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  • A Simple Way for Nonprofit Leaders To Incorporate Mindfulness Into Their Daily Work

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    Beth
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:36 am
    Yesterday,  I had the honor of being a guest facilitator at a transformative leadership retreat with colleagues Heather McLeod Grant, Chris Block, Lance Fors, and David Havens.   The retreat curriculum is built around the a framework  called “I-WE-IT” that covers mindsets and practical skills that today’s social change leaders of all generations need as we move towards more collective approaches. I-WE-IT is a tripod of inter-connected skills for leaders:   the individual leader (I), the power of teams or networks (WE), or the system that they are trying to change (IT).
  • 5 trends changing big data for nonprofits

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    joshmaitrelsci
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:24 am
    1. What public medicine can learn from baseball. Just how fatal are certain diseases? In a page taken from professional sports scouting and strategy, public health researchers are using data in innovative new ways to figure out how best to allocate budget dollars to national and global health initiatives. Check off another win for big data. 2.Conquer the data deniers. Even with evangelists working overtime to convince companies that information is what will set their business free, there are still holdouts to the big data revolution. Among nonprofits, it’s even worse. If your colleagues…
  • 2015 “Selfie Awards” Salute Philanthropic Narcissism (Recipients Boycott Ceremony…but Need Not Be Present to Win) - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

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    Reed Stockman
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:03 am
    2015 “Selfie Awards” Salute Philanthropic Narcissism (Recipients Boycott Ceremony…but Need Not Be Present to Win) - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly: 'via Blog this'
  • Beyond Big Data

    PHILANTHROPY 2173
    Lucy Bernholz
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    What happens when a university with schools of arts and humanities, business, design, education, engineering, law, and medicine decides to develop interdisciplinary learning experiences for professionals, using the latest technology and assuming a global audience? And when they turn to former management consultants - experts in helping professionals learn new ideas - to help them do it?Well, in one experiment you get Stanford's new Worldview program. A combination of customized online content drawn from faculty across the university, onsite interdisciplinary and experiential learning…
  • 6 Takeaways From This Year's #npfinance

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    awagstrom@nonprofitsassistancefund.org
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:47 am
    rodney_keynote_cropped.jpg It’s been a couple of weeks since the 4th Annual Nonprofit Finance and Sustainability Conference that Nonprofits Assistance Fund co-hosts with Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, and I’m still thinking about the topics, questions, and discussions from that day. The conference could not have had a better start than the keynote from Rodney Christopher, a Director on the Capital Deployment Team at F.B. Heron Foundation, on building strong nonprofit enterprises. Rodney invited us all to “let our nonprofit finance geek flags fly” and then provided us with…
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  • Nonprofit Outreach Specialist (VISTA)

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

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

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

    awagstrom@nonprofitsassistancefund.org
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:26 pm
    wordle2.gif Do you love accounting?  How about making things run smoothly?   Then this might be your next job.  We are hiring an Accounting and Operations Associate to join our team.  Nonprofits Assistance Fund offers an energetic work environment and an opportunity to be an integral part of a growing organization.  This is a full-time position.  Send Curt your application by April 10th!
  • 6 Takeaways From This Year's #npfinance

    awagstrom@nonprofitsassistancefund.org
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:47 am
    rodney_keynote_cropped.jpg It’s been a couple of weeks since the 4th Annual Nonprofit Finance and Sustainability Conference that Nonprofits Assistance Fund co-hosts with Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, and I’m still thinking about the topics, questions, and discussions from that day. The conference could not have had a better start than the keynote from Rodney Christopher, a Director on the Capital Deployment Team at F.B. Heron Foundation, on building strong nonprofit enterprises. Rodney invited us all to “let our nonprofit finance geek flags fly” and then provided us with…
 
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  • Meet Gen Z Philanthropist Sejal Makheja, Founder Elevator Project

    Beth
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    Perhaps you’ve been reading about Gen Z and that they’re tech savvy, passionate about doing good, and might just shake up philanthropy.    I recently read an article in the New York Times about conference for Gen Z who were learning entrepreneurial skills. That’s where I first read about  Sejal Makheja, 16, a sophomore who lives in McLean, Va. When she was 14, Sejal founded the Elevator Project, an organization that aims to lift people out of poverty through apprenticeship, vocational training and job placement. She said she went to the Gen Z Conference because she wanted to…
  • Ahead of Give Local America, 7 trends in Giving Days

    Beth
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:21 am
    Source: GiveMN A school principal rides a zipline as a way to bring attention to Give to the Max Day in Minnesota Guest Post by Michelle Huttenhoff, Knight Foundation With the clock ticking for Give Local America on May 5, community foundations and others are finalizing plans for this national day of online giving. At Knight Foundation, we’ve been providing insights on organizing successful Giving Days, and wanted to share the latest information we have gathered. Our work started with The Giving Day Playbook, a soup-to-nuts guide that is continuously updated. Today, we wanted to share…
  • Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Pre-Order Your Copy Now!

    Beth
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:08 pm
    In mid-May 2015, the book “Volunteer Engagement 2.0” will launch and I’m proud to be among 35 chapter contributors!   Can you guess the topic of my chapter? The book is about: Striking a balance between actionable strategy and broad discussion of the issues surrounding volunteerism, Volunteer Engagement 2.0 helps readers craft a volunteer program that reflects the organization’s mission and approaches daily management needs with an eye toward the future. Track the history of volunteerism, and the social, cultural, and technological shifts that will shape its future Keep…
  • What Improvisation Can Teach Social Change Leaders

    Beth
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:25 am
    This post follows yesterday’s post about networked leadership skills.   I had the honor of being a guest facilitator at a transformative leadership retreat with colleagues Heather McLeod Grant, Chris Block, Lance Fors, and David Havens – I got to teach but more importantly got to learn from amazing people.   The retreat curriculum is built around the a framework  called “I-WE-IT” that covers mindsets and practical skills that today’s social change leaders of all generations need as we move towards more collective approaches. David Havens from Collective Capital, a…
  • A Simple Way for Nonprofit Leaders To Incorporate Mindfulness Into Their Daily Work

    Beth
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:36 am
    Yesterday,  I had the honor of being a guest facilitator at a transformative leadership retreat with colleagues Heather McLeod Grant, Chris Block, Lance Fors, and David Havens.   The retreat curriculum is built around the a framework  called “I-WE-IT” that covers mindsets and practical skills that today’s social change leaders of all generations need as we move towards more collective approaches. I-WE-IT is a tripod of inter-connected skills for leaders:   the individual leader (I), the power of teams or networks (WE), or the system that they are trying to change (IT).
 
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  • Your Website: It’s Your Kitchen and It’s Your Party

    Steph
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:29 am
    Amy Sample Ward CEO NTEN What's cooking for your website, and who's coming to your party? Whenever I'm leading a workshop or training session, I offer up the same analogy for digital engagement: the online world is a house party (at least the way I throw them!).
  • Net Neutrality and Nonprofits

    Steph
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Candace Clement Internet Campaign Director Free Press Why the future of the Internet's First Amendment matters to your nonprofit. By now, you’ve likely heard the term “Net Neutrality.” What you may not know is that, without it, nonprofits would find it nearly impossible to fulfill their missions.
  • NTEN and National Volunteer Week

    bethany
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:37 pm
    This week is National Volunteer Week! Points of Light, the organization that established this program in 1974, notes, "National Volunteer Week is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change – discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to make a difference." Inspired by National Volunteer Week, NTEN took a few hours of work time to volunteer in our local communities.Down in NTEN South (AKA San Francisco, CA), Membership Director, Megan Keane, joined a group of One Brick volunteers to clean up after…
  • Time to Redesign: Effective Website Planning

    Steph
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:21 pm
    David Onate Senior Online Communications and Marketing Manager African Wildlife Foundation A website redesign is full of challenges and opportunities. Here's how one nonprofit turned a humble redesign idea into a brand-changing project. Let’s start with a simple question: Does your organization’s website advance your business goals and make you proud? If the answer is “yes,” congratulations— you’ve probably worked very hard to get to this point. For everyone else, particularly in the nonprofit community, the answer is frequently somewhere in between “I’m not sure” and…
  • Data Nerd Alert! 15NTC by the Numbers

    Andrea Post
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:26 pm
    You did it! You braved sleet and rain and even witnessed a snow day in Austin to take part in the 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference (15NTC). While we didn’t get the gorgeous spring weather Austin is famous for, we laughed, we cried, we drank in almost as much coffee as we did knowledge during another record-setting NTC. Here are the numbers to prove just how awesome the 15NTC was. 2,016 people attended the 15NTC, booking 2,959 hotel room nights, and traveling approximately 2.2 million miles from 47 states and 16 different countries. Seventeen (17) of you traveled more than 5,000 miles to…
 
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  • What Is Social Fundraising Anyway?

    elizabeth.ragland@networkforgood.org
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Social fundraising is empowering your supporter base to fundraise on your behalf. Social fundraising is also known as peer-to-peer fundraising, P2P, personal fundraising, or crowdfunding. Think beyond the walkathon When you think of social fundraising, you probably think of a walkathon, dance marathon, or another event that social fundraisers will attend. Although this is the best-known type of social fundraising, you don’t have to have an event to justify launching a social fundraising campaign.
  • Doubling Down on Monthly Giving

    elizabeth.ragland@networkforgood.org
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:41 am
    How much do we believe in monthly giving here at Network for Good? A whole lot. Today I’m super jazzed to announce that we’ve DOUBLED the amount of Challenge Rewards we’re giving away as part of our Recurring Giving Challenge. Thanks to a generous grant from the Network for Good Generosity Fund, we’re now awarding a total of $20,000 to Network for Good clients with the most successful, creative, and compelling monthly giving campaigns. Yep, that’s right: twenty large! How awesome is that? The challenge ends on April 30, 2015, but there’s still time to join in to improve your…
  • Nonprofit Spotlight: Firecracker Foundation

    elizabeth.ragland@networkforgood.org
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    Network for Good works with so many amazing nonprofits and we want to introduce you to them and the great work they are doing! Because May is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, I want you to meet one of my favorite customers who is doing amazing work helping child sexual abuse survivors heal their whole being. Meet Firecracker Foundation On a day-to-day basis, The Firecracker Foundation works with survivors of childhood sexual trauma through long-term strategies of therapy, arts enrichment, and yoga practice. Their work is focused on healing the whole individual. On a larger scale, however, The…
  • Nonprofit Link Round Up

    elizabeth.ragland@networkforgood.org
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    I hope you celebrated National Volunteer Week. Did you do something to make your volunteers feel special? I got a sweet card and gift in the mail from an organization I've been volunteering with for many years now. It really did make me feel appreciated. Even if you just send out a personal email to those who volunteer with your organization, I promise your volunteers will never forget it! Now, let's get to those links!
  • The Key to More Effective Donor Communication

    elizabeth.ragland@networkforgood.org
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:09 am
    To truly connect with donors and inspire them to become a part of the work that you do, you need to speak to them. Really speak to them. This means getting extremely clear on the message you’re trying to send, and making it incredibly relevant to why they care about your mission in the first place. This is why the key to more effective communication is specificity.  When your emails and other communications are specific, they can be more relevant, interesting, and authentic. Your job as a marketer or fundraiser is to definitively answer the question, “Why me?”  You…
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  • Great Marketing Jobs at Nonprofit Orgs

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Post YOUR comms job here—nonprofits, grantmakers, B Corps & vendors serving nonprofits. Associate Director of Email Marketing, NARAL Pro Choice America (Washington, DC) Chief Communications Officer, Lift Alliance Austin Children Services (Austin, TX) Communications & Marketing Coordinator, Tuesday’s Children (Manhasset, NY) Development Communications Associate, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation (Scottsdale, AZ) Digital and Print Publications Designer, Hesperian Health Guides (Berkeley, CA) Digital Marketing Specialist,  Southern Poverty Law Center (Montgomery, AL) Director of…
  • Considering Consulting to Nonprofits? Advice from the Pros

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Guest bloggers, Julia Reich, a designer and brand strategist at Stone Soup Creative and Marlene Oliveira, a copywriter and communications consultant at moflow and founder of the Nonprofit MarCommunity recap their #15NTC session on nonprofit consulting. At last month’s Nonprofit Technology Conference, we hosted a session on making the move from in-house nonprofit professional to consultant serving the sector. During the session, we combined very short presentations on specific topics with speed-dating style opportunities to ask questions, matching groups with a mix of established…
  • Opportunity! Nonprofit Communication Jobs

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Post YOUR comms job here—nonprofits, grantmakers, B Corps & vendors serving nonprofits. Advocacy & Communications Associate, RespectAbility (Bethesda, MD) Cause Marketing Business Development Leader, Phil & Co. (New York, NY) Communications & Impact Specialist, Institute of International Education (San Francisco, CA) Communications Coordinator, The Community Center for Education Results (Seattle, WA) Communications Internship, The Physician Assistant Education Association (Washington, DC) Communications Manager, The Hyams Foundation (Boston, MA) Communications Manager,…
  • Break the Rules! You’ll never look back

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:56 am
    Wake up, girls and boys! It’s time to change our ways. Here’s the thing: I’m a rule follower, and I bet you are too. After all, nonprofit communications isn’t the Wild West. But… Rules are made to be broken, at least once in a while. And as much as I believe in defining clear goals to guide your right-now marketing decisions, and staying consistent within that framework for as long as its relevant, sometimes you just need to bust out. Here’s how: When? One perfect moment to break the rules is when there’s an avalanche of messages on what’s top-of-mind right now (a.k.a.
  • WOWza Nonprofit Marketing Jobs

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:56 am
    Post YOUR comms job here—nonprofits, grantmakers, B Corps & vendors serving nonprofits. Communications Coordinator First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI) Communications Manager, Shared Value Initiative FSG (Boston, MA) Communications Manager Kinship Foundation (Chicago, IL) Communications Manager Mental Health America of Texas (Austin, TX) Communications and Marketing Manager Youth Frontiers (Twin Cities, MN) Communications Specialist The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems (Los Angeles, CA) Digital Media Manager POGO (Washington, DC) Digital Production…
 
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  • Metrics for Good - My Confession as a Justified Sinner

    Phil Cubeta
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    "At its core, the metrics discussion is a myth because while everyone talks about it, professes to have seen it and debates its importance, impact metrics remain ephemeral, a force living in some deep wood, visions of which are obscured by branches, brush and bullshit." Jed Emerson   As one who loves the work of Oscar Wilde (in particular The Decay of Lying and The Importance of Being Earnest), I consider literal truth to be a debasement of the human spirit and a well-crafted lie to be the highest form of human achievement (myth, religion, art). But for sophistry…
  • Mindfulness in the Markets for Good

    Phil Cubeta
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:08 am
    NY Times on mindfulness. Mindfulness is a spiritual practice. It has great worth. As such it is for sale in Wealth Bondage. Or, we have alcohol, Ambien, Prozac, gambling, pornography, addiction recovery, leadership classes, self flagellation, mentoring programs, secular priests, family historians, butlers, jailers, bodyguards, taxi dancers, or whatever else you may desire at a price. Mindfulness is inside and outside our bondage to this world.
  • Why Charitable Gifts of Non-cash Assets- The Business Case for Investment Advisors

    Phil Cubeta
    4 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    Philanthropy and AUM Often investment advisors are held back in serving the client's philanthropy by the fear, partly justified, that the gifts to charity, if significant, will come at the expense of assets under management. As discussed in a prior post, however, we are on the cusp of a major historical opportunity to help Boomer business owners in transition from success to significance, and also greatly increase and retain assets under management. A Case in Point: Todd, A Day Late Todd (not his real name) came to our wealth transfer firm the day after he sold his business, a C…
  • Boomer Business Owners in Transition - an historic Charitable Planning Opportunity

    Phil Cubeta
    3 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    Today, in gift planning we have an historic opportunity - if we can seize it through canny collaboration among professional advisors, national gift funds, single issue charities, and nonprofit gift planners, and the respective associations to which we may belong.   Boomer business owners (think of them as The Rotarians), are reaching an age at which they must exit the business, which has been their baby and their identity. As they exit, they are very good prospects for a Donor Advised Fund. (Selling some or all the business in a DAF can save the 20% tax on capital gains.) More…
  • Moral Injury - Trauma and Results

    Phil Cubeta
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:09 pm
    When the soldier, on orders, burns the convoy, finds the charred corpses of children, and gets a medal for valor, based on racking up a higher than expected body count, the soul is injured. When we say results are what nonprofits are for, we use the language we share with business and war. And the damage done to the abused souls who become abusers in their turn..... We hangmen hang each other on command. Harlow's monkeys clinging to a wire mother, chew through their own arms. We each need love (not earned, given; not metered but unstinting) to form a self and thrive.
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  • Digital sabbatical

    Lucy Bernholz
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    It's intermission. I am going offline (email, twitter, blog, etc.) till mid - May. Please be in touch again after May 15.
  • Institutional philanthropy goes digital (slowly)

    Lucy Bernholz
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    I often write about emergent forms of philanthropy, enabled or accelerated by digital technology. And I spend a lot of time looking for ways that established philanthropic institutions are or could be using these tools. Here are two recent examples:HIPGiveHispanics in Philanthropy is an association of foundation executives committed to expanding Hispanic leadership and giving and an international funders' collaborative. After many years of grantmaking and technical assistance to small organizations it has turned to the crowdfunding space to push this work even further. It has partnered with…
  • 19 minutes on digital civil society

    Lucy Bernholz
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    This was a fun interview to do, with Dave Erasmus of Givey (UK mobile giving platform). Nineteen minutes (in British and American English) on what we're trying to understand at the Stanford PACS Digital Civil Society Lab.
  • Beyond Big Data

    Lucy Bernholz
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    What happens when a university with schools of arts and humanities, business, design, education, engineering, law, and medicine decides to develop interdisciplinary learning experiences for professionals, using the latest technology and assuming a global audience? And when they turn to former management consultants - experts in helping professionals learn new ideas - to help them do it?Well, in one experiment you get Stanford's new Worldview program. A combination of customized online content drawn from faculty across the university, onsite interdisciplinary and experiential learning…
  • Laboratory of human behavior...

    Lucy Bernholz
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:38 am
    "A laboratory of human behavior the likes of which we've never seen."That's actually a description of a social media company. You can hear more in this fantastic Radio Lab podcast, The Trust Engineers, which Andrew Zolli of PopTech Means of Data Science for Social Good helped to create.The idea of a social media company as laboratory of human behavior is provocative enough to push us to ask, where does science get done? Citizen science, wearable technology, remote sensors - perhaps we've turned the whole world into a lab of human behavior.There's surely more to come - with virtual reality and…
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    A Small Change

  • Party On.

    Edward Sumner
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Alright, you’re in good shape.  You’ve identified some champions for your organization and you’re excited, encouraged, and relieved that you’ve got some folks to help broaden and diversify your support network. There are a number of ways that your champions can actively participate in the acquisition of new donors.  One of the most traditional and familiar ways that is hosting or captain(ing) tables at our galas and auctions.  This is KEY.  But, for champions, this can be just the tip of the iceberg. I was having coffee with a new supporter the other day, and I…
  • Where are the Champions?

    Edward Sumner
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    We development pros work hard to strengthen the relationships we have with folks who have given to our agencies and we call the process ‘retention.’  We also work really hard to build new relationships with folks who have not given to our agencies before, and when they do give for the first time we call in ‘acquisition.’  Both areas of focus and the strategies and tools we leverage to make it happen are very important to the fiscal success of our development plans. It’s no secret that in particular, doing all the acquisition work all by ourselves is daunting,…
  • How to create a monthly giving program.

    Edward Sumner
    8 Apr 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Terrific follow up post on the ‘how to’ of monthly giving from our friend Josh Collier at Tacoma YFC: Okay, you’re sold, monthly giving should be more than an option on a response card. But then, what should it be? Here are three keys to a successful monthly giving program: Invite people to join something (don’t merely ask them to give monthly): Now we’re talking about branding: creating a monthly giving program with a unique name and voice that fits with the mission of your organization. A great example of this is IJM’s Freedom Partner program: “As a freedom partner you…
  • Do we really understand monthly giving?

    Edward Sumner
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Delighted to offer a guest posts this week from Josh Collier, Development Officer at Tacoma’s Youth for Christ.  He is a friend, colleague, and terrific fundraiser.  Enjoy: Most of us offer monthly giving as an option at fundraisers and in appeal letters – but do we really understand the potential of effective monthly giving? It’s easy to underestimate that monthly giver. Really, fifty bucks doesn’t seem like that much when you have over a million dollars to raise in a fiscal year! But think about this: You run into a friend at a local store. While catching up, she tells you…
  • 10% Battery Life

    Edward Sumner
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:04 pm
    I recently saw Big Hero 6 with my daughter at her school’s movie night.  It was awesome.  The main character’s older brother was an incredibly gifted designer and built a relentless, multi-functional, adaptive, and engaging robot whose only barrier preventing his unceasing efforts to complete his mission was – limited battery life.  Without his batteries fully charged his performance radically deteriorated and when his batteries died, well, so did he.  That is, until he plugged into his charging station and got replenished and refueled. A pedestrian analogy, perhaps,…
 
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    Giving in a Digital World

  • Is your charity website ready for Mobilegeddon?

    Bryan Miller
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    Incase you missed the news, Google announced a few weeks ago that as from April 21st its next search algorithm update would specifically punish sites that don’t have a mobile friendly design when users are searching using their mobile devices. Google describes the impending changes here by explaining “we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results”. The online industry (never knowingly understated) has labeled the change…
  • Speed of Light Campaign – Innovative Social Media Fundraising from SolarAid

    Bryan Miller
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    You may not have heard, but 2015 is officially the International Year of Light – proclaimed by the UN to raise global awareness of how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. To coincide with this, SolarAid – a charity with a whole lot of knowledge about light-based technologies and sustainable development – has launched an innovative new online fundraising appeal called Speed of Light. On visiting the Speed of Light site it explains some of the great benefits that a…
  • Poorly optimized Google Adwords copy could be wasting a quarter of your search budget

    Bryan Miller
    3 Feb 2015 | 7:03 am
    Last year, while working on a client project, I came across a very interesting company called The ATO Co. They’re an international AdWords copywriting agency who have developed an ad text effectiveness algorithm which enables them to audit Google Adwords copy and score it to show how well optimized it is. Talking with them about the serious impact that can result from AdWords copywriting that doesn’t follow optimization best practice was a real eye-opener. The reason being that Google AdWords rewards advertisers who run more effective advertising campaigns with lower advertising…
  • 2015 Digital Fundraising To Do List #3 Allocate Budget For Paid Social Media

    Bryan Miller
    1 Feb 2015 | 11:46 am
    The writing has been on the wall for a couple of years now. Facebook, needing to more effectively monitise its massive user base, has been gradually changing the way in which content published on brand pages is shared organically with followers – so as to encourage more brands to pay to promote their content. Last year this decline in ‘organic reach’ hit the point where the average organic reach of brand page content was around 6% – and falling fast. Then came the official statement that from January 2015 Facebook is “bringing new volume and content controls for…
  • A must read for all digital fundraisers – latest free Global Digital Statistics Compendium from We Are Social

    Bryan Miller
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:09 am
      It’s that time of year again – when fundraisers the world-around take a breath after the end of year seasonal donation high and get ready to do wonderful things in the year ahead. So, when better to get yourself a good dose of digital market insights to help underpin your planning. Step forward those generous folks at We Are Social – who are back with a better than ever update on their annual Global Digital, Social, and Mobile Statistics Report. As well as global summaries, within the reports 376 pages you’ll also find country-specific sections, so you can get…
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  • Successful Facebook Advertising on Less than $2 a Day

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:39 am
    Drew Bernard A lot of people ask us whether Facebook ads are a good idea or not. So we are happy to introduce the good folks over at ActionSprout to share some answers! They help nonprofits find supporters on Facebook and get them to act. We’ll be working with Action Sprout to provide more tips, resources, and training on Facebook to you in the coming months. ~Kivi Guest Post by Drew Bernard, Founder and CEO of ActionSprout With almost limitless options for slicing and dicing its audience of over 890 million daily users, Facebook advertising can be a highly effective tool in the…
  • Mixed Links for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:54 am
    Happy Friday, awesome nonprofit communicators! Let’s cap off the week with some Mixed Links… If you need some ideas for Mother’s Day, Nancy Schwartz tells you How to Make the Most of Mother’s Day. John Haydon has Three Simple Donor Retention Strategies for Social Media. Not sure about participating in local giving days? Learn more in 7 trends in Giving Days. Managing Major Donor Expectations doesn’t have to be a tricky proposition. And if you happen to mess that up and lose a few, Bloomerang can tell you How To Identify The Next Generation of Major Donors.
  • 50+ Nonprofit Instagram Accounts You Should Follow Right Now

    Kerri Karvetski, Online Campaigns and Social Media Adviser
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:09 am
    Looking for some good examples of nonprofits on Instagram? Grab your phone and get inspired. ANIMAL RIGHTS Talia looks like she’s ready for her woolcut next month. That’s the real start of spring! A photo posted by Catskill Animal Sanctuary (@catskill_animal_sanctuary) on Apr 11, 2015 at 12:06pm PDT ASPCA https://instagram.com/aspca Best Friends Animal Society https://instagram.com/bestfriendsanimalsociety Catskill Animal Sanctuary https://instagram.com/catskill_animal_sanctuary/ Humane Society of the United States https://instagram.com/humanesociety National Wildlife Federation…
  • Marketing Makeover MAGIC with Kivi and Claire! [FREE WEBINAR]

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:39 am
    Blow your supporters away by replacing your boring nonprofit marketing and communications with fabulous and effective content. Springtime is the perfect time for you to get some fresh, new ideas for your nonprofit marketing and communications! If you have just 60 minutes, please sign up for this free webinar to learn how you can take your  marketing and fundraising content/materials from DRAB to FAB! FREE WEBINAR Marketing Makeover MAGIC with Kivi and Claire Tuesday, April 28th 1:00 p.m. Eastern (10:00 a.m. Pacific) We’ve invited fundraising marketing specialist Claire Meyerhoff to be…
  • Donor Newsletter Tips to Bring in the Dough

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:43 am
    Photo Credit: https://flic.kr/p/awjJJg Does your donor newsletter cost more to send than it brings in? That’s a pretty common trait among donor newsletters, but it’s not the idea of the donor newsletter that’s wrong – it’s how you’re approaching it that’s wrong. Is your donor newsletter longer than 4 pages? Are you sending it as a self-mailer? Did you think a reply device wasn’t necessary? Are you taking the credit for the good work you’ve done? If you answered “yes” to these questions then that’s just part of your…
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    SocialFish

  • Content Strategy Lessons from Lego: Everything is Awesome, Especially your Content

    Ray van Hilst
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    This post originally appeared here on the Vanguard Technology blog. ———— Everything is awesome Everything is cool when you’re part of a team Everything is awesome when we’re living our dream My son was playing with his latest Lego set the other night and I had to do a double take (see the photo below): He was building a Lego set… from a movie about building Lego sets. (I think that’s the very definition of “meta.”) And just to make it a bit weirder, he was following the instructions (which a true Master Builder never does). And then it dawned on…
  • [Cool Social Tools] Mattr Segments Your Social Audience To Identify Influencers

    Maddie Grant
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    This series of posts is for software and app and tech vendors who have new tools they’d like you to know about. Startups are welcome to contact me at maddie[at]socialfish[dot]org to submit guest posts about their platforms. —————– Segment Your Social Audience To Identify Influencers with Similar Values There’s a common question amongst marketers who are new to influencer marketing- how can these tools assist in increasing our brand awareness in new and exciting ways? Mattr, recently added to a list of Top Startups to Watch in 2015, helps to answer this…
  • [Cool Infographic Friday] You’ve Got Mail!

