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  • #NPTechChat: How Data Is Fueling Social Change

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    LewisH
    19 Jun 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Join @TechSoup, @Datakind and @plus_socialgood for the June #NPTechChat chat on how data is fueling social change. A TechSoup Global project, #NPTechChat is a new monthly Twitter-chat series for social change activists that’s focused on reducing barriers and increasing impact using technology around the globe. Thanks to our marketing sponsor, +Social Good. Data is a tremendously powerful resource with the potential to move the needle on tough humanitarian challenges. The same algorithms and techniques that help companies boost profits can help social change organizations increase their…
  • What I Learned In London at the Future of Social Conference

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    Beth
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:08 am
    Photo by Social Misfits I am just back from spending a few days in London where I keynoted the “Future of Social” Conference hosted by Social Misfits Media with a talk about Gen Z or as they say in the UK, Gen Zed.   I also facilitated several workshops for London-based nonprofit CEOs and communications directors on developing a strategy for their leadership profiles on social and internal champions (board, staff, and volunteers). The first half of the conference featured talks from three platforms that discussed future trends for social good.  The speakers included: Amanda…
  • 9 Killer Content Marketing Tips From Kivi Leroux Miller

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    John Haydon
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:39 am
    Kivi Leroux Miller was a recent guest on the Hump Day Coffee Break, where she shared 9 content marketing tips. What are Hump Day Coffee Breaks? They’re my weekly trainings for nonprofits (every Wednesday at 11am ET). If you’re not getting the weekly invites, you can sign up here. Upcoming guests include Tom Ahern and Pamela […] The post 9 Killer Content Marketing Tips From Kivi Leroux Miller appeared first on John Haydon.
  • 7 Social Media Toolsets for 2016 by @jeremycaplan

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    Beth
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:51 am
    Jeremy Caplan is the Director of Education, Tow-Knight Center Entrepreneurial Journalism and an amazing teacher.  I’ve never met him face-to-face, but I’ve learned some much from reading and using his curated instructional materials.   He recently shared “Toolsets for Social Media,” a brilliantly curated collection of tools.   Before we dig into the content, let me point out why this so brilliant. A stellar example of content curation:   Content curation is not aggregation or a big gigantic list of links.    A content curator vets, filters, organizes, and…
  • Millennials And The Power Of Influence

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    Reed Stockman
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:27 am
    Millennials And The Power Of Influence: "While many acknowledge they don’t really “get” this generation – our years of work at the Case Foundation, researching, engaging and convening this generation, has placed me squarely (and proudly) in the role of Millennial optimist and enthusiast. Yes, it is true that all young people – including those from generations past – tend to be idealistic.  " '
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  • Communication is Key to Financial Leadership

    akrapek
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:45 am
    yelling.jpg If you’ve ever read anything about leadership development, you are well aware of how crucial communication is for leaders. They need to articulate their vision, discuss strategy, woo donors, and motivate staff. We know the difficult consequences that can arise when communication breaks down and how leaders often need to over-communicate in tough times to help turn things around.
  • Are you a mission cruncher?

    akrapek
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:34 pm
    heart_calculator2.jpg In moments of indiscretion, some people have referred to me as a number cruncher. I understand. For non-finance folks, it’s easy to have the perception that those of us who work in nonprofit finance spend our days poring over formulas and spreadsheets (which, let’s be honest, is partially true). But the reality is, our passion for this work is driven by the missions of the nonprofits we serve and the broader causes they’re supporting.
  • IRS 990: What’s in it for me?

    akrapek
    3 Jun 2015 | 10:10 am
    decoder_kit.jpg When nonprofit organizations complete the IRS 990, the standard federal reporting requirement for nonprofit organizations, most probably aren’t thinking about how they will use the form. The 990 is essentially a compliance document, explaining to the IRS the mission, governance, program activities and financial situation of an organization for the prior year. The IRS uses the form to not only make sure the organization still exists, but also to check to see that the organization is meeting the rules for charities, and basically doing the things that it said it would do.
  • Mind the Gap: True Program Costs

    lindsi@gish.co
    21 May 2015 | 2:36 pm
    mind_the_gap.jpg Imagine this budget planning conversation at a human services nonprofit: “The county wants to expand our contract! Isn’t that great?” The easy answer is: Yes! We can provide more services in our community! But the smart answer is: It depends.  In this example, we’d need to ask ourselves a couple financial questions:
  • Déjà Vu All Over Again: Nonprofit Survey Results

    awagstrom@nonprofitsassistancefund.org
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:06 am
    report_covers.jpg Déjà Vu All Over Again: Nonprofit Survey Results “It’s been a rugged three years for Minnesota’s nonprofits, years characterized by economic instability, management uncertainties, and fundamental shifts in a once-familiar external landscape. Still reeling from significant financial downturns, many nonprofits have used the last few years to take a long, hard look at their internal capacities and financial requirements.”
 
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  • 7 Social Media Toolsets for 2016 by @jeremycaplan

    Beth
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:51 am
    Jeremy Caplan is the Director of Education, Tow-Knight Center Entrepreneurial Journalism and an amazing teacher.  I’ve never met him face-to-face, but I’ve learned some much from reading and using his curated instructional materials.   He recently shared “Toolsets for Social Media,” a brilliantly curated collection of tools.   Before we dig into the content, let me point out why this so brilliant. A stellar example of content curation:   Content curation is not aggregation or a big gigantic list of links.    A content curator vets, filters, organizes, and…
  • What I Learned In London at the Future of Social Conference

    Beth
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:08 am
    Photo by Social Misfits I am just back from spending a few days in London where I keynoted the “Future of Social” Conference hosted by Social Misfits Media with a talk about Gen Z or as they say in the UK, Gen Zed.   I also facilitated several workshops for London-based nonprofit CEOs and communications directors on developing a strategy for their leadership profiles on social and internal champions (board, staff, and volunteers). The first half of the conference featured talks from three platforms that discussed future trends for social good.  The speakers included: Amanda…
  • Future of Social: Gen Z

    Beth
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:48 am
    I’m thrilled to be spending a few days in London where I am keynoting The Future of Social conference hosted by Social Misfits Media.  I’ll be talking about Gen Z donors and why nonprofits need to engage them in their fundraising and programs.   If you want to learn more about what I’ll be talking about, read this interview in the Guardian. This post includes my slides and summary of the main points I will be making as well as links to resources. Gen Z By The Numbers The demographic profiles of these donors skewed younger, the vast majority being Millennials or Gen Y.    In…
  • Training Board Members As Brand Champions on Social and Beyond

    Beth
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Note from Beth: Last month, I facilitated a workshop for the Knight Digital Media Learning Seminar in Miami on “Leading on Social Media.”  It was an interactive workshop and the content was on how to leverage senior leaders, board, and staff as champions on social channels.     Rachel Calderon, Marketing and Communications Manager, Central Florida Foundation was a workshop participant and after the workshop we brainstormed a design for training her board members to be champions.    She agreed to write up her process and experience – and especially grateful as I’m…
  • How Gen Z Donors Harness the Power of Online Giving

    Beth
    9 Jun 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Note from Beth: Next week, I’ll be keynoting the “Future of Social Media Conference” in London hosted by Social Misfits in partnership with Facebook, JustGiving, the Hospital Club Foundation, and the Guardian Voluntary Sector Network.  I’ll be talking about the next generation of donors and how they use social media, mobile, and other technology to raise money for causes they care about.     This guest post is part of many recent posts you have read from my about Generation Z. How Gen Z Donors Harness the Power of Online Giving – Guest Post By Emily Hawkins,…
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  • #NPTechChat: How Data Is Fueling Social Change

    LewisH
    19 Jun 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Join @TechSoup, @Datakind and @plus_socialgood for the June #NPTechChat chat on how data is fueling social change. A TechSoup Global project, #NPTechChat is a new monthly Twitter-chat series for social change activists that’s focused on reducing barriers and increasing impact using technology around the globe. Thanks to our marketing sponsor, +Social Good. Data is a tremendously powerful resource with the potential to move the needle on tough humanitarian challenges. The same algorithms and techniques that help companies boost profits can help social change organizations increase their…
  • Tech Platforms for Volunteering - Taproot Foundation, LinkedIn4Good, VolunteerMatch

    kbierce
    15 Jun 2015 | 1:52 pm
    More and more, professionals want to contribute their skills to volunteering opportunities that make an impact. Skills-based volunteering is increasingly popular, but 54% of nonprofits will not be able to meet the demand for professional services help this year. Where is the disconnect? For individuals, it is likely the “missed connection:” individuals who want to volunteer, and nonprofits who need skilled volunteers, may not get a chance to meet. For companies, enabling employees to do pro bono services can be limited by the need for effective project management to ensure quality results…
  • 15NCT4G Conference Interviews

    hallman
    12 Jun 2015 | 7:05 am
    Mark Smith (C3HUU Communications, Soundroom & Technologies), choreographed interviews with NCTech4Good 2015 conference attendees. Find out who attended, why, and what they learned. You can view the entire series on YouTube or see the playlist below. Connections and learning from each other are common themes. Topics: #15NCT4GNCTech4GoodNCT4GConferenceinterviews
  • TwitterChats for Nonprofits

    bph
    10 Jun 2015 | 3:55 pm
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  • An Introduction to Content Strategy

    brianalmorgan
    10 Jun 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Introduction to Content Strategy - NetSquared Remix from David Dylan Thomas   You've decided to update your website, but what are you going to put on it? How do you decide what to include, and how does it affect your website's design? Get all the basics in this interactive Net2 Philadelphia that's part talk, part Q&A, and part workshop. David Dylan Thomas, Content Strategy Philly organizer and founder of Content Camp, led us in an interactive workshop on content strategy.  Topics: PHILADELPHIAcontent strategyslides
 
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  • These people come out as anti-equal-marriage, for some reason

    Tom Megginson
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Last week’s ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States, legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states, has provoked a lot of negative reaction by Americans who oppose such unions on religious grounds. The cliché reaction is to claim that these social conservatives are now a minority in need of protection from criticism. But few have been so clueless as Catholic Vote, who actually expropriate the powerful and life-changing experience of publicly “coming out” — risking prejudice and even bigoted violence by announcing LGBT status — to protest against what is now a…
  • Mr. W – Power of Wind

    Tatjana Vukic
    27 Jun 2015 | 2:59 pm
    This brilliant commercial is a classic today. Mr. W is a legend. Today, eight years after, we still have the problem to explain some new things, new ideas .. Ideas may come like raindrops, they are refreshing but it is still something without a shape. It can take a long time to see them clearly as something that tries to solve our problems. And we have a lot of problems in this World, the only World that we have. Here is the great interview (2008) with the Commercial  maker, made by AD Age 2008 Creativity Award Winner: Epuron: Power Of Wind Believe in your ideas, believe in the passion…
  • Real soda sufferers changed the iconic Hilltop tune

    Marc van Gurp
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Anger doesn’t result in convincing arguments very often but could result in creativity. That is what is happening here. CSPI, the American Center for Science in the Public Interest, made the music video above based on the iconic Hilltop ad. The new video is made with real people suffering from diabetes, tooth decay, weight gain, and other diseases related to soda consumption. To tell there fellow citizens that sugary drinks are the single largest source of calories in their diet and that they are the mirror with the devastating effects. CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson:…
  • Craftwork from Denver about unmakeable stuff

    Marc van Gurp
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:21 pm
    My favourite longest running campaign. I said last year and the year before, and in 2016 probably. This year Denver was the place where a lot of craftwork is done. With nearly 6,000 Legos, over 2,000 square inches of Blue Model Magic clay and 255 yards of string. All for the annual Denver Water campaign Use Only What You Need. Water is a non-renewable resource. We can’t make it. And that’s the whole point of the new campaign agency Sukle created that launched June 1. The agency used two artists to help produce 10 original pieces of art that attempt to make water out of unique…
  • #BirthControlHelpedMe takes reproductive choice to Twitter and beyond

    Tom Megginson
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:29 pm
    In the five-and-a-half decades since the hormonal birth control pill put women’s reproductive choices in their own hands, there has been an unstoppable march towards sexual equality. At least, that’s how some of us see it. In the United States, people and politicians are still fighting over the pill and other forms of birth control — specifically, whether its use should be taught in schools, promoted by other publicly-funded programs, and/or covered by Obama-era healthcare plans. Planned Parenthood is making another push for  birth control acceptance this week with billboards…
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  • The Two Absolute Requirements for #GivingTuesday Success

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:05 am
    When I’m not wearing heels, I’m all of 5’1” tall. I like to think of myself as “small but mighty” and I have developed a bit of an independent streak. (This might also be due to the fact that I was born on the 4th of July.) I feel this urge to prove to myself and the world that I am capable of tackling even the most herculean tasks … all by myself. Dragging an area rug into the office for an upcoming conference? Easy. Loading a U-Haul van full of furniture and a big screen television? No sweat. (Ok, maybe a little sweat.) I’m mostly proud of my…
  • No Kitties or Puppies. HELP! (Step Two)

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Review Step One Okay, your organization is one of many that can’t use kitty or puppy photos to raise money or recruit volunteers. So what can you do to quickly and effectively connect with the emotions of prospects and supporters? In Step One of this two-part post, I shared my take on why this type of emotional candy works so well to raise money or recruit volunteers. I cited a reliable litmus test for photo impact—would you share it with your own family and friends, and would they “like” or share it? Step 2: Make emotional connections and compelling content—if not candy—even…
  • Why Your Donors Want to Remain Anonymous

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:11 am
    It never fails. When there is a large scale natural disaster, such as the Nepal earthquake, or an event that inspires charitable giving, my media alerts for Network for Good go through the roof. Many donors come to Network for Good’s giving portal to search for nonprofits and quickly make donations online, and reporters often list Network for Good as a way to easily give to charities responding to crises on the ground. We’re proud to facilitate giving to nonprofits across the country, including $1 million in donations for Nepal earthquake relief efforts. In some cases, though, the…
  • Recurring Giving Challenge Lessons Learned: Storytelling Wins

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    A great story puts your kid to bed at night and makes you watch that next episode as you confirm, bleary-eyed, with Netflix that, yes, you are indeed still watching. Stories are what connect us to other people and, most important, motivate us to act. As a nonprofit, stories are the best tool in your arsenal to connect with supporters and empower them to act. We see it time and again that the organizations raising money and finding new donors are the ones that have mastered the art of storytelling. The winners of our Recurring Giving Challenge proved this with unique stories and a commitment…
  • No Kitties or Puppies. HELP! (Step One)

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    View Step Two Ooh! Aah! Who can resist the cuteness of kitty or puppy photos like this one? Don’t feel silly for loving them. It’s human nature. In fact, photos like the one on this page are such tasty emotional candy that every bite takes folks one step closer to a donation. But if your organization can’t rely on kitty, puppy or baby photos most of the time (and that’s most of us), what can you do? Here are two practical, proven steps: Step 1: Consider what makes kitty and puppy photos so delicious and so effective for nonprofits. I’m no psychologist, so I turned to the Interwebs…
 
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  • Grab-It Nonprofit Marketing Jobs

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:21 am
    Subscribers, we’re working on getting you the ability to opt-in or -out of these listings vs. other posts. Hold on!  Post YOUR comms job here—nonprofits, grantmakers, B Corps & vendors serving nonprofits. Chief Marketing and Communications Officer  Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (Twin Cities, MN) Chief Marketing Officer Net Impact (San Francisco, CA) Communications Assistant The Physicians’ Committee (Washington, DC) Communications Associate – Online and Social Media St. Mary’s Academy (Portland, OR) Communications Coordinator InterAction (Washington, DC)…
  • Summer Shifts in Communications? Please share here!

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:24 am
    Hey you! I’d love to know how you adapt your organization’s communications for summertime impact, for a blog post! Do you: Change timing Shift topic, tone or language to make it more seasonally relevant Adapt your campaign focus, channel and/or frequency Tone it summer—light and fun Something I haven’t mentioned yet Change nothing at all? Please share your summertime approach here. Specific examples appreciated—they’re SO much easier to learn from. Thanks so much!
  • Frank Talk: Comms that Connect (Part 1)

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:46 am
    Guest blogger Mark Dessauer is Director of Communications at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. Frank: A gathering of communicators who work for the common good (or public interest). I found myself there this past winter, delighting in northern Florida rain while the rest of the country was being buried under snow. Frank brings together communications practitioners, funders, experts, students and speakers in a petri dish of transformative ideas and exceptional people. Here are three key challenges we discussed—can’t wait to hear your thoughts: How can we best…
  • Life-Changing Nonprofit Marketing Jobs

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:11 am
    Subscribers, we’re working on getting you the ability to opt-in or -out of these listings vs. other job posts. Hold on, please! Post YOUR comms job here—nonprofits, grantmakers, B Corps & vendors serving nonprofits. Associate Web Producer, Director of Marketing and Creative Services, Marketing Manager &  Multimedia Associate Clinton Foundation (New York, NY) Communications Associate Goldman Environmental Foundation (San Francisco, CA) Communications Associate PATH (Los Angeles, CA) Communications Coordinator Good Shepherd Children & Family Services (St. Louis, MO)…
  • Get to Gripping Headlines via Vincent Musetto

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:42 am
    The first line your reader sees means the difference between success and failure. Most leads are clever headlines that play on words. Many are cute, but most aren’t effective. We can learn to do better from recently-deceased report  Vincent Musetto, who wrote this “most anatomically evocative headline in the history of American journalism. [see photo] “What endured in public memory far longer than the crime was the headline, with its verbless audacity, arresting parallel adjectives and forceful trochaic slams. The corresponding headline in The New York Times that day…
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  • Effective Altruism as Beggar's Paradise

    Phil Cubeta
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:56 am
    In The Atlantic.  I guess people have to give for their own reasons. Raised from birth in Wealth Bondage, many have no coherent language of value other than markets and metrics. I note that in the end the author gave to honor his mother. So there is yet hope that giving as a social gesture, within the underground economy of love, grace, and gratitude, may continue to thrive, rationalize it as we will. To give is to express an identity. What kind of person is this? Do we judge by the surface logic, of unquestioning utilitarianism, the logic of a computer or Spock on Star Trek, or can we…
  • Philanthropy's Delicate Dance with the Hand that....

    Phil Cubeta
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:06 am
    Actual title is, "Philanthropy's Difficult Dance with Inequality," by Brad Smith, President of Ford Foundation, at PND Blog. What I love about the article, based on my own professional activities in Wealth Bondage, proud sponsor of Gifthub, is the phrasing, "All these foundations have the same intimate relationship with inequality as the rest of the sector." I know I am no better than anyone else in the sector. I only wish it paid better. And the older you get, the less you get for it, until you become a philanthropist yourself eventually giving…
  • He to She

    Phil Cubeta
    2 Jun 2015 | 12:25 pm
    "You lead," he said. "Don't tell me what to do," she replied. "Ok, I will lead," he said. "Thank you," she said, "about time."  
  • Jurassic's Family Values

    Phil Cubeta
    28 May 2015 | 2:55 pm
    How to pass on family values, along with family valuables is a major, if not the major concern, of Ultra-High-Net-Worth-Individuals. Since I am not one, I thought it best to ask my boss, she who rules us all, for her thoughts on raising Jurrasic Cruikshanks, not Candidia's daughter in the usual sense, but her favorite clone, age 6. Here is Candy's suggestion: Duh! If you want your children to grow up to be wimps let them give you gifts at holidays, birthdays, and Mother's day, and get a touchy feely buzz out of it. Do like the losers do. And your kids will internalize this…
  • Welcome to our Newest Disclaimer

    Phil Cubeta
    22 May 2015 | 9:31 am
    <Not part of the Operative Disclaimer but provides needed context> Please Return any Prior Disclaimers You May Have in your Possession Wealth Bondage and Gifthub are constantly co-evolving to serve you better. Our Disclaimers are no exception. Any prior disclaimers in your possession are the sole property of Wealth Bondage and must be returned immediately <Operative Disclaimer Begins Here>   The Nature of Wealth Bondage Wealth Bondage is reality as it appears to us within The Market, as you have known it since birth. There is no "outside" of Wealth…
 
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  • The data value index

    Lucy Bernholz
    15 Jun 2015 | 2:03 pm
    It seems that the average joe is beginning to understand that his digital data has value. What nerds have long known (if you're not the customer, you're the product) about our interactions with "free" digital services is becoming common knowledge. Many of us would rather pay with money than with our data.I was part of a design thinking workshop over the weekend where "monetizing the value of personal data" or bringing that value back to the people from whom it came seemed to be part of every prototype. There are many serious efforts underway to change the dynamic between product user/data…
  • Philanthropy policy reform

    Lucy Bernholz
    10 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    I think philanthropy needs to spend more time on digital policy issues.  Regular readers of this blog have heard that from me for years. But digital policy is still - despite my years of trying - not on the agenda of philanthropy policy actors. Tax law is their number one issue. Outsiders have other ideas. David Callahan made a splash in The New York Times a few weeks ago calling for reform of philanthropy policy. The problems that he sees: Ineffective philanthropic spendingFraudulent use of charitable dollarsHiding behind philanthropic anonymity to fund political actionThese are real…
  • Where is the democracy in all this democratizing technology?

    Lucy Bernholz
    9 Jun 2015 | 8:47 am
    There's always a lot of talk about new technologies and democracy. But is expanded access alone enough to be democratizing?  Doesn't democracy also require that that access have some connection to systems of power? That those with access have visibility into the systems that govern the access? That they have some say over how the access is distributed, controlled, and held in check?I bring this up for two reasons. Yesterday at an Independent Sector "listening meeting" I noted that the organization - and nonprofits in general - seem to exclusively refer to digital technologies as…
  • A few thoughts (and reading suggestions) on data and civil society

    Lucy Bernholz
    7 Jun 2015 | 1:56 pm
    I had the chance to participate in Worldview Stanford's class on Data - it was an amazing cross disciplinary look at how digital data are changing the landscapes for learning, work, and society. Here are two fabulous charts from the sessions - thanks to Nancy Murphy and Stephanie Crowley for sharing.A few days later I participated in a working session on the ethical use of digital data in civil society. We are focused on developing tools to facilitate ethical, safe, and effective working relationships between data scientists and nonprofits. We talked a lot about mission alignment, consent,…
  • Data volunteering

    Lucy Bernholz
    29 May 2015 | 12:54 pm
    The MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth has a new series on data volunteering - check out their first post here.Over at the Digital Civil Society Lab we're getting ready to host a small gathering of these "data volunteers" on Monday. Working with them, legal scholars from Stanford, ethicists from Stanford and Santa Clara Universities, and nonprofit executives we aim to produce a checklist for ethical practice for this emergent field. I've got great colleagues from PACS and the d.school helping to pull this off, so I hope I'm not jinxing it by telling the world our one-day product…
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  • YOU are a valuable tool!

    Edward Sumner
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:47 pm
    I had the privilege recently of participating in Jim Shapiro’s Better NonProfit Conference which was designed to help development professionals and other non-profit folks to grow, lead, and fund their organizations.  The speaker line up was solid, content really helpful, and the project reminded me of how valuable other development professionals are to me. I have never come across a professional fundraiser who has it all figured out and I for sure  know I haven’t.  Each of us has unique perspectives that have been informed by years of fighting and flourishing and cumulatively,…
  • A tool for inspiration: Mobile Giving

    Edward Sumner
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:14 pm
    There are now more than 1 billion smartphones on the planet.  And, in a recent study, researchers learned that 9.5% of donations came from mobile devices.  Clearly, this is a huge opportunity for fundraisers and a seamless and user friendly mobile giving interface can be an incredibly helpful tool to increase giving. I’ve done a little bit of testing, and found that there are some non profits out there who really have their mobile giving option dialed in, characterized by: Webpages that are designed to be mobile friendly A singular and integrated giving page that does not require…
  • A valuable tool from the archives: Handwritten Notes

    Jason Dick
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    When was the last time you received a handwritten note? I can count on one hand the number of handwritten notes that I’ve received in the last six months. If you eliminate holiday cards and birthday cards that just have a signature on it, then it’s even less. Another remarkable thing about the handwritten notes I’ve received over the last six months is that I can tell you who they were from and what they said. Have you ever received a handwritten note that you didn’t read? How many emails have you received in the last six days? Can you remember even half of them or who sent them? One…
  • That Crowdfunding though….

    Edward Sumner
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:35 pm
    This year I have received many requests to participate in Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and GoFundMe campaigns.  And I mean, like a LOT.  There seems to be an interesting shift taking place and folks feel inclined to raise funds for just about anything, and some of them are amazing causes and products.  Some of them, not so much. So it’s got me thinking about whether or not a crowdfunding campaign can fit into my toolbox and into the annual fundraising plan we have in place.  The answer is, I’m not quite sure yet. Here are some upsides: Leveraged to raise funds for a specific…
  • That ole donor database

    Edward Sumner
    16 Jun 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Last week we queued up an intro to our next series of blogs that will highlight thoughts on the tools we need in our Toolbox as fundraisers.  Some of them are old and familiar and may need replacing.  Some of them may be new and we are getting to know how to use them well.  Others may be missing and need to be added asap!  The goal here is to simply increase the likelihood of getting our jobs done more effectively. So if you work as a fundraiser, and have raised any dollars, you have a place where this information is tracked.  It is the <drum roll please> Donor Database!  This…
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  • How Your Nonprofit Can Rock Instagram

    25 Jun 2015 | 3:19 pm
     Instagram is becoming more and more popular. Just take a look at the stats:
  • Can Apps and Social Media Help Fight Injustice?

    18 Jun 2015 | 3:16 pm
    I was scrolling through my Instagram feed this morning, and a friend of mine posted a blackout photo, alongside a note about her anger, her hurt, and her responsibility toward Charleston.
  • Is There A Correlation Between Paid Marketing and Donations?

