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  • Ring or Fling? Not all Donors Want the Same Relationship

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    Leslie Allen
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:02 pm
    I read the Harvard Business Review blog posts nearly every day and most of the time I find something that may not be meant for nonprofit fundraisers, but that is good for us to think about nonetheless. The other day, I found a goodie. Andrew O’Connell’s piece called Don’t Propose Marriage to a Customer Who Wants a Fling really made me think about the current discussions happening around donor retention in the fundraising blogs these days. Here’s a quote from his post. “…consumers are looking for certain kinds of relationships with companies. Some consumers might want to be treated…
  • How To Get More ROI from Facebook Boosted Posts

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    John Haydon
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    Boosted Posts is a Facebook product that increases reach for specific Facebook Page updates. Boosted Posts are labeled “sponsored” and appear at the top of the Newsfeeds (web and mobile) of people you target. When people interact with your Boosted post, that interaction is seen by their friends. Facebook doesn’t sell engagement You can’t pay Facebook to increase engagement on your Page posts, but you can pay for more reach (the number of people who see your update). You are free to boost any update you choose (under these terms), and the shareholders will be happy to…
  • Is it Time For an Extreme Thank You Makeover?

    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog
    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:15 am
    Summer is here! Yea, finally.  This may be a slower time for you, and over the summer, I'm going to give you some suggestions on how to improve your fundraising and communications to help you get ready for a busy fall.One area where most nonprofits can do better is thanking their donors, something that often seems like an afterthought.  A landing page is more than a receiptMany people donate online now, and your landing page is your first chance to say thank you.  Make it personal and not transactional.  Open with Thank you, Susan!or You're amazing!  Include an…
  • How to Be Unique: 3 Creative Ways to Amplify Your Reach

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    Okanjo
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    The preceding is a cross post of Ojanjo’s June 3rd article on their blog, “3 Creative Ways to Amplify Your Nonprofit Reach.” To read that article, visit here.  If you work on behalf of a nonprofit, then you’re always looking for new ways to increase your company’s reach. In fact, the very lifeblood of a nonprofit organization relies on generous donations from loyal supporters, followers and strategic partnerships. But how will you go about tapping the generosity of potential supporters if you can’t reach them in the first place? It’s not always about increasing the…
  • Be Quiet!

    A Small Change
    Jason Dick
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’ve mentioned this in previous post but I wanted to hit on the point in a little bit more depth.  After you have asked for a gift or even for a volunteer’s involvement and help their should be silence. The next person to talk should not be you, it should be the donor.  Many people get nervous and feel like they have to fill the silence with other asks or other stories.  But if you do not give the donor the opportunity to talk you will never find out if they will or can give the gift you asked for.  And if you are not silent you will never be able to respond to the reasons they…
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  • How to Push Past Your Limits

    Rosetta
    19 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’ve been easing into the habit of running 3 times a week in preparation for a 5K race this summer (fingers crossed). I have to say, yesterday’s training run was so much easier on the treadmill with hype music and a great ocean view! It was the first time in YEARS that I jogged a whole mile without stopping to walk. I’ve been here in Hawaii for almost 9 months(!) now and every few weeks, I still pinch myself because I can’t believe I get to live my ideal island lifestyle. I often think back to the moment when I made the decision to come here, more specifically the day…
  • You’re Never “Too Old” to Follow Your Dreams

    Rosetta
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    A few months ago, I called my bank to change my address for one of my checking accounts. When I told the call center operator that I had recently moved to Hawaii, she gasped and said, “Oh my God, I’ve always wanted to live there!” I’ve gotten used to people saying things like that when I tell them I live on a tropical island, so I just kept going with the process of completing my transaction. Or at least, I tried to. As she was updating my address in the computer system, the woman began to open up as if talking to a friend, not a banking customer. She shared more of…
  • 5 Lessons I Learned About Success While Hiking Koko Head in Hawaii

    Rosetta
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Yesterday, I hiked Koko Head Crater here in Honolulu, Hawaii with my boyfriend and some of his friends. Koko Head is one of the more challenging hikes on Oahu because it’s a really steep climb up about 1,000 steps on an old railroad path. I don’t particularly enjoy hiking (or any form of exercise for that matter), but I have been wanting to go on at least one hike here on the island to see the amazing ocean views from the top. Since I’m not a regular hiker, it was especially tough for me and totally outside of my comfort zone. But of course, with any new experience, you…
  • How to Get What You Really Want

    Rosetta
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:07 pm
    I’ve been thinking a lot about desire over the past few weeks. There’s a magical process that begins when you finally admit that you want something MORE for your life. When you write your desires down on paper and even better – say them out loud - there’s a spiritual shift within you. Because as soon as you take the first step toward the life you really want, the universe starts moving on your behalf. God starts placing new people and new opportunities in your life. Miracles start happening. At the end of last year, I set this powerful intention for 2014:…
  • The Power of Making a Decision

    Rosetta
    17 Jun 2014 | 2:53 pm
    “Procrastination is the opposite of decision.” – Napoleon Hill Let me ask you a serious question. In the past 12 months, how many opportunities have you missed out on because of procrastination? Be honest. Add up all the times you kept that email in “draft” for weeks until the deadline had passed. Count up all the times you “forgot” to follow-up with a potential client or customer for your business. Go through all the events you didn’t get to attend because you waited…and waited…and WAITED until the very last minute to get your ticket…and then it was sold…
 
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  • Value, cost, and price: a nonprofit dilemma

    KateB
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    sale.jpg In this post, Curt Klotz talks about the importance of placing value and cost to the services nonprofits provide. He encourages nonprofits to value our work beyond the traditional definition of cost.
  • Where passion meets business model

    KateB
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    smarty_pants_button.jpg In this post, Kate Barr identifies six facets to help you develop financial leadership at your organization.
  • Balance Sheet? Who cares?

    KateB
    10 Jun 2014 | 9:47 am
    shrug_shoulders.jpg We acknowledge that not every one will love the balance sheet as much as we do. In this post, Stephanie Jacobs suggests moving beyond financial jargon and using the balance sheet as a tool to identify different things nonprofit staff and board members do care about.
  • Nonprofits Assistance Fund presenting at Nonprofit Essentials Conference

    KateB
    30 May 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Stephanie Jacobs is presenting a session at the 2014 Nonprofit Essentials Conference on July 24, 2014 at the University of St. Thomas.
  • Budgeting time for collaborative budgeting

    KateB
    22 May 2014 | 9:40 am
    working_from_above.jpg At Nonprofits Assistance Fund, we teach that a budget is just another version of a mission statement or strategic plan expressed in a different language, the language of numbers. In this post, Curt Klotz encourages nonprofits to use a collaborative budgeting approach in order to create a budget that best reflects your mission.
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  • The Art of Less As More: Micro Content

    Beth
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    Visual.ly has published this really useful and free e-book on Micro Content.   As our attention fragments and more and more of us are reading content on mobile devices, content creators are finding that the best way to engage audiences is with shorter, bite-sized chunks of content known as “Micro Content.”    The e-book, which at 32 pages, is definitely long-form content provides context, best practices, examples, tools, and resources.  I don’t know about you, but as a content consumer, I still do consumer long-form content to get a better understanding of a topic.   As…
  • Explore Impact Leadership at NTEN’s Leading Change Summit: Free Registration Giveaway

    Beth
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    I’m giving away a free registration to NTEN’s Leading Social Change Summit.   If you want to a chance to win, leave a comment on this post sharing something that you’d like to learn about Impact Leadership or some wisdom from your experience about practicing impact leadership!  I’ll pick a winner by July 3oth. NTEN is hosting the “Leading Change Summit ” in San Francisco from September 3-6th.  (Early bird registration ends on July 31 and scholarship information is here.) This conference will be different from Nonprofit Technology Conference which is…
  • Can My Fitbit Data Make Health Care Better?

    Beth
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    I first put a fitbit, a digital pedometer that tracks steps, calories burned, food intake, and other personal analytics data,  on my wrist back in October. After some results from routine tests during my annual physical,  my doctor informed me that my cholesterol was high.    ”Start exercising more and stop eating bacon cheese burgers ” were the doctor’s orders and we’ll retest in 6 months.  Otherwise, I would need to go on statins. As a data nerd, I couldn’t resist the fitbit and its ability to track my every move during this glorious science experiment.  …
  • Stop the Glorification of Busy and Thrive

    Beth
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    I just returned last week from vacation with my husband and children at the Jersey Shore where I grew up.   It was great to sit on the beach and do nothing, get lots of walking in, and hang out with family.    Above all, it is a great escape from your never ending to do list.   I did take along a few books, including Ariana Huffington’s Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. The book is about how to reframe success away from money and power to a third metric.  She identifies this as “thriving,” where you…
  • Markets for Good Post: Design A Better Dashboard

    Beth
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Flickr Photo by PetitPlat - Stephanie Kilgast This post was also appeared on the MarketsforGood site as part of my regular column, “Between the Dashboard and the Chair.” How Human-Centered Design Methods Can Help You Design A Better Dashboard Take a look at any nonprofit dashboard and the most effective ones probably have an organizational process that lies beneath. Dashboard design is more than simply clarifying outcomes and key metrics. Dashboard design should also inspire buy-in and continuous improvement by using “human centered design” methods. But shouldn’t dashboards…
 
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  • Whistles for Whistleblowers

    Marc van Gurp
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    This is very well executed fundraising campaign made for the German section of Reporters Without Borders from earlier this year. The idea is simple: buy a whistle to support the work of organisation for whistleblowers like Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowdon. “Whistleblowers pay a high price for the freedom of information. Yours is 6€.” The whistles are for sale on the campaign website. If you really want to criticize the campaign, then you can say that it is a worthless gadget. It will go away in a drawer, or worse, in the garbage. However, the symbol is relevant. And funny too.
  • Saddle Blossoms: The exhibition of bicycles’ abandoned time

    Marc van Gurp
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    In Tokyo, over 2 million bikes are disposed on the streets every year, but the problem has remained widely unnoticed. With COGOO, an organization aiming to create cleaner cities, agency TBWA\HAKUHODO transformed bicycle-parking lots with abandoned bikes into art galleries displaying SADDLE BLOSSOMS: A Beautiful Solution to an Ugly Problem. The agency collected dozens of abandoned bikes and recycled the saddles into planters to be used as an unforeseen new medium. They got support from botanical experts to plant special seeds that grow fast. The plants left outdoors grew under the different…
  • Elisabetta Canalis plays a dog in a hot car for PETA

    Tom Megginson
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    It’s a typical strategy for PETA: Increase empathy for animal suffering by putting beautiful young women in their place: In this case, however, it’s an issue that most mainstream viewers can emotionally support. In our hyper-connected media environment, it seems that every day (in hot seasons) brings a new outrage story about dogs dying in, or rescued from, closed hot cars. Author: Tom Megginson
  • Condoms ask humans to wrap up for endangered species

    Tom Megginson
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Center for Biological Diversity explains how condoms can save wildlife: The Earth’s population now tops 7 billion people. The rapid growth of our human population is pushing other species off the planet in what most scientists are calling the sixth mass extinction crisis. Yet this population explosion is too often ignored by the public, the media and even the environmental movement, while it continues to drive all the major environmental problems that plague our planet — including climate change, habitat loss, ocean acidification and resource depletion. The Center has been…
  • Palestinian and Israeli Bereaved Families: We don’t want you here

    Marc van Gurp
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:10 am
    The Palestinian Israeli Bereaved Families for Peace also known as The Parents Circle-Families Forum (PCFF) is a joint Palestinian Israeli organization of over 600 families, all of whom have lost a close family member as a result of the prolonged conflict. Their latest campaign video consists of one sentence: We don’t want you here. Said by people, Palestinians and Israelis, who have lost a family member to the conflict. They doesn’t want new PCFF members. PCFF: “We are all - Palestinians and Israelis - going through difficult, sensitive and emotional days. But it’s…
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  • Simple, Timeless Social Media Tips

    elizabeth.ragland@networkforgood.org
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    As of September 2013, 73% of online adults use social networking sites. If your nonprofit isn’t active on at least one social network, now is the time to get moving! A quick Google search will provide you with tons of best practices and tips for using social media but in this video, you’ll find that I stuck to actionable tips that go beyond the latest fad or algorithm to help your nonprofit excel (and have fun) with social media.   Take your social media outreach to the next level. Download our free guide, 101 Social Media Posts, for content ideas that you can use for Facebook,…
  • Nonprofit Spotlight: July

    elizabeth.ragland@networkforgood.org
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    We love taking a little time to celebrate the amazing things our nonprofit partners are accomplishing in their communities. Our Nonprofit of the Week series lets us spread the word far and wide about the great things the organizations we’re working with are doing to improve their corner of the world. In July we celebrated a New York charter school that boasts a dedicated alumni network, a community center that provides unified support for the people of the San Gabriel Valley, and Georgia’s oldest nonprofit childcare center. Take a look at the great things these organizations are doing and…
  • It’s Time to Retire the Reception

    elizabeth.ragland@networkforgood.org
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:39 am
    Wine and cheese tastings. Fancy dinners. Receptions. What do all these events have in common? They are generic. Any nonprofit can host these events. They are not special to your donors. They are not especially meaningful. To paraphrase Lynne Wester, The Donor Relations Guru, in our popular Nonprofit 911 webinar:  Donors gave you money. They can buy themselves dinner. Hosting an event to honor and recognize your donors is good practice, but make sure that the face to face experience you give them is unique to your organization. So what kind of donor experience do I recommend? I want to…
  • Great neighbors, but no casseroles.

    elizabeth.ragland@networkforgood.org
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:17 am
    My peers and I are the Tweens of adulthood. We are old enough to remember the milkman delivering to the doorstep, and young enough to appreciate the poetry of rap music—at least some of it. We are the children of the baby boom, and the parents of Millennials. Growing up, we were defined by our neighborhoods. Our parents chose neighborhoods based on what today we call affinity groups: ethnicity, education, class, age of kids. Our social network was the neighborhood. Accomplishments were celebrated with neighbors, and challenges were tackled with neighbors, often accompanied by a…
  • Enhance Your Fundraising Strategy with Powerful Images

    elizabeth.ragland@networkforgood.org
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    The power of imagery is undeniable. Visuals have a way of emphasizing a message and motivating viewers to act. Watch as I share some examples and walk through the best ways to stimulate and engage your supporters and donors through images.
 
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  • Bye-Bye Big Vision Podcast: 70+ Interviews Over 7 Years with Social Changemakers

    Britt Bravo
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:37 pm
    East Bay Express, Best of the East Bay 2007Today is my day for letting go of things to make space for something new.I just told my VegCookbook Club that I'm stepping down as its organizer, and now I'm letting go of the Big Vision Podcast. It has been REALLY hard to let this go, but after not posting an interview for a year, I know that it is time.I started the Big Vision Podcast in 2006 about six months after starting Have Fun, Do Good. When I told my husband that I wanted to interview social changemakers for my blog, he suggested that I start a podcast. He had the audio equipment to help me…
  • Color = happiness

    Britt Bravo
    7 Jun 2014 | 8:18 am
    A few years ago, I had a vivid dream that I went into a dark therapist's office to meet with my client, Cameron Diaz. She wanted to know the secret to happiness, so I told her:Cook Connect Care ColorI've heard that all of the characters in your dreams are aspects of yourself, so I've thought a lot over the years about my advice to the "Cameron Diaz" aspect of myself. Cooking, connecting and caring made sense, but I didn't fully understand the color part until last week when I joined Andrea Sher's e-course: Collecting Color: 30 Days of Photo Joy. I'm having so much fun!Each day, for…
  • The healing power of . . .

    Britt Bravo
    31 May 2014 | 12:45 pm
    I woke up this morning feeling kinda poopy. It was one of those mornings when I felt like a "broken" person. When I feel like that, I sometimes wonder if it is all me, or if I am also feeling the pain and sadness everyone is feeling (I'm a bit of an emotional sponge).I began thinking about what heals, what helps us feel more whole, and how there are a lot of things we say have "healing power":Healing power of natureHealing power of listeningHealing power of artHealing power of hugsHealing power of laughterHealing power of tears Healing power of animalsHealing power of childrenHealing power of…
  • Feeling Between Seasons

    Britt Bravo
    23 Feb 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Is it spring yet?It is warm and lovely outside today, and I'm feeling between seasons. It's technically winter, the time of the year when we're supposed to stay inside and embrace the quiet and the darkness, but it's also spring-like (at least in California), which is inspiring a desire to bloom.Very confusing weather that is reflective of the transition time I'm in.In January, I joined the staff of Rockwood Leadership Institute as the Senior Communications Manager (yay!), which has been awesome, and a big change after working for myself for about eight years. Over the past couple months,…
  • Are you giving to what you really want to change in the world?

    Britt Bravo
    20 Jan 2014 | 8:32 am
    "Everyone is a philanthropist whether you're giving five dollars, or fifty thousand dollars. What sets this apart as philanthropy is, are you giving in a way that really affects your passions, your interests, what you really want to change in the world. . . . Are you giving mindfully? That to me is really the mark of thinking about this as a philanthropist." ~ Lauren Brownstein on the Tranquility du Jour podcast.While listening to Kimberly Wilson's Tranquility du Jour podcast interview with fundraising and philanthropic consultant, Lauren Brownstein on Saturday, the quote above really…
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  • Shape Messages that Spur Action (Case Study)

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    Freelance communications strategist Jeremy Porter shares his knowhow in his e-newsletter , his blog (where this article first appeared) and via Twitter. For people to care about global warming it needs to be made relevant. This guide shows the language that’s simple and uncontroversial. In Nebraska, there’s a father thinking about his children’s health and education. In Oregon there’s a mother thinking about the pressures of her job. In Virginia there’s a couple thinking about the bills they will struggle to pay. And when asked if they think global warming or climate change is…
  • Your New Nonprofit Marketing Job? Take It Forward Tuesday

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    Please post your open nonprofit marketing positions here Communications Manager, Central Asia Institute (Bozeman, MT) Communications Manager, Grace Place for Children and Families (Naples, FL) Communications Manager, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates (San Francisco, CA) Communications Operations Manager, Public Policy Institute of California (San Francisco, CA) Communications Outreach & Media Associate, Rainforest  Alliance (New York, NY) Communications Specialist, The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (Harrisburg, PA) Graphic Designer, Incitement Design (New York, NY)…
  • 14 Fantastic Nonprofit Marketing Jobs! Take It Forward Tuesday

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    Please post your open nonprofit marketing positions here Communications Associate, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (Princeton, NJ) Communications & Policy Director, American Forest Foundation (Washington, DC) Communications Director, Rebuild by Design (New York, NY) Communications Director, William Mitchell College of Law (Saint Paul, MN) Communications Specialist, The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation (Asheville, NC) Digital Content & Marketing Manager, National Council on Aging (Washington, DC) Digital Media Specialist, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (Spartanburg,…
  • Reactivate Your Email List (Case Study)

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    Since 1996, Karla Capers has been working for advocacy organizations, figuring out ways to use the internet to raise visibility for progressive issues, engage people in campaigns, and try to make the world a better place. Note from Nancy: I came upon Karla’s terrific guidance for re-engaging folks on the Progressive Exchange list serv, and got her permission to repost here. I’m Online Director at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and we were faced with a real challenge—how to re-engage the many folks who were not reading or acting on our emails. Here’s our three-part reactivation…
  • New Nonprofit Marketing Jobs! Take It Forward Tuesday

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    Please post your open nonprofit marketing positions here Alumni Marketing & Communications Manager, Poly Prep Country Day (Brooklyn, NY) Chief Marketing Officer, National Trust for Historic Preservation (Washington, DC) Communications & Program Manager, Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (Los Altos,  CA) Communication Officer, The Raikes Foundation (Seattle, WA) Digital Media & Website Associate, Center for Economic & Policy Research (Washington, DC) Director of Communications, Berks County Community Foundations (Reading, PA) Director of Communications, Fountain House (New…
 
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  • Upon Discovering He has Readers

    Phil Cubeta
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    First of all I would like to thank an anonymous tipster who has informed me that my private therapeutic journal (Gift Hub, which is meant as kind of garbage can for my own alienated thoughts and feelings) is somehow being posted on line! I have contacted a pro bono attorney who is kindly crafting me a Disclaimer, User Agreement & Comprehensive Retraction of the several thousand posts here, going back to the early stages of my mental illness in which I first began "to save the world," "make a difference," "do well by doing good," and…
  • Teaching Philanthropy to the Producers and Product of Market-Humanity

    Phil Cubeta
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    In teaching philanthropy, to financial advisors and nongift planners, I notice that when I say "civil society," or "civics," or "citizen," I get this bored look, and wonder if to liven things up I should don a Benjamin Franklin costume, and pose with a quill pen in one hand, and a parchment document in the other. When I address students as "investors," or shrewd consumers, or best yet as "entrepreneurs," or "social entrepreneurs," they seem flattered and eager to learn more. When I talk about "cultivating our…
  • Yonder Holy Beggar's Theory of Change

    Phil Cubeta
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    See that monk with begging bowl by the side of the road, leaning on a staff, all his posessions in a small bundle at his feet?  He too has a theory of change. (It is said that his father conquered this former kingdom of rice farmers, now shopping malls, and his mother ran it with an MBA from Stanford, and that the souls of the dead walk the land uneasily, their traditions in tatters, their children now clerks and consumers, as results have improved.)
  • John Henry (Of Metrics and Man)

    Phil Cubeta
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    John Henry, yes, he was a steel drivin' man, but the steam drill drove him down. And the men on the line, driving spikes for the railroad, sang in a down tempo, stinting the blows, to stay in rhythm and to stay alive, in competition with Frederick Taylor's men, the one right way, and the coming of the machine. If I owned the railroad, invested in it, or rode the rails on a ticket, it would all be about the number of spikes driven, and dollars per mile, and the meal the conducter might serve. I might not even hear the work songs of the chain gang driving spikes, might not even notice…
  • Interfaith Worker Justices seeks new Executive Director

    Phil Cubeta
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Kim Bobo has chosen to step down as head of Interfaith Worker Justice, an organization she founded 18 years ago. No one can fill her shoes, but perhaps one can carry her torch. Do you know anyone? What's next for Interfaith Worker Justice? The organization is seekinga new Executive Director, based in either Chicago or D.C. This is thegreatest job in the world, because Interfaith Worker Justice is working on themost important issues facing the nation. We focus on real campaigns and issuesthat generate concrete improvements in people's lives, and the leaders in theaffiliate network,…
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  • #DetroitWater - Part Two

    Lucy Bernholz
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    A few days ago I posted about #DetroitWater. I had sent off an email to the creators before posting, and when I didn't hear back in a day I went ahead and posted the blog with the questions.  I think my emails got buried in the flood of attention they've been receiving. A little Twitter outreach, and the blog post itself, and they circled back to me ASAP with these answers to my earlier questions. To save you from having to click around - here's my old post again and my questions - this time with their answers. text of my PREVIOUS POST follows Here's a website that allows anyone to…
  • #DetroitWater - a sign of things to come?

    Lucy Bernholz
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Here's a website that allows anyone to pay the water bill (or part of the bill) owed by someone in Detroit. Lest we grow complacent, allow me to point out several noteworthy - dare I say, almost astonishing - things about this from the perspective of (what else) digital civil society:The city of Detroit is so broke it's cutting off water to residents.Many people in Detroit can't afford to pay for water. People are taking to the street and online to protest - and the fight is on between privatized water systems and water as a common good (this is common fight in many parts of the world,…
  • Digital Civil Society - Infographic (take 2)

    Lucy Bernholz
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Thanks for feedback on yesterday's attempt at visual representation of digital civil society. Here's an updated graphic thanks to your input.More feedback welcome. (And to those who wanted it to be a spinning, multi-colored GIF, I say - go for it! Make it happen, make it better! As you can tell from above I can barely align objects correctly. I will gratefully receive any and all improvements on the above and give artistic and graphic credit whereever it may be due. Thanks)
  • Digital civil society - the infographic

    Lucy Bernholz
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    I spend a lot of time trying to explain what I mean by digital civil society.Does this help?
  • What are nonprofits for?

    Lucy Bernholz
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    What are nonprofits for?This seems like a question that used to have an easy answer - they are tax-exempt organizations that provide services, from education to art to meals; they offer a place for ideological, ethnic or other minority groups to express their ideas and serve their communities; they offer complements or alternatives to services provided by the government; and they advocate for change.While it never really was all that clear cut I think there was a general sense among Americans at least that, within the U.S., you knew a nonprofit when you saw one.Well, if it was clear once,…
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  • Be Quiet!

    Jason Dick
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’ve mentioned this in previous post but I wanted to hit on the point in a little bit more depth.  After you have asked for a gift or even for a volunteer’s involvement and help their should be silence. The next person to talk should not be you, it should be the donor.  Many people get nervous and feel like they have to fill the silence with other asks or other stories.  But if you do not give the donor the opportunity to talk you will never find out if they will or can give the gift you asked for.  And if you are not silent you will never be able to respond to the reasons they…
  • How to ASSURE a Gift

    Jason Dick
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    What are the steps of a successful solicitation?  Every solicitation should be made up of a few simple things a thank you, a story, an ask, a close, and follow-up.  ASSURE is an acronym (or as I call it an ASKronym) that we are currently using with our campaign when we approach a potential donor.  This is a great way to help our board members (and staff) remember each important step in the solicitation process. A – Acknowledge – Thank the donor for their past gifts or volunteer involvement.  Make sure this is personal and specific.  Maybe mention how the money was spent or what…
  • The Pre-Emptive Gift

    Jason Dick
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have you ever set out to ask a donor for a gift, you set everything up perfectly, have a great solicitation plan, and then you go to ask them for their gift and they offer you a smaller gift before you can ask? Or maybe your donor tells you I’m just going to give this don’t worry about coming out and asking me? We want donors to be giving on their own accord but especially for our major and lead gifts (and especially during a specific campaign) we want to be able to present them the whole picture first.  Some donors do this because we take too long to ask.  But most donors do this…
  • Annual Board Solicitations

    Jason Dick
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Does your board do annual one-on-one solicitations? Have your board members regularly ask each other for their gifts as part of an Annual Board Campaign. This is a great thing for you to start for a number of reasons. Why is this a good idea? This gets your board members in the regular practice of asking for money, which gives you more options when you are soliciting people. It makes a big difference when you are asking for money to have a board member along that knows what they are doing. They will often give a larger gift if they are asked for it and if the board starts to get in the…
  • 5 Factors to Consider with Merchant Services Selection

    Jason Dick
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you think your nonprofit could benefit from processing credit card payments, your next step is to set-up a merchant account. Luckily, there are many companies that provide this service. Yet, merchant services can be complicated and costly (especially without the right partner to help guide you). We’ve provided a list of five important things to consider when selecting a merchant services provider. Hopefully the information here will help you select the right partner! Credibility: Partner with a company that has experience, ethical values, positive testimonials, and is a certified payment…
 
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    Frogloop

  • How Can You Maximize Your Digital Impact, And How Can Funders Help?

