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  • Travel Diary: How to Spend 2 Weeks in San Diego

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    Rosetta
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Even though I’ve been living in Hawaii, I have flown back to the mainland about once a month to either host or attend events, so I thought it would be fun to share one of my new favorite cities out west. I’ve been in California for the past 2 weeks, exploring all the different parts of this San Diego. On this trip, I’ve been in La Jolla, Mission Bay, Mission Beach, Gaslamp, Seaport District and Little Italy. I can’t believe it was my first time going to the beach in California! It’s not Hawaii, but it’s close enough :) I had a great time hanging out…
  • 150 million reasons to celebrate

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    Amanda
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Special Edition: Cumulative lending to nonprofits of $150 Million!
  • How #GivingTuesday Can Help Your Nonprofit Reach PhilanthroKids or Generation Z Donors

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    Beth
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    I’ve been a huge fan of GivingTuesday since I first heard about it back in September, 2012 during a conference at Stanford.  I’m pleased to see that some of the skepticism and complaints have now morphed in to more capacity builders providing tips for nonprofits to take advantage of this national day of giving. Giving Days organized by local communities are being adopted by many more communities than ever before and a stronger understanding how these efforts can help build the capacity of nonprofits to embrace social media and online giving, engage more donors, and raise…
  • Sounds from torture

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    Armando Alves
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    The sounds from torture go beyond the ones suffering in this campaign from Amnesty International Portugal, where several artists and musicians built a musical instrument made up of objects used in torture methods. The drum set is traveling the whole country to help spread this message, amplifying the pain sounds so everyone listens. You can also test each instrument (be sure to use headphones) at Soundsfromtorture.com Author: Armando Alves
  • Is the New Salesforce Analytics Wave Right for Your Nonprofit?

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    Steph
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Michelle L. Chaplin Senior Manager, Online Fundraising PBS What is Wave Analytics, and why are The Beach Boys singing about it? A few weeks ago at the 2014 Dreamforce Conference, Salesforce announced a new analytics tool called Wave. And by announced, I mean with all the expected Dreamforce fanfare, including The Beach Boys crooning “Catch a Wave.” 
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  • Travel Diary: How to Spend 2 Weeks in San Diego

    Rosetta
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Even though I’ve been living in Hawaii, I have flown back to the mainland about once a month to either host or attend events, so I thought it would be fun to share one of my new favorite cities out west. I’ve been in California for the past 2 weeks, exploring all the different parts of this San Diego. On this trip, I’ve been in La Jolla, Mission Bay, Mission Beach, Gaslamp, Seaport District and Little Italy. I can’t believe it was my first time going to the beach in California! It’s not Hawaii, but it’s close enough :) I had a great time hanging out…
  • Travel Diary: Weekend in Maui

    Rosetta
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:19 pm
    It’s been a loooong time since I’ve done a travel diary post! This diary is from earlier this year, on a weekend trip to Maui, Hawaii. Hotels are super expensive in Maui, so I had to search high and low to find a semi-affordable place to stay for the weekend. Kaiholo Hale in Paia was perfect! I had to rent a car and the views were awesome driving around the island. Even though it had been raining off and on all weekend in Maui, I still had a relaxing walk at Ali’i Lavender Farm, then picked strawberries for the first time at Kula Country Farms. I also went on the Road to Hana…
  • If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Fear vs. Legacy

    Rosetta
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Speaking on the Success Panel at the Ultimate Sales Boot Camp in San Diego! “Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.” — Unknown I’m writing this post from my hotel room in San Diego, California where I’ve been for the past few days for an awesome training and networking event with my business mentor, Lisa Sasevich. I’m a lifelong learner and strongly believe in surrounding yourself with people who have already “made it” to where you…
  • 3 Magical Steps to Attract More Money Into Your Business This Month

    Rosetta
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    One of the most powerful lessons I’ve learned since I quit my job back in 2010 is that there is no limit to the amount of money you can make in your business. We are always surrounded by the energy of abundance; we just have to claim it! There is never a shortage of potential clients and customers who want what you have to offer. Once I embraced this infinite possibility for my life, I began to see so many doors open up for me, especially when it came to increasing my income. This year was the first year that I have been able to earn over $100,000 in my business and I owe much…
  • Are You Waiting for Permission to Live the Life You Really Want?

    Rosetta
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    When I was growing up, there were two messages that were pretty strong in my family. 1. Finish school and go to college. and 2. Get a good job. My mom was raising me and my little sister on her own and we didn’t have a whole lot of money. But what my family DID have was high expectations for me. And I worked very hard to not only meet, but exceed them. I did finish school and go to college. Then, I went on to grad school. Then, I went on to build a great career in my field. As I got older, however, many of my goals drifted away from the original vision that my family had for me.
 
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  • How #GivingTuesday Can Help Your Nonprofit Reach PhilanthroKids or Generation Z Donors

    Beth
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    I’ve been a huge fan of GivingTuesday since I first heard about it back in September, 2012 during a conference at Stanford.  I’m pleased to see that some of the skepticism and complaints have now morphed in to more capacity builders providing tips for nonprofits to take advantage of this national day of giving. Giving Days organized by local communities are being adopted by many more communities than ever before and a stronger understanding how these efforts can help build the capacity of nonprofits to embrace social media and online giving, engage more donors, and raise…
  • Pioneers in Justice: Building Networks and Movements for Social Justice

    Beth
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    Click to View Full Infographic Note from Beth: How do we build networks and movements around important social change issues.  A generative social impact network links people together through relationships.  They create social capital or value by making their skills, resources, and knowledge available to each other.    Engagement in the network provides a bigger benefit than to the individual member, the networks can work on finding solutions to big social issues.  A social impact network is different than a coalition or alliance – where the agenda and actions are controlled.  And they…
  • Using Design Thinking to ReThink Our Nonprofit or Community Foundation Work

    Beth
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    Last week I was lucky enough to facilitate a mini-innovation lab for 60 community foundation program officers at the first meeting of ProNet during the Council on Foundations conference in Cleveland, Ohio that celebrated 100 years of community philanthropy. To facilitate the lab, I used human centered design techniques (for a good overview see Jen Bokoff’s terrific overview post here) and more specifically the Luma Institute methods (for more, see my post here.) The intent was to provide a deep dive for program officers to reflect on the way they currently work, identify what needs to…
  • The Power of Our Collective Professional Networks and Transdisciplinarity Learning

    Beth
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    Earlier this month, I had an opportunity to facilitate a full-day innovation lab for an amazing group of network thinkers using human design methods to inform the design of a leadership network.    It has been exactly a year since I have committed to practicing the methods from Luma Institute as part of improving my facilitation practice.   It was a great learning experience from both a process and content perspective. Since we were working on how to integrate networked leadership principles into the design of a program, I wanted to incorporate an icebreaker that helped us visualize our…
  • Book Review: Connecting to Change the World

    Beth
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    Almost five years ago to the day,  I was lucky enough to meet Peter Plastrik and Madeleine Taylor while I was Visiting Scholar at the Packard Foundation.   Peter and Madeleine were the among the pioneers in writing about, designing, facilitating, and evaluating networks in the social impact space.  Almost tend years ago, they co-wrote “Net Gains,” one of the first practical handbooks on building and working in networks for social change. Whether it is a network of organizations or individuals, the handbook provides a wealth of theory and practice on build, manage, and fine tune…
 
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  • Sounds from torture

    Armando Alves
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    The sounds from torture go beyond the ones suffering in this campaign from Amnesty International Portugal, where several artists and musicians built a musical instrument made up of objects used in torture methods. The drum set is traveling the whole country to help spread this message, amplifying the pain sounds so everyone listens. You can also test each instrument (be sure to use headphones) at Soundsfromtorture.com Author: Armando Alves
  • Positive affirmation. Simple and beautiful.

    Reuben Turner
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Climate action organisation 10:10 published this tonight. #ItsHappening is a wonderful compendium of solutions to climate change, happening now all over the world. A wonderful piece of positive affirmation that reminds us that change is possible. I’ve often commented that while progressive causes get caught up in numbers, our opponents are simply better at telling stories that stick. This is a great piece of content that proves we have the stories too—and inspires us to do more. Please do check it out. Author: Reuben Turner
  • Put a woman on Canada’s $100 bill

    Tom Megginson
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    Although, as a Commonwealth country, Canada currently has Queen Elizabeth II on every $20 bill, the only Canadian women honoured on a banknote were recently removed. In 2001, Canada’s redesigned $50 bill featured The Famous Five, a group of women who successfully petitioned the supreme court to recognize women as “persons” in the constitution of the 1920s. In 2011, a new series of bills removed the women and replaced them with an icebreaker. A petition on Change.org began to circulate, stating “Bank notes that belong to all Canadians should depict a wider range of…
  • Become a Design Rebel, study Socially Conscious Design

    Marc van Gurp
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Design Rebel: Socially Conscious Design An Online Skillshare Class by Noah Scalin Last year I wrote (And Reuben did too) a review about the Design Activists Handbook from Design Rebel and Osocio blogger Noah Scalin. A great book about the value of socially conscious design. Because designing for a better world is a little different than commercial design which only attempts to influence purchase decisions. socially conscious design seeks to connect us with other human beings. It’s in the field what we do at Osocio. This is from our statement: “Social advertising has an uncanny…
  • #Carebandb Vs #Carebnb – two charities jump on the Airbnb bandwagon

    Oriana Lauria
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Charities often come up with similar campaign ideas to raise awareness or funds. But to develop the same concept, with the same name at the same time of the year… well, that’s just odd. Over the last week two different charities have launched two campaigns that mimic Airbnb’s website and use the same(ish) hashtag.  Somebody has called it ‘tagjacking’, whereas others point out the potential risk of an SEO and social media fail. Médecins Sans Frontières are using their spoof website carebnb.io to raise funds for the fight against Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. By…
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  • Is the New Salesforce Analytics Wave Right for Your Nonprofit?

    Steph
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Michelle L. Chaplin Senior Manager, Online Fundraising PBS What is Wave Analytics, and why are The Beach Boys singing about it? A few weeks ago at the 2014 Dreamforce Conference, Salesforce announced a new analytics tool called Wave. And by announced, I mean with all the expected Dreamforce fanfare, including The Beach Boys crooning “Catch a Wave.” 
  • Beyond the Idea Accelerator with Ann McAlpin: "Connections - Aged-Out Foster Kids and Caring Adults"

    Steph
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    As the grand finale to NTEN’s first-ever Leading Change Summit, a number of intrepid 14LCS attendees pitched and developed 24 awe-inspiring projects during the Idea Accelerator. The Idea Accelerator was designed by LimeRed Studio’s Emily Lonigro Boylan, Owner and Creative Director, and Demetrio Cardona Maguigad, Director of Strategic Design, who teamed up with NTEN to carry out the event. The Summit may have ended, but many of these projects are only beginning. Today, we want to introduce you to “Connections – Aged-Out Foster Kids and Caring Adults,” an idea pitched by Ann…
  • The momentum is building for Nonprofits in Motion next week!

    Megan
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    The momentum continues to build for this year's Minnesota Council of Nonprofits' (MCN) annual conference, Nonprofits in Motion: Momentum for a New Minnesota (NPIM14), Nov. 6-7 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. I'll be there presenting with NTEN's Marketing and Publications Director, Joleen Ong, and we're excited to connect to many NTEN Member attendees, as well as learn from and meet other nonprofit folks in Minnesota. Like many organizations in the nonprofit sector, nonprofits in Minnesota have experienced major shifts in the past few years and are at a new stage of development. The conference is…
  • Get ready for NTEN’s Member Appreciation Month!

    Megan
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    NTEN Members work hard every day to make a difference in the world through their work. So each year, we like to let our members know just how much they are appreciated. In fact, we’re devoting the entire month of November to saying "Thank You!" to our NTEN Members. Get ready for NTEN’s Member Appreciation Month (MAM) all November long! Throughout the month, come celebrate with free programming and prizes exclusively for NTEN Members, plus special local events and content. (Not an NTEN Member yet? Join today just in time for the celebration!) Kick off the celebration with NTEN’s 2014…
  • Things We Like (October 2014)

    Steph
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    A monthly roundup of our favorite nonprofit tech resources and other goodies. Read more posts on our blog.In honor of this month’s Evaluation theme and the people who made it happen, here is what evaluators are thinking when they shop.What people in various countries are thinking when they think of corporations.Everyday sexism made visible: What we wish editors of tabloid headlines would think of when they report about women.You can make the visible invisible with this cloak of mirrors. A new transparent reality!Does foreign aid need more transparency? This and similar questions have…
 
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  • There’s More in the Middle: Close Your Giving Gap Now

    nancy@gettingattention.org
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    A huge “aha” bloomed in my mind as I digested the findings on shifts in   giving patterns of rich vs. middle- and lower-income donors recently   released by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.* Mash-up this takeaway with that shared a few months ago (by Sea Change Strategies’ Mark Rovner and Alia McKee) onThe Missing Middle: Neglecting Middle Donors is Costing You Millions and you get a   clear call to action for every fundraiser. Although these two middles are differently defined—the Chronicle’s middle is based on income level, whereas Sea Change’s research highlights…
  • Five secrets to growing your base of monthly givers on #GivingTuesday

    nancy@gettingattention.org
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Use the #GivingTuesday movement to build long-term support, and the chance to earn an additional $3000 for your organization on #GivingTuesday! November is quickly approaching and your #GivingTuesday and year-end planning is well underway. You’ve organized your team, set your goals, assembled your stories, and thought through your marketing approach. (If you still need some ideas, check out our resources here.) There is barely enough time to take a breath during these busy months! But, we encourage you to think about one other powerful opportunity for #GivingTuesday: growing your base…
  • The most important holiday for all fundraisers

    nancy@gettingattention.org
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:24 am
    Thanks to the most-photogenic NFGers for reminding us why it’s important to #beyourdonor on October 24th! Network for Good’s favorite holiday is this month. Although we do love Halloween, October 24this Be Your Donor Day and the reason why we celebrate big this month! Sometimes fundraisers are so caught up in the day to day that we forget how important our donors are to our organization’s success. Without understanding how our donors interact with our organization, what the donation process looks like from a donors’ point of view, and how donors are thanked for their gift, we can’t…
  • Love ‘Em Up Now to Boost Year-End & 2015 Support

    nancy@gettingattention.org
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:31 am
    This final quarter can shine as the time to generate the donations you need to move your organization’s mission forward, if you do it right. In fact, 40% of online donors make their gifts in December, and that 40% to 60% of those gifts are made the last two days of the month according to superstar fundraiser Gail Perry. Offline giving is up as well in December, says Perry. But…Just don’t wait until December to ramp up the start or strengthen your campaign, and don’t stop too early that month! Start the Nurturing NOW with these 3 Simple Steps 1. Thank your current supporters—of all…
  • 11 Great Online Giving Tips for #GivingTuesday and Every Day

    nancy@gettingattention.org
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:49 am
    For many organizations, #GivingTuesday will launch the giving season, fueling energy and excitement that will carry through to year-end. We’ve written a series of posts to help you make the most of #GivingTuesday. Today, we’re focused on one of the most important year-end strategies for any organization: creating a compelling online presence and outreach campaign to inspire support. 11 to-do’s for #GivingTuesday and year-end campaigns that work online. We could write a book on this topic (actually, we wrote a few!), but with only seven weeks to go, we’re boiling it down to the 11…
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  • Replogle Inspires Students to Find Their Purpose

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

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

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

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

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

    Britt Bravo
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    While visiting New Mexico this summer, I raised my phone to take a photo of some pink flowers against a blue sky when this happened:This hummingbird flew right into my frame and posed for a long time (at least by hummingbird standards). It was a magical moment, especially because hummingbirds have always been an "auspicious symbol" for me.Sometimes when we're working on our big vision: noticing what sparkles, letting go of old visions to be open to the new, and running towards what excites us, something unexpected shows up right in front of our face. It might even be more wonderful than the…
  • Don't be shy. Run towards your big vision.

    Britt Bravo
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    As I was walking to work one day this week, I saw this cute Corgi (pictured above) on the street. At first he was shy. He watched me with half of his face hidden behind the wall. But as I walked closer, his excitement overwhelmed him. He ran out of hiding to say hello and invited me to pet him (so soft!).Sometimes that's how we are with our Big Visions. Shy at first. Testing the waters. Not wanting to make a commitment. But here's the important part. The excitement. When we get SO excited about something that we just HAVE to do it, or learn more about it, or share it with others, we need to…
  • When your big vision dies . . .

    Britt Bravo
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    A tree grows a tree"The Death of a tree is the birth of a log or a snag [a standing dead or dying tree]. Dead trees are essential to the health of the forest and they are the basis of its astonishing productivity. Fallen trees are a substantial reservoir of organic matter and water that other plants and trees depend on. . . As a tree slowly decays, it becomes a nursery for plants. It may take 400 years or longer to become incorporated into the forest floor. During this time, a variety of shrubs and trees have the opportunity to develop part or all of their root systems within the decaying…
  • Looking for Your Big Vision? Notice What "Sparkles"

    Britt Bravo
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    Rain "sparkles" by meA friend who is between jobs recently asked me, "Is there one piece of advice you would give to a creative person when they are looking for their next job, or project?"I responded, "Notice what 'sparkles' for you."I think of "sparkles" as things that make you smile, makes time fly, or that you all of a sudden become very curious about (even if you don't understand why).If you are a "creative" type, you already know that most creative projects don't usually happen in a straight line: A to Z. They often begin with something small: a craving for an ingredient, a phrase you…
  • Big Vision Tip: Stay on Track. Text Your Big Vision Buddy

    Britt Bravo
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    About a year and a half ago my friend Heather and I decided to try the Oprah and Deepak 21-Day Meditation Experience. To make sure we completed it, we texted each other right after we meditated. There were many mornings when I would "forget" to meditate (isn't it funny how our minds do that when we're resisting something?), and her text would prompt me to do it.It worked so well that even when the 21 days were over, we continued to text each other after we meditated. A year and half later, our meditation practices certainly aren't perfect, but they're so much a part of our lives that we no…
 
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  • Part 2: Rebrand to Connect—Red Rover Tells All (Case Study)

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    Read Part One first There’s so much to learn from the approach United Animal Nations took to rename and rebrand the organization….as Red Rover. Here’s Part Two of this useful case study, via Director of Communications, Marketing and Development, Leili Khalessi. Q: So you went directly to renaming on realizing United Animal Nations wasn’t working for you? A: Nope. We tried something much easier first (and we’re glad we did). We began using UAN as an acronym to attempt to correct misconceptions about our organization. But… …as a small group without a lot of…
  • Great Nonprofit Marketing Jobs: Monday Matters

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    Post YOUR open nonprofit marketing and communications positions here Assistant Editor & Senior Director, Business Development and Marketing Arabella Advisors, LLC (Washington, D.C./Flexible) Associate Editor  Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership (Chicago, IL) Communications Coordinator National Coalition Against Censorship (New York, NY) Communications Coordinator Mount Vernon (Mount Vernon, VA) Communications Officer Helen Keller International (New York, NY) Communications/Marketing Director Climate Change/Greenhouse Gas Organization (San Francisco, CA) Communications…
  • 5 Ways to Stay Smart & Engaged

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    She got me… The rain was pouring down this morning as our daughter, Charlotte, was getting ready to walk to school, so I caved and drove her. And I’m glad I did. Because as I dropped her off to join the gaggle of noisy, drenched kids waiting outside the middle school, I started thinking. Here were all these kids crowded round the dripping doorway to march in for another day of challenge, learning and growth. I was jealous—they were walking into this incredible opportunity to be exposed to new content, to digest it in the context of what they know now, and to arrive on the far…
  • Your Next Nonprofit Marketing Job: Monday Matters

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    Post YOUR open nonprofit marketing and communications positions here Communications Coordinator (PT) World Affairs Council of Oregon (Portland, OR) Communications Specialist  The Health Trust (San Jose, CA) Communications Specialist, School Improvement & Marketing Manager Southern Regional Education Board (Atlanta, GA) Events Director/Consultant & External Relations Associate END Fund (New York, NY) Design Intern (Paid)  Beespace (New York, NY) Digital Communications Project Manager & Director of Video Services See3 Communications (Chicago, IL) Director of Business…
  • Rebrand to Connect: Red Rover Tells All (Case Study-Part 1)

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    Within the first five minutes of meeting Leili Khalessi last year, I learned that she and her colleagues were in the process of rebranding their organization, including a new name. As Marketing and Communications Manager with (what is now) Red Rover, Leili was right in the middle of that challenging project. So I jumped on the opportunity to ask if she’d share the organization’s experience in this marketing adventure. Most important takeaways: Pinpoint the problem you’re trying to solve with your marketing decisions, especially when it’s as big as a new name Ensure your…
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  • Winners and Losers in Collaborartive Gift Planning for Highest Capacity Donors

    Phil Cubeta
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Over the last few weeks I have had a chance to serve on panels or give talks to advisors and gift planners at the National Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, Advancement Network (Community Foundations), The Carter Center, and by webinar with Advisors in Philanthropy. The topic is always some version of how gift planners and financial advisors can better collaborate to serve the high capacity people that some of us call donors and some call clients.  Collectively, we need at least four distinct skill sets, plus a humble recognition of our own limited capacities, and a…
  • Prayer Vigils for the Walton Family

    Phil Cubeta
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    A number of those reading Gifthub (secretly) are advisors to some of the world's wealthiest families. They read for years and say, "I have no idea what you are talking about." I ask you, those who identify as Consiglieres, Trusted Advisors, or Secular Priests, to dynastic wealth to imagine that you were with Alice Walton, or another of your best clients,  showing her how her family could own and control as much money as the bottom 42%, as today but more and more than that, as time goes by, if they follow your suggestions and pay you well. At about the point you have…
  • False Art

    Phil Cubeta
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    False Art wears finery, and walks with little mincing steps, every inch a lady. Sadly, she sometimes tries to sing.
  • Phronesis and The Philanthropic Plural

    Phil Cubeta
    5 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Phronesis, in Aristotle, is practical wisdom, or judgment. The following question drill (suited, it seems to me, for dialectic, dialogic, self-aware, philanthropy) comes from the sociologist, now at Said School of Business, Bent Flyvbjerg, via Wright and Cairns, Scenario Thinking: 1. What is going on here? 2. Is it desirable? 3. What, if anything should we do about it? 4. Who gains and who loses, by what instrumentalities of power? Take the incursion of metrics, managed systems, branding, mass customization, into all walks of life, the rise of wealth inequality, the instrumentaliziation of…
  • Best Practices of a world class Fool

    Phil Cubeta
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    World class Fools, too, as you would expect, have an annual conference and panels and breakout groups. Admist the din of Bedlam, today's topic is, "What have we learned that has served us best?" How to take a beating is apparently the answer.
 
