Using Data to Develop Your Alumni Engagement Program: Lessons from UCLA

Connection Cafe

These four themes have helped us engineer our engagement program to be interactive and serve our alumni. Teams from Gift Services to Development to IT have had to work together to get data into the system and develop ways to get it back out.

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Using National Doctors’ Day to Cultivate Your Grateful Patient Program

Connection Cafe

Every March, National Doctors’ Day provides a time when healthcare development operations can lead the charge to honor their physicians in a myriad of ways, often with gifts and messages. Those with true physician champions see the positive impact on their giving program.

Why You Should Start Creating a Mid-Level Donor Program ASAP

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Successful mid-level donor programs are all about providing donors with a personal touch while maintaining the analytic discipline that allows you to scale your programming. When you’re managing an understaffed development team, you’re always rearranging your to-do list.

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 to Build a Grateful Patient Program to Drive Lifetime Donors

Connection Cafe

These types of constituent programs are formed at the intersection of clinical and philanthropic experiences and should involve hospital executives and foundation leadership. Refinement as program evolves. Once established, regularly evaluating your grateful patient program is crucial.

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

Connection Cafe

The most successful and fully developed prospecting and segmentation programs require a healthy mix of multiple techniques.

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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. Choose your type of membership program. You can put them in charge of recruitment and marketing for the program, too. You’re almost ready to launch your program!

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). Join a reference program .

The Must-Have Accessory for Your Monthly Giving Program

Connection Cafe

In Sustainers in Focus Part 2 , the Blackbaud Institute provided six best practices for building and maintaining successful monthly giving programs. Why is this important to your monthly giving program? 1,200,000,000.

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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 help you develop a pipeline of loyal supporters.

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New Report Shows How to Take Your Professional Development Into Your Own Hands

Connection Cafe

What does professional development look like when you are busy delivering programs and managing mission-critical tasks? We know it can be frustrating to find the time to invest in your professional development, and difficult to know which providers are best for you.

Measuring the Impact of Your Nonprofit Program

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

A few months ago, I facilitated a mini-innovation lab on measuring impact for grantees of the Google Nonprofit program at the Impact Hub. Many times, nonprofits, especially smaller ones, do not have the resources to hire outside consultants to measure the impact of their programs.

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. To get empathy for your participants or students, it is always good to be a participant in other programs.

Why And How to Manage Your Volunteer Program Professionally

Connection Cafe

So let’s take it step by step and look at why and how to manage your volunteer program professionally: 1. Develop a list of all volunteer jobs needed for the project after which you should decide on the characteristics you want your volunteers to have.

7 Tips for Building a Healthcare Fundraising Program

Connection Cafe

I honestly don’t know how to build a full fundraising program.”. This is the voice of many healthcare development staff members who have never ventured past event fundraising. Many organizations are also realizing that it is time to expand into a true fundraising program.

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.

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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Seven Steps to Ensuring a Successful Sustained Giving Program

Connection Cafe

But, there’s a big difference between understanding its importance and actually creating a successful recurring giving program. However, you and your staff must commit to investing the time and talent needed to develop the program. Develop your communications plan.

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Do Capacity Building Programs Help Nonprofits Achieve Better Results?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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. The Forgotten Roots of Capacity Development in the Movement for Ownership and Empowerment.

Starting a Recurring Giving Program: Tips from the Major Hospital Foundation

Connection Cafe

At the MHP Foundation , we knew that setting up and implementing a recurring giving program was in REACH for us. We evaluated the donor personas for each giving group: The MWA is a newer program, just started in December, 2016. The concept of recurring giving is pretty awesome.

How To Develop Your Nonprofit Operating Reserves

Connection Cafe

Governance & Management factors – How does your Board feel about how much you should have in reserve vs spending on programs? Likelihood of severe weather or natural disasters that would affect implementation of programs (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.

Developing Fanatic Discipline to Meet P2P Fundraising Goals

Connection Cafe

We’ve all been there—made a choice that probably wasn’t best for our wallet or fundraising program. Amundsen did the research and developed a methodical plan. Life is unpredictable. So why do some thrive in the unpredictability while others fail?

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Are Employee Matching Gift Programs Really Engaging Your Staff?

