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Robert Weiner

And the Chronicle of Philanthropy ran 'But It's Free!' I was interviewed for two articles that were published recently. The NonProfit Times ran the story The Evolution of Donor Management And Its Fundraising Future , which deals with how technology is transforming the way nonprofits interact with donors, particularly online.

What’s a good donor database?

Robert Weiner

I've been enjoying the discussion in the Chronicle of Philanthropy's LinkedIn group in response to the question, " What's a good, affordable donor database program for a small non profit? " (you'll probably need to join the group to read the responses). My unofficial tally is that Raiser's Edge and Salesforce have been mentioned the most.

Online Discussion on June 23: Using Social Networks to Promote Good Causes

Robert Weiner

This Tuesday The Chronicle of Philanthropy will host another free online discussion about how nonprofits can use social media. Wendy Harman , the social-media manager at the American Red Cross, in Washington, DC. Previously she worked for the Future of Music Coalition and was a law clerk at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts.

Advice for Consultants - Part 1

Robert Weiner

This post was inspired by my colleague Kris Putnam’s advice for new consultants ( So, You Want To Be A Philanthropy Consultant? and Starting A Consulting Business? 15 Things To Do Right Now ). This advice was provided by John Elbare in response to a question about what to expect as a new consultant. Other things to expect: 1.

10 Traits of a Great Consultant

Robert Weiner

The Chronicle of Philanthropy published a nice list of consulting traits that I want to pass along. The traits they list are below. My comments are in parentheses. Have self-confidence and be as adept at delivering bad news as good. This is hard. hate delivering bad news, but it often goes with the job.). Have transferable skills. Absolutely.

Optimize Your Web Pages

Robert Weiner

Do you know about Google's Website Optimizer ? It's a free tool that allows you to test how different versions of the same web page perform. read more.

Do New Online Donors Give Again?

Robert Weiner

A new study released by Blackbaud’s Target Analytics division suggests that first-time online donors do not become recurring donors. read more.

Win $5K for Charity Through Creative Pitching

Robert Weiner

The Chronicle of Philanthropy isn't known for giving away money, but for talking about how to get it. They've come up with a contest to benefit a few lucky nonprofits. Here's the deal: read more.

Using Facebook Causes to Promote Your Nonprofit: October 13 Online

Robert Weiner

What: Another in The Chronicle of Philanthropy 's series of online discussions: How to Use Facebook Causes to Promote Your Nonprofit Group. When: Tuesday, October 13, at 12 noon, Eastern time. Where: [link]. How Much: Free. Description: read more.

Podcast: How to Use Facebook to Attract Supporters and More

Robert Weiner

As we've noted previously, The Chronicle of Philanthropy has been running a series of online discussions on how nonprofits can use social media tools. In addition to these open discussions, the Chronicle has been conducting a series of recorded interviews. These podcasts are available at [link]. Topics to date include: read more.

Transcript: Promoting Causes on Online Social Networks

Robert Weiner

As I mentioned last week , the Chronicle of Philanthropy held a live online discussion about how nonprofits can use social networks to promote their organizations. On the panel, was Danielle Brigida, social-media-outreach coordinator at the National Wildlife Federation; marketing and communications consultant Nancy E.

July 21: How Can You Measure the Value of Social Networking?

Robert Weiner

The Chronicle of Philanthropy is holding another in its series of free online discussions on social networking. This time their guest will be social media guru Beth Kanter (you may know Beth from her eponymous Beth's Blog — and if you don't, you should). . What: What's the Payoff? When: Tuesday, July 21, at 12 noon, U.S. Eastern time.

Live Discussion Promoting Causes on Social Networks on June 2

Robert Weiner

The Chronicle of Philanthropy is holding another in its series of free online discussions on Tuesday, June 2 (tomorrow). Here are the details: What: Promoting Causes on Online Social Networks. When: Tuesday, June 2, at 12:00 p.m. Eastern. Cost: Free. Where: Online. Questions are submitted via keyboard, and answers come the same way.

Corporate Giving Declined in 2008

Robert Weiner

The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy's 2008 assessment of corporate gving (PDF) reports that corporate giving was down nearly 8% overall ($30.78 Last month we mentioned GivingUSA's annual assessment of individual giving which showed that donations from individuals had dropped 5.7% overall in 2008. million compared to $33.19

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Transcript: Using Social Networks to Promote Good Causes

Robert Weiner

If you missed The Chronicle of Philanthropy's June 23 online discussion Using Social Networks to Promote Good Causes , the transcript is now available. Wendy Harman , the social-media manager at the American Red Cross, in Washington, DC. read more.

Trends Affecting Fundraising in 2009

Robert Weiner

The Chronicle of Philanthropy is starting the year off with a list of trends they believe will affect fundraising in 2009. You can read the full article at philanthropy.com/news/prospecting/index.php?id=6835.

Online Discussion Tomorrow: Getting Your Message Out

Robert Weiner

The Chronicle of Philanthropy has another online discussion coming up that may be useful for many nonprofit fundraisers and marketing pros. It’s a free discussion so if you’ve got the time, it could be a valuable session. Here are the details from their announcement: When: Wednesday, January 21, at 1 p.m. Eastern time. Cost: Free.

