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  • 5 Myths The Nonprofit Sector Must Overcome

    Social Velocity
    Nell Edgington
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    Almost two years ago three nonprofit rating organizations launched the Overhead Myth campaign aimed at eradicating “the false conception that financial ratios are the sole indicator of nonprofit performance.” Call me an optimist, but I think it might be working. I see more nonprofit leaders and funders discussing the radical idea that overhead might not be a bad thing. We still have a long way to go, but perhaps there is progress. The bad news, however, is that the Overhead Myth is only one of many (way too many) destructive nonprofit myths. So in this new year, let’s…
  • 5 Digital Marketing Terms Nonprofit Leaders Need to Know This Year

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    shad
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:22 am
    In the nonprofit world, each year brings with it new sets of trends and buzzwords. New practices and technology lead to changes in donor expectations. So how will what we saw last year influence what’s to come for nonprofits this year? In today’s post, we’ll look at five terms nonprofit leaders should be familiar with as they work to engage and connect with donors in 2015. Top 5 Nonprofit Digital Marketing Trends Here are five key terms representing areas where you may want to hone your nonprofit online marketing and fundraising efforts in the next 12 months: 1. Visible Impact After…
  • Make Social Media Matter More: Part 1

    Getting Attention Blog
    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:56 am
    Pressure. You feel it. I feel it. The pressure to generate social media miracles. It’s still there, even this many years in. And whether the source (that you’re keeping up, have a billion Facebook likes or Twitter followers, or your Instagram strategy is driving action) is your boss, board chair and/or your colleague in programs, it’s a problem. Here’s Your Solution Start by reviewing the Pew Foundation’s recent Social Media report (great summary here). Objective research is the most powerful tool you have to make your case (take that, “pressurizer”). Follow…
  • Participate in the 2015 Nonprofit Tech Staffing & Investments Survey!

    NTEN
    Joleen Ong
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:06 am
    Did you know that over 64% of nonprofits include technology in their strategic plan, and there's been an increase in the number of "data" staff at nonprofits? These are some of the key findings from last year's Nonprofit Technology Staffing & Investments research. Help us figure out if that trend stayed true in 2014.In partnership with Care2 and TechSoup Global, NTEN is conducting the 9th annual Nonprofit Technology Staffing and Investments survey in order to provide both benchmarks and qualitative data about technology decisions and practices among NTEN, Care2, and TechSoup Global's…
  • Growing your Existing Donor Base

    A Small Change
    Jason Dick
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Everyone is always looking for ways to grow their donor base so I thought I’d offer a few suggestions and tips that I’ve used myself. Feel free to add some of your own ideas. The first step would be to figure out what you mean when you say “donor base.” Are we talking about monthly donors or annual donors? If you want to grow your base you have to know what you are growing them to be. Send an appeal to lapsed donors from a year ago and invite them to get involved again. You can highlight a new project or just tell them you missed them. Ask your faithful donors if they could introduce…
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  • How Board Members Can Learn to Spot the Red Flags

    awagstrom@nonprofitsassistancefund.org
    7 Jan 2015 | 1:06 pm
    red_flags.jpg Here we go again. A few weeks ago Nonprofit Quarterly reported about the fallout from reports by FEGS Health & Human Services in New York of an unexpected $19.4 million loss:  changes in the executive office and cuts to programs and budgets. Like many others in the sector, one of my first reactions is to ask, “Where was the board?”
  • New Offering: New Possibilities

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

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

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

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

    Beth
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    You’ve heard the mantra: Learn from failure. But no one likes to screw up and you can’t learn when people are feeling shame and pointing fingers at each other.  Dosomething.org knows that mistakes happen, but also knows how as an organization to transform mistakes into organizational learning that leads to better results in a program.   This how you create a “culture of impact.” Earlier this month the Chronicle of Philanthropy wrote about how the organization corrected a mistake with a text messaging campaign.   The mistake: they sent a text message intended for a small…
  • Talking Shop with Network Designers and Weavers for Social Change

    Beth
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:50 am
    We learn so much about professional practice from having honest and candid conversations. Not only do we learn something new, but it feels great to connect with other people who are asking the sames types of questions about their work.   A part of my practice is around network design and facilitation and one of my most respected colleagues in this area is Eugene Eric Kim.   So, when he sent around an email that Janne K. Flisrand, who is a network weaver for sustainability networks, was in town and he was organizing an informal gathering, I wanted to go. Eugene is always thoughtful in the…
  • Nonprofit Blog Carnival Call for Submissions: What’s Your Best Online Personal Productivity Tip?

    Beth
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:57 am
    I’m honored to be hosting the January, 2015 Nonprofit Blog Carnival and theme is personal productivity online.   2015 has arrived!    If you’re like most nonprofit folks, you’ve probably made a few New Year’s resolutions that include being more productive and effective at your nonprofit job. But maintaining productivity, especially online, can be challenging.  We are living and working ina world that is connected and where sacred space and deep thinking – essential ingredients to online personal productivity –  is almost becoming extinct. What is online…
  • What Nonprofits Need To Do More in 2015: Embrace Stillness

    Beth
    6 Jan 2015 | 9:21 am
    The new year is always a popular time for all of us to take stock and see the big picture.   And, every year when the calendar flips over, we embrace reflection and setting goals.   However, we live in a connected world where we have gotten so go at being in touch, informed, and connected, that we don’t know how to be alone and step away more regularly. People who work in the social good sector world are busy people, flitting from task to the next text or email.     Too often, we can caught up on this endless slideshow that is our digital and mobile lifestyle.   We focus more…
  • Happy New Year: What’s Your Theme for the Year?

    Beth
    2 Jan 2015 | 11:11 am
    The Sun Sets on 2014 This year I took off a full two weeks during the holiday, spending time with family on the Big Island on a coffee farm and mostly offline.   I didn’t do a complete unplug, as we’re so dependent on the Internet for information in navigate our daily lives, which is a huge change since I first got online in 1993.    And, now with those beautiful sunsets behind me, I look ahead to 2015. I have a couple of New Year’s rituals that help prepare me for a new year.  These include a review of the year’s accomplishments and two techniques that help you focus on…
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  • Simple is beautiful.

    Reuben Turner
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:32 am
    Love this simple new campaign from Age UK. A clear belief, simply expressed, without tired cliches like ‘loneliness’ and ‘isolation’.   Client: Age UK Agency: Karmarama Photographer: David Vintiner
  • NFL’s No More PSA for Super Bowl

    Armando Alves
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:06 pm
    The NFL donated 30 seconds of ad time during Super Bowl for domestic violence awareness organisation No More. The 60-second version was released yesterday, and does a great job highlight a problem without resorting to explicit imagery, being based on a reportedly actual phone call in which a woman dials 911. The first time ever ad addressing social causes going live on Super Bowl is produced by Grey New York, NFL’s ad agency and is addresses two high-profile domestic abuse cases involving players Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson. The ad ends with a strong message When it's hard to…
  • In This Social Experiment Women Don’t Get Hit

    Marc van Gurp
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:11 pm
    What happens when you put a boy in front of a girl and ask him to slap her? In this social experiment, you see the reactions of Italian children to the subject of violence against women. Sweeter than this is almost impossible: “Girls shouldn’t be hit, not even with a flower. Or a bouquet of flowers.” To be honest, I have gone to great lengths not to like the experiment but I failed. Usually most social experiments, like the Pranks on YouTube, have the outcome that we humans are asocial beings. Not here, the Italian boys prove that there is hope for our species. Am I…
  • Social Marketing explained in 61 seconds

    Marc van Gurp
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:51 am
    You work in Social Marketing and not everyone understands what that is. Then show this straightforward video, it is perfect for birthday parties. The shortest explanation of the profession that you can think of. It is an episode of the Sixty seconds series from the Griffith University. Sharyn Rundle-Thiele, Professor in Social Marketing used these 60 seconds (actually 61 seconds) to explain what she is doing all day. It’s a bit simplistic and not quite complete. I would like to add what is in our statement (replace advertising by marketing): Unlike commercial advertising, which…
  • Turn the world upside down: Sponsor a Wealthy Child

    Marc van Gurp
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Sponsor a Wealthy Child (SaWC) is an online game that turns the world of Humanitarian aid upside down. Families from the Developing World come to the rescue of Western children ravaged by relational poverty. It is about these questions: Who really is wealthy and who is poor? Sponsor a Wealthy Child comes with three infomercials telling the stories of children in need. Like the story of Zachary (see above) a 14 year old child who lives with his family in the Middle West. Like thousands of other children in his area of the world, Zachary had sunk into a state of severe Internet addiction.
 
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  • Participate in the 2015 Nonprofit Tech Staffing & Investments Survey!

    Joleen Ong
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:06 am
    Did you know that over 64% of nonprofits include technology in their strategic plan, and there's been an increase in the number of "data" staff at nonprofits? These are some of the key findings from last year's Nonprofit Technology Staffing & Investments research. Help us figure out if that trend stayed true in 2014.In partnership with Care2 and TechSoup Global, NTEN is conducting the 9th annual Nonprofit Technology Staffing and Investments survey in order to provide both benchmarks and qualitative data about technology decisions and practices among NTEN, Care2, and TechSoup Global's…
  • Three Online Strategies to Improve Your Monthly Giving Program

    Steph
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Wendy Marinaccio Husman Senior Account Executive Mal Warwick | Donordigital How to turn that one-time donation into a gift that keeps on coming, and makes your donors happy, too! Monthly giving programs are essential to a nonprofit’s ability to plan projects and budgets. Sustainers make it possible for organizations to rely on a broad base of monthly support. We work with our clients to help launch, grow, and improve their sustainer programs.
  • Submit your nomination for the Care2 Impact Prize!

    SarahH
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:06 pm
    We invite you to submit nominations for the sixth annual Care2 Impact Prize, which recognizes a campaign or initiative in the nonprofit sector that has made an outstanding impact on the field of online advocacy, online fundraising, or both. The winning organization will receive a cash donation of $1,000 from Care2. The runners up will each receive the Care2 Innovation Award, and Care2 will make a $200 donation to each of these organizations. The award will be presented on Wednesday, March 4 at the 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference in Austin, TX, during the morning plenary…
  • Things We Like (January 2015)

    Steph
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
    A monthly roundup of our favorite nonprofit tech resources and other goodies.We start Things We Like in the cloud (technology ebook, in .pdf), complete with special Amy cameo.Returning to earth, specifically the Galapagos, this "last year in review" has everything: webcams, drones, and a shipwreck. Pure paradise!Last year was so … last year. Here are Kickstarter's tech predictions for 2015. DIY circuit boards, anyone?Or how about a DIY supercomputer made entirely of old PlayStations?It’s not just for PlayStation: The Games for Change Festival in April celebrates games with positive social…
  • Will Your Nonprofit be Ready for the Future of Payments?

    Steph
    20 Jan 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Stacy Dyer Owner TG Consulting Bitcoin and other new payment systems: what they are, what they aren't, and why you should care. The timing is perfect for you to learn from trail-blazing organizations already breaking ground in new frontiers, while still being early enough to claim advantages for your own cause.
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  • Our Common Challenges

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:20 am
    Yesterday Network for Good was honored to host a group of delegates from 10 countries as part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The group included the Executive Director of the Icelandic Youth Council, the Program Director for the Russian Red Cross, the Community Manager from the Office of the Mayor of Athens, and a grassroots organizer from Saudi Arabia, among others who work with local governments and community groups to mobilize volunteers and social giving around the world. So honored to host @StateDept IVLP guests in a discussion on nonprofits…
  • The Ultimate Donation Page Guide Sneak Peek

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    I’m excited to announce that we’ve just published our most comprehensive resource featuring all of our best practices and helpful tips for building successful online donation pages. The Ultimate Donation Page Guide is 27 pages of helpful tips and best practices that guide you through the process of building a fantastic online donation page (or refining an existing page) that gets donors to give, give big, and give again.
  • Link Round Up

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:51 am
    We love reading amazing content from across the sector. Here are a few nonprofit marketing and fundraising resources that stood out this week:
  • Quick Takeaways from the Pew Social Media Report

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:43 am
    The folks at the Pew Research Center recently published updates to their Social Media Report. Here are a few highlights: Facebook still reigns supreme. It comes as no surprise that 71% of all online adults are on Facebook, which also sees 70% of users engaging with the site at least daily.  More older adults adopting social networks. But they’re mostly on Facebook. 56% of all online adults 65 and older now use Facebook, which equals 31% of all seniors. That said, all networks featured in the report saw significant jumps in the number of 65+ users. Visual platforms continue to…
  • Next Frontier of Storytelling in the Nonprofit Sector

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    Editor’s note: This post was written by Vanessa Chase, founder of The Storytelling Non-Profit. You can check out more thoughts on storytelling on her blog. Or, if you’re in the mood to watch a webinar on storytelling, you can download the archived version of her Nonprofit911 webinar. Storytelling is quickly becoming part of the everyday fabric of nonprofit fundraising and communications. While some might suggest that storytelling is simply the latest and greatest trend, much evidence suggests that it’s a fundamental type of human communication working its way into organizational…
 
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  • Rich Clerkin to Lead Institute for Nonprofits

    8 Jan 2015 | 7:28 am
    Richard M. Clerkin, Ph.D., has been named executive director of the Institute for Nonprofit Research, Education and Engagement at NC State University. He will lead the institute’s research, teaching and engagement, and work with North Carolina nonprofit partners to extend NC State research to serve the state. read more
  • Replogle Inspires Students to Find Their Purpose

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

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

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

    19 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am
    CVS Caremark Charitable Trust pledges $5 million to provide healthcare access for underserved populations, Perot Museum of Nature and Science celebrates its first anniversary, Keep America Beautiful and the Education Alliance announce new CEOs, and more.read more
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  • Life is a long experiment that includes successes and failures

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

    Britt Bravo
    10 Jan 2015 | 11:40 am
    "Creativity is not just for artists. It's for businesspeople looking for a new way to close a sale; it's for engineers trying to solve a problem; it's for parents who want their children to see the world in more than one way." ~Twyla Tharp, author of The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for LifeTwenty plus years ago, I went through a graduate program to earn an M.A. in Creation Spirituality. The premise of much of the curriculum was that if you believe in some kind of greater creative force, then you will be your truest self and closest to that source when you are being creative.One of the…
  • Juicy Blogging E-Course: The Art and Play of Blogging

    Britt Bravo
    2 Jan 2015 | 12:39 pm
    The Juicy Blogging E-Course is back!Do you want to re-energize your blog and blogging practice, or rediscover the ♥ of your blog?I’ll be offering this ever popular e-course January 20-February 17, 2015. During the course, you’ll play with fun assignments on a private blog with your fellow juicy bloggers.“The best part of it all is that it is just so much fun!” ~ Juicy Blogging E-Course studentThe course consists of three kinds of fun-work:• Reflection questions to refine your blog’s purpose• Connection assignments to build community and traffic• Creative and juicy blog post…
  • Be open to Big Vision photobombs

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

    Britt Bravo
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    As I was walking to work one day this week, I saw this cute Corgi (pictured above) on the street. At first he was shy. He watched me with half of his face hidden behind the wall. But as I walked closer, his excitement overwhelmed him. He ran out of hiding to say hello and invited me to pet him (so soft!).Sometimes that's how we are with our Big Visions. Shy at first. Testing the waters. Not wanting to make a commitment. But here's the important part. The excitement. When we get SO excited about something that we just HAVE to do it, or learn more about it, or share it with others, we need to…
 
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  • Make Social Media Matter More: Part 1

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:56 am
    Pressure. You feel it. I feel it. The pressure to generate social media miracles. It’s still there, even this many years in. And whether the source (that you’re keeping up, have a billion Facebook likes or Twitter followers, or your Instagram strategy is driving action) is your boss, board chair and/or your colleague in programs, it’s a problem. Here’s Your Solution Start by reviewing the Pew Foundation’s recent Social Media report (great summary here). Objective research is the most powerful tool you have to make your case (take that, “pressurizer”). Follow…
  • YOU! Nonprofit Communications Jobs

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:10 am
      Please post YOUR nonprofit marketing job here Communication and Digital Content Manager Global Green USA (Santa Monica, CA) Communications Director Americans for Tax Fairness (Washington, D.C.) Communications Director In Defense of Animals (San Rafael, CA) Communications & Event Coordinator PT The FACES Foundation (Detroit, MI) Communications Manager Community Power Network (Washington, D.C.) Communications Manager Education Trust—West (Oakland, CA) Communications and Marketing Manager Child Care Aware of America (Arlington, VA) Communications Specialist Agency (New York, NY) Digital…
  • Great Nonprofit Marketing Jobs

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:18 am
    Please post YOUR nonprofit marketing job here Associate Director of Media Relations American Rivers (Washington, D.C.) Communications And Campaigns Manager Waterkeepers Chesapeake (Takoma Park, MD) Communications Director Western Environmental Law Center (Eugene, OR or Taos, NM) Communications And Engagement Associate  Early Learning Indiana (Indianapolis, IN) Communications Manager US Human Rights Network (New York, NY) Communications and Marketing Director/Webmaster The HistoryMakers (Chicago, IL) Communications and Social Media Manager Yosemite Conservancy (San Francisco, CA) Coordinator,…
  • Live Your Nonprofit Brand (Case Study)

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:52 am
    How one organizations shows, rather than tells, its unique value and impact (a.k.a. brand)… Bittersweet news from the Upwell team. I opened this email tentatively this morning, a little afraid of what I’d be getting. I’ve followed Upwell with great excitement since its founding four years ago—learning so much from its fresh, collaborative and completely open approach to ocean conservation. I’ve also been thrilled (comms nerd that I am) by Upwell’s practical but inspired communications approach, built on authenticity with a dollop of humor. Take Upwell’s…
  • 25 OMG Nonprofit Communications Jobs: Moving Up Monday

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:24 am
    Please post your nonprofit marketing jobs here Advocacy/Editorial Officer AJC/Jacob Blaustein (New York, NY) Community Engagement & Communications Manager America SCORES (Boston, MA) Development & Communications Associate Lillian’s List of North Carolina (Raleigh, NC) Director of Communication Thrive Foundation for Youth (Menlo Park, CA) Director of Marketing & Communications Pro Bono Partnership (White Plains, NY) Director of Marketing & Communications Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (Bala Cynwyd, PA) Director of Outreach & Communications Parent Power Chicago…
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  • Diogenes Plays the The Values Cards at Davos

    Phil Cubeta
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    You have seen him with the lamp looking in broad daylight for the honest man? That is so last millennium before last. Today, as a bogus Secular Priest, in search of brand identity, and product differentiation, and what he calls "modest Patronage," he roams the halls at Davos with a deck of Values Cards, asking potential UNHW clients to sort them. Actually, this is my mentor, The Happy Tutor Dungeon Master to the Stars in Wealth Bondage, but same difference, both do their work stark naked and are beaten in lieu of payment. I asked Tutor if he ever has found an…
  • When we dance with the devil who steps on whose hooves?

    Phil Cubeta
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:58 am
    What are your client's core values? What is the self they wish to enact, the legacy they wish to leave, the impact they wish to have on the world? All around the WB Ballroom, clomp, clomp, clomp, and the cries of pain. Integrity - ouch.  Spirituality - ouch, OMG.  A good Mission Statement for a Dynastic Family, can put a team of  Taxi Dancers in the Hospital with smashed toes, and broken arches. But it is worth it in the end if those kind of Governing Instruments can preserve a Dynasty for 100 years, or more. Best to wear combat boots,…
  • If a church for the deeply depressed....

    Phil Cubeta
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    ....for those without any money or any prospect of it, with a statue at the door, of our Lady of Sorrows, facing a cross in the nave, on which her son died, were to have a liturgy, I wonder how that would differ from the Gospels? To which feckless query, my Tutor replied, Who should we ask, Phil, who would know? Someone wise, probably, don't you, think? Tutor is getting more difficult, more intransigent, and less coherent, as he gets older. He is wrestling with his own mortality, the mess he made of his life, and long-term effects of alcoholism and academic study. What…
  • In Service to what?

    Phil Cubeta
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:10 am
    Lear, I opined to my mentor, The Happy Tutor, Dungeon Master to the Stars in Wealth Bondage, is a play about family, governance, and about loyal service. Cordelia, who cannot heave her heart into her mouth, is faithful to herself, and her father, the King, but her father. The Fool? To what is he in service? To the King, Cordelia's father, but the King as King, whose body is the body politic, and whose rule is divine by right. In serving what is kingly in the King, he serves God and man, the raggediest among us. Wealth in Families, Flourishing Families, but who will plausibly…
  • Wisdom Comes to Market

    Phil Cubeta
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:16 am
    Very hard, even for one as wise as I am, to make a rational market in Wisdom.  The need is there, but not much demand. The ones who need it most value it least. And when it comes to rating a Wisdom Provider, how can a Fool rate Wisdom wisely? Even "liking" a proffered wisdom nugget, even Tweeting it, does not necessarily translate into mastering it. Generally, in sales, step one is translating a Need into a Want, but when I try to get Fools to acknowlege the need for wisdom, I get called an impudent fool, and beaten in my turn. It ever has been thus in our noble trade.
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  • Growing your Existing Donor Base

    Jason Dick
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Everyone is always looking for ways to grow their donor base so I thought I’d offer a few suggestions and tips that I’ve used myself. Feel free to add some of your own ideas. The first step would be to figure out what you mean when you say “donor base.” Are we talking about monthly donors or annual donors? If you want to grow your base you have to know what you are growing them to be. Send an appeal to lapsed donors from a year ago and invite them to get involved again. You can highlight a new project or just tell them you missed them. Ask your faithful donors if they could introduce…
  • Re-Prospecting Donors

    Jason Dick
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    There are always donors that have a personal relationship with other people in the organization. Often times the donors who have these friendships make judgement calls about their “donor friends” without consulting the individual donors. When your major donors have family that is on staff or are part of your staffs private inner circle (we only have room for 3 or 4 close friendships), then I believe donor reps have every right to make judgement calls without consulting individual donors. However, many offices have teams where donor reps pooling relationships to help them meet the…
  • Raise Supporters Not Support

    Jason Dick
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Everyone always talks about fundraising as having to do with raising money or providing funds for an organization. I think that it could be worth our while to expand this idea to include activism in a more general sense such as advocacy and community activism. Volunteers and community members can be such incredible ambassadors for an organization. I’d like to advocate that “development” or “fundraising” should be focused more on raising supporters than raising support. Why? Because I think fundraising is about developing people (see All Donors as Major Donors) not farming money. I…
  • Ice Breakers Part Two

    Jason Dick
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    A couple of years back I posted about Icebreakers that we use in conversations with donors, prospects, board members, etc. You provided some really great ideas and feedback and I thought I’d include a few more that I’d heard from you and that I’ve used since my initial post. What is the heart behind your gift? Do you get joy from your giving? What about our mission resonates with you? Why do you give, what motivated you to reach out to us? Are you a recipient of our services (have you been the the museum, listened to the radio station, been taken care of at our hospital,…
  • Never too late for New Year’s resolutions….