    Maddie Grant
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    I think I’m getting old. I LOVE these “history of” infographics, can’t help myself. This one’s h/t Wyzowl via Instiller.   ———- (photo credit)
  • How to Make Your Organization Seem More Human

    Scott Huntington
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    You’d think in an era of social media, where we’re all so aware of what everyone else is doing, that it’d be simple to give your organization a human face. So, do your members know who to contact with questions and concerns? How do you feel when you dial an 800 number and have to talk to a robot for 20 minutes to get a partial answer to your question? When someone asks a question on your Facebook profile, will anyone respond? So, in this age of automated sales, web-etiquette and tech, how do you maintain your organization’s connection with members? Shoot for your biggest…
  • Does your employee engagement suck?

    Jamie Notter
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    You may not want to admit it, but you’re not alone – many organizations are struggling with employee engagement. Maddie and I are introducing two new products to help you identify the issues causing this disengagement, which will help you create stronger cultures and turn the ship around without breaking the bank. Culture Diagnostic + Workshop Culture and Engagement Coaching for CEOs In the Culture Diagnostic + Workshop, we will give you enough information about your internal culture to start improving it in ways that generate results, even if you’re not in a place to…
 
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  • Free Webinar: Raise More Money with Win-Win Sponsorships

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Want to know how your organization can profit from win-win sponsor partnerships? Register for our upcoming Wild Apricot Expert Webinar with Joe Waters – details here.
  • Volunteer Week Link Round-up

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:29 am
    National Volunteer Week 2015 is winding down – here is a link round-up of volunteer posts to help you finish up your NVW celebrations.
  • Making Events Easier With the Wild Apricot App

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Wild Apricot just launched our mobile app for iOS and Android. Here are details on the app and 4 ways it can make your life easier at your events.
  • It’s On! National Volunteer Week 2015

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    National Volunteer Week is on from April 12 to 18. Here are some ideas for how you can recognize your amazing volunteers and share your stories.
  • Wild Apricot 5.3 Released

    Shiv Narayanan [Head of Marketing & Sales]
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Wild Apricot version 5.3 has been released! Here is an overview of what is included in this release – from access to Knowledge and Community in the admin view, to a new responsive theme and resolution of 60 issues.
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    The Fine Print: blog posts from Center for Effective Government

  • Toxic Chemical Plagues Cleanup Crews Five Years after BP Oil Spill Disaster

    afrank
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Five years ago, an offshore oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and causing the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. The BP oil spill fouled the Gulf with over 172 million gallons of crude oil. The aftermath of the spill is still visible on certain coastlines, and a toxic chemical that BP used to "clean up" the oil is still injuring people and wildlife in the region. To push the oil out of sight, BP used a highly toxic “dispersant” that makes the oil sink to the ocean floor, poisoning reefs and marine life Rather than waiting for the oil…
  • There Are Big Flaws in Our Main Chemical Safety Law. The Shimkus Bill Won’t Fix Them.

    kweatherford
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:54 am
    See our related interactive maps of state chemical policies and our report, Reducing Our Exposure to Toxic Chemicals. Every day, we are exposed to chemicals in our shampoo, body wash, hand sanitizer, toothpaste, lotion, and much more. We expect our government to ensure that the chemicals in products have been tested and are safe for us and our families. The truth is that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has only tested about 250 of the 84,000 chemicals registered for use in the U.S. Of those, it has imposed restrictions on only nine. This is due to significant shortcomings in…
  • Offshore Tax Dodgers Jeopardize Long-Term Financial Health of American Small Businesses

    jschieder
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Every small business would need to pay $3,244 in additional taxes to offset the $110 billion in federal and state revenue lost every year to offshore tax avoidance by multinational corporations, according to a new report from U.S. PIRG. The report is an excellent reminder that corporate tax avoidance is not victimless. Offshore tax avoidance hurts communities by robbing the government of revenue to make public investments – in schools, infrastructure, first responders, and other public goods. Local small businesses and individuals are then left to pay for needed public investments.
  • Inequality and the Estate Tax: What You Need to Know

    jschieder
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:23 am
    Beginning this evening, the House is expected to vote to repeal the estate tax – one of our nation’s key checks on tremendous accumulations of wealth by a handful of the richest Americans. This is alarming, given the revenue that would be sacrificed and the historical importance of the estate tax. Thankfully, the president appears poised to veto the repeal bill if it also passes the Senate and reaches his desk. Surveys suggest many Americans are unsure who pays the estate tax and how the estate tax works. Let’s clear up some of this confusion. First of all, only…
  • General Electric Restructuring Surprise: Company to Pay 20 Times More in Taxes Than It Paid in the Last Decade

    sklinger
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    In a dramatic move, General Electric (GE) announced on Friday that it would be selling off its financial service businesses. GE expects to shed $200 billion of assets in the restructuring, returning $90 billion to shareholders in the form of dividends, stock buybacks, and new shares in a company to be spun-off. But it will also pay $6 billion in taxes on its offshore profits as part of the transactions. To put that in context, over the last decade, GE has paid just $293 million in federal income taxes on $68 billion in reported U.S. profits – a tax rate of just 0.4 percent –…
 
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    Public Sector Marketing 2.0

  • Integrating Social Data into Decision Making (5 Free Tools)

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

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

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

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

    Mike Kujawski
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    I remember delivering a speech in 2008 during the early days of Twitter in which I mentioned to the audience that this platform may soon be the world’s largest sample of live human thought (good and evil) and also the world’s largest real-time conversation database. I heard a few chuckles. Back then Twitter was typically dismissed as some new time-wasting glorified chat where self-obsessed people shared what they were doing at any given moment (e.g. drinking coffee).  A typical reaction people had to Twitter was “who cares?”. Save for the horrendous…
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    eJewish Philanthropy: Your Jewish Philanthropy Resource

  • A Clear and Present Danger

    eJP
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    Anti-Semitism today is a global phenomenon and the worst it has been since World War II, says outgoing ADL director Abe Foxman. Abe Foxman with an IDF delegation at Auschwitz; photo courtesy IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. By Ilan Evyatar When Abe Foxman joined the Anti-Defamation League exactly 50 years ago this summer, there were three predictions he recalls that were prevalent among sociologists regarding the future of American and world Jewry: One was that there would be no American Jewish life 25-50 years hence; the second was that Israel would be accepted as a normal member of the…
  • How Generation Z ‘Shakes Up’ Philanthropy

    eJP
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    JTFN Team Surprise This article is Part 6 in a series about giving circles. Giving circles, groups who pool donations and decide together which causes to support, are a powerful tool for providing anyone – at any age, in any place, at any giving level – with access to an exciting, intentional giving experience. Giving circle members learn and do something about the issues that mean the most to them within their community of friends, family, fellow program alumni – anyone. As part of our effort to expand and strengthen giving circles in the Jewish community, Amplifier: The…
  • 500 words on 4HQ and Yom Ha’atzmaut: When all the Question Marks turn to Exclamation Marks

    eJP
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:30 pm
    By Robbie Gringras Yom Ha’atzmaut? Again? This year of all years? Whenever I approach Yom Ha’atzmaut with a sinking feeling, I always remember the point made by Professor Yosef Klausner: “For three hundred and sixty-four days of the year we are busy with criticism. We criticize the nation’s priorities, and the nation’s leaders. We count the many mistakes that our leaders and ministers make… But a nation must have one day in a year that is a real celebration. On that single solitary day, all the prosecutions must cease, and the harsh criticism must stop…” Klausner wrote these…
  • Bringing Hebrew to Life for Our Students

    eJP
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    By Felice Miller Bartiz Hebrew is a very rich and dynamic language. Did you know a funny word like Kashkesh can mean chat, doodle AND be silly? This language, our language, can come alive for students in any learning environment. At Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains, NY, we wanted to bring Hebrew to life – to make it relevant, engaging, and fun. More accurately, we needed to make a change. Parents told us they wanted their children to be exposed to and to learn more Hebrew. What we had been doing in Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade – a constant repetition of learning the Alef…
  • Step by Step, Chabad Makes Inroads, and Friends, in Argentina

    eJP
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Like this area near the “Obelisk Buenos Aires,” the Jewish community in the neighborhood of Once, which is home to Chabad-Lubavitch of Argentina’s headquarters, buzzes with life. Photo via WikiMedia Commons. By Dovid Margolin This is the second in a five-part series on Chabad’s impact on Jewish life in Argentina. The first article, “How Chabad Took Root in Argentina: The Early Years,” is here. Buenos Aires, Argentina – Chabad-Lubavitch of Argentina’s headquarters is located in the Once (UHN-say) neighborhood of Buenos Aires, a densely populated district that’s…
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • Black Male Achievement: Seizing the Moment in Detroit

    Mitch Nauffts
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    At a March meeting in Detroit, a number of stakeholders committed to improving outcomes for young men of color sat around a table, sharing the words that best captured how they are experiencing the beginning of citywide work on the...
  • Weekend Link Roundup (April 18-19, 2015)

    Mitch Nauffts
    19 Apr 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Our weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the social sector... Data How can nonprofits use data to create a culture of continuous improvement. Beth Kanter explains. Evaluation/Effectiveness In a post on her Giving Evidence site, Caroline Fiennes suggests...
  • Key Milestones in Campaign for Black Male Achievement

    Mitch Nauffts
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:30 pm
    [View the story "Key Milestones in Campaign for Black Male Achievement" on Storify]
  • 5 Questions for…Bill McKibben, Co-Founder, 350.org

    Mitch Nauffts
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:15 am
    Forty-five years after the first Earth Day in 1970, efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have stalled and the planet faces the potentially devastating effects of accelerating climate change. At the same time, calls for educational and philanthropic institutions to...
  • 5 Questions for...Claudia Natera, Coordinator, Alternativas y Capacidades

    Mitch Nauffts
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:59 am
    Organized philanthropy in Mexico, as elsewhere in Latin America, is still in its nascent stages, and getting a handle on who is doing what and where can be difficult. To address the dearth of good information about philanthropy in Mexico,...
 
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    The GiveWell Blog

  • April 2015 Open Thread

    Alexander
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:09 am
    Following up on the inaugural open thread, we wanted to have another one. Our goal is to give blog readers an opportunity to publicly raise comments or questions about GiveWell or related topics (in the comments section below). As always, you’re also welcome to email us at info@givewell.org if there’s feedback or questions you’d prefer to discuss privately. We’ll try to respond promptly to questions or comments.
  • Breakthrough fundamental science

    Holden
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:53 am
    We’ve been looking for gaps in the world of scientific research funding: areas that the existing system doesn’t put enough investment into, leaving potential opportunities to do unusually large amounts of good with philanthropic funding. We previously wrote about the alleged “valley of death” that makes it challenging to translate academic insights about biology into new medical technologies. This post is about a different issue, one that has come up in the vast majority of conversations I’ve had with scientists: it is believed to be extremely difficult to do…
  • GiveWell’s money moved and web traffic in 2014

    Tyler Heishman
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:34 pm
    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 2014. For more detail, see our full metrics report (PDF). Note, we report on “metrics years” that run from February – January; for example, our 2014 data cover February 1, 2014 through January 31, 2015. In 2014, GiveWell influenced charitable giving in several ways. The following table summarizes the money that were able to track. In 2014, GiveWell tracked $27.8 million in money moved to our recommended charities, about 60% more…
  • Translational science and the “valley of death”

    Holden
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:44 pm
    As we’ve looked for potential gaps in the world of scientific research funding – focusing for now on life sciences – we’ve come across many suggestions to look at the “valley of death” that sits between traditional academic research and industry research. Speaking very broadly, the basic idea is that: The world of life sciences research has become increasingly complex, with a widening gulf between traditional academic research – which aims at uncovering fundamental insights – and industry work, which is focused on developing drugs and other…
  • The Most Good You Can Do

    Holden
    6 Apr 2015 | 10:54 am
    The Most Good You Can Do is a new book by Peter Singer. It is an introduction to effective altruism, which we’ve previously defined as “trying to do as much good as possible with each dollar and each hour that we have.” It emphasizes the importance of giving both generously and effectively – highlighting the role of GiveWell’s charity recommendations – as well as discussing how to do as much good as possible with one’s career, and discussing some of the causes that effective altruists tend to be particularly interested in. It is a broad,…
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    FundraisingCoach.com

  • 9 experts weigh in on quite possibly the worst nonprofit mobile friendly advice ever

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

    Marc A. Pitman
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:08 pm
    I'm pleased to welcome Bill Tedesco, founder and CEO of DonorSearch, my favorite prospect research tool. Prospect research is so vitally important to successful nonprofit fundraising. But so misunderstood by nonprofit leaders. A veteran of prospect research, Bill shows you how researching your donors and prospects can move your fundraising forward. You can learn more about Bill at DonorSearch.net. And DonorSearch can be reached on Twitter @DonorSearch. Improve Your Nonprofit's Fundraising with Prospect Research by Bill Tedesco Fundraising is like an I Spy book. You’ve got pages and pages of…
  • Fundraising Kick: Fundraising is NOT from a diminishing pie

    Marc A. Pitman
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:40 am
    Each week, I send out a coaching email to nonprofit CEOs, Executive Directors, and leaders. These Fundraising Kicks are quick emails designed to help them get out from behind their desk and in front of donors. Often they have scripts or task lists. Sometimes they contain attitude adjustment reminders. Here's one I wrote for today. It will definitely help in your fundraising this week. Good morning, Kickers! I’m relieved that last week’s Kick was helpful for so many of you. Thanks for the feedback. And good for those of you making the necessary steps to get out of bad relationships. This…
  • 71 sessions to help your hospital fundraising – for free!

    Marc A. Pitman
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:40 pm
    If you raise money for a hospital, or are thinking of moving into that career, you need to register for the The Hospital Fundraising Summit. It's coming April 6 - 12 and gathering 48 of us, giving over 70 sessions! The schedule for The Hospital Fundraising Summit I've just heard that the schedule for The Hospital Fundraising Summit is now final. Each session is available for viewing for 24 hours only, starting at 08:00 am Eastern Time. Here is the schedule, arranged by track. (Mine sessions are in the "Grateful Patients" and "Donor Communications" sections. HOSPITAL ANNUAL GIVING Bloom, Carl:…
  • [Guest Post] 4 Fundraising Questions for Your Board Chair

    Marc A. Pitman
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
    I like John Fulwider. His energy, optimism, and experience make a powerful force for helping nonprofits. I suppose this is in part because of his expertise with Gallup's StrengthsFinder. He knows every organization and every leader has strengths and he's skilled at building on them. His new book Better Together: How Top Nonprofit CEOs and Board Chairs Get Happy, Fall in Love, and Change Their World is a great example of that! In this post, I've asked him to share some ideas from his research for the book. You can find out more about John at his site www.JohnFulwider.com and you can reach him…
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    FundraisingIP.com: Fundraising Ideas

  • Fun Memorial Day Fundraisers From Around the Country

    FundraisingIP.com
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:03 am
    For many people, Memorial Day isn’t just an opportunity to celebrate and give thanks to the wonderful service men and women of this country. Memorial Day is also a chance to raise funds for great causes while enjoying the start of some great weather. And for many nonprofits, Memorial Day is the perfect time to create an annual event. The following events are just some of the fun Memorial Day fundraisers happening around the country. Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race What started as a 4-H project in 1934 by Jim Hartley, the Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race has become an annual tradition which…
  • Consider an Entry Level Nonprofit Job to get the Job You Really Want

    Devon Reeser
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    The power to do good and make a living wage makes fundraising jobs attractive to those that want to get into the nonprofit game. Even for entry level development positions, however, the best nonprofits seem to want people with college degrees or higher, five years of experience, and connections to funding sources within the community.  It also seems that everyone working at those organizations is way overqualified if anything, and your resume does not even meet the minimum requisites. How do you get those jobs then? The answer is you don’t get them; you work up to them. Here are some tips…
  • Our New E-book Collection of Sample Fundraising Letters!

    FundraisingIP.com
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:12 am
    Are you at a loss for words and don’t know where to start your fundraising letter? How do you best get across how much passion you have for your work? How do you ask for money without sounding shy or rude? Make it easy on yourself and get focused instruction, inspiration and solid samples for your next fundraising letter from our new e-book “Sample Fundraising Letters – A Collection of Sample Fundraising Letters for Many Different Causes”! - Our new e-book contains over thirty sample fundraising letters plus highly focused instructional articles that help you create…
  • Venture Philanthropy – What is it and how do You Attract it to Your Nonprofit?

    Devon Reeser
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Venture Philanthropy is a buzzword for forward thinking and impact donations that weed through the web of charities and give to the most sustainable and innovative. With a total of 1.5 million nonprofits registered at any time in the United States, what makes an organization truly sustainable, and hence worthy of investment, is its revenue plan. Nonprofits that depend on gifts and grants alone are vulnerable, and subsequently unsustainable and unattractive to the modern philanthropist.     Nonprofits that proactively search for means to make money like true entrepreneurial endeavors…
  • 6 Ways Nonprofit Professionals Can Further Career Development

    Cari Mostert
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    The nonprofit sector is a unique industry where a passion for the greater good and earning a paycheck come together. For this reason, nonprofit leaders tend to be visionary, passionate individuals who are growing their management experience. Coupled with a dearth of funds for skills training, nonprofits often aren’t in the position to offer the type of career development found in a for-profit company. It’s no secret that in today’s fast-paced nonprofit setting, you have to take responsibility for your own professional development. So, how can you grow your career, gain the skills to…
 
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    Social media marketing hacks for nonprofits | Powered by JohnHaydon.Com

  • Three Simple Donor Retention Strategies for Social Media

    John Haydon
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:06 am
    Donor retention rates declined from 50% in 2006 to less than 39% in 2014. During this period, donors have gotten more selective about the nonprofits they support. And they’ve also gotten better at tuning out messages that aren’t interesting. At the same time, nonprofits organizations have gotten smarter about how they communicate with donors. Smart […] The post Three Simple Donor Retention Strategies for Social Media appeared first on John Haydon.
  • 5 Features of Effective Email Newsletters

    Ryan Pinkham
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
    Imagine a world where every email newsletter you sent out directly impacted the results of your organization. A world where open rates are high, readers are interested, and each new send resulted in more calls, more donations, and more people signing up to support your cause. It’s closer than you may think… If you’re already […] The post 5 Features of Effective Email Newsletters appeared first on John Haydon.
  • 7 Deceptively Simple Ways to Promote a Fundraiser on Facebook

    John Haydon
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:46 am
    If you’re like most nonprofits, Facebook is your #1 social network. It’s where most of your supporters hangout online. So you post updates, reply to fan comments, and analyze what works and what doesn’t. You’re doing it right. But what should you do to promote a fundraiser on Facebook? What should you do that’s different from what […] The post 7 Deceptively Simple Ways to Promote a Fundraiser on Facebook appeared first on John Haydon.
  • Nonprofit Storytelling: 4 Tips to Motivate Supporters

    Cathy Gordon
    3 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
    Good stories connect people – to an idea or new information, and most importantly, to other people. Through nonprofit storytelling, we step into someone else’s shoes. The transformational power of story both engages and changes us. These four tips will help you motivate others with your organization’s story: 1. Tell a deeper story To persuade […] The post Nonprofit Storytelling: 4 Tips to Motivate Supporters appeared first on John Haydon.
  • 5 Questions to Ask Before Sending That Email Blast

    John Haydon
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:24 am
    According to the Nonprofit Communications Trends Report for 2015, nonprofits spend a lot of time and resources sending email. Email newsletters, emails about upcoming events, and emails about fundraising and volunteer opportunities. But are you sending the right messages to the right people at the right time? If not (or if you’re not sure), here are […] The post 5 Questions to Ask Before Sending That Email Blast appeared first on John Haydon.
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    Cynthia D'Amour

  • Did Hell Freeze Over?

    Cynthia D'Amour
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:26 pm
    I am a proud Michigan State graduate. I loved going to school there. Was very involved. Even helped run the spirit block at the football games. In 1993, I moved to the Center of the Evil Empire (also called Ann Arbor) – for love. What else could cause this loyal Spartan to embrace the world of Maize and Blue? (Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan.) I loved James – a lot. For years, my blood ran proudly and loudly green. I cheered for Michigan State – and anyone playing Michigan! On football Saturdays, I was one of the few in our complex cheering when the other…
  • Poof! Gone Like Magic

    Cynthia D'Amour
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    Saturday night, James and I decided to do a TV date. He wasn’t feeling that great. Needed to lay low. Plus we had good stuff to watch. Midway through the date, I got up to fix dinner. We ate in the family room. Enjoyed the food. And continued our viewing. An hour later, James could not find his phone. He had been playing on it earlier. And it disappeared around dinner. Poof! Just like magic. We looked everywhere. Under the couch. Around the room- including the secret places where the dogs hide their toys. Even under the dogs and their blankets. I called his phone with mine. Nothing.
  • Potential Side Effects from Embracing Your Feminine Power

    Cynthia D'Amour
    6 Feb 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Last night, I felt like I was watching pharmaceutical TV given all the ads for drugs. They had the big promise. And then the endless list of potential scary side effects. With lovely music and video in the background. I decided perhaps I too should come clean on potential side effects women may experience as they embrace their feminine power. I just did a coaching call with the 30 Days to a More Powerful You! participants yesterday. It was only week #3 – and they all noticed changes. Embracing your power can have powerful side effects very quickly. 95.7% of the women I’ve…
  • Your Body Tells All – Are You Listening?

    Cynthia D'Amour
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:03 pm
    We love attending the Michigan Women’s Basketball games. The athletes are passionate. The games intense. We have season tickets. Last night we decided to go over early to the game. We have our favorite seats behind the team. There was a big push to encourage attendance. We wanted our spots. Dressed in our Michigan fan gear, we left for the game. The stadium is about four miles from our house. About two miles into our drive, I realized I had forgotten our tickets at home. So much for arriving early. I turned the car around to go back to our house. I was frustrated and disappointed. I…
  • What Does Your Body Say?

