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Small, But Mighty: A Resource for Small Nonprofit Leaders

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Note from Beth: I’m honored to be a member of the Leap Ambassadors Community , a group of people in the nonprofit sector who care deeply about high performance.

Twitter for Nonprofits in 2018: Rebirth or Retire?

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The past year, Twitter has been widely criticized for its role in spreading misinformation , being a Petri dish for hate speech , and how it approaches world leaders use of the platform.

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6 Tips for Nonprofits to Combat Digital Distraction and Improve Productivity

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Image Source: 7able. On Feb. 13th, I’ll be doing a FREE Webinar for nonprofits hosted by Salesforce Foundation on “ Combatting Digital Distraction and Technology Wellness in the Nonprofit Workplace.” ” Come join me. . Ever hear of something called “ Nomophobia ?

Your Nonprofit’s Culture: By Design or by Default?

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Note from Beth: In my book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout, we discuss how to create a culture of wellbeing to encourage self-care. Jay Wilkinson, CEO of Firespring , shares some thoughts on building the right culture of for your nonprofit.

The Bots are Here: Leading With Our Humanity in the Age of Automation

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The Bots are Here: Leading With Our Humanity in the Age of Automation by Allison Fine and Beth Kanter. What nonprofits need to do to make sure that they are in charge of the bots, not the other way around.

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Nonprofit Book Review: Social Startup Success – A Must Read for 2018

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One of my favorite activities is to do a networking walk on The Dish trail, a five mile somewhat challenging hike adjacent to the Stanford University campus, a location where Silicon Valley start up entrepreneurs have famously walked and made deals or come up with great ideas.

Facebook Announces Overhaul of Newsfeed: What Does It Mean for Nonprofits?

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Yesterday was my birthday. And the one great thing about social media, particularly Facebook, is that you get to hear from many people wishing you a happy day because the platform alerts them. This year I had a tsunami of birthday wishes.

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A Few Thoughts About Nonprofits and Digital Transformation in 2018

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Over the past year, I have felt less optimistic than ever about the power of connectivity and networks for social good. And, if the truth be told, almost to the point of wanting to crawl up on a fetal position and never another look at a screen again.

AI and Nonprofits: Will Bots Make Transition from Functional to Friendship?

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The next disruptive technology phase is already upon here and it includes a technology designed to emulate human conversation – chatbots programmed with artificial intelligence.

3 Design Thinking Facilitation Resources for Nonprofits

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Almost four years ago, I wrote my experience as a participant n a design-thinking lab to give input on a digital strategy for a philanthropy. The design lab was facilitated by Pete Maher, founder of Luma Institute.

4 Signs You Are A Burned Out Nonprofit Fundraiser

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You’ve smiled through back-to-back-to-back-to-back meetings with donors and your best donor prospect just cancelled on you, and now you’ve got to finish that grant report before you can go home.

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Does Your Nonprofit Suffer from Fire Drill Culture?

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Flickr Photo by Gavin St. Last week, I was honored to do several workshops hosted by the Fund for Santa Barbara on how nonprofits can link a culture of well being to outcomes based on my book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.

5 Ways Nonprofit Facebook Messenger Bots Can Deliver Impact

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My conversation with the Albert Einstein Bot.

Trainer’s Notebook: A Great Training Starts with A Great Icebreaker

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During the summer, I’ve been designing workshops based on The Happy Healthy Nonprofit and Emerging Leaders Playbook. A great training always start with a great opening or icebreaker. Icebreakers are discussion questions or activities used to help participants relax.

Holiday Vacation Exit Strategy: How To Take A Break

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The holidays are almost here. It should be a time where nonprofits and their hard working employees welcome some much needed downtime. Vu Lee in a recent guest post on the Guidestar blog has issued a call to inaction suggesting that nonprofits should give the week off to staff.

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Do Capacity Building Programs Help Nonprofits Achieve Better Results?

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Note from Beth: My long-time colleague, Teresa Crawford, Executive Director, Social Sector Accelerator, shares some thoughts about nonprofit capacity building programs based on extensive research. Her answer to the question about capacity building programs leading to better impact will surprise you.

How To Focus When You Work in An Open Office Space

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In the Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout , my co-author Aliza Sherman and I share a framework to think more broadly about creating a culture of wellbeing in the workplace.

One Simple Tip To Increase Your Productivity at Your Nonprofit Job

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Sarah Cooper – 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings. I’ve been enjoying The Cooper Review , the satirical blog of Sarah Cooper that features weekly original articles, videos and cartoons on workplace humor.

6 Insights The Sharing Economy Tells Us About The Future Of Fundraising

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Note from Beth: December is a time when start to reflect on the past year and future online trends for fundraising.

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Happy Giving Tuesday: How Board Members Participate

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Before I take you behind the scenes of our NTEN board fundraiser for Giving Tuesday , let me ask you to consider to a donation of any size to support NTEN and the Nonprofit Technology Conference Scholarship campaign.

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The Key to Great Year-End Fundraising? Your Brand.

