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Donor Stewardship: Guiding Donors to The Next Level of Support

Connection Cafe

Stewardship is defined as the “responsibility of overseeing and protecting something considered worth caring for and preserving.” As nonprofits know well, preserving relationships with donors is imperative to an organization’s success.

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Empowering Young Children through Philanthropy

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: One of the things that I enjoyed most about IFCAsia was the networking opportunities to connect with other people in the region who share interests. One of them was Vincent Law who is doing interesting work with teaching young children about giving and philanthropy.

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How to Nail the Soft Skills of Fundraising: The Face-to-Face Ask

Connection Cafe

Does the thought of making a six figure ask make your palms sweat? Take heart fellow fundraiser, practice makes perfect. Or, to put it another way, confidence breeds competence. Asking is part art and part science. Solid Face-to-face fundraising requires: A true understanding of your donor.

Hot Association Jobs – July 12


Here are some cool jobs, hand-picked by me, that you can find via the SocialFish job board ! We focus on jobs in social media , marketing , communications , PR , advocacy , and digital. .

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Want to Work at the MAH? Now's Your Chance.

Museum 2.0

The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History keeps growing and experimenting in our quest to build a stronger, more connected community. We're expanding beyond our walls this summer with the opening of Abbott Square. We are dreaming big, reaching out, and going deep.

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Building a Culture of Philanthropy: Hear it From the Experts

NonProfit Hub

Sponsored by Blackbaud Institute. The word philanthropy is derived from the Greek meaning “love of humanity”. It’s a perfect definition for the sector and the people who power it.

An Offline Social Media Exercise That Improves Online Content

Tech Soup Blog

For the Professional Social Media class I teach at Sonoma State University , I created an exercise designed to help folks practice both content creation and looking at metrics.

Improving Fundraising Outcomes Requires Emotion Not Just Logic

Connection Cafe

A recent webinar was entitled, “Using Neuroscience to Improve Your Fundraising Results.” Several studies lately have delved into modern science to help fundraisers be more effective in engaging donors in the cause.

3 Ways Social Media Changed This World for the Better


It’s somewhat in trend these days to keep talking about how social media actually made us lonely. We keep sharing examples and funny memes on how people used to meet each other in person and these days everyone just keeps staring into their phones.

What I Learned About Philanthropy, Fundraising, and Social Impact at IFCAsia in Bangkok

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

How Do You Inspire Visitors to Take Action After They Leave?

Museum 2.0

This month, we opened a new exhibition at the MAH, Lost Childhoods: Voices of Santa Cruz County Foster Youth and Foster Youth Museum (brief video clip from opening night here ).

How to Assemble a Stellar Board of Directors

NonProfit Hub

It’s important to take a good first step in developing an efficient and cohesive setting for your board of directors to set up shop and pave the way for your nonprofit to thrive. It’s also required. Even if your nonprofit has all volunteers and no staff, a board of directors is a must.

P2P Fundraising: Expanding Beyond the Fundraising Event

Connection Cafe

Peer-to-peer fundraising or P2P fundraising is a style of fundraising where an organization recruits supporters to solicit donations from their friends and family on behalf of that nonprofit.

Treat Your Website Project Like an Investment Rather than an Expense

Tech Soup Blog

Every day, cultural and nonprofit institutions face unique challenges while working towards a mission with a small technical staff and digital budget. Limited money, revolving staff, and regulatory pressures require that visionaries think ahead of their competition.

Trainer’s Notebook: Just A Few Participatory Facilitation Techniques

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Recently, a colleague asked me a wonderful question: How did you learn to become a good facilitator and trainer? Did you read books, take classes, or have a coach?

41 Free Nonprofit Webinars for August 2017

Wild Apricot Blog

Every month we compile the largest list of free nonprofit webinars. Here are 41 for August 2017. webinars


3 Tips You Can’t Ignore in Connecting with Gen Z

NonProfit Hub

Marketers are constantly striving to understand the habits of their target audience. What are your habits? What do you like? What do you believe? What influences your decisions? Why do you drive 15 minutes out of your way to shop at one grocery store over another? Nonprofit organizations are often in the same boat as they look to engage new audiences and motivate them to action. What inspires you? What do you connect with? What makes you share a message or visual?

