Navigating Power Dynamics to Create “Sticky” Relationships

Connection Cafe

This idea of “sticky” relationships that enable companies and nonprofits to drive meaningful progress on both mission and business goals is the third (and final) characteristic of The Knitting Factor, or Common Impact’s concept on creating transformative skills-based service.

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. But both the community and your organization want to see certain laws passed, things improved, programs created or groups supported.

Why You Should Start Creating a Mid-Level Donor Program ASAP

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

By focusing a little extra energy on your mid-level donors, you can raise more money and create a quality pipeline for your major gifts officers. Provide them with sophisticated content and create calls, webinars, or events to provide them deeper insight into the organization.

How to Create a Sustainable Volunteer Program

NonProfit Hub

You’ll be able to form relationships with recurring volunteers and build a tribe of long-term supporters who provide consistent support and believe in your cause. The post How to Create a Sustainable Volunteer Program appeared first on Nonprofit Hub.

[Guide] Creating Video for Nonprofits

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

When you're building a movement, video is an indispensable storytelling tool. Creating a video with social media in mind (while also growing your social media audience organically) is a great way to grow your base and reach more supporters. I really like to create a conversation.

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Technology & Community: Strategic Options for Building Movements

Amy Sample Ward

Technology and Community: Strategic Options for Movement Building. That’s when the movement building can begin. Focusing on those areas where your goals overlap enables you to create a common ground, share a purpose; and that’s where you can build a movement.

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Building Impact Fundraising Capacity

Connection Cafe

Jamie Forbes of Opus Advisers and Alexandra Urbanowski of New Hampshire Public Radio helped attendees understand the value of building a brand within the nonprofit space and how it can impact fundraising.

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3 Steps to Creating Your Perfect Advocacy Fundraising Moment

Connection Cafe

That’s where creating your own advocacy moment comes in. So here are just three steps you can take to create your own advocacy fundraising moment: Using Action-Oriented Communication to Prime Your Moment. WEBINAR: Create Your Own Fundraising Moment.

Tips & Tools To Appreciate Your Nonprofit Staff and Build A Culture of Resilience

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

As part of my work with nonprofit organizations to help them build a culture of resilience that I wrote about in the Happy Healthy Nonprofit , I have facilitated retreats where staff brainstorm ideas and identify simple ways that they can make working at their organization more enjoyable.

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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How Nonprofits Can Build Trust with Strong Internal Controls

Connection Cafe

Did those big promises of reward with no effort create trust or did they feel a little shady? The answer may surprise you because the most important role of internal controls is not compliance, it’s trust-building. Control activities can create both safety nets and security nets.

Screen Play: Creating A Full-Width Page in WordPress

Byte Technology

And of course WordPress themes come with tons of options to customize and create exactly the look you want for your blog, e-commerce store, company website etc. Case in point: creating a full-width page for your site rather than relying on the default size.

Creating the Perfect Editorial Calendar – A Cinderella Story

Connection Cafe

We created this editorial calendar for ourselves at Mighty Citizen and have been working in it for years. Of course, no content calendar is one-size-fits-all, but we’ve created a template version that can be easily customized to meet your needs. The daily scramble.

Building the Future: A Legacy of Success

Connection Cafe

Creating a Legacy of Pride. I coordinated alumni efforts, including that division of Building the Future , their ambitious capital campaign. Develop What?

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Building Online Ambassadors

Connection Cafe

The good news – at least for the more technologically savvy organizations – is creating vocal volunteers to advance your communication goals is easier than ever, thanks to the free tools available online. Author: Guest Blogger. Fundraising is hard work.

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Creating Healthy Nonprofits in Silicon Valley

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Creating Healthy Nonprofits in Silicon Valley. And how might we help bring these two groups together to create healthier nonprofits, healthier networks, and ultimately, healthier communities? Guest Post By Heather McLeod Grant.

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Picture Perfect: Building an Image Gallery on Your WordPress Site

Byte Technology

When it comes to building your WordPress site, there are myriad options for creating a unique look that really defines you and your message, your product or service, your specific cause and so on. And to do this you’ll want to create an image gallery using the Envira Gallery plugin.

ASU Lodestar Center Blog: Creating, Building, and Sustaining.

ASU Lodestar Center

Disclaimer Tuesday, May 24, 2011 Creating, Building, and Sustaining Nonprofit Communities posted by Hannah Humphrey , Public Allies Arizona Alumna / Outreach Coordinator, Xico What does it mean to be a community organization? Creating, Building, and Sustaining Nonprofit Commu.

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4 Steps to Creating Your Nonprofit’s Storytelling Strategy

Connection Cafe

Storytelling can be used support your organization’s advocacy, communications, marketing, and fundraising efforts by helping you build stronger connections with your audience. These are all potential opportunities for your organization to tell stories that showcase the ways in which your organization has created impact and benefited from donor support. Step 4: Create Your Plan. Once you have completed Steps 1 to 3, you are ready to create your storytelling plan.

3 Strategies to Build Your Organization’s Financial Capacity

Connection Cafe

Let’s face it—budget planning can cause much stress and anxiety for nonprofits.Most organizations face frequent budget cuts, thus creating organizational uncertainty. A simple dashboard can be created when linking formulas through Microsoft Excel.

