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Strategies for Powering Learning Through CRM Go-Live and Beyond

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The decision has been made. You’re switching to a new CRM solution. And, because everyone loves change and learning new technology, you aren’t anticipating any challenges when communicating this decision or providing training to impacted teams across campus. YEAH RIGHT ! .

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 124: Making Pro-Bono Volunteering Work for Your Organization

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Pro-bono volunteering can be a strategic resource for social change, benefitting companies, social good organizations and individuals. But what makes pro-bono relationships work for all partners, and how can your company or social good organization set up a pro bono program that has an impact?

Understanding the Reasons for Nonprofit Donor Churn

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When nonprofits want to pinpoint where their donors are leaving, they often look at the last thing that happened to their donor as the tipping point that got them to stop donating.

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How Small Organizations Can Be Successful with Analytics

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#GivingSkills: Doing #GivingTuesday Differently

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We’ve all heard of #GivingTuesday.

Power 2020 Higher Ed Planning with these bbcon Insights

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Last month?we?concluded? concluded? bbcon? 2019 , the premier tech gathering for organizations and change agents driving social good, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in?Nashville, Nashville, TN.?

Keeping Your Nonprofit Relevant with Engagement and Storytelling

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“But what have you done for me lately?”. While a phrase I personally find a bit crass, as a resident of New York City, I am constantly reminded however of its truth and poignancy.

4 bbcon 2019 Takeaways to Help You Maximize Your Foundation’s Impact in 2020

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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 123: Aligning Business Strategy and Purpose

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Companies are under increasing pressure to be socially conscious, if not socially active. But what’s the best way to do this authentically? How can you make sure that your purpose and your business strategies are aligned in a way that resonates with employees, customers and other stakeholders?

Is Speaking at a Conference Worth Your Time? 3 bbcon Speakers Weigh In

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Speaking at a conference might be outside your comfort zone… or maybe downright scary. Not to mention it takes time to prepare, and it isn’t mission critical. So, is it worth it? Anytime you can share your knowledge with peers, it is a win – for you, your organization, and the social good community.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 122: Ad Campaigns that Move the Needle

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Smokey Bear, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk, Keep America Beautiful, The Crash Test Dummies…the Ad Council is well known for these and many other successful public service ad campaigns.

One Thing Most Nonprofits Stink at (Donor Retention) and How You Can Change It in 2019

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Donor acquisition is all the rage, but did you know nearly 3 out of 4 new donors leave and never come back. I’d stay that’s pretty stinky, wouldn’t you? Blackbaud’s latest Charitable Giving Report sheds light on the importance of donor retention in the nonprofit industry.

3 Weeks Until #GivingTuesday! Is Your Organization Ready?

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#GivingTuesday is less than three weeks away… is your organization ready to leverage this global day of giving? From fundraising to volunteer engagement to just plain old engagement, there are many ways organizations across the social good ecosystem can participate.

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6 Tips to Know Your Nonprofit Is Ready for Skilled Volunteers

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As a nonprofit leader myself, I know how frequently social sector organizations are strapped for capacity.

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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 121: How Save the Children is Evolving to Meet New Demands

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As a 100-year-old organization, Save the Children is one of the most well-known nonprofits in the world. But as with any longstanding organization, they have needed to balance tradition with evolving to meet new challenges and needs.

Why You Should Stop Trying to Save the World

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I get it. You’re committed to making a difference in the world. You love you what you do and you’re good at it. But you struggle with finding the right balance between your work and having a fulfilling personal life.

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10 Ways to Improve Morale at Nonprofit Organizations

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How’s the morale in your office? Are your staff members excited to work together? Or are you plagued with high turnover? How your staff feel about their work affects your bottom line, as donors and volunteers are turned off by a revolving door of staff members.

Optimizing Student Prospecting Efforts with Social Listening and Influencers

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Social media can play many important roles in your student prospecting efforts— from knowing what prospective students care about to recruitment to enrollment. Learn why social listening is important and how to find and use the influencers among prospective and existing students, alumni, and parents.

Q&A with sgLEADERS: Dwight Dozier, Georgia Tech Foundation

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The “Q&A with sgLEADERS” series on sgENGAGE aims to provide readers, including the next generation of social good leaders, with valuable insights from executives across the social good community. Today’s Q&A is with Dwight D. Dozier, CIO of the Georgia Tech Foundation. He is responsible for the leadership, strategic direction and oversight of all Foundation and enterprise advancement technology solutions.

Higher Ed Trends and Learnings from the Experts at bbcon 2019

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Last month we hosted bbcon 2019 , the premier tech gathering for organizations and change agents driving social good, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in?Nashville, Nashville, TN.?

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10 Can’t-Miss Free Social Good Webinars in November 2019

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The year is quickly coming to an end, but there is still plenty of time to pack in free professional development training to help you be more successful as you finish out 2019 and start looking at 2020.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 120: Current Trends in Grassroots Advocacy

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How has grassroots advocacy changed in the past few years? And what are the current grassroots advocacy trends that your organization should be leveraging to have greater success?

