Foundations and Nonprofits: What Does it Mean to “Speak the Same Language”?

Connection Cafe

At the level of language, there is not. The big idea as I see it is to speak the language of results together. Four reasons to speak the language of results together: The writings are much simpler and shorter. Financial investors share a language built on differentiation.

The Nonprofit Fundraising Strategic Plan Guide


for the most current language being used and incorporate it into your plan. Don’t forget - despite the structured, sometimes mechanical feel a fundraising plan can have, storytelling does have a place in the planning process.

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Can Data Bring Foundations and Nonprofits Closer?

Connection Cafe

It’s when you take that data and use it to guide stronger strategies and foster collaboration that data becomes a driver for change. This is just one story of how data is at the center of fueling greater collaboration and outcomes.

Making #GivingTuesday Count: New Mexico State University’s Story

Connection Cafe

We created a short gift agreement or funding agreement with matching money language included. NMSU would not have had its Giving Tuesday results without serious collaboration. Be sure you have a structured planning committee with key contributors and stakeholders, only.

Embracing the Point of Impact Together: Outcomes Measurement Tips for Funders and Nonprofits

Connection Cafe

Just as one person or organization doesn’t own 100 percent of the work of creating social change, the measurement of the effects of that work should be a collaborative effort.

15 conversation starters for rebooting charity

Steve Bridger

But charities are still structured for ‘transactions’ rather than for participation – yet less than 1 per cent of time online is spent transacting. Are you setting up a culture that celebrates sharing, collaboration, collective action and trust? Is there evidence that social media is changing the language and tone of your communications to accelerate the delivery of your mission?

Humanizing your organization creates amazing results. This is how.


RB: I was searching for language that would help us describe “the vibe”. Beforehand I had taken a fairly myopic view that, regardless of structure, a focus on behavior would do the trick.

Guest Post by Nora Grant: Lessons from A Year of Pop Up Museums

Museum 2.0

We choose themes and venues in collaboration with a community partner. Check it out if you’re curious about choosing a strong theme, working with a collaborator, designing a portable structure, or tips for implementation.

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Ways that Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Can Build Virtuoso Listening Skills

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

One area we cover is social awareness, the ability to recognize and understand the moods of other individuals and teams that we collaborate with professionally. Be aware of what they say, how they say it and body language. Observe and Understand Body Language.

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Reimagining Museums with Latin America Leading the Way

Museum 2.0

El Museo Reimaginado is a collaborative effort of museum professionals in North and South America to explore museums' potential as community catalysts. Each room was a diverse mix of voices, perspectives, and language.

Six Steps Your Nonprofit Must Take Before Launching a Senior Hire

NonProfit Hub

With over 18 years of experience as an organizational development professional, Katie has worked collaboratively with founders, boards, and donors to deepen the impact of today’s most pioneering mission-driven organizations. _. Compare the Language in Your Job Announcement.

Change Happens. Are you ready?


Good decision makers deliberately frame the question – defining goals, priorities and criteria – they think creatively about different options and have a structured and collaborative way of coming to a conclusion. Well, we use this language deliberately.

Kids, Coercion, and Co-Design

Museum 2.0

I've written about different structures for participatory processes (especially in museums), and recently, I've been interested in how we can apply these structures to the design of public space. They may also begin to cultivate a “language” of talking about this with others.

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How can we prepare organizational leaders to work in a networked world?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The formal organization is represented by the (usually) hierarchical organization structure. The links, or ties, in these structures are reporting relationships. Formal structures are essential for processes and tasks that require discipline, measurement, and decision-making.

If You Do Nothing Else, Use An Editorial Calendar and Measurement for Your Content Strategy

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It’s Not Too Late To Set Your Communications Agenda with LightBox Collaborative’s 2013 Editorial Calendar – Guest Post by Holly Minch, Lightbox Collaborative. The LightBox Collaborative 2013 Editorial Calendar is here!

Building Capacity for Social Change 2.0

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

These new collaborative initiatives pull together various players (often government, private sector and nonprofits) within an ecosystem, defined by issue and/or place, to coordinate and align their action to drive greater impact. Photo by Beth Kanter.

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Rethinking Community Advisory Boards: the Story of C3

Museum 2.0

Our work would become more relevant, our collaborations more timely, our network more diverse. A year-long program with an intention to ignite new collaborations across the County to build a stronger, more connected community.

