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  • How a new type of social graph could change philanthropy

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    Lauren Burton
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:20 pm
    This post was written by Will Grana on behalf of the Case Foundation: Before you clicked to this blog post, you probably checked your email, liked a page on Facebook, followed your favorite musician on Twitter, shared a video, searched for a restaurant on Google, and let your online friends know about the good deal you […] The post How a new type of social graph could change philanthropy appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Questions to Ask About Your Fundraising, Halfway Through the Holiday Push

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    aj
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Image credit. So, we’re about halfway through the holiday giving season, and by now your organization should have lots of actionable data you’ve collected over the course of the year on how your donors operate online, what they’re looking for when they visit your fundraising pages, and how to make things easier on them. Here’s a quick list of four questions you should be asking yourselves as you consider your fundraising results from the first half of giving season: Am I happy with my campaign response? How are donors reacting to your email appeals? Are you seeing lots…
  • What Does Your Digital Strategy Look Like?

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    Salima Mangalji
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Each organization has a unique approach to how they how they fund their digital strategy, build digital teams, and set their digital strategy goals. We want to know about it! Care2 has partnered with hjc and NTEN to get your input to create the 2015 Digital Strategy Outlook Survey, which will be released in January. Please take 10 minutes to share your insight with us. You will be automatically be entered to win a waterproof GoPro Action Camera or an NTEN Membership! Your answers will help us map out the current digital strategy landscape for nonprofits, and the study will…
  • Trends and Predictions For 2015

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    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:11 am
    Here's a link round-up full of trends and predictions for 2015 for non-profits and membership organizations.
  • What Would You Do With a $$ Windfall?

    Leading by Design: A Resource for Nonprofits
    29 Nov 2014 | 1:02 pm
    RECEIVING A SUM OF MONEY UNEXPECTEDLY (or half-expectedly) isn't as unusual as it may seem in the nonprofit world. It often comes in the form of a bequest, but it might just as often come as a year-end gift from a loyal member.  Sometimes, it's a grant few thought the organization would ever be competitive enough to get.  Or a local corporation or government acknowledges the efforts of a nonprofit that is making the community a better place.The question that gets some organizations tied up in knots is how to make the best and most efficient use of these funds.  We all dream…
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  • New Offering: New Possibilities

    lindsi@gish.co
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:58 am
    isla-large.jpg Every nonprofit leader knows that none of us can achieve our mission and vision alone. Here at Nonprofits Assistance Fund we're able to work closely with other organizations in ways that multiplies our impact.
  • Programmatic Sustainability: Are we there yet?

    Amanda
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:21 am
    navigating.jpg How do you know your programs are sustainable? Do you have the tools to tell you how you are doing, or are you like the kid in the backseat wondering, “Are we there yet?”
  • Eliminating the fear of finance in the nonprofit sector

    Amanda
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:05 pm
    surprise.jpg Kate Barr issues an invitation to those who embrace financial leadership: let’s eliminate the fear of finance from the nonprofit sector.
  • New how-to resource to understand the true cost of programs – coming soon!

    Amanda
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    20130415_npaf_225.jpg We are excited to announce that we're putting the finishing touches on a new program budget and allocation tool. Sign-up for early bird notice of the new resource and you’ll be among the first to receive our new guide and spreadsheet template that breaks down the process of understanding true program costs.
  • 150 million reasons to celebrate

    Amanda
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Special Edition: Cumulative lending to nonprofits of $150 Million!
 
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  • The ALS Ice Bucket Donor Retention Challenge

    Beth
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:09 am
    Last month,  I had the pleasure of attending the Social Innovation Summit,  a twice annual event that represents a global convening of thought leaders in technology, investment, philanthropy, international development, and business.   I’ve been going every year since 2009 to cover the event on my blog.    Out of all the amazing speakers and discussions,  I was lucky enough to sit down with Barb Newhouse, President & Chief Executive Officer ALS Association and discuss the Ice Bucket Challenge. Barb Newhouse was appointed to her job at the ALS Association chief executive in…
  • What Social Media Analytics Can’t Tell You About Your Audience

    Beth
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:23 pm
    My colleague, Alexandra Samuel,  has published a report over at Vision Critical based on integrating survey data with consumers actual social media usage versus self-reporting.    So, in other words, research respondents opt-in to integrating their answers with their social media profiles.   The methodology and report provide some great insights about how to think about social media behaviors of our audience.   While the study looks at the details of consumer behavior, motivations, AND their actual social usage for three major corporate brands, the findings are useful for any nonprofit…
  • Hatch: A Tool for Digital Storytelling for Social Impact Launches

    Beth
    5 Dec 2014 | 9:47 am
    Note from Beth:  Over the past six months,  I’ve been on an advisory group for project that my colleague Jay Geneske at the Rockefeller Foundation has spearheaded to help build the capacity of nonprofits in storytelling skills. The Foundation recognized that a big opportunity exists between the intersection of story and technology, and  launched a research project to consider the role that digital technology can play in elevating the practice of storytelling as a means to improve the well-being of the poor and vulnerable around the world.   Based on the research,  they have…
  • Thank You Wednesday: The Gift of Giving Tuesday

    Beth
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:16 am
    It is early here in Sao Paulo, Brasil, but I wanted to capture some quick reflections about the experience of GivingTuesday. Maybe it is because I am in a different country, but I felt the magic of what Giving Tuesday was intended to be when it launched two years ago. Yesterday, Giving Tuesday showed the abundance and generativeness that working in networks, movements, and community or whatever you want to call them can produce. Giving Tuesday is more than a gigantic Kickstarter campaign for nonprofits to beg for money from people they haven’t spoken to all year round. GivingTuesday is…
  • Join Me Live From Brasil to Celebrate #GivingTuesday #DiadeDoar on 12/2 at 11:00 AM PST

    Beth
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:33 am
    I’m in Sao Paulo, Brasil to speak at Telefonica’s Conference on virtual volunteering that takes place on December 2nd (GivingTuesday).  I’ll be talking about how individuals and NGOS can have a great impact by building relationships online and inspiring their networks to take action – whether volunteering, giving money,or  educating others. I’ve been a champion for GivingTuesday , a global day of giving to kick off the giving season, since the beginning because the idea of encouraging everyone give – either money or time  and in small amounts can have a…
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  • Zeitgeist 2014: An Alzheimer’s Year In Review

    Marc van Gurp
    14 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    How people who suffer from Alzheimer’s see the news is done before but this new campaign video from the Dutch Alzheimer Foundation is still a surprise for us all. Because it is topical on the December Annual Reviews. Unexpected images that you think that doesn’t belong to the past year. “You are now experiencing what it’s like to have Alzheimer’s disease.” Last year, the foundation also surprised us all with a good viral. Author: Marc van Gurp
  • The #IkeaMonkey is back, and he needs your money

    Tom Megginson
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:41 am
    Darwin is a Japanese snow macaque whose image went viral in 2012 when he was found wandering around a Toronto IKEA wearing a shearling coat: Umm saw a monkey in the #ikea parking lot. pic.twitter.com/ZFJdIlQl— Bronwyn Iler Page (@broniewyn) December 9, 2012 Darwin was captured and put into the custody of Toronto Animal Services, while his owner, Yasmin Nakhuda, fought a legal battle to get him back. Eventually, the court ruled against her claim, and she had to pay legal costs for her lawsuit against Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary, Darwin’s new home. Now settled, Darwin is once…
  • “Save Our Waters”  animates indigenous resistance to Canadian pipelines

    Tom Megginson
    7 Dec 2014 | 6:07 am
    The Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines project is a plan transport diluted bitumen from Canada’s Athabasca oil sands to a Pacific port at Kitimat, BC, for transportation to the Asian markets by tanker ships. The project is opposed by many environmental and citizen groups, as well as First Nations (Native Canadian) groups along its path. The concerns include threats to fresh water and other environments from spills, as well as the risks of introducing tanker traffic to new coastal waters. Among the outspoken First Nations are the Haida people living on the Haida Gwaii (also known as the…
  • Cut and paste with The Sun

    Marc van Gurp
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    What happens if you collect The Sun, the British tabloid, for 6 months, cut out every picture of every man and every woman, find a wall and start sticking? Fine piece of data visualization of Kate Hardie for No More Page 3. Author: Marc van Gurp
  • Asian Vaginas End Racism

    Marc van Gurp
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Ever heard a guy say, “I’m not racist, I’ve dated Asian/Latina/Black women before?” Or “I treat my housekeeper like family”. Solo performer, writer and cultural commentator Kristina Wong did an extremely funny comment on video on these meaningless one-liners. Wong’s analysis is so on point. Author: Marc van Gurp
 
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  • Storytelling, Design, and Communicating With Your Audience

    Steph
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Samihah Azim Product Design Manager Bluenose Analytics When pie charts about pie detract from your story: how to hold content as the star and design as the back-up singer. I work to weave the story of customer success into the core of the product. The fundamentals of designing for storytelling in tech products can be woven into the overall strategy of nonprofit organizations. The first step is articulating a strong story about the organization, then making sure that every element on the website reinforces that. 
  • Things We Like (December 2014)

    Steph
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:13 pm
    A monthly roundup of our favorite nonprofit tech resources and other goodies. Read more posts on our blog.We’re kicking off Things We Like with these revolutionary ideas for social change in 2014.The revolution will be live-tweeted: Why #BlackLivesMatter is the new model for civil rights.Speaking of a model for civil rights, Hands Up United has launched its GoFundMe campaign for a Youth Tech Program in Ferguson.Citizen Four is the recently-launched movie about Edward Snowden’s journey to uncover data-related privacy breeches.You can journey through London’s civil landscape with…
  • It Might Just Be My Favorite Year: 2014 in review

    Amy
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:55 am
    Amy Sample Ward CEO NTEN It's time to take a moment to marvel at the wonders that the nonprofit technology community has made possible this year (thanks, team!). I know you're not supposed to have favorites, but 2014 has truly been an incredible year. The successes and challenges punctuating the past year have demonstrated the importance and growing strength of the nonprofit technology sector. While it's daunting to try to condense this amazing year into a short list, I feel the following five highlights represent larger changes, opportunities, and discussions in the sector and in the…
  • 48 Hours Only: Double your donations by supporting the NTEN Community!

    Megan
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Nonprofit folks are pros when it comes to doing more with less! Now you can double the impact of your donation dollars by supporting the 2015 NTEN Challenge. Donate to NTEN in the next 48 hours, and Jon Biedermann, VP of DonorPerfect CRM Fundraising Software, will match your donations of up to $2,500! Any donation received on Crowdrise or directly to NTEN will qualify for the match up to $2,500 total. In Jon's words, "Technology by itself is just a tool, and NTEN provides the strategy to make technology work for nonprofits. Please join me and support NTEN so that they can continue their…
  • Five Nonprofit Online Communities that Inspire Action & Generate Results: The Sequel

    Steph
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:42 am
    Michael Wilson CEO & Founder Small World Labs An update from the land of online communities: why they matter to mission-driven organizations, how effective they can be, and what they can do for a broad spectrum of organizations. Back in March, I wrote an article Five Nonprofit Online Communities that Inspire Action & Generate Results. So... I've come back to write the sequel. For this version, I follow up on some of the communities I profiled before and mix in a few new ones.
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  • What Nonprofits Can Learn from Salvation Army Bell Ringers

    elizabeth.ragland@networkforgood.org
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:53 am
    Editor’s note: This post was written by Joe Waters, author of Fundraising with Businesses and Cause Marketing for Dummies. You can also check out Joe’s work on his blog Selfish Giving. I’ve always admired The Salvation Army bell ringers. In addition to donating their time and ringing their signature bell in all sorts of terrible weather, the program raises a sack of money that rivals Santa’s. Last year, kettle bells raised $136 million nationally for The Salvation Army’s mission, which includes food, shelter, addiction recovery assistance, after-school programs and many…
  • Lessons from N4G’s #GivingTuesday Award Winners

    elizabeth.ragland@networkforgood.org
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Network for Good hosted a special #GivingTuesday campaign, N4G Gives, focused on equipping nonprofits with the tools and knowledge for #GivingTuesday success.  The N4G Gives campaign provided free #GivingTuesday resources to the entire nonprofit community and special training and matching funds to nonprofits using DonateNow, our online giving platform. In addition to matching funds, we also recognized the leaders in 10 fundraising categories with special awards. Read about seven special award winners below and learn more about the top three winners in a previous post. Honorable Mention…
  • Lessons from N4G’s top #GivingTuesday performers

    elizabeth.ragland@networkforgood.org
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:16 am
    #GivingTuesday has arrived On December 2, nonprofits and donors came together in an inspiring day of generosity.  Millions of dollars were raised to fuel the good work of nonprofits all over the world. Network for Good hosted a special campaign, N4G Gives, focused on equipping nonprofits with the tools and knowledge for #GivingTuesday success.  The N4G Gives campaign provided free #GivingTuesday resources to the entire nonprofit community and special training and matching funds to nonprofits using DonateNow, our online giving platform. In addition to matching funds, we also…
  • Motivate ’Em Messages: What Secrets Can You Share?

    elizabeth.ragland@networkforgood.org
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:01 am
    When I saw this Facebook post from the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless (ECHH), my smile spread like wildfire. You see, we’ve been working with the ECHH team on year-end fundraising campaigns for a few years, and among the countless things I was surprised to learn when we started is just how many of the individuals and families they serve are working full-time (or more, holding multiple jobs) but still can’t make ends meet—68%!
  • How Did You Handle…? A Brilliant Change-Up for Your Year-End Campaign (and Beyond!)

    elizabeth.ragland@networkforgood.org
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:06 am
    Read Part One and Part Two This post wraps up our first topic in the new How Did You Handle…? series—specific how-tos based on your experiences. Here’s the why and how-to behind a change-up likely to be relevant to your year-end prospects (and beyond):
 
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  • Great News, Great Time to Ask

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    Here’s my response to a fantastic question raised by one of our colleague nonprofit communicators this week. Eager to hear your thoughts! Q:  Should I include an ask in announcing a big win? Tomorrow we’ll email supporters to celebrate a recent victory. This win has not been a focus in our emails to folks on this list, but is something our organization is responsible for (and supporters will care about). I want to keep supporters excited about our impact, and motivated to give during our year-end campaign (we’ll email a year-end appeal later this week). It seems easiest…
  • Ooh! Aah! Jobs for Nonprofit Communicators

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:16 am
    Please post your open nonprofit marketing positions here Change Communications Specialist and Employee Communications Specialist Howard Hughes Medical Institute (Chevy Chase, MD) Chief Communications Director Nurse-Family Partnership (Denver, CO) Communications Coordinator Bright Focus Foundation (Clarksburg, MD) Communications Coordinator New England Foundation for the Arts (Boston, MA) Communications Director Union Presbyterian Seminary (Richmond, VA) Communications Intern Institute for Policy Studies (Washington, D.C.) Communications Manager Jewish Funders Network (New York, NY)…
  • Get into Conversation: That’s Matterness

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:09 am
    Thanks to guest blogger Allison Fine, who authored this new guide to nonprofit relationship building, Matterness: What Fearless Leaders Know About the Power and Promise of Social Media. One of the most amazing things about social media is that they allow people to talk directly with one another. This is also one of the things that make social media so terrifying for organizations used to broadcasting at people rather than speaking with them. This is a huge problem for nonprofits like yours because social change happens largely through conversations. It happens when your…
  • Less IS More, but Harder

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    17-year-old Malala Yousafzai gave an unforgettable speech as she accepted her Nobel Peace Prize today. Despite her youth, Malala’s words show her insight and communications finesse! In fact, this core message from the speech is an unbeatable combo of passion, specificity and brevity. Use this triad as a checklist for your organization’s messages. Less IS more—much harder to craft but totally worth it. “This award is not just for me. It is for those forgotten children who want education.” #TheLast #NobelPeacePrize pic.twitter.com/fYgpX43MGa — Malala Fund…
  • Delight to Connect (Case Study: Relationship Building)

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:23 am
    Zappos is known for its operations smarts and customer-friendly orientation. But this delightful addition to the return confirmation email I received from Zappos this morning was a real surprise—That trip over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house went smoothly. Here’s what I love about it: Transforms a transactional communication from mundane to meaningful, so Zappos is far more likely to be remembered and returned to for a future purchase Zappos emails on returns, purchases and marketing millions (billions?) times daily. That’s a lot of relationship…
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  • On America's Largest Homeless Camp plus insights into the World of Ultra-Wealthy Inheritors

    Phil Cubeta
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:36 pm
    I know someone well who works not in San Jose, but in the San Francisco parks system, as a gardener. She tells me that the homeless in the parks are now so numerous that her gardening duties are sometimes subordinated to working around their encampments. On what may appear an unrelated note, I am reading a $99.99 plus $5.99 handling and shipping paperback of some 177 pages, Taking the Reins: Insights into the World of Ultra-Wealthy Inheritors. The cut point for Ultra-wealthy for the study is control of $100 million or more. Topics include working with advisors,…
  • "Do you know the difference between a talent and a charism?"

    Phil Cubeta
    6 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    She asked me the question at a reception for a financial services college where I work (as a moral fraud) to which she and her parents have long been donors. Her father at 91 had taken a credential in philanthropy that I teach. ("At my age, Phil" he had said, "this is my market.") Before asking me the question, she had asked if I am Catholic, which seemed like a yes or no, so I had said yes. Her father died this year; her husband died this year; her prior husband had died prematurely years ago. Her children are grown and will not enter the family financial services…
  • A Whiff of Rotten Broccoli - The Commons as Refrigerator

    Phil Cubeta
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:07 am
    Leaving the elevator today, wearing shoes and a shirt, as well as my trousers, since I am "on the clock," headed for my cubicle, under the surveillance camera, I smelled what seemed to be a dead thing, like a week old possum in the road, or a sack of garbage in summer, when the garbagepersons are on strike. Turns out it was only a bag of broccoli left too long in the communal refrigerator, the one luxury for "we the people" here in the extremely well-run Wealth Bondage: America's Optimized Experience. At every organization where I have been lucky enough to work,…
  • Tick, tock - How much to give, when, and whether?

    Phil Cubeta
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:49 am
    Tracy Gary makes an impassioned plea for those who have more, to do more, now that the markets are up, and social needs are greater than ever.  How does a person know how much she or he can give? Over what period of time? That is actually a fairly basic, 101, question for any financial advisor who is good with numbers and has basic financial planning software. What these advisors tell me is that the right answer is never the answer. A donor worth $10 mil, reassured she needs only $5 mil for her lifetime financial needs, and who wants to leave $1 mil to each of two children, will…
  • Presciption for Wealth Advisors, after Diagnosis

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

    Lucy Bernholz
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:29 pm
    A friend forwarded this to me in an email - it's a link to an article in The Guardian, a letter from the head of Civicus, a global organization representing civil society organizations.In it he notes the growth of the sector.And its failures to solve the problems it seeks to address. In his words:"We – civil society – have been co-opted into economic and institutional processes in which we are being outwitted and out-manoeuvred. Our conception of what is possible has narrowed dramatically. Since demonstrating bang for your buck has become all-important, we divide our work into neat…
  • The whole social economy in one place

    Lucy Bernholz
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:57 am
    Nonprofit. Network. Benefit corporations. Peer-to-peer platforms, the sharing economy, social welfare nonprofits.... I've been writing about this mix for years - on this blog, in the Blueprint series, and at Stanford. (photo: (c) Copyright Lucy Bernholz, All rights reserved.)Today, Peers, a nonprofit membership association that owned and operated a for-benefit corporation - all in the service of the sharing economy - has now split into two organizations. One will be be a benefit corporation (and a B Corporation) and one will be a nonprofit organization. One will raise investment capital, the…
  • Data and Civil Rights

    Lucy Bernholz
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:53 pm
    In 12 years of blogging, I've never done this before.I urge you to go to the website Data and Civil Rights, download all of the papers, and read every single one. Then think about your life, your work and your next steps. Whatever area of civil society you focus on - education, health, criminal justice, employment, finance, health or housing - there are materials there for you. (What happened to the environment?)I was not involved in the conference that the website documents. I wish I had been. This work matters to all us. All of us need to think about these issues, engage in the…
  • Philanthropy Buzzwords 2015

    Lucy Bernholz
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I have been keeping a list. Checking it twice. (And doing so since 2007).Below are the Philanthropy Buzzwords to look out for 2015. The list is also featured on the Chronicle of Philanthropy's site. The 2015 Blueprint - which goes global this year with help from the great folks at betterplace lab  - is now live. It has a buzzword list + special "design school edition" of buzzwords, predictions for the year ahead, and all the usual annual goodies. This is the 6th annual forecast - get your free copy at GrantCraft.1. Internet of ThingsIt’s no longer just your laptop and your phone that…
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  • Campaign Constipation

    Jason Dick
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    We have all been there when we are in the middle of a campaign or plan and everything slows down to a crawl. Sometimes this happens because we have not planned enough, or because we need to build critical mass, but other times it happens because of external things you cannot control. Fundraising can sometimes take a bit of slugging. When I find that internal forces are blocking a campaign from moving forward I find that short strategic regular meetings have helped me push forward. Think through exactly what blocks you have and what it will take to get past them. If you have really stalled out…
  • Keep on Keeping On

    Jason Dick
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Every nonprofit has hard times. Here are some of my thoughts if you need to push through tough times. It is important to set short regular meetings & benchmarks. These do not need to be directly tied to finances. In fact make sure that some of them are not tied to finances. Have some measurable benchmarks such as: how many times you are talking to and meeting with donors, how many handwritten notes you are sending out, etc. Right now we need to be talking to donors and making new connections as often as we can. Setting benchmarks give us goals that we can meet when our financial goals…
  • Will You Be My Volunteer?

