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  • 7 Reality Checkpoints for Your Nonprofit Board

    Third Sector Today
    Yvonne Hudson
    22 Feb 2015 | 2:55 pm
    While the number 7 is known for its mathematical, spiritual, and natural significance, consider a board reality checkpoint for each day of your next week. It’s a practical way for busy nonprofiteers to take stock. But first, remember that not every nonprofit board is created equal–not by a long shot. The realities faced by nonprofits can affect the perception by external audiences. Board members must be aware of more than just the day-to-day challenges of staff and volunteers. “Perceptions become a reality to those who are quick to embrace popular labels such as the overused term,…
  • Honoring Nonprofit CFOs

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    Gabe Cohen
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Nonprofit CFO of the Year Awards honor financial professionals who have made extraordinary efforts to support and maintain the mission of their organizations, often creating innovative ways to do so. This annual event recognizes and honors the contributions of nonprofit financial executives who demonstrate a vision for operational excellence, innovation in finance and management, and exceptional leadership and commitment to improving accountability and financial reporting. The CFO Awards recognize the often unsung leadership role CFOs have in the important works nonprofits do, working…
  • Photos no longer get more reach on Facebook

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

    Top Nonprofits
    James Zackal
    10 Feb 2015 | 2:11 pm
      The quality of research and data is important for today’s nonprofits. From gaining useful information to using research in daily operations, great resources can help improve your organization.   The Council of Nonprofits provides Research, Reports, and Data on the Nonprofit Sector, a list of resources for individuals in the sector.   10 Great Nonprofit Research Resources Digital Giving Index provides resources to strengthen relationships with donors and companies. The index reviews the behavior of donors through online surveys. Foundation Center offers up to date resources…
  • The Most Valuable Data Discoveries for Small and Mighty Nonprofits

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    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:07 am
    When Heather Yandow of Third Space Studios presented an insightful Nonprofit911 webinar earlier this year she shared some data collected from nonprofits to create the Individual Donor Benchmark Report (IDBR). Our ears perked up: a well-researched report documenting individual donor benchmarks for nonprofits with a budget size under $2 million?! We had to learn more! Heather and I chatted about the valuable discoveries that can be found in your very own database. Read on to learn the most surprising thing she learned from the 2013 data (hint: it has to do with significant jump in online…
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  • Two Must Read Reports on Nonprofit Capacity Building

    Beth
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:10 am
    Two reports have been released on the topic of capacity building:   “Supporting Grantee Capacity: Strengthening Effectiveness Together,” from GrantCraft, a service of the Foundation Center and “Strengthening Nonprofit Capacity” from GEOfunders. This post summarizes gems from both reports.  While the reports are guides to funders, if you do work as a capacity builder, you will find some useful insights for your practice. Supporting Grantee Capacity:  Strengthening Effectiveness Together This report offers an overview of the different types of capacity-building…
  • The Performance Imperative: A Framework for Social Sector Excellence

    Beth
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:09 am
    “The Performance Imperative:  A Framework for Social Sector Excellence, the result of a  full year of collaborative work by the Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community, a group of nonprofit leaders coalesced and coordinated by the Leap of Reason team (leapofreason.org), makes it debut today.  The framework details the seven organizational competencies that can help nonprofits achieve high performance and deliver greater social impact – the holy grail of the social sector.    The competencies are: 1: Courageous, Adaptive executive and board leadership 2: Disciplined, people…
  • Shadowing To Learn Web Video: DoGooder Awards Voting

    Beth
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:06 am
    Recently, I’ve been reading the ideas from The Presencing Institute (PI), an action-research community that “creates social technologies, builds capacities, and generates holding spaces for profound societal renewal.”  The Presencing Institute grew out of the MIT Center for Organizational Learning, which was founded by Peter Senge and his colleagues.    The word “Presencing” blends the words “presence” and “sensing” and works through “seeing from our deepest source.”   It’s a systems leadership framework. The gist of this framework is…
  • 4 Games Supporting Nonprofits’s Missions, from Low-Tech to High-Tech

    Beth
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:23 am
    Note from Beth: I went to my first Games for Change Festival ten years ago, in 2005 and have been a fan and supporter ever since.  They also offer any reader of Beth’s Blog a special discount code of 10% on the conference registeration (use this code: 10beth when you register)    Meghan Ventura from Games for Change has wrote this guest post about how nonprofits are using games to leverage their missions. Games — both digital and analog — provide a great opportunity for inviting players to interact with a real-world causes and societal challenges. By placing players squarely in…
  • How To Make Meetings Work for Your Nonprofit (whether you are sitting,standing, or walking!)

    Beth
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:10 am
    Last week, I co-presented a Guidestar webinar with Andrea Kihlstedt on the topic of healthy and productive meetings who talked about the basics for making meetings highly effective. I spoke about standing and  walking meetings.   This post shares some reflections and additional resources about both topics. Productive Meetings We all have lived through that awful conference call or equally horrendous in person meeting.   Andrea gave an awesome presentation with some great frameworks and tips on planning and facilitating productive meetings to avoid death by meeting.    She started…
 
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  • #15NTC Demo Stage: The Line-Up and the Prizes

    Amy
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:52 am
    Photo Credit: Broken Banjo PhotographyLast year, we tried something new at the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC): A Demo Stage. This year, the Demo Stage is back, and with a completely sold out schedule of presentations. Plus, of course, lots of amazing prizes! Be sure to review the schedule and stop by to learn more from some of the NTC sponsors and be eligible for great giveaways.15NTC Demo Stage ScheduleWednesday, March 312:00pm-12:30pm: Making Technology Work at Nonprofits presented by Pantheon12:30pm-1:00pm: What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know About the New .NGO and .ONG Domains…
  • Things We Like (February 2015)

    Steph
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:25 am
    A monthly roundup of our favorite nonprofit tech resources and other goodies. A somber way to start Things We Like, but this article on “How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life” seems to really strike home at the crowd-sourceable bullying aspect of the Internet and how it impacts real people. How do we, as nonprofit managers, nptechies, and/or community managers relate to this side of Community Management, recognizing that, “Ignominy is universally acknowledged to be a worse punishment than death?” How do we usher in thoughtfulness, redemption, renewal?Speaking of renewal,…
  • The Impact of the Oregon Nonprofit Technology Readiness Program: Taylor Smith

    James
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Last year, NTEN launched the first cohort for the new Oregon Nonprofit Tech Readiness (ONTR) program. This six-month program builds on the eight weeks of curriculum for the Nonprofit Technology Academy and extends with an additional four months of support for each organization’s chosen technology project. As we open up applications for the next cohort starting in April, you may find yourself asking questions like, “Who participates in this program?" and, "What did it mean for them?” We want to introduce you to Taylor Smith, Technical Services Manager for the Oregon Food Bank, to share…
  • Attend the 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference at your desk!

    Joleen Ong
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:05 am
    We're just a week away from kicking off the largest gathering of nonprofit technology professionals at the 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference in Austin, TX. We wish that everyone could attend in person, but we know that's not always possible. Luckily, you can still catch a good number of sessions remotely by registering for the 2015 Online Nonprofit Technology Conference (15ONTC), which will give you access to the plenary sessions and 28 select breakout sessions on demand. We've received a lot of questions and interest about the 15ONTC. Below is a quick rundown of how it's…
  • Learning from Example: Innovative methods to engage your online community

    Steph
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Sophia Guevara Social Media Fellow Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy What do clean water and foundation libraries have in common? Online community management, for one thing. Learning from my fellowship at EPIP and other organizations’ experiences, I have discovered three important lessons about engaging an online community.
 
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  • Nonprofit Link Round Up

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:16 am
    What amazing resources are floating around the web this week? Here’s a sampling of good stuff that rose to the top of the inbox. Something you need right now: Kivi Leroux Miller shares an amazing list of 25 interview questions what will help you write better stories about your volunteers and the people you serve.  via Nonprofit Marketing Guide What’s the Purpose of a Thank You Letter? Simone Joyaux shares two examples and her wisdom on getting donor gratitude right. via Nonprofit Quarterly Charitable giving can’t stop, won’t stop. That’s according to new…
  • How to Showcase Your Monthly Giving Program

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
    What good is a monthly giving program if no one can learn more about how it will help further your mission? This week’s Recurring Giving Challenge lesson is all about highlighting your monthly giving program on your website. For the full lesson, sign up for the Challenge (and learn how you can win your share of $10K in prizes!). Here are a few highlights from a few stellar Network for Good clients (click on the images to see the full pages): On Your Donation Page Urban TilthThe folks at Urban Tilth, a community agriculture group that supports a more sustainable, healthy, and just local…
  • The Most Valuable Data Discoveries for Small and Mighty Nonprofits

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:07 am
    When Heather Yandow of Third Space Studios presented an insightful Nonprofit911 webinar earlier this year she shared some data collected from nonprofits to create the Individual Donor Benchmark Report (IDBR). Our ears perked up: a well-researched report documenting individual donor benchmarks for nonprofits with a budget size under $2 million?! We had to learn more! Heather and I chatted about the valuable discoveries that can be found in your very own database. Read on to learn the most surprising thing she learned from the 2013 data (hint: it has to do with significant jump in online…
  • Nonprofit Link Round Up

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:35 am
    It’s round up time again and I’m excited to share the expertise and resources from our colleagues in the sector—and beyond. It might be freezing here in DC, but I promise:  these links are hot. If men are from Mars, what does that do to their willingness to donate to causes? New research from Stanford University sheds some light on how to overcome the gender gap in giving. via Stanford (and more on this from The Chronicle of Philanthropy) Storytelling. Expert tips. Getting smarter while staying toasty warm in your sweats and PJs? Where do we sign up? Don’t miss…
  • The Devil You Know: Your Greatest Challenge Lives Inside Your Organization

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:40 am
    Surprising, distressing, but all too true! According to findings released in the 2015 Nonprofit Communications Report, one of your greatest challenges to fundraising effectiveness is the difference in priorities and perspectives held by you (a fundraiser) and your key colleagues—your executive director and communications colleagues.
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  • Which is better: structure or flow?

    Britt Bravo
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:53 am
    Neither.You need both.If you think of yourself as a creative, visionary, intuitive and/or spiritual person, you might feel more comfortable with moving towards your big vision by "going with the flow." It allows you to come up with amazing ideas, have big aha's, experience incredible synchronicities, create prolifically, and feel connected to something greater than yourself.Going with the flow can also make you feel confused, overwhelmed by possibilities, disorganized and like you're going around and around in circles rather than towards your big vision.Maybe you're naturally a more…
  • How do I find time to ___________?

    Britt Bravo
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:27 am
    Many of us feel time-crunched. Like we need more spaciousness in our lives for all kinds of things, including working on our big vision.Now sometimes, "I don't have enough time," can really mean, "I'm exhausted and need more sleep," or "I'm afraid," or "I don't want to fail," or "I don't want to have to make a decision and focus on one project." But when time is truly the issue, we have two choices:1. Eliminate some of the things that have been taking up the space we need to create.2. Adapt to the space we have and embrace our limits. For example, let's say you were hoping to sit down at…
  • One question for you

    Britt Bravo
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:05 pm
    As I make some changes to my business, Big Vision Consulting, I want to know:What challenges are you facing around your big vision for your work in the world?Some normal obstacles that come up when you are pursuing your dreams are:Lack of clarity around your vision. Haziness around the required action steps to reach it. Fear of failure. Lack of time, money, skills, energy, or other resources.I would be honored if you would share the challenges you're experiencing as you work towards your big vision either in the comments of this post, or on this anonymous form.Thank you!Photo of…
  • How have you navigated directionless times in your life?

    Britt Bravo
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:41 am
    When we are pursuing our big visions there will be times when our path becomes obscured.In Cheryl Strayed's, Wild, which I just finished reading, most of the time she knows where she is on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and where she wants to be at the end of her 1,100 mile hike. But sometimes, like when she hikes through snow, she doesn't know if she is on the PCT, or if she is lost. She has to consult her guidebook, look for signs, ask for help from strangers, and trust her instincts to find her way.When I graduated from college, I really didn't know what I wanted to do next. I had a degree…
  • Life is a long experiment that includes successes and failures

    Britt Bravo
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:55 pm
    At the beginning of this year, 47% of Americans made a New Year’s resolution. Only 8% of us will keep it. But maybe that isn’t a bad thing as long as we:Take the time to reflect on why we didn’t keep it.Look at it as one “experiment” in a long process.Last weekend, I saw two movies, Birdman and Particle Fever, that portrayed very different attitudes towards success and failure. Without giving too much away about each movie, in Birdman, the former star of a comic book hero movie franchise tries desperately to regain his former success by writing, directing and starring in his…
 
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  • Proof Point #1 — Prioritize Websites & Email

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:57 am
    Welcome to the Proof Point series—research findings to use when advocating for the marketing approaches you know are right. You’re the marketing and communications expert. But that doesn’t mean your boss, colleagues and/or board buy your recommendations. Whether they just don’t get the whys (so feel uncomfortable), propose a “better” solution or gravitate to the devil’s advocate role, these proof points will help make your case and protect crucial relationships! Today’s Proof Point: Your website(s) and email marketing are the most important…
  • Great Marketing Jobs in Nonprofit Orgs

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:17 am
    Please post YOUR nonprofit marketing job here Associate Director, Media and Public Relations American Association for Cancer Research (Philadelphia, PA) Communications Associate The Partnership for Palliative Care (New York, NY) Communications Director The American Federation of Musicians (New York, NY) Communications Manager America Achieves (Washington, DC) Communications Manager Oceana (Washington, DC) Communications Manager Population Council (Washington, DC) Communications Manager PT Rainforest Foundation (New York, NY) Communications & Research Associate Books@Work (Cleveland, OH)…
  • Yours? Nonprofit Communications Jobs

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:31 am
      Please post YOUR nonprofit marketing job here Assistant Vice President, Public Relations & Communications Easter Seals (Chicago, IL) Associate, Knowledge & Communications Northern California Grantmakers (San Francisco, CA) Bilingual Communications Manager KIPP Austin (Austin, TX) Chief Marketing Officer YWCA of Metro Atlanta (Atlanta, GA) Communications Associate Land Trust of Napa County (Napa, CA) Communications Associate Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School (Washington, DC) Communications Coordinator Partnership for Children and Youth (Oakland, CA) Communications…
  • Make it Easy to Spread the Word: Press Kit+ (Case Study)

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    10 Feb 2015 | 5:20 am
    Asking partners, friends and fans to spread the word may be the most effective, yet least expensive, marketing method there is. So I’m always surprised that so few folks put it to work. Hope this case study pushes you into action. The Challenge: To increase qualified entries to, and votes for, the 2015 doGooder Video Awards Award founders See3 wanted to increase submissions to the its 9th Annual doGooder Video Awards. But, like most of us, the agency is limited in staff time and marketing budget. What to do? The Method: Make it easy for partners and bloggers in the nonprofit arena, plus…
  • To-Die-For Nonprofit Communications Jobs

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:20 am
      Please post YOUR nonprofit marketing job here Associate Director, Development Communications Michael J. Fox Foundation (New York, NY) Communications Associate Grantmakers for Education (Portland, OR) Communications & Community Outreach Specialist Historic Ford Estates (Grosse Point, MI) Communications & Development Coordinator League of Michigan Bicyclists (Lansing, MI) Communications Manager Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NY metro area) Communications Manager Water Policy Center—Institute of California (San Francisco, CA) Communications Manager UNC Lineberger…
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  • Why I am not participating in National Adjunct Walkout Day

    Phil Cubeta
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:21 pm
    "Adjuncts as contingent labor can make less than workers in Wal-Mart," I said to Tutor. "They are having a national walk out day. Should we join?" Tutor said we don't qualify since we offer Morals Consulting on a pro bono basis, without academic sponsorship, and for no credit. Also, we have no relevant credentials, or students. Plus, we already live outside. "Imagine, Tutor," I said, "Imagine that these Doctorates, supported themselves with begging, and we could mobilize them, at least those in the liberal arts, into an Army for the…
  • So tell me, is life a journey or what?

    Phil Cubeta
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:18 am
    "Tutor," I said, "did you know that Life is Journey?" He groaned, maybe because he had a hangover or something. "Yes," I said, "it says here in this Courtiers Handbook, that we and our UHNW clients are on a Journey, like The Odyssey. You know, Tutor, like Homer?" Tutor banged his head on the Dumpster wall, over and over. "Yes, Homer, that ancient poet guy? And that makes you and me Mentors to the Heirs, like an emissary of the Goddess Athena, to young Telemachus... I mean how lucky! For Telemachus and for us! Touched by the gods! Like me and…
  • The Cherry Orchard Revisited

    Phil Cubeta
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:27 am
    "The Cherry Orchard," by Chekhov, what a marvelous discussion piece for those who do family wealth consulting. Ancestral wealth, urbanity and vulgarity, rising entrepreneurial wealth and decayed aristocrats. The loyal retainer. The perpetual student. The petulant heiress. The urbane cad. What if advisors were to watch, then identify the character whose worldview is most like their own? Family/History. Time building towards the Russian revolution. And we in our dream world as Merchants of Wisdom.  Seriocomic characters of some lesser Chekhov.
  • Learning Wisdom from Two Afflictions

    Phil Cubeta
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:24 pm
    I prayed for wisdom, and the gods, sent twin afflictions, and a bill for $30,000 each, plus travel and expenses. True, at first I saw this as a cosmic joke at my expense, but now I see the wisdom in it. Next, time, it could be cancer, so I am grateful it was just two secular priests, sent to teach me the vanity of human wishes.  
  • Serious Wisdom Serious Lucre

    Phil Cubeta
    20 Feb 2015 | 11:41 am
    I prayed for wisdom. To mentor me, the gods sent the best in the business, ___ ___ and __ __, but not the cash to cover the tariff.  Four days later I owe them $30,000, each, plus travel and expenses.  For the next thirty years, I will be discharging an ever compounding debt. I would bequeath my newfound wisdom, along with the debt, but all I recall from the eight man-days of consulting, is "Know thyself," a cosmic jest, and these two jokers were no comedians.
 
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  • Net Neutrality Congratulations and Thanks

    Lucy Bernholz
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:49 am
    "The Internet is the ultimate vehicle for free expression."                               Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman, February 26, 2015Congratulations and thank you to the civil society actors who acted to help protect an open internet.ACLUBerkman CenterCenter for Democracy and Technology ColorOfChange.orgCommon CauseCREDO ActionDaily KosDemand ProgressElectronic Frontier FoundationEngine Free Press Fight for the FutureFord Foundation Internet…
  • Philosophy Talk on Cyber Activism

    Lucy Bernholz
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    The radio program Philosophy Talk invited me on to discuss issues of digital civil society. I thought we were going to discuss freedom of association, free expression, and the architecture of the Internet compared to the design choices coded into the apps and web sites built on top of it. I was excited to discuss civil society's need for software that encodes its values and the changing practices of nonprofits and digital humanitarians.It didn't go quite like that, but we still had a good time. We wound up talking a lot about public-ness, privacy, and digital tools for organizing. You can…
  • Crowdfunding and philanthropy

    Lucy Bernholz
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    A community foundation friend just asked me what's up with crowdfunding? New wine in old bottles or new money? Here's what I said:"Crowdfunding is here to stay in some form.  I think it's "gateway giving" for folks who live entirely online (now including everyone), will bring in new small dollars that add up, tools for it need to be built natively for mobile devices, and *might* make regular small giving a behavior again for people the way tithing used to be, but won't involve the organizational loyalty of tithing nor will it always be directed to nonprofits."What's your two cents on…
  • The #NetGain Challenge

    Lucy Bernholz
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:14 am
    It's great to see several big foundations recognizing that digital infrastructure is now fundamental to civil society. Check out the #NetGainChallenge for several ideas about what we need to ensure that independent private action for public benefit continues to thrive in the digital age. Here's how leaders of five major US Foundations describe the challenge we face:"In the digital age, it’s essential that the principles that brought us here, of equal access to economic opportunity and civic life, be maintained and preserved." Ideas for public good software, independent online meeting spaces…
  • The giving quants or "algorithmic philanthropy"

    Lucy Bernholz
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:34 am
    I spent the weekend preparing for, and then taping, a segment on digital activism for Philanthropy Talk. That's the public radio "car talk" program for philosophical questions. The segment will air in January.So it's no wonder that I have thought experiments on my mind. Yesterday when I opened The New York Times (the actual paper edition) I read a range of stories. Sometimes when I read the paper my mind plays tricks on me - like, did the person who wrote the story on page A1 read the story on page B8? Today, several stories in the paper seemed to be speaking to each other - the first one was…
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  • At your event, make sure the Ask is right.

    Edward Sumner
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:52 pm
    We’ve had some really great feedback and thoughts on a recent post highlighting the importance of caring for the little things to make your big fundraising events awesome.  Really excited to learn it has been helpful!  As a result I’ve been thinking more about the not so little things that are also critical to ensure we knock our guests socks off. Arguably, one of the biggest things to absolutely get right at your fundraising dinner, gala, or extravaganza, is the Ask.  This is the part when you Ask for the dough.  Ask for the partnership.  Ask for folks to believe in your…
  • The Power of One

    Jason Dick
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Every board I’ve worked with has board members who are more involved and board members who are less involved. Some of your board members are doers and others are not. If you have a smaller board of 5 to 10 people, then you probably have a board that is almost full of doers. If you have a board of 25+, then you probably know which board members are doers, which ones are only there for the meetings, and which ones you are surprised if you ever see. Every development person loves the doers on their board. I’m not talking about the doer that gets in the way and is always pushing their own…
  • Are you taking notes?

    Edward Sumner
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:24 pm
    It’s always a win during in-person meetings when our supporters and prospects share about their families, work, interests, passions, and other colors that shape their story.  As development professionals, hopefully we have taken some time to craft and consider good questions to get folks talking when we have the opportunity to connect for coffee, a meal, or a tour.  Establishing personal trust and rapport can be a significant factor in gaining favor for the cause and agency we represent, and can at times also play a significant role in a positive giving decision. So, if things are…
  • Showing Off Your Non-Profit: A Word About Tours

    Jason Dick
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:05 pm
    A donor tour is possibly one of the most exciting parts of fundraising. Tours give you the opportunity to show off your organization and talk to your donors face to face. They provide you the chance to share all your organization’s wonderful stories and provide a context for the work that you do. In a solicitation letter you might have a brief story, or at an event you will often share a few facts about your organization, but in a tour you can explain more in-depth exactly who you are and what you do. Here are a few things that I do on my tours that might help you as you give tours.
  • I really need some new material!

    Edward Sumner
    11 Feb 2015 | 12:05 pm
    As Development professionals, we are story tellers.  We are deft and creative about sending messages to our supporters and prospects that generate a response.  Our hope is that the messages we send will be so compelling that those that hear and receive it will respond by giving financially to our cause.  This is a simplified description of the nature of our work. It is good, right, and helpful to have the vision, mission, and history of our agency 100% dialed in.  So much so, that we can do it in 30 seconds or 30 minutes. In an elevator, over dinner, at the podium, in a tweet, or in an…
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  • Wrap Up of Nonprofit Llama Drama

    Allyson Kapin
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Did you catch the llamas on the loose yesterday? They were all the rage, and some nonprofits ran with it too. If you missed it, let's quickly recap: Described as the "Bonnie and Clyde of llamas," two llamas broke out of an Arizona retirement home and instigated a high-speed llama chase across the state. The Twittersphere erupted, nonprofits spoke out, and the llamas were on everyone's radar. [View the story "Wrapup of Nonprofit Llama Drama" on Storify] The nonprofits who used the llamascade to their advantage tied the incident to their cause. It's critical to be flexible and able to curate…
  • Digital Adoption Survey Aims to Learn More About the Digital Divide

    Allyson Kapin
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:27 pm
    How do online services and Internet access help you and your team deliver services and programs, and connect you with the people you serve? A new Digital Adoption Survey  explores how organizations keep staff connected, from offices to virtual teams, as well as how the Internet factors into program or service delivery. NTEN and Mobile Citizen are teaming up for this survey to better understand online technology and digital inclusion among nonprofits and the communities nonprofits serve. Throughout this digital adoption survey, we define digital divide as any barrier that prevents people…
  • Infographic: 10 Things To Consider In Your Social Media Strategy

    Allyson Kapin
    14 Feb 2015 | 9:10 am
    Remember the early days of social media when you did not have to cut through all of the noise and things felt more like a community rather than a popularity contest? I can't begin to tell you know how many nonprofits I talk to these days who are just interested in vanity metrics - gaining followers and FB Likes rather than focusing their social media on building relationships with the closest people to you, your community and then the network, followed by the crowd. This is a key principle in the book Amy Sample Ward of NTEN and I wrote about in our book Social Change Anytime…
  • Report: Insights Into Nonprofit's 2015 Digital Strategy

    Allyson Kapin
    12 Feb 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Now that we're settling into the new year, it's time to reassess your goals you set for the year. If you are a regular Care2 Frogloop reader, I know that digital was a key part of your plans. Right? Ok, even if it wasn't, we've got some news for you. Care2, hjc, and NTEN just released data they collected from 473 nonprofit professionals to bring you the 2015 Digital Outlook Report. The report notes that while not every organization's approach to digital strategy is the same, this research identifies an outlook with definite trends and paths to success. This success becomes…
  • Is the Humans of New York Community Every Nonprofit's Dream?