    Edward Sumner
    12 Jan 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Oh boy.  Here it is.  2015.  For those of you whose fiscal years close in December, my hope is that y’all got to celebrate meeting or exceeding your fundraising goals, and that you threw a party and savored the success a few days at least, before diving back in.  And, for those of us whose fiscal year will close in July, my hope is that your year-end giving boomed fast and loud and you’ve got a crested and dense wave of momentum to ride into the New Year.  Followups,  thank-yous, coffees, lunches, getting to know you’s, all that great stuff. As always, I’ve seen…
 
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    Frogloop

  • Are Facebook Videos Dominating YouTube?

    Allyson Kapin
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:37 am
    Let's flashback to 2013 when Facebook announced in a blog post that they'd start autoplaying videos: Since September, we’ve been testing a way to make videos more engaging on Facebook, and as a result we’ve seen views, likes, shares and comments increase more than 10 percent. We’re beginning to test a similar video viewing format for advertisers. Marketers will be able to use this new format to tell their stories to a large number of people on Facebook in a short amount of time – with high-quality sight, sound and motion. This approach will continue to improve the…
  • Nonprofit Communication Trends to Expect in 2015

    Allyson Kapin
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:31 am
    According to the 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report, by NonprofitMarketingGuide.com, nonprofits are becoming more confident and more intentional about reaching out to target audiences, raising money, and retaining donors through engagement. For the first time since 2011, nonprofits have significantly increased the frequency for both email and direct mail appeals. Some of the reports findings revealed that: 45% of nonprofits will send an appeal at least monthly, up from 33% in 2014. 62% will send an email newsletter at least monthly, up from 59% in 2014. 36% will send direct mail…
  • New Study: Investing in Facebook is a Waste of Time

    Allyson Kapin
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    For the past few years, nonprofits have spent a lot of resources on building their Facebook page presence. Many social media strategists and the media told nonprofits and businesses that email was dying and that FREE social networks like Facebook would be king of communications. So it's now 2015 and guess what? Email is definitely not dead and in fact it raises a heck of a lot more money than any social media platform. In addition, the majority of nonprofits still haven't raised a dime on social media. So is Facebook still worth it? I think it depends on your goals with Facebook and if you…
  • 3 Resolutions Every Nonprofit Should Aim For in January

    Allyson Kapin
    29 Dec 2014 | 2:31 pm
    I love year-end planning. It forces me to reflect on what worked this past year and what didn't. While many nonprofit practitioners are setting personal resolutions at this time of year, I think it's equally important that nonprofits set resolutions too. Here are three that are at the top of my list. Join me and kick them off in early January.Reconnect With Your DonorsYear-end fundraising can put a strain on your donors. They are being bombarded with fundraising appeals from multiple organizations. This can leave organizations with higher than usual unsubscribe rates. But most importantly it…
  • How To Tell Stories With Purpose

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

  • A New Year to Build On

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

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

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

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

    Alison Carlman
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:32 am
    This article was originally posted on the Philanthropy News Digest PhilanTopic Blog. In December, TIME magazine named Ebola Fighters — doctors, nurses, caregivers, scientists, and medical directors “who answered the call,” often putting their own lives on the line — as its “Person of the Year.” We couldn’t agree more: local West Africans and long-time residents like our friend and partner Katie Meyler and her colleague Iris are courageous, vital, and worthy of support. While much of the emergency funding from private donors and companies has been channeled…
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    Giving in a Digital World

  • A must read for all digital fundraisers – latest free Global Digital Statistics Compendium from We Are Social

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

    Bryan Miller
    18 Jan 2015 | 11:42 pm
    Despite all the attention that continues to be devoted to Social Media across the nonprofit world, I don’t know many fundraisers who wouldn’t acknowledge that the primary means of engaging with their donors online is actually through email. Sadly, I also don’t know of many who are really pleased with the fundraising results they receive through their email programmes. And this underperformance seems to be getting worse not better as time goes-on – as highlighted in last October’s Luminate Online Benchmark Report, which (as reported by Mike Snusz of Blackbaud)…
  • 2015 Digital Fundraising To Do List #1 Conversion Rate Optimisation

    Bryan Miller
    11 Jan 2015 | 11:58 pm
    In my first post of the New Year (Why Bitcoin probably shouldn’t be top of your 2015 Digital Fundraising To Do list) I promised to share some thoughts over the next few weeks about what I believe digital fundraisers should be prioritising on their 2015 To Do lists. So, to get started let’s focus on the one thing without which none of your other online activity is likely to deliver good results – namely Website Conversion Rate Optimisation. Back in January 2012 I wrote about the crucial importance of fundraisers getting serious about how they track and improve the conversion…
  • Why Bitcoin probably shouldn’t be top of your 2015 digital fundraising To Do list

    Bryan Miller
    4 Jan 2015 | 11:54 pm
    There has been a whole lot of discussion and a fair amount of hype over the last couple of years about the growing use of the digital cryptocurrency Bitcoin as it evolves from a secretive online currency used on the Darknet to something you can use to buy pizzas with. Understandably, this has led to quite a bit of talk in the fundraising world regarding the importance, or otherwise, of adding bitcoin donation functionality to charity websites – and a number of organisations have already started to test this, including the RNLI in the UK and United Way in the US. With Boxing Day 2014…
  • What’s not to Like about Facebook Likes?

    Bryan Miller
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Rather a lot, according to this video by the smart folks over at the YouTube educational science channel Veritasium. If you’ve got ‘Volume of Likes’ as a KPI for your digital activity but don’t know about the murky world of click farms and the impact they’re having on engagement and organic reach on Facebook, then sit back and invest a few minutes watching their interesting video report. It’s a really clear explanation of a pretty complex challenge facing digital marketers and fundraisers – and may well change just how much you like your Likes, for…
 
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    Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

  • Getting Started with a PR Plan

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Sean Horrigan We try to cover just about everything a nonprofit communications director has to do here at Nonprofit Marketing Guide, but one big whole in that coverage has been PR.  That’s why we are excited to bring on a few new guest bloggers  — including Sean Horrigan. Let us know what PR and media relations questions you have and we’ll get you answers. ~Kivi Guest Post by Sean Horrigan of PR Guy PR is powerful. It can take an organization from obscurity to notoriety in a New York minute. Need proof? Look at the Ice Bucket Challenge. In 2013 everyone knew about ALS……
  • The Hardest, and Easiest, Parts of the Job

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Download Your Free Copy Now In the survey for the 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report, we asked you to identify what was extremely challenging about your job, and what wasn’t challenging at all. What’s Most Challenging . . . Time and money are always at the top of these lists in the nonprofit world, and it’s no different here. Those two challenges are the biggest based on what survey participants tagged as very or extremely challenging. But inability to measure effectiveness and lack of clear strategy come next on the list, and there’s definitely something you can…
  • Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Katie Todd

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    Katie Todd We need more stories for this series! Tell us what you do in a typical day as a nonprofit communications pro. Katie Todd is the Online Engagement Coordinator for the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization who advocates for sound environmental policies that protect North Carolina’s natural resources and people. Besides reveling in the world of social media, blogging, and online activism, Katie enjoys spending her offline time finding adventures with her husband, running, cooking, reading, watching cat videos, and attempting to…
  • #MixedLinks for Nonprofit Communicators

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    Hope you had a great week! Let’s dive right into some Mixed Links… The week started off with a bit of a brouhaha (love that word!) between fundraisers and marketers. Luckily, cooler heads prevailed and now everyone is happy – for the most part. If there is still animosity between your fundraising staff and your marketing staff, read Nancy Schwartz’s 4 Steps to a Powerful Marketing-Fundraising Partnership—Better Together. Bethany Turner encourages you to share those pictures with us in 3 Benefits to Participating in a Photo-A-Day Challenge. Ever send a targeted…
  • Consultants and Freelancers – Get More Nonprofit Clients

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    I love working for nonprofit clients. It’s the sweet life. And I want other consultants and freelancers to be able to make it work as a career choice too, because I believe nonprofits are better served by people who are fully dedicated to the sector’s success. So, one of my side projects from Nonprofit Marketing Guide is a blog and coaching program to do that just: help other consultants and freelancers get nonprofit clients and do a great job providing services to them. There’s plenty of work to go around; I don’t mind openly sharing my experiences and advice with…
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    SocialFish

  • Announcing #culturechat Thursdays!!

    Maddie Grant
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    BIG NEWS to announce!  In conjunction with Good.co, Jamie Notter and I will be hosting a new #culturechat Twitter chat every other Thursday at 1 pm EST starting February 5th.  Mark your calendars!! Our first #culturechat will be about GENERATIONS AND CULTURE – a topic you know is very close to our hearts.  Will you join us to talk about such things as generational dynamics, how to retain and/or attract the best talent from different generations, and how to deal with internal conflict arising from generational differences?  We’d love to have you join the conversation! MORE INFO…
  • Direct marketing is dead. Long live direct marketing!

    Editorial
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Guest post by Sophie Davidson. ———— Direct marketing is all about communicating directly with people. This might be through a direct mail campaign, some banner advertising or SMS marketing (see GlobalMessaging for more information on this). Like most forms of marketing, direct marketing has changed over the years and the old way of doing things is most certainly on the way out. Where you might’ve had success selling through a catalogue delivered direct to a customer’s door, it might be time to consider taking a leap into the modern world and selling through…
  • Trends for 2015

    Maddie Grant
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen as many “trends” an “predictions” slide decks (or blog posts) this year as in years past. Wonder why. ‘Course I didn’t have the energy to do one, but I have been deep in book writing so I think you can forgive me this time Anyway here are three I liked. Enjoy. Nonprofit Marketing and Fundraising Trends to Watch in 2015 from John Haydon Top 10 Mobile Trends 2015 from Golden Gekko 25 Disruptive Technology Trends 2015 – 2016 from Brian Solis ————– (photo credit)
  • [Cool Infographic Friday] 2015 Social Media Image Sizes

    Maddie Grant
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Bookmark this! Here’s the source. —————– (photo credit)
  • The Future of Association Management Systems

    Maddie Grant
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    What’s the future of AMS? This seems to be the question that has haunted association execs for more than 25 years when the initial association management system hit the not-for-profit marketplace. You get a different answer depending on who you speak with, but put on the spot were 5 of the industry’s leading AMS provokers for a panel discussion at ASAE’s 2014 Technology conference held in December at the Gaylord National Harbor just outside of Washington DC. Represented were Teri Carden, Founder of ReviewMyAMS.com, an online AMS review service; Sig VanDamme, CCO and Founder of…
 
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    Wild Apricot Blog (RSS 2.0)

  • Revolutionize Your Meetings and Events – Free Expert Webinar

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Turn your “business-as-usual” meetings into “breakthrough” events! Here are the details on our upcoming webinar with Jeff Hurt.
  • Quiet People, Event ROI & More

    Farhad Chikhliwala
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    This week’s link round-up is a mixed bag of expert insight, cautionary tales and practical tips. We explore everything from “getting more ROI” from a conference, to the importance of capturing emails and saying your thank-you’s.
  • Sponsorship As An Alternate Revenue Stream

    Farhad Chikhliwala
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    If you're looking for some insight into using sponsorship to generate some non dues revenue, here are some ideas shared by our Small Membership Advisory Community members.
  • It's Time For The 2015 DoGooder National Video Awards

    Farhad Chikhliwala
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    If you've created a video that has helped spread your message or cause, the DoGooder National Video Awards wants to see what you’ve got!
  • Recruiting Members – Your Questions Answered

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    During our recent Recruiting Members For Keeps webinar sessions, we had a number of questions from participants. Here are the questions and answers from presenter Trish Hudson.
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    The Fine Print: blog posts from Center for Effective Government

  • Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Bill Promotes Big Industry Interests In the Guise of Helping Small Business

    rwhite
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:21 am
    Under the cynical guise of helping small businesses, on Jan. 27, the House Judiciary Committee will mark up, and the House will soon likely pass, the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2015 (SBRFIA, H.R. 527). Introduced by Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH), the real intent of this legislation is to add procedural hurdles to delay public safeguards, expand big industries’ influence in the rulemaking process, and encourage lawsuits that challenge federal agency efforts to protect the American people.  The legislation would require agencies…
  • State and Local Taxes Fall More Heavily on Lower-Income Americans

    jschieder
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    The wealthiest one percent of households – those with an annual income of at least $419,000 a year – pay half the tax rate of households earning less than $18,000, a new report by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) shows. Who Pays? A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All 50 States, which examines tax rates at the state and local levels, concludes: the lower one’s income, the higher one’s overall effective (actual) state and local tax rate. The chart below demonstrates the decline in effective tax rates at higher income levels. Source:…
  • Toxic Industrial Releases Rose 14 Percent in 2013, Primarily Due to Metal Mining Wastes

    afrank
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:41 am
    Data from the Toxics Release Inventory released last month reveals significant increases in toxic pollution across the country in 2013. Toxins released from industrial facilities into surrounding communities increased by more than 500 million pounds, or 14 percent, between 2012 and 2013.  This is the most significant increase in toxins in years. (See our Right-to-Know Network (RTK NET) website). The Polluting Industries In 2013, facilities reporting to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) discharged  half a billion more pounds of…
  • WATCH: Inside A Coal Ash Community That Can't Use Its Tap Water

    guest
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Article reposted with permission from ClimateProgress by Emily Atkin When Sherry Gobble gets anxiety, she’s generally not thinking about work or money. She’s thinking about something most Americans rarely consider: her tap water. “The hardest moments for me is when I’m laying awake in the middle of the night and I’m thinking about all the times I made a pitcher of Kool-Aid with the water, or I boiled a pot of corn or potatoes with the water,” she said. “Those thoughts stick with me in the middle of the night.” That quote comes from a new…
  • UPDATE: Three Reasons the REINS Act Must Be Stopped (Again)

    kweatherford
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:22 am
    UPDATE (1/23/2015): Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Rep. Todd Young (R-IN) reintroduced the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act (S. 226 and H.R. 427) on Jan. 21, making this the fourth time the bill has been introduced in the House and Senate. If passed, the REINS Act would require congressional approval of all "major" rules (i.e., rules with an estimated annual economic impact of $100 million or more), potentially endangering the most important safeguards to our health, safety, environment, and economy. Here are three reasons why the REINS…
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    Public Sector Marketing 2.0

  • Time to Disconnect and Recharge

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

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

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

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

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

  • Federations and Jewish Education: Learning from History So We Don’t Repeat It

    eJP
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Rabbi Scott Aaron We often do not know we are at important points in history until that point has passed. And, as often as not, we tend to sigh and say “if we only knew then what we know now.” The U.S. Jewish community is in the midst of just such a moment and, unlike so many other moments, we have the benefit of hindsight to inform how we capitalize on the opportunity. Namely, the Jewish education field and the federation system have an opportunity to once again truly partner in modernizing and innovating educational services for the community at large. Over the last 80 or so years, the…
  • Knowing How to Say Goodbye: The Process of Letting Someone Go

    Stephen G. Donshik
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Terminating employees is a part of our professional lives in the Jewish community, and we should strive to handle what needs to be done in the most professional and sensitive manner. By Stephen G. Donshik There is no question that it is easier to hire someone than it is to fire someone. Similarly it is more comfortable to be hired than to be fired. However, the firing process is less painful and more responsive to the sensitivities of the laid-off individual if it follows principles of appropriate professional practice informed by Jewish ethics. In terms of Jewish ethics, denying someone…
  • Tu B’Shvat: Springboard for Social Justice

    eJP
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Shayna Rehberg For thousands of years, Jews have been paying special attention to this day, Tu B’Shvat, the fifteenth day of the Hebrew month of Shvat. What’s so special about this day that our ancestors have given it the privilege of being one of the four Jewish new years, the new year of the tree? The celebration of this holiday originates in one of the four holy cities of Israel, the mystical hilltop town of Tzfat (also spelled Safed, Tsfat, Zefat…) over five hundred years ago. The reason for celebrating the new year of the tree is to connect Judaism with nature, one of the key…
  • Rocket Attack in Mariupol, Ukraine, Leaves Jewish Community on Edge

    eJP
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Many make plans to leave for good; others adopt ‘wait-and-see’ approach, with foreboding for future. Mariupol, Ukraine, was hit by a massive rocket attack in the Vastochni neighborhood of the city on Shabbat morning. It was the most violent day the city’s seen in the past six months. Photo: City of Mariupol Website. By Dovid Margolin Shabbat-morning prayers were about to start at the synagogue in Mariupol, Ukraine, when the rocket barrage came. “The whole synagogue was shaking; we knew right away this was very serious,” says Rabbi Mendel Cohen, the seaside city’s rabbi and…
  • Enhancing Canadianism through a Partnership Mosaic

    eJP
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:30 pm
    By John F. Prato Growing up in Canada as a first generation Canadian, born into a family of immigrant parents, one is raised with a profound level of gratitude towards this young, diverse, caring, and inviting democracy. I also have a responsibility to maintain that openness for future generations of newcomers so that they may contribute to the vibrant Canadian mosaic. Canada is a country where you feel that opportunities are at hand, within reach, regardless of your ancestry. Your background does not matter; we have embraced a rich citizenship and identity. What Canadian is not proud to…
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • Nonprofits Are Not Doing Enough to Help Young Men of Color

    Mitch Nauffts
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    With the recent grand-jury decisions not to indict the police officers responsible for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, protests over the racial profiling of youth of color and the excessive use of force by individual members of...
  • Weekend Link Roundup (January 24-25, 2015)

    Mitch Nauffts
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Our weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the social sector... Climate Change How concerned are global CEOs about climate change? Apparently, not much. According to an article in The Guardian, an annual survey of global CEOs by professional...
  • [Infographic] 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report

    Mitch Nauffts
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:43 am
    Our first infographic of the year was created by Kivi Leroux Miller and includes highlights from her 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trend Report, the fifth such report Miller has published since 2011. This year's report is based on an online survey...
  • Beyond the Kitchen Table: The Board’s Evolving Role

    Mitch Nauffts
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Many organizations begin as "kitchen table" groups: a bunch of neighbors sitting around somebody's kitchen, trying to solve a common problem or meet a community need. These folks share a passion for the cause and a willingness to roll up...
  • Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Mitch Nauffts
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    [View the story "Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr." on Storify]
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    The GiveWell Blog

  • Organizations promoting generous, effective giving

    Holden
    8 Jan 2015 | 1:08 pm
    GiveWell focuses on doing high-quality research on where to give; we put relatively little effort into marketing, community building, or encouraging people to give more. We’d like to give a shout out to some organizations – most of them relatively young – that do focus on this important work. Giving What We Can is an international society dedicated to eliminating extreme poverty. It provides a variety of resources to encourage people to give generously, including a membership pledge for lifetime giving of 10% of income, a “try giving” program for shorter and more…
  • Update on GiveWell’s web traffic / money moved: Q3 2014

    Natalie
    1 Jan 2015 | 11:58 am
    This post covers the first three quarters of 2014 and is being published late due to staff focusing on updating GiveWell’s charity recommendations in the fourth quarter. In addition to evaluations of other charities, GiveWell publishes substantial evaluation of itself, from the quality of its research to its impact on donations. We publish quarterly updates regarding two key metrics: (a) donations to top charities and (b) web traffic. The table and chart below present basic information about our growth in money moved and web traffic in the first three quarters of 2014 (note 1). Money…
  • December 2014 update on GiveWell’s Funding Needs

    Elie
    29 Dec 2014 | 10:29 am
    This post provides an update on GiveWell’s operating budget and funding needs. It is aimed at close followers of GiveWell, particularly those who have a high degree of trust in and alignment with us and are primarily seeking to make the highest-impact gift according to our (admittedly biased) opinion. Our opinion is that for such people (as opposed to the bulk of our donors, who we feel place more emphasis on neutral recommendations, evidence bases, etc.), direct, predictable support of GiveWell represents the highest-impact giving opportunity. Below, we provide more details on our…
  • Request for input

    Elie
    29 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    We’re planning to redesign our website in early 2015. We last worked on our website in 2009, and it’s time to refresh it. Please let us know if you have any suggestions you’d like us to consider. In particular: Is there functionality you wish our website had? Is there information you wish were easier to find? Is there a message you think we should be more actively communicating? If you have thoughts, please share them either via blog comment or by emailing us at info@givewell.org.
  • Update on the Ebola outbreak

    Holden
    23 Dec 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Over the past couple of months, we’ve put some time into trying to understand the Ebola containment effort and whether it represents a strong giving opportunity. Our process has included conversations and correspondence with about 15 people including major private donors to the containment effort and representatives of the UN, CDC, WHO, and Doctors without Borders. We have also kept informed on the outbreak by reading updates from the UN, CDC, WHO, and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. (More on our process) Yesterday, we published a writeup summarizing the status of the outbreak…
 
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    FundraisingCoach.com

  • Are you lying to your nonprofit board members?

    Marc A. Pitman
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:14 am
    I'm not sure why it is, but so many of us outright lie when we invite people to our nonprofit board. We tell them, "It won't be a lot of work. And it will be alot of fun." But neither are totally true. Board work is work. Sometimes it's hard. Sometimes it's routine. And, yes, sometimes it is fun. I consistently get board members signing up for coaching because they were invited to a little more than a social club and blindsided when they are told they need to sell $1000 gala tickets. They feel a bit duped. They love the cause but had no idea of the commitments they were going to be expected…
  • Nonprofit Board Orientation – 3 tips to starting them right!

