August, 2014

The tool that every volunteer coordinator needs


How often has this happened to you - you interview a prospective volunteer, love their background, love what they offer, and love what they could bring to your movement, but you never hear from them beyond the initial interview? If this has happened to you (and I’m sure it has :).

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Sadly, this week marked the loss of one of the disaster response world’s strongest leaders and advocates. Joann Hale was one of the most influential, hard-working, and caring people we have ever had the pleasure of working with here at VisionLInk.

Exploring Data for Impact

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The world is undergoing a data revolution, and the social sector is no exception. Mobile devices are breaking down the barriers to direct connections to staff, volunteers, clients, partners, communities, and the general public.

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The Top 10 Most Effective Donation Form Optimizations You Can Make

Connection Cafe

Online giving was up 13.5% in 2013 and has been growing by double digits ever since. Though it still doesn’t represent a massive amount of total giving, it’s well worth the effort to optimize your online channels in order to get the best possible performance out of it.

Your Nonprofit’s Complete Guide To The Cloud


Image courtesy of IT Business Edge. Over the last decade, Cloud computing has become synonymous with computing. Internet users for over ten years have utilized the internet and the cloud together to make their work more efficient, sometimes without even realizing it.

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10 Donor Data Migration Decisions: Q&A with Gary Carr

3rd Sector Labs

Third Sector Labs recently presented a data migration webinar with host Bloomerang.

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Will work for purpose


So you’re leading an organization whose lifeblood is volunteers – but how do you go about recruiting and retaining individuals who are just as sold out on your mission as you?

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How Open Source Sparks Innovation and Advances Social Good

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Adopting an open source philosophy has proven to be quite effective for us at Benetech in our work furthering technology-for-good. I recently had the opportunity to give an interview for Red Hat’s online magazine, , and discuss Benetech’s culture of “open.”

Write Better Fundraising Appeals by Implementing One of Dr. Robert Cialdini’s 6 Principals of Persuasion

Connection Cafe

According to research by Dr. Robert Cialdini on the science of persuasion, there are six core principles that you can use to be more persuasive. The six principals apply to pretty much anything. For example, if you want people be friendlier towards you, start smiling and saying hello to others.

7 Strategies Your Nonprofit Should Implement to Engage Volunteers


Image courtesy of Huffington Post and While volunteers keep your staffing needs minimal, and allow your nonprofit to focus on the next big project, are you really getting the most out of your volunteers?

Data drives better digital marketing for nonprofits

3rd Sector Labs

Using data to drive your digital marketing campaigns is essential. Without the discipline of data, your digital marketing success is based more on hope than strategy and execution. Our corporate marketers understand the criticality of data all too well, especially retailers.

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Better manage volunteers through software tools


Welcome to a new era of volunteerism, whether you like it or not. Let’s face it, with the constant advancements in cell phone, laptop and tablet technology, people are spending more and more time online than off. That’s not news to you, me or even the mailman.

4 reasons to use LinkedIn for fundraising | The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

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4 reasons to use LinkedIn for fundraising | The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times : ocial media is not just for selfies and pictures of food. While many organizations report little success fundraising on social media, some platforms can help you research prospects and build relationships.

[Cool Infographic Friday] All You Need To Know About The Anatomy of Songs


I’ve just come back from ASAE14 in Nashville, and can honestly say if I never hear another country song again, it will be too soon. This is what they sound like to me. So in the spirit of Cool Infographic Friday, here’s all you need to know about the anatomy of songs. More like this.

I Would Dump Garbage On My Head If It Would Help a Nonprofit Reach 71,000 New Donors.

Connection Cafe

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been catching a lot of scrutiny. I get it— why would we be encouraging people NOT to donate to charity? Why are people being asked to dump ice on their heads to avoid having to making a contribution (even though a large portion of people seem to be doing both)?

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5 Social Media Stats That’ll Help Your Nonprofit Understand Audiences


We know our audiences are out there on social media. They’re busy retweeting, posting, sharing, pinning, and blogging on an array of social media websites and platforms across the Internet.

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Fundraising without donor data: What’s that proverb about giving a man a fish?

3rd Sector Labs

Most charities raise money from many different sources – direct mail appeals, online donations, events, United Way campaigns to name a few. How often do the funds come in without workable donor data – or any donor data – behind it? If your organization is fundraising without donor data to support it, then you have a problem that needs your attention. It is time to manage that problem and reduce risk. What’s that proverb? Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day.

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Could your non-profit generate revenue? (5 questions to ask yourself)


Building on the discussion of revenue generating non-profits from Monday, this article talks about five questions you should ask yourself when considering if your non-profit could fundraise via revenue generation. This five step process will take you a long way in the direction of seeing if this is a fit for you

Ice Bucket Challenge Still Going Strong: $31.5 Million in Donations to The ALS Association - The ALS Association

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Ice Bucket Challenge Still Going Strong: $31.5 Million in Donations to The ALS Association - The ALS Association : Ice Bucket Challenge Still Going Strong: $31.5 Million in Donations to The ALS Association Washington, D.C. August 20, 2014) — As of Wednesday, August 20, The ALS Association has received $31.5 million in donations compared to $1.9 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 20).