    Allyson Kapin
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Good fundraising can make or break any nonprofit, but what makes truly good fundraising? One of the most important factors for success is a highly engaged community who is extremely passionate about your mission. Humans of New York (HONY) is an amazing example of how building an engaged community inspires people to rally together and raise money for an issue they are moved by. Humans of New York is the project of Brandon Stanton, a photographer who brings the world daily doses of the beautiful, scary, infinite, and intimate realities of people across New York City, and occasionally, the…
 
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  • A Sneak Peek at GlobalGiving’s Brand Refresh

    Acacia Betancourt
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Very exciting things are happening at GlobalGiving! Over the last several months, we have been working behind the scenes to refresh our brand and we are finally ready to share it with the world. Our main goal of this change is to make our outward appearance more accurately reflect who we are on the inside: hopeful, curious, enthusiastic, substantive, and human. We love the work that we do, and we want the world to feel the same. The launch of this new, fresh brand is symbolic of the many exciting changes being made this year at GlobalGiving and helps visualize the tremendous growth we are…
  • A New Year to Build On

    Marisa Glassman
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:44 am
    Happy New Year, GlobalGivers!  The last couple of months of 2014 passed in a flash of donation gift cards and year-end giving, and 2015 is off to an inspiring start.  As I have been reflecting on 2014’s passing and thinking about what is to come in 2015, I have been focused on the ways in which 2015’s accomplishments will rely upon and build upon all the hard work and generosity that took place in 2014. A timely example of this compounding effect is the work GlobalGiving and the VMware Foundation have done together over the last few years.  In alignment with GlobalGiving’s goal to…
  • The Popup Experiment: Effects from Unexpected Places

    Nicholas Violi
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:49 am
    Part 1: Testing Upworthy’s Technique I spend a lot of time on the Internet and I’m always looking for inspiration. In late 2013 I clicked a link to an article on Upworthy, a site always on the forefront of testing stickiness and psychological hooks. When the page loaded I was presented with this statement: After clicking “I Agree” (because who wouldn’t?), I was asked to sign up for the site’s mailing list. This type of interface element is called a “modal dialog,” and I generally find them to be annoying, distracting, and intrusive. In this case however, the dialog made me…
  • DataKind and GlobalGiving Using Data Science to Drive Funding to Effective Organizations

    Alison Carlman
    16 Jan 2015 | 1:57 pm
    A DataKind DataDive team hard at work answering questions with GlobalGiving data This is a guest post written by Miram Young, DataKind’s Communications Specialist. At DataKind, we harness the power of data science in the service of humanity by bringing together data science experts with mission-driven organizations like GlobalGiving to work on projects addressing critical humanitarian problems. We have the honor of working with inspiring organizations around the world looking to use data to transform their work and are thrilled to be working on our second project with GlobalGiving using…
  • Disasters and Development: Reflections from the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan

    Alison Carlman
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:02 am
    At the end of last year, I had the opportunity to travel to the Philippines and to visit GlobalGiving’s local partners that have been driving the Super Typhoon Haiyan recovery effort. (The storm was known locally as Typhoon Yolanda.) One year after the disaster, some of the most powerful remnants from the destruction have become benign landmarks and regular photo ops for visitors, like this 3,000 ton ship that washed into a community in Tacloban City. This juxtaposition of the terrifying and the mundane is a fitting metaphor for the complex road to recovery. This short video brings to you…
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    Giving in a Digital World

  • Speed of Light Campaign – Innovative Social Media Fundraising from SolarAid

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

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

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

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

    Bryan Miller
    18 Jan 2015 | 11:42 pm
    Despite all the attention that continues to be devoted to Social Media across the nonprofit world, I don’t know many fundraisers who wouldn’t acknowledge that the primary means of engaging with their donors online is actually through email. Sadly, I also don’t know of many who are really pleased with the fundraising results they receive through their email programmes. And this underperformance seems to be getting worse not better as time goes-on – as highlighted in last October’s Luminate Online Benchmark Report, which (as reported by Mike Snusz of Blackbaud)…
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  • 5 Translation Mistakes to Avoid in Your Multilingual Nonprofit Communications

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    Patricia V. Rivera I am on a roll lately with meeting talented communications professionals who are willing to blog for us on topics we haven’t covered well here in the past . . .   and today’s guest blogger and post are no exception. Let’s hear from Patricia V. Rivera on how to best create multilingual communications for your community. ~Kivi Guest Post by Patricia V. Rivera of Hook PR Group Repurpose your nonprofit content and grow your client base with translations . . . but do so with caution! Here is a little-known fact: More than 300 languages are spoken in the…
  • Go There! Case Study: Center for American Progress

    Nancy Schwartz, Branding and Messaging Advisor
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    “Brilliant experts can write compelling policy papers filled with breakthrough ideas to make our society better. But they can’t influence and shape the debate if no one is reading and digesting their work.” OMG! The folks at the Center for American Progress (CAP), a D.C.-based think tank, get it. In fact, CAP allocates a full 50% of its operating budget to communications and outreach. That’s radical for any nonprofit, much less a policy org (even one self-described as not your Grandma’s think tank). I urge you to run with it—Use this powerful model to boost your…
  • A Great Nonprofit Annual Report in a Fabulous Infographic

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    Liesl Manone We love showcasing what I like to call “New and Improved” annual reports from our readers. I think the time of the 40+ page annual report is over and we should focus on our donors and what they actually want. Bonus: That’s also a lot easier for you to produce! Our recent submission is from Liesl Manone with Don’t Forget to Feed Me Pet Food Bank who has shared their organization’s first ever annual report. I think it’s great! ~Kivi Guest Post by Liesl Manone with Don’t Forget to Feed Me Pet Food Bank Don’t Forget to Feed Me Pet Food Bank is a…
  • Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Hashtags Here

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:45 am
    In case you are brand spanking new to social media, hashtags are words or phrases with the hash symbol (#) in front of them. The hash symbol creates a link and clicking on that hashtag will bring up other posts with that tag. Can you spot the hashtags in this tweet: Fillable Or Simple Button: Which Version Is Better For Getting Donations? http://t.co/1YtQ35eq7p #fundraising #nptech via Agitator — Kerri Karvetski (@karvetski) February 22, 2015 Last year, Kerri Karvetski produced a great free download for you on how to use hashtags to promote your cause. It was such a popular resource,…
  • Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Kellie Scholma

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    Kellie Scholma 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.   We Need More Days! Tell us what you do in a typical day as a nonprofit communications pro. I am the Communications Coordinator for the Disaster Response Services (DRS) program of World Renew, a faith-based international community development and disaster response organization. I have been with World Renew for almost seven years now. My program, DRS, focuses on North American disasters–from helping with clean…
 
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  • [Cool Infographic Friday] Psychology of the Office Space

    Maddie Grant
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
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  • Can Marketing and IT Collaborate?

    Maddie Grant
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Apparently not – despite all the evidence showing that they need to.  Is it time to stick your marketing and your IT folks in a room and get them to hash it out?  What’s the problem here?  Turf wars?  General disdain for each other? Inability on both sides /either side to see the strategic value in collaborating? Or… is it time to dump both, hire a CDO and build a new team? Socially driven collaboration infographic from Vanessa DiMauro ———— (photo credit)
  • Get a Free Chapter of When Millennials Take Over!!

    Maddie Grant
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Want a sneak peek at the book?  We’re inviting everyone, for a limited time, to download a free chapter of the book: http://bit.ly/WMTO-sample If you like it, please buy the book!  It’s currently available for pre-order on Amazon. W00t!   ———— (photo credit)
  • When Millennials Take Over on The Nonprofit Exchange

    Editorial
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Guest post by Todd Greer, PhD, Executive Director and Managing Editor of Nonprofit Performance Magazine and the Synervision Leadership Foundation. ————– The reality is that we are different. And things are changing. So what can we do about it? We really have a few choices: 1) ignore the situation and hope that it goes away 2) just go with the flow and hope that we find the right outcome or 3) ask question, learn, and then make conscious decisions that build our culture. No matter what type of organization you are, the realities of the generations and changes…
  • 3 Tips For Nonprofits To Boost Their Social Media Presence

    Editorial
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    The primary goal of Sec. 501 organizations is not profit. But all companies, regardless of how they’re organized under IRS law, need revenue and supporters to accomplish their missions. Social media offers the perfect platforms to do this. Facebook now has more than 1.2 billion (and counting) active users, and totals nearly 57 percent of all social media visits. YouTube is the second-most active, with Google+ and Twitter coming in third and fourth. The sheer number of people nonprofits can reach via social networks makes them a necessary part for all marketing campaigns. The key is to…
 
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    The Fine Print: blog posts from Center for Effective Government

  • Think Corporate Tax Cuts Create Jobs? Think Again.

    sklinger
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:41 am
    Nine million unemployed Americans want to work, but they can’t find a job. Nearly seven million more are working part-time but want full-time work. We still have a job shortage in this country. Many in Congress think the solution is more corporate tax cuts. The theory sounds nice: if a business owner has more money in his pocket, he will plough that money into business expansion and hire more employees. But it doesn’t work that way in real life. We took a look at large corporations with the highest and lowest effective tax rates between 2008 and 2012 to see how many jobs they…
  • UPDATE: President Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

    kweatherford
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:27 am
    UPDATE (2/25/2015): President Obama followed through on his pledge and vetoed the Keystone XL bill on Tuesday, within hours of the bill arriving at his desk. Obama explained that he vetoed the bill because it “conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest -- including our security, safety, and environment . . . .” As for the future of the Keystone XL pipeline, the president’s veto does not put an end to the project altogether. Rather, the State Department will soon finish its…
  • A 300-Foot High Fireball from an Exploding Bakken Oil Train: When Will New Rail Safety Standards Be Approved?

    afrank
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:37 am
    On Presidents' Day, a train carrying volatile crude oil derailed in Fayette County, West Virginia, igniting several railcars and creating a fireball 300 feet high. While no one was seriously injured, the incident is a stark reminder of the need for stronger safeguards to protect communities near the tracks that transport crude oil. A Disturbing Track Record The derailed train was carrying crude oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to a refinery in Yorktown, Virginia. Bakken crude is highly volatile, and a derailment or other incident can cause massive explosions and fires. These…
  • What Are We Doing to Our Children's Brains?

    guestcontrib
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:48 am
    Article reposted with permission from Ensia under a Creative Commons license. by Elizabeth Grossman The numbers are startling. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1.8 million more children in the U.S. were diagnosed with developmental disabilities between 2006 and 2008 than a decade earlier. During this time, the prevalence of autism climbed nearly 300 percent, while that of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder increased 33 percent. CDC figures also show that 10 to 15 percent of all babies born in the U.S. have some type of neurobehavorial…
  • Dollar Stores Found Selling Toys, Earrings, and More Containing Lead and Other Toxins

    afrank
    5 Feb 2015 | 8:53 am
    Target and Walmart made headlines in 2013 when both companies pledged to phase-out certain hazardous chemicals from their supply chains, good news for the millions of Americans who rely on these stores for household and personal care products. But discount retailers known as "dollar stores" have yet to follow suit, putting the communities they serve at risk of toxic chemical exposures. The Campaign for Healthier Solutions launched an effort today pressuring dollar store chains to remove hazardous chemicals from their supply chains. The campaign is a collaborative project of more…
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    Public Sector Marketing 2.0

  • How to Measure the Performance of your Government Social Media Initiative

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

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

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

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

  • The Americanization of Tikkun Olam

    eJP
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    By Jonathan Krasner When President Barack Obama declared at the first White House reception for Jewish American Heritage Month, in 2010, that America must “uphold the principle of tikkun olam – our obligation to repair the world,” he became the latest in a parade of prominent American politicians, celebrities and opinion-makers, including Bill Clinton, Cornell West and Madonna, to invoke the term. The Americanization of tikkun olam reflects its ubiquity in American Jewish life, where many religious and communal leaders identify it as a core Jewish value. This is remarkable when one…
  • Never Before, Never Again

    eJP
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:45 pm
    For those of us deeply engaged in Jewish life, as lay leaders or professionals, it is no longer “business as usual.” By Sandy Cardin It has been almost 25 years since I became a Jewish professional, a stunningly long time from virtually every perspective. And while it is hard to remember much from the early 1990s, I recall feeling a sense of optimism as an American, as a Jew and as a Zionist. The world seemed poised for unprecedented peace and prosperity; the Berlin wall had been dismantled, the shackles had been removed from Soviet Jewry and the first Oslo Accord had been signed. Indeed,…
  • Revised Law Lays Foundation for a More Inclusive Israeli Society

    eJP
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:15 pm
    By Leiba Chaya David JNS.org Recent statistics indicate that approximately 1 million people in Israel have a disability, defined as a health problem that interferes with their daily activities. This definition covers a wide range of challenges, including physical limitations, mental illnesses, behavioral disorders, and more. Yet perhaps the most important part of the definition is “interferes with their daily activities.” Close to 1 million people are unable to do what most others do easily every day – get up, get dressed, grab something to eat, head off to work or school, run…
  • Seattle Study: 59% Gave Most or All of their Donations to non-Jewish Organizations

    eJP
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:40 pm
    The Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and the Steinhardt Social Research Institute have released the “2014 Greater Seattle Jewish Community Study,” the latest in a series of population studies that uses both meta-analysis data and new surveys to estimate the size and characteristics of the Jewish population. The resulting analysis found that Seattle Jewry has grown nearly 70% in the last 13 years, fueled both by highly educated newcomers arriving in Seattle and by the large proportion of intermarried families who identify Jewishly. The study also found that Seattle has a…
  • US Charitable Giving Expected to Grow by 4.8% This Year

    eJP
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:20 pm
    Charitable giving in the United States is expected to grow by 4.8 percent in 2015 and by an additional 4.9 percent in 2016, according to The Philanthropy Outlook, a new report researched and written by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The outlook projects that the expected growth of total giving in each of those years will exceed the estimated annualized average rate of growth in total giving in the years following the Great Recession (3.1 percent) and the estimated long-term average for the 40-year trend in total giving for 1973-2013 (3.8 percent). The Philanthropy…
 
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  • 'Under Construction': DENIM – Developing & Empowering New Images of Men

    Mitch Nauffts
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Under Construction is a multimedia online exhibit showcasing some of the best and brightest organizations working with males of color. The UC team of filmmakers, photographers, writers, and nonprofit experts worked directly with each of these organizations for several weeks....
  • Why ‘Crowdfunding’ Government Is a Bad Idea

    Mitch Nauffts
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:11 am
    Governments at the local, state, and federal level increasingly are competing with charities for private-sector donations using crowdfunding and other individual donor-focused techniques. That's a problem not just for nonprofits, but for all who depend on government to address our...
  • Shifting the Discourse Around Black Men and Boys

    Mitch Nauffts
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    "It is my hope that this report will motivate other philanthropists and foundations to invest in efforts to improve achievement by African-American boys and men and reverse the serious damage inflicted over many years of systemic injustice. This is a...
  • A Two-Step Exercise for Designing Your Best Board

    Mitch Nauffts
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Try this exercise: Gather your board members around a white board or flip chart and ask the following question: "If we could design the perfect board for our organization, what skills and qualities would we look for in prospective board...
  • Foundation Strategy...the Enemy of Collaboration?

    Mitch Nauffts
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:42 pm
    In today's world, it is almost obligatory for any self-respecting foundation to describe its work as "strategic." At the same time, a growing number of foundations are coming to the realization that, if they hope to scale their work and...
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    The GiveWell Blog

  • The Path to Biomedical Progress

    Holden
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:53 am
    We’ve continued to look into scientific research funding for the purposes of the Open Philanthropy Project. This hasn’t been a high priority for the last year, and our investigation remains preliminary, but I plan to write several posts about what we’ve found so far. Our early focus has been on biomedical research specifically. Most useful new technologies are the product of many different lines of research, which progress in different ways and on different time frames. I think that when most people think about scientific research, they tend to instinctively picture only a…
  • Thoughts on the Sandler Foundation

    Holden
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:36 am
    Note: Steve Daetz of the Sandler Foundation reviewed a draft of this post prior to publication. Previously, we wrote about the tradeoff between expertise and breadth in philanthropy. We noted the traditional “program officer” model of philanthropy, in which staff specialize in particular causes, and we contrasted it with some other possible models that sacrifice true cause-level expertise, while allowing a philanthropist to work in more areas at once. We cited the Sandler Foundation as an example of a foundation that appears to have a strong track record despite not following the…
  • Notes from November convening on our policy priorities

    Holden
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:51 am
    Last November, we held a day-long convening in Washington, D.C. to discuss possible priorities for Open Philanthropy Project work on U.S. policy. Our main goal was to present our picture of several policy issues, as well as to receive input to inform upcoming decisions about which issue(s) we should focus on. For each issue, we laid out what sort of change we’d like to see, why we find the issue especially promising for philanthropy, what the current landscape looks like (including other funders), and what possible strategies might look like. We sought feedback on all of these points,…
  • GiveWell is hiring

    Sean
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:33 pm
    We’re resuming hiring to expand our ability to identify outstanding giving opportunities. Filling the roles below would make a substantial difference to our research. If you follow GiveWell and want to help us out, please share this post with anyone whom you think might be a good fit for the jobs listed below. Research Analyst. Research Analysts are GiveWell’s primary staff and work on all parts of our research process. We hope to add a few entry-level research analysts this year, and are open to hiring individuals later in their career. Summer Research Analyst. We offer summer positions…
  • Putting the problem of bed nets used for fishing in perspective

    Jake Marcus
    5 Feb 2015 | 2:59 pm
    A recent article in the New York Times describes people using insecticide treated bed nets for fishing instead of sleeping under the nets to protect themselves from malaria-carrying mosquitoes. The article warns that fishing with insecticide treated nets may deplete fish stocks, because the mosquito nets trap more fish than traditional fishing nets and because the insecticide contaminates the water and kills fish (“the risks to people are minimal, because the dosages are relatively low and humans metabolize permethrin [the insecticide] quickly”). We recommend donating to the Against…
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    FundraisingCoach.com

  • A surprising tweak to increase donor retention

    Marc A. Pitman
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:36 am
    I've worked alot on donor retention and often written about the importance of keeping the donors you already have. But in a recent webinar on storytelling for nonprofits, I had a rude awakening. The webinar was presented by the legendary fundraiser Ken Burnett. He was talking about how effective stories can be in the answering the donor's question, "Did my gift make a difference?" Then he dropped a bombshell: Ken said that when a donor makes a gift, the need to know "Did my gift make a difference?" is almost instantaneous! When it comes to answering that question, 2 weeks is too slow. It is…
  • [Guest Post] 3 Tips to Create Sustainable Nonprofit Systems

    Marc A. Pitman
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:18 pm
    I'm honored to introduce Tycely Williams. Tycely impresses me with her ability to create solutions for nonprofits that can be sustained even with small staffs. Here are some of her thoughts on helping let fundraising permeate all the areas of your nonprofit. She'll be expanding on these in her training for The Nonprofit Academy. Tycely is many things, including Regional Chief Development Officer for the American Red Cross. Her website is www.tycelywilliams.com and you can reach her on Twitter @Tycely. 3 Tips to Create Sustainable Nonprofit Systems by Tycely Williams, CFRE Nancy loves her job.
  • [Guest Post] Quitting the Culture Club – Why blaming a lack of culture of philanthropy is just plain lazy

    Marc A. Pitman
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:14 am
    A few weeks back, I was talking with Dan McCormack about an upcoming training. In the midst of our conversation, Dan said he didn't let his team use the term "a culture of philanthropy." His observations were so right, I asked if he'd do a guest blog post on this. I'm glad he said yes! Dan is the President of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis Foundation based in Springfield, Illinois and an officer on the Board of Directors for NCDC (the National Catholic Development Conference). You can learn more about Dan at https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielmccormack1. If you've ever been charged with…
  • The biggest mental block to fundraising success – board members and nonprofit leaders

    Marc A. Pitman
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:52 am
    A couple weeks ago, I asked subscribers to the Ask Without Fear! email newsletter, "What is stopping you?" I've received over 100 responses from nonprofit leaders, fundraising staff, and board members! I'm still sorting through all of them, but a very common one is a variation of, "They'll resent it if I ask them for money." It can also be said as: "I'm bugging them." "They'll think I'm 'using' their friendship." "They'll think I'm being pushy and self-centered to ask them for money." Stop it! Our brains are amazing things. The minute we make an agreement with a thought, our subconscious…
  • 50 Shades of Green – Standing up to violence against women

    Marc A. Pitman
    7 Feb 2015 | 10:03 am
    Invest #50ShadesofGreen to help end abuse Let's turn the multi-million corporate ad budget for 50 Shades of Grey on its head. My wife and I saw our friend JoAnne Hankey suggest people not see the movie but give the money they would've spent to a women's shelter. Awesome idea, isn't it? Let's make it ridiculously easy to give I've just donated $50 to my local nonprofit, Family Violence Project. They do amazing work with women, men, and families. And they'll never have an ad budget as big as the movie. Whether $5, $50, or $500, I'm sure there are local support groups, rape crisis centers, and…
 
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    FundraisingIP.com: Fundraising Ideas

  • 8 Essentials for Your Organization’s Case Statement

    Cari Mostert
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Are your fundraising efforts standing on the firm foundation of an outstanding case statement? Of all the documents an organization uses to aid fundraising, the case statement is one of the most important. The case statement (or case for support) is used by a nonprofit as a basis for all communication and solicitations with donors. As a primary tool for fundraising, a nonprofit’s case statement needs to be professional and accurate; a two to ten page (or more as needed) document that grabs the reader’s attention and can be presented as simply as a fact sheet or as intricately as a folder…
  • How to Research Your Fundraising Prospects – 7 Online Resources

    Devon Reeser
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Use the following resources to help you figure out the best prospects for your nonprofit or fundraising project – saving you time and money! Deciphering the best prospects for your cause may seem daunting at first, especially if you are new to fundraising. Many nonprofits spend top dollar on hiring development consultants or staff when a web savvy volunteer or staff person could do the background research themselves. Follow these hints on how to use free Internet resources to qualify new prospects for your cause! 1. Google Google’s search engine is the most comprehensive on the Net,…
  • 4 Business Practices Every Nonprofit Should Use

    Cari Mostert
    10 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    You head up a relatively young nonprofit doing good and necessary work, an important asset to the community that you want to grow into something truly significant.  The question is, how do you and your small team of paid staff and volunteers tackle the issues holding the charity back? The following four classic business practices will fit nicely into your nonprofit toolkit. 1. SWOT analysis for nonprofits In a business context, the SWOT analysis allows companies to develop a complete picture of the factors, both good and bad, that can impact on strategic planning and decision-making.  While…
  • 7 Steps to Make Your Nonprofit Brand Known Locally

    Devon Reeser
    3 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Brand and reputation are a huge part of nonprofit success, and nowhere is that brand more important than in your local area, for three reasons: 1) the people who you want to serve need to know who you are; 2) more people will donate to you if you have a strong, reputable brand; and 3) you have a wealth of free advertising available to you if you can make yourself known to local outlets.    Of course, most local, small nonprofits have little to no budget for local advertising. Here are 7 steps to make your entire community know what you are doing, without creating a new budget line! 1. Build…
  • 7 Easy Valentine’s Day Fundraising Ideas!

    Devon Reeser
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Americans spend nearly 19 billion a year, $130 per person, on Valentine’s Day presents – wooing that spending to you instead of to the local mall can boost your nonprofit revenue this winter! Here are 7 ways to spin the day of love into a day of giving with a Valentine’s Day themed fundraiser for your nonprofit. (Source: CNN.) 1. Alternative flower sale The 100 million roses grown for Valentine’s Day produce 9000 metric tons of carbon dioxide – they have the greatest single impact to climate change of any other crop. (More about this here.) Shop instead for local, sustainable…
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    Social media marketing hacks for nonprofits | Powered by JohnHaydon.Com

  • Three Simple Ways to Dramatically Increase Website Traffic From Facebook

    John Haydon
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:43 am
    Although Facebook has decreased newsfeed exposure (reach) for Facebook Pages, they have increased newsfeed exposure for links people share with their Facebook friends. Right now, take a look at your own News Feed and look at the number of links from friends versus links from Pages. My News Feed has 1 link (or less) from a Page for every 10 links from friends. […] The post Three Simple Ways to Dramatically Increase Website Traffic From Facebook appeared first on John Haydon.
  • What Will Your Nonprofit Do When Millennials Take Over?

    John Haydon
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:58 am
    Most of what you’ve heard about Millennials is pretty negative. They’re lazy, entitled, and expect happy face stickers just for showing up to work. But this is not true. In their newest book, When Millennials Take Over, Maddie Grant and Jamie Notter outline how organizations can be better prepared for a changing workforce that will […] The post What Will Your Nonprofit Do When Millennials Take Over? appeared first on John Haydon.
  • Photos No Longer Get More Reach on Facebook

    John Haydon
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:23 am
    You’ve no doubt heard the advice that posting photos will help you get more reach on Facebook. That advice has been tried and true for years, until now. According to a study by SocialBakers, photos now get less organic reach than videos, links, and even text updates. In fact, videos are now the king of […] The post Photos No Longer Get More Reach on Facebook appeared first on John Haydon.
  • Surprisingly Powerful Content Marketing Hacks for Facebook

    Drew Bernard
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:01 am
    If there’s one thing that frustrates Facebook Page managers, it’s when the content they publish fails to reach a significant number of fans supporters. Well, we have good news. It’s called “engaging content”! Okay, so this might not sound like content marketing hacks for Facebook. But hold on, I’m not just talking about super compelling […] The post Surprisingly Powerful Content Marketing Hacks for Facebook appeared first on John Haydon.
  • Proven Donor Cultivation Tips for Facebook and Email

    John Haydon
    6 Feb 2015 | 6:45 am
    In a recent interview for the Fundraising Authority podcast, Joe Garecht and I discuss several donor cultivation tips for Facebook, website, and email marketing. Donor cultivation tips for Facebook and email During this 60-minute episode, we cover the following juicy topics: Researching and understanding your audience with Facebook, email marketing and surveys. The differences between offline and […] The post Proven Donor Cultivation Tips for Facebook and Email appeared first on John Haydon.
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    Cynthia D'Amour - Transformation in Progress

  • I’ve Let Go of Being Perfect. Have You?