    Jason Dick
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    How many of you value volunteers and volunteer recruitment as highly as donor stewardship? Some organizations I’ve worked for have their volunteer programs held within the development office other have them elsewhere. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the nonprofit; they serve on your board, often serve your clients, keep your front desk staffed, fold your letters, and provide you with community connections. And, every organization I’ve ever worked for has periodic problems with their volunteers, problems finding the right ones and getting them to help with the right projects. One trick you…
  • Mission or Opportunity

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

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

    Allyson Kapin
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Every new nonprofit I work with at Rad Campaign always tell me how they want their new website to do a better job of telling stories. They are usually in a terrific position to tell incredibly inspiring stories, but they don't have the resources or the time to craft them. Could a new site called Hatch help nonprofits get over their storytelling hump?  Hatch is a concierge-like site that connects you to a curated suite of the best tools, resources, case studies, and a growing community of storytellers to help generate more social impact through story.  Storytelling should drive…
  • What Does Your Digital Strategy Look Like?

    Salima Mangalji
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Each organization has a unique approach to how they how they fund their digital strategy, build digital teams, and set their digital strategy goals. We want to know about it! Care2 has partnered with hjc and NTEN to get your input to create the 2015 Digital Strategy Outlook Survey, which will be released in January. Please take 10 minutes to share your insight with us. You will be automatically be entered to win a waterproof GoPro Action Camera or an NTEN Membership! Your answers will help us map out the current digital strategy landscape for nonprofits, and the study will…
  • 3 Best Practices to Rock Your Blog

    Allyson Kapin
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:21 pm
      Most nonprofits have a blog and even though they're common, they're not always as simple to navigate as they seem. A lot of nonprofits reach out to me asking how they can improve their blogs, they ask about best practices, and they ask about constituent engagement. So, you think you can blog? Before we get into best practices, let me ask you a few questions about your nonprofit's blog. What are you goals for you blog? Why did you create it? Who's your target audience? (Your answer cannot be everyone...) Think about your current audience and also think about the audience that you really…
  • Do Responsive Websites Raise More Money?

    Allyson Kapin
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:31 am
    Redesigning and updating your website might be one of your goals for 2015, and it be better be mobile responsive. According to Pew Research, 63% of adult cell owners use their phones to go online, as of May 2013, and 34% of cell internet users go online mostly using their phones, and not using some other device such as a desktop or laptop computer. Not only is your audience accessing your website from their mobile device or tablet, they're also giving more money on sites that are responsive. Blakcbaud determined this after they researched 105 small and midsized randomly…
  • Three Keys to Working with Crowds

    Allison Fine
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:11 am
    Gathering crowds to help your cause is an essential part of working in a networked world. Crowds create capital, or “go-go juice,” that can include human connections, intelligence and expertise, resources like equipment and furniture, and, of course, money. Ideas and ventures that would have been impossible when capital was scarce are now possible because of social media platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Creating capital is an essential part of what I call “Matterness,” the powerful force of mutual interest that happens when organizations and people work with…
 
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    Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

  • #Mixed Links for Nonprofit Marketers – and Special Note for Email Subscribers

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:07 am
    Welcome to another edition of Mixed Links, where we bring you a bunch of the great stuff we’ve come across lately. But first, a special note to those of you who get the blog emailed to you. Today we switched the provider we use to send you the blog post, so it may look a little different.  You know how you sometimes have multiple lists in multiple places? Yeah, we do too, and we are consolidating the blog subscribers list into our main CRM. While we’ve done all kinds of testing, there’s still a chance you won’t get this post emailed to you, or will get it more than…
  • Takeaways from #GivingTuesday: Lessons Learned on a Collaborative Project

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    Sean King Sean King has been on our radar for about 3 years now – when he participated in our very first Mentoring Program and shared his organization’s wonderful video series.  He recently asked us for #GivingTuesday advice which we happily gave…under the condition he share the process and results with us! ~Kivi Guest Post by Sean King of Youth Education in the Arts (YEA!) Seven nonprofit arts organizations in Allentown, PA recently joined together for a cooperative fundraising venture engaging the fundraising movement that is #GivingTuesday. With so much buzz around this…
  • Our Top Ten Blog Posts of 2014

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    Here are the top ten blog posts we published so far this year, according to unique page views in Google Analytics. Spoiler Alert: You love “how we did it” guest posts from other nonprofit communicators, especially when they are talking about their annual reports, and Kerri’s social media tips.  We’re so glad you agree with us that our guest bloggers provide great resources! 10.  Kick-Start Yourself with a Communications Grid (by Carol Goglia) 9.  How This Nonprofit Created a Game-Changing Annual Report Infographic (by Matt Higgs) 8.  Creating Your Nonprofit’s…
  • Agendas for Weekly, Monthly and Quarterly Editorial Meetings

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:31 am
    What to Cover at Editorial Meetings In working with several clients over the last few years, I’ve started to see a pattern develop about what should be covered in nonprofit editorial meetings, and who should be in what meeting. Of course, every organization puts their own personal spin on it, and exactly who is in what meeting varies based on the size of the organization, how many layers of management are in between the executive director and the content creators, who’s empowered to make what decisions, and how fluid the editorial calendar really is. Here’s how it usually…
  • Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Philip Masembe

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:38 am
    Philip Masembe Here’s the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words.   Would YOU like to be featured in this series? Tell us what you do in a typical day as a nonprofit communications pro. Philip Masembe is a communications and advertising professional with experience in branding, strategy and PR across various categories and platforms. He holds a diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication from Nkumba University. He’s passionate about strategy, advertising, technology, and new…
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    SocialFish

  • Coming soon!!! When Millennials Take Over – Preparing for the Ridiculously Optimistic Future of Business

    Maddie Grant
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:36 am
    We’re in the home stretch… the book will be out in early 2015!!  Find out more here and ask us about bulk pre-orders for your organization’s next conference.
  • [Cool Social Tools] Hot Online Community Platforms for 2015

    Maddie Grant
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Guest post by Teri Carden and Ben Martin of Online Community Results. ————— Due diligence. It’s a real thing. And associations need to do if it they’re shopping around for an online community platform. You must explore your options! It was our pleasure to team up with SocialFish for the 2014 Online Community Software Selection Guide — there were more than 3,000 downloads! We’re doing it again for 2015 and we’re proud to announce the participants. Listed alphabetically: CareHubs: Relatively new on the scene, this online community platform’s killer app…
  • How to Get Engagement From Your Community

    Maddie Grant
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    I know, I know. This is not quite what you expected when you clicked on this post title. But bear with me – watch this great (and short) TED Talk and tell me it’s not a great metaphor for how to get engagement from your online community. “Artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn create community art by painting entire neighborhoods, and involving those who live there — from the favelas of Rio to the streets of North Philadelphia. What’s made their projects succeed? In this funny and inspiring talk, the artists explain their art-first approach — and the importance of…
  • Five Cool Decks About Content Strategy

    Maddie Grant
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    I liked these. And I could have spread them out, but what the hey, here they all are in one post for you. Happy perusing! The Convergence Imperative from Jason Falls Web Content Strategy for Nonprofits — ADRP 2014 from Caryn Stein Acquia Slides from Simon Mainwaring Measuring and Managing A Social Media Presence from Beth Kanter Managing the politics of content from Content Company ————- (photo credit)
  • The 2014 State of Digital Transformation

    Maddie Grant
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Lots of good stuff in this Altimeter report on Digital Transformation. Jamie Notter and I have a whole chapter on Digital in our forthcoming book. Watch this space, you’ll hear a lot more about it soon! MOST IMPORTANTLY – see slide 36 – the number one challenge facing digital transformation is “changing company culture”. That’s the core of the work we do through our new consulting practice, Culture That Works. Check us out. [Slides] The 2014 State of Digital Transformation by Altimeter Group from Altimeter Group Network on SlideShare ———…
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    AFP Blog: Recent News of Note

  • 12 Days Of Charitable Giving 2014: Goodwill Industries

    Reed Stockman
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:40 am
    Interesting series from FORBES 12 Days Of Charitable Giving 2014: Goodwill Industries: "There are, as of this writing, 12 days until the end of the taxable year. That means that you have 12 days to squeeze in most of your remaining tax deductions for 2014 (there are a few exceptions like those for IRA contributions). One of the easiest ways to get a deduction, assuming you itemize, is to make a
  • Social-Service Groups Try Creative Holiday-Season Fundraising Tactics - Year-End Fundraising - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

    Reed Stockman
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    Social-Service Groups Try Creative Holiday-Season Fundraising Tactics - Year-End Fundraising - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: "Some social-service groups, which generally have fewer resources to spend on fundraising than colleges, hospitals, or museums, are engaging their supporters in creative appeals this holiday season." 'via Blog
  • The 2014 Global Infrastructure for Giving report 12/17 by CAFAmerica Radio Network | Business Podcasts

    Reed Stockman
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:48 am
    The 2014 Global Infrastructure for Giving report 12/17 by CAFAmerica Radio Network | Business Podcasts: "Join us as we talk with Andrew Watt, FInstF, President and CEO, Association of Fundraising Professionals about the role that the Association of Fundraising Professionals plays in philanthropy in the US as well as key insights from the 2014 Global Infrastructure for Giving report." 'via Blog
  • Report: Charitable Giving Nears Pre-Recession Levels - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

    Reed Stockman
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:50 am
    Report: Charitable Giving Nears Pre-Recession Levels - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "Charitable giving and donor retention levels increased last year, according to a new report from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), as they continued to inch near pre-recession rates." 'via Blog this'
  • Rethinking Hospital Fundraising

    Reed Stockman
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:26 am
    Rethinking Hospital Fundraising: "Taking a "Science and Art" Approach To ensure extraordinary donor engagement that results in truly transformational philanthropy, organizations should balance the science and the art of fundraising. The science. The science of fundraising involves aligning with organizational priorities, forming a major gift leadership structure, and establishing a methodical
 
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    Wild Apricot Blog (RSS 2.0)

  • Trends and Predictions For 2015

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:11 am
    Here's a link round-up full of trends and predictions for 2015 for non-profits and membership organizations.
  • Ready To Start Building Sponsor Partnerships?

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Is your non-profit or association taking full advantage of sponsorships? Here's an overview of a new article in our Hub by Joe Waters designed to help non-profits start building sponsor partnerships.
  • New Year Planning Resource Round-up

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Here is a list of resources to help you get your organization (e.g., member renewals, events, volunteer recruitment, website and much more) off to a good start in 2015.
  • 5 Social Media Trends That Could Impact Nonprofits In 2015

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    In this guest post, Alex Balan offers his take on 5 social media trends non-profits should pay attention to for 2015.
  • 3 Ideas For “Dealing With Your Board”

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    If you want some insight into "dealing with your board" here are three ideas shared by our Small Membership Advisory Community members.
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    The Fine Print: blog posts from Center for Effective Government

  • Beef Industry Groups Meet to Discuss Sustainability but Leave with a Marketing Plan

    kvann
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:04 am
    A coalition of beef producers and major food companies met last month in Brazil to address an issue of increasing importance: the significant, harmful environmental impact of raising beef cattle in a world with a growing population and declining resources. Instead of developing a workable blueprint for sustainability, they walked away with a marketing manual. The meeting came shortly after the release of a recent United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that concluded that if humans chose to eat less meat, it would have a greater impact on reducing greenhouse gas…
  • New York State Moves to Ban Fracking, Citing Health Concerns

    afrank
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    New York State officials gave residents an early Christmas present when they moved to ban high-volume hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) within state lines. The decision followed the release of a long-anticipated public health study that found many potential negative impacts from the natural gas drilling method. The announcement comes as a relief to state advocates who have been urging officials to ban fracking for years due to its environmental and public health risks. New York State has had a de facto ban on fracking since 2008 while officials awaited the release of an environmental impact…
  • Flow of Illicit Money Undermines Governments and Impedes Development

    jschieder
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:19 am
    A lack of transparency in the global financial system hinders the ability of governments worldwide to stop the flow of illicit money that comes from crimes like tax evasion, money laundering, and bribery. These illegal flows rob many poor nations of their opportunity to develop and thrive. Between 2003 and 2012, more than $6.6 trillion in illegal funds flowed out of developing nations, according to a new report by Global Financial Integrity (GFI). These illicit financial flows are growing at 9.4 percent, roughly twice as fast as global gross domestic product (GDP). The latest data reveals…
  • Congress Slashes EPA Budget Again Despite Strong Public Support for Strengthening Health Protections

    rwhite
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    In a continuing effort to dismantle the ability of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect public health and the environment, Congress is poised to adopt a fiscal year 2015 budget that would reduce the agency's funding for the fifth year in a row. The $60 million cut in EPA’s budget, which builds on previous reductions, will bring the agency's staffing to its lowest level since 1989. These funding cuts are not surprising, given that anti-regulatory forces in Congress have made clear their intent to use the budget process to block EPA’s work.
  • Environment, Workers, and Financial Protections Among the Hardest Hit in 2015 Spending Bill

    jschieder
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    UPDATE (12/17/14): The spending bill passed the House on Dec. 11 and the Senate on Dec. 13. President Obama signed the legislation on Dec. 16. With just two days remaining to avert another government shutdown, congressional leaders released a much-anticipated $1 trillion funding package on Tuesday night, setting spending levels for the vast majority of federal agencies through Sept. 30, 2015. The legislation delivers big blows to critical public protections and the resources we need to make investments in infrastructure and public protections. The priorities included in the bill reflect…
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    eJewish Philanthropy: Your Jewish Philanthropy Resource

  • And Jewish Nonprofits Rested, And It Was Good

    eJP
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    By Rachel Cyrulnik The US Travel Association recently released a study that found Americans are taking fewer vacation days today than they did at any other time in the last forty years. Employees’ efforts to please their employers – or at least not to rock the boat – make an obvious statement about the increasing demands in today’s office culture for workers to go above and beyond the expectations set by the official policies of America’s places of employment. Typically understaffed and working on shoestring budgets, nonprofits are prime suspects for eeking maximum mileage…
  • This Hanukkah a Synagogue (Re)Dedication

    eJP
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:30 pm
    By Rabbi Ben Greenberg and Andi Rosenthal In the long, holiday-free stretch between the end of the High Holidays and Hanukkah, it is easy to lose sight of one’s sense of purpose in the Jewish world. The commitment and inspiration of the New Year and the Day of Atonement fade with the transition of days from the high and holy to the typical and ordinary. For families it may be the seemingly endless Hebrew school and school pickup and drop-off; for seniors, the glow of seeing old friends at Shabbat services competes with the tyranny of cold weather and early nightfall. Not least of all,…
  • Chabad on Campus Marks a Major Milestone: 220 Centers Worldwide

    eJP
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    In addition to Chabad on Campus centers popping up all over North America, Israel is seeing a boon in Chabad services at its secondary-educational institutions. Chabad on Campus activities run the gamut, from social events to educational programs, and holiday meals and programs. Here, students at the University of Texas in San Antonio enjoy an outdoor barbecue, courtesy of Rabbi Ari and Chaya Weingarten. By Menachem Posner and Carin M. Smilk [This is the third in a series of articles on the growth and impact of Chabad-Lubavitch worldwide.] Rabbi Levi and Adina Tiechtel couldn’t wait to get…
  • Hillel International Launches Civil Rights Initiative

    eJP
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Hillel International has announced a major initiative to mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 and other major civil rights achievements with special guest speakers and programming for students throughout the country, as part of Hillel’s commitment to Jewish learning and social justice. “Countless Jews stood shoulder to shoulder with African Americans during this turning point in American history, and Jews the world over continue the tradition of fighting for social justice each and every day. Hillel International is proud to illuminate the struggles…
  • 1,100 French Jewish High School Students Celebrate Hanukkah in Jerusalem

    eJP
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Photo by Avi Dodi for Amit Productions 1,100 high school seniors from twenty-five Jewish schools across France celebrated the third night of Hanukkah (Thursday, December 18) in Jerusalem. Participants enjoyed performances by Israeli singer-songwriter Yonatan Razel and IDF Chief Cantor Lt. Col. Shai Abramson, accompanied by the IDF Rabbinate Troupe. Bac Bleu Blanc (“High School Seniors in Blue and White”) is a program run by The Jewish Agency for Israel, with the support of Keren Hayesod-UIA, that brings French Jewish high school seniors to Israel on a one-week educational trip…
 
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • Help Fight Hunger This Holiday Season

    Mitch Nauffts
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:34 am
    For a majority of Americans, the holiday season is a time of celebration, feasting, and thankfulness. In the midst of our merriment, however, it's important to remember that while many of us are planning our holiday meals, millions of Americans...
  • Philanthropy in India: Dasra’s First Forum in the U.S.

    Mitch Nauffts
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:33 am
    The enthusiasm on display at the Dasra Philanthropy Forum on November 10 could have fueled a week-long conference. Hosted by the Ford Foundation, the day-long event brought together more than thirty speakers, five panels, and a crowd of over a...
  • How to Improve Your Mediocre Fundraising Copy

    Mitch Nauffts
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:21 am
    For most of us, the month of December generally means two things: fundraising letters and holiday parties. Okay, maybe that's just me. Still, end-of-year gifts and donations account for a substantial amount of the money raised by nonprofit organizations, which,...
  • Weekend Link Roundup (December 13-14, 2014)

    Mitch Nauffts
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:57 am
    Our weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the nonprofit sector.... Agriculture On the George and Cynthia Mitchell Foundation blog, David Festa, vice president for ecosystems at the Environmental Defense Fund, suggests that if "we're going to meet growing...
  • Philanthropy's Paradigm Shift

    Mitch Nauffts
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:58 am
    The following was sent to us by George McCully, creator of the Massachusetts Catalogue for Philanthropy, which was launched in 1997 as a collaborative project of about twenty leading foundations, corporations, and individual donors in the state and distributed annually...
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    The GiveWell Blog

  • Donor coordination and the “giver’s dilemma” – Part II

    Elie
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:36 am
    We recently wrote about three questions we faced that relate to donor coordination. This post is a continuation of that topic and may only appeal to donors who are particularly interested in this issue. Over the past two weeks, we’ve been discussing the question: how should we allocate funds that donors give us for regranting to our top charities? We plan to allocate these funds according to the recommended allocation explained in our previous post up to the point where one of our top charities reaches the maximum target from individuals we have set (explained here). The question we…
  • Staff members’ personal donations – giving season 2014

    Holden
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:24 pm
    For this post, GiveWell staff members wrote up the thinking behind their personal donations for the year. We made a similar post a year ago. Elie HassenfeldMy wife and I are planning to give more to GiveDirectly than the GiveWell allocation. Organization GiveWell allocation Our allocation AMF 67% 45% GD 13% 45% SCI 13% 5% DtWI 7% 5% I agree with the relative strengths and weaknesses of each organization as summarized in this table but I differ from the reasoning behind the GiveWell allocation in two ways: I put less weight on explicit cost-effectiveness analysis. Conceptually, my goal is to…
  • Donor coordination and the “giver’s dilemma”

    Holden
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:08 am
    This year we’ve dealt with some particularly intense manifestations of what one might call the “giver’s dilemma.” Imagine that two donors, Alice and Bob, are both considering supporting a charity whose room for more funding is $X, and each is willing to give the full $X to close that gap. If Alice finds out about Bob’s plans, her incentive is to give nothing to the charity, since she knows Bob will fill its funding gap. Conversely, if Bob finds out about Alice’s funding plans, his incentive is to give nothing to the charity and perhaps support another…
  • Our updated top charities

    Elie
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:35 am
    Our top charities are (in alphabetical order): Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) Deworm the World Initiative (DtWI), led by Evidence Action GiveDirectly Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI) We have recommended all four of these charities in the past. We have also included four additional organizations on our top charities page as standout charities. They are (in alphabetical order): Development Media International (DMI) The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition’s Universal Salt Iodization program (GAIN – USI) International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders…
  • Deworm the World Initiative (led by Evidence Action) update

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

  • [Guest Post] 5 Reasons Your Peer to Peer Program is Failing

    Marc A. Pitman
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Today, I've invited Dave Linn to teach about peer-to-peer fundraising. Having run bikathons and walkathons myself, I know how powerful they can be...and how much of a pain they can be too! Dave is the Chief Operating Officer of The Generosity Series, a series of multi-charity 5K Run/Walks with an integrated peer-to-peer platform. Dave got on my radar when I was tweeted a picture of a t-shirt he'd created with my quote on it! Dave can be reached at dave@generosityseries.com. 5 Reasons Your Peer to Peer Program is Failing by Dave Linn Peer to peer fundraising is booming. It's the fastest…
  • 5 truly useful gifts for travelers who fundraise

    Marc A. Pitman
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:39 pm
    I've been seeing lots of "gifts for travelers" lists. Unfortunately, most of them are full of expensive items that are of questionable value. Do we really need $85 galoshes? Or a $70 light bulb? Here are some real gifts you can get your favorite traveling fundraiser! I know, I use them on every trip. For convenience, I'm linking as many as I can to Amazon. But you can find many of these in many different stores. Gifts a traveling fundraiser will actually use Wet Ones Airplanes, trains, and buses are truly gross places. Do you realize how infrequently those trays and armrests are cleaned?!
  • Training Your Board to Raise Money – a book for your new year

    Marc A. Pitman
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:07 am
    I love finding practical tools that can help nonprofits thrive. The new book Train Your Board (and Everyone Else) to Raise Money is just that. Crisis with nonprofit boards Gone are the days when boards could be rubber-stamping social clubs. More than ever, nonprofits needs boards that will advocate for their cause. Interestingly, board members are increasingly wanting to be advocates. Unfortunately, most existing systems don't address either the nonprofit need for engaged boards or board members' desire for engagement. Train Your Board to Raise Money can help. The authors, Andrea Kihlstedt…
  • [Guest Post] Are you frustrated with some of your board members?

