3 Principles Fundraisers Should Adopt from Service Providers

Connection Cafe

But as much as fundraising is a calling, it’s also a career that requires business development, sales, client retention, and articulable value propositions. Fundraisers may find additional success by adopting the following professional service principles. Demonstrate (and articulate!)

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What Makes an IT Project Successful? Nonprofit Edition, Part Two

Connection Cafe

Change Team : These are your evangelists and communication leads for the project, responsible for monitoring and managing the project’s impact on the people within the organization, with an eye toward ensuring user adoption (more on Change Management and Adoption Readiness below).

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Boosting Board Collaboration: Getting Board Buy-In for Collaboration Tools

NTEN

A board is made up of a group of people, and people have varying levels of comfort with, and willingness to adopt, new technology. Even the most technically articulate board members will start to push back if they have to remember a handful of different log-ins and passwords, or have to learn too many different tools or systems. How confident are you in their willingness to accept and adopt new solutions, and their ability to overcome technological hurdles?

[Part 1] Make A Case For Your Nonprofit’s CRM

TechImpact

That being said, you might be asking yourself: “If it is so effective, then why are so many people in my nonprofit against adopting a CRM?”. Additionally, it can be sometimes difficult to articulate exactly how a CRM can do all these great things we just outlined.

Corporate Culture And Changing Behavior

Eric Jacobsen Blog

However, since the rewards are often in the future while the pain of change is immediate, the rewards have to be clearly articulated to serve as motivation.

The Knitting Factor: Making Skills-Based Volunteering Work for Your Organization

Connection Cafe

We need to recognize and articulate the unique value each partner brings in order to reap the full benefits of the array of skill sets, experiences, and backgrounds that might otherwise remain unnamed. CSR trends point to the rise of skills-based volunteerism.

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10 Benefits of Social Media

Connection Cafe

I couldn't very well articulate the benefits of social media for an organization and the idea (temporarily) died. Fast forward four years and use of social media in business is much more widely adopted. Author: Cheryl Black. A couple jobs ago I was working in a mid-sized nonprofit and trying to sell the communications director and executive team on the idea of launching a Facebook page.

Foundation Revenue Grows 4.7 Percent

Connection Cafe

A flexible service that donors value is the Foundation’s practice, which it adopted roughly 10 years ago, giving donors the option of using their own investment managers to manage the investment of the charitable funds they create at the Foundation, Chumley said.

How to Build Great Organizations for Greater Societal Impact

Connection Cafe

Here are some of the principles articulated in Pillar 5 of the Performance Imperative: The board, management, and staff take on the challenge of collecting and using information, not because it’s a good marketing tool and not because a funder said they have to.

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Into Focus: Benchmarks and Best Practices for Nonprofits and Video

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The report describes current nonprofit use, adoption challenges, and best practices. How Nonprofits Measure Success of Video. See3, YouTube and Edelman have released a new report and guide for nonprofits about using video.

Top Ten Reasons to Streamline Your Grant Cycle with Automated Processes

Connection Cafe

With origins in lean manufacturing , many of the principles found in system automation have, in recent years, been more widely adopted by other sectors, including the service and human resources industries.

4 Steps to Ensure Your Nonprofit Technology Investment Pays Off in Months, Not Years.

Connection Cafe

Success in that first year ensures not only the financial results and ROI you’re likely on the hook for, but also helps make sure the technology is fully adopted across the organization. Clearly articulating your priorities helps set expectations internally about what you are doing and keeps people focused on the right results. Andrew Shoaff manages Blackbaud’s Essentials with Go!

What Makes an IT Project Successful? Nonprofit Edition

Connection Cafe

But as many of us have found out the hard way, on-time and on-budget projects do not necessarily mean a new system will realize proposed goals and yield expected value…or that users will even adopt the system as desired. Having a leadership team aligned across an organization articulating the purpose, value, and rationale for a project goes a long way towards getting stakeholders and end-users pulling the proverbial rope in the same direction.

