Sat.Oct 01, 2016 - Fri.Oct 07, 2016

Designing for Good #5: The Best of End-of-Year Email Campaigns

Connection Cafe

For this month’s Designing for Good , it’s time we showed more love to all of you tireless nonprofit email marketers out there.

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Congratulations to Higher Logic!


By now, you have probably heard the news that Higher Logic has received a $55m investment from JMI equity. Here’s more analysis on this from community expert Ben Martin. BREAKING: Higher Logic takes $55M investment.

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The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Thousands of nonprofit pros rely on our annual Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar to discover skill-building, strategy-slaying, network-enhancing nonprofit events. Today, we're excited to announce the all-new list for 2017! Bookmark it, share it, love it, and download it for Google or Outlook.

Shopping for a Cause: Is AmazonSmile an Effective Tool for Nonprofit Fundraising?

Byte Technology

The evolution of our cyberspace-driven world has drastically changed the way most non-profits now solicit and garner operating capital. Gone (mostly) are the days when cause-centered organizations stuffed flyers into envelopes and received a check back in the snail mail or reaped the benefits of plastic jars and point-of-sale locations. Indeed, today millions of mouse clicks translate into millions of dollars and cents put into the coffers of non-profit groups.

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Mapping an Engagement Strategy for Successful Year-End Appeals

Connection Cafe

After organizational buy-in, segmentation, and testing, it’s time to map out your engagement strategy.

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[Cool Tools] Think differently about event sponsorship


Introducing , the event & sponsorship marketplace. They are part of a larger group of tradeshow and event consultants, association management experts and event tech companies, and they are eager to change your perception about how the event ecosystem can work.

Crossing the Chasm: Nonprofit Fundraising Strategies and Systems are All Wrong for This New World

NonProfit Hub

Nonprofit giving in America has been stuck at 2% of GDP for 45 years. What is causing this? Is it the tax code? Are we just hardwired to give 2%? How can we move the needle? “If If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep on getting what you’ve always got.” – W.L Bateman. The Chasm.

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Using #GivingTuesday to Turn Your Mission into Action

Connection Cafe

If you know me, you know I think “ good is for everyone.”. You also might accuse me of sounding like a broken record because I tend to say this a lot, but it needs to be said. There’s just too much to get done in this world, and we need a whole lot more good propelling us forward.

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Attend the Peer to Peer Fundraising Virtual Conference for Nonprofits!


After a popular inaugural online event in April 2016, four companies that serve the nonprofit sector are coming together to offer another edition of It’s a Peer-to-Peer World: Virtual Conference on October 19, 2016. Nonprofits can register for any or all of the four complimentary sessions at [link].

Nonprofit Communication: Features Versus Benefits

John Haydon

I recently had the pleasure of working with a homeless services nonprofit (not named to protect the innocent). Their challenge was engaging donors beyond the first gift – and their donor retention rates were in the basement.

Internal Communications and Nonprofit Management Pt. 2 | Ft. Marc Pitman

NonProfit Hub

In this section, we chat about the shift in employees across the board—nonprofit or otherwise—becoming millennials. How do you engage millennials for the future of your staff? Marc advises you to just wait and see.

How To Develop Your Nonprofit Operating Reserves

Connection Cafe

In part one of this series, “ 5 Cases for Building Nonprofit Operating Reserves ,” I outlined how reserves provide stability and promote strategic decision making for nonprofit organizations.

The Happy Healthy Nonprofit Update

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

With one more week to go, T he Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout has made to the #1 slot on Amazon’s Top 100 Nonprofit Books. Special thanks to everyone who pre-ordered a copy. If you haven’t yet, you can order your copy here.

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The Disruptive Approach to the Learning Industry


The Disruptive Approach to the Learning Industry. Not too long ago, all the rage in our industry was shifting focus to the disruptive business model. Whenever there is a long-standing construct, it seems that someone comes out of nowhere and flips the model on its head.

How Can Funders Assess Nonprofit Readiness for Tech Projects?


In a previous blog post I asserted that, for grantmakers, understanding technology well enough to make good funding decisions is important—and there are resources available to help.

#GivingZOODay Highlights #GivingTuesday for Zoos and Aquariums

Connection Cafe

Started in 2011 by 92 nd Street Y, #GivingTuesday occurs on Tuesday, Nov. The day is dedicated to bringing people together around the values of giving back. Since 2011, it has become a global movement that connects individuals, communities, and organizations.