    Cynthia D'Amour
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Great clothes. Fabulous hair. Perfect makeup. All trumped by how you hold your body. When you don’t feel powerful it shows. In how you sit or stand. The way you hold your head. Power is an internal job expressed externally. It’s all about you. Wonderful, amazing you. You aren’t broken – you just need to unleash your power. If a hidden camera took a photo of you at work today, what would your body say about your power? Not sure what you need to do to change your power story? The 30 Days to a More Powerful You! program can help. Register now – the next…
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    Idealists in Action

  • Ikea Is Bringing Home To Refugees

    Jake Chatt
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
    Via BetterShelter.org   When people think of Ikea they usually picture ready-to-assemble furniture and appliances that give your living space that modern, almost sterile look. What they usually don’t picture is a global charitable foundation that has worked on huge projects with numerous nonprofits. The Ikea Foundation is actually a very well-established charitable organization whose main focus is giving children living in poverty and poor conditions the opportunity to create a better future for themselves.   Via BetterShelter.org   The latest project that the Ikea…
  • #MicroDay – Every Second Counts

    Jake Chatt
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:01 am
    The biggest reason we see people come up with for why they don’t volunteer is that they simply don’t have enough time to put aside and do so. Well, today marks the second annual Microvolunteering Day, which is a day meant to encourage people to get out and engage in volunteer opportunities that are both quick and easy but still beneficial towards the cause! It’s understandable to be busy, most people are these days, but whether you have a free Saturday for service or five seconds to spare there are numerous ways for you to help different causes in this day and age. So, here…
  • Matching Your Volunteering Style To Your Zodiac Sign

    Jake Chatt
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:56 am
      A common obstacle that we find many people run into when they first decide to volunteer is that they have no clue where they should even start.   When you think about it, who can blame them? First you have to figure out what cause to volunteer for, which can seem near impossible most of the time (How on EARTH are you suppose to dedicate yourself to just ONE cause?!). Next you have to decide where and when you want to volunteer (Who has time for anything with how busy we are these days?). Finally, you need to figure out how you can best be utilized given your specific skill…
  • Handmade To The Streets

    Jake Chatt
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    HTTS Website You know those brisk fall nights when you’re camping in the woods with family or friends, and you burrow into your sleeping bag but just can’t seem to get warm enough no matter what you do?   Could you imagine feeling that way every single night?   Ashleyann Burnett had this very thought one day when she noticed a man on MLK Boulevard in Portland, Oregon sheltering himself with only a sheet. After witnessing him attempting to make himself comfortable over and over she knew she needed to help him. This small epiphany quickly spawned a much larger idea when…
  • An Argument for Doing Something More

    Jake Chatt
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
      “Happiness is the absence of striving for happiness.” So said Chuang Tzu, preeminent Taoist thinker, some 25 hundred years ago. Nonetheless, there is a whole industry catering to people who approach happiness as something to be hunted down in self-help books, courses, new age practices, and life coaches. Via Giphy.com  On the opposite end of the spectrum, many of us feel that our happiness is constantly bombarded with negative messages: angsty status updates from friends and family on Facebook and Twitter, awful news headlines, and advertising that plays on our worst…
 
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  • Cheers to Seven Years

    1 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Today columbus imPRessions is 7-years-old!!! Seven, my favorite number, happens to be the year of brass. The number seven seems to have quite a bit of meaning too. For when it comes to making a grand statement, feeling lucky or seeking the divine, nothing beats the power of seven. The optimum number of hours of sleep for humans is seven. There are seven colours of the rainbow. The number
  • Total Comfort Shoes: Grand Opening Social Strategy

    31 Mar 2015 | 4:38 pm
    The last couple months I've had the pleasure of assisting Total Comfort Shoes, a locally owned shoe company, with their social strategy, specifically for Facebook to promote and get ready for the Easton Gateway Grand Opening on April 16th. We've discussed the importance of connecting online with the brands they carry, as well as the local media, creating hashtag strategies and engaging
  • Are You A Woman Living In Delaware County? Here Is An Opportunity For You.

    21 Mar 2015 | 7:05 am
    If you're looking for an opportunity to give back where you live, the United Way of Delaware County Women's Leadership Network may just be the place for you. We're raising awareness and funds for programs in Delaware County and making a big difference. Since 2012 we have raised well over $270,000! I volunteer my time as Chair of the Steering Committee, as well as create the monthly messaging and
  • Happy Holidaze 2014!

    8 Dec 2014 | 3:56 am
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season! I hope you make it a little spicy!
  • My Vacation Day In The Woods

    4 Dec 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Today I took a vacation day and experienced my first hunting adventure. Sitting quietly in the woods for hours gives you plenty of time to think, and think and think (and take a selfie or two). I learned quite a bit while in the woods about hunting and myself: Multiple layers are good and Cabela's long john's definitely do the job at keeping you warm. However, I tend to look like
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    Social Media Bird Brain

  • 20 Apr 2015 | 2:28 pm

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

    15 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    image via Flickr We all know that infographics have become a big deal - quite a great visual way to breakdown data for your audience, pleasing both those who like data and those who like visuals. By breaking up your infographic into smaller pieces, you can also orient them specifically to segments of your community, too. Take a look at this set of guidelines from Nonprofit Tech for Good and
  • It's Not Just How You Say It, But Where And When

    24 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    By Yevy Photography, on Flickr  Communication is a word we use a lot in social media because that is what social media is about: creating a relationship with others by communicating with them. But how is communication defined as a strategy? ONE is an international NGO whose mission is to end extreme poverty by 2030. In a recent article for Stanford's Social Innovation Review, Jamie Drummond
  • To Crowdfund or Not to Crowdfund

    11 Mar 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Fractured Atlas had a great article on putting together a crowdfunding video (read it here), which made me think about crowdfunding in general. In a recent Twitter chat I was on, one of the participants opined that crowdfunding was the same as begging, and a couple of other participants agreed. I don't. Obviously, the couple that asks people to crowdfund their wedding celebration and
  • Time For Social Media

    25 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    NonProfit Tech for Good has excerpted part of their Mobile for Good book on their site to talk about what kind of time social media requires for successful fundraising (read the piece here). Naturally, the first thing that jumped out at me is that there was no discussion of what a small nonprofit should do, just medium and large nonprofits. The second thing I noticed is that they recommend a
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    Ken's Commentary

  • NOT a Farewell Message to Readers of Ken's Commentary

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

    25 Feb 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Ken Berger spoke at an event hosted by the NYU Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship in October 2014.
  • George W. Bush Institute

    20 Feb 2015 | 8:57 am
    Ken Berger presented at the George W. Bush Institute last week on The Overhead Myth.The entire 5 hour event can be found below. The panel he spoke on begins 2 hours and 30 minutes in. His preliminary remarks occur at 2 hours and 45 minutes in.
  • Job Opening at Charity Navigator

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:11 am
    This past November, following a very detailed and thoughtful planning process, the Board of Charity Navigator approved a significant plan to scale up the operations of our organization. Here are some of the important goals we have set:Doubling the number of charities we rate to 10,000 by the end of 2016.*Rating those 10,000 charities on CN 3.0 by the end of 2016.**Significantly improving our users’ experience of our web site to make it more easy to use than ever with state of the art technology.Continuously improve our operations in all areas to be a role model charity and a high performing…
  • What's the Best Charity to Donate to?

    26 Dec 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Originally published on ABC7 on 12/16/2014Donations typically spike as people reach into their wallets over the holidays. But before giving any money, consumers should see how their chosen charity is spending the money.The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has earned a four-star rating, the highest possible, from CharityNavigator.com, a non-profit group that evaluates charities on how efficiently they're managed and how wisely they spend donations. Read the full article here. 
 
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    Charity Navigator

  • A Video Introduction to Charity Navigator

    20 Apr 2015 | 7:25 am
    Charity Navigator Animation from Zachary Reed on Vimeo.
  • The First Family's Charitable Donations

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    With April 15th just past us, it was recently reported that the President Obama and his wife Michelle donated $70,712 (14.8%) of their 2014 earnings to charity.  Their largest gift was $22,012 to the Fisher House Foundation.  Hopefully, the First Family consulted Charity Navigator before making the donation.  If they did, they would have had the confidence of donating to one of our 4 Star rated charities.  The Fisher House Foundation supports America's military.  The rest of their donations were made to multiple charities in amounts from $1,500 to $5,000.  Their…
  • A Lot Has Changed In The Last 13 Years

    15 Apr 2015 | 7:02 am
    Charity Navigator Website in 2002Since launching our donor service on April 15, 2002, we've helped millions of donors make responsible and informed charitable decisions. During that time we've grown from 1,100 charity ratings to more than 8,000. We've also expanded our charity rating methodology, increased our member benefits, improved our search tools and much, much more.As we celebrate our 13th birthday, we want to thank the millions of Americans that use our data to make informed giving decisions and the tens of thousands of donors who help support our continued existence.
  • Donor Privacy Policies

    13 Apr 2015 | 11:41 am
    One of the concerns we hear about most from donors is that their support to one charity they truly want to fund will result in them being inundated with solicitation requests from other charities that they never intended to hear from or fund. A donor who decides to support a charity with their hard earned money should know, up front, as to how their personal information will be handled. Charity Navigator makes that point as clear as day to donors by virtue of our charity ratings.  Since 2004, our ratings have included an assessment of each charity’s donor privacy policy.
  • Coming to a Highway Near You

    10 Apr 2015 | 4:54 pm
    The next time you are out driving on a highway, keep an eye out for Charity Navigator's new digital ads. That's right, ClearChannel Outdoor is running our ads in their digital billboards nationwide! 
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    Case Foundation » What’s New

  • Racing for a Cure

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

    Elyse Kort
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:52 pm
    The challenge of climate change is not new in the U.S., and recent political dialogue on the subject suggests a renewed urgency to address it. This week, the focus of our spotlight on social enterprise with Entrepreneur.com, in partnership with ImpactAlpha, is on a West Coast company, Equilibrium Capital. Led by former venture capitalist and […] The post Will David Chen of Equilibrium Capital Pioneer “The Next Stage” of Impact Investing? appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Disruptive Women: Creating Their Own Opportunities

    Elyse Kort
    2 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    At last week’s Women Leading Disruptive Innovation conference: She Disrupts, hosted by Georgetown’s Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Halcyon House, a group of bold, disruptive women gathered to talk about women and work. Pat Christen, President & CEO of HopeLab, set the tone at the beginning of the day with her keynote. […] The post Disruptive Women: Creating Their Own Opportunities appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Sari Miller: An Angel Investor Proving the “Goodness Factor” is Good for Impact and Returns

    Elyse Kort
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    As an early impact investor, Sari Miller’s strategies, experience and perspectives on angel investments offer others in the market a wealth of insight and guidance on investing with purpose in new markets. For this reason, Miller is the focus of our weekly series on social entrepreneurship with Entrepreneur.com, in partnership with ImpactAlpha. Sari Miller, CEO of […] The post Sari Miller: An Angel Investor Proving the “Goodness Factor” is Good for Impact and Returns appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • What’s So Wrong with Nonprofits Playing by Market Rules?

    Elyse Kort
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:33 am
    This post was written by Sheila Herrling and Allyson Burns on behalf of the Case Foundation. Here’s the thing about markets – they have this uncanny way of being candid, sending demand signals that companies need to pay attention and adapt to in order to thrive, if not survive. So why is it that the nonprofit […] The post What’s So Wrong with Nonprofits Playing by Market Rules? appeared first on Case Foundation.
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    Start a Non Profit | How to Start a Nonprofit Organization | 501c3

  • Non Profit Organisation

    Simplenonprofit
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:59 am
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  • How To Start A Nonprofit Organization

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

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

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

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

  • https://youtube.com/devicesupport

    YouTube Help
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:23 am
    https://youtube.com/devicesupport From: YouTube Help Views: 710527 0 ratings Time: 03:56 More in Howto & Style
  • Will Life Get Better for the Poor?

    vlogbrothers
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    Will Life Get Better for the Poor? Sign up to be a Global Citizen: http://www.globalcitizen.org/ The 2015 Bill and Melinda Gates Letter: http://www.gatesnotes.com/2015-annual-letter In which John discusses the prospect of... From: vlogbrothers Views: 402816 16757 ratings Time: 04:00 More in People & Blogs
  • On Writing, Looking for Alaska Turning 10, and Winning the Project for Awesome

    vlogbrothers
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    On Writing, Looking for Alaska Turning 10, and Winning the Project for Awesome Looking for Alaska 10th Anniversary Edition: http://www.penguin.com/book/looking-for-alaska-special-10th-anniversary-edition-by-john-green/9780525428022 In which John discusses writing, the... From: vlogbrothers Views: 326935 16550 ratings Time: 03:57 More in People & Blogs
  • A New Life for All Animals – The HSUS’s Life-Changing Work

    hsus
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:53 am
    A New Life for All Animals – The HSUS’s Life-Changing Work Help change more lives: http://humanesociety.org/beahero When we found Mikhail, his fur was matted so badly he could barely see. We wouldn't have been able to give him—and many other animals— ... From: hsus Views: 150210 609 ratings Time: 02:29 More in Nonprofits & Activism
  • Jelly Face, Sharpie Face, Peanut Butter Face, and Mummy Dancers: The 2014 Project for Awesome

    vlogbrothers
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:34 am
    Jelly Face, Sharpie Face, Peanut Butter Face, and Mummy Dancers: The 2014 Project for Awesome The p4a donations END TONIGHT: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/project-for-awesome-2014 In which a very sick John discusses the 2014 Project for Awesome, which has raised more than ... From: vlogbrothers Views: 198296 7601 ratings Time: 02:36 More in People & Blogs
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    Together We Flourish

  • Support Focus On Renewal at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

    Susan
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:42 am
    Focus On Renewal (FOR) is one of 75 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 nonprofits. The 2015 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community will be held […]
  • CASA for Kids Raises Awareness About the Challenges Faced by Abused and Neglected Children

    Susan
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:29 am
    CASA for Kids Inc. in Washington County PA is holding a fundraising event “Chef’s for CASA” on April 24th at Bella Sera Event Venue in Canonsburg, PA.  Registration begins at 6:30 p.m.  The cost for individuals to attend is $100, sponsorships are available at the $1,250 level and $500 level. This event is to make […]
  • New and Used Book Donations Needed At Anchorpoint

    Susan
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:25 am
    New & Used Books Needed: Anchorpoint is seeking donations of good condition used or new books for the ministry’s 40th Annual Used Book Sale. Proceeds benefit youth and families in need of counseling and tutoring. The sale will be held in June. Location TBA. For more information call 412-366-1300. Women’s Self Care Support Group – […]
  • Crisis Center North’s Fundraiser to Take Place at the Woodlands Foundation

    Susan
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:49 am
    Crisis Center North, a local domestic violence center, is hosting its annual fundraising event “Cocktails & Cuisine” Friday, May 15. This outdoor public event will take place at The Woodlands Foundation, located in Wexford, PA, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Guests can relax after work while enjoying live music, a variety of food, beer, and […]
  • Celebrate Student Creativity

    Susan
    7 Apr 2015 | 4:03 am
    RSVP to help us select the cover of our 2015 Report to the Community. Did you know four of the nine school board members are running in the primary election that’s taking place on May 19th? Since there are four school board seats up, I thought I’d let you know about four things you can […]
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    Minnesota Council on Foundations Blog - Philanthropy Potluck

  • The ABCs of Impact Investing in Minnesota

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

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

    MCF Webmaster
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:43 pm
    The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Twin Cities (YNPN-TC) and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) Minnesota are partnering to once again offer a unique, no-cost cohort experience that brings together young nonprofit and foundation professionals for shared learning. This opportunity is perfect for young people ready to explore the big career questions while participating in skill swapping and network weaving. Emerging leaders in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors who are looking for a “community of practice” to establish a peer support system should…
  • Sampson Supports Endow Minnesota Legislation

    MCF Webmaster
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:16 am
    Holly C. Sampson, president of the Duluth Superior Community Foundation, knows first hand the power of the 350 endowment funds held at the foundation. They fund projects that benefit education, human services, the economy, the environment and other projects that improve the quality of life in northeastern Minnesota and beyond. See what Sampson has to say about how she believes Endow Minnesota legislation, introduced in the Minnesota House (HF1530) and Senate (SF1399 and SF1400), can encourage private giving for public good and keep transferred wealth in our state. Here’s her…
  • Make Your Nominations for the National Philanthropy Day Awards

    MCF Webmaster
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:42 am
    The Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is seeking nominations for the annual National Philanthropy Day awards. Minnesotans who make a difference as leaders, nonprofit professionals, philanthropists and volunteers will be recognized at the National Philanthropy Day luncheon at 11:30 am on November 20, 2015, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in St. Paul (soon-to-be named the InterContinental Hotel). AFP Minnesota recognizes outstanding achievements with these awards: Outstanding Youth Award Outstanding Individual Philanthropist Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser Outstanding…
 
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    SocialEarth

  • April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month: Make It Matter

    Sangeeta Haindl
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:49 am
    These are stark, grim figures from the U.S government: an estimated 1,770 children were killed as a result of maltreatment in 2009, while a 2011 congressional report concluded the real [...] The post April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month: Make It Matter appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Give Wishes Wing Campaign Takes Off

    Antonio Pasolini
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:51 am
    Fulfilling a dream can be a powerful medicine for the critically ill, but dreams can cost a lot of money. In order to help grant the wishes of critically ill [...] The post Give Wishes Wing Campaign Takes Off appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • China’s New Bank To Fight Poverty With The World Bank

    Sangeeta Haindl
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:54 am
    So far, more than 50 countries have either joined or applied to be members of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The bank’s progress demonstrates China’s approach to shaping [...] The post China’s New Bank To Fight Poverty With The World Bank appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Toy Business Going Eco-friendly as Kids Make Greener Choices

    Vikas Vij
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:46 am
    While globally toy sales are on the rise due to burgeoning demand from middle class consumers in China, India and other economies, American sales are expected to grow only marginally [...] The post Toy Business Going Eco-friendly as Kids Make Greener Choices appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • The Real Economic Value of California Agriculture

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:40 am
    California is experiencing one of its worst droughts. This year marks the fourth year of the drought, and people all over the state are talking about water conservation. One industry [...] The post The Real Economic Value of California Agriculture appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • Black Male Achievement: Seizing the Moment in Detroit

    Mitch Nauffts
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    At a March meeting in Detroit, a number of stakeholders committed to improving outcomes for young men of color sat around a table, sharing the words that best captured how they are experiencing the beginning of citywide work on the...
  • Weekend Link Roundup (April 18-19, 2015)

    Mitch Nauffts
    19 Apr 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Our weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the social sector... Data How can nonprofits use data to create a culture of continuous improvement. Beth Kanter explains. Evaluation/Effectiveness In a post on her Giving Evidence site, Caroline Fiennes suggests...
  • Key Milestones in Campaign for Black Male Achievement

    Mitch Nauffts
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:30 pm
    [View the story "Key Milestones in Campaign for Black Male Achievement" on Storify]
  • 5 Questions for…Bill McKibben, Co-Founder, 350.org

    Mitch Nauffts
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:15 am
    Forty-five years after the first Earth Day in 1970, efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have stalled and the planet faces the potentially devastating effects of accelerating climate change. At the same time, calls for educational and philanthropic institutions to...
  • 5 Questions for...Claudia Natera, Coordinator, Alternativas y Capacidades

    Mitch Nauffts
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:59 am
    Organized philanthropy in Mexico, as elsewhere in Latin America, is still in its nascent stages, and getting a handle on who is doing what and where can be difficult. To address the dearth of good information about philanthropy in Mexico,...
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    ONE

  • 5 tips from Ban Ki-moon about ending poverty

    Stephanie Walstrom
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:07 pm
    How can we end extreme global poverty for good? Ban Ki-moon, the head of the United Nations, has some ideas. Ki-moon was in Washington, DC last week to talk about poverty, Ebola and tons of other issues important to ONE. He even attended the very cool Global Citizen event on the National Mall. We were able to catch Ki-moon last Thursday when he spoke at the National Press Club, and he had some pretty wise things to say about how we can make our world a better place. Here are five of our favorites:  1. Everyone has to work together. “A single country, however powerful or…
  • The Mother & Child Project

    Guest Blogger
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:07 am
    By Senator Bill Frist, MD and Jenny Eaton Dyer, PhD Doctor and Senator Bill Frist is both a nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader. He is founder and chair of Hope Through Healing Hands. Jenny Eaton Dyer, PhD is the executive director of Hope Through Healing Hands and lecturer at Vanderbilt University’s Department of Health Policy. She is the former National Faith Outreach Director of the DATA Foundation and the ONE Campaign. We believe that if we can help keep moms and children healthy worldwide, we can get at the nexus of many…
  • Global Citizen event inspires action for people around the world

    Jordan Elton
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:13 am
    This past Saturday, ONE was so excited to be able to participate in Global Citizen’s Earth Day Event at the Washington Monument! It was an awesome day filled with great live music and incredible speakers that inspired the crowd to take action for people around the world. Perhaps some of our favorite moments (aside from all of the actions taken!!) of the day were Mary J. Blige’s performance of U2’s “One” and Usher’s rendition of “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” Thanks for the awesome day, Global Citizen! If you missed the…
  • ONE Raises Alarm About Lack Poverty-Fighting Commitments at World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings

    David Kortava
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:03 pm
    As this weekend’s 2015 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund draw to a close, ONE expressed deep concern over the lack of new financial development commitments made by donor and developing nations. Concrete commitments must be made ahead of the July Financing for Development Summit in Addis Ababa in order to make poverty-reduction goals a reality. Michael Elliott, President and CEO of The ONE Campaign, said: Today, we saw an amazing display of public support at Global Citizen Earth Day on the National Mall as thousands of people came together to say it is…
  • “I’m going to do my part. Will you do yours?”

    Andrew Marshall
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Photo Credit: World Bank “I’m going to do my part. Will you do yours?” That was Rachael Han, a young ONE member from Washington DC, speaking from high up in the atrium of the World Bank to an audience of a thousand below her. The occasion was the annual meeting of the world’s finance ministers and bankers – when many of the big decisions about development get made. It’s important but it’s not usually much fun. This was different. It had passionate speeches and loud music, and plenty of ONE t-shirts mingled with the Washington suits. The idea was to…
 
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  • the blue dot dogs

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

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

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

    1 Jan 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Are the holidays always so filled with nostalgia, or was this year special? Just yesterday, on the last day of 2014, we said a sad good-bye to Barn Dog alumna Sassy - a regal elderbull who first came to us from a dusty hoarding case in SoCA. She lived a very happy two years with her adopters, and died of mass cell cancer under the tears of her biggest fans, the Blechman Rivera family. Photos Bettina Crawford PhotographyLife ends, Life begins. And on the first day of this New Year, our team tended to a small litter of puppies who've just* started to scuffle around. They currently…
  • Riverside County: The bite prevention effort that isn't

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Riverside County, CA is having some trouble with dog bite prevention.In October 2013, Riverside County Animal Services ushered breed specific legislation in to unincorporated parts of the county in the form of a mandatory spay/neuter law that targets families who own dogs described as 'pit bulls.'  They'd hoped to promote public safety through this ordinance and, by focusing law enforcement resources on sterilization, decrease the number of dog bite incidents. That move came on the heels of a well publicized attack involving two mixed breed dogs described as…
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  • Roundup for March 2015

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

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

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

    Emily
    30 Nov 2014 | 1:02 pm
    4 Ways to Use Your Nonprofit Blog for #GivingTuesday Storytelling (TechSoup) The Ultimate Tool for Managing Your Organization’s Social Strategy: LightBox Collaborative Editorial Calendar 2015 Edition (Beth’s Blog) 10 Must Have Year-End Fundraising Tips (frogloop) Creating Stories that Compel: Video Storytelling for Nonprofits (Community Organizer 2.0) Make Me A Match: 48 Ways to Ask for a Matching Gift in an Email Fundraising (Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog) Nonprofit Thank You Videos – Binge Watch Here! (Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog) ADA around the world through…
  • Roundup for October 2014

    Emily
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Nonprofit Marketing: Beyond Social Media (ASU Lodestar Center Blog) 5 Steps to Discovering Great Stories for Your Organization (Even if You’re a Policy Organization) (Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog) Social Media Awareness That Works: S’mores in the Outdoors (Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog) Accessibility: 5 Lessons for a Better Nonprofit Website (npENGAGE) How Healthy is your Nonprofit Website? (npENGAGE) Meet the 4 Types of People Who Make Up Your Online Community [Infographic] (J Campbell Social Marketing) Does Your Website’s Donate Button Do Its Job? (Red…
 
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  • A Clear and Present Danger

    eJP
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    Anti-Semitism today is a global phenomenon and the worst it has been since World War II, says outgoing ADL director Abe Foxman. Abe Foxman with an IDF delegation at Auschwitz; photo courtesy IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. By Ilan Evyatar When Abe Foxman joined the Anti-Defamation League exactly 50 years ago this summer, there were three predictions he recalls that were prevalent among sociologists regarding the future of American and world Jewry: One was that there would be no American Jewish life 25-50 years hence; the second was that Israel would be accepted as a normal member of the…
  • How Generation Z ‘Shakes Up’ Philanthropy

    eJP
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    JTFN Team Surprise This article is Part 6 in a series about giving circles. Giving circles, groups who pool donations and decide together which causes to support, are a powerful tool for providing anyone – at any age, in any place, at any giving level – with access to an exciting, intentional giving experience. Giving circle members learn and do something about the issues that mean the most to them within their community of friends, family, fellow program alumni – anyone. As part of our effort to expand and strengthen giving circles in the Jewish community, Amplifier: The…
  • 500 words on 4HQ and Yom Ha’atzmaut: When all the Question Marks turn to Exclamation Marks

    eJP
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:30 pm
    By Robbie Gringras Yom Ha’atzmaut? Again? This year of all years? Whenever I approach Yom Ha’atzmaut with a sinking feeling, I always remember the point made by Professor Yosef Klausner: “For three hundred and sixty-four days of the year we are busy with criticism. We criticize the nation’s priorities, and the nation’s leaders. We count the many mistakes that our leaders and ministers make… But a nation must have one day in a year that is a real celebration. On that single solitary day, all the prosecutions must cease, and the harsh criticism must stop…” Klausner wrote these…
  • Bringing Hebrew to Life for Our Students

    eJP
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    By Felice Miller Bartiz Hebrew is a very rich and dynamic language. Did you know a funny word like Kashkesh can mean chat, doodle AND be silly? This language, our language, can come alive for students in any learning environment. At Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains, NY, we wanted to bring Hebrew to life – to make it relevant, engaging, and fun. More accurately, we needed to make a change. Parents told us they wanted their children to be exposed to and to learn more Hebrew. What we had been doing in Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade – a constant repetition of learning the Alef…
  • Step by Step, Chabad Makes Inroads, and Friends, in Argentina

    eJP
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Like this area near the “Obelisk Buenos Aires,” the Jewish community in the neighborhood of Once, which is home to Chabad-Lubavitch of Argentina’s headquarters, buzzes with life. Photo via WikiMedia Commons. By Dovid Margolin This is the second in a five-part series on Chabad’s impact on Jewish life in Argentina. The first article, “How Chabad Took Root in Argentina: The Early Years,” is here. Buenos Aires, Argentina – Chabad-Lubavitch of Argentina’s headquarters is located in the Once (UHN-say) neighborhood of Buenos Aires, a densely populated district that’s…
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  • CalNonprofits Asks Charity Navigator to Make Changes

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

    Greg McRay, EA
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    We’re a few days late in reporting this, but it is still big news.  The Justice Department announced that it will not seek criminal contempt charges against former head of IRS Exempt Organizations Division, Lois Lerner.  We have chronicled the&hellip The post No Contempt of Congress Charges for Former IRS Official Lois Lerner appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • CEO of Charity Navigator Leaves Abruptly

    Justin Williamson
    2 Apr 2015 | 10:19 am
    Ken Berger, who has led Charity Navigator for nearly the past seven years, has abruptly decided to leave his position with the organization, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports. Berger stated in an interview that the organization “has been going through&hellip The post CEO of Charity Navigator Leaves Abruptly appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • What is IRS Form 990?

