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Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Thomas Merton, one of the people I look to for wisdom once said: When I speak of the contemplative life … I am talking about a special dimension of inner discipline and experience, a certain integrity and fullness of personal development, which are not compatible with a purely external, alienated, busy-busy existence. (By

Business Doing Good: A Resource for (Smaller) Business

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Right here with the launch of Business Doing Good. There are conferences, associations, books and invitation-only gatherings for members of Fortune 500 companies…but not the small-to-mid-sized guys that employ 79% of the business workforce in the United States alone. I love nonprofits.

Business Intelligence: Using Data to Make Decisions

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Enter business intelligence. Business intelligence is nothing more than using data to make decisions. It does not require a complex data warehouse or a set of fancy business intelligence tools in order to be effective. You have your CRM. It’s wonderful.

Interview with a CRM Expert: Business Intelligence

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Business Intelligence. Jay brings more than 12 years of experience in software, CRM and business intelligence with more than seven years working directly with nonprofits of all sizes. Our readers are interested in knowing more about Business Intelligence.

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! , The book thoroughly explains the seven keys for how to achieve business success : 1. Develop a great business plan 3.

The Future of Sustainable Business: Making the Global Goals Local Business

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Has your CEO communicated about why your organization aligning with the SDGs or other sustainability goals will have significant business impact? Furthermore, do you have methods in place to measure your efforts against long-term business goals?

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Attention all business book enthusiasts!


… It’s so hard to find the time when we’re always so busy with work and other things. summarizes best-selling business books into short video, audio and text summaries and give you the most essential lessons from them. Do you love to read? I do!

So you want to start a do-good business? Avoid this dangerous trap.


Great outcomes like this help fuel the do-good business trend. In the cutthroat world of capitalism, 50 percent of all new businesses still fail within their first 5 years. data business

#GivingTuesday: A Great Day for Business to do Good!

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It’s a spirit that’s all about doing good whether you’re an individual, a company, a city, a business, whatever. My company celebrated #GivingTuesday this year by launching a cool site called Business Doing Good. Know of a small business that’s interested in giving back?

Social Business and Generations


I’m writing and speaking more and more about social business these days, as are many others, of course. That’s certainly important, and a challenge, but it’s not quite what I mean by social business. That’s what social businesses are starting to do.

Social Business and Beyond


Social Business and Beyond from Peter Kim. This short and sweet deck is by Peter Kim of Dachis Group. Follow him , as he is awesome. Humanize

New on SSIR: Should Nonprofits Act Like Businesses or People?

Amy Sample Ward

To successfully use multichannel strategies, we need to stop thinking about how we can operate more like businesses, and instead focus on acting more like our constituents. My latest contribution to the Stanford Social Innovation Review opinion blog is up! .

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The Perfect Way to Protect Your Business Documents

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Today’s world is full of hackers and notorious individuals who may try to proliferate into your business if you do not protect your business documents properly. The most vulnerable part of a business’s security is the password.

Robotics will Help Businesses Grow, not to Replace Jobs

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Robots and Artificial Intelligence for Business Growth. Many people may not know this but there are numerous small tasks that are essential for business progression that entrepreneurs should execute. New technologies have today invaded the workplace in different forms.

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Now.Build A Great Business

Eric Jacobsen Blog

When you start reading Mark Thompson’s and Brian Tracy’s book called, Now…Build a Great Business! , The book thoroughly explains the seven keys for how to achieve business success : 1. Develop a great business plan 3.

Nonprofit Trends: Tax Status vs. Business Model

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“Nonprofit” is a tax status, not a business model. NOT a business model. I’m not going to say, “That isn’t good business,” as my nonprofit friends may take offense. I know this isn’t all that original, but I have to say it.

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9 Internet Marketing Statistics from the Business World


78% of business people use their mobile device to check email. 57% of businesses have acquired a customer through their company blog. The number of marketers who say Facebook is “critical” or “important” to their business has increased 83% in just 2 years.

Choosing the Perfect Cause for Your Business Giving

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Let’s face it, deciding how your business should give can be hard. But as a business, you have some pre-determined factors in place that can help you decide on an approach to leverage your resources for good. History – Businesses grow up in communities, rarely on their own.

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

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Every welcome packet and handwritten thank you note should include their business card. 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.

Infographic-tastic! Smart business, social business.


Can’t wait for the Smart Business, Social Business book by fellow Que author Michael Brito. Click the image to enlarge. Via: OnlineMBA.com.

Social Business at IBM


Very interesting and self-explanatory slide deck by one of my faves, Ethan McCarty from IBM. Check it out. ———-. This post contains a slide deck. Click through to the post to see it, if you don’t see it. Case Study Humanize Social CRM and ROI

RuffaloCODY buys crowdfunding business for nonprofits | TheGazette

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RuffaloCODY buys crowdfunding business for nonprofits | TheGazette : ScaleFunder, an online engagement and fundraising business that provides integrated crowdfunding solutions to nonprofit organizations, has been acquired by RuffaloCODY of Cedar Rapids.

