Sat.Apr 08, 2017 - Fri.Apr 14, 2017

4 Ways Data and Analytics Can Help Nonprofits Achieve Positive ROI

Connection Cafe

My recent paper, Remarkably Outstanding Implementation: The Foundation for Positive ROI with Target Analytics , is now available.

The Fast Lane: More Ways to Speed Up Your WordPress Site

Byte Technology

As wonderful as the WordPress content management system is, by its very nature—capable of supporting hundreds of different themes, thousands of plugins and so much more—it can be quite slow at times.

It's Good to be Alive Today!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I am still on the Skoll high Just back from my week in Oxford with my head buzzing and Michael Franti's social change anthem "Good to be Alive Today" ringing in my ears. It's hard to explain why this is the one conference a year I always make the time for. It's a powerful mix of inspiration, singing, ideas and most importantly, peer brainstorming. I have more than a year's worth of ideas for social good. Let me share just a few!

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8 Long-Term Health Benefits of Volunteering

NonProfit Hub

Sponsored by Reward Volunteers. The impact of volunteerism can be felt in communities of all shapes and sizes. No matter the size of the community, though, the impact of volunteerism is always huge. Wherever it occurs, volunteering exists to help others.

Engagement Strategies to Turn Nonprofit Board Members into Ambassadors for Your Cause

Connection Cafe

Engaged board members are instrumental advocates and ambassadors for your nonprofit organization. Identifying and securing them can be challenging, but once they join your mission, they become an invaluable resource.

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[Tips for Nonprofits] The Art and Science of Persuasive Fundraising

Connection Cafe

A while ago, I read a book called Influence Science and Practice by Robert B. Cialdini. In this book Cialdini wrote about why he was always duped into buying Girl Scout cookies. Each year, he was persuaded to buy more boxes than the year before.

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Trainer’s Notebook: Online Interaction Tools To Engage Your Audience in the Room and Beyond

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This past month I’ve done several workshops where I experimented with different audience online interaction tools to engage people in the room as well as a remote audience tuning in through a live video stream. These were workshops at Cause Camp , Global Giving , and the Hartford Foundation.

Succession Strategy: Mapping the Next Generation of Leadership

NonProfit Hub

I always find it a little funny when I hear someone say, “The future is now.”. My immediate thought tends to be, “ But what does that even mean?” Frankly, it sounds like somebody is trying to be a little too philosophical.

How to Promote a Cause on Facebook


The integration of social media in marketing has changed the game forever. Pushing a more socialized agenda by allowing for greater user participation is doing wonders for cause promotion, in particular.

Embracing the Point of Impact Together: Outcomes Measurement Tips for Funders and Nonprofits

Connection Cafe

One of the most exciting parts of 2017 for me so far has been to see how many nonprofit organizations and foundations are becoming more and more passionate about outcomes measurement.

Advance Your Nonprofit’s Digital Strategy to the Next Level


We have some exciting news for you. Care2, hjc, NTEN, and Resource Alliance have just released the 2017 Digital Outlook Report. The report contains data collected from 530 nonprofit professionals in more than 20 countries.

7 Best Practices to Create a High-Traffic Campaign Website

NonProfit Hub

Recently, there’s been a notable uptick in the number of campaign websites being built and shared (likely due to something that happened last year ).

Know Your Culture, Show Your Culture: The Authenticity Project #MMCon


Powerful video requires authenticity. Authenticity is rooted in alignment between your internal culture and your external communications. It’s not about being cool , but about being what’s core to you and your organization. And then, about being able to talk about it in a trustworthy way.

What’s Really Driving the Increase in Online Giving?

Connection Cafe

If you’re like most nonprofits and charitable organizations you’re seeing growth in online giving. How fast is your online giving growing? Maybe 25% or more? The latest figures from the Blackbaud Index for Canadian giving and U.S. giving both show that online giving continues to grow approximately 7% year over year, while overall giving remains relatively flat, growing only 1-3% per year. So what’s driving this increase in online giving ?

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Introducing Abbott Square Part 6: Two Prioritization Techniques We Used to Negotiate a Great Lease

Museum 2.0

This is the sixth in a series of posts on the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History ( MAH )'s development of Abbott Square , a new creative community plaza in downtown Santa Cruz. Imagine this situation: you’re about to negotiate a long-term partnership for a massive expansion project.

