Developing a Panoramic Perspective through Cross-Sector Communities of Practice

Connection Cafe

In the nonprofit sector, communities of practice are an established concept. These groups bring together cross-sector leaders to develop talent, improve performance, and deepen community impact.

Accounting for Development Gifts

Connection Cafe

If it weren’t for development staff, many nonprofit organizations would be out of business tomorrow! Too often, however, nonprofit organizations focus only on getting gifts “in the door”, and don’t pay enough attention to how those gifts are actually put to use in the community.

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4 Free Professional Development Opportunities You Might Not Be Thinking About

Connection Cafe

It’s so easy to get caught in the day-to-day of our jobs and think of “professional development” as something that only happens at work or that requires a lot of extra time or money (or both).

Community Building begins with Community Organizing

Amy Sample Ward

We focused on principles for community building and community organizing, as well as examples of both short-term and long-term engagement. Principles of Community Organizing. And maybe the community wants to endorse a specific candidate, and your organization doesn’t.

DIY Community Engagement Metrics

Amy Sample Ward

I had a lot of fun yesterday giving a webinar for the Nonprofit Webinar series ; it was a whole hour discussing community engagement! DIY Community Engagement Metrics. Community Mapping. >> Step 1: Identify all the groups within your community.

How Development and Finance Can Get Along (Really!)

Connection Cafe

Most people understand that their Development and Finance Departments are both critical to the success of their nonprofit organization. Your Development Department is the “face” of your organization in your community.

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. curriculum grounded in problem-solving, community-building, and self-exploration.

How To Develop Your Nonprofit Operating Reserves

Connection Cafe

Economic health of the community. Organization’s importance in community crisis situations (e.g.

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.

Achieving the SDGs: Taking Action for the 2030 Agenda In Your Community

Connection Cafe

In 2015, the United Nations launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—also known as the Global Goals—to change the world for the better and leave no one behind by 2030. Something like ending hunger isn’t a challenge that’s confined to developing nations.

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Empowering Communities in Land Use Development Projects

NTEN

The power of community engagement is in your hands. Through utilizing mobile engagement tools , consulting firms are now making it easier for community members to get involved. community engagement tools Data Mobile mobile campaigns Program Jeb Ory. Phone2Action.

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. Development focuses on raising unrestricted funds. Finance supports investment in development and communications.

In Defense of Community Managers

Amy Sample Ward

There are definitely times when community building and even campaigning or organizing feels just like that! But, operating as a community organizer or manager is such a filling and critical role for programs, platforms and even campaigns to be successful that the idea of herding cats turns into searching youtube for cutest kitten videos. In Defense of Community Managers. Community Managers provide key facilitation that empowers participation and engenders trust.

Introducing Community Participation Bootcamp at the MAH

Museum 2.0

MuseumCamp is a professional development experience that is part retreat, part unconference, part adult summer camp. Some people want an outcome-oriented training (as opposed to a community co-created summer camp). Tour MAH participatory exhibitions and shadow MAH community events.

Technology & Community: Strategic Options for Building Movements

Amy Sample Ward

Technology and Community: Strategic Options for Movement Building. How many people hear that word and think it is just as generic as the word community? To that end, siloed brands are replaced by unifying goals that rally more than select individuals but entire communities.

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Use Case: The Community-Driven Social Impact game for Community Media Centers

Amy Sample Ward

Last month, at the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference , I had the opportunity to run the Community-Driven Social Impact game in a session workshop. One of the participants was Ericha Hager, the Regional Collaborative Coordinator for Community Media Access Partnership.

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The Little Book Of Leadership Development

Eric Jacobsen Blog

That's because I found, The Little Book of Leadership Development , by Scott J. Rewards and recognition are particularly effective when the award was developed by team members and represent peer-to-peer recognition.

Crowdsourcing: Community vs Crowd

Amy Sample Ward

You can see the full collection, and how they were voted on by the community here: [link]. The Value-add of Crowdsourcing: For me, the two biggest reasons to include crowdsourcing in your strategic design of community building or contests are: Crowdsourcing invites diversity by encouraging anyone with an idea or interest to participate. The most important way to use social media in a crowdsourced process is to allow the community to use social media anyway they want!

The Year-End Survival Guide for Community Foundations

Connection Cafe

This is especially true for community foundations. This blog has tips you need to help you and your community foundation colleagues finish the year strong. So grab a glass of eggnog, a plate of holiday cookies, and enjoy our 5 Community Foundation Year-End Survival Tips!

Social Community Impacts Volunteerism

Connection Cafe

Establishing a Discussion Group - When your volunteers can post and reply to messages to events they have an interest in, it facilitates a type of community in which volunteers feel more connected with their peers and committed to the cause. Author: Guest Blogger.

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Developing Apps with a Community-Centered Approach

Tech Soup Blog

But what if an app could be used to help nonprofits, public libraries, and other community groups organize and solve pressing problems? Caravan Studios has developed three apps so far (with others in the works): SafeNight , 4Bells , and Range.

Nonprofits and App Developers Combine Forces for Community Change

Tech Soup Blog

But what if an app could be used to help nonprofits, public libraries, and other community groups organize and solve pressing problems? These events bring together app developers with people from the nonprofit world to present new ideas and improve on social good projects already in use.

Are you a community manager?

SocialFish

Are you an association/nonprofit community manager (or association exec with community management newly thrust upon you?). develop the skills to nurture (or troubleshoot) any online community. Here’s the program outline: WEEK 1: Planning for your community.