5 Tips to Boost Support for Your Organization on #GivingTuesday

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#GivingTuesday has become such a powerful way for donors to connect with causes, whether in their community or a world away. As importantly, it is an effective vehicle for nonprofit organizations to increase donations during the whirlwind of the holidays.

4 Characteristics of High Impact Philanthropy

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High impact philanthropy. It sounds nice, like the right goal for every funder looking to make a serious difference. Not everyone has the same criteria for success, however.

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Donor Engagement: Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

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We’ve all heard the saying “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” Have you ever tried? It’s a myth. You sure can! New forms of games or play can actually provide more happiness and longevity in a dog’s later years.

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Turnover Troubles?

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It’s no secret that turnover is a known evil for many social good organizations. What may be less obvious are the reasons why.

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2018’s Top Trends in Philanthropy

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From another record-breaking #GivingTuesday to the power of women’s philanthropy, 2018 has been a year replete with new movements and all-time highs. Take a look below to discover the Blackbaud Institute’s top trends that reverberated across the social good sector this year.

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Your 4-Step Recipe for Donor Prospecting Success

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Prospect researchers are up to their ears in data—and usually with requests. Responding to individual needs probably occupies most of your day but reacting to requests is not the best way to spend your time.

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Fundraising at the Speed of Life

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Higher education advancement teams from around the country are noticing that alumni participation is shrinking, even as donations and commitments from a small group of big donors has grown.

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Modern Advocacy Requires Modern Tools

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Given the rapid growth in grassroots advocacy initiatives at organizations large and small, we’ve been talking a lot in our office about the opportunities nonprofits have to drive new types of engagement through advocacy and what makes an organization effective.

5 Ways to Keep Your Fundraising Strategy Fresh

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If you’re looking at your organization’s fundraising strategy and trying to find areas where you can improve it before the year-end rush, you’re in luck! With each new year comes improved technology and plenty of new ways to enhance your fundraising.

What You Can Learn About Online Fundraising from 152 Canadian Charities

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Have you ever signed up to get email updates from 152 Canadian charities? What about receive, read, and analyze 1,234 emails from those organizations? Or how about make $25 donations to each and every single one of those 152 charities?

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Grassroots Campaigning: How to Use Online Channels to Build Offline Support

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“Hello Susan, it’s good to see you,” said the member of Congress at the sight of the constituent walking into his Capitol Hill office. “So, So, what bill will I end up cosponsoring for you today?”. You might think Susan was a wealthy donor or perhaps a significant employer in the Member’s district.

4 Tactics to Maximize Email Deliverability Inbox Placement Rates

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The days of the “wild west” when it comes to mass email marketing, where anyone can employ mass email to send an email message to any email address, if it existed, and it was delivered, have come to an end.

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Making Sense of Social Media Advocacy in 2018

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This article is the first installment of a four-part series examining digital challenges and opportunities for nonprofits in 2018. Let’s start with the big question: is Facebook worth it?

Grant Seeking 101: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding and Winning Grants

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Foundations and corporations award more than $85 million annually in charitable giving. That means there are a lot of grants out there, if you know where to look.

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Stewarding #GivingTuesday: Increase Your Retention Rate

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#GivingTuesday is the largest global day of giving and it’s fast approaching. According to GivingTuesday.org, over $300 million was raised online in 2017, totaling 2.5 million gifts. This philanthropic effort continues to grow, especially across all social media efforts.

Online Donation Tools: The Best Ones for Your Nonprofit

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If you’ve been in the fundraising game for quite a bit now, you probably understand the importance of establishing your presence in the online sphere. Every year online donations are taking up a bigger and bigger chunk of total funds to nonprofits, so this is definitely something worth investing in.

Grant Seeking 101: Managing the Grant

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Congratulations! You got the grant! It probably took you a long time to get here. The entire grants process—from writing the application to receiving the award—can take anywhere from six months to several years. But really, your work has just started.

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5 Best Practices for Converting Volunteers to Donors

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It is not a secret that nonprofits need volunteers and donors to achieve their goals and carry out their mission. The question is, is your organization focusing on the volunteer base that you already have? Many nonprofits do not know that the line between their volunteers and donors is very thin.

Ways We Can All Help Advance Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment

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Women’s and girls’ empowerment is a sweeping topic, defined and shaped by family beliefs and cultural norms in the community and country where one lives.

5 Ways to Optimize your Donation Forms for Giving Tuesday

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As you start planning messaging and emails for Giving Tuesday, spread a little love to your donation forms too. Below I will outline the five tips that can help you stand out from the crowd on a day like Giving Tuesday but are also good enhancements for your everyday forms.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 115: Getting Creative on #GivingTuesday

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December 3 rd, 2019 marks the 8 th annual #GivingTuesday. It has grown every year since its inception and become an important part of the end-of-year giving season.