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  • We’re Giving Thanks…For You

    The Nonprofit Marketing Blog
    jamie.mcdonald@networkforgood.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:35 am
    For the past several months, we’ve been focused on the fourth quarter, getting ready for year-end, and #GivingTuesday. The fourth quarter is a pivotal time of year for organizations that depend on year-end generosity to scale their impact. Today, we want to take a step back from the coffee-fueled, I’ll-exercise-tomorrow, fourth-quarter craziness, and acknowledge you. Every day, you dedicate yourself to serving others. Your activities as a fundraiser, service provider, advocate, or researcher are changing lives – and the world is a better place because of you.
  • Steal this pre-#GivingTuesday Email

    The Nonprofit Marketing Blog
    jamie.mcdonald@networkforgood.com
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:28 am
    I know it’s a short week, and we’re all busy prepping for December campaigns so I’ll keep this short: Have you let your donors know that your participating in #GivingTuesday? If not, now is the time to send them a short message. Use this email template as a starting point, include your specific campaign plans, tailor it to your audience, and send it before Thanksgiving. Don’t forget to follow up with a day-of ask on December 2nd! ”
  • The values that guide us

    PHILANTHROPY 2173
    Lucy Bernholz
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Questions about civil society in the digital age are all I think about these days. Let me practice some of that thinking for you, if you have a minute...if not, let me wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving (USA and beyond).Recently, there's been a lot of good writing about why we have philanthropic foundations. When I say "we" here, I mean us, the citizens of liberal democracies. My colleague Rob Reich's work, What are foundations for? and the articles written in response are must-reads. Gara LaMarche has an important perspective on Democracy and the Donor Class, especially given his experience…
  • 3 Steps to Smart Year-End Fundraising

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    Lindsay Nichols
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:43 am
    It’s that time of year again! People are out there, actively searching for good charities to support. Sure, some of them just want to make a tax-deductible donation before the end of the year – but all of them want to make the most out of their charitable donations. Money for Good II research shows that 9 out of 10 donors care deeply about the impact that their donations are having. So how can you break through the noise that inevitably comes at this time of year to ensure that these well intentioned individuals find your nonprofit? Focus on Results Focusing on results is the best way…
  • 7 Reasons Personal Appeal Letters Are Still the Best Way to Fundraise

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    Devon Reeser
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    A globally connected, Facebook-friending, website form-filling society now mostly gives to charity after watching YouTube video testimonials and surfing crowdfunding pages, right? Wrong! Only 7% of giving is online, but 80% of philanthropy is from individuals. (Source: NPEngage.com) People may be giving more online, but they do not give the majority of their charitable donations on the Web. The most effective way to fundraise, above and beyond any other method, is a personal appeal letter for major gift support.  That trend, no matter how seemingly popular Indiegogo or any other new…
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  • VIDEO: How to Recommit to Your Goals

    Rosetta
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:13 am
    The pressure is on… As the year comes to an end, you might be feeling some kind of way about not reaching all the big goals you set out to accomplish back in January. If you’ve been beating yourself up about being an under-achiever this year, the video below will give you a simple way to get back on track today! In the video, I share some insight about the “c” word, how it applies to your life and a clear strategy you can put into practice right now that will help you end the year strong. The key is to renew your commitment to your goals. Yes, life can get in the way…
  • 5 Important Steps to Launch Your Speaking Business in 2015

    Rosetta
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Speaking at the Heal a Woman to Heal a Nation conference in Maryland earlier this year One of the most powerful ways to make a difference in thousands of people’s lives is to speak at events where you can tell your story, share your message and teach what you know. Now that I host several of my own live events throughout the year, I don’t speak at conferences as much I used to, but I still I get a TON of questions from aspiring speakers who want to make money by spreading their important message all over the world. I’ve been speaking professionally since 2008 and I…
  • How to Have a Good Day, Every Day

    Rosetta
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    One of many colorful murals in San Miguel One thing I love about San Miguel de Allende is how everyone walks everywhere. I leave my Airbnb apartment at about 10am this morning with two main objectives: 1) to find the cute little coffee shop I’d seen during my wandering over the weekend and 2) to pick up my ticket for the jazz festival(!) this weekend. It’s a cool morning, about 65 degrees, but the sun is rising to warm the day. I hear dogs barking as I walk up Jose Maria de Arevalo, passing the street market and deli, a tortilleria and the panaderia on the corner that makes…
  • Travel Diary: My First 5 Days in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

    Rosetta
    8 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    I’m in Mexico! I flew from Atlanta (ATL) to Leon, Guanajuato (BJX) and then took what should have been a 90 minute cab ride to San Miguel de Allende, but turned out to be a 2.5 hour adventure out here in these cobblestone streets because we could not find my casa! My cab driver was really nice about it though, so it wasn’t that bad. We decided our motto would be, “Si se puede!” LOL. My Airbnb apartment was well worth the drive, with fresh flowers and fruit waiting for me. Everything was exactly as pictured in the listing and the wireless internet is working great so…
  • VIDEO: Are You Really Ready to Start Making Money in Your Business?

    Rosetta
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:11 am
    Are you having trouble attracting clients and customers so that you can start making money (or more money) in your business? If you’ve been struggling to get your business off the ground, the video below will give you a boost of motivation today! In the video, I offer a very simple question…and a loving challenge to help you move forward. And that question is… Are you ready to receive? In other words, if someone came up to you right now and said, “Hey I want to work with you, here’s my credit card,” would you actually be able to take their money and…
 
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  • #thankful4home: Raising Awareness Around Homelessness

    Beth
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:29 am
      #thankful4home: A Lesson in Project Based Learning & Gratitude guest post by Lisa Colton This fall and winter I’m working with a group of organizations in Chicago to raise awareness around homelessness, alongside screenings of the @Home documentary that features portraits of this issue through the eyes of activist Mark Horvath.  Through an impact-producing grant from the Polk Bros Foundation, we’re helping these local organizations raise awareness of their work and mature their online networks. The Boot Camp includes training, coaching, and project based learning. An awareness…
  • Record-breaking donations on Give to the Max Day in Minnesota

    Beth
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:35 am
    GiveMN launched its “Give to the Max Day” over 6 years ago.  It was one of the first 24-hour day of giving that rallies and inspires to donate to charities.  On November 13, Minnesotans broke a record Thursday, donating more than $18 million to schools and non-profits.  I have been tracking this giving day since its first Giving Day back in 2009 and every year do a debrief post or interview.  This year, I was lucky enough to get Dana Nelson, Executive Director to do an email interview.    GiveMN and Dana have been a key part of the Knight Foundation Giving Day Learning…
  • Give Miami Day raises record $5.2 million for nonprofits

    Beth
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Community Block Party attendees check out participating nonprofit organizations during the event. Photo courtesy of The Miami Foundation. Note from Beth: It’s Giving Day Season!   I’m working with a network of community foundations, grantees of the Knight Foundation, that are hosting giving days as the facilitator.     The peer learning exchange is experimenting with best practices for Giving Days.     The group is using and adding their knowledge to The Giving Day Playbook.   These strategies are helping community foundations experiment, iterate and implement best…
  • Understanding the New Power of the Collaborative Economy for Social Good Sector

    Beth
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
    My colleague, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans have just published an important piece over on the Harvard Business School blog called “Understanding the New Power” that gives us a great high level analysis of how collaborative economy is operating in the social good sector.   The piece talks about how the growing tension between: old power and new power are transforming the way that social good activists do their work.    The article lays out a framework for understanding how power works and how it is shifting. They characterize these two types of power as: Old power works like…
  • A Conversation with Allison Fine About Her New Book #Matterness

    Beth
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    Click To Purchase Now Today is the official launch of Allison Fine’s new book, Matterness.  We recently had a delightful email interview about some of the ideas and themes from the book.  You can get your copy now by clicking here. BK:  Hi, Allison, I hear you’ve written another book. What’s Matterness about? AF:  It’s called Matterness: What Fearless Leaders Know About the Power and Promise of Social Media? I was trying to answer a question that has been bugging me for the last ten years, literally for the entire time we’ve known one another. Here’s the question: Why do…
 
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  • Asian Vaginas End Racism

    Marc van Gurp
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Ever heard a guy say, “I’m not racist, I’ve dated Asian/Latina/Black women before?” Or “I treat my housekeeper like family”. Solo performer, writer and cultural commentator Kristina Wong did an extremely funny comment on video on these meaningless one-liners. Wong’s analysis is so on point. Author: Marc van Gurp
  • Wildlife Aid found the superlative of cuteness with ‘Saving Harry’

    Marc van Gurp
    16 Nov 2014 | 12:20 pm
    I’m a big fan of the work from Kris Hofmann. Her animations surprise every time and are always completely different. In the animation she made for Wildlife Aid UK she found the superlative of cuteness. It is the story of Harry the hedgehog who exchanged suburbia for life in the wild. Since the 1950s the number of hedgehogs in Britain has fallen from 30 million to 1 million. We could face possible urban extinction of the much cherished little animal by 2025. Wildlife Aid has launched a campaign asking Help us by Saving Harry. Author: Marc van Gurp
  • SEM campaign asks sick people not to Google their symptoms

    Tom Megginson
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:09 am
    Five years ago, when I was working on the social marketing campaign for the H1N1 pandemic with the Public Health Agency of Canada, one of the first things we did was search engine marketing (SEM). In any public health crisis, the first thing people do is look online for symptoms, diagnoses and treatments, so we bid on as many relevant terms as possible to ensure the health authority’s evidence-based campaign was the first link they saw. Internet self-care is both a blessing and a curse for healthcare, depending on how it is used. Parents can find reassurance in sharing symptoms,…
  • Pregnant teen mannequins shock and shame in Venezuela

    Tom Megginson
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Reuters reports that these “pregnant” mannequins, dressed in school uniforms for girls under 15, are a statement about an adolescent pregnancy rate that is one of the worst in South America. Created by Fundana and Construyendo Futuros, the mannequins were set up in a popular Caracas mall. “It’s amazing seeing people react as they walk by. This is such a taboo subject in Venezuela, we want people to talk about it,” Construyendo Futuros president Thalma Cohen told the media. “Some people get angry and complain. Others congratulate us.” Author: Tom…
  • Creativity + Mental Illness = Sunny

    11 Nov 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Young Brighton-based filmmaker Beth Sabey explores the relationship between creativity, mental illness, and the power of art as an alternative therapeutic tool with this portrait of Sunny. See some of Sunny’s work at his Tumblr.
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  • The Impact of Your Donation: Udaya Sharma, 14NTC Scholarship Recipient, Shares

    Steph
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Last year, NTEN Community Champions helped to raise over $36,000 to support the NTEN Community Challenge, which enhanced NTEN's program accessibility, including sending over 50 people to the 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference (14NTC) and the 2014 Leading Change Summit (14LCS) with scholarships. To whom did the scholarships go, and what was the impact of your donation? As we try to raise support for 2015, we wanted to share the impact of your donation from last year, from the voices of our scholarship recipients. Today, we want to introduce you to Udaya Sharma, CEO…
  • #GivingTuesday is almost here! NTEN Members share their campaign plans

    Megan
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    It's hard to believe it's less than one week from #GivingTuesday, an international annual day of giving to kick off the giving season. #GivingTuesday takes place on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, falling on December 2 this year. For nonprofits, taking part in #GivingTuesday can be an effective boost to your annual campaign fundraising efforts. In the two years since its inception, #GivingTuesday campaigns saw a 90% increase in online giving, and 40% increase in average gift size. But the holiday is also a way to rally your community together in the spirit of giving to share their support…
  • Member Appreciation Month Week 4: Gobble Up the Grand Prizes and Congratulations to Last Week's Winners

    Megan
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
    We're coming into the last week of Member Appreciation Month (MAM), our month-long celebration of NTEN Members! Many of our American Members are getting ready for Thanksgiving festivities later in the week, but before you sit down to the feast, there's still ways to take part in the MAM festivities, and get your chance at winning the Grand Prizes: Two Firefox OS smartphones from the Mozilla Foundation! One will be awarded to an NTEN Member who renews their NTEN Membership before Nov. 30, 2014. The other will go to an NTEN Member who's been actively engaged with the NTEN Community throughout…
  • The Impact of Your Donation: Karen Borchgrevink, 14LCS Scholarship Recipient, Shares

    Steph
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Last year, NTEN Community Champions helped to raise over $36,000 to support the NTEN Community Challenge, which enhanced NTEN's program accessibility, including sending over 50 people to the 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference (14NTC) and the 2014 Leading Change Summit (14LCS) with scholarships. To whom did the scholarships go, and what was the impact of your donation? As we try to raise support for 2015, we wanted to share the impact of your donation from last year, from the voices of our scholarship recipients. Today, we want to introduce you to Karen…
  • Things We Like (November 2014)

    Steph
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:15 pm
    A monthly roundup of our favorite nonprofit tech resources and other goodies. Read more posts on our blog.In honor of the ESA’s Philae probe landing on a comet (NO BIG DEAL OR ANYTHING), xkcd creator Randall Munroe has given us this commemorative cartoon version of the sights of Philae in space. Do you prefer to experience the wonders of the cosmos in audio form? NASA is on Soundcloud, so you can listen to the sounds of space, too. Experience the native IFTTT Space Channel in various recipe forms to automate your vast wonder of the cosmos. In the vast state of social consciousness, how…
 
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    The Nonprofit Marketing Blog

  • We’re Giving Thanks…For You

    jamie.mcdonald@networkforgood.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:35 am
    For the past several months, we’ve been focused on the fourth quarter, getting ready for year-end, and #GivingTuesday. The fourth quarter is a pivotal time of year for organizations that depend on year-end generosity to scale their impact. Today, we want to take a step back from the coffee-fueled, I’ll-exercise-tomorrow, fourth-quarter craziness, and acknowledge you. Every day, you dedicate yourself to serving others. Your activities as a fundraiser, service provider, advocate, or researcher are changing lives – and the world is a better place because of you.
  • Steal this pre-#GivingTuesday Email

    jamie.mcdonald@networkforgood.com
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:28 am
    I know it’s a short week, and we’re all busy prepping for December campaigns so I’ll keep this short: Have you let your donors know that your participating in #GivingTuesday? If not, now is the time to send them a short message. Use this email template as a starting point, include your specific campaign plans, tailor it to your audience, and send it before Thanksgiving. Don’t forget to follow up with a day-of ask on December 2nd! ”
  • Rallying the Troops: the Staff Plan for #GivingTuesday

    jamie.mcdonald@networkforgood.com
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    Make #GivingTuesday an event for your team, and a win for those you serve. In less than 2 weeks it will be December 2nd, and #GivingTuesday will be here. Whether you’ve planned for months or just for a week or two, there’s one more thing you can do to make it a great day for your nonprofit. Organizations large and small can put their campaigns over the top on #GivingTuesday by creating a “day of generosity” that involves your staff, board, and volunteers. Plan a day of hard-working fun that involves your team in outreach and celebration as you hit milestones toward your goal. The…
  • How Did You Handle…? 3 Examples of Change Ups for 2014 Year-End Campaigns

    jamie.mcdonald@networkforgood.com
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    This post is the first in our new How Did You Handle…? Series—specific how-tos based on YOUR experiences.Please watch for our requests to share your wins, challenges and recommendations. YOU are the best trainers there are! Year-End fundraising tops most organizations’ “must do, every year” list, but it’s challenging both to figure out how to do it differently but better and to get approval for a fresh approach for a campaign that’s so vital. But case studies from colleague organizations commonly work as a calming balm for anxious decision-makers afraid to deviate from the norm…
  • 7 Steps to Social Success on #GivingTuesday

    jamie.mcdonald@networkforgood.com
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:11 am
    Your #GivingTuesday campaign will depend on SHARING. Sharing can happen through many channels: email, in person events, volunteer activities, and phone outreach. But today we are focusing on social media sharing. #GivingTuesday is an inherently social event – a big, exciting, international party for generosity – and you’re invited! Now is the time to take a look at each of your social channels and get them ready for #GivingTuesday.
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    Philanthropy Journal - All Articles

  • Replogle Inspires Students to Find Their Purpose

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    Seventh Generation CEO John Replogle energized an audience of students, faculty and community leaders at the inaugural Dinners With Purpose on October 29th at NC State University. His talk, Leading With Purpose: 21st Century Business Leadership, illustrated the need for innovative and creative thinking in both the public and private sectors to address the challenges we face as a society. read more
  • A message to our readers

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    Dear Philanthropy Journal Readers, Thank you for all of your ideas about how we can improve the Philanthropy Journal to make sure we are meeting your needs. We appreciate these insights. They are proving to be an important part of the research we are doing as we have been recharging our batteries on our yearlong sabbatical. read more
  • Philanthropy Journal goes on hiatus seeks input

    19 Dec 2013 | 7:00 am
    As North Carolina State University’s fall semester winds down, so will our routine publication of the Philanthropy Journal Newsletter and update of our website. We will take this time to review our business model to better articulate our value proposition; what is it that sets PJ apart from other philanthropy news outlets and resource providers? If you would like to share your ideas, please take this short survey.read more
  • 12.19.13: U.S. Nonprofit News

    19 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am
    CVS Caremark Charitable Trust pledges $5 million to provide healthcare access for underserved populations, Perot Museum of Nature and Science celebrates its first anniversary, Keep America Beautiful and the Education Alliance announce new CEOs, and more.read more
  • 12.18.13 N.C. Nonprofit News

    18 Dec 2013 | 12:00 pm
    Wake Technical Community College raises more than $17.5 million in first major gifts campaign, Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina appoints new board members, an anonymous donor helps 1,600 Salvation Army Angels, Carolina Diesel Trucks Christmas Convoy delivers Toys for Tots, and more. read more
 
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  • Your Future! Great Nonprofit Marketing Jobs

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    Post YOUR open nonprofit marketing and communications positions here Communications Assistant Pesticide Action Network (Oakland, CA) Communications Director Community Health Councils (Los Angeles, CA) Communications Manager Health Connected (Redwood City, CA) Communications/Marketing Director Information Technology Empowerment Center (Lansing, MI) Communications and Marketing Director Society for Women’s Health Research (Washington, D.C.) Communication and Marketing Specialist UUCA (Atlanta, GA) Communications Specialist Habitat for Humanity of Kent County, Inc. (Grand Rapids, MI)…
  • How Great Website Design Drives Connection & Action

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:21 am
    Thanks to guest blogger Alex McLain, who designs engaging websites for nonprofits as a member of the Wired Impact team. Creating a new website for your nonprofit is a mind-boggling task. You’ve got a million questions reeling through your head throughout the process, but one of the most important to consider is: “How important is the role of design in our website?” Without a doubt, your answer should be, “Very important.” In order to wow website visitors and keep them returning to get more info, make more donations, or sign up for events, your site needs to stand out in a sea of…
  • This ‘Who We Are’ Engages Big Time (MAMA Case Study)

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:15 am
    When my friend and colleague Stephanie Bowen announced her new job at MAMA (Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action), I was thrilled for her, but didn’t really probe what MAMA was about. Knowing her search had been focused on development organizations working with women, I figured MAMA fit into that category and left it at that. But last week, after jealously Facebook-following Stephanie’s work-related travel adventure in India, I had to know more. Naturally, I went right to the Who We Are page on MAMA’s website… Here’s the thing: Most development organizations…
  • YOUR Next Nonprofit Marketing Job: Moving Up Monday

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:37 am
    Post YOUR open nonprofit marketing and communications positions here Assistant Director Kogod Center for Business Communication American University (Washington, D.C.) Associate Director of Communications & Marketing  The University of Cincinnati Foundation (Cincinnati, OH) Associate Marketing Manager  Partnership for Public Service (Washington, D.C.) Communication Specialist  International Plant Nutrition Institute (Peachtree Corners, GA) Communications and Development Manager  New Buildings Institute (Vancouver, WA) Communications and Marketing Manager  Miami Music Project, Inc.
  • 5 Storytelling Tips for Your #GivingTuesday Campaign

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:21 am
    Guest author Jenna Sauber is a crowdfunding and digital marketing expert at CauseVox, a peer-to-peer fundraising software for nonprofits. The beauty of a movement like #GivingTuesday is that the nonprofit world gets to shine in the midst of the chaotic and overwhelming madness that is the holiday retail season. But let’s face it: when your nonprofit is one of hundreds, or thousands participating in this growing global giving day, making your story stand out can be an intimidating task. You’ve got a short lead in to December 2, and then you have 24 hours (less if you think about when…
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  • Presciption for Wealth Advisors, after Diagnosis

    Phil Cubeta
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:06 am
    Swift, as you know, was an Anglican preacher. As a moralist, he also loved public executions and used to dress as a Grubstreet Hack to hawk his fraudulent, "Confessions of the Hanged Man," at the foot of the gallows. "I saw a woman flayed the other day," he once wrote, "and you have no idea how it altered her appearance for the worse." That is satire, now sermon. I have a hard time praying. What I pray for most, in the spirit of a man standing out in the rain, finger raised to the thunder clouds, is to be used as a lightning rod. Money should…
  • Our Noble Trade in the Coterie World of Dynastic Wealth

    Phil Cubeta
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:59 am
    When we are experts in a discipline, such as law, accounting, business administration, investments, insurance, estate planning, financial planning, we become more sharply sighted and also more blind to what lies outside our trained field of vision. When we learn in addition to our discipline a bit of the humanities, we go through several stages. First, blinded by the light. Second, talking big, and sounding in our own ears like innovators and geniuses. Here we write books, have acolytes, found little cults of fellow thinkers, give conference papers, become venerable, as we age, and begin to…
  • "Leave no Visible Marks" - Mastering the Art of Wisdom Consulting

    Phil Cubeta
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:31 pm
    What we know from our own experience is that Wisdom Consultants to Family Wealth go through four identifiable stages. I hit bottom with the third. Matt has gone straight to 4, as far as I can see, as the unreliable narator said to blind man in the parable about Wisdom, but that is another story, whose moral continues to baffle some of the best minds in the Wealth Consulting field, even today, after centuries, and millions spent on exegesis, to no purpose. The stages are as follows.  1. The Guiless Innocent: Taking cliches as profound wisdom. Sorting Values…
  • How I saved Prince Farthingdale during Sharing Time

    Phil Cubeta
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:10 am
    Here in the Enclosure (dumpster, madhouse, country club, private compound, safe place, safe house, dungeon, penitentiary, castle with moat, or in my own dreams, it is hard to tell which), I have struck up a civic frienship with Prince Farthingdale, an heir to, so he says, the Norwegian Crown, and owner via a trust of a Salt Mine going back to pre-colonial times, from which much of the family fortune derives. I had assumed this was all BS since there are more Princes here than there are Jesus Christs, or Napoleons, or Beyonces. But yesterday's events, in which I played no small part, have…
  • Trends in Philanthropic Consulting to the Middling Rich

    Phil Cubeta
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    Three topics of growing interest among advisors to middling wealth: Role of philanthropy in an inspired legacy plan Role of advisors in negotiating gift agreements to get naming opportunities on the installment plan and to hold charites more accountable Fusion, collaboration, or synergy among the disciplines, including the hardest of all, the soft side. Recent article on what I teach here, at FinancialPlanning.com. 
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  • The values that guide us

    Lucy Bernholz
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Questions about civil society in the digital age are all I think about these days. Let me practice some of that thinking for you, if you have a minute...if not, let me wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving (USA and beyond).Recently, there's been a lot of good writing about why we have philanthropic foundations. When I say "we" here, I mean us, the citizens of liberal democracies. My colleague Rob Reich's work, What are foundations for? and the articles written in response are must-reads. Gara LaMarche has an important perspective on Democracy and the Donor Class, especially given his experience…
  • Blueprint 2015 - coming soon!

