5 Cases for Building Nonprofit Operating Reserves

Connection Cafe

Fortunately, many nonprofit donors and charity watchdog groups are moving away from this way of thinking and are now acknowledging that operating reserves play a vital role in building an organization’s long-term sustainability.

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Can You Measure the Impact of Capacity Building for Nonprofits?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Capacity building is about improving organizational (or network) effectiveness. Capacity building includes both money (grants), consultants/technical assistance, peer learning/communities of practice, and collaboration.

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How to Build Great Organizations for Greater Societal Impact

Connection Cafe

The Leap Ambassadors Community is a group of nonprofit leaders who are passionate about “inspiring, motivating and supporting nonprofit and public sector leaders (and their stakeholders) to build great organizations for great societal impact.”.

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[New eBook] Fundraising Matters: Building a Culture of Philanthropy

Connection Cafe

In short, we realized we need to build a stronger culture of philanthropy. Download: npEXPERTS – Fundraising Matters: Building a Culture of Philanthropy. A few years ago, something hit those of us in the nonprofit sector right between the eyes.

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How Nonprofits Can Build Trust with Strong Internal Controls

Connection Cafe

The answer may surprise you because the most important role of internal controls is not compliance, it’s trust-building. Finally, it is not enough to build a great internal control structure without ensuring it is working as intended.

Building a Culture of Philanthropy: Hear it From the Experts

NonProfit Hub

In theory, most of your organization would probably agree that building a Culture of Philanthropy is a good idea. Building a culture of philanthropy starts by cultivating the understanding that fundraising is core to your organization’s ability to fulfill its mission.”.

Grassroots Campaigning: How to Use Online Channels to Build Offline Support

Connection Cafe

Well, we could build that too if we had their budget.”. If your organization has been waiting for the right moment (or perhaps the extra motivation) to invest the staff and financial resources necessary to build your offline infrastructure, this is that moment.

Tips for Nonprofits on Using Social Media to Build Supporter Relationships

Connection Cafe

We asked some of our favorite nonprofit tech friends to share ideas for how organizations can use social media to build meaningful relationships with their supporters—donors, influencers and activists—and what that looks like on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Two Must Read Reports on Nonprofit Capacity Building

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Two reports have been released on the topic of capacity building: “ Supporting Grantee Capacity: Strengthening Effectiveness Together ,” from GrantCraft, a service of the Foundation Center and “ Strengthening Nonprofit Capacity ” from GEOfunders.

Build, Buy, or Customize?

Connection Cafe

Those who have been through large custom build projects (or “bespoke” projects, as some of my friends call it) know these can be labor intensive, prone to risk, and come with a cost. There is no easy answer to the question of build, buy, or customize.

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How to Build a Culture that Leaves Behind a Legacy

NonProfit Hub

Before we get to the legacy-building stuff, let’s get the foundation set. Here’s how you can start building a culture your nonprofit staff and volunteers will want to rally around. Truthfully, setting out to build a legacy is a sure-fire way to fail.

How Generosity Day Is Building A Movement

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Movement BuildingGenerosity Day is an effort to rebrand Valentine’s Day – and make it about love, connection, and well generosity.

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Why Building Resilient Networks Matter

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: I’ve wrote about the importance of building resilience in networks given the complex and connected environment we live in today.

Building Relationships within A Cause-Centered Community: Jeffersonian Dinners

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It is great for helping to build relationships between people in a community and if used in a fundraising context, it can activate additional resources for a cause. A cause-centered community is a group of people who share a common passion for a cause.

Building A Nonprofit Leadership Team That Works


Here are a few tips to help you the next time you’re building a leadership team. The post Building A Nonprofit Leadership Team That Works appeared first on Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology. As a nonprofit CEO, you’re responsible for a lot.

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The Art of Building Lasting Donor Relationships with One-To-One Marketing

Connection Cafe

In college, I worked in the Alumni Giving office making cold calls to solicit donations from former students. I wasn’t good at this job at all. I figured if someone hadn’t donated in 5, 12, or 27 years, then I couldn’t change their mind now.

Community Building begins with Community Organizing

Amy Sample Ward

We focused on principles for community building and community organizing, as well as examples of both short-term and long-term engagement. This also means don’t build it in secret and then “launch&# it – regardless of whether it’s an online space, a program or a campaign.

3 Strategies to Build Your Organization’s Financial Capacity

Connection Cafe

But what if our organizations could engage in a more thoughtful and systematic practice to build our organizations’ financial capacity without making this tradeoff?

Ways that Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Can Build Virtuoso Listening Skills

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In this article, 10 Steps to Effective Listening , by educator Dianne Schilling provides the basic building blocks to effective listening. ” This builds trust and establishes your objectivity. It lets the speaker hear what they just said and can build trust.

