October, 2014

Mark your calendar: best conferences for nonprofits in 2015


Believe it or not, it''s already time to start planning for the wealth of marketing, education, and networking opportunities for nonprofits in 2015. nonprofit conferences

#NPTech, Digital Inclusion, and the Web we are cocreating

Amy Sample Ward

Regardless of the specific sector you work in or the kind of technology you may be interested in, it’s likely you’ve seen blog posts, tweets, or other coverage of some incredibly tough experiences by a few women working in the tech industry.

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Forget relativism – social justice is about TRUTH.


Join us today as we make some bold, but very important statements about social justice work. The epidemic of relativism threatens the very core of nonprofit service, but it can be combatted. Read on for the set of mantras that we use at Volunteermark to hold our work to the truth

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Welcome, Mark Roberts!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

After an intensive search period, I’m delighted to share that Benetech recently appointed seasoned executive Mark Roberts as our Vice President of Engineering. Mark is former Senior Vice President of Engineering, Consumer Products, and Operations at TiVo Inc.

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The Ice Bucket Challenge Epilogue: Data

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The conversations about the ALS Association’s astounding success with the Ice Bucket Challenge continue. Blogs, newsletters, periodicals, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter … people are still talking about it.

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How to Send More Fundraising Emails and Maintain Conversion Rates

Connection Cafe

There were a number of interesting findings from the new Luminate Online Benchmark Report , released at BBCON. The report includes results from 794 nonprofits, including $1.27 billion in online donations, 18 million transactions and 7.6 billion emails sent from July 2013-June 2014.

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50 Best Nonprofit Twitter Accounts to Follow


A frequent assumption is that social media runs itself, but the “build it and they will come” model won’t yield the engagement or impact that you’re looking for.

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Giving should hurt.


Society is overly focused on giving that is easy for the giver - volunteers give ''spare time'' and supporters donate ''spare cash''. But what if we started encouraging our communities to give in ways that cause them to sacrifice in other areas of life?

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Join Benetech in the Skoll Foundation’s 2014 Social Entrepreneurs Challenge!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Zach Bryant loves reading non-fiction. This wasn’t always the case, though. Zach has Cerebral Palsy , which causes movement and coordination problems, and which keeps him from speaking and walking. To communicate his thoughts, he uses an alternative augmentative communication device.

Big Donors Want Self-Sustaining Projects - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

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Big Donors Want Self-Sustaining Projects - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times : "ig Donors Want Self-Sustaining Projects By Zach Halper - October 7, 2014 Charitable giving by the wealthiest individuals in the world has increased to levels not seen since before the Great Recession, according financial research firms Wealth-X and Arton Capital.

[eBook] How to Build a Website that Converts Interest into Action

Connection Cafe

Your supporters are online: fact. There are distractions around every corner, behind every click: fact. Knowing this, the experience your organization provides online must be one that converts. And every pixel counts.

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Best Halloween costumes ever? We dressed up as our favorite nonprofits.


You have just a few hours before your end-of-the-day office costume contest and evening Halloween festivities, but have no idea what to be. Well, we have your back. For the ultimate procrastinator, we''ve got 6 nonprofit costume ideas that you can do with (almost) no planning at all

Your Brain On Good Stories: Why Storytelling Matters For Nonprofits


Your brain loves a good story. Now, this might sound a little strange, but it’s true. There is a distinct chemical reaction that happens in one’s brain when they’re reading a compelling or interesting story.

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How to keep volunteers from quitting – a two-act play


“I’m sorry; I can’t take this anymore.” Don’t go. We can work it out.” “It’s It’s too late. Goodbye.” Soap opera? No, it’s a scene in a nonprofit organization office where there is poor communication about goals, roles and responsibilities of volunteers and staff.

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5 Ways to Harness the Awesome Fundraising Potential of #GivingTuesday | Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

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5 Ways to Harness the Awesome Fundraising Potential of #GivingTuesday | Kivi''s Nonprofit Communications Blog : "What was this seismic philanthropic event? Giving Tuesday. Founded in 2012, Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back, a compassionate response to the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Last year more than 10,000 organizations worldwide participated in Giving Tuesday." ''via Blog this''. NPGivingTuesday

2 New Solutions with 4 Big Things| Great News for the Nonprofit Sector

Connection Cafe

Today Blackbaud announces our NXT solutions to the world. This is great news for many reasons, but mostly because nonprofit organizations will soon have the opportunity to expand their missions further than ever before, powered by Raiser’s Edge NXT and Financial Edge NXT.

