February, 2018

For Sale for a Cause: Greenleaf

Judi Sohn

If you want background on what I’m doing this year, read this post first. No doubt, this was one of my favorite projects to date. The yarn and pattern worked together beautifully. The pattern is Greenleaf by Anna Victoria. The yarn is Twister Fiber Art Arial Evolution in the Mirage colorway.

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Making Sense of Social Media Advocacy in 2018

Connection Cafe

This article is the first installment of a four-part series examining digital challenges and opportunities for nonprofits in 2018. Let’s start with the big question: is Facebook worth it?

3 Ways to Use Social Media to Grow Membership

SocialFish

This post originally appeared on MC Talks. ——-. There are thousands upon thousands of associations out there, but one thing all associations have in common: They all want to grow! Now you may have a growth strategy in place (as part of your association’s strategic plan), but does that growth strategy incorporate social media? If not, you may want to consider adding that in, as social media is typically a fairly cheap and easy way to reach new eyes.

Five TED Talks for Nonprofit Professionals

NonProfit Hub

As nonprofits, sometimes we need a little extra inspiration to keep doing what we do. We work in a sector that sets out to change the lives of others, and for that reason we need to understand where others come from first.

Nonprofits! This Is How to Use Facebook’s Fundraising Tools

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Through a process of trial and error, the Beagle Freedom Project is learning how to effectively use Facebook’s Fundraising Tools and they are being rewarded with more than likes and hearts – their followers are donating!

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Bookmark This: 2018 Social Media Image Sizes

SocialFish

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The Importance of the Thank You: Creating an Attitude of Gratitude

NonProfit Hub

Sponsored by Network for Good. From early childhood, we are taught the magic words: thank you. I don’t have to tell you that these two simple words can make or break the relationship between an organization and its donors.

6 Technology Concepts Nonprofits Need to Understand in 2018

Nonprofit Tech for Good

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Break Your Mobile Phone Addiction: There’s An App for That and More

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Having trouble getting that mobile phone out of your hands and checking it when you need to focus on work? There’s an app that can help you break your mobile phone addiction and it makes it fun. The app is called Forest that turns putting down your phone into a game. Here’s how it works.

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For Sale for a Cause: Forest Nymph

Judi Sohn

For an update of what I’m doing this year, read this post. I’m pleased to say that because I teased this one out on Facebook first, it already has a bid of $400! If this bid survives, the funds will go to Everytown for Gun Safety. If you would like to place a higher bid, you have until March 5th to leave a comment. The pattern is ‘Forest Nymph,’ another beautiful design by Alla Borisova.

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Top Ten Reasons to Streamline Your Grant Cycle with Automated Processes

Connection Cafe

With healthcare in a constant state of change, it’s hard to keep up, much less excel as a provider. Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), also known as Community Health Clinics, are further challenged as they manage federal funding and other financial support.

In Facebook We Trust. Why?

SocialFish

This post originally appeared on Mizz Information. As baffling and rage/fear/frustration-inducing as the 24/7 political news cycle is, another–admittedly, much lower key– narrative has been snagging my attention lately: Facebook.

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing a Fundraising Appeal Letter

NonProfit Hub

The fundraising appeal letter is a difficult one to pen. At its foundation, you’re asking people to part with their hard-earned money , so you’re going to need to present them with a solid case that they’ll understand and connect with.

Are Participant Demographics the Most Useful Single Measure of Community Impact?

Museum 2.0

Let's say you want your organization to be rooted in your community. To be of value to your community. To reflect and represent your community. To help your community grow stronger. What indicator would determine the extent to which your organization fulfills these aspirations?

Trainer’s Notebook: The Importance of Hands-On Learning

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

For the past five years, I’ve been an adjunct professor at Middlebury College in Monterey teaching a graduate course called “ Networked International Organizations ” for students pursuing an advanced degree in International Development.

Newly Released! The 2018 Global NGO Technology Report

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Now in its third year, the 2018 Global NGO Technology Report is based upon the survey results of 5,352 NGOs from 164 countries.

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Boost Your Nonprofit Feasibility Study: 4 Key Strategies

Connection Cafe

If your nonprofit has ever launched a big fundraising campaign (like a capital campaign or an annual fundraising campaign), it’s pretty likely that you conducted a feasibility study to get prepared.

Global Report Shares Technology Habits of NGOs Around the World

SocialFish

Public Interest Registry , the nonprofit operator of the.org domain, and Nonprofit Tech for Good recently released the results of the “ 2018 Global NGO Technology Report.”