    Justin Williamson
    2 Apr 2015 | 9:46 am
    It’s that time of year again… time to start thinking about your organization’s tax return filing. Some may not be aware of this annual requirement, or what even goes into this form. We created an FAQ to give a better understanding&hellip The post What is IRS Form 990? appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • IRS Reform Bills Passed by House Ways & Means Committee

    Greg McRay, EA
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:12 pm
    The House of Ways and Means committee passed seven bills this week, all of which aim to reform the IRS.  It is part of the GOP House’s efforts to come up with a 2016 fiscal year budget.  Here is the&hellip The post IRS Reform Bills Passed by House Ways & Means Committee appeared first on Foundation Group®.
 
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  • Pamela’s Weekly Words of Wisdom: Tips for New Entrepreneurs

    Pamela Hawley
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Halle Tecco posted an excellent article on Huffington Post, “10 Free Things Every Social Entrepreneur Should Have.”  A social entrepreneur herself, Halle brings great wisdom to the subject, offering excellent resources and ideas every new social entrepreneur should think about.  These include everything from board members to social media accounts to an exciting logo.  I recommend checking out the complete list, and I also wanted to share a few of my favorite “things every social entrepreneur should have.” Accountants.  We need very sound accountants. We can’t overlook some of…
  • Pamela’s Weekly Words of Wisdom: Thoughts on Starting A Non-Profit

    Pamela Hawley
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:05 am
    Here are some questions I was recently asked regarding starting a nonprofit. I didn’t address the fact that this economy also presents a very, very challenging landscape in which to start a nonprofit and to attain solid funding. However, anyone with true passion will find a way to bootstrap their vision, at any time. Anything is possible! What are the right and wrong reasons to start a non-profit? Starting a nonprofit must come from the head and the heart. It’s a true balance.  Most people think you need to have strong passion and loyalty to a cause, and you do. But one must also have a…
  • Pamela’s Weekly Words of Wisdom: The Value and Sincerity of Small Teams

    Pamela Hawley
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:05 am
    Leadership is so personal, so intimate, and takes a huge amount of devotion. It’s about communication, trust and building relationships.  This article by Pat Lencioni is quietly brilliant. My favorite part is about small teams that are effective, are 3-8.  People need to be heard. They need to feel they can get across their ideas. As the team grows, the ‘space’ for their voice dimishes. And then what happens next is the diminishing of a culture. Because the voice -their voice – will be heard.  People will talk amongst themselves. They become disgruntled. The lunch table talk…
  • Pamela’s Weekly Words of Wisdom: Connection to Life

    Pamela Hawley
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    We all remember a time when we were ‘hit’ with the importance of getting involved globally. For me, I was 12. We were on a family vacation in Mexico, near a traditional marketplace.  My father and I wandered off, just a few paces away, confronted with a cult-de-sac of unwashed, handicapped, begging children.  Having my eyes widened with just disbelief and overwhelming sadness, I simply remember the word UNACCEPTABLE flashing across my mind. I still feel it and see that word all the time. It’s simply “not ok” that millions are starving. Not only can we help, but we also have a lot…
  • Taking Action to End World Hunger

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

  • “Do You Want the Transaction or the Relationship?” -Anita Casalina, Founder of Billions Rising

    Pamela Hawley
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:05 am
    If you focus on the transaction you miss the greater whole. It’s only going after a piece, instead of working on something more infinite. -Anita Casalina, Founder of Billions Rising It seems that in business, we want to close the deal. Seal the partnership. Make it happen, get it done, check it off of our list. We drive towards its result. But if you want the relationship, we need to approach it differently. Don’t focus on the paper, focus on the people. We listen and care, not just sign a contract. And if we take the time to get to know our partner, our partnership will be all…
  • Volunteering isn’t just American – We Have United Nations’ International Volunteer Day!

    Pamela Hawley
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:05 am
    You can volunteer all over the world — get involved now! Our American heritage is founded on surviving in the frontier, and that meant making many associations. We had to help one another. It wasn’t that easy, and “volunteering” was essential. We shared food, dug each other out of buried homes during snowstorms, and protected our communities together. These days, volunteering can still be serious. Such as helping Syrian Refugees, or helping to construct a health clinic in Kenya. And volunteering can also be “light.” It might be about sponsoring a chimpanzee…
  • Top 10 Things We Can Learn from Chess for Life

    Pamela Hawley
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:05 am
    Hi Team Living and Giving, Here is a helpful list from one of the smartest games we have available to us, chess. Let’s see what we can learn, and how it applies to our lives. 1. Learn the basics. Keep life simple. 2. Think before you do. Being thoughtful saves a lot of angst in our hearts… 3. Think possibilities and outcomes. Excited about a new step? Super! What does the end result look like? What are the different ways your life could turn out? Think big, think possible; and think with care. 😄 4. Keep your aim in mind. Focus on the most important things in your life: family,…
  • Why Sacrifice is Good: The Art of Giving Up and Letting Go

    Pamela Hawley
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:05 am
    One of the biggest things humans have trouble doing is sacrificing. The art of giving up and letting go for the long haul seems almost foreign to us. Why, after all, would you give up something of value when you don’t have to? By playing chess, I’ve gained a deeper understanding on how to sacrifice. Often in life it has to get worse before it gets better, or at least that’s how it may seem. You need to understand the value of your assets; if you can afford giving it up, sometimes it might just be a blessing instead of a hindrance to do so. No one ever gets where they want in…
  • Learning from Chess: Develop the Habit of not Being Discouraged by Present Bad Appearances

    Pamela Hawley
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:05 am
    “And lastly, we learn by chess the habit of not being discouraged by present bad appearances in the state of our affairs; the habit of hoping for a favorable chance…” -Morrison Waite Dear Reader, Is today a low day? Then, you are looking too low. You are only looking at this moment. But as with life, or chess, one move can change your life. And then the game changes. In a much more important case, your life changes. In chess, we know the king is the most important piece. So we have to keep him safe. It’s true for us, too! We need to keep our minds, “safe.”…
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    Group of Minds Arts Marketing + Technology Consultants

  • Is Amazon about to launch event ticketing?

    Ron Evans
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:43 pm
    Today, Amazon launched its new Amazon Home Services product, with a huge banner placement and video on its homepage. Amazon Home Services allows people to enter their zip code, and search for service providers such as electricians, home theater installers, or just “odd jobs” around the house (all in direct competition with Yelp, and somewhat in competition with listing services such as Angie’s List). All quite uninteresting to the arts, until a deeper search of the offerings reveals arts-based services such as voice lessons, violin lessons, and guitar lessons. There are…
  • Thoughts on the Explorer Edition of Google Glass and the arts

    Ron Evans
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:21 pm
    City Lights’ marketing director, Rebecca Wallace, trying out Google Glass After years of controversy and slow-burn marketing, Google has retired the Explorer Edition of Google Glass. In their blog post, they mention that they are going to focus instead on “building for the future” and that there will be future versions of Glass. The media has jumped on this and many sources are saying, “Google Glass is dead.” A few passionate tech folks at arts organizations are sighing heavily, because it feels like a promising avenue for engagement has vaporized. The good news…
  • Experiments in surveying arts audiences via tablets

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

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

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

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

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

    Howard
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:32 am
    Illustrations can set designs apart. When used appropriately, hand-renderings speak a distinct stylistic and emotional language that grabs attention and communicates at a gut level. Digital photography and stock websites make it easier than ever to access to commercial graphics. Broad access to a wealth of visual resources is valuable, but in a saturated creative environment, using custom illustrations is a great way to make marketing materials stand out from the crowd. Potential clients, customers, and donors are inundated with the soft glow of screens and pixels. A hand-drawn image is…
  • Writing and Design Workshop for Nonprofits

    Howard
    12 Feb 2015 | 10:36 am
    Learn the tips, then use them immediately on your own materials. If you work with a nonprofit, but don’t have background in writing or design, this seminar is an opportunity for you to learn the tips, then use them on your own materials in a hands-on clinic. Through this workshop at the Foundation Center in lower Manhattan on February 18, you’ll receive guidance on ways to produce more compelling newsletters, e-mails, fundraising materials, website content, and other communications for your organization. We’ll give you an evaluation of the materials your organization has…
  • Yeshivah of Flatbush Capital Campaign Brochure

    Howard
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:58 am
    CLIENT: Yeshivah of Flatbush When this school’s capital campaign stalled at mid-point, Red Rooster Group was called in to reinvigorate the effort. The school had been using architectural renderings of the various spaces to excite the audience. However, since the renderings had been already seen before by their donor community, we knew we needed to up the game. Telling Their Story Red Rooster Group’s approach was not in showing the static spaces, but in helping donors understand the school’s story and what the new spaces would mean for students. We presented the concept of using…
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  • Passenger's New Album Benefits UNICEF

    21 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    Singer-Songwriter Passenger, best known for his chart-topping single Let Her Go, has announced that all profits from his new album Whispers II, which was released yesterday, will go towards UNICEF UK’s groundbreaking initiative to help children in danger in Liberia. Passenger - Whispers IIThe album is available in physical format from Amazon and the Passenger web-store. Digital formats are available from all major e-tailers. Every year, ten thousand children die of malnutrition in Liberia. Over the next five years, Unicef, the world’s leading children’s organisation, aims to…
  • Wet Wet Wet To Help Celebrate Nordoff Robbins 40th Birthday

    21 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    Scottish band Wet Wet Wet will help music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins kick off their 40th Birthday festivities this year with a special, intimate performance at Koko in London on Wednesday 20th May. The band, who have sold in excess of 15 million records whilst notching up over thirty UK chart hits including three number 1’s, has a long history with Nordoff Robbins dating back to when they received an O2 Silver Clef Award for new music in 1988. They went on to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in 1992 in aid of Nordoff Robbins, which subsequently opened a much needed library at their…
  • Spotlight: Ringo Starr's Charity Work

    20 Apr 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Since beginning his career with The Beatles in the 1960s, Ringo Starr has been one of the world’s brightest musical luminaries. He has enjoyed a successful and dynamic solo career as a singer, songwriter and drummer, an active musical collaborator, and as an actor. Drawing inspiration from classic blues, soul, country, honky-tonk and rock ‘n’ roll, Ringo continues to play an important role in modern music with his solo recording and touring. Former Beatle Ringo Starr started the Lotus Foundation with his wife, Barbara Bach. He took part in George Harrison's historic…
  • UN Chief Urges Climate Action At Earth Day Concert

    20 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared 2015 a year for global action on climate, gender and development issues, warning revellers attending the 2015 edition of the Global Citizen Earth Day concert that there is “no Plan B because there is no Planet B.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon greets the crowd at the 2015 Global Citizen Earth Day Concert in Washington DCCredit/Copyright: UN Photo/Eskinder DebebeAddressing an electrified crowd gathered on Washington, D.C.‘s National Mall for last night’s performances which reportedly featured top-billing acts…
  • Matthew McConaughey Wants You To Test Drive A 2016 Lincoln MKX For Charity

    20 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    The ongoing collaboration between The Lincoln Motor Company and actor Matthew McConaughey enters a new phase as the luxury automaker will donate to the Academy Award winner’s just keep livin Foundation. Matthew McConaughey, Shannon Mabrey Rotenberg, executive director, j.k. livin Foundation, and Dave Rivers, Lincoln marketing communications managerThis year, for the first time, Lincoln dealers will have the option to choose McConaughey’s just keep livin Foundation as the first national charity to be part of this program. For every test drive taken in the new 2016 Lincoln MKX…
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  • Recruitment Tips For Nonprofit Healthcare Organizations

    intelmarx
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:25 am
    Many non-profits leaders in the healthcare industry discuss the need for having more engaged board members to fulfill their missions. It is critically important to have a formal process for board recruitment so that you attract the talent and resources needed to sustain and expand the services you provide. Below, helpful tips in developing solid process for your recruitment endeavors. Click here to read more http://blog.scorh.net/blog/8-board-recruitment-tips-for-nonprofit-healthcare-organizations?utm_content=14134254&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter
  • Charities Seek Donations in Bitcoins

    intelmarx
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:08 am
    Bitcoin is a form of digital currency, created and held electronically. No one controls it. Bitcoins aren’t printed, like dollars or euros – they’re produced by people, and increasingly businesses, running computers all around the world, using software that solves mathematical problems. How does this involve charities? Charities are often open to all sorts of donations, whether in money or in kind. Now they’re turning to a new source: donations of bitcoin. Among the charities soliciting donations from bitcoin users are Save the Children, an aid agency that receives hundreds of…
  • Infographing For Nonprofits

    skinser
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    By: Scott Kinser We all love a good infographic. When done right, infographics are exciting, simple to digest, fact-filled, shareable and all together useful for anyone who crosses their path.Because they’re so visually compelling and engaging, it’s no wonder there’s been a phenomenal spike in interest. The volume of searches for “infographic” has already surpassed searches for “email marketing” and will very soon be equal to searches for “direct mail”. Infographics are growing and showing up everywhere with all kinds of subjects such as “Power of social fundraising” to…
  • Nonprofit News Round Up

    intelmarx
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:36 am
    It’s that time again. Here we are to round up the top nonprofit news worthy stories of the week. 1. What’s More Valuable: A Like or A Share? Did you know that people like Facebook post eight times as often as they share posts or comment on Facebook posts? However, for brands, Facebook and other social media sites, shares are far more valuable than likes. This is valuable information that nonprofits need to know http://www.non-profit2point0.com/2015/04/whats-more-valuable-a-like-or-a-share/. 2. Writing Tips For Fundraising E-Mails Peer to peer fundraising campaigns rely heavily on email…
  • Key To More Effective Donor Communication

    intelmarx
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:13 am
    To truly connect with donors and inspire them to become a part of the work that you do, you need to speak to them. Really speak to them. This means getting extremely clear on the message you’re trying to send, and making it incredibly relevant to why they care about your mission in the first place. This is why the key to more effective communication is specificity. But what should you be specific about? Click here to continue reading http://www.nonprofitmarketingblog.com/site/the_key_to_more_effective_donor_communication
 
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    Nonprofit Resource Memo

  • Happy National Volunteer Week

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

    M. P.
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:46 am
    With budget season looming, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children is keeping an eye on the happenings in Harrisburg. They recently commented on the education funding in Governor Wolf’s proposed 2015-16 budget and in February released a brief detailing the state of school readiness among the Commonwealth’s youngest residents. According to their analysis, less than 19 percent of 3- and 4-years-olds have access to quality, public pre-K programs,  and 7.5 percent of youth up to age four have high-quality child care.  The data briefs on school readiness factors for Allegheny County (and…
  • Interview Series: Zack Block, Director of Repair the World: Pittsburgh

    M. P.
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Zack Block, Director of Repair the World: Pittsburgh Zack Block, a life-long Pittsburgher, is the Director of Repair the World: Pittsburgh, a nonprofit that offers volunteer opportunities tailored to meet local needs. Zack is also Board Chair of the Hillel Jewish University Center, and sits on the advisory committee of the Neighborhood Learning Alliance and the board of The Documentary Works.  First job out of college?  My first job out of college was working for what was Mellon Financial which is now the Bank of New York Mellon.  I was a Portfolio Administrator, which means  that I…
  • How Much Do We Care About Our Health?

    M. P.
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Although the United States leads the world in obesity rates (don’t worry, the world is catching up) a recent study indicates that the majority of Americans do care about their health and put effort into improving or maintaining it.  Data from a NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health survey conducted last fall indicate that just over 60 percent of those polled were concerned with their health and 74 percent reported exercising or participating in vigorous activity at least a few times a week (29 percent reported exercising every day). However, just 16…
  • Interview Series: Jan Kubiska, Director of IT at Pressley Ridge

    M. P.
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:44 am
    Photo Credit: Jan Kubiska   Name:  Jan Kubiska Jan is the Director of Information Technology for Pressley Ridge, a nonprofit that provides Education, Treatment Foster Care, Residential, and Community-based services to children and families in six states and internationally. In 2014, Jan was President of St. Lucy’s Auxiliary to the Blind, an organization she has volunteered with since 2007.  During that time she served on several committees, including chairing the 2012 Medallion Ball, and as a Special Member on the board of Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh (BVRS…
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    Mission Connected Blog

  • ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter, April 8, 2015

    F. Jay Hall
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:33 am
    ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter         Connecting Mission & Talent Since 1999 April 8, 2015         In this issue – Before Creating a Job Description: Purge, Then Draft – New Job Postings – Resume Review & Career Counseling – Follow ExecSearches.com on Twitter and Facebook         Before Creating a Job Description: Purge, Then Draft Your trusted Chief Operations Officer […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter, April 1, 2015

    F. Jay Hall
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter         Connecting Mission & Talent Since 1999 April 1, 2015         In this issue – References: How To Get Great Input, The Conclusion – New Job Postings – Resume Review & Career Counseling – Follow ExecSearches.com on Twitter and Facebook             References: How To Get Great Input, The Conclusion This series covered all […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter, March 25, 2015

    F. Jay Hall
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
    ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter         Connecting Mission & Talent Since 1999 March 25, 2015         In this issue – References: How To Get Great Input, Part Three – New Job Postings – Resume Review & Career Counseling – Follow ExecSearches.com on Twitter and Facebook             References: How To Get Great Input, Part Three In parts One and […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Reference Check

    Karen Alphonse
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Question: Our company is about to hire a new COO who will manage the whole finance department. We want to be very sure she has strong interpersonal and technical skills. We have spoken to all of her listed references, and, while they have been off the charts, I want to be absolutely certain we cover our basis. What do you suggest? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Lonely at the Top

    Karen Alphonse
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Question: I am at the top of my game having just been promoted into the CEO role at a major corporation. Yet, I am feeling strangely dissatisfied and lonely despite my professional accolades. It seems as if I attend meeting after meeting and as if I am not connecting with my staff. Am I missing some important clues? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Pamela Grow

  • Ushering in the Age of Donor Realism: Six Ways My Donor-Centric Copy Is Shifting

    Pamela Grow
    21 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Off record, Pam Grow and I chat often on the state of fundraising. We notice a lot of the same things and – to be blunt – it’s a relief to know you’re not the only one on the block thinking it. Lately it’s been that the 24/7 donor communications fiesta … is getting a little tired. Same old players, same old info, recycled the same old ways: more you/less we, Flesch Kincaid and readability, ban all jargon, timely thank-yous, and on and on and on. Then Nancy Schwartz wrote this. She said: “[It’s] about WE…not you. This is a critical shift in voice that I’m starting…
  • Nonprofit Fundraising Do’s and Don’ts (with pictures!)

    Pamela Grow
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    I’ve learned more from being a donor than any class I’ve ever taken. For many nonprofit organizations, though, you make loving tough. A few pet peeves: 1. Don’t tell me about your fund woes. I don’t give a rat’s a$$. Here’s an email subject header that makes me rush for my wallet. Not.     2. Don’t use Excel as a database. Ever. Yes, I am a donor. Yes that is my address. But my name’s not Susan. 3. Do incorporate fun. Loved this email subject header (request for survey response)     4. Don’t make me fill out a CAPTCHA to make my gift. Just…
  • Fundraising Friday | April 17, 2015

    Pamela Grow
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    Ask, thank, report, thank some more (you can’t have too many thanks), ask again…rinse and repeat. Most importantly, figure out what works for YOUR donors. And don’t miss Roger Craver’s series, Raise More, Ask Less. Read ‘em all. Answering the age-old question: What if two of our similar grant proposals get funded? Do you give too much? Do you have a hard time saying no? New from Sheena Greer, Selfless Boundary Issues. How did TED’s social media editor turn the bullying comment tide to positivity? Can you get a good website on a small budget? You better…
  • What’s in my Mailbox | Planned Giving Mailing Piece

    Pamela Grow
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Is nature close to your heart? In this simple planned giving mailing piece, The Nature Conservancy gives supporters the opportunity to ‘share your secret’ or request more information on including the organization in estate planning. Click to view the package*. If the term “planned giving” bring to mind endless legalese, decades before seeing results, and even the fear of cannibalizing your current donor base – put these myths to rest. With Planned Giving | The Basics & More™, you’ll easily create and launch your organization’s planned giving program in only four weeks.
  • What’s in my Inbox | Nonprofit Email Marketing Secrets with National Audubon Society

    Pamela Grow
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Who doesn’t love hummingbirds? This simple, stunning email from the National Audubon Society lures readers to check out ‘tips for attracting hummingbirds to your yard, read a special report on hummingbirds and climate change, and find out how you can protect them at home.” Their corresponding website features lots of options for engagement, including how to turn your yard into a hummingbird spectacular, the opportunity to send a hummingbird e-card, how to get hummingbirds to visit your city, family-friendly games, quizzes, and puzzles, and more (click on images to view). Audubon knows…
 
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    Wakeman Agency

  • Three Ways to Get Your Old Flame Back

    wake101
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    It can happen to the best of us. In our youthful shortsightedness, we might have let a good one get away. Or in the rush of our daily lives, perhaps we put a true friend on the backburner one too many times, and now we’d do anything to get that ally back on our side. The post Three Ways to Get Your Old Flame Back appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • How to Make Yourself Attractive to the Media

    wake101
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:44 am
    The media landscape has forever been disrupted by innovation, as technologies re-frame national conversations and democratize news coverage via citizen journalists, YouTube stars, social media darlings and their related ilk. The post How to Make Yourself Attractive to the Media appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • How Relevant is Your Special Event in Today’s Market?

    wake101
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:24 am
    Charity auctions. Wine tastings. Formal awards dinners. Black tie galas. Feel-good races. Fundraising walks. Many nonprofit organizations repeat the same roster of events each year, or ask simply, “Which type of fundraising event should we have next?” rather than looking under the surface at more critical factors. The post How Relevant is Your Special Event in Today’s Market? appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • Poets who Used Their Words for Social Change

    wake101
    7 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Poets have long been the lyrical documentarians and commentators of our society, tackling critical issues in their verse. Though they have written eloquently about love, spirituality and the human condition, poets have also wielded their pens to transform our train of thought and challenge old ways of being. Some of the best-known poets have addressed global concerns like environmentalism and social ills like racism in their works. The post Poets who Used Their Words for Social Change appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • Moment or Movement?

    wake101
    3 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    From the Ice Bucket Challenge and the 99 Percent to Black Lives Matter and “Lean In,” in the past few years, we’ve witnessed no shortage of social-change campaigns and popular, thought-provoking initiatives. These efforts have been designed to heighten general knowledge and mobilize collective action for various social-change causes and worthwhile crusades. But why do some campaigns maintain traction, while others become a blip that few remember? The post Moment or Movement? appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
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    Event 360

  • How to Design an Event T-Shirt

    Patrick Riley
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Written by Molly Anthony & Jason Mahakian Creating a memorable event experience isn’t only limited to finding a scenic route, choosing the ultimate playlist and writing goose bump-inducing speeches. You must also consider that precious piece of the event that participants take home with them: the event t-shirt. This take-away piece has two very important jobs. First, it serves as branding for your event. Every time a participant wears their shirt, they become a mobile billboard and provide free advertising. Most important, it provides an opportunity for conversations about their…
  • Event 360 Teammate Spotlight: Sarah Coniglio

    Molly Fast
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re excited to introduce this week’s Event 360 Teammate Spotlight. Enjoy this week’s glimpse into the personal and professional life of Sarah Coniglio! Position:  Director – Event Production Start Year:  2003 What job did you hold right before you came to work at Event 360? Production Manager at Eventage Was there anything in particular that brought you to Event 360? Having worked with many of the people at Event 360 previously, I knew I would love working with that great team again. If you weren’t working at Event 360 what would you be doing? Traveling the world (more),…
  • National Volunteer Week 2015 – True Superheroes in Our Midst

    Patrick Riley
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Written by Robin Shapiro and Kat Thomas (with the help of other Event 360 superheroes who contributed ideas for this blog) In honor of National Volunteer Week 2015 we want to say, “Volunteers, we love you!”  How could we not?  We rely on you to be the hands that direct traffic, the muscles that set up barricades, the brains that calculate donation totals and so much more.  It is easy to appreciate the services that volunteers provide that bring our events to life. What we don’t often recognize though, is how much you give up to be a volunteer. We live in a world where time is…
  • Event 360 Teammate Spotlight: Tara Preyers

    Molly Fast
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re excited to introduce this week’s Event 360 Teammate Spotlight. Enjoy this week’s glimpse into the personal and professional life of Tara Preyers! Position: Field Marketing Coordinator, Susan G. Komen Atlanta 3-Day Start Year: 2009 What job did you hold right before you came to work at Event 360? I was a live-in nanny. Was there anything in particular that brought you to Event 360? The desire to do something more and to work for an event company and travel. If you weren’t working at Event 360 what would you be doing? Well isn’t that the million dollar question…I might be…
  • The Lottery of Volunteer Recruitment: Corporate Volunteerism

    Patrick Riley
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Written by Jon Lueders and Val Jones Arguably the most important factor of a volunteer base, is actually having volunteers. Recruiting them can, in fact, be a tricky and time-consuming process. But, tapping into corporate organizations can work wonders, getting you more volunteers in half the time. And utilizing this process is a win-win for your event and the companies you recruit from. In one fell swoop you are broadening the possible volunteer pool more than, say, person-to-person recruitment and you are helping to create a sense of community within the organization. People are much more…
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    blog.ncrp.org

  • Sharing the Hard Decisions: How Co-Leaders Can Do More Together

    National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    By: Frances Kunreuther Editor’s Note: This piece is the fifth in a series featuring leadership development experts on the value they’ve found in NCRP’s new report, Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership: A (Missed?) Philanthropic Opportunity. For past posts, click here NCRP’s new report, Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership, is an important addition to the philanthropic sector, making the case for why social change funders should invest in leadership development. At the Building Movement Project, we have written about generational shifts, what makes a good workplace across generations and the…
  • Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership Webinar: Key Take-Aways

    National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    This post first appeared on The Whitman Institute’s blog on March 25, 2015. By Teju Adisa-Farrar Yesterday, NCRP hosted Cultivating Leadership in Movement Building, a webinar designed to accompany the recent release of their report, Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership: A (Missed?) Philanthropic Opportunity. Ryan Schlegel, who co-authored the report, moderated and the speakers were Jodie Tonita, Pia Infante and Taj James. Each speaker discussed why cultivating leadership in the realm of social impact is so important — whether you are a funder, intermediary, or nonprofit. While they raised…
  • Should Foundations Use Their Investment Muscle to Advocate?

