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. It’s like the golden rule for community engagement. Know Your Community.

Online Community Organizing: Start small, think big!

Amy Sample Ward

NetSquared’s February series exploring “Online Community Organizing” includes three different interviews; I’m really excited to participate! Q: What does “online” add to the community organizing? Q: What makes a community?

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GUIDE: Growing and Sustaining your Volunteer Program

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

A thriving volunteer program can help maximize your organization’s impact. By evaluating your existing volunteer program and renewing your focus on recruitment and retention, you can build a thriving and sustainable volunteer program that will propel your work forward.

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.

3 Weeks Until #GivingTuesday! Is Your Organization Ready?

Connection Cafe

#GivingTuesday is less than three weeks away… is your organization ready to leverage this global day of giving? From fundraising to volunteer engagement to just plain old engagement, there are many ways organizations across the social good ecosystem can participate.

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How to Start A Grateful Patient Program at Your Healthcare Organization

Connection Cafe

Your daily fundraising activities are vital to your healthcare organization—the money you raise helps provide superior patient care and ground breaking research. Increasingly, organizations of all types and sizes are seeing success with setting up Grateful Patient Fundraising Programs.

7 Keys to an Effective Social Media Ambassador Program

Nonprofit Tech for Good

By Melissa Russom , a communications strategist who helps nonprofit organizations clarify their brand and message to engage more meaningfully with the people who matter most to them. 7 Keys to an Effective Social Media Ambassador Program. 6) Provide a fun and supportive community.

Nonprofit Membership Programs: A How-To Guide

NonProfit Hub

If you’re looking for new ways to keep your supporters engaged, consider launching a membership program. Both parties benefit here, as member fees can provide long-term financial support for your organization while supporters receive additional engagement opportunities and special perks.

Community Managers in Scientific Communities

SocialFish

I was privileged to teach a module about Aligning Community Management and Workplace Culture to the new class of Community Engagement Fellows at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Aligning community management with workplace culture from WorkXO.

Join me for an NTEN Webinar! More than just a community: Using communities to reach your program goals

Amy Sample Ward

Next Tuesday, I’m running a webinar with NTEN discussing “More than just a community: Using communities to reach your program goals.&# As always, I hope it’s a fun and informative session, but it’ll also have space for sharing and lots of questions. Description : Your nonprofit has a presence on Facebook or maybe your own private online community. Go to More Than Just A Community: Using Communities to Reach Your Program Goals.

11 Hispanic and Latino Organizations Everyone Should Know

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Across America, Hispanic and Latino organizations are leading the way in every realm, including advocacy, education, healthcare, and social services. Here are just a few of our favorite organizations, which deserve your support this month and all year-round!

How Corporate Volunteering Programs Benefit Everyone

Connection Cafe

Be it flexible work schedules and environments, unlimited paid time off, education subsidies, mechanisms to spotlight great work and provide praise and everything in between, organizations are focusing their efforts on the overall wellbeing and engagement of their employees.

Box.org Announces Nonprofit Program

SocialFish

…meaning the cloud storage company is giving away 10 starter licenses for free to all eligible nonprofits (so if you’re very small staff in particular, this means you).

Artificial Intelligence for Nonprofits and other Social Good Organizations

Connection Cafe

Instead, AI has tremendous potential to help improve performance for nonprofits and social good organizations and drive meaningful change in the world. The ability for technology to learn without every single step of a process having to be programmed is a tremendous breakthrough.

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.

5 Tips to Boost Support for Your Organization on #GivingTuesday

Connection Cafe

#GivingTuesday has become such a powerful way for donors to connect with causes, whether in their community or a world away. As importantly, it is an effective vehicle for nonprofit organizations to increase donations during the whirlwind of the holidays.

Diversifying Fundraising Programs: A Q&A with the CEO of Emancipet

Connection Cafe

In order to secure the charitable gifts that allows nonprofit organizations to fund their missions and work, they must invest in a smart, strategic, and diversified approach to fundraising to build a strong and resilient program. How has it affected the culture of the organization?

Five Reasons Why Every Nonprofit Needs a Sustained Giving Program

Connection Cafe

Unlike installment giving, this financial commitment is ongoing and not typically designated for a particular program or organizational goal. Donors enrolled in a monthly giving program are retained 70 to 80 percent of the time. It will create a community of dedicated constituents.

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Design Your Online Community for the Users, Not for the Organization

SocialFish

This post originally appeared on the Higher Logic blog , where I’m posting an ongoing series related to Millennials and online community. And don’t forget that Higher Logic clients can have access to our Essentials of Online Community Management program at a special discount.

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10 Awesome LGBTQ Organizations You Should Support This Pride Month

Everyaction

June is observed as LGBTQ Pride month to commemorate the June 1969 Stonewall Riots and celebrate the vibrant and diverse LGBTQ community. The National Center for Transgender Equality is the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people.

5 Steps to Running a Campus Voter Registration Program

Everyaction

For universities searching for ways to both grow students' engagement on campus and develop their education and participation as active citizens, voter registration programs have become an increasingly popular activity. higher education organizing voter contact

Connecting Your Organization to Deliver a Constituent-Driven Experience

Connection Cafe

We see countless articles about how barriers in communication diminish an organization’s impact – and just as crucially – how they inhibit constituent engagement. Organizations can adopt a 360-degree view of their office, with constituents as a core focus.

