Create a Successful Volunteer Program that Inspires Volunteers to Follow Through

Get Fully Funded

The key to a successful volunteer program is follow through. In short, you need a successful volunteer program where volunteers follow through on what they say they are going to do. Set the Stage by Modelling Good Follow Through.

eLearning Pricing Models: 5 Ways to Price Your Courses

Web Courseworks Associations

You’ll explore eLearning pricing models through the following points: How To Price Your Online Course: Key Considerations. 5 eLearning Pricing Models for Your Courses. Would your association be better served by a subscription-based model or a one-time fee model?


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Predictive Modeling vs. Wealth Screening: Effective Segmentation Programs Require a Healthy Mix

Connection Cafe

Whenever I am on the road with clients the conversation always turns to a debate about the value of predictive modeling vs. the value of traditional wealth screening. Some tend to gravitate toward wealth data alone because it feels more tangible—or understandable—than predictive modeling. While others like that predictive models can focus on the likelihood to do something – make a gift, perhaps – and not just whether a prospect looks “rich.”.

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CNC routers, materials and 3D models

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

The development of technology has become the reason that computers and other advanced technical means are increasingly used in the daily lives of people, as well as in industry. For working CNC routers need STL files, which you can download from – 3D models site. Examples of models that are made using these materials: Technological equipment. To create a 3D model, special software is used, designed for professional work with three-dimensional graphics.

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[Webinar Recap] Subscription Giving: The New Recurring Giving Model for Today’s Donors

Network for Good

At the mid-year point in the pilot program, we are delighted to share the exciting results so far and provide suggestions for how you can promote subscription giving at your own nonprofit organization.

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Salesforce, Dreamforce & Nonprofits: It always comes back to the data model

Judi Sohn

This gave me some Dreamforce perks starting with a fantastic MVP-only Introduction to Object Oriented Programming class on Monday before the conference began. I never want to be a developer. A nonprofit either used the nonprofit template or they went off on their own to custom development on the basic Enterprise edition. Each direction is very different, using a different data model (see below for lots more on that) and approach.

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[VIDEO] The Board’s Role in Fundraising & Resource Development


We are here to talk about the board’s role in fundraising and resource development, one of my favorite topics, and we got one of my favorite people also here to talk about it. So, again, it’s board roles and fundraising and resource development.

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A Model for Wildfire Disaster Relief

Connection Cafe

Have you seen companies donating to organizations helping in this area of relief, or, even better, has your company offered a matching program towards this effort? An excellent example of their collaborative efforts is the development of disaster-specific training for lawyers wishing to volunteer, but do not have knowledge of this area. The Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) developed recordings of trainings so that volunteers were qualified to help.

Removing Barriers to Giving, or How Traditional Development Gets in Its Own Way

The Storytelling Non-profit

One of the things I’ve been thinking about a lot recently is how the traditional development model puts up a lot of barriers to engagement. When I talk about the traditional development model, I’m talking about annual giving, major giving and planned giving.

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Strengthening program evaluation in your nonprofit

ASU Lodestar Center

As nonprofits attempt to tackle some of our communities' most difficult problems; funders, government agencies and the general public are actively calling for accountability, transparency and proof that a program is producing change. Model. Illustration by Jocelyn Ruiz.

Predicting the Future: Driving Fundraising Outcomes with Models

Connection Cafe

My first experience with modeling happened at the University of Washington development office in the fall of 1992. Prior to my arrival, the development office had purchased a screening of the entire constituent database that provided two scores. My job, as the director of research, was to use the modeling results for prospecting—but also to sell them to the directors of development in the schools and colleges. I don’t make models.

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#11NPD: Impact, Brand, and Business Model

Tech Soup Blog

In the panel Rethinking Strategy: The Intersection of Impact, Brand, and Business Model, three experts defined these terms and illustrated their use for effective nonprofit communications. Model Behavior. Jeanne Bell kicked off her discussion of business models by describing a challenging shift in the nonprofit landscape. Impact attracts resources, and program people must be empowered to see exactly how they are achieving this.