    Cynthia D'Amour
    17 Feb 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Do you ever feel pressure to be perfect? Always try to do 110% on anything you do? Cringe when you get less than perfect feedback? Many of us have been brainwashed to believe that we have to do it all – make that do-it-all frickingly-amazingly-well! I spent a good part of my life being an overachiever. It literally hurt to be less than what I perceived as perfect. I called my reluctance to produce procrastination. My obsession to be perfect got in the way of achieving my goals. (Can anyone relate to that?) As women, believing we must be perfect can also get in our way of being more…
  • Poof! Gone Like Magic

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

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

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

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

  • Philosophical activism: For best results, start at the root

    April Greene
    21 Feb 2015 | 10:11 am
    Many of us feel the need to take concrete action, with the hope that our children may have a better place to live in. However, without contemplating the deeper reasons for our problems, activism can become a Sisyphean task – acting repeatedly, without making any real change. Wangari Maathai, the late Kenyan Nobel prize winner, spoke about certain aid campaigns that completely missed their purpose. As an example she presented a problem they had with disease infecting mosquitoes. This problem was “solved” by the donation and installation of mosquito nets in the villages. The problem is…
  • 4 Tips On How To Avoid Becoming Cynical

    Idealist Guest
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:18 am
    An unfortunate truth about law school is that it can be a real downer. It’s expensive, demanding, and remarkably difficult. As a second year law student, I have spent the past two years watching most of my friends go through profound personal changes, often observing people I love spiral into cynical patterns of thought. I think those of us in human rights law have a particular tendency to fall into such cycles, and I’ll admit I have gone through phases of severe negative emotions myself. As a bleeding heart and eternal optimist, I’d like to offer some advice to those going through a…
  • World’s First Communal Living Room

    Jake Chatt
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:32 am
    (From Connectors Malmö’s website) Would you and your community benefit from a crowd sourced living room?   The Pop Up Space is literally just an empty room in the city of Malmö, Sweden where residents of the local communities are able to drop in and vote for what they’d like to see the room become. At the end of the week the votes are counted and one new feature is added to the room.   So, as it states on connectorsmalmo.com “Today, the room might be an empty room. But next week it might be filled with hundreds of pillows and a pizza oven.”   We…
  • There’s money out there: 4 good fundraising angles for your passion project

    Idealist Guest
    28 Feb 2014 | 8:00 am
    On Idealists in Action, we love to tackle your biggest obstacles to doing good. One we hear a lot is, “I don’t have the skills or knowledge to start something.” This week, we’re taking that behemoth down. Raising money for a personal project is seldom a walk in the park. But with corporate social responsibility in vogue and the Internet leveling the communications playing field, there’s never been a better time to give funding your passion project a shot. Here are four solid ways to approach the task: Go for a grant Grants and contests are opportunities to raise…
  • It’s not your lack of skill, it’s your lack of confidence… stupid!

    April Greene
    27 Feb 2014 | 8:00 am
    On Idealists in Action, we love to tackle your biggest obstacles to doing good. One we hear a lot is, “I don’t have the skills or knowledge to start something.” This week, we’re taking that behemoth down. The following post was translated from Elena Martín’s original on Idealist’s Spanish language site, Idealistas.   Much of your ability to do something is not dependent on whether or not you can actually do it, but whether or not you think you can do it. Someone with all the skills in the world but little confidence in himself will not get very far, while…
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    Social Media Bird Brain

  • Time For Social Media

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

    11 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Ran across this infographic at MakeUseOf.com and thought it was worthy of a short discussion. As you may know, TL:DR stands for "Too Long: Didn't Read". There is a sweetness to brevity, particularly when it comes to social media. As a technical writer, I learned early on that wordiness can be a killer when you're trying to get people to read - and use - a user manual. I won't get into all
  • Two Great Thoughts from NonProfit Tech for Good

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Being a former IT worker, I can't help but geek out when I see technology being used for social good. One of the best groups throwing a spotlight on this is Nonprofit Tech for Good. Technology is crucial to every business and nonprofit and if your small NGO is not keeping up with the latest news in this sector, it could be at a very large disadvantage. This is not to say that you have to have
  • There is Always More to Learn

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    We learn from our mistakes and we can learn from the mistakes - and successes- of others. You may remember the #Kony2012 hashtag that was used by the NGO, Invisible Children, which had a video go viral and subsequently suffered a backlash from people saying they were deluded "white saviors" and encouraged slacktivism.  Recently, Invisible Children decided to shut down its U.S. operations,
  • Measurement is Not a Strategy

    10 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Yo. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving, U.S. readers. All the rest of you, what is the deal with importing our Black Friday sales idea? Isn't shopping tough enough? LOL. So, I came across this very interesting piece of writing about measurements - or what biz folk like to call 'metrics' and how they should be collected in an effort to support your social media strategy, not be the strategy
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    Ken's Commentary

  • The Battle for the Soul of the Social Sector

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

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

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

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

    26 Dec 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Originally published on CNBC on 12/19/2014.Celebrities and charity. It's a hot topic for both good and bad reasons—on the part of celebrities and the public. Some celebrities just can't get enough of themselves, and some Americans just can't get enough of seeing celebrities dragged through the mud.But when it comes to celebrities trying to do good, the results are actually all over the map, according to Ken Berger, the president and CEO of Charity Navigator, a watchdog organization that has developed a scoring system to rate charities on their governance and financial performance to better…
 
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    Charity Navigator

  • Help Pick Which 10 Charities Will Split $827,659.49

    18 Feb 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Reddit announced today that it will donate 10% of their 2014 ad revenue to 10 charities selected by its community from the list of charities rated by Charity Navigator. That means, 10 charities rated by Charity Navigator will each receive a $82,765.95 donation. Visit Reddit to Login and Vote Now
  • Making It Easier For Donors To Navigate Our Site

    3 Feb 2015 | 1:16 pm
    At Charity Navigator, we classify charities by the kind of programs and services they provide, and by the way they function financially. We employ a two-tiered classification system that groups charities into: Broadly defined CategoriesMore narrowly defined Causes within each CategoryIn our commitment to continually improve our classification system, Charity Navigator just expanded its list of Categories from nine to eleven. Effective February 1, 2015, the Category on our site that was called "Public Benefit" was replaced by three new Category titles: Human and Civil RightsCommunity…
  • What Do You Want Us To Write About?

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:57 am
    This blog, which launched in 2008, includes more than 1,300 entries. That's a lot of posts! Which got us wondering- which entries resonated the most with our readers? So, we took a look and found the all time Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts are:Do The Charity Scores Look A Little Different Today?Part II: Don't Believe Everything You Read on Social MediaAre Text Donations Safe?Top 10 Best (or Worst Charities)7.0 Earthquake Hits HaitiNon-Profit CEO Pay and Government FundingWyclef Jean's Yele Haiti FoundationHow Much Do Charity Leaders Make?The Obama Budget and Charitable Tax DeductionsHelp the…
  • Want to work at Charity Navigator?

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:25 am
    Now's your chance. We've got openings for:Senior Web DeveloperChief Operating Officer (More information about this opening can be found on our CEO's blog).Learn more about the benefits of joining our team on our website.
  • Charity Oversight - Whose Responsibility?

    16 Jan 2015 | 10:43 am
    True/False - A bona fide 501 (c) 3 public charity has been vetted and is regularly monitored by the federal government? That's a big FALSE! As a recent article points out, the IRS (the agency charged with nonprofit oversight at the federal level) falls way short on charitable oversight due to limited resources. Although the sector continues to grow (filings of Form 990s grew 5% from 2011 to 2013), the rate of audits dropped to 0.71% of charities in 2013 (down from 0.81% in 2011).What does this mean for donors? It tells us that just because a group is a bona fide nonprofit…
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    Case Foundation » What’s New

  • How One #OpportunityMoment Can Change a Life

    Elyse Kort
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Our partners at Opportunity Nation believe that “opportunity moments” define the American Dream, but in communities across the nation not everyone gets their own opportunity moment, especially young adults. Here at the Case Foundation, we are thankful for all of the defining moments that have propelled us to where we are, both personally and professionally. […] The post How One #OpportunityMoment Can Change a Life appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Impact Investing Spotlight: A New Kind of Investment

    Emily Yu
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:28 am
    What happens when tech industry leaders put their money behind entrepreneurship serving lower-income Indians? An opportunity to build markets and drive change for the people who need it the most in India is created. This is the latest topic on impact investing explored by the Case Foundation and Entrepreneur.com magazine in partnership with ImpactAlpha in […] The post Impact Investing Spotlight: A New Kind of Investment appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • 2015 Conferences On Our Radar

    Elyse Kort
    18 Feb 2015 | 11:02 am
    This post was written by Jade Floyd and Anna Windsor on behalf of the Case Foundation: Networking with people we admire, making new connections, and learning from organizations that inspire us: those are just a few reasons we love attending conferences and convenings in the social sector and beyond that help us advance our efforts to […] The post 2015 Conferences On Our Radar appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Spotlight on Social Enterprises: Jigar Shah

    Elyse Kort
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    There is an emerging giant in the energy industry, solar. One key individual who has helped to pave the way for the growing investment in solar energy and other clean-tech industries is Jigar Shah, president and co-founder of Generate Capital. Shah aims to demonstrate the huge monetary potential of investment opportunities and the impact of […] The post Spotlight on Social Enterprises: Jigar Shah appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Spotlight on Social Enterprises: Warby Parker

    Elyse Kort
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:48 am
    As part of our weekly series on social entrepreneurship with Entrepreneur.com, in partnership with ImpactAlpha, this week’s spotlight is on Warby Parker. The maker of affordable prescription eye glasses, Warby Parker is driven by a social mission and is one of the most well recognized, respected and successful social impact companies currently in operation. If […] The post Spotlight on Social Enterprises: Warby Parker appeared first on Case Foundation.
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    IMPACTMAX

  • Use Pinterest to track media coverage

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

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

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

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

    Violet Hoarder
    14 Jan 2013 | 9:40 am
    Tiki-toki Facebook isn’t the only place you may want to use an interactive visual timeline to tell the story of your organization’s evolution and accomplishments. Lucky for all of us, there are some new FREE timeline tools out there that nonprofit communicators can make good use of: Tiki-toki, Timeline JS, and Dipity. Examples of each are to the right. Check them all out and choose according to your needs. Of course, there are premium versions to buy that offer more flexibility, but any of the free versions probably would work fine for most nonprofits. There are several…
 
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    Together We Flourish

  • CASA of Westmoreland County Hold Open House to Recruit Child Advocates

    Susan
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:14 am
    CASA of Westmoreland’s Open House CASA of Westmoreland, Inc. is holding an open house on Wednesday, March 5th from 5-7pm, to recruit volunteers and share information about the program.  CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is a volunteer-based organization providing a voice in the courts on behalf of abused and neglected children in Westmoreland County. CASA […]
  • Try Out Your Talent at Focus On Renewal’s Artini

    Susan
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:04 am
    Join us on Friday, February 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for Artini, a fundraiser benefiting Focus on Renewal. Enjoy an evening of arts, cocktails and friends! Engage in our five art stations while trying five of our custom cocktails. Come ready to create and try your hand at our art stations including: Painting […]
  • Tiger Pause Youth Ministry Builds Church in Honduras

    Susan
    20 Feb 2015 | 4:40 am
    Tiger Pause Youth Ministry has been all over the world, preaching and proclaiming the gospel, from the frozen tundra of Russia, to the hot lands of Africa. On January 19-30 we took a group of guys down to Honduras to be part of a team of missionaries (lead by Church of the Living Christ) to […]
  • A Simple Community Meal to Fight Hunger

    Susan
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:24 am
    The annual Empty Bowls is a simple community meal of bread and soup to help remind people of the one in seven in their community who are facing hunger. This marks the 20th year that the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest will cohost the event. Funds raised will benefit both organizations equally. Pittsburgh’s Empty Bowls […]
  • Hundreds take to the streets of Pittsburgh in Their Underwear

    Susan
    12 Feb 2015 | 9:02 am
    On February 14, nearly 800 scantily clad runners will join with cities across the United States and Australia to raise awareness of Neurofiromatis (NF) and raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF) through Cupid’s Undie Run.  Sponsored by MeUndies and recognized as the world’s largest organized underwear run, the event requires participants to strip […]
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    Minnesota Council on Foundations Blog - Philanthropy Potluck

  • Creative MN Study Highlights the Impact of the Arts

    MCF Webmaster
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:45 am
    Last week, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts released the Creative Minnesota study. This study, made possible with support from The McKnight Foundation, takes a look at the big contributions the nonprofit arts and culture sector makes to Minnesota’s economy. Among the big findings: The arts generate $1.2 billion in total economic impact in Minnesota annually. Almost 19 million people attend arts and culture events every year. Arts and culture support the equivalent of more than 33,000 full time jobs. These jobs generate over $870 million in income to Minnesota residents. There are more…
  • Fast Forward with COF’s Jenny Harms

    MCF Webmaster
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:11 am
    In this month’s episode of our Fast Forward podcast, our president Trista Harris speaks with Jenny Harms, network manager for the Midwest at the national Council on Foundations! They discuss the benefits of infusing regional foundations like MCF with ideas from across the country, and let MCF members know what Jenny will be up to in the coming months and how to get in touch. We’re looking forward to collaborating with Jenny and COF on many projects in the coming months! Listen to Trista’s interview with her now, and don’t forget to subscribe to Fast Forward to get…
  • Blue Cross Foundation Offers $1 Million to Fund Health Equity

    MCF Webmaster
    11 Feb 2015 | 1:08 pm
    MCF member Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation has released a request for proposals for up to a total of $1 million to further health equity in communities across Minnesota. The new grants program, “Healthy Communities: Health Equity in Action,” offers grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 per year, and applicants can apply for one- or two-year grants. “The overall goal is to help people reach their full health potential,” said executive director Carolyn Link. “We believe community nonprofits are in the best position to understand and apply what’s already working…
  • Quiet Leaders and Philanthropy: A Good Fit

    MCF Webmaster
    5 Feb 2015 | 8:43 am
    Patrice Relerford Today we welcome Patrice Relerford, a new Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow who works at The Minneapolis Foundation and shares her thoughts on an evening with Dr. Albert Ruesga. I recently had dinner with a group that included the CEO of one of the nation’s leading community foundations. Yet I had no idea he was the guest of honor until Trista Harris, MCF president, introduced him to everyone at the table. I’m new to philanthropy and also didn’t recognize most of the foundation professionals in attendance. However, my reaction is noteworthy because I can usually…
  • It’s All About Relationships

    MCF Webmaster
    3 Feb 2015 | 10:12 am
    Allison Johnson Today we welcome Allison Johnson, one of our new Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellows, who works at Headwaters Foundation for Justice and shares her thoughts on the recent MCF annual meeting. Many of us had the opportunity to hear Albert Ruesga, president and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, speak at the recent MCF annual meeting. Ruesga’s central message to Minnesota’s philanthropic leaders was that the work of philanthropy is all about relationships. As a community organizer and a new Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow at Headwaters Foundation for Justice,…
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    SocialEarth

  • How Nespresso Supports Local Farmers to Business Success

    3BL Media
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
    Nespresso CEO Jean-Marc Duvoisin is well aware that the success of his business depends on the success of local farmers. Through that connection, Nespresso—a brand of shared value pioneer Nestlé—creates [...] The post How Nespresso Supports Local Farmers to Business Success appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Jared Leto Named WWF Global Ambassador to Focus on Wildlife Crime

    Sangeeta Haindl
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:05 am
    This is a news story that probably didn’t make most of the global headlines, but is a story that has consequences for us all: Australia has lost one in ten [...] The post Jared Leto Named WWF Global Ambassador to Focus on Wildlife Crime appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • The Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize — Final Call for Nominations

    Vikas Vij
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:02 am
    Every two years, Nestlé awards the Creating Shared Value Prize to help scale up or replicate business-oriented initiatives that address challenges in nutrition, water or rural development. The competition is open [...] The post The Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize — Final Call for Nominations appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Measure What Matters Most: Testing The B Corp Handbook, Part Two

    Julie Fahnestock
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:58 am
    It was one of the happiest days in my new company B Storytelling’s business history: a certified letter from Tallahassee was waiting for me in the mailbox. B Storytelling now [...] The post Measure What Matters Most: Testing The B Corp Handbook, Part Two appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Upcoming Twitter Series: #HerDay2015 Help Change the World by Investing in Women and Girls

    Greg
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:11 am
    Mark Your Calendars! Join us for a discussion on Twitter with Global Impact and their charity partners March 2nd – March 13th #HerDay2015 Women and girls are often the faces [...] The post Upcoming Twitter Series: #HerDay2015 Help Change the World by Investing in Women and Girls appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • 'Under Construction': DENIM – Developing & Empowering New Images of Men

    Mitch Nauffts
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Under Construction is a multimedia online exhibit showcasing some of the best and brightest organizations working with males of color. The UC team of filmmakers, photographers, writers, and nonprofit experts worked directly with each of these organizations for several weeks....
  • Why ‘Crowdfunding’ Government Is a Bad Idea

    Mitch Nauffts
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:11 am
    Governments at the local, state, and federal level increasingly are competing with charities for private-sector donations using crowdfunding and other individual donor-focused techniques. That's a problem not just for nonprofits, but for all who depend on government to address our...
  • Shifting the Discourse Around Black Men and Boys

    Mitch Nauffts
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    "It is my hope that this report will motivate other philanthropists and foundations to invest in efforts to improve achievement by African-American boys and men and reverse the serious damage inflicted over many years of systemic injustice. This is a...
  • A Two-Step Exercise for Designing Your Best Board

    Mitch Nauffts
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Try this exercise: Gather your board members around a white board or flip chart and ask the following question: "If we could design the perfect board for our organization, what skills and qualities would we look for in prospective board...
  • Foundation Strategy...the Enemy of Collaboration?

    Mitch Nauffts
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:42 pm
    In today's world, it is almost obligatory for any self-respecting foundation to describe its work as "strategic." At the same time, a growing number of foundations are coming to the realization that, if they hope to scale their work and...
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    ONE

  • Photos: The rock churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia

    Guest Blogger
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    This is a photo series from photographer, Darren Ornitz. He is based out of Brooklyn, NY and working as a freelancer for Reuters, his work has been published in the New York Times, Travel + Escape, Afar, and by various other publications and NGO’s. Settled 2,600m high in the Lasta Mountains of Northern Ethiopia and home to eleven rock-hewn monolithic churches, Lalibela is revered as one of the world’s greatest and most magnificent architectural achievements. These churches were all carved down into the earth out of a single block of red volcanic rock. It is said in local history…
  • Photos: The joy of learning

    Joe Mason
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    Joe is a videographer and ONE Regional Faith Leader. He recently traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. I become a ONE Campaign volunteer after having seen countless men, women and children benefit from smart development programs overseas. As a journalist, I often document the work of both governmental and non-governmental organizations involved in humanitarian relief and development, who receive funding from a variety of sources. I love to capture the excitement in the eyes of children who can’t help but dream of what they’re going to be when they…
  • Photos: Kickboxing for peace in South Sudan

    Anna Lemberger
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:39 am
    Last year, National Geographic brought its photo camp to one of the world’s youngest nations, South Sudan.  To date, 67 camps have been held around the world with the purpose of “empowering youth to document their communities using photography.” For South Sudan, a country just starting to build its history, the camp could not have come at a better time. South Sudan gained its independence in 2011, following one of Africa’s deadliest civil wars, yet ethnic conflicts within South Sudan continue to cast a shadow over this nation and its people. For six days, however,…
  • Why women and girls are the secret weapon in ending poverty

    Helen Hector
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    We’ve picked some of our favorite images and matched them up with facts to show why investing in women and girls is so important here at ONE.  Pupils at Kidoti Primary School in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Photo: Morgana Wingward / ONE. Women farmers growing sweet potatoes in Tanzania. Photo: ONE.   An employee picking roses at Golden Rose Agrofarms in Ethiopia, where 85% of the workers are young women who have never had a job before. Photo: Morgana Wingward / ONE.   Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf meets with ONE representatives at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia. Photo:…
  • Preventing hunger in the shadow of Ebola

    Kedar Mankad
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Once motorcycle drivers, these men in Liberia wait for work during the Ebola crisis. Photo credit: Morgana Wingard, UNDP Last December, it became clear from numerous on the ground assessments that the Ebola outbreak was more than a health crisis. Two months into 2015, we still face the possibility that more than 1 million people could go hungry unless more resources are mobilized for Ebola recovery. With Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf meeting with President Obama this week to discuss cooperation on fighting the Ebola epidemic, we need to take a closer look at why this is a critical…
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    BAD RAP Blog

  • Game Changer Dogs - Viva the Evolution

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

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

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

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

  • Roundup for January 2015

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

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

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

    Emily
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Nonprofit Marketing: Beyond Social Media (ASU Lodestar Center Blog) 5 Steps to Discovering Great Stories for Your Organization (Even if You’re a Policy Organization) (Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog) Social Media Awareness That Works: S’mores in the Outdoors (Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog) Accessibility: 5 Lessons for a Better Nonprofit Website (npENGAGE) How Healthy is your Nonprofit Website? (npENGAGE) Meet the 4 Types of People Who Make Up Your Online Community [Infographic] (J Campbell Social Marketing) Does Your Website’s Donate Button Do Its Job? (Red…
  • 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…
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  • Bohemians 1905

    Andrew Jones
    21 Feb 2015 | 6:01 am
    Tonight I am speaking for 3 minutes at a football (soccer) stadium in Prague. One of the owners of The Bohemian 1905 football club asked me to share some thoughts on Australia and my own pilgrimage because, he told me, the tour of  Australia in 1927 that this Czech team undertook, as well as the great games that were played ...
  • Finding Prague at St Nicholas

    Andrew Jones
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:21 am
    A new hotel opened last weekend called The Nicholas Hotel and our family were invited by the creative team at Bohemia Hotels to stay a night by the and enjoy the great location. I thought it would be a great time to bring out the old film cameras and take some old school shots around the hotel, which sits next ...
  • To blog or not to blog

    Andrew Jones
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:20 am
    In light of Andrew Sullivan’s announcement today to give up blogging after 15 years, (striking similar to my 15 uninterrupted years of blogging with the distinct difference of Andrew Sullivan being talented and famous and Andrew Jones being neither), I am reflecting on my own decision to stop my blog 18 months ago and enter a blog sabbatical that has ...
  • Vintage logos and fonts. Special deal.

