

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    In 1989, the Boston Marathon, which is a program of a the nonprofit Boston Athletic Association, first accepted teams running for charity. That year, runners raised a total of $6,000. Last year's race donations totaled $21 million. And with so many people running to support charities related to the 2013 bombing – such as Team MR8 which supports the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation - it is anticipated that this year's donations will exceed last year's record.  It will be interesting to learn the final fundraising figure after today's race is run. We wish all the runners the best…
  • A Year Later: Boston Marathon Bombing

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    Today, marks a year since the Boston Marathon bombing that took three people's lives and injured more than 260. Americans responded generously donating to various fundraising appeals, including The One Fund. Now called One Fund Boston, it was established in the days immediately following the bombing to help those most affected by the tragedy. We generally recommend that donors notsupport brand new charities in a time of crisis. But we recognized that many donors would contribute to One Fund Boston (as evident by the fact that it raised >$4 million within the first 24 hours…
  • Happy 12th Birthday Charity Navigator

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    Charity Navigator's Website in 2002Just 12 years ago, people donating money to charity had few assurances that their money was being spent efficiently, effectively and ethically. That all changed when Charity Navigator launched its charity rating website on April 15, 2002. Today, we help millions of donors have confidence in their charitable choices, thereby influencing billions of dollars of charitable gifts annually.
  • Following Up On Disaster Donations

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Last November, a massive storm, Typhoon Haiyan, caused considerable damage and loss of life in the Philippines. Americans responded generously, donating to the various charities engaged in the relief and recovery efforts.  Now that we're a few months out from the initial crisis,  I wonder how many donors have followed our disaster giving tip that states: Do Not Expect Immediate Results, But Do Keep Tabs On What Your Donation Accomplishes.Well, at least for donors who supported Direct Relief's work in the Philippines, you can easily follow up by reading the charity's newly published…
  • 63 Million Americans Do it. Do You Do It Too?

    8 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    What did nearly 63 million Americans do last year? They volunteered.That sounds like a big number. But, even with many efforts underway to boost volunteerism, that's 2 million fewer than the prior year. In fact, the volunteerism rate fell to 25.4% - the lowest percentage since the Bureau of Labor Statistics started tracking the data. Here's how the figures stack up over time: 2003: 63.8 million or 28.8%2004: 64.5 million or 28.8%2005: 65.4 million or 28.8%2006: 61.2 million or 26.7%2007: 60.8 million or 26.2%2008: 61.8 million or 26.4%2009: 63.4 million or 26.8%2010: 62.8 million or…
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    Together We Flourish

  • A Helping Hand for Women in Career Transition

    Susan
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:34 am
    Have you ever realized how a job search is like an Easter egg hunt? You search and search, hoping to find the perfect one before the other hunters. And no matter how hard you try on your own, sometimes you just need a helping hand to get the egg that’s slightly out of reach. At […]
  • Counseling for Teens Available at Anchorpoint Counseling Ministries

    Susan
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:21 am
    Counseling with Teens Adolescence is often a stressful time. There is so much going on devel- opmentally that it usually a?ects the entire family system. Teens are going through identity formation, relational skill building, comparing themselves to peers, learning what intimacy means, experimenting with di?erent activities and involvements with di?erent peer groups, beginning to think […]
  • NHCO Offers Free Financial Workshops for Women Suffering From Financial Setback

    Susan
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:33 am
    Smart Investments, a free financial skills program or women who have suffered a financial setback, offers free workshops for women at three North Hills Community Outreach locations. Please register by calling 412-281-9773. April: “Credit – The importance of credit to your everyday life” The effect credit plays on obtaining a job, getting an apartment, acquiring […]
  • Walk for a Healthy McKees Rocks

    Susan
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:22 am
    Focus On Renewal (FOR) is one of 69 organizations participating in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. This annual fundraiser is underwritten by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield so that 100 percent of the funds raised go to the participating western Pennsylvania non-profits. The 2014 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community will be held […]
  • POWER’s Woman-Centered Alcohol and Drug Treatment Graduates Honored

    Susan
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:25 am
    The 2014 POWER Promises ~ A Night of Hope event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, at Rodef Shalom Congregation in Oakland.  POWER Promises will highlight graduates of POWER’s woman-centered alcohol and drug treatment programs whose stories of recovery are a testament to their courage. The event, hosted by Honorary Chairs Robert Levin and Dr. Kerry […]
 
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    Minnesota Council on Foundations Blog - Philanthropy Potluck

  • Fast Forward with Philanthropy’s Big Thinkers

    MCF Webmaster
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
    MCF is pleased to announce the launch of our new Fast Forward series! Through these monthly videos and periodic podcasts of interviews by MCF President Trista Harris, Fast Forward will feature conversations with big thinkers in the field of philanthropy. You’ll learn about the latest trends in Minnesota grantmaking, gain insights on strategies behind important philanthropic efforts and come away inspired with ideas and approaches you can take back to your organization. We’re launching with an interview with Margaret A. Cargill Foundation’s Mark Lindberg, director of the…
  • Wells Fargo Community Funding Council Announces Grants for Seniors and Healthy Living

    MCF Webmaster
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Each year, the Wells Fargo Community Funding Council (WFCFC), comprised of Wells Fargo team members from the Twin Cities area, makes grants to Twin Cities area nonprofits. In 2014, the WFCFC has announced it will fund one-time, non-recurring expenses up to $12,000 to Twin Cities nonprofits that provide services to low- and moderate-income, aging-in-place seniors (age 65 and older) to promote a healthy lifestyle through nutrition and/or physical activity. The Community Funding Council defines nutrition as access to food, nutritional education, or it may be making healthier choices, or having…
  • MCF Seeks Program Assistant

    MCF Webmaster
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:16 pm
    MCF is hiring again! Our Program Strategy team seeks a dynamic and motivated individual to fill a new position. In this highly visible and fast-paced role, the Program Assistant: Serves as the first point of contact for many of MCF’s committees, networks and task forces by preparing correspondence, arranging conference calls, scheduling meetings, creating and disseminating minutes. Takes initiative in providing timely and effective administrative support to the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Director of Member Services and the Director of Public Policy and Government…
  • Twins, MLB Open All-Star Grant Initiative

    MCF Webmaster
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
    With the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game coming to the Twin Cities, the Minnesota Twins and MLB announced they are creating the first “All-Star Fans Choose” grant initiative, which will award $500,000 to a nonprofit in the Upper Midwest for a capital project to benefit its community. Nonprofits in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and western Wisconsin may apply now through May 23. Five finalists will be determined by a panel of judges consisting of representatives from MLB before the fans can vote for their favorite project from June 10 to July 10. The judges…
  • Inspiration, Renewed Commitments at the Ambassador Awards

    MCF Webmaster
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    Minnesota Philanthropy Partners’ Carleen Rhodes with this year’s Ambassador Awards honorees. On April 7, The Saint Paul Foundation held its annual Facing Race Ambassador Awards. The purpose of this event is to honor “…individuals working to build communities where everyone feels safe, valued and respected.” This year, over 500 people came out to celebrate and honor this work. It was fantastic to see such a multi-generational crowd. Attendees included youth, elected officials, and those from the nonprofit, philanthropic, education, business, and government…
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    Pamela Grow's Grantwriting Blog

  • A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas | Book Review

    Pamela Grow
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    “How do we grow our individual giving? “How can we get our alumni to give back annually?” “How can we raise enough money to continue with the work that we’re doing?” “How do we create a first time donor plan — one that keeps them giving?” “Why won’t our board members ask their friends for money?” Worthy questions, right?  After all, they came from you.  But are they “beautiful” questions? In his book, A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas, Warren Berger argues that one of the most powerful forces for igniting…
  • Making Money with Donor Newsletters: The How-To Guide to Extraordinary Results

    Pamela Grow
    1 Jan 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Can you imagine raising millions of dollars a year for your nonprofit…through your print newsletter alone?  That’s the kind of money Michelle Brinson generated in 2013 with Nashville Rescue Mission’s newsletter by following the simple techniques championed by master copywriter Tom Ahern.  And now Tom’s come out with Making Money with Donor Newsletters: The How-To Guide to Extraordinary Results, a straightforward, step-by-step book guaranteed to get you results too. If you’ve thought of donor newsletters as mere retention devices (I used to!), Making Money with Donor…
  • Easy Money for Nonprofits!

    Pamela Grow
    22 Apr 2013 | 3:51 pm
    That’s how many nonprofits view the topic of grants.  One of your board members sees that XYZ Charity, doing work in the same area as your organization, just landed a three-year $100,000 grant from the ABC Foundation…and shouldn’t you drop everything and apply? Um, yes and no. Foundation grantseeking is is a strategic process, not a one-time grant submission.  When it comes to winning foundation grants, many otherwise intelligent people believe that there are *secret* writing tactics to writing funded grant proposals, when, in reality, the truth about winning foundation support…
  • Nonprofit email fundraising: Are you overlooking the role consistency plays?

    Pamela Grow
    11 Mar 2013 | 6:38 am
    As a die-hard fan of SOFII, the International Showcase of Fundraising Innovation and Inspiration, I eagerly read every new article and exhibit.  However, as a student of email marketing, the article Nine tips for effective emails  made me pause. Oh, yes, I agreed with the author, Nick Allen, on most of the points.  Does your email have an effective subject header and headline?  “Does it feel like one person writing to another?”  Does it have an effective ‘From’ address? Yet there were a couple of tips I found missed the mark and this one in particular I thought was outright bad…
  • The Mercifully Brief, Real World Guide to Raising Thousands of Dollars With Email [Review]

    Pamela Grow
    28 Jan 2013 | 3:28 am
    Is your organization using email to raise money? I’ve made no secret of the fact that I believe email marketing can level the playing field for small nonprofit organizations. All of the major studies point to a continued rise in online giving. Convio’s Online Marketing Nonprofit Benchmark report revealed that online revenue increased by nearly 16% in 2011. Small nonprofits fare best, with Convio’s report showing a 26.8 percent increase for organizations with less than 10,000 email addresses. If you’re a small shop fundraiser and you’re looking to raise serious money online, The…
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    SocialEarth

  • White House Announces $4 Billion in Green Business Loans

    Vikas Vij
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    The White House has announced a new draft plan that would provide loan guarantees for innovative projects that limit or avoid greenhouse gas emissions. The plan involves $4 billion in [...] The post White House Announces $4 Billion in Green Business Loans appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Vietnam : living on credit – part two

    Children of the Mekong
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Here is the second part of the article “Vietnam: living on credit”; the credit system in Vietnam is widespread and involves incomes instability for both lender and applicant.  Often the [...] The post Vietnam : living on credit – part two appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Renewables Coming Online Way Ahead of Schedule

    Justmeans
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:08 am
    Efforts to address the increasingly pressing climate challenge with rational policy continue to languish in Washington, as willfully ignorant conservatives continue to choose donor loyalty over science. But based on the [...] The post Renewables Coming Online Way Ahead of Schedule appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Living Cells Grown To Create Solar Technology

    Sangeeta Haindl
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:03 am
    One of the main drawbacks of solar power generation is that it can be too expensive for people to afford, as in this type of energy the current cost of [...] The post Living Cells Grown To Create Solar Technology appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Happiness Matters: How A Software Company Prioritizes Culture

    Julie Fahnestock
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:22 am
    An open vacation policy. Frisbee on the beach. Bowling outings. Volunteer days. Time to develop personal goals. And, oh yeah.  $500 a year to spend on professional development. No, this [...] The post Happiness Matters: How A Software Company Prioritizes Culture appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    Pulling for the Underdog

  • Regular people out-forecast CIA agents

    8 Apr 2014 | 6:11 am
    What's so challenging about all of this is the idea that you can get very accurate predictions about geopolitical events without access to secret information. In addition, access to classified information doesn't automatically and necessarily give you an edge over a smart group of average citizens doing Google searches from their kitchen tables.That is from a recent NPR piece about how a group of regular citizens have been able to make more accurate forecasts than CIA experts.  To its credit, the CIA actually sponsored this work, in collaboration with Philip Tetlock, whose work I have…
  • Tyranny of Experts - Consumer Reports Edition

    8 Mar 2014 | 9:35 am
    How often have I needed to replace an appliance and just gone to Consumer Reports, picked one of the top couple of models (usually the top one), and bought it sight unseen, happy in the knowledge I had bought the best - and with little effort?  Today, when I went online to decide on a vacuum cleaner,  I realized what a mistake that can be.Consumer Reports gave the highest rating to a Kenmore, saying it is "impressive" and the "top-pick:"I found it online and was about to purchase, but then looked down at the user ratings and saw that users gave it only 2 stars out of a possible 5.
  • Expertise and Humility

    25 Feb 2014 | 1:18 pm
    At a conference the other day, someone introduced me as a leading "expert."  I am as susceptible to flattery as the next guy, but over time I have grown more aware of the limits to what I know.The general understanding is that you can have "hard knowledge" in the natural sciences, but less so in the social sciences.  Hard knowledge means that you can replicate what you know over and over again in the real world via experiments or projects.  Bridge engineers are typical examples - give them any known terrain and they can build bridge after bridge that will stand up in every day…
  • The $100 Million Men

    15 Jan 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Dave Goldwyn - $100 Million Man We just passed $100 million in online transactions on GlobalGiving, with over 9,400 projects funded in 140 countries.  This is due to the amazing generosity of 370,000 donors and an amazing list of many of the world's most innovative and rapidly growing companies - not to mention what I personally think is the world's best network of strategic partners and funders. And you want to talk about a truly exceptional team that delivers wow, wow, WOW?  We got that, too (it's our secret sauce, as anyone who has met them knows).But that's not…
  • Fighting our Biases, Empathy Edition

    7 Oct 2013 | 12:13 pm
    Here is an example of how reporting on social science research can mislead rather than inform. The author tells us about new studies that show rich people are less empathic (i.e., they care less about others) than poor people. While this may be true on average (and the author gives several reasons why this might be so), the article likely inflames biases rather than illuminates reality.Why? Because the author neglects to tell us: a) how big the difference in empathy between the two groups is, and b) the underlying distribution of empathy within the rich and poor groups.The almost inevitable…
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • Nonprofits and Oligarchy

    Mitch Nauffts
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    (Mark Rosenman is emeritus professor at Union Institute & University and a frequent contributor to PhilanTopic. In his previous post, he wrote about the link between corruption and declining trust in our public and private institutions.) The Supreme Court's recent...
  • Indexes Are the New Infographics

    Mitch Nauffts
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    (Ryan Reynolds is design director at MSDS, a New York firm specializing in design and branding for nonprofits, financial service firms, and technology companies. A version of this post appears on the Communications Network blog.) The nonprofit sector seems like...
  • [Review] 'Abusing Donor Intent: The Robertson Family's Epic Lawsuit Against Princeton University'

    Mitch Nauffts
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:35 pm
    (The newest book by Doug White, a well-known expert in the fields of philanthropy and nonprofit management, is "equal parts thriller and cautionary tale," writes Daniel Matz, Foundation Web Manager at the Foundation Center. Click here for more from PND's...
  • Documentary Film and Gentrification (Part 2)

    Mitch Nauffts
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:41 am
    (Kathryn Pyle is a documentary filmmaker and a regular contributor to PhilanTopic. Click here to read part one of this two-part series.) In my previous post, I wrote about a handful of documentary films that explore the phenomenon of gentrification....
  • Weekend Link Roundup (April 12-13, 2014)

    Mitch Nauffts
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    Our weekly roundup of new and noteworthy items from and about the nonprofit sector.... Civil Society Writing in The Week, journalist Matt Bruenig takes a closer look at the one part of the charity versus social welfare argument that everyone...
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    Charitable Advisors

  • Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Study

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    by BlackbaudBlackbaud has released its 2013 Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Study that explores giving trends across 39 organizations and 44,000 events from 2011 to 2013 that raised more than $1 billion online, in total. The study addresses four categories – Cycle, Endurance, 5K and Walk.Key Findings:- Endurance events generate the most revenue; 5K events generate the least- Cycle events get the most participants in online fundraising- The percentage of people raising money has remained flat across all four event types, but donors gave more each year- The average online gift for…
  • Investment Practice: Safety

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:46 am
    Dave Voris, Horizon BankFollowing is the third in a four-part series of articles that Dave Voris of Horizon Bank is writing to provide insights on making wise investment decision in this low interest rate environment.This third article focuses upon the Risk, or Safety, and the Reward relationships of various investment instruments. To discuss Safety, let’s consider two balance sheets: the balance sheet of the Investor; a.k.a. a Not-for-Profit organization, and the balance sheet of the Borrower; a.k.a. the obligor of the debt instrument.I use these two, side-by-side examples to highlight the…
  • Scorecard Shows Nearly Half of Hoosiers in Persistent Financial Insecurity

    8 Apr 2014 | 1:12 pm
    In February, Anne Guthrie of the Center for Working Families and LISC published a guest blog on the Indiana Community Action Association (INCAA) website exploring some key issues around employment, the way government benefits can create problems for individuals trying to get ahead, and the general financial well-being of Indiana families. Take a few minutes to scan the article.Just as interesting for me was the way the Center for Economic Development (CFED)has created a scorecard for each state and worked to present a great deal of information in an accessible…
  • Make Your Audit Count

    1 Apr 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Natalie Hopkins, Alerding CPAGovernance, Fraud, Conflicts of Interest and 990 Reviews are among the hot topics that have circled the not–for-profit world the last couple years. Finance committees, tax preparers, and boards of directors can all provide critical information related to these areas and help an Organization achieve the many goals surrounding fiscal responsibility. However, the annual independent audit process can also be a crucial benchmark that organizations use to measure how they stack up on current issues.The annual audit process should include, but not be limited to,…
  • Nonprofit CEO/ED Thinking about Retirement?

    27 Mar 2014 | 11:03 am
    “I WILL Retire Someday – Preparing Yourself and Your Organization” – Available exclusively to nonprofit CEO/EDs within 10 years of retirement, this free session provides an opportunity to think with a group of your peers plus Bryan Orander and John Wheeler, CPA, CFP to explore how you prepare yourself and your organization for your next adventure. April 23, 2014 from 8:30-10:30am at UWCI conference center. FMI or contact Bryan Orander at Bryan@CharitableAdvisors.com or 317-752-7153
 
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    ONE

  • Kidogo Kidogo: Your purchase helps bring a cell phone to a woman without one

    Gretchen Knoth
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Kidogo Kidogo, a social enterprise that sells iPhone 4/4s and iPhone 5/5s cell phone cases in their online store, helps women in Tanzania gain access to life-changing mobile technology. For every two cases that are purchased on their site, Kidogo Kidogo donates a mobile phone, 5000 Tanzanian shillings of mobile credits and a SIM card to a woman without a one. Why distribute cell phones when food, water, education and health care are more urgent? For one thing, cell phones can have a big impact on all of those necessities and more. With a cell phone in hand, men and women in the developing…
  • National Poetry Month: Uplifting verses from 11 strong female poets

    Anna Lemberger
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:41 am
    April is National Poetry Month! To celebrate, here’s a set of graphics that showcase some of our favorite verses of poetry by strong women poets from around the world.  Please add to our list by posting your favorite poem or poet in our comments section below. We would especially love more poems in other languages! 1. Dr. Maya Angelou (US)   A woman of many talents, Dr. Maya Angelou is well known for her work as playwright and poet. She has been a trailblazer in the African American community and was deeply involved in the Civil Rights Movement. Her poetry illuminates the human…
  • David and Zipporah say Kenyan government must do more for farmers

    Hailey Tucker
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    David and One Acre Fund field officer Anne Khaemba catch up with each other before David’s farmer group receives their farming supplies. Photo: Hailey Tucker In our second partnership with One Acre Fund, we’ll be following David and Zipporah, smallholder farmers from Kenya, for a whole growing season. From planting to harvest, we will check in every month to see what life is really like for a family making a living from agriculture in rural Kenya. Read part 1, part 2 and part 3.  “Things were going well, but now they’ve turned,” David says. David and Zipporah saw their new…
  • Carthage College wins ONE Campus’ ‘Power Project’ challenge

    Jen Fraser
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:25 am
    ONE Campus Challenge 3, The Power Project came to a close this week, capping off four weeks of raising awareness and taking action against energy poverty on campuses across America. Nearly 7 out of 10 people in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to reliable electricity, but a bill in Congress could help make a change and lift 50 million people in Africa out of poverty.  ONE Campus chapters got creative and hosted a myriad of events and cool campaigns on their campuses. Students asked professors to lend them the first 10 to 15 minutes of their classes on campus to talk about the issue…
  • Rwanda’s sadness – and its success

    Andrew Marshall
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Rwanda has marked the anniversary of the genocide that took more than 800,000 lives in 1994. It was a somber moment for the African nation, a chance to remember many lives lost and the failure of international community to act to protect lives. Yet as Michael Gerson noted, it is also an opportunity to remember America’s responsibilities, then and now. Gerson is a senior adviser to ONE, as well as a columnist with the Washington Post and formerly an aide to President George W Bush. He traveled to Rwanda with US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power as part of the the Presidential…
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    GuideStar Blog

  • The World’s Largest Online Earth Day Celebration, Spring of Sustainability (SoS), Kicks off Today, April 22nd

    Shonte Riddick
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    As our society faces disruptive breakdowns in virtually all facets of life, we need effective tools to come together in time to create new systems and structures and ways of being that work for all.  Spring of Sustainability in one such tool – as sustainability impacts and intersects all issues of importance to the non-profit sector.  The health of our environment effects the well-being of all life in multiple ways – food, air, living situations, finances, weather, and much more. Spring of Sustainability provides anyone working for a better world inspiration, information and tools…
  • Register for GuideStar’s Next Impact Call

    James Lum
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    Please join me and GuideStar President and CEO Jacob Harold on Monday, May 12, 2014, 2-3pm ET, for GuideStar’s next Impact Call. In this call, we’ll  discuss in detail our first quarter results. James Lum, GuideStar’s CFO Loosely based on the quarterly earnings calls held by publicly owned companies, our Impact Calls are open to everyone and give you an opportunity to learn more about GuideStar.  The call will include our financial and  programmatic results, recent developments in our collection of nonprofit financial and impact data and products, and our lessons learned—all…
  • Black, White, or Gray: How are Your Fundraising Ethics?

