October, 2017

New Study Monitors Dramatically Transforming Donor Behavior

Connection Cafe

It has long been believed that the health of the philanthropic sector is directly linked to the passion people have for organizations and their missions. To that end, there has been a great focus on communication and stewardship of donors to further increase giving.

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Thinking of and Thanking Paul Otellini

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

A friend just sent me the surprising and sad news of the unexpected passing of former Intel CEO, Paul Otellini.

Get Networking: Using a CDN to Speed Up Your Site

Byte Technology

Ever heard of a Content Delivery Network (CDN)? If you haven’t don’t fret, you’re not alone. Most people operating WordPress sites today have no idea what a CDN is or what exactly it does, but they’d no doubt find it pretty helpful.

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Three Ways To Help Support Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It has been ten days since Hurricane Maria has devastated the Island of Puerto Rico. We have read the harrowing news reports about a lack of food, electricity, and water and people dying.

How to Report Live from Nonprofit Events and Conferences

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Real-time reporting from nonprofit conferences and events requires an advanced skill set, training, and a lot of practice.

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This Digital Marketing Process Will Make You Write Better Content

Nonprofits Source

Do you have a digital marketing process in place to manage your content, social, email, and engagement activities? I know at times it may feel like a lot to juggle. But if you’re like me, you constantly find ways to maximize your productivity to get the job done. Work smarter, not harder.

Making #GivingTuesday Count: New Mexico State University’s Story

Connection Cafe

One day can make a difference and New Mexico State University (NMSU) can prove it! After a hugely successful Giving Tuesday campaign in 2015, we’re excited to share our “Four ‘T’s of Giving Tuesday” with the keys to our success and some actionable takeaways you can implement at your institution.

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Picture This: Automatically Add Instagram Photos to Your WordPress Site

Byte Technology

There’s no denying the overwhelming popularity of Instagram and the impressive place it holds among social media sites.

The Surprising Truth About Donor Fatigue And What Nonprofits Can Do To Avoid It

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo by Fuel Relief Fund on GlobalGiving. Note from Beth: With the hurricanes, gun violence, and fires, I gave generously, including donations to Global Giving funds. I surpassed my giving budget for disaster relief giving.

How Ideology Affects Which Causes Donors Support

Nonprofit Tech for Good

According to the 2017 Global Trends in Giving Report , a donor’s ideology has more impact upon which causes and types of nonprofits they support than gender or age.

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10 Inexpensive (or Free) Nonprofit Marketing Tools That Create Stunning Visuals

Wild Apricot Blog

Posts with images and videos get shared up to 230% more than those without. To create your own stunning visuals, here are 10 inexpensive and free nonprofit marketing tools that can help. Visual-Tools Nonprofit-Marketing-Tools

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Major Gifts: Defining and Enhancing Your Strategy

Connection Cafe

Over $400 billion in combined charitable donations were given to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada in 2016. It was a record-breaking year that some attribute to an uncertain global political climate. No matter the reason, we’re generous! .

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[Cool infographic Friday] WTF is #GivingTuesday?

SocialFish

Via Ally360. Cool Infographic Friday Nimble Nonprofit

Lights, Camera, Action! How to Create a Video Gallery in WordPress

Byte Technology

It’s no great secret that WordPress is a pretty amazing program, and open-source jewel that allows users such great latitude of design possibilities.

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Happy Healthy Nonprofit Workplaces: How To Kick the Sit Out It

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last week, I was honored to do the keynote workshop at the Peel Leadership Center’s TimeOut Conference in Toronto, Canada. This conference is an opportunity for executive directors to build skills in resilience as part of a day-long seminar.

Giving Tuesday #Inspo: 14 Donation Pages That Know What They’re Doing

Everyaction

Kicking off with #GivingTuesday, year-end fundraising season will be in full swing. This busy time is marked with nonprofits around the world striving for new and exciting ways to engage with potential donors. You need to launch your campaign , test your email deliverability , craft your message , and more. But one of the easiest things you can check off your to-do list is perfecting your donation page. The reality is, an organization’s donation page is often its own greatest enemy.

How to Make the Most of the Resources Available to Your Nonprofit

NonProfit Hub

Sponsored by Jitasa. If you’ve ever held an executive position at a nonprofit, you have probably heard cliche mantras such as “work smart, not hard” or “do more with less.” While these snippets of advice surely have some merit, they don’t assist you in discovering how to work smart or how to do more. That’s where we come in. One of the most difficult components of starting and maintaining a nonprofit is learning how to take advantage of the resources at your disposal.

5 Ideas for University Fundraising Campaigns at Year-End

Connection Cafe

In 2016, higher education institutions saw 17.7% of total giving occur in December. Higher education performed in line with the average across the public sector, however, it’s slightly behind Human Services, Healthcare and Environment/Animal Welfare organizations, which means there’s room to grow!

Get Ready! Two Unforgettable Days in Your Association Tech Future

SocialFish

Expect the Unexpected at the Upcoming AMS Fest. AMS Fest is a one-of-a-kind event. No, seriously, we don’t say that lightly. It’s two days of your association career that you won’t forget.

