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Increase Open Rates and Click-Throughs with 5 Follow-up Email Techniques from Top Nonprofits


If you run your nonprofit’s email communication program you’re likely always thinking of ways to get better. You probably think about things like opens, clicks, conversions and unsubscribes. Wrapped up in all that is the issue of sending too many emails.

A Few Good Pinterest Tools, Tips, and Resources

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Pinning Our Lives: Pinterest and Beyond View more presentations from Aliza Sherman. Back in January, I wrote a post about Pinterest as a curation tool to organize and share visual content I’ve collected in a pleasing visual way.

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Five Common Mistakes Nonprofits Make in Their Online Fundraising Campaigns

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Last month I donated online to 25 of my 32 Favorite Nonprofits in celebration of reaching the benchmark of following 100,000 nonprofits, nonprofit staff, and nonprofit service providers on Twitter.

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The Mother of All Infographics


Infographics are like eye candy. They can be visually stunning to look at while telling an important story framed around data. If done right, they can also be a fantastic marketing tool to reach your target audiences. They are also highly sharable across social media channels.

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Create Effective Nonprofit Websites Using 3 Simple Suggestions


It’s official; we launched our new full service creative agency for nonprofits this week – GUIDE Creative – Where we LOVE nonprofit web design! Learn more about us at and make sure to sign up for The Great Guide Giveaway.

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Multichannel Givers: The Key to Online Fundraising Success


Download the full Multichannel Fundraising Report. to learn more about the turn to online fundraising, the need for a multichannel approach and how direct mail is still alive and well. Download Now!

Data Visualization Techniques for Those Who Can’t Draw

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Visual Thinking Presentation for UnitedHealth Innovation Day. View more presentations from burowe.

Who Owns Social Media? Risk Management?


I’ve explored the similarities between building community and risk management before on this blog. First, I penned Community, Social Media and Risk Perceptions and then Risk Management and Open Community: More Similar than You Think.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America spread #GoSilent across the web for Memorial Day

Amy Sample Ward

If you’re in the US today, there’s probably little chance you didn’t know it was Memorial Day – from the specials on TV, to local events, to remembrance stories, and even community gatherings, it’s hard to miss the message of today’s holiday.

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5 Tips for Nonprofit Leaders to Engage Online


One of the biggest challenges nonprofit Executive Directors face, besides raising money of course, is finding the time to engage with their supporters and community online. I often meet with Executive Directors who are interested in working more transparently and more fully utilizing blogging and social media. However, they find it too daunting to make online engagement a priority with their intense schedules. I get it.

How To Get Insight From Data Visualization: SHUT UP and SLOW DOWN!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

From SXSW Session: Shut Up and Draw.

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“Free” Isn’t Free


This post is by Jacob Smith, co-author of the The Nimble Nonprofit: An Unconventional Guide to Sustaining and Growing Your Nonprofit. The book is so awesome that I asked Jacob to post adapted excerpts from it here for you, every Friday for ten weeks. Tweet at @brightplus3 if you’re loving it!

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How to Use Twitter Better

Connection Cafe

Author: Cheryl Black. Home school your way to a more successful Twitter presence. Here’s a baker's dozen of resources that can help you wow the socks off your colleagues. I humbly suggest bookmarking this page right now. Beginner. Twitter in Plain English (YouTube). How to Use Twitter.

Five Common Mistakes Nonprofits Make in Their Online Fundraising Campaigns

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Last month I donated online to 25 of my 32 Favorite Nonprofits in celebration of reaching the benchmark of following 100,000 nonprofits, nonprofit staff, and nonprofit service providers on Twitter. Usually I donate to one or two nonprofits at a time, but to go through a list of 25 nonprofits in less than two hours made it abundantly clear that many nonprofits still need to tweak their “Donate Now” process to maximize online donations and their social media ROI.

Research Friday Board Engagement: Thinking Beyond the Wallet

ASU Lodestar Center

posted by. Angela Francis , Senior Associate. Nonprofit Finance Fund. Welcome to Research Friday ! As part of a continuing weekly series, each Friday we invite a nonprofit.

Digital business is a strategic priority for CEOs… but not for CIOs (yet).


Check out the latest McKinsey Global Study on Digital Business. There’s so much good stuff in here, I’m just going to quote liberally from it.

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UpEnergy: cool for-profit social enterprise

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The rise of for-profit social enterprises has been quite exciting. Although I'm firmly on the nonprofit side with Benetech (because we focus on big issues where the market is failing), it's definitely easier to get funded sustainably if you have an exciting and invest-able business plan. Evan Haigler is a social entrepreneur I've known for years. He's made a big difference in the area of clean cook stoves and carbon credits, spinning his nonprofit group ImpactCarbon out of UC Berkeley years ago.

