April, 2018

Tribute to My Mentor

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

In honor of Gerry Davis, April 2018 My mentor passed away earlier this month. I have had the benefit of numerous mentors over my long career, but Gerry Davis was The Mentor. We worked together for over 35 years, from the very beginnings of my Silicon Valley career. Gerry’s incredible advice guided me along my entire path, and so many crucial turning points went well because of Gerry’s invaluable insight and guidance.

New Study Explores the Undeveloped Value of New Donors

Connection Cafe

The donor marketplace is changing in dramatic ways. Part one of the Blackbaud Institute’s Vital Signs report showed a sector that has both rebounded from and struggled with the immense technological, economic, and demographic disruption that has shaped the world since the Great Recession.

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For sale for a cause: Elven Princess

Judi Sohn

For background on what I’m doing this year, read this post first. This one will be one of the hardest to give up, but I will to support a great organization. If you’re interested, leave a bid in the comments and I’m starting this one at $125.

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The Nonprofit Book We’ve Been Waiting Four Years To Read Is Finally Here: New Power

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Back in November, 2014, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans published an article about “New Power” in the Harvard Business Review that caught my eye.

82 Free or Low-Cost Online Tools & Mobile Apps for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The number of low-cost or free apps and online tools available to nonprofits today is astounding.

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For sale for a cause: Sundance

Judi Sohn

For more on what I’m doing this year, read this post first. After I finished Elven Princess on a Sunday afternoon, I didn’t have time to block it so I started on the next shawl right away. Sundance is a smaller shawl by Anna Victoria.

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The Facebook Scandal and What It Means for Your Nonprofit’s Digital Strategy

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Source Facebook Blog – Click for Source.

22 Must-Read Research Reports for the Nonprofit Sector

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The reports listed below are a small sampling of some of the research available to nonprofits, NGOs, and charities worldwide. The data can be used to help your nonprofit craft your next online communication and fundraising plan.

Your Spring Fundraiser Checklist

NonProfit Hub

Sponsored by Give Lively. Spring fundraising season is upon us and the pressure is on for nonprofits to hit their goals at upcoming galas or events. Here’s a quick checklist to make sure your nonprofit is ready: Set expectations.

[Cool Social Tools] Amplifr takes your social media management to the next level

SocialFish

Startups and tech vendors are welcome to contact me at maddie[at]socialfish[dot]org to submit guest posts about their platforms – SocialFish readers love to read about new tools and apps!

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Four Ways to Engage Your Employees with Fundraising Technology

Connection Cafe

According to the 2017 Giving Report by Blackbaud Institute , the landscape of philanthropy has changed dramatically in the past year due to political divides and natural disasters.

For sale for a cause: Edelweiss

Judi Sohn

For background on what I’m doing this year, read this post first. Update: Bid of $75 to Boston Area Gleaners in the comments. So if interested, please bid $100 or higher by 4/20! Next up for a donation for a great cause is Edelweiss.

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Which New Audiences? A Great Washington Post Article and its Implications about Age, Income, and Race

Museum 2.0

This weekend was thrilling for me. The Washington Post covered the MAH's transformation as part of an article about museums engaging new audiences. The whole second half of the article was dedicated to our work: Smaller museums can be especially scrappy in finding ways to connect with the community.

20 Crowdfunding Services for Nonprofits Worldwide

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Nonprofits in North America, Europe, and Australia have a multitude of online fundraising services to choose from mostly thanks to their government’s efforts to build digital records and databases of legally verified nonprofits.

4 Ways to Recognize Volunteers for National Volunteer Month

NonProfit Hub

April is National Volunteer Month! Yes, you heard that right: there is a whole month dedicated to honoring volunteers across the country.

13 Twitter Hashtags to Follow for Nonprofit and Charity Updates, Events and Inspiration

SocialFish

Twitter has been one of the major hubs of social networking , revolutionizing what was already a new and adapting Internet invention. The live nature of the website has provided unlimited potential for personal and commercial use alike.

Hospital Marketing and Fundraising: A Dynamic Duo

Connection Cafe

Call it cooperation, synergy, or partnership. Regardless of reference, we are all looking for ways to work smarter , not harder. Pairing your hospital marketing and fundraising teams is one of the best ways to ensure that you work smarter. Here are three quick illustrations of how you can activate this dynamic duo: Integrate messaging: Marketing and fundraising communications should share a common agenda and voice.

