Nonprofit Blogging: Goals, Strategy and Tactics to Crush it


A post by Chris Brogan on “ Strategic Blogging and Some Tactics to Nail It ” for business got me thinking about how nonprofits could benefit from a full fledged blogging strategy. A well implemented blog with a solid strategy behind it can be an incredible tool to help you connect with supporters on the web. Let’s look at some goals, questions, strategy and tactics to get you started

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4 Keys to Building a Successful Nonprofit Web Site


It’s been an exciting endeavor and given us a lot of insight into using social media for nonprofits and fundraising! We recently launched a new blog here at Blackbaud Internet Solutions. Our main goal is to help you learn how to leverage our technology and the tools that make up social media. With that in mind I’d like to share 4 Keys to Building a Successful Web Site based on similar tactics we’ve deployed on this blog

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Tips to Strengthen Your Email Campaigns


Our own Allison Van Diest had the opportunity to lead a session at the DMA Nonprofit Federation's 2009 New York Nonprofit Conference entitled "The Right Message: Making the Most of E-mail Marketing in a Down Economy" where she shared best practices for creating strong email positioning and message architecture

Nonprofits and Social Media: Seth Godin, Beth Kanter and The Chronicle of Philanthropy All Chime In


Godin says that nonprofits are resistant to change and slow to adopt social media as well as the free online tools available to them. Do you know who Seth Godin is? If not, make sure to check out his blog and what Wikipedia has to say about him. You might be thinking to your self, “Why is Frank asking me this?” The reason is simple really; I want to call your attention to a conversation going on in the online world based on a post by Godin ( The problem with non ).

Active, Advanced or Averse - Nonprofit Change & Social Media

Connection Cafe

The crux of his post: nonprofit organizations haven’t bothered to “to show up in a big way” in new marketing and communications efforts – namely social media from fear of change. link] ” via @ sharestrength (a nonprofit I might add). Author: Jordan Viator.

A Challenging Economy = More Donations


Nonprofits have a unique advantage in a bad economy: People VOLUNTEER their time to help these organizations further their cause. No other area of business has that unique strength, and that is the focal point of creative fundraising. There is another old adage that we might want to consider: “Time is Money” – so do Volunteers = Donations? If we throw-back to our Physics class, make some substitutions, and show our work, we might come up with something like this

Best Campaigns of 2009


In 2009 their campaigns made me laugh or helped me channel my frustration over injustices into action. Here’s my list of the best websites and online campaigns from 2009. In 2009, Charity:Water raised over $650K via social media, said Scott Harrison back in late September.

2009 NTC Preview: Laura Quinn on Open Source Content Management


Ask anyone in the nonprofit technology community about Content Management Systems, and they're likely to mention one of the following: Drupal. I spoke with her about her session at the 2009 NTC , " Comparing Open Source CMSs: Joomla, Drupal, and Plone ", and why CMS seems to be the area where open source has really taken off in the sector: . If there's one thing I've learned in my 6+ years at NTEN, it's that people love to hate their web sites.

Socially enabling your mission – how nonprofits can benefit from online communities

Connection Cafe

It was clear from the webinar that the natural progression of online technology and the best practices has progressed greatly over the past 18-24 months and that the nonprofit community has more opportunity than ever to recruit new supporters, raise more money and empower constituents to take action using social media like online communities. 1% of nonprofit community users are super users and contributors.

2009 NTC Preview: Dahna Goldstein and Bev Magda on Managing Change


Dahna Goldstein Bev Magda I used to do technology consulting with nonprofits, and I found that the work was about 10% technology, 90% psychology. Of course, knowing that isn't enough: Anyone who's engaged in implementing technology projects at nonprofits needs a whole slew of tools to help navigate the change management waters. The best software in the world won't do an organization any good if they can't get their staff to use it.


Volunteering: Making the Connection

Connection Cafe

Going out and volunteering my time with a nonprofit gives me the opportunity to live a day in their shoes and see life from their perspective. The sense of connection I get by trying to see things from a nonprofit point of view inspires and movitates me.

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10 Tips for Managing Social Media Burnout

Nonprofit Tech for Good

My chosen profession requires complete dedication to social media and not everyone is as extreme as I was/am, but as social media continues to penetrate the nonprofit sector, more and more nonprofit staff and interns will experience social media burnout. It’s the one profile where I can be myself… not a Nonprofit Tech 2.0 I do use the Nonprofit Organizations Facebook Page for work. Six months ago I came pretty close to complete social media burnout.

Creating Your Organization's Social Media Strategy Map

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I've also been looking at examples from the corporate sector like the POST method from Forrester and thinking about adaptions for nonprofit. Beth Kanter, “ Ten Free Resources for Social Media Audience Research for Nonprofits.