    AmyEisenstein
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    Have you ever been in a situation that didn’t feel quite right? Or, where you weren’t sure what to do? We all have, and it’s probably because some ethical dilemma was taking place. Sometimes there’s a clear-cut answer when it comes to ethics — such as when ethics and the law intersect. For example, you shouldn’t steal — stealing is both unethical and illegal. However, sometimes unethical issues are legal. One example of something that is legal, but unethical for a development director to accept a personal gift from a donor. For example, let’s say you have a major donor who…
  • Upgrading Your ERP System? Not So Fast. Consider Reimplementation

    Courtney Cherico
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    Many nonprofits are quick to upgrade software because it is perceived as being simple and straightforward – and sometimes that is true. However, that does not mean that it is in the best interest of the organization. Andrew Fass, CEO and founder of AVF Consulting, Inc. In some cases, it may make more sense for your nonprofit to reimplement a software system rather than upgrade to the most recent version. This is true of almost every type of software package, but especially enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, like the financial management and accounting systems that AVF Consulting…
  • Terrible Board Members Are Created, Not Born

    Jay Love
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    So much has been written and presented within the nonprofit world about how to work around and/or replace terrible board members. However, nobody seems to want to confess as to where they came from. Jay Love, Co-Founder and CEO of Bloomerang Over the last three decades I have had the honor and sometimes the frustration of serving on more than 15 different nonprofit boards, where I’ve seen first-hand how poor board members can be created by terrible board practices. Do not get me wrong – the goods far outweigh the bads! Unfortunately, too many negative situations have unfolded right…
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    Nonprofit Blog Exchange

  • Roundup for March 2014

    Emily
    30 Mar 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Got a Blog? It Could Be a Perpetual Content Creating Machine for Your Nonprofit (About.com Nonprofit Charitable Orgs) How Are You Telling Your Stories? (Ann Green’s Nonprofit Blog) 5-Star Storytelling Success Story (Getting Attention) Curating Content: How to Leverage Stories from Your Community (npENGAGE) Four Online Fundraising Pitfalls—And How to Avoid Them (ASU Lodestar Center Blog) How I Would Evaluate Your Email Newsletter (Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog) How great content can help you raise more money (Non-Profit Marketing Blog) Kick-Start Yourself with a…
  • Roundup for February 2014

    Emily
    12 Feb 2014 | 11:54 am
    Blogging, Content, and Website Management How To Spread Your Org’s Story Through Developing a Purposeful Blogging Strategy (Next Level Nonprofits) 3 Key Attributes to Boost Your Non Profit’s Blogging Abilities (See What’s Out There) 10 Must-Have Elements for Nonprofit Websites (npENGAGE) Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 3: Content Strategy (npENGAGE) Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 4a: Sitemaps (npENGAGE) Keeping Your Website Relevant for Your Participants (Event Fundraising Blog) Is your nonprofit content URGENT? (The Non-Profit Marketing Blog) Drowning in Content? Curated…
  • 2013 End of Year Roundup

    Emily
    31 Dec 2013 | 5:19 pm
    Our top nonprofit marketing posts of 2013 (The Non-Profit Marketing Blog) Top Posts of 2013 – What Were Your Faves? (Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog) Inspiring Volunteering Moments of 2013 (Engaging Volunteers) Best of the Wild Apricot Blog in 2013 (Wild Apricot) 112 Nonprofit Blog Posts, Articles, and Stories from 2013 You Can’t Miss (npENGAGE) The 13 Most Popular Posts of 2013 (Engaging Volunteers) I Bet You’d Never Guess Which Topics Were Most Popular on npEngage in 2013..or would you? (npENGAGE) Our favorite 13 posts of 2013 (Idealist) Lessons Learned in 2013 (Wild Apricot)…
  • Roundup for December 2013

    Emily
    23 Dec 2013 | 9:18 am
    Fundraising, Donors, Donation Pages 3 reasons donors won’t give—and what to do about it (The Non-Profit Marketing Blog) One thing you should do to increase donations: Be laser focused (Sea Change Strategies) Donation Page Do’s and Don’ts (Wild Apricot Blog) How nonprofits can increase year-end online donations(Nonprofits, Technology, and Social Media) Simple tips that bring BIG fundraising results(Get Fully Funded Blog) End-of-Year Giving: Fundraising Appeals Our Experts Love(npENGAGE) Websites and Blogs Six Reasons Why Your Website Can Scare Donors (npENGAGE) Is your website…
  • Roundup for November 2013

    Emily
    16 Nov 2013 | 11:26 am
    Adding a Blog to Your Website and Promoting It (TechSoup) Curating Nonprofit News (Community Organizer 2.0) Raising Awareness Through Newsjacking (Wild Apricot Blog) Three Essential Ways Your Nonprofit Should Be Using Social Media (npENGAGE) Nonprofit Content Marketing – Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends for 2014 (npENGAGE) Attention Nonprofit #DataNerds: A Few Recent Research Studies on Data, Technology, Funding, and Trends (Beth’s Blog) 5 communication tools every nonprofit needs (Communicate and Howe!) The New War on Social Media Vanity Metrics (frogloop) 11 Ways Your Museum Should be…
 
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    The Nonprofit Consultant Blog

  • 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…
  • Reaching Across Generations

    17 Mar 2014 | 8:30 am
    How are you involving millenials in your organization's work? This is a question we've all been hearing a lot lately. But I'm not sure that I like some of the answers.I've been in several conversations and meetings in recent months where the idea of creating a "millenial advisory group" was brought up. It was generally agreed among my peers (those of us between 40 and 65) that the younger generation may not be ready for the responsibility of being on a board of directors."Oh, they're too busy with their careers, or starting families, or doing whatever it is they do with their tweet…
  • Why Common Core Will Fail

    29 Nov 2013 | 8:53 am
    You've likely heard or read about Common Core by now. The latest in educational "fixes," promoted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Governors Association, and the Obama administration, the Common Core initiative was developed "to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce." And it will fail to improve our failing schools, wasting time, resources, and money in the process.There are lots of critics around who can explain the problems with Common Core and how the standards were developed. But I have a different issue with…
  • Multichannel Communications - Management & Tips

    9 Nov 2013 | 10:31 am
    A point I've been harping on for some time whenever I speak to groups of nonprofits is the importance of communicating to your supporters the way they want, not the ways you're used to. In other words, while some of your supporters may still be looking for that annual holiday letter in the mail, others want to hear from you on Facebook, or by email, at an event, or even by the old telephone. This is what we mean by multichannel communications.This guest post is from Madeleine Hammond. Maddie is a marketing executive at Skeleton Productions - One of the UK's leading video production companies.
  • The Irregularity of Regular Giving

    17 Jul 2013 | 2:42 pm
    We love our regular donors. As nonprofit professionals, we just love to look over our donor rolls and know that there's a good percentage of those listed who will give again and again, year after year, and all we have to do is send them a nice annual letter. Maybe there's even a few of those donors who have trusted us enough to let us charge a small amount to their credit card every month without even asking. Man, do we love them! But don't get too complacent.With each successive generation, giving is changing. New technologies play a roll in that, but so do overall trends in society and…
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    Tall Skinny Kiwi

  • Ending Corruption for Lent

    tallskinnykiwi
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:07 pm
    While some Christians are giving up chocolate for Lent, which is all very well, others are seeking to end global corruption, bribery and corporate greed. Here is an Easter reflection on corruption from the Bible Society called Thirty Pieces of Silver [PDF]. Its a hot topic and one which involves a penetrating look inside our […]
  • A quick interruption of my blogging sabbatical.

    tallskinnykiwi
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Long time no blog.  My blog break has been good for me. I feel like I am learning to be quick to listen and slow to speak which has to be a good thing. But, to interrupt my break, and so you don’t completely forget me, here is a little update from me. Our family […]
  • Waitangi Day: Remembering a Transplanted Christianity

    tallskinnykiwi
    5 Feb 2014 | 11:52 am
    I was hoping to be in the north of New Zealand today to celebrate Waitangi Day with friends and colleagues but instead I will be at the DeLight Festival in Takaka.  Apologies to the NZCM gang at the Congress who I enjoyed meeting with 3 years ago in Waikanae. Hope it goes well. I did, […]
  • Poverty: The Catholics are taking the Protestants to church.

    tallskinnykiwi
    7 Dec 2013 | 10:14 pm
    “I want a Church which is poor and for the poor.”  Pope Francis said that last month, in his awesome document that you should have read already. Its called Evangelii Gaudium, Apostolic Exhortation. Download the PDF. So the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is coming up in 2017 and, based on the last weeks […]
  • Nothing coming down. Nothing going up.

    tallskinnykiwi
    7 Dec 2013 | 4:15 pm
    I just watched a very unfortunate recent video by our dear brother John Piper. I really don’t think he saw how his words could be misconstrued in the wrong hands. Hopefully it has been taken down by now or at least will be in the next few hours. Nothing is coming down, except his video. […]
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    eJewish Philanthropy: Your Jewish Philanthropy Resource

  • The Israeli Spirit and Style of Corporate Giving

    eJP
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:45 pm
    [This article is part of an overview on Philanthropy in Israel today.] by Frayda Leibtag In the first half of the twentieth century, before Israel was home to philanthropists and a plethora of nonprofit organizations, halutzim, pioneers, were the ultimate representation of commitment to the State of Israel. With blood, sweat and tears, they did the arduous and grimy work of building a state by ploughing fields, drying swamps and defending outposts. This Israeli ideal of getting involved on the front lines in a very hands-on way persists in the way that Israeli corporations are choosing to…
  • The MiNYanim Multiplier Effect: Making a Difference in Eastern Europe

    eJP
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:40 pm
    If you invest in ten people in one community and these ten people reach out another 100, you will soon reach 1,000 or more people. by Abigail Pickus Tamás (Tomi) Buchler is a 30-year-old Hungarian Jew who has been a leading force in what can only be described as a renaissance in Jewish life throughout Central and Eastern Europe. Born and raised in Budapest, his story is “a bit different from the typical Jewish Hungarian narrative.” “I was born a few years before the regime fell and I received a strong Jewish identity straight from the beginning,” he said, adding that only a “tiny…
  • Are Investments in Experiential Jewish Education for Teens Worthwhile?

    eJP
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:35 pm
    by Sally Gottesman Dr. Amy Sales, associate director of the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University, recently wrote an insightful piece for eJewishPhilanthropy.com that should serve as a wake-up call to all those who fund or run informal education programs. “The research on goals in experiential Jewish education,” Sales writes, “shows a strikingly low priority placed on Jewish subject matter.” Sales goes on to say that “it is possible that the current low priority of Jewish subject matter in experiential Jewish education is a result of this shift from education…
  • Limmud FSU Moscow Kicks Off Tomorrow

    eJP
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Limmud FSU Moscow 2013 provided programs for participants of all ages; photo courtesy Limmud FSU. Moscow, Russia, April 123 – Over 1,000 Jewish participants, mainly from across Russia, will gather in Moscow, tomorrow through Sunday, for the Limmud FSU Moscow conference. Limmud FSU Moscow is considered the largest Jewish gathering in the former Soviet Union. Limmud FSU conferences are also considered to be among the leading Jewish cultural events in the FSU, and provide a festival of Jewish learning featuring lectures, workshops, round-table discussions, music and a wide-range of…
  • Cultivating the Next Generation of Leaders for Jewish Nonprofits

    eJP
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Why are critical Jewish institutions struggling to find the talent they need, particularly at the most senior ranks? a must read report for current and aspiring communal leaders Last month’s Jewish Funders Network annual conference saw a full morning devoted to leadership for a 21st-century Jewish community including a plenary that looked at “the changing roles of leaders in the social sector, how we prepare future lay and professional leaders for complex roles … and what it takes to make the Jewish community sector an attractive and compelling career and life path.”…
 
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    Jewish Donor Blog

  • Pesach 2014

    Yoav
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Source: https://www.facebook.com/DryBonesCartoon The post Pesach 2014 appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
  • The Negev Brewery

    Yoav
    20 Mar 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Another product of the Negev region of Israel. This may be one of my favorites! “In addition to the hotel exclusive and several seasonal brews, the brewery offers four beers that are always available: Amber Ale, Oasis, Passion Fruit Ale and Oak Porter. They range in taste from the light, orangey flavor of the Oasis beer, which recently replaced the Amber Ale as the most popular choice, to the porter’s darker earthiness. The passion fruit beer is the only one its makers know of in Israel that features the easily found local fruit.” Source: In the Negev, a 2,000 shekel beer and…
  • “We’ve turned the Negev and Beersheva into the Eastern Hemisphere’s cyber capital.”

    Yoav
    18 Mar 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Source: Globes.co.il Event: Negev Conference in Sderot 2014 “We have turned the Negev and Beersheva into the cyber capital of the Eastern Hemisphere,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his speech to the Sixth Negev Conference in Sderot. “We are in the midst of a revolution that is turning the Negev into a thriving center, not a periphery or branch, into a bustling center of Israel.” “I tell young men and women, ‘Go to the Negev,’ because the Negev is rising,” said Netanyahu in listing the government’s steps to develop the region.
  • Featured Jewish Non-Profit: Beit Hagalgalim – בית הגלגלים

    Yoav
    11 Mar 2014 | 9:02 am
    Beit Hagalgalim – בית הגלגלים From the House of Wheels website: “The House of Wheels, which has been operating since 1979, provides a range of services for children and adults with impaired mobility, mainly due to cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy.” “The Association provides solutions to the shortage in extramural activities and lack of social structures that are appropriate for this population. The House of Wheels provides weekend activities, as well as summer camps and activity classes.” “In addition, the Association operates a job placement…
  • Yossi Vardi of ICQ Fame Interviewed By David Horovitz of Times of Israel at AIPAC 2014

    Yoav
    6 Mar 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Source: AIPAC’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AIPACPC The post Yossi Vardi of ICQ Fame Interviewed By David Horovitz of Times of Israel at AIPAC 2014 appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
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    Living and Giving - Pamela Hawley's Blog

  • The Classic Pamela Positive: Juliana Margulies – Smile at A Stranger, and The Important Reason Why

    Pamela Hawley
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    “Walk down the street and smile at a stranger. He’ll smile at the next stranger passing by, and then the whole street is smiling. And no one knows why.”  — Juliana Margulies I love this quote. The only reason why we need to smile…is simply to give joy.  Give joy to ourselves and to others…it’s one of our main reasons for being.  And while people may not know why you are smiling, they’ll soon find out:  It makes the world go around with peacefulness, graciousness and loving kindness.  That’s reason enough. Juliana Margulies is an…
  • In Today’s Global Atmosphere of Highly Polarized Viewpoints, We Can’t Afford to Tolerate Divisiveness

    Pamela Hawley
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    “In today’s global atmosphere of highly polarized viewpoints, we can’t afford to tolerate divisiveness, even in small instances.” This is a great quote that I ran across. What are you entertaining in your heart right now? The thought of a beautiful day… or an unkind comment? Gratitude you spoke with your mom or overwhelmed by all your email? Appreciation of the refreshing rain or grumpy about a grey day? Upset about a colleague’s comments or compassion that perhaps they are troubled by something else, other than you? Rankled by our government’s…
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: Start by Listening

    Pamela Hawley
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    “My goal is to extract a design that emerges from the essence of the music rather than to decorate its story…   This process usually takes two to three months of immersing myself in the opera by listening to it 200 to 300 times.” – Jun Kaneko Master designer Jun Kaneko provides the design for the San Francisco Opera’s production of The Magic Flute…and what a powerful way he envisages how to create this vision for us all.  It’s synergistic, based on pulling all elements together and starting with one of the most important qualities…listening.
  • OVERTURN YOUR LIFE Bouleversement

    Pamela Hawley
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    I have learned not to pray for the specific, but instead to pray for Christ example in thought, love in life, being in God. Then the “Bouleversement” can occur. -Grey T. Full Are you praying for something specific?   It’s not wrong, but you could be limiting yourself.    A higher prayer is to pray for Christ’s will in your life, or for his love in your heart…. If we pray for God’s way that blesses not just you, but everyone. That’s where you can embody the French word “Bouleversement,” which means to up-end or overturn. Pray on a higher…
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: Dag Hammarskjold Gives Hope to the World

    Pamela Hawley
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    Dag Hammarskjold was such a wonderful model of what the U.N. can be and do.  As Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1953 to 1961, Hammarskjold was known for his unrelenting energy given to fairness, peace and collaboration.  He represented hope and reconciliation throughout many corners of our world. Hammarskjold supported countries whether or not there was an economic interest, as it should be.  Equitable involvement for all countries was his philosophy. For example in the Suez Crisis, when Egypt nationalized the canal, Hammarskjold was able to broker French, British and Egyptian…
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    Red Rooster Group

  • Is It Time to Rebrand?

    Howard
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    Circumstances requiring rebranding may have crept up on your nonprofit over time. Has your mission evolved over the years? Have your main funding sources changed? Have you added or eliminated programs? Rebranding should be seriously considered when any of these changes have occurred.  As I’ve said in a previous post, branding is an investment, not a cost. It can increase revenue, energize, staff, attract clients, and increase your organization’s visibility. To see that branding brings return, take a look at the overall goals of your organization. By doing so, you may discover strengths…
  • Edjewcation Station Logo and Bus Wrap

    Howard
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:08 pm
    CLIENT: Edjewcation Station Cantor Debbi Ballard had a radical idea for bringing Jewish education to underserved and unaffiliated families in South Florida: a bus that could take the educational experience to them. But first she needed a logo for the program and a design for the most integral piece of the program, the bus itself. Logo Design The logo we developed for the Edjewcation Station conveyed the concept of mobile Jewish Education by combining two symbols, a bus and two tablets representing the 10 Commandments —  subtly incorporated into the bus icon by doubling as the windshield.
  • Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ Logo

    Howard
    9 Feb 2014 | 11:23 pm
    CLIENT: Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ This logo for a Jewish nonprofit social service agency showcases the agency’s relationship with their clients and subtly features a Jewish star in the center. The logo design was part of an overall branding campaign for the agency which included tagline and key messages, brochure, website, and presentation. See the full case study here. Links See other logos. See other examples of nonprofit branding. Read about our services. Red Rooster Group is a New York based graphic design firm that creates effective brands, websites, and marketing…
  • Website for Homeless Organization Appeals to Donors and the Homeless

    Howard
    21 Jan 2014 | 6:30 pm
    CLIENT: Jericho Project A homeless organization had expanded its services and needed to revamp its website to reflect its expanded role in helping the homeless. The website was designed to appeal to donors as well as those who may be seeking services. The clean design helps users easily find what they are looking for while reinforcing the organization as a leading provider of housing and services for the homeless in New York City. The website design for this nonprofit organization features an interactive timeline and drop down boxes for the staff bios. > See the…
  • Unified Brand and Publications Help Organization Increase Engagement

    Howard
    5 Jan 2014 | 12:01 pm
    CLIENT: Sephardic Bikur Holim Like many social service organizations, Sephardic Bikur Holim wanted to engage a younger audience, encourage volunteerism, and help people connect events and services to their organization. After producing the first issue of The SBH Source magazine, a fundraising book, and fundraising video, Red Rooster Group was engaged to handle all aspects of SBH’s marketing and design needs. Goals SBH’s overall marketing goals were to: Increase awareness of all its services to people who needed them. Broaden their donor base and increase fundraising across the board.
 
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    Look To The Stars News: Latest

  • Meet Rock Icons With Grammy Charity Online Auctions

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    The GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions has launched an auction offering exclusive concert and meet-and-greet packages with Journey and 2014 MusiCares MAP Fund honoree Ozzy Osbourne. Now through April 25, the auction will be open for two cycles featuring a VIP concert and meet-and-greet experience to the 2014 MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert honoring Osbourne on May 12. The package includes two front-row balcony seats to the sold-out concert, soundcheck access, a light dinner, and a private meet-and-greet with the recent GRAMMY winner. The Journey meet-and-greet package will include two tickets…
  • John Corbett and XCOR Aerospace Raise Nearly Quarter Million Dollars At Celebrity Fight Night

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    Actor John Corbett is better known for his roles in movies and popular TV shows such as Northern Exposure, Sex in The City and My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but last Saturday he was shooting for the stars to help knock out Parkinson’s disease by auctioning off a space flight with XCOR Aerospace to benefit Muhammad Ali's Parkinson's Research Center. John Corbett and XCOR Chief Test Pilot Richard Searfoss climb aboard the Lynx replica at Celebrity Fight Night XX on Saturday, April 12th in Phoenix, ArizonaAt the 20th Anniversary of Celebrity Fight Night’s gala fundraiser, Mr.
  • Madonna Names Miley Cyrus As Art For Freedom Guest Curator

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Madonna has announced that Miley Cyrus is the guest curator for Art for Freedom for the month of April. Miley will collaborate with Madonna to select daily submissions which will be showcased on artforfreedom.com. “Art can speak volumes – I’m glad to join Madonna in encouraging people to have their voices heard at artforfreedom.com. It’s an ideal home to see how each of us can participate in changing the world for the better,” stated Cyrus. Cyrus and Madonna will select the winning artist’s submission at the end of April and will award a $10,000 grant to a…
  • Michelle Williams Becomes Hope Ambassador In Fight Against Pediatric Cancer

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Hyundai Hope On Wheels officially launched its 16th year in the fight against pediatric cancer with a special guest performance by internationally acclaimed singer Michelle Williams last week. Zafar Brooks, Director, Hyundai Hope On Wheels, presents award to Michelle WilliamsThe launch event took place in New York City in conjunction with the New York International Auto Show. Williams was presented with an award to serve as a Hyundai Hope On Wheels celebrity Hope Ambassador. This honorary position is given to influencers willing to help bring awareness to the critical cause of childhood…
  • Carrie Ann Inaba Supports Cat Cafe In NYC

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Purina ONE is building on the feline phenomenon already popular in Europe and Asia to open the first ever Cat Cafe in America. Carrie Ann Inaba partnered with Purina ONE to help educate cat owners everywhere about cat health and well-beingPatrons can sip “cat’achinos” while spending time with and learning about cats, cat health and Purina ONE’s 28 Day Challenge. Purina ONE hopes this encourages conversation among cat owners and cat lovers alike. Carrie Ann Inaba, a champion for cats, judge on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and founder of The Carrie Ann Inaba Animal…
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    Leading by Design: A Resource for Nonprofits

  • When the Board Wastes the CEO's Talent

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

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

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

    1 Dec 2013 | 9:42 am
    I'M SPENDING SOME TIME THIS MORNING DRAFTING COMMITTEE JOB DESCRIPTIONS, or charges, for a nonprofit organization whose committees have been working without the benefit of this important tool.  You might be saying to yourself, if committees are functioning, why gum up the works with wonky job descriptions?  Isn't that just one more layer of red tape that few people pay attention to, much less care about?I could respond by saying that committee job descriptions, just like employee job descriptions and board of trustee job descriptions, have the potential for strangling enthusiasm.
  • Boards and Staffs: Four Simple Lessons for Building a Win-Win Relationship

    3 Oct 2013 | 1:08 pm
    LAST MONTH I PRESENTED A WORKSHOP ON NONPROFIT BOARD-STAFF RELATIONSHIPS to members of the Long Island Museum Association. Here's a picture of most of us at the end of the session -- a fine looking bunch, don't you think?I shared with the participants four simple lessons that I've learned over the course of my work in nonprofits about the delicate interconnectedness of nonprofit boards and staffs.  We may know the accepted divisions of authority and responsibility between them, but they rarely function with textbook precision, even in the best of organizations. Why?  One reason is…
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    Non-profit2point0

  • Achieving Marketing Goals for Nonprofits

    Charlie Hullihen
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    By Charlie Hullihen Director of Communications Goals come in many forms. Some nonprofits may be looking to get more likes on social media. Some may be trying to increase donations or earn more support from millennials. Regardless of what YOUR nonprofit’s goals are, they cannot be obtained without proper planning. Here are some tips your nonprofit can use to successfully achieve its goals. Be Specific When defining your goal, it’s important to be specific. General goals such as “do better with social media” and “update the blog” won’t do. Instead, set goals such as “get more…
  • 3 Ways to Stop Annoying Your Social Media Followers

    Charlie Hullihen
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:26 am
    frustrated (Photo credit: jonwatson) A lot of stress has been placed on the importance of social media over the past few years. And with good reason. We are at a point now where any organization, big or small, needs to have some kind of social media presence. What’s unfortunate about social media being so essential is that many organizations hear how “important” it is and end up going overboard with posts. Soon, their followers grow tired of seeing the organization in their newsfeed and unsubscribe. I probably don’t need to tell you that losing followers is a bad thing. Here are some…
  • Four Main Keys for Local SEO

    Charlie Hullihen
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:34 am
    Nearly ever consumer today turns to the internet before making a a donation or purchase, which makes implementing a local search strategy essential for nonprofits. There are four key steps to consider when putting your local search strategy into play. These are search engines, internet yellow pages, map services, and online reviews. The folks at Kenshoo have put together this handy info graph that elaborates on these four key areas and also provides some great tips and statistics.to consider when putting your local search strategy into play. These are search engines, internet yellow pages,…
  • Reaching Out to Other Bloggers

    Charlie Hullihen
    8 Oct 2013 | 9:27 am
    By Charlie Hullihen, Director of Communications and Client Relations When it come to blogging, content is still king. Of course, SEO tactics such as using keywords in the titles, body, and tags is great for bringing readers to your blog. But, if people come to your blog only to find out your content is not all that helpful, they will most likely leave your site without looking back. If you’re already producing great content, but are still having a difficult time bringing people to your posts, you may want to consider reaching out to other bloggers. This tactic is often overlooked, and…
  • How Often Should Nonprofits Redesign Their Site?

