Building Tech Capacity with Pro Bono Volunteers

Connection Cafe

At Common Impact, we work to connect expert business volunteers to nonprofits that need help building organizational capacity in areas like marketing, finance, or HR. As a best practice, treat this project as one of your own strategic objectives to ensure you carve out time to thoroughly review documentation and address any questions the volunteer brings forward. Nonprofit Nonprofit Management #nptech nonprofit capacity building pro bono skills-based volunteerism

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6 Tech Considerations Before You Build a New Website

Connection Cafe

Do you want to build an approval workflow into the CMS? Sit with your team and dive deeper into your current site with the following questions: Can our users find what they’re looking for? We get it—a new website is a tantalizing endeavor.

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5 Questions before you start before building your social media

NCE Social Media

Paul Miller wrote a brief article on the “ 5 Questions to Ask Before Build Social Media Campaigns “ It’s worth a read. His five questions are: 1. Tags: Marketing and Awareness Policy list media questions social Who are you targeting? How does your target audience use social media? How should you come across? What do you want to achieve? Are you ready for a long engagement? You have to read the story to see his answers.

7 Questions on Marketing Automation for Nonprofits


You can build a vision of what the campaign and all of its elements will look like, establish metrics for success, and then execute it without having to manually send each email, post each tweet, etc.

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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Seven Tough Questions To Ask Your Team

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Allen and Mitchell Kusy recommend that leaders ask seven tough questions of their teams to help maximize their results. Here are those questions to ask each team member: What are some obstacles affecting this team?

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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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Building the Future: A Legacy of Success

Connection Cafe

I coordinated alumni efforts, including that division of Building the Future , their ambitious capital campaign. So if anyone ever questions your choice of careers, remember, the life you may change may be closer to home than you ever imagined. Develop What? Creating a Legacy of Pride.

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Seven Tough Questions Leaders Ask Their Teams

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Allen and Mitchell Kusy recommend that leaders ask seven tough questions of their teams to help maximize their results. Here are those questions to ask each team member : What are some obstacles affecting this team?

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Get your nonprofit marketing questions answered!

Amy Sample Ward

I’m really excited for my friend and colleague, Kivi Leroux Miller for her new book The Nonprofit Marketing Guide: High-Impact, Low-Cost Ways to Build Support for Your Good Cause. I’ll submit all questions to Kivi on June 5th, so only questions posted before then will be included.

Seven Tough Questions To Ask Your Team

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Allen and Mitchell Kusy recommend that leaders ask seven tough questions of their teams to help maximize their results. Here are those questions to ask each team member: What are some obstacles affecting this team?

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Convio Go! List-Building Strategies

Connection Cafe

OMRF Shows New Supporters that “Geek is Chic” Working with small, resource-strapped nonprofits, we often find that many have the same questions about engaging new supporters: How often should we communicate? team helped design a quirky multi-part campaign to engage new supporters and build their file. The efforts of these supporters combined to build community awareness and help the “research is cool. Author: Jennifer Atkins.

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The Answers to Your Crowdfunding Questions

NonProfit Hub

For example, you want to raise money to build a school in 6 months, so you create a crowdfunding campaign aimed at raising a certain dollar amount within that time. The post The Answers to Your Crowdfunding Questions appeared first on Nonprofit Hub.

To Build or Not Build an App: Should It Be a Question for Your Nonprofit?


Satisfying the repetitive, bored, and/or urgent needs: Is building a custom app a good idea for your nonprofit? If you work for a nonprofit and are thinking about building an app, you’re already on the right track in many ways: There are many “mobile first” evangelists who believe that the mobile user should be the first and main target when creating any digital experience, in spite of potential drawbacks and missed testing opportunities. Zee Hoffmann Jones.

Don’t Try It Alone| Build Relationships for Stronger Fundraising

Connection Cafe

However, the better question is: Can you walk out the door and get money from the same donors year after year? Here are three easy tips to start building your CRM program: 1. I know a CEO who liked to say: I don’t need to worry about relationships to raise money.

4 Steps To Building Better Constituent Relationships


Here are 4 step that will help you and your nonprofit build stronger relationships with your constituents according to Monika McMahon of The Connected Cause. Being able to answer questions like: Where did your new constituents come from? Image courtesy of University of Minnesota.

Seven Questions To Ask Each Team Member

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Allen and Mitchell Kusy recommend that leaders ask seven tough questions of their teams to help maximize their results. Here are those questions to ask each team member : What are some obstacles affecting this team?

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Seven Tough Questions To Ask Your Teams

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Allen and Mitchell Kusy recommend that leaders ask seven tough questions of their teams to help maximize their results. Here are those questions to ask each team member : What are some obstacles affecting this team? Allen Team Building Teams Teamwork

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The 4 Building Blocks For Happy Volunteers


Make sure they’re attended to, and someone is available to them at all times who has the experience to answer any questions they might have. The post The 4 Building Blocks For Happy Volunteers appeared first on Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology.

The Big Twitter Question


In my recently released book Welcome to the Fifth Estate , the second half of the book deals with building a strategy and sustaining it over the long term. Data from Comscore Nonprofit marketers should evaluate Twitter once again.

Monthly Chats about Community Building: Are you with me?