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Reinvigorate your Employee Giving Program

Connection Cafe

There are many ways to reinvigorate your program. The following information and guidance are intended to inspire you to take a new look at your employee giving program or employee crisis fund through a fresh lens. Your program contributes to strengthening the company culture.

Four Models for Active User Engagement, by Nina Simon

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In co-creative projects, the public develops the test questions, and scientists co-produce scientific regimens to address the community interest. Like citizen science project leaders, many social media practitioners are seeking meaningful, sensible ways to invite users, customers, and citizens to participate in the development of high-quality work. No one model is better than the others. Source: Share Your Ideas.

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Are Social Enterprises Viable Models for Funding Nonprofits?

ASU Lodestar Center

Social enterprise models may well offer an answer. Should nonprofits become more aggressive in adopting new business models that can add needed revenue? What are the downsides and dangers in pursuing new models? One answer to these questions may be the social enterprise model, which has the potential to revolutionize both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. These social enterprise efforts can add a business model by creating sustainable revenue.

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Wealth Screening Versus Modeling: Making the Best Choice for your Healthcare Organization

Connection Cafe

A well-run grateful patient program—one that supports top-notch clinical care, nurtures true philanthropy, and is efficient and effective to manage—is at the top of the list for many healthcare organizations. Whether patient fundraising is a new idea at your organization or your development team wants to evolve a long-standing program, the first question is a frequent and practical one. And that’s why modeling has a place in the discussion—to predict affinity.

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Organizational Social Relationship Models and Strategies

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Allison Fine and I have been noodling with an evaluation model that looks social media from an organizational perspective - from social networks to social capital (relationships) to action in the real world. Charlene Li's " Tapping the Power of the Groundswell " offers some models on relationship building and engagement in a broader way and more as a strategy. These points also make me think about an organizational listening/learning model. Social Relationship Development.

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Creating a Development Army: The Next BIG Thing in Fundraising


Historically most fundraising programs have been organization to donor. Maybe even more importantly this fundraising model opens the door to an entirely new prospect pool – your supporter’s network. They can also send their own personal thank you notes and track their fundraising progress: Implementing a program like this will allow your nonprofit to engage a development army and take advantage of “what’s next” in fundraising.

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Measuring the Impact of Your Nonprofit Program

Beth Kanter

A few months ago, I facilitated a mini-innovation lab on measuring impact for grantees of the Google Nonprofit program at the Impact Hub. The workshop used design-thinking based on Luma methodology to help participants develop a communications strategy for measuring impact. The process took participants through an assessment of the problems facing them, collective brainstorming, and prototyping. Set Program Goals & Metrics.

Experiential Leadership Development

Beth Kanter

I’ve just returned from week-long leadership development program in Israel called “ Reality Storytellers ” hosted by the Schusterman Foundation. For the leadership development, there were four guiding questions that we explored throughout our journey – and now as I’m back I will continue to reflect and take action based on these: What does it mean to be a leader in the face of complex challenges.

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. During that time, we’ve grown from offering one product to offering many products and services, in four program areas: education, human rights, the environment, and, now, tech volunteerism. Our lower cost model allowed us to invert the power structure.

Open Source for Nonprofits: Programs to Try (Part 2)

Tech Soup Blog

The community of developers responsible for CiviCRM is over 15,000 strong and relies on agile/Scrum development methods with heavy input from end-users. The software itself has been in development since 2010, but the OpenProject Foundation that supports it was established in 2012. One of the best ways to gauge whether open source would work for your organization is to look at some actual examples.

Do Capacity Building Programs Help Nonprofits Achieve Better Results?

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: My long-time colleague, Teresa Crawford, Executive Director, Social Sector Accelerator, shares some thoughts about nonprofit capacity building programs based on extensive research. Her answer to the question about capacity building programs leading to better impact will surprise you. The Forgotten Roots of Capacity Development in the Movement for Ownership and Empowerment.

