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  • A vision without execution is an hallucination*

    CHARITY CASE
    Krystyn Tully
    30 Mar 2014 | 9:14 am
    "Theories of Bureaucracy you say. Oh yes, please, do tell me more .This sounds riveting. Just let me get some popcorn." (Photo courtesy Growing Leaders) “What are you studying in school?” people often ask me.“Public administration with a speciality in nonprofit organization management …….” I usually respond. And somewhere around the word “administration” I inevitably see their eyes glaze over. Boredom sets in. If they make it past my first response, they might ask “Oh, and what kinds of classes do you take?”“Oh, they’re really fascinating,” I”ll enthuse. “I…
  • Let’s Put The ‘Fun’ Back In Fundraising

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    Brendan Kinney
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:19 am
    The transcript is now available! Click here. The topic of fundraising can be so dead serious. It’s time to lighten things up and talk about how to put the “fun” back in fundraising! This week’s #fundchat topic comes courtesy of Preeti Gill (@Preeti_Things) @brendankinney idea: how to put the 'fun' in fundraising. We're so serious lately! #fundchat — Preeti Gill (@Preeti_Things) March 27, 2014 So join the #fundchat community on Wednesday, April 2, from 12-1 p.m. EST for “Let’s Put The ‘Fun’ Back In Fundraising.” Share your…
  • State of Nonprofits: Nudity, Ghosts and Perpetual Indulgence

    Ken's Commentary
    27 Mar 2014 | 5:30 am
    Originally published on Linkedin on March 25, 2014.What do nudity, ghosts and perpetual indulgence have in common? They relate to the core mission of a variety of US registered (IRS-approved) public charities. This is no joke! If you use these keywords to do a search of all the 1.4 million plus US-registered nonprofits on theCharity Navigator website, you will find organizations that include: nudist research libraries,ghost hunters and various chapters of a worldwide coalition of the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” (they state that they dress in drag as nuns to "use humor…
  • Do Social Media Interactions Actually Help Your Nonprofit?

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    Amy DeVita
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:54 am
    Sometimes a “Like” is just a “Like”? It’s a question that has puzzled the ages. Well, maybe not the ages, but at least  the past several years–it just feels like ages. “What does a “Like” mean to my nonprofit, anyway?” “How can a Like on Facebook or a Retweet on Twitter help raise funds?” Advocacy and activism have seen social media interactions move the needle. At BBCon 2013, we found the session “Measuring Impact of Online Advocacy” really useful in setting expectations for your campaign as well as helping…
  • Six Points for Good Content Leading to Engagement

    Social Media Bird Brain
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Engagement comes from content. And the most often given advice about content? Make it good. But what, exactly does that mean? What is good content? Relevancy, Timeliness Informative, Funny, or Touching Presentation Visual/Audial Inviting Comment or Elaboration Relevancy, Timeliness Via Media Republic/Global Voices What you're posting about has to be something meaningful to your audience. If
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  • Former Orphan Provides Safe-Haven for Street Kids

    EshaC
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:51 am
    This article first appeared on TruthAtlas. The boy is crouched over in the back of a van. Drops of blood from the cut on his head stain his shirt—he’d been hit with a bottle when he got into a fight. Stanislas Lukumba, a tall, good-looking, fortyish nurse, checks for shards of glass as the driver shines his cell phone on the wound. For the last eight years, Stanislas has made nightly runs in the van, a mobile clinic that operates in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He stops in neighborhoods where street kids hang out, and those in need come inside the van for…
  • Three Takeaways in my First Steps as a Social Entrepreneur

    EshaC
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    This post is written by Armand Tossou, a Fulbright scholar from Benin who is an MBA Candidate in the Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA program at Colorado State University. Armand and his co-founders Yesse, Aaron, and Leana, are starting a social venture that will support rural farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa through increased access to agricultural technologies. Until fall 2013, I had lived in my home country (Benin) and entertained big dreams about weeding poverty out of the African Continent. Now I am studying social entrepreneurship at Colorado State University in a path-breaking…
  • The Solutions Set: six must-read stories from the last month

    EshaC
    29 Mar 2014 | 4:12 am
    Welcome back to Solutions Set, where each month we select some of the most compelling solutions journalism from across the web. Solutions journalism offers rigorous coverage of solutions to huge social problems – this month’s Set spans cancer, childhood trauma, and college access. Of course, the best posts include suggestions from our Solutions Set community – including what we’ve missed each month. (For more on what we missed, see #6.) We value your insights, delivered via email, on Twitter @DowserJosh, or in the comment section below. This month’s Solutions Set includes: “pay it…
  • StandProud for Polio Survivors

    EshaC
    27 Mar 2014 | 3:04 am
    This article first appeared on TruthAtlas. The boys in red-and-blue-striped jerseys race across the field—their eyes fixated on the bright yellow ball as sweat drips from their brows. Palm trees border one side of the playing field while the Congo River ripples behind; it’s a gorgeous setting for a soccer game. On the other side a road cuts through Kinshasa’s tony embassy neighborhood. Many of the locals have taken to jogging there, and some enjoy being spectators at today’s match. If you look at the boys only from the waist up, you might think this was just another soccer game. It is…
  • The Big C: changing the way the world lives with cancer

    EshaC
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:01 am
    On February 4th, the LIVESTRONG Foundation launched a pioneering initiative to “change the way the world lives with cancer.” The Big C competition is targetting a global community of entrepreneurs and innovators to create financially-sustainable enterprises that improve the daily lives of cancer patients and survivors. The competition will fund 60 total ventures, from which 20 projects will be selected for an accelerator programme. Ben Thurman caught up with LIVESTRONG’s Vice President for Communications & External Affairs, Katherine McLane, to find out more. Ben Thurman: Can you…
 
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  • How to Make Consistent Progress on Your Goals

    Rosetta
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:56 am
    “Start by starting.” - Meryl Streep It’s nice to daydream and set big goals for yourself, but for you to start seeing some real results in your life, you need to start putting some real stuff out there in the universe. And the best way to do that is to simply do one thing every single day in pursuit of your goals. Just imagine – that’s 365 actions you’d be taking over the course of a year. With that much effort and focus, there’s no way you wouldn’t make progress on even the BIGGEST dreams you have for your life. Here’s how to get started on this…
  • Behind the Scenes of a 4-City Tour: A Brief Guide to Planning Live Events on a Budget

    Rosetta
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    Some of my favorite photos from our last 2 tours! I’m writing this at 7:00am in Honolulu. The sun is rising above the palm trees. I’m sitting at my favorite table in my favorite coffee shop, drinking something called an “island breakfast tea” and nibbling on a warm, crumbly blueberry muffin. In just a couple of days, I’ll be on a flight from HNL to LAX (my life will be lived in airport codes this month) for our first Launch Yourself Tour stop in Los Angeles. This will be the THIRD year in a row that I’ve gone on tour to different cities to meet and connect…
  • VIDEO: 4 Distractions That Keep You from Reaching Your Goals (and How to Eliminate Them)

    Rosetta
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:53 am
    Do you get distracted easily and find yourself procrastinating on important tasks? In today’s video post, I reveal four harmful time-wasters that may be limiting your ability to pursue your dreams. Once you eliminate these distractions, you will have the time and energy you need to make progress on your big goals. In the video, I share some helpful tips you can use to get rid of four common distractions that often lead to procrastination on your goals. 1. Watching too much TV Remember, the more time you spend watching television, the less time you have available to take action on your…
  • How to Make a Digital Vision Board in 5 Simple Steps

    Rosetta
    21 Mar 2014 | 6:33 am
    Last weekend, I went to the Hawaii Auto Show here in Honolulu. There were shiny models from all of the major car dealerships on the island, including some sports car brands I had never seen up close and in person before, like Ferrari! Now, I’m not much of a car enthusiast, but sitting in the driver’s seat of all those luxury cars helped me visualize what MY ideal car would be. And as you can see below, I now have a black BMW convertible on my digital vision board! What is a digital vision board and why should you create one? A digital vision board is a collection of images that…
  • Four Strategies to Build Your Professional Network the Old-Fashioned Way

    Rosetta
    14 Mar 2014 | 6:01 am
    You’ve probably heard that the key to growing your business and getting ahead in your career is to network, network, network. Well, that’s because it’s true! But no matter how popular technology becomes, you simply cannot restrict your networking efforts to the internet. Although I was able to build up both of my businesses largely through social media, my most influential professional relationships have actually come from an initial in-person meeting. Back in the day, before email, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, people actually made connections face to face most of the…
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  • Depreciate your way to a healthier nonprofit

    KateB
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:21 am
    library_construction.jpg Depreciation is seldom given the respect it deserves. For many who are first encountering the term, it is a mysterious financial concept best considered only by CPAs. At Nonprofits Assistance Fund, we hold depreciation among our favorite tools for building reserves and planning for the future stability of an organization.
  • Twin Cities' Underserved Areas to Benefit from Midwest Lenders Alliance funded by JPMorgan Chase

    KateB
    24 Mar 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Vital new private-sector funds will be flowing into the Twin Cities to help low-income communities and special-needs residents. Nonprofits Assistance Fund will soon have access to additional capital for lending thanks to a new partnership between Minnesota’s Nonprofits Assistance Fund (NAF), Chicago-based IFF, and the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.
  • Busting the Nonprofit Overhead Myth starts with you

    KateB
    19 Mar 2014 | 12:11 pm
    pies.jpg When the topic of overhead costs comes up, there is always a shared sentiment that we need to work together to change the emphasis on this single ratio and focus on quality, results, and impact. In this blog post, Kate Barr urges nonprofits to communicate beyond overhead, and it can begin with changing your financial pie chart.
  • Be provocative: Embrace your nonprofit-ness

    KateB
    5 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    2014nafconference_012_cropped.jpg Last week, Nonprofits Assistance Fund and Minnesota Council of Nonprofits presented our 3rd Annual Nonprofit Finance and Sustainability Conference. The turnout was fantastic: 415 nonprofit staff and board members. Our keynote, Phil Buchanan, president of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, set the conference, and Twitter, abuzz with his great lead on the theme Embracing our Nonprofit-ness.
  • Something for everyone

    Steph
    13 Feb 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Last week, I celebrated my one year anniversary at Nonprofits Assistance Fund. As I was reflecting back on what a great year this has been with an amazing organization, I recalled what my first few weeks on the job were like.
 
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  • Charity Miles App Nominated for Webby: Walking for A Good Cause

    Beth
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Over the past year, I have been using a fitbit to help me incorporate more activity in my life.  I’ve committed to walking 10-20,000 steps per day and even earned my 1,000 miles badge.  But what if you could raise money for a charity just by walking, running, or riding your bike?    That’s exactly what the app “Charity Miles” makes happen.   You download the app, select a charity, and start moving and earn money from sponsors for that charity.  Walkers and runners earn 25¢ per mile; bikers earn 10¢ per mile, all courtesy of corporate sponsors like Timex,…
  • Learning is the Work

    Beth
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:09 am
    Last month, I had the pleasure of participating in National eXtension Conference which was amazing for many reasons.    I first did several professional sessions with this network back in 2007 and an online class on knowledge sharing and online collaboration – so it was great to long-time colleagues.     The highlight was a master panel with Dave Gray,  Harold Jarche, and Jane Hart on connected learning and culture change needed to embrace this type of learning.  We used Dave Gray’s “Board Thing” online tool to crowdsource questions to discuss from the audience.
  • How Do I Get My Nonprofit’s CEO To Use Twitter or other Social Media?

    Beth
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    “You have to show not just tell your CEO about social media”- @carolynsave “Create a tweetorial” – @kanter #afpshift pic.twitter.com/zKggoMllYB — Ettore Rossetti (@EttoreRossetti) March 25, 2014 Last month, I participated in a keynote panel at the AFP Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX on the theme, “Social Media for Social Change” with Carolyn Miles, CEO of Save the Children, Ben Rattray, Founder of Change.Org, and Ritu Sharma and Darian Rodriguez Heyman, co-founders of Social Media for Nonprofits Conference.     It was a blast!    Carolyn,…
  • The Mobilisation Journal: A Way To Spread Learning About Social Change Movements Innovative Use of Technology

    Beth
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    The Greenpeace Mobilization Lab has a project proposal idea for a “Mobilization Journal” as part of  the Knight News Challenge.  It’s open for comments and feedback right now – or “applause.”   This blog shares some thoughts about this project and I have to give it a big round of applause. To understand the project, you have to get familiar with work of Greenpeace Mobilisation Lab.  I’ve been following it for a while now and it is very inspiring on many different levels.    The laboratory gives Greenpeace and its partners a space to design,…
  • New Tips from the Giving Day Playbook on Crowdfunding Campaigns

    Beth
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    From GiveMN Case Study - Click for Case Study Note from Beth: I’m working with the Knight Foundation to facilitate a peer learning exchange that will help their community foundation partners learn and spread best practices  in planning and implementing Giving Days.   This learning approach has two ways to capture knowledge.  The first is The Giving Day Play books which a collective archive of formally documented processes, examples, check lists, and case studies planning and hosting giving days.   The second is a peer learning group of participants who are regularly sharing what they…
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  • Is smoking a good look? Tinder says “no”

    Tom Megginson
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    Here’s an interesting social experiment by ASH (it’s an acronym for “Action on Smoking & Health”), an American NGO headquartered in Washington DC. Using the superficial nature of the “hookup” app Tinder, they created identical profiles of attractive people, with one difference: one version showed them smoking a cigarette, the other did not. Author: Tom Megginson
  • A love story from a country that is about to explode: She is from Lviv, he is from Donetsk

    Marc van Gurp
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    War and propaganda are inseparable. And that also applies to the current situation in Ukraine. Which is very serious and is about to explode. Therefore, it is remarkable that the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) came with this love story last week. It gives me an uncomfortable feeling. I know it’s propaganda but I also believe in the power of love. The story in the video dates back centuries. But gets much power of expression because of the current situation in the country. Author: Marc van Gurp
  • “I Touch Myself” finds new life as a PSA

    Tom Megginson
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    You remember the song. If not from its endless radio play in 1990, then from the “Fembots” scene in Austin Powers. It’s “a song that celebrates female sexuality like no other,” according to itouchmyself.org, a charity established to carry on the wish of the song’s late singer, Chrissy Amphlett, that it find a second life as an awareness campaign for breast self-examination. Chrissy Amphlett died almost exactly a year ago of breast cancer. In her memory, ten Australian women singers carry the melody from one to another in a beautiful and haunting tribute:…
  • A hearing test disguised as a mobile game

    Marc van Gurp
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    Not only old people suffer from hearing deficiencies. 10% of the Israeli population has hearing problems according to Bekol, the Organization of Hard of Hearing and Deaf People. They wanted to raise awareness to the issue, but had a hard time reaching the target audience. The solution was to use a medium young adults use most, their smartphones. The came with Sonar Invasion, a mobile game which is also a hidden hearing test. Using headphones, users were invited to listen and work out where the enemy torpedoes trying to destroy the submarine are coming from. At the end of the game, users had a…
  • Minorities unite with animated campaign ahead of EU elections

    Marc van Gurp
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    This animated campaign explains the choice given to Emma, an EU voter, in the May elections. Emma faces an important choice between candidates who oppose her friends’ rights, or who care about both Emma and her community. The campaign comes from ILGA-Europe (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans & Intersex Association) and The European Network Against Racism (ENAR). Evelyne Paradis, ILGA-Europe: “This is the first time two organisations like ours unite at this level. We speak for over a thousand organisations who firmly believe that discriminating against one minority affects…
 
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  • Connecting Healthcare to Underserved Communities with Crowdfunding & Mobile

    Joleen Ong
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    In Nepal, an estimated 75 infants and 12 women die in childbirth every day, many of them needlessly due to inadequate care. The problem isn’t care. It’s coordination. Hope Phones by Medic Mobile and Samahope are working together to bridge that gap. In Nepal, an estimated 75 infants and 12 women die in childbirth every day, many of them needlessly due to inadequate care. The problem isn’t care. It’s coordination. Learn how Hope Phones by Medic Mobile and Samahope are partnering to further One Heart World-Wide's mission to ensure that more women give birth safely.
  • Mobile for Good: How Mobile Wallets Will Transform Fundraising

    Joleen Ong
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Heather Mansfield Blogger Nonprofit Tech for Good What is the potential for mobile wallets on processing payments and fundraising? It not just the convenience of swiping. Learn more in this excerpt from the new book, "Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits." More than any other mobile payment processing technology, mobile wallets have the greatest possibility for transforming fundraising, but the technology and its implications are not well understood in the nonprofit sector. Learn more about opportunities for nonprofits in this excerpt from the new…
  • 4 Ways to Max Your Mobile for Diverse Demographics

    Joleen Ong
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
  • Thank you for your 14NTC feedback!

    bethany
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Thanks again to everyone for being a part of the 14NTC! It’s our community that made the conference such a rich experience—and it’s your feedback that will make the 15NTC even better. We take all feedback seriously and appreciate the time you took to give it. Thank you.Shouts out to Lauren Girardin and Jen Newmeyer, our randomly selected winners from the pool of submitted conference and session evaluations. They both will receive shiny new Surface Tablets generously donated by Microsoft. And, hooray to Shumway Marshall who won the speaker raffle for free 15NTC registration.
  • Is it “Mobile First” or “Content First”?

    Joleen Ong
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    Kristina Halvorson CEO Brain Traffic Mobile is simply one more way to connect to your audiences through content. Without powerful, useful, usable content, channels don’t matter. Mobile doesn’t matter. You have to get your content right, and that requires content strategy. “Mobile first!” It’s a phrase we often hear … but what exactly does it mean for your organization? Do you redesign your website to be responsive? Build a standalone mobile app? And—no matter what—how can you execute “mobile first” without compromising your messages and calls to action?
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  • Top Nonprofit Tips for Social Media

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    Editor’s note: Did you miss Social Media Week? Don’t worry, every week can be Social Media Week for your nonprofit with the advice in this guest post from Social Media for Nonprofits founder Ritu Sharma. If your organization is looking to get in on the action, here’s a day-by-day breakdown of some easy-to-implement, yet highly effective tips to get your social engine humming. Monday: Create an Editorial CalendarThe typical nonprofit only allocates .25 full time employees to social media, and actually, you’re better off if this is split between several people with different…
  • Are nonprofits recovering with the economy? Survey says…

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    The Nonprofit Finance Fund’s 2014 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey is out and the report has some sobering insight on how nonprofits have fared during the economic recovery. While 80% of respondents reported an increase in demand for services, 56% of those surveyed were unable to meet demand in 2013. Nearly half of these groups also reported a 5-year decline in government funding. The good news is that as some funding sources change or dry up, many organizations are exploring new ways to support their programs. According to the survey, in the next 12 months: 31% will change the main…
  • 4 questions to help you stay true to your brand

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    Most organizations go to great lengths to carefully craft a mission statement, outline a vision, and develop a tagline to clarify their place in the world. But it’s important to remember that these elements aren’t meant to be stored away as archived material in your annual report. These core beliefs should be an everyday yardstick for all of your communications. As you work to react to changes in your community, crises, and fundraising ups and downs, it can be tempting to try anything to see what may stick. Something similar happens when there’s a marketing trend or a new…
  • How to Rock Crowdfunding and Giving Days—Free Webinar

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:18 am
    Planning a giving day this year? Thinking of joining one? The power of crowdfunding and a dedicated fundraising event can attract new donors to your cause and help you raise more money, but it doesn’t happen by chance. Part of any effective giving day is the network of support and resources a community giving day can offer. To that end, we have an amazing session scheduled this week to help you get the most out of your efforts. Tomorrow, Lori Finch, Kimbia’s Vice President of Community Foundations, will join us to share a foolproof game plan for getting the most out of any giving…
  • What Cap’n Crunch Can Teach You About Fundraising

    caryn.stein@networkforgood.org
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    Have you ever felt like you were being watched in the supermarket? In a new study from Cornell Food and Brand Lab, researchers found that characters featured on kids’ cereal boxes make incidental eye contact with children and cereals aimed at adults make incidental eye contact with adult shoppers. Cereals presumably marketed to children (think Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops, Trix) were found on lower shelves, and the gaze of the characters on these cereal boxes look downward at an angle of 9.67 degrees.  This is probably not too surprising, but they took things a step further.
 
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  • Nonprofit Facebook ROI—Yay or Nay? (w/John Haydon)

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    Get ready for a roaring point vs. counterpoint, thanks to Facebook for Nonprofits expert John Haydon, who shares his Yay below. I’ll be following up with mini case studies and links to research supporting my recommendation. Please share your Facebook plan (or plan not to use) and why here, and/or tell us what it does (or doesn’t do) for your organization. NAY, IN MOST CASES You’ve probably noticed the raging discussion about the value (or not) of Facebook for all organizations (profiteers too)—it even made the most mainstream ever Time magazine. There are two main reasons…
  • Nonprofit Crisis Communications: Passover Case Study

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    This week’s triple murder at a Jewish Community Center (JCC) and Jewish-run retirement home in Kansas City—by a white supremacist, because he thought his victims were Jewish—generated empathy and concern among everyone I know. It was made even worse by the timing just a few days before the anniversary of 2013′s Boston Marathon massacre. But for us Jews, about to celebrate Passover the next evening, it spurred extra sadness, anxiety and fear. Like many other peoples, Jews are periodically targeted for acts of hatred and violence. And this one, coming on the eve of such an…
  • Great Nonprofit Marketing Jobs—Movin’ Up Monday

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    Please post your open nonprofit marketing positions here Associate Director, Communications & Strategic Research Departments, Rockefeller Foundation (New York, NY) Celebrity Relations Coordinator and Staff Writer/Editor, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (Washington DC) Civic Engagement Coordinator, League of Conservation Voters (Washington DC) Data Manager, Climate Action Campaign (Washington DC) Communications Assistant and Social Media Manager, Race Forward (New York, NY) Communications Campaign Manager, Center for Effective Government (Washington DC) Communications…
  • Make Your Nonprofit Website an Email Capturing Machine

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    Guest blogger Yesenia Sotelo founded Smart Cause Digital where she builds and grows smart websites. “Email is dead. No one reads their email anymore.” You might have heard this before and you might hear it again—but not from me! Email is one of the most powerful tools available. In fact, every organization (including yours),  regardless of its size or mission, can do great things with an email list. “Email is dead! Long live social media!” I love social media almost as much as I love email. There’s plenty of proof of my love over on Twitter and Instagram. But social media is NOT…
  • YOUR New Nonprofit Marketing Job?—Movin’ Up Monday

    nancy@nancyschwartz.com (Nancy Schwartz)
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    Please post your open nonprofit marketing positions here Communications Associate, The Randall’s Island Park Alliance, Inc (New York, NY) Communications Intern, DesigNYC (New York, NY) Communications Officer, Baltimore Community Foundation (Baltimore, MD) Digital Director, EMILY’s List (Washington, DC) Digital Engagement Director, Graphic Design Coordinator,  Marketing Director,  Online Communications Coordinator and Web Developer, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America—IAVA (New York, NY) Digital Manager, Public Campaign Action Fund (Washington, DC) Director of…
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  • Is Family Governance as a field gendered Female open to a Manly Man like me?

    Phil Cubeta
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Having committed murder, Heracles, for punishment, was given for a sentencing term to a woman as a slave. She dressed the dim, muscular brute as a woman. Likewise, Thor was dressed as a girl by Loki, the trickster hero. I mention this as my recent post on Family Governance as Home Ec has drawn many emails from very distinguished men, some of the leading lights in the booming Dynastic Family Governance business (or calling), asking if they have to become Big Sissies if they are to be taken seriously in the art of Household Governance, or Home Ec. I am not sure; I do…
  • Is Family Governance a branch of Home Ec?

    Phil Cubeta
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Properly considered could Dynastic Family Governance be a branch of Home Economics? In asking a few distinquished friends, both male and female, they are agreed on only one point: that I for asking should be beaten half to death. So what else is new.  I should butt out. Family Dumpster Governance. Here I rule in solitary splendor, with a rotting orange as my globe, a bag of garbage as my throne, and a ruined umbrella as my sceptre. A Lord of Misrule, long after Carnival is over. Next Mardi Gras, I will dress in a hula skirt and offer wise counsel to those masquerading as kings and…
  • Rousting Homeless Jesus

    Phil Cubeta
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:09 pm
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  • Serving Professional As Adoptive Scion of Wealth

    Phil Cubeta
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:21 pm
    I am told on good report that in the dynastic families who can afford to employ a Trusted Retainer, Man or Woman of all Work, Trusted Morals Consultant, Wise Counselor, or Secular Priest, that the advisor may become almost a member of the family. Having no personal reference point in this fabulously growing world of dynasties I wonder if Mammy in Gone with the Wind would be such an adoptive family member, only today the Serving Professional, down to the Valet, or the wet nurse, has freely chosen her or his role, however elevated or debased. Then I recalled that The Happy Tutor himself my ego…
  • Vicarious Status among Serving Professionals

    Phil Cubeta
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:07 pm
    "I have often noted," said the Happy Tutor, Dungeon Master to the Stars in Wealth Bondage, "that the maids in the bigger houses look down on those who serve in the smaller." This observation has been corroborated for me by one of the most highly regarded trusted advisors to the world's wealthiest families (by confidential personal communication).
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  • Thinking today like an historian of tomorrow

    Lucy Bernholz
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:18 pm
    I had an interesting conversation with folks at the Atlantic Philanthropies the other day. Atlantic has announced it will spend out its endowment and close up shop - something it is working on quite publicly. One of its concerns is how to make sure that the work it has funded can be used by others.Now, I entered philanthropy through the side door of a historian-in-training. My interests in grad school (and still today) were in questions of public and private - what's what and who decides? While reading history on the Reconstruction South I became particularly intrigued by philanthropic giving…
  • In search of digital civil society around the world

    Lucy Bernholz
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:07 pm
    I recently had the opportunity to discuss the role of digital data and my ideas about digital civil society in Beijing, China and São Paolo, Brazil. Some reflections:Beijing - the day before this photo was taken I joined Maria Rendon, of USAID and Bin Pei of the Gates Foundation at an event hosted by the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. We were there to talk about data and digital civil society. (It took place on the other side of the wall in the photo - other than location there is no connection to Mrs. Obama). We drew attention to the many ways digital data are becoming…
  • Future of Museums 2014 - always worth a read

    Lucy Bernholz
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:30 am
    The 2014 version of the Center for the Future of Museums report, TrendsWatch, is out and it's always worth a read. The big 2014 trends they see?The Sharing EconomyRobotsPrivacyDataSocial entrepreneurshipMultisensory experiencesYou can download it here (PDF).  The Center for the Future of Museums is part of the American Alliance of Museums.
  • Is this the #crowdfunding scandal I predicted?

    Lucy Bernholz
    26 Mar 2014 | 12:23 pm
    There are lots of headlines today about Facebook's decision to buy Oculus VR for $2 billion. This is a big payout for a company (Oculus) that got its product launched with Kickstarter support. And now those Kickstarter supporters are wondering why they're not getting any return on their "investment."Because most Kickstarter support is not an investment. Indiegogo support may or may not be a charitable gift.  Crowdfunding on most platforms is a pre-purchase of a product - if you want it to be something else you have to choose carefully. Most crowdfunding support is not even a pre-purchase…
  • We, the data...

    Lucy Bernholz
    12 Mar 2014 | 11:52 am
    Our work at the Digital Civil Society Lab is about figuring out the norms and rules for a thriving civil society in the digital age. This livestreamed discussion from the New America Foundation and The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and Big Data is right in our sweet spot.The panelists will be discussing a set of civil rights principles for the era of big data. I've copied most of the framework from the co-hosting Leadership Conference's website. You can see the rest of it here and sign up for the event/webcast on Friday, March 14. The hashtag is #datajustice"Civil Rights Principles…
 
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    A Small Change

  • Turning it Over to the Donor

    Jason Dick
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    Did you know that your donors can give more than money? Of course you do—many organizations strongest advocates are their major and monthly donors. Giving results out of a desire to make a difference to impact something you care about. Perhaps your non-profit has a small staff (maybe just you) and only a handful of development people and that makes it really hard to get your message out.An organization called the Mission Increase Foundation is trying some revolutionary ways to get the message out. One of these ways is to use your donors as advocates and development officers. What if you…
  • Designing Your Event

    Brenda Tincher
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    You’ll be most successful if you’re always thinking of your main goal as you design your event. Are you trying to thank and recognize, educate and make a case for support or raise money? Again, clearly define your goal and design the event from there. Let’s say you decide that your major donors should see the facility first hand and understand how their support made it possible. What are some creative ways to reach your audience? Individualized tours of the facility might an option because tours allow more personal interaction with staff and an in-depth look at the housing. Tours can be…
  • Ratios Versus Results

    Jason Dick
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
    What does your non-profit stand for? How do you raise money? As donors ask more and more for outcomes and details about programs what sets your organization apart? What figures, stats and stories do you use to tell your story? Do you know if your programs are better than the programs of other organizations? Too often many organizations focus to strongly on administrative rate to judge if a non-profit is a good steward. I’ve always had a really hard time with administrative rates because it can be such a relative number. The administrative rate is traditionally the percent of money that goes…
  • Showing Off Your Non-Profit: A Word About Tours

    Jason Dick
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:05 am
    A donor tour is possibly one of the most exciting parts of fundraising. Tours give you the opportunity to show off your organization and talk to your donors face to face. They provide you the chance to share all your organization’s wonderful stories and provide a context for the work that you do. In a solicitation letter you might have a brief story, or at an event you will often share a few facts about your organization, but in a tour you can explain more in-depth exactly who you are and what you do. Here are a few things that I do on my tours that might help you as you give tours.
  • The Art of Phone Follow Up

    Jason Dick
    18 Mar 2014 | 7:43 am
    Follow up calls use to be the least favorite part of my job. It can be a lot of mental work to sit down with a list of phone numbers and make call after call after call. But, the more I started to make follow up calls the more I started to like them. How else can an organization keep in touch with a large number of constituents in a short period of time? You might say I can reach thousands of donors via email, direct mail, or blogging (if you read an earlier post). I think those are great tools but none of them are as personal as a phone call. Before I go on don’t use phone follow up as…
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    Frogloop

  • Are Email and Click-through Rates Heading South?

    Allyson Kapin
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
    It's no secret that the nonprofit community has seen a steady decline in email open rates, click-through rates, and email page completion rates, which was also confirmed by the 2014 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study. The report, which analyzed data from 53 nonprofits, over 2.1 billion email messages, 5.6 million donations, and 7.5 million online actions shed light on valuable information for nonprofits and their messaging. This information will be a great place to begin evaluating your own online progress. For example: Fundraising messaging response rates were down 11% from 2012 levels to 0.07%.
  • 5 Analytic Tools to Track Your Organization's Metrics

    Allyson Kapin and Jared Seltzer
    6 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    If your organization is struggling to find the right analytic tools to track your website traffic, social media presence, and how your reports, campaigns, or infographics perform across the web, check out this list of 5 helpful analytic tools. It won't fulfill all of your data analysis needs, but if you use some of these tools together, they will provide a decent baseline. 1. Google Analytics Report with Visually Looking for a report that combines your Google Analytics stats in a visual format? This is a great tool, especially if you need to produce reports weekly and present them to senior…
  • New Report Shows Largest Increase in Charitable Giving Since the Recession

    Allyson Kapin
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:44 am
    Should nonprofits be less panicked now that the latest report by Blackbaud report shows that charitiable giving is finally up for nonprofit sector since the recession? While this trend is good news for the sector, don't throw a big bash to celebrate this milestone just yet. As Amy Sample Ward and I discuss in our book Social Change Anytime Everywhere there are over 1.6 million organizations in the United States. This means that there are hundreds or even thousands of organizations working on similar issues with similar names and missions competing for donor dollars. It's time for nonprofits…
  • Infographic: Cracking the Crowdfunding Code for Your Nonprofit

    Allyson Kapin
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:58 am
    Crowdfunding has really taken off in the past couple of years. Crowdfunding alone raised an estimated $5.1B worldwide in 2013. Individuals and organizations are using crowdfunding methods and platforms to raise money for their causes, and it's working. Craig Newmark, of craigconnects, comissioned my web agency Rad Campaign to research the effects of crowdfunding, and we took the fascinating results and created an infographic. Over the course of our research, we spoke with prominent crowdfunding platforms such as Causes, Causevox, FirstGiving, StayClassy, Razoo, and others to find out…
  • Are You Engaging Donors Effectively?