    Andrew Jones
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    I have been collecting vintage fonts and logos recently, despite NOT being a hipster, but the huge collection in the January Big Bundle from Creative Market is about to swamp everything I have and give me plenty of goodies to spruce up the blogs of my friends and clients. Hmmmmmmmm!!!!!! Can’t wait. Especially that Tall Abbey font that could easily ...
  • Stepping down is easier

    Andrew Jones
    11 Jan 2015 | 6:38 am
    Today I am playing around with a potential logo for a social enterprise site called Next Step. I made a few icons in Affinity Designer, which I am still getting used to, and sent them off to Next Step in California. A few years ago I created the Next Step website with a logo of some stairs going upward, to ...
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    eJewish Philanthropy: Your Jewish Philanthropy Resource

  • The Americanization of Tikkun Olam

    eJP
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    By Jonathan Krasner When President Barack Obama declared at the first White House reception for Jewish American Heritage Month, in 2010, that America must “uphold the principle of tikkun olam – our obligation to repair the world,” he became the latest in a parade of prominent American politicians, celebrities and opinion-makers, including Bill Clinton, Cornell West and Madonna, to invoke the term. The Americanization of tikkun olam reflects its ubiquity in American Jewish life, where many religious and communal leaders identify it as a core Jewish value. This is remarkable when one…
  • Never Before, Never Again

    eJP
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:45 pm
    For those of us deeply engaged in Jewish life, as lay leaders or professionals, it is no longer “business as usual.” By Sandy Cardin It has been almost 25 years since I became a Jewish professional, a stunningly long time from virtually every perspective. And while it is hard to remember much from the early 1990s, I recall feeling a sense of optimism as an American, as a Jew and as a Zionist. The world seemed poised for unprecedented peace and prosperity; the Berlin wall had been dismantled, the shackles had been removed from Soviet Jewry and the first Oslo Accord had been signed. Indeed,…
  • Revised Law Lays Foundation for a More Inclusive Israeli Society

    eJP
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:15 pm
    By Leiba Chaya David JNS.org Recent statistics indicate that approximately 1 million people in Israel have a disability, defined as a health problem that interferes with their daily activities. This definition covers a wide range of challenges, including physical limitations, mental illnesses, behavioral disorders, and more. Yet perhaps the most important part of the definition is “interferes with their daily activities.” Close to 1 million people are unable to do what most others do easily every day – get up, get dressed, grab something to eat, head off to work or school, run…
  • Seattle Study: 59% Gave Most or All of their Donations to non-Jewish Organizations

    eJP
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:40 pm
    The Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and the Steinhardt Social Research Institute have released the “2014 Greater Seattle Jewish Community Study,” the latest in a series of population studies that uses both meta-analysis data and new surveys to estimate the size and characteristics of the Jewish population. The resulting analysis found that Seattle Jewry has grown nearly 70% in the last 13 years, fueled both by highly educated newcomers arriving in Seattle and by the large proportion of intermarried families who identify Jewishly. The study also found that Seattle has a…
  • US Charitable Giving Expected to Grow by 4.8% This Year

    eJP
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:20 pm
    Charitable giving in the United States is expected to grow by 4.8 percent in 2015 and by an additional 4.9 percent in 2016, according to The Philanthropy Outlook, a new report researched and written by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The outlook projects that the expected growth of total giving in each of those years will exceed the estimated annualized average rate of growth in total giving in the years following the Great Recession (3.1 percent) and the estimated long-term average for the 40-year trend in total giving for 1973-2013 (3.8 percent). The Philanthropy…
 
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    Foundation Group®

  • Legal Liability for Nonprofit Board Members (Part One)

    Justin Williamson
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:57 am
    In real world practice, becoming a board member for a nonprofit organization usually comes with little personal risk, and the probability of a member being legally accountable for actions taken by the nonprofit is relatively low. The fear of being... The post Legal Liability for Nonprofit Board Members (Part One) appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • Small and New Nonprofits Benefit from Donor Management

    Justin Williamson
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:27 pm
    It is common for small nonprofits to question if donor management is really necessary. After all, you may only have a handful of contacts or a few regular donors. But that is precisely why even small nonprofits need a well... The post Small and New Nonprofits Benefit from Donor Management appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • Bill to Require More Advanced Revocation Notice

    Justin Williamson
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:51 pm
    We recently discussed a new bill which would require the IRS to give nonprofit organizations more advanced notice before revoking their tax-exempt status. Sens. Dan Coats and Ben Cardin coordinated the “Notice for Organizations That Include Charities is Essential (NOTICE)... The post Bill to Require More Advanced Revocation Notice appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • Senators Push IRS for More Notice to Charities Risking Automatic Revocation

    Greg McRay, EA
    10 Feb 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Two senators are sponsoring legislation which would require the IRS to give nonprofit organizations more advanced notice that they are at risk of losing tax-exempt status. This measure was introduced this past week by Republican Dan Coats and Democrat Ben... The post Senators Push IRS for More Notice to Charities Risking Automatic Revocation appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • Importance of Nonprofit Board Meeting Minutes

    Justin Williamson
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:29 am
    We get a lot of questions from our clients about their organizations’ meeting minutes. Our consultants often give advice on questions like “When should we record meeting minutes?” and “Why are meeting minutes so important?” There is great importance in... The post Importance of Nonprofit Board Meeting Minutes appeared first on Foundation Group®.
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    Living and Giving - Pamela Hawley's Blog

  • The Classic Pamela Positive: “Courage Is Not the Absence of Fear, But Rather the Judgment That Something Else Is More Important Than Fear.” – Ambrose Redmoon

    Pamela Hawley
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:05 am
    “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” - Ambrose Redmoon What’s more important than fear? Giving. And that is what my grandmother Oma taught me, about the gift of Giving of Yourself, while on stage.  Let’s not be fearful about what the audience thinks; instead, we should focus on giving to our audience. Oma was an amazing flute performer and teacher, one of the first women flutists at Julliard School.  She always told me: “It’s ok to have the butterflies. Just make them fly in…
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: “…The Things People Really Want Are Love, Connection, And Purpose.” – Mallika Chopra

    Pamela Hawley
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:05 am
    “…The things people really want are love, connection, and purpose.” -Mallika Chopra That is indeed true wealth. It’s our family, our faith in Life, and our driving motivation — what makes us want to be here on earth. First, love means we are all created to do something for others.   Whether it is our daughter, our dog, or the doorman — everyone needs kindness and love. Then, we must dedicate ourselves to something positive and contributive, where our soul makes a difference.  That can be an organization, a person, or simply our commitment to a way of…
  • “Many of Us Crucify Ourselves Between Two Thieves – Regret For the Past and Fear Of the Future.” – Fulton Oursler

    Pamela Hawley
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:05 am
    “Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves – regret for the past and fear of the future.” – Fulton Oursler What can you let go of today? ___ Charles Fulton Oursler (January 22, 1893 – May 24, 1952) was an American journalist, playwright, editor, and author of mysteries and detective fiction. He was raised in a devout Baptist family. His childhood passions of reading and stage magic led to crafting stories that combined magic and magicians. Notable works include “The Magician Detective,” Father Flanagan of Boy’s Town (later adapted into the 1938…
  • “The Big Lesson In Life, Baby, Is Never Be Scared Of Anyone Or Anything.” – Frank Sinatra

    Pamela Hawley
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:09 am
    “The big lesson in life, baby, is never be scared of anyone or anything.” - Frank Sinatra Many of us wish we could say that.  If we are trusting and calm in our thoughts, then we truly cannot be scared of anyone, or anything.   Frank Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer and film actor. Beginning his musical career in the swing era as a boy singer with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, Sinatra found unprecedented success as a solo artist from the early to mid-1940s after being signed by Columbia Records in 1943 and released his first album The Voice…
  • “And the Day Came When the Risk to Remain Tight In a Bud Was More Painful Than the Risk It Took to Blossom.” – Anais Nin

    Pamela Hawley
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:05 am
    “And the Day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” -Anais Nin There is certainly a time to “stay in your bud,” to hibernate. There are times when it is important to be quiet, reflective. In this space, one can hear the truth, and we can ask questions which gear us towards wise actions: What shall I do for the next step to help further my business today? What shall I do to help enhance my relationship with my husband? What shall I do to help bring peace into a colleague’s day? Perhaps…. it is slowing…
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    Live United Blog

  • How did this All Start

    admin
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:03 pm
     It all began with an oil spill. A company that was truly negligent, and a group of people that just wanted to help others, and a website called SurvivetheSpill.com. What it has grown into is a passion to educate and inform people, and get them justice. It`s been a rocky road, and the job is far from done. We have a very substantial network of Pharmaceutical Claims websites that assists us in spotting trends. Often what we see is that there are other side effects associated with the drugs or medical devices that are not covered in the mass tort settlements or are indeed not known by the…
 
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    Red Rooster Group

  • The Case for Custom Illustration: It Will Wake Up Your Marketing Materials

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

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

    Howard
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:58 am
    CLIENT: Yeshivah of Flatbush When this school’s capital campaign stalled at mid-point, Red Rooster Group was called in to reinvigorate the effort. The school had been using architectural renderings of the various spaces to excite the audience. However, since the renderings had been already seen before by their donor community, we knew we needed to up the game. Telling Their Story Red Rooster Group’s approach was not in showing the static spaces, but in helping donors understand the school’s story and what the new spaces would mean for students. We presented the concept of using…
  • Jewish Education Project 2010-2011 Annual Report

    Howard
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    CLIENT: The Jewish Education Project PROJECT: Annual Report 2010-2011 Red Rooster Group has been working with The Jewish Education Project for many years. For their 2010-2011 annual report, this educational nonprofit organization wanted something very simple — that could quickly convey highlights to their supporters in a way that would be easy to produce.   The 4-page annual report combines emotional appeal on the cover with more hard-hitting statistics on the inside. Readers get a short letter from the organization’s leadership, pie charts for revenue and expenses and a…
  • UMFS Website: Social Service Agency

    Howard
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:13 pm
    CLIENT: UMFS We developed a responsive website for this social service agency that showcases the organization’s new brand image and language and presents its services is a compelling way. The website was developed in WordPress around a flexible modular block system that allows for creating interesting pages throughout the site. Interactive features include the Donate Today section with rollover displaying gift descriptions, rollover exploration of services, and features to engage potential employees, among other features.   > Visit UMFS.org Links See the full UMFS branding case…
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    Look To The Stars News: Latest

  • Spotlight: Leonard Nimoy's Charity Work

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:25 pm
    Best known as Mr Spock from Star Trek, established the Nimoy Foundation in 2003. Nimoy died in February, 2015. Charities & foundations supported Leonard Nimoy has supported the following charities: American Cancer SocietyAmerican Foundation for Equal RightsNimoy Foundation Read more about Leonard Nimoy's charity work and events. Related articles Celebrity Auctions For ChristmasLeonard Nimoy Provides Fuller Picture of WomenStars Flock To See Brad Pitt And George Clooney Tackle Equal RightsStars Give Their Voices To Autism Speaks Advertise your company to our engaged yearly audience of…
  • US & Canadian Celebrities to President Obama: Reject the Keystone XL Pipeline

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Two days after President Obama's historic veto of the Keystone XL pipeline, celebrities from the US and Canada have come together to release a video asking the president to do the obvious right thing: reject the dirty, dangerous tar sands pipeline once and for all. The celebrities cite alarming facts about the mining, production, and burning of tar sands crude, as well as current and potential threats the operation poses to human health, the environment, wildlife, and our fragile climate. Canadian actress Rachelle Lefevre observes: “The same pollution as putting 22 million cars on…
  • Jack Nicklaus' New Ice Cream Benefits Charity

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:37 am
    Fans and competitors of Jack Nicklaus knew he had very few weaknesses in his legendary, record-setting golf career. There is, however, one weakness he confesses to off the course — ice cream — and now he’s giving into it and sharing it with the public. Salted Caramel Toffee, one of the seven rich and creamy varieties in the new line of Jack Nicklaus premium ice creamIn a partnership between two great family-owned companies, rooted in the Midwest, comes Jack Nicklaus premium ice cream, manufactured by a division of The Schwan Food Company — the 60-year-old Minnesota-based…
  • Helena Christensen Photographs For Small Steps Project

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:12 am
    Written by Elizabeth Willoughby For three years model Helena Christensen has been donating her shoes for auction to support Small Steps Project in supplying children with shoes and school uniforms, but now she is taking it a step further – she is raising awareness about the charity through her own photography. On the Small Steps website, Christensen says, “I am very honoured to be joining the organization, in their tireless efforts of supporting children and their families living on rubbish dumps around the world. I am in awe of these hard-working women, who so selflessly help out in…
  • Stars Gather for Jenna Ushkowitz and Samantha Futerman's Kindred Foundation

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:40 am
    Tuesday, March 3rd will see the Inaugural Fundraiser for Jenna Ushkowitz and Samantha Futerman's Kindred Foundation for Adoption. The event is set to take place at Riviera 31 at the Sofitel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills, and guests will enjoy a special performance by Glee’s Alex Newell, Jenna Ushkowitz, and Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland. John Stamos, Kevin McHale, Darren Criss, Emma Roberts and Kristin Chenoweth are among the event’s Host Committee. Kindred's initiative is to provide international and domestic adoptees and their families.Celebrities expected to come out…
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    Non-profit2point0

  • 10 Quick and Easy Website Tips

    Charlie Hullihen
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:09 am
    By: Scott Kinser Whether your building your first website or giving your old site a facelift, there are a number of rules you should follow to make sure that you are getting the most out of your web presence. Below are 10 easy tips your organization can use to make sure it will get the most out of its website. 1. Know Your Website Goals What is the purpose of your site and how is it supporting your organization? Are you trying to gain sales leads, bookings, provide information, increase newsletter signups or sell products? Whatever the case is, your website needs to be very clear with your…
  • 6 Ways to Avoid Controversy on Social Media

    Charlie Hullihen
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:27 pm
    By Scott Kinser Some of you may already be aware of how to avoid controversy on social media and some of you reading this might be thinking “What’s Social Media”? Regardless, if you’re the former or the latter, I’m sure there is something in this article that can teach you on how to avoid controversy on social media. Social media is the use of websites and applications (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, ect.) that enable users to create and share content or participate in social networking. For businesses, social media can help spread your business to various individuals all over the…
  • Nonprofits: Getting the Most Out of Your Email Stats

    Charlie Hullihen
    3 Feb 2015 | 8:02 am
    Email clients such as MailChimp and Constant Contact give users a large collection of stats. At first, all of these numbers may seem overwhelming. What does it all mean? Which kind of patters should you look for? We will answer those questions as well as a few other to make sure you are getting the most out of your email statistics. Unsubscriptions You probably don’t needs us to tell you that unsubscriptions are bad. However, there’s more that you should be doing with your unsubscription numbers than shrugging your shoulders and saying “oops”. Try to notice which types of emails are…
  • Should I be a volunteer?

    Benmazur
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:30 pm
    by Benjamin J. Mazur, Creative Director It may start with a friend inviting you  to participate in a local cause. Or your company might begin with a volunteer day initiative. In any case, these initial moments of giving back might spark an interest in doing more. But once you decide you want to do more, then what? Many folks think volunteering is just about stuffing envelopes in a messy office. Or feeding pets at the local animal shelter. And while there is nothing wrong with these, there is much more to the world of volunteering. I’ve volunteered in different roles: marketing for the…
  • 5 Topics That Will Strengthen Your Community College Blog

    Charlie Hullihen
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    By: Charlie Hullihen Director of Communications There are many advantages to having a blog. Blogging will bring more traffic to your website, increase brand awareness, and provide people with useful information. Below are 5 tips Community Colleges can use to come up with blog topics. 1.       Discuss The Advantages of Community Colleges vs. Four-Year Universities There are many advantages to choosing a community college over a four-year university, as you probably are aware. Blogging is a great way to share this information and bring in more prospective students. Of course, this…
 
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    Nonprofit Resource Memo

  • Interview Series: Jan Kubiska, Director of IT at Pressley Ridge

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

    M. P.
    14 Feb 2015 | 7:54 am
    Would you give your board an A plus in performance?   If yes, then you are in the minority according to Leading with Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices, a report that indicates both nonprofit executives and board chairs consider their board performance only slightly above average, with an overall grade of B minus.  Survey respondents from across the country rated their boards in various areas of responsibilities with average grades ranging from an A minus in mission to a C in fundraising. The study, conducted by BoardSource, found that boards excel at tasks of a…
  • Interview Series: Heidi Baldt Matthews, Co-Founder of E.L.C.O.

    M. P.
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Throughout 2015 I will be posting interviews with nonprofit professionals from the Pittsburgh area. This is the first installment – an email question and answer session with Heidi Baldt Matthews. Heidi is Operations Director and Co-Founder of the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra (E.L.C.O.), a volunteer post that is truly a labor of love as her co-founder is also her husband, David Matthews. She was the Programming Coordinator at Gateway to the Arts for 10 years and just started as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator at The Woodlands Foundation. Heidi was recently named…
  • Collaboration – Everybody’s Doing It

    M. P.
    8 Jan 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Here’s your one word resolution for 2015 – collaborate. If you already are, do it strategically and more often. If you aren’t, you are missing out on a highly adaptable, relatively low-cost way to increase impact. A December 2014  study from the Bridgespan Group, in conjunction with The Lodestar Foundation, found that collaboration isn’t just a popular topic in the nonprofit sector – it’s actually happening and it’s working well for the majority of players. Highlights from the study, Collaboration is happening.  The trend is real.  Over 90 percent of the…
  • Ensuring an Education for Confined Juveniles

    M. P.
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Earlier this week, the heads of the U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Education appeared at the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center School for the joint release of a guidance package aimed at improving the quality of education for youths in juvenile justice facilities.  The package lays out best practices for the provision of educational programming to confined juveniles, and includes guiding principles for education in secure juvenile facilities, a clarification letter on agency obligations around providing an appropriate education to youths with disabilities who are…
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    Pamela Grow

  • The five stages of transformational nonprofit storytelling – Rose’s story

    Pamela Grow
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:47 am
    Ah, storytelling… Its very power is undeniable. It’s got an irresistible pull because it’s such an important part of our lives, and, if you really think about it, nothing beats a great story. Creating unforgettable stories that leave an everlasting impression in your donors’ minds (and hearts) is a crucial component of successful fundraising. Why? Because a fantastic story doesn’t only delight, inspire, and emotionally affect your readers in a meaningful way. Stories also have the power to transform readers into donors who give, and give often. Stories have the ability to spur…
  • If It’s All About That ‘Base, You’re In Trouble!

    Pamela Grow
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    What kind of experience does a donor (or potential supporter) get when they call into your organization? Is it an area of customer service that could use improvement? Today’s guest post is from Rachel Ramjattan. Have you ever been stuck in traffic bebopping along to a hit tune when life takes a strange turn?  It happened to me this morning as my radio played Megan Trainor’s hit song, It’s All About That Bass. You know I’m all about that bass, ‘Bout that bass, no treble When the song ended I was still stuck in my car, stationary on the congested highway like a speedbump in a…
  • What’s in my Mailbox | Compelling storytelling from Oxfam Canada

    Pamela Grow
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:54 pm
      Fundraiser Grrl Rory Green is back with another submission from Oxfam Canada. Rory writes “What made it stand out was the envelope, the promise of my supported card inside and the face of the child looking out at me inviting me to open the letter.” Related Posts:What’s in my Mailbox | Donor newsletter (with a focus…What’s in my Mailbox | Bringing the realities of war…Oxfam’s Latest Email Pitch – Clever or…What’s in my Mailbox | Nonprofit Thank You’sFundraising Friday | September 19, 2014The post What’s in my Mailbox |…
  • What’s in my Inbox | A short and simple storytelling email ask

    Pamela Grow
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:51 am
    I like this email from GLIDE, “a radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization,” beginning with the subject header: Hope and Healing Begin With You. The testimonial and photo of Yolanda shares a short impact story that let’s you know what your gift is accomplishing. Clean, quick, focused on you the donor, and includes numerous links to both donate and volunteer. Well done. Enrollment Open Now Related Posts:What’s in my Mailbox | In-memoriam thank youOxfam’s Latest Email Pitch – Clever…
  • Fundraising Friday | February 20, 2015

    Pamela Grow
    20 Feb 2015 | 4:49 am
    When it comes to Facebook, I’ve said it before: focus on what you can control. Your bigger ROI comes from building your email list. NPQ with As Organic Facebook Traffic Disappears, Nonprofits Pay the Price. Where’s the money? According to Giving USA, individual giving comprises 72% of total giving. Foundations? A paltry 15%! Now think about the herculean effort required to apply for many foundation grants. Nonprofit With Balls with The Baker’s Dilemma and the inequity of restricted funding. I’ve only been saying this since 2004. When will foundations wake up? More on this topic…
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    Tim Giuliani

  • Gainesville gets great new leader in Dr. Fuchs

    Tim Giuliani
    1 Feb 2015 | 7:11 pm
    The University and Gainesville communities have welcomed Dr. Kent Fuchs over the past month as UF’s 12th President.  Last Thursday, President Fuchs gave the keynote address at the Gainesville Chamber’s Annual Meeting.  He highlighted the progress, momentum and future potential of our region and that of UF.  Both have initiatives underway that are bold and complementary in strategy, UF’s “UF Rising” and the chamber’s “Transforming Greater Gainesville” initiative. President Fuchs said, “I know that this community is bent on reaching the next…
  • Cade Museum, Gainesville downtown redevelopment and much more

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

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

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

    Tim Giuliani
    19 Feb 2014 | 12:00 am
    The IT sector is growing in the Gainesville region and we are doubling down on our strategy to support and grow companies and jobs in this sector.  Last week, we announced our new collaboration with Gainesville tech entrepreneurs to launch the “Gainesville Area Tech Council” that will operate through the Chamber and be led by an industry advisory board. This represents another step in implementing our “Regional Platform for the Future.”  We’ve aligned our six lines of business (Business Development, Economic Development, International Trade, Public Policy, iG & Regional…
 
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  • #P2P15 – Event Experience Investments that Pay

    Patrick Riley
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:20 am
    Written by Alison Finkel    Photo by Gameface Media I have been involved with the Susan G Komen 3-Day® for a long time. This year marks my 16th season working on the program. Beginning as a Volunteer Coordinator at Pallotta Teamworks all the way to managing the program as an Account Director at Event 360, it has been the backbone of my professional career. It is the source of many of my proudest achievements and the foundation for lifelong friendships. I truly love the Komen 3-Day – the community of long time participants, the feeling of being in another world when you step onto one of…
  • #P2P15–Day One Recap

    Patrick Riley
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:07 am
    The Peer to Peer Professional Forum Conference kicked off today and the Event 360 team was on-site attending sessions, learning about current industry trends, providing one-on-one consulting to peer-to-peer professionals and enjoying seeing friendly faces, old and new. Here were a few highlights: One-on-one consulting — Our Event 360 team had the chance to speak with a half dozen non-profit event professionals and learn about their events (and hopefully provide some useful advice as well). If you didn’t take advantage of this opportunity, be sure to sign up next year. Our friends at…
  • The Week Ahead: Event 360 at P2P

    Patrick Riley
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Written by Jillian Schranz It’s kind of like the night before summer camp when you get excited to see your new friends and show off your new toys! That’s right, our Event 360 team is headed to Orlando, Florida to attend and participate in the Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum Conference this week. As always, we’re looking forward to connecting with peer-to-peer event fundraising professionals from across the country. We’re ready to hear from event fundraisers about their events and how they’re looking to grow in 2015. Most of all, we’re excited to be hosting a session (Event…
  • True Valor Meets All Events Alike

    Patrick Riley
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:38 pm
    Written by Kat Thomas, Rick Winquest and Slade Thompson If you’ve ever been a part of producing an event on the National Mall in Washington DC, you know that it is more than a little complicated. There are strict guidelines about what can and cannot be done, which areas are available for event use, how long the public’s access to some of our country’s best known landmarks can be interrupted, and countless government and law enforcement agencies with whom to coordinate. Planning and producing “The Concert for Valor” – HBO’s free, live music and television event with hundreds of…
  • More Lessons Learned in 2014

    Molly Fast
    12 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    On Tuesday we shared lessons learned from four of my Event 360 colleagues. Today I’m sharing one more from David Jordan, our Director of Information Services. What David shared is a lesson learned that, at one point or another, we all find ourselves having to learn. Maybe not directly, but most certainly from a company perspective this is a question everyone likely considers. David’s lesson learned from 2014 is: Sometimes it makes sense to go with a service instead of a purchase. In my private life as a consumer, I prefer to buy rather than rent.  Purchase a car rather than lease one. …
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    blog.ncrp.org

  • Reflections on Black History Month As We Look to the Future

    Niki Jagpal
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:00 pm
    As February comes to a close, we say goodbye to this year’s Black History Month. If you’re on social media, you’ve seen posts each day from friends and organizations highlighting important contributions made by the Black community to our country. For some, these posts serve as a good reminder of the integral role that Blacks have played in the evolution of the United States, and of the inextricable legacy of race and racism we share as a nation. For others, it provides new information that might pique their curiosity to learn more. For example, I’m glad to be reminded of one of my…
  • What’s Your Wish for Philanthropy this World Day of Social Justice?

    Alison Howard
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Today marks World Day of Social Justice, which serves as a reminder for the continued need to make social justice a top priority as we work to improve our world. Since the United Nations established the observance in 2007, February 20 has called attention to a worldwide effort to guarantee “fair outcomes for all through employment, social protection, social dialogue, and fundamental principles and rights at work.” This perspective must certainly be embraced by the General Assembly’s member states – but it’s a responsibility that goes beyond these governments. NCRP firmly believes…
  • A New Standard: “Get on the Map” and the Urgent Need for Better Data in Philanthropy

    Ryan Schlegel
    11 Feb 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Money is a blunt but essential tool for social change, and it has potent, variable effects on our social and political ecosystems. Philanthropy’s commitment to serving the public good makes it imperative that foundations understand as deeply and specifically as possible whom their investments are serving and how. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to discern the complex impact of the roughly $50 billion spent by our country’s grantmakers each year because data collection and dissemination efforts are struggling to meet the demands of the field. The innovative data-sharing Get on the Map…
  • How Can Philanthropy Support Leaders of Color in the Environmental Movement?

    Caitlin Duffy
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Even those outside the nonprofit sector are starting to notice the glaring lack of racial and ethnic diversity in the environmental movement’s leadership. In fact, one recent headline from The Guardian asked, “Why are so many white men trying to save the planet without the rest of us?” Some observers accuse mainstream green groups of having a race problem or “green ceiling.” Despite growing awareness of the disparate impacts of pollution and climate change on low-income people of color, large environmental organizations remain fairly homogenous. The situation raises important…
  • How Can Foundations Best Support the Movement for Racial Equity?

    Jeanné Isler
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This post originally appeared on the Alliance Magazine blog on January 30, 2015. Trayvon Martin. Michael Brown. Eric Garner. Jordan Davis. Oscar Grant. Amadou Diallo. Sean Bell. These are some of the most recognizable names of black people who have been killed by security officers in the United States, but only a small fraction of the total. The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement estimates that one black person is killed every 28 hours in the country by security officers. Over the past few years, a grassroots movement has emerged to end state violence against black people and other marginalized…
 
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    Mark Holmgren's Anticipate!

  • The Charity Slam: Enough Already

    Mark Holmgren
    2 Feb 2015 | 10:55 am
    It’s been going on for quite some time to be honest. Often it’s just subtle derision producing comments like “charities need to be more business-like” or “My goodness, how many charities do we really need?” Other times the charity slam manifests as a rant against “poverty pimps” or a rail against artists who create things “that my five year old could make.” I am used to these kinds of slams against charities. Often they are based on a solid lack of evidence, are judgements governed by unpleasant ideologies (“how can you help worthless bums?”), or constitute a…
  • The Economy is Not Working for the Majority

    Mark Holmgren
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    “The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.”― Jane Addams You can download this posting by clicking HERE. As you may know, I sit on the Mayor of Edmonton’s Task Force to End Poverty. Because of that honour I am privy to a range of research and data, not to mention the bright minds of the hundreds of people now involved with this effort. What follows are some of the data I pulled from a recent report done for the task force by the Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC), as well as some…
  • Edmonton and the Cost of Living

    Mark Holmgren
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    The cost of living is measured by the Consumer Price Index. Currently 2002 is used as the base year for the CPI at a base of $100. Subsequent CPI numbers indicate how much one would have to spent in a subsequent year to match what you could buy for $100 in 2002. The number for subsequent years is always higher than 100. If you want to read a clear explanation of what CPI is read this from the Bank of Canada. For comparative purposes, how does Edmonton rank? From 2009 through 2013, Edmonton has ranked as the highest or second highest in terms of CPI, when compared to other major cities. In…
  • Non-Profits and Lean Thinking

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

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

  • Harley Davidson, Your Nonprofit & a Mystery of Life!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    Hard to believe – more money is spent on products with Harley Davidson logos than on the actual motorcycles. Much more! More money spent on often garish caps, shirts, jackets, and banners….. than on noisy metal. Rejoice! This proves a point about branding.  Your logo has more leverage than you realize. A useful product with […]
  • Logo-Imprinted Mobile Electronics Can Trip Up Your Nonprofit!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    Mobile cell phone chargers.  Miniature speakers.  Cool connecting cords.  Portable electronics.  Put your own logo on a branding product that will be used and respected and seen and admired in the nonprofit marketplace. It’s a great emerging Branding Product category. But be careful. New and untested factories and products enter the market faster than I […]
  • Nonprofit Branding: Process Is Nice: Results Are Essential!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    We’re starting a conversation about Strategic Planning. A highly regarded nonprofit exercise. Often a waste of time. Take it too seriously, make it too rigorous and strategic planning becomes a can of worms. With little long-term impact. And with much short-term disruption. These are initial comments. They will irritate some folks. I’ll have more to […]
  • Don’t Damage Your Brand (Part Two)

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    You get it, right? You are not one of this nonprofit execs with his or her head in the sand. Maybe you saw Part One of this series. Or maybe you just have the sense or experience to understand two principles: (1) Logo-imprinted branding products are a BIG Deal in nonprofit marketing. (See how BIG below.) (2) They […]
  • Don’t Damage Your Brand (An Eye Opener!)