    Allyson Kapin
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    What do nonprofits need to get more comfortable and adept at using digital fundraising and engagement tools? And how can funders help build their capacity to do that? These are the questions that the Public Interest Projects—an intermediary that works with hundreds of donors and their grantees working on social justice issues had in mind when they conducted their survey with more than 400 nonprofits and 100 grantmakers. The survey dug into how (if at all) grantees are using digital fundraising and engagement tools and strategies. It looked at ways that nonprofits can maximize their…
  • How To Track Your Twitter Engagement

    Allyson Kapin
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    Nonprofits have been able to track gather important data about their audiences interactions with their website via Google Analytics. Facebook pages have also offered some insightful data on audience engagement. Twitter has been a bit late to the party, providing very limited data unless you invested in their ad platform. Just recently however Twitter rolled out their new Analytics platform, making it accessible to everyone. What will this mean for the nonprofit world, and will this change how we're communicating on Twitter? Now people will be able to see what tweets are being seen by how many…
  • Dear Nonprofits, Be Fearless

    Allyson Kapin
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    This is our final installment of Nonprofit 2.0 keynotes. In the last couple of weeks, we were able to recap Majora Carter and Craig Newmark. And we finally have the workshop session notes up for you to check out. Michael Smith, the Director of the White House's Social Innovation Fund, spoke to the Unconference after lunch. His topic? Be Fearless. He encouraged every nonprofit and strategist to embrace being fearless. Michael stressed the need for social change in our country. He had some really important points: Make big bets, experiment often, make failure matter, get out of your bubble, and…
  • Nonprofits Need to Focus on Results

    Allyson Kapin
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Last week we gave you a recap of Majora Carter's keynote at the Nonprofit 2.0 Unconference, and we promised to keep 'em coming. This week, we'll dig into what Craig Newmark had to say during his keynote. Craig Newmark is the founder of craigconnects and craigslist, and tends to focus on getting stuff done. He's pretty much a pro at that, and had some really great feedback for the nonprofit community. Some highlights from Craig's talk that you'll want to make note of: He talked about social justice in the US: "We put a lot of money into feeding people yet a lot of people are hungry. We put a…
  • 5 Ways To Make Your Donors Feel Like Heroes

    Allyson Kapin
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:20 pm
    I feel like there is a lot of donor fatigue happening right now in the nonprofit community. Our donors are being solicited on every channel from numerous organizations multiple times a day. Today I received at least 10 fundraising pitches. Instead of treating our donors like ATM machines, we need to make them feel like heroes to our movement. Here are five ways to make your donors feel totally valued.1. Connect their donation (even if it’s $5) to measurable impact. For example, tell them how their $5 went to purchase vaccines or a pizza pie for 5 volunteers who were canvassing around a…
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    Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

  • 5 Story Starters You Can Steal

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Laurel Dykema When we get stuck for blog post ideas, it’s nice to have Laurel Dykema around to step in for us with her great posts. If you don’t have a Laurel in your life, try these story starters to get your ideas flowing. ~Kristina Guest Post by Laurel Dykema of Mission India A blinking cursor. A blank page. You have a new great story to write—about someone your nonprofit has helped. And a looming deadline. The only problem is … you don’t know where to start! I’ve been in your shoes! Every year, I write up approximately 200 stories that come from our partners in India.
  • Your Ideas, Examples, and Problems with Awareness Raising Campaigns

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Next month we’ll be hosting the Nonprofit Blog Carnival, and our theme is Raising Awareness. You may know that I am not the biggest fan of “awareness raising” as a goal in and of itself.  Unless you have some clue about how you plan to connect the dots between the raised awareness and your ultimate goal, don’t bother. (In other words, billboards do not lead directly to fundraising results; there are still quite a few dots to connect in between.) However, many of you are tasked with “raising awareness” as a goal, so let’s work on it together.
  • Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Rachel Braver

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Rachel Braver 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. Rachel Braver is the communications coordinator for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano in Northern California. With a background in graphic design, she is responsible for creating outreach materials, print and email newsletters, and updating the website and social media. She enjoys using her creativity to make a difference and the variety of projects that come up in the nonprofit world. Rachel submitted this in…
  • #MixedLinks for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    Before we dig in, I want to remind you that  if you come across an article you think would be great for Mixed Links, let me know! Just tweet the link using #MixedLinks and I will take a look! ~Kristina Now, let’s get on with this week’s Mixed Links… Craig Linton is hosting the Nonprofit Blog Carnival for July and submissions are due this Monday the 28th. This month’s theme is how to keep your donors.  Ever felt like an idiot when calling a business to see if they would sponsor an event? As part of their Common Nonprofit Mistakes and Their Simple Solutions series,…
  • BRIEF: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less [Book Review]

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    Nonprofits do some pretty complex work. As a communications professional, it’s your job to simplify that work into language and images that others can understand and be motivated by — in as few words as possible. In his new book, Brief: Make a Bigger Impact by Saying Less (Amazon link),  Joe McCormack argues that being brief is essential for everyone. He says the consequences of not being brief can be brutal: wasted time, money, and resources; decisions made in confusion; and worthy ideas rejected. If you can’t capture people’s attention and deliver your message with…
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    White Courtesy Telephone

  • Unaccompanied Minors in Detention

    Curator
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:42 pm
           P   O   S   T   E   D       B   Y       S   A   L   L   Y Given the current national debate on immigration, and given how little things have changed for unaccompanied minors in the past seven years, the WCT editors are republishing this October 2007 post written by WCT contributor Albert Ruesga shortly after his  visit to a detention center in Phoenix. The mood in House 5 is…
  • Too Hot For The Countess

    Curator
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:10 pm
           P   O   S   T   E   D       B   Y       S   A   L   L   Y WCT blogger Albert Ruesga met the Countess Apraxina at a Tolstoi Foundation reception a few years back.  She offers a unique perspective on American culture and philanthropy.  “Alyosha” is a Russian nickname for “Alexei.”  She never properly learned Albert’s name ... Dearest Alyosha— Past two weeks have…
  • White Courtesy Telephone Laff Fest

    Curator
    18 Jun 2014 | 5:46 pm
    This post was prompted by the Countess Apraxina, currently the guest of Vladimir Putin at his Sevastopol dacha. She sent us this telex: “Alyosha, my little turd swallow, please help Apraxina! Send Pussy Riot quick! This dreary man does nothing but sit shirtless entire day displaying effete pectorals and reciting lines from Zhukovsky! ‘A black raven, its wings whistling / Drives above the sleigh / Prophetic wail affirming sadness!’ ... It is summer for God’s sake! Desperately need good laugh!” …  Link: Strategic Philanthropy for…
  • Lessons in Strategic Philanthropy: How To Do Things With Humans

    Curator
    12 May 2014 | 1:30 pm
           P   O   S   T   E   D       B   Y       A   L   B   E   R  T This post was conceived as a companion piece to an earlier post on theories of change, titled How to Cause Things in Philanthropy. 1. Engineering without the math. A colleague of mine once pointed out, to my great satisfaction, that as grantmakers we are in fact social engineers. I still feel the glow of this flattering assessment.
  • Steal This Survey: Creating a Research Agenda for Social Justice Philanthropy

    Curator
    29 Apr 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Max Niedzwiecki, Ph.D., the principal of Daylight Consulting Group, is a social justice advocate, researcher, and fundraiser based in New Orleans. The focus of people who work in philanthropy shifts in mysterious ways. Our attention spans are notoriously short. We might care about income inequality, for example, and see the issue come into sharp focus during the rise of the Occupy Movement. Weeks later, it’s old news. The same goes for topics such as the digital divide, social capital, collective impact – you name it. Areas of focus and styles of giving go in and out of fashion in…
 
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    SocialFish - Social Media for Associations and Nonprofits

  • It’s official – marketing will destroy everything good about social media.

    Maddie Grant
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Jay Baer posted a provocative post titled Why It Might Be Time to Completely Change Your Social Media Strategy.  In it, he says: “As long as brands are willing to pay for reliable reach (and Facebook’s recent announcement of a 61% increase in ads year-over-year suggests that we are very much willing), organic reliable reach will continue to diminish.”  Therefore, he advocates quitting the rifle approach, and adopting the shotgun approach instead. “The shotgun approach is a new way of conducting your social media affairs, based on the mathematical realities of an era…
  • Holy Awesome – NTEN’s Impact Evaluation

    Maddie Grant
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    NTEN has just made public their IMPACT EVALUATION.  I asked their CEO Amy Sample Ward for some insight into what it is and why making this insider information public is a good idea. NTEN aspires to a world where all nonprofit organizations skillfully and confidently use technology to fulfill their missions. To put NTEN’s mission and values into a position to guide our work, support program direction, and identify community focused strategies, we created our Theory of Change.  Evaluating NTEN’s Impact We recognize that we have a broad mission, trying to reach all types of…
  • Is your organizational culture ready for the Millennial Era?

    Maddie Grant
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Got a spare hour? You might want to bookmark this. Jamie and I were invited to be the first interview for their new #SitrionTalks series. Sitrion, by the way, is an awesome collaboration software company we love – their philosohy is “make work better”. AMEN brother!! Here’s the description of the interview, below.  We had a really fatastic conversation about what will happen when Millennials take over… Enjoy. We are in a transition from one era in management to the next, and the new normal requires very different organizations than the ones that have dominated…
  • [Cool Infographic Friday] Do’s and Don’ts When Meeting with a VC

    Maddie Grant
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Two reasons I like this one. First, these are good tips no matter what idea you are pitching and to whom. Second, I have a juicy side business with my friend Sterling Raphael (whom you may know as the genius behind NFI Studios (Memberfuse), which was bought in 2011 by Avectra), in which we help innovative ideas come to fruition. Our incubator is called Next Step Labs and we basically connect the dots between ideas, go-to-market strategies, technology vendors, consultants and strategists, and funders. The reason I mention this here is that helping startups get pitch prepped is part of what we…
  • 3 Social Media Opportunities Your Nonprofit is Losing

    Maddie Grant
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Guest post by Yazmin Gray. ———— So, your NPO is in its early stages and you’re looking to promote it. Since social media is the new frontier for marketing on a budget, you probably have a Facebook business page, a Twitter account, or both — but are they enough? What other resources can you use to spread the word about your budding organization? You may miss out on opportunities you never thought of when trying to get the most out of social media. Here are three ways to take advantage of those opportunities you may be missing. Use Multiple Social Networking…
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    AFP Blog: Recent News of Note

  • BNY Mellon Awards Operating Support Grants to Boston-area Nonprofits - WSJ.com

    Reed Stockman
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
     PRESS RELEASE BNY Mellon Awards Operating Support Grants to Boston-area Nonprofits - WSJ.com: Through the generosity of The Eugene F. Fay Trust, BNY Mellon has awarded operating support grants to 10 Boston-area nonprofits, providing them with critical funding for capacity-building activities. The Eugene F. Fay Trust Mini-Grants Program provides organizations with $5,000 grants for technical
  • Record-Setting $650M Donation Paves Way for Psychiatric Research at Broad | News | The Harvard Crimson

    Reed Stockman
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    Record-Setting $650M Donation Paves Way for Psychiatric Research at Broad | News | The Harvard Crimson: Philanthropist Ted Stanley has pledged to give a record-breaking $650 million to the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to fund psychiatric disorders research, the institute’s Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research announced on Tuesday.
  • Advancing Human Rights | GrantCraft

    Reed Stockman
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    Advancing Human Rights | GrantCraft: Advancing Human Rights: Knowledge Tools for Funders was borne out of these questions. The initiative is an ongoing effort to track the evolving state of global human rights funding and to create a set of dynamic, interactive data and research tools to help human rights funders and advocates increase their effectiveness. This work is led by the International
  • The Dartmouth - Greek councils add incentives for philanthropy

    Reed Stockman
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    The Dartmouth - Greek councils add incentives for philanthropy: The Inter-Fraternity Council, Coed Council and Panhellenic Council will incentivize members’ involvement with philanthropy, summer IFC executive board member for service Peter Gips ’16 said. Several of the new programs will be introduced this fall and spring, he said. The IFC aims to make service an integral part of the Greek system
  • Video-Game Giant Puts Veterans Groups Under the Microscope Before Giving - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

    Reed Stockman
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Video-Game Giant Puts Veterans Groups Under the Microscope Before Giving - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: ut the results of early funding efforts were a mixed bag, so the endowment has turned to an unusually intensive screening process before making grants, one it hopes will spur transparency among charities and more scrutiny from
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    Wild Apricot Blog (RSS 2.0)

  • 19 Free Non-profit Webinars For August 2014

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    This August there are 19 free non-profit webinars in our round-up – on hot topics such as: “Getting started with video”; “Storytelling basics”; “Supercharging corporate donations” and much more!
  • Is Your Association’s Personality Shining Through?

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Is your association or club struggling to get the younger generation involved? Maybe adding more personality to your communications might help.
  • Key Insights To Help Inspire and Engage Millennials

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Here are highlights of the 2014 Millennial Impact Report and insights for non-profits and membership organizations.
  • Ready For Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation?

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Canada's anti-spam legislation took effect July 1, 2014. Here is some information and a list of resources to help you better understand CASL and the possible impact on your organization.
  • Volunteers Please Come Back

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Here's a look at survey findings (and SlideShare presentation) that offer insight into what motivates repeat volunteers.
 
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    So what can I do?

  • Change the world.

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Truth in Settlements Act: A Good First Step toward Ending the Tax Deduction for Corporate Fines and Settlements

    sklinger
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:03 pm
    When corporations commit fraud or have an accident that threatens human health or damages the environment, they pay a fine or settlement to resolve legal claims. These costs can run into the billions of dollars. In general, out-of-court settlements paid to a government for punitive damages (those designed to punish corporations for lax business practices that cause public harm) cannot be deducted from a firm’s taxes.  However, if settlements are paid to private parties or to a governmental agency as “compensation” to offset costs incurred in clean-up or during an…
  • People Use Government to Stay Connected: The Post Office

    sklinger
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    A year before the Declaration of Independence was signed; the Continental Congress passed a bill establishing the national post office. Ever since, the post office has played a vital role in facilitating the flow of ideas and goods across our far-flung land. In its quest for ever quicker and more efficient deliveries, the post office has been an early supporter of every new transportation innovation in our country’s history. Mail Moves Slowly in the Colonies From the earliest days of the American colonies, people needed to communicate with each other over large expanses of thinly…
  • Report Finds Flaws in Small Business Advocacy Office

    kweatherford
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    According to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy has failed to develop and implement procedures necessary to ensure the office is effectively carrying out its mission of representing small businesses before federal agencies.   Background GAO’s findings highlight many of the concerns the Center for Effective Government addressed in a report last year, entitled Small Businesses, Public Health, and Scientific Integrity: Whose Interests Does the Office of Advocacy at the Small Business Administration…
  • EPA Requests Public Comments on Chemical Safety Standards

    afrank
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:37 pm
    On July 24, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a preview of its Request for Information (RFI) on revisions to its Risk Management Program, which tracks information and requires disaster prevention plans from potentially risky chemical facilities. The request represents the next step in the federal process to improve the safety of our nation's chemical plants, begun following the 2013 fertilizer facility explosion in West, Texas that left 15 dead and hundreds injured. The RFI, part of a process required by an executive order that President Obama issued in August 2013,…
  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: A Public Solution for Widespread Individual Problems

    sklinger
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    The Great Recession that started in 2007 wiped out $7 trillion of wealth in America and led to 4.5 million families losing their homes to foreclosure. As people picked up the pieces from the meltdown, the abuses within the financial services industry became increasingly clear. An angry public demanded action. Two years later and after much resistance from the financial sector, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, establishing, among other things, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB was the brainchild of then-Harvard University…
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    eJewish Philanthropy: Your Jewish Philanthropy Resource

  • University Under Siege

    eJP
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Prof. Rivka Carmi visits the camp for children of university employees during operation “Protective Edge” Photograph © Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (via Facebook). by David Newman The emergency recruitment of over 50,000 reservists has disrupted the lives of many Israelis. Beyond the personal tragedies of the wounded and the dead, three groups in particular have been affected. The self-employed businessmen and shop owners who have nobody to fill their place while they are on reserve duty; the parents, especially mothers, of small children in the south of the country, whose…
  • UJAFed NY Leaders Pledge $200,000 to Barzilai Medical Center

    eJP
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Some 20 top leaders of UJA-Federation of New York, who are currently in Israel on the UJA-Federation of New York Operation Protective Edge Solidarity Mission, pledged $200,000 to the front-line Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon. As part of their visit, the group will be in both Tel Aviv and cities in the hardest-hit areas in the South, where they will visit trauma centers, hospitals, bomb shelters and receive briefings from key national security advisors. UJA-Federation has to-date committed $2.1 million in emergency aid for Israel. Send to Kindle
  • A Text for the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, JCRCs, and Israel Advocacy Organizations

    Stephen G. Donshik
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:50 pm
    If you have not heard of, seen, or read the book, Roadblock to Peace, by David Bedein, do so immediately. It is a remarkable piece of work and essential reading for all those involved in Israel advocacy. This book is a primer on how the United States and the United Nations are supporting armed conflict with Israel through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA). UNRWA (founded in 1949) is a UN agency established specifically to provide direct relief and work programs for Palestinian refugees. It was a response to the plight of hundreds of thousands of Arabs who left their villages…
  • Foster Relationships, Build Bridges

    eJP
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:05 am
    I believe in clal yisrael – a sense of shared community among all Jews – and I believe that individual Jews (and the Jewish collective) benefit from participating in tightly-knit communities. [This essay is from "Philanthropic Priorities in Light of Pew," reprinted with permission from Contact, a publication of The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life.] by Sarah Bunin Benor Since the Pew Research Center released “A Portrait of Jewish Americans” in early October, I have read and participated in many discussions about the findings. Several scholars and communal leaders have…
  • Experiential Jewish Education: Back to the Future

    eJP
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Dr. Gil Graff Recently, I attended the annual conference of the Network for Research in Jewish Education, in Los Angeles. There, I participated in a session on principles of experiential education articulated by John Dewey in the first half of the twentieth century as applied to Jewish learning in contemporary settings of Jewish education. The presentation included a look at some project-based learning experiences at schools, anchored in “a Dewey-inspired perspective.” Several weeks later, I came across a piece authored in 1925 by Dr. David de Sola Pool, spiritual leader of the Spanish…
 
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • 'Under Construction': Alliance for Boys and Men of Color

    Mitch Nauffts
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    Under Construction is a multimedia online exhibit that showcases some of the best and brightest organizations working with males of color. The UC team of filmmakers, photographers, writers, and nonprofit experts worked directly with each of these organizations for several...
  • Weekend Link Roundup (July 26-27, 2014)

    Mitch Nauffts
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Our weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the nonprofit sector.... Civil Society It was an interesting week for the Hewlett Foundation's recently announced Madison Initiative, "an effort to improve Congress by promoting a greater spirit of compromise and...
  • Doubling Down: When a Foundation Renews or Expands a Grant

    Mitch Nauffts
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    As a new foundation in 2006, the Jim Joseph Foundation outlined a strategy of awarding large multiyear grants. Through a careful planning process, we determined that multiyear grants would give grantees the time needed to successfully implement and evaluate bold...
  • Films Are Films: Measuring the Social Impact of Documentary Films

    Mitch Nauffts
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    Earlier this year, the firm I founded – Aggregate – partnered with the organizers of the True/False Film Fest to conduct a survey of the filmmakers whose films screened at the festival in 2014. True/False is well-regarded among filmmakers, who...
  • Weekend Link Roundup (July 19-20, 2014)

    Mitch Nauffts
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Our weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the nonprofit sector.... Education In The Atlantic, Meredith Broussard, an assistant professor at Temple University, notes that asking poor school districts to give standardized tests inextricably tied to specific sets of...
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    The GiveWell Blog

  • Our ongoing review of ICCIDD

    Timothy Telleen-Lawton
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    The International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders Global Network (ICCIDD) advocates for and assists programs that fortify salt with iodine. Our preliminary work (writeup forthcoming) implies that even moderate iodine deficiency can lead to impaired cognitive development. ICCIDD tracks iodine deficiency around the world and encourages countries with iodine deficient populations to pass laws requiring iodization for all salt produced in and imported to the country. ICCIDD also provides – and helps countries find – general support and assistance for their iodization…
  • Partnership with The Pew Charitable Trusts

    Holden
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Throughout the post, “we” refers to GiveWell and Good Ventures, who work as partners on GiveWell Labs. We have agreed to a major partnership with The Pew Charitable Trusts as part of our work on criminal justice reform. Good Ventures will provide $3 million to support and expand the work of Pew’s public safety performance project (PSPP), which aims “to advance data-driven, fiscally sound policies and practices in the criminal and juvenile justice systems that protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and control corrections costs” through technical assistance to…
  • The moral value of the far future

    Holden
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:41 am
    A popular idea in the effective altruism community is the idea that most of the people we can help (with our giving, our work, etc.) are people who haven’t been born yet. By working to lower global catastrophic risks, speed economic development and technological innovation, and generally improve people’s resources, capabilities, and values, we may have an impact that (even if small today) reverberates for generations to come, helping more people in the future than we can hope to help in the present. This belief is sometimes coupled with a belief that the most important goal of an…
  • Potential global catastrophic risk focus areas

    Alexander
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:34 am
    Throughout the post, “we” refers to GiveWell and Good Ventures, who work as partners on GiveWell Labs. This post draws substantially on our recent updates on our investigation of policy-oriented philanthropy, including using much of the same language. As part of our work on GiveWell Labs, we’ve been exploring the possibility of getting involved in efforts to ameliorate potential global catastrophic risks (GCRs), by which we mean risks that could be bad enough to change the very long-term trajectory of humanity in a less favorable direction (e.g. ranging from a dramatic…
  • Update on GiveDirectly

    Elie
    20 Jun 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Three members of GiveDirectly‘s board of directors (Paul Niehaus, Michael Faye, and Chris Hughes) are planning to start a for-profit technology company, Segovia, aimed at improving the efficiency of cash transfer distributions in the developing world. Segovia plans to sell software to developing-country governments for use in implementing their cash transfer programs. This development was announced today (though we have been aware of and discussing it with GiveDirectly for some time). Some discussion is available at today’s post on the Development Channel blog. GiveDirectly and…
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    FundraisingCoach.com

  • [Guest Post] Donor Acquisition – the painful necessity of fundraising

    Marc Pitman
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:44 am
    Today it's my pleasure to share with you a post on finding new donors for your nonprofit. A few weeks ago, Bob McCarthy and I were emailing about the formulas to look at when getting new donors. So I asked him to write a blog post about it! Read it both to learn the formulas and to pick up the language of the direct mail industry. Bob is a direct response/direct mail copywriter and consultant. He offers a free ebook called "Making Snail Mail Work: 13 Lessons in Direct Mail Strategy" at www.mccarthyandking.com Bob can be reached at 508-473-8643 or on Twitter @BobMcCarthy Donor Acquisition –…
  • The Nonprofit Academy joins The Fundraising Coach

    Marc Pitman
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    Fundraising training has never been more affordable! You may have already heard the news: The Fundraising Coach will now be directing The Nonprofit Academy! And I couldn't be more thrilled!! Started by Kirsten Bullock, The Nonprofit Academy has become one of the most affordable venues for ongoin fundraising training. In addition to the monthly webinars, members have access to monthly members-only calls, a members only forum, and the entire Online Vault. NPA's Online Vault contains dozens of webinars and templates--things you need to take your nonprofit fundraising to the next level. Free call…
  • How Mr. T can help your nonprofit fundraising. Seriously.

    Marc Pitman
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:11 am
    Here's a short video explaining one of the most important aspects of fundraising: shutting up. When you've done all the researching, engaging, and you've just made the ask...the decision is out of your control. And that's ok. In my fundraising training, I recommend picturing Mr. T at this moment. He'll help keep you from confusing your donor and losing money for you nonprofit. Watch this video to see why: For more common sense, real-life strategies on asking for money, check out my Ask Without Fear! fundraising book and fundraising DVD. (c) The Fundraising Coach, LLC Get 100 donors in the…
  • An unlikely summer reading list for nonprofit leaders

    Marc Pitman
    1 Jul 2014 | 1:35 am
    Summer can be a great time to catch up on some reading. "Catch up" may be relative term. Summer doesn't really slow down anymore, does it? But as those of you in the Northern Hemisphere experience the change in pace that summer brings, here are some books I recommend you consider adding to your summer reading list: Be Our Guest: Perfecting the Art of Customer Service by the Disney Institute with Theodore Kinni It's no secret that I'm a Disney fan. I grew up going to the parks and still go every few years. While they don't hit "magical" service every time, they are far more consistent than…
  • Why I pay for the Chronicle of Philanthropy

    Marc Pitman
    20 Jun 2014 | 6:49 am
    Years ago, the school that employed me as a fundraiser paid for a subscription to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. So when I began running a development shop, I made sure the Chronicle subscription was in my budget. But then, somewhere along the line, I realized two things: The stack of Chronicles just kept piling up on my desk. And I was getting pretty much all the news I wanted from their free Philanthropy Today email. So I stopped subscribing. And over the years, I began believing a subscription to the Chronicle was simply too expensive for my small budget. Every time I'd throw away another…
 
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    Low Hanging Fruit Communications

  • Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys

    Maureen Carruthers
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    I’ve been traveling a lot lately and on one of those trips I had the pleasure of visiting a college friend and her family.  In addition to the general awesomeness of hanging out with people I adore, she also introduced me to my new favorite proverb: Image Credit: Ashley of BaddestMotherEver.com It’s so easy for me to get caught up in other people’s decisions, or to feel somehow responsible for “fixing” problems where, not only do I have little to no influence, but often outside advice is not helpful or welcome. So I’m closing down my unsolicited circus-consulting…
  • Nothing to See Here. . .

    Maureen Carruthers
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:44 pm
    I’ve been helping out on the WordPress.com forums for a couple weeks and in that time have twice published test posts here that were intended for my test blog.  So, if you are here because you got an e-mail and were super excited that I was blogging again, I’m sorry to disappoint.  I do have a post in mind though, so hopefully the next time you get an e-mail from Low Hanging Fruit it will be because I have something of potential value to say–not that I clicked “publish” too soon. Thanks everyone!
  • An Alternative to Hierarchical Leadership

    Maureen Carruthers
    21 Jan 2014 | 1:13 pm
    These guys need a chain of command.  Your family probably doesn’t.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Every now and again someone goes on television to talk about how her husband is the head of her household and she loves that because it’s the only thing that makes sense. After all we only have one President, and the military works in a hierarchy so obviously that’s just how leadership works. Normally I see these stories and roll my eyes or make yakking noises in the privacy of my own home. If I’m feeling really worked up, I treat my partner to a monologue on why comparing…
  • Push on the Pull Door

    Maureen Carruthers
    18 Jan 2014 | 9:51 am
    In public buildings if a door is labeled pull, the only way to open it is by following the stated direction. Pushing is only going to make you look foolish. What is true of doors is not necessarily true anywhere else. There is nothing wrong with following the directions the first time around, but if you’ve been diligently pulling on a problem waiting for the door to open, it might be time to push.* Your Turn We want to hear from you! When has your forward progress required you to break the (written or unwritten) rules? *conversely, if you’ve been pushing and pushing and the door…
  • Hello, Strangers!

    Maureen Carruthers
    20 Mar 2013 | 10:24 am
    Time to clean out the tumbleweeds!  (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Long time, no type! A lot has happened since I last shared this space with you, most notably, I left the solopreneur  world to become the Program Manager for the National Robotics League.  It’s a wonderful position, (what’s not fun about robots that fight each other in an arena and teach students STEM skills at the same time?) but it has seriously cut into my free writing time.  After 5 months I feel like I’m starting to get things under control, and I missed the creative outlet of this space, so I’m…
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    FundraisingIP.com: Fundraising Ideas

  • 6 DIY Reuse Crafts for Your Group

    Devon Reeser
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
    Whether you are looking into making DIY crafts to create a sellable product for some project funding needs, generate promotional materials unique to your nonprofit, or provide an activity for your summer camp kids or summer volunteers, keep your activity budget at a minimum and be as green as possible by reusing found and collected materials! Here are six reuse craft projects any nonprofit can do, make applicable to their mission, and help with fundraising. Glasses from bottles It takes a glass bottle one million years to biodegrade. And while glass can be infinitely recycled, only about 35%…
  • Your Nonprofit Story: Blockbuster or Dud?

