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!

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

[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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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.

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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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.

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.

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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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. .

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.

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?

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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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.”

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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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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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.

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.

The Importance of the Thank You: Creating an Attitude of Gratitude

NonProfit Hub

Janet thoroughly enjoys coaching executive directors, development staff, and board members as they analyze their reality, articulate their vision, and create a strategy to bring that vision to reality. Sponsored by Network for Good.

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.

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.

[Part 2] How To Make A Case For Your Nonprofit CRM


While some of these options might be cheaper, make sure you’re articulating the long term benefits of the CRM to future projects, while other options will likely only serve as a quick fix.

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.

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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Introducing Community Participation Bootcamp at the MAH

Museum 2.0

Come to this two-day bootcamp to: Articulate your goals for community participation at your organization. For the past five years, each summer, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History has hosted MuseumCamp.

Tips and Tools to Build Your Organization’s Brand

NonProfit Hub

Articulate Your Message. The secret to successfully communicating your brand to audiences is knowing what you want to say, and articulating that message so nobody can be confused. An organization’s brand is much more than what meets the eye. There’s strategy, planning and effort that go into it. At Cause Camp , Shala Wilson Graham talked about anything and everything that is related to branding and how nonprofits can improve.

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.

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.

Have You Hired Your Interns Yet?


It helps them be able to place their best students on a career path, and it helps you as you can articulate the kind of person you are looking for. I would like to challenge our customers and our suppliers to make this the summer to get serious about hiring interns.

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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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.

Four Reasons Nonprofit Should Consider the Authentic Storytelling Method

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

For change to happen, we must articulate it. Four Reasons Nonprofit Should Consider the Authentic Storytelling Method. Guest Post by Lewis Haidt.

The Nonprofit Book We’ve Been Waiting Four Years To Read Is Finally Here: New Power

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It goes like this: The Crowd Leader: Combines new power leadership model with a commitment to, and articulation of, new power values. Back in November, 2014, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans published an article about “New Power” in the Harvard Business Review that caught my eye.

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.

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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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.

How Corporate Volunteering Programs Benefit Everyone

Connection Cafe

The key is to begin by considering the ways in which your employees can more meaningfully give back, share their experiences, inspire their peers and help your organization more clearly articulate an effective impact story.