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  • New questions for nonprofits and philanthropy

    Lucy Bernholz
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Among other things, the digital age is bringing us new kinds of nonprofits. I've been talking about this for several years, using examples of the Internet Archive, Mozilla, Creative Commons, and Wikimedia Foundation as "anchor institutions" of digital civil society. Each of these organizations is at least a decade old and each one exists to protect and promote some form of digital asset. If there weren't digital data and infrastructure, none of these nonprofits would (need to) exist.There are other examples, newer ones, working on newer versions of shared social challenges in the digital age.
  • Three kinds of code

    Lucy Bernholz
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Imagine it's 1913. John D Rockefeller has gone to the U.S. Congress to charter an innovative new philanthropic enterprise. He's been turned down. He turns instead to the State of New York, which says yes, and the modern philanthropic foundation as an enterprise form is born.(OK, so I left all the juicy bits out of that story but you get the point)2014 and beyond is the same moment for philanthropy. We need to invent the new enterprises that will carry civil society forward in the coming century, an age which will be defined by digital connectivity (data and infrastructure). As Rockefeller…
  • Nonprofits and Cybersecurity

    Lucy Bernholz
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    Today's New York Times reveals that the folks who hacked the website of JP Morgan Chase, one of the world's largest banks, also hacked the website and account of the bank's affiliated charity arm - the Chase Corporate Challenge.In July, GoodWill Inc announced that hackers had accessed information on payments processed by the nonprofit employment program. Waaaaay back in 2007 hackers breached the security systems at Convio Inc., gaining access to donor information for more than 90 charitable organizations.Universities have long been, and in 2014 seemed to grow as, a target for cybersecurity…
  • Data, Work, and the Social Sector

    Lucy Bernholz
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    (photo from https://www.linkedin.com/company/3632240?trk=hk_egc_website) Organizations that support nonprofits in the U.S. are quick to point out the contribution these organizations make to the economy. $1 trillion in assets, $2 trillion in revenue, 10% of jobs or GDP - the economic impact of the sector is used as evidence for all kinds of arguments.  The data behind these numbers, and the methods for calculating them, have typically come from government filings of labor statistics, tax records, contracts, and charitable giving and are crunched by research institutes, scholars, and…
  • Ten Innovations in Global Philanthropy

    Lucy Bernholz
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    Thrilled to see this new report from New Philanthropy Capital - Ten Innovations in Global Philanthropy.*(photo and report: http://www.thinknpc.org/publications/10-innovations/)One of my partners in the upcoming Blueprint 2015 - betterplace lab - is featured as one of the innovations. Check out their incredible work from the lab around the world - and be sure to get the Blueprint 2015 (Free from Grantcraft) when it goes live in December.Also very proud to see PoweredByData from Ajah.ca on the list. I've been saying all year that Canada is the world leader when it comes to using open data for…
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    A Small Change

  • Cold Calling or Networking

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

    Jason Dick
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I have spent a lot of time with people’s calendars trying to schedule time to meet with them one-on-one. Here are a few tips/tricks that I use: Talk with people about what their typical schedule looks like so you get an idea as to when they are usually free. Ask for two times instead of just one and let them know you will circle back when you have a confirmation (this works great for group meetings). Try and have shorter meetings so it is easier for people to give up their time. Often times 30 minutes is enough time. Schedule a month out this is easier for everyone. Most people are usually…
  • The Water Cooler

    Jason Dick
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    How much time do you actually spend at the water cooler? I’m going to make the case for spending just a little bit more time there. Internal relationships are often the key to fundraising success. If you have the support of your fellow fundraisers and program staff your job will often become a lot easier. Sometimes work gets really busy and you have to put your head down and work hard, and that’s fine. But in the off times and when you need a breather I encourage you to build relationships with your co-workers. I’m not talking about hanging out after work only knowing enough that you…
  • All Talk And No Give

    Jason Dick
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    A pet peeve of mine is when a development office spends all their time talking about donors and none of their time talking to donors. Has your organization ever fallen victim to this trap? It is important that you do the needed research and you ask in the right timing. And it is also a good idea to gain input from those experts at your nonprofit that know how to ask for money and know the donor you are talking with. But do not get caught in the cycle of perpetual preparation. Development Officers should spend a lot of their time out of the office. These individuals should be grabbing coffee…
  • Eloquence in Equivalencies

    Jason Dick
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    An equivalency is an example of what a specific sum of money buys for your organization. I have been really surprised when these numbers are not strategically planned and thought through. If you are going to create statistics please, please use them to upgrade donors. Say things like a gift of $10 will do this and a gift of $25 will do this bigger seemingly greater thing. And when you do this make sure the $25 thing is actually better. I have been a part of too many organizations that have created equivalencies that do a really sad job of this. They will try only to provide greater numbers…
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    Frogloop

  • Dearest Donors: A Love Letter

    Allyson Kapin
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Your donors are likely your organization's lifeline, and it's important to acquire donors, keep them egaged, and move them further up the ladder of engagement. But you need to treat your donors with love, and cultivate a real realtionship. Blackbaud brought together 14 nonprofit experts in an eBook to share tried-and-true donor retention strategies, tips, and ideas. We reviewed the advice and are bringing you the highlights of Show the Love: Thoughtful Engagement to Retain Donors. But first, why should you care? According to research conducted by Chuck Longfield, Chief Scientist at Blackbaud:…
  • Is It Time For A New Website?

    Allyson Kapin
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    It's easy for nonprofits to get lost in the shuffle of acquiring new donors, engaging audiences, and planning online campaigns. This makes it easy for you to forget about your website - huge mistake! Your website is where your donors will come, where your activists and volunteers will engage, and where your campaigns will live. It's critical that you update your site, and that you revamp it when the time is right. ...But when IS the time right? And what's the right way to do it? Idealware recently launched a workbook to walk you through the steps of preparing to build a website, the right…
  • Can You Make A Campaign Go Viral?

    Allyson Kapin
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Let me cut to the chase: You can't make campaigns go viral. But that doesn’t mean you can’t create awesome campaigns that are compelling, sharable, and focused on building a ladder of engagement with your community and network. This is one of the key concepts that I discuss in my book Social Change Anytime Everywhere, co-written with Amy Sample Ward of NTEN. Last week, Ann Marie van den Hurk at Kentucky.com interviewed me about the Ice Bucket Challenge. She asked if I thought other nonprofits were going to try to duplicate its success. I know  many organizations will want to…
  • Online Advocacy Drives List Growth

    Salima Mangalji
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    Online advocacy as a tool for list growth and new donor acquisition is hotter than ever. Actions such as petitions and pledges serve to engage cause-minded individuals and convert them into valuable supporters. Care2.com has been at the forefront of online acquisition for over 15 years. It has an online community of over 26 million civically active members all working to make the world a better place, and they are looking to engage with your organization! This infographic tells the story of Care2’s members, their passions and their donating philanthropic behavior. Here are some…
  • Kickstarter’s Founder Launches Nonprofit “Dollar A Day”

    Allyson Kapin
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    Kickstarter’s founder Perry Chen, who resigned from his position at the crowdfunding platform, recently launched the nonprofit Dollar A Day to raise money for charities. Chen helped spark a movement that raised over $1 billion dollars for individual projects that has led to startups, social change initiatives, etc. via Kickstarter. Can he replicate this for nonprofits?Chen told the media that one of the inspirations behind Dollar A Day was to make it easy for people to discover nonprofits that they might not be familiar with.Here’s How It Works. Every member who joins Dollar A…
 
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    Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

  • Get Your Free Membership with Nonprofit Marketing Guide

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Our main goal at NonprofitMarketingGuide.com is to provide training and mentoring for nonprofits who have small communications staffs and budgets, but big enthusiasm and ideas. While we think our All-Access Pass is the most affordable and comprehensive nonprofit marketing training you can find, we understand that some of you don’t have a budget at all for marketing, communications and fundraising training. That’s where our Free Membership level comes in. With one simple registration you get: Free E-Books and Downloads: How to Use Hashtags to Promote Your Cause 25 Metaphors…
  • My Year-End Advice? Use real words. Mostly verbs. Not too much.

    Kerri Karvetski, Online Campaigns and Social Media Adviser
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/28681973@N00/15053486347/ OK, copywriters. Listen up. It’s year-end fundraising time. You’re probably planning to crank up your nonprofit’s email schedule with fundraising appeals in December. How many are you going to send? One, four, six? No matter how many you send, let’s all agree that you’ll send one e-appeal on Dec. 31. Promise! If you don’t, you’re leaving money on the table. Aggressive fundraisers will send multiple emails between Dec. 26 and Dec. 31, and they will receive an avalanche of donations.
  • The 5 Best Nonprofit Digital Stories from TechSoup’s Storymakers Contest

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Alexandra Ale Bezdikian TechSoup’s annual Storymakers contest had some great entries this year. Watch the winners and see what you can learn from them.  ~Kivi Guest Post by Alexandra (Ale) Bezdikian of TechSoup The world is changing. The landscape of communication is evolving at an exponential rate, and digital media creation is riding at the head of the wave. In the past few years, we’ve seen the transformation from long to extremely short-form digital storytelling, and we’ve experienced the rise and fall of numerous storytelling apps never to be seen or heard of again.
  • Writer’s Block Giving You Nightmares? Fight Back With Our Monthly Prompts

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    We blog everyday. Then, we also have to write articles for our weekly e-newsletter. Plus write another newsletter to our All-Access Pass Holders, not to mention updating Facebook and Twitter. Then there is creating new content for webinars and e-books. I’m not going to lie – it’s tough sometimes to come up with ideas. I’ve been there, staring at the computer hoping inspiration — or a quick idea that I can write in under 15 minutes —  will pop up somewhere. There’s no other way to put it – writer’s block sucks. Be we have something to…
  • Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Kassie Pelan

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    Kassie Pelan 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.   Want to be featured in this series? Tell us what you do in a typical day as a nonprofit communications pro. Kassie Pelan is the Communications Coordinator for Re:Vision, a nonprofit based in Denver, Colorado. Re:Vision works with people in marginalized neighborhoods to develop leaders, cultivate community food systems and grow resilient local economies. She enjoys hiking and backpacking with her dogs, and…
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    SocialFish

  • [Cool Infographic Friday] Women In Tech Then and Now

    Maddie Grant
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    By the way, if you’re interested in talking more about this topic, join the Women In Nonprofit Tech Community of Practice at NTEN (you do not need to be an NTEN member) or try this Women in Tech Facebook group.     ————– (photo credit) More like this...[Cool Infographic Friday] Management Consulting[Cool Infographic Friday] Women dominate social media[Cool Infographic Friday] Top 10 Data Breaches[Cool Infographic Friday] Google’s design for search[Cool Infographic Friday] Is the Book Dead? [Cool Infographic Friday] Womens’ Equality…
  • Social Media and B2B – How To Gain Awesome Leads

    Maddie Grant
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Guest post by Ashley Stirling. ———– One of the biggest problems for B2B businesses is gaining more leads. This is especially a problem when you are advertising online, there are a number of things that B2B companies need to worry about that normal companies can ignore. For instance one of the biggest struggles that B2B companies have is just getting in communication with a decision maker. Sure you could make an article on your site go viral over Facebook, or you could try to publish it on another website, but that doesn’t mean that it will drive targeted traffic.
  • Association Social Media: International Reading Association

    Maddie Grant
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    In this series of interviews of Association Social Media Managers, you’ll be able to compare notes on what all of these fab organizations are doing with their social media management – from how they organize the roles and responsibilities, to how they manage content flow through the organization and out to social, to what campaigns they tried, to how they see the future of association social media.   ————  Next up in our interview series, Jayme Gravell, social media strategist at the International Reading Association (IRA). Welcome! 1) First things first…
  • How To Keep Fear From Ruining Your Career

    Maddie Grant
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Guest post by Brian Carter as part of the book launch of The Cowbell Principle. W00t! ——– Have you seen the More Cowbell sketch from Saturday Night Live? It’s more than just comedy. It’s a powerful metaphor for a successful work life. And it provides insight into the kind of people you need on your team, and what makes an effective team. Everyone has at least one cowbell — it’s your unique, profitable talent people pay you for or your company’s unique offering. It’s something people have a fever for. When you discover it and give those people a ton of it, you…
  • Why Doesn’t Your Company Have a Social Media Voice Document?

    Ryan Crowe
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Well, why not? A few years ago, I think you could have gotten away with keeping the company ‘voice’ safely locked away in a few choice individuals’ minds at your company. This is no longer the case. Pretend I’ve just waxed bombastically about the ubiquity of social media and the importance of getting everybody in the company on board. Good. Now let’s get to the meat of the post. People in your organization are going to be connected to social media somehow. It’s inevitable. You can either ban them from speaking on behalf of the company, or teach them…
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    AFP Blog: Recent News of Note

  • Brooklyn Community Foundation goes hyper-local | Crain's New York Business

    Reed Stockman
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    Brooklyn Community Foundation goes hyper-local | Crain's New York Business: "After six months of borough-wide discussions with residents and local leaders, The Brooklyn Community Foundation on Thursday announced a new plan to refocus and refine its grant-making activity in Brooklyn. The five-year-old foundation with a $60 million endowment will launch a few initiatives in 2015. The largest one—
  • Nonprofits Worth $887.3 Billion To U.S. Economy - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

    Reed Stockman
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    Nonprofits Worth $887.3 Billion To U.S. Economy - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "The tax-exempt sector in the United States represented 5.4 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) during 2012, contributing $887.3 billion to the economy. And of those tax-exempt entities, 501(c)(3) public charities accounted for slightly more than three-quarters of the sector’s revenue ($1.65
  • New Study: Americans Misinformed Before Donating to Charities : Page 1 of 1 : FundRaising Success

    Reed Stockman
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    New Study: Americans Misinformed Before Donating to Charities : Page 1 of 1 : FundRaising Success: "Press release, Oct. 28, 2014) — New data on how Americans donate to charities pinpoints a lack of donor understanding and the need for simple tools to help donors give wisely. The study reveals that Americans consider finances to be the most important indicator of trust, which is a misguided review
  • Reality Check: US Charity Upturn Builds, Driven by Wealthy | MNI

    Reed Stockman
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    Reality Check: US Charity Upturn Builds, Driven by Wealthy | MNI: "Andrew Watt, chief executive of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, which represents about 30,000 U.S. fundraisers. Watt said overall giving during the first three quarters of 2014 increased by 1.5% to 2% compared with a year earlier, indicating a return to a sustainable level of growth after a double-digit decline
  • Foundations, Companies Gave $380 Million for Sandy Relief, Study Finds | News | PND

    Reed Stockman
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    Foundations, Companies Gave $380 Million for Sandy Relief, Study Finds | News | PND: "Two years after Superstorm Sandy pounded coastal communities from southern New Jersey to Connecticut, nearly six hundred foundations, corporations, and other institutional donors have contributed more than $380 million in cash and in-kind gifts for relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts, a report from
 
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    So what can I do?

  • Change the world.

    Karama
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    The Best of So What Can I Do - A Tenth Anniversary Celebration of Service  is now available for purchase! Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using the hastag #SWCID.  How will you make our world a better place? * Health and education* Economics, social entrepreneurship, and microfinance* Food and water* Energy and technology* Women, children, and family* Environment, land, and sustainability* FaithYour efforts change the world.Please visit http://sowhatcanido.blogspot.com to offer your comments and suggestions, forward this post, and peruse…
  • Celebrate Juneteeth, end slavery.

    Karama
    19 Jun 2012 | 5:13 am
    Today is Juneteenth, my favorite holiday. It marks the "end" of slavery in the United States in 1865 and feels particularly relevant because is linked, at least peripherally, to my great-great-granddaddy, Griffin Henry Belk. But one cannot honestly celebrate Juneteenth these days without recognizing the slavery is not over in the United States or elsewhere. Today there are more people enslaved than at any time in human history. Many of those enslaved are women and girls; many are in the United States. I often wonder why so many people sat idly by while people enslaved other people like my…
  • Send a girl to school.

    Karama
    8 Mar 2012 | 6:15 pm
    Happy International Women's Day! One great way to celebrate is to invest in the women of tomorrow and the communities they'll create. You can do that by helping send a girl-child to school. According to CAMFED, "When you educate a girl in Africa, everything changes. She’ll be three times less likely to get HIV/AIDS, earn 25 percent more income and have a smaller, healthier family." Consider supporting CAMFED as they help girls all over rural Africa pay school fees, purchase school books and uniforms, and get a life-changing education. And if you'd like other ideas for today and everyday,…
  • Sacrifice, save, serve.

    Karama
    22 Feb 2012 | 8:32 pm
    Today is the first day of Lent and many Christians are giving up some luxury as a way of preparing for Easter and focusing their thoughts and prayers on Christ's sacrifice for us. If you are giving up something for Lent this year, and if that something costs money, consider donating your savings to a worthy local, national, or international service organization. * If you're giving up pop for Lent, you could save and donate $30 to help a family use agriculture more self sufficient by supporting Heifer International (where I got this idea).* If you're giving up desserts for Lent, you could save…
  • Make it a day/life of service.

    Karama
    6 Jan 2012 | 8:02 pm
    I remember one Martin Luther King day many years ago, when I was in grad school, that I spent in the lab. That wasn't too unusual because I generally went to the lab every day. But one of my colleagues (who was also working) asked me why I was in the lab on the King holiday. I replied that I thought Dr. King would want me to get my PhD. I still think of the King Holiday as a day on rather than a day off, but now that I have finished school, I have a bit more time to be of service to others on that day. Readers of So What Can I Do are likely to feel the same, so I offer two resources to find…
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    The Fine Print: blog posts from Center for Effective Government

  • New Interactive Maps Show Chemical Risks in Legislative Districts

    afrank
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    As we near the midterm elections, voters are considering many important issues, from the economy to fair wages to health care. But have you considered whether children in your legislative district are safe from chemical disasters? New interactive maps released by the Center for Effective Government show the percentage of schoolchildren at risk of chemical catastrophes in congressional districts and state legislative districts. The results are alarming. Each map shows that these chemical risks to schoolchildren are spread widely across the country, but the greatest risks are often concentrated…
  • Women's Environmental Group Asks Proctor & Gamble to "Detox the (Always) Box"

    afrank
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    Independent test results released this month found a slew of cancer-causing and neurotoxic chemicals in Always® brand maxi pads. Consumers want to know when everyday items like these contain toxic substances, but current federal standards do not require disclosure of chemicals used in these products. This lack of information is leaving many women in the dark about potential toxic exposures and the health risks they bring. Testing for Toxins Women’s Voices for the Earth, a national environmental health organization that focuses on toxic chemicals, funded the testing. The group…
  • End of the "Double Irish" Scheme Could Take a Bite Out of Apple's Tax Avoidance

    jschieder
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Last May, many were shocked to hear that one of their favorite companies, Apple, was acting less than patriotically. The corporation was stashing profits out of the reach of the U.S. Treasury. Apple has been using the “holy grail of tax avoidance,” as Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) described the accounting tricks, to generate profits that cannot be taxed by any country. The company is one of several that have taken advantage of this scheme. Google used the "Double Irish" accounting maneuver, as it is known, to avoid paying an estimated $2.5 billion in U.S. taxes last year.
  • New Study Finds Big Government Makes People Happy, "Free Markets" Don't

    guest
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Originally released by the Campaign for America's Future on Oct. 15, 2014 Interview with Patrick Flavin, principal author of the study “Assessing the Impact of the Size and Scope of Government on Human Well-Being,” conducted by host of “The Zero Hour” Richard Eskow Forget about feeling “like a room without a roof,” or whatever that “happy” song says. If you want to know “what happiness is to you,” try living in a social democracy. A recent study confirms something leftists have suspected for a long time: People are happier in…
  • The Need for Speed: $15 Billion Cost of Foodborne Illness Underscores Urgent FDA Action

    rwhite
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Preventable foodborne diseases cause thousands of illnesses and deaths in the United States every year. Coupled with this pain and suffering, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently estimated that foodborne illnesses cost the American public more than $15 billion annually. To develop this estimate, the USDA analyzed specific disease outcomes from 15 major pathogens found in food in the United States, which account for over 95 percent of the illnesses and deaths from foodborne disease. It also examined health care costs, lost wages from these illnesses, and other costs. We can…
 
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    Public Sector Marketing 2.0

