Birthing a Curriculum for Building a Community

NetWits

Every org is different and must build its community to work toward its own goals and mission. Some organizations want to raise money, some to reach a specific population more effectively, and some to expand their reach.

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100 Social Media Tactics for Nonprofits

NetWits

We created these presentations for Blackbaud’s Conference for Nonprofits , and they were inspired by the amazing work we see organizations doing everyday. Take a look, get inspired, and try some of them out at your organization! So, you have a social media plan…right?

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Is Social Media Right for Your Organization?

Connection Cafe

Social media has the power to bring your organization up in an instant (see Social Media Campaign Gives NBC’s Chuck a Fighting Chance ); it also has the power to bring you down just as fast (see Skittles Twitter campaign) if not done properly. Organizations are hearing: “You need to be on social media.” ” These are valid points, however a bit cliché, but that doesn’t mean every organization is going to, or should, execute them the same way.

How can we prepare organizational leaders to work in a networked world?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Guest blogger, Patti Anklam , author of Net Work: A Practical Guide to Creating and Sustaining Networks at Work and in the World , explores the role of organizational leadership in a network world. Photo by Eric Eugene Kim. Guest post by Patti Anklam.

Facebook is Great, but Does it Really Work for Fundraising?

NetWits

Affiliate programs, organic search traffic and even offline advertising scored higher than social. of non-profits were able to raise over 10k through Facebook in 2010. Last weeks post highlighting a few statistics from the business world seems to have resonated with readers here.

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25 Largest Online Fundraising Nonprofits in 2010 | Nonprofit.

NonProfit Trends

All Blackbaud Blogs Contact Us Blackbaud.com 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. billion online in 2010.

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Zoetica Salon Insights: Social Media Measurement for Nonprofits

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Deb Levine from ISIS shared, “Many organizations in public health area are still relying on process measures (how many visitors, how many links in, how many friends, etc.). Notes one participant, “It definitely gave us the ability to work around chicken & egg conversations.

2010 Nonprofit Social Network Benchmark Report

NTEN

The second annual Nonprofit Social Network Benchmark Report, a joint project of Common Knowledge, thePort, and NTEN, has hard data and insights on the trends surrounding social networking technology as part of nonprofit organizations' marketing, communications, fundraising, and program services.

Tips and Tricks for Microsoft Outlook 2010

Tech Soup Blog

Continuing a series of posts on tips and tricks for Microsoft Office, this month we're tackling Outlook 2010. We use Outlook across our entire nonprofit here at the TechSoup offices, and we can even use an Outlook web app to check our work email from home.

What is ERP Software for Non-Profits? | The SocialPath

Vertex Systems

Posted on December 9, 2010 by vertex | 1 Comment Enterprise Resource Planning is a complete software architecture that supports the streaming and distribution of scattered agency-wide data across all departments of the non-profit organization.

How and When Should Your Nonprofit Organization Invest in Mobile

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Nonprofit organizations are under the gun to keep up with current technology. However, many organizations are working with very limited financial resources, particularly when it comes to technology.

Tech@State – Civil Society 2.0: Reflections on Networked Nonprofits and Free Agents

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last week, I was honored to lead a “networked discussion&# about the Networked Nonprofit and working with free agents in Washington, DC at the State Department’s “ Tech@State Civil Society 2.0 &# Event. Graphic Recording by OTH Consulting.

Drive Action by Optimizing Your Online Giving Page: 6 Simple Steps

NetWits

Testimonials about how the money or work is making a difference. Information about what the mission of your organization is and how the gifts are being used.

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Social Media Monitoring in 30 Minutes or Less

NetWits

You can listen for mentions of your organization, products you sell, your executive director or a figurehead’s name, special events you are running, causes you support, campaigns you are managing, and so on. Mentions of your organization.

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Custom Facebook Landing Tabs Convert 47% of Your Visitors

NetWits

That type of conversion coupled with the fact that Facebook continues to push the limits, innovate and grow at a staggering rate (they’re over 550 million now) should convince you to at least explore creating a custom Facebook landing tab for your non-profit organization. Where’d I get 47%?

10 Blog Content Ideas for Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofit Tech for Good

That said, in addition to being a great tool to build your e-Newsletter list , if your nonprofit is regularly updating Facebook and Twitter accounts, then your organization needs to be able to produce, contribute, and distribute fresh, quality content.

Zoetica Salon Summary: A Few Good Social Media Measurement Insights

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Deb Levine from ISIS shared, “Many organizations in public health area are still relying on process measures (how many visitors, how many links in, how many friends, etc.). Notes one participant, “It definitely gave us the ability to work around chicken & egg conversations.

Ushahidi Develops Innovative Tools for Nonprofits and Others Working to Benefit the Public

Tech Soup Blog

One of TechSoup's less-known areas of work has been to support and promote the work of other tech-for-good organizations, like Ushahidi in Kenya. These folks do astonishing work. How It Works: Crowdsourcing. Creative Digital Inclusion Work.

It's About Impact NOT Influence

Frogloop

Do you think your organization has clout or Klout ? Is your organization considered a content curator? On this influencer quest, I fear that organizations are starting lose sight of the most important outcome of outreach and engagement – impact. For the nonprofit community, impact translates into results on: Donations – The money that keeps nonprofit organizations alive so that they can continue working on the world’s toughest issues every day.

The Intangible Rewards of Nonprofit Work

ASU Lodestar Center

At the 2010 retreat, we benefited from the guidance of two fantastic facilitators in Raquel Gutiérrez and Cassandra O'Neill , who asked participants to bring with them an object that represented the reason they became involved with the nonprofit sector. posted by.