    Cari Mostert
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    It’s no secret that effective organizations today are using skillful storytelling as a dynamic tool for communication. From filmmakers to plumbers, businesses everywhere are telling their story in some form or another. Robust nonprofits have been doing it successfully for decades. (A great example about story telling here.) Why is it then that all too often, the nonprofit story is relegated to the bottom of strategies used by charities to engage their audience? It’s so easy to forget the magic held within a story. While proving our non-profits’ effectiveness or projected reach or…
  • Got the Donor Blues? Stewardship and Donor Relations

    Cari Mostert
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    There’s a phenomenon, a wave of charity and compassion that greets cataclysmic events and earth shattering tragedies. The torrent of giving that follows a crisis or disaster fills the databanks of nonprofits with new benefactors. But all too often this groundswell of emotional response is lost soon thereafter. Could this brief moment of enthusiastic generosity and feel-good emotion be harnessed to keep this active altruism alive? This is where the concept of stewardship comes in. Donor stewardship is the continuing connection with a donor after a gift has been made and is closely related to…
  • 10 Mistakes Nonprofit Professionals Make

    Cari Mostert
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Doesn’t the nonprofit sector attract the idealistic, self-sacrificing individuals amongst us? And wouldn’t that mean that mistakes are factors that just don’t happen? You have a passion to make a difference, there’s so much good you want to accomplish. But the charity sector has unique drawbacks and non-profit professionals make mistakes too. This happens often at the beginning of a career when abundance of vision and lack of experience merge. If you’re new to the nonprofit industry, and even if you’re not, this round-up reminds us of some common obstacles to dodge.   The…
  • Tips for Creating Community Awareness for Your Nonprofit

    Harlow Keith
    10 Jun 2014 | 10:37 am
    There is no question that nonprofits are full of passion and zeal. They are firmly convinced that there is a problem in society that needs to be corrected, or a service that should be provided for the common good. But what if a smaller nonprofit has difficulty connecting with the community they wish to serve? And to connect to those community leaders who can provide valuable assistance? An inability to generate recognition is something that has to be overcome for the nonprofit organization to not only thrive, but in many cases survive.     1. Spread the word Assuming the nonprofit…
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    Social media marketing hacks for nonprofits | Powered by JohnHaydon.Com

  • How To Get More ROI from Facebook Boosted Posts

    John Haydon
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    Boosted Posts is a Facebook product that increases reach for specific Facebook Page updates. Boosted Posts are labeled “sponsored” and appear at the top of the Newsfeeds (web and mobile) of people you target. When people interact with your Boosted post, that interaction is seen by their friends. Facebook doesn’t sell engagement You can’t pay Facebook to increase engagement on your Page posts, but you can pay for more reach (the number of people who see your update). You are free to boost any update you choose (under these terms), and the shareholders will be happy to…
  • How to use Canva to Create Stellar Visual Content [VIDEO TUTORIAL]

    John Haydon
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    If you’re not familiar with Canva, you should be. Especially if you are in charge of content marketing for your organization. Last week, I gave an overview of Canva for my weekly mini webinar. If you’d like invites to these mini-webinars, make sure you subscribe. Here’s an edited version of “How to use Canva to Create Stellar Visual Content” (slideshare is below the video):
  • How to Promote Your Next Fundraising Event with Facebook Ads [FREE WEBINAR]

    John Haydon
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    Facebook Ads are a powerful way to increase engagement and drive traffic to your website. But are you using Facebook ads effectively? Or is your strategy to simply throw money at Facebook ads and hope you’ll get the results. This free webinar will show you simple ways to use Facebook Ads to promote your next fundraising event – without wasting money. In this 45-minute webinar, you will learn: Where you should start if you’re a beginner When to drive engagement, and when to drive website clicks When to use Facebook ads and when to use Boosted posts How to use Facebook…
  • What’s the Difference Between a Campaign and a Facebook App?

    Sara Piccola
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:44 am
    Apps and Campaigns serve the same general purpose. They’re both used to run promotions, contests, sweepstakes, newsletter integrations, welcome pages and landing pages. However, a Campaign can be placed anywhere on the Web while an App is limited to Facebook. So there you have the BIG difference between Apps and Campaigns: Apps = Facebook; Campaigns = Everywhere. Whether they’re called Campaigns or Apps — or even Tabs, which is what these tools were originally called — many of the tips and best practices we’ve all been hearing for years are still relevant.  Moving…
  • 8 Tools to Make You a Visual Content Ninja

    John Haydon
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:47 am
    If you manage social media for a nonprofit, you realize that creating visual content is becoming a bigger part of your job. You’re creating more visual content than ever before, and it has to look exceptional! That’s a lot of pressure for someone who didn’t go to art school. Fortunately, there are several tools and apps to make you look like a visual content ninja. 1) Canva If you need to churn out visual content that’s beautiful (or at least branded), then Canva is your tool. They have templates for Facebook covers, social media posts, posters, blog graphics, and more. Did I mention…
 
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    Cynthia D'Amour on Leadership & Life

  • A New Journey Begins

    Cynthia D'Amour
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:37 pm
    When my Dad went into hospice almost two years ago, a big piece of me unraveled. My commitment to fitness became a lessor priority. I found comfort in food. I left the gym. Fast forward two years to this July… I carried a lot of grief weight. My back rebelled and locked up for over six months. Food was making me sick – literally. (My food allergies were running wild.) I decided to use the Whole30 plan to help me to detox and get on a healthier horse. The plan eliminates common food allergens. No dairy, soy, grain, legumes, sugar and alcohol for 30 days. Focus on veggies, meat,…
  • My Hero Saved the Day!

    Cynthia D'Amour
    4 Jun 2014 | 12:09 pm
    I did the subway in NYC for the first time ever this trip. I had avoided it for years. A new friend offered to serve as my personal guide. Got me to the subway station. Then I hit my snag… The lanes to the turnstiles were really skinny. I was going to have to turn sideways to navigate. And pull my suitcase behind me. This approach was a great idea in theory – and not so brilliant in execution. I got through the turnstile no problem. However, my roller bag got caught on one of the turnstile spikes. And locked in place. I went into shock. How the heck was I going to get that roller…
  • Just Call Me Irresistible

    Cynthia D'Amour
    29 May 2014 | 9:42 am
    Just the thought of my appearance makes them drool in anticipation. When I show up the party starts. They can never get enough of me. Year after year. Do I sound like I’m bragging? It’s totally true. Some of us got what they want. I’m one of the lucky few. Do you wish you were me with fans clamoring around? Seriously? You may want to think twice. It’s not all it’s cut out to be. They are blood suckers. Never getting enough. Attacking me night and day. As soon as I walk out of my house. Do I sound ungrateful? Try a night in my skin. These lovers bite hard.
  • What’s Your Leadership Bow Wow Score?

    Cynthia D'Amour
    27 May 2014 | 5:49 am
    Wonder how much leadership energy you project? Ask a dog. We learned this Saturday at our second dog training class with dog whisperer Julia Levitt. (Should be called “Humans Understanding Dogs” class.) Dogs respond to the energy you project. They want you to be a leader. If you are not, they will fill the void. But not be as happy. How do dogs tell you that you need to be a stronger leader? They pull when you walk them. Bark and jump way too much. Don’t come when you call. The fun thing is dogs respond almost immediately to your change in energy. Julia had me think about…
  • Click Here for Your Gift

    Cynthia D'Amour
    21 May 2014 | 7:43 am
    My birthday is in about two weeks. Today I got a birthday email from one of my favorite restaurants. I got excited. Especially when the nice note said “Click here for your gift.” I LOVE gifts! We didn’t do a lot of gifts growing up. They are extra fun for me now. I wondered what it might be – hopefully something yummy! On the gift webpage I had to identify which location I wanted to go to. And then… it was just a coupon! The same one they run in a variety of local promotions. 15% off $50. Call me underwhelmed…. I had to open an email. Click a link. Enter a…
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    Social Media Bird Brain

  • Decreased Reach? No, It Has Always Been About Content

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    A couple of Digiday pieces caught my notice this week. One is on social media measurement and the other on content. Decreased Reach Means Different Metrics On social media measurement, the article by John McDermott notes that likes and follows are no longer being seen as important measurements for whether a brand (like your small nonprofit) is reaching its audience. Decreased reach (for
  • New Ideas in NGO Structure - The Participation Nonprofit

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Via Flickr Robert Shiller, who is an economics prof at Yale, recently wrote a NYT article called "How Donors Give More When They Feel a Sense of Belonging." Within the article he posits a new form of nonprofit, the participation nonprofit. Rather than request donations, it would sell shares in the nonprofit, though how the valuation would be calculated, I don't know. Shareholders would
  • Hacks and Tasks for Your Social Media Work

    3 Jun 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Social Media Outposts (Photo credit: the tartanpodcast) Social Media Today often has some really useful information. I ran across two posts that I think go well together. One is for social media platform hacks (strategies or techniques for using something better) and the other is a list of things that will help you improve your social media presence - better content, better outreach. Put
  • It's Funny - But Not On YOUR Account

    28 May 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Via Vocativ.com In past posts, I've warned about the dangers of thinking youth was a prerequisite for handling your small nonprofit's social media accounts. Here's an object lesson in what can happen when you put an intern in charge of your Twitter account without supervision or - apparently - even occasional oversight. This case-in-point is brought to you by the Seattle Department of
  • On Vacation This Week - Don't Argue

    14 May 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Image of Calvin and Susie by Bill Watterson You know you'll get criticism on your blog, about your post or tweet or even pics on Pinterest and we've talked about examples of how corporate brands and big NGOs deal with it. But, how do you respond when you need to GIVE criticism as part of your own argument? Do you freak out when you have to argue about something? Would you like to be better at
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    Charity Navigator

  • Humanitarian Crisis at the U.S. Border

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Charities are responding to what they call a 'humanitarian crisis' at the U.S. border as people, fleeing violence in Central America and Mexico, are crossing the border in droves. Save the Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES ProjectChildren notes that there are children "in urgent need of protective and supportive adult care, medical and hygiene care, and nutritious meals." If you want to help with the refugee relief efforts, then consider supporting one of these charities that are responding. You can click on the charity's name to go to its Charity Navigator rating page where you can review its…
  • Fake MH17 Social Media Appeals

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    “Without fail, every time there’s a disaster or crisis, the scammers come out,”~ Ken Berger, President & CEO of Charity NavigatorThis statement is all too true. We've seen it time and time again. Disasters hit, people want to give generously to alleviate the suffering and the scammers go to work to try to siphon off some of that money. And it is happening again in the wake of the tragic destruction of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17. At least 6 bogus Facebook appeals have been reported (and since shut down by Facebook) as well as scams on Twitter. This case…
  • New & Updated Charity Ratings for July

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:24 am
    431 Charities with New Ratings including:Intrepid Museum Foundation received 4-starsFeeding America received 4-starsAmerican Red Cross received 3-starsPolice Athletic League of New Jersey received 0-stars85 New Charities Rated including:Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation received 4-starsLandesa received 4-starsVeterans Support 
  • Don't You Just Love a Good Book in the Summer?

    15 Jul 2014 | 1:19 am
    One of the things I most look forward to in the summer is reading a good book while relaxing in the outdoors. But it isn't always easy to find a book that I'll enjoy as well as learn something by reading. If you are like me and you work in the nonprofit field, then you might be interested in the books we at Charity Navigator have read and recommend. And if you do get the chance to read one this summer, leave us a comment here and tell us what you thought of it.Happy Reading! 
  • Hey Charities - Got Questions About Our Expanding Rating Methodology?

    10 Jul 2014 | 3:21 am
    As you probably know by now, Charity Navigator has developed a new dimension to our evaluation system - called Results Reporting - that specifically examines the quality of how charities report on their results (especially outcomes). We know many charity representatives have questions about the new methodology. To help address your questions, we've published a list of FAQs that deal specifically with the Results Reporting methodology. New FAQs include:When will my charity's star rating be impacted by the Results Reporting metrics?My charity just received the Results Reporting survey, now…
 
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    YouTube: Nonprofits

  • Exciting Announcements and Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

    vlogbrothers
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    Exciting Announcements and Mosquito-Borne Illnesses In which John discusses his forthcoming trip with Bill Gates (yes, that Bill Gates), his health anxiety, the worldwide threat of mosquito-borne illnesses, he... From: vlogbrothers Views: 323778 14487 ratings Time: 03:01 More in People & Blogs
  • The Future of Nerdfighteria

    vlogbrothers
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    The Future of Nerdfighteria SURVEY! On advertising and education: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/adsvlogbrothers (THANKS FOR TAKING IT!!) In which John discusses dragons, dinosaurs, and... From: vlogbrothers Views: 363505 18966 ratings Time: 03:35 More in People & Blogs
  • ALL THE SHIRTS (and some paths to community)

    vlogbrothers
    27 May 2014 | 12:40 pm
    ALL THE SHIRTS (and some paths to community) Buy my World Cup and FIGHT SARCOMA: http://fightworldsuck.org/pickourteam.php Join The Art Assignment community: https://www.youtube.com/user/theartassignmen... From: vlogbrothers Views: 364235 15346 ratings Time: 04:00 More in People & Blogs
  • Google Glass Explorer Story: WWF's Sabita Malla

    Google Glass
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:17 am
    Google Glass Explorer Story: WWF's Sabita Malla WWF's Sabita Malla is exploring how Glass can help protect rhinos. Learn more about how Glass can make an impact for nonprofits: g.co/givingthroughglass. Int... From: Google Glass Views: 468042 1319 ratings Time: 02:11 More in Nonprofits & Activism
  • Are Poor Countries Doomed?

    vlogbrothers
    21 Jan 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Are Poor Countries Doomed? The Gates Foundation Letter: http://annualletter.gatesfoundation.org/ In which John discusses the three myths at the center of Bill and Melinda Gates's 2013 ... From: vlogbrothers Views: 465786 21137 ratings Time: 03:51 More in Nonprofits & Activism
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    Together We Flourish

  • CHC is Seeking Applicants for Executive Director Position

    Susan
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:03 am
    Executive Director Position Description Consumer Health Coalition (CHC) is seeking an individual for the position of Executive Director. CHC is a 16 year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to “inspiring a consumer movement to advance health and enhance access to quality, affordable health care in Southwestern PA.” CHC specifically targets populations that are at-risk for experiencing barriers […]
  • Join the Conversation About Transportation Concerns in Beaver County

    Susan
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    The Franklin Center of Beaver County is sponsoring a series of community round table discussions that are intended to heighten the awareness of the future of Beaver County. The next “Sip ‘n Say” forum will focus on the topic of: How to better serve Beaver County’s aging/non-driving working population through transportation. When: Friday, August 8, […]
  • Network of Hope Holds Back to School Event in Two Beaver County Areas

    Susan
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:23 am
    For the third year, Network of Hope will be bringing its Hope 4 the Valley Backpack Giveaway to Beaver County. At two sites in the county, families can receive free school backpacks full of supplies, haircuts by SportsClips, food by Texas Roadhouse and Bruster’s Ice Cream and entertainment by One Eighteen Movement. This is a […]
  • Roaring 20′s Themed Fundraising Event Benefits Sisters Place

    Susan
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:24 am
    The friends of Sisters Place Board presents the first annual friends of the table event. Don’t Bet the House ~ Raise the Roof!  This Roaring 20’s themed event is in honor of the 20th anniversary of Sisters Place. Please join us for casino games, prohibition cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. SAVE THE DATE Thursday, August 14, 4014 […]
  • A Mother’s Fear Turns to Hope

    Susan
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:27 am
    Anthony’s Remarkable Progress; To a casual observer, Anthony is just like any other child in his preschool classroom. He participates in circle time with the other children. He quietly stands in line and patiently waits his turn. But this hasn’t always been the case. Now six years old, Anthony was diagnosed with autism at 26 […]
 
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    Minnesota Council on Foundations Blog - Philanthropy Potluck

  • Apply Now for a 2015 Bush Fellowship

    MCF Webmaster
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    Earlier this week, the Bush Foundation announced it is accepting applications for the Bush Fellowship program now through September 11. This fellowship is both a recognition of extraordinary achievement and a bet on extraordinary potential, with Fellows awarded up to $100,000 to be spent over 12 to 24 months. The Bush Foundation seeks leaders who are active learners of outstanding character and a record of success, and who could benefit from intensive development through self-designed or academic programs. There are two ways to use a Bush Fellowship: To start, make progress toward or complete…
  • Take a Virtual Coffee Break!

    MCF Webmaster
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Philanthropy – we need each other to do it well, and it’s imperative that we make time to share stories, compare notes and answer questions. My favorite way to engage is over coffee or lunch, but that’s not always possible. Sometimes online advice – I call it a virtual coffee break – will do. I know GrantCraft for their excellent guides, and I’ve used many of them in my work. The site has now been completely reorganized, making lots of great content much easier to locate and use. They’ve also made it easier to find out what other grantmakers have got brewing and to contribute…
  • Learn About Becoming a Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow

    MCF Webmaster
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
    MCF’s Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellowship, which we opened applications for earlier this month, will prepare individuals from underrepresented communities for careers in philanthropy. But the fellowship is about more than changing the face of leadership in philanthropy; it’s about infusing new ideas and viewpoints into the field. Are you interested in applying to be a Ron McKinley Philanthropy fellow? Do you have questions about the application process? Join Alfonso Wenker, MCF director of diversity, equity and inclusion, for a short informational webinar about the process and the…
  • Channel One Regional Food Bank Wins All-Star Grant

    MCF Webmaster
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Baseball’s All-Star Game happened earlier this week in Minneapolis, and with it came the announcement of the nonprofit awarded the Twins “All-Star Fans Choose” grant. Nearly 75,000 fans voted to help award the $500,000 grant, with Channel One Regional Food Bank ultimately selected. The food bank plans to use the $500,000 grant to add more than 20,000 square feet of warehouse space at its Rochester location and build a kitchen and classroom to better serve and feed people in need. Channel One serves 13 counties in Southeast Minnesota and LaCrosse County in Wisconsin and an…
  • What’s Your Verb?

    MCF Webmaster
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    Jennifer Ford Reedy addressing the YNPN National Conference A couple of weeks ago, the national conference of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network came to Minneapolis. As a board member of the local chapter, I was thrilled to see so many young leaders from around the country in town and for them to hear Jennifer Ford Reedy of the Bush Foundation during day two’s opening keynote. One insight from Reedy’s keynote in particular has been sticking with me and others who attended. It came during her description of her career path and how she figured out what her dream job was. A…
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    SocialEarth

  • BRICS Nations Launch $100 Billion Sustainable Development Bank

    Vikas Vij
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:52 am
    BRICS countries, which include Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, comprise over one-fifth of the global economy. The growing economic power of BRICS nations has surpassed the level of [...] The post BRICS Nations Launch $100 Billion Sustainable Development Bank appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Please Stop Trying to Change the World

    Justmeans
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    Guest Blog by Cheryl Heller, Founding Chair of SVA’s MFA program in Design for Social Innovation I just finished Vivian Gornick’s wonderful book on how to write personal narrative, called The Situation [...] The post Please Stop Trying to Change the World appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • The International Barcode of Life Project

    Sangeeta Haindl
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    Have you heard of a bio-literate world? A world where you could know in minutes the name of any animal or plant – at any-time or place, including everything about [...] The post The International Barcode of Life Project appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Beauty Residing Within People is What the World Must Champion

    Sheeza Ahmad
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    When the world comes to learn of a moment of crisis, one of five words will come to mind: devastation, bloodshed, struggle, pain or heartache. The negative coverage encapsulates the [...] The post Beauty Residing Within People is What the World Must Champion appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Fast Stats About Giving in America Today

    Ryan Scott
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    The annual Giving USA Foundation report has just been released, and the numbers tell an interesting story about corporate giving.  An alarming story, that is. Here’s what you need to [...] The post Fast Stats About Giving in America Today appeared first on SocialEarth.
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  • 'Under Construction': Alliance for Boys and Men of Color

    Mitch Nauffts
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    Under Construction is a multimedia online exhibit that showcases some of the best and brightest organizations working with males of color. The UC team of filmmakers, photographers, writers, and nonprofit experts worked directly with each of these organizations for several...
  • Weekend Link Roundup (July 26-27, 2014)

    Mitch Nauffts
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Our weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the nonprofit sector.... Civil Society It was an interesting week for the Hewlett Foundation's recently announced Madison Initiative, "an effort to improve Congress by promoting a greater spirit of compromise and...
  • Doubling Down: When a Foundation Renews or Expands a Grant

    Mitch Nauffts
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    As a new foundation in 2006, the Jim Joseph Foundation outlined a strategy of awarding large multiyear grants. Through a careful planning process, we determined that multiyear grants would give grantees the time needed to successfully implement and evaluate bold...
  • Films Are Films: Measuring the Social Impact of Documentary Films

    Mitch Nauffts
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    Earlier this year, the firm I founded – Aggregate – partnered with the organizers of the True/False Film Fest to conduct a survey of the filmmakers whose films screened at the festival in 2014. True/False is well-regarded among filmmakers, who...
  • Weekend Link Roundup (July 19-20, 2014)

    Mitch Nauffts
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Our weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the nonprofit sector.... Education In The Atlantic, Meredith Broussard, an assistant professor at Temple University, notes that asking poor school districts to give standardized tests inextricably tied to specific sets of...
 
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  • Retaining top performers

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:50 pm
    By Laura Kragness, Synergy HR Field Representative“HR best practices” to foster employee satisfaction and engagement• Provide job descriptions, an employee handbook, and organizational policies and procedures that create standards for performance and fair and equitable opportunities for all employees to succeed. • Lead and develop employees to their fullest potential utilizing job standards, individual goal setting, ongoing coaching and counseling, and a merit-based compensation program to reward top performers. • Conduct internal trainings and support external training…
  • National Philanthropy Day 2014: A Chance to Honor Your Nonprofit Champions!

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    Excitement is building for the National Philanthropy Day (NPD) Luncheon, a day set aside to recognize and celebrate the impact of philanthropy in our community.Hosted annually by the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), this year’s event will be held on Thursday, November 13 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati. National Philanthropy Day provides a special opportunity for nonprofits to publicly honor and thank supporters by recognizing them as Nonprofit Champions.  These are donors, volunteers, and special friends who…
  • Online nonprofit giving

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:19 am
    This is the first article in a series. By Dave Voris, Horizon BankIn the past several years, donors to nonprofits have become more comfortable with online giving. A new study released by M+R and the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), shows a 14 percent increase in 2013 with nearly $325 million raised through more than 5.5 million gift transactions. But just a couple of years ago, most credit card donations were made over the phone. And that required the charity to take several additional steps. A staff member would write down the credit card numbers and notes about the donor, then punch…
  • Financial Analysis Can Boost Your Nonprofit’s Success

    15 May 2014 | 8:01 am
    Beth Huffman, Foster Results2014 is well underway and already ushering in an array of new trends, from the latest fashions to cutting edge technology. A growing trend in the nonprofit world, however, has resulted from the not-so-new negative economic climate, which has brought along tighter resources for nonprofits – forcing organizations and funders alike to become more bottom-line-oriented.“Funders are having fewer resources and greater demands,” explains Althea Gonzalez, North Carolina program manager for Hispanics in Philanthropy. Gonzalez tells The Nonprofit Times, “There’s…
  • PGGI Wraps a Great Education Year

    7 May 2014 | 8:08 am
    In early 2013, the leadership of the Planned Giving Group of Indiana (PGGI) charted a course to provide a new level of excellence in programming and education to its members and the central Indiana fund development community. More than a routine luncheon, they determined to bring a diverse array of many of the best speakers available.- September 2013 - Chris Hoyt opened with an informative and humorous presentation on current trends in gift planning.- October - Ron Brown’s history of gift annuities provided a new and interesting perspective.- November - Indiana Philanthropy Day- December -…
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  • If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem

    Guest Blogger
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Nick Evans is a ONE Campus Leader at the University of Iowa.   I’ve never considered myself an activist. I’ve never gone to a big protest with signs and chants, I’ve never “occupied” anything, and I’ve never gone to a far-away place to help a group of people and hopefully inspire the world. I’m just a college student anyway, right? What kind of impact could I have? Over the past year and a half, my perspective has shifted drastically. I was very fortunate to be able to represent the University of Iowa ONE Campus chapter at both the ONE Power Summit…
  • For two Kenyan farmers, solar lamps benefit every part of life

    Hailey Tucker
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    In our second partnership with One Acre Fund, we’ll be following David and Zipporah, smallholder farmers from Kenya, for a whole growing season. From planting to harvest, we will check in every month to see what life is really like for a family making a living from agriculture in rural Kenya. Read part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4.  Zipporah looks out over her field of maize, surveying the rows. The plants, which were planted one month ago, now reach just above her knees. Despite a recent lack of rain, the maize is growing strong. Zipporah and her husband David say they aren’t too…
  • Help South Sudan survive hunger and malnutrition

    Guest Blogger
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:27 pm
    This blog post was written by Aimee Ansari, Country Director, CARE South Sudan. 1-year-old Nyang Kur was forced to flee her home in South Sudan with her mother and brothers. Now, the family of five are taking shelter under plastic sheets stretched over sticks. New reports show the number of people fleeing violence in the country has reached an astounding 1 million. Photo credit: CARE USA The U.N. recently reported a startling statistic: without a change in the conflict in South Sudan or to the amount of humanitarian aid being delivered, 50,000 children under the age of five years old will die…
  • Picture this: A tale of two babies

    Guest Blogger
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    Lack of electricity should not dictate whether you live or die. By Kelly Lippi and Ari Hoffman Newborn child in Ruhiira, Uganda. Photo credit: Millennium Promise. A premature baby is born by emergency cesarean section in southwestern Uganda. He is cold. Mom can’t keep him warm while recovering from surgery. Power is out. Not out from a storm or downed wire, not out during the 36 hours of planned weekly outages, just out. Nobody asks why, having long learned to accept these things as facts of life. There is no generator because fuel is too expensive. Baby lies alone in the cold, quiet…
  • QUIZ: Could you be a diplomat in Africa?

    Turner Shaw
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:56 am
    Dozens of African leaders are coming to Washington, D.C., to meet President Obama and US officials for the first-ever US-African Leaders Summit. If you were invited to the Summit, do you think you know enough about African countries, politics, geography and leadership to pass as a diplomat? Take this quiz and find out:  Full disclosure: This quiz is super hard. But you would probably need to know even MORE to be a diplomat in an African country!View Survey Scroll back to the top to see your score, and then share it and tweet it to see if you beat your friends!
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    BAD RAP Blog

  • TIME's 'Problem' piece: What a media giant's fumble can teach us about dog bites and an industry in decline

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

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

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

    17 Mar 2014 | 8:24 am
    A very special group of survivors arrived in CA two weeks ago. We first met them over Christmas week when our team of ten traveled to the southeastern US to provide care for 167 dogs held in a busy HSUS-run animal shelter. They'd been swept up in a dog fighting raid that saved 367 dogs - not including the pups born post-seizure. News Link. The dogs are being released to rescue for TLC and re-homing one group at a time. We accepted seven (Monkey, Jamie, Melvin, Gwennie, Ollie, Luna, Lady Bug), and hosted Megg and Londyn for two weeks at the Rescue Barn before they left for new adventures…
  • a 12-step plan for Good Samaritans

    11 Feb 2014 | 10:03 pm
    People who pluck strays from the streets are unsung heroes in any community's efforts to prevent early deaths in crowded animal shelters. You may not know they're out there because they're working independently, without much of an internet presence and with little to no access to resources. But they make up some of the most motivated partners in the ongoing work to help homeless dogs move from danger back to safety.We know how frustrating it can be to be a solo rescuer with no support and a dog that no one can absorb, including the original owner(s), so we built this little slideshow video…
 
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    GuideStar Blog

  • Clearing Up the Myth about GuideStar and the Overhead Ratio

    Courtney Cherico
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    There’s a scene in the movie French Kiss in which Meg Ryan tells the clerk at the Hotel George V in Paris that his rudeness is making her “completely insane.”  And then she starts pounding madly on the service bell until he snatches it away from her. Many years ago, when I put a sweater on my three-month-old toy poodle for the first time, he started writhing on the floor and making noises like he was strangling.  Which, thank heavens, he wasn’t. Why am I bringing up these two disparate things?  Because each describes exactly how I want to react when I hear someone…
  • How to Be Unique: 3 Creative Ways to Amplify Your Reach

    Okanjo
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    The preceding is a cross post of Ojanjo’s June 3rd article on their blog, “3 Creative Ways to Amplify Your Nonprofit Reach.” To read that article, visit here.  If you work on behalf of a nonprofit, then you’re always looking for new ways to increase your company’s reach. In fact, the very lifeblood of a nonprofit organization relies on generous donations from loyal supporters, followers and strategic partnerships. But how will you go about tapping the generosity of potential supporters if you can’t reach them in the first place? It’s not always about increasing the…
  • 4 Tips to Create a Powerful Nonprofit Video Marketing Strategy

    Courtney Cherico
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
    Video traffic already accounts for two-thirds of consumer Internet traffic and will encompass 79 percent by 2018, according to Cisco Visual Networking Index. As video’s popularity expands, video marketers are able to reach larger audiences as illustrated by YouTube’s 1 billion unique visitors per month. Advertising and PR consultants are taking note of these trends, with Nielsen reporting that 64 percent of marketers plan to focus their future promotional strategies on video. Marketers promoting nonprofit campaigns are beginning to tap into these trends as well, realizing the…
  • GuideStar Unveils Strategic Vision for Strengthening the Nonprofit Sector by 2020 during Next Impact Call

    James Lum
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    Like you, GuideStar is a tireless supporter of nonprofit transparency, and yet we know there is still more progress to be made in this area. We know that it takes a lot of time for data and information about philanthropy and nonprofits to travel through and across the social sector, just as we know transparency needs to be to be more timely, interactive, inclusive, and comprehensive. We know this – and we’re prepared to do something about it. We’ve introduced a new avenue to get outcomes to key stakeholders in a more meaningful way: the free Impact Call. Loosely based on the quarterly…
  • Rising Expectations in a Rapidly Changing World

    Courtney Cherico
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    We live in a digital culture which give us immediate, real-time data, access to all kinds of information, and provides new ways of connecting and engaging. This culture also emphasizes a new expectation of donor engagement and new demands to show results. At the same time, we are witnessing the evolution from check writing philanthropy to a more strategic approach with a keen focus on impact, performance and results. Our world is changing and changing fast. Much is expected of charities today and even more will be expected tomorrow. Here, we will explore two converging trends that are shaping…
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    Tall Skinny Kiwi | Tall Skinny Kiwi

  • Remembering Tony Palmer, the Great Ecumenicist

    Andrew Jones
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    ony Palmer was great Anglican leader and ecumenical ambassador. He was also a friend. So I am sad to announce that Bishop Anthony Palmer passed away on Sunday due to a motorcycle accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with Emily and the kids, as well as the Ark Community. Tony (Anthony) was one of those multi-talented individuals whose impressive abilities ...
  • Sending Elizabeth to College

    Andrew Jones
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Elizabeth, our oldest daughter, turned 21 this year. A few months ago she moved to Portland, Oregon and was accepted into the program at Oregon Culinary Institute. We are very proud of her. And so are many of you, who have followed her journey since the 90′s and have watched her grow up on our blogs or in person. Elizabeth has ...
  • Global Journey Map

    Andrew Jones
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:48 pm
    If you have been following our journey on Jonberries.com for the past few years, you would have seen our family travel map, courtesy of Nomad Travel Map plug in for wordpress. Awesome feature. I have always tried to keep TallSkinnyKiwi separate from Jonesberries [dont be surprised if this sentence disappears shortly] but I do want to put a few maps ...
  • Calvary the Movie

    Andrew Jones
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    We don’t go to the movies very often but when we do, we like to see a really good movie. Last night Debbie and I went out on a little date night to a nice theatre where we sat in oversized chairs with a glass of red wine  . .  and we saw the movie “Calvary”. LOVED IT!!!!!!! A deep well ...
  • What’s so Amazing About Being Anglican?

