Blackbaud Headed to SXSWi 2011


Blackbaud @ SXSW 2011. South by South West Interactive 2011 is upon us. Her second book, exploring how causes can excel using Twitter, comes out in the summer of 2011. He led the company’s 2011 video initiatives with the World Economic Forum and United Nations Foundation.

2011 Non-profit Social Networking Survey


There’s always great information in the newsletter, but this time around I’m particularly excited because the focus is social networking for non-profits (something that, if you read this blog regularly, you know I’m very passionate about) and the 2011 Social Networking Survey.

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My Three Words for 2011: Seek, Sense, and Share

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

My Three Words for 2011 inspired by Harold Jarche's Networked Learning Model. As far as geekery topics, I’m particularly excited to explore some of the new tools for coping with the ever expanding information on social networks and mobile.

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Money for Good Study: Sharing Information About Your Org’s Results Can Attract More Donors

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

MFGII summary findings Nov 2011. The findings suggest that if nonprofits are more transparent in sharing information about their results online that they could attract more donors. MFGII summary findings Nov 2011 View more presentations from GuideStar USA, Inc.

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Quick Reflections from Social Innovation Summit 2011

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

We have a ten step drafting process, with stage 10 being perfection. We have a visual chart that shows us the stage of each draft – so when we reached 80% milestone, my reward was to attend the afternoon sessions of the Social Innovation Summit 2011. I’ve been heads down working on my next book about measurement and networked nonprofit s with KD Paine and our editor, Bill Paarlberg , sprinting towards our deadline.

What is your nonprofit supporter’s decision journey in age of information overload?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

But we know the media landscape has changed dramatically over the past decade and now we’re faced with so many choices and too much information as Steve Rubel points out in this presentation. . Source: HBR = Branding in a Digital Age.

Millennial Donor Summit 2011: Online conference connecting you with research, case studies and trends

Amy Sample Ward

Mark your calendars for next month’s 2011 Millennial Donoar Summit and rejoice in the fact that you don’t have to book a flight or hotel! That’s right, June 22, 2011, you can join in the sessions, discussions and more all from the comfort of your own computer.

What’s Mobile have to do with Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Events? Answer: 1.43%


Here is what we found: We hope this information adds to the collective understanding that: Donors will give in ways that are most convenient for them. and how they want to access information and interact online. Looking for additional resources like this?

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Raise More By Avoiding “One Size Fits All” Email Appeals


So, utilize all that great information in your database to deliver the right email message to the right audience. Ever buy something that’s “one size fits all?” Maybe a hat or pair of gloves? It usually doesn’t work out so well. The same is true with your holiday email appeals.

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Giving USA 2011 Report

NonProfit Trends

The Giving USA Foundation and its research partner, the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University , has released Giving USA 2011: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the year 2010. Below are some key findings and information from the 56th annual report.

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Live blogging from the 2011 Millennial Donor Summit: Successfully Going Mobile

Amy Sample Ward

Today, I’m live blogging a few sessions from the 2011 Millennial Donor Summit. Millennials want basic information and tools for action. Take the most important, relevant, action-oriented information and put it on the mobile version.

Live blogging from the 2011 Millennial Donor Summit: Exploring the Latest Millennial Research

Amy Sample Ward

Today, I’m live blogging a few sessions from the 2011 Millennial Donor Summit. 70% said trust was in understanding financial information and how their donation would be used. 56% want information about fundraising events and about activities for your professionals.

Social Media Best Practices: 12 Tips for Making the Best of Any Social Site


So make sure to take advantage of all the profile space you have by adding a picture, putting up information about your organization, providing links back to your website and so on. Pump out useful information and content.

Libraries: The Oldest New Frontier for Innovation

Amy Sample Ward

Why focus on that instead of content, or knowledge or information or anything else? In an organization, when someone leaves, that knowledge is lost, but with a community it is shared so constantly and knowledge sharing is built into the way communities operate, that it is harder for information to disappear. Your capacity for change and the opportunities to collaborate are visible through open communication and public information.

Encouraging Grantmakers to Spread Technology Information


Thus, if information passed to foundations would generally find its way to nonprofits, we could dramatically increase the amount of information and resources that nonprofits have at their disposal. Most foundations, however, are aware of TechSoup – many just haven’t thought about, or aren’t comfortable with, the idea of passing the information on to their grantees. In fact, most funders, in our experience, don't pass on information to grantees.

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The Power of Social Fundraising and Friends Asking Friends [INFOGRAPHIC]


Looking for more information on the above data? Register for our Social Fundraising Newsletter and immediately get access to the full reports used to construct this INFOGRAPHIC.

4 Critical Components to Your Nonprofits Email Marketing Strategy


There are very well established best practices, standard metrics that are tracked, widely accepted and proven statistical data to measure your effectiveness by and countless bits of information on the web to teach us how to do email marketing and communication well.

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Using Social Media Increases Fundraising by 40% [Study]


So what should you do with information like this? Do you know how many of your supporters use popular social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube? 42.3% of the entire American population use Facebook. Twitter has over 16 million users.

Case Study from Stories of Our City: Using Qriously to get feedback from the world

Amy Sample Ward

I’m really excited to share her guest post below where she documents some of the questions they asked and how they interpret the feedback to inform their work and programs. case studies mobile data feedback information qriously questions research survey

5 Web Reports Every Nonprofit Should Know


I’m sure I’m not alone in my ability to spend hours upon hours sifting thru web analytical data and exploring all the amazing information amassed, working to decipher what it all means.