    Allyson Kapin
    17 Mar 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Is your nonprofit effectively engaging donors? Are you moving donors up the ladder of engagement? And, if you were surveyed on your donor engagement, would your org fall under the good, the bad, or the ugly? DonorDigital donated to 16 major US nonprofits to learn about their integrated fundraising practices. For 6 months in 2013, after making an online contribution, they tracked all interactions with these organizations through direct mail, online, and by phone. Their goal was to observe how some of America’s most notable charities are integrating their donor communications across…
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    GlobalGiving Blog - News and Updates

  • A Full Circle of Giving

    Donna Callejon
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:43 am
    GlobalGiving recently joined the VMware Foundation at its Palo Alto headquarters to celebrate Pi Day by sharing ways that we can all support our global community. On the day marked by 3.14—and the joys of calculating the circumference of a circle—it was a reminder to us about the full circle of giving: the giving and receiving that helps propel our mission. We see this full circle exemplified by our continued collaboration with the VMware Foundation. The VMware Foundation believes in Citizen Philanthropy, in which every individual’s actions matter and add up to our collective impact. In…
  • Happy Money

    Alison Carlman
    18 Oct 2013 | 9:54 am
    The Science of Smarter Spending – Book If you think money can’t buy happiness, think again. In their new book Happy Money, our friend Michael Norton and his fellow behavioral scientist Elizabeth Dunn, explain how money really can buy happiness – if you follow five core principles of smarter spending. One of the principles should come as no surprise to all you GlobalGivers: spending money on others can increase your happiness even more than spending your cash on yourself. It’s not just a warm fuzzy feeling. It’s science. Click here to see the book or read…
  • Virtual Community, Actual Impact

    Donna Callejon
    4 Jun 2013 | 2:18 pm
    Paul was a teenager when he was drafted into the United States (US) Army during the Vietnam War.  And when the US ended its military involvement in Vietnam, it was just the beginning of a longer battle for him.  He was later deployed to multiple other international posts, and when he finally returned home, he was left with little support and undiagnosed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  The disorder wreaked havoc on his life, leaving him homeless, unemployed, over-medicated, and depressed. Today, with the help of Canines with a Cause (CWAC) and the generous donations of VMware…
  • How they won: American Open Challenge Winner says “crowd-sourcing was the key to our success”

    Marc Maxson
    13 Feb 2013 | 1:49 pm
    Jared Schwartz of Frogloop (a nonprofit online marketing blog) interviewed the guys from Critical Exposure and have some excellent advice for nonprofits trying to succeed on GlobalGiving: http://www.frogloop.com/care2blog/2009/9/7/how-a-small-nonprofit-used-social-media-crowd-sourcing-to-wi.html  The goal was simple. Earn a permanent spot on the GlobalGiving website by raising at least $4000 online from 50 individual donors in three weeks. Win up to $6000 in additional bonuses for out-fundraising the 70 other participating organizations. The challenge was daunting. How does Critical…
  • google hunger relief campaign: simple ways to take a bite out of hunger

    Donna Callejon
    10 Jan 2013 | 11:31 am
    Koro is a six-year old girl who arrived at A Child for All’s orphanage (ACFA) without a home or family, her thin body extremely malnourished.  The founder of ACFA, Kadiatou Sidibe, remembers the first meal Koro had with the organization in 2010.  “It was lunch-time, and you know how in Mali, we all eat around one large plate of food.  Koro saw the food; her eyes grew big.  Then she took the whole dish and ran away—she didn’t know that there would be another meal later.” Koro’s health has improved dramatically with the help of ACFA and its donors throughout the world.  It’s…
 
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    About.com Nonprofit Charitable Orgs

  • Best Links: Heartbleed Tips for NPOs, Fundraising Math, Questioning Facebook Reach

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:09 am
    Nonprofit Blog Carnival The Work behind Our Work: Your Methods & Wants for Nonprofit Blog Carnival. Nancy Schwartz of Getting Attention! is in charge of the April Carnival. She wants your back story. Write about "productivity, planning, and/or getting great ideas out of your head and into action." Conversely, write about what is holding you or your organization back. Fundraising, Marketing, and More 8 things donors expect from nonprofit communications - Ben Stroup for LinkedIn. Your donors are busy. Don't irritate them with too many messages or irrelevant ones. Great, succinct tips about…
  • How a Food Bank Keeps Volunteers Happy and Coming Back for More

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    If you stumble upon the Facebook Page for the Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, you might be amazed that it is so active, with over 4,000 likes, 28 talking about, and 463 "were here." I'd guess that it's because this food bank has a loyal cadre of volunteers that provided more than 30,000 hours of service last year. The food bank is proud of that number and has put it front and center of its FB Page and its website this month. "The Chronicle of Philanthropy" was also impressed enough to use this organization as a case study recently as it trained its eye on effective volunteer…
  • Best Links: Twitter Changes, Lessons from Letterman and Fallon, Data vs Relationships

    8 Apr 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Nonprofit Blog Carnival The Work behind Our Work: Your Methods & Wants for Nonprofit Blog Carnival. We're all busier than ever! So how do we get so much done? Nancy Schwartz of Getting Attention! is in charge of the April Carnival. She wants your back story. Write about "productivity, planning, and/or getting great ideas out of your head and into action." Fundraising, Marketing, and More Get More Out of Your Fundraising Donation Page by Acting Like an Online Store - Christine Schaefer of Salsa Labs for Fundraising Success. Branding and price points are things commercial sites do very…
  • If Volunteers Were Paid What They're Worth, We Couldn't Afford Them

    7 Apr 2014 | 3:58 am
    April is all about volunteers. It is not only National Volunteer Month, but this week is National Volunteer Week. It seems that when the weather warms up, and the flowers start blooming, volunteers start moving. Here are some facts about volunteers that you might not know: There are an estimated 64.5 million volunteers in the US. That's more than a quarter of us adults. We gave 7.9 billion hours of service in 2012, worth about $175 billion. A recent report provides a break down of who does what and where. The Independent Sector has reported that the value of volunteer time in 2013 reached…
  • It's a Deal! Your Unused Airline Miles for 10,000 Wishes

    2 Apr 2014 | 1:24 am
    It's a great bargain. You've got unused frequent flier miles. Make-A-Wish has children with dreams. You can donate your frequent flier miles to Make-A-Wish all year long, of course, but April is special. It's when kids with life-threatening medical conditions have dreamed their dreams and are making their summer travel plans. That's why the beloved charity that fulfills more than 10,000 wishes a year with 2.5 billion donated air miles is pushing hard to get everyone "onboard" with their miles this month. The Wishes in Flight program makes it easy to donate your unused or expiring frequent…
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    Giving in a Digital World

  • 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…
  • Are organisational silos blocking your online fundraising growth?

    Bryan Miller
    13 Mar 2014 | 2:47 am
    Research from eMarketer reveals that the UK’s love of online shopping is well ahead that of the rest of the world, with an estimated 87% of Internet users here shopping online – compared to 73% for the US and 72% for Western Europe overall. According to the latest IMRG E-Retail Sales Index this results in online now making-up an estimated 21% of all UK retail sales. On this basis, and given all of the talk over recent years about the new fundraising opportunities that online offers, you’d be forgiven for expecting that online donations should make-up a pretty substantial…
  • Kick-off the New Year with a healthy dose of global digital stats

    Bryan Miller
    8 Jan 2014 | 9:57 am
    The strategy projects I work on often involve organisations working in multiple countries, so I’m always on the look-out for research reports that offer country-by-country comparative digital usage data – to help assess the need for office-specific variations in plans or expectations. With this in mind, it was great to see the Global Digital Statistics Report the kind folks at We Are Social Singapore have just made available through Slideshare (you can flick through a copy above). From Regional Comparison data across internet, mobile, and social media usage, to detailed snapshots…
  • Australia’s FebFast 2014 fundraiser to include a Digital Detox option

    Bryan Miller
    19 Nov 2013 | 7:31 am
    While the idea of individuals raising money for charity by being sponsored to give something up for a period of time isn’t by any means new, there does seem to have been a growing interest in charity ‘abstainathons’ just recently – with new takes on the old idea cropping-up all over the place. To name just a few, Cancer Research UK raised almost £4 million ($USD 6.4m) earlier this year when over 35,000 people signed-up to it’s inaugural Dryathalon – raising sponsorship for giving-up alcohol for the whole of January. Then there’s Macmillan Cancer…
  • Is there any real future for QR Codes in fundraising?

    Bryan Miller
    9 Sep 2013 | 2:13 am
    The news last month that Microsoft has decided to discontinue Tag, its proprietary alternative to QR Codes, has sparked a fresh debate as to whether there is really any future in them at all. For anyone who hasn’t heard of QR (Quick Response) Codes – you’re not alone, based on the lack of success being achieved incorporating them into campaigns. In short they are the little square maze-like icons that you may see on press ads, posters, or product packaging that smartphone users who have downloded a relevant App can use to open a related webpage simply by snapping a photo of…
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    Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

  • Middle Donors: Where Communications and Development Learn to Love Each Other?

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:41 am
    Alia and Mark over at Sea Change Strategies are two super smart cookies, so when they have a new report out, I’m on it. Their latest work of genius is The Missing Middle: Neglecting Middle Donors is Costing You Millions. Middle donors are those giving between $1,000 and $10,000 annually. Focus on this group — despite their huge potential — is frequently absent because development professionals are often specialists in either lower dollar direct mail fundraising or higher dollar major gifts. Alia and Mark discuss why ignoring this group is so perilous, and offer “8…
  • How to Convince Your Boss to Let You Write Like a Human

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Kate Snyder We’ve been telling you for years that most nonprofits need to create less formal communications. But we know a lot of you are not being heard by your executive director or board members. Kate Snyder, who is the donor communications coordinator for South Hills Interfaith Ministries and also runs Kate Write Now, shared how baby steps may be in order to convince your boss to be more friendly. ~Kivi Guest Post by Kate Snyder of South Hills Interfaith Ministries Confession time.  I like sentence fragments.  And starting sentences with a conjunction. My high school English…
  • Email Segmenting: Is That Data Worth Gathering?

    Kivi Leroux Miller
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    I’m working with a client to figure out ways they *wish* they could segment their email list in the future, so they can start collecting the data to do so now. It’s a very interesting conversation. Like most visionary conversations, you end up with a long list of possibilities. Some are more demographic in nature (e.g. the kind or size of organization that the person on the mailing list works for) and others are related to their interests, inclinations, and levels of experience, all of which can be very helpful in making your communications to those people as relevant as…
  • A Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Beth Ritter Ruback

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Beth Ritter Ruback Here’s the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words. Beth Ritter Ruback serves as Communications & Development Director for The Crisis Center of Johnson County, Iowa, whose programs range from immediate emotional support (specializing in suicide prevention and intervention) to emergency food to crisis financial assistance. The agency has a $1.1 million budget and 65% of those dollars are raised through marketing and public relations efforts, fundraising, special…
  • The 2014 Nonprofit Benchmarks Study – Good News and Bad News #2014bench

    Kristina Leroux, Community Engagement Manager
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    M+R and NTEN released The 2014 Nonprofit Benchmarks Study earlier this week. In its eighth year, the study analyzes the data that matters most to nonprofit online programs. Its goal is to set benchmarks that help nonprofits measure their online performance, track progress, and guide strategy to help create more effective fundraising and advocacy. The report is based on the study of 53 of the country’s leading (and large) nonprofits including UNICEF, Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood, AARP, Feeding America and the Human Rights Campaign. They looked at over 2 billion email messages sent to…
 
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    SocialFish

  • An invisible economy in Latin America and the Caribbean?

    Maddie Grant
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    This is a guest post by Felipe Buitrago, consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank, related to his awesome new book about the Orange Economy. I plan to write more about this later, but take a look first. ————- The overnight expansion of Nigeria’s GDP by 89% on Sunday April 6th would be the most dramatic economic improvement in history by any measure, except that it was merely a statistic update of the base year from 1990 to 2010, as explained by The Economist. However, the nature of this statistical adjustment comes with a one-off opportunity to visualize the…
  • Mobile – from Strategy to Implementation

    Maddie Grant
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I have been meaning to share this deck from Amy Hissrich, Director, Knowledge Initiatives at ASAE, after she presented this session at an ASAE conference. She kindly agreed to send me some notes to accompany it. Enjoy! Mobile from Strategy to Implementation for the 2013 ASAE Technology Conference (Tech13) from Amy Hissrich “I was excited to do this session because over the past year, I’ve changed my mindset around mobile. After speaking on mobile, social, and web related topics for years, I still firmly believe that mobile should be considered in context with the organization’s…
  • Easy B2B Tips for Google+ Users

    Scott Huntington
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Businesses often use Google+ to connect with target audience members but forget it’s also a useful tool to gain prominence among peers in the marketplace. As this is an invaluable aspect of Google+, keep reading to get some actionable strategies for reaching out to other businesses in an effort to benefit your own. Use Google Circles to Create Personas Once your Google+ account is set up, use the Circles feature to your advantage and tailor content to specific groups. Create one for vendors, another for advertisers, and so on. It only takes a few seconds to make designated circles. By using…
  • Cool Social Tools: Wizeo

    Maddie Grant
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    This is a new series of posts from software and app and tech vendors who have new tools they’d like you to know about. Vendors are welcome to contact me at maddie[at]socialfish[dot]org to submit guest posts about their sites. ————— Philanthropy Should Be More Fun SITE: Wizeo.org CONTACT: Guy Bauman, Founder at Wizeo-Guy[at]wizeo[dot]org ————- (Leo Bertelli, Guy Bauman, Christine Del Castillo, and John Hervey from Wizeo) Let’s face it: Donating to charity isn’t always fun. Yes, everyone knows it’s the right thing to do. Yes,…
  • BREAKING: LinkedIn is Shutting off the Jobs Tab for Groups

    Maddie Grant
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    IMPORTANT:  I submitted a ticket to LinkedIn last week, because despite all my best efforts, I was unable to set an organization’s group settings to allow the Jobs tab. Here’s the normal settings page, where you click to “enable the jobs feature” As you can see, I selected that. Then I go back to my main page… and under the jobs tab, instead of a normal place to just post something, here is what I see. I click on “post a job” and I get this: Which is all well and good, but none of the stuff here is in any way related to either me or this group (which…
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    Wild Apricot Blog (RSS 2.0)

  • When Volunteer Jobs Are Just Too Big

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Does your organization have volunteer roles that are just too big - scaring folks off or causing volunteer fatigue? Here's a look at a new resource in our Hub, by Tobi Johnson, that offers some tips and advice for re-designing volunteer jobs.
  • Spring Cleaning Time On Your Website

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Is it time to do a little spring cleaning on your website? Here's a preview of a resource in our Membership Knowledge Hub: Website Spring Cleaning To Do List.
  • Are Virtual and Micro-volunteering the New Normal?

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Here's a preview of a new article in our Membership Knowledge Hub (by Tobi Johnson) that provides insight into and tips for managing and supporting offsite and virtual volunteers.
  • Wild Apricot Customers Are NOT Affected By The 'Heartbleed' Security Bug

    Dmitriy Buterin [Chief Apricot]
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    You may have heard about an Internet security vulnerability known as the 'Heartbleed bug'. Wild Apricot are not affected - read on for more information.
  • So Long LinkedIn Products & Services Tab

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    On April 14th LinkedIn will "retire" the products & services tab. Here are the details and what it might mean for your organization.
 
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    So what can I do?

  • Change the world.

    Karama
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    How will you make our world a better place?* Health and education* Economics, social entrepreneurship, and microfinance* Food and water* Energy and technology* Women, children, and family* Environment, land, and sustainability* FaithAnd don’t forget to visit the So What Can I Do Bookstore. Your efforts can change the world.”Be the change you want to see in the world.” - Mohandas GandhiPlease visit http://sowhatcanido.blogspot.com to offer your comments and suggestions, forward this post, and peruse the archives. Thanks for reading "So what can I do", the public service weblog promoting…
  • Celebrate Juneteeth, end slavery.

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

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

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

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

  • Interactive Map: Students, Others at Risk from Hazardous Chemical Facilities

    splagakis
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:32 am
    One in ten American schoolchildren study within one mile of a potentially dangerous chemical facility, according to the Center for Effective Government's latest interactive map, which we released yesterday. A year ago, the fertilizer facility explosion in West, TX, which destroyed one school and irreparably damaged two others, demonstrated the very real risk these facilities pose, especially to schools and students. Parents and community members need to better understand the risks these facilities pose and demand that facilities be as safe as possible. The Data and the Map The Center for…
  • One Year after the West, Texas Explosion: Has Safety Improved?

    splagakis
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A year ago today, 15 Americans were killed and 200 injured in a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas that also destroyed surrounding schools, a nursing home, and residential buildings. The disaster raised serious questions about managing the risks that facilities can pose to local communities. A year later, we ask ourselves, are we any safer? The unfortunate reality is that the West, TX accident is not an isolated occurrence. Explosions and spills involving toxic chemicals have occurred almost regularly, injuring or killing workers and community residents, forcing the evacuation of…
  • A. Philip Randolph: Relentless Advocate for Economic and Racial Justice

    kmcfate
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    April 15 is the 125th anniversary of the birth of A. Philip Randolph, a staunch trade unionist, civil rights activist, and advocate for federal action to ensure every American receives equal protection under the Constitution. His 90 years of life spanned tumultuous times for the nation and were filled with violent repression and astounding advances, but Randolph never stopped fighting for structural change. As many despair the past three years of gridlock in Washington, it may be useful to remember the broader arc of history that Randolph helped to bend toward justice. Born in segregated…
  • OIRA Makes Much-Needed Improvements to Online Meetings Database

    kweatherford
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), within the White House Office of Management and Budget, recently updated its online database for disclosing meetings with non-government officials, such as lobbyists, trade associations, public interest groups, and other private stakeholders.  This updated database is a welcome improvement over the older, far less useful website for accessing meeting information. Under the older system, users could not search or sort through the meeting logs; instead, the meetings were listed chronologically by agency and sub-agency, and the…
  • Government in Action: Eradicating Polio

    sklinger
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:25 pm
    In the early part of the 20th century, polio ravaged America. Caused by a communicable virus, polio can devastate the central nervous system and lead to paralysis that makes breathing and walking difficult. Many young victims spent long periods of time encased in metal tubes, known as iron lungs, which helped them to breathe. Others were consigned to leg braces to help them walk. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was America’s most famous polio patient. In 1952, an epidemic of polio was spreading through the nation, killing 3,145 people and leaving more than 21,000 with some form of…
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    Public Sector Marketing 2.0

  • When your employees go too far on social media…

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

    Mike Kujawski
    19 Feb 2014 | 5:52 pm
      Just over a year ago, I wrote about the prolific rise of cross-platform mobile messaging apps along with the corresponding exodus of users in terms of “small circle conversation” on major social platforms. At that time , few people at my workshops or among clients ever  heard of WhatsApp. Even up until very recently, I would still get blank stares when asking people if they knew anything about it. As of today that will no longer be an issue. Facebook just bought WhatsApp for $19 Billion. What is Whats App? “What’s App is a cross-platform mobile messaging app…
  • Patients Like Me

    Mike Kujawski
    31 Jan 2014 | 11:12 am
    For over five years now, I’ve mentioned Patients Like Me in nearly all of my “digital engagement” related speeches. It is one of my favourite examples of big data used to improve actual lives. What is it? An online social network dedicated primarily to chronically ill patients. How does it work? Patients fill out their individual health profiles based on their condition. They then provide information such as: Basic Demographics Symptoms Medication Dosage Treatments What’s the benefit? When you have 220,000 members sharing information about 2,000+ conditions the result…
  • Great “behind-the-scenes” progress in 2013, now let’s get creative!

    Mike Kujawski
    6 Jan 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Typically at this time of year I tend to write a few thoughts surrounding my hopes and expectations for digital engagement in the public sector sphere here in Canada. I must admit that I am quite optimistic about the next twelve months, given the amount of  behind-the-scenes progress that has been made to date in various organizations in terms of setting up the necessary infrastructure that social channels require (primarily governance and hr related). At the municipal level, cities such as Edmonton, Regina and Calgary (note the latter’s bold move to a search focused website) are…
  • Merry Christmas

    Mike Kujawski
    23 Dec 2013 | 12:29 pm
    I would like to wish all of my blog readers a wonderful Christmas and a New Year filled with health, happiness and epic new adventures in your professional and personal lives. Thank you for putting up with my random posting patterns this year as I adjusted to becoming a father and also a partner at CEPSM. I can’t wait to get back to it in January with a little bit more regularity. Now get some rest if you can and I’ll see you all in 2014! All the best, MK
 
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    EveryJoe

  • New “Game of Thrones” Character Has a Risqué Background

    Stephen Kersey
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    A model from England named Samantha Bentley will appear in the fourth season of “Game of Thrones.” It’s a bit of a controversial choice because this 26-year-old is known for her work in adult-themed films. Scroll down to see 9 … More »The post New “Game of Thrones” Character Has a Risqué Background appeared first on EveryJoe.
  • Throwback Thursday: Dangerous Toys You Played With in the ’90s

    Wil Reagan
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    In honor of Throwback Thursday, we encourage you to check out this article from Teen.com about 10 of the most dangerous toys you played with in the ’90s (or in some cases even the ’80s or ’70s). I don’t know … More »The post Throwback Thursday: Dangerous Toys You Played With in the ’90s appeared first on EveryJoe.
  • Get to Know Webcam Girl Aedan Rayne

    Wil Reagan
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Aedan Rayne is one our two finalists in the EveryJoe Hottest Webcam Girl of the Year tournament. Aedan took time out of her busy schedule to answer a few of our questions. Check out the interview and gallery below to … More »The post Get to Know Webcam Girl Aedan Rayne appeared first on EveryJoe.
  • See Why this NBA Player Becomes Inconsolable After Weather Update

    Stephen Kersey
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:58 am
    Joakim Noah was on a roll. He was conducting a post-game interview on the subject about why he’s so excited about life. Suddenly, a weather update ruined his day. That’s hilarious. I can understand not liking snow but Noah was … More »The post See Why this NBA Player Becomes Inconsolable After Weather Update appeared first on EveryJoe.
  • Model Arrested for Killing Animals While Making Steamy Tape

    Stephen Kersey
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:26 am
    Another model has been arrested in Miami, Florida. This time her name is Stephanie Hird, a 29-year-old from Arkansas. She is accused of felony animal cruelty and faces a total of five charges. She faces numerous years in prison if … More »The post Model Arrested for Killing Animals While Making Steamy Tape appeared first on EveryJoe.
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • [Review] 'Abusing Donor Intent: The Robertson Family's Epic Lawsuit Against Princeton University'

    Mitch Nauffts
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:35 pm
    (The newest book by Doug White, a well-known expert in the fields of philanthropy and nonprofit management, is "equal parts thriller and cautionary tale," writes Daniel Matz, Foundation Web Manager at the Foundation Center. Click here for more from PND's...
  • Documentary Film and Gentrification (Part 2)

    Mitch Nauffts
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:41 am
    (Kathryn Pyle is a documentary filmmaker and a regular contributor to PhilanTopic. Click here to read part one of this two-part series.) In my previous post, I wrote about a handful of documentary films that explore the phenomenon of gentrification....
  • Weekend Link Roundup (April 12-13, 2014)

    Mitch Nauffts
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    Our weekly roundup of new and noteworthy items from and about the nonprofit sector.... Civil Society Writing in The Week, journalist Matt Bruenig takes a closer look at the one part of the charity versus social welfare argument that everyone...
  • Financing Sustainable Development Around the World

    Mitch Nauffts
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    (Tensie Whelan is president of the Rainforest Alliance, which works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices, and consumer behavior.) More than two billion people around the world are dependent for their livelihoods on...
  • [Infographic] 'Nonprofits Online: The 2014 M+R Benchmarks Study'

    Mitch Nauffts
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    M+R, a D.C.-based consulting firm, in partnership with NTEN, have released the 2014 M+R Benchmarks Study. Now in its eighth year, the study of fifty-three of the country's leading nonprofits found that even though response rates for nonprofit email solicitations...
 
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    The GiveWell Blog

  • Our work on outreach

    Elie
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    One of the core questions we’ve faced throughout GiveWell’s history has been whether to allocate our time to research (i.e., identifying and evaluating outstanding giving opportunities) or outreach (i.e., increasing the number of donors who are aware of GiveWell and use our research, and the amount of money we move to top charities). The question of “research vs. outreach” was one of the most common topics at board meetings in our early years, and new staff and supporters often ask us why we don’t focus more of our time on outreach. Over the course of…
  • Against Malaria Foundation finalizes distribution agreement for ~676,000 nets

    Holden
    26 Mar 2014 | 11:18 am
    The Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) was our top-rated charity for approximately two years, before we suspended our recommendation last November for room for more funding related reasons. We are happy to see that it has recently finalized an agreement to fund 676,000 nets – at a total cost of ~$2 million – in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Our impression is that DRC is a very difficult country to work in; that said, our impression from speaking with AMF is that the agreement has met its high standards for monitoring and evaluation, and that we can expect strong reporting…
  • The first case study from our history of philanthropy project

    Elie
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:32 am
    Benjamin Soskis, who has been working for us on our history of philanthropy project, has completed a case study (.docx) of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-Pew Memorial Trust Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) program. We have found this case study very interesting and believe it to be a helpful addition to the literature on the history of philanthropy and its impacts. Dr. Soskis had previously compiled a literature review for this program (.docx). In brief, the HCH program consisted of the following: “In December 1983, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), in partnership with…
  • GiveWell annual review for 2013: details on GiveWell’s money moved and web traffic

    Natalie
    19 Mar 2014 | 8:45 am
    This is the final post (of six) we have made focused on our self-evaluation and future plans. This post lays out highlights from our metrics report for 2013. For more detail, see our full metrics report (PDF). 1. In 2013, GiveWell tracked $17.36 million in money moved to our top charities, and an additional $0.90 million to recommendations made as a part of work on GiveWell Labs. This is a significant increase over past years. 2. GiveDirectly received about 60% of the money moved and our other top charities, Against Malaria Foundation, Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, and Deworm the World…
  • GiveWell is hiring

    Elie
    12 Mar 2014 | 11:29 am
    We’re actively hiring because we are capacity constrained. Filling any of the roles below would make a substantial difference to our research. If you follow GiveWell and want to help us, please share this post with anyone whom you think might be a good fit for the jobs listed below. Research Analyst. Research Analysts are GiveWell’s primary staff and work on all parts of our research process. We hope to add a few entry-level research analysts this year. More Summer Research Analyst. We offer summer positions to students entering their final year in school with the hopes that they…
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    FundraisingCoach.com

  • Fundraising certainly is fun!

    Marc Pitman
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:46 am
    I often remind people that fundraising is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes hard work, strategic planning, and most importantly consistent execution of the plans. But it's important to remember that fundraising is fun! We get to connect donors' assets with their passions. Who wouldn't want to be part of that?! In my trainings, I say that the donor is like an electrical cord and our nonprofit is like a wall of outlets. Some of those outlets are three-pronged, some are two-pronged, some are two-pronged with a fat edge, some are tree shaped like the plugs in New Zealand. We get to walk up and…
  • [Guest Post] 5 Principles to crowdfunding success - a case study

    Marc Pitman
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    Today it's my distinct pleasure to introduce you to Renee Tougas. I've known Renee and her husband Damien for more than a decade. They're not your typical fundraisers, so when their crowdfunded Kickstarter campaign for $16,000 raised over $19,000, I knew I wanted their story. As a fundraising coach, I'm not advocating nonprofits scrap their traditional fundraising program in favor of crowdfunding. But if you have the pieces Renee talks about, it might be an important tool in your fundraising toolkit. Be sure to check out these other posts on 6 channels to call in the crowds for crowdfunding…
  • Are you using that all wrong?

    Marc Pitman
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:03 am
    Sometimes, we get so used to using something, we don't realize we're using it the wrong way. Here are three tools that nonprofits use all the time. And many use the wrong way. Common uses and a better way Donor Database Common use: Recording gifts and keeping addresses. If this is all you're using your donor database for, you're using it wrong. Better use: Beyond keeping transactions and addresses, you can keep notes from visits. Record birthdays, areas of interest, hobbies, and when people like to be solicited. Used well, donor database system can be use to honor donors. Social Media…
  • Upcoming Leadership Trainings

    Marc Pitman
    22 Mar 2014 | 5:30 am
    One of the joys of my work is getting to speak at conferences and inspire boards. Since, I'm often asked "When are you coming to my area?", I thought I'd share my upcoming speaking gigs. March 9-11: Closing Plenary at the New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy's Annual Conference, Portsmouth, NH This just happened, but here I was privileged to do the closing keynote for the conference. They asked me to keep a pulse on the entire conference and then pull all the themes together at the end. I was able to share about effectively using social media, establishing a grateful patient…
  • Yet another unassuming donor gives multi-million dollar gift

    Marc Pitman
    13 Mar 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Today The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported about Lotta Fields. According to the New York Times, Ms. Fields was an avid reader and a regular donor to the New York Public Library. Her regular gifts were only described as "modest." But when she died, she left the library $6 million. $6 million! The NYT's quotes the library president of being "astounded" when he heard of the bequest. It turns out, reading was one of her fondest memories with her husband. And she felt it was important to support fellow book lovers. Forced Integrity We here a lot about donor retention. And it's easy to get drawn…
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    FundraisingIP.com: Fundraising Ideas

  • Sample Proposal Letter: How to Write an Environmental Proposal Pitch that Appeals to Funders

    Devon Reeser
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am
    “Green” is in, and more and more funders are giving to environmental causes, but donations to environmental nonprofits and projects still only constitute around 7% of US philanthropy (Giving USA).  While funders see environment as a worthy giving sector, it is hard to compete with cancer, children starving, religion, or education. If you are an environmental nonprofit, you need to make your proposal stand out from the competition to get those limited dollars! Here are three keys to making your proposal better than the rest, and a sample letter to help you get started. Link your cause to…
  • 5 Ways to Use Earth Day to Put Your Nonprofit in the Green

    Devon Reeser
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    If it seems like every other advertisement is adopting a “green” strategy to show product alignment with environmental friendliness, you are not seeing things. Corporations, nonprofits, and even government agencies are hopping on the green bandwagon because it pays off. Studies show that a majority of people value green, and more than 35% will pay more for green, even in a bad economy. In fact, consumers think that organizations and corporations have an obligation to try to be green. So, if you are a nonprofit that believes in green but has not necessarily aligned itself with green to…
  • 4 Steps to Use Reputation Marketing to Boost Fundraising

    Devon Reeser
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    Reputation marketing has become a buzz phrase in the small business world, as 95% of people now check ratings for small businesses online before choosing a restaurant, dentist, hotel, or other service-based product – more than 50% with regularity. (More on local search and reviews on BrightLocal.com) The result is that businesses are scrambling to form, market, and manage fabulous reputations for themselves online.  Since your nonprofit is trying to elicit investment via donations, reputation is one of, if not the most important asset you have, and you should be focusing on building,…
  • Chasing Donors Away? Annoying Tactics Non-Profits Use

    Cari Mostert
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:30 am
    With well over a million non-profit organizations registered in America, each competing for their share of the revenue pie, every donor becomes a valuable asset. Yet a surprising number of nonprofits are inadvertently chasing donors away. You would never knowingly risk the allegiance of your donors with an offensive or irritating appeal, or alienate supporters by forgetting to acknowledge their contribution to your cause. And yet, many organizations, from the largest to the smallest, have done just that. Understanding your donors is the key to building lasting connections with them. Giving…
  • Tips For Tweaking Your Nonprofit’s Social Media Presence

    Harlow Keith
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:12 am
    Many nonprofit organizations have already signed up for Twitter, Google+ and Facebook accounts, and others are looking at Pinterest and Instagram. Social media is great – if the given platform is actually used and used to its full potential. Perhaps it’s time to scrutinize the platforms you’ve signed up with and make some changes to improve your nonprofit’s social media presence. Guides for nonprofits using social media The stories in the media are not exaggerations. Social media can be extremely beneficial for getting the word out and for developing a following of…
 
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    Social media marketing hacks for nonprofits | Powered by JohnHaydon.Com

  • Facebook ROI for Nonprofits: Are You Wasting Your Time?

    John Haydon
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Should your nonprofit use Facebook to promote your cause? What’s the ROI? Here’s a point vs. counterpoint with nonprofit marketing expert Nancy Schwartz. Nancy: What is the value in nurturing a brand page/community for orgs on Facebook? John: Every marketing plan—whether it’s for a brand or a nonprofit—should include word of mouth elements. You want to create opportunities for your community to tell their friends about you. The fact is, people talk with their friends on Facebook about what’s important to them—movies, weekend activities, family milestones, and causes.
  • 3 Facebook Marketing Taboos You Should Break Right Now

    John Haydon
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    The term “best practice” implies that a particular approach works for every situation. But that’s impossible. When you adopt “best practice” thinking, by default you adopt “worst practice” thinking – the idea that there are “taboos” one should never do! Here are three Facebook marketing taboos that have successfully been broken: 1. Posting Lengthy Text Updates The prevailing wisdom around text is that short and sweet gets more engagement than lengthy updates. This makes sense, right? After all, Facebook users are busy – they…
  • 18 Ways to Beat Facebook’s News Feed Algorithm

    John Haydon
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    This article gives you 18 ways to beat the Facebook News Feed algorithm with posting strategies, external channels, and Facebook Insights. How Reach is Created on Facebook Facebook defines reach as the number of unique Facebook users who see your updates. To see your Page’s reach, go to your Facebook Insights page and look at the Reach report. You’ll be able to see how your reach is improving over time (as shown below). Reach is generally influenced by one or more of the following actions: You post content to your Facebook Page.Yes, most of your fans don’t see it, but…
  • 7 Ways to Optimize Your Facebook Page for Search

    John Haydon
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    When you think about search engine optimization, the first place your mind goes your website. But Facebook is also an important element in any search strategy, for three simple reasons: 1. Facebook is huge There are over 1.2 billion Facebook users, more than half use Facebook every day (757 million daily active users on average in December 2013). One common way people use Facebook is for social search engine. Facebook users can do a variety of complex searches that combine their personal friend network with a topic, brand, cause, etc. For example, half of us use Facebook to search for…
  • Facebook Bootcamp Launches This Week [Totally Revamped for 2014]

    John Haydon
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:14 am
    How are you dealing with declining reach and other challenges to Facebook marketing? The first Facebook Bootcamp launched last winter and it was a huge hit with participants! The benefits they reported include: A noticeable increase in fan growth and engagement rate. Smarter, more strategic uses of Facebook. A more donor-centric focus that integrates all channels. Based on their feedback (and the hundreds of recent Facebook changes), I’ve completed revamped the course for 2014: 7 online classes 13 step-by-step video tutorials Page update samples checklists and workbooks 30 days of…
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    Deliciously Yours with Cynthia D'Amour

  • Could Exercise Stop Weight Loss?