[LIVE PODCAST] Your Fundraising Fix, Tips & Tricks

NonProfit Hub

Cause Camp 2017 was our best year yet. We had live t-shirts being printed, breakout yoga and meditation sessions, service work for a local nonprofit, oh… and a stellar lineup of thought leaders educating and interacting with attendees. On both day one and two, we had our emcee Marc Pitman host a panel with a few of our brightest minds in the house.

Latest Association & Nonprofit Jobs – April 12


Here are some cool jobs, hand-picked by me, that you can find via the SocialFish job board ! We focus on jobs in social media , marketing , communications , PR , advocacy , and digital.

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How to Protect Yourself from the New ISP Law

Tech Soup Blog

On April 3, 2017, President Trump signed into law a bill that compromises consumers ' Internet privacy. Take a look at what this means for you as an Internet user and how you can protect yourself from these new rules. What Is the New Law?

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Top 5 Mobile Articles to Read This Week

Mobile Commons

Upland Software Expands Mobile Messaging Capabilities with Facebook Messenger Our press release that we joined Twilio’s Partner Program, and that our Platinum Success Plan Customers will be able to experience an early release of the Facebook Messenger functionality later this year.

Telling the story in a new way: Should arts leaders use impact evaluation?

ASU Lodestar Center

posted by Christopher Haines Artistic Director & Co-Founder, iTheatre Collaborative. To borrow from the song: “Art is a many splendored thing.” Difficult to objectify and quantify. Art is also very subjective. Again borrowing: “One man’s trash is another man’s art.” So, what is the value of art?

How Small Nonprofits Generate Thousands With Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

Wild Apricot Blog

If you were told to raise $5,000 by the end of the month, could you do it? There are seven key strategies that will help make your next peer-to-peer fundraiser the best success. Fundraising peer-to-peer

Highest Online Donations for Nonprofits in 2016

Tech Soup Blog

In 2016, overall charitable giving increased 1 percent and online giving was up 7.9 percent on a year-over-year basis. These results are based on the largest analysis of charitable giving data and come from the 2016 Charitable Giving Report.

Get Your Nonprofit Grant Funded By Asking These 5 Questions

John Haydon

Every nonprofit grant proposal is both a funding opportunity and a chance to share your vision and connect with a new audience. But how can you most effectively convey your message and compel foundations to support your program?

Top 5 Mobile Articles to Read This Week

Mobile Commons

Upland Software Expands Mobile Messaging Capabilities with Facebook Messenger Our press release that we joined Twilio’s Partner Program, and that our Platinum Success Plan Customers will be able to experience an early release of the Facebook Messenger functionality later this year. How Amazon’s Connect Could Impact Twilio, Zendesk, RingCentral Amazon Connect is a self-service contact center solution that aims to get call center up and running quickly, regardless of the center’s size.

24 Must-Watch Webinars for Nonprofit Professionals

Wild Apricot Blog

Here's a handy list of the top free nonprofit webinars sorted into categories like marketing, finance, and fundraising

Internet Safety for Children: What Charities and Libraries Should Know

Tech Soup Blog

We want to tell everyone about a new guide by MoneySavingPro that came out recently on child Internet safety. The guide includes online safety tips for children less than five years of age all the way up through teenage years.

Asking For Help Is A Good Thing

Eric Jacobsen Blog

If you are new to managing, or if you are struggling with a management dilemma, ask for help. There is no shame in asking for help. Seek the guidance of a colleague at work. Reach out to a mentor at or away from work. Turn to an online resource. Consult a book on managing.

Why Leaving Volunteer Management May Be the Best Thing for the Profession

Wild Apricot Blog

As a long-time volunteer manager, Elisa Kosarin has seen many colleagues move up and out of volunteer engagement, but she suggests not lament them. They’re the ones who will elevate the profession. volunteer management

High Velocity Hiring

Eric Jacobsen Blog

These statements from author Scott Wintrip convinced me to read his new book, High Velocity Hiring: How To Hire Top Talent In An Instant : "Hiring is broken. There's a new way to hire that's faster, efficient, and effective.

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How To Listen And Learn As A Leader

Eric Jacobsen Blog

In John Baldoni's book , The Leader's Guide to Speaking with Presence , he provides these tips for listening as a leader and learning as a leader: When Listening As A Leader : Look at people when they are speaking to you. Make eye contact. Ask open-ended questions, such as "Tell me about."

Leadership Books To Read During Spring Break

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Starting to choose which business books you'll bring along with you on Spring break this year? Here are some leadership books I highly recommend: Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Leadership Leadership Books Spring Break