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. A theory of practice, in my mind, outlines the methods and ideals behind how I get work done with clients.

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 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.

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Have You Hired Your Interns Yet?

VisionLink

Three benefits come to mind: First, you can increase your productivity at low cost. 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.

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

Connection Cafe

This conference brings together some of the top minds in nptech and gives attendees a chance to discuss what’s happening across the industry and share best practices for how to work smarter and create bigger, lasting impact with technology.

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How To Embrace Failure As A Way To Success

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Clearly articulate lessons learned. Shed the discomfort of uncertainty, which is the only way to open your mind to all possibilities. “On the path to success, we trip and lose our footing from time to time.

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.

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.

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.”.

Are we trying to automate the “human” out of social media?

SocialFish

Here’s an excerpt: “I don’t know yet how to articulate this properly, but if you look at the Altimeter report , and the screenshot of the 5 use cases in particular – where are the people? We have opinions like (well, you know) – and then we change our minds.

The Nonprofit Weekly Roundup: Culture, Microsites, and The Kiss of Death

Connection Cafe

Being a good communicator involves more than just good articulation; it’s about understanding your audience. Steve Maclaughlin’s 10th episode of npVoices rallies some of the nonprofit sector’s brightest minds. There were some pretty huge moments this week.

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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Fundraising Basics: [Part 1] How to Create and Provide Value to Your Donors

Connection Cafe

With this in mind, I’ll be conducting a three part fundraising series on the core principles to acquire, retain , and upgrade your donors. Number three, how do we articulate and communicate our impact to others? Overall U.S. giving was up 4.9%

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Five Marketing Mistakes Nonprofits Need to Avoid

NonProfit Hub

of your social content should share ideas and stories from thought leaders in your industry or like-minded organizations. ? A positioning statement is a one or two sentence statement that articulates your organization’s value.

4 bbcon Takeaways for Philanthropic Organizations to Power 2019 Planning

Connection Cafe

Keep in mind the following points from speakers Brooke Hansel of Blackbaud, Merrie Beth Nauman of Ocean Conservancy, and Lisa Tacker of Two Ten Footwear Foundation: .

Into Focus: Benchmarks and Best Practices for Nonprofits and Video

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

When I was interviewed for this report several months, a post I wrote called “ Social Media Is Engagement With Purpose ” was fresh in my mind and I think the same advice applies to video. To measure success of your video, you need to articulate a goal.

3 Reasons to Get Board Members Involved With Online Fundraising

BoardAssist

When you think of a “nonprofit board member” what comes to mind? Whatever it is, chances are, your mind probably doesn’t leap straight to online fundraising.

Pinterest is Great….but not for Every Business

SocialFish

However, before you decide that you MUST set up an account for your business and start pinning, here are a few tips to keep in mind: Pinterest is VISUAL. Can what your organization does be articulated through images? I started using Pinterest a few months ago and fell in love.

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The Subtle Science Of Getting Your Way

Eric Jacobsen Blog

"I define persuasion as ethically winning the heart and mind of your target," explains author Mark Rodgers. How to articulate risk according to probability and seriousness, both for your position and the opposition's, and ensure that yours is "safer."

Do You Work for A Nonprofit That Promotes A Culture of Wellbeing in the Workplace?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I have embraced this approach myself and I make it clear to my team that I would rather not get a pre-dawn email , but instead get a more fully articulated idea after they have had time to contemplate it and strategize on how to make it effective.”.

Building Windows in Philanthropy: 4 Benefits of a Culture of Transparency

Connection Cafe

Clearly articulating to donors how their contributions are being used and how that fits into the bigger picture can help to show donors that they’re an important part of the team.

More From #P2P15 | The Most Tweetable Peer to Peer Moments

Connection Cafe

I was thrilled to attend the Peer to Peer Professional Forum to swap stories and strategies with some of the finest minds in fundraising and P2P.

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

Connection Cafe

Clearly articulating your priorities helps set expectations internally about what you are doing and keeps people focused on the right results. None of this is particularly easy, mind you. Andrew Shoaff manages Blackbaud’s Essentials with Go! program, a group consulting service that helps nonprofit organizations deepen constituent engagement and accelerate online fundraising.

Nonprofit Feasibility Studies: 6 Game-Changing Best Practices

Connection Cafe

More often than not, the success of your campaign will depend on how well you’ve articulated and backed up your case for support, and whether you’ve applied the results of the feasibility study. .