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What are the most effective ways Nonprofits/Foundations can use Twitter #hashtags?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Nonprofit Use #1: Events and Conferences Since those early days, hashtags have been used in different ways by nonprofits. The Nonprofit Technology community has used a special tag, nptech, created by Marnie Webb in 2004. What other uses of hashtags by nonprofits are there?

HOW TO: Use Twitter Lists to Promote Nonprofits and Causes You Care About

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Twitter’s new Lists are a great way to organize your followers, and with a little intention and a dose of good will, Twitter Lists can also be used to promote your favorite nonprofits and the causes you care about. Here’s how: 1) Create a “Favorite Nonprofits&# List. Create a Twitter List of your favorite nonprofits to tell Twitterverse what issues you think are most important and deserve attention.

2011 Online Giving Trends and 5 Tactics Your Nonprofit Must Implement Today


We recently released the most comprehensive analysis of online giving trends in the nonprofit sector. Every nonprofit sector has seen double-digit online fundraising growth since 2009. >> 5 Tactics Your Nonprofit Must Implement Today.

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Is your Nonprofit too Social Media Dependent?


What would happen to your nonprofit’s outreach work if Facebook or Twitter shut down? world and nonprofit’s wanting to carve out their space in it, it’s important that we: 1) Spend some time (not all of it) capturing people’s basic contact information (name, state, and email address at the very least) as part of your social networking strategy. Since you don’t own the data, you wouldn’t be able to salvage it. With all the buzz of the Web 2.0

Top 4 Online Fundraising Tactics Your Nonprofit Can’t Live Without


Download the complete 2011 Online Fundraising Report to learn more about the 13% YoY growth, double-digit growth since 2009 and the top reasons your nonprofit should invest in its online fundraising program. Is it easy for a website visitor to find ways to support my nonprofits work?

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10 Things Every Nonprofit Should Know About Social Media and Online Communications - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


frogloop Home frogloop Home Receive monthly updates Subscribe to our RSS feed Follow frogloop on Twitter Most Popular Posts Social Network ROI Calculator Social Networking for Nonprofits: ROI, Tracking Tools and More "While Theyre Hot!" April 28, 2009 | Joanna M.

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Are Nonprofits Raising Money Via Social Networks?


The 2011 Nonprofit Social Network Benchmark Report provides some incredible data on how 11K+ nonprofits are using social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and others. Are nonprofits raising any money on social networks? LinkedIn is used by 1 in 3 nonprofits.

2009 Nonprofit Tagline Awards

Amy Sample Ward

Your nonprofit or foundation could be one of this year’s Getting Attention Nonprofit Tagline Award winners! It’s one of your most effective marketing tools, but the 2008 survey showed that 72% of nonprofit organizations don’t have a tagline or rate theirs as performing poorly. I’m trying to change that with this annual award program, highlighting the best in nonprofit taglines.

2009 NTC Preview: Dottie Hodges and Stephen Love on Website Usability


Jakob Nielson released a study last week suggesting that nonprofits are leaving half of their potential online donations on the table because of simple usability issues. You don't have to be a die-hard Nielson fan to know that usability -- the ease with which your stakeholders can find what they need -- is an issue for most nonprofits. .

Net2 Think Tank: January’s Predictions for 2009

Amy Sample Ward

Topic: This month, your Net2 Think Tank topic asks, “What do you think will be the big changes, new technologies, hot applications, or successful campaigns of 2009?” 2009 Web Predictions , by ReadWriteWeb. Top Internet Predictions for 2009 , by Social Computing Magazine.

Present with me at the NTC!

Connection Cafe

I'm honored to contribute because the NTC ( NTEN's annual get together) is the conference to attend for anyone working in the technology field for nonprofits. I've been asked to lead a session at this year's NTC conference in San Francisco (April 26-28). Having attending 6 or 7 now it's definitely an event I look forward to and highly recommend. If your organization is pinching pennies these days but you'd like to go, check out the scholarship program to help send qualified 501c3 staff.

Time Management Tips for Nonprofit Techies and Social Media Strategists

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I would love it Steve, if you were to write a resource rich post about the art and science of using LinkedIn - not only to build your career, but as a professional networking tool on behalf of your nonprofit organization.

5 Good Nonprofit Infographics

NonProfit Trends

All Blackbaud Blogs Contact Us About Nonprofit Trends Books Research Reports Speaking 5 Good Nonprofit Infographics Posted by Steve MacLaughlin on April 12th, 2011 Who doesn’t love a good infographic? Here are five good nonprofit infographics worth looking at. Nonprofit Economy NPQ’s Illustrated Nonprofit Economy explores the financing of the nonprofit sector.

13 of the Best Nonprofit Videos from the Last 13 Years

Nonprofit Tech for Good

YouTube launched almost 13 years ago on February 14, 2005 and you got to give credit to the early adopter nonprofits active on YouTube in its early years. The videos below are a snapshot of the history of nonprofits using video.