    Lucy Bernholz
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Are you ready?Blueprint 2015, my sixth (!) annual industry forecast, will be available from the GrantCraft website on December 10, 2014. With six of these under my belt I'm proud to say we've cycled through the primary colors (blue, red, yellow) and the secondary colors (green, orange, and now, purple).What does the future hold? (Besides a shift to the tertiary level of the color wheel, that is). Find out on December 10th - buzzwords, predictions, my annual scorecard, and more.
  • Data trusts and data trust

    Lucy Bernholz
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:08 am
    Trust and integrity are key to nonprofits. They trade on these virtues. It's no accident that "Trusts" are the name for one type of nonprofit enterprise.  The defining aspect of the nonprofit corporate structure - the non-distribution clause relating to the use of financial assets - codifies the use of financial assets for mission, allowing the public to trust that the organization will be true to its social purpose.In the 21st Century, nonprofits are going to need to engender that same kind of trust regarding their use of digital assets (otherwise known as digital data).This is a…
  • Philosophy Talk: Digital Activism

    Lucy Bernholz
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    My laugh is not nearly as engaging as Tom Magliozzi's of Car Talk but I'll do my best on December 14 when I'll be talking about Digital Civil Society on Philosophy Talk. Here's the write up about the show:“Cyber-Activism” with Lucy Bernholz Whether it’s making donations and signing petitions online, or usingsocial media to highlight political causes, cyber-activism has neverbeen easier. With a few clicks, we can make our voices heard aroundthe globe. But who’s listening, and is anything actually changing?Does cyber-activism mobilize real-world action on the ground? Or doesit reduce…
  • New Power (or lessons for business from the social economy)

    Lucy Bernholz
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:02 pm
    (photo: https://hbr.org/2014/12/understanding-new-power)Henry Timms (founder of #givingtuesday and my colleague via Stanford PACS) and Jeremy Heimans have a new article in the December issue of Harvard Business Review called "Understanding New Power." In it they discuss characteristics such as co-ownership and participatory governance. They highlight some of the values of the new power that they call "opt in decision making" and "open source collaboration."In the requisite 2 x 2 matrix (this is HBR after all) the precious terrain of the upper right hand quadrant includes a mix of movements…
 
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    A Small Change

  • Mission or Opportunity

    Jason Dick
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Do you work for your non-profit because you believe in the mission of the organization or because it is a good opportunity for you? I do for a combination of both but let me make a brief case for each. Mission keeps the direction clear and gives you another reason to get out of bed. You have to have at least a little bit of passion if you want to be a fundraiser. People have to be convinced that you really believe in what you are doing. If the mission of your organization really makes you tick that is a great thing. Having mission can clarify and motivate you to do the work that you do. The…
  • Email Merge Secret

    Jason Dick
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    I wrote earlier about how writing informally can be a great strategy to personalize a donor letter. We all use email and receive way to many mass emails. We have become experts at figuring out what is an email we need to read and what we can delete right away. If we put in the subject of our email, “December Newsletter,” or “Seeking Volunteers for Such and Such,” people will know we are emailing a number of people and not just them. Often we will try and say way too much in one message. Volunteers and donors will not respond to an email that asks them to do 3 or 4 different thing but…
  • Mr. Formal or Informal

    Jason Dick
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    When communicating with donors how we talk with them, especially in mass mailings, is really important. Some people really appreciate formality while others want you to tell a compelling story with simple language. A good general rule is the more that you know someone the more informal your writing can be. When writing a solicitation letter if you have never met the individual it is a respectful practice to address them as Mr. or Mrs. I’ve seen many organizations that do this in the address block no matter how long they’ve known the donor. I have found that generally individual donors…
  • Business Before Pleasure

    Jason Dick
    4 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Everyone has a different way of connecting with people. Often times you will use a different strategy when you connect with a donor versus a co-worker or a friend. In fundraising because relationships are so important there is quite a bit of time committed to getting to know donors, volunteers, and staff members. But how much time is too much? I am the kind of person that likes to get a project done so I always have advocated socializing with my co-workers after we’ve finished the projects we are working on. When talking with volunteers often times I know I will see them several times over…
  • Cold Calling or Networking

    Jason Dick
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    We are all looking for new donors and new partnerships. And how else do you find these relationships without networking or cold calling? Below are a few advantages to each. Networking can work extremely well if you have active volunteers or you have a lot of personal connections. It is always smart to let board members and community volunteers know about your appeals and who you are talking with as often they will know someone at those organizations or have some kind of “in.” LinkedIn can be a great tool. Cold calling takes a lot of work and is a technique if you have a small board that…
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    Frogloop

  • #GivingTuesday: Just One Piece of the Puzzle

    Allyson Kapin
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:12 am
    It's that time of year, and #GivingTuesday campaigns are beginning across the nation. As a matter of fact, CrowdRise just launched a #GivingTower Holiday Challenge for nonprofits. And while #GivingTuesday is a big deal for fundraising, it's also just one way to engage your donors. But, what about the long haul? This is the 3rd post in a series of Donor Love, inspired by Blackbaud's Show the Love: Thoughtful Engagement to Retain Donors. How to focus on the long haul: Pay attention to your annual donor renewal rate. Has it decreased/increased? You should be tracking this each year, and it…
  • 10 Must Have Year-End Fundraising Tips

    Salima Mangalji
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Year-end fundraising is upon us once again. With every nonprofit out there trying to raise money at this time of year, how can you get a piece of the donation dollar pie? It starts small, check your website, have a plan, and test drive your donation page. Without testing these pieces, it won’t matter how amazing your messaging or story is, people will not be able to donate. To help you capture the details, we have compiled a list of 10 tips for you to think about as you craft and execute your year-end fundraising campaigns. Go ahead, serve yourself a slice of that $$ pie! 1.Map it out.
  • Scary Tactic Emails

    Allyson Goldsmith
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:29 pm
    I have always loved Halloween. Haunted houses, a full moon, and starry nights. This year, Halloween was creepier than usual. We saw a deluge of scare tactic emails from the Democratic Party and every progressive organization involved in the midterm elections. We have also repeatedly heard a call for the progressive movement to use more positive messages to motivate people to get involved. But do positive messages work? I looked at the data for a women’s rights organization and compared the results from their positive emails to all of their emails, including scare tactic messages. …
  • The Great Mysteries of Donor Retention

    Allyson Kapin
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:56 pm
    All nonprofits struggle with donor retention. It's a buzz word, it's a motivation, and it's a burden. We're reaching the fundraising season where asks are being tailored and success stories are being drafted. You might think that your donors are a mystery. I'm going to let you in on a little secret: your donors should never be a mystery. Here's a challenge for you. Get to know your donors, and let them really get to know your organization. Think about it like donor dating. (Donor love is how Blackbaud npExperts frame the subject, and we dug into the second part of their recent report for this…
  • 4 Ideas for a #GivingTuesday Crowdfunding Campaign

    Jenna Sauber
    4 Nov 2014 | 2:11 pm
    A 24-hour fundraising campaign like #GivingTuesday (mark your calendar for December 2nd, 2014) is the perfect opportunity to experiment with new tactics and tools, and to showcase inspiring stories from your nonprofit. Whether you’re integrating a #GivingTuesday campaign within your larger year-end campaign, or keeping it separate, there’s no limit to ways you can make your nonprofit stand out among the crowd with something unique, fun, or innovative. At CauseVox, we get constant inspiration from our clients, and from the larger nonprofit community. To that end, we came up with a…
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    GlobalGiving Blog - News and Updates

  • West Africans are not powerless against Ebola…and neither are we

    Alison Carlman
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:34 am
    This article was originally published on How-Matters.org Archie Gbessay, 28, is a fierce protector of his siblings, and a passionate young leader in a Liberian slum called West Point. After his mother died of cancer, Archie had a dream to become a surgeon. He works hard to save $20 each month so he can start a small business selling electronics. Archie hopes the business will earn him enough money to go to medical school some day. But when Ebola came to Liberia, Archie took the lead of a community task force to head off the disease. Archie’s dream to become a surgeon is now on hold; today…
  • Testing triggers for generosity

    Alison Carlman
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    Do you think you’d be more likely to donate when a nonprofit gives you five project choices or just features one? And how close to the deadline of a matching offer would you be most compelled to give? That’s what we sought to find out with a recent email test… In a 2012 project partner survey, we found that our nonprofit partners want more reliable funding from GlobalGiving. They wanted to be better able to plan and budget in advance; more monthly recurring donations from GlobalGiving donors would help them do so. In 2012 and 2013 we experimented with new ways to boost recurring…
  • New Infographic: GlobalGiving’s Bet on Improving Nonprofit Effectiveness

    Alison Carlman
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
    Click to read about the impact GlobalGiving has in the world You may be familiar with GlobalGiving as a way to help nonprofits raise funds from individual donors and progressive companies. But that’s only part of our mission. Our mission is to catalyze a marketplace for information, ideas and money, helping nonprofits access not only critical funding, but also critical tools and knowledge so that you can be as effective as possible with the resources you do have. What do we mean by effectiveness? Well here’s what we’ve seen: whether in business, government or the nonprofit sector, the…
  • GlobalGiving to Hold Its First Summit on Social Media & Online Giving July 1-2, 2014 in New Delhi, India

    Alison Carlman
    11 Jun 2014 | 12:54 pm
    (WASHINGTON, DC), June 10, 2014 – GlobalGiving, the organization behind charitable giving websites GlobalGiving.org and GlobalGiving.co.uk, will hold its Summit on Social Media & Online Giving on July 1-2, 2014 in New Delhi, India. The Summit is produced in partnership with Social Media for Nonprofits, the premiere global event series on social media for social good. The first-ever, two-day in-person event from GlobalGiving will bring together representatives from global technology services and leading South Asian NGOs to share insights, trends, and best practices for effectively…
  • Local or Global. You choose.

    Donna Callejon
    10 Jun 2014 | 9:07 am
    Every CSR professional knows that securing company resources and operational support can be challenging at times. In addition, most employee engagement professionals are juggling many roles, so managing multiple philanthropic partners can be a challenge. But when you’re a 300,000+ employee company with a footprint in more than a hundred countries, you strive to provide your employees with programs that are as equitable and engaging as possible, while of course minimizing the time and expense necessary to administer them. That’s why we are very excited to have launched a…
 
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    Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

  • How Often Should We Mail that Newsletter?

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:08 pm
    More than 1200 nonprofits have completed our 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report Survey (please take it now if you are not one of those 1200, as we’ll close the survey down on Tuesday). I’ve just pulled some preliminary data about how often nonprofits say they will mail their newsletters, and of course, it depends on whether you talking print or email. Send Your Email Newsletter at Least Monthly If you want to do what the majority of nonprofits are doing (61%), you should send your email newsletter at least monthly. 42% plan to send it monthly in 2015, and 19% plan to…
  • Dashboards to Share Progress: Examples and Tips

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    You can measure lots and lots of marketing and fundraising numbers. But measuring without adding meaning isn’t very helpful to you, your supporters, or your board. I recommend that you develop some kind of dashboard, ideally a one-pager in something easy like Excel, Word, or Powerpoint, that updates people on your most important metrics, and adds some of that meaning in a quick-to-review  and easy-to-understand visual way. For example, you can color code stats. Numbers in your  comfort zone are normal, numbers of concern are in yellow, numbers that require immediate action are red,…
  • Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Althea Dryden

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    Althea Dryden Here’s the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words.   Would YOU like to be featured in this series? Tell us what you do in a typical day as a nonprofit communications pro. By day, Althea Allen Dryden is a Marketing & Communications Associate for JustFaith Ministries, a national faith based social justice organization. By night Althea is a Super-Hero-in- training (aren’t we all).  Her daily goal is to love the way she lives and live the way she…
  • #MixedLinks for Nonprofit Communicators

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Happy Friday! Join me for some Mixed Links… Please take our 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report Survey! The more nonprofit professionals who take the survey, the more robust our 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report will be. Don’t forget – survey takers will be invited to an exclusive Trends Preview Webinar on December 11th (full details are in the survey.)  Take the survey now. Allison Fine warns you about the 5 Falsehoods That Keep Nonprofits From Making the Most of Social Media. (We’re also excited about Allison blogging for us soon. Stay tuned!)…
  • Nonprofit Thank You Videos – Binge Watch Here!

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    I am so excited about next week, not only because it’s Thanksgiving, but because this is when we see a huge wave of nonprofit thank you videos being released. And I LOVE THESE THINGS. I’ve started my 2014 Playlist of Nonprofit Thank You Videos. If you have one and want me to consider adding yours to the list, just leave me the link in the comments on this blog post. I’ll be adding a whole bunch more to this list over the next few weeks, so check back often. Need to make your own video in a hurry, or just want to see who is doing what? Binge watch my previous playlists and…
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    SocialFish

  • Happy Turkey Day from the SocialFish!

    Maddie Grant
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
      We are grateful for all of you who read this blog. Thank you!
  • How To Write A Post That Will Rock Your Facebook

    Editorial
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Guest post by Cari Bennette. ————- Are you getting the kind of response you want from your Facebook posts? You know, the kind where you get lots of reader engagement, ‘likes’ and clicks on your calls to action? No? Then you’ve come to the right place, because we’re about to share some of the best online tips for writing successful Facebook posts. Ones that will help to increase your readers’ involvement, brand your business, drive traffic and convert into sales. Interested? Then please, read on… Some Facebook Posting Basics Be yourself. Remember what…
  • Making Sense of Social Media Analytics

    Maggie McGary
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Whew, it’s been a busy few weeks. At the beginning of October, I had the pleasure of finally going to (or at least *near*) Boston for the first time in my (long) life to present about social media analytics at NESAE’s Technology Conference. It’s a topic that I think is really important for associations, yet also a challenge for them. Whereas a few years ago in the association community, social media was a topic that dominated almost every event agenda, the topic has all but fallen off the radar in favor of this year’s hot topics, content marketing, big data and the…
  • [Cool Infographic Friday] Portrait of a Content Marketer

    Maddie Grant
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
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  • What Does it Take to Go Viral Nowadays?

    Hilary Smith
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    As children, we all learned the concept of sharing in Kindergarten and viral was something nasty we picked up from our classmates. Say goodbye to having kooties with the other kids and fast forward to the new age of viral sharing online. With the advent of social media networks, content is now shared thousands of times faster than the common cold spreads through our elementary school classrooms. In High School, our school pictures took days to be seen by everyone around our lockers in the hallways, but today a celebrity’s picture can be shared with the entire school roster in mere seconds.
 
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    The Fine Print: blog posts from Center for Effective Government

  • Foul Fowl? Why Your Thanksgiving Turkey May Be Getting Riskier

    rwhite
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:08 pm
    As we sit down to Thanksgiving dinner in a couple of days, we might be worried about who gets the drumstick or whether our crazy uncle will dominate the conversation. But we’re probably not worrying about whether the turkey is safe to eat because we’ve had a robust food inspection system in place for over a hundred years. That might be changing – parts of our food inspection system may not be keeping up with the threats posed by our current food production system. The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture charged with…
  • North Dakota Fails to Collect Fines for Fracking Violations

    afrank
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    Last June, North Dakota’s oil industry hit a new milestone, reaching a production volume of 1 million barrels per day. The current oil boom has brought new jobs and wealth to its largely agricultural economy. But the boom has also caused an increase in oil accidents and spills that harm workers and the environment. A recent New York Times article maps these spills and underscores the need for improved enforcement of fracking violations in the state.  Risky Business One out of every six wells had an incident of environmental damage in 2013.   The authors collected data from the…
  • Verizon Disputes Our Report Without Backing Up Its Claims

    sklinger
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Last week, my colleague Sarah Anderson and I published Fleecing Uncle Sam, which examined large corporations that paid their CEOs more than they paid in federal corporate income taxes. The report generated widespread media coverage and significant corporate backlash. Verizon was one of the corporations that challenged the veracity of our reporting. In an email to Reuters reporter Kevin Drawbaugh, a Verizon representative stated the company paid $422 million in income taxes in 2013.  The spokesman added, “We do not provide a breakdown between federal vs. state in that total;…
  • Congress’s Latest Stealth Attack on EPA Standards – Restrict Expert Scientific Advice

    rwhite
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:27 am
    In the leading edge of what is expected to be a wave of legislation in the new Congress aimed at undermining the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ability to set essential public protections, the House of Representatives last week passed two bills that would undermine the agency's ability to advance good, science-based policy and improve pubic health. Under the guise of improving the scientific process, the Secret Science Reform Act (H.R. 4012) deliberately creates a Catch-22 situation that would prevent EPA from developing new rules essential for protecting public…
  • Black Friday, Cyber Monday…Now Get Ready for Giving Tuesday

    jholcomb
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    Mere hours after Thanksgiving dinner ends, people spend billions of dollars in stores and online, first on Black Friday and then on Cyber Monday. This year, you have a chance to redirect some of those dollars to a day with a greater mission: Giving Tuesday. In 2012, New York’s 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation teamed up to create a national day of giving. Aptly named “Giving Tuesday,” the day encourages Americans to give to charities and nonprofit organizations in honor of the holiday season. In its first year, about 2,500 organizations participated. Last year,…
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    Public Sector Marketing 2.0

  • 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…
  • The JianGate Twitter Universe Visualized

    Mike Kujawski
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    Ok I’ll admit it, while I’m usually very careful before jumping in with personal opinions during breaking news,  I, like many others this week, let my emotions dictate what I typed regarding the Jian Ghomeshi fiasco.  Very bad practice, I know, but human nonetheless. Sorry about that. What exactly did I do? I tweeted a message of support to Jian within hours of finding out he was fired from the CBC, and then a follow up message of support after I read his Facebook Post. Again, I admit that I am usually the first to criticize others for jumping to conclusions way too early…
  • Blocking Access to Social Media is now “Against Policy” in the Government of Canada

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

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

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

  • Is the Choice Really One of Judaism or Democracy?

    Stephen G. Donshik
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    An old issue – how does Israel define itself – has now been resurrected and has come to the fore in the Knesset. Is Israel a Jewish state? Is it a democratic state? Is it a pluralistic state that represents the plurality of its citizens and, if so, should it make any pronouncements as to its ethnic, cultural, or religious identity? How is Judaism defined in the state? What role does Turkish law, HaMaharah, play in the modern Israeli society? These are all questions that are being debated in light of the Cabinet’s recent approval of the “Jewish state” bill and its…
  • The Case for Birthright POLIN

    eJP
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    By Lisa Pleskow Kassow On an alternative break trip to Poland last March with a group from Trinity College Hillel, one student expressed disappointment that we did not eat traditional Ashkenazi Jewish dishes – cholent, brisket and kugel. His image of Jewish life in Poland, like that of many North American Jews, was fixed in a fictional Yiddishland, a place of romanticized nostalgia. Just as Chagall painted a mythical imaginary shtetl, it is the sentimentalized version of Jewish life in Eastern Europe that many American Jews today recognize as the accurate depiction of Jewish history and…
  • Maya Bernstein: Not Resting on Her Laurels

    eJP
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:40 pm
    By Abigail Pickus UpStart Bay Area has been supporting innovation in the Jewish community for almost a decade now. And Maya Bernstein has been there since its inception. As its first hire by founder Toby Rubin, Bernstein came on board to help put its ideas into practice and has since helped design and implement its goals. “In many ways, what I do with UpStart connects me to my upbringing,” said the 36-year-old. Growing up in Riverdale, New York, Bernstein went to Rabbi Avi Weiss’s shul and was very influenced by him. (A beloved and controversial figure, Weiss’s many accomplishments…
  • Natan Announces New Grant Committee Focused on the Russian-Speaking Jewish Community

    eJP
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:20 pm
    The Natan Fund, a giving circle of young philanthropists in New York funding Jewish and Israeli social innovation around the world, has announced the creation of a groundbreaking new grant committee devoted to supporting innovative initiatives to strengthen the Jewish identity of Russian-Speaking Jews (RSJ) in North America. The new RSJ Committee consists of 14 individuals and couples who joined Natan this fall. Several of the new members are recent graduates of the Wexner Foundation’s first Wexner Heritage RSJ class. With the Genesis Philanthropy Group matching a portion of the new RSJ…
  • #GivingTuesday and The Shmita Year

    eJP
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Kibbutz Lavi, near the Sea of Galilee, preparing for the shmita year. Photo courtesy Kibbutz Lavie. By David Eisner We have reached an exciting time of the year. The air has turned crisp and the leaves vibrant shades of red and yellow. The holiday season, with its family gatherings and festive mood, is just around the corner. For many, the old song’s adage rings true: “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.” But in today’s busy world, with its onslaught of advertisements blaring messages of consumption from all corners, it can be all too easy to lose touch with the season’s…
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    Plombier et Chauffagiste

  • Un problème de plombier à Lille?

    admin
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    Il est fréquent que le robinet coule et ne s’arrête pas, même quand vous le fermez. Les installations sanitaires tombent en panne et c’est là que vous vous dites que vous avez besoin de lui. Le Plombier à Lille cette personne qui est apte et peut trouver une solution afin de vous rendre la vie plus facile. Dans toutes les activités de la maison faisant intervenir de l’eau le plombier est susceptible de vous être utile. Il vous suffit d’appeler un plombier, mais pas n’importe lequel, appelez nous. Nous sommes la référence et nous vous fournissons un travail de grande…
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • Ferguson and Foundations: Are We Doing Enough?

    Mitch Nauffts
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:52 am
    Like many Americans, I was glued to my television set last night as I watched the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, erupt in violence. This is not a post about the merits of a grand jury's decision not to indict police...
  • Seven Measures of Financial Health

    Mitch Nauffts
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    The Internal Revenue Service is requiring more public disclosure from charities. The industry has data aggregators – GuideStar, Charity Navigator, and the Urban Institute, to name a few – that aid in this process. But a comprehensive analysis of an...
  • Taking Stock of Your Nonprofit’s Revenue Potential

    Mitch Nauffts
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:55 am
    If you've ever worked in retail, you're familiar with the taking-inventory drill: The store closes early and the employees hunker down and count the merchandise. Taking inventory is the process of counting and valuing what a store has in stock....
  • Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter?: An Update

    Mitch Nauffts
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    Over the past fifteen years, research by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations has demonstrated that certain grantmaking practices support nonprofits' capacity to achieve results. To track how these practices are changing, GEO conducts a national survey of staffed grantmaking organizations every...
  • Tips for End-of-Year Foundation Fundraising

    Mitch Nauffts
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    This is the time of year when every nonprofit CEO sinks or swims. Either you secure the last of the grants needed to balance your organization's budget or risk running a deficit and ruining its balance sheet. But while you...
 
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    The GiveWell Blog

  • Deworm the World Initiative (led by Evidence Action) update

    Elie
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    Summary The Deworm the World Initiative (DtWI), led by Evidence Action, received approximately $2.3 million as a result of GiveWell’s recommendation last year. While there were some deviations, it largely allocated these funds as we expected. DtWI now has limited room for funding; it is currently seeking to raise an additional $1.3 million to support its activities in 2015 and 2016. We expect it to allocate approximately 30% of the additional funds it receives for work related to expanding school-based, mass deworming programs and funding related operating expenses (including impact…
  • Inaugural open thread

    Alexander
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:07 pm
    A commenter recently suggested we try out a periodic open thread. Let’s give it a shot! 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. If this is helpful, we’ll continue to do them periodically in the future.
  • Quick update on Ebola (full update to come later)

    Holden
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:35 pm
    At the moment, we don’t see highly time-sensitive giving opportunities that we are likely to recommend around responding to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa. We still plan to put out a detailed blog post describing what we’ve done to investigate the situation and what we think the best options for donors are, but we have now postponed this post in order to prioritize work on top charities. We hope to have the Ebola post out by early December.
  • Our ongoing review of GAIN

    Natalie
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    Note: GAIN has reviewed a draft of this post and added responses below. The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) focuses on reducing malnutrition by fortifying foods and condiments with essential nutrients and through other interventions. We have been considering GAIN for a 2014 recommendation for its work on Universal Salt Iodization (USI) because of our impression that iodization has strong evidence of effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and room for more funding (our take on salt iodization is in our post on ICCIDD), and our understanding that GAIN is one of only a few…
  • Update on Open Philanthropy Project

    Holden
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Our last major public updates on the Open Philanthropy Project were our May and June posts on global catastrophic risks and U.S. policy. This post summarizes our progress since then and where we currently stand on our goal of committing to causes. Summary of currently ongoing activities Deep dives on priority causes for U.S. policy. In June, we hired Shayna Strom as our Director of U.S. Policy. Shayna comes to GiveWell from the White House, where she was the Chief of Staff and Senior Counselor at the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. She is based on Washington, D.C.,…
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    FundraisingIP.com: Fundraising Ideas

  • 7 Reasons Personal Appeal Letters Are Still the Best Way to Fundraise

    Devon Reeser
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    A globally connected, Facebook-friending, website form-filling society now mostly gives to charity after watching YouTube video testimonials and surfing crowdfunding pages, right? Wrong! Only 7% of giving is online, but 80% of philanthropy is from individuals. (Source: NPEngage.com) People may be giving more online, but they do not give the majority of their charitable donations on the Web. The most effective way to fundraise, above and beyond any other method, is a personal appeal letter for major gift support.  That trend, no matter how seemingly popular Indiegogo or any other new…
  • The Dojiggy Giving Program: Nominate Your Organization for a $1,000 Award!