[INFOGRAPHIC] The Elements of Effective Storytelling

NonProfit Hub

Storytelling is such an important feature for those looking at new ways to market themselves. And for nonprofits, the opportunity to build a donor base using stories is evergreen. Let’s look at how you can take advantage of effective storytelling.

5 Steps to Thanking Donors So They’ll Never Forget You

John Haydon

Giving makes us feel good. That’s why we do it. And if you want donors to keep doing it, you need to keep the feeling going. You begin that process with a great thank you. Craft something meaningful – to the donor This is not an opportunity to praise your organization or its work. […].

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Let’s #ReclaimSocial Media for Social Good

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Earlier this week, I had the honor of kicking off the first day of a week of workshops for 50 women’s right leaders from the United States through a program called “ Tech2EmpowerUSA.”

How Much Money do People Really Give on Nonprofit Boards? Read BoardAssist’s 2018 Annual Report on Nonprofit Giving for all the Answers

BoardAssist

How much money do people really give on nonprofit boards? We know you want to know! That’s why BoardAssist compiles this data every year from the hundreds of nonprofits we serve and shares it with the nonprofit community.

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5 Ways to Thrive in the Trust Crisis

Connection Cafe

For the last 18 years, Edelman, the big PR firm, has done a world-wide survey of how much people trust government, media, nonprofits and business. In 2017, the headline from their Trust Barometer was “Trust has Imploded!”

Using Hashtags for Nonprofit Marketing: Tips & Tricks

SocialFish

Studies have shown that posts with a hashtag have an engagement that is 12.6% higher than posts that don’t use hashtags. The power of hashtags is undeniable. People use them to search for the posts they want and marketers use them to find their way to relevant customers.

Step Away From the Plaque (And Get to Know Your Donors)

NonProfit Hub

Recently, I found myself in a development team meeting with an age-old topic on the agenda: the annual stewardship plan. Our team leader for this meeting kicked off the conversation with a question: W hat would be the perfect stewardship piece to deliver to top donors this year ?

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4 Editorial Best Practices All Nonprofits Should Adopt

John Haydon

We know from years of research, including the 2018 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report by Nonprofit Marketing Guide, that nonprofits that use editorial best practices are much more likely to produce effective communications.

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A Powerful Way for Nonprofits To Avoid Collaborative Overload

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Online collaboration tools and platforms give nonprofits the opportunity for connectivity and collaboration internally as well as with external stakeholders like volunteers and board members. And, that’s a good thing.

46 Free Nonprofit Webinars for March 2018

Wild Apricot Blog

Here are 46 free nonprofit webinars for March, 2018

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How the University of Minnesota Leveraged Social Ambassadors for Giving Day

Connection Cafe

“What’s next?” is becoming a common question for digital fundraising strategists. We’re hearing it about online giving days, about crowdfunding, about email – and now we’re starting to field the same question about peer-to-peer or online ambassador programs.

Why Social Media Takeovers Can Work for Your Association

SocialFish

This post originally appeared on MC Talks. Have you ever seen a takeover on social media? Usually, this is when a student, employee, or key constituent takes over a company or organization’s social media for the day. It’s done on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat – all the major channels.

The Times They Are A-Changin’: Adapting to a Shifting Industry

NonProfit Hub

My staff and I recently noticed a shift in our SEO statistics and started looking at what our data analytics showed for our blog in 2017. The data showed that 49 percent of our readers are ages 18-34. This was a surprise to us. For years, our audience fell in the 45-54 age group. Now, as we learned, our audience is younger than it’s ever been, and we’ve been adapting. More importantly, I think this shift represents changes we’re seeing in the nonprofit sector in general.

Editorial Calendars: The Secret Weapon of Communications Effectiveness

John Haydon

You have too much content to create, too many communications channels to manage and too little time for any of it, right? The urgent overtakes the important. Priorities get lost in the chaos. You can’t get everyone on the same page. You are not alone. This is very common in nonprofits.

Breaking through the Noise on Social Media: How to run a Twitter Chat That Spotlights Your Nonprofit’s Impact

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Breaking through the Noise on Social Media: How to run a Twitter Chat That Spotlights Your Nonprofit’s Impact – guest post by Neil Parekh. Every second, on average, around 6,000 tweets are posted to Twitter.

How to Write a Newsletter Your Members Will Actually Want to Read

Wild Apricot Blog

Does your digital newsletter have low engagement? Here's how to write a newsletter your members actually want to read