  • The JianGate Twitter Universe Visualized

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Unintended Consequences of the Success of Birthright

    eJP
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    [The following was posted as a comment to Robbie Gringras's recent post, "8 Cities, 11 Flights, 4 Questions." We felt it deserved wider attention.] By Andi Meiseles Robbie, your excellent piece prompts me to share with you and this forum something that has been troubling me professionally and personally for several years: the unintended consequences of the success of Birthright. This is not a “knock” against Birthright, but the articulation of a concern I’ve long held and which, as your article points out, we are now seeing realized. Birthright has done a wonderful job of engaging young…
  • Creating True Jewish Community is Not Elusive

    eJP
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    By Allan Finkelstein Many Jewish agencies, be they federations, JCCs or congregations speak of “building Jewish community.” Yet, in more than 40 years of work in the fields of Jewish endeavor, I believe that finding true Jewish community is elusive, and something that all of us in the Jewish communal world have struggled to do, even as it remains the essential core of our missions. Resident camps – environments focused solely on creating community with all of the right natural elements – do this best. But elsewhere, it remains a struggle, reaching this oft-stated communal…
  • Rare Photo Exhibition of Former PM Begin Opens in Toronto

    eJP
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Participants at exhibition opening ceremony; photo by Yossi Aloni, courtesy Limmud FSU. Limmud FSU, in cooperation with the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, opened a remarkable photographic exhibition Monday at the Schwartz/Reisman Centre in Toronto, focusing on the life and Eastern European Jewish roots of a giant of modern Israel, Menachem Begin. The exhibition about Begin, who served as Israeli prime minister from 1977-1983, will be on display to the public through November. “Milestones – From Brest-Litovsk to the Prime Minister’s Office,” tells the story of Begin’s life and…
  • It’s Not Over: What’s Not Being Said About Long Term Recovery and Natural Disasters

    eJP
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Jewish Disaster Response Corps volunteers – Hurricane Sandy relief; photo courtesy. We show up to volunteer when the chaos first touches down, but we disappear when the opportunity to truly help arises. By Samantha Kanofsky It’s been two years since I moved to New York, and two years since Hurricane Sandy hit – marking my initiation to East Coast weather and to the inspiring (and sometimes frustrating) world of long term recovery. The first event my roommates and I ever ran as a Brooklyn Moishe House was a cleanup day in Red Hook, bailing water out of washing machines and…
  • While Threats to Israel Surge, so does Christian Zionism, says CUFI’s Hagee

    eJP
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Christians United for Israel founder Pastor John Hagee addresses the 33rd annual “A Night to Honor Israel” in San Antonio on Sunday. Behind him are Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer (left) and radio talk show host Dennis Prager, who both also spoke at the event. Photo credit: Paul Wharton Photography. By Jacob Kamaras JNS.org While anti-Semitism in Europe and anti-Zionism on U.S. college campuses are on the upswing, how is American Christian support for Israel trending? Stronger than ever, says the founder of the country’s largest pro-Israel organization. “I can assure…
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    Fispace

  • Recherche Fuite d’eau Lille

    John
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    Une tuyauterie en mauvais état ? Vous commencez par avoir des problèmes d’étanchéité. Vos murs commencent par sentir la moisissure, le plafond également, vous ne savez pas ce qui peut en être la cause. Vous cherchez alors en regardant au niveau des installations. Vous vous rendez alors compte que vos canalisations fuient. Comment faire pour remédier à cela ? À qui faut–il faire appel pour vous aider à réparer cela ? C’est simple appelez la personne qui est compétente pour vous fournir un travail de qualité, appelez le plombier. La réparation et la vérification des…
  • Où trouver les antis cafards les plus efficaces

    John
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:34 am
    Lorsque l’on est à la recherche d’un anti cafard, on est souvent aussi entrain de rechercher ce qu’il y a de plus efficace. Parmi tout ce qui peut être trouvé comme produit anti cafard, certains sont plus réputés que d’autres de part les résultats sans précédents qu’ils fournissent. Toutes ces solutions existantes de lutte contre les nuisibles sont disponibles dans les boutiques en ligne. Achat en ligne et solution anti cafard C’est dès que les premiers cafards sont détectés dans un environnement qu’il faut immédiatement penser à se protéger d’une prolifération…
  • Anti-cafards: La solution pour éradiquer tous les cafards !

    John
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:47 am
    Salut tous le monde ! Mon dieux les cafards il n’y a rien de pire ! Ces petites bêtes rampantes sont tous simplement dégoûtantes ! Elles sont grosse en plus… J’ai essayé tous les moyens possible pour m’en débarrasser mais impossible de parvenir à quoi que ce soit… Jusqu’à ce que quelqu’un m’aide. J’ai trouvé toutes les informations et les produits anti-cafards sur ce site: http://www.espace-antinuisible.fr/19-anti-cafards Cette entreprise m’a été vraiment utile car ils ont pris du temps pour écouter mon problème, les…
 
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • Two Years After Sandy: What the Robin Hood Foundation Has Learned About Disaster Relief

    Mitch Nauffts
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    October 29 marked the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. While for some the devastating storm is nothing but a bad memory, for too many in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, Sandy remains present every day as they struggle to...
  • Spotlight on Philanthropy in Colombia

    Mitch Nauffts
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    The Asociación de Fundaciones Empresariales (Association of Corporate and Family Foundations) is a Colombia-based association that works to promote accountability among corporate and family foundations in the country, encourage the sharing of best philanthropic practices, and act as a collective...
  • Making Philanthropic Investments Last: The Role of Financial Sustainability

    Mitch Nauffts
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    Launched in 2010, the Jim Joseph Foundation's Education Initiative has supported the development and expansion of eighteen degree and certificate programs as well as leadership institutes at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), and...
  • ‘Under Construction’: Healing With a Groove

    Mitch Nauffts
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    Under Construction is a multimedia online exhibit showcasing some of the best and brightest organizations working with males of color. The UC team of filmmakers, photographers, writers, and nonprofit experts worked directly with each of these organizations for several weeks....
  • A Message From GuideStar President/CEO Jacob Harold

    Mitch Nauffts
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    In 2013, I joined with partners at the BBB Wise Giving Alliance and Charity Navigator in writing an open letter to the donors of America explaining that "overhead ratios" are a poor way to understand nonprofit performance. We named this...
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    The GiveWell Blog

  • Update on Open Philanthropy Project

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

    Ben Rachbach
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Note: Consistent with our usual practices, SCI reviewed a draft of this post prior to publication, but the final product is ours. We wrote last year about reevaluating studies we relied on in our evaluation of the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI), which is one of our top charities. We noted at the time that we were planning to continue learning about the studies. We have now revisited these studies and discussed them in depth with SCI. We have two main takeaways from this investigation: We now feel that some of the panel studies we previously relied on in our evaluation of SCI do…
  • Reminder: annual rankings refresh

    Natalie
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    This is just a reminder to donors considering supporting our top charities in the next month. As we do every year, we’re planning to refresh our list of top charities before December 1st. (More on why our website can get out of sync with our internal views around this time of year.)
  • Investigating the Ebola response

    Holden
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Should you donate to efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in west Africa? With hundreds of millions of dollars coming in from other donors, will your donation make a difference? How does this compare to giving to GiveWell’s top charities? These are difficult questions. It’s always hard to estimate how much good a donation does; it’s much harder in the midst of a rapidly evolving situation like this one. It requires predicting the future path of the pandemic and the effects of response efforts. New information (and new donations) are constantly changing the picture. Further…
  • Our ongoing review of Living Goods

    Natalie
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Living Goods runs a network of Community Health Promoters (CHPs) who sell health and household goods door-to-door in their communities in Uganda and Kenya. CHPs also provide basic health counseling. Living Goods also provides consulting and funding to other organizations to run similar networks in other locations. We have been considering Living Goods for a 2014 recommendation. We’ve now spent a considerable amount of time talking to Living Goods and analyzing documents Living Goods shared with us. This post shares what we’ve learned so far and what questions we’re planning to focus on…
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    Amy Sample Ward’s Version of NPTech

  • #NPTech, Digital Inclusion, and the Web we are cocreating

    Amy Sample Ward
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Regardless of the specific sector you work in or the kind of technology you may be interested in, it’s likely you’ve seen blog posts, tweets, or other coverage of some incredibly tough experiences by a few women working in the tech industry. Peter Campbell, a long-time member of the nonprofit tech community, collected some of the links in a recent post. I had already read the various articles before seeing his post. What really gripped me, though, was what he included at the very end of the post: Postnote: The nonprofit tech sector is a quite different ballpark when it comes to…
  • Great reads from around the web on June 29th

    Amy Sample Ward
    29 Jun 2014 | 4:16 pm
    I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of June 29th). You can join the conversations in the comments, or click through to the original posts to find what others are saying. To follow more of the things I find online, you can follow @amysampleward on Twitter (which is just a blog and resource feed), or find me on Delicious (for all kinds of bookmarks). Is For-Profit the Future of Non-Profit? – Amy Schiller – The Atlantic – “Charity is for…
  • Social Media Tools to Watch in 2014 for #NonprofitRadio

    Amy Sample Ward
    9 Jan 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Last Friday, I had my monthly spot on Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio, a weekly online radio show that Tony hosts, it’s Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95%. In December, we discussed some of the latest social media stats and trends, especially as those trends highlight changing demographics on various social media platforms like Facebook. Continuing that conversation this time, we turned to some of the tools that your nonprofit may want to watch in 2014. Listen to the show and subscribe to the weekly episodes via iTunes! Like last time, I mentioned that I’d share some blog…
  • Latest Social Media Stats for #NonprofitRadio

    Amy Sample Ward
    13 Dec 2013 | 11:34 am
    Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio, a weekly online radio show that Tony hosts, is Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95%. Trusted experts and leading thinkers join Tony each week to tackle the tough issues facing small-and mid-size nonprofits. This week, Tony focused on Millennials and some of the tips for engaging different demographics on social channels with guest Derrick Feldmann of Achieve. As a monthly guest, I was excited to join for this episode to add to Tony and Derrick’s conversation. Listen to the show and subscribe to the weekly episodes via iTunes! On today’s show, I…
  • Celebrate Giving Tuesday with NTEN and @Kanter

    Amy Sample Ward
    26 Nov 2013 | 6:17 pm
    Giving Tuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. The second annual GivingTuesday is on December 3rd and you’re invited to join the celebration with NTEN! Want to participate? Here are three easy ways you can be part of the giving season kick-off: Donate to the 2013 NTEN Challenge We are so excited to celebrate the strength of this community, now 50,000 people stong! The 2013 NTEN Challenge will raise $50,000 to support expanded programs and…
 
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    FundraisingIP.com: Fundraising Ideas

  • Fundraising with Confidence and without Fear

    Cari Mostert
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    It’s unfortunate that in a world desperately in need of so much for so many, nonprofits struggle with fundraising. In a 2013 report by CompassPoint, key areas were identified where nonprofits – particularly smaller nonprofits – fell vulnerable to fundraising failures. The upshot was that nonprofits don’t generate the circumstances basic to fundraising success. Many nonprofit groups – even some larger organizations – don’t have basic fundraising structures and tactics and no fundraising plan set up. (View report here.) Setting the stage for fundraising success The first step…
  • When Did You Last Tell Your Donors that You Love Them?

    Cari Mostert
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    Is donor attrition the dirty secret in your nonprofit world? Why do some nonprofits retain their loyal donors, building lifelong, mutually rewarding relationships, while others never get further than the first gift? Unfortunately, some nonprofits have a tendency to view their supporters as a collective whole; the donors – a vast, faceless, pool of potential resources. But donors are human too, humans who show they care by giving to our missions. In return, they want us to care about them. What we need to do is show our donors “the love” by demonstrating our concern for their…
  • What Went Wrong? 9 Reasons a Fundraising Appeal Fails

    Cari Mostert
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    Nonprofit professionals often don’t have the time to indulge in anything but the most basic study of marketing dynamics. Yet, fine-tuning the details of a nonprofits’ mission for maximum impact with donors is a never-ending learning curve. There’s a tendency to gauge this impact by the success of our campaigns and fundraising appeals but what happens when an appeal results in a lackluster outcome or a total fail? We all know what makes donors give but why do donors not give? There are plenty of resources on inspiring generosity and how to reach the emotions of our audience but not so…
  • Gear Up for Year End Giving: Clean up Your Nonprofit Website ’til it Squeaks!

    Cari Mostert
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    Have you taken a really good look at your nonprofit website lately? Was it set up years ago and then allowed to get all rusty and stale? It’s time to clean it up! An outdated, unmaintained website is a red flag to visitors and search engines alike and this great asset can become an enormous detriment. If your site isn’t up to date, it won’t be generating any excitement and you’ll be chasing away the very people you’re trying to attract. Online giving continues to surge in popularity as donors discover the ease of the whole process. But is your nonprofit website easy to use?
  • Halloween Fundraisers are a Great Way to Connect with your Local Community!

    Cari Mostert
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    For some of us, Halloween really kicks off the holiday season, although nonprofits don’t always recognize it as an important fundraising celebration. Nevertheless, Halloween traditionally generates plenty of hype and enthusiasm; a sterling opportunity to engage the local community and fundraise all at the same time. Many nonprofits ignore Halloween’s fundraising potential and tend to focus on more traditional giving holidays at year’s end. But for local charities, Halloween can be an incredible time to implement entertaining and creative Halloween fundraisers and get people involved…
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    Social media marketing hacks for nonprofits | Powered by JohnHaydon.Com

  • What the Google Inbox App Means for Email Marketing

    John Haydon
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    Remember when Gmail added tabbed inboxes to Gmail? Email marketers were freaking out because promotional emails were suddenly being relegated to a “Promotions” tab instead of the cherished “Primary” inbox. The common wisdom at that time was to plead with subscribers to drag these emails back into the primary inbox – as if marketing emails were as important as emails from your boss, or your mom. Yes, common wisdom is often an oxymoron. Well, now Google is up to more shenanigans with Inbox. Note: Inbox is now invite-only for gmail users (send an email to inbox@google.com for an…
  • Should You Fire Your Designer and Just Use Canva?

    John Haydon
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    Graphic designers get paid for their design expertise. The best ones understand how design influences emotions and motivates action. But you don’t need a graphic designer to resize a photo for a Facebook post. You don’t need a graphic designer to create inspirational quotes for Instagram. You can use Canva. Canvas solves three problems for content marketers: Creating images that are the right pixel size. Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter each have their optimal size, and it’s difficult for marketers to stay current with the constant changes to social media images…
  • Zuckerberg Replies to Facebook Comment About $25M Ebola Donation

    John Haydon
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg announced a $25 million donation to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to help fight Ebola. He shared how strongly he feels about the Ebola issue in a Facebook post: “We need to get Ebola under control in the near term so that it doesn’t spread further and become a long term global health crisis that we end up fighting for decades at large scale, like HIV or polio.” Mark also replied to a comment from Scott Solomon, adding: “Spending $25 million to help get this under control now is very little cost compared to all the lives it…
  • Promoting Annual Appeals with Facebook Ads [FREE WEINAR]

    John Haydon
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    Tomorrow (10/8) I’m doing a webinar with 4Good called “Using Facebook Ads to Promote Year-End Campaigns”. It starts at 3pm (EDT), and will be 60 minutes in length. This webinar the following topics about using Facebook Ads to promote year-end campaigns: Selecting the best ad type for each stage in the donor funnel Targeting your ads more effectively with Facebook Insights data How to amplify reach with lookalike audiences How to increase website conversion rates with retargeting How to target friends of people who have RSVP’d to your event A recording and copy of…
  • Crowdfunding Site for Nonprofits Launched by Kickstarter Founder

    John Haydon
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Perry Chen (Kickstarter founder) just launched a new crowdfunding site for nonprofits called Dollar a Day. The idea is simple: Donors receive a daily email featuring one organization that automatically receives $1 from each Dollar A Day donor. Donors are charged $30 every 30 days, and are encouraged to share the nonprofit’s work with their friends. Their website says it best: “We hope that our daily emails will be a gateway for people to give directly, volunteer for, or simply learn more about a variety of great organizations and the problems they’re trying to solve. A public more…
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  • Which is Scarier?

    Cynthia D'Amour
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    James dressed up as a killer pumpkin or the idea of you owning your power? Hopefully the answer is easily James in his goofy Halloween glory. Yes, there is a pumpkin on the side of his swim cap. He wears this every year. It is scary. That said, I also know owning your power is not something everyone knows how to do – or necessarily feels comfortable doing. I’ve been researching owning personal power for years. Especially for women. Would love to hear how you feel about being powerful. Will you please take my survey? It’s just a few questions. Will take only 2-3 minutes to…
  • Does Your Power Leak When You Introduce Yourself?

    Cynthia D'Amour
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    I attended a networking event yesterday. Enjoyed the educational program. Then it was time for the all exciting networking introductions! Next, everyone was invited to introduce themselves to the room. Using a microphone. Should have been easy – stand up, share your information, smile. And yet one person after another gave away their power. Here are some of the ways people presented themselves as less than they really are. I turned them into a list of things to avoid. 1. Speaking while your chair is making noise as you rise. Wood chairs on wood floors are noisy – even if you have…
  • To Know Us is to Love Us

    Cynthia D'Amour
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    Last night we attended an open practice for the University of Michigan’s Women’s Basketball team. I was curious to see how the athletes work out. Wanted to “meet” all the new players. And hoped to win season tickets to the games by answering trivia questions! First, we watched the women play competitive skill “games”. Broken into two teams, they raced the clock for shooting the most three-pointers. Or practiced shooting and rebounding as a team by racing through a slightly twisted game of horse. The losers of each round had to do five push ups. The coaching…
  • An Enjoyable First Step

    Cynthia D'Amour
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Yesterday we talked about my shock of hearing a woman say, “I rarely do anything I don’t want to do.” There was some good discussion in the comments. Some mentioned attempting this in the volunteer world – in spite of the perils there. Today I want to share a little exercise I found helpful. I’ve been overly responsible for a great portion of my life. As I lean into what can be, I’ve been embracing a more playful approach. It helps me to think in ways I don’t normally think. To break myself of doing what others want or expect me to do instead of what…
  • Why Do You Do What You Do?

    Cynthia D'Amour
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    I remember the conversation like it was yesterday. She looked like she was such a nice woman. A few of my friends were already friends with her. I was doing coffee to get to know her better. And then it came out of her mouth…”I rarely do anything I don’t want to do.” Huh? The brakes in my mind screeched as everything came to a halt. How is this even possible? I asked her to repeat what she just said – and she did. This conversation took place three years ago. Originally it fried my brain. I have spent my life being of service to my clients, my family, my friends…
 
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    columbus imPRessions

  • Coming to the Polaris Fashion Place

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

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

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

    19 Feb 2014 | 4:47 pm
    The Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks once again renewed their contract at the beginning of the year with columbus imPRessions making this the beginning of our fourth year working together. As social media changes so does the strategy to make sure our reach, engagement and page visits continue to track at high volumes across Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram.
  • Fan of Love It Or List It? Columbus Dispatch Has Something For You!

    3 Feb 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Are you a fan of the HGTV Show "Love It Or List It"? If so, the duo will be in Columbus on March 1st and The Columbus Dispatch has a VIP prize for you! Just like the Columbus Dispatch Facebook page, click on the "Love It Or List It" Contest Tab and you could win a VIP Meet and Greet Package just for liking their page! It's that simple. Good luck! This is one of the social promotions I'm
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    Social Media Bird Brain

  • Is Your Small NGO Outside of the Donor-Advised Fund Pie?

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

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

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

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

    3 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    This slideshow by Rand Fishkin lays out a lot of what I've been trying to say about engagement and using social media to its most beneficial. Give it a look: Why Content Marketing Fails from Rand Fishkin Update on Adventures in Customer Service You may remember I said I couldn't recommend Readymag because their customer service wasn't up to par. Very soon after, I got a couple of emails
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    Charity Navigator

  • Scary Truths About Giving That Every Donor Should Know

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:42 am
    Some charities are so inefficient that they fail to even apply one third of their budget toward their mission (when we find such groups, they automatically are assigned a 0-star rating).When donors give small donations to many charities they end up on many mailing lists.  That is because it may be more advantageous for a charity to sell your name to other organizations then cultivate more donations form you over time. Some charities are not even transparent enough to display the names of their key staff and Board of Directors on their website.Those annoying telemarketers…
  • School Fundraisers: Are They An Efficient Way To Support Our Schools?

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    The short answer, as WSOC TV investigates in the following video, is "No!" That's because often these fundraisers are run by outside, for-profit firms that keep a large percentage of what they raise. Even more troubling, is that many parents are reporting that it is nearly impossible to find out just what that percentage is.  So, parents out there, what do you do when these appeals come home, often promising the kids big prizes if they sell, sell, sell? I can tell you that in my house, my kids have learned not to even bring those packages home. They know that I don't support the…
  • Got a Question for us?

    27 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    We get a lot of questions about donating. For example, one we often hear, "the CEO's salary of my favorite charity seems high, should I make a contribution?" Check out our FAQs for the answer to this question and others
  • The Year-End Giving Season Is Approaching - Find Out How To Make Informed Giving Choices

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:37 am
    TV station WFMY recently ran a story  providing a nice overview of how Charity Navigator can help you make informed year-end (and really all year long) donations. Good timing on their part as we know that charities receive as much as 1/2 of their annual gifts between Thanksgiving and New Years. However, I'd like to clarify one thing in their segment. That is, if we don't yet rate a nonprofit that's of interest to you, then you can still find basic information about it (see the unrated organization tab in the search results) on our site. We also include a set of tips to…
  • Video Grants Available for Innovative Charities

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    Charity Navigator is collaborating with Two Parrot Productions (a video production company that specializes in creating compelling mini-documentaries for non-profit organizations) to help them select THREE charities to receive 100% pro-bono video production grants for 2015.  Watch this short video to learn more. And if you think your charity exhibits innovation, creativity, and future-thinking, then visit Two Parrot Productions' website to apply for a video grant   Jessica Kizorek on Vimeo.
 