    FundraisingIP.com
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    The is a post from our sponsor Dojiggy: Every year, non-profits and charities help to make the world a better place. They clean up parks and beaches, work towards a cure for cancer and other illnesses, and feed the hungry and homeless. We at Dojiggy work with many of these wonderful charities every day, and often times we see first-hand the tremendous amount of good they do for people and for the planet. This work inspired us to found the Dojiggy Giving Program, as a way to give back to these organizations.     What is the Dojiggy Giving Program? Dojiggy Giving is a way to help…
  • Hello Social Media: #GivingTuesday is Here Again

    Cari Mostert
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, America, along with other countries who’ve joined the party, will wake up to the third annual #GivingTuesday, a nationwide all-day drive to help raise money online for the greater good. #GivingTuesday is a day dedicated to helping others and celebrating the great global spirit of generosity. Seeing that #GivingTuesday falls between Thanksgiving and Christmas, after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, at the start of the busiest time of the year for most of us, the whole celebration could just slip by, under the radar. But #GivingTuesday has captured plenty of…
  • Checklist: Make the Most of #GivingTuesday

    Devon Reeser
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Be ready to make the most of the #GivingTuesday phenomenon this year! This new ‘give instead of get’ holiday season tweeting day showed impressive growth results in only one year – 2013 saw a 338% increase in tweets over the 2012 inauguration year, translating to 90% more gifts (According to Connected Cause). 2014 is forecast to be even more exponential in its growth. So what do you need to do to get involved in this social media extravaganza? #GivingTuesday Checklist   Mark your calendar: #GivingTuesday is December 2nd, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and…
  • What to Stuff: A Nonprofit Proposal Attachment Checklist

    Devon Reeser
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:23 am
    As if writing proposals for your work wasn’t hard enough, you need to think just as thoroughly about what attachments you are including with it! Too much additional information can counteract your good proposal, while not enough can make you not stand out. You want to give just enough extras, and the right ones, to accent your proposal and make your work shine as better than the rest. Here are two checklists designed to simplify your stuffing, whether you are emailing, sending hard copies, or filling out online applications, for both individual asks and grants. (More checklists here.)…
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    Social media marketing hacks for nonprofits | Powered by JohnHaydon.Com

  • 7 Tips for Using Hashtags Effectively on #GivingTuesday

    John Haydon
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:55 am
    What are the best ways for using hashtags effectively for your GivingTuesday campaign, and what tools should you use to monitor your campaign and track mentions? Here’s a short presentation I gave to my email subscribers: LISTEN FIRST – Research trending hashtags used by your community. Checkout hashtagify.me and hashtagging.com. KEEP IT SIMPLE – Make a hashtag that is short, relevant and easy to remember. GO BEYOND TWITTER – The party will spill out into Instagram, Facebook, etc. TRACK MENTIONS – Use technology to track mentions of your hashtag. Check out…
  • Using Facebook to Promote Year-End Fundraising (Webinar)

    John Haydon
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    With less than 35 days to go before year-end, you’ve no doubt created a year-end donation page, drafted email messages, and sent your direct mail piece to the printer . But what about Facebook? How can you use Facebook to help improve your overall year-end fundraising results? On December 11 at 1pm, Foundation Center is hosting a paid webinar ($69) called Using Facebook to Amplify Year-End Fundraising, where I show you how to use Facebook to amplify your year-end appeal. I know, it’s not free. But it will be well worth the investment – especially if you’re looking…
  • 3 Powerful Fundraising Strategies for Email

    John Haydon
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:16 am
    Nonprofits make a huge chunk of their revenue during the last few weeks of the year – from Thanksgiving until December 31st at 11:59pm. In fact, Blackbaud has found that this year-end fundraising spike happens every year. Check out last year: What’s your year-end fundraising plan? The fundraising strategies you employ during year-end should be rock solid. Or at least written down. This means being smart about how you connect with your donors and volunteers – with EVERY channel. Careful and thoughtful planning is the key to seizing year-end opportunities. But does email…
  • Must Have GivingTuesday Apps – Recommended by the Pros

    John Haydon
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:05 pm
    If you’re reading this, you’re probably planning to participate in GivingTuesday this year. You’ve selected a fundraising platform and created a plan to rally your community. But what about “must have” GivingTuesday apps? I asked my nonprofit friends what their favorite GivingTuesday app was, and got back these excellent tips: Must Have Apps for #GivingTuesday – Recommended by the Pros: Julia Campbell: I love the app Over, so you can add text updates and calls to action quickly to photos and visuals from your phone. Joe Waters: I would get your team on Trello.
  • The Ultimate Last-Minute #GivingTuesday Campaign Checklist

    Jenna Sauber
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:44 am
    The holiday commercials have already started, radio stations are playing Christmas music, and stores have busted out the seasonal décor. It’s that time of year again…and that means #GivingTuesday, the third annual international 24-hour giving challenge created by the 92 Street Y and the UN Foundation, is only a few weeks away. If you’re still trying to polish off the Halloween candy, you’ve got some work to do if you want to be ready for December 2. Ideally, you started planning weeks ago (months?), and all your web pages and blog posts and Tweets are happily resting in a queue,…
 
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    Cynthia D'Amour - Transformation in Progress

  • Unleash Your Feminine Power

    Cynthia D'Amour
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Want to feel more powerful at work – and for the holiday weekend? From the time I could talk, my dad started to teach me what it meant to be a powerful woman. Today on the Delicious Life Show, I shared how to unleash your feminine power. You’ll learn the difference between masculine and feminine power. How to stop giving your power away to others. As well as how to remove blocks to being more powerful. After 20 years of training tens of thousands of leaders and executives be more effective as leaders, it’s time to help women be more powerful – whether administrative…
  • Joy is Contagious

    Cynthia D'Amour
    15 Nov 2014 | 4:13 pm
    About two weeks ago, I shared a story and video with you of James dancing at the Michigan Women’s Basketball game. There was a game again last night. And James struck again. This time, when he rushed to the aisle to dance in his glory for the dance-cam, a younger woman decided to join the fun. Unknown to James, she was dancing a few steps behind him. She followed his dance lead. And made the steps look a lot more sexy! (Sorry James!) They both had a blast – and so did the rest of us in the area. (Here’s a direct link to the video if you don’t see it in this post.)…
  • Get Over You and Say Thank You

    Cynthia D'Amour
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:07 am
    What do you say when someone gives you a compliment? Do you own it? Or do you brush it off? Like many of us were taught to do. I’ve been speaking at leadership conferences for more than 20 years. At my very first program, people came up at the end of the speech to compliment me on how I did. I wasn’t comfortable with all the praise, so I brushed it off as fast as they gave it to me. It was just me. I made a few mistakes. And so forth… I soon noticed I was hurting people with my responses. They approached me excitedly. I told them how wrong they were for thinking I was…
  • The Polar Vortex is Coming AGAIN!

    Cynthia D'Amour
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:48 pm
    The polar vortex is NOT my friend. I didn’t enjoy the minus 30 degree days earlier this year. The endless cold. Dreading bursting water pipes. I wish the polar vortex wasn’t coming back this week to visit. Nothing personal. Just not a fan. The hype is seductive. We had gorgeous weather today. It was sunny. Almost 60 degrees. Made me smile. I decided to focus on enjoying the sunshine rather than wondering when the cold will arrive. I live in Michigan. The weather is always changing. The last few years more unpredictable. Staying in the now I had nothing to worry about. (Except…
  • I Became an Orphan This Weekend

    Cynthia D'Amour
    9 Nov 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Not technically – but it does feel like it. My dad passed a year and a half ago. My mom moved to Tennessee this weekend. I’m left alone. All my life I’ve been the responsible one. When Dad got Alzheimer’s about 12 years ago, I went in overdrive. I was the official problem solver. Helping to relieve stress on my parents as much as possible. When my dad died, everything escalated. Mom needed more from me than ever. And I gave it best I could with love. I am the first born and the daughter. Two months ago, my brother convinced my mom to finally visit him and his family…
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    columbus imPRessions

  • WLN Casino Night THIS Friday - Tickets Still Available

    10 Nov 2014 | 5:24 am
    Join the United Way of Delaware County Women's Leadership Network this Friday, November 14th for their annual fundraiser, Casino Night. In February 2012 the United Way of Delaware County officially launched the Women's Leadership Network.  WLN members invest financial resources, time and talent in programs that build self-confidence and social success in individuals and families that live
  • Coming to the Polaris Fashion Place

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

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

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

    19 Feb 2014 | 4:47 pm
    The Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks once again renewed their contract at the beginning of the year with columbus imPRessions making this the beginning of our fourth year working together. As social media changes so does the strategy to make sure our reach, engagement and page visits continue to track at high volumes across Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram.
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    Social Media Bird Brain

  • Explain (Video) Yourself

    12 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Looking for a new way to reach out to your community? Consider an explainer video. As Eric Blattberg lays out in this Digiday article, explainer videos are hot. Why? Explainer videos make a subject quickly understandable Video learning is often easier for viewers as well as entertaining Explainer videos are less expensive to produce than other videos Explainer videos have a long shelf life,
  • Is Your Small NGO Outside of the Donor-Advised Fund Pie?

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Image from Blue Mountain Community Foundation If your small NGO's mission deals with the basic needs of your community, you may already know this economy has left you with less to work with and more to work for as middle-class income has stagnated. But did you know that getting those high-income donors could be more difficult than you thought? And that the reason for that may be
  • The 7 Deadly Social Media Sins

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

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

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

  • Pros and Cons of Checkout Donations

    17 Nov 2014 | 10:40 am
    Ken Berger spoke with Gerri Willis on Fox Business News last night about checkout donations. They also discussed how to identify a high performing charity. Watch the Segment Now
  • The Next Ice Bucket Challenge is for the ALS Association Itself

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ken appeared in a segment on CBS This Morning on September 19th to discuss the potential ramifications of the ALS Association receiving a large influx of cash in a short period of time.
  • Bloomberg TV: What Will ALS Association Do With Ice Bucket Cash?

    3 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Ken Berger was on Bloomberg TV to discuss the ALS Association's challenge in spending the 100 million dollars worth of donations it has received via the Ice Bucket Challenge.
  • Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:46 am
    Originally published on WNYC on 8/27/2014. The ALS ice bucket challenge continues to bring in huge donations this summer for efforts to cure and treat what's commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. As of today, the viral campaign has raised more than $94 million for the ALS Association. That's compared with $2.7 million raised by the group during the same time last year.Now the association faces a challenge of its own: figuring out the best way to spend all that money. Read the transcript at WNYC.org
  • Advice From the Top

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Originally published in Working Class as a three part series written by Stephanie Longo. Part One: LinkedIn Influencer Ken Berger discusses his career pathIf Ken Berger, the chief executive officer of Charity Navigator, had the change to sit down and talk to himself at 22 years old, he would suggest one major thing: have humility.Berger was recently asked by LinkedIn to participate in a series of articles entitled “If I Were 22,” where various LinkedIn Influencers had the chance to travel back in time and imagine a conversation where they taught their younger selves the lessons…
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    Charity Navigator

  • Holiday Giving and Protecting Yourself Against Charity Scams

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:57 am
    CBS recently ran this story about the importance of being an informed giver, especially during the holiday giving season.   Be sure to follow our 5 simple tips to maximize the impact of your holiday donations.
  • Follow These Five Tips to Maximize the Impact of Your Holiday Donations

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:43 am
    Thanksgiving to New Year's is the biggest time of year for charitable giving. If you are among the millions of Americans who plan to give this holiday season, then be sure to follow our 5 steps to ensure you make the most of your year-end giving.Top 5 Tips For Maximizing Year-End Donations
  • Make Your Donation Go Further

    18 Nov 2014 | 7:51 am
    Did you know you have the power to double or even triple your donation to Charity Navigator? We are partnering with Double the Donation to make it possible for you to garner matching gifts from your employer.  But, we cant do it without you.  Here's how to make your donation go further.Make a donation to Charity Navigator.Once you donation is complete, you will be prompted to provide your employer's name which will give you instant access to information about it's matching gifts program. You can also go directly to our donation page  and enter your employer's name in the…
  • On the run this holiday season? No problem. We've got you covered.

    17 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    For many of us, the holiday season is the busiest time of the year. From decorating, to shopping, to visiting friends and family, our “to-do” lists runneth over. It is also the time of year we feel most altruistic and motivated to give back. So how are you supposed to find the time to find a worthy cause to support?Never fear, Charity Navigator is here with a new, updated app designed to take the hassle out of holiday donating. Make the most of your time while on the road to grandma’s house or while waiting on line at the store and use our app to quickly identify…
  • How to go About Providing Holiday Meals to the Less Fortunate

    14 Nov 2014 | 5:43 am
    Of all the festivities associated with the winter holidays, the one thing many people look forward to most is the big holiday meal. Whether it’s turkey on Thanksgiving, a Christmas ham, or a pot roast at a Hanukah dinner, food is indelibly intertwined with our holiday celebrations.Before you donate to a charity promising to provide holiday meals, check out our three tips to ensure that most of your donation is covering the cost of a  meal programs and not the expensive advertisements used to promote these programs.
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    YouTube: Nonprofits

  • The Future of the Project for Awesome: Pizzamas Day 8

    vlogbrothers
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:36 pm
    The Future of the Project for Awesome: Pizzamas Day 8 In which John is repeatedly interrupted by Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne while trying to share thoughts about the Project for Awesome 2014. ---- Join the com... From: vlogbrothers Views: 193670 9439 ratings Time: 04:00 More in People & Blogs
  • David Ortiz surprises veterans at Fenway with World Series tickets

    Bank of America
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    David Ortiz surprises veterans at Fenway with World Series tickets Watch David Ortiz surprise two veterans and an active duty service member with an all access tour of Fenway Park and tickets to Game 1 of the 2014 World Seri... From: Bank of America Views: 103045 130 ratings Time: 02:12 More in Education
  • Listen: Thoughts from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    vlogbrothers
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Listen: Thoughts from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia In which John discusses his visit to the Yekatit 12 hospital's NICU in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and the extraordinary neonatologist there, Dr. Mulualem Gessess... From: vlogbrothers Views: 400308 23477 ratings Time: 03:21 More in People & Blogs
  • Exciting Announcements and Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

    vlogbrothers
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    Exciting Announcements and Mosquito-Borne Illnesses In which John discusses his forthcoming trip with Bill Gates (yes, that Bill Gates), his health anxiety, the worldwide threat of mosquito-borne illnesses, he... From: vlogbrothers Views: 382991 15221 ratings Time: 03:01 More in People & Blogs
  • The Future of Nerdfighteria

    vlogbrothers
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    The Future of Nerdfighteria SURVEY! On advertising and education: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/adsvlogbrothers (THANKS FOR TAKING IT!!) In which John discusses dragons, dinosaurs, and... From: vlogbrothers Views: 415992 19736 ratings Time: 03:35 More in People & Blogs
 
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    Together We Flourish

  • CASA Beaver County Needs Volunteers to Advocate for Children in Foster Care

    Susan
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:03 am
    Imagine being 6 years old and being separated from your parents because they’ve neglected or abused you. They haven’t been the best caregivers but they’re the only caregivers you know.  You’re placed in foster care, and you’re overwhelmed by your new circumstances — a little lost, plenty scared.  Your voice seems lost amid the shuffle […]
  • Familylinks Hosts Public Discussion on Teens and Mental Health

    Susan
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:56 am
    Parents are invited to ask experts questions and get answers Familylinks and the Upper St. Clair Youth Steering Committee are hosting a panel discussion for parents about teens and mental health, featuring Dr. Jonathan Pletcher, clinical director of the Dept. of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. “Teens, Hormones and Moods: What […]
  • Dr. Barnes Reveals Why Teens Today Have More Complex Lives

    Susan
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    This article by Reverand Dr. Ron Barnes appeared in the Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry fall/winter newsletter.  It’s valuable information for any parent of teenagers.  The life  of  a  teenager has become more  complex and vulnerable over the past 10-15 years. This reality is based largely due to illegal drugs and social media. Illegal drugs  are  much  more […]
  • The Franklin Center Invites Beaver County Community to a Thanksgiving Lunch

    Susan
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    Does the upcoming holiday season have you feeling alone? Would a little fellowship help? The Franklin Center would like you to join them for a luncheon feast on Monday, November24th. Volunteers and staff will be on hand at 464 Franklin Avenue, Aliquippa PA (Broadcast Street Café) to serve you a bounty of Thanksgiving treats from […]
  • Center for Victims Raises Awareness About Domestic Violence

    Susan
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:29 am
    Center for Victims has so much to be thankful for this month. We’re thankful for funding support from the foundation community and individual donors. We’re grateful for those of you who follow us on social media and share our information with a friend or family member in need. We’re appreciative of you spreading the word […]
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    Minnesota Council on Foundations Blog - Philanthropy Potluck

  • Funder Collaboratives Changing Philanthropy as Usual

    MCF Webmaster
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Bill English of the Northside Job Creation Team MCF’s latest edition of Giving Forum is out now! This issue’s feature story focuses on the Northside Funders Group and the Start Early Funders Coalition for Children & Minnesota’s Future, two funder collaboratives sharing information and resources to make a bigger difference in their work. Northside Funders Group Tawanna Black of Northside Funders Group shares how the funders working in North Minneapolis embraced FSG’s collective impact model, the first place-based funder collaborative in the country to do so. “In North…
  • Watch Highlights from Today’s Realities | Tomorrow’s Opportunities

    MCF Webmaster
    12 Nov 2014 | 1:36 pm
    The 2014 MCF Annual Conference is in the books! We’re very grateful to the hundreds of Minnesota grantmakers who joined us to discuss how we can seize new opportunities to have the most impact in the communities we serve. If you couldn’t join us, or would just like a refresher on the learning and discussion that took place, don’t miss these great video highlights. First, a two-minute glimpse at the entire experience, start to finish: Then watch the full keynote from Stacy Palmer, editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, on What’s Next: 10 Realities and Opportunities…
  • Make Your Nominations for the 2015 Facing Race Ambassador Award

    MCF Webmaster
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Do you know someone working tirelessly to end racism? Nominate that person for the Facing Race Ambassador Award! The Ambassador Award is an annual award made by The Saint Paul Foundation that celebrates and honors the leadership of individuals working toward racial equity. In 2015, the foundation will name: One award recipient for work focused in the East Metro (Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties). One award recipient for work focused anywhere in Minnesota. Up to three honorable mentions for work focused anywhere in Minnesota. Head to The Saint Paul Foundation’s website to access…
  • Predict the Social Impact of Your Program

    MCF Webmaster
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    As funders call for a new set of questions regarding the overall value of the programs they fund, nonprofits everywhere are challenged with a new reality, a reality that requires new evaluation tools and techniques to advance the social impact of programs. The Impact Genome Project (IGP) arrives at a time when funders are asking whether a program advanced the appropriate outcomes, and how the program compares to others. In his recent webinar, Using Big Data to Predict Social Impact, Jason Saul, one of the nation’s leading experts on measuring social impact, challenges the social sector to…
  • Learning and Teaching with Fire

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

  • A Carbon Tax Would Get Us a Lot Closer to Where We Need to Be

    Justmeans
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:54 am
    We have seen impressive growth in renewables over the past several years, but much of that growth is based on the somewhat shaky foundation of continuing subsidies. So argues Eduardo [...] The post A Carbon Tax Would Get Us a Lot Closer to Where We Need to Be appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Australia’s Aborigine Women’s Group has Solution to Improve Community Health

    Sangeeta Haindl
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    Australia’s Aborigines have the worst health statistics and living conditions of any Indigenous group in the world, despite living in one of its richest countries. An Indigenous Australian will die, [...] The post Australia’s Aborigine Women’s Group has Solution to Improve Community Health appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • America Needs To Place Technology Into The Hands Of Its Bright Young Minds From Poor Areas

    Sangeeta Haindl
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    The New York Times ran a front page story last year, “Better Colleges Fail to Lure Talented Poor: Qualified But Unaware”, based on research by Stanford and Harvard Universities that found that [...] The post America Needs To Place Technology Into The Hands Of Its Bright Young Minds From Poor Areas appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Amazon Commits to 100% Clean Energy for Cloud Services

    Vikas Vij
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:43 am
    The world’s largest cloud-computing company, Amazon, has made a major commitment to run its cloud services entirely on renewable energy. With this comprehensive environmental pledge, Amazon has finally chosen to [...] The post Amazon Commits to 100% Clean Energy for Cloud Services appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Learning in the Blurry Space Between Mission and Profit

    Julie Fahnestock
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:09 am
    The time to engage across sectors is now. In fact, cross-sector collaboration is in the zeitgeist. Progressive thought leaders agree that to gain traction on complex problems, we need to [...] The post Learning in the Blurry Space Between Mission and Profit appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    Pulling for the Underdog

  • 100 Days of Gratitude, Day 38 - Chris McGoff

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

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

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

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

    10 Jun 2014 | 1:37 pm
    CouldBeMaybeMaybeNotConfirmingMyBiasA Sample of OneUnbiased But With a Variance of Infinity (HT Jeff Hammer)Optimizing Around the Wrong MeanEmbroidering on the Head of a PinMuch Ado About the Wrong ThingWhat Is The Role of IntelligenceThings We Used to Think (and Might Again in the Future)What Do We Know, and How Do We Know It?How Should I Know?Maybe I am WrongFifty-one PercentUntil Proven WrongMostLikely.comOnTheMargin.comNot The View of the AuthorStealing HomeCausation, not Correlation ;)Drinking My Own Kool-AidEating My Own Dog FoodLess Quantity, More QualityMean Time to MoronPush to…
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • Ferguson and Foundations: Are We Doing Enough?

    Mitch Nauffts
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:52 am
    Like many Americans, I was glued to my television set last night as I watched the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, erupt in violence. This is not a post about the merits of a grand jury's decision not to indict police...
  • Seven Measures of Financial Health

    Mitch Nauffts
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    The Internal Revenue Service is requiring more public disclosure from charities. The industry has data aggregators – GuideStar, Charity Navigator, and the Urban Institute, to name a few – that aid in this process. But a comprehensive analysis of an...
  • Taking Stock of Your Nonprofit’s Revenue Potential

    Mitch Nauffts
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:55 am
    If you've ever worked in retail, you're familiar with the taking-inventory drill: The store closes early and the employees hunker down and count the merchandise. Taking inventory is the process of counting and valuing what a store has in stock....
  • Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter?: An Update

    Mitch Nauffts
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    Over the past fifteen years, research by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations has demonstrated that certain grantmaking practices support nonprofits' capacity to achieve results. To track how these practices are changing, GEO conducts a national survey of staffed grantmaking organizations every...
  • Tips for End-of-Year Foundation Fundraising

    Mitch Nauffts
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    This is the time of year when every nonprofit CEO sinks or swims. Either you secure the last of the grants needed to balance your organization's budget or risk running a deficit and ruining its balance sheet. But while you...
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    Charitable Advisors

  • Targeting millennials

    11 Nov 2014 | 8:02 am
    By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable AdvisorsRonan Johnson was 7 years old when he did his first volunteer work. As an Indian Guide in Southern California, his troop collected cans of food and worked at a homeless shelter. Although he was giving his time, he didn’t make the connection that this was philanthropy or volunteering. “That was just part of being a Cub Scout. We probably got a badge. It was something you were supposed to do at that age,” said Johnson, the now 35-year-old associate in the Indianapolis office of the law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister Since moving here after…
  • Moving boards towards effectiveness

    4 Nov 2014 | 6:27 am
    By Bryan Orander, president, Charitable AdvisorsWe received a good response to our article last week about positive trends that local leaders are seeing in nonprofit boards – clearer expectations, higher engagement, and more selectivity in recruiting board members. In 2010, some area executive directors and board chairs participated in a study focused on nonprofit organizations with boards that succeeded in moving “to the next level. “  The study, by Mary Hiland of Hiland Associates, yielded some helpful guidance for organizational leaders, executive directors and board chairs who…
  • Addressing health and disparities in communities

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    -->By Shannon McMorrow, interim director of Master of Public Health, UIndyGood health. Unlike the majority of developed countries in the world, it’s not considered an inalienable right guaranteed in the United States.  However, at the very least, every American should at least have a fighting chance to achieve it.The reality is that there are disparities in the U.S. on many levels: income, education and certainly health.Many who work in the nonprofit world, especially in social services, come face-to-face with these disparities on a daily basis. Eliminating them is not an easy task…
  • What makes an effective nonprofit board?

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    -->By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable AdvisorsThere has been a dramatic shift in how nonprofits answered that question in the past decade. A board’s impact has often been measured by tangible participation – financial contributions and attending meetings. Although these two factors are still important, it’s no longer enough. Today board members must have a full understanding of a nonprofit’s mission and be committed to it. They must be willing to share their individual expertise to further advance that mission. They must be willing to roll up their sleeves and move an organization…
  • Repair regulations considerations

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

    Guest Blogger
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    While millions of Americans gather around full tables of food this Thanksgiving, some people are suffering from lack of access to food due to the Ebola crisis. Samwar Fallah reports from the quarantined town of Gozohn on Liberia’s central coast. This piece was part of a reporting partnership between ONE and Ebola Deeply.  When Liberia’s president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, announced earlier this month that the country had made progress in the fight against Ebola, the residents of Gozohn didn’t feel like celebrating. This remote town in Liberia’s coastal River Cess county has lost…
  • Your Energize Africa letters: Delivered to the Capitol!

    Akbar Khan
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:53 am
    ONE Interns deliver letters from ONE members to the Capitol United States senators truly care about what people in their state care about, but sometimes they are too busy to actively seek out how constituents feel on certain issues. That’s where we come in. At ONE, we make an effort to amplify the voices of those who are discontent with extreme poverty. Recently, our field team and volunteers have been hard at work in spreading awareness of a crucial bill in the Senate, which holds energy access to millions of Africans who have never had it before. ONE members, both new and old,…
  • Interview: Helene Cooper gives Western media a ‘C+’ on Ebola coverage

    Stephanie Walstrom
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:43 pm
    This post is part of ONE’s “Reporter Perspectives: Covering Africa” blog series. Helene Cooper is bringing a unique and important voice to coverage of the Ebola crisis. The Liberian-born American journalist recently returned to the US from a 2-week trip to Liberia to cover Ebola for The New York Times. While there, Cooper focused on writing humanizing and insightful pieces that showcase the resilience of Liberians amid the horror of Ebola. A Pentagon correspondent for The New York Times, Cooper was born in Monrovia, Liberia, but came to the United States in the early 1980s in the…
  • Give back this holiday season with gifts that support girls and women

    Mary Scharffenberger
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Still looking for that perfect holiday gift? Look no further than the ONE Girls and Women gift guide, which features some of our favorite partner organizations. The selections below marry our love of good style with our passion for girls and women around the world. Happy holidays! 1. FEED 2 Kenya Messenger Bag Lauren Bush Lauren founded FEED in 2007 with the mission of “Creating Good Products That Help FEED the World.” Every FEED product sold has a measurable donation attached to its products. When you purchase one of their items, you help FEED in their work fighting hunger and…
  • SHARE THIS: 7 Days of Gratitude

    Jordan Elton
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:31 am
    In the week leading up to Thanksgiving, we’ve been sharing all the things we’ve been grateful for at ONE. Take a moment to reflect on some of the things we have access to – but millions of people live without. Click to share on Facebook.  What would you add to the list? Tell us in a comment below!
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  • 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…
  • Demonization or knowledge-based support? Aurora, CO is getting ready to decide

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    October’s dappled light likes teasing us into reflecting on life's lessons and mysteries. In the spirit of celebrating our bond with dogs, our supporters have been sharing some truly remarkable stories of the power of dogs to change, and in many cases, to save the lives of their people. (When you can, please visit this amazing facebook thread for reflections on profound personal change.)2014 has been an especially good year for activating lessons learned from living with dogs. At no time in our eons long history with canines have humans had access to so much credible…
  • Hot temps, Hot topics. The BR 2014 Rescue Jam comes to town.