    Andrew Jones
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:09 pm
    pdate: Conference went well yesterday with over 100 people attending. Here are some of the best moments: Original Post: Some thoughts on Being Anglican and my current journey to be even more Anglican, part of which is attending a conference this weekend in Wellington with Bishop Victoria Matthews entitled “Whats So Amazing About Being Anglican?” [PDF] Obviously I am thinking about ...
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    eJewish Philanthropy: Your Jewish Philanthropy Resource

  • University Under Siege

    eJP
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Prof. Rivka Carmi visits the camp for children of university employees during operation “Protective Edge” Photograph © Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (via Facebook). by David Newman The emergency recruitment of over 50,000 reservists has disrupted the lives of many Israelis. Beyond the personal tragedies of the wounded and the dead, three groups in particular have been affected. The self-employed businessmen and shop owners who have nobody to fill their place while they are on reserve duty; the parents, especially mothers, of small children in the south of the country, whose…
  • UJAFed NY Leaders Pledge $200,000 to Barzilai Medical Center

    eJP
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Some 20 top leaders of UJA-Federation of New York, who are currently in Israel on the UJA-Federation of New York Operation Protective Edge Solidarity Mission, pledged $200,000 to the front-line Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon. As part of their visit, the group will be in both Tel Aviv and cities in the hardest-hit areas in the South, where they will visit trauma centers, hospitals, bomb shelters and receive briefings from key national security advisors. UJA-Federation has to-date committed $2.1 million in emergency aid for Israel. Send to Kindle
  • A Text for the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, JCRCs, and Israel Advocacy Organizations

    Stephen G. Donshik
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:50 pm
    If you have not heard of, seen, or read the book, Roadblock to Peace, by David Bedein, do so immediately. It is a remarkable piece of work and essential reading for all those involved in Israel advocacy. This book is a primer on how the United States and the United Nations are supporting armed conflict with Israel through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA). UNRWA (founded in 1949) is a UN agency established specifically to provide direct relief and work programs for Palestinian refugees. It was a response to the plight of hundreds of thousands of Arabs who left their villages…
  • Foster Relationships, Build Bridges

    eJP
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:05 am
    I believe in clal yisrael – a sense of shared community among all Jews – and I believe that individual Jews (and the Jewish collective) benefit from participating in tightly-knit communities. [This essay is from "Philanthropic Priorities in Light of Pew," reprinted with permission from Contact, a publication of The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life.] by Sarah Bunin Benor Since the Pew Research Center released “A Portrait of Jewish Americans” in early October, I have read and participated in many discussions about the findings. Several scholars and communal leaders have…
  • Experiential Jewish Education: Back to the Future

    eJP
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Dr. Gil Graff Recently, I attended the annual conference of the Network for Research in Jewish Education, in Los Angeles. There, I participated in a session on principles of experiential education articulated by John Dewey in the first half of the twentieth century as applied to Jewish learning in contemporary settings of Jewish education. The presentation included a look at some project-based learning experiences at schools, anchored in “a Dewey-inspired perspective.” Several weeks later, I came across a piece authored in 1925 by Dr. David de Sola Pool, spiritual leader of the Spanish…
 
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    Jewish Donor Blog

  • Case Study: Direct Mail vs. Email Invoices

    Yoav
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Case Study: Direct Mail vs. Email Invoices. An electric utility used the Danish Post test methodology to prove that it would be paid faster and at less expense using paper invoices rather than digital invoices. “Certainly one can’t beat the price of sending invoices by email. At least it appears that way, until one captures all the real costs of doing so.” “When testing the letter versus email question, a Danish utility company was quite enlightened by the outcome. This Fresh Data Case Study will analyze the true costs of both options and present the quantitative results…
  • Israel – Operation Protective Edge

    Yoav
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    Treatment of Civilians in Operation Protective Edge: Israel and Hamas The post Israel – Operation Protective Edge appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
  • The Rolling Stones Played Tel Aviv – Satisfaction

    Yoav
    5 Jun 2014 | 7:39 am
    The Rolling Stones played Tel Aviv the other night! So much for the BDSers and their BS. The Stones do seem a beat or two off from their youth judging from this video clip, but it’s great to see them in Israel especially when they encountered so much criticism for this show. I even even heard that Mick Jager peppered his banter with the crowd with a bunch of Hebrew phrases. Sababa…. http://www.timesofisrael.com/mick-jaggers-top-12-hebrew-phrases/ The post The Rolling Stones Played Tel Aviv – Satisfaction appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
  • R.I.P. Dr. Maya Angelou

    Yoav
    28 May 2014 | 7:55 am
    Final tweet (5/23) from DrMayaAngelou: “Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.” The post R.I.P. Dr. Maya Angelou appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
  • Israel Turns 66 – Yom Ha’azmaut – Israel Independence Day 2014

    Yoav
    6 May 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Today Israel turns 66! Only one more year until she retires… just kidding. Israel smelled like one big al ha aish (barbeque) today. We saw a fireworks show at night as did most of the country. IDF planes soared over most of Israel today in a show of unity. Parents tried their best not to buy our kids overpriced glow in the dark toys, sugary stuff and that stupid foam that kids spray on people that is somehow supposed to be fun. What a stark contrast to the day before which with Yom Hazikaron where we remembered Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror. For a laugh go check…
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  • My Volunteer Experience with Embrace Tanzania

    universalgivingteam
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:52 pm
    By Nicola Da Silva  The phone buzzed and it was my mom. “Guess what? Nic, Andrew, and Lex booked a trip to Zanzibar and invited me to join. We wish you and Daniel could join to – any chance of that??” Sometimes you get invitations to events and you weakly offer to try your best to make it happen and other times you get an invitation to something and you know that no matter what you will be going! This was one of those. I don’t know why I felt so strongly about going on this trip, but as soon as I knew about it, I couldn’t think about anything else. I started making plans the…
  • Advice on Starting a Non-profit

    universalgivingteam
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:07 pm
    By Alice Deng I’ve learned many lessons throughout my journey of establishing RSVP Speech (www.rsvpspeech.com), a non-profit dedicated to organizing free public speaking classes to students worldwide. These are my most treasured tips that I’d like to pass along to fellow entrepreneurs: Identify problems. Good ideas come from seeing a problem and envisioning a solution. For me, it was a problem in my own life that I wanted to solve in order to make an impact on the world. Look around you and identify problems that you see yourself and others struggling with. What unique perspective do you…
  • Spending the Evening in San Francisco?

    universalgivingteam
    12 Jul 2013 | 3:34 pm
    Kurt Bodden as Steve Seabrook The hit solo show STEVE SEABROOK: BETTER THAN YOU is currently playing at The Marsh in San Francisco. This satire of the personal-growth industry has just been extended for the third time. Writer/performer Kurt Bodden is a UniversalGiving supporter, and will be making a donation to UniversalGiving. We’re encouraging supporters to attend the performance on Saturday, July 20th! The SF Examiner raves that the show is “filled with laughs!” and calls the performance “pitch-perfect.” The Chronicle says, “Steve Seabrook is very funny…
  • How No More Poverty Is Addressing Global Need

    universalgivingteam
    25 Apr 2013 | 9:00 am
    We’re highlighting one of our partners today, No More Poverty. Here’s what they had to share about their work: Since its foundation in 2012, No More Poverty has been able to provide support and assistance to well over three dozen separate non-profit organizations that focus on poverty and poverty-related issues. Since the initial launch of No More Poverty efforts have extended to partnerships for charitable events and the funding of surgical missions to developing nations. Founders Michael and Julian Omidi started No More Poverty in order to help assist in the global crisis of…
  • Take a Volunteer Trip in Thailand

    Cheryl Mahoney
    15 Apr 2013 | 9:00 am
    UniversalGiving has recently been working with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), who have launched a contest to promote voluntourism, The Little Big Project.  One winner will receive a two-week volunteer trip to Thailand.  But everyone is invited to volunteer: TAT is partnering with other organizations, including UniversalGiving, to share volunteer opportunities. Sound appealing?  Looking for adventure?  Here are some top opportunities to volunteer in Thailand with UniversalGiving’s vetted NGO partners: Volunteer with Community Projects Work with Wild Animals Empower Single…
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    Living and Giving - Pamela Hawley's Blog

  • The Classic Pamela Positive: Why You, Me, the Night Building Manager, the Cleaners, Recyclers and Homeless People Have Something In Common: We Need to be Nourished

    Pamela Hawley
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    You, me, the night building manager, the cleaners and homeless people all have something in common: We need to be nourished.   The other night, I was helping lead a Full Circle Fund  meeting, which is working to provide economic opportunities for people across our world.  It’s a wonderful group, focused on providing financial support and volunteer time to help serve the community.   That evening, we had leftover sandwiches from dinner.  While I usually take any leftovers from the meetings I attend to homeless people, I thought perhaps I would give myself a rest from it this evening. …
  • Ebert Alexander “Humanity’s Quest for Help”

    Pamela Hawley
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    “Turn the other cheek” — that’s the teaching that we should carry with us. All violence and all the mayhem and badness in this world will disappear as we all adopt that ancient teaching and wisdom just in our everyday activities and our choices. For me it’s become very important to meditate two to three hours a day. That’s the only way I’ve gotten answers and returned to the wisdom I experienced during my journey. Consciousness is the thing that exists. It is the support, the basis on which all of the universe is based. Consciousness is our oneness…
  • Keith Wommack: Why A Dirty Old Wicker Basket Can Clean Up your Mind

    Pamela Hawley
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    A friend, Keith Wommack, tells a delightful story that illustrates the point: A man was living on a farm in the mountains with his young grandson. Each morning, he was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his worn-out Bible. His grandson wanted to be just like his grandfather and tried to imitate him in every single way. One day, the grandson asked, “I try to read the Bible just like you, but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bible do? ”The grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the…
  • Everyone Should be Excellent

    Pamela Hawley
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    “We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? So this is what we’ve chosen to do with out life.” —Steve Jobs Every one, every activity and task we do, should be excellent.  Don’t take an endeavor lightly:  Either you are building a company or watching TV. Having family dinner with your friends or eating a powerbar in the car.  Writing a book or reading a gossip magazine. Organizing your home or letting the compost pile up.  Giving the postman a…
  • Patrick Henry: “Find the Peace so Sweet that You will Purchase it”

    Pamela Hawley
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    “Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!”   We all know Give me Liberty, or Give Me Death.” But what Patrick Henry’s rousing call points to is that our nation had to face either being killed and put down, in slavery and under the helm of another country…. or pay the price of being free.   We paid the price.  He did. Our forefathers, foremothers and forechildren all gave their lives… and so we have our…
 
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  • How to Build a Better Survey

    Howard
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    To be useful, a survey must be carefully crafted. As I wrote last week, surveys give you information about those whose support you seek and about your organization’s effectiveness. But to get that information, you need to prepare your survey carefully by asking the right people, in the right way. Survey Participants In order to conduct a successful survey, you need a willing pool of participants and a way to reach them. Start with your databases of clients, donors, and volunteers or the mailing list of newsletter subscribers. Customize surveys: You may want to segment your list and…
  • Why Your Nonprofit Should Conduct Surveys

    Howard
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:49 am
    Surveys can be a great way to gauge what people think of your organization’s brand, where improvements can be made, and how to generate more support. A survey doesn’t dig deep but it is broad, reaching far more people than could easily be asked in-depth questions in an interview. The value of surveys is that they can give you insight into how your nonprofit is perceived by many people, if it is well-known, what media are most effective in getting its message out, and what programs it is known for. Or it can help you find out why the demographic you want to target is not responding…
  • Great Photos Don’t Just Happen: They’re Planned

    Howard
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
    Preparation for a photo shoot is a critical part of creating good photos, according to Jason Gardner, a photographer experienced in both nonprofit and corporate photography. Proper planning will maximize the effectiveness of the photos while minimizing costs. Photos catch the eye and pull your audience into your  website, annual report, marketing brochure or Case for Support. Make sure that you know what you want the photos to say as well as the technical parameters of what you need — horizontal, vertical, color, high resolution, etc. Professional photographers can help you figure all this…
  • Who Needs to Hear Your Nonprofit’s Message?

    Howard
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Successful branding requires targeting all your nonprofit’s audiences with the right messages. Most nonprofits make the mistake of focusing on a limited number of audiences: donors, members,or  clients. But every nonprofit has a wide array of audiences that can help it succeed. Consider them all when crafting marketing messages and choosing which media to use. To focus your brand messages, explore the values of the audiences you want to reach and the ways in which they interact with your organization. Be sure to look ahead, at the audiences you want to reach going forward, not just…
  • Nonprofit Goals Determine Marketing Strategy

    Howard
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Whether online or offline make sure your marketing materials further your nonprofit’s goals, by making people aware of its mission, willing to donate, interested in joining or eager to participate in its fundraising event. An e-newsletter, like all points of contact with your organization’s stakeholders, should bring your organization closer to meeting its goals and keep its mission clear in people’s minds. Make sure outreach materials reflect what your organization does as well as what it hopes to achieve. Your nonprofit may be facing big changes: a new location or program,…
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  • Gaza: Deadly Shelling Of Another UN School Draws Condemnation

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    As another United Nations school serving as a shelter for Palestinians in Gaza was hit by shells this morning, killing children, senior UN officials strongly condemned the attacks and warned against the targeting of civilians. Palestinian families seek shelter at an UNRWA school after evacuating their homes north of the Gaza StripCredit/Copyright: UNRWA“Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said immediately upon his arrival in San Jose, Costa Rica, for an official visit. “I condemn this attack in the strongest possible…
  • Spotlight: Kiefer Sutherland's Charity Work

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Charities & foundations supported Kiefer Sutherland has supported the following charities: Artists Against RacismCahonas ScotlandChildren's Hospice & Palliative Care CoalitionClothes Off Our BackCollaboration FoundationGlobal Fund for WomenKeep Memory AliveRed CrossSave The Music FoundationSmall Steps ProjectTrillium Gift of Life Network Read more about Kiefer Sutherland's charity work and events. Related articles Clothes Off Our Back Holding Emmy AuctionCelebrity Portraits Up For AuctionStars Take A Gamble At Charity Poker TournamentIdol Gives Back On WednesdaySave The Music's Esquire…
  • Helena Bonham Carter Makes Wish Come True

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Helena Bonham Carter and Make-A-Wish Foundation UK recently made a teenage girl with a serious condition very happy. Shealyn Magill and Helena Bonham CarterCredit/Copyright: Make-A-Wish UK15-year-old Shealyn Magill was born with a severe heart condition. Over the last year her health has deteriorated and she has been unable to carry out her big passion – acting. Shealyn has always admired Helena Bonham Carter for the quirky characters that she plays and aspires to take on similar roles, so when Make-A-Wish asked Shealyn what her wish would be, she chose to meet her favourite actress!
  • Robert Redford To Be Honored At Eagles Benefit Concert

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Eagles are set to play a special benefit concert for the Walden Woods Project at Citi Wang Theatre in Boston on September 16. Special guest for the night will be Robert Redford, who will be presented with the Global Environmental Leadership Award. The Walden Woods Project is a nonprofit organization committed to preserving the land, literature, and legacy of Henry David Thoreau through conservation, education, research and advocacy. Founded by recording artist Don Henley, the Project uses the land it has protected in Walden Woods to foster an ethic of environmental stewardship and social…
  • Annie Lennox Blogs About Gaza

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Annie Lennox has been busy blogging nearly every day recently about the conflict in Gaza. “One common theme of self interest both sides must surely share is that ordinary citizens want to live sustainably peaceful lives,” she wrote last week. "Tragically the extremity of the situation means that “carnage” is the modus operandi. It is a horrendous price to pay and will only extend the bloodbath further to create more instability for everyone caught up in it. “This Gordion knot of violence is not the way to a peaceful solution FOR EITHER SIDE and never will…
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  • The Nonprofit Director's Skill Set: One Group's Opinion

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

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

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

    10 Jan 2014 | 12:55 pm
    THE TERM 'FORWARD GUIDANCE' IS USED BY central banks to influence market expectations about the future levels of interest rates.  Banks do this by forecasting where markets will go and communicating their forecasts to businesses, governments, and the public.  I can see I've really grabbed your attention now.  But wait -- I'm going somewhere with this concept that has related, but not necessarily financial, applicability to the nonprofit sector.I'm intrigued by the phrase, which I admit I hadn't heard until recently.  I'm also intrigued with the idea of 'forward guidance'…
  • Committee Job Descriptions: The Essence of Group Work

    1 Dec 2013 | 9:42 am
    I'M SPENDING SOME TIME THIS MORNING DRAFTING COMMITTEE JOB DESCRIPTIONS, or charges, for a nonprofit organization whose committees have been working without the benefit of this important tool.  You might be saying to yourself, if committees are functioning, why gum up the works with wonky job descriptions?  Isn't that just one more layer of red tape that few people pay attention to, much less care about?I could respond by saying that committee job descriptions, just like employee job descriptions and board of trustee job descriptions, have the potential for strangling enthusiasm.
 
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  • The Relationship between Age of First Drug Use and Future Treatment Needs

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

    M. P.
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    Food insecurity is on the rise among seniors. The number of senior citizens considered food insecure increased by 49 percent between 2007 and 2012 according to a study from The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH).  Using the Three Core Food Security Module to measure risk, study authors Dr. James P. Ziliak of the University of Kentucky and Dr. Craig G. Gundersen of the University of Illinois found that over 9 million American senior citizens were food insecure, and threat of hunger rates for all senior groups (ages 60 to 69, 70 to 79, and 80+) were higher in 2012 than 2007,…
  • Study Asks: Why are Black Professionals Leaving Philanthropy?

    M. P.
    27 Jun 2014 | 7:22 am
    Recent high-profile hirings and movements to tweak what philanthropy “looks like” aside, new data indicate  that an emerging trend in grantmaking is the decline of Black professionals within the field. The Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE)  and members of the Black Philanthropic Network teamed up to take a deeper look at why Black professionals were leaving the philanthropic arena, where they ended up and what organizations could do to address this recent pattern. Main findings from the report, The Exit Interview: Perceptions on Why Black Professionals leave Grant…
  • Is Giving Bouncing Back from the Recession?

    M. P.
    17 Jun 2014 | 1:13 pm
    The Great Recession did a number on charitable contributions, with the rate of total giving dropping over 13 percent (combined) during 2008 and 2009.  Although charitable giving has yet to return to pre-recession levels, new data indicate that it may not take long to reach that mark. Estimates recently released by the Giving USA Foundation and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy suggest that individual giving played a significant role in the 4.4 percent increase in overall giving in 2013.   Corporate giving declined by 2 percent last year, while foundation giving…
  • Personal Stories Shed Light on the Dropout Rate

    M. P.
    31 May 2014 | 9:40 am
    What is happening in the lives of teens who leave school? Motivational sound bites like “Dream it, do  it” and “No excuses” are more appropriate on the wall of a fitness club then as explanations of the character traits lacking in those who appear to just give up.  It is understandable that there isn’t  much sympathy for youth who leave school, after all it is by their own choice, and one may wonder, how much more difficult is high school compared to the real world? Dropout rates have been trending downward for decades, (7 percent in 2011, down from 12 percent in 1990), but…
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  • The Difference Between Kind and Nice

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

    Karen Alphonse
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Question: I have been doing international contracts for the past decade. Many of them have been with affiliated organizations. Recently, I saw a great opportunity with an NGO with which I worked several years ago. I want to apply, but I hesitate. Is there some rule against working for the same employer twice? Will the recruiter see I previously worked with them and screen me out? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Where On the Map

    Karen Alphonse
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:45 am
    I am an international development professional. I have worked many years on economic development issues for NGOs in Eastern Europe and Africa. It’s time for me to launch myself as a leader. I just saw a Director role that has been posted for two locations, Tanzania and South Africa. Both roles look alike. However, the role in South Africa pays almost double that of the other. As well, the South Africa office seems to be the organization’s headquarters. I am interested in both. Please... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Career Trade-Offs

    Karen Alphonse
    27 May 2014 | 7:01 am
    I am a CFO, and a well-respected, local nonprofit is looking for an operations person with a strong finance background. This is a really exciting opportunity as the organization is in growth mode, and I could see myself leading it one day. The crunch is about the money. They are offering 40% of my current salary. Although I could scrape by on this sum, it feels like an awful lot to sacrifice. What do I do now? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Management Under Review

    Karen Alphonse
    6 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    Q: How can you tell good managers from bad ones? What sets them apart? A: No one deliberately sets out to be a “bad” manager. Therefore, I would reframe the question as one that focuses on a leader’s effectiveness. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • The shocking secret ingredient to growing your nonprofit’s individual donor base

    Pamela Grow
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:22 am
    Why do your donors give? It’s not because of your awesome mission or the 1,723 kids you served last year. It is, in all simplicity, because of what they are doing through you. Your donors are changing the world! But so many nonprofit organizations miss the mark. Last year I saw a post on the Humans of New York Facebook Page. Brandon had photographed a young ex-con who was trying to put his life back together. In the comments, someone referred the fellow to an organization that gets these folks a college education.  I looked up the organization online and impulsively made a $10 monthly…
  • Five Great Non-Fundraising Fundraising Books

    Pamela Grow
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Books for the nonprofit sector are wonderful tools for helping you to navigate the world of fundraising and communications, board training, and grant proposal writing. But sometimes the world of nonprofit fundraising can be a bit…shall we say, insular? In addition to reading all the latest fundraising-specific books, I make it a point to read business and human potential books (usually 5-10 a month). Most fall by the wayside after only a chapter or two, while others manage to deliver lessons that seem tailored to nonprofit fundraising. What lessons can you learn from my favorite recent…
  • Reduce donor attrition by a third with one simple habit? Easy!

    Pamela Grow
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:37 am
    My regular newsletter readers have heard me tell this story many times.  How I first read this article called The Sound a Thank You Makes by Hildy Gottlieb over a decade ago.    About how it so resonated with me that I put her advice into practice from that day forward, in every development position, and with my consulting clients. In fact, from 2004 on, I’ve made it a practice every day to start my day out with donor phone calls. As my years in fundraising passed, I found that remembering that one small habit did much more than grow my relationships with donors.  By infusing my day…
  • Remembering Michael | Do you have a plan for in-memoriam gifts?

    Pamela Grow
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    In the weeks immediately following my youngest daughter’s birth, tragedy struck. One of my best friends lost her eight year old son to a form of pediatric cancer. I don’t imagine anything can quite prepare you for the loss of a child. And for friends and family members, the pain is deep. What do you say? What can you do? Is there any way you can help to ease the despair? Adding to my own feelings of despondency was the fact that, due to what had been a difficult birth and recovery, I could not fly out for the funeral. I sent flowers, spent hours on the phone with my friend, and, when she…
  • Nonprofit Online Fundraising | Does Your Organization Pass the Test?

