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

NTEN

Session: Persuasion for Techies: How to Win Your Supporter's Left Brain, Right Brain and Heart with Behavioral Economics. What's the most important trend in nonprofit technology for 2010? 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.

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Reflections from 2021, Thoughts for 2022

The MatrixFiles

Brian Tarallo from Lizard Brain led us through a two-hour reflection and asked us questions like: What has been your overarching mood in 2021? Blog Budgeting and Planning Leadership TrendsIt’s December 22, 2021.

Leveraging the Latest Trends in Non-Profit Website Design

Byte Technology

Of course website trends and fads move quickly these days, so it’s vital that any and all non-profit organizations be proactive about page design in order to put their best face forward in successfully attaining their goals. To put it into perspective, remember this: more than 90 percent of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and the brain processes that visual information 60,000 times faster than it does plain text.

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4 Tech Trend Predictions for Nonprofits for 2016

Connection Cafe

This week, I was fortunate to get a sneak peek at two of the nonprofit sector’s leading tech experts musing on their technology trend predictions for 2016. This video of Mary Beth Westmoreland and Steve MacLaughlin forecasting how and where nonprofits, technology, and even user experience will intersect during this upcoming year is total brain candy for anyone in our space. A great trend for all of us.

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4 Tech Trend Predictions for Nonprofits for 2016

Connection Cafe

This week, I was fortunate to get a sneak peek at two of the nonprofit sector’s leading tech experts musing on their technology trend predictions for 2016. This video of Mary Beth Westmoreland and Steve MacLaughlin forecasting how and where nonprofits, technology, and even user experience will intersect during this upcoming year is total brain candy for anyone in our space. A great trend for all of us.

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5 Web Design Trends and How Your NPO Can Take Advantage

NonProfit Hub

We’ve gathered some of the more popular web design trends from around the Internet. A popular trend is to use these photos as the backdrop of their home page or splash page. This trend plays right into the hands of many nonprofit organizations. This is another trend that can prove to be beneficial for NPOs. Another effective trend involves putting online forms on pop-up screens instead of their own page.

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10 Ways To Identify If Your Web Content Sucks

Care2

Coleman says “content is not a feature, it’s an experience,” a concept that has also been discussed by Kristina Halvorson of Brain Traffic. Nonprofit Online Marketing TrendsAll organizations that I talk with confide in me that they wish that their web content was more compelling and useful. They want their content to tell a story and to use data to show that their activists and donors are making a real impact on the ground.

2020 Round-up: The Top 5 Lessons for Canadian Nonprofits and Charities

Connection Cafe

Citing the research of Dr. Russell James of Texas Tech University, Green explained that when the human brain was studied in relation to legacy gifts, subjects showed activity not in the empathetic part of the brain, but rather in the autobiographical part.

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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. There are some websites that try to break these trends, but this can cause confusion.

Kiss Vanity Metrics Goodbye

Care2

And remember the best analytics is the human brain - meaning you are going to have to spend time analyzing and documenting metrics yourself. Social Networking Trends Web 2.0 Last week I had the opportunity to speak at Politico’s Emerging Tech Leaders series with Politico journalist Jessica Meyers. During our discussion, Jessica and I talked about nonprofit and political campaigns obsession with vanity metrics.

The New War on Social Media Vanity Metrics

Care2

The human brain is the best analytics tool. Social Networking Trends Web 2.0 If you manage social media for your organization, you probably face incredible pressure to show growth and success. You may use free or paid tools to show numbers such as growth in followers, Likes and shares, RT’s, and sentiment based on secret algorithms by computer programs. But are these stats meaningful?

8 Top Examples of Fundraising Flyers+Tips to Make Your Own

Top Nonprofits

The positioning and size of the text immediately draw the viewer’s focus to the call to action, planting the seed in their brain for taking action and helping your cause. 8 Top Examples of Fundraising Flyers+Tips to Make Your Own. So, you have your fundraising idea locked down.

100 Fundraising Email Subject Lines That Will Get Donors to Open Your Email

Get Fully Funded

You might want to write three urgent subject lines, three intrigue subject lines, two that combine intrigue and urgency, and two that don’t fall into either category but still pop into your brain. Try this experiment a few times and look for trends.

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Fundraisers Must Take Time Off From Work. Here’s How to Do It.

Get Fully Funded

Taking a break from work gives your brain the chance to reset and recharge, and this is essential to avoiding burnout and staying productive all year long. Another trend is unlimited paid time off.