    31 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    We rolled out another sold out Rescue Jam last weekend in hopes that our collective mind meld would work as well as it did last year to rejuvenate and inspire. How could it not? Rescuers flew in to Oakland from as far as Australia, Canada, Maine, Michigan, and Texas to think tank together. We met for two warm summer days of networking, sharing and soul searching in our quest to keep an updated outlook at the sometimes difficult work we do. Big Fat Group Photo (Thank you, Jesse Freidin Photography)PHOTO Album from the event.We enjoyed a smart, thoughtful crowd and passionate…
  • TIME's 'Problem' piece: What a media giant's fumble can teach us about dog bites and an industry in decline

    8 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    The number of dog bite injuries spikes in summer months, so to help curb the tide, news sites, trainers, advocacy groups and humane orgs roll out a perennial offering of bite prevention info as early as May. The efforts to educate seem to be helping: Reports from public health agencies around the US tell us that the number of bite injuries reported has declined significantly, even as the dog population has risen by millions during the time period bites have been studied. (Fewer bites.)Right: Graphic & Info Huffington Post & Sophia YinWhat happens though when you take the same worthy…
  • Oakland's most popular dogs need community support

    8 May 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Follow up from our report back in December. Oakland Animal Services (OAS) is still in the spotlight for ongoing practices that endanger the survival of our city’s lost and surrendered dogs (News Link).  If you are a pit bull owner or if you’ve found a lost dog in Oakland and you value his survival, it’s imperative that you try every alternative before bringing your dog to OAS at this time. Please read at bottom of post for information on alternatives. But first, some background...OAS has been under heavy scrutiny for lack of leadership, high euthanasia rates of adoptable and…
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    Nonprofit Blog Exchange

  • 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…
  • Roundup for September 2014

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

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

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

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

  • The Business of Philanthropy - A Rant

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

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

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

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

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

    Andrew Jones
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Alan Cross is a white evangelical Baptist pastor in Montgomery Alabama, the scene of some of America’s worst racial violence. For many years he has been asking the question “What went wrong in the south?” and that journey has led him to be a changemaker for justice in his denomination and beyond. It also led him to publish the book When Heaven ...
  • 5 ways to avoid microfinance corruption

    Andrew Jones
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Conversations about microloans to empower young entrepreneurs in the developing world should NOT contain words such as mafia, suicide epidemic, exploitation, microloan sharks. But they do. In San Francsico I chatted with Wolfgang Fernandez (Next Step) about the microloan industry; why is there so much corruption and what makes the successful programs stand out from those that are now bringing disgrace ...
  • Help me land the truck in Europe

    Andrew Jones
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    Update: YEAH!  2150 Euros aleady given (all from European countries) and i am offering those dear people free advertising on my blogs and/or a custom blog for their business or product. Good news: Our truck arrives in a few days in Belgium. Our friend Peter will pick it up and hold it until we arrive to drive it south to ...
  • A beard of prodigious length

    Andrew Jones
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    The Reformers of the church wore beards and the other guys, those on the dark side, didn’t. I am not being mean to all those baby faced male Protestant leaders out there, although it is true that I am growing a beard and I am allowing my inner Calvin to emerge. But the fact remains: the Reformers wore beards. This ...
  • A World Without Missionaries?

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

  • Is the Choice Really One of Judaism or Democracy?

    Stephen G. Donshik
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    An old issue – how does Israel define itself – has now been resurrected and has come to the fore in the Knesset. Is Israel a Jewish state? Is it a democratic state? Is it a pluralistic state that represents the plurality of its citizens and, if so, should it make any pronouncements as to its ethnic, cultural, or religious identity? How is Judaism defined in the state? What role does Turkish law, HaMaharah, play in the modern Israeli society? These are all questions that are being debated in light of the Cabinet’s recent approval of the “Jewish state” bill and its…
  • The Case for Birthright POLIN

    eJP
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    By Lisa Pleskow Kassow On an alternative break trip to Poland last March with a group from Trinity College Hillel, one student expressed disappointment that we did not eat traditional Ashkenazi Jewish dishes – cholent, brisket and kugel. His image of Jewish life in Poland, like that of many North American Jews, was fixed in a fictional Yiddishland, a place of romanticized nostalgia. Just as Chagall painted a mythical imaginary shtetl, it is the sentimentalized version of Jewish life in Eastern Europe that many American Jews today recognize as the accurate depiction of Jewish history and…
  • Maya Bernstein: Not Resting on Her Laurels

    eJP
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:40 pm
    By Abigail Pickus UpStart Bay Area has been supporting innovation in the Jewish community for almost a decade now. And Maya Bernstein has been there since its inception. As its first hire by founder Toby Rubin, Bernstein came on board to help put its ideas into practice and has since helped design and implement its goals. “In many ways, what I do with UpStart connects me to my upbringing,” said the 36-year-old. Growing up in Riverdale, New York, Bernstein went to Rabbi Avi Weiss’s shul and was very influenced by him. (A beloved and controversial figure, Weiss’s many accomplishments…
  • Natan Announces New Grant Committee Focused on the Russian-Speaking Jewish Community

    eJP
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:20 pm
    The Natan Fund, a giving circle of young philanthropists in New York funding Jewish and Israeli social innovation around the world, has announced the creation of a groundbreaking new grant committee devoted to supporting innovative initiatives to strengthen the Jewish identity of Russian-Speaking Jews (RSJ) in North America. The new RSJ Committee consists of 14 individuals and couples who joined Natan this fall. Several of the new members are recent graduates of the Wexner Foundation’s first Wexner Heritage RSJ class. With the Genesis Philanthropy Group matching a portion of the new RSJ…
  • #GivingTuesday and The Shmita Year

    eJP
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Kibbutz Lavi, near the Sea of Galilee, preparing for the shmita year. Photo courtesy Kibbutz Lavie. By David Eisner We have reached an exciting time of the year. The air has turned crisp and the leaves vibrant shades of red and yellow. The holiday season, with its family gatherings and festive mood, is just around the corner. For many, the old song’s adage rings true: “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.” But in today’s busy world, with its onslaught of advertisements blaring messages of consumption from all corners, it can be all too easy to lose touch with the season’s…
 
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  • Missing Lois Lerner E-Mails Potentially Found

    Justin Williamson
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    A big development has occurred in a story we’ve been following for quite some time. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration reports that some of the missing e-mails belonging to former IRS employee Lois Lerner have been found. Lerner is the former head of IRS’s nonprofits unit and the main figure in the tax agency’s alleged targeting of conservative groups applying for nonprofit status.... The post Missing Lois Lerner E-Mails Potentially Found appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • Giving During the Holiday Season

    Justin Williamson
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    You have seen the videos from stores during Black Friday: mass amounts of people funneling into a store to grab anything and everything they can. People go on day-long shopping sprees to cross off everything on their list for the holiday season. Now there is Cyber Monday, where people can get the same deals that Black Friday offers, only from the comfort of their own... The post Giving During the Holiday Season appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • Gifts To Donor-Advised Funds Increased Sharply in 2013

    Greg McRay
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:02 am
    An article out this morning in The Chronicle of Philanthropy discusses the current trend in donor-advised funds.  According to the story, gifts to donor-advised funds were up 23% in 2013.  That adds up to a massive figure of $17 billion dollars channeled into the DAFs, which on average distribute roughly 20% of their assets to charities. For those not familiar with the term, a donor-advised... The post Gifts To Donor-Advised Funds Increased Sharply in 2013 appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • Important Message Regarding Overhead Myth from GuideStar CEO

    Justin Williamson
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:35 am
    Foundation Group has long been a voice in the movement to shatter the so-called Overhead Myth.  The Overhead Myth, at its simplest, is the persistent belief that a nonprofit’s expenditures on anything other than direct programs is wasteful.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  In mid-2013, the CEOs of GuideStar, Charity Navigator, and BBB Wise Giving Alliance issued an open letter vowing support to... The post Important Message Regarding Overhead Myth from GuideStar CEO appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • Tax Breaks for Ebola Charity and Medical Expenses

    Justin Williamson
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    The IRS released two notices (Notice 2014-65 and 2014-68) in late October that state the following: President Obama has stated that the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa is a public health emergency, a humanitarian crisis, and a national security priority, and has directed U.S. agencies and departments… to assist West African governments in their responses… In view of the extreme need for... The post Tax Breaks for Ebola Charity and Medical Expenses appeared first on Foundation Group®.
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    Living and Giving - Pamela Hawley's Blog

  • The Classic Pamela Positive: What We Can Learn from the Gentle, Observant Jain Religion

    Pamela Hawley
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    Jainism is a group that believes we should leave barely a footprint on this earth.  They believe in gentility, kindness, and care for every living creature.  It’s even to the extent of not eating root vegetables, because pulling up the roots makes the plant die.  Jains honor every living thing. Founded in a similar time frame as Buddhism, Jainism primarily existed in Hindu parts of India.  In the present day it is a small but powerful minority among the world’s religions, with some 4 million followers in India and growing communities elsewhere in the world.  A few core beliefs of…
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: Better To Make a Few Mistakes Being Natural

    Pamela Hawley
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    “Better to make a few mistakes being natural than to do everything out of a feeling of worry.” – The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care, Dr. Benjamin Spock, 1946 It’s better to make a few mistakes being natural.   It’s important to be who we are in a natural, real way.  If we get everything right, and are absolutely perfect, but it’s done with anxiety…. then it actually isn’t right, is it? What we do needs to be done with care, love, calm.  With joy and sincerity…and since Dr. Benjamin Spock was a famous leader in parenting in…
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: Listening – A Business Bliss

    Pamela Hawley
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:05 am
    When getting involved internationally, it’s so important to listen to others. Respect the person, the culture, and their local community.  To do so is to honor the unique wisdom and presence they bring to the world. Listening, and striving to understand other people, is the right thing to do. It will also open your business up to new opportunities. When you honor people and their local customs, they will want to work with you.  And you will love working with them!  Listening is mirrored in Respect,  which is a type of “business bliss.”
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: Don’t Ever Give This Up: Humble Will

    Pamela Hawley
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    Don’t ever give this up.  Your Humble Will.   It’s your commitment to persevere. Business models will change and do change. Systems change, marketplaces change, technology changes. But your Humble Will to persevere cannot.  Your organization relies on it; your team must know it. And you must found this commitment to persevere deeply within your soul and daily execution. Please note I add “humble will.” It’s a listening commitment, a listening perseverance. You can’t just bulldoze ahead….. You have to be in touch with your marketplace, sector,…
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: God Help Me To Become a Clearer More Loving Person

    Pamela Hawley
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:15 am
    God help me to become a clearer more loving person. To think of others more; myself less. To listen more carefully; respond in deeper gentleness. To have a quiet centering of appreciation in morning and in night. To convince myself of joy in darkened dawn’s flittering might To protect my thought as well as spiritual sight. To see the good, seek the good, see the good again. To cherish all identity in my family brother friend. To enrich my self’s experience in understanding God’s word. Constantly grateful, amaze, at His beautifully created world. From Pamela’s journal,…
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    Live United Blog »

  • David Tibbs Attacks Bill Bohack`s websites

    liveunitedadmin
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:55 pm
      This is the whole story of this mess written by me in a letter to online officials trying to reach out for help with this matter as his attack was beginning to actually affect my business and my relationships with long time business partners. This was after the Tibbs strategy began to take effect and this was my attempt for one of us to remain adult about the situation. “To Whom it may concern: My name is William Bohack and I am writing you in regards to a cyber attack against my company, BPclaims.org, by a man named David Tibbs. The underlining question in regards to this…
  • David Tibbs: BP Banner Discrepancy

    liveunitedadmin
    3 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    As I have mentioned before, David Tibbs was one of the main people that helped me through one of the biggest accounts of my life and I was usually very happy with all of the work that he had done for me and my company; however, some of his unethical behaviors began to surface as he began building websites for the BP project. Of course there was a government regulated website for these claims and according to an email I received, we were not specific enough in differentiating  ourselves from them and were asked to change our banner to reflect this. David Duval <dduval@dheclaims.com>…
  • David Tibbs Launches SEO Attack

    liveunitedadmin
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    This is the beginning of a first hand account of internet extortion at it’s finest. My business has to do with helping people get legal help and finding the claims results they are entitled to. I have handled cases from pharmaceutical claims to claims from the BP oil spill. As you can imagine, this type of business has very much to do with an online presence and so this left me with the need to outsource SEO experts to assist me with optimizing all of my many sites for my fast growing business. I worked very closely for a while with a man by the name of David Tibbs of the UK. During…
 
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    Red Rooster Group

  • This Holiday Season, We Want to Give Thanks for the Big and Small Things In Life

    Howard
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:05 pm
    The team at Red Rooster Group has a (free) range of things for which we are grateful, from the mundane to the profound: “My family’s health.” “Public transit.” “Design that makes a difference.” “Puns, and barely bearable family gatherings.” “Chocolate.” “Working and living in a city that surrounds you with amazing and unique opportunities and people.” “Maple syrup.” “Smart-alecky children from whom I can learn.” “To finally be working in my field, using the skills and education I went…
  • WORKSHOP: 1 Day to Improve Your Nonprofit

    Howard
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Red Rooster Group Principal, Howard Levy, joins forces with other experts in the nonprofit sector to help you improve your marketing and fundraising outcomes. Monday, December 1, 2014  Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ 8:30 am– 9:00 am: Registration & Breakfast WORKSHOP 1: Telling Your Story 9:00 am–10:30 am: Graphic Facilitation Learn how to visualize your message so that your audience can “see” what you mean. You’ll learn a method for explaining complex ideas so that you can motivate more people to act for your organization — drawing skills not needed! Jill…
  • Why Spending on Branding Isn’t a Waste of Nonprofit Funds

    Howard
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:58 am
    If people don’t know what your organization does and the impact it has, why should they give your money, join, volunteer, or use your services? Well, branding tells them why. It’s an investment in communicating value. “For a small nonprofit working on a limited budget, every dollar spent on marketing equates to a dollar that isn’t spent on the organization’s core mission.” Wrong! Brand Visibility That unfortunate paragraph was the start of a Pensacola News Journal story about the very generous donation to a nonprofit in Pensacola, FL. of $100,000 worth of branding…
  • Don’t Neglect a Goldmine of Talent, Yours for the Asking

    Howard
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:29 am
    As nonprofit budgets are tightened, good help can be hard to hire. But you may be able to get it for free, or for very little, by setting up a robust volunteer program. A wealth of talent is ready, willing, and able to help nonprofits if you know how to access and manage it. Baby Boomers are notorious for not wanting to sit back and relax in their retirement. But their eagerness to stay active often does not include stuffing envelopes and greeting people at the door. They want to do something that matters and be part of a team. That makes them an asset that is both valuable and challenging.
  • Rebranding Challenges: Getting Chapters/Affiliates to Buy In

    Howard
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Affiliates and chapters can reinforce your organization’s brand identity. But they can also make rebranding much more challenging. Be sure to bring them along as you build your brand. Organizations with chapters or affiliates face extra challenges when rebranding. Some of the issues that may need to be addressed are: Will the chapters adopt the new messaging? To what extent will they align with the parent’s brand elements? In what ways (financial, technical and other) will the parent agency help in the adoption process? Do some of the chapters/affiliates want to retain their own…
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  • Paloma Faith Exposes Shocking Truth Of The Fur Trade

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    Paloma Faith has narrated a new video for PETA exposing the shocking truth behind “Origin Assured” fur sold at Harvey Nichols. Video: Cruelty Assured - Paloma Faith Shares the Truth About the International Fur TradeFoxes with skinless paws forced to live beside their decomposing cagemates and a mink with an untreated head wound so severe that the animal’s brain is visible are just two of the stomach-churning scenes in PETA’s new video montage, narrated by Paloma Faith, of footage taken from farms in countries that make up part of the fur industry’s grossly…
  • Duchess Of Cambridge Attends Fundraising Launch For East Anglia's Children's Hospices

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    The Duchess of Cambridge attended the launch of a fundraising campaign this week to help East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) build a new £10 million hospice in Norfolk. The Duchess of Cambridge meets the Cottis family during the launch of the East Anglia's Children's Hospices Norfolk Capital AppealCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orgHundreds of guests at the appeal launch attended from across Norfolk and beyond including individuals, businesses, charitable trusts, voluntary and community groups who had the opportunity to learn about the appeal and see…
  • SiriusXM Supports WhyHunger Hungerthon Auction

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    SiriusXM has announced its participation with WhyHunger's Hungerthon 2014. The charity auction will take place between now and Wednesday, December 10. For the sixth consecutive year, many of SiriusXM’s music, talk and sports channels will participate in WhyHunger’s annual Hungerthon campaign by helping to promote WhyHunger’s online auction of rare memorabilia and experiences donated by popular musicians, athletes and celebrities. WhyHunger is a non-profit organization founded by the late Harry Chapin and current executive director and radio host, Bill Ayres. It is a…
  • William Shatner Wants Older People To Catch Up With Technology

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    William Shatner has just launched a Kickstarter project to produce his new book, “Catch Me Up”. William Shatner is on a mission to help seniors "catch up" with new technologyThe book features interviews between Shatner and people over 50 who redefined themselves by embracing new technology and accepting new challenges at a later stage of life. “Catch Me Up” introduces a fresh, modern approach to teaching seniors how to leverage their lifelong skill sets to create viable businesses and become entrepreneurs. “I’ve been unemployed over 400 times in…
  • Kristen Bell Donates Baby Items To New Mothers

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Kristen Bell has donated $91,500 worth of Bravado nursing bras and Medela breast pumps to mothers in need. The announcement was made during an event for Baby Buggy earlier this week. “I understand the importance of having the essential tools necessary to provide for a newborn,” said Bell, who was unable to attend the event due to her own pregnancy. “Greater still, I am aware of the immeasurable value of having support systems in place to ensure success on this journey of motherhood. Anything I can offer in support and care to new moms in need remains a huge priority to…
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  • 6 Tips to Help Your Nonprofit Prepare for its Holiday Campaign

    Charlie Hullihen
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:45 pm
    By Charlie Hullien Director of Communications The holiday season has officially arrived. And for nonprofits that means it’s time to kick off their end-of-year campaigns. It’s no secret that the holiday season is a crucial time for nonprofits. 30% of annual giving takes place in the month of December, while 10% of giving occurs during the last 3 days of the year. Below are some tips your nonprofit can use to make sure you are getting the most out or your holiday campaign. 1. Be Personal If your campaign involves letters or emails, it is essential that you address your potential…
  • Your Nonprofit May be Eligible to Receive Donations via AmazonSmile

    Charlie Hullihen
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:43 pm
    By Charlie Hullien Director of Communications Amazon now gives shoppers the opportunity to have 0.5% of a purchase donated to a participating charity of their choice. Tens of millions of products qualify for this feature, and Amazon shoppers pay no extra fees and do not need any special type of account to participate. Users are given a list of nearly a million charities to choose from when they are checking out. Shoppers can support the same charity with every purchase or pick a different one every time. If your nonprofit has not registered to participate, you can get started here. With the…
  • Google Keep enters the productivity app game

    Benmazur
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:29 pm
    A few weeks ago we gave you a heads up on Google Inbox, which is to help busy people manage their email more effectively. Now comes Google Keep for Android (a web-based and Chrome app has been out since May) is now out to prove itself in the realm of productivity apps (like Evernote and Any.do). However, Google being Google and trying to outdo the others, not only can you jot down ideas or put together shopping lists, you can also share them with friends and family and work on them at the same time. So next time you create a list, share it on Keep and watch as items get checked off in real…
  • Nonprofit Websites: Too Much Text Will Bore Users

    Charlie Hullihen
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:14 am
    By Charlie Hullihen Director of Communications The risk of having “too much text” has been something developers have had to consider since the very early days of web design. However, thanks to the rise of social media, content curation, and shorter attention spans, the amount of text an organization can get away with on its website has gotten drastically smaller in the past few years. Take, for example, this screenshot of YouTube’s homepage from 2006 (retrieved via the Internet Archive): You will notice an abundance of teaser text in the video descriptions, as well as a really…
  • In Between the Spaces

    Benmazur
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    The way a web page looks can dramatically affect how a visitor feels while they are there. One thing to consider is the use of “white-space”. “White space” is an area of a design in which no content or visual element demanding our attention is present. White space plays an important role in any type of design work because it visually gives a resting place for the visitor. This concept of minimalism (using the least amount of visual content needed to convey your point or idea) is very popular across the Web. These minimalistic designs are used not to overtly impress the audience with…
 
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  • 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! ]]
  • The Thoughtful Cover Letter

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

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

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

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

    Trina Isakson
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    I took a class on effective instruction a few years ago. The most powerful take away was almost a throwaway quote from one of the instructors. All models are wrong. But some models are useful. I’ve taken this thought with me far and wide. Some people don’t believe in the MBTI. Fine. (I do). But even if you disagree with the underpinnings, is the information, self-exploration, and tips for interacting effectively with others useful? I’ve read books that I might have previous considered ‘flaky.’ New-agey books about presence and intentions. Do I believe in…
  • 218 content tips for resumes

    Trina Isakson
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    Just kidding! Not 218 tips. First tip: don’t include EVERYTHING in your resume. Yesterday I shared tips for resume design. Today: content. Recap I have some pretty strong feelings to share, with the caveat that I am just one opinionated person – other people are opinionated in other ways, so a perfect resume for one hiring manager is just “meh” for another. Firstly, I usually don’t read cover letters unless the resume is a good one, so be sure that your resume…is a good one. There are two things I look for when I review job/volunteer applications. 1) The…
  • 5 design tips for resumes

    Trina Isakson
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:24 am
    Earlier this week I gave some advice to young professionals on resumes and cover letters. I have some pretty strong feelings to share, with the caveat that I am just one opinionated person – other people are opinionated in other ways, so a perfect resume for one hiring manager is just “meh” for another. I usually don’t read cover letters unless the resume is a good one, so be sure that your resume…is a good one. There are two things I look for when I review job/volunteer applications. The content The layout I’ll cover content in a later post. As for…
  • When it rains, it pours

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

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

    Pamela Grow
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:11 am
      Thanksgiving provides the ideal opportunity for nonprofits to simply reach out to their supporters with a message of thanks, no ask.Here are a few that landed in my in-box: UNICEF’s ‘What I am thankful for this year’ email implores readers to send a message of thanks and support to UNICEF workers on the front lines of emergency response. Society for the Increase of the Ministry thanks their seminarians, donors, alumni, staff, and friends in a simple heartfelt way. National Brain Tumor Society thanks their supporters with an opportunity to create customizable Thanksgiving cards.
  • November Nonprofit Blog Carnival | An Attitude of Gratitude

    Pamela Grow
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here in the US, November marks the month of Thanksgiving and showing gratitude for our blessings. In keeping with the theme, for the past few years, our November Nonprofit Blog Carnival has celebrated with inspiring ways nonprofit organizations throughout the world are celebrating the donors who make their work possible. SDS member Rachel Ramjatten of Catholic Charities of Miami says:  “Pam, Thursday was Give Miami Day and we called every donor we had a number for. And every donor received a superhero badge via email within an hour of their gift. One said that she had never ever…
  • Fundraising Friday | November 21, 2014

    Pamela Grow
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:12 am
      Is #GivingTuesday worth the hoopla? I’m hearing it from readers and clients alike:what should we be doing for #GivingTuesday?Tuesday, December 2 marks the third annual #GivingTuesday, a manufactured holiday created to inspire action around charitable giving. I’ll be real with you: I’m not advising clients (or you) to spend a lot of time on #GivingTuesday.Why?Your time is limited (especially now at year-end), and my focus – and yours – should be on long-term funding success, not gimmicks.  Do you seriously need yet another distraction? I’m all about getting the…
  • What’s in my Inbox | Email welcome message

    Pamela Grow
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:55 am
      When a prospect lands on your organization’s website and signs up for your newsletter, what kind of message do they receive?  Is it the standard yawn-inducing Welcome to XYZ org. We are happy to have you as a member of our community. Your email address and interest preferences have been recorded in our database. In the future, you will receive periodic emails specific to your interests. Privacy is important to us; therefore, we will not sell, rent, or give your name or address to anyone. At any point, you can select the link at the bottom of every email to unsubscribe. “Welcome…
  • Fundraising Friday | November 14, 2014

    Pamela Grow
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    What can you learn from the leading fundraising guru’s AHA moments?  I asked some of the leading fundraisers to share their biggest AHA moment with you.  Tom Ahern.  Amy Eisenstein.  Joe Garecht.  Gail Perry.  Sandy Rees.   What they had to share may surprise you.  You’ll definitely have an AHA moment or two yourself. How do you integrate your direct mail with your email?You’re going to love, love, love this week’s What’s in My Inbox and What’s in my Mailbox.We’ve flipped them so you can see first the marvelous direct mail fundraising letter, and then the followup…
 
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  • 2014 Public Relations Society of America Gold Medal Winner

    wake101
    16 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The Wakeman Agency is pleased to announce the receipt of the Public Relations Society of America’s Gold Medal – for a Media Relations Campaign 2014. White Plains, NY, June 10, 2014 – The Wakeman Agency, keep reading
  • Client Spotlight: Legal Outreach

    wake101
    28 Jan 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Legal Outreach is a 30-year old nonprofit organization that offers educational programs to New York City middle and high school students from underserved communities. In honor of its 30th anniversary, Legal Outreach wanted to host keep reading
  • Announcement – New Office in Silicon Valley!

