Sat.Aug 16, 2014 - Fri.Aug 22, 2014

The tool that every volunteer coordinator needs

VolunteerMark

How often has this happened to you - you interview a prospective volunteer, love their background, love what they offer, and love what they could bring to your movement, but you never hear from them beyond the initial interview? If this has happened to you (and I’m sure it has :).

Before You Hit Send: Your End of Year Fundraising Appeal Checklist

Connection Cafe

With the season of giving just around the corner, it’s crucial that your organization is prepared to capitalize on the generosity of your donors and potential donors. A well-crafted fundraising appeal is the integral piece to your year-end ask.

10 Donor Data Migration Decisions: Q&A with Gary Carr

3rd Sector Labs

Third Sector Labs recently presented a data migration webinar with host Bloomerang.

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VisionLink - Untitled Article

VisionLink

Sadly, this week marked the loss of one of the disaster response world’s strongest leaders and advocates. Joann Hale was one of the most influential, hard-working, and caring people we have ever had the pleasure of working with here at VisionLInk.

Will work for purpose

VolunteerMark

So you’re leading an organization whose lifeblood is volunteers – but how do you go about recruiting and retaining individuals who are just as sold out on your mission as you?

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The One Thing Successful Fundraisers Carry in Their Back Pockets

Connection Cafe

Meet Katie: When I first started working in the nonprofit sector, my job was to host learning opportunities for teen girls. Katie” was one of the first girls I ever met, a 12-year-old who loved ballet, soulful music, and chocolate chip cookies. Katie had also been born with a cleft lip.

The cold, hard truth about the ice bucket challenge - Quartz

AFP Blog

The key problem is funding cannibalism. That $3 million in donations doesn’t appear out of a vacuum. Because people on average are limited in how much they’re willing to donate to good causes, if someone donates $100 to the ALS Association, he or she will likely donate less to other charities. The cold, hard truth about the ice bucket challenge - Quartz. Icebucketchallenge

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Robust Collaboration Tools to Empower the Modern Social Media Marketing Team

SocialFish

Your ability to communicate and keep your team working cohesively can be a mountain-scaling, yet necessary task for mastering entrepreneurship and selling online.

Designing for Good: Central Park Conservancy

Connection Cafe

Designing for Good: Some of the world’s most talented designers are inspiring others, provoking change, and even saving lives for nonprofits. In this series, we chat with these innovators about their inspirations, challenges, and favorite tools.

Ice Bucket Challenge Still Going Strong: $31.5 Million in Donations to The ALS Association - The ALS Association

AFP Blog

Ice Bucket Challenge Still Going Strong: $31.5 Million in Donations to The ALS Association - The ALS Association : Ice Bucket Challenge Still Going Strong: $31.5 Million in Donations to The ALS Association Washington, D.C. August 20, 2014) — As of Wednesday, August 20, The ALS Association has received $31.5 million in donations compared to $1.9 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 20).

What Your Nonprofit Can Learn From The #IceBucketChallenge

TechImpact

Image courtesy of Montreal Gazette. You’ve definitely seen it pop up on your social media feed. And chances are, you’ve been challenged to it.

Living (And Working) In The Digital Age

SocialFish

Guest post by Hilary Smith for SocialFish. ———— The famous Greek philosopher Plato said that necessity is the mother of invention. That means when there is a need for something, people have to find ways of getting it or achieving it.

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Don’t Overlook this Piece of Your Mobile Email Strategy.

Connection Cafe

To make emails more mobile-friendly, we’ve heard it’s good to include a link to a web page version of the email. That way, if the email isn’t rendering well, your constituents can view it on a web page instead. But that assumes constituents are opening your email.

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Smart wristbands aim to increase charity giving

AFP Blog

Smart wristbands aim to increase charity giving : A new wristband that will enable people to make faster donations with just a tap of a smartphone, is being tested by several leading charities. National learning disabilities charity Hft and premature baby charity Bliss have already employed the new fundraising technology, with more charities due to start using the bands in the coming months

How Millennials Are Making An Impact

TechImpact

The Millennial is defined as anyone between the age range of 34-15. They have been described as many as the next great generation who will make a major impact on the nation’s economy, workforce, and inevitably, the nonprofit sector.

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[Cool Infographic Friday] How’s Your AMS?

SocialFish

Are you an association professional using an association management database? Have you posted a review of it yet yet? Or even better, are you on the market for a new CRM or member management software?

The Crowd is Funding, the Crowd is Funding!

Connection Cafe

The other morning I heard a disturbing report about people asking friends, family and strangers to fund their weddings through a certain crowdfunding site. And now we have people pouring water on each other all in the name of fundraising. It is madness I tell you. Simply madness. Or is it?

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Macmillan: We did not hijack #icebucketchallenge

AFP Blog

Macmillan: We did not hijack #icebucketchallenge : Macmillan has hit back against accusations on social media that it has hijacked #icebucketchallenge, saying the craze has been raising money for cancer charities in New Zealand since July. The challenge has peaked in publicity in the last week as celebrities in the US continue to nominate each other, while showing off their famous friends, to pour iced water over themselves and donate money to American charity ALS Association

Optimize Your Nonprofit’s Content Marketing

TechImpact

Image courtesy of Web Business Agenda. Bill Gates famously wrote in 1996 that content will be king on the Internet one day. Despite his prophecy, Microsoft today still does not have a juggernaut content department, and is still focused on creating software.