    16 Jun 2015 | 7:52 pm
    Last week, we updated you about why tracking your nonprofit’s growth can make or break you. We supported our claim with the recently released 2015 M+R Benchmarks Study that featured stats from 84 nonprofits. We promised a follow up with highlighted findings on website engagement. We’re here to deliver!!
  • Why Tracking Your Nonprofit's Growth Can Make or Break You

    11 Jun 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Fundraising, fundraising, fundraising. It might get tiring to hear, but fundraising’s a critical component of the lifespan of a nonprofit. The 2015 M+R Benchmarks Study was recently released, and the stats are in. 84 nonprofits participated to compile the numbers about email, web, and social media.
  • So long Frogloop, Hello Care2’s Digital Engagement Blog

    31 May 2015 | 3:59 pm
     So long sweet frogloop.com. On your 9th birthday, you have passed your right of  passage and deserve a new name – Care2’s Digital Engagement Blog.
 
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    GlobalGiving Blog - News and Updates

  • Using Data to Drive Donations: key findings from our work with DataKind

    Alison Carlman
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:28 am
    By Alison Carlman, in partnership with Miriam Young from DataKind Recently we worked with DataKind to analyze project data from our website to learn what our nonprofit partners can do to maximize their potential for donations.   If you’ve ever visited more than a few pages on GlobalGiving, you’ll know that our project pages are the main hub of all fundraising activity on the web platform. Project pages are the pages where organizations describe their needs and give their best pitch to attract potential donors. We recently worked with a team of DataKind volunteers to analyze our data,…
  • The Safer World Fund Nears $1 Million Milestone to Educate and Empower Women in Afghanistan and Pakistan

    Miranda Cleland
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:48 pm
    After the attacks of September 11, 2001, families and friends who lost loved ones created the Safer World Fund (formerly the philanthropic arm of Our Voices Together). Since 2008, the Safer World Fund has matched donations for projects providing youth and community development in the poorest areas of the world. The total amount raised from individuals, including the matching funds, has almost reached $1 million! The Safer World Fund recognizes that educating women is one of the best ways to make lasting change in a community, especially one at risk. UNICEF’s Multiple Indicator Cluster…
  • From the ground: Accountability Lab’s Nepal earthquake relief efforts

    Emily Collins
    16 Jun 2015 | 12:57 pm
    For earthquake relief in Nepal, connection is key. Displaced Nepali citizens found themselves unable to connect with organizations to provide essential needs, like food, water, and medical aid. Accountability Lab is dedicated to making this connection possible. At GlobalGiving, we were fortunate enough to get in contact with Narayan Adhikari, the representative for Accountability Lab: South Asia, and gather a bit of look into what is happening on the ground in Nepal. Through their Mobile Citizen Helpdesk project, Narayan and Accountability Lab have been able to visit over 65 communities and…
  • Guest Post: Why You Should Help the Nepalis, and How to Start

    Alison Carlman
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:57 am
    This post was written by Chris Wolz, GlobalGiving Board Member, and President/CEO Forum One. When I heard Saturday morning, April 25, 2015, that there had been an earthquake in Nepal, I let out a gasp and uttered to myself “oh, no.” Oh no. Like many who have lived and worked in Nepal, I love the Nepali people and their beautiful, colorful, chaotic, friendly country. I also know that Kathmandu city is jammed full of 1+ million people, and narrow lanes lined with many shoddily built, and brittle, brick buildings. And I’ve walked through many villages in the surrounding hills, past the…
  • How GlobalGiving Helps Nonprofits Become More Effective

    Alison Carlman
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:27 pm
    This is our mission at GlobalGiving: catalyzing a global marketplace for money, information, and ideas. In 2002 we began to build an online funding bridge between passionate individual donors—people whose gifts are often seen as too small to be meaningful—and smaller organizations whose impact has been all too easy to ignore because of their size or remoteness of their work. Today that funding bridge has turned into a global marketplace where anyone in the world can support projects and organizations that they otherwise would never have known. But democratizing fundraising was only the…
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    Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

  • Forget the Media Kit, Create a Toolkit

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Peter Panepento Our public relations expert Peter Penepento is back this month to share some ideas on getting the word out about your good cause without using the media. ~Kristina Guest Post by Peter Panepento of Panepento Strategies Who do you think of first when you’re about to launch a new campaign or release a piece of important new research? In the not-so-distant past, that answer was easy: you wanted to reach the media. After all, a story in the newspaper or a spot on the TV news would give your charity wide reach and would lend an air of credibility to your efforts. For today’s…
  • 9 Content Marketing Tips for Nonprofits

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    John Haydon gave me a great challenge: Share 9 content marketing tips.  When you’ve written a 100,000-word book about nonprofit content marketing, boiling it down to your favorite 9 tips is a challenge. But I did it, and John captured it wonderfully: 3 tips for email newsletters: Be all about the reader Quick read, skimmable One column, clean design 3 “musts” for better content marketing: Listen and understand your audience Solve problems, answer questions Repurpose content, you’re a media mogul 3 time-saving tools for newbies: Editorial calendar to stay organized Marketing bank…
  • Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Laura Nash

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:28 am
    Laura Nash 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.   (Be sure to check out the 2:00 pm time slot for a great tip!) We’d love to feature YOU in this series!Tell us what you do in a typical day as a nonprofit communications pro. Laura Nash is the Communications Coordinator at Northwest Health Foundation, a foundation that promotes health in Oregon and Southwest Washington by making grants, forming partnerships with health and community leaders, and advocating for…
  • A Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Visual Edition

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:31 am
    Last week, Sheena Abraham tweeted this brilliant idea: @kivilm you know what would be cool…comms directors sharing screenshots of their daily calendar & what they have planned! — Sheena T Abraham (@SheenaTAbraham) June 17, 2015 And we knew it would be a perfect addition to our Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator Series. Maybe some of you are just too busy to fill in your agenda, so we’ll give you a second option….take a screen cap  or picture of your day. Here is my calendar from this past week: We’d love to see your calendars, agendas, and to-do lists!
  • 3 ‘Sounds-Like’ Word Fails that Kill Your Content

    Nancy Schwartz, Branding and Messaging Advisor
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:35 am
    Nancy Schwartz You labor long and hard to get your marketing content right. We all do. That’s why it’s so dismaying when I see errors like these in campaigns and updates from organizations like yours. It’s not from want of trying! But the English language is tricky, with many words sounding alike. Errors like these three most-frequently-seen ones are easy to make. But they’ll tarnish your impact and reputation (especially if they surface more than just every once in a while). Content Killers That Make the Grim Reaper Happy: 1. It’s vs. Its Use it’s is a…
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    SocialFish

  • The Science Of Viral

    Editorial
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Something all psychologists have unanimously agreed upon is the streak of random in all of us. What we decide to click on seemingly has no pattern: or does it? Researchers have spent countless hours trying to rationalize why some content is more viral than other. And one thing they have all come to agree on is that viral content evoke some extreme emotion. Once you tap into the power of great content, about half your job is done. What exactly IS great content? Contrary to popular belief, we love us some positivity. When we think about the things that we have shared over the years, we would…
  • The #FutureOfBusiness Is Social: Adapt Or Die

    Hessie Jones
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    I spoke to someone the other day, who, like me, was trying to sell nascent technology/solutions to businesses who were less inclined to buy, let alone understand these new products and services. This gentleman described a conversation he had with a current client who was frustrated with the way things are today: I remember when I could spend $60K on Yellow Pages alone and make $1MM in revenue.  Today, there are so many options, I can’t keep up. I am lucky if that same $60K will yield even 10% of that revenue. Here’s the reality: Media consumption has changed. Traditional methods of…
  • How You Can Use Promotional Products to Boost Your Social Media Campaign

    Editorial
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    It’s no mystery why more and more businesses are turning to social media to help bolster their marketing campaigns. The right efforts on social media can lead to major increases in web traffic, brand recognition and communication with target audiences. However, one thing that many marketers don’t realize is that there is another component of their promotional campaign that can be combined with social media in order to redouble those efforts, as well as the results they render. That component is promotional products. On their own, promotional products and social media provide cost…
  • [Cool Infographic Friday] The Digital Marketing Roadmap

    Maddie Grant
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Some good stuff in this one. H/t Two Legit, via Social Times.   —————– (photo credit)
  • How Small Organizations Can Put the Environment First

    Editorial
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    We are in the midst of an environmental revolution, and today, organizations are at the forefront, faced with the responsibility of leading by example and conducting business with the environment in mind. Environmentally-friendly business practices are the key to a prosperous future for all. After all, we need to live on this planet, so we must to take care of it. Going green at work extends beyond offering recycling receptacles and announcing a lights-off policy. There are two rising trends in which businesses can adopt to become more sustainable. Here we explore water conservation efforts,…
 
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    AFP Blog: Recent News of Note

  • Nonprofit Crowdfunds Homes For People In Need, Gives Donors Updates On Families They've Helped

    Reed Stockman
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:54 am
    Nonprofit Crowdfunds Homes For People In Need, Gives Donors Updates On Families They've Helped: "For donors who want to know exactly how their money’s being spent, there’s a new transparent nonprofit that allows its supporters to rest easy. New Story, an Atlanta-based group, identifies families in need, shares their struggles via moving video stories and then solicits donations from supporters.
  • The Power Of Non-Cash Gifts - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

    Reed Stockman
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:48 am
    The Power Of Non-Cash Gifts - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times: "Survey after survey shows that donors rarely cite tax advantages as their most important reason for giving. That is good. It means your donors give because they care about your mission. It is still in the best interests of your donor to maximize the tax benefit of their gifts whenever possible. Likewise, it is in the best
  • Jordan Spieth fulfills promise, plays charity round in Dallas days after winning U.S. Open | Dallas Morning News

    Reed Stockman
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Jordan Spieth fulfills promise, plays charity round in Dallas days after winning U.S. Open | Dallas Morning News: "On Wednesday, however, Spieth was at Dallas National, where he is a member, playing in a round of golf and fulfilling a commitment he made at a Jordan Spieth Family Foundation charity function last October." 'via Blog this'
  • Millennials And The Power Of Influence

    Reed Stockman
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:27 am
    Millennials And The Power Of Influence: "While many acknowledge they don’t really “get” this generation – our years of work at the Case Foundation, researching, engaging and convening this generation, has placed me squarely (and proudly) in the role of Millennial optimist and enthusiast. Yes, it is true that all young people – including those from generations past – tend to be idealistic.  " '
  • Columbia is First American University to Divest from Prisons | Nonprofit Quarterly

    Reed Stockman
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:37 am
    Columbia is First American University to Divest from Prisons | Nonprofit Quarterly: "Columbia is First American University to Divest from Prisons" 'via Blog this'
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    The Fine Print: blog posts from Center for Effective Government

  • Pennsylvania Residents Near Fracking Sites Report Health Problems

    afrank
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:06 am
    Last week, Food & Water Watch released the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s log of health complaints from communities living near fracking sites. The logs include many of the health complaints that critiques have linked to fracking for years – and the state’s inadequate response.  People reported respiratory problems, hair loss, and headaches, and they attributed their symptoms to foul-smelling air and water. Food & Water Watch obtained the health log through a public records request, following a news report that Department of Health officials are forbidden…
  • A Victory for Americans' Safety: Senate Rejects Proposal that Would Have Crippled the National Weather Service

    ddarcy
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:21 am
    As a college undergraduate, I majored in meteorology. When you walk into your first college meteorology class, you ask your classmates two questions: 1) Which weather event made you want to be a meteorologist? 2) Do you want to be a broadcast meteorologist or work for the National Weather Service (NWS)? While Americans usually hear a tornado or winter storm warning from meteorologists on television or radio, it is the unseen and unheard professionals at the National Weather Service who issue the warnings. But Sen. John Thune (R-SD) recently introduced a bill with a provision that would have…
  • Does EPA's New Finding on Airplane Emissions Clear the United States for Takeoff on Climate Change Standards?

    ddarcy
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:55 am
    Earlier this month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed finding that linked airplane emissions to climate change and adverse public health effects, setting the stage for future standards on aircraft emissions. In the past few years, the EPA has moved forward with regulating greenhouse gases from electricity and transportation, which make up 60 percent of all climate change pollution in the U.S. Will it push one more rule through?    Airplanes make up eight percent of greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. This may not sound like a lot, but it…
  • Dysfunction Junction: Another Industry-backed Effort to Delay Crucial Safeguards and Cripple the Regulatory Process

    tmatsuoka
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:50 am
      Effective public safeguards protect all of us from toxic chemicals, air pollution, water contamination, and unsafe food. Streamlining the process of strengthening and updating these standards would help us fight new and emerging dangers. But earlier this year, Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) quietly introduced a resolution that would inject Congress into the federal regulatory review process and slam the brakes on a rulemaking system that is already fraught with delays that put people's lives and health at risk. Rounds and his co-sponsors claim that the measure, the Regulation Sensibility…
  • New Trade Agreements Will Offshore Even More American Jobs While Unemployed Continue to Suffer

    jschieder
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:50 am
    Despite slow improvement in the job market, many American workers are still anxious and vulnerable. The job market is still fragile, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that the President is pushing is likely to make things worse for hundreds of thousands of Americans. Millions are still shut out of the labor market. Over the course of the past year, the unemployment rate has fallen from 6.1 percent to 5.5 percent. This is great news, but more than five years after the recession officially ended, 2.5 million workers have still been unemployed for 6 months or more. There are…
 
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    eJewish Philanthropy: Your Jewish Philanthropy Resource

  • Birthright Israel Foundation to Launch Communications Platform for Alumni

    eJP
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:55 am
    The Birthright Israel Foundation’s Board of Directors has approved a post-trip engagement plan that focuses on the creation of a seamless communications platform featuring curated content for participants following their Taglit-Birthright Israel trip. The platform’s “heart” will feature a marketplace of ongoing connections and opportunities. The Platform will serve as an online portal of programs and organizations where Taglit-Birthright Israel alumni can continue their exploration of Jewish identity, peoplehood, and the connections to Israel they focused on during their…
  • I Am Not Retiring Until I Have Found a Replacement

    Stephen G. Donshik
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:30 pm
    There are very few things more inappropriate than for a professional in a nonprofit organization to say, “I am not retiring until I have found a replacement for myself.” Yet this statement is made too often precisely because CEOs and senior management staff are very committed and invested in the mission and purposes of their organization. Often they work very long hours, are reluctant to use up their allotted vacation time, and feel a strong sense of ownership of the services they provide to members and clients. During a recent conversation with a group of colleagues, one person asked…
  • When an Ideology Requires a Name Change

    eJP
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    We wanted to adopt a name that reflected our approach to Jewish life, a name that reflects our vision and mission, one that embraces the far reaches of the Jewish community. By Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky The Jewish Outreach Institute (JOI) was founded over 25 years ago at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). The organization served to support the academic inquiry of its founder, Dr. Egon Mayer, of blessed memory, a sociologist known for his foundational research into the incipient phenomenon of intermarriage. As its first president and volunteer leader, David Belin, of…
  • Ethics for Giving Circles

    eJP
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:30 pm
    By Ingrid Steinberg On a recent Shabbos afternoon, my family gathered with several other families from our Jewish community, IKAR, to talk about money. Specifically, we were meeting for the last time to talk about what to do with the $3,600 that we had pooled together as part of our Giving Circle. Our meeting was a culmination of a series of monthly gatherings during which we discussed various aspects of Tzedakah and our relationship to it. We had arrived at this last meeting with a fairly long “shortlist” of charitable organizations. Each family had contributed to the shortlist, basing…
  • The Move to the Apple Remote, Part 3: UF Hillel’s Three Buttons

    eJP
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    By Rabbi Adam Grossman [The most recent article, “Move to the Apple Remote, Part 2: Why UF Hillel Exists,” outlined UF Hillel’s strategy to better impact and establish relevancy for students and communities. This piece illustrates how Birthright, Career Growth and Leadership Development will enhance student engagement with UF Hillel, empower students to transform Jewish communities post-college and find meaning through a Jewish lens.] 525,600 minutes, how do you measure a year? The line, from the song “Seasons of Love” in the Broadway show Rent asks, with this exact amount of…
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • 5 Questions for...Henry Timms, Executive Director, 92nd Street Y

    Mitch Nauffts
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:30 pm
    #GivingTuesday was established in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y in New York City and the United Nations Foundation as a sort of corrective to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two post-Thanksgiving "holidays" dedicated to spending and consuming. The idea,...
  • Weekend Link Roundup (June 27-28, 2015)

    Mitch Nauffts
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Our weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the social sector. For more links to great content from and about the social sector, follow us on Twitter at@pndblog.... Economy "For young and old alike," a new poll suggests, "debt...
  • [Infographic] Impact Investing Opportunities

    Mitch Nauffts
    27 Jun 2015 | 11:57 am
    Impact investing is an activity "that aims to generate a specific social or environmental benefit in addition to financial gain." Previously the domain of institutional investors, over the last five years it has begun to attract the attention of foundations...
  • [Review] 'Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change From the Cult of Technology'

    Mitch Nauffts
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:58 am
    Don't be fooled by the title of Kentaro Toyama's Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change From the Cult of Technology: this is not an iconoclastic anti-technology manifesto. Nor is it a paean to an idealized pre-digital age when social change was...
  • Restoring Eyesight: Leveraging Tech to Empower People

    Mitch Nauffts
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Jadi Begum Bi lives in a small mud house near Sargodha, Pakistan. She may never meet Shakil Khan, a member of a displaced community near Syedpur, Bangladesh, or Raju Sharma, a laborer in Patna, India. They all have one thing...
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    The GiveWell Blog

  • Geomagnetic storms: An introduction to the risk

    David Roodman
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:08 am
    The Open Philanthropy Project has included geomagnetic storms in its list of global catastrophic risks of potential focus. To be honest, I hadn’t heard of them either. But when I was consulting for GiveWell last fall, program officer Howie Lempel asked me to investigate the risks they pose. (Now I’m an employee of GiveWell.) It turns out that geomagnetic storms are caused by cataclysms on the sun, which fling magnetically charged matter toward earth. The collisions can rattle earth’s magnetic field, sending power surges through electrical grids. The high-speed…
  • Fundamental, under-discussed questions about philanthropy, part 1: the role of the funder

    Holden
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:33 pm
    We believe it’s much harder than it should be for a new philanthropist to “learn the ropes.” Ideally, a new philanthropist would be able to quickly read up on some of the key questions they’re likely to grapple with in running a foundation, such as “What sorts of people should staff the foundation?” and “What makes a good grant?” They should be able to get a sense for the range of opinion among experienced funders on these questions, and think through what kind of philanthropist they want to be while considering others’ experiences and…
  • Incoming Program Officer for Criminal Justice Reform: Chloe Cockburn

    Holden
    16 Jun 2015 | 9:38 am
    We’re excited to announce that Chloe Cockburn has accepted our offer to join the Open Philanthropy Project team as a Program Officer, leading our work on criminal justice reform. She expects to start in August and to work from New York, where she is currently based. She will lead our work on developing our grantmaking strategy for criminal justice reform, selecting grantees, and sharing our reasoning and lessons learned. Chloe comes to us from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), where she currently serves as the Advocacy and Policy Counsel for the ACLU’s Campaign to End…
  • Corrections in our review of Development Media International

    Milan Griffes
    11 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Recently, we discovered a few errors in our cost-effectiveness analysis of Development Media International (DMI). After correcting these errors, our best guess of DMI’s cost per life saved has increased from $5,236 per life saved to $7,264 per life saved. Additionally, we discovered some errors in our analysis of DMI’s finances. The corrected cost-effectiveness analysis is here. These changes do not affect our bottom line about DMI, and we continue to consider it a standout charity. What were the errors? Crediting DMI with changes in antimalarial compliance. DMI broadcasts…
  • Update on GiveWell’s web traffic / money moved: Q1 2015

    Tyler Heishman
    27 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    In addition to evaluations of other charities, GiveWell publishes substantial evaluation of itself, from the quality of its research to its impact on donations. We publish quarterly updates regarding two key metrics: (a) donations to top charities and (b) web traffic. The tables and chart below present basic information about our growth in money moved and web traffic in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the last two years (note 1). Money moved and donors: first quarter Money moved by donors who have never given more than $5,000 in a year increased 78% to about $760,000. The total number…
 
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    FundraisingCoach.com

  • Thank you for connecting donors with mission

    Marc A. Pitman
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:02 am
    Happy New (fiscal) Year! For many FundraisingCoach.com readers, today - July 1st - is the start of a brand new fiscal year. The amount raised starts at zero but the goals are set higher. As fundraisers, we rarely get thanked, and that's fine. The nature of our work puts the emphasis on the donors and the impact they create through our nonprofits. But today I wanted to pause and say: Thank you. To all who raise money, thank you. Because of your work, donors are finding the way to invest in their values. Because of your work, people are being fed. Kids are being educated. Land is being…
  • Donor Fatigue – the rest of the story

    Marc A. Pitman
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:06 am
    In his recent post, Jeff Brooks agreed with my “Donor Fatigue” video. And he went a step further. Like a newly minted Paul Harvey, he tells “the rest of the story.” Fundraiser Fatigue I love his concept of “fundraiser fatigue”! He says that we get tired of saying the same thing over and over so we just stop. And then blame the lack of donations on "donor fatigue." Be honest: do you get sick and tired of saying the same thing over, and over, and over? Do you ever worry that you’re telling someone a story that they’ve already heard? It's o.k. All great fundraisers have. I have…
  • Charitable giving grows again!

    Marc A. Pitman
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:22 am
    The new GivingUSA report is out. The estimates of last year's giving, the most recent on record, appear to be the best in the 60 years of tracking. As a sector, we are still impressed by low-growth. But 5% growth is better than no growth! According to GivingUSA's press release: Overall charitable giving in the USA last year was $358.38 billion Individual Giving increased 5.7% in current dollars to $258.51 billion Bequest Giving increased 15.5% to $28.13 billion Foundation Giving went up to $53.97 billion, up 8.2% from last year Corporate Giving did go up as well to $17.77 billion an increase…
  • Are you stuck in “professional” mode?

    Marc A. Pitman
    12 Jun 2015 | 11:13 am
    Today I wore a t-shirt...to make a point! As a nonprofit leader, it's so easy to be "on" all the time. Especially if you live in a small town. I used to spend more time than I'd like to admit wondering if I should get back into "professional" clothes before I went to the store. But when you're "always on," you're boring. No one like 1-dimensional people. In this video, I tell you how to stop being boring and get more effective at fully funding your nonprofit! The post Are you stuck in “professional” mode? appeared first on FundraisingCoach.com.
  • The Red Cross and Glass Houses

    Marc A. Pitman
    4 Jun 2015 | 7:31 am
    "Why can’t you tell us where you spent the money and what your expenses were? You obviously have that information. Why can’t the public see it?" - NPR's Laura Sullivan to Red Cross' David Meltzer Last night, I was shocked and spellbound to hear NPR devote an entire half hour segment to the special report called: In Search Of The Red Cross' $500 Million In Haiti Relief. NPR and Pro Publica's reporting seems fair, detailed, and well-balanced. Listening to is was like watching a train wreck: fascinating and painful. Years ago, I heard a speaker refer to studies showing that when people see…
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    FundraisingIP.com: Fundraising Ideas

  • You Can Get a Career in the Nonprofit Sector

    Cari Mostert
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Picture this: You work in a vibrant industry – the nonprofit sector – improving the quality of life for countless recipients. Each day you and your colleagues face challenges that define the saying, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” With passion fueling a profound sense of purpose and meaning in your life, even long days won’t dull the enthusiasm. You’ll talk about the work, learn about it, live it; because, true passion becomes a part of you. Increasingly, our work paradigm is shifting. More and more Americans want jobs they can care about, finding fulfillment in…
  • Our 8 Favorite Summer Fundraisers

    Cari Mostert
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    For the charity sector, summer fundraisers that embrace the spirit and the benefits of the season can truly make for incredible summer events. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, nothing spells summer fundraiser success more than passionate people, promoting a praiseworthy cause and having fun while doing it! Take advantage of summer holidays, long weekends, and warm weather – the perfect recipe for great fundraising opportunities! Following are our eight favorite summer fundraisers. Stage them as they are or diversify, combining a food fundraiser with a sporting fundraiser for example. You…
  • 9 Reasons Why Fundraising is Important for Your Nonprofit

    Devon Reeser
    9 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Nonprofits too often look at fundraising only as a means to making money to accomplish their agendas and pay their staff, so much so that they neglect to integrate fundraising into their plan as a whole. Nonprofits that do incorporate fundraising and development into their organizational strategy are the ones that end up being successful, however. Why? Because fundraising makes your organization stronger and eventually high functioning, in the following ways. 1. Fundraising makes nonprofits plan Nonprofits are almost always borne from good ideas from great people, and they almost always…
  • How to Organize an Online Grassroots Political Fundraiser

    Devon Reeser
    2 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Here are 5 simple steps to organize a successful online grassroots fundraiser for your candidate or cause this political season! Top political analysts claim “there are no huge microphones anymore” and that online presence, especially with fundraising, could make or break the 2016 elections. (See Yahoo.com) Obama won the 2012 election because he raised millions online and created a voter base with a grassroots fundraising campaign. The success of Obama’s Organizing for Action platform has led to lots of web-based programs and mobile applications being developed for grassroots…
  • Considerations for a Career in the Nonprofit Sector

    Cari Mostert
    18 May 2015 | 9:29 pm
    For this generation of cause activists and volunteers desiring to make a difference from the start, the appeal of a charity career has never been stronger. Idealistic, ambitious young graduates are rejecting the idea that a mere paycheck is reward enough for their life hours spent at work. Where other than the nonprofit sector, can an individual – just starting out – impact social reform, change the world and be a force for good while working for a living? Many entering the job market today, see the opportunities offered by the nonprofit sector as more exciting and rewarding…
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    Social media marketing hacks for nonprofits | Powered by JohnHaydon.Com

  • 7 Strategies to Increase Facebook Organic Reach [INFOGRAPHIC]

    John Haydon
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
    If you manage a Facebook Page for your nonprofit, you’re no doubt painfully aware that Facebook organic reach has plummeted over the past two years. Organic reach has declined for two reasons: The number of business pages competing for fans’ attention has skyrocketed. Facebook makes money solely from advertizing. Pages now have to pay to […] The post 7 Strategies to Increase Facebook Organic Reach [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on John Haydon.
  • 5 Ways to Turn Social Media Followers Into Activists

    Derrick Feldmann
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:33 am
    As we prepare to release research from our sixth year of The Millennial Impact Project, something that remains abundantly clear is how well the Millennial generation uses the power of social media to influence their networks and share their causes. In fact, it’s really Millennials who control social networks. Case in point: 88% of Millennials […] The post 5 Ways to Turn Social Media Followers Into Activists appeared first on John Haydon.
  • 9 Killer Content Marketing Tips From Kivi Leroux Miller

    John Haydon
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:39 am
    Kivi Leroux Miller was a recent guest on the Hump Day Coffee Break, where she shared 9 content marketing tips. What are Hump Day Coffee Breaks? They’re my weekly trainings for nonprofits (every Wednesday at 11am ET). If you’re not getting the weekly invites, you can sign up here. Upcoming guests include Tom Ahern and Pamela […] The post 9 Killer Content Marketing Tips From Kivi Leroux Miller appeared first on John Haydon.
  • 4 Dos and Don’ts of Nonprofit Website Design

    Joe Waters
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Caryn Stein is as passionate about the need for a powerful nonprofit website design as she is for her other loves: singing karaoke and protecting animals. As VP of Communication and Content for Network for Good, Caryn advises nonprofits on how to turn their websites into a magnet for visitors and donations. With all the online options […] The post 4 Dos and Don’ts of Nonprofit Website Design appeared first on John Haydon.
  • How to Read Google Analytics Reports In Three Steps

    Eric Squair
    10 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
    Google Analytics can be overwhelming. Even if you use it regularly, it can often seem like a jumbled blur of strange numbers and labels. You know the information you need is somewhere in your account, you just can’t find out exactly where. It’s like when you were first learning to read. You stared at letters […] The post How to Read Google Analytics Reports In Three Steps appeared first on John Haydon.
 
