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6 Fast Facts On The Future Of QR Codes For Nonprofit Fundraising


Image courtesy of Marketing. Quick Response (QR) codes are black and white, pixilated, square graphics that can be captured by smartphones, and instantly pull up a website.

The Nonprofit Weekly Roundup: Culture, Microsites, and The Kiss of Death

Connection Cafe

There were some pretty huge moments this week. Fashion Week came to a close in NYC. I purchased a blue wig. (I’ll I’ll explain at a later date. maybe.) President Obama publicly addressed the situation surrounding Syria. The iphone 5c was introduced.

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If a Metric Changes on a Spreadsheet and No One Notices, Does it Show Impact?

Amy Sample Ward

This post originally appeared on the NTEN blog – you can also read the full post and join the conversation on the website. —– I love data as much as the next person. Give me an interactive map, a pivot table, even a plain old pie chart and I’m happy. But, there’s more to being data-informed and more to what we should demand of our data, right? When it comes to focusing on the right data, I like to ask myself these two questions.

5 Must Haves for Every Good Blog Post


I run a Social Media Professionals Community on Google+, and I recently asked a few members of the community to provide 5 things they look for in a good blog post.

Cloud Computing Cheat Sheet For Nonprofits


Image courtesy of Data Hive. Cloud computing has been around for a while now, however that it is still not the easiest technology solution to understand.

Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 2c: Card Sorts

Connection Cafe

Note: This is the fourth in a series of posts about the Nonprofit Web Design Process. See the end of this post for a linked index of other posts in the series. Purposes. Card sorts are a form of usability testing that help us understand how users group and label content.

Is Your Website Turning Away Donors? | Inspiring Generosity

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Is Your Website Turning Away Donors? Inspiring Generosity : Recently, published a survey of millennials who were asked to respond to different nonprofit websites. The headline of the results, published on July 18, 2013, caught my eye. It reads, “75% of Young Donors Turned Off By Out-of-Date Web Sites.” The survey involved 2,600 people born between the years 1979-1994.

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Is your board asking these 5 questions about digital? They should be.


Just came across a good post by David Edelman that I thought was worth reposting, Five Digital Issues Every Board Should Be Focusing On.

Year-End Planning for Legacy Gifts Starts NOW!

Connection Cafe

It’s that time of year when the kids and grandkids are heading back to school and everyone’s getting organized. Thinking about year-end giving, documentation and tax-preparation for the coming year are on many people’s “To Do” list.

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Cell Internet Access | Pew Internet & American Life Project

AFP Blog

Cell Internet Access | Pew Internet & American Life Project : Nearly two-thirds (63%) of cell phone owners now use their phone to go online, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. We call them “cell internet users” and define them as anyone who uses their cell phone to access the internet or use email. Because 91% of all Americans now own a cell phone, this means that 57% of all American adults are cell internet users.

4 Sustainable Technology Tips For Nonprofit Start-Up


Image courtesy of For nonprofit startups, technology may be one of the farthest concerns. After all, what do you really need in the beginning? A computer, certainly. Maybe a website once the business plan and operations are well underway.

How Does Your Department Support Your Culture?


Back in July, over on the blog, I caught the attention of quite a few Human Resources people by sending an “ open letter” to HR , in which I effectively “broke up” with HR and told them I was going to go ahead and reinvent HR on my own, with or without their help.

How Do Canadians Give? The Answers May Surprise You!

Connection Cafe

by Michael Johnston, President and Founder, Hewitt and Johnston Consultants (hjc).

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ATTN Nonprofits: Facebook Now Recommends Pages in the News Feed

AFP Blog

ATTN Nonprofits: Facebook Now Recommends Pages in the News Feed : Facebook now also recommends pages in the news feed, but only if your nonprofit has opted-in to have your page recommended

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Fall Webinar Special for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Nonprofit Tech for Good offers a series of social and mobile media webinars ideal for training social and mobile media managers, communications and fundraising staff, and volunteers and interns.

The new content economy


Are you ready? Content strategy in a content economy from Rahel Anne Bailie. Contact us for help with your content strategy. Content Strategy Debunking the Hype From the Trenches Mobile Social, In Theory

Guess What? I’m Engaged!

Connection Cafe

Congratulations! Now what do you do? First, let’s consider what constitutes engagement. When working with organizations that rely heavily on direct mail programs, I often get asked what engagement means. There are dozens of “right” answers to this, but I define engagement as a multi-leveled strategy designed to foster personal relationships. “Multi-leveled” because engagement can be both “high touch” and “low touch”.

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Verizon Awards $20,000 Disaster Relief Grant to the American Red Cross for Colorado flood victims | Justmeans

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Verizon Awards $20,000 Disaster Relief Grant to the American Red Cross for Colorado flood victims | Justmeans : September 13, 2013 /3BL Media/ - What: The Verizon Foundation today approved a $20,000 disaster relief grant to the American Red Cross to support the agency’s relief efforts for Colorado residents. The grant will help those Coloradoans affected by the devastating flood waters in Boulder County and other parts of the state.