Amy Sample Ward

Last month, I moderated the June #4Change chat with the topic of “community building&#. In the last chat, there was a lot of mention and enthusiasm for a monthly chat specifically on community building. Please take just a few minutes to share your responses to the questions below in the comments. Why do you want to participate in a chat about community building, community management, and community driven projects?

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Could your non-profit generate revenue? (5 questions to ask yourself)


Building on the discussion of revenue generating non-profits from Monday, this article talks about five questions you should ask yourself when considering if your non-profit could fundraise via revenue generation. This five step process will take you a long way in the direction of seeing if this is a fit for you

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.

What are you building?

John Haydon

A long time ago in the city of Rome, there were several hundred men working on a large building. A little girl, who was very curious, wandered into the building site to see what she could learn. Gasping for breath, he answered “I’m building a wall!”

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Build vs Buy a Membership Management Solution: 10 Considerations for Choosing What's Right for Your Organization

Wild Apricot

Should your organization build a membership management solution? If you're a membership manager, you will eventually face this question. buy build criteria membership-managerOr buy one? I put this post together to help guide you through the process of making the right decision for your organization.

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Building Stronger Online Communities Without Losing Your Sanity

Amy Sample Ward

One of the sessions I’m a part of , along with Manny Hernandez, Peggy Duvette, and Christine Egger, hopes to answer the question how you can build strong online communities without losing your sanity. If you want to build a strong online community, getting the right platform in place is only half the battle, and it’s the easy half. Here are our slides if you want a sneak peak at the presentation: Building Stronger Online Communities Without Losing Your Sanity.

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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.

Your Brand Story: Change the Fundraising Game by Driving Donations and Building Relationships

Connection Cafe

What we did not expect was that far too many didn’t even know how to begin to answer the question. It answers the most fundamental of all questions: “ Why ?” The right brand story builds donor trust and grows confidence in your organization.

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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! , you may feel like you are reading 200 pages of Blog posts, but the bite-sized approach to providing tools, practical steps and ideas, rather than theory, is precisely the authors’ intended approach.

Online Community Building: Gardening vs Landscaping

Amy Sample Ward

My current job title includes the term “Community Builder” and I get asked nearly every day just what that means: how do you build community? where is the community you want to build? I want to take a break from all the hard work building community (does that get a wink?) to share some of what I believe is the core of successful community building (on or offline). Community building” is about a lot of things.

Fundraising Basics: [Part 3] Build a Donor-Focused Approach

Connection Cafe

In part one, we learned why donors are customers, and we also learned the three principles of fund raising success – offer a valuable product, provide great service, and build a donor-focused approach. In this video we will cover number three; build a donor-focused approach.

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Instead of Selling Objects, Build Public Trust

Museum 2.0

And you'll build your endowment, too. I once consulted with a museum that had no museum--no building, no public programs, no exhibitions. The Berkshire Museum isn't deaccessioning artifacts of questionable public value. You run a regional museum.

Join the monthly Community Building chats!

Amy Sample Ward

Two weeks ago I shared a couple reflections that I had on a recent #4change chat about community building – the major output from that chat and the follow up blog post was the call I heard for a regular opportunity to talk about community building. What: Community Building Across Platforms. Even though I’ve selected the topic for this first chat, I haven’t picked the questions that will guide our conversation!

New on SSIR: How to Build Trust with Your Community

Amy Sample Ward

The conclusion was that building trust with your constituents is the closest you can come to a silver bullet for fundraising – not slick online tools or celebrity endorsements. But, how do you go about building that trust? Passive Ways to Build Trust. There are many different ways to build trust, but some of them are passive, or in other words, they become the foundation for more active trust-building communications or engagement.

6 Step Guide to Build Donor Trust

Blue Fox

Build trust. The most successful development professionals and their nonprofits spend years building trusting relationships with their donors. But did you know that new research shows that financial transparency is key in the trust-building process?

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5 New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofit Professionals to Build Personal Resilience

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

1) Review the Year: I use tool called the “ Year Compass, a free downloadable booklet that provides a set of structured reflection questions that help you look back and ahead. Rituals are intentional small, tangible acts done routinely and carry meaning.

How to Ask the Right Questions About Nonprofit Strategy


Do you feel you know the right questions to ask about your nonprofit’s strategy? This week, in her guest post for BoardAssist, she has provided six great strategy questions every board member should consider. How to Ask the Right Questions About Nonprofit Strategy.

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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Ready to embrace episodic volunteers? Six questions to ask your nonprofit

ASU Lodestar Center

Businesses and other associations are always looking for team-building activities that give back to their local communities as part of their corporate social responsibility programs. Here are six questions to ask your organization before embracing episodic volunteer opportunities.

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 Meaningful Relationships on Social Media Using the 80/20 Rule

Connection Cafe

However, the question remains, how does a nonprofit connect with real people on social media? 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.

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. As the report points out, movement organizers are grappling with big questions.

Ways that Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Can Build Virtuoso Listening Skills

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The specific practice skills include these three: Ask empowering questions. Ask Good Questions. In this HBR article about asking empowering questions, the benefits are clear: An empowering question does more than convey respect for the person to whom it’s posed.

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