    Marc A. Pitman
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:19 am
    Today, I'm pleased to share with you a fun post by Simone Joyaux. Simone is one of the most provocative and insightful fundraising consultants I know. She is particularly good at working with boards and governance, so I asked her to write a piece in relation to her new book, Firing Lousy Board Members: And Helping the Others Succeed. You can read her latest thoughts at her blog: http://www.simonejoyaux.com/. And, Simone is giving a webinar for The Nonprofit Academy on December 9. Join the Academy to attend or to receive access to the recording! Are you frustrated with some of your board…
  • Ask Without Fear!® now in Chinese

    Marc A. Pitman
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    We are thrilled to announce that Ask Without Fear!® is now available in Chinese! Thanks to the tranlators at Shantz Language Services, people raising support in China and in Chinese speaking populations around the world will be able to read Ask Without Fear! in Simplified Mandarin. This Chinese translation of Ask Without Fear! joins the growing family of translations that now included Dutch, Polish, and Spanish. To get your own copy of the Chinese edition of Ask Without Fear!, go to: http://yuedu.baidu.com/ebook/bfeb4b4a2f60ddccdb38a026The post Ask Without Fear!® now in Chinese appeared…
 
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    FundraisingIP.com: Fundraising Ideas

  • 5 Must-Read Books for Fundraisers

    Devon Reeser
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Need some reading material for the holidays? A gift for that special fundraiser in your family? Take a look at these top picks available in print or for instant download. But how do you pick among the hundreds, if not thousands, of good fundraising books that have been published to help you develop the resources you need to make your organization successful? Focus your research on these five key principles of fundraising and reading the best in their genres: 1. Inspiration: The first key to good fundraising is empowerment and passion. You need to believe in your cause to be able to convince…
  • Who to Ask for Donations

    Devon Reeser
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    The trend is clear: if you want to raise money for your organization in today’s economy, you need to know what individuals to ask for donations. While philanthropy as a whole is on the rise in the US, the majority of funding, and nearly all of the fundraising increase, is coming from rich American philanthropists.  The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that the most successful 400 US charities last year managed to raise 11% more money, and nearly all of it came from individual donors. In just two years, Silicon Valley’s Mark Zuckerberg gave $1.5 billion to one foundation!
  • Nonprofit Fundraising: Events vs. Great Events

    Cari Mostert
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Your last bake sale was an outrageous success and the car wash did even better, but does that mean that it’s time to introduce a yearly dinner gala to your fundraising calendar? Unless your organization is flush with time, money and resources with staff to spare, you might be feeling a tad overwhelmed. If you’ve had success with a handful of minor fundraisers then you’ll know that great events don’t just happen; they take an awful lot of work to reach their targets. And lumped together under the catchall heading of “events” are fundraisers as diverse as your summer…
  • 7 Reasons Personal Appeal Letters Are Still the Best Way to Fundraise

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

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

  • How to Write Your Best Fundraising Emails

    John Haydon
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    Whether it’s in person or by email, how you ask for donations can often make or break your fundraising campaign. This is especially true for big campaigns when you pull out all the stops with an amazing event, a beautiful direct mail campaign, and your best fundraising emails. But let’s face it, writing effective fundraising emails is not easy. But it can be done, if you follow a process to develop your own email messages. And if you’re patient. 8 Steps to Writing The Best Fundraising Emails for Your Nonprofit Here are seven steps you can follow to write or even rewrite…
  • Giving Tuesday Results Prove that People Are Awesome

    John Haydon
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:04 pm
    #GivingTuesday represents the best of people. It signals a growing (and much-needed) shift towards helping others, instead of trampling over our friends and relatives at Wal-Mart on Black Friday. The other exciting thing about #GivingTuesday is that it’s becoming a way for nonprofits to develop their fundraising and marketing chops. So what were the Giving Tuesday results for 2014? The Case Foundation published a beautiful infographic (below) highlighting 2014 Giving Tuesday results from Blackboard, Donor Perfect, GlobalGiving, Network for Good and Razoo: Almost $46…
  • How Many Year-End Fundraising Emails Should You Send?

    John Haydon
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
    Let’s face it, fundraising is not easy. Especially during December when many other nonprofits are also asking for money, from your donors! According to M&R’s recent report, nonprofits sent 7 fundraising emails per subscriber in December of 2013. The same number of fundraising emails was also sent in December of 2012. So the answer is seven, right? No so fast. Successful year-end email fundraising is not all about quantity. Here are a few tips to make sure you get the most QUALITY from your year-end fundraising emails: 1. Send targeted messages to…
  • 7 Tips for Using Hashtags Effectively on #GivingTuesday

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

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

  • Powerful Women Boost Profits

    Cynthia D'Amour
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:55 pm
    How much money is your company losing because your female staff members do not feel as powerful as they could be? When women feel powerful they are more likely to speak up at meetings. They are also more likely to be heard by others. Thus helping to boost profits for your organization. Think about it… What’s the value of a good idea in your company? For the ease of math, let’s say a typical idea or insight is worth $100. Every day there are multiple opportunities for staff to share ideas and/or insights that can help your company. Let’s also say a woman works 50 weeks a…
  • Power Starts with You

    Cynthia D'Amour
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    You don’t need permission to be powerful – especially when tapping into your feminine power. You simply need to start claiming your power to be more powerful. Power is born inside you. Imagine this… You’ve been feeling powerless at work. No one listens to much of what you say. Or if they do, they borrow your ideas. AND take credit for the positive results. You are mad about your situation. You storm into your boss’s office, share what’s been going on and demand to be more respected, heard and appreciated. In other words, you want to be more powerful in…
  • Unleash Your Feminine Power

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

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

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

  • Happy Holidaze 2014!

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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
  • Explain (Video) Yourself

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

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

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

  • Tricycle Tips for Giving to a Charity

    9 Dec 2014 | 8:07 am
    Originally published on Linkedin on December 4, 2014.                The largest portion of charitable gifts are donated in the month of December each year, to over 1 million charities. Based on my thirty something years in the nonprofit sector and seven years evaluating their performance, I suggest this simple technique to think about how to be sure that the charity you are considering supporting is among the best. It can all be summed up in the image of a tricycle. Just as there are three wheels on a tricycle, there are questions to be answered…
  • Pros and Cons of Checkout Donations

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

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

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

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

  • IRA Charitable Rollover Is Back!

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:40 am
    Just this week, the Senate signed off on legislation that reinstates retroactively many expired tax provisions. One of those provisions is the IRA charitable rollover. If you aren't familiar with the IRA Charitable Rollover it allows individuals 70 1/2 or older to distribute up to $100,000 from an IRA to a qualifying charity.  While taxpayers can't claim a charitable deduction for such gifts, they don't have to count the gift as taxable income.Sadly, this tax provision will expire again on January 1.
  • Personal Finance Reporter Explores How To Check Out Charities Before Donating

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    In the following segment, personal finance reporter, Ric Romero, reminds viewers to check out charities before they donate their hard-earned money.
  • Stumped for a gift idea?

    13 Dec 2014 | 11:35 am
    Stop stressing over what to get everyone on that long list and spread some joy by donating to a highly-rated charity in honor of someone you love. Go to our site now and pick out a charity to support that will make you and the person you are giving in honor of, feel good this holiday season.
  • Warning To Scammers, This App Will Ensure Charitable Donations Go To Their Intended Good Causes

    11 Dec 2014 | 10:58 pm
    Don't let scammers get their hands on your charitable donations. Use our free app to check out charities before you give!Download Charity Navigator's Android or Apple app now.
  • Informed Giving Made Easy

    11 Dec 2014 | 6:58 am
    Vetting charities is our full-time job.  We do this because we know most donors are simply too busy with their work, family and other responsibilities to take on the daunting task of digging through and analyzing nonprofit data. So, our staff works hard, year-round to ensure you have access to the most current data available on thousands of charities. And that’s why we’ve posted five easy to follow steps to ensure you can quickly and easily donate to worthy charities that match your philanthropic passion.  
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    Case Foundation » What’s New

  • How a new type of social graph could change philanthropy

    Lauren Burton
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:20 pm
    This post was written by Will Grana on behalf of the Case Foundation: Before you clicked to this blog post, you probably checked your email, liked a page on Facebook, followed your favorite musician on Twitter, shared a video, searched for a restaurant on Google, and let your online friends know about the good deal you […] The post How a new type of social graph could change philanthropy appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • #GivingTuesday Moves from Campaign to Tradition

    Lauren Burton
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Yesterday millions of individuals across the globe united for one purpose – to give back to their communities and kick off the holiday season with an act of good. In its third year, #GivingTuesday harnessed the collective power of charities, online social media, businesses and individuals to transform how people think about and participate in […] The post #GivingTuesday Moves from Campaign to Tradition appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Know Your Numbers: #GivingTuesday

    Lauren Burton
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Each holiday season, reporters and economists anxiously await the release of key holiday shopping figures—how much money did consumers spend on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday; what were the fastest selling toys; and what does this all say about the health of our economy? This year, the forecast looks good: the National […] The post Know Your Numbers: #GivingTuesday appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • We Can’t Wait – World Toilet Day 2014

    Lauren Burton
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:55 pm
    These days, it seems like there’s a dedicated “day” for pretty much everything – to raise awareness for important issues, to give to local charities, or to celebrate important people in our lives. I don’t ultimately think it’s a bad thing, as it causes us to pause and reflect on important moments and issues. One […] The post We Can’t Wait – World Toilet Day 2014 appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • 11 Ways to Honor America’s Veterans on 11/11

    Lauren Burton
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:10 pm
    “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy Veterans Day is our Nation’s opportunity to acknowledge the Veterans of the United States Armed Forces for their fearlessness, courage and leadership. While it is important to express […] The post 11 Ways to Honor America’s Veterans on 11/11 appeared first on Case Foundation.
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    YouTube: Nonprofits

  • I'm Home! Time to Get Ready for the 2014 Project for Awesome

    vlogbrothers
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    I'm Home! Time to Get Ready for the 2014 Project for Awesome http://www.projectforawesome.com Hank's how-to-p4a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WcuN37IrZg&list=UUOT2iLov0V7Re7ku_3UBtcQ In which John briefly vis... From: vlogbrothers Views: 230255 8684 ratings Time: 02:47 More in People & Blogs
  • The Future of the Project for Awesome: Pizzamas Day 8

    vlogbrothers
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:36 pm
    The Future of the Project for Awesome: Pizzamas Day 8 In which John is repeatedly interrupted by Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne while trying to share thoughts about the Project for Awesome 2014. ---- Join the com... From: vlogbrothers Views: 223291 10118 ratings Time: 04:00 More in People & Blogs
  • David Ortiz surprises veterans at Fenway with World Series tickets

    Bank of America
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    David Ortiz surprises veterans at Fenway with World Series tickets Watch David Ortiz surprise two veterans and an active duty service member with an all access tour of Fenway Park and tickets to Game 1 of the 2014 World Seri... From: Bank of America Views: 105619 135 ratings Time: 02:12 More in Education
  • Listen: Thoughts from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

    vlogbrothers
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Listen: Thoughts from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia In which John discusses his visit to the Yekatit 12 hospital's NICU in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and the extraordinary neonatologist there, Dr. Mulualem Gessess... From: vlogbrothers Views: 403625 23509 ratings Time: 03:21 More in People & Blogs
  • Exciting Announcements and Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

    vlogbrothers
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    Exciting Announcements and Mosquito-Borne Illnesses In which John discusses his forthcoming trip with Bill Gates (yes, that Bill Gates), his health anxiety, the worldwide threat of mosquito-borne illnesses, he... From: vlogbrothers Views: 384762 15237 ratings Time: 03:01 More in People & Blogs
 
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    Together We Flourish

  • Beaver County Youth Positively Impacted Through Tiger Pause Youth Ministry

    Susan
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:20 am
    What an amazing Fall semester! All of our sites are filled to capacity with students! Four of our sites have gone on field trips to either the Carnegie Science Center or Fun Fore All. Our Geneva staff has brought skills, talents, and gifts that have blessed our programs and children in countless ways. Tiger Pause […]
  • Card With a Cause Gives Opportunity for Disabled Bolivian Artists

    Susan
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:25 am
    Hand-painted cards made by disabled Bolivian Artists, available through Amizade Local nonprofit Amizade Global Service-Learning is now the U.S. retailer for the CEOLI Card Project. Amizade is a longtime partner with CEOLI, the Center for Educational and Vocational Preparation for the Disabled, located in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The cards, available for purchase at ceolicards.org, are produced […]
  • Familylinks, Vintage, Inc. Join Forces to Create Stronger Future for Senior Services

    Susan
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:48 am
    Familylinks to Expand Senior Services Programs, Become Parent of Vintage Vintage to Retain Name, Programs, Service Locations and Management The Boards of Directors of two non-profit agencies this week voted unanimously to authorize the affiliation of Familylinks and Vintage, Inc. as part of their respective plans  to expand Familylinks’ overall senior ancillary services and to […]
  • Volunteering to Love, Loving to Volunteer

    Susan
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:32 am
    As a freshman at The University of Pittsburgh, Kate Werley knew she wanted to make a commitment to volunteering. “I knew that I wanted to get involved in the community, so I went to the Volunteer Fair [at The University of Pittsburgh],” Kate explained. “I’ve always enjoyed volunteering, but some past experiences were one-day events. […]
  • Help is Available for Kids, Families and Adults at Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry

    Susan
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:39 am
    Women’s Self Care Support Group – Feel empty?  Moody?  Not interested in things you once were? Overwhelmed with life? Reduce stress, tackle anxiety, and strengthen boundaries while building practical coping techniques and tools in a confidential, healing, and supportive environment. This group starts February 28th and runs through May 2nd  on Saturdays from 10:30am to […]
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    Minnesota Council on Foundations Blog - Philanthropy Potluck

  • A Movement Moment

    MCF Webmaster
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:57 am
    Funders Respond to #BlackLivesMatter, Ferguson and Garner My friend and social strategist, Beth Zemsky, would call this a “movement moment.” We’re living in a time when activists and community leaders are working tirelessly to rise up in resistance to the violence that so many in our communities face on a daily basis. This isn’t to say there wasn’t important work happening before or that the tragic losses of Mike Brown or Eric Garner are somehow a new occurrence. As a country, our entire history is entangled with a legacy of violence against black and brown bodies. What’s…
  • 2015 Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellows Announced

    MCF Webmaster
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:49 am
    Today MCF announced the 2015 Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellows. The Fellowship, launched as a partnership with the Bush Foundation in 2013, prepares high-potential individuals from underrepresented communities for careers in philanthropy. Fellows are employed by MCF and placed at participating foundations for three years. This year’s Fellows will join the Bush Foundation, the Headwaters Foundation for Justice or The Minneapolis Foundation, where they will start on January 12, 2015. “For foundations to remain credible partners, their staff must reflect the shifting diversity of…
  • Graves Family Foundation Announces Inaugural Grants and Grant Cycles

    MCF Webmaster
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The John and Denise Graves Foundation, serving the greater Minneapolis area, recently announced its inaugural grants. The foundation chose 14 grant recipients who share the foundation’s education equity goals of: increasing high quality K-12 seats serving disadvantaged youth, researching, advocating, and organizing for high quality schools and school leaders and identifying and addressing systemic issues contributing to educational inequity. The Graves Family Foundation will be accepting Letters of Inquiry for its education equity grant cycle from February 1st through Feb 27th, 2015.
  • Charitable Giving is Up in Minnesota

    MCF Webmaster
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:18 am
    Today, MCF released our new Giving in Minnesota research, the most comprehensive analysis of charitable giving in the state. It shows that individuals, foundations and corporations gave $5.7 billion in 2012, a 2-percent increase in total giving over 2011. Individual giving went up to $4.1 billion in 2012, while grantmaking by foundations and corporations in Minnesota declined by 6 percent to $1.6 billion. Other highlights include: Education Receives the Most Grant Money As has been true historically in Minnesota, education received the largest share of grant dollars (29 percent) of eight…
  • Funder Collaboratives Changing Philanthropy as Usual

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

  • The List: 6 Eco-Friendly Ways to Gift

    3BL Media
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:27 am
    Are you shopping green for your holiday gifts? As I’ve been rounding up gifts for my family and friends, I’ve been trying to be as responsible as possible: I’m shopping [...] The post The List: 6 Eco-Friendly Ways to Gift appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Connecting Veterans to Opportunities in Agriculture

    3BL Media
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:10 am
    When I graduated from college in 1980 (yes, I’m aging myself), I had a degree in Agricultural Journalism because there were so many open jobs in the agricultural industry. We’ve [...] The post Connecting Veterans to Opportunities in Agriculture appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • PepsiCo Partners to Deliver Safe Water: CWDF’s Water Cellars for Mothers

    3BL Media
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:53 pm
    China is a dynamic industrial engine and an emerging leader in the world economy. However, there is another China, full  of rural communities, often lacking basic infrastructure and competing for limited [...] The post PepsiCo Partners to Deliver Safe Water: CWDF’s Water Cellars for Mothers appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • 51 Schools Nationwide Named State Winners in the $2 Million Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest

    3BL Media
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:25 am
    Samsung today announced the 51 state winners in the Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a nationwide competition to raise enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by challenging students and [...] The post 51 Schools Nationwide Named State Winners in the $2 Million Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Real vs. Fake: The Great Christmas Tree Debate

    3BL Media
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    Are they real or fake? Most of us who celebrate the holidays with a Christmas tree have an opinion about which type of tree is better, so we decided to take [...] The post Real vs. Fake: The Great Christmas Tree Debate appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • Help Fight Hunger This Holiday Season

    Mitch Nauffts
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:34 am
    For a majority of Americans, the holiday season is a time of celebration, feasting, and thankfulness. In the midst of our merriment, however, it's important to remember that while many of us are planning our holiday meals, millions of Americans...
  • Philanthropy in India: Dasra’s First Forum in the U.S.