4 Nonprofits Using Office 365 To Further Their Missions


As of last Tuesday, Microsoft Citizenship is donating Office 365 to eligible nonprofits in 41 countries! Here are some some nonprofits already using Office 365 to make a difference, by spending less time and money on technology maintenance and more time on their foundation’s mission. National Development Council. “People are telling me that they feel more connected. It’s the little intricacies that really add value to people’s workday.”" ”" CTO, Antonio Palumbo.

Introducing ICF Interactive


This is where we work. We love it, and so will you. We can help you do great things. . Find out more here. ————— ( photo credit). SocialFish News

Museum 2.0 Rerun: Answers to the Ten Questions I Am Most Commonly Asked

Museum 2.0

This August/September, I am "rerunning" popular Museum 2.0 blog posts from the past. I''m amazed at how well most of the answers in this post hold up two-plus years later (though I would revise my answer to #8 if I were writing this today).

Columbus Foundation’s Big Give generates $10.5 million in donations, up from $8.5 million last time - Columbus - Business First

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Columbus Foundation’s Big Give generates $10.5 million in donations, up from $8.5 million last time - Columbus - Business First : The Columbus Foundation facilitated nearly $10.5 million in donations to 569 local nonprofits through its online fundraiser that wrapped up Wednesday morning

Communications In A Multi-Chapter Environment

Wild Apricot

Our Multi-Chapter Benchmarking Survey offered some insight on communications and website practices and challenges at multi-chapter organizations. Multi-Chapter-Benchmarking-Survey Multi-Chapter-Benchmarking

Hurry! Registration for the PCMP closes soon!


Not for long, but there’s still time to register for the Private Community Management Certificate Program , worth 8 CAE credit hours. Spaces are limited, but there’s still time to secure your spot! Need more info? Download this free preview of the content you’ll learn in the program!

Donor Retention or Acquisition: Which One Should You Focus On?

John Haydon

This is a guest post by Annie Lynsen of SmallAct. I came across an article on Lifehacker today about applying the “80/20 rule” to networking.

Large charities tell HMRC they might miss the deadline for the online Gift Aid system | Third Sector

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Large charities tell HMRC they might miss the deadline for the online Gift Aid system | Third Sector : The seven charities, including Scope, say their IT systems might not be ready when the new system comes into force on 1 October Seven of the UK’s large fundraising charities, including the disability charity Scope, have told HM Revenue & Customs that their IT systems might not be ready to claim Gift Aid under a new system next month.

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Retention Round-up

Wild Apricot

This week''s Apricot Jam link round-up offers four posts with great ideas and insight into both member and donor retention. Apricot Jam

Five ways to incentivize volunteers

ASU Lodestar Center

posted by Jason Rescka , Music Event Manager & Community Board Member. Garage Community & Youth Center. One of the greatest challenges facing nonprofit organizations is garnering volunteers and, more importantly, the right kind of individuals.

Buffalo’s Young Preservations Use SMS to Preserve Local History

Mobile Commons

A new SMS campaign from Buffalo’s Young Preservationists lets members of the Buffalo community text in images of local buildings to target them for preservation.

Olmert chat is offered in unconventional charity drive | JPost | Israel News

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Olmert chat is offered in unconventional charity drive | JPost | Israel News : The nonprofit organization Aleh is offering a video chat with Olmert as the prize in an unconventional online raffle that will help fund a mobility hoist that provides safe and dignified transport of children with severe disabilities

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5 Technology Stats From Over 500 Nonprofit Executives

TechImpact shares an infographic from InfoGroup , identifying the nonprofit technology gap by surveying over 500 nonprofit executives to find out how they are using or not using technology to achieve their organization’s mission.

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Help With Your Membership Blog

Wild Apricot

Here is a collection of information, tips and advice to help get your membership blog off to a great start this fall. Blogging membership

Something No One Ever Said

John Haydon

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Vodafone Foundation launches 2013 charity hackathon - mobility, smartphones, Vodafone, Hackathons, mobile apps - Development - Techworld

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Vodafone Foundation launches 2013 charity hackathon - mobility, smartphones, Vodafone, Hackathons, mobile apps - Development - Techworld : The Vodafone Foundation has launched the 2013 edition of its charity hackathon, App Aid. As with App Aid 2012, teams of developers will partner with charities for the event. The goal is to build prototype mobile apps to help the charities'' work.

Donate Your Brain! Microvolunteering at TechSoup

Tech Soup Blog

Volunteers add so much value to the work of TechSoup. Thier ideas, unique points of view, and diverse talents provide us with critical information and expertise, and greatly enhance our program activities.

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Four Tips to Attract the Best Tech Volunteers for Your Organization


This is the first in a series of guest posts written for Idealware by the staff of VolunteerMatch. This one comes from Senior Online Communications Manager Shari Ilsen. Volunteers are probably the single most valuable resource for your organization. Unfortunately, many nonprofits overlook one of the most impactful ways volunteers can help out: Technology.

Humor As Part of Nonprofit Social Content and Engagement Strategy: Hilarious Examples

Beth Kanter

According to a recent survey by OTX , 43% of respondents say they have shared content on social media sites because it is funny. And the reasons are not a mystery — people remember how you make them feel and making them chuckle, giggle, and laugh reduces stress and makes people feel good.