    Pamela Grow
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:57 am
    In March of 2014, I embarked on an unofficial online giving study. Every week I’ve been making two online gifts of $20 each to various nonprofit organizations randomly selected from my own database of subscribers. What am I tracking? First off, overall ease of giving: how simple is it to find the organization’s ‘donate’ button on their homepage? How straightforward and seamless is the overall experience? How many ‘clicks’ to make a gift? Am I given the opportunity to make a recurring gift? Do I receive an automated email thank you and/or am directed to a thank you page…
 
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  • Summer Reading for Nonprofit Folk by Marion Conway

    Marion Conway
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Every year for the last five years I have written a Wishlist of Books for Nonprofit Folk at my blog – Marion Conway – Nonprofit Consultant.  This is a curated list with recommendations made by thought leaders covering a wide range of topics including governance, finance, social media, board development, marketing,mergers and more.  I also am maintaining a Pinterest Board with this title.  For the last two yers I have also featured a giveaway book compliments of the author.  Well, both of these resources have become very popular and are viewed many times all year long. The summer…
  • The Interim Between CEOs Is Important – Make the Most of It by Marion Conway

    Marion Conway
    29 Oct 2013 | 9:05 am
    Often the transition time between Executive Directors is a difficult and caretaker time for nonprofits.  But if a Board lets it be just that it may not be taking advantage of an important opportunity.  The transition  – or interim time – can be a valuable, building block and stepping stone period for the next Executive Director’s success. In my work, a favorite project is assisting  small nonprofits in their search for a new executive director.  I have developed a cost effective process that is very effective in identifying outstanding ED candidates and efficiently choosing…
  • Founders of Nonprofit Organizations by Carter McNamara

    Carter McNamara
    21 Oct 2013 | 8:14 am
    A Guest Post by  Tony Poderis The best, and the most needed non-profit organizations begin with a founder’s vision to do something good for society — often to serve a need no one else is serving, and unfortunately, sometimes addressing needs some others would rather not even know exist.  So, as such a founder, good for you with your mission and vision. You are a true non-profit entrepreneur, though you know there is no profit motive involved. However, wanting to achieve what you want to achieve to your own founder’s vision, could, sooner than later, change and be counter to your…
  • Nonprofits: Businesslike, But Not Businesses by Carter McNamara

    Carter McNamara
    27 Sep 2013 | 10:29 am
    A Guest Post by  Tony Poderis In my opinion, there are limits (compared to the business sector) for nonprofit organizations regarding the building of their markets, the percent return on activities, investment for the future, general operational efficiencies, and some business practices and tools. There are things nonprofit organizations simply cannot do, which are second nature to businesses seeking to improve their bottom line.  To my way of thinking, nonprofits cannot operate like businesses, but they certainly can work in a businesslike manner. There are indeed many similar and…
  • The 2013 Millennial Impact Research Report – Focus on Benchmarks by Marion Conway

    Marion Conway
    16 Sep 2013 | 11:04 am
    The fourth annual Millennial Impact Research report was published in July and it inspired a flurry of articles about this important topic for nonprofits.  This report deals exclusively with the relationship of Millennials with nonprofits and how to engage them and increase their engagement level with you. At my blog, Marion Conway – Consultant to Nonprofits  I wrote an overview of the report covering the highlights and takeaways for the three main categories of the report:  connect, involve and give.  Here’s the link:   Millennial Impact Research Report – Highlights and…
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    15 Jul 2014 | 3:48 pm
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  • Retaining Volunteers

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Retaining volunteers is one of the most important aspects of executing a successful event year after year. It is the dedication of returning volunteers that helps us pave the way to our end result of happy participants.  Here are few ways to help communicate and engage with volunteers in order to bridge the gap between registration and event.Clearly communicate expectations. Outline when volunteers should expect to receive information and the time frame. This will help volunteers feel informed and comfortable with their responsibilities, while fostering excitement and enthusiasm for…
  • Ask an Expert: Event Planning with the Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    We were happy to share our knowledge of event planning with the Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum. Patrick Riley from Event 360 was interviewed as a part of the their "Ask an Expert" series. To read the full article click here.
  • The Importance of Staffing Your Own Event(s)

    18 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Do you remember the last time you staffed an event? If the answer comes to you quickly- congratulations (and I hope you’ve caught up on some rest and are no longer sore)! If you can’t remember, or the answer is no, then this blog post is for you. In May, I staffed my first event in I don’t know how long. After working in a position “behind the scenes” for several years, being on event wasn’t part of my job responsibilities. Sure, I had been there as a participant and spectator. I even had a few meetings that took place off site so I could pop in on a…
  • Building Staff Relations While Producing an Event

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    One of the most important elements to a successful event is hiring great people. Once they are part of the team, it’s key to nurture a positive attitude and a strong work ethic, and exhibit flexibility and confidence in their work. As you and the team produce your event, it is important to place focus on ensuring that each person who is part of the team is set up for success. Listed below are the top five areas to focus on in building strong staff relations with your team:Modeling the Way: As the leader of the event, it is important that you serve as the role model for your staff.
  • Event 360 Explores: Dirty Girl Mud Run

    10 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    Event 360’s Jennifer Hanskat was busy in June participating in not one, but two events! In her latest event, she swapped color for mud! Read on to get Jennifer’s perspective in her second year participating in the Dirty Girl Mud Run.  Name, date and location of event: Dirty Girl Mud Run, Lake County Fairgrounds, June 28th & 29th.Event Summary: Taken from their website, the event is described as “a 5k women's only untimed obstacle course run for women of all ages and athletic abilities. You'll find challenge, excitement, laughter, and camaraderie.”Were the…
 
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  • Philanthropy 3.0: The Value of Fundamental Change

    National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    By Christine Grumm Philanthropists always try to maximize their impact. That’s why we have the maxim, “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” I call this the move from Philanthropy 1.0, which seeks quick fixes, to Philanthropy 2.0, which is about addressing a skills gap. While both approaches to philanthropy without a doubt are necessary, one obviously has longer lasting impact and a higher return on investment. Continuing this line of thinking and the search for ever greater returns on investment, philanthropists, myself…
  • NCRP Calls on IRS to Investigate Otto Bremer Foundation

    Yna Moore
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    In response to the ongoing suspicious, and potentially illegal, behavior of the three trustees of Minnesota’s Otto Bremer Foundation, NCRP is now asking the IRS to investigate and take action if needed. NCRP’s executive director Aaron Dorfman sent a letter to IRS director for exempt organizations Tamera Ripperda detailing the many red flags among the trustees’ activities. NCRP’s investigation was prompted by an incident in early June, when Otto Bremer Foundation trustees S. Brian Lipschultz, Charlotte Johnson and Daniel Reardon pushed out their executive director and named themselves…
  • Three Reasons the Woodruff Foundation Should Sell Some of Its Coca-Cola Stock

    Caitlin Duffy
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Founded by the former president of Coca-Cola, the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation is as much of an Atlanta institution as the company Woodruff helmed for over 30 years. The foundation’s largest grants fund institutions such as Emory University, the Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center and the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway, demonstrating its dedication to education, culture and conservation. Yet, with 82 percent of its assets ($2.3 billion of $2.8 billion) invested in the Coca-Cola Company, the Woodruff Foundation maintains a risky investment strategy, which compromises its…
  • “Banning the Box” in Georgia and Beyond

    Alison Howard
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    This post discusses the May 2014 Philamplify Foundation Assessment, “Robert W. Woodruff Foundation – Will Atlanta’s Quiet Changemaker Adapt to 21st Century Opportunities?” On July 14, the D.C. City Council unanimously voted to “Ban the Box,” which prevents employers from asking an applicant to indicate whether s/he has been convicted of a felony in application forms. This small but significant change could not happen in a vacuum, and in the District’s case, is largely due to the work of area nonprofit the Employment Justice Center. In turn, EJC is supported alike by legal…
  • Do Foundations Seeking Policy Change Need Community Roots? (Part 1)

    Lisa Ranghelli
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    This is the first of a two-part series looking at the balance between policy leadership and support for grassroots voices. Part two will look at the grantmaking of The California Endowment. In a recent op-ed in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, NCRP founder Pablo Eisenberg contends that major foundations are exacerbating inequality through their support of large and “elite” institutions such as universities and hospitals, with little funding going to more grassroots organizations seeking social change. He adds: “Meanwhile, big foundations like Gates, Broad, Walton, and Lumina have become…
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  • Unlocking Community Conversation: Cantors Assembly Keynote Address

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

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

    Debra Askanase
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
    The M&R 2014 Benchmarks Study is here! For the past eight years, M&R,with support from NTEN, has produced a study of email and fundraising benchmarks. This year’s study looked at email (open rates, churn, click-through rates, list growth, response rates), online giving (email, other giving online, monthly vs. one-time gifts), website traffic (traffic growth and web gift rates), and social media (Facebook and Twitter fan size, growth, and frequency of posting) in 2013. What is interesting about this year’s study isn’t so much what is in it, but what it can mean for…
  • How Upworthy Thinks About Metrics

    Debra Askanase
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
      The founder of the news site Upworthy, Eli Pariser, knows just a little bit about how to get people to read his content. He joined MoveOn.org in 2001, and recently launched the massively popular news site Upworthy. Pariser spoke with New York Times journalist David Carr at South By Southwest Interactive about Upworthy: why he created it, the relationship with Facebook, and how Upworthy views metrics. While reading about the conversation in The Guardian, I was struck by Upworthy’s key metrics: importance, satisfaction, and quality. “We think a lot about three metrics:…
  • 50 Shades of Social Media: Navigating Policies, Laws & Ethics at #14ntc

    Debra Askanase
    24 Mar 2014 | 6:35 am
    Social media practices evolve, along with questions of how to implement social media, who should do it, and how should practitioners do so. As organizations, we struggle with questions such as: who owns social media followers, what is acceptable to post privately to social media even if you are the public face of an organization, who in the organization should post updates to Facebook, and is it acceptable to ghostwrite tweets? These are the gray areas. At the 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference, myself, Farra Trompeter, Carly Leinheiser, and Ashley Lusk developed a session focused on…
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  • Together, Differently

    Mark Holmgren
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:48 pm
    I sit on the Mayor of Edmonton’s Task Force to End Poverty. It’s a diverse group including the expected mix of leaders from government, business, education and community services. At a recent gathering we were working together to increase common understanding about poverty as well as to move forward with identifying strategies. In this session we were gathered in small groups around round tables. At my table the folks there represented those that might be considered to be on the far left and those on the far right and everything in between. (I will let you imagine where I fit on that…
  • Let’s Play Pretend

    Mark Holmgren
    13 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    Let’s play pretend. Pretend you run a business that sells widgets that are critical to a buyer. The price of each widget is $1000.00 and the buyer needs 100 of them. That’s $100,000. Now let’s pretend the cost of each widget (materials, labour, reasonable marketing costs, equipment maintenance, transportation costs, etc.) makes up 80% of the market price, leaving you with a gross profit of $20.00 per widget or in the case of this order of 100, a gross profit of $20,000 or 20% of the total price. Now imagine the buyer informs you that it does not pay proportionately for your accounting…
  • Expanding our Thinking about Poverty

    Mark Holmgren
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    For the majority of us, the experience of poverty is unimaginable. We intuit it must be difficult; we can read the reports of its impact and have some understanding, but in the end, we do not know poverty to the degree and depth those who live with it do. That said, think about the decisions you would have to make. Do I pay the gas bill or feed my family? Do I buy my medications or do I pay the rent? Should I enroll my daughter in an after school activity or take her to the dentist? Imagine what it is like to be hungry every day and, worse, to see your children go to school with an empty…
  • Questions We Must Answer to End Poverty

    Mark Holmgren
    29 Jun 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Over my career in the human services sector, I have been a part of many collaborative and cross-sector efforts that were formed to address a critical social problem. In most cases, if not all, the social problem being addressed was interwoven with economics. So, the problem was more accurately a socio-economic problem. As well every problem we worked on was understood and addressed through myriad lenses. Government, business, non-profit lenses were abundant and then of course each individual from those sectors brought to the table their own mindsets, beliefs and biases. One of the critical…
  • Homeless-Proofing the Streets

    Mark Holmgren
    12 Jun 2014 | 6:32 am
    Do you know what these photographs are of? The photo above are of a spiked surface of the underbelly of a highway overpass. Apparently homeless people sleep under the overpass is too unsightly. Better they go somewhere else. How about they go sleep on a bench somewhere? It appears the non-homeless have been on that one too. The photo below is of homeless-proof benches. These homeless-proof inventions are taking place in China and Great Britain. In Toronto they are building office buildings with slanted window ledges at street level to disallow homeless people from sitting. I wonder if anyone…
 
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    Notations on Non-Profits

  • Nonprofit Internal Controls: What To Do With the End In Sight

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

    Erin
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    The framework was set regarding what to think about with internal controls in my previous post  so now we can talk about a few types of internal controls you might consider putting in place now. Things You Can Start Doing Now Cash, Checks and Deposits.  Cash is one of the biggest exposures an organization has. [...]
  • Understanding and Negotiating Nonprofit Software Licenses

    Erin
    13 Jun 2014 | 6:05 am
    Not to long ago I had the pleasure of participating in a webinar hosted by 4Good and CJW Consulting called Understanding Software Agreements: The Legal Concerns Nonprofits Should Know.  For those who not only sign software agreements (who doesn’t) but also want to understand what they’re signing you should find this helpful. Gone will be the [...]
  • Nonprofit Internal Controls: Post Numero Uno

    Erin
    9 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Whew. Now that things have slowed down a bit I want to post about something many (if not all) the last few presentation organizer’s have asked me to talk about; internal controls. Specifically, internal controls for organizations with staff smaller than 10 people and budgets less than 100K. What Are They and Why Do They [...]
  • Understanding and Negotiating Software License Agreements: What Nonprofits Should Know Webinar **TOMORROW**

    Erin
    26 May 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Just a reminder, my webinar for nonprofits on reading, negotiating and (more importantly) understanding software license agreements is tomorrow. It’s free of charge so join if you can, click here for registration. I’ll note, prepping for this webinar has been interesting. I negotiate software license agreements day in and day out at work but polled [...]
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    Christine Sculati's blog

  • The ripple effect of stories: Lessons from a river journey

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

    christine
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    View of interior of Pond Farm barn/studio. Photograph: Anthony Veerkamp. Courtesy National Trust for Historic Preservation. Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism. On view April 24–October 6, 2014. The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco. Last year in February I wrote a story for BayNature.org on a significant but little known historical site tucked away in the rolling hills above the Russian River Valley in what is now Austin Creek State Recreation Area – a California state park. Here a French Jewish woman by the name of Marguerite Wildenhain became one of the most…
  • Yosemite became world’s first nationally protected park 150 years ago

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

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

    christine
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Griffith Park Mountain Lion P-22 when he was healthy. Photo credit: National Park Service A celebrity lives in a park above the Hollywood Hills amid a thick cover of chaparral and oak woodlands. He has helped rally the public to understand the plight of wildlife living on the urban fringe. He goes by the name “P-22” as the 22nd mountain lion to wear a GPS radio-collar in a study by the National Park Service. Widely known as the “Griffith Park mountain lion,” P-22′s improbable existence on an island of nature in the high hills above Los Angeles gained widespread media…
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    Notations on Non-Profits

  • Nonprofit Internal Controls: What To Do With the End In Sight

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

    Erin
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    The framework was set regarding what to think about with internal controls in my previous post  so now we can talk about a few types of internal controls you might consider putting in place now. Things You Can Start Doing Now Cash, Checks and Deposits.  Cash is one of the biggest exposures an organization has. [...]
  • Understanding and Negotiating Nonprofit Software Licenses

    Erin
    13 Jun 2014 | 6:05 am
    Not to long ago I had the pleasure of participating in a webinar hosted by 4Good and CJW Consulting called Understanding Software Agreements: The Legal Concerns Nonprofits Should Know.  For those who not only sign software agreements (who doesn’t) but also want to understand what they’re signing you should find this helpful. Gone will be the [...]
  • Nonprofit Internal Controls: Post Numero Uno

    Erin
    9 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Whew. Now that things have slowed down a bit I want to post about something many (if not all) the last few presentation organizer’s have asked me to talk about; internal controls. Specifically, internal controls for organizations with staff smaller than 10 people and budgets less than 100K. What Are They and Why Do They [...]
  • Understanding and Negotiating Software License Agreements: What Nonprofits Should Know Webinar **TOMORROW**

    Erin
    26 May 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Just a reminder, my webinar for nonprofits on reading, negotiating and (more importantly) understanding software license agreements is tomorrow. It’s free of charge so join if you can, click here for registration. I’ll note, prepping for this webinar has been interesting. I negotiate software license agreements day in and day out at work but polled [...]
 
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    Engaging Volunteers

  • How to Cultivate a Spirit of Service

    Shari Ilsen
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    Guest post by Scott Miller, Garden Spot Village Generally speaking, retirement communities are desperate for volunteers. Overworked staff and lack of resources often leave administration with plenty of work to hand out to volunteers. That’s not the case at Garden Spot Village, an active retirement community in the heart of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. “The acts of service that happen at Garden Spot Village are both large and small,” says Steve Lindsey, CEO. “The value of service manifests itself in countless ways, but it all starts with a value for people, for…
  • Nonprofit Insights: Challenging the Status Quo – Rethinking the Value of Volunteers

    Shari Ilsen
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    The Nonprofit Insights webinar series brings major thought leaders and experts to you for thought-provoking presentations on a variety of issues related to technology and engaging your community members for social good. What if the way nonprofits and companies are currently engaging volunteers is all wrong? How can we make sure we’re strategically involving the core value of volunteers to provide maximum impact? Research shows that organizations that strategically leverage volunteers outperform peer organizations on all measures of organizational capacity, AND have greater impact. However,…
  • Creative, Fun and Easy Ways to Engage Skilled Volunteers

    Shari Ilsen
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Our recent announcement of a new partnership to automatically post all skilled volunteer listings from the VolunteerMatch network to LinkedIn’s Volunteer Marketplace has shed a serious spotlight on the importance and potential of skilled volunteering. Check out this special series of posts exploring skilled volunteering as a category, a strategy, and, of course, an inspiration for greater impact. You already know that your skilled volunteer listings will now be automatically posted to LinkedIn’s Volunteer Marketplace, giving your organization exposure to 300+ skilled…
  • Engaging Talent in Best Work

    Shari Ilsen
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    Guest post by Stephen Ristau Too often I hear from highly skilled and motivated people, “I just can’t seem to find a nonprofit organization that uses my professional talent well.” And despite the great strides that nonprofits have made in recent years to design volunteer or pro bono work experiences that require advanced expertise or training, I still see a disconnect between the available talent pool and the engagement opportunities nonprofits offer. Do you find this to be true also? Has your organization stepped up the caliber of short-term, project-oriented work that taps…
  • Why It’s Still Hard to Volunteer (and How Nonprofits Can Help)

    Shari Ilsen
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    This post was originally published on the New York Cares blog. Guest post by Gary Bagley, New York Cares Since the report in February that volunteering numbers are down in the U.S., I have spent much of my time telling well-meaning people poised to make a call to service to please put down the bullhorn. A call to service is important, but a greater problem needs to be addressed first – improving the ability of nonprofits, schools, and community groups to engage volunteers strategically to drive impact. At New York Cares, we think of volunteers as employees who get ‘paid’ with…
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    Nonprofit Tech for GoodNonprofit Tech for Good

  • New Mobile App Will Change the Way Donors Give and Nonprofits Fundraise

    Heather Mansfield
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:22 am
    At long last a mobile app has launched that allows Americans to easily donate to any U.S.-based nonprofit in just a few taps. By partnering with Guidestar and Network for Good, donors can now give to their favorite nonprofits and manage their giving portfolio in one simple, very smart mobile app called the Give App. Launched on July 13, donors search the GuideStar database inside the app for their favorite nonprofit, enter their credit card information which is then stored for all future donations, and then tap to give. It’s a simple idea whose timing is perfect. All nonprofits would be…
  • 10 Must-Have Skills for Nonprofit New Media Managers

    Heather Mansfield
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    The following is an excerpt from Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits. In 2013 the number of nonprofits that hired part-time or full-time new media managers increased fourfold. As nonprofits have gotten better at implementing multichannel communications and fundraising campaigns and improving their tracking and reporting systems, many nonprofits have come to the conclusion that creating a paid part- or full-time new media manager position is worth the financial investment. For very small nonprofits, this may not be true, but for medium and large nonprofits—or small…
  • 6 Fresh Ideas for Your Nonprofit’s “Thank You” Landing Page

    Heather Mansfield
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    Each time @NonprofitOrgs reaches a 100K-follower benchmark, Nonprofit Tech for Good donates to various nonprofits. It’s a way to give back, but its also a system used to periodically review how nonprofits are innovating their online giving process. In this last round of donations – $25 to 28 nonprofits ($700 for reaching 700K followers), some progress has been made since the last round of donations made at 600K followers. More nonprofits are streamlining their online giving process and using more visuals to communicate their gratitude to donors. A “Thank You” landing…
  • 12 Google+ Best Practices for Nonprofits

    Heather Mansfield
    29 Jun 2014 | 10:43 am
    Google+ Pages have a vast tool set and Google’s quest to integrate Google+ into their most popular products, such as Search, Gmail, YouTube, Local, and Wallet, is paying off as active monthly users continue to grow. That said, Google+ is low on the priority lists of most nonprofits. Many nonprofits are curious, but lack the resources necessary to create and manage yet another social network. Google+ isn’t for all nonprofits, but for those that have actively adopted a pro-social media policy, it’s worth the time investment to experiment with Google+. In the process, your…
  • HOW TO: Respond to Trolls and Difficult Personalities on Social Media

    Heather Mansfield
    15 Jun 2014 | 10:40 am
    The following is an excerpt from Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits. The rapid rise of mobile and social media has directly correlated with a rise in Internet trolls—individuals whose sole purpose is to rant, vent, and incite discord. Most users of mobile and social media have come to recognize a troll and ignore rather engage them. More than often than not, the comments of trolls are relegated to the “crazy” category by your followers. Ironically, when considering the much buzzed about best practice of using mobile and social media to listen to your…
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    Socialbrite

  • 3 powerful email marketing examples from the pros

    John Haydon
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Tell stories of impact, use humor & cultivate relationships for more powerful email marketing Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, educators, journalists, general public. Are you looking to breathe new life into your nonprofit’s e-mail marketing? If so, you will love these tips three from my peers: Tell stories about your impact Rachel Hope Allison, Senior Strategist at Big Duck: The most exciting opportunities for smaller nonprofits are around the stories they tell with their campaign. Being small, they are in more…
  • 8 ways to make social media matter

    Guest
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:38 am
    Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, educators, journalists, general public. Post by Nancy Schwartz Nonprofit Marketing Problem Solver & Coach at Getting Attention.org Pressure. You feel it. I feel it. Every nonprofit communicator and fundraiser out there feels it. Social media pressure, that is. Whether the source of this anxiety (Am I keeping up? Do I have a billion Facebook likes or Twitter followers? Is my Instagram strategy driving action?) is your immediate boss, board chair, or colleague in programs, it’s there.
  • 7 Facebook hacks to make your website more shareable

    John Haydon
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    Tips to make Facebook work harder for your website Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, educators, journalists, general public. How you reach people is not limited to your Facebook Page. You reach people with your e-mails, your YouTube videos, mentions in the local newspaper. And you reach people with your website content. In the same way that people share your Facebook Page updates with their friends (via likes, comments and shares), they can also share your website content. For example, someone sharing a blog post by clicking…
  • 5 tips to start your nonprofit thought leadership plan

    Caroline Avakian
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:33 am
    Thought leadership can be one of the most effective communications strategies for nonprofits Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, social strategists. Every so often, change makers and nonprofit leaders are unsure about how to activate the most powerful resource they have — their intellectual capital. Organizations can be treasure troves of big ideas just waiting to be unleashed and shared with the world, but these same organizations can have limited resources and small or non-existent communications and marketing teams more focused on…
  • 3 ways Milaap is changing the face of giving

    Shonali Burke
    16 Jun 2014 | 5:43 am
    Milaap creates sustainability by blending crowdfunding and micro lending Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, educators, journalists, general public. Icould begin this post by regurgitating any number of statistics on the sensory and information overload we all experience these days, but I won’t. We all know that that’s the world we live in. Technology has really broken down barriers to information and while that’s mostly a good thing, it can be really overwhelming as well. As a result, breaking through the digital clutter these days…
 
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    Earthquake-Report.com

  • Minor earthquake – Oklahoma on July 30, 2014

    Armand Vervaeck
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:48 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 : 3.4 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-07-30 11:21:32 GMT/UTC Time : 2014-07-30 16:21:32 Depth (Hypocenter) : 5 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 – Road Town, British Virgin Islands on July 30, 2014

    Armand Vervaeck
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 3.1 Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown GMT/UTC Time : 2014-07-30 12:01:11 Depth (Hypocenter) : 76 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 – Whitianga on July 30, 2014

    Armand Vervaeck
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 3.5 Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown GMT/UTC Time : 2014-07-30 15:51:43 Depth (Hypocenter) : 253 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 – Virgin Islands Region on July 30, 2014

    Armand Vervaeck
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:43 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) : Unknown GMT/UTC Time : 2014-07-30 12:01:10 Depth (Hypocenter) : 76 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 – Kobuk, Alaska on July 30, 2014

    Armand Vervaeck
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 3 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-07-30 07:20:51 GMT/UTC Time : 2014-07-30 15:20:51 Depth (Hypocenter) : 9.9 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 the…
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    Wow! Goodwill

  • State’s Economic Growth Yields Good News for Job Seekers

    goodwillsp
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    North Carolina’s star on the national job market radar continues to rise, bringing more good news for job seekers and businesses in our state. Last week Forbes named Raleigh the top city on its list of Best Places for Business 2014. Raleigh beat out the 200 largest metro areas in the U.S. based on a dozen factors related to jobs, costs (business and living), income growth, quality of life and education of the labor force. Charlotte was ranked #12—beating out Atlanta and Dallas—with Forbes citing its economy as “one of America’s best performers.” The good news follows on the heels…
  • Avoiding the Job Search Blues

    goodwillsp
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    You’ve submitted dozens of job applications, updated your resume and practiced your 30-second elevator speech—yet weeks pass without landing an interview, much less a job offer. If job hunting depresses you, you’re not alone. Looking for a job is an unpredictable process with no guarantees and a huge amount at stake. However, remaining positive throughout your job search is important to your motivation and self-esteem, both of which are highly visible and desirable factors to recruiters. Use these tips to rechannel your energy into landing the perfect career opportunity. Volunteer –…
  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act To Be Signed Into Law

    goodwillsp
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Got a case of the Mondays? Here’s a piece of good news for workers to jump start your week. Last week the U.S. Senate passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), a bill that modernizes and improves existing federal workforce development programs through 2020, helping American workers attain skills for 21st century jobs. The bill cleared the House of Representatives in June and will now go to President Obama for his signature. The WIOA provides access to training, education and workforce services that all of America’s workers, regardless of ability, need to compete in a…
  • The GRID: Not Your Average Tech Store

    goodwillsp
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    Summer is a prime time for scooping up terrific savings on back-to-school necessities, and deals are sizzling this season at our new store The GRID: Powered by Goodwill. We carry just about anything you can imagine that relates to computers and technology—at Goodwill prices! Most technology buyers tend to overspend in traditional retail stores. At The GRID: Powered by Goodwill, you can select from a range of Internet-ready computer systems or purchase those hard-to-find individual components—all at discounted prices that reflect a 15%-65% savings from retail markups.Whether you choose to…
  • Goodwill Construction Students Donate N.C. SAFE Box

    goodwillsp
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    Participants in Goodwill’s Construction Skills Training program recently partnered with a local middle school student to help children during times of crisis. Using materials provided by Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), the class constructed a donation box to collect items for the organization N.C. Stuffed Animals For Emergencies (SAFE). The donation box was presented at the Matthews Free Medical Clinic during a special dedication ceremony on June 26. The project was first introduced to the class by Ashton Gerlach, a seventh grade student at Providence Day School. Ashton asked…
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    Front Range Source

  • A Board Fundraising Training That Actually Works

    Ann Goldman
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Its sad, but true. Board fundraising trainings are often useless. You know the drill. You pull in an expert, you offer a training, and everyone seems enthusiastic. But days and weeks after the training, nothing seems to be happening.  A year later, you’re wondering what to do at the board retreat because last year’s fundraising training simply did not work. I put board fundraising training failures down to two key things: 1.  Many, if not most, board fundraising trainings focus entirely on the “ask.” And, particularly, a large ask. Like $1,000 or more. This is intimidating for…
  • Ring or Fling? Not all Donors Want the Same Relationship

    Leslie Allen
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:02 pm
    I read the Harvard Business Review blog posts nearly every day and most of the time I find something that may not be meant for nonprofit fundraisers, but that is good for us to think about nonetheless. The other day, I found a goodie. Andrew O’Connell’s piece called Don’t Propose Marriage to a Customer Who Wants a Fling really made me think about the current discussions happening around donor retention in the fundraising blogs these days. Here’s a quote from his post. “…consumers are looking for certain kinds of relationships with companies. Some consumers might want to be treated…
  • Location is Everything: Where to Ask for the Big Gift

    Ann Goldman
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:18 pm
    I had dinner with an old friend this week at one of my favorite Chicago restaurants. The cozy Atwood Café is classy, but not pompous. Lovely food, but not too expensive. Gracious service, but not cloying. And the best thing? The tables are very private. In fact there are several tables by the window that have loveseats instead of chairs. I know from experience that the Atwood Café is the ideal place to make a major gift ask. No one can overhear your conversation, the atmosphere is comfortable and unrushed, and it’s just upscale enough to make any moment feel special. Choosing the right…
  • Bottling the Essence of Your Organization

    Leslie Allen
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:54 pm
    A couple of days ago I took the afternoon off to watch the US Soccer Team play Belgium in the World Cup. I even moved two meetings so that I could be in front of my TV to see it live. It ended up in disappointment for the US after a dramatic race against the clock in overtime. It was a gut-wrenching display of determination and chutzpa until the very end. And afterwards the announcers talked about the “heart” of the American team (that surpassed their technical skills). One announcer even said that the team was uniquely American in their character. Uniquely American… I do believe there…
  • Inspired to Act: Fundraising and the Summer Season

    Ann Goldman
    23 Jun 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Summer solstice is my favorite day of the year, followed closely by the Fourth of July. I’ve always loved these holidays. They bring recollections of warm summer nights, popsicles, lightening bugs and bare feet in the grass. As each year passes, these two events become more and more meaningful me. The light of the solstice inspires clarity. The patriotism of Fourth of July inspires action. Together, they make for some fantastic fundraising inspiration! The solstice is the perfect time to shed some light on your fundraising program. These bright summer days are often the slowest time in the…
 
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  • For Impact Funding Roadmap …

    Tom Suddes
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    BLUE RED GREEN GOLD I wanted to share this ROADMAP with the Tribe. Special Note:  When I talk about the For Impact ‘TRIBE’, I am using definition #8 from the dictionary:  a classic set of persons, especially one with strong common traits or interests. Quick Background:  This Funding Roadmap has gone through so many iterations over the last 30 years.  It started as the Ideal Development Operation in the early 80′s with our work with Catholic high schools.  Originally, it was almost all ‘green‘ … focused on funding and fundraising. The IMPACT drives…
  • “ACTION IS THE FOUNDATIONAL KEY TO ALL SUCCESS.”