    Katie Cray
    28 Jan 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Dear Friends, I am excited to announce that The Wakeman Agency is heading west. On February 3rd, we are opening a new office in Sunnyvale, California – the heart of Silicon Valley – just a keep reading
  • Positioning – To Thine Own Brand Be True

    wake101
    11 Aug 2013 | 5:28 pm
    During a recent outing with a friend, the conversation turned to business. She has been a huge supporter of The Wakeman Agency and was truly excited that we had made to the 10-year mark. We keep reading
  • What I Didn’t Learn in Journalism School

    wake101
    22 Jul 2013 | 11:31 am
    By Katie Cray As a proud Northeastern University alumnus (one of the best journalist schools, in my opinion), I can honestly say that I learned a lot in the classroom and through the co-op program. keep reading
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  • Happy Thanksgiving from Event 360

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:56 pm
    As my friend and colleague Ali said, it’s a heartwarming coincidence that Event 360’s event season wraps up so close to Thanksgiving. It gives us a perfect opportunity to share just a few of the things we’re most grateful for this year which includes:Having the privilege to execute 23 events For eight wonderful clients With amazing causes that we adopt as our own With over 70,000 participants and volunteers That have helped raise nearly $30 million dollars In addition to that, we get to work alongside a team of people who are fun, experienced, knowledgeable and…
  • Five Best Practices and Tips for Hosting Tweet Chats and Twitter Parties

    14 Nov 2014 | 12:53 pm
    How do you get any amount of people, who live in different places and time zones, to be in the same place at the same time? Ask them to meet on Twitter for a Tweet Chat! Tweet Chats, also known as Twitter Parties, are one of the many ways social media has been able to unite a group of people for a common cause. Tweet Chats happen every day and at all different times, by having participants follow one specific hashtag in real time. Some are recurring, like #RunChat, which happens weekly, and some are one-time hashtags, meant to promote a cause, brand, or event. Twitter Parties are a great way…
  • Event 360: Here, There and Everywhere!

    13 Nov 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Where in the world was the Event 360 team this weekend? Producing three great events for clients we admire and causes close to our hearts. In what turned out to be our busiest long-weekend of the season, our team successfully executed events in San Diego, Dallas and Washington, D.C.What’s the big deal, you ask? Events are kind of our thing. Absolutely! In the past year, we’ve gotten back to our roots and focused on full-service event management. However, this past weekend we proved that we can do small events, huge events, and everything in-between, and we can do them all at…
  • Saluting America's Veterans

    11 Nov 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Event 360 has been here, there and everywhere all year long, but in the past few days, we’ve been busy executing three events in three different time zones across the country. Today we have the great honor to help execute The Concert for Valor on the National Mall. We’ll be back later this week to share some highlights, but we wanted to encourage you to tune in to watch the Concert. If you’re lucky enough to be in the Washington, D.C. area, you can watch it live. If not, HBO will be airing the event on their main channel. Or you can watch a free live stream on…
  • Recognizing Your Top Fundraisers at the Event

    7 Nov 2014 | 11:21 am
    With any event that involves fundraising – whether required or optional – it’s very important to recognize and/or reward those that go above and beyond the call of duty: your top fundraisers.  When an event encourages but does not require fundraising, the bulk of the fundraising work is done by a small percentage of the participants (e.g., 20% of the participants bring in 100% of the funds). I hope it’s obvious why it is advisable to make this group feel special; for without them, your “fundraising event” would simply be an “event.”…
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    Mark & Phil: Strategic marketing and philanthropy for good folks

  • Raise Supporters, Not Just Funds on #GivingTuesday!

    Sabrina Schutzsmith
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:48 am
    We talked earlier this week about #GivingTuesday, the national movement around the holidays dedicated to giving, similar to how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become days that are synonymous with holiday shopping. But I bet you didn’t realize that you could easily use it for more than just raising funds! If you’re an advocacy group or a cause solely funded through grants, then some of these ideas below will help immensely. We have pulled together a few ideas and tools that you might not have thought of and showed you some examples of amazing campaigns doing it right. Some…
  • What is #GivingTuesday?

    Sabrina Schutzsmith
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
    What if we told you that you could raise money for your nonprofit on a day that is getting almost as popular as CyberMonday?! Well you can and it’s called #GivingTuesday! On Tuesday Dec. 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, students and more will come together to participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving, when people around the world will use the Internet & social media to share information about how they give and why. It was started as a collaboration between the 92nd St Y and the United Nations Foundation as a way to get supporters, especially…
  • NLEAFCF Launch – Just in Time for the Holidays!

    Sabrina Schutzsmith
    20 Nov 2013 | 12:24 pm
    Thanksgiving is a time for giving “Thanks” and that is exactly what our newest client has been doing since September 11th, 2001. The National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children’s Foundation (NLEAFCF) offers grant and scholarship programs to children of law enforcement officers and firefighters who have been lost or permanently disabled in the line of duty. NLEAFCF approached us to help them create a new online presence that reflected their passion and commitment to offering grant and scholarship programs to children of law enforcement officers…
  • The Sexperience 1000 – Interactive Infographic

    Sabrina Schutzsmith
    7 Aug 2013 | 8:39 am
    We’re loving this interactive infographic for The Sexperience 1000. It’s an interactive journey through the sexual experiences and preferences of one thousand British individuals derived from 20 survey questions Channel 4 posed to the British public. For instance, you can see things like: What’s the favorite sexual position of iPhone users in the North? Do country music lovers over 55 prefer to do it in the dark? How often do single Britains “do it” in a week? Interestingly, the infographic was built in Flash so it’s nice to see that some nonprofits are still…
  • 4 Ugly Truths About Marketing For Nonprofits

    Daniel Schutzsmith
    1 Aug 2013 | 5:30 am
    There are several pitfalls marketers need to avoid when marketing for nonprofits. Here’s the top 4 issues we hear about over and over again, with some solutions we know will help make it easier! 1. You Are Always Marketing, Whether You Want To Or Not Problem: Brands aren’t something you can turn off and on, whether you like it or not, your supporters are always perceiving you through the messaging you are and are not sending them. For instance, not having a social media presence is just as powerful, if not more, than having one. Of course, in most cases by not using social media…
 
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  • NCRP Gives Thanks for Social Justice Allies

    Alison Howard
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, there has been more than enough to remind us of the tremendous amount of work needed to achieve true equity in this country. Especially with yesterday’s events, and the details still emerging from Ferguson, it can be easy to get discouraged by the sheer size of the challenges we face. We are humbled and honored by those on the ground who are fighting against injustice. Below, NCRP staff share what we’re grateful for this year, in light of the enormous challenges all those in our field face in promoting the public good. “I’m thankful for the…
  • Philanthropy’s Role in Education Reflects Power Dynamics at Play

    Lia Weintraub
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Grantmakers are able to grow movements by focusing on the entirety of issues, cultivating public support, funding effective nonprofit change-makers and growing political pressure through advocacy. These strategies allow grantmakers to leverage their limited resources to effect lasting change. For this reason, it is important for foundations to listen to the voices of those they serve to ensure that the change they create is in line with the values of the community. Take the charter school movement in education: What originally began as a model popularized by Albert Shanker, President of the…
  • Mutual Trust as a Basis for Philanthropic Excellence

    Lisa Ranghelli
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Post first appeared in Nonprofit Quarterly on November 6, 2014.  This is the second in a series of articles based on insights and lessons from Philamplify, NCRP’s new initiative combining expert assessments with stakeholder feedback to help improve the effectiveness and impact of our country’s foundations. When I was in college, I was intimidated by speaking with professors during their office hours. It wasn’t their personalities that scared me; rather, it was their positions of authority. The thought of having to interact with them one on one and the pressure to sound like I…
  • Fall Issue of “Responsive Philanthropy” Highlights Value of Collaboration

    Aaron Dorfman
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This fall, NCRP has been hard at work expanding our Philamplify initiative, a project to break the “isolation bubble” in philanthropy by offering honest feedback to grantmakers, pairing expert assessments of foundations with unvarnished stakeholder feedback. Launched in May, we’ve already reviewed five foundations, and will evaluate a few more by Spring 2015. Throughout this process, we’ve realized the need to accept honest feedback of our own work in our continuous search for improvement. We highlighted this during our recent Amplifying Philamplify webinar, which many of you…
  • Funding Systems Change Best Serves Those Who Served

    Jeanné Isler
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Currently there are about 20 million veterans in the United States (about 6 percent of the population), and in the past, they have sometimes been ignored or even blamed for the challenges that accompany a military service career. In recent years, the American population has become slightly better educated about the challenges that veterans and their families face. Recognition of the lack of adequate support for Vietnam War Veterans, more platforms to share personal experiences through social media, and public education efforts such as First Lady Michelle Obama’s Joining Forces have all…
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  • 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…
  • An Unexpected Nonprofit Fundraising Story

    Debra Askanase
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    A few weeks ago, my friend Courtney brought the Amazon Wish List of the Center for Great Apes to my attention. She wrote: “My brother is quite passionate about saving endangered orangutans and, as a fellow animal-lover, I’m motivated to support this cause of his. The other day, he shared an Amazon “wish list” from the Center for Great Apes. It’s the kind of thing you could easily overlook, but he called the list “humble” and I was compelled to take a look – I mean, who isn’t able to purchase a “humble” gift for a nonprofit? Not…
  • Designing Effective Online Engagement Campaigns

    Debra Askanase
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    One of my favorite types of online campaigns to run are online engagement campaigns. Once an organization has built what it believes is a steady and committed following online, I strongly suggest testing fan commitment by designing an online engagement campaign. Engagement campaigns serve the purposes of identifying who is most engaged with your organization online, whether online fans can be moved to action, and testing new ideas. These campaigns, after completion, offer incredibly valuable insights for future activities. Following an online engagement campaign your organization should know,…
  • Unlocking Community Conversation: Cantors Assembly Keynote Address

    Debra Askanase
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
    This May, I delivered the keynote address to the Cantors Assembly, the Conservative Movement’s annual cantorial conference entitled “Unlocking the Community Conversation.” Cantors touch almost every member of the community through their work, which includes leading services, singing religious liturgy, teaching bar and bat mitzvah students to read from the Torah, working with a choir, and conducting weddings and funeral services. For the keynote, I drew a thread between the science of people connecting briefly, creating opportunities for online connections that move offline…
  • Informing Ourselves: The 2014 Social Media Marketing Report

    Debra Askanase
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    I love benchmarks – it guides our industry and those of us working in it. A good set of benchmarking data informs future social media marketing decisions and helps us to rethink others. Social Media Examiner recently released the 2014 Social Media Marketing Report detailing how 3,025 business marketing professionals conduct social media marketing activities. The report reveals what platforms marketers are using, how much time they are spending on them, the perceived return on investment, what marketing jobs they outsource, and which marketing activities complement social media. How much…
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    Notations on Non-Profits

  • Are We Missing the Problem in the Nonprofit Overhead Discussion?

    Erin
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Donors Care More About How Money Is Spent Than Results…probably the third article I’ve seen on this topic. Each claiming donors really only care about how money is being spent, specifically when it comes to overhead costs, more than the impact spending has. We won’t even get me started on how illogical that position is. But I worry that […]
  • Cause-Related Marketing Campaigns: The Legal Concerns With Each Step

    Erin
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    From the outside looking in, cause-related marketing campaigns seem pretty straight forward. A company sells something and donates a certain amount from each sale to an organization.   But whenever: 1. a product or a service is offered for purchase; 2.with a promise that the purchase will benefit a charity or cause there are all […]
  • Article About Nonprofit Trademarks

    Erin
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:50 pm
    I came across this article today and had to share. Not long ago I posted an article on things exempt orgs should do to protect its intellectual property (here). Then, in a fit of serendipity I came across this article outlining ways exempt orgs can protect one particular type of intellectual property; trademarks. I wanted […]
  • Much Ado About IP

    Erin
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Whenever I speak, it always surprises me that the most popular questions I get deal with intellectual property. Not what it takes to get a tax exempt status and nada on starting an organization. But questions about when to copyright and how much the patent process is. Which to me, is uncanny. Generally, I don”t […]
  • Nonprofit Internal Controls: What To Do With the End In Sight

    Erin
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
        Tada!! Here it is, the last post in the internal controls series. The last two things I’ll talk about (don’t look so happy) is detection and maintenance. Detection I often try to impress that internal controls don’t just address the “bad stuff”, they catch mistakes as well. But, as we see in the […]
 
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    Full Contact Philanthropy

  • 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…
  • Leveling with donors while keeping hope alive

    david
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Over the last year I’ve started to pay more attention to the fundraising side of the nonprofit equation. While those of use who live and breath the social sector hope donors will become less persuaded by financial overhead ratios and more focused on data driven giving, the evidence suggests donors aren’t especially interested in deeply researching their charitable gifts. A recent report on donor behaviors adds more fuel to the fire, as researchers found evidence to suggest that donors don’t simply not care for data driven giving, it might actually turn them off completely. Paul Slovic,…
  • Telling average stories

    david
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I’ve never been terribly comfortable with the social sector’s obsession with story telling. It’s not that I don’t understand that stories can be powerful. People can resonate with stories in a way that they can’t with numbers. Indeed, evidence suggests that while story telling can help drive donors to give, quantitative data can actually risk turning donors off. My problem with story telling is not the story telling itself per se, but that stories can be misleading. Perhaps more important, because story selection is driven by nonprofit fundraising and public relations people rather…
  • The Red Cross’ obvious disaster

    david
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    At the end of October ProPublica and NPR released a joint investigation titled “The Red Cross’ Secret Disaster”, looking into the gulf between the American Red Cross’s fundraising prowess in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the realities of its numerous stumbles in providing the relief the organization so publicly fundraised against. Indeed, to many the Red Cross seemed far better prepared to raise funds in the wake of Sandy than to deploy them effectively toward disaster relief. The most shocking thing to me in all of these allegations against the Red Cross is that the general…
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    Notations on Non-Profits

  • Are We Missing the Problem in the Nonprofit Overhead Discussion?

    Erin
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Donors Care More About How Money Is Spent Than Results…probably the third article I’ve seen on this topic. Each claiming donors really only care about how money is being spent, specifically when it comes to overhead costs, more than the impact spending has. We won’t even get me started on how illogical that position is. But I worry that […]
  • Cause-Related Marketing Campaigns: The Legal Concerns With Each Step

    Erin
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    From the outside looking in, cause-related marketing campaigns seem pretty straight forward. A company sells something and donates a certain amount from each sale to an organization.   But whenever: 1. a product or a service is offered for purchase; 2.with a promise that the purchase will benefit a charity or cause there are all […]
  • Article About Nonprofit Trademarks

    Erin
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:50 pm
    I came across this article today and had to share. Not long ago I posted an article on things exempt orgs should do to protect its intellectual property (here). Then, in a fit of serendipity I came across this article outlining ways exempt orgs can protect one particular type of intellectual property; trademarks. I wanted […]
  • Much Ado About IP

    Erin
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Whenever I speak, it always surprises me that the most popular questions I get deal with intellectual property. Not what it takes to get a tax exempt status and nada on starting an organization. But questions about when to copyright and how much the patent process is. Which to me, is uncanny. Generally, I don”t […]
  • Nonprofit Internal Controls: What To Do With the End In Sight

    Erin
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
        Tada!! Here it is, the last post in the internal controls series. The last two things I’ll talk about (don’t look so happy) is detection and maintenance. Detection I often try to impress that internal controls don’t just address the “bad stuff”, they catch mistakes as well. But, as we see in the […]
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    Engaging Volunteers

  • Nonprofit Insights: How to Socialize Your Volunteer Recruitment with Google Ad Grants

    Shari Tishman
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    The Nonprofit Insights webinar series brings major thought leaders and experts to you for thought-provoking presentations on a variety of issues related to technology and engaging your community members for social good. Question: What difference would it make for your organization if you could get $120,000 per year in free advertising? Good news: you can. Join VolunteerMatch and Eric Facas, founder and CEO of Media Cause, to learn the basics of the Google Ad Grants program. How to Socialize Your Volunteer Recruitment with Google Ad Grants Register for this free event. Wednesday, December 3,…
  • How Do You Keep Your Organization Safe?

    Shari Tishman
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:03 am
    When your organization engages potential volunteers, how do you screen them? How do you ensure that, not only are they the people you really need, but that your nonprofit’s information, reputation and clients will be protected? Furthermore, how do you determine what to include in volunteer screenings, and measure the effectiveness of them? These are not easy questions to answer, especially since we’ve noticed that each organization tends to have its own set of standards and policies for screening volunteers. And wouldn’t it be so much easier if we shared our knowledge and…
  • Why Online Petitions are Crucial to Your Volunteer Recruitment (and Retention)

    Shari Tishman
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    By Aaron Viles, Care2 These days, every nonprofit organization has a website, usually chock full of articles, reports and blog posts about the issues and programs they support. The role of the Internet as a platform for sharing information with volunteers is pretty obvious. But increasingly, real engagement, organization and action are happening online. This is giving nonprofits new ways to communicate with supporters, find new audiences and leverage their volunteer base to get involved, do good work and make change. Every nonprofit faces the challenge of finding and keeping volunteers. One…
  • A Formula for Elevator Pitches

    Shari Tishman
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:53 am
    Guest post by Elisa Kosarin, Twenty Hats This post was originally published on Twenty Hats. Recently, I had the privilege of leading a training hosted by Volunteer Fairfax for RSVP workstation managers on the art of the elevator pitch. I love the idea of the elevator pitch, because it is another way to use stories to engage prospective volunteers, but this time with the spoken word. Basic Elements Just like written stories, a good elevator pitch starts by examining your prospective volunteer’s needs and goals and connecting that information to your volunteer program. Once you frame your…
  • Nonprofit Insights: The Brave New World of Engaging Skilled Volunteers

    Shari Tishman
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:48 pm
    The Nonprofit Insights webinar series brings major thought leaders and experts to you for thought-provoking presentations on a variety of issues related to technology and engaging your community members for social good. In today’s connected world, new ways of involving volunteers in your organization’s work are popping up all the time. Have you thought about how volunteers with specific skills could help your nonprofit? The Brave New World of Engaging Skilled Volunteers Register for this free event. Wednesday, November 19, 2014 10am – 11am PT (1-2pm ET) Follow along with the…
 
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  • Top 10 Tweets from the 2014 Independent Sector Conference

    Heather Mansfield
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:48 am
    Of the 113 tweets and retweets sent by @NonprofitOrgs during the 2014 Independent Sector Conference (#ISConf), the 10 embedded tweets below are those that received the most social actions i.e., retweets + favorites. It’s no surprise that the vast majority include images properly sized for Twitter (600 x 300 pixels), inspirational quotes, and/or stats. By studying carefully the formatting of the tweets below your nonprofit can become a better live tweeter. The length of a tweet, proper grammar and punctuation, and the correct use of hashtags has a significant impact on social actions.
  • 10 Holiday Gift Programs That Benefit Nonprofits

    Heather Mansfield
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    As a follow-up to 25 Online Gift Stores That Benefit Nonprofits, below are 10 holiday gift programs that benefit nonprofits. Gifts range from symbolic adopt-an-acre of a national park gifts to funding a classroom project in a low-income community. These gift programs are ideal for socially and environmentally conscious holiday shoppers that would prefer their holiday spending directly empower nonprofits. They also make excellent gifts for activists and advocates of global development, environmental conservation, and wildlife protection.  1. World Wildlife Gift Center 2. Wilderness Society…
  • 25 Online Gift Stores That Benefit Nonprofits

    Heather Mansfield
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    According to Shop.org’s annual Holiday 2014 Pre-Holiday Retailer and Consumer Study, two out of five U.S. consumers started their holiday shopping in October. The study also found that online shoppers plan to spend 16 percent more than brick-and-mortar shoppers this holiday season on gifts, decorations, greeting cards, and food. All told, online shoppers expect to spend an average of $931.75. Conscious consumers can channel some of their spending power into creating good in the world by shopping at any of the 25 online stores listed below. Please give back this holiday season by…
  • Mobile for Good: A Free How-To Fundraising Webinar for Nonprofits

    Heather Mansfield
    26 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Date: Wednesday, December 3 Time: 1-2:30pm EDT Cost: Free! How to Register: Sign up Presented by: Heather Mansfield View: Complete Webinar Schedule Based on more than 20 years of experience and 25,000+ hours spent utilizing mobile and social media, Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits is a comprehensive 256-page book packed with more than 500 best practices. This free webinar will feature one best practice from each of the book’s sixteen chapters and will provide the basis for writing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising and content strategy.
  • 10 Facebook Page Best Practices for Nonprofits

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

  • Minor earthquake – Libertador O’higgins, Chile on November 26, 2014

    Armand Vervaeck
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:05 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) : 2014-11-26 14:24:06 GMT/UTC Time : 2014-11-26 17:24:06 Depth (Hypocenter) : 42 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 – Northern Molucca Sea on November 26, 2014

    Armand Vervaeck
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 4.6 Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown GMT/UTC Time : 2014-11-26 17:16:06 Depth (Hypocenter) : 54 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 Ireland Region, P.n.g. on November 26, 2014

    Armand Vervaeck
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:07 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 : 5.1 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-11-27 02:40:26 GMT/UTC Time : 2014-11-26 16:40:26 Depth (Hypocenter) : 42 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…
  • Minor earthquake – Salta, Argentina on November 26, 2014

    Armand Vervaeck
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:05 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 : 3.9 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-11-26 12:21:10 GMT/UTC Time : 2014-11-26 15:21:10 Depth (Hypocenter) : 192 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…
  • Minor earthquake – Guthrie, Oklahoma on November 26, 2014

    Armand Vervaeck
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:01 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 : 3.3 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-11-26 08:56:41 GMT/UTC Time : 2014-11-26 14:56:41 Depth (Hypocenter) : 5.314 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

  • Why It’s Important to Participate in #GivingTuesday

    goodwillsp
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:41 am
    Each day, thousands of people come to Goodwill® looking for help finding a job. Goodwill’s job training and career services would not be possible without generous donations of used items from donors every day. This holiday season, Goodwill is proud to take part in #GivingTuesday, on December 2nd, and reminds people that giving cash is also a great way to support Goodwill’s mission of helping people build their careers. #GivingTuesday is a collective effort to transform how people take part in the giving season. Just as Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become synonymous with holiday…
  • Barriers to Job Success: Criminal Backgrounds

    goodwillsp
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:51 am
    For many job hunters with criminal backgrounds, getting a second chance isn’t easy. The Los Angeles Times reports that felons, even those with degrees, find it incredibly difficult to find work. According to a Pew Economic Policy report, a former inmate’s incarceration reduces annual work time by nine weeks per year and diminishes annual earnings by 40 percent. Yet rejoining the workforce is a critical part of successful rehabilitation program. Incarceration is often traumatic. Yet being thrust back into society after spending time in jail has its own traumas. When James was released from…
  • Four Tips for Turing a Thrift Store Table into a Beer & Wine Cooler

    goodwillsp
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:44 am
    If you’re the type of person who loves to have friends and family over for backyard get togethers, no doubt you’ve seen the inspiring “trough table” from California’s Medlock Ames winery, featured in Dwell a few years ago and currently making the rounds on Pinterest. Featuring rustic, reclaimed barn wood and a galvanized metal beer or wine cooler running through the center, it’s the picnic table of an outdoor party planner’s dreams. When my husband and I came across this coffee table at Goodwill(it was too smoke-saturated to put indoors), we just…
  • Furnishing Your Home with Pre-Loved Finds

    goodwillsp
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:28 am
    It’s no secret that there’s much treasure to be found at your local Goodwill shops. When I opened my photography office back in 2011, I needed to furnish  it on a budget. While perusing Goodwill at lunch one day, I discovered two matching table lamps for $4 each! I initially thought I would just give them a nice coat of glossy, white paint… but after tossing on some inexpensive shades from HomeGoods, I never did, and I’m glad! You see, after having that office for two years, I decided to go back to working from home, and in that time we were also building a little beach getaway…
  • Vote for the World You Want to See

    goodwillsp
    3 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    Tuesday, November 4 is Election Day. Your vote is your voice as a citizen. We encourage you to speak up during this election season to vote for the world you want to see. Despite modest gains to North Carolina’s labor market, poverty and stagnant wages are still major concerns during the current economic recovery. High rates of hardship among residents persist because of the state’s ongoing job shortage and rapid acceleration of low-wage work that fails to provide a pathway to the middle class. Recent legislative decisions that have disproportionately affected the working class include:…
 
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    Front Range Source

  • The Opportunity of the E-mail Unsubscribe

    Leslie Allen
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Lately I’ve been cleaning out my inbox with gusto. I’m a bit of an e-mail junkie. I try to get on all of our clients’ lists (yes, I’m watching you). I read as many posts and articles by other fundraisers and consultants as possible. And I love food, home, and fashion blogs. Let’s just say, I get a lot of e-mail. The last few weeks, I’ve unsubscribed to about 12 different e-mail streams with budgets as high as The Container Store and as low as a local food blog. And I also unsubscribed to a bunch of political lists before the election (even I was fed up!). Here’s what I…
  • Happy Fundraisers Make for Happy Nonprofits

    Ann Goldman
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    We originally posted this blog in 2011 and are compelled to give it a second run.  It seems like the pace of professional life just keeps amping up.  We’re here to remind you to BREATHE: Listen up.  This is a nutty, high-pressure time of year and I feel compelled to say this: Take a deep breath. Right now.  Pat yourself on the back.  Get up and walk around (after you finish reading my blog, of course!).  It’ll be over soon! Fundraisers suffer from a lot of work-related stress including emotional involvement in our work, heavy demand and limited resources. Not to mention the…
  • 10 Ways to Get Your Appeal Letter Opened

    Leslie Allen
    5 Nov 2014 | 2:59 pm
    For many of the organizations we work with, the appeal letter is still the anchor of the year-end giving effort. Yes, there are e-mail campaigns, events, and social media work, but the central ask is more often than not in that letter that comes the old-fashioned way. And although it is definitely best practice to stay current with the online trends, the fact is that direct mail is the way most donations are raised for the nonprofit sector – still. So, if the centerpiece of your year-end strategy is a letter, the real question is…how can we get people to open and respond to it? There…
  • Spin a Spooky Web of Prospects

    Ann Goldman
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    Need some real new prospects (as opposed to ghouls and ghosts)? With Halloween right around the corner, followed closely by the barrage of year-end fundraising, why not get crafty and spin yourself some magic? This exercise will help you pull the creative strings of your board members, volunteers and staff. Here’s how it works (this is the fun part): You gather people together and walk them through a series of questions and activities that will prompt them to consider new avenues for prospective donors and volunteers. Here’s how it doesn’t work (this is the truly spooky part): You…
  • Time + Talent = Treasure: A New Volunteer Equation

    Leslie Allen
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Do you think of your volunteers as adding to your organization’s bottom line? Do they contribute at every level of the operations? Do they deliver on crucial projects and activities? Are they true partners in your organization’s mission? After reading the Cause Planet Page to Practice summary of the book, The Abundant Not-for-Profit, I found the cynic and the optimist at war in my brain around these very questions. The book, by Colleen Kelly and Lynda Gerty, coins the name the “knowledge philanthropist” to signify a shift from the volunteer as almost a necessary burden to a highly…
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    forimpact.org

  • Thanks – Giving and Gratitude

    Tom Suddes
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:19 am
    This is a special time and an obvious week of Gratitude and Thanksgiving. Note: Every year I try to share a Thanksgiving message with our Tribe/Community. Some of this ‘re-cycled’ from previous years because of the timeless nature of these thoughts. Three things to think about this Thanksgiving and in the Holiday Season. 1. “WEALTH IS AN ABUNDANCE OF THINGS WE VALUE.” For the first half of my life (30+ years), my understanding of wealth was the same as all my friends, business associates and the general public. ‘WEALTH’ meant you had a lot of money. Then I found this…
  • THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

    Tom Suddes
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    Yesterday was a special day to honor our military past and present. Every day should be used to thank veterans for keeping our country free and safe. My dad was a Marine who fought through all the islands in the Pacific in World War II. My brother Mike flew helicopters for the Marines for five years. (He once got a ticket for landing a helicopter in Yellowstone National Park!) I spent two amazing years after Notre Dame in the U.S. Army, Infantry, Airborne and Pathfinder. Phenomenal leadership experience at 22 years old. (I was pretty ‘gungho’, which is a military word for…
  • What Matters Most

    Tom Suddes
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    GOLD THIS IS YOUR LIFE. DO WHAT YOU LOVE, AND DO IT OFTEN. In case you haven’t seen the Holstee Manifesto, here it is … and here’s link to their site.   We have the same kind of thing  on for entrepreneurs (How To Be A Social Entrepreneur) that you also might find interesting.  
  • Why Your Brain Loves Good Storytelling

    Tom Suddes
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    BLUE A quick follow-up on Nick’s post regarding our commitment to STORY … TALENT … and SALES. For some reason, this topic is covered by Harvard Business Review.  Just seemed to be more powerful than TMZ or the New York Post. WHY YOUR BRAIN LOVES GOOD STORYTELLING should give you all the ‘backup’ you need to commit time and focus to your STORY. Filled with words like oxytocin, neurobiology and transcendent purpose … Paul J. Zak also talks about James Bond, Joseph Campbell and Spartan 300.  Here’s one great line:  BEGIN EVERY PRESENTATION WITH…
  • The Keys to Happiness

    Tom Suddes
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    GOLD *Quick shout out to Shane Parrish at Farnam Street. The HAPPINESS ADVANTAGE by Shawn Achor talks about THE KEYS TO HAPPINESS. At 30,000′: Success doesn’t make us happy.  Happiness makes us a success. “When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work.” Here’s a shorthand of some of Achor’s thoughts on becoming happier. Meditate. “Research shows that regular meditation can permanently re-wire the brain to raise levels of happiness, lower stress and even improve immune…
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  • Who’s new at TakeTwo?