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:34 pm
    We supply logo-imprinted branding products to nonprofits.  So here’s an alert from VisABILITY: unless you understand them, promotional products – the stuff we sell – can be dangerous to your nonprofit brand.  It may seem odd to receive this warning from a company that supplies the nonprofit sector with branding products. (Which we’ve been doing […]
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  • Harley Davidson, Your Nonprofit & a Mystery of Life!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    Hard to believe – more money is spent on products with Harley Davidson logos than on the actual motorcycles. Much more! More money spent on often garish caps, shirts, jackets, and banners….. than on noisy metal. Rejoice! This proves a point about branding.  Your logo has more leverage than you realize. A useful product with […]
  • Logo-Imprinted Mobile Electronics Can Trip Up Your Nonprofit!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    Mobile cell phone chargers.  Miniature speakers.  Cool connecting cords.  Portable electronics.  Put your own logo on a branding product that will be used and respected and seen and admired in the nonprofit marketplace. It’s a great emerging Branding Product category. But be careful. New and untested factories and products enter the market faster than I […]
  • Nonprofit Branding: Process Is Nice: Results Are Essential!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    We’re starting a conversation about Strategic Planning. A highly regarded nonprofit exercise. Often a waste of time. Take it too seriously, make it too rigorous and strategic planning becomes a can of worms. With little long-term impact. And with much short-term disruption. These are initial comments. They will irritate some folks. I’ll have more to […]
  • Don’t Damage Your Brand (Part Two)

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    You get it, right? You are not one of this nonprofit execs with his or her head in the sand. Maybe you saw Part One of this series. Or maybe you just have the sense or experience to understand two principles: (1) Logo-imprinted branding products are a BIG Deal in nonprofit marketing. (See how BIG below.) (2) They […]
  • Don’t Damage Your Brand (An Eye Opener!)

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:34 pm
    We supply logo-imprinted branding products to nonprofits.  So here’s an alert from VisABILITY: unless you understand them, promotional products – the stuff we sell – can be dangerous to your nonprofit brand.  It may seem odd to receive this warning from a company that supplies the nonprofit sector with branding products. (Which we’ve been doing […]
 
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    Notations on Non-Profits

  • Are Supermajority Votes Really That Super? Or Is It An Ego Thing?

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

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

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

    Erin
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:38 pm
    You’ll stop going to Krispy Kreme….on Sundays. You’ll work out more….than zero times a week. And you’ll stop playing Candy Crush…..until 2am. So many of us are in the throes of setting resolutions. But what about those nonprofit organizations we work for or run? They shouldn’t be left out the fun. What might those resolutions […]
  • When A Nonprofit Proxy Goes Wrong, Really Wrong

    Erin
    31 Dec 2014 | 12:54 pm
    And honestly, if a Director can’t put in the time (be it a legitimate excuse like football season or otherwise) a proxy appointment is of least concern. They should probably step down and sit on an advisory committee. You know. Every now and again I chant for a teaching tool, just a little something to help get a point across. […]
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    Christine Sculati's blog

  • What is the new vision for California State Parks and how will it be funded?

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

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

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

    christine
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Thousand Island Lake in the Ansel Adams Wilderness is the source of the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River. Photo: © 2010 Steve Dunleavy What happens to California’s San Joaquin River after it flows from its high altitude headwaters in the Sierra Nevada toward the San Francisco Bay? In June a CNN journalist, who had never kayaked in a river before, set out on a 400 mile journey to find out. Why? Because in April the nonprofit American Rivers named the San Joaquin the #1 endangered river in the United States. The group is concerned that “outdated water management and…
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum explores legacy of Pond Farm in special exhibit

    christine
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    View of interior of Pond Farm barn/studio. Photograph: Anthony Veerkamp. Courtesy National Trust for Historic Preservation. Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism. On view April 24–October 6, 2014. The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Last year in February I wrote a story for BayNature.org on a significant but little known historical site tucked away in the rolling hills above the Russian River Valley in what is now Austin Creek State Recreation Area – a California state park. Here a French Jewish woman by the name of Marguerite Wildenhain became one of the most…
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    Notations on Non-Profits

  • Are Supermajority Votes Really That Super? Or Is It An Ego Thing?

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

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

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

    Erin
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:38 pm
    You’ll stop going to Krispy Kreme….on Sundays. You’ll work out more….than zero times a week. And you’ll stop playing Candy Crush…..until 2am. So many of us are in the throes of setting resolutions. But what about those nonprofit organizations we work for or run? They shouldn’t be left out the fun. What might those resolutions […]
  • When A Nonprofit Proxy Goes Wrong, Really Wrong

    Erin
    31 Dec 2014 | 12:54 pm
    And honestly, if a Director can’t put in the time (be it a legitimate excuse like football season or otherwise) a proxy appointment is of least concern. They should probably step down and sit on an advisory committee. You know. Every now and again I chant for a teaching tool, just a little something to help get a point across. […]
 
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    Engaging Volunteers

  • How to Have a Fun-Filled, Fullfilling #15NTC with VolunteerMatch

    Shari Tishman
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:23 am
    In less than one week, thousands of nonprofit nerds will be descending on Austin, Texas to learn, network and have fun at the 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference. Hooray! Whether you’re an NTC veteran or this will be your first time, VolunteerMatch has one thing that will guarantee to make your time in Austin stand out: candy. Okay, that might have been a joke (not the candy part – we will have that), but finding VolunteerMatch at the conference is a great way to make sure you’re hitting the highlights. For example, as you explore the wonders of the Science Fair,  stop by…
  • Volunteer Training and Development Got You Down? Consider Going Online

    Tessa Srebro
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Guest post by Alec Green Whether your nonprofit engages just a handful of volunteers or several thousand across the country, getting them up to speed efficiently and offering ongoing professional development is a common challenge. More and more, online training is becoming a popular solution to this challenge. That’s because it’s getting easier to do. Free e-learning resources such as NonprofitReady.org are available for nonprofits. (That particular open online learning site includes 200+ learning resources covering all the major job functions in the nonprofit sector!) In addition to…
  • 5 Surprisingly Easy Ways to Lose Volunteers

    Shari Tishman
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:48 am
    Guest post by Isabel Wiliams Recruiting volunteers is one thing – making sure that they continue to be interested in what you’re doing is another. That’s when many nonprofits struggle and start to lose their volunteers. Here are 5 examples of how to quickly lose the support of even your most dedicated volunteers. It’s a cautionary tale… 1. Lack of clear organization Imagine you’re a volunteer: you’re giving up your time for a higher cause, only to discover that the staff of the organization lacks clear structure. Team members are late, tools are missing or…
  • Looking for a Magic Number

    Shari Tishman
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:53 am
    Guest post by Elisa Kosarin, Twenty Hats This post was originally published on Twenty Hats. Last month, I wrote about volunteer orientations, and about how facilitating orientations is a critical and often overlooked part of the event’s success. This month, as I debated moving on to another topic, I realized there is still more to say about orientations and why they are such a valuable practice within volunteer management. That’s because your volunteer orientation is the gateway into your organization. It is there to inspire the ones you want to volunteer– and screen out the…
  • 10 Million is a Magic Number for LinkedIn and Nonprofits

    Shari Tishman
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:09 am
    We’re thrilled to extend a big CONGRATS! to our pals over at LinkedIn, who announced last week that over 10 million professionals have added the Volunteer Experience and Causes section to their LinkedIn profiles. In addition, more than 4 million members have gone a step further in making a meaningful difference by signaling that they are interested in skilled volunteer work or joining a nonprofit board. What Does This Mean? Clearly, volunteering has become part of the norm for millions of professionals around the world. They’ve realized that the skills they’ve built up…
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  • How Much Time Social Media Requires for Fundraising Success

    Heather Mansfield
    21 Feb 2015 | 5:33 am
    The following is an excerpt from Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits. The amount of time that a nonprofit can invest in mobile and social media depends on capacity. Small nonprofits that are not in a position to hire a part- or full-time new media manager should limit themselves to one or two social networks and place the highest priority on their website, email communications, and online fundraising campaigns. Mobile and social media are powerful, but when implemented on a small scale, the power is overshadowed by other more traditional online campaigns. Often small…
  • 10 Twitter Best Practices for Nonprofits

    Heather Mansfield
    8 Feb 2015 | 1:25 pm
    It’s impossible to apply Twitter best practices across all segments of the nonprofit sector because of the wide variety of causes and follower counts, but scientific analysis of Twitter clearly indicate that there is right way and a wrong way to use Twitter. The challenge is for nonprofits to learn from and apply the scientific data to their Twitter strategy. If you study Twitter and grow to enjoy using it, then your time invested will eventually pay off through increased brand recognition, referral traffic, new donors, volunteers, and event attendees. 1. Give your followers useful,…
  • 15 Must-Know Fundraising and Social Media Stats

    Heather Mansfield
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:05 am
    LinkedIn launched in 2003, Facebook launched in 2004, and Twitter launched in 2006. Now more than a decade into the Social Web, the use of social networks still continues to grow worldwide and will continue to do so for years to come. It’s no coincidence that online giving is growing rapidly as well. A decade ago most individuals still consumed print news and donated by writing and mailing checks. Today, as donors, activists, and volunteers worldwide have embraced the Internet for news and entertainment, so have they transitioned their giving and their trust to digital. The…
  • 12 Must-Follow Nonprofits on Tumblr

    Heather Mansfield
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
    If your nonprofit’s social media strategy is built upon engaging young adults, then you might want to invest some time experimenting with Tumblr. According to a recent study, after Facebook young adults spend more time per day on Tumblr than any other social network. This data will likely surprise many nonprofits, but Tumblr’s mobile design and the unique content blogged on Tumblr resonates with millennials. That said, below are 12 nonprofit Tumblrs to study and learn from. Be sure to also download Tumblr’s mobile app to experience the Tumblrs on a mobile device. 1.
  • 10 Goals for Nonprofit New Media Managers for 2015

    Heather Mansfield
    5 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    After the holiday break new media managers return to work energized to update and implement their list of priorities for the upcoming year. The goals suggested below are fairly easy to achieve, yet transformative to a nonprofit’s new media strategy. Most do not require a financial investment, but preliminary results on the 2014 fundraising season are strong and if your nonprofit did well in 2014, investing in staff development in 2015 is a wise decision. Skilled new media managers are essential for nonprofits to adapt quickly to advances in technology. 1. Write LinkedIn…
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  • Photos no longer get more reach on Facebook

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

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

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

    John Haydon
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:22 am
    As a consultant and trainer in the nonprofit community, I’ve been waiting with bated breath for the Nonprofit Communications Trends Report. And it’s here! Kivi published the first Nonprofit Communications Trends Report back in 2011, surveying 780 nonprofits. For the most recent report, Kivi surveyed 1,535 nonprofits – mostly in the US. Highlights from the 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report are presented in an infographic (below), which includes the following eye-openers: Nonprofits no longer have new donor acquisition as a primary goal. Instead, retaining current donors and…
  • Initial reports for #GivingTuesday indicate astounding success!

    Guest
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:26 am
    Black Friday sales were down 11% while #GivingTuesday had a banner year! By Ritu Sharma The final numbers are rolling in, and by all accounts the three-year-old day dedicated to giving known as #GivingTuesday, is proving once again that Black Friday and Cyber Monday aren’t the only spending days top of mind in our communities. That the long weekend of frenzied indulgence and gluttony kicked off by Thanksgiving can be bookended with such generosity is heartening. And the generosity is evident in the numbers. Here are the results from some of the day’s top campaigns: Nonprofit leaders are…
 
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  • Minor earthquake – Oamaru on February 28, 2015

    Armand Vervaeck
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:12 pm
    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 : 3.6 Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown GMT/UTC Time : 2015-02-28 19:37:55 Depth (Hypocenter) : 750 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 – South Sandwich Islands Region on February 28, 2015

    Armand Vervaeck
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:08 pm
    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 : 5.2 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-02-28 17:27:32 GMT/UTC Time : 2015-02-28 19:27:32 Depth (Hypocenter) : 115 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 – Te Araroa on February 28, 2015

    Armand Vervaeck
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:37 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) : Unknown GMT/UTC Time : 2015-02-28 19:06:56 Depth (Hypocenter) : 87 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience (I Have Felt It) with our readers. Click on the “I Felt It” button behind the…
  • Minor earthquake – Salta, Argentina on February 28, 2015

    Armand Vervaeck
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:36 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 : 3.5 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-02-28 15:41:43 GMT/UTC Time : 2015-02-28 18:41:43 Depth (Hypocenter) : 220 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 – Tolaga Bay on February 28, 2015

    Armand Vervaeck
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:32 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 : 3.1 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-03-01 08:01:40 GMT/UTC Time : 2015-02-28 19:01:40 Depth (Hypocenter) : 13 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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  • How to Create a Wood Focal Wall Using Repurposed Pallets

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

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

    goodwillsp
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:26 am
    There are three reasons to add a drapery to a window: privacy, shade relief from the sun, and to add color, pattern and texture. There are many style options, as well as thousands of fabrics, to choose from. I have a client who was looking to update her kitchen, but she wasn’t ready for a complete makeover-she just wanted something new and fresh. A new drapery is a great place to start! Her single kitchen window overlooks a river, so she doesn’t have to worry about privacy and certainly didn’t want to cover-up her view. I decided to give her something unique: an awning style…
  • Ring in the New Year with a New Job

    goodwillsp
    31 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    The new year is an ideal time to breathe new life into your job search, especially with job growth projected to increase going into 2015. Whether you’re currently employed or actively looking for work, make the most of the post-holiday lull by organizing your job search goals with these five tips. Identify Your Career Goals It’s not always easy to identify your ideal career, but there are tools that exist to help your discover your true passion. One way to move in the right direction is to identify things you like to do, the types of work environments that appeal to you and even the types…
  • Barriers to Employment: Disability

    goodwillsp
    26 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    In 2013, only 17.6 percent of persons with a disability were employed. In contrast, the employment-population ratio for those without a disability was 64.0 percent. This staggering discrepancy reveals how much work continues to be needed to help thousands of job seekers with disabilities experience the dignity and independence that accompany a paycheck. As an organization with a longtime commitment to helping people of all backgrounds overcome barriers to employment, Goodwill is honored to help thousands of people earn this self-respect and sense of accomplishment every year. Goodwill…
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    Front Range Source

  • Time is on Your Side. Yes it is!

    Ann Goldman
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:15 am
    It’s not unusual for us to think a lot about how fundraisers spend their time. Several of our clients have recently undergone our dreaded “Time Allocation Survey” process and survived to tell the tale. And, they’ve learned a lot. We’ll tell you more about that in a moment, but first let’s remember that development is a demanding field. Fundraisers get pulled away from their primary responsibilities all the time. They pitch in for events, respond to last-minute requests, help with grant deadlines, pull together materials for board meetings, and so on and so on. The things that…
  • Do You Really Care How Many People Came to Your Event?

    Leslie Allen
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:25 am
    I was knee-deep in mapping out a roll-up-your-sleeves session for a client on events when I saw a great blog post come across from Seth Godin. It was exactly what I was working on. I was trying to get our client to concentrate on what they really wanted out of events rather than other stand-in data points (aka things you don’t really care about, but are measuring anyway). In this timely piece, Seth says, “It’s not always easy to measure what matters. Sometimes, the thing that matters doesn’t make it easy for you to measure it.” There really isn’t any better…
  • Foundation Fundraising is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

    Ann Goldman
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:37 pm
    To be successful at foundation fundraising, you have no choice but to commit for the long haul. Just like running 26.2 miles, grantwriting is not a game for dabblers. We often hear nonprofit leaders say, “we tried grantwriting, but it didn’t work.” We hear stories of freelance grantwriters or summer interns doing a concentrated blast of grant submissions only to yield a barrage of decline letters. Then they get blamed, often unfairly, for writing a poor proposal or submitting to the wrong places. Here’s the thing. You have to get in the game. And you have to stay there. Your odds of…
  • Make Every Day Valentine’s Day for Your Donors

    Leslie Allen
    5 Feb 2015 | 3:29 pm
    I love Valentine’s Day. I’m not all about the roses and the candy (my husband is happy about that). I just love Valentine’s Day cards. I like making them and I love to get them. There’s just something about the glitter and the cupids and the “please be mine” candies that feels so sweet and classic. I’ve known a few organizations that send out Valentine’s cards to their donors and I love that “crazy 4 you” message, too. And while getting a card from your favorite nonprofit can be fun, it is so much better if there is authenticity behind it — if there is a desire to…
  • Guest Blog: A Year-End Appeal Success Story

    Ann Goldman
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:36 pm
    Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center stepped up their fundraising best practices in 2014 and the result was a 45% increase in year-end gifts over the prior year! Development Director Lindsay Christopher tells us how they did it: We use our year-end appeal as an important part of our donor renewal and upgrading strategy, while our donor acquisition happens through other channels, such as Colorado Gives Day and some targeted patient and volunteer appeals. Some simple yet strategic shifts in our year-end appeal gave a major boost to our donor retention efforts. Here’s what worked for us……
 
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  • Celebrating Habitat ReStore Volunteers

    Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:57 pm
    The Habitat for Humanity ReStore recently celebrated two stellar volunteers, Frank and Samantha. Frank has volunteered over 500 hours in the ReStore and Samantha has volunteered over 75 hours. A huge thank you to these two volunteers who help make the ReStore a success. Volunteers are the heart of Habitat for Humanity and keep our critical programs running. Below are some of the volunteer opportunities currently available with Habitat for Humanity Santa Barbara:ReStore Volunteers:Volunteers assist ReStore employees. Tasks include sorting, pricing and cleaning donated items, shelving new…
  • Habitat for Humanity + Volunteers= Another Completed A Brush with Kindness Project

    Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County
    7 Feb 2015 | 2:10 pm
    On January 20th 2015, volunteers from Cate School partnered with Habitat for Humanity Southern Santa Barbara County to complete another A Brush with Kindness home repair project. Sponsored by Thrivent Financial, 82 students and faculty came together to complete home repairs for an elderly low-income homeowner. Unable to make repairs himself due to MS, the students and faculty worked during the day to provide exterior repairs to the home, clear overgrown landscaping, plant drought resistant plants, build a new walkway, and clean the full exterior of the home.
  • New Items in the ReStore for 2015

    Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County
    7 Feb 2015 | 1:38 pm
    With the New Year, comes new items at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. You can check online for new item updates as well as stop by the Restore. Here are some interesting items that have come in the past two months:"Drink Cart"Item Number: XO86Price: $65"Lamp Table"Item Number: X077Price: $125"Hand Beaten Brass Bar Sink"Item Number: X099Price: $250We have very unique and special items that are donated to the ReStore daily. Whether it is a small lamp or even a beautiful door, the ReStore has many gems that have appeal and character.The ReStore at the Habitat for Humanity in…
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

    Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County
    17 Jan 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Honoring MLK with a Day of Service           On January 19th, Habitat for Humanity will partner with members of the community to honor MLK by participating in the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. A group of 25 volunteers from YMCA, Goleta Valley Beautiful. and individuals from the community will be working together to complete "A Brush with Kindness" project.               Part of the United We Serve program, MLK Jr. Day of Service is one of President Obama's…
  • Open House of the Completed Canon Perdido Affordable Homes

    Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    You are invited to the Canon Perdido Open HouseWith just the last details left on the homes of the Canon Perdido Project, Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County would like to invite you to an open house event on Saturday, November 15th 2014. The project homes are located at 822 E. Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara CA 93103.Designed by architects Ryan Mills and Ed DeVicente, the units range from 750-1,200 square feet each and are 100% affordable and very low income units. The project includes 2 three-bedroom units, 8 two-bedroom units, and 2 one-bedroom units, which are all…
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  • What’s The One Thing Your Major Donors Want To Know?

    Bix
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:13 am
    In our work with major donors to nonprofits over the years, what we’ve seen is that donors want to know what impact their money has made – what has resulted, what change, what positive outcome. This seems pretty straightforward, and we know that the words “impact”, “outcomes”, and “results” are bandied about the nonprofit world all the time. But, thinking about this from a communications perspective shifts the entire frame for how we engage with donors. How? Rather than spending time, energy, and money to send your donors updates on all the excellent workshops, events,…
  • Survey Says…It’s All About Building Relationships

    Stephanie
    8 Feb 2015 | 6:50 pm
    Last week, at a luncheon held by Women in Development, the guest speaker, Claire M. Costello, shared some insightful statistics on the current giving trends of major donors.  “The 2014 U.S. Trust Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy” is conducted annually by U.S. Trust and The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.  It’s interesting stuff and worth a read. These are some of my favorite statistics shared: 85% of wealthy donors plan to give as much (50%) or more (35%) in the next 3 to 5 years – up from 76% who said they planned to give as much or more in…
  • New Year, New Packages

    Bix
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    It’s 2015, and if you aren’t using video yet, we want to know why. Is it because: Videos cost more than you can afford. You haven’t planned for it. Your nonprofit isn’t a video production house. Footage. Audio. Music. Script. Where to get started? No time! See number one. If these are any of your reasons, we can help! We’ve created several “video packages“ that may just be the solution – whether it’s to inspire people to take action or tell the compelling stories of who you are and what you do. Take a peek (or two, or three) and if you…
  • 10 Ways To Spread ‘Good Cheer’ Through Your Nonprofit’s Year-End Communications

    Bix
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:34 am
    You don’t want to be Scrooge, but what with the release of the US Senate torture report, recent news around the police shootings of Mike Brown and Eric Garner, and more, it’s hard for some nonprofits to be merry this season. Plus, no matter your cause, your nonprofit is likely very busy, even overwhelmed with the final fundraising push for the year. So how can your organization keep it upbeat at this time of the year? First things first: discard any plastic smiles. If a jolly message feels inappropriate for your work, you don’t have to grin and bear it. Being honest and authentic in…
  • A Holiday Touch – Use Holiday Cheer To Thank Your Major Donors

    Stephanie
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:39 am
    So, here we are – at the end of 2014.  Regardless of whether or not we are ready for it (I’m not ready!), this year is coming to a close. In these last few weeks, you are likely making your final push for support through end of the year appeals, final e-newsletters, and other communication with donors. In addition to your final fundraising push, it is important to set aside time to spread some much-deserved holiday cheer. We have asked a lot of our donors.  Sending a thank you card or holiday card with a special thank you note is a simple – but essential – way to let…
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  • Three Simple Ways to Dramatically Increase Website Traffic From Facebook

    John Haydon
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:43 am
    Although Facebook has decreased newsfeed exposure (reach) for Facebook Pages, they have increased newsfeed exposure for links people share with their Facebook friends. Right now, take a look at your own News Feed and look at the number of links from friends versus links from Pages. My News Feed has 1 link (or less) from a Page for every 10 links from friends. […] The post Three Simple Ways to Dramatically Increase Website Traffic From Facebook appeared first on John Haydon.
  • What Will Your Nonprofit Do When Millennials Take Over?

    John Haydon
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:58 am
    Most of what you’ve heard about Millennials is pretty negative. They’re lazy, entitled, and expect happy face stickers just for showing up to work. But this is not true. In their newest book, When Millennials Take Over, Maddie Grant and Jamie Notter outline how organizations can be better prepared for a changing workforce that will […] The post What Will Your Nonprofit Do When Millennials Take Over? appeared first on John Haydon.
  • Photos No Longer Get More Reach on Facebook

    John Haydon
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:23 am
    You’ve no doubt heard the advice that posting photos will help you get more reach on Facebook. That advice has been tried and true for years, until now. According to a study by SocialBakers, photos now get less organic reach than videos, links, and even text updates. In fact, videos are now the king of […] The post Photos No Longer Get More Reach on Facebook appeared first on John Haydon.
  • Surprisingly Powerful Content Marketing Hacks for Facebook

    Drew Bernard
    9 Feb 2015 | 5:01 am
    If there’s one thing that frustrates Facebook Page managers, it’s when the content they publish fails to reach a significant number of fans supporters. Well, we have good news. It’s called “engaging content”! Okay, so this might not sound like content marketing hacks for Facebook. But hold on, I’m not just talking about super compelling […] The post Surprisingly Powerful Content Marketing Hacks for Facebook appeared first on John Haydon.
  • Proven Donor Cultivation Tips for Facebook and Email

    John Haydon
    6 Feb 2015 | 6:45 am
    In a recent interview for the Fundraising Authority podcast, Joe Garecht and I discuss several donor cultivation tips for Facebook, website, and email marketing. Donor cultivation tips for Facebook and email During this 60-minute episode, we cover the following juicy topics: Researching and understanding your audience with Facebook, email marketing and surveys. The differences between offline and […] The post Proven Donor Cultivation Tips for Facebook and Email appeared first on John Haydon.
 