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Gaming for Good, Joel Bartlett and the Super Chick Sisters


People may search for “Cooking Mama&# and then find our parody, Cooking Mama, the Unauthorized PETA Edition: Mama Kills Animals, where they are exposed to information about raising and killing animals for food.

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10 Ways Your Nonprofit Can Use Twitter


Use Twitter to make new announcements, link to press releases and share other important news you want to both inform your community about, and get the larger word out on.

Why I’m Scared of the SOPA bill

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Because, if we make software that promises to keep your life or death sensitive information secret to the best of our abilities, we won’t build a back door in for Syria, or China, or the U.S. Unfortunately, safeguarding human rights information can’t be distinguished from piracy, if the contents are encrypted. Benetech, is a leading nonprofit organization based in Silicon Valley. We write software for people with disabilities as well as human rights and environmental groups.

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20 Tips for Nonprofits Using Twitter


Vice President, Information Technology, YMCA of San Diego County | Follow @johnmerritt. Vice President, Information Technology, YMCA of San Diego County | Follow @johnmerritt.

Live blogging from the 2011 Millennial Donor Summit: The Generational Divide (Panel Discussion)

Amy Sample Ward

Today, I’m live blogging a few sessions from the 2011 Millennial Donor Summit. And it creates informal and formal opportunities for mentorship. This panel discussion focuses on the generational divide, with the following panelists: Wendy Harman and Suzy DeFrancis, American Red Cross.

Is the Future of Social Media Much Different for Non-profits?


I suspect you’ll find the information very interesting. Do you plan on increasing your budget for social media efforts in 2011? What are the major focuses of your social media strategy in 2011? What’s your 2011 social media budget?

9 Social Media for Social Good Sites You Should know About


The core benefit of Jumo is it’s ability to surface news and information about the causes and charities you support in a central location. —. If you haven’t already, please consider subscribing via RSS or eMail to receive fresh content on a regular basis. —.

Blackbaud Index for August 2011

NonProfit Trends

The Blackbaud Index of Charitable Giving and The Blackbaud Index of Online Giving provide fundraisers with up-to-date data on fundraising trends and to couple that information with valuable analysis by leaders in the sector.

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Long Term Success with Social Media


Changeblogger Kristen Parrinello wrote about the final chapter’s topic in her review: “I have yet to find this information anywhere else, and it is an extremely important chapter as we need to learn new ways to stand apart from the crowd.&#.

The Big 3: SEO, Email and Social


A few things to consider when it comes to running an effective program: Make sure your website has a clear way for people to opt-in to receive emails from you and don’t ask people for a lot of information to sign up. Building your online presence can be difficult.

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Facebook Subscriptions: 8 Reasons Why Your Nonprofit Should Pay Attention


The key to Facebook Subscriptions is that you can now have staff members share information in the public timeline (not just to their friends) via their personal profiles that anyone who has “subscribed&# to can see.

The Power of Information: New Technologies for Philanthropy and Development

Amy Sample Ward

Date : September 15, 2011. Description : The Indigo Trust and Institute for Philanthropy, working closely with The Omidyar Network will convene this conference on how the developing world is using information technology to improve social outcomes. Our aim is to help philanthropists and the donor community understand what information and communications technology can do to improve philanthropic interventions across all sectors in the developed and developing world.

How non-profits become experts at Social Branding

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It will be led by Simon, author the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Amazon bestseller, We First: How brands and consumers use social media to build a better world (named Best marketing Book of 2011 by strategy+business). For information and to register, visit:

Using Twitter to Build a Community and Recruit Volunteers

Amy Sample Ward

Last week, I had the opportunity to present at the 2011 Volunteer Management for Nonprofits Conference here in New York.

Three Ingredients for Successful Year-End Fundraising


Be sure and also provide clear donation information with options for different types of donations – one time, recurring, etc. Guest post by the one and only Allyson Kapin - co-founder of Rad Campaign and blogger at frogloop – Care2′s nonprofit marketing blog.

Turning Fundraising into a Game: Groupon, Zynga and Care2 do it, Why Don’t You?


Looking for information on increasing peer-t0-peer event fundraising revenue? Looking for additional resources like this? Register for our Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Events Newsletter and get a monthly dose of quality content.

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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? Especially when they help reveal a lot of information in a visual format. 2011 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study A visual version of the 2011 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study by M+R Strategic Services and NTEN.

Content Curation Primer

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The work involves sifting, sorting, arranging, and publishing information. But, with so much information available and coming at us from many sources, we often don’t know if it’s the right information or if it’s current. Photo by Stuck in Customs. What is Content Curation?

7 Tips To Help You Focus In Age of Distraction: Are You Content Fried!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This morning I learned a new word for information overload – “content fried” from a colleague at the Packard Foundation. It resonated. We have so much content in our professional lives. Mindmap by Jane Genovese.

Blackbaud Index for February 2011

NonProfit Trends

All Blackbaud Blogs Contact Us About Nonprofit Trends Books Research Reports Speaking Blackbaud Index for February 2011 Posted by Steve MacLaughlin on April 15th, 2011 The Blackbaud Index of Charitable Giving and The Blackbaud Index of Online Giving provide fundraisers with up-to-date data on fundraising trends and to couple that information with valuable analysis by leaders in the sector.