    Bix
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:30 pm
    TakeTwo is really TakeTwo now. Check out the newest team members to join TakeTwo and the array of services – including video production and marketing – that we now offer.
  • 4 Questions To Help You Prioritize Fundraising Tasks When You’re Pressed For Time

    Stephanie
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:33 pm
    If you are doing your job well as an Executive Director or Director of Development, you are getting pulled in a million different directions at the same time, all the time. That’s because you are, rightly, involving many different stakeholders in your work and giving them unique ways to stay invested. However, priorities can become skewed when everyone believes their project is most important. Here are four questions (and many sub-questions) to help you determine what projects need and deserve your attention, and what can/should be delegated to someone else: How much money will this…
  • 3 Questions To Help You Prioritize Communications When You’re Pressed For Time

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

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

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

    John Haydon
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:55 am
    What are the best ways for using hashtags effectively for your GivingTuesday campaign, and what tools should you use to monitor your campaign and track mentions? Here’s a short presentation I gave to my email subscribers: LISTEN FIRST – Research trending hashtags used by your community. Checkout hashtagify.me and hashtagging.com. KEEP IT SIMPLE – Make a hashtag that is short, relevant and easy to remember. GO BEYOND TWITTER – The party will spill out into Instagram, Facebook, etc. TRACK MENTIONS – Use technology to track mentions of your hashtag. Check out…
  • Using Facebook to Promote Year-End Fundraising (Webinar)

    John Haydon
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    With less than 35 days to go before year-end, you’ve no doubt created a year-end donation page, drafted email messages, and sent your direct mail piece to the printer . But what about Facebook? How can you use Facebook to help improve your overall year-end fundraising results? On December 11 at 1pm, Foundation Center is hosting a paid webinar ($69) called Using Facebook to Amplify Year-End Fundraising, where I show you how to use Facebook to amplify your year-end appeal. I know, it’s not free. But it will be well worth the investment – especially if you’re looking…
  • 3 Powerful Fundraising Strategies for Email

    John Haydon
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:16 am
    Nonprofits make a huge chunk of their revenue during the last few weeks of the year – from Thanksgiving until December 31st at 11:59pm. In fact, Blackbaud has found that this year-end fundraising spike happens every year. Check out last year: What’s your year-end fundraising plan? The fundraising strategies you employ during year-end should be rock solid. Or at least written down. This means being smart about how you connect with your donors and volunteers – with EVERY channel. Careful and thoughtful planning is the key to seizing year-end opportunities. But does email…
  • Must Have GivingTuesday Apps – Recommended by the Pros

    John Haydon
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:05 pm
    If you’re reading this, you’re probably planning to participate in GivingTuesday this year. You’ve selected a fundraising platform and created a plan to rally your community. But what about “must have” GivingTuesday apps? I asked my nonprofit friends what their favorite GivingTuesday app was, and got back these excellent tips: Must Have Apps for #GivingTuesday – Recommended by the Pros: Julia Campbell: I love the app Over, so you can add text updates and calls to action quickly to photos and visuals from your phone. Joe Waters: I would get your team on Trello.
  • The Ultimate Last-Minute #GivingTuesday Campaign Checklist

    Jenna Sauber
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:44 am
    The holiday commercials have already started, radio stations are playing Christmas music, and stores have busted out the seasonal décor. It’s that time of year again…and that means #GivingTuesday, the third annual international 24-hour giving challenge created by the 92 Street Y and the UN Foundation, is only a few weeks away. If you’re still trying to polish off the Halloween candy, you’ve got some work to do if you want to be ready for December 2. Ideally, you started planning weeks ago (months?), and all your web pages and blog posts and Tweets are happily resting in a queue,…
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    Nonprofit Bridge

  • Before You Take Off For Thanksgiving

    Norman Reiss
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:50 am
    Take a moment to support an nonprofit which is providing food for those who are hungry.  These are three organizations that I personally support that are well worth considering: Mazon – a national nonprofit working to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel. City Harvest – collects leftover food from restaurants, grocers, bakeries, manufacturers and farms and delivers it free of charge to over 500 community food programs across New York. Why Hunger – seeks to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable…
  • Nten Member Appreciation Month

    Norman Reiss
    2 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    As a member of NTEN’s Membership Committee, I’d like to remind everyone about NTEN Member Appreciation Month. Every year during November, NTEN says thank you to its member community of nonprofit professionals committed to using technology for social change by offering a full month of free programming and prizes exclusively for NTEN Members, plus special local events and content. If you’re not an NTEN Member,  learn more and join today just in time for the celebration! Kick off the celebration with NTEN’s 2014 Year In Review: Community Impact webinar on Mon, Nov. 3rd and hear from…
  • Should You Use Project Management Software?

    Norman Reiss
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Currently at my organization I’m assisting a few departments to find a better way to manage their projects by piloting products such as Asana and Basecamp.  But before I recommend any software, I’m asking these questions first: What problems currently exist?  Are projects chronically late and/or over budget, or is it difficult for staff to find the information they need? Where do staff work?  If mostly from home or from remote locations, a web based product works best, preferably one that can be used easily on phones or tablets. Is there a need to transfer data to/from external…
  • Who Would You Pick to Win a Nonprofit Excellence Award?

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

    Norman Reiss
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    Yesterday I led an all-day kickoff meeting for a new website at my organization which we plan to launch in early 2015.  As the Project Manager, my role was to set expectations for our internal team, most who have not been through a website development process (which can be a bit ‘challenging’ at times). On the same day as our meeting, I also learned of a newly released workbook by Idealware, Do You Need a New Website, which I would recommend as required reading before you decide to embark on this journey.  Also, consider these tips, which we discussed during our kickoff meeting:…
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    Wired 4 Leadership

  • Leaders! It’s Time For A Fresh Perspective

    Kerry Stackpole
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:22 am
    Leaders have a big problem, which means you may have a big problem, too. When uncertainty is the new normal, how is it possible to lead others? Increasingly, leadership resilience (and lots of it) is your most valuable skill. Your confidence comes from your ability to bounce back and persevere even in the face of […] You are reading Leaders! It’s Time For A Fresh Perspective from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
  • New CEO? Five Ideas To Help You Thrive.

    Kerry Stackpole
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    Congratulations! You’re the new CEO. Ruh-roh! Now what? Every leader faces the inherent challenge of making their mark. None more so than a newly appointed CEO. When you are the new CEO, you face an emotional landscape that differs markedly from the otherwise already challenging task of just being a fresh face. As you take […] You are reading New CEO? Five Ideas To Help You Thrive. from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
  • Creating Change Adept Organizations

    Kerry Stackpole
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    Not-for-profit organizations, social sector groups and associations are not inherently designed to be nimble. The principles of democracy that underlie the structure of most non-profit organizations are by design slow and deliberative. The environment in which our members, customers, donors, clients and stakeholders live and work is sodden by overwhelming complexity, rapid innovations, urgency and […] You are reading Creating Change Adept Organizations from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
  • Bringing the Best to Non-Profit Boardrooms

    Kerry Stackpole
    17 Jun 2014 | 8:23 am
    At the top, non-profit Boards increasingly need a diversity of interests, strategic insight, and closer contact with the member’s universe to deliver meaningful value. Who sits at your non-profit Board table? The movers and shakers of your profession or industry? Successful, recognized, long-time members or donors? These are the people you need, right? Perhaps, but […] You are reading Bringing the Best to Non-Profit Boardrooms from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
  • Leaders: Get Your Head In The Game!

    Kerry Stackpole
    6 May 2014 | 6:23 am
    “Get your head in the game” is the clarion cry of coaches demanding athletes regain focus and bring their talents to bear on the success of the team.  While no one can ignore the extraordinary physical talents and capacities of athletes, in some ways the far more demanding effort is what goes on in their […] You are reading Leaders: Get Your Head In The Game! from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
 
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    Tanenbaum.org

  • Believe It or Not

    Nicole Margaretten
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:58 am
    By: Marisa Fasciano Overview: Four ways to include religiously unaffiliated students in classroom content about religion. Editor’s note:This is the third post of a three-part series that answers questions posed by participants in Fostering a Culture of Respect a joint webinar with Teaching Tolerance that addresses how educators can help their students feel safe, supported and respected when discussing belief systems. The first blog post offered tips for promoting empathy during class discussions on religious and nonreligious beliefs, and the second blog post suggested strategies for…
  • A letter from Joyce S. Dubensky, Tanenbaum CEO

    Nicole Margaretten
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:57 pm
    We are deeply saddened by today’s news from Jerusalem and condemn all violence perpetrated in the name of religion. There is no justification for the murder of innocent civilians. As members of the global community, it’s time for us to condemn the brutality and the targeting of people based on their beliefs. We must remember these Jewish men and also the Yazidi, Christian, and religious minorities in Syria and Iraq, the Muslim communities in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, the Christians in Nigeria and Egypt, and all individuals persecuted because of their religious beliefs. With sadness, Joyce S.
  • A flawed message from Montgomery County Public Schools’ Board of Education

    Nicole Margaretten
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    This week Montgomery County Public Schools’ Board of Education missed the mark when they removed all references to religious holidays in the 2015-2016 school calendar. Following requests to include Muslim holidays, the Board voted instead to erase all religious holidays from the school calendar- conveying a message that religious differences are too toxic to touch. The stakes are high – not only for Montgomery County but for classrooms across the nation. By choosing to ignore religious differences, these schools are sending a flawed message in three key ways. First, religious differences…
  • 2014 Truffles for Tanenbaum!

    Nicole Margaretten
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Thank you to everyone who participated in Truffles for Tanenbaum! If you are interested in high resolution images, please contact Nicole, Tanenbaum’s Communications Manager, at NMargaretten[at]tanenbaum.org
  • How Do I Ask That?

    Nicole Margaretten
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:07 pm
    How Do I Ask That? Sara Wicht Overview: Encourage students to respectfully ask questions and make statements about other belief systems. Editor’s note: This post is part two of a three-part series that answers questions posed by participants in Fostering a Culture of Respect, a joint webinar with the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding that addresses how educators can help their students feel safe, supported and respected when discussing belief systems. The first blog responded to the question: “How can I coach students to respond to others with empathy and respect?” In…
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    want2donate.org

  • Blog from Concern Worldwide: Universal Children's Day

    Linda
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Concern Worldwide is joining in today’s celebrations for Universal Children’s Day. We mark a very special day dedicated to the promotion of the welfare of children worldwide. Childhood is such a special and important time in our lives; a time to learn, play, explore and have fun. Yet, tragically millions of children living in poverty aren’t free to simply be children. A daily struggle with hunger can have a drastic and lasting impact of the health and wellbeing of children. 
  • Charity giving at Christmas

    Linda
    8 Nov 2014 | 3:42 am
    Deciding what to buy your loved ones for Christmas can be a tricky task. Sometimes it feels like they have everything! So for a personal present that means something and makes a difference to the world, why not consider a charity gift, adoption or membership?
  • Two special days and how Concern Worldwide are helping

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

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

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

  • CEO Susan Bacon Featured in Atlanta Business Chronicle

    Sharyn McHenry
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    A familiar face smiled at us last week from the front page of the Metro area’s source for business news. The Atlanta Business Chronicle featured Palmetto Grant Consulting’s CEO Susan Bacon in an article about resources for small business firms in Gwinnett County. PGC was awarded the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce’s Amazing Entrepreneur Award in... Read more »
  • Board Development is Mission Critical

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

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

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

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

  • How to Make #GivingTuesday Work for You

    Ann Green
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
    What’s your opinion of #GIvingTuesday?  Do you think it’s a great way to raise more revenue and find new donors, or is it a complete waste of time? Maybe it’s a little of both. In case you don’t know, #Giving Tuesday is on December 2.   It’s a global day to give back and is a nice contrast to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. WHAT IS #GIVINGTUESDAY? I like the idea of a giving day, but it may not be worth the time and resources for smaller organizations.  You don’t want to spend too much time focusing on one day. Fundraising and donor relations are a…
  • Be Thankful for Your Donors

    Ann Green
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:10 am
    Thanksgiving is a time when we show gratitude to the special people in our lives.  Do you extend this same gratitude to your donors?  Sometimes it doesn’t seem that way. Nonprofit organizations tend to treat thanking their donors as an afterthought.  But you need to spend just as much time thanking your donors as you do on fundraising.  Here are some ways you can create an attitude of gratitude. Thanking donors isn’t a process; it’s an experience First off, don’t think of thanking donors as a process.  Create an experience for your donors –  an experience…
  • Your Donors Are Number One

    Ann Green
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    Do you feel as if nonprofit organizations care about you as a donor?  Sometimes it seems like they don’t. Some organizations brag too much about themselves.  I recently received an appeal letter from an organization that specializes in cancer research and treatment. In the first two paragraphs, they emphasize how they’re “a leading force in caring for adults and children battling cancer.”  That they’re a world leader in cancer research and ranked number one…. This organization does do amazing work, and if I were choosing a place to receive treatment,…
  • Make Online Giving a Breeze

    Ann Green
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Many of you are busy with your year-end fundraising campaign. Even if you mail your appeal letter, a bunch of people will donate online. If you’re sending out reminders by email and social media, you’ll also include a link to the donation page on your website. Is your donation page ready for an onslaught of online donors? Find out by asking yourself these questions. Is it easy to use and navigate? Does it include a strong call to action with the same messages as all your other fundraising appeals? Does it show how the donation will be used and what different amounts will fund?
  • Go Multi-Channel for Better Year-End Success

    Ann Green
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    Most of you are about ready to launch your year-end appeal.  We have many ways to reach out to our donors – by mail, email, social media, phone calls. But your fundraising campaign will be more effective if you use a combination of these. Some donors may respond to your direct mail piece, but donate online. Others will see your email message, but prefer to send a check. Some donors will respond to the first appeal, while others need a few reminders. This is why you need to go multi-channel. BEFORE YOU START Clean up your mailing lists If you haven’t already done so, clean up and…
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    Social Velocity

  • When Should Your Nonprofit Cut Programs?

    Nell Edgington
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:51 am
    One of the most difficult decisions a nonprofit leader faces is whether to cut a program. The program might be draining staff and offering few results to clients, but once a nonprofit launches a program it becomes almost instantly institutionalized. Even if the program eventually no longer makes strategic sense, it is almost impossible to convince board, staff and donors to end it. But for a nonprofit to be most effective, its leaders must understand the financial and social impact of all of its programs and make strategic decisions accordingly. And the way to do that is with a Program…
  • The Networks and Institutions Of Social Change

    Nell Edgington
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:36 am
    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how networks and institutions must work together to create social change. As I mentioned earlier, social change happens when networks (loose connections of people and groups) organize themselves enough to pressure outdated institutions to adapt (like in the civil rights movement, global democracy movements, and the state-by-state legalization of gay marriage). But when networks and institutions don’t connect, social change doesn’t happen (like in the Occupy movement). So networks must organize enough to influence institutions, and institutions…
  • Overcoming The Nonprofit Starvation Cycle: An Interview With Ann Goggins Gregory

    Nell Edgington
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:25 pm
    In today’s Social Velocity blog interview, I’m talking with Ann Goggins Gregory, Chief Operating Officer at Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco where she oversees programs, the social enterprise called the ReStore, HR and Operations. Previously, Ann was a Senior Director at the Bridgespan Group, where she led the organization’s work on organizational learning; managed consulting engagements with human services, education, and youth-serving nonprofits; and spearheaded research efforts on a variety of nonprofit management topics. She remains a Senior Advisor to Bridgespan on issues…
  • How To Recruit The Nonprofit Board You Really Need

    Nell Edgington
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    There is a fundamental error that nonprofit leaders make when recruiting new board members. And that is to be vague about the kind of board members they need. Nonprofit leaders often think in very general terms about the makeup of their board while ignoring their nonprofit’s specific needs. It then becomes almost impossible to get new recruits (let alone old board members) active or engaged because they are unclear about the unique role they should play in the organization. A board matrix is a tool that many nonprofits use to analyze what traits their current board has and…
  • 10 Great Social Innovation Reads: October 2014

    Nell Edgington
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    October was another interesting month in the world of social change. Continued efforts to make the nonprofit overhead myth history, a troubling report about the beloved American Red Cross, a dire prediction about Millennial philanthropy, some new models for scaling social change and connecting people to solutions in their community, and a call for funding for nonprofit performance management all combined to make a great month of reading. Below are my 10 favorite reads in social innovation in October. But, please add what I missed to the comments. And if you want a longer list, follow me…
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    Seize the Conversation

  • Creative Sunday Morning

    Gary Wexler
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:10 pm
    50 USC/Annenberg students crowd into my yard for a creative journey. Perhaps the biggest creative challenge of the morning was teaching the students from China, Bulgaria and India how to assemble a lox and bagel sandwich.How do you explain schmearing cream cheese when the Chinese inform you that most of them are lactose intolerant?Try explaining why someone needs to choose between bagels with sesame, onions or just plain.”The cucumbers and tomatoes go inside the bread. No folks, the olives don’t go in as well. You’ll crack your teeth.”The Swedish student, a…
  • Ebola and Nonprofit Creativity.

    Gary Wexler
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Hollywood mega-agency William Morris Endeavor hosts Philanthropy event facilitated by Seize The Conversation.  What role could and should the American nonprofit sector be playing in the Ebola crisis? Can nonprofits morph from a risk-avoidance-strategic-planning culture to a risk-taking-creative one?  These two questions were intertwined last Wednesday night when William Morris Endeavor’s Foundation Exec, Sarah Adolphson, hosted the WME Philanthropy Series. She invited Seize the Conversation to facilitate. When creativity trumps strategy. Art Director/Designer Moira Schwartz and I…
  • Corporate greed blog draws fire

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

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

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

  • Nonprofit Insights: How to Socialize Your Volunteer Recruitment with Google Ad Grants

    Shari Tishman
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    The Nonprofit Insights webinar series brings major thought leaders and experts to you for thought-provoking presentations on a variety of issues related to technology and engaging your community members for social good. Question: What difference would it make for your organization if you could get $120,000 per year in free advertising? Good news: you can. Join VolunteerMatch and Eric Facas, founder and CEO of Media Cause, to learn the basics of the Google Ad Grants program. How to Socialize Your Volunteer Recruitment with Google Ad Grants Register for this free event. Wednesday, December 3,…
  • How Do You Keep Your Organization Safe?

    Shari Tishman
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:03 am
    When your organization engages potential volunteers, how do you screen them? How do you ensure that, not only are they the people you really need, but that your nonprofit’s information, reputation and clients will be protected? Furthermore, how do you determine what to include in volunteer screenings, and measure the effectiveness of them? These are not easy questions to answer, especially since we’ve noticed that each organization tends to have its own set of standards and policies for screening volunteers. And wouldn’t it be so much easier if we shared our knowledge and…
  • Why Online Petitions are Crucial to Your Volunteer Recruitment (and Retention)

    Shari Tishman
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    By Aaron Viles, Care2 These days, every nonprofit organization has a website, usually chock full of articles, reports and blog posts about the issues and programs they support. The role of the Internet as a platform for sharing information with volunteers is pretty obvious. But increasingly, real engagement, organization and action are happening online. This is giving nonprofits new ways to communicate with supporters, find new audiences and leverage their volunteer base to get involved, do good work and make change. Every nonprofit faces the challenge of finding and keeping volunteers. One…
  • A Formula for Elevator Pitches

    Shari Tishman
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:53 am
    Guest post by Elisa Kosarin, Twenty Hats This post was originally published on Twenty Hats. Recently, I had the privilege of leading a training hosted by Volunteer Fairfax for RSVP workstation managers on the art of the elevator pitch. I love the idea of the elevator pitch, because it is another way to use stories to engage prospective volunteers, but this time with the spoken word. Basic Elements Just like written stories, a good elevator pitch starts by examining your prospective volunteer’s needs and goals and connecting that information to your volunteer program. Once you frame your…
  • Nonprofit Insights: The Brave New World of Engaging Skilled Volunteers

    Shari Tishman
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:48 pm
    The Nonprofit Insights webinar series brings major thought leaders and experts to you for thought-provoking presentations on a variety of issues related to technology and engaging your community members for social good. In today’s connected world, new ways of involving volunteers in your organization’s work are popping up all the time. Have you thought about how volunteers with specific skills could help your nonprofit? The Brave New World of Engaging Skilled Volunteers Register for this free event. Wednesday, November 19, 2014 10am – 11am PT (1-2pm ET) Follow along with the…
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    Clairification

  • Here’s How Often You Should Mail to Your Donors

    Claire
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:56 pm
    I decided to write this post due to the number of times nonprofits ask me “How often should we mail to our donors?” The corollary question is “How often can we ask people to give?” The answer? Well… if there was one quick answer I wouldn’t have needed to write a whole article. I’d just [...] The post Here’s How Often You Should Mail to Your Donors appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Special Announcement! Plus Content Marketing; Social Media; Year-End Fundraising & Weekly Gift

    Claire
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:12 pm
    First a Clairity Click-it announcement: I’m deeply honored, humbled and proud that I made the Top 100, and Maximize Social Business (for whom I write a monthly column on social media for nonprofits) made the Top 50, of the Top Content Marketing Influencers on Twitter. If you’re not familiar with Maximize Social Business and its founder, [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Special Announcement! Plus Content Marketing; Social Media; Year-End Fundraising & Weekly Gift appeared first on Clairification.
  • How “Because I Said So” Gets Donors to Give to Your Nonprofit

    Claire
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:36 pm
    I’m a collector. I collect red and white kitchen memorabilia, flour sifters, tablecloths and fundraising appeals. I also tell my clients to become collectors (but just of the last item on my list!). I ask them to collect only appeals that demand their attention and cause them to give. After all, isn’t that the true [...] The post How “Because I Said So” Gets Donors to Give to Your Nonprofit appeared first on Clairification.
  • What Works; What Doesn’t? Nonprofit Year-End Email Appeals

    Claire
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:48 pm
    I’m constantly watching my mailbox and inbox to find great examples of marketing communications that really do their job.  Sometimes I find examples that are so horrible I also have to point them out so you’ll avoid making the same mistake.  This week I’ve got a great example of a year-end email appeal. It says [...] The post What Works; What Doesn’t? Nonprofit Year-End Email Appeals appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Donor Communication; Ethics; Donor-Centered Leadership

    Claire
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:37 pm
    We’re fast approaching the giving season. What better time to think about ways we can give back to our donors? If you’re developing a gratitude culture, you’ll do this by being donor-centered with every communication to your supporters. You’ll do it by acting ethically and putting your donors needs first. And you’ll do it by [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Donor Communication; Ethics; Donor-Centered Leadership appeared first on Clairification.
 
