January, 2018

Twitter for Nonprofits in 2018: Rebirth or Retire?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The past year, Twitter has been widely criticized for its role in spreading misinformation , being a Petri dish for hate speech , and how it approaches world leaders use of the platform.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle

Connection Cafe

A Reel Leadership Article My thought going into Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle was “Do we really need another remake of a film?” ” The 1995 Jumanji starred Robin Williams as Alan Parrish (who gets a nod in the new Jumanji).

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5 Ideas for Your 2018 Social Media Editorial Calendar


Have your social media accounts been driving massive exposure to your brand? I imagine most of us would agree that we’d like to see our social media channels perform better than they are now. Let’s up our social media game this year! Here are a few ideas: 1.

For sale for a cause: Autumn Adagio

Judi Sohn

If you want the background on what I’m doing, read this post first. Thank you to everyone who responded so positively to my returning to my blog to share my knitting projects and hopefully, raise some funds in 2018 for worthy charities.

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6 Must-Download Mobile Apps for Good

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Thus far, nonprofits have struggled to create mobile apps that their donors and supporters want to use. They don’t have the financial resources or staff expertise necessary and as a result, app stores are lacking in apps that inspire people to do good.

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Woop woop it’s #CMAD!!


Community Manager Appreciation Day is here! Started in 2010 by Jeremiah Owyang, #CMAD is all about thanking the unsung heroes who nurture our online communities. CMAD is 100% grassroots organized and groups around the world plan their own events, both online and in person.

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A Yarny New Blog for 2018

Judi Sohn

Hello again? Miss me? For many years, I used this blog to share my thoughts about life and technology. It served me very well and I hope those that followed me got value out of it as well. I still get questions based on older blogs here, and those aren’t going anywhere.

Instead of Selling Objects, Build Public Trust

Museum 2.0

You run a regional museum. It's been struggling financially for years. Now, you have a new vision--co-created with trustees and community leaders--for a path forward. You'll transform it into an interactive science-oriented institution. And you'll build your endowment, too. How will you pay for it?

How to Convince Leadership to Adopt New Technology

NonProfit Hub

Nonprofits, like all other successful organizations, need to keep up with the tools of the times. It’s important that your board of directors understands the importance of new technology in letting your organization run like a well-oiled machine.

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Small, But Mighty: A Resource for Small Nonprofit Leaders

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: I’m honored to be a member of the Leap Ambassadors Community , a group of people in the nonprofit sector who care deeply about high performance.

15 Steps to Corporate Volunteering Success

Connection Cafe

Do you have a goal to make your company or organization more socially conscious, but are having difficulty motivating employees to participate in volunteer programs? Getting employees motivated can be one of the hardest steps when building a successful CSR program.

Social Media and Peer-to-Peer Fundraising: 5 Predictions


How badly would you want a crystal ball to see into the future of fundraising trends? It seems like there’s something new every day — and in the world of peer-to-peer fundraising, that “something new” is almost always social media-related. It’s hard to know what’s coming next.

For Sale for a Cause: Windflower

Judi Sohn

If you want the background on what I’m doing, read this post first. . Okay, let’s see if this grand experiment will work. I’m offering up for sale a shawl I finished on January 16, 2018. It’s a pattern from Russian designer Alla Borisova. It’s a triangular shawl about 70″ at its longest length and 50″ at the sides. The yarn is Manos del Uruguay Fino, 70% merino wool, 30% silk. Loved working with it. And I love the story of this yarn company.

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Android factory reset on a Samsung S7: The ugly, the bad, and the good

Robert Weiner

I recently had to perform a factory reset on my year-old Samsung S7. Here’s my tale: The Ugly. At first, I was getting occasional errors like, “Unfortunately, Google Maps has stopped working.” ” But over time the errors increased until they became a constant problem. Nearly every app that was running in the foreground or background would present this kind of error message, often over and over again within minutes.

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How to Make Giving Easy for Your Donors

NonProfit Hub

For years, consumers have been buying products online through the experience provided to them by big brands. This includes things like quick ordering, payment and delivery options. In economic theory, this is called a frictionless market , or a marketplace that doesn’t have transaction costs.

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Your Nonprofit’s Culture: By Design or by Default?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: In my book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout, we discuss how to create a culture of wellbeing to encourage self-care. Jay Wilkinson, CEO of Firespring , shares some thoughts on building the right culture of for your nonprofit.