Technology and the Environment

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

This is an issue I’ve been struggling with for a long time. I’m an unrepentant, unabashed technophile. OK, well, not so unrepentant or unabashed since I’m writing this post on the varied factors around technology and the environment, and have been thinking about this issue for myself for a long time.

President’s Update - Spring 2012

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Our team articulately expressed direct, succinct truths that required no editing. We’re pragmatic enough to adopt a proprietary approach when we think it’s the best way to accomplish our mission goals, but we always lean towards open over closed. Conclusion I hope this update has given you some insight into the key parts of the Benetech culture and an understanding of how these values are articulated in everything we do.

What I’ll be writing about (and not writing about)

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I realized, in getting this stuff, and trying to figure out what to do with it, that I needed to be better at understanding myself what I was doing, and articulating that clearly. I won’t post information about what nonprofit has adopted what shiny software product, unless it’s my client, and it is to illustrate a specific point, or it’s a case study (and I generally don’t use my client’s names.).

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Top 6 Tips for Taking Your Cause Mobile

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Whether compared to adoption of the wheel, the car, or even fire, the mobile phone is the most popular tool in human history. Note from Beth: My colleague, Darian Rodriguez Heyman has launched a new company, BetterWorld Wireless.

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11 Qualities of an Effective Social Media Manager

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The best social media practitioners express their personalities with a dash of attitude and a bit of flair, and are comfortable articulating their opinions online. Is an early adopter. Not only that, but online communities also tend to grow the fastest during the early adoption phase.

The Phone Test

Tech Soup Blog

I love the way Laura articulates this. When we adopt social media strategies, we often tell ourselves that it's not just about donations, it's about starting a conversation.

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Workshop at BAVC

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I did a version of the social media game that focuses on strategy, adoption, and selection of tools. The questions articulated by participants at the beginning were excellent and have given some good ideas for future posts Wendy Levy, BVAC.

Research Friday: The Functions of Government in Social Entrepreneurship

ASU Lodestar Center

posted by. Gordon Shockley, Ph.D. Assistant Professor. ASU School of Community Resources & Development. Welcome to Research Friday ! For this week’s post, we welcome Dr. Gordon Shockley, who describes the work he and colleague Peter Frank are doing on social innovation.

Digital Museums Reconsidered: Exploring the Walker Art Center Website Redesign

Museum 2.0

They took their vision of the institution as an idea hub, looked at comparable sites online that achieve that vision, and adopted and adapted the journalistic approach to their goals. It comes down to articulating your mission in a digital space.

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Grantseeking in 2017: Know the Scene — Demonstrate Inclusion

Tech Soup Blog

I think it is important for your board of directors to articulate their own vision of inclusivity and to share that vision via your website, on printed materials, etc. Encourage the board of directors to articulate an inclusivity statement for your organization.

How a project manager can protect their project from scope creep

Beaconfire Wire

The communication should include a detailed description of the requested feature/functionality, It should be clearly articulated why it is considered a change in scope and what the impacts will be if the expansion were adopted into the project – timeline, cost, and impact to dependent pieces. Most consultants have run into scope creep on their projects. If communication, planning, oversight, tracking, and/or monitoring is loose or incomplete, scope creep is an almost certainty.

Why Geeks (like me) Promote Transparency

Idealware

We need to adopt a " rising tide " philosophy that values the work that we can all do together over the work that we do alone, and have some faith that the sustainable model is an open, collaborative one.

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Open Challenges Harness Local Knowledge for Local Change

Tech Soup Blog

Participants were required to fill out an online form articulating a clear problem statement and obvious tech interaction to address it.

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A Different Story of Thanksgiving: The Repatriation Journey of Glenbow Museum and the Blackfoot Nations

Museum 2.0

Bob led a strategic planning process that articulated a deepened commitment to native people as “key players” in the development of projects related to their history and material culture. I spent last week holed up in a cabin, working on my forthcoming book, The Art of Relevance.