    Mitch Nauffts
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:33 am
    The enthusiasm on display at the Dasra Philanthropy Forum on November 10 could have fueled a week-long conference. Hosted by the Ford Foundation, the day-long event brought together more than thirty speakers, five panels, and a crowd of over a...
  • How to Improve Your Mediocre Fundraising Copy

    Mitch Nauffts
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:21 am
    For most of us, the month of December generally means two things: fundraising letters and holiday parties. Okay, maybe that's just me. Still, end-of-year gifts and donations account for a substantial amount of the money raised by nonprofit organizations, which,...
  • Weekend Link Roundup (December 13-14, 2014)

    Mitch Nauffts
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:57 am
    Our weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the nonprofit sector.... Agriculture On the George and Cynthia Mitchell Foundation blog, David Festa, vice president for ecosystems at the Environmental Defense Fund, suggests that if "we're going to meet growing...
  • Philanthropy's Paradigm Shift

    Mitch Nauffts
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:58 am
    The following was sent to us by George McCully, creator of the Massachusetts Catalogue for Philanthropy, which was launched in 1997 as a collaborative project of about twenty leading foundations, corporations, and individual donors in the state and distributed annually...
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    ONE

  • 11 standout moments for girls and women in 2014

    Anna Lemberger
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:54 am
    Co-written by Anna Lemberger and Signa Mahung As 2014 comes to an end, ONE Girls and Women looks back on some incredibly standout moments for girls and women this year. From big awards in science to viral discussions about gender equality, these are the events and people that made us sit up and pay attention in 2014. 1. Teen girls help solve world hunger at a science fair And we thought our paper-mache volcanoes were cool! Ciara Judge, 16, Émer Hickey, 16, and Sophie Healy-Thow, 17, won the Google Science Fair this year with a discovery that could combat world hunger. Eleven months of…
  • Michael Gerson: A global conspiracy of health

    Michael Gerson
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    ONE Fellow Michael Gerson reflects on the success of vaccines. This piece originally appeared in the Washington Post. Photo Credit: Gavi In the category of stunning, heartening, woefully underreported good news: In 2000, an estimated 9.9 million children around the world died before age 5. In 2013, the figure was 6.3 million. That is 3.6 million fewer deaths, even as the world’s population increased by about 1 billion. There are a variety of reasons for increased child survival, including improved prevention of malaria and HIV. But according to a recent report in the Lancet, about…
  • Ebola: More Than a Health Crisis

    Guest Blogger
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    By Penny Anderson, Mercy Corps Country Director, Liberia & Kedar Mankad, Policy Officer Agriculture & Inclusive Growth, ONE “Ebola is not just a health crisis. Across West Africa a generation of young people risk[s] being lost to an economic catastrophe.” – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Photo Credit: Mercy Corps The Ebola outbreak is wreaking havoc on the economies of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. 1 million more people could be food insecure in West Africa from Ebola by March, according to the World Food Program (WFP). Though we see and hear almost daily that the Ebola…
  • Surviving Ebola in Sierra Leone – a child’s story

    Guest Blogger
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:27 pm
    By Anne Boher. This piece is reposted from UNICEF. After losing her mother to the Ebola virus, a girl in Sierra Leone must raise her younger brother and sister on her own – and hold on to her own hope of returning to school. KENEMA, Sierra Leone – Four-year-old Amadou wakes up his sister, Mary, at 4:30 a.m. He has a headache and can’t sleep. He asks her where their mother is. It is the same question he has asked almost daily since he was discharged from the Ebola Treatment Unit in Kenema, almost two months ago. Mary, 15, ignores her initial annoyance at being woken up and becomes…
  • Interview: Stephanie Sinclair’s storytelling through photos

    Stephanie Walstrom
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:07 am
    This post is part of ONE’s“Reporter Perspectives: Covering Africa”blog series. Sometimes photos tell a more powerful story than words. Stephanie Sinclair knows this well; she’s been telling some of the world’s most important human rights stories through the lens of a camera for over a decade. Sinclair is a Pulitzer-Prize winning photojournalist who has been featured in publications such as National Geographic and New York Times Magazine. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Too Young to Wed, a nonprofit that provides visual evidence of the human rights challenges faced…
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    Nonprofit Blog Exchange

  • 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…
  • Roundup for August 2014

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

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

    Andrew Jones
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    In July of 2013,  a well known Christian magazine that focuses on Christian outreach asked me what I thought they should cover in 2014. WHAT I SUGGESTED I suggested articles on urban agriculture, going off-grid, permaculture, voluntary simplicity, interaction with Muslims, nomads, social enterprise, DIY and self sufficiency, outreach that includes seekers rather than targets them, outreach for churches that ...
  • Blogging in 2015

    Andrew Jones
    12 Dec 2014 | 4:07 am
    I have been unblogging for a while which has been a good experience for me. Learning to listen. Learning to watch. I used to call it “blogfast” but unblogging seems to be the term these days. But now that I am starting a new season of work in Europe, and will have lots to blog about, I want to get my ...
  • What went wrong in the south?

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

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

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

    eJP
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    By Rachel Cyrulnik The US Travel Association recently released a study that found Americans are taking fewer vacation days today than they did at any other time in the last forty years. Employees’ efforts to please their employers – or at least not to rock the boat – make an obvious statement about the increasing demands in today’s office culture for workers to go above and beyond the expectations set by the official policies of America’s places of employment. Typically understaffed and working on shoestring budgets, nonprofits are prime suspects for eeking maximum mileage…
  • This Hanukkah a Synagogue (Re)Dedication

    eJP
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:30 pm
    By Rabbi Ben Greenberg and Andi Rosenthal In the long, holiday-free stretch between the end of the High Holidays and Hanukkah, it is easy to lose sight of one’s sense of purpose in the Jewish world. The commitment and inspiration of the New Year and the Day of Atonement fade with the transition of days from the high and holy to the typical and ordinary. For families it may be the seemingly endless Hebrew school and school pickup and drop-off; for seniors, the glow of seeing old friends at Shabbat services competes with the tyranny of cold weather and early nightfall. Not least of all,…
  • Chabad on Campus Marks a Major Milestone: 220 Centers Worldwide

    eJP
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    In addition to Chabad on Campus centers popping up all over North America, Israel is seeing a boon in Chabad services at its secondary-educational institutions. Chabad on Campus activities run the gamut, from social events to educational programs, and holiday meals and programs. Here, students at the University of Texas in San Antonio enjoy an outdoor barbecue, courtesy of Rabbi Ari and Chaya Weingarten. By Menachem Posner and Carin M. Smilk [This is the third in a series of articles on the growth and impact of Chabad-Lubavitch worldwide.] Rabbi Levi and Adina Tiechtel couldn’t wait to get…
  • Hillel International Launches Civil Rights Initiative

    eJP
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Hillel International has announced a major initiative to mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 and other major civil rights achievements with special guest speakers and programming for students throughout the country, as part of Hillel’s commitment to Jewish learning and social justice. “Countless Jews stood shoulder to shoulder with African Americans during this turning point in American history, and Jews the world over continue the tradition of fighting for social justice each and every day. Hillel International is proud to illuminate the struggles…
  • 1,100 French Jewish High School Students Celebrate Hanukkah in Jerusalem

    eJP
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Photo by Avi Dodi for Amit Productions 1,100 high school seniors from twenty-five Jewish schools across France celebrated the third night of Hanukkah (Thursday, December 18) in Jerusalem. Participants enjoyed performances by Israeli singer-songwriter Yonatan Razel and IDF Chief Cantor Lt. Col. Shai Abramson, accompanied by the IDF Rabbinate Troupe. Bac Bleu Blanc (“High School Seniors in Blue and White”) is a program run by The Jewish Agency for Israel, with the support of Keren Hayesod-UIA, that brings French Jewish high school seniors to Israel on a one-week educational trip…
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  • Vilifying Donor Advised Funds – ProPublica Gets It Wrong

    Greg McRay
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:38 pm
    An article published yesterday by the online newspaper, ProPublica (which claims to focus on stories with “moral force”), is getting a lot of attention.  In the essay entitled, The Wall Street Takeover of Charity, writer Jesse Eisinger goes to great lengths to effectively label donor-advised funds as scandalous investment vehicles that allow the “rich” to get tax credit for charitable giving without having to give... The post Vilifying Donor Advised Funds – ProPublica Gets It Wrong appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • A Nonprofit Board of Directors – What is a Board?

    Justin Williamson
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    It is essential for startup nonprofits to have a strong organizational structure. This structure is built through the board of directors. But what exactly is a board of directors and what role does a board play within a nonprofit? The board of directors is the governing body of a nonprofit. Individuals who sit on the board are responsible for overseeing the organization’s activities. Board members... The post A Nonprofit Board of Directors – What is a Board? appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • Lawmakers Considering Locking in Three Charity Tax Breaks

    Justin Williamson
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    Ron Wyden, U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman, expects Congress to pass legislation to extend three lapsed tax breaks for charitable contributions. Such extensions would be made permanent. The three tax breaks include the following: enhanced deduction for conservation easements, donations from retirement accounts, and breaks for businesses that donate food. These three breaks were all included in a bill that would revive them for 2014... The post Lawmakers Considering Locking in Three Charity Tax Breaks appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • Giving Tuesday Shows Significant Growth in 2014

    Justin Williamson
    9 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    Giving Tuesday is a day that gives the world a chance to celebrate charities. In the past, it has been known as a day that follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but the increasing support shows it stands out on its own. According to Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy (along with the United Nations Foundation), Giving Tuesday raised a total of $45.68 million,... The post Giving Tuesday Shows Significant Growth in 2014 appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • Choosing Nonprofit Accounting Software for the New Year

    Justin Williamson
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:14 am
    All you want for Christmas is… accounting software made for nonprofits. You may be one of the many nonprofits spending the holiday season shopping for better accounting software for your nonprofit. Foundation Group is pleased to announce that we are partnering with Aplos to provide online nonprofit accounting software and are giving you a discount. Many nonprofits have tried using small business accounting software and... The post Choosing Nonprofit Accounting Software for the New Year appeared first on Foundation Group®.
 
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    Living and Giving - Pamela Hawley's Blog

  • The Classic Pamela Positive: Be Prepared to Be Kind

    Pamela Hawley
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    Be Prepared. That’s the motto of the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. When you think about it, being prepared is not just for wilderness trips. And while being prepared often means having savings, storing water for an earthquake or natural disaster, and keeping a flashlight in your car, it also means being prepared qualitatively. It’s about being prepared to react with positive qualities, in your day to day life. It’s all about what you hold, store and prepare within yourself. So be prepared to be kind. Some days you may not receive pleasant news. Will you react in anger, distrust, sadness,…
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: Why Do We Live Apart from the Family We Love?

    Pamela Hawley
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    What We Can Learn from Asia I am one of those fortunate people who will not need to board a flight this holiday. My family is local: My parents live 45 minutes away on the Peninsula, and my sister, brother-in-law and nephews and niece live about 1 mile from my parents. That’s truly been a joy for me, the simple presence of family.   Being able to babysit last-minute; experiencing the chaos of taking care of kids during ‘meltdown time’ at 5 pm with a 6, 4 and 1 year old when they were growing up; celebrating their progress on their soccer field; scootering with them to ice cream on a…
  • I Often Celebrate – Find Out Why: Wise Words from O Magazine’s Martha Beck

    Pamela Hawley
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    “To stay motivated, I celebrated after I make one bed, write one e-mail, fill out one page of a tax form…Celebrating makes fascination all the more joyful–and it builds confidence, which is more useful than avoiding fear.” – Martha Beck, columnist for O Magazine What a great daily message!! I am so thrilled I am jumping off the page today.   It’s all we need. Celebrate the phone call you have with your beloved parents. Celebrate the positive new partnership. Celebrate your kitchen which you just cleaned. Celebrate that you can walk today with freedom.
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: “God Is Awake” – Victor Hugo

    Pamela Hawley
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:20 am
    “When you have laboriously accomplished your daily tasks, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.” – Victor Hugo Mr. Hugo points to our American culture for sure: We work and work and work. We are a productive country, a do-er people. Even though lately we have so many inefficiencies in government and programs, as individuals, we ‘do.’ And so we must pause. We must reflect. We realize when we lay our heads gently down for rest, that God is watching. She is caring and loving. He is standing guard. This loving Principle may even be shaping our thoughts so that we awake…
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: “The Wise Shape Their Minds” – Buddha

    Pamela Hawley
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:02 am
    “As irrigators lead water where they want, as archers make their arrows straight, as carpenters carve wood, the wise shape their minds.” – The Buddha Watch your mind. Watch what you put into it, accept into it. Cherish every thought and suggestion you allow entrance. Your mind guides every aspect of your life. Before you take action, you must have first thought of the action. So watch, care for, tend to your thoughts, as if they are as precious as gold. They are. They will determine how shining and sparkling each day is, each interaction, or how dull and buried your moments…
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  • Is Your Nonprofit Getting the Most From Its Website? If Not, Apply for Our Free Website Review

    Howard
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    When people visit your nonprofit’s website, do they understand who you are? Are you appealing to donors? Are they making donations? We can help you determine your website’s effectiveness. Is Your Website Doing Your Nonprofit Justice? There are a lot of factors that make a website work. If you’d like to evaluate the reach and success of your current website, and consider making improvements, enter our contest! We’ll choose one winner, and provide a comprehensive review, as well as a plan for developing its website. Our recommendations will include expert branding,…
  • Apply to Win a Free Brand Review: A $7,500 Value

    Howard
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:27 am
    This holiday season, Red Rooster Group wants to give nonprofits a gift. Tell us about the impact your organization has, and you could win a professional and comprehensive brand review. That’s an offer you don’t want to miss! What is a Brand Review? A comprehensive brand review will help your nonprofit organization understand its strengths and how to communicate them to donors and other constituents. Red Rooster Group will provide concrete recommendations for improving your brand, communications, and fundraising materials. What Will You Know as a Result? Our brand review will…
  • Get on Board with Matching Gift Programs

    Howard
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:17 am
    When companies match employee donations, everybody wins. Matching Gift Programs are a great way for companies, donors, and nonprofits to combine forces and double their impact. Companies are perceived as socially responsible when they match donations to causes their employees support. Donors double their donations, and nonprofits and those they serve benefit tremendously from the contributions. However, MGPs are sometimes not well publicized, which is a huge opportunity-loss for everyone. As a company, employee, or nonprofit fundraiser, it’s never too late to get started. Companies: Get…
  • This Holiday Season, We Want to Give Thanks for the Big and Small Things In Life

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

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

  • Stars Record Videos For Advent Calendar To Cure Blood Cancer

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Anthony Nolan – the UK’s blood cancer charity and bone marrow register – has launched a star-studded advent calendar, which could cure blood cancer. Every day until Christmas, Anthony Nolan will reveal one mystery star who has been #InspiredbyMillie and wants to say a few words about why you should do something amazing for a stranger during the season of goodwill. Among the stars who have already been revealed are Sienna Miller, Dominic West, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Richard Branson, and many more. Millie was inspiring. And she loved Christmas. That’s why, ten…
  • Duran Duran To Play Intimate Shows For War Child

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    War Child UK and O2 are proud to announce Passport Back To The Bars, a week of one-off events offering incredible access to big name acts in the most intimate music venues – supporting War Child to bring hope and safety back to children in war zones, after an unprecedented year of violence. Produced by War Child UK, O2 and the Music Managers Forum, the Passport shows are a part of BRIT Awards Week 2015. These will be the smallest gigs making the biggest difference. Artists performing will include special shows from Duran Duran, Bastille and Ride (Mark Gardener and Andy Bell acoustic show)…
  • Bethenny Frankel And Skinnygirl Cocktails Donate To Dress For Success

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:10 am
    Skinnygirl Cocktails, the industry leader in premium, great-tasting low-calorie cocktails, and Bethenny Frankel, the original Skinnygirl, are getting into the holiday spirit by donating $150,000 to Dress for Success, an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women. Skinnygirl Bethenny Frankel got into the holiday spirit by donating $150,000 to Dress for Success, accepted by Joi Gordon, CEO, Dress for SuccessCredit/Copyright: Diane Bondareff/Invision for Skinnygirl Cocktails/AP Images “Dress for Success is so important to me, so…
  • Prince Charles Marks 50th Anniversary Of Cystic Fibrosis Trust

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    The Prince of Wales praised the work of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust as he marked becoming its Patron by visiting patients and staff at a leading hospital. The Prince of Wales meets staff at the Royal Brompton HospitalCredit/Copyright: www.princeofwales.gov.uk/His Royal Highness toured the cystic fibrosis centre at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London and chatted to people receiving treatment. The trust is now in its 50th year and in May The Prince succeeded Princess Alexandra, who had been Patron since 1968. In an impromptu speech during his visit, The Prince told leading figures from the…
  • Stars Take Part In Great Ormond Street Hospital Advent Calendar

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity is counting down to Christmas with a star-studded online advent calendar. A host of the UK’s favourite celebrities, including stars from Strictly Come Dancing, The X Factor and Downton Abbey, have recorded video messages sending their season’s greetings to families at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Among the stars who have been revealed so far are Orlando Bloom, Tess Daly, Vernon Kay, Dynamo, Olly Murs, Union J, Little Mix, Peter Andre, Martin Freeman, Pixie Lott, Alan Carr, Emma Bunton, Miranda Hart… and more to come over…
 
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    Leading by Design: A Resource for Nonprofits

  • What Would You Do With a $$ Windfall?

    29 Nov 2014 | 1:02 pm
    RECEIVING A SUM OF MONEY UNEXPECTEDLY (or half-expectedly) isn't as unusual as it may seem in the nonprofit world. It often comes in the form of a bequest, but it might just as often come as a year-end gift from a loyal member.  Sometimes, it's a grant few thought the organization would ever be competitive enough to get.  Or a local corporation or government acknowledges the efforts of a nonprofit that is making the community a better place.The question that gets some organizations tied up in knots is how to make the best and most efficient use of these funds.  We all dream…
  • Stagnant or In Motion: What's Your Nonprofit's Mission?

    6 Sep 2014 | 4:55 am
    WHAT'S SO IMPORTANT ABOUT A NONPROFIT'S MISSION STATEMENT ANYWAY?  A recent exchange of emails with a museum client about their mission statement underscores the potential they can play in a nonprofit's growth and development.  I've been encouraging this client to go beyond the usual, inward-focused litany of activities that virtually every museum in the world cites as their mission.  Yes, museums collect and preserve stuff.  But if that's all they did, they'd be more like mausoleums than museums.The museum director and his staff have had several robust discussions about…
  • The Nonprofit Director's Skill Set: One Group's Opinion

    4 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    THIS SUMMER I'M LEADING AN ONLINE COURSE in museum administration -- a new venture offered by the American Association for State and Local History.  The small band of participants -- most not museum administrators, by the way -- are being treated to the basics of nonprofit organization spanning how museums are founded to issues of leadership.  The most recent lesson explored the complex and sometimes competing roles of the museum director.  A director has allegiances to both the governing board and the staff requiring continual alignment of priorities and mitigation of…
  • When the Board Wastes the CEO's Talent

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

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

  • Questions to Ask About Your Fundraising, Halfway Through the Holiday Push

    aj
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Image credit. So, we’re about halfway through the holiday giving season, and by now your organization should have lots of actionable data you’ve collected over the course of the year on how your donors operate online, what they’re looking for when they visit your fundraising pages, and how to make things easier on them. Here’s a quick list of four questions you should be asking yourselves as you consider your fundraising results from the first half of giving season: Am I happy with my campaign response? How are donors reacting to your email appeals? Are you seeing lots…
  • Some Fresh Ideas for Summer Fundraising

    aj
    24 Jun 2014 | 3:59 pm
      Now that summer is officially in full swing (solstice last weekend, can you believe it?!), I thought I should do a quick roundup of how some of our clients are keeping their fundraising fresh, even on the fundraising off-season. Get Moving The Pinelands Preservation Alliance‘s Tour De Pines gets their supporters moving with an outdoor fitness event.  Participants feel ownership of the work of your organization, and get outside in the gorgeous weather! Celebrate the Season The Siskiyou Land Trust threw a wonderful outdoor dinner at a local lavender farm, celebrating the summer…
  • Mother’s Day Reblog: My Mom’s Awesome Volunteer Management Tips!

    aj
    1 May 2014 | 12:22 pm
      Note: this post was originally published on this blog a few years ago, but since Mother’s Day is coming up fast and because my mom and her volunteer tips are awesome, I thought I’d re-post it.  Enjoy! Recently, I asked my mother if she had any insight on volunteer management she could share with me, as I was planning an upcoming post on the topic.  Though my mom, Judy, is amazingly good at dispensing advice (wanted or, ahem, not) on all subjects, she is uniquely qualified to advise on the proper care and feeding of your organization’s volunteers.   My mom has been…
  • DonationPay Peer to Peer Platform Now Available!

    aj
    10 Mar 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I’m very happy to announce that DonationPay has launched our Peer-To-Peer platform, a new way to use our comprehensive online fundraising tools to access your donors’ extended networks.  Our P2P tool allows you to run unlimited campaign pages, as fully customizable as all DonationPay pages are, for fundraising events, capital campaigns, and much more.  Here’s a closer look at how our new platform works and how you can start using it to boost your fundraising revenue! 1. Develop your campaign and ask the DonationPay team to build your template.Our team will build a great…
  • Millennial Series Part 2: Capture Giving

    aj
    28 Feb 2014 | 12:02 pm
    By: Sarah Howard Generalizing what any generation wants comes with major caveats, especially when you are making generalizations about the largest living generation in the United States of America.  But, I am going to do it anyways. These are the highlights from my research on how to capture the time, money, and passion Millennials want to share. What Drives Millennials Giving and How to Give Them What They Want CAUSE SHARABILITY: Social influence plays a big role in any kind of giving and the Millennial generation is no different.  With the advent of social media the power of social…
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    Non-profit2point0

  • Friend-to-Friend Fundraising: Giving Users too Much Freedom can be Costly

    Charlie Hullihen
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:33 am
    By Charlie Hullihen Director of Communications Friend-to-friend fundraising is a great and effective way to inspire people to raise money on your organization’s behalf. However, contrary to what many nonprofits may think, it can lose some of its effectiveness if your site gives users too much freedom. Let’s say somebody wants to create a campaign on your organization’s behalf. They visit your create a campaign page, click the start button, and are given a series of open ended questions. How much is your campaign goal? What are the donation options? What is the start and end date of your…
  • #GivingTuesday Celebrates Generosity and to Give

    Benmazur
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    #GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. Today, (Tuesday, December 2, 2014), charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Sometimes considered the “Opening day of the giving season”. #GivingTuesday started in 2012 as a charitable answer to the retail shopping days of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.  Seeing an opportunity to channel the generous spirit of the holiday season to inspire action around charitable giving, a group of…
  • Don’t forget about Small Business Saturday

    jbeemiller
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    By Josh Beemiller Director of Operations Each year, the days following Thanksgiving represent the official start of Christmas shopping season.  The two biggest days are Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but don’t forget about Small Business Saturday, on November 29, 2014. Small Business Saturday, the first Saturday after Thanksgiving, was created by American Express in 2010 to help small businesses during the busy shopping season.  Both Black Friday and Cyber Monday are dominated by large retailers, so American Express wanted to give small business owners a chance to compete. What Can I do?
  • 6 Tips to Help Your Nonprofit Prepare for its Holiday Campaign

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

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

  • 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…
  • A Breakdown of Drug and Alcohol Usage in America

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

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

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

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

  • Reference Check

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

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

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

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

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

    Trina Isakson
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    As people we are selective about the information sources we listen to, and then selective about what we read, and selective about what we believe, and selective of what we share with others. We get a slice that reenforces our belief system. And, before we even hear the news, or a research report, or a description of a situation, the information is filtered through those doing the reporting or the research. Some places where information can get distorted Interviewers: What are their beliefs going into the situation? How are they designing the research and the interview questions to reinforce…
  • It might be wrong. But is it useful?