    Cynthia D'Amour
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    We have to burn more calories than we take in to lose weight. This has been drilled in our heads for most of our lives. Many of us view exercise as something we have to do if we want to get thinner or stay in shape. We really don’t like it -and that doesn’t matter. Or does it? You may be surprised by what you hear on this video – and shocked at how much sense it makes!     Were you surprised by what you heard? Your body is your best friend. Losing weight just got a whole lot more enjoyable! If you know a woman who wants to lose weight or get in better shape,…
  • Stop That Binge!

    Cynthia D'Amour
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    Do you have a food that calls to you with a seductive voice? You-who! Come eat me! You know that you want me! For me, the challenge can be chocolate – especially when it’s NOT the really good dark stuff! When I eat cheaper chocolate, it triggers my cravings. I keep thinking about it. How one more piece would just hit the spot. Thankfully I found a way to support my body into easing up on (and eventually forgetting) the food that whispers taunts in my ears. This video explains my solution – and may help you too!   Easier than you expected, eh? It’s a super simple…
  • New Beginnings at the Deliciously Fit Club

    Cynthia D'Amour
    2 Apr 2014 | 1:13 pm
    It’s finally spring  - and time to celebrate the sun! Especially after almost 100 inches of snow in Ann Arbor this winter! (Twice our normal amount.) For the last few years, I’ve been working on getting more fit. At one point I was down 80#s. Two deaths in less than six months sent me into massive grief. Frankly, I ate my way through a lot of it – and gained some grief weight. The cool thing is I finally realized it’s just life. There are ups and downs. Being down passes more quickly while exercising. But even if you stop, you can start moving again to reclaim your…
  • Saying Hello Again is Hard to Do

    Cynthia D'Amour
    15 Jul 2013 | 12:27 pm
      Hello. It should be easy to say. And sometimes it feels so hard to do. Like now. For the last two years my life was consuming me – and I always didn’t know it. My long time readers may have noticed I wasn’t blogging as often. And then I didn’t blog at all. I had lost my voice in the stress of life. It started with my Dad. His Alzheimer’s continued to advance and he had to move into assisted living. Last September we had to add hospice care. Dad passed on February 20, 2013. I am a daddy’s girl and took Dad’s passing really hard. It was my first up…
  • Fit Can’t Be Overlooked

    Cynthia D'Amour
    29 Jul 2012 | 6:24 pm
    I should know. I’ve been slow to buy new clothes to wear around the house. I have nice clothes for the road – so I look good for clients. And clothes that fit for the gym – so Mollie can watch my form. But not so much for my casual wear. I’m on a six-month, fat-burning challenge. The weight is peeling off me. I won’t wear the clothes for long. Does it really make a difference? A certain friend thinks so. When she discovered I was wearing summer clothing that fit 50+ pounds ago. Threatened to turn me into one of those fashion makeover shows. For wearing such…
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    Idealists in Action

  • Have a look: Upcoming meetings

    April Greene
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Connectors in Kampala, Uganda are planning to meet today. Here are more Teams with events coming up—you can join them if you’re close by, or get inspired to organize a meeting for your Team on your home turf! Austin, Texas: Monday, April 21. 5:30 pm at the Dog & Duck Pub. Chicago, Illinois: Monday, April 21. 6:30 pm at the Harold Washington Library. Accra, Ghana: Saturday, April 26. 10:00 am at the Accra Mall. Phoenix, Arizona: Sunday, April 26. 9:00 am at Paradise Bakery. Has your Team met recently, or do you plan to? Be sure to keep your page updated so everyone stays in the…
  • Open question: How can we keep our Team motivated?

    April Greene
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Connecting can be like exercising or healthy eating: we enjoy doing it and see the benefits, but it can be hard to maintain motivation and stay on track. How can we make staying active as Connectors easier for each other? Here are some ideas from Teams who are tackling this issue already. Connector Kieve from Austin, Texas writes on her Team’s page that they’ll try a standing weekly meetup: To keep us more productive and accountable to each other, we thought it was good to meet on a weekly basis. It’s too easy to have personal things crop up and forget something. There was a…
  • Tech Tip: Taking advantage of your Team’s page

    April Greene
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    No doubt, you already know some of the ways your Team’s page can help you in your work as a Connector: you and your Teammates can share ideas on the discussion forum, post upcoming events, easily see everyone on your Team and link to their Idealist profile… But your page offers a lot more than just those prominent features. Here are three other easy things you can do to source new connections, share resources and info, and grow your Team: 1. Find local organizations. Scroll down to the middle of your Team’s page and you’ll see the heading “Network” on the…
  • Next steps, and expectations

    Ami Dar
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    Before Action Groups go live, I wanted to give you some context for where we are now, and what’s happening next. As of now, here are all the pieces we have in place: 1. The concept of Connectors, as people who want to inspire and ignite more action and collaboration around them. 2. Local Teams for Connectors to support one another in doing this work. 3. An initial menu of Tools and Tactics for Connectors. 4. Personal profiles that allow any person on Idealist to share their interests and skills, and connect with others on the site. 5. Coming today or tomorrow: Action Groups –…
  • Tech Tip: How to discuss Tools & Tactics with your Team

    Sara Jensen
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:56 am
    We’ve been talking a lot lately about our Tools & Tactics—replicable templates for action that range from holding a 3Qs meeting to hosting a nonprofit career fair. Now it’s your turn! If you’re feeling inspired by a particular Tool & Tactic and want to start a conversation about it on your Team page, here’s how to do it: 1. Start at the Connector Hub. In the top section, “Tools and Tactics for Connectors: More and Better,” click the “Learn more” button. 2. Scroll down until you find one you want to discuss. In this example, I clicked “Host a…
 
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    columbus imPRessions

  • My Dames Bond Interview with Mary B

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

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

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

    29 Jan 2014 | 6:39 am
    Before January comes to a close I wanted to thank Capital Style Magazine for featuring my healthy life journey and transformation as a part of their Makeover Madness series. Their January issue was devoted to living well, with loads of tips for being fit, happy and healthy. They decided to take their stories further and share more on the Daily Dish blog. Here they highlighted some local women who
  • New Year. New Client. New State

    17 Jan 2014 | 10:18 am
    2014 is starting out with a new client across state lines. A very exciting time for columbus imPRessions. This month I will begin working in the state of Virginia, Richmond to be exact. I have partnered with Smart 1 Marketing and Summit Digital Media as a social media consultant for a handful of events and event venues in Richmond - The Hot Air Balloon Festival, The K95 Country Fest and The
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    Social Media Bird Brain

  • Six Points for Good Content Leading to Engagement

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Engagement comes from content. And the most often given advice about content? Make it good. But what, exactly does that mean? What is good content? Relevancy, Timeliness Informative, Funny, or Touching Presentation Visual/Audial Inviting Comment or Elaboration Relevancy, Timeliness Via Media Republic/Global Voices What you're posting about has to be something meaningful to your audience. If
  • Facebook - Stay or Go?

    9 Apr 2014 | 4:05 pm
    More and more folks appear to be waking up to the change in their reach on Facebook - seeing a lot more posts wondering whether they should stay or go. And since FB hasn't said anything about whether they'd cut the nonprofits any slack, that's a question that's going to remain a while. So what to do? I think this is a good time to experiment. Patricia Redsicker cites recent research
  • Facebook Blocks the Stream

    2 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Via Schenectandy on Panoramio I touched on this subject in last week's post, but now it's time to look at it from the perspective of what it means to you. To recap: Facebook is continuing its monetizing strategy by restricting what you see in your timeline. While you'll continue to see posts from your friends and family with no problem, you might miss notifications and news from Pages that
  • No Corners Cut in Social Media

    26 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    Image via Digital Inspiration Let's talk about Facebook this week. Something is always going on with that social platform and it makes the news almost every day.  They're always trying something new and breaking something in the process, which drives some of their users crazy, but as long as their profits come from advertisers and they're not charging their users to be there, it's not
  • Learning and How

    12 Mar 2014 | 9:52 pm
    The Glory Days - 1955 World Series Scorecard (Photo credit: wallyg) For those of you less older than the hills, 'And how!' was a catchphrase of my mother's generation - the equivalent of 'word'. Last week, I put up a post about writing, and I used a new tool - one that analyzes headlines to see how appealing they are. The headline I used had a very good rating. I thought the content of the
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    Ken's Commentary

  • State of Nonprofits: Nudity, Ghosts and Perpetual Indulgence

    27 Mar 2014 | 5:30 am
    Originally published on Linkedin on March 25, 2014.What do nudity, ghosts and perpetual indulgence have in common? They relate to the core mission of a variety of US registered (IRS-approved) public charities. This is no joke! If you use these keywords to do a search of all the 1.4 million plus US-registered nonprofits on theCharity Navigator website, you will find organizations that include: nudist research libraries,ghost hunters and various chapters of a worldwide coalition of the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” (they state that they dress in drag as nuns to "use humor…
  • Pennies to Charity and Tens of Millions to Telemarketers: A Report from the NY Attorney General's Office

    7 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    Originally aired on The Willis Report on March 5, 2014. A recent report released by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman revealed that, on average, approximately 62% of the monies raised by charitable donations made through telemarketing campaigns in that state went to the telemarketing companies rather than to the charities. I address this issue as well as discussing ways to ensure that your charitable donations are reaching their intended recipients during this video clip from Fox Business' The Willis Report. Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.com
  • The Road Beyond Nonprofit Overhead

    24 Feb 2014 | 7:00 am
    Originally published on LinkedIn on February 18, 2014.Last summer I co-signed a letter to the donors of America called the “Overhead Myth Letter.” The letter has gotten a fair amount of attention within the US nonprofit sector (at least amongthe 1% of US charities that get 86% of the funding each year). In addition, representatives of some of those larger charities have told me that, at least among some of their big donors and family foundations; it has been a helpful piece of information. The letter urges donors to look at “other factors of nonprofit performance” beyond overhead,…
  • Technology is an Important tool for Charities that Want to be more Mission Driven

    7 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am
    This was originally posted as Transforming Charities into Being More Mission Driven with the Help of Technology on TechSoup.US charities of almost every size  (although especially the 50% of them whose budgets are $50,000 or less) complain of tremendous resource scarcity as they try to help solve some of our world’s most pressing problems. The movement to encourage charities to become more outcome focused (and thereby mission driven) has been seriously hampered by these resource constraints. More specifically, how can you build a performance management system in your organization to…
  • Charitable Giving Results and Forecsts

    24 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am
    This week, Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio hosted a presentation of Atlas of Giving estimates for charitable giving in 2013, our collective reactions to it, as well as our thoughts on what's in store for 2014 regarding charitable giving and trends in the nonprofit sector more generally. I participated in the conversation along with Marcia Stepanek, New Media Faculty & Advisor at the New York University Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Rob Mitchell, CEO of Atlas of Giving. The video below is one hour in length. The first ten minutes or so of the video is a…
 
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    Charity Navigator

  • A Year Later: Boston Marathon Bombing

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    Today, marks a year since the Boston Marathon bombing that took three people's lives and injured more than 260. Americans responded generously donating to various fundraising appeals, including The One Fund. Now called One Fund Boston, it was established in the days immediately following the bombing to help those most affected by the tragedy. We generally recommend that donors notsupport brand new charities in a time of crisis. But we recognized that many donors would contribute to One Fund Boston (as evident by the fact that it raised >$4 million within the first 24 hours…
  • Happy 12th Birthday Charity Navigator

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    Charity Navigator's Website in 2002Just 12 years ago, people donating money to charity had few assurances that their money was being spent efficiently, effectively and ethically. That all changed when Charity Navigator launched its charity rating website on April 15, 2002. Today, we help millions of donors have confidence in their charitable choices, thereby influencing billions of dollars of charitable gifts annually.
  • Following Up On Disaster Donations

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Last November, a massive storm, Typhoon Haiyan, caused considerable damage and loss of life in the Philippines. Americans responded generously, donating to the various charities engaged in the relief and recovery efforts.  Now that we're a few months out from the initial crisis,  I wonder how many donors have followed our disaster giving tip that states: Do Not Expect Immediate Results, But Do Keep Tabs On What Your Donation Accomplishes.Well, at least for donors who supported Direct Relief's work in the Philippines, you can easily follow up by reading the charity's newly published…
  • 63 Million Americans Do it. Do You Do It Too?

    8 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    What did nearly 63 million Americans do last year? They volunteered.That sounds like a big number. But, even with many efforts underway to boost volunteerism, that's 2 million fewer than the prior year. In fact, the volunteerism rate fell to 25.4% - the lowest percentage since the Bureau of Labor Statistics started tracking the data. Here's how the figures stack up over time: 2003: 63.8 million or 28.8%2004: 64.5 million or 28.8%2005: 65.4 million or 28.8%2006: 61.2 million or 26.7%2007: 60.8 million or 26.2%2008: 61.8 million or 26.4%2009: 63.4 million or 26.8%2010: 62.8 million or…
  • Mudslide Relief

    1 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Photo from Washington National GuardOver a week has passed since a massive mudslide crossed the river valley near the rural town of Oso, Washington, causing multiple deaths and massive damage. Hundreds of first responders and rescuers continue to search for survivors through the hazardous debris field. As of March 30th, 21 are confirmed dead and 30 still missing. A number of organizations evaluated by Charity Navigator are assisting with the relief and recovery in the region. If you would like to help, please consider donating to one of the charities below. Before you give, consider what it…
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    Together We Flourish

  • Counseling for Teens Available at Anchorpoint Counseling Ministries

    Susan
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:21 am
    Counseling with Teens Adolescence is often a stressful time. There is so much going on devel- opmentally that it usually a?ects the entire family system. Teens are going through identity formation, relational skill building, comparing themselves to peers, learning what intimacy means, experimenting with di?erent activities and involvements with di?erent peer groups, beginning to think […]
  • NHCO Offers Free Financial Workshops for Women Suffering From Financial Setback

    Susan
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:33 am
    Smart Investments, a free financial skills program or women who have suffered a financial setback, offers free workshops for women at three North Hills Community Outreach locations. Please register by calling 412-281-9773. April: “Credit – The importance of credit to your everyday life” The effect credit plays on obtaining a job, getting an apartment, acquiring […]
  • Walk for a Healthy McKees Rocks

    Susan
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:22 am
    Focus On Renewal (FOR) is one of 69 organizations participating in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. This annual fundraiser is underwritten by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield so that 100 percent of the funds raised go to the participating western Pennsylvania non-profits. The 2014 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community will be held […]
  • POWER’s Woman-Centered Alcohol and Drug Treatment Graduates Honored

    Susan
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:25 am
    The 2014 POWER Promises ~ A Night of Hope event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, at Rodef Shalom Congregation in Oakland.  POWER Promises will highlight graduates of POWER’s woman-centered alcohol and drug treatment programs whose stories of recovery are a testament to their courage. The event, hosted by Honorary Chairs Robert Levin and Dr. Kerry […]
  • The Franklin Center Presents Diversity in Business – Community Round Table Discussion

    Susan
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:26 am
    The Franklin Center of Beaver County, Inc. holds the first in a series of “Sip ‘n Say” public forums to discuss the developing new economy of Beaver County.     The Franklin Center of Beaver County is sponsoring a series of community round table discussions that are intended to heighten the awareness of the future of […]
 
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    Minnesota Council on Foundations Blog - Philanthropy Potluck

  • Twins, MLB Open All-Star Grant Initiative

    MCF Webmaster
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
    With the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game coming to the Twin Cities, the Minnesota Twins and MLB announced they are creating the first “All-Star Fans Choose” grant initiative, which will award $500,000 to a nonprofit in the Upper Midwest for a capital project to benefit its community. Nonprofits in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and western Wisconsin may apply now through May 23. Five finalists will be determined by a panel of judges consisting of representatives from MLB before the fans can vote for their favorite project from June 10 to July 10. The judges…
  • Inspiration, Renewed Commitments at the Ambassador Awards

    MCF Webmaster
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    Minnesota Philanthropy Partners’ Carleen Rhodes with this year’s Ambassador Awards honorees. On April 7, The Saint Paul Foundation held its annual Facing Race Ambassador Awards. The purpose of this event is to honor “…individuals working to build communities where everyone feels safe, valued and respected.” This year, over 500 people came out to celebrate and honor this work. It was fantastic to see such a multi-generational crowd. Attendees included youth, elected officials, and those from the nonprofit, philanthropic, education, business, and government…
  • Apply Now for the 2014 Bush Prize

    MCF Webmaster
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    Yesterday, the Bush Foundation announced it has opened applications for its 2014 Bush Prize for Community Innovation. This prize honors and supports innovative organizations with a track record of making great ideas happen. The Bush Prize provides creative capital for the organizations to use however they choose. Open to public charities and government entities in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and 23 Native nations that share the same geography, selection criteria for the Bush Prize include: Does the organization have a pattern of innovative solutions? Does the organization have a…
  • C.H. Robinson Honored for Workplace Giving

    MCF Webmaster
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Earlier this month, MCF member C.H. Robinson received the Community Impact Award in the Workplace Giving Campaign category from Minnesota Business magazine. The honor recognizes a successful volunteer or employee-giving campaign benefiting any non-profit or other worthy organization. This is the second year in a row that Minnesota Business has recognized C.H. Robinson in the Workplace Giving Campaign category in recognition of various employee volunteer campaigns that the company facilitates. This year, C.H. Robinson was presented the award for the company’s 14 years of support and…
  • MCF Welcomes New Member Foundation for Essential Needs

    MCF Webmaster
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Public charity Foundation for Essential Needs (FFEN) is the latest grantmaker to become a member of MCF! FFEN was founded what a belief that it is a fundamental responsibility of our society to ensure that basic human needs are met for each and every person. FFEN has a unique approach to fulfillment of these human needs by providing financial and professional service support to the organizations that deliver basic human services on a daily basis. Services provided by FFEN include: Service grants Project specific monetary grants Grant writing consultation Emergency assistance grants…
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    SocialEarth

  • 3M, Accenture, Visa, UPS, Ford, Microsoft, Cisco, Google among the World’s Most Ethical Companies

    Vikas Vij
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Ethisphere Institute has come out with its annual list of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies.” The list includes 144 winners, with companies ranging from Ford Motor, Kellogg and Microsoft [...] The post 3M, Accenture, Visa, UPS, Ford, Microsoft, Cisco, Google among the World’s Most Ethical Companies appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Climageddon—Tracking the Path of Clipocalypse

    3BL Media
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    Some are calling the new nine-episode Showtime Series, Years of Living Dangerously, the “The Greatest Story Ever Ignored.” For those of you without cable,  the first episode of the series can [...] The post Climageddon—Tracking the Path of Clipocalypse appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • The Push For Better Regulation of the Chemicals In Consumer Products

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), passed in 1976 and never updated, regulates the chemicals used in consumer products. And there are many chemicals, over 80,000 of them, in consumer [...] The post The Push For Better Regulation of the Chemicals In Consumer Products appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • If We Can’t Make Fracking Unnecessary, Can We At Least Make It Safer?

    Justmeans
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:16 am
    Russell Gold’s pragmatic piece about fracking in the Wall Street Journal makes a number of excellent points. First, our economy has such an enormous appetite for energy, that there is no way [...] The post If We Can’t Make Fracking Unnecessary, Can We At Least Make It Safer? appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • India: The Only Country With Legislated Corporate Social Responsibility

    Sangeeta Haindl
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:51 am
    Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is seen as a smart way to conduct business, making corporate entities into socially responsible citizens, visibly contributing to the social good. Socially responsible companies do [...] The post India: The Only Country With Legislated Corporate Social Responsibility appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Pulling for the Underdog

  • Regular people out-forecast CIA agents

    8 Apr 2014 | 6:11 am
    What's so challenging about all of this is the idea that you can get very accurate predictions about geopolitical events without access to secret information. In addition, access to classified information doesn't automatically and necessarily give you an edge over a smart group of average citizens doing Google searches from their kitchen tables.That is from a recent NPR piece about how a group of regular citizens have been able to make more accurate forecasts than CIA experts.  To its credit, the CIA actually sponsored this work, in collaboration with Philip Tetlock, whose work I have…
  • Tyranny of Experts - Consumer Reports Edition

    8 Mar 2014 | 9:35 am
    How often have I needed to replace an appliance and just gone to Consumer Reports, picked one of the top couple of models (usually the top one), and bought it sight unseen, happy in the knowledge I had bought the best - and with little effort?  Today, when I went online to decide on a vacuum cleaner,  I realized what a mistake that can be.Consumer Reports gave the highest rating to a Kenmore, saying it is "impressive" and the "top-pick:"I found it online and was about to purchase, but then looked down at the user ratings and saw that users gave it only 2 stars out of a possible 5.
  • Expertise and Humility

    25 Feb 2014 | 1:18 pm
    At a conference the other day, someone introduced me as a leading "expert."  I am as susceptible to flattery as the next guy, but over time I have grown more aware of the limits to what I know.The general understanding is that you can have "hard knowledge" in the natural sciences, but less so in the social sciences.  Hard knowledge means that you can replicate what you know over and over again in the real world via experiments or projects.  Bridge engineers are typical examples - give them any known terrain and they can build bridge after bridge that will stand up in every day…
  • The $100 Million Men

    15 Jan 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Dave Goldwyn - $100 Million Man We just passed $100 million in online transactions on GlobalGiving, with over 9,400 projects funded in 140 countries.  This is due to the amazing generosity of 370,000 donors and an amazing list of many of the world's most innovative and rapidly growing companies - not to mention what I personally think is the world's best network of strategic partners and funders. And you want to talk about a truly exceptional team that delivers wow, wow, WOW?  We got that, too (it's our secret sauce, as anyone who has met them knows).But that's not…
  • Fighting our Biases, Empathy Edition

    7 Oct 2013 | 12:13 pm
    Here is an example of how reporting on social science research can mislead rather than inform. The author tells us about new studies that show rich people are less empathic (i.e., they care less about others) than poor people. While this may be true on average (and the author gives several reasons why this might be so), the article likely inflames biases rather than illuminates reality.Why? Because the author neglects to tell us: a) how big the difference in empathy between the two groups is, and b) the underlying distribution of empathy within the rich and poor groups.The almost inevitable…
 
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    PhilanTopic | PND | Foundation Center

  • [Review] 'Abusing Donor Intent: The Robertson Family's Epic Lawsuit Against Princeton University'

    Mitch Nauffts
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:35 pm
    (The newest book by Doug White, a well-known expert in the fields of philanthropy and nonprofit management, is "equal parts thriller and cautionary tale," writes Daniel Matz, Foundation Web Manager at the Foundation Center. Click here for more from PND's...
  • Documentary Film and Gentrification (Part 2)

    Mitch Nauffts
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:41 am
    (Kathryn Pyle is a documentary filmmaker and a regular contributor to PhilanTopic. Click here to read part one of this two-part series.) In my previous post, I wrote about a handful of documentary films that explore the phenomenon of gentrification....
  • Weekend Link Roundup (April 12-13, 2014)

    Mitch Nauffts
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    Our weekly roundup of new and noteworthy items from and about the nonprofit sector.... Civil Society Writing in The Week, journalist Matt Bruenig takes a closer look at the one part of the charity versus social welfare argument that everyone...
  • Financing Sustainable Development Around the World

    Mitch Nauffts
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    (Tensie Whelan is president of the Rainforest Alliance, which works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices, and consumer behavior.) More than two billion people around the world are dependent for their livelihoods on...
  • [Infographic] 'Nonprofits Online: The 2014 M+R Benchmarks Study'

    Mitch Nauffts
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    M+R, a D.C.-based consulting firm, in partnership with NTEN, have released the 2014 M+R Benchmarks Study. Now in its eighth year, the study of fifty-three of the country's leading nonprofits found that even though response rates for nonprofit email solicitations...
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    Charitable Advisors

  • Investment Practice: Safety

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:46 am
    Dave Voris, Horizon BankFollowing is the third in a four-part series of articles that Dave Voris of Horizon Bank is writing to provide insights on making wise investment decision in this low interest rate environment.This third article focuses upon the Risk, or Safety, and the Reward relationships of various investment instruments. To discuss Safety, let’s consider two balance sheets: the balance sheet of the Investor; a.k.a. a Not-for-Profit organization, and the balance sheet of the Borrower; a.k.a. the obligor of the debt instrument.I use these two, side-by-side examples to highlight the…
  • Scorecard Shows Nearly Half of Hoosiers in Persistent Financial Insecurity

    8 Apr 2014 | 1:12 pm
    In February, Anne Guthrie of the Center for Working Families and LISC published a guest blog on the Indiana Community Action Association (INCAA) website exploring some key issues around employment, the way government benefits can create problems for individuals trying to get ahead, and the general financial well-being of Indiana families. Take a few minutes to scan the article.Just as interesting for me was the way the Center for Economic Development (CFED)has created a scorecard for each state and worked to present a great deal of information in an accessible…
  • Make Your Audit Count

    1 Apr 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Natalie Hopkins, Alerding CPAGovernance, Fraud, Conflicts of Interest and 990 Reviews are among the hot topics that have circled the not–for-profit world the last couple years. Finance committees, tax preparers, and boards of directors can all provide critical information related to these areas and help an Organization achieve the many goals surrounding fiscal responsibility. However, the annual independent audit process can also be a crucial benchmark that organizations use to measure how they stack up on current issues.The annual audit process should include, but not be limited to,…
  • Nonprofit CEO/ED Thinking about Retirement?

    27 Mar 2014 | 11:03 am
    “I WILL Retire Someday – Preparing Yourself and Your Organization” – Available exclusively to nonprofit CEO/EDs within 10 years of retirement, this free session provides an opportunity to think with a group of your peers plus Bryan Orander and John Wheeler, CPA, CFP to explore how you prepare yourself and your organization for your next adventure. April 23, 2014 from 8:30-10:30am at UWCI conference center. FMI or contact Bryan Orander at Bryan@CharitableAdvisors.com or 317-752-7153
  • Use Caution when Pursuing "Business" Activities

    20 Mar 2014 | 9:02 am
    By: Zachary S. Kester, JD, LLM, CFRM – Charitable AlliesThe modern nonprofit sector is vibrant and adaptable, especially after coming off the heels of the largest and longest recession in modern history. Many charities are pursuing opportunities to ensure stability by providing services for a fee and by selling goods. Consultants even hold seminars on developing earned income streams. Most charities, however, do this at some risk, and should be cautious in how they expand and manage business-related activities.As recently as this month the IRS has denied or revoked the tax exempt status of…
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  • Mark your calendar: Women and agriculture Twitter chat

    Arathi Rao
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:44 pm
    On Thursday, April 24 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET, 5 to 6 p.m. GMT, Half the Sky Movement will be hosting a Twitter chat with me as well as experts from Kiva and Heifer International to discuss how we can empower women in agriculture to lift 100 to 150 million people out of hunger.  I just got finished working on a report about some of the challenges women in agriculture face in the developing world, and I can’t wait to talk about it with you. From my research, I discovered that in Africa, women make up half of the agricultural workforce overall, and more than half in several countries. Yet…
  • Why travel is not education

    WhyDev
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:34 am
    Photo credit: The Argentina Independent This guest post by Allison Smith was originally published in WhyDev, a blog for individuals passionate about development, aid, and other global issues.  Recently, I came across the following quote on a personal blog: “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled.” The quote was unattributed on this blog, but Google attributes it to the Prophet Muhammad. Google also indicates that it appears on many lists and blogs with titles like “25 Inspiring Travel Quotes,” “Top 50 Inspirational Travel Quotes,” “Travel…
  • Tiken Jah Fakoly: ‘Through agriculture, Africa can rise again’

    Guest Blogger
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    This is a guest post by Tiken Jah Fakoly, musician, activist and supporter of ONE’s African campaign Do Agric. I am a reggae man, music is my profession. But when I am not singing, I want to put myself at the service of my continent, Africa, in which I believe. This is precisely the reason why I created the association “Un concert, une école” (One concert, one school). I have built schools in Mali, Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire in order to give children the opportunity to go to school and to highlight the importance of education in our countries. After that, I began to develop an…
  • 10 Music collaborations that changed the world

    Vicky Ramirez
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    From the 1985 classic “We Are the World” to 2014′s agriculture anthem “Cocoa na Chocolate,” pop stars around the world have been coming together to make music for a cause for decades. Whether it’s to raise awareness for apartheid or funds for famine relief in Africa, benefit concerts and songs have rocked the hearts, minds and ears of activists – and helped make real and lasting change. Here’s ten music collaborations that show how some of the world’s biggest artists used their voices for the humanitarian issues of their time:  1. Concert…
  • 3 Stats that put African corruption in perspective

    Emily Walker
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Africa is a continent rich in natural resources. It produces more than half of the world’s diamonds, nearly three-quarters of the world’s platinum, 20 percent of its gold, and 10 percent of its oil. With such tremendous treasures lying beneath their feet, one would expect Africans to be among the most educated, healthy and prosperous people on the planet. But that’s not the case. Even with these billion-dollar treasures, tens of millions in Africa still live in extreme poverty. Why? Let’s take a look at some numbers that put the story into context: 1. Imagine how many…
 
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    GuideStar Blog

  • Upgrading Your ERP System? Not So Fast. Consider Reimplementation

    Courtney Cherico
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    Many nonprofits are quick to upgrade software because it is perceived as being simple and straightforward – and sometimes that is true. However, that does not mean that it is in the best interest of the organization. Andrew Fass, CEO and founder of AVF Consulting, Inc. In some cases, it may make more sense for your nonprofit to reimplement a software system rather than upgrade to the most recent version. This is true of almost every type of software package, but especially enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, like the financial management and accounting systems that AVF Consulting…
  • Terrible Board Members Are Created, Not Born

    Courtney Cherico
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    So much has been written and presented within the nonprofit world about how to work around and/or replace terrible board members. However, nobody seems to want to confess as to where they came from. Jay Love, Co-Founder and CEO of Bloomerang Over the last three decades I have had the honor and sometimes the frustration of serving on more than 15 different nonprofit boards, where I’ve seen first-hand how poor board members can be created by terrible board practices. Do not get me wrong – the goods far outweigh the bads! Unfortunately, too many negative situations have unfolded right…
  • Charitable Design: 4 Ways to Decorate a Nonprofit Office

    Courtney Cherico
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    The best nonprofit organizations encompass hope, determination and endless aspirations. Equally inspiring workplace surroundings can enhance the success of your organization. Welcome employees and benefactors to an environment that sparks innovation and creativity. Do away with fluorescent lights, bare walls and uninspired cubicles. You can have a sleek and efficient office without a pretentious aura that steers away future contributors. The challenge is creating a workplace that’s professional, creative and productive without appearing rapacious. Let your energy and intentions show…
  • Prohibited Discrimination in Hiring: Disparate Treatment and Disparate Impact

    Cody Cassady
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    “Editor’s Note: For more answers to common nonprofit tax and legal questions, don’t miss our upcoming event on April 17th at 1PM with Jeffrey Tenenbaum, Partner and Chair of Nonprofits Practice Group of Venable, LLP, represented below. Find out more and register here.” Question: What are nonprofits required to do/abide by regarding employment discrimination in hiring practices? Are there any notable exceptions for nonprofit organizations (due to mission, background, and other primary components of the organization?) Answer: Prohibited Discrimination in Hiring: Disparate Treatment and…
  • Strategic Financial Management Webinar Series Begins April 15th

    Courtney Cherico
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:08 am
    In today’s changing environment, it can be difficult for nonprofit leaders to access the tools and expertise they need to make sound, strategic financial decisions—the type of decisions that lead a nonprofit to long-term sustainability. To bridge that gap, Nonprofit Finance Fund has gathered some of its most accessible insights into a six-episode course on strategic financial management in the nonprofit sector. To develop the series, NFF drew on insights developed through thirty years of on-the-ground engagement with nonprofit organizations and its research and experimentation with the up…
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    Nonprofit Blog Exchange

