December, 2020

10 Facebook Best Practices for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

This is the sixth post in a blog and webinar series called 101 Digital Marketing Best Practices for Nonprofits , written and presented by Heather Mansfield. Please sign up for Nonprofit Tech for Good’s email newsletter to be alerted of new posts. Thank you!

Fundraiser vs. Friendraiser vs. Waste of Time

The Fundraising Authority

Last night, I was watching an old episode of The Office (US version) that brought a common non-profit problem to mind. In this episode , Michael is getting chided (over the phone) by the corporate office for spending too much money holding office parties.


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Setting The Tone: The Impact of Music Choice in Video Development

Association TV

Why do people love to meticulously create curated playlists for events, for their day or for a certain mood? Well, it’s because they want to evoke a specific feeling or vibe with every selected tune.

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WordPress 5.6 is Coming: PHP 8 is Already Here

Byte Technology

Enhanced performance and better security are the benefits of the recent release of PHP 8. Developers will find the improvements useful and might find it challenging as well.

Nonprofit Technology Adoption: Why It Matters and How to Be Successful

Discover how this high-level overview report can help get your organization in shape for technology adoption and read helpful best practices for facilitating this critical process.

10 Nonprofit Sector Trends for 2021

Wild Apricot

Are you as ready for 2021 as I am? COVID-19 brought a slew of challenges for the nonprofit sector this year — but it didn’t get us down! As always, nonprofits showed their resilience and innovation to overcome a very difficult time. I’m. organizational-management

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Nucleus named data analytics solution of the Association Laboratory Research Alliance


Gravitate Solutions is pleased to report that Nucleus has been named the official data analytics solution for the Association Laboratory Research Alliance.

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Two Qualities Donors Need To See Before They Invest Big

The Fundraising Authority

As fundraisers, we often focus on planning and tactics: what five things are we going to do to raise $200,000 this year? How are we going to shift our direct mail strategy to find more mid-level donors? What’s our social media fundraising plan ? Tactics are important. Strategy is important.

Foar From Home: Go For Tomorrow


Four Veterans. 3,000 Nautical Miles. 50 Days. In December 2021, four Veterans will launch from the Canary Islands to row 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean to Antigua in effort to raise awareness for Veteran PTSD and Veteran Suicide.

5 Podcasts Every Event Professional Should Listen To


While there are lots of different ways to learn the ins, the outs, and the latest trends in the event industry, listening to a podcast is probably one of the easiest and most entertaining ways to do it! . In the last several years, podcasts have grown in popularity.

4 Steps to Writing the Perfect Lapsed Donor Letter + Template

Wild Apricot

Do you try to win back your lapsed donors? Here's how to write the perfect letter for a lapsed donor appeal + a free template you can use to get started

Become the Association Your Members Want

As the pandemic advanced, we were keenly aware of the apprehension and pain throughout our community. Clients and colleagues contacted us with questions about managing revenue shortfall, introducing new technology, and preparing for changing membership patterns. The.orgCommunity organized a Think Tank to help identify trends and crystalize our outlook on the future of membership. The sessions were facilitated by Elizabeth Engel, Chief Strategist, Spark Consulting. This article is the result of feedback gleaned during those dialogues, previous research, and the viewpoints of the.orgSource team.

4 Ways to Measure Volunteer Program Return on Investment (ROI)

Volunteer Hub

Your organization’s volunteer program is an important driver toward mission. Here are 4 ways to measure volunteer program ROI and ensure you are getting the highest amount of value. Chances are, volunteers play an important role in your organization.

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5 Must-Have Productivity Software Products Nonprofits Need to Be Effective in 2021

Nonprofit Tech for Good

By Alan Tyson , CEO of DATABASICS – a software product that enables nonprofits to report, approve, and track employee hours, activities, and spending from anywhere, something that is especially important in an increasingly decentralized environment.

A 10 Step Guide to a Throwing a Successful Fundraising Event

The Fundraising Authority

Charity events are a popular form of fundraising. While they can be great money makers for an organization, they can also be time consuming and expensive. The success of charity events depends on careful planning. To help you ensure that your fundraising event is a winner, here are ten major components that you must incorporate into your event plan, regardless of the specific fundraising event ideas you use: 1.

How to set up and raise money with YouTube Fundraising

Whole Whale

YouTube is the #2 search engine (second to where people find information in video form online. There are also many amazing nonprofits on YouTube that have over 100k subscribers, but subscribers aren’t donors. The question is: how do you raise money on YouTube as a nonprofit?

Achieving Organizational Transformation: Pathways to Success

Association executives—and hopefully their boards—know that they are facing perilous times. Driven by the pace of cultural and technological change, they are experiencing major disruptions in the traditional business models that used to guide organizational growth strategies.orgSource offers a straightforward approach to navigating these changes and readying your organization for growth.

8 Platform Features That Can Make Your Virtual Event a Success


Even before COVID-19 hit, event organizers were making the move toward a digital format as a way to save event costs, increase revenues, and reach a global audience. Virtual events are now playing a major role in the events industry. .

