The Brain Drain in the Nonprofit Sector

NonProfit PRO

Unfortunately, these rumblings are causing a brain drain in the industry. We've known for years that there has been grumbling about the nonprofit sector.

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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. According to a recent study published by the Harvard Business Review , a “trust chemical” is produced by your brain called Oxytocin, when you meet new people who you can identify as trustworthy. And of course, it all starts with the brain. Now, this might sound a little strange, but it’s true.

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Top 5 Ways to Train Your Brain to Get the Mental Edge

Find the free stuff

The post Top 5 Ways to Train Your Brain to Get the Mental Edge appeared first on Productivity is at its peak when all necessary resources are channeled in the right direction. Staying focused on the job is sacrosanct.

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Brain Scans Offer Donor Insight

Wild Apricot

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

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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. The event promised an after-hours look at their special exhibition Brain: The Inside Story , a chat with its curators, a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum, and an opportunity to meet other fans of AMNH. Note from Beth: Hosting events for your network – where they can meet offline – can be a terrific away to build your network.

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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. TechSoup's microvolunteering initiative, Donate Your Brain, has taken a lot of time by TechSoup staff, with the goal of it taking very little time for the volunteers who participate. We mapped out the process we would use to promote Donate Your Brain opportunities.

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Harnessing Brainpower Through "Donate Your Brain"

Wild Apricot

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

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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. Since 2005, I've been murmuring that the future of blogging is not with individual blogs like mine, but with well-designed web sites that feature clusters of blogs by diverse authors who are focused on a coherent mission. The CTK guest blog offers me a wonderful opportunity to stand and deliver.

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What Nonprofit Professionals Need to Know about the Brain

Connection Cafe

Additionally, I have been doing research on the brain for years and am an expert on the brain of teenagers, and on how stress impacts the brain. How the brain impacts our clients. Living in poverty has physical manifestations that start in the brain. How the brain impacts our staff. Like our brains impact our clients, our brains also impact us in a variety of ways.

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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

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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. I'm not saying that social media is harmful to your brain or an addiction. (Well, maybe for those people who Twitter on their mobile phones while on the toilet ). Does growing up digital evolve young people's brains?

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7 Totally Surprising Brain Tricks to Sell Your Cause


Yet we spend a lot of time trying to persuade people by focusing on the 5% rational brain with statistics, rational arguments and feature lists. Yet we spend a lot of time trying to persuade people by focusing on the 5% rational brain with statistics, rational arguments and feature lists. Just 150 milliseconds after seeing an image of a baby, people’s medial orbitofrontal cortex – the part of the brain associated with emotion – becomes abuzz with activity. Katya Andresen.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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. Also, keep an eye out for her book about the Right Brain Business Plan that will be published by New World Library in early 2011. P.S. I'm a Right Brain Business plan "affiliate" so if you click on this link to register for the class , I get a percentage of the registration fee

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5 Questions: Persuasion for Techies: How to Win Your Supporter's Left Brain, Right Brain, and Heart with Behavioral Economics


Session: Persuasion for Techies: How to Win Your Supporter's Left Brain, Right Brain and Heart with Behavioral Economics. Note: As we prepare for the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference , we wanted share a wee bit of the wisdom our speakers will be serving up, so as not to overwhelm you when you get to Atlanta. We're asking them all to share their answers to five very important questions. Speaker: Katya Andresen, Network for Good.

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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. Building community within the brain tumour community in Canada - providing places for them to connect with one another and to learn about brain tumours.

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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. Some neurons in my brain made me connect back to Shenk's book I attended NDN's New Audiences, New Tools Forum. But the point is that knowledge is now externalized in our global brain of connections with our friends. Photo by VaxZine.

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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. I love seeing their visual plans (which look quite a bit like a Right-Brain Business Plan!) Last fall, I hosted a Have Fun, Do Good series where 12 bloggers shared how they have fun and do good.

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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. I took Jennifer Lee's Right Brain Business Plan in-person, one-day workshop in November last year, and found it totally inspiring.

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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. Jenn is teaching her Right Brain Business Plan e-course May 17-July 9th. If you're not sure whether the e-course is right for you, you could try out her Right Brain Business Plan e-book and Guided Visualization first. Hello Have Fun Do Gooders!

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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. A year later, and Amy Jo Kim's presentations about ways that personalization, feedback, collecting, points and exchanges can make all kinds of experiences more engaging and sticky still resonate with me.

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How To Rewire Your Brain To Be A More Effective Leader

Eric Jacobson

The science of neuroplasticity shows that you can learn the practice of mindfulness training that results in physical changes to the structure of your brain -- in some cases as quickly as eight weeks -- that can be linked to better leadership skills. This week brings the new book, The Mindfulness Edge , a fascinating manual that teaches you how through mindfulness training you can become a better leader.

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?):

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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.

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How do we do make change if we keep doing things the same way?