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    YouTube: Nonprofits

  • 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: 98998 120 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: 395402 23426 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: 380360 15208 ratings Time: 03:01 More in People & Blogs
  • The Future of Nerdfighteria

    vlogbrothers
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    The Future of Nerdfighteria SURVEY! On advertising and education: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/adsvlogbrothers (THANKS FOR TAKING IT!!) In which John discusses dragons, dinosaurs, and... From: vlogbrothers Views: 413434 19697 ratings Time: 03:35 More in People & Blogs
  • ALL THE SHIRTS (and some paths to community)

    vlogbrothers
    27 May 2014 | 12:40 pm
    ALL THE SHIRTS (and some paths to community) Buy my World Cup and FIGHT SARCOMA: http://fightworldsuck.org/pickourteam.php Join The Art Assignment community: https://www.youtube.com/user/theartassignmen... From: vlogbrothers Views: 377332 15457 ratings Time: 04:00 More in People & Blogs
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    Together We Flourish

  • Town Hall Meeting Addresses Prescription Drug Abuse and Its Relationship to Heroin

    Susan
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:28 am
    Prescription Drug Abuse and Its Relationship to Heroin:  A Beaver County Town Hall Meeting is accepting RSVP’s from members of the public as well as interested community leaders.  The meeting will be held on the CCBC campus in the Athletic and Events Center (Dome) on Friday November 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Registration […]
  • Salute the Parade of Veterans

    Susan
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:09 am
    Please join RSVP, the Center at the Mall and PA CareerLink as they present, “Salute the Parade of Veterans” at the Center at the Mall on Friday, November 14, 2014 from 11 A.M to 2 P.M. A full hot lunch featuring stuffed chicken breast will be provided free to the veterans. Guests who would like […]
  • Troy and Theodora Polamalu Say “Talofa” to Fans and Supporters at chairtable Luau

    Susan
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:33 am
    The Polamalus Welcome All to “Party with a Purpose,” Benefitting US Veterans and Positive Change in American Samoa On November 14, 2014, Pittsburgh Steeler Troy Polamalu and his wife Theodora will host their second luau and are inviting the entire Pittsburgh community to join them at the Westin Convention Center in Pittsburgh. The Polamalu Polynesian […]
  • The Children’s Institute is Named a Passy-Muir® Center of Excellence

    Susan
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, known for its expertise in general and specialized pediatric rehabilitation, is among a select group of facilities world-wide that has been recognized and named a Passy-Muir® Center of Excellence. Representatives from Passy-Muir, Inc. will present the award at The Children’s Institute on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 9:30 AM. The […]
  • Poverty Simulation Reveals Challenges of Low Income Families

    Susan
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    We cannot afford to be insensitive to the people we serve. On Friday, October 31, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., a poverty simulation experience presented by Aliquippa Weed and Seed in conjunction with the Franklin Center of Beaver County’s Disproportionate Minority Contact Project, will be held in the lower level of The Church […]
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    Minnesota Council on Foundations Blog - Philanthropy Potluck

  • Make Your Nominations for the 2015 Facing Race Ambassador Award

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

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

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

    MCF Webmaster
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Today on the blog we welcome MCF member Kayla Yang-Best of Bush Foundation, who will share what she learned from a recent event about Tribal Colleges and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Thank you, Kayla! I had the great pleasure of attending a presentation and panel discussion on Historically Black Universities and Colleges this past week. The presentation was part a larger convening hosted by the Center for School Change on “Learning and Teaching with Fire: Lessons from HBCUs and Tribal Colleges.” What an invigorating discussion – one well participated by…
  • Color Outside the Lines with Youthprise

    MCF Webmaster
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Is your organization creating change around the issues of bullying, school support, and/or cultural restoration within the education system? Youthprise wants to know! It’s teaming up with Youth Diverse Union for its annual video contest. The directions for nonprofits are simple: Create a video that shows how your organization creates their own change. Upload the video to a video sharing website like YouTube or Vimeo Email in the link to your video and photo/video release by November 4. Videos should be original content and no longer than three minutes, with parental permission required…
 
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  • Social Media: A Window into a Post Traumatic World

    3BL Media
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    Every day, 22 military veterans commit suicide, according to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.  Between 2005 and 2011 the veteran suicide rate rose 2.6 percent a year, over [...] The post Social Media: A Window into a Post Traumatic World appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • More of Today’s Social Change Agents Focus on the Future Than the Present

    3BL Media
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Even in a world of instant gratification, adults across the globe are working toward long-term positive social change. According to Walden University’s 2014 Social Change Impact Report, more people believe [...] The post More of Today’s Social Change Agents Focus on the Future Than the Present appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • #GivingTuesday: A Day to Flex Your Corporate Philanthropy Muscle

    Ryan Scott
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Can you hear it?  The holiday drumbeat has begun.  It’s a long march up the hill towards Halloween, straight to Thanksgiving, ‘round the curve past Black Friday, down the path [...] The post #GivingTuesday: A Day to Flex Your Corporate Philanthropy Muscle appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • 7 In Depth iTunesU Courses to Inspire Social Entrepreneurs

    Grant Trahant
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    Digital education is moving very fast. We now have tons of options to choose from. One great option is iTunesU. It has free courses and classes from some of the [...] The post 7 In Depth iTunesU Courses to Inspire Social Entrepreneurs appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Greenbuild 2014 Showcases Efforts of Google and Brad Pitt’s Make It Right

    Vikas Vij
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Green building is more than just a development trend. It involves a range of environmental aspects such as emissions reduction, water conservation, storm water management, temperature moderation, and waste reduction. [...] The post Greenbuild 2014 Showcases Efforts of Google and Brad Pitt’s Make It Right appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Pulling for the Underdog

  • Revenues, Votes and [X] in Philanthropy?

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

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

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

    10 Jun 2014 | 1:37 pm
    CouldBeMaybeMaybeNotConfirmingMyBiasA Sample of OneUnbiased But With a Variance of Infinity (HT Jeff Hammer)Optimizing Around the Wrong MeanEmbroidering on the Head of a PinMuch Ado About the Wrong ThingWhat Is The Role of IntelligenceThings We Used to Think (and Might Again in the Future)What Do We Know, and How Do We Know It?How Should I Know?Maybe I am WrongFifty-one PercentUntil Proven WrongMostLikely.comOnTheMargin.comNot The View of the AuthorStealing HomeCausation, not Correlation ;)Drinking My Own Kool-AidEating My Own Dog FoodLess Quantity, More QualityMean Time to MoronPush to…
  • 100 Days of Gratitude, Day 36 - Barbara Gee

    2 Jun 2014 | 11:30 am
    The Awesome Barbara GeeThere are many early but unheralded heroes of GlobalGiving, such as Randy Komisar and Debra Dunn.  But none played a more important role than Barbara Gee, who sat Mari and me down at her kitchen table in Menlo Park in late 2000 and said "So you don't have a business plan? That's ok; let's write one right now."Barb had been recommended to us by Randy, who knew her from their days at the legendary Silicon Graphics (and before that she was at Hewlett Packard).  He knew that Barb was a bleeding heart who wanted to put her hard core business skills to work for…
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • Two Years After Sandy: What the Robin Hood Foundation Has Learned About Disaster Relief

    Mitch Nauffts
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    October 29 marked the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. While for some the devastating storm is nothing but a bad memory, for too many in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, Sandy remains present every day as they struggle to...
  • Spotlight on Philanthropy in Colombia

    Mitch Nauffts
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    The Asociación de Fundaciones Empresariales (Association of Corporate and Family Foundations) is a Colombia-based association that works to promote accountability among corporate and family foundations in the country, encourage the sharing of best philanthropic practices, and act as a collective...
  • Making Philanthropic Investments Last: The Role of Financial Sustainability

    Mitch Nauffts
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    Launched in 2010, the Jim Joseph Foundation's Education Initiative has supported the development and expansion of eighteen degree and certificate programs as well as leadership institutes at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), and...
  • ‘Under Construction’: Healing With a Groove

    Mitch Nauffts
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    Under Construction is a multimedia online exhibit showcasing some of the best and brightest organizations working with males of color. The UC team of filmmakers, photographers, writers, and nonprofit experts worked directly with each of these organizations for several weeks....
  • A Message From GuideStar President/CEO Jacob Harold

    Mitch Nauffts
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    In 2013, I joined with partners at the BBB Wise Giving Alliance and Charity Navigator in writing an open letter to the donors of America explaining that "overhead ratios" are a poor way to understand nonprofit performance. We named this...
 
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    Charitable Advisors

  • Addressing health and disparities in communities

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

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

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

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    By Zac S. Kester, executive director, Charitable AlliesGoodnonprofit organizations seek out community leaders from diverse backgrounds to serve on their boards of directors. As they recruit directors, they know that having the right people with the right skills helps the organization achieve its strategic goals. Nonprofits are tapping lawyers not only for their legal expertise, but also for their personal networks and reputation. With increased regulatory focus and challenges in nonprofit governance, business transactions and donations have taken on a new complexity that can benefit from a…
  • Tips for CEO transitions

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    By Bryan Orander, president, Charitable AdvisorsOver the past five years, Charitable Advisors has guided and advised more than 25 nonprofit organizations’ boards as they replaced staff leaders. Nearly half of these searches resulted from retirements of long-term leaders or founders. While hiring an organization’s executive leader to fill a vacancy caused by retirement or any reason is one of a board’s most important responsibilities, over time in this support role, a number of lessons have become clear, as we provided support. ·        Boards…
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  • Get inspired as two badass women talk about advocacy, adversity, and feminism

    Jen Fraser
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:04 pm
    ONE Campus and ONE Girls & Women is taking the month of October to honor the work of female college students across the country who are changing the world through their activism, leadership, and ambition, all before the age of 22. For the third post in the series, ONE Campus Leader and University of Washington student Nicole Shermer talks with school administrator, mom, and blogger extrodinaire Kelly Wickham at a ONE event in Washington DC. Last week at a ONE Girls and Women event in Washington DC, we got ONE Campus Leader Nicole Shermer and author of lifestyle blog Mocha Momma Kelly…
  • Women entrepreneurs become catalysts for others

    Guest Blogger
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    By Shari Berenbach, President, US African Development Foundation Most people assume that businesses flourish in a competitive environment – where one person’s gain comes at the expense of another’s.   It doesn’t have to be that way. The U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) has supported a number of women entrepreneurs whose businesses have sparked a virtuous cycle of employment and economic opportunity for women in rural communities.  This is win/win economics in action. Sisters Joy Ndungutse and Janet Nkubana from Kigali, Rwanda came to USADF with a powerful idea.
  • Why you shouldn’t always trust social media for your world news and views

    Guest Blogger
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    By Elliott Stein, ONE member, United Kingdom Graphic: weknowmemes.com Times have changed dramatically. We no longer sit in front of the television every evening and watch the news religiously. We don’t wait for each morning to arrive to eat breakfast while reading the newspaper. Nowadays, the combination of mobile devices and increasingly busy lives mean we digest our news on the go. People turn to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for news as it happens: you could go as far as to call it a “news revolution.” The question is, how reliable is this new source? This instant access…
  • Photo Essay: The Price of Cement

    Jordan Elton
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    In Mozambique, earning money to survive can come with a cost. Men and children collect cement that has spilled off of trucks to make money by reselling it at street markets. As they do this, they are increasing their chances of developing an incurable lung disease, called silicosis – all to earn less than a dollar a day. Award-winning photographer Mário Macilau shows this tragic reality of Mozambicans working in the illegal cement bagging operations through his series, “The Price of Cement.” Born and raised in Mozambique, Mário is committed to creating positive change…
  • Members take action for vaccines & call The White House!

    Jordan Elton
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    ONE members all across the country have taken action this week by calling The White House to ask President Obama to increase funding for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance! We love it when members take action with us. Check out these awesome members making their calls! It’s not too late for you to make your call! Dial The White House at 1-888-213-2881 for instructions and to be forwarded to the comment line. We are making calls through Friday, October 31st, so place yours today!  
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    BAD RAP Blog

  • Demonization or knowledge-based support? Aurora, CO is getting ready to decide

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

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

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

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

    28 Apr 2014 | 10:43 am
    We've recently christened our dog owner support mission the Keep'em Home Project in recognition of the efforts of families who struggle to keep their dogs in the face of personal crisis including financial and housing challenges. We've been assisting pit bull owners especially with resources for many years, but naming the project allows us to sharpen our focus and deepen our commitment to this important work. We hope you like it! Keep'em Home is a rallying cry to everyone who shares our belief that providing dog owners with relevant information and necessary…
 
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    Nonprofit Blog Exchange

  • Roundup for October 2014

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

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

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

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

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

  • Top Three Takeaways from the Nonprofit Overhead Challenge

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

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

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

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

    1 May 2014 | 7:47 am
    I'm not sure how closely any of you have been following the legal battles over "net neutrality" but the FCC has issued new (draft) rules that would effectively kill it (along with the ability of most nonprofits to use the web as an inexpensive communications strategy), all while wrapping itself up in the language of net neutrality.Net neutrality is the concept that all content traffic on the web should be treated equally, and that ISPs (the companies you purchase your internet access from, like Comcast, Verizon, etc.) can't pick and choose which content you access (as long as it's legal), or…
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  • Help me land the truck in Europe

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

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

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

    Andrew Jones
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    A big religious conference called Exponential West starts their LIVE WEBCAST in about  . . 2 minutes. I almost went down to SoCal to see some of my friends who will be there but decided I should just stay in San Francisco and watch a few streaming video sessions while my friend Dave is outside, setting up the smoker for some ...
  • Interviewed by TROV

    Andrew Jones
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Today an interview with me was published on Trov. They really liked my 1890’s field camera and I suppose there were a few questions about it. I was ‘troving’ my possessions a month or so ago because we were shipping our stuff to Europe and then Africa and I decided to use Trov as a way of cataloging my stuff, ...
 
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    eJewish Philanthropy: Your Jewish Philanthropy Resource

  • The Unintended Consequences of the Success of Birthright

    eJP
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    [The following was posted as a comment to Robbie Gringras's recent post, "8 Cities, 11 Flights, 4 Questions." We felt it deserved wider attention.] By Andi Meiseles Robbie, your excellent piece prompts me to share with you and this forum something that has been troubling me professionally and personally for several years: the unintended consequences of the success of Birthright. This is not a “knock” against Birthright, but the articulation of a concern I’ve long held and which, as your article points out, we are now seeing realized. Birthright has done a wonderful job of engaging young…
  • Creating True Jewish Community is Not Elusive

    eJP
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    By Allan Finkelstein Many Jewish agencies, be they federations, JCCs or congregations speak of “building Jewish community.” Yet, in more than 40 years of work in the fields of Jewish endeavor, I believe that finding true Jewish community is elusive, and something that all of us in the Jewish communal world have struggled to do, even as it remains the essential core of our missions. Resident camps – environments focused solely on creating community with all of the right natural elements – do this best. But elsewhere, it remains a struggle, reaching this oft-stated communal…
  • Rare Photo Exhibition of Former PM Begin Opens in Toronto

    eJP
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Participants at exhibition opening ceremony; photo by Yossi Aloni, courtesy Limmud FSU. Limmud FSU, in cooperation with the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, opened a remarkable photographic exhibition Monday at the Schwartz/Reisman Centre in Toronto, focusing on the life and Eastern European Jewish roots of a giant of modern Israel, Menachem Begin. The exhibition about Begin, who served as Israeli prime minister from 1977-1983, will be on display to the public through November. “Milestones – From Brest-Litovsk to the Prime Minister’s Office,” tells the story of Begin’s life and…
  • It’s Not Over: What’s Not Being Said About Long Term Recovery and Natural Disasters

    eJP
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Jewish Disaster Response Corps volunteers – Hurricane Sandy relief; photo courtesy. We show up to volunteer when the chaos first touches down, but we disappear when the opportunity to truly help arises. By Samantha Kanofsky It’s been two years since I moved to New York, and two years since Hurricane Sandy hit – marking my initiation to East Coast weather and to the inspiring (and sometimes frustrating) world of long term recovery. The first event my roommates and I ever ran as a Brooklyn Moishe House was a cleanup day in Red Hook, bailing water out of washing machines and…
  • While Threats to Israel Surge, so does Christian Zionism, says CUFI’s Hagee

    eJP
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Christians United for Israel founder Pastor John Hagee addresses the 33rd annual “A Night to Honor Israel” in San Antonio on Sunday. Behind him are Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer (left) and radio talk show host Dennis Prager, who both also spoke at the event. Photo credit: Paul Wharton Photography. By Jacob Kamaras JNS.org While anti-Semitism in Europe and anti-Zionism on U.S. college campuses are on the upswing, how is American Christian support for Israel trending? Stronger than ever, says the founder of the country’s largest pro-Israel organization. “I can assure…
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  • Operating a Nonprofit in Multiple States

    Justin Williamson
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Last week’s article discussed the steps an organization must take to transition from its incorporated state to a new state for operations. If you have questions or concerns about the process of relocating your nonprofit to a different state, be sure to check out that post for more details. As mentioned in that article, it is possible to operate in multiple states. If an organization... The post Operating a Nonprofit in Multiple States appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • Judge Dismisses Lawsuits Against the IRS

    Justin Williamson
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    You may remember reading our article about Lois Lerner breaking her silence regarding her role in improper targeting of conservative nonprofit groups. This past week, a federal judge made a ruling in regards to lawsuits brought against the IRS for their involvement in delaying the approval of applications filled out by these groups. Judge Reggie Walton of the U.S. District Court of the District of... The post Judge Dismisses Lawsuits Against the IRS appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • Moving a Nonprofit from One State to Another

    Justin Williamson
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    Many nonprofit leaders have faced the difficulty of needing to relocate. Researching this process would leave anyone with a great deal of confusion. Should I dissolve the organization and start over? Am I required to do anything at all? To make this process more confusing, the terminology used by each state is different. In reality, moving a nonprofit organization to another state does not have... The post Moving a Nonprofit from One State to Another appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • Lois Lerner Breaks Her Silence

    Greg McRay
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    Well, it looks like Lois Lerner has found her voice!  You may remember the former head of the IRS Exempt Organizations Division who famously pleaded the 5th amendment when called to testify to the House of Representatives regarding her role in improper targeting of conservative nonprofit groups.  Defiant as ever, she sat down with Politico web-zine for an extended interview. There are no real bombshells and... The post Lois Lerner Breaks Her Silence appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • 4 Simple Steps to Raising All the Money Your Nonprofit Needs

    Sandy Rees, CFRE
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Guest Post by Fundraising Expert, Sandy Rees, CFRE   In the world of nonprofits, it’s all about fundraising. You can’t do much in the way of service delivery or mission fulfillment without money. For fundraising staff, it IS all about raising money and sometimes it can be a challenge. I’ve spent years raising money for all kinds of nonprofit organizations and I know what works... The post 4 Simple Steps to Raising All the Money Your Nonprofit Needs appeared first on Foundation Group®.
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  • The Classic Pamela Positive: “An Infinite Expectation of the Dawn” – Henry David Thoreau

    Pamela Hawley
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    “We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.” - Henry David Thoreau Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was an author, philosopher, poet, abolitionist, and naturalist.  He is the author of Walden, which is a philosophical argument for simple living and preservation of natural environment.  He also had other important writings on natural history, environmentalism and civil disobedience.
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: Do You Have Any Volunteers In Your Garden?

    Pamela Hawley
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    I’m fortunate enough to have grown up with a very small vegetable garden that my parents maintained.  We often ate vegetables for dinner from the garden, picked flowers, grew corn, potatoes, zucchini.  We also had our “volunteer plants,” meaning seeds that happened to pop up, nurture themselves, and volunteer their wonderful offerings to us.  Sometimes it might be a type of berry, a different tomato plant, or a flower. Let’s encourage all the “volunteers” in our lives.  Whether they be unexpected gifts, new people, or effortless events that pop up into our lives to…
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: Do You Have Enough Green Light in Your Life?

    Pamela Hawley
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    Try to use all the natural light that comes to us from our earth.  Green light is light from the sun, and not fluorescent bulbs. In fact, I’d even go so far to say that what a wonderful world it would be if we operated based on when our day was light — and our night was dark.  Our body rhythms would be in tune with this natural course of living. Perhaps light is sending us a message of when we should work, engage with  people, and when we should sleep, rest, rejuvenate.
  • Italian Heritage and Italians Serving the World!

