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

3rd Sector Labs

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.

How #GivingTuesday Can Help Your Nonprofit Reach PhilanthroKids or Generation Z Donors

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’ve been a huge fan of GivingTuesday since I first heard about it back in September, 2012 during a conference at Stanford.

[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

The 6 Hidden Benefits Of Volunteering


As if contributing to a cause that’s bigger than yourself wasn’t reason enough to give your time, volunteering your time to a charitable cause has some hidden benefits, too. If it is so intuitively obvious that volunteering is beneficial to someone, why is volunteering at a 10 year low ?

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.

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

AFP Blog

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.

Kickstarter Founder Launches Nonprofit Platform: A Dollar A Day

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Perry Chen is an American Internet entrepreneur best known for co-founding the social fundraising website Kickstarter. Today, he has launched a platform to help raise money for nonprofits that are doing highly effective work, but may not be as well known to a larger audience.

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 Key Social Media Analytics Your Nonprofit Needs To Track


One of the most attractive things about social media marketing is how measurable it. Want to know how many clicks your Twitter feed gets on Mondays vs Wednesdays? No problem. How about the number of followers you’ve added over the last 6 months?

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

Association Social Media: ASAE


What can nonprofit technology trainers learn from the social work field to improve their training techniques?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The Online Benchmark Report is Here| How Does Your Org Measure Against Its Peers?

Connection Cafe

The 2014 Luminate Online Benchmark Report is now available, just in time for #bbcon! It’s the largest and most comprehensive report of its kind, using data from nearly 800 Luminate Online customers to help you evaluate your overall strategies and performance in online fundraising.

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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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 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

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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.

8 Reasons Why Bad Trainings Happen to Good Nonprofits

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: Last January, I put together a train the trainers session for nonprofit trainers. You can find the presentation here and accompanying blog post, How To Think Like A Nonprofit Instructional Designer.

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

Connection Cafe

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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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

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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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.

[Cool Infographic Friday] Management Consulting


OK, this isn’t an infographic, I lied. But hahahahaha. More like this.

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

AFP Blog

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

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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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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[Infographic] How The Top 50 Nonprofits Do Social Media


The question is no longer: “Why should my nonprofit be on social media?” Instead, the question is “Why not!”. The undeniable truth is, social media’s beneficial to organizations, corporations, and individuals alike. It’s about being involved in the greater conversation you’re looking to be a part of.