How Organizations Can Use VR and AR Tech for Fundraising

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Fundraising is and will always be a necessity for nonprofit organizations, but times have changed — and so has the technology. What are AR and VR, and how can you use these advances to help support your own organization?

Introducing the TechSoup Ambassador Program

Tech Soup Blog

" We present you the TechSoup Ambassador Program , TechSoup's very own volunteer program and community. This program provides the tools for TechSoup supporters to help nonprofits take full advantage of all that TechSoup has to offer.

Using National Doctors’ Day to Cultivate Your Grateful Patient Program

Connection Cafe

Some offer a year-round program touting, “Every day is Doctors’ Day,” offering continuous opportunities for special recognition. Development offices that are getting serious about their Grateful Patient programs are seeking the engagement of physicians. Promote and track the program!

Why And How to Manage Your Volunteer Program Professionally

Connection Cafe

They believe in your organization and what it stands for, they give 100% and of course, they’re doing it for free. So let’s take it step by step and look at why and how to manage your volunteer program professionally: 1. Volunteers are every nonprofit’s dream.

Maximizing Your Membership Program: Tips from the Experts

Connection Cafe

As I sat in a session, Membership from Here to There and Everywhere In Between, I had a realization: No one is better at managing membership programs than children’s museums. They buy merchandise, they sign up for camps, and they host their birthday parties at your organization.

6 Reasons Your Organization Should Implement Supporter-Led Campaigns in 2017

Connection Cafe

Many digital advocacy organizations simply focus on campaigns that supporters can participate in by simply adding their names to petitions or letters to Congress. It Helps Build Local Community Groups and Chapters.

Designing Programs to Build Community: Case Study with Charity Technology Trust

Amy Sample Ward

This afternoon I had the pleasure and honor of spending a few hours with members of the Charity Technology Trust/Charity Technology Exchange team, part of the TechSoup Global network , exploring their options for creating programs or services to build and foster community throughout their network. For many organizations with a small number of staff, it’s a luxury to have time to sit, talk, and think aloud together. Who is the community?

Veterans Organic Garden: An Off-the-Grid Jobs Program

Tech Soup Blog

When we found out about Lovay Wallace-Singleton's new project to build a solar-powered organic garden in North Carolina, one that also brings rehabilitation and jobs to veterans, we had to talk to her. The 1.2-acre garden utilizes organic and permaculture gardening principles.

7 Tips for Building a Healthcare Fundraising Program

Connection Cafe

I honestly don’t know how to build a full fundraising program.”. Many organizations are also realizing that it is time to expand into a true fundraising program. There are many ways to start or build a robust philanthropy program. “All I do is special events.

10 Best Practices for a Successful Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Program

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Incorporating peer-to-peer into your strategy can not only enhance your fundraising program, but it can also help empower your supporters to go that extra mile for you where it means the most. Choose someone within your organization that can be responsible for heading up the program.

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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How can nonprofit organizations measure community engagement?

ASU Lodestar Center

Nonprofit organizations have the ability to connect and mobilize individuals. According to Frumkin (2002), nonprofit organizations are “ideal vehicles for foraging networks of weak ties that link people together.” Furthermore, evidence shows that community engagement can be observed.

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 community manager mmt role

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. The room was full, and participants came up with some terrific examples and options for their organizations.

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Crowdsourcing: Community vs Crowd

Amy Sample Ward

We’ll be facilitating a conversation, more than doing a formal presentation, and will focus on the power of crowdsourcing (using our own case study from conducting the Social Media for Social Good case study competition) and the application of social media in nonprofit program delivery. The competition we conducted as part of this panel surfaced a collection of case studies of organizations using social media in their program delivery. Social Media in Program Delivery.

Guest Post: Community and Civic Engagement in Museum Programs

Museum 2.0

Since then, Stacey has become an indispensable member of our staff, leading our community programs and inspiring us to think in new ways about how we can build social capital in our community. I chose to focus my thesis on Community and Civic Engagement in Museum Programs.

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U.N. SDGs: Choosing the Right Goals for Your Organization

Connection Cafe

The broad outline of the goals affords the opportunity for a wide variety of organizations to attribute their positive programs, grantmaking efforts, and environmental, social and governance activities to one, if not many, of the goals.

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10 Organizations Leading The Way This Mental Health Awareness Month

Everyaction

With many vulnerable populations lacking accessible and affordable mental health care services, nonprofit healthcare providers have stepped up to bridge the gap and provide necessary care to their communities. Positive Education Program Cleveland’s. Community of Hope.

Everything You Need To Know About Online Community Management

SocialFish

JOIN THE 150+ ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVES WHO HAVE TAKEN THIS PROGRAM! 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). DON’T BE LEFT OUT!

How Corporate Social Responsibility Programs Improve Employee Satisfaction

Givinga

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs are a great way to achieve this, directly impacting employee satisfaction. This post offers three key ways corporate social responsibility programs work to improve employee satisfaction. CSR Helps Employees Identify with the Organization.

8 Organizations to Support this Black History Month

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

February is Black History Month and while there are countless ways to honor and celebrate black history throughout the year, we’re giving you a place to start by highlighting eight nonprofits that are making major waves in their communities.