Developers and Nonprofits Come Together to Make Apps for Change

Tech Soup Blog

Last week, Caravan Studios , a division of TechSoup, and Twilio co-hosted a breakfast for nonprofits and app developers. But in order to make that happen, they need to align with developers who can make that technology work. So, what are these nonprofits and developers working on? The developers ensured that the locations weren't just providing free Wi-Fi access, but actual computers as well. One hour. Eight apps. Infinite inspiration.

How can professional development advance nonprofit performance and ensure sustainability?

ASU Lodestar Center

Professional development (PD) is the "process of improving and increasing capabilities of staff through access to education and training." Professional development can be costly at times. Illustration by Jocelyn Ruiz.

Associations Need to Lead Change with Education Programs

WBT Systems

The authors of this whitepaper make a compelling case for associations to step in and bridge the growing education-to-employment gap by offering alternative, affordable, industry specific education programs for professional development and credentialing. Often this is because of the rigid structure of these programs, which is not supportive of non-traditional students who may need to work part-time, or have other responsibilities.

Interview with NTEN's Community Program Coordinator


NTEN''s newest team member, Bethany, is focused on our community programs, including the Communities of Practice and Tech Clubs. And, co-organizer Ivan Boothe is an excellent role model and all-around Awesome Dude. There are so many new groups developing in the post-NTC excitement! This month''s theme is building community, on and offline - a perfect time to interview Bethany about her inspiration for working in nonprofit technology and more!

How to Develop Really Good LMS Requirements

WBT Systems

The request for proposal you send to learning management system (LMS) providers is only as good as the process you use to develop your LMS requirements. They can help you develop requirements related to integration, security, and other technical issues. These consultants know the association LMS market, are familiar with how associations use learning platforms, and understand the association learning business model. What do you need to measure the success of your programs?

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. She answered a few questions for us about their success with alternative funding and the journey they went on to create a diversified program. Q: What role does should your development team play in assessing your right funding mix?

How Small & Medium Enterprises Can Support the Sustainable Development Goals

Connection Cafe

In 2015, 193 world leaders came together at the United Nations to launch the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) , a universal call to action adopted by all nations to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people can enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. We use a multitude of tactics to bring this purpose to life in the communities where we do business including harnessing the expertise, skills and passions of our employees through our XTEAM corporate volunteer program.

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Notes on Structure Lab: Legal and Financial Models for Social Entrepeneurship

Museum 2.0

Like many people in the arts, I'm interested in new models that help people combine mission-driven work with an entrepreneurial spirit. The idea is that you specify your values, relationships, and assets, and then match those up with potentially fruitful legal structures, financing models, and growth potential. A company in which employees are co-owners might translate well to a coop model. Tags: business models

Five Reasons Why Every Nonprofit Needs a Sustained Giving Program

Connection Cafe

In the sustained giving model, donors regularly contribute a set amount to your nonprofit. Unlike installment giving, this financial commitment is ongoing and not typically designated for a particular program or organizational goal. And if that’s not enough to convince you, here are five reasons every nonprofit should start a sustained giving program or renew their investment in a flagging program: 1. It will help you develop a pipeline of loyal supporters.

A Special Message Regarding the Dell Affiliate Program

Tech Soup Blog

Dear Nonprofit Friends, First, I want to thank all of you for your support of our efforts to bring new technology programs to the sector. But as we increasingly sought to broaden our hardware offerings, we've expanded to new models. It's our recent launch of the Dell Affiliate program that prompts me to write to all of you today. This validation process confirms that their organization is eligible to participate in the program. Model/type.

Libraries: The Oldest New Frontier for Innovation

Amy Sample Ward

I had the distinct honor of presenting the opening keynote and after talking with librarians supported in the TechSoup for Libraries program, part of the Community-Driven Innovation team at TechSoup Global, I’m excited to continue the conversations about libraries operating as the heart of the community, and the technologies that can help them do it. There are a few core elements of the way communities work that we can learn from as a model for innovation as well.