    Tom Suddes
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:42 pm
    BLUE RED GREEN GOLD I saw this quote from Pablo Picasso in something I was reading lately. “ACTION IS THE FOUNDATIONAL KEY TO ALL SUCCESS.” Reinforces the Entrepreneurial Mantra: THINK BIG.  BUILD SIMPLE.  ACT NOW. Here are some more quotes to help you ACT NOW. “My dreams are worthless. My goals are impossible. All are of no value unless followed by ACTION. I will ACT NOW.”- Og Mandino (My Favorite Author) “We can’t cross the sea by merely staring into the water.” - Rabindranath Tagore (Bengali Nobel Laureate) “VISION without ACTION is hallucination.” - Thomas…
  • Simple Suggestions for Loving Your Life

    Tom Suddes
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    You can read an article on ‘Happiness’ every day online, on Flipboard, in magazines, etc. Here’s a great one I just read in my new SUCCESS MAGAZINE, August 2014 called THE SCIENCE OF BEING HAPPY by Patty Onderko. She begins by mentioning Martin Seligman, the author of AUTHENTIC HAPPINESS, LEARNED OPTIMISM, as the leader of this kind of “Positive Psychology Movement”. Here’s the essence of the article … ” … the most powerful message to arise from the new science of happiness is the idea that we can significantly change our work and life…
  • ForImpact.org as Your Resource

    Tom Suddes
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:59 am
    BLUE – RED – GREEN – GOLD To the Tribe, Sorry about going ‘dark’ for the last few weeks. I’ve been spending a lot of time with family, working around Eagle Creek (building mobile chicken coop, etc.) and re-thinking priorities and focus. Mobile Chicken Coop We are committed to make ForImpact.org the best possible RESOURCE we can … and I know we need to do a better job of organizing the content so it is easier for each of you to get what you want … when you want it. We are working on a ForImpact.org site re-design that will use the following framework for our information…
  • Storytelling Boot Camp

    Nick Fellers
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    “Our destiny follows the story we tell ourselves.” - Jim Loehr in The Power of Story I’m convinced this is true for our funding results.  I’m also convinced this is true: For our selves. For our causes / organizations. For our teams. By ‘story’ we could mean the plot of a movie.  But, if you go up in altitude, ‘story’ is really about the way in which we weave together everything that happens around us. This fall we will be hosting our first ever STORYTELLING BOOT CAMP at Eagle Creek. This will be a session where we focus on: How to drive your…
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    TakeTwo

  • Three Years Old: Growing – And Moving!

    Bix
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    When Stephanie and I started TakeTwo three years ago, our business plan amounted to something like: Let’s see how it goes in a year and then figure out whether we keep going or not. We’d been working together on and off for seven years by then, but even so, we had no idea how we’d work out as business partners. Nor did we know whether a firm predicated on integrating marketing/communications and fundraising for nonprofits was viable; our instinct told us it was but the proof would be in the business we garnered. And now, here we are, with a healthy three-year old baby business, and…
  • One Of The Best Things A Nonprofit Can Do: Practice What You Preach

    Stephanie
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Two Cents has focused the last couple of blogs on work culture – the challenges and opportunities to improve it in our modern day’s changing work environment. It’s something we come back to often. As part of this series, let’s talk about the importance of nonprofit leadership creating a work environment that reflects its core mission and values. For integrity purposes, we must embody our missions through our daily work cultures.  We’ve got to live the life we envision. Seems like a no-brainer, right? It’s actually a lot harder (and less common) than you would think, when you…
  • A Radical View: Re-defining Nonprofit Work Culture In The World Of 24/7 Communication

    Bix
    18 Jun 2014 | 8:34 am
    Image via: www.clangnuts.com Every day we talk with nonprofit staff and across the board, every single person is “swamped”, “completely fried”, “wearing too many hats”, “just not able to keep up.” And all over the internet, tips on time management, tools to cope with constant communication, and thousands of other suggestions proliferate for people to take control and draw better boundaries between work and you know, life. These ideas are often useful and well intentioned. But at the core they all recommend an individual changing her/his behavior to adjust to today’s 24/7…
  • Guest post: Leaning In – One Designer And Mom’s View

    Bix
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:23 pm
    This post comes to you from our designer par excellence, Kerstin Vogdes Diehn of KV Design, who apart from meditating on “leaning in”, kids, and work, manages to consistently wow us with her design – like with her new website. Leaning In By Kerstin Vogdes Diehn Re-posted from http://kvdesign.net/blog/entry/leaning_in Jun 09, 2014 I’m an avid reader, but by and large, I have a strong aversion to business books. They are usually boring, full or nauseating buzzwords or totally inapplicable to my life as a sole proprietor of a design business. So when everyone started talking…
  • Got An Hour? Watch Our Webinar: The Critical (And Often Lonely) Transition from Program Director to Executive Director

    Stephanie
    5 Jun 2014 | 7:32 pm
    This past Thursday, we had the pleasure of presenting a webinar with Purvi Shah, former Executive Director of Sakhi for South Asian Women.  During the webinar, Purvi shared some of the lessons she learned while serving at the helm. And Bix and I shared our perspective (the consultant perspective) of what it takes to be a successful ED Some of the lessons shared: Understand that you are always creating your legacy…you represent the organization’s vision, mission in action, strategy for impact, and reputation. EDs have too many hats for all of them to fit well – so build,…
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    Social media marketing hacks for nonprofits | Powered by JohnHaydon.Com

  • How To Get More ROI from Facebook Boosted Posts

    John Haydon
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    Boosted Posts is a Facebook product that increases reach for specific Facebook Page updates. Boosted Posts are labeled “sponsored” and appear at the top of the Newsfeeds (web and mobile) of people you target. When people interact with your Boosted post, that interaction is seen by their friends. Facebook doesn’t sell engagement You can’t pay Facebook to increase engagement on your Page posts, but you can pay for more reach (the number of people who see your update). You are free to boost any update you choose (under these terms), and the shareholders will be happy to…
  • How to use Canva to Create Stellar Visual Content [VIDEO TUTORIAL]

    John Haydon
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    If you’re not familiar with Canva, you should be. Especially if you are in charge of content marketing for your organization. Last week, I gave an overview of Canva for my weekly mini webinar. If you’d like invites to these mini-webinars, make sure you subscribe. Here’s an edited version of “How to use Canva to Create Stellar Visual Content” (slideshare is below the video):
  • How to Promote Your Next Fundraising Event with Facebook Ads [FREE WEBINAR]

    John Haydon
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    Facebook Ads are a powerful way to increase engagement and drive traffic to your website. But are you using Facebook ads effectively? Or is your strategy to simply throw money at Facebook ads and hope you’ll get the results. This free webinar will show you simple ways to use Facebook Ads to promote your next fundraising event – without wasting money. In this 45-minute webinar, you will learn: Where you should start if you’re a beginner When to drive engagement, and when to drive website clicks When to use Facebook ads and when to use Boosted posts How to use Facebook…
  • What’s the Difference Between a Campaign and a Facebook App?

    Sara Piccola
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:44 am
    Apps and Campaigns serve the same general purpose. They’re both used to run promotions, contests, sweepstakes, newsletter integrations, welcome pages and landing pages. However, a Campaign can be placed anywhere on the Web while an App is limited to Facebook. So there you have the BIG difference between Apps and Campaigns: Apps = Facebook; Campaigns = Everywhere. Whether they’re called Campaigns or Apps — or even Tabs, which is what these tools were originally called — many of the tips and best practices we’ve all been hearing for years are still relevant.  Moving…
  • 8 Tools to Make You a Visual Content Ninja

    John Haydon
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:47 am
    If you manage social media for a nonprofit, you realize that creating visual content is becoming a bigger part of your job. You’re creating more visual content than ever before, and it has to look exceptional! That’s a lot of pressure for someone who didn’t go to art school. Fortunately, there are several tools and apps to make you look like a visual content ninja. 1) Canva If you need to churn out visual content that’s beautiful (or at least branded), then Canva is your tool. They have templates for Facebook covers, social media posts, posters, blog graphics, and more. Did I mention…
 
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    Nonprofit Bridge

  • Are Your Donation Forms Mobile Friendly?

    nhr2000
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:25 pm
    (Guest post by Todd Turner) Successful fundraising isn’t only about knowing your audience;  it’s also about providing tools that empower them to donate whenever and wherever they are compelled to support your cause.   Here are some tips to make your donation forms mobile friendly. Do your forms load quickly? Mobile functionality involves more than allowing your online donation form to automatically adjust to a mobile device’s screen size or orientation, especially given the importance of a nonprofit’s ability to convert a user’s “real time” emotional response into a…
  • Vote For Your Favorite #15NTC Sessions

    Norman Reiss
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    This Friday, July 18 is the deadline for picking your favorite sessions / topics for next year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference in Austin, Texas on March 4-6, 2015. To help you navigate the long list of submissions, below are some of my favorite ideas organized by topic, many which I’ve spoken and/or blogged about: Giving Effective Online Presentations Webinars that Work: Best Practices for Engaging E-Learning 12 Webinar Mistakes to Avoid – Delivering Successful (and Effective!) Online Trainings Maintaining Better Nonprofit Data Put Your Data in the Driver’s Seat:…
  • When Are People Most Likely to Donate?

    Norman Reiss
    2 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    (Guest post by Kristen Gramigna) Knowing your audience well enough to communicate when they will most likely respond to your call to action is a basic tenet of marketing. But putting that theory into practice presents additional complexity for nonprofits,  particularly when asking constituents to commit money to an intangible cause.  Properly timing when you solicit donations can improve the success of your fundraising campaign. Below are findings about donor behavior that can help gauge when your supporters are most likely to donate. When they’re in good company: Regardless of the…
  • How to Get the Most from a Webinar (and who to take them with)

    Norman Reiss
    27 Jun 2014 | 7:14 am
    Attending a webinar online is a great way to keep up your skills and connect with others in the nonprofit community.   To get the most value from an online event: As tempting as it may be, minimize multitasking.  If you can’t focus on the session you’re attending, find out if there will be a recording available (most do provide this) then listen at a time you can focus Ask questions.  (You’ll learn more that way.)  Many session presenters (including me) prefer an interactive format and welcome questions at any time, not only at the presentation’s end. Take notes…
  • What Do YOU Want to Talk About at #15NTC?

    nhr2000
    14 Jun 2014 | 9:23 am
    Want to get the most out of next year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference (#15NTC)?  Submit an idea for a session – the deadline is Sun, Jun. 22. I’ve presented several times in the past, and it’s always been a great experience.   By participating in a session, you: can highlight what you’ve accomplished at your nonprofit become more of an expert in your topic.   It really is true: The best way to learn something is to teach it to others form deeper relationships with others who are presenting with you (most conference sessions involve multiple speakers) learn…
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    Wired 4 Leadership

  • Creating Change Adept Organizations

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

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

    Kerry Stackpole
    6 May 2014 | 6:23 am
    “Get your head in the game” is the clarion cry of coaches demanding athletes regain focus and bring their talents to bear on the success of the team.  While no one can ignore the extraordinary physical talents and capacities of athletes, in some ways the far more demanding effort is what goes on in their […] You are reading Leaders: Get Your Head In The Game! from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
  • 3D Leadership In A Changing World

    Kerry Stackpole
    18 Feb 2014 | 7:56 am
    There’s a new normal afoot that I’ve taken to calling 3D leadership. You don’t need those cheap plastic glasses to see or experience it. You will however want to think hard about your worldview with an entirely new lens.  If you are to be a successful and effective leader you do not have the luxury […] You are reading 3D Leadership In A Changing World from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
  • Five Ideas for Leaders in 2014

    Kerry Stackpole
    31 Dec 2013 | 5:18 am
    As the visions of sugar plums and the joys of Christmas 2013 dissipate and celebrations of the New Year come into focus there’s a swell of stories about the “best of” 2013–blogs, wines, photos, events, books, most delicious stuffed olives–okay I made that one up–but you get my drift.  Looking back is a tradition writ […] You are reading Five Ideas for Leaders in 2014 from the Wired 4 Leadership blog.
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    Tanenbaum.org

  • Free Islamic Peace Education Report

    Nicole Margaretten
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    On July 28, many Muslims in the  United States and across the  globe will be celebrating the  conclusion of Ramadan, the    holiday of Eid-al-Fitr. The Eid-al-Fitr is the festival  and/or feast of the breaking of  the fast, a time of mutual  acknowledgement for Muslims  who have been fasting  throughout the country and  around the world (depending on  their time zone). To mark the Eid, we would like to share one of our blessings with you: what we learned when we convened four Islamic peace educators from vastly different backgrounds for a day-long exchange on their work…
  • Who’s watching the spiral of hate?

    Nicole Margaretten
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    Who’s watching the spiral of hate? For those of us who care about acknowledging the humanity in each person- these are dark days. The Middle East is in flames. Religious practices across Asia and Southeast Asia are being snuffed out - from Christians and Falun Gong practitioners in China to Rohingya Muslims in Buddhist majority Myanmar. Christians are desperately fleeing their homes in northern Iraq. We object to this senseless hatred wherever it is found. And now, we see virulent anti-Semitism in Europe that horrifies us. If you’re watching, you can see the anti-Semitic anger…
  • South-South Exchange: Peacemaking in South Africa & Honduras

    Nicole Margaretten
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    Transcending Cultural & Geographic Boundaries Honduras is one of the poorest countries in the Americas, and in 2013, had the highest murder rate in the world. In 2011, as a response to extreme poverty and weak democratic institutions, an organization led by Hondurans began to grow. Known as the National Popular Resistance Front (FNRP), they were determined to eradicate the perpetual fear that plagued their daily lives. Tanenbaum’s Peacemaker in Action Chencho Alas recognized the power of this growing movement and its potential to build democracy within Honduras. As an established…
  • Pay Up or Die: Christians in Iraq Update

    Bob Johnson, MFA
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:13 am
    Iraqis flee from Mosul. UNHCR / R. Nuri Have you been following the news about Iraq, ISIS (now IS) and what’s happening to Christians in areas IS controls? Take a quick look with us. This past Saturday, as reported in Breaking Israel News and other media outlets, the Islamic State (formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) “issued a deadline for Christian residents of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, to leave, pay, convert or die. The Islamic State is requiring residents of Mosul to pay the jizyah: “Jizya (sometimes written as jizyah and pronounced “jiz-yuh”), as explained…
  • Top news stories across the world

    Nicole Margaretten
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
                    A collection of top news stories you need to know from July 11 – July 17, 2014 Church of England approves women bishops in historic vote • Three charged over Palestinian Mohammad Abu Khdair murder • Faithful flock to see statue of Santo Toribio, the immigrants’ saint • Beautiful Ramadan Photos From Around The World • These Are The Most Breathtaking Church Ceilings In The World– And We Almost Missed Them Church of England approves women bishops in historic vote Following a 20-year-old debate, the General Synod of…
 
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    want2donate.org

  • Marketing jargon you might hear in the charity sector explained

    Linda
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Hi everyone - hope you have been all enjoying the prolonged hot spell we've been having here in the UK! Apologies we appear to have been quiet on the blog front! We have actually been super busy updating lots of our other pages with all new copy and improves layouts and buttons. For example, check out our adopt a tiger page to see the work!
  • Charity smartphone apps review - part 8

    Linda
    25 Jun 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Whizz-Kidz Asks for donations? YesLinks to website donate form? YesResponsive giving forms? YesText to donate? YesHas other monetisation? NoHas native iPad version? No We really liked the Whizz-Kidz app which serves, as its primary function, as a kind of shop window on the different equipment that you can apply for through the charity. It also has information on volunteering and how to fundraise.
  • Celebrate Father's Day with a present from Concern Gifts

    Linda
    11 Jun 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Trying to find the right gift for dad? With Father’s Day this Sunday, it’s time to make dads feel special. However, they’re not always so easy to buy for! Something fathers around the world may have in common is that they want to provide for their children and make sure they get the best possible start in life.  Concern Worldwide offers the unique gift of a Mini Farmyard, including piglets and chickens, to provide a father living in poverty with the chance to support his family into the future.
  • Charity smartphone apps review - part 7

    Linda
    2 Jun 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Hey there, Hot(ish!) off the heels of our first blog about charities and wearable tech we've come back to post number seven in our series of blogs that look at the various charity smartphone apps that are available to download. The Big Issue Asks for donations? NoLinks to website donate form? NoResponsive giving forms? N/AText to donate? NoHas other monetisation? NoHas native iPad version? (N/A - it's an Apple Newstand download now)
  • How charities can use wearable technology - part 1

    Linda
    20 May 2014 | 1:56 pm
    At want2donate we're not really sure about the much hyped and encroaching wave of wearable tech and what a drastic change this could mean (for better or worse) of our species. This is ultimately dependant on the intent of the people who create, own and develop this incredible and increasingly powerful knowledge and ability to bring humans and technology closer and closer. It would probably be fair to say they already know how to do things that would 'blow our tiny minds', as they say!
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    Palmetto Buzz

  • Taking Collaboration to a New Level

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

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

    Sharyn McHenry
    8 May 2014 | 1:24 pm
    The definition of work and workspace has been evolving in recent years to include many options that make it easier to balance the obligations of a professional career and with a flexible schedule that allows for time to manage family duties and pursue other interests. A survey on workplace flexibility for Mom Corps conducted by... Read more »
  • Thoughts on Earned Income Ventures for Non-Profits

    Stephanie Watson
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Recently I attended the Southern Regional Grant Conference 2014 here in Atlanta, Georgia. One of the break-out sessions was of particular interest to me – Social Entrepreneurship / Earned Income Opportunities. We as grant-writers know it is critical for organizations to diversify their funding streams in order to remain viable. The topic of ‘earned income’... Read more »
  • It’s About So Much More Than Money!

    Paige Havens
    7 Mar 2014 | 12:31 pm
    There’s nothing like the feeling you get when the call comes in sharing the good news that you’ve been awarded a big grant. It’s a moment where the world seems to stop and all of your hard work and dedication seems to be validated and appreciated. It is also a critical moment where a new... Read more »
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    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog

  • Welcome Your New Donors With Open Arms

    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:58 am
    This post is included in Welcoming Donors and Securing Second Gifts from the Nonprofit Blog CarnivalDid you know that approximately 70% of first-time donors don't make a second gift? Yikes! We can do better.Let's make 2014 the year we turn those numbers around.Do something special for your current first-time donors Before your next big appeal, make a point to send your first-time donors a short thank you email, postcard, or note card in which you shower them with appreciation and give a specific example of how their support is helping you make difference.Of course, you should continue to…
  • Is it Time for a Message Makeover?

    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    What would happen if you got your staff or board together and asked them to give a short description of what your organization does? Would you get a variety of different answers?Now take a look at some of your communication materials - fundraising letters, thank you letters, website etc. Are your messages consistent in all your materials? Are they written in clear, conversational language or are they filled with mind-numbing jargon? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then it's time for a message makeover. Create a message platformPutting together a set of clear, consistent messages,…
  • Is it Time For an Extreme Thank You Makeover?

    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:15 am
    Summer is here! Yea, finally.  This may be a slower time for you, and over the summer, I'm going to give you some suggestions on how to improve your fundraising and communications to help you get ready for a busy fall.One area where most nonprofits can do better is thanking their donors, something that often seems like an afterthought.  A landing page is more than a receiptMany people donate online now, and your landing page is your first chance to say thank you.  Make it personal and not transactional.  Open with Thank you, Susan!or You're amazing!  Include an…
  • How You Can Print and Mail With Limited Resources

    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog
    11 Jun 2014 | 10:04 am
    In my last post Don't Give Up on Print, I mentioned that some nonprofit organizations try to save money by cutting back on printing and mailing. That could be a mistake and I suggested you survey your donors to see whether they have a preference between print and electronic communication.So now you've surveyed your donors and found many of them prefer to receive print communication, and you rarely send anything through the mail because you have limited resources (budget, time, staff).  What do you do?  Here are some suggestions. Be smartFirst off, figure out what you should print…
  • Don't Give Up on Print

    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog
    4 Jun 2014 | 10:18 am
    If your nonprofit organization has limited resources (and many do), you may try to cut costs by scaling back your printing and mailing.  But be careful.  Print communication still has a place.  Know your donorsYou might think print is too traditional or old fashioned.  It's not. Some donors prefer print communication.  How do you know?  You ask them.  The more you know about your donors, the more effective your communications will be. It's good to know the age range of your donors.  Many of them may be over 45 and won't think print communication is…
 
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    Social Velocity

  • 12 Social Change Blogs I Love

    Nell Edgington
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    I get a little tired of the social media noise sometimes. Don’t get me wrong, I love social media for finding new information and making connections. But sometimes it replaces thoughtful conversation with increasingly shortened sound bites (more on that later). And when I hear people claim that 140 characters are better than long-form articles and blog posts, I get depressed. Call me old fashioned, but I love to spend the necessary time processing thought-provoking, controversy-encouraging written words. Social change is incredibly complex work, so we desperately need people and…
  • Guest Post: Intellectual Curiosity is the Cornerstone of Social Progress

    Nell Edgington
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Note: Third in my list of guest bloggers this summer is David Henderson. David’s professional focus is on improving the way social sector organizations use information to address poverty. Here is his guest post: I was recently turned down for a position at a startup-up big-data company focused on the philanthropic sector because I’m “too pessimistic”. This company initially sought me out since they don’t have any social sector expertise on staff, a likely requisite to make successful nonprofit software. Our courtship turned sour when I expressed my view that we have a lot more…
  • Speaking About A Changing Nonprofit World

    Nell Edgington
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    One of the things I love most about what I do is the opportunity to speak around the country to nonprofit and philanthropic leaders about new approaches. The nonprofit sector and the philanthropy that funds it are changing dramatically, which can be unsettling, but can also be an incredible opportunity for nonprofit leaders to find a better way to reach their goals. This Fall I’m particularly excited about some great speaking opportunities I have coming up. If you will be at any of these events, please let me know, I’d love to connect there. And if you’d like to learn more…
  • Guest Post: Philanthropy Must Get Better at Funding Scale

    Nell Edgington
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Note: Second in my list of esteemed guest bloggers this summer is Adin Miller. Adin is Senior Director of Community Impact and Innovations at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, but his post is his personal viewpoint, not necessarily that of his employer.  Here is his guest post:   Readers of the Social Velocity blog know of Nell’s clarion call for nonprofit financing not fundraising and her conviction that the current mode of nonprofit growth through fundraising is bankrupt. Today I want to examine another area I consider broken, namely the ineffective way in…
  • Moving Beyond the Starving Nonprofit

    Nell Edgington
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    Ever since last year’s release of the Letter to the Donors of America it seems there is an increasing drumbeat against the “Overhead Myth,” the idea that nonprofits must keep their overhead and administrative costs as low as possible. The fact that we are now openly talking about overhead as a myth is very encouraging. But I think it will take a good deal of time before donors actually embrace the idea that nonprofits should stop starving their organizations of the resources they need to create and execute effective programs. To move donors along, nonprofit leaders…
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    Ethics Resource Center

  • How to Improve Your Whistleblower Program and Address...

    17 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    How to Improve Your Whistleblower Program and Address Impediments to Reporting Recording of July 1, 2014 Webcast Moderator Cynthia M. Fornelli, Executive Director, Center for Audit Quality Panelists Patricia J. Harned, President, Ethics Resource Center Janice Innis-Thompson, Senior Managing Director and Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer, TIAA-CREF Kristin D. Rivera, Partner, Forensic Services, PwC All publicly traded companies are required to have a process whereby employees can report occupational misconduct—i.e., the whistleblower program. How do you know if your company has an…
  • ETHICS DECLINE DURING MERGERS, ACQUISITIONS AND ORGANIZATIONAL RESTRUCTURING

    11 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    When Companies Undergo Change, on Average, 21.5 Percent More Employees See Misconduct Employees in...
  • Federal Whistleblowers Must be Protected

    24 Jun 2014 | 4:26 am
    Letter to the Editor in case you missed it, Pat’s letter appeared over the weekend on the...
  • NBES in the News

    10 Feb 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Below are some of the recent articles on ERC’s latest National Business Ethics Survey...
  • NBES Webcast Registration Now Open

    7 Feb 2014 | 11:07 am
    An Insider’s View of the Ethics Resource Center’s National Business Ethics Survey® 2013 February 21...
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    Always ACTIVE

  • WhY Be ACTIVE?

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

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

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

    ACTIVE Network
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    ACTIVE Network is a proud partner of the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of America. We provide the technology that powers the PGA’s Program Manager, which is built on ACTIVE Works. Program Manager is an all-in-one registration solution that’s free to PGA members to promote their lessons, leagues and tournaments. Here’s how the PGA and ACTIVE help facilities attract new participants Sign up for Program Manager: PGA invites members to sign up for a free Program Manager account on http://www.PGALinks.com/ACTIVE and allows them to start posting their programs and events right…
  • How One Community is Giving Members Better Access to Activities

    ACTIVE Network
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:14 am
    On the heels of the 2014 Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) Educational Forum, one local community, Saugeen Shores, is proving that member satisfaction and greater participation are linking back to ACTIVE Net’s online accessibility. Last week at PRO, representatives from the Saugeen Shores discussed their transition from ACTIVE’s Class software system to ACTIVE Net. As hundreds of our community partners prepare to undergo the same software transition, check out Saugeen Shores’ story: Prepare for the Transition: Saugeen Shores made the commitment to dedicate time to plan their…
 
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    Engaging Volunteers

  • How to Cultivate a Spirit of Service

    Shari Ilsen
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    Guest post by Scott Miller, Garden Spot Village Generally speaking, retirement communities are desperate for volunteers. Overworked staff and lack of resources often leave administration with plenty of work to hand out to volunteers. That’s not the case at Garden Spot Village, an active retirement community in the heart of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. “The acts of service that happen at Garden Spot Village are both large and small,” says Steve Lindsey, CEO. “The value of service manifests itself in countless ways, but it all starts with a value for people, for…
  • Nonprofit Insights: Challenging the Status Quo – Rethinking the Value of Volunteers

    Shari Ilsen
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    The Nonprofit Insights webinar series brings major thought leaders and experts to you for thought-provoking presentations on a variety of issues related to technology and engaging your community members for social good. What if the way nonprofits and companies are currently engaging volunteers is all wrong? How can we make sure we’re strategically involving the core value of volunteers to provide maximum impact? Research shows that organizations that strategically leverage volunteers outperform peer organizations on all measures of organizational capacity, AND have greater impact. However,…
  • Creative, Fun and Easy Ways to Engage Skilled Volunteers

    Shari Ilsen
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Our recent announcement of a new partnership to automatically post all skilled volunteer listings from the VolunteerMatch network to LinkedIn’s Volunteer Marketplace has shed a serious spotlight on the importance and potential of skilled volunteering. Check out this special series of posts exploring skilled volunteering as a category, a strategy, and, of course, an inspiration for greater impact. You already know that your skilled volunteer listings will now be automatically posted to LinkedIn’s Volunteer Marketplace, giving your organization exposure to 300+ skilled…
  • Engaging Talent in Best Work

    Shari Ilsen
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    Guest post by Stephen Ristau Too often I hear from highly skilled and motivated people, “I just can’t seem to find a nonprofit organization that uses my professional talent well.” And despite the great strides that nonprofits have made in recent years to design volunteer or pro bono work experiences that require advanced expertise or training, I still see a disconnect between the available talent pool and the engagement opportunities nonprofits offer. Do you find this to be true also? Has your organization stepped up the caliber of short-term, project-oriented work that taps…
  • Why It’s Still Hard to Volunteer (and How Nonprofits Can Help)

    Shari Ilsen
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    This post was originally published on the New York Cares blog. Guest post by Gary Bagley, New York Cares Since the report in February that volunteering numbers are down in the U.S., I have spent much of my time telling well-meaning people poised to make a call to service to please put down the bullhorn. A call to service is important, but a greater problem needs to be addressed first – improving the ability of nonprofits, schools, and community groups to engage volunteers strategically to drive impact. At New York Cares, we think of volunteers as employees who get ‘paid’ with…
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    Darrell Gwynn Foundation

  • Wheelchair Recipient Reads Letter, Not a Dry Eye in the Room

    Darrell Gwynn
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:48 pm
    At the Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s recent gala event, “Evening with Emerson,” wheelchair recipient Isabella Valle shared a heartfelt letter with guests, detailing the major changes in her life that would result from the donation of her new $40,000 custom standing power wheelchair. After Isabella finished her letter, it was clear that there wasn’t a dry
  • Darrell Gwynn Foundation Donates $40,000 Custom Standing Power Wheelchair to Isabella Valle at Coke Zero 400, July 5

    Darrell Gwynn
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:19 am
    Daytona, FL. – The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors and supporters, donated a custom standing power wheelchair to 18 year-old Isabella Valle of Orlando, FL at the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on July 5. Isabella was born with Cerebral Palsy and needs a custom power standing wheelchair to maintain
  • DGF to hold an “Evening with Emerson” at Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale on July 8th

    Darrell Gwynn
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:08 am
    DGF will donate $40,000 Custom Standing Power Wheelchair to Isabella Valle; Event to feature Champion Race Car Driver Emerson Fittipaldi DAVIE, Fla. – To celebrate the incredible support the Darrell Gwynn Foundation receives from the auto racing and collector car community, the foundation will be holding an “Evening with Emerson,” a spectacular night of cocktails,
  • Wheelchair Recipient Update: Karen Spencer

    Darrell Gwynn
    12 Jun 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Karen Spencer, who received a custom power wheelchair donation from the Darrell Gwynn Foundation in January, recently sent us an article she published on Polio Echo, Inc. We LOVE hearing from our recipients! Wheels of Fortune By Karen Spencer This year has started off being one of the best years of my life. On January 13th, I was
  • Statement on Wheelchair Donation to Shane Ragland

    Darrell Gwynn
    12 Jun 2014 | 8:36 am
    Recently, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation became aware of Mr. Ragland’s troubled past. The foundation tries to make an impact in each community it visits.  We reached out in search of a candidate for an event in Kentucky and Mr. Ragland was referred to us for a wheelchair donation by a local rehabilitation clinic. As a
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    Clairification

  • What do Lukewarm Tapioca and Molten Chocolate Cake have to do with Fundraising?