    Charlie Hullihen
    26 Sep 2013 | 12:59 pm
    By Charlie Hullihen, Director of Communications and Client Relations Website redesign is something every nonprofit wonders about. How often should we change our layout? How drastic should the changes be? Should we make any kind of announcement when our new site goes live? These are just some of the things we are frequently asked by nonprofits, and they’re all good questions. The problem, of course, is that the answers will not be the same for all organizations. How often and how drastically you redesign your website depends mostly on your intended audience. Here are some things to consider…
 
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  • Reconciling “giving smart” and “giving from the heart”

    TPI
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Housed at TPI’s Center for Global Philanthropy, New England International Donors (NEID) is a community of generous individuals, grantmakers, social investors, and advisors, who are changing the world from New England. On March 12, twenty-five members of NEID spent the evening together at the American Repertory Theater to see Witness Uganda and participate in their Act III conversation about the complexities of international philanthropy. It was a powerful evening that stimulated many thoughtful conversations over the last few weeks. Emily Nielsen Jones, a member of NEID’s Steering…
  • Today’s trends will influence tomorrow’s philanthropy

    Peter Karoff
    2 Apr 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Ellen Remmer recently posed the question of whether it is worthwhile to think long term in this rapidly changing and uncertain world.  Well, I think it is.  In fact, we must think long-term to keep pace with global change and take a strategic, impactful approach to philanthropy.  Silos are crumbling, needs are growing and opportunities are emerging to push us in the right direction and make positive change – at every level.   Whitney Duan, Founder of the Beijing-based Kaifeng Foundation, recently asked me this question:  What are the critical issues affecting the world over the…
  • Are You Taking the Long View?

    Ellen Remmer
    20 Mar 2014 | 7:41 am
    Failing to plan is planning to fail.  Undoubtedly you’ve heard that quote before and it’s certainly something that many foundations have in mind when thinking about the future. On the other hand, the strategic plan has received quite a bit of abuse recently, influenced in part by the Monitor Institute’s article, The Strategic Plan is Dead.  Long Live Strategy. As the authors of that piece point out, “the world has become a more turbulent place, where anyone with a new idea can put it into action before you can say ‘startup’ and launch widespread movements with a single…
  • Better Grantmaking, Baseball and a Billion Dollar Challenge

    Simon Delekta
    6 Mar 2014 | 11:56 am
    Early March is one of my favorite times of year. Spring training is finally here, after a depressing and dark stretch of no baseball; March Madness is set to begin; the race for the playoffs in the NHL and NBA is becoming more exciting. I may be losing some of the non-sports fans, but if that’s the case, don’t stop reading – this really is a post about philanthropy. (I’m just going to start with sports.) In 1996, Baseball Prospectus was launched, introducing a wealth of new statistical tools to fans of the sport. Many early adopters of these analytics saw impressive success, so much…
  • Jump Start Your Giving with Giving Tuesday

    Maureen O'Brien
    2 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am
    Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday.  For those of you who haven’t heard of Giving Tuesday or are still in a tryptophan-induced haze, it is a movement that launched in 2012 as the philanthropic counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  It encourages individuals and families, for-profit and non-profit organizations nationwide to celebrate their philanthropic goals and achievements through a variety of channels – saturating the digital landscape with good. The motives and messages behind Giving Tuesday are encouraging, uplifting and especially relevant during this time of year.   While…
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  • Use of Mobile Technology to Fight Human Trafficking

    M. P.
    5 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    The Polaris Project launched a short code to help victims of human trafficking – BEFREE Although technology allowed for the spread of human trafficking activities across mobile platforms and sites, anti-trafficking interventions are using mobile media to advocate for and reach potential victims.  In March 2013, The Polaris Project, an organization committed to fighting human trafficking as well as strengthening the anti-trafficking movement, activated a mobile code to assist victims of human trafficking in locating help. This textable short code, BEFREE or 233733, puts a victim in…
  • Adult Mental Illness Rates by State

    M. P.
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:47 am
    Just over 4 percent of Pennsylvania adults reported experiencing severe mental illness in the past year, while approximately 18 percent reported any mental illness during the same time period, according to the new brief from SAMHSA, State Estimates of Adult Mental Illness for the 2011 and 2012 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health. The report contains data from over 92,000 adults in the United States who participated in the National Survey of Drug Use and Health in 2011 and 2012.  The rate in Pennsylvania has increased only incrementally since the 2008 and 2009 report, when 3.5 percent of…
  • Volunteering on the Decline – Unless it’s an Internship

    M. P.
    11 Mar 2014 | 7:13 am
    Last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that American volunteerism had declined to 25.4 percent, the lowest rate since such data were first collected in 2002. The drop in volunteering occurred across many groups including, men and women (though overall, women still volunteer more than men) whites and blacks (no change among Asian and Hispanic volunteers) persons employed (full or part-time) and those not in the workforce persons with a high school diploma or a college degree The median amount of time a person volunteered in 2012-2013 was 50 hours, with 72 percent reporting that…
  • A Closer Look at Trends in Youth Obesity

    M. P.
    20 Feb 2014 | 3:57 pm
    After a period of aggressive growth, obesity rates among American youth have stabilized somewhat in the last decade. Unfortunately, this good news may distract from the trend data indicating that obesity remains a cause for concern among certain sub-groups of youth. In the paper, Increasing socioeconomic disparities in adolescent obesity, authors Carl B. Frederick, Kaisa Snellman, and Robert D. Putnam discuss the idea of income level as a kind of dividing line in recent obesity trends. In the early 2000’s, obesity rates declined for youth in higher socioeconomic categories, while slowing…
  • SAMHSA Report Holds Useful Data on Behavioral Health in Pennsylvania

    M. P.
    2 Feb 2014 | 9:23 am
    SAMHSA’s National Behavioral Health Barometer looks at recent data on mental health, drug and alcohol dependency and substance use. Last week the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced a new report containing a wealth of data on American’s behavioral health, both overall and at the state levelThe National Behavioral Health Barometer looks at mental illness, alcohol dependency, illicit drug use, treatment rates and perceptions of the dangers of substance use. This timely trend and snapshot data – particularly those from the state reports…
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  • Name Change: A Cultural Make-Over

    Karen Alphonse
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Q: About 10 years, ago, I came to the United States from a country overseas. I earned my first degree in accounting followed by a second degree in business organization from solid colleges. I know I am highly qualified, competent and have excellent references. Despite these attributes, I have circulated my resume with very little response. A colleague told me she thinks my name is causing problems. What do you think? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Killer Reference

    Karen Alphonse
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:28 am
    Q: I have a feeling one of my references is not giving me a good evaluation. In my last set of interviews, the prospective employer seemed very enthusiastic about hiring me. But, after conducting reference checks, he refused to return my phone calls. What can I do to correct this? Is there any strategy for making a bad reference good? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • To Address Or Not

    Karen Alphonse
    18 Mar 2014 | 7:40 am
    I am redrafting my resume, and I want to know whether I should include my address. What is the protocol? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Results Versus People

    Karen Alphonse
    11 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    Q: We are a group of entrepreneurs excited about making our socially responsible start-up a success. Part of that success is bringing the right kind of Executive Director on board. In our discussions, we are struggling with how to draft a compelling position description to get the right person in the door. One of our biggest issues is, in our searching, should we highlight our need for results, or should we talk more about our desire to have a strong work culture that emphasizes professional... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Burnt My Bridges

    Karen Alphonse
    4 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    Q: I left my last position in a hurry. I was so eager to get out that I resigned without giving my supervisors much explanation or time to organize and fill my role. I thought I was leaving to take on the “Dream Job,” but, I am two weeks into it and realize this is the position from hell. My interviewers misrepresented everything from the size of my staff to my compensation and budget. They are also requiring me to take on additional responsibilities, and this is not the half of it. What... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • A daily to-do list I’ve stuck with for 6 months. Might work for you too.

    Trina Isakson
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:14 pm
    I came across the 1-3-5 to-do list on the great productivity/creativity blog 99u (a lovely, quick daily read if you’re a productivity/creativity nerd like me). Here’s how it works: The method assumes that every day you have enough time/energy for 1 big thing, 3 medium things, and 5 small things. For me, I approach assigning the size of a task with both how much time it will take me and how much energy it will take. Some things that won’t take long but I’m absolutely dreading might be a 1. Some things that take a bit longer but are super easy and fun may be a 5.
  • How to decide what your organization should STOP doing

    Trina Isakson
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:57 pm
    If your organization has limited resources (people, time, money, etc.) but wants to achieve success in its programming, this resource is for you. According to the MacMillan Matrix, a tool developed by Ian MacMillan at the Wharton School of Business, there are four criteria used to determine whether to grow, stop, or share a program: mission and ability fit, program attractiveness, saturation, and competitive advantage. I’ve adapted the MacMillan Matrix and share it here as a decision tree. You can also download the full resource (3 page PDF).
  • Women: please steal this idea

    Trina Isakson
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:38 pm
    I have way too many ideas that I don’t set free. Here’s one I know I won’t get to, but would love someone else to take on. The nominators The nominators is a group of diverse women (though not necessarioy just women) who dedicate time to nominating women for awards and speaking engagements. So many awards and panels and keynotes are dominated by men, and it perpetuates a cycle of a specific segment being seen as the “best” or as the “expert”. Many people who hold conferences and awards lament that the reason we don’t see more women is that women…
  • A new way to think about to-do lists and moving important things forward in your life

    Trina Isakson
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Lately, when people have asked me what I’m up to, I often talk about my “productivity experiment”: for six weeks I focus on six areas of priority in my life. I read about this method from the book “Necessary Endings” by Dr. Henry Cloud, and I’ve been enjoying the practice. What this involves: Pick six areas of your life that you’d like to move forward. Areas you’d like to focus on and pay closer attention to. As much as possible, use any available time to focus on these areas. Say no to everything else. The first six weeks I tried this, my areas…
  • What’s another way to introduce the idea of introverted changemakers?

    Trina Isakson
    10 Feb 2014 | 8:59 pm
    So I’m writing a book. Right now I’m identifying and interviewing introverted changemakers. But I have a problem. Whenever I pitch the idea to people in the social change/non-profit/social innovation space who I think might consider themselves to be introverts, I often get this response: Oh, but I’m both. or… I did that test and I was right in the middle. And then they go on to talk more about how they work — and they describe introverts to a T. Is it about not knowing much about introversion/extroversion? Or is it about a discomfort with coming out as an…
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  • Interview with Angel Aloma | Simple Development Systems Podcast

    Pamela Grow
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:41 pm
    “We all like to feel special” Do you understand what it means to be donor-centered?  Really? Angel A. Aloma, has learned a thing or two about making donors feel special in his work as Executive Director of Food For The Poor.  I met Angel at the FundRaising Success Engage Conference in Philadelphia, where he and his team presented on how Food For The Poor went from being a small charity with a big dream – to a $1billion-a-year charity fighting extreme poverty in 17 countries. In this Simple Development Systems podcast, you’ll learn: How Food for the Poor learned more about their…
  • Train Your Board (And Everyone Else) To Raise Money | Book Review

    Pamela Grow
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:09 pm
    What is it about board members and fundraising? When I asked readers to share their biggest issue with their board, many pointed to fundraising as the number one grievance. “They feel like fundraising is slimy or beneath them.” “They think it’s all about finding the next big corporate sponsor, rather than taking care of current donors and donating themselves.” “They don’t know how to fundraise but they want to tell the staff what they need to do in fundraising.” “Board members who say they’ll do anything except raise money.”…
  • Nonprofit Storytelling with Video | Three Unbreakable Rules

    Pamela Grow
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:19 am
    How are you sharing your organization’s stories? I’m a big believer in constant story collection – from your clients, your donors, your founder, your staff (see my article 6 Tips for Collecting Great Nonprofit Stories for more information) – but just as importantly as the stories you tell, is the method you use to tell them. Just as you wouldn’t limit your organization’s story to one story, neither should you limit the channels of expressing those stories. A strong tool in your organization’s marketing arsenal is visual storytelling.  Today’s guest…
  • 5 Steps to Unlocking Hidden Fundraisers: A Practical Guide to Working Better With Program Staff and Raising More Money

    Pamela Grow
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:49 am
    Guest blogger, Rory Green has been fundraising since the age of 10, when she volunteered to help run her school’s annual Bike-A-Thon for juvenile cancer research. Fundraising became her vocation at 14, when she lost a friend to Leukemia. Rory is Senior Development Officer at Canada’s BCIT Foundation by day, and infamous as the brilliant Fundraiser Grrl by night. Today’s guest post arose from a Twitter conversation. How many fundraisers does your team have? One? Ten? Fifty? Mine has more than 1,700. Yep, you heard me right. The catch is, they don’t all work for the Development…
  • The dark side of nonprofit monthly giving

    Pamela Grow
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:08 pm
    The wider adoption of monthly giving (also known as regular or sustained giving) in the U.S. could itself transform philanthropy.” Dr. Adrian Sargeant Nonprofit monthly giving is awesome.  It results in increased donor retention and loyalty.  Your monthly donors are strongly predisposed to bequest giving.  And oooh la la, your monthly giving program results in reliable income for you.  You can plan! I’ve been preaching the benefits of monthly giving programs for small shop fundraisers for years. But here’s the drawback:  if your organization is still in acquisition mode, instead of…
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  • Facebook Bootcamp for Nonprofit Launches Today

    Facebook Guy
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:54 am
    How are you dealing with declining reach and other challenges to Facebook marketing? The first Facebook Bootcamp launched last winter and it was a huge hit with participants! The benefits they reported include: A noticeable increase in fan growth and engagement rate. Smarter, more strategic uses of Facebook. A more donor-centric focus that integrates all channels. Based on […]
  • 17 Steps to Creating Explosively Successful Facebook Contests

    Facebook Guy
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:32 am
    Facebook contests can increase your fan-count and engagement. You can also build your email list with contests. But they have to be done right. Fortunately, ShortStack created a pretty snappy infographic with 17 steps for creating explosive contests (see below). Here’s a summary of all 17: 1. Is a Facebook contest right for your organization? […]
  • The Unofficial Guide to Facebook News Feed Image Sizes

    Facebook Guy
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:57 am
    Check out this Infographic on Facebook’s new images sizes developed by Gain, a Facebook marketing company.
  • How to Use Facebook Call-To-Actions within Link Posts (VIDEO TUTORIAL)

    Facebook Guy
    7 Mar 2014 | 6:36 am
    Facebook now allows you to add various CTAs to link posts using the Power Editor. CTAs include: “Sign Up”, “Book Now”, “Learn More”, “Shop Now” and “Download” Post by The Nonprofit Facebook Guy.
 
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  • The Consideration for a Safe Event

    21 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    Last year, the 2013 Boston MuckFest MS was held one week after the 2013 Boston Marathon. Following the tragedy of the Boston Marathon, we carefully reviewed all of our security measures – questioning what we could do to ensure the safety of our participants, volunteer and staff. Our event site (Fort Devens) coincidentally was where the suspect had been relocated to the night before our event. This relocation also created last minute security measures that needed to be addressed. Collaborating with both local and state police, we immediately began to question all aspects of the…
  • A Little Bit of Proofreading Goes a Long Way

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    After all of the hard work your organization puts into the planning and publicizing of your event, don’t let errors in communication undermine your credibility and your message. Poor grammar and spelling mistakes give the impression that you don’t pay attention to details. Broken or misdirected links are frustrating and an incorrect date or address could even cause someone to miss your event altogether.Proofreading your communication is a vital part of interacting with participants and donors. With so many emails, blogs and tweets competing for attention, it is imperative that…
  • How to Deal with Unruly Event Participants

    9 Apr 2014 | 1:57 pm
    One of the best parts of our job is creating amazing experiences for our participants. However, it’s not always possible to please everyone. Mix in the emotions that come with participating in a cause-related event and the activity people are completing, and you’ve got the perfect recipe to see participants take their frustrations to a new level. It’s kind of like a wedding where you get to see people at their best and, unfortunately, at their worst. Everyone in the event business knows who we’re talking about: the unruly participant.Despite all of your planning…
  • Event 360 Explores: Phoenix Half Marathon

    25 Mar 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Next up in our blog series, Event 360 Explores, we hear from Robin Shapiro who just finished the Phoenix Half Marathon.  Name, date and location of event Phoenix Half Marathon, Saturday March 1st, 2014 in Mesa, Arizona. Event summary There were marathon, half marathon, 10k and 1k kids route. I ran the half marathon route.  It was a basic, no frills route on city streets. Start and finish were not the same location and the shuttle services were timely and comfortable.  Were the three event basics of traffic, parking and signage met?  Event organizers did a great job with…
  • APIs – the Miracles and the Marketing (Part 2 of 2)

    18 Mar 2014 | 4:01 pm
    The spirit of our last API discussion was, essentially, “don’t believe the hype”.  (Did I just drop in some Chuck D?  Yes, yes I did.)  In this installment we’ll talk about some of the groovy things you can do with APIs, as well as some thoughts on the future.One of our clients has a complex event check-in procedure that goes well beyond just “have you reached your fundraising minimum to participate?”  It includes variables for past participation, whether you are or are not on a team, whether you have reviewed the safety literature…
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  • Philanthropy News Watch 4/14- 4/18

    Gabrielle McCaffrey
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Here’s a roundup of some of this week’s interesting news and postings on philanthropy and nonprofits: Half a Century after the Civil Rights act, Four Challenges for Nonprofits and Foundations Today Rick Cohen | The Nonprofit Quarterly The Heinz Endowments Names Grant Oliphant President Digital Journal | The Heinz Endowments From Food Pantries to Food Justice Brent Kakesako | Rooflines–The Shelterforce blog Interview: Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation Miriam Axel-Lute | Shelterforce This is How We Should Measure Our Work (And Achieve Economic Justice) Josh Ishimatsu |…
  • Race For Results Index: A great new resource for measuring equity

    Niki Jagpal
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Earlier this month, The Annie E. Casey Foundation released Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, a policy report that examines the intersection of children, race and opportunity using a new index. The Race for Results Index disaggregates data by state and racial and ethnic groups and thus measures how we are doing in terms of preparing all American children to succeed in life and school. It comprises 12 indicators and is intended to measure individual states’ progress towards equity and to develop state-level policy changes. A child’s success is gauged at…
  • Philanthropy News Watch 4/7 – 4/11

    Gabrielle McCaffrey
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:27 pm
      Here’s a roundup of some of this week’s interesting news and postings on philanthropy and nonprofits: How to Criticize “Big Philanthropy” Effectively Joanne Barkan | The Dissent Magazine Group Demands Gates Foundation Drop CEO Prison Investments Black Star News Budget Chief is Obama’s Choice as New Health Secretary Michael D. Shear | The New York Times Special Report: Nonprofit Finance Fund 2014 State of the Sector Survey Findings Nonprofit Finance Fund Follow NCRP on Twitter (@ncrp) to receive news and other information from the philanthropy and nonprofit…
  • Leaders of the 100% Club: The Compton and Heron Foundations on 100% Mission Investing

    Alison Howard
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    This post is the first in a three-part series following up on the recent winter issue of Responsive Philanthropy, which was all about mission investing. Be sure to check back here over the next few weeks for more on this important topic. We got in touch with two foundations, the Compton Foundation and the F.B. Heron Foundation, that are committed to 100% mission investing – meaning they only invest their endowment assets in opportunities that align with their missions. NCRP has long applauded the efforts and values of both organizations. The Compton Foundation was founded in 1946 to promote…
  • Philanthropy News Watch 3/31 – 4/4

    Gabrielle McCaffrey
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
      Here’s a roundup of some of this week’s interesting news and postings on philanthropy and nonprofits: Interview with Judi Jennings Barry Hessenius | Western States Art Federation How the Kellogg Foundation Takes on Structural Racism Rick Cohen | The NonProfit Quarterly  Community Funds Ask People from Diverse Walks of Life for Priorities Alex Daniels and Ben Gose | The Chronicle of Philanthropy Hewlett Ends Effort to Get Donors to Make Dispassionate Choices on Giving Doug Donovan | The Chronicle of Philanthropy Walton Foundation’s pour $164 million in 2013 education…
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  • M&R 2014 Benchmarks Study: Findings and Implications

    Debra Askanase
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
    The M&R 2014 Benchmarks Study is here! For the past eight years, M&R,with support from NTEN, has produced a study of email and fundraising benchmarks. This year’s study looked at email (open rates, churn, click-through rates, list growth, response rates), online giving (email, other giving online, monthly vs. one-time gifts), website traffic (traffic growth and web gift rates), and social media (Facebook and Twitter fan size, growth, and frequency of posting) in 2013. What is interesting about this year’s study isn’t so much what is in it, but what it can mean for…
  • How Upworthy Thinks About Metrics

    Debra Askanase
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
      The founder of the news site Upworthy, Eli Pariser, knows just a little bit about how to get people to read his content. He joined MoveOn.org in 2001, and recently launched the massively popular news site Upworthy. Pariser spoke with New York Times journalist David Carr at South By Southwest Interactive about Upworthy: why he created it, the relationship with Facebook, and how Upworthy views metrics. While reading about the conversation in The Guardian, I was struck by Upworthy’s key metrics: importance, satisfaction, and quality. “We think a lot about three metrics:…
  • 50 Shades of Social Media: Navigating Policies, Laws & Ethics at #14ntc

    Debra Askanase
    24 Mar 2014 | 6:35 am
    Social media practices evolve, along with questions of how to implement social media, who should do it, and how should practitioners do so. As organizations, we struggle with questions such as: who owns social media followers, what is acceptable to post privately to social media even if you are the public face of an organization, who in the organization should post updates to Facebook, and is it acceptable to ghostwrite tweets? These are the gray areas. At the 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference, myself, Farra Trompeter, Carly Leinheiser, and Ashley Lusk developed a session focused on…
  • Taking a Deep Dive Into Something New

    Debra Askanase
    24 Feb 2014 | 6:15 am
      Image courtesy of Sum_of_Marc, Creative Commons license If you’ve taken a look at my blog lately, you probably noticed that the blog has been dark since January 1, 2014. Whenever I’ve taken a break from blogging in the past, I notified readers ahead of time. In January, I faced a quandary: I didn’t want to post to this blog while I was considering a staff position at a nonprofit organization. I felt it was most ethical for this blog to “stay dark” until I had made a final decision, and notified all of my current clients. I am thrilled to announce that…
  • 2013: The Year Nonprofit Social Media Grew Up

    Debra Askanase
    27 Dec 2013 | 8:19 am
    Image courtesy of Dan Foy, Creative Commons license This is the month when we all reflect upon 2013, and I am no holdout. Thinking about what I repeatedly encountered as a digital engagement strategy consultant, I realized that this was big story: 2013 was the year that social media grew up. 2013 was the year that communications and social media finally melded into one, social became visual, results were measured, and organizational culture began to shift in order to absorb these changes. Not every organization encountered these changes, or asked for them. More than ever before, organizations…
 
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  • Collective Impact – A few thoughts

    Mark Holmgren
    5 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    I was born with a pronounced cynicism gene. I think it makes me a good learner, but I do have to remind myself on occasion to keep learning. That’s why I attended Tamarack’s Champions for Change gathering that was all about Collective Impact. I wasn’t going to go because I didn’t have much time for Collective Impact. I had read the articles; it made sense, but I weaved through the narrative too quickly perhaps and formed a short conclusion that this was a different and also very good piece on a lot of the same stuff that has been going on for long as snow in the artic. Then one…
  • TRANSFORMATIONAL IDEAS REQUIRE TRANSFORMED PRACTICE

    Mark Holmgren
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:13 pm
    TRANSFORMATIONAL IDEAS REQUIRE TRANSFORMED PRACTICE NINE THINGS WE MUST STOP DOING! Mark Holmgren INTRODUCTION This piece is about our practice as community workers, our mindset, our tendencies to resist the transformative leap. Sometimes it feels like we are standing on the edge of convention, a wide chasm between us and the “New World,” and looking down at the gremlins of risk and failure. The narrative here does not imply – or even offer the slightest allusion – that the author has figured it all out. It’s our human nature to be cautious, to measure our options, to work in the…
  • WHY NOT FREE PUBLIC TRANSIT?