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

April 7, 2007 I had heard about this new journal a while ago, and it was sitting in some small corner of my brain, waiting for me to pay attention. Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology How do we do make change if we keep doing things the same way?

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5 Ways To Optimize Your Donation Pages for End-of-Year Fundraising


large portion of human brains is devoted to visual processing, and a donor's eyes are naturally drawn immediately to an image, even before the page's headline. Improving your website donation pages is the single best way to raise more money during the year-end giving season. The unfortunate reality is that the average fundraising page completion rate is only 17%, according to the M+R 2017 Benchmarks Study.

Facebook Linked In Twitter Home About Home Adding emails to Salesforce when on a Mac Adding emails to Salesforce when on a Mac Last Updated on Thursday, 1 February 2007 11:48 Written by Steve Wednesday, 24 January 2007 02:58 Simon Fell , the brains behind the API, has created a tool called Maildrop which: provides the ability to take emails and create Case or Activity in Salesforce (ala Outlook edition).

I had an idea that this could be very powerful, but my naive realist brain needed to see it to believe it. Facebook Linked In Twitter Home About Home New way to Handle Households in New way to Handle Households in Last Updated on Thursday, 19 January 2006 09:40 Written by Steve Saturday, 14 January 2006 06:28 The new version of changed the way you could relate objects to each other.

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Why is Creating Change in Membership Organization so Difficult?

Joy of Membership

Anything that minimizes thinking seems to be your brain’s preference. Your brain is preoccupied with your survival. Our brains are programmed to resist change, because what you’re doing is allowing you to live.

How To Become A Stronger Career Mentor

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Employ right-brain imagination, artistry, and intuition plus left-brain logic and planning. Author Paul Falcone offers the following great advice for how to become a stronger career mentor and coach by helping your subordinates grow and develop in their own careers.

5 Design Techniques That Will Increase the Lifespan of Your Nonprofit’s Website

Nonprofit Tech for Good

In practice: 1) The Brain Donor Project. Most people probably have never thought about donating their brains to science. Crystal Dionysopoulou is the founder and Creative Director of Lucid Fox , a dynamic web design and development agency that puts people first.

Words To Lead By

Eric Jacobsen Blog

I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow." - President Woodrow Wilson. Words to lead by : "It's amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - President Harry S. Truman.

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5 Ways Neuroscience Helps Your Nonprofit Understand Donor Behavior


The mesolimbic part of the brain assigns values to the sensory stimuli, helping us classify what we feel. The rational part of a donor’s brain still mediates the action evoked or prompted by the emotional part through values and learnings.

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Words To Lead By

Eric Jacobsen Blog

I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow." - President Woodrow Wilson. Words to lead by : "It's amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - President Harry S. Truman.

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The Power of Kawaii for Nonprofit Social Media Managers

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Looking at cute images, particularly those of baby animals, has been proven to increase our brain’s concentration levels for a short time afterwards. Via Zoo Atlanta: Polar Bear Cubs (Endangered). The Power of Kawaii (a Japanese word meaning “cute”) can help nonprofit social media managers be more productive and also help counterbalance the flood of negative images that we are exposed to as a by-product of emerging ourselves into the 24/7 news cycle.

Strategic Storytelling For Brand Building: How To Identify And Share Your Nonprofit’s Brand Origin Story


Sometimes without even noticing it, our brain is activated in a unique and engaged way when a story is being shared. It’s brain science. Science tells us that when someone is sharing or listening to a story, their brain produces several chemicals and hormones.

The Psychology of Giving: Important Words to Use in Your Appeals

The Modern Nonprofit

There’s reputable neuroscience research showing that people’s brains light up when they hear their own name. So our brains are actually hard-wired to respond to appeals that speak to us directly.

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Words To Lead By

Eric Jacobsen Blog

I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow." - President Woodrow Wilson. Words to lead by : "It's amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - President Harry S. Truman.

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Want to Kiss Self Doubt Goodbye?

Social Velocity

If left on its own to run rampant in your brain, it can really start to impede your ability to move your social change work forward. Did you know that self doubt is one of the biggest hurdles you face? Truly.

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How to Overcome the Fear That Success Is Selfish in Order to Better Serve Your Nonprofit and Your Community


By identifying and addressing limiting beliefs that you may face, you can train your brain to approach tasks with more confidence, creativity, and enthusiasm. This post is part of a series on limiting beliefs. Read the first post on overcoming the fear that your story doesn’t matter. .

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11 Nonprofit Professionals Share Social Media and Technology Advice for Nonprofits via Instagram Video

Nonprofit Tech for Good

National Brain Tumor Society. Thanks to a partnership with the Public Interest Registry , Heather Mansfield of Nonprofit Tech for Good was able to report live from the Nonprofit Technology Conference ( #14NTC ) last week in Washington, DC. Empowered with a tablet and smartphone, one of Heather’s first priorities was to reveal the faces and expertise behind some our favorite nonprofit brands.

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