Online Community Manager Job Description

SocialFish

Here’s the best job description we’ve come across so far, courtesy of our friend Ben Martin at Online Community Results. We’re doing lots of cool work with Ben, who’s our go-to for outsourced community management. JOB DESCRIPTION: ONLINE COMMUNITY MANAGER.

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Community Engagement and Social Media for Public Media

Amy Sample Ward

I recently had the opportunity to present a webinar for the National Center for Media Engagement , focused on community-driven engagement, and present a session at the Public Media Development and Marketing Conference , talking about building a social media strategy. Defining Community.

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Scientific community managers: applications for the AAAS Community Engagement Fellows Program are now open

SocialFish

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has launched the application process for the new Community Engagement Fellows Program, which will provide professional development for engagement experts in the scientific community.

The State of Community Management 2014

SocialFish

From the Community Roundtable comes the awesomest comprehensive report on communities. Those objective markers – developed in conjunction with members of TheCR Network – enable community teams to validate their approach and develop roadmaps.

Welcome Julia Smith, NTEN's Community Development Manager!

NTEN

I''m so excited to officially welcome Julia Smith as NTEN''s new Community Development Manager! Julia began working with NTEN on the Communities of Impact (CoI) project earlier this year, and now we''re thrilled to have her on the NTEN staff! Julia will continue to work with the CoI project and NTEN''s communities of practice and will also be supporting the 501 Tech Clubs, managing our social media channels, and helping to make the NTEN''s community programs even better.

Benetech’s Framework for Developing New Social Enterprises

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I hope this discussion helps other social enterprises examine and develop their own frameworks. With support from stakeholders in the education, technology, publishing, student, parent, and volunteer communities, Benetech changed that reality.

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

The premise is that governing well is essential for strong nonprofits working efficiently and effectively to address critical needs in our communities. Our institute is designed to advance the skills and knowledge of nonprofit professionals, volunteers, board members, and community leaders.

Everything You Need To Know About Online Community Management

SocialFish

I’ve partnered with Ben Martin of Online Community Results to offer an on-demand, crash course on the Essentials on Online Community Management (EOCM). We designed this course for community managers (full or part-time) and the executives who oversee community management.

My Audience is My Community

Connection Cafe

Given that perspective, it’s no surprise that WQED is the home to Mr. Rogers , yeah, the ‘wouldn’t you like to be my neighbor’ Mr. Rogers, so I think it’s safe to say they know a little something about nurturing one’s community. Author: Jonathan Weldon.

How Purpose Will Power Future Online Communities

SocialFish

What if there was a way to create sustained engagement in communities and collaborative experiences that harnessed genuine motivation and strove for positive outcomes for participants? Purpose-Driven Communities. Tactical goals in the context of a community experience, yes.

Having Greater Impact Through Community and Collaboration

Connection Cafe

Leveraging the power of a sector-sourced taxonomy coupled with access to best practices and expert guidance in developing results-based applications will empower the entire sector in making the shift from traditional philanthropy to social impact investing.

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New on SSIR: Innovating at the Speed of Communities

Amy Sample Ward

Libraries, whether associated with a school, government, agency or geography, serve a community. And then the community changes, there’s an opportunity for the institution and the service to change or not to change. Communities As A Model.

The Power of Information: New Technologies for Philanthropy and Development

Amy Sample Ward

Description : The Indigo Trust and Institute for Philanthropy, working closely with The Omidyar Network will convene this conference on how the developing world is using information technology to improve social outcomes. Our aim is to help philanthropists and the donor community understand what information and communications technology can do to improve philanthropic interventions across all sectors in the developed and developing world. Date : September 15, 2011.

Community Engagement Teams

Connection Cafe

The following post is by Kivi Leroux Miller and originally appeared as "Blending Marketing and Fundraising into Community Engagement Teams" on Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog on July 6. Structure, technology and other resources are key components of effectively engaging your community.

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Membership as Living Community

SocialFish

Once upon a time I was an aspiring academic, doing field work in rural Greece and the US and publishing about communities that formed around ritual mourning and celebrations. I think this is why virtual communities resonated with me, in spite of my non-technical background.

7 Tips to Make Sure That Your Nonprofit Fundraising Event Doesn't Flop

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Not only do they allow you to land big donors in person, they also provide a chance to make an impression on important members of your community, enabling you to grow your brand along with your dollars. Event donors are most eager to give when they can come together with their community.

The State of Community Management 2015

SocialFish

The 2015 State of Community Management Report is out!! You know I look forward to this research every year and I’m excited to see communities definitely maturing this year. Strategy: Community-minded organizations must invest in people and systems, not just platforms.

Community design showcase: NTEN keeps it simple

SocialFish

This post originally appeared on Online Community Results. SocialFish and OCR partner on many online community strategy and implementation projects – contact us if you need help with yours. Let’s look at a few key parts of the community.

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STUDY: The Business Impact of Online Communities

SocialFish

How do organizations track the impact of their online communities? How do they link the community to competitive advantage? Communities are organizational orchestras, and marketing is the conductor. Align community with member retention programs.

#4Change Chat Wrap-Up: Community Building

Amy Sample Ward

Last week, I had a fun time moderating the June #4Change Twitter Chat on Online Community Building. Best Practices: From @davidahood: Still strongly believe that there has to be an element of face to face/on the ground connection to any successful engagement and mobilisation of any community. From @rootwork: Social media is inclined toward leadership development — it’s built around people posting, blogging, photographing, videoing, etc.