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    Charity Navigator

  • July Ratings Update

    1 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    For our July 1st update, our team of analysts completed over 1,000 updated ratings and in addition some newly rated charities.1,192 Charities with New Ratings including: 4-star American Skin Association4-star Share and Care Foundation4-star Harlem Academy3-star The LPGA Foundation3-star Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy2-star Cancer Lifeline2-star Amnesty International USA1-star Global Training Network0-star American Federation of Police and Concerned Citizens6 New Charities Rated for the first time including:4-star Snowball Express3-star Animals' Angels3-star Mark Wahlberg…
  • Introducing Instant Charity Updates

    29 Jun 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Whether you're new to Charity Navigator or a long-time, power user of our site, we know what matters most to you is having access to the most up-to-date nonprofit data available. So, starting in July, we'll be alerting registered users anytime we publish new information on the charities they track. Here are a few examples of notifications registered users could receive: This charity's rating has gone up to 3 stars. Click here to see the evaluation.This charity received its first rating and it is 4-stars, our highest rating! Click here to see the evaluation.This organization now has a…
  • Top 5 FAQs

    29 Jun 2015 | 10:43 am
    1. Does Charity Navigator charge charities to be rated?Nope. Not one cent. We have never charged charities to be evaluated, ensuring that you can trust the data we deliver. Furthermore, for those charities that receive our highest rating, we have never charged them a fee to access and use our 4-star logos2. Where do you look on a charity’s ratings page to find out how much the charity spends on its programs/ services?Each of our charity ratings pages displays the amount the charity spends on its programs/ services. Just scroll down the rating page, below the chart that plots the star…
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    23 Jun 2015 | 1:08 pm
    We've got job openings for not 1, but 2 awesome candidates. Check our our site to learn more about our open positions and why our staff loves working at Charity Navigator.
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    Case Foundation » What’s New

  • Business as a Force for Social Good

    Elyse Kort
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    This post was written by J.D. Brady on behalf of the Case Foundation: At the Case Foundation, we believe impact investing is an excellent example of how business and philanthropy can work hand-in-hand to drive social change. We applaud the work of for-profit enterprises that deliver both a financial and social return, and we encourage […] The post Business as a Force for Social Good appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Reinventing Civic Engagement: A Conversation With Carol Coletta

    Elyse Kort
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:27 pm
    This post was written by J.D. Brady on behalf of the Case Foundation: The Millennial Generation is tech savvy, entrepreneurial and eager to make a positive impact in the world—just like the team at the Knight Foundation. The Knight Foundation works to revolutionize philanthropy each day as they support of quality journalism, engage local communities […] The post Reinventing Civic Engagement: A Conversation With Carol Coletta appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Millennial Employees & The Power Of Influence

    Elyse Kort
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:50 am
    This post was written by Derrick Feldmann on behalf of the Case Foundation: Who will you influence? If you’ve ever had the experience of managing other employees, you understand just how influential (for better or worse) your words and actions can be. Of course, your colleagues have lives and relationships outside of work, but we […] The post Millennial Employees & The Power Of Influence appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Making Media Matter: A Conversation with Upworthy’s Peter Koechley

    Elyse Kort
    17 Jun 2015 | 1:17 pm
    This post was written by J.D. Brady on behalf of the Case Foundation: Read any article penned on Upworthy and you are left with an important takeaway: what’s popular can also be what matters. Curators at the publication scour the web each day to find compelling stories about equality, justice, health and more to share with […] The post Making Media Matter: A Conversation with Upworthy’s Peter Koechley appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Impact Investing Gets a Four Billion Dollar Boost

    Elyse Kort
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:58 am
    Today, the White House hosted a summit that highlighted more than $4 billion in commitments to finding solutions to climate change. These commitments – from foundations, investors, federal agencies and others – represent the diverse ways that private capital can be mobilized for public good. Sonal Shah, former Senior Fellow at the Case Foundation and […] The post Impact Investing Gets a Four Billion Dollar Boost appeared first on Case Foundation.
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    Together We Flourish

  • Learn More About Power of Attorney

    Susan
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:27 am
    “Embracing Change” A community service program sponsored by: Homemaker-Home Health Aide Service of Beaver County, Inc. TOPIC:  “POWER OF ATTORNEY – Protection and Responsibilities…everything you need to know”                   An informative session with a local Elder Law Attorney  Presented by:  Attorney Joseph M. Olimpi                                Of Olimpi, Kramer & York, Beaver Date:  Wednesday, July 8th […]
  • City Mission Continues to Need Prepared Meals and Monetary Donations

    Susan
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:17 am
    City Mission has temporarily moved the 58 men that were displaced by the fire that destroyed the kitchen and damaged much of the main Mission building on June 9. Washington High School has opened their cafeteria for shelter until a more long-term solution is finalized. “We are very thankful for the community’s outpouring of support […]
  • Beaver County APPRISE Coordinator Receives Secretary’s Award for Excellence

    Susan
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:55 am
    Joanne McDermitt, APPRISE Coordinator for the Beaver County Office on Aging, is the most recent recipient of the prestigious Secretary’s Award for Excellence in recognition of her service to seniors of Beaver County. The award was presented to Ms. McDermitt by Secretary Teresa Osborne of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging at a recent statewide APPRISE […]
  • Charitable Block Party at The Woodlands

    Susan
    16 Jun 2015 | 4:08 am
     Who:            The Woodlands When:          Saturday, June 6, 2015, 4:00pm – 7:00pm Where:         The Woodlands, 134 Shenot Road, Wexford, PA 15090 The Woodlands hosted its first Block Party on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at their 52 acre campus in Wexford. This brand new event featured live entertainment by Good Brother Earl, games, a raffle featuring Beer […]
  • City Mission Seeks Community Support to Recover From Fire

    Susan
    11 Jun 2015 | 4:20 am
    City Mission’s kitchen and dining room were destroyed from a fire that broke out early this morning. Thankfully no one was injured. Our staff moved efficiently and quickly to evacuate residents and staff. Three dorms and our roof have damage but can be repaired. It will take several weeks for us to get back up and […]
 
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    Minnesota Council on Foundations Blog - Philanthropy Potluck

  • Meet Our Summer Communications Intern

    MCF Webmaster
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:45 am
    Thanks to The BrandLab, a nonprofit that integrates students of different races and socioeconomic backgrounds into the marketing world, MCF has a communications intern this summer! Meet Paul Vang, who will be with us for the next seven weeks. Paul graduated from Johnson Senior High School in Saint Paul, and still volunteers there for its wrestling team. He is currently a junior at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities pursuing a Communications major, with a minor in Leadership. Last summer he held a BrandLab internship with 3M. While with MCF, Paul will help us with social media, email…
  • MCF Welcomes Leah Lundquist as Program Manager — Leadership Development

    MCF Webmaster
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:15 am
    We are excited to announce Leah Lundquist is joining MCF as our new program manager — leadership development. Leah comes to us from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where she served as director of the Hubert Project. She previously held positions at the Center for Integrative Leadership, Northwest Area Foundation and the Kellogg Action Lab. She received her Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey School in 2012. Leah will serve as lead trainer on MCF initiatives like Grantmaking for the 21st Century, the Policy Connections Institute and other cohort learning programs. She will begin…
  • Fast Forward with PPL’s Paul Williams

    MCF Webmaster
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:46 am
    In MCF’s latest Fast Forward podcast, MCF President Trista Harris sits down for a wide-ranging talk with Paul Williams, president and CEO of Project for Pride in Living. Topics they discuss include: The importance of being rooted in community and using it as an asset. The need for scale to make a meaningful impact. Paul’s wish for philanthropy to create greater leverage with government. Listen to the podcast now! And while you’re at it, be sure to check out other recent episodes like: MCF Director of Public Policy and Communications Bob Tracy talking with George Cheung of…
  • MCF Seeks Communications and Media Specialist

    MCF Webmaster
    29 May 2015 | 12:54 pm
    We’re hiring! MCF is seeking an individual to join our communications team. The communications and media specialist works as a member of a team that shares responsibility for promoting philanthropy in Minnesota, connecting grantmakers with each other, engaging grantmakers with MCF programs and services and increasing MCF membership. Currently, MCF seeks to add a person to the communications team who has demonstrated marketing capacities and is interested in a full time position. Core responsibilities in this area include developing and implementing marketing campaigns and tools to…
  • Preparing for Civic Disasters

    MCF Webmaster
    1 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
    MCF has worked hard to help our members be future focused. There has been great work to help foundations proactively prepare for natural disasters, so that when that tornado or flood hits, the philanthropic community already has a plan to get the community back to normal and in some cases, even better than they were before the disaster. What we haven’t done is civic disaster preparedness. What does a community do when the trust between officers of the law and the communities they are swore to protect is breached? What do we do when our schools are failing to prepare our next generation…
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    SocialEarth

  • Dolphins in Overfished Mediterranean Get Help from Costa Crociere

    Antonio Pasolini
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:44 am
    Fish are endangered in the Mediterranean Sea. While sunlight-deprived Europeans flock to Mediterranean beaches for their summer breaks, offshore ​the action is a tad less quaint​. The old Med has [...] The post Dolphins in Overfished Mediterranean Get Help from Costa Crociere appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • New Science Activates a Carbon Farming Initiative for Nutiva

    Gretchen Grani
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:35 am
    On May 1st at a grass-fed cattle ranch in Marin County, over 40 business leaders from companies such as Alter Eco, 18 Rabbits, and Traditional Medicinals gathered to gander at [...] The post New Science Activates a Carbon Farming Initiative for Nutiva appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Helping U.S. Veterans Find Housing

    Sangeeta Haindl
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:04 am
    Sadly, thousands of U.S. service men and women are finding their time as veterans as less than heroic, as many are facing homelessness—a statistic that is on the rise. A [...] The post Helping U.S. Veterans Find Housing appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Governor Terry McAuliffe Joins Business, Community Leaders to Discuss Digital Fluency in Virginia

    3BL Media
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:04 pm
    At a forum on Friday with Governor McAuliffe on “The Role of Digital Fluency in Virginia’s New Economy” at the Capital One Digital Labs in Vienna, Va., Capital One and [...] The post Governor Terry McAuliffe Joins Business, Community Leaders to Discuss Digital Fluency in Virginia appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • How Hemp Can Save Fish, Reduce Water, and Help Save Trees

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:23 am
    For many people who strive to live healthier lives, the message is clear: make sure you get enough Omega fatty acids in your diet. Many people like the convenience of [...] The post How Hemp Can Save Fish, Reduce Water, and Help Save Trees appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • 5 Questions for...Henry Timms, Executive Director, 92nd Street Y

    Mitch Nauffts
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:30 pm
    #GivingTuesday was established in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y in New York City and the United Nations Foundation as a sort of corrective to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, two post-Thanksgiving "holidays" dedicated to spending and consuming. The idea,...
  • Weekend Link Roundup (June 27-28, 2015)

    Mitch Nauffts
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Our weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the social sector. For more links to great content from and about the social sector, follow us on Twitter at@pndblog.... Economy "For young and old alike," a new poll suggests, "debt...
  • [Infographic] Impact Investing Opportunities

    Mitch Nauffts
    27 Jun 2015 | 11:57 am
    Impact investing is an activity "that aims to generate a specific social or environmental benefit in addition to financial gain." Previously the domain of institutional investors, over the last five years it has begun to attract the attention of foundations...
  • [Review] 'Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change From the Cult of Technology'

    Mitch Nauffts
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:58 am
    Don't be fooled by the title of Kentaro Toyama's Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change From the Cult of Technology: this is not an iconoclastic anti-technology manifesto. Nor is it a paean to an idealized pre-digital age when social change was...
  • Restoring Eyesight: Leveraging Tech to Empower People

    Mitch Nauffts
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Jadi Begum Bi lives in a small mud house near Sargodha, Pakistan. She may never meet Shakil Khan, a member of a displaced community near Syedpur, Bangladesh, or Raju Sharma, a laborer in Patna, India. They all have one thing...
 
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  • The Spirit of Ramadan: Eating less and giving more

    Guest Blogger
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:46 am
    Noah at the Islamic Relief food distribution center in South Sudan. Photo credit: Ridwan Adhami/Islamic Relief USA The 1 billion people who observe Ramadan are probably aware that today marks the halfway point of this special month. In observance of Ramadan, we bring you a blog from guest author Lina Hashem of the charity Islamic Relief USA. Noah is not Muslim, but like many people displaced by conflict in South Sudan, he’s practically fasting—not because it’s the month of Ramadan, but because there’s not enough food. Noah’s fast is one of desperation. When his family has no…
  • Why 50% matters to ending hunger: Breaking down the #’s

    Kedar Mankad
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
    In the past month, you’ve been hearing from us that, to really make aid count, leaders must pledge 50% of it to the least-developed countries (LDCs) in the world. This is a huge part of the BFD (that’s big funding deal) that we want to see happen at the Financing for Development (FFD) meeting Addis Ababa in a couple weeks. Earlier this month, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) put out their annual State of Food Insecurity report. This year’s report has some added significance because it marks the end of the fifteen-year monitoring period for the…
  • The FIFA Final Four

    Felicity Amos
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:34 pm
    It’s no secret that we’re cheering for strong girls and women around the world this year. We can’t end extreme poverty without investing in girls and women everywhere. So far, the 2015  FIFA Women’s World Cup has been riveting.  The pressure is on with four teams left vying for a spot in the finals. We are going to be glued to the screen today for the USA match against Germany, and again tomorrow night to see Japan take on the UK. However, while we wait for these semi-final matches to get underway, let’s look at how the three African teams we featured last week…
  • Get inspired with ONE’s summer reading list 2015!

    Cathleen McGovern
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Featured Authors from left to right: Alain Mabanckou, Chimamanda Adichie, Leila Aboulela, Dinaw Mengestu, Teju Cole Now that July is just around the corner, it’s time to kick your summer reading into gear with these novels from incredible African authors. Ranging from the riotously funny to the romantic, revolutionary to reflective, these reads are sure to captivate you. Leila Aboulela: born in Cairo, Egypt and grew up in Khartoum, Sudan. Minaret (2005) Leila Aboulela “With her Muslim hijab and down-turned gaze, Najwa is invisible to most eyes, especially to the rich families whose…
  • 11 quotes to inspire you everyday

    Jordan Elton
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:11 am
    Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie We can always use someone to look us in the eyes and to tell us we can do it! This past May, one lucky group of college graduates listened to the incredible Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as their commencement speaker. The author of three powerful novels and recipient of myriad awards, the Nigerian writer gave a speech detailing her life growing up, her struggles with sexism, her embrace of feminism, and, most recently, the kidnapping of her father. Her advice? Take the world by storm and always strive for a better society. However, it’s really impossible to…
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  • Notmad. An introduction.

    Andrew Jones
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:23 am
    Starting a new blog. This is a new one for me. I started it today and hope to tap into Darren Rowse’s 31 Days to Build a Better Blog series to get my thoughts together on what this blog will be about. But for starters, it will be about being a nomad. Which is not mad. Not made at all. ...
  • Outside the Camp

    Andrew Jones
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:13 am
    This morning I was reading about the tent of Moses which he pitched “outside the camp” so that God would meet with him (Exodus 33:1-11) and Jesus who was crucified “outside the camp” (Hebrews 13:13). Sometimes I feel outside the camp. Some thoughts: 1. God is not our possession. Not even his people who build houses for him. Not even Christians own ...
  • Cryptoanarchy Bitcoin Coffee

    Andrew Jones
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:53 am
    This morning I had to go over to Sir Toby’s Hostel to pay for a friend of mine who stayed there a few weeks ago. She was stuck in Prague and not sure where to go so I said just go to Sir Tobys and they will take care of you. Which they did. And always do. Awesome breakfast bar ...
  • Meziproster: The Festival

    Andrew Jones
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:45 am
    .Hear me speak at Meziproster Festival in Czech Republic. The title of my talk is “Hacking our way back to the Garden” and I will talk about the universal search for abundance and harmony, what was lost and how to find it. Friday 17th, July, 11am Also, my Muslim friend Kris will be speaking just after me at 3pm and I will ...
  • Hacking Our Way Back to the Garden

    Andrew Jones
    20 Jun 2015 | 2:38 am
    I am speaking at the Meziproster Festival in Czech Republic (July 16-19) and this is the description of my talk that I just submitted. Title: Hacking Our Way Back to The Garden. Description: The ancient creation stories describe a time in Paradise when there was abundance and harmony between God, people, animals and plants. Around the world, a new generation ...
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    eJewish Philanthropy: Your Jewish Philanthropy Resource

  • Birthright Israel Foundation to Launch Communications Platform for Alumni

    eJP
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:55 am
    The Birthright Israel Foundation’s Board of Directors has approved a post-trip engagement plan that focuses on the creation of a seamless communications platform featuring curated content for participants following their Taglit-Birthright Israel trip. The platform’s “heart” will feature a marketplace of ongoing connections and opportunities. The Platform will serve as an online portal of programs and organizations where Taglit-Birthright Israel alumni can continue their exploration of Jewish identity, peoplehood, and the connections to Israel they focused on during their…
  • I Am Not Retiring Until I Have Found a Replacement

    Stephen G. Donshik
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:30 pm
    There are very few things more inappropriate than for a professional in a nonprofit organization to say, “I am not retiring until I have found a replacement for myself.” Yet this statement is made too often precisely because CEOs and senior management staff are very committed and invested in the mission and purposes of their organization. Often they work very long hours, are reluctant to use up their allotted vacation time, and feel a strong sense of ownership of the services they provide to members and clients. During a recent conversation with a group of colleagues, one person asked…
  • When an Ideology Requires a Name Change

    eJP
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    We wanted to adopt a name that reflected our approach to Jewish life, a name that reflects our vision and mission, one that embraces the far reaches of the Jewish community. By Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky The Jewish Outreach Institute (JOI) was founded over 25 years ago at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). The organization served to support the academic inquiry of its founder, Dr. Egon Mayer, of blessed memory, a sociologist known for his foundational research into the incipient phenomenon of intermarriage. As its first president and volunteer leader, David Belin, of…
  • Ethics for Giving Circles

    eJP
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:30 pm
    By Ingrid Steinberg On a recent Shabbos afternoon, my family gathered with several other families from our Jewish community, IKAR, to talk about money. Specifically, we were meeting for the last time to talk about what to do with the $3,600 that we had pooled together as part of our Giving Circle. Our meeting was a culmination of a series of monthly gatherings during which we discussed various aspects of Tzedakah and our relationship to it. We had arrived at this last meeting with a fairly long “shortlist” of charitable organizations. Each family had contributed to the shortlist, basing…
  • The Move to the Apple Remote, Part 3: UF Hillel’s Three Buttons

    eJP
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    By Rabbi Adam Grossman [The most recent article, “Move to the Apple Remote, Part 2: Why UF Hillel Exists,” outlined UF Hillel’s strategy to better impact and establish relevancy for students and communities. This piece illustrates how Birthright, Career Growth and Leadership Development will enhance student engagement with UF Hillel, empower students to transform Jewish communities post-college and find meaning through a Jewish lens.] 525,600 minutes, how do you measure a year? The line, from the song “Seasons of Love” in the Broadway show Rent asks, with this exact amount of…
 
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    Jewish Donor Blog

  • WETA in DC is looking for a data-geek to join their team

    Yoav
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:44 am
    WETA, the flagship public broadcasting station in DC is looking for a data-geek to join their team. If you’re interested/know someone DM me. Details: Manager, Data Strategy & Management (DSM): WETA, Washington DC’s leading public broadcasting station, is looking for an all-star fundraising database manager. Experienced in working with fundraising database(s), the Manager will partner closely with WETA’s fundraising teams to understand and solve their data challenges and meet their data needs. The successful Manager of DSM is a whiz at extracting and analyzing data from…
  • Limited Time Sale on the Times of Israel Email List!

    Yoav
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:51 am
    This month and next month only! Rent 70,000 emails from the Times of Israel email list through Negev Direct Marketing for $900/F – that’s 50% off the normal rate! Contact Yoav Kaufman, VP of Digital Media via email yoav@negevdirect.com or call us at 646-201-4080 for details. www.negevdirect.com     The post Limited Time Sale on the Times of Israel Email List! appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
  • Guest Post by Jim Gilbert and some commentary by @yoavkaufman “Direct Mail’s Death Rumors are Greatly Exaggerated (but by whom?)”

    Yoav
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:35 am
    I’ve been following Jim Gilbert of Gilbert Direct @gilbertdirect  on Twitter for some time. His latest article caught my eye since it’s a question in the back of my mind and I think one that’s on many peoples radar. The topic is direct mail and more specifically, the lifespan of direct mail. Let’s be honest, direct mail is a dinosaur in the world of marketing and fundraising. It’s been around forever and although it changes and adapts, it’s still the senior member of many companies marketing campaigns. Being senior has it’s advantages and…
  • As of Today, We’ve Been Blogging for 7 Years!

    Yoav
    1 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    The Jewish Donor Blog has now existed for 7 whole years! Jan. 2008 – Jan. 2015. 625 posts, so many views and clicks from our awesome readers and we’re still going! BTW, how old is 7 years in blog years? Aren’t blog years like dog years? Thank you!   The post As of Today, We’ve Been Blogging for 7 Years! appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
  • Featured Cause: Mifalot, From Rockets to Soccer: It’s Time to Play

    Yoav
    25 Dec 2014 | 8:40 am
    Please give to this amazing cause today! http://igg.me/at/rockets-to-soccer The post Featured Cause: Mifalot, From Rockets to Soccer: It’s Time to Play appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
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    Foundation Group®

  • The Board Chair & Your Nominating Committee: Why They’re So Important

    Greg McRay, EA
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Nonprofits and social enterprise organizations rely immensely on their board of trustees. These individuals collectively can help propel a charity forward or become a roadblock to success. There are two areas where leaders should ensure that they are observing good board governance and practice, and they relate to the board chair and the nominating committee. The post The Board Chair & Your Nominating Committee: Why They’re So Important appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • IRS Advisors Asking Congress to Mandate Electronic Filing

    Justin Williamson
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:28 am
    An Internal Revenue Service subcommittee put forth a recommendation to require all tax-exempt organizations to file their annual tax forms electronically. During its annual public meeting, the subcommittee, IRS Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT), recommended the… The post IRS Advisors Asking Congress to Mandate Electronic Filing appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • Judge Orders IRS to Answer Questions Regarding Lerner Emails

    Justin Williamson
    10 Jun 2015 | 1:01 pm
    The IRS has been ordered to answer questions on the status of certain emails of former exempt director Lois Lerner. The federal judge has ordered the agency to answer questions in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed… The post Judge Orders IRS to Answer Questions Regarding Lerner Emails appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • Heartwarming Story Involving a Foundation Group Client

    Justin Williamson
    9 Jun 2015 | 1:18 pm
    A Foundation Group employee caught wind of this story at examiner.com, and we felt the need to share it: Tiger the cat has lived in the same home for nearly his entire life. But at the age of seven, Tiger… The post Heartwarming Story Involving a Foundation Group Client appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • IRS Releases Nine Tax Forms of Nonprofits in Computer-Readable Format

    Justin Williamson
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:07 am
    There has been a development in a story we have been following for a few months. Earlier this year, a U.S. federal judge ordered the IRS to release Forms 990 in a computer-readable format after a court battle with open-records… The post IRS Releases Nine Tax Forms of Nonprofits in Computer-Readable Format appeared first on Foundation Group®.
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  • July is National “Make a Difference for Children Month”

    Pamela Hawley
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:15 am
    July 1st kicks off National Make a Difference for Children Month. Around the world, children are suffering.They are facing an extreme lack of healthcare, food, school supplies, and more. Some of them have never experienced life without the daily struggle to survive. While we adults have a responsibility to care for children every day of every month, many of these kids fall through the cracks. July is a special time for recognizing both their immediate needs and future aspirations. All children deserve to wake up with food on the table and to sleep knowing that their dreams are within reach.
  • Team Member of the Week: Morgan

    Pamela Hawley
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Thomas Edison one said, “the three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.” This week’s team member of the week is the personification of these three essentials. Morgan DeLuce is not only a hard worker; she exemplifies perseverance and persistence gracefully with her common sense. Morgan, thank you for your hard work and dedication. We appreciate you for always taking the time to get the job done. Congratulations! Name: Morgan DeLuce Hometown: Lafayette, CA Job Title: Operations and Recruiting Coordinator Favorite Hobby:…
  • Pamela’s Weekly Words of Wisdom: Who Gives Internationally?