    Pamela Hawley
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    ~Si puo servire e aiutare il mondo di oggi~ Did you know we have the oldest continuous Italian-American Heritage celebration and parade, established in 1868?  I love celebrating different people across our world. It was my honor to feel a part of the Italian Heritage Day in San Francisco! See my photos! The parade had eighty-five floats — cars and platforms with princesses, dancers, cavalries, long-time Italian families (in Ferraris of course!), Italian politicians, guards, gondolas, and waving Italian mothers (who keep the families together!) Even more important, Italians have a long…
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: “We Are All Sailing in the Same Boat” – Vladimir Kovalyonok

    Pamela Hawley
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    After an orange cloud — formed as a result of a dust storm over the Sahara and caught up by air currents — reached the Philippines and settled there with rain, I understood that we are all sailing in the same boat. - Vladimir Kovalyonok Vladimir Kovalyonok was a Soviet cosmonaut.  He was part of the space program from 1967 to 1984, and commanded three missions into space.  On his second mission, he spent 139 days in the Salyut Space Station, setting a new record for time in space.  He later served as the Director of the Moscow Zhukovski Military Air Force Engineering Academy, and is a…
 
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  • Experiments in surveying arts audiences via tablets

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

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

    Ron Evans
    14 Jan 2013 | 9:15 pm
    I’m a strong believer that arts and cultural organizations should explore the practices of for-profit companies, and assimilate what works. Take the popular burger chain Five Guys. I heard about Five Guys launching in my city from my friends. “You have to try the burger… awesome…” they said. I have tried it, and it is a great burger experience. I also noticed interesting consumer psychology at play, and began to think about how these ideas could be adapted to arts and cultural organizations. Testimonials Every Five Guys location has its walls covered with huge…
  • Arts Patrons: Mobile Preferences | 2012 update to ongoing longitudinal study

    Ron Evans
    11 Dec 2012 | 10:18 am
    What are arts patrons doing with their mobile devices? What are their feelings about mobile devices at arts and cultural events? What devices are they using, and what information do they want? Download the 6-page report (PDF)      In 2009, Arts Council Silicon Valley commissioned Group of Minds Arts Marketing + Technology Consultants to research the mobile preferences of arts patrons. A sample of 45,000 patrons were contacted via email selected from the half-price ticket email lists of six regional online arts calendars in six U.S. cities. The goal of the research was to: Discover current…
  • Thoughts on the psychology of social media

    Ron Evans
    2 Jul 2012 | 12:48 pm
    Institutions don’t talk, passionate people who work there do.   By Ron Evans There is a lot of content on the web on “how to create stronger social media connections.” A simple Google or Bing search will show a ton of articles (when I checked for that search term, Google actually had 129 million results it thought relevant — even if it is only 1% correct, that’s a lot of articles!). I know that a lot of arts organizations struggle with best practices for social media. In preparation for my upcoming webinar with the National Arts marketing Project on July 10…
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  • UK Footballers Team Up With UNICEF For One Goal

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    The UK’s top football players today take on their most challenging opponent yet as the England Footballer’s Foundation (EFF) team up with UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation, in a new four year partnership that will help tackle malaria; a disease that still claims the life of a child every thirty seconds. Wayne Rooney, along with Joe Hart, Gary Cahill and Jack WilshereWhilst the players are more used to finding the back of the net on the pitch, the EFF and Unicef partnership will see them use their global status and appeal to raise funds and awareness,…
  • Sarah Silverman Honored By Adrienne Shelly Foundation

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    The Adrienne Shelly Foundation (ASF), a non-profit organization named after actor and filmmaker Adrienne Shelly, who was killed in 2006, hosted its 4th annual Woman of Vision salute at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Saturday, October 25th, honoring Sarah Silverman. ASF supports women filmmakers with production grants. The event featured a screening of the 1970 dark comedy WHERE’S POPPA starring Ruth Gordon and George Segal. Following the screening, Silverman took part in a discussion and Q&A with fellow comic and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” co-creator Lizz…
  • Ban Ki-moon Visits Somali Refugees

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday visited the sprawling Dadaab refugee complex and praised the resilience of more than 350,000 Somali refugees there while expressing sympathy for their suffering. “This is a tragedy – a man-made tragedy. If leaders had listened more to the aspirations of their people, we would not be here,” he told refugees in Dadaab’s Ifo 2 camp on Thursday. He added that although refugees in the camps were facing great challenges, it was encouraging to see how they had organized themselves, established democratic structures and provided…
  • George Strait Helps Raise Over $550,000 For Wounded Soldiers

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    George Strait and Texas businessman Tom Cusick today announced the fourth annual Vaqueros del Mar Invitational Golf Tournament and Auction raised a record $550,000. Tom Cusick, David Feherty, George Strait, golfer Chad Pfeifer and Kerry Fisher celebrate record $550,000 raised at this year's Vaqueros del Mar Invitational Golf Tournament and AuctionOver the four years of the event, more than $1.1 million has been raised to benefit military wounded in action. Hosted by Strait and Cusick at Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort & Spa in Boerne, Texas, Saturday and Sunday, October 25 -26,…
  • Stars Attend TWO X TWO For AIDS And Art

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    On Saturday, October 25, the 16th annual TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art benefit dinner and contemporary art auction raised a record $7 million with funds benefiting amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and the Dallas Museum of Art. Close to 465 people attended the sold-out black-tie event, chaired by noted art patrons and longtime TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art supporters, John and Lisa Runyon, and hosted annually by Cindy and Howard Rachofsky at their Richard Meier-designed home, The Rachofsky House. “Our heartfelt thanks go to the artists, gallerists, and TWO x TWO supporters. Their…
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  • The Thoughtful Cover Letter

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

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

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

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

    Karen Alphonse
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Question: I struggle to be the kind of boss my employees will respect and like. But, I am often confronted with shoddy work, poor employee attitudes and mistakes that shouldn’t be happening. What I am supposed to do? Can I continue to be nice while things fall apart? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • When it rains, it pours

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

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

    Trina Isakson
    6 Jun 2014 | 7:24 pm
    There are two fantastic volunteer engagement spectrum/ladders that I have come to know and use in my strategizing for volunteer engagement, and another that looks more at the purpose/intent of volunteerism. I wanted to share them with you as potential frameworks with which to view how you engage volunteers, and for you to identify gaps in how volunteers might be engaged. Framework 1: Spectrum of Volunteer Engagement (Volunteer Canada) Source: Volunteer Canada. Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement. p. 20. Available at…
  • What my master to-do list looks like – Workflowy and GTD

    Trina Isakson
    11 May 2014 | 6:25 pm
    In previous posts on my to-do lists and how I organize my life, I’ve talked about my master to-do list. This, and many of my other productivity practices, come from a book called Getting Things Done by David Allen (also know as GTD…Allen’s productivity ways have a bit of a cult-like following). For people, like me, who organize themselves in a linear/logical way, I highly recommend the read. It’s been years since I read it back at SFU (thanks Chris Koch for the recommendation) but here are some of the principles that I still use: Brain dump. Every once in a while, give…
  • Vancouver Mayor’s Engaged City Task Force final report – a review

    Trina Isakson
    9 May 2014 | 5:33 am
    Late 2012 I was selected to serve on the Vancouver Mayor’s Engaged City Task Force (ECTF)…and promptly had to step down as I was heading to Spain and Morocco for 4 months. But I remained interested in the work of the task force, following their “quick starts” released in mid 2013, and recently read the final report [PDF], which was approved at council last month. About the ECTF and the report The purpose of the final report was to “dig deeper into the roots of a disengaged and disconnected population,” specifically to To examine innovative best practices for…
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  • November Nonprofit Blog Carnival | Gratitude and abundance (Call for submissions)

    Pamela Grow
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    “If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” ― Meister Eckhart November is gratitude month.And, for the past few years, our November Nonprofit Blog Carnival has celebrated with inspiring ways nonprofit organizations throughout the world are celebrating the donors who make their work possible.(Click here and here for past examples. Because donor attrition continues to be a critical issue in the nonprofit community, we’re looking again for submissions on how organizations are creating an ‘attitude of gratitude.’  We’d love to hear examples of…
  • What’s in my Mailbox | The power of handwritten (OneJustice)

    Pamela Grow
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    How are small to mid-sized nonprofits using the power of direct mail?Join us every Wednesday for What’s in my Mailbox. Simple Development Systems member, OneJustice, a nonprofit organization providing legal access for underserved Californians, understands the power of a handwritten note.  When I recently become a sustaining member to their new monthly giving program, OneJustice Executive Director Julia Wilson sent this lovely card (click to view full size images). Related Posts:What’s in my Mailbox | Nonprofit Impact UpdatesWhat’s in my Mailbox | When systems failWhat’s…
  • What’s in my Inbox | Storytelling with pictures

    Pamela Grow
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    How are nonprofits using the power of email to love their donors?Join us every Tuesday for What’s in my Inbox. In this timely piece, the Environmental Defense Fund tells a frightening story in just a few well-chosen pictures.  Don’t forget to vote. Related Posts:What’s in my Inbox | Celebrating milestones with…What’s in my Inbox | Best email thank youWhat’s in my Inbox | A whole lotta loveWhat’s in my Mailbox | Extraordinary storytellingWhat’s in my Inbox | Mr. Holland’s Opus…The post What’s in my Inbox | Storytelling with pictures…
  • What’s in my Inbox | Seamless IDK social media campaign featuring Ricky Gervais

    Pamela Grow
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    How are small to mid-sized nonprofits using the power of email to love their donors?Join us every Tuesday for What’s in my Inbox. You may have seen the video in your Facebook stream.English comedian Ricky Gervais, along with Dame Judi Dench and stars from Downton Abbey, highlight the ‘I didn’t know’ campaign to end the Thai practice of torturing and killing dogs for their meat. ‘I didn’t know that these animals were caught up in this hideous crime’ Gervais says in the video. ‘I didn’t know about this unimaginable cruelty and neither do the majority of the…
  • Fundraising Friday | October 24, 2014

    Pamela Grow
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    Information overload anyone?Stay on top of what really matters with The Grow Report and Fundraising Friday. What’s a pre-header and how can it help get YOUR emails opened?This was only one of dozens of great takeaways from our recent SDS email marketing webinar featuring Derrick Feldmann. Joe Waters with an awesome primer for #GivingTuesday. (Check out my post too, to ensure that your online presence is ready for #GivingTuesday) Who better than the smart, engaged Nancy Schwartz to share Ways to stay smart and engaged. Is social media like teen sex?An interesting question.When you’re…
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  • Cade Museum, Gainesville downtown redevelopment and much more

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

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

    Tim Giuliani
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:57 am
    Gainesville Mayor Ed Braddy and I had the honor of hosting H.E. Jose Cuisia, Phillipine Ambassador the United States, today. He came to meet with companies interested in doing business in the Phillipines, which is growing 2-3 times faster than the U.S. economy.  The Ambassador gave a very informative overview of his nation that showed many opportunities for U.S. companies.  Here is a link to more information: http://www.philippinestrade.org/  
  • Growing the biosciences sector

    Tim Giuliani
    7 Jun 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Biosciences is an important sector in our Gainesville regional economy and one that we are strategically growing. This report is a product of the Biosciences Industry Association, headquartered in Washington, DC. Since this industry is structured differently than most other sectors, this report has great insights for state and local policy leaders and those involved in economic development. BIOSCIENCE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES, BEST PRACTICES, AND RETURN ON INVESTMENT http://www.bio.org/sites/default/files/State-Leg-Best-Practices_0.pdf
  • UF and Gainesville rising together

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

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Here at Event 360, our team is gearing up for our last events of the season. As we enter this last few weeks of executing events, we couldn’t help but notice how many events, old and new, there were out there this season. And as we enter our 2015 planning, we ask – with so many events on the market, how do we continue to make sure our events stand out?To attract participants and grow your event, there needs to be something that makes your event special and this can most effectively be delivered through your event experience. With thousands of 5K run, walks and obstacle events to…
  • Go Digital! Get Social!

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    Event marketing has traditionally been sporadic, short-term, and short-lived.  But the growth of digital marketing and social media now allows event organizers to keep the conversation going year round, giving them time to build an army of brand ambassadors, attendees and valuable content creators.Digital marketing allows you to reach new audiences and deliver a sample of your event “experience” at a low cost. Digital ads are easy to produce and with the growth of self-serve platforms – easy to purchase and schedule.  The best part of digital marketing is that…
  • Four Elements to Successfully Manage Volunteers

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Volunteers are always first to think of themselves last. In my time working events, I’ve found that if you take care of these special constituents, who are graciously donating their time, they’ll take care of your participants. It’s as simple as that. By treating your volunteers right, you’ll have a more dedicated and productive team that can accomplish just about anything you place in their path. Below I’ve outlined what I like to call the “Four Elements to Successfully Manage Volunteers”:Ensure your volunteer projections and goals are…
  • What I Learned While Happily Geeking Out at Social Media Week 2014

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    If you followed social media professionals in one of the 11 cities that hosted Social Media Week, your Twitter feed was overflowing with interesting user-generated content factoids, thought-provoking engagement graphs, and the ever-present #SMW hashtag. As a marketing professional who dedicates a big portion of her time to social media marketing, I devoured presentation after presentation, happily live-tweeting about analytics and different types of creative. Combine my love of word sleuthing and data mining into a week of panels, and you have one happy marketing geek. In true social…
  • Then vs. Now: Connecting in Person

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    Over the past couple of weeks, our colleagues, Joann and Molly, have taken you on a walk down memory lane and examined how participant support has changed over the years through eCommunication and web and phone and email. For the final installment of our “Then vs. Now” series, we’ll examine what we’ve learned over the years about connecting with our participants in person.Despite the prevalence of social media, email and cell phones in our lives, we all know that face-to-face interaction is still invaluable, and is an experience that just can’t be replicated…
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  • Diversity and Effectiveness: What Is the Link for Foundations?

    Lisa Ranghelli
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    This week Philamplify is introducing a new poll question, our third since we launched philamplify.org in May: Do you think greater staff and board diversity helps make foundations more effective and impactful? (Yes/No/Maybe) We were prompted to ask this question in part by the recent announcement that Guidestar and the D5 Coalition have joined together to enhance the Guidestar Exchange as a tool for online tracking of nonprofit and foundation diversity data. In announcing the new initiative, Kelly Brown at D5 and Jacob Harold at Guidestar each made comments linking diversity data to improved…
  • NCRP, The Cleveland Foundation and Tides Celebrate Leaders in Philanthropy

    National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This past Tuesday, NCRP teamed up with The Cleveland Foundation and Tides to co-host our Philanthropy Leadership Dinner during the Council on Foundation’s 2014 Fall Conference for Community Foundations. This was NCRP’s third such dinner during COF’s Community Foundations conference, and together we’ve traveled to New Orleans and San Diego. Nearly 40 foundation leaders joined us in Cleveland to talk shop — and enjoy each other’s company. Among the attendees were several Philanthropy’s Promise signatories, and our co-hosts, The Cleveland…
  • Why Don’t Our Elected Officials Look Like Us?

    Dan Petegorsky
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    In August, a federal judge ruled that Yakima, Washington’s prevailing election system violates the Voting Rights Act, finding that “the non-Latino majority in Yakima routinely suffocate the voting preferences of the Latino minority.” In early October, a U.S. District Court in Virginia ruled that the state’s congressional district maps illegally concentrated the state’s African American voters into a single district in order to dilute their influence in others. These rulings go to the heart of remarkable and, indeed, incendiary new research by Who Leads Us?, a project of the Women…
  • Mission Investing: A Conversation with Flozell Daniels, Jr. & Foundation for Louisiana

    Christine Reeves
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Earlier this year, NCRP released a special edition of our quarterly journal dedicated to mission investing, or making investments that reflect an organization’s values. As foundations are only required to pay out 5 percent of their assets annually in grants and the administrative costs of making these grants, much of the remaining 95 percent is invested to strengthen the foundation’s economic viability. As such, mission investing can be just as important to creating change as grantmaking. Many great groups promote investments that support both the economy and the greater good, such as…
  • Do Feedback Loops in Philanthropy Create Stronger Accountability?

    Lisa Ranghelli
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Editor’s note: This post first appeared in the Nonprofit Quarterly Three years ago, I accepted the challenge of implementing a program that provides “actionable feedback” for major foundations. It entailed assessing foundations, whether or not they wanted it, and then telling them and the public what the foundations were doing well and how they could improve. When I described the idea to a close friend, she asked me, “Aren’t you worried about being able to get your next job after this one?” Somehow, my answer was “No.” I was confident that there was a welcome mat in the…
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  • The Economy is Not Working for the Majority

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

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

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

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

    Mark Holmgren
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Five days is a lot of time and content for 300 people to spend and digest. What impresses me consistently about Tamarack is that they bring in excellent speakers who are more than knowledge experts. They also bring passion to their work and they are also here to engage and learn. The best teacher is one who learns from her/his students. It helps too that the Tamarack folks understand the need for play space, for ample breaks and good food and of course on one of the evenings a great party: this year the theme is Bollywood! Should be an awesome time. I felt blessed that Tamarack’s lead,…
 
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  • How to Get the Most Out of Your Words

    Tess Srebro
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Which is more likely to inspire you? “Help support your community by volunteering to build houses for those in need.” “Housing is a right everyone should have. Create new neighbors by lending a hand!” Whatever the purpose: engaging volunteers, raising money, promoting an event, etc. – the words you use matter. Words with the highest value (i.e. the words most likely to engage your audience), are unique, specific, and  easy to understand. Make Them Unique Why are unique words so important? People are much more likely to pay attention to new information. In fact,…
  • The Volunteer as Brand Ambassador

    Shari Tishman
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    Guest post by Tracy Kosolcharoen, Eventbrite As #GivingTuesday quickly approaches, many nonprofits have a single point of focus: fundraising. Nearly one third of nonprofit events on Eventbrite occur in the last quarter of the year. And during this busy time, organizers are constantly asking themselves, “How can I ensure my fundraiser is a smashing success without breaking my bank?” Eventbrite has created an initiative, Give More Together, to help answer this very question. We’re waiving our service fees for nonprofit events occurring from December 1-6, 2014, and are excited…
  • From Technophobe to True Believer…My Journey to Using Technology to Bridge Inequality Gaps

    Shari Tishman
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    Guest post by Denise Howell, VolunteerMatch CFO This post is part of Blog Action Day 2014. I remember listening to Mari Kuraishi, President of Global Giving, at the Independent Sector a few years ago. She spoke about how we can find the greatest richness in our careers when we aren’t looking or have not factored it into our life plans. I think back now to her message she shared, and how true it has been for me. I would never have expected, almost 4 years ago, to embark on a very different frontier in nonprofit work. I am not a technology person. I appreciate all that it has to offer,…
  • Expert Snapshots for October

    Shari Tishman
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    At VolunteerMatch we learn so much from other experts in the field of volunteer engagement and management, and we want to help you stay up to date on the latest news and trends. Here’s just a snapshot to get you started… What All Nonprofits Should Know About Corporate Philanthropy The relationship between nonprofits and companies is changing – we can all feel it. And so nonprofits now need to change the way they look at the support they can receive from companies. By doing so, nonprofits can build robust, mutually beneficial relationships with companies. This TechSoup…
  • The Nonprofit Welcome Wagon: How to Engage Newcomers and Build a Strong Community – Through Volunteering

    Shari Tishman
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    Guest post by Dylan Manderlink Dylan volunteering at an animal shelter in her new home. Upon moving to rural Arkansas from Boston, I had anticipated the reality of how different my new life would be down south. From the great distance between towns, expansive farmland, to the welcoming and warm southern accents, I expected my adjustment to take some time and happen gradually. Although that’s not completely untrue, through the volunteer opportunities I have taken advantage of and the connections I’ve made to local nonprofits since being here, I feel as if my acclimation was…
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  • 25 Online Gift Stores That Benefit Nonprofits

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

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

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

    Heather Mansfield
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    Despite the rapid rise of social media, more online donations are made from a click in an e-newsletter than any other source. In fact, in 2013 for every 1,000 fundraising messages delivered, nonprofits raised $17. That was a 21% decrease from the previous year, but the decrease is mostly likely due to poor online fundraising practices, such as not having a mobile-optimized donate page and e-newsletter design. Furthermore, email still dominates among online adults of all ages and thanks to the rise of social media, e-newsletter growth in the nonprofit sector grew 14% in 2013, especially…
  • 9 Must-Know Best Practices for Distributing Your Nonprofit’s Content on Social Networks

    Heather Mansfield
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    The following is an excerpt from Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits. The Internet is at a tipping point. It’s estimated that by late 2014 or early 2015 the majority of adults will get their information from social networks rather than search engines and that social networks will become the primary source of referral traffic to your website and blog. Any doubts that social networks aren’t powerful or don’t need to be prioritized in your online communications and fundraising campaigns can now be put to rest. The sooner your nonprofit can master content…
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  • 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…
  • My take on the ALS #IceBucketChallenge

    Caroline Avakian
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    Video still of Bill Gates taking the ALS #IceBucketChallenge (via YouTube) 3 reasons I’ve decided to embrace this campaign — and why you should, too Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, educators, journalists, general public. As you all likely know by now, the ALS #IceBucketChallenge is taking your Facebook news feed by storm. Your friends, colleagues, heck, even your grandmother might have been nominated to dump a bucket of cold water and ice on her head in the name of charity. And in this case, it’s a very good cause. ALS…
 
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  • Success Story: Rohan

    goodwillsp
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    As a young man, Rohan thought about going to college but didn’t know what he wanted to do with a degree and he didn’t want to go in to debt to pay for it. One day in 2011 as he was giving plasma to make some cash, he heard about the job training and placement services Goodwill offers. He walked in to Goodwill’s Job Connection on Freedom Drive where he met with a career counselor who recommended that Rohan enroll in the Goodwill Construction Services Training. Rohan completed the seven-week training program and gained forklift and NCCER certifications. He began working on a housing…
  • Barriers to Job Success: Lack of Housing

    goodwillsp
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    A report in the New York Times reveals that a shocking number of working people live in homeless shelters. According to the report, more than one out of four families in New York City homeless shelters include at least one employed adult and 16 percent of single adults in shelters hold jobs. As alarming as these statistics may seem, a more disturbing fact is that they are indicative of a nationwide trend of the “working poor” being unable to afford housing. Unemployment, underemployment and low-wage employment are frequent causes of homelessness. The loss of a job leads to homelessness…
  • The Queen City Style Shows Us How to be Stylish this Halloween

    goodwillsp
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    We recently teamed up with The Queen City Style, Whitley Hamlin, to pull together budget friendly and stylish costumes for Halloween. Here are a few of her ideas and DIY tips: Madonna White lace dress (Whitley wears a wedding dress from Goodwill) White heels Pale sheer stockings Lots of gold and pearl accessories White lace gloves Cross necklace or earrings Make-up tips: Achieve this hair by using a 1/2 inch curling iron or crimper and tease! Apply red lips and don’t forget about the famous mole! Corpse Bride A wedding dress White evening gloves A veil A long blue or black wig Make-up tips:…
  • Easy To Follow Halloween DIY Costume Ideas

    goodwillsp
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Goodwill is a Halloween destination for one-of-a-kind costumes. Shoppers can find fresh items at Goodwill every day, including clothing in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, as well as accessories from different decades to transform an ordinary look into a fantastic, eclectic costume. With a little creativity, anyone can become a ghost, cowboy, zombie or superhero of choice simply by combining Goodwill finds into a unique costume. Visit facebook.com/GoodwillSP for DIY costume ideas. The best way to save at Halloween is to use your imagination. Goodwill offers unique, gently used items…
  • Designer Tips: Cost-Saving Ways That Bathroom Hardware Can Transform Your Loo

    goodwillsp
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    Image source: DCoopMedia – Coastal Living Showhouse Giving your bathroom a full makeover doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, some of the easiest ways to breathe life into your bathroom involve small details that can make a big impact. Bathroom hardware such as towel bars and rings, robe hooks and toilet paper holders offer “jewelry” to your bathroom at a low cost. Whether your style is traditional or ultra-modern, look at these ways to give your bathroom a new feel with the addition of the right functional accent pieces. The look of luxury without the price tag Image…
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    Front Range Source

  • Spin a Spooky Web of Prospects

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

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

    Ann Goldman
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:40 pm
    This week’s blog offers behind-the-scenes insight on how funders really operate. Fellow Coloradoan Amanda Johnston knows how it works. She has 18 years experience in nonprofit development and an outstanding track record with more than $11 million raised for her clients from local and national funders. Here’s what Amanda has to tell us: As beginning grant-seekers, many of us are learning the same things…tell a good story and communicate clearly, evaluate your programs and demonstrate your impact in the community, present sound financial documents, etc… I encourage my clients…
  • Giving Days: Will a Virtual Experience Inspire Event Donors to Give?