Google Fiber - San Antonio Business Journal

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Google Fiber - San Antonio Business Journal : "As Google Fiber Inc., a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. NASDAQ: GOOG), has contractors building new internet networks in several cities across the U.S., the tech company is seeking local nonprofits for a new partnership program in nearly all those metro areas." 'via via Blog this

The Best Tablet for Business Use

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If you haven’t already purchased but are considering a tablet for business purposes you are probably wondering “which one?”. For me, the iPad is a great business tablet. And, to determine which one fits your business needs, you have to first identify what strengths you’re looking for.

Principles of Social Business


Principles of a Social Business Intro 7DEE. Olivier Blanchard needs no introduction here. Flip through this excellent slide deck. View more presentations from Olivier Blanchard. Social CRM and ROI The Social Organization

The Business Impact of Twitter

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The following post is an excerpt from Constant Contact's "The Business Impact of Twitter: It’s Come a Long Way [New Data]" by Josh Mendelsohn , originally posted October 20, 2011. Author: Guest Blogger.

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Stop the Glorification of Busy and Thrive

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Thriving is about being intuitive and being able t listen to your inner voice and not be so busy that you can’t hear it. I just returned last week from vacation with my husband and children at the Jersey Shore where I grew up.

Building a Business Case for IT Projects: Nonprofit Edition

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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. Procurement Technology Board Budgeting Business Case IT planning ROI Strategy technology

Conflict and Social Business


You can’t run a social business that way. We write extensively about the topic of conflict in the Humanize book. Granted, that is my professional background (I actually did a master’s degree in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University twenty years ago).

Are Businesses Ready for True Reinvention?


Social business was not yet a known concept. Companies were, and to this day, still trying to understand the value of social media and what it meant to their businesses. Businesses need to change. Business will thrive as long as there is innovation.

Social business is here.


Social Business is About Learning, Not Marketing or Technology. For any organization interested in how the social business industry is maturing, there is a ton of great data and news to be found here. Well, SocialBusinessNews at least.

Social Business at #Tech11


Lindy’s also going to be doing a deep dive on Social CRM at the conference – these two sessions are your best chance to get deep into the subject of social business. **. Social Business 2012.

Tips For Leading A Successful Business Operation

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Here are some good tips for leading a successful business operation from the handy booklet, 144 Ways To Walk The Talk , by Eric Harvey and Al Lucia : Involve your team in setting standards that are achievable but also require everyone to stretch their knowledge and skills.

Plugging In: Must-Have WordPress Extras for Business Websites

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As a business owner operating via a WordPress-based website, it’s important to leverage all the tools the amazing platform has to offer in order to maintain a competitive edge and keep your products and services relevant and noticed in the burgeoning world of online commerce. Indeed, the business that fails to stay on top of the latest website plug-ins and tools can find itself quickly left behind in the virtual arena.

Ten Sample Guiding Business Principles

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Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Guiding Business Principles Leadership

Giving goes mobile | Hartford Business

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Giving goes mobile | Hartford Business : On Sept. 10, when the Gales Ferry-based United Way of Southeastern Connecticut kicks off its annual community campaign, the organization — for the first time in its nearly 50-year history — will be relying on more than the traditional worksite Douglas Plank, CEO, Mobile Causecampaign efforts to raise its soon-to-be announced campaign goal. This year, they’re going mobile — piloting a communication and solicitation strategy through mobile devices

Six Ways To Jump-Start Your Business

Eric Jacobsen Blog

As a leader in your business, try these six ideas to give your business a jump-start : Ask for ideas from employees in all parts of your business. Be sure all employees clearly understand your vision and the mission of your business.

STUDY: The Business Impact of Online Communities


To get answers to these critical questions, Leader Networks conducted a survey of nearly 300 marketing and community leaders that resulted in The Business Impact of Online Communities Study. A solid digital strategy, aligned with business goals, can be a game changer.

7 Ways To Achieve Business Success

Eric Jacobsen Blog

When you start reading Mark Thompson’s and Brian Tracy’s latest book called, Now…Build a Great Business! , The book thoroughly explains the seven keys for how to achieve business success : 1. Develop a great business plan 3.

The Business Model: How Your Nonprofit Can Operate Like a Business (and absolutely OWN it)

NonProfit Hub

The difference between businesses and nonprofits is what we decide to do with that money. When it comes to businesses, they know a thing or two about sticking around for good. B Corps boast the tagline, “people using business as a force for good.”

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Social business demands culture change


Social business demands culture change. . Most organizations today are simply not compatible with the way a social business really works – but culture change takes time. Pick from among these projects to get started down your path to being a more social business.

IMPORTANT:Google+ for Businesses


Interested in your association or nonprofit being a beta test partner for Google as they build out the business side of Google+? Fill out this form. Of course we think it’s very important for them to test this with nonprofits as well as for profits.

[DATA] Social Business Benchmarking Report


I’m a member of the Society for New Communications Research (SNCR) and they have just posted preliminary results of the Social Business Benchmarking Survey, conducted with the Leaders Network run by Vanessa DiMauro, whom you may know as a fellow contributor with me on Social Business News.