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How Can Nonprofits Build High-Performing Teams?

ASU Lodestar Center

In order to counter the pending “leadership deficit,” organizations must take a new approach to building HPT’s, which involves approaching human resources strategically, creating a development plan, building a supportive culture and measuring performance.

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How To Build A Great Business

Eric Jacobsen Blog

When you start reading Mark Thompson’s and Brian Tracy’s book, Now…Build a Great Business! , Create a great customer experience You’ll find a checklist at the end of each step (each chapter) where you can write down your action plan for applying what you’ve learned.

Instead of Selling Objects, Build Public Trust

Museum 2.0

Now, you have a new vision--co-created with trustees and community leaders--for a path forward. And you'll build your endowment, too. I once consulted with a museum that had no museum--no building, no public programs, no exhibitions. You run a regional museum.

Four Tips to Help Nonprofit Marketing Departments Create a Culture of Philanthropy

Connection Cafe

This gets to the heart of the best practices that are needed to create a culture of philanthropy within anonprofit organization. What happens as a result is that it makes it impossible to build sustainable relationships with donors over the long haul.

Smart Selling: Tips for Creating a Successful E-Commerce Site

Byte Technology

Doing so helps build authority in whatever product line you’re in and creates a definite sense of credibility. Create Amazing Category Pages. The post Smart Selling: Tips for Creating a Successful E-Commerce Site appeared first on Byte Technology’s Web Design Insights Blog.

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How Generosity Day Is Building A Movement

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Let’s make the day about love, action and human connection – because we can do better than smarmy greeting cards, overpriced roses, and stressed-out couples trying to create romantic meals on the fly. I expect that to create a movement, you need both. Movement Building

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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.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 101: Building Trust and Accountability with Donor Statements

Connection Cafe

Listen in to learn how to begin, how donor statements can be used to build trust and start new conversations with donors, and which donors should receive the statements. How the donor statement helps build trust. The first steps for creating donor statements.

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

Connection Cafe

We were caught in a vicious cycle where the lack of conditions for success was creating painfully high turnover and, with it, unsustainable relationships between constituents and our organizations. In short, we realized we need to build a stronger culture of philanthropy.

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Creating a Giving Tuesday Strategy That’s ‘Just Right’

Connection Cafe

We started using online giving forms —creating a custom donation page just for this event. We created suggested ask amounts. Create a plan ahead of time to define what messaging will resonate with your donors.

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7 Tips For Building Nonprofit Supporter Profiles


Imputing information on a specific donor, volunteer, or affiliated business is the first step to creating a matrix of interactions and a database of useful information. Again, cross-referencing individuals with organizations can create opportunities to make a more personalized connection.

Capacity Building with Training Teams

Vertex Systems

Many consultants and associations (and maybe even some software vendors) have been throwing the term around to create a new spin on an old adage. Capacity building is just that – building up the ability of a nonprofit agency from within and from the outside.

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3 Ways To Create Better Content Marketing


Create content that your target audience cares about, and can use in their every day life. Here are 3 ways your nonprofit should start thinking about content marketing to start seeing more interaction, and start creating better content. Build a foundation.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 108: Celebrating Failure to Create Social Impact

Connection Cafe

Building trust between funders and grantees to allow for more transparency. What’s the last thing you failed at? What did you learn from it? How you think about failure in the context of learning can make a big difference in future performance – both personally and as an organization. Today’s guest is Kate Robinson, executive director of the film Failing Forward: On the Road to Social Impact.

3 New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofit Professionals to Build Resilience

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

3) Start A New Journal: There are many productivity planners, but I like to create my own. ” I create a few pages in the beginning to write about my themes, what makes me happy, what to improve, and major projects for the year. Flickr photo by Geoff Livingston.

7 Tips for Building an Effective Nonprofit Annual Report

NonProfit Hub

Here are some tips on how to create an annual report that works for your organization. The post 7 Tips for Building an Effective Nonprofit Annual Report appeared first on Nonprofit Hub. Nonprofits are expected to provide the public with an annual report.

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.

7 Tips for Creating Compelling Nonprofit Infographics that get Shared

Connection Cafe

But … While infographics may be hot, they’re not all created equal. Essentially, you can be sure you’re creating a piece that will resonate with the people you’re trying to reach. The alternative is to create something for no one. We all love a good infograhpic.

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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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Creating an Infographic


Infographics can be difficult to create, especially if your budget is small and your dreams are big. Our five-week training How to Use Data to Transform Your Organization can teach you about the process and help you build your own infographic by the end of the course.

Money Matters: Creating a Donation Form for Your WordPress Site

Byte Technology

Therefore, consider building a wholly unique form that gathers only the information you need and provides options for subscribing to newsletters, using a variety of payment processors and more, all the while having the ability to merge with multiple add-on software designed to keep donors on your own page rather than redirect them to a third-party payment system. Once you’ve installed and activated the plugin, it’s time to create your custom form.

Do Capacity Building Programs Help Nonprofits Achieve Better Results?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: My long-time colleague, Teresa Crawford, Executive Director, Social Sector Accelerator, shares some thoughts about nonprofit capacity building programs based on extensive research.

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.