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How to Engage Everyday Instagram Influencers and Reach Millennial Donors

Connection Cafe

Instagram is here to stay. All organizations should definitely get on board with as strong an Instagram game as they have on Facebook and Twitter. In order to do this, however, you’ll need to play the influencer game—connecting with everyday influencers. But don’t be scared— jump in!

Nonprofit Websites: 5 Ways to Keep Them Fresh

Tech Soup Blog

A website is the most important part of your nonprofit's presence online, followed by email and social media. It is the online hub where people can learn about your work in a deep way, make donations, sign up for your email list, review volunteer opportunities, and much more.

Turning Empathy Inward at Nonprofit Organizations

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In my book with Aliza Sherman, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact Without Burnout , we offer a framework for practicing self-care and creating a culture of well-being in the nonprofit workplace.

15 Utterly Insane Fundraising Ideas People Actually Thought Would Work (And 3 That Do)

Wild Apricot Blog

I was on a thread recently where folks listed some of the craziest suggestions they’ve received from well-meaning know-it-alls. I thought I’d share 15 of the most utterly insane ones. And to make up for it, at the end of this post I share three simple, yet highly effective strategies from some of the best fundraisers I’ve come across. Fundraising fundraising-ideas

Successful Leaders Connect With Their Employees Individually. Here's How.

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Here, from the book, Be A Network Marketing Leader , are some tips on how, as a leader, you can connect with your individual team members : Send cards on their birthdays and anniversary-of-joining dates. Keep yourself updated with what's happening in their personal lives.

[New Report] 3 Key Findings for University Fundraising

Connection Cafe

Blackbaud recently released its fifth annual Charitable Giving Report, and it offers major lessons for institutions of higher education looking to increase fundraising capacity over the coming years.

Record Highs for Gifts to Nonprofits

Tech Soup Blog

I don't usually wait with bated breath for annual giving trends and studies. But this year was different.

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Creating A Global Network of Capacity Builders for Social Change

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’ve always benefited from learning from colleagues who do nonprofit technology training and capacity but often we come from the same perspective.

4 Resources to Transform Your Nonprofit’s Marketing Strategy

NonProfit Hub

There are more than 1.5 million tax-exempt organizations in the United States, comprised of churches, neighborhood associations, universities and charitable organizations. If you’re one of those nonprofits, you’re likely on a tight budget so you can use the most funds possible to achieve your organization’s goals. That means you might not have a full-time marketing person (or even a part-time one!) and a few goals to get your marketing strategy off the ground effectively.

How to Manage Social Media During Your Summer Vacation

John Haydon

If you’re like the participants in a recent Harvard study, you work during vacation. You may even skip vacation like the 35% who work over 50 hours a week. The thing is, we’re not machines. We’re animals. And like most animals, we need to rest, unplug, and reset.

The Issue with Nonprofit Overhead and How to Change the Conversation

Connection Cafe

The common question I’ve heard over the years is this: “How do I get donors to realize the importance of paying for what are considered overhead costs?”

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9 Tips to Maximize Your Fundraising with Social Media

Tech Soup Blog

Online fundraising is growing fast, even in the nonprofit world. In 2016, Blackbaud found that 7.2 percent of total nonprofit fundraising came from online giving. Small and large organizations alike are investing in ways to allow their donors to give online.

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An Ingenious Texting Bot from @SFMOMA

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

As we enter the age of automation, more and more nonprofits are using bots. If bots are designed well, they can have impact.

Wild Apricot Wins Award for Top 5 Easy to Use Membership Management Software

Wild Apricot Blog

It’s with great pleasure that Software Advice, one of the top software review sites, just awarded us their Top Five spot for Ease of Use when it comes to membership management software. Award SoftwareAdvice

How to Talk to Your Constituency

NonProfit Hub

Communication is key. You’ve heard it before, and you’re surely going to hear it again. And while it may be glaringly obvious and overused, there is a reason you’ve heard this didactic little phrase from every teacher, manager or counselor you’ve ever had. Communication is undeniably important.

Nonprofit Crowdfunding: 5 Pro-Tips

Connection Cafe

As more and more donors familiarize themselves with crowdfunding, they’re finding it’s a convenient way to donate to their favorite organizations. And if you’re a nonprofit, there’s a lot to think about when you’re about to launch a crowdfunding campaign.

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Using Insights on Charitable Giving to Help Further Your Mission

Tech Soup Blog

Have you ever wondered if people are donating more or less to causes similar to yours or how and when they are most likely to donate? Have you thought about how data can help glean insights that support your mission?