    Lisa Ranghelli
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    This week, the Indiana State Legislature’s decision to pass a “religious freedom” law that would ultimately allow business owners to discriminate against LGBTQ patrons has rightly been met with strong condemnation and calls to boycott the state. At least one major grantmaker is not only condemning the action, but also using its investment muscle to exhort Indiana leaders to reverse course. In a letter to Anthem, Inc., an Indianapolis-based health insurer, Dr. Robert Ross, president and CEO of The California Endowment, wrote, in part: “As a health foundation, we are also profoundly…
  • Shifting Power Dynamics by Fostering Community Leadership Development

    National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    By: Gustavo Torres Editor’s Note: This piece is the fourth in a series featuring leadership development experts on the value they’ve found in NCRP’s new report, Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership: A (Missed?) Philanthropic Opportunity. For past posts, click here Movements for social justice are framed by power and often call for a change in power dynamics, both from within the movement and outside of it. Historically, in the movement for immigrant rights and fair immigration reform, power has been held by groups hostile to the emergence of diverse, thriving communities living free from…
  • Announcing the Winners of the 2015 NCRP Impact Awards

    Jeanné Isler
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:31 am
    Hundreds of foundations were nominated for the 2015 NCRP Impact Awards in recognition of their high-impact philanthropy – the largest pool of nominees since we launched the awards in 2013. Now, the wait to learn the winners is over! Join us in congratulating these five inspiring grantmakers: Awardee for Corporate Foundation Blue Shield of California Foundation The state’s largest private funder of domestic violence prevention and services, Blue Shield of California Foundation is also known for its work to making health care accessible for underserved communities in the state of…
 
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    Social Media Strategy for Nonprofits and Businesses

  • Creating Entry Points Using The Social Technographics Ladder

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

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

    Debra Askanase
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    I just returned from the 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) energized and excited about where nonprofit technology practitioners think the field is heading. This is my fifth NTC, and it was the most exciting NTC I’ve attended in many years. Why? This is the year that nonprofit technology field jumped past “where are we now” to answer the question “where do we want to go next?” These are the nonprofit tech conversations and trends I spotted at #15ntc. (A list of other #15ntc blog posts may be found at the bottom of this post.) 1. We’re so past How Do…
  • Finding #GivingTuesday Community at the NTEN Hangout 12/2

    Debra Askanase
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:39 am
    Thank you, Henry Timms, for envisioning the #GivingTuesday movement in 2012. Henry had the clever idea of a day to celebrate generosity, on the heels of the spending spree that follows the American Thanksgiving holiday. In just two years #GivingTuesday has become the recognized day of giving (and giving back) in the US, and now has participation in 9 countries worldwide. GivingTuesday has incredible potential to be a community-building movement, encompassing not only acts of generous financial donations, but also giving of time, place, community, and assets.  I wrote about the potential for…
  • Creating Stories that Compel: Video Storytelling for Nonprofits

    Debra Askanase
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:31 am
    Image courtesy of Kenno McDonnell, Creative Commons license One of my big “aha!” insights into storytelling came to me when I read this fact: Personal stories and gossip make up 65% of our daily conversations All day long, what do I do? I tell stories. As humans, we tell stories in order to make events that have happened to us relatable, we re-tell stories we’ve heard because they are memorable, and we tell stories to make sense of our world. Why wouldn’t we do the same when explaining a need, cause, or event? Last month, I offered an interactive workshop on video…
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    Mark Holmgren's Anticipate!

  • Mega-Charities: the 100 Largest Charities in Canada

    Mark Holmgren
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:09 am
    I am working on a major paper currently entitled, Mega-Charities and All the Rest: Money, Power, Folk Lore, and Transformation. It will include research and data about the revenue sources of charities in Canada and, drawing upon CRA data will provide a comprehensive look at all the ways charities fund raise. The paper will include revenue information from all levels of government (as displayed in this posting), from foundations across Canada, as well as revenues generated from many other sources including from United Ways from across Canada to the human services sector. There will also be…
  • Provincial Budget – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    Mark Holmgren
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Note: you can download a PDF of this posting HERE Some good things To be fair, the Prentice government has taken some significant steps in the right direction and those steps clearly acknowledge that Alberta needs more revenue.As I wrote previously here and in a piece I wrote for the Edmonton Journal it seems just a tad off when, after losing seven or eight billion dollars in oil revenue, people in our province still limit our budget woes to the proverbial “we have an expense problem.” If I lose my job and the revenue with it, I have a pretty big revenue problem. Sure, I will…
  • Premier Prentice – My Two Cents about the Budget

    Mark Holmgren
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:28 am
    UPDATE… at the request of the Edmonton Journal, I rewrote the piece below and the EJ published it HERE. Dear Premier Prentice: We met west of Edmonton at a BBQ when you were campaigning for your position. I appreciated your speech and remember thinking you could be a strong Premier and move our Province forward in a variety of ways. I am sure you weren’t all that happy that shortly after winning the post you faced plummeting oil prices and the prospect of $7 billion or so in lost revenue. I imagine you have a few voices offering up their advice about what to do now. I filled out your…
  • Recording of Upside Down Thinking Webinar

    Mark Holmgren
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
    On January 22, I was part of a Tamarack Institute webinar with my friend and colleague, Elayne Greeley. Our topic was Working in Complexity, a Case for Upside Down Thinking. I have been doing a lot of thinking about thinking and in particular about how to create cognitive tools we can use to help community practitioners not only work with complex issues and challenges but also undertake efforts of transformational change. I have written before on my blog about Upside Down Thinking and given a number of workshops on the topic as well. The webinar allowed me to have further reach and…
  • The Charity Slam: Enough Already

    Mark Holmgren
    2 Feb 2015 | 10:55 am
    It’s been going on for quite some time to be honest. Often it’s just subtle derision producing comments like “charities need to be more business-like” or “My goodness, how many charities do we really need?” Other times the charity slam manifests as a rant against “poverty pimps” or a rail against artists who create things “that my five year old could make.” I am used to these kinds of slams against charities. Often they are based on a solid lack of evidence, are judgements governed by unpleasant ideologies (“how can you help worthless bums?”), or constitute a…
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    Notations on Non-Profits

  • Tips & Tricks on Writing Board Minutes: A Resource Guide

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

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

    Erin
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:05 pm
    I believe there are many conventions that survive solely because they sound schnazzy. Like any present use of the word of “indubitably.” And l’m convinced the supermajority vote is another one of these. Not a bird or a plane, supermajority votes are where more than a “simple majority” has to vote in favor of something for […]
  • ND Attorney General Says “No, No, No” To Shelter’s Executive Meetings

    Erin
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:11 am
    Well, had a “wowza” moment after reading about this. The Board of a North Dakota animal shelter held closed sessions (executive meetings) twice last Fall to discuss terminating an Executive Director and the possibility of a lawsuit as a result. The first closed session was to talk about the Executive Director and other personnel issues. […]
  • Quick Resource Guide

    Erin
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:33 pm
    For those organizations constantly on the hunt to find new ways of relaying information, check out a quick guide I created for the blog in Haiku.   Oh, and well read the guide too.       Notations on Nonprofits Resources – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires
 
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    Full Contact Philanthropy

  • Open grant making – The Council on Foundations’ almost good idea

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

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

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

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

    david
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Job titles can be incredibly misleading, yet are frustratingly persuasive. Most of my career I’ve been the “founder”, “CEO”, and “principal” of a company I created. During my eight years running my company I was always amazed by the instant credibility these lofty titles commanded. Never mind that as a founder you are not only the “CEO” and “founder”, but also the “office coordinate”, “janitor”, and just about everything else. Nevertheless, people invariably assumed my decision to create a company meant that I was both a leader and that I must have been…
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  • Non Profit Organisation

    Simplenonprofit
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:59 am
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  • How To Start A Nonprofit Organization

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

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

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

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

  • Tips & Tricks on Writing Board Minutes: A Resource Guide

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

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

    Erin
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:05 pm
    I believe there are many conventions that survive solely because they sound schnazzy. Like any present use of the word of “indubitably.” And l’m convinced the supermajority vote is another one of these. Not a bird or a plane, supermajority votes are where more than a “simple majority” has to vote in favor of something for […]
  • ND Attorney General Says “No, No, No” To Shelter’s Executive Meetings

    Erin
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:11 am
    Well, had a “wowza” moment after reading about this. The Board of a North Dakota animal shelter held closed sessions (executive meetings) twice last Fall to discuss terminating an Executive Director and the possibility of a lawsuit as a result. The first closed session was to talk about the Executive Director and other personnel issues. […]
  • Quick Resource Guide

    Erin
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:33 pm
    For those organizations constantly on the hunt to find new ways of relaying information, check out a quick guide I created for the blog in Haiku.   Oh, and well read the guide too.       Notations on Nonprofits Resources – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires
 
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    Engaging Volunteers

  • A Match Made in St. Louis: Fighting Hunger One Voice at a Time

    Tessa Srebro
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:27 am
    By Kori Reed, Vice President, Cause and Foundation, at ConAgra Foods. ConAgra employee Rajan Taylor volunteering at the St. Louis Area Foodbank. I am a child of the 80s whose mom played Barry Manilow’s albums throughout my formative years. So, what does this have to do with Volunteer Month? Rajan Taylor, a security contractor at the ConAgra Foods’ St. Louis office, makes me want to break out into song. Specifically, Manilow’s One Voice, which he also performed at the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Concert. It’s inspired by the idea that if one person stands up for what he believes in, the…
  • The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship: NYC Service and VolunteerMatch

    Tessa Srebro
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:59 am
    Hey New York City nonprofits! Great news! Starting this week – just in time for National Volunteer Week – all your VolunteerMatch listings will automatically be posted to NYC Service. NYC Service is breaking new ground to become the first City of Service in the nation to adopt VolunteerMatch’s free Public Use API. What does this mean? NYC Service will have another thousand volunteer opportunities for New Yorkers looking to make a difference. No more double searching. It will also mean that VolunteerMatch’s nonprofit members will automatically gain additional exposure…
  • The Accidental Collaborator

    Tessa Srebro
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:51 am
    When a short exercise went a long way towards staff engagement. Guest post by Elisa Kosarin, Twenty Hats This post was originally published on Twenty Hats. In my local DOVIA (Directors of Volunteers in Agencies), one of the most common workshop topic requests is: “How to get staff on board with volunteer management.” It’s a complex subject, most likely because staff engagement brings us into the murky world of soft interpersonal skills. We anticipate barriers and may feel discouraged about achieving any sort of progress. Sometimes, though, a hard skill exercise goes a long way…
  • Celebrate the Fun Side of Volunteering with #FestiVOL15

    Tessa Srebro
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:05 am
    People volunteer for all kinds of reasons. One of the top reasons? It’s fun. This National Volunteer Week (April 12-18, 2015), VolunteerMatch is celebrating the fun side of volunteering with our second annual FestiVOL. Time to put on those party hats, dig out those noisemakers, and shout with us, “Volunteering is AWESOME!” Of course, it’s not all fun and games. One of our #FestiVOL15 goals is to help your organization attract and engage volunteers. We want you to get the most out of National Volunteer Week. To help reach this goal, each day of the week we’ll…
  • Expert Snapshots for April: Prospective, Online, and Pro Bono Volunteers

    Tessa Srebro
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:32 am
    At VolunteerMatch we learn so much from other experts in the field of volunteer engagement and management, and we want to help you stay up-to-date on the latest news and trends.  Here’s a snapshot to get your April going: Waiting but Not Idle: How to Keep Potential Volunteers Engaged in Your Organization One of the worst things you can say when a potential volunteer contacts you is… nothing. While it sounds easy enough to respond to each volunteer request, there are some real challenges that come with engaging prospective volunteers. This article from Charity Village explores those…
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  • 9 Fundraising Tools to Watch in 2015

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

    Heather Mansfield
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:27 am
    Any new media manager who has ever posted, shared, retweeted, pinned, or tumbled an infographic has first hand experience of how popular and powerful infographics can be online. Communicating your data and calls-to-action in visual format is smart strategy. However, you can have an exceptionally well-designed, useful infographic, but if its not compatible with social media and mobile devices, then it’s unlikely to gain traction. To ensure that your nonprofit’s infographics have the best chance possible of success, then adopt the six best practices detailed below. 1. Upload your…
  • 15 Online Job Boards for Nonprofit Professionals

    Heather Mansfield
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:24 am
    Working at a nonprofit often pays less than the for-profit sector, but the perks of extended vacation time, flex time, and the personal satisfaction of having a meaningful professional life can outweigh the financial downside of building a nonprofit career. And the good news is that 2015 is predicted to be a great year for nonprofit sector hiring thanks to a rebounding economy. Many nonprofit professionals who have weathered years of pay freezes and minimal advancement are ready for a change. That said, below are 15 resources to help you find your next nonprofit dream job. 1. Aid Jobs…
  • Mobile for Good: A Free How-To Fundraising Webinar for Nonprofits

    Heather Mansfield
    21 Mar 2015 | 1:15 am
    Date: Tuesday, June 16 Time: 1-2:30pm EDT Cost: Free! How to Register: Sign up Presented by: Heather Mansfield View: Complete Webinar Schedule Based on more than 20 years of experience and 25,000+ hours spent utilizing mobile and social media, Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits is a comprehensive 256-page book packed with more than 500 best practices. This free webinar will feature one best practice from each of the book’s sixteen chapters and will provide the basis for writing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising and content strategy. Topics…
  • Must-Read Fundraising and Social Media Reports for Nonprofits

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

  • 5 Communications Lessons Learned Working at an Anti-Poverty Nonprofit

    Caroline Avakian
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:05 am
    This post was originally published in the Huffington Post. Photo courtesy of Trickle Up. By: Caroline Avakian The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are the world’s targets for addressing extreme poverty in its many dimensions. The MDGs target date expires this year, and as we collaboratively build out new goals for the next 15 years, it will be critical that nonprofit communicators in the global development sector build on what we’ve learned as well. So it got me thinking about what some of my lessons learned were after almost five years working at Trickle Up…
  • Three simple ways to dramatically increase website traffic from Facebook

    John Haydon
    9 Mar 2015 | 6:38 am
    Although Facebook has decreased newsfeed exposure (reach) for Facebook Pages, they have increased newsfeed exposure for links people share with their Facebook friends.   Right now, take a look at your own News Feed and look at the number of links from friends versus links from Pages. My News Feed has 1 link (or less) from a Page for every 10 links from friends. Clearly, Facebook puts my friends first in the News Feed. All this link-sharing has made Facebook the number one source of social referral traffic. In fact, a recent study from Shareaholic shows that Facebook now…
  • Photos no longer get more reach on Facebook

    John Haydon
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:38 am
    You’ve no doubt heard the advice that posting photos will help you get more reach on Facebook. That advice has been tried and true for years, until now. According to a study by SocialBakers, photos now get less organic reach than videos, links, and even text updates. In fact, videos are now the king of the News Feed! Socialbakers analyzed 4,445 Facebook Pages and 670,000 posts between October 2014 and February 2015. They discovered that videos now get more than twice as much reach as photos (shown below). There’s no clear reason for this recent Facebook algorithm change, but Socialbakers…
  • Honesty Oscars 2015: Best Activist in a Leading Role

    Caroline Avakian
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:01 am
    Our friends over at the Accountability Lab and the ONE campaign are hosting the Honesty Oscars. Every day in the week leading up to the Academy Awards, February 17th to 21st, ONE and Accountability Lab will unveil a category for our Honesty Oscars 2015, an award that honors not Hollywood films, but the creative work of activists and organizations that fight global corruption. Vote for your favorites, and they’ll announce the winners following the Oscars on Monday, February 23rd. We think it’s great that they’ve hijacked the Oscars in the friendliest and most humanitarian way…
  • Seven FAQ’s on Social PR Strategy

    Guest
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:59 am
    When I teach workshops, there are certain stumbling blocks to smart social PR strategy that come up frequently. As the workshop facilitator, it’s my job to help participants understand how to overcome these challenges or, at the very least, find a way to deal with them that’s not quite as painful. Here are the seven most frequently asked questions in my social PR strategy workshops, and how I typically answer them. 1. “Too much to do, not enough time. Now you’re asking me to add social?!” This is true. But this is true of life in general. As far as social media goes, that’s what…
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  • Minor earthquake – Collingwood on April 21, 2015

    Armand Vervaeck
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:07 am
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 3 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-04-21 23:28:05 GMT/UTC Time : 2015-04-21 11:28:05 Depth (Hypocenter) : 354 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience (I Have Felt It) with our readers. Click on the “I Felt It” button behind the…
  • Minor earthquake – Whitianga on April 21, 2015

    Armand Vervaeck
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:07 am
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 3 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-04-21 23:28:07 GMT/UTC Time : 2015-04-21 11:28:07 Depth (Hypocenter) : 243 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience (I Have Felt It) with our readers. Click on the “I Felt It” button behind the…
  • Minor earthquake – Crete, Greece on April 21, 2015

    Armand Vervaeck
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:06 am
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 3.2 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-04-21 13:06:55 GMT/UTC Time : 2015-04-21 10:06:55 Depth (Hypocenter) : 2 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience (I Have Felt It) with our readers. Click on the “I Felt It” button behind the…
  • Moderate earthquake – Yonakuni, Japan on April 21, 2015

    Armand Vervaeck
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:06 am
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 4.4 Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown GMT/UTC Time : 2015-04-21 11:06:03 Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience (I Have Felt It) with our readers. Click on the “I Felt It” button behind the…
  • Moderate earthquake – New Britain Region, P.n.g. on April 21, 2015

    Armand Vervaeck
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:01 am
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 5.1 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-04-21 21:21:09 GMT/UTC Time : 2015-04-21 11:21:09 Depth (Hypocenter) : 80 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience (I Have Felt It) with our readers. Click on the “I Felt It” button behind…
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    Wow! Goodwill

  • Spring Cleaning Tips & Trends from the Queen City Style

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

    goodwillsp
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:56 am
    I try to keep an open mind when I’m shopping at Goodwill stores or flea markets. Sometimes I find an item and have no idea what I will do with it, but can’t pass it up because I know at some point I’ll come up with a great DIY project. Other times, I spot something and an idea pops in my head immediately. That’s what happened when I found four corner bookshelves. Together, I imagined, they could be a cute little side table. Of the four shelves, one was painted; the other three had a stain finish. Although all four shelves are the same size and shape, they are obviously…
  • Closet Door Ideas: DIY Makeovers to Repurpose Old Doors

    goodwillsp
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you have recently removed your closet bi-fold or 6-panel doors, and they are now lying in your basement or garage, why not repurpose them? Upcycling and repurposing old doors is no longer just in the realm of artists – it’s a full-on design trend, at a time when many homeowners are removing closet doors to make a closet office or to create unique storage spaces. Instead of putting those doors out in the garbage pile, take a look at how you can repurpose them into decorative elements and furniture for your home. Sliding barn doors from repurposed closet doors Repurposed closet…
  • How to Create a Wood Focal Wall Using Repurposed Pallets

    goodwillsp
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:25 am
    Sometimes you can take found or inexpensive materials and repurpose them into something that’s truly amazing. And many times, this can be done relatively easily. Case in point: Using wooden pallets to create a focal wall of wood. It’s a great way to recycle those wooden pallets while also giving a room in your home a chic, rustic look. Once you see how easy it is to do, you might even want to do this in more than one room. Via Better Homes and Gardens For this project, you’ll need access to pallets. Free would be best and you will surely find a local retailer that would be happy to let…
  • Personalize Your Kitchen with DIY Cabinet Knobs

    goodwillsp
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:24 am
    As an interior designer, I know it’s not always practical or in the budget to gut the kitchen and start over, but that shouldn’t stop you from updating the room where you cook and eat. Even little changes can turn “ho-hum” into “wow.” And if you can say, “I did it myself,” even better! The easiest and fastest way to update a kitchen is to change the cabinet doorknobs or pulls. There are literally hundreds of options (and price points) available. But to really personalize your kitchen, make your own. Idea 1: Button Knobs   Adding a colorful…
 
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    Front Range Source

  • Once a Major Donor Always a Major Donor?

    Leslie Allen
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:12 am
    We love to help nonprofits get major gift programs going. And one of the first things we tell people to do is to pick out of the donor base a manageable number of people that are prospects for major gifts and start trying to build a personal relationship with them. Often this means taking them out of the direct mail solicitation cycle because you don’t want to send them a request for a small gift when trying to cultivate them for a big one! As is so often the case, it’s great advice, but not absolute.  Donors don’t always respond the way you’d like them to, do they?
  • Weighing Your Options: A Decision-Making Tool

    Ann Goldman
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    We’re keeping on the topic of decision-making, assessment and handy charts after Leslie shared a nifty risk-assessment tool last week. The hardest part of planning is deciding what you will – and won’t – do. And, in a nonprofit the process is often compounded by, well process. Our sector tends to think things through as much with our hearts as we do our minds. People get attached to a project or activity and it’s hard to let go. Think about the last time you tried to suggest getting rid of a special event! When there are several options on the table we often turn to a ranking chart…
  • How Do You Rate Your Fundraising Risk?