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

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

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

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

  • What’s in my Mailbox | “It’s Christmas and I got nobody”

    Pamela Grow
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    How are small to mid-sized nonprofits using the power of direct mail?Join us every Wednesday for What’s in my Mailbox. Classic Christmas storytelling from Covenant House in this tale of the homeless teenager Jeremiah. To learn what makes this appeal special, read Mary Cahalane’s post, How to move hearts with a great story. Click the image below to read the entire appeal. Related Posts:What’s in my Mailbox | Free template to help you raiseWhat’s in my Mailbox | Extraordinary storytellingWhat’s in my Mailbox | Small shop storytellingWhat’s in my Mailbox | Bringing the…
  • What’s in my Inbox | Lessons from being a donor

    Pamela Grow
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:48 am
    Perhaps not surprisingly, some of the biggest lessons in fundraising arise from the act of giving. For the past two years I’ve increased my charitable giving, even starting a ‘mystery shopping’ experiment back in March that continues to this day. Today’s seamless, donor-focused lesson came via St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The entire transaction took approximately one minute, from start to finish.  This clean, simple email landed in my inbox.  Loved the immediate focus on gratitude in the subject header: St. Jude Thanks and Giving.  The email consisted…
  • Fundraising Friday | December 12, 2014

    Pamela Grow
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:33 am
      One of the recent respondents to my Welcome survey wrote that the one thing she wanted to accomplish in the next six months was to “Move at least 50% of my current donors to the next giving level.” When asked what was standing between her and this goal, she responded, “Donors personal limitations.” Remember two important rules: one, there are no limitations and two, never assume. Here’s a wonderful story you’ll appreciate. The way we communicate the extraordinary, life-changing nature of (our) experience for both recipients and donors needs to quicken pulses, open minds,…
  • What’s in my Mailbox | Smart business makes smart fundraising

    Pamela Grow
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
     What can you do when you’re just starting out, without a large donor base and no funding for acquisition? That was the situation I found myself in my first nonprofit fundraising job, working for an agency with a dying donor base.  The organization had spent (a lot) on acquisition for the preceding five years, with little to show for it (if you don’t know what you’re doing, your local mail house can easily take advantage of you) and they weren’t willing to spend one cent more. I worked on a segmented mailing to our house file.And then the returns began pouring in.That’s when I put…
  • What’s in my Inbox | Holiday appeals and light boxes

    Pamela Grow
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:19 am
      Holiday appeals are landing in my in-box at this time of year.  In addition to the email campaigns, many savvy nonprofits are featuring what’s known variously as a ‘home page takeover,’ light box, or popup on their home pages.  For more on the thinking behind light boxes, listen in on my interview with Steven Screen of ÜberDirect, an advertising agency specializing in direct response marketing and fundraising for non-profit organizations. Sierra Club wins with this simple holiday appeal (and corresponding home page takeover) urging supporters to ‘Go a little…
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    Wakeman Agency

  • Happy Holidays at the Centre for Social Innovation

    wake101
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:06 am
    As a founding member of the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) in NYC, The Wakeman Agency was delighted to attend CSI’s annual holiday party on December 11, 2014. It’s a joy to share space with keep reading
  • 2014 Public Relations Society of America Gold Medal Winner

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

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

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

    wake101
    11 Aug 2013 | 5:28 pm
    During a recent outing with a friend, the conversation turned to business. She has been a huge supporter of The Wakeman Agency and was truly excited that we had made to the 10-year mark. We keep reading
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    Event Fundraising Blog

  • Event 360 Explores: Monster Dash

    16 Dec 2014 | 4:36 pm
    In late October, among the natural beauty and the outlandish and hilarious costumes, Event 360’s Kiki Setterlund ran a half-marathon among St. Paul’s Halloween enthusiasts.  Read below for Kiki’s own account of her experience!Name, date and location of event The Monster Dash, Saturday, October 25th, St. Paul, MNEvent summary The Twin Cities Monster Dash is a 5K, 10K or half-marathon. Participants are encouraged to dress in costumes and to my surprise, a large majority did. Along with my fair share of freaks, I saw great views from a fun race course that included the…
  • If You Build it, They Might Come?

    8 Dec 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Choosing the right location for your event can feel like you’re throwing darts at a map. National or regional organizations testing a new event concept, or expanding to new cities have a number of variables to consider when choosing the location. While this choice can feel daunting, we’ve developed a process for making this decision a little more structured.Resources Budget is always a part of the equation and can help you define the boundaries. If you have resources, like staff or equipment, that can be leveraged for the new event, you’ll likely limit your search…
  • 10 Tips on How to Rock Your Event Social Media

    1 Dec 2014 | 11:24 am
    The events industry is all about moments. These unique, shared experiences between participants, volunteers, staff members, and spectators are what make your event extraordinary. They build loyalists, and are why participants want to return. Whether your ultimate goal is fundraising or experiential marketing-related, the experiences have a lifetime far longer than the event itself. Social media provides a unique avenue to capitalize on those moments. You can extend the passion and excitement surrounding an event for those who were present, and you can even bring in people virtually via social…
  • Happy Thanksgiving from Event 360

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

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

  • Responsive Web Design for Nonprofits – A Primer

    Sabrina Schutzsmith
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:15 am
    You’ve seen it yourself — two friends are at a coffee shop. One leaves to use the restroom. The second whips out a phone and starts surfing the web faster than you can even think to slide over and ask, “Come here often?” Similar scenarios have made it pretty obvious that we spend a lot more of our time online these days — checking e-mails, posting pics, searching for directions, watching cat fails. But further research has shown that more people are using mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) over PCs for browsing the Internet. And traditionally designed websites, optimized for…
  • Raise Supporters, Not Just Funds on #GivingTuesday!

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

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

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

    Sabrina Schutzsmith
    7 Aug 2013 | 8:39 am
    We’re loving this interactive infographic for The Sexperience 1000. It’s an interactive journey through the sexual experiences and preferences of one thousand British individuals derived from 20 survey questions Channel 4 posed to the British public. For instance, you can see things like: What’s the favorite sexual position of iPhone users in the North? Do country music lovers over 55 prefer to do it in the dark? How often do single Britains “do it” in a week? Interestingly, the infographic was built in Flash so it’s nice to see that some nonprofits are still…
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  • In Philanthropy, It’s Not Just the Thought That Counts

    Lia Weintraub
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    During this holiday season, we all have seemingly endless lists of people to buy presents for and a shortage of good ideas. Would Grandma like the cheese slicer, or the scarf? Should Aunt Martha get the platter, or should it go to Cousin Michael? What in the world does Dad want? We have limited dollars to spend on presents and want to make sure that the gifts we buy are well-received. But what if they aren’t? Let’s use the classic “sweater from Grandma” example. Every year without fail, Grandma gives you the ugliest sweater in the store. It is the wrong size, with sleeves draping four…
  • Embracing Leadership: Cultivating Relationships for Social Change

    Alison Howard
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    On Tuesday, December 9, NCRP hosted “Embracing Leadership: Cultivating Relationships for Social Change,” a webinar sharing tips for relationship-building from friends of NCRP. The conversation, moderated by NCRP field director Jeanné Isler (@J_LaChapel), featured: Ana Garcia-Ashley, Executive Director, Gamaliel Foundation (@GarciaAshley) Casey Cook, Executive Director, Bread & Roses Community Fund (@BreadRosesFund) Grace Hou, President, Woods Fund of Chicago (@WoodsFundChi) Jeanné opened the conversation by describing a leadership training session she attended during her first job…
  • Of the Community, by the Community and for the Community

    Alison Howard
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    NCRP’s work draws a straight line between the communities most affected by a problem and the best solutions for that problem. Through research for our Grantmaking for Community Impact Project, NCRP spotlighted grantmakers that fund advocacy, organizing and civic engagement as tools to best achieve true and lasting change. Today, the lessons from these reports are more relevant than ever, with ongoing community action to promote racial equity in Ferguson, New York and countless other cities and communities across the nation. Our May 2011 Strengthening Democracy report, compiled by the social…
  • Saints or Communists: Reframing Criticism to Ask Tough Questions

    Christine Reeves
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Renowned for the connections he made between poverty and repressive government in Brazil, Archbishop Hélder Pessoa Câmara once said, “When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.” This is one of my favorite quotations, because it forces me to take a pensive – and uncomfortable – posture. Specifically, it leads to several questions that get at how social justice philanthropy can best address the needs of underserved populations. (1) Should we care if we are called saints or communists? I find it sad but…
  • Ten Things You Should Know about NCRP’s New Membership Package

    Lia Weintraub
    3 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Earlier this month, NCRP launched its new benefits package for nonprofit members. These exclusive offerings will give our members the services they need to better carry out their missions, while adding their voices to the growing movement to improve philanthropy. Whether you are a current member eligible for our new benefits, or a prospective member seeking to learn more, here are the ten most important things to know about our revamped membership program 1. A “Professional” subscription to the Foundation Directory Online is now included with NCRP membership. The Foundation Center’s…
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    Social Media Strategy for Nonprofits and Businesses

  • Finding #GivingTuesday Community at the NTEN Hangout 12/2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Erin
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
        Tada!! Here it is, the last post in the internal controls series. The last two things I’ll talk about (don’t look so happy) is detection and maintenance. Detection I often try to impress that internal controls don’t just address the “bad stuff”, they catch mistakes as well. But, as we see in the […]
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  • 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…
  • Yosemite became world’s first nationally protected park 150 years ago

    christine
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Valley of the Yosemite, Painting by Albert Bierstadt, 1864 Monday, June 30, 2014, marks the 150th anniversary of the federal land grant that dedicated 39,000 acres of the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees and Yosemite Valley to the state of California for protection in perpetuity. The legislation protecting these lands in the Sierra Nevada symbolized the first time a federal government set aside lands solely for preservation for the people. The 19th century artist Albert Bierstadt first visited the glacier-carved Yosemite Valley in 1863 to sketch the cliffs, domes and waterfalls of one of…
  • Celebrating projects to study and protect wildlife in the Bay Area

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

  • Charity Navigator’s naughty and nice list gets a lump of coal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Shari Tishman
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    Last week, VolunteerMatch rolled out some really exciting new features to our free volunteer recruitment tools. Processes are now even simpler, which means less clicking and more connecting with the right volunteers for your organization! Here are the details: Fewer Clicks Perhaps you thought posting a volunteer opportunity on VolunteerMatch was easy before. After all, 5-10 minutes of time, moving through a quick listing flow, doesn’t seem like a lot, right? Who cares, we were determined to make it EVEN EASIER AND FASTER. As of last week, posting a volunteer opportunity on…
  • For the Love of Animals

    Shari Tishman
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:09 pm
    This ASCMV volunteer adores dogs, and walks any size, any breed. It must run in the family, as her mother is a special events and adoptions volunteer for the organization. The dog glanced back, eying the person holding his leash mischievously. And in a flash, he wiggled out of his collar and took off. Nimbly weaving through the downtown farmers market, the dog ran through a car wash, jumped over a few fences, and went around a roundabout…twice. Undaunted, the dog’s caretaker followed persistently, and finally caught up as the dog squeezed his way underneath a shed for a nap. The…
  • VolunteerMatch Volunteers! An Afternoon at the SF-Marin Food Bank

    Tessa Srebro
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:13 am
    Rice. Hundreds and hundreds of pounds of it. Scooping, weighing, packing. Talking, singing, laughing. Such was the afternoon for VolunteerMatch staff a few weeks ago at the SF-Marin Food Bank. At least once a quarter, VolunteerMatch chooses a group volunteer activity to bring its employees together for a common cause. The VolunteerMatch Team at the SF-Marin Food Bank. It was my first time volunteering at a food bank, and also, as a new employee at VolunteerMatch, my first time participating in an organization-wide volunteer day. Nervous about spending so much time with my new co-workers, and…
  • Expert Snapshots for December – International Volunteer Day Edition!

    Shari Tishman
    5 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    At VolunteerMatch we learn so much from other experts in the field of volunteer engagement and management, and we want to help you stay up to date on the latest news and trends. And since today is International Volunteer Day, here’s a round-up of some news to keep you inspired… In pictures: International Volunteering Day This slideshow published by the BBC features an inspiring collection of photos highlighting local volunteers in developing countries. Putting faces and places to the abstract ideas of international development work can inspire us all to “make change…
  • A #GivingTuesday Message from Your Social Good Enabler

    Shari Tishman
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:08 am
    For close to 100,000 nonprofit organizations, VolunteerMatch is content – proud, even – to fade into the background. We are an easy-to-use, free tool for nonprofits to use when connecting with volunteers. We witness with pleasure the impact created by the organizations that use our tools. After all, close to a billion dollars in social value in one year is nothing to sneeze at! Today, though, we’re taking the opportunity on #GivingTuesday to reach out to our network of volunteers, companies and nonprofit professionals and ask you to help support us as we work to connect…
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  • Mark Your Calendars! 2015 Cause Awareness Days

    Heather Mansfield
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:23 pm
    As a follow-up to HOW TO: Tap Into the Power of Cause Awareness Days, below is a list of the most relevant international cause awareness days to the nonprofit sector. Cause awareness days can be powerful for fundraising because social network communities are highly likely to promoting your nonprofit on cause awareness days provided that your nonprofit prepares in advance. The trick is to build a sense of anticipation among your followers and an essential first step is to select and add relevant cause awareness days to your nonprofit’s editorial calendar. January 19: Martin Luther King,…
  • HOW TO: Tap Into the Power of Cause Awareness Days

    Heather Mansfield
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:22 pm
    The following is an excerpt from Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits. While embracing a comprehensive, long-term breaking news and crisis communications strategy is challenging for many nonprofits, all nonprofits, regardless of their size, can tap into the power of cause awareness days. Your nonprofit can create your own cause awareness day campaign or build one around those cause awareness days that already exist, such as Earth Day on April 22 (#EarthDay), International Youth Day (#YouthDay) on August 12, and World AIDS Day on December 1 (#WorldAIDSDay). Many of the…
  • 5 Online Communication Styles for Nonprofits

    Heather Mansfield
    30 Nov 2014 | 10:02 am
    The following is an excerpt from Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits. Your content strategy thus far has focused on what types of content your nonprofit plans to create and what channels it will use to distribute the content. The next step is to start thinking about the tone of voice of your content. The easiest way to craft your tone of voice is to base it upon the mission of your nonprofit. If your nonprofit focuses on human rights or poverty, for example, then your tone of voice should be serious, smart, and thought-provoking. If your nonprofit works to protect the…
  • Must-Read Fundraising and Social Media Reports for Nonprofits

    Heather Mansfield
    29 Nov 2014 | 5:57 pm
    The reports listed below are just a small sampling of some of the research available to nonprofits on the subjects of online fundraising and social media. The data can be used to help your nonprofit craft a technology and fundraising strategic plan. If you would like to suggest a report be added to the list, please post the name and a  link to the report in a comment below. Most of the reports listed are based on U.S. nonprofit research, but Nonprofit Tech for Good would also like to add similar reports from other regions of the world. For Nonprofits in the United States: 1. 2014 Nonprofit…
  • Top 10 Tweets from the 2014 Independent Sector Conference

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

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

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

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

    John Haydon
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    Photo by J.D. Lasica How to maximize and follow through on your communications goals Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses. If you’re like most nonprofit communicators, you have a list of specific quarterly or yearly goals. No doubt they include growing your e-mail list, acquiring new donors and increasing engagement on your Facebook updates. But whatever your goals are, make sure they cover these seven tips below: Write it down 1A plan is very difficult to follow and measure if it’s not written down. Most nonprofits don’t…
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  • Minor earthquake – Lakeview, Oregon on December 19, 2014

    Armand Vervaeck
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:06 am
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 3.07 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-12-19 07:29:44 GMT/UTC Time : 2014-12-19 15:29:44 Depth (Hypocenter) : 5.5473 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…
  • Minor earthquake – White Island on December 19, 2014

    Armand Vervaeck
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:02 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 : 2014-12-19 15:33:06 Depth (Hypocenter) : 272 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 – Nevada on December 19, 2014

    Armand Vervaeck
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 3 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-12-19 06:41:00 GMT/UTC Time : 2014-12-19 14:41:00 Depth (Hypocenter) : 4 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 – Offshore Tarapaca, Chile on December 19, 2014

    Armand Vervaeck
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 3.3 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-12-19 12:01:40 GMT/UTC Time : 2014-12-19 15:01:40 Depth (Hypocenter) : 32 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 – Lakeview, Oregon on December 19, 2014

    Armand Vervaeck
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:46 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 : 3.01 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-12-19 06:41:01 GMT/UTC Time : 2014-12-19 14:41:01 Depth (Hypocenter) : 3.9573 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…
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    Wow! Goodwill

  • Wrap Up 2014 by Giving Others a Brighter Future

    goodwillsp
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    The time period between December 26 and New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest times at Goodwill as people drop off their donations to get their last tax deduction for the year. Proceeds from the sale of these items help fund job training and employment programs in your community, which are more critical than ever as unemployment continues to hover around 6.5 percent in the Carolinas this holiday season. Get an early start this year by collecting things you no longer need for Goodwill. Here are five tips from organizing expert Lorie Marrero to help you get a head start on decluttering your…
  • Organize Your Bookshelves with Unique DIY Bookends: Part 2

    goodwillsp
    5 Dec 2014 | 5:23 am
    A More Modern Take If  you’re a paperback book or graphic novel reader, you might be interested in a modern bookend look. Book-page bookends will look great on contemporary bookshelves. I often get inspiration for a project just browsing at Goodwill. When I found this wood napkin holder, I knew I could upcycle it into bookends. This project requires a miter box saw. Lucky for me, my husband has a shed full of power tools! I cut the holder in half (actually, my husband did!), making sure the bottom was flush with the sides. I sanded the cut edges smooth and lightly sanded the shiny…
  • Organize Your Bookshelves with Unique DIY Bookends: Part 1 of 2

    goodwillsp
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:46 am
    The book debate continues: do you prefer reading on a Nook or Kindle or do you like the “real thing”? Electronic readers are lightweight, portable and you can take hundreds of books with you wherever you go. On the other hand, who doesn’t like to curl up by the fire with a good novel? There’s just something about turning an actual page to find out what happens next. I like the Kindle for travel, but l love books and collect old ones, particularly vintage classic novels. As with any collection, keeping your bookshelves organized and neat can be a problem. Don’t…
  • Why It’s Important to Participate in #GivingTuesday

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

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

  • Your Best Board Retreat Ever

    Ann Goldman
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:52 am
    Got a board retreat coming up in January? Realizing it’ll be here before you know it?  Starting to panic?  Not to worry. A few simple do’s and don’ts will ensure a great day with no yawns and some solid outcomes. DO: Hire a facilitator at least two months in advance. OK, OK, I know it’s too late for you to do that for this January, but next time try to put this task on your calendar. Good facilitators get booked up, particularly for the early part of the year when nonprofits tend to plan their retreats. More importantly, they need time to get to know your organization, talk to…
  • It’s Mid-December: Time to Pick Up the Phone!

