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Gotta Catch ‘Em All: Attracting Millennials to Your Organization with Pokémon Go Events

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Has your organization thought about how to leverage technology like Pokémon Go? Check to see if your organization has PokeStops in the game.

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How to Build Great Organizations for Greater Societal Impact

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The Performance Imperative offers a common definition of high performance, supported by seven pillars of highly effective organizations.

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Video Is A Must For Your Organization’s Content Strategy

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Video is Real-time – Live-broadcasted video is quickly becoming a way for organizations to demonstrate impact and connect intimately with donors – real time ! What would you rather do: Watch Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in a movie theater, or flip through the storyboards? Why we love video. Can they do it?

How Will Tracking Outcomes Help Your Organization’s Story?

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Back in my days as a Corporate Funder, I was routinely asked to provide giving details for our organization. Our focus was on: Dollars granted.

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8 Strategy Basics for Nonprofit Organizations

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Other organizations may undergo a strategic planning process, but fail to operationalize the plan. How does my organization compare? 5.

Social Ambassadors Bring P2P Success to End-of-Year Campaigns

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Universities turned their alumni into social ambassadors by identifying, organizing, and cultivating them ahead of time. Another $2.5

5 Critical Characteristics of Data Driven Nonprofits

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Nonprofit organizations are vital to making meaningful change in the world and they have significant amounts of untapped potential in their data.

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How Corporate Volunteering Programs Benefit Everyone

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That’s right — without a clear social mission, over half of the talent pool won’t even consider working for your organization. Inspiration.

Your End-of-Year Giving Plan Starts Today

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Online giving in December increased from 17.8% in 2014 to 19% in 2015, potentially showing the influence of online giving days like #GivingTuesday.

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The New Wave of Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

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Just how far will your organization’s supporters go to raise money on your behalf? Would they walk across hot coals? Shave their heads?

Digital Strategies are Moving the Needle for Nonprofits

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By 2018, social media will be one of the most important channels for nonprofits, according to a study conducted by Forrester. But you know all this.

Choosing the Perfect Cause for Your Business Giving

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Let’s face it, deciding how your business should give can be hard.  Which nonprofit is the best one to support?  There is no one answer.

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How To Decipher What Donors Really Want

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What do donors really want? That’s something fundraisers are constantly grappling with. So, what do donors want? Have a logical price point.

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Donor Retention: The Easiest Money You’ll Ever Raise

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Donors can be fickle, and they’re fleeing our organizations in vast numbers these days. There’s a crisis brewing in the fundraising world.

5 Best Practices for Negotiating Funding for a Thriving Nonprofit

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Despite this distinction, nonprofits must think like for-profit organizations if they want to fully recover their costs. Ready to thrive?

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How to Broadcast Your Impact with Facebook Live

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They knows what to expect from your organization with each interaction. Use Facebook Live to support and enhance your current strategy.

How the Global Mobile Revolution is Transforming Philanthropy

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In the late 1990s, I worked as a communications director for a small international development organization in San Francisco. billion by 2021.

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Foundations and Nonprofits: What Does it Mean to “Speak the Same Language”?

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At  bbcon  2015, some of the top minds in the nonprofit industry came together to present Big Idea sessions. Or an indicator. Or a milestone.

Technology and the Shift to Donor-Centric Fundraising

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Technology facilitates smarter messaging, smarter asks, and more personalized experiences with our organization. First, let’s talk about data.

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Designing for Good #3 – Best of 2016 Nonprofit Storytelling

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But even the most wearied donor is roused by an authenticate story of an organization’s tangible results. We’d love to see them!

The Art of Building Lasting Donor Relationships with One-To-One Marketing

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Most likely, your organization is already tracking your supporters’ recency, frequency, and monetary data points.

The Nonprofit Summer Reading List

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Individuals and organizations need sustainable approaches to keeping themselves and their teams performing at a high level. Happy reading….

Knowing When to Choose a Nonprofit-Specific Accounting Solution

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Nonprofit organizations are accountable to a variety of internal and external stakeholders. But, it doesn’t have to be this way!

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3 Strategies to Build Your Organization’s Financial Capacity

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Here are three strategies your organization can use to build its capacity to plan for more, not less resources to meet its mission. 1.

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Going Digital? Five Things to Consider Before Making the Move

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While many of us have “gone digital” in our personal daily life, we can’t always say the same for the organizations where we work.

8 Tools to Help Manage Your Nonprofit Website

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You’ve got the usual list of suspects at your organization: the online engagement tool, a blog, social media platforms, and a website.

Engaging Millennials for Nonprofit Storytelling

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For instance, what does it look like for someone to be fully engaged with your organization? So where should you start? Engagement.

Survival in the New Age of Grant Management

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Similarly, the first step in preparing your organization for these changes in grant administration is to assess what things you already have.

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Pep Talk for Your 2016 Year-End Campaign Strategy

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Share your needs and what they can accomplish through your organization. Yes, that’s a bit harsh, but I don’t apologize. Don’t be that person!

#IMPACT2030 Sets Sights on Change and Transformation

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IMPACT 2030 is the Global Summit at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Particularly, the private sector must act to make a difference.

Even More Benefits to Tracking Outcomes

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With the power of knowledge derived from measuring outcomes, funders are able to make better decisions about projects and organizations to fund.

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Is Your Organization Prepared to Dodge Donor Data Disasters?

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You also most likely have some experience with accepting and tracking financial gifts from donors to a charitable organization. Now what?

Harnessing Your Organization’s Story: The Missing Ingredient in Nonprofit Storytelling

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Although many organizations are telling their stories these days, there still seems to be something missing from their stories.

Create a Welcome Series for New Supporters in 3 Easy Steps

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over the course of time that educates them about your organization and encourages them to become more engaged and connected. Why now? Too blunt?

Disney’s Secret Sauce – 3 Learnings You Can Take Back To Your Arts Organization Today

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So, I thought it would be fun to share 3 strategies and tactics you can learn from Disney and apply at your organization. 1.

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What Nonprofits Can Learn From Political Campaigns About Harnessing Smart Data

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In my last post, we talked about the campaign fundraising innovations that are repurposed by nonprofit organizations. Lesson #4: Hints at 2016.

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Solved! The Nonprofit Data Mystery

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Target Analytics, a division of Blackbaud, recently analyzed the data health of thousands of nonprofit organizations. Descriptive analytics.

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Charitable Giving Grew to $373.25 Billion in the U.S. in 2015

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charitable giving and estimates sources of giving and amounts received by type of organization. reached $373.25 billion in 2015, a 4.1% growth.

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Sharing Your Story: How to Engage Donors with the Philanthropic Impact of Their Gift

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Communicating this information to your donors boosts their confidence in your organization. This is key for repeat donations.

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What Do Millennials, Shark Tank, and Grantmaking All Have In Common?

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And for independent foundations and public charities – how does your organization engage the younger participants in philanthropy?