November, 2018

Stewarding #GivingTuesday: Increase Your Retention Rate

Connection Cafe

#GivingTuesday is the largest global day of giving and it’s fast approaching. According to GivingTuesday.org, over $300 million was raised online in 2017, totaling 2.5 million gifts. This philanthropic effort continues to grow, especially across all social media efforts.

Ten Books for Every Nonprofit Professional’s Reading List

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I travel a lot for work which means I spend many hours on airplanes. If nothing else, it is a good opportunity to catch up on reading. Here’s ten books that nonprofit colleagues and authors have shared with me in the last few months and I wanted to share them with you.

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

It's finally here! If you loved our 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar get ready for our new, improved, and updated 2019 calendar! We've searched far and wide for the best and brightest nonprofit conferences from all around the country! These conferences range in size, location, and topic.

11 Fail-Proof Ideas for Holiday Fundraisers

NonProfit Hub

With the holidays just around the corner, spirits are high, our sense of community is strong and people are on the hunt for fun, festive activities—especially when they’re for a good cause. These holiday fundraisers are sure to help you spice up your year-end giving season! Polar plunge challenge.

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VisionLink - Untitled Article

VisionLink

Reconnecting Friends and Family During the chaos and dislocation of the California fires, we are honored to deploy Safe and Well for the American Red Cross. Read here for a local story, and local authorities' request to use Safe and Well, as we all work together to reconnect friends and family. link] To go to Safe and Well directly: Safeandwell.org

[Free Webinar] 10 Website and Email Marketing Best Practices for Small Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Date: January 8, 2019. Time: 1pm EDT. Presented by: Heather Mansfield , Founder of Nonprofit Tech for Good.

Cross-Sector Skill Sharing in Action

Connection Cafe

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How Hello Museum Builds Intimate Community in one of the Biggest Cities in the World

Museum 2.0

When I tell stories about how the MAH builds community, I emphasize the importance of deep partnerships and relationship-building. We connect with people both professionally and personally, at the museum and on the street. Colleagues from bigger cities often ask: is this approach relevant to us?

How to Tell Your Donors Where Their Money Is Going

NonProfit Hub

There’s no better way to gain the trust of your donors than by being transparent with them about where their contributions go. If people decide to part with their hard-earned money, they want to know where it ends up.

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5 Ways To Optimize Your Donation Pages for End-of-Year Fundraising

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Improving your website donation pages is the single best way to raise more money during the year-end giving season. The unfortunate reality is that the average fundraising page completion rate is only 17%, according to the M+R 2017 Benchmarks Study.

25 Global Trends in Giving That Nonprofits Need to Know About

Nonprofit Tech for Good

6,057 donors completed the 2018 Global Trends in Giving Survey and based on their responses, the donor community worldwide is made up of primarily women (65%) who have a liberal ideology (53%) , characterize themselves as religious (72%), and give between ($101-$1,000 USD) annually (43%).

3 bbcon Takeaways to Power 2019 Planning for Higher Ed

Connection Cafe

Last month we concluded?bbcon bbcon 2018, the premier tech gathering for organizations and change agents driving social good, at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in?Orlando, Orlando, Fla.? Approximately 3,600 attendees joined to share the latest insights, trends and innovations.

How to Brand Your Nonprofit To Scale Your Positive Impact

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

?. Note from Beth: My colleague, Simon Mainwaring, has launched a new series of online courses “ WeFirst Works ” that help you find your purpose – whether an individual, company, or nonprofit. .

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Change Ahead: I'm Shifting from Local to Global in 2019

Museum 2.0

I have some big news to share. In mid-2019, I will transition out of my role as the executive director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) to focus full-time on leading OF/BY/FOR ALL, an emerging global movement to build more inclusive community institutions.

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6 Must-Haves for Your Nonprofit Website

NonProfit Hub

Now more than ever, a sleek and functional website is essential to your nonprofit’s brand. Things as seemingly trivial as a long load time, lack of mobile compatibility or dated design could be enough to stunt your site’s growth.

3 Easy Ways To Make Your Nonprofit's Email Program Stand Out Today [With Free Templates]

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

For most nonprofits, email is the backbone of their digital fundraising program. However, as all digital fundraisers know, effective email fundraising consists of far more than sending out an ask for donations.

[Tweet Chat] Nonprofit Tech Trends for 2019

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Join us for a tweet chat on January 16 at 12pm EST to discuss nonprofit tech trends in the new year!

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Visual Storytelling for the Modern Nonprofit

Connection Cafe

For as long as nonprofits have been around it has always been vital for these organizations to convey the messages of their causes and missions, to tell their stories.

GivingTuesday 2018 Scales Generosity and Kindness to New Highs

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The results for this week’s GivingTuesday 2018 have been reported.