    Marc A. Pitman
    13 Jan 2015 | 1:34 am
    In a recent study, 75% of nonprofit executives said their board members weren't sufficiently engaged. 3 out of 4! With numbers that high, you know there has to be a systemic issue. Nonprofits are doing amazing things around the world. People work and volunteer at them to add meaning and value to their lives. So there's no way tens of thousands of people are waking up each morning saying, "I wonder how sufficiently un-engaged I can be with a cause I value today." Starting nonprofit board members well I'd be very interested to ask each of the 75% of frustrated nonprofit executives if they have…
  • What would you like to learn about nonprofit boards?

    Marc A. Pitman
    30 Dec 2014 | 1:39 am
    As we wrap up the year, it's amazing to see what a year it's been. Many of you are reporting increased donor retention, better storytelling results, and increased fundraising (some of you dramatic increases!). As I've been reflecting this year, I've been remembering that I initially wrote Ask Without Fear!® for nonprofit board members. I'd moved backed to Maine and was amazed at the passion and creativity of the people here. So many wonderful nonprofits were 100% volunteer driven. I could see that with just a little organization, fundraising training, and encouragement, they could do so…
  • [Guest Post] How to Make Your Fundraising Plans for Next Year Better… and More Effective

    Marc A. Pitman
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:38 am
    I've been enjoying Joe Garecht's work at The Fundraising Authority for years. And I'm thrilled that he'll be teaching in The Nonprofit Academy in January. He'll be teaching on How to Write a Successful Non-Profit Fundraising Plan, so I've invited him to share a few tips here as well. You can connect with Joe on Twitter @FundraisingAuth. And you can read about his upcoming webinar, and join the Academy, at: How to Write a Successful Non-Profit Fundraising Plan How to Make Your Fundraising Plans for Next Year Better… and More Effective by Joe Garecht of TheFundraisingAuthority.com For…
  • [Guest Post] 5 Reasons Your Peer to Peer Program is Failing

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

  • 7 Easy Valentine’s Day Fundraising Ideas!

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

    Devon Reeser
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:48 am
    The most successful nonprofits, no matter their size or mission, have strong fundraising boards. It is the job of the nonprofit development professional or executive director to craft board members into champions, and here is a checklist to inspire you to do so! Define the board member role as a fundraising job First board members need to know clearly that an expectation of their job is to help fundraise.  Ask yourself: 1. Is fundraising responsibility in the bylaws? 2. Do we clearly state organizational sustainability and capacity as a short term, medium term, and long term goal? 3. Do we…
  • Start the New Year out Right: 7 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Group

    Cari Mostert
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s that classic time for new beginnings, the start of a brand new, shiny bright year. New calendars, new diaries, all those blank pages just begging to be filled. Resolutions are only positive planning using this energy; good for us, good for our business. If your business is charity, harness that potential, all that budding anticipation with renewed drive. The new year is waiting and there’s no reason it can’t be great! Many folks make resolutions aiming to improve themselves, ditch bad habits and create positive changes.  Why don’t we approach our nonprofits with that…
  • Sample Wording for 5 Components of a Successful Fundraising Letter

    Devon Reeser
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    With 1.5 million nonprofits now registered in the United States, your fundraising letter needs to be perfect for your nonprofit to compete with the rest. Do not stress, however! While you do need to put a good amount of thought into writing a fundraising letter, you do not need to rigidly stick to a set formula or even hire a development professional. As long as you include these five basic components in clear, clean prose, your fundraising letter will be successful. Be sincere throughout the letter The most important component to your fundraising letter is using a sincere, humble tone that…
  • Our Most Popular Fundraising Posts in 2014

    FundraisingIP.com
    31 Dec 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Thank you all for stopping by, leaving comments, asking questions and reaching out! Together we can make a difference in this world. It’s always a challenge to convince others of the worthiness of a cause and to raise enough funds to enable us to keep doing our important work. But despite the challenges, we keep working at it and the payoff is a world that’s a little bit better because of our efforts. Thank you all for making our world a better place! On to a great 2015! Our 10 most popular articles of 2014: 10 Mistakes Nonprofit Professionals Make Tips for Creating Community…
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    Social media marketing hacks for nonprofits | Powered by JohnHaydon.Com

  • How to Add The Facebook Page Call-To-Action Button to Your Page

    John Haydon
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:22 am
    Facebook has been rolling out a call-to action-button for Facebook Pages. The Facebook call-to-action button can help drive Facebook users to take actions that are important to your nonprofit. For example, registering for an event, joining your email list, or downloading an app. The CTA functionality is fairly simple, but powerful. It’s simple to set-up (instructions below) and puts a call to action right next to like button on your Facebook page (as shown below). How to Add the Facebook Call-To-Action Button to Your Page To add a call-to-action button to your Page, follow these steps:…
  • Your Website is a Fishing Net

    John Haydon
    16 Jan 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Your website is a fishing net. Your newsletter sign-up forms, petitions, event registration forms, etc, all capture people interested in your cause. The fish are your community, who merrily swim about the web. They travel in large schools from Instagram, Facebook and Google to visit your website to get more “fish food”. The “fish food” is your content, which is determined by your goals. To engage your community, you start and join conversations (feeding fish on their turf). To drive website visits, you give them a mission (learn more, give, volunteer). Why does…
  • The Best Nonprofit Technology Conference in the United States

    John Haydon
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:01 am
    Before we get to the best nonprofit technology conference, let’s agree that there are many excellent nonprofit technology conferences. For example, there’s the #StartingGood Digital Summit, an online summit I participated in with Beth Kanter, Amy Sample-Ward, and others. 2015 dates, TBD. There’s also Social Media for Nonprofits – The best regional conference series for small and medium nonprofits interested in using social media to engage their communities. 2015 dates, TBD. But the best one, in my opinion, is NTC. But I’m a little biased. NTC is the…
  • Nonprofit Communications Trends Report for 2015

    John Haydon
    9 Jan 2015 | 2:53 am
    As a consultant and trainer in the nonprofit community, I’ve been waiting with bated breath for the Nonprofit Communications Trends Report. And it’s here! Kivi publishing the first Nonprofit Communications Trends Report back in 2011, surveying 780 nonprofits. For the most recent report, Kivi surveyed 1,535 nonprofits – mostly in the United States. Highlights from the 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report are presented in an infographic (below), which includes the following eye-openers: Nonprofits no longer have new donor acquisition as a primary goal. Instead, retaining…
  • How to Write Facebook Posts That Feel More Human

    John Haydon
    6 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    Facebook continues to adjust the News Feed to favor updates that engage people, reduce click-bait, and minimize tired memes. In other words, Facebook wants brands to write Facebook posts that feel more human. But how do you do that when you’re a marketer? Here are four ways to post updates that feel more human: 1. Post links like a human being, not a marketer Facebook’s Newsfeed now favors links posted in the link format. They found that users tend to prefer links posted in this way, rather then links in photo captions or video descriptions or status updates. Think about how you…
 
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    Cynthia D'Amour - Transformation in Progress

  • Your Body Tells All – Are You Listening?

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

    Cynthia D'Amour
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:45 am
    To the January 2015 PEP Club Community Co-Creation Call To celebrate the debut of the Powerful Woman PEP Club, I want to personally invite any woman to join us for the first Community Co-Creation Call. The focus for January is: Getting Beyond Stereotypes of Powerful Women: You Do NOT Need to be Fixed! There are many stereotypes about who is a powerful woman and who is not. Often based on things we can’t change. How do you get beyond the stereotypes and into the heart of your real power? The PEP Club Community Co-Create Call is out time to dig into what kind of stereotypes you are facing…
  • The Powerful Woman PEP Club is Now Open and Looking for Charter Members

    Cynthia D'Amour
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:29 pm
    First there was the 30 Days to a More Powerful You! Program.  The goal: to help women own their feminine power more with results in just a month. We hone in on key strategies to make the biggest difference. Have a major focus on growth. Now I’m excited to share the debut of the Powerful Woman PEP Club! The PEP Club is designed to support women over time as they come together to become more powerful. The monthly PEPs (Powerful Exploration Package) are a multi-media collection of learning that focuses on skills, attitudes and strategies to help you find success as you embrace your…
  • What Does Your Body Say?

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

    Cynthia D'Amour
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    Melanie (not her real name) is chair of a fairly powerful team for her professional association. She worked her way up to chair. It’s her year to shine. And further establish herself as a powerful leader. Her association invested in online space for all their volunteer efforts. Melanie is an avid user. Posts everything in the system. Even lets it auto-send meeting notices. All members need to do is remember to check in periodically. But they don’t. So meetings are missed. Members are frustrated. There is also grumbling about Melanie as a leader. They don’t feel like a team.
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    Social Media Bird Brain

  • Two Great Thoughts from NonProfit Tech for Good

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

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

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

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

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

  • Charity Oversight - Whose Responsibility?

    16 Jan 2015 | 10:43 am
    True/False - A bona fide 501 (c) 3 public charity has been vetted and is regularly monitored by the federal government? That's a big FALSE! As a recent article points out, the IRS (the agency charged with nonprofit oversight at the federal level) falls way short on charitable oversight due to limited resources. Although the sector continues to grow (filings of Form 990s grew 5% from 2011 to 2013), the rate of audits dropped to 0.71% of charities in 2013 (down from 0.81% in 2011).What does this mean for donors? It tells us that just because a group is a bona fide nonprofit…
  • Part II: Don't Believe Everything You Read on Social Media

    9 Jan 2015 | 11:40 am
    As we've previously noted on this blog, there are messages and images circulating on social media claiming facts about various charity's finances that simply aren't true. Here's the latest one we've come across (it claims that the data is from Snopes, but it is not)Before you  rush to believe anything good or bad about the charities included in the graphic, let's see what one of our analysts, Kevin Doyle, found in comparing the above to our evaluations.We can't offer an evaluation of the Salvation Army because it is recognized as a church by the IRS and thus exempt from filing…
  • How Do You Find Those Forms 990?

    6 Jan 2015 | 10:27 am
    Did you know that each charity's page on our site includes its Forms 990 (the informational return charities file annually with the IRS and the source of much of the data used by Charity Navigator to rate charities)? That's right, you can view both rated and unrated charities's Forms 990 right from our site. For a rated charity:Click on its IRS tab Then scroll to the bottom of the pageFor an unrated organization:Find it in the search results tab titled 'unrated organizations' Scroll to the bottom of its pageAnd if the charity isn't rated, our site includes tips to…
  • Top 5 Tips for Your 2015 Philanthropic Endeavors

    2 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    Charity Navigator's Top 5 tips for charting the best course for your 2015 philanthropic endeavors.1.First, determine what causes are most important to you.2.Next, develop a list of charities engaged in that type of work.3.Then, using Charity Navigator’s free website, narrow that list to just a few that are financially healthy and accountable and transparent.4.Check on the charity's results by calling or visiting its website. Use our new Results Reporting methodology as a guideline.5.Finally, map out a plan and budget for the year (consider setting aside some money for disaster giving),…
  • Tick Tock

    31 Dec 2014 | 7:34 am
    You Have Just A Few Hours Left To Make Your DonationsThis is just a friendly reminder that today is the last day to make your charitable donations if you want to deduct them from your 2013 taxes.Go to My Charities  |  Search for CharitiesAnd don't forget, Charity Navigator is a charity too!
 
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    Case Foundation » What’s New

  • Entrepreneurship and Inclusive Economics: Two Forces of Good

    Elyse Kort
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    Four years ago, Gallup Chairman Jim Clifton declared, “the world will be led with economic force – a force that is primarily driven by job creation and quality GDP growth….the coming world war is an all-out global war for good jobs.” Today, economists and politicians alike generally agree that job creation and inclusive growth (growth […] The post Entrepreneurship and Inclusive Economics: Two Forces of Good appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Spotlight on Social Enterprises: Sevamob

    Elyse Kort
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:56 am
    Here’s another exciting new social enterprise to start off your week! The Case Foundation and Entrepreneur.com magazine, in partnership with ImpactAlpha, highlight Sevamob for this week’s Spotlight on Social Enterprises. Sevamob targets the lack of adequate primary healthcare in poor, rural areas of India by providing low-cost health services to low- and lower-middle income individuals. […] The post Spotlight on Social Enterprises: Sevamob appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Introducing the Three Pillars of the Case Foundation

    Elyse Kort
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:39 am
    Ask anyone at the Case Foundation what kind of response they get when they explain the work of our foundation through our tagline: “We invest in people and ideas that can change the world,” and they’ll tell you they are often met with a smile followed by more questions. “Hmm… interesting, like what?” or “So […] The post Introducing the Three Pillars of the Case Foundation appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Welcome to Our New Website!

    Elyse Kort
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:35 am
    This post was written by Allyson Burns and Brian Sasscer on behalf of the Case Foundation: After a few weeks of being in “stealth mode,” we’re incredibly excited today to unveil a new look and feel here at CaseFoundation.org! This is the first step in the rollout of our new “Digital Roadmap” to ensure we’re putting […] The post Welcome to Our New Website! appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Spotlight on Social Enterprises: KZ Noir

    Elyse Kort
    19 Jan 2015 | 11:30 pm
    This week the Case Foundation and Entrepreneur.com magazine, in partnership with ImpactAlpha, are spotlighting KZ Noir on the Entrepreneur.com Impact Investing topic hub. As coffee culture continues to demand high quality, exotic coffee flavors, consumers are also increasingly driven by environmental and social concerns. There is a high demand for coffee that is sustainably grown […] The post Spotlight on Social Enterprises: KZ Noir appeared first on Case Foundation.
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    YouTube: Nonprofits

  • On Writing, Looking for Alaska Turning 10, and Winning the Project for Awesome

    vlogbrothers
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    On Writing, Looking for Alaska Turning 10, and Winning the Project for Awesome Looking for Alaska 10th Anniversary Edition: http://www.penguin.com/book/looking-for-alaska-special-10th-anniversary-edition-by-john-green/9780525428022 In w... From: vlogbrothers Views: 271315 15357 ratings Time: 03:57 More in People & Blogs
  • A New Life for All Animals – The HSUS’s Life-Changing Work

    hsus
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:53 am
    A New Life for All Animals – The HSUS’s Life-Changing Work Help change more lives: http://humanesociety.org/beahero When we found Mikhail, his fur was matted so badly he could barely see. We wouldn't have been able t... From: hsus Views: 142522 548 ratings Time: 02:29 More in Nonprofits & Activism
  • Jelly Face, Sharpie Face, Peanut Butter Face, and Mummy Dancers: The 2014 Project for Awesome

    vlogbrothers
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:34 am
    Jelly Face, Sharpie Face, Peanut Butter Face, and Mummy Dancers: The 2014 Project for Awesome The p4a donations END TONIGHT: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/project-for-awesome-2014 In which a very sick John discusses the 2014 Project for Awesome, ... From: vlogbrothers Views: 186469 7409 ratings Time: 02:36 More in People & Blogs
  • I'm Home! Time to Get Ready for the 2014 Project for Awesome

    vlogbrothers
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    I'm Home! Time to Get Ready for the 2014 Project for Awesome http://www.projectforawesome.com Hank's how-to-p4a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WcuN37IrZg&list=UUOT2iLov0V7Re7ku_3UBtcQ In which John briefly vis... From: vlogbrothers Views: 261321 9207 ratings Time: 02:47 More in People & Blogs
  • The Future of the Project for Awesome: Pizzamas Day 8

    vlogbrothers
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:36 pm
    The Future of the Project for Awesome: Pizzamas Day 8 In which John is repeatedly interrupted by Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne while trying to share thoughts about the Project for Awesome 2014. ---- Join the com... From: vlogbrothers Views: 232438 10311 ratings Time: 04:00 More in People & Blogs
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    Together We Flourish

  • Center at Mall Has an Event Filled February for Beaver County Seniors

    Susan
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Center at the Mall has a lot of things going on in February.  The details are featured in our February newsletter, but here are the highlights: SENIOR DAY: February 11th “Love will bring us together” as we recognize American Heart Month & Valentine’s Day. Love to play music? Join the Henry Mancini Jazz Ensemble […]
  • The 1st Ladies Lounge to Be Held in Beaver County

    Susan
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:27 am
    The 1st Ladies Lounge will begin on January 27, 2015 in the Phoenix Center’s Café at the Mental Health Association, 105 Brighton Ave, Rochester, Pa 15074. The MHA/Phoenix Center in Rochester has generously opened its doors for ALL OF US to enjoy a “Ladies’ Night” every month. This night is intended for good conversation, support, […]
  • Amizade Seeking Youth Ambassador to Travel to South America

    Susan
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:12 am
    Apply now to be a youth ambassador and travel to Bolivia and Peru this summer! Amizade is proud to announce the Youth Ambassadors Program with South America (YAPSA), a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by Amizade. YAPSA offers a unique opportunity for youth from Bolivia, Peru, […]
  • Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry Need Tutors To Help School Age Children

    Susan
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:34 am
    Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry is in urgent need of tutors. We have several children on our waiting list.  If you know of students or colleagues that would be interested in the opportunity to help children that are struggling with school work, would you please pass this information on? Thank you so much for helping us get the word out. Anchorpoint […]
  • The Miracle League Presents the 5th Annual Pat McCurdy Fundraiser

    Susan
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:12 am
    Join us for the 5th Annual Party with Pat McCurdy! Saturday, February 21, 2015! Doors open at 7 P. M. at the Library Firehall We’ll celebrate the Miracle League and Casey’s Clubhouse with all you can eat Franco’s pasta, all the beer you can drink and all the fun you can cram into one evening […]
 
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    Minnesota Council on Foundations Blog - Philanthropy Potluck

  • Meet MCF’s New Board Officers and Directors

    MCF Webmaster
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    The Minnesota Council on Foundations elected new board officers and directors at our annual meeting at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on January 22. Officers elected for 2015 are: Brad Kruse, philanthropy director, Hugh J. Andersen Foundation, board chair; June Noronha, senior manager, Native Nations Team, Bush Foundation, vice chair; JoAnn Birkholz, foundation director, Medica Foundation, secretary; and Steve Joul, president, Central Minnesota Community Foundation, treasurer. Brad Kruse June Noronha JoAnn Birkholz Steve Joul New directors elected to three-year terms ending in 2017 are:…
  • Mary Jane Melendez on Best Practices in Corporate Philanthropy

    MCF Webmaster
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:13 am
    The latest episode of Fast Forward features Mary Jane Melendez, now executive director of the General Mills Foundation! She speaks to MCF President Trista Harris about best practices in corporate philanthropy that the General Mills Foundation is putting to good use, and about the foundation’s partnership with Hunger-Free Minnesota to support our state’s hunger-relief programs. Hear from Melendez on: How the foundation leverages General Mills employees who live in the communities the foundation serves. The company’s move from traditional volunteerism to leveraging the skills…
  • MCF Welcomes Luciano Patiño as Operations Assistant

    MCF Webmaster
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:38 am
    At MCF we are excited to welcome Luciano Patiño as our new operations assistant. Luciano most recently worked as a customer outreach representative at NorthstarMLS, where he led a training program aimed at helping real estate agents leverage technology. Luciano comes to MCF with several years of volunteer experience, including three years as a board member at PFund Foundation. He has also helped at other area nonprofits, primarily doing LGBT activist work. He is excited to learn more about the philanthropic community, to help foundations and nonprofits better connect and to make a…
  • Legislators Talk Education, Transportation and Construction

    MCF Webmaster
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    On Friday, more than 300 of Minnesota’s nonprofit and philanthropic leaders met to hear what Legislative leaders predict for the 2015 session. Many topics were touched upon, but most conversation centered on what the projected $1 billion budget surplus might mean for state residents and on construction at the Capitol. Senate Focusing on Education and Workforce Development Sen. Katie Sieben, assistant majority leader, talked about bills introduced in the Senate last week and mentioned six important ones, with four of those addressing education and workforce development, including:…
  • MCF is Having a Party and You’re Invited!