    Pamela Hawley
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:05 am
    International giving is on the rise.  In the United States, we’re seeing double-digit annual growth.  A study called Preferences for International Redistribution by Osili and Cagla Okten explored the characteristics of international donors. They discovered that people with higher incomes and with higher levels of education were more likely to give internationally, as were foreign-born households.  They also found out that age, gender, employment, marital status and religion had no significant impact in whether people gave internationally. Another key contributor to giving…
  • Serve the Global Public: It’s UN Public Service Day!

    Pamela Hawley
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:22 pm
    In 2003, the United Nations declared June 23rd United Nations Public Service Day in order to celebrate the value of public service, honor those who serve their communities, and encourage members of the public to get involved in bettering their surrounding communities. Dedicated public servants around the world work tirelessly to improve living situations for others, and are often not given the recognition they deserve. This year, the UN’s Public Service Day Awards Ceremony and Forum will be held Medellin, Colombia from June 23rd to June 26th. This year, join UniversalGiving in celebrating…
  • Pamela’s Weekly Words of Wisdom: Home

    Pamela Hawley
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:05 am
    A home should be inspiring.  All the objects in your home should reinforce your values and character.  Home should be a respite of calm and peace, and a reflection of who you are. A home should demonstrate moderation.  Homes should reflect what is needed.  Meet your needs, and then embrace moderation and simplicity. A home should have balance.  The best homes reflect a sense of balance within the spaces, allowing for different types of activities.  Some may be more energetic, others which are more peaceful.
 
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    Living and Giving - Pamela Hawley's Blog

  • The Classic Pamela Positive: Letting It All Go, Each Day – Le Don

    Pamela Hawley
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
    Mentally, I sometimes Let It All Go, Each Day. I literally picture myself moving, and it impels action! You realize as your day unfolds how many things you have which you feel iffy about, or just ok. And that’s when they go in the give away bag. I actually have a giveaway bag now that has its own shelf with the label “Le Don.” That’s French for “The Gift.” So most every week, I am giving something away, which I hope will be considered a gift eagerly used and appreciated by someone else. I have found Letting It All Go — helps others, and helps my…
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: Obtaining the Things We Crave Most– Give

    Pamela Hawley
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:05 am
    “There is a wonderful mythical law that the three things we crave most in life happiness, freedom, and peace of mind are always attained by giving them to someone else.” – Peyton March Peyton Conway March (December 27, 1864 -1955) was an American soldier and Army Chief of Staff.  He had enormous influence in preparing America for World War I, and was highly committed to upholding freedom. March was the son of Francis Andrew March, who was a founder of modern comparative linguistics in English.  He was among the first professors to advocate English be taught in universities. Peyton…
  • “To be an altruist, you must first be an egoist.”

    Pamela Hawley
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:05 am
    In 1919 Armenian George Gurdjieff founded the Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man in Tbilisi, Georgia, in order to serve men in peace.  Yet Mr. Gurdjieff’s commitment to helping others began with himself. It was about complete self awareness; absorption in meditation; and pushing oneself to a higher attunement to the Spirit.  In so doing, we are then able to be conscious of our own spirituality as foremost in thought. From that standpoint, we can then go on to help others.  We see everyone connected in spirit.  We wish the best for others as we strive for peace and…
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: Deal with the Complete Person – Zig Ziglar

    Pamela Hawley
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:05 am
    “Man is tridimensional (physical, mental, and spiritual). I deal with the complete person. This is the only way to have complete success.”  — Zig Ziglar We can’t just deal with people from one viewpoint. We all have such important, varied qualities about us.  And that’s changing moment by moment… and needs to be honored moment by moment.  Who the person is holistically, when honored, brings the greatest benefit to your relationship, your environment, your work, your home. Hilary Hinton “Zig” Ziglar is a motivational speaker, emphasizing Christian values and…
  • Team Member of the Week: Morgan DeLuce

    Pamela Hawley
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:38 am
    Thomas Edison one said, “the three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.” This week’s team member of the week is the personification of these three essentials. Morgan DeLuce is not only a hard worker; she exemplifies perseverance and persistence gracefully with her common sense. Morgan, thank you for your hard work and dedication. We appreciate you for always taking the time to get the job done. Congratulations! Name: Morgan DeLuce Hometown: Lafayette, CA Business Unit/JOB TITLE: Operations and Recruiting Coordinator…
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    Look To The Stars News: Latest

  • Lupita Nyong'o Becomes Global Ambassador For Elephants

    1 Jul 2015 | 10:45 am
    Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o has returned to her native Kenya and announced that she will advocate globally for elephants with international conservation organization WildAid, as well as promote women’s issues, acting and the arts in Kenya. Lupita Nyong'o visits The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Nairobi Elephant OrphanageCredit/Copyright: Kristian Schmidt/David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust via WildAid“I am proud of my Kenyan heritage, and part of that heritage is the incredible wildlife haven that is in our care,” she said. “I have come to…
  • Stars Raise Their Voices For Foster Kids

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    More than $500,000 was raised in support of older foster kids needing permanent families with the help of Broadway and Hollywood heavy-hitters this week at the St. James Theatre, including Tina Fey, Jane Krakowski, Darren Criss, Tituss Burgess, Megan Hilty, Caroline Rhea and many more. Tina Fey, Jane Krakowski and Seth RudetskyCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesThe inaugural event, hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley with BeachBody.com, supported youth in foster care through You Gotta Believe, New York’s only nonprofit specifically focused on finding permanent families for youth in…
  • James Patterson Announces More School Library Grants

    1 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    Three months ago, James Patterson and Scholastic Reading Club pledged to donate $1.5 million to school libraries across the country. They have already received more than 28,000 applications for funding grants. Because of the overwhelming number of requests for books and additional classroom resources made on behalf of school libraries, James Patterson will increase his contribution by another $250,000, bringing his total donation to $1.75 million. Today, he will also distribute the first round of funds to school libraries: $500,000 to 127 individual schools, with grants that range from $1,000…
  • Biz Stone Makes A STAND For Charity

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Biz Stone has joined STAND as Chairman where he will lend his expertise, network, voice, and vision to help the company realize its global vision. STAND was founded in 2014 by Eric Harr and Tony Daniel, previously founders of the successful grassroots social movement, Make A Stand, which was inspired by Eric’s then eight-year old daughter, Vivienne, and raised $100,000 to end child slavery. Her cause sparked an important lesson: you don’t have to be big or powerful to change the world, you just need to stand with others for what you believe in. From there, and thanks to the…
  • Malala Yousafzai Helps UN Celebrate In San Francisco

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    Bringing the idea of the United Nations to life required huge leaps of statecraft to bridge differences, declared Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday in San Francisco, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Charter, which he said “symbolizes the hope and aspirations that we can bring the world as it is a little closer to the world as it should be.” Ban Ki-moon addresses a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Charter in San FranciscoCredit/Copyright: UN Photo/Mark Garten“In signing this document, the founders achieved…
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    Non-profit2point0

  • 6 Ways To Craft A Great Survey

    intelmarx
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    By: Scott Kinser Every company wants to construct a great survey for their clients to fill out. However, there are a few things to remember when creating a great survey that some companies forget about. Here are our 6 tips to crafting a great survey. 1. Consider the data you need By far the most important part of creating the perfect survey for your event is thinking through what data you need to gather. If you don’t value the data you are collecting and it doesn’t help you to learn and improve, then the survey results aren’t going to have much of an impact. By starting at your…
  • Increase Donor Engagement Through Facebook & Twitter

    intelmarx
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:13 am
    By: Scott Kinser Online fundraising is a critical territory in the non-profit industry, a fact proven by a 34.5% growth rate amounting to $20 billion in 2010 alone. This is why many charities have started locating, engaging and cultivating donors through online channels. Social media especially has shown potential as online competitions and viral video campaigns allow more and deeper donor engagement. In fact, charities such as For Love of Children (FLOC) spend a considerable amount of time using this channel. Via Facebook, FLOC was able to generate $114,000 in 2013, of which $87,000 was…
  • Happy 4th of July Message

    intelmarx
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:52 am
    4th of July is only a few hours away and on this day, we need to remember what we are thankful for. It may be easy to get caught up with current events or with what’s going on in our economy but remember what our fore fathers fought for. Also, don’t just give thanks for your freedom, give thanks to our veterans that have fought brave battles and served duty in harsh conditions so you can peacefully sit on your phone and complain about why it’s not loading this webpage properly. Without there hard efforts, none of this would be possible. With that being said. Fusionmarx would…
  • Nonprofit Organizations Share Success Stories

    intelmarx
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:48 am
    Fusionmarx loves to support nonprofits and we don’t have a hand in helping every nonprofit. We still like to read about their success. Below is a great article from techsoup.org, showcasing some nonprofits and their success stories. Click here to read more http://forums.techsoup.org/cs/community/b/tsblog/archive/2015/06/23/9-amazing-organizations-share-their-tech-success.aspx.
  • Tips For Repurposing Nonprofit Newsletter Content

    intelmarx
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:41 am
    By: Scott Kinser You put a lot of work into your newsletters. They don’t have to be a one-and-done! Here are some tips for repurposing your nonprofit’s newsletter content: 1. Repurpose forwards and backwards Whether it’s a print or email newsletter, you’ll need to populate it with content. You can either write something new from scratch, or repurpose existing content. Luckily, there are many sources of content that you can mine for your newsletter: blog / recent news section of your website client/donor emails and letters presentation slides interviews social media updates Emails in…
 
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    Nonprofit Resource Memo

  • Interview Series: Danielle Hardy, Community Donations Specialist for Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania

    M. P.
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Danielle is a Community Donations Specialist for Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania Danielle Hardy is the Community Donations Specialist for Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania, where she focuses on donation acquisitions and community outreach events.  She is also on the board of directors for Macedonia Family and Community Enrichment Center Inc., a faith-based non-profit community outreach of Macedonia Church in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, PA.  As an organization, Macedonia FACE is committed to living out its mission to encourage the development of healthy families. Years in the…
  • Study: Americans with Disabilities Want to Work, are Working

    M. P.
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:13 am
    Americans with disabilities endeavor to find employment and are successful in overcoming obstacles in the workplace, according to the 2015 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey, the first nationally representative survey to examine the work experiences of adult Americans with disabilities.  Approximately 68 percent of respondents indicated they were looking for work, have worked, or were currently employed since the onset of disability. Persons currently working averaged 35.5 hours a week, and over half (60.7 percent) worked 40+ hours a week.  The majority of those…
  • Child Maltreatment and Abuse – A Predictor Agencies are Using Prediction to Prevent

    M. P.
    11 Jun 2015 | 6:49 am
    According to 2011 data,  12.5 percent of children under the age of 18 are abused or neglected in the United States each year.  A Facts on Youth brief from the Center for Health and Justice at TASC cites a study published in JAMA Pediatrics that found confirmed maltreatment for 1 in 8 youth, with nearly 6 percent of cases  (just less than half of confirmed reports) involving children ages 5 and under.  The brief also notes that studies of child abuse and maltreatment that rely on self-reports rather than substantiated reports indicate a rate of up to 40 percent. The Child Trends brief…
  • Interview Series: Erika Arbogast, President of Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services

    M. P.
    17 May 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Erika Arbogast Erika Arbogast is the President of Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services, a 104-year-old private nonprofit organization in Pittsburgh. She also serves the community through her membership on the boards of many organizations including Pennsylvania Association for the Blind – where she is also Treasurer, Unique Source as Secretary of Board and Chair of the Governance committee, National Association for the Employment of People who are Blind, and VisionServe Alliance. Erika is also a volunteer at Magee Women’s Hospital. Years in the Pittsburgh area: 36  All my life. What…
  • Study Finds Overseas Tobacco Advertising Reaches Very Young Children

    M. P.
    12 May 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Tobacco marketing reaches children as young as 5 years old influencing their attitudes about smoking and smokers, according to a study of children in Brazil, China, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Russia recently published in the journal Child: Care, Health & Development. The research study, led by Dr. Dina Borzekowski, research professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health at the University of Maryland adds to her body of work on the impact of media on children’s health. The research team assessed the children’s level of familiarity with tobacco branding, their…
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    Mission Connected Blog

  • ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter, June 10, 2015

    F. Jay Hall
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:10 am
    ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter         Connecting Mission & Talent Since 1999 June 10, 2015         In this issue – Q&A: Is a Recruiter Worth the Price? – New Job Postings – Resume Review & Career Counseling – Follow ExecSearches.com on Twitter and Facebook     Q&A: Is a Recruiter Worth the Price? Q: How can a talent acquisition […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter, June 3, 2015

    F. Jay Hall
    9 Jun 2015 | 4:41 pm
    In this issue – Q&A: What To Do When You Need a Jump Start During Your Job Search – New Job Postings – Resume Review & Career Counseling – Follow ExecSearches.com on Twitter and Facebook    Q&A: What To Do When You Need a Jump Start During Your Job Search Q: I am discouraged, upset […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter, May 27, 2015

    F. Jay Hall
    3 Jun 2015 | 1:24 pm
    ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter         Connecting Mission & Talent Since 1999 May 27, 2015         In this issue – Q&A: Are Cover Letters Still Useful? – New Job Postings – Resume Review & Career Counseling – Follow ExecSearches.com on Twitter and Facebook         Q&A: Are Cover Letters Still Useful? Q: Are cover letters useful?   I hear employers […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter, May 20, 2015

    F. Jay Hall
    27 May 2015 | 6:10 am
    ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter         Connecting Mission & Talent Since 1999 May 20, 2015         In this issue – Q&A: Should You “Date” Yourself On Your Resume? – New Job Postings – Resume Review & Career Counseling – Follow ExecSearches.com on Twitter and Facebook   Q&A: Should You “Date” Yourself On Your Resume? Q: Should I include graduation […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter, May 13, 2015

    F. Jay Hall
    18 May 2015 | 11:22 am
    ExecSearches Mission Connected Newsletter         Connecting Mission & Talent Since 1999 May 13, 2015         In this issue – Q&A: What Are the Hallmark Signs Of Leadership? – New Job Postings – Resume Review & Career Counseling – Follow ExecSearches.com on Twitter and Facebook Q&A: What Are the Hallmark Signs Of Leadership? Q: As a recruiter, what […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Pamela Grow

  • What’s in my Mailbox | An Annual Report that celebrates donors

    Pamela Grow
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    How are nonprofit organizations using the power of direct mail to connect with their donors? Join us every Wednesday for What’s in my Mailbox! How do you create an annual report with the focus on gratitude for everything your donors are making possible? Intervale Center, a Vermont nonprofit with a mission to strengthen community food systems, wows with their latest Impact Report. Simple Development Systems’ Member, Mandy Fisher says: “We’ve come a long way. Here are a couple of things we’ve learned from you – Write donor-focused communication that shares key…
  • What’s in my Inbox | Making the complex seamlessly simple

    Pamela Grow
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    What does it mean to you when even your most trusted institutions are all about the money…over facts? I liked this email, from Dr. Michael E. Mann, Professor at Penn State, on behalf of NextGen Climate, urging me to sign a petition to keep David Koch from serving on the board of The Smithsonian National Museum of History and the American Museum of Natural History. Once I signed the petition, I was redirected to the website of The Natural History Museum’s donate page. A simple, seamless campaign, flawlessly executed.   Join us for an all new Basics & More™ fundraising…
  • The Power of Nonprofit Storytelling | 4 Tips for Storytelling with Pictures

    Pamela Grow
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Nonprofit storytelling plays an important role in fundraising, and is integral to the Simple Development Systems methodology. Join us every Monday as we share ways nonprofit organizations are connecting with their donors through the power of storytelling. “Somebody once wrote that there’s no more seductive sentence in the English language than ‘I want to hear your story,’ and maybe they’re right. Because often you don’t have to do any more than just say that.” Mitch Albom Don’t look now but your storytelling world just got a whole lot bigger.
  • Fundraising Friday | June 26, 2015

    Pamela Grow
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    When it comes to nonprofit storytelling, are you sharing too much information about how your organization does what it does and not enough about the impact your donors are making possible? Don’t miss this week’s Power of Nonprofit Storytelling featuring a terrific exercise (FREE download) you can share with board and staff alike to get you thinking creatively (and succinctly!). And when you’re creating your calendar for the year (or even just the next six months), are you factoring in at least one list-building activity? This week’s What’s in my Inbox | How are you…
  • What the 2015 Millennial Impact Report Means for Nonprofits

    Pamela Grow
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Millennials, people born between 1980 and 2000, are often portrayed as selfish, entitled, and fickle. Many nonprofits struggle to engage this digital generation and some fundraising professionals wonder, “Is it worth it to spend so much of our energy trying to speak their language?” The 2015 Millennial Impact Report’s Research Team thinks so. Lead Researcher, Derrick Feldman, says, “As Millennials increasingly make up the majority of many companies, we have to shape cultures that empower this generation of “do-gooders.” The Millennial generation is influential. From their buying…
 
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    Wakeman Agency

  • Do You Kiss on the First Date?

    wake101
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Money. It’s one of the last remaining untouchable topics in a society where ever fewer subjects are considered taboo. But for nonprofits with goals, objectives and missions to realize, being gun-shy about dollars and cents can be a recipe for stagnation or failure. The post Do You Kiss on the First Date? appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • Staying Instagram Relevant

    wake101
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    So you’ve launched an Instagram account, and your organization has announced it to the world. Your key stakeholders have been informed, and you have shared the good news about your expanded online presence to friends, followers and fans on your other social media channels. But what now? The post Staying Instagram Relevant appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • Help, My Board Won’t Fundraise!

    wake101
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Being a Board member of a nonprofit organization is no small task. In general, Board members are responsible for governance and support – at the most basic essence, dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s legally, financially and ethically, while facilitating operational and administrative needs. The post Help, My Board Won’t Fundraise! appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • Getting Instagram Ready

    wake101
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:14 am
    Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. These popular social media sites represent the grand triumvirate of all things social, covering community building, news gathering, topic trending, and professional bridge-building and networking. The post Getting Instagram Ready appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
  • June 2015 Newsletter from The Wakeman Agency

    wake101
    15 Jun 2015 | 11:24 am
    Take Out, the monthly newsletter of The Wakeman Agency, is your one-stop shop for a rundown of the agency news. Get in the know about some upcoming events, Wakeman successes and, of course, the very best from our blog on PR, event planning, media relations and communications strategies for nonprofits and socially responsible businesses. To have the newsletter delivered straight to your inbox, sign up today. The post June 2015 Newsletter from The Wakeman Agency appeared first on Wakeman Agency.
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    Event 360

  • Event 360 Teammate Spotlight: Jon Lueders

    Molly Fast
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re excited to introduce this week’s Event 360 Teammate Spotlight. Enjoy a glimpse into the personal and professional life of Jon Lueders Position: Seattle Crew and Volunteer Coordinator, Susan G. Komen 3-Day Start Year: 2011 What job did you hold right before you came to work at Event 360? I simultaneously held down three different positions at my college (The Rochester Institute of Technology), all for the same group on campus – the Student Life Center. I did clerical work in the front office, drone work in the main building, and managed up to 50 other student workers in the…
  • Event Customer Service – Say Yes More than No

    Patrick Riley
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Written by Rene Tamayo Working harder at creating a more positive event experience for your participants and volunteers is not always easy while in the throes of executing your event. However, going the extra mile to create this positive experience can be well worth the effort. In the heat of the moment, while the event is in full speed, event staff are faced with a gamut of participant and volunteer situations that need to be addressed. Given the extensive event protocols in place, sometimes saying “No” to someone’s request or suggestion is the easiest way to go. However each situation…
  • Chefs Cycle – Lessons of Launching a New Event

    Patrick Riley
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Written by Jillian Schranz Over the past two weeks, our team at Event 360 has had the privilege of supporting bi-coastal events for No Kid Hungry. What started as an organizational vision turned into a brand new event series – Chefs Cycle. A true example of mission in action, almost 50 chefs committed to riding over 300 miles in three days on their respective coasts and in doing so, raised over $300,000 to support No Kid Hungry’s mission of ending childhood hunger in America. As part of our partnership, Event 360’s team provided logistical planning, event management, and route scouting…
  • Event 360 Teammate Spotlight: Lisa Matuszewski

    Molly Fast
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re excited to introduce this week’s Event 360 Teammate Spotlight. Enjoy a glimpse into the personal and professional life of Lisa Matuszewski! Position:  Associate Manager of Donations, Susan G. Komen 3-Day Start Year:  2005 What job did you hold right before you came to work at Event 360? My career in fundraising started when I canvassed and fundraised for the 2004 presidential election in Washington D.C. It was exhausting and hard, but the excitement behind the cause was exhilarating, and after just a few weeks into the campaign, I knew fundraising was for me. Was there…
  • Event 360 Teammate Spotlight: Kat Thomas

    Molly Fast
    11 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re excited to introduce this week’s Event 360 Teammate Spotlight. Enjoy a glimpse into the personal and professional life of Kat Thomas! Position: Programs & Participant Support Manager, MuckFestMS Start Year: 2010 What job did you hold right before you came to work at Event 360? I was actually an Aggie at New Mexico State University. I’m still amazed when I think of how lucky I was to become a part of the Event 360 team right out of college. Not bad for my first “adult” job! Was there anything in particular that brought you to Event 360? I was a volunteer for Susan G.
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    blog.ncrp.org

  • Untransparent Philanthropy: The Frustrating Case of the Hess Foundation

    Caitlin Duffy
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Freda, Sharnette and Gary. I interacted more with these three Post Office workers than our entire team did with the Hess Foundation over the last ten months. I remember their names from last September, when I tried to track down a lost letter that we had sent to the elusive Hess Foundation, an $800 million institution based in Roseland, New Jersey. It was one of our multiple attempts to engage with the grantmaker for Philamplify, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy’s (NCRP) initiative to bring honest feedback to improve philanthropy. Our foundation assessments, which rely on…
  • Do Corporate Grantmakers Care More About the Poor Than Other Foundations?

    Aaron Dorfman
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:00 pm
    This post first appeared in The Huffington Post on June 9, 2015. Corporate boardrooms are not known to be reliable benefactors of populations in greatest need. And yet, many of the nation’s most recognizable corporations – the Wells Fargo Foundation, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, ExxonMobil Foundation, the Walmart Foundation and others – have ratcheted up their giving to underserved communities in the last decade, some by as much as 40 percent. According to the latest available data, grantmaking by corporate foundations to…
  • Rolling Back the Curtain on the Walmart Foundation’s Grantmaking

    Ryan Schlegel
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:00 pm
    More than a dozen organizations filed a complaint with the IRS this month alleging that the Walmart Foundation, the nation’s second-largest corporate grantmaker, had violated the terms of their status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit by using grant dollars to benefit the company’s bottom line. The foundation, the community groups claim, made grants in urban markets where the company hoped to expand but had encountered opposition – grants designed to quiet discontent and curry favor with local lawmakers who might have stood in the way of Walmart’s corporate agenda. If proven true, these…
  • Philamplify Poll Results: Nonprofits Don’t Criticize Foundations Because of Funding Fears

    Peter Haldis
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:00 pm
    NCRP launched Philamplify in 2014 as a safe vehicle for grantees and stakeholders to provide honest feedback to foundations. Given the power imbalance between foundations and grantees, grantees are often wary of providing foundations with constructive criticism. Yet, without grantee feedback, foundations may be unaware when they are underperforming and how they can get better. When NCRP released its Philamplify report on the Walton Family Foundation last month, we also launched a new poll on the Philamplify website asking visitors to the site: “What is the top reason why a nonprofit would…
  • How Funding Advocacy Resulted in a Huge Increase in Services for the Homeless

    Ryan Schlegel
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Homelessness in the District of Columbia is an urgent problem and a moral imperative, but it can often seem futile to make any progress in our challenging political and logistical landscape. At any given time, almost 8,000 people are homeless in D.C., giving it the third-highest rate among American cities, behind Boston and Los Angeles. And according to a 2014 report from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, D.C. was one of just a few cities that saw its rate of homelessness increase from the previous year. In some ways, this isn’t a surprise. Space is at a premium in such a small,…
 
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    Mark Holmgren's Anticipate!

  • How to End Poverty

    Mark Holmgren
    15 Jun 2015 | 12:39 am
    You might expect a post by this title would include narrative about income, jobs, housing, child care, transportation, education, health services and so on. It is true we need to address these areas (and more!) if we are to end poverty. But the challenges we face are less about the actions above and the barriers we face in terms of resources. We are the challenge. And by that I also mean we are the barrier to what we claim we want to do. And who is “we”? Honestly, those of us who are not poor are the challenge we must address to end poverty. I imagine some of you might wonder,…
  • Collective Impact: Watch Out for the Pendulum Swing

    Mark Holmgren
    12 Jun 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Collective Impact is all the rage. In my field, everyone is studying it, doing it, and lauding its virtues. Its birth is sourced from an article written a few years back in the Stanford Social Innovation Review by John Kania and Mark Kramer. Click Photo to Download The brilliance of this initial article, simply titled, Collective Impact, isn’t because it’s full of new ideas or because the authors identified a way of working no one had considered before. Instead, their article offers an approach to large-scale collaboration that is in effect a convergence of proven practice that they found…
  • Guaranteed Minimum Annual Income in Alberta?