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  • Winning 100% Buy-In For Your Next Nonprofit Technology Adoption – #15NTC Preview

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

    Norman Reiss
    21 Feb 2015 | 5:19 am
    I believe feeling ‘old’ is often a state of mind rather than a chronological age (or maybe it’s just someone who’s been around a bit longer than you).  But most of us have had some experience with caring for a family member or friend who needs help as they age.   And like it or not, most of us will eventually need help eventually, and few people I know want to end up in a nursing facility. So who will take care of you so you can continue to live at home?  The Age of Dignity: Preparing For the Elder Boom in a Changing America, describes the difficult life for those…
  • A Simple Tip to Improve Project Success

    Norman Reiss
    7 Feb 2015 | 5:44 am
    Have you ever been in a situation where you carefully describe your organization’s database requirements to a vendor / consultant / developer, only to find that months later they still haven’t gotten it right?  Then since the project has taken much longer than anticipated, the people doing the work have changed, so you have to explain again to the new staff, since they weren’t around for the initial round of meetings. Sadly I find myself in that type of situation currently, but fortunately with the help of my boss, we’ve found a way to make to make our needs crystal…
  • Why User Adoption Shouldn’t Be an Afterthought – #15NTC Preview

    nhr2000
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:28 am
    Have you ever spent a lot of time and effort planning and implementing a project, only to find out months after rollout that users barely use the new system? At the 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference, in Austin, Texas, I will be a presenter in the session, Adoption Shouldn’t be an Afterthought: Making Sure Your Organization Actually Uses the Technology You Implement.  With co-presenters Kevin Peralta (Amigos de los Americas), Austin Buchan (College Forward), and Tucker MacLean (Exponent Partners), we will examine why so many newly rolled out systems fall into disuse – and what…
  • Highlights from 2015 Nonprofit Communication Trends Report

    Norman Reiss
    10 Jan 2015 | 5:44 am
    Kivi Leroux Miller has released the fifth annual Nonprofit Communictions Trend Report.  As you develop your communications strategy for 2015, take a look at what other organizations are planning (many nonprofits fail to do this regularly): Donor retention is finally getting more attention.  For example, do you have a welcome series for new givers?  Do you regularly report back on the impact of donations? Do you really say ‘thank you’ or just rely on an automated gift acknowledgement? Only a fraction of communications staff focus on fundraising goals.  How can you integrate…
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    Wired 4 Leadership

  • Culture Made Me Do It

    Kerry Stackpole
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:13 am
    “Has culture become a legitimate basis for avoiding responsibility?” The concept of corporate culture burst on to management’s radar in 1982 with publication of Terrence Deal and Allan Kennedy’s groundbreaking book, Corporate Cultures: The Rites and Rituals of Corporate Life. The notion that financial results were not completely tied to financial planning, HR policies, or … Continue reading Culture Made Me Do It → You are reading Culture Made Me Do It from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
  • Six Ways to Attract Engaged Members in 2015

    Kerry Stackpole
    6 Jan 2015 | 7:22 am
    Will “Castle and Moat” Strategies Help You Win Engaged Members? Active, engaged members remain the number one challenge for associations and professional societies. Why do so many nonprofits end up leaving them stranded? There are great strategies for assuring success in recruiting, retaining and engaging members if you’ll commit the time and resources to making … Continue reading Six Ways to Attract Engaged Members in 2015 → You are reading Six Ways to Attract Engaged Members in 2015 from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
  • Showing The Love for Wired 4 Leadership 2014

    Kerry Stackpole
    23 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    Leaders have a lot to learn, me included. While you may be tempted to dismiss this notion as trite or cliché, it is and remains the central tenet of effective leadership. The rate of technical progress is increasing exponentially, we are discovering more effective ways to use our brains and bodies to learn, and leaders … Continue reading Showing The Love for Wired 4 Leadership 2014 → You are reading Showing The Love for Wired 4 Leadership 2014 from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
  • Leaders: Five Ways To Step It Up in 2015

    Kerry Stackpole
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    The economic reality of 2014 was far better than many expected.  Unemployment fell to its lowest level in six years, the stock market climbed to historic highs, gasoline prices fell and commercial interest rates remained steady and low. The continued gridlock in Congress and the coming shift in majority control fuels some uncertainty and likely … Continue reading Leaders: Five Ways To Step It Up in 2015 → You are reading Leaders: Five Ways To Step It Up in 2015 from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
  • Happy Thanksgiving Day

    Kerry Stackpole
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    “I run from hate, I run from prejudice, I run from pessimists . . .” * To our readers, colleagues and friends throughout the United States may this Thanksgiving Day holiday bring you moments of reflection, renewed optimism and visions of hope shared amidst the companionship of good friends and loving family. Our best wishes … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving Day → You are reading Happy Thanksgiving Day from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
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    Tanenbaum.org

  • Tanenbaum Peacemakers Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye Prepare Nigerians for Upcoming Elections

    Nicole Margaretten
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:11 am
    On February 7, 2015, exactly one week before Nigerians were set to head to the polls, Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission postponed the Presidential and legislative elections for seven weeks (until March 28th). Concerned that Boko Haram’s violent insurgency in the North would jeopardize the safety of voters around the country, the Commission’s Chairman, Attahiru Jega, heeded the advice of national security officials – delaying the election and announcing a “major” multinational military operation against the terrorist organization. This decision has been widely…
  • Join us at the Forum on Workplace Inclusion!

    Nicole Margaretten
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:55 am
    Dear Friends, I am pleased to share that for the 6th year in a row, I will be presenting on Tanenbaum’s behalf at the Forum on Workplace Inclusion (taking place March 17th-19th in Minneapolis). This year, I will be joined by several outstanding co-presenters for two exciting sessions: Faith-Based ERGs: The Next Wave – Exploring the journey of faith-based ERGs at three different companies. Co-presented by: Camille Torres: Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, Human Resources – AXA Equitable Tracey Seward: North America Sponsor for Interfaith – Accenture Shanti Samuel: Merck…
  • An Oslo Synagogue – A Ring of Peace

    Nicole Margaretten
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    Dear Friends, Over the weekend, 21 Coptic Christians were beheaded in Libya. And a horrific attack on a Shia mosque in Pakistan killed 19 people. Then, I got an email about Denmark – and the gunman who opened fire on a synagogue in Copenhagen. All I could think was – I just can’t stand it! But I can’t ignore it, either. And then I received a reminder of what it means to be human. As a Jew who is terrified by the surge in tribal hatreds, I read how Muslims in Norway are planning to form a human shield around a synagogue in Oslo. Responding to the recent attack…
  • Ink, Leather, Grit – and The Church: Off the Beaten Path with Lauren Pond

    Nicole Margaretten
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    The following images, captions and text are by Lauren Pond. Lauren is a photographer who specializes in documenting faith and religion in society – in order to build understanding among people. At Tanenbaum we combat religious prejudice through practical programs – and we celebrate the work of individuals who are dedicated to eliminating hatred, whether it be through the arts, education or peacebuilding.   From left: Geof Kimpel, Chris Goings, Jim Kannal, and Pastor Michael McGuire prepare to baptize Bill Aikey, center, outside of the Rushing Wind Biker Church in…
  • Condolences and Caution

    Nicole Margaretten
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:17 am
    These are days of sorrow. In the past 48 hours, we learned that American ISIS hostage Kayla Mueller was confirmed dead, and now, that three Muslim students were murdered in North Carolina. To the families, friends and communities now reeling from these senseless and horrific deaths, we send our condolences. Kayla Mueller was targeted by ISIS because she was a woman, an American and not a follower of the Islamic State Caliphate. In Chapel Hill, NC, Craig Stephen Hicks was charged with the murder of three Muslim students – Deah Shaddy Barakat; his wife Yusor Abu-Salha; and Yusor’s…
 
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    Palmetto Buzz

  • Part 2 – Grant Writing Benefits BEYOND the Financial

    Stephanie Watson
    9 Feb 2015 | 6:44 am
    In our last post, you will see that we introduced benefits of grant writing to your organization even if you don’t receive the funding. We will continue defining these benefits below and throughout the next series of posts. Many of the items highlighted, when addressed well, are components of a “highly effective” organization. We outlined... Read more »
  • Grant Writing Benefits BEYOND the Financial

    Stephanie Watson
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:19 am
    There are many ancillary benefits to writing and submitting grants that go beyond the economic development of your organization. They are outlined below. With funders moving more and more toward partnering with strong, efficient, and effective organizations, you may want to assess whether you are as strong as you could and should be. Over the... Read more »
  • 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 »
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    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog

  • This is the Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship

    Ann Green
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:45 am
    Casablanca is one of my favorite movies.  There are so many priceless lines, which I often recite while I’m watching the movie.  One of them is “Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” When someone donates to your organization, it’s also the beginning of a beautiful friendship or the continuation of one if the person is a repeat donor. Here’s how you can ensure a beautiful friendship with your donors. Say thank you In my last post I wrote about creating a thank you experience for your donors that starts (not ends) after you receive their…
  • Create a Thank You Experience for Your Donors

    Ann Green
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:12 am
    Thanking donors shouldn’t be a process: it should be an experience. An experience that will last as long as someone donates to your organization, which hopefully will be for a long time. If you treat thanking your donors as a       ho-hum task that you have to do, it will show. Make a good first impression with your thank you landing page Thanking your online donors is a three-part experience (not process).  Your landing page is your first chance to say thank you and often it’s no better than an online shopping receipt. Open with Thank you, Jim! or You’re amazing!
  • What Makes a Great Donor Newsletter?

    Ann Green
    10 Feb 2015 | 10:31 am
    Most nonprofit organizations produce a newsletter, and many are one big snoozefest. They’re too long and filled with articles that brag about how wonderful the organization is. Newsletters can and should be a great way to stay in touch with your donors and keep them updated on how they are helping you make a difference. I recommend a short e-newsletter once or twice a month and one to four print newsletters a year.  If you’re getting stressed out about coming up with content for your newsletters, then a communications calendar is your new best friend. Stay Connected Throughout…
  • Channel Your Inner Four-Year Old

    Ann Green
    3 Feb 2015 | 11:14 am
    If you’ve ever spent any time with four-year-olds, you know one of their favorite words is why. You’ll answer their question, but they’ll keep responding with why again and again…… A lot of nonprofit communication isn’t focused on why something is important.  Besides being organization-centered, it often rambles on about accomplishments with no explanation of why something matters. Nonprofit organizations need to channel their inner four-year-old and start focusing on why. Why is what you do important? Here’s something you might see in a newsletter…
  • Time For Some #DonorLove

    Ann Green
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:15 am
    Valentine’s Day will be here soon, and what a perfect time to thank your donors and show how much you appreciate their support. If you haven’t expressed gratitude since you sent your year-end thank you letters, you need to do that soon. Aim to thank your donors at least once a month. You may not choose to acknowledge Valentine’s Day, but do something fun and creative to show appreciation in February. The holidays are over, but winter isn’t, and we could all use a little pick me up right now. Here are some ideas. Create a thank you photo Make your donor’s day with a great…
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    Social Velocity

  • What Is A High-Performance Nonprofit?

    Nell Edgington
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:19 am
    I’m really excited to announce today’s launch of the Performance Imperative. The Performance Imperative is a detailed definition, created by a community of nonprofit thought leaders, of a high-performance nonprofit. The hope is with a clear definition of high-performance we can strengthen nonprofit efforts to achieve social change. As we all know, we are living in a time of growing wealth inequality, crumbling institutions, political divides, and the list of social challenges goes on. The burden of finding solutions to these challenges increasingly falls to the nonprofit sector.
  • Finding Shelter From Information Overload

    Nell Edgington
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:42 am
    We live in an age of an (often sickening) glut of information. Sometimes just thinking about Twitter, Facebook, Google, or BuzzFeed makes me really tired. And I love technology and media. But they can be absolutely overwhelming. I recently finished Nate Silver’s phenomenal book, The Signal and the Noise, in which he offers a new way to approach our age of information overload. Silver’s book is about how we can better predict things like weather, economic fluctuations, and climate change by finding the right “signal” amidst the exponentially expanding body of…
  • 4 Tools to Build an Effective Nonprofit Board

    Nell Edgington
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:04 pm
    The board of directors can be the bane of a nonprofit leader’s existence. Call me biased, but like anything, I believe a strategic approach is the solution. I have assembled a suite of tools to help you strengthen your board and make them much more useful to you. Because the good news is you don’t have to sit around and hope your board sees the light. It is within your power to make your board more effective. To help in that endeavor, here are the board-building tools: How to Build a Groundbreaking Board On-Demand Webinar This webinar will help you develop a groundbreaking…
  • Fundamentally Changing American Politics: An Interview with Josh Silver

    Nell Edgington
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:05 am
    In today’s Social Velocity interview, I’m talking with Josh Silver, Director of Represent.US, an organization building a movement to pass tough anti-corruption laws in cities and states across America.  His local approach to political and social change is a fascinating model. Josh is a veteran election and media reform executive and served as the campaign manager for the successful 1998 Arizona Clean Elections ballot initiative campaign. He is also the co-founder and former CEO of Free Press, a leading media and technology reform advocacy organization. He also served as the…
  • 7 Questions To Guide Your Nonprofit Strategy

    Nell Edgington
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:35 am
    I’ve been leading several strategic planning efforts lately, and I am always amazed at the nonprofit sector’s general fear (borderline hatred) of strategic planning. I get it, strategic planning has traditionally been done so badly that many have just given up on the idea altogether. But that’s a mistake. Without a long-term strategy for what your nonprofit is trying to accomplish and how you will marshal people and money to reach it, you are just spinning your wheels. Rather than be a feared and misunderstood exercise, strategic planning can actually be distilled into 7…
 
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    Next Level Nonprofits

  • Becoming A “David” When You Feel Stuck In “Saul”

    Natasha Golinsky
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:11 am
    Samuel was distraught. After all the work he had put into helping Saul rise up to his position as leader of Israel, God had let Samuel know that He was going to be choosing a new leader after getting fed up with Saul’s disobedience. His mission was simple – to go anoint the replacement King as […]
  • The Arm Of The Flesh Versus The Arm of the Lord

    Natasha Golinsky
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:46 am
    After a particularly frustrating day yesterday I complained over dinner to my husband rattling off all the things that were on my mind and asked for his opinion. In a typical male response he smiled and said “I don’t know”. Ahh!!! I was even more discouraged. If he didn’t know and I didn’t know then who […]
  • What To Do When You Feel Overwhelmed By Self-Doubt

    Natasha Golinsky
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:44 am
    In yesterday’s post we read a bit about the story of Saul’s journey to becoming King of Israel. Here was a man who, although good looking, did not have any leadership, military or business qualifications to lead a nation. When initially presented with the job description he balked and tried to shirk the role hoping that Samuel would see that […]
  • God Sees The Inside Even When We Can Only See The Outside

    Natasha Golinsky
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:48 pm
    In my devotion time this morning I came across a verse that I had undoubtedly read before but for some reason it jumped out at me today. In 1 Samuel 9:20-22 Saul has just met Israel’s high judge Samuel for the first time. By accident Saul had lost his family’s donkeys and in a panic was […]
  • 47 Nonprofit Leadership Stress Busting Tips

    Darrel Wilson
    10 Feb 2015 | 11:30 am
    Taking on the ED role means you willingly accept a very difficult and challenging job. You choose to make responsibility a central aspect of who you are and what you do. In order to succeed, you have to believe you have a superior combination of leadership traits such as strength, perseverance, commitment, intelligence, focus, problem solving, […]
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    Engaging Volunteers

  • How to Have a Fun-Filled, Fullfilling #15NTC with VolunteerMatch

    Shari Tishman
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:23 am
    In less than one week, thousands of nonprofit nerds will be descending on Austin, Texas to learn, network and have fun at the 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference. Hooray! Whether you’re an NTC veteran or this will be your first time, VolunteerMatch has one thing that will guarantee to make your time in Austin stand out: candy. Okay, that might have been a joke (not the candy part – we will have that), but finding VolunteerMatch at the conference is a great way to make sure you’re hitting the highlights. For example, as you explore the wonders of the Science Fair,  stop by…
  • Volunteer Training and Development Got You Down? Consider Going Online

    Tessa Srebro
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Guest post by Alec Green Whether your nonprofit engages just a handful of volunteers or several thousand across the country, getting them up to speed efficiently and offering ongoing professional development is a common challenge. More and more, online training is becoming a popular solution to this challenge. That’s because it’s getting easier to do. Free e-learning resources such as NonprofitReady.org are available for nonprofits. (That particular open online learning site includes 200+ learning resources covering all the major job functions in the nonprofit sector!) In addition to…
  • 5 Surprisingly Easy Ways to Lose Volunteers

    Shari Tishman
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:48 am
    Guest post by Isabel Wiliams Recruiting volunteers is one thing – making sure that they continue to be interested in what you’re doing is another. That’s when many nonprofits struggle and start to lose their volunteers. Here are 5 examples of how to quickly lose the support of even your most dedicated volunteers. It’s a cautionary tale… 1. Lack of clear organization Imagine you’re a volunteer: you’re giving up your time for a higher cause, only to discover that the staff of the organization lacks clear structure. Team members are late, tools are missing or…
  • Looking for a Magic Number

    Shari Tishman
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:53 am
    Guest post by Elisa Kosarin, Twenty Hats This post was originally published on Twenty Hats. Last month, I wrote about volunteer orientations, and about how facilitating orientations is a critical and often overlooked part of the event’s success. This month, as I debated moving on to another topic, I realized there is still more to say about orientations and why they are such a valuable practice within volunteer management. That’s because your volunteer orientation is the gateway into your organization. It is there to inspire the ones you want to volunteer– and screen out the…
  • 10 Million is a Magic Number for LinkedIn and Nonprofits

    Shari Tishman
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:09 am
    We’re thrilled to extend a big CONGRATS! to our pals over at LinkedIn, who announced last week that over 10 million professionals have added the Volunteer Experience and Causes section to their LinkedIn profiles. In addition, more than 4 million members have gone a step further in making a meaningful difference by signaling that they are interested in skilled volunteer work or joining a nonprofit board. What Does This Mean? Clearly, volunteering has become part of the norm for millions of professionals around the world. They’ve realized that the skills they’ve built up…
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    Darrell Gwynn Foundation

  • DARRELL GWYNN ‘COMES HOME’ AS HE JOINS THE BUONICONTI FUND TO CURE PARALYSIS

    Darrell Gwynn
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:14 am
    February 19, 2015 – Daytona, FL – Nearing the 25th anniversary of both his last National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) win and the accident that left him paralyzed, Hall of Fame Drag Racer Darrell Gwynn announced today that he will begin a new chapter in his journey to support those living with paralysis.   Gwynn will The post DARRELL GWYNN ‘COMES HOME’ AS HE JOINS THE BUONICONTI FUND TO CURE PARALYSIS appeared first on Darrell Gwynn Foundation.
  • Auction of the Kenny Bernstein Personal Collection to be presented by the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, March 14

    Darrell Gwynn
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Gainesville, FL – The Darrell Gwynn Foundation will present select pieces of its Kenny Bernstein Personal Collection for auction, featuring some incredible items celebrating the lifetime achievements of Dale Armstrong. The auction will be conducted both online and live by J. Sugarman Auction Corp. The Online bidding segment is available now for registration and pre-bidding The post Auction of the Kenny Bernstein Personal Collection to be presented by the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, March 14 appeared first on Darrell Gwynn Foundation.
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    25 Feb 2015 | 1:31 pm
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    25 Feb 2015 | 1:31 pm
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    Clairification

  • Clairity Click-it: Online Fundraising, Donor Engagement, Social Media, Writing + Free Stuff

    Claire
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:29 pm
    The Click-it is jam-packed with meaty articles this week – lots of stuff you can really use from some of my favorite writers/fundraising and marketing communications experts. Plus, of course, some fun stuff. And at the end you’ll find some great opportunities to get amazingly high-quality training, and it won’t cost you a dime! Silos [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Online Fundraising, Donor Engagement, Social Media, Writing + Free Stuff appeared first on Clairification.
  • Surprising Science: Do Men and Women Respond to Different Fundraising Appeals?

    Claire
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Male Donors Respond Best to Pitches That Stress Self-Interest, Study Says. I came across this Stanford research study in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, and I have to say I’m surprised. The article claims there’s an “empathy gap” between men and women. Because of this, it advises emphasizing how the prospective male donor will benefit from [...] The post Surprising Science: Do Men and Women Respond to Different Fundraising Appeals? appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Philanthropists; Creative Stuff: YouTube, Twitter, Visuals; Thanking

    Claire
    12 Feb 2015 | 11:25 pm
    Happy Friday the 13th! It’s my lucky day – both I and my son were born on Friday the 13th – so I feel only good things can happen today. Speaking of which, I’ve got some lovely “feel good” goodies for you today. Since “Heart Day” is tomorrow, let’s start with philanthropy – meaning “love [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Philanthropists; Creative Stuff: YouTube, Twitter, Visuals; Thanking appeared first on Clairification.
  • Want 17 Surprising Headline Hacks to Boost Click-throughs?

    Claire
    9 Feb 2015 | 2:03 am
    I know you’re working overtime to get more folks to pay attention to what you have to say. You want them to listen to you. You want them to volunteer with you. You want them to attend your events. You want them to support you. Where do you begin? Get them to notice you! In [...] The post Want 17 Surprising Headline Hacks to Boost Click-throughs? appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Boards & Fundraising; Storytelling; Social Media; Email

    Claire
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:42 pm
    First, you’ve still got time to send your donors some Valentine’s Day love. If you missed Monday’s post, check it out here. Meanwhile, today I’ve got another eclectic mix of links for you from across the World Wide Web – both from nonprofit and for profit sources. Enjoy! Boards & Fundraising Click-It: Opening Doors: A [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Boards & Fundraising; Storytelling; Social Media; Email appeared first on Clairification.
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    Thunderhead Works

  • Burlington, Vermont: 100 Percent Renewable Energy

    Tom Peterson
    4 Feb 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Maybe in five years 100 U.S. cities will be powered completely by renewable energy.
  • The Power of Words to Change the World

    Tom Peterson
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
      The Language of Social Change By Tom Peterson “Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care, for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.”
 —Buddha Understand the power of words. Like a magician’s incantation they can cast a spell on us, even when we don’t realize it. And we can use the power of words to make our world a better place. World changing terms play different roles. Some call us to a certain action, say live off-grid, have a designated driver or to join a protest movement using nonviolence. Others simply describe, like old-growth…
  • Marcus Borg: Focus on Your Square

    Tom Peterson
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:49 am
    Focus on Your Square Liberal theologian Marcus Borg died Wednesday at the age of 72. Here’s what he said that helped me not feel overwhelmed about solving all the world’s problems: Asked how to avoid becoming overwhelmed, theologian Marcus Borg said, “It’s like being part of a quilter’s group. Don’t worry about the entire quilt; just focus on your square.” As we focus our energy, we can be effective in big ways. And we can rest assured that millions of others are also working on their patch, plugging away at all those other causes. And together our patches will create…
  • Micro Gifts & Impulse Giving Online

    Tom Peterson
    1 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    This post was written by a cool friend and colleague, Dave Patterson, and first appeared on Raise-funds.com. By David Patterson How the Smallest of Gifts Combined with the Impulse to Give Can Yield Real Results Micro-giving is most often thought of as the charitable donation of small increments of money from individual donors to a specific recipient. As it has developed in the past decade, it can be seen as a marketplace where philanthropic needs are offered to a “customer base” in search of opportunities to support, or invest, in causes, societies, and endeavors in which they…
  • 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…
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    Clairification

  • Clairity Click-it: Online Fundraising, Donor Engagement, Social Media, Writing + Free Stuff

    Claire
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:29 pm
    The Click-it is jam-packed with meaty articles this week – lots of stuff you can really use from some of my favorite writers/fundraising and marketing communications experts. Plus, of course, some fun stuff. And at the end you’ll find some great opportunities to get amazingly high-quality training, and it won’t cost you a dime! Silos [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Online Fundraising, Donor Engagement, Social Media, Writing + Free Stuff appeared first on Clairification.
  • Surprising Science: Do Men and Women Respond to Different Fundraising Appeals?

    Claire
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Male Donors Respond Best to Pitches That Stress Self-Interest, Study Says. I came across this Stanford research study in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, and I have to say I’m surprised. The article claims there’s an “empathy gap” between men and women. Because of this, it advises emphasizing how the prospective male donor will benefit from [...] The post Surprising Science: Do Men and Women Respond to Different Fundraising Appeals? appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Philanthropists; Creative Stuff: YouTube, Twitter, Visuals; Thanking

    Claire
    12 Feb 2015 | 11:25 pm
    Happy Friday the 13th! It’s my lucky day – both I and my son were born on Friday the 13th – so I feel only good things can happen today. Speaking of which, I’ve got some lovely “feel good” goodies for you today. Since “Heart Day” is tomorrow, let’s start with philanthropy – meaning “love [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Philanthropists; Creative Stuff: YouTube, Twitter, Visuals; Thanking appeared first on Clairification.
  • Want 17 Surprising Headline Hacks to Boost Click-throughs?

