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Can Data Bring Foundations and Nonprofits Closer?

Connection Cafe

In recent years, we’ve seen a major uptick in organizations across the social good sector looking at data – and how to use data – in new ways.

How-To Video: Help! I Need a Viral Video

SocialFish

I was part of a team that filmed a series of short how-to videos with 5:00 Films & Media as they prep for their first #MMCCon. I’ll be posting a few of the videos for you here in the run up to the conference – because these guys are awesome and they really know their stuff. Enjoy!

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[Tips for Nonprofits] The Art and Science of Persuasive Fundraising

Connection Cafe

A while ago, I read a book called Influence Science and Practice by Robert B. Cialdini. In this book Cialdini wrote about why he was always duped into buying Girl Scout cookies. Each year, he was persuaded to buy more boxes than the year before.

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The Great AMS Shakeup and what to do about it

SocialFish

With the current shakeup in the association technology space with the merger of Abila, YourMembership and Aptify , association executives are left to wonder what will happen to services and products–not to mention their long-term relationships with their existing AMS partners–as a result.

8 Long-Term Health Benefits of Volunteering

NonProfit Hub

Sponsored by Reward Volunteers. The impact of volunteerism can be felt in communities of all shapes and sizes. No matter the size of the community, though, the impact of volunteerism is always huge. Wherever it occurs, volunteering exists to help others.

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How-To Video: Any Video is Better than No Video, Right?

SocialFish

I was part of a team that filmed a series of short how-to videos with 5:00 Films & Media as they prep for their first #MMCCon. I’ll be posting a few of the videos for you here in the run up to the conference – because these guys are awesome and they really know their stuff. Enjoy!

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It's Good to be Alive Today!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I am still on the Skoll high Just back from my week in Oxford with my head buzzing and Michael Franti's social change anthem "Good to be Alive Today" ringing in my ears. It's hard to explain why this is the one conference a year I always make the time for. It's a powerful mix of inspiration, singing, ideas and most importantly, peer brainstorming. I have more than a year's worth of ideas for social good. Let me share just a few!

How To Avoid Becoming Addicted To Your Mobile Phone

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I have been reading Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter, a professor of marketing at NYU. The book is about our behavioral addictions to our smartphones, video games, social media, and email and how to break them.

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From Mine to Ours - Sharing Ownership of Our Expansion: Introducing Abbott Square, Part 8

Museum 2.0

MAH staffer Sandino Gomez extolls the virtues of Abbott Square. This is the eighth in a series of posts on the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History ( MAH )'s development of Abbott Square , a new creative community plaza in downtown Santa Cruz.

4 Ways Data and Analytics Can Help Nonprofits Achieve Positive ROI

Connection Cafe

My recent paper, Remarkably Outstanding Implementation: The Foundation for Positive ROI with Target Analytics , is now available.

Succession Strategy: Mapping the Next Generation of Leadership

NonProfit Hub

I always find it a little funny when I hear someone say, “The future is now.”. My immediate thought tends to be, “ But what does that even mean?” Frankly, it sounds like somebody is trying to be a little too philosophical.

How To Facilitate Leadership Development In Your Nonprofit As Part of Doing the Work

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Register now! One of the biggest challenges that many nonprofits face is the finding time and resources for professional development activities. People are so busy doing the work that they don’t have time to go off-site to take a class or sign up for an online course.

Introducing Abbott Square Part 7: How Getting Sued Ruined My Vacation and Taught Me about Stress

Museum 2.0

This is the seventh in a series of posts on the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History ( MAH )'s development of Abbott Square , a new creative community plaza in downtown Santa Cruz. My husband and I had just come back from a glorious four-day trek through the Pasayten wilderness in the fall of 2015.

What’s Really Driving the Increase in Online Giving?

Connection Cafe

If you’re like most nonprofits and charitable organizations you’re seeing growth in online giving. How fast is your online giving growing? Maybe 25% or more? The latest figures from the Blackbaud Index for Canadian giving and U.S. giving both show that online giving continues to grow approximately 7% year over year, while overall giving remains relatively flat, growing only 1-3% per year. So what’s driving this increase in online giving ?

How to Promote a Cause on Facebook

SocialFish

The integration of social media in marketing has changed the game forever. Pushing a more socialized agenda by allowing for greater user participation is doing wonders for cause promotion, in particular.

