March, 2013

3 Ways to Use Social Media in Your Next Fundraising Campaign (and free ebook!)

Amy Sample Ward

I’m honored to be included in a new ebook about marketing, fundraising, and social media. You can download the ebook, check out the various topics, and much more from:

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19 Proven Fundraising Ideas from Nonprofit Experts


If you’re looking for Fundraising Ideas you’ve come to the right place.

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To raise money with social media, start with social data

Connection Cafe

I’m sorry to say it, but.your social media presence is not the key to fundraising. However, that being said, data acquired through social media holds the key to dramatically improved fundraising. Fundraising CARE data insights database nonprofit social media

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Life after Common Ground: Part 2 – Click & Pledge

Judi Sohn

This post is part 2 in a series of articles aimed at organizations on Common Ground who need to get excited about what’s next if they decide to stay on the Salesforce platform.

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Why You Don’t Want this Job!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Almost anyone from the human rights field will tell you that the work can be as rewarding as it is challenging. When you look at the barriers faced by those defending and advocating for human rights—from the danger of hostile governments and perpetrators, to victims who are naturally suspicious of any support, to the lack of funding necessary to carry on your work—you can see how overwhelming it can be.

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Celebrating the Community Builders


This may feel like a reach--stay with me. Check out this TED talk presentation of spoken word poetry. The connection to community building? Check out that first poem. Listen to the three steps.

The 140 Best Twitter Feeds

NCE Social Media just came out with their “ Best 140 twitter Feeds for 2013.” ” However, none are disability-related. Since they won’t do it, I think I will come up with a list of the “Best 140 Twitter Disability-Related Feeds for 2013″ but I first want your input.

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More Trending

Spring Cleaning Your Database

Connection Cafe

Bad data is bad business, and there’s a cost to it: Inaccurate reporting, … Technology Cleanup data DBA Maintenance Training

Life after Common Ground: Part 1 – Nonprofit Starter Pack

Judi Sohn

Most of my time over the past few months at KELL Partners has been spent getting to know all the wonderful tools and technologies in the Salesforce world that have come along while I was too busy focusing on Common Ground. I’ve spoken to so many organizations who are now in the process of deciding their next steps. Almost without exception, they’re scared and they’re cautious. And they should be.

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End of Anonymous SMS Donations Devastates Swedish Charitable Giving - Reason 24/7 :

AFP Blog

End of Anonymous SMS Donations Devastates Swedish Charitable Giving - Reason 24/7 : : The Swedish Red Cross has reported a 92-percent drop in SMS donations since Swedish mobile operators required their customers to register online, including the submission of sensitive personal information, in order to greenlight a money transfer via text message

Does Your Organization Have Social Media Guidelines for All Staff?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

We adopted a set of Guidelines that TNT created (creative commons) to ENCOURAGE their staff to use social: YQe91n #npsmpeer. Brian Fitzgerald (@brianfit) March 10, 2013.

Facebook makes changes…AGAIN

NCE Social Media

In the past week Facebook anounced two changes that I think you should take note of: 1) they are going to start allowing hashtags to be posted in status updates and 2) they changed the news feed again.

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Two Surprising Ways to Broaden Your Reach Online


Online marketing can take many forms. Email, web design, user-generated content and paid search are all ways to improve your nonprofit’s reach and increase web traffic.

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Engaging Event Donors: Stop trying to make a pig to sing

Connection Cafe

Love them or hate them, events are a constant staple in nonprofit fundraising. … Moves Management Stewardship Sustained Giving

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Life after Common Ground: Part 3 – Causeview

Judi Sohn

This post is part 3 in a series of articles aimed at organizations on Common Ground who need to get excited about what’s next if they decide to stay on the Salesforce platform.

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Charities should make the most of social media | Charity Digital News

AFP Blog

Charities should make the most of social media | Charity Digital News : Research gathered from The Charity Social 100 Index 2012 highlighted how charities have seen a doubling of support on social media channels in the past year. Connecting with supporters through social media has proven to be very effective, yet the extent of this remains unexplored by a large part of the sector

Tips and Tools for Integrating Social Media Into Your Nonprofit Event Marketing Plan

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Managing Social Media Campaigns


Social media marketing has become the third most popular form marketing as of 2013. Needless to say, it will only gain more popularity as social media marketing campaigns are far less expensive to create and maintain than traditional advertising campaigns.

