November, 2015

10 (Totally Awesome) Email Newsletters for Nonprofit Professionals


You know that person in the office who seems to hear about everything first? The one who’s always reading something interesting, always has the best links to send, and knows about all the new trends before you’ve even made sense of the old ones?

The Truth About Nonprofit Storytelling

Connection Cafe

I’ve been working as a fundraiser long enough to see some “next great things” come and go. Others stuck around for several years, or even became a mainstay of fundraising. So forgive me, but I just don’t get this “new” idea being proclaimed from the rooftops about storytelling.

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Optimizing an Email Campaign for Fundraising Effectiveness

Byte Technology

Today’s non-profit organizations have much at their disposal to connect and engage with supporters. Social media efforts, specialized events, crowdfunding … it’s never been easier to stay in touch with dedicated volunteers and financial donors.

Mr. Jim Goes to Washington (and New York, and Nairobi, and Seoul, and Kampala, and Boston…)

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Like many other leaders of nonprofit organizations, I travel an unreasonable fraction of the time. I recently hit three million lifetime miles on American Airlines. Not sure whether to celebrate or mourn this milestone. Why do I do it? Why do my peers do it?

LinkedIn Groups Have Changed. Do They Still Make Sense for your Org?


A few weeks ago, LinkedIn announced that they were going to be rolling out some pretty big changes to their Groups feature.

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Donor Development and the Marriage of Quantitative and Qualitative Data | Nonprofit Quarterly

AFP Blog

Donor Development and the Marriage of Quantitative and Qualitative Data | Nonprofit Quarterly : "How do qualitative and quantitative data help in your fundraising? Here are some thoughts that are less about tools and more about how information can be used to help us communicate more effectively. From data about nonprofits themselves to the data that nonprofits use to woo donors, we have no dearth of information about the nonprofit relationship with, well, information.

5 Pro Tips to Help Make This Your Best #GivingTuesday Yet


More than ever, nonprofits are expending a huge amount of resources on this single biggest fundraising day of the year - but that doesn't mean they can't make it easier on themselves and their donors!

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Time Well Spent: How Much Effort a Non-Profit Should Devote to Social Media Fundraising

Byte Technology

As the old saying goes, time is money. And for non-profits struggling with a small staff and persistent budgetary concerns, that old adage holds special meaning.

Everything You Wanted to Know About LinkedIn, But Were Too Afraid to Ask.


How Do You and Your Organization Use LinkedIn? For some, LinkedIn is a necessary evil. But why not use LinkedIn to your advantage? Do you know how LinkedIn content can drastically increase your company's SEO ranking? Improve your social media marketing?

Marketing: Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket


The proliferation of electronics and personal devices has opened up a whole new world for marketing. No longer are you limited to costly television commercials or billboards.

Fidelity Charitable opens doors to bitcoin giving - The Boston Globe

AFP Blog

Fidelity Charitable opens doors to bitcoin giving - The Boston Globe : "The charitable savings arm of Fidelity Investments will start accepting bitcoin, signaling a wider acceptance of the virtual currency once used by money launderers and drug dealers trying to skirt authorities." 'via via Blog this

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12 Free Nonprofit Webinars and Training Videos You’ll Love


If you’re a nonprofit professional, then you probably know what it’s like to be short on time. Maintaining a work-life balance is hard enough without having to hunt down the resources you and need to develop your skills. That’s why we’re giving you a shortcut. training

Three New Ways to Delight Your Donors

Connection Cafe

We live in a busy world with all the panoply of beeping, modern-day distractions vying for our divided attention. Still, donors want to be delighted and feel connected to the organizations they support. How can nonprofits rectify these two competing realities?

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The Numbers Game: Understanding the Statistics for Non-Profit Giving

Byte Technology

Among Mark Twain’s more famous quotations is this: “there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” And yet, despite the writer’s keen observation, we place an unbelievably high premium on statistics in virtually every element of our lives.

VisionLink’s Strategic Advantage Consulting is Proud to support the Complete College America Strategic Planning Academy


VisionLink’s unique Strategic Advantage consulting department is proud to be supporting the Complete College America Strategic Planning Academy (CCA). This is the 15th CCA-affiliated Academy that Lois Ann Porter, Visionlink’s Sr. Vice President, has helped design and implement.

The skinny on the Small World Labs – Personify merger


You will have heard about the Small World Labs/Personify merger that was announced two weeks ago.

Introducing New Tools for Nonprofits | Facebook Newsroom

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Introducing New Tools for Nonprofits | Facebook Newsroom : 'via Blog this

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Everything You Need to Know About the New Facebook Nonprofit Tool


Hopefully you've heard the great news:along with improvements to the recently introduced "Donate" button , Facebook announced a new fundraising feature to help nonprofits collect donations right on its platform. fundraising social media

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Amplify Your Voice with Facebook Ads

Connection Cafe

Nonprofits have a significant advantage on Facebook. I am not just talking about the fact that Facebook has teamed up with Blackbaud integration partner ActionSprout to give away $2M in Facebook ad credits.