    Claire
    9 Feb 2015 | 2:03 am
    I know you’re working overtime to get more folks to pay attention to what you have to say. You want them to listen to you. You want them to volunteer with you. You want them to attend your events. You want them to support you. Where do you begin? Get them to notice you! In [...] The post Want 17 Surprising Headline Hacks to Boost Click-throughs? appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Boards & Fundraising; Storytelling; Social Media; Email

    Claire
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:42 pm
    First, you’ve still got time to send your donors some Valentine’s Day love. If you missed Monday’s post, check it out here. Meanwhile, today I’ve got another eclectic mix of links for you from across the World Wide Web – both from nonprofit and for profit sources. Enjoy! Boards & Fundraising Click-It: Opening Doors: A [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Boards & Fundraising; Storytelling; Social Media; Email appeared first on Clairification.
 
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    Veritus Group

  • How to Put Emotion in Your Major Gift Fundraising

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    I was sitting across the desk from a highly respected non-profit CEO. He was discussing how he felt his organization would only be able to raise money from government, foundations and corporations because his organization didn’t “feed starving kids with flies in their eyes.” I was trying to convince him that while they had a different mission, what they did was actually quite emotional. While not everyone will support their mission, there will be wealthy people who will support it, and we need to find them. Then he said, “You know, Jeff, even with the few wealthy individual donors we…
  • How to Overcome the Fear of Asking

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:56 am
    I’ve known MGOs that are really good at moves management; they steward donors well, and they’re all over the details with the database… but they’re just plain stymied when it comes to soliciting a donor for their programs. In fact, when Richard and I first started talking about what the 7 Keys to a Successful Major Gift Program should be, both of us agreed that one of them is to actually “ask” a donor for gifts. Many times when we give the “7 Keys” presentation, people in the audience laugh when we come to the part about asking… but it’s no joke. You would not believe how…
  • What’s the First Meeting All About?

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    Over the years, Richard and I have often been asked, “Once we get that first meeting with a donor, what do we do?” It’s a good question; I’ve heard terrible answers to this question from well-meaning MGOs who more likely than not have been pressured to “get the money.” Now don’t get weird on me about this, but if you think of cultivating your donors like a dating relationship, you’d go into this with the right mindset. Here’s what I mean… Would you, on a first date, ask someone to marry you? (Forget about those rom-com movies you’ve seen.) The answer is no. You are…
  • It Doesn’t Work without Structure and Accountability

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    Recently, I watched an interview with Lorne Michaels, the producer of Saturday Night Live. The interviewer asked him this: “Why is it that actors have such success on your show, but have trouble in the ‘outside’ world when they leave SNL?” His answer surprised the interviewer. He said, (and I’m paraphrasing) “The reason our actors are successful here is that we provide a structure – we hold our actors accountable to rehearse and rehearse until they get it right. I’ve found that creative people flourish when you provide boundaries and they are held accountable. Unfortunately,…
  • The Spirituality of Major Gift Fundraising

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:30 am
    My guess is that you or some of your colleagues in the field are thinking, “What the heck are these guys talking about now?” “Spirituality and Major Gift Fundraising?” What’s this all about? Okay, I get it. Today when you hear the word spirituality, all kinds of stuff comes bubbling up. Some of what comes up is pretty negative. There is no doubt about that. I want to be clear that I’m not talking about religion here. However, I absolutely believe that major gift fundraising is a spiritual practice. Whether you believe in God, a god, or none at all, it just is. You can deny that it…
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  • How to Use the Four Core Emotions in Your Marketing

    shad
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    As human beings, we are driven by emotion. Even when we aim to be objective, there are internal feelings bubbling below the surface, influencing what we do. It’s undeniable. Emotions affect us. Impact us. Inspire us. Emotions also lead to actions. Which is why they play a key role in marketing. How you connect with people on an emotional level can influence how they view your brand, how much they value your product or service, and how they see your mission fitting into their lives. In today’s post, we’ll look at ways you can use four key emotions to create stronger connections with your…
  • 4 Awesome Infographics Filled with Marketing and Fundraising Tips

    shad
    16 Feb 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Infographics are liked and shared three times more than any other content.  -HubSpot Infographics remain one the most popular forms of online content. They present information in a visual format, making it more quick and easy to digest. In our crowded online world (how many articles, posts, tweets and videos have you consumed today?), that’s incredibly valuable. As big fans of infographics, we wanted to share some of the best ones we’ve uncovered over the past month. Along with being a convenient way to consume content, these graphics also contain a lot of great info. Enjoy! Four…
  • 15 Stats Showing How Charitable Giving Increased and Evolved in 2014

    shad
    10 Feb 2015 | 12:51 pm
    The numbers are in: While traditional channels still reign supreme, more and more donation dollars are coming from the Web. A new report reveals online giving continues the steady and rapid incline we’ve seen over the past decade. We’ve got the latest crop of online giving stats to share with you in today’s post. We’ll also pass along a few things we learned about nonprofit fundraising from last year’s results. About the 2014 Charitable Giving Report The findings in this report are based on overall giving data from 4,798 nonprofits representing $16.2 billion in total…
  • 10 Tips For Your Nonprofit’s Next Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Campaign

    shad
    3 Feb 2015 | 8:14 am
    Online sharing has become a part of our everyday lives. We share pictures with friends on Facebook, shoot stats and facts out to our networks on Twitter, and email YouTube links to co-workers throughout the day. The rise of online sharing has also had a huge impact on nonprofit fundraising. The ability for one supporter to quickly snowball into a hundred through online sharing is a truly amazing thing—and one that many organizations aim to capture with their fundraising efforts. That’s why online peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns have quickly moved from curiosity to cornerstone. In…
  • Simple Steps to Schedule Your Facebook Posts Ahead of Time

    shad
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:21 am
    Anyone who’s ever managed a business or nonprofit’s social media efforts knows it can be incredibly time consuming. Creating content, finding relevant links, monitoring engagement, constantly tweaking and refining your strategy. It’s amazing how quickly the clock can spin circles around you when you’re focusing on social. Fortunately, a lot of great social management tools have emerged in recent years to relieve some of the burden. Facebook itself has added features to make it easier for businesses and nonprofits to manage their pages. A great example is Facebook…
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  • L.A. Times cites W & O attorney Oberly on risks of shared charitable resources

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:10 pm
    May public charities share personnel and other resources with other non-charitable groups?  What if that group is a political campaign?  For a recent article, The Los Angeles Times sought out Ryan Oberly, a principal with Wagenmaker & Oberly, to help address that question.  The Times articleconcerns a California nonprofit’s founder and his bid for election to the Los Angeles City Council.  According to the article, two former interns of the nonprofit filed a complaint with the Los Angeles ethics committee, alleging that the founder “blurred the lines between his…
  • What is Charity?

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:55 am
    Section 501(c)(3) organizations are commonly known as “charities.”  As such, they qualify for exemption from income taxes, and their donors may claim tax deductions for contributions.  Other tax benefits may apply as well, such as exemptions from state property and sales taxes.  But what is “charity”?  How can reviewing its core underlying principles help organizations dedicated to doing good?For IRS purposes, the term “charity” is broadly defined to include many organizations committed to improving the world, such as through caring for the needy, providing…
  • Clergy Discipline – What May Be Disclosed to Others?

    19 Feb 2015 | 7:42 am
                Most issues within churches and other religious institutions typically stay within such organizations as their own business.  But what happens when a pastor or other spiritual leader engages in misconduct or otherwise demonstrates unfitness for such religious leadership?  May the religious organization’s governing leaders share these shortcomings with others?              When a worshipping body becomes aware of problems, its governing leaders generally handle such issues…
  • Nonprofit Merger Essentials

    16 Feb 2015 | 6:03 am
    It is not uncommon for a nonprofit’s leaders to consider at some point whether to combine operations with another organization. Perhaps the nonprofit is experiencing financial troubles or a serious leadership vacuum.  A vibrant nonprofit may become interested in absorbing a smaller organization. Or maybe two organizations realize that they can be more effective through joining forces, such as to better position themselves for grant opportunities and to more productively leverage their workers and charitable assets.What elements should a nonprofit’s leaders consider for a potential…
  • When Volunteer Leadership Goes Bad: Personal Liability

    8 Feb 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Can nonprofit volunteer leaders ever be held personally liable in relation to their work for an organization?  Unfortunately, the answer is emphatically yes.  Most state nonprofit laws protect directors and officers from personal liability for acts performed in such volunteer capacities, but significant limitations exist.  Leaders need to be attentive to applicable legal requirements, to govern their organizations well, and to pursue available protections such as directors’ and officers’ insurance and other risk management measures.  Liability for Violating Fiduciary…
 
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  • 7 ways to piss off a reporter

    Michelle Blundell
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:55 am
    It’s 5:00 pm on a Friday and you’ve just pressed send on a pitch to your 3,000-name press list about your client’s new app that tells you how fat your Chipotle is going to make you. Guess what? You just broke all of the rules of the pitching world in one fell swoop. Impressive! But we know you can do better than that. When it comes to pitching media, it’s good to know the do’s but the don’ts can be even more important. i.e, you need to familiarize yourself with the many, many ways you can piss off a reporter. Reporters are busy, work on tight deadlines, and…
  • Write like a rock star

    Just Another M+R Ghostwriter
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:41 am
    What do Aziz Ansari, Willie Nelson, and Amy Poehler have in common (And also Neil Young, Alyssa Milano, Paul Rudd, Samuel L. Jackson, Lena Dunham, Kevin Spacey, Judy Blume, Gwyneth Paltrow, Blythe Danner, Paul McCartney, Scarlett Johansson, Mary J. Blige, Matt Damon, Susan Sarandon, Evangeline Lilly, and Robert Redford)? I mean, aside from being invited to much cooler parties than you and me? Every one of them has lent their name and their voice to some pretty awesome causes — and helped raise money for some of our favorite organizations. But even A-list celebrities don’t guarantee…
  • The 4 Lessons Every Nonprofit Can Learn from Phish

    Suzy Greenberg
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:25 am
    I’m going to be that guy. That guy who can’t go five minutes without somehow mentioning his favorite band. You know which band I’m talking about: endlessly on tour, playing 27-minute songs and shamelessly reveling in all their crunchy granola Vermontness. Yeah, that’s right…I’m talking about Phish. Here’s the thing about Phish: love ‘em or hate ‘em, they’ve kept people like me coming back again and again for decades. Decades of jamband music. An everlasting band like Phish has a lot to teach us about how to keep things fresh and creative. If you’re in the nonprofit…
  • What Bill Murray can teach you about email marketing

    Will Valverde
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:37 am
    Rise and shine, it’s Groundhog Day! To celebrate this almost-holiday (as well as what is unquestionably the best Bill Murray movie of all time), I want to share the easiest way you can boost response to an email-driven campaign — fundraising, advocacy, whatever. You can spend 30 minutes to increase revenue or actions driven by your very best-performing messages by 50-100%. All you do is take a message that has gotten an above-average response from your email list, and then… send the exact same message again, to the same audience. Relive the experience, just like TV…
  • Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match

    Amy Peyrot
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:29 pm
    December fundraising means it’s time to double your impact! Make your gift go twice as far! Thrice as far! Frice as far!
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    Wobbly Nonprofit

  • Avoiding a Death Spiral in your Nonprofit Vision

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

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

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

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

    Mark C. Titi
    6 Jan 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Trying to latch onto donors just doesn’t work. In […] The post STOP Competing for Resources appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
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  • Setting the Speaker Stage: Curating Content

    emily
    13 Feb 2015 | 11:31 am
    Here we go with part 2 of the Setting the Speaker Stage series. If you missed part 1 on logistics, be sure to check it out here! The speaker’s or trainer’s content is ultimately the heart of what the host plans for. The hosting organization is hoping that the speaker will be dynamic, engaging, and well informed on the topic. To achieve this goal, it is essential to establish communication about your organization’s needs with the speaker. Here are some tips that you can utilize to communicate this information. Title and Description Ask the trainer for a title and description. Be clear in…
  • SVP Conference 2014: role of funders in scaling organizations

    emily
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Reposted from the Alliance Magazine blog. Last week I had the pleasure of participating in Social Venture Partners’ Audacious Philanthropy conference in Austin, Texas, USA. One of the best sessions I attended examined the role of funders in scaling organizations. The session facilitators, Terri Sorenson from Friends of the Children and Greg Coussa from the International Centre on Social Franchising, provided real-life examples and theoretical framework. Sorenson shared her recent pitch for funding to scale efforts, and Coussa explained models of expansion and recommendations for…
  • Setting the Speaker Stage: What are the Logistics? (Part 1)

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

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

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

  • Swari: Project Update

    Caitlin Rackish
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:06 pm
    A solar panel was recently stolen from Swai, Voss Foundation’s first Women Helping Women project, with Milgis Trust in the Samburu District of Kenya. The thieves cut through the angel iron of the stand and slipped the panel out. (NB: To cut through angle iron requires hard work, and may have taken several days.) Fortunately,...
  • Green thumbs at the Georges Malaika School for Girls

    ExecutiveDirector
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:28 pm
    It may be cold and snowy at Voss Foundation’s offices in Oslo and New York, but flowers are in bloom at the Georges Malaika School for Girls in Kalebuka, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, thanks to our water project! The well that Voss Foundation funded in 2010 through our Women Helping Women campaign to...
  • Swaziland: WHW 2012 and 2013 M&E Update

    Caitlin Rackish
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Voss Foundation’s 2012 and 2013 Women Helping Women projects in the Ntontozi Constituency in the Manzini Region Swaziland with implementing partners Gone Rural boMake and Rosecraft funded the construction of 7 boreholes, 285 VIP latrines, and capacity-building workshops. Gone Rural boMake recently shared a new report that evaluated how the water, sanitation, and hygiene projects have met anticipated outcomes thus far, identified challenges,...
  • Another successful Lene Maria for Rent Vann dinner in Namsos!

    ExecutiveDirector
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:03 am
    On Saturday, January 31, 2015 the third annual dinner and auction in Namsos, Norway raised 115,000 NOK for Lene Maria for Rent Vann (or Lene Maria for Clean Water), the Norwegian memorial campaign that has funded 17 distinct clean water access points with Voss Foundation, along with sanitation and hygiene infrastructure and maintenance. Renowned chef...
  • Kpor Town: Update

    Caitlin Rackish
    12 Feb 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Over two hundred people in Kpor Town, Liberia gained access to water and sanitation in April, 2014 thanks to the Lene Maria for Rent Vann campaign, Norwegian for “Lene Maria for Clean Water,” in memory of Lene Maria Bergum. The project, one of fourteen Voss Foundation has funded in Liberia with implementing partner FACE Africa since...
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    Double the Donation

  • Feature Matching Gifts on Your Nonprofit’s Ways to Give Page

    Alex
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    A ways to give page is where your donors can access the complete list of options for donating to your nonprofit. Those options might include regular donations, volunteering, matching gifts, and more. A good ways to give page promotes the breadth of a nonprofit’s donation options. Example: Cure JM’s Donation Options / Ways to Give Page (http://www.curejm.org/donate/index.php) Cure JM has two giving options: you can donate or you can apply for a matching gift. The matching gift box is large, easy to read, and is well-integrated into the page layout. Users don’t have to dig around…
  • Feature Matching Gifts in Your Nonprofit’s Facebook and Twitter Posts

    Alex
    14 Feb 2015 | 6:38 am
    An article from Forbes revealed that, “92% of marketers in 2014 claimed that social media marketing was important for their business, with 80% indicating their efforts increased traffic to their websites.” If you’re trying to raise awareness for matching gift programs, social media offers fruitful options. Websites such as Facebook and Twitter allow you to appeal to your decidedly tech savvy audience, which, in our technologically reliant world, could be a bulk of your donors. Furthermore, a sizable online following offers social proof that your nonprofit is both credible and…
  • NeonCRM Matching Gift Integration Guide

    Adam Weinger
    12 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Does your nonprofit use NeonCRM? Are you looking to incorporate matching gift information into both your website as well as the NeonCRM donation process? If so then this NeonCRM / Double the Donation Matching Gift Integration guide is for you.   Double the Donation’s Relationship with NeonCRM: NeonCRM empowers nonprofit and membership organizations to raise more money, while helping your nonprofit’s staff manage day-to-day processes more efficiently through automation. NeonCRM’s all-in-one database and online forms integrate with any website, auto-feed data into…
  • Feature Matching Gifts in Acknowledgement Emails

    Alex
    11 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    One of the best times to feature matching gifts is in acknowledgement emails to donors. For these messages, form letters are your friends. Install an automated process to change a name here and a few phrases there and voila! You can reach thousands of people with personalized messages in the blink of an eye. There is no need to stray from the form email, unless you have too much time to twiddle your thumbs, but realize that the form of a form email goes beyond a series of universally applicable sentences. There is a physical structure to an email that you can use to better call your donor to…
  • Matching Gift Online Submission Process – Example Using Home Depot’s Website

    Adam Weinger
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Have you ever wondered what the actual online matching gift submission process is like for donors? If so, this article is designed to shed light on the steps your nonprofit’s donors take when submitting a matching gift online. Typical Online Matching Gift Submission Process for Donors: While the online submission process can vary by company, it typically involves the following steps: Employees log into the company’s matching gift submission website Employees search for the nonprofit they donated to Employees select the nonprofit from the search results (if not found, they enter the…
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    Nonprofit MarCommunity

  • 9 steps to add visual storytelling to your nonprofit’s mix

    Andrea Brody
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    It’s undeniable. We live in an over stimulated world. Human attention spans are down to 8 seconds—that’s lower than goldfish! With all the noise competing for your supporters’ attention, how can you stand out? Through visual storytelling. You need to create an emotional connection with your nonprofit organization. And nothing creates moving, emotional connections better than powerful visuals—which are processed 60,000 times faster than text! Your organization has stories to share. By sharing them visually through your marketing materials, website, blog, e-newsletter— and…
  • 12 stock photography sites for nonprofits

    Angela de Burger
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:29 am
    If folklore is to be believed, a picture tells a thousand words. In a time when our messages need to be short and sweet, yet informational, impactful and inspiring, nonprofit communicators can use all the help they can get. If an element of your message can be conveyed by a great photo, I say go for it! There are numerous stock photography sites offering images to help you tell your story. People are drawn to photos Whether you’re publishing a blog and need a compelling image to accompany the text, posting an inspiring quote to your social media channels, or livening up a presentation or…
  • Realistic market research for nonprofits [#NPMC chat]

    Marlene Oliveira
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:15 am
    Last month’s extremely practical post from Nicholas Buccheri, Eight shortcuts to market research for nonprofits, really highlighted the importance of market research and the many, simple and affordable forms it can take. So let’s dig a little deeper into a conversation about practical market research options at this month’s #NPMC chat for nonprofit marketers and communicators. In his post, Nick pointed out that market research is about gathering intelligence in order to make informed decisions – and that it doesn’t need to mean a big budget or the hiring of a market…
  • How to improve the usability of your nonprofit’s website

    Mike Mella
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:01 am
    Attracting visitors to your nonprofit’s  website is an ongoing challenge  – but it’s  only half the battle. Your site also needs to be user-friendly. You need to make the experience pleasant enough that visitors choose to stay and engage with your content once they get there. Here are five simple techniques you can employ to improve nonprofit website usability. Make all links open in the current tab A common request I get from clients is to have external links (links pointing to pages on another website) open in a new browser tab or window by default. The only reason for this…
  • Chance to win registration in Write Better Nonprofit Websites online course

    Marlene Oliveira
    4 Feb 2015 | 6:10 am
    Enter the Write Better Nonprofit Websites online course giveaway contest for a chance to win one of two FREE registrations. Dates Enter until February 23, 2015 (contest closes at midnight ET) How to enter Enter the giveaway by signing in and using the widget below. All giveaway participants must answer one question: “Other than finding time to write it, what is your #1 challenge when it comes to writing nonprofit website copy?” Once you’ve answered the question, you can improve your chances of winning by submitting additional entries such as: Signing up for my email updates…
 
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    Social Fundraising for Nonprofits

  • RallyBound & NationBuilder Combine for Mission Success

    19 Feb 2015 | 11:39 am
    Smart integrations and apps are at the center of our ethos. NationBuilder was one that we announced last year and continue to be delighted with and amazed by the success it has enabled for our nonprofits.In this post we want to highlight a few of our clients whom are utilizing both product sets with considerable outcomes.Citizens of the World Charter SchoolCWC has truly embraced event fundraising. With a few events in the book, it was no anomaly that their LA Turkey Trot raised $72,000. Utilizing outreach tools situated on both RallyBound and NationBuilder, they have been able to continually…
  • Orlando, Here we come!

    18 Feb 2015 | 10:15 am
    Next week peer-to-peer fundraising practitioners from around the country will converge on Orlando for the 2015 P2P Forum. RallyBound is excited to join in on the action.It is an exciting event in an ever-evolving marketplace. It is forums like these that provide knowledge from various sources and perspectives. We learn just as much from colleagues outside our company walls as we do inside. It is a place to discuss advancements, needs, and frustrations first hand while beginning to formulate steps to solutions.We are encouraged to see technology push further to accelerate social impact. In the…
  • Opportunities Abound for Smaller NPOs in Online Giving

    11 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Over the last 12 months, Online Giving has grown at a rate of 8.9%. However, it’s what makes up the rate that is more significant: Small organizations (less than $1m) soared 10.6%, while medium organizations ($1m-$10m) jumped 9.7%.In comparison to Overall Giving’s growth rate near 2.1%, you begin to recognize the consistent trend for the preceding years: Online Giving is big business and will persist.Yes, looking years down the line these numbers will narrow, but not in the near future. Too many consumers are still migrating to digital transactions and the charitable sector is not…
  • The Next 10 Years in Digital Fundraising

    9 Feb 2015 | 2:12 pm
    In celebration of 10 distinguished years of service, Charity Dynamics conducted a survey on “The Next 10 Years in Digital Fundraising”.To highlight a few of these key findings, RallyBound crafted this infographic, to be delivered to registrants of our upcoming, co-sponsored webinar.While the survey illuminated a variety of perspectives from around the nonprofit sector, we believe there should be special focus taken to the fact that:-88% of respondents believe 20% of donations will be completed online-Smartphones will account for largest percentage of growth-85% see social media’s role…
  • Non-Profits: Get Lean (methodology)!