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10 New Year’s Resolutions for Nonprofit Social Media Managers

Nonprofit Tech for Good

In the next few weeks I’ll be making recommendations of which tools and trends in technology nonprofits should prioritize in 2013, but for this year’s post on New Year’s resolutions I wanted to get back to basics. One of the biggest downsides for me personally from being connected to the Social Web 50-70 hours a week is that my brain has a hard time reading for extended periods of time.

Tim O'Reilly's challenge

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The creative brains in the Valley have a lot to offer when they are motivated. Tim is the kind of person that holds immense influence because of his track record for spotting new trends. Great article on Tim O'Reilly in the Los Angeles Times.

Millennials and Direct Mail Campaigns: A Crash Course

Achieve

Changing marketing tactics to keep up with shifting trends and attitudes can be a full-time job, which is where crash courses like this article can help. also supports the impact of physical documents as our brains comprehend text better when it’s printed than when it’s on a screen.

Fundraising Planning Guide, Calendar, Worksheet, + Template

CauseVox

Study Past Fundraising Trends. We have found that the process of listing your resources in a clear, organized manner can help you wrap your brain around how you can go about raising the funds needed. Need to create your 2021 fundraising plan? Our most popular course is back!

Data Digest: Introducing the Information Chef

Tech Soup Blog

Information is what we feed our brains, so we should consume healthy, fresh, local, organic information, and be concerned with ethical sourcing. Deeper Dive: Keeping Up with Data Trends. The industry has been changing rapidly, and there are some interesting trends to discuss. This article has a good overview of how current companies are making use of new data technology trends. Hello World!

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11 Qualities of an Effective Social Media Manager

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Her brain is constantly at work dreaming up new campaigns, and rather than shying away from being different and taking risks, she embraces it. Social media moves very quickly, and your nonprofit will fall behind or miss opportunities to explore the “Next Big Thing&# if your social media manager is not regularly browsing these blogs for breaking news about tools, upgrades, and emerging trends.

The Networked Nonprofit – #10NTC

Amy Sample Ward

This session will take a look about these trends and how nonprofits can equipment themselves to be networked nonprofits. Different brains – visual vs words. This session with Beth Kanter and Allison Fine will be presented as a webinar and recorded as part of 10NTC Live. 10NTC Registrants can register for the free recording by entering the source code you received via email. Register Now!

How to Think Like a Futurist

WBT Systems

Every January, articles about trends take over the internet. You’ve probably read a few yourself—including, we hope, the one published here last week about six non-obvious online learning trends for 2018. But every association has a distinct audience who may behave differently than how trend-spotters predict. If you want to identify the most relevant trends for your membership, learn how to think like a futurist.

[VIDEO] How to Raise 25% More from the Right Funders in 2022 and Beyond

Bloomerang

So another way I think about this is like it’s opening up so many tabs in our brain. I’m a little bit embarrassed to talk about mine, but that is happening in our brains too when we start to follow these shiny objects back and forth.

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How To Raise 25% More From The Right Funders In 2022 And Beyond

Bloomerang

But I think it’s important for you guys to recognize some of these trends that we all see and just know that you are so not alone in doing these things or hearing this advice because you guys, the amount of time I wasted over 13 years waiting for a warm introduction or sending the wrong cold email.

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Walking While Working

Beth Kanter

The benefits of walking to “clear your brain” or build relationships is not a new leadership technique. The walking at work trend is being more broadly adopted by senior managers, in part because leaders want to get some distance from their always on work styles, with all of the demands of smartphones and laptops. Last year, when I got may annual physical, my cholesterol numbers were not good.

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How to Lose 10 Pounds in 2 Weeks (Or How to Write Better Email Subject Lines)

NonProfit Hub

In those few seconds, a flurry of thoughts flash inside your brain: Who is the sender? As a nonprofit marketer, you are on the other side of this great brain fire. After a few times doing this, compare the trends and open rates. It sits there. Waiting. Begging for your attention in its boldface type. An unread email. Usually, you’ll decide in a few seconds whether it’s worthy of opening or being cast away in the endless email trash heap.

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6 Ways to Get The Most Out of a Major Donor Visit

BoardAssist

Just say you want to pick their brain. Gail Perry , MBA, CFRE, is an international fundraising consultant, trend-spotter, speaker, trainer and thought leader. You finally got an appointment to meet with your Big Donor…now what? Always ready with great fundraising advice, guest blogger Gail Perry has terrific guidance for us in her guest post this week below. Thanks Gail for these terrific tips. Gail’s top fundraising motto…“when in doubt, shut up!”.