Facebook Radically Changed the News Feed – Here’s What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know

Connection Cafe

In a Facebook post dated January 11th, Mark Zuckerberg shared a completely new direction for the News Feed to make sure the “time we all spend on Facebook is time well spent.”. Public content from businesses, brands and media has “crowded out the personal moments that lead us to connect more with each other.” So his new goal for the News Feed is to create more meaningful conversations between “friends, family and groups”. How will the News Feed rank public content?

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3 MUST READ roundups about digital and community strategy


The year-end is always rife with trends posts and end-of-year roundups, but here are three that really stood out for me. These are chock full of smart insights. Eleven Ingredients for Digital Success in 2018. Conference Board).

Introducing Community Participation Bootcamp at the MAH

Museum 2.0

For the past five years, each summer, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History has hosted MuseumCamp. MuseumCamp is a professional development experience that is part retreat, part unconference, part adult summer camp.

Donor Relations Tips for Shy People

John Haydon

Does wading into a room full of strangers terrify you? Are you sure you’ll have nothing to say? Afraid you’ll embarrass yourself with your tied-up tongue? Never fear.

The Best Nonprofit Social Media Campaigns of 2017

NonProfit Hub

It’s happening again. All of the year’s art, events and goings-on are being sorted into “best of” lists on various blogs. And guess what? You’re looking at another. This one, though, can actually help you while you’re considering a rebrand or amping up your social media presence in 2018.

The Bots are Here: Leading With Our Humanity in the Age of Automation

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The Bots are Here: Leading With Our Humanity in the Age of Automation by Allison Fine and Beth Kanter. What nonprofits need to do to make sure that they are in charge of the bots, not the other way around.

A Culture of Philanthropic Innovation

Connection Cafe

This year’s edition of Blackbaud Institute’s npEXPERTS series covered Building a Culture of Innovation. At bbcon this year, the Institute continued the conversation in our featured panel, A Culture of Philanthropic Innovation.

What to do about the new Facebook changes


Just read this on Associations Now: How Associations Can Respond to Facebook’s Changes. The social-media giant is diminishing the role of brands, including associations, in its News Feed. One content marketing pro says organizations can adapt by getting personal.

How Nonprofits Can Tweet Effectively During the #SOTU

Nonprofit Tech for Good

On January 30, 2018 Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, will present the 96th in-person State of the Union Address. For days before, the day of, and for days after the hashtag #SOTU will be a top trending topic on Twitter.

Facebook News Feed Overhaul – How Your Nonprofit Can Prepare

John Haydon

Well, we all knew this day was coming. Facebook has finally decided to pull the plug on almost all types of public content from pages. Because Mark Zuckerberg wants to make a better Facebook. One with less clickbait, engagement bait, and hopefully less fake news.

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Continued Success: Refocusing for the New Year

NonProfit Hub

Congratulations on your successful end-of-year fundraising campaign! After all the hard work put into the final fundraising push of the year, you definitely deserved that extra plate at Christmas dinner and the extra drink (or drinks ) on New Year’s Eve – cheers.

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6 Tips for Nonprofits to Combat Digital Distraction and Improve Productivity

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Image Source: 7able. On Feb. 13th, I’ll be doing a FREE Webinar for nonprofits hosted by Salesforce Foundation on “ Combatting Digital Distraction and Technology Wellness in the Nonprofit Workplace.” ” Come join me. . Ever hear of something called “ Nomophobia ?

5 Foundation Trends That Will Continue in 2018

Connection Cafe

Preparing Your Nonprofit Board for a Fundraising Campaign


One of the many ways that BoardAssist placements make an impact on the boards they join is by spearheading the fundraising campaign of the nonprofit boards they join.

Free Webinar on February 13! How NGOs Worldwide Use Technology

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Date: Tuesday, February 13. Time: 1pm EST/10am PST. Presenter: Heather Mansfield. Over the last two decades the NGO sector has embraced technology, but economic and political factors and the quality of Internet infrastructure regionally often affects how well NGOs worldwide can use technology.

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Nonprofit Payment Processing: Everything You Need to Know

John Haydon

A payment processor is a company that handles all your online transactions. Payment processing handles donation transactions between your organization’s bank and your donor’s bank.

Staying on the Same Page: Communication Tools for Nonprofits

NonProfit Hub

Communication is key. Whether you’re trying to coordinate with your team or reach out to current and potential donors, it’s important to stay on top of your game. Here are a handful of communication tools we’ve been using and raving about. External Communication Tools. Sprout Social .

AI and Nonprofits: Will Bots Make Transition from Functional to Friendship?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The next disruptive technology phase is already upon here and it includes a technology designed to emulate human conversation – chatbots programmed with artificial intelligence.