    Claire
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Or… What Your Donors Won’t Tell You about Your Nonprofit Messaging. At first blush, tepid tapioca and gooey hot chocolate might appear to have nothing whatsoever to do with securing vital resources to further your mission. Blush again. Blush hard. Think of all the good things you could accomplish were you to more effectively master [...] The post What do Lukewarm Tapioca and Molten Chocolate Cake have to do with Fundraising? appeared first on Clairification.
  • A Baker’s Dozen of Nonprofit Blogging Do’s and Don’ts – Pt.2

    Claire
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Last week, in part 1 of this post, I encouraged you to begin blogging if you’re not doing so already. And, if you are, to do so more effectively. Make your blog the hub of your content marketing. It will simplify your life in so many ways, and become the anchor for your marketing communications [...] The post A Baker’s Dozen of Nonprofit Blogging Do’s and Don’ts – Pt.2 appeared first on Clairification.
  • A Baker’s Dozen of Nonprofit Blogging Do’s and Don’ts – Pt.1

    Claire
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:32 pm
    If you’ve been reading Clairification you know by now that I’m a huge blog booster for nonprofits.  If you don’t have a blog yet, you should get one. Pronto! Yup, I think they’re that important. And don’t tell me you don’t have the bandwidth. You absolutely do. You just have to rethink your modus operandi. [...] The post A Baker’s Dozen of Nonprofit Blogging Do’s and Don’ts – Pt.1 appeared first on Clairification.
  • To Blog, or Not to Blog? Only if You Do it Right. Do You?

    Claire
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Do you have a mature social media operation, or are you just a baby? Or a teen? Babies babble. Teens make it all about themselves. Are you simply using Twitter to babble? Facebook to say “look at me?”  Or have you embraced a more full-grown strategy?  The best place to start, and the fastest way [...] The post To Blog, or Not to Blog? Only if You Do it Right. Do You? appeared first on Clairification.
  • Eulogize the Donor Pyramid; Life Moves On – Pt. 2

    Mark
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:12 pm
    [This is Part 2 of my response to Andrea Kihlstedt’s Open Letter to me, Is The Donor Pyramid Really Dead, in the GuideStar blog. She was responding to my recent posts on the death of the Donor Pyramid in Fundraising Success Magazine: R.I.P. Donor Pyramid? and Maximize Social Business Blog How Social Media Toppled the [...] The post Eulogize the Donor Pyramid; Life Moves On – Pt. 2 appeared first on Clairification.
 
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    Thunderhead Works

  • The Forest Man of India

    Tom Peterson
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
    “I saw something strange, it looked like a forest far in the distance. I began walking toward it. And when I reached it, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I had found a dense forest in the middle of a barren wasteland.” A master of tenacity, Jadav Payeng of India has been planting trees on his island since the seventies. And it’s now larger than Central Park. In this award-winning short documentary Douglas McMaster tells why this is not just your ordinary reforestation project. It may help save the world’s largest river island. It is so dense it’s attracting…
  • Walk Your City: Signs Improve Communities

    Tom Peterson
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    By Tom Peterson As one who walks for exercise, I’m often surprised when places I used to think were so far away are, in fact, walkable. That’s why I like this guerrilla wayfinding effort. Urban planning student Matt Tomasulo founded Walk [Your City] based on signs that simply say, “It’s a __ minute walk to [destination].” The first 27 signs went up in Raleigh, NC, in 2012. And they’ve spread to 45 states and almost as many countries. After successful program in Raleigh, and some media-generated enthusiasm in other parts of the world, Tomasulo launched a…
  • Maggie is Making a Documentary

    Tom Peterson
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:57 pm
    I just got this email from a former student, Maggie Carroll. She graduated from the Clinton School of Public Service a couple of years ago and has since been busy with public radio and film work. She also wrote a post for Thunderhead Works on Participatory Media. Maggie is trying to bring to light the issue of children who have a parent in prison. Please consider kicking in to help, she’s half way to her goal. Here, Maggie describes the project:   I am producing and directing a documentary, titled My Video, My Voice. Helping me are five amazing kids, who agreed to carry around…
  • Avoid Cynics, Pessimists and Other Downers

    Tom Peterson
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
      By Tom Peterson This is a post I’ve avoided writing because it’s an unpleasant topic. But it’s important for those who choose a path of improving the world. Hanging out with positive people who give energy to the world will gives us energy, as well. The more we’re around them, the more we find ourselves reaching for our own best. However, by the same token, nothing can be more counter-productive than having negative people on your team. Negative people may be cynics, pessimists, sneerers, back-stabbers, know-it-alls, scapegoaters, liars, get-ahead-at-other’s-expensers, and…
  • Get on the Bus

    Tom Peterson
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:04 am
      “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a flame to be kindled.” —Plutarch. By Tom Peterson Summer is a great time for an adventure that could give us a new perspective, shake things up. Help us leave our comfort zones. In the summer between her high school junior and senior years my niece Mary Lois, went with a group of 19 teenagers and five adult leaders on a short journey that she says changed her life. The program, “Get on the Bus,” was the idea of David McNair, a youth coordinator for the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina. This was the first trip. Mary Lois…
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    Clairification

  • What do Lukewarm Tapioca and Molten Chocolate Cake have to do with Fundraising?

    Claire
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Or… What Your Donors Won’t Tell You about Your Nonprofit Messaging. At first blush, tepid tapioca and gooey hot chocolate might appear to have nothing whatsoever to do with securing vital resources to further your mission. Blush again. Blush hard. Think of all the good things you could accomplish were you to more effectively master [...] The post What do Lukewarm Tapioca and Molten Chocolate Cake have to do with Fundraising? appeared first on Clairification.
  • A Baker’s Dozen of Nonprofit Blogging Do’s and Don’ts – Pt.2

    Claire
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Last week, in part 1 of this post, I encouraged you to begin blogging if you’re not doing so already. And, if you are, to do so more effectively. Make your blog the hub of your content marketing. It will simplify your life in so many ways, and become the anchor for your marketing communications [...] The post A Baker’s Dozen of Nonprofit Blogging Do’s and Don’ts – Pt.2 appeared first on Clairification.
  • A Baker’s Dozen of Nonprofit Blogging Do’s and Don’ts – Pt.1

    Claire
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:32 pm
    If you’ve been reading Clairification you know by now that I’m a huge blog booster for nonprofits.  If you don’t have a blog yet, you should get one. Pronto! Yup, I think they’re that important. And don’t tell me you don’t have the bandwidth. You absolutely do. You just have to rethink your modus operandi. [...] The post A Baker’s Dozen of Nonprofit Blogging Do’s and Don’ts – Pt.1 appeared first on Clairification.
  • To Blog, or Not to Blog? Only if You Do it Right. Do You?

    Claire
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Do you have a mature social media operation, or are you just a baby? Or a teen? Babies babble. Teens make it all about themselves. Are you simply using Twitter to babble? Facebook to say “look at me?”  Or have you embraced a more full-grown strategy?  The best place to start, and the fastest way [...] The post To Blog, or Not to Blog? Only if You Do it Right. Do You? appeared first on Clairification.
  • Eulogize the Donor Pyramid; Life Moves On – Pt. 2

    Mark
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:12 pm
    [This is Part 2 of my response to Andrea Kihlstedt’s Open Letter to me, Is The Donor Pyramid Really Dead, in the GuideStar blog. She was responding to my recent posts on the death of the Donor Pyramid in Fundraising Success Magazine: R.I.P. Donor Pyramid? and Maximize Social Business Blog How Social Media Toppled the [...] The post Eulogize the Donor Pyramid; Life Moves On – Pt. 2 appeared first on Clairification.
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    Veritus Group

  • Major Gift Fundraising is Hard

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    I think Major Gift Fundraising is one of the toughest professions there is. But it should be. Anything that has such an enormous emotional payoff as fostering the act of giving and receiving has to be difficult. No question. This is important to understand. Major gift fundraising takes a lot of work. There is no shortcut. It’s not for the faint of heart. It’s not something you just do “on the side.” It takes thought, planning, strategizing and expertise. But I promise you, if you are willing to do the hard work, it will be the most rewarding thing you have ever done. The question you…
  • Are Your Donors a Means to an End?

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Non-profits aren’t getting it. In fact, the non-profit sector is ten to fifteen years behind our donors’ desires and needs – especially those of major donors, who want to see the impact of their giving. What am I talking about? Non-profits are still ORGANIZATIONALLY centered, not donor-centered. They haven’t figured out yet that donors (their stakeholders) have to come first. In just the last week, I’ve heard stories from four non-profits of how they’ve created their own self-imposed barriers to putting donors first, and it’s keeping them from growing. I see three main reasons…
  • The Two Metrics that Matter Most

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Wherever Richard and I go out to talk about major gifts, we are always asked what metrics people should use to evaluate major gift officers. Or they will ask, what is the most important metric to use? Well, I’m not going to hold you in suspense. The two most important metrics in major gift fundraising and to hold your MGO accountable with are meeting revenue goals, and retention rate of your caseload donors. If those two metrics are met month after month, and year over year, you will not only have a successful major gift program, you will also know you have a great MGO. Now, you probably…
  • Why Do Some Leaders and Managers Make People Feel Small?

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    This is directed to Leaders and Managers, whose job it is to lead others to do great things for donors and those that their organizations serve. I’ve come across several instances over the last week of leaders and managers of non-profits that have berated and deflated their staff. Why do some leaders and managers make their subordinates feel small and “less than”? I know of one organization that is now in the middle of an emergency campaign. Every MGO is working overtime, contacting their donors and soliciting their donors for gifts. They are doing an incredible job. The MGOs…
  • Do Your Words Really Matter?

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    One of my pet peeves is sitting with someone who is just chattering away about certain values and positions – but they really have no intention of actually acting on any of those values or the positions that they are taking. It is just words flowing out of their mouth. Just words. This kind of thing happens with politicians, religious folks, sales people and a host of others. It is particularly disturbing when it comes from people close to you – people whom you want to trust – people you normally believe will follow through and make their words good. Jeff and I feel very strongly that…
 
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    eleventy marketing group

  • 3 New Resources Exploring the Emergence of Bitcoin Fundraising

    shad
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    Recently we reported on this blog about the potential of Bitcoin as a fundraising tool. Since then, there’s been a lot more chatter in the nonprofit industry about this topic. And that chatter will only grow louder in the near future. From nonprofit organizations to political campaigns, more and more information about how Bitcoin is being used to raise funds is coming to light. We’re moving beyond simply talking about the vast potential of Bitcoin to seeing real results. Still, many questions remain. In today’s post, we’ll provide summaries and links to some recent articles and…
  • 14 Reasons Your Nonprofit Should Be Engaging Millennials At Work

    shad
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    For any nonprofit with an eye toward the future, Millennials are an incredibly important audience. They may be not significant donors yet, but they will be. That’s why laying the groundwork and creating a connection early on is so essential. The annual Millennial Impact Report is a great resource for nonprofit organizations looking to build bonds with this demographic. The data in this report comes directly from Millennials, and can help you identify ways to make inroads with them in your marketing and fundraising efforts. In today’s blog post, we’ll look at some significant stats…
  • 6 Notable Numbers for Nonprofits from the 2014 Giving USA Report

    shad
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:43 am
    The past decade has been a rocky one for nonprofit organizations. There have been high highs and low lows. But new statistics from Giving USA reveal nonprofit fundraising numbers are close to returning to pre-recession levels earlier than expected. In today’s post, we’ll take a quick trip through fundraising past, present and future. We’ll explore some key figures from the Giving USA 2014 report and touch on a few key things nonprofits need to keep in mind moving forward. The Tumultuous Past and Road to Recovery For nonprofits, one of the top factors influencing donor giving is the…
  • Angie Moore Explores the Impact of a Bold Nonprofit Marketing Decision

    shad
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    As many of you know, eleventy’s vice president of strategy and development Angie Moore authors a popular nonprofit blog over at Fundraising Success. On this blog, Angie explores many of the big ideas, changes and challenges taking place in the nonprofit industry. One year ago, Angie reported on her blog about a major marketing change at the American Cancer Society (ACS). The post attracted a ton of interest from nonprofit professionals across organizations and sectors. Recently, Angie posted an insightful follow-up to that article. The Original Story: A Top Nonprofit’s Surprising…
  • 6 Top Marketing Trends From The First Six Months of 2014

    shad
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:58 am
    It’s hard to believe we’re already at the midway point of the year. It seems like only last week we were shivering our way through the brutal winter and laying out strategic marketing goals for 2014. But after you make it through the first quarter, the calendar has a way of stepping on the gas. At key points throughout the year, we like to dip into our Web stats to see what topics are driving reader interest. It’s not a deep data analysis—just a glimpse of where our audience is focusing their attention. And we like to share that info so you can catch up on any content you…
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    Wagenmaker and Oberly - Nonprofit Update

  • Eavesdropping Revisited – No New Illinois Law Yet…

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    Our firm has been tracking recent developments regarding eavesdropping laws in Illinois.  When the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the Illinois Eavesdropping Act as unconstitutional back in March, we indicated that there was a window of opportunity for those who want to electronically record communications to do so without fear of criminal prosecution.  Now that the Illinois state legislature has adjourned its 2014 Spring Session without enacting a replacement statute, that window has been extended to at least January 2015, when the next Spring Session begins.
  • Is EZ Better? The IRS Releases New 1023 Form for Small Nonprofits

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Obtaining tax exemption just got easier for some nonprofit organizations.  On July 1, 2014, the IRS began accepting the Form 1023-EZ, a streamlined application for exemption from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).  Since its release in April, the Form has received widespread criticism in the philanthropic community, concerned that the process is nothing more than a rubber stamp, increasing the risks for fraud and other misuse of charitable assets.While it is true that the new 1023-EZ creates a possibility for abuse, it also paves the way for more…
  • Don’t Let Them Eat Cake

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Grade school administrators, take note!  The USDA’s new nutrition standards for foods sold in grade schools are now effective for the 2014-15 school year.  The standards apply to all schools that accept federal funding through the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs, including private schools.  What do these changes mean for your school?  The more stringent nutritional standards apply to both meals and other food consumption.  Consequently, schools may need to modify their food-provider contracts, fundraising activities, and vending machines practices.
  • It’s about the Industry: A Peek Into the 501(c)(6)

    8 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    Tax break for industry developers?  Yes.  Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code provides income tax exemption for organizations that advance a “Line of Business.”  Trade associations are one type of 501(c)(6).  But the category is much more broadly defined.  The statutory definition includes, “Business leagues, chambers of commerce, real-estate boards, boards of trade, or professional football leagues (whether or not administering a pension fund for football players), not organized for profit and no part of the net earnings of which inures to the…
  • Celebrating Our Country’s Freedoms

    3 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    A Day to Reflect        Independence Day provides a great opportunity not only to light fireworks and the grill, but also to reflect on our country’s freedoms and values.  The First Amendment has been front and center as of late.   Our bedrock democratic values of political discourse, free speech, and religious expression have contributed incredibly and uniquely to the shaping of our pluralistic nation.  They also strongly and increasingly influence laws affecting nonprofit organizations.   The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013-2014…
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    M+R » Lab

  • Crafting Rapid Response: Winning the Hobby Lobby Loss on Facebook

    Lucy Midelfort
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    Nobody knew what the Supreme Court would do in the Hobby Lobby case. But when the decision came down, Planned Parenthood Action Fund responded like they’d known the outcome all along — because the truth is, they were ready for every possible outcome. That’s Lesson One: Just because the future is unpredictable doesn’t mean you can’t prepare for it. You can tweak and retweak copy and graphics so that no matter what happens — a win, a loss, an incredibly damaging and poorly reasoned ruling from Alito, whatever — you’ve got your email, press release, and web content…
  • Our All Time Favorite Terrible Marketing Email Mistakes – And How to Avoid Them

    Sara Wolfson
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:53 pm
    I read a heck of a lot of email. (Rest of the world, staring slack-eyed at me: “…we all do, honey.”) I love reading great email from compelling writers: persuasive tactics, new formatting styles, tricks to make content “pop”, etc. I’m a pretty relentless thief, and I sure do love stealing other people’s good ideas and tactics. But most of all I love reading emails that are less great and more… terrible. Not just in a schadenfreudey, can’t-look-away-from-the-train-wreck way, but because unsuccessful emails are a great way to learn what NOT to do. Because here’s the…
  • “Politicians can’t read, but they can count” — a nonprofit summer organizing Q+A with M+R’s Bill Wasserman

    Bill Wasserman
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    Val Vilott: So…honestly, what’s the deal with August recess? Why is it so important? Bill Wasserman: It’s simple. Members of Congress are home in August. And because Congress will only have one short session left before the mid-term elections, it’s likely the last time to advocate for your cause directly. You want your cause to be top-of-mind for electeds and candidates alike. So you’ve got to get in front of them! VV: Speaking of midterms, it seems to me like there’s a lot of extra political hubbub and noise this year because of them. Is that a good thing…
  • An Op-Ed About Op-Eds for Nonprofits Writing Op-Eds

    Aaron Eske
    29 May 2014 | 7:56 am
    I love reading op-eds, and I’m counting the days until the new NYT Opinion app launches in June. As much as I love reading them — I love writing them even more. But for all that love, the truth is that op-eds aren’t always the best use of my time and energy when advocating for a cause. A good op-ed can take hours to write and edit. And that’s the easy part. Once your piece is finished, the process of placing it in the media can drag on for days or weeks as you wait for outlets to take their turn telling you, “Thanks, but no thanks.” The smallest amount of…
  • Love and List Growth: A (True) Fairy Tale

    Ragini Kathail
    13 May 2014 | 11:00 am
    Once upon a time, there was a children’s hospital, the fairest children’s hospital in all of the land. Its name was Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and it had BIG dreams, but a modest email list. One day, it decided that it was time for that email list to grow, and grow, and grow. At the beginning of February, when the first spring blooms were poking through the ground (or not, if you lived anywhere but California), CHLA’s online direct response team created a Valentine’s Day campaign for people to send cards — real, printed, absolutely adorable cards —…
 
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    Wobbly Nonprofit

  • Inspiring Faith before Your Ask

    Mark C. Titi
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
    You jump up out of  your sleep in a cold sweat. Your he […] The post Inspiring Faith before Your Ask appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
  • One Minute of Multiplying Good

    Mark C. Titi
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:35 pm
      The post One Minute of Multiplying Good appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
  • 72 Killer Resources for Multiplying Good

    Mark C. Titi
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Keeping in mind the power of compounding and the rule o […] The post 72 Killer Resources for Multiplying Good appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
  • How to Create Mind-Blowing Meetings

    Mark C. Titi
    24 Jun 2014 | 10:52 am
    Pumped up for your next amazing meeting? You know, thos […] The post How to Create Mind-Blowing Meetings appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
  • 4 Volunteer Personalities Your Nonprofit Needs Now

    Mark C. Titi
    20 Jun 2014 | 5:53 pm
    It’s here! Click on the link below to check out m […] The post 4 Volunteer Personalities Your Nonprofit Needs Now appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
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    Emily Davis Consulting

  • The Value of a Board Recruitment Strategy

    emily
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Reposted from the SVP Boulder County blog Last week I had the opportunity to provide an educational workshop for SVP Boulder County’s Boards with Brains program on recruitment and retention. Below are highlights from the first part of training… Healthy boards that retain quality board members have a strong understanding of the basic board roles and responsibilities as well as a clear recruitment process. The best-retained board members know what they’re walking into and have leadership invested in their professional growth. If your organization has planned a recruitment strategy you…
  • Webinar: From Good to Great: How to Score High on Grant Proposals

    Kaylie Marsh
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:36 am
    From Good to Great: How to Score High on Grant Proposals Hosted By: CharityHowTo Presented By: Diane Leonard Date: Wednesday, July 23rd Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Mountain Price: $87 Click here to register! Participating in “From Good to Great: How to Score High on Grant Proposals” will provide grant professionals who have been successful in securing grant funds with information on how to improve their scores with funder review processes. Increasing the scores of your proposal will ultimately have a significant impact on improving your success rate and the dollars that you are…
  • Webinar: How to Keep Your Nonprofit Donors Engaged Over the Summer

    Kaylie Marsh
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:32 am
    How to Keep Your Nonprofit Donors Engaged Over the Summer Hosted By: CharityHowTo Presented By: Lori Jacobwith Date: Tuesday, July 22nd Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Mountain Price: $66 Click here to register. Summer means long weekends, vacations, and lots of distractions from fundraising, right? Or not. A year-round donor communication plan that includes fun stewardship messages can ensure your supporters know you are thinking about them over the summer, AND let them know their gifts are helpful and appreciated any time of year. During this webinar you’ll learn how to stay connected to…
  • Webinar: Writing for the Web: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Great Email Appeals

    Kaylie Marsh
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:23 am
    Webinar: Writing for the Web: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Great Email Appeals Hosted By: CharityHowTo Presented By: Kerri Karvetski Date: Tuesday, July 22nd Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Mountain Price: $87 Click here to register. Are your email fundraising appeals falling flat? Having trouble going from direct-mail to email? Writing for email can be tough for traditional writers. Forget stretching out your story with lots of details and writing dozens of paragraphs! Your e-appeal is heading to an email inbox that’s flooded with messages, on a device rife with distractions. You’ve got…
  • Webinar: Optimizing the Board Chair/CEO Relationship

    Kaylie Marsh
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Optimizing the Board Chair/CEO Relationship Hosted By: BoardSource Presented By: Rena Henderson Mason Date: Thursday, August 7th Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Mountain Price: Organizational Members – $0; Individual Members – $40; Non-members – $75 Click here to register. An effective board chair/CEO relationship is among the most critical factors for organizational success. These two individuals touch every area of board performance and drive the organization’s outcomes. Many board chair and CEO relationships are good, but leaders know they could be better. And with the…
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    Voss Foundation

  • NEST’s Artisan Summit

    VFIntern
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    Last week, artisans from around the world flew in for NEST’s first Artisan Summit in New York City. NEST, Voss Foundation’s partner in Swaziland, is a non-profit organization committed to collaborating with artisans in order to connect their workshops with the global market. With these local workshops, NEST is able to alleviate poverty, empower women, promote peace, and ultimately, transform whole communities. Voss Foundation has funded seven hand-pump wells and 145 latrines for NEST’s artisans and their communities in the Middleveld region of Swaziland. As one of NEST’s…
  • Curating the Collection: African Bazaar 2014

    VFTech
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    McKenzie Liautaud, Robert Verdi, Daniela Anastasio Bardazzi, Dawn Brown “It felt like traveling without a passport!” -Legendary fashion photographer, Andrea Blanch. On Monday, July 21st, Voss Foundation gathered our African Bazaar Committee at the Deborah Hughes Inc. offices to curate our 2014 African Bazaar. Celebrity stylist Robert Verdi, Andrea Blanch, designer Bonnie Young, jewelry designer McKenzie Liautaud, lifestyle guru to the stars, Latham Thomas, and Etienne Aigner‘s Creative Director, Daniela Anastasio Bardazzi were among the editors, designers, stylists and…
  • GF&H Orphanage: Project Description

    Caitlin Rackish
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Construction of a solar powered water system is underway at the Good Future and Hope (GF&H) orphanage in Nakisunga. This is Voss Foundation’s first project with GF&H, and our first project in Uganda. The GF&H orphanage borehole is also the seventh project funded by Give A Drop, Voss Foundation’s partnership with Jewel’s Project Clean Water and Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Unite to address the worldwide water problem. Give A Drop supports water, sanitation, and hygiene projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, implemented by Voss Foundation and our on-the-ground…
  • You’re Invited! East Hampton Meets East Africa

    ExecutiveDirector
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    Long-time Voss Foundation supporters artist Beth O’Donnell, jewelry designer Carolyn Roumeguere and Bill Cummings and Bernt Heiberg of Heiberg Cummings Design invite you for an open studio, jewelry trunk show, and African Bazaar in East Hampton, NY, celebrating Voss Foundation’s six years of providing access to clean water in Kenya with Milgis Trust. Friday, August 8th Saturday, August 9th Sunday, August 10th 11am-7pm RSVP@DeborahHughesInc.com Since 2008, Voss Foundation and Milgis Trust have implemented seven solar-powered water systems providing approximately 42.5 million liters…
  • Georgica Well: Follow-Up Photos

    Caitlin Rackish
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Almost four months after the completion of the Georgica Well, our project with implementing partner FACE Africa in the community of Little Liberia, in the rural Timbo District of Rivercess County, Liberia, the FACE Africa team returned for a visit and took some pictures of the well in action!   The Georgica Well was funded in 2013 by the First Annual Georgica Clean Water Benefit for Voss Foundation held at Georgica Restaurant and Lounge in Wainscott, East Hampton, New York. VOSS Water chronicled the implementation of this project worldwide in their 2014 31 Days to Make A Difference…
 
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    Double the Donation

  • JotForm Matching Gift Integration with Double the Donation

    Adam Weinger
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    Does your nonprofit use JotForm to accept and process donations? Are you looking to incorporate Double the Donation’s matching gift plugin into your JotForm donation form? If so then this guide is for you. Either view the below steps in this article or download our complete JotForm matching gift integration guide.   Double the Donation’s Relationship with JotForm: JotForm’s form builder helps nonprofits create & publish online forms anywhere, anytime without writing a single line of code. Jotform integrates with a number of payment tools (ex. Paypal & Stripe)…
  • Nonprofits – Savvy Matching Gift Marketing Tips to Increase Donor Retention

    Erin Ehrlich
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    Many of our nonprofit clients here at Double the Donation know that donor retention is an uphill battle, so they practice the art of follow-up and outreach, making retention an easier goal to reach. How can we make these practices more effective? Increase Donor Retention Nonprofit organizations have seen good results by educating donors about matching gift opportunities and then making the request for donors to pursue them. Why is this? Well, when donors know that the gift they made to your nonprofit has the potential to be doubled (or tripled or quadrupled, even), then they are much more…
  • How to Find and Establish Sponsorships for an Event

    Adam Weinger
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    At Double the Donation we provide tools to help nonprofits raise more money from employee giving programs. One of the questions we receive on a regular basis is how nonprofits can find and secure sponsorships for events. It’s a bit out of our area of expertise so we asked the experts at Greater Giving to share their insights. The following article was written by Alexandra Saavedra, Marketing Programs Manager at Greater Giving. Greater Giving provides nonprofits and schools with technology and credit card processing services to make all their fundraising efforts more successful. Double…
  • DonorDrive Matching Gift Integration with Double the Donation

    Adam Weinger
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Does your nonprofit use DonorDrive and are you looking to integrate Double the Donation’s matching gift plugin into your DonorDrive donation pages? If so then this guide is for you.   Double the Donation’s Relationship with DonorDrive: DonorDrive is a leading provider of technology and credit card processing services to nonprofits and schools to make all their fundraising efforts more successful. Double the Donation is a leading provider of employee matching gift data and tools to nonprofits. This guide was put together to help organizations who use…
  • Are Gifts In-Kind Eligible to be Matched Through Matching Gift Programs?

