September, 2016

Measuring What Matters: How Funders and Nonprofits Can Leverage Data and Technology for Impact

Connection Cafe

I had the pleasure of attending the Mission Capital Conference in Austin, Texas, a unique opportunity to convene with an energized group of thought leaders in the social good space.

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Do You Work for A Nonprofit That Promotes A Culture of Wellbeing in the Workplace?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Gabriela Schneider, Chief Communications Officer at Issue One.

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12 Not-So-Great Realities About Nonprofits and Social Media

Nonprofit Tech for Good

For more than a decade the blogosphere has touted the power and promise of social media (this blog included) , but there is also a downside to using social media for your nonprofit.

Five Lies You Tell Yourself About Nonprofit Culture

NonProfit Hub

The best nonprofits are adaptable. Being able to roll with the punches and problem-solve on the fly takes organizations from short-term to the long-haul. At the core of all that change, though, an organization needs something to keep it grounded: a solid culture.

Do You Have the Right Volunteer Culture?


All associations and membership organizations have two distinct workforces: staff and volunteers. And if we’re honest, we’ll admit that we have a love/hate relationship with the volunteer side. We love them because they end up producing a significant volume of work—without pay.

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10 Website Design and Email Marketing Best Practices for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The rapid rise of social media and mobile technology has had a profound impact on website design and email marketing, yet many nonprofits have not yet adapted to the new aesthetics and functionality of a mobile, social Internet.

How to Create a Successful Year-End Giving Campaign

NonProfit Hub

Donors are making their list, they’re checking it twice and they’re gonna find out which nonprofits have been naughty or nice. That’s right, nonprofits receive 50% of their annual donations in the last three months of the year—is your nonprofit ready for year-end giving?

Four Untrue Myths of Association Innovation that Stop Us in Our Tracks


Myths are stories that are intended to teach us. Don’t fly too high but also don’t fly too low, said Icarus’s dad. But there are also stories that keep us stuck.

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5 Ways to Get Your Facebook Content Seen by More People


Facebook recently changed its algorithm again. This can have a major impact on your work if you run a nonprofits Facebook page. TechCrunch has been studying these changes over time and shared some useful tips on how to keep your nonprofit's Facebook page engagement up.

Social Ambassadors Bring P2P Success to End-of-Year Campaigns

Connection Cafe

Over the past several years, much has been written about the rise of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Fundraising. However, with end-of-year fundraising quickly approaching, a new flavor of peer-to-peer fundraising is becoming more popular: using social ambassadors to amplify traditional online campaigns.

7 Tips to Make You A Stronger Facilitator

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: As a trainer and someone who teachers other trainers, I’ve been obsessed with improving my facilitation skills and written a lot about it on this blog. I’m always up for a conversation with other facilitators about shop talk and getting tips for improving my practice.

5 Creative Ways to Engage Supporters with Instagram Stories (With Examples)

John Haydon

Instagram Stories create an extra layer of visibility for your nonprofit – whenever you want that visibility. Like Snapchat, Instagram Stories last for 24 hours. And like Snapchat, stories are told in a series of pictures and videos.

Where You Should be Spending the Most Time with Donors

NonProfit Hub

The clock is consistently and constantly ticking – 86,400 times a day, to be exact. Despite the seemingly monumental amount of seconds, there never seems to be enough time in a day. Time is a precious resource for fundraisers. So when it comes to divvying up your time among donors, it’s crucial to maximize every second and every minute. There’s nothing worse than wasting precious time on a prospect that will never be fruitful.

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6 Ways to Engage Nonprofit Volunteers


Tip o the hat to Elevation for this one! photo credit ). Cool Infographic Friday

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Three Ways Your Nonprofit Can Use Snapchat


Snapchat is taking the social media world by storm, and it’s time that nonprofits embrace the growing trend.

Amplify #GivingTuesday with Social Ambassadors

Connection Cafe

Fueled by the power of social media, #GivingTuesday has emerged as the largest day of giving with $116M raised, 114M Twitter impression, and 1.3M social media mentions. The single biggest reason for it’s viral success is the collective action of sharing on social media.