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    Thunderhead Works

  • Veronika Scott stitches of empowerment

    Tom Peterson
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Veronika Scott has done some remarkable things. At 24, she’s the founder and CEO of The Empowerment Plan. As a child of addicts, she says, she was “set up for failure,” in a hole she had to climb out of. But when a college class required her to design something that filled an actual need, she created a new beginning for herself and many others. This is part of a series, One Stitch Closer, developed by Gap, of inspiring stories of women making the world a better place. Thanks to Coco Cohen, who shared this! If you know of a great world-changing story, please pass it on by…
  • You Can Do the Impossible!

    Tom Peterson
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:39 am
          By Tom Peterson “Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”  —Shel Silverstein Does it matter what we try to accomplish? Whether we strive toward something ambitious? Yes, it does! “My goal is simple,” says Stephen Hawking. “It is a complete understanding of the universe.” Impossible? Sure. But if his goal were less ambitious, how far would he have come? As he has reached for the…
  • How to Get Press to Your Event

    Tom Peterson
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:50 am
        By Hallie Shoffner You have a press conference, commemoration ceremony, community health/job fair, etc. coming up in a few days. You want to get your local TV stations involved. You’ve already got a stellar press release, but how do you get the reporters and cameras to cover the event? 1. Identify the assignment editors. These guys and girls are the people that send reporters and camera operators out into the world. The reporters themselves can request stories, but you are more likely to have success if you go straight to the top. 2. Send your press release at 8:15 am (day-of…
  • The Movement: It’s Nested and Crossed

    Tom Peterson
    4 Nov 2014 | 7:20 am
        By Tom Peterson Any organized effort working to bring forth justice, dignity, health, education, a healthy environment, equality, opportunity is part of The Movement. This includes every effort that strengthens the universal values recognized around the planet. And all movements in The Movement are related in two ways: Like a “T” they are connected vertically and horizontally. The vertical “T” connection In A Theory of Everything Ken Wilber talks about “holons,” the “ingredients of hierarchies.” A single holon is “the whole that is part of other wholes.” For…
  • Movember: Beginnings over Beer

    Tom Peterson
    2 Nov 2014 | 7:24 am
    So it’s November or, for many, Movember. Did you know that Movember is the largest effort to save and improve the lives of men affected by prostate and testicular cancer? That last year they raised $22.9 million in the U.S.? That to date, this mustache-obsessed organization has raised $559 in 21 countries? That its beginnings trace back to a beer-infused conversation about 1970s style and a dare in an Australian bar? Watch this TED talk by Adam Garone to learn how the the Movember movement was inspired “with a really creative idea, with passion, with persistence, and a lot of…
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    Clairification

  • Here’s How Often You Should Mail to Your Donors

    Claire
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:56 pm
    I decided to write this post due to the number of times nonprofits ask me “How often should we mail to our donors?” The corollary question is “How often can we ask people to give?” The answer? Well… if there was one quick answer I wouldn’t have needed to write a whole article. I’d just [...] The post Here’s How Often You Should Mail to Your Donors appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Special Announcement! Plus Content Marketing; Social Media; Year-End Fundraising & Weekly Gift

    Claire
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:12 pm
    First a Clairity Click-it announcement: I’m deeply honored, humbled and proud that I made the Top 100, and Maximize Social Business (for whom I write a monthly column on social media for nonprofits) made the Top 50, of the Top Content Marketing Influencers on Twitter. If you’re not familiar with Maximize Social Business and its founder, [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Special Announcement! Plus Content Marketing; Social Media; Year-End Fundraising & Weekly Gift appeared first on Clairification.
  • How “Because I Said So” Gets Donors to Give to Your Nonprofit

    Claire
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:36 pm
    I’m a collector. I collect red and white kitchen memorabilia, flour sifters, tablecloths and fundraising appeals. I also tell my clients to become collectors (but just of the last item on my list!). I ask them to collect only appeals that demand their attention and cause them to give. After all, isn’t that the true [...] The post How “Because I Said So” Gets Donors to Give to Your Nonprofit appeared first on Clairification.
  • What Works; What Doesn’t? Nonprofit Year-End Email Appeals

    Claire
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:48 pm
    I’m constantly watching my mailbox and inbox to find great examples of marketing communications that really do their job.  Sometimes I find examples that are so horrible I also have to point them out so you’ll avoid making the same mistake.  This week I’ve got a great example of a year-end email appeal. It says [...] The post What Works; What Doesn’t? Nonprofit Year-End Email Appeals appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Donor Communication; Ethics; Donor-Centered Leadership

    Claire
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:37 pm
    We’re fast approaching the giving season. What better time to think about ways we can give back to our donors? If you’re developing a gratitude culture, you’ll do this by being donor-centered with every communication to your supporters. You’ll do it by acting ethically and putting your donors needs first. And you’ll do it by [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Donor Communication; Ethics; Donor-Centered Leadership appeared first on Clairification.
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    Veritus Group

  • The Role of Money, Position & Power in Major Gifts: An Introduction

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    I’ve had a very interesting personal journey with money, position and power. I was in 7th grade when I got caught stealing money from the student council store. It was a humiliating and embarrassing situation. I got fired from a job in my early twenties for trying to manipulate a situation to gain a better position. I will never forget the utter despair I felt when that happened. And I miserably failed at my attempt to grab more power in a job situation that involved a war of wills with some very smart and strong people. I had no idea how out of my depth I was. Goodness, it was bad! These…
  • Be the Change

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Recently, I had lunch with a colleague who has been working in non-profit fundraising for over 30 years. Over the last year, he has had some health issues that nearly killed him. He’s now recovering, and he has a long life ahead of him. It’s nothing short of a miracle that he was sitting across the table from me. He’s also very passionate about fundraising. As we settled into our seats and ordered, he looked at me and said with great conviction, “Jeff, you know what I think is the biggest problem in the non-profit sector? Fear. We are afraid to do the hard work. We are afraid to…
  • Don’t Get Discouraged

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    I think one of the most difficult aspects about the job of an MGO is qualifying donors to be part of your caseload. It can be quite discouraging, if you don’t have the right attitude about what you’re really trying to accomplish. Right now at Veritus Group we have several MGOs who are in the qualifying stage of building their caseloads. I know that Richard and I have described the qualifying process many times in this blog, but I’ll go over it quickly to remind you. At Veritus, before we assign an MGO a caseload of donors we want to make absolutely sure these donors actually want to…
  • Your Donors Really Do Care

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Recently, I was at a weekend event for one of our clients. At the event was a mix of volunteers, donors and prospective donors. Because this is not a large organization, most of the major gift cultivation and stewardship is done by their executive director. This executive director is rather new to the organization and hasn’t met many of his major donors face to face. However, he has been corresponding with them over the past several months through personal letters, cards of appreciation and phone calls. What I witnessed that weekend was nothing short of extraordinary. I watched as the…
  • The Five Steps of Proposal Writing for Major Gifts

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Another article from Veritus Group to help you succeed at major gift fundraising. What you will learn in this White Paper: Why preparation is key to writing a good proposal How to match your proposal to donor interests What points to cover in the document, and how to say it plainly To obtain this white paper, please fill out our form…
 
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    eleventy marketing group

  • 14 Findings Showing Positive Economic Signs for Nonprofit Organizations

    shad
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:44 am
    The NonProfit Times recently released its 2014 Top 100, an annual list detailing the yearly revenue of the nation’s largest nonprofit organizations. This year’s list shows the numbers trending upward across the board, an indication of continued economic recovery and a very good all-around sign for the nonprofit industry. In today’s post, we’ll provide a handful of encouraging findings from the new study. About the 2014 NPT Top 100 The 26th annual study of the largest nonprofits in the United States is a snapshot of organizations based primarily on their Internal Revenue Service (IRS)…
  • 10 Resources to Help Your Nonprofit Make the Most of Giving Tuesday

    shad
    10 Nov 2014 | 12:04 pm
    You may have noticed the term “Giving Tuesday” popping up a lot recently. Maybe you’ve even seen the hashtag #GivingTuesday on Twitter. This event is quickly becoming part of the national (and even international) consciousness. It also offers a great fundraising opportunity for nonprofit organizations. In today’s post, we’ll provide valuable links filled with dozens of tips, ideas and insights for maximizing your nonprofit’s Giving Tuesday efforts this year. What Is Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a response to wildly popular “shopping event…
  • 11 Important End-of-Year Online Fundraising Best Practices

    shad
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:54 am
    Believe it or not, November is here. That means we’re down to the final two months of the year. For fundraisers, this stretch is crucial. It’s crunch time, when donors open their digital wallets and purses and give more than any other time of year. With an effective final push, nonprofits can finish the year strong and help sustain and expand important programs for next year. But the challenge is standing out amongst a sea of fundraisers making the same push to the same school of bombarded donors. That’s why you have to bring your “A-game” to earn donors’ attention and…
  • 5 Indispensable Insights from the 2014 Study of High Net Worth Donors

    shad
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    For many nonprofits, big donors who contribute big donations each year are essential to operations. This population, while small, has a lot to give and is often willing to give it. But the economic conditions have to be right and the individuals have to feel a strong sense of partnership with the nonprofit. These ideas are echoed in findings from the 2014 U.S. Trust® Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy. This study conducted by the U.S. Trust in partnership with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy reveals many interesting insights about wealthy or “high level”…
  • Eleventy Group Helps Best Friends Animal Society Promote Peer Engagement Amongst Constituents Online

    shad
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Data-driven marketing company Eleventy Group is excited to announce a new partnership with Best Friends Animal Society. Eleventy will work with Best Friends to use social and peer networking to recruit more members in support of their vital mission to Save Them All. Peer-to-peer engagement is one of the best ways to spread the word about a nonprofit organization and get people behind the cause. “It is our privilege to be a part of the agency team at Best Friends Animal Society,” said Ken Dawson, president of Eleventy Group. “We are excited to use our data science as well as our online…
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    Wagenmaker and Oberly - Nonprofit Update

  • Unemployment Taxes for Nonprofits

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:04 am
    Nonprofit organizations enjoy special privileges under unemployment laws. What are the privileges, and how can they benefit your organization?  For most nonprofits, the following rules apply: (a) only state law unemployment taxes are owed, not federal; (b) smaller may be better; and (c) self-insurance may provide cost savings (but not always!).  Additional tax considerations apply for covered nonprofits operating in multiple states.  Notably, churches and other religious institutions are entirely exempt from unemployment coverage.Background:  FUTA, SUTA, and Employee…
  • State Sales Tax Exemption for Tax-Exempt Organizations

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Sales tax exemption can be very valuable to a nonprofit organization, especially in a city like Chicago with a 9.25% tax.  In Illinois, many nonprofit organizations qualify for state and local sales tax exemption.  Sales tax exemption is by no means a slam-dunk, however, simply because an organization has an IRS determination letter in hand.  The following guidance is for 501(c)(3) organizations operating in Illinois to qualify for, obtain, and retain state sales tax exemption.What does the Illinois exemption cover (and not…
  • Welcome Relief: Clergy Housing Allowance Upheld

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    Welcome NewsThe clergy housing allowance is safe for now.  Last week, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a Wisconsin federal district court, which struck down the venerable clergy housing allowance.  As a result of the Seventh Circuit’s decision, clergypersons who serve churches, synagogues, mosques, and other worshipping groups, may continue to exempt certain parts of their compensation from federal income tax.  The news comes as welcome relief to worshipping groups and clergypersons.  Last November, for the first time, a federal district court held the…
  • Membership Dues – Are They Deductible?

    12 Nov 2014 | 12:25 pm
              May your organization advertise its membership dues as “tax deductible?”   Individuals considering memberships often want to know whether dues may be deducted from their income as a charitable contribution.  Many museums advertise the deductibility of their memberships.  Other charities state that only contributions above and beyond the membership dues are tax-deductible.  What about your organization?  The following paragraphs provide guidance for determining whether an organization’s membership dues…
  • Inside the 501(c)(7) -- Social Clubs

    5 Nov 2014 | 6:08 am
    An Unfair Exemption?            What do private country clubs, amateur sports groups, and college Greek societies share in common?  Federal income tax exemption.  Under Section 501(c)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code (“IRC”), such “social clubs” may be organized “for pleasure, recreation, and other nonprofitable purposes.”  26 U.S.C.A. § 501.  Under this section, the following organizations may qualify for exemption:  “(1) college fraternities operating chapter houses for students; (2) country clubs;…
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    Wobbly Nonprofit

  • Beyond Thank You

    Mark C. Titi
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:12 pm
      Uh, what’s missing here? 1. A donor gives your […] The post Beyond Thank You appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
  • Inspiring Faith before Your Ask

    Mark C. Titi
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:07 pm
    You jump up out of  your sleep in a cold sweat. Your he […] The post Inspiring Faith before Your Ask appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
  • Hot Potatoes of Grant Administration

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

    Mark C. Titi
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:50 pm
    The post Just Be appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
  • 72 Killer Resources for Multiplying Good

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

  • Lekeri: Project Description

    Caitlin Rackish
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Implementation of a solar water system is underway for the community of Lekeri, Voss Foundation’s ninth project in collaboration with Milgis Trust in the Samburu region of Kenya. The project will outfit a well recently dug by the community with a solar-powered pump. The system will pump water to two water access points: one standpipe next to the...
  • WHW NY 2014: Recap

    ExecutiveDirector
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Voss Foundation’s Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon and African Bazaar, on November 12th at the Dream Downtown, was attended by 223 guests and is on track to bring in over $100,000, making it our biggest and most successful single Women Helping Women event to date! Mistress of Ceremonies, Susan Fales-Hill, wowed the...
  • Spotlight on a Supporter: Jane Sutherland

    ExecutiveDirector
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Jane Sutherland, Director Contemporary Art & Philanthropic Development at Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide serves both as an Event Chair and on the African Bazaar Committee for Voss Foundation’s Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon on November 12th, 2014. As a passionate advocate for the advancement of women through cultural and economic development, education...
  • Susan Fales-Hill: Our 2014 NY Luncheon MC

    ExecutiveDirector
    2 Nov 2014 | 10:11 am
    Susan Fales-Hill, the award-winning television writer/producer and author, whose credits include “The Cosby Show,” “A Different World” and “Suddenly Susan,” will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for Voss Foundation’s Fifth Annual Women Helping Women New York Luncheon on November 12th, 2014. “The best ideas are simple and the Voss Foundation is dedicated to the clear...
  • Spotlight on a Supporter: Trine Ditlevsen

    ExecutiveDirector
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    “When I met the women of the Samburu tribe, I was struck by their tremendous strength,” says Norwegian jewelry artist Trine Ditlevsen. “Their struggles and endurance are incomprehensible for us to ever grasp.” Trine joined Voss Foundation on a donor trip to the opening ceremony of our Swari, Kenya, Women Helping Women clean water project...
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    Double the Donation

  • #GivingTuesday is 1 Week Away – Nonprofits Should Add This Matching Gift Article to Their Blogs

    Adam Weinger
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:08 pm
    With #GivingTuesday less than 10 days away, now is a perfect time for every nonprofit to promote employee matching gifts to their donors. We encourage you to take the following paragraphs and add them directly to your blog. Of course you can modify the article however you’d like. Title: Did You Know Many Companies Match Donations To Our Organization? Blog Article: Did you know that companies such as Microsoft, Verizon, General Electric, and many others match donations (view more examples at https://doublethedonation.com/matching-grant-resources/list-matching-gifts-companies/) from employees…
  • Tips for Bringing #GivingTuesday to the Workplace

    Adam Weinger
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:18 am
      A hot topic at this time of the year is #GivingTuesday. We received a lot of interest from corporations interested in bringing #GivingTuesday to their workplaces so we reached out to Dustin Joost at YourCause to share a few ideas for how companies can bring #GivingTuesday to the workplace. Guest post by Dustin Joost of YourCause, a leading provider of CSR software If you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance that you’re well aware of GivingTuesday. While the estimates of total dollars donated in 2013 on GivingTuesday vary, charity payment processors Network for Good and…
  • Blackbaud® NetCommunity™ Matching Gift Integration with Double the Donation

    Adam Weinger
    7 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    Does your nonprofit use Blackbaud® NetCommunity™ to accept and process donations? Are you looking to incorporate matching gift information into both your website as well as the Blackbaud® NetCommunity™ donation process? If so then this guide is for you. Either follow the steps in the below article or download our complete Blackbaud® NetCommunity™ matching gift integration guide.     Double the Donation’s Relationship with Blackbaud® NetCommunity™: Blackbaud® is the leading supplier of software and services specifically designed for nonprofit organizations.
  • Paypal Matching Gift Integration with Double the Donation

    Adam Weinger
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Does your nonprofit use Paypal to accept and process donations? Are you looking to incorporate matching gift information into both your website as well as the Paypal donation process? If so then this guide is for you. Either follow the steps in the below article or download our complete Paypal matching gift integration guide.   Double the Donation’s Relationship with Paypal: Paypal is one of the leading providers of ecommerce solutions and donation processing services for nonprofits. Double the Donation is a leading provider of employee matching gift data and services to…
  • How to Add a Matching Gift Button to Your Website

    Adam Weinger
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Do you need help adding a matching gift button to your nonprofit’s website? In this article we outline how internet buttons work, show you were you can get premade graphics, and outline how to incorporate a matching gift button into your own website. How Internet Buttons Work: Anyone who’s browsed the internet has come across buttons which when clicked perform some sort of action. But did you know that buttons are comprised of two different components? An image A hyperlink that takes donors to a separate page So that means when a webmaster adds a button to a website what he or she…
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    Invisible Children » Blog

  • New in the store // Jump First, Fear Later

    Invisible Children
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:05 am
    The only people who change the world are the ones who have the conviction to jump first, fear later.   What do you desire? Ignore the logistics for a minute. If you had no limitations, how would you most enjoy to spend your time? Or here’s another question: When do you feel most freely and […] The post New in the store // Jump First, Fear Later appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • 9 things we can all be thankful for

    Invisible Children
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Sometimes it’s good to take a break from the hustle and bustle of our daily routines to really stop and reflect on the amazingness of being alive. No matter where you’re at, take a couple minutes to appreciate the simple fact that you’re here and that you matter. In honor of this week’s theme of gratitude, […] The post 9 things we can all be thankful for appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • Breaking News // Two people return from LRA captivity

    Invisible Children
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:06 am
    On the morning of November 21st, a 30-year-old South Sudanese man returned from LRA captivity with a 16-year-old Central African girl in Obo, Central African Republic (CAR). The young girl was reportedly abducted three years ago in Bakouma, CAR while the man was abducted near Juba, South Sudan. 2014 has seen exceptional numbers of returnees […] The post Breaking News // Two people return from LRA captivity appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • DRC declared Ebola-free // Reblog

    Liz Arthur
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:56 am
    A few weeks ago, we gave you an overview of the 2014 Ebola crisis – including the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In the past week, DRC was declared free of Ebola. The virus killed 49 people there during a three-month outbreak, and has reportedly now been contained. + + DR Congo declares itself Ebola […] The post DRC declared Ebola-free // Reblog appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • Reblog // 5 Lessons in Human Goodness from The Hunger Games

    Liz Arthur
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    The third installment of the Hunger Games trilogy – “Mockingjay: Part 1″ – is set to premiere at midnight tonight, and we’re pretty stoked. If you know the background of the Hunger Games, you know this brutal but redemptive story brings up powerful questions of love, hardship, and the nature of humanity – so in honor […] The post Reblog // 5 Lessons in Human Goodness from The Hunger Games appeared first on Invisible Children.
 
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    A Family Mission

  • 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…
  • Now is the Time

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

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

  • How Nonprofits Continue To Get Facebook Marketing All Wrong

    Julia Claire Campbell
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    In my conversations with nonprofits using social media, I always ask them one question first – What do they want to get out of using Facebook?   I always single out Facebook first because it is alternately so loved and so hated, and the mere mention of it always elicits spirited discussion.  Facebook is also very different than other platforms and requires more finesse. So let me ask you – Why is your nonprofit on Facebook? I’m willing to bet it is for one or both of these reasons: To fundraise. To promote the activities and programs of the organization. (If you said “raise…
  • 21 Ways to Give Back Through Your Holiday Shopping

    Julia Claire Campbell
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    photo credit: Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL) via photopin cc Love it or hate it, the holiday hysteria is upon us! Thankfully, there are quite a few ways you can give back and pay it forward this holiday season. Here are just 21 ways to give back through your holiday shopping. 1. Participate in #GivingTuesday Then you can feel good about all the shopping you did or have yet to do. You can also give donations in people’s names as early gifts! Learn more about #GivingTuesday and save the date – Tuesday, December 2! 2. PEOPLink PEOPLink helps artisans and small and medium…
  • Nonprofits – It’s your fault.

    Julia Claire Campbell
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    photo credit: Mysi via photopin cc Nonprofits – It’s your fault. Yes, it is. When donors can’t figure out how to donate on your website; When donors say they stopped donating because they didn’t hear from you; When people are not sufficiently inspired to donate in the first place; When Facebook fans ignore your posts; When Twitter followers ignore your tweets; When no one reads your blog; When your email list never seems to grow; When no one attends your fundraising event; Guess what – It’s your fault. It’s not Facebook’s fault, or the Internet, or millennials, or the economy,…
  • Nonprofits – Get Out The Vote!

    Julia Claire Campbell
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:58 am
    As nonprofit professionals and those who work in the sector, it is our obligation to vote and to get our constituents to vote today. You know that you vote easily on other, trivial matters – American Idol ring a bell? Did you also know that the less affluent and formally educated you are, the less likely you are to vote? And that more 100-year-olds vote than 18-year-olds?? Gloria Steinhem thinks it’s important to be a passionate voter. So does Lena Dunham. Get out there and vote today! Find your polling place at this website.   The post Nonprofits – Get Out The Vote!
  • Nonprofit Crisis Communications: What The American Red Cross Should Do Now

    Julia Claire Campbell
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    photo credit: 96dpi via photopin cc Update 10-31-2014: Gwen Ifill on PBS interviews Suzy DeFrancis, Chief Public Affairs Officer of the American Red Cross.  Update 10-29-2014: The American Red Cross published a blog post titled American Red Cross Responds to Inaccuracies in ProPublica and NPR Stories. Still no proactive action from them that I can see on social media sites; not even a tweeted link to their blog post. They also issued a press release, available on their website.  By now you may have heard NPR’s story “Red Cross ‘Diverted Assets’ During Storms’…
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    Nonprofit MarCommunity

  • Six tips for working well with your nonprofit’s spokespeople

    Sherry Calder
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    Throughout my career, I’ve attended professional development sessions and courses about working with spokespeople, particularly in the area of media training. I’ve watched TV interviews with the uncomfortable spokesperson or listened to radio PSAs that make no clear connection between a cause and the spokesperson. In some cases, the right media training can make all the difference but the first question I ask is “Who would be the best spokesperson to represent my organization for this particular situation?” During an #NPMC Twitter chat earlier this year, there were some great…
  • Is blogging worth it for your nonprofit? [#NPMC chat]

    Marlene Oliveira
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Your nonprofit has a blog, wants a blog, needs a blog or is currently neglecting a blog. You know that blogging has benefits, but it also has drawbacks. So, is blogging worth it for your nonprofit? Just last week, Good Works and Envision Online Media released their first State of the Canadian Web Nation benchmark report about Canadian nonprofit websites. Their analysis includes insights such as: Organizations need to tell better stories. Organizations need to update their websites more frequently. Blogs offer the opportunity for charities to build and maintain interest in the organization’s…
  • How to build a digital content calendar for your nonprofit

    Heather Cosentino
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:53 am
    Content is still king, but a content calendar is queen. So,what is a digital content calendar? A digital content calendar is a tool used to plan topics, organize themes and explore ideas for content for all digital channels, in order to: Plan around key events and important dates Identify any gaps that may exist in the overall content strategy Make sure all digital content is ready with plenty of time to publish Provide a place to generate and record ideas Help staff visualize content strategy in a way that’s easy to understand A digital content calendar usually spans 30-90 days but can be…
  • Ten important considerations for your new nonprofit logo

    Julia Reich
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    Let’s say your nonprofit is going through a rebranding, and it’s time to review logo options from your designer or design firm. The ensuing discussion can easily become derailed and devolve into a subjective discussion of who likes blue and who hates orange. It’s important to move beyond personal judgements to ensure you end up with a logo that serves your organization well, fits with your brand and can be used easily in your marketing materials. I’ve developed the following checklist, which helps guide the discussion for our clients as they review and evaluate their design…
  • How to manage a pro-bono agency relationship

    Katherine Moffat
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    You’ve surmounted a major hurdle in securing the pro-bono services of an agency to support your nonprofit’s marketing initiatives. Now comes the delicate balancing act of managing the relationship. Do you treat the agency purely as a supplier or more like a volunteer? The truth is somewhere in the middle. Here are five steps to help you manage a pro-bono agency relationship.   1. Know your limits but be prepared to be flexible An agency will likely suggest ideas that shake up your notions of a campaign or approach. This could result in a great leap forward for expanded audience…
 
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    Social Fundraising for Nonprofits

  • The Recipe for Great Social Fundraising In 2015

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:11 pm
  • Donor Covers Fees feature update

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:21 pm
    We believe we have the responsibility to the nonprofit market to build features that push the boundaries of what is possible in online fundraising. It has never been so easy to launch a specific feature to a subset of clients, test to gauge performance and response, tweak it as necessary, then release it into the wild. We recently launched a test of a feature that seems to be contested in the nonprofit space: “Donor covers fees”. Our feature allows clients to present the option to donors to cover the processing fees associated with their donation. It is campaign specific, which means any…
  • 5 Organizations Who Salute Our Veterans

    11 Nov 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Today is Veterans Day. We believe this is one of the most important days on the calendar. Our veterans of the armed services ensure and protect our rights, our freedoms, and our constitutional policies with great sacrifice. In our estimate, one day does not appropriately provide the amount of appreciation needed for these brave men and woman. The end of a war should be the beginning of giving care to those who served! It is for this reason we wanted to provide a list of 5 organizations that are fighting day in and day out to provide vital services to our heroes. We salute our vets on this and…
  • How To Tell Your Story on RallyBound

    7 Nov 2014 | 11:58 am
    It cannot be said enough, how powerful storytelling is in content marketing and fundraising. Without the story there is no connection to the cause and quite possibly a missed opportunity to capture supporters and donors. Previously, we have examined how impactful emails can be but we wanted to reconvene and run through a couple tips on how to inject storytelling into your RallyBound instance. 1.Pictures are worth a thousand words This isn’t new information, but thinking about the pictures and images you use on your campaign or event site is key. It isn’t solely about a logo or color…
  • RallyBound for #GivingTuesday!