Did You Miss? 22 MUST READS of 2013

SocialFish

” The Influencer checklist (John Stepper) – how to spark adoption. Those articulated here are just a few that we have found to have great consequence on building and sustaining better marketing and better businesses.”

Guest Post by Holly Hight: When Controlling the Message Stifles Community (and Staff Morale)

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

While a large percentage of our organization can articulate the importance of being on Facebook, very few staff can grasp how these tools will help to achieve our goals: greater awareness and involvement in the broader movement to address hunger. Photo by Solarnu.

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This guy is right on

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

OOo Calc integrates really nicely with databases and stuff (I know that wasn’t too articulate, but I know what I know and not what I don’t. Without getting into Google’s plan for world domination, what would help there is to see more universal adoption of OpenID[2]. [0]

A Decade of Nonprofit Reflections

ASU Lodestar Center

In the rush to adopt new business models, adapt best business practices and introduce social enterprise ideas to our work, let us not forget that nonprofits are still qualitatively different than for-profits. I know that because we articulated that message repeatedly at the Alliance. posted by Patrick McWhortor Arizona Campaign Director Open Primaries.

The Great Good Place Book Discussion Part 4: Viewing the Internet as a Third Place

Museum 2.0

It was by articulating it that Oldenberg allowed a common platform of understanding through which others could develop, debate and refine these concepts. This is the fourth installment of a book discussion about Ray Oldenburg’s book The Great Good Place.

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Applying Avinash Kaushik’s Best Social Metrics Framework for the New Facebook Insights Data

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The panel also featured, Mary Beth Smith, from the SF Ballet, who share her organization’s experience integrating social media into marketing strategies since 2007. The panel was on social media, adoption, and measurement.

When should a nonprofit organizational blog moderate comments? What are the different approaches?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I am no stranger to family diversity having adopted two children and being of different cultures and races.) This requires carefully thinking about comment moderation techniques and part of this includes articulating a clear policy about use of moderation.

A Starting Exercise for Designing Online/Onsite Engagement

Museum 2.0

The example shown is from a museum with a new green building trying to use the example of the building to encourage visitors to adopt eco-friendly behaviors. You are articulating the design opportunities and limitations of each platform, and then picking the options most relevant to your goal.

Penguin Day Reflections: OS as FairTrade, OS Feminism, and OS - the Next Generation

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

A group dialogue followed allowing people to articulate why they felt one way or other. I was standing on the "adopt for practical reasons" side of the line. Open Source Feminism - Click to Play.

The Networked NGO in Pakistan

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

100% of participants implement a process and write a social media policy that addresses organizational adoption issues. Day 2: Certificates Awarded To Senior Staff Attendees.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Gavin's Digital Diner

Articulate and ever ready with smooth repartee, I replied with a set of universally understood monosyllables. Giving up, I continued in English, once again adopting my best Midwestern silly grin, “Can I have a late check-out?&# Connectivity is dangerous.

The Novice Interpreter and the Art of Conversation

Museum 2.0

They articulate the basic questions and knee-jerk reactions in our own minds, carrying us deep into the content from a common starting place. This week, I listened to the new podcast episode of Radiolab , my favorite NPR show.

The Networked NGO in India

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

100% of participants implement a process and write a social media policy that addresses organizational adoption issues.

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Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Gavin's Digital Diner

Articulate and ever ready with smooth repartee, I replied with a set of universally understood monosyllables. Giving up, I continued in English, once again adopting my best Midwestern silly grin, “Can I have a late check-out?&# Connectivity is dangerous.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Gavin's Digital Diner

Articulate and ever ready with smooth repartee, I replied with a set of universally understood monosyllables. Giving up, I continued in English, once again adopting my best Midwestern silly grin, “Can I have a late check-out?&# Connectivity is dangerous.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Gavin's Digital Diner

Articulate and ever ready with smooth repartee, I replied with a set of universally understood monosyllables. Giving up, I continued in English, once again adopting my best Midwestern silly grin, “Can I have a late check-out?&# Connectivity is dangerous.