Better Fundraising Starts with… Comedy?

John Haydon

I am a huge fan of comedy. I was raised on a heavy diet of George Carlin and Monty Python and Eddie Murphy and, for those of you who are Canadian, Kids in the Hall. It’s always played a major role in how I make sense of the world and take care of myself (if […].

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Connecting the dots: What Corporate Training Can Learn from Formal Education


Connecting the dots: What Corporate Training Can Learn from Formal Education. When we reach our breaking point or time where we decide that we are officially done with our formal education, we often immediately disregard the skillset that made us so successful in school.

How a Tech Solution Saved This Executive Director’s Membership Growth Strategy

Wild Apricot

The story of how one executive director managed to turn around a failing growth strategy with a software solution, hitting 25% growth in six months. Based on The Tech Effect webinar, which runs each month at Wild Apricot. membership management software membership-growth executive-director

3 Proven Strategies to Increase Service Utilization

Vertex Systems

Vertex Systems presents a FREE Webinar Event! 3 Proven Strategies to Increase Service Utilization. In this Webinar Event we will discuss the ways rehabilitation agenencies lower administrative costs, prevent costly service utilization mistakes, and increase their top-line revenue

Voto Latino Finds Text Messaging to be an Effective Way to Register New Voters

Mobile Commons

This election promises to be one of the most divisive in our nation’s history – and one that may come down to a razor-thin margin in a few crucial states. But millions of Americans may not have a voice, simply because they’re not registered to vote.

Fall in Love with Technology with Free TechSoup Webinars

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup is offering a bumper crop of free nonprofit and library technology webinars this fall. Sign up today! Targeting Donors for Year-End Success. On October 6, join Network for Good's Brian Lauterbach to get tips on smart donor communication.( read more ).

Get to Know the Lodestar Center: Lili Wang

ASU Lodestar Center

Welcome to a new ASU Lodestar Center Blog series, “Get to Know the Lodestar Center!” We’d like to provide our readers with a peek into what we do each day to accomplish our mission by introducing members of the faculty and staff via short interviews and conversations. Meet the folks who are here to help you and your nonprofit succeed! Lili Wang Associate Professor, School of Community Resources & Development. Lili Wang, Ph.D.,

Six Steps For Discussing Poor Performance With An Employee

Eric Jacobsen Blog

As a leader, the time will come when you will have to speak with an employee about his or her poor performance. Here are six steps that will guide you through that process: Tell him what performance is in need of change and be specific. Tell him how his actions negatively affect the team.

WWF Raises Awareness about a Photography Exhibition Using Targeted Mobile Messaging

Mobile Commons

For the past five years, Mustafah Abdulaziz has been traveling the world, photographing its water systems—from spirituality on the Ganges to sewer pipes in the Bronx.

The Only Time You Should Use a Pie Chart for Your Nonprofit's Data

Tech Soup Blog

We've covered bar charts, line charts, scatter plots, and maps in Beyond the Pie Chart. We finish the series by explaining the only time a pie chart actually is the right choice. When to Use a Pie Chart. As we state in our white paper, Which Chart or Graph is Right for You?

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Top 5 Messaging Articles to Read This Week

Mobile Commons

Facebook, Inc.’s ’s Massive Bet on Messaging Is Looking Genius The importance of Facebook’s growing messaging service is particularly evident in recent updates for Messenger.

Find an Awesome Nonprofit Tech Training Near You

Tech Soup Blog

October is here, which means we can't ignore the fact that fall has arrived. The weather's getting cooler (except for our friends in Los Angeles!), and the leaves are starting to change color.

This Native American Tribe is Revolutionizing How Text Messaging Can Connect an Entire Community

Mobile Commons

How do you use text messages to connect an entire community? At Mobile Commons, we’ve talked a lot about ways texting can bring citizens together. Schools can can communicate with parents and students. Local governments keep citizens informed about weather issues and civic emergencies. Medical professionals can offer broad access to vital health resources. Charities can keep people informed about events.

How To Write A Company Policy

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Keep these five tips in mind when you craft your next company policy: Keep the policy short and simple. Get rid of two old policies for every new policy you implement.

Seven Ways To Delight Your Customers

Eric Jacobsen Blog

If you want to delight your customers, then the book by Steve Curtin, Delight Your Customers -- 7 Simple Ways to Raise Your Customer Service from Ordinary to Extraordinary , is a must-read for you and your employees.