    Leslie Allen
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Here’s the challenge: while some nonprofit events bring in new donors, inspire major gifts, and create organizational loyalty, most nonprofit events contribute to a cycle of inefficient fundraising that is hard to break. In most cases, very little net income (if any) is raised at most events when all the costs (including the “opportunity cost” of other kinds of fundraising by those staff members and volunteers) have been taken into account. And while many new donors come in through events, getting them to renew and move from “event donors” to “organizational donors” is often…
  • The 8 Key Elements of Capital Campaign Success

    Ann Goldman
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:43 pm
    What’s it going to take for your capital campaign to succeed? Here are the top things we look for when assessing an organization’s readiness to embark on a major fundraising effort: 1. Clearly articulated goals The first thing you need is a real vision for the kind of change your campaign will make in the world. What’s the impact you’re trying to have, what are the specific programs or facilities that will enable that change, and how much money do you need to make it all happen? In our experience, this is one of the most difficult things for our clients to wrap their arms around.
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  • Open House of the Completed Canon Perdido Affordable Homes!

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

    Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
          For those familiar with the ReStore, a trip to the ReStore is like searching through a treasure trove! With new items coming in daily, you never know what you might happen to find in the ReStore and how unique many of our items are!Today, we'd like to put a spotlight on two items and also our "Steal of the Week"! Here we have a Brass Coat Hanger, which is about 70" in height. This coat hanger can be a wonderful addition to adding a touch of class to a living room or the entrance hallway of a home. This item is unique due to the design and the color that exudes…
  • Another successful A Brush with Kindness Project, completed!

    Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
          On a beautiful day last Saturday in Santa Barbara, a total of over 70 volunteers from Thrivent Builds Lutheran and students from Westmont College and Concordia of Oregan's women soccer players came together to provide assistance with one of  Habitat's A Brush with Kindness projects!      Habitat's A Brush with Kindness program works to help low-income or fixed-income homeowners to restore their homes to be a safe and decent place to live, through minor exterior repairs. The program provides materials and volunteer labor to make improvements to a house…
  • Habitat for Humanity's Volunteer of the Year, Dennis Kirby!

    Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
          Throughout the year, Habitat for Humanity continues to have a flow of volunteers who dedicate their time on our building projects, A Brush with Kindness projects, and in also in our ReStore!      Dennis Kirby, who has put in 770 volunteer hours at the ReStore, has been awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award. A dedicated volunteer since 2009, we have been so blessed to have a volunteer who gives back to their community. Please join us as we recognize this year's Volunteer of the Year and thank him for all the dedication he has put into the…
  • Induction of the 500 Club's youngest member, Anna!

    Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    At Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara, volunteers make up a large amount of the hours that are put into different areas and projects. The ReStore, building projects, and A Brush with Kindness projects are all completed with the help of many volunteers, and we are fortunate and thankful to each and every volunteer.Today, we have a volunteer who we would like to thank for her time here at Habitat. A Santa Barbara local and student who attends UC Davis, Anna has been volunteering with us in the ReStore every summer since 2012 and we are blessed to induct her into the "500 Club".The…
 
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  • Why Your Brain Loves Good Storytelling

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

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

    Nick Fellers
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Small or young organizations (for profit / nonprofit alike) often identify FUNDING as their top challenge – until the organization really figures out a working funding model (or business model). At that point, a top challenge becomes the RIGHT PEOPLE. The limiting factor to more IMPACT/INCOME is finding the right people! (Of course, there are many challenges but these are the two constants in our work with hundreds of organizations.) To those two, I would add a third top-challenge, self-identified by large organizations and that’s COMMUNICATION. There are some intentional parallels:…
  • Impact Drives Income (Video Nugget)

    Nick Fellers
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:06 am
    Here’s the For Impact Point of View in 90 seconds. filmed at a For Impact Boot Camp, Eagle Creek. Summer 2014
  • Find Your Mission

    Tom Suddes
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    BLUE GOLD The idea of ‘synchronicity‘ and ‘flow‘ just seem to get reinforced every day.  Last week, Nick led an unbelievable day around STORY and MEANING and PURPOSE. FAST COMPANY, November 2014 arrived after that with the cover and primary theme/article on FIND YOUR MISSION. The article was written Robert Safian who is also editor at Fast Company.  (This really smart guy was also editor at Fortune and Money and now Fast Company.) I had just written a quick thought/blog on Work-Life Balance vs. Integration and then I read this quote from the Editor, “I’ve…
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  • 4 Questions To Help You Prioritize Fundraising Tasks When You’re Pressed For Time

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

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

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

    Stephanie
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:46 pm
    We are in September – can you believe it?  The next few months are going to fly by – with all the holidays, end of the year activities, and work that has to get done. There are some real tangible things you as a fundraiser can do to finish the year off strong.  Here’s your bucket list for the final three months – start acting on it now: Institutional support: identify and meet all final proposal deadlines – there is still money out there to request in 2014.  Finish strong, get in some big grant requests before the end of the year.  Also, identify the proposals…
  • 4 Social Media “To Do’s” For The 4th Quarter

    Bix
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:13 pm
    by Padmini Mangunta Most of us tend to think of the last few months of the year in terms of sadness (“there goes another year”) or eagerness to start anew (“Let’s just brush last year’s mess under the rug, shall we?”). In nonprofit terms, the same tendencies follow suit — rather than taking a good, hard look at everything that’s gone wrong — and right! — with your social media strategies for the year, nonprofits often tend to gloss over the analysis and barrel ahead. Thus begins a never-ending cycle. But as the last quarter of the year gets rolling,…
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  • What the Google Inbox App Means for Email Marketing

    John Haydon
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    Remember when Gmail added tabbed inboxes to Gmail? Email marketers were freaking out because promotional emails were suddenly being relegated to a “Promotions” tab instead of the cherished “Primary” inbox. The common wisdom at that time was to plead with subscribers to drag these emails back into the primary inbox – as if marketing emails were as important as emails from your boss, or your mom. Yes, common wisdom is often an oxymoron. Well, now Google is up to more shenanigans with Inbox. Note: Inbox is now invite-only for gmail users (send an email to inbox@google.com for an…
  • Should You Fire Your Designer and Just Use Canva?

    John Haydon
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    Graphic designers get paid for their design expertise. The best ones understand how design influences emotions and motivates action. But you don’t need a graphic designer to resize a photo for a Facebook post. You don’t need a graphic designer to create inspirational quotes for Instagram. You can use Canva. Canvas solves three problems for content marketers: Creating images that are the right pixel size. Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter each have their optimal size, and it’s difficult for marketers to stay current with the constant changes to social media images…
  • Zuckerberg Replies to Facebook Comment About $25M Ebola Donation

    John Haydon
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg announced a $25 million donation to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to help fight Ebola. He shared how strongly he feels about the Ebola issue in a Facebook post: “We need to get Ebola under control in the near term so that it doesn’t spread further and become a long term global health crisis that we end up fighting for decades at large scale, like HIV or polio.” Mark also replied to a comment from Scott Solomon, adding: “Spending $25 million to help get this under control now is very little cost compared to all the lives it…
  • Promoting Annual Appeals with Facebook Ads [FREE WEINAR]

    John Haydon
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    Tomorrow (10/8) I’m doing a webinar with 4Good called “Using Facebook Ads to Promote Year-End Campaigns”. It starts at 3pm (EDT), and will be 60 minutes in length. This webinar the following topics about using Facebook Ads to promote year-end campaigns: Selecting the best ad type for each stage in the donor funnel Targeting your ads more effectively with Facebook Insights data How to amplify reach with lookalike audiences How to increase website conversion rates with retargeting How to target friends of people who have RSVP’d to your event A recording and copy of…
  • Crowdfunding Site for Nonprofits Launched by Kickstarter Founder

    John Haydon
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    Perry Chen (Kickstarter founder) just launched a new crowdfunding site for nonprofits called Dollar a Day. The idea is simple: Donors receive a daily email featuring one organization that automatically receives $1 from each Dollar A Day donor. Donors are charged $30 every 30 days, and are encouraged to share the nonprofit’s work with their friends. Their website says it best: “We hope that our daily emails will be a gateway for people to give directly, volunteer for, or simply learn more about a variety of great organizations and the problems they’re trying to solve. A public more…
 
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  • 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 are we trying to solve?  Are projects chronically late and/or over budget, or is it difficult for staff to find the information they need? Where do the staff work?  If mostly from home or from remote locations, a web based product works best, preferably with mobile access. Is there a need to transfer data to/from external applications?  If…
  • Who Would You Pick to Win a Nonprofit Excellence Award?

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

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

    nhr2000
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    Have you read Idealware’s latest report, Nonprofit Performance Management: Using Data to Measure and Improve Programs, which discusses these 6 steps for strong data collection: Define a goal for your data – what will best demonstrate the value of your programs? Identify specific data elements to help you reach that goal Store data in a way that’s accessible (hint – use a web based system that can be easily shared) Establish a way to gather data (use required fields for the information that’s most important) Report and analyze what the data is telling you (many…
  • Thoughts About ALS and the Ice Bucket Challenge

    Norman Reiss
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    The fundraising phenomenon this summer has been the Ice Bucket Challenge, where supporters literally pour a pail of water over their head to raise awareness for the disease which killed Lou Gehrig and the ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Association.  The campaign has raised over $100 million (see chart below) in less than a month. What can other nonprofits learn about fundraising campaigns from this stunning success? Video is a must  – this idea would never have taken off without being able to see those taking the challenge Multi-channel isn’t just a buzzword – the ice…
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  • Responding With Empathy and Respect to Belief Systems

    Nicole Margaretten
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    Responding With Empathy and Respect to Belief Systems By: Sara Wicht Senior Manager for Teaching and Learning at Teaching Tolerance Overview: Tanenbaum and Teaching Tolerance share tips for coaching students during class discussions on religious and nonreligious beliefs. This year, Teaching Tolerance teamed up with the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding to bring educators a webinar series called Religious Diversity in the Classroom. The second webinar in the series, Fostering a Culture of Respect, offered ways for educators to help students feel safe, supported and respected…
  • Please Think About Andrew White – As ISIS Menaces Baghdad

    Nicole Margaretten
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
      Right now, all we can do is pause, hope, and for those who pray – to pray. Canon Andrew White, one of Tanenbaum’s Peacemakers in Action, was interviewed from Baghdad where he continues to tend to the dwindling Christian community and their neighbors. He remains in Iraq, even though he tells us that ISIS is descending on Baghdad. Word is that they are about 5 miles out. Andrew is supposed to have some protection from Iraqi soldiers assigned to defend him. But his soldier told him that, if ISIS comes, he will take off his uniform and run! Andrew believes that ISIS must be…
  • Business for Peace: Inaugural Event in Istanbul, Turkey

    Nicole Margaretten
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    On September 29-30 Business for Peace (a platform run by the U.N. Global Compact) will hold its inaugural event in Istanbul, Turkey. This event will focus on how the private sector can help promote peace. The incredible work done by Business for Peace is closely related to the work Tanenbaum does to promote religious diversity and inclusion for employees. Both Tanenbaum and Business for Peace understand that the private sector can create policies and practices that help make the world more peaceful and respectful of differences. In addition, the work we do is often symbiotic—countries that…
  • Tanenbaum Peacemaker Receives International Peace Prize

    Nicole Margaretten
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    Tanenbaum Peacemaker Receives International Peace Prize A Tanenbaum Peacemaker in Action is back in the news! Ricardo Esquivia’s organization, Sembrandopaz, which is based in the town of Sincelejo, in Sucre, Colombia, was just awarded the 2014 World Vision International Peace Prize. The award is given out annually by World Vision International to acknowledge courageous “individuals or organizations that excel in peacebuilding or peacemaking”. There were six finalists from India, Pakistan, Yemen, Canada, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Colombia vying for this year’s award. In the end, it was…
  • News Stories 9/12-9/18

    Nicole Margaretten
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Hundreds pardoned as Ethiopia celebrates New Year Almost 1,000 inmates were pardoned in Ethiopia this September 11 as the country celebrated their New Year in accordance with the Coptic calendar. The Ethiopian New Year is rooted in religious traditions that embrace peace and forgiveness. Federal police reported that the prisoners who were released had not committed serious offenses and demonstrated both good behavior and “sincere regret” for the crimes that had been committed. Tanenbaum Peacemaker in Action Dr. Ephraim Isaac has worked to free thousands of Ethiopian prisoners. To…
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    want2donate.org

  • Two special days and how Concern Worldwide are helping

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

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

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

    Linda
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Hey everyone. If you look at our slow down in blog production you'd be easily forgiven for thinking we've been on a long holiday! But - not so! We've been mega-busy making a stack of improvements to the text and layout of our other site pages. We have been trying to improved them based on how popular we can see they are when we look in our web analytics package, Google Analytics. We've made all new buttons and improved the imagery on the pages.
  • Marketing jargon you might hear in the charity sector explained

    Linda
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Hi everyone - hope you have been all enjoying the prolonged hot spell we've been having here in the UK! Apologies we appear to have been quiet on the blog front! We have actually been super busy updating lots of our other pages with all new copy and improves layouts and buttons. For example, check out our adopt a tiger page to see the work!
 
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    Palmetto Buzz

  • Board Development is Mission Critical

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

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

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

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

    Tina Jones
    6 Jun 2014 | 1:05 pm
    If you were to score your nonprofit organization on a scale of 1-10, would you give it a 10, or maybe an 8? Perhaps more importantly, how would your supporters score you? Many of us who work for nonprofit organizations – do so because we enjoy making a living by helping others. Most of us... Read more »
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    Social Velocity

  • A Monster List of Social Change Books

    Nell Edgington
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    It’s Halloween again and that means it’s time for my annual Monster List of Resources (you can see past lists here, here, and here). Today I’m focusing on social change books. I know, books are so over. We have become a society that is about fewer and fewer words, or really, fewer and fewer characters. But there is something to be said for spending 200+ pages really diving into a topic, exploring it and letting it change your point of view. Below are my favorite books in the social change realm. I have reviewed some of these books on the blog, some I have not. Some are…
  • 9 Ways to Get Your Board Fundraising [Slideshare]

    Nell Edgington
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    It is such a common complaint. Nonprofit boards are notorious for shirking their fundraising duties. But the good news is that there is a solution, and it doesn’t involve pleading or bribery. As part of the growing Social Velocity Slideshare library, today I offer the 9 Ways to Get Your Board Fundraising Slideshare. If you want your board to share the responsibility for creating a sustainable nonprofit, you must get strategic. And you must stop apologizing. This Slideshare helps you begin to understand the steps for transforming your board into a financial workhorse. And if you want…
  • How to Create Capacity Builders on Your Board

    Nell Edgington
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    Something really interesting happened the other day to an executive director I know. A couple of board members approached her to ask what she needed to continue to move forward. They wanted her to be blunt about the obstacles in her way. She was equally honest, telling them she could really benefit from leadership coaching on how to manage a staff, grow an organization, continue to develop the board, build financial sustainability. The board didn’t bat an eye. They told her to figure out how much it would cost so they could foot the bill. How amazing is that? A group of board…
  • Social Enterprise is Not the Answer to Fundraising Woes

    Nell Edgington
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    There is an article in Forbes this month that bothered me. Carrie Rich, co-founder and CEO of The Global Good Fund, argues that more nonprofits should move from a “donor-driven organization” to a “revenue-producing social enterprise.” Instead of “relying on donor funding” more organizations should “create revenue-producing services.” In essence she is encouraging more nonprofits to figure out how to sell their services. The problem with her argument, though, is that it encourages nonprofits to think one-dimensionally about funding…
  • What Social Change Requires

    Nell Edgington
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    It is obvious to most in this country that our political system is quite broken. A gridlocked Congress, a shilling mainstream media, a checked-out electorate, and the list goes on. But last week I saw some hope. I participated in a really interesting gathering in Baltimore hosted by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. As part of their Madison Initiative (a $50 million project to “support and improve the health of representative democracy in the United States”) Hewlett brought together 90 nonprofit and government leaders, consultants, journalists, heads of think tanks, and…
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  • Ebola and Nonprofit Creativity.

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Get the Most Out of Your Words

    Tess Srebro
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Which is more likely to inspire you? “Help support your community by volunteering to build houses for those in need.” “Housing is a right everyone should have. Create new neighbors by lending a hand!” Whatever the purpose: engaging volunteers, raising money, promoting an event, etc. – the words you use matter. Words with the highest value (i.e. the words most likely to engage your audience), are unique, specific, and  easy to understand. Make Them Unique Why are unique words so important? People are much more likely to pay attention to new information. In fact,…
  • The Volunteer as Brand Ambassador

    Shari Tishman
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    Guest post by Tracy Kosolcharoen, Eventbrite As #GivingTuesday quickly approaches, many nonprofits have a single point of focus: fundraising. Nearly one third of nonprofit events on Eventbrite occur in the last quarter of the year. And during this busy time, organizers are constantly asking themselves, “How can I ensure my fundraiser is a smashing success without breaking my bank?” Eventbrite has created an initiative, Give More Together, to help answer this very question. We’re waiving our service fees for nonprofit events occurring from December 1-6, 2014, and are excited…
  • From Technophobe to True Believer…My Journey to Using Technology to Bridge Inequality Gaps

    Shari Tishman
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    Guest post by Denise Howell, VolunteerMatch CFO This post is part of Blog Action Day 2014. I remember listening to Mari Kuraishi, President of Global Giving, at the Independent Sector a few years ago. She spoke about how we can find the greatest richness in our careers when we aren’t looking or have not factored it into our life plans. I think back now to her message she shared, and how true it has been for me. I would never have expected, almost 4 years ago, to embark on a very different frontier in nonprofit work. I am not a technology person. I appreciate all that it has to offer,…
  • Expert Snapshots for October

    Shari Tishman
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    At VolunteerMatch we learn so much from other experts in the field of volunteer engagement and management, and we want to help you stay up to date on the latest news and trends. Here’s just a snapshot to get you started… What All Nonprofits Should Know About Corporate Philanthropy The relationship between nonprofits and companies is changing – we can all feel it. And so nonprofits now need to change the way they look at the support they can receive from companies. By doing so, nonprofits can build robust, mutually beneficial relationships with companies. This TechSoup…
  • The Nonprofit Welcome Wagon: How to Engage Newcomers and Build a Strong Community – Through Volunteering

    Shari Tishman
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    Guest post by Dylan Manderlink Dylan volunteering at an animal shelter in her new home. Upon moving to rural Arkansas from Boston, I had anticipated the reality of how different my new life would be down south. From the great distance between towns, expansive farmland, to the welcoming and warm southern accents, I expected my adjustment to take some time and happen gradually. Although that’s not completely untrue, through the volunteer opportunities I have taken advantage of and the connections I’ve made to local nonprofits since being here, I feel as if my acclimation was…
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    Clairification

  • October Halloween Nonprofit Blog Carnival – Major Gifts Tricks and Treats

    Claire
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:23 pm
      Fear not! The Halloween Nonprofit Blog Carnival is back, offering tricks and treats galore from nonprofit experts all around the web – a full Baker’s Dozen (or shall I say a Witches Coven)! — to help you find, cultivate, solicit and steward your major donors. When you trick and treat, you always like to [...] The post October Halloween Nonprofit Blog Carnival – Major Gifts Tricks and Treats appeared first on Clairification.
  • 9 Tricks to BOOst Nonprofit Social Media Traffic and Engagement – Part 1

    Claire
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Did I scare you with that big BOO!? Aw, shucks. Just trying to get you in the mood for Halloween. I want you to have more than a ghost of a chance at generating leads and converting visitors into supporters. And that’s why I’m offering up 9 tricks to help you make your social media [...] The post 9 Tricks to BOOst Nonprofit Social Media Traffic and Engagement – Part 1 appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Think; Fundraising Habits; Donor Retention; Landing Pages

    Claire
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Here are a bunch of October goodies for you. Treats to get you thinking about the role of philanthropy in society…  habits of the most effective fundraisers…  what it takes to grow loyal supporters… how to assure your website visitors don’t run from you screaming in horror…  and much more. And these treats won’t even [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Think; Fundraising Habits; Donor Retention; Landing Pages appeared first on Clairification.
  • How to Deal with Disgruntled Donors: Don’t Waste Valuable Complaints

    Claire
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:29 pm
    I’m going to tell you to do exactly what I do. Don’t ignore a single disgruntled supporter. Express compassion and contrition. If someone takes the time to tell you they’re unhappy, that means they care. They’re connected to you. They want something from you, and you’re disappointing them. This is your golden opportunity to get [...] The post How to Deal with Disgruntled Donors: Don’t Waste Valuable Complaints appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it Donor Communication Special: Eliminate Silos; Customer Service; Social Media; Content Marketing; Using the Phone + Call for Submissions

    Claire
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Donor Communication Special Edition I cannot say this strongly enough. Do not segregate marketing and fundraising as separate silos. When it comes to fundraising, communication with your donors should not be an “add-on.” Nor should it be relegated to the marketing department. As the guru of donor-centered fundraising, Penelope Burk, states: It is a core [...] The post Clairity Click-it Donor Communication Special: Eliminate Silos; Customer Service; Social Media; Content Marketing; Using the Phone + Call for Submissions appeared first on Clairification.
 
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  • Jonas Salk’s 100th Birthday!