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How to Get Your Employees Involved in Giving Tuesday Campaigns

Givinga

Giving Tuesday is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and Black Friday where nonprofits run fundraising campaigns to increase holiday donations. The event is only 6 years old, but it’s grown a lot in that time. In 2012, total contributions stood at just $12 million; by 2017, they reached $274 million.¹

5 Ways to Use Donor Data to Increase Retention

NonProfit Hub

There’s no easy answer when it comes to the age-old question of how to improve nonprofit fundraising outcomes. Making strategic decisions for your cause takes time, effort and experience. However, having the right donor data on hand can really improve your nonprofit’s fundraising approach.

What Email Spam Rates Mean for Your #GivingTuesday Fundraising Campaign

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Email deliverability is an important metric for nonprofit fundraisers and digital staff to track, especially in the time leading up to major digital fundraising days, such as Giving Tuesday. Between 2016 and 2017, spam rates rose for nonprofits across the board, averaging at 24.16% for the year.

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Giving Trends in Brazil: How Crowdfunding & Social Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Nonprofit Sector

Nonprofit Tech for Good

An Interview with Ruy Fortini , Founder and CEO of Doare and official partner of the 2018 Global Trends in Giving Report. According to the Institute of Applied Economic Research , there are 820,000 existing NGOs, also know as ONGs (organizaciónes no gubernamentales), in Brazil.

5 Metrics Fundraisers Need to Know to Retain Their Donors

Connection Cafe

Donor retention is undeniably critical to meet your nonprofit’s revenue goals , but it can be tough to know which efforts result in higher retention levels or upward movement of donors.

Tech2Empower: The Llama Pack Project

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last week I was got to work on a week-long service trip in Cusco, Peru as part of Wake: Women’s Alliance for Knowledge Exchange #Tech2empower program where womwn in who work in technology volunteer to share their professional skills and knowledge with women-run business owners.

3 Questions to Ask When Considering Advocacy Software

Frogloop

So you want to change the world? Starting an advocacy campaign can be a lot of work, but it’s absolutely worth it when you get to look back on all the good you’ve done in the world. Technology nptech Online Advocacy

3 Ways to Gauge the Success of Your Next Fundraiser

NonProfit Hub

As fundraising professionals, we’ve all experienced that awkward moment when a VIP donor comes up with the “best fundraising idea ever” and, in reality, it’s much closer to the worst idea.

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4 Easy Ways to Prepare Your Website for End-of-Year Fundraising

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

The year-end giving season always offers a unique opportunity to engage with your members, donors, and volunteers. It’s a busy time for fundraising, which means you’re competing with a lot of other nonprofits and causes for their attention and support.

5 Types of Corporate Giving that Position Companies as Valued Corporate Citizens

Givinga

Corporate citizenship delivers measurable business value when companies leverage their core competencies to address environmental, social, or governance issues.

The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 76: Visual Storytelling: A Picture is Worth 60,000 Words

Connection Cafe

Storytelling is important in the social good community. It’s through stories that donors become interested and engaged in an organization and its cause. It’s not enough to just tell the stories in words.

AI for Nonprofits and Social Good: Link Roundup

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Allison Fine and I have been actively researching and writing about AI for Social Good and Nonprofits with an eye towards our next book. Most recently, we co-authored a policy brief for the Toda Peace Institute on the age of automation and it implications for civil society.

40 Free Nonprofit Webinars For December 2018

Wild Apricot Blog

Here are all the free nonprofit webinars I could find happening in the month of December

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6 Reasons Why We’re Thankful for Nonprofits

NonProfit Hub

Now is the perfect time to reflect on all the blessings 2018 has brought us. One thing we’re especially grateful for is the nonprofit sector and all the great work it’s done this year (and every year). Here are six reasons why we’re thankful for the work nonprofits do each and every day. They provide hope. In a world where we’re constantly hearing about natural disasters, social injustices and countless other problems on the news , nonprofits serve as a glimpse of hope.

How Board Members Can Support their Executive Director: An Executive Director’s Wish List

BoardAssist

As New York’s leading personalized board matching service, folks come to BoardAssist asking us for a board they can join where they can be a true agent of change. Once placed with their dream board, one of the questions we are most often asked is “how can I support my nonprofit’s leadership?”

Our EveryAction Hero: Middle East Children's Alliance

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The Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) works to protect the rights and improve the lives of children in the Middle East through aid, empowerment and education. This year they're celebrating 30 years of serving the region. With programs ranging from education, sports, income generation and more, we’re proud to stand with such an incredible organization! Earlier this month I spoke with MECA’s Development Director, Deborah Agre, to talk about some recent campaigns as well as year-end strategy!

Optimize Your Nonprofit Fundraising Team with Human Data

Connection Cafe

At this year’s bbcon, the Blackbaud Institute was thrilled to welcome Tim Kachuriak to give a presentation on what he knows best: how to optimize your team with data.

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#MyGivingStory Contest 2018

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I am thrilled to be a judge for #MyGivingStory 2018! So, of course, I want to encourage you to share your giving story and compete for cash grants for your favorite nonprofit organization.