    MCF Webmaster
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:35 am
    MCF has moved, and we’re hoping you’ll come and check out our awesome new office space! Join us for our Open House on Thursday, Jan. 15, 4 to 6 p.m. Just drop in; no RSVP necessary. Stop in to say hello, enjoy a glass of wine, share some yummy hors d’oeuvres and help us break in our new space! You can find directions to our new North Loop space and parking info here. Hope to see you here!        
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    SocialEarth

  • CEOs Sign OIWC Pledge to Advance Women’s Leadership in the Outdoor Industry

    3BL Media
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:07 am
    Today, Jerry Stritzke, CEO and President of REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.), was joined by 13 industry CEOs who signed a pledge to accelerate women’s leadership in their companies. In addition [...] The post CEOs Sign OIWC Pledge to Advance Women’s Leadership in the Outdoor Industry appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Solar Impulse Inspires as it Blazes New Frontiers

    Justmeans
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:34 am
    As if there wasn’t enough to see here already at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, the area was blessed with the appearance of a rare migrating bird, the Solar Impulse, resting [...] The post Solar Impulse Inspires as it Blazes New Frontiers appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Bloom Energy Raises $130 Million for Fuel Cell Expansion

    Vikas Vij
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:40 am
    Fuel cell technology involves clean and efficient conversion of chemical energy into electrical power in an electrochemical process that is virtually free of pollutants. Due to absence of combustion, almost [...] The post Bloom Energy Raises $130 Million for Fuel Cell Expansion appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Toyota Using the Oculus Rift To Help The Next Generation Of Drivers

    Sangeeta Haindl
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:16 am
    The Oculus Rift is the first truly immersive virtual reality headset. It gives people a very real life experience: the British Army’s latest recruitment drive is using it to drop potential soldiers into [...] The post Toyota Using the Oculus Rift To Help The Next Generation Of Drivers appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Social Enterprise Stars Campaign Needs You

    3BL Media
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    Nearly 2,000 people have checked out our 25 social enterprise stars campaign page since September, when we launched our effort to add a wave of new borrowers to our loan [...] The post Social Enterprise Stars Campaign Needs You appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • Nonprofits Are Not Doing Enough to Help Young Men of Color

    Mitch Nauffts
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    With the recent grand-jury decisions not to indict the police officers responsible for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, protests over the racial profiling of youth of color and the excessive use of force by individual members of...
  • Weekend Link Roundup (January 24-25, 2015)

    Mitch Nauffts
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Our weekly roundup of noteworthy items from and about the social sector... Climate Change How concerned are global CEOs about climate change? Apparently, not much. According to an article in The Guardian, an annual survey of global CEOs by professional...
  • [Infographic] 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report

    Mitch Nauffts
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:43 am
    Our first infographic of the year was created by Kivi Leroux Miller and includes highlights from her 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trend Report, the fifth such report Miller has published since 2011. This year's report is based on an online survey...
  • Beyond the Kitchen Table: The Board’s Evolving Role

    Mitch Nauffts
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Many organizations begin as "kitchen table" groups: a bunch of neighbors sitting around somebody's kitchen, trying to solve a common problem or meet a community need. These folks share a passion for the cause and a willingness to roll up...
  • Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Mitch Nauffts
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    [View the story "Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr." on Storify]
 
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    ONE

  • Fact of the day: 5-6 million lives saved between 2016 and 2020

    Eloise Todd
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:32 pm
    This is the second in a series of 15 facts over 15 days that we will be sharing with you to get you up to speed on what’s at stake in 2015. See the first post here. Thanks to incredible support from around the world for Gavi, 5-6 million lives will be saved between 2016-2020. This morning, in the cold Berlin drizzle, ONE members shouted their support for Gavi as leaders arrived. Swedish Development Minister Isabella Lövin stopped by to receive the ONE Gavi petition, Bill Gates gave the crowd a wave and the leaders arriving saw the support in the streets for this replenishment effort.
  • For millions of women around the world, cooking is anything but safe

    Guest Blogger
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:33 pm
    By Leslie Black Cordes, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Last week, I hosted a cooking class, invited several friends and their daughters to attend, and enjoyed an afternoon of friendship and baking in the comfort and safety of my home.   I relished the rare opportunity to spend some quiet time relaxing and cooking with friends, but later that evening as I washed the dishes from the day’s activities, I couldn’t help but reflect on how far removed my day had been from the experiences of many of the women we work with at the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. Stove Team…
  • Babies react to new pledges for vaccines: in GIFs

    Erin Hohlfelder
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:08 pm
    In a massive feat of endurance, ONE members have been campaigning relentlessly for increased support for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance for the last eight (yes, eight!) months. They’ve tweeted, instagrammed, held meetings, signed petitions, made phone calls, shared their children’s drawings, and demonstrated on the streets – all to drive home the point to world leaders that #EveryParent deserves the chance to give their child a healthy start in life. So, unless these leaders have been living on under rocks (with no mobile signal), there’s no way they could have missed our message.
  • Why I think 2015 is going to be momentous

    Guest Blogger
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Miranda Wolford is one of the 15-year-old activists taking action in 2015 to #DemandBetter from our leaders and to build the world she wants to live in. With the goals for our world’s future on the line, 2015 is going to be a momentous year. This is the year when our new set of sustainable development goals will be put into place by global leaders, setting the tone for the action we will take over the course of the next fifteen years to benefit the wealth of humanity. Beginning in the year 2000, the United Nations decided upon 8 attainable goals to strive to achieve in the next 15 years.
  • Breaking! US pledges $1 billion to Gavi

    Kara Arsenault
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:35 am
    Wow. Just a few minutes ago, the US announced at a big global conference just how much it will pledge to fund childhood vaccines. And guess what? They’ve pledged exactly what we asked for: 1 billion dollars over the next 4 years. That means we’re a whole lot closer to saving 6 million kids’ lives. Write a comment to say thanks and we’ll make sure to share it with the White House right away. We’re not gonna lie – we really didn’t know how this was going to turn out. You sent thousands of tweets, made thousands of phone calls (the White House operators started recognizing us),…
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    BAD RAP Blog

  • Hello, Hello to 2015 / Year end report and Good bye to Sassy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Andrew Jones
    7 Jan 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Nobody likes dental clinics but this one is different. We are in Germany, visiting a dental laboratory which I find so inspiring, on so many levels, that I am featuring it as this years first blog post. This is KPV Labor Friesen in Leopoldshohe, near Bielefeld. I heard about it from a fashion model who got new teeth here, and also ...
  • Happy New Year 2015

    Andrew Jones
    31 Dec 2014 | 1:06 am
    One year passes and another arrives. What was done in 2014 is done. Everything passes through, as my German friends say, but Jesus remains. Happy new year!   We are in Antwerp, Belgium and hope to see the New Year arrive with a few friends. Hope it goes well with you all. I look forward to sharing stories with you ...
  • 2014 Trends: Simplicity. Sustainability. Spirituality.

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

  • Federations and Jewish Education: Learning from History So We Don’t Repeat It

    eJP
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Rabbi Scott Aaron We often do not know we are at important points in history until that point has passed. And, as often as not, we tend to sigh and say “if we only knew then what we know now.” The U.S. Jewish community is in the midst of just such a moment and, unlike so many other moments, we have the benefit of hindsight to inform how we capitalize on the opportunity. Namely, the Jewish education field and the federation system have an opportunity to once again truly partner in modernizing and innovating educational services for the community at large. Over the last 80 or so years, the…
  • Knowing How to Say Goodbye: The Process of Letting Someone Go

    Stephen G. Donshik
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Terminating employees is a part of our professional lives in the Jewish community, and we should strive to handle what needs to be done in the most professional and sensitive manner. By Stephen G. Donshik There is no question that it is easier to hire someone than it is to fire someone. Similarly it is more comfortable to be hired than to be fired. However, the firing process is less painful and more responsive to the sensitivities of the laid-off individual if it follows principles of appropriate professional practice informed by Jewish ethics. In terms of Jewish ethics, denying someone…
  • Tu B’Shvat: Springboard for Social Justice

    eJP
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Shayna Rehberg For thousands of years, Jews have been paying special attention to this day, Tu B’Shvat, the fifteenth day of the Hebrew month of Shvat. What’s so special about this day that our ancestors have given it the privilege of being one of the four Jewish new years, the new year of the tree? The celebration of this holiday originates in one of the four holy cities of Israel, the mystical hilltop town of Tzfat (also spelled Safed, Tsfat, Zefat…) over five hundred years ago. The reason for celebrating the new year of the tree is to connect Judaism with nature, one of the key…
  • Rocket Attack in Mariupol, Ukraine, Leaves Jewish Community on Edge

    eJP
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Many make plans to leave for good; others adopt ‘wait-and-see’ approach, with foreboding for future. Mariupol, Ukraine, was hit by a massive rocket attack in the Vastochni neighborhood of the city on Shabbat morning. It was the most violent day the city’s seen in the past six months. Photo: City of Mariupol Website. By Dovid Margolin Shabbat-morning prayers were about to start at the synagogue in Mariupol, Ukraine, when the rocket barrage came. “The whole synagogue was shaking; we knew right away this was very serious,” says Rabbi Mendel Cohen, the seaside city’s rabbi and…
  • Enhancing Canadianism through a Partnership Mosaic

    eJP
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:30 pm
    By John F. Prato Growing up in Canada as a first generation Canadian, born into a family of immigrant parents, one is raised with a profound level of gratitude towards this young, diverse, caring, and inviting democracy. I also have a responsibility to maintain that openness for future generations of newcomers so that they may contribute to the vibrant Canadian mosaic. Canada is a country where you feel that opportunities are at hand, within reach, regardless of your ancestry. Your background does not matter; we have embraced a rich citizenship and identity. What Canadian is not proud to…
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    Jewish Donor Blog

  • As of Today, We’ve Been Blogging for 7 Years!

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

    Yoav
    25 Dec 2014 | 8:40 am
    Please give to this amazing cause today! http://igg.me/at/rockets-to-soccer The post Featured Cause: Mifalot, From Rockets to Soccer: It’s Time to Play appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
  • Shana Tova U’Mitukah to you from Negev Direct Marketing, Inc.

    Yoav
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
      The post Shana Tova U’Mitukah to you from Negev Direct Marketing, Inc. appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
  • Featured KICKSTARTER Campaign – Zip Up For Special Needs

    Yoav
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The post Featured KICKSTARTER Campaign – Zip Up For Special Needs appeared first on 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…
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    Foundation Group®

  • Open-Records Activist Close to Winning Lawsuit Against IRS

    Justin Williamson
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    Carl Malamud, an open-records activist, is close to winning his legal battle against the IRS to give the public greater access to nonprofit organizations’ tax returns. All nonprofit organizations are required to file a tax return, IRS Form 990, for... The post Open-Records Activist Close to Winning Lawsuit Against IRS appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • How to Find Board Members for a Nonprofit

    Justin Williamson
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    One of the most essential aspects of starting a nonprofit is the organizational governance. Governance starts with the board of directors. Not surprisingly, setting up the original board of directors trips up people right from the start. We often have... The post How to Find Board Members for a Nonprofit appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • Avoiding Conflict of Interest on a Nonprofit Board of Directors

    Justin Williamson
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:23 am
    In one of our recent articles, we discussed the importance of having a strong organizational structure and the role of a board of directors within a nonprofit organization. That article will give you a general introduction to the various pieces... The post Avoiding Conflict of Interest on a Nonprofit Board of Directors appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • How to Change Your Nonprofit’s Accounting Software

    Justin Williamson
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:52 am
    If your nonprofit is in the midst of shopping for new accounting software, here are a few tips to keep in mind for a pain-free switch. Selecting the right nonprofit accounting system: Accounting software is not one size fits all, so... The post How to Change Your Nonprofit’s Accounting Software appeared first on Foundation Group®.
  • What Charities are Worth Your Donations? – Ignoring the Overhead Myth

    Justin Williamson
    23 Dec 2014 | 9:39 am
    Dean Karlan, professor of economics at Yale University, recently wrote an article about determining if a charity is wasting donated money on overhead expenses. In this article, he discusses the “overhead ratio,” which we have discussed in a previous article.... The post What Charities are Worth Your Donations? – Ignoring the Overhead Myth appeared first on Foundation Group®.
 
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    Living and Giving - Pamela Hawley's Blog

  • The Classic Pamela Positive: Why an Orphanage May Be a Positive Home

    Pamela Hawley
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
    In the 1890s, people didn’t live very long. The average age from the late 1880s was, in fact, in the 40s.  So orphanages became a way for these young children whose parents died to have a home.  Currently there are 143 million orphans across the world. We normally think of orphanages as a forlorn location, and perhaps an evil place.  Especially in developing nations, it can be the case. But it’s not necessarily true.  Richard McKenzie, quoted in a New York Times article, grew up in an orphanage which gave him stability and permanence, and he wishes the positive scenarios would be…
  • Downsize Your Dreams? Why You Might Be Happier

    Pamela Hawley
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    “Friends” and “Sex and the City” – have been eclipsed by novels about young women abandoning the bright lights and fast track for simpler lives, smaller towns, and more homespun fellas. Even daydreams, this seems to show, can be downsized.” – John Yemma, Editor of the Christian Science Monitor Should you downsize your dreams? At first, this might sound deflating.  A big sigh goes out of you as you think of all the big goals you pursue, perhaps to no avail! Yet what are our dreams? They are hope for happiness. Happiness, however, is not always in the big goal. The promotion,…
  • “All Of Us Might Wish At Times That We Lived In A More Tranquil World….(yet) Our Times Are Challenging And Filled With Opportunity.”–Thomas Paine

    Pamela Hawley
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    “All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don’t. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity.”–Thomas Paine It might be a family relationship, or a challenging business deal.  Perhaps you are an entrepreneur starting out and the hill goes up, up up — and up.  But the challenge is not isolated and dreary. It holds opportunity! What can you learn, how can you grow? How can you contribute to the world through what you are learning… or most importantly…. Help…
  • “In India, When We Meet and Greet and We Say “Namaste,” Which Means: I Honor the Place in You of Love, of Light, of Truth, of Peace”

    Pamela Hawley
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:05 am
    In India, when we meet and greet and we say “Namaste”, which means: I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides, I honor the place in you of love, of light, of truth, of peace. I honor the place within you where if you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, there is only one of us. -Ram Dass Come down from your energy high, your doerism, your list. Your take-care-of -the-top-priorities-at-work, and get-done-with-all-your email focus.  Don’t go to the drycleaners or grocery store.  Stop cleaning your home, pushing yourself on your career,…
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: Don’t Just Stop and Smell the Flowers

    Pamela Hawley
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:05 am
    “Stop and smell the flowers” is a good starting point.  But why not stay with the flower? Have you ever really looked at what makes up the flower? Its petals, the stamen, the actual layout and folding over of different petals… it’s quite remarkable. Appreciate the wisdom behind its creation. Its unfolding process as it blooms… And its journey of growth. It’s simple and complex in its beauty and expression. And so are you. Appreciate the beautiful simplicity and complexity of you and of each of our fellow men, women and children. Be open and beautiful; endure through your…
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    Live United Blog

  • Hello world!

    admin
    18 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
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    Red Rooster Group

  • UMFS Website: Social Service Agency

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

    Howard
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    By using a rich mix of media and an eye-catching logo, Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation was able to ratchet up interest in its cause at the local and national levels, getting 100 people to host fundraising events for the organization and eliciting broadcast coverage as the bell-ringers for the opening of the New York Stock Exchange. Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day is a multi-channel campaign to create awareness for triple negative breast cancer. People around the country took action by hosting events in their own communities to raise awareness and money for the cause. Legislative…
  • Updated Messaging & Materials Breathe New Life into Social Service Agency

    Howard
    16 Jan 2015 | 10:40 am
    CLIENT: UMFS Founded as an orphanage 112 years ago, UMFS has grown into a multi-dimensional social service agency with 10 offices throughout Virginia providing a spectrum of services for children. While a branding effort several years ago helped United Methodist Family Service change its name to UMFS and adopt a new logo, the agency needed more help to raise its profile in the state. They engaged Red Rooster Group for strategic branding guidance to develop a unified voice and visual look with a clear, purposeful message, vibrancy and consistency in marketing materials, and employees that…
  • 4 Reasons to Apply for Free Reviews

    Howard
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:53 am
    A free review of your brand or website can give you new and valuable insights that may improve your outreach and effectiveness. And, if it’s free, then that’s already one reason to apply. Nonprofits compete for people’s attention in an increasingly noisy marketplace. Updating your website and your marketing materials can make your organization’s voice heard above the din … and increase the impact it has. 1. Your website may be stale, hard to update, and even harder to navigate. Like most everything, when using the same website every day, you may miss a few “blind spots” that…
  • Apply for a Chance to Win a Free Brand or Website Review

    Howard
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:29 am
    Our free brand and website review contests can help your nonprofit assess, and improve its overall brand, communications, content, design, and website.  The reviews draw upon Red Rooster Group’s extensive experience in working with nonprofit organizations and can help you to determine how you can get the most benefit from your marketing outreach. We are donating our time to worthy organizations that have demonstrated a real need to improve their brand because we are dedicated to helping the nonprofit sector become a stronger, more powerful force in our society. Click on the video…
 
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  • RJ Mitte Hosts Panel On Opportunities For People With Disabilities

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    To ensure that roles in film and television better reflect the diversity of America and serve as inspiration for youth living with disabilities, RJ Mitte, actor and Love to the rescue Ambassador for Shriners Hospitals for Children, hosted an empowering discussion on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 as part of the Sundance Film Festival’s panel series. Hollywood's Greatest Role Ever: Creating Opportunities for People with DisabilitiesBest known for his portrayal of “Walter ‘Flynn’ White, Jr.” on the AMC hit Breaking Bad, Mitte was joined by directors, producers, casting…
  • Jennifer Lawrence Joins Chideo's All-Star Line-Up Of Celebrity Ambassadors

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    Chideo, the first charity broadcast network, has partnered with Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence to support the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. Video: Win a Trip to Meet Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence at the 'Serena' Movie PremiereIn addition to becoming a Chideo Ambassador and contributing exclusive content to the charity network, Lawrence is teaming up with her frequent co-star Bradley Cooper to host one lucky winner and a guest at the premiere of their new film “Serena.” Cooper, who is also a Chideo Celebrity Ambassador, leverages the platform…
  • James Cromwell To Spend 75th Birthday Protesting Cruel Experiments On Monkeys

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    Academy Award nominee and longtime PETA activist James Cromwell has big plans for his 75th birthday — moderating PETA’s Capitol Hill congressional briefing on the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) maternal-deprivation experiments on baby monkeys. Along with a panel of experts, Cromwell will point to the cruelty of the experiments, their inapplicability to human health, and the superior non-animal research methods available to study mental illness. “By the time you get to be my age, you start to think that maybe you’ve seen it all — and then you realize that you…
  • Jack Black Attends 16th Annual Renal Teen Prom

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Young people facing chronic kidney disease enjoyed a “Sea of Dreams” at Renal Support Network’s (RSN) 16th Annual Renal Teen Prom in Glendale’s Hilton Hotel Ballroom. RSN’s Founder, Lori Hartwell, who missed attending her own prom because of kidney disease, created this event so other youth struggling with kidney disease could have the chance to enjoy it. Bringing this joy to others is a great joy in itself for the many volunteers, from the drivers transporting teens to and from the prom, the hair stylists helping with hair and makeup, nurses who work with people…
  • The Who To Lead Teenage Cancer Trust Shows At Royal Albert Hall

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:15 am
    2015 marks the 15th anniversary of the very first Teenage Cancer Trust show at the Royal Albert Hall in 2000. Billed as ‘The Who and Friends’ that landmark evening saw Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller and Kelly Jones join The Who on stage for an incredible one-off performance. All of these artists are returning this year, continuing their incredible support and celebrating everything these shows have helped to achieve for young people with cancer. They’ll also be joined by the legendary Van Morrison, and one of Britain’s best-loved comedians and Teenage Cancer Trust…
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    Cort Come

  • Suggestion Tips

    simponik
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:17 pm
    In case you are around your own ear inside a tense predicament, it might be difficult to concentrate. At times, it's best to leave behind a challenge, as well as consider it, as an alternative to try and resolve the idea by having an quick answer.My personal grandpa employed to say: “Even a legal court jester can instruct us all something helpful.” This specific expressing moves greater inside that means and also refers to many things : from a Yoga class, to never taking living as well critically, also to your unfortunate way customer opinions is commonly managed from the business…
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    Non-profit2point0

  • Should I be a volunteer?

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

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

    Benmazur
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:14 am
    by Benjamin J. Mazur, Creative Director Monitoring your organization’s social media presence is incredibly important. You need to respond and react to people talking about your brand and understand how people view your company. Social media isn’t some magical fairy dust that makes business leads come rushing in for your company. It requires hard and patient work! It requires time and effort. But lets face it: we are starved for time. Working with so many small non-profits and small business, each starved for time and talent, we developed a simple 15-minute plan each day which you will…
  • Don’t Worry – We Made Your New Year’s Resolutions for You!

    intelmarx
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:14 am
    By Josh Beemiller, Director of Operations Resolutions.  I hate that word.  You hate that word.  We all know they get broken by Groundhog Day.  But we also know that none of us are perfect, and we need to constantly strive to be successful.  New Year’s Resolutions don’t have to be painful or tedious.  In fact, if you set truly strategic resolutions, they can help you and your organization move forward in the coming year.  Your nonprofit can’t run 5 miles a day or join the gym, so here are some helpful resolutions for 2015. Resolution #1:  Reconnect Each year, the last few weeks…
  • You’re Not Failing; You’re Learning

    Charlie Hullihen
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    By Charlie Hullihen Director of Communications Now that a new year is here, people and companies are setting all different types of goals. Some are creating personal resolutions, while others are hard at work in the office coming up with goals for their 2015 marketing plan.   However, what most probably aren’t discussing (understandably so) is what their plans will be if they fail to reach their goals. Despite the fact that most don’t want to hear about or even consider the possibility of failure, even the most successful people, businesses, and nonprofits sometimes fail to meet…
 
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    Nonprofit Resource Memo

  • Interview Series: Heidi Baldt Matthews, Co-Founder of E.L.C.O.

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

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

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

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

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

  • What’s in my Inbox | Clean and simple enews

    Pamela Grow
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:54 am
    How are nonprofit organizations using the power of email? Join us every Tuesday for What’s in my Inbox.  EarthJustice wins with their ‘e.Brief’ enewsletter featuring a catchy subject header, clean layout, and easy calls to action.   Related Posts:What’s in my Inbox | Empowering supportersWhat’s in my Inbox | A call to action that can’tWhat’s in my Inbox | A whole lotta loveWhat’s in my Inbox | Direct mail follow up…What’s in my Inbox | Lessons from being a donorThe post What’s in my Inbox | Clean and simple enews appeared first…
  • Why we love Taylor Swift (and why fundraisers should too!)

