October, 2017

The DATA Act in the Age of Transparency

Connection Cafe

Mark Twain once said, “The public is the only critic whose opinion is worth anything at all.” In 2017, the nation’s first open data law, the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) moved from a pilot phase to full implementation.

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Four Reasons Nonprofit Should Consider the Authentic Storytelling Method

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Four Reasons Nonprofit Should Consider the Authentic Storytelling Method. Guest Post by Lewis Haidt. For many nonprofits, taking the “right” photograph or creating the “perfect” video to represent an organization’s mission and work can be an intimidating prospect.

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Get Ready! Two Unforgettable Days in Your Association Tech Future

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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.

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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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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How To Create an Article That Is Impossible Not to Share

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It would be impossible to know what the most shared blog post of all time would be, given the sheer volume of posts (including viral ones) that are released every single day. But if there is one website that embodies popular posts as a concept, it has to be Buzzfeed.

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Keep Your Data Safe: The Joy of Locking Your Computer

Tech Soup Blog

Here's a simple way to keep your data safe from potential bad actors in one easy step. Are you ready? Here it is: Log out and lock your computer whenever you're not in front of it. That's right, it's so simple it can almost be seen as an analog approach to cybersecurity.

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3 Social Media Tools to Spice Up Your Online Presence

NonProfit Hub

Social media is a whole different animal than it used to be. It seems as if now, if you don’t have an active social media presence , you’re often forgotten about. Nonprofits already have a hard enough time gaining traction; we don’t need to be forgotten about! Here are three of our favorite social media tools to not only help make your job easier, but to spice up your feed as well. We dare you to try one! Boomerang.

High Performing Teams Have These 10 Characteristics

Eric Jacobsen Blog

According to Ron Ricci and Carl Wiese , authors of the book, The Collaboration Imperative , high-performing teams have the following characteristics: People have solid and deep trust in each other and in the team's purpose--they feel free to express feelings and ideas.

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.

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.

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10 Reasons to Attend SURGE 2017

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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.

Microsoft's MileIQ Helps a Nonprofit Show People How to Save Lots of Energy

Tech Soup Blog

In 2015, the state of Louisiana consumed more energy per capita than any other state, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Wild Apricot Acquired: Introducing Personify

Wild Apricot Blog

Read Dmitry's update on our acquisition by Personify and what it means going forward. Acquisition Personify

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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 […].

How to Find Your Next Great Board Member

Connection Cafe

Each board is unique, so its members must be too. The right dynamic between a board and its leadership will ensure the success of the organization, satisfaction of those who drive that success, and realization of your unique and powerful vision. Who is your dream board member?

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.

Hearing an Echo in the Voice AI Wilderness

SocialFish

This post originally appeared on Amplified Growth. ——–. How did you find out what the weather would be like today? Did you ask the air? Did it answer back? Chances are good that if you didn’t ask a voice-assisted device about the weather this morning, you will be soon.

The Future of Security Threats: New Risks, and an Old Threat Resurfaces

Tech Soup Blog

Computer and network security is an ever-evolving field. As technology advances, cybercriminals find new ways to exploit vulnerabilities in order to get at your personal, financial, or organizational data.

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How I Quadrupled My Nonprofit Blog Traffic in Less Than 1 Year

Wild Apricot Blog

In this post I’m going to share everything I’ve learned about how to build a successful nonprofit blog from the ground up. This year I've taken traffic from 9,000 visitors/month to over 36,000. Blogging Nonprofit-Blog

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.

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! .

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.

[Cool infographic Friday] WTF is #GivingTuesday?

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Via Ally360. Cool Infographic Friday Nimble Nonprofit

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.

Really Great Team Communication Follows These 12 Guidelines

Wild Apricot Blog

These 12 guidelines by two leading communications experts can help you create really great team communication in your organization. Team-Communication

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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.

Data Appends: A Guide for Your Nonprofit

Connection Cafe

Analytics is all the rage in development offices. Data scientists and prospect researchers on the nonprofit payroll are working side by side to mine data within the nonprofit’s information system and create models that predict who is likely to give—and who is not.

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.

Decode Your Content Marketing

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Join me at this awesome workshop! SocialFish Readers get 20% off registration if you use the code ADELE17 – w00t!! Oftentimes, brands don’t know why they’re doing what they’re doing.” – David Beebe.

TechSoup Member Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly Works to Alleviate Elder Isolation

Tech Soup Blog

(Please visit the site to view this video). Older adults are at an increased risk of lacking company and being socially isolated. Recent studies prove that a lack of social relationships is as strong a risk factor for mortality as are smoking, obesity, or a lack of physical activity.

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The 5 Habits of Engaging Membership Leaders

Wild Apricot Blog

The most engaging membership leaders share 5 common habits that set them apart from the rest. Find out what those 5 habits are and sign up for free online event where you can hear the advice and strategies of the industry's top membership leaders. Engaging-Membership-Leaders Joy-Duling

EveryAction Development: Make Your Fundraising Tools Work For You

Everyaction

It’s no secret EveryAction’s best-in-class tools have been proven to help thousands of nonprofits raise more money while saving time on day-to-day operations. With EveryAction Development, we’ve made it truly simple to manage your donors in one, unified platform, giving you more time to focus on your organization’s mission, raise more money, and operate more efficiently. Recently, I caught up with Melissa Wyers, Executive Director of EveryAction, to chat all things EveryAction Development.

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!