    Mark Holmgren
    24 Mar 2014 | 8:52 am
    What would it take to make public transit a universal benefit to Edmontonians?  The cost of a bus or train ride or a monthly pass has become an obstacle for too many people and families.  If you are making the minimum wage in Alberta, a monthly pass, currently $89.00, is more than a day’s pay. Imagine if that worker had two kids and a spouse who needed monthly passes. Each adult pays $89.00 and each child pays $69.00 for a grand total of $316.00. At the minimum wage of $9.95 per hour, it would take one of the earners in that family spending a week’s wages for the monthly cost of the…
  • Small (ok, BIG) Lesson

    Mark Holmgren
    14 Mar 2014 | 5:02 pm
    I sit on the board of a small organization. I hold everyone on the board with high regard. Each of us is committed to the work. Our meeting today was dysfunctional. I was dysfunctional. We – I should say many of us who spoke lots, listened less – were the epitome of UN-collaborative. We were (I was) positional. We were (I was) not facilitative of one another. We did (I did) not, as John Ott says, “Welcome all that arises.” I felt one of the members was incessantly condescending. Later, over a coffee with myself, I saw clearly how others could think I was condescending. I was too…
  • Social Media – What Now?

    Mark Holmgren
    9 Feb 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Most non-profits are active on the web and understand the importance of ensuring there are ample opportunities for cross sharing between websites, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other platforms like Pinterest. My sense is that only a minority of non-profits – truly understand and then embrace social media as being vital to communication with stakeholders, increasing brand awareness, promoting a cause, and generating philanthropic interest and action in their organizations. I understand it is difficult for many non-profits to allocate a staff person or more importantly overall staff…
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    Nonprofit Branding Blog

  • Nonprofit Branding: Don’t Damage Your Brand – #1

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    Do not be fooled. Or foolish! Sure, logo-imprinted branding products are powerful marketing tools. They can also do big -time damage to your brand. And if they do – it’s your fault! This post begins a series that explores how to harness the power of logo-imprinted branding products while protecting the brand they spotlight. This […]
  • Nonprofit Branding: It’s Your Brand. But You Can’t Control It!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    Your brand lives out there in the collective mind of the public. You might touch it up a bit, but you can’t manage it. Alarming fact: there are more ways to damage the brand than there are to enhance it. That’s the topic we explore in this video..  
  • Nonprofit Branding: Process Is Nice: Results Are Essential!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    We’re starting a conversation about Strategic Planning. A highly regarded nonprofit exercise. Often a waste of time. Take it too seriously, make it too rigorous and strategic planning becomes a can of worms. With little long-term impact. And with much short-term disruption. These are initial comments. They will irritate some folks. I’ll have more to […]
  • NONPROFIT BRANDING: You Know These Are Different Tools. RIGHT?

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:30 am
    Marketing & Promotion. Not close pals. Distant cousins, though. Usually on speaking terms. Not much more to their relationship.  Understand the difference. That knowledge will turbocharge your nonprofit career. And help you get the corner office you’ve been lusting after. Maybe….
  • NONPROFIT BRANDING: Great Product. Crappy PR. WHY?

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    20 Mar 2014 | 7:30 am
    World Class branding product. Durable, useful, respected. Carried by tens of millions of people. Great place to put your nonprofit logo. So, how come the company’s PR and marketing departments blew off my requests. Are they indifferent? Incompetent? Or both? And what can we learn from their failure?
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  • Nonprofit Branding: Don’t Damage Your Brand – #1

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    Do not be fooled. Or foolish! Sure, logo-imprinted branding products are powerful marketing tools. They can also do big -time damage to your brand. And if they do – it’s your fault! This post begins a series that explores how to harness the power of logo-imprinted branding products while protecting the brand they spotlight. This […]
  • Nonprofit Branding: It’s Your Brand. But You Can’t Control It!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    Your brand lives out there in the collective mind of the public. You might touch it up a bit, but you can’t manage it. Alarming fact: there are more ways to damage the brand than there are to enhance it. That’s the topic we explore in this video..  
  • Nonprofit Branding: Process Is Nice: Results Are Essential!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    We’re starting a conversation about Strategic Planning. A highly regarded nonprofit exercise. Often a waste of time. Take it too seriously, make it too rigorous and strategic planning becomes a can of worms. With little long-term impact. And with much short-term disruption. These are initial comments. They will irritate some folks. I’ll have more to […]
  • NONPROFIT BRANDING: You Know These Are Different Tools. RIGHT?

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:30 am
    Marketing & Promotion. Not close pals. Distant cousins, though. Usually on speaking terms. Not much more to their relationship.  Understand the difference. That knowledge will turbocharge your nonprofit career. And help you get the corner office you’ve been lusting after. Maybe….
  • NONPROFIT BRANDING: Great Product. Crappy PR. WHY?

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    20 Mar 2014 | 7:30 am
    World Class branding product. Durable, useful, respected. Carried by tens of millions of people. Great place to put your nonprofit logo. So, how come the company’s PR and marketing departments blew off my requests. Are they indifferent? Incompetent? Or both? And what can we learn from their failure?
 
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    Notations on Non-Profits

  • Don’t Forget! I’ll Be At The Social Enterprise Alliance Summit Next Week!

    Erin
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:57 pm
    I’m still alive I promise! But between the new position, starting the book up again and prepping for talks (here’s a podcast I just did for one) things have been a tad busy. However, I did want to remind folks that it’s not too late to sign up for the SEA’s National Summit in Nashville next [...]
  • All About Logistics: 5 Things to Think About After Forming a New Organization

    Erin
    5 Mar 2014 | 8:27 am
    Check out my most recent post on the TriplePundit site! A list of five things nonprofits, social enterprises and traditional for-profits should all be thinking about after forming a new organization.   http://www.triplepundit.com/2014/03/5-things-think-forming-universal-guide-new-organizations/    
  • Local Nonprofit Partner and Upcoming Events

    Erin
    24 Feb 2014 | 8:49 pm
    The last few weeks in Houston have been full of things happening in the nonprofit space. There’s different clinics, talks, special events; it’s been hard to keep up with them all. But there’s two things I wanted to highlight that I feel will be a tremendous benefit to small and large organizations. VolunteerHouston For the [...]
  • Guest Post: 5 Things To Think About Before Starting A Nonprofit

    Erin
    12 Feb 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Recently I had the privilege of writing a guest post for Laws For Paws; a blog dedicated to discussing animal law issues as well as those impacting organizations that work with animals.  It’s founder Kay is an incredible attorney that has created (what I think is) an indispensable resource for those working or affiliated with animal [...]
  • Ex Officio, Ex Officio, Wherefore Art Thou: Position Still Relevant In This Day and Age?

    Erin
    8 Feb 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Was recently looking through a set of bylaws; checking things off and putting things in. But when I got to the ex officio section  it got me thinking. Can something that sounds like a Shakespearean villain still be relevant today?  I jest, but in all honesty just how effective is the ex officio concept  as [...]
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    Vistas: Geri Stengel’s Blog

  • 5 Women Named Ambassadors For Entrepreneurship By White House

    Geri Stengel
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Prosperous economies have steady streams of companies starting up and growing. Especially vital are the high-growth firms that market innovative technologies, products, and business models. These companies create the rags-to-riches path that has come to be known as the American Dream. read more
  • How To Turn A Problem Into A Business

    Geri Stengel
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Women know what women need. Think Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx, creating a comfortable undergarment to eliminate her unsightly panty lines. read more
  • How Women Are Using Crowdfinancing to Redefine Wall Street

    Geri Stengel
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    Plenty of ambitious women in the financial services industry have banged their heads into the glass ceiling and some, like Mickie Siebert back in the ‘60s, break it. She was the first woman to get a seat on the New York Stock Exchange and was the first woman to head a NYSE’s member firm. read more
  • 4 Steps To Scratching Your Entrepreneurial Itch

    Geri Stengel
    27 Mar 2014 | 4:15 am
    Female entrepreneurs get it: Women have become the power users of technologies such as the internet, mobile, and social networking. “Female users are the unsung heroines behind the most engaging, fastest growing, and most valuable consumer internet and e-commerce companies.  Especially when it comes to social and shopping, women rule the Internet,” wrote Aileen Lee in TechCrunch. Lee is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a venture capital firm. read more
  • 4 Reasons Women Are More Responsible Entrepreneurs Than Men

    Geri Stengel
    20 Mar 2014 | 4:20 am
    Social responsibility is second nature to female entrepreneurs When it comes to social responsibility the answer is “yes,” according to 2013 U.S. Trust Insights on Wealth and Worth. Successful women are more likely than successful men to own a business so they can pursue a personal passion and to make a positive impact on the world. These women are also far less likely than than their male counterparts to take actions such as moving the company to another state, eliminating staff or reducing employee benefits in response to increased tax burden. read more
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    Christine Sculati's blog

  • On Earth Day: Celebrating projects to study and protect wildlife in the Bay Area

    christine
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    Bouverie Preserve in Sonoma Valley is part of the Sonoma Land Trust’s Wildlife Corridor Study In a post to celebrate Earth Day today, Jamie Rappaport Clark, President and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife, points out that the United States has many “firsts in conservation:” “We were the first nation to establish a national park, the first to create a national wildlife refuge, the first to approve a law protecting endangered species and the first to create a national day dedicated to conservation, Earth Day. “ To follow her lead, I am dedicating this post to honor…
  • Famous mountain lion illuminates plight of wildlife on urban edge

    christine
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Griffith Park Mountain Lion P-22 when he was healthy. Photo credit: National Park Service A celebrity lives in a park above the Hollywood Hills amid a thick cover of chaparral and oak woodlands. He has helped rally the public to understand the plight of wildlife living on the urban fringe. He goes by the name “P-22” as the 22nd mountain lion to wear a GPS radio-collar in a study by the National Park Service. Widely known as the “Griffith Park mountain lion,” P-22′s improbable existence on an island of nature in the high hills above Los Angeles gained widespread media…
  • Nancy Duarte: Transforming audiences to change the world

    christine
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    “Changing the world starts with transforming an audience, and an audience will only change if you resonate with them.” That was the advice of Nancy Duarte in her presentation at a gathering of the San Francisco Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) on April 4, 2014. Presentation innovator Nancy Duarte is the CEO of Duarte Inc. based in Sunnyvale, California and the publisher of books on how to create engaging and memorable presentations that move audiences. Duarte’s clients have included politicians, thought leaders, nonprofit organizations…
  • Sunset sparks conversation about the future of water

    christine
    22 Mar 2014 | 11:54 am
    Sierra Nevada rivers supply water to some parts of California. Shouldn’t we value every drop that comes out of our taps? (Photo of the South Fork of the Tuolumne River in Yosemite National Park by Christine Sculati) California has endured many droughts as a state and has found ways to innovate in response to each dry spell. Indeed, the current drought – one of the worst in the state’s history – has sparked new conversations that went silent after the last major drought ended. We all tend to suffer amnesia when a crisis is not staring us in the face. In a time when…
  • Women who made history in Yosemite National Park

    christine
    8 Mar 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Lucy Telles, also known as Pa-ma-has (1940s). Her innovations in Native American basket weaving had a lasting influence on Yosemite’s weavers. Source: San Joaquin Valley Library System Today is International Women’s Day. March is Women’s History Month. And the year 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of Yosemite National Park and the California State Park system. Yosemite was first protected as a state park — the first state park in the world — when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant in 1864. Considering that Yosemite is one of my favorite places in the…
 
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    Notations on Non-Profits

  • Don’t Forget! I’ll Be At The Social Enterprise Alliance Summit Next Week!

    Erin
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:57 pm
    I’m still alive I promise! But between the new position, starting the book up again and prepping for talks (here’s a podcast I just did for one) things have been a tad busy. However, I did want to remind folks that it’s not too late to sign up for the SEA’s National Summit in Nashville next [...]
  • All About Logistics: 5 Things to Think About After Forming a New Organization

    Erin
    5 Mar 2014 | 8:27 am
    Check out my most recent post on the TriplePundit site! A list of five things nonprofits, social enterprises and traditional for-profits should all be thinking about after forming a new organization.   http://www.triplepundit.com/2014/03/5-things-think-forming-universal-guide-new-organizations/    
  • Local Nonprofit Partner and Upcoming Events

    Erin
    24 Feb 2014 | 8:49 pm
    The last few weeks in Houston have been full of things happening in the nonprofit space. There’s different clinics, talks, special events; it’s been hard to keep up with them all. But there’s two things I wanted to highlight that I feel will be a tremendous benefit to small and large organizations. VolunteerHouston For the [...]
  • Guest Post: 5 Things To Think About Before Starting A Nonprofit

    Erin
    12 Feb 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Recently I had the privilege of writing a guest post for Laws For Paws; a blog dedicated to discussing animal law issues as well as those impacting organizations that work with animals.  It’s founder Kay is an incredible attorney that has created (what I think is) an indispensable resource for those working or affiliated with animal [...]
  • Ex Officio, Ex Officio, Wherefore Art Thou: Position Still Relevant In This Day and Age?

    Erin
    8 Feb 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Was recently looking through a set of bylaws; checking things off and putting things in. But when I got to the ex officio section  it got me thinking. Can something that sounds like a Shakespearean villain still be relevant today?  I jest, but in all honesty just how effective is the ex officio concept  as [...]
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    Engaging Volunteers

  • What Nonprofits Should Know about VolunteerMatch’s Global Expansion

    Shari Ilsen
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Last week we announced that we’re beginning to expand our services to create a global volunteer engagement network. We’ve partnered with TechSoup Global to leverage their technology and help build the capacity of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the world. We hope you’re as excited by this announcement as we are! But we also recognize there may be some questions that pop up about this global expansion. Below are some FAQ’s for nonprofits that will help your organization, no matter where you’re located, make the most of the growing global…
  • Winning People Over to Your Cause – Part Four: Measure Success Based on Your Volunteers and Community

    Tori Fukumitsu
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    Editor’s Note: This series explores ways to apply content marketing strategies to help lead a successful nonprofit volunteer program. Using the wealth of information in Kivi Leroux Miller’s book “Content Marketing for Nonprofits” as a jumping-off point, this four-part installment discusses how a solid content marketing strategy will pay dividends in drawing volunteers and supporters, bridging the gap between volunteers and donors, and engaging your community. How can you learn more about your volunteers and supporters? This question should serve as the driving force…
  • Know the Facts: Volunteer Drivers and the “Ride-Sharing” Liability Controversy

    Shari Ilsen
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    Guest post by William R. Henry, Jr. If your organization engages volunteers to transport people, and the volunteers use their own vehicles, you may be concerned about liability. Now those worries have been amped up by the controversy over “transportation network companies” (TNC’s) such as Uber and Sidecar, which use Web portals to act as brokers between those who need rides and those who are willing to provide them in their private vehicles. The controversy is that the liability exposure of TNC’s falls between the scope of commercial auto policies and that of personal…
  • Why and How VolunteerMatch Works with Sponsors

    Shari Ilsen
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    Yes, VolunteerMatch works with sponsors. It’s a good thing that helps us do even more good in the world. Over the past couple of years we have tested out ways to help companies, brands and other nonprofit organizations get their special messages in front of our massive membership of dedicated do-gooders. In exchange, these sponsoring groups help support VolunteerMatch. You might have seen this sponsored content on the side of VolunteerMatch.org while you update your nonprofit’s listings, sign up for a webinar, or search for a volunteer opportunity. You also could see a sponsored…
  • Was VolunteerMatch Affected by the Heartbleed Issue?

    Shari Ilsen
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    On Monday April 7, we (along with many other Web services) received notification of a widespread internet security issue – called Heartbleed, impacting the popular OpenSSL technology – and we moved quickly to respond. We began testing the fix on Monday morning and applied the changes to our production environment Tuesday afternoon. We have verified that the exploitable bug has been fixed. The servers impacted by Heartbleed do not store user information, and since we were able to close the gap quickly, it is unlikely that this had a security impact on our users. To be extra…
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    Nonprofit Tech for GoodNonprofit Tech for Good

  • ATTN NGOs: .संगठन, .机构, & .opr Are Now Available

    Heather Mansfield
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    Public Interest Registry – the not-for-profit operator of the .org domain – has launched the first registration phase, known as the Sunrise Period (beginning April 22), for three new Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs). Qualified domain trademark holders can now submit applications for each of these three new domains, which translate to “organisation” or “institution” in non-Latin-based scripts – one in Devanagari (.संगठन), one in Cyrillic (.орг), and one in simplified Chinese (.机构). Registration will open to all interested parties beginning May 27.  By…
  • 4 Must-Know Features of the New Twitter Profile Design for Nonprofits

    Heather Mansfield
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:47 am
    This week Twitter began its roll out of a new Twitter Profile design and at any moment your nonprofit’s Twitter Profile could have a completely different look and functionality. The new design is obviously more visual, but it also places more emphasis on the content that your followers have engaged with. If you aren’t getting engagement on Twitter (retweeted, replied to, mentioned, favorited, and listed), then your nonprofit must dramatically change its Twitter strategy. That said, before your nonprofit is given the new profile design, it’s highly recommended that you spend…
  • Top 5 Instagram Best Practices for Nonprofits

    Heather Mansfield
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    The following is an excerpt from Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits. Owned by Facebook, Instagram is the largest mobile social network in the United States. With more than half its users outside the United States, Instagram is well-positioned to become more broadly used worldwide. The predominant age group of users is 18–29. At the time this book went to press, the Instagram tool set was limited primarily to sharing photos or 15-second videos, adding text-based captions, and liking photos. The simplicity of the app is part of its appeal, but in terms of fundraising,…
  • A Mobile and Social Fundraising Success Checklist for Nonprofits

    Heather Mansfield
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:41 am
    The following is an excerpt from Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits. Mobile for Good is written as practical how-to guide in simple language with a companion “Mobile and Social Fundraising Success Checklist” at the end. By reading the book and implementing the steps necessary to launch a comprehensive mobile and social fundraixsing plan – and checking off the must-do items as you go along – by the end of the book your nonprofit will have in place mobile and social fundraising plan flexible enough to adjust to rapid changes in fundraising and…
  • 5 Trends in Nonprofit Infographic Design

    Heather Mansfield
    5 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    As the fiscal year comes to a close and nonprofits are currently crafting next year’s budget, adding a line item for infographic design would be a very wise investment. From print fundraising appeals to digital annuals reports to compelling storytelling through tweets and status updates, the social science of online behavior confirms again and again that messages are most effectively communicated through images. Custom infographic design fees vary widely depending on complexity (ranging from $1-10,000), but a creative, Adobe Photoshop-skilled new media manager can customize stock…
 
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    Socialbrite

  • 3 tips to get more out of conferences

    Caroline Avakian
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Here are some ways you can maximize your experience at events Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, marketers, managers, educators, journalists, general public. Conference season is well underway. Last week at the Harvard Social Enterprise Conference, the keynote speaker and Echoing Green president, Cheryl Dorsey, began her great talk with some hints to us attendees on conference best practices. So allow me to share those helpful tips with you all. They’re easy to manage but pack a big punch, and you’ll be glad you set these in…
  • 5 fundraising tips you can learn from JetBlue

    John Haydon
    24 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Keeping your donate pages simple and foolproof, like the airline’s kiosks, is the name of the game Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, general public. All nonprofit marketers should fly JetBlue at least once. Just to use the check-in kiosks. If you’re not familiar with them, take a look at the one shown above. Most of us hate the check-in process at the airport. The mixed up flights and delays. Making sure your bottles of hair products and lotions are all in order. And TSA guards, although I find them pleasant most of the time.
  • Disrupting the nonprofit sector

    Caroline Avakian
    19 Mar 2014 | 6:07 am
    A scene from last year’s NTC (Photo by JD Lasica). Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, educators, journalists, general public. The 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference, which took place last week in DC, is a conference that so many nonprofit tech and communications staffers look forward to every year because of the great sessions, useful tips and tools, and awesome people committed to using technology to advance social good. I was pretty excited when I saw that there was a “Disrupting the Nonprofit Sector” session. I…
  • SourceRise: Connecting nonprofits/NGOs to journalists

    JD Lasica
    10 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Caroline Avakian, SourceRise founder & CEO, with Arya Iranpour, Chief Technology Officer and founding engineer (Photo by Maulin Mehta) Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, journalists, educators, general public. While a number of promising Web 2.0 social enterprises have launched in the past few years, SourceRise, which just soft launched in beta last week, is showing great momentum right out of the gate. SourceRise, founded by our very own Caroline Avakian (managing partner at Socialbrite), connects journalists and bloggers to sources…
  • How to entice your board into the social media waters

    Caroline Avakian
    3 Mar 2014 | 10:11 am
    Find inducements & show them the payoff This is the second part of a two-part series on making the case for your social media plan and initiatives. Also see: • Getting your board on board with social media Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, social media managers. Getting your board engaged and on board with social media can prove to be a challenging task at many nonprofits. But your board members want to make a difference and have a real-world impact, right? Otherwise, why are they there. So we’ve assembled this short list of…
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    Earthquake-Report.com

  • Moderate earthquake – Solomon Islands on April 23, 2014

    Armand Vervaeck
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:13 am
    Earthquake-report.com is a independent NGO website who only survives because of (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 30 minutes as we might be adding updates (mostly, but not exclusively for earthquakes with a damaging potential). Keep it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 4.8 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-04-23 18:58:42 GMT/UTC Time : 2014-04-23 08:58:42 Depth (Hypocenter) : 84 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake…
  • Minor earthquake – Road Town, British Virgin Islands on April 23, 2014

    Armand Vervaeck
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:46 am
    Earthquake-report.com is a independent NGO website who only survives because of (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 30 minutes as we might be adding updates (mostly, but not exclusively for earthquakes with a damaging potential). Keep it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 3.4 Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown GMT/UTC Time : 2014-04-23 08:20:43 Depth (Hypocenter) : 33 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience (I Have…
  • Moderate earthquake – Southern Peru on April 23, 2014

    Armand Vervaeck
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:38 am
    Earthquake-report.com is a independent NGO website who only survives because of (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 30 minutes as we might be adding updates (mostly, but not exclusively for earthquakes with a damaging potential). Keep it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 4.6 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-04-23 02:18:58 GMT/UTC Time : 2014-04-23 07:18:58 Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake…
  • Moderate earthquake – South Of Java, Indonesia on April 22, 2014

    Armand Vervaeck
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:33 am
    Earthquake-report.com is a independent NGO website who only survives because of (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 30 minutes as we might be adding updates (mostly, but not exclusively for earthquakes with a damaging potential). Keep it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 4.5 Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown GMT/UTC Time : 2014-04-22 23:20:51 Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience (I Have…
  • Moderate earthquake – South Of Java, Indonesia on April 22, 2014

    Armand Vervaeck
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:31 am
    Earthquake-report.com is a independent NGO website who only survives because of (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 30 minutes as we might be adding updates (mostly, but not exclusively for earthquakes with a damaging potential). Keep it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 4.5 Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown GMT/UTC Time : 2014-04-22 23:20:51 Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience (I Have…
 
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    Wow! Goodwill

  • Giving Thanks to Our Customers

    goodwillsp
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Customer appreciation is an important part of the Goodwill culture that is evident in every interaction with the public. Assistant Store Manager Julian Rance shares how a small gesture of showing gratitude made a big impact on a very special customer and his family. Mr. Bob was one of the regular shoppers at our Cornelius store.  He was an elderly man who always enjoyed giving management a hard time about our pricing of medical supplies such as wheelchairs and walkers.  He would never disclose any of his own health issues with us, but we could clearly observe him slowing down. He would…
  • Success Story: James

    goodwillsp
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    Imagine walking outside one day and the world as you knew it had changed. It sounds frightening—and a little bit dreamlike—but this scenario is the reality for hundreds of people released from prison each year after serving long-term sentences. When James walked out of prison, it was the first time he’d experienced the world outside of the prison walls in more than 24 years. Gone were the VCRs and eight-tracks he remembered leaving behind, and in front of him was a world teeming with tiny cell phones and wireless devices that he had no knowledge of operating. “I was ashamed and…
  • Goodwill Invites Youth to “Be the Change” Through Community Partnership

    goodwillsp
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    Goodwill recently partnered with SHARECharlotte and Providence Day School as part of a year-long project for the school’s freshman class. The project called “Be the Change” offered an interactive view of poverty in Charlotte, which taught participants how poverty touches almost every aspect of our community. Along with Goodwill, more than 12 nonprofits and civic organizations engaged the students with panel discussions, guest speakers and immersion experiences. The project’s monthly activities begin in October and continued through April. On February 7, Senior Vice President of…
  • Lace Up Your Running Shoes for FreeMoreWest 5K

    goodwillsp
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    Spring is in the air and what better way to enjoy the beautiful weather than lacing up your running shoes? Join us for the Second Annual FreeMoreWest 5K on the Greenway on Friday, April 18. Proceeds from the race support Goodwill’s free job training programs and career services for people in our community. The FreeMoreWest 5K is a scenic race along the greenway through one of Charlotte’s most extraordinary neighborhoods. The new course is faster, has fewer turns and more of it on the greenway! After you cross the finish line, grab your family and make your way over to the Post Race…
  • Three or More and We’re at Your Door!

    goodwillsp
    21 Mar 2014 | 8:11 am
    More than 70 percent of Americans engage in the annual tradition of spring cleaning, according to a 2013 survey by the American Cleaning Institute. But one of the most common dilemmas for spring cleaners is what to do with all their unneeded stuff. When you donate to Goodwill, your donations fuel job training programs right here in our community. By cleaning just one part of your home each day, you get a clean home and your neighbors get a fresh start. Goodwill offers free home pick-up services for large donations such as gently-used furniture in excellent condition, along with boxes of…
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    Front Range Source

  • 5 Ways to Avert Naming Gift Disaster

    Ann Goldman
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”?  Not always, Mr. Shakespeare! It’s amazing what can go awry when you change the name of part of your agency — whether it be a physical facility or a program or even a rose garden — in recognition of a charitable gift. Problems may happen quickly.  Perhaps the donor wants a bigger plaque than anyone else’s, or one that they have their artist cousin design, or one that includes a goofy quote. I’ve personally had to deal with all of these issues and more. It may take a while for the problems to arise. The donor…
  • Fundraising Forecasting Beyond the Magic 8 Ball

    Leslie Allen
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    Lately, I’ve heard several nonprofit professionals debate the value of longer-term forecasting for fundraising. The world is changing so fast, they say, we don’t even know what the future will hold for the next year. But, if you really think about it, fundraising principles have remained remarkably consistent for the last twenty-five years.  Retention is still the key to sustainability. Relationships are king. The channels of communications have diversified, but really none of them have gone away.  Direct mail still lives.  Grantwriting is a staple.  And face-to-face solicitation is…
  • Get those Weeds out of the Board Room

    Ann Goldman
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    My favorite horror movie when I was a kid was The Day of the Triffids.  If you haven’t seen it, the basic premise is that the world is overcome by flesh eating plants.  As if this weren’t bad enough, nearly everyone on Earth has been blinded by a spectacular meteor shower (the same one that brought the fearsome plants, by the way). People consumed by weeds?  Blind to the very things that are threatening them?  If this sounds like a recent board meeting, it might be time to get things under control. You know your board is caught in the weeds when its attention dips into management…
  • Building E-Mail Lists for the Future: Is Bigger Really Better?