Tips for Going Mobile From the Nonprofit Blog Carnival

Wild Apricot Blog

We hosted this month's Nonprofit Blog Carnival - and here's our round-up of posts on mobile for non-profits. mobile nonprofit blog carnival

Ask A Nonprofit Specialist - Engaging the Board in Financial Reports

ASU Lodestar Center

posted by. Anne Byrne , Professional-in-Residence, ASU Lodestar Center.

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How to Apply Social to Conferences


Do you work in the Meetings or Conferences department of your association? Social media and conferences, just like chocolate and peanut butter are better together.

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Call for Submissions: What Are Fun Ways Nonprofits Can Use Pinterest?

Have Fun - Do Good

my pinterest boards Did you know that Pinterest is the third most popular social network ? As the host of the Nonprofit Blog Carnival for June 2012, I want to tap your collective wisdom to explore the theme of: Fun Ways Nonprofits Can Use Pinterest You’re invited to submit your blog posts for consideration any time before Monday, June 25th. On Wednesday, June 27th I'll post a round-up of some of the best posts on Have Fun, Do Good.

A Chat With Judi Sohn

Connection Cafe

Author: Corey Pudhorodsky.

Infographic On Social Media For Events

Wild Apricot Blog

Here's an infographic that offers great tips on social networking at trade shows and events. events Social networking

If We Humanize Business, Can We Escape the Matrix?


Just wanted to point you guys to my podcast I recently recorded with Matthew Grant for Marketing Profs. I think you will enjoy it. Here’s a little excerpt from Matt’s accompanying blog post: Becoming Human.

Privacy, Anonymity, and Safety: Protecting Your Community


What role do nonprofits play in online privacy? How do orgs engage with audiences who are anxious about sharing information? Why don't more safe spaces exist?

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3 Ways to Get Creative About List-Building

Connection Cafe

Author: Jennifer Atkins. Keeping your email list alive and kicking is one of the keys to a successful online marketing program. It's critical to develop a sound strategy for growing and maturing your house file and to always incorporate best practices in your day-to-day management. But attrition is inevitable, so I want to share a few creative tricks to give your list building an extra boost.

Tips For Integrating Direct Mail and Online Strategies

Wild Apricot Blog

Is direct mail still relevant in our digital age? Here are some tips on integrating direct mail and online strategies. direct mail online strategy Non-profit Communications

Blueprint Book Club Part 2: Museums as Battlefields in the History Wars

Museum 2.0

This post is the second in a series of reactions to Blueprint , a book chronicling the rise and fall of the Dutch Museum of National History (INNL) in 2008-2011.

Visual Internet Traffic to Quadruple in Four Years


Here is a projection about internet use that will amplify the caffination in your coffee this morning. The projection comes from Cisco, and while it is in their interest to offer these projections to sell more hardware, recent projections over the years from Cisco have actually been low.

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New to TechSoup: Adobe Creative Suite 6

Tech Soup Blog

Adobe has released the long-awaited sixth version of Creative Suite, its set of popular design and production tools, and eligible organizations can now request donations of them through TechSoup. Both Creative Suite packages offered through TechSoup, Production Premium and Design & Web Premium, include updates to all of their applications, including Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Premiere. Most of TechSoup's individual Adobe applications have also received CS6 updates.

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Just Because It's Useful Doesn't Mean You Should Do It


In my opinion, technology people too often equate the phrase “this tool could be useful for your organization” with “your organization should be using this tool.” Could an organization find Pinterest useful? Yes, there could well be value. What about Twitter? Yes, certainly some organizations are finding Twitter useful. But that doesn't necessarily mean that all nonprofits should start using these tools right away.

What is the definition of a successful Facebook Page?

John Haydon

To the person who asked this question during a recent Charityhowto webinar : I apologize for the useless answer. In retrospect, I now realize that you probably wanted a list of things every Facebook Page should have.

Memorial Day 2012


As has become our custom, we are sharing another in a series of outstanding essays by Stan Stahl, on this Memorial Day, 2012. He has an insightful ability to remind us that we are in fact in this nation an "us." These are good times to remind ourselves of that.

5 Freshly Filtered Posts

Wild Apricot Blog

Here are 5 posts we've bookmarked on Apricot Jam this week that offer great tips and ideas for associations and non-profits. events mobile Apricot Jam Non-profit Communications