24 Must-Watch Webinars for Nonprofit Professionals

Wild Apricot Blog

Here's a handy list of the top free nonprofit webinars sorted into categories like marketing, finance, and fundraising

Annual M&R Benchmarks Study Released

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Introducing Abbott Square Part 6: Two Prioritization Techniques We Used to Negotiate a Great Lease

Museum 2.0

This is the sixth in a series of posts on the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History ( MAH )'s development of Abbott Square , a new creative community plaza in downtown Santa Cruz. Imagine this situation: you’re about to negotiate a long-term partnership for a massive expansion project.

How To Video Series: How Do I Know If My Video Is Any Good?

SocialFish

I was part of a team that filmed a series of short how-to videos with 5:00 Films & Media as they prep for their first #MMCCon. I’ll be posting a few of the videos for you here in the run up to the conference – because these guys are awesome and they really know their stuff. Enjoy!

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How to Protect Yourself from the New ISP Law

Tech Soup Blog

On April 3, 2017, President Trump signed into law a bill that compromises consumers ' Internet privacy. Take a look at what this means for you as an Internet user and how you can protect yourself from these new rules. What Is the New Law?

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3 Marketing Best Practices that are Painfully Obvious to Brain Scientists

John Haydon

In the constantly changing world of social media, marketing automation, and content, marketing best practices are often the one thing you can rely on. Especially if those best practices are solidly grounded in brain science.

Tips to Motivate Your Volunteers and Keep Them Coming Back

NonProfit Hub

Sponsored by Reward Volunteers. Finding a good volunteer is like finding buried treasure. It’s not always so easy to get to where X marks the spot, but it’s certainly worth the work. Volunteers are valuable in themselves, but keep in mind that a committed volunteer could mean a committed donor, too!

When Foundations Collaborate to Solve the World’s Problems

Connection Cafe

This week, Council on Foundations ’ (CoF) annual conference is underway in Dallas, with an agenda focused on a timely theme: leading together. As foundation leaders from across the country gather to share ideas and talk about the future, I’ve been thinking about the concept of leadership.

Latest Association & Nonprofit Jobs – April 12

SocialFish

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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Common Pitfalls of Using Managed IT Services

Tech Soup Blog

Utilizing managed IT services (also called IT outsourcing) can be great for a small to medium-size business, but it does come with some risks. It's important to understand some common pitfalls when using managed IT service providers (MSPs).

26 Free Nonprofit Webinars for May 2017

Wild Apricot Blog

Every month we compile the largest list of free nonprofit webinars. Here are 26 for May 2017. webinars

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Advance Your Nonprofit’s Digital Strategy to the Next Level

Frogloop

We have some exciting news for you. Care2, hjc, NTEN, and Resource Alliance have just released the 2017 Digital Outlook Report. The report contains data collected from 530 nonprofit professionals in more than 20 countries.

Four Trends to Follow at AFP’s 2017 International Fundraising Conference

Connection Cafe

This year’s AFP fundraising conference is all about disruption. How are the rules of philanthropy changing, and what does that mean for fundraisers and the supporters they’re accountable to?

Know Your Culture, Show Your Culture: The Authenticity Project #MMCon

SocialFish

Powerful video requires authenticity. Authenticity is rooted in alignment between your internal culture and your external communications. It’s not about being cool , but about being what’s core to you and your organization. And then, about being able to talk about it in a trustworthy way.

Nonprofits, Get Your License to Design!

Tech Soup Blog

Go from zero to 60 — or at least gather enough speed to get on the highway entrance — with our Design for Nondesigner course series. Get your design driver's license by taking a few of TechSoup's online design courses.

Why Leaving Volunteer Management May Be the Best Thing for the Profession

Wild Apricot Blog

As a long-time volunteer manager, Elisa Kosarin has seen many colleagues move up and out of volunteer engagement, but she suggests not lament them. They’re the ones who will elevate the profession. volunteer management

7 Best Practices to Create a High-Traffic Campaign Website

NonProfit Hub

Recently, there’s been a notable uptick in the number of campaign websites being built and shared (likely due to something that happened last year ).

Using Nonprofit Data to Find Your Next Major Donor

Connection Cafe

Relationship building with donors is an art. But we also know that there is a science to donor segmentation and the use of analytics.

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How-To Video Series: Can I DIY My Video?

SocialFish

I was part of a team that filmed a series of short how-to videos with 5:00 Films & Media as they prep for their first #MMCCon. I’ll be posting a few of the videos for you here in the run up to the conference. Enjoy!

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