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What’s in a Name? Whether or Not to Purchase a New Domain

Byte Technology

In the age of online living, it can sometimes be difficult to determine hoax from truth, safety from scam, fact from fiction. And so it goes with the rise in new, themed domain extensions that are the talk of tech boards, blog posts and the virtual world in general.

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5 Content Marketing Ideas that Inspire Action (With Examples)

John Haydon

Are you posting social media content with half-hearted hopes of any reaction? Or are you engaging fans and followers with meaningful asks? For example, if you are an animal shelter, are you asking people to adopt a pet?

Is Face-to-Face Communication Gone in the Digital Age?


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.

Tweets ahead: the top charity chief executives on social media | Voluntary Sector Network | The Guardian

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Tweets ahead: the top charity chief executives on social media | Voluntary Sector Network | The Guardian : "To recognise the efforts of those that are, in 2013 I set up, along with digital consultant Matt Collins, the Top 30 Charity CEOs on Social Media Awards. This year the nominations rose by 50% – which alone shows how charity leaders are increasingly growing in confidence with digital." 'via via Blog this

12 Nonprofit Donation Pages That Don’t Suck


Is your donation page holding you back? Are you sure? Too many nonprofit donation pages are suffering from common donation page problems like unresponsiveness, length, general clutter, and even security issues that put potential donors off and sap resources away from causes that matter.

#GivingShoesDay Creates a Shoe-Gooder Movement on Giving Tuesday

Connection Cafe

4 years after launching their first #GivingShoesDay campaign, Dress for Success Worldwide is on a mission to go bigger than ever this Giving Tuesday.

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How to Use Holiday-Season Volunteering to Start a Long-Term Relationship

NonProfit Hub

The holiday season is nothing without its traditions. For many people, the holidays mean gathering together with family to consume meals, exchange gifts, watch football and take turkey-induced naps.

How Can Nonprofits Switch From Scarcity to Abundance Mindsets When It Comes To Self-Care?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flickr Photo by TheeErin. The November Nonprofit Blog Carnival is about the theme of how nonprofits can move from a scarcity mindset to an abundance mindset.

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Why is Twitter a crucial channel for trade associations and advocacy groups?


This post originally appeared here and is reposted in its entirety because it’s too good not to share. Disclosure: The National Association of Manufacturers is a former SocialFish client.

15 Australian charities trial text giving — Third Sector

AFP Blog

15 Australian charities trial text giving — Third Sector : "A 12 month text giving trial will involve 15 charities, with UNICEF Australia and World Vision the first to launch text giving campaigns. The campaigns will allow anyone to donate to a cause by simply sending an SMS." 'via via Blog this

3 Ways Prospect Research Can Help Nonprofits Raise More Money at Events


Do you have events planned as part of your end-of-year fundraising push? If so, you may be missing out on some key pieces of information about your attendees that may make all the difference in your fundraising goals.

The Luminate Online Benchmark Report| How Is the Nonprofit Sector Performing Online?

Connection Cafe

The release of the 9 th Luminate Online Benchmark Report is an opportunity for nonprofits to take stock of how the nonprofit sector is performing online, and what recent trends tell us about donor and giving behavior.

27 Online Stores That Benefit Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The National Retail Federation estimates that online sales will grow 6 to 8 percent this holiday season. That translates into billions of dollars in consumer spending that can empower philanthropy and social good.

3 Key Elements for Effective Nonprofit Storytelling

John Haydon

What makes someone donate to your cause? Is it the design of your landing page? Is it your email messages? Your mobile-friendly fundraising software? Yes, these are all important, but the most powerful tool is your stories.

Generational Differences Are Real


It doesn’t take a lot of searching on the web to find essays, posts, and articles that declare generational differences a big lie. Many of them center around Millennials, particularly because that generation has been covered in the press with many different names (Gen Y, NetGen, etc.)

To Retain Millennial Workers, Groups Must Embrace Tech: Associations Now

AFP Blog

To Retain Millennial Workers, Groups Must Embrace Tech: Associations Now : "With millennials now representing the largest segment of the U.S. workforce, they’re bringing new ideas and preferences with them, setting the stage for changes in workplace behavior and technology use. Employers need to address them now." 'via via Blog this

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3 Key Elements of a Digital Campaign Plan


Originally posted on the NTEN Connect blog on November 20, 2015. Campaigns are big, daunting undertakings. When you’re starting with a blank sheet of paper, it can be hard to know where to begin.

The npENGAGE Fall Magazine is Here!

Connection Cafe

Sometimes it can feel like a donor-centered approach and an impact-centered approach to fundraising are mutually exclusive. In our attempts to communicate impact to our donors, we often end up overwhelming them with numbers that ultimately muddy our message, rather than reinforce it.

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