May, 2018

Creating the Perfect Volunteer Recruitment Page (& Start a Great Relationship)

Connection Cafe

“It’s not me. It’s you.” . No, it’s not a bad breakup. In fact, it’s just the opposite – the beginning of a great relationship. . When recruiting a new volunteer to your organization, it should begin just like that great first or second date.

How and Why Stories Can Bust Nonprofit Silos

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flickr Photo by Rex Hammock. Note from Beth: Digital storytelling is key to fundraising success, but using a storytelling lens in your organization can have further benefit of busting organizational silos. Miriam Brosseau and Stephanie Corleto share why.

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New Nonprofit Workforce Study from Work for Good

SocialFish

Guest post from Work For Good. Clearly a topic near and dear to my heart. Anyone working in the nonprofit world knows the magnetic draw of doing good for others and their communities. But how strong is that attraction once you are in the day-to-day grind of meaningful, yet hard work?

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10 Organizations Leading The Way This Mental Health Awareness Month

Everyaction

Approximately 1 in 5 American adults experiences some sort of mental illness in any given year. Since 1949, May has been observed as Mental Health Awareness month to bring attention the ongoing need for proper support and health care services for those affected.

OFBYFOR ALL: Let's Build Organizations that are OF, BY, & FOR our Communities

Museum 2.0

Today, I'm thrilled to announce the launch of a new global initiative, OFBYFOR ALL. OFBYFOR ALL is a framework to help civic and cultural organizations become OF, BY, and FOR their communities. We're building tools, trainings, and hopefully, a movement for a more inclusive world.

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Monthly Giving: 7 Reasons It’s a Must for Every Nonprofit

John Haydon

Over the past few years, I’ve stressed the importance of monthly giving to my clients. I’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t and I’ll be sharing it next week (more on that below).

Is Your Online Donation Form Turning Off Donors?

Connection Cafe

If there is one thing that is almost entirely unique to the world of nonprofit websites (compared to the for-profit companies I have assisted for the past 10 years), it is the part of the donation form (or response device) we call the gift array.

More Trending

Are you still committing these social media fails?

SocialFish

This is an excerpt from The Top 5 Social Media Fails You’re Still Committing (and how to #win instead!) on the Wild Apricot blog. Head over there to read the full article! Everyday I see nonprofits doing social media wrong. Some are even hurting their reputations from repeated mistakes.

4 Ways To Convince Your Nonprofit Board to Invest in Fundraising Tools

Everyaction

For EDs and other staff who are closely involved in the day-to-day efforts and operations of a nonprofit, it is often easy to see the challenges your organization is facing and understand the solutions necessary to address them.

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Why Your Nonprofit Should Retweet Its Own Tweets – and How to Do It

Nonprofit Tech for Good

One of the most frequent questions asked by nonprofits is: Can I tweet the same content more than once? Most nonprofits only tweet a new blog post, website article, or infographic once (maybe twice) out of fear of appearing spammy on Twitter.

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Asking for Donations

NonProfit Hub

Even after loads of practice, asking for donations can make our palms sweat and our hair stand up. It’s not easy, and it shouldn’t be — after all, you’re asking people to part with their hard-earned money. But don’t worry: as long as you avoid these common mistakes, your fundraising efforts will be just fine — even if your palms are still a little sweaty. Asking for open-ended amounts.

Mid-Year Appeals: Boost Fundraising in the Second Biggest Giving Month of the Year!

Connection Cafe

June is upon us, and it’s time to create your mid-year appeal! Organizations large and small should capitalize on this opportunity. A mid-year appeal is powerful and creates additional exposure for your organization by educating others on your past, current and future efforts.

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Help I Just Lost My Google Ad Grant

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: George Weiner from Whole Whale wrote this insightful piece about the Google Ad Grant program. He kindly offered to let me republish here. . Help I Just Lost My Google Ad Grant – Guest Post by George Weiner.

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[Cool Infographic Friday] All About Google Ad Grants for Nonprofits

SocialFish

Thank you Elevation for this one! Photo by Benjamin Dada on Unsplash. Cool Infographic Friday Potluck

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12 Key Digital Engagement Trends from the 2018 M+R Benchmarks Report

Everyaction

The annual M+R Benchmarks Report has arrived again, shining a light on trends that are shaping nonprofits’ digital programs. With data from 154 nonprofit participants, we are once again treated to invaluable insights on numerous facets of digital engagement, covering websites, email messaging, online engagement, social media posts, and digital ads. It’s clear to us from this year’s report, that digital engagement has taken some important leaps forward for nonprofits of all shapes and sizes.

How Will You Turn Those New Ideas into Action?

Museum 2.0

You've just come home from a conference. You finished a book. You aced that course. What are you going to do with all the notes in your journal and ideas in your head?

5 New Ways to Fundraise

NonProfit Hub

This article was originally published in Nonprofit Hub Magazine. Fundraising: a concept those of us in the nonprofit sector may groan about, but understand that it’s a necessary evil. For years, we’ve done it the same way—big events, door-to-door asks, social media pleas. And seemingly, it’s worked. But there’s a cultural shift happening in the nonprofit sector.