    Pamela Grow
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Despite record charitable giving in 2014, The Atlas of Giving is reporting that the 2015 outlook is bleak. Could this mean less than bright prospects for your fundraising success? Are donors in a position to give less or, even worse…not give at all? It doesn’t have to be that way. In the face of rising challenges, what steps can the smart fundraiser take to rise above it all and succeed – despite the odds? It’s a fact: other industries have taken far worse hits than fundraising ever will and yet they’ve learned how to grow, change and adapt. Take a moment to consider the…
  • Fundraising Friday | January 23, 2015

    Pamela Grow
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    This week’s What’s in my Mailbox | This is what donor love looks like. Straight from the heart with Brittany’s Hope. Feeding America does a wonderfully donor-focused job of empowering their donors in this week’s What’s in my Inbox | Empowering supporters. Jeff Brooks with a reminder that Showering donors with tales of your organization’s excellence is not a good way to raise funds. Tom Belford breaks down the #GivingTuesday numbers and asks Why Should I Care? More from The Agitator and Roger Craver with The Tale Of The Bigger Bottom Line. “Harvard Business Review calls it a…
  • What’s in my Mailbox | This is what donor love looks like

    Pamela Grow
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    How are nonprofit organizations using the power of direct mail to love their donors? Join us every Wednesday for What’s in my Mailbox. In 2014, as part of my continuing ‘being a donor’ experiment, I made a number of monthly gifts. The response to one $10 gift was silence (read the article here). But my $10 monthly gift to Brittany’s Hope Foundation has been met with grateful appreciation. And their recent thank you packet exemplifies donor love. When I opened the lumpy hand-addressed envelope, I was delighted by what I found inside:  This thank you letter documenting my ten…
  • What’s in my Inbox | Empowering supporters

    Pamela Grow
    20 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    How are nonprofit organizations using the power of email to love their donors? Join us every Tuesday for What’s in my Inbox. Kerri Karvetski of Company K Media submitted this terrific email, noting that she liked the call-to-action. I love the clean, simple layout of Feeding America’s email. It’s entirely donor-focused, and donor-empowering – “With two easy clicks to register you can help raise funds for families across the country and make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans this winter.” Supporters are redirected to a page giving easy instructions for…
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    John Haydon

  • How to Add The Facebook Page Call-To-Action Button to Your Page

    John Haydon
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:22 am
    Facebook has been rolling out a call-to action-button for Facebook Pages. The Facebook call-to-action button can help drive Facebook users to take actions that are important to your nonprofit. For example, registering for an event, joining your email list, or downloading an app. The CTA functionality is fairly simple, but powerful. It’s simple to set-up (instructions below) and puts a call to action right next to like button on your Facebook page (as shown below). How to Add the Facebook Call-To-Action Button to Your Page To add a call-to-action button to your Page, follow these steps:…
  • Your Website is a Fishing Net

    John Haydon
    16 Jan 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Your website is a fishing net. Your newsletter sign-up forms, petitions, event registration forms, etc, all capture people interested in your cause. The fish are your community, who merrily swim about the web. They travel in large schools from Instagram, Facebook and Google to visit your website to get more “fish food”. The “fish food” is your content, which is determined by your goals. To engage your community, you start and join conversations (feeding fish on their turf). To drive website visits, you give them a mission (learn more, give, volunteer). Why does…
  • The Best Nonprofit Technology Conference in the United States

    John Haydon
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:01 am
    Before we get to the best nonprofit technology conference, let’s agree that there are many excellent nonprofit technology conferences. For example, there’s the #StartingGood Digital Summit, an online summit I participated in with Beth Kanter, Amy Sample-Ward, and others. 2015 dates, TBD. There’s also Social Media for Nonprofits – The best regional conference series for small and medium nonprofits interested in using social media to engage their communities. 2015 dates, TBD. But the best one, in my opinion, is NTC. But I’m a little biased. NTC is the…
  • Nonprofit Communications Trends Report for 2015

    John Haydon
    9 Jan 2015 | 2:53 am
    As a consultant and trainer in the nonprofit community, I’ve been waiting with bated breath for the Nonprofit Communications Trends Report. And it’s here! Kivi publishing the first Nonprofit Communications Trends Report back in 2011, surveying 780 nonprofits. For the most recent report, Kivi surveyed 1,535 nonprofits – mostly in the United States. Highlights from the 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report are presented in an infographic (below), which includes the following eye-openers: Nonprofits no longer have new donor acquisition as a primary goal. Instead, retaining…
  • How to Write Facebook Posts That Feel More Human

    John Haydon
    6 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    Facebook continues to adjust the News Feed to favor updates that engage people, reduce click-bait, and minimize tired memes. In other words, Facebook wants brands to write Facebook posts that feel more human. But how do you do that when you’re a marketer? Here are four ways to post updates that feel more human: 1. Post links like a human being, not a marketer Facebook’s Newsfeed now favors links posted in the link format. They found that users tend to prefer links posted in this way, rather then links in photo captions or video descriptions or status updates. Think about how you…
 
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    Wakeman Agency

  • Press Release – Films for Change Initiative at The Wakeman Agency

    wake101
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:09 am
    The Wakeman Agency Enters Film World with Films for Change Initiative New offering includes a spectrum of services to help filmmakers and activists raise social awareness NEW YORK CITY—As part of a larger effort to keep reading
  • Happy Holidays at the Centre for Social Innovation

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

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

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

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

  • MuckFest MS Featured in January 26th Episode of ABC’s Hit Romance Reality Series The Bachelor

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:44 pm
    Last night on ABC’s The Bachelor, six spunky contestants got dirty while competing for newest Bachelor Chris Soules’ attention out on the MuckFest® MS course.After opening a date card that said “Let’s get dirty,” the six contestants donned pristine white wedding dresses and boarded a jet from Wheels Up to Northern California. After a limo ride, contestants were surprised by MuckFest MS emcee Al Emerick with the news that they’d be running a customized MuckFest MS Bachelor mud obstacle course – in their wedding dresses! The winner got a…
  • Why You Shouldn't be on Every Social Media Platform

    21 Jan 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Facebook. Twitter. YouTube. Instagram. Google+. Snapchat. Vine. Reddit. Tumblr. Pinterest. I could keep going. That’s 10 social media platforms, and there’s probably at least one that made you scratch your head. Even the most seasoned social media manager would cringe if those were on their daily To Do List. As social media has become the poster child for digital marketing, it can be hard to determine which platforms are “must do.” There are a few things to think about that can help you figure out which social media platform will give you the most bang for your…
  • The Power of Process

    16 Jan 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Last week our team met in person to kick-off our year, talk through the project plan and work on enhancements for our event, MuckFest MS. The meetings were a great success and part of the reason (beside the fact that we have a kickass team) is that we chose to follow a process and agreed on the building blocks.In trying to enhance our event offering we set aside time to create participant profiles and brainstorm.In creating participant profiles, the marketing team outlined our event demographics and we took this information to create a person. For example, a woman aged 30-34, married with…
  • New Year, New You? Not so Fast!

    6 Jan 2015 | 11:50 am
    Please tell me I’m not alone in feeling sluggish as I start my first work week back of the New Year. I’m not alone, right? While I, like many of you, from what I hear, spent much of my winter break sick, I still managed to have 12 glorious days away from work. It was a wonderful break from conference calls, emails and sitting at my computer for much of my day. But now that I’m back to it, I can’t help thinking of resolutions, changes and improvements. After all, isn’t that what the start of a fresh New Year is all about? As you stare out onto the blank…
  • Happy Holidays from Event 360

    23 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    While it’s easy to get sidetracked by the stress of the holiday season, we’re all joined by a common holiday pastime – reflection. When you come up on the end of the year, it’s natural to pause and look back at what happened in the 364 ¾ days leading up to the ball dropping on New Year’s Eve. Event 360 will be closed for a handful of days between now and January 2nd enjoying some time with our friends and families. But every single one of us looks back on 2014 with a whole lot of gratitude for the work we get to do and with whom we get to do it.
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  • What If Foundations Applied to Nonprofits?

    Christine Reeves
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    The United States boasts approximately 86,000 foundations (grantmakers) and 1.5 million nonprofits (grant recipients). Given the classic principle of supply and demand, there’s an obvious power dynamic that favors foundations. However, what if – all other things being equal – the numbers switched? What if there were only 86,000 nonprofits and 1.5 million foundations? If that were the case, I can think of at least seven major changes: (1)    Nonprofits would send requests-for-proposals (RFPs) to foundations. We would operate in a grant-seekers market. Consequently, nonprofit executive…
  • Philanthropy’s Role in Repairing Oppression: A Case Study in the Wake of Keepseagle v. Vilsack

    Ryan Schlegel
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    The roughly $7.9 billion injected by grantmakers into underserved communities each year has incredible positive impacts on the lives of those with the least wealth, opportunity and power. But what is philanthropy’s role in repairing a specific injustice? Can philanthropy contribute to an effort to make targeted recompense for measured, documented oppression? In 2011, Keepseagle v. Vilsack successfully claimed the USDA discriminated against Native farmers and ranchers in the adjudication and distribution of federal loans. It was, sadly, a textbook case of racialized inequity: For decades,…
  • Call for Foundation Nominations: 2015 NCRP Impact Awards

    Christine Reeves
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy invites you to nominate foundations for the 2015 NCRP Impact Awards, the most prestigious recognition for high-impact philanthropy. Send us foundations that demonstrate exemplary grantmaking, leadership in philanthropy and commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity. You can read more about our nominations process, which will be open until February 6, on our website. NOMINATE FOUNDATIONS NOW! Now in its third year, the 2015 NCRP Impact Awards will honor four foundations in four categories: Large Private Foundation, Small/Midsize Foundation,…
  • GAO, EO and the IRS: The Government’s Role in Nonprofit Accountability

    Ryan Schlegel
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    The impact of the nonprofit sector on our economy and the wellbeing of our citizens is clear. Last month, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on the IRS’s supervision of nonprofits that showed as much as 5 percent of the country’s GDP is generated by tax-exempt organizations, which the government “increasingly relies on … to provide critical services.” At a time when social services are on shaky legislative and financial ground, more individuals and families are turning to nonprofits to make ends meet, and consequently more money – both private and public…
  • NCRP’s Ten Most-Shared Blog Posts in 2014

    Alison Howard
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    NCRP had a busy 2014, with the launch of our Philamplify initiative, the second annual NCRP Impact Awards, a lively conference presentation schedule and new reports and publications. As we settle into 2015, here are the blog posts that have resonated most with our readers. Below are the ten most-shared NCRP blog posts in 2014, highlighting the values we and our friends in the philanthropic sector have in common: 10. Stakeholder Engagement: Still a Philanthropic Learning Curve August 5, 2014: NCRP’s director of foundation assessment Lisa Ranghelli discussed the continued need for stakeholder…
 
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  • Nonprofit Branding: Process Is Nice: Results Are Essential!

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

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

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:34 pm
    We supply logo-imprinted branding products to nonprofits.  So here’s an alert from VisABILITY: unless you understand them, promotional products – the stuff we sell – can be dangerous to your nonprofit brand.  It may seem odd to receive this warning from a company that supplies the nonprofit sector with branding products. (Which we’ve been doing […]
  • Nine Nonprofit Heresies. You Add Number 10!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    These nine assertions will make some folks uncomfortable. A few will be pissed off at my effrontery. ** But if these observations make some readers think outside of their comfort zone, I will be pleased. Moreover – I will be thrilled if some readers use the comment section at the end of this post to […]
  • Funny You Should Ask…

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
     All of us expect Terry Gross and Danny Miller to produce great fundraising tools for the Fresh Air carriage group.  They have done it for years. They will continue to do so. Fresh Air now introduces a custom Flash Drive collection of interviews with the country’s greatest comedians. Funny, poignant, insightful & intensely candid – these interviews […]
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  • Nonprofit Branding: Process Is Nice: Results Are Essential!

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

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

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:34 pm
    We supply logo-imprinted branding products to nonprofits.  So here’s an alert from VisABILITY: unless you understand them, promotional products – the stuff we sell – can be dangerous to your nonprofit brand.  It may seem odd to receive this warning from a company that supplies the nonprofit sector with branding products. (Which we’ve been doing […]
  • Nine Nonprofit Heresies. You Add Number 10!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    These nine assertions will make some folks uncomfortable. A few will be pissed off at my effrontery. ** But if these observations make some readers think outside of their comfort zone, I will be pleased. Moreover – I will be thrilled if some readers use the comment section at the end of this post to […]
  • Funny You Should Ask…

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
     All of us expect Terry Gross and Danny Miller to produce great fundraising tools for the Fresh Air carriage group.  They have done it for years. They will continue to do so. Fresh Air now introduces a custom Flash Drive collection of interviews with the country’s greatest comedians. Funny, poignant, insightful & intensely candid – these interviews […]
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    Notations on Non-Profits

  • ND Attorney General Says “No, No, No” To Shelter’s Executive Meetings

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

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

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

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

    Erin
    26 Dec 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Organization’s have to have “flex room.” It shouldn’t give donors a “we may use this to buy miniature ponies but probably not” vibe but should create space for an organization to move around if plans change. In going through some of my previous posts I noticed when I talk about organizations binding themselves its always in the context […]
 
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    Vistas: Geri Stengel’s Blog

  • The Strategies Women Use to Rev Up Business Growth

    Geri Stengel
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    In a year when sales for privately held companies grew at the slowest rate since 2009 -- 5.4% -- the fastest growing women-led companies grew astronomically faster. Yes, that’s right. The 2014 Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/led companies racked up $4.9 billion in combined 2013 revenues and collectively employed 22,000 people. Compared with last year’s list, the combined revenue of the winning companies grew by a dramatic 53%. “The companies that made it onto our list this year reflect the continued resourcefulness of women-led…
  • How Equity Crowdfunding Stands to Help Women in Business

    Guest Blogger
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    By Clark Buckner Female entrepreneurs face certain obstacles that their male counterparts may never have to consider. For instance, according to Ventureneer Founder and President Geri Stengel, women in business typically “start with about half of the capital” that male entrepreneurs do. In her upcoming report on equity crowdfunding for women in business, Stengel hopes to reverse that trend. Rewards-Based Crowdfunding vs. Equity Crowdfinding Stengel notes the differences between the most well-known crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter, and equity crowdfunding platforms. Kickstarter…
  • 3 Ways To Close The Self Confidence Gap

    Geri Stengel
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Women’s confidence gap is making headlines. We face a society that says we can’t do it as well as our own inner voice. read more
  • Entrepreneurship And Angel Investing Are Breaking Barriers For Women

    Geri Stengel
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Opportunities are growing for women to sidestep the glass ceiling and steer clear of the glass cliff, that corporate “opportunity” for leadership given to women and minorities when there is high risk of failure due to a crisis created by former leaders or because needed resources aren’t given. read more
  • Learning The Business Ropes Turns Filmmaker Into Entrepreneur

    Geri Stengel
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Some entrepreneurs are born that way. It’s in their genes. Others work hard to become one. While a film student at Pratt Institute, Aubrey Smyth worked the circuit: working at film festivals, heading the student film club, organizing student film festivals, and seeking teachers to mentor her. Talent and hard work paid off with awards and a paid gig: The Human Resources Department at Pratt hired her to make a film. It was so good that Pratt asked her to do more. read more
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    Cort Come

  • Suggestion Tips

    16 Jan 2015 | 8:17 pm
    In case you are around your own ear inside a tense predicament, it might be difficult to concentrate. At times, it's best to leave behind a challenge, as well as consider it, as an alternative to try and resolve the idea by having an quick answer.My personal grandpa employed to say: “Even a legal court jester can instruct us all something helpful.” This specific expressing moves greater inside that means and also refers to many things : from a Yoga class, to never taking living as well critically, also to your unfortunate way customer opinions is commonly managed from the business…
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    Notations on Non-Profits

  • ND Attorney General Says “No, No, No” To Shelter’s Executive Meetings

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

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

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

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

    Erin
    26 Dec 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Organization’s have to have “flex room.” It shouldn’t give donors a “we may use this to buy miniature ponies but probably not” vibe but should create space for an organization to move around if plans change. In going through some of my previous posts I noticed when I talk about organizations binding themselves its always in the context […]
 
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    Engaging Volunteers

  • Need a Hand? VolunteerMatch Can Help!

    Shannon David
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:25 am
    At VolunteerMatch, our mission is to strengthen communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect (emphasis on the “easier”). We try to keep it as simple as possible for you to post your open volunteer opportunities on the site and attract great volunteers, but if you run into bumps along the way or want to boost your recruitment efforts, we can help! Here’s how… Having trouble with your VolunteerMatch account? There are a couple of places to go if you have a question or issue with your account. First, our treasure trove of support information,…
  • Make New Friends and Give Back in Austin, TX

    Shari Tishman
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    If you haven’t heard of the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) hosted by NTEN, then you should check it out and register. A couple thousand nonprofit professionals coming together to discuss how to make the most of technology? Yes, please! VolunteerMatch is proud to be sponsoring the Day of Service at this year’s NTC. Throughout the conference, there will be volunteer opportunities for you to share your skills with Austin, TX area nonprofits. And this year, we’ve expanded the Days of Service program at the 15NTC to include virtual volunteering opportunities, so you can…
  • How to Understand Your Volunteers’ Attitudes

    Shari Tishman
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:47 am
    Guest post by Haley Myers, Volunteer Program Assessment Understanding volunteer attitudes and engagement is important for any nonprofit organization. Engaged volunteers are likely to be less stressed and more psychologically healthy. In addition, they feel a sense of commitment to their organization and can foster positive relationships with paid staff, which can have implications for the organization as a whole. Most importantly, understanding the perspective of the volunteer can provide insight into the larger volunteer program – what components are working well and what may need some…
  • Why I’m Thankful for My Nonprofit Internship

    Shari Tishman
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    Guest post by Dylan Manderlink Over the course of my four years of college, I had the privilege to intern at five different nonprofit organizations, all of whom were dedicated to different causes. From my tour relations internship position at a human rights nonprofit in LA, to my marketing internship at a nonprofit’s national headquarters in Boston, I gained a depth of insight that has informed my career decisions in the nonprofit sector. No matter how different my tasks have been at the internships I’ve held, with each one I have gained a meaningful perspective on nonprofit work…
  • Make 2015 Count with VolunteerMatch’s New Organization Profiles

    Marlene Feil
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:56 am
    The New Year is an exciting time that poses many opportunities for nonprofits to engage their supporters and strengthen their Organizations’ missions. Case in point: Jump start 2015 with VolunteerMatch’s new Organization Profile!   The brand-new VolunteerMatch Organization Profile. The new Profile will boost your organization’s VolunteerMatch recruiting efforts, and serve as a quick and easy way to advertise across the Internet. Due to VolunteerMatch’s excellent search engine optimization, organizations registered in the VolunteerMatch network will most definitely…
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    Nonprofit Tech for GoodNonprofit Tech for Good

  • 15 Must-Know Fundraising and Social Media Stats

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

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

    Heather Mansfield
    5 Jan 2015 | 12:10 pm
    After the holiday break new media managers return to work energized to update and implement their list of priorities for the upcoming year. The goals suggested below are fairly easy to achieve, yet transformative to a nonprofit’s new media strategy. Most do not require a financial investment, but preliminary results on the 2014 fundraising season are strong and if your nonprofit did well in 2014, investing in staff development in 2015 is a wise decision. Skilled new media managers are essential for nonprofits to adapt quickly to advances in technology. 1. Write LinkedIn…
  • Mobile for Good: A Free How-To Fundraising Webinar for Nonprofits

    Heather Mansfield
    4 Jan 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Date: Tuesday, March 17 Time: 1-2:30pm EDT Cost: Free! How to Register: Sign up Presented by: Heather Mansfield View: Complete Webinar Schedule Based on more than 20 years of experience and 25,000+ hours spent utilizing mobile and social media, Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits is a comprehensive 256-page book packed with more than 500 best practices. This free webinar will feature one best practice from each of the book’s sixteen chapters and will provide the basis for writing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising and content strategy. Topics…
  • 6 Clever Mobile Apps Created by Nonprofits

    Heather Mansfield
    28 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    All launched in 2014, the mobile apps listed below created by nonprofits clearly demonstrate that nonprofits are evolving in their approach to mobile apps. The hard truth is that only 39% of mobile apps are opened 11 times or more and 20% of apps are only opened once. That said, the rapid sales of smartphones worldwide ensure a growing a mobile app audience in coming years, but for nonprofit mobile apps to be successful they must be well-designed and useful. If your nonprofit is considering launching an app in 2015, be sure to do your research first. 1. United Nations Calendar of…
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  • Nonprofit Communications Trends Report for 2015

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

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

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

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

    Shonali Burke
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    Focus on what you should be measuring so you can streamline your PR measurement tracking Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises When it comes to the latest in PR measurement, the mere thought of it may make you feel like it’s impossible to “keep up.” Before you overwhelm yourself, take a deep breath and focus on growing your skills by incorporating these three principles into your regular routine. By focusing on these simple – not to mention, free! – tips to refine your skills, you’ll become a measurement star before you…
 
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  • Minor earthquake – Offshore Bio-bio, Chile on January 28, 2015

    Armand Vervaeck
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:21 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 : 3.5 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-01-28 06:36:17 GMT/UTC Time : 2015-01-28 09:36:17 Depth (Hypocenter) : 6 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 – Te Kaha on January 28, 2015

    Armand Vervaeck
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:42 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 : 3.2 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-01-28 22:15:49 GMT/UTC Time : 2015-01-28 09:15:49 Depth (Hypocenter) : 45 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience (I Have Felt It) with our readers. Click on the “I Felt It” button behind…
  • Moderate earthquake – Pacific Antarctic Ridge on January 26, 2015

    Armand Vervaeck
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:23 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 : 5.5 Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown GMT/UTC Time : 2015-01-26 17:44:45 Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience (I Have Felt It) with our readers. Click on the “I Felt It” button behind the…
  • Moderate earthquake – Fiji Islands Region on January 28, 2015

    Armand Vervaeck
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:13 am
    Earthquake-report.com only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 10 minutes as we might be adding updates. Do not close it but leave it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 4.9 Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown GMT/UTC Time : 2015-01-28 08:38:01 Depth (Hypocenter) : 602 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 – White Island on January 28, 2015

    Armand Vervaeck
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:12 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 : 3.8 Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown GMT/UTC Time : 2015-01-28 08:40:46 Depth (Hypocenter) : 420 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

  • A New Twist on a Kitchen Valance

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

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

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

    goodwillsp
    23 Dec 2014 | 6:54 am
    No matter how big or small your house is, storage is always an issue. It seems we never have enough drawers, closets or cupboards, especially in a bathroom shared by more than one person. You know the old adage, “A place for everything and everything in its place”? Once you’ve determined where everything goes, it’s much easier to find what you need and get your family to put things back. Baskets are an obvious solution to bathroom storage, but I like to find creative ways to hold towels and toiletries. For example, a wine rack is a great way to show off pretty towels. Assign…
  • Wrap Up 2014 by Giving Others a Brighter Future

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

  • More Than Lip Service: Building Top Supporter Care on Any Budget

    Leslie Allen
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Since moving to England, I’ve been involved with all sorts of service providers. From cell phone and internet companies to the shop that delivered my rented piano. Service seems to be a bit of a mixed thing here. There’s a fair amount of talk about it – especially by larger companies — but for the most part, I’m finding it’s not quite real yet. For example, the mobile phone and internet company I started with had a very friendly store front, easy-to-read materials, and a seemingly endless ways to get support. BUT when my phone didn’t really work and the 10 gigabytes…
  • 5 Tips for Evaluating Your Fundraising Program

    Ann Goldman
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:29 am
    Well, you made it. You’re officially into a new year and for fundraisers that means a fresh start. But, as one of our very wise clients said the other day, “you’ve got to look back before you look forward.” That’s right, it’s time to evaluate last year’s fundraising program! And we don’t just mean did you or didn’t you make goal? We mean, really understand what worked and what didn’t so you can figure out what to do next. Here are 5 tips for analyzing 2014 so that 2015 is better than ever: 1. Take the long view. One of the biggest mistakes routinely made in the nonprofit…
  • The Deep End of the Pond

    Leslie Allen
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:16 am
    For those of you who don’t know, I’ve just moved to England for 18 months. My husband, Jamie, got transferred temporarily to the London office of his company and I’m here with him along with two of our daughters (16 and 13 years old). We just moved into our new house outside of London to the town of Weybridge and the girls just finished their first day of school, rushing through the door in their super-cute uniforms. Thankfully, it went well. My experience driving on the “other” side of the road? Not so great. My first time out I hit the curb and got a flat tire. And I soooooo…
  • Your Best Board Retreat Ever

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

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

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service!

