3 Steps to Getting Your Board More Involved in Fundraising

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

First things first, you should be able to articulate to your board what role you’d like to see them have in your development plan. Getting development teams and their nonprofit boards to work in alignment can be challenging.

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Storytelling Workouts for Year-End Fundraising

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

This means knowing your key message, having a clear theory of change, being able to clearly articulate how donating makes a meaningful difference to that theory of change, and having anecdotes and episodic stories that support your narrative.

My Theory of Practice

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology My Theory of Practice July 10, 2008 I finally had the reason to begin to more completely articulate my theory of practice.

What software freedom means to me

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I realize that I haven’t talked about this in a while, and I’m not sure I’ve actually ever articulated this completely on this blog. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology What software freedom means to me June 25, 2008 I got some interesting comments on the last post about Linux desktops.



Create Core Values

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Thursday, April 29, 2010 Create Core Values Sometimes when you are leading an organization or business and struggling to articulate your core values, it helps to see how others have stated theirs. skip to main | skip to sidebar Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership Welcome!

See What’s Out There » Blog Archive » The Web’s Next Phase

See What's Out There

I don’t have a complete articulation of what that is yet, but two things got my attention recently that feel different.

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The Nimble Nonprofit: A Full Circle Strategy For Mission Growth

Donor Search

One of the more frustrating situations that can occur when rolling out a major campaign is having different departments articulate different messages to donors. This blog was adapted from the recent Flash Class by NeonCRM and Nonprofit Garden, partners of DonorSearch. The marketing team may be focusing on highlighting stories about a specific program while… Major Giving

Freedom to Connect


This video is an articulate defense of the freedom to connect, and a well-told, real-world story of people working together. In honor of the life and contributions of the activist Aaron Swartz, and in honor of our customers in thousands of communities who work to connect people every day.

The value of Facebook Likes for nonprofits in 2013 - Small Act

AFP Blog

I realized in my research that there are some folks smarter and more articulate than me that have already done the leg-work. The value of Facebook Likes for nonprofits in 2013 - Small Act : hen I set out to write this post I thought I would present some resounding evidence that would debunk all of the myths associated with calculating the worth of a Facebook like.

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


Additionally, it can be sometimes difficult to articulate exactly how a CRM can do all these great things we just outlined. Identify those individuals and be able to articulate how that specific employee will benefit. Image courtesy of Waiting for the Elevator.

How to Find Your Next Great Board Member

Connection Cafe

The chance to do work with an impassioned, articulate, and engaged CEO behind whom they can rally. If all the above makes it clear that everything revolves around vision, it should make sense that identifying and articulating your vision should be the first thing on your to-do list.

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Using the Power of Story to Run a Successful Peer-to-Peer Campaign

Connection Cafe

A personal story is an articulation about the values, beliefs, and events in someone’s life that have lead them to give and now fundraise. To articulate this, Ganz developed a storytelling model based on challenge, choice, and outcome.

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npNEXT 2013 – Penelope Burk

Connection Cafe

She has an uncanny ability to articulate what donors want and backs that up with solid and compelling research. This past September 30th, Blackbaud hosted over 30 senior fundraising leaders from the largest charities in the US and 10 expert presenters for npNEXT.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly RFPs

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

A mistake I see very often in RFPs is an imbalance in what is articulated in the RFP, and the kind of work that is required to pull off what’s needed. Hire a strategic consultant who really understands technology and the technological details of what you are looking for to help you figure out whether or not you can afford what you really want, and how best to articulate those needs in an RFP.

The 3 Questions To Ask When Selecting A Cloud


If the provider you are meeting with cannot intelligently articulate to you the security of your network, it might be time to look elsewhere. Image courtesy of SMB Tech Guide. For many nonprofits, the move to the cloud is an obvious choice.

Storytelling, Design, and Communicating With Your Audience


The first step is articulating a strong story about the organization, then making sure that every element on the website reinforces that. Samihah Azim. Product Design Manager. Bluenose Analytics.

4 Important Considerations Before Investing in Today’s Technology for Tomorrow

Connection Cafe

Be sure to articulate your expectations so you’re up and running in no time. What technology is best? How can I get the most out of my software solution? If you’ve ever asked yourself these questions – you’re not alone. As an account executive for foundation management technology solutions at MicroEdge + Blackbaud , I get asked these questions a lot.

Great reads from around the web on June 29th

Amy Sample Ward

I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of June 29th). You can join the conversations in the comments, or click through to the original posts to find what others are saying.

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PostSecondary Success


Expert practitioners have built successful course pathways, reduced the cost of math remediation by $5,000 per course, worked together to jointly author textbooks (increasing quality and reducing duplication), and created articulate programs of study; many other examples exist.

Nonprofit Web Design Process: Summary

Connection Cafe

Visual Design : How we articulate the creative vision for the site and combine the aesthetic with the solid foundation of User Research and Information Architecture.

Worldchanging: Bright Green: Obama for America's Lessons on Technology for Social Change

Network-Centric Advocacy

it’s a losing game to pick winning technologies – instead, we need to use whatever works to put forward a clearly articulated set of values. use what works to put forward clearly articulated set of values Even smart communications folks forget that we have a progression from values to mission, mission to strategy, strategy to tactics.”

