May, 2017

Prescriptive Analytics for Nonprofits—How Data Technology Can Transform the Way We Work

Connection Cafe

Data is changing how our world operates. As the collection of data becomes ubiquitous and seamless and the analysis of data more powerful, it is changing every aspect of our lives. Just stop and think about how many times a day your life is impacted by an algorithm.

New Email Study Reveals Nonprofit Spam Rates Soared in 2016

EveryAction

The state of nonprofit fundraising is undeniably digital, but aside from opens and clicks, do you really understand what's happening to your emails?

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Quick Fixes to Common WordPress Problems: Part 2

Byte Technology

In Part I of “Quick Fixes to Common WordPress Problems” we looked into five of the most frequently encountered hiccups that occur for both beginning users and well-versed pros.

New Customer: 2-1-1 Wisconsin

VisionLink

We are pleased to welcome another new customer to the Visionlink network, 2-1-1 Wisconsin.

GDPR

Last year, we hosted the 2017 MVP Awards across three of our sites. In order to get ready for this year’s coming awards across even more of our sites, we’re catching up with some of our judges from the previous awards who offered their time and insight to make the awards even better. Take a look!

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5 Tips for Telling Difficult Stories

EveryAction

Storytelling is a constant drumbeat that resonates throughout the nonprofit community, but increasingly, stories are getting hard to tell. Not so much with good stories, which are a welcome and inspiring; mostly, it's the difficult tales of struggle, desperation, injustice, and urgency that are the most complicated to convey - but the need has never been so great.

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Screen Play: Creating A Full-Width Page in WordPress

Byte Technology

When it comes to many WordPress sites, visual page appearance is extremely important for the user experience. And of course WordPress themes come with tons of options to customize and create exactly the look you want for your blog, e-commerce store, company website etc.

Migrating recurring donors to a new system

Robert Weiner

Credit card image from Ed Ivanushkin. A client is migrating to new Association Management Software, which will entail changing their credit card processor.

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Different Ways Nonprofits Are Using Design Thinking to Solve Problems and Achieve Impact

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: Several years ago, I was got trained in design thinking facilitation methods using Luma and have incorporated these techniques into my consulting and training practice.

5 Lessons Learned from Donating to 25 Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

If you have donated to a nonprofit within the last 12 months, then please take the 2017 Global Trends in Giving Report !

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6 Proven Best Practices for Your Sustained Giving Program

Connection Cafe

Recurring donations aren’t a new concept. In fact, we have long been speaking about their merits.

Include Is a Verb: Moving from Talk to Action on Diversity and Inclusion

SocialFish

By Elizabeth Weaver Engel, MA, CAE, CEO and Chief Strategist, Spark Consulting. Association executives know that the Millennial generation, which will soon be the majority of our workforce and membership base, is the most diverse generation we’ve ever had in the US.

Working Together: Great Social Media Plugins for Your WordPress Site

Byte Technology

If there’s one thing that can be said for certain about our virtual world, it’s that everything can somehow be integrated into something else.

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Where to Find Grants for your Nonprofit Organization

NonProfit Hub

Finding grants for your nonprofit organization is a lot like shopping for a pair of jeans. They come in all shapes and sizes, require some self-reflection and can be an incredibly time-consuming process. And maybe it’s not your favorite thing to do.

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What I Learned About Online Donor Engagement from Fundraisers in Brasil

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last week, I was in Sao Paolo for the ABCR Festival, the leading conference in Brasil for fundraising for nonprofit organizations. This was my third visit to the country. I delivered a keynote for Social Good Brasil in 2012 and for a conference on volunteering hosted by Fundação Telefônica in 2014.

Are the Majority of Online Donors Liberal Female Gen Xers?

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Liberal female Gen Xers may not be the majority of online donors, but they definitely are the demographic participating most in the 2017 Global Trends in Giving Survey.

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The Fundraising Event Planning Checklist

Connection Cafe

Fundraising events are an exciting and useful tool for exposing your mission to the community. Every event serves similar purposes: networking, increasing revenue and generating awareness.

LinkedIn Groups: What you Need to Know Now

SocialFish

If you read this blog, you know I tend to be sort of a glass-half-empty kind of gal. I prefer to think of myself as a realist rather than a pessimist, but hey–someone has to be the downer, right?