My New Year’s Resolution: Balancing Solitude and Connectedness

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

RSS readers worked for us in the early phases of social media, but as more people are connected through social networks and sharing and publishing information, there is more and more information out there. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to reduce distractions.

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Crowdsourcing: Measuring the Impact of the Crowd in Funding and Doing

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’ve had the pleasure working with Diana Scearce , from Monitor Institute, who has been facilitating and weaving this network. Crowdsourcing is defined broadly as: The process of organizing many people to participate in a joint project, often in small ways. Crowdsourcing 101.

Why Apple (and their Users) Need A Charity Vetting System for iPhone Apps

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

fee for the app was a donation to the organization. Apple identifies a problem with the organization, kicks them (or their app) out of the store.

Zoetica Salon Summary: Feeding America’s Social Media Measurement Strategy

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last week, Dan Michel offered an intriguing answer to this question : “What form of social media measurement does your organization engage in; Community participation, advocacy (earned mentions, discussions), or donations ($ or time)? &#.

Is a Sub-Minimum Wage Fair to People with Disabilities? | The.

Vertex Systems

Posted on December 20, 2010 by vertex | 1 Comment We create software to help nonprofits that operate vocational rehabilitation facilities (or sheltered workshops) to handle their client payroll.

Donation Form Optimization: A new report available from Donordigital and Convio

Connection Cafe

After a series of tests on seven large US nonprofit organizations general web forms, the report concludes there is NO single approach or “best practice” that works on every donation form. Author: Jill Ward.

Just When You Thought Direct Mail Was Dead | Nonprofit Trends with.

NonProfit Trends

All Blackbaud Blogs Contact Us Blackbaud.com About Nonprofit Trends Books Research Reports Speaking Just When You Thought Direct Mail Was Dead Posted by Steve MacLaughlin on November 10th, 2010 It’s baaack! Successful organizations make channel flipping effortless and effective. According to Experian’s Direct Marketing Report 2010 , direct mail advertising represents 52% of total mail volume in the United States.

A Reflection on Networked Professional Learning

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Since I’m working on an array of subjects over the past five years, I have a lot of them in my RSS reader and Twitter lists or I find them via keyword scans.) Key skills and tools may include search on Google, social media channels, and bookmarks. Black-Crowned Night Heron.

Game Changing Strategies for Nonprofits in 2011

Frogloop

I hope that 2011 will be about getting back to basics and mastering online fundraising, that is the art and science of fundraising via an organization’s own website. I’m discouraged by the amount of time many nonprofits are spending on new tools (like Facebook and Twitter), which may or may not work for fundraising, at the expense of optimizing their own sites! Organizations must test appeals to determine which messaging works best.

Slacktivism: Why Snopes got it Wrong About Internet Petitions

Frogloop

"It is always with the best intentions that the worst work is done," observed Oscar Wilde.

The 2010 NTEN Community Survey Report: Learn More about Your Nonprofit Technology Community

NTEN

The Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) conducts an annual Community Survey to find out more about the individuals and organizations in the NTEN community. We want to find out how you , the individuals and organizations who make up this community, use technology in your work. .

The 2010 NTEN Community Survey Report: Learn More about Your Nonprofit Technology Community

NTEN

Teaser: The Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) conducts an annual Community Survey to find out more about the individuals and organizations in the NTEN community. We want to find out how you , the individuals and organizations who make up this community, use technology in your work. .

How Many Free Agents Does It Take To Change A Nonprofit Fortress?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

There has been an explosion in size of nonprofit sector over last twenty years, huge increases in donations and number of organizations, and yet needle hasn’t moved on any serious social issue. Many organizations cannot just flip a switch. Working effectively with crowds.

25 Ways to Increase Your Organization's Communication Capacity

NTEN

Nearly every organization is feeling the pull to communicate more. Quality matters, of course, but the shear quantity and frequency of communications that most organizations seek to produce has increased dramatically -- whether its blogs, tweets, commenting, web site updates, collaborations, cross posting, press releases, or good old print brochures. To stay abreast, your organization needs to maximize its capacity for communication. Tirza Hollenhorst, ifPeople.

Video Can Help Boost Donations in End-Of-The-Year Fundraising

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

We know that video can connect people to the work you do every day in a ways simple text just can’t match. So how can we put the interest in video to work for our organizations, specifically your year-end fundraising? Do they need a reintroduction to your organization or cause?

Next Book Club: Sustaining Innovation in Nonprofits and Government Organizations

Museum 2.0

After much perusing, I've selected Sustaining Innovation: Creating Nonprofit and Government Organizations that Innovate Naturally by Paul C. This book club will work like the last one. There were so many fabulous recommendations for the next Museum 2.0

Report: Rural-Based Organizations Receive Fewer Grants than Urban NPOs

NonProfit Hub

According to a report issued by the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, rural-based organizations received just 5.5 percent of the real value of domestic grants from 2005 to 2010. in 2010. In 2005, the value awarded to rural organizations was 7.5

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Should CEOs and Executive Directors Use Social Media?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In order for social media to have full impact, it needs to scale within an organization. Your organization's social media strategy should be not implemented by one lonely intern sitting in the corner of your communications and marketing department.

Technology Trends for Nonprofits in 2011

NTEN

To answer these questions and more, we at Smart Online™ used this last quarter of 2010 to try and unravel the ‘Technology Trends for Nonprofits’ in 2011. With your organization’s own personal Smartphone Application, you can reach high levels of engagement with your supporters.

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How Minnesota’s ‘Networked Nonprofits’ Raised over $10M in 1 Day!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note From Beth: Last year I covered Give to the Max Day and the impressive results. This year before the event Jeff Achen write a post sharing their strategy for 2010. This guest post discusses the results. percent said sending out email promotions worked best.