September, 2014

How to Find a Nonprofit Job After Election Day


The end of the campaign trail is in sight and while it’s hard to think much about anything besides GOTV stats and your campaign team’s eventual glory on November 4th, you can’t help but think: What’s next?

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Volunteering as part of everyday life.


What systems do you have in place for getting to know your volunteers? How do you tailor volunteer opportunities to match the professional background of your volunteers? How can we, as coordinators, commit ourselves to making volunteering a part of everyday life for our communities?

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Design a Fundraising Appeal that Raises More this December

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Email is one of the most important communication channels for your nonprofit. It also happens to be the top driver of online donations , generating 35% of gifts. However, designing an email campaign or appeal today is very different than it was even five years ago.

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Open Source and the Promise of Sustainable Nutrition Security

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Recently I had the opportunity to get introduced to Gerald Nelson , senior climate change researcher and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Does your charity have too much data?

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How do you know when your organization is storing and using too much data? We were asked this question recently – and it’s a great question.

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Why Email Still Matters To Nonprofit Marketing


The numbers don’t lie. According to a recent study conducted by ExactTarget , 77% of consumers prefer to receive marketing communications through email.

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Material on Storytelling and a contest from Tech Soup. Storymakers 2014 This webinar is part of a series of events supporting our Storymakers 2014 Contest , which is happening now through September 26, 2014.

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Accessibility: 5 Lessons for a Better Nonprofit Website

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Feature photo: Used by permission with grateful acknowledgement to Evan Strong and Jesse Billauer of Life Rolls On (Venice Beach, CA). Hear this, friends. Almost 5% of Americans are color blind and another 9% have trouble seeing even while wearing glasses.

Team-Up for Textbooks: Volunteer to Help Students with Disabilities

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The new school year is in full swing, yet across the U.S., all too many students with print disabilities might not have the textbooks they need for class. To meet that need, the Benetech Volunteer Program is piloting a new initiative—and we’re inviting you to join us!

It’s that time of year: your 8-step fundraising data checklist

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September has arrived. Kids are headed back to school. Fall will be here before you know it … and so will your big year-end fundraising appeal. Are you ready? Have you completed your fundraising data checklist? What are we talking about – a fundraising DATA checklist? This is the time of year when fundraising teams are pouring their available time, energy and talents into perhaps the most important task of the year.

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10 Tips For #GivingTuesday Donation Form Optimization


Image courtesy of SmashingForms. With #GivingTuesday right around the corner, your nonprofit’s donation page could use some sprucing up. Overall charitable giving grew by 4.9% in 2013, and online donations grew by an astonishing 14%.

United Way Becomes Largest Nonprofit to Accept Bitcoin

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United Way Becomes Largest Nonprofit to Accept Bitcoin Nonprofit United Way Worldwide announced today that it now acceptsdonations in bitcoin, becoming the latest charitable institution toadopt the digital currency into its operations. NPBitcoin

How to recruit paid volunteers


Businesses are paying their employees to volunteer, and this trend is growing. Read on to see how you can take advantage of this to recruit dedicated volunteer into your cause by connecting with businesses offering this benefit

What Humans of New York Can Teach You About End of Year Fundraising

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It’s the beginning of September and, as if you haven’t already heard this about a thousand times, the end of year is really almost here. That means that in 115 days, the biggest giving day of the year will be upon us. Download this awesome new eBook to make sure you’re prepared!).

Unlocking Technology-for-Good Innovation

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At Benetech, we advance technology applications that empower and protect underprivileged populations, and that also have the potential to become financially self-sustaining enterprises. This keeps us focused on projects that offer the greatest social impact for the resources invested.

What is Influencer Marketing?


Short answer – human to human interaction. Here I am with a short video on influencer marketing, filmed as part of Encore Alert ‘s League of Extraordinary Marketers series (*blush*).

Volunteers Or Donors: The Millennial Question


A lot of emphasis has been placed on the importance of corralling the next generation of donors. More specifically, the Millennial, Generation Y, or the ‘DigiGen.’. Whatever you want to call them , there’s no doubting their importance in funding the nonprofit sector in future decades.

Bitcoin: how the charity RNLI is using the digital currency

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Why did RNLI decide to use Bitcoins? The idea came from our research into future trends and changes that may impact on the RNLI. Basically, it looked likely that we would receive digital currency as a donation and/or as part of a legacy at some point and we wanted to be prepared for that eventuality. While researching, we became aware that using Bitcoin could expose the RNLI to new audiences.

Do ice buckets really make a difference?


Can ice bucketers really make a difference? Join the conversation this week as we question the notion that a viral social media campaign can lead to genuine engagement with a cause. We''ll consider the challenge, and evidence that your non-profit may be able to find much more effective tools

Emotions vs. Numbers| Developing the Right Strategy for Your Next Fundraising Appeal

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There are two ways these posts about soliciting donors start: Either we begin with a metaphor about how asking a donor for time or money is like a. some sort of romantic proposition (prom, date, marriage), or b.