    Mark Holmgren
    7 Jun 2015 | 9:58 am
    The Mayors of Edmonton and Calgary are talking about it (read). Many agree with them and I am one; it’s worth a good look. In fact, I suggest that a guaranteed annual income be considered as a foundational strategy to lift hundreds of thousands of people out of poverty. Whether or not it will work depends on a myriad of factors that I do hope we will aptly include in a comprehensive approach to poverty elimination. I won’t pretend that I know what the answers are for what ails us. I have opinions, of course, some of which are based on experience and understanding of…
  • The Twist on the Minimum Wage Debate

    Mark Holmgren
    5 Jun 2015 | 2:09 pm
    There is a twist of sorts at the end, but reading your way might better than just scrolling down to the end. Just saying. There is an article in the Edmonton Journal called, Opinion: Don’t Rush to Boost the Minimum Wage (read it). The topic is front and centre in the minds of many because of the NDP’s stated objective to raise the minimum wage from $10.20 to $15.00 by 2018. It’s a big jump and of course has a range of implications. Just what those implications are is contextual to what lens we are looking through. Small businesses, for example, may have a hard time…
  • Why Not Free Public Transit? (Updated)

    Mark Holmgren
    31 May 2015 | 2:36 pm
    The first posting was in March 2014. Time for an update. Update Introduction: This is the first time in my long career in the non profit sector that I actually believe a Task Force will make a big difference. I am talking about the Mayor of Edmonton’s Task Force to Eliminate Poverty. Because of Mayor Iveson’s consistent leadership and voice on this matter and because of the integrity he brings to his office, I hope to be walking along side of him and many others to do exactly that: end poverty. I mention this because I am taking a position on free public transporation that is not…
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    Notations on Non-Profits

  • Legal Topics in Nonprofit Technology: Upcoming Talk and Past Posts

    Erin
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:52 pm
    I’ll be chatting with NetSquared Houston July 14th on legal topics, pitfalls and traps that come up with nonprofit technology! For those unfamiliar, NetSquared is a national affiliation focused on blending startup technology, entrepreneurialism and acumen with charitable and social-benefit organizations. In other words, what we’d call a win-win situation. I’m working on a separate post […]
  • Suggestions and Examples For Your Next Volunteer Agreement

    Erin
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:02 pm
    This week I worked with an organization on updating their volunteer agreement. Thought I’d post a few of the suggestions I came up with for others to marinate on and comment. What else are YOU putting into your agreements? I’ll probably update this as we finalize.
  • The Productive Nonprofits Savior: A Deadline Calendar

    Erin
    23 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    How much detail to include depends entirely on what’s most helpful for your organization. Too much detail and it starts to look like a rocket schematic. Not enough detail and it’s about as helpful as Ikea instructions.   It’s no secret, I’m a fan of planning. Imagine that, an attorney with a (probably unhealthy) love […]
  • Have You: Decided What State is the Best Home For You?

    Erin
    14 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    One of the top questions I get is, “Where should I form my organization?” Ironically, I use the availability of hot sauce and Whataburger’s as a determining factor for location. But clearly most of you want to be a bit more responsible than me and since there’s a ton of material out there already covering this, […]
  • What NOT To Do When It’s Time For Your Organization to Wind-down

    Erin
    4 May 2015 | 7:48 pm
    You read about organizations making uh-oh’s all the time. Expected and impossible to avoid. Sometimes they’re relatively minor uh-ohs, other’s are uh-oh’s so big it makes you want to run and hide. This recent uh-oh I read about is one that not only made me want to hide, but look for my passport. The Facts […]
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    Sharing the Goodness

  • Why Summer Auctions Sizzle

    Alice Curley
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:53 pm
    There are a lot of things that are put on hold for the summer, but your fundraising doesn’t have to be one of them! Here are some of the top reasons that summer is a great time to have a fundraising event. The field of competing events is thinned out Some smart nonprofits, and even schools, have caught on that it’s possible to raise a lot of money over the summer. The number of organizations that raised over $20,000 in a summer auction (between June 1st and September 1st) on BiddingForGood.com rose 64% between 2012 and 2014. But, it still doesn’t compare to the number of fundraising…
  • Why Your Online Auction is Like a Summer Blockbuster

    Alice Curley
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Chances are you’ve heard about the new Jurassic Park movie: Jurassic World. What you may not know is that it grossed $200 million domestically in its first weekend alone. So, why are so many people going to see this movie? They’re a fan of the original Jurassic Park movie. They are friends with, dating, married to, or related to a Jurassic Park fan. They enjoyed the other Jurassic Park movies. So, why not see this one? They’ve heard so much about it they just have to see what all the fuss is about. There have been all kinds of teasers, interviews, mini-trailers, articles, blog posts,…
  • How to Ask for an Item Donation

    Alice Curley
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:16 am
    Before you contact a business for a donation, you’ll want to do a little research on their website about how they handle donation requests. Some businesses strictly accept item requests online to be more organized and efficient. Submitting your request online will get you a faster answer and is more likely to result in a donation. (BiddingForGood offers a service like this to businesses called AIRS) Most companies do still accept donations via letter, email, phone, and in-person requests, but be sure to submit your request online first, if that is their stated preference. When you do…
  • How to Run an Incredible Meeting

    Alice Curley
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:20 am
    Do you often feel frustrated after your committee meetings?  Do you feel that you are not accomplishing what you set out to accomplish? What do you do when meetings seem endless or unproductive? First, you need to figure out why. Common reasons include: You’re not clear on what you want to get out of the meeting People are getting off topic People aren’t participating or staying engaged All of these challenges can be dealt with. Let’s start with you. It’s important to set an agenda before your meeting and to be realistic about how much you can cover in the time you have. If…
  • American Red Cross Gets Creative with Their Fundraising

    Perry Allison
    15 Jun 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Meet our newest Guest Blogger, the folks from Night Owl Interactive, who have dreamed up a very creative way for the American Red Cross to get donations of blood. At BiddingForGood, we are always looking to shine a light on organizations who are doing things in new ways around their fundraising. We also celebrate generosity. This post tells the story of a new flavor of generosity- the willingness to donate your own blood for an important cause. Getting Creative with Fundraising We Night Owls recently launched a new project with American Red Cross. Donating blood is both a very personal and…
 
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    Notations on Non-Profits

  • Legal Topics in Nonprofit Technology: Upcoming Talk and Past Posts

    Erin
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:52 pm
    I’ll be chatting with NetSquared Houston July 14th on legal topics, pitfalls and traps that come up with nonprofit technology! For those unfamiliar, NetSquared is a national affiliation focused on blending startup technology, entrepreneurialism and acumen with charitable and social-benefit organizations. In other words, what we’d call a win-win situation. I’m working on a separate post […]
  • Suggestions and Examples For Your Next Volunteer Agreement

    Erin
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:02 pm
    This week I worked with an organization on updating their volunteer agreement. Thought I’d post a few of the suggestions I came up with for others to marinate on and comment. What else are YOU putting into your agreements? I’ll probably update this as we finalize.
  • The Productive Nonprofits Savior: A Deadline Calendar

    Erin
    23 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    How much detail to include depends entirely on what’s most helpful for your organization. Too much detail and it starts to look like a rocket schematic. Not enough detail and it’s about as helpful as Ikea instructions.   It’s no secret, I’m a fan of planning. Imagine that, an attorney with a (probably unhealthy) love […]
  • Have You: Decided What State is the Best Home For You?

    Erin
    14 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    One of the top questions I get is, “Where should I form my organization?” Ironically, I use the availability of hot sauce and Whataburger’s as a determining factor for location. But clearly most of you want to be a bit more responsible than me and since there’s a ton of material out there already covering this, […]
  • What NOT To Do When It’s Time For Your Organization to Wind-down

    Erin
    4 May 2015 | 7:48 pm
    You read about organizations making uh-oh’s all the time. Expected and impossible to avoid. Sometimes they’re relatively minor uh-ohs, other’s are uh-oh’s so big it makes you want to run and hide. This recent uh-oh I read about is one that not only made me want to hide, but look for my passport. The Facts […]
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    Engaging Volunteers

  • A Closer Look at the Volunteer Program Improvement Tool for Hunger-Fighting Organizations

    Tessa Srebro
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:35 am
    A few months ago, we introduced you to the Volunteer Program Improvement Tool, a free tool developed exclusively for hunger-related organizations*. Today, let’s take a closer look.At VolunteerMatch, we recognize that a successful volunteer program isn’t just about attracting volunteers. It isn’t just about getting internal buy-in. Nor is it just about keeping volunteers engaged, having a good program infrastructure, giving volunteers the recognition they deserve, or letting your community know about your volunteer program. No, it isn’t just about any of these things.
  • What Does Volunteerism Look Like Around the World?

    Tessa Srebro
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:04 am
    If you’re like me, you know how easy it is to get wrapped up in your individual, day-to-day life. With so many pressing and immediate tasks to take care of at our nonprofits, it’s hard to step away from our micro-worlds and see things on a global, interconnected scale – at least for some of us. Yet, that’s exactly what the United Nations’ report Transforming Governance: 2015 State of the World’s Volunteerism Report does. Hear how volunteers in Bangladesh, Chile and more are organizing and gaining momentum, correcting injustices and changing their communities for the…
  • Volunteer Engagement 2.0 Author Spotlight: Linda Jacobs Davis, Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL)

    Tessa Srebro
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:55 am
    VolunteerMatch’s new book, Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World, features chapters from 35 experts in the field of volunteer engagement. In this series of blog posts, get to know these #35experts and their areas of expertise. Today’s expert: Linda Jacob Davis, CEO, Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL). First of all, what is your chapter about? Board members serve in a critical and unique nonprofit volunteer role. Meet Your New Board is about how to engage prospective board members with an eye toward what is needed now and in the future, going…
  • Volunteer Engagement 2.0 Author Spotlight: Tobi Johnson, Tobi Johnson & Associates

    Tessa Srebro
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:26 am
    VolunteerMatch’s new book, Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World, features chapters from 35 experts in the field of volunteer engagement. In this series of blog posts, get to know these #35experts and their areas of expertise. Today’s expert: Tobi Johnson, MA, CVA, President, Tobi Johnson & Associates. First of all, what is your chapter about? ​I discuss four key trends affecting science, society and our way of life: New insights from brain science, demographic and educational changes, technological advances, and workplace shifts. Our world is changing so…
  • What to Expect When You Are Expecting (From Volunteers, That Is)

    Tessa Srebro
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:43 am
    Guest post by Elisa Kosarin, Twenty Hats This post was originally published on Twenty Hats. You can measure some pretty high expectations from volunteers – IF you market to the ones who will deliver. I hear a lot about how the paradigm is shifting within volunteerism: volunteers are busier than ever, and many organizations are looking to engage volunteers differently. The trend is towards micro-volunteerism and short term assignments. Does this trend mean that we need to expect less from volunteers overall? Absolutely not. Opening up to new volunteer positions does not mean we need to…
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  • Mobile for Good: A Free How-To Fundraising Webinar for Nonprofits

    Heather Mansfield
    20 Jun 2015 | 1:15 am
    Date: Thursday, November 19 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 Blog Content Ideas for Nonprofits

    Heather Mansfield
    14 Jun 2015 | 8:27 am
    The following is an excerpt from Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits. Nonprofits are familiar with writing blog posts that provide program updates, tell success stories, comment on breaking news and current affairs, and promote calls to action. This type of blog content is standard in nonprofit communications and should continue to be reported on regularly; however, some of your most shared, retweeted, and +1′d blog posts will be those that are out of the ordinary. With more than 250 million blogs in existence and countless online news outlets worldwide, your new…
  • 4 Reasons Why Your Nonprofit Should Register .NGO and .ONG

    Heather Mansfield
    17 May 2015 | 10:14 am
    In 1985 the .ORG domain was released to the public along with .COM, .NET, .GOV and .EDU – the original top-level domains of the Internet. Over the next 30 years the .ORG domain would become the Internet home of the nonprofit sector worldwide and become synonymous with the term “nonprofit organization.” Consequently, in poll after poll conducted by the Public Interest Registry, the nonprofit responsible for managing the .ORG domain, the online masses have communicated that more than any other domain on the Internet, .ORG is the most trusted, credible domain name for nonprofits,…
  • Tweetchat: Introducing the New .NGO and .ONG Domains

    Heather Mansfield
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:18 am
    The tweetchat occurred in May 6. You can view the highlights on Storify. Hashtag: #NGOtechchat Host: @NonprofitOrgs Featured Guests: @BrianCuteCEO of @PIRegistry and @OnGood After four years of planning and hard work, on May 6 the Public Interest Registry and OnGood will release the new .NGO and .ONG domains worldwide. This tweetchat will highlight three reasons why your NGO/nonprofit,/charity should register the new domains and  discuss how you can integrate the new domains into your online branding effort. Three Ways to Participate: 1. Ask questions live during the tweetchat by using…
  • Bookmark Your Browsers! The Official Blogs of the World’s Most Popular Social Media Sites

    Heather Mansfield
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:51 pm
    The nonprofit sector has a large community of technology bloggers committed to helping nonprofits stay current on emerging trends in social media, online fundraising, and mobile technology. There are these 35 nonprofit marketing blogs and these 25 must-read nonprofit IT blogs as well as these 8 great nonprofit resources. You can also browse 300+ on Twitter at @nonprofitorgs/lists/bloggers-resources. Reading the official blogs of the social media sites that we use most often is also useful and it may be time to add some new bookmarks to your browsers. 1. Facebook Newsroom…
 
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  • Minor earthquake – Greece on July 1, 2015

    Armand Vervaeck
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:58 am
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 3 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-07-01 09:28:58 GMT/UTC Time : 2015-07-01 06:28:58 Depth (Hypocenter) : 11 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience (I Have Felt It) with our readers. Click on the “I Felt It” button behind the…
  • Minor earthquake – Talkeetna, Alaska on July 1, 2015

    Armand Vervaeck
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:41 am
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 3.1 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-06-30 23:48:30 GMT/UTC Time : 2015-07-01 07:48:30 Depth (Hypocenter) : 133.9 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience (I Have Felt It) with our readers. Click on the “I Felt It” button behind…
  • Moderate earthquake – South Of Kermadec Islands on July 1, 2015

    Armand Vervaeck
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:38 am
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 4.8 Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown GMT/UTC Time : 2015-07-01 07:04:29 Depth (Hypocenter) : 257 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience (I Have Felt It) with our readers. Click on the “I Felt It” button behind the…
  • Moderate earthquake – South Of Kermadec Islands on July 1, 2015

    Armand Vervaeck
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:35 am
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 4.8 Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown GMT/UTC Time : 2015-07-01 07:04:29 Depth (Hypocenter) : 257 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience (I Have Felt It) with our readers. Click on the “I Felt It” button behind the…
  • Moderate earthquake – Sola, Vanuatu on July 1, 2015

    Armand Vervaeck
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:41 am
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 4.5 Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown GMT/UTC Time : 2015-07-01 06:54:59 Depth (Hypocenter) : 640.98 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience (I Have Felt It) with our readers. Click on the “I Felt It” button behind the…
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    Wow! Goodwill

  • DIY Pendant Lights from Unexpected Items

    goodwillsp
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Lighting is an important part of any design plan, yet most people leave it for last when planning a remodel. To ensure your lighting doesn’t look like an afterthought, consider the three basic lighting categories: General light illuminates the room and provides ambient lighting in a space, like ceiling fixtures in a bedroom or kitchen. Task lighting provides light for a specific purpose, such as reading. Accent or Mood lighting might focus on artwork or light up a dark corner in a room. In my design plans, I also include a fourth category: Fun lighting. Every room needs something…
  • Support Goodwill on Public Service Day

    goodwillsp
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    Source: United Nations Each year on June 23, individuals and organizations worldwide celebrate Public Service Day. Established by the United Nations in 2003, the day was designated to “celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community.” This year, the United Nations Public Service Forum, Day & Awards will be held June 23-26 in Medellin, Colombia. Public Service Day intends to highlight the contribution of public service in the development process, recognize the work of public servants, and encourage young people to pursue careers in the public sector. At Goodwill, we…
  • CLAY End-of-Year Celebration

    goodwillsp
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:34 am
    School’s out! For many of our youth, that means summer employment or graduation celebrations. Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont’s Career Leadership Academy for Youth (CLAY) program hosted its 4th Annual End-of-Year Celebration on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Mount Carmel Baptist Church. The event was themed by the students as “A Night of the Stars: A Blue Carpet Event” – an ode to Goodwill’s signature blue color. The End-of-Year Celebration honored 15 high school and college graduates enrolled in the program, which works with youth who face various life challenges. Of the…
  • Goodwill’s Cornerstone Celebration 2015

    goodwillsp
    12 Jun 2015 | 7:08 am
    The role of workforce development in the greater Charlotte region took center stage at the Cornerstone Celebration, presented by Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the Charlotte Convention Center. The annual event, emceed by NBC Charlotte longtime weather anchor Larry Sprinkle, honored Goodwill’s mission of “Changing Lives Through the Power of Work,” and spotlighted our organization’s 50th Anniversary in the region. The luncheon also recognized the accomplishments of three former Goodwill clients who are pursuing careers in human services,…
  • How to Create a Keepsake Frame for a Wedding Invitation

    goodwillsp
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:34 am
    It’s officially wedding season, and you could easily preserve your wedding invitation by buying a boring frame and calling it a day—or you can make it a creative endeavor that’ll mean more to you in the long run. If thrifting and crafting is your thing, then consider applying your skills to your wedding invite. First, decide on what size frame you’re looking for. The minimum size for this project was 5×7 inches, since that’s the size of the invite I’m working with. Don’t you love imagining where something else has been? I sure do, so that’s why I hit up Goodwill for…
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  • What’s in a Name? How to Price Your Greatest Asset

    Ann Goldman
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:34 am
    Have you ever thought about what it would take to name your organization? Or your primary facility? I’m sure your answer is a lot! But, what is a lot? Or more accurately, what is enough? This is not a conversation you want to be having when a donor is standing over you with a million dollars in hand. Decision making at that point gets really difficult. Just think what you could do with a million dollars! Naming your organization or facility is like getting a tattoo on your forehead. It’s a pretty public and permanent move. It has to be worth it. When a donor wishes to name your agency or…
  • Group Decision Making at Its Best

    Leslie Allen
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:57 am
    I’ve been working with a great organization here in the UK to create a middle donor program. We’re at the point where we’ve got the principals in place, but we need to think about the creative. Should this program have a name and a brand? What are the benefits of belonging? How are we going to communicate with these donors? This program was the brain child of the direct marketing and major gifts team and so both have an interest in figuring this stuff out. So, next week, we’ll meet to start mapping out specifics. When I started thinking about the agenda, I remembered…
  • Refresh Your Board’s Elevator Pitch

    Ann Goldman
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:23 am
    We’ve been busy, busy with board trainings this summer. It makes sense. This is often the slowest time of year for fundraising and smart fundraisers know that they’d better get the building blocks in place for the fall season before it actually hits! This is a great time revisit and refresh your board’s skills as ambassadors and fundraisers. If you want to do a full-blown fundraising training, check out this earlier blog for some tips. But, even if you don’t have time to go whole-hog, think about taking the time at your next board meeting to help board members develop their spiel. Of…
  • So Many Options: Direct Mail, Mobile Giving, and the Choices Fundraisers Have to Make

    Leslie Allen
    10 Jun 2015 | 4:12 pm
    What’s a fundraiser to do? First, this week a compelling blog post came out from Target Marketing by Gary Hennerberg called “Why Direct Mail Won’t Die”, which includes an astounding fact: “Research reveals comprehension is better when information is consumed in print. And there’s more: millennials — digital natives, if you prefer — who today are in their 20s and 30s, prefer print.” (The link is to the Washington Post article about the research.) The post includes the important point that humans have been reading in print – something you hold in your hand – for thousands…
  • Practice Makes a Perfect Major Gifts Ask

    Ann Goldman
    3 Jun 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Before you go on your next major donor solicitation call, spend a little time practicing. Your roommates may think you’ve gone batty, but get yourself into the bathroom, look in the mirror and say aloud the key elements of your presentation and, most importantly, the ask itself. Once you feel confident alone, try it with a friend or, even better, the person who’ll be accompanying you on the donor call. Don’t get caught up in practicing a long, involved speech to the prospect. You shouldn’t be making one of those anyway! Instead, break down the meeting into pieces and then rehearse…
 
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    For Impact | The Suddes Group

  • Video Nugget: Use Altitude for Engagement, Organizational Development and Communication

    Nick Fellers
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:04 am
    https://vimeo.com/130873203 Previous video in this sequence: Introduction to Altitude Framework. In this video we cover three ways to leverage the Altitude Framework. For engagement. People will engage at the altitude of your choosing. For organizational development. Start with WHY and answer the question, “To what end?” For communication. Use the metaphor to effectively communicate with your team ‘at altitude’.
  • Summer of Health

    Nick Fellers
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:40 am
    In the spring of 2014, The Suddes Group team members encountered several health setbacks, ranging from physical injuries to the emotional / mental toll of losing family members. As a team, we decided to commit the summer to health and healing. On June 21, the Summer Solstice we started our SUMMER OF HEALTH. This really simple concept defined our TEAM STORY for the summer. We read books… took cooking classes… held each other accountable to fitness goals... rehabbed old injuries… There was an open and ongoing conversation about managing energy, finding flow, and the process of mental…
  • Meaning Before Details

    Nick Fellers
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:58 am
    I’m preparing for our flagship experience, The For Impact Boot Camp. Part of the ritual includes re-reading some clippings and materials — including a chapter on the subject of ATTENTION from Brain Rules. John Medina goes into the neuroscience of how we pay attention, engage and learn. Here’s a powerful nugget from that reading: “The brain processes meaning before details. Providing the gist, the core concept, first [is] like giving a thirsty person a tall glass of water. And the brain likes hierarchy. Starting with general concepts naturally leads to explaining…
  • Video Nugget: Introduction to the Altitude Framework

    Nick Fellers
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:52 am
    https://vimeo.com/130472945 In this video I give a quick overview of the Altitude Framework: Framework origin Metaphor and meaning Application for communication, organizational development, board meetings, presentation flow and more.
  • The Power of Context

    Nick Fellers
    12 Jun 2015 | 6:54 am
    I’m not sure we give enough credit or thought to the power of context… the situation, atmosphere or circumstances that shape events and communication. Context gives (EVERYTHING) its form and meaning. “The room is EIGHTY PERCENT of the context for the comedy!” – Jerry Seinfeld. Wow! Think about CONTEXT (in these contexts!) CONTEXT-setting! The job of the LEADER. “The CEO must set the context within which every employee operates. The context gives meaning to specific work that people do, aligns interests, enables decision making, and provides motivation.” – Ben…
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  • You Know It’s Time For Self-care When Babies Curse

    Bix
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:31 am
    It’s been a very tough week for many of us in the US, with the #Charlestonshooting, the latest in an epidemic of racist violence. Our deepest condolences to the families and everyone who is experiencing this loss. Like perhaps many of you, we are angry, sad, fed up, and, as The New Yorker’s The Borowitz Report put it, among Many in Nation Tired of Explaining Things to Idiots. So, when this genius put together this video (alongside), we found ourselves watching it over and over. And we knew we had to share it with you. Excuse the profanity, but we thought, “if even babies are…
  • 5 Steps to a Nonprofit Social Media Strategy that Earns Support

    Kelsey Johnson
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:27 am
    You ever have that moment when your social media feed is one long list of “give, give, give” requests? And you feel like Stanley does? Chances are, your constituents feel this way, too. A recent study from the Case Foundation has found that 74% of nonprofits are making this mistake: making too many asks for support without showing why and how your organization is making an impact. Ticket sales and financial gifts are certainly important, but you won’t get far on social media if you don’t spend time building the case for why your organization deserves support. Here are five…
  • Life is messy. Why don’t we talk about it?

    Amanda Lydon
    11 Jun 2015 | 9:06 am
    A “day in the life” post from communication specialist, Amanda Lydon My alarm goes off at 4:15 AM because some crazy evening version of me thought I might get up before my children and get the day started properly with coffee, a workout, and a to-do list in quiet. The 4:15 AM version of me is less of an overachiever. I roll over causing my nose to meet the left foot of my three year old who apparently climbed into our bed at some point. At 5:50 AM both my kids are squawking and my spouse and I are silently willing the other to get up already! I’m more stubborn and more tired so…
  • TakeTwo is proud to be supporting You Gotta Believe’s big VOICES FOR THE VOICELESS EVENT June 29th

    Stephanie
    8 Jun 2015 | 1:24 pm
    TakeTwo has been working with You Gotta Believe since November 2013.  We care deeply for the organization and its very important mission – it is the only organization in the NYC metropolitan area focused exclusively on finding forever families for foster youth. The YGB team is pretty special – and we love working with them.  And their team is growing – Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley are two new YGB supporters and volunteers putting together this amazing, star-studded charity event to benefit YGB and the foster youth it serves. TakeTwo is thrilled to provide support…
  • Baltimore, Mainstream Media, and Social Media

    Bix
    29 Apr 2015 | 7:27 pm
    What a month. Earlier this month, when we at TakeTwo discussed what we might blog about, Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (#RFRA) was all over the news. Now, of course, US news is dominated by #BaltimoreUprising. At the same time, the tragic #NepalEarthquake continues to be in the headlines. Of course, this is no surprise: we are now permanently in the 24/7 news-cycle. But two remarkable things about the #Baltimore news: First, from whom and where the news is coming from – from local folks in Baltimore via Twitter. This isn’t terribly surprising; in the last year, we’ve…
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  • 7 Strategies to Increase Facebook Organic Reach [INFOGRAPHIC]

    John Haydon
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
    If you manage a Facebook Page for your nonprofit, you’re no doubt painfully aware that Facebook organic reach has plummeted over the past two years. Organic reach has declined for two reasons: The number of business pages competing for fans’ attention has skyrocketed. Facebook makes money solely from advertizing. Pages now have to pay to […] The post 7 Strategies to Increase Facebook Organic Reach [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on John Haydon.
  • 5 Ways to Turn Social Media Followers Into Activists

    Derrick Feldmann
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:33 am
    As we prepare to release research from our sixth year of The Millennial Impact Project, something that remains abundantly clear is how well the Millennial generation uses the power of social media to influence their networks and share their causes. In fact, it’s really Millennials who control social networks. Case in point: 88% of Millennials […] The post 5 Ways to Turn Social Media Followers Into Activists appeared first on John Haydon.
  • 9 Killer Content Marketing Tips From Kivi Leroux Miller

    John Haydon
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:39 am
    Kivi Leroux Miller was a recent guest on the Hump Day Coffee Break, where she shared 9 content marketing tips. What are Hump Day Coffee Breaks? They’re my weekly trainings for nonprofits (every Wednesday at 11am ET). If you’re not getting the weekly invites, you can sign up here. Upcoming guests include Tom Ahern and Pamela […] The post 9 Killer Content Marketing Tips From Kivi Leroux Miller appeared first on John Haydon.
  • 4 Dos and Don’ts of Nonprofit Website Design

    Joe Waters
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Caryn Stein is as passionate about the need for a powerful nonprofit website design as she is for her other loves: singing karaoke and protecting animals. As VP of Communication and Content for Network for Good, Caryn advises nonprofits on how to turn their websites into a magnet for visitors and donations. With all the online options […] The post 4 Dos and Don’ts of Nonprofit Website Design appeared first on John Haydon.
  • How to Read Google Analytics Reports In Three Steps

    Eric Squair
    10 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
    Google Analytics can be overwhelming. Even if you use it regularly, it can often seem like a jumbled blur of strange numbers and labels. You know the information you need is somewhere in your account, you just can’t find out exactly where. It’s like when you were first learning to read. You stared at letters […] The post How to Read Google Analytics Reports In Three Steps appeared first on John Haydon.
 