Givinga

It’s common for companies with corporate philanthropy initiatives to have employee matching gifts programs. Some matching gift programs succeed in increasing employee engagement and making employees feel more connected and proud of their company. Employees Don’t Know About the Program.

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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.

Betsy Beaumon on Benetech's Literacy Program

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The Year That Was and the New Year Ahead Guest Beneblog by Betsy Beaumon, Benetech's VP and General Manager of the Literacy Program 2012 was a year of titanic shifts in the fields of consumer technology, education, and publishing, along with the requisite challenges brought about by such rapid change. One of the biggest changes to Bookshare in the last ten years has been in the area of education, through funding from the Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

Philanthropy and Sustainable Development: Our Role as Interlocutors for Good

Connection Cafe

“The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected” – an inspiring thought on how we will achieve the formidable Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Emerging Leaders Need More than Leadership Development

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: Last year I was honored to partner with Kari Dunn Saratovksy from Third Plateau to facilitate an emerging leadership program to a cohort of leaders who were part of the Packard Foundation’s Science and Conservation portfolio of grantees. Flickr Image – ImageGroup.

A Community-Driven Approach to Program Design

Museum 2.0

How do you develop programs that are responsive to your community in a meaningful way? At the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH), we've started experimenting with a "community first" approach to program development. Six goals for MAH community programs.

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

Nonprofit Tech for Good

By Gary Wohlfeill , Director of Marketing at CrowdRise , who works with partners to develop highly engaging fundraising campaigns and leads the marketing team in developing the CrowdRise brand. Choose someone within your organization that can be responsible for heading up the program.

Nonprofit Board Leadership: Advice for Companies and Nonprofits

Connection Cafe

She highlighted how companies develop human capital to solve vital challenges by involving employees on nonprofit boards. Consider including training as part of your company board service program.

10 Holiday Gift Programs That Benefit Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

As a follow-up to 25 Online Gift Stores That Benefit Nonprofit s , below are 10 holiday gift programs that benefit nonprofits. These gift programs are ideal for socially and environmentally conscious holiday shoppers that would prefer their holiday spending directly empower nonprofits.

Five Steps to Optimize Your Online Program All Year Long

Connection Cafe

To achieve this task, we broke down the process into five digestible steps to optimize your organization’s online program all year long. Step 3: Develop a Testing Framework.

Ally Shares Her Experience in Program

ASU Lodestar Center

Swift Youth Foundation is an organization that focuses on supporting the social and emotional development of youth and enhances social awareness and leadership skills for teens through mentor relationships. Club Swift is an after-school program for teens in North Phoenix.

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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. In the nonprofit sector, communities of practice are an established concept.

Program Sustainability is Not Just About Funding

NonProfit Hub

Then one day I had the opportunity to research what factors are actually associated with greater program sustainability, and my world changed. Why Should We Care About Program Sustainability? 1] Compare the two programs below.

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The Next Five Big Trends in Mobile App Development

Byte Technology

And in no specific sector is that more true than in field of mobile app development. So what does 2016 hold in store in the realm of app development trends? In addition, it will be easier to rollout new apps when developers can access tools via the cloud.

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19 Holiday Gift Programs That Benefit Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

These gift programs are ideal for socially and environmentally conscious holiday shoppers that would prefer their spending directly empower nonprofits. They also make excellent gifts for activists and advocates of global development, environmental conservation, and wildlife protection.

Designing Professional Development for the Distracted Learner

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Bersin by Deloitte’s infographic “ Meet the Modern Learner ” is an excellent summary of the challenges facing trainers who need to design and deliver professional development for nonprofit professionals. Bersin by Deloitte’s infographic “Meet the Modern Learner”.

Class 12 Ally Shares Experience in Program

ASU Lodestar Center

Going into the program, I had a general idea of where I wanted to go in my career but was unsure how to accomplish my goals. I felt as though I needed more professional and personal development to become a more effective community leader and social worker in my future.

Come Work With Us at MAH as School Programs Coordinator

Museum 2.0

We are hiring for a School Programs Coordinator to wrangle the 3,500+ students and their teachers who come to the museum every year for a tour and hands-on experience in our art and history exhibitions. What kinds of programs should we consider providing for these groups?

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.

Creating a Development Army: The Next BIG Thing in Fundraising

NetWits

Historically most fundraising programs have been organization to donor. As fundraisers we are always looking for new and innovative ways to increase donations.

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