The Science of Email


Successful use of email for communication is both an art and a science. Let's focus on the science behind how email metrics work and how you can use them to measure your results. Email Marketing email marketing tips nonprofit email fundraising nonprofit marketing npEXPERTS Online marketing

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From Advocate to Donor in 4 Steps

Connection Cafe

An essential part of many nonprofits’ missions is to advocate for public policy … Advocacy Fundraising

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Server System Stability


We have been asked recently how VisionLink maintains a stable server platform. Here is a summary of what we do, working from real-time responses to longer-term planning. Formatted PDF version of this information ) We know that our customers cannot help their clients effectively if the technology they depend on is not available. It is not a pleasant experience to be working with a person or family in the middle of a crisis, and not be able to connect them to the assistance they need.

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Mobile Fundraising Research Paper 2013

AFP Blog

Mobile Fundraising Research Paper 2013 : We examined the fundraising success of 83,866 participants in a variety of fundraising campaigns to help answer this question. What we discovered: 15% of traffic to fundraising and donation pages comes from mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. 23% of participants in peer-driven events and campaigns choose to use mobile technology to help them fundraise for good causes

Lean Start Up Framework Meets Nonprofit Campaign: The Lifecycle of an Upwell Campaign

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Awesome illustrations by Upwell’s super rad intern, Christine ! Note from Beth: A couple of weeks ago, I reviewed two books about measurement from two different fields – start ups and nonprofit performance assessment.

Social Media Pictures

NCE Social Media

Social media tools that allow you to post pictures and videos are very helpful tools to let folks get a glimpse of life from your point of view.

How to Get 55,000 Followers on Twitter


When I’m not digging through tons of nonprofit data or spending time with … Interactive

RWR Recap: 52 Marathons in 52 weeks, P2P Benchmark, Top 30 Fundraising Events

Connection Cafe

[Cool Infographic Friday] Messaging on Social


Check this one out, courtesy Otherwise. Here’s an exercise for you – think about your private online community. How would you describe it if it was part of this list? What differentiates it from your other digital properties? What does it *truly* say about your organization?

Donors still lack confidence in digital giving, survey finds

AFP Blog

Donors still lack confidence in digital giving, survey finds : Polly Gowers of Give as you Live, which polled 8,000 people, says the research will help charities to focus their resources in the right places Digital giving channels are playing an increasingly important role in inspiring donations, but donors do not feel confident enough to give significant amounts of money through them, according to a survey of online charity supporters

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Two Free E-Books for Nonprofits on Fundraising, Marketing, and Content Strategies

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

E-Book #1: Fundraising and Marketing Tips for Nonprofits.

On the value of donor database ratings

Robert Weiner

A colleague forwarded the following email from a vendor and asked how I think a potential buyer should respond. I've redacted the message to anonymize the vendor: Dear _, I thought you might be interested in a recent analysis of low cost fundraising software, conducted jointly by independent organizations Idealware and N-TEN. If you are not familiar with Idealware and N-TEN, they are both well-respected non-profit organizations that focus on helping non-profits enhance their use of technology.

The (Un) Guide to Conferences: What NOT to Do


Spring is in the air and for the nonprofit community, that means the … CRM Interactive Nonprofit Management Technology #bbcon Nonprofit Conferences tips and tricks

Peer-to-Peer Event Fundraising Benchmark Report Sneak Preview

Connection Cafe

Next week the Peer-to-Peer Event Fundraising Benchmark Report will be unveiled at the Run Walk Ride Conference. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the key findings. Benchmarks & Stats Event Fundraising benchmarks event fundraising multi-channel fundraising peer-to-peer fundraising research

[Cool Infographic Friday] All you need to know about Serif and Sans


A propos of nothing, but this is one of my favorites so far. Check out all kinds of cool fonts from UrbanFonts. Potluck


5 Facts About Online Average Gift Size | npENGAGE

AFP Blog

5 Facts About Online Average Gift Size | npENGAGE : Here are five facts about online average gift sizes that I hope you’ll love too

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Social Media Is About Engagement With A Purpose and How To Measure It

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

A few days ago, my colleague Suzanne Walsh, shared a tweet with me that pointed to a blog post titled, “ Social Media Is Not About Engagement? ” from Bundlepost (a social media productivity tool ).

On White Privilege and Museums

Museum 2.0

Two weeks ago, Roberto Bedoya asked several arts bloggers, including me, to write a post reflecting on Whiteness and its implications for the arts. I am in no way an expert in issues related to racial and ethnic representation in the arts.

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Online Marketing Strategy Starts With a Map


Do you ever feel like you’re approaching your digital marketing without a map? Welcome. Settle in and stay awhile. You’re in good company.

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