Nonprofit Web Design: 3 Common Challenges & Solutions

Connection Cafe

Nonprofit fundraising and development is hard work, especially amid all of the challenges that have been thrown our way over the past year. Let’s walk through three of the most common web design challenges for nonprofits and how to start addressing them: A lack of engagement from users.

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Two Keys for Successful Virtual Challenge Fundraisers

Connection Cafe

For the purposes of this article, I am going to focus on a subset- ‘virtual challenges’ which I define as peer-to-peer-style events versus galas, auctions, and so forth. ‘We We need a virtual event’ is the ‘What’s our ice-bucket challenge?’ Coming up with the right virtual challenge concept and strategy feels like building a jigsaw…without the box…in space! Connect the challenge to YOUR Cause.


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This Week's Leadership Book To Read: The Leadership Challenge

Eric Jacobsen Blog

There is good reason why, The Leadership Challenge , book is now in its sixth addition. Revised to address current challenges, this sixth edition marks thirty-plus years since the book was first published.

The Ice Bucket Challenge Epilogue: Data

3rd Sector Labs

The conversations about the ALS Association’s astounding success with the Ice Bucket Challenge continue. Did you know that the Ice Bucket Challenge has its own Wikipedia article ? Did you know that YouTube views of Ice Bucket Challenge events have surpassed 1 billion … that’s with a “b”? ” And in a related article, the Chronicle discussed the challenge faced by the ALS Association in dealing with 2.4

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Is #SmearForSmear the next Ice Bucket Challenge?

AFP Blog

Is #SmearForSmear the next Ice Bucket Challenge

How to Adapt Your Membership Renewal Policies to COVID-19 Challenges

Wild Apricot

In this post, we cover solutions to membership renewal admin challenges you might be facing during COVID-19. Learn how to defer renewal dates, freeze a membership, and more

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2009 Social Media Challenge

Amy Sample Ward

The Social Media Challenge is back again! The challenge runs throughout October, with hundreds of bloggers and Twitterers rallying to support classroom requests on During last year’s challenge , more than 165 bloggers participated, including Fred Wilson , TechCrunch , Kara Swisher , Ars Technica , and Julia Allison. Tags: challenge fundraising donorschoose education social media

DonorsChoose Interview & Social Media Challenge

Amy Sample Ward

Please support the SocialBrite team (or any other blogger) in the Social Media Challenge! Social Media Challenge is a leading example of micro-giving. And October is once again the month when bloggers step up to the plate for the Social Media Challenge , now in its third year. Tags: challenge fundraising donorschoose interview social media socialbrite video My collaborator, JD Lasica , at SocialBrite has just posted the interview and details below.

Book Recommendation For Leaders: The Leadership Challenge

Eric Jacobsen Blog

There is good reason why, The Leadership Challenge , book is now in its sixth addition. Revised to address current challenges, this sixth edition marks thirty-plus years since the book was first published. One of my favorite pieces of advice from the book are the six ways leaders can Challenge the Process. Find a significant purpose for addressing your challenging and most difficult assignments.

Technology Challenges Nonprofits Face


” The post Technology Challenges Nonprofits Face appeared first on Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology. Image courtesy of Rensec IT Consulting. “Nonprofits tend to invest more in their missions and programs, and not necessarily in technology resources,” Anthony Pisapia, Director of Development and Programs for Tech Impact, explained.

Yes, There Is a Challenge With the ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge : FundRaising Success

AFP Blog

Yes, There Is a Challenge With the ALS Association Ice Bucket Challenge : FundRaising Success : The last few weeks have been quite interesting to watch as the ALS Ice Bucket ChallengeOpens in a new window took over the fundraising landscape. In general, here is my summary of the thinking: Icebucketchallenge

The 27 Challenges Managers Face

Eric Jacobsen Blog

How many of these 27 management challenges are you facing right now? Because, Tulgan provides step-by-step solutions and practical advice for handling all 27 challenges listed above -- the 27 most common challenges identified by Tulgan during 20 years of workplace research. 27 Challenges Eric Jacobson Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Leadership ManagementTake a look at the list below. And, how many do you believe you'll face this year?

Virtual Volunteer Mobilization Strategies That Can Solve Nonprofits’ Challenges During COVID-19

Connection Cafe

The unique challenge for nonprofits—especially those that rely on in-person support—will be providing virtual opportunities to their supporters to adapt to this new environment. COVID-19 is forcing nonprofits to think differently about engaging supporters. For the foreseeable future, remote fundraising and virtual actions will be the norm, as evidenced by the 433% increase in virtual actions on the Mobilize platform in just six weeks.

Our Challenge: How are You Strengthening the Social Economy?

Connection Cafe

But we at Blackbaud had our own challenge to make to today to these leaders—and to you, wherever you’re leading from. Here’s the challenge we shared from the Social Innovation Main Stage: It’s time for anyone who cares about pursuing good in the world to adopt a radical new paradigm, and start asking what we each are doing to not only achieve our own goals for good, but to help strengthen the entire social economy.

Last week for N2Y4 Mobile Challenge submissions!