  • Roundup for March 2014

    Emily
    30 Mar 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Got a Blog? It Could Be a Perpetual Content Creating Machine for Your Nonprofit (About.com Nonprofit Charitable Orgs) How Are You Telling Your Stories? (Ann Green’s Nonprofit Blog) 5-Star Storytelling Success Story (Getting Attention) Curating Content: How to Leverage Stories from Your Community (npENGAGE) Four Online Fundraising Pitfalls—And How to Avoid Them (ASU Lodestar Center Blog) How I Would Evaluate Your Email Newsletter (Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog) How great content can help you raise more money (Non-Profit Marketing Blog) Kick-Start Yourself with a…
  • Roundup for February 2014

    Emily
    12 Feb 2014 | 11:54 am
    Blogging, Content, and Website Management How To Spread Your Org’s Story Through Developing a Purposeful Blogging Strategy (Next Level Nonprofits) 3 Key Attributes to Boost Your Non Profit’s Blogging Abilities (See What’s Out There) 10 Must-Have Elements for Nonprofit Websites (npENGAGE) Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 3: Content Strategy (npENGAGE) Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 4a: Sitemaps (npENGAGE) Keeping Your Website Relevant for Your Participants (Event Fundraising Blog) Is your nonprofit content URGENT? (The Non-Profit Marketing Blog) Drowning in Content? Curated…
  • 2013 End of Year Roundup

    Emily
    31 Dec 2013 | 5:19 pm
    Our top nonprofit marketing posts of 2013 (The Non-Profit Marketing Blog) Top Posts of 2013 – What Were Your Faves? (Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog) Inspiring Volunteering Moments of 2013 (Engaging Volunteers) Best of the Wild Apricot Blog in 2013 (Wild Apricot) 112 Nonprofit Blog Posts, Articles, and Stories from 2013 You Can’t Miss (npENGAGE) The 13 Most Popular Posts of 2013 (Engaging Volunteers) I Bet You’d Never Guess Which Topics Were Most Popular on npEngage in 2013..or would you? (npENGAGE) Our favorite 13 posts of 2013 (Idealist) Lessons Learned in 2013 (Wild Apricot)…
  • Roundup for December 2013

    Emily
    23 Dec 2013 | 9:18 am
    Fundraising, Donors, Donation Pages 3 reasons donors won’t give—and what to do about it (The Non-Profit Marketing Blog) One thing you should do to increase donations: Be laser focused (Sea Change Strategies) Donation Page Do’s and Don’ts (Wild Apricot Blog) How nonprofits can increase year-end online donations(Nonprofits, Technology, and Social Media) Simple tips that bring BIG fundraising results(Get Fully Funded Blog) End-of-Year Giving: Fundraising Appeals Our Experts Love(npENGAGE) Websites and Blogs Six Reasons Why Your Website Can Scare Donors (npENGAGE) Is your website…
  • Roundup for November 2013

    Emily
    16 Nov 2013 | 11:26 am
    Adding a Blog to Your Website and Promoting It (TechSoup) Curating Nonprofit News (Community Organizer 2.0) Raising Awareness Through Newsjacking (Wild Apricot Blog) Three Essential Ways Your Nonprofit Should Be Using Social Media (npENGAGE) Nonprofit Content Marketing – Benchmarks, Budgets and Trends for 2014 (npENGAGE) Attention Nonprofit #DataNerds: A Few Recent Research Studies on Data, Technology, Funding, and Trends (Beth’s Blog) 5 communication tools every nonprofit needs (Communicate and Howe!) The New War on Social Media Vanity Metrics (frogloop) 11 Ways Your Museum Should be…
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    The Nonprofit Consultant Blog

  • The Rational Aspect of Irrational Philanthropy

    3 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    A few weeks back I was at a social gathering and, in conversation with another attendee, wound up talking about the use of crowdfunding to help low-income people over hurdles on their way to self-sufficiency.She found it very interesting, and asked, "What country are they aiding?"My reply, "Well, um, here. The U.S., including groups down the street, right here in Berkeley!"She was a bit surprised, but pleased. Because we were talking about small dollar amounts, she had assumed that the donations were going elsewhere, where there would be more "bang for the buck."Put your money where there…
  • Reaching Across Generations

    17 Mar 2014 | 8:30 am
    How are you involving millenials in your organization's work? This is a question we've all been hearing a lot lately. But I'm not sure that I like some of the answers.I've been in several conversations and meetings in recent months where the idea of creating a "millenial advisory group" was brought up. It was generally agreed among my peers (those of us between 40 and 65) that the younger generation may not be ready for the responsibility of being on a board of directors."Oh, they're too busy with their careers, or starting families, or doing whatever it is they do with their tweet…
  • Why Common Core Will Fail

    29 Nov 2013 | 8:53 am
    You've likely heard or read about Common Core by now. The latest in educational "fixes," promoted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Governors Association, and the Obama administration, the Common Core initiative was developed "to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce." And it will fail to improve our failing schools, wasting time, resources, and money in the process.There are lots of critics around who can explain the problems with Common Core and how the standards were developed. But I have a different issue with…
  • Multichannel Communications - Management & Tips

    9 Nov 2013 | 10:31 am
    A point I've been harping on for some time whenever I speak to groups of nonprofits is the importance of communicating to your supporters the way they want, not the ways you're used to. In other words, while some of your supporters may still be looking for that annual holiday letter in the mail, others want to hear from you on Facebook, or by email, at an event, or even by the old telephone. This is what we mean by multichannel communications.This guest post is from Madeleine Hammond. Maddie is a marketing executive at Skeleton Productions - One of the UK's leading video production companies.
  • The Irregularity of Regular Giving

    17 Jul 2013 | 2:42 pm
    We love our regular donors. As nonprofit professionals, we just love to look over our donor rolls and know that there's a good percentage of those listed who will give again and again, year after year, and all we have to do is send them a nice annual letter. Maybe there's even a few of those donors who have trusted us enough to let us charge a small amount to their credit card every month without even asking. Man, do we love them! But don't get too complacent.With each successive generation, giving is changing. New technologies play a roll in that, but so do overall trends in society and…
 
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    Tall Skinny Kiwi

  • Ending Corruption for Lent

    tallskinnykiwi
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:07 pm
    While some Christians are giving up chocolate for Lent, which is all very well, others are seeking to end global corruption, bribery and corporate greed. Here is an Easter reflection on corruption from the Bible Society called Thirty Pieces of Silver [PDF]. Its a hot topic and one which involves a penetrating look inside our […]
  • A quick interruption of my blogging sabbatical.

    tallskinnykiwi
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Long time no blog.  My blog break has been good for me. I feel like I am learning to be quick to listen and slow to speak which has to be a good thing. But, to interrupt my break, and so you don’t completely forget me, here is a little update from me. Our family […]
  • Waitangi Day: Remembering a Transplanted Christianity

    tallskinnykiwi
    5 Feb 2014 | 11:52 am
    I was hoping to be in the north of New Zealand today to celebrate Waitangi Day with friends and colleagues but instead I will be at the DeLight Festival in Takaka.  Apologies to the NZCM gang at the Congress who I enjoyed meeting with 3 years ago in Waikanae. Hope it goes well. I did, […]
  • Poverty: The Catholics are taking the Protestants to church.

    tallskinnykiwi
    7 Dec 2013 | 10:14 pm
    “I want a Church which is poor and for the poor.”  Pope Francis said that last month, in his awesome document that you should have read already. Its called Evangelii Gaudium, Apostolic Exhortation. Download the PDF. So the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is coming up in 2017 and, based on the last weeks […]
  • Nothing coming down. Nothing going up.

    tallskinnykiwi
    7 Dec 2013 | 4:15 pm
    I just watched a very unfortunate recent video by our dear brother John Piper. I really don’t think he saw how his words could be misconstrued in the wrong hands. Hopefully it has been taken down by now or at least will be in the next few hours. Nothing is coming down, except his video. […]
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    Jewish Donor Blog

  • Pesach 2014

    Yoav
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Source: https://www.facebook.com/DryBonesCartoon The post Pesach 2014 appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
  • The Negev Brewery

    Yoav
    20 Mar 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Another product of the Negev region of Israel. This may be one of my favorites! “In addition to the hotel exclusive and several seasonal brews, the brewery offers four beers that are always available: Amber Ale, Oasis, Passion Fruit Ale and Oak Porter. They range in taste from the light, orangey flavor of the Oasis beer, which recently replaced the Amber Ale as the most popular choice, to the porter’s darker earthiness. The passion fruit beer is the only one its makers know of in Israel that features the easily found local fruit.” Source: In the Negev, a 2,000 shekel beer and…
  • “We’ve turned the Negev and Beersheva into the Eastern Hemisphere’s cyber capital.”

    Yoav
    18 Mar 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Source: Globes.co.il Event: Negev Conference in Sderot 2014 “We have turned the Negev and Beersheva into the cyber capital of the Eastern Hemisphere,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his speech to the Sixth Negev Conference in Sderot. “We are in the midst of a revolution that is turning the Negev into a thriving center, not a periphery or branch, into a bustling center of Israel.” “I tell young men and women, ‘Go to the Negev,’ because the Negev is rising,” said Netanyahu in listing the government’s steps to develop the region.
  • Featured Jewish Non-Profit: Beit Hagalgalim – בית הגלגלים

    Yoav
    11 Mar 2014 | 9:02 am
    Beit Hagalgalim – בית הגלגלים From the House of Wheels website: “The House of Wheels, which has been operating since 1979, provides a range of services for children and adults with impaired mobility, mainly due to cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy.” “The Association provides solutions to the shortage in extramural activities and lack of social structures that are appropriate for this population. The House of Wheels provides weekend activities, as well as summer camps and activity classes.” “In addition, the Association operates a job placement…
  • Yossi Vardi of ICQ Fame Interviewed By David Horovitz of Times of Israel at AIPAC 2014

    Yoav
    6 Mar 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Source: AIPAC’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AIPACPC The post Yossi Vardi of ICQ Fame Interviewed By David Horovitz of Times of Israel at AIPAC 2014 appeared first on Jewish Donor Blog.
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    Living and Giving - Pamela Hawley's Blog

  • OVERTURN YOUR LIFE Bouleversement

    Pamela Hawley
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    I have learned not to pray for the specific, but instead to pray for Christ example in thought, love in life, being in God. Then the “Bouleversement” can occur. -Grey T. Full Are you praying for something specific?   It’s not wrong, but you could be limiting yourself.    A higher prayer is to pray for Christ’s will in your life, or for his love in your heart…. If we pray for God’s way that blesses not just you, but everyone. That’s where you can embody the French word “Bouleversement,” which means to up-end or overturn. Pray on a higher…
  • The Classic Pamela Positive: Dag Hammarskjold Gives Hope to the World

    Pamela Hawley
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    Dag Hammarskjold was such a wonderful model of what the U.N. can be and do.  As Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1953 to 1961, Hammarskjold was known for his unrelenting energy given to fairness, peace and collaboration.  He represented hope and reconciliation throughout many corners of our world. Hammarskjold supported countries whether or not there was an economic interest, as it should be.  Equitable involvement for all countries was his philosophy. For example in the Suez Crisis, when Egypt nationalized the canal, Hammarskjold was able to broker French, British and Egyptian…
  • Purpose in Life — I am Here to Establish Connections of Love

    Pamela Hawley
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    “I am here to establish connections of love. To celebrate all affection; to raise others up in a spiritual, boundless way.” This was a sweet journal entry at a very young age.  It aspires to just give selflessly, overflowing with goodness.  I look back on it fondly, to think how I can: Create a connection based on love, no matter who I meet today Celebrate any way I see affection, kindness, compassion Lift others up spiritually, encouraging them. Please join me today living a life of love!  
  • The Pamela Pensive: “Ignorance of Certain Subjects Is a Great Part of Wisdom.”

    Pamela Hawley
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    “Ignorance of certain subjects is a great part of wisdom.” –Hugo de Groot Ignorance is Good. Ignorance of gossip. Ignorance of unnecessary negative thoughts.  Ignorance of self-doubting thoughts, and ignorance of unhelpful suggestions which come to our thought.  A lot of these thoughts are just not true… and don’t find yourself accepting them as part of your normal experience. We all go through a tough day.  Yet we need to defend our thoughts, and therefore our life. Our life is based upon our thought. What you think will come through to fruition… It does not mean…
  • “Life is never easy for those who dream.” – Robert James Waller

    Pamela Hawley
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    Robert James Waller (born Aug. 1, 1939, Rockford, Iowa) is an American author, also known for his work as a photographer and musician. Waller received his BA and MA degrees from University of Northern Iowa where he began teaching management & economics after receiving PhD in business from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington, and became a full professor in 1977 . Waller became dean of the College of Business in 1980 & retired from that position in 1986. Several of his books have been on the New York Times bestseller list including 1992′s The Bridges of…
 
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    Red Rooster Group

  • Edjewcation Station Logo and Bus Wrap

    Howard
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:08 pm
    CLIENT: Edjewcation Station Cantor Debbi Ballard had a radical idea for bringing Jewish education to underserved and unaffiliated families in South Florida: a bus that could take the educational experience to them. But first she needed a logo for the program and a design for the most integral piece of the program, the bus itself. Logo Design The logo we developed for the Edjewcation Station conveyed the concept of mobile Jewish Education by combining two symbols, a bus and two tablets representing the 10 Commandments —  subtly incorporated into the bus icon by doubling as the windshield.
  • Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ Logo

    Howard
    9 Feb 2014 | 11:23 pm
    CLIENT: Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ This logo for a Jewish nonprofit social service agency showcases the agency’s relationship with their clients and subtly features a Jewish star in the center. The logo design was part of an overall branding campaign for the agency which included tagline and key messages, brochure, website, and presentation. See the full case study here. Links See other logos. See other examples of nonprofit branding. Read about our services. Red Rooster Group is a New York based graphic design firm that creates effective brands, websites, and marketing…
  • Website for Homeless Organization Appeals to Donors and the Homeless

    Howard
    21 Jan 2014 | 6:30 pm
    CLIENT: Jericho Project A homeless organization had expanded its services and needed to revamp its website to reflect its expanded role in helping the homeless. The website was designed to appeal to donors as well as those who may be seeking services. The clean design helps users easily find what they are looking for while reinforcing the organization as a leading provider of housing and services for the homeless in New York City. The website design for this nonprofit organization features an interactive timeline and drop down boxes for the staff bios. > See the…
  • Unified Brand and Publications Help Organization Increase Engagement

    Howard
    5 Jan 2014 | 12:01 pm
    CLIENT: Sephardic Bikur Holim Like many social service organizations, Sephardic Bikur Holim wanted to engage a younger audience, encourage volunteerism, and help people connect events and services to their organization. After producing the first issue of The SBH Source magazine, a fundraising book, and fundraising video, Red Rooster Group was engaged to handle all aspects of SBH’s marketing and design needs. Goals SBH’s overall marketing goals were to: Increase awareness of all its services to people who needed them. Broaden their donor base and increase fundraising across the board.
  • Creating a More Compelling Story for an Educational Organization

    Howard
    24 Dec 2013 | 12:24 pm
    This national academic enrichment program was looking to update and organize their messaging. After an assessment of all their marketing materials and a review of similar organizations in the country, we created a comprehensive messaging strategy and plan for the short and long term. Challenge As Horizons National grew, their programs were evolving, and they needed cohesive messages to clarify all of their offerings, and a communications plan to reach their audiences effectively. Process Red Rooster Group started with a sector landscape review — a competitive analysis of similar…
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    Look To The Stars News: Latest

  • JAY Z Brings Budweiser Made In America Festival To Los Angeles

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Shawn "JAY Z" Carter, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino, Budweiser and United Way of Greater Los Angeles are bringing the spirit of “Budweiser Made In America,” to Los Angeles during the 2014 Labor Day weekend. Budweiser Vice President Brian Perkins, Live Nation's Michael Rapino, LA City Supervisor Gloria Molina, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, JAY Z, United Way's Elise Buik and LA City Council President Herb Wesson.The two-day music festival began in Philadelphia on Labor Day weekend 2012 to benefit United Way of Philadelphia and Southern…
  • NFL Star Adrian Peterson Wants To Make You Laugh

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    NFL Star Adrian Peterson announced today that he’s intent on making you laugh as part of his 2014 U.S. Comedy Tour. Peterson and his All Day Foundation are bringing 6 of the funniest comedians on Earth to Tyler & Austin Texas on May 16 – 17, 2014, and he’s searching for the best local talent in each city to join them in the spotlight. Joe Torry will host comics AJ Johnson, Brandon T. Jackson, Michael Blackson, Gary Owen and Tommy Davidson for an outrageously funny show with belly aching, gut busting jokes and some of the best impersonations that you’ve ever seen.
  • Hugh M. Hefner Foundation First Amendment Awards Winners Announced

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Hugh M Hefner Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Awards. Christie Hefner – the daughter of Hugh Hefner – established the Awards in 1979, in conjunction with Playboy magazine’s 25th anniversary, to honor individuals who have made significant contributions in the vital effort to protect and enhance First Amendment rights for all Americans. The awards will be presented on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, followed by a reception for past winners, journalists, government officials, and civic leaders at the Knight Conference Center…
  • Meet Bruno Mars Backstage At Madison Square Garden

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Here’s your chance to meet Bruno Mars backstage at his concert at Madison Square Garden in NYC on July 14. The star has donated the opportunity for you and three friends to meet him during a backstage tour. Bruno Mars is a incredibly talented singer, songwriter, producer, and musician. The 14-time Grammy Award nominee has now sold over 100 million singles worldwide, over 9 million albums worldwide, and not to mention over 1.5 billion views on YouTube. His debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans has been certified 48x Platinum worldwide. Mars’ sophomore album, Unorthodox Jukebox,…
  • Bret Michaels Sings For His Supper

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    This week, legendary rocker Bret Michaels made a special appearance at Hard Rock Cafe New York to help kick off Hard Rock’s “Sing For Your Supper” event. Bret Michaels Performs At Hard Rock Cafe New YorkCredit/Copyright: Hard Rock InternationalTo help relieve the stress of Tax Day, guests across the nation had the opportunity perform a complete song on their Hard Rock Cafe’s live music stage in front of the entire restaurant to receive a free dinner entrée from Hard Rock’s new menu. Bret Michaels Sings For His SupperCredit/Copyright: Hard Rock International…
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    Non-profit2point0

  • Achieving Marketing Goals for Nonprofits

    Charlie Hullihen
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    By Charlie Hullihen Director of Communications Goals come in many forms. Some nonprofits may be looking to get more likes on social media. Some may be trying to increase donations or earn more support from millennials. Regardless of what YOUR nonprofit’s goals are, they cannot be obtained without proper planning. Here are some tips your nonprofit can use to successfully achieve its goals. Be Specific When defining your goal, it’s important to be specific. General goals such as “do better with social media” and “update the blog” won’t do. Instead, set goals such as “get more…
  • 3 Ways to Stop Annoying Your Social Media Followers

    Charlie Hullihen
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:26 am
    frustrated (Photo credit: jonwatson) A lot of stress has been placed on the importance of social media over the past few years. And with good reason. We are at a point now where any organization, big or small, needs to have some kind of social media presence. What’s unfortunate about social media being so essential is that many organizations hear how “important” it is and end up going overboard with posts. Soon, their followers grow tired of seeing the organization in their newsfeed and unsubscribe. I probably don’t need to tell you that losing followers is a bad thing. Here are some…
  • Four Main Keys for Local SEO

    Charlie Hullihen
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:34 am
    Nearly ever consumer today turns to the internet before making a a donation or purchase, which makes implementing a local search strategy essential for nonprofits. There are four key steps to consider when putting your local search strategy into play. These are search engines, internet yellow pages, map services, and online reviews. The folks at Kenshoo have put together this handy info graph that elaborates on these four key areas and also provides some great tips and statistics.to consider when putting your local search strategy into play. These are search engines, internet yellow pages,…
  • Reaching Out to Other Bloggers

    Charlie Hullihen
    8 Oct 2013 | 9:27 am
    By Charlie Hullihen, Director of Communications and Client Relations When it come to blogging, content is still king. Of course, SEO tactics such as using keywords in the titles, body, and tags is great for bringing readers to your blog. But, if people come to your blog only to find out your content is not all that helpful, they will most likely leave your site without looking back. If you’re already producing great content, but are still having a difficult time bringing people to your posts, you may want to consider reaching out to other bloggers. This tactic is often overlooked, and…
  • How Often Should Nonprofits Redesign Their Site?

    Charlie Hullihen
    26 Sep 2013 | 12:59 pm
    By Charlie Hullihen, Director of Communications and Client Relations Website redesign is something every nonprofit wonders about. How often should we change our layout? How drastic should the changes be? Should we make any kind of announcement when our new site goes live? These are just some of the things we are frequently asked by nonprofits, and they’re all good questions. The problem, of course, is that the answers will not be the same for all organizations. How often and how drastically you redesign your website depends mostly on your intended audience. Here are some things to consider…
 
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    Deep Social Impact

  • Reconciling “giving smart” and “giving from the heart”

    TPI
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Housed at TPI’s Center for Global Philanthropy, New England International Donors (NEID) is a community of generous individuals, grantmakers, social investors, and advisors, who are changing the world from New England. On March 12, twenty-five members of NEID spent the evening together at the American Repertory Theater to see Witness Uganda and participate in their Act III conversation about the complexities of international philanthropy. It was a powerful evening that stimulated many thoughtful conversations over the last few weeks. Emily Nielsen Jones, a member of NEID’s Steering…
  • Today’s trends will influence tomorrow’s philanthropy

    Peter Karoff
    2 Apr 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Ellen Remmer recently posed the question of whether it is worthwhile to think long term in this rapidly changing and uncertain world.  Well, I think it is.  In fact, we must think long-term to keep pace with global change and take a strategic, impactful approach to philanthropy.  Silos are crumbling, needs are growing and opportunities are emerging to push us in the right direction and make positive change – at every level.   Whitney Duan, Founder of the Beijing-based Kaifeng Foundation, recently asked me this question:  What are the critical issues affecting the world over the…
  • Are You Taking the Long View?

    Ellen Remmer
    20 Mar 2014 | 7:41 am
    Failing to plan is planning to fail.  Undoubtedly you’ve heard that quote before and it’s certainly something that many foundations have in mind when thinking about the future. On the other hand, the strategic plan has received quite a bit of abuse recently, influenced in part by the Monitor Institute’s article, The Strategic Plan is Dead.  Long Live Strategy. As the authors of that piece point out, “the world has become a more turbulent place, where anyone with a new idea can put it into action before you can say ‘startup’ and launch widespread movements with a single…
  • Better Grantmaking, Baseball and a Billion Dollar Challenge

    Simon Delekta
    6 Mar 2014 | 11:56 am
    Early March is one of my favorite times of year. Spring training is finally here, after a depressing and dark stretch of no baseball; March Madness is set to begin; the race for the playoffs in the NHL and NBA is becoming more exciting. I may be losing some of the non-sports fans, but if that’s the case, don’t stop reading – this really is a post about philanthropy. (I’m just going to start with sports.) In 1996, Baseball Prospectus was launched, introducing a wealth of new statistical tools to fans of the sport. Many early adopters of these analytics saw impressive success, so much…
  • Jump Start Your Giving with Giving Tuesday

    Maureen O'Brien
    2 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am
    Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday.  For those of you who haven’t heard of Giving Tuesday or are still in a tryptophan-induced haze, it is a movement that launched in 2012 as the philanthropic counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  It encourages individuals and families, for-profit and non-profit organizations nationwide to celebrate their philanthropic goals and achievements through a variety of channels – saturating the digital landscape with good. The motives and messages behind Giving Tuesday are encouraging, uplifting and especially relevant during this time of year.   While…
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    Nonprofit Resource Memo

  • Use of Mobile Technology to Fight Human Trafficking

    M. P.
    5 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    The Polaris Project launched a short code to help victims of human trafficking – BEFREE Although technology allowed for the spread of human trafficking activities across mobile platforms and sites, anti-trafficking interventions are using mobile media to advocate for and reach potential victims.  In March 2013, The Polaris Project, an organization committed to fighting human trafficking as well as strengthening the anti-trafficking movement, activated a mobile code to assist victims of human trafficking in locating help. This textable short code, BEFREE or 233733, puts a victim in…
  • Adult Mental Illness Rates by State

    M. P.
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:47 am
    Just over 4 percent of Pennsylvania adults reported experiencing severe mental illness in the past year, while approximately 18 percent reported any mental illness during the same time period, according to the new brief from SAMHSA, State Estimates of Adult Mental Illness for the 2011 and 2012 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health. The report contains data from over 92,000 adults in the United States who participated in the National Survey of Drug Use and Health in 2011 and 2012.  The rate in Pennsylvania has increased only incrementally since the 2008 and 2009 report, when 3.5 percent of…
  • Volunteering on the Decline – Unless it’s an Internship

    M. P.
    11 Mar 2014 | 7:13 am
    Last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that American volunteerism had declined to 25.4 percent, the lowest rate since such data were first collected in 2002. The drop in volunteering occurred across many groups including, men and women (though overall, women still volunteer more than men) whites and blacks (no change among Asian and Hispanic volunteers) persons employed (full or part-time) and those not in the workforce persons with a high school diploma or a college degree The median amount of time a person volunteered in 2012-2013 was 50 hours, with 72 percent reporting that…
  • A Closer Look at Trends in Youth Obesity

    M. P.
    20 Feb 2014 | 3:57 pm
    After a period of aggressive growth, obesity rates among American youth have stabilized somewhat in the last decade. Unfortunately, this good news may distract from the trend data indicating that obesity remains a cause for concern among certain sub-groups of youth. In the paper, Increasing socioeconomic disparities in adolescent obesity, authors Carl B. Frederick, Kaisa Snellman, and Robert D. Putnam discuss the idea of income level as a kind of dividing line in recent obesity trends. In the early 2000’s, obesity rates declined for youth in higher socioeconomic categories, while slowing…
  • SAMHSA Report Holds Useful Data on Behavioral Health in Pennsylvania

    M. P.
    2 Feb 2014 | 9:23 am
    SAMHSA’s National Behavioral Health Barometer looks at recent data on mental health, drug and alcohol dependency and substance use. Last week the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced a new report containing a wealth of data on American’s behavioral health, both overall and at the state levelThe National Behavioral Health Barometer looks at mental illness, alcohol dependency, illicit drug use, treatment rates and perceptions of the dangers of substance use. This timely trend and snapshot data – particularly those from the state reports…
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    Mission Connected Blog

  • Name Change: A Cultural Make-Over

    Karen Alphonse
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Q: About 10 years, ago, I came to the United States from a country overseas. I earned my first degree in accounting followed by a second degree in business organization from solid colleges. I know I am highly qualified, competent and have excellent references. Despite these attributes, I have circulated my resume with very little response. A colleague told me she thinks my name is causing problems. What do you think? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Killer Reference

    Karen Alphonse
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:28 am
    Q: I have a feeling one of my references is not giving me a good evaluation. In my last set of interviews, the prospective employer seemed very enthusiastic about hiring me. But, after conducting reference checks, he refused to return my phone calls. What can I do to correct this? Is there any strategy for making a bad reference good? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • To Address Or Not

    Karen Alphonse
    18 Mar 2014 | 7:40 am
    I am redrafting my resume, and I want to know whether I should include my address. What is the protocol? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Results Versus People

    Karen Alphonse
    11 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    Q: We are a group of entrepreneurs excited about making our socially responsible start-up a success. Part of that success is bringing the right kind of Executive Director on board. In our discussions, we are struggling with how to draft a compelling position description to get the right person in the door. One of our biggest issues is, in our searching, should we highlight our need for results, or should we talk more about our desire to have a strong work culture that emphasizes professional... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Burnt My Bridges

    Karen Alphonse
    4 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    Q: I left my last position in a hurry. I was so eager to get out that I resigned without giving my supervisors much explanation or time to organize and fill my role. I thought I was leaving to take on the “Dream Job,” but, I am two weeks into it and realize this is the position from hell. My interviewers misrepresented everything from the size of my staff to my compensation and budget. They are also requiring me to take on additional responsibilities, and this is not the half of it. What... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • How to decide what your organization should STOP doing

    Trina Isakson
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:57 pm
    If your organization has limited resources (people, time, money, etc.) but wants to achieve success in its programming, this resource is for you. According to the MacMillan Matrix, a tool developed by Ian MacMillan at the Wharton School of Business, there are four criteria used to determine whether to grow, stop, or share a program: mission and ability fit, program attractiveness, saturation, and competitive advantage. I’ve adapted the MacMillan Matrix and share it here as a decision tree. You can also download the full resource (3 page PDF).
  • Women: please steal this idea

    Trina Isakson
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:38 pm
    I have way too many ideas that I don’t set free. Here’s one I know I won’t get to, but would love someone else to take on. The nominators The nominators is a group of diverse women (though not necessarioy just women) who dedicate time to nominating women for awards and speaking engagements. So many awards and panels and keynotes are dominated by men, and it perpetuates a cycle of a specific segment being seen as the “best” or as the “expert”. Many people who hold conferences and awards lament that the reason we don’t see more women is that women…
  • A new way to think about to-do lists and moving important things forward in your life

    Trina Isakson
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Lately, when people have asked me what I’m up to, I often talk about my “productivity experiment”: for six weeks I focus on six areas of priority in my life. I read about this method from the book “Necessary Endings” by Dr. Henry Cloud, and I’ve been enjoying the practice. What this involves: Pick six areas of your life that you’d like to move forward. Areas you’d like to focus on and pay closer attention to. As much as possible, use any available time to focus on these areas. Say no to everything else. The first six weeks I tried this, my areas…
  • What’s another way to introduce the idea of introverted changemakers?

    Trina Isakson
    10 Feb 2014 | 8:59 pm
    So I’m writing a book. Right now I’m identifying and interviewing introverted changemakers. But I have a problem. Whenever I pitch the idea to people in the social change/non-profit/social innovation space who I think might consider themselves to be introverts, I often get this response: Oh, but I’m both. or… I did that test and I was right in the middle. And then they go on to talk more about how they work — and they describe introverts to a T. Is it about not knowing much about introversion/extroversion? Or is it about a discomfort with coming out as an…
  • Social innovation webinar February 13

    Trina Isakson
    6 Feb 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Next week I’ll be presenting a webinar that reviews the report I released last year for HRSDC (now ESDC) on how individuals are contributing to community, beyond giving and volunteering. Join me and SocialFinance.ca next week for this FREE presentation! Social Finance Connects: Beyond Giving and Volunteering Le français suit l’anglais While levels of volunteering and donating remain relatively stable in Canada, individuals are finding new ways to advance social good. They are applying the practices most commonly found in consumerism, use and development of technology, investing, and…
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    Pamela Grow

  • Nonprofit Storytelling with Video | Three Unbreakable Rules

    Pamela Grow
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:19 am
    How are you sharing your organization’s stories? I’m a big believer in constant story collection – from your clients, your donors, your founder, your staff (see my article 6 Tips for Collecting Great Nonprofit Stories for more information) – but just as importantly as the stories you tell, is the method you use to tell them. Just as you wouldn’t limit your organization’s story to one story, neither should you limit the channels of expressing those stories. A strong tool in your organization’s marketing arsenal is visual storytelling.  Today’s guest…
  • 5 Steps to Unlocking Hidden Fundraisers: A Practical Guide to Working Better With Program Staff and Raising More Money

    Pamela Grow
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:49 am
    Guest blogger, Rory Green has been fundraising since the age of 10, when she volunteered to help run her school’s annual Bike-A-Thon for juvenile cancer research. Fundraising became her vocation at 14, when she lost a friend to Leukemia. Rory is Senior Development Officer at Canada’s BCIT Foundation by day, and infamous as the brilliant Fundraiser Grrl by night. Today’s guest post arose from a Twitter conversation. How many fundraisers does your team have? One? Ten? Fifty? Mine has more than 1,700. Yep, you heard me right. The catch is, they don’t all work for the Development…
  • The dark side of nonprofit monthly giving

    Pamela Grow
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:08 pm
    The wider adoption of monthly giving (also known as regular or sustained giving) in the U.S. could itself transform philanthropy.” Dr. Adrian Sargeant Nonprofit monthly giving is awesome.  It results in increased donor retention and loyalty.  Your monthly donors are strongly predisposed to bequest giving.  And oooh la la, your monthly giving program results in reliable income for you.  You can plan! I’ve been preaching the benefits of monthly giving programs for small shop fundraisers for years. But here’s the drawback:  if your organization is still in acquisition mode, instead of…
  • Simple Development Systems Podcast | Jeff Brooks of Future Fundraising Now

    Pamela Grow
    17 Mar 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Join me today as we chat with Jeff Brooks of Future Fundraising Now and the author of The Fundraiser’s Guide to Irresistible Communications. If you’ve ever had the experience of writing the perfect appeal or thank you letter – only to have your board president or ED wield their mighty red pen – you’ll want to listen in as we discuss those “control issues” in your nonprofit’s fundraising department and what you can do about it.  As Jeff notes: The better your work is, the more likely it is to stir fear in the hearts of your boss.  How are you creating a culture…
  • Does your nonprofit annual report focus on what really counts?

