August, 2017

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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Nonprofit Technology Conference Session Hot Picks! #18NTC

SocialFish

Are you going to the 2018 Nonprofit Technology Conference (#18ntc)? You may have heard that session voting is open. Here’s a quick roundup of some great sessions – please vote for these if you love them as much as I do! How did I choose them, you ask?

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Trainer’s Notebook: A Great Training Starts with A Great Icebreaker

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

During the summer, I’ve been designing workshops based on The Happy Healthy Nonprofit and Emerging Leaders Playbook. A great training always start with a great opening or icebreaker. Icebreakers are discussion questions or activities used to help participants relax.

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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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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.

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Step-by-Step Guide: Nonprofit Walking Meetings

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Earlier this week, I was honored to do a webinar for Soapbox Engage about self-care and bringing a culture of wellbeing into the nonprofit workplace based on The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.

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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.

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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The Seven Emotional Stages of Opening a Major Project

Museum 2.0

Meet with stakeholders, staff, partners. Dream. Sketch. Pick dates as if you had any control over the concrete. Schedule. Prepare. Fight. Get exhausted. Get pissed. Scrap about nothing for no reason except that everyone is on edge and scrambling to get it done on time. Or not on time. As fast as possible, without stomping on too many toes. Flight. Get scared. Consider leaving the country. What if they don't like it? What if it doesn't work?

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.

Culture Eats Association Innovation for Breakfast Too

SocialFish

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.

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.

FAQs about Joining a Nonprofit Board: How does the board matching process work? How long does it take?

BoardAssist

Ready to join a board but worried that the process of finding the right one may be be a major project taking a lot of your time? We hope we can address this concern in our new blog series on the most frequently asked questions we hear from candidates considering joining a nonprofit board.

How Your Nonprofit Can Benefit From Earned Income Opportunities

NonProfit Hub

It was always a dream of mine to become the executive director of a nonprofit organization. After developing the right relationships and building a career in marketing, that dream became a reality. My goal from there was to disrupt the nonprofit world and look at it through the lens of a business person. What I’m focused on is making a sector-wide shift from simply surviving to absolutely thriving. And part of that comes from looking at other ways you can bring in money to further your mission.

AI with a Social Impact: The Top 5 Reasons Why Nonprofits Should Explore Chatbots

Tech Soup Blog

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the new tech craze, and everyone wants in. From self-driving vehicles to Alexa, our lives are slowly transforming as a result of constantly changing and improving AI.

Experts Weigh-In on Nonprofit Website Design Best Practices

Connection Cafe

As an educational consultant, I offer nonprofits instruction on best practices around their technology. I often get asked questions about how a nonprofit’s website should look and behave and what benchmarking or evaluation tips I might have.

Solutions Day 2017 – It’s All Here!

SocialFish

Digital business isn’t a sideline anymore.

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.

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.

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.

Telling Your Story: NetSquared #Storymakers2017 Workshops for Nonprofits

Tech Soup Blog

Here at TechSoup, we're big on stories. Effective storytelling means nonprofits can reach more people, touch more hearts, and create bigger impact. TechSoup's NetSquared meetups will bring local nonprofits free digital storytelling workshops in more than 40 cities between August and October.

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.

What Associations Need to Know About Facebook’s API Changes

SocialFish

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

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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.

5 New Facebook Page Features You Probably Missed [Video Tutorial]

John Haydon

Over the past few months Facebook has added several new Facebook Page Features including video covers and linking Groups. Of course you’re busy so you may have missed the memo. At the bottom of this post is a quick video tour of: 1.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Nonprofits You May Have Overlooked

Wild Apricot Blog

Many people jump into a nonprofit career without understanding what it actually takes to thrive in the nonprofit world. Unfortunately it’s those same people who burn out quickly. Not to be discouraged though, a good understanding of what’s to come will allow you to manage your expectations and plan for a successful, impactful career in the nonprofit world. webinars nonprofits

Make Your Nonprofit Website More Accessible with OpenAIR

Tech Soup Blog

Each year, Knowbility hosts OpenAIR (Accessibility Internet Rally). OpenAIR is an online event that provides mission-based organizations both with a new, professionally designed, accessible website that accommodates all visitors, and with expanded awareness about accessibility issues.

Understanding Charitable Tax Deduction Legislation

Connection Cafe

The charitable tax deduction is 100 years old. Yes, 100 years old. It was enacted in 1917 to encourage private philanthropy after individual income taxes were increased to help pay for the United States’ effort in World War I.

Hot Association Jobs – Week of August 9

SocialFish

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. .

Mastering the Art of Work/Life Balance in a Digital World

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I love connecting with nonprofit technology colleagues who are also promoting work/life balance and how to avoid digital distractions. Meet my colleague, Meico Marquette Whitlock, who is the Founder and CEO of Mindful Techie.

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Welcome Emails: 10 Essential Elements For Every Nonprofit [INFOGRAPHIC]

John Haydon

Welcome emails are an essential part of your email marketing strategy. It’s that first impression a new donor or volunteer experiences. And that first experience often determines whether they’ll keep coming back.

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How to Use the Wild Apricot Membership App to Easily Run Your Organization

Wild Apricot Blog

If you’re looking to manage your members on the go, you’ll be happy to know Wild Apricot built a membership management app for smartphones and tablets. Here's what you can do with it. Membership-App Mobile-App

Nonprofit Scholarships Available for BoxWorks 2017

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup donor partner Box believes that tech has the power to help us all do more together. That's why Box is inviting you to San Francisco October 10 to 12 for BoxWorks 2017.

5 Standout Strategies for Year-End Fundraising Success

Connection Cafe

For nonprofits, the year-end fundraising season always seems to creep up when you least expect it. Summer fades, the leaves start to change, and before you know it, it’s time to kick your fundraising strategies into high gear again!

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