Amy Sample Ward

That’s right: this is your last week to submit ideas to the N2Y4 Mobile Challenge ! Why should you participate in the N2Y4 Mobile Challenge? Challenges are an excellent way of spurring discussion, highlighting innovative ideas, and catalysing collaboration around new tools. Whether you’ve participated in a NetSquared Challenge in the past or you’re new to the process, there are multiple ways you can get involved in the N2Y4 Mobile Challenge.

What's Happened Since the Ice Bucket Challenge Was Born

AFP Blog

What's Happened Since the Ice Bucket Challenge Was Born : "Exactly 365 days ago, Chris Kennedy posted a video to YouTube—one that’s widely regarded to be the first ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video. From there, more than 17 million people followed suit, and 2.5 million people handed the ALS Association $115 million between July 29 and Sept. 15, per the Wall Street Journal, an amount the association says could be the biggest single giving event unrelated to a disaster or emergency." 'via

Innovation: Clay Shirky Interview & NetSquared Challenges

Amy Sample Ward

NetSquared currently has 3 open Challenges, calling for innovators and change makers around the world to submit ideas for Web and mobile-based technologies for social change. Check out his answer (video) and Challenges you can dive into today! UC Berkeley Human Rights Center Mobile Challenge. The Human Rights Center is sponsoring a challenge to encourage innovations for applying mobile technologies for human rights investigations and advocacy. N2Y4 Mobile Challenge.

N2Y4 Mobile Innovation Challenge Launched!

Amy Sample Ward

N2Y4’s Mobile Innovation Challenge calls for your world-changing ideas of how mobile applications can help citizens, groups and others create a better world for everybody. NetSquared and our Challenge Sponsors invite submissions of innovations in mobile technologies for use by civil society. Tags: challenge mobile n2y4 netsquared Originally posted on the NetSquared blog.

The cold, hard truth about the ice bucket challenge - Quartz

AFP Blog

The cold, hard truth about the ice bucket challenge - Quartz. The key problem is funding cannibalism. That $3 million in donations doesn’t appear out of a vacuum. Because people on average are limited in how much they’re willing to donate to good causes, if someone donates $100 to the ALS Association, he or she will likely donate less to other charities. Icebucketchallenge

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Join us at ILA to learn how to break through the challenges of shifting practices, advocate for all students, and make a difference in and out of the classroom. The goal of Annual Conference is to arm each participant with real-world solutions to urban challenges and empower you to be a change-leader in your respective community. The Annual Reading, Literacy & Learning conference is a source of information for anyone affected by dyslexia and other learning based challenges.

A Tale Of Two (Or Three) Facebook Challengers |

AFP Blog

From Peter Campbell''s blog A Tale Of Two (Or Three) Facebook Challengers | : "A Tale Of Two (Or Three) Facebook Challengers" ''via Blog this

Top Challenges with Volunteer Engagement & Retention

Wild Apricot

Recently our Membership Advisory Group discussed their challenges with volunteer engagement and retention and offered up some advice and ideas to help their membership peers. Volunteers

Charity wins cash in online challenge

AFP Blog

Charity wins cash in online challenge : Charity wins cash in online challenge By Kim Pemberton, Vancouver Sun January 18, 2012 A Vancouver charity focused on educating members of Generation Y about cancer has won $25,000 in the Mozilla Firefox Challenge

Work on the Biggest Social Challenges of Our Time!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Do you like taking on big challenges? If you ever wondered how you could have a job in the technology sector that truly helped the people who most need technology but are the least able to afford it; If you ever wondered how you could personally work on the biggest social challenges of our time; And if you ever got frustrated by having to abandon a great idea that could help entire communities just because it didn’t generate enough profit — Then this is your moment.

Take shower selfie challenge to fight AIDS | Business Standard News

AFP Blog

Take shower selfie challenge to fight AIDS | Business Standard News : "If you are done with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, pull up your shirts for the HIV Shower Selfie Challenge. Reality TV star and AIDS activist Jack Mackenroth has launched the HIV Shower Selfie Challenge to help raise money for Housing Works, a New York-based non-profit organisation fighting to end AIDS and homelessness globally by 2030." ''via Blog this

Should Your Organization Take The "Gratitude Challenge"?

Wild Apricot

Since it''s the season of giving thanks – is it time your non-profit or charity took the "Gratitude Challenge"? nonprofit

The Old and The New: It’s Always Our Challenge

Connection Cafe

To meet the challenge of this personal goal for my education, I had to add to what I knew about succeeding as a student. Take, for example, the fundraising challenge du jour : retaining donors. But our challenge is to combine these great tools with a concerted effort to build true relationships with supporters and make them feel genuinely valued, not just the recipient of an automated acknowledgement — albeit sent immediately, but lacking the human touch that still resonates today.

Challenges for Solving

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

We often brainstorm about things we would like to build. I was recently looking at the Rockefeller/InnoCentive partnership. InnoCentive is a place where you post problems you'd like solved. We came up with a similar list for Benetech. However, since our issues are all information tech issues, we don't fit the InnoCentive model (which is hard sciences). But, I thought I'd share some of these ideas so people have some picture of what we're thinking about.