Happy or Sad Fundraising Stories: Which Works Best?

John Haydon

The single most important element of any fundraising campaign are the fundraising stories. Technology, your ad budget, or a fancy fundraising app will never replace solid fundraising stories based on the 4 P’s: Person: Your story is about one person with a problem that needs solving.

Marketing Your Online Donation Page: The Essentials

Frogloop

A nonprofit’s donation page is perhaps the most important element of its website, right? Without an optimized page and form for your donors to quickly and easily complete, your ability to accept and grow your online donations is severely limited

Announcing the 2018 Global Trends in Giving Survey!

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The 2018 Global Trends in Giving Survey is live through June 30 and available in five languages – ???????????? , English , français , português , and español. The results of the survey will be released on September 17 in the second edition of the Global Trends in Giving Report.

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The Major Gifts Advice You Majorly Need

NonProfit Hub

There’s a HUGE elephant in the room staring you right in the face. As nonprofiteers, we often focus on the seemingly “attainable” gifts that are less scary than the elephant…major gifts. But guess what?

Market Your Donation Page With 6 Stellar Social Media Strategies

SocialFish

If there’s one place your nonprofit’s marketing team wants to be online, it’s social media! Not only is social media a huge part of our day-to-day lives, but it’s also a great platform for causes to get the word out about their mission and their latest fundraising campaigns.

Top Event Strategies for Major Donor Cultivation

Connection Cafe

Attaining donors is complex and requires a diverse set of strategies, so you shouldn’t expect to attract philanthropists with the same tactics you employ for lower-level donors.

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How to Attract and Keep More Monthly Donors

Everyaction

Monthly donor or sustainer programs are a relatively low-effort and high-impact way to increase donor retention and donor lifetime value, while also providing a steady and predictable stream of revenue that can help your nonprofit better budget and plan for the future.

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Five Great Ways to Get Your New Board Members on Board

BoardAssist

Struggling with how to engage the fabulous new board members that your nonprofit has recently recruited? Here with all the answers in this week’s guest blog post is Randy Hawthorne from Nonprofit Hub. Thanks for the tips, Randy! Five Great Ways to Get Your New Board Members on Board.

Facebook Scandal: Why Email Matters NOW More Than Ever

John Haydon

No doubt you’ve heard that Facebook and Cambridge Analytica used micro-targeted ads to influence US citizens’ voting decisions. Pretty scary stuff, from the social brand that “wants the world more open and connected” Will people leave Facebook in droves?

Nonprofit Spring Cleaning: Getting Rid of Unwanted Clutter

NonProfit Hub

This article was originally published in Nonprofit Hub Magazine. Ah, Spring. Finally, the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, our allergies are resurging.

PSA To Nonprofits: GDPR May Apply to You

SocialFish

Guest article by Beth Bacon, Director of Policy and Privacy, Public Interest Registry.

Data Only Helps if You Listen to It

Connection Cafe

Data and analytics can play a big role in improving nonprofit strategy. It usually doesn’t though, and that’s because most nonprofits are using their data wrong. It’s time we had a little talk about strategic objects.

3 Questions Environmental Organizations Should Ask When Evaluating a CRM

Everyaction

Once you’ve made the decision to search for a new CRM for your nonprofit, the task can seem daunting. A new solution will need to offer all of the unique features that you require, taking the specifics of your organization’s size, structure, and mission into account.

How ERP Software Can Benefit Your Agency

Vertex Systems

Rehab agencies and the processes that run them are a lot more complicated than they were just 30 short years ago.

New Tax Law: Understanding the Impacts on Charities and Giving

ASU Lodestar Center

posted by Kristin Harvey ASU Master of Nonprofit Leadership & Management student. Nonprofits rely heavily on giving from private citizens to have the funds necessary to carry out their mission and strengthen their communities.

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Takeaways from Cause Camp 2018

NonProfit Hub

Yet another Cause Camp is officially in the books. A special thanks to all who made it the best one yet. If you were unable to attend, or if you want to relive some of the magic, we’ve compiled our top takeaways from Cause Camp 2018.

Get More Repeat Donors: Do You Have Systems to Convert More New Donors?

John Haydon

With tremendous effort, you nailed your year-end campaign. You segmented your letter to eight different audiences. You hand-addressed the envelopes to your major donors. And you even made follow up phone calls to potential donors.

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