How to Sleep Better After Your Next Nonprofit Fundraising Event

NonProfit Hub

I was physically still tired, but my mind was racing. The evening closed with an inspirational speech from a board member who articulated our story and our vision for the future perfectly. The main reason my mind was racing when I woke up was that the work for the event was not over.

Mentoring Tips From The Book, 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.

President’s Update - Spring 2012

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Our team articulately expressed direct, succinct truths that required no editing. We usually have three different revenues streams in mind to make a venture sustainable, but if a fourth approach appears to work, we’ll take it! 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 Makes an IT Project Successful? Nonprofit Edition, Part Two

Connection Cafe

End Users : Involvement of end users in a project seems to be controversial for some (admittedly, the adage about “too many cooks in the kitchen” comes to mind). What makes an IT project successful?

Realignment #3: Value Propositions Are Not About You

SocialFish

Clearly this was not the kind of concern that was uppermost in everyone’s mind. This is why the book helps readers identify and articulate true value propositions before delving into customer engagement, programs and services.

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.

What Makes an IT Project Successful? Nonprofit Edition

Connection Cafe

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. Keep in mind that smaller, more clearly defined projects have a higher success rates than larger ones. What makes an IT project successful?

Building My Leadership Tribe in the American Express Leadership Academy

ASU Lodestar Center

And yet, according to that April 2019 HBR study, Educating the Next Generation of Leaders , “the most difficult skills to teach, measure, or even articulate are leading, communicating, relating, and energizing groups,” all of which require collaborative learning environments, individual coaching and personalized learning plans. Most importantly, the Academy immersed me within a community of like-minded individuals.

How To Get Engagement in Your Online Education

SocialFish

First, identify clear learning objectives that articulate what participants will know or be able to do as a result of the session. Always keep learners top-of-mind; what will make the session most effective for them?

How Nonprofits Can Engage an Audience Through Storytelling

ASU Lodestar Center

Through stories, people can speak out their minds, share wisdom, and pass information to others. The first step of generating a good story is to articulate your goals. posted by Chris Giarratana Digital Strategy Consultant.

3 New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofits That Can Boost Professional Success

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

2) Identify “My Three Themes”: I do a combination of Peter Bregman’s theme for the year , and Chris Brogan’s “ My Three Words.” Chris Brogan’s ritual suggests selecting three words, but I modify it by articulating key themes.

Social Media: Ask What’s the Change, Not the Return!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It requires stakeholders to articulate underlying assumptions which can be tested and measured, and it also charts an incremental path towards results. Engage Media's Theory of Change.

Bridging Social Technologies and Sustainable Development: Social Squared

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The power of social media is that it is easier than ever to both articulate, and reinforce, the vision and values that create and inspire alignment,’ said Benioff. With this in mind, I propose a different articulation of the acronym SOCIAL: S is for society.

Are You STILL Trying to Sell Social Media at Work?

SocialFish

This item came to mind from a kerfuffle in 2012 when a young lady by the name of Cathryn Sloan wrote an article “Why Every Social Media Manager Should be Under 25” that set off an Internet firestorm that I waded in to and actually got to write a rebuttal on the very same same site.

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8 Steps to Outcomes-Oriented Collaboration

NonProfit Hub

We discovered that if you are in the role of promoting collaboration among others, you need to articulate your definition of collaboration and what your expectations are for outcomes. Nonprofits today are increasingly asked to collaborate.

Community Tools Based on Community Listening

Tech Soup Blog

It was the Loma Prieta earthquake that inspired the creation of NERTS; that day was definitely on our minds. A big part of our work with Caravan Studios is understanding a particular community's needs.

Unlease Your Organizations Knowledge Sharing Processes

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

To alleviate any concerns or tension, explicitly articulate to your team that their jobs are not at stake. Keep in mind that posting an announcement on an internal website or sending out an e-mail about the audit is not communication.

Mentoring Staff New to Nonprofit Work

ASU Lodestar Center

But, when considering helping young graduates transition to a career in nonprofit or even helping a mid-career professional make the leap from a for-profit vocation to one in the nonprofit sector, there are a few basics to keep in mind when mentoring a new nonprofit worker.

Trainer’s Notebook: Facilitating Brainstorming Sessions for Nonprofit Work

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

To create a word storm, you share one word that might be the answer to the key question at hand, and then the group generates a slew of words that come to mind from that first word. Does your work at a nonprofit include facilitating meetings or trainings?