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

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

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

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

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

  • A Campaign Is…

    Nick Fellers
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    Several times each month I visit with boards and leaders. These thoughts represent a lot of the conversations I’ve been having on the subject of “campaigns”. “What is a campaign?” I often engage a board with this question. The word-association is something about which we should to be mindful. “Committees!” “Asking our friends for money!” “Kickoff events!” If the ‘capital campaign’ had a brand, it would be a bad one. So, the first thing I often do is take control of the word. A campaign is… A time when we (The Suddes Group) see organizations getting very serious…
  • April 2015 Boot Camp: ‘Early Bird’ Opportunity

    Kerry Suddes
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:58 am
    Want to explore the For Impact Point of View and Sales Process in person? Join us for our For Impact Funding Boot Camp on April 28-29 at Eagle Creek – our beautiful 50-acre retreat center. The For Impact Boot Camp is focused on frameworks and skill building – You will leave with the knowledge you need to simplify your message and funding rationale, and take your organization to the next level. This high-energy, day-and-a-half session covers topics like: How to execute against a sales process (for major gifts, campaign gifts, transformational gifts, etc.) How to build and maximize…
  • Talent Posting :: Water for People – Head of Business Development

    Nick Fellers
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:53 am
    Finding the right talent is one of the top challenges facing organizations. Over the past two years we’ve been quietly launching For Impact Talent, a division of The Suddes Group that works with our clients and alumni to find and train the right talent — to lead, sell or support around a true sales model and For Impact Point of View. Periodically, we will share these postings with our readership. Sometime this year we will also launch a talent center to source talent through forimpact.org. We’re currently working with Water for People, in Denver, to find the right person to lead…
  • 169 Million Days …

    Tom Suddes
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:46 am
    169 Million Days .. According to Quartz, last year, Americans left 169 million paid vacation days on the table … saying they were too busy to use them!!! That was PAID VACATION DAYS. I’ve been reading a lot of stuff in the last few months about work-life balance/integration, happiness, purpose, etc. The Gallup organization continually confirms that taking time away from the job/work/calling is very, very important …  to do a better job! In the For Impact world, you need to regenerate, renew, recover. Taking time off is essential to that recovery. (Look up thoughts on…
  • Happy New Year!

    Tom Suddes
    5 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Happy New Year! We look forward to adding even more value to your personal and professional lives in 2015. Here’s a great quote that my good friend Christopher picked up from our writing last year, and shared with his family: “WEALTH IS AN ABUNDANCE OF THINGS WE VALUE.” Think about this: Everything we truly value … doesn’t really ‘cost’ a lot of money. As you look to the New Year, I encourage you to reflect on GRATITUDE (vs. what’s wrong) … MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES (vs. materialistic stuff)…..and INTEGRATION (vs. work-life balance) From…
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    Social media marketing hacks for nonprofits | Powered by JohnHaydon.Com

  • How to Add The Facebook Page Call-To-Action Button to Your Page

    John Haydon
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:22 am
    Facebook has been rolling out a call-to action-button for Facebook Pages. The Facebook call-to-action button can help drive Facebook users to take actions that are important to your nonprofit. For example, registering for an event, joining your email list, or downloading an app. The CTA functionality is fairly simple, but powerful. It’s simple to set-up (instructions below) and puts a call to action right next to like button on your Facebook page (as shown below). How to Add the Facebook Call-To-Action Button to Your Page To add a call-to-action button to your Page, follow these steps:…
  • Your Website is a Fishing Net

    John Haydon
    16 Jan 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Your website is a fishing net. Your newsletter sign-up forms, petitions, event registration forms, etc, all capture people interested in your cause. The fish are your community, who merrily swim about the web. They travel in large schools from Instagram, Facebook and Google to visit your website to get more “fish food”. The “fish food” is your content, which is determined by your goals. To engage your community, you start and join conversations (feeding fish on their turf). To drive website visits, you give them a mission (learn more, give, volunteer). Why does…
  • The Best Nonprofit Technology Conference in the United States

    John Haydon
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:01 am
    Before we get to the best nonprofit technology conference, let’s agree that there are many excellent nonprofit technology conferences. For example, there’s the #StartingGood Digital Summit, an online summit I participated in with Beth Kanter, Amy Sample-Ward, and others. 2015 dates, TBD. There’s also Social Media for Nonprofits – The best regional conference series for small and medium nonprofits interested in using social media to engage their communities. 2015 dates, TBD. But the best one, in my opinion, is NTC. But I’m a little biased. NTC is the…
  • Nonprofit Communications Trends Report for 2015

    John Haydon
    9 Jan 2015 | 2:53 am
    As a consultant and trainer in the nonprofit community, I’ve been waiting with bated breath for the Nonprofit Communications Trends Report. And it’s here! Kivi publishing the first Nonprofit Communications Trends Report back in 2011, surveying 780 nonprofits. For the most recent report, Kivi surveyed 1,535 nonprofits – mostly in the United States. Highlights from the 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report are presented in an infographic (below), which includes the following eye-openers: Nonprofits no longer have new donor acquisition as a primary goal. Instead, retaining…
  • How to Write Facebook Posts That Feel More Human

    John Haydon
    6 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    Facebook continues to adjust the News Feed to favor updates that engage people, reduce click-bait, and minimize tired memes. In other words, Facebook wants brands to write Facebook posts that feel more human. But how do you do that when you’re a marketer? Here are four ways to post updates that feel more human: 1. Post links like a human being, not a marketer Facebook’s Newsfeed now favors links posted in the link format. They found that users tend to prefer links posted in this way, rather then links in photo captions or video descriptions or status updates. Think about how you…
 
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    Nonprofit Bridge

  • Why User Adoption Shouldn’t Be an Afterthought – #15NTC Preview

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

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

    Norman Reiss
    27 Dec 2014 | 5:46 am
    Have you had this experience lately?  After much research, you pick a new technology system with a vendor or consultant that you carefully selected, plan a detailed implementation then roll it out in stages at your organization.  Afterwards, you feel pretty good about your efforts, and await recognition for your hard work. But there’s a problem.  Several months (or maybe a year) later, you run some reports from your new system, only to find out that much data seems to be ‘missing.’  You later find out that staff have reverted to way of doing things.  How could they not…
  • A Funny Thing Happened During A Website Design Project

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

    Norman Reiss
    29 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    (Guest post by Todd Turner) Social media has emerged as a key nonprofit resource for getting the word out about a cause, soliciting volunteers and raising funds through online donations. With Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and a host of other social media platforms, nonprofits can build communities and mobilize people to achieve organizational objectives like never before. But social media activity isn’t worth much if you don’t measure how well you’re doing. Are you gaining followers on Twitter? Are people reading your Facebook posts? How often do fans and followers share the content you…
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    Wired 4 Leadership

  • Six Ways to Attract Engaged Members in 2015

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tanenbaum Peacemaker Rev. Benny Giay meets with Indonesian President

    tan-Admin
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:50 pm
    West Papua Coat of Arms Reverend Benny Giay is a dedicated peace activist in his native West Papua, a territory in Indonesia where the indigenous community has struggled for decades to gain independence. Over the years, the Tanenbaum Peacemaker has sought to bring international attention to the plight of his people. Through his writings and tireless activism, Rev. Giay has exposed state-sanctioned human rights abuses (often putting his life at risk) and offered nonviolent approaches to achieving peace and reconciliation in his homeland. Last month, protesters in West Papua’s Paniai district…
  • Multiple Attacks. One Lesson.

    tan-Admin
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:28 am
    Community members “love bomb” a mosque in Sweden. Photo Credit: Reuters Over the past week there have been too many religiously-influenced atrocities committed around the world – all frightening examples of violent extremism: Right-wing Swedish extremists set three mosques aflame; Boko Haram burned homes and murdered 15 more people in northern Nigeria; and masked gunman stormed the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine, murdering twelve people while shouting “we have avenged the Prophet Muhammad.” In the midst of horror, an important lesson…
  • New Year’s Resolutions!

    tan-Admin
    1 Jan 2015 | 10:26 am
    As 2015 begins, I wanted to share the New Year’s Resolutions that inspire us. They remind us why it is so important to stop religious hate and pursue peace. I hope that these resolutions are meaningful for you. — Joyce To listen... One must talk little and listen much. (African Proverb) To renounce hatred… Let us live happily, without hate amongst those who hate. Let us dwell unhating amidst hateful men. (Buddhism, Dhammapada 197-200) To follow the Golden Rule… Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. (Christianity, 1 Corinthians 10.24) To…
  • Peacemakers in Our Midst by Joyce Dubensky, CEO

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

    tan-Admin
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:33 pm
 
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    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog

  • Time For Some #DonorLove

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

    Ann Green
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:54 am
    I’ve been to several memorial services over the last few years. I guess that’s what happens as you get older.  In most cases, the families designated charities to donate to, often in lieu of flowers.  I’ve always liked this.  You get to honor someone and support a charity, as well. I gave five memorial gifts over the last two years. Unfortunately, the responses from the nonprofits were pretty marginal.   Four organizations sent generic thank you letters.  Three of them acknowledged it was a memorial gift. One sent a very generic email with no acknowledgement this was…
  • Can Your Organization Pass the Donor-Centered Test?

    Ann Green
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:26 am
    We hear the term donor-centered a lot, and it’s pretty self-explanatory.  You want to focus on your donors’ needs and interests and take into account that not all donors are the same. Is your organization donor-centered? Find out by taking this test. Fundraising Appeals Are your fundraising appeals focused too much on your organization – rambling on about how great you are?  Your organization may be great, but let your donors figure that out. Your donors are the ones who are great, and they want to hear how they can help you make a difference for the people/community you serve.
  • Make a Resolution to Keep Your Donors

    Ann Green
    7 Jan 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Happy New Year!   I hope you had a nice holiday.  I had a great two-week vacation in Florida with my family. I also hope you had a successful year-end fundraising campaign.  Did you get a bunch of new donors and renewals, or did you lose some people? One of the biggest reasons donors flee is because they believe the organization doesn’t do a good job of staying in touch and keeping them engaged. We can change this! Charities That Focus on Retention Will Change the World The Secret Sauce of Donor Retention: Gratitude + Great Communication This year make a resolution to do everything you…
  • Five Ways to Improve Your Fundraising and Communications in 2015

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

  • Reinventing the Nonprofit Leader [Slideshare]

    Nell Edgington
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:08 am
    Today I am in Sacramento (it’s a busy travel month) speaking at the Nonprofit Resource Center’s 2015 Conference “Building a Mission Focused Community.” I am honored to share the stage with amazing nonprofit sector visionaries like Jan Masaoka from the California Association of Nonprofits and Blue Avocado, Jeanne Bell from CompassPoint, and Robert Egger from LA Kitchen (and past Social Velocity interviewee and guest blogger). My topic for today’s conference is “Reinventing the Nonprofit Leader.” Amid growing competition, decreased funding sources, and more…
  • Creating Your Nonprofit’s Message of Impact

    Nell Edgington
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    Today I’m in the beautiful mountains of Hailey, Idaho speaking to a group of nonprofit leaders about how to create a message of impact for their organizations. I so often hear from nonprofit leaders about how difficult it is to convince a donor to give to their organization. They will complain that it seems almost any other cause has an easier time attracting support. For example, the head of an arts organizations once told me how hard he found fundraising because he isn’t “selling cute puppies and kittens.” But the fact is not that some causes are inherently…
  • What Do Your Programs Really Cost?

    Nell Edgington
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    There was an historic victory last month in the battle to rid the nonprofit sector of the Overhead Myth. The federal Office of Management and Budget adopted new Uniform Guidance rules that when any local, state or federal agency contracts with a nonprofit at least 10% of the contract must fund the nonprofit’s administrative costs (what the government calls “indirect costs”). This is huge because nonprofit leaders report (here and here) that government contracts rarely fund even 10% of indirect costs and many times closer to 0%. While this is a big step forward, there…
  • 5 Myths The Nonprofit Sector Must Overcome

    Nell Edgington
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    Almost two years ago three nonprofit rating organizations launched the Overhead Myth campaign aimed at eradicating “the false conception that financial ratios are the sole indicator of nonprofit performance.” Call me an optimist, but I think it might be working. I see more nonprofit leaders and funders discussing the radical idea that overhead might not be a bad thing. We still have a long way to go, but perhaps there is progress. The bad news, however, is that the Overhead Myth is only one of many (way too many) destructive nonprofit myths. So in this new year, let’s…
  • Is The Nonprofit Sector Really Broken?

    Nell Edgington
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    There was a bit of a dust up in the (social change) Twitterverse yesterday. Ryan Seashore from CodeNow wrote a post on TechCrunch arguing that the majority of nonprofits are “broken,” and should act more like for-profit startups in order to create impact. The post follows a similar line of other arguments over the years (most recently Carrie Rich’s argument that nonprofits should all become social enterprises) that the nonprofit form is so dysfunctional that it should be tossed out. But there is a real danger to this idea of abandoning the nonprofit sector. As he…
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    Seize the Conversation

  • Terror and the Activist Sector

    Gary Wexler
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:37 am
    How will the orgs of the Sector react to this new wave of terror? Written by Gary Wexler. Designed by Moira Schwartz & Mona Molayem.  We can indeed passively stand by. Especially if we continue to see ourselves as a “Nonprofit Sector.” But if we identify as the “Activist Sector,” then our course is one of action. The world has been radically altered by the Charlie Hebdo massacre just as it was in the seconds following the targeting of the World Trade Center. The Paris event was planned and executed as a brazen and evil act. It was designed for maximum fear…
  • Terrible name: Nonprofit

    Gary Wexler
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Hello 2015. Here is the urgent change needed. And why.  As an ad guy, I know that the product name means everything. So as we begin the year, let’s not hide our heads in the sand about something everybody knows. The name of this sector is awful, wrong. Identify yourself as the wrong thing and you get the wrong results.   The limpness and pollution of “Nonprofit”. It’s an embarrassment to even say such a dumb name. “Nonprofit.” It sounds weak, limp, second class, without backbone. Does nonprofit describe what the sector does? Does it describe its…
  • Creative Sunday Morning

    Gary Wexler
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    50 USC/Annenberg students crowd into my yard for a creative journey. Written by Gary Wexler. Designed by Mona Molayem.   Perhaps the biggest creative challenge of the morning was teaching the students from China, Bulgaria and India how to assemble a lox and bagel sandwich. How do you explain schmearing cream cheese when the Chinese inform you that most of them are lactose intolerant? Try explaining why someone needs to choose between bagels with sesame, onions or just plain. “The cucumbers and tomatoes go inside the bread. No folks, the olives don’t go in as well.
  • Ebola and Nonprofit Creativity.

    Gary Wexler
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Hollywood mega-agency William Morris Endeavor hosts Philanthropy event facilitated by Seize The Conversation.  What role could and should the American nonprofit sector be playing in the Ebola crisis? Can nonprofits morph from a risk-avoidance-strategic-planning culture to a risk-taking-creative one?  These two questions were intertwined last Wednesday night when William Morris Endeavor’s Foundation Exec, Sarah Adolphson, hosted the WME Philanthropy Series. She invited Seize the Conversation to facilitate. When creativity trumps strategy. Art Director/Designer Moira Schwartz and I…
  • $45,000-$60,000. Really?

    Gary Wexler
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Foundation search for program officer with 5-years experience offers slave wages. I’m preaching the gospel of the nonprofit sector to my USC/Annenberg Masters in Communications students, encouraging these bright, creative, competitive best of the best, to take jobs in what I believe is a great, important and viable career field.  But I cannot do this in earnest and good conscience, when these are the types of salaries being offered by foundations who give away millions of dollars. Perpetrating an injustice I asked the person recruiting for this position, “Who with any sense of…
 
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    Next Level Nonprofits

  • How to Turn A $3.00 Coffee Into Thousands Of Dollars of Revenue For Your Organization

    Natasha Golinsky
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    I remember being young and green in business and terrified at the prospect of having a coffee meeting to pitch a sale to someone I had only ever talked to over the phone. It wasn’t enough that I had cold prospected this lead, cultivated them enough to the point that they wanted to meet with me in […]
  • Five Secrets To Summitting The Everest of Email – Inbox ZERO

    Natasha Golinsky
    6 Jan 2015 | 4:34 pm
    In a previous post I referred to a productivity phenomenon called Inbox Zero which in short represents the state of having ZERO un-dealt with emails in your inbox at any given time. I remember when I first heard about this from a task management expert I knew and was in complete disbelief. Surely those who profess to […]
  • Want More Success in 2015? Create Some Space (Literally).

    Natasha Golinsky
    3 Jan 2015 | 2:25 pm
    If you were to ask my husband about what his biggest pet peeve is of living with me he would tell you that I obsessively throw things out with little thought given to said item’s sentimental or monetary value. Everything is fair game to be disposed of; nothing is exempt. If it hasn’t been used for […]
  • Don’t Wait For January 1st; Every Day Can Be New Year’s Day

    Natasha Golinsky
    26 Dec 2014 | 4:26 pm
    This time of year is consistently difficult for me. Fresh off the high of a busy Christmas season but not yet into the excitement of a new year, there seems to always be an uncomfortable lull between these two December dates. Without fail, the moment Christmas dinner is over and it’s time to pack up […]
  • Why Setting Big Goals Will Destroy Your Self-Confidence

    Natasha Golinsky
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:53 pm
    I have a colleague I work with closely whose life has been stuck in a rut for the past 10 years. Her business hasn’t grown, her health has not improved, her family life is empty and overall she hates her life. Every day she wakes up and does the same thing with the same people in […]
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    Engaging Volunteers

  • Need a Hand? VolunteerMatch Can Help!

    Shannon David
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:25 am
    At VolunteerMatch, our mission is to strengthen communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect (emphasis on the “easier”). We try to keep it as simple as possible for you to post your open volunteer opportunities on the site and attract great volunteers, but if you run into bumps along the way or want to boost your recruitment efforts, we can help! Here’s how… Having trouble with your VolunteerMatch account? There are a couple of places to go if you have a question or issue with your account. First, our treasure trove of support information,…
  • Make New Friends and Give Back in Austin, TX

    Shari Tishman
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    If you haven’t heard of the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) hosted by NTEN, then you should check it out and register. A couple thousand nonprofit professionals coming together to discuss how to make the most of technology? Yes, please! VolunteerMatch is proud to be sponsoring the Day of Service at this year’s NTC. Throughout the conference, there will be volunteer opportunities for you to share your skills with Austin, TX area nonprofits. And this year, we’ve expanded the Days of Service program at the 15NTC to include virtual volunteering opportunities, so you can…
  • How to Understand Your Volunteers’ Attitudes

    Shari Tishman
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:47 am
    Guest post by Haley Myers, Volunteer Program Assessment Understanding volunteer attitudes and engagement is important for any nonprofit organization. Engaged volunteers are likely to be less stressed and more psychologically healthy. In addition, they feel a sense of commitment to their organization and can foster positive relationships with paid staff, which can have implications for the organization as a whole. Most importantly, understanding the perspective of the volunteer can provide insight into the larger volunteer program – what components are working well and what may need some…
  • Why I’m Thankful for My Nonprofit Internship

    Shari Tishman
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    Guest post by Dylan Manderlink Over the course of my four years of college, I had the privilege to intern at five different nonprofit organizations, all of whom were dedicated to different causes. From my tour relations internship position at a human rights nonprofit in LA, to my marketing internship at a nonprofit’s national headquarters in Boston, I gained a depth of insight that has informed my career decisions in the nonprofit sector. No matter how different my tasks have been at the internships I’ve held, with each one I have gained a meaningful perspective on nonprofit work…
  • Make 2015 Count with VolunteerMatch’s New Organization Profiles

    Marlene Feil
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:56 am
    The New Year is an exciting time that poses many opportunities for nonprofits to engage their supporters and strengthen their Organizations’ missions. Case in point: Jump start 2015 with VolunteerMatch’s new Organization Profile!   The brand-new VolunteerMatch Organization Profile. The new Profile will boost your organization’s VolunteerMatch recruiting efforts, and serve as a quick and easy way to advertise across the Internet. Due to VolunteerMatch’s excellent search engine optimization, organizations registered in the VolunteerMatch network will most definitely…
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    Darrell Gwynn Foundation

  • Van Kirk Pools to Donate and Break Ground on Custom Pool to Darrell Gwynn Foundation Speaker, January 13

    Darrell Gwynn
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:28 am
    Davie, FL– Van Kirk & Sons Pools and Spas has partnered with the Darrell Gwynn Foundation (DGF) to better the lives of the Avilez family by building them a custom pool free of charge. Groundbreaking on the new pool will take place on January 13, 2015 with the help of a special guest, Rob Van The post Van Kirk Pools to Donate and Break Ground on Custom Pool to Darrell Gwynn Foundation Speaker, January 13 appeared first on Darrell Gwynn Foundation.
  • “You Buy a Ride, They Get a Ride” at Sawgrass Ford as $100 From Every Vehicle Sold or Leased in December will be Donated to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s Wheelchair Donation Program

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

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

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

    Darrell Gwynn
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:24 am
    DAVIE, Fla. – The Darrell Gwynn Foundation will celebrate Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week (SCIAW) in Florida from November 10-16, 2014. In 2006, the foundation successfully lobbied for and with a resolution passed by the Florida Legislature, created Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week to generate awareness of spinal cord injuries and educate the public on The post Darrell Gwynn Foundation Celebrates Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week in Florida, November 10-16 appeared first on Darrell Gwynn Foundation.
 