Quick Hit: Online Dialogue about Business Models for the Arts on Monday, April 25

Museum 2.0

On Monday, April 25, I'll be participating in an online video chat with Andrew Taylor and James Undercofler to explore new business models for arts organizations. Both Andrew and James run programs in Arts Administration (at the Wisconsin School of Business and Drexel University respectively) and have lots of experience working and researching what makes arts organizations successful. Quick Hits professional development

What are the nonprofit management implications of Pay for Success programs?

ASU Lodestar Center

posted by Abby Elsener Assistant Director of Development, ASU Foundation. Social impact bonds (SIBs), also known as pay for success programs, are not actually bonds. These finance models rely upon nonprofits to deliver their programs, yet there is a dearth of guidance for nonprofit leaders to understand the opportunities – and risks – they represent. Pay for success programs elicit passionate reactions from all sectors.

The Biggest Digital Fundraising Trends of 2018 (And How To Use Them This Year)


Rapid technological developments over the past few years have left many nonprofit professionals scrambling to stay up-to-date with the newest tools and techniques without wasting time and money on passing fads. Creative Acquisition Attracting new donors continues to be competitive process, with more organizations investing in advertising programs beyond the standard methods.

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New Models for Children's Museums: Wired Classrooms?

Museum 2.0

Curiosity got the better of me, and that’s how I met Bob Whicker, a K-12 Education Development Executive for Apple. Apple calls this program “one to one” learning, meaning not one instructor but one computer per child. It can be argued that they have exhausted the potential bequeathed them by the experimentation of the 1970s without developing fresh approaches for the new millennium. Why haven't children's museums pushed past the 1970s model?

Foundation Supported Social Enterprises (FOSE): Expanding the Use of Program Related Investments

ASU Lodestar Center

In March of 2013, I wrote a blog post that looked at transforming the mindset of social sector actors to think about a changing paradigm that moves away from the charitable giving model to the social economy shortly after the release of The Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint for 2013 authored by Lucy Bernholz and published by Stanford PACS and GrantCraft. What are Program Related Investments? posted by Patsy Kraeger, Ph.D.

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Developing a Panoramic Perspective through Cross-Sector Communities of Practice

Connection Cafe

These groups bring together cross-sector leaders to develop talent, improve performance, and deepen community impact. Communities of practice often include practitioners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors – all actively developing shared resources, best practices, and tools to solve some of society’s toughest challenges. We are excited to share three models of communities of practice and some of the inspiring individuals and organizations that lead them.

How Can Systematic Evaluation of a Volunteer Program Positively Impact an Organization?

ASU Lodestar Center

Evaluating volunteer programs within nonprofit organizations is a key step in continual improvement and data collection. According to the 2018 Volunteer Management Progress Report, the top five training needs within volunteer management are supporting volunteers, recruiting efforts, developing volunteer leaders, outcome metrics, and recognition and retention efforts, according to Johnson and Associates in "Volunteer Management Progress Report.".

Why investing in leadership development is a wise strategy

ASU Lodestar Center

Creating a thriving nonprofit sector that is fueled by innovation requires developing and retaining the best leaders. Businesses spent an estimated $12 billion in leadership development in 2011. Businesses spend $120 per employee per year on leadership development, while the social sector spends just $29 (Callanan, 2014). From a funding standpoint, foundation support for leadership development was less than 1 percent of overall giving from 1992 to 2011 (Hirschfield, 2014).

How can leadership development strategies improve retention in nonprofits?

ASU Lodestar Center

Director of Development, ASU Health Initiatives. According to a survey by Landles-Cobb, Kramer, and Smith Milway (2015), the second most cited reason for staff turnover, behind low compensation, was lack of leadership development and growth opportunity. Even when employees feel a strong connection to the mission, staff may not stay with that nonprofit if they feel their organization does not invest in their development as a nonprofit professional. posted by Eric Spicer Sr.