December, 2016

#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.

EveryAction's 8 Most Useful Nonprofit Resources of 2016


No matter how you slice it, 2016 was a year to remember. With just a couple of weeks left, take stock of the most useful content from our blog and nonprofit content library and get a jumpstart on making 2017 the best year for your organization yet! The 2016 Fundraising Strategic Plan Guide.

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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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.

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!”.

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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.

How Twitter Donations Work: What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Twitter is experimenting with allowing certain nonprofits to accept donations directly through tweets. Like how only a select few nonprofits had access to Facebook’s early launch of their Facebook Fundraising Tools , only a select few nonprofits currently have access to Twitter Donations.

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3 Ways Your Nonprofit Could Benefit From Virtual Reality Going Mainstream

NonProfit Hub

Analysts are hailing 2016 as a “year zero” for virtual reality (VR) technology, thanks in large part to virtual reality cinemas that are opening around the world. Viewers can go inside special booths and choose one of three VR headsets.

Making Sure Your New Website Theme is Social-Friendly


You’ve launched your new web theme, and you need to make sure it’s going to convert visitors. Social shares are going to make or break your SEO, traffic generation, and your sales funnels. So, it’s time to make sure your new theme is social friendly. What is a Social-Friendly Theme?

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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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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.

5 Thank You Page Best Practices for Any Nonprofit

John Haydon

Ah, the humble Thank You page – the forgotten sidekick of the donation page. After all, the donation page does the hard work of converting donors. But is your Thank You page really just an afterthought?

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.

7 Can’t-Miss Nonprofit Conferences for 2017

NonProfit Hub

In our roll-up-my-sleeves and get-r-done , scrappy nature, we tend to take advantage of any and all resources at our fingertips in the nonprofit sector. We do everything we can to save money, achieve our mission and learn as much as possible at home or from our office. The problem is that we can only get so far by teaching ourselves through YouTube videos and endlessly searching Google.

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.

The Year-End Survival Guide for Community Foundations

Connection Cafe

By almost any measure, and in almost every industry, December is the busiest month of the year. This is especially true for community foundations.

6 Fundraising Trends About Millennials You Need to Know


Millennials often think of themselves as the socially conscious generation. As your organization continues to look for funding opportunities, consider millennials as a viable target market, since they are your future donor base.

How to Retain First-Time Donors With Your Email Welcome Series

John Haydon

You’ve worked hard to launch a successful online fundraiser. Your fundraising story hits people in the feels, and you’ve distributed that story across your social networks. To your amazement and relief, people are actually donating. Your plan is working!

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.

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.

[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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How Independent Fundraising Momentum is Reshaping Traditional P2P

Connection Cafe

The peer-to-peer fundraising marketplace has undergone a transformation with momentum rapidly shifting toward individually directed fundraising and “DIY” or independent campaigns.

4 Reasons Why Your Nonprofit Should Move to the Cloud

Tech Soup Blog

Over 90 percent of businesses report using cloud solutions now, and many software companies are in the process of moving to it or already have. The good news is that there are also real benefits for nonprofits. What Is Cloud Computing?

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Smart Fundraisers Don’t Raise Money This Way. So Why Are You Doing it With Email?

John Haydon

A friend of mine recently expressed frustration over her boss not getting the value of email fundraising, which according to M+R is the most effective channel for online fundraising. Like many nonprofits, her organization is trying to raise money by blasting their email list.

Growing Bigger, Staying Collaborative - 5 Tools for Building Non-Bureaucratic Organizations

Museum 2.0

One of my organization's core values is radical collaboration. We believe that partnerships build a stronger museum and a stronger community. We work with over 2,000 regional partners each year to develop exhibitions, festivals, programs, and projects.

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

The Best Thing You Can Do to Set Your 2017 Up Right


Do you care about workplace culture? Do you want to align your strategy and business goals with your culture for exponentially better efficiency and results? Do you want to improve employee engagement? Or are you struggling to attract or retain high-performing Millennials as staff?

New Year’s Resolutions for Grantmakers

Connection Cafe

In a few days’ time the Gregorian calendar will reset; the month we call December will end and a new set of 12 months will be upon us. This is a tradition observed by much of the world approximately every 365.25

8 Steps to Outcomes-Oriented Collaboration

NonProfit Hub

Nonprofits today are increasingly asked to collaborate. Many fear that with the election results, there will be even greater financial pressure on nonprofits. The philanthropic community has long been calling for nonprofits to reduce the duplication of resources.

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.

From Call Reluctance to Call Enthusiasm: A 7-Step Approach

Donor Search

Prospect research is useless if nobody makes the call. Development professionals have it so easy in the twenty-first century! Or so you’d think.

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

ASAE Responds to Election Response Concerns on Association Chat


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

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.