    Pamela Grow
    12 Mar 2014 | 3:51 am
    “When written in Chinese, the word “crisis” is composed of two characters-one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy “We need an annual report…yesterday!” Those were the words from my supervisor, the director of development.  The year was 2003 and I was insanely busy in my second position in nonprofit fundraising, grantwriter for a regional organization serving women and children.  Although I’d been hired only weeks earlier to develop cultivation and solicitation strategies for corporate and foundation prospects, already…
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    Tim Giuliani

  • UF and Gainesville rising together

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

    Tim Giuliani
    19 Feb 2014 | 12:00 am
    The IT sector is growing in the Gainesville region and we are doubling down on our strategy to support and grow companies and jobs in this sector.  Last week, we announced our new collaboration with Gainesville tech entrepreneurs to launch the “Gainesville Area Tech Council” that will operate through the Chamber and be led by an industry advisory board. This represents another step in implementing our “Regional Platform for the Future.”  We’ve aligned our six lines of business (Business Development, Economic Development, International Trade, Public Policy, iG & Regional…
  • Pope Francis Leading Change

    Tim Giuliani
    11 Feb 2014 | 4:45 am
    Leading change is a true test of your leadership abilities and personal strength. The “real story” is rarely ever told and many leaders sacrifice their own feelings and needs for the advancement of the whole. I believe we are witnessing an incredible transformational change of the Catholic Church, led by Pope Francis. Although we will never know the full story, the New York Times does a great job with this article describing his progress: click here.
  • 3 Culture Survey Results Young Leaders Need to Know

    Tim Giuliani
    15 Jan 2014 | 4:30 am
    Clear insight for CEO’s and young leaders trying to grow their careers has emerged from a recent survey about organizational culture. The 2013 Culture and Change Management Survey, conducted by Booz & Company shows that culture is valued more than strategy. The implications based on this insight is clear: 1. Leaders and all employees must focus on culture as much as strategy, 2. For those outside the CEO office wanting to advance, this data suggests taking actions to improve the culture should be at least as important as your contribution to the strategy. 3. Including actionable…
  • Announcing leadership book project

    Tim Giuliani
    1 Jan 2014 | 5:47 am
    I need your help and so do our leaders. Leadership is essential to solve problems and articulate a vision that inspires. The challenges we face collectively and individually are as daunting as many previous generations have faced. The world has been inspired and lead by individuals and by clear visions that can galvanize action for positive results. Individually, we need the courage and strength to guide our daily lives that are filled with dilemmas without clear “right” and “wrong” answers. But, perhaps what we all need most are good role models that demonstrate…
 
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    The Nonprofit Facebook Guy

  • Facebook Bootcamp for Nonprofit Launches Today

    Facebook Guy
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:54 am
    How are you dealing with declining reach and other challenges to Facebook marketing? The first Facebook Bootcamp launched last winter and it was a huge hit with participants! The benefits they reported include: A noticeable increase in fan growth and engagement rate. Smarter, more strategic uses of Facebook. A more donor-centric focus that integrates all channels. Based on […]
  • 17 Steps to Creating Explosively Successful Facebook Contests

    Facebook Guy
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:32 am
    Facebook contests can increase your fan-count and engagement. You can also build your email list with contests. But they have to be done right. Fortunately, ShortStack created a pretty snappy infographic with 17 steps for creating explosive contests (see below). Here’s a summary of all 17: 1. Is a Facebook contest right for your organization? […]
  • The Unofficial Guide to Facebook News Feed Image Sizes

    Facebook Guy
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:57 am
    Check out this Infographic on Facebook’s new images sizes developed by Gain, a Facebook marketing company.
  • How to Use Facebook Call-To-Actions within Link Posts (VIDEO TUTORIAL)

    Facebook Guy
    7 Mar 2014 | 6:36 am
    Facebook now allows you to add various CTAs to link posts using the Power Editor. CTAs include: “Sign Up”, “Book Now”, “Learn More”, “Shop Now” and “Download” Post by The Nonprofit Facebook Guy.
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    The Global Society of Change Agents

  • Video: How to Learn to Love “Marketing” Your Practice

    Pam McAllister
    21 Mar 2014 | 5:22 pm
    If you’re not yet totally in love with the marketing part of your practice (or you’d just like some fresh ways to think about it), then this video is for you. Enjoy … and leave a comment below! The post Video: How to Learn to Love “Marketing” Your Practice appeared first on The Global Society of Change Agents.
  • Flowchart: The 6 Questions That Will Make Or Break Your Practice

    Pam McAllister
    11 Mar 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Sometimes developing your practice can feel complicated. So many ideas, so many things you could be doing. But really there’s just a handful of questions to answer. They’re the leverage points, where a small tweak can have big results. (And they’re the questions you simply can’t ignore.) Here’s a simple flow chart to make it easy for you and speed you on your way. Click to download (PDF) The post Flowchart: The 6 Questions That Will Make Or Break Your Practice appeared first on The Global Society of Change Agents.
  • “The Need for Endless Self-Promotion”

    Pam McAllister
    10 Mar 2014 | 5:38 pm
    That’s what one consultant told me is her greatest frustration with her practice. She’s not alone. I hear this all the time from folks in our community. The more you have a healthy dose of humility, empathy, respect for other people … the more you probably dislike “tooting your own horn.” I get it. I feel the same way. And yet, getting out there in the world — reaching out to people, developing and nurturing relationships — is essential if we are going to make the difference we were meant to make. After all, if you don’t reach the people…
  • Audio + Template: How to Make Decisions Quickly and Easily

    Pam McAllister
    3 Mar 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Making decisions — without a lot of churning around — is key to creating the kind of practice (and life) you want. What’s more, unmade decisions weigh you down. They create clutter, overwhelm, and stuckness. Decisions are liberating! That’s why we’ve developed this simple system and we’re delighted to share it with you. Click here to download the one-page decision-making template. Then take a listen as Jim and I walk you through it … Trust me, this is time well invested to speed up the process of decision-making. The post Audio + Template: How to…
  • Audio: 3 Ways to Raise Your Fees (If You’re NOT “Just In It for the Money”)

    Pam McAllister
    14 Nov 2013 | 7:08 am
    Proven strategies that will increase your income and your influence — and let you make more of a difference than ever before. Pam McAllister and Jim LordCo-Founders ofThe Global Society of Change Agents Let’s get straight to the point … Many highly skilled consultants and coaches struggle to create a truly prosperous and influential business. (And even if you’re already successful, we’d bet you know in your heart that you could be making even more of a difference.) This is a big deal to us — because we believe the future of humanity depends on people like you.
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    Event Fundraising Blog

  • A Little Bit of Proofreading Goes a Long Way

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    After all of the hard work your organization puts into the planning and publicizing of your event, don’t let errors in communication undermine your credibility and your message. Poor grammar and spelling mistakes give the impression that you don’t pay attention to details. Broken or misdirected links are frustrating and an incorrect date or address could even cause someone to miss your event altogether.Proofreading your communication is a vital part of interacting with participants and donors. With so many emails, blogs and tweets competing for attention, it is imperative that…
  • How to Deal with Unruly Event Participants

    9 Apr 2014 | 1:57 pm
    One of the best parts of our job is creating amazing experiences for our participants. However, it’s not always possible to please everyone. Mix in the emotions that come with participating in a cause-related event and the activity people are completing, and you’ve got the perfect recipe to see participants take their frustrations to a new level. It’s kind of like a wedding where you get to see people at their best and, unfortunately, at their worst. Everyone in the event business knows who we’re talking about: the unruly participant.Despite all of your planning…
  • Event 360 Explores: Phoenix Half Marathon

    25 Mar 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Next up in our blog series, Event 360 Explores, we hear from Robin Shapiro who just finished the Phoenix Half Marathon.  Name, date and location of event Phoenix Half Marathon, Saturday March 1st, 2014 in Mesa, Arizona. Event summary There were marathon, half marathon, 10k and 1k kids route. I ran the half marathon route.  It was a basic, no frills route on city streets. Start and finish were not the same location and the shuttle services were timely and comfortable.  Were the three event basics of traffic, parking and signage met?  Event organizers did a great job with…
  • APIs – the Miracles and the Marketing (Part 2 of 2)

    18 Mar 2014 | 4:01 pm
    The spirit of our last API discussion was, essentially, “don’t believe the hype”.  (Did I just drop in some Chuck D?  Yes, yes I did.)  In this installment we’ll talk about some of the groovy things you can do with APIs, as well as some thoughts on the future.One of our clients has a complex event check-in procedure that goes well beyond just “have you reached your fundraising minimum to participate?”  It includes variables for past participation, whether you are or are not on a team, whether you have reviewed the safety literature…
  • APIs – the Miracles and the Marketing (Part 1 of 2)

    18 Mar 2014 | 3:47 pm
    If you are involved in the technical side of event fundraising, you’ve probably come across the term ‘API’.  It’s often used in the same sentence with “open”, “standards-based”, “custom”, or “integration”.  It is touted as a way to attain new levels of efficiency and interoperability by letting different systems communicate with each other.  While no one comes right out and says it, it is portrayed as an “Easy Button”.That’s great, right?  We all want to make a better…
 
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    blog.ncrp.org

  • Race For Results Index: A great new resource for measuring equity

    Niki Jagpal
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Earlier this month, The Annie E. Casey Foundation released Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, a policy report that examines the intersection of children, race and opportunity using a new index. The Race for Results Index disaggregates data by state and racial and ethnic groups and thus measures how we are doing in terms of preparing all American children to succeed in life and school. It comprises 12 indicators and is intended to measure individual states’ progress towards equity and to develop state-level policy changes. A child’s success is gauged at…
  • Philanthropy News Watch 4/7 – 4/11

    Gabrielle McCaffrey
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:27 pm
      Here’s a roundup of some of this week’s interesting news and postings on philanthropy and nonprofits: How to Criticize “Big Philanthropy” Effectively Joanne Barkan | The Dissent Magazine Group Demands Gates Foundation Drop CEO Prison Investments Black Star News Budget Chief is Obama’s Choice as New Health Secretary Michael D. Shear | The New York Times Special Report: Nonprofit Finance Fund 2014 State of the Sector Survey Findings Nonprofit Finance Fund Follow NCRP on Twitter (@ncrp) to receive news and other information from the philanthropy and nonprofit…
  • Leaders of the 100% Club: The Compton and Heron Foundations on 100% Mission Investing

    Alison Howard
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    This post is the first in a three-part series following up on the recent winter issue of Responsive Philanthropy, which was all about mission investing. Be sure to check back here over the next few weeks for more on this important topic. We got in touch with two foundations, the Compton Foundation and the F.B. Heron Foundation, that are committed to 100% mission investing – meaning they only invest their endowment assets in opportunities that align with their missions. NCRP has long applauded the efforts and values of both organizations. The Compton Foundation was founded in 1946 to promote…
  • Philanthropy News Watch 3/31 – 4/4

    Gabrielle McCaffrey
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
      Here’s a roundup of some of this week’s interesting news and postings on philanthropy and nonprofits: Interview with Judi Jennings Barry Hessenius | Western States Art Federation How the Kellogg Foundation Takes on Structural Racism Rick Cohen | The NonProfit Quarterly  Community Funds Ask People from Diverse Walks of Life for Priorities Alex Daniels and Ben Gose | The Chronicle of Philanthropy Hewlett Ends Effort to Get Donors to Make Dispassionate Choices on Giving Doug Donovan | The Chronicle of Philanthropy Walton Foundation’s pour $164 million in 2013 education…
  • This list of 15 “Movement Heroes” of NCRP staffers will inspire you, and numbers 10 & 13 may surprise you!

    Aaron Dorfman
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    At a staff meeting last Thursday, we began with each of us answering this question: “If you could spend an hour with one person, living or dead, who played an important role in a social movement, who would you choose and why?” I was moved and inspired by people’s choices, and I wanted to share the list with the broader NCRP community. Without violating trust and revealing which staffer chose which heroes or “she-roes,” here is the list: 1. Thomas Paine, activist, theorist and revolutionary “If you’re going to choose a Founding Father, best to choose the only one that actually…
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    Social Media Strategy for Nonprofits and Businesses

  • How Upworthy Thinks About Metrics

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

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

    Debra Askanase
    24 Feb 2014 | 6:15 am
      Image courtesy of Sum_of_Marc, Creative Commons license If you’ve taken a look at my blog lately, you probably noticed that the blog has been dark since January 1, 2014. Whenever I’ve taken a break from blogging in the past, I notified readers ahead of time. In January, I faced a quandary: I didn’t want to post to this blog while I was considering a staff position at a nonprofit organization. I felt it was most ethical for this blog to “stay dark” until I had made a final decision, and notified all of my current clients. I am thrilled to announce that…
  • 2013: The Year Nonprofit Social Media Grew Up

    Debra Askanase
    27 Dec 2013 | 8:19 am
    Image courtesy of Dan Foy, Creative Commons license This is the month when we all reflect upon 2013, and I am no holdout. Thinking about what I repeatedly encountered as a digital engagement strategy consultant, I realized that this was big story: 2013 was the year that social media grew up. 2013 was the year that communications and social media finally melded into one, social became visual, results were measured, and organizational culture began to shift in order to absorb these changes. Not every organization encountered these changes, or asked for them. More than ever before, organizations…
  • This Is What Nonprofits Need More Than A Facebook Donate Button

    Debra Askanase
    18 Dec 2013 | 10:00 am
    Have you noticed that your organization’s Facebook page reach is down lately? Very much so? That’s because Facebook has recently made changes to the way page content appears in newsfeeds. In an internal document leaked to Ad Age, Facebook reveals the future demise of organic post reach and importance of paid post reach. To quote Ad Age’s quote of the leaked document, “marketers are told they should consider paid distribution ‘to maximize delivery of your message in news feed.’” Your organic post reach is going down, and there’s only one way now…
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  • Collective Impact – A few thoughts

    Mark Holmgren
    5 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    I was born with a pronounced cynicism gene. I think it makes me a good learner, but I do have to remind myself on occasion to keep learning. That’s why I attended Tamarack’s Champions for Change gathering that was all about Collective Impact. I wasn’t going to go because I didn’t have much time for Collective Impact. I had read the articles; it made sense, but I weaved through the narrative too quickly perhaps and formed a short conclusion that this was a different and also very good piece on a lot of the same stuff that has been going on for long as snow in the artic. Then one…
  • TRANSFORMATIONAL IDEAS REQUIRE TRANSFORMED PRACTICE

    Mark Holmgren
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:13 pm
    TRANSFORMATIONAL IDEAS REQUIRE TRANSFORMED PRACTICE NINE THINGS WE MUST STOP DOING! Mark Holmgren INTRODUCTION This piece is about our practice as community workers, our mindset, our tendencies to resist the transformative leap. Sometimes it feels like we are standing on the edge of convention, a wide chasm between us and the “New World,” and looking down at the gremlins of risk and failure. The narrative here does not imply – or even offer the slightest allusion – that the author has figured it all out. It’s our human nature to be cautious, to measure our options, to work in the…
  • WHY NOT FREE PUBLIC TRANSIT?

    Mark Holmgren
    24 Mar 2014 | 8:52 am
    What would it take to make public transit a universal benefit to Edmontonians?  The cost of a bus or train ride or a monthly pass has become an obstacle for too many people and families.  If you are making the minimum wage in Alberta, a monthly pass, currently $89.00, is more than a day’s pay. Imagine if that worker had two kids and a spouse who needed monthly passes. Each adult pays $89.00 and each child pays $69.00 for a grand total of $316.00. At the minimum wage of $9.95 per hour, it would take one of the earners in that family spending a week’s wages for the monthly cost of the…
  • Small (ok, BIG) Lesson

    Mark Holmgren
    14 Mar 2014 | 5:02 pm
    I sit on the board of a small organization. I hold everyone on the board with high regard. Each of us is committed to the work. Our meeting today was dysfunctional. I was dysfunctional. We – I should say many of us who spoke lots, listened less – were the epitome of UN-collaborative. We were (I was) positional. We were (I was) not facilitative of one another. We did (I did) not, as John Ott says, “Welcome all that arises.” I felt one of the members was incessantly condescending. Later, over a coffee with myself, I saw clearly how others could think I was condescending. I was too…
  • Social Media – What Now?

    Mark Holmgren
    9 Feb 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Most non-profits are active on the web and understand the importance of ensuring there are ample opportunities for cross sharing between websites, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other platforms like Pinterest. My sense is that only a minority of non-profits – truly understand and then embrace social media as being vital to communication with stakeholders, increasing brand awareness, promoting a cause, and generating philanthropic interest and action in their organizations. I understand it is difficult for many non-profits to allocate a staff person or more importantly overall staff…
 
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    Nonprofit Branding Blog

  • Nonprofit Branding: Meet Your Biggest Unexplored Contributor Market

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Women now have the bucks, And the power. Unlike their male counterparts, they don’t want a date. They want a relationship. While most folks weren’t looking, the days of male-dominated philanthropy slipped out the back door. The new day has arrived! Meet your newest source of big revenue – and learn what women want in […]
  • Nonprofit Branding: Don’t Damage Your Brand – #1

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    Do not be fooled. Or foolish! Sure, logo-imprinted branding products are powerful marketing tools. They can also do big -time damage to your brand. And if they do – it’s your fault! This post begins a series that explores how to harness the power of logo-imprinted branding products while protecting the brand they spotlight. This […]
  • Nonprofit Branding: It’s Your Brand. But You Can’t Control It!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    Your brand lives out there in the collective mind of the public. You might touch it up a bit, but you can’t manage it. Alarming fact: there are more ways to damage the brand than there are to enhance it. That’s the topic we explore in this video..  
  • Nonprofit Branding: Process Is Nice: Results Are Essential!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:15 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 […]
  • NONPROFIT BRANDING: You Know These Are Different Tools. RIGHT?

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:30 am
    Marketing & Promotion. Not close pals. Distant cousins, though. Usually on speaking terms. Not much more to their relationship.  Understand the difference. That knowledge will turbocharge your nonprofit career. And help you get the corner office you’ve been lusting after. Maybe….
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  • Nonprofit Branding: Don’t Damage Your Brand – #1

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    Do not be fooled. Or foolish! Sure, logo-imprinted branding products are powerful marketing tools. They can also do big -time damage to your brand. And if they do – it’s your fault! This post begins a series that explores how to harness the power of logo-imprinted branding products while protecting the brand they spotlight. This […]
  • Nonprofit Branding: It’s Your Brand. But You Can’t Control It!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:24 am
    Your brand lives out there in the collective mind of the public. You might touch it up a bit, but you can’t manage it. Alarming fact: there are more ways to damage the brand than there are to enhance it. That’s the topic we explore in this video..  
  • Nonprofit Branding: Process Is Nice: Results Are Essential!

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:15 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 […]
  • NONPROFIT BRANDING: You Know These Are Different Tools. RIGHT?

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:30 am
    Marketing & Promotion. Not close pals. Distant cousins, though. Usually on speaking terms. Not much more to their relationship.  Understand the difference. That knowledge will turbocharge your nonprofit career. And help you get the corner office you’ve been lusting after. Maybe….
  • NONPROFIT BRANDING: Great Product. Crappy PR. WHY?

    nonprofitbrandingblog
    20 Mar 2014 | 7:30 am
    World Class branding product. Durable, useful, respected. Carried by tens of millions of people. Great place to put your nonprofit logo. So, how come the company’s PR and marketing departments blew off my requests. Are they indifferent? Incompetent? Or both? And what can we learn from their failure?
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    Notations on Non-Profits

  • Don’t Forget! I’ll Be At The Social Enterprise Alliance Summit Next Week!

    Erin
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:57 pm
    I’m still alive I promise! But between the new position, starting the book up again and prepping for talks (here’s a podcast I just did for one) things have been a tad busy. However, I did want to remind folks that it’s not too late to sign up for the SEA’s National Summit in Nashville next [...]
  • All About Logistics: 5 Things to Think About After Forming a New Organization

    Erin
    5 Mar 2014 | 8:27 am
    Check out my most recent post on the TriplePundit site! A list of five things nonprofits, social enterprises and traditional for-profits should all be thinking about after forming a new organization.   http://www.triplepundit.com/2014/03/5-things-think-forming-universal-guide-new-organizations/    
  • Local Nonprofit Partner and Upcoming Events

    Erin
    24 Feb 2014 | 8:49 pm
    The last few weeks in Houston have been full of things happening in the nonprofit space. There’s different clinics, talks, special events; it’s been hard to keep up with them all. But there’s two things I wanted to highlight that I feel will be a tremendous benefit to small and large organizations. VolunteerHouston For the [...]
  • Guest Post: 5 Things To Think About Before Starting A Nonprofit

    Erin
    12 Feb 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Recently I had the privilege of writing a guest post for Laws For Paws; a blog dedicated to discussing animal law issues as well as those impacting organizations that work with animals.  It’s founder Kay is an incredible attorney that has created (what I think is) an indispensable resource for those working or affiliated with animal [...]
  • Ex Officio, Ex Officio, Wherefore Art Thou: Position Still Relevant In This Day and Age?

    Erin
    8 Feb 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Was recently looking through a set of bylaws; checking things off and putting things in. But when I got to the ex officio section  it got me thinking. Can something that sounds like a Shakespearean villain still be relevant today?  I jest, but in all honesty just how effective is the ex officio concept  as [...]
 
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    Vistas: Geri Stengel’s Blog

  • How To Turn A Problem Into A Business

    Geri Stengel
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Women know what women need. Think Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx, creating a comfortable undergarment to eliminate her unsightly panty lines. read more
  • How Women Are Using Crowdfinancing to Redefine Wall Street

    Geri Stengel
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    Plenty of ambitious women in the financial services industry have banged their heads into the glass ceiling and some, like Mickie Siebert back in the ‘60s, break it. She was the first woman to get a seat on the New York Stock Exchange and was the first woman to head a NYSE’s member firm. read more
  • 4 Steps To Scratching Your Entrepreneurial Itch

    Geri Stengel
    27 Mar 2014 | 4:15 am
    Female entrepreneurs get it: Women have become the power users of technologies such as the internet, mobile, and social networking. “Female users are the unsung heroines behind the most engaging, fastest growing, and most valuable consumer internet and e-commerce companies.  Especially when it comes to social and shopping, women rule the Internet,” wrote Aileen Lee in TechCrunch. Lee is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a venture capital firm. read more
  • 4 Reasons Women Are More Responsible Entrepreneurs Than Men

    Geri Stengel
    20 Mar 2014 | 4:20 am
    Social responsibility is second nature to female entrepreneurs When it comes to social responsibility the answer is “yes,” according to 2013 U.S. Trust Insights on Wealth and Worth. Successful women are more likely than successful men to own a business so they can pursue a personal passion and to make a positive impact on the world. These women are also far less likely than than their male counterparts to take actions such as moving the company to another state, eliminating staff or reducing employee benefits in response to increased tax burden. read more
  • A Surefire Way To Increase The Number Of Jobs Created In The Tech Sector

    Geri Stengel
    12 Mar 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When you’re successful, you don’t think  about changing the way you do things. But, more and more, data is showing that changing the way technology companies do things could improve their success. The technology sector is not tapping all the know-how that is available to it. Imagine how many more jobs would be created if the industry grew to its full potential! read more
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    Christine Sculati's blog

  • Nancy Duarte: Transforming audiences to change the world

    christine
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    “Changing the world starts with transforming an audience, and an audience will only change if you resonate with them.” That was the advice of Nancy Duarte in her presentation at a gathering of the San Francisco Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) on April 4, 2014. Presentation innovator Nancy Duarte is the CEO of Duarte Inc. based in Sunnyvale, California and the publisher of books on how to create engaging and memorable presentations that move audiences. Duarte’s clients have included politicians, thought leaders, nonprofit organizations…
  • Sunset sparks conversation about the future of water

    christine
    22 Mar 2014 | 11:54 am
    Sierra Nevada rivers supply water to some parts of California. Shouldn’t we value every drop that comes out of our taps? (Photo of the South Fork of the Tuolumne River in Yosemite National Park by Christine Sculati) California has endured many droughts as a state and has found ways to innovate in response to each dry spell. Indeed, the current drought – one of the worst in the state’s history – has sparked new conversations that went silent after the last major drought ended. We all tend to suffer amnesia when a crisis is not staring us in the face. In a time when…
  • Women who made history in Yosemite National Park

    christine
    8 Mar 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Lucy Telles, also known as Pa-ma-has (1940s). Her innovations in Native American basket weaving had a lasting influence on Yosemite’s weavers. Source: San Joaquin Valley Library System Today is International Women’s Day. March is Women’s History Month. And the year 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of Yosemite National Park and the California State Park system. Yosemite was first protected as a state park — the first state park in the world — when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant in 1864. Considering that Yosemite is one of my favorite places in the…
  • A book that will transform your thinking about the world: The Sixth Extinction

    christine
    3 Mar 2014 | 6:59 pm
    The Great Auk by John James Audubon, 1800s. This North Atlantic bird became extinct in 1844. A few years ago, I led presentations featuring “wildlife ambassadors” for a diversity of public school students. While showing the kids a desert tortoise, a reptile protected by the federal Endangered Species Act, I was astonished that even the youngest groups, kindergartners, oftentimes had a definition for “endangered.” When I asked, they replied, “It means they are going away.” “They are almost gone.” Because I am an advocate for protecting the…
  • Are there sustainable ways to fix California’s water problems?

    christine
    15 Feb 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Marin County reservoir in December 2013 For many of us in drought-stricken California, this winter’s climate has felt more like an eerie endless summer. Sure, we are enjoying this ideal weather for hiking and cycling, but we have also heard the warnings that some water districts are running out of water Last weekend’s Pacific storms delivered by an atmospheric river known as the “Pineapple Express” offered some relief to our parched watersheds but not nearly enough to end the drought. The U.S. Drought Monitor warns: “Even though this storm was welcome, the…
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    Notations on Non-Profits

  • Don’t Forget! I’ll Be At The Social Enterprise Alliance Summit Next Week!

    Erin
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:57 pm
    I’m still alive I promise! But between the new position, starting the book up again and prepping for talks (here’s a podcast I just did for one) things have been a tad busy. However, I did want to remind folks that it’s not too late to sign up for the SEA’s National Summit in Nashville next [...]
  • All About Logistics: 5 Things to Think About After Forming a New Organization

    Erin
    5 Mar 2014 | 8:27 am
    Check out my most recent post on the TriplePundit site! A list of five things nonprofits, social enterprises and traditional for-profits should all be thinking about after forming a new organization.   http://www.triplepundit.com/2014/03/5-things-think-forming-universal-guide-new-organizations/    
  • Local Nonprofit Partner and Upcoming Events

    Erin
    24 Feb 2014 | 8:49 pm
    The last few weeks in Houston have been full of things happening in the nonprofit space. There’s different clinics, talks, special events; it’s been hard to keep up with them all. But there’s two things I wanted to highlight that I feel will be a tremendous benefit to small and large organizations. VolunteerHouston For the [...]
  • Guest Post: 5 Things To Think About Before Starting A Nonprofit

    Erin
    12 Feb 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Recently I had the privilege of writing a guest post for Laws For Paws; a blog dedicated to discussing animal law issues as well as those impacting organizations that work with animals.  It’s founder Kay is an incredible attorney that has created (what I think is) an indispensable resource for those working or affiliated with animal [...]
  • Ex Officio, Ex Officio, Wherefore Art Thou: Position Still Relevant In This Day and Age?

    Erin
    8 Feb 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Was recently looking through a set of bylaws; checking things off and putting things in. But when I got to the ex officio section  it got me thinking. Can something that sounds like a Shakespearean villain still be relevant today?  I jest, but in all honesty just how effective is the ex officio concept  as [...]
 
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    Engaging Volunteers

  • Winning People Over to Your Cause – Part Four: Measure Success Based on Your Volunteers and Community

    Tori Fukumitsu
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    Editor’s Note: This series explores ways to apply content marketing strategies to help lead a successful nonprofit volunteer program. Using the wealth of information in Kivi Leroux Miller’s book “Content Marketing for Nonprofits” as a jumping-off point, this four-part installment discusses how a solid content marketing strategy will pay dividends in drawing volunteers and supporters, bridging the gap between volunteers and donors, and engaging your community. How can you learn more about your volunteers and supporters? This question should serve as the driving force…
  • Know the Facts: Volunteer Drivers and the “Ride-Sharing” Liability Controversy

    Shari Ilsen
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    Guest post by William R. Henry, Jr. If your organization engages volunteers to transport people, and the volunteers use their own vehicles, you may be concerned about liability. Now those worries have been amped up by the controversy over “transportation network companies” (TNC’s) such as Uber and Sidecar, which use Web portals to act as brokers between those who need rides and those who are willing to provide them in their private vehicles. The controversy is that the liability exposure of TNC’s falls between the scope of commercial auto policies and that of personal…
  • Why and How VolunteerMatch Works with Sponsors

    Shari Ilsen
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    Yes, VolunteerMatch works with sponsors. It’s a good thing that helps us do even more good in the world. Over the past couple of years we have tested out ways to help companies, brands and other nonprofit organizations get their special messages in front of our massive membership of dedicated do-gooders. In exchange, these sponsoring groups help support VolunteerMatch. You might have seen this sponsored content on the side of VolunteerMatch.org while you update your nonprofit’s listings, sign up for a webinar, or search for a volunteer opportunity. You also could see a sponsored…
  • Was VolunteerMatch Affected by the Heartbleed Issue?