New and Notable: What’s Coming With WordPress 4.9

Byte Technology

Back in May, we took a look at what was coming down the line with the WordPress update 4.8.

Two Examples of Nonprofit Social Media That Will Make You Smile (and learn a best practice or two)

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Recently, my social media feeds have been anxiety producing, if not downright depressing. The parade of bad news: gun violence, hurricanes, earthquakes, nuclear war, fake news, and more.

What's Your Vision?

Museum 2.0

It's 8am in the classroom; 5am in my body. I'm sitting at my assigned seat, next to a man who sells trailers in in Indiana, a woman who runs a Chamber of Commerce in Pennsylvania, and a guy who provides liability insurance to doctors across the US.

5 Free Ways to Amp Up Your Online Fundraising for #GivingTuesday

NonProfit Hub

Sponsored by Give Lively. GivingTuesday is approaching fast and we want nonprofits to be prepared. We know that many organizations are unable to take full advantage of the digital movement due to the high cost of online fundraising tech. Last year’s #GivingTuesday attracted over 1.64 million donations and $177 million total. This year, those numbers are expected to grow by double digits, and we don’t want organizations like yours to miss out.

Share of the American Wallet: What It Does and Does Not Mean for Your Nonprofit

Connection Cafe

The Blackbaud Institute’s newest research report, Share of the American Wallet , was released earlier this month. This report is based on data about discretionary spending by Americans, and focuses on the key demographic indicators of charitable giving.

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Reader Beware, You're in for a Scare: 4th Annual Nonprofit Halloween Celebration

Everyaction

Happy Halloween from all of us at EveryAction! Every year we celebrate by dressing up as some of our favorite nonprofit organizations as a way to recognize their incredible work and commemorate the start of end-of-year fundraising campaigns. So without further ado, here are some of this year's favorites. Drumroll please. International Fund for Animal Welfare. International Fund for Animal Welfare works to rescue and protect animals around the world.

Take a Load Off: How to Be “Lazy” with Your Site’s Images

Byte Technology

It’s no great secret that, sometimes, WordPress sites slow down a bit, become sluggish or take what feels like an eternity to load pages.

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A New Approach for Nonprofit Professional Development: Micro-Learning

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Recently, a nonprofit professional said to me, “I don’t have time to learn anything new because I have too much work to do.” ” Indeed, she had a calendar full of meetings, an endless to do list, and an inbox that was anything but zeroed out.

How Libraries Use Social Media

Tech Soup Blog

Eighty-one percent of Americans have social media accounts , and that number is expected to grow each year. Nearly all brands have a social presence, and libraries are no different. Libraries are using social platforms now more than ever before. The New York Public Library has 2.2

Tips to Successful Fundraising: Put Donors First

NonProfit Hub

Donors lay the framework for sustaining your nonprofit. You can’t do much of anything without them—they give your organization the strong foundation that it needs to build upon. But once you have a solid network of donors, how do you keep them? Maeve Strathy is a Fundraising Strategist for Blakely and the creator of her own fundraising blog, What Gives Philanthropy.

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Exploring Disaster Philanthropy: Part 2

Connection Cafe

Click here to read part 1 of this series. The largest theme that is constant in disaster philanthropy is partnership.

How to Engage Social Media Followers With Storytelling

John Haydon

One of my very first cars was a yellow 1972 VW Super Beetle. It was beautiful and simple and had lots of pep. But after the starter died, the only way to start it was to pop the clutch as I rolled down a hill. I loved that bug dearly. The Nonprofit Storytelling Tour I […].

Happy Birthday! The Charitable Deduction Turns 100

ASU Lodestar Center

posted by Mark Hager Associate Professor ASU School of Community Resources and Development. On June 28, 1914, political assassins killed Austria’s archduke and his wife, leading to the Austro-Hungarian invasion of Serbia and the beginnings of war across Europe.

The Perils of Fake News, Coordinated Misinformation, and Social Media Addiction

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

There have been many news articles recently about social media for evil: How Facebook, Twitter, Google, and even Instagram have been abused for coordinated misinformation paid social media or advertising to influence our political system.

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5 Data Security Risks for Nonprofits (and How to Fix Them)

Tech Soup Blog

Many nonprofits handle sensitive personal information belonging to community members — whether it's names or email addresses or payment information. But are you handling this data properly to prevent a data breach?

A Brief History of Nonprofit Organizations (And What We Can Learn)

NonProfit Hub

Though the idea of helping and giving back to others has existed since Biblical times, nonprofit organizations in the United States have a much shorter history. Every couple of decades, a new era ushers in a new set of ideas, principles and practices that affect how the nonprofit sector functions. Let’s take a look at what we can learn from the history of nonprofit organizations.

Peer to Peer Fundraising is Changing—Are You Keeping Up?

Connection Cafe

Last week Blackbaud released the results of our 2016 Peer-to-Peer Fundraising study. In case you missed the announcement, take a minute to download the study here.

10 Reasons to Attend SURGE 2017

SocialFish

SURGE 2017 is an experiment in collaborative innovation. It is a free virtual summit running on November 7 th -9 th , was inspired by the association community, envisioned in conversations with people throughout the industry, and planned and created through teamwork and cooperation.