Mindful News Consumption Tips for Nonprofit Professionals

Beth Kanter

I taught a workshop for nonprofit professionals on self-care practices as well as how to bring a culture of well being into their nonprofit workplaces. One communications director shared that she scans the headlines every morning and only goes deep into stories that are relevant to their communications strategy and limits her time. She is also very mindful while reading the news to monitor her reactions and emotions. … Read More Mindfulness Tips

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Resources to Guide Arts and Cultural Organizations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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As an arts and cultural organization, you are among the most trusted sources of information in today’s world. A rts and cultural organizations rely on people visiting them for much of their income. Arts & Cultural Specific Resources .

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A Culture of Wellbeing as a New Nonprofit Strength: Building Capacity During a Time of Disruption

Beth Kanter

A Culture of Wellbeing as a New Nonprofit Strength: Building Capacity During a Time of Disruption – guest post by Heather McLeod Grant, Adene Sacks, & Kate Wilkinson. This includes creating opportunities for staff to unwind, practicing mindfulness, developing sabbatical programs, and planning for succession as more staff burn out.

Building Blocks of Effective Creative: Relevance


Cultural consumption. What cultural touchstones are likely to speak to them? The question here is: what is already top of mind for our audience? What headlines are they seeing, what conversations are they having, what are they worrying about or hoping for in this moment?

6 Reasons SEO Is Important to Nonprofits and Why

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Use the “mullet” philosophy when writing website and blog headlines. Use your keywords in front (the business), and the rest of the headline (the party) in the back. Courageous Communication will teach you how to stop trying to be everything to everyone and to develop a strong organizational personality, so you can attract like-minded supporters and raise more money. By Maryanne Dersch , a speaker, coach, and creator of the Superstar Fundraising Academy.

3 Reasons Why Pinterest Is Still Relevant for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The first question that probably comes to your mind when reading this headline is – “Pinterest? Pinterest has a completely different culture than the other major social networking sites. By Julia Campbell . Julia Campbell is social media and storytelling consultant for nonprofits and author of Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits. She regularly provides useful tips and resources to the nonprofit sector through her blog, #501SocialBlog.

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7 Ways to Be the Programmer No One Hates

Allegiance Group

When you’re able to keep the big picture in mind, you become more than just an implementer — you become a problem-solver. Here’s a ripped-from-the-headlines-of-my-job (well, my old job) scenario: Say your company’s client has already signed a contract with the vendor of a terrible CMS before your project starts. Mind the gap. Business Strategy and Process Communication Programmers Technology communication culture office politics programmers

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Philanthropic Leadership: Engaging Board Members As Fundraising Ambassadors


I’ve managed campaigns ranging from about $5 million to over a billion dollars in health care, education, arts and culture, and advocacy sectors. And the headline was that this $471 billion was a new record for charitable giving in the United States.

Art Brings People Together: Measuring the Power of Social Bridging

Museum 2.0

Earlier this fall, I read this headline: "Stanford study: Participation in a cultural activity may reduce prejudice." When the music video was focused on Mexican culture, the researchers found that the white and Asian participants demonstrated a decrease in prejudice against Latinos, both immediately after the activity and six months later. When the music video was not focused on Mexican culture, no such change occurred.

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Back to Blogging with a Roundup of Terrific Articles

Museum 2.0

She knits together nostalgia and activism with a level of nuance rarely found in debates about the value of museums, libraries, and other cultural spaces. I thought a library was one of the few sites where the urge to conserve and the desire to improve—twin poles of our political mind—were easily and naturally united. ArtsFwd is hosting a national innovation summit for arts and culture October 20-23 in Denver. This is mostly just a really great headline.

Examples of Abundance in the Arts: Ask A Conductor on Twitter

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The project was a success, but I felt that it lacked real engagement between the public and the museums and Ask a Curator came to mind. It is an opportunity for classical music organizations and the conductors that lead them to connect to their community and share their stories, love and passion, one tweet at a time, and really engage meaningfully with the public and to go beyond the cut-and-paste news release headlines streaming from many accounts.

14 Top Nonprofit Websites to Inspire Your Organization

DNL OmniMedia

Interlochen Center for the Arts (ICA) is a nonprofit educational institution dedicated to empowering students of all ages through high-quality arts and cultural programs. We’ve reviewed and ranked our top website builders with nonprofits like yours in mind.

The PREP Method of Design: Start with the Right Questions to Appeal to the Right Audience


Keep this in mind when you begin prioritizing the messages and ask(s) on your homepage. . Since we are a culture of acronyms, I fondly call it the “PREP” method: Plan – Research – Execute – Proact. (I Conclusions indicate that the upper left of a page is the highest viewed area, headlines draw the eye before pictures, and more. Christy Van Hegten, Event360, Inc. Two houses stand side-by-side. One has a nice, tidy entry way, the other, a boring, paint-peeling façade.

Leaders in Nonprofit Technology: Daniel Ben-Horin

Tech Soup Blog

I see social enterprise as a kind of benign stopgap — an approach whereby people can contribute to the good of the world, find people of similar mind, and make a living. There’s an emotional and cultural reality that comes through these works. They’re informed on a headline level, but it’s at the expense of a depth of understanding that is crucial for being an effective social change advocate.

Beaconfire Survey – What was the most influential web 2.0 site of 2007? | Beaconfire Wire

Allegiance Group

While YouTube may be its more glamorous headline grabbing cousin, Flickr is more useful to more people as the taking and sharing of digital photos is much more pervasive than video.[. As I’ve noted previously , social news sites let you pick your own like-minded editor and are becoming a necessary commodity in a McNews world. Jennifer : Consumerism is ingrained in the American culture and psyche.

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[VIDEO] Using WhatsApp to Increase Engagement with Multicultural Communities


So always keep that in mind. Culturally specific communication is the second thing. So always consider what are some aspects of the culture you’re working with. So, for example, is it a hierarchical culture? Is it a culture that, you know, respects elders a lot?

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Going Back to the Future to Help Your Nonprofit

NonProfit Hub

Before you can go out and sell people on your organization , you need to establish a set of core principles and culture for your nonprofit. Never mind that they envisioned that lawyers were gone, but newspapers were still going strong (which as a newspaper journalist and lawyer, I find quite humorous). Let’s instead pause for a second to discuss the absurdity of USA Today running a front page headline “Youth Jailed.” The day has finally arrived!

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Don't Talk to Strangers? Safety 2.0

Museum 2.0

When you think of MySpace, what is the first thing that comes to mind? By the standard set by a culture that judges MySpace as dangerous, perhaps these in-person interactions are even MORE dangerous. I wanted to cheer, but the first thought in my mind was, "Are you crazy? I can just imagine the headline: CHILD MOLESTERS CALL ON ART, VICTIMS. The irritating design? The bizarre obsession with "adding" friends?

112 Nonprofit Blog Posts, Articles, and Stories from 2013 You Can’t Miss.

Connection Cafe

In Marc Koenig’s most recent contribution to nonprofit hub, he dives into what culture really means and what your organization must do to foster it. Why Designing Your Nonprofit Culture is Do or Die is about sharing values, a defined mission and vision, and valuing your people. Steve Maclaughlin’s 10th episode of npVoices rallies some of the nonprofit sector’s brightest minds. It’s been quite the year.

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