December, 2016

5 Inventive Ways Donor Data Can Boost Your EOY Fundraising


EOY (or end-of-year) fundraising can be a critical time for nonprofits. The giving spirit is high, and donors want to know how they can contribute to the causes that they care about. Your organization needs to do more than simply ask your donors for contributions.

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#GivingTuesday Continues to See Double-Digit Growth

Connection Cafe

The fifth annual #GivingTuesday event continued to see double-digit growth rates. According to Blackbaud data, online giving on #GivingTuesday was up 20% on a year-over-year basis compared to 2015. Blackbaud processed more than $47.7 million in online donations from U.S.

How these 6 corporations encourage their employees to give back will warm your hearts this Giving Season


Robert Ingersoll once said, “We rise by lifting others.” In today’s cut-throat world, where a company’s worth is determined by the 0’s in its Balance Sheets, it’s commendable how some organizations have not forgotten their true purpose of existence. To serve society

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The Happy Healthy Data Nerd: Using Your Personal Health Data to Support Your Wellbeing

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I just published this piece guest blog post over at MarketsforGood about how nonprofit data nerds can use data to set some new goals for 2017 to become healthier – Enjoy. The passion that many nonprofit data nerds feel for our work is a double-edged sword.

The Face of the Web: What’s Coming for Content Management Systems

Byte Technology

If you’ve ever designed, built, managed or administered a website, you’re no doubt intimately involved with a Content Management System (CMS), a specific software application or set of programs used to create and manage digital content.

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4 best Christmas movies about Giving Back one must watch!


The best time of the year is here again- CHRISTMAS! A time to spend with your loved ones, sing carols to the heart’s content, revel in the first snowfall, indulge in cupcakes and cookies and become a secret Santa for someone special. The air is filled with the magic of love and giving back.

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6 Insights The Sharing Economy Tells Us About The Future Of Fundraising

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: December is a time when start to reflect on the past year and future online trends for fundraising.

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Don’t Panic: Common WordPress Errors and How to Fix Them (Part One)

Byte Technology

The vast majority of WordPress users managing and administering their own sites have most likely, at one time or another, received an error message or code that got their hearts racing and induced a bit of panic.

5 Digital Payment Systems That Could Transform Online Fundraising

Nonprofit Tech for Good

In the late 1990’s nonprofits began to launch websites, experiment with email marketing, and sign up for their first “Donate Now” service. Then, in the late 2000’s nonprofits embraced social networking sites, first Myspace and YouTube, then Facebook and Twitter.

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[Cool Infographic Friday] 19 Technologies Gen Z Wouldn’t Recognize


Funny and true – except for vinyl, at least in my house. photo credit ). Cool Infographic Friday

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Growing your Members and Donors with the Power of Data

Connection Cafe

I had the privilege of hearing from Rosie Siemer and Dana Hines on Membership & Engagement: The Power of Data at bbcon 2016. I loved this session; not only am I an undisputed data nerd, but also I love finding new ways to engage and communicate better.

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8 Reasons to Volunteer this Giving season


Delectable feasts, 4-day weekends, gifts, football games, floats, family reunions… are we missing out anything else in our “Holiday Giving” celebration list

New Resource for Nonprofits: The Data Playbook – Practices for Purpose-Driven Work

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Join me at Markets for Good on December 6 at 1 pm EST for a FREE roundtable discussion about the new Data Playbook. . It has been almost exactly four years since I published Measuring the Networked Nonprofit: Using Data to Change the World , with co-author, Katie Paine.

Best to Test: Tools for Gauging your WordPress Site’s Speed and Performance

Byte Technology

It’s an all-to-common scenario: a new user to WordPress builds their site, goes live and starts blogging or selling or raising funds without giving much thought into how their site’s performing. Are visitors getting a good user experience? Are your pages loading quickly? Are they rendering correctly across mobile platforms? Are you losing customers because your server response is slow?

Free Webinar on February 7! How NGOs Worldwide Use Online Technology and Social Media

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Date: Tuesday, February 7. Time: 1pm EDT (New York). Cost: Free. Presented By: Heather Mansfield.

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Put Your Marketing Gloves on and Bring on Member Engagement


by Vivian Swertinski, Senior Digital Marketing Strategist at Informz. One of my goals this year was to start and stick with a consistent exercise program. I’ve never been much of a runner, but have been intrigued by the emotional calm or “runners high” that runners seem to speak of.

How We Can Inspire Remarkable Change for Good

Connection Cafe

In October, Blackbaud and MCON came together to host a dinner for more than 80 individuals to answer the following questions, what do we think needs to happen to get others to stand up for social issues and what is standing in our way from making remarkable change happen?

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5 Nonprofit Marketing and Fundraising Trends for 2017


In just a few hours we will ring in 2017. Now is a good time for nonprofits to not only reflect on the impact and lessons learned from your 2016 marketing and fundraising strategies, but to also begin preparing for the year to come.