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10 Things Every Nonprofit Should Know About Social Media and Online Communications


Let’s get down to my top 10 list of things every nonprofit should know about social media and online communications. Nonprofit Benchmark Studies Online Marketing Social Networking Trends Web 2.0Last week I spoke on a couple of great panels at the Politics Online Conference about technology, social media and how Congress is trying to adapt to the ever-changing world wide web aka the “series of tubes&# as former Senator Ted Stevens so hilariously described it.

Craigslist Foundation Bootcamp 2009

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Enjoyed my day in Berkeley yesterday at the Craigslist Foundation Bootcamp 2009. They had more than 1000 folks show up to talk about service, nonprofits and social action. I thought Arianna Huffington did a good job as the opening keynoter hitting on the service theme.

January Net2 Think Tank: Predictions for 2009

Amy Sample Ward

This month’s Net2 Think Tank question was, “What do you think will be the big changes, new technologies, hot applications, or successful campaigns of 2009?” Take a look at the posts below—many great conversation starters to get you thinking and buzzing about what 2009 will bring. Check out the predictions for 2009 from NetSquared community members: Channing’s predictions cover a wide range of areas from cell phones saving lives to our boards going online.

Need Some Inspiration To Video Blog? Look no further.

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It is the camera that many nonprofits are using to tell their story because they're easy to use and inexpensive (they product giveaway program too). Video Guides for Nonprofits. It's one of the better guides out there for nonprofits.

Scanning for Good: 5 Reasons QR Codes Are a Safe Option for Nonprofits


At last year’s Blackbaud Conference for Nonprofits, Allison Nassour and I presented to a full room on the topic of QR codes. We were thrilled that so many people wanted to learn more about them, but also surprised at how many were already using them at their nonprofits.

2009 eCampaigning Review Released

Amy Sample Ward

I also referenced the report in my latest presentation slides about social media use by individuals in nonprofit organizations.). As I announced recently , Advocacy Online and Fairsay have jointly produced a benchmark report to examine key e-campaigning performance measures. The benchmark data is derived from the activity of over 2 million supporters from 50 campaigning organisations in the UK, Canada, and several other countries.

New Study Monitors Dramatically Transforming Donor Behavior

Connection Cafe

Some of the most significant disruptors to the sector over the last decade include: While the value of individual giving in the United States increased about 3.4% (adjusted for inflation) in the decade from 2003 to 2013, the number of public nonprofits increased 23.4%

Consumers Guide to Low Cost Donor Management Systems

Robert Weiner

It includes a high-level overview of common features, comparisons and summaries of the systems they reviewed, recommendations for which systems might be suited to a variety of nonprofit scenarios, and a directory of consultants who can help you select a database. Some of the solutions they reviewed are available discounted our donated for nonprofits and public libraries via TechSoup Stock including: eTapestry , Telosa products, and GiftWorks.

2009 Member Appreciation: Daily Member Prize Winner for 11/17


With all the buzz about Twitter and Facebook Causes over the last year, I feel like the focus on Second Life for nonprofit organizations and causes has diminished a bit. Tags: member appreciation nonprofit technology NTEN second life

Silos Culture Inside the Walls of Nonprofits Prevent Effective Social Media Use

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This week I had an amazing private email thread with someone who works as a development professional at a well-established nonprofit institution. I am a nonprofit development professional. Does this sound like you and your nonprofit organization? Flickr Photo by Eqqman.

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2009 GreatNonprofits Youth Thrive Awards

Amy Sample Ward

The 2009 GreatNonprofits Youth Thrive Awards will recognize the top-rated youth-focused nonprofits. The contest asks clients, donors, volunteers, and board members to write reviews of these nonprofits. Reviews show the real human impact of a nonprofits and raise the visibility and credibility of those organizations,” says GreatNonprofits CEO Perla Ni. This will help highly-rated nonprofits attract more support and volunteers.”.

New SSIR Post: Will 2009 Bring Social Learning Spaces to Life?

Amy Sample Ward

2009 will, undoubtedly, bring us more to fill the social media bucket, new places to explore, tools to try, and things to consider. In 2009, I’d like to see groups recognizing the power of social media tools to create sustainable social learning spaces. Tags: sociallearningspaces socialmediaspaces 2009 predictions otherblogs issues cultureshift socialmedia nonprofits

25 Largest Online Fundraising Nonprofits in 2010 | Nonprofit.

NonProfit Trends

All Blackbaud Blogs Contact Us About Nonprofit Trends Books Research Reports Speaking 25 Largest Online Fundraising Nonprofits in 2010 Posted by Steve MacLaughlin on May 10th, 2011 The Chronicle of Philanthropy is not only a great publication, but they also publish some excellent research about online fundraising trends. For several years now they have gathered giving data from some of the largest nonprofit organizations.

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