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    Nonprofit Bridge

  • 5 Tips in Using Salesforce

    Norman Reiss
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:27 am
    This week I had the rare pleasure of attending a full week training in Salesforce Administration.  While I’ve used Salesforce for years, I had never attended a formal class, learning mostly on my own.  It was an intense experience;  now I know how much I don’t know about Salesforce.  Below are five takeaways: If you are lucky enough to have the opportunity to take a live class, do it.  If not, there are great resources such as Trailhead and the Who Sees What series of data visibility on YouTube. (Even if you’re not a developer), sign up for an account on…
  • Fundraising Day Recap

    Norman Reiss
    13 Jun 2015 | 5:48 am
    Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending Fundraising Day.  I spent part of the day volunteering to help attendees, but was able to attend several sessions of the Web, Tech and Social Media track. Below are a few highlights: Social media guru Danielle Brigida (US Fish & Wildlife Service) offered these essentials for communicating on social media: a compelling message, an intriguing visual and a clear call to action.  On Facebook, she suggested we focus more on getting shares than likes and to utilize interest lists David Acup (Environmental Defense Fund) and Luke Franklin (ASPCA)…
  • How to Get (and Maintain) Buy-In for Tech Projects

    Norman Reiss
    1 Jun 2015 | 8:18 pm
    At the recent Nonprofit Technology Conference, Nonprofit Radio host Tony Martignetti asked me to speak about my two sessions,  Winning 100% Buy-In from Staff and Board for your Next Nonprofit Technology Adoption and Why User Adoption Shouldn’t Be an Afterthought: Making Sure Your Organization Actually Uses the Technology You Implement. If  you missed my sessions, now you can listen to my interview via podcast.   (The program also includes comments by Blackbaud veteran Steve MacLaughlin on emerging nonprofit technology trends.)  My segment begins at 32:00 of the 57 minute podcast.
  • Is Agile Project Management Right for Your Nonprofit?

    Norman Reiss
    23 May 2015 | 6:13 am
    Seven years ago I presented a webinar for Nten on Project Management for Nonprofits (I’ve recently updated the slides).  Since then, agile has become an increasingly popular methodology for managing a project. At the 501TechNYC meeting in NYC on Wed, May 27, Monica-Lisa Mills and I presented Is Agile Project Management for Your Nonprofit, where we will discussed how agile may (or may not) work at your organization. Whether you realize it or not, you probably do some project management in your job, and using agile principles may help you to have better results. Addendum 5/28/15 –…
  • If You Do This Right, Your Project Will Be Successful

    Norman Reiss
    2 May 2015 | 5:15 am
    Probably the most challenging part of a project is defining your requirements.  Try these tips to improve the odds that your next project will be successful: Allow sufficient time to document your current system – and what features / functionality you want in your new system. Ask a team member who is a strong writer to help with this process. After you think you’re done, show your write-up to someone who is not directly involved in your project.  Can they understand what you’ve described? Many vendors/consultants will guide you through the requirements gathering process. …
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    Palmetto » Blog

  • Program Evaluation Primer, Part 2

    Laura Gonzales
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:29 am
    What does effective programming mean? PGC examines evaluation methods in this blog series on Program Evaluation – what it is, how to plan meaningful systems, and how to translate your data into meaningful stories for your organization. Our next installment covers the need for program evaluations, and what to consider when selecting which programs should […] The post Program Evaluation Primer, Part 2 appeared first on Palmetto.
  • A Program Evaluation Primer, Part 1

    Laura Gonzales
    29 May 2015 | 8:52 am
    Do you ever wonder if your organization is truly making a difference? Are you really “moving the needle” on housing the homeless, healing the sick, or protecting the environment? What does effective programming mean? Throughout the next few months, PGC will present a blog series on Program Evaluation – what it is, how to plan […] The post A Program Evaluation Primer, Part 1 appeared first on Palmetto.
  • Part 2 – Grant Writing Benefits BEYOND the Financial

    Stephanie Watson
    6 Feb 2015 | 11:57 am
    In our last post, you will see that we introduced benefits of grant writing to your organization even if you don’t receive the funding. We will continue defining these benefits below and throughout the next series of posts. Many of the items highlighted, when addressed well, are components of a “highly effective” organization. We outlined […] The post Part 2 – Grant Writing Benefits BEYOND the Financial appeared first on Palmetto.
  • Grant Writing Benefits BEYOND the Financial

    Stephanie Watson
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:19 am
    There are many ancillary benefits to writing and submitting grants that go beyond the economic development of your organization. They are outlined below. With funders moving more and more toward partnering with strong, efficient, and effective organizations, you may want to assess whether you are as strong as you could and should be. Over the […] The post Grant Writing Benefits BEYOND the Financial appeared first on Palmetto.
  • CEO Susan Bacon Featured in Atlanta Business Chronicle

    Sharyn McHenry
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    A familiar face smiled at us last week from the front page of the Metro area’s source for business news. The Atlanta Business Chronicle featured Palmetto Grant Consulting’s CEO Susan Bacon in an article about resources for small business firms in Gwinnett County. PGC was awarded the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce’s Amazing Entrepreneur Award in […] The post CEO Susan Bacon Featured in Atlanta Business Chronicle appeared first on Palmetto.
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    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog

  • Create a Jargon-Free Zone

    Ann Green
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:37 am
    Are your appeal letters, thank you letters, and newsletter articles laced with terms like at-risk youth, underserved communities, leverage, and impactful?  If you think your donors understand you when you use jargon like this, think again. It’s easy enough to use these terms around the office. I think people use jargon because it’s an insider language, and it makes them feel like they’re “in the know” in their professional world. But the danger comes when jargon creeps outside of your insular community and into your donor communication. People need to understand you to…
  • Are You on the Road to Improvement?

    Ann Green
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:19 am
    At the end of last year, I recommended Five Ways to Improve Your Fundraising and Communications in 2015 Now that we’re almost halfway through the year, let’s revisit this list and see how you’re doing. I’ll also share ways you can continue on this path throughout the summer and into the fall. Tell stories Are you telling your stories?  Summer is a good time to share a success story or update.  You can do this in your newsletter, in a postcard, by email, on social media, or a combination of these. In addition, take time this summer to put together some stories for…
  • How You Can Print and Mail Without Breaking Your Budget

    Ann Green
    15 Jun 2015 | 10:24 am
    In my last post I wrote about Why You Shouldn’t Give Up on Direct Mail Some nonprofit organizations try to save money by cutting back on printing and mailing, but that could be a mistake if your donors prefer to hear from you by mail. Printing and mailing also takes more time, which is challenging, especially if you have a small staff. What can you do?  Here are some suggestions. Be smart First, figure out what you should print and mail.  I recommend mailing at least four pieces a year.  Otherwise you’ll miss reaching donors who don’t or rarely use electronic channels. In addition,…
  • Why You Shouldn’t Give Up on Direct Mail

    Ann Green
    8 Jun 2015 | 11:24 am
    You may think direct mail is a relic of the past or you don’t use it much because it’s too expensive.  But beware. Direct mail is still a viable way to communicate with your donors. Listen to your donors Some donors prefer to hear from you by mail. How do you know?  You ask them. The more you know about your donors, the more effective your communication will be. It’s good to know the age range of your donors.  Most donors are over 45 and won’t think direct mail is a relic from the past. They might respond better to it. Most people do, even millennials. Direct mail: dead, or…
  • Don’t Forget to Thank Your Donors

    Ann Green
    1 Jun 2015 | 9:36 am
    Have you thanked your donors recently?  If you haven’t shown gratitude since your year-end appeal, you need to do something soon. And you need to be thanking your donors more often – at least once a month. It’s not too late to start creating an attitude of gratitude. Summer is coming (yea!) and this is a great time to connect with your donors and plan the thank you component of your year-end appeal. Share your mid-year accomplishments We’re almost halfway through the calendar year.  Hard to believe, isn’t it?  Share some accomplishments with your donors.  Remember to…
 
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    Social Velocity

  • The Social Innovation Fund Six Years On

    Nell Edgington
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:10 am
    There is an interesting report out today on the effectiveness of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF). Authored by the Social Innovation Research Center (SIRC), a nonpartisan nonprofit research organization, the new report details what has worked and what hasn’t in the six year history of the SIF. Launched by the Obama administration in 2009, the SIF — a program within the Corporation for National and Community Service — provides significant funding to foundations that follow a venture philanthropy model by regranting that growth capital, along with technical assistance,…
  • Nonprofit Leaders, Take a Breath

    Nell Edgington
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:20 am
    Earlier this month, after much effort, I finally convinced a worn out nonprofit leader to take some time off to rejuvenate. But it was a battle. Because they are often incredibly driven by ambitious social change visions, tremendous empathy for the plight of their clients, and an overly developed gratitude to their board and donors, nonprofit leaders push themselves extremely hard. In fact, nonprofit leaders are really quite excellent at self-denial. I see this all the time in my coaching practice. But nonprofit leaders you must give yourselves permission to breathe. And I don’t…
  • 7 Things Funders Don’t Get About Fundraising

    Nell Edgington
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:47 am
    In the nonprofit world there is often a disconnect between funders of nonprofits and their understanding of the fundraising activity necessary to secure their gifts. Funders (and board members) rarely understand how critical fundraising is, how it works, and what’s required to do it well. But in the hope that greater understanding leads to better actions, I’d like to offer 7 of the most important things funders (and really the sector as a whole) should understand about fundraising: Nonprofits Must Fundraise or Perish  It seems so obvious, but so many in the nonprofit sector act…
  • Does Sexism Hold the Nonprofit Sector Back?

    Nell Edgington
    15 Jun 2015 | 2:51 pm
    There was a great post on the Stanford Social Innovation Review blog last week that clearly articulates a dysfunction in the nonprofit sector and when recognized by nonprofit leaders and their funders could reshape the sector. Just like the Overhead Myth and other myths that hold the nonprofit sector back, the historic sexism the sector operates under is equally destructive and must be acknowledged so we can move past it. In the SSIR, veteran nonprofit leader Kristen Joiner argues that because 86% of Fortune 500 leaders are men and 70% of nonprofit workers are women “gender…
  • Disciplined, People-Focused Nonprofit Management: Pillar 2

    Nell Edgington
    11 Jun 2015 | 6:39 am
    This spring I have been trumpeting the Performance Imperative, a detailed definition of a high-performing nonprofit released by the Leap Ambassador community in March. Today I continue the ongoing blog series describing each of the 7 Pillars of the Performance Imperative with Pillar #2: Disciplined, People-Focused Management. You can read about Pillar 1: Courageous, Adaptive Leadership here, and you can read my interview with Lowell Weiss, one of the chief architects of the Performance Imperative here. With this second Pillar, the Performance Imperative obviously makes a distinction between…
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    Engaging Volunteers

  • A Closer Look at the Volunteer Program Improvement Tool for Hunger-Fighting Organizations

    Tessa Srebro
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:35 am
    A few months ago, we introduced you to the Volunteer Program Improvement Tool, a free tool developed exclusively for hunger-related organizations*. Today, let’s take a closer look.At VolunteerMatch, we recognize that a successful volunteer program isn’t just about attracting volunteers. It isn’t just about getting internal buy-in. Nor is it just about keeping volunteers engaged, having a good program infrastructure, giving volunteers the recognition they deserve, or letting your community know about your volunteer program. No, it isn’t just about any of these things.
  • What Does Volunteerism Look Like Around the World?

    Tessa Srebro
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:04 am
    If you’re like me, you know how easy it is to get wrapped up in your individual, day-to-day life. With so many pressing and immediate tasks to take care of at our nonprofits, it’s hard to step away from our micro-worlds and see things on a global, interconnected scale – at least for some of us. Yet, that’s exactly what the United Nations’ report Transforming Governance: 2015 State of the World’s Volunteerism Report does. Hear how volunteers in Bangladesh, Chile and more are organizing and gaining momentum, correcting injustices and changing their communities for the…
  • Volunteer Engagement 2.0 Author Spotlight: Linda Jacobs Davis, Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL)

    Tessa Srebro
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:55 am
    VolunteerMatch’s new book, Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World, features chapters from 35 experts in the field of volunteer engagement. In this series of blog posts, get to know these #35experts and their areas of expertise. Today’s expert: Linda Jacob Davis, CEO, Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL). First of all, what is your chapter about? Board members serve in a critical and unique nonprofit volunteer role. Meet Your New Board is about how to engage prospective board members with an eye toward what is needed now and in the future, going…
  • Volunteer Engagement 2.0 Author Spotlight: Tobi Johnson, Tobi Johnson & Associates

    Tessa Srebro
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:26 am
    VolunteerMatch’s new book, Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Ideas and Insights Changing the World, features chapters from 35 experts in the field of volunteer engagement. In this series of blog posts, get to know these #35experts and their areas of expertise. Today’s expert: Tobi Johnson, MA, CVA, President, Tobi Johnson & Associates. First of all, what is your chapter about? ​I discuss four key trends affecting science, society and our way of life: New insights from brain science, demographic and educational changes, technological advances, and workplace shifts. Our world is changing so…
  • What to Expect When You Are Expecting (From Volunteers, That Is)

    Tessa Srebro
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:43 am
    Guest post by Elisa Kosarin, Twenty Hats This post was originally published on Twenty Hats. You can measure some pretty high expectations from volunteers – IF you market to the ones who will deliver. I hear a lot about how the paradigm is shifting within volunteerism: volunteers are busier than ever, and many organizations are looking to engage volunteers differently. The trend is towards micro-volunteerism and short term assignments. Does this trend mean that we need to expect less from volunteers overall? Absolutely not. Opening up to new volunteer positions does not mean we need to…
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    Darrell Gwynn Foundation

  • DGF Huge Liquidation Sale – Saturday July 18, 2015

    Blue Super
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:23 pm
    The post DGF Huge Liquidation Sale – Saturday July 18, 2015 appeared first on Darrell Gwynn Foundation.
  • All good things must come to an end!

    Blue Super
    28 May 2015 | 7:49 am
    The Darrell Gwynn Foundation began as a result of a catastrophic accident that occurred in 1990.  Darrell Gwynn, a world class top fuel drag racer, was tragically injured during an exhibition run.  Despite his significant injuries, Darrell’s indomitable spirit persevered, and with the support of his wife, family and friends, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation was The post All good things must come to an end! appeared first on Darrell Gwynn Foundation.
  • Woody Folsom Automotive GRAND OPENING A Success

    Blue Super
    26 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    Grand opening kicked off with custom power wheelchair donation to 10- year-old Andres and a visit by Cole Swindell! May 21 –  BAXLEY, Ga. – During grand opening ceremonies at the new Woody Folsom Automotive dealership, 10-year-old Andres Ramirez Garcia of Baxley, GA received his custom power wheelchair donated by the Woody Folsom Auto Group The post Woody Folsom Automotive GRAND OPENING A Success appeared first on Darrell Gwynn Foundation.
  • You Buy a Ride They Get a Ride at Woody Folsom Auto Group Raises $25,000 to Donate Power Wheelchair

    Blue Super
    13 May 2015 | 10:37 am
    “You Buy a Ride, They Get a Ride” at Woody Folsom Auto Group Raises $25,000 to Donate Power Wheelchair Woody Folsom Auto Group and the Darrell Gwynn Foundation to donate custom power wheelchair to 10- year-old Andres on May 21st BAXLEY, Ga. -On May 21, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. 10-year-old Andres Ramirez Garcia of Baxley, The post You Buy a Ride They Get a Ride at Woody Folsom Auto Group Raises $25,000 to Donate Power Wheelchair appeared first on Darrell Gwynn Foundation.
  • Darrell Gwynn Foundation Set to Donate $17,000 Custom Wheelchair at Festivals of Speed Miami on April 26

    Darrell Gwynn
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:14 am
    Miami, Fla. – The Darrell Gwynn Foundation will donate a custom manual wheelchair at the 3rd Annual Festivals of Speed Miami on Sunday April 26, to 29 year old Jessika Kattah of Plantation, FL. Festivals of Speed is an opportunity for car enthusiasts and collectors of automobiles, motorcycles, aircraft, yachts and luxury products to join The post Darrell Gwynn Foundation Set to Donate $17,000 Custom Wheelchair at Festivals of Speed Miami on April 26 appeared first on Darrell Gwynn Foundation.
 
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    Clairification

  • 4 Things Clothing Upcycling Can Teach Nonprofits about Donor Retention

    Claire
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:18 pm
    Stop discarding clothes (letting donors lapse); Treasure them (renew and upgrade). I know this may sound silly, but I sometimes like to think of my donors as clothing. Huh? Well, shopping is one of my favorite activities so I think about clothing a lot. I think about the many ways I can use it, repurpose [...] The post 4 Things Clothing Upcycling Can Teach Nonprofits about Donor Retention appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it All about Donors: Retention, Communications, Stewardship, Donor Centricity

    Claire
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Click it! This week is all about your donors: keeping them; communicating with them, taking care of them and meeting them where they are. I’ve got several really useful articles for you. Not too many. It’s summer, after all! Plus, as always, some terrific upcoming learning opportunities for you. Donor Retention Click-It: 46 things you’re [...] The post Clairity Click-it All about Donors: Retention, Communications, Stewardship, Donor Centricity appeared first on Clairification.
  • Why are Good Nonprofit Fundraisers Hard to Keep? RESPECT

    Claire
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:21 pm
    I can’t get no… Fundraisers report that money is the number one reason they leave their jobs [See Part I of this two-part series here]. While I do believe too many fundraisers are underpaid relative to their skill sets and performance, I’ve a hunch it’s not the real chief culprit for fundraiser dissatisfaction. What is? [...] The post Why are Good Nonprofit Fundraisers Hard to Keep? RESPECT appeared first on Clairification.
  • Why are Good Nonprofit Fundraisers Hard to Keep? MONEY

    Claire
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:42 pm
    Money is only part of the story of why fundraisers leave If you’re a fundraiser, does this sound like you? Show me my money!!! According to five years of research by Penelope Burk (culminating in her book, Donor-Centered Leadership) as well as a much-talked-about study by CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, [...] The post Why are Good Nonprofit Fundraisers Hard to Keep? MONEY appeared first on Clairification.
  • 3 Ways to Integrate Your Nonprofit’s Marketing and Fundraising

    Claire
    8 Jun 2015 | 10:53 pm
    You can’t deliver your message today the way you did 10 years ago Avoid becoming irrelevant in the digital age. It’s revolutionized fundraising and nonprofit marketing. There are so many different ways to communicate today that it can be dizzying! Ground yourself by remembering that though technology has changed, people have not. We have the [...] The post 3 Ways to Integrate Your Nonprofit’s Marketing and Fundraising appeared first on Clairification.
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    Clairification

  • 4 Things Clothing Upcycling Can Teach Nonprofits about Donor Retention

    Claire
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:18 pm
    Stop discarding clothes (letting donors lapse); Treasure them (renew and upgrade). I know this may sound silly, but I sometimes like to think of my donors as clothing. Huh? Well, shopping is one of my favorite activities so I think about clothing a lot. I think about the many ways I can use it, repurpose [...] The post 4 Things Clothing Upcycling Can Teach Nonprofits about Donor Retention appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it All about Donors: Retention, Communications, Stewardship, Donor Centricity

    Claire
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Click it! This week is all about your donors: keeping them; communicating with them, taking care of them and meeting them where they are. I’ve got several really useful articles for you. Not too many. It’s summer, after all! Plus, as always, some terrific upcoming learning opportunities for you. Donor Retention Click-It: 46 things you’re [...] The post Clairity Click-it All about Donors: Retention, Communications, Stewardship, Donor Centricity appeared first on Clairification.
  • Why are Good Nonprofit Fundraisers Hard to Keep? RESPECT

    Claire
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:21 pm
    I can’t get no… Fundraisers report that money is the number one reason they leave their jobs [See Part I of this two-part series here]. While I do believe too many fundraisers are underpaid relative to their skill sets and performance, I’ve a hunch it’s not the real chief culprit for fundraiser dissatisfaction. What is? [...] The post Why are Good Nonprofit Fundraisers Hard to Keep? RESPECT appeared first on Clairification.
  • Why are Good Nonprofit Fundraisers Hard to Keep? MONEY

    Claire
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:42 pm
    Money is only part of the story of why fundraisers leave If you’re a fundraiser, does this sound like you? Show me my money!!! According to five years of research by Penelope Burk (culminating in her book, Donor-Centered Leadership) as well as a much-talked-about study by CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, [...] The post Why are Good Nonprofit Fundraisers Hard to Keep? MONEY appeared first on Clairification.
  • 3 Ways to Integrate Your Nonprofit’s Marketing and Fundraising

    Claire
    8 Jun 2015 | 10:53 pm
    You can’t deliver your message today the way you did 10 years ago Avoid becoming irrelevant in the digital age. It’s revolutionized fundraising and nonprofit marketing. There are so many different ways to communicate today that it can be dizzying! Ground yourself by remembering that though technology has changed, people have not. We have the [...] The post 3 Ways to Integrate Your Nonprofit’s Marketing and Fundraising appeared first on Clairification.
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    Veritus Group

  • Who Is Giving the Most?

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    In a recent survey, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that philanthropy increased 5.4% to a record $358 billion in 2014. This is not surprising. But I thought these findings were interesting: Living individuals, while giving the majority of the money, are not increasing their giving as fast as corporations and foundations. Bequest giving was very strong, increasing 13.6% to $28.13 billion. Total giving dropped by 14% from 2007 to 2009 – the recession years. Arts, culture, humanities, environment and animal causes are the fastest growing categories. The share of income given by Americans…
  • A Case of Instant Thanks

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    One of the most frustrating aspects of our work in nonprofit fundraising is to uncover situations where donors are neglected, ignored or abused. You might think this is unnecessary and dramatic language to describe a donor care situation – until you hear about the donor whose $100,000 check was lost inside the organization and later found in someone’s desk drawer. Or the donor who gave a $25,000 gift (which was immediately cashed) and then the donor never heard from the organization. Or the host of donors who don’t hear anything from the organization for months after they give. I…
  • When Qualified Caseload Donors Become UNqualified

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    You’ve done everything right. You’ve accepted the major gift principle that not all donors who meet a financial metric will want to relate to you. You’ve laboriously gone through a larger list of donors who meet your major gift criteria, and you’ve qualified a group of 150 people who have signaled that they want to relate to you more personally. And now you are into the work of meeting with them and matching their passions and interests to the needs of the good cause you represent. But there’s a problem. Some of the donors (who originally said they wanted to meet with you) do not…
  • Wishful Thinking in Major Gifts

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    24 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    It is an amazing thing to watch – truly amazing. Some authority figure casually decides to hire a MGO to chase what Jeff and I would call “ghosts and rabbits.” It’s wishful thinking at its best – and stupidity at its worst. I know that’s strong language, but I just cannot understand why a relatively intelligent adult, who claims to be a fundraising professional, would even think this way. Let me explain. I’m going to tell you about a non-profit that has a direct marketing program in place to acquire new donors – hundreds, sometimes thousands, of new donors who have an affinity…
  • Take a Break: #6 of Six Actions for Summer Impact

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    Most of us equate summertime with taking a vacation. But many of us don’t take one. In fact, in a survey just taken by the U.S. Travel Association, 4 out of 10 Americans are not going to take all of their vacation days. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nine million workers took a vacation in 1976, and in 2014 only about 7 million did. This is even worse when you consider the population has increased by over 50 million since then. Americans on average leave 9.2 vacation days unused! No wonder we are all stressed out. I don’t know this for a fact, but my guess is that in…
 
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    communitytech.net

  • Due Diligence: Selecting the Best New Software for Your Nonprofit

    CarlosCTK
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:39 am
    New Research Offers Insight into Common Pitfalls If you’re looking for a new database to track service recipients and programs, we recommend talking to your colleagues in the nonprofit world. In addition to your colleagues’ advice, there are several services that formally review and compare nonprofit software solutions.
  • Show and Tell: Outcomes Resources for Your Nonprofit

    CarlosCTK
    27 May 2015 | 7:21 am
    Resources from Nonprofit Leaders on Measuring What Matters This spring, there’s been a flurry of research and writing on nonprofit outcomes, big data, and measuring what matters to your organization and service recipients. If your nonprofit is making program evaluation a priority in 2015, the following new resources and articles will help you measure what you value – and stakeholders value what you measure.
  • Nonprofit Data Without Borders

    CarlosCTK
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:27 am
    Resources for International Social Service Organizations In the United States and internationally, nonprofits are increasingly responsible for proving their impact in the communities they serve. Yet, especially outside the U.S., NGOs and NPOs are often unaware that affordable and secure tools are available to make it easier to demonstrate programmatic outcomes to internal and external stakeholders, and to the public-at-large.
  • CTK’s Hometown Guide to SXSW 2015

    CarlosCTK
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    Are you heading to Austin for SXSW 2015? Great news – your trip to Austin was approved and, even better, you scored a badge for South By Southwest (SXSW). Now, you just have to make it through the busiest week of the year in America’s most booming city. 
  • Top 10 Best Practices for Nonprofit Database Administrators

