January, 2016

Benetech: the Equilibrium Change Machine

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I just read the new book from Sally Osberg, President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, and strategy guru Roger Martin, Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works.

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University of Michigan – Setting a Higher Standard for Giving Days

Connection Cafe

Sometimes we get lucky. We put plans together based on what our gut tells us is right and then cross our fingers and hope for the best. But sometimes, no matter how long and hard we keep our fingers crossed, our strategy fails—our gut told us wrong and our campaign flops. Other times, we plan.

The 2016 Nonprofit Fundraising Strategic Plan Guide


For some things, spontaneity is highly desirable, but any fundraising professional will tell you that planning a campaign isn’t one of them.

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More Likes, More Comments, More Shares: Using Psychology to Get the Most from Your Facebook Page

Byte Technology

For many non-profit social media directors, much of their time is spent crafting stellar content, posting engaging photos, distilling compelling video and much more for the organization’s Facebook page.

Don’t Abuse Self-Care at Your Nonprofit

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flickr Photo by Annamatic3000.

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Micro Content Is Here to Stay | Upleaf

AFP Blog

Micro Content Is Here to Stay | Upleaf : "How This Impacts Your Strategy Assuming the Apple Watch entrenches itself in the U.S. and abroad, here is what you can expect to happen:" 'via Blog this

2-1-1 Colorado and Lafayette's Foothills United Way Expand Services for Immigrants & Refugees


2-1-1 Colorado , which provides information and referrals to immigrants and refugees on resources such as citizenship classes, English as a second language programs, legal services and others, are supporting the expansion of the program. Read more about the expansion of this program by clicking the link

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New book: “Advancement Services: Enhancing Fundraising Success”

Robert Weiner

CASE has just published the third edition of its guide to Advancement Services. The title of this edition is " Advancement Services: Enhancing Fundraising Success." The book was a labor of love for over 2 years by 25 of advancement services professionals, led and edited by the esteemed John Taylor.

Advice from the Experts: The Best Fundraising Tips for 2016

Byte Technology

A new year brings new challenges and, more importantly, new opportunities to the world of cause-related organizations.

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Happy, Healthy 2016: What’s Your Theme for the Year?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Happy New Year ! I had a wonderful break – filled with fun, family, walking, hiking, reading, quiet, and reflection. How about you? Last year, I decided that I didn’t need to wait until New Year’s to establish happy, healthy habits in my life.

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Charities must build confidence to unlock £1.7bn text donation opportunity » Charity Digital News

AFP Blog

Charities must build confidence to unlock £1.7bn text donation opportunity » Charity Digital News : "Only 17 per cent of UK adults prefer to use their smartphone to make a charity donation according to new research released today by Fonix and One Poll, " 'via Blog this

Live Streaming Video for Nonprofits


Editor's note: We're thrilled to have a blog post from Brian Rowe, National Technology Assistance Project Coordinator for LSNTAP. He and his colleagues do a great job of pulling together technology information for legal aid offices across the United States.

Mobile Donations Up 45% in 2015 Giving Season [INFOGRAPHIC]

Connection Cafe

Last year, our inaugural mobile study was launched with a bang when we discovered that 10% of donors gave on mobile devices during the 2014 giving season. This year, we’ve done another deep analysis of 2015 mobile giving across 249K online gifts and 1,193 small and medium-sized organizations.

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The Truth About Nonprofit Online Fundraising in 2015


The stats are in, and end-of-year online fundraising was an amazing success for several organizations in the nonprofit sector. Over at our agency Rad Campaign, our clients beat their fundraising projections between 40% to 70%. M+R surveyed 22 of their clients and saw great growth as well.

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Back to School: New Tech for the Classroom of the Future

Byte Technology

With the surging popularity of every manner of tech device—on our wrists, strapped to our heads etc.—it it makes sense that, finally, designers would begin to look past the frivolous and fun aspects of their gear and towards truly worthwhile applications.

Free Webinar: Happy & Healthy – 10 Tips for Impact without Burnout

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Register for Free! . Aliza Sherman and I have been very busy these last few months working on our new book “The Happy Healthy Nonprofit.” ” We’ve been researching, interviewing, and writing, plus testing out a lot of our ideas.

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How Much Code Should You Know?: Associations Now

AFP Blog

How Much Code Should You Know?: Associations Now : " common new kind of New Year’s resolution—competing with old standbys like losing weight and quitting smoking—has been a pledge to learn a programming language. It sounds like a good idea, but perhaps the real goal for non-technical employees should simply be a pledge to become a little more tech-literate in 2016." 'via via Blog this

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This Hidden PowerPoint Feature Made Me Weep Tears of Joy


I’m getting ready to present a webinar on Thursday (it’s about Website Trends – you should join us).

