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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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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 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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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?

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.

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.

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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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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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 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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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.

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….

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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Cutting Through the Clutter of Year-End Appeals

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Sharing real examples that paint a clear, relatable picture is the right way to ensure that your donors feel connected to your organization.

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.

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!

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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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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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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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.

Revitalizing Global Partnerships to Further the Sustainable Development Goals

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The Power of Partnerships. As a result, their impact is accelerated exponentially. The Power of Using Data in the Media. Looking Forward….

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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.

Why Individual Giving Strategies Often Don’t Work for Communities of Color

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” “Why, I knew this one organization that was struggling, and they decided focus on individual donors.

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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.

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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5 Steps to Optimize Conversion Rates After an Advocacy Action Alert

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Once this information is surfaced, your organization’s mission can be spread by asking your advocates to take action on your latest action alert.

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How to Build Meaningful Relationships on Social Media Using the 80/20 Rule

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It forced us as an organization to organize our actions and come up with one priority a week. They want to be seen and heard by you.

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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Three Things Nonprofits Must Start Doing to Cultivate Supporters

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Yet sadly, too many donors aren’t progressing along the continuum; in fact, they are jumping off almost as quickly as they get on. think so.

Philanthropy Is a Leadership Issue

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New ways to work with funding organizations that could significantly move your mission forward. In an ideal world. Sixty-two percent!

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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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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?

Unlock the Door to the Right Funders with a Powerful Grant Strategy| Part 1

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When your organization needs funding for a project, how do you approach the grants seeking process ? However, this is just one method.

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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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Volunteerism Keeps Proving Its Value (Especially When Skills Are Given)

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The news is out, and it’s good! What news?  Volunteerism news, of course.  For those of you who know me, that’s not much of a surprise.

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3 Nonprofit Fundraising Lessons Learned from Political Campaigns

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Lesson One: Online Organizing and Fundraising. Because of their scope and scale, US presidential campaigns are unique entities.

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How Can My Nonprofit Get Started with Measurable Advocacy?

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How can advocacy make a measurable difference for your organization? With that settled, it’s time to move on to the benefits of advocacy. 2008).

A Reality Check for Nonprofit Professionals: Are You Taking the High Ground?

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Back in the “good old days”—which really wasn’t all that long ago—nonprofit organizations were expected to take the high ground.

How Your Attitude Shapes Your Nonprofit

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Every morning, I get to the office, switch my phone to silent, and grab a glass of water while my laptop’s starting up. Why is that? Self-Care is Real!