    CarlosCTK
    6 Mar 2015 | 7:11 am
    CTK’s Customer Care Experts Share What Works Nonprofit database management can be challenging due to a variety of factors, including: multiple users and administrators, disparate constituent groups, old records, and shifting reporting requirements. Though it’s not easy to effectively accumulate and evaluate organizational data, competent database management can make you an invaluable resource – and even a “wizard” – to your colleagues.
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    eleventy marketing group

  • 30 Shareable Marketing & Fundraising Stats

    shad
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:40 am
    Summer has arrived. Along with longer days, vacation time and sun-kissed skies, that means we’ve officially reached the halfway point of the year. That’s right, the first six months of 2015 are already in the dust. So what have we learned about the current state of marketing so far this year? In today’s post, we’ll sum up the first six months of the year in marketing and fundraising the best way we know how: Through the numbers. … 30 Statistics on the Current State of Marketing & Fundraising Here are a handful of social-ready statistics painting a picture of the…
  • Email Subject Line Research, Examples and Tips to Increase Your Open Rates

    shad
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:50 am
    Despite the vast and infinite expansion of the online marketing universe in the past decade, email remains one of the top digital tools for organizations across the board. Email also sits at the top of the marketing hierarchy when it comes to return on investment (ROI). As reported by Direct Marketing News, the 2015 DMA Response Rate Report found email led all digital channels in both response and conversion rates: “Campaigns conducted with house lists achieved an average 30 to 32% ROI. Those done using prospect lists achieved 15 to 17%.” While we know email can be incredibly effective…
  • New Report Reveals Charitable Giving Reaches Record Heights

    shad
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:09 am
    Giving to nonprofit organizations didn’t just soar in 2014, it reached new heights. Numbers in the new Giving USA 2015 report reveal contributions from individuals, foundations, corporations and bequests totaled a whopping $358.38 billion in 2014—the highest total in the 60-year history of the annual philanthropy report. That number surpasses the previous record from 2007 ($355.17 when adjusted for inflation). As many in the nonprofit industry will recall, that peak came just before the Great Recession sent charitable giving into a nosedive. In 2008, Giving USA reported the first…
  • 6 Significant Statistics from the DMA on the Current State of Direct Mail

    shad
    10 Jun 2015 | 8:47 am
    56.9% of total mail volume was direct mail in 2014—up from 39.9% in 1990. After countless “deaths” and “resurrections”, direct mail is still alive and kicking. For many businesses and nonprofit organizations, traditional mail remains an integral part of their marketing strategy. And that’s probably not going to change anytime soon. While the total number of direct mail pieces sent out each year has steadily declined over the past decade, there’s still great marketing opportunity with direct mail. Especially as organizations continually learn to better create and target mailings…
  • 5 Smart Marketing Tips to Help Your Small Business Stay Competitive

    shad
    2 Jun 2015 | 7:56 pm
    Running a small business is no small feat. Unlike the big guys, small businesses have a much smaller margin of error. If a half-a-million-dollar initiative falls flat at a large company, there will be a lot of head shaking. If that happens at a small business, it can mean game over. On the plus side, small businesses have more agility to take risks and try new things when it comes to marketing. There’s just not as much red tape and oversight to hold your business back. That increased freedom and flexibility can create a lot of opportunity. In today’s post, we’ll provide five practical…
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    Wagenmaker and Oberly - Nonprofit Update

  • Religious Liberty After Obergefell v. Hodges

    30 Jun 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Now that that Supreme Court has determined that “[t]he Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex,”[1] how will the Court’s decision impact religious organizations and individuals?  According to the four dissenting justices, the ruling means trouble ahead for religious organizations and individuals with conflicting religious beliefs.  In particular, the ruling portends new court battles between their constitutional religious liberty interests and developing laws that provide increasing sexual orientation and gender identity…
  • Replacing a Nonprofit CEO: Boards and Succession Planning

    29 Jun 2015 | 5:56 am
    By Guest Blogger Tom Okarma[1]Replacing a CEO ranks among a nonprofit board’s highest and sometimes most leadership-intensive responsibilities. While such transition presents huge opportunities, it can also be disruptive and filled with emotion, politicking, and hurt feelings.   Sooner or later every nonprofit will likely faces this challenge.  How it is managed will have repercussions for years to come.  Several important overarching considerations are well worth proactive attention and evaluation, as follows.·      The board alone owns this…
  • Sharing With Others: Benefits of Written Facility Usage Agreements

    23 Jun 2015 | 6:16 am
    How can nonprofit organizations best share their facilities with others on a long-term basis?  Many nonprofits allow other organizations to use their space in order to promote like-minded organizations, to help cover the financial expenses associated with building upkeep, and to achieve community outreach goals.  Such arrangements, however, can lead to conflict and expense without the proper foundation of a written facility-use agreement.  Consider the following scenario.A church has grown sufficiently to purchase its own worship facility.  Just as others have been…
  • Great Board Expectations

    12 Jun 2015 | 8:31 am
    Serving on a nonprofit board presents great opportunities for meaningfully contributing to a worthy cause.  But board service also involves significant responsibilities that may feel burdensome at times.  How can current board leaders effectively equip newly-recruited board members for successful board service?  In a nutshell, it’s all about a good fit, clear expectations, and safeguards.A.             Who is the right person for the job?Nonprofit boards need leadership from individuals who share a passion for the…
  • Mandated Reporter Essentials

    5 Jun 2015 | 6:22 am
    With summer on the horizon and many nonprofit organizations gearing up for youth-centered activities, nonprofits that serve children need to help their paid staff and volunteers understand applicable mandatory reporting requirements.  While there has been a general downward trend over the last 20 years, sadly the problems of child abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse remain pervasive.  In 2013, there were 3.1 million reported incidents, an estimated 679,000 victims, and 1,520 child victims died.[1] Both state and federal governments have enacted statutes that require certain individuals…
 
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    M+R » Lab

  • Raising lots of money on Father’s Day? Ugh, as if!

    Phoebe Lee
    19 Jun 2015 | 7:54 am
    For fundraisers, once December 31st passes by, it can seem like a 364-day slog back to that enchanted time of year when donors are jonesing to give. And…in the intervening time, some might be tempted to believe that another holiday will bring the same miraculous results wrapped up in a bow. Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, National Waffle Iron Day**…these Hallmark Holidays can pop up on the calendar like mirages in the desert. Parched for some meaningful fundraising hook, we stagger towards them, hoping to hit the jackpot with a successful fundraising campaign. I…
  • Say yes to the test!

    Theresa Bugeaud
    16 Jun 2015 | 9:54 am
    Editor’s Note: We recently made this totally swell thing called the M+R Toolshed.  It’s a place on the interweb where you can go and get some pretty neat – and free – tools you’ve always wanted to build a better, stronger, faster fundraising, PR, social media and advocacy machine. We’re kind of excited! This here Lab post is dedicated to the first shelf in the ‘Shed: Testing Tools! It’s a wrenching fact that’s been drilled into our heads time and again: No matter how much data you shovel and how many spreadsheets you hammer out, if you don’t nail the details of…
  • What advocacy campaigners need to know from Benchmarks 2015

    Marc Ruben
    2 Jun 2015 | 8:57 am
    A few weeks ago, M+R gave glorious birth to our 2015 Benchmarks Study — in which 84 nonprofits pulled data on 7.5 million advocacy actions, 6.4 million donations, and 2.5 billion (with a B!) email messages, and we created one mother of a spreadsheet. Last week my colleague Marjory shared 5 things communications directors should learn from Benchmarks. Now it’s the advocate’s turn. For those of us who practice the dark arts of online advocacy to build power for good causes, there’s some curious stuff going on in the Benchmarks data this year: More people are opening…
  • The Communication Directors’ Guide to the 2015 Benchmarks Report

    Marjory Garrison
    27 May 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Okay so maybe you’re not the person in your office who deals in the day-to-day decimals and data points of digital do-gooders. Or speaks in mind-numbing alliterations. Me neither! (Despite what I just said). Sure, our Benchmarks Study is a big, numbers-driven snapshot of online metrics using data gathered from a wide variety of nonprofits (84 this year). But reading it is also nearly as satisfying as reading the Guide to Getting It On for the first time as a tweenager: Everything. Is. Explained. With charts! “But,” says you, “I’m a comms director! My digital…
  • MOAR Benchmarks? Yes, please!

    M+R
    5 May 2015 | 10:08 am
    Can’t get enough Benchmarks? Live in Boston or San Francisco? If you answered yes to one (or preferably BOTH) of those questions, boy oh boy, do we have some news for you: We’re hosting two happy hours (in SF and Boston) to celebrate Benchmarks + eat some noms + drink some drinks + share some stories. It’s all part of our 10x20xM+R Happy Hour series, and we think you should definitely come (locale permitting, of course). And if you’ve never heard of or seen these truly remarkable 10×20 presentations, you are in for many edible and non-edible treats. More details…
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    Wobbly Nonprofit

  • 18 Keys to Discover True Wealth

    Mark C. Titi
    20 Jun 2015 | 5:02 pm
    The post 18 Keys to Discover True Wealth appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
  • 72 Killer Resources for Multiplying Good

    Mark C. Titi
    21 May 2015 | 3:25 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.
  • Challenging Common Nonprofit Operating Beliefs

    Mark C. Titi
    19 May 2015 | 8:12 am
    Got an unwavering belief your vision can be realized? T […] The post Challenging Common Nonprofit Operating Beliefs appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
  • One Minute of Multiplying Good

    Mark C. Titi
    8 May 2015 | 3:18 pm
        The post One Minute of Multiplying Good appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
  • 5 Keys to Go Beyond Awesome

    Mark C. Titi
    2 Apr 2015 | 3:32 pm
    “Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s pos […] The post 5 Keys to Go Beyond Awesome appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
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    Emily Davis Consulting

  • How to Network, Nonprofit Style

    emily
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    #TBT: Originally posted September 15, 2010 I’ve taught classes on networking and have had a great deal of success networking myself in any communities I have been a part of.  Now I would like to share some of those tips and experiences with you. First of all, it is always a good idea to get involved with trade and networking organizations that are locally and nationally connected to nonprofits. When I say “involved” I mean a few different things: Participate in person – this may mean attending lunches, becoming a member, or joining trainings and just meeting people.
  • Next Gen Philanthropy Entry Point: All in the Family

    emily
    18 Jun 2015 | 3:10 am
    #TBT: Originally posted February 6, 2011 Courtesy of jcfsandiego.org Where do I find the next generation of donors? Many organizations assume that there is some next generation philanthropy fairy that will deliver individuals from the middle of nowhere with oodles of money. The truth is that many of these individuals are already within nonprofit organizations’ spheres of influence. They are volunteers, children of existing donors, and young professionals connected to or affected by the cause. These individuals are much like the previous generations’ donors. Like generations before,…
  • Board Development and Recruitment

    emily
    4 Jun 2015 | 2:10 am
    #TBT: Originally Posted August 2, 2012 If your organization has planned a recruitment strategy you have most likely considered a nomination committee. The nomination committee is typically responsible for identification and recruitment of potential board members to govern your organization. The idea of a nomination committee has never been very appealing to me because I see it as one component of a larger system related to board development. I see a board development committee as a better approach to both nomination and a number of other activities related to strengthening your board. Board…
  • Cultivating Next Gen Donors on to Boards and Committees

    emily
    28 May 2015 | 2:09 am
    #TBT: Originally posted March 1, 2011 A mistake many nonprofit organizations make is to forget about diversity on boards when it comes to age. The importance of age on a board can make a tremendous impact, especially if age is a part of the demographic that your mission serves. In the nonprofit sector we have talked a lot about diversity, but we usually think of ethnicity or different sectors and experiences being reflected. Perspective is an important tool that next gen-ers bring to the table for boards. Look to recruit board members in their 20s and 30s as a way to gain insight into other…
  • How Starting a Nonprofit is Like Starting a Restaurant

    emily
    21 May 2015 | 1:10 am
    #TBT Originally Posted August 4, 2008 Before starting a nonprofit I always like to give folks fair warning about what they are about to get into. A nonprofit corporation is starting an actual business even though your profits go directly back into your mission and vision. Why do I compare this social venture process to starting a restaurant? Most people wouldn’t start an Italian (pick your cuisine – I can’t get enough pasta myself) restaurant solely because they have a passion for eating lasagna or cannelloni. There is a great deal of planning and expertise that goes into…
 
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    Voss Foundation

  • Lekeri: Completion Report

    Caitlin Rackish
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:34 am
    Earlier this year, Voss Foundation’s implementing partner Milgis Trust outfitted a well dug by the community with a solar-powered water system to provide water to the community of Lekeri in Samburu, Kenya.  Our Program Director, Caitlin Rackish, visited Lekeri in April and shared an update on the newly completed project.  Moses Lesoloyia, Milgis Trust’s Ground Manager, recently shared a project report that provided...
  • Kileswa: Completion Report

    Caitlin Rackish
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:56 pm
    In 2014, Voss Foundation and implementing partner Milgis Trust completed our eighth solar-powered water system in the Samburu region of Kenya and our third project funded by the 2011 Just Around the Corner Art Auction. Clean water – pumped to two water tanks and piped to five water access points – (1) one standpipe next to the borehole, (2) one standpipe in the...
  • WHW Boston 2015: Recap

    ExecutiveDirector
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:17 pm
    We are thrilled to announce that our Fifth Annual Women Helping Women Boston event raised nearly double last year’s! We held our 2015 Boston Luncheon at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House in the Seaport District on Thursday, June 18th. The event raised awareness and funds in support of projects that bring clean water and...
  • Rafiki Circle Summer Cocktails 2015: June 30th

    ExecutiveDirector
    5 Jun 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Rafiki Circle’s Inaugural Cocktails Ra-fi-ki: friend (Swahili) – Rafiki Circle is a group of young, professional Voss Foundation supporters working collectively towards a mission of providing access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene in developing communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. PURCHASE TICKETS NOW PURCHASE TICKETS NOW Music by Bar by For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Deborah...
  • Just Around the Next Corner Art Auction Raises NOK 11 Million

    ExecutiveDirector
    3 Jun 2015 | 11:46 am
    We are thrilled to announce that on May 31st, Voss Foundation again shattered records at our Just Around the Next Corner Art Auction at Kistefos Museum outside Oslo, Norway, raising NOK 11 Million (nearly $1.5 Million) to improve the lives of people across Sub-Saharan Africa with access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene. The event...
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    Double the Donation

  • Matching Gift Ratios and Amounts: How Much Will Companies Match?

    Nina Sullivan
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:39 am
    You understand the basic concept of matching gifts. You know that in a matching gift program a company will match donations made by employees to a range of nonprofits. That’s the general definition and a good start. However, in order to succeed in acquiring matched gifts you’ll need to understand the nitty-gritty of the program stipulations. Well, here is the nitty-gritty! The amount that a company will match is based on a combination of the matching gift ratios, maximums, and minimums. Let’s break those three components down based on what we typically see in matching gift…
  • The 11 Must-Know Matching Gift Best Practices for Nonprofits

    Nina Sullivan
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:27 am
    Have you ever been to a movie double feature?  They are great.  You get in the movie going mood, take the time out of your busy life to make it to the theater, buy your popcorn, sneak in your candy, splurge on a huge soda, and then settle in for two great films.  Oh, and most importantly, you’re only paying for one. Matching gifts are fundraising double features; for the time and cost of acquiring one donation, you get twice the funding. However, just like it takes a bit of extra planning and time management skills to get yourself to a double feature, it will take your team a bit of…
  • Benefits of a Matching Gift Screening

    Adam Weinger
    14 Jun 2015 | 7:08 pm
    Knowledge is power. And what better way to increase your fundraising than by maximizing the number of donors who submit their matching gift requests. If your organization knows where many of your nonprofit’s donors work then Double the Donation’s bulk matching gift screening could be for you. We’ll screen your entire file, identify which of your donors are matching gift eligible, and provide you with the guidelines, forms, and information you need to bring in additional matching gift funds. Learn more about Double the Donation’s matching gift bulk screenings > Use…
  • Expert Advice on Donor Stewardship Featuring Double the Donation’s President

    Nina Sullivan
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:22 am
    We’ve got some exciting news!  Adam Weinger, Double the Donation President, was quoted in NonProfitEasy’s blog post featuring expert advice on donor stewardship. Adam suggests diversifying your approach to donor acknowledgment, recommending that nonprofits: “Make sure to include matching gift appeals in your donation acknowledgments.  It’s an easy way to let donors know that they might be eligible to double their donation.” Along with Adam, 28 other industry experts offered their best donor stewardship strategies. Jeff Schreifels, Senior Partner at the Veritus…
  • Matching Gift Eligibility: Which Nonprofits Qualify?

    Nina Sullivan
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:39 am
    Matching gifts are a goldmine for nonprofits, but there are some limitations on organization eligibility. It is crucial that you know where your organization stands in terms of eligibility before seeking out matching gifts. If your organization doesn’t qualify, all of your effort is futile. Since program standards vary company to company, there are no universal guidelines — you cannot know your eligibility for all matching gift programs. However, you can equip yourself with an understanding of the big picture eligibility standards and common exemptions. Fortunately, we’ve…
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    Invisible Children » Blog

  • Introducing The New LRA Crisis Tracker

    Ananda Robie
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:20 am
    In December of 2009, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) killed 321 people in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Despite the incredible scale and brutality of the violence, the international community did not learn of the massacre until March 2010—three months later. This attack was the catalyst for Invisible Children and The Resolve: The LRA Crisis […] The post Introducing The New LRA Crisis Tracker appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • Keep Fighting Joseph Kony’s LRA || REBLOG: The Daily Beast

    Ananda Robie
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:15 am
    Keep Fighting Joseph Kony’s LRA  Written by: Kathryn Bigelow and Holly Dranginis ++++ In February, a man and his teenage daughter floated in a fishing boat on the Were River, deep in the heart of Garamba National Park, where Congo’s last elephants roam. Out of the forest, four armed rebels appeared, wielding AK-47s and speaking […] The post Keep Fighting Joseph Kony’s LRA || REBLOG: The Daily Beast appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • Forgiveness is the way forward

    Invisible Children
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Jean Mbokihinie Koumboyo does not have any photographs of his daughter Adeline. In fact, he has not seen her in more than seven years. In 2008, when Adeline was just 12 years old, she was kidnapped by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and was forced to join the rebel group during one of the […] The post Forgiveness is the way forward appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • A message from Lisa Dougan

    Invisible Children
    9 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    After 10 years as our fearless leader, Ben Keesey is passing the torch to Lisa Dougan who will serve as Invisible Children’s new President & CEO in 2015 and beyond. Lisa has worked with Invisible Children since 2006, and there is no one more capable or qualified than her to powerfully push our mission forward. […] The post A message from Lisa Dougan appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • Passing the Torch

    Invisible Children
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Dear Supporters, Serving as the Executive Director of Invisible Children for the last ten years has been one of the most tremendous honors of my life. I am humbled to have had such an amazing opportunity to support our mission of bringing a permanent end to LRA violence. Every day I worked for Invisible Children, […] The post Passing the Torch appeared first on Invisible Children.
 
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    A Family Mission

  • Camp LIFE 2015-Amazing Grace

    Kent Smith
    14 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Camp Life 2015 – Amazing Grace In just 5 days we will be on our way back to Lusaka, Zambia for Camp Life 2015.  Amazing grace is the theme this year and we will be learning of and sharing the grace that is freely given not through our own works but through Christ’s death on the cross that fulfilled the law completely and finally. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9 It has been 360 days since we stepped foot back in the United States…
  • The Home of Happy People

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

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

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

    Kent Smith
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    This time last year we were in preparation for our first ever international short term mission trip.  We had just completed the application for Camp Life Zambia.  We had more questions than we had answers, more fears than confidences, more unknowns than knowns. But we were going… Since that time we have traveled to Zambia and spent a week with the amazing Family Legacy Missions International team to participate in sharing the love and comfort expressed in the gospel of Jesus.  I adopted in my heart ten 12 year old boys that have no male role model or compass in their lives other than…
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  • Telling Your Story Using Social Media [Presentation]

    Julia Claire Campbell
    9 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    Here are my slides from tonight’s presentation – Telling Your Story Using Social Media. I was honored to be part of such an amazing panel of speakers!   The post Telling Your Story Using Social Media [Presentation] appeared first on JCSM.
  • Nonprofit giving is about more than just money

    Julia Claire Campbell
    5 Jun 2015 | 7:33 am
    photo credit: Child Holding Succulent Plant via photopin (license) As a busy nonprofit professional, I am sure you often get hung up on the million-dollar question – How can we quickly raise more money for our organization? Nonprofits are obsessed with online giving campaigns and social media fundraising, but how can we quantify all the other ways people support our cause? This infographic from everydayhero describes this type of support as “quantified giving”: Highlights of the infographic: 37% of your supporters believe their time is the most important resource they can…
  • How to Raise More Money from Matching Gifts Using Email and Social Media

    Julia Claire Campbell
    21 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    This week I am pleased to present a guest post from Adam Weinger of Double the Donation.  Imagine using the Pony Express to make matching gift appeals. With all due respect to horses, your messages probably won’t arrive in the timely manner you desire. The internet has facilitated the creation of several fast, efficient ways to fundraise. These include using social media and email to remind donors about matching gifts. While speed isn’t everything, the fact of the matter is that most of your donors are plugged into laptops, phones, and tablets. Reaching them entails catering to the…
  • How to Implement a Mobile Strategy for Your Nonprofit

    Julia Claire Campbell
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In 2015, more of your supporters will visit your website from a mobile device than from their desktop computer. Despite the explosion of mobile usage, too many nonprofits think that having a successful mobile strategy means simply creating a mobile-friendly website. In reality, an effective mobile strategy encompasses design, content and messaging into all channels used for marketing and fundraising – websites, emails, appeals, events, blogs and social media. Implementing a mobile strategy is no longer an option for nonprofits. Today’s webinar with NonprofitReady detailed the reasons…
  • The 3 Keys to Social Media Success

    Julia Claire Campbell
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Nonprofits often ask me – What is the one piece of advice you can give to help us achieve social media success? I wish it were that simple. There is no silver bullet, no magic key that will unlock thousands of new, passionate followers or online donors. Not to mention that “social media success” looks different for every organization. The American Red Cross has very different goals than the local dog adoption agency down the street. However, in my experience, I have found that there are three things when done well, and when done together, often result in success for organizations. I…
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    Nonprofit MarCommunity

  • Shifting our understanding of mobile marketing for nonprofits: Q&A with Heather Mansfield

    Marlene Oliveira
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:02 am
    Earlier this year at the Nonprofit Technology Conference, I found myself seated for lunch with Heather Mansfield of Nonprofit Tech for Good. I was surprised to learn from Heather that her older book on social media marketing outsells her latest book on mobile marketing for nonprofits. This was curious: why aren’t readers keen to access the latest information about digital and mobile marketing? I invited Heather to answer a few of my questions to shed some light on why you should be – and luckily for us, she accepted! Mobile marketing for nonprofits: expert interview with Heather…
  • How to design a logo that actually works for your nonprofit

    Katherine Moffat
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:15 am
    Logo development is a bit like an onion. When you delve into logo design with a qualified professional, you start to realize there are many layers involved in doing it right. The core of the matter is to make sure your logo is on point in terms of brand positioning and strategy. Secondly, it’s important to hit the mark with the design to create impact and mindshare with not only your target audiences, but with those who’ve yet to hear of your organization. Just as importantly, being prepared to address important technical issues in advance will ensure that the logo design process…
  • Should your nonprofit start paying for reach on social media? [#NPMC chat]

    Marlene Oliveira
    11 Jun 2015 | 4:45 pm
    When planning your nonprofit’s marketing communications budget, does ‘social media’ have a line? Is it time to start considering paying in order to reach and grow your communities on social networks? We’ve (hopefully) moved past needing to make the case for simply having a presence on social media. But is it fair to expect to get the results we want on these networks without paying a dime? In a recent blog post about social media ads, Julia Campbell tells us that, “…nonprofits who do not budget some money for paid social advertising will get left in the News Feed…
  • How to organize your nonprofit’s visual library

    Andrea Brody
    28 May 2015 | 5:15 am
    When you go to the library, every book has its place, and there is a system that lets you easily find any book you need. When your organization is using photographs, graphics and other visuals, the same concept applies. Because you’re dealing with multiple images and creating visuals for print marketing materials, social media, blog posts, e-newsletters and more, you need a system to keep everything organized and running smoothly. The most effective way to stay organized is to create a visual library. A visual library is the main collection of all the photography and graphics for your…
  • Photo shot list: 7 important shots to nail at your next nonprofit event

    Janice Power
    21 May 2015 | 5:15 am
    When planning a gathering like an event, a meetup, a town hall, or a conference for your nonprofit there are a lot of factors that need to be considered. One way to make things easier when it comes to event photography is to create a photo shot list. People are always looking for easy confirmation that an event was a success. This is why it is so important to have a variety of high quality photos for use in blog posts, annual reports, sponsorship sell sheets, social media shares, and on your website, for example. Make sure your event photographer – volunteer or paid – has this photo shot…
 
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    Social Fundraising for Nonprofits

  • Break-up donations into monthly payments

    24 Jun 2015 | 3:44 pm
    No organization wants this scenario to be true: a prospective donor arrives on your donation page, loves your mission, best friends with your fundraiser, but just doesn’t have the cash to make a full donation.This is an absolute bummer. The result could be abandonment or a lesser amount. However, it is a reality. And…the reason we just launched our “Payment Split” feature.Reducing barriers to entry has long been a drive for us. You hear a great deal about Conversion Rate Optimization(CRO) or funnels and our greatest fear is that impact doesn’t arrive simply…
  • 6 Organizations Embracing Non-Traditional Fundraising

    23 Jun 2015 | 5:45 am
    Innovation needs strategic focus and creative ingenuity. When properly synced, its power is astronomical. Within 2013 and 2014 alone, $552 million was raised outside of traditional fundraising structures. No doubt about it, this is an incredible time to be in development. From technology maturing to organizations becoming more comfortable with investing, institutions across the globe are approaching their events with fresh eyes. In this follow up to 2014’s Wildest Fundraisers infographic, we wanted to highlight a few of our clients who are embracing Non-Traditional or Funky…
  • A well-oiled registration flow

    17 Jun 2015 | 3:33 pm
    The value of a smooth on-boarding flow should never be underestimated. Friction within this initial touch point can have long-term effects on whether or not an individual becomes a sustainable supporter or even whether they become a supporter at all.There are a few key components to a great process:1.     Mobile ready2.     Asks for ABSOLUTE information, not NICE TO KNOW3.     All in a single locationTwo Types of RegistrationsOut of the gate, RallyBound provides two variations on the registration flow. The first is called our Quick Reg, the other our Standard. The quick reg is…
  • My campaign’s over. What do I do now?

