January, 2016

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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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.

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.

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

[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

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Data in the Wind | 4 Options for Fine-Tuning Old Data

Connection Cafe

I have a guitar that I keep in the closet. She’s about 30 years old and has been through eight moves. She lost a tuning peg at some point and now the strings are corroded and way, way out of tune. But I won’t part with her, since she’s the first guitar I ever bought.

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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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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

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.

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.

[IMPORTANT] Support nonprofits using technology for social change


Technology can revolutionize social change. The opportunity has never been more apparent for nonprofits that the right technology tools and strategies can prove game-changing. But where can nonprofits access this information in this ever-changing digital world?

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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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.

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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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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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).

To blog or not to blog in the age of Medium


This post originally appeared on Mizz Information. —————– More and more, blogging feels like speaking into an unplugged mic. Which is why I and countless others who used to love it and do it religiously have either stopped altogether or seem to be winding down.

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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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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.

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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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.

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.

How to fix the highest barriers to engagement


This post originally appeared on Online Community Results. ———-. I work with clients using all types of community platforms, and I can point to five engagement-busters that affect all organizations, no matter what platform they’re using.

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.

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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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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The Best Fundraising Tips for 2016

NonProfit Hub

Fundraising can be a serious rollercoaster of emotions. Triumph, anxiety, nerves, failure and success are all in a day’s work. It’s something that no matter how much you try, you can always improve.

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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

Is Your Online Community Changing with the Times?


This post originally appeared on the Higher Logic blog , where I’m posting an ongoing series related to Millennials and online community. And don’t forget that Higher Logic clients can have access to our Essentials of Online Community Management program at a special discount.

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.

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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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.

How to Turn Your Staff from a Group into a Team

NonProfit Hub

This article was originally published in our Nonprofit Hub Magazine, a free bi-monthly magazine. Sign up for your free copy today. In January, we’re exploring how to build better relationships for a stronger organization. __.

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5 Big Reasons Donors Leave (That You Can Fix)

John Haydon

For most nonprofits, December is the biggest month of the year for the number of new donors acquired, and the amount of total funds raised. Kudos to you if you hit your revenue goals and your acquisition goals.

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Marketing Dos and Don’ts for 2016


2015 must have been a pretty good year because you are still in business in 2016. That said, things could be better. You moved some product. You made a few new customers. Bottom line, you made a little more than you lost. And that’s always a good thing.