    Tom Peterson
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
        Interview by Tom Peterson To celebrate Jonas Salk’s 100′s birthday, here’s an interview I earlier did for Stakeholder Health. Heather Wood Ion is a cultural anthropologist who works on the transformation of organizations, projects and grassroots initiatives. For the last eight years of his life, Jonas Salk shared with Heather his dreams of establishing a science of hope, and his diaries of reflections. Prior to meeting Dr. Salk, Heather studied cultural recovery and resilience following natural disasters and applied her work to turnarounds in health care and…
  • Ask the Right Question

    Tom Peterson
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
        By Tom Peterson Have you ever been in this meeting? A group has struggled over some issue for hours. Then someone says, “Maybe we’re not asking the right question.” While it’s not often welcome, it’s a comment to listen for. It’s like someone opened the windows so fresh air can come in. Sometimes the most important act in solving a world challenge is to step back and pose this, “Are we asking the right question?” Too often we spend all of our energy getting the right answer, but for the wrong question. This focus on a less important preoccupation keeps us…
  • Courage Quotes

    Tom Peterson
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
          Here are a few Courage quotes I’ve found over the years: “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.” — Rosa Parks “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” — Marie Curie “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is…
  • Ask Fans for Help

    Tom Peterson
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Every so often some nonprofit hits the news because of a breakthrough supporter-driven campaign. With the Kony 2012 campaign-turned-phenomenon the organization Invisible Children asked its supporters to bring attention to war criminal Joseph Kony and thus aid in his capture. This summer’s ALS ice bucket challenge became a viral social media phenomenon as it quickly and unexpectedly raised more than $115 million for the ALS Association. We’re not going into the complexities of either of these campaigns here. Rather, the question is: How do you get your best supporters to help your cause?
  • Nothing takes the place of persistence

    Tom Peterson
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:38 am
        “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” —Calvin Coolidge World Changing requires tenacity at the individual and at the group level. Bringing about justice, freedom, human rights, sustainability is never simple. Progress in…
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    Clairification

  • October Halloween Nonprofit Blog Carnival – Major Gifts Tricks and Treats

    Claire
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:23 pm
      Fear not! The Halloween Nonprofit Blog Carnival is back, offering tricks and treats galore from nonprofit experts all around the web – a full Baker’s Dozen (or shall I say a Witches Coven)! — to help you find, cultivate, solicit and steward your major donors. When you trick and treat, you always like to [...] The post October Halloween Nonprofit Blog Carnival – Major Gifts Tricks and Treats appeared first on Clairification.
  • 9 Tricks to BOOst Nonprofit Social Media Traffic and Engagement – Part 1

    Claire
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Did I scare you with that big BOO!? Aw, shucks. Just trying to get you in the mood for Halloween. I want you to have more than a ghost of a chance at generating leads and converting visitors into supporters. And that’s why I’m offering up 9 tricks to help you make your social media [...] The post 9 Tricks to BOOst Nonprofit Social Media Traffic and Engagement – Part 1 appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Think; Fundraising Habits; Donor Retention; Landing Pages

    Claire
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Here are a bunch of October goodies for you. Treats to get you thinking about the role of philanthropy in society…  habits of the most effective fundraisers…  what it takes to grow loyal supporters… how to assure your website visitors don’t run from you screaming in horror…  and much more. And these treats won’t even [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Think; Fundraising Habits; Donor Retention; Landing Pages appeared first on Clairification.
  • How to Deal with Disgruntled Donors: Don’t Waste Valuable Complaints

    Claire
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:29 pm
    I’m going to tell you to do exactly what I do. Don’t ignore a single disgruntled supporter. Express compassion and contrition. If someone takes the time to tell you they’re unhappy, that means they care. They’re connected to you. They want something from you, and you’re disappointing them. This is your golden opportunity to get [...] The post How to Deal with Disgruntled Donors: Don’t Waste Valuable Complaints appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it Donor Communication Special: Eliminate Silos; Customer Service; Social Media; Content Marketing; Using the Phone + Call for Submissions

    Claire
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Donor Communication Special Edition I cannot say this strongly enough. Do not segregate marketing and fundraising as separate silos. When it comes to fundraising, communication with your donors should not be an “add-on.” Nor should it be relegated to the marketing department. As the guru of donor-centered fundraising, Penelope Burk, states: It is a core [...] The post Clairity Click-it Donor Communication Special: Eliminate Silos; Customer Service; Social Media; Content Marketing; Using the Phone + Call for Submissions appeared first on Clairification.
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  • How to Migrate Mid-Level Donors into Major Gifts

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:49 am
    Good donors are running out the door at an alarming rate. Our team just finished analyzing the active major donor file of a large charity in the Midwest, and I was not surprised to find that situation once again. They are leaving the organization not because something terrible has happened that has forced them out. Nope. They are leaving because of neglect. This organization, much like many we see every day, woos the donor in (acquisition) with a promise of doing something good, and then it ignores them to the point that they leave. They are ignored when managers don’t develop strategies…
  • What To Do With Donors Who Reach A Giving Threshold

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    You have likely been in the situation where a current or new donor reaches the $500+ cumulative level of giving, and either the MGO drops everything to handle her, or the donor is handed off to someone who should not be dealing with donors – or the donor just sits in the system and stagnates. These are not unusual situations, and we at Veritus Group often interact with ones just like this. When you boil down new donor management to its essentials, the two basic questions are: How should we handle them? How does new $500+ cume donor management intersect with MGO caseload management? In the…
  • How to Come Up with Winning Cultivation Strategies

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    I hear this all the time: “I’m out of ideas on how to cultivate and steward my caseload donors – what can I do? Or, “I think I’ve done everything I can think of to reach my donors; there is nothing else I can do.” I understand. In the midst of goal-setting, creating a plan and visiting donors there are times where the creativity is just not flowing. Today, I’m NOT going to give you tips on how to cultivate or steward your donors. Instead, I’m going to show you a process to continually generate great ideas that will help you deepen your relationships with your donors. Because…
  • A Crisis of Confidence

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    I believe there is a crisis among major gift officers all over the world. It’s a crisis that is causing good people like you to struggle and lose faith in their skills, and it’s causing donors to question the mission of organizations they either support or want to support. This “crisis” is about a lack of confidence that some major gift officers exhibit in their work. This lack of confidence may very well be contributing to the amazing turnover we see in our industry and the lack of trust donors have in non-profits. In all the years our Veritus team has been working with major gift…
  • Have the Fundraiser Blues? Seek Some Motivation.

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    I know it happens to you; it certainly happens to me. And it happens to just about everyone I know in major gift fundraising: you go through a period of time where you lack motivation and drive. It’s strange, isn’t it? I’m not sure how it starts, but it sure takes hold of you. For me, I can sometimes go a whole week (or more) where I just can’t get it going. For others, it could be months; and some people have told me it’s taken hold of them for a couple of years! I’m not necessarily talking about depression, although that certainly takes hold of some folks and is a serious, often…
 
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  • 5 Indispensable Insights from the 2014 Study of High Net Worth Donors

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

    shad
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    Data-driven marketing company Eleventy Group is excited to announce a new partnership with Best Friends Animal Society. Eleventy will work with Best Friends to use social and peer networking to recruit more members in support of their vital mission to Save Them All. Peer-to-peer engagement is one of the best ways to spread the word about a nonprofit organization and get people behind the cause. “It is our privilege to be a part of the agency team at Best Friends Animal Society,” said Ken Dawson, president of Eleventy Group. “We are excited to use our data science as well as our online…
  • How To Use Data In Your Marketing Without Being Creepy

    shad
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:35 pm
    This time of year, with Halloween right around the corner, people like to be given the creeps. That’s why we go to horror movies and haunted houses. But there’s one place people should never leave creeped out: your marketing. Unfortunately crossing the creepy line is one of the dangers of using data for marketing personalization. Use data right and people feel like you understand their individual needs and wants; use it wrong and people will feel like you’re stalking them serial-killer style. It’s a tough balancing act but an absolutely necessary one. In today’s post, we’ll…
  • The Significance of ‘How America Gives’ for Fundraisers

    shad
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently released their annual “How America Gives” report, which analyzes IRS data to track charitable giving. The results of this report are always pretty interesting (we’ve covered them here in past posts), but this year it’s the narrative tied to the findings that has caught a lot of people’s attention. The headline of the The Chronicle’s report summary says it all: As Wealthy Give Smaller Share of Income to Charity, Middle Class Digs Deeper. That article points to the divergence in giving percentages between the rich and middle-class and…
  • 9 Ways to Promote and Encourage Monthly Giving on Your Website

    shad
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    25% overall growth rate for online monthly giving to nonprofits in 2013. That statistic from the 2014 M+R Benchmarks Study is eye-widening and jaw-dropping. Every nonprofit should be taking note. Why? Because it points to the collision of two of the biggest areas of fundraising growth: monthly giving and online giving. Monthly giving is incredibly important because it provides a steady stream of income you can rely on without working quite as hard to get it. For organizations fighting to plan, budget and make every penny count, that’s a huge asset. Meanwhile, online giving continues…
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    Wagenmaker and Oberly - Nonprofit Update

  • Going Global: Operating Charitable Programs Abroad

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    Philanthropy in the US has always carried a distinctly global mindset.  US-based nonprofits have a lengthy and impressive history of not only sending money, goods, and volunteers to help those in need, but also operating overseas to directly conduct their missions.  Legal and practical issues may vary considerably.  Several basic pro-active steps, however, apply to nearly every nonprofit contemplating international activities.Research, Research, Research            The first step is to research the specific country in which…
  • Around the Sector: The Five Hundred-Thousand Dollar Question with Sherry Quam Taylor

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    The W&O Blog occasionally goes outside the firm to seek helpful insight from other experts and innovators in the nonprofit sector.  This guest post is by Sherry Quam Taylor of QuamTaylor LLC.  Sherry provides organizational and development counsel to equip nonprofit leaders with tangible strategies to grow into the next phase of their mission.  Nonprofit organizations are so often staffed with sacrificial leaders striving hard toward achieving admirable missions.  They are full of passion and great ideas to make an even greater impact in the world.  At the same…
  • Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Cert. Denial: Tacit Refusal with Massive Implications

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    The Supreme Court of the United States recently refused to hear federal appeals from five states concerning the legality of same-sex marriage.  As explained in the Chicago Tribune, “When the Supreme Court declines to hear a case — known as "denying cert" — it can seem anticlimactic.  Instead of dramatic oral arguments and protests outside the court, we get a written notification that the decision of an appeals court will stand.  But sometimes, denying cert is an earthquake.  And that's what happened last week.  The court denied cert in same-sex marriage cases…
  • Defying the IRS Preaching Ban: Good Politics?

    10 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
    On Sunday, October 5, 2014, hundreds of religious leaders preached politics from the pulpit -- part of a now annual tradition and nationwide protest against the IRS’s ban on nonprofit involvement in political campaign activity.  Known as “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” the event is organized by the Alliance Defending Freedom.  While tax practitioners, scholars, and religious leaders often question the IRS ban’s constitutionality, active violation of the ban warrants great caution and discretion.             Believers need not…
  • Conflicts of Interest – What Hat Are You Wearing?

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:54 am
    Does your nonprofit have established policies for handling conflicts of interest?  While such policies have long been recommended by the IRS and state agencies, adoption of a specific corporate conflict of interest policy is not generally a legal requirement.  However, through its newly enacted Nonprofit Revitalization Act, New York now requires its nonprofit corporations to adopt policies regarding the disclosure and handling of potential conflicts of interest.  Other states may follow suit.  Until then, take note:  conflict of interest policies – and accompanying…
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    M+R » Lab

  • 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.
  • Tackling media work with coalitions: The whole…err..eight yards

    Diana Mask
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Editor’s note: As Eagles and Giants fans, there’s not much that Diana Mask and Katie Andriulli agree on when it comes to football. But they’ve found common ground in their approach to day-to-day media work with coalitions. Since football season is officially underway (huzzah!), and since we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to lay down some good ol’ fashioned sports metaphors, we thought we’d take this opportunity to point out some of the striking similarities we’ve noticed between managing a successful fantasy football team and executing a media…
  • Make it easy: Use one checkbox to transform your membership program

    Jonathan Benton
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    Two things that are hard: thinking and remembering. That’s why businesses thrive when they don’t ask customers to think and remember, and instead automatically renew our subscriptions and memberships. It’s how Netflix works, and US Weekly subscriptions, and why you still get strange eggplants that you don’t know what to do with from your local CSA. But is it how your fundraising program works? You might think you’ve got this covered with your monthly giving program, harnessing the same philosophy as the for-profits and locking in that reliable revenue month by month.
 
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    Wobbly Nonprofit

  • Small Nonprofit Shortcuts To Attracting Resources

    Mark C. Titi
    11 Oct 2014 | 6:01 pm
      You need resources to power your mission. You have tr […] The post Small Nonprofit Shortcuts To Attracting Resources 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.
  • Inspiring Faith before Your Ask

    Mark C. Titi
    22 Jul 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.
  • 72 Killer Resources for Multiplying Good

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

  • SVP Conference 2014: role of funders in scaling organizations

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

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

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

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

    Kaylie Marsh
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:11 am
    Position Title: Development Associate Organization: Reading Village Organizational Overview: Based in Boulder, CO, Reading Village was founded in 2007. We work alongside impoverished indigenous Mayan communities in Guatemala. We leverage scholarship, leadership and literacy to accomplish our mission: empowering Mayan youth to eradicate illiteracy and lead their communities out of poverty. Position Description: Part-time, exempt. The Development Associate reports directly to the Executive Director and will work closely with her to develop and implement the fundraising plan. Organizational…
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    Voss Foundation

  • Spotlight on a Supporter: Trine Ditlevsen

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

    Caitlin Rackish
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    This week we received news from Good Future and Hope (GF&H): the second attempt to drill the borehole for the orphanage, funded by our Give A Drop partnership is complete. This particular project is unique, and has taken longer than we expected, because the first borehole needed to filled in and a second borehole had...
  • Recap: Women Helping Women San Francisco 2014

    ExecutiveDirector
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    On Tuesday, October 14th, nearly 100 guests gathered for lunch and shopping at the Ritz-Carlton in Nob Hill for our third annual Voss Foundation Women Helping Women San Francisco event. The luncheon recognized 2014 Women Helping Women Co-Honoree Kristy Caylor, Co-founder, President and Creative Director of Maiyet. Voss Foundation Board Member and Event Chair Charlot...
  • 2014 Women Helping Women Project: DR Congo

    Caitlin Rackish
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    Voss Foundation launched our Women Helping Women campaign in the United States in 2010 by fundraising for our first project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a borehole at the site of the Georges Malaika School for Girls, founded by our 2010 Women Helping Women honoree, Noella Coursaris Musunka.  This year, Voss Foundation will...
  • 2014 Women Helping Women Co-Honoree: Kristy Caylor

    ExecutiveDirector
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Voss Foundation is thrilled to introduce our 2014 Women Helping Women Co-Honoree, Kristy Caylor! Kristy is the Co-Founder, President, and Creative Director of Maiyet, a company pioneering a new luxury by creating a fashion brand that celebrates rare artisanal skills from unexpected places. “Maiyet and Voss Foundation are deeply aligned in our commitment to women’s...
 
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    Double the Donation

  • How to Add a Matching Gift Button to Your Website

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

    Adam Weinger
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Have you ever wanted to ask a question about employee giving programs directly to the head of a large corporation’s employee giving program manager? Now is your chance! At Double the Donation we maintain strong relationships with community relations teams at many corporations as one of the ways to keep our matching gift database as accurate and up-to-date as possible. Earlier this week I was speaking with Jill McGovern who heads up Microsoft’s Employee Giving Programs and she offered to answer questions directly from members of Double the Donation’s LinkedIn Matching Gift…
  • Major Gifts: The Holy Grail of Matching Gifts

    Adam Weinger
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:52 pm
    What’s the best way to show your organization’s Major Donors you’re a good steward of their funds? Help them maximize their donations with employee matching gift programs! Five Steps to Wowing Your Major Donors with Matching Gift Programs For small up and coming organizations a major gift may be $1,000 while a major gift for a global nonprofit may need to be $25,000 or more. Regardless, organizations should ensure that their largest donors are receiving the most personalized communications. Here are five steps to wowing your Major Donors with matching gift programs:  …
  • Ideas with the best ROI for Giving Tuesday

    Adam Weinger
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Did you miss last week’s #GivingTuesday Google Hangout? If so you’re not too late to discover the ideas with the best ROI for #GivingTuesday. In this Google Hangout, Adam Weinger, Double the Donation’s President, is joined by Alexandra Saavedra of Greater Giving, Kait Sheridan of Giving Tuesday and 92Y, Sarah Ford of America’s Charities, and Colin Schmidt of America Scores Bay Area to discuss the highest ROI #GivingTuesday ideas. The Google Hangout includes examples as well as guests panelists sharing how they planned their 2013 Giving Tuesday campaigns. We encourage you…
  • Develop a World Class Matching Gift Program

    Adam Weinger
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    At Double the Donation we provide services to nonprofits to help them raise more money from employee matching gift programs. While most of the articles our team publishes are focused on our nonprofit audience we love sharing ideas and strategies for how companies can continue growing their matching gift programs. We recently came across the following infographic which was created by Benevity and shared on its blog on October 9th, 2014 that highlights how companies use matching gift programs to increase employee engagement. We asked Bryan de Lottinville, Benevity’s CEO, if we could…
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    Invisible Children » Blog

  • Reblog // New Statesman: Kony is Africa’s Forgotten Scourge

    Liz Arthur
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    “The conflict in northern Uganda is the biggest forgotten, neglected humanitarian emergency in the world today.”     –Jan Egeland, former Under-Secretary-General of the UN  During Kony 2012, we made Joseph Kony a household name and brought international attention to the atrocities committed by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Since that time, much of the hype and media attention […] The post Reblog // New Statesman: Kony is Africa’s Forgotten Scourge appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • 2014 Ebola Outbreak // Frequently Asked Questions

    Camille Marie-Regnault
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
    We’ve all read the headlines and heard the newscasts: the 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, and is primarily affecting the countries of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone (all in West Africa). Here at Invisible Children, we are no strangers to the Ebola virus; in 2012, an outbreak spread across Uganda, personally affecting […] The post 2014 Ebola Outbreak // Frequently Asked Questions appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • Take Action Now // Kony in Kafia Kingi

    Invisible Children
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    “If you kill one person, you go to jail; if you kill 50,000 people, you probably stay in power. This is why we need international justice.” –Louis Moreno Ocampo, Former Chief Prosecutor of the ICC THE GOOD NEWS: We know where Joseph Kony has been hiding. For the past two years, Kony has frequently received […] The post Take Action Now // Kony in Kafia Kingi appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • Kony in Kafia Kingi // Lt. Gen. Tuwei, Please Take Action

    Invisible Children
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    Dear Lt. Gen. Jackson Tuwei, Joseph Kony has been committing war crimes and crimes against humanity for nearly 30 years. And this month marks the nine year anniversary of his indictment by the International Criminal Court. But Kony still remains at large and the fact that he has, quite literally, gotten away with mass murder […] The post Kony in Kafia Kingi // Lt. Gen. Tuwei, Please Take Action appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • Kony in Kafia Kingi // Amb. Thomas-Greenfield, Please Take Action

    Invisible Children
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    Dear Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield, Joseph Kony has been committing war crimes and crimes against humanity for nearly 30 years. And this month marks the nine year anniversary of his indictment by the International Criminal Court. But Kony still remains at large and the fact that he has, quite literally, gotten away with mass murder for this […] The post Kony in Kafia Kingi // Amb. Thomas-Greenfield, Please Take Action appeared first on Invisible Children.
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    A Family Mission

  • The Circle is Unbroken

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

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

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

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

    Kent Smith
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today one year ago is the day that I grew up. It was at 1 AM in the morning that I got the call… The years of failing health, loss of all recollection and a hard fought battle with Alzheimer’s had come to a close. Dad was gone on to a better place where the angels rejoiced at his arrival and danced in the streets for another soul that had a long, productive life in this world. After sitting with him until late into the night that night, praying hard that I could fill the void of his passing, saying goodbye and thank you for a job well done, I went home knowing that was likely the…
 
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    J Campbell Social Marketing

  • Nonprofit Crisis Communications: What The American Red Cross Should Do Now

    Julia Claire Campbell
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    photo credit: 96dpi via photopin cc Update 10-31-2014: Gwen Ifill on PBS interviews Suzy DeFrancis, Chief Public Affairs Officer of the American Red Cross.  Update 10-29-2014: The American Red Cross published a blog post titled American Red Cross Responds to Inaccuracies in ProPublica and NPR Stories. Still no proactive action from them that I can see on social media sites; not even a tweeted link to their blog post. They also issued a press release, available on their website.  By now you may have heard NPR’s story “Red Cross ‘Diverted Assets’ During Storms’…
  • Meet the 4 Types of People Who Make Up Your Online Community [Infographic]

    Julia Claire Campbell
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Nonprofits tend to lump all of their constituents into just a few boxes – staff, volunteers, donors and clients. Within that box, these groups of constituents often get lumped further into just one category. “Our donors aren’t online!” “Our clients don’t want to receive text messages.” “Our staff is not tech-savvy.” Does that sound familiar? Get rid of all the stereotypes that you have about these groups and start thinking of them as your online community. And yes, from the 89-year-old loyal donor to the 24-year-old volunteer, they are all online, or getting there.
  • What Will Be The Next Ice Bucket Challenge?

