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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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Project Management Tips: Timeline

Connection Cafe

In our first post on project management, we identified seven characteristics of a winning project team. Today, we’ll outline building a successful timeline. Initial Review: Carefully review the project schedule when it is first presented to you.

Building the Future: A Legacy of Success

Connection Cafe

Develop What? Develop what?” Thirty years ago that was my dad’s response when I told him I had been named Assistant Director of Development at Viterbo College. A neophyte to development, being at a small college afforded me the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience.

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Building a Business Case for IT Projects: Nonprofit Edition

Connection Cafe

Whether budgeting for an IT project, proposing organizational change, or starting a new program, building a business case is key to getting buy-in, funding, and approval for your initiative, as well as providing a baseline for measuring the investment’s success over time. Return on Investment (ROI) remains a standard measure of IT projects: How will your project impact revenue over time, and how much will it cost?

Tech2Empower: The Llama Pack Project

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This team I worked with helped social entrepreneur Alejandra Arias Stella , the co-founder of the Llama Pack Project to build a reservation system for the Llama treks. The Llama Pack Project does more than provide income.

Integrating Development and Finance through Technology and Best Practices

Connection Cafe

Development and f inance teams have their own unique but overlapping responsibilities around the management of revenue.? Looking to empower your development and finance teams to better collaborate? A great change management technique, build (or re-engineer) your policies in a collaborative way.? To illustrate this, donors sometimes want to fund a project that is outside an organization’s mission.

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. New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) recently completed a rebranding project.

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Our EveryAction Hero: Reproductive Health Access Project


Reproductive Health Access Project works at the crossroads of the medical community and the reproductive rights space to mobilize and train clinicians to ensure access to abortion, contraception, and miscarriage care. How did the Reproductive Health Access Project start? You use EveryAction’s Development tools - including Moves Management and Grants Management - to cultivate donor relationships, build custom reports, and track deadlines and documents through the grant lifecycle.

Benetech’s Framework for Developing New Social Enterprises

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I was delighted when Ron Schultz invited me to collaborate with him on his latest book Creating Good Work – The World’s Leading Social Entrepreneurs Show How to Build a Healthy Economy. I hope this discussion helps other social enterprises examine and develop their own frameworks.

How To Develop Your Nonprofit Operating Reserves

Connection Cafe

In part one of this series, “ 5 Cases for Building Nonprofit Operating Reserves ,” I outlined how reserves provide stability and promote strategic decision making for nonprofit organizations.

Breaking Down the Barriers: Hospital Marketing and Development Collaboration

Connection Cafe

Contrary to popular belief, this sentence from Rudyard Kipling’s 1889 poem is NOT referring to the historic lack of cooperation between hospital marketing and development departments. It is true, though, that most hospital marketing and development professionals seem to live in separate hemispheres. In spite of the fact that both departments rely on excellent communications to achieve their desired outcomes, there is little to no work product developed or created in common.

Nonprofit Finance & Development: Let’s Get Along

Connection Cafe

Learn more: Register for Blackbaud University’s “ Best Practices: Finance and Development—Partnering for Financial Success ” online class. Everyone in your organization plays a part in financial stewardship, but the roles of finance and development are prominent. Development raises the money. Development reports back to donors how the money was used. Finance can help answer key questions like: How much money do you need for this project?

Social Media Benchmarking: Gauging Success for Project and Organizations in Global Health and Development

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Using it as a diagnostic to help networks of similar nonprofits learn best practices from each other. Here’s a guest post about the a group of organizations and projects working Global Health and Development are using it. Flickr Photo by Kevlar.

Building Online Ambassadors

Connection Cafe

The following examples illustrate some best practices in online communication and how integrating those practices into your operations can lead to the development of online ambassadors who will help spread your message on the Internet and beyond. Author: Guest Blogger.

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How’s Your Project Going? - Metrics for Development Builds

Beaconfire Wire

Few things scare clients like the “big black box&# of development. At the development phase, after intensive iterative rounds of creative and functional decisions with a tangible sense of back and forth, the client puts their faith in their consultant.

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? Develop a more accurate overall budget.

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Why and How Rituals Build Resilience in the Nonprofit Workplace

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Workplaces are tapping into the power of ritual to create a sense of community, build relationships in the workplace and reduce stress. Of course, a raise or bonus is nice, but it is the public acknowledge that helps builds community. Rituals to Build Relationships.

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Experiential Leadership Development

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’ve just returned from week-long leadership development program in Israel called “ Reality Storytellers ” hosted by the Schusterman Foundation. This year’s work will build on this past year.

My Colorado Project empowers local change: Interview with Jason Manke

Amy Sample Ward

I recently came across the My Colorado Project when Jason Manke connected with me, asking for feedback and ideas about community building and online community engagement tools. Jason is the Media Director and My Colorado Project Manger for Community Shares of Colorado.

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

Connection Cafe

The study forced us to ask ourselves: How can we possibly drive momentum if we can’t even develop organizational relationships? In short, we realized we need to build a stronger culture of philanthropy. Download: npEXPERTS – Fundraising Matters: Building a Culture of Philanthropy.

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How Can Nonprofits Build High-Performing Teams?

ASU Lodestar Center

With limited people and financial resources, leaders of nonprofit organizations must execute strong management styles that develop the talent of their teams, foster healthy working environments and encourage retention of valuable employees. Create a Development Plan.