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This is what's wrong with your nonprofit digital strategy


I’ve read and written hundreds of nonprofit digital strategy documents. As a former consultant for the nonprofit space, “I need to create a digital strategy” was something that I heard almost daily. The problem is that you don’t need a digital strategy. You need a strategy.

5 Stats That’ll Change Your View Of Content Marketing Forever


Nonprofits over the last decade have further shifted their marketing efforts to the online medium. And more specifically, to social media and content marketing. But, a lot of nonprofits have had a difficult optimizing their content marketing efforts, and struggled to see the benefits.

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The top resources for telling beautiful stories at your non-profit


You''ve got to tell your story to win over rockstar volunteers. This post is your toolbox for resources you''ll need to do that - dig into it, and equip yourself to share the beautiful stories of the communities you serve

Overhaul Your Social Media Marketing Strategy with These Basic Approaches


As dynamic and potent as social media can be for growing businesses and catapulting causes to million-strong audiences, it’s quite easy for the medium to grow stale.


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Pricing Discrimination: Should Your Performing Arts Org Price Based on Demand?

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Have you ever paid $6 or $7 for a bottle of water at a theme park? How did you feel about it? In the late 90’s, Coca Cola decided to experiment with their pricing and customer’s willingness to pay.

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Does Slacktivism Actually Work?


While social media has profoundly amplified the reach and influence of nonprofits, it’s also created a dilemma commonly referred to as “slacktivism.”

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Know Your Volunteers To Drive Better Volunteers


According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, approximately 25.4% of of Americans over the age of 16 volunteered in some capacity between 2009, and 2013. And nonprofits everywhere are looking for ways to make this number go up.

How are you doing? Measure outcomes, not activity, to find out


Your supporters are much more interested in what you accomplish than how you accomplish it. They want to know outcomes, so that’s what we have to measure. Watch out for these common mistakes

The Pillars of Online Marketing Success in 2014 & Beyond


As online marketing budgets continue to rise this year and with prospects to increase for the future, there’s good sign that more businesses are taking the potential and necessity of the web seriously.


Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology


Tapping Giving USA Data for Year-Round Success

Connection Cafe

Each June, nonprofit and philanthropy leaders gather for the unveiling of what’s become an annual report card for charitable giving in America and, by extension, for fundraisers.

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30 Steps to Guide Your Nonprofit Website Redesign


At EveryAction, we know redesigning nonprofit websites can be an overwhelming process. We believe a successful nonprofit requires a strong digital presence an d that a strong website is the foundation of any successful digital campaign. nonprofit website redesign nonprofit websites

Your Social Media Is For More Than Marketing


In past blogs we’ve talked seemingly ad nausea about how technology, donation forms, and social media can support a nonprofit’s fundraising efforts.

Nine Ways a Dip in the Hot Springs is Like Volunteering


While in Aspen, Colorado last week to watch the autumn leaves change color, my wife and I visited the Hot Springs Pool in Glenwood Springs. This resort is the largest of its kind in the United States, and attracts thousands of bathers each year to its mineral-rich waters.

Social Media and B2B – How To Gain Awesome Leads


Guest post by Ashley Stirling. ———– One of the biggest problems for B2B businesses is gaining more leads. This is especially a problem when you are advertising online, there are a number of things that B2B companies need to worry about that normal companies can ignore.

Focus Group of One : Target Marketing

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Focus Group of One : Target Marketing : "If you''re sending your marketing campaigns without benefit of A/B or multi-variant testing—most companies admit to fewer than five tests per month—you are effectively acting as a focus group of one. You are assuming all of your constituents feel the same way about your campaign as you do. Big mistake." ''via Blog this

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Chek Yor Speling | Communications Basics Go a Long Way in Fundraising

Connection Cafe

This week I received a crowdfunding request. A friend’s daughter wants friends and family to help fund a 20 day immersive program in New York and Washington DC. It’s a great opportunity and a cool program and I was about to donate. And then I read her personal appeal.

5 Tips for Better Nonprofit Fundraising Emails


One of the best weapons in a nonprofit’s fundraising arsenal is email campaigning. We are sending and receiving more fundraising emails than ever before, all vying for the attention of supporters to act on behalf of our cause. Unfortunately, it’s difficult for your audience to differentiate your messages from the numerous emails that flood their inboxes each day, especially if your mass mailings are labeled as junk and relegated to the black hole of the spam folder.

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What The Cloud Changes About Nonprofit Tech


We all know technology increases productivity, makes working easier, and better connects us to our missions and our organizations. And in recent years, this has shown with nonprofit organizations consistently increasing the investment in technology every year.

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