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Year Five as a Museum Director: Good to Grow

Museum 2.0

Three years ago, we decided to put in the work to create foundational documents--a new mission statement , values, engagement goals , survey methodology, and most importantly, a theory of change--to ground our work in shared language and priorities. I bridle under too much structure.

Year Three as a Museum Director. Thrived.

Museum 2.0

We talk a lot at our museum about empowering our visitors, collaborators, interns, and staff by making space for them to shine. We have prioritized opening up to as many partners as possible through collaborative structures that scale.

New Book: How To Implement Multichannel Online Campaigns

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Develop shared language. The book also covers what staffing structure is required for success of multichannel campaigns.

Why Movement Is the Killer Learning App for Nonprofits

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It is a more structured body break and incorporates more in-depth debrief on content.

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Can Social Network Analysis Improve Your Social Media Strategy?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The analysis looks at frequency of interaction, relationship structure (two-way, one-way), and helps reveal structural similarities. This can be useful to find potential collaborators. Networked Nonprofit: Care2 Webinar. View more presentations from womenwhotech.

How To Think Like An Instructional Designer for Your Nonprofit Trainings

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I use a simple structure to design: before, during, and after. Whatever the structure for your learning activities, they should use four different kinds of activities that help the brain learn rapidly and identify your discussion questions.

10 Ways to Build a Better Community Brainstorming Meeting

Museum 2.0

When I've talked with those same folks in bridged groups, they use more circumspect language (i.e. Bridged groups are useful if you want people to collaborate on a more inclusive vision of the future. Create a structure that values peoples' participation.

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Frameworks and Lessons from the Public Participation in Science Research Report

Museum 2.0

In this report, the authors describe three specific models for public participation: contribution, collaboration, and co-creation. For this reason, some citizen science projects are now moving towards collaborative and co-creative models. What does the word "participatory" mean to you?

Turn Brand Strategy into an Effective Website

Tech Soup Blog

The process of creating a website is, by its nature, collaborative and multidisciplinary. by a framework that emphasizes collaboration and establishes clear goals for the team. These goals need to be in a language everyone can understand.

Four Models for Active User Engagement, by Nina Simon

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

How can you describe user participation in a shared language that helps your team make the right decision for your project? After a broad survey, Rick’s team defined three broad categories of public participation in scientific research: contribution, collaboration, and co-creation.

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Beyond Dashboards: Business Intelligence Tools for Program Analysis and Reporting


The tool offers canned reports, which might not apply to all nonprofits, and adds a reports-and-dashboards sharing feature for easy collaboration among colleagues. This allows for very quick deployments—just five clicks—if your current data structure is sufficient. The tool’s proprietary language, VizQL, quickly translates your data into graphics that can be manipulated in the drag and drop interface. PublishDate: June 2012. Author: Patrick Yurgosky, New York University.

5 Things Oakland Taught Me about Civic Hacking

Tech Soup Blog

I was lucky enough to attend CityCamp Oakland earlier this month to see this collaboration in action. This inclusive spirit was also reflected in the structure of the event itself.

The Ministry of Rules: Interview with Nikki Pugh

Museum 2.0

I wanted the details of the residency to be shaped by the people who got involved with it, so it needed a structure with an edge that could be pushed against in different directions.

Meet the Experts: Interview with TechImpact’s Sam Chenkin

Tech Soup Blog

I’d like to see email, file sharing, accounting, and other standard collaboration tools in the cloud and well supported. The technology marketplace is crowded and vendors (including Microsoft) come up with a lot of language to help differentiate themselves.

Collecting Data in Low Resource Areas: How to Get Started


As information moves up and down the highway, from headquarters to field offices to in-country partner organizations, to consultants, and volunteers, and to the general public or the clients or the project sites, there is a point where the structure breaks down. Sometimes, it’s having the solution use local languages or other appropriate cultural marks. William (Bill) Lester, NPOKI.

Online Storytelling & Cause Marketing: An Interview with Jonah Sachs of Free Range Studios

Have Fun - Do Good

We've been friends since we were seven, so we already had a very long collaborative history. At the same time, we've always felt that if you can raise consciousness and if you can get people familiar in speaking the language of progressive politics, then eventually it will come around.