    Leslie Allen
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Your appeal letter should be in the mail. Your events are winding down. Your e-mail campaign is planned out. Foundation officers and corporate donors are pretty much done for the year. We know you aren’t sitting around eating bon bons, but we also know from experience that athere is a window in December to use the phone to connect with your donors. In fact, depending on your capacity, this is the perfect time of year to have conversations with (at least) four different groups of donors. Major donors who haven’t yet given: Ideally, you would call all of your donors who you sent a request…
  • The Three Hard Fundraising Questions Every Board Should Ask

    Ann Goldman
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:56 pm
    We tend to think that a board’s primary role in fundraising is implementation. They should give money, they should ask for money, they should make connections and spread the word. All of this is true. Board members can be our very best ambassadors and we need them on the front lines of fundraising. But, board members should also play a strategic role in fundraising. It’s up to the board to ensure the financial health of the organization and it’s not enough to glance at monthly fundraising reports and track progress against financial goals. Fundraising is a long-term enterprise, but at…
  • The Opportunity of the E-mail Unsubscribe

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

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

    Tom Suddes
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:07 am
    Yesterday is ashes. Tomorrow is wood. Today is fire.        Eskimo Proverb Here’s a gold nugget as you look to making 2015 a special year. ‘Tending the Fire’ is an interesting analogy for working on our ‘life’ in 2015. THE FOUR FIRES (Adapted from Ayurveda, with attribution and thanks to Shiva Rea in MANTRA: YOGA & HEALTH magazine.) DIM FIRE (MANDA AGNI) can manifest as a lack of hunger for life, disconnection, low energy, and lethargy and is balanced by life practices which revitalize, rekindle, and nourish without depleting vital energy. EXCESSIVE FIRE (TIKSHNA AGNI)…
  • Prioritizing

    Nick Fellers
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Setting clear priorities! It’s at the guts of great strategy and missing from bad strategy. It’s one of the most important functions of a leader or manager (to help declare and clarify). Simple. Not easy! Here are two powerful nuggets about prioritizing. People who can focus, get things done. People who can prioritize, get the right things done. (2012) — John Maeda (@johnmaeda) August 6, 2014 And “One of the most useful findings in recent neuroscience could be summed up as: The decision-making network in our brain doesn’t prioritize.”- Daniel Levitin, The…
  • For Impact Reading: Being Mortal

    Nick Fellers
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
    I’ve made Atul Gawande’s ‘Being Mortal’ required reading for our For Impact coaches. Typically we share books with our team that relate to health/vitality, personal development, story, design/innovation, coaching/leading and sales. This book gets some of the highest marks I could offer in the first three categories. Atul Gawande is a surgeon, contributing writer to New Yorker, and the best-selling author of ‘Better’ and ‘Checklist Manifesto’ (a book that’s as much about changing culture in health care as it is about checklists). I resisted…
  • Man’s Search For Meaning

    Tom Suddes
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    This is the book that almost every ‘personal development expert’ puts on their list of top 10 books.  As the year ends, and we look towards 2015 and beyond … this is one of those books that reinforces everything we are thinking (and hoping) on Purpose, Meaning and Impact. Thanks (again!) to Shane Parrish at Farnam Street for find this unbelievable clip from 1972 of Viktor Frankl delivering a powerful message about the most important gift we can give others. “If we take man as he is, we make him worse, but if we take him as he should be, we make him capable of becoming what he can…
  • Thanks – Giving and Gratitude

    Tom Suddes
    5 Dec 2014 | 11:58 am
    This is a special time and an obvious week of Gratitude and Thanksgiving. Note: Every year I try to share a Thanksgiving message with our Tribe/Community. Some of this ‘re-cycled’ from previous years because of the timeless nature of these thoughts. Three things to think about this Thanksgiving and in the Holiday Season. 1. “WEALTH IS AN ABUNDANCE OF THINGS WE VALUE.” For the first half of my life (30+ years), my understanding of wealth was the same as all my friends, business associates and the general public. ‘WEALTH’ meant you had a lot of money. Then I found this…
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    TakeTwo

  • 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…
  • Fundraising Training on Major Donor Gifts

    Bix
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:31 pm
    We’re delighted to announce that Stephanie Arcella, co-founder of TakeTwo Services, and the fundraising brain of TakeTwo, will be leading a training on an Introduction to Major Gifts, hosted by the Center for Nonprofit Success. This session that will cover: - Defining a major gift - Getting your organization ready to solicit major gifts - Selling your board on a major gifts program - Understanding how major donors think and what motivates them to give - Preparing for the solicitation meeting and making the ask. When: Thursday, February 12, 2015, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Where:…
  • Who’s new at TakeTwo?

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

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

    John Haydon
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    Whether it’s in person or by email, how you ask for donations can often make or break your fundraising campaign. This is especially true for big campaigns when you pull out all the stops with an amazing event, a beautiful direct mail campaign, and your best fundraising emails. But let’s face it, writing effective fundraising emails is not easy. But it can be done, if you follow a process to develop your own email messages. And if you’re patient. 8 Steps to Writing The Best Fundraising Emails for Your Nonprofit Here are seven steps you can follow to write or even rewrite…
  • Giving Tuesday Results Prove that People Are Awesome

    John Haydon
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:04 pm
    #GivingTuesday represents the best of people. It signals a growing (and much-needed) shift towards helping others, instead of trampling over our friends and relatives at Wal-Mart on Black Friday. The other exciting thing about #GivingTuesday is that it’s becoming a way for nonprofits to develop their fundraising and marketing chops. So what were the Giving Tuesday results for 2014? The Case Foundation published a beautiful infographic (below) highlighting 2014 Giving Tuesday results from Blackboard, Donor Perfect, GlobalGiving, Network for Good and Razoo: Almost $46…
  • How Many Year-End Fundraising Emails Should You Send?

    John Haydon
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
    Let’s face it, fundraising is not easy. Especially during December when many other nonprofits are also asking for money, from your donors! According to M&R’s recent report, nonprofits sent 7 fundraising emails per subscriber in December of 2013. The same number of fundraising emails was also sent in December of 2012. So the answer is seven, right? No so fast. Successful year-end email fundraising is not all about quantity. Here are a few tips to make sure you get the most QUALITY from your year-end fundraising emails: 1. Send targeted messages to…
  • 7 Tips for Using Hashtags Effectively on #GivingTuesday

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

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

  • A Funny Thing Happened During A Website Design Project

    Norman Reiss
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:51 pm
    I’ve managed many website designs/redesigns, but my current project took an unusual turn this week that I haven’t experienced before. When my team first met with our selected vendor, we described what we wanted to achieve with our new website.  This is always a critical part of the process, making sure the designers understand what the users want.  Everything seemed to go well, and about a month ago we received the vendor’s wireframe for review. My team was disappointed with the wireframe, and during a conference call we offered the designers feedback on how they’d…
  • How to Track Your Nonprofit’s #SocialMedia Results

    Norman Reiss
    29 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    (Guest post by Todd Turner) Social media has emerged as a key nonprofit resource for getting the word out about a cause, soliciting volunteers and raising funds through online donations. With Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and a host of other social media platforms, nonprofits can build communities and mobilize people to achieve organizational objectives like never before. But social media activity isn’t worth much if you don’t measure how well you’re doing. Are you gaining followers on Twitter? Are people reading your Facebook posts? How often do fans and followers share the content you…
  • Before You Take Off For Thanksgiving

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

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

    Norman Reiss
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Currently at my organization I’m assisting a few departments to find a better way to manage their projects by piloting products such as Asana and Basecamp.  But before I recommend any software, I’m asking these questions first: What problems currently exist?  Are projects chronically late and/or over budget, or is it difficult for staff to find the information they need? Where do staff work?  If mostly from home or from remote locations, a web based product works best, preferably one that can be used easily on phones or tablets. Is there a need to transfer data to/from external…
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    Wired 4 Leadership

  • 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 […] 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 […] You are reading Happy Thanksgiving Day from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
  • Leaders! It’s Time For A Fresh Perspective

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

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

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

  • Peacemakers in Our Midst by Joyce Dubensky, CEO

    Nicole Margaretten
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    A lot of my work at Tanenbaum involves our Peacemakers. Men and women who are driven by religion to pursue peace and confront violence, hate and horror, even when doing so puts them at risk – either because they may be injured or because their freedom may be circumscribed. These Peacemakers are a special breed, coming from places where the world’s most violent crises often play out. Perhaps because this is my perspective, I have been particularly moved by the tragic deaths of unarmed black men in Ferguson and Staten Island, and I have also been touched by the local peacebuilders in our…
  • Photos from Defying Extremism – 2014 Conference

    Nicole Margaretten
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:33 pm
  • Defying Extremism: Gendered Responses to Religious Violence

    Nicole Margaretten
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:25 am
    Reflecting on the 2014 WomenPeacemakers Conference, Defying Extremism: Gendered Responses to Religious Violence, hosted by the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (November 19-21, 2014) The Defying Extremism: Gendered Responses to Religious Violence Conference was a whirlwind. The three full days consisted of narratives, tools, ideas, questions, and some collaborative problem solving. Situated overlooking San Diego’s sparkling waters, both the bay and the ocean, the Kroc School bustled with conference activities. The picturesque landscape would prove a stark contrast to the gritty…
  • Believe It or Not

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

    Nicole Margaretten
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:57 pm
    We are deeply saddened by today’s news from Jerusalem and condemn all violence perpetrated in the name of religion. There is no justification for the murder of innocent civilians. As members of the global community, it’s time for us to condemn the brutality and the targeting of people based on their beliefs. We must remember these Jewish men and also the Yazidi, Christian, and religious minorities in Syria and Iraq, the Muslim communities in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, the Christians in Nigeria and Egypt, and all individuals persecuted because of their religious beliefs. With sadness, Joyce S.
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    want2donate.org

  • Busy Bees can make the difference this Christmas

    Linda
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:15 pm
    The noble honey bee does so much. They provide us with delicious honey, their honeycomb can be used for candles and their beeswax is often found in many cosmetic products. Most important of all they are crucial to the pollination process. Bees may be experiencing tough times at the moment but tough times don’t last and with your help you would not only be helping a family but helping aid the survival of this great insect.
  • Human Rights Day

    Linda
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Today Concern Worldwide is joining in celebrations for Human Rights Day. This day marks the anniversary of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. It’s a day to celebrate, but it also serves to remind us that everybody is entitled to basic human rights. These rights include having access to an education and to an adequate standard of living. Concern works with the world’s poorest people, many of whom don’t get to enjoy these rights.
  • Blog from Concern Worldwide: Universal Children's Day

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

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

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

  • Five Ways to Improve Your Fundraising and Communications in 2015

    Ann Green
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
    2014 is winding down and the New Year is just around the corner.  I hope you had a successful year. The end of the year is a good time to figure out what worked and where you can make improvements for next year. Here are five ways you can improve your fundraising and communications in 2015. Tell stories Don’t bore your donors with a lot of facts and statistics.  Tell a story.  Use stories in your appeal letters, thank you letters, newsletters, annual reports, and on your website. Take time to create stories and profiles of clients, board members, volunteers, donors, and staff…
  • Stay Connected Throughout the Year by Using a Communications Calendar

    Ann Green
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:28 am
    Donor retention continues to lag. One reason is people feel they only hear from the nonprofits they support when the organizations are asking for money. You need to communicate with your donors throughout the year.  If you’re feeling stressed about how you’re going to pull this off, then you need a communications calendar (also known as an editorial calendar). I like the term communications calendar because it emphasizes the importance of communicating with your donors and other supporters all year round. This is not just a job for your marketing department. All departments need…
  • How to Make #GivingTuesday Work for You

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

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

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

  • 10 Most Popular Posts of 2014

    Nell Edgington
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:11 am
    The year is winding down, and I will be taking some time off to enjoy friends and family (as I hope you are too). But before I go, I want to leave you with a list of the 10 most popular posts on the blog this year, in case you missed any of them. And if you want to see the 10 most popular posts from 2011, 2012, or 2013 you can do that as well. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to work with you amazing social change leaders. I am grateful for the amazing work you are doing to create a better world. And I appreciate you being part of the Social Velocity community. I wish you all a happy,…
  • What Kind of Nonprofit Leader Are You?

    Nell Edgington
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:06 am
    As the year draws to a close, and you (I hope) make time to relax, reconnect with friends and family, and reacquaint yourselves with some much-needed quiet, you may also want to reflect on your role as a social change leader. Effective leadership is really, really hard work, but it is also incredibly necessary and needed. So if you find time over the next few weeks to take a look at your role as social change leader and you want some help along the way, download the Reinventing the Nonprofit Leader book. Here is an excerpt: Chapter 3: Refuse to Play Nice As a by-product of the charity…
  • 5 Nonprofit Trends to Watch in 2015

    Nell Edgington
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:39 am
    I love this time of year. Not just because of the approaching space for relaxation, friends and family, and great food, but more importantly because it is a time for reflection. The end of the year offers a natural analytic marker between what was and what is yet to come. And as is my end of the year tradition on the blog, it’s a time to look ahead to what the coming year might bring for the nonprofit sector. I’ve always said when I create my Trends to Watch lists that I am less clairvoyant and more optimist. I am always hopeful that the nonprofit sector is growing more…
  • Beyond Philanthropy As Usual: An Interview With Albert Ruesga

    Nell Edgington
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:11 am
    In today’s Social Velocity blog interview I’m talking with Albert Ruesga. Albert is the President and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, known for its leadership in the region after Hurricane Katrina. He serves as chair of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) and sits on the Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace steering committee. He earned his Ph.D. at MIT and taught philosophy at Gettysburg College before entering the world of philanthropy. An accomplished writer, his articles have appeared in the Oxford Handbook of Civil Society, Social Theory and…
  • Guest Post: Grantmakers and Collaboration

    Nell Edgington
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:04 am
    Note: In October I interviewed Kathleen Enright, CEO of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO), on the blog. In the course of that interview, she mentioned GEO’s upcoming study of staffed grantmaking institutions. That study was released a few weeks ago, and I asked Kathleen to provide some perspective here on what the results mean. Her guest post is below.     A few weeks ago GEO released our latest field study, Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter? We conduct this national study of staffed foundations in the United States every three years to better understand how and…
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    Always ACTIVE

  • ACTIVE Network Celebrates Headquarters Relocation to Dallas with Ribbon Cutting

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

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

    ACTIVE Network
    1 May 2014 | 4:22 pm
    At ACTIVE, we’re excited to play a role in powering the 14th annual Share the Experience photo contest that highlights the best of America’s federal recreation lands from the view of participants. As the leading partner powering recreational reservations, licenses, permits, and registrations nationwide, we proudly support the official photo contest on behalf of the National Park Foundation, the National Park Service the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service.http://www.nikeairmaxfreedom.com air max 90…
  • How ACTIVE Connects Our Mission with Yours

    ACTIVE Network
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    Our mission is to make the world a more active place. We believe in participating in our customers’ activities to better understand how we can serve them. We also want to understand the communities that our customers serve. Over the past eight years, ACTIVEx Charity Challenge (AxCC), has been a way for us to walk a mile in our customers’ shoes AND give back directly to the communities they serve. This year, we’re proud to continue our partnership with KIDS in the GAME (KITG) to provide the opportunity of activity to underprivileged kids around the nation. ACTIVEx fundraising…
  • How the PGA of America is Attracting New Players to Golf

    ACTIVE Network
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    ACTIVE Network is a proud partner of the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of America. We provide the technology that powers the PGA’s Program Manager, which is built on ACTIVE Works. http://www.nikeairmaxfreedom.com nike air max Program Manager is an all-in-one registration solution that’s free to PGA members to promote their lessons, leagues and tournaments. Here’s how the PGA and ACTIVE help facilities attract new participants Sign up for Program Manager: PGA invites members to sign up for a free Program Manager account on http://www.PGALinks.com/ACTIVE and allows them to…
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    Engaging Volunteers

  • A Whole New World of Volunteer Recruitment

    Shari Tishman
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    Last week, VolunteerMatch rolled out some really exciting new features to our free volunteer recruitment tools. Processes are now even simpler, which means less clicking and more connecting with the right volunteers for your organization! Here are the details: Fewer Clicks Perhaps you thought posting a volunteer opportunity on VolunteerMatch was easy before. After all, 5-10 minutes of time, moving through a quick listing flow, doesn’t seem like a lot, right? Who cares, we were determined to make it EVEN EASIER AND FASTER. As of last week, posting a volunteer opportunity on…
  • For the Love of Animals

    Shari Tishman
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:09 pm
    This ASCMV volunteer adores dogs, and walks any size, any breed. It must run in the family, as her mother is a special events and adoptions volunteer for the organization. The dog glanced back, eying the person holding his leash mischievously. And in a flash, he wiggled out of his collar and took off. Nimbly weaving through the downtown farmers market, the dog ran through a car wash, jumped over a few fences, and went around a roundabout…twice. Undaunted, the dog’s caretaker followed persistently, and finally caught up as the dog squeezed his way underneath a shed for a nap. The…
  • VolunteerMatch Volunteers! An Afternoon at the SF-Marin Food Bank

    Tessa Srebro
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:13 am
    Rice. Hundreds and hundreds of pounds of it. Scooping, weighing, packing. Talking, singing, laughing. Such was the afternoon for VolunteerMatch staff a few weeks ago at the SF-Marin Food Bank. At least once a quarter, VolunteerMatch chooses a group volunteer activity to bring its employees together for a common cause. The VolunteerMatch Team at the SF-Marin Food Bank. It was my first time volunteering at a food bank, and also, as a new employee at VolunteerMatch, my first time participating in an organization-wide volunteer day. Nervous about spending so much time with my new co-workers, and…
  • Expert Snapshots for December – International Volunteer Day Edition!

    Shari Tishman
    5 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    At VolunteerMatch we learn so much from other experts in the field of volunteer engagement and management, and we want to help you stay up to date on the latest news and trends. And since today is International Volunteer Day, here’s a round-up of some news to keep you inspired… In pictures: International Volunteering Day This slideshow published by the BBC features an inspiring collection of photos highlighting local volunteers in developing countries. Putting faces and places to the abstract ideas of international development work can inspire us all to “make change…
  • A #GivingTuesday Message from Your Social Good Enabler

    Shari Tishman
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:08 am
    For close to 100,000 nonprofit organizations, VolunteerMatch is content – proud, even – to fade into the background. We are an easy-to-use, free tool for nonprofits to use when connecting with volunteers. We witness with pleasure the impact created by the organizations that use our tools. After all, close to a billion dollars in social value in one year is nothing to sneeze at! Today, though, we’re taking the opportunity on #GivingTuesday to reach out to our network of volunteers, companies and nonprofit professionals and ask you to help support us as we work to connect…
 
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    Darrell Gwynn Foundation

  • “You Buy a Ride, They Get a Ride” at Sawgrass Ford as $100 From Every Vehicle Sold or Leased in December will be Donated to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s Wheelchair Donation Program

    Darrell Gwynn
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
    SUNRISE, Fla. – For the third year in a row, Sawgrass Ford is doing its part to help a child in need this holiday season. The dealership will bring back its “You Buy a Ride, They Get a Ride” promotion with a donation of $100 for every vehicle purchased or leased in December to the The post “You Buy a Ride, They Get a Ride” at Sawgrass Ford as $100 From Every Vehicle Sold or Leased in December will be Donated to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s Wheelchair Donation Program appeared first on Darrell Gwynn Foundation.
  • The Darrell Gwynn Foundation is proud to announce the induction of Jerry Gwynn to the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame

    Darrell Gwynn
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:13 am
    Remaining true to their auto racing roots, the Gwynn family will once again be honored by the prestigious Drag Racing Hall of Fame. Having previously inducted NHRA World Champion and Darrell Gwynn Foundation co-founder and president, Darrell Gwynn, for a decorated career of racing excellence, the Hall of Fame will soon recognize his father, Jerry The post The Darrell Gwynn Foundation is proud to announce the induction of Jerry Gwynn to the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame appeared first on Darrell Gwynn Foundation.
  • NASCAR Supports Darrell Gwynn Foundation During Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway

    Darrell Gwynn
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:56 pm
    HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Former NASCAR Driver Kerry Earnhardt won the 14th annual Hot Rods & Reels Charity Fishing Tournament as he competed against other NASCAR Drivers and personalities on the infield lake at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, November 15. The event pairs sponsors, donors, supporters and NASCAR fans with NASCAR Drivers and personalities for The post NASCAR Supports Darrell Gwynn Foundation During Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway appeared first on Darrell Gwynn Foundation.
  • Darrell Gwynn Foundation Celebrates Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week in Florida, November 10-16

    Darrell Gwynn
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:24 am
    DAVIE, Fla. – The Darrell Gwynn Foundation will celebrate Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week (SCIAW) in Florida from November 10-16, 2014. In 2006, the foundation successfully lobbied for and with a resolution passed by the Florida Legislature, created Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week to generate awareness of spinal cord injuries and educate the public on The post Darrell Gwynn Foundation Celebrates Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week in Florida, November 10-16 appeared first on Darrell Gwynn Foundation.
  • Darrell Gwynn Foundation to Host Annual Hot Rods & Reels™ Charity Fishing Tournament with NASCAR Drivers at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, November 15

    Darrell Gwynn
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    HOMESTEAD, Fla. –– The Darrell Gwynn Foundation will host the Hot Rods & Reels™ Charity Fishing Tournament with NASCAR Drivers at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, November 15 at 8:30 a.m. The event will pair NASCAR Drivers with foundation supporters and racing fans for a day of exciting fishing during Ford Championship Weekend in Homestead, The post Darrell Gwynn Foundation to Host Annual Hot Rods & Reels™ Charity Fishing Tournament with NASCAR Drivers at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, November 15 appeared first on Darrell Gwynn Foundation.
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    Clairification

  • Clairity Click-it: Year End Addition w/Tips, Resolutions, Predictions + More Gifts!