    6 Nov 2014 | 2:34 pm
    #GivingTuesday is a viral giving movement that focuses on collaborating with your friends, family and colleagues to raise money for causes. It is a response to all of the shopping and consumerism that takes over during this time of year. December 2 is a day for your organization to leverage a global social media movement to receive vital funds that are outside of established fundraising strategies. For our Third-party or Fundraising Platform clients, your RallyBound instance is perfectly positioned to capitalize on the day. Why? It is no secret that social media, and hashtags more…
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    Nonprofit Hub » Featured

  • Gear Up for Year-End Giving Way Before the Year’s End

    Lisa Thompson
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    This article originally appeared in our Nonprofit Hub Magazine, a free bi-monthly magazine dedicated to providing focused content on a particular topic. By now, your appeal should be written. But if not, this is your last warning! In our November/December edition, we explored how to build your 2015 marketing plan. To reserve your free copy of our January/February issue on donor retention, sign up today. Studies show that more than 50% of charitable giving happens in December—but don’t wait till then to get your plan in place. That’s the month when donors will receive an onslaught of…
  • Recognizing the Importance of Gratitude

    Lincoln Arneal
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:32 am
    The Saturday after Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days each year. Two days after gathering with family and celebrating all I have to be thankful for, I get together with members of a nonprofit that provides leadership development for high school students. The day is always productive as we spend time reviewing the work we’ve done and gearing up for the next few months. The highlight of the day is the evening when we host a recognition banquet. We put on our fancy clothes, have a nice meal and honor lots of deserving individuals. This night is just one of many things we’ve done in the…
  • Five Point Checklist for Your Year-End SMS Fundraising Campaigns

    Michael Sabat
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Michael Sabat is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub and the VP of Business Development for Mobile Commons. He focuses on pursuing new markets and making sure that customers are using the Mobile Commons software effectively. Michael works directly with some of Mobile Commons’ larger clients including the Obama Campaign, the California Department of Public Health and the New York City Department of Mental Health and Hygiene. _____________ During the annual end-of-year fundraising season, people get asked to donate to different causes left and right. Text messaging is a great way for your…
  • Building Your Nonprofit Marketing Plan [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Devin Thomas
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:12 pm
    This infographic originally ran in our Nonprofit Hub Magazine, a free bi-monthly magazine dedicated to providing focused content on a particular topic. In our November/December edition, we explored how to build your 2015 marketing plan. To reserve your free copy of our January/February issue on donor retention, sign up today.  Managing your nonprofit marketing plan can feel a whole lot like the game Tetris. Which block fits where? You need to determine which pieces are most important for your organization at a certain time to make sure there are no gaps and everything is working together…
  • How Removing Overhead Can Improve Donation Rates

    Lincoln Arneal
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:36 am
    One number can doom a nonprofit’s fundraising efforts before they even begin. That number indicates how much of a nonprofit’s budget is allocated to its overhead, which can be found on GuideStar, Charity Navigator and BBB Wise Giving Alliance. A high number can doom a nonprofit’s hopes to raise money. Guidestar recommends that nonprofits spend less than 20 percent of their budget on overhead, which includes administrative and fundraising costs. And if your ratio is higher than the magic number, it may drive potential donors to other organizations. The Overhead Issue The three bureaus…
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    Latest blog entries

  • Sewing for Bucks: 19th Century Community Fundraising

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
    In 19th century America, women who wanted to help fundraise for their church or community were limited in what they, as respectable women, could do. With most of their skills related to homemaking, making baked goods and needlework that could be sold, raffled, or auctioned conformed to the accepted gender roles at the time. I have recently learned about a form of fundraising that put a twist on the traditional signature quilt—a quilt that has the names of loved ones embroidered, inked, or stamped on the blocks as a memorial for friends and family who were separated. In this case,…
  • Tis the Season for an Attitude of Graditude

    2 Nov 2014 | 11:25 am
    Main blog image via University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) For Americans, November is a time of Thanksgiving. We usually spend the month being grateful for our family, friends, food and (American) football. This is also great time to let our donors know how much we appreciate them. How will they know the true impact of their support unless we tell them? Everyone likes to know that they are making a difference and making sure donors do is (or should be) a critical aspect of your donor retention plan. You’ve already sent them a letter acknowledging their support at the…
  • Creative Engagement Strategies

    27 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Gratis for you! The slides from our Creative Engagement Strategies presented at SEMC >Read More
 
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    #fundchat

  • Don’t Let Your Donations Get Lost in the Mail

    Dennis Fischman
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    My beloved brother Ron Fischman died in October 2014. Our family asked that donations in Ron’s memory go to an organization he had supported. We gave out the organization’s website and its mailing address. But only the online donations went through. The mailing address we found on the website was wrong. Now before you wonder “How could a large nonprofit organization make such a stupid mistake?” let me explain. The group’s correct address did appear on its website. It was on the Contact Us page. But when you go to the Donate page (as we did) and look for the…
  • The Value of Being Grant Professional Certified (GPC)

    Diane H. Leonard, GPC
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    Recently, when #fundchat and #grantchat teamed up to talk about professional certifications for nonprofit fundraisers/grant professionals, as always with both communities, a thoughtful dialogue transpired. As a Grant Professional Certified (GPC) through the Grant Professionals Certification Institute, I  find I am often in the minority within the #fundchat community since much of the discussion talks about the many aspects of fundraising beyond just grant seeking.  However, it was not until a community member asked what a GPC was and said that they had even quickly looked on Google to try…
  • Secrets To Success In Major Gift Fundraising

    Brendan Kinney
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
      Click here for the transcript! Given the diversity of major donors and their varied interests, it’s hard to imagine there are any real secrets to success in major gift fundraising. Can there really be any nuggets of wisdom that can help any organization improve their work with major donors? Find out on Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 12-1 pm EST when members of the #fundchat community will gather online for “Secrets to Success In Major Gift Fundraising.” Please join us to share your expertise and experience (and maybe a few secrets) about working more effectively with major…
  • Make The Most Of A Year-End Giving Campaign

    Brendan Kinney
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:22 am
    Click here for the transcript! For most nonprofits, having an end of year giving campaign or fundraising push is an annual ritual. By some estimates, 30% of all annual giving happens in the month of December. But how do you maximize your efforts and stand out in the crowd of appeals that vie for the  attention of your donors? Join the #fundchat community for this important discussion, “How To Make The Most Of A Year-End Giving Campaign,” on Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 12-1 pm EST. Here’s how you can help prep for a great conversation: Share this post with your social networks!
  • How To Create An Effective Nonprofit Volunteer Program

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

  • Lesson #20: No one gives you permission to do what you need to do

    Krystyn Tully
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:41 pm
    TEDxToronto is the official TEDx conference for Toronto, Canada. The section I reference starts around 4:50.I feel like the last few weeks have been a recurring pattern of conversations about fear, permission, and leadership. I re-watched an old TedX talk with Dave Meslin amidst these conversations and was really struck by something he says about becoming a community leader: "No one invites you". Yes!That is so true. So incredibly, significantly true that I can't believe it took my twenty lessons to remember that one. Starting a charity? The old charities are looking at you…
  • Are nonprofits always this late?

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

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

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

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

  • Social Media for Your Nonprofit: LinkedIn

    Yvonne Hudson
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Feel at Home on LinkedIn LinkedIn is the nice aunt of social media–it’s more civil, professional, and informational. Its “house” is visited by influencers who bring advice, expertise, and resources like the flowers, candy, and wine you bring to your auntie’s place–all for the taking. This is a place of generosity, sharing, and (usually) professional demeanor. Job seekers and employers regard LinkedIn as a garden of leads (like your aunt’s “pick your own” kitchen garden)–in both job openings and potential employers. Everyone’s on their better behavior here.
  • The Most Profitable Auction, Part 2

    Tonya Bulboff
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:29 pm
      Congratulations! Planning for your auction fundraiser has begun, and you are now on your way to auction success. Before you put your plan into action, to create a profitable auction, you must first determine which items to feature and how to get the highest bid return in your auction. Think Outside the Box – Unique, Fun, and Creative Donations There are many untapped possibilities for non-merchant donations that can be great moneymakers for your auction. Think outside the box. There is always a theme to be found. Brainstorm creative packages that are fun for both your donors and…
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital Fundraiser

    Christine Wise
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Annual TWIG Bazaar (Columbus, Ohio) Brings Groups Together for Nationwide Children’s Hospital Fundraiser By Christine Wise and Jessica Gilland With the holiday season quickly approaching, residents of Columbus, Ohio, got their craft fair fix at the 92nd annual TWIG (Together With Important Goals) Bazaar this past Sunday at the Ohio State Fairgrounds. Cindy Laux, one of the event chairs, accompanied by some fellow #twigvolunteers at #twigcolumbusbazaar ! pic.twitter.com/plJyV5ABjH — Jessica Gilland (@jlg52187) November 9, 2014 TWIG (Together With Important Goals) is comprised of multiple…
  • Social Media: Own Your Brand or Someone Else Will

    Kadi McDonald
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:01 pm
      I subscribe to a lot of email listservs (and sometimes I don’t really remember actually subscribing to them). But last week, I got a reminder to sign up for a webcast of Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Markets’ Social Media: Own Your Brand or Someone Else Will. The event was held Friday, November 14, and featured three panelists: Kara Goldin, CEO of Hint Water, Will Dean, CEO of Tough Mudder, and  Dan Houghton, CEO of Lonely Planet.   I got a lot of great tidbits of information from these three for-profit executives and listed a lot of thought-provoking questions on my…
  • Coming to an Event Near You: Our Writers!

    Kadi McDonald
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:39 am
    Look out for the Third Sector Today and Top Nonprofits Writers, coming to an event near (or with!) you. From charity fundraising events to volunteer events, book launches to board meetings, tech conferences to financial conferences, Third Sector Today and Top Nonprofits is going behind the scenes to give you the scoop on great events across the country. Our team of event stringers will bring you live tweets and articles that will help get your creative juices flowing as you plan for your next event, strategize your next giving campaign, write a new job description, or write a business case…
 
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    GiveIndia NGOs

  • Vidya Bhawan Society

    Tarika Vaswani
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:43 am
    A mobile library that inculcates the habit of reading in young children If you’re a bookworm as I am, then you would just love Vidya... The post Vidya Bhawan Society appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • A mobile library that inculcates the habit of reading in young children

    Tarika Vaswani
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:17 am
    If you’re a bookworm as I am, then you would just love Vidya Bhawan Society’s (VBS) mobile library. Such a simple but wonderful concept to... The post A mobile library that inculcates the habit of reading in young children appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • Pahal Jan Sahyog Vikas Sansthan

    Tarika Vaswani
    16 Nov 2014 | 12:39 am
    This NGO treats slum dwellers in Indore for just Rs. 5 On a Monday morning, I paid a visit to Pahal Jan Sahyog Vikas Sansthan’s... The post Pahal Jan Sahyog Vikas Sansthan appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • This NGO treats slum dwellers in Indore for just Rs. 5

    Tarika Vaswani
    16 Nov 2014 | 12:27 am
    On a Monday morning, I paid a visit to Pahal Jan Sahyog Vikas Sansthan’s medical center in Khajrana, located just a few minutes away from... The post This NGO treats slum dwellers in Indore for just Rs. 5 appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • How it began at Pahal Jan Sahyog Vikas Sansthan

    Tarika Vaswani
    15 Nov 2014 | 11:55 pm
    “Never doubt that a group of ordinary people can bring about change. Infact, that’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead’s famous words are... The post How it began at Pahal Jan Sahyog Vikas Sansthan appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
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    Top Nonprofits

  • Crowdfunding for Nonprofits: It’s Still Growing!

    Aloma Arter
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
        Nonprofits in search of more funds and a strong social media program should consider a crowdfunding campaign. Crowdfunding not only raises money but increases brand awareness.   Devin D. Thorpe, author of Crowdfunding for Social Good, believes: “While crowdfunding does not constitute a complete development plan, no development plan is complete without crowdfunding.”   A recent Crowdfunding Industry Report outlined how the crowdfunding track record: $1.5 billion raised in 2011, $2.7 billion in 2012, and $5.1 billion in 2013. The most recent data pins social causes…
  • Why Should Nonprofits Invest in a Modern Marketing Engine?

    Jamey Heinze
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:26 am
    Why should nonprofits invest in a modern marketing engine? Jamey Heinze, Chief Marketing Officer at CDS Global, recently spoke at the 2014 Bridge to Integrated Marketing & Fundraising Conference on the topic of how nonprofits can utilize certain marketing techniques more effectively than for-profits can. The full discussion can be found in a brand new white paper: “The Nonprofit vs. For-Profit Marketing Approach: Ten Techniques Your Organization Should Consider In this blog post, Jamey talks about technique number 10 – investing in a system to streamline your marketing efforts. Read…
  • Nonprofits and Data: You Can’t Know Too Much

    Jamey Heinze
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:51 pm
    This post was originally published on our sister site, Third Sector Today Jamey Heinze, Chief Marketing Officer at CDS Global, recently spoke at the 2014 Bridge to Integrated Marketing & Fundraising Conference on the topic of how nonprofits can utilize certain marketing techniques more effectively than for-profits can. The full discussion can be found in a brand new white paper: “The Nonprofit vs. For-Profit Marketing Approach: Ten Techniques Your Organization Should Consider In this blog post, Jamey talks about technique number 5 – collecting “too much” data on your…
  • Pro Bono: Who’s doing it …and how can you get it?

    Aloma Arter
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
      A new study from the Taproot Foundation shows just how important pro bono service has become in the nonprofit community and how this form of giving is actually a win-win for both the corporations and your nonprofit. Taproot’s mission is “to drive social change by leading, mobilizing, and engaging professionals in pro bono service.” The Foundation’s recent annual and global event, “Pro Bono Week” (Oct. 19-25) reinforced that pro bono services may be the perfect opportunity to spare your budget, while still getting quality services from various industries.   According to…
  • Does Your Nonprofit Prioritize Diversity?

    Jennifer Schaupp
    8 Nov 2014 | 4:14 am
      Workplace diversity is indeed a diverse concept, encompassing a wide array of people in terms of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, age, ability, economic status, and more. Most nonprofits tout diversity in their staff and their actions as though achieving full-fledged diversity were a high honor. But how many prioritize diversity, making it a reality for most nonprofits?   According to the Level Playing Field Institute’s April 2011 study of over 1,600 nonprofit employees, “Nearly 90% of employees believe that their organization values diversity. However, more than 70%…
 
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    NSC Strategies » Blog

  • Protecting Against Groupthink: 17 Techniques

    Robert Nelson
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Groupthink is a phenomenon that acts as a barrier to good governance. It is a form of self censorship that causes a failure of critical thinking when the desire for group consensus overrides ones ability or desire to critique / challenge a position, present alternatives or express an unpopular opinion. It is often in play when groups reach consensus without critically examining an issue; there is an illusion of agreement or consensus: “it appears as everyone agrees, so let’s move on.” It occurs when there is a high level of group cohesion or a strong persuasive leader who articulates…
  • 10 Tips For Board Meeting Breakouts

    Robert Nelson
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:50 am
    Breakout sessions can be highly beneficial at board meetings as a technique to increase board member engagement and reduce the likelihood of groupthink. They also introduce a different dynamic into the typical board meeting, which can increase the value perception held by board members, enhance relationship building and develop a team spirit. Depending on the issue at hand, all groups can be asked to work on the identical problem or each group can be asked to focus on a different aspect of the issue. As you consider the use of breakouts, keep in mind that you want to vary meeting formats from…
  • Increasing Board Engagement: Good Governance

    Robert Nelson
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Good governance demands that boards are engaged. An engaged board is a board that spends most of its time actively engaging in dialogue that explores big issues that really matter to the organization. High performing boards engage in framing issues, asking (the right) questions, and considering options. They engage in critical and creative thinking as they explore issues. Have you ever left a board meeting where it seems that majority of the board meeting was spent on listening to reports or presentations and conducting perfunctory business? Have you ever left a board meeting doubting that…
  • Stakeholder Audit: Critical to Strategy

    Robert Nelson
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Stakeholder audits are a critical component of an ongoing strategy development process. Your organization can profit from stakeholder audits in other ways as well. Stakeholder audits are an imperative component of an issues management program, they are part and parcel of good governance, and they are key to collaboration. Stakeholder analysis should be undertaken as part of your environmental scanning activity. In addition, such analysis can play an important role in strategy execution, as you seek to align stakeholders with your strategy. Although you may take a “stakeholder management”…
  • How to Create Strategic Thinking Board

    Robert Nelson
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    Transitioning a board to a strategic thinking entity requires intentionality. It is not a matter of teaching the board members to think strategically, but, rather, it is a matter of facilitating their learning by creating strategic thinking experiences. In other words, teaching strategic thinking through lectures or presentations on strategic thinking theory is trumped by engaging the board in the experience of strategic thinking. Since boards meet periodically, it is imperative that you intentionally design strategic thinking experiences into each board meeting. If you are intentional about…
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    Winspire News

  • Nonprofits are Missing Their Development Directors [INFOGRAPHIC]

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    Fundraising is a tough business. When you rely on individual, voluntary contributions as your main source of revenue - as Nonprofits do - it can be a constant challenge to keep sustainable sources of funding coming in. These fundraising issues are exacerbated by the fact that Nonprofits across the country struggle to find qualified candidates to build and develop their fundraising programs, leaving many Nonprofits falling short of the financial commitments they need to fulfill their mission. The following survey data, gathered from over 2,700 executive and development directors from…
  • Are You Killing Your Fundraiser With These 5 Auction Mistakes?

    13 Nov 2014 | 11:54 am
      Charity auction items are the bedrock of a successful fundraising event. They offer a fun and engaging way for guests to interact, spend money for a good cause and even take something special home at the end of the night. All too often, however, auction items at Nonprofit fundraising events garner too few bids, don't raise much money and generally aren't worth the amount of time it took to procure them. So what gives?   Usually it comes down to a few easy-to-rectify mistakes that can kill the earning potential of the auctions items you spent months procuring. Generate record…
  • Importance of Individual Giving [GRAPHIC]

    11 Nov 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Individual giving is the biggest revenue stream for most Nonprofits, and it all starts with fundraising events.  According to Giving USA, gifts from individual donors accounted for 81% of giving in 2010, while only 19% of giving came from foundations and corporations. A more recent study conducted by Giving USA shows that this trend is continuing to grow. In 2014, corporate giving declined 3.2%, while donations from living Americans grew 2.7%. Individual donors are clearly necessary for Nonprofits to thrive.  For development teams, that means donor procurement, cultivation and…
  • Why Nonprofits Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Failure

    6 Nov 2014 | 11:40 am
    Running a Nonprofit is no small feat. Trying to balance a cohesive fundraising strategy with the constant pressure to please donors, volunteers, the board and the public at large can sometimes make you feel like there is no room for failure. Unfortunately, this mindset can limit the ability of an organization to fulfill its mission. Unlike for-profit businesses, today’s Nonprofit sector is not failure-friendly. In business, failure is often embraced as an important part of a company’s development because it can lead to innovation. Meanwhile, many Nonprofits live in constant fear of…
  • 10 Golden Rules of Donor Development

    4 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    Donor cultivation is a critical part of achieving a charity's mission. Build a good relationship with donors and you set the stage for a lifetime of giving. Ignore the importance of donor relations, however, and your donors may become loyal givers elsewhere. Donor relations isn't just for corporate sponsors and foundations, either. In fact, according to Giving USA, 81% of Nonprofit revenue comes from living individuals and bequests, which means a good donor-relation plan will always focus on the individual givers. Consider these 10 golden rules to build donor-relation momentum and help…
 
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    GuideStar Blog

  • 3 Steps to Smart Year-End Fundraising

    Lindsay Nichols
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:43 am
    It’s that time of year again! People are out there, actively searching for good charities to support. Sure, some of them just want to make a tax-deductible donation before the end of the year – but all of them want to make the most out of their charitable donations. Money for Good II research shows that 9 out of 10 donors care deeply about the impact that their donations are having. So how can you break through the noise that inevitably comes at this time of year to ensure that these well intentioned individuals find your nonprofit? Focus on Results Focusing on results is the best way…
  • Web Forms Are This Year’s Santa’s Little Helpers

    Courtney Cherico
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:24 am
    Year after year December is the prime time of months when it comes to charitable contributions. Report findings show that December is held accountable for 17.5% of yearly donations, and let’s not forget, Giving Tuesday is just around the corner. Therefore, it’s clear that for nonprofits this is the busiest time of the year and making the most out of it is a must. But “making the most out of it” is not restricted to collecting donations, it also refers to collecting valuable data from your campaigns. Data that can be used year in, year out and drive decisions for a better nonprofit.
  • Another Billion Reasons to Love GuideStar: Our Impact through Your Impact

    James Lum
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:29 pm
    As we move forward with GuideStar’s 2020 vision, an important part of our work is improving the methods we use to measure our success and impact. And since our primary mission is to serve as the definitive resource for the nonprofit sector, the best way to measure our impact is through your impact! For the second year in a row, GuideStar asked you what you were able to accomplish by leveraging the resources we provide in our annual Impact Survey. We’ve often heard the adage that there are no stories without data and no data without stories. Your responses to our Impact Survey provide the…
  • Lean Startup and Impact Philosophy Falls Short in the Nonprofit Sector

    Courtney Cherico
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    When is it appropriate to edit your nonprofit? When is it time to cut programs and make changes to your structure, and how do you go about making those changes? I posed this question a while back, offering some guidance for nonprofits finding themselves in this position while alluding to some experience with the subject. To offer full transparency, I’d like to share the specifics of my experience. Last month we hosted Nonprofit Boot Camp and made a surprise announcement: we were putting the event on indefinite hiatus. Whether or not this program will come back is impossible to predict at…
  • How can you Fundraise SMARTER — not harder?

    pamelagrow
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:24 am
    We’re just full of paradoxes, aren’t we? Pamela Grow Every day you’re out there, dealing with society’s most complex problems, and yet many of us are given next to no resources.  We’re expected to tackle serious issues as homelessness and human trafficking, while having our hands tied by funding restrictions. Of course you need to be savvy about how you spend money.  But, as the saying goes:  “It takes money to make money.” I see it all the time here in the Philadelphia region.  When the economy takes a hit, the first thing organizations do is cut their development…
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    The Canada Wood Group Blog

  • Canada Rebuilds Lives in Japan’s Tohoku Region

    Shawn Lawlor
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:19 am
    Canada Wood Group, a non-profit organization that promotes the use of sustainable, Canadian wood products around the world, celebrated 40 years in Japan on October 16th. On the same day, British Columbia’s Minister of Forests, Steve Thomson, signed a plaque in Tokyo to honour the Jericho Support Centre – currently under construction in the Japanese city of Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. The centre is the fourth facility built under the Canada-Tohoku Reconstruction Project, spearheaded by the Canada Wood Group in an effort to help Japanese communities recover from the 2011 tsunami. The…
  • Director’s Message

    Paul Newman
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Work in the Shadows Jieying Wang, Senior Scientist, Durability and Sustainability, FP Innovations, examines Canadian treated wood samples that have been in the ground four years in Korea. The collected data will be used to demonstrate durability performance of Canadian wood species. Most of what is known and appreciated about Canada Wood activities and programming takes place in the open, often publicized and visible to industry.    Frequently however crucial work takes place behind the scenes on issues that have potential to be disruptive and damaging to industry exports: e.g.
  • Canadian Lumber Backed as a Sustainable Brand in Japan

    Wayne Iversen
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:46 am
    Canadian exporters supplying the Japanese market now have a tool to support their sustainable brand. The PDF: Canada – Supplying Sustainable, High-Quality Forest Products, is available to Japanese buyers interested in Canada’s world-leading stewardship practices that include Canada plants 650 million trees annually but only harvests 0.2 per cent of its forest land base. Translated into Japanese, the document highlights Japan has relied on Canada as a trusted supplier of quality wood products since the Taisho Era. Further it points out Canada’s unique species mix not only provides the…
  • Canadian architects instrumental in designer outreach program

    Jennifer Yu
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    CC Yao, principal and senior designer of Read Jones Christoffersen , Vancouver, answers questions. Over a year ago, Canada Wood and FII (China) together initiated a program named “Architects Outreach Program”. The main objective of this joint program is to create an awareness of timber structures among Chinese architects so timber can be used at the very beginning stage of the conceptual design, to advocate timber as a structural, most sustainable and beautiful material (compared to mostly-used concrete and steel here in China), and to generate confidence in architects that…
  • Korea Economy, Construction and Lumber Shipments

    Tai Jeong
    4 Nov 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Economy Update South Korea’s economy is facing numerous risks, including protracted low growth and low inflation, which requires the government to keep up its efforts to reinvigorate the economy by stimulating consumption and corporate investment. South Korean government, as a countermeasure, assured again that the strong 41 trillion won (US$38.7 billion) stimulus package will be carried out without delay. South Korea’s exports and imports increased 6.8% to US$47.69 billion and 8% to US$44.33 billion respectively in September of 2014 from the same month last year posting a trade…
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