The Tech That Will Change 2016

Tech Soup Blog

However, another trend that is emerging is that we'll be discovering the limitations of social media in fundraising. This has been a steady upward trend since 2008. The NPR story on mobile recruiting is a good place to find out about this new trend. This is an international trend. This trend is likely to continue." It is being developed at the University of Southern California to help victims of stroke and traumatic brain injury.

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Teach Your Members How to Build a Learning Habit

WBT Systems

As behavioral scientists learn more about the brain, their findings on habit development have been the basis of countless articles in traditional and digital media. Share perspectives and statistics about the emergence of new skills, technology, jobs, and trends , and the need for members to prepare themselves for the future. Our brains turn routines into habits to save energy and be efficient. “Learning is what most adults will do for a living in the 21st century.”.

Five Lies You Tell Yourself About Nonprofit Culture

NonProfit Hub

This kept it in the front of our brains and our culture has been growing ever since. If your concept of nonprofit culture falls together with splashy furniture and ping pong tables, then it’ll collapse as soon as the latest trends come around. The best nonprofits are adaptable. Being able to roll with the punches and problem-solve on the fly takes organizations from short-term to the long-haul.

[VIDEO] How to Get a Return on Your Nonprofit Technology Investment

Bloomerang

Adult brains don’t learn new things that easily.

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Why We Moved the Abbott Square Opening - A Mistake, a Tough Call, & a Pivot: Introducing Abbott Square, Bonus Post

Museum 2.0

But my realist brain never got the full attention of my cheerleader brain. I should have taken a break from cheerleading to identify the likely outcome of the trend of construction delays. Excited to open. but not quite yet. This is the eleventh in a series of posts on the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History ( MAH )'s development of Abbott Square , a new creative community plaza in downtown Santa Cruz.

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Don’t just DO South by Southwest this year. Do it Good.

Allegiance Group

Take your brain, stuff it full of innovative thinking, new technology mashups, and the insight from the smartest people you’ve ever seen in one place. Make #sxgood trend. Note: Reprinted from The Huffington Post. Beaconfire is the creator of The Beacon Lounge at SxSW Interactive. Brace yourself. For the next few weeks it will be impossible to turn your head in the media without seeing a story featuring 4 little letters – SxSW. So here’s what I’m gonna do.

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With #IceBucketChallenge in the Rear View, Where Does Fundraising Go from Here?

Connection Cafe

While traditional fundraising still accounts for a great majority of all funds raised, online fundraising is continuing to inch upwards and this trend is expected to continue given the ease of giving and increased efficiencies on the back-end with integrated donation and donor management tools. Focus on Trends, not on Specific Tactics. Instead of focusing on the tactics of the #IceBucketChallenge, focus your perspective on the trend and what it represents—a huge shift.

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

Connection Cafe

Bottom line, the trend line is moving in a positive direction! 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. For those of you who know me, that’s not much of a surprise.

NetCentric Advocacy: Ants: Transactions as the message: How does your advoacy smell to other ants? TED Talks.

Network-Centric Advocacy

Her answers could lead to a better understanding of all complex systems, from the brain to the Web. Her answers could lead to a better understanding of all complex systems, from the brain to the Web. NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity. Home Green Media Toolshed Profile Twitter Shared Links Subscribe Archives « Sunlight Favorites: Research on Government and Political Activity Web2.0 style | Main | Distributed Photo screening. Will it work?

Nonprofit Technology News for January 2014

Tech Soup Blog

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas just finished up on January 10 th so we thought we’d call out some of the products and trends that we hope are fun and interesting to nonprofit techies. The Interaxon Headband is a brain-wave detector that sends real time information on your brain activity to your phone, supposedly so you can improve concentration and composure.

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How to Lose 10 Pounds in 2 Weeks (Or How to Write Better Email Subject Lines)

NonProfit Hub

In those few seconds, a flurry of thoughts flash inside your brain: Who is the sender? As a nonprofit marketer, you are on the other side of this great brain fire. After a few times doing this, compare the trends and open rates. It sits there. Waiting. Begging for your attention in its boldface type. An unread email. Usually, you’ll decide in a few seconds whether it’s worthy of opening or being cast away in the endless email trash heap.

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LMS Branding – Beyond the Logo

Gyrus

When you think of brands like Coca-Cola or Walmart, there is a clearly defined color palette that tends to circle around in your brain. If you’re the latter of those options, you’ll be surprised to learn that a growing trend in organizations, is to mandate font types across all branded communications. LMS Branding – Beyond the Logo. As a new marketing person, I have a unique opportunity to engage our users, potential clients, and cohorts in the industry.