The Tension of Privacy & Personalization

Connection Cafe

* This blog post is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice. Please consult your legal counsel with any specific question or to determine how GDPR may impact your organization or business. When we talk about “transparency” in the nonprofit world, we’re often engaged in conversation about the mission, or the impact and distribution of fundraising dollars. But today, perhaps more than ever before, we talk about transparency through the lens of data and privacy.

A Culture of Wellbeing as a New Nonprofit Strength: Building Capacity During a Time of Disruption

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: In my recent book, The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit and leading workshops for nonprofits all over the world on this topic, I continue to be passionate about the need to build resilient and sustainable nonprofit leaders and organizations. This is true now more than ever.

Key Findings from the State of Community Management Report 2018

SocialFish

The Community Roundtable’s seminal State of Community Management Report 2018 is out!! And there’s a TON of insightful information it it. “Communities impact every facet of organizational life, from empowering individual contributors to generating strategic value.

5 Steps to Running a Campus Voter Registration Program

Everyaction

For universities searching for ways to both grow students' engagement on campus and develop their education and participation as active citizens, voter registration programs have become an increasingly popular activity.

A Sneak Peak at Who Is Taking the 2018 Global Trends in Giving Survey

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Inspiring people to take online surveys is tough! We are grateful to the 3,573 people who have taken the 2018 Global Trends In Giving Survey thus far.

Earned Income for Nonprofits: What it is and How it Works

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.

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Why Data Health Means Mission Health

Connection Cafe

To approach the topic of data health at nonprofits, I like to start by talking about something that isn’t data (or at least doesn’t seem like it is). Imagine you’re hosting a big offline event, like your organization’s annual fundraiser.

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In Loving Memory of My Mom, Ruth D. Kanter (My Mom)

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In Loving Memory of Ruth D. Kanter. My mom passed away peacefully last month a few months shy of her 90th birthday. My mom was generous and supportive of everyone in her life and those less fortunate than her.

5 Ideas for Your 2018 Social Media Editorial Calendar

SocialFish

Have your social media accounts been driving massive exposure to your brand? I imagine most of us would agree that we’d like to see our social media channels perform better than they are now. Let’s up our social media game this year! Here are a few ideas: 1.

John Barksdale Talks About How To Make a Business Profitable

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

The main goal of every business irrespective of whether they are startups, small, medium or large scale is to make profits. However, making profits is not that easy since there are lots of things involved in it. In fact it is the profit through which the business’s success and score is measured.

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Nonprofit Technology

Everyaction

Choosing the right nonprofit software can seem like an overwhelming task, from getting each stakeholder on board, to researching all of your options and hoping to find one that fits both your needs and your budget, to actually transitioning to and implementing the new system.

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5 Motivational Quotes from Nonprofit Leaders (and How to Apply Them)

NonProfit Hub

Gain some inspiration with these motivational quotes from top nonprofit thought leaders and learn how you can apply them to your own organization! Most “inspirational” quotes sound nice, but often lack substance or educational value. We’ll break each of them down to provide tactical takeaways for you and your nonprofit. A few people of integrity can go a long way.”.

The Power of Data to Free Women and Girls

Connection Cafe

How can communities around the world take bigger, bolder steps to free millions of women, men and children to live beyond the gendered stereotypes imposed on us all?

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One Size Fits All

ASU Lodestar Center

posted by Jacque Ahrenberg Senior Consultant Rayvan Group JAhrenberg@TheRayvanGroup.com. The one-size-fits-all mentality may work with buying a hat but it is not an effective way to attract new donors to your nonprofit.

Do you need help crafting a donor communications plan?

SocialFish

Your organization does great work, but do your donors understand it fully? Are you communicating with your supporters too often—or not enough? Is that channel the right one to connect with your best prospects?

Work with People – Not Paperwork

Vertex Systems

Ask any DSP: the most rewarding aspect of their job is working with people – not performing hours of manual data entry or carting around a 10-foot stack of paperwork while out in the field.

Planned Giving 101: What Nonprofits Need to Know

Everyaction

One of today’s biggest areas of growth for nonprofit fundraising is Planned Giving. It is estimated that over the next 25 years nearly $6 trillion will transfer to charitable organizations through bequests, trusts and other planned gifts.

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4 Easy Ways to Become a Better Volunteer

NonProfit Hub

Part of being a good volunteer manager is understanding how to be a good volunteer. Below are four things you can start doing right now to become a better volunteer, ultimately creating a bigger impact for organizations that serve your community. Educate yourself. First things first: you should have a firm grasp of your volunteer organization’s mission and goals before you start.

Leveraging Petitions for Online Fundraising

Connection Cafe

It’s hard to get people’s attention these days. Inboxes are chock-full of appeals from retailers, political candidates, and other nonprofit organizations, all competing for the same eyeballs. And with the midterm elections just around the corner, your supporters will only be more distracted.

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3 Ways to Keep Donors Happy in an Online World

Frogloop

Here’s an astonishing fact: Last year, people used online payments platform PayPal to contribute a staggering $8.5 billion to charity. To be fair, online giving is still just one method by which Americans donate a total of $390 billion annually to nonprofits. But the PayPal figure is a sign of the times. The shift to digital giving is a rising and considerable trend