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P2P Fundraising: Expanding Beyond the Fundraising Event

Connection Cafe

Peer-to-peer fundraising or P2P fundraising is a style of fundraising where an organization recruits supporters to solicit donations from their friends and family on behalf of that nonprofit.

What’s Your Type? Adding Custom Fonts to Your WordPress Site

Byte Technology

Ask yourself this question: what’s one consistent element of every outstanding and beautifully designed WordPress site you’ve ever seen? Most likely it’s—in a word—typography.

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Building a Culture of Philanthropy: Hear it From the Experts

NonProfit Hub

Sponsored by Blackbaud Institute. The word philanthropy is derived from the Greek meaning “love of humanity”. It’s a perfect definition for the sector and the people who power it.

Does Your Nonprofit Suffer from Fire Drill Culture?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flickr Photo by Gavin St. Last week, I was honored to do several workshops hosted by the Fund for Santa Barbara on how nonprofits can link a culture of well being to outcomes based on my book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.

Improving Fundraising Outcomes Requires Emotion Not Just Logic

Connection Cafe

A recent webinar was entitled, “Using Neuroscience to Improve Your Fundraising Results.” Several studies lately have delved into modern science to help fundraisers be more effective in engaging donors in the cause.

Wild Apricot Wins Award for Top 5 Easy to Use Membership Management Software

Wild Apricot

It’s with great pleasure that Software Advice, one of the top software review sites, just awarded us their Top Five spot for Ease of Use when it comes to membership management software. Award SoftwareAdvice

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Facebook is Changing How Your Website Looks – Are You Ready?

John Haydon

In their continued effort to reduce click bait and fake news, Facebook is changing how links appear in the News Feed. Previously, Facebook let publishers customize the title, description, and images for links.

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[New Report] 3 Key Findings for University Fundraising

Connection Cafe

Blackbaud recently released its fifth annual Charitable Giving Report, and it offers major lessons for institutions of higher education looking to increase fundraising capacity over the coming years.

This Formula Tells You When Your Association Will Die (and what to do about it)

Wild Apricot

Are you worried your association is dying off? Member engagement expert Sarah Sladek gives you a formula that will predict your organization's life expectancy, and shows you how to ensure your association continues to thrive. Sarah-Sladek membership-growth membership attrition leadership member-retention association

What I Learned About Philanthropy, Fundraising, and Social Impact at IFCAsia in Bangkok

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

7 Ingenious Fundraising Ideas to Raise Money Online


Think your nonprofit has tried every possible way to raise money for their good work? Nonprofit Hub has inspired us with lots of great new ideas in this week’s guest post. Has your nonprofit tried them all? Thanks for the tips Nonprofit Hub! 7 Ingenious Fundraising Ideas to Raise Money Online.

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How to Engage Everyday Instagram Influencers and Reach Millennial Donors

Connection Cafe

Instagram is here to stay. All organizations should definitely get on board with as strong an Instagram game as they have on Facebook and Twitter. In order to do this, however, you’ll need to play the influencer game—connecting with everyday influencers. But don’t be scared— jump in!

Treat Your Website Project Like an Investment Rather than an Expense

Tech Soup Blog

Every day, cultural and nonprofit institutions face unique challenges while working towards a mission with a small technical staff and digital budget. Limited money, revolving staff, and regulatory pressures require that visionaries think ahead of their competition.

An Ingenious Texting Bot from @SFMOMA

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

As we enter the age of automation, more and more nonprofits are using bots. If bots are designed well, they can have impact.

4 Resources to Transform Your Nonprofit’s Marketing Strategy

NonProfit Hub

There are more than 1.5 million tax-exempt organizations in the United States, comprised of churches, neighborhood associations, universities and charitable organizations. If you’re one of those nonprofits, you’re likely on a tight budget so you can use the most funds possible to achieve your organization’s goals. That means you might not have a full-time marketing person (or even a part-time one!) and a few goals to get your marketing strategy off the ground effectively.

Harnessing Philanthropy to Promote Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Nonprofit Sector

ASU Lodestar Center

posted by Christy Dargus Graduate Alumna ASU Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management. There is a glaring lack of diversity within the nonprofit sector and philanthropic community that harms not only minority communities but nonprofit institutions themselves.

An Offline Social Media Exercise That Improves Online Content

Tech Soup Blog

For the Professional Social Media class I teach at Sonoma State University , I created an exercise designed to help folks practice both content creation and looking at metrics.

FAQ – Why would a nonprofit board want ME as a board member? What do I have to offer?


Thinking about joining a nonprofit board but not sure where to begin? Many BoardAssist candidates start by reading our book Giving Back , downloadable from the top of every page of our website. Don’t have the time to read our whole booklet on what to think about before joining a board? That’s where our new FAQ blog series comes in.

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Donor Retention 101: Master Donor Email Marketing

NonProfit Hub

So someone just donated to your cause, that’s great! But now what? Email marketing is a great way to meet donors where they’re at and keep them connected. Once someone donates, you have to communicate with them quickly, and often times the quickest thing you can do is send an email.