    5 Feb 2015 | 12:01 pm
    On February 10, RallyBound will join Charity Dynamics to host a webinar focused on the future of digital fundraising. The big takeaway: how nonprofit organizations should prepare for success moving forward.With increased competition for eyeballs and dollars, nonprofits now must adapt to a leaner approach, creating maximum flexibility to innovate and vie for vital funds.Specifically, the driver of expectations are now at the consumer/supporter level. No longer can the age-old excuses exist as first-class technology has stormed the marketplace at an even more affordable rate. If you aren’t…
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  • Digital Strategy and Your NPO [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Devin Thomas
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:57 pm
    We live in a technologically advanced world. But we aren’t taking full advantage of it, according to the 2015 Digital Outlook Report by Care2, hjc and NTEN. It’s time for nonprofits to take a gigantic leap into the digital world by focusing on strategy. Click below to enlarge the infographic and see how nonprofits ranked their digital strategy for 2015. The post Digital Strategy and Your NPO [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on Nonprofit Hub.
  • Tried-and-True Methods for Reaching Older Donors: A Quick Guide

    Himanshu Sareen
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Himanshu Sareen, an Indian entrepreneur and corporate executive, is the founder and CEO ofIcreon, an IT consultancy and software solutions firm with offices in the U.S., UK and India. _____________ With the rise of intuitive touch-based computing and streamlined user interfaces, technology is more accessible to different age groups than ever before. And when it comes to nonprofit fundraising, these improvements have proven to be a huge boon. As of now, nearly 3 out of 5 donors age 66 and older make donations via the web. Even though recent viral movements like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge…
  • How to Incorporate March Madness in Your Nonprofit Fundraising

    Lincoln Arneal
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:54 pm
    March Madness is one of the annual rites of spring time—right along with setting your clocks back an hour and discovering what toys were hidden in the huge snow pile in the backyard. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is an annual tradition that can turn even the most indifferent people into basketball fans for three weeks. Anyone can become a quick basketball expert by predicting that North Dakota State would beat Oklahoma or that Mercer can play superior basketball to Duke. While some are filling out brackets trying to prove their genius, others show their expertise in picking…
  • Football and Fundraising: The Penalties Your NPO is Making

    Lyndsey Hrabik
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:37 pm
    NFL players have to play in big games, and some might talk a big game. But they’re not the only ones. Nonprofit fundraisers around the world have to talk a big game to secure the coveted donation to do more good. But it doesn’t always work out the way you plan. You might be making some unintentional penalties along the way. Since our staff was already missing football season, we decided to compile some of the most common fundraising penalties your NPO might be making during the big ask. The post Football and Fundraising: The Penalties Your NPO is Making appeared first on Nonprofit…
  • Lessons from the Left Shark To Keep Your Marketing from Jumping the Shark

    Lincoln Arneal
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:05 am
    In the past few weeks, one person emerged from the Super Bowl as the clear-cut winner with plenty of new-found fame. No, it isn’t Malcolm Butler, although he has gained a lot of notoriety since sealing the Patriots’ victory with a goal-line interception. The biggest winner was Left Shark. A little off-beat dancing never got someone so far since Steve Martin in the Jerk. In the weeks that followed the big game, Left Shark has been a hit of internet memest-shirts and even a This is SportsCenter commercial. Left Shark has become the cultural touchstone for February 2015. (And now I’m…
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    Latest blog entries

  • Want Better Applicants? Write Better Position Announcements

    22 Feb 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Are you having trouble getting qualified applicants for your open development positions? One reason may be that your job announcements are … not good. Many of them remind me of the Shackleton Expedition recruitment ad without the chance for honor and recognition. Here are a few common elements I’ve seen that make me say, “Nope, nope, nope.” The Kitchen Sink Approach Problem: Responsibilities sections that give me a ulcer just to read them. No matter the size of a development shop, there’s always more that could be done. A talented fundraiser will be able to prioritize and focus…
  • Guest Post: Visualizing Your Story - Part 3

    12 Jan 2015 | 8:23 am
    How Nonprofits Can Work with Photographers to Enhance Their Message Guest post by Billy Howard | (Continued from Part 2   Budgeting for photography Most photographers have a day rate to which they then add their expenses, but others will simply give you a project fee based on the scope of work you need done. Give them the details of your assignment and let them work out a budget for you. If it is higher than expected—and if you haven’t worked with a professional photographer before, it probably will be—stop and think about the overall budget and uses for what you are…
  • Guest Post: Visualizing Your Story - Part 2

    12 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    How Nonprofits Can Work with Photographers to Enhance Their Message Guest post by Billy Howard | (Continued from Part 1)   Photographers are like cats: hard to herd, and independent, but usually friendly. Based on my intimate knowledge of the breed, here are some thoughts that might help in your journey: When you have no budget You have absolutely no budget. Don’t fib. While you’re a nonprofit, photographers are not, and we all get asked to do pro-bono work . . . a lot. We are trained professionals running small businesses that have overhead, health insurance, rent,…
 
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  • The Top 10 Things That Drive Fundraisers Crazy

    Brendan Kinney
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:28 am
    Click here for the full transcript! If you don’t already follow Fundraising Grrl, stop what you’re doing right now and visit this website curated by @RoryJMGreen. It’s full of animated GIFs, poking fun at the trials and tribulations of nonprofit fundraisers. It’s a place I can go to commiserate about that things that drive fundraisers crazy. Here’s an example:   http://fundraisergrrl.tumblr.com/post/111590363688/when-my-direct-mail-budget-is-cut As in any field, there are common issues that make people nuts. So we’re taking a bit of a break from the…
  • The Art of Donor Stewardship

    Brendan Kinney
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:57 am
    Click here to view the transcript! Our annual homage to donors is the topic for this week’s #fundchat! Every year around Valentine’s Day we dedicate a chat specifically to the art of what is known in fundraiser parlance as “donor stewardship.”  The ways in which we interact with and treat donors throughout their journey as a supporter has a significant impact on their loyalty and lifetime giving. Join the #fundchat community on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 from 12-1 pm EST for a conversation we’re calling, “The Art of Donor Stewardship.”  Here’s…
  • 20 Ways To Thank Your Donors Throughout The Year

    Dennis Fischman
    5 Feb 2015 | 9:55 am
    If you’re a nonprofit, every day is Thanksgiving…or should be. Yes, I know it’s been months since your end-of-year appeal. You sent a thank-you letter to each donor back then. (In fact, maybe you sent the ideal thank-you letter.) But have you been ignoring them ever since? You neglect donors at your peril.  Donors notice when and how often you’re in touch.  If they say, “That organization only writes me when they want money!”, how likely are they to respond the next time? Have you heard the rule that you should thank a donor seven times before asking him or her for money…
  • Take Your Monthly Giving Program To The Next Level

    Brendan Kinney
    3 Feb 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Click here for the full transcript. Many nonprofits have instituted monthly giving programs with great success. In fact, monthly online giving to U.S. nonprofits increased by 25% in 2013―the second straight year of growth at or near 25%. As with any successful program, there are challenges and pitfalls to managing growth and sometimes just maintaining what you’ve worked so hard to build. Join #fundchat on Wednesday, Feb. 4 from 12 – 1 p.m. EST for “Take Your Monthly Giving Program To The Next Level.” Here’s what you can do to ensure a successful #fundchat:…
  • How To Recruit A Powerful Fundraising Committee

    Brendan Kinney
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:34 am
    Click here to review the transcript! For any successful fundraising effort, an effective, powerful, and dedicated fundraising committee is essential. It’s not to say that fundraising campaigns can’t be successful without a hard-working committee; but without one, you could spend a lot of time spinning your wheels and ultimately, fall short of your goal. When it comes to a successful fundraising committee, here’s what you are NOT looking for: A majority of time and energy on preparation (as opposed to execution) A reluctance to personally ask for gifts Hesitation when it…
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    CHARITY CASE

  • Don't throw baby out, my advocate friends

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

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

    Krystyn Tully
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    "Project Management" is a buzzwordy thing that all the kids seem to be doing these days. One of the skills that we chose to develop in our office this year is project management. Inevitably, that led to the question, What is a project?As it turns out, there isn't a great definition of project out there - not one that applies to a nonprofit organization and/or a company that isn't large enough to have different divisions. Cribbing from some of the classics in project management and adding some of my own, here's my definition. Steal away, if it's helpful.A Project is…
  • Lesson #22: You don't *know* where you're going, but keep going there anyway

    Krystyn Tully
    4 Jan 2015 | 8:19 pm
    I don't know where [I'm] going, and I don't know why ...How do you know where you should be going? How do you know if you're on the right track? Famed start-up guru Ben Horowitz says you never know in advance (that's what makes leadership hard, duh).A champion athlete I asked says you don't know you're a champion until you've won. Most of our lives we have parents, teachers, or coaches who set out tasks for us and ensure we're never really and truly in over our heads.What they don't tell you is that, eventually, you will always be in over your head. Except when you're…
  • Lesson #21: I’m a trapped, un-respectable, diseased person suffering from illusions (of busyness).

    Krystyn Tully
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    We all have places to be. Being busy is a “disease”. Being busy is an illusion. Being busy is a “trap”. Being busy “isn’t respectable anymore”. So sayeth the Internet. These posts catch my eye because in Start-Up Charity Land, there are two phases: not busy, followed by busy. (After this, apparently “Start Up” ends and bureaucratic lethargy and institutional rigour mortis set in - but I’m not there, yet, so I can’t say for sure.)In the “Not Busy” times, no one knows who you are. Your phone doesn’t ring. You read and respond thoughtfully to every email…
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    Third Sector Today

  • A Millennial’s Perspective: Why Patience Isn’t the Best Policy

    Kadi McDonald
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:08 am
    I’ve been reading my normal amount of business articles and blogs, and a pretty big theme has been coming up lately: being patient.   Millennials are notorious for being impatient. Believe me – this is fact. But can you blame us? We’ve grown up in a world of instant. If we want to know what our 16th president’s second cousin’s husband’s name was, we can pretty much find out in less than 30 seconds. If we want to order some toilet paper in bulk off of Amazon, we can have it delivered to our doorstep within an hour (at least in Manhattan). And if I want to know what my friend…
  • Password Security: What Do You Use?

    James Zackal
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:37 am
    How does your organization manage passwords? The answer varies for colleagues and organizations. Password security and management is something that is often overlooked and many organizations fail to properly manage at all. What do you use? When we asked colleagues how they manage passwords, we got an interesting array of answers. Oh, I don’t store any of that online. I have a secret notebook. I use the same formula for all my passwords, so I never forget them. My passwords are all organized in a shared spreadsheet so my spouse and I can find and use them. I don’t store anything on the…
  • Nonprofit Cyber Security Breach at NCCS

    Amy DeVita
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:37 am
    A statement, published on The Nonprofit Quarterly‘s site yesterday, from Elizabeth Boris, Director, Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute, announced the discovery that an unauthorized party accessed information of users of IRS Forms 990, 990-EZ, ePostcard (990-N), as well as Form 8868 for organizations in HI, MI, and NY.   The satement went on to inform users that the information accessed included”…the username, first and last name, email address, IP address, phone number and password associated with your nonprofit organization were compromised in…
  • 7 Reality Checkpoints for Your Nonprofit Board

    Yvonne Hudson
    22 Feb 2015 | 2:55 pm
    While the number 7 is known for its mathematical, spiritual, and natural significance, consider a board reality checkpoint for each day of your next week. It’s a practical way for busy nonprofiteers to take stock. But first, remember that not every nonprofit board is created equal–not by a long shot. The realities faced by nonprofits can affect the perception by external audiences. Board members must be aware of more than just the day-to-day challenges of staff and volunteers. “Perceptions become a reality to those who are quick to embrace popular labels such as the overused term,…
  • What Hollywood Thinks Nonprofits Do

    James Zackal
    22 Feb 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Do you remember the last time you saw a nonprofit depicted in a movie? Do you think the portrayal was accurate? When it comes to Hollywood, how are nonprofit professionals or organizations portrayed? Often little is expressed about an organization or the everyday tasks employees perform. In Nonprofits Portrayed in Popular Culture, Blue Avocado examines how nonprofit employees, clients, and causes appear in popular culture. Popular culture frequently shows the nonprofit employee as a minor character performing their job. However, the story may not describe the organization’s mission or the…
 
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    GiveIndia NGOs

  • The Hope Foundation

    Rohini Vemuganti
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:49 am
    An organization which is giving a ‘Hope’ful life to the kids   “From rags to riches” is what I keep hearing. But I could see a... The post The Hope Foundation appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • An organization which is giving a ‘Hope’ful life to the kids

    Rohini Vemuganti
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:18 am
    “From rags to riches” is what I keep hearing. But I could see a different meaning for the word ‘riches’ when I visited The Hope... The post An organization which is giving a ‘Hope’ful life to the kids appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • How it all began at The Hope Foundation

    Rohini Vemuganti
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:10 am
    Raised in a Christian family, Mr. Ruby Nakka, who started the The Hope Foundation, trusted his intuition and staunchly believed in his calling.“ I used... The post How it all began at The Hope Foundation appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • DEAN Foundation

    Rohini Vemuganti
    19 Feb 2015 | 12:06 am
    An organization that believes everyone has the right to die with dignity! “Unconditional love can make dying a transformative, peaceful experience. In palliative care units,... The post DEAN Foundation appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • An organization that believes everyone has the right to die with dignity!

    Rohini Vemuganti
    18 Feb 2015 | 11:47 pm
    As the date for my visit to the DEAN Foundation was confirmed, I was a little apprehensive. I did not know what Palliative care or... The post An organization that believes everyone has the right to die with dignity! appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
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    Top Nonprofits

  • Engaging With Professionals Online

    Kadi McDonald
    17 Feb 2015 | 12:44 pm
      Let’s Get Professional   When you’re surrounded by people who are motivated by the same things you are, conversations are filled with passion, knowledge, and new ideas. One of the reasons we started covering events around the country is to help bring new ideas to you, but also to help invigorate our writers and inspire great content.   Last week, I attended an event hosted by the 501 Tech Club NYC. The discussion focused around Social Media Metrics. Incredibly informative – if you didn’t catch my live tweets, look back at #3STTNPEvents – I think the best part was…
  • 10 Great Nonprofit Research Resources

    James Zackal
    10 Feb 2015 | 2:11 pm
      The quality of research and data is important for today’s nonprofits. From gaining useful information to using research in daily operations, great resources can help improve your organization.   The Council of Nonprofits provides Research, Reports, and Data on the Nonprofit Sector, a list of resources for individuals in the sector.   10 Great Nonprofit Research Resources Digital Giving Index provides resources to strengthen relationships with donors and companies. The index reviews the behavior of donors through online surveys. Foundation Center offers up to date resources…
  • Planned Giving’s Role in Your Development Strategy

    Aloma Arter
    5 Feb 2015 | 11:51 am
    Planned giving, according to Giving USA, was up 7.2% (to $27.73 billion) in 2013. So, if your nonprofit doesn’t have a planned giving program, start one. It’s a smart and easy way to secure your organization’s growth and financial stability. Regardless of the size, mission, or budget of your organization, planned giving should be a part of your development plan. If you have a strong donor base, solid infrastructure, and a cohesive board, you already have the tools you’ll need to implement a planned giving program. Your board, in fact, can be especially instrumental in helping with…
  • Nonprofit Research on Fundraising

    Amy DeVita
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:48 am
    The Nonprofit Research Collaborative has announced that it has opened a very important study on fundraising! This will look at the little-studied topic of the relationship between the CEO (or ED) and the head of development. It will examine relationship aspects (trust, communication, respect) that are associated with raising more funds. The study also asks about the success of various fundraising methods and whether the organization is meeting its fundraising goals. How to participate in this study on fundraising Third Sector Today and Top Nonprofits are happy to help NRC with this…
  • 4 Top Productivity Tips for Busy Nonprofit Pros

    Aloma Arter
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:08 pm
    At the start of each new year, we all vow to be more productive and accomplish the goals leftover from last year. Let’s make this the year we actually do those things!   There are many ways to increase the productivity at your nonprofit, so get ready to benchmark new achievements to share with your donors and supporters. Alex Neuhoff and Robert Searle, who appear in the Stanford Innovation Review, offer some helpful tips to put you on the right track to a successful 2015.   Here are 4 Top Productivity Tips:   Standardize Best Practices – Instead of trying to reinvent…
 
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    NSC Strategies » Blog

  • How Do You Know When it’s Time to Step Down?

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

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

    Robert Nelson
    10 Feb 2015 | 5:40 am
    When designing a board orientation session, it is important to keep three key factors in mind. First, you must consider what a new member of the board needs to feel comfortable and to become a contributing member as soon as possible. Second, you want to instill in the new members a clear sense of their importance to the organization. Third, you want to design a program that is inviting and motivates veteran board members to attend. An intellectually stimulating, engaging, interactive program is an imperative. Remember, first impressions count and your orientation session sets the tone for the…
  • Undertaking an Initial Association Merger Assessment

    Robert Nelson
    3 Feb 2015 | 5:40 am
    Have you ever thought about merging your association or organization with another organization? In today’s increasingly competitive environment, an association merger is one way to enhance member value and create efficiencies. Of course, mergers aren’t for everyone. So, once you think it might make sense to merge or your members raise the issue of merging with another organization, what is the next step? Ultimately, considerable work needs to be done to make a merger work. However, conducting an initial assessment follows a fairly standard framework. Sound Rationale The first step is to…
  • 9 Reasons to Expand Strategy Development Participants

    Robert Nelson
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:50 am
    High performing boards engage in strategy development. But, high performing organizations engage more than just their boards in the strategy development process. Although the Board is responsible for approving strategy and 68% of non-profits report that staff and board work jointly to develop the strategy (Gazley & Bowers, High Performing Board), good strategy is developed by actively engaging a broader group of stakeholders. Certainly, many associations feed member survey data into the process; but, this isn’t enough. Including stakeholders beyond the staff and board in the strategy…
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    Winspire News

  • Hyatt Now Offering Unlimited Free WiFi at All Properties

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:36 am
    Travelers around the world are doing the happy dance… if they’re staying at a Hyatt Hotel or Resort, that is.  As of mid February, guests enjoy free Wi-Fi on an unlimited number of devices in guest rooms and social spaces. The best part is that Hyatt has made a commitment to absorb the costs internally and not pass them along to guests in the form of increased rates or added facility fees.  There’s nothing more annoying than learning that the “free” baggage offered by your airline just means you paid more for your flight. “We continue to evolve our offerings by listening…
  • Nonprofit Communication & Marketing Trends 2015 [INFOGRAPHIC]

    24 Feb 2015 | 9:36 am
    As you develop a marketing and communication strategy for your nonprofit in 2015, it is important to have an understanding of industry trends both in terms of key objectives as well as methods of outreach.  A recent study of 1,535 staff members of nonprofits gathered data on marketing trends and objectives for 2015.  Participants were polled on a variety of topics, including their primary objectives for their marketing efforts for 2015, their preferred method of outreach – using both digital and traditional media, and their expected frequency of outreach to their donor base. View…
  • Generate Event Sponsorships With a Charity Auction Catalog [TEMPLATE]

    19 Feb 2015 | 11:02 am
    One of the best ways to offset the cost of printing your charity auction catalog, as well as many other elements of your fundraising event, is to get corporate and/or individual sponsors to underwrite different parts of the event in return for recognition in the catalog. First, it's important to note that there is a slight difference between "sponsorship" and "underwriting", even though the terms are often used interchangeably: Underwriting: A donor pays for either all or a portion of an event expense directly. Almost any aspect of an event can be underwritten. An example would…
  • Build Your Own Charity Auction Catalog [TEMPLATE]

    12 Feb 2015 | 10:25 am
    One of the best ways to ensure plenty of excitement and bidding on your biggest and best charity auction items is by showcasing them in an auction catalog. The goal of an auction catalog is to make your auction items as appealing as possible to entice guests to place more bids, thus generating more revenue from your fundraising event. A well-designed catalog accomplishes this by: Creating a shopping experience: Donors are sophisticated buyers. A professional catalog lets you attractively feature your auction items, giving guests the opportunity to browse and discuss them before and during the…
  • How Well Do You Really Know Your Donors?

    5 Feb 2015 | 11:01 am
    How much do you really know about your donor base? Sure, you might know some general facts such as their age and gender, but do you know what their interests are? What they do for a living? What motivates them to support your organization? What they like and don’t like about your fundraising events? Establishing a positive relationship and learning more about your donors is an important step toward hosting successful fundraising events. When you have an idea of what makes your donors tick, you’ll be able to tailor your events to match their interests and preferences. So how do you learn…
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    The White Fuse Blog

  • 3 New YouTube Ideas for Your Charity

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

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

    Mary Mitchell
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    There are some awesome web apps out there. In the first of our mini-series we look at Buffer App, why it's a good fit for charities, and our top tips for making the most of it (including the charity discount).
  • My Top 5 Social Entrepreneurship Reads of 2014

    Andy Pearson
    6 Jan 2015 | 3:41 am
    In our first post of the new year, Andy reviews his top business books from 2014 and shares how they have impacted his thinking. 
  • What do Blogging and Mince Pies Have in Common?

    Mary Mitchell
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:33 am
    We ran a training session on blogging for charities. It was fun. Many mince pies were eaten. Find out more (and have a great Christmas!)
 
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    GuideStar Blog

  • Relationship Fundraising Comes of Age

    Jay Love
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:35 am
    In 1992 I had the absolute pleasure of working with numerous nonprofits and their fundraising throughout Europe. During that year, I was handed a copy of a revolutionary new book on fundraising techniques and principles. The book was Relationship Fundraising authored by a Scotsman with the name of Ken Burnett. My copy of the original book quickly became dog-eared and highlighted throughout after racing through it over a weekend of not so nice weather north of London. It was at that exact time the thought first crossed my mind of embedding proven best fundraising practices within a nonprofit…
  • Honoring Nonprofit CFOs

    Gabe Cohen
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The Nonprofit CFO of the Year Awards honor financial professionals who have made extraordinary efforts to support and maintain the mission of their organizations, often creating innovative ways to do so. This annual event recognizes and honors the contributions of nonprofit financial executives who demonstrate a vision for operational excellence, innovation in finance and management, and exceptional leadership and commitment to improving accountability and financial reporting. The CFO Awards recognize the often unsung leadership role CFOs have in the important works nonprofits do, working…
  • Three False Assumptions Looming Behind Big Data

    joshmaitrelsci
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:22 am
    Nonprofits already know that big data can open up a swath of fundraising, marketing and management opportunities. But for all the expectation, it’s important to remember that even the best data has its limits. Any org looking to leverage and apply data should immediately lose the following assumptions:  1. Your data is complete and accurate. Your team can probably tell you about the enormous upkeep a simple contact and address databases requires. About 15 percent of households change address year-to-year and a whopping 70 percent of business addresses turn over in that same time…
  • Nonprofit Financial Statements: Change is Coming

    pbmares2014
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:32 am
    This March, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) – the organization that establishes financial accounting and reporting standards – will release a first draft of the new financial reporting changes for non-profit organizations. The good news: everyone in the non-profit spacecan have a voice in accepting or rejecting the changes. It is highly recommended that all non-profits and financial statement users share their opinion with FASB – good, bad, or otherwise – since it will impact reporting requirements. FASB officials have been meeting since May 2013 to discuss reform for…
  • 5 Nonprofit Fundraising Predictions for 2015 and Beyond

    Abila
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:05 am
    2015 is already shaping up to be a transitional year for nonprofits, as the sector’s leaders implement more business-minded tactics to grow revenue, versus simply sustain operations. Having the biggest impact on nonprofit fundraising in 2015 will be strategies like conversion optimization; engaging with Millennials; donor retention; online fundraising and mobile; and visual storytelling. Here’s a deeper dive into our predictions, along with the actions nonprofit leaders can take to gain the advantage in an ever-evolving sector. Prediction #1 – Conversion Optimization Many small…
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    The Canada Wood Group Blog

  • Korean Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments

    Tai Jeong
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Korean Economy South Korea’s economy is expected to grow 3.4% in 2015, slightly higher than the 3.3% on-year expansion posted in 2014. South Korea’s economy in January of 2015 remained bogged down despite some positive signs of improvement in industrial output and private consumption.  Exports contracted 0.4% on-year in January of 2015 mainly due to a drop in shipments of petroleum-related products and imports also decreased by 11.0% in January compared to the same month in 2014. South Korea’s consumer prices edged up 0.8% on-year in January of 2015 deepening worries of…
  • Canada builds new disability rehab centre in Japan

    Shawn Lawlor
    11 Feb 2015 | 3:48 pm
    IWAKI CITY, FUKUSHIMA PREFECTURE, JAPAN – A newly opened multi-purpose rehabilitation centre will serve disabled individuals living in the Tohoku region in Japan thanks to the Canada-Tohoku Reconstruction Project. The Jericho Support Centre will provide rehabilitation and life skills training services for individuals with physical and mental disabilities. Following the devastating Great Eastern Japan earthquake and subsequent tsunami of 2011, nearly 1,000 disabled children and adult patients were evacuated from the nuclear exclusion zone and tsunami-hit communities. Download the news…
  • Nursing Home Miyagidai Nanseien Opens

    Kevin Bews
    10 Feb 2015 | 2:13 pm
    individuals involved in the project A beautiful designed and constructed elderly care facility showcasing the latest and greatest in 2×4 fireproof building technologies recently opened its doors on the outskirts of Tokyo. An opening ceremony was held to commemorate the occasion on September 9th and COFI Japan staff was on hand to congratulate the owner, architect office and construction company to help celebrate this wonderful achievement. Nursing Home Miyagidai Nanseien was built in Funabashi City, Chiba Prefecture and is a combination 2 & 3-storey building having a total floor area…
  • COFI 40th Anniversary Design Awards

    Kevin Bews
    10 Feb 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Group photo of the 2×4 design award competition winners and Canadian government and industry representatives at the event The year 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the introduction of platform frame construction in Japan by Canada and establishment of COFI’s Japan office. Since its inception over 2.3 million 2×4 structures have been built and is becoming a mainstream building method. To celebrate design excellence in 2×4 construction in Japan, the Council of Forest Industries conducted a design competition for innovative and inspiring projects in both residential and large…
  • Japan Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments

    Shawn Lawlor
    10 Feb 2015 | 2:01 pm
    LDP Approves Record High Budget for Fiscal 2015 Following a successful re-election bid in December, Shinzo Abe’s LDP government approved a record high 96.34 trillion yen (Approx CAD $963.4 Billion) budget in January. The government projects tax revenues to increase to $54.5 trillion yen which would be the highest level in 24 years, thanks largely in part to increase corporate tax revenues. Issuance of new government bonds will account for 36.86 trillion yen, a decrease of 4.4 trillion yen over the fiscal 2014 period. Nevertheless, government debt issuance accounts for 43% of the fiscal 2015…
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    Social Media For Nonprofits

  • Join Us For Our First Twitter Chat On Measuring What Matters In Social Media!

    Jenna Spagnolo
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:31 am
    We’d like to invite you to a Twitter Chat- our first #SM4NPChat!- about Measuring Social Media for the Most Impact.Together we’ll discuss which metrics matter for nonprofits and how to use data to get the most impact out of social media. It will be a place to build community. Join us on March 13th from 1-2 PM EST. About the Chat We think of #SM4NPChat as an opportunity to gather our digital community on a regular basis! It will be a monthly Twitter Chat series to educate nonprofit professionals by bringing together social media mavens and community members to talk and learn…
  • Master the Art of Writing Captions!

    Ritu Sharma
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:48 pm
    In all areas of life, making a good first impression matters. With the written word your headline is your first impression, and yes, it’s important to get it right. According to Copyblogger, 8 out of 10 people read headlines while 2 out of 10 people read the rest! A good caption will determine if your content will even get read. If you are spending time and resources (dare I say scant!) on creating content, you’ll want to make sure your headlines are captivating– whether it is a blog, newsletter subject line or more. If you want to double your click-throughs you need a headline…
  • Should You Be Blogging at LinkedIn, HuffPo, Medium & More?

    Ritu Sharma
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:34 am
    This is part four of a five-part series on how you can build a strong cause (brand) presence through blogging. We’ll talk about getting started, blogging platforms, idea generation, and distribution channels in the series to help you get started with blogging. If you’re posting only to your own blog and social media pages, you’re restricting your discovery to people who are already part of your network, or to those that stumble upon you through SEO. And that’s not your goal, is it? You want to get in front of people who care about your cause, but have yet to learn about your…
  • Blogging for Nonprofits: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

    admin
    4 Feb 2015 | 2:05 pm
    “Articles with Images Get 94% More Total Views” – MDG Advertising This is part three of a five-part series on how you can build a strong cause (brand) presence through blogging. We’ll talk about getting started, blogging platforms, idea generation, and distribution channels in the series to help you get started with blogging. Master blogger Jeff Bullas lays out six compelling reasons for why your blog must include a compelling image. A high-quality picture will emphasize your point, help your audience to engage emotionally, and make your post much more appealing when…
  • Blogging for Nonprofits: Blog Platform Selection

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    27 Jan 2015 | 10:35 am
    This is part two of a five-part series on how you can build a strong cause (brand) presence through blogging. We’ll talk about getting started, blogging platforms, idea generation, and distribution channels in the series to help you get started with blogging. The best blogging platform for your nonprofit depends on several things: your experience with blogging platforms and content management systems, your budget, and your need for advanced features. In this post, we’ll be discussing the features of the most popular blogging platforms, and why you might want to choose them. Many of the…
 
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