    Leslie Allen
    26 Mar 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Ann and I are both on Spring Break this week, soaking up some sun in California and Florida. But we could not let another week go by without telling you about this interesting article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy. More People See Charities’ Emails After Groups Pare Address Lists” This article is really about the increasing efforts by Google, Yahoo, and other e-mail providers to “penalize” spammers within the last couple of years and how it is affecting nonprofit e-mail from reaching its intended audience. Some nonprofits with lists of inactive recipients are being tagged as…
  • Spring Clean Your Fundraising Program…by Throwing Things Out!

    Ann Goldman
    19 Mar 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Are there days when you feel like things are getting messy? It’s hard to get to the things you really want to do. You’re bogged down with event planning, paperwork and internal meetings. It’s been weeks since you’ve met with a major donor or helped mobilize a board member to do more fundraising. This is frustrating. And, it’s normal…up to a point. Sure, it would be great to hire more people and move things off of your plate onto someone else’s. If adding staff is not possible right now, it might be time to get out some rubber gloves and garbage bags and start tossing things out.
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  • ROI

    Tom Suddes
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Note: Sorry. Been away from the ‘page’ for a bit. Back in the game. Always appreciate your feedback. ROI. RETURN-ON-INVESTMENT. What every ‘Investor’ wants from their investment … and what every For Impact organization should want from its development/advancement/fundraising effort. We’re doing a ton of work where this concept is completely absent or totally misunderstood. With all due respect to the industry, I just don’t get it. An organization ‘invests’ money/resources in their development/fundraising operation (a one-person shop or 50…
  • The Dramatic Secret to Completing an Overwhelming Project–Fast

    Tom Suddes
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    We have worked with the Abbey Theatre in Ireland and I have been backstage a number of times. And, I am also an infrequent but big-time lover of watching just about any Broadway play. I thought this great article in Inc. by Kevin Daum, The Dramatic Secret to Completing an Overwhelming Project–Fast was superb. In essence, an eight-step completion process theatre pros have used, as he says, for thousands of years. Here are the steps. Read the supporting text. 1. Strip away the unnecessary. 2. Plan slowly to move quickly. 3. Grab the right team. 4. Make a clear division of labor. 5. Have…
  • 16 Leadership Lessons from A Four-Star General

    Tom Suddes
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    Thanks, again, for Shane Parrish at Farnam Street for turning me on to General Stanley McChrystal’s memoir: My Share of the Task. Here are a few of the 16 Leadership Lessons with my quick application to the For Impact world: 1. Leadership is the single biggest reason for success or failure. Totally agree! Not just internal leadership on funding initiatives but external leadership/champions! 2. Leadership is difficult to measure. McChrystal says, “Leadership is the art of influencing others.” Not about giving an order or managing. In my world, leadership is measured by impact…
  • The New ABC’S of Selling

    Tom Suddes
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    We at For Impact and The Suddes Group love Farnam Street and Shane Parrish. I really enjoy getting my Sunday compilation of articles, books and thoughts from Shane. You’ve seen my thoughts on TO SELL IS HUMAN from Dan Pink. Shane has a very well-written take on that book and Pink’s thoughts. The ‘New ABC’ is a reference to Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross. Baldwin’s character was about ABC — Always Be Closing. Pink talks about Attunement, Buoyancy and Clarity. (I think ‘Bouyancy’ is a stretch to define the ‘B’ word but it works.)…
  • Why Fund-Raising Is Fun

    Tom Suddes
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    My good friend Joe Breman (who, by the way, has his face plastered on billboards all over Grand Junction, Colorado for his work with St. Mary’s Hospital) sent me this article by Arthur C. Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute, which ran in Sunday’s New York Times. Here’s the article, but here’s my take: The more you give, the more you get.  Tons of support for this axiom. Success to Significance.  Drucker’s great line.  Our role as For Impact Leaders and Development/Advancement Professionals is to help people with this move from Success to…
 
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  • In Fundraising, Use Perfectionism With Caution

    Stephanie
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:20 pm
    In our society, perfectionism is worn like a badge of honor – revered and touted equally.  The best things that come with perfectionism are good quality work and high standards for work performance and product. These things go a long way. Sometimes, however, perfectionism gets in the way of productivity.  There is quite a bit written on the subject.  Start with Amanda Neville’s article on Forbes.com, “Perfectionism Is The Enemy Of Everything”; she’s got some golden nuggets to share. For fundraising, perfectionism can be a real problem. If you consider yourself a…
  • Perfectionism In Nonprofit Communications: To Strive For Or Not?

    Bix
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    This morning my Twitter feed led me to read The Dark Side of Perfectionism by Jay White. I found myself recognizing traits in myself, people I work with, even family and friends; striving for perfectionism, it seems, abounds in North American culture (maybe everywhere?) But can someone who works in communications, who shares information that might be seen by millions, afford not to strive for perfection? Perfectionism does pay off – in some areas. Any text that’s publicly visible – on websites, marketing materials, even Tweets – do need the eye of a “perfectionist” or at least a…
  • The Compassionate Donor

    Stephanie
    19 Mar 2014 | 11:03 am
    TakeTwo often shares tips for how to be a better fundraiser, such as acknowledging donors in meaningful ways and offering them unique and interesting opportunities for involvement.  We put the onus largely on the organization seeking funds – because that is the reality of the relationship.  Nonprofits have to actively pursue and engage donors.  We know this, and we live it every day. But, let’s take a moment to recognize and appreciate the compassionate donor.  Our very favorite type of person.  This is the kind of person that gives out of the goodness of his/her heart.  The…
  • Women Leading Nonprofits: Conversation & Communication

    Bix
    7 Mar 2014 | 1:17 pm
    This year, for International Women’s Day, I was invited by Oxfam America to share the story of a woman who inspired me for their Honoring Women campaign, (which, by the way, has some poignant stories coming in from all over. If you have a story to share, do so!) But, as I sat down to write, I simply wasn’t able to choose one woman’s story. Instead, my mind filled with hundreds of stories from the hundreds of women I’ve worked with. [Hardly surprising. The nonprofit sector – which is after all, our focus at TakeTwo – is dominated by women.) What stood out in my mind as I…
  • Engaging Nonprofit Staff in Social Media

    Kate
    24 Feb 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Most people are on board with social media these days. You don’t have to spend time convincing your bosses or co-workers why you need Facebook or Instagram. And the goal everyone gets behind is “engaging the public” through social media. Which is imperative. But it’s also valuable to have your staff engage actively with your organization’s online activities. Why? Because you can’t do it right if you’re doing it alone. Let me give a few examples. When I was PR manager of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, I was in charge of the social media platforms. I knew…
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  • How Many of Your Donors Use Facebook? Here’s Your Answer!

    John Haydon
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:39 am
    If you’ve ever wondered how many of your donors, subscribers, and volunteers use Facebook, this step-by-step blog post will show you exactly how to find out. Don’t assume that all your supporters use Facebook You already know that there are over 1.2 billion people using Facebook and that over 40% of Americans login every day. But while these numbers are impressive, they don’t say how many of YOUR supporters use Facebook. Here are five steps to find that out: 1. Export Your Email Lists You’re trying to find out how many of your supporters use Facebook. This starts with…
  • Facebook ROI for Nonprofits: Are You Wasting Your Time?

    John Haydon
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Should your nonprofit use Facebook to promote your cause? What’s the ROI? Here’s a point vs. counterpoint with nonprofit marketing expert Nancy Schwartz. Nancy: What is the value in nurturing a brand page/community for orgs on Facebook? John: Every marketing plan—whether it’s for a brand or a nonprofit—should include word of mouth elements. You want to create opportunities for your community (who love you) to tell their friends about you. The fact is, people talk with their friends on Facebook about what’s important to them—movies, weekend activities, family…
  • 3 Facebook Marketing Taboos You Should Break Right Now

    John Haydon
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    The term “best practice” implies that a particular approach works for every situation. But that’s impossible. When you adopt “best practice” thinking, by default you adopt “worst practice” thinking – the idea that there are “taboos” one should never do! Here are three Facebook marketing taboos that have successfully been broken: 1. Posting Lengthy Text Updates The prevailing wisdom around text is that short and sweet gets more engagement than lengthy updates. This makes sense, right? After all, Facebook users are busy – they…
  • 18 Ways to Beat Facebook’s News Feed Algorithm

    John Haydon
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    This article gives you 18 ways to beat the Facebook News Feed algorithm with posting strategies, external channels, and Facebook Insights. How Reach is Created on Facebook Facebook defines reach as the number of unique Facebook users who see your updates. To see your Page’s reach, go to your Facebook Insights page and look at the Reach report. You’ll be able to see how your reach is improving over time (as shown below). Reach is generally influenced by one or more of the following actions: You post content to your Facebook Page.Yes, most of your fans don’t see it, but…
  • 7 Ways to Optimize Your Facebook Page for Search

    John Haydon
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    When you think about search engine optimization, the first place your mind goes your website. But Facebook is also an important element in any search strategy, for three simple reasons: 1. Facebook is huge There are over 1.2 billion Facebook users, more than half use Facebook every day (757 million daily active users on average in December 2013). One common way people use Facebook is for social search engine. Facebook users can do a variety of complex searches that combine their personal friend network with a topic, brand, cause, etc. For example, half of us use Facebook to search for…
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  • 7 Tips for Becoming More Successful at your Nonprofit

    Norman Reiss
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:39 am
    Even if you’re an expert in online communications, fundraising and technology, knowledge alone won’t insure success at your organization.  Try these 7 tips to improve your effectiveness: Even if you’re already sharing useful data on social media, look for ways to specifically help your colleagues, especially those NOT in your own department.  Learn what their priorities are, and how you can help. Even if he/she doesn’t ask for it, keep your boss regularly informed about what you’re working on.  Schedule in person meetings when you can, don’t just…
  • Why You Should Apply for the Nonprofit Excellence Awards

    nhr2000
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    I’ve joined the selection committee as a technology expert for the annual Nonprofit Excellence Awards, produced by the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York and Philanthropy New York.  (Thank you, NPCCNY!)  Nonprofits are judged in eight key performance areas: Overall management focus on results Governance structure that moves the organization forward Strong, transparent and accountable financial management Inclusive, diverse and responsive organizational practices Enlightened use of human resources Appropriate and reliable information technology (IT) systems Regular and…
  • What to Do When You Can’t Get Money for a New Database

    nhr2000
    29 Mar 2014 | 6:10 am
    My recent Nonprofit Technology Conference session which I co-presented with Idealware focused on what to do to after a new system is rolled out to insure that staff use it effectively (see my related blog post).  But what if you can’t get the funding to upgrade or replace your database? At my organization, we’re currently planning to replace a very old home grown system, but it’s taken a long time to figure out how we will pay for it.  In the meantime, I’ve: started small pilots of new software to get users accustomed to change, and to see how they react and to…
  • What To Do About Your Windows XP PC

    Norman Reiss
    7 Mar 2014 | 6:57 am
    On April 9,  2014, Microsoft will end support for Windows XP, which is still used by about 30% of PCs.  If your computer still uses Windows XP, what should you do?  Below are some issues I discussed at my presentation on Mar. 7, 2014 at Senior Planet in NYC. What will end after April 8, 2014? technical assistance for Windows XP from Microsoft software updates from Windows Update Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows XP Anti-virus software vendors may no longer issue updates What if I don’t do anything? Per Microsoft, If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your…
  • 9 Fundraising Mistakes Your Nonprofit Is Making

    Norman Reiss
    1 Mar 2014 | 7:03 am
    (In her guest post, Kristen Gramigna challenges us to re-examine our nonprofits’ fundraising strategy) The health and vitality of a nonprofit organization depends largely on the effectiveness of its fundraising campaigns.  Fundraising requires a lot of serious planning, execution and follow-up.  Most nonprofits are passionate about their mission to make a difference and accomplish something significant. Not surprisingly, when you dream big, mistakes are bound to happen along the way. While minor bumps and hurdles might slow down the pace of an organization, they should certainly not…
 
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  • Building peace in Sri Lanka

    Mike Ward
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:32 pm
    As I made my way to my parents’ home this past weekend for the holiday, I could not help but think back to last week and meeting Dr. Jayantha Seneviratne (Jay). Jay is the husband of Tanenbaum’s Peacemaker in Action in Sri Lanka, Dishani Jayaweera, and her partner in founding and leading the Centre for Peace-Building & Reconciliation (CPBR). Jay was in New York to visit with his son and I could not help but be reminded of his pilgrimage as I making mine.Jay took time to stop by our office and update us on the situation in Sri Lanka and the efforts of the CPBR. His news was not the…
  • Man murders 3 people at Jewish-affiliated facilities: Top 5 News Stories

    Mike Ward
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    Last week’s top news, from our perspective:Men pray on the street before the start of the American Muslim Day Parade in 2010 in New York. Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesAlleged Kansas Jewish center gunman charged with murder • Demands That Jews Register in Eastern Ukraine Are Denounced, and Denied • Crosses Spark a Constitutional Fight • NYPD Shuts Down Controversial Unit That Spied On Muslims • Muslims in New York City Unite on Push to Add Holidays to School CalendarAlleged Kansas Jewish center gunman charged with murderThe man accused of killing three people at two…
  • ‘I would rather die dignified than compromise my religious beliefs’ Top five news stories you need to know

    Bob Johnson, MFA
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Here are the top stories about religion that you need to know:Stephanie Lewis, Center | Photo: New York Post.Muslim bus driver’s discrimination lawsuit against MTA continues, even after driver’s death more than two years ago  • France’s Far-Right To Ban Faith-Based School Lunch Options  • Sacred Grounds — for Lawsuits • Religious leaders agree on interfaith teachings for children  • Are Christians the Most Persecuted Religious Group?Muslim bus driver’s discrimination lawsuit against MTA continues, even after driver’s death more than two years…
  • Mourning with Kansas

    Bob Johnson, MFA
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    Tanenbaum again joins a mourning nation. Once more, our country is scarred by the venom of hate, stereotypes and the violence that follows in their wake. The perpetrator – a known hater of Jews and others – turned his hate into violent action.Today, on the eve of Passover, a Jewish holiday that celebrates freedom, we mourn the slaughter of three people – apparently because they were in places associated with the Jewish community. Three died as Christians in the wrong place at the wrong time. A grandfather, a 14-year-old, and a woman were freely living their lives yesterday.
  • Anti-Semitic slur by fire chief: Top 5 news stories

    Mike Ward
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Anti-Semitic Slur by a Westchester Fire Chief Stirs Controversy • Tennessee Bigots Harassed This Young Muslim Journalist • Mississippi Governor Signs Controversial Religious Freedom Bill • Anti-Semitic incidents continue to decline in US • U.S. doesn’t rank high in religious diversityLast week’s top news, from our perspective: Photo from Wikimedia CommonsAnti-Semitic Slur by a Westchester Fire Chief Stirs ControversyThe Westchester County town of Greenburgh, a sprawling municipality that has a significant Jewish population, is embroiled in a controversy over anti-Semitic…
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  • Happy Easter from Want2Donate and why we've been a bit quiet!

    Linda
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Hey there, everyone, First of all - Happy Easter! Sorry we have been quiet on the blog front. We are only a small website managed by a couple of flat-out people around our normal day jobs so it's not always easy keeping everything as up to date as we'd like.
  • Mother's Day 2014

    Linda
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:45 pm
    It's nearly time for Mother's Day 2014 here in the UK (and the other countries that celebrate it on the same day). Because of this we thought we'd write a blog about the history of Mother's Day, where it came from and how it is celebrated here and around the world. What is Mother's Day? It is a celebration of mothers and motherhood and the impact mothers have on all our lives as they love and nurture their children in preparation for adulthood.
  • Special World Water Day blog - Celebrating World Water Day

    Linda
    20 Mar 2014 | 4:54 pm
    This Saturday, the 22 March 2014, is World Water Day, and Concern Worldwide are joining in the celebrations, promoting improved access to water for the world’s poorest people.  Safe, clean water is essential for drinking, cooking and washing with. It reduces the risk of disease and helps families grow enough food and care for their livestock. All this means children can be free to learn, parents can be free to earn a living, and whole communities’ lives can be transformed.
  • Charity smartphone apps review - part 6

    Linda
    20 Mar 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Hi everyone, It's been a while so we thought it would be a good time to pick back up on our review of charity smartphone apps! There's three more up for review this week that include apps from the cancer charity, Macmillan, The National Autistic Society and animal conservation charity, The Aspinall Foundation.
  • Useful digital and marketing tips for charities in 2014

    Linda
    8 Mar 2014 | 3:33 am
    We wanted to put together a list of things we think charities should be thinking of digitally over the next year and a few tips on and links to bits of software we like that might make your digital planning and measuring go a bit smoother! It's certainly not all-encompassing, but it's some of the stuff we're particularly interested in right now and feel it can beneft charities to start thinking about. We can write more blogs like this if you like them, there's much more digital, marketing and backend stuff we could give your charity heaps of advice about.
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  • Thoughts on Earned Income Ventures for Non-Profits

    Stephanie Watson
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Recently I attended the Southern Regional Grant Conference 2014 here in Atlanta, Georgia. One of the break-out sessions was of particular interest to me – Social Entrepreneurship / Earned Income Opportunities. We as grant-writers know it is critical for organizations to diversify their funding streams in order to remain viable. The topic of ‘earned income’... Read more »
  • It’s About So Much More Than Money!

    Paige Havens
    7 Mar 2014 | 12:31 pm
    There’s nothing like the feeling you get when the call comes in sharing the good news that you’ve been awarded a big grant. It’s a moment where the world seems to stop and all of your hard work and dedication seems to be validated and appreciated. It is also a critical moment where a new... Read more »
  • Where’s the Love? Finding the Perfect Nonprofit Partner

    Harriette Grissom
    4 Feb 2014 | 7:11 am
    It’s nice to have a holiday that involves red hearts during a month like February, when spring can still seem far away. On Valentine’s Day, we think warmly of all those who add to our lives—our significant others, our kids, our parents, our friends, our co-workers, and even our pets. None of us would get... Read more »
  • Is Your Organization Ready for 2014?

    Ellen Queen
    7 Jan 2014 | 8:19 am
    It’s 2014 already! If you’ve been caught up in the end-of-year push to spend your funds and get ready for your annual audit (not to mention all the outside holiday distractions), January is good time to prepare your 2014 grant strategy. Here are some tips to get you and your organization ready: Remember that grant... Read more »
  • Grant Funding: Where Do I Look?

    Lynda Issacs
    9 Dec 2013 | 7:48 am
    Before you can write a grant proposal, you need to know who’s interested in funding projects similar to the one you’re proposing and do your homework to locate as many potential grant-funding sources as possible. There are a few things to always keep in mind: Start looking for funders locally. Try community foundations, and businesses.... Read more »
 
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  • Show Your Donors How You Are Making a Difference

    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:17 am
    Do your donors know how they are helping you make a difference? Because I often don't see good examples of that. What I see is a list of activities or accomplishments that are focused on the organization. Some examples (these are fictitious) include:Feeding Families served over $50,000 meals in 2013.We received a $30,000 grant from the Baker Foundation.ReadingWorks just started a tutoring program at Eastside High School.These are okay on one level, but don't answer the question - How are you making a difference for the people you serve?Why is this important?When you are communicating with…
  • I'm Bored

    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    When our nephew was younger, his favorite phrase seemed to be, "I'm bored".  Is this what your donors are saying when they read your annual report or newsletter?  They might be if the first thing they see is one of those dull letters from the Executive Director. There's nothing inherently wrong with a letter from the ED, but they're usually not very interesting.  They tend to brag about how great the organization is and are filled with jargon.How can you ensure that you're giving your donors something they will want to read?First impressions matterI recommend starting…
  • But We Don't Have Time To Do That

    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    Do you ever find yourself saying that?  I understand. We're all busy.  If you work for a small nonprofit, you probably feel as if you are being pulled in different directions.But be careful. What are you saying you don't have time to do?  If you are saying you don't have time to write thank you notes, communicate regularly, or measure your progress,  you are neglecting some important areas.   It's possible to make time to do these things, even if you feel you are so busy you can't see straight.  One big key is planning.  Say thank you, and say it again…
  • Freshen Things Up With Some Spring Cleaning

    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog
    28 Mar 2014 | 10:19 am
    Spring is here, although winter doesn't seem to want to go away quite yet. Spring is a time for new beginnings. It's a time to clean up what's old and make room for something new and better.Many of you may take on spring cleaning projects in your home. Here are a few spring cleaning projects you can do that will benefit your nonprofit organization.Clean up your mailing listsDid you have an influx of address changes, returned mail, and bounced emails after you sent out your year-end appeal? Now is a good time to clean up and update both your print and email mailing lists.Update and…
  • The Value of Relationships

    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog
    21 Mar 2014 | 8:59 am
    In my last post, I wrote about reaching out to new donors and other supporters.  I found it hard not to wonder, would you have to spend so much time finding new donors if you had better relationships with your current donors? According to Kivi Leroux Miller's 2014 Nonprofit Trends Report, 53% of organizations surveyed said that acquiring new donors was their most important goal this year, as opposed to 30% who responded with retaining current donors as their most important goal. The results were similar in 2013. You need to do both, but focus at least half your time on keeping your…
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  • Is Your Nonprofit Ready for Mobile?