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    Clairification

  • Top 10 Nonprofit Leadership Lessons for 2015: Think Differently

    Claire
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:13 pm
    The Fast Company Blog gives us The Top 10 Best Business Lessons Of 2014. They’re all lessons in leadership. Here’s how I see them applying to your nonprofit in the coming year: 10 Nonprofit Leadership Lessons to Unlock Your Potential This Year  1. Treat Humans Like People This holds true for everyone. Donors and staff [...] The post Top 10 Nonprofit Leadership Lessons for 2015: Think Differently appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Get Outside the Mailbox

    Claire
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Today I’ve got stuff to help you get outside the traditional mail box. It’s a great way to communicate with folks – tried and true – but you have many more options in 2015. If you get stuck in the past you’re going to miss out on a lot of potential donors. Did you know [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Get Outside the Mailbox appeared first on Clairification.
  • Philanthropy, Not Fundraising: I Have a Dream 2015

    Claire
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:57 pm
    I have a dream for 2015 – and beyond. I have a dream  this is the year your organization will move beyond defining yourself by what you’re not (nonprofit) and will begin to define yourself by what you are (social benefit). I have a dream  this is the year your people will move from an [...] The post Philanthropy, Not Fundraising: I Have a Dream 2015 appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: What You Missed/Second Chance Edition – Annual; Events; Donor Retention; Nonprofit Communication

    Claire
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:49 am
    Today I’ve got my personal round-up edition with the TOP 10 POSTS on the Clairification blog as selected by you – my wonderful Clairification readers. I’ll no doubt be writing more about these topics in the coming year, but if there’s something you’d particularly like me to address please send me a direct email at [...] The post Clairity Click-it: What You Missed/Second Chance Edition – Annual; Events; Donor Retention; Nonprofit Communication appeared first on Clairification.
  • 7 Proven Keys to Inspire Nonprofit Boards to Lead and Give

    Claire
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:51 am
    My first year as a nonprofit fundraiser was before social media, cell phones, email, computers and even FAX machines. I had never heard the term “information overload” and I wasn’t distracted by interruptions every five minutes.  Why do I mention this? Because in today’s fast-paced world we are often so bombarded with bells, whistles and [...] The post 7 Proven Keys to Inspire Nonprofit Boards to Lead and Give appeared first on Clairification.
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    Thunderhead Works

  • The Power of Words to Change the World

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

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

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

    Tom Peterson
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Veronika Scott has done some remarkable things. At 24, she’s the founder and CEO of The Empowerment Plan. As a child of addicts, she says, she was “set up for failure,” in a hole she had to climb out of. But when a college class required her to design something that filled an actual need, she created a new beginning for herself and many others. This is part of a series, One Stitch Closer, developed by Gap, of inspiring stories of women making the world a better place. Thanks to Coco Cohen, who shared this! If you know of a great world-changing story, please pass it on by…
  • You Can Do the Impossible!

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

  • Top 10 Nonprofit Leadership Lessons for 2015: Think Differently

    Claire
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:13 pm
    The Fast Company Blog gives us The Top 10 Best Business Lessons Of 2014. They’re all lessons in leadership. Here’s how I see them applying to your nonprofit in the coming year: 10 Nonprofit Leadership Lessons to Unlock Your Potential This Year  1. Treat Humans Like People This holds true for everyone. Donors and staff [...] The post Top 10 Nonprofit Leadership Lessons for 2015: Think Differently appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Get Outside the Mailbox

    Claire
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Today I’ve got stuff to help you get outside the traditional mail box. It’s a great way to communicate with folks – tried and true – but you have many more options in 2015. If you get stuck in the past you’re going to miss out on a lot of potential donors. Did you know [...] The post Clairity Click-it: Get Outside the Mailbox appeared first on Clairification.
  • Philanthropy, Not Fundraising: I Have a Dream 2015

    Claire
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:57 pm
    I have a dream for 2015 – and beyond. I have a dream  this is the year your organization will move beyond defining yourself by what you’re not (nonprofit) and will begin to define yourself by what you are (social benefit). I have a dream  this is the year your people will move from an [...] The post Philanthropy, Not Fundraising: I Have a Dream 2015 appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: What You Missed/Second Chance Edition – Annual; Events; Donor Retention; Nonprofit Communication

    Claire
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:49 am
    Today I’ve got my personal round-up edition with the TOP 10 POSTS on the Clairification blog as selected by you – my wonderful Clairification readers. I’ll no doubt be writing more about these topics in the coming year, but if there’s something you’d particularly like me to address please send me a direct email at [...] The post Clairity Click-it: What You Missed/Second Chance Edition – Annual; Events; Donor Retention; Nonprofit Communication appeared first on Clairification.
  • 7 Proven Keys to Inspire Nonprofit Boards to Lead and Give

    Claire
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:51 am
    My first year as a nonprofit fundraiser was before social media, cell phones, email, computers and even FAX machines. I had never heard the term “information overload” and I wasn’t distracted by interruptions every five minutes.  Why do I mention this? Because in today’s fast-paced world we are often so bombarded with bells, whistles and [...] The post 7 Proven Keys to Inspire Nonprofit Boards to Lead and Give appeared first on Clairification.
 
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    Veritus Group

  • Setting Boundaries with Donors

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    I think if there is one thing that you’ve heard us say more than anything in the Passionate Giving Blog it’s that you need to establish solid relationships with your donors. There is no question that, as an MGO, that is your first and foremost job. If you can create a solid relationship with a donor, the money will follow. This has been proven over and over again. Going after the money is not the way to do it. But what does it mean to establish a solid relationship with a donor? Where do you draw the line between MGO-and-donor and MGO-and-friend? Admittedly, this is tough to know where to…
  • What Do You Hear from Your Donors?

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    I’m amazed what donors will tell you. But too often, MGOs and non-profits seem to have trouble listening to what they are saying. I have to admit; I’m personally not a great listener. People that know me well will tell you that. It’s something I’m always working on. It’s one big thing I know I need to change – it honors the person talking to me, and it gives me a piece of experience to advise you from. So I want you to know that I’m coming from a place of compassion and empathy when I implore you to really take the time to listen to your donor. Here is an example of why this is…
  • You Must Demand Good Management

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    In my last post, I implored you not to put up with bad management. Life is just too short to put up with someone that is going to bring you down every day. If you are a great MGO, you will have no problem finding a job that brings you joy. So in the same spirit of taking control over your own work experience, I’m now asking you to demand good management of your work. It’s one thing to leave bad management; it’s another to expect you will be managed well and to seek it out before you take any position. People don’t leave organizations. People leave bad managers. Richard and I have…
  • Don’t Put Up With Bad Management

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    Right now there are thousands of major gift officers and development professionals around the world who are being subjected to terrible management. Are you one of them? Just recently I received a call from an MGO at a large university who told me that she is “considering” doing something else because her boss is doing the following with her: Looks for ways to NOT give her credit for a gift — throughout the course of her employment, her manager has figured out ways not to give her credit for gifts that come in from her caseload. She has still managed to exceed her goals. Belittles her in…
  • Nonprofits Will Increase Efforts to Package Budget for Donors: #4 Trend to Watch in 2015

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am
    “I don’t have anything to present to donors,” the MGO said. And his manager, a little impatient, said: “Just look around you. Look at all the things we are doing. Get out there and get familiar with them, and then you will know what to present to donors!” That sums up the dilemma most every MGO faces as they try to do their best to raise funds for the organization they serve. It is one of the most misunderstood areas in major gift fund raising, one that raises the hackles of many managers who expect their MGOs to go out into the marketplace and “get the money.” I was in one…
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  • Simple Steps to Schedule Your Facebook Posts Ahead of Time

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

    shad
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:23 am
    What are the top communication goals at your nonprofit this year? What social media sites are most important to you? How often will you send out email and direct mail appeals? These are important questions nonprofits need to ask (and answer) every year. Nonprofit Marketing Guide.com recently released its fifth annual Nonprofit Communications and Trends Report. This report uses survey information collected from nonprofit professionals to try to get a baseline for what’s typical in nonprofit communications each year. In today’s post, we’ll pass along some stats from the 2015 report and…
  • 5 Digital Marketing Terms Nonprofit Leaders Need to Know This Year

    shad
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:22 am
    In the nonprofit world, each year brings with it new sets of trends and buzzwords. New practices and technology lead to changes in donor expectations. So how will what we saw last year influence what’s to come for nonprofits this year? In today’s post, we’ll look at five terms nonprofit leaders should be familiar with as they work to engage and connect with donors in 2015. Top 5 Nonprofit Digital Marketing Trends Here are five key terms representing areas where you may want to hone your nonprofit online marketing and fundraising efforts in the next 12 months: 1. Visible Impact After…
  • Looking Into The Future of Online Fundraising

    shad
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    It’s the time of year when you look ahead. You plan for the year, map out your goals. Put the finishing touches on your marketing and fundraising strategies for the coming months. Decide where and how you will focus your efforts. Looking down the road one year can be challenging enough for nonprofits. But a new survey asked nonprofit professionals to look ahead 10 years. Their answers provide a good indication of where digital fundraising is headed in the next decade. In today’s post, we’ll look at some findings from this survey which paint an interesting picture of the future of online…
  • A Holiday Message From The Eleventy Team

    shad
    23 Dec 2014 | 5:56 am
    To all our fantastic clients, partners, friends and blog readers, we wish you an amazingly happy holiday season. We hope you enjoy a ton of fun-filled festivities as we collectively toast our great accomplishments in 2014 and welcome all the spectacular things we’ll achieve in 2015. We look forward to talking more marketing, fundraising and analytics with you in the coming year. As always, if there’s anything we can do to help you and your organization, please don’t hesitate to give us a holler. Cheers to you from the merry team at eleventy marketing group! The post A…
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    Wagenmaker and Oberly - Nonprofit Update

  • A Peek Inside Fraternal Societies - 501(c)(8) and 501(c)(10)s

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:11 am
    From a federal tax perspective, what characteristic do the following organizations share:  The Elks Lodge, the Moose Lodge, the Knights of Columbus, the Order of the Eastern Star, the Freemasons, and the Shriners?  They are all “fraternal societies” under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) sections 501(c)(8) and 501(c)(10).  These organizations are therefore tax-exempt, although they are not qualified to receive tax-deductible contributions (unlike Section 501(c)(3) organizations).  Members of the societies are bound by common unifying objectives beyond purely social…
  • Supreme Court to Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases

    16 Jan 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Today (January 16, 2015) the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari to four cases appealed from the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on the issue of same-sex marriage.  The Court’s decision to hear the cases addresses the recent split between the federal circuits on the issue.  At issue are the following: (1) whether the Fourteenth Amendment requires states to license marriage between two people of the same sex, and (2) whether states must recognize marriages between same-sex couples performed in other states.  Background:  DOMA and the Sixth Circuit…
  • Restricted Gifts: Clarity is the Best Policy

    13 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    When it comes to large donations for special philanthropic projects or goals, clarity is essential for both satisfied donors and responsible nonprofit organizations.  The recent case of Register v. The Nature Conservancy (Dec. 9, 2014), which was decided by a Kentucky federal trial court, amply demonstrates this principle.The problem began in 2002, when nature-lover and long-time supporter Layton Register made a $1,000,000 gift to The Nature Conservancy (TNC), a nationally respected public charity.  According to court documents, Register and TNC communicated at length about their…
  • When is a “religious” organization religious enough for unemployment insurance tax exemption?

    5 Jan 2015 | 6:09 am
    Is your religious organization liable for unemployment insurance tax?  Certain religious nonprofits are indeed exempt from state unemployment insurance tax.  It is important, however, that such nonprofits understand their specific staterequirements for exemption, which may be very different from IRS exemption..  Depending on your state’s requirements, even being determined to be a “church” by the IRS may not be enough for state unemployment exemption. Intro: Exemption for religious groups?State unemployment insurance laws generally provide an exemption for certain…
  • Nonprofit Board Accountability: A Brief Comparison with For-Profit Corporations

    29 Dec 2014 | 12:21 pm
    What can nonprofit organizations learn about accountability from for-profit corporations?  Plenty!  Despite their differences, for-profits and nonprofit organizations can have much in common structurally and operationally.   Taking a look at the best ways for-profit corporations hold themselves accountable will yield helpful principles than can strengthen nonprofit organizations.  For-profit and nonprofit general similarities and differencesCompare the nonprofit to a for-profit corporation.  Notably, the Illinois Not-for-Profit Corporation Act and many other…
 
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  • Nonprofit Employee Burnout: 3 Hazardous Themes

    Mark C. Titi
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Too much work. Not enough help. It’s a common iss […] The post Nonprofit Employee Burnout: 3 Hazardous Themes appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
  • Protected: Coming Soon! Cash In on Entrepreneur Volunteers

    Mark C. Titi
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:43 pm
    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post. The post Protected: Coming Soon! Cash In on Entrepreneur Volunteers appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
  • STOP Competing for Resources

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

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

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

  • Lekeri: Implementation Images

    Caitlin Rackish
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:13 pm
      Just before the holiday, Milgis Trust, our partner in the Samburu region of Kenya,  shared several photos from the implementation of our solar-powered water system in the community of Lekeri. The Lekeri water system was funded by Lene Maria for Rent Vann in memory of Maria Annette Ofstad Derås, a friend of Lene Maria’s, who passed away at the age of...
  • Voss Foundation and Milgis Trust Projects Yield 51 Million Liters of Water Per Year

    Caitlin Rackish
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Since 2008, Voss Foundation and Milgis Trust, our longest-standing partner, have implemented 9 water projects in the Samburu region of Kenya that provide water to 10 communities: Kileswa, Latakwen, Lekeri, Masikita, Milgis School and Ilgwe Eldome, Ndonyo Nasipa, Seren and Kasipo, Swari, and Urra – via 31 access points. Pete Ilsley recently worked with Moses Lesoloyia and Lazaro, Milgis...
  • 2014 WHW Project: Drilling Update

    Caitlin Rackish
    9 Jan 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Drilling is underway on the first of the two boreholes co-funded by Voss Foundation’s 2014 Women Helping Women campaign and 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, and GAD’s second project with GF&H. Noella Coursaris Musunka, Founder and CEO of the Georges Malaika Foundation, and...
  • An extraordinary Christmas present from Jewel

    ExecutiveDirector
    9 Jan 2015 | 12:55 pm
    At the end of 2014, just as our staff was getting ready to leave for the holidays, we received the most extraordinary Christmas present from Jewel and our friends at Project Clean Water, our Give A Drop partners along with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Unite: over the course of the year, Jewel had raised over...
  • A Second Give A Drop Project For GF&H

    Caitlin Rackish
    8 Jan 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Children collect water during the pump test for the GF&H orphanage borehole, the fist Give A Drop project. Thanks to a generous contribution from Jewel’s Project Clean Water at the end of December 2014, Voss Foundation has funded the remainder of the water and sanitation project for Good Future and Hope’s primary school in Nakisunga, Uganda through...
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    Double the Donation

  • Feature Matching Gifts in Year End and New Year Appeals

    Alex
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:29 am
    You’ve got a long to-do list that never ends, and promoting matching gifts is an easy task to push aside. However, it’s a necessary job. The specifics vary by company, but donors have a limited window of when they can apply for matching gifts. If you’re not getting the word out about matching gifts then you’ll lose eligible donors and receive fewer requests. The goal of any great matching gift program is to maximize its dollars donated for the public good. Don’t make people wait. Just like you, your donors live busy lives and likely don’t ruminate on the intricacies of charitable…
  • Prospect Research Expert Advice Featuring Double the Donation’s President

    Alex
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:36 am
    We’re finally famous! Okay, no red carpet, but DonorSearch featured Double the Donation President Adam Weinger in their recent blog post of expert advice on prospect research. Here’s what Adam had to say: “Don’t forget about integrating matching gift data into your prospect outreach strategy. Many companies offer matching gift programs to their employees which can increase the potential value of individual donations. What’s more, some companies will even match major gifts of $5,000 or more.” In addition to Adam, 19 other prospect research rock stars offered their sage…
  • Feature Matching Gifts in Your Donation Process

    Alex
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:39 am
    There may be no better time to encourage a donor to seek a matching gift than when he’s making his actual donation. Yes, we’re saying that you can propagate matching gifts directly in the donation process on either the main donation page or on the donation confirmation screen. Matching Gifts on the Donation Form On donation forms, nonprofits can encourage donors to submit matching gifts in one of three ways: Ask donors to check with their HR departments to see if their employers will match their donations Insert a link that takes donors to a dedicated matching gift page with company…
  • Feature Matching Gifts on Your Nonprofit’s Blog

    Alex
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:12 am
    Space has more stars than you could count in a lifetime and the internet may have that equivalent in content. Blogs are a popular type of content that any nonprofit can create, and blogs share your nonprofit’s stories with donors. When people engage with your content you gain the opportunity to tell your story. But how exactly do you incorporate matching gift information into a blog? Below is a sample blog post that discusses matching gifts. Feel free to mimic or even copy and paste the template. Your matching gift post does not need to be long, and the idea is to inform donors about…
  • Feature Matching Gifts on a Dedicated Page on Your Nonprofit’s Website

    Alex
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:18 am
    Has your nonprofit incorporated matching gift wording across your fundraising communications? If so, what happens when donors click on the link to matching gifts on your Ways to Give page, within a matching gift email, or in a donation confirmation email? Ideally, they get directed to a page dedicated solely to matching gifts. Purpose of Dedicated Matching Gift Pages A dedicated matching gift page should do two things: Educate the user about matching gifts both in a general sense and as they pertain to your nonprofit. Make it as simple as possible for the donor to research if his or her…
 
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    Invisible Children » Blog

  • It’s good to have you with us

    Miranda Brown
    31 Dec 2014 | 2:49 pm
    As you’ve probably heard by now, Invisible Children is making some major changes in 2015. (If you missed the news amidst all the holiday parties and eggnog lattes, get updated here.) For the last 10 years, we’ve experienced beautiful and powerful victories, and we’ve seen thousands of people become bolder and more compassionate by standing up for […] The post It’s good to have you with us appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • How I Became an Activist // Reblog: Huffington Post

    Miranda Brown
    27 Dec 2014 | 1:09 am
    In the last few weeks, we’ve received countless messages from our friends and supporters, telling their stories of how Invisible Children has affected their life and purpose. This piece from Adam DeAngelis in the Huffington Post is one we found to be particularly inspiring. In the last 10 years, our media and mobilization projects have challenged young […] The post How I Became an Activist // Reblog: Huffington Post appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • Invisible Children programs continuing in 2015

    Invisible Children
    23 Dec 2014 | 10:17 am
    As you’ve probably heard, Invisible Children will be undergoing some major changes in 2015. Namely, we are downsizing the bulk of our U.S. programs and operations to prioritize our political advocacy and central Africa programs through 2015. But what does this mean? Below is an outline of exactly which of our programs will be sticking […] The post Invisible Children programs continuing in 2015 appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • Don’t be afraid // Reflections from Bethany Bylsma

    Miranda Brown
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:35 am
    Last week, we announced some major changes we’re making next year. And in the past few days, we’ve been overwhelmed with positive responses, full of love, nostalgia and inspiration. All of you have been sharing your stories and expressing how much you’ve learned through your time with us. We absolutely LOVE that. Storytelling is an important […] The post Don’t be afraid // Reflections from Bethany Bylsma appeared first on Invisible Children.
  • Reblog // GOOD Magazine: Invisible Children to Shutter Operations in 2015

    Miranda Brown
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:37 am
    If you’ve been online within the last few days, you might have noticed that when we announced major changes happening at Invisible Children in 2015, the press took notice as well. A number of news sources have covered our story. We think one of the fairest came from GOOD Magazine, an online news outlet that covers humanitarian […] The post Reblog // GOOD Magazine: Invisible Children to Shutter Operations in 2015 appeared first on Invisible Children.
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  • 5 Ways Your Nonprofit Can Raise Money Like charity:water

    Julia Claire Campbell
    7 Jan 2015 | 12:31 pm
    You may have heard of the mammoth success of the nonprofit charity:water and its effectiveness in raising money online. When you hear about its amazing story, you may shake your head and say: “Sigh. There is absolutely NO way that my tiny, itty bitty, bootstrapped nonprofit can do what they do.” But you are wrong! Take the advice of the incredibly talented and enthusiastic Paull Young, past Director of Digital at the organization, currently at Instagram working on Strategic Partnerships. He wrote a fantastically insightful post on Medium about the 5 things he learned during his tenure at…
  • Facebook in 2015 – What Nonprofits Need to Know

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

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

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

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

  • A relationship-building approach to arts marketing: Seneca Garber [profile]

    Marlene Oliveira
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Seneca Garber is an arts enthusiast whose background in education influences his approach to marketing. Currently Director of Marketing at Seattle Chamber Music Society (a role he’s held for the past two years), Seneca previously worked at the Seattle Opera in the education department. “I always loved the arts but knew I wasn’t going to be a professional musician. I often get asked if I play an instrument or sing, and I always tell people, ‘You would NOT want to hear that!’” says Seneca. “However, when I learned about the administrative side of arts organizations, I knew that I…
  • Making your nonprofit website a priority [#NPMC chat]

    Marlene Oliveira
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    Is your nonprofit’s website brag-worthy or a source of shame? Do you treat your site as your most important digital asset, or a neglected item on your to-do list? Digital marketing tools abound and it’s tempting – and sometimes rewarding – to test out new tools, networks and platforms. But in 2015, your nonprofit website should remain your digital priority. Last week, we shared research results that emphasized the importance of taking care of our websites. Another study conducted in 2014 revealed that charities lose millions due to slow, unresponsive websites. So, to get a…
  • Research insights to inform your 2015 nonprofit marketing plans

    Suzanne Hallsworth
    8 Jan 2015 | 5:15 am
    A new year brings new possibilities and a fresh start to your nonprofit marketing efforts. If you are looking for inspiration, two recently published research studies can help you take your digital communications strategies to the next level. First, Blackbaud and Content Marketing Institute have once again collaborated to deliver the 2015 Nonprofit Content Marketing: Benchmarks, Budgets, and Trends – North America report. This is the second year Content Marketing Institute and Blackbaud have partnered for this survey of 1,118 nonprofit marketers and there are a few significant developments…
  • Three simple SEO tips for nonprofits

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

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

  • Template System Update!!

