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Your Brain On Good Stories: Why Storytelling Matters For Nonprofits


Your brain loves a good story. There is a distinct chemical reaction that happens in one’s brain when they’re reading a compelling or interesting story. And of course, it all starts with the brain. Now, this might sound a little strange, but it’s true.

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Your Big Brains Can Raise Awareness of Your Organization, Part 1 of 2.


Alright, so these opportunities to show off your expertise are no-nonsense, no beating around the bush forums for you flaunt that big brain you have.

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Six Ways to Influence Donors with Brain Science

John Haydon

Here are six ways brain science can increase fundraising results, get more volunteers, and change behaviors: 1. How is your organization changing the world by understanding how the brain works? Fundraising brain science donor behavior emotions Fundraising Strategy

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Donate Your Brain! Microvolunteering at TechSoup

Tech Soup Blog

Our virtual volunteering offerings also include Donate Your Brain , a microvolunteering initiative. In our Donate Your Brain initiative, volunteers choose how and when to participate whenever they want to. We don't have thousands of people participating in Donate Your Brain.

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Brain Scans Offer Donor Insight

Wild Apricot Blog

A new study offers insight into what motivates individuals in charitable bequest decision making. Fundraising research

Notes From A Brain Tweetup

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In early January, the American Museum of Natural History announced that it would hold a Brain Tweetup for 75 of its Twitter followers. Note from Beth: Hosting events for your network – where they can meet offline – can be a terrific away to build your network.

Harnessing Brainpower Through "Donate Your Brain"

Wild Apricot Blog

Donate Your Brain - TechSoup's new micro-volunteering initiative - offers non-profits and other mission-based organizations quick answers and suggestions for their Internet, software, and other tech needs.( read more ). Micro-volunteering Non-profit technology

Why appealing to reason and logic is a waste of time

John Haydon

Basic biology of the brain. I’m not a biologist, but here’s some basic common knowledge about the two primary parts of the brain : Neocortex Brain – This part of our brain handles rational thought and language. Being Human brain emotions storytelling

How Statistics Can Turn Your Fundraising Appeal Into A Real Bummer

John Haydon

But according to researcher Paul Slovic, that good feeling is contaminated with the bad feeling about millions of starving people: “If our brain … creates an illusion of non-efficacy, people could be demotivated by thinking, ‘Well, this is such a big problem.

Member Round Up: Brain science in fundraising, website tips, and Do Good Data 2013!


In his blog, John Haydon discusses Six Ways to Influence Donors with Brain Science , pulling in findings from studies to help you boost your fundraising results. Flickr: chotda This week''s Member Round Up draws from all corners of the sector in both region and topic, from the energy in the streets of Brazil to Facebook contests and assistive technology used by the Bridge School--see what the nptech community''s been up to!

Jennifer Lee, Right-Brain Business Plan: How I Have Fun, Do Good

Have Fun - Do Good

The first post is by Jennifer Lee, author of The Right-Brain Business Plan: A Creative, Visual Map for Success. Jennifer Lee, Right-Brain Business Plan: How I Have Fun, Do Good Since 2005 I’ve volunteered off and on at a local non-profit called C.E.O.

The Value of Taking Mini-Breaks During the Nonprofit Work Day

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This is known as “ brain breaks ” where you simply STOP for a moment and do something to reset and renew your brain’s capacity to absorb or create that next thought. What reboots your brain?

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Program Evaluation on the Brain


We''ve had program evaluation on the brain lately at Idealware, and for good reason. It''s a critical part of nonprofit work--if you can''t asses the effectiveness of your programs, you can''t adapt them or improve them or prove to funders that you''re doing all the good things in the world that you''re actually doing.

Facebook recommended pages are brain dead

Judi Sohn

I don't know exactly what they're called, but I hate those new Facebook auto-bot-stupid generated pages.

RFI Studios - Twitter as a News Source - Right Brain

AFP Blog

RFI Studios - Twitter as a News Source - Right Brain: "It’s no secret that social media plays a HUGE role in how we receive information. Pew Internet just released a study that found that 75% of people find their news online through email or social media, with 52% forwarding news through those same means.The implications of this study were epitomized as this weekend saw a surge of tweets as. NPSocialMedia NPTwitter NPSocialNetwork NPWeb2.0.

Brain Rules for Presenters

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In addition to reminding me that I need to get back to the gym, the point about the human brain only having the capacity to pay attention for ten minutes if a good one. | View | Upload your own. I love the frog. More from Vicky Davis , including some pointers to his videos

Blogging with our brains and hearts

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

My much-loved client, Community TechKnowledge , recently asked me to serve as the curator of their new guest blog. We launched it today, and I'd like to invite you to take a look.

Does Immersion In Social Media Change Our Brain Functions? This Is Your Brain On Social Media

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flickr Photo by JTLowery The title of this post is play on the famous PSA " Brain on Drugs " from 1987 to raise attention to the harmful effects of drugs. The memorable tagline : This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs. Why keep clutter in the brain?

Game Friday: Shuffle Your Brain

Museum 2.0

In other words, Amy is the brain behind how and why we game. The very first game post I ever wrote was about incorporating game mechanics into museum experiences.

Leonardo's Brain

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Michael J. Gelb does research on genuis, analyzing the way they think. His "How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci" provides a rich source of techniques and inspiration on creative problem-solving techniques. This was one of seven books by experts in creative thinking and problem solving techniques that I scanned for ideas. Words and chains of words that we use to frame a problem play a significant role in the way we approach problems. When you frame a problem in words, you crystal your thoughts.