    Nell Edgington
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    Heather Mansfield’s newest book, Mobile for Good, is a nice complement to her 2011 book, Social Media for Social Good. This time around, she adds mobile to the “new media” mix and gives a detailed approach for nonprofit leaders ready to embrace changing technology. In Mobile for Good, Mansfield sounds a warning call to nonprofit leaders. The tide of new media is swift and those nonprofit leaders who don’t embrace it will be left behind: “Your nonprofit would be wise to assume and act upon the fact that more than 50 percent of your website traffic will occur…
  • 3 Questions to Get Your Nonprofit Board Engaged

    Nell Edgington
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    Today for something a little different, I’ve taken to YouTube for my blog post. My hope is that as the Social Velocity YouTube channel becomes a library of videos on various nonprofit topics and challenges, you can use the videos to spark discussion among your board, staff and donors. So today’s topic is about getting your board unstuck and moving forward for you. The transcript of the video is also below. If you want to learn more about getting your board engaged, download the 10 Traits of a Groundbreaking Board book, or the Getting Your Board to Raise Money On-Demand Webinar.
  • A Slideshare to Calculate the Cost of Fundraising

    Nell Edgington
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    I’ve been thinking about using Slideshare, the social media network for presentations and infographics, a lot lately. It’s an amazing site with tremendous content. I wanted to start sharing some of my presentations there. So today, here is my first SlideShare offering, “Calculating the Cost of Fundraising.” These slides are excerpted from my Calculating the Cost of Fundraising on-demand webinar. The concept is simple. If you want your nonprofit to achieve financial sustainability you need to analyze the return on investment of your money raising activities. With that analysis…
  • The Fundamental Flaws in How We Finance the Nonprofit Sector

    Nell Edgington
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Today the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) released the results of their sixth annual State of the Nonprofit Sector survey and the data underlines a growing crisis in the financial sustainability of our nonprofit sector. 56% of nonprofit leader respondents reported that they were unable to meet demand for their services in 2013, this is the highest rate since the survey’s inception six years ago. And the scary part is that this inability to meet demand is not because of a temporary down period in the economy, but rather because of deeper dysfunctions in how we funnel money to the sector. As…
  • How You Can Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Your Board

    Nell Edgington
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    “Honestly, some days I think I would be so much better off without a board,” said an exasperated executive director to me recently. Wrangling a group of volunteers who have competing and often conflicting interests is an exhausting job. It’s no wonder that nonprofit leaders often want to throw up their hands and soldier on without the rag tag group that’s supposed to further, as opposed to impede, the work. But it doesn’t have to be that way. An “engaged board” is not an oxymoron. It is actually attainable. But you don’t get there by cajoling,…
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  • Corporate greed blog draws fire

    gary
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    The last post, titled Corporate Greed and Philanthropy, commented on a New York Times article about the impending Time Warner Cable sale and its massive payout to the CEO of only six weeks. I questioned this action, connecting it to the value system that drives corporate philanthropy. From comments and reports I received, it caused a significant stir in many sectors. Dr. Brian Greenberg, MD, respectfully disagrees. Among those who oppose my point of view is Dr. Brian Greenberg, MD and businessman. Brian sent a laser-focused, well-conceived, insightful response. Before I refer you to…
  • Could the incessant demand for data kill innovation in the nonprofit sector?

    gary
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:38 am
    “Where is the data that proves your nonprofit is creating either transformation or pervasive system change?” “Show us the data that explains how many thousands upon thousands of lives have been affected by your work.” These are questions posed and statements made by almost everyone in the philanthropy field when examining the success of nonprofit output. It is all about data. It began in Silicon Valley About seven years ago, data-driven concepts started to become woven into all things nonprofit. The trend coincided with Silicon Valley jumping into the cause-oriented world and…
  • Corporate greed and philanthropy

    gary
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
      Did anyone catch the article in the Business Section of the New York Times on Friday about Robert D. Marcus who has been the Chief Exec of Time Warner Cable for less than two months? During his brief reign, he struck a deal to sell the company to Comcast for $45 billion. If it all works, he gets $80 million, which as the Times stated, “a severance payment that amounts to more than $1 million a day for the six weeks he ran the company before agreeing to sell.” A sense of pride in Time Warner Cable? How would you feel toiling for Time Warner Cable or Comcast, reading about…
  • Overwhelmed Corporate Philanthropists

    gary
    19 Mar 2014 | 8:30 am
      My students and I are finding that corporate philanthropy officers are over-burdened, busy people. They’re being pounded by every nonprofit applying for corporate dollars. Many run one-person offices to deal with hundreds of requests. Several of them only do this part-time, while they already have another more than full-time job elsewhere in the corporation. Some of them are employees who simply pick up the corporate philanthropy as a volunteer in their spare time, because they believe in the cause. Nascent and Unformed. There is no consistency from one corporation to the other…
  • Last post hits raw nerve.

    gary
    11 Mar 2014 | 8:30 am
    Write about issues you think will evoke considerable response, and they bomb. Write about issues you believe are important but will probably just lay there, and it’s like fireworks. As was the case this past week with the blog about data. The blog raised questions about how applicable is the corporate practice of data-driven actions when applied to the nonprofit sector. Whoa. The responses, both pro and con were overwhelming. LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter were buzzing. Here are some of the reactions: Shauna Nep, Social Innovation Manager at the Goldhirsch Foundation here in…
 
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    Next Level Nonprofits

  • Want To Raise More Money And Have Happier Donors? Check This Out…

    Natasha Golinsky
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    Here’s how to create a custom stewarding plan. Maybe you’ve read tips on donor retention in blog posts or attended webinars on this topic. They gave you lots of great information on the theories of donor retention but left you wondering how to actually do it. And more importantly, how to make stewardship work for […]
  • 11 Crucial Questions To Ask Yourself Before Launching Your Own Nonprofit

    Natasha Golinsky
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:52 pm
    It’s been an interesting week in the nonprofit start-up world. Almost every day last week I had somebody email me asking about how to test the viability of their nonprofit start-up idea as they have a passion to serve others and want to launch their own organization. Having worked as a trainer and coach for […]
  • Why Being Addicted To Saying “Yes” Often Gets You In A Mess

    Natasha Golinsky
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:39 pm
    When your self-proclaimed skill specialty is helping people save time, work more efficiently and set healthy boundaries as a leader it is really hard to admit when your own schedule is totally off track. I don’t know about you but this week was one of those weeks where nothing felt like it was coming together and […]
  • Want To Hire An Admin Assistant But Not Sure Where To Start? 5 Tips For You.

    Natasha Golinsky
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:16 pm
    This week in talking to nonprofit leaders, I got the same question three times “I know I need admin help but have no idea where to start“. Knowing that this topic is probably on the minds of many nonprofit leaders, I decided to dedicate today’s post to sharing some thoughts on this important question. Professionally […]
  • A Common Leadership Belief That May Be Keeping You From Thriving As A Nonprofit Exec

    Natasha Golinsky
    24 Mar 2014 | 3:24 pm
    I was out for a walk with a good friend of mine yesterday talking about the usual woman things: our husbands, our kids, our professional goals and (not a topic you’d expect) the issue of racism in our community. Where I am a Caucasian married to a Caucasian, Jennifer is a Caucasian married to a […]
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    Engaging Volunteers

  • What Nonprofits Should Know about VolunteerMatch’s Global Expansion

    Shari Ilsen
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Last week we announced that we’re beginning to expand our services to create a global volunteer engagement network. We’ve partnered with TechSoup Global to leverage their technology and help build the capacity of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) around the world. We hope you’re as excited by this announcement as we are! But we also recognize there may be some questions that pop up about this global expansion. Below are some FAQ’s for nonprofits that will help your organization, no matter where you’re located, make the most of the growing global…
  • Winning People Over to Your Cause – Part Four: Measure Success Based on Your Volunteers and Community

    Tori Fukumitsu
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    Editor’s Note: This series explores ways to apply content marketing strategies to help lead a successful nonprofit volunteer program. Using the wealth of information in Kivi Leroux Miller’s book “Content Marketing for Nonprofits” as a jumping-off point, this four-part installment discusses how a solid content marketing strategy will pay dividends in drawing volunteers and supporters, bridging the gap between volunteers and donors, and engaging your community. How can you learn more about your volunteers and supporters? This question should serve as the driving force…
  • Know the Facts: Volunteer Drivers and the “Ride-Sharing” Liability Controversy

    Shari Ilsen
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    Guest post by William R. Henry, Jr. If your organization engages volunteers to transport people, and the volunteers use their own vehicles, you may be concerned about liability. Now those worries have been amped up by the controversy over “transportation network companies” (TNC’s) such as Uber and Sidecar, which use Web portals to act as brokers between those who need rides and those who are willing to provide them in their private vehicles. The controversy is that the liability exposure of TNC’s falls between the scope of commercial auto policies and that of personal…
  • Why and How VolunteerMatch Works with Sponsors

    Shari Ilsen
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    Yes, VolunteerMatch works with sponsors. It’s a good thing that helps us do even more good in the world. Over the past couple of years we have tested out ways to help companies, brands and other nonprofit organizations get their special messages in front of our massive membership of dedicated do-gooders. In exchange, these sponsoring groups help support VolunteerMatch. You might have seen this sponsored content on the side of VolunteerMatch.org while you update your nonprofit’s listings, sign up for a webinar, or search for a volunteer opportunity. You also could see a sponsored…
  • Was VolunteerMatch Affected by the Heartbleed Issue?

    Shari Ilsen
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    On Monday April 7, we (along with many other Web services) received notification of a widespread internet security issue – called Heartbleed, impacting the popular OpenSSL technology – and we moved quickly to respond. We began testing the fix on Monday morning and applied the changes to our production environment Tuesday afternoon. We have verified that the exploitable bug has been fixed. The servers impacted by Heartbleed do not store user information, and since we were able to close the gap quickly, it is unlikely that this had a security impact on our users. To be extra…
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    Darrell Gwynn Foundation

  • DGF Offers “Prom Patrol” to South Florida High Schools, April 16 – May 16

    Darrell Gwynn
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:44 am
    Darrell Gwynn Foundation Offers “Prom Patrol: Keeping Teens Safe” Presentations at South Florida High Schools, April 16 – May 16 Education & Prevention Program aims to teach students the dangers of drinking and driving, texting and driving and other risky behaviors on prom night WHAT:             The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s Education & Prevention Program will send
  • Hurst Shifter Replica Car Auctions for $200,000 to benefit Darrell Gwynn Foundation

    Darrell Gwynn
    12 Apr 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Car raises most funds for DGF since Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas in 2011 WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The 1969 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible Hurst Shifter Replica made famous by Linda Vaughn sold for $200,000 at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach on Friday, April 11. The car was purchased by longtime foundation supporter John Staluppi. Proceeds from the auction of the
  • Barrett-Jackson Gala Nets Over $108,000 for Darrell Gwynn Foundation

    Darrell Gwynn
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    Tony Stewart Scooter Auctions for $22,000 to benefit charity WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Barrett-Jackson Opening Night Gala raised over $108,000 for the Darrell Gwynn Foundation at the South Florida Fairgrounds on Thursday, April 10. The funds were raised mostly from a live auction held by Barrett-Jackson to benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. The
  • Tony Stewart Scooter & VIP Race Experience Offered at Barrett-Jackson Gala

    Darrell Gwynn
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:38 am
    Darrell Gwynn Foundation Set to Auction Tony Stewart Scooter & VIP NASCAR Experience at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Opening Night Gala, April 10  Scooter donated by Stewart was used during 2013 NASCAR season after injuring his leg in a racing accident  Palm Beach, Fla. – The Darrell Gwynn Foundation will auction a scooter donated by NASCAR
  • DGF Set to Auction ’69 Hurst Shifter Linda Vaughn Car at Barrett-Jackson, Lot #3001

    Darrell Gwynn
    27 Mar 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Darrell Gwynn Foundation Set to Auction ’69 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible Hurst Shifter Replica made Famous by Linda Vaughn at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, April 11, Lot #3001  Linda Vaughn Hurst Shifter Replica built by renowned Thornton Motors, Inc.  Palm Beach, Fla. – The Darrell Gwynn Foundation will auction a 1969 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible Hurst Shifter Replica
 
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    Clairification

  • Mommy, Where do Bequests Come From?

    Claire
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    Sometimes it seems as if bequests actually do come from storks.  They drop out of the blue, and you have no idea why. The gift isn’t from someone you recognize as a major donor. Often you don’t recognize the giver at all. Because they seem mysterious, it can be hard to know where to look [...] The post Mommy, Where do Bequests Come From? appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Fundraising is Fun; Networking; Disrupting; Connecting; Online Fundraising

    Claire
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:15 pm
    A mixed bag of great links from around the web. I leave them to you to enjoy! Fundraising is Fun Click-it: Why Fundraising is Fun. This opinion piece by Arthur C. Brooks in the New York Times echoes something I’ve taught for years. Fundraising is a way you facilitate philanthropy. It’s a way you help [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Fundraising is Fun; Networking; Disrupting; Connecting; Online Fundraising appeared first on Clairification.
  • Why Your Nonprofit Fundraising and Marketing is Outdated

    Claire
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:51 am
      Philanthropy, Not Fundraising For too many nonprofits something isn’t working. Change is happening at a rapid pace while people try to employ yesterday’s ‘best practices,’ seeming to work harder and harder to make do with less — while needing to serve more. Before the digital revolution, an information imbalance existed.  This facilitated a one-way [...] The post Why Your Nonprofit Fundraising and Marketing is Outdated appeared first on Clairification.
  • Engagement Comes Before Marriage: Build Sustained Nonprofit Relationships Using Social Media

    Claire
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    First comes love… then comes marriage… Are your supporters showing you they love you? Are you showing your supporters you love them? And finally — do you love your supporters? It’s a long way from “I like you” to the altar. Too many nonprofits forget this.  And frankly, it’s hard to fall in love with [...] The post Engagement Comes Before Marriage: Build Sustained Nonprofit Relationships Using Social Media appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Build Relationships; Online Content; Social Media

    Claire
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:53 pm
    This week is all about building relationships using online media – with tips from some of my favorite nonprofit and for profit fundraising, marketing and social media gurus. With donor retention rates hovering around 30 – 40% — yes, that means you’re LOSING 7 out of 10 new donors and 6 out of 10 repeat [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Build Relationships; Online Content; Social Media appeared first on Clairification.
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    Blog by Encore

  • 3 Reasons You Need to Pay Attention to Influencer Marketing

    Kay-Anne Reed
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    We all know that “influencer” has transformed into something of a marketing buzzword in the recent past, but don’t let that detract from the incredible value these individuals are capable of generating for your brand. An influencer is anyone who your customer views as a source of quality information- anyone from a blogger to celebrity to close friend. According to a Nielsen study, 70% of consumers trust other consumer’s opinions posted online, and 92% trust recommendations from people they know. These friends and fellow consumers are influencers, and they are as important to the sales…
  • 6 Ways (and Stories) to Make Customers Fall in Love with Your Brand

    Rahul Desai
    29 Mar 2014 | 10:40 am
    I came across this great infographic by Aaron Fifield, a graphic designer based in Brisbane, Australia. (click the image above or here to see the full infographic) Fifield visually represents the six major ways that a company can achieve customer delight with their brand; here are some brief cases to back up the points established by Fifield: 1) Awesome Customer Service: CEO Tony Hsieh (right, middle) talking to customers during the holidays. Forbes ran a profile of Zappos’ (a huge online shoe and clothing store) customer service model, which is widely touted as one of the best in the world…
  • Encore Alert Raises $390k Seed Round Led by DC’s NextGen Angels

    James Li
    17 Mar 2014 | 7:45 am
      Actionable alerts that help lean marketing teams identify and execute quickly on social marketing opportunities  Encore Alert, a proactive alerts tool for lean social marketing teams, has closed a $390k seed round led by one of the Washington DC area’s top angel groups, NextGen Angels. Participants in the round include Sid Banerjee (CEO of Clarabridge), Tyler Peterson (Manager of Global Social Strategy at Google), Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), Adam Riggs (former President of Shutterstock), Grant Allen (ABB Technology Ventures/Keybridge Venture), Thatcher Bell…
  • Why, How, What: The 3 Keys to a Clear, Effective Message

    Rahul Desai
    14 Mar 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Some argue that ideas provide the greatest store of value in the 21st century. While such a statement might seem true at first glance, even the greatest ideas fall short if they prove impossible to execute. Although ideation seems more in the domain of the typical marketer, the exceptional marketer knows what to do and how to do it, and then does it. Fundamentally, this translates to What is my company’s story and how do I convey it to my audience effectively to make them take action? In brief, good storytelling, according to acclaimed TED speaker Simon Sinek, consists of Why/How/What:…
  • 10 Steps to Grow And Unleash Your Creativity, according to Chase Jarvis (SXSW 2014 Spotlight)

    James Li
    11 Mar 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Over the next few days, we’ll be shining the spotlight on a few South by Southwest (SXSW) talks we really loved. We hope there will be at least a couple of takeaway for your brand, your marketing strategy, or your career development! Speaker: Chase Jarvis is one of the top photographers in America. He’s done commercial work for brands like Nike, Pepsi, Volvo, Reebok, Apple, and Red Bull and has earned worldwide recognition for his photography, directing, and writing. Thesis: “Creativity is going to solve all problems.” From Martin Luther King’s approach to civil…
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    Thunderhead Works

  • Resonate: Presentations to Change the World

    Tom Peterson
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:23 am
    Perhaps the most important word-changing task is getting others to see a vision and take action toward it. You can do this in many ways: videos, books, online. But nothing beats an in-person presentation. Done well, that is. You’ve been in that room…way too many times. The powerpoint presentation begins. By the third slide you know it’s going to be dreadful. Slides full of words read out loud, charts you can’t read, information endlessly spewed out. Or painfully worse, that’s you droning or rambling on at the front of that room. Take heart! You’ve got a friend. Author Nancy Duarte…
  • Liberating Structures, the Book

    Tom Peterson
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:57 am
          Many of us at the Clinton School of Public Service are into something called Liberating Structures. It’s because of fellow adjunct professor, Arvind Singhal. I first learned of it when two students facilitated a meeting I held on revitalizing our Main Street. They used a few Liberating Structures exercises, and the results were great. Since, one of those students (now alumni) wrote a post on Liberating Structures. The other works with me on Stakeholder Health (where Liberating Structures are practiced) and leads a group I’ve joined that meets monthly to explore the…
  • Cesar Chavez, the Movie

    Tom Peterson
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:53 am
    March 31 is Cesar Chavez’s birthday. Celebrate this week by seeing the new movie—in a theatre near you! Meanwhile, Danielle Nierenberg, at foodtank suggests five things we can do to honor Chavez’s legacy: 1. Raise the U.S. Minimum Wage for Restaurant Workers (and all Tipped Employees) 2. Support Farmers Across the United States 3. Support Meat Packing and Processing Workers in the United States 4. Make the Transportation of Food Safer 5. Give Fast Food Workers a Living Wage Learn why these steps are important on Daniell’s post. And now some words from Cesar Chavez:…
  • March ADness: The Elite Eight

    Tom Peterson
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:23 am
    Singing hamsters, cats and bulldogs that nudge us sign up for Obamacare. A plastic bottle with a big dream. A less than perfect parent on an outing. These are the stars of very short films that encourage us to behave a bit differently. And March ADness 2014 from the Ad Council offers a nice variety of entertainment/nudge. Watch all eight and vote for your favorite. Think of it not as a distraction from what you should be doing, but as research for how you’ll message your own cause. The Ad Council, of course, is a non-profit “that marshals volunteer talent from the advertising and…
  • Einstein Quotes—Happy Birthday, Albert Einstein!

    Tom Peterson
    13 Mar 2014 | 5:48 am
      Einstein was born 135 years ago on March 14, 1879 in Ulm, Germany. His work led to so many applications that impact us beyond measure, for example television, DVDs, lasers. And, of course nuclear weapons and energy. Though a pacifist, Einstein signed a letter to FDR that ultimately led to U.S. nuclear weapons research. “I made one great mistake in my life,” he later told his friend Linus Pauling, “when I signed the letter to President Roosevelt recommending that atom bombs be made; but there was some justification—the danger that the Germans would make them…” In our…
 
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    Clairification

  • Mommy, Where do Bequests Come From?

    Claire
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    Sometimes it seems as if bequests actually do come from storks.  They drop out of the blue, and you have no idea why. The gift isn’t from someone you recognize as a major donor. Often you don’t recognize the giver at all. Because they seem mysterious, it can be hard to know where to look [...] The post Mommy, Where do Bequests Come From? appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Fundraising is Fun; Networking; Disrupting; Connecting; Online Fundraising

    Claire
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:15 pm
    A mixed bag of great links from around the web. I leave them to you to enjoy! Fundraising is Fun Click-it: Why Fundraising is Fun. This opinion piece by Arthur C. Brooks in the New York Times echoes something I’ve taught for years. Fundraising is a way you facilitate philanthropy. It’s a way you help [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Fundraising is Fun; Networking; Disrupting; Connecting; Online Fundraising appeared first on Clairification.
  • Why Your Nonprofit Fundraising and Marketing is Outdated

    Claire
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:51 am
      Philanthropy, Not Fundraising For too many nonprofits something isn’t working. Change is happening at a rapid pace while people try to employ yesterday’s ‘best practices,’ seeming to work harder and harder to make do with less — while needing to serve more. Before the digital revolution, an information imbalance existed.  This facilitated a one-way [...] The post Why Your Nonprofit Fundraising and Marketing is Outdated appeared first on Clairification.
  • Engagement Comes Before Marriage: Build Sustained Nonprofit Relationships Using Social Media

    Claire
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    First comes love… then comes marriage… Are your supporters showing you they love you? Are you showing your supporters you love them? And finally — do you love your supporters? It’s a long way from “I like you” to the altar. Too many nonprofits forget this.  And frankly, it’s hard to fall in love with [...] The post Engagement Comes Before Marriage: Build Sustained Nonprofit Relationships Using Social Media appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Build Relationships; Online Content; Social Media

    Claire
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:53 pm
    This week is all about building relationships using online media – with tips from some of my favorite nonprofit and for profit fundraising, marketing and social media gurus. With donor retention rates hovering around 30 – 40% — yes, that means you’re LOSING 7 out of 10 new donors and 6 out of 10 repeat [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Build Relationships; Online Content; Social Media appeared first on Clairification.
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    Kinsey Street Online Marketing

  • Google Glass For Nonprofits

    Robert Coats
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    Could Google Glass help your nonprofit better achieve their mission? If so, here is a *GREAT* opportunity that you really need to check out. “Individuals who work at US-based nonprofits are eligible to receive a pair of Glass, a trip to a Google office for training, a $25,000 nonprofit grant, and access to developers to make your Glass project a reality.” Are you a nonprofit with an idea for how to amplify your impact with Glass? Submit your idea by 5/20 at g.co/givingthroughglass
  • 13 Tips For Managing Google Ad Grant Accounts

    Robert Coats
    17 Feb 2014 | 11:51 am
    Avoid the pitfalls many Ad Grant managers run into by following these steps. As the Top Contributor over at Google’s Official Ad Grants Help Forum for the past several years, having helped hundreds of nonprofits and answering thousands of questions regarding Ad Grants, there are certain areas that I have seen grantees struggle with. The following list will help you avoid many of the pitfalls that nonprofits and Google Ad Grant managers often run into when setting up and managing a Google Ad Grant account. Going into it, know that best practices for Google AdWords are especially…
  • Our “Not A Super Bowl Commercial” Commercial.

    Robert Coats
    1 Feb 2014 | 12:51 am
    With all the talk about Super Bowl commercials, we are proud to announce our first commercial for Kinsey Street… ok, it is really not a commercial, it is just a brand new video that tells you what we do in a simple yet informative manner. We hope you like it. Oh and ‘Go Seahawks’! The Benefits Of Hiring A PPC Agency
  • The Truth About Long-tail Keywords

    Robert Coats
    22 Jan 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Long-tail keywords are great…. as long as they have search volume. Which admittedly most do not, especially when it comes to what might be relevant to a nonprofit account. Another problem with long-tail keywords is that most account managers add them into the AdWords account without any thought to the actual landing page. I mean, sure, the landing page might be about donuts but is it really about “pink icing donuts with rainbow sprinkles”? In most cases, no, far from it.   About 10 years ago, I was interviewing with a major agency here in the Seattle area and one of the…
  • Google Launches Connected Classrooms

    Robert Coats
    7 Nov 2013 | 1:55 pm
    With budget cuts in school districts across the country, field trips are beginning to go the way of the dinosaurs. Google decided that if students leave the classroom to go on field trips, why not bring the field trips to the students there in the classroom. Today, Google is launching Connected Classrooms which provides students with virtual field trips via Google+ Hangouts to places like the Seattle Aquarium, San Diego Zoo, The Smithsonian, Philadelphia Museum of Art, NASA and a growing list of other education experiences across the country. According to Google: “Connected Classrooms is a…
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    Veritus Group

  • How to Find the Elusive Big Gift

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Whenever I attend a fundraising conference there is always at least one major gift seminar about how to find a donor who can give a six or seven figure gift. In fact, just a couple of weeks ago I was asked to lead a roundtable discussion on “How to Find the Elusive Big Gift.” (I didn’t have control over the title.) As folks were gathering for the roundtable the energy was high. People were buzzing on the topic because they were looking for the magic bullet – the one thing that would propel their non-profits to a new level. Once everyone sat down, I had the unfortunate task of…
  • Why are YOU so Distracted?