7 Association Trends We'll See in 2021

Wild Apricot

Let’s be honest: 2020 was a tough year for associations. How you engage with members was flipped entirely on its head. However, despite cutbacks, canceled events, remote staff, and more, associations still managed to survive — congratulations! membership

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VolunteerHub’s integration with Salesforce Dramatically Impacts Miriam’s Kitchen Bottom-Line

Volunteer Hub

Miriam’s Kitchen is using VolunteerHub to recruit volunteers, engage corporate partners, and positively impact its bottom-line while increasing impact through the software’s integration with Salesforce. Miriam’s Kitchen has been a staple in the Washington, D.C. community for over 37 years.

7 Useful Tips to Increase Membership Renewal for Your Association

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Written by Findjoo , this is the third post in a series of three about best practices in digital marketing and fundraising for membership organizations and associations. Post 1: 12 Features Membership Organizations & Associations Should Look for in a CRM.

The Denan Project - Leveraging WhatsApp for Good

As part of building a new supporter journey (from making a one-time donation to becoming a sustaining supporter), The Denan Project set out to shorten the time between the first donation and the recurring donations.

3 Quick Ways to Double Your Online Fundraising Revenue

The Fundraising Authority

In Mastering Online Fundraising , our class for non-profit fundraisers, we talk a lot about how small changes to your online fundraising strategy can result in major returns, including new prospects, new event attendees, and of course, new donors. Today, I want to present three quick and easy tactics you can immediately implement in your online activities that could easily double your online fundraising revenue over the coming year: 1. Give Something Away for Free.

The Power of Plans, Peers, and Pivots

VQ Strategies

At the start of 2020, we at VQ Volunteer Strategies were training and coaching four different cohorts of organizations.

10 Top Virtual Events from the Tech Industry


One of the best ways to showcase new tech designs and products is through an industry event. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic and major event shutdowns across the globe, industries have been forced to get creative.

December Update: Ending the Year on a Great Note

Wild Apricot

We’ve almost made it through the year! As we’re counting down to 2021, let’s look at the resources and updates from December. This month's highlight includes the launch of digital products, where you can offer digital content for. wild-apricot-updates

How to Handle Taxes For Your Side Hustle

Blue Fox

​Independent Contractors, Self-Employed, Sole Proprietors - That’s You If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s to prepare for the unexpected. How might you do that?

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[FREE WEBINAR] How to Host a Virtual Fundraising Event: A Step-by-Step Guide for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2021. Time: 1pm EST / 10am PST. Presented by: Christy Noel , VP of Digital Marketing Services at MobileCause. Cost: Free.

What to Do When a Major Donor Prospect Says No

The Fundraising Authority

Is there any more depressing word in the fundraiser’s lexicon than “no”? It means all of your efforts, research, and cultivation will not be resulting in a gift from this prospect. Often, it means explaining to your boss, or to a referring board member, that no, you were not able to secure a donation, and no, the donor does not want to think about it… they outright declined. That being said, “no’s” happen. Hopefully not often, but they do happen.

Lessons from MotivateMonday | Converting Your New #GivingTuesday Donors to Monthly Donors

Pamela Grow

GivingTuesday donors gave an astonishing $808 million online and $2.47 billion overall in 2020. And a fair share of those donors was brand new!

How the Real Estate Industry Can Benefit from the Shift to Virtual and Hybrid Events


The world over, an increasing number of industries are seeing significant impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, physical distancing mandates, shelter in place orders, and workplace shutdowns. .

Should Organizations Worry About a Decline in Membership? 3 Experts Weigh In

Wild Apricot

Worried about decline in membership? We turned to 3 experts in the membership field and asked their thoughts on the challenges of growing membership and what organizations can do to keep thriving

Free Download: Schedule C Excel Worksheet for Self-Proprietors

Blue Fox

The Best Way to Track Income & Expenses for Tax Form 1040 download the excel worksheet here Sole proprietors: get out your shoebox of 2020 receipts and let’s get organized. Our team at Blue Fox created this handy Schedule C Worksheet for your profit or loss record-keeping pleasure.

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8 Year-End Fundraising Resources for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

A list curated and sponsored by: Classy ––a social enterprise that creates world-class online fundraising software for nonprofits, modernizing the giving experience to accelerate social impact around the world.

Developing a Tactical Fundraising Calendar for Your Organization

The Fundraising Authority

The tactical strategy for your fundraising should not be random, and it shouldn’t be based on a “we’ll figure this out as we go along” mentality. Your best bet to ensure maximum revenue is to lay out a tactical fundraising calendar as part of your overall fundraising plan. A tactical calendar, as its name suggests, is simply a calendar that shows when your non-profit will employ each of the fundraising tactics it is planning to use in a given year.

How NOT to Make a Fundraising Plan

NonProfit Hub

Fundraising. While it’s something so common in the nonprofit world, it can be a beast to tackle ? and get it right. A successful fundraising plan has every aspect down to a science. But things don’t always go as planned. Humans mess up, people get busy, and some things just fall through.

7 Ideas for a Virtual New Year’s Eve Event


No doubt about it, 2020 has been quite the year. Surely we are all anxious to see it end. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t going to completely disappear with the ball drop—meaning New Year’s Eve celebrations will have to look a little different this year.