    11 Jun 2015 | 11:12 am
    Your campaign is over, you’ve surpassed your goals and now need to do something with the campaign. Trouble is, cases vary. Sometimes you want to hide a campaign from search results, other times remove it altogether. The circumstances vary — as they should — with the nature of complexity and diversity in fundraising today. So RallyBound made a point to create accessible features that accommodate a variety of use cases. You may have already noticed them in your admin, but if not, here is a brief overview:Delist CampaignDelisting the campaign keeps all its links active, and can be accessed…
  • Email is King: How we protect its throne

    9 Jun 2015 | 10:46 am
    Email is still the king in peer-to-peer fundraising. Even as transactions on social media continue to flourish, email remains a steady producer. This is why we take it so seriously.In the past our team has detailed some tactics on appropriate times to send emails alongside unveiling our conditional communication and auto-response options. But now we want to dig into the specifics of how we make sure fundraisers send the highest-quality emails from the RallyBound platform. This proactive stance is not necessarily a standard protocol within the industry, but a key reason as to why our sender…
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    Nonprofit Hub » Featured

  • Why Your Nonprofit Website Needs a Stories Section (and How to Do It Right)

    Kayla Matthews
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Kayla Matthews is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub. She is a writer and blogger with a passion for self-improvement and helping others. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter to read all of her latest posts. ______________________ Nonprofits often have their work cut out for them because they depend on donor generosity for survival. However, they also have a powerful tool that can be extremely worthwhile when used wisely: storytelling. Below, you’ll find out why storytelling is so crucial to a nonprofit website, and how to tell stories that resonate with others. People Don’t Just…
  • [MCON 2015] The Problem With Nonprofits ‘Non-Yesterday’

    Nick Small
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:35 am
    There is a problem with nonprofits today. Or as Eric Weinheimer might say, there is a problem with nonprofits “non-yesterday, non-tomorrow.” (a.k.a. today) Could something as simple as the title of our sector be crippling industry growth? As Weinheimer, the CEO of Donors Forum, explained, the term nonprofit is “inaccurate, it’s not who we are. It’s offensive.” During our post-MCON conversation, we joked about how 1950 called and wants its title back. The label is unfair because the nonprofit sector is the only industry defined by what it isn’t, Weinheimer said. You could say…
  • Three Crucial Elements of Donor Database Tools

    Jay Wilkinson
    27 Jun 2015 | 8:29 am
    I get asked the question often, “What should we look for in donor database tools?” I believe there are three crucial elements that you need. All good donor database tools worth your time and money will include: 1. A dashboard. This allows you to see how things are going at a glance. You’ve probably heard the old axiom, “We manage what we measure.” A dashboard allows everyone in your organization, including staff and board members, to see exactly what you’re measuring, so they in turn can manage it. Of course, not everyone can log in and see important donor data—that’s not what…
  • [MCON 2015] Millennials More Likely to Donate, Volunteer When Recruited by Peers vs. Bosses

    Lincoln Arneal
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Millennials are the people that make cool. They are largely the demographic that determines the latest trends in culture, technology and everyday life. However, millennials don’t operate in a vacuum. They are influenced by their managers, peers and work environment to get involved. As more millennials search for a purpose in their everyday work, their social impact doesn’t exist just in their hobbies and spare time. In the 2015 Millennial Impact Report, which was released Tuesday by Achieve and The Case Foundation, details were released about who specifically impacts millennials. The…
  • [MCON 2015] How to Develop Your Nonprofit Leadership with Minimal Resources

    Lyndsey Hrabik
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Developing leadership teams in the nonprofit sector is critical. Yet, Richard Brown, vice president of philanthropy at American Express, said many nonprofits lack the resources to develop their talents. At MCON 2015, Brown pointed out multiple ways we should develop leadership teams within our organizations. 1. Involve Everybody Your organization should adopt a simple understanding—everybody is important. At nonprofit organizations, Brown said there should be an understanding and appreciation of every single person helping to achieve your mission. Sure, not everybody can lead at the highest…
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    #fundchat

  • #fundchat On Summer Hiatus!

    Brendan Kinney
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:37 am
    Since our first #fundchat in June 2011, we’ve hosted over 150 discussions on a wide variety of topics having to do with marketing and fundraising for nonprofits. As we celebrate our 4th anniversary, it’s not time to chart a bold new direction, it’s actually time for a vacation. That’s right team, #fundchat will be going on summer vacation and will return on Wednesday, September 2, 2105 (at 12pm EST!). You may see an occasional post or two over the next few months, but we will be taking a break from weekly discussions until the fall. Please share your ideas for topics…
  • Direct Mail Is Dead! Long Live Direct Mail!

    Brendan Kinney
    1 Jun 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Click here for the transcript! Every six months or so, the death knell for direct mail rings loudly across the nonprofit world. Six months later, it’s rises from the dead: what was old is new again! Is it any wonder that our direct mail practices feel disjointed and our results as erratic? If there’s one thing which all nonprofit fundraisers can agree upon, it’s that direct mail produces frustration and anxiety. But does it produce results? Join #fundchat on Wednesday, June 3, from 12-1 pm EST for “Direct Mail Is Dead! Long Live Direct Mail!” We’ll discuss…
  • How Nonprofits Can Harness The Power of Online Communities

    Brendan Kinney
    19 May 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Click here for the transcript! This week’s #fundchat is inspired by a recent article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy called, “Click, Click, Cash?” part of a special report called “Unleash The Future.” One of the most intriguing elements of their coverage is the notion that nonprofits need to harness the power of online communities in order to truly take advantage of online giving: In the future that they envision, nonprofits take a quantum leap beyond slapping “donate now” buttons on their websites to build dynamic communi9ties of supporters on the…
  • How Nonprofits Can Benefit From Periscope And Meerkat

    Brendan Kinney
    11 May 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Click here to review the transcript! When I first heard about Meerkat, I immediately thought of Timón, you know, that character from The Lion King. Then came Periscope, which triggered the voice of Sean Connery from The Hunt For Red October in my head. But in reality, the only thing Meerkat and Periscope have in common with either movie is video, streaming video in this case. If you are on Twitter, it’s nearly impossible that you have not heard of either streaming video service. I get dozens of notifications a day from people and brands using one or the other (or both) apps to stream…
  • Make Your Donors Happy By Doing This One Thing

    Mary Cahalane
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:32 am
    Image thanks to Purple Sherbet Photography Have you ever thanked your donors “just because?” Anytime is a good time to thank your donors, but try a little experiment: start each week by showing some gratitude – the best kind, no strings attached – and see what happens. When I’ve done this, I’ve gotten thank you notes and calls from my donors. I guess they’re not used to being thanked without another request, or when it’s not for a recent gift. If you’re looking for an easy way to delight your donors, this is it. What is it? A thank you letter. Personalized and sent to…
 
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    CHARITY CASE

  • What I wish YOU knew about charities (Part 1)

    Krystyn Tully
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:03 am
    Don't let the wool throw you off; this sheep does not have a charitable purpose. (Image courtesy Tony, Flickr.) Forget lessons to myself. There's a crap-ton of super basic information that I wish other people knew about the nonprofit world. I wasn't sure where to start with this topic, so I appreciate the Keilburger brothers* and their latest column for helping me focus. It touches on virtually every annoying nonprofit sector trope floating around the interwebs these days.Starting with ....Oh my gosh, people, nonprofits and charities are not the same thing. This…
  • Lesson #23: There's never enough training

    Krystyn Tully
    19 May 2015 | 5:03 am
    Training is good for everyone. Someone should make a Venn diagram. In one circle, put start ups. In another circle, put charities. Where they overlap, that can be the "we're super bad at training place." "We wait too long to train our leaders," by Jack Zenger. December 2012. I saw a HBR post recently, which says that the average age of someone in corporate leadership training programs is 42.We teach math, writing, philosophy, history, science, and phys-ed to children, but wait until someone is 42 years old before we start teaching them how to be an effective leader. That's crazy. And…
  • Gone fishing (back around May 1)

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

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

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

  • How to Increase Millennial Impact and Engagement

    Amy DeVita
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:52 am
    Findings from The 2015 Millennial Impact Report, released today, provides us with some useful insight into the minds of this sizable demographic which will become tomorrow’s leaders and donors. In addition to summarizing some of the biggest takeaways, this post shares some suggestions on 4 ways your nonprofit can better engage Millennials with your cause. Learn which findings can most help your nonprofit, directly from The Millennial Impact Project’s Derrick Feldmann, our special guest in this webinar. The purpose of the  Millennial Impact Report is to help employers increase their…
  • Grading the Presidential Candidates’ Online Donation Pages

    Dan Quirk
    21 Jun 2015 | 5:29 am
    We are still 19 months away from the 2016 presidential elections, but Republican and Democratic candidates are already jockeying for position in the hotly contested Primary season. With millions of dollars in funding, presidential campaign websites are great studies in online fundraising and marketing. Nonprofits and for profits alike can learn an enormous amount just by watching the evolution of sign up pages, online donation pages, and website design throughout the length of a campaign. In this first episode, let’s take a look at the 2016 presidential candidates’ online donation…
  • 4 Cooling Summertime Productivity Tips

    Kadi McDonald
    18 Jun 2015 | 3:38 am
    It’s summer. It’s hot. It’s sunny. The kids are out of school. Friday workdays are shorter. Your mind is at the beach and you’re itching to get out of the office ASAP. This year’s weather has been particularly distracting for me. All I can think about during the day is how much I want to be outside. And whenever I’ve got a free moment, that’s where you’ll find me. It’s taken a toll on my productivity for the last several weeks, and I’m finally ready to whip myself back into productive shape before the heat of summer gets here. So how do you keep those beautiful…
  • State of Endowment Accounting in the Nonprofit Sector

    Amy DeVita
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:15 am
    Endowment Accounting Study Have you ever wondered what type of financial management systems are being used by endowments? Or, how frequently they are providing fund statements to donors? Our friends at AccuFund did– and the findings of the study they commissioned, conducted by NonprofitPRO, were just released. Get the Infographic Here Key Findings According to the company’s press release, the company cites these key findings of its 2015-2016 Endowment Accounting Insights & Analysis Survey Nearly half of all respondents have not made a change in their spending policy…
  • #3STTNPEvents at TEDxLMU – The Best for Last

    Lena DGiulia
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:06 am
    When planning an event, there are always struggles with who and what to combine for a perfect “winning” event. There is a precarious balance to finding presenters and entertainment who are both relevant and cohesive, while providing content that is varied enough to intrigue an audience. And on top of all that, you’ve got to consider timing: how long will the audience sit? When will their attention run out and who can motivate them to listen? A picture perfect 80 degrees and sunny day made it tough to enter a dark auditorium for TEDxLMU. Distracted, yet eager to listen, the…
 
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    Top Nonprofits

  • What to do When You Have No Time For Your Blog

    Kadi McDonald
    18 Jun 2015 | 3:48 am
    When you’re stretched thin already, it’s tough to make yourself focus on things that don’t give you immediate return on investment. But as a blogger and content strategist myself, it frightens me to hear about and see organizations who let their blogs fall to the wayside. Your blog serves as a reflection of your company. It’s a venue that gives you free reign to post content that is relevant to your specific audience. It helps you serve as an expert in your particular area and it also gives you original content to share to your social media accounts. Blogs don’t have to take you all…
  • 6 Traction Tips for Blog Posts

    James Zackal
    9 Jun 2015 | 9:56 am
      Blog posts play an important role in your online engagement. Posting regularly allows your audience to see that your organization cares and provides them with the latest news.   But how do you keep your audience coming back? What is the best way to promote your organization and it’s blog?   In 32 Experts Share Their Best Blog Post Promotion Tips, Kriti Hine and Kikolani asked top bloggers for tips that will get your blog more traction. To help gain the traction your organization deserves, try using the following 6 top tips.   Social Sharing Let social media be your…
  • 10 Biggest Checkout Donation Campaigns of 2014

    Amy DeVita
    1 Jun 2015 | 7:13 am
    This post was originally published on our partner site, Third Sector Today Chances are, if you made a purchase at eBay, WalMart or McDonald’s in 2014, you were asked if you’d consider donating $1, or $5 or the change that would round up your sale amount to the next dollar. And many, many obliged. Those three topped the list of elite cause marketing programs at retail and restaurants which generated more than $388 million through checkout donation campaigns in 2014, Cause Marketing Forum announced on May 28, 2015 at their annual conference in Chicago, IL $27.1 million was rasied for…
  • Finding Your Audience on Social Media

    Sandy Sabot
    27 May 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Just as there are developmental levels for children, the generational differences among baby boomers, Generation X, and millennials seem to align them with different social media for keeping in touch and learning about the world. Regardless of age, gender, or even income, The Pew Research Center studies show that three-fourths of the population today uses the available technology to communicate. Clearly your audience is on social media– but where?  Here are some tips on finding the channels where you are most likely to reach them.   Act like your audience.  Nonprofits need to be…
  • 3 Constituent Personas That Nonprofit Content Marketers Should Target

    Dan Quirk
    20 May 2015 | 2:17 pm
    According to Content Marketing Institute’s 2015 “State of Nonprofit Content Marketing” – 61% of marketers are using content marketing, only 35% say they are using it effectively, and only 23% report having a written content strategy.   These numbers tell me two things. First, there’s a lot of really bad content out there. And secondly, there is a TON of room for improvement for nonprofits looking to find success with content marketing.   Let’s take the first big step in documenting your content marketing strategy by determining exactly whom you should be targeting…
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    NSC Strategies » Blog

  • Assessing a Governance System

    Robert Nelson
    9 Jun 2015 | 5:45 am
    Before you begin to redesign your governance system, invest adequate time in analyzing your current system. After all, this is what Einstein would do! Einstein has been quoted as having said “if I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes. In other words, he would spend significant time figuring out what the problem is. If your current governance system isn’t performing up to par, it’s important to…
  • 8 Steps For Governance System Redesign

    Robert Nelson
    2 Jun 2015 | 5:45 am
    Is your organization in need of a governance system redesign? One of the biggest frustrations non-profit CEOs face is underperforming or ill performing boards. The cause(s) can be embedded in the current structure of the governing system, governance practices or policies, or both. Likewise, the solution can be found in changing the structure, updating practices and / or policies, or both. Although the task of transitioning your board to a high performance governing body can seem overwhelming, it can be best accomplished if you are intentional about determining where you want to go and how you…
  • CEO Responsible for High Performing Board

    Robert Nelson
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:45 am
    CEOs must take the lead when it comes to creating high performing boards. This includes taking a leadership role in board nominations and board development. The process of creating a high performing board doesn’t begin with nominating amazing board candidates that intuitively think strategically and have highly developed governing skills. In fact, if your board isn’t ready for great board members it may be a mistake to try to recruit them until you further develop good governance practices. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try to continually increase the quality of your board…
  • The Right Answer is Death Nail of Good Strategy

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

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

  • Introducing The NEW Winspire Silent Auction Travel Package Collection

    30 Jun 2015 | 11:30 am
    Incredible travel packages designed for silent auctions We are excited to introduce a new category of Winspire Experiences built specifically for the silent auction tables. This new collection of exciting travel packages was designed to save you time and raise more money by delivering turn-key silent auction items that appeal to a wider audience of potential bidders. Strategic Price Point With Nonprofit prices ranging from $1,000 - $2,800 and a diverse selection of enticing travel packages to choose from, this catalog is for event fundraisers who want to target new…
  • 5 Summer Prep Ideas For Your Next Charity Auction

    25 Jun 2015 | 10:15 am
    Ahhh... Summertime. Time to take a break from your charity’s fundraising activities until the fall, right?? Wait!! Instead, try taking advantage of the peace and quite with these five easy summer preparation ideas that will make things easier as you begin planning for your next charity event. 1. Procure Auction Items Early  Take the heat off by preparing for your fall live and silent auctions now. Call your auction committee for happy hour by the pool and devise a strategy to round up the best items using these tips: Decide who will be involved with procuring auction items. Board…
  • 4 Ideas for Selecting Charity Auction Trips Based on Location

    23 Jun 2015 | 10:20 am
    Travel is one of the most popular and best selling charity auction items in North America. Why? Because most people who attend charity fundraising events have a substantial travel budget, which is money they set aside specifically for vacation travel.  In fact, according to American Express, 53% of Americans save money each year specifically for travel. To see what that statistic looks for an audience at a charity fundraising event, we surveyed over 1,000 winning bidders and found that of those who bid on travel packages, over 69% budget at least $5,000 each year for vacation…
  • 11 Elements of a Spectacular Online Donation Page

    18 Jun 2015 | 11:04 am
    Digital giving continues to grow, up 14% in 2013 alone, according to The Network For Good Digital Giving Index. Industry experts agree that this trend is likely to continue to increase, which means if your online donation page isn't in tip-top shape, you will miss out on key giving opportunities. These slower summer months are the ideal time to revamp your online giving page. Give yourself enough time to test, refine, test again and ensure your organization's website is prepared for whatever the end-of-year fundraising season throws at it. If nothing else, take a good hard look at…
  • 10 Ways to Stay Cool with Donors in the Heat of Summer

    16 Jun 2015 | 10:03 am
    The big season for charity events may have wound down just as the thermometer has inched upward, but that's no reason to take a vacation from staying in touch with donors. These great summertime stay-in-touch ideas will give your stakeholders a break from a hard push for donations without letting your charity fade from their memory. Lighten up your email campaign, have fun with a direct mail approach and give your social media a seasonal makeover. Your year-round communication plan should ensure donors know they remain top-of-mind and that their gifts are important and appreciated, no…
 
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    The White Fuse Blog

  • Why Low Customisation and High Quality Design Are Friends Not Enemies

    Owen Roseblade
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:39 am
    Last week Andy wrote about why we've changed the way we build websites and introduced you to our new product, Bamboo. We've standardised lots of the functionality we deliver, lowered the cost and sped up the process. It's quite a shift for us as we move from high levels of customisation to an approach that offers a fixed number of features, a fixed layout, and sees many other decisions made before we work with individual clients. There are loads of reasons why we think this approach is much better than the more standard way of building charity websites, yet there is a question we've been…
  • Why We Changed The Way We Build Charity Websites

    Andy Pearson
    16 Jun 2015 | 9:28 am
    For years we operated like every other website agency serving the charity sector. We would listen to our clients, understand their needs and use open source technology like Drupal or Wordpress to craft a website to fit those requirements. Yes, we challenged opinions when appropriate. Yes, we brought our expertise and experience to the client’s problems. But we went with the fundamental assumption that all of our clients’ needs were different and needed a customised solution from the ground up every time we began a new project. Analysis of our past website projects When we started…
  • SEO for Charities: A Comprehensive Guide

    Andy Pearson
    28 May 2015 | 8:15 am
    This post is about search engine optimisation (SEO) and is aimed at charity marketers. It will give you a run-down of all the basics you need to know about SEO and in particular will address the following common questions: What really matters and what can I ignore? What should my website agency do and what can I do myself? This post doesn’t  address questions like ‘is SEO even important for my charity?’ or ‘how do I measure my website’s effectiveness?’ but these worthwhile and related questions are addressed in these posts: 7 Steps to Mastering SEO for Your Charity Website…
  • 4 Steps to Optimising your Images for the Web

    Amy Reinecke
    7 May 2015 | 6:44 am
    Want to create an engaging website, full of interesting and relevant visuals? Great!  However, bad quality images in strange dimensions can damage your brand reputation and if your files are too big your website will be slow and might even get penalised by Google.  We’ve laid out a 4 step checklist to follow when adding images to your website. No time to read? Our 4 diagrams lay out the main points. 1. Dimensions - do you have it right? Informed by TV screens, the most popular dimension ratios are 4x3 SD TV and the 16x9 HD TV. 1x1 is also pretty safe (i.e. a square!). Stick to these and…
  • 8 Things to Include in your Charity Brand Guidelines

    Owen Roseblade
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:28 am
    Every organisation will have different needs, so the scope of brand guidelines can vary quite a lot depending on the audience they serve. Are they going to be used primarily by your comms team, your wider staff, or by professional designers? The best way to ensure your staff make good use of your guidelines is to only give them the information they actually need. Comprehensive and complicated guidelines can be overwhelming. Here are our top tips, with examples from our own brand guidelines, for how to create simple brand guidelines that will give you the best chance of staying consistent. 1.
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    GuideStar Blog

  • How to Give Without Spending a Cent

    Shonte Riddick
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:34 am
    When people think of giving often the first thing that pops into you head is donating, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. There are so many other ways to give without having to open the purse strings. Here are some great ideas to get you started: 1.   If you like to eat and socialize see if you could host a fundraiser for a night at a local restaurant or bar. Most restaurants are open to the idea of allowing a certain percent of the night’s profits to go to charity as long as it is scheduled in advance and you are in charge of the crowds. 2.   If you are an aspiring…
  • Telling Your Story to Stand Out

    Jessica Walker
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:58 am
    Jessica Walker Did you know? GuideStar is seeking job applicants for a Development Associate popsition! Click here to read the job description and details on how to apply.   The nonprofit world is large and there are often many other organizations working in the same or similar cause areas. To secure funding and keep your nonprofit running, it’s important to make your work stand out from the rest – telling your story in an exciting, clear way. We’ve seen suggestions on the blog earlier this month for using social media, now let’s look at two new(ish) tools available for developing…
  • And some additional information from Idealist:

    Shonte Riddick
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:01 am
    Recently, GuideStar partnered with Idealist to present a free webinar, “Finding your Dream Nonprofit Job: How to use GuideStar & Idealist to Find the Right Position.” In case you missed it, you can view the full recording of the webinar here and the slides here. The following is a guest post by the Idealist team. Idealist is a global nonprofit organization with over a million people, and 110,000 organizations that that connects people with jobs or volunteer opportunities in both in the United States, and in over 180 countries abroad. In addition to the English site,…
  • Inefficiencies Still Plaguing NPOs in 2015

    VolunteerHub
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:11 am
    A couple years ago we tackled the topic of inefficiencies within nonprofits and its impact on your volunteer relationships. As time and technology have advanced, it seems appropriate to re-evaluate this important subject once again. By leveraging the latest technology, your organization will be in a better position to reduce inefficiencies and build longer lasting relationships with volunteers. Here are some updates for 2015 Inefficiency: Sifting through Contact Info Does your nonprofit still have separate databases for volunteers and donors? If they are not cross-checked, your organization…
  • The Impact of Form 1023-EZ

    Chuck McLean
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:36 am
    On July 1, 2014, the IRS released Form 1023-EZ (Streamlined Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code). The purpose of this form is to make it easier for smaller charities to apply for and receive tax-exempt status. “This is a common-sense approach that will help reduce lengthy processing delays for small tax-exempt groups and ultimately larger organizations as well,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen at the time. “The change cuts paperwork for these charitable groups and speeds application processing so they can focus on…
 
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    Laramie Board Learning Project

  • Learning theory to governance practice: Power in everyday nonprofit board life

    Debra Beck, EdD
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Learning is embedded in group social life. It's inevitable. It's powerful. It happens - whether or not we realize or acknowledge it.Yes, I really did read and draw from traditional scholarly sources in preparation for my research. But I return to Etienne Wenger and William Snyder's online article, "Learning in Communities," this week because it provides the perfect next step from last week's post as I recreated the path that I followed in that research process.It also describes perfectly the motivation for choosing a case study, conducted over months, instead of more expedient research…
  • A "Nonprofit Board Member's Bill of Rights"

    Debra Beck, EdD
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:56 am
    In honor of the U.S. holiday taking place at the end of this week - and the unique leadership and service roles of nonprofit governance - I offer up anew my "Nonprofit Board Member's Bill of Rights."Since this site's readership has expanded significantly in the last year, and since the principles that follow remain - in my view - universal, they are appropriate for sharing again this year. The post originally was offered as a counterpoint to an earlier entry outlining a few (sometimes unpleasant) realities about nonprofit governance.  The individual "rights" will be familiar to regular…
  • Governance toolbox: June potpourri edition

    Debra Beck, EdD
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:29 am
    Today, I close out the "toolbox" month with the June link potpourri, a flavorful mix of nonprofit-related goodness from others.The Talent Development Platform -- Fresh from my LinkedIn news feed comes word (and the initial post) of a series by my friend, Heather Carpenter. The series will explore the talent development framework that she and co-author Tera Qualls developed and described in their marvelous resource, The Talent Development Platform: Putting People First in Social Change Organizations. If you're on LinkedIn, I'd encourage you to follow Heather so that you won't miss a word of…
  • Nonprofit governance: Changing the question

    Debra Beck, EdD
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:42 pm
    (NOTE: If this post looks familiar, that's because it is. I fixed a typo last night and the post re-published as new, rather than saved at its original release date.)"We can more easily do this if we shift our thinking from 'What is governing?' to 'Toward what ends are we governing?'"I already was drawing inspiration from Cathy Trower as I prepared for a recent board training session when I encountered again this quote from her marvelous The Practitioner's Guide to Governance as Leadership: Building High-Performing Nonprofit Boards. I knew instantly that this was the perfect starting point…
  • Learning theory to governance practice: Learning to be vs. learning about

    Debra Beck, EdD
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:54 am
    Oh, how I love this quote - and all that it represents for nonprofit board development.Found in John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid's The Social Life of Information, it offers a particularly compelling way of thinking not only about adult learning generally but about nonprofit board learning specifically.While I saw evidence of this in action in my case study, it was not the biggest data news of the research. Still, the application to nonprofit governance is so crystal clear - and was so central to my understanding of the learning needs of board members generally - that encountering it was a…
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