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    A few months ago I attended a conference and had a chance to meet with the Director of Major Gifts of a fairly well known non-profit. I wondered how this meeting was going to go, because it was actually the director’s boss who had asked us to get together and discuss her major gift program. Before we even sat down she said, “Hey, I just want you to know that I know what to do with major gifts. I’ve been in this business for 30 years and the problems we’re having getting our major gift program going have nothing to do with inexperience.” Boy, the red flags started going up when I…
  • Where are You? Checking In on Your 2014 Goals

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    If you haven’t already, now is the time to evaluate how you’re doing with your 2014 goals and strategy. The first quarter is now in the books and it’s time to take stock of where you are. It’s incredibly important that you spend some time at the end of each quarter to look at year-to-date income vs. goal and figure out where you may need to adjust strategy to make sure you stay on track. Here are some thoughts on how to approach this: Revenue check-in – Assuming you have cash-flowed your goals by month, you now have three months to compare against your forecast. Make sure you have…
  • Sheer Joy Increases Giving

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Paul and Rebecca (not their real names) started giving to a social service organization in the early 90’s. They were a conservative couple from an average neighborhood. But they wanted to do good in their community, so their first gift was $50 to a direct mail acquisition campaign. I can imagine that back then no one would have imagined how this relationship would turn out. They were just regular folks who gave every now and then. But as the years progressed their smaller gifts became more frequent. By 2009, their annual cumulative giving went above the $2,000 mark. That was when Andy, the…
  • Out of Control Major Gift Events Program

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Tell me what you think is wrong with this picture. There is a major gift officer who has a caseload AND at the same time is charged with doing events for the organization. He has three staff members who work with him on this agenda. Here is what they do, what they get, and what it costs: 9 events of different types in one year. Lectures, wine tasting, special Christmas gathering. There is no program connection with caseload moves management or major gift caseload strategy – just events. Highest net revenue of all of them is $2,900. Highest loss of all of them is $6,074. Net profit for the…
 
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    eleventy marketing group

  • Webinar: Top Marketing Insights from the DMA 2014 Statistical Fact Book

    shad
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:39 pm
    The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) released their annual Statistical Fact Book this month, which includes information on the latest benchmarks, marketing trends and consumer behavior. To kick off the release of the 2014 Statistical Fact Book, DMA is sponsoring a webinar on April 23 featuring a collection of top marketing professionals discussing some of the book’s most interesting statistics. One of the 2014 Statistical Fact Book Preview webinar speakers will be eleventy’s own vice president of strategy and development Angie Moore. With more than 25 years of experience in direct and…
  • 7 Most Valuable Marketing Resources From the Past Month

    shad
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    At eleventy, we’re constantly on the lookout for informative online content on the topics that matter most to our team and our clients: marketing, branding, social media, web design, analytics, predictive modeling, etc. By regularly consuming this content we aim to add to our knowledge, so we can continue to provide up-to-date recommendations to the businesses and nonprofit organizations we work with. We also use our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn) to push out links we find interesting and valuable to our followers. Typically, these links contain new stats…
  • Where Have All The Volunteers Gone?

    shad
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
    How quickly the numbers can change. The last time we reported on volunteering statistics on the eleventy blog, the numbers were overwhelmingly positive. Those were figures from 2011—a year when volunteering in the United States reached its highest level since 2005. But statistics from 2013 recently released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics paint an entirely different picture of volunteering in America. Essentially, volunteering has declined across nearly all demographics. How did this shift happen, and is it affecting nonprofit organizations? In today’s post, we highlight some key…
  • 8 Effective Ways To Get Better Results From Your E-Newsletter

    shad
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Any organization that’s serious about content marketing, whether business or nonprofit, should be sending out an e-newsletter. The e-newsletter is a highly effective marketing tool. It’s a great way to transmit your brand-created content to your audience of potential customers or donors. But while more brands are committing to the e-newsletter, only a fraction of organizations are actually doing them well. Far too many e-newsletters do not compel opens and clicks, drive readers to the organization’s website, and help create a positive brand perception. If that sounds like your…
  • 9 Nonprofit Numbers Predicting a Positive Fundraising Forecast for 2014

    shad
    25 Mar 2014 | 12:56 pm
    70% of nonprofits expect donations to increase in 2014. This stat shows nonprofit organizations have a very optimistic outlook, the likes of which has not been seen since the Great Recession began in 2007. So what’s the reason for such unbridled optimism? Much of it can be attributed to the fact that the majority of nonprofits met their fundraising goals in 2013 and saw their numbers rise over the previous year. In today’s post, we’ll take a look at some notable numbers showing nonprofit giving gains last year. We’ll also provide key tips to keep your fundraising going…
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    Wagenmaker and Oberly - Nonprofit Update

  • The Details Matter: Carefully Operating Related 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) Nonprofits

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    The IRS recently denied 501(c)(3) public charity status to a social justice organization that was related to a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization.  (PLR 201408030)  What went wrong?  Plenty, with much to learn for nonprofit organizations seeking to navigate the increasingly choppy waters of politically tinged activities..  Given the increasingly choppy waters of politically-tinged activities, closely related 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations should be very attentive to the small things to ensure their larger missions do not similarly get derailed.   Start…
  • Who’s Listening? Illinois Eavesdropping Law Held Unconstitutional

    11 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    Upholding individuals’ free speech rights, the Illinois Supreme Court recently struck down the Illinois Eavesdropping Act as unconstitutionally overbroad.  As of April, 2014, electronic recording of conversations is permissible in Illinois, subject to copyright, privacy and other important restrictions.   That permissibility may be short-lived, but the lesson is clear:  if Illinois legislators want to prohibit eavesdropping, they better craft a much narrower statute.The Supreme Court’s Decisions            The…
  • Round 2: The Government Swings Back in Case Affecting Clergy Housing Allowance

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:41 am
    “It is declared that 26 U.S.C. § 107(2) violates the establishment clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.”  -- Judge B. Crabb, Federal District Court of Western Wisconsin regarding the clergy housing allowance (November 20, 2013).Will the tax exemption for the clergy housing allowance survive the recent federal decision to strike it down?   At this point, the answer is not clear.  One thing is certain, however, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) believes Judge Crabb got it wrong.  In its appellate brief, the DOJ argues…
  • FEC Commissioners Chime in Regarding IRS’s Proposed 501(c)(4) Regulations

    31 Mar 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Fresh Voices in the DiscussionThe period for comments on the IRS’s proposed regulations for Section 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations’ politically related activities closed last month.  Over 140,000 comments were filed, reportedly more than ten times the regulatory runner-up.  Next up:  public hearings and legal challenges to the proposals.  Among the many notable comments were two from current and former Federal Election Commissioners.  The Commissioners strongly emphasized the importance of keeping political campaign activity within the FEC’s recognized…
  • Affordable Care Act Whammy: Changing Health Insurance Premium Tax Rules

    24 Mar 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Watch out!  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has wrought a drastic change for all employers providing pre-tax benefits through reimbursement or payment of insurance premiums for employees’ individual heath plans.For over half a century, employers have been able to offer pre-tax health insurance benefits to their employees, either  (a) by paying for health insurance group plans or (b) by paying for the employees’ premiums, deductibles, and co-payments for their individual plans.  Thanks to the IRS’ and Department of Labor’s recent regulatory implementation of the ACA,…
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  • 9 Old School Campaign Rules That Still Work

    Katie Andriulli
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:10 pm
    In honor of Sunday’s return of one of our favorite shows, Mad Men, we dusted off our typewriters and put together some of our favorite old school campaign rules that still work for organizing and outreach, even in an online world. Make it personal. Don Draper didn’t really care about slide projectors, but he sold the crap out of them by making it all about the memories they preserve. Think about the advertisements, news articles, or email appeals you actually remember (even after a few scotch and sodas). Chances are, they focused on someone’s personal story. Move people to…
  • Benchmarks! Benchmarks! Get Your Benchmarks Here!

    Will Valverde
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    Some numbers, and a story. When you get right down to it, that’s what the annual M+R Benchmarks Study is: a whole bunch of numbers that add up to the story of what nonprofits achieved and experienced online in the last year. And that’s what we have for you here, numbers and a story. First, the numbers. 2: That’s how many clicks away from downloading the Study you are right now at this very moment. One click to get to mrbenchmarks.com, and one to download the complete pdf. What are you waiting for? 53: The number of generous, patient, unbelievably helpful — oh yeah, and…
  • How to be cool as a cucumber when big news breaks

    M+R
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    Breaking news on your issue can be stressful, but it can also present a rare opportunity to get your point of view and expert voices into the news cycle. What can you do to ensure your organization is ready the next time the Supreme Court makes a big ruling, a government agency releases a new report, or a corporation changes its policy and impacts your cause? There’s no surefire way to melt away all the stress when you have to react to breaking news and the clock is ticking. But after reading our new whitepaper and undergoing these 3 rapid response spa treatments, you can at least be…
  • Sneak preview of the 2014 Benchmarks Study cover

    Katie Heller
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    We’re so excited for the Benchmarks Study release on April 9, we just can’t help but share a special sneak peek at the cover. We think it’s our best ever. Check it out! Sign up to be the first to get the whole study over at www.mrbenchmarks.com
  • 5 Nonprofit Tips for Winning at Instagram

    Marjory Garrison
    19 Mar 2014 | 8:45 am
    The verdict is still out on whether Instagram will ever become a useful tool for improving your advocacy and fundraising metrics. But what we do know right now is that Instagram is a powerful platform for highly visual storytelling. It can make you fall in love with cottontop tamarins (@bronxzoo), see firsthand how your support is changing children’s lives (@unicefusa), and think twice about what you’re ordering off that seafood menu (@oceana). So here are 5 ways for your organization to use Instagram right now, today, to tell stories that will bring your issues to life for your…
 
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    Wobbly Nonprofit

  • Weigh-In: Resources

    Mark C. Titi
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:10 am
          Vote in this poll and find out what others think too!   Take Our Poll MoreWould George Washington Applaud your Fundraising Grit?Competing Agendas3 D’s to Spice up Your Next Nonprofit Board MeetingAppeal Letter to Santa Applying some Geometry to your Nonprofit Fundraising Leveraging Limited Resources in Your Wobbly Nonprofit: Exposing the Keys to Unlock the PowerZemanta The post Weigh-In: Resources appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit .
  • Does your Wobbly Grade reveal a Glass Jaw?

    Mark C. Titi
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Snag a FREE copy of your nonprofit’s Wobbly Grade! The Wobbly Grade is a measure of resiliency that evaluates the four cornerstones of my Multiplying Good program. Subscribe to my Leave Your Mark blog to find out yours. Don’t kiss the canvas. Can your nonprofit take a solid punch to the breadbasket?  Well, it’s time to stop being a palooka. Let me be your corner man. I can help you to avoid a haymaker. Become a ring general and SUBSCRIBE TODAY! MoreWould George Washington Applaud your Fundraising Grit?Don’t Mark Down Your Wobbly Nonprofit: Stop Chasing Money72…
  • Breathtaking Budgets [infographic]

    Mark C. Titi
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:11 am
    easel.ly More3 Budget Boo Boos your Nonprofit Can’t Afford Appeal Letter to Santa How Board Members Gamble with Nonprofits: 4 Ways to Protect Yours8 Keys to Sustainability for small nonprofitsThe Zen of Feverish Fundraising: Quieting the Dragons of Doubt and ConfusionDon’t Mark Down Your Wobbly Nonprofit: Stop Chasing MoneyZemanta The post Breathtaking Budgets [infographic] appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit .
  • 3 Budget Boo Boos your Nonprofit Can’t Afford

    Mark C. Titi
    26 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
            Why does your nonprofit organization prepare a budget anyway? Maybe to “stay on track”? Sometimes a budget is viewed as a way to promote positive cash flow. Or, maybe one is put together just because its required. You know- that ho-hum standard procedure that deep down everyone sees as nothing more than a distraction. Not many good reasons there. So how do you bring your budgeting process back to life? Paying attention to the following budget boo boos can help you to get more from the process and product. 1. Look out! Its the big bad budget…
  • Outreach to Turn your Nonprofit Upside Down

    Mark C. Titi
    16 Mar 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Ugh! If there’s one thing I find disappointing, it’s a nonprofit that settles for mediocrity.  Focusing on the headache of the day means fewer opportunities to reach for the stars. Crisis management is good for putting out today’s fires. Yet it’s poor for addressing tomorrow’s core issues. When the most trivial matters keep getting raised to the top of the heap, the big fish don’t get fried. And that all sounds like a sure-fire way to get your donors steamed. It’s time for your nonprofit to quit stomping on ants! Brush off those insects from the…
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    Emily Davis Consulting

  • 19th Annual Women Who Light the Community

    Kaylie Marsh
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:13 am
    19th Annual Women Who Light the Community Date: Thursday, June 5th Time: 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Location: The Dove House at the Lionsgate Event Center in Lafayette Price: Boulder Chamber Members – $45; Non-Members – $65 Click here to register! The Chamber and the Business Women’s Leadership Group (BWLG) annually honors women who have made significant contributions through innovations and a committed effort to address a meaningful business or community need, locally, regionally, nationally, or globally. You won’t want to miss this signature event! The event highlights…
  • Data Coordinator with Conservation Colorado

    Kaylie Marsh
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:59 am
    Position Title: Data Coordinator Organization: Conservation Colorado Conservation Colorado works to protect Colorado’s environment and quality of life by mobilizing people and electing conservation-minded policy makers. Conservation Colorado blends the legacies of a combined 60 years of work to protect Colorado’s environment and people while looking forward to use cutting edge strategies and tactics to build power and achieve environmental wins. Conservation Colorado has a statewide field presence, with offices in Grand Junction, Craig, Durango and Denver. Conservation Colorado seeks a…
  • Executive Director with Jeffco Schools Foundation

    Kaylie Marsh
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:51 am
    Position Title: Executive Director Organization: Jeffco Schools Foundation Full/Part Time: Full- Time Regular/Temporary: Regular Who May Apply: This position is open to all Internal and External applicants. Equal Employment Opportunity: The Jefferson County School District does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or age in its programs and activities. Start Date: On or before July 1, 2014 Salary Range: $57,584 – $80,403 Days Worked: 229 Benefit Eligible: Yes Closing Information: This job opening will close…
  • Visitor Services Manager with Kirkland Museum (Denver)

    Kaylie Marsh
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:04 am
    Position Title: Visitor Services Manager Organization: Kirkland Museum Kirkland Museum has an opening for a Visitor Services Manager, a leadership position at the museum responsible for managing and developing the visitor experience.  The Visitor Services Manager ensures a high-quality visitor experience through focused customer service, managing the museum shop and front desk staff, developing events and the membership program and facilitating the creation and enhancement of guest education materials.  This position will serve a key role in the development of an expanded visitor…
  • Webinar: How to Use Google Analytics for your Nonprofit – A Step-by-Step Guide

    Kaylie Marsh
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    How to Use Google Analytics for your Nonprofit – A Step-by-Step Guide Hosted By: Charity HowTo Presented By: Simon Choy Space is limited.  Please select from one of the following options: Wednesday, April 23rd; 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Mountain – Click here to register! Thursday, May 1st; 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Mountain – Click here to register! Price: $79 Knowing about your audience, their behavior, and how they interact with your nonprofit’s website is crucial to increasing results like donations, email acquisition, awareness, traffic, and engagement. Having that…
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    Voss Foundation

  • Georgica Well: Final Report

    ExecutiveDirector
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Thanks to the First Annual Voss Foundation Benefit for clean water at Georgica in East Hampton, on July 3rd, 2013, 300-400 people have access to clean water in Little Liberia, a community in Little Liberia, in the rural Timbo District of Rivercess County, Liberia. “This project is a lifesaver…,” said Little Liberia resident, Brother Abraham, upon completion. Previously, residents got water from a creek over 14 minutes away along a narrow bush road; during the height of the dry season there wasn’t access to water for days. Voss Foundation partnered with FACE Africa and the…
  • WHW Oslo 2014 recap: a beautiful celebration…

    ExecutiveDirector
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Women Helping Women Oslo, on April 3, 2014, was a beautiful celebration of water, women, and sisterhood! Nearly 300 people were in attendance at Norwegian gallery Fineart to launch the sale of several different pieces of jewelry designed to benefit Voss Foundation, featuring glass drop necklaces by celebrity jewelry designer and artist Camilla Prytz. Click an image below to view the photo gallery from the event. Shop the collection of jewelry here, including Camilla’s glass drops, and bracelets designed by Trine Ditlevsen and Sophia Rose‘s Tanya Ross. [Show as slideshow]
  • You’re Invited! An evening at Etienne Aigner’s NYC store

    ExecutiveDirector
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton, Edris Nichols, and Etienne Aigner invite you to celebrate Voss Foundation Women Helping Women Thursday, April 24, 2014 6PM – 8PM 65 Greene Street RSVP to Deborah Hughes, Inc. 212-727-2220 RSVP@deborahhughesinc.com A percentage of the evening’s sales will be donated to Voss Foundation.
  • Water and Health

    ExecutiveDirector
    6 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    On April 7, we celebrate the World Health Organization’s annual World Health Day.  Most of us in cities like New York and Oslo take water for granted, and don’t think twice when we turn on a faucet or flush a toilet.   But for millions of people, clean water is still a scarcity. In the absence of a safe water source, people consume contaminated water that can lead to water-borne illnesses such as diarrheal disease and cholera. Maternal and infant health is at risk when unclean water is used in hospitals.  Without clean water, there is no method to reach or maintain improved sanitation…
  • Project update: News from Milgis School and Ilgwe Eldome

    ExecutiveDirector
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:44 am
    The current source of water for the community   Barrel cutting A solar-powered water system that will pump water 5km to provide Milgis School and the community of Ilgwe Eldome in Samburuland, Kenya will be complete by the end of April. Voss Foundation’s Program Officer, Caitlin Rackish, visited the site twice on her recent trip to this northern Kenyan region, where she visited six of our projects with Milgis Trust, our longest-standing implementing partner. In a recent e-mail from Kenya, Caitlin shared information about the progress of the latest project, funded by Lene Maria for Rent…
 
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    Double the Donation

  • Tracking Usage: Determine How Many of Your Donors are Searching for their Employer

    Adam Weinger
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:51 pm
    One of the questions we receive most often is how a nonprofit can track the number of people who are using our matching gift tool. Specifically nonprofits often ask if there is a way for the organization to see how many people visit their matching gift page. While Double the Donation hasn’t built fully automated in-house analytics (it’s on our to-do list) nearly every organization already has the tools in place to measure visitors to their matching gift page. If you’re already familiar with the different integration options then continue reading this article but if…
  • How Do We Put Matching Gift Search Functionality Directly On Our Nonprofit’s Website?

    Adam Weinger
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:03 am
    Wondering how to embed Double the Donation’s matching gift search functionality directly on your nonprofit’s own website? This article is designed to help you get up and running quickly. Background Information: Double the Donation offers multiple integration options for individual nonprofits of different sizes as well as fundraising software providers who want to incorporate matching gift information into their platforms. Options include: Creating matching gift pages hosted on Double the Donation’s site Embedding matching gift search tools directly on a nonprofit’s…
  • Microsoft: One of the Best at Communicating Philanthropy Opportunities to Employees

    Erin Ehrlich
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:59 am
    As a new Microsoft employee, you are eligible for a $50 charitable donation to a nonprofit organization of your choice. That’s how easy it is to start being philanthropic as an employee with the company. Since 1983, Microsoft has donated more than $1 Billion to nonprofits via its corporate giving programs, including matching gifts and volunteer grants. The recently revamped matching gift program offers a dollar-for-dollar match to nearly all nonprofit organizations or educational institutions, with a $15,000 annual limit per employee, per year. And when you look at employee…
  • Grantspace – Live Q&A on Volunteer Grant Programs

    Adam Weinger
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:45 pm
    In case you missed it, Adam Weinger, Double the Donation’s President, and Sandy Pom of The Foundation Center (which manages GrantSpace) co-hosted a live chat on Volunteer Grants. While many of you joined us for the discussion we’re making the live chat publicly accessible and on-demand. So here is the complete transcript (thanks Sandy!) which includes questions from the audience as well as Sandy’s and Adam’s responses. If you’re unable to view the embedded live chat here are the most popular questions along with answers from Adam. Top Questions from Participants:…
  • A Unique Fundraising Idea for Your Nonprofit

    Erin Ehrlich
    19 Mar 2014 | 8:55 am
    With the competition for grants and major donors more fierce than ever, nonprofit organizations have started looking for new and creative ways to generate funds. We have a couple of ideas up our sleeve, but one unique fundraising idea you can add to your fund development arsenal right now involves your already existing group of volunteers. Do you have a a dedicated group of volunteers who help with anything from organizing events, to writing grants, to administrative work? Your organization already benefits from the great work these individuals do for you, but did you know that you also may…
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    Invisible ChildrenBlog | Invisible Children

  • Stories of the Missing // Okello James

    Lauren Manning
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Abductions by Joseph Kony’s rebel army have contributed to thousands of missing children throughout East and central Africa. This is a story of one still missing. James, known by the nickname Ojee Ojok, would be 24-years-old today. He was abducted from his home in 2002 at the age of 12. “On that fateful day, we heard news that the rebels were around so the children, including James, hid in the bush,” James’ father Ojok Milton recounted. “Because of hunger, he came home around 4 PM. He was eating inside the home when the rebels came.” James tried to run but was chased by members of…
  • BREAKING NEWS: UPDF captures LRA commander and rescues 10 in CAR

    Bridgette Bugay
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    The UPDF (the Ugandan military) just issued a press release reporting that after making contact with LRA forces in the Central African Republic (CAR) yesterday, they were able to capture LRA commander, Lt. Charles Okello. This UPDF contingent of the AU-RTF (African Union Regional Task Force) was also able to rescue 10 LRA captives, including children. In this statement, the UPDF also reports that several LRA surrendered to them earlier this week. Below is the full press release issued by the UPDF. We can’t verify any of the details, but we’ll follow up with additional information as soon…
  • Monday Mini Mixtape aprilTWO

    Kara Goldfarb
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Happy Monday! Time for a lil mixtape. Each track here has it’s own specific quality that’ll make you take notice. Obviously there’s a ton of stellar songs being discovered every day, but these particular ones have a “special something”, making them stand out in a string of songs. In that case, when they’re put in a playlist together, do they actually retain that initial uniqueness? Oh well, enough with the philosophical babbling: Just enjoy the tunes. And get ready for the fast approaching summer, during which time you’ll be able to blast said tunes…
  • CNN video // Kidnapping children, from Nigeria to Uganda

    Invisible Children
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    Boko Haram militants. The group is responsible for the abduction of over 100 girls on Tuesday morning. Early Tuesday morning in Nigeria, more than 100 schoolgirls were abducted from their beds. Suspected Islamic extremists from the group Boko Haram have taken the girls to become sex slaves and ‘cooks’. A few of the girls escaped from the truck they were piled into by swinging off branches and jumping from the moving vehicle. CNN’s Christiane Amanpour reported on Joseph Kony and his child soldiers 16 years ago, and now she’s drawn comparisons between the LRA’s…
  • IC’s latest project: Community Defection Committees + Mobile Cinema