How To Incorporate More Movement Into Your Nonprofit Training

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Good instructional design and delivery engages people’s brains, eyes, ears, and bodies. People pay attention more, they learn something, they retain it better, and there is a better chance of them applying what they learned. Photo: Americans for the Arts.

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Right Brain Business Plan e-Course Starts May 17th

Have Fun - Do Good

Just a quick shout out for my pal Jennifer Lee's Right Brain Business Plan e-course that is starting Monday, May 17th. You can see some images from part of my Right Brain Business Plan to the left. Hello Have Fun Do Gooders!

Be Your Own Filter In the Global Brain

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

He talks about the impact of too much information on the human brain and considers how the human brain may evolve over time as the Internet matures and the amount of digital information increases. I asked him, on Twitter, if he thought his brain had evolved. Photo by VaxZine.

Why Movement Is the Killer Learning App for Nonprofits

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

There are also physical theories like brain-based learning and neuroscience. I came across a brain scan by Dr. Chuck Hillman from University of Illinois Neurocognitive Kinesiology Laboratory. The sitting brain is really disengaged.

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The Neuroscience of Purpose: Recharging in the Nonprofit World

ASU Lodestar Center

The story above is about how your brain works. Your brain has a part called the Prefrontal Cortex, or “PFC” (remember “Paula Front-and-Center”?). There are two ways this happens: the first is through brain damage, and the second is through stress. The Brain Break.

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Lower Donor Remorse With This Amazingly Simple Strategy

John Haydon

It’s hard-wired into their brains. Have you ever had a sinking feeling after making a purchase? If so, then you’ve experienced buyer’s remorse. Believe it or not, most donors can feel donor remorse after making a donation, regardless of the amount.

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10 Ways Nonprofit CEOs Get Creative


The next time you and your team sits down to brain storm ideas, let them know before you start that “nothing is out of line.” The act of pulling a thought out of your brain and making it physical and tactile could be just the beginning of something astounding.

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Neuroscience proves why your nonprofit stories move supporters to action

John Haydon

In your brain, you have neurons called “mirror” neurons. These brain cells are essentially the “soft-wiring” behind empathy. It’s why you feel sadness when a friend is struggling, and happy when they overcome an obstacle.

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How To Train Your Attention and Be Effective When Working Online

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

How long can you pay attention when working online before your mind wanders? According to the Statistic Brain site list of attention span stats , in 2000 we had a 12 second attention span compared with an 8 second attention in 2013. Photo by BirgerKing. Take a guess. Be honest.

Right Brain Business Plan e-Course and TranquiliT Earth Day Sale

Have Fun - Do Good

Those of you who are regular readers know that I've been experimenting with supporting two of my pals' work by being a part of their affiliate programs: Jenn's Right Brain Business Plan , and Kimberly's eco-fashion line, TranquiliT. Hello Have Fun Do Gooders!

Supporting Have Fun Do Good with TranquiliT and the Right Brain Business Plan

Have Fun - Do Good

I'm trying out an experiment, and have added a couple digital ads to the sidebar of Have Fun Do Good for creative women entrepreneurs whose work I believe in: Jennifer Lee's Right Brain Business Plan, and Kimberly Wilson's eco-fashion company, TranquiliT.

5 Self-Care Hacks that Nonprofit Professionals Can Use in a Crisis

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

And if you can elevate your heart rate while through walking in nature, even better, it will help oxygenate your brain and release endorphins- the happy hormones, which will help disrupt the stress hormones. Flickr Photo by Evil Erin.

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How To Squeeze Social Media Into Your Day When It Isn’t A Full-Time Job

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

How long can you pay attention when working online before your mind wanders? According to the Statistic Brain site list of attention span stats , in 2000 we had a 12 second attention span compared with an 8 second attention in 2013. Photo by BirgerKing.

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Walking During Board Retreats: A Few Tips

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Moving around at work helps get our brains to re-engage. Even small movements cause improved brain processing speed, learning, and short-term memory. Our brains begin to slow down when we are not moving. Being active in meetings can bring our brains out of “hibernation mode.”

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[Cool Infographic Friday] A Who’s Who of the Minions


My brain is still on vacation and I wish I had some minions to do all my work for me. Sadly, these will have to do. A Who’s Who of the minions infographic. Potluck

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Have Fun Do Good Link Love: Right Brain Business Plan, Blog Action Day, and Oprah

Have Fun - Do Good

NEWS Below is a roundup of blog posts and podcast interviews I've published since my last Have Fun Do Good Link Love (where did the month go?):

4 Smart Ways to Avoid Burnout For Nonprofit Professionals


A bedtime ritual of bath, reading, a cup of herbal tea, meditation, or other calming activities, can bring your brain noise down a few notches and allow you to settle into a less agitated state to get some rest. Your body and brain need downtime to replenish your energy.

Volunteerism Keeps Proving Its Value (Especially When Skills Are Given)

Connection Cafe

Each time this report comes out I feel compelled to shout from the rooftops that, if you aren’t volunteering or you could be investing more brain power in the kind of work you’re doing, it’s time to make a change. The news is out, and it’s good! What news? Volunteerism news, of course.

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TechSoup Launches Micro-Volunteer Initiative, Donate Your Brain

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup is launching a new micro-volunteering initiative called Donate Your Brain. TechSoup's Donate Your Brain is a way for nonprofits, NGOs, libraries, government agencies and other social mission-based organizations to ask tech-related questions and get quick answers. This post was authored by Becky Band Jain , a TechSoup guest blogger and volunteer.

Using Technology for Mission: Ontario 211 and NTEN Hear From the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada


Organization: Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada. We aim to reach the the 55,000 Canadians affected by a brain tumour with a variety of tools and technology such as our website and social media communities play a large part in this reach.