450 Email Subject Lines From End of Year Fundraising

Connection Cafe

For several years now, January 1st not only means the beginning of the New Year, but also an opportunity to look at trends in year-end fundraising emails from nonprofit organizations.

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8 Fundraising Tools to Watch in 2016

Nonprofit Tech for Good

2016 is going to be a big year for mobile and digital wallet payments.

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Social Media Mania: Why Your Non-Profit Should Focus on Channels That Get Results

Byte Technology

Love it or hate it, social media is a critical element of any successful non-profit’s overall marketing strategy.

Book Giveaway: Nonprofit Fundraising 101 by @dheyman

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Being a Happy, Healthy Nonprofit isn’t just about your physical health, it is also about enriching your knowledge and professional development. What better way than to read a book that gives you the best practical information about an important nonprofit area – fundraising.

2016 Top Trend in Association Marketing: Embrace Digital Disruption

AFP Blog

2016 Top Trend in Association Marketing: Embrace Digital Disruption : 'via Blog this

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Is Peach The New Killer App?


There’s a new social app called Peach that’s trending with the technorati and social media community. Developed by Vine co-founder Dom Hoffman, the app is a mix between Twitter and Slack. Last week it reached the top 100 apps in the Itunes store. No easy feat.

5 Fundraising Resolutions for 2016

Connection Cafe

2016 will be a year of great opportunity for the philanthropic sector. The same trends that are changing the world around us at a rapidly accelerating rate are impacting the fundraising profession in new and exciting ways.

How Text Messaging Will Change for the Better in 2016

Mobile Commons

As recently as three years ago, reputable sources wondered if text messaging — after a two-decade ramp-up — had peaked in popularity.

Corporate Philanthropy Trends Affecting Nonprofits in 2016

NonProfit Hub

Adam Weinger is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub, and President of Double the Donation. He worked for companies that offered generous corporate giving programs, but most employees had no idea.

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The Life Time Magic of Tidying Up Your Professional Life and LinkedIn Connections

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

ASAE Tech Gifts That Keep on Giving | Forward Together

AFP Blog

ASAE Tech Gifts That Keep on Giving | Forward Together : 'via Blog this

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Does Your Institution Have an Advocacy Policy?

Museum 2.0

In October of 2015, I got a call from a community partner. The Beach Flats Community Garden was under threat, and this friend of the garden wanted our help.

3 Ways Community Foundations Can Become the Donor’s Choice

Connection Cafe

We know people like to give. According to the latest statistics from the Urban Institute , donors gave over $350 billion in 2014, a five percent increase from 2013. And with 2015 data on the way, I’m sure we’ll see similar increases in people’s generosity this year.

[RECAP] Two Tactics for Refreshing Your Social Media Strategy in 2016


You made it! The first week of 2016 is halfway over and you're finally getting back into the swing of things, but it's hardly business as usual. Hopefully, you've taken all of the insightful nonprofit knowledge from 2015 and started applying it to your work in the new year. right? social media community

How to Build a Better Board and Staff Relationship

NonProfit Hub

This article was originally published in our Nonprofit Hub Magazine, a bi-monthly publication that features content from the best in the nonprofit industry. Sign up to get your free subscription today. Busy is a term we’ve come to embrace in our society and have even glorified the meaning.

Resources and Slides: Ten Nonprofit Work Practices for Impact without Burnout

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Yesterday, Aliza Sherman and I shared some insights from our forthcoming book “ The Happy Healthy Nonprofit ,” a work in progress.

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Top Social Media Predictions For 2016 | PC Tech Magazine

AFP Blog

Top Social Media Predictions For 2016 | PC Tech Magazine : "This time last year, we published our 2015 social media predictions. It seems those predictions were proven accurate, so we thought we’d do the same for 2016. Not to blow our own trumpet, but our main 2015 social media predictions we’re spot on. We predicted huge growth in video and paid posts. Just take a look at your newsfeed compared to last year. We also predicted a massive increase in access to big data.

An Eleven Step Program to Cure Shiny Object Syndrome

Robert Weiner

NTEN just published of mine called " An Eleven Step Program to Cure Shiny Object Syndrome " (technically, they reprinted an article that AFP will publish this summer). My co-conspirators were Dahna Goldstein , Marc Baizman , and Tracy Kronzak. The four of us, plus Vered Meir , will be leading a workshop on the topic of shiny object avoidance at NTEN's Nonprofit Technology Conference in March. Best Practices IT Management Nonprofit Management Nonprofit Technology NTEN

The Best Thing You Can Do for Your Sustainer Program in 2016

Connection Cafe

The best thing you can do for your sustainer program, hands down, is to subscribe to a credit card updater service. Because it will update your donors’ credit cards if they expire, or if the bank changes the credit card number, by mapping the old card numbers to the new card numbers.