    Leslie Allen
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:53 pm
    As I’ve been working with organizations here in the United Kingdom, I’ve noticed that it’s common for nonprofits to create a risk assessment of each new initiative they undertake. In the US, I’ve seen many organizations worry about risk, but rarely do I see risk articulated in the same way. This seems to me to be a very useful concept in fundraising planning. Risk is at the core of fundraising success. It’s a part of every solicitation and every new program. While I applaud the courage required to start new things and branch off into the unknown, it’s also best to do so with…
  • One Board Campaign = Two Problems Solved

    Ann Goldman
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Have you been begging your board to go out and ask for money? Perhaps you’ve even brought in a trainer to give them a refresher on how to make the “ask.” Have you been urging your board to pony up their own gifts? Insisting that you need 100% participation? Reminding them that their leadership is essential before others will give? We know it can be grueling to get your board excited about giving and getting. Here’s one simple solution to get your board motivated and build their skills at the same time — have a board campaign! We do this all the time for capital campaigns…
  • Not Just For the Birds: Making Your Website Generate Quality Leads

    Ann Goldman
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:57 pm
    I’ve noticed lately that a lot of organizations don’t really think about their website as a lead generator. Sure, there is a lot of attention paid to the website as basically a new version of the “general brochure” of the organization. It’s important for your branding and general awareness raising, definitely. And in this blog, and many others, there has been a lot of thinking about the donation page. You can check out one of our posts here. But are you thinking about your website as a way to generate contact information for future donors? I know that sounds logical, almost like a…
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    For Impact | The Suddes Group

  • Team Selling

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

    Tom Suddes
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:06 am
    In our trainings (see link below for upcoming engagements), we do a card trick to demonstrate the greatest sales tip ever: ASK a question… LISTEN to the answer… ASK another question (based on the previous response)… LISTEN to the answer. Asking questions is the best way to do DISCOVERY, the best way to create ENGAGEMENT, and an absolutely marvelous way to be able to PRESENT THE OPPORTUNITY! Here are 3 quick tips on how to be a great listener: Get people to tell their story. Most people love to talk about themselves and share their stories with you. This is a perfect fit with out IMPACT…
  • The Clueless Close

    Nick Fellers
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Of all the closes we cover, the Clueless Close has resulted in more gifts for our coaching and training alumni than all the other closes combined. It represents the EASIEST way to ask, especially if you have no idea what to ask for or you have some fear and need a go-to line to make the close. Use the Clueless Close for visits where: You have great timing, but your lack of information lowers confidence; or You have a qualified prospect on a first visit. In its simplest form, the Clueless Close is one question: Where do you see yourself? One great way to do this is with an engagement tool that…
  • Don’t Skip the Open!

    Tom Suddes
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Brian Tracy, one of the best sales trainers in the world, says that 50% of salespeople don’t ask for the sale. Jack Canfield, of mega-phenom Chicken Soup fame puts the number at 60%. As the old (and only?) song by the Monkees goes, “I’m a believer” when it comes to the importance of closing. (More on that tomorrow.) With that said, I am convinced that the OPEN, not the CLOSE, makes the SALE. If sales is defined as the forging of a human connection, then skipping the open means skipping the human connection! In our For Impact Presentation Flow, the open is comprised of three elements:…
  • 1,000 Day Action Plans

    Tom Suddes
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:11 am
    STOP STRATEGIC PLANNING. When people talk to themselves, it’s called insanity. When organizations talk to themselves, it’s called Strategic Planning. Most ‘Strategic Plans’ are an internal work of fiction usually prepared by left-brain, accountant-types who love outlines, charts, 5-year projections, etc. If you’re looking for an undecipherable, unimaginative, unread, super-thick binder to use as a bookend or a doorstop, then by all means, do a strategic plan! Note: The old-line, old-school Case Statements worked in their time, but that time has passed. There’s no engagement, no…
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    TakeTwo

  • Being a Star on Social Media Isn’t Enough

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

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

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

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

    Bix
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Yes, it’s still snowing all over the North East US, and spring may seem a long way off. (If you’re in the southern hemisphere, or any warmer clime, feel free to skip this post. No, we’re not bitter at all.)  BUT, we want to assure those of you who haven’t seen your feet out of snow-boots, since oh, the Middle Ages (that can’t just be us?), spring is on its way. So, if you, like us, feel you may have lost sight of your big plans for the year, what with the daily shoveling grind, here’s a little burst of what we’re calling Springshine Planning!
 
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    Social media marketing hacks for nonprofits | Powered by JohnHaydon.Com

  • Three Simple Donor Retention Strategies for Social Media

    John Haydon
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:06 am
    Donor retention rates declined from 50% in 2006 to less than 39% in 2014. During this period, donors have gotten more selective about the nonprofits they support. And they’ve also gotten better at tuning out messages that aren’t interesting. At the same time, nonprofits organizations have gotten smarter about how they communicate with donors. Smart […] The post Three Simple Donor Retention Strategies for Social Media appeared first on John Haydon.
  • 5 Features of Effective Email Newsletters

    Ryan Pinkham
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
    Imagine a world where every email newsletter you sent out directly impacted the results of your organization. A world where open rates are high, readers are interested, and each new send resulted in more calls, more donations, and more people signing up to support your cause. It’s closer than you may think… If you’re already […] The post 5 Features of Effective Email Newsletters appeared first on John Haydon.
  • 7 Deceptively Simple Ways to Promote a Fundraiser on Facebook

    John Haydon
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:46 am
    If you’re like most nonprofits, Facebook is your #1 social network. It’s where most of your supporters hangout online. So you post updates, reply to fan comments, and analyze what works and what doesn’t. You’re doing it right. But what should you do to promote a fundraiser on Facebook? What should you do that’s different from what […] The post 7 Deceptively Simple Ways to Promote a Fundraiser on Facebook appeared first on John Haydon.
  • Nonprofit Storytelling: 4 Tips to Motivate Supporters

    Cathy Gordon
    3 Apr 2015 | 3:01 am
    Good stories connect people – to an idea or new information, and most importantly, to other people. Through nonprofit storytelling, we step into someone else’s shoes. The transformational power of story both engages and changes us. These four tips will help you motivate others with your organization’s story: 1. Tell a deeper story To persuade […] The post Nonprofit Storytelling: 4 Tips to Motivate Supporters appeared first on John Haydon.
  • 5 Questions to Ask Before Sending That Email Blast

    John Haydon
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:24 am
    According to the Nonprofit Communications Trends Report for 2015, nonprofits spend a lot of time and resources sending email. Email newsletters, emails about upcoming events, and emails about fundraising and volunteer opportunities. But are you sending the right messages to the right people at the right time? If not (or if you’re not sure), here are […] The post 5 Questions to Ask Before Sending That Email Blast appeared first on John Haydon.
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  • How to Wake Up Your Fundraising

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

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

    Norman Reiss
    21 Mar 2015 | 5:06 am
    If so, then why not apply for the 2015 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards?  It’s a fantastic program that will improve your nonprofit’s management practices,regardless of whether you win. The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee is holding application clinics to give those considering submitting an application for the 2015 Nonprofit Excellence Awards a chance to ask questions and get more detailed information about the application and selection processes. Prospective applicants are encouraged to bring a board member. Fri, Mar. 27  10-11:30 AM  —  Adelphi…
  • Another Great Nonprofit Technology Conference – Notes on #15NTC

    Norman Reiss
    14 Mar 2015 | 5:58 am
    I returned from Austin, TX this week, where I attended another wonderful Nonprofit Technology Conference (great job Amy & Nten!).  Thanks to everyone who attended and participated in my two sessions, Winning 100% Buy-In from Staff and Board for your Next Nonprofit Technology Adoption (see collaborative notes) and Why User Adoption Shouldn’t Be an Afterthought: Making Sure Your Organization Actually Uses the Technology You Implement (see collaborative notes). Although these sessions were given at different times with different co-presenters, they really were related;  how to get…
  • Winning 100% Buy-In For Your Next Nonprofit Technology Adoption – #15NTC Preview

    Norman Reiss
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Have you ever spent a lot of time and effort planning and implementing a project, only to find out months after rollout that users barely use the new system? At the 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference, in Austin, Texas next week, I will be a presenter in the session, Winning 100% Buy-in from Staff and Board for Your Next Nonprofit Technology Adoption.  With co-presenters Kathryn Englehardt-Cronk (Community TechKnowledge), Brad Pierson and Jennifer Vocelka (SIMS Foundation), we will share our experiences about how to get your colleagues on board for your next project. Here’s a preview…
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  • Why You Need a Thank You Plan

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

    Ann Green
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:39 am
    You may be wondering how is middle school relevant to your donor communication when most of your donors are old enough to be parents or grandparents of middle school students? And who wants to go back to those awkward years, anyway? But keeping middle school students in mind can help you improve your donor communication.  Here’s how. Write at a sixth to eighth grade level Most middle schools go from sixth to eighth grade and this is the level you want to aim for when you write. You’re not dumbing down, and it doesn’t mean using abbreviations like LOL and BFF.  It means…
  • 8 Ways to Keep Donors Engaged after a Giving Day

    Ann Green
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:56 am
    Guest post by Lori Finch Giving days have become more popular over the last few years. Give Local America is coming up on Tuesday, May 5 and GivingTuesday takes place on the first Tuesday of December. My concern with giving days is organizations tend to spend so much time on fundraising and not enough time thanking their donors and building relationships. You can change that. This guest post by Lori Finch shows you how you can keep your donors engaged after a giving day. Give Local America is coming on Tuesday, May 5 and more than 7,000 nonprofits are participating.  A lot of effort goes…
  • Nonprofit Spring Cleaning Part Two – Out With the Old, In With the New

    Ann Green
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:58 am
    Spring is slowly inching its way into the Boston area.  I hope it feels more like spring where you are. Many of you may take on spring cleaning projects in your home.  Maybe you give your house a good cleaning and throw out a bunch of stuff you don’t need. Your nonprofit organization could probably use a good spring cleaning too.  In my last post, I wrote about tackling your donor data.  Here are a few more spring cleaning projects to take on. Assess your progress We’re three months into 2015. Now is a good time to look at your fundraising and marketing plans to figure out…
  • Nonprofit Spring Cleaning Part One – Tackling Your Donor Data

    Ann Green
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:53 am
    Spring is finally here, and after the winter we’ve had in Boston, it’s about time.  Spring is a time for new beginnings. It’s a time to clean up, throw stuff out, and make room for improvements. 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 lists Did you have an influx of address changes, returned mail, and bounced emails after you sent your year-end appeal? Now is a good time to clean up and update both your direct mail and email mailing…
 
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    Social Velocity

  • Courageous, Adaptive Nonprofit Leadership: Pillar 1

    Nell Edgington
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:48 am
    As I mentioned last month, the Leap Ambassadors (of which I am a member) recently released the Performance Imperative, a detailed definition of a high-performing nonprofit. Because I think the Performance Imperative is so important and every nonprofit leader should understand it and begin to use it, today I am kicking off a series to describe, one-by-one, each of the seven pillars of the Performance Imperative. I think the Performance Imperative is so exciting because it can serve as a north star to the nonprofit sector, helping organizations analyze their own performance and create a…
  • The Nonprofit Sector’s Crisis of Confidence

    Nell Edgington
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    I sometimes wonder how many of the nonprofit sector’s challenges stem from a fundamental lack of confidence. Don’t get me wrong, there are deep structural dysfunctions at play in the nonprofit sector. The sector is held back by a lack of adequate financial resources and an on-going grantor/grantee power imbalance, to name just two. But how much is a lack of nonprofit leader confidence also to blame? How much further could we go in the sector if more nonprofit leaders confidently stood up for what they believe, what they need, and the value of the work they do. I am a huge…
  • Nonprofit Leaders, Stop Wasting Your Time

    Nell Edgington
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    As a general rule, nonprofit leaders are a self-less lot. You are so driven by your passion for social change that you are willing to perform any and all tasks required to get the job done. But there is a critical calculation that so many nonprofit leaders neglect. And that is to understand the value of their time and allocate that most precious resource effectively. Yes, you read that correctly. As the leader of your nonprofit your time is your organization’s most precious resource. Sure, board members, other staff members, and donors are absolutely critical to the work. But…
  • 10 Great Social Innovation Reads: March 2015

    Nell Edgington
    2 Apr 2015 | 5:34 am
    What a great month March was. Just as the weather started to turn to Spring (I hope it did where you are too), there was a whole host of great reading to digest. From analysis of the new breed of philanthropists, to controversy about contest grantmaking, to mission investing progress, to tips and guides on nonprofit finance, leadership and financial advocacy, there was lots to read. Below are my picks of the 10 most interesting reads in the world of social change in March, but as always, please add to the list in the comments. And if you want a longer list, follow me on Twitter, Facebook,…
  • The Changing Nonprofit Landscape [Podcast]

    Nell Edgington
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:23 am
    Earlier this month I participated in a podcast conversation with Joed Lopez of Panvisio as part of their on-going Q2 Podcast series with social sector leaders. We talked about: How broken fundraising is A more effective financing approach Nonprofit fear of money The passion of nonprofit leaders The need to articulate a nonprofit’s message Capacity capital Social entrepreneurship Nonprofit boards And much, much more… I really enjoyed the conversation and hope you will too. You can listen to the podcast below, or click here to listen to it on the Panvisio site.   Photo Credit:…
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    Always ACTIVE

  • Let’s Play! Infographic: ACTIVEkids by the Numbers

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

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

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

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

    ACTIVE Network
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:06 pm
    YMCA and ACTIVE Partner to Transform Communities Despite all of the amazing medical breakthroughs that have occurred in the past, something terrible is happening. Since 1980, childhood obesity has risen 300%. 70% of our 5-17 years olds are at risk for cardiovascular disease. For the first time in history, we’re looking at a generation of children who are facing a shorter life expectancy than their parents. On top of these health trends, we’ve seen how rising adolescent crime rates and after-school program budget cuts affect communities. It hurts where we live. The good news is that…
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    Engaging Volunteers

  • A Match Made in St. Louis: Fighting Hunger One Voice at a Time

    Tessa Srebro
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:27 am
    By Kori Reed, Vice President, Cause and Foundation, at ConAgra Foods. ConAgra employee Rajan Taylor volunteering at the St. Louis Area Foodbank. I am a child of the 80s whose mom played Barry Manilow’s albums throughout my formative years. So, what does this have to do with Volunteer Month? Rajan Taylor, a security contractor at the ConAgra Foods’ St. Louis office, makes me want to break out into song. Specifically, Manilow’s One Voice, which he also performed at the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Concert. It’s inspired by the idea that if one person stands up for what he believes in, the…
  • The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship: NYC Service and VolunteerMatch

    Tessa Srebro
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:59 am
    Hey New York City nonprofits! Great news! Starting this week – just in time for National Volunteer Week – all your VolunteerMatch listings will automatically be posted to NYC Service. NYC Service is breaking new ground to become the first City of Service in the nation to adopt VolunteerMatch’s free Public Use API. What does this mean? NYC Service will have another thousand volunteer opportunities for New Yorkers looking to make a difference. No more double searching. It will also mean that VolunteerMatch’s nonprofit members will automatically gain additional exposure…
  • The Accidental Collaborator

    Tessa Srebro
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:51 am
    When a short exercise went a long way towards staff engagement. Guest post by Elisa Kosarin, Twenty Hats This post was originally published on Twenty Hats. In my local DOVIA (Directors of Volunteers in Agencies), one of the most common workshop topic requests is: “How to get staff on board with volunteer management.” It’s a complex subject, most likely because staff engagement brings us into the murky world of soft interpersonal skills. We anticipate barriers and may feel discouraged about achieving any sort of progress. Sometimes, though, a hard skill exercise goes a long way…
  • Celebrate the Fun Side of Volunteering with #FestiVOL15

    Tessa Srebro
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:05 am
    People volunteer for all kinds of reasons. One of the top reasons? It’s fun. This National Volunteer Week (April 12-18, 2015), VolunteerMatch is celebrating the fun side of volunteering with our second annual FestiVOL. Time to put on those party hats, dig out those noisemakers, and shout with us, “Volunteering is AWESOME!” Of course, it’s not all fun and games. One of our #FestiVOL15 goals is to help your organization attract and engage volunteers. We want you to get the most out of National Volunteer Week. To help reach this goal, each day of the week we’ll…
  • Expert Snapshots for April: Prospective, Online, and Pro Bono Volunteers

    Tessa Srebro
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:32 am
    At VolunteerMatch we learn so much from other experts in the field of volunteer engagement and management, and we want to help you stay up-to-date on the latest news and trends.  Here’s a snapshot to get your April going: Waiting but Not Idle: How to Keep Potential Volunteers Engaged in Your Organization One of the worst things you can say when a potential volunteer contacts you is… nothing. While it sounds easy enough to respond to each volunteer request, there are some real challenges that come with engaging prospective volunteers. This article from Charity Village explores those…
 
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    Darrell Gwynn Foundation

  • “Smoke” Edition Chevelle Auctions for $75,000 to Benefit Darrell Gwynn Foundation

    Darrell Gwynn
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:42 am
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The 1969 “Smoke” Edition 396 Chevelle Coupe sold for $75,000 at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach on Friday, April 17. The car was donated to DGF by Patrick Hurst and purchased by Perry Nichols. Proceeds from the auction of the car benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission is to The post “Smoke” Edition Chevelle Auctions for $75,000 to Benefit Darrell Gwynn Foundation appeared first on Darrell Gwynn Foundation.
  • Darrell Gwynn Foundation Set to Auction One-of-a-Kind ’69 Custom Tony Stewart “Smoke” Edition 396 Chevelle Coupe at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, April 17, Lot #3000

    Darrell Gwynn
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:55 am
    Palm Beach, Fla. – Thanks to a generous donation from Patrick Hurst of American Classic Rides in Palatine, IL, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation will auction a 1969 Custom Tony Stewart “Smoke” Edition 396 Chevelle Coupe at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auto Auction on Friday, April 17, Lot #3000 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Proceeds from The post Darrell Gwynn Foundation Set to Auction One-of-a-Kind ’69 Custom Tony Stewart “Smoke” Edition 396 Chevelle Coupe at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, April 17, Lot #3000 appeared first on Darrell Gwynn Foundation.
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    Clairification

  • Clairity Click-it: Keep Donors; Make a Case; Neuromarketing; Appeal Frequency + News to Use

    Claire
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Click it! Want to keep more donors? This week’s Click-It will show you how in a number of different ways. Create magical experiences for supporters by taking a page from Disney. Craft a persuasive case for support by stepping into your donor’s shoes and asking yourself, and your team, some critical questions. Learn more about [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Keep Donors; Make a Case; Neuromarketing; Appeal Frequency + News to Use appeared first on Clairification.
  • The Heart of Effective Major Donor Development: It’s Not Money

    Claire
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:42 am
    The heart of major donor development is demonstrating impact and showing gratitude. Continually. Everyone wants to develop a major gifts program. Or to strengthen their existing major gifts program. Why? Because they want to raise more money. If you approach major gifts development solely from this perspective you’ll ultimately fail. You might raise more money [...] The post The Heart of Effective Major Donor Development: It’s Not Money appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Ice Bucket Aftermath, Integrated Fundraising/Marketing, Prospecting, Change + Learning Opps

    Claire
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:48 am
    There’s a whole bucket full of interesting, practical and inspiring stuff in this week’s Click-It (and I don’t mean an ice bucket)! I’ve got stuff about what you must do to compete in a digital marketplace… articles about integrating fundraising and marketing (which I’m passionate about)…  stuff about types of skills to look for in [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Ice Bucket Aftermath, Integrated Fundraising/Marketing, Prospecting, Change + Learning Opps appeared first on Clairification.
  • Borrow from Jimmy Fallon to Keep More Donors

    Claire
    5 Apr 2015 | 5:52 pm
    Set aside some time to show gratitude – you’ll be doubly rewarded! TYIF! If you’re a fan of late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon, you know he sets aside time every Friday night to write thank you letters. I think of it as “TYIF” (“Thank You It’s Friday). Jimmy’s notes are usually creative and thought-provoking, [...] The post Borrow from Jimmy Fallon to Keep More Donors appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Nonprofit Staffing, Online Gratitude, Neuromarketing, Social Media, LinkedIn + Learning Opps

    Claire
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:18 pm
    This week’s Click-It includes some really cool tips I’ve found for you across the web. Lots of practical stuff, plus some interesting data about how the human brain processes information. I also learned about a new website that might help you persuade your board to add a new position (or increase your salary). And, as [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Nonprofit Staffing, Online Gratitude, Neuromarketing, Social Media, LinkedIn + Learning Opps appeared first on Clairification.
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    Thunderhead Works

  • Happy Birthday, Gary!

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

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

    Tom Peterson
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:25 pm
    “The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. The most you can do is live inside that hope, running down its hallways, touching the walls on both sides.” — Barbara Kingsolver, from Animal Dreams In 1982 I spent a memorable Easter week with Salvadorians in a refugee camp. These gentle people, mostly peasant farmers, had fled the violence of the war to the camps in Honduras. The night before I left I sat with a small group under a starry sky while one after another they told their stories. One farmer told me that the Salvadoran military (with Reagan…
  • Family Started Car Wash to Help Autistic Son

    Tom Peterson
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
    The family of an autistic young man in Parkland, Florida, wanted to help him have a meaningful job that fit his needs. So they created Rising Tide Car Wash. Of its 43 employees, 35 are young adults on the autism spectrum. “We view autism as one of our key competitive advantages,” says Tom D’Erie, whose brother, Andrew, is autistic and an employee. D’Erie says that unemployment among young adults with autism is between 80 and 90 percent. Learn more at the Rising Tide Car Wash website. Other employment stories: Spring Back Recycling Mattresses, The Empowerment Plan.
  • Burlington, Vermont: 100 Percent Renewable Energy

    Tom Peterson
    4 Feb 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Maybe in five years 100 U.S. cities will be powered completely by renewable energy.
 
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    Clairification

  • Clairity Click-it: Keep Donors; Make a Case; Neuromarketing; Appeal Frequency + News to Use

    Claire
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Click it! Want to keep more donors? This week’s Click-It will show you how in a number of different ways. Create magical experiences for supporters by taking a page from Disney. Craft a persuasive case for support by stepping into your donor’s shoes and asking yourself, and your team, some critical questions. Learn more about [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Keep Donors; Make a Case; Neuromarketing; Appeal Frequency + News to Use appeared first on Clairification.
  • The Heart of Effective Major Donor Development: It’s Not Money

    Claire
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:42 am
    The heart of major donor development is demonstrating impact and showing gratitude. Continually. Everyone wants to develop a major gifts program. Or to strengthen their existing major gifts program. Why? Because they want to raise more money. If you approach major gifts development solely from this perspective you’ll ultimately fail. You might raise more money [...] The post The Heart of Effective Major Donor Development: It’s Not Money appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Ice Bucket Aftermath, Integrated Fundraising/Marketing, Prospecting, Change + Learning Opps

    Claire
    10 Apr 2015 | 12:48 am
    There’s a whole bucket full of interesting, practical and inspiring stuff in this week’s Click-It (and I don’t mean an ice bucket)! I’ve got stuff about what you must do to compete in a digital marketplace… articles about integrating fundraising and marketing (which I’m passionate about)…  stuff about types of skills to look for in [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Ice Bucket Aftermath, Integrated Fundraising/Marketing, Prospecting, Change + Learning Opps appeared first on Clairification.
  • Borrow from Jimmy Fallon to Keep More Donors

    Claire
    5 Apr 2015 | 5:52 pm
    Set aside some time to show gratitude – you’ll be doubly rewarded! TYIF! If you’re a fan of late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon, you know he sets aside time every Friday night to write thank you letters. I think of it as “TYIF” (“Thank You It’s Friday). Jimmy’s notes are usually creative and thought-provoking, [...] The post Borrow from Jimmy Fallon to Keep More Donors appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Nonprofit Staffing, Online Gratitude, Neuromarketing, Social Media, LinkedIn + Learning Opps

    Claire
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:18 pm
    This week’s Click-It includes some really cool tips I’ve found for you across the web. Lots of practical stuff, plus some interesting data about how the human brain processes information. I also learned about a new website that might help you persuade your board to add a new position (or increase your salary). And, as [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Nonprofit Staffing, Online Gratitude, Neuromarketing, Social Media, LinkedIn + Learning Opps appeared first on Clairification.
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    Veritus Group

  • You are NOT Ordinary: The 20 Attributes that Make You Great

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    I’m upset. I’m seeing too many major gift officers who play small, do enough just to get by and seem just to want to drift through their careers long enough to retire and head to Florida. How did this happen? I just want to take these good people (and yes they are all good people) and shake them by the shoulders and tell them to wake up! You cannot be ordinary if you are a major gift officer. Choosing a profession that asks you to bring donors and need together is, at its core, an extraordinary thing to do. There is NO “ordinary” in this profession. Being an MGO is a vocation – a…
  • Why YOU Need to Lead Your CEO

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    Being a major gift fundraiser is one of the toughest careers you could choose. Being a successful one is even harder work. One barrier to being extraordinary in your job is a reluctant CEO or Executive Director. Of course, Richard and I have also seen amazing CEOs and Executive Directors who are just waiting on the Development team to lead and manage them to navigate through the major gift waters, yet the Director of Development or the VP of Major Gifts is not using them properly. Both of these situations are tragic, yet in almost every nonprofit we work with, we see one or the other…
  • The Magic of Being Face to Face

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    An MGO is sitting in her office wondering how she is going to get to know everyone on her caseload. A development director is trying to figure out how best to communicate new departmental procedures to his staff. A CEO is putting together a complicated slide presentation to convey her vision to the board and staff. Another MGO is trying to figure out the best way to ask a donor across the country for a million-dollar gift. A VP of Development is trying to figure out how to get the “program people” to understand the importance of fundraising. These scenarios are happening every day at a…
  • Managing Major Donor Expectations