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
    Across the Internet, users are becoming increasingly accustomed to a more personalized experience when engaging with websites and platforms. RallyBound is excited to announce that its total dynamic vision is one step closer to reality with the release of its new placeholder structure, today. While this may seem like a small update the features it enables will provide for additional flexibility in the way admins construct emails, social shares and other on-site touch points where placeholders previously existed. Feature Specifics Structurally, the development team has taken considerable care…
  • Top 10 Single Largest Nonprofit Fundraising Events of 2014

    22 Jan 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Last year we produced our inaugural infographic: Top 10 Single Largest Nonprofit Fundraising Events. In keeping with this tradition, we excited to present our new infographic for 2104. In this iteration, we shifted metrics and chose to examine the year-over-year growth rates of events. Over the last year, events such as Bike MS, Pelotonia, and AIDS LifeCycle have seen some incredible growth. Interestingly, two out of the three top events fall outside the largest cause contributor to the list, cancer. Please take a look below or download the hi-res version. We hope that this graphic provides…
  • Is a Fundraising Platform right for you?

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:55 am
    1. Do you have a variety of fundraising campaign types? 2. Are you looking to centralize efforts into a one manageable area? 3. Experimentation and growth are constant discussions internally? 4. Feel your branding is hiding on 3rd party services? 5. Have a branded event series that needs a robust and customized platform to thrive? These five questions represent the majority of clients utilizing the RallyBound fundraising platform today. While the missions are wide-ranging, each organization aligns under these identifiers. More than ever, organizations need to be empowered by technology not…
  • Admin Upgrade Live!

    14 Jan 2015 | 10:36 am
    Today we are announcing the beta release of our Admin upgrade. The backend ( aka “admin”) contains information at the event or campaign level. Accessing information across various campaigns, historically, was achieved through reports or in a single view of All Campaigns. With this release, organizations are now presented with a global view of data and metrics across all their fundraising initiatives. The statistics at the global level are simplified to People and Donations as depicted below. The campaign cards display stats and easy access to general settings as well as links directly to…
  • #DoggiesforAnthony

    13 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
    For the most part, we spend our time discussing digital fundraising, how to channel its power and steps to doing so. Ever so often, we are struck by the pure altruism that the web and more specifically, social media allows for. If you aren’t aware, a wonderful “event”, Photo Doggies for Anthony, has slowly been sweeping timelines. As with most viral efforts, the concept is simple and effective: post a photo(s) of your dog(s) and aid in the endeavor to bring to joy to Anthony. A little backstory: Anthony is currently a patient at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and cherishes dogs. Every…
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    Nonprofit Hub » Featured

  • Hello, Trello: Why We’re Simply Loving It

    Randy Hawthorne
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:59 am
    With seven people working from multiple cities and locations, my team doesn’t have an option when it comes to online productivity. Our job is to be online all day finding the latest and greatest in nonprofit happenings. That means reading blogs, writing articles and (gasp!) being on social media. We’re a bunch of writers, editors and creative-thinkers—which means organization can prevail, but we might need a little help. Enter Trello. It’s an online productivity tool—and it has completely upped our game. These are the cool features we love, why it works for us and how your…
  • Donor Retention Made Simple

    Lyndsey Hrabik
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    This article originally ran in our Nonprofit Hub Magazine, a free bi-monthly magazine dedicated to providing focused content on a particular topic. In our January/February edition, we explored how to keep donors around all year. To reserve your free copy of our March/April issue, sign up today.  Are you overwhelmed by all of this retention talk? Small steps eventually add up to one giant leap. So let’s start small. Try these quick tips to get your donors on track to come back for more. 1. Thank every single donor. Trust us. You do have time. Because the return will be worth it. 2. Find…
  • Discovering Donors: Prospect Research Basics

    Kim Becker Cooper
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:36 am
    Kim Becker Cooper is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub and the Marketing Director at DonorSearch, a prospect research and wealth screening company that focuses on philanthropy. She has ten years of experience serving as a frontline fundraiser, prospect researcher and consultant for nonprofits. _____________ Finding major gift donors without prospect research is like searching for a needle in a haystack. Fundraising is all about time. You can’t dedicate excessive effort to every prospect, so you don’t want to waste your finite resources pitching to donors who either don’t care or…
  • The Weight of Donor Retention [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Devin Thomas
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    This infographic originally ran in our Nonprofit Hub Magazine, a free bi-monthly magazine dedicated to providing focused content on a particular topic. In our January/February edition, we explored how to keep donors around all year. To reserve your free copy of our March/April issue, sign up today.      The post The Weight of Donor Retention [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on Nonprofit Hub.
  • Nonprofits Competing for Funds: How to Stand Out (If Necessary)

    Lyndsey Hrabik
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:05 am
    We’ve all heard that we’re supposed to be the change we want to see in the world. Did Gandhi actually say that? It’s up for debate. Regardless, the concept is one we’re sure he could get behind. But what happens when you decide to be the change, and Betty down the street also decides to be the change, and even Paul across town? That’s a great thing. There’s no such thing as ‘too much good.’ But if you all have the same idea and separate organizations, we’re raising a red flag against your efficiency toward reaching the mission. If your organization needs to stand out, we can…
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  • Guest Post: Visualizing Your Story - Part 3

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

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

    12 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    How Nonprofits Can Work with Photographers to Enhance Their Message Guest post by Billy Howard You do great work in your community and spend countless hours thinking about and writing compelling stories documenting the fascinating individuals you help and the amazing volunteers who give of themselves to bring hope to the people you serve. Then you post it with a photo taken with one of your volunteer’s cameras, or, quelle horreur!, their iPhone.  A story that should grab the short attention span of the average viewer gets no responses and you wonder why. It was well wrought and…
 
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  • How To Recruit A Powerful Fundraising Committee

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

    Brendan Kinney
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:13 am
    Click here to review the chat transcript! This week, #fundchat is going to dip its toe into the art of fundraising. After all, fundraising is more about the money. We’ll focus instead on how to connect with the values that are important to your donors. Join #fundchat on Wednesday, January 14 from 12-1 pm EST for, “More Than Money: Connecting Donor Values To Your Cause.” Many thanks to Brandon Eyring for suggesting this topic. Follow him on Twitter @beyring_WE. Here’s what you can do to ensure a successful #fundchat: Share this post with your social networks! Invite…
  • Measuring Social Media ROI For Nonprofits

    Brendan Kinney
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:56 am
    Click here for the transcript. Like most nonprofits, your staff is likely stretched thin, trying to make do with shrinking budgets yet bigger (and better!) goals to deliver on your mission. Likewise, your organization probably doesn’t have someone devoted to marketing and communications or if you do, it’s one item on a long list of job responsibilities that typically falls to the bottom of the priority list. And yet, you’ve taken the time, energy, and perhaps resources to establish a social media presence for your organization. Perhaps the effort is even…
  • Fundraising Resolutions For 2015

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

    Brendan Kinney
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:26 am
    Click here to view the transcript. The results are still being tallied, but by most accounts, #GivingTuesday met or exceeded expectations. It was hard to miss the fact that this year, corporate partnerships had greater visibility. Which lead some to question, “Have corporations hijacked #GivingTuesday?” In an article titled, “Selfish Charity: Down With #GivingTuesday,” Hamilton Nolan writes: The problem with #GivingTuesday is neither the giving, nor the encouragement to give. It is the cynical process of turning charity into a direct PR-for-dollars scheme. And he…
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  • Why are there so few biographies of nonprofit leaders?

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

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

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

    Krystyn Tully
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    We all have places to be. Being busy is a “disease”. Being busy is an illusion. Being busy is a “trap”. Being busy “isn’t respectable anymore”. So sayeth the Internet. These posts catch my eye because in Start-Up Charity Land, there are two phases: not busy, followed by busy. (After this, apparently “Start Up” ends and bureaucratic lethargy and institutional rigour mortis set in - but I’m not there, yet, so I can’t say for sure.)In the “Not Busy” times, no one knows who you are. Your phone doesn’t ring. You read and respond thoughtfully to every email…
  • Lesson #20: No one gives you permission to do what you need to do

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

    Stephanie Beer
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
    This infographic was originally published on Who Is Hosting This blog. Since the release of Bitcoin in 2009 it has been rapidly adopted. It is now used by millions of people, businesses and non-profit organisations all over the world. In fact the cryptocurrency now has over 13 million Bitcoins in circulation and each is valued at $300 or more. Bitcoin is changing the face of how we pay for services and buy goods. Yet, its adoption has been far from uniform. There remain many who still remain unaware of exactly how it works. Indeed, recent surveys found that nearly a third of all Americans…
  • The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Nonprofit Outcomes

    James Zackal
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:36 am
      Obtaining outcomes can help an organization track impact from programs and activities to demonstrating changes it makes for the community and individuals.  It’s also becoming much more important to funders to see a nonprofit’s outcomes in order to continue funding.   Here are some great resources to help you define, track, and evaluate nonprofit outcomes for 2015.   Nonprofit Resource Center compiled a list of resources for evaluations and outcomes. Here are 10 ultimate outcome resources every nonprofit can use.   Nonprofit Performance Management is a free…
  • Philanthropy, Not Fundraising: I Have a Dream 2015

    Claire Axelrad
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:36 am
    This post, written by Claire Axelrad, originally published on her site, Clairification , and we are thankful for her permission to share it with you, since it provides great inspiration. I have a dream for 2015 – and beyond. I have a dream  this is the year your organization will move beyond defining yourself by what you’re not (nonprofit) and will begin to define yourself by what you are (social benefit). I have a dream  this is the year your people will move from an attitude of taking and hitting people up (aka “fundraising”) to a mindset of giving and lifting people up (aka…
  • The “Internet of Things” and Nonprofits

    Kadi McDonald
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:44 am
      Looking through the tech blogs over the last couple of weeks, there’s a term that keeps bursting off the pages as I read. And while I’m still not completely clear on what exactly it means, I’m fairly certain it’s important for every entrepreneur to know about.   The Internet of Things, or IoT, is a proposed development of the Internet that gives everyday objects network connectivity that allows them to send and receive data. Some are calling this the next Industrial Revolution, not only impacting consumers who choose to integrate these objects, but businesses and marketing…
  • Working Remotely and Working Well

    Kadi McDonald
    17 Jan 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Making Working Remotely Work When I first entered the workforce, most of the job postings I saw that allowed you to work from home were either technology related or some type of pyramid scheme. Nowadays, however, faster connection speeds, better technology, a desire for more work/life balance, and proven productivity increases have made working from home commonplace in all types of industries. With costs for office space rising, a lot of businesses are opting for at-home workers. And for those nonprofits that have never had the budget for a dedicated space, telecommuting is old news. But how…
 
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  • 4 Top Productivity Tips for Busy Nonprofit Pros

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

    Yvonne Hudson
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Belonging is an important human attribute human attribute. The corner deli, the pub, the coffee shop–those “third places” where people gather have significance. Online, social plays that role virtually. Professionally, LinkedIn is a leader for connecting with relevant career contacts. It’s also a place to find others with similar interests.   Joining Linkedin groups is a great way to get your organization’s events, projects, mission, and people before new audiences–particularly those targeted to niches where your cause or aligned activities may have traction.
  • New Year’s Resolutions Every Top Nonprofit Must Keep

    Kadi McDonald
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:40 am
      I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions – especially those that involve weight loss and “being your best you.” But I do think that the first of the year is a great time to check in with yourself (and your work) to make sure you’ve made progress. For those that do like New Year’s resolutions, I think it’s incredibly important to be realistic when you’re setting goals for the year. If you’ve never stepped foot on a treadmill, it’s probably unrealistic to set a resolution to run a marathon this year (unless you have every waking moment of your life to dedicate to…
  • The of Roots of Fundraising: How We Got Here

    Jennifer Schaupp
    28 Dec 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Let’s take a look at the roots of fundraising.   Did the history of professional fundraising in the U.S. begin with the Village People? Not exactly, but the YMCA played a significant role.   The origins of America were ripe with fundraising, as the wealthy came to the aid of the new colonies, according to Philanthropy in America: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia, Volume 1 (ed. Dwight Burlingame). The philanthropy gave the independent nation a boost so it could acquire strength and confidence.   However, to speak of fundraising on a national, professional scale,…
  • The Added Values of High Net Worth Donors

    Aloma Arter
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:48 pm
    When considering your consituents, surely High Net Worth donors, those with $1 million in investable assets or annual income of $200,000+, are always high on your target list. A new report from Bank of America provides some great insight on the charitable habits of High Net Worth (HNW) donors, as well as a few trends, which are very encouraging for the nonprofit community. “This year’s study, more than ever, tells us that when wealthy donors are intentional about and engaged in their giving—when they find that meaningful intersection between their ideas and ideals—they give more,…
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  • 9 Reasons to Expand Strategy Development Participants

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

    Robert Nelson
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:40 am
    Part II Strategy development doesn’t end with the creation of a strategic document. In fact, it is an ongoing cycle. Strategy Development is a Process, Not and Event Part I provides an overview of many of the components of effective strategy development that occur prior to a strategy development retreat. This article focuses on the continuing strategy development cycle beginning with the strategy document. Developing good strategy requires thinking strategically at every turn and it evolves overtime. Good strategy is dynamic and requires constant observation of the marketplace with a…
  • Strategy Development is a Process, Not a Retreat

    Robert Nelson
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:40 am
    Part I Strategy development is an ongoing process, not something that occurs every three years. Yes, a strategy development retreat is a critical component of a healthy organization and a necessary element of nonprofit strategy development, but developing good strategy requires thinking strategically at every turn (strategic thinking culture) and an ongoing, institutionalized strategy development process. A comprehensive strategy development process consists of many components. Utilizing the components throughout the year will ensure solid market position awareness, contribute to the…
  • Dialogue: Six Fundamentals

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

    Robert Nelson
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Effective delegation is often thought of as one of the most challenging management skills to master. Yet, delegation is one of the most powerful management skills. In fact, if you are not an effective delegator, you are shortchanging yourself, your employees and your organization. Successful delegation entails delegating the right things to the right people at the right time, along with the authority and resources needed to carry out the assignment. Delegating, of course, conveys a number of benefits beyond getting the job done. It is an important part of employee development, employee…
 
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  • Cultivate New Major Donors with Experiential Travel in 8 Simple Steps

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:56 am
    Special events are the most widely used method for cultivating new major donors. Nonprofits host big events as an entry point for potential high net-value donors to come learn about the cause and meet the people behind the scenes (that's you), planting the seed for a relationship that moves them toward major giving. The toughest piece of this donor cultivation process - especially at a big fundraising event - is building that relationship. If you're busy running around and you only have time to introduce yourself to a few people, who do you spend your time socializing with? How can you…
  • 3 Reasons NOT to Hire a Benefit Auctioneer

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:34 am
    Proper planning and smart investments are key to creating a successful and lasting event. The goal is to lay a solid foundation so you can have a successful event now and for years to come. One investment Nonprofits can make when planning a first-time event is hiring a professional benefit auctioneer. While the upfront cost can make it tempting to skip hiring a professional auctioneer, this is actually a mistake. Let’s look at some of the reasons a charity event committee wouldn't make this investment: 1. You don't want professional advice Benefit auctioneers will tell you they have a lot…
  • Live or Silent Auction Fundraiser? That is the Question [INFOGRAPHIC]

    20 Jan 2015 | 10:01 am
    These days no charity fundraiser is complete without a dazzling auction to delight donors and get them excited to spend money for your cause. Before you start planning your next benefit auction, ask yourself which type of auction is better suited for your event - a live auction or a silent auction... or both?  While both live and silent auctions have their advantages, it is important to carefully evaluate your event to determine which type of auction is going to be the best fit for your audience, your auction items, and your fundraising venue. Quite often, Nonprofits will opt for a…
  • New Fundraising Events: 5 Ideas for Ensuring Future Success

    15 Jan 2015 | 10:06 am
    Planning a charity event for the first time can be totally overwhelming. With countless things to coordinate, numerous people to please and the pressure to justify the event by raising enough money - all while staying within budget - can make even the savviest event planner apprehensive.   It’s time to step back, take a deep breath and adopt the right mindset when you plan a fundraiser for the first time. What is that mindset? Believe it or not, it’s not just about how much money you raise.  The most important thing to focus on for first-time events is…
  • 4 Auction Travel Package Ideas for Enhancing Your Next Event

    13 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    Procuring auction travel packages to match your audience's interests and hobbies is a crucial part of creating a successful fundraising event. But what if your audience of donors has a wide range of interests? This can make it a challenge to pick which travel package to include in your live auction. One way is to consider the event itself. While some supporters will show up solely for the cause, others will attend an event because something else about it has a special appeal to them. This can give you some important clues about what auction items they might be interested in. Here are four…
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  • Why Are Nonprofits So Terrible At Acknowledging Gifts?

    Jay Love
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    The harsh reality is that most of us in the nonprofit sector are not very good at making donors feel special through the gift acknowledgement process. Do you think your organization is the exception? If so, you can conduct a game-changing experiment, one with potential results so stunning that your mindset toward internal processes for communications will be changed forever Do we have your attention yet? The simple experiment defined You or a member of your staff can make a $5-to-$15 donation to 20 or so local and national charities via the mail or online. Make sure and include your own…
  • 3 Big Data Trends Nonprofits Should Take Advantage of This Year

    joshmaitrelsci
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    Big Data Plenty has been written about the applications of big data to the nonprofit and social impact sphere. From administrative and fundraising strategy to the missions themselves, data has demonstrated the potential to reshape the way we do nonprofit work forever. And nonprofits are becoming savvier in the way they collect and analyze their data. So, what can we expect from big data in 2015, and how can nonprofits take advantage of these trends? 1. Easier Access. Data analytics have become increasingly streamlined and simplified, allowing businesses to train in-house users rather than…
  • Think Like a Donor

    Pursuant
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    The hardest thing to do in fundraising is think like a donor.  Let’s face it; thinking like other people is just plain difficult.  This may be why most marriages end in divorce.  Or why teenagers feel so woefully misunderstood.  Yet, getting this one thing right has the greatest power to unleash your donor’s generosity towards your cause. Why is it so hard to think like a donor?  How do we stray off course and lose our way?  It’s easy.  We get sidetracked with all the great things we want to tell our donors and we forget that the heart of our communication should be the exact…
  • Building a Business Plan Around the ‘Engine for Good’

    Shonte Riddick
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:42 am
    The pursuit of corporate profits results in many of the world’s greatest tragedies — churning out pollution, perpetuating racial stereotypes and deepening income inequality. But what if it were profitable to do good? What if the more good a company did for the world, the more profits it made? Could we reverse our destructive path? As an MBA student in the mid-’90s, I was awed by the power of the markets. Business models that generate profits are often able to steamroll over any obstacle in their path. Instead of fighting this force head-on, I figured we could use some business…
  • The Shocking Truth about Marketing and Development for Nonprofit

    Shonte Riddick
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:11 am
    They’re the same thing. Let me repeat, to make sure you heard this correctly: they’re the SAME thing. No, this isn’t some trick.   They really serve the same function. Which is why they shouldn’t exist in separate silos within your organization. Do you want to know why? On the subject of marketing, allow me to quote the inimitable Hugh MacLeod : “We are a species of ideas. And the ideas that spread, win. And marketing is just the art of getting ideas to spread. Sure, selling bathroom deodorant via daytime TV commercials is marketing. But so was Martin Luther King’s “I Have A…
 
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  • Blogging for Nonprofits: Blog Platform Selection

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

    Ritu Sharma
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:37 am
    This is part one of a three-part series on how you can get started with blogging. We’ll talk about getting started, blogging platforms, idea generation, and distribution channels in the series to help you get started with blogging. As you know, having a blog is an incredibly effective way to tell your nonprofit’s story, connect with supporters, and gain exposure with new audiences. From SEO to establishing authority—there are numerous and very compelling reasons to write and maintain a blog. Then, why doesn’t every nonprofit have one? Setting it up isn’t the issue, not entirely…
  • How Twitter Analytics Will Make You a Tweet Master

    Ritu Sharma
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    By Ritu Sharma, CEO & Co-Founder, Social Media for Nonprofits A lot of people think Twitter insights are just about measuring traffic – “We have this many followers, and this many @replies.” That’s certainly part of it, but the best use of insights is when they inform your use of social media for maximum advantage – it’s not really a numbers game. After all, you want to increase your reach, engage more people, and send them flocking back to your cause’s website to take further actions for you. Before we peek behind the curtain at analytics platforms, what does a successful…
  • 10 Twitter Best Practices for Nonprofits

    admin
    23 Dec 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Guest Post by Meg Rulli, Co-Founder, ModMark Group Social media is king when it comes to spreading awareness of your organization in today’s digital world! But which platform should your nonprofit focus its effort? There are plenty of communities out there, so it really depends on what the marketing goals are of your organization – and where your audience is located. But to break things down at a high-level, platforms like Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram are outstanding for video and photo content, but Twitter is my favorite platform to connect for nonprofits to connect with…
  • How to Host the Ultimate Twitter Chat Week after Week!

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