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The Spirit of @GivingTuesday Continues: #MyGivingStory Grant Opportunity

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Join me for a Twitter Chat about #MyGivingStory at 1pmPST/4pmEST on Tuesday, December 13 th , 2016. During the chat, @GivingTues will start with welcomes, and then lead a discussion about storytelling best practices.

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Safe by Design: How to Boost Your WordPress Site’s Security

Byte Technology

For anyone who designs, owns or runs a website, the threat of getting hacked is a constant reality whether you’re a mega-corporation dealing with millions of users or just a one-person blog shop promoting products or services. And while a hack is rarely fatal—WordPress thrives on the fact that it’s easy to backup your data and information, so getting up and running after an attack isn’t too painful—it is a gigantic hassle that costs you time and, occasionally, money.

End-of-Year Giving: Google Search Trends Show Big Opportunities for Nonprofits

NonProfit Hub

Sponsored by iDonate. From looking up the “final score of Saturday’s football game,” to researching the “top colleges to attend for business majors,” Google seems to have the answer to all of our questions. Today, Google processes over 3.5 billion search queries every day.

ICYMI: What Old School Hip Hop Teaches Us About Content Marketing


This came up in conversation today, so I’m reposting it. An oldie but a really really goodie. ————— Bryan Kelly and I presented this session at ASAE’s Marketing, Membership and Communication Conference last week and the feedback we got was phenomenal.

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Five Years Later: How #GivingTuesday Reached Ubiquity

Connection Cafe

#GivingTuesday, a global grassroots movement that started out as a mere napkin brainstorm, has reached ubiquity. And for once in my life, I was lucky enough to be in the “room where it happened”—or at least the moment the founders decided to start sharing their vision.

6 Lessons Nonprofits Can Learn from the Private Sector


The way we do things in the nonprofit world often differs from the way the private sector operates.

The Bigger Picture


Jill Meyer is like a lot of nonprofit tech geeks. After more than 15 years working in a corporate setting, she decided it wasn’t satisfying enough. She wanted to work with nonprofits—people who changed lives for the better.

Pipe Up: How to Get More Comments on Your WordPress Posts

Byte Technology

One of the hallmarks of the WordPress content management system is the ability to engage a user audience and create a back-and-forth conversation of sorts in the virtual world. And while WordPress has some terrific plugins available that can help you create and manage a comment section on your site, too often unforeseen problems and lapses exist that stymie the commenting process.

How the Autism Society of North Carolina Gets The Message Out with Email Marketing

NonProfit Hub

Sponsored by iContact . . For a nonprofit organization, email marketing is one of the most effective ways to spread the word about a cause, promote a call to action, and inspire philanthropy. It can be a key factor in staying connected with volunteers, donors, and even staff.

ASAE Responds to Election Response Concerns on Association Chat


Here’s the recording for you in case you missed it (below and here ).

5 Important Tips for Writing Donor-Focused Emails

Connection Cafe

Your constituents receive A LOT of emails. A recent report estimated that a person receives over 200 emails every day. So how do you make your email stand out, especially during the email surge that happens during end of year? Well, design is part of the equation.

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4 Fundraising Email Blunders You Should Avoid At All Costs

John Haydon

The most effective strategy to raise money online is with fundraising emails (email revenue grew by 25% in 2015). Yes, your donation page is absolutely important in terms of converting donors, but email is the most effective way to sent qualified prospects to your donation page.

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New York Orgs are Using Text Messages to Help Bust Myths around PrEP

Mobile Commons

A coalition of 51 New York organizations is using text messaging to help fight the stigma around PrEP. The “Bust the Myths, Get the Facts” campaign, launched on World AIDS Day, lets people sign up to receive informational texts and get connected to a provider near them.

Save the Day: Knowing Which WordPress Files to Always Back Up

Byte Technology

Ask any WordPress designer or seasoned administrator what is one of the most important aspects of keeping a website safe and secure and you’ll no doubt get a vehement answer: back up! From targeted hack attempts to denial of service attacks to unexpected—and all too common—server failures, not having the correct data backed up can cause headaches and even total ruin for a site owner. Imagine having all your client’s personal information stolen and manipulated?

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How to Build a Culture that Leaves Behind a Legacy

NonProfit Hub

“We’re not like the other nonprofits, we’re a cool nonprofit.”. “We’ll We’ll throw in casual Fridays! Our nonprofit’s culture ROCKS.”. Yeah, let’s give them the day after #GivingTuesday off to show them we care. Back to work on Thursday, folks!”.

LinkedIn to remove lots of search fields


Just came across t his interesting post. LinkedIn will soon be retiring the ability to search years of experience, function, seniority level, interested in, company size and when a user joined. Also receiving the axe is the ability for Premium users to search within LinkedIn Groups.