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    The donor was absolutely giddy about supporting the project. It was something close to his heart – something he had wanted to put his hard-earned money into. So when the MGO told him about it, the decision was easy. But he had a few questions on the scope and cost of the project – questions that were easily answered by the MGO. The donor made a generous gift. The project got underway. And time slipped by. Everything was fine until the MGO discovered that the cost of the project far exceeded what she had told the donor. What should she do? She didn’t know, although it seemed like a good…
  • Promoting your Best MGO to Manager: The Biggest Mistake You’ll Ever Make

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    This is where I run a risk of getting into trouble. But I have to write about it, because it is a huge problem in many non-profits that not only hurts the organization but also hurts the people involved. I’m talking about taking your very best MGO and making her or him the manager of the major gift program. It sounds logical, I know. And it does work sometimes. But most often it doesn’t, and there are very good reasons to explain why it doesn’t. But let’s dive into this subject right where it starts – with some outrageous performance on the part of the MGO. You’ve seen it or heard…
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    eleventy marketing group

  • What Google Is Doing Differently—and How It Will Impact Your Website

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

    shad
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:03 am
    Join Eleventy Vice President of Strategy & Development Angie Moore for the 2015 DMA Statbook Overview Webinar on April 28 from 2-3 p.m. The Statbook Overview Webinar will feature industry thought leaders highlighting some of the 2015 Fact Book’s most interesting statistics and sharing best practices on data-driven tactics, consumer behavior, budget allocation, email trends, what’s to come in 2015, and more. For anyone involved in marketing in any industry, this free webinar is a can’t-miss event.   2015 DMA Fact Book Preview Webinar Tuesday, April 28 – 2-3 PM EST Register Now…
  • How Today’s Marketing & Communications Executives View Data-Driven Marketing

    shad
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:23 pm
    “Today’s marketing needs to be geared toward the customer and not a customer.” If marketing is the journey from company to customer, then data is the pathway. It’s the information you need to reach the customer directly. To speak to their individual wants and needs. To help solve their problems. The adoption of data as a integral marketing tool has been quick. In just the last few years, data has gone from an area of interest to an essential marketing investment. But while the majority of organizations see the value of data-driven marketing, most are still feeling their way around…
  • 14 Noteworthy Findings on the State of Nonprofit Fundraising

    shad
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Things continue looking up for fundraisers. After the devastating donation drop-off during the recession years, giving levels continued their steady climb upward in 2014. That’s good news for nonprofits and it comes with a collective outlook of optimism for fundraising in 2015. Those are the key takeaways from some new survey findings exploring the existing fundraising landscape. We’ll share a handful of those findings with you today to give you a better sense of the current state of nonprofit fundraising and a baseline to gauge your own fundraising results. About the Nonprofit Research…
  • How to Turn Your Email Unsubscribe Page Into a Marketing Asset

    shad
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:26 am
    Whether you’re a B2C business, B2B company or nonprofit organization, giving people the ability to sign up for email updates on your website is always a good idea. It’s an easy way for potential customers or donors to move to the next level of engagement. When a person jumps onto your email list, they are giving you a fantastic opportunity. It’s an open invitation to enter their inbox, provide valuable information, and (hopefully) create a closer brand relationship. It’s definitely an opportunity you don’t want to lose. In today’s post, we’ll tell you how your brand can use an…
 
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    Wagenmaker and Oberly - Nonprofit Update

  • Inside the 501(c)(9) – Voluntary Employee Benefit Organizations

    21 Apr 2015 | 5:56 am
    Employee benefits by and for employees – that’s the idea behind organizations described under section 501(c)(9) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Under 501(c)(9), voluntary employee benefits associations (“VEBAs”) receive exemption from federal income tax.  Individuals sharing a common “employment-related bond” may pool resources to establish qualified benefit programs for employee members.  For employees interested in having a greater voice in shaping their benefit programs, the 501(c)(9) may provide that opportunity.  Benefits for those sharing an…
  • Listening In: Go Ahead, If It’s Not Private (That Is, Eavesdropping)

    15 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
                May a person legally record a conversation or other verbal exchange, such as through a cellphone or other video device?  State laws vary on this issue, and a new law in Illinois is now in effect.  A little more than a year ago, the Illinois Eavesdropping Act was struck down as unconstitutional by the Illinois Supreme Court . The new statute, which became effective as of December 30, 2014, once again makes it a crime to “eavesdrop” but under substantially more limited circumstances that essentially focus on…
  • Keeping Track: The importance of HR documentation policies.

    2 Apr 2015 | 6:04 am
    Despite their altruistic purposes, nonprofits generally face the same human resources (HR) problems common to for-profit organizations.  For example, sometimes they need to terminate an employee’s position – perhaps for work performance issues or lack of funding.  Many laws, however, protect employees against termination for the wrong reasons, such as age, gender, or racial discrimination.  A claim of employee discrimination can be extremely costly, time-consuming, and otherwise detrimental to any employer.  Consequently, to avoid such problems, it is crucial that…
  • Tax Time: Top Tips for Reporting Charitable Deductions

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:44 pm
                With April 15 fast approaching, now is the time to make the most of charitable tax deductions.  Many people give significant amounts to charities, schools, religious institutions, and other nonprofit organizations, with an accompanying expectation of tax deductibility.  Through such giving, donors not only help worthy causes but also can reduce their personal tax liability through itemized deductions.  Here are some top tips for maximizing the charitable tax…
  • Of Online Fundraisers and Tax-Exempt Status

    17 Mar 2015 | 8:13 am
    Do nonprofits that engage in online fundraising activity as their principal activity qualify for tax-exempt status under IRC Section 501(c)(3)?  The IRS recently said no to three nonprofit applicants, denying their requests for tax-exempt status.[1]  One applicant operated an online retail store, with profits from sales going to the charity of the buyer’s choosing.  The other two applicants obtained most or all of their funding by charging fees for their fundraising services to nonprofit organizations. Many nonprofit organizations that engage primarily in fundraising…
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    M+R » Lab

  • How to use photos to get media hits for your nonprofit cause

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

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

    Marc Ruben
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:48 am
    If you’ve ever been to a Passover Seder you may have discovered a few things: Manischewitz stains. Matzah always seems more cardboardy than it actually is. A horseradish-eating contest always seems more fun than it actually is. On Passover, the Jewish people are bound by tradition to drink multiple glasses of wine on an empty stomach. It’s in the book, people! Parsley was not meant to be eaten straight. And you’ve probably also heard of the Four Questions. [If you haven’t, I’ll wait while you Google.] As a dealer-certified Nice Jewish Boy and the youngest in my family, I grew up…
  • Data, drinks, and details

    M+R
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:10 am
    You. Me. Benchmarks. April 22nd. IN 3D. Happening. “Wait, what? 3D!?!?!” said you. “Hell yeah!” said us. That’s right. For the first time EVER in the history of nonprofit-metric-slingin’-studies, the data you love will literally leap off the page in super-cool 3D. And because this is nothing short of awesome, we have a few ways you can celebrate with us. 1. Raise your glasses! 3D glasses, that is. While supplies last, you can order your very own limited edition #3DBENCH15 glasses to view the study in all it’s glory (or just sign up for the launch…
  • My Super Sweet Sixteen Takeaways from NY Social Media Week 2015

    Taylor Maxwell
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:48 am
    Editor’s note: You probably caught some of the buzz around New York’s Social Media Week last month. We probably should have published this post during that buzz but the greater good called and we got distracted. These 16 takeaways are worth the wait though. So is this classic MTV GIF about poor timing: NYC SOCIAL MEDIA WEEK LESSONS: 1. TARGET MICRO-INFLUENCERS If the influencers are too hard to reach, map out who influences them and reach those people instead. A speaker from a phone company used the example of when he couldn’t give new phones to a college basketball team due…
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    Wobbly Nonprofit

  • 5 Keys to Go Beyond Awesome

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

    Mark C. Titi
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:08 am
    Maybe your small nonprofit is coffin to death but doesn […] The post Avoiding a Death Spiral in your Nonprofit Vision appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
  • Revolutionary Tactics to Reduce Your Fundraising Anxiety

    Mark C. Titi
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Strike a fundraising bonanza. Imagine that sweet victor […] The post Revolutionary Tactics to Reduce Your Fundraising Anxiety appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
  • Cash In on Entrepreneur Volunteers

    Mark C. Titi
    10 Feb 2015 | 10:43 am
    There’s someone I’d like you to meet. So pu […] The post Cash In on Entrepreneur Volunteers appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
  • Nonprofit Employee Burnout: 3 Hazardous Themes

    Mark C. Titi
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Too much work. Not enough help. It’s a common iss […] The post Nonprofit Employee Burnout: 3 Hazardous Themes appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
 
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    Emily Davis Consulting

  • Social Media Policy Examples

    emily
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:34 pm
    #TBT: Originally Posted November 1, 2010 Image credit: blogging4jobs As I offer more and more consulting in the areas of social media related to marketing and fundraising for nonprofits, I notice one thing that tends to fall out of focus – social media policies.  There are at least two ways to think of using social media policies: 1) policies for the use of social media by your staff and 2) policies for the use of social media by your stakeholders whether they are members, donors, volunteers, or other organizational participants. I’ll be focusing on the latter topic for the…
  • Creating a Board Application

    emily
    9 Apr 2015 | 3:34 am
    #TBT: Originally posted January 11, 2011 I spent a session speaking to conference attendees about board recruitment and retention. One of the pieces I want to take time to talk about is the importance of creating some sort of screening process for prospective board members and an application for your board. Why have an application at all? One of the pieces I have a lot of people ask me dealing with board development is related to developing the diversity of the board. (By the way, this should be more about diversity of perspectives based on experience, age, gender, and ethnicity – not…
  • How Can I Create a Social Media Plan?

    emily
    2 Apr 2015 | 3:42 am
    #TBT: Originally posted October 18, 2010 Much like a fundraising plan or strategic plan, a social media plan is critical in that it helps to set the direction of an organization.  I work with a lot of nonprofits helping them to define their goals and desired outcomes for more than just their social media- websites, e-newsletters, listservs, and more.  Below are some tips to consider when developing a social media plan.  I always recommend hiring a specialist to help you, but if you can’t then take these thoughts into consideration… Set Your Purpose: What is the purpose for…
  • Gimme the Basics: 10 Tips for Using Social Media in Nonprofits

    emily
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:16 am
    #TBT: Originally posted October 4, 2010 penn-olson.com There are plenty of nonprofits out there who have mastered the social media world – leveraging all the right tools, telling their story, and raising funds through the internet. Then there are those who are slowly chugging along looking for good reasons and ways to start to use social media more effectively. It’s not all about jumping into every social media tool at once, but rather a strategy and an on-boarding process that will help the sustainability of this marketing strategy. 1. Social media is A tool, not THE tool Social…
  • Setting the Speaker Stage: Curating Content

    emily
    13 Feb 2015 | 11:31 am
    Here we go with part 2 of the Setting the Speaker Stage series. If you missed part 1 on logistics, be sure to check it out here! The speaker’s or trainer’s content is ultimately the heart of what the host plans for. The hosting organization is hoping that the speaker will be dynamic, engaging, and well informed on the topic. To achieve this goal, it is essential to establish communication about your organization’s needs with the speaker. Here are some tips that you can utilize to communicate this information. Title and Description Ask the trainer for a title and description. Be clear in…
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    Voss Foundation

  • Women Helping Women Boston 2015

    ExecutiveDirector
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:46 am
    Voss Foundation’s Fifth Annual Women Helping Women Boston A luncheon to improve the lives of African women and their communities by providing access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene; and to celebrate global female empowerment. PURCHASE TICKETS AND TABLES NOW PURCHASE TICKETS AND TABLES NOW For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Deborah at Deborah Hughes, Inc....
  • GF&H Orphanage Borehole: Update

    VFIntern
    9 Apr 2015 | 1:48 pm
    We are thrilled to announce that the solar pump was installed last week at the Good Future and Hope Foundation (GF&H) Orphanage in Nakisunga, Uganda! The solar pump is connected to a borehole onsite at the orphanage and pumps water to a 10,000L storage tank. Water can now be piped from the tank directly to...
  • A new personal giving campaign for Swaziland!

    VFIntern
    2 Apr 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Voss Foundation is thrilled to announce our newest project in Ndlinilembi Chiefdom, Swaziland, which has been made possible by a young supporter’s personal giving campaign in support of our partnership with local partners Gone Rural boMake (GRb) and Rosecraft. This personal giving campaign, which its creator has named “Project Clear Water,” is assisting one of...
  • Travel 2015: East Africa Trip Preview

    ExecutiveDirector
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Our Program Director, Caitlin Rackish, is off on another adventure! This March and April, Caitlin will spend nearly a month traveling to Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (twice), Uganda, and Kenya (twice). She will be visiting our existing partners Milgis Trust in Kenya, Georges Malaika Foundation in the DRC, and Good Future &...
  • Celebrating World Water Day 2015

    ExecutiveDirector
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:36 pm
    We join the United Nations in their annual March 22 celebration of World Water Day. This year we are particularly excited that the 2015 theme is Water and Sustainable Development! We have always believed that access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene is the foundation for sustainable development – it is included in our very...
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    Double the Donation

  • Companies with Unique Matching Gift Programs

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

    Adam Weinger
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:52 pm
    When: April 22, 2015 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST Hosts: Frontstream and Double the Donation Overview: For many nonprofits, employee matching gifts are often one of the most overlooked sources of fundraising. Due to limited information about donors, corporate giving programs, and a lack of communication, it’s difficult for nonprofits to cultivate matching gift funds. Given these challenges, too many matching funds slip through nonprofits’ fingers. In fact, an estimated $6-$10 billion in matching gift funds goes unclaimed every year! Don’t miss out on your share.
  • How Nonprofits Can Raise More Money from Millennials

    Alex
    3 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    The millennials don’t want to merely donate money, check a box, and receive matching gifts. They want to engage with the causes they care about. This means giving money, but also donating through service. Kelly Alvarez Vitale, President and Founder of Strategic Philanthropy, claims that millennials have a keen interest in skills-based volunteerism. Young people want to use their individual talents to provide specific services that can help nonprofits to do more. Marketing professionals want to design advertisements for nonprofits, COO’s want to offer strategic plans, and…
  • Companies that Match PAC Fundraising Donations

    Alex
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:33 am
    Companies give to nonprofits in many ways, and one of the most popular methods is through matching gifts. While matching gifts are generally given when an employee donates to a nonprofit, companies are finding new ways to support the causes that employees care about. Companies and employees have political interests that can be funded by Political Action Committees (PAC). The problem for companies is that the Federal Election Committee (FEC) does not allow businesses to fund their own PACs. Employees can donate to company PACs, but employers cannot force them to give. In an effort to increase…
  • 10 Types of Corporate Giving Programs

    Alex
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
    It has never made sense to me why money doesn’t grow on trees. Why else do banks have branches? Alas, money is hard to come by. You’ve got to wake up with the sun, strap on those boots, and tend to real trees that grow apples and bananas and other fruits you can sell. Actually, fundraising doesn’t have to be that hard. Thanks to companies both big and small, nonprofits can raise money from corporate giving programs. This is money that companies want to donate, and all nonprofits have to do is remind donors and volunteers to seek these funds. We’ve got not one, not two,…
 
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    A Family Mission

  • The Home of Happy People

    Kent Smith
    4 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    The Home of Happy People As we traveled into the compounds of Lusaka to visit the day after arriving in Zambia, we were aboard the bus headed to one of the first schools that Family Legacy started.  It was not in Matero Compound but the road sign caught my eye because we knew our kids were from this compound.  It struck me not for their sake but for my own.  We were being rocked by the stories and visions of poverty, neglect and abuse that is a part of their everyday life. We had just flown in from the United States the night before, thinking we knew what we were about to see and…
  • Same Book, Same Story

    Kent Smith
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:12 am
    Those of you that know me well, know that I struggle with what I do to make a living versus the need and desire for significance. Significance in the sense of eternity and leaving a mark in this world that is not of this world. Case in point, I recently accepted a job with a major worldwide telecommunications firm basing my employment in the United Kingdom.  The role I was brought here to fulfill is a senior project management role is a project that is totally out of control.  So out of control that it is the worst performing project financially in the Western European region and in the top…
  • How an Orphan Changed My Life

    Kent Smith
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    A journey of unexpected transformation through the power of the holy spirit… James 1:27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. Our journey started in 2010 when our 10 year old daughter came to us with the idea that she was called to serve orphans in Africa.  That was the full extent of the conversation at that time.  A conversation that was started after our pastor had just returned from visiting the Methodist synod in Kenya that our American conference of the…
  • The Circle is Unbroken

    Kent Smith
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    This time last year we were in preparation for our first ever international short term mission trip.  We had just completed the application for Camp Life Zambia.  We had more questions than we had answers, more fears than confidences, more unknowns than knowns. But we were going… Since that time we have traveled to Zambia and spent a week with the amazing Family Legacy Missions International team to participate in sharing the love and comfort expressed in the gospel of Jesus.  I adopted in my heart ten 12 year old boys that have no male role model or compass in their lives other than…
  • Do Not Get in the Way of a Miracle

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

  • Which offline communication channels still work for your nonprofit? [#NPMC chat]

    Kelly Rembold
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:15 am
    Whether you’ve been a part of #NPMC Twitter chat from the beginning, or dropped into the conversation a few times, you’ve probably noticed that many of the chat topics focus on digital marketing and communications. We’ve discussed everything from social media and blogging to websites and Google tools. But what about offline communication channels? Many nonprofits still use offline communication channels, for example: Newspaper advertisements Bulk mailings In-person events or presentations Print materials such as brochures and rack cards …and consider them an important part…
  • 4 elements your nonprofit needs for better visual digital communications [case study]

    Julia Reich
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:25 am
    Digital communications now means visual communications. Our brains reportedly process visuals 60,000 times more quickly than text – which is probably why the most effective and popular online communications platforms these days are highly visual. There is a strong need for almost any organization to have a polished presence on various digital platforms, and to create fresh graphics with some frequency. Let’s assume you already have an established visual identity and accompanying brand guide* in place for your organization – with logo, fonts, colors and other supporting elements…
  • How nonprofits can embrace emerging social media: Q&A with Lauren Girardin [video]

    Marlene Oliveira
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    Earlier this month at the Nonprofit Technology Conference in Austin, I attended Lauren Girardin’s session, Don’t Panic! How to Embrace Emerging Social Media with Infinite Majesty and Calm. Lauren is an exceptional marketing and communications consultant, writer, and trainer and her session was so packed with practical advice and tips, I asked her to come share some key points for Nonprofit MarCommunity readers. In this video interview, I asked Lauren to answer a few questions: What qualifies as emerging versus established social media? What are some examples? What questions do you…
  • How nonprofits can create real-time marketing

    Drew Bernard
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:05 am
    Every year, there are a handful of events that present unique real-time marketing moments. From March Madness to the upcoming birth of the Royal Family’s newest member, these events aggregate audiences in the millions. With so many people united by a single event, and participating in the conversation on social media, there is a clear opportunity for nonprofits to create their own real-time marketing moments, here’s how:  1. Plan ahead There are some events that come and go like the rising and setting of the sun. Predictable and known, nonprofits should have them on their radar and plan…
  • What’s changing? Media relations or the media landscape? [#NPMC chat]

    Kelly Rembold
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    Media relations have always been an important part of nonprofit marketing and communications. Unfortunately, they can easily become lost in a jumble of responsibilities and not given the attention they need. A recent project at work led me to start paying more attention to media relations.  Over the past few weeks, I spent time sorting and archiving our old news clippings, dating as far back as 1960. In doing so, I realized that we used to be covered by newspapers and other publications all the time. Unfortunately, that frequency has decreased over the years. The entire project made me…
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    Social Fundraising for Nonprofits

  • FUNDscape by RallyBound

    21 Apr 2015 | 6:01 am
    Here at RallyBound HQ we get excited about fundraising technology. The market is also just as exciting. Whether you call it peer-to-peer fundraising, personal fundraising, social, digital, online, crowdfunding… (whew) there are a lot of ways people, organizations, and now businesses, can raise money online. It is incredible to see all the areas of our economy that have leveraged fundraising from a widely distributed audience. A few of our favorite examples are:Startups, products & ideas raising funds from the crowd. (party round!)Game developers creating amazing games like Exploding…
  • 7 Best Practices for Success on RallyBound

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:14 pm
    The secret sauce of fundraising isn’t one ingredient or another. It is a combination of ingredients: a great idea, stellar execution, all supported by a robust technology. We wanted to provide 7 best practices for succeeding on the RallyBound platform. These are the best ways to harness the power:1.     Set Admin permissions prior to campaign launch. Assign full or specific access to staff or volunteers for certain roles or responsibilities.2.     Audit email and social fundraising templates. Review autoresponders and create templates for fundraiser donation appeals.3.     Test…
  • Online, Mobile, Tablet.

    12 Apr 2015 | 8:26 pm
    Year over year, more and more fundraising revenue comes in via an online portal. Whether it be mobile or tablet or desktop, the numbers are clear: Donors prefer to contribute to their favorite causes ONLINE.We wanted to highlight some organizations that are underscoring this notion. Below are the 5 nonprofit events whose online fundraising accounted for the majority of their gross revenue and lead the market in 2014. Why is this significant?:While the importance of online’s (including mobile and tablet devices) constant growth is almost a stale discussion at this point, optimizing…
  • April is National Donor Month

    8 Apr 2015 | 10:56 am
    At RallyBound, our privilege is being introduced to so many worthwhile causes; Donate Life is one of them. Their tireless effort to reduce the gap in supply and demand for organ and tissue donations is inspiring and admirable.For many of us, the thought of undergoing this type of procedure is a frightening concept. We think of inflicting pain upon ourselves, the medical repercussions or possibly don’t think about it much at all.But the reality is too many children and adults are in vital need of organs to simply keep living, to continue having a nice meal with their loved ones, to head to…
  • A Little Fundraising Innovation Can’t Hurt

    6 Apr 2015 | 1:44 pm
    For the next segment in our P2P Forum 2015: Data Discoveries, we wanted to discuss the impact of overall events reducing from 44,500 in 2013 to 43,764 in 2014.Of course, organizations will slim their count for a variety of reasons, it’s not necessarily a foreboding indication. In certain cases organizations can see a higher return as a result, St. Jude’s is a prime example, but what these numbers sparked in us was deeper inquiry: Have non-traditional events, those outside of the traditional Runs, Walks, and Rides taken a hit right along side? The answer: No.When you exclude traditional…
 
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    Nonprofit Hub » Featured

  • 3 Nonprofit Marketing Lessons from Queen Bey

    Kathryn Pauley
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    All hail the Queen. I apologize in advance for this stereotypical millennial fangirling about to go down, but if you give me five minutes, I think Queen Beyoncé and I could teach you a few things about marketing. She is unapologetically herself. She doesn’t try and please everyone (even though everyone I know loves her). Your nonprofit’s cause won’t resonate with everyone. And it doesn’t have to. Beyoncé isn’t trying to tap into the country music market by putting out a single featuring Jake Owen or Tim McGraw. (Although, never put anything past her.) She has her niche, and while…
  • [AFP 2015] Follow Sargeant’s Orders: Changing One Aspect of Marketing Your Fundraising

    Hub Staff
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:06 pm
    He’s Professor of Fundraising, Chief Scientist for Bloomerang and all-around fundraising guru for nonprofits. And his last name is Sargeant. This guy is awesome. We were lucky enough to catch up with Adrian Sargeant and asked what change can nonprofits make in their marketing strategy that will make a big difference. Listen to his response in the video below.  Check out the rest of our coverage from AFP 2015:  How Your Organization Can Connect with Millennials with Derrick Feldmann AFP CEO and President Shares Fundraising Insight with Andrew Watt What Your Small Staff Should Be…
  • [Cause Camp] Fight Back Against Nonprofit Myths with Vu Le

    Lincoln Arneal
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:38 am
    Nonprofits can be their own worst enemy. Too often they bow to the establishment and let funders dictate how to spend their money and run their organization. However, while integrating baby animal pictures and Game of Thrones references in his presentation at Cause Camp 2015, Vu Le, author of Nonprofit with Balls, showed ways nonprofits can fight some of the red tape and spend more time actually working on their mission. “We need to stop reinforcing society’s perceptions of us and then complaining about it.” Le said. “We have to start to change society’s mindset about these…
  • Lessons Learned from Starting a Nonprofit in 2015

    Randy Hawthorne
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:45 am
    This article originally ran in our Nonprofit Hub Magazine, a free bi-monthly magazine dedicated to providing focused content on a particular topic. In our March/April 2015 edition, we explored how to make the most of National Volunteer Month. To reserve your free copy of our next issue, sign up today.  This article is also part of a series. Check out an expansion of each topic by clicking the title of each main point. ________________________________________ Starting a nonprofit can be a tricky task to accomplish. We’ve been running Nonprofit Hub as its own NPO over the years, but last…
  • Starting a Nonprofit: The Importance of Developing a Business Plan

    Randy Hawthorne
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:23 am
    Many nonprofits start out on a wing and a prayer but without a legit business plan. Just because an organization is labeled a “nonprofit,” that doesn’t exempt it from operating like a business—a nonprofit is a type of business, and many of the same rules that apply to a for-profit company also apply to a nonprofit organization. You need both a strategic plan and a business plan to ensure success. Essentially, your business plan will be a combination of your marketing plan, strategic plan, operational/management plan and financial plan. Granted, your start-up’s business plan may be…
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  • Generation C: The YouTube Generation

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

    Brendan Kinney
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:41 pm
        Click here to review the transcript! As nonprofits prepare for the future generations of philanthropists, they need to do a complete audit of their communications bag of tricks. What worked for the Silent Generation and Baby Boomers won’t necessarily work for younger donors, very distinct generations who have new and different expectations and experiences with communication. They are savvy, smart, and maybe a little cynical. But knowing how best to communicate with younger donors is an absolute necessity for the future success of your organization. Luckily, there are a lot…
  • Do You Want Your Donors To Stick Around?