    Bridgette Bugay
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Last fall we shared a bit about a workshop that was taking place at Invisible Children’s regional office in Kampala, Uganda planning the development of Community Defection Committees throughout the LRA-affected regions in central Africa. Well, since then big things have happened… We’re excited to announce that this most recent Invisible Children program is now successfully up and running and expanding into new communities across the region. Under the umbrella of our Defection Programming, Invisible Children has recently launched its latest project, Community Defection Committees or…
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    A Family Mission

  • Living Intentionally

    Kent
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:22 am
    There is a ton of conversation about living intentionally going on both within my local circle of family, friends and acquaintances and in many places on the Internet.  It is definitely a conversation worth having and a worthy goal to implement in our lives. As we are constantly bombarded by our culture to buy this, don’t buy that, be thinner, be sexier, do more, attract wealth…pick the area of your life that a marketer can appeal to and there is a modern message of do it more!  (Want fries with that?  Would you like to super size?) During this past year as we have made the…
  • Gratitude Prayer

    Kent
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    As we begin Holy week and remember the ultimate sacrifice that happened for our eternal salvation, I am thankful for all things in my life. We are all broken in our human condition, things do not always go as we would like but we always have a reason for gratitude for the grace we have been given through the blood of Jesus on the cross. Gratitude Prayer Gracious God, in the busy-ness of my day, I sometimes forget to  stop to thank you for all that is good in my life. My blessings are many and my heart is filled with gratefulness for the gift of living, for the ability to love and be loved,…
  • Wesley’s Covenant Prayer

    Kent
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    A few days ago I was given this prayer by our pastor at Foundation United Methodist Church as a group of us are studying “Bible basics” which by the way he has gone beyond that! The prayer is a simple but beautiful prayer by John Wesley that we were challenged to pray ever morning as a way to start the day in the proper mindset. Wesley’s Covenant Prayer I am no longer my own, but yours. Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you, exalted for you, or brought low for you; let me…
  • Be Extraordinary, Live with Abandon

    Kent
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Extraordinary – Webster defines it as “very unusual ; very different from what is normal or ordinary ; extremely good or impressive”. I came across this post earlier this week by Courtney Carver on her blog that explores how she believes you can live an extraordinary life! Take the time to check her out, it is worth a few minutes read. The highlights of that post are 10 points in her words : ( I have added the scripture that I believe gives divine truth to what she is describing.) Pay attention. When you are distracted, it’s impossible to notice the extraordinary things…
  • Do Something

    Kent
    21 Mar 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Today is one of those days of aloneness (is that even a word?).  That’s how I feel today…alone.  Ever feel that way?  People are all around but it makes no difference, you are pulled into yourself, hoping no one notices and trying to climb the mountain in front of you and it is taking everything you’ve got. The Highs and Lows As many personal friends know, we are going through crisis mode with my 84 year old mother.  She fell and broke a hip a few weeks ago, made it through the surgery okay and went to rehab.  There were multiple issues along the way but anxiety and…
 
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    J Campbell Social Marketing

  • 4 Ways To Set Yourself Apart With the New Twitter Layout

    Julia Campbell
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:48 am
    Twitter is changing its look, and like it or not, your nonprofit better be ready. As more and more social networking sites move towards the Facebook Timeline look – think big cover photo and prominent profile picture – the importance of gathering and creating eye-catching visuals becomes even more important. Here are 4 ways you can set yourself apart using the new Twitter layout. 1)     Showcase your organization with great photos. Good news for technophobes – the Edit Profile screen has been enhanced and is much easier and more intuitive to use than the previous version. Items of…
  • Nonprofits Grew Online Giving, Website Traffic & Social Media Fans in 2013

    Julia Campbell
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    It’s that time of year again – the M+R and NTEN annual Nonprofit Benchmarks Study! This year they surveyed 53 nonprofits, looking at data on online fundraising and advocacy. Some of the more interesting findings: Email continues to account for about a third of online fundraising revenue. Online giving increased 14% over 2012 totals. Monthly website traffic grew by 16% in 2013. Nonprofits grew their number of Facebook fans by 37%, and Twitter followers by 46%. Most surprising finding: As nonprofits send more email messages, their unsubscribe rates go down. As the study says, yes,…
  • Social Media Productivity Tools for Nonprofits

    Julia Campbell
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    Be efficient. Keep on task. Remain laser-focused. For a social media manager at a nonprofit organization, those phrases may seem incredibly elusive. Since 2010, I have helped nonprofits with their digital marketing strategy, focusing on social media. What I’ve found is that when it comes to technology and social media, the hamster wheel never stops, and it’s up to the individual nonprofit professional to create a workable plan, or burn out soon after starting. I find nonprofit professionals excited about all the possibilities and the potential of social media and online marketing, but…
  • Tight Budgets and Schedules: How Nonprofits Can Use Pinterest

    Julia Campbell
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    I had the distinct pleasure of being interviewed by Cynthia Sanchez of the Oh So Pinteresting podcast and blog – the topic: Tight Budgets and Schedules: How Nonprofits Can Use Pinterest Listen to the podcast here: In the podcast, we discuss with the issues of tight budgets and tight schedules, the unique place for nonprofits on Pinterest, a simple step for starting out, some easy ways to use your own smartphone or table to create Pinterest-worthy visuals for your nonprofit, and more! I am a big proponent of nonprofits exploring Pinterest; here are just a few of my posts on the topic: 7…
  • 6 Reasons Your Nonprofit May Not Be Ready For Social Media

    Julia Campbell
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:40 pm
    If you read this blog, you know that I feel strongly about the potential of social media and digital tools to transform the ways that nonprofits communicate with donors and supporters. Nonprofits are jumping on social channels in greater numbers.  The most important social media platforms for nonprofits are Facebook (95%), Twitter (64%), YouTube (38%), and LinkedIn (26%). However, not every nonprofit organization and professional is ready or willing to take the plunge into the social media pool. Here are 6 reasons that your nonprofit may not be ready for social media. 1)      You just…
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    Nonprofit MarCommunity

  • 5 ways to engage your senior level communications volunteers

    Suzanne Hallsworth
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:16 am
    We hear it often in the nonprofit sector, but volunteers truly are the lifeblood of an organization. From their support with administrative tasks to fundraising events to service delivery, they undertake various duties, all equally important. Senior-level volunteers, however, are often the driving force behind a nonprofit’s success. Many leadership volunteers play an important role in communication efforts either with their roles on committees, as spokespeople, or even board members who take a strong interest in a nonprofit’s communication activities. But early engagement strategies and…
  • Exploring nonprofit content marketing strategy [#NPMC chat]

    Marlene Oliveira
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    In response to a request for #NPMC Twitter chat topics this month, our friends at the Community Media Workshop suggested content marketing. And when I asked community members on Twitter for their content marketing questions, what emerged was a need to discuss content marketing strategy. It seems safe to say that content marketing has moved past the ‘buzzword’ status. In fact, as Suzanne Hallsworth highlighted in her research review earlier this year, the majority of nonprofits are using content marketing, and most nonprofits are producing more content than they were a year ago. If content…
  • How to develop role descriptions for communications volunteers

    Adriane Beaudry
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    In her recent blog post, Marlene Oliveira gave us an overview of some of the ways volunteers can be engaged in communications roles. She has provided a solid foundation from which to build and I encourage you to read the post if you haven’t already. Knowing the roles we want volunteers to play in helping us deliver our mission is vital to success for both the individual giving their time and for you, the volunteer engagement professional giving your time to engage this new team member. Sometimes individuals walk through your door (post on your blog, tweet you or post to your Facebook page)…
  • How has our first year been for you? [reader survey]

    Marlene Oliveira
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    On April 30, 2014, the Nonprofit MarCommunity will be one year old. I’m not sure what surprises me more; that a year has already flown by, or that we’re not even a year old yet! I’d like to thank each and every one of you, our readers, contributors and community members, for your support and interest in what we offer to the nonprofit marketing communications community. As we approach our first birthday, I’m looking for your feedback. This reader survey is all about improving the blog and better serving the community. Please take a few moments to share your thoughts!   Fill out my…
  • Seven productivity-boosting tips for nonprofit communicators

    Marlene Oliveira
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:09 am
    Is productivity important to you? It must be! When time and financial resources are limited, but the need to create and produce is immense (and growing), knowing how to boost/harness your productivity is critical. So how do you boost productivity? I know a large number of amazingly productive communicators, so I asked a few of them the question: “What is your #1 method, tool or tip for being productive and getting things done? When you KNOW that you need to have a super productive day, what do you do?”  I’ve shared their answers below. Here are seven excellent productivity-boosting…
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    Social Fundraising for Nonprofits

  • Yahoo! Updates, RallyBound Iterates

    12 Apr 2014 | 5:02 pm
    We take email extremely seriously at RallyBound. Statistically, no method of outreach provides more fundraising conversion than a well-crafted email. With this in mind, we would like to bring to your attention the recent addition to Yahoo!’s email procedures.Official Update Starting this week, emails sent utilizing a 3rd party platform on behalf of a Yahoo! user did not reach their destination. As all of you can imagine, this has great implications on the way appeals are transmitted through the RallyBound platform. Have no fear! Our development team has been hard at work identifying new…
  • Heartbleed and OpenSSL update

    11 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    We have received a number of requests asking whether RallyBound was affected by the recent Heartbleed bug. This bug is security flaw in the widely used encryption technology, OpenSSL. RallyBound does not use OpenSSL rather Microsoft’s SChannel. We use top of the line technologies and servers that are scalable and secure. We take the privacy and security of our users very seriously. Just because our platform was not directly affected, does not mean our partners or integrations were free from harm. We have been reviewing are logs and checking in with our partners to make sure all security…
  • RallyBound presents the Top 10 Single Largest Nonprofit...

    24 Mar 2014 | 10:58 am
    RallyBound presents the Top 10 Single Largest Nonprofit Fundraising Events. This inforgraphic provides a snapshot of the event fundraising industry in 2013. The event fundraising industry is in flux and it is important to understand where there are growth opportunities. All of these events use a form of peer-to-peer fundraising to raise these amounts. RallyBound used publicly available information to source and verify the data.4 Notable stats:1. #1 Pan-Mass Challenge raised more than two times as much as #2 Pelotonia.2. Curing cancer is the top cause that benefits from the majority of…
  • The Beauty of Salesforce and a Good Integration

    19 Mar 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Everybody loves a good integration. Rallybound is no stranger to that feeling. We have placed a concerted effort on fruitful syncs to software that’s helpful to our clients. Salesforce is such an integration. Successful integrations enhance, not detract. They streamline workflow and automated tasks. They’re mutually beneficial. Salesforce checks this vital box because of its all-encompassing power. Broadly speaking, Salesforce is the ultimate data management system and with The Nonprofit Starter Pack trickling into the sector, there’s no telling how streamlined some organizations…
  • Product Update: St. Paddy's Day Edition!

    17 Mar 2014 | 2:10 pm
    As we’ve communicated before, we continually strive to make our product better. We are going to start sending regular product updates to make sure you are aware of new features that will help your fundraising campaigns. The three new features in this issue are:1. Donors can now choose to pay processing fee. This is a feature that can be turned on in the admin. Once turned on, a check box is added to the donation form. If a donor checks the box, the donation amount is recalculated based on the percentages the admin has chosen to cover.2. Notification emails can now be sent to…
 
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  • How to Leverage Social Media for Your Next Big Fundraising Event

    Lyndsey Hrabik
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
    When was the last time you logged onto Facebook because you really wanted to see what was going on at work? Probably… well, never. That’s because social media outlets are a place we go to catch up on what our friends and family have been up to. To see what’s funny or interesting. To find things that we truly like and connect with. So where does that leave your organization in terms of social media? In a place where you’re going against the grain, there are certain things you need in order to succeed. Especially when you’re trying to get the word out about a fundraising event on…
  • The Reason Your Nonprofit Brand Revolves Around Your Website

    Matt Spitsen
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Every dollar we receive from fundraising is given because that donor believes in us. They connect with the mission. And they trust that we’re going to use their money to achieve the mission. So how do we gain their trust in the first place to secure those fundraising dollars? At the 2014 AFP Conference, we caught up with Firespring CEO Jay Wilkinson to talk about how your organization’s website plays a role in fundraising and why your website should be a priority for your organization. Transcript: The website is the core center of the universe of the brand for every nonprofit…
  • Top Trends in Nonprofit Marketing, Social Media and More—An Interview with Kivi Leroux Miller

    Randy Hawthorne
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Communication is at the basis of every solid relationship. And in the nonprofit world, relationships are what keep donors coming back for more. So what’s holding back nonprofits from taking the necessary marketing steps to secure more fundraising dollars and donors? Lack of time, budget and strategy all rank among the top hurdles nonprofits face. And we caught up with Kivi Leroux Miller to further discuss those hurdles, along with other nonprofit marketing trends. Miller was a keynote speaker at the Lincoln American Marketing Association’s Cause Camp—a full-day marketing boot camp for…
  • 3 Reasons Why Your Donor Database Data Went Bad

    Jay Love
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:11 am
    Jay Love is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub. He’s currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Bloomerang and the Senior Vice President of Avectra—both organizations serving the nonprofit sector with cutting edge technology tools for fundraising and communications. _____________ Whether it is your car, your desk or even your backpack, the tidier they are kept the more efficiently you can use them. If a mess accumulates, a normally useful workspace or set of tools becomes hard to use—or worse yet, a detriment. We see this happen often within donor databases and nonprofit CRMs. It is…
  • 3 Reasons to Add Your NPO’s Phone Number to Google Search

    Randy Hawthorne
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Google is making it even easier for people to contact your organization. By using Corporate Contact markup on your nonprofit’s website, you can add your organization’s contact information to Google’s Knowledge panel in some searches. Knowledge panels can prominently display your customer service phone number, which will show up on a search results page next to your NPO’s name. How does this happen? The brief techie explanation: After you add the Corporate Contact markup to your website, Google’s indexing algorithms will process the phone numbers from your markup and make them…
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  • Five Interesting TED Talks for Nonprofits

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:19 pm
    1. What it takes to be a great leader Roselinde Torress | Transcript "In a 21st-century world, which is more global, digitally enabled and transparent, with faster speeds of information flow and innovation, and where nothing big gets done without some kind of a complex matrix, relying on traditional development practices will stunt your growth as a leader." Read More
  • A Statistic is Just a Number

    13 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Providing numbers and statistics are an important part of building a case for support but when it comes to making donations, people find it hard to give to a number. But let us see a viral video about a lonely kid building a cardboard arcade or a news story about a girl getting shot in the face for going to school and the money will flow. Thomas Schelling* first introduced the concept of the Identifiable Victim in his 1968 paper The Life You Save May Be Your Own. “There is a distinction between an individual life and a statistical life," he wrote. "Let a six-year-old girl with brown…
  • Renowned Windbag Born This Day

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Edward Everett, American politician & orator, born April 11, 1794 Two hundred and twenty years ago, the world received a child who would grow up to be the man who got upstaged by the Gettysburg Address. At least that's how he is remembered today by the few who remember him. The Hon. Edward Everett was The Featured Speaker, the headline act, you might say, for the consecration of the Gettysburg National Cemetery. Everett's two-hour speech was delivered from memory and that alone is an admirable feat. His final "farewell to the dust of these martyr-heroes" was…
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  • What’s Your Story? Making Your Case For Support

    Brendan Kinney
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Join the conversation with our Live Discussion page. Should you lead with the head, or the heart? Do you focus on “the vision” or the bricks and mortar? When it comes to making the case for support, there are a myriad of directions your organization can go. But a weak or diluted case for support can but a serious cramp in your fundraising goals, whether your are raising money for a capital campaign, endowment, or special project. Join the #fundchat community on Wednesday, April 23 from 12-1 pm EST for “What’s Your Story? Making Your Case For Support.” Here’s…
  • The Quickest Way To Lose A Donor

    Dennis Fischman
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Dear Bernard…” I’ve been reading The Nation all my adult life.  I’ve subscribed to it for thirty years.  And I used to give a donation every month–but not any more. “Bernard, don’t let them win!” Sorry.  There are other progressive organizations.  Hell, there are other progressive magazines.  If I want to do my part to keep the right-wingers from stamping corporate logos on people’s minds, I can give my money elsewhere. “Bernard, we want you back.” Too bad.  Because my name is not Bernard. Now, you might think I’m being petty here.  I do read The Nation…
  • How To Mobilize ‘Slacktivists’ For Your Cause

    Brendan Kinney
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    Click here for the transcript! Can tweets, likes, and posts serve as a catalyst for social change? And if so, how can your nonprofit organization work with slacktivists to promote your cause? If Slacktivism is a new term for you, here’s how Wikipedia defines it: “The word is usually considered a pejorative term that describes “feel-good” measures, in support of an issue or social cause, that have little or no practical effect other than to make the person doing it take satisfaction from the feeling they have contributed.” This is a topic The Washington Post recently tackled in an…
  • The Future of Social Activism (Infographic)

    Brendan Kinney
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:06 am
    As I was doing some research for next week’s #fundchat on “Slacktivism,” I came across this infographic about the future of social activism. According to the data, young people are actually more engaged in social causes than their predecessors. This flies in the face of today’s conventional wisdom that Millennials are “slacktivists” and not real activists. If Slacktivism is a new term for you, here’s how Wikipedia defines it: “The word is usually considered a pejorative term that describes “feel-good” measures, in support of an…
  • The Best Times to Use Social Platforms (Infographic)

    Brendan Kinney
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    Another week, another installment of infographics that make you go, “Huh.” If you are trying to reach donors and supporters on social platforms, one of the most-debated questions is, “What time of day should we post?” Thankfully, the good folks at SumAll have analyzed the data for us: Check out some commentary on this info at Entrepreneur. What’s your take? The post The Best Times to Use Social Platforms (Infographic) appeared first on #fundchat.
 
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  • A vision without execution is an hallucination*

    Krystyn Tully
    30 Mar 2014 | 9:14 am
    "Theories of Bureaucracy you say. Oh yes, please, do tell me more .This sounds riveting. Just let me get some popcorn." (Photo courtesy Growing Leaders) “What are you studying in school?” people often ask me.“Public administration with a speciality in nonprofit organization management …….” I usually respond. And somewhere around the word “administration” I inevitably see their eyes glaze over. Boredom sets in. If they make it past my first response, they might ask “Oh, and what kinds of classes do you take?”“Oh, they’re really fascinating,” I”ll enthuse. “I…
  • Lesson #16: You will let people down, but that's OK

    Krystyn Tully
    22 Mar 2014 | 1:03 pm
    They're not being mean; they're just aggressively demonstrating demand for your attention, right? (Photo courtesy livescience The first part of this lesson - You will let people down - I’ve got down pat. The second part - “But that’s OK” - I’m still working on. For the most part, people who build careers in the nonprofit sector are motivated by the belief that they are helping people. That means we are the least likely people in the whole wide world to say, “I’m sorry, I can’t help you” when someone calls. If we do turn someone away, we feel like jerks for hours or…
  • The best (and worst) times to do things at work

    Krystyn Tully
    19 Mar 2014 | 5:43 am
    Another argument to support my theory that searching for the perfect workflow/ state of mind is a distraction. The last item on the list tells you what Surrealists knew decades ago: being tired makes cool things happen.6 p.m. - late Do creative work, if you're a morning person. If it sounds counterintuitive, it is. Yet research actually shows that people do their best creative thinking when they're tired. The study, a 2011 paper from researchers at Albion College and Michigan State University, asked more than 400 students to solve six different problems at various hours over the…
  • Leaders have to perform. Period.

    Krystyn Tully
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:27 pm
    And then Goose says, "So, when you said we have to perform, you WEREN"T talking about karaoke?!" I was doing some work for a class in leadership on the weekend when I happened to catch the latest episode of This American Life.  Here's the show summary: Life aboard the USS John C. Stennis, an aircraft carrier that was stationed in the Arabian Sea and supported bombing missions over Afghanistan. Only a few dozen people on board actually fly jets. It takes the rest of the crew — over 5,000 people — to keep them in the air.This American Life producers visited the Stennis…
  • Kenneth W. Freeman on the "Work-Life Balance" challenge - Harvard Business Review

    Krystyn Tully
    3 Mar 2014 | 9:07 pm
    For decades, resolving the conflicts of work and personal life has been spoken of as a question of “balance.” Yet work and life are inextricably intertwined. Work supports our loved ones; it constitutes a big part of our identities, and it often shapes our social lives. The smartphones and other devices that bind us tightly to work also keep us in close touch with our non-work-lives. For example, I keep all of my personal and professional commitments on a single, integrated calendar, treating each one of them as inviolable. The challenge is to integrate work and personal life effectively,…
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  • Treat Every Day like it’s Earth Day at Your Nonprofit

    Rachel Mende
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
      Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22 and people around the world are getting involved to demonstrate their support for environmental protection. Earth day is a great opportunity for nonprofits to show their support and go green.   Although going green is perceived as rather expensive, there are simple, inexpensive, ways of helping the environment. Some organizations even offer monetary compensation to individuals that go green by recycling. Funding Factory is a program that collects used inkjet and toner cartridges, cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras, GPS devices, headsets and…
  • How to handle a troll.

    Kevin Wolfe
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:34 am
    Even nonprofits find themselves the victims of trolls. With as much good as your organization does it’s hard to imagine that there are those who would want to trod on your reputation with negative posts on social media. Twitter, Facebook and other social networks are highly public forms of two-way communication, so there’s always that risk. When the conversation turns against you, there’s usually little recourse for getting the negative posts pulled. But the key is not in stopping the message, it’s all in how you respond to the message. It’s in learning how to…
  • What can one person do?

    Christy Duncan Anderson
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
      Several years ago, I left my cushy advertising job to serve the Peace Corps in Bangladesh, one of the poorest countries in the world where poverty is a way of life.  Leprosy was still a health concern as beggars felt that having this disfiguring disease was a boon – a way to convince people to give them more money.  There was actually a black market for the sale or rental of infants.  I met a mother who told me that she could earn twice as much in a day begging with a child as she could work in a factory making clothing.   Poverty was pervasive and omnipresent.  Over time,…
  • Are long-term nonprofit projects like giving birth or running a marathon?

    Geva Salerno
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:47 am
    We Must Be Our Own Midwife Sometimes projects are fun, especially short ones. Everything goes smoothly and wrapping them up is a breeze. With short projects everything is new and exciting. We can easily see the finish line and with a little effort we can sail over it easily. Longer projects are a different story.  Long projects require much more of us emotionally. They require a level of fortitude and self-discipline that short-term projects do not. This is because with a longer term project at some point it’s not going to be fun anymore. The newness of the project is going to wear off and…
  • Add Diversified Thinking to your Nonprofit’s Next Board Meeting

    Sarah Daxton
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Diversify Thinking with Public Board Meetings   Could your organization benefit from public board meetings? Inviting non-board members can shed light on your organization’s impact within the communities you serve, opens the door to new ideas, and cultivates new leaders who could support the organization.   Board diversity is important for any organization’s decision making process, yet many boards fall victim to routine behind closed doors.   The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s Inviting the Public to Board Meetings Can Be Risky or Rewarding consults board members and…
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  • Saath ( Initiatives in Equity in Development)

    Tarika Vaswani
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:45 am
    Giving Ahmedabad’s urban poor a ray of hope Mother of a young boy Shyam, Alpaben is currently doing a beautician training course at Saath because... The post Saath ( Initiatives in Equity in Development) appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • Lives changed by Saath

    Tarika Vaswani
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:17 am
    Here are a few stories of lives changed by Saath. The state of Gujarat has over 80,000 women working in the construction sector. Women have... The post Lives changed by Saath appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • Giving Ahmedabad’s urban poor a ray of hope

    Tarika Vaswani
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:56 am
    Mother of a young boy Shyam, Alpaben is currently doing a beautician training course at Saath because as she puts it, “mere ghar mein kamane... The post Giving Ahmedabad’s urban poor a ray of hope appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • Blind Welfare Council, Dahod

    Tarika Vaswani
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    Working for the disabled in the tribal district of Dahod, Gujarat A Wikipedia article on “Dahod” will tell you that the town is a “model... The post Blind Welfare Council, Dahod appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • Lives changed by Blind People’s Association, India

    Tarika Vaswani
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:53 pm
    The post Lives changed by Blind People’s Association, India appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
 
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