A Boss Versus A Leader

Eric Jacobsen Blog

"A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all, a leader asks questions. A boss creates fire, a leader creates passion." -- Russell H. Ewing, British Journalist. Boss Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Leader Leadership

TechSoup Global Launches Local Impact Map

Tech Soup Blog

The TechSoup Global network has donated 9.7 million technology products to 183,000 social benefit organizations in 40 countries across the world. Sure, the numbers are impressive, but even more impressive is the impact those technology product donations have made.

How To Prevent Budget Cuts From Cutting Into Your Agency

Vertex Systems

As funding sources from many quarters are being scrutinized , the pressure on human services providers becomes increasingly intense. There is a great uncertainty as to whether the next round of budget cuts will negatively affect agencies and their ability to provide quality services to individuals. In times like these, innovation and the ability to meet these challenges head on will allow agencies to ride the changing political tide.

Your Official #NN17 Local's Guide to Atlanta


We're just a few weeks away from one of the most highly-anticipated progressive conferences of the year and we're so excited to be headed down South to the front lines of social change. Considering our team is obsessed with weekend trips to Hotlanta, we thought we'd share some favorite local spots to eat, drink, party, and enjoy the sights while visiting for Netroots 2017. Check out the list below and make sure to read the travel tips at the end! Ebenezer Baptist Church & The King Center.

How To Involve Your Employees To Create A Successful Business

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Here are some good tips for leading a successful business operation from the handy booklet, 144 Ways To Walk The Talk , by Eric Harvey and Al Lucia : Involve your team in setting standards that are achievable but also require everyone to stretch their knowledge and skills.

Youth Programs Featured in TechSoup Global’s Local Impact Map

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup Global's new Local Impact Map is a trove of information on what nonprofits, NGOs, and libraries around the world are doing with their TechSoup-procured IT to further their missions. By far, the biggest set of stories are the ones from organizations that serve youth and children.

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When Services Revenue Isn’t Enough

Vertex Systems

With the costs of doing business going higher every year and reimbursement rates staying the same, it’s critical for agencies to streamline their processes and find ways of being more efficient. There are really only two ways to increase revenue: Increase the reimbursement rates or deliver more of the services authorized (and less of the services not authorized). Unfortunately, Medicaid rates are set in stone, so agencies cannot raise their rates as any business-savvy retail outlet would.

Eight Ways To Value Your Employees

Eric Jacobsen Blog

There are eight specific actions business leaders can take to show that they value their employees , according to Andrew Leigh , author of the book , Ethical Leadership -- Creating and Sustaining an Ethical Business Culture.

How To Get The Feedback You Need

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Getting feedback is an important way to improve performance at work. But sometimes, it can be hard to seek out, and even harder to hear. Feedback is all around you. Your job is to find it, both through asking directly and observing it,” says David L.

Flashback: Best Leadership Book Of 2016

Eric Jacobsen Blog

After reading nearly 30 new books about leadership this past year, my pick for 2016's best new leadership book is, Mastering the Challenges of Leading Change , by H. James Dallas.

Successful Leaders Connect With Their Employees Individually. Here's How.

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Here, from the book, Be A Network Marketing Leader , are some tips on how, as a leader, you can connect with your individual team members : Send cards on their birthdays and anniversary-of-joining dates. Keep yourself updated with what's happening in their personal lives.

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Leadership Quotes From John C. Maxwell

Eric Jacobsen Blog

The real gems in John C. Maxwell's book, Everyone Communicates Few Connect , are the abundant leadership and communication quotes, such as these: To add value to others, one must first value others. People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.

TechSoup Local Impact Map Profile: Nonprofits Back to School — In Brazil

Tech Soup Blog

Now that TechSoup’s Local Impact Map has officially launched , let's discover one of great new organizations featured there. Our theme this month is educational nonprofits like The Luciano Bareto Júnior Institute in Brazil.

Seniors Learn to Use Tablets in Georgia — TechSoup Local Impact Map Profile

Tech Soup Blog

Is back to school just for kids? Apparently not. The Blue Hair Technology Group in Johns Creek, Georgia (northeast of Atlanta), is educating senior citizens to use new technologies like tablet computers and Facebook so they can keep in touch.

Seven Things Motivated People Do To Stay Motivated

Eric Jacobsen Blog

To learn how to stay motivated, read High-Profit Prospecting , by Mark Hunter. It's a powerful read that includes counterintuitive advice and cutting-edge best practices for sales prospecting in today's business world. Today, I share one of my favorite sections of the book where Hunter describes his seven things motivated people do to stay motivated : Motivated people ignore voices in their lives. These might be people in the office and friends who have bad attitudes.

How to Visually Show Your Impact to Funders with Silk

Tech Soup Blog

More than ever, funders want compelling and visually interesting proof of the value of our charitable work. When I look at the gorgeous examples of what is possible in FlowingData's Best Data Visualization Projects , I wonder how a nonprofit without a big graphic design budget can compete.