August, 2017

Year-End Giving Prep: 21 FAQs Answered by Fundraising Experts

Connection Cafe

Recently, Brock Warner (Senior Manager, Fundraising at War Child) and I hosted a webinar regarding end of year fundraising for nonprofits —the things we need to stop doing and things we should be doing instead.

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10 Nonprofits to Support on World Humanitarian Day


August 19 is World Humanitarian Day, an annual reminder that humanitarian crises around the world are far from over. Founded by the United Nations , WHD advocates for the "safety and security of humanitarian aid workers, and for the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crises.".

Help Hurricane Harvey Victims: Where To Donate #HoustonStrong

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I watched the news reports from Texas and was horrified at the scale of this disaster. I grew up on the Jersey shore where I’ve been evacuated due to storms, but I have never seen this level of disaster. My heart goes out to the victims and I want to help.

Off to Market: The What and Why of WordPress Landing Page Plugins

Byte Technology

Too often, those WordPress website users who are out to sell a product or service or promote a message underestimate the importance of a good dedicated landing page. And what exactly is a landing page?

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7 Steps for Finding Work/Life Balance While You’re Trying to Save the World


By Meico Marquette Whitlock. ——-. You’re deeply committed to your organization and doing whatever it takes to make life just a little bit easier for your members and the community you serve.

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Why We Are Voting Against the W3C Decision on Encrypted Media Extensions

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

There is a big controversy in the technical standards area that impacts accessibility of content in web browsers. Ars Technica covered this recently in their post: Over many objections, W3C approves DRM for HTML5. Benetech is voting against the W3C decision on Encrypted Media Extensions (EME).

6 Tips to Retain Volunteers

Connection Cafe

Volunteers are superheroes! They are your advocates, champions, ambassadors, and worker bees. They fill many roles in different capacities, bringing diverse skill sets as board members, committee leads, exhibit guides, ushers, admins, and more.

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What We Can Learn from Finnish NGOS About Resilience

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Staying in Check: Keeping Up With Important Regular Maintenance Tasks (Part 2)

Byte Technology

In last week’s post we looked at the importance of keeping your WordPress site in top-notch working order with a few simple maintenance tasks that you should be performing on a regular basis.

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What Associations Need to Know About Facebook’s API Changes


Ah, Facebook–that social network I love to hate , even though my career kind of depends on using it.

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13 of the Best Nonprofit Videos from the Last 13 Years

Nonprofit Tech for Good

YouTube launched almost 13 years ago on February 14, 2005 and you got to give credit to the early adopter nonprofits active on YouTube in its early years. These early adopters were also embracing Myspace when the vast majority of nonprofits hadn’t yet had their aha moment about social media.

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3 Reasons Your Nonprofit Website Needs Responsive Design

Connection Cafe

Did you know that organizations update their website, on average, every 2-4 years? While this seems to be quite frequent, and perhaps more often than some of you may like, if you think about your website in terms of technology, four years is a very long time!

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Welcome to the Visionlink Community: Indiana 2-1-1


Visionlink is proud to welcome another new customer, Indiana 2-1-1. These good folks have created a statewide solution that helps Hoosiers across Indiana find the local resources they need, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Additionally, aggregated and non-identified data is collected to assist communities in assessing needs and allocating resources.

How Your Nonprofit Can Routinize Reflection

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Reflection is a critical step in assessing individual and team performance at your nonprofit. A reflective process, whether it is a structured process for individuals or groups, can give us insights about what worked and what could be improved.

Keeping Up With Regular Maintenance Tasks (Part 1)

Byte Technology

Whether it’s a car or a computer, a bike or a bass guitar, staying on top of regular maintenance issues—cleaning, backing up, staying in perfect tune—is the best way to ensure that those things which you love and rely on stay in perfect shape.

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Solutions Day 2017 – It’s All Here!


Digital business isn’t a sideline anymore.

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Guest Post by Seema Rao: How Museums Can Resist Racism and Oppression

Museum 2.0

This guest post was written by Seema Rao , a 2017 MuseumCamper and brilliant GLAM visitor advocate. Seema wrote it (original post here ) in response to her experience last week at MuseumCamp. followed by the painful news about racism-fueled rallies and mob violence in Charlottesville, VA.

20 Resources for Your Year End Giving Campaign

Connection Cafe

It’s no secret that the end of the year presents a wealth of opportunity for nonprofit organizations. While the holiday season still feels far away, your organization has probably already started buckling down into end-of-the-year strategies, goals, and stress-induced planning.

The Difference Between Being Fiscally Responsible and Pinching Pennies

NonProfit Hub

You work for a non profit. And that means spending minimal amounts of money and pinching every dollar to get by, right? That’s the way many nonprofits think, but it’s not necessarily true. The secret is this: you shouldn’t feel bad about spending money.

Paying Attention to Your Nonprofit’s Workplace Culture Pays Off

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Recently, I was invited to participate in a staff “Lunch and Learn,” by Connor Diemand-Yauman , CEO of Philanthropy University , about building a culture of wellbeing in the nonprofit workplace and capacity building.