Association Social Media: National Society of Accountants

SocialFish

$41.8 Million Raised So Far for ALS| Maybe Slactivism Isn’t Such a Bad Thing After All.

Connection Cafe

I’m just going to go ahead, put it out there, and welcome your comments. . I’ve seen a lot of articles and blog posts about the #icebucketchallenge. As with all things that take off and experience amazing success and recognition, the critics have come running. I can’t help thinking about the grumpy old men from The Muppets, heckling the cast from their balcony seats.

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Email Is Still the Best Thing on the Internet - The Atlantic

AFP Blog

Email Is Still the Best Thing on the Internet - The Atlantic : All these people are trying to kill email. "E-mail E-mail is dead, or at least that’s what Silicon Valley is banking on," wrote Businessweek tech reporter Ashlee Vance. There''s the co-founder of Asana, the work software Publish Post startup. Email has "become a counter-productivity tool,” Justin Rosenstein likes to say

8 Nonprofit Lessons Learned from the 2014 FUSE Conference

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Thanks to a partnership with Salsa Labs , Heather Mansfield of Nonprofit Tech for Good was able to report live from the FUSE Conference on August 6-7 in Annandale, VA.

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Association Social Media: American Land Title Association

SocialFish

Helping Hands: Why You Should Be a Nonprofit Mentor

NonProfit Hub

When you were starting your nonprofit or starting on your journey in the nonprofit world, you probably had someone you could rely on for advice and a boost every now and then. And even if you didn’t have a specific mentor or group of people you could call upon, you probably wish that you did.

Ice-Bucket Torrent Reaches $8.6-Million in a Day and Douses Ex-President – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy

AFP Blog

Ice-Bucket Torrent Reaches $8.6-Million in a Day and Douses Ex-President – Philanthropy Today - Blogs - The Chronicle of Philanthropy : Ice-Bucket Torrent Reaches $8.6-Million in a Day and Douses Ex-President The flood of “ice-bucket challenge” donations to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease reached a new crest Wednesday as the ALS Association reported taking in $8.6-million over a 24-hour period, Time writes

Donor Data And Your Nonprofit

TechImpact

There are more tools available to nonprofits today that can be used for measuring their donor data than ever before. Whether it be a CRM , GoogleAnalytics , or a social media analytic tool like SproutSocial , measuring and understanding data is an essential part of contemporary business. The truth is, without the help of data, effectively planning a fundraising strategy or maintaining high donor retention numbers makes a hard job near impossible.

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Why Your Nonprofit Should Invest in Video As Part Its Communications Strategy

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo Credit: Tristan Hanson. Why Your Nonprofit Should Invest in Video As Part Its Communications Strategy – Guest Post by Michael Hoffman, CEO of See3. It’s obvious to anyone who spends time online that video is taking over the internet.

The Blueprint for Nonprofit Workplaces [INFOGRAPHIC]

NonProfit Hub

Everyone wants to love what they do. Especially when we spend so much time in the same place with the same people. And right now, organizations seem to be making the right changes in recruiting and hiring. Plus, they’re giving employees the chance to move up within their organizations.

Who Makes Better Funding Choices: Crowds or Experts?

AFP Blog

Who Makes Better Funding Choices: Crowds or Experts? Crowdfunded projects perform as well as expert-funded ones, study finds, but the ''art'' of raising money from crowds may be slightly different

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3 Ways SMS Builds Customer Loyalty and Engagement

Mobile Commons

Is your company seeking the perfect communication channel to reach your consumers? One that allows you to promote your product or service in the easiest, most convenient way possible? If so, look no further—because text messaging does exactly that.

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Is A Downer News Cycle A Factor in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Success?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Blame the Crowd, Not the Camera: Challenges to a New Open Photo Policy at the National Gallery

Museum 2.0

Reader, I was wrong. Five years ago, I wrote a post arguing that museum photo policies should be as open as possible. I believe that the ability to take photographs (no flash) in a museum greatly increases many people''s abilities to personalize, memorialize, and enjoy the experience.

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Everybody's Talking About the Ice-Bucket Challenge - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas

AFP Blog

Everybody''s Talking About the Ice-Bucket Challenge - News - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas : The ice-bucket challenge, which is raising big sums for the ALS Association, has been many things to many people: viral sensation, philanthropic case study, ego-driven frivolity, even an excuse to pillory Justin Bieber, who took the challenge but reportedly left out the ice. Icebucketchallenge

Are Memes Really Just Slacktivism?

Frogloop

New memes get started everyday. Some stick and go “viral” while others just get shared with a small community of friends, and some go nowhere. Remember the FB meme challenge that asked women to post what color bra they were wearing that day?

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Basic Facilitation Techniques for Nonprofits

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Turning to Strategy after the Audit: A Calendar of Activities

BoardAssist

When should I be engaging the audit firm for next year? When should senior management see a draft budget? When is my Form 990 due?