    Mary Cahalane
    10 Apr 2015 | 4:27 am
    An example from my past… Photo courtesy of Riverfront Recapture Donor retention continues (rightly) to be a hot topic. It risks being like the weather, though: everybody’s talking about it, but nobody’s doing anything about it. I thought about an organization I used to work for. Riverfront Recapture built and programs a series of parks along the Connecticut River in Hartford and East Hartford, CT. Even in the worst of the recession, we had an enviable 74% retention rate. So what the heck were we doing right? Have the right donors Most important, I think, were our donors. We…
  • Social Media & Ethics in Fundraising

    Brendan Kinney
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    Transcript is available. Click here! You finally got your organization to start using social media on a regular basis. However, this openness of sharing online may have given you too much information and now puts you and your nonprofit in an ethical conundrum. What do you do? Join #fundchat to discuss how simple tools like the AFP Code of Ethics and simple social media guidelines can help you steer clear of ethical situations on social media before they happen. To participate in the conversation, join #fundchat on Wednesday, April 8 from 12-1 pm EST for “Social Media and Ethics in…
  • Make The Most Of Fundraising Conferences

    Brendan Kinney
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
    Click here to review the full transcript. I don’t know about you, but I find fundraising conferences to be a hit-or-miss experience. I try to discern from the vague session titles what might be of most value. But half of the time, I find myself debating, “Should I stay or should I go?” And sometimes, I find myself trapped in the front row, not wanting to walk out at the risk of offending the presenters. With the the annual International Fundraising Conference is taking place in Baltimore at the end of the month, many professional fundraisers are packing their bags, reviewing…
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  • Gone fishing (back around May 1)

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

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

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

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

    Krystyn Tully
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    "Project Management" is a buzzwordy thing that all the kids seem to be doing these days. One of the skills that we chose to develop in our office this year is project management. Inevitably, that led to the question, What is a project?As it turns out, there isn't a great definition of project out there - not one that applies to a nonprofit organization and/or a company that isn't large enough to have different divisions. Cribbing from some of the classics in project management and adding some of my own, here's my definition. Steal away, if it's helpful.A Project is…
 
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    Third Sector Today

  • Poverty: Myths vs. Realities

    Rose Frech
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:41 am
    People are People, No Matter What A couple of weeks ago, I had three profound experiences I feel compelled to share. First, I read in The Washington Post about pending legislation in Kansas that would place restrictions on how recipients of cash assistance (welfare) spend their money. This includes prohibiting recipients from using their assistance money to attend a swimming pool, arcade, spa, cruise ship, or on a laundry list of other expenses deemed “luxuries.” In addition, the proposal includes a requirement that those accepting cash assistance may only withdrawal a maximum of $25 a…
  • The Secret of Viral Social Media Campaigns?

    Lena DGiulia
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:53 am
    Creating a successful social campaign is hard to do. Creating a viral social media campaign is one and a million, but it’s possible. I joined Social Media for Nonprofits at their first Leadership Salon panel to learn the secrets of success from the ALS Association’s #icebucketchallenge and the CleverGirlsCollection’s #batkid. The Ice Bucket Challenge generated over $115 million in 6 weeks, while the SF BatKid brought in a smashing 1400 clicks per second on The Make-A-Wish Foundation’s website. You may be thinking these two campaigns go way beyond your own skills, but the truth is you…
  • The Power of Storytelling with Storify

    Aloma Arter
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:22 am
    Pack one powerful punch by combining the strength of all your social media platforms. Storify is where social media comes together to, yes, tell a story! This application affords you a very easy way to enhance storytelling and increase productivity.   “Storify helps make sense of what people post on social media.” The easy “drop and drag” format allows you to create a collection of status updates, photos, tweets, videos, articles, and other user-generated content to share with your supporters in the form of a curated digital presentation.   Stephanie Kapera, a contributor to…
  • With #IceBucketChallenge in the Rear View, Where Does Fundraising Go from Here?

    Ritu Sharma
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:17 am
    This article was originally posted on NPEngage  Last summer we saw an incredible phenomenon in the nonprofit sector—the ALS Association received close to $115M from 2.6M donors in a record one-month period. It was faster and greater than any such social fundraising campaign in the number of donors, from all walks of life—from President Bush, Bill Gates, media personalities and CEOs to teachers, students and more. The Ice Bucket Challenge, which started as a grassroots fundraising campaign, quickly grew to dominate all major media outlets in a way we’ve never seen before. Before…
  • Why You Should Be Using TweetDeck Right Now

    Kadi McDonald
    11 Apr 2015 | 2:46 pm
    I’ve taken on a few more social media clients since the last time we talked, and after I had a slight meltdown over having to sign in and out of accounts, a friend of mine nearly shook me and exclaimed, “WHY AREN’T YOU USING TWEETDECK?!?”   My answer? “*blank stare* I have absolutely no idea.” You guys, it’s an absolute game changer for those of us who manage multiple accounts. I’m so late to the game.   TweetDeck is a social media dashboard application (however, it works just fine in its browser version) that helps you manage your Twitter accounts. It interfaces…
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    Top Nonprofits

  • 6 Steps to Fuel Your Success

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

    Aloma Arter
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:55 am
      In an age where we are all inundated with more information than we can possibly process, you should search for more creative ways to reach your target audience. Use Infographics to tell your story and deliver your message effectively.   In Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Infographics, Anne Handley says that your infographics “should be concise, creative and educational, conveying a burst of data in an eye-catching, succinct, portable package.” Keep it simple and unique, yet be bold and get your audience’s attention!   If your nonprofit doesn’t have an…
  • 8 Tools for Organizing Volunteer Programs

    James Zackal
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Does your organization have great upcoming events but lack the volunteers needed? Or do you have the volunteers but need the most efficient tools for keeping everyone up-to-date? There are thousands of tools organizations can use to gain and manage their volunteers. Here are 8 popular tools for organizing your volunteer needs. Google Docs is a universal tool that is ideal for connecting and sharing information. Users can share documents, spreadsheets, schedules, and presentations for free and have access to their information from any computer. VolunteerSpot is a free scheduling tool that…
  • 9 Key Performance Indicators Every Nonprofit Should Be Tracking

    Andrew Desmond
    10 Mar 2015 | 3:24 pm
    When it comes to determining how efficiently your nonprofit operates, there’s nothing quite as helpful as a large pool of accurate, relevant performance indicators that can objectively show you exactly how well you’re doing. But sometimes, it can be tough to figure out exactly what measures your organization needs to identify where your performance may be lacking. That said, most nonprofit organizations will always be able to make use of some of the same core Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). We’ve selected nine fundraising-related KPIs that have aided Development Directors, Executive…
  • The Google Advantage for Nonprofits

    Joseph Nelis
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:36 pm
    It’s free for nonprofits. Got your attention?   Google has offered some of its services to nonprofit organizations free of charge since 2007. Over the past couple of years, they have opened up a much wider selection of software and services to any qualifying 501(c)(3). Here’s everything Google for Nonprofits can do to aid your efforts.   Resources for Efficiency Google’s suite of productivity software helps nonprofits work toward their goals and direct funds toward their mission. Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Drive makes it easy for organizations keep in contact and…
 
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    NSC Strategies » Blog

  • The Right Answer is Death Nail of Good Strategy

    Robert Nelson
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    As a society, we are so accustomed to being asked to find the right answer that we often don’t look beyond that answer. This can problematic when we develop strategy. In fact, it can be problematic anytime we are trying to solve a problem. When developing strategy, it is imperative to think strategically. And, a key component of strategic thinking is creative thinking. Creative thinking is also vital when solving problems outside of the strategy development realm. Creative thinking demands that we come up with a variety of solutions. Maybe our first “right” answer is the best solution,…
  • Engaging Grand Challenges: A Four-Step Process

    Robert Nelson
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Successfully engaging in grand challenge strategy starts with CEO leadership and passion. But, it takes a team to identify a noble purpose that is a match for your organization and a village to develop a grand challenge strategy. As the world continues to get smaller and association executives seek vehicles to ensure a future where their organizations thrive, the answer may lie, in part, in embracing a grand challenge initiative. Engaging in grand challenge strategy gives back to society and pays benefits to the association, yet so few associations take a leadership role in this area. Often,…
  • Grand Challenge Engagement Benefits Associations

    Robert Nelson
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Addressing grand challenges can benefit your association, and deliver value to your members and the broader community. If your end goal is to deliver value, increase member engagement, increase retention and membership / customer growth, and elevate the prominence of your organization and industry / profession you represent, a grand challenge strategy might be the answer. Today we are confronted with an ever-growing list of grand challenges ranging from hunger to global warming to water scarcity to disease. There are also complex challenges that are unique to various global supply chains.
  • How Do You Know When it’s Time to Step Down?

    Robert Nelson
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    You’ve been CEO at the association for a few years, you’re three months into the new term of a chairperson and despite everything you’ve tried you know that you’re not going to be able to develop a true partnership with the new chairperson, who may very well be chair for the next two years. You’ve been in your post for a number of years. Everything is moving along smoothly. The chairperson and the board understand their roles vis-à-vis your role as CEO. The association has been hitting its strategic and operational goals and incremental progress has made in each of the last few…
  • Board Orientation: A Development Framework

    Robert Nelson
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:40 am
    If you are considering developing a board orientation program for the first time, it is important to begin with the understanding that a sound board orientation program is more than just an orientation session. If you already conduct a board orientation program and are looking for ways to improve the orientation process, think beyond the orientation session. The board orientation process begins with the first board recruitment call to the prospective board member and ends with a formal evaluation of the process. In between, there are many steps and opportunities to familiarize the board…
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    Winspire News

  • Silent Auction Forms: The Essential List

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:34 am
    For nonprofit fundraising events, the silent auction has become an important tool for increasing financial support for the organization and providing a fun form of entertainment for attendees. Guests are there to support your cause, and when they have a great time it inspires them to give their support on a higher level. If you are an event coordinator or an auction chair and want to produce a winning fundraising auction, refer to these six essential silent auction forms that will help you conquer the event planning process. Donation Request Letter Click to Enlarge The Donation Request Letter…
  • Top 5 Tools for Promoting Your Fundraising Event on a Budget

    14 Apr 2015 | 11:06 am
    An auction, whether live or silent, can be an excellent fundraiser for your nonprofit. Such an event not only raises money, but it can also generate some much needed buzz about your organization among donors, potential bidders, other supporters and staff. One of the keys to getting the most out of your auction is promoting the event early and often. An effective promotional campaign can have a profound affect on whether or not your event is well-attended. It's all about getting the word out, and up to now there has never been such a wide array of cheap tools and open channels to…
  • 4 Reasons You May Be Skeptical of Consignment Travel

    9 Apr 2015 | 11:31 am
    Successful charity galas rely on strong auctions. At most auction events there are the usual suspects – gift baskets, hair removal services (..ew), and dinner at a fine restaurant in town. Unique travel experiences, on the other hand, continue to be one of the most-anticipated and best-selling auction items in the industry. However, while offering unique excursions is important to an event’s overall profitability, charities are sometimes hesitant to partner with a consignment travel company. Explore these four common concerns about using consignment travel to better understand how…
  • Congrats to our April Donation Give-Away Winner: Nikki Katrodia from WINGS Program!

    7 Apr 2015 | 9:05 am
    We are excited to announce the winner of the April 2015 Donation Give-Away drawing! Nikki Katrodia of Rolling Meadows, IL will be using the two framed and autographed classic MLB jerseys to help raise money for the WINGS Program organization, where she works as the Special Events Coordinator.  WINGS was established in 1985 to provide integrated services and help combat domestic violence and homelessness one family at a time. Located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, WINGS is committed to helping abused and abandoned women and children overcome difficult life circumstances…
  • 31 Live Auction Ideas That Are Sure to Make a Splash

    2 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    Live auctions are big money makers. They also offer great entertainment value for a fundraising event, dazzling audiences and building excitement as patrons compete for once-in-a-lifetime auction items.  A successful auction requires awe-inspiring items, which can make coming up with ideas for your live auction a little difficult.    We thought it would be fun to compile a list of the best live auction ideas we've come across, drawing from the thousands of fundraising events we work with each and every year. Some of the auction item ideas we've heard were so great…
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    The White Fuse Blog

  • 10 Lessons From 100 Blog Posts

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

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

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

    Mary Mitchell
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:10 am
    YouTube is 10 years old. In this post we look at three new ways of campaigning on YouTube and share suggestions for how your charity can adopt them. 
  • Books That Are Rocking Our World

    Mary Mitchell
    3 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    Everyone knows reading is good for you yet it's difficult to get past our immersion in bite-sized content to spend time reading a meaty book. In this post we look at some books our team are currently reading and lessons they are learning.
 
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    GuideStar Blog

  • 5 trends changing big data for nonprofits

    joshmaitrelsci
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:24 am
    1. What public medicine can learn from baseball. Just how fatal are certain diseases? In a page taken from professional sports scouting and strategy, public health researchers are using data in innovative new ways to figure out how best to allocate budget dollars to national and global health initiatives. Check off another win for big data. 2.Conquer the data deniers. Even with evangelists working overtime to convince companies that information is what will set their business free, there are still holdouts to the big data revolution. Among nonprofits, it’s even worse. If your colleagues…
  • Do Nonprofits and Donors Align When it Comes to Engagement?

    Abila
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:57 am
    Yes, there have been a number of studies done on donor engagement. Many of which provide valuable insights for nonprofits from a donor perspective. Channel preferences? Check. Generational preferences? Check. Social media preferences? Check. However, many of these studies have been done in isolation without a holistic view of the entire donor ecosystem. For the first time, we believe we’ve taken a look at donor engagement preferences from BOTH the donor perspective AND the nonprofit perspective to determine where gaps exist, where alignment occurs, and where nonprofits should be focusing…
  • 3 Tips for Building Social Engagement with Volunteers

    VolunteerHub
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:01 am
    You know social media has become ingrained in our culture when “Facebook” is now a verb, as in “Just Facebook me.” Nonprofits can certainly use Facebook and other social sites to their advantage, as these platforms allow organizations to instantly communicate with thousands of potential volunteers. That reach can be limited, though, by ever-changing algorithms, which dictate how posts will be seen (especially on Facebook). So, how can you effectively build volunteers’ trust via social media engagement? In this article we’ll share three best practices to help get your message…
  • Ask Andrea: How to Raise Money for a Very Small Organization

    andreakihlstedt
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:42 am
    Hello, and welcome to the third blog post in which I answer your questions about fundraising! I’ll select interesting or frequent or thought-provoking questions each month and write my answers to them in this forum on the third Thursday of every month Do you have a question to ask me? Email me, Andrea Kihlstedt, at ask.andrea@yahoo.com for your chance to be featured in the column! Now, let’s get to this month’s important question from Aubrey who has founded a small organization but isn’t getting fundraising traction! Dear Andrea, What would you recommend would be the best…
  • Questions from Board Building Sessions

    Shonte Riddick
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    The following is a follow-up of additional questions viewers had from our 3-part webinar series with Orr Associates, Inc., titled “Making the Most of Your Board.” To view the full slides and recording of the series, click here When creating a Sustaining Board, what are the tasks/objectives for that group? When an effective board member’s term comes to an end but you want to keep them engaged, transitioning him or her to a Sustaining Board, or Advisory Board, is a great way to continue to leverage the experience, insight, and expertise of individuals committed to building and investing…
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    The Canada Wood Group Blog

  • Canada Wood at the Green Building Show

    Leonard Mao
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:24 am
    Canada Wood Booth at the Green Building Show (Beijing) Canada Wood had a major presence at this annual show, which took place from March 24th-26th. The Opening and Plenary Session of the event was hosted by Former MOHURD Vice Minister Qiu Baoxing, currently President of the China Society for Urban Studies and the opening presenter was Canadian Ambassador Guy Saint-Jacques, underling the significance of the Canada-China relationship with regards to green and sustainable buildings. Canada Wood in cooperation with the Canadian Embassy organized a half-day seminar with a theme of “Sino-Canada…
  • China Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments

    Fred Spoke
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Economy At the closing press conference of the March annual session of the National People’s Congress, Premier Li Keqiang expressed determination to press ahead with reforms meant to reduce the Chinese government’s role in the world’s second-largest economy in hopes of spurring growth despite what he acknowledged would be pain for “vested interests” that benefit from regulation. The premier repeated pledges to reduce requirements for government approval of new businesses. He said the number of private businesses being set up has doubled following efforts already…
  • Korea Architecture Fair and Festival 2014

    Sunny Kim
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    CWK booth and visitors watching video on Canadian forests, wood products and buildings Korea Architecture Fair and Festival (KAFF) is an annual event organized by the Korea Institute of Registered Architects (KIRA), the largest organization in Korea for registered architects with more than 10,000 members. KAFF 2014, held from October 29th to November 1st for 4days at COEX in Seoul, was attended by more than 22,300 architects, designer and construction professionals from all over the country. President of KIRA, Young Soo Kim, visiting CWK booth For the event, CWK has set up 3 meter by 6 meter…
  • Inspection of Canadian Treated Wood at its 4th Year Finds Them Intact in Korea

    Tae Ik Hwang
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:59 pm
    FPInnovations, GNTECH and CWK inspecting stakes. Some of control stakes were replaced due to sever decay. Jieying Wang, Senior Scientist, Durability and Sustainability, FPInnovations, visited Korea and conducted inspection of Spruce and Hemlock stakes treated to Canadian Standards at the field stake testing site in Jinju, a city located in Gyeongnam Province, on October 22nd, 2014 in collaboration with Professor Jong Bum Ra, Gyeongnam National University of Science and Technology (GNTECH) and Canada Wood Korea. Professor Ra and Senior Scientist Wang examining ground proximity specimens Field…
  • Sino-Canada Eco-District Mission to Canada

    Fred Spoke
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:33 pm
    at UBC’s Earth Science Building The Sino-Canada eco-district project is making progress with a timetable set for implementation.  In September 2014 on the occasion of the visit of Minister Rickford to Beijing, the MOU between the Department of Natural Resources Canada and the Tianjin Binhai local government was signed designating that district for the project. An area of 2 square kms has been designated within the Tianjin Binhai Tourism area for the project, with the first phase of 1 square km.  The construction phase of the project is scheduled to start by the end of 2015. Toronto…
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    Social Media For Nonprofits

  • The April #M4NP Twitter Chat

    Jenna Spagnolo
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:12 pm
    How to Incorporate SMS in Nonprofit Messaging by Jenna Spagnolo and Ritu Sharma Text messaging is the #1 most used function across all mobile phones, and yet it is one of the most under-utilized communication tools. For nonprofits, text messaging is a great way to draw attention to your message and elevate your existing outreach. By sending out a text, you could prompt supporters to donate, call a Senator, RSVP for an event, and more. Not only that, but SMS is the most effective way to reach underserved populations who are less likely to own a computer with Internet than a cell phone that can…
  • 5 Ways to Make Your Audience Love You

    admin
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:52 pm
    By Ritu Sharma, CEO, Social Media for Nonprofits To get love, you have to give love! All of us are trying to engage and increase our connections and conversations with our communities online. One of the easiest ways of doing this is through expressing appreciation. Whether they’re donors, members, followers, volunteers, staff members, etc. they deserve special recognition for all their support. Treat them right and they might even love you back. So here are some simple tips for you to shine the light on your community! 1. Respond in a timely fashion – The minute anyone in your online…
  • Storify: The Future of Philanthropy: How Millenials and Social Media are Changing Philanthropy

    Jenna Spagnolo
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:16 pm
    [View the story “The Future of Philanthropy: How Millenials and Social Media are Changing Philanthropy” on Storify]
  • Storify: Telling the Story of Nonprofits via Blogging: Tweetchat Recap

    Jenna Spagnolo
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:24 pm
    [View the story “Telling the Story of Nonprofits via Blogging- #SM4NP Chat” on Storify]
  • With IceBucketChallenge in the Rear View, What’s Next for Fundraising?

    Ritu Sharma
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:54 pm
    By Ritu Sharma, CEO, Social Media for Nonprofits The following blog was originally Published at Blackbaud’s npEngage.  Last summer we saw an incredible phenomenon in the nonprofit sector—the ALS Association received close to $115M from 2.6M donors in a record one-month period. It was faster and greater than any such social fundraising campaign in the number of donors, from all walks of life—from President Bush, Bill Gates, media personalities and CEOs to teachers, students and more. The Ice Bucket Challenge, which started as a grassroots fundraising campaign, quickly grew to…
 
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    eXos Cloud Services

  • Is the Cloud Secure Enough For Your Association's Sensitive Data?

    10 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Cloud adoption in the nonprofit and association community has continued to rise year over year, according to 2015 Nonprofit & Association Technology Trends. With tens of thousands of associations hosting sensitive data in the cloud, and thousands more seeking to adopt this technology, it's not hard to image the phrase "is the cloud secure," being uttered.
  • 15 Top Nonprofit and Association Technology Trends

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    We've conducted extensive research to see what nonprofits & associations are saying about the Cloud- including an internal survey of our own clients. Whether you're concerned about cloud security, searching for an alternative to hosting systems on premise, or just interested in learning more about the cloud, these 15 nonprofit and association technology trends are for you. 
  • Technology Challenges Facing Small Staff Associations

    25 Feb 2015 | 7:51 am
    Data Access  One challenge associations are facing is the popular trend of telecommuting, which according to Global Workplace Analytics, has grown in the nonprofit and association community by 87.6% since 2005. Samantha Whitehorn, Deputy Editor of Associations Now, says spending less on leasing office space and creating a more flexible working environment for employees are the main factors of telecommuting.
  • Cloud Governance: How to Mitigate Resistance to Change

    4 Feb 2015 | 8:28 am
    Overcoming Resistance to Organizational Change Technology can have a significant influence on change within an organization, and even in the best interest of the organization, change can often be met with resistance. The purpose of this article is to highlight why organizations may be resistant to change, specifically when implementing cloud solutions. By following these nonprofit governance best practices, you will ensure a successful cloud migration.
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    14 Jan 2015 | 1:06 pm
     
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  • Governance toolbox: The power of video

    Debra Beck, EdD
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:39 pm
    Two different videos, valuable for very different reasons,  popped out as I was considering what to share this week. Enjoy!The power of words -- Such a powerful little video. There is so much to love about - and learn from - it that apply to the work that nonprofits, and nonprofit boards, do. Rather than tell you how to share it with your board, I'll share it with you and invite you to (a) actually share it with your board and (b) tell us about the messages you find share-worthy in a comment below. Why have a board retreat? -- Amy Eisenstein's latest video makes a great case for…
  • Getting to great nonprofit board dialogue: Four critical, foundational factors

    Debra Beck, EdD
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:22 am
    What does it really take to foster great - and productive - dialogue in a nonprofit boardroom?My friend, Gwen DuBois-Wing, and I offered seven strategies with great potential in the webinar we led last week for the International Policy Governance Association. In my own work, I've been writing, preaching and incorporating every one of the recommendations we shared and know what they can foster.But one slide in the presentation may be the most important to me, and the one most worthy of sharing here today: the four factors that we identified as the foundation for great boardroom dialogue.
  • Governance toolbox: I get by with a little help (from my nonprofit board friends and heroes)

    Debra Beck, EdD
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:19 am
    This week's resources come from a few friends and role models who write about, and consult on, nonprofit boards - and one from me.Courage and discipline for board members Have I told you recently how much I love Gayle Gifford's thinking and writing? Her latest post illustrates one of the thousands of reasons why that is the case. Gayle challenged participants in a recent workshop to offer examples of what is possible when board members bring courage and discipline to their work. The responses she received back were right on the mark - and compelling, I trust to everyone in the room. It…
  • Creating capable nonprofit boards: Systematic impacts on performance

    Debra Beck, EdD
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:50 pm
    What constitutes capability, and how do we have it? More to the point, how do we know when our nonprofit boards are operating at their full capability?The more I explore alternative approaches to conceptualizing and implementing capacity building in our governing bodies, the more I'm drawn to the need for creating performance support tools and environments targeting boards' needs.  I've already opened that door a bit as I unfold this year's theme here.But I'm still trying to grasp what "performance support" might actually look like in terms of meeting the capacity and effectiveness needs…
  • Nonprofit board learning: A few inspiring thoughts from the LSCon backchannel

    Debra Beck, EdD
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    Because I self-fund my professional development, I participate in most of my favorite conferences by stalking their backchannels. Last week's 2015 Association for Talent Development (ATD) Learning Solutions Conference (#LSCon) was the predictable learning feast, with several notable ideas sparking reflection on this blog's - and this year's - overall theme.This week, I'd like to share a few of the tweets that caught my eye and offer a brief reflection on how they connect to my thinking about nonprofit board development. Most of that thinking may be familiar to regular readers, but it is…
 
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