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Flickr photo by Mallix. Note from Beth: We are in the “dog days of summer,” that quiet time of year when a lot of people are on vacation and we might catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower lighting up the night skies.

One Simple Tip To Shift Your Nonprofit’s Workplace Culture from Outrage to Well Being

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We’ve just finished two weeks on the road of book events for my new book, Happy Healthy Nonprofit , co-authored with Aliza Sherman. During many of the Q/A sessions, we heard from many nonprofit professionals who were feeling impact of a perpetual cycle of outrage.

Break Your Mobile Phone Addiction: There’s An App for That and More

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Having trouble getting that mobile phone out of your hands and checking it when you need to focus on work? There’s an app that can help you break your mobile phone addiction and it makes it fun. The app is called Forest that turns putting down your phone into a game. Here’s how it works.

How Nonprofit Leaders Create An Authentic Personal Brand on Intsagram

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Instagram, the popular Millennial photo sharing site, is gaining traction with world leaders, government leaders and nonprofit executive directors.

What’s Your Personal Craziness Index? Identify, Take Action, and Avoid Nonprofit Burnout

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In my newest book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout , the first half of the book addresses how nonprofit professionals can assess and become more self-aware about the symptoms of burnout and begin to practice self-care to avoid burnout.

Nonprofits in the Autonomous World: Will the Bots Take Over?

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Click to Check Out Beth Bot. What is the “autonomous world?” As Jeremiah Owyang , founder of Crowd Companies , describes it as drones, robots, chat bots, and AI. He should know, having tracked and observed the disruption caused by online technology over the past decade.

Book Review: Engine of Impact – Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector

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Last week I attended the launch of the book, Engine of Impact: Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector by William F. Meehan III and Kim Starkey Jonker, with a Foreword by Jim Collins.

Trainer’s Notebook: The Importance of Hands-On Learning

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For the past five years, I’ve been an adjunct professor at Middlebury College in Monterey teaching a graduate course called “ Networked International Organizations ” for students pursuing an advanced degree in International Development.

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Step-by-Step Guide: Nonprofit Walking Meetings

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Earlier this week, I was honored to do a webinar for Soapbox Engage about self-care and bringing a culture of wellbeing into the nonprofit workplace based on The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.

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Tech Wellness in the Nonprofit Workplace: Tips for Avoiding Collaborative Overload

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I’m thrilled to be doing a session with Aisha Moore and Gina Schmeling at the NTEN NTC called “ Technology Wellness in the Nonprofit Workplace.” ” If you are attending the NTC, please join us.

Keeping your Nonprofit Safe and Happy Online: Dealing with Harassment

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Note from Beth: Many nonprofit social media managers are also serve as online community managers, supporting communities of their nonprofit’s fans and supporters on social media channels.

Pokemon Go and Nonprofits

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Pokemon Go , the latest installment in the best-selling Pokémon video game series, launched as a smartphone app using augmented reality. It became an overnight viral sensation and cultural phenomena. Perhaps its appeal is an escape from all the bad things that are happening the world right now.

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Do You Work for A Nonprofit That Promotes A Culture of Wellbeing in the Workplace?

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Gabriela Schneider, Chief Communications Officer at Issue One.

7 Ways to Avoid Fundraising Burnout

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Flickr Photo by Sam Livingston. Note from Beth: This week I’ve been in Finland at the invitation of the US Embassy to do trainings. On August 14th, I’m doing a FREE webinar with Soapbox Engage on how to raise more money and not burnout.

Help Hurricane Harvey Victims: Where To Donate #HoustonStrong

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I watched the news reports from Texas and was horrified at the scale of this disaster. I grew up on the Jersey shore where I’ve been evacuated due to storms, but I have never seen this level of disaster. My heart goes out to the victims and I want to help.

Breaking through the Noise on Social Media: How to run a Twitter Chat That Spotlights Your Nonprofit’s Impact

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Breaking through the Noise on Social Media: How to run a Twitter Chat That Spotlights Your Nonprofit’s Impact – guest post by Neil Parekh. Every second, on average, around 6,000 tweets are posted to Twitter.

Different Ways Nonprofits Are Using Design Thinking to Solve Problems and Achieve Impact

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Note from Beth: Several years ago, I was got trained in design thinking facilitation methods using Luma and have incorporated these techniques into my consulting and training practice.

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Can You Measure the Impact of Capacity Building for Nonprofits?

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Capacity building is about improving organizational (or network) effectiveness. Capacity building includes both money (grants), consultants/technical assistance, peer learning/communities of practice, and collaboration.

Book Review: Nonprofit Storytelling in a Digital Age

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My colleague, Julia Campbell, has just published a book, “ Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits ” and was kind enough to share an advanced copy.

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The Power of Small Wins: Celebrating Your Nonprofit’s To Dones

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Working as a nonprofit consultant can sometimes feel isolating. That’s why it important to have networking opportunities to connect with professional colleagues face-to-face beyond online groups. I try to make an effort to do this regularly.