    Claire
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Today I’ve got my year-end addition with some final tips for the end of the year, some ideas as you’re making your new year’s resolutions and a list of predictions to get you off on the right foot in 2015. Don’t miss the practical, last-minute stuff, and tape these resolutions and predictions next to your [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Year End Addition w/Tips, Resolutions, Predictions + More Gifts! appeared first on Clairification.
  • Still Time to Get 7 Perfect Holiday Email Subject Lines

    Claire
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Still stuck for subject lines for your year-end emails? The subject line is like the outer envelope for direct mail. It’s the window into your message. Make sure it’s wide open and gives a glimpse of something that grabs folks’ attention. Make it intriguing, urgent, exciting, compelling, emotional, shocking or funny. The more useful and [...] The post Still Time to Get 7 Perfect Holiday Email Subject Lines appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Civil Society; Boost Blog Traffic; Email; More Gifts

    Claire
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Today I’ve got another eclectic Clairity Click-it mix of tips for you from both fundraising and marketing blogs. Plus I’ve got some real food for thought that goes to the heart of your fundraising and marketing strategy. Take a read, and see if you don’t find a nugget or two that makes you sit up [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Civil Society; Boost Blog Traffic; Email; More Gifts appeared first on Clairification.
  • Can’t Scan it? Ban it! 10 Reasons Nonprofit Appeals Tank

    Claire
    7 Dec 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Stop Making Me — and Your Readers — Work If reading your appeal seems like hard work to me, than why should I bother? I work all day! If reading your appeal seems like a struggle for comprehension, then what’s the point? I struggle to understand stuff all day. My brain needs a rest. Even [...] The post Can’t Scan it? Ban it! 10 Reasons Nonprofit Appeals Tank appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Year-End Tips; Marketing; Social Media; Holiday Gifts

    Claire
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Today I’ve got an eclectic mix for you from both fundraising and marketing blogs. Everything is applicable to nonprofits, and lots of the advice is stuff you can use right away to increase your fundraising success. Then there’s stuff to help you plan for even greater success next year. Woohoo! Let’s begin with the stuff [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Year-End Tips; Marketing; Social Media; Holiday Gifts appeared first on Clairification.
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    Thunderhead Works

  • 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…
  • You Can Do the Impossible!

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

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

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

  • Clairity Click-it: Year End Addition w/Tips, Resolutions, Predictions + More Gifts!

    Claire
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Today I’ve got my year-end addition with some final tips for the end of the year, some ideas as you’re making your new year’s resolutions and a list of predictions to get you off on the right foot in 2015. Don’t miss the practical, last-minute stuff, and tape these resolutions and predictions next to your [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Year End Addition w/Tips, Resolutions, Predictions + More Gifts! appeared first on Clairification.
  • Still Time to Get 7 Perfect Holiday Email Subject Lines

    Claire
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:25 pm
    Still stuck for subject lines for your year-end emails? The subject line is like the outer envelope for direct mail. It’s the window into your message. Make sure it’s wide open and gives a glimpse of something that grabs folks’ attention. Make it intriguing, urgent, exciting, compelling, emotional, shocking or funny. The more useful and [...] The post Still Time to Get 7 Perfect Holiday Email Subject Lines appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Civil Society; Boost Blog Traffic; Email; More Gifts

    Claire
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Today I’ve got another eclectic Clairity Click-it mix of tips for you from both fundraising and marketing blogs. Plus I’ve got some real food for thought that goes to the heart of your fundraising and marketing strategy. Take a read, and see if you don’t find a nugget or two that makes you sit up [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Civil Society; Boost Blog Traffic; Email; More Gifts appeared first on Clairification.
  • Can’t Scan it? Ban it! 10 Reasons Nonprofit Appeals Tank

    Claire
    7 Dec 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Stop Making Me — and Your Readers — Work If reading your appeal seems like hard work to me, than why should I bother? I work all day! If reading your appeal seems like a struggle for comprehension, then what’s the point? I struggle to understand stuff all day. My brain needs a rest. Even [...] The post Can’t Scan it? Ban it! 10 Reasons Nonprofit Appeals Tank appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Year-End Tips; Marketing; Social Media; Holiday Gifts

    Claire
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Today I’ve got an eclectic mix for you from both fundraising and marketing blogs. Everything is applicable to nonprofits, and lots of the advice is stuff you can use right away to increase your fundraising success. Then there’s stuff to help you plan for even greater success next year. Woohoo! Let’s begin with the stuff [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Year-End Tips; Marketing; Social Media; Holiday Gifts appeared first on Clairification.
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    Veritus Group

  • When Revenue Goals are Bad: Part 2

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    I hope you found Part 1 of this series helpful in understanding how goals can go bad. In it, we discussed the negative consequences that will happen if management doesn’t take into account the full picture of what is going on with each portfolio of donors. Whenever we start working with a new client to help straighten out their major gift program, we start talking about goals – and most of the time the MGOs get really nervous. Why? Because over their career, they have been “beaten up” by managers who use goals to punish. In that “punishment culture” you create all kinds of…
  • When Revenue Goals are Bad: A Two-Part Series

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    Goal setting is critical to major gift fundraising. As readers of this blog probably know, Richard and I have been preaching goal setting and strategy as one of the bedrocks of a solid major gift program. Without goals, how would you plan? Without goals, how would you have something to attain? You wouldn’t. This is why they are absolutely essential if you want a successful major gift program. But sometimes, revenue goals can go really bad. Let me tell you a story. I know a major gift officer, Katherine (not her real name), who had a very successful year in 2013. She surpassed her revenue…
  • How to Create a Mid-Level Program

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    When Richard started Veritus Group, and I later joined him, we started out working with clients on creating, building and managing only major gift programs. But after several years, we began noticing that our clients still had a problem with their donor file that was not being addressed: mid-level donors. While many of these organizations had a robust direct-response program and (with our help) a pretty decent major gift program, there was this middle group of donors who were essentially being treated like a $10 or $25 donor. Here were donors who were giving anywhere between $250 to $9,999 a…
  • Why Are You Not Asking?

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    I just read a new study called “Understanding High Net Worth Philanthropy,” put out by CCS. It has some interesting statistics: The wealthiest 1.5% of Americans gave 52% of all individual philanthropy in America, an average of $68,580. The rest of Americans give an average of $1,500. 60-75% of all individual philanthropy comes from the top 3% of the wealthiest Americans. The two highest recipients of those gifts are the education and religion sectors. I find this fascinating because Richard and I have observed two things about the non-profit sector over the years: 1) Most non-profits have…
  • The Wisest Words Ever Uttered by a Non-Profit CEO

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    Recently, I was at a fundraising workshop in Richmond, Virginia. We were hosted by the local PBS station and 100 non-profit executive directors and development directors were in attendance. To welcome everyone, the CEO of the local Richmond PBS station, Curtis Monk, delivered an address that exemplifies the attitude I believe all non-profit CEOs should have toward fundraising. He describes 5 traps CEOs can get themselves into. He agreed to let me share the transcript of his speech. After you read it, if you are a CEO, embrace it. If you are a Development Director, slip it under your boss’s…
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  • Eleventy Top 11: Most Popular Posts of 2014

    shad
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:04 am
    It’s been another fascinating year. We were entranced by the World Cup, panicked by Ebola, and compelled to dump buckets of ice water on our heads by one of the most surprising and far-reaching fundraising campaigns of all time. Over here on the eleventy marketing blog, some of the top topics that grabbed readers’ attention this year included online fundraising, multichannel marketing, monthly giving, website complaints, and the emerging nonprofit interest in Bitcoin. In case you missed any of these resources throughout the year, we’ve compiled a list of our most popular posts of 2014…
  • How Your Friends Will Influence Your Donations This Holiday Season

    shad
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:16 am
    Friends are a powerful force in our lives. They encourage, influence and inspire us. We pay attention to their suggestions and take interest in what they’re doing. The power of friendship even motivates the nonprofits we support and how we support them. In today’s post, we’ll look at results from a new Red Cross survey that show how friends, social media, and other elements will influence our giving this holiday season. About the American Red Cross Holiday Poll The results listed here come from an online survey of 1,021 adults (508 men and 513 women) conducted by the…
  • 5 Overlooked Aspects of Exceptional Websites

    shad
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    Organizational websites—whether business or nonprofit—are generally pretty similar. They typically have the same basic setup (about, services, contact, etc.) and aim to tell people the same things. But there is great variance in quality. Execution is what sets great websites apart. You know a great website when you see it. It grabs you visually, gives you the exact information you’re looking for, and makes it easy to find your way around. When a person searches online for a new business or nonprofit to support, the quality of the website can be the deciding factor. So what…
  • 14 Findings Showing Positive Economic Signs for Nonprofit Organizations

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

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

  • Give Your Board a Christmas Present – Schedule a Legal Check-Up

    16 Dec 2014 | 3:25 pm
    With the year’s end in sight, now is a great time for nonprofit board members and other key leaders to think ahead to next year’s plans and goals.  From a legal perspective, the beginning of a new year may be an optimal time to check up on the organization’s annual and other legal compliance matters as follows.  By doing so, nonprofit leaders can better fulfill their fiduciary duty of due diligence to responsibly govern the organization.  The measures below may be addressed at a board meeting or separately, as appropriate.  What a great Christmas…
  • Sixth Circuit Bucks Trend, Refuses to Overturn State Same-Sex Marriage Laws

    9 Dec 2014 | 12:24 pm
            Against the recent trend in federal circuit courts, the Sixth Circuit has refused to hold state laws supporting the traditional definition of marriage unconstitutional, largely on states’ rights, non-religious grounds.  Last month, in a 2-1 decision, the Sixth Circuit reversed decisions of four district courts that struck down such state laws.  See DeBoer v. Snyder, No. 14-1341, 2014 WL 5748990 (6th Cir. Nov. 6, 2014) (click herefor copy of the opinion).  This decision applies to Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.  The…
  • Multi-Site Nonprofit Employers and Unemployment Coverage (Part 2)

    1 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    As explained in our law firm’s prior blog article, nonprofit employers enjoy special privileges under unemployment laws.  For example, nonprofit employers are “covered” by such laws only if they have at least four employees during at least 20 weeks of a calendar year.  (Note that churches and other religious institutions are categorically exempt.)  But what happens if a nonprofit has at least four employees scattered among multiple states?               For example, consider a nonprofit organization with two…
  • Unemployment Taxes for Nonprofits

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

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

  • Should I participate in the 2015 Benchmarks? A flowchart.

    Katie Heller
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:20 am
    Don’t move, I’m going to predict the future: in a few months, the 2015 M+R Benchmarks Study is going to blow your mind. It’s going to have the most comprehensive, useful, reliable data on nonprofit online programs you’ve ever seen. It’s going to answer questions you didn’t even know you had, and question answers you’ve been taking for granted. It’s going to do all those things no matter what — but if you get involved now it’ll do even more. The BEST way to make the most of Benchmarks is to participate. By adding your data,…
  • Two Views of Giving Tuesday (And 5 Tips for Next Year)

    Dustin Kight
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:17 am
    There are some who think of Thanksgiving as a time to celebrate enduring traditions, share special moments with loved ones, and spend time with family. And there are those of us who experience something more like a six-day emotional journey in which we question our priorities, like pie vs. kale, and peer deep into our bank accounts, asking ourselves, “Can I can buy the complete box set of Designing Women and still have enough money to reply to that appeal before time runs out…?” (The answer is yes and the binge-watching begins about 90 seconds after I finish writing this).
  • Your Middle School Teacher May or May Not Be Horrified: 6 Rules for Online Writing

    Sara Wolfson
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:46 pm
    My name is Sara Wolfson, and I am a recovering grammar snob. Yes, I am that twerp who corrects people when they mistake “its” for “it’s” or write “affect” when they mean “effect.” My eye twitches when someone writes the numeral 9 when they really should write out the word “nine.” I am ashamed to say that I went on a mad rampage recently because everyone kept adding an extra “l” when adding a suffix to words with an unstressed l (model, initial, equal, travel, cancel, etc.) and holy moley, you heathens, THAT IS THE…
  • Gmail Promotions Tab – A New Way to View Your Promotions

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

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

  • Appeal Letter to Santa

    Mark C. Titi
    3 Dec 2014 | 11:38 pm
    Dear Santa Claus, Please pardon us as we know that grow […] The post Appeal Letter to Santa appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
  • Beyond Thank You

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

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

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

    Mark C. Titi
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:50 pm
    The post Just Be appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
 
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    Voss Foundation

  • Update: The Fields’ Fundraising Campaign for GF&H

    Caitlin Rackish
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Work on Good Future and Hope’s new primary school in Uganda, which will open in February of 2015, is advancing – and so are Tenny and Kim Field’s efforts to fund the water and sanitation infrastructure for the school’s dormitories and teachers’ houses. As of December 12th, they are almost 2/3 of the way to...
  • A New Lene Maria Project for GF&H

    Caitlin Rackish
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Work is well underway on Good Future and Hope’s new primary school in Uganda that will open in February of 2015 and, thanks to the support of Lene Maria for Rent Vann, Voss Foundation will be able to fund a new piece of the water and sanitation infrastructure: the school water system. Exterior wall construction...
  • Six simple ways to start a ripple effect this holiday season!

    ExecutiveDirector
    29 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    What do you wish for this year? Every year, at Voss Foundation, we wish that more people in Sub-Saharan Africa had access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to enable them to improve their own lives – and that’s what we have been working for since 2008. But we can’t do it without you. This...
  • Lekeri: Project Description

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

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

  • Go Big With These 2015 Matching Gift Strategies

    Adam Weinger
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Can you believe it’s December already and 2015 will be here before we know it. We want to help nonprofits raise more money than ever in 2015 from employee matching gift programs so here are seven strategies for making your 2015 efforts more successful than ever. #1 – Familiarize Yourself With The Top Matching Gift Companies With companies across the US, Canada, UK, and the world offering employee matching gift programs its impossible to memorize program specifics for every company. Even so, it’s important to be familiar with the different elements of matching gift programs…
  • #GivingTuesday Matching Gift Facebook and Twitter Posts to Schedule Right Now

    Adam Weinger
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Is your nonprofit promoting #GivingTuesday to donors this year? If so, don’t forget about employee matching gifts. Here are three #GivingTuesday matching gift posts your nonprofit should schedule today to take advantage of Double the Donation providing its matching gift search tools for free during the #GivingTuesday period: FACEBOOK & TWITTER POSTS: In the Days Leading up to #GivingTuesday: We’re excited for #GivingTuesday2014! If you’re planning to donate use this search tool to see if your company will match your donation https://doublethedonation.com/giving-tuesday/ Make sure to…
  • #GivingTuesday is 1 Week Away – Nonprofits Should Add This Matching Gift Article to Their Blogs

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

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

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

  • Invisible Children’s Official Statement // 2015 Transition

    Invisible Children
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:48 am
    INVISIBLE CHILDREN ANNOUNCES MAJOR CHANGES TO US OPERATIONS Non-profit organization working to bring a permanent end to the violence of Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Central and East Africa will launch Finishing Fund to underwrite protection programs, and Citizen Volunteer Network to continue activism efforts before closing the doors on US headquarters SAN […] The post Invisible Children’s Official Statement // 2015 Transition appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • Don’t Stop Believin’ // Meet our friends in Congress and CAR

    Miranda Brown
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:57 pm
    You may have heard about some big changes we’re making in 2015 (if you haven’t, stop reading this and get the whole story here). Just to clarify, Invisible Children is not closing – we’re scaling back our U.S. operations so that we can focus entirely on our advocacy and central Africa programs. We’re not gonna lie […] The post Don’t Stop Believin’ // Meet our friends in Congress and CAR appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • We still need you // Invisible Children’s Finishing Fund

    Invisible Children
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Earlier today, we told you about some big changes happening at Invisible Children. If you missed it, get the whole story here. Long story short, we’re downsizing the bulk of our U.S. programs and operations at the end of the year in order to prioritize our political advocacy and central Africa programs through 2015. As […] The post We still need you // Invisible Children’s Finishing Fund appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • An Important Message // Major Changes in 2015

    Invisible Children
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:28 am
    We’re announcing today that the Invisible Children you’ve known is drastically changing. We are downsizing the bulk of our U.S. programs and operations at the end of the year to prioritize our political advocacy and central Africa programs through 2015. Whether you slept outside with us in 2006 at the Global Night Commute to protest […] The post An Important Message // Major Changes in 2015 appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • KONY 101 // WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE LEAVE THE LRA?

    Camille Marie-Regnault
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:10 am
    We often talk about our defection programs because so many returnees cite our “Come Home” fliers or messages as the reason they chose to leave the bush. But what happens after these people return home? Unfortunately, there is a serious disparity in resources dedicated to the rehabilitation and reintegration of former LRA members. Depending on age, […] The post KONY 101 // WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE LEAVE THE LRA? appeared first on Invisible Children.
 
