3 Steps to Getting Your Board More Involved in Fundraising


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. Tensions often arise when both sides start to feel that they aren’t getting the support they need. Fundraisers often lament that board members are shirking their commitment to helping fundraise.

Storytelling Workouts for Year-End Fundraising


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. As End of Year Fundraising quickly approaches we've started to think of what you can do now to ensure a successful fundraising season.


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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.

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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Cloudy With a Chance of.

Connection Cafe

If you, like me, have ever struggled to come up with an articulate explanation of what this whole "cloud computing" this is, look no further, because Salesforce has you covered. Author: Noah Cooper. I really enjoyed this YouTube video they posted which puts it into simple, easy-to-understand terms anyone—from your nonprofit board to your grandmother—can understand. What is Cloud Computing? Or, as the fine people at Appirio put it, "Cloud: Like a sheep without legs



Facebook Linked In Twitter Home About Home Keith Olberman comes into his own Keith Olberman comes into his own Last Updated on Monday, 25 September 2006 03:53 Written by Steve Tuesday, 12 September 2006 12:48 Keith Olberman is distinguishing himself as one of the more articulate and pointed critic of the President in the mainstream media.

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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.

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

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

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

Connection Cafe

To check if your organization is grants-ready, you should first ask yourself these questions: Can you clearly articulate your mission, vision, and your impact on the population you serve? Do you have a project or program for which you can clearly and convincingly articulate your need for funds? 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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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.

[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. Whether it is boosting fundraising dollars a few percentage points, increasing your donor retention, or keeping better track of your volunteers, what makes your CRM a success should be clearly defined and well articulated.

Q&A with sgLEADERS: Alicia Dicks, The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties

Connection Cafe

Our major “pivot” has been to articulate a new focus on racial equity and social justice, transitioning community investment strategies and prioritizing them through an equity lens.

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. Demonstrate (and articulate!) Fundraisers can articulate their value propositions in the form of regular, personalized check-ins by phone or handwritten note, custom stewardship reports that reflect donors’ impact over time, or other high-touch, grateful expressions of how and why the donor might consider giving in the future.

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3 Reasons Your Nonprofit’s Event Page Is Underperforming

Nonprofit Marketing Insights by GlobalOwls

However, a clearly articulated mission statement paired with specifics about the impact of event donations can go a long way! Most importantly, you should clearly articulate what your supporters’ next steps should be. 3 Reasons Your Nonprofit’s Event Page Is Underperforming.

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.

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.”

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.

The Yin and Yang of Building Email Lists

Connection Cafe

As you look to reshape acquisition tactics toward quality over quantity, there is one core principle that should be applied: clearly articulate the value of being an email subscriber and set expectations to prospective subscribers. While articulating the value of being an email subscriber is the best step to getting quality supporters, there are some ways that technology can help as well.

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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. These two parts of the story are usually easy for people to articulate. When it comes to successful peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns , the more support your non-profit can give your fundraisers, the better.

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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. npNEXT was an experimental event to bring together experts and fundraising leaders from across the nonprofit sector to discuss emerging trends and next practices.

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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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. When you seek out new board members, you should be able to articulate your strategic vision and your fundraising goals without skipping a beat. Each board is unique, so its members must be too.

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Grant Seeking 101: Getting Started

Connection Cafe

To check if your organization is grants-ready, you should first ask yourself these questions: Can you clearly articulate your mission, vision, and your impact on the population you serve? Do you have a project or program for which you can clearly and convincingly articulate your need for funds? In graduate school, they called me the queen of grants due to my ability to track down grants and help other people with their applications.

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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.

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. When pie charts about pie detract from your story: how to hold content as the star and design as the back-up singer. I work to weave the story of customer success into the core of the product.

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. Finally, a cloud provider should be able to understand and articulate vulnerabilities that are associated with the level of access their own employees have to your nonprofit’s data. Image courtesy of SMB Tech Guide. For many nonprofits, the move to the cloud is an obvious choice.

The Critical Role of Healthcare Philanthropy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Connection Cafe

It will be the job of the foundations to articulate that case and, of course, offer donors and the community ways to help. . This is truly an unprecedented time. As a nation, we have come to together to address the COVID-19 pandemic in many different ways. All of us have an important role to play even if it is primarily staying at home to flatten the curve.

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Great reads from around the web on June 29th

Amy Sample Ward

That was the logic Lauren Bush Lauren articulated in a 2013 interview about FEED, a for-profit entity she founded that creates simple, eco-friendly tote bags whose price covers the cost of donating school meals to children in Rwanda via the UN World Food Program” What Solutions Are Hiding In Our PDFS? : 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).

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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. VisionLink''s Lois Ann Porter and myself are participating in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation''s gathering of their grantees and contractors focused on improving postsecondary success for students.

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. I recently published the last post in my series about the nonprofit web design process and thought it would be helpful to have a final summary for the entire series. Enjoy! Stakeholder Discovery : How we structure stakeholder meetings, what topics we discuss and some tips for leading discovery conversations. User Research.

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.

5 Building Blocks of Strong Nonprofit Brands

NonProfit Hub

Articulate Your Brand Vision. Nonprofit branding is all about how others view your organization and your efforts. If you know what American Red Cross, UNICEF, or AARP does regularly, you know that nonprofit branding works. Creating a brand leads to more recognition, clarity and potential donations ? all in all, making your nonprofit more successful. In a perfect world, charitable organizations would not have to worry about creating a strong brand image to have a successful organization.

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Elevating Community Impact Through Healthcare Philanthropy

Connection Cafe

3) intangible: difficulty to articulate case. Now more than ever, healthcare organizations are seeing the importance of evolution from hospital care to healthcare to health in order to meet the needs of the community.

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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.

One-Minute Mentoring

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Articulate your mission in a simple statement you can really call upon. Fortunately, I've benefited from having great mentors throughout my career. And, I've have the honor and good fortune to be a mentor, both formally and informally, for various individuals the past few decades.

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. And customer loyalty can be driven higher with authentic, well-articulated marketing around an organization’s philanthropic efforts.

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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. For the last 18 years, Edelman, the big PR firm, has done a world-wide survey of how much people trust government, media, nonprofits and business. In 2017, the headline from their Trust Barometer was “Trust has Imploded!”

One-Man Bands and Museum Labor as an Access Barrier

Museum 2.0

I hope to hear you articulate your thoughts in comments or on social. But as a field, we don’t always articulate our work norms to each other. Recently, my amazing colleagues and I have started to articulate and improve many aspects of our work. When I was little, my uncle drove me to see a real big top circus. I don’t quite remember where it was, somewhere over in the farmlands near Santa Cruz, like Gilroy or Watsonville.

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. When we think about having a strong fundraising board it can be tempting to think about filling your board with lots of big name individuals that you expect to write huge checks. In reality, these people may have no real connection to your cause.

Use Failure As A Way To Success

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Clearly articulate lessons learned. “On the path to success, we trip and lose our footing from time to time.

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. . By 2019, global consumer Internet video traffic will account for 80% of all consumer Internet traffic (SmallBizTrends) . Facebook generates 8 billion video views on average per day ( Social Media Today ) . YouTube reports mobile video consumption rises 100% every year (Hubspot) .