    Julia Claire Campbell
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    It seems like every charity is taking to social media to become the next Ice Bucket Challenge. But when does it become too much? Writing for The Guardian, Hadley Freeman explains that while she gritted her teeth through the #NoMakeUpSelfie craze and of course, the #IceBucketChallenge, the latest trend in celebrity “slacktivism” is just too much for her. It’s organized by UNICEF, and called the #WakeUpCall selfie. In this social media campaign, celebrities take a photo of themselves, sometimes a video, when they wake up first thing in the morning. The point is to start a…
  • Get More Nonprofit Social Media Exposure: A Simple Idea From #bbcon

    Julia Claire Campbell
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Sadly I wasn’t able to attend the Blackbaud Conference for Nonprofits (#bbcon) in person this year, but just by following the Twitter hashtag, I have learned a lot! I am especially fond of one small, yet very powerful idea that you can use to raise even more money at your next event – and get your nonprofit social media exposure to boot! The idea of Blackbaud’s Social Media Give Back campaign is brilliant, because even the smallest nonprofit can use it. You will need to partner with a loyal donor or a corporate partner to provide the funds. This year bbcon chose the Boys and Girls Clubs…
  • An Example Of How To Fundraise With Nonprofit Infographics

    Julia Claire Campbell
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    photo credit: peddhapati via photopin cc Infographics are taking the world by storm! Nonprofit infographics are growing in popularity as marketing and fundraising tools, and there are many reasons for this: **In just the last two years, Google searches for infographics have increased by over 800%. **Blogs that use infographics grow in traffic an average of 12% more than those that do not. **Social news site Digg reported that since 2007, posts containing infographics have increased 250x! For example, take this great nonprofit infographic (below) from Compassion International. There are…
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    Nonprofit MarCommunity

  • Ten important considerations for your new nonprofit logo

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

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

    Marlene Oliveira
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    Today’s nonprofit marketer has access to a huge range of free online tools to support research, planning, measurement and analysis, content creation, curation, management and promotion, meetings and collaboration – and even advertising. Google alone has a huge range of free online tools for nonprofit marketers and communicators. In fact, Google has a program dedicated to nonprofits, through which they offer free or highly discounted products, including: Google Drive: for document sharing and collaboration Google Forms: for online surveys Google Sites: to quickly establish a web presence…
  • ‘Must-attend’ professional development events for nonprofit communicators

    Marlene Oliveira
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    Is there a professional development opportunity that you won’t miss? To unearth opportunities and ideas for the community, I asked a group of nonprofit communicators for their ‘must-attend’ professional development events. Here’s how I framed the question: What is your ‘must-attend’ professional development event of the year and why? It can be a major conference or an informal gathering. It can involve significant investment and travel, or might be free and local. Anything goes, as long as it provides you with powerful professional development and you really try to make…
  • 12 outcomes to measure and communicate for a successful nonprofit annual report

    Sheri Chaney Jones
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    What if the CEO of corporation X refused to report profits in their annual report to shareholders? He would be seeking a new job in 2015, right? Just like this hypothetical out-of-work CEO, for too long nonprofits have got away with leaving their true profit out of their annual reports. The bottom line for a nonprofit is more than the difference between dollars raised and expenditures. The true profit of a nonprofit should be measured in outcomes: how is the organization changing lives and changing circumstances? Your profits, which should be included in your annual report, are measured in a…
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    Social Fundraising for Nonprofits

  • Centralization: The Benefits of Integration

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Fundraising is hard to manage. With multiple platforms providing a variety of capabilities to disparately involved departments, there is room for chaos. RallyBound strives to prevent that chaos and reduce the possibility of missed opportunities. We do this through impactful integrations with cutting edge providers such as: Salesforce, BillHighway, Dropbox and MailChimp. Below are just a few of the attributes of a centralizing your organization through integrations: 1.The Optimization and Efficiency of Fundraising Activities 2.Reduction in data gaps 3.Ability to properly nurture donor…
  • Prevent Cancer 5k grows by 58%

    15 Oct 2014 | 1:13 pm
    We’re grateful to all of our clients for giving us a front row seat to impact in action. Each and every cause is vital, powerful and socially enriching. Prevent Cancer Foundation is especially one of those inspiring groups. Prevent Cancer is solely focused on cancer prevention and early detection through research, education, advocacy and community programs. They recently held their annual 5k Walk/Run at the end of September and saw incredible engagement. With an increase in participants, a galvanized teambase and ever-present board member advocates, it is easy to see how the annual event…
  • RallyBound Now Integrates with Salesforce NGO Connect

    13 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    We strive to provide our clients with the latest and greatest technology not just for their online fundraising efforts, but to centralize all of their collective administrative tasks through effective integrations. RallyBound was one of the first to be certified as a peer-to-peer fundraising app for nonprofits on Salesforce’s Nonprofit Starter Pack. We were early to be designated as a Salesforce1 Mobile ready app and now excited to announce a beta integration with the newly unveiled: NGO Connect! Now, more than ever, Salesforce Foundation has cultivated a platform that syncs social, mobile…
  • The Power of Humility and Gratitude: Open Arms of Minnesota

    7 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    It is a great joy watching our clients exceed their goals. Recently, we had the privilege to watch Open Arms of Minnesota utilize RallyBound to fundraise for their inaugural Cook-a-Thon Open Arms of Minnesota did a lot of things right in their campaign but the more impressive aspects of their campaign were displayed through their email blasts. They focused on three key aspects to emails: Tone, Structure and Timing. This email, see below, is a great example of this. Tone: They weren’t too formal or informal. They were authentic. They were personal. They showed humility and gratitude, which…
  • Before and After: 3 of 3 Registration Flow

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    This is the last post in the 3 part series is WAY over due! In this post of our Before and After series, we break down the participant registration flow of our client’s previous platform. The series has attempted to show the power of a well designed and intuitive software that ultimately helps your organization raise more money in peer-to-peer fundraising.   Your fundraisers and participants are the lifeblood of any event or campaign. Providing an easy signup process enables your organization to onboard more advocates in a shorter period of time. However, you have to balance the…
 
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  • 6 Things We’ve Learned from Horror Movies (and Your NPO Should Know) [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Devin Thomas
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    We’ve all seen it play out in a horror flick—blood curdling screams and people being picked out one-by-one wondering…what’s next? And even though the plot lines are sometimes predictable, we’re somehow always surprised (you mean he was hiding the closet the entire time?!) And as NPOs we fall into the same traps, too. Here’s to never making these mistakes again. (Click to enlarge the Infographic.) The post 6 Things We’ve Learned from Horror Movies (and Your NPO Should Know) [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on Nonprofit Hub.
  • The Value of Gifting in the Nonprofit Sector

    John Burnett
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Dr. John Burnett is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub, and is the President of John Burnett Marketing and Professor Emeritus. He is the author of over 20 books, numerous academic articles and dozens of papers and presentations worldwide. You can check out his new e-book, “How Marketing Can Make Your Nonprofit More Profitable” _____________ One of the long-standing traditions employed in the nonprofit sector has been rewarding donors and other benefactors for their support. These gifts have ranged from pens, pins, plaques, to expensive gift baskets, coffee mugs and the naming of a…
  • How to Use Google Wallet to Make Taking Donations Easier

    Lincoln Arneal
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    Around three years ago, Google launched Google Wallet. It was a move that was going to turn the nonprofit world on its head. Now donors could just click a button and their donation would easily be sent to the nonprofit of their choice. Google Wallet hasn’t quite revolutionized the fundraising game, but it has provided another option that makes it easier for donors to connect with your nonprofit. Since its launch, PayPal is by far the most popular digital wallet, but Google Wallet is making headway and is the second-most popular provider in the industry. The idea behind Google Wallet is…
  • How to Get (and Keep) Major Donors

    Randy Hawthorne
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Over the past few months, I’ve been working to generate interest among potential major donors in our community for a new Nonprofit Hub initiative. We’re planning to relocate our Nonprofit Hub staff to a new location where we’ll also create a co-working spot for nonprofits that need a physical workspace. This will be a win/win—we’ll be furthering our mission to give back to our community while providing organizations with a workspace to help them promote their causes. I’ve been doing a “soft launch” of this co-working space concept with some major donors in our city,…
  • How to Pick Yourself Up When You Feel Like You’re Not Making a Difference

    Josh Schukman
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Josh is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub and is a thought leader at VolunteerMark, where they’re dedicated to maximizing the volunteer experience for nonprofits and for-profits alike. Josh writes on all things volunteer, corporate social responsibility and other purposeful musings. In his spare time, he loves traveling, reading, hanging with friends and is a wannabe triathlete. _____________ Let’s be honest here—all of us in the nonprofit space have moments when we seriously question the difference we’re really making. Being on the front lines of social justice means that we…
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  • Creative Engagement Strategies

    27 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Gratis for you! The slides from our Creative Engagement Strategies presented at SEMC >Read More
  • All The Places You’ll Go (Once You Get Out of the Gate)

    12 Oct 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Ann Laura-Parks @bemonsterful is here to help make #NAMPC dreams realities - get that executive buy-in http://t.co/GBpSSlhQF2 #ARTSBlog — AmericansForTheArts (@Americans4Arts) October 10, 2014 This article was originally posted on the Americans for the Arts ARTSBlog on October 10, 2014: Ever come back from a conference inspired, energized, and ready to unleash your brilliant ideas on your colleagues? You’re cruising along on a creative high until you hear, “That’s a good idea BUT…” followed by the reasons why it can’t be done. When yours truly was a young worker bee, I heard…
  • A Trick-or-Treat Charitable Tradition

    11 Oct 2014 | 5:58 pm
    When you were a kid, did you ever Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF with the iconic orange box? That tradition started in 1950 when Mary Emma Allison, a school librarian, saw a UNICEF booth in a department store while shopping for winter coats for her children. The booth inspired an idea and Mary Emma drafted her three children into service going door-to-door collecting coins that Halloween. "We were real little, and my mother was behind us, and we were trying to explain it, and there were these memories of terror, actually," said daughter Mary Jean Thomson. "But people are…
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  • How To Create An Effective Nonprofit Volunteer Program

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

    Brendan Kinney
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
     We’re hosting #fundchat from the annual Blackbaud users’ conference being held in Nashville (check out the hashtag #bbcon to follow the action). And of course, a major focus of the conference is fundraising metrics, data, statistics, analytics, and the technology that can help us better track and analyze it all. Join the #fundchat community on Wednesday, October 8 from 12-1 pm EST for “Fundraising Metrics, Data, and Stats (Oh My!).” Fundraising metrics are nothing to fear. Share your insights and ideas about how fundraisers can make better use of metrics, data and…
  • Donor Communication Is A Life And Death Issue

    Dennis Fischman
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
      Does your organization care whether it’s supporters are alive or not? The way you handle your data in your communication with donors is not a “tech” issue. It’s vital to your relationship. Vital–literally, as in life or death. My friend Rosie just wrote an angry note to the university her son attends: I would be much more likely to feel “excited… for the start of the school year” for my son, or even to respond positively to the rah rah e-mail that you just sent me if you hadn’t addressed it to me and my late ex-husband! We were divorced. That’s in your…
  • Live from #BBcon2014!

    Brendan Kinney
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    This week, #fundchat will be hosted from the annual Blackbaud users’ conference, being held in Nashville. Also, follow @fundchat on Twitter for a live stream of insights, advice, and quips from the conference. You can also keep tabs on all of the conference happenings by following the hashtags #BBCon2014 and #BBCon. There are plenty of great sessions throughout the three-day conference. Follow @fundchat and we’ll highlight the following: Are You Reaching Your Fundraising Potential? Leadership 2.0: How To Harness A Data-Driven Culture Three Award-Winning Integrated Fundraising…
  • Are You A ‘Certified’ Fundraising Professional?

    Brendan Kinney
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    Transcript now available – click here. The moderators of #grantchat and #fundchat are teaming up to focus on career advancement and the value of being a “certified” fundraising professional. On Tuesday, September 23 from 12-1 p.m. EST, follow the #grantchat hashtag on Twitter to participate in the conversation. You can preview their question line-up here. Then, on Wednesday, September 24 from 12-1 pm EST, join the #fundchat conversation about what it means to be “certified” (CFRE or other) and the pros and cons of such programs. Here’s how you can help prep…
 
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  • Are nonprofits always this late?

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

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

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

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

    Krystyn Tully
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Al filler, no killer. Content. noun. Words and/or images you post on the interwebs to prove you are “part of the conversation." Content Marketing. verb. To post link baity stuff online so people will come to your website, then pay and/or like you.If you’re in the charitable sector and you’ve read anything online about communications lately, then you’ll have heard about “content marketing”. Perhaps you’ve even heard that content marketing is the secret to untold success.Here’s the truth: Content marketing is horrifying. First and foremost, if you’re running a…
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  • Nonprofits and Data: You Can’t Know Too Much

    Jamey Heinze
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:42 am
    In this blog post, Jamey talks about technique number 5 – collecting “too much” data on your constituents. Read about the other techniques here I realize that for-profits have taken quite a bit of flack lately for their unfettered tracking of all us consumers in this era of Big Data. We’ve constantly got to think about getting “cookies dropped on our machines” and geolocation on our mobile phones. And don’t even get started on the bombshell that Edward Snowden dropped about what the NSA is tracking. That said, I’m definitely not suggesting that nonprofits stalk prospective…
  • What’s a Social Media Super User Group?

    Emily Goodstein
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:35 pm
    The latest installment from online marketing strategist, Emily Goodstein, introduces the concept of a Social Media Super User Group. In this podcast she explains to us what the heck that actually is…and how to use it for good! Once you’ve assembled your SUPER GROUP, you will want to leverage it for all it’s worth. And she gives us 4 awesome ways to do that. Please take a listen and share your comments, experiences, and suggestions! Emily Goodstein on Social Media Super User Groups The post What’s a Social Media Super User Group? appeared first on Third Sector Today.
  • 5 Reasons to Consider a Revenue-Driven Model for Your Nonprofit

    James Zackal
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:59 am
    In a sector reliant on donor funding, nonprofit organizations commonly rely on fundraising to shore up public identity and growth. To improve and become financially stable, many organizations have moved towards revenue-driven models. Providing financial security, this approach allows nonprofits to focus on their core missions by building more diverse streams for revenue. Kevin Davis discusses inNews nonprofits must balance capacity, growth of new revenue that in order to be successful, today’s nonprofits have to develop multiple revenue streams that go with their mission and goals. In…
  • Where are Your Donors?

    Wayne Elsey
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    In today’s world, your donors are everywhere. Gone are the days when you can send them a letter or two in the mail and expect them to respond. Donors today live exceedingly busy lives and the non-profit that effectively works to ensure they are everywhere their donors are is the one that will have the most success.   What this means is that your organization needs to use multiple channels, as opposed to only one, in order to ensure that you are reaching and effectively staying in touch with your donors.   So, where are your donors and where should your organization be present in…
  • The Most Profitable Auction, Part 1

    Tonya Bulboff
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
      Your nonprofit decided to incorporate an auction at your next fundraising event…and why not? Auctions are a lot of fun, they engage your guests and a profitable auction can bring in a substantial amount of cash for your organization. Whether your organization is seasoned in fundraising auctions or just beginning with the auction-style platform, one thing is certain: you want to earn the highest profit possible with your auction. How do you ensure you will get the best return for your efforts? Identify Benchmarks and Objectives The first step to auction success is to know your…
 
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  • How Corporate Giving Can Motivate Employee Performance

    Randall Anderson
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    The case for nonprofit-company partnerships for Win-Win-Win Fundraising By Randall Anderson, Chief Operating Officer at Listen Up Español   Is it really more rewarding to give than to receive? Many of us know how great it feels when we donate to a cause that is dear to our hearts. It is also known that gift-matching programs have been around for many years and are commonly used as a recruiting tool for businesses. However, the connection between corporate donations and employee performance is not as widely known. At Listen Up Español we have proven that the connection between being…
  • 4 Tips for Managing Your Nonprofit Board

    Wayne Elsey
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    How to Manage Your Non-Profit Board Congratulations, you are now the new executive director of a non-profit organization. One of the most challenging things you will have to do is to effectively “manage up” and work well with your board of directors. As an executive director, it is critically important to set the right tone from the outset and strike a balance that will allow you to do your work and productively collaborate with your board in the best interest of your charity.   First, it is important to understand the role of your non-profit board. The most critical functions of a…
  • Fa14 Top Blogs List.csv

    Craig Van Korlaar
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    [["Rank","Blog Name"," Alexa "," OSE PA"," OSE RD"," PR","Twitter Followers"],["1","Huffpost Impact","67","87","219","7","@HuffPostImpact - 84617"],["2","Beth's Blog","135,032","76","1064","6","@KANTER - 403956"],["3","The Nonprofit Times","136,837","81","1117","6","@nonprofittimes - 66405"],["4","Shareable","69,674","80","1059","6","@shareable - 21365"],["5","Nonprofit Quarterly","175,892","73","529","6","@npquarterly - 63376"],["6","Blackbaud Forums","44,430","72","237","6","@blackbaud - 21321"],["7","Skoll World Forum (Social Entrepreneurship)","362,667","70","456","6","@SkollWorldForum -…
  • Why This Corporate Stunt Should Remind You That PR is Awesome

    Kadi McDonald
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
      If you’re a citizen of this great Earth, it is highly likely you’ve sampled the exquisite decadence that is a McDonald’s value meal at one point in your life. And if you’ve watched a documentary on the fast food industry, read a blog, or basically had a conversation with another member of the human race over the last 10 years, I’ll assume you’ve heard the rumors about the ingredients of McDonald’s food.   Now let me first say – I don’t particularly care for McDonald’s. It’s not that I think their food is particularly gross, or I have any qualms regarding its…
  • Nonprofit Hiring: The Right Degree?

    Jennifer Schaupp
    4 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
      Are liberal arts degrees the norm in the nonprofit sector? These days, many recent college graduates experience cautious optimism. The world is at their fingertips, but what lucrative direction will their degrees take them? For liberal arts graduates in areas such as sociology and philosophy, job prospects could seem limited – on the surface. However, isn’t the nonprofit realm a place of comfort where such job seekers may utilize their broad studies in writing, analysis, and research for the plethora of tasks required of most positions? According to a June 2014 report in…
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  • How to Create Strategic Thinking Board

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

    Robert Nelson
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    Although not-for-profit boards are more diverse, on average, than for-profit boards, achieving optimal board diversity is especially challenging for associations that represent industries that are lacking diversity in the upper executive ranks. However, even in situations where the bulk of industry leaders are white males, there are steps that can be taken to formulate a diverse board. Ultimately, the goal is to achieve diversity of thought; diversity of thought is achieved by intentionally recruiting people with varied backgrounds to a board that embodies inclusivity. An inclusive board is a…
  • Enthusiastically Driving Long Term Success

    Robert Nelson
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Someone recently asked me what the key was to my long term success at the association where I spent nearly two decades as the chief executive officer. After all, the average tenure of an association executive is 9.7 years, according to the American Society of Association Executives. That got me thinking about the most important factors that allowed us to sustain organizational growth and me to maintain enthusiasm over the long haul. Believing in the good we were doing and seeing the fruits of our many successes played a big role, but on reflection, it was more than this. These fundamentals of…
  • 10 Tips for a Strategic Thinking Board

    Robert Nelson
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    Most will agree that high performing boards are those that are strategic thinking entities. In fact, in Gazley and Bower’s book, What Makes High Performing Boards, they point out that “the greater the strategic orientation, the better for board performance.” Yet, only 13% of boards spend more than 50% of their meeting time engaged in strategic thinking and discussion (Gazley, Bowers). In a non-profit setting, it is the CEO’s responsibility to take a leadership role in transforming a board into a strategic thinking entity. Here are 10 easy tips you can engage to start the process:…
  • Strategic Thinking Defined

    Robert Nelson
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    Strategic thinking is often identified as one of the most valuable executive / management skills. Governance literature often cites the importance of having a strategic thinking board. But, what does “strategic thinking” mean? In Thinking Strategically, Professor Collis of Harvard Business School writes that “strategic thinking is about analyzing opportunities and problems from a Broad perspective and understanding the potential impact your actions might have on others.” Professor Collis’s definition is one of the most succinct definitions I have seen. However, Greg Githen’s…
 
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  • The Winspire Donation Give-Away is Back!

    31 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    Subscribe to Winspire News for your chance to win a Winspire Experience to New York City for your next fundraising auction! We know donations are hard to come by. That's one of the reasons we started creating unique Experiences and why our mission is to help Nonprofits maximize how much money they raise at their events. As part of this mission, we want give back to the community that we are so much a part of by giving away a Winspire Experience each quarter to one of our Winspire News subscribers. If you're already a subscriber make sure you still visit the Donation Give-Away page and…
  • Nonprofits Should Invest in Good People

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    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.  When it comes to finding passionate, experienced and intelligent people to work for your Nonprofit, it's important to budget appropriate funds to attract top talent. Just like at a for-profit company, acquiring and retaining people who have the proper skills and drive might come at a cost, but it is the sort of investment…
  • 6 Simple Ways to Engage Donors This Holiday Season

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    Many Nonprofits hold their fundraising events during these fall months before the holiday season hits. After the events are over and the holidays begin, donors may still be willing to give – so it's important not to end your fundraising efforts prematurely.  Studies show that online donations often increase during the holiday season. In a 2012 survey by Charity Navigator, 90% of donors polled said they donated during the year-end giving season. Online gifts rose 16% during the same period in 2013 according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy. This increase might have to do with the…
  • The Biggest Secret to Hosting a Successful Charity Auction

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    It's six months before the big nonprofit fundraising event. You have a great theme, awesome location and hope to raise record-breaking amounts by hosting an auction packed with exciting items. The procurement team has plenty of time to gather auction donations, so you're not worried, right? …Then a month goes by and there is still just the possibility of those concert tickets and backstage passes. Another month goes by and there's radio silence from the board member’s sister who was going to donate her timeshare condo in Hawaii. Three months later and nothing has solidified…
  • Lessons From the Biz World: Running Your Nonprofit More Like a For-Profit Business

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    Running a nonprofit organization (NPO) is all about making a positive impact, which is why many people exit the for-profit sector and dedicate themselves to a career that prioritizes social impact over the bottom line. Not surprisingly, some of the most successful nonprofits use the same strategies that big businesses use to not only stay in the black but also grow exponentially. With more money and resources comes the opportunity to make a bigger difference. Have you considered ways you can run your nonprofit more like a business? We asked two prominent figures in the southern California…
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