7 Most Costly Sins of Donation Forms [INFOGRAPHIC]

Connection Cafe

While best practices for donation form design have been well articulated for many moons , I suspect you have a “good friend” still losing money with a painful donor experience needing the love of intervention. The humble donation form has but one purpose: to capture a gift.

Incredibly Important Opening at Benetech

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

A cover letter that articulates why this person wants to work for Benetech in this role and a resume is all we need. We're looking for someone great to take on a crucial new position at Benetech, Vice President, Fund Raising. Benetech has been expanding its impact rapidly over the last few years, and we need a dynamic executive to join our senior leadership team.

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Even More Benefits to Tracking Outcomes

Connection Cafe

The ability to better articulate the work, by both funder and grantee partner, ensures these new champions of philanthropy can be confident of the return on investment, in the form of specific and measurable impact.

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NetSquared White Paper: Building Community To Foster Social Innovation

Amy Sample Ward

Reflecting on the Community and the work being done in every corner of the world, we’ve tried to articulate some of the aspects that make the NetSquared Community so unique and also so powerful.

Share Your Posts on Measurement and Learning from Your Data: January Blog Carnival

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The art part is how you articulate your organization’s measure of success and formulate strategies to realize that success. The science part of the equation starts with a solid methodology and tools. Photo by Notemily.

Preparing Your Nonprofit Board for a Fundraising Campaign


Can and do board members articulate this focus to others, particularly potential donors? Can board and staff clearly articulate what will be different as a result of the campaign?

OFBYFOR ALL: Let's Build Organizations that are OF, BY, & FOR our Communities

Museum 2.0

Today, I'm thrilled to announce the launch of a new global initiative, OFBYFOR ALL. OFBYFOR ALL is a framework to help civic and cultural organizations become OF, BY, and FOR their communities. We're building tools, trainings, and hopefully, a movement for a more inclusive world.

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11 Expert Tips for Nonprofits to Embrace Technology for Even Greater Impact

Connection Cafe

” The importance of being able to articulate the need for tech to achieve their mission. Last week I had the privilege of networking with over 2000 nonprofit experts and professionals at NTEN ‘s Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC).

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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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Trends in the Nonprofit Sector

Connection Cafe

As a change agent, I also like to articulate my perspectives on changes that I consider important to embrace. Author: Vinay Bhagat.

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Going First: The first step to transformational leadership starts with taking it


The fact is, there is always something we can do to lead those around us, whether it means articulating values, clarifying vision, reinforcing behavior, confronting problems, or simply encouraging people around us. Jeff Shuck. Plenty Consulting. Want to see leadership in action? Look no farther than the local pre-school, where line leaders show their peers the way forward. If we think about the idea of leadership as being at the front of the line, we find both opportunity and obligation.

Making Video Work Harder for Your Mission: Awareness

Connection Cafe

The biggest challenge for nonprofits putting together an awareness video is often articulating that single, core message. The charge is clear – video is taking over the digital world. .

Responsive Design for Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

Connection Cafe

During visual design, we treated each breakpoint individually to ensure we articulated the ideal look and feel for each screen size. When we design a nonprofit site, creating a responsive design is almost always a requirement. Going responsive just makes sense!

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4 Tech Trend Predictions for Nonprofits for 2016

Connection Cafe

npTech2016: “It’s not just about a phone, it’s about delivering data whereever you are” Westmoreland and MacLaughlin articulate that our expectations of mobile will only grow in 2016.

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Priming Your Board for Fundraising

Connection Cafe

Too often, eager to fill a vacant seat or secure a well-known name, we fail to clearly articulate expectations of service to prospective board members, or downplay the expectations of service. Author: Rachel Muir.

Can Data Bring Foundations and Nonprofits Closer?

Connection Cafe

These foundations and nonprofits are collaborating on a deeper level, structuring initiatives based on a common language of giving with an articulation of an action plan for achieving intended impacts.

Casting Vision for Fundraising Success in 2019

Connection Cafe

Before Jack Welch retired, he was quoted as saying, “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.”.

5 Ways to Thrive in the Trust Crisis

Connection Cafe

Take the time to develop a community of experts and articulate and charismatic supporters — your super advocates — that you invest in with media training, video training, inside information and other incentives to get them to speak on your behalf.

Three Tips To Improve Social Media Results

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It might not matter if you’re very effective at serving people, if you can’t articulate that clearly. Also, the people with the most resources have the most demands on their time, so you need a pitch that you can articulate in maybe around forty-five seconds or so.

What’s a Persona?

Connection Cafe

They help us synthesize and articulate what we’ve learned about your constituents through user research. To put it simply, a persona is a fictional representation of one of your constituents.

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After Rebranding Your Nonprofit, Then What?

Connection Cafe

A successful brand will help you engage generational donors, maintain relevance, shift audience perceptions, and clearly articulate your organization’s purpose. Each year, I crisscross the country speaking at various nonprofit conferences.