Making a Connection: Tips and Tricks for Designing a Contact Page

Byte Technology

How many times have you browsed a website with content you really liked and, wishing to stay abreast of new developments or additions, you searched in vain for a contact page only to find there wasn’t one?

Why We Moved the Abbott Square Opening - A Mistake, a Tough Call, & a Pivot: Introducing Abbott Square, Bonus Post

Museum 2.0

Excited to open. but not quite yet. This is the eleventh in a series of posts on the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History ( MAH )'s development of Abbott Square , a new creative community plaza in downtown Santa Cruz. Twelve days ago, we started the two-week countdown to opening Abbott Square.

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The Convergence of Social Activism, Donations, and Social Media: Episodic Giving In A Post Truth World

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

How to Create a Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Campaign on Facebook

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Currently only nonprofits in the United States can take advantage of Facebook Fundraisers.

9 Common Donation Page Mistakes (and Solutions!)

Connection Cafe

If your online donation form is ineffective, it warrants immediate attention. The occasional mistake is inevitable, but given the high-volume traffic nonprofit donation pages receive, it’s crucial that your donation form is optimized to be as strong as possible.

Mark Your Calendars – SUMMER SOLSTICE 2017

SocialFish

Come to The Solar Foundation ’s seventh annual Summer Solstice event on June 22, 2017 in Washington, DC! SUMMER SOLSTICE 2017. Hogan Lovells, LLP, 555 13th St NW, Washington, DC. June 22. 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM. Join us at The Solar Foundation’s 7th annual Summer Solstice!

The Latest and Greatest: What to Expect With WordPress 4.8

Byte Technology

There’s little doubt that one thing dedicated WordPress users look forward to year after year are those always-exciting updates. And with WordPress 4.8 set to be released in less than a month, the online community is already abuzz with facts and speculations as to what the newest version will bring.

Grant Writing Best Practices: 5 Tips from 5 Experts

NonProfit Hub

Grant writing is a great way to secure funding for your organization and has a multifaceted pathway to success. Finding the grants is half the battle, writing the grants is a whole other animal, and we’re not even going to start on reporting after the grant is awarded. You’ve got to know where to find grants for your nonprofit organization , but you also need to know the best tips and tricks to write a stellar grant proposal.

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Book Review: The Imagination Gap

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

My colleague Brian Reich has just published a new book, The Imagination Gap. I’ve known Brian for over ten years and he is a brilliant strategist for executive leaders and global brands – nonprofits, startups, and political organizations.

Expanded Social Matching Allows Nonprofits to Learn Even More About Their Supporters

EveryAction

Understanding your supporters and meeting them where they are is an increasingly important part of any outreach campaign. From a grassroots effort to mobilize broad audiences like the Women’s March to high-touch, high dollar fundraising, having more information about the social media habits of your supporters will help you be more effective in your outreach. This is why we’re doubling down on our existing social matching functionality in EveryAction.

44 Ways to Turn Nonprofit Supporters into Fundraising Superstars

Connection Cafe

Turning your supporters into fundraising superstars isn’t easy. It requires the right combination of fundraising expertise, engaged staff members, and savvy technology. When done well, the results are impressive.

How Social Media Can Make You Healthier

SocialFish

Since the Internet first went public, people have been using message groups, bulletin boards and forums to form communities dedicated to losing weight and leading a healthier lifestyle.

Making the Sale: Great Business-Centric Themes for Your WordPress Site

Byte Technology

No matter the business you engage in, there are winners and losers, those that thrive and those that falter. And today, with so much business being conducted online, the line between success and failure can have a lot to do with how you present yourself and your company to the world.

Escaping the Stigma: What Nonprofits Need to Help Donors Understand

NonProfit Hub

I’m not sure what happens to completely competent business owners when they put on the “donor hat,” but there seems to be a double standard for how I need to run my nonprofit business versus how this donor gets to run her for-profit business. I know we have to steward other people’s money differently than how a sole proprietor can make financial decisions, but how are we expected to fulfill the mission our donors care about if we’re continually hamstrung by donor demands?

Building Relationships within A Cause-Centered Community: Jeffersonian Dinners

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

A cause-centered community is a group of people who share a common passion for a cause. They could be a group of people who support a particular nonprofit’s social change agenda or a group of people from different organizations united around a common challenge, idea, or cause.

Why Nonprofits Should Celebrate National Bike to Work Day

Frogloop

Now that we’re well into spring season, it’s the perfect time to participate in National Bike to Work Week, with National Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 19th!