    Adam Weinger
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:56 pm
    At Double the Donation we receive a wide range of questions from both nonprofits who subscribe to our matching gift service as well as general readers of our blog. One question that comes up on occasion is whether in-kind donations are eligible to be matched through corporate matching gift programs.   Common Question from Nonprofits and Individual Donors Question from nonprofits: We’re reviewing our list of donors from the past few months and noticed that some individuals who made in-kind donations work for companies with matching gift programs. Are these donations eligible to be…
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    Invisible Children » Blog

  • Reblog // Masculinity and violence in DR Congo

    Stephanie Mullen
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:04 pm
    In 2011, Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) was named the worst place in the world to be a woman. According to the statistics, 48 women are raped every hour in DR Congo. And it’s believed that many rapes go unreported. While this trend of sexual violence in conflict is often discussed as a women’s issue, the perpetrators are overwhelmingly male. To effectively address the problem, we have to ask  – what drives men to brutalize women in such a manner? Pete Muller, a photographer, had the same thought. He’s spent the past year in DR Congo, traveling the country to…
  • A critical look // Recent LRA attacks prove Kony is still a threat

    Stephanie Mullen
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have a question about our programs in central Africa? Julian Elam is the one to ask. He’s our central African programs intern. Each day, you can find him updating the LRA Crisis Tracker, running reports, and translating attack information. Since he’s one of our resident experts on Kony and his whereabouts, we wanted to hear from him — what’s going on in central Africa? The Lord’s Resistance Army has never been more vulnerable than it is right now. Decades after its inception, Joseph Kony’s army has dwindled from a force of thousands to a widely dispersed patchwork…
  • Why We Need to Stop Joseph Kony // Uganda staff responds

    Lauren Manning
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
    Millions of people, including the displaced, the dead, the maimed and the formerly abducted, were left behind in the wake of Joseph Kony and his army’s exodus from Uganda. The LRA broke apart families and interrupted the educational and economic opportunities that northern Ugandans depended on for their futures. As the region recovers, the LRA continues to terrorize central Africa in similar ways. At Invisible Children, we insist that that Joseph Kony be brought to justice, but our programs do not exist to track Kony down. It is a question we hear often, but that is a job that…
  • From the staff // What we’re reading this summer

    Stephanie Mullen
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:37 am
    Summer is the time for backyard barbecues, sandy shoes, outdoor games, the perfect playlist, and a good book. While we enjoy a near-endless summer in San Diego, the sentiment is not lost – summer is the best time to catch up on all those books we’ve been wanting to read. We can’t pass up an opportunity to hang out on the beach reading a good book. If you’re looking to add to your summer reading list, some of our staff members have a few recommendations. Alex Collins, Strategic Partnerships Manager Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman…
  • Humanitarians who made us // Dan Eldon

    Stephanie Mullen
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
    “Stand on the shoulders of giants.” It’s Google Scholar’s slogan, but it could just as easily be ours. The work we’ve done and continue to do is only possible because of others who have come before us. The United Nations designated August 19th as World Humanitarian Day. It is a day to celebrate the work of those who have come before us and those who work with us to improve the human experience and eradicate human suffering. Each week leading up to World Humanitarian Day, we will be highlighting a humanitarian we personally admire – those who have pushed the…
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    A Family Mission

  • A Father’s Love Letter

    Kent
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:51 am
    Every Zambian child that attends CampLIFE this summer is hearing this letter read to them during during communion on Friday of each week and then gets a copy to take home for constant reminder…thank you to the Family Legacy staff that put this encouraging letter together.  Read it without quoting the scripture references first or better yet read it out loud to hear the beauty of how the Father is revealed in the bible. My Child, You may not know me but I know everything about you. (Psalm 139:1)  I know when you sit down and when you rise up. (Psalm 139:2)  I am familiar with all your…
  • Game Changer Week in Zambia

    Kent
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    June 19 – June 27, 2014 the week the game changed… As most of you know my family and I just completed what has to be the most significant event we have ever attempted either individually or as a group.  On June 19th, we boarded the plane that took us to Family Legacy Mission International’s Camp Life in Lusaka, Zambia.  We were filled with anticipation, excitement, nervousness and uncertainty of just exactly what we were going to do.  But we were being faithful to the call we were given about a year ago for me and Renay and about four years ago for Hannah. We were told…
  • God’s Healing Power – A Recovery Story

    Kent
    14 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    The backdrop to this story is set in the summer of 2013… For years my father suffered from Alzheimer’s that ultimately took his life August 13, 2013.   During the previous 10 years to that his primary care giver up until 30 days before his passing was one of the strongest people I know, my mother.  She would not give up the ship, she cared for him until she was no longer able when he literally slipped out of a chair into the floor and she could not get him up.  The next few weeks were a peaceful passing into eternity for him. Three weeks after his passing, another unexpected…
  • The Kids Did Good

    Kent
    31 May 2014 | 6:35 am
    If you are anything like me, when your kids do something good you like to shout it from the mountaintops for all to hear!  That is the case for me today but in this case it is not my child but some other people’s children that I want to shout my praises for. This past week, the culmination of a theater arts project by a couple of 8th grade young men at Belton Middle School resulted in raising just over $1300 to benefit one of their classmates that is battling leukemia.  I will not use anyone’s names because I have not gotten their parents permission to do so but I feel compelled…
  • When Life Gets in the Way

    Kent
    26 May 2014 | 7:09 am
    I made a commitment to myself when I started this blog, to write at least weekly.  I have a story of transformation to tell and want to get it out fully and transparently.  This site was meant to be a place to document the incredible transformation of faith and belief that has been happening to me and my family for the past few years. When Life Gets in the Way The writing has become less frequent and the story is not being told. That is completely within my control, to take the time to come up with a few words to share what my experience is at any given time. I have taken on new…
 
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    J Campbell Social Marketing

  • Are You Totally Missing the Point of Social Media?

    Julia Campbell
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    I know a lot of nonprofit professionals and marketing professionals. They have two things in common. Both groups want to know the most surefire and fastest way to grow their fans and followers on social media channels. (I mean, who doesn’t?) I think they are missing the point. To illustrate: Here are 3 common questions I receive every day in my inbox and in my Twitter feed: “How can I get 10,000 fans on my Facebook Page?” “My competitor has 2,500 followers on Twitter – how can I get that same number?” “No one is following me on Pinterest. I need more followers now!” These are…
  • My Big Fat Problem With Social Media Measurement

    Julia Campbell
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    photo credit: venspired via photopin cc Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s fantastic when nonprofits want to measure their social media efforts. In fact, it’s vital – consistent measurement is something I strongly recommend (a.k.a. require) of all my clients. Without measurement and analysis: How will you know what to improve upon? If you don’t know where you want to go, how will you know when you get there? How will you know that you have taken the right road? How will you know how to get there again, and again? This brings me to my big, fat problem with the majority of social media…
  • 5 Quick Ways to Improve Your Nonprofit Email Newsletter

    Julia Campbell
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:52 am
    I receive a lot of email newsletters – from nonprofit organizations, from businesses and from consultants. In recent months, I dramatically pruned by email subscriptions. This was mostly due to lack of time to read all of them, but it was also due to the fact that most email newsletters are just plain awful. Hard to read, useless, spammy and worst of all – BORING. This is my public service announcement to the nonprofits out there. Change your communications now or risk alienating your mailing list! You have an important advantage when marketing. In the traditional sense, you aren’t…
  • 4 Ways to Use Social Media to Strengthen Donor Relationships

    Julia Campbell
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:51 am
    Donor retention (how many donors continue to give to your organization after their first gift) is at an all-time low. It’s abysmal and worrisome. The Association of Fundraising Professionals found that 70% of all donors that nonprofits recruit into giving a gift never donate again to that organization! Can you imagine if Coca-Cola or Nabisco lost 70% of their customers every single year? They wouldn’t be able to survive. Right now nonprofits are communicating with 5 distinct generations of donors. Just because the majority of your donors may be in the 50-70 bracket, do not be lulled into…
  • Nonprofits, are you still doubting the power of social media?

    Julia Campbell
    10 Jun 2014 | 3:30 am
    Still doubting the power of social media? Check out this neat interactive infographic from Digital Insights. Some of the more mind-blowing findings: 75% of the engagement on a Facebook post happens in the first 5 hours – so post frequently (more than once per day if you can); 44% of Twitter users have never sent their own tweets, but don’t discount them – they are following others, clicking on links and learning about causes; Almost a quarter of teenage social media users consider Instagram their favorite – if you target or serve teens in any way, get on Instagram!;…
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    Nonprofit MarCommunity

  • Listening is key to nonprofit digital marketer’s success: Allie Axel [profile]

    Marlene Oliveira
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:50 am
    You might recognize Allie Axel as a contributor to the Nonprofit MarCommunity blog. She has been supporting our community of learning regularly since 2013 by sharing the knowledge and experience that comes from her work as the Media Director at The Caregiver Space. The Caregiver Space provides an online community for family caregivers to connect with and learn from others in similar circumstances. The organization is focused on the emotional and physical health of the caregiver and they offer programs centered on nutrition, exercise, relationships, stress, writing and self-care. Allie’s…
  • Nonprofit websites that convert: Q&A with Yesenia Sotelo [video]

    Marlene Oliveira
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    Is your nonprofit organization’s website converting? Are visitors to your site taking the actions you want them to take? According to Yesenia Sotelo of Smart Cause Digital, website conversions should be the primary reason your nonprofit site exists. Yesenia specializes in building websites for nonprofit organizations and offers training to help nonprofit marketers get ‘website smart’. One of the things Yesenia teaches her students is how to optimize their websites for maximum conversions and I asked her to share some of her advice with our community. In this video interview, I ask…
  • Ensuring consistency among your nonprofit’s spokespeople [#NPMC chat]

    Marlene Oliveira
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    How do you keep your nonprofit organization’s team of spokespeople delivering the right messages, in the right way? You might have a team of spokespeople made up of subject matter experts, staff from various departments, volunteers telling their personal stories, board members and other leaders and more. How do you keep this diverse group of brand ambassadors ‘on message’?   At our last #NPMC chat, group member RoiAnn Phillips asked us to explore this topic in July: Great #NPMC chat (as usual)! Yes, please July: I’m curious about team-as-spokespeople – how to stay on…
  • How to set content marketing goals and measure success

    Lauren Girardin
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    You wouldn’t run a race without knowing where the finish line is, or without knowing how many miles you’ll have to hoof to reach the end. Similarly, your content marketing must work toward your organization’s larger goals, and needs to be something you can measure. These measurements will inform your ongoing content marketing efforts, helping you understand whether what you’re doing—and how you’re doing it—is working. Here’s how you can set content marketing goals and measure success at your organization.   Ask “Why?” In these digital, social, and always-on times,…
  • Nine questions to answer when creating editorial calendars

    Marlene Oliveira
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    You know that life as a newsletter or blog publisher is easier when you have a plan and an editorial calendar, so you’ve decided to create one. You know that this calendar will essentially line up what content you’re going to publish, and when. But what factors will guide you to making the right decisions? When you’re creating editorial calendars for your nonprofit organization’s blog or newsletter, ask yourself these questions:   What content do your readers want? If you’re creating an editorial calendar then you’re at the tactic development stage. This should mean that…
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    Social Fundraising for Nonprofits

  • RallyBound Feature Update

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Every client or campaign is unique. We understand that and build features to account and enhance that quality. This post will review two recent features that we have launched in our Admin: Registration Fields and Discount Codes. These features give our users additional controls to customize the fundraising experience. With the prevalence of data, every organization needs to define the parameters which they wish to collect and analyze for future actions. RallyBound is making that easier with Custom Registration Fields. Now, within your Admin you can choose between multi and single-select check…
  • Recurring Donations: Revenue & Retainment-In-One

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    If our client’s aren’t exceeding fundraising goals, we aren’t doing our job. Time and time again, we talk to prospective clients whose software has inhibited their growth in one way or another and it pains us. RallyBound pushes itself to significantly improve features and flows day in and day out. You deserve that and as it should be, your success is tied to ours. Today, loyalty is dwindling amongst donors. A donor today does not guarantee a donor tomorrow. The refrain is how to retain, sustain and entertain without significant staff strain. Answer: Recurring Donations. RallyBound…
  • Decoding Your Data for Impact

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:41 pm
    “Data. Data. Data.” is a common refrain that confuses more than it defines. But despite the confusion, it is vital to success and most nonprofits are not entirely sure where to begin. Fortunately, there are organizations like Plenty that help nonprofits dig out meaning from mounds of fundraising data that creates insights to analyze. In conjunction with MADD and Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum, Plenty presented the key tactics to help nonprofits with every type of mission, gather the right data and focus on the right analyzation goals. While listening/downloading the presentation is…
  • Amp Up Social Fundraising at #15NTC!

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:06 pm
    We are nonprofit tech evangelists. Day in and day out, we iterate our own software, partner with other outstanding solutions and consult with clients on technology and peer-to-peer strategies. It is our passion to ensure that nonprofits are provided the opportunity to adopt and utilize products reinvigorating their mission and amplifying their impact. It’s why, alongside our partner, Billhighway, RallyBound has proposed discussing how diversifying your revenue stream is key to success at the 2015 NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference. Our session will give NPOs a fresh view of direct…
  • Top 5 Salesforce Apps for Nonprofits

    10 Jul 2014 | 4:18 pm
    The Salesforce appexchange, akin to Apple’s app store or Google Play, has a directory of applications that are available to Salesforce users in companies and organizations of all shapes and sizes. Being advocates for digital adoption within the nonprofit sector (and Salesforce fans ourselves), we felt it was important to call out the top Salesforce apps that were built with your organization in mind. We’ve linked to the apps and included their rating and number of reviews.  We ranked these apps from the Salesforce appexchange based on three criteria: Developed for nonprofits Number…
 
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    Nonprofit Hub » Featured

  • Four Reasons Nonprofits Can Land Awesome Hires

    Kathryn Pauley
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    The nonprofit world is like baking: a few exact ingredient with limited substitutions available. You need a tech person like you need eggs. You need a board of directors like you need baking soda. And you always need sugar, just like you need volunteers. So how do you go about wooing said awesome people to work for your nonprofit when your pay isn’t as competitive as a large corporation, your facilities might be lacking and a position might entail many smaller duties that wouldn’t ordinarily fall into one homogenous job description? Well I’m a ‘glass half full’ type of gal, so below…
  • 5 Ways to Improve Your Nonprofit Website (As Explained By Baby Animals)

    Will Folsom
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    Taking that first step and admitting that your website has problems can be difficult, which is why we’ve enlisted the help of these adorable baby animals. (They take the sting out of bad news and hard truths.) Don’t fret, these five tips will show you how to improve your nonprofit website in no time! 1) Keep it Simple Good design means as little over-the-top design as possible. You don’t need flashing lights to get attention, you just need something that looks good. Don’t be afraid of blank, “white space.” Think of white space as more of your friend. It breaks up text and images,…
  • 3 Ways to Use Social Media for Higher Education Fundraising Success

    Lyndsey Hrabik
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    As an institution built primarily for the Millennial demographic, higher education organizations need to go where those people are—social media. That doesn’t mean you’re just reaching out to Millennials. You’ve got donors, alumni and staff to consider, as well. But social media is a valuable tool for your higher education organization. Follow these three guidelines to let social media work for your higher education fundraising success. 1. Forget Direct Fundraising (For Now) Let’s pretend you’re walking down the street when you see a stranger. You approach that person and ask them…
  • The Keys to Setting Donor Levels (and Why You May Need to Rethink Them)

    Randy Hawthorne
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    I think most of us can say we’ve been on both sides of the ask. Personally, I’ve been on the inside, wracking my brain for a creative way to convince a potential donor why he should give to my NPO. And I’ve also been asked many times, both as a decision maker in a company and on a personal level, to give to a worthy cause. So if you’re like me, you’ve seen all sides of the ask and you know how it can be perceived from different vantage points. This alone gives you an advantage in determining the right way to solicit donations. I want to talk about an important factor that’s…
  • Tales from the Trenches: How to Balance the Roles of Your Board of Directors

    Lincoln Arneal
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:52 am
    In my other life, I serve as the Executive Director of a volunteer-run nonprofit that is focused on youth leadership development. Soon though, my term as Executive Director will be coming to an end and our board of directors selected my successor, who will be vacating her seat on the board of directors. With the open seat, the board of directors charged a group to come up with ideas for potential replacements. During the discussion, the nominating committee had a good-spirited debate about the role of the board of directors. One point of view wanted the new person to be active in the…
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    Latest blog entries

  • Ways to Save Money on Your Nonprofit Website

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    My previous post, Five things I Wish for Nonprofit Websites, received a lot of approval from readers but some people rightly pointed out that getting professional help with your website can be expensive. Well, it doesn’t have to be. If you know where you can take shortcuts and where it’s worth paying a professional, you can get a pretty good site with a minimal investment.   Content Management Systems Once upon a time web developers would have to code every website page and then upload them directly to the server using an FTP program – not something the average person…
  • Five Things I Wish For Nonprofit Websites

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    1. Works On My Device More people are visiting websites using a wide variety of screen sizes - desktop, tablet and smartphone so responsive web design is more important than ever. With the increase of mobile use, text-heavy and complex sites are falling out of favor. If your website is due for an overhaul, this is a good reason to do it now.    Doing it right: Heifer International Read More
  • UX Design for Fundraisers

    14 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
      Maybe it’s because I read some tech-leaning blogs but in recent years I’ve come across the terms user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design more frequently. These terms are often discussed in relation to usability of websites, apps and other software. When I saw this blog post by Jakob Nielsen, !0 Usability Heuristics for User Interface Design, it struck me that so much of fundraising is about managing the “user” experience. Even though his original post is almost 20 years old, it still has relevant applications to much more than just software. So here is my list of…
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    #fundchat

  • The Next ‘Big Thing’ In Fundraising: Stewardship

    Brendan Kinney
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:12 am
    Click here to review the transcript! There’s always the next big thing. But sometimes the thing that matter most is staring you right in the face. It’s not sexy, it’s not shiny…it’s stewardship. In our quest for the magic bullet that will solve all of our funding woes, we often overlook the importance of the thing that could actually help us close the gap. Join the #fundchat community this week for, The Next “Big Thing” In Fundraising: Stewardship, Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 12-1 pm EST. The guiding questions for this week’s discussion:  Q1…
  • This Week’s #fundchat – Making The Ask

    Brendan Kinney
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Click here to review the transcript. As Joe Garecht says, “Making an ask is the penultimate act of a development professional. It’s the final step of what is often a long process, complete with identifying and cultivating prospects, doing research, getting people involved, and planning the final approach. “ Unfortunately for many fundraisers, making the ask is the most difficult part of the cultivation process. But it shouldn’t be. Join the #fundchat community on Wednesday, July 16 from 12-1 pm EST for “Making The Ask.” Here’s how you can help spread the…
  • Math for Fundraisers

    Beth Ann Locke
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    During recent travels I was able to meet in Kampala, Uganda and Nairobi, Kenya with my far-flung colleagues from Chicago and London. We were there to make a progress report  to the President of The Aga Khan University (AKU) on campaign developments. It is a very big campaign and I’m learning much about reaching out in meaningful ways to prospective supporters, with and without connectors (Ambassadors) to introduce us. As part of our work, my London colleagues (Shelley, Bruce and Steve) developed the following equations to help our faculty and other non-fundraising colleagues better…
  • Is Content Marketing Right For Your Nonprofit?

    Brendan Kinney
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:15 am
    Click here for the transcript! If you are disillusioned by traditional marketing tactics, then it might be time to explore “content marketing,” the idea that creating and distributing good content is the best and most effective way to gain traction for your cause, while earning the trust of prospective donors and strengthening the respect from your current base of support. “Nonprofits are turning to contentmarketing because ‘spray & pray’ mass marketing isn’t working for them.” - Kivi Leroux Miller Explore this idea during this week’s…
  • Strategies For Wooing New Donors

    Brendan Kinney
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Transcript now available! Click here. Take our poll! Vote now for the type of donor acquisition that you think is the most effective. Did you know that fundraising is “back?” An article out today on the Chronicle of Philanthropy website details that gains that philanthropic giving is making after a precipitous fall during the most recent recession. The article claims that data from the new Giving USA report gives reason for optimism: Contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations totaled $335-billion in 2013, a 3-percent increase over 2012, when adjusted for…
 
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    CHARITY CASE

  • What are you REALLY trying to do?

    Krystyn Tully
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:38 pm
    "One never reaches home .... But where friendly paths intersect, the whole world looks like home, for a time."This is one of my favourite quotes, from one of my favourite authors (Herman Hesse). It captures what we're trying to do: Find the people whose paths intersect, for a time - the staff, the volunteers, the members, the clients, the donors, and all the other others.It also reminds us that those intersections are temporary. You are always on a path. You never arrive. I love that.
  • Lesson #18: We owe it to the world to fail

    Krystyn Tully
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:52 pm
    I mean jeepers, does this LOOK like the face of a man destined for success in politics? You have an obligation to fail, if you work in the charitable sector.The issues you tackle in this field - quality of life, poverty, violence, civic society - are huge. Failing means you tried. As important as it is, we aren't very good at talking about failure. Grantmakers and donors ask for success stories. The public looks for heroes. We're afraid that if we report a failure donor dollars will flee elsewhere - a different charity, a different cause. Success begets success.Except too much…
  • Yes, you CAN run a great company when your customers can't buy what you're selling

    Krystyn Tully
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:37 pm
    "Health care is a business, I'm gonna run it like one." I got sucked into some old episodes of House on Netflix while recovering from a cold. Figures that Vogler was at the centre of my favourite story-arc.His obsession with running the hospital “like a business” will be familiar to anyone working in the nonprofit sector.Now, I think there is a lot nonprofits can learn from for-profits, and vice versa. But it’s important to remember that they are different sectors.Fundamentally, the incentives are entirely different. And, as any economist will tell you - incentives are…
  • Lesson #17: The (charity) world is not a meritocracy

    Krystyn Tully
    22 Jun 2014 | 8:43 pm
    The meritocracy ends shortly after scouts and guides, alas.  The projects with the greatest impact don’t magically get funded just because they have the greatest impact.The most talented charity workers won’t have secure jobs because they are the most talented.The best ideas will not spread just because they are the best ideas.The most effective organizations will not survive just because they are the most effective.This is true for all sectors, but it’s amplified in the charity world. Here, there is no link between the popularity of product or service and the revenue that it…
  • Me talk feminine

    Krystyn Tully
    7 Jun 2014 | 2:26 pm
    "Come. Now.""I'm sorry you must have me mistaken for a pet.""Would you come with me?""That's better." When it comes to “please take me seriously” challenges, I hit the trifecta. I was 23 when we started our organization, so quite young to be in a senior position. I work for a charity, so many people automatically assume I don’t have the smarts to keep up in the “real” world. And I’m female. Now, I never thought being female was relevant to anything. But when I was 25, an elder colleague took me aside at a conference. “You should step aside and let a man speak for…
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    Third Sector Today

  • Cyber Security Q&A: Nonprofits at Risk

    James Zackal
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    Meet Chris Dufour, Cyber Security Expert Day-to-day concerns. Upcoming deadlines. Online safety? Is cyber security on your organization’s back burner? Cyber security is as important for nonprofits as businesses. Nonprofits’ online records may include personal information such as donor data, credit card numbers, and staff employment and health insurance information. What do we need to know about cyber security and how to avoid risks? We connected with Chris Dufour to talk about cyber security in nonprofits. Dufour is a cyber security expert, instructor with SEcureCog, and a director at…
  • Do or Don’t?: Merging professional and personal social media accounts

    Kadi McDonald
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:55 am
    We’ve all got them on our Friends list: those people who go by their first name and middle name, go by their full name or a short name to throw off searchers, or even those who completely make up a name and hide behind a digital identity. But what happens when people (like me) merge their personal and professional identities into one world of social networking? In my industry, a social media presence is imperative. If a potential employer searches me online and doesn’t find, at the very least, a Facebook page, a Twitter account, a LinkedIn profile, and maybe a blog or two, my credibility…
  • Mobilizing An Industry To Fight Hunger

    Adam Lowy
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    It was just five years ago that I was sitting with my father talking about the family business. It’s a moving business, actually. My great-grandfather started it over 90 years ago here in NJ. While I never wanted to actually run the business myself, I certainly had the “opportunity” to work my share of back-breaking moving jobs when I was growing up – that’s just what seems to happen when your family owns a moving company. Watch this segment aired on MSNBC: We move everything from small households to large corporations. But regardless of the job, one trend became apparent: When…
  • Ethical Fundraising: Study

    Melissa S. Brown
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    Your input can help improve the knowledge and practice of ethical fundraising. Don’t miss your opportunity to continue to build this knowledge base. This link opens a survey being conducted, by Nonprofit Research Collaborative, that will take you less than 15 minutes to complete. Click HERE to participate When you complete the survey before August 1, you will have a chance to register for a special thank you drawing. The survey posts early results, so you can get benchmarks for your own group’s fundraising right away. There are  four types of questions: 1) Information about the area you…
  • Add Some Social Sizzle

    Heather Whaling
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    You’re on Facebook and Twitter. Maybe even Instagram and Pinterest. You’ve nailed the basics. But, instead of being content with what you know works, you’re ready to take it to the next level. Want to add some sizzle? Mix-and-match some of these ideas to help your social stay fresh, creative and relevant. Infuse creativity: Don’t limit yourself to sharing only text and links. Incorporate photos, videos, infographics or textography to give your content a boost. (Bonus tip: Test different kinds of content to see which types your fans are most likely to engage with. Then, adjust your…
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    GiveIndia NGOs

  • How it all began at Apnalaya

    Rohini Vemuganti
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    Apnalaya originally began as the Holland Welfare Centre, named after the then Australian Consul General in Bombay, Tom Holland. This was back in 1973. A... The post How it all began at Apnalaya appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • Volunteering opportunities at Apnalaya

    Rohini Vemuganti
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Visit http://www.apnalaya.org/get-involved.aspx to understand how you can volunteer your time with Apnalaya The post Volunteering opportunities at Apnalaya appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • An organization that withdraws from communities as it makes them self-sustaining

    Rohini Vemuganti
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:25 am
    My visit to Apnalaya was a cultural learning as much as a sociological one. The organisation works with slum communities and one of its centers... The post An organization that withdraws from communities as it makes them self-sustaining appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • Janaseva Foundation

    Tarika Vaswani
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    An organisation that takes serving the poor seriously It was my first trip to Pune and little did I realize it was going to be... The post Janaseva Foundation appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • How it all began at Janaseva Foundation

    Tarika Vaswani
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    “Interaction with the poor reveal their needs and needs lead to our  actions” says Dr. Vinod Shah a Gastroenterologist by profession and founder of the... The post How it all began at Janaseva Foundation appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
 
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