Building a Culture of Philanthropy: Hear it From the Experts

Connection Cafe

It’s an important part of building cohesion and teamwork within an organization and it’s imperative that every individual understands how they contribute to this culture. Let us know what you learned and how your organization is building a culture of philanthropy!

Increasing Organizational Buy-in When Building a Culture of Strong Internal Controls

Connection Cafe

Change is hard and building a strong internal controls s tructure when there has not been one previously takes time. That’s why I want to spend some time talking about building habits and values throughout all levels of the organization to increase organizational buy-in.

5 Tips for Building a Content Marketing Strategy for Nonprofits


Content Planning Beyond Just Website Design and SEO. Compared to the corporate sector, it’s safe to say that funding resources are more limited for non-profit organizations. Because of this, there can be more of a struggle to produce engaging content on a regular basis.

5 Proven Tips for Building Your Nonprofits Email List


If you want to build your list, make sure it has priority on your page. Social media is talked about so much that you probably think every other form of communication is dead (Ok, maybe your thinking isn’t that extreme). But that’s not the case.

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Building a Culture of Healthcare Philanthropy with Patients at the Center

Connection Cafe

We all know that patients are at the heart of everything healthcare organizations do.

Building Loyalty Through a Different Kind of Membership Program

Connection Cafe

Many membership programs reward their loyal members with things like free admission, gift shop discounts, and invitations to special events, but what if you let your members choose which benefits they want?

How to Build Meaningful Relationships on Social Media Using the 80/20 Rule

Connection Cafe

As you build a healthy friendship, you’ll find 80% of your time/energy is centered on building each other up through sharing, laughing, and supporting to each other. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about social media it’s this: It’s all about human connection.

How Individual Change Agents Can Help Us Build a Stronger Social Economy

Connection Cafe

And what happens when we build a stronger social economy? Building a Stronger Social Economy Through Individual Change Agents. The most radical force for change is the same thing today that it’s always been—a person.

Metrics for Building, Scaling, and Funding Social Movements

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The report lays out some new metrics for movement building – that are paths to the more easily counted tangible results and where the unit of analysis is the movement or network, not an organization. Alliance building. Movement Building.

Birthing a Curriculum for Building a Community


Every org is different and must build its community to work toward its own goals and mission. You can see the fun part here—we’re building something with so many potential uses and such diverse audiences.

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How to Build a Grateful Patient Program to Drive Lifetime Donors

Connection Cafe

Today’s healthcare market is consumer driven. Forward thinking facilities must find ways to attract, keep, and nurture patients. Engaging grateful patients in philanthropy is an ideal way to do just that.

How to Build Your Nonprofit’s Email List

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The following is an excerpt from Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits. Not all email lists are the same.

How to Build a Better Board and Staff Relationship

NonProfit Hub

Build Transparency and Trust. The post How to Build a Better Board and Staff Relationship appeared first on Nonprofit Hub. This article was originally published in our Nonprofit Hub Magazine, a bi-monthly publication that features content from the best in the nonprofit industry.

#GivingTuesday: How Sharing Best Practices Is Building A Global Philanthropic Movement

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This documenting and sharing of learning is what my colleague, Rachel Weidinger , calls one of the secrets to successful movement building. This is exactly what GivingTuesday is doing with the capacity building aspect of its campaign. Fundraising Movement Building Philanthropy

The 4 Building Blocks For Happy Volunteers


The post The 4 Building Blocks For Happy Volunteers appeared first on Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology. Are your volunteers taken care of? No, I mean REALLY taken care of.

17 Goals in 14 Years—This is Impact 2030. Let’s Build a Better World.

Connection Cafe

That’s 14 years to end discrimination against women, to give everyone access to clean water, to achieve inclusive and quality education, to protect our oceans, to build safer and sustainable cities, to eradicate hunger, and to develop partnerships that make it all happen.

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How to Build a Marketing Funnel Your Donors Will Love

John Haydon

The post How to Build a Marketing Funnel Your Donors Will Love appeared first on John Haydon. Fundraising is quite a different game then it was even just a few years ago.

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3 Easy Ways to Build Relationships with Your Volunteers

NonProfit Hub

The post 3 Easy Ways to Build Relationships with Your Volunteers appeared first on Nonprofit Hub. The year-end may be over, but the craze doesn’t stop there.

4 Lessons on Building Games for Change

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

4 Lessons on Building Games for Change – Guest Post by Josh Spiro. Since most nonprofits are not equipped to build a game on their own, they need to seek out game design experts.

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Nonprofit Communications: Are They Helping You Build Relationships?

NonProfit Hub

To stay audience-centered with your communications, Green suggests keeping the goal of building that unique relationship front and center. If your audience is young and lively on social media, build your Twitter and Facebook presence.

7 Tips For Building Nonprofit Supporter Profiles


Populating a profile with information from a web-based donation form, supporter survey, mobile app, Facebook’s open graph, and text message subscriptions or donations can help you build unique profiles and really understand your audience. Image courtesy of iwillradio.tv.online.