Twitter Best Practices

Robert Weiner

Today’s entry comes from the Chronicle of Philanthropy, which published When Characters Count: Advice for Charities on Making the Most of Twitter. Every day it seems like there’s a new article on how nonprofits and businesses can use Twitter for engagement, activism, marketing, and fundraising. Be professional. Engage with users.

Inside the Mind of a Top Donor

Robert Weiner

The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently conducted an online discussion with Lorry I. Lokey, who has appeared on The Chronicle’s list of America’s top donors every year since 2000. Mr. Lokey responded to questions such as. What is the biggest mistake development officers make when first meeting a new prospect?

Getting Your Message Out

Robert Weiner

The Chronicle of Philanthropy held an online discussion on January 21, 2009 about how nonprofits can publicize their work. What can your organization do to make sure these efforts are meaningful? Whom should you try to reach? And how can you stretch your resources to make sure your messages gets to as many people as possible. read more.

Coping with a Troubled Economy

Robert Weiner

Here are two new resources for surviving in tough times: The Chronicle of Philanthropy has compiled a collection of recent stories , discussions, and statistics about how charities deal with turbulent economic times. read more.

The Current Economy and Major Gifts Fundraising

Robert Weiner

I’ve previously posted resources for nonprofits coping with the economic downturn ( Coping with a Troubled Economy , Fundraising Survival Guide , Economic Effects on Philanthropy ). Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated. Some of Kevin’s points: Comparisons to the Great Depression are inaccurate and dramatic.

Top 10 Threats to Higher Ed Computer Systems

Robert Weiner

In his article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy titled “ Top 10 Threats to Computer Systems Include Professors and Students ,&# Jeffrey Young says. Today a growing number of network bad guys are professional criminals, and they’re looking to steal real money. You can (and should) read the whole article at [link].

Philanthropy Is a Leadership Issue

Connection Cafe

If you are like one of the nonprofit leaders in the study, you will love Philanthropy by the Numbers from Blackbaud’s npEXPERTS.

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How the Global Mobile Revolution is Transforming Philanthropy

Connection Cafe

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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50 Fascinating Philanthropy Stats

Connection Cafe

They’re the proof point that change is happening and a predictor of where philanthropy is headed in the future.

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Are Millennial Runners Influenced by Philanthropy?

Connection Cafe

This study also sought to understand if or how philanthropy has an influence on runners’ attitudes and behaviors toward running events.

Three Reasons Why It’s Necessary for Philanthropy to Engage Black Americans

Connection Cafe

While actions of time, talents and treasures may not have been called “philanthropy,” they clothed, fed and funded generations of blacks.

Philanthropy and Social Media: New Whitepaper from The Institute for Philanthropy

Amy Sample Ward

Philanthropy has been able to move into the real time web, too. Impacts to Philanthropy. But what does all this mean for philanthropy? 1.

Corporate Philanthropy Trends Affecting Nonprofits in 2016

NonProfit Hub

2016 is also looking to be a great year for corporate philanthropy and nonprofits. We’re already a month into 2016. Featured Fundraising

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Association Social Media: Philanthropy Ohio

SocialFish

——————— This interview is with Jessica Howard, Membership Services Associate, Philanthropy Ohio.

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32 Sure Fire Ways to Grow Philanthropy after 40 Years of Static Giving

NetWits

32 Sure Fire Ways to Grow Philanthropy in the U.S. Challenge the wealthy to plan their own philanthropy. Staggering, I know.

Embracing Next Generation Philanthropy

NTEN

Next gen philanthropy is exciting, but requires some careful thinking. Mileage will vary, as each group and platform in next gen philanthropy is unique. 1) Projects Over Program…. … and definitely over general operating budgets. Next gen philanthropy is tailor-made for new experiments like these. 3) Start Small, Then Leverage.

Unlocking Data for Philanthropy: Notes from Global Philanthropy Forum Session

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

went to cover one session,   “ Building An Information Infrastructure:  Unlocking Data for Philanthropy.” gpf13 #philanthropy.

Four Early Lessons Learned in the Quest to Improve Feedback Loops in Philanthropy

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Four Early Lessons Learned in the Quest to Improve Feedback Loops in Philanthropy – Guest Post by Melinda T. Photo by LIFT.

Will the Sharing Economy Catalyze New Forms of Philanthropy?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Now that we’ve had some time to reflect,  I am wondering about how the Sharing Economy will catalyze new forms of philanthropy and CSR? 1.

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Donor Retention: The Easiest Money You’ll Ever Raise

Connection Cafe

Nonprofit Fundraising donor love donor retention fundraising ideas fundraising tips npEXPERTS Philanthropy by the NumbersInvite their feedback.

Philanthropy University Offers Amazing (Free!) Online Courses

Tech Soup Blog

All of the Philanthropy University courses are free and available anywhere in the world. What You Can Learn at Philanthropy University.

Revitalizing Global Partnerships to Further the Sustainable Development Goals

Connection Cafe

Heather Grady, Vice President of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, introduced the SDG Philanthropy Platform to the room.

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The Rise of Donor-ism

Connection Cafe

Nonprofit Fundraising Advocacy data donor-ism future of fundraising nonprofit leadership npEXPERTS peer-to-peer Philanthropy by the Numbers

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