    Shari Ilsen
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    On Monday April 7, we (along with many other Web services) received notification of a widespread internet security issue – called Heartbleed, impacting the popular OpenSSL technology – and we moved quickly to respond. We began testing the fix on Monday morning and applied the changes to our production environment Tuesday afternoon. We have verified that the exploitable bug has been fixed. The servers impacted by Heartbleed do not store user information, and since we were able to close the gap quickly, it is unlikely that this had a security impact on our users. To be extra…
  • Welcome to the Family

    Shari Ilsen
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    Congratulations! You just registered as a nonprofit on VolunteerMatch.org. You’re now part of a rapidly growing network of close to 100,000 organizations that have realized the value of engaging volunteers through our network. What now?   Good question – here’s what happens next, once the honeymoon is over and the good stuff really begins… We Vet You Believe me, this is a good thing. Our crackerjack team of nonprofit community support folks checks each new organization that joins VolunteerMatch to make sure they are truly doing the good work they say they are. With tools…
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    Nonprofit Tech for GoodNonprofit Tech for Good

  • 4 Must-Know Features of the New Twitter Profile Design for Nonprofits

    Heather Mansfield
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:47 am
    This week Twitter began its roll out of a new Twitter Profile design and at any moment your nonprofit’s Twitter Profile could have a completely different look and functionality. The new design is obviously more visual, but it also places more emphasis on the content that your followers have engaged with. If you aren’t getting engagement on Twitter (retweeted, replied to, mentioned, favorited, and listed), then your nonprofit must dramatically change its Twitter strategy. That said, before your nonprofit is given the new profile design, it’s highly recommended that you spend…
  • Top 5 Instagram Best Practices for Nonprofits

    Heather Mansfield
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    The following is an excerpt from Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits. Owned by Facebook, Instagram is the largest mobile social network in the United States. With more than half its users outside the United States, Instagram is well-positioned to become more broadly used worldwide. The predominant age group of users is 18–29. At the time this book went to press, the Instagram tool set was limited primarily to sharing photos or 15-second videos, adding text-based captions, and liking photos. The simplicity of the app is part of its appeal, but in terms of fundraising,…
  • A Mobile and Social Fundraising Success Checklist for Nonprofits

    Heather Mansfield
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:41 am
    The following is an excerpt from Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits. Mobile for Good is written as practical how-to guide in simple language with a companion “Mobile and Social Fundraising Success Checklist” at the end. By reading the book and implementing the steps necessary to launch a comprehensive mobile and social fundraixsing plan – and checking off the must-do items as you go along – by the end of the book your nonprofit will have in place mobile and social fundraising plan flexible enough to adjust to rapid changes in fundraising and…
  • 5 Trends in Nonprofit Infographic Design

    Heather Mansfield
    5 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    As the fiscal year comes to a close and nonprofits are currently crafting next year’s budget, adding a line item for infographic design would be a very wise investment. From print fundraising appeals to digital annuals reports to compelling storytelling through tweets and status updates, the social science of online behavior confirms again and again that messages are most effectively communicated through images. Custom infographic design fees vary widely depending on complexity (ranging from $1-10,000), but a creative, Adobe Photoshop-skilled new media manager can customize stock…
  • 7 Unique Fundraising Tools for Nonprofits

    Heather Mansfield
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:56 am
    In Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits, a 40-hour work for a new media manager is outlined with five hours allotted weekly to experimenting with new online and mobile fundraising tools. The seven listed below are just the tip of the iceberg – and most of them are still in beta. Having just celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the World Wide Web, the nonprofit sector now has a wide array of amazing new fundraising tools at our fingertips that we couldn’t have imagined just a decade ago. However, unless your nonprofit has allocated the time and resources necessary…
 
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    Socialbrite

  • 3 tips to get more out of conferences

    Caroline Avakian
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Here are some ways you can maximize your experience at events Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, marketers, managers, educators, journalists, general public. Conference season is well underway. Last week at the Harvard Social Enterprise Conference, the keynote speaker and Echoing Green president, Cheryl Dorsey, began her great talk with some hints to us attendees on conference best practices. So allow me to share those helpful tips with you all. They’re easy to manage but pack a big punch, and you’ll be glad you set these in…
  • 5 fundraising tips you can learn from JetBlue

    John Haydon
    24 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Keeping your donate pages simple and foolproof, like the airline’s kiosks, is the name of the game Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, general public. All nonprofit marketers should fly JetBlue at least once. Just to use the check-in kiosks. If you’re not familiar with them, take a look at the one shown above. Most of us hate the check-in process at the airport. The mixed up flights and delays. Making sure your bottles of hair products and lotions are all in order. And TSA guards, although I find them pleasant most of the time.
  • Disrupting the nonprofit sector

    Caroline Avakian
    19 Mar 2014 | 6:07 am
    A scene from last year’s NTC (Photo by JD Lasica). Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, educators, journalists, general public. The 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference, which took place last week in DC, is a conference that so many nonprofit tech and communications staffers look forward to every year because of the great sessions, useful tips and tools, and awesome people committed to using technology to advance social good. I was pretty excited when I saw that there was a “Disrupting the Nonprofit Sector” session. I…
  • SourceRise: Connecting nonprofits/NGOs to journalists

    JD Lasica
    10 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Caroline Avakian, SourceRise founder & CEO, with Arya Iranpour, Chief Technology Officer and founding engineer (Photo by Maulin Mehta) Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, journalists, educators, general public. While a number of promising Web 2.0 social enterprises have launched in the past few years, SourceRise, which just soft launched in beta last week, is showing great momentum right out of the gate. SourceRise, founded by our very own Caroline Avakian (managing partner at Socialbrite), connects journalists and bloggers to sources…
  • How to entice your board into the social media waters

    Caroline Avakian
    3 Mar 2014 | 10:11 am
    Find inducements & show them the payoff This is the second part of a two-part series on making the case for your social media plan and initiatives. Also see: • Getting your board on board with social media Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, social media managers. Getting your board engaged and on board with social media can prove to be a challenging task at many nonprofits. But your board members want to make a difference and have a real-world impact, right? Otherwise, why are they there. So we’ve assembled this short list of…
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    Earthquake-Report.com

  • Minor earthquake – San Juan, Argentina on April 17, 2014

    Armand Vervaeck
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Earthquake-report.com is a independent NGO website who only survives because of (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 30 minutes as we might be adding updates (mostly, but not exclusively for earthquakes with a damaging potential). Keep it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 3.1 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-04-17 16:16:00 GMT/UTC Time : 2014-04-17 19:16:00 Depth (Hypocenter) : 51 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake…
  • Minor earthquake – Offshore Tarapaca, Chile on April 17, 2014

    Armand Vervaeck
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:51 am
    Earthquake-report.com is a independent NGO website who only survives because of (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 30 minutes as we might be adding updates (mostly, but not exclusively for earthquakes with a damaging potential). Keep it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 3.1 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-04-17 15:27:28 GMT/UTC Time : 2014-04-17 18:27:28 Depth (Hypocenter) : 32 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake…
  • Moderate earthquake – Offshore Tarapaca, Chile on April 17, 2014

    Armand Vervaeck
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
    Earthquake-report.com is a independent NGO website who only survives because of (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 30 minutes as we might be adding updates (mostly, but not exclusively for earthquakes with a damaging potential). Keep it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 4.2 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-04-17 14:08:35 GMT/UTC Time : 2014-04-17 17:08:35 Depth (Hypocenter) : 2 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience…
  • Minor earthquake – Offshore Tarapaca, Chile on April 17, 2014

    Armand Vervaeck
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:46 am
    Earthquake-report.com is a independent NGO website who only survives because of (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 30 minutes as we might be adding updates (mostly, but not exclusively for earthquakes with a damaging potential). Keep it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 3.2 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-04-17 14:22:08 GMT/UTC Time : 2014-04-17 17:22:08 Depth (Hypocenter) : 41 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake…
  • Minor earthquake – Te Araroa on April 17, 2014

    Armand Vervaeck
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
    Earthquake-report.com is a independent NGO website who only survives because of (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated. This page will automatically refresh every 30 minutes as we might be adding updates (mostly, but not exclusively for earthquakes with a damaging potential). Keep it open in a browser tab. – Most important Earthquake Data: Magnitude : 3 Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-04-18 03:45:10 GMT/UTC Time : 2014-04-17 15:45:10 Depth (Hypocenter) : 46 km Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below. Share your earthquake experience…
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    Wow! Goodwill

  • Goodwill Invites Youth to “Be the Change” Through Community Partnership

    goodwillsp
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    Goodwill recently partnered with SHARECharlotte and Providence Day School as part of a year-long project for the school’s freshman class. The project called “Be the Change” offered an interactive view of poverty in Charlotte, which taught participants how poverty touches almost every aspect of our community. Along with Goodwill, more than 12 nonprofits and civic organizations engaged the students with panel discussions, guest speakers and immersion experiences. The project’s monthly activities begin in October and continued through April. On February 7, Senior Vice President of…
  • Lace Up Your Running Shoes for FreeMoreWest 5K

    goodwillsp
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    Spring is in the air and what better way to enjoy the beautiful weather than lacing up your running shoes? Join us for the Second Annual FreeMoreWest 5K on the Greenway on Friday, April 18. Proceeds from the race support Goodwill’s free job training programs and career services for people in our community. The FreeMoreWest 5K is a scenic race along the greenway through one of Charlotte’s most extraordinary neighborhoods. The new course is faster, has fewer turns and more of it on the greenway! After you cross the finish line, grab your family and make your way over to the Post Race…
  • Three or More and We’re at Your Door!

    goodwillsp
    21 Mar 2014 | 8:11 am
    More than 70 percent of Americans engage in the annual tradition of spring cleaning, according to a 2013 survey by the American Cleaning Institute. But one of the most common dilemmas for spring cleaners is what to do with all their unneeded stuff. When you donate to Goodwill, your donations fuel job training programs right here in our community. By cleaning just one part of your home each day, you get a clean home and your neighbors get a fresh start. Goodwill offers free home pick-up services for large donations such as gently-used furniture in excellent condition, along with boxes of…
  • DIY Photo Frames

    goodwillsp
    18 Mar 2014 | 7:57 am
    One of the great things about Goodwill is that you can find almost anything at their stores. Take some of those unique finds and transform them into something fun, creative, and eye-catching! The other day I went to Goodwill and found a beautiful mirror with decorative, sun-like frame. Sadly, the mirror was cracked. Despite the flaw, I couldn’t resist the mirror for the rock-bottom price, so I went for it! Instead of deeming my broken mirror useless, I decided to repurpose it into a picture frame instead. If you are lucky enough to find something cool like this, you can try it out…
  • Goodwill Public Policy Team Delves into Key FY2015 Budget Issues

    goodwillsp
    14 Mar 2014 | 6:51 am
    President Obama has said that 2014 is a “year of action,” and the Administration’s FY 2015 budget request proposes a host of initiatives aimed at employment and job training and represents a substantial commitment to helping people find and keep good jobs. Below, we highlight priorities of particular interest to Goodwill. The GII public policy team will be hard at work on Capitol Hill in the upcoming weeks and months pressing for resources that will help our agencies perform their mission. Service Members and Transition to Civilian Life The president’s budget supports initiatives…
 
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    Front Range Source

  • 5 Ways to Avert Naming Gift Disaster

    Ann Goldman
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”?  Not always, Mr. Shakespeare! It’s amazing what can go awry when you change the name of part of your agency — whether it be a physical facility or a program or even a rose garden — in recognition of a charitable gift. Problems may happen quickly.  Perhaps the donor wants a bigger plaque than anyone else’s, or one that they have their artist cousin design, or one that includes a goofy quote. I’ve personally had to deal with all of these issues and more. It may take a while for the problems to arise. The donor…
  • Fundraising Forecasting Beyond the Magic 8 Ball

    Leslie Allen
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    Lately, I’ve heard several nonprofit professionals debate the value of longer-term forecasting for fundraising. The world is changing so fast, they say, we don’t even know what the future will hold for the next year. But, if you really think about it, fundraising principles have remained remarkably consistent for the last twenty-five years.  Retention is still the key to sustainability. Relationships are king. The channels of communications have diversified, but really none of them have gone away.  Direct mail still lives.  Grantwriting is a staple.  And face-to-face solicitation is…
  • Get those Weeds out of the Board Room

    Ann Goldman
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    My favorite horror movie when I was a kid was The Day of the Triffids.  If you haven’t seen it, the basic premise is that the world is overcome by flesh eating plants.  As if this weren’t bad enough, nearly everyone on Earth has been blinded by a spectacular meteor shower (the same one that brought the fearsome plants, by the way). People consumed by weeds?  Blind to the very things that are threatening them?  If this sounds like a recent board meeting, it might be time to get things under control. You know your board is caught in the weeds when its attention dips into management…
  • Building E-Mail Lists for the Future: Is Bigger Really Better?

    Leslie Allen
    26 Mar 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Ann and I are both on Spring Break this week, soaking up some sun in California and Florida. But we could not let another week go by without telling you about this interesting article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy. More People See Charities’ Emails After Groups Pare Address Lists” This article is really about the increasing efforts by Google, Yahoo, and other e-mail providers to “penalize” spammers within the last couple of years and how it is affecting nonprofit e-mail from reaching its intended audience. Some nonprofits with lists of inactive recipients are being tagged as…
  • Spring Clean Your Fundraising Program…by Throwing Things Out!

    Ann Goldman
    19 Mar 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Are there days when you feel like things are getting messy? It’s hard to get to the things you really want to do. You’re bogged down with event planning, paperwork and internal meetings. It’s been weeks since you’ve met with a major donor or helped mobilize a board member to do more fundraising. This is frustrating. And, it’s normal…up to a point. Sure, it would be great to hire more people and move things off of your plate onto someone else’s. If adding staff is not possible right now, it might be time to get out some rubber gloves and garbage bags and start tossing things out.
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    forimpact.org

  • The Dramatic Secret to Completing an Overwhelming Project–Fast

    Tom Suddes
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    We have worked with the Abbey Theatre in Ireland and I have been backstage a number of times. And, I am also an infrequent but big-time lover of watching just about any Broadway play. I thought this great article in Inc. by Kevin Daum, The Dramatic Secret to Completing an Overwhelming Project–Fast was superb. In essence, an eight-step completion process theatre pros have used, as he says, for thousands of years. Here are the steps. Read the supporting text. 1. Strip away the unnecessary. 2. Plan slowly to move quickly. 3. Grab the right team. 4. Make a clear division of labor. 5. Have…
  • 16 Leadership Lessons from A Four-Star General

    Tom Suddes
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    Thanks, again, for Shane Parrish at Farnam Street for turning me on to General Stanley McChrystal’s memoir: My Share of the Task. Here are a few of the 16 Leadership Lessons with my quick application to the For Impact world: 1. Leadership is the single biggest reason for success or failure. Totally agree! Not just internal leadership on funding initiatives but external leadership/champions! 2. Leadership is difficult to measure. McChrystal says, “Leadership is the art of influencing others.” Not about giving an order or managing. In my world, leadership is measured by impact…
  • The New ABC’S of Selling

    Tom Suddes
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    We at For Impact and The Suddes Group love Farnam Street and Shane Parrish. I really enjoy getting my Sunday compilation of articles, books and thoughts from Shane. You’ve seen my thoughts on TO SELL IS HUMAN from Dan Pink. Shane has a very well-written take on that book and Pink’s thoughts. The ‘New ABC’ is a reference to Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross. Baldwin’s character was about ABC — Always Be Closing. Pink talks about Attunement, Buoyancy and Clarity. (I think ‘Bouyancy’ is a stretch to define the ‘B’ word but it works.)…
  • Why Fund-Raising Is Fun

    Tom Suddes
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    My good friend Joe Breman (who, by the way, has his face plastered on billboards all over Grand Junction, Colorado for his work with St. Mary’s Hospital) sent me this article by Arthur C. Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute, which ran in Sunday’s New York Times. Here’s the article, but here’s my take: The more you give, the more you get.  Tons of support for this axiom. Success to Significance.  Drucker’s great line.  Our role as For Impact Leaders and Development/Advancement Professionals is to help people with this move from Success to…
  • BREAKING NEWS … IRS ELIMINATES 501C(3) NOT-FOR-PROFIT DESIGNATION!!!

    Tom Suddes
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    IRS ELIMINATES 501C(3) NOT-FOR-PROFIT DESIGNATION!!! The Internal Revenue Service has abolished their 1913 law that permits organizations to designate themselves as NOT-FOR-PROFITS. “This designation is contrary to all other industries, as it is the only one defined in the negative. In our usual show of logic and common sense, the IRS has eliminated this designation in the hopes that all ‘charities’ and ‘tax-exempt’ organizations will now focus on their IMPACT.” — An IRS Agent (who asked not to be identified) FEDS MAKE DOING SPECIAL EVENTS (FOR…
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    TakeTwo

  • Perfectionism In Nonprofit Communications: To Strive For Or Not?

    Bix
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
    This morning my Twitter feed led me to read The Dark Side of Perfectionism by Jay White. I found myself recognizing traits in myself, people I work with, even family and friends; striving for perfectionism, it seems, abounds in North American culture (maybe everywhere?) But can someone who works in communications, who shares information that might be seen by millions, afford not to strive for perfection? Perfectionism does pay off – in some areas. Any text that’s publicly visible – on websites, marketing materials, even Tweets – do need the eye of a “perfectionist” or at least a…
  • The Compassionate Donor

    Stephanie
    19 Mar 2014 | 11:03 am
    TakeTwo often shares tips for how to be a better fundraiser, such as acknowledging donors in meaningful ways and offering them unique and interesting opportunities for involvement.  We put the onus largely on the organization seeking funds – because that is the reality of the relationship.  Nonprofits have to actively pursue and engage donors.  We know this, and we live it every day. But, let’s take a moment to recognize and appreciate the compassionate donor.  Our very favorite type of person.  This is the kind of person that gives out of the goodness of his/her heart.  The…
  • Women Leading Nonprofits: Conversation & Communication

    Bix
    7 Mar 2014 | 1:17 pm
    This year, for International Women’s Day, I was invited by Oxfam America to share the story of a woman who inspired me for their Honoring Women campaign, (which, by the way, has some poignant stories coming in from all over. If you have a story to share, do so!) But, as I sat down to write, I simply wasn’t able to choose one woman’s story. Instead, my mind filled with hundreds of stories from the hundreds of women I’ve worked with. [Hardly surprising. The nonprofit sector – which is after all, our focus at TakeTwo – is dominated by women.) What stood out in my mind as I…
  • Engaging Nonprofit Staff in Social Media

    Kate
    24 Feb 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Most people are on board with social media these days. You don’t have to spend time convincing your bosses or co-workers why you need Facebook or Instagram. And the goal everyone gets behind is “engaging the public” through social media. Which is imperative. But it’s also valuable to have your staff engage actively with your organization’s online activities. Why? Because you can’t do it right if you’re doing it alone. Let me give a few examples. When I was PR manager of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, I was in charge of the social media platforms. I knew…
  • Asking for Money vs. Offering Opportunities – Apples and Oranges, or One and the Same?

    Stephanie
    17 Feb 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Many of TakeTwo’s clients have board and staff members who struggle with fundraising. The very idea of asking for money makes them nervous. When speaking with volunteers or board members, I often hear, “I’ll do anything, except ask for money.” I completely understand this reaction to fundraising – it is a passive position to be in – you are on the receiving end of a situation – powerless – reliant on others for the result you need. As a culture, we are uncomfortable with this power structure. We do not like to ask people for anything; we are…
 
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    Social media marketing hacks for nonprofits | Powered by JohnHaydon.Com

  • Facebook ROI for Nonprofits: Are You Wasting Your Time?

    John Haydon
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Should your nonprofit use Facebook to promote your cause? What’s the ROI? Here’s a point vs. counterpoint with nonprofit marketing expert Nancy Schwartz. Nancy: What is the value in nurturing a brand page/community for orgs on Facebook? John: Every marketing plan—whether it’s for a brand or a nonprofit—should include word of mouth elements. You want to create opportunities for your community to tell their friends about you. The fact is, people talk with their friends on Facebook about what’s important to them—movies, weekend activities, family milestones, and causes.
  • 3 Facebook Marketing Taboos You Should Break Right Now

    John Haydon
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    The term “best practice” implies that a particular approach works for every situation. But that’s impossible. When you adopt “best practice” thinking, by default you adopt “worst practice” thinking – the idea that there are “taboos” one should never do! Here are three Facebook marketing taboos that have successfully been broken: 1. Posting Lengthy Text Updates The prevailing wisdom around text is that short and sweet gets more engagement than lengthy updates. This makes sense, right? After all, Facebook users are busy – they…
  • 18 Ways to Beat Facebook’s News Feed Algorithm

    John Haydon
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    This article gives you 18 ways to beat the Facebook News Feed algorithm with posting strategies, external channels, and Facebook Insights. How Reach is Created on Facebook Facebook defines reach as the number of unique Facebook users who see your updates. To see your Page’s reach, go to your Facebook Insights page and look at the Reach report. You’ll be able to see how your reach is improving over time (as shown below). Reach is generally influenced by one or more of the following actions: You post content to your Facebook Page.Yes, most of your fans don’t see it, but…
  • 7 Ways to Optimize Your Facebook Page for Search

    John Haydon
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    When you think about search engine optimization, the first place your mind goes your website. But Facebook is also an important element in any search strategy, for three simple reasons: 1. Facebook is huge There are over 1.2 billion Facebook users, more than half use Facebook every day (757 million daily active users on average in December 2013). One common way people use Facebook is for social search engine. Facebook users can do a variety of complex searches that combine their personal friend network with a topic, brand, cause, etc. For example, half of us use Facebook to search for…
  • Facebook Bootcamp Launches This Week [Totally Revamped for 2014]

    John Haydon
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:14 am
    How are you dealing with declining reach and other challenges to Facebook marketing? The first Facebook Bootcamp launched last winter and it was a huge hit with participants! The benefits they reported include: A noticeable increase in fan growth and engagement rate. Smarter, more strategic uses of Facebook. A more donor-centric focus that integrates all channels. Based on their feedback (and the hundreds of recent Facebook changes), I’ve completed revamped the course for 2014: 7 online classes 13 step-by-step video tutorials Page update samples checklists and workbooks 30 days of…
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    Nonprofit Bridge

  • Why You Should Apply for the Nonprofit Excellence Awards

    nhr2000
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    I’ve joined the selection committee as a technology expert for the annual Nonprofit Excellence Awards, produced by the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York and Philanthropy New York.  (Thank you, NPCCNY!)  Nonprofits are judged in eight key performance areas: Overall management focus on results Governance structure that moves the organization forward Strong, transparent and accountable financial management Inclusive, diverse and responsive organizational practices Enlightened use of human resources Appropriate and reliable information technology (IT) systems Regular and…
  • What to Do When You Can’t Get Money for a New Database

    nhr2000
    29 Mar 2014 | 6:10 am
    My recent Nonprofit Technology Conference session which I co-presented with Idealware focused on what to do to after a new system is rolled out to insure that staff use it effectively (see my related blog post).  But what if you can’t get the funding to upgrade or replace your database? At my organization, we’re currently planning to replace a very old home grown system, but it’s taken a long time to figure out how we will pay for it.  In the meantime, I’ve: started small pilots of new software to get users accustomed to change, and to see how they react and to…
  • What To Do About Your Windows XP PC

    Norman Reiss
    7 Mar 2014 | 6:57 am
    On April 9,  2014, Microsoft will end support for Windows XP, which is still used by about 30% of PCs.  If your computer still uses Windows XP, what should you do?  Below are some issues I discussed at my presentation on Mar. 7, 2014 at Senior Planet in NYC. What will end after April 8, 2014? technical assistance for Windows XP from Microsoft software updates from Windows Update Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows XP Anti-virus software vendors may no longer issue updates What if I don’t do anything? Per Microsoft, If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your…
  • 9 Fundraising Mistakes Your Nonprofit Is Making

    Norman Reiss
    1 Mar 2014 | 7:03 am
    (In her guest post, Kristen Gramigna challenges us to re-examine our nonprofits’ fundraising strategy) The health and vitality of a nonprofit organization depends largely on the effectiveness of its fundraising campaigns.  Fundraising requires a lot of serious planning, execution and follow-up.  Most nonprofits are passionate about their mission to make a difference and accomplish something significant. Not surprisingly, when you dream big, mistakes are bound to happen along the way. While minor bumps and hurdles might slow down the pace of an organization, they should certainly not…
  • Is Your Nonprofit Ready to Go Paperless?

    Norman Reiss
    25 Feb 2014 | 7:00 am
    (Guest Post by Kevin Corley of Image One) Due to their constant need to reduce overhead costs, nonprofits can’t always focus on growth and innovation. But many groups can start to leverage productivity and efficiency by embracing paperless technologies and document conversion services.    Manage finances One main benefit of going paperless is an improved ability to manage finances. By reducing office supplies / printing costs and having to store physical records, nonprofits can use funds for more critical demands. According to Yale University report, its Student Employment office alone…
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    Tanenbaum.org

  • ‘I would rather die dignified than compromise my religious beliefs’ Top five news stories you need to know

    Bob Johnson, MFA
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Here are the top stories about religion that you need to know:Stephanie Lewis, Center | Photo: New York Post.Muslim bus driver’s discrimination lawsuit against MTA continues, even after driver’s death more than two years ago  • France’s Far-Right To Ban Faith-Based School Lunch Options  • Sacred Grounds — for Lawsuits • Religious leaders agree on interfaith teachings for children  • Are Christians the Most Persecuted Religious Group?Muslim bus driver’s discrimination lawsuit against MTA continues, even after driver’s death more than two years…
  • Mourning with Kansas

    Bob Johnson, MFA
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    Tanenbaum again joins a mourning nation. Once more, our country is scarred by the venom of hate, stereotypes and the violence that follows in their wake. The perpetrator – a known hater of Jews and others – turned his hate into violent action.Today, on the eve of Passover, a Jewish holiday that celebrates freedom, we mourn the slaughter of three people – apparently because they were in places associated with the Jewish community. Three died as Christians in the wrong place at the wrong time. A grandfather, a 14-year-old, and a woman were freely living their lives yesterday.
  • Anti-Semitic slur by fire chief: Top 5 news stories

    Mike Ward
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Anti-Semitic Slur by a Westchester Fire Chief Stirs Controversy • Tennessee Bigots Harassed This Young Muslim Journalist • Mississippi Governor Signs Controversial Religious Freedom Bill • Anti-Semitic incidents continue to decline in US • U.S. doesn’t rank high in religious diversityLast week’s top news, from our perspective: Photo from Wikimedia CommonsAnti-Semitic Slur by a Westchester Fire Chief Stirs ControversyThe Westchester County town of Greenburgh, a sprawling municipality that has a significant Jewish population, is embroiled in a controversy over anti-Semitic…
  • Tips for Passover, Vaisakhi, & Easter

    Mike Ward
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:26 am
    Vaisakhi festival photo by Flickr user AnguskirkAs you may be aware, the holiest times for millions of Americans are approaching. Passover begins at sundown on April 14 and ends at sundown on April 22. Easter is celebrated on a variety of days, depending on the tradition, but many will celebrate the holiday on April 20. And Vaisakhi, a festival celebrated by Sikhs, Hindus, and Buddhists, will be celebrated on April 14.So, from April 14 to April 22, many American Jews, Christians, Sikhs, Hindus, and Buddhists may choose to participate in religious practices that have an impact on their daily…
  • Pilot that negatively depicted Muslims cancelled: Top 5 news stories

    Mike Ward
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:34 am
    ABC Family Cancels Alice in Arabia Pilot • Saudi’s Lonely, Costly Bid for Sunni-Shiite Equality • Indonesia’s fatwa shows religious duty can be a route to sustainable behaviour • Arena’s Meditation Room Raises Its Own Existential Questions • H&M Pulls Offensive Star Of David Shirt Off The ShelvesLast week’s top news, from our perspective:GettyABC Family Cancels Alice in Arabia PilotABC Family is nixing a planned pilot titled Alice in Arabia after drawing complaints from Muslim advocacy groups that feared the show would reinforce negative Arab and Muslim…
 
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    want2donate.org

  • Happy Easter from Want2Donate and why we've been a bit quiet!

    Linda
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Hey there everyone, First of all - Happy Easter! Sorry we have been quiet on the blog front. We are only a small website managed by a couple of flat-out people around our normal day jobs so it's not always easy keeping everything as up to date as we'd like.
  • Mother's Day 2014

    Linda
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:45 pm
    It's nearly time for Mother's Day 2014 here in the UK (and the other countries that celebrate it on the same day). Because of this we thought we'd write a blog about the history of Mother's Day, where it came from and how it is celebrated here and around the world. What is Mother's Day? It is a celebration of mothers and motherhood and the impact mothers have on all our lives as they love and nurture their children in preparation for adulthood.
  • Special World Water Day blog - Celebrating World Water Day

    Linda
    20 Mar 2014 | 4:54 pm
    This Saturday, the 22 March 2014, is World Water Day, and Concern Worldwide are joining in the celebrations, promoting improved access to water for the world’s poorest people.  Safe, clean water is essential for drinking, cooking and washing with. It reduces the risk of disease and helps families grow enough food and care for their livestock. All this means children can be free to learn, parents can be free to earn a living, and whole communities’ lives can be transformed.
  • Charity smartphone apps review - part 6

    Linda
    20 Mar 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Hi everyone, It's been a while so we thought it would be a good time to pick back up on our review of charity smartphone apps! There's three more up for review this week that include apps from the cancer charity, Macmillan, The National Autistic Society and animal conservation charity, The Aspinall Foundation.
  • Useful digital and marketing tips for charities in 2014

    Linda
    8 Mar 2014 | 3:33 am
    We wanted to put together a list of things we think charities should be thinking of digitally over the next year and a few tips on and links to bits of software we like that might make your digital planning and measuring go a bit smoother! It's certainly not all-encompassing, but it's some of the stuff we're particularly interested in right now and feel it can beneft charities to start thinking about. We can write more blogs like this if you like them, there's much more digital, marketing and backend stuff we could give your charity heaps of advice about.
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    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog

  • I'm Bored

    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    When our nephew was younger, his favorite phrase seemed to be, "I'm bored".  Is this what your donors are saying when they read your annual report or newsletter?  They might be if the first thing they see is one of those dull letters from the Executive Director. There's nothing inherently wrong with a letter from the ED, but they're usually not very interesting.  They tend to brag about how great the organization is and are filled with jargon.How can you ensure that you're giving your donors something they will want to read?First impressions matterI recommend starting…
  • But We Don't Have Time To Do That

    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    Do you ever find yourself saying that?  I understand. We're all busy.  If you work for a small nonprofit, you probably feel as if you are being pulled in different directions.But be careful. What are you saying you don't have time to do?  If you are saying you don't have time to write thank you notes, communicate regularly, or measure your progress,  you are neglecting some important areas.   It's possible to make time to do these things, even if you feel you are so busy you can't see straight.  One big key is planning.  Say thank you, and say it again…
  • Freshen Things Up With Some Spring Cleaning

    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog
    28 Mar 2014 | 10:19 am
    Spring is here, although winter doesn't seem to want to go away quite yet. Spring is a time for new beginnings. It's a time to clean up what's old and make room for something new and better.Many of you may take on spring cleaning projects in your home. Here are a few spring cleaning projects you can do that will benefit your nonprofit organization.Clean up your mailing listsDid you have an influx of address changes, returned mail, and bounced emails after you sent out your year-end appeal? Now is a good time to clean up and update both your print and email mailing lists.Update and…
  • The Value of Relationships

    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog
    21 Mar 2014 | 8:59 am
    In my last post, I wrote about reaching out to new donors and other supporters.  I found it hard not to wonder, would you have to spend so much time finding new donors if you had better relationships with your current donors? According to Kivi Leroux Miller's 2014 Nonprofit Trends Report, 53% of organizations surveyed said that acquiring new donors was their most important goal this year, as opposed to 30% who responded with retaining current donors as their most important goal. The results were similar in 2013. You need to do both, but focus at least half your time on keeping your…
  • Don't Cast a Wide Net

    Ann Green's Nonprofit Blog
    14 Mar 2014 | 10:12 am
    You've probably heard someone in your organization say we need more donors or we need more people to know about us. That may be true, but be careful about how you plan to reach out to your new supporters.  They are often closer than you think.Not everyone is interested in your organizationSad, but true, and it usually has nothing to do with you.  There are a lot of people in this world. Concentrate on reaching out to folks who are interested in your work.Relationships matterThe best way to increase revenue is to keep as many of your current donors as you can, and get them to give at…
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    Social Velocity

  • 3 Questions to Get Your Nonprofit Board Engaged

    Nell Edgington
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    Today for something a little different, I’ve taken to YouTube for my blog post. My hope is that as the Social Velocity YouTube channel becomes a library of videos on various nonprofit topics and challenges, you can use the videos to spark discussion among your board, staff and donors. So today’s topic is about getting your board unstuck and moving forward for you. The transcript of the video is also below. If you want to learn more about getting your board engaged, download the 10 Traits of a Groundbreaking Board book, or the Getting Your Board to Raise Money On-Demand Webinar.
  • A Slideshare to Calculate the Cost of Fundraising

    Nell Edgington
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    I’ve been thinking about using Slideshare, the social media network for presentations and infographics, a lot lately. It’s an amazing site with tremendous content. I wanted to start sharing some of my presentations there. So today, here is my first SlideShare offering, “Calculating the Cost of Fundraising.” These slides are excerpted from my Calculating the Cost of Fundraising on-demand webinar. The concept is simple. If you want your nonprofit to achieve financial sustainability you need to analyze the return on investment of your money raising activities. With that analysis…
  • The Fundamental Flaws in How We Finance the Nonprofit Sector

    Nell Edgington
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Today the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) released the results of their sixth annual State of the Nonprofit Sector survey and the data underlines a growing crisis in the financial sustainability of our nonprofit sector. 56% of nonprofit leader respondents reported that they were unable to meet demand for their services in 2013, this is the highest rate since the survey’s inception six years ago. And the scary part is that this inability to meet demand is not because of a temporary down period in the economy, but rather because of deeper dysfunctions in how we funnel money to the sector. As…
  • How You Can Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Your Board

    Nell Edgington
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    “Honestly, some days I think I would be so much better off without a board,” said an exasperated executive director to me recently. Wrangling a group of volunteers who have competing and often conflicting interests is an exhausting job. It’s no wonder that nonprofit leaders often want to throw up their hands and soldier on without the rag tag group that’s supposed to further, as opposed to impede, the work. But it doesn’t have to be that way. An “engaged board” is not an oxymoron. It is actually attainable. But you don’t get there by cajoling,…
  • 10 Great Social Innovation Reads: March 2014

    Nell Edgington
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    Could it be that the nonprofit sector is coming into its own? Increasing prominence in the economy coupled with a growing (we hope) recognition of the need for stronger organizations, the nonprofit sector may be hitting its stride. Add to that some interesting discussions about the effect of crowdfunding and a “revitalizing” Detroit and you have a pretty good month of reading in the world of social innovation. Below are my 10 favorite reads from March. But add what I missed in the comments. And if you want to see more of what I’m reading, follow me on Twitter, Facebook,…
 
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    Nonprofit Revolution

  • Corporate greed blog draws fire

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

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

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

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

    gary
    11 Mar 2014 | 8:30 am
    Write about issues you think will evoke considerable response, and they bomb. Write about issues you believe are important but will probably just lay there, and it’s like fireworks. As was the case this past week with the blog about data. The blog raised questions about how applicable is the corporate practice of data-driven actions when applied to the nonprofit sector. Whoa. The responses, both pro and con were overwhelming. LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter were buzzing. Here are some of the reactions: Shauna Nep, Social Innovation Manager at the Goldhirsch Foundation here in…
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    Next Level Nonprofits

  • 11 Crucial Questions To Ask Yourself Before Launching Your Own Nonprofit

    Natasha Golinsky
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:52 pm
    It’s been an interesting week in the nonprofit start-up world. Almost every day last week I had somebody email me asking about how to test the viability of their nonprofit start-up idea as they have a passion to serve others and want to launch their own organization. Having worked as a trainer and coach for […]
  • Why Being Addicted To Saying “Yes” Often Gets You In A Mess

    Natasha Golinsky
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:39 pm
    When your self-proclaimed skill specialty is helping people save time, work more efficiently and set healthy boundaries as a leader it is really hard to admit when your own schedule is totally off track. I don’t know about you but this week was one of those weeks where nothing felt like it was coming together and […]
  • Want To Hire An Admin Assistant But Not Sure Where To Start? 5 Tips For You.