Master Class on Creating Startup Tech Social Enterprises

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I''m looking forward to teaching a Master Class at San Francisco''s Presidio Graduate School on September 18th. Current Presidio MBA student and Benetech team member Julie Noblitt wrote a generous blog post about the master class last week. Julie is not our only connection to Presidio: alum Kristina Pappas runs International Bookshare for Benetech. Should be exciting to interact with more Presidio students!

Why is your content strategy failing?


It is important to understand that it is not enough to just have a content marketing strategy in place. It should have the ability to make a difference in your organization, and should also help in attracting new members.

[Part 1] Make A Case For Your Nonprofit’s CRM


Image courtesy of Waiting for the Elevator. A CRM can do a host of things for your nonprofit. From project management, to boosting donations, to better constituent management. A CRM is a transitive and powerful software that has the potential to change your nonprofit.

Crowdfunding for Nonprofits | Stanford Social Innovation Review

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Crowdfunding for Nonprofits | Stanford Social Innovation Review : "Used strategically, crowdfunding helps nonprofits build meaningful engagement, inform their work, spread their messages, and expand their donor base to increase their overall funding and impact. Crowdfunding is still a relatively new concept, and many nonprofits face the same questions when considering it for the first time. Here’s a look at some of the most common questions:" ''via Blog this''. NPCrowdFundiing NPCrowdfunding

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What if everyone had one cause they dedicated themselves to?


Now that we''ve spent the last few weeks chatting about ways to recruit long-term volunteers, let''s talk about the ''why''. Why is this important? Why should we prioritize long-term over short-term volunteers (in most cases)? How can this show volunteers how they can change the world?

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Introducing Blackbaud’s Portfolio of Fundraising and Relationship Management Solutions

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This week, Blackbaud shared our product portfolio strategy for 2015 and beyond, including the highly-anticipated plan for the future of the Raiser’s Edge solution line.

Please Join VisionLink In Welcoming Aaron Titus To Our Proud Family!


VisionLink is honored to welcome yet another resident specialist to our ever-growing VisionLink team. As the new Disaster Product Manager for VisionLink, Aaron comes from an extensive and distinguished background.

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Association Social Media: Philanthropy Ohio


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Twitter Analytics And Your Nonprofit


Analytics serve as a window into the effectiveness of your nonprofit’s content marketing. It’s importance to understanding what content is driving engagement, and what content is not resonating with your audience.

3 Responsive Design Trends I'm Digging and Which Nonprofits are Working Them Best | npENGAGE

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3 Responsive Design Trends I''m Digging and Which Nonprofits are Working Them Best | npENGAGE As we head into Fall of 2014, (yes, I prefer to skip August as a Texas resident) we approach the 3-year anniversary of Responsive Design. The famous Boston Globe website launched in September of 2011 as one of the first fully responsive sites and now it almost seems there’s a mandate to go responsive. resident) we approach the 3-year anniversary of Responsive Design.

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An alternative to ice bucketers and slacktivists


Building on Monday''s conversation that questioned the ice-bucket challenge, today we talk why 100 dedicated volunteers are better than 10,000 slacktivists. Read on for a chat about this and several strategies you can use today to recruit genuine activists into your cause

How to Plan the Fall Fundraiser Everyone Will Be Talking About

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We’ve almost made it through the sweaty summer season and fall—in all its chilly glory—is knocking anxiously at our doors.

Advancing Reading Equality with Bookshare’s Exponential Growth

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At Benetech, we always ask ourselves how our existing successful programs can reach more people who need our services and how we can apply technology in new ways to enrich and improve more lives. I’m thrilled to share with you some of the recent amazing impact of Bookshare , a Benetech Global Literacy initiative and the largest accessible online library of copyrighted content for people with print disabilities.

How to Use Content Curation To Grow Your Online Presence


Guest post by Don Sturgill. ————-. In the not-too-distant past, information could be difficult to come by. One might need to travel to a large library, special collections or the headquarters of an association to get technical data. The Internet changed all that.

How Baby Boomers Use The Internet


Image courtesy of Modern Senior. The frequency of online giving ballooned in 2013, increasing by 14% in 2013. The huge increase in revenue generated by online donations also helped fundraisers realize their market is now, firmly, online.

Angie Moore: I Don't Understand the Bitcoin Opportunity for Fundraising : FundRaising Success

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Angie Moore: I Don''t Understand the Bitcoin Opportunity for Fundraising : FundRaising Success There''s been a lot of chatter in the nonprofit industry aboutBitcoin. Whether we are comfortable or not, that chatter will only growlouder in the near future. From nonprofit organizations to political campaigns, more and moreinformation about how Bitcoin is being used to raise funds is coming tolight.

A short guide to businesses who are paying volunteers


We''ve talked about ways you can recruit paid volunteers - today, let''s get specific and explore the types of businesses you want to recruit at in order to find paid volunteers

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