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Use The Lunch Hour To Team Build

Eric Jacobsen Blog

According to Flavio Martins , the author of the new book, Win The Customer , the most important team building hour of the day is lunch hour. Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Leadership Lunch Hour Team Team Building

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7 Tips for Building a Healthcare Fundraising Program

Connection Cafe

I honestly don’t know how to build a full fundraising program.”. This is the voice of many healthcare development staff members who have never ventured past event fundraising. There are many ways to start or build a robust philanthropy program. “All I do is special events.

Cancer Council SA Ambassador Project

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

When Cancer Council SA (that’s South Australia, not South Africa) started the Ambassador Project as an experiment in revitalizing volunteerism and community fundraising , jumping in to the social media pond was not even on the agenda. Enter the Ambassador Project.

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Accidental Techies: 13 Lessons on Building Your Nonprofit Technology Culture

AFP Blog

The usual great read from Peter Campbell Accidental Techies: 13 Lessons on Building Your Nonprofit Technology Culture : "EXPONENT PARTNERS SERIES: SMART PRACTICES Is your nonprofit thinking about implementing a large database project like Salesforce? His organization, the top funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans in the country, is developing Salesforce as a data warehouse for their grantee information and document management. " ''via Blog this

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How’s Your Project Going? – Metrics for Development Builds | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

– Metrics for Development Builds Posted Sunday, January 25th, 2009 at 7:09 pm by Alan Gallauresi (13 posts) Few things scare clients like the “big black box&# of development. In the middle of a build, things change.

Emerging Leaders Need More than Leadership Development

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The project, which combined peer learning and mentoring together with an online “ Emerging Leaders Playbook ,” offered a new and entirely virtual approach to leadership development. Emerging Leaders Need More than Leadership Development. Flickr Image – ImageGroup.

The easier it looks, the more expensive it will be (or, how to avoid clusterfrack projects)

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

As most of you know, I’m a very long time veteran of web application building. I’ve been involved in web application development basically since they started – when, when a cgi-bin folder with some perl scripts to process simple forms was the norm. I’ve considered myself pretty successful at both helping clients navigate the tough waters of web development projects, as well as accomplishing web projects for them. The developers?

Using Data to Develop Your Alumni Engagement Program: Lessons from UCLA

Connection Cafe

Could we build engagement through technology without using the resources required for in-person events or phone calls? As part of the effort, we dedicated two staff members specifically to this project to support data collection and hygiene. Everyone is talking about alumni engagement.

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Building a Culture of Philanthropy: Hear it From the Experts

NonProfit Hub

Underdeveloped defines a culture of philanthropy as a set of organizational values and practices that support and nurture development within a nonprofit organization. In theory, most of your organization would probably agree that building a Culture of Philanthropy is a good idea.

Lessons Learned from the Rollout

Connection Cafe

I’m sure many of you have followed the launch (and re-launch ) of over the last few weeks, as this must rank as one of the most highly publicized (and scrutinized) technology projects in recent memory. Regardless an unrealistic burden was placed on the development team.

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Designing Professional Development for the Distracted Learner

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Bersin by Deloitte’s infographic “ Meet the Modern Learner ” is an excellent summary of the challenges facing trainers who need to design and deliver professional development for nonprofit professionals. Bersin by Deloitte’s infographic “Meet the Modern Learner”.

The Reasons For Using Lunch Hour To Team Build

Eric Jacobsen Blog

According to Flavio Martins , the author of the new book, Win The Customer , the most important team building hour of the day is lunch hour. Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Flavio Martins Leadership Lunch Hour Team Building Teams Win The Customer

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

” 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. I have been delivering virtual master classes and helping to develop their capacity building programs in digital skills.

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. Leadership development. Alliance building. Organizational Development.

Build vs “Buy”

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I keep being surprised by how frequently I hear clients tell me that a vendor has suggested they “build them a CMS,&# or by proposals from vendors that include custom building a CMS. I hear people suggesting building their own social networking website. Five years ago, it was full of custom built systems of all sorts - and the “build vs. buy&# decision was, I think, more difficult, because the available software to buy was fairly cruddy.

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Building Community: Who / How / Why

Museum 2.0

They talked about community building. I don’t think there is a way to directly build community. We can’t sit down and say, “let’s go build some community.” Participation is one (of many) tactics for building community. As time has gone on, my attention has shifted from the tactic of participation to the outcome of building community. And so today I want to talk about building community: the who , the how , and the why of it.

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Building a Pipeline to the Arts, World Cup Style

Museum 2.0

And it''s got me thinking about how we build energy and audience for the arts in this country. AYSO builds both the players and the audiences for soccer''s future in this county at all levels. Imagine if every community theater was a development theater for a bigger one.

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The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

The Corps Network National Conference is an annual gathering of national, state, and local leaders in the fields of workforce development, community service, and conservation. Presented in collaboration with African American Development Officers Network (AADO). Xperience Design Project.

Ways that Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Can Build Virtuoso Listening Skills

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

For the past few months, I’ve been facilitating a Nonprofit Emerging Leaders online peer learning project with Third Plateau Impact Strategies. It’s a pilot supported by the Packard Foundation that tests different approaches to emerging leaders professional development.

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7 LGBT Tech Projects You Need to Know

Tech Soup Blog

In honor of LGBT Pride Month , I wanted to highlight some inspiring LGBT technology projects you should follow and champion. While diverse in their missions, these projects all have the common threads of inclusivity, support, and access.

Why Lunch Hour Is So Important To Team Building

Eric Jacobsen Blog

According to Flavio Martins , the author of the new book, Win The Customer , the most important team building hour of the day is lunch hour. Flavio Martins How To Build A Better Team Lunch Hour Team Building Win The Customer

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