    Natasha Golinsky
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:16 pm
    This week in talking to nonprofit leaders, I got the same question three times “I know I need admin help but have no idea where to start“. Knowing that this topic is probably on the minds of many nonprofit leaders, I decided to dedicate today’s post to sharing some thoughts on this important question. Professionally […]
  • A Common Leadership Belief That May Be Keeping You From Thriving As A Nonprofit Exec

    Natasha Golinsky
    24 Mar 2014 | 3:24 pm
    I was out for a walk with a good friend of mine yesterday talking about the usual woman things: our husbands, our kids, our professional goals and (not a topic you’d expect) the issue of racism in our community. Where I am a Caucasian married to a Caucasian, Jennifer is a Caucasian married to a […]
  • Five Pieces of Nonprofit Leadership Advice That No One Wants To Hear

    Natasha Golinsky
    17 Mar 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Last week I had an amazing phone call with a young leader wanting to learn all about fundraising while she was waiting on her nonprofit registration to be processed. Her passion for her cause was tangible – she had escaped the grips of her native country and had dedicated her life to helping those who […]
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    Engaging Volunteers

  • Winning People Over to Your Cause – Part Four: Measure Success Based on Your Volunteers and Community

    Tori Fukumitsu
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    Editor’s Note: This series explores ways to apply content marketing strategies to help lead a successful nonprofit volunteer program. Using the wealth of information in Kivi Leroux Miller’s book “Content Marketing for Nonprofits” as a jumping-off point, this four-part installment discusses how a solid content marketing strategy will pay dividends in drawing volunteers and supporters, bridging the gap between volunteers and donors, and engaging your community. How can you learn more about your volunteers and supporters? This question should serve as the driving force…
  • Know the Facts: Volunteer Drivers and the “Ride-Sharing” Liability Controversy

    Shari Ilsen
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    Guest post by William R. Henry, Jr. If your organization engages volunteers to transport people, and the volunteers use their own vehicles, you may be concerned about liability. Now those worries have been amped up by the controversy over “transportation network companies” (TNC’s) such as Uber and Sidecar, which use Web portals to act as brokers between those who need rides and those who are willing to provide them in their private vehicles. The controversy is that the liability exposure of TNC’s falls between the scope of commercial auto policies and that of personal…
  • Why and How VolunteerMatch Works with Sponsors

    Shari Ilsen
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    Yes, VolunteerMatch works with sponsors. It’s a good thing that helps us do even more good in the world. Over the past couple of years we have tested out ways to help companies, brands and other nonprofit organizations get their special messages in front of our massive membership of dedicated do-gooders. In exchange, these sponsoring groups help support VolunteerMatch. You might have seen this sponsored content on the side of VolunteerMatch.org while you update your nonprofit’s listings, sign up for a webinar, or search for a volunteer opportunity. You also could see a sponsored…
  • Was VolunteerMatch Affected by the Heartbleed Issue?

    Shari Ilsen
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    On Monday April 7, we (along with many other Web services) received notification of a widespread internet security issue – called Heartbleed, impacting the popular OpenSSL technology – and we moved quickly to respond. We began testing the fix on Monday morning and applied the changes to our production environment Tuesday afternoon. We have verified that the exploitable bug has been fixed. The servers impacted by Heartbleed do not store user information, and since we were able to close the gap quickly, it is unlikely that this had a security impact on our users. To be extra…
  • Welcome to the Family

    Shari Ilsen
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    Congratulations! You just registered as a nonprofit on VolunteerMatch.org. You’re now part of a rapidly growing network of close to 100,000 organizations that have realized the value of engaging volunteers through our network. What now?   Good question – here’s what happens next, once the honeymoon is over and the good stuff really begins… We Vet You Believe me, this is a good thing. Our crackerjack team of nonprofit community support folks checks each new organization that joins VolunteerMatch to make sure they are truly doing the good work they say they are. With tools…
 
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    Darrell Gwynn Foundation

  • Hurst Shifter Replica Car Auctions for $200,000 to benefit Darrell Gwynn Foundation

    Darrell Gwynn
    12 Apr 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Car raises most funds for DGF since Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas in 2011 WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The 1969 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible Hurst Shifter Replica made famous by Linda Vaughn sold for $200,000 at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach on Friday, April 11. The car was purchased by longtime foundation supporter John Staluppi. Proceeds from the auction of the
  • Barrett-Jackson Gala Nets Over $108,000 for Darrell Gwynn Foundation

    Darrell Gwynn
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    Tony Stewart Scooter Auctions for $22,000 to benefit charity WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Barrett-Jackson Opening Night Gala raised over $108,000 for the Darrell Gwynn Foundation at the South Florida Fairgrounds on Thursday, April 10. The funds were raised mostly from a live auction held by Barrett-Jackson to benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. The
  • Tony Stewart Scooter & VIP Race Experience Offered at Barrett-Jackson Gala

    Darrell Gwynn
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:38 am
    Darrell Gwynn Foundation Set to Auction Tony Stewart Scooter & VIP NASCAR Experience at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Opening Night Gala, April 10  Scooter donated by Stewart was used during 2013 NASCAR season after injuring his leg in a racing accident  Palm Beach, Fla. – The Darrell Gwynn Foundation will auction a scooter donated by NASCAR
  • DGF Set to Auction ’69 Hurst Shifter Linda Vaughn Car at Barrett-Jackson, Lot #3001

    Darrell Gwynn
    27 Mar 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Darrell Gwynn Foundation Set to Auction ’69 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible Hurst Shifter Replica made Famous by Linda Vaughn at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, April 11, Lot #3001  Linda Vaughn Hurst Shifter Replica built by renowned Thornton Motors, Inc.  Palm Beach, Fla. – The Darrell Gwynn Foundation will auction a 1969 Oldsmobile 442 Convertible Hurst Shifter Replica
  • Ford Mustang GT Nets $33,000 at Auctions America for DGF

    Darrell Gwynn
    19 Mar 2014 | 8:23 am
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Darrell Gwynn Foundation raised $33,000 by auctioning a 2008 Ford Mustang GT at Auctions America – Fort Lauderdale, at the Broward Convention Center on Saturday, March 15, Lot #526. The car was donated to the foundation by Mr.& Mrs. Ron Felderstein. Proceeds from the sale of this car benefited the
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    Clairification

  • Why Your Nonprofit Fundraising and Marketing is Outdated

    Claire
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:51 am
      Philanthropy, Not Fundraising For too many nonprofits something isn’t working. Change is happening at a rapid pace while people try to employ yesterday’s ‘best practices,’ seeming to work harder and harder to make do with less — while needing to serve more. Before the digital revolution, an information imbalance existed.  This facilitated a one-way [...]The post Why Your Nonprofit Fundraising and Marketing is Outdated appeared first on Clairification.
  • Engagement Comes Before Marriage: Build Sustained Nonprofit Relationships Using Social Media

    Claire
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    First comes love… then comes marriage… Are your supporters showing you they love you? Are you showing your supporters you love them? And finally — do you love your supporters? It’s a long way from “I like you” to the altar. Too many nonprofits forget this.  And frankly, it’s hard to fall in love with [...]The post Engagement Comes Before Marriage: Build Sustained Nonprofit Relationships Using Social Media appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Build Relationships; Online Content; Social Media

    Claire
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:53 pm
    This week is all about building relationships using online media – with tips from some of my favorite nonprofit and for profit fundraising, marketing and social media gurus. With donor retention rates hovering around 30 – 40% — yes, that means you’re LOSING 7 out of 10 new donors and 6 out of 10 repeat [...]The post Clairity Click-it: Build Relationships; Online Content; Social Media appeared first on Clairification.
  • What’s ‘Like’ Got to Do with It? 5 Ways to Inspire Nonprofit Engagement Through Social Media

    Claire
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:59 am
    Stop counting likes and follows. If your work plan has “increase FB likes from X to Y or increase Twitter follows from Y to Z” as an objective, delete, delete, delete!  Your objective must relate to your “why;” it can’t just be a “what.” Who cares how many “friends” you have if none of them [...]The post What’s ‘Like’ Got to Do with It? 5 Ways to Inspire Nonprofit Engagement Through Social Media appeared first on Clairification.
  • What Nonprofits Can Learn About Donor Retention from David Letterman

    Claire
    6 Apr 2014 | 1:12 pm
    If you’re not using social media to get and retain more donors, be afraid. Be very afraid (I’ve got an easy e-course fix to alleviate your fears if you scroll to the end of this post). Social media has ceased to be a nice little “toy.”  An “add on thing.”  It’s the thing. If you’re [...]The post What Nonprofits Can Learn About Donor Retention from David Letterman appeared first on Clairification.
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    Blog by Encore

  • 6 Ways (and Stories) to Make Customers Fall in Love with Your Brand

    Rahul Desai
    29 Mar 2014 | 10:40 am
    I came across this great infographic by Aaron Fifield, a graphic designer based in Brisbane, Australia. (click the image above or here to see the full infographic) Fifield visually represents the six major ways that a company can achieve customer delight with their brand; here are some brief cases to back up the points established by Fifield: 1) Awesome Customer Service: CEO Tony Hsieh (right, middle) talking to customers during the holidays. Forbes ran a profile of Zappos’ (a huge online shoe and clothing store) customer service model, which is widely touted as one of the best in the world…
  • Encore Alert Raises $390k Seed Round Led by DC’s NextGen Angels

    James Li
    17 Mar 2014 | 7:45 am
      Actionable alerts that help lean marketing teams identify and execute quickly on social marketing opportunities  Encore Alert, a proactive alerts tool for lean social marketing teams, has closed a $390k seed round led by one of the Washington DC area’s top angel groups, NextGen Angels. Participants in the round include Sid Banerjee (CEO of Clarabridge), Tyler Peterson (Manager of Global Social Strategy at Google), Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), Adam Riggs (former President of Shutterstock), Grant Allen (ABB Technology Ventures/Keybridge Venture), Thatcher Bell…
  • Why, How, What: The 3 Keys to a Clear, Effective Message

    Rahul Desai
    14 Mar 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Some argue that ideas provide the greatest store of value in the 21st century. While such a statement might seem true at first glance, even the greatest ideas fall short if they prove impossible to execute. Although ideation seems more in the domain of the typical marketer, the exceptional marketer knows what to do and how to do it, and then does it. Fundamentally, this translates to What is my company’s story and how do I convey it to my audience effectively to make them take action? In brief, good storytelling, according to acclaimed TED speaker Simon Sinek, consists of Why/How/What:…
  • 10 Steps to Grow And Unleash Your Creativity, according to Chase Jarvis (SXSW 2014 Spotlight)

    James Li
    11 Mar 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Over the next few days, we’ll be shining the spotlight on a few South by Southwest (SXSW) talks we really loved. We hope there will be at least a couple of takeaway for your brand, your marketing strategy, or your career development! Speaker: Chase Jarvis is one of the top photographers in America. He’s done commercial work for brands like Nike, Pepsi, Volvo, Reebok, Apple, and Red Bull and has earned worldwide recognition for his photography, directing, and writing. Thesis: “Creativity is going to solve all problems.” From Martin Luther King’s approach to civil…
  • Encore Alert is at SxSW!

    James Li
    7 Mar 2014 | 7:34 am
    It’s our first time at the mega-conference in Austin- we’re extremely excited to meet new people and learn about the latest products. We’d love to meet you! We’ll be all around (probably wearing a company shirt), but you can definitely find us at these two events: Austin TechBreakfast Kickoff Spectacular Friday, March 7 – 9:30am – noon – Fogo de Chao (309 E 3rd St)   We’ll be giving a speed demo and a sneak peek of our technology surfacing trends and influencers for SxSW itself! UP GLOBAL Startup Oasis Launch Pad  Saturday, March 8 –…
 
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    Thunderhead Works

  • Resonate: Presentations to Change the World

    Tom Peterson
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:23 am
    Perhaps the most important word-changing task is getting others to see a vision and take action toward it. You can do this in many ways: videos, books, online. But nothing beats an in-person presentation. Done well, that is. You’ve been in that room…way too many times. The powerpoint presentation begins. By the third slide you know it’s going to be dreadful. Slides full of words read out loud, charts you can’t read, information endlessly spewed out. Or painfully worse, that’s you droning or rambling on at the front of that room. Take heart! You’ve got a friend. Author Nancy Duarte…
  • Liberating Structures, the Book

    Tom Peterson
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:57 am
          Many of us at the Clinton School of Public Service are into something called Liberating Structures. It’s because of fellow adjunct professor, Arvind Singhal. I first learned of it when two students facilitated a meeting I held on revitalizing our Main Street. They used a few Liberating Structures exercises, and the results were great. Since, one of those students (now alumni) wrote a post on Liberating Structures. The other works with me on Stakeholder Health (where Liberating Structures are practiced) and leads a group I’ve joined that meets monthly to explore the…
  • Cesar Chavez, the Movie

    Tom Peterson
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:53 am
    March 31 is Cesar Chavez’s birthday. Celebrate this week by seeing the new movie—in a theatre near you! Meanwhile, Danielle Nierenberg, at foodtank suggests five things we can do to honor Chavez’s legacy: 1. Raise the U.S. Minimum Wage for Restaurant Workers (and all Tipped Employees) 2. Support Farmers Across the United States 3. Support Meat Packing and Processing Workers in the United States 4. Make the Transportation of Food Safer 5. Give Fast Food Workers a Living Wage Learn why these steps are important on Daniell’s post. And now some words from Cesar Chavez:…
  • March ADness: The Elite Eight

    Tom Peterson
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:23 am
    Singing hamsters, cats and bulldogs that nudge us sign up for Obamacare. A plastic bottle with a big dream. A less than perfect parent on an outing. These are the stars of very short films that encourage us to behave a bit differently. And March ADness 2014 from the Ad Council offers a nice variety of entertainment/nudge. Watch all eight and vote for your favorite. Think of it not as a distraction from what you should be doing, but as research for how you’ll message your own cause. The Ad Council, of course, is a non-profit “that marshals volunteer talent from the advertising and…
  • Einstein Quotes—Happy Birthday, Albert Einstein!

    Tom Peterson
    13 Mar 2014 | 5:48 am
      Einstein was born 135 years ago on March 14, 1879 in Ulm, Germany. His work led to so many applications that impact us beyond measure, for example television, DVDs, lasers. And, of course nuclear weapons and energy. Though a pacifist, Einstein signed a letter to FDR that ultimately led to U.S. nuclear weapons research. “I made one great mistake in my life,” he later told his friend Linus Pauling, “when I signed the letter to President Roosevelt recommending that atom bombs be made; but there was some justification—the danger that the Germans would make them…” In our…
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    Clairification

  • Why Your Nonprofit Fundraising and Marketing is Outdated

    Claire
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:51 am
      Philanthropy, Not Fundraising For too many nonprofits something isn’t working. Change is happening at a rapid pace while people try to employ yesterday’s ‘best practices,’ seeming to work harder and harder to make do with less — while needing to serve more. Before the digital revolution, an information imbalance existed.  This facilitated a one-way [...]The post Why Your Nonprofit Fundraising and Marketing is Outdated appeared first on Clairification.
  • Engagement Comes Before Marriage: Build Sustained Nonprofit Relationships Using Social Media

    Claire
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    First comes love… then comes marriage… Are your supporters showing you they love you? Are you showing your supporters you love them? And finally — do you love your supporters? It’s a long way from “I like you” to the altar. Too many nonprofits forget this.  And frankly, it’s hard to fall in love with [...]The post Engagement Comes Before Marriage: Build Sustained Nonprofit Relationships Using Social Media appeared first on Clairification.
  • Clairity Click-it: Build Relationships; Online Content; Social Media

    Claire
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:53 pm
    This week is all about building relationships using online media – with tips from some of my favorite nonprofit and for profit fundraising, marketing and social media gurus. With donor retention rates hovering around 30 – 40% — yes, that means you’re LOSING 7 out of 10 new donors and 6 out of 10 repeat [...]The post Clairity Click-it: Build Relationships; Online Content; Social Media appeared first on Clairification.
  • What’s ‘Like’ Got to Do with It? 5 Ways to Inspire Nonprofit Engagement Through Social Media

    Claire
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:59 am
    Stop counting likes and follows. If your work plan has “increase FB likes from X to Y or increase Twitter follows from Y to Z” as an objective, delete, delete, delete!  Your objective must relate to your “why;” it can’t just be a “what.” Who cares how many “friends” you have if none of them [...]The post What’s ‘Like’ Got to Do with It? 5 Ways to Inspire Nonprofit Engagement Through Social Media appeared first on Clairification.
  • What Nonprofits Can Learn About Donor Retention from David Letterman

    Claire
    6 Apr 2014 | 1:12 pm
    If you’re not using social media to get and retain more donors, be afraid. Be very afraid (I’ve got an easy e-course fix to alleviate your fears if you scroll to the end of this post). Social media has ceased to be a nice little “toy.”  An “add on thing.”  It’s the thing. If you’re [...]The post What Nonprofits Can Learn About Donor Retention from David Letterman appeared first on Clairification.
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    Veritus Group

  • Where are You? Checking In on Your 2014 Goals

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    If you haven’t already, now is the time to evaluate how you’re doing with your 2014 goals and strategy. The first quarter is now in the books and it’s time to take stock of where you are. It’s incredibly important that you spend some time at the end of each quarter to look at year-to-date income vs. goal and figure out where you may need to adjust strategy to make sure you stay on track. Here are some thoughts on how to approach this: Revenue check-in – Assuming you have cash-flowed your goals by month, you now have three months to compare against your forecast. Make sure you have…
  • Sheer Joy Increases Giving

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Paul and Rebecca (not their real names) started giving to a social service organization in the early 90’s. They were a conservative couple from an average neighborhood. But they wanted to do good in their community, so their first gift was $50 to a direct mail acquisition campaign. I can imagine that back then no one would have imagined how this relationship would turn out. They were just regular folks who gave every now and then. But as the years progressed their smaller gifts became more frequent. By 2009, their annual cumulative giving went above the $2,000 mark. That was when Andy, the…
  • Out of Control Major Gift Events Program

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Tell me what you think is wrong with this picture. There is a major gift officer who has a caseload AND at the same time is charged with doing events for the organization. He has three staff members who work with him on this agenda. Here is what they do, what they get, and what it costs: 9 events of different types in one year. Lectures, wine tasting, special Christmas gathering. There is no program connection with caseload moves management or major gift caseload strategy – just events. Highest net revenue of all of them is $2,900. Highest loss of all of them is $6,074. Net profit for the…
  • No Answer? Try 7 Times!

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    We have all had the experience. We try to contact donors and no answer. They will not answer the phone. They will not answer their email. They probably don’t open our mail. And the silence is deafening. Gabriel Luna-Ostaseski, founder of Upshift, has come up with something he calls “the rule of 7” for sales situations. We think this merits some consideration for major gift work. He says, “It takes an average of seven times for someone to hear about something before they take action, yet the average sales person gives up after 1.7 to 2.1 call attempts. I figured that we needed to at…
  • Prospects or Donors? What Should You Call Them?

    Richard Perry and Jeff Schreifels
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    There is a discussion going on about how to label the person who gives money to an organization. Is the individual a donor or a prospect? In most health care and educational institutions, the fundraising folks use the word “prospect” when speaking about donors. In many other organizations they use the word “donor.” Jeff and I prefer the word donor. I’d like to explain our reasoning here. You might think that worrying about what label to use is a waste of time. I don’t think so, and here’s why. The way you think about someone affects the way you treat him or her. And, as you will…
 
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  • 7 Most Valuable Marketing Resources From the Past Month

    shad
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    At eleventy, we’re constantly on the lookout for informative online content on the topics that matter most to our team and our clients: marketing, branding, social media, web design, analytics, predictive modeling, etc. By regularly consuming this content we aim to add to our knowledge, so we can continue to provide up-to-date recommendations to the businesses and nonprofit organizations we work with. We also use our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn) to push out links we find interesting and valuable to our followers. Typically, these links contain new stats…
  • Where Have All The Volunteers Gone?

    shad
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
    How quickly the numbers can change. The last time we reported on volunteering statistics on the eleventy blog, the numbers were overwhelmingly positive. Those were figures from 2011—a year when volunteering in the United States reached its highest level since 2005. But statistics from 2013 recently released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics paint an entirely different picture of volunteering in America. Essentially, volunteering has declined across nearly all demographics. How did this shift happen, and is it affecting nonprofit organizations? In today’s post, we highlight some key…
  • 8 Effective Ways To Get Better Results From Your E-Newsletter

    shad
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Any organization that’s serious about content marketing, whether business or nonprofit, should be sending out an e-newsletter. The e-newsletter is a highly effective marketing tool. It’s a great way to transmit your brand-created content to your audience of potential customers or donors. But while more brands are committing to the e-newsletter, only a fraction of organizations are actually doing them well. Far too many e-newsletters do not compel opens and clicks, drive readers to the organization’s website, and help create a positive brand perception. If that sounds like your…
  • 9 Nonprofit Numbers Predicting a Positive Fundraising Forecast for 2014

    shad
    25 Mar 2014 | 12:56 pm
    70% of nonprofits expect donations to increase in 2014. This stat shows nonprofit organizations have a very optimistic outlook, the likes of which has not been seen since the Great Recession began in 2007. So what’s the reason for such unbridled optimism? Much of it can be attributed to the fact that the majority of nonprofits met their fundraising goals in 2013 and saw their numbers rise over the previous year. In today’s post, we’ll take a look at some notable numbers showing nonprofit giving gains last year. We’ll also provide key tips to keep your fundraising going…
  • 10 Revealing Stats For Brand Marketers On How Adults Use Social Media

    shad
    18 Mar 2014 | 7:02 am
    In the fast-paced, constantly shifting game of social media marketing, you have to stay on your toes. Social audiences, usage levels and network preferences change and evolve on an accelerated timeline. As do the sites themselves. Facebook continually adds new features and functions. And sites like Pinterest and Snapchat pop up seemingly overnight and suddenly become major players. Keeping up with the latest social shifts can be a challenge, but it’s imperative for brands to keep pace with the social media habits of their audiences. A new report from the Pew Research Center shines a…
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    Wagenmaker and Oberly - Nonprofit Update

  • Who’s Listening? Illinois Eavesdropping Law Held Unconstitutional

    11 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    Upholding individuals’ free speech rights, the Illinois Supreme Court recently struck down the Illinois Eavesdropping Act as unconstitutionally overbroad.  As of April, 2014, electronic recording of conversations is permissible in Illinois, subject to copyright, privacy and other important restrictions.   That permissibility may be short-lived, but the lesson is clear:  if Illinois legislators want to prohibit eavesdropping, they better craft a much narrower statute.The Supreme Court’s Decisions            The…
  • Round 2: The Government Swings Back in Case Affecting Clergy Housing Allowance

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:41 am
    “It is declared that 26 U.S.C. § 107(2) violates the establishment clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.”  -- Judge B. Crabb, Federal District Court of Western Wisconsin regarding the clergy housing allowance (November 20, 2013).Will the tax exemption for the clergy housing allowance survive the recent federal decision to strike it down?   At this point, the answer is not clear.  One thing is certain, however, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) believes Judge Crabb got it wrong.  In its appellate brief, the DOJ argues…
  • FEC Commissioners Chime in Regarding IRS’s Proposed 501(c)(4) Regulations

    31 Mar 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Fresh Voices in the DiscussionThe period for comments on the IRS’s proposed regulations for Section 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations’ politically related activities closed last month.  Over 140,000 comments were filed, reportedly more than ten times the regulatory runner-up.  Next up:  public hearings and legal challenges to the proposals.  Among the many notable comments were two from current and former Federal Election Commissioners.  The Commissioners strongly emphasized the importance of keeping political campaign activity within the FEC’s recognized…
  • Affordable Care Act Whammy: Changing Health Insurance Premium Tax Rules

    24 Mar 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Watch out!  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has wrought a drastic change for all employers providing pre-tax benefits through reimbursement or payment of insurance premiums for employees’ individual heath plans.For over half a century, employers have been able to offer pre-tax health insurance benefits to their employees, either  (a) by paying for health insurance group plans or (b) by paying for the employees’ premiums, deductibles, and co-payments for their individual plans.  Thanks to the IRS’ and Department of Labor’s recent regulatory implementation of the ACA,…
  • Tax Exemption Double Standard? Absolutely.

    21 Mar 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Not all tax exemption standards are created equal.  Nonprofit organizations recognized as exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c) are often surprised when subsequent state-based applications for exemption from property and sales tax are denied.  Federal Exemption:  The Starting PointNonprofits considering such exemptions should understand the significance of these double standards from the onset and plan to demonstrate the organization’s value to the state taxing authority.  At the state level, exemption from federal income tax is…
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    M+R » Lab

  • 9 Old School Campaign Rules That Still Work

    Katie Andriulli
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:10 pm
    In honor of Sunday’s return of one of our favorite shows, Mad Men, we dusted off our typewriters and put together some of our favorite old school campaign rules that still work for organizing and outreach, even in an online world. Make it personal. Don Draper didn’t really care about slide projectors, but he sold the crap out of them by making it all about the memories they preserve. Think about the advertisements, news articles, or email appeals you actually remember (even after a few scotch and sodas). Chances are, they focused on someone’s personal story. Move people to…
  • Benchmarks! Benchmarks! Get Your Benchmarks Here!

    Will Valverde
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    Some numbers, and a story. When you get right down to it, that’s what the annual M+R Benchmarks Study is: a whole bunch of numbers that add up to the story of what nonprofits achieved and experienced online in the last year. And that’s what we have for you here, numbers and a story. First, the numbers. 2: That’s how many clicks away from downloading the Study you are right now at this very moment. One click to get to mrbenchmarks.com, and one to download the complete pdf. What are you waiting for? 53: The number of generous, patient, unbelievably helpful — oh yeah, and…
  • How to be cool as a cucumber when big news breaks

    M+R
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    Breaking news on your issue can be stressful, but it can also present a rare opportunity to get your point of view and expert voices into the news cycle. What can you do to ensure your organization is ready the next time the Supreme Court makes a big ruling, a government agency releases a new report, or a corporation changes its policy and impacts your cause? There’s no surefire way to melt away all the stress when you have to react to breaking news and the clock is ticking. But after reading our new whitepaper and undergoing these 3 rapid response spa treatments, you can at least be…
  • Sneak preview of the 2014 Benchmarks Study cover

    Katie Heller
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    We’re so excited for the Benchmarks Study release on April 9, we just can’t help but share a special sneak peek at the cover. We think it’s our best ever. Check it out! Sign up to be the first to get the whole study over at www.mrbenchmarks.com
  • 5 Nonprofit Tips for Winning at Instagram

    Marjory Garrison
    19 Mar 2014 | 8:45 am
    The verdict is still out on whether Instagram will ever become a useful tool for improving your advocacy and fundraising metrics. But what we do know right now is that Instagram is a powerful platform for highly visual storytelling. It can make you fall in love with cottontop tamarins (@bronxzoo), see firsthand how your support is changing children’s lives (@unicefusa), and think twice about what you’re ordering off that seafood menu (@oceana). So here are 5 ways for your organization to use Instagram right now, today, to tell stories that will bring your issues to life for your…
 
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    Wobbly Nonprofit

  • Does your Wobbly Grade reveal a Glass Jaw?

    Mark C. Titi
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Snag a FREE copy of your nonprofit’s Wobbly Grade! The Wobbly Grade is a measure of resiliency that evaluates the four cornerstones of my Multiplying Good program. Subscribe to my Leave Your Mark blog to find out yours. Don’t kiss the canvas. Can your nonprofit take a solid punch to the breadbasket?  Well, it’s time to stop being a palooka and start fighting back. Let me be your corner man. I can help you to avoid that haymaker. Become a ring general and SUBSCRIBE TODAY! MoreWould George Washington Applaud your Fundraising Grit?Don’t Mark Down Your Wobbly…
  • Breathtaking Budgets [infographic]

    Mark C. Titi
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:11 am
    easel.ly More3 Budget Boo Boos your Nonprofit Can’t Afford Appeal Letter to Santa How Board Members Gamble with Nonprofits: 4 Ways to Protect Yours8 Keys to Sustainability for small nonprofitsThe Zen of Feverish Fundraising: Quieting the Dragons of Doubt and ConfusionDon’t Mark Down Your Wobbly Nonprofit: Stop Chasing MoneyZemanta The post Breathtaking Budgets [infographic] appeared first on Wobbly Nonprofit.
  • 3 Budget Boo Boos your Nonprofit Can’t Afford

    Mark C. Titi
    26 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
            Why does your nonprofit organization prepare a budget anyway? Maybe to “stay on track”? Sometimes a budget is viewed as a way to promote positive cash flow. Or, maybe one is put together just because its required. You know- that ho-hum standard procedure that deep down everyone sees as nothing more than a distraction. Not many good reasons there. So how do you bring your budgeting process back to life? Paying attention to the following budget boo boos can help you to get more from the process and product. 1. Look out! Its the big bad budget…
  • Outreach to Turn your Nonprofit Upside Down

    Mark C. Titi
    16 Mar 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Ugh! If there’s one thing I find disappointing, it’s a nonprofit that settles for mediocrity.  Focusing on the headache of the day means fewer opportunities to reach for the stars. Crisis management is good for putting out today’s fires. Yet it’s poor for addressing tomorrow’s core issues. When the most trivial matters keep getting raised to the top of the heap, the big fish don’t get fried. And that all sounds like a sure-fire way to get your donors steamed. It’s time for your nonprofit to quit stomping on ants! Brush off those insects from the…
  • How to Tell a Story Contributors Will Love

    Mark C. Titi
    5 Mar 2014 | 6:00 pm
    As a kid growing up, you probably remember listening to a lot of stories. At the camp fire, at bedtime, at school or when you least expected it. Fairy tales and family tales, fables, tall stories, long stories short and maybe even a sob story captured your attention. There could be one or two in particular that are stamped in your memory. In fact, you will probably always remember them- good or bad. So how can you create your own memorable story that will be hard for a potential contributor to ever forget?  All without making it seem like an endless coil of rope that leaves everyone hanging.
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    Emily Davis Consulting

  • Webinar: How to Use Google Analytics for your Nonprofit – A Step-by-Step Guide

    Kaylie Marsh
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    How to Use Google Analytics for your Nonprofit – A Step-by-Step Guide Hosted By: Charity HowTo Presented By: Simon Choy Space is limited.  Please select from one of the following options: Wednesday, April 23rd; 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Mountain – Click here to register! Thursday, May 1st; 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Mountain – Click here to register! Price: $79 Knowing about your audience, their behavior, and how they interact with your nonprofit’s website is crucial to increasing results like donations, email acquisition, awareness, traffic, and engagement. Having that…
  • In-Person Training: Communicating Your Cause: How to Work Effectively with Elected Officials and Voters

    Kaylie Marsh
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Communicating Your Cause: How to Work Effectively with Elected Officials and Voters Hosted By: Community Resource Center & Colorado Participation Project Presented By: Rebecca Gorrell, Executive Director, Colorado Participation Project Mark Turner, Director of Public Policy, Colorado Nonprofit Association Elected Officials TBD, moderated by Erin Adair-Guy, Education Coordinator, Community Resource Center Date: Tuesday, May 13th Time: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Location: Regis University (3333 Regis Boulevard, Denver, CO 80221) Price: Early Bird (before 5/6) – $30; Standard – $45…
  • Webinar: Transformative Scale: The Social Sector’s New Frontier

    Kaylie Marsh
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    Transformative Scale: The Social Sector’s New Frontier Hosted By: Stanford Social Innovation Review Presented By: Jeff Bradach, cofounder and managing partner, The Bridgespan Group Susan Davis, president and CEO, BRAC USA Gerald Chertavian, founder and CEO, Year Up Moderated By: Eric Nee, managing editor, Stanford Social Innovation Review Date: Tuesday, April 29th Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mountain Price: Free Click here to register! Social sector leaders around the world are getting impatient. Conscious of the enormity of the need that exists, they are no longer…
  • In-Person Training: Managing Across Generations

    Kaylie Marsh
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:56 am
    Managing Across Generations Hosted By: Colorado Nonprofit Association Date: Wednesday, May 28th Time: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Location: Claver Hall, Regis University, Denver Price (includes both breakfast and lunch): Members – $90; Non-members – $125 Click here to register! Join us in a half-day discussion about the management of multiple generations in the nonprofit workplace. Identify generational workplace differences. Compare and contrast the characteristics of the generations currently in the workplace: Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials. Learn to…
  • Webinar: The New Donor – Smart, Informed, Challenging

    Kaylie Marsh
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:38 am
    The New Donor – Smart, Informed, Challenging Hosted By: GiftWorks Presented By: Linda Lysakowski & Margaret Guellich Date: Thursday, April 24th Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Mountain Price: Free Click here to register! Audience: Directors of Development, MGO, Executive Directors, Planned Giving Officers, Data Base Managers SMART Donors: What donors are we talking about? What’s changed in the environment – our culture? What do donors want from the nonprofit? Let’s talk about passion.  INFORMED Donors: How/from where do donors get information about the nonprofits…
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    Voss Foundation

  • WHW Oslo 2014 recap: a beautiful celebration…

    ExecutiveDirector
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Women Helping Women Oslo, on April 3, 2014, was a beautiful celebration of water, women, and sisterhood! Nearly 300 people were in attendance at Norwegian gallery Fineart to launch the sale of several different pieces of jewelry designed to benefit Voss Foundation, featuring glass drop necklaces by celebrity jewelry designer and artist Camilla Prytz. Click an image below to view the photo gallery from the event. Shop the collection of jewelry here, including Camilla’s glass drops, and bracelets designed by Trine Ditlevsen and Sophia Rose‘s Tanya Ross. [Show as slideshow]
  • You’re Invited! An evening at Etienne Aigner’s NYC store

    ExecutiveDirector
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    Dr. Rosemarie Ingleton, Edris Nichols, and Etienne Aigner invite you to celebrate Voss Foundation Women Helping Women Thursday, April 24, 2014 6PM – 8PM 65 Greene Street RSVP to Deborah Hughes, Inc. 212-727-2220 RSVP@deborahhughesinc.com A percentage of the evening’s sales will be donated to Voss Foundation.
  • Water and Health

    ExecutiveDirector
    6 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    On April 7, we celebrate the World Health Organization’s annual World Health Day.  Most of us in cities like New York and Oslo take water for granted, and don’t think twice when we turn on a faucet or flush a toilet.   But for millions of people, clean water is still a scarcity. In the absence of a safe water source, people consume contaminated water that can lead to water-borne illnesses such as diarrheal disease and cholera. Maternal and infant health is at risk when unclean water is used in hospitals.  Without clean water, there is no method to reach or maintain improved sanitation…
  • Project update: News from Milgis School and Ilgwe Eldome

    ExecutiveDirector
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:44 am
    The current source of water for the community   Barrel cutting A solar-powered water system that will pump water 5km to provide Milgis School and the community of Ilgwe Eldome in Samburuland, Kenya will be complete by the end of April. Voss Foundation’s Program Officer, Caitlin Rackish, visited the site twice on her recent trip to this northern Kenyan region, where she visited six of our projects with Milgis Trust, our longest-standing implementing partner. In a recent e-mail from Kenya, Caitlin shared information about the progress of the latest project, funded by Lene Maria for Rent…
  • Shop: jewelry to support Voss Foundation!