The Buddy System: Going Social with Your WordPress Site

Byte Technology

The best WordPress bloggers, site owners and administrators know that one of the keys to having a fantastic and wildly successful web page is to integrate everything you post and promote with some sort of social media component.

Awesome Association MarComm Jobs – Week of August 30


Here are some cool jobs, hand-picked by me, that you can find via the SocialFish job board ! We focus on jobs in social media , marketing , communications , PR , advocacy , and digital. .

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4 Tips to Getting #GivingTuesday Right

Donor Search

As the fall fundraising season slowly ramps up, nonprofits are starting to map out their end-of-year fundraising appeals, while also planning out their fundraising strategy for the year ahead.

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Why Healthcare Nonprofits Need Analytics-Driven Fundraising

Connection Cafe

Few industries have seen as much change in the past decade as healthcare. And because the forces shaping the industry are so varied—shifts in the regulatory environment, the evolution of technology, changing consumer needs and expectations—it can be hard to keep up, much less stay ahead.

Digital Promotion Strategies (That Get First Page Results Fast)

Nonprofits Source

If you want to drive a successful digital marketing campaign than a digital promotion strategy is the best way to get your message heard. Let me ask you a question: Is there anything more frustrating than publishing content online that nobody can find?

Nonprofit Workplace Wellness Initiatives: United Way of Central Ohio

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

United Way of Ohio – Healthy Eating Event. In the Happy Healthy Nonprofit , we shared many stories about how nonprofits are bringing wellness and wellbeing into the workplace with little or no budget.

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On Alert: Signs that Your WordPress Site Has Been Hacked

Byte Technology

Many WordPress site owners and administrators have no doubt experienced an unease or wariness at one point or another when it seems that something just isn’t right with their site. Perhaps loyal visitors have dropped out in droves or it takes a long time to edit or post new content to your page.

Culture Eats Association Innovation for Breakfast Too


I’m speaking at.orgCommunity’s “ Solutions Day ” in just a few weeks in Chicago, and I’ll be sharing some exclusive data around this innovation question and how associations are showing up in the data (and dealing with it in real life). You won’t want to miss it! Register here.

[MEDIA ADVISORY] 2017 Global Trends in Giving Report To Be Released September 12

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The inaugural edition of the 2017 Global Trends in Giving Report will be released on September 12, 2017. Based on the survey responses of 4,084 donors worldwide, the report summarizes donor data across six continents about how online and mobile technology effects giving.

Understanding the Rage-Donation: How to Engage Beyond the Episodic Gift

Connection Cafe

One dynamic area for acquiring new donors is from episodic giving. Episodic donors give to nonprofits in response to disasters and tragic events, viral campaigns, and in reaction to the latest headlines.

Ending the Stigma: Fundraising is Sales

NonProfit Hub

Nonprofit professionals don’t like to compare their work to that of the for-profit world. And it makes sense: nonprofits exist primarily to help those in need, and for-profit organizations exist primarily to make money. However, certain aspects of nonprofit work truly are synonymous with for-profit practices, even if they’re called something different. A perfect example is fundraising. Or, in for-profit terms, sales. That’s right: fundraising is sales.

7 Ways to Avoid Fundraising Burnout

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flickr Photo by Sam Livingston. Note from Beth: This week I’ve been in Finland at the invitation of the US Embassy to do trainings. On August 14th, I’m doing a FREE webinar with Soapbox Engage on how to raise more money and not burnout.

Top 10 Mistakes That Cause First-Time Donors to Leave [INFOGRAPHIC]

John Haydon

Any fundraiser will agree that keeping a first-time donor happy is cheaper than replacing that donor. In fact, attracting and acquiring a new donor is about 7 times more expensive than keeping an existing donor.

Purchasing Fundraising Software: A Small Shop’s Guide


It’s inevitable that as your organization continues to gain momentum and supporters, you’ll have to think about purchasing nonprofit fundraising software.

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How Nonprofits Are Successfully Using Chatbots

Tech Soup Blog

Whether they're to serve up content, answer questions, or bolster fundraising efforts, chatbots hold great promise for nonprofits and charities. And although chatbots are relatively new to the nonprofit community, some organizations are already using them in interesting and innovative ways.

5 Facts About Online Average Gift Size

Connection Cafe

I have a confession to make. I used to believe that online average gift size was a vanity metric. It made for interesting tweets and blog post headlines about online giving trends, but it wasn’t very useful. Over time I’ve learned to love the online average gift size metric.

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How to be Transparent with Your Donors

NonProfit Hub

A great magician never reveals his or her secrets. Is your nonprofit like a dazzling magical act in your community? Are you doing all sorts of good for all sorts of people and keeping it to yourself? Let me give you one more trick to put up your sleeve: transparency. Being transparent with your donors may sound like a no-brainer, but all too often it goes by the wayside. What do your donors really know about your nonprofit? Do they know where their money goes and what good it does?

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