The Top 5 Challenges Volunteer Managers Face — And What You Can Do About It

Wild Apricot

Do any of these challenges of managing volunteers resonate with you? If so, here's some practical advice to help you sort things out

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New Mobile Challenge: NetSquared + UC Berkeley

Amy Sample Ward

NetSquared is pleased to announce a new Partner Challenge with University of California at Berkeley’s Human Rights Center. This Challenge encourages innovations for mobile technologies in human rights investigations and advocacy. The Challenge is now open for submissions - the deadline to submit is March 13th! Learn more about the HRC Mobile Challenge. About the HRC Mobile Challenge. Check out the Challenge timeline.

3 challenges freelancers face, and 3 of the best freelancing tools

Nonprofit Marketing Insights by GlobalOwls

3 challenges freelancers face, and 3 of the best freelancing tools. As a freelancer, there are great opportunities, but also challenges. In this article, we’ll discuss three top challenges and tools. Several challenges face freelancers in their quest for financial freedom.

Ice Bucket Challenge Round-up

Wild Apricot

Are you tired of hearing about the Ice Bucket Challenge? There is a lot we can learn from this viral campaign – so here is a round-up of 7 blog posts and articles to help you understand how you might apply lessons learned to your organization. social media Fundraising

Study Highlights Nonprofit Fundraising Challenges


A recent post from Miratel examined the recently released Nonprofit Fundraising Study … Continued The post Study Highlights Nonprofit Fundraising Challenges appeared first on Tech Impact. The world of nonprofits has no shortage of studies and reports claiming to contain answers for many of the problems facing organizations today. Many of the studies feature examinations of trends and benchmarks, but many offer ways to improve operations moving forward.

ALS research already benefiting from Ice Bucket Challenge's return | Health - WCVB Home

AFP Blog

ALS research already benefiting from Ice Bucket Challenge's return | Health - WCVB Home : "ALS research already benefiting from Ice Bucket Challenge's return Ice Bucket Challenge will return every August until a cure is found" 'via Blog this

Could The IRS Disallow Ice Bucket Challenge Charitable Contributions?

AFP Blog

Could The IRS Disallow Ice Bucket Challenge Charitable Contributions? OK, rest easy; the IRS isn’t coming after your ALS donation. While the principle of donative intent is very real, in recent years, the courts have tied this principle to a “quid pro quo test,” which states that in order for a donation to lack donative intent, the donor must anticipate receiving a financial benefit from the contribution commensurate with the value the donor transferred to the charity.

3 Steps to Getting Your Board More Involved in Fundraising


Getting development teams and their nonprofit boards to work in alignment can be challenging. Tensions often arise when both sides start to feel that they aren’t getting the support they need. Fundraisers often lament that board members are shirking their commitment to helping fundraise. Board members feel like they’re being asked to make uncomfortable “asks” of their social networks, without the support they need to do it well.

3 Key Challenges Chapters Face

Wild Apricot

Do you wonder if other small chapters are facing similar challenges with their head office? Here''s some insight from our Multi-Chapter Benchmarking Survey respondents. Multi-Chapter-Benchmarking-Survey

Association Data Management Challenges

Wild Apricot

What data management challenges are plaguing associations? Here's an overview of EDM's yearly survey of associations and our take on the results.( read more ). association database database management

A Winning Strategy to Conquer Your P2P Challenges

Connection Cafe

Recognize your campaign’s CHALLENGES in areas where you have seen year-over-year declines and also are underperforming the data represented in the Study. Start with your challenges, move to your weaknesses, then tackle your opportunities, and finally, reinforce your strengths. Start with the list of challenges you arrived at above and set some goals for these areas. The latest Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Study is hot off the presses.

The Last Word on the Ice Bucket Challenge

See What's Out There

Now that we've all dumped ice water on our heads and the ALS Association has raised over $116 million dollars, it's time to talk about why the Ice Bucket Challenge really worked. strategy Video ice bucket challenge joe waters kivi leroux miller michael hoffman nonprofit marketing guide see3 selfish giving

Giving Challenge sets record of $6.6 million for Manatee, Sarasota nonprofits | Breaking News Blog | Bradenton Herald

AFP Blog

Giving Challenge sets record of $6.6 million pledged in the 24-hour 2015 Giving Challenge -- which ended at noon Wednesday -- local nonprofits outdid themselves by smashing the fundraising record by more than $600,000." 'via million for Manatee, Sarasota nonprofits | Breaking News Blog | Bradenton Herald : " With more than $3.85

Challenges of Finding the Right Social Media

NCE Social Media

Here is a short video from Constant Contact on the challenges tackling social media and the metrics that are important, especially as you start using social media. The speaker discusses small business but it can easily be interchanged with nonprofit organization. What have been some of your struggles? Video constant contact metrics struggles

How the ice bucket challenge can boost Chinese philanthropy - Quartz

AFP Blog

How the ice bucket challenge can boost Chinese philanthropy - Quartz : This morning, Chinese billionaire and internet entrepreneur Zhou Hongyi, the founder of search portal Qihoo, stood in front of a group of his employees and dumped a bucket of ice water over his head—all in the name of eradicating the disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease