September, 2014

How to Find a Nonprofit Job After Election Day

EveryAction

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.

VolunteerMark

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

Connection Cafe

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

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

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?

3rd Sector Labs

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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Infographic: Optimizing Your Nonprofit Donation Page

TechImpact

With online donations to nonprofit organizations on the rise, the onus is on the nonprofit to make the donation process as simple as possible. The point is to make donating through your nonprofit secure website simple, easy, and fast.

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AFP Blog

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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11 Donation Form Optimization Stats You’ll Wish You’d Known Yesterday [INFOGRAPHIC]

Connection Cafe

Donation for optimization is a key part of online fundraising success and a great way to boost donor acquisition. But sadly, so many nonprofits are doing it all wrong.

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

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

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

3rd Sector Labs

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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Infographic: What Your Social Media Followers Hate About Your Posts

TechImpact

Twitter and its other social media feeds is your nonprofit’s public voice. It’s an extension of your nonprofit that should not be taken lightly. Your social media manager should be central to your nonprofit’s communications strategies.

United Way Becomes Largest Nonprofit to Accept Bitcoin

AFP Blog

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

VolunteerMark

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

Accessibility: 5 Lessons for a Better Nonprofit Website

Connection Cafe

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.

Unlocking Technology-for-Good Innovation

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

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?

SocialFish

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*).

Why Email Still Matters To Nonprofit Marketing

TechImpact

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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Bitcoin: how the charity RNLI is using the digital currency

AFP Blog

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?

VolunteerMark

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

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

Connection Cafe

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!).

Master Class on Creating Startup Tech Social Enterprises

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

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?

SocialFish

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.

10 Tips For #GivingTuesday Donation Form Optimization

TechImpact

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%.

Crowdfunding for Nonprofits | Stanford Social Innovation Review

AFP Blog

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?

VolunteerMark

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

Connection Cafe

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.

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

VisionLink

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

SocialFish

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Volunteers Or Donors: The Millennial Question

TechImpact

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.

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

AFP Blog

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

VolunteerMark

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

Introducing Blackbaud’s Portfolio of Fundraising and Relationship Management Solutions

Connection Cafe

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.

Advancing Reading Equality with Bookshare’s Exponential Growth

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

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.

Are The Signs Pointing to the Demise of Google+ ?

SocialFish

This post originally appeared on Mizz Information. —————-. As much as I liked the concept of Google+ (or is it Google Plus? There still seems to be no consensus), I can’t say I’ve used it a ton.

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

TechImpact

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.

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

AFP Blog

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

VolunteerMark

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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