What You Need to Know Before You Install Facebook’s Messenger App


This post originally appeared on Mizz Information. ———— This morning when I logged onto Facebook (yes, still trying to break the habit), several friends were talking about Facebook forcing users to install Facebook messenger.

2014 Mid-Year Fundraising Trends

Connection Cafe

Wondering how fundraising is performing so far in 2014? Yeah, we were too. Using data from The Blackbaud Index , we are able to provide the first insights into fundraising trends for the first six months of 2014 compared to 2013.

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4 Facts About How Millennials Use Twitter


Image courtesy of The telegraph. We all know social media is the preferred means of connecting among millennials. We also understand it provides our nonprofit with an invaluable communication tool that lets us connect with potential donors, volunteers, and constituents across the globe.

CRM data migration: it’s all about the future

3rd Sector Labs

CRM data migrations are about the future, not the past. Period. End of story. So we are going to talk about several important tips to help you stay focused on your donor data future. Why am I being so emphatic as I talk about CRM data and your organization’s future? Because the number one challenge that we deal with at Third Sector Labs in a CRM or donor data migration project is customers who won’t let go of the past. Really.

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5 Ways Your Nonprofit Can Reach Millennials


Nonprofits have been trying to reach millennials effectively for some time now. Some organizations like Ask Big Questions , a program of Hillel International and Do Something have figured it out, while others are still tailoring their strategies.

Smart wristbands aim to increase charity giving

AFP Blog

Smart wristbands aim to increase charity giving : A new wristband that will enable people to make faster donations with just a tap of a smartphone, is being tested by several leading charities. National learning disabilities charity Hft and premature baby charity Bliss have already employed the new fundraising technology, with more charities due to start using the bands in the coming months

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Before You Hit Send: Your End of Year Fundraising Appeal Checklist

Connection Cafe

With the season of giving just around the corner, it’s crucial that your organization is prepared to capitalize on the generosity of your donors and potential donors. A well-crafted fundraising appeal is the integral piece to your year-end ask.

Why Continued Training Is Necessary For CRM Success


Image courtesy of Waiting for the Elevator. A CRM, or constituent relationship management system, robust piece of software that helps nonprofits track every interaction they have with individuals.

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10 Online Fundraising Best Practices for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

In 2013 online giving grew 13.5% according to the Blackbaud Index of Online Giving and 14% according to the Network for Good’s Online Giving Index with small and medium-sized nonprofits are experiencing the largest growth.

Are Memes Really Just Slacktivism?


New memes get started everyday. Some stick and go “viral” while others just get shared with a small community of friends, and some go nowhere. Remember the FB meme challenge that asked women to post what color bra they were wearing that day?

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Supermarkets donate profits from #icebucketchallenge to MND Association

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Supermarkets donate profits from #icebucketchallenge to MND Association : Tesco has announced that it will donate the profits made from an increase in sales of ice to the Motor Neurone Disease Association, which has now received over 3m through donations from the ice bucket challenge. The supermarket giant, which sold more than 36 million ice cubes over the last week alone, has so far pledged to donate 20,000 to the charity.

How to Write a Great Business Blog Post


Seems that everyone’s churning out content these days – but that doesn’t mean that everyone knows how to write a really good blog post that grabs interest and keeps it. Here are just a few tips that might just help your blog writing stand out from the crowd. Write an attention-grabbing title.

10 Tips To Drive Your Nonprofit’s Website from Good to Great

Connection Cafe

In today’s world, having a website is essential. For a nonprofit, it’s not only mandatory to have a website but to have a website that connects constituents to your cause.

10 Tips for Managing Volunteers on a Low Budget


Image courtesy of Axiall. No matter what kind of budget your nonprofit has, everyone can agree that volunteers are one of the best investments–primarily because they are free!

Should You Delete Donor Records?

Robert Weiner

I was recently contacted by the vendor behind a new cloud-based donor management system with this question: We have noticed that our clients have become much more conscious about archiving/deleting old donor/prospect records because our pricing model is based on the number of records. After talking with some clients, it seems opinions vary wildly regarding this subject. For example, one nonprofit archives records every year based on past giving or when someone last interacted with them.

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Best Times to Post on Social Media


If you are like most organizations, your staff wears many hats. If you are juggling several tasks including managing social media accounts, check out this data about the best times to post updates.

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Macmillan: We did not hijack #icebucketchallenge

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Macmillan: We did not hijack #icebucketchallenge : Macmillan has hit back against accusations on social media that it has hijacked #icebucketchallenge, saying the craze has been raising money for cancer charities in New Zealand since July. The challenge has peaked in publicity in the last week as celebrities in the US continue to nominate each other, while showing off their famous friends, to pour iced water over themselves and donate money to American charity ALS Association