Resource: The Social Media Toolkit for Nonprofits

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The Skills Platform and Zoe Amar have created the Social Media Toolkit to aid professionals within the charity and third sectors. I’m thrilled to have contributed a chapter. There are many guides to digital and social media. From Dummies guides to video tutorials, it’s all out there.

Why We Switched from Drupal to WordPress (And Why Maybe You Shouldn’t)


Last week we launched a new website and switched from Drupal to WordPress. But I need to warn you: Do not copy us. Idealware is known for its research publications and training on how to choose technology solutions, so a lot of people ask us what we use in house.

Why Donor Cultivation is the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

NonProfit Hub

In the world of fundraising, donor cultivation is king. People get sweaty palms over doing the ask, but if you’ve done cultivation right, the gift is like ripe fruit falling from the tree. Too often organizations skimp on donor cultivation. Why spend time on donor cultivation?

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Three Engagement Myths, Busted.


No Feeds Found. ICMYI – in case you missed them, here’s a selection of Jamie’s posts on Association Success from August, each “busting a myth” about engagement. The Employee Engagement Trap.

Lies, Damn Lies, and Nonprofit Statistics

John Haydon

Nearly two years ago, I set out on a journey to understand how nonprofits and the social good sector uses data. What I found along the way is revealed in the new book Data Driven Nonprofits. An important topic that I wanted to tackle was the proliferation of bad statistics.

5 Cases for Building Nonprofit Operating Reserves

Connection Cafe

In the annual State of the Sector Survey, Nonprofit Finance Fund reports that recovery of the US economy hasn’t addressed the systemic and perpetual funding challenges facing nonprofits (2015).

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The Happy Healthy Social Change Activist: Passion for a Cause without Burnout

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last week I was honored to be a counselor at Museum Camp , an annual professional development event hosted by the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH).

Lessons Learned From Our Website Content Migration


Over the past decade, we’ve published a lot of content at Idealware—more than 2,000 articles, reports, blog posts, and other resources—so when we decided to redesign our website, we knew that content migration would be a huge part of the effort.

How to Turn Volunteer Opportunities into a Job (For the Employer and Employee)

NonProfit Hub

People are constantly looking for jobs at businesses that best fit them while employers are simultaneously looking for employees that fit their needs. Traditional hiring processes aren’t always the ideal way to complete the process. How much can somebody really learn in a few interviews?

27 things CRM can do for you


People working in the field of sales and marketing might be familiar with CRM or Customer Relationship Management software.

Google Will Penalize Popups on Mobile Sites


Nonprofits raise a lot of money off of homepage and interior page popups and overlays, especially during year-end fundraising and urgent campaigns.

The Future of Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

Connection Cafe

It’s safe to say that our peer-to-peer fundraising world is different today than it was ten years ago—or even two years ago. Today, there are more nonprofit organizations, more events, and more competition for participants and dollars.

#40BetterHours: The Art of Single Tasking

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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How to Recruit Volunteers from Your Email List

Wild Apricot Blog

If you’re sending emails to your contact list, asking for volunteers, but not getting a lot of response, it’s likely that your emails are getting lost in your recipients’ inboxes. Here's one simple thing you can do to get your emails to stand out. Volunteers personalization email emails

How to Decide if the Nonprofit Sector is Right for You | Part 2

NonProfit Hub

This is the second part of a two-part article exploring a potential career transition to a nonprofit position. In the previous segment , overall large picture differences between for-profit and nonprofit were discussed, with the seasoned executive in mind.

Treat Digital Like Real Property


This post originally appeared on the Tanzen Consulting Blog. —— I am planning to sell a house soon. To prepare for the taxes that will need to be paid, my financial advisor told me I can deduct improvements from the cost basis when determining the capital gains on the property.

How To Convert Donors And Subscribers On Your Website


Yesterday on the Care2 Engagement Blog we discussed 20 of our favorite email fundraising tips that nonprofits should be leveraging. But what about your website? Is it effectively converting donors and subscribers? Here's four website tips to start generating those conversions.

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Pep Talk for Your 2016 Year-End Campaign Strategy

Connection Cafe

The next 100 days (give or take) will play a major role in the following 365 days to come. After all, how year-end giving ends will impact the possibilities for future mission-fulfilling activities and fundraising programs.