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    J Campbell Social Marketing

  • Facebook in 2015 – What Nonprofits Need to Know

    Julia Claire Campbell
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Thanks for this great infographic, ShortStack! Love it or hate it, Facebook continues to be an important tool in a nonprofit’s marketing and fundraising kit. On their Q3 earnings call, Facebook released the following mind-blowing statistics: 1.35 billion people log into Facebook each month 864 million daily active users 64% of monthly active users log on every day 1 billion video views each day in September 2014 Here are just 8 things your nonprofit needs to understand about Facebook as we enter 2015: 1) 2015 will be survival of the fittest. According to Facebook, the average user has about…
  • How Nonprofits Continue To Get Facebook Marketing All Wrong

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

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

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

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

  • Three simple SEO tips for nonprofits

    Nick Rojas
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:11 am
    SEO (search engine optimization) is not just another TLA (three letter acronym) that nonprofits can ignore with impunity. Many nonprofits are put off by the challenges, pitfalls, and potential costs of all things technical. SEO does sound technical — and is to an extent — but it needn’t be daunting. In its simplest form, SEO is what you as a content creator can do to make sure your message reaches its intended audience. It means writing to be found, as well as writing to be read. This means a bit of pandering to the way search engines work, refraining from overcomplicating your copy,…
  • How to set up Facebook advertising for your nonprofit organization

    Mark Hallman
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    Facebook continues to lead the way for the number of unique monthly users at an almost 3 to 1 ratio over its next closest competitor. With this level of popularity, Facebook has been and continues to be the social media platform of choice for many nonprofit organizations. With a historic organic reach of over 16% for posts, this platform held a relatively low friction way of engaging our communities. That has all changed. With new algorithms that determine the organic reach for organizational pages it has become increasingly difficult to reach our audiences. That 16% reach has been reduced to…
  • Graphic creation tools for nonprofit marcom pros

    Angela de Burger
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    In a world where people have attention spans of eight seconds, nonprofit communicators can use vibrant images to help their stories and messages come to life. A great image can convey an entire narrative that complements key elements of the story you’re telling in words. Readers are drawn to photos and graphics, resulting in more attention and interaction for the content you’re sharing. On Facebook, posts with photos attract 87% of interactions, well ahead of any other type of content sharing. The challenge many of us face is coming up with great visual elements to post on a regular…
  • Leaving a positive impact with communications: Sarah Anderson [profile]

    Linda Alberts
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    Before Sarah Anderson even started her nonprofit career, she knew that her work had to leave a positive impact on the community. “As part of a post-graduate certificate in corporate communications and public relations, I interned at a nonprofit and it was an incredibly rewarding, challenging and valuable experience,” says Sarah. “It was that experience that really cemented for me that whatever industry I worked in, I wanted to have a job where I felt that I was always striving toward making my community a better place. It was important for me to have that in both my personal and…
  • Six tips for working well with your nonprofit’s spokespeople

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

  • 10% vs. 1.7% : The Growth of Online versus Offline (Giving)

    12 Dec 2014 | 2:37 pm
    10% vs 1.7%. This comparison represents online fundraising growth in 2012 versus giving overall. Those are stark contrasts and highlights a crucial point: digital fundraising is a runaway train and those who are not embracing new technology are sure to be left behind. On another level, those hesitant to double down on technological investments must understand that donors acquired online are younger, higher net-worth individuals with long term staying power. Couple that with the fact that donor loyalty is dwindling, you begin to see the snowball effect. Moreover, online donors give 3x more…
  • Re-Activating Donors: Cookies for Kids Cancer and the Birthday Blast

    3 Dec 2014 | 3:15 pm
    When RallyBound devised the Fundraising Platform tier, the sole purpose was to provide nonprofits with the ability to own a variety of campaigns in one centralized location. Clients like Cookies for Kids Cancer embody this vision perfectly. For many years, their main source of fundraising came from supporter hosted bake sales and birthday campaigns. Unfortunately, under their old system’s regime, admins had to direct the bulk of the logistics in creating these campaigns. RallyBound has enabled them to offload this hardship and focus on their mission: raising funds for pediatric cancer…
  • The Recipe for Great Social Fundraising In 2015

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

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

    11 Nov 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Today is Veterans Day. We believe this is one of the most important days on the calendar. Our veterans of the armed services ensure and protect our rights, our freedoms, and our constitutional policies with great sacrifice. In our estimate, one day does not appropriately provide the amount of appreciation needed for these brave men and woman. The end of a war should be the beginning of giving care to those who served! It is for this reason we wanted to provide a list of 5 organizations that are fighting day in and day out to provide vital services to our heroes. We salute our vets on this and…
 
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  • The Ultimate 2015 Nonprofit Social Media Scheduling Guide

    Steven Shattuck
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Steven Shattuck is VP of Marketing at Bloomerang. As a HubSpot Certified inbound marketer, he is a contributor to Nonprofit Hub, National Council of Nonprofits, Ragan, Social Media Today, Search Engine Journal, The Build Network, HubSpot, Content Marketing Institute and Business2Community. Steven has spoken at national and local conferences, and is frequently interviewed by media outlets for his expertise in digital marketing. _____________ 2015 is almost here, which means you should start thinking about all of your digital strategies—from email to social media, for the year to come. If…
  • Love Thy Donor: 5 Ways to Increase Donor Retention

    Nick Small
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:18 am
    It has become a fairly common factoid that around 60% of new donors only give once to that cause—however, showing love to your donors can be one of the driving factors behind donor retention. When you boil it down, nonprofit organizations are here for one thing: benefiting their cause. Duh, right? Well it’s easy to forget that in order to work toward any cause, NPOs need donations. If donations are the lifeblood of NPOs, it makes sense that we would show love to donors whenever we can. Oftentimes nonprofits get wrapped up in the minor details and lose sight of the bigger picture—how…
  • Making the Most Difficult Ask—Legacy Giving

    Lincoln Arneal
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    It’s a conversation that no one really wants to have. What will happen to those regular donations after your donors pass away? You’ve worked hard to build a solid relationship with each of your donors, but sometimes life happens and active donors become in memoriam donors. It’s a sensitive subject, as no one likes talking about death. We’re all invincible and will live forever, right? At least that’s what those kids with skateboards tell me. However, if you don’t have conversations with your donors about leaving legacy gifts, your nonprofit could miss out on an extra avenue to…
  • Is Social Media the Fund Development Professional’s Magic Bullet?

    Tammy Moloy
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    Tammy Moloy is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub, and a Senior Consultant with Ashley|Rountree and Associates, a leading regional non-profit consulting firm based in Louisville, Kentucky. Tammy has achieved “Top 10 in Personal Recruiting” as well as ranking in the “Top 250 Consultants” in the nation. _____________ In light of the ALS Association’s recent epic success, the nonprofit industry is abuzz with talk of how to recreate the next Ice Bucket Challenge. Increasingly, board members are looking to development staff to devise a plan using social media to increase gift…
  • A Simple Challenge for All Nonprofit Workers this Holiday Season

    Kathryn Pauley
    8 Dec 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Here’s a difference between nonprofits and for-profit businesses that I love: in the nonprofit world, we’re hoping that we all succeed. (And, if we all did the world would be a better place.) While there’s competition to be noticed, it would delight and excite us to see each other’s causes being lifted up and recognized. So this holiday season, I have a challenge for you. While you’re talking the talk of giving during December and January to your potential donors, walk the walk and actually donate somewhere. And here’s the challenging part: don’t donate to your nonprofit. Now, I…
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  • Top Posts From 2014

    7 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    Looking at the stats for this year I must conclude that my readers really like their pop culture with a side of history, seasoned with humor. Here are the most popular posts from 2014: Fundraising Humor Benjamin Franklin: Founding Father of Fundraising 10 Fundraising Moments in Pop Culture 10 More Fundraising Moments in Pop Culture Read More
  • You Can Make a Digital Annual Report

    4 Dec 2014 | 12:06 pm
      You don't have to spend a lot of money to have a digital annual report. By repurposing existing content and using inexpensive tech tools, you can have a digital report that is mobile-friendly. Read the Case Study to see how we did it > See it in action on the Moving in the Spirit website >Read More
  • Sewing for Bucks: 19th Century Community Fundraising

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

  • Fundraising Resolutions For 2015

    Brendan Kinney
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Click here for the full transcript. It’s that time of year again: a time to reflect on the year that is coming to a close, and to make resolutions for the year ahead…your fundraising resolutions, that is. Join the #fundchat community on Wednesday, December 17 from 12 – 1 pm EST for “Fundraising Resolutions For 2015.” Here’s what you can do to ensure a successful #fundchat: Share this post with your social networks! Invite your colleagues to join the conversation. Suggest questions that we should ask during the chat to guide the discussion (use the comments…
  • Have Corporations Hijacked #GivingTuesday?

    Brendan Kinney
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:26 am
    Click here to view the transcript. The results are still being tallied, but by most accounts, #GivingTuesday met or exceeded expectations. It was hard to miss the fact that this year, corporate partnerships had greater visibility. Which lead some to question, “Have corporations hijacked #GivingTuesday?” In an article titled, “Selfish Charity: Down With #GivingTuesday,” Hamilton Nolan writes: The problem with #GivingTuesday is neither the giving, nor the encouragement to give. It is the cynical process of turning charity into a direct PR-for-dollars scheme. And he…
  • Don’t Let Your Donations Get Lost in the Mail

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Future of Giving: Next Generation Philanthropy

    Amy DeVita
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Next Generation Philanthropy Where is “next generation philanthropy” headed? Do next-generation, engaged donors actually consider themselves “philanthropists?” How does one become a philanthropist, anyway? To find out, we caught up with SVP PGH’s Executive Director, Elizabeth Visnic, recently and wanted to share their two-pronged mission with you.  This nonprofit is an incubator and capacity builder for charitable organizations, on one hand, and on the other, they are a training camp for aspiring, next-generation philanthropists…for engaged donors who…
  • Better to Give than to Receive? Women & Fundraising

    Jennifer Schaupp
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:02 pm
    No one is immune to the donation letter or email from a charitable organization. When donation appeals roll around, who is more likely to offer money, you or your spouse? Aunt Betty or Uncle John? And does gender really matter when it comes to fundraising? According to a report from Linda B. Myette, director of development and leadership giving of the Carle Development Foundation in Urbana, IL and Donna Greene, president and CEO at the Busey Wealth Management and chair of the Women’s Legacy Circle in Champaign, IL, women are more likely to give than men. One might say this statistic makes…
  • How is your nonprofit fighting for equality for all?

    Kadi McDonald
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:35 pm
    I don’t normally write opinion pieces, but I felt it necessary to do so after the last couple weeks of unrest in my city. I read an article in the New York Times on a flight this past weekend titled “Is it Bad Enough Yet?”. There’s a reason it was one of the Top Emailed articles, because it so accurately articulated the feelings I think most of us have been feeling for a while. If you’ve watched, read, or heard even a minute of news coverage in the last three months, you know that things are bad. The majority of our world is under-employed, underpaid,…
  • Nonprofit Social Media Help: Linkedin Tools

    Amy DeVita
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:31 am
    In today’s podcast, “LinkedIn Evangelist”, Maria Semple tells us why this social media channel is indispensible to nonprofits. As principal of The Prospect Finder, she regularly helps nonprofits and small businesses understand how to use Linkedin tools to increase visibility and gain valuable connections. What Linkedin Tools? Do you think Linkedin is just for posting resumes? Does your organization have a company page on Linkedin? Did you know that Linkedin has a dedicated division providing networking tools and resources for nonprofits? Do you know how you can use Linkedin to find…
  • Fundraising Top Tips: Appealing to Millennials

    Emily Goodstein
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Whether you’re in the throes of end of year appeals– or plannig next year’s development strategy– we hope the latest podcast from Emily Goodstein, D.C.-based online media strategist and our millennial marketing maven will be helpful. Fundraising Top Tips Is your organization looking for ways to increase the number of its millennial constituents? Or maybe you’re trying to find a way to encourage more millennials to become monthly, or recurring, donors to your nonprofit in 2015. In either case, you’ll want to take a listen and hear her fundraising top…
 
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    Top Nonprofits

  • Understanding the Corporate Funder

    Wayne Elsey
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:36 am
    Understanding the Corporate Funder Mentality What are corporate funders thinking as it relates to charitable giving in the 21st Century? In 2013, according to the Giving USA Foundation, corporations donated $16.76 billion to charity. Although as a total percentage of giving, this is significantly less than donations by individuals, it is still sizable and an important element of a comprehensive revenue strategy. In order to obtain charitable dollars from corporations, it is essential to understand these entities themselves. There are two key funnels for obtaining financial support. The first…
  • Is Your Nonprofit Board in Strategic Alignment?

    Amy DeVita
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:32 am
    This article was originally published on Third Sector Today It’s not every day that I get to enjoy a chocolate egg cream this far west of Brooklyn, let alone enjoy the insight and practical philosophy of an expert who has helped a long list of nonprofit boards. But today was my chance to do both! I met with Dennis C. Miller, Executive Director of Center for Excellence in Leadership, Governance and Philanthropy at Farleigh Dickenson University.  In addition to leading a center dedicated to nonprofit leadership, he is CEO of Reviatlizing Your Nonprofit Board, a nationally…
  • Leveraging Linkedin to Connect Your Nonprofit

    Yvonne Hudson
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:25 am
    This post was originally published on our sister site,  Third Sector Today Feel at Home on LinkedIn LinkedIn is the nice aunt of social media–it’s more civil, professional, and informational. Its “house” is visited by influencers who bring advice, expertise, and resources like the flowers, candy, and wine you bring to your auntie’s place–all for the taking. This is a place of generosity, sharing, and (usually) professional demeanor. Job seekers and employers regard LinkedIn as a garden of leads (like your aunt’s “pick your own” kitchen garden)–in both job openings and…
  • Joining a Fundraising App? 9 Considerations

    Dale Knoop
    4 Dec 2014 | 4:58 pm
    This post was originally published on our partner site, Third Sector Today Think about these 9 things before joining a fundraising app. There’s no denying the mobile transformation of every sector of the nonprofit space. Your supporters have mobile phones and if you ask them to give through their phone 62% of millennials say they will–and yet 47% say the reason they haven’t given is they haven’t been asked. So as your nonprofit readies itself to go mobile you will find many paths to choose from. One of them, becoming part of a third party app, may seem like the easy way to join in…
  • Fa14 Top 100 Nonprofits List.csv

    Craig Van Korlaar
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:03 pm
    [["#","Organization","Alexa Rank","Google PR","Moz PA","Moz LRD","Followers","Likes","Charity Nav"],["1","National Public Radio (NPR)","644","8","95","18248","2.9M","4.1M",""],["2","United Nations Children\u00abs Fund (UNICEF)","15311","8","94","44975","3.2M","4.6M",""],["3","Human Rights Watch (HRW)","20852","8","95","10393","1.4M","1.3M",""],["4","WikiLeaks","17086","7","81","5931","2.4M","2.6M",""],["5","Green Peace","13381","8","92","11170","1.1M","312k",""],["6","Smithsonian Institute","9363","8","94","5440","1.3M","332k",""],["7","Human Rights…
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    NSC Strategies » Blog

  • Dialogue: Six Fundamentals

    Robert Nelson
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:45 am
    In today’s fast paced world, does your board still take the time to dialogue? Yes, we engage in discussions and deliberate issues, but we rarely slow down and actually dialogue. Engaging in dialogue at board meetings can add value to an organization through the creation of new ideas, the formation of shared meaning, and the free flow of diverse perspective. Also, a practice of dialogue can contribute to strengthening trust and relationships between board members. Dialogue is the free flow of meaning between members of a board. The goal isn’t to sell a point, idea or position; instead, it…
  • Delegation: Six Steps

    Robert Nelson
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Effective delegation is often thought of as one of the most challenging management skills to master. Yet, delegation is one of the most powerful management skills. In fact, if you are not an effective delegator, you are shortchanging yourself, your employees and your organization. Successful delegation entails delegating the right things to the right people at the right time, along with the authority and resources needed to carry out the assignment. Delegating, of course, conveys a number of benefits beyond getting the job done. It is an important part of employee development, employee…
  • Protecting Against Groupthink: 17 Techniques

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

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

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

  • BizWorld Lesson #3: Track and Measure EVERYTHING

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    This article is part of a series titled "Lessons from the Biz World" where we explore valuable aspects of the for-profit sector that can be applied to nonprofit management and translate into a more efficient, stable and successful organization with a greater impact.  Lesson 3: Track and measure successes (and failures) Virtually everything a successful for-profit business does is tracked and analyzed to ensure long-term results. Smart nonprofits will do the same. Not only does this help to keep financial investments on track, but it can also influence the decisions made by the board and…
  • Increase Nonprofit Holiday Giving with Social Fundraising [INFOGRAPHIC]

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:20 am
    December can be one of the most important and productive months for your fundraising efforts. One way to increase your bottom line during the these winter months is by focusing donor development efforts on your legion of 'social fundraisers'. Also known as your 'evangelists', these are individuals who not only believe in your cause but also become a nexus of social activity, both online and offline, to promote your organization and its fundraising activities. In addition to utilizing social fundraisers, it is important to have a strategic fundraising plan for the month of December to…
  • Top 10 Reasons Fundraising Auctions Don't Raise Money

    4 Dec 2014 | 10:40 am
    Fundraising auctions are a lot of work. They’re only worth the effort if they pay off in a big way. If your last event didn't meet your financial expectations, perhaps it’s because: 1. You focused on the decorations, dinner and dancing rather than the auction items. You want to show attendees a good time, but only so they’ll spend more.  2. You failed to promote your stuff before and during the event. Get them salivating. Encourage them to plan their bidding strategy. Publish periodic pre-event hot sheets and include plenty of detail about live items in your auction program. These…
  • Donor Development: 5 Ways to Create a Culture of Gratitude

    2 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Donor development can be an overwhelming process. The job of cultivating donors, engaging target audiences, building personal relationships and determining the proper timing of "the ask" are all crucial to achieving fundraising success. With each multi-layered step, it’s easy to lose sight of the single-most important part of donor retention: expressing your gratitude.  Gratitude is defined as the quality of being thankful or the "readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness". This is an important concept that takes a central role in fundraising, but can…
  • Why are Nonprofits Missing Their Development Directors? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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

  • Big Data Starts with Strong Relationships

    joshmaitrelsci
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:39 am
    In the past few years, nonprofits have begun to wade into the ever-deepening ocean that is big data—an ocean from which corporations and governments have been pumping for a while now. In some respects, NPOs have been fast learners. These days, many are wise enough in the ways that data can help track fundraising dollars. When it comes to gathering, let alone leveraging, information for strategic purposes, though, too many otherwise capable organizations aren’t really sure where to start. The sheer quantity and mixed quality of information available at both the organizational and sector…
  • Ready or not, here comes the new single audit

    pbmares2014
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:26 pm
    It is hard to believe we are approaching the end of another year. With the commotion of holidays and end-of-year requirements, some – particularly smaller non-profits – may have forgotten about the latest update from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which has new requirements for those who receive federal awards. Historically, the various OMB Circulars dictate compliance, administration and audit requirements to ensure that federal funds received have been properly managed and utilized. All circulars have now been streamlined into one “super circular” document, 2 CFR 200.
  • Maximize End of Year Giving While You’re Out of the Office

    Pursuant
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:35 am
    You worked hard all year. Then came #GivingTuesday. Now it’s end of year fundraising. You’re ready to leave the office and go spend time with family and friends. But wait. There’s one simple thing you can do to put a bow on your hard work all year, especially your year end fundraising. Set an out of office that inspires your donors This is a golden opportunity to put a warm glow on your organization at the end of the year when people are thinking about giving back.  We all know how exhausting #GivingTuesday and end of year are.But let’s forget about ourselves and think about our…
  • How to Measure Impact on #GivingTuesday to Apply Next Year & Every Year

    Shonte Riddick
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:52 am
    The annual day of global giving known as #GivingTuesday (now in its third year) is now behind us, and we in the nonprofit sector are gearing up to acknowledge, celebrate and thank our donors. From the early indications and reports, the day was an astounding success with event close to raising almost $50M (we are being optimistic)! Along with prepping for recognition, we need to be focused on measuring the impact of #GivingTuesday for our organizations, so we can capture the lessons learned while they are fresh. It’s the biggest day of the biggest season of the year, and getting a sense of…
  • How Your CEO Can Use Social for Thought Leadership

    bethkanter
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:24 am
    Slide Share: http://www.slideshare.net/kanter/creating-a-leadership-profile-for-your-nonprofit-ceo If your nonprofit’s executive director or CEO a thought leader? Thought leaders drive conversations – online and off, influence others, and shape perceptions in their field.   They are the respected voices who others turn to understand sector social change issues. Many nonprofit CEOs use their social media profiles to extend the reach of their thought leadership and connect with professional colleagues, media, and policy makers.   There are significant benefits to both the organization…
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  • How to Host the Ultimate Twitter Chat Week after Week!

    Ritu Sharma
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:14 pm
    By Ritu Sharma, CEO & Co-Founder, Social Media for Nonprofits There are numerous ways for nonprofits to leverage social media for optimal effect, but one of the best things you can add to your Twitter arsenal is tweet chats.  If you’re unfamiliar, tweet chats are live, scheduled conversations around a singular topic, using a specific hashtag to keep everyone organized and visible. Organizers ask questions and moderate the discussion, and anyone who wants to can follow along. Tweet chats can help your organization by: Increasing awareness in your area of expertise and positioning you as…
  • How to Measure Impact on #GivingTuesday to Apply Next Year & Every Year

    Ritu Sharma
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Ritu Sharma, CEO & Co-Founder, Social Media for Nonprofits The annual day of global giving known as #GivingTuesday (now in its third year) is now behind us, and we in the nonprofit sector are gearing up to acknowledge, celebrate and thank our donors. From the early indications and reports, the day was an astounding success with event close to raising almost $50M (we are being optimistic)! Along with prepping for recognition, we need to be focused on measuring the impact of #GivingTuesday for our organizations, so we can capture the lessons learned while they are fresh. It’s the…
  • 2014 #GivingTuesday Results: Giving Day Close to Raising $50M

    admin
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:21 pm
    By Ritu Sharma, CEO, Social Media for Nonprofits 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 humbled and overwhelmed by the results,…
  • Top 8 Ways to Leverage LinkedIn for Nonprofits

    admin
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:57 pm
    By Ritu Sharma, CEO, Social Media for Nonprofits For those seeking the best talent or opportunities in professional fields of all kinds, LinkedIn is the go-to social network. But beyond the basics of a place to host your resume and search job listings, LinkedIn is breaking out as a place to shine as a thought leader, and to attract mentors, partners and ideas worth developing. These benefits aren’t limited to the commercial sector. Nonprofit decision makers should know their organizations can also gain from a presence on LinkedIn – especially if business professionals are your…
  • 10 Proven #GivingTuesday Strategies from the Past Three Years

    Ritu Sharma
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Ritu Sharma, CEO & Co-Founder, Social Media for Nonprofits #GivingTuesday is only entering its third year, so it’s fair to say that everyone is still in the midst of the learning curve – though second- and third-timers are certainly further ahead than those taking on the challenge for the first time in 2014. Strategies and successes by others are what inspire the efforts of every nonprofit that takes up the mantle. Our #GivingTuesday series continues with some of our favorite winning strategies: 1. Harness the #UNselfie – With over 7000 #UNselfies shared on #GT2013, who…
 
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