    ExecutiveDirector
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Norwegian and American jewelry designers alike have been inspired by Voss Foundation and our work providing access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene as a means to enable community development and raising awareness of the ongoing need in the region. Camilla Prytz, Trine Ditlevsen, and Tanya Ross, in Oslo, and Karen Egren in New York have each designed beautiful and unique pieces of jewelry to raise funds for and awareness of Voss Foundation. Click on the photos to find out more and purchase each piece. Nijili star bracelet, silver or gold plated   Samburu women wear a small metal star…
 
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    Double the Donation

  • How Do We Put Matching Gift Search Functionality Directly On Our Nonprofit’s Website?

    Adam Weinger
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:03 am
    Wondering how to embed Double the Donation’s matching gift search functionality directly on your nonprofit’s own website? This article is designed to help you get up and running quickly. Background Information: Double the Donation offers multiple integration options for individual nonprofits of different sizes as well as fundraising software providers who want to incorporate matching gift information into their platforms. Options include: Creating matching gift pages hosted on Double the Donation’s site Embedding matching gift search tools directly on a nonprofit’s…
  • Microsoft: One of the Best at Communicating Philanthropy Opportunities to Employees

    Erin Ehrlich
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:59 am
    As a new Microsoft employee, you are eligible for a $50 charitable donation to a nonprofit organization of your choice. That’s how easy it is to start being philanthropic as an employee with the company. Since 1983, Microsoft has donated more than $1 Billion to nonprofits via its corporate giving programs, including matching gifts and volunteer grants. The recently revamped matching gift program offers a dollar-for-dollar match to nearly all nonprofit organizations or educational institutions, with a $15,000 annual limit per employee, per year. And when you look at employee…
  • Grantspace – Live Q&A on Volunteer Grant Programs

    Adam Weinger
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:45 pm
    In case you missed it, Adam Weinger, Double the Donation’s President, and Sandy Pom of The Foundation Center (which manages GrantSpace) co-hosted a live chat on Volunteer Grants. While many of you joined us for the discussion we’re making the live chat publicly accessible and on-demand. So here is the complete transcript (thanks Sandy!) which includes questions from the audience as well as Sandy’s and Adam’s responses. If you’re unable to view the embedded live chat here are the most popular questions along with answers from Adam. Top Questions from Participants:…
  • A Unique Fundraising Idea for Your Nonprofit

    Erin Ehrlich
    19 Mar 2014 | 8:55 am
    With the competition for grants and major donors more fierce than ever, nonprofit organizations have started looking for new and creative ways to generate funds. We have a couple of ideas up our sleeve, but one unique fundraising idea you can add to your fund development arsenal right now involves your already existing group of volunteers. Do you have a a dedicated group of volunteers who help with anything from organizing events, to writing grants, to administrative work? Your organization already benefits from the great work these individuals do for you, but did you know that you also may…
  • Jumpstart Your Organization’s Matching Gifts – A Roadmap to Success

    Erin Ehrlich
    14 Mar 2014 | 10:30 am
    If you’re reading this, chances are you know something about corporate giving programs, or you are hoping to learn more about how to break into this largely untapped source of funding. We believe every nonprofit organization, big or small, should have a strategy for corporate matching gift donations. Below are the highlights of a presentation created by Double the Donation about building a matching gift roadmap. Feel free to download this easily modifiable presentation to make it your own! A Roadmap to Matching Gift Success Determine the Responsible Department First and foremost is…
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    Invisible ChildrenBlog | Invisible Children

  • Reblog // When trying to spur change, ‘the greatest sin is boring’

    Invisible Children
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:18 pm
    The following is reblogged from Laurie Goering with the Thomson Reuters Foundation. With efforts to curb climate change bogged down by virtually every mistake in the book – messages delivered in impenetrable jargon, no clear way for individuals to take action, a focus on doomsday scenarios – campaigners might take some lessons from Ben Keesey. He’s an activist who helped create the uber-viral KONY 2012 film. Its aim was to spark public pressure to capture Joseph Kony, leader of Northern Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army, and end the militia’s brutal abduction of children…
  • Remembering Elijah Muchiri

    Lauren Manning
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    The entire Invisible Children community mourns the loss of Elijah Muchiri, Head of Office for Invisible Children Uganda (ICU). Elijah passed away on March 29 in Nairobi, Kenya after a long battle with on-going health issues. When Elijah joined the ICU team in June 2012, it was not just his depth of professional experience working within international development and conflict management that prepared him for his role as Head of Office – the humility he brought to leading ICU and intense compassion and commitment for his work, and those he works with, set Elijah apart from others. We…
  • 3 ways MINUSCA can tackle the LRA threat in CAR // The Resolve

    Invisible Children
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:42 am
    The following article is reblogged from Paul Ronan and our partners at The Resolve. Since its founding in 2007, The Resolve LRA Crisis Initiative has worked to end violent atrocities perpetrated  by the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, and support the sustainable recovery of communities in Africa affected by LRA abuses. — Yesterday the UN Security Council passed a resolution authorizing a UN peacekeeping mission in the CAR (MINUSCA). If all goes to plan, the 12,000-strong force will take over from the current AU peacekeeping mission (MISCA) on September 15, when it will face the…
  • Favorite Lessons for FAL Instructors

    Lauren Manning
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Invisible Children’s Livelihoods programs work directly with war-affected community members, many of whom never had the chance to receive a real education. Because of this, we create a curriculum to be shared with members of our Village Savings and Loans Associations in order to help them gain basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. Heard of it? Our Functional Adult Literacy (FAL) classes have a proven success rate among the program’s thousands of beneficiaries, providing them with tangible skills that can help when they save money, run businesses and care for their…
  • Invisible Children hosts ‘Come Home’ Symposium in Central African Republic

    Jillian MacMath
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    It’s been a busy few weeks for our team in the Central African Republic (and a little bit of a party), as we hosted a symposium on Come Home Messaging last Tuesday, alongside some major players in the counter-LRA initiative. Come Home Messaging is an effort to encourage LRA defection by using targeted personal messages from recent LRA returnees, local leaders, and the families and friends of current combatants. These messages are aired on local FM and shortwave radio stations and through helicopter speakers over known LRA locations in central Africa. Sponsored by the African Union…
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    A Family Mission

  • Living Intentionally

    Kent
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:22 am
    There is a ton of conversation about living intentionally going on both within my local circle of family, friends and acquaintances and in many places on the Internet.  It is definitely a conversation worth having and a worthy goal to implement in our lives. As we are constantly bombarded by our culture to buy this, don’t buy that, be thinner, be sexier, do more, attract wealth…pick the area of your life that a marketer can appeal to and there is a modern message of do it more!  (Want fries with that?  Would you like to super size?) During this past year as we have made the…
  • Gratitude Prayer

    Kent
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    As we begin Holy week and remember the ultimate sacrifice that happened for our eternal salvation, I am thankful for all things in my life. We are all broken in our human condition, things do not always go as we would like but we always have a reason for gratitude for the grace we have been given through the blood of Jesus on the cross. Gratitude Prayer Gracious God, in the busy-ness of my day, I sometimes forget to  stop to thank you for all that is good in my life. My blessings are many and my heart is filled with gratefulness for the gift of living, for the ability to love and be loved,…
  • Wesley’s Covenant Prayer

    Kent
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    A few days ago I was given this prayer by our pastor at Foundation United Methodist Church as a group of us are studying “Bible basics” which by the way he has gone beyond that! The prayer is a simple but beautiful prayer by John Wesley that we were challenged to pray ever morning as a way to start the day in the proper mindset. Wesley’s Covenant Prayer I am no longer my own, but yours. Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you, exalted for you, or brought low for you; let me…
  • Be Extraordinary, Live with Abandon

    Kent
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Extraordinary – Webster defines it as “very unusual ; very different from what is normal or ordinary ; extremely good or impressive”. I came across this post earlier this week by Courtney Carver on her blog that explores how she believes you can live an extraordinary life! Take the time to check her out, it is worth a few minutes read. The highlights of that post are 10 points in her words : ( I have added the scripture that I believe gives divine truth to what she is describing.) Pay attention. When you are distracted, it’s impossible to notice the extraordinary things…
  • Do Something

    Kent
    21 Mar 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Today is one of those days of aloneness (is that even a word?).  That’s how I feel today…alone.  Ever feel that way?  People are all around but it makes no difference, you are pulled into yourself, hoping no one notices and trying to climb the mountain in front of you and it is taking everything you’ve got. The Highs and Lows As many personal friends know, we are going through crisis mode with my 84 year old mother.  She fell and broke a hip a few weeks ago, made it through the surgery okay and went to rehab.  There were multiple issues along the way but anxiety and…
 
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    J Campbell Social Marketing

  • Nonprofits Grew Online Giving, Website Traffic & Social Media Fans in 2013

    Julia Campbell
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    It’s that time of year again – the M+R and NTEN annual Nonprofit Benchmarks Study! This year they surveyed 53 nonprofits, looking at data on online fundraising and advocacy. Some of the more interesting findings: Email continues to account for about a third of online fundraising revenue. Online giving increased 14% over 2012 totals. Monthly website traffic grew by 16% in 2013. Nonprofits grew their number of Facebook fans by 37%, and Twitter followers by 46%. Most surprising finding: As nonprofits send more email messages, their unsubscribe rates go down. As the study says, yes,…
  • Social Media Productivity Tools for Nonprofits

    Julia Campbell
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    Be efficient. Keep on task. Remain laser-focused. For a social media manager at a nonprofit organization, those phrases may seem incredibly elusive. Since 2010, I have helped nonprofits with their digital marketing strategy, focusing on social media. What I’ve found is that when it comes to technology and social media, the hamster wheel never stops, and it’s up to the individual nonprofit professional to create a workable plan, or burn out soon after starting. I find nonprofit professionals excited about all the possibilities and the potential of social media and online marketing, but…
  • Tight Budgets and Schedules: How Nonprofits Can Use Pinterest

    Julia Campbell
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    I had the distinct pleasure of being interviewed by Cynthia Sanchez of the Oh So Pinteresting podcast and blog – the topic: Tight Budgets and Schedules: How Nonprofits Can Use Pinterest Listen to the podcast here: In the podcast, we discuss with the issues of tight budgets and tight schedules, the unique place for nonprofits on Pinterest, a simple step for starting out, some easy ways to use your own smartphone or table to create Pinterest-worthy visuals for your nonprofit, and more! I am a big proponent of nonprofits exploring Pinterest; here are just a few of my posts on the topic: 7…
  • 6 Reasons Your Nonprofit May Not Be Ready For Social Media

    Julia Campbell
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:40 pm
    If you read this blog, you know that I feel strongly about the potential of social media and digital tools to transform the ways that nonprofits communicate with donors and supporters. Nonprofits are jumping on social channels in greater numbers.  The most important social media platforms for nonprofits are Facebook (95%), Twitter (64%), YouTube (38%), and LinkedIn (26%). However, not every nonprofit organization and professional is ready or willing to take the plunge into the social media pool. Here are 6 reasons that your nonprofit may not be ready for social media. 1)      You just…
  • How To Create Eye-Catching Graphics For Your Nonprofit (Without Using Photoshop!)

    Julia Campbell
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I presented a great webinar this week with 4Good and Nonprofit Webinars, and I am happy to share it with you here. You can also read more in my free e-book! Summary: There is no doubt that visuals are driving online communications in 2014. Our minds react differently to visual content. On Facebook, videos are shared 12X more than links and text posts combined. 42% of all Tumblr posts are photos. On YouTube, 100 million users are taking a social action on videos every week. 36% of all shared links on Twitter are photos! Take-aways: The 6 things that make a great nonprofit visual; Examples…
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    Nonprofit MarCommunity

  • Exploring nonprofit content marketing strategy [#NPMC chat]

    Marlene Oliveira
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    In response to a request for #NPMC Twitter chat topics this month, our friends at the Community Media Workshop suggested content marketing. And when I asked community members on Twitter for their content marketing questions, what emerged was a need to discuss content marketing strategy. It seems safe to say that content marketing has moved past the ‘buzzword’ status. In fact, as Suzanne Hallsworth highlighted in her research review earlier this year, the majority of nonprofits are using content marketing, and most nonprofits are producing more content than they were a year ago. If content…
  • How to develop role descriptions for communications volunteers

    Adriane Beaudry
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    In her recent blog post, Marlene Oliveira gave us an overview of some of the ways volunteers can be engaged in communications roles. She has provided a solid foundation from which to build and I encourage you to read the post if you haven’t already. Knowing the roles we want volunteers to play in helping us deliver our mission is vital to success for both the individual giving their time and for you, the volunteer engagement professional giving your time to engage this new team member. Sometimes individuals walk through your door (post on your blog, tweet you or post to your Facebook page)…
  • How has our first year been for you? [reader survey]

    Marlene Oliveira
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    On April 30, 2014, the Nonprofit MarCommunity will be one year old. I’m not sure what surprises me more; that a year has already flown by, or that we’re not even a year old yet! I’d like to thank each and every one of you, our readers, contributors and community members, for your support and interest in what we offer to the nonprofit marketing communications community. As we approach our first birthday, I’m looking for your feedback. This reader survey is all about improving the blog and better serving the community. Please take a few moments to share your thoughts!   Fill out my…
  • Seven productivity-boosting tips for nonprofit communicators

    Marlene Oliveira
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:09 am
    Is productivity important to you? It must be! When time and financial resources are limited, but the need to create and produce is immense (and growing), knowing how to boost/harness your productivity is critical. So how do you boost productivity? I know a large number of amazingly productive communicators, so I asked a few of them the question: “What is your #1 method, tool or tip for being productive and getting things done? When you KNOW that you need to have a super productive day, what do you do?”  I’ve shared their answers below. Here are seven excellent productivity-boosting…
  • Fourteen skills-based roles for communications volunteers

    Marlene Oliveira
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    Do you involve volunteers in the delivery and development of your communications? Are you thinking beyond the communications committee? You need help getting the work done, so wouldn’t it be lovely to tap into a pool of folks who have the skills that you need? According to Volunteer Canada, more and more people wish to apply specific skills to their volunteer work, which is great news for communicators. To kick start your thinking about how volunteers can help you develop and deliver quality communications, here is a list of potential roles for communications volunteers. Proofreaders:…
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    Social Fundraising for Nonprofits

  • Yahoo! Updates, RallyBound Iterates

    12 Apr 2014 | 5:02 pm
    We take email extremely seriously at RallyBound. Statistically, no method of outreach provides more fundraising conversion than a well-crafted email. With this in mind, we would like to bring to your attention the recent addition to Yahoo!’s email procedures.Official Update Starting this week, emails sent utilizing a 3rd party platform on behalf of a Yahoo! user did not reach their destination. As all of you can imagine, this has great implications on the way appeals are transmitted through the RallyBound platform. Have no fear! Our development team has been hard at work identifying new…
  • Heartbleed and OpenSSL update

    11 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    We have received a number of requests asking whether RallyBound was affected by the recent Heartbleed bug. This bug is security flaw in the widely used encryption technology, OpenSSL. RallyBound does not use OpenSSL rather Microsoft’s SChannel. We use top of the line technologies and servers that are scalable and secure. We take the privacy and security of our users very seriously. Just because our platform was not directly affected, does not mean our partners or integrations were free from harm. We have been reviewing are logs and checking in with our partners to make sure all security…
  • RallyBound presents the Top 10 Single Largest Nonprofit...

    24 Mar 2014 | 10:58 am
    RallyBound presents the Top 10 Single Largest Nonprofit Fundraising Events. This inforgraphic provides a snapshot of the event fundraising industry in 2013. The event fundraising industry is in flux and it is important to understand where there are growth opportunities. All of these events use a form of peer-to-peer fundraising to raise these amounts. RallyBound used publicly available information to source and verify the data.4 Notable stats:1. #1 Pan-Mass Challenge raised more than two times as much as #2 Pelotonia.2. Curing cancer is the top cause that benefits from the majority of…
  • The Beauty of Salesforce and a Good Integration

    19 Mar 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Everybody loves a good integration. Rallybound is no stranger to that feeling. We have placed a concerted effort on fruitful syncs to software that’s helpful to our clients. Salesforce is such an integration. Successful integrations enhance, not detract. They streamline workflow and automated tasks. They’re mutually beneficial. Salesforce checks this vital box because of its all-encompassing power. Broadly speaking, Salesforce is the ultimate data management system and with The Nonprofit Starter Pack trickling into the sector, there’s no telling how streamlined some organizations…
  • Product Update: St. Paddy's Day Edition!

    17 Mar 2014 | 2:10 pm
    As we’ve communicated before, we continually strive to make our product better. We are going to start sending regular product updates to make sure you are aware of new features that will help your fundraising campaigns. The three new features in this issue are:1. Donors can now choose to pay processing fee. This is a feature that can be turned on in the admin. Once turned on, a check box is added to the donation form. If a donor checks the box, the donation amount is recalculated based on the percentages the admin has chosen to cover.2. Notification emails can now be sent to…
 
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    Nonprofit Hub » Featured

  • The Reason Your Nonprofit Brand Revolves Around Your Website

    Matt Spitsen
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Every dollar we receive from fundraising is given because that donor believes in us. They connect with the mission. And they trust that we’re going to use their money to achieve the mission. So how do we gain their trust in the first place to secure those fundraising dollars? At the 2014 AFP Conference, we caught up with Firespring CEO Jay Wilkinson to talk about how your organization’s website plays a role in fundraising and why your website should be a priority for your organization. Transcript: The website is the core center of the universe of the brand for every nonprofit…
  • Top Trends in Nonprofit Marketing, Social Media and More—An Interview with Kivi Leroux Miller

    Randy Hawthorne
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Communication is at the basis of every solid relationship. And in the nonprofit world, relationships are what keep donors coming back for more. So what’s holding back nonprofits from taking the necessary marketing steps to secure more fundraising dollars and donors? Lack of time, budget and strategy all rank among the top hurdles nonprofits face. And we caught up with Kivi Leroux Miller to further discuss those hurdles, along with other nonprofit marketing trends. Miller was a keynote speaker at the Lincoln American Marketing Association’s Cause Camp—a full-day marketing boot camp for…
  • 3 Reasons Why Your Donor Database Data Went Bad

    Jay Love
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:11 am
    Jay Love is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub. He’s currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Bloomerang and the Senior Vice President of Avectra—both organizations serving the nonprofit sector with cutting edge technology tools for fundraising and communications. _____________ Whether it is your car, your desk or even your backpack, the tidier they are kept the more efficiently you can use them. If a mess accumulates, a normally useful workspace or set of tools becomes hard to use—or worse yet, a detriment. We see this happen often within donor databases and nonprofit CRMs. It is…
  • 3 Reasons to Add Your NPO’s Phone Number to Google Search

    Randy Hawthorne
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Google is making it even easier for people to contact your organization. By using Corporate Contact markup on your nonprofit’s website, you can add your organization’s contact information to Google’s Knowledge panel in some searches. Knowledge panels can prominently display your customer service phone number, which will show up on a search results page next to your NPO’s name. How does this happen? The brief techie explanation: After you add the Corporate Contact markup to your website, Google’s indexing algorithms will process the phone numbers from your markup and make them…
  • Get Social Covered: 13 Lesser Known Social Media Sites for Your NPO

    Lyndsey Hrabik
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    You’ve got social media covered. Facebook? Please—you were an early adopter. And Twitter? You could do 140 characters or less in your sleep. But you’re just scratching the surface with those two mainstream social media sites. At the 2014 AFP International Conference on Fundraising in San Antonio, Lisa Chmiola and David Tinker helped us through some of the lesser known social media sites that can help your nonprofit with efficiency and productivity. 1. About.me Your mission is all about helping other people. But this is a social media platform designed to be all about you. Don’t worry,…
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    Latest blog entries

  • A Statistic is Just a Number

    13 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Providing numbers and statistics are an important part of building a case for support but when it comes to making donations, people find it hard to give to a number. But let us see a viral video about a lonely kid building a cardboard arcade or a news story about a girl getting shot in the face for going to school and the money will flow. Thomas Schelling* first introduced the concept of the Identifiable Victim in his 1968 paper The Life You Save May Be Your Own. “There is a distinction between an individual life and a statistical life," he wrote. "Let a six-year-old girl with brown…
  • Renowned Windbag Born This Day

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Edward Everett, American politician & orator, born April 11, 1794 Two hundred and twenty years ago, the world received a child who would grow up to be the man who got upstaged by the Gettysburg Address. At least that's how he is remembered today by the few who remember him. The Hon. Edward Everett was The Featured Speaker, the headline act, you might say, for the consecration of the Gettysburg National Cemetery. Everett's two-hour speech was delivered from memory and that alone is an admirable feat. His final "farewell to the dust of these martyr-heroes" was…
  • Upcoming Event: SEMC in October

    4 Apr 2014 | 6:52 am
      I'll be co-presenting (along with Katy Malone, outreach and education manager, Zuckerman Museum of Art) the session:   Countdown to Ignition! Creative Visitor Engagement Strategies Who hasn’t been to a “big” museum and experienced a little pang of envy over all the cool visitor engagement tools they had? But even within the realities of your limited resources you can still create a participatory experience for your visitors. This session will leverage the power of our collective brains to develop creative engagement techniques without busting your budget or burning out…
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    #fundchat

  • How To Mobilize ‘Slacktivists’ For Your Cause

    Brendan Kinney
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    Can tweets, likes, and posts serve as a catalyst for social change? And if so, how can your nonprofit organization work with slacktivists to promote your cause? If Slacktivism is a new term for you, here’s how Wikipedia defines it: “The word is usually considered a pejorative term that describes “feel-good” measures, in support of an issue or social cause, that have little or no practical effect other than to make the person doing it take satisfaction from the feeling they have contributed.” This is a topic The Washington Post recently tackled in an article, “Does…
  • The Future of Social Activism (Infographic)

    Brendan Kinney
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:06 am
    As I was doing some research for next week’s #fundchat on “Slacktivism,” I came across this infographic about the future of social activism. According to the data, young people are actually more engaged in social causes than their predecessors. This flies in the face of today’s conventional wisdom that Millennials are “slacktivists” and not real activists. If Slacktivism is a new term for you, here’s how Wikipedia defines it: “The word is usually considered a pejorative term that describes “feel-good” measures, in support of an…
  • The Best Times to Use Social Platforms (Infographic)

    Brendan Kinney
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    Another week, another installment of infographics that make you go, “Huh.” If you are trying to reach donors and supporters on social platforms, one of the most-debated questions is, “What time of day should we post?” Thankfully, the good folks at SumAll have analyzed the data for us: Check out some commentary on this info at Entrepreneur. What’s your take? The post The Best Times to Use Social Platforms (Infographic) appeared first on #fundchat.
  • The 4 C’s of Creating Good Content

    Ann Green
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    You have just finished writing something, maybe it’s a fundraising letter or newsletter article. Before you go any further, ask yourself if you have covered these 4 C’s of creating good content. Is it Clear? What is your intention? What message are you sending to your readers? Are you asking for a donation, thanking them, or informing them? Whatever it is, make sure your message is clear. If you have a call to action, that needs to be clear as well. You want your message to produce results. For example, your fundraising letter should generate a donation. Make sure you use…
  • Let’s Put The ‘Fun’ Back In Fundraising

    Brendan Kinney
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:19 am
    The transcript is now available! Click here. The topic of fundraising can be so dead serious. It’s time to lighten things up and talk about how to put the “fun” back in fundraising! This week’s #fundchat topic comes courtesy of Preeti Gill (@Preeti_Things) @brendankinney idea: how to put the 'fun' in fundraising. We're so serious lately! #fundchat — Preeti Gill (@Preeti_Things) March 27, 2014 So join the #fundchat community on Wednesday, April 2, from 12-1 p.m. EST for “Let’s Put The ‘Fun’ Back In Fundraising.” Share your…
 
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    CHARITY CASE

  • A vision without execution is an hallucination*

    Krystyn Tully
    30 Mar 2014 | 9:14 am
    "Theories of Bureaucracy you say. Oh yes, please, do tell me more .This sounds riveting. Just let me get some popcorn." (Photo courtesy Growing Leaders) “What are you studying in school?” people often ask me.“Public administration with a speciality in nonprofit organization management …….” I usually respond. And somewhere around the word “administration” I inevitably see their eyes glaze over. Boredom sets in. If they make it past my first response, they might ask “Oh, and what kinds of classes do you take?”“Oh, they’re really fascinating,” I”ll enthuse. “I…
  • Lesson #16: You will let people down, but that's OK

    Krystyn Tully
    22 Mar 2014 | 1:03 pm
    They're not being mean; they're just aggressively demonstrating demand for your attention, right? (Photo courtesy livescience The first part of this lesson - You will let people down - I’ve got down pat. The second part - “But that’s OK” - I’m still working on. For the most part, people who build careers in the nonprofit sector are motivated by the belief that they are helping people. That means we are the least likely people in the whole wide world to say, “I’m sorry, I can’t help you” when someone calls. If we do turn someone away, we feel like jerks for hours or…
  • The best (and worst) times to do things at work

    Krystyn Tully
    19 Mar 2014 | 5:43 am
    Another argument to support my theory that searching for the perfect workflow/ state of mind is a distraction. The last item on the list tells you what Surrealists knew decades ago: being tired makes cool things happen.6 p.m. - late Do creative work, if you're a morning person. If it sounds counterintuitive, it is. Yet research actually shows that people do their best creative thinking when they're tired. The study, a 2011 paper from researchers at Albion College and Michigan State University, asked more than 400 students to solve six different problems at various hours over the…
  • Leaders have to perform. Period.

    Krystyn Tully
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:27 pm
    And then Goose says, "So, when you said we have to perform, you WEREN"T talking about karaoke?!" I was doing some work for a class in leadership on the weekend when I happened to catch the latest episode of This American Life.  Here's the show summary: Life aboard the USS John C. Stennis, an aircraft carrier that was stationed in the Arabian Sea and supported bombing missions over Afghanistan. Only a few dozen people on board actually fly jets. It takes the rest of the crew — over 5,000 people — to keep them in the air.This American Life producers visited the Stennis…
  • Kenneth W. Freeman on the "Work-Life Balance" challenge - Harvard Business Review

    Krystyn Tully
    3 Mar 2014 | 9:07 pm
    For decades, resolving the conflicts of work and personal life has been spoken of as a question of “balance.” Yet work and life are inextricably intertwined. Work supports our loved ones; it constitutes a big part of our identities, and it often shapes our social lives. The smartphones and other devices that bind us tightly to work also keep us in close touch with our non-work-lives. For example, I keep all of my personal and professional commitments on a single, integrated calendar, treating each one of them as inviolable. The challenge is to integrate work and personal life effectively,…
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  • Are long-term nonprofit projects like giving birth or running a marathon?

    Geva Salerno
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:47 am
    We Must Be Our Own Midwife Sometimes projects are fun, especially short ones. Everything goes smoothly and wrapping them up is a breeze. With short projects everything is new and exciting. We can easily see the finish line and with a little effort we can sail over it easily. Longer projects are a different story.  Long projects require much more of us emotionally. They require a level of fortitude and self-discipline that short-term projects do not. This is because with a longer term project at some point it’s not going to be fun anymore. The newness of the project is going to wear off and…
  • Add Diversified Thinking to your Nonprofit’s Next Board Meeting

    Sarah Daxton
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Diversify Thinking with Public Board Meetings   Could your organization benefit from public board meetings? Inviting non-board members can shed light on your organization’s impact within the communities you serve, opens the door to new ideas, and cultivates new leaders who could support the organization.   Board diversity is important for any organization’s decision making process, yet many boards fall victim to routine behind closed doors.   The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s Inviting the Public to Board Meetings Can Be Risky or Rewarding consults board members and…
  • Tips on winning a corporate sponsor for your nonprofit

    Kadi McDonald
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:51 am
      Navigating Corporate Sponsorship   Last October, I moved to New York from Columbus, Ohio. Columbus, the capital city of Ohio, has been my home for the last five years and even though I’m here in New York, I still feel connected to Columbus. This weekend, a big part of my Columbus life came to the City.   While in Columbus, I helped an organization called The Harmony Project spread its wings over the city with its simple mission: Sing. Serve. Share. I watched the program grow from a tiny group of 50 people singing in an old church to a group of over 200 gathering together in…
  • 5 Ways to Give Your Fundraising Strategy an Upgrade

    thirdsector
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
      Technology has provided better and more economical solutions to almost every problem humans can think of. It has become an indispensable part of our daily routines, judging from the smartphones we carry around all day. It has changed consumer behavior and it has, without doubt, changed the nonprofit sector dramatically.   The impact of technology has revolutionized the way advocates support and engage with their chosen charities, the way nonprofits fundraise and reach potential donors and more importantly, it has changed the whole nonprofit landscape to that of a more innovative,…
  • Do Social Media Interactions Actually Help Your Nonprofit?

    Amy DeVita
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:54 am
    Sometimes a “Like” is just a “Like”? It’s a question that has puzzled the ages. Well, maybe not the ages, but at least  the past several years–it just feels like ages. “What does a “Like” mean to my nonprofit, anyway?” “How can a Like on Facebook or a Retweet on Twitter help raise funds?” Advocacy and activism have seen social media interactions move the needle. At BBCon 2013, we found the session “Measuring Impact of Online Advocacy” really useful in setting expectations for your campaign as well as helping…
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  • After setting up LIC, its Founder set up this hospital to give life insurance to the poor

    Tarika Vaswani
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    “How do you build a lasting legacy? Not with bricks and mortar, but by setting men’s hearts on fire with the passion of your vision.”... The post After setting up LIC, its Founder set up this hospital to give life insurance to the poor appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • Lives changed by Charutar Arogya Mandal

    Tarika Vaswani
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Charutar Arogya Mandal’s mission is to provide quality healthcare for people from all strata of society. Which is why it comes as no surprise to... The post Lives changed by Charutar Arogya Mandal appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • A 100-year old organisation that provides quality eye care to the poor

    Tarika Vaswani
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:57 am
    by Yashika Sharma Not very often does one hear of organizations that have successfully been around for 100 years, so when I learnt I was... The post A 100-year old organisation that provides quality eye care to the poor appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • How it began at Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital

    Tarika Vaswani
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:49 am
    Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital was set up in 1914 by Dr. S.P. Shroff. An overachiever who completed his degree from England and could have... The post How it began at Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
  • Community Outreach Programme (CORP)

    Tarika Vaswani
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:49 pm
    by Pearl Edmund Improving lives in Asia’s largest slum – Dharavi Gazing out of the car window thinking of how the day would pan out... The post Community Outreach Programme (CORP) appeared first on GiveIndia NGOs.
 
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