Sat.Mar 12, 2016 - Fri.Mar 18, 2016

5 Things You Need to Know about Nonprofits + Big Data


To find out more about how nonprofits are using (or not using) their data to do more good, we asked over 460 nonprofit professionals about their habits, culture, and outlook on the state of data at their organizations.

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[New Report] Giving in an Election Year

Connection Cafe

An election year always focuses the mind—on many different things. As fundraisers and nonprofit leaders, we’re taught to be careful at these times—that donors who give to political candidates and causes will naturally turn away from charitable causes to focus on the issue in hand.

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Tapping Intelligence Tools: Using Big Data for Big Success in the Nonprofit Sector

Byte Technology

It’s been long known to for-profit retailers and marketers across nearly all sectors of our economy that utilizing the power of “big data” is a sure-fire way to optimize business plans and increase profits.

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Why smaller is better when it comes to your charity's digital footprint | Third Sector

AFP Blog

Why smaller is better when it comes to your charity's digital footprint | Third Sector : "Could an ever-expanding digital footprint be damaging charities in the long-term, asks John Simcock" 'via Blog this

Building the Way to San Jose: Here's what EveryAction will be up to at 16NTC.


Like many of you, we're just a week away from heading to sunny California for the 2016 Nonprofit Technology Conference (16NTC) , one our favorites, and one of the best nonprofit conferences of the year.

The Future of Fundraising is Already Here. Stop Fundraising! Start Inspiring!

Connection Cafe

At bbcon 2015, some of the top minds in the nonprofit industry came together to present Big Idea sessions. These high-level discussions focused on key thought leadership topics and trends shaping the industry.

Fast Company: Two Reasons Why You Keep Making Mediocre Hires

Amy Sample Ward

“‘I made a tremendous hire recently,’ a colleague recently told me. I couldn’t remember the last time I heard that type of remark. We all want to be able to say something similar, and we want “tremendous” to mean many things: right for our company, contributing to a diverse team, passionate about our mission or project, and more. But hiring people who fit that description is more often the exception than the rule, and these are the two main reasons why.”

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Data+Culture Change+Digital = Awesome at #ideas16


Ready to turn your “ #Membership Inside Out”? Join @joecolangelo @maddiegrant @susancato at #ideas16 PCHAHbHpxG 3/14 #assnchat. Bear Analytics (@BearAnalytics) March 11, 2016.

#GMN2016 Annual Conference| Observations from Day 1

Connection Cafe

So we’re at GMN 2016 in the Big Easy. While MicroEdge and Blackbaud have been longtime supporters of GMN, it’s my first time participating. It’s early, but I’ve already had some great conversations with some of the ~750 attendees, a third of whom are our customers!

Strategic Planning for Nonprofits: 3 Ways It Improves Your Work

John Haydon

In the recently published Nonprofit Sector Leadership Report, we were surprised at how quickly the importance of basic strategic planning is for nonprofits. Of the more than 1000 people who took the survey, 49% were operating without a strategic plan or without a strategic plan in writing!

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The Data Every Nonprofit Should be Tracking

NonProfit Hub

Data can be a daunting thing. IBM says that 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are produced every day. There’s no denying that some of that information could be used by your organization, and you don’t need to be a statistics major to take advantage of it. Here are some things that can help you understand how your organization can use data for good. Why You Should Collect Data. You may be skeptical of the benefits of collecting data, or think that it doesn’t translate well to your organization.

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Using Design Thinking To Help Solve the Refugee Crisis at SXSW

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’m just back from SXSW where I did a session on Tech Wellness with Aliza Sherman. We are working on a book together called The Happy,Healthy Nonprofit : Strategies for Impact without Burnout. A blog post on that is coming!

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Improving the Donor Experience Across National and Affiliate Offices

Connection Cafe

This is part of a series of interest pieces for complex, geographically-distributed nonprofits. Every nonprofit organization has a mission that drives and defines the good work it accomplishes on a daily basis. Uses Text Messaging to Help Teens Fight Stress

Mobile Commons

Stress and anxiety are on the rise among teenagers and college students. The New York Times reports that anxiety is the number one mental health problem on campus, and that “nearly one in six college students has been diagnosed with or treated for anxiety.”

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How Nonprofits Can Increase Reach and Engagement Using Facebook Notes

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Facebook Notes is a native app that was popular when Facebook Pages first launched in 2007, but as Status Updates and the News Feed took precedence, the Facebook Notes app quickly lost prominence.

How to Use Google AdWords to Get Free Money


We’ve updated one of our most popular blog posts because Google has updated their process. Thanks so much to Nonprofit Hub for writing this post and keeping us all current on the latest regarding this terrific free gift from Google! This post originally appeared on the Nonprofit Hub website.

#GMN2016 Annual Conference| Observations from Day 3

Connection Cafe

As I mentioned in my previous two blog posts about the GMN 2016 annual conference , we asked conference attendees to respond to the following question: Where are you on your journey to measuring outcomes and impact? The choices were Minimal/Basic; Developing; and Strategic/Integrated.

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."

4 Ways to Participate Online in the 2016 AFP International Fundraising Conference

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Attended by over 4,000 fundraising professionals, the 2016 AFP International Fundraising Conference will be held March 20-22 in Boston, MA. If you can’t attend in person, thanks to social media and live streaming technology you can still participate in the conference online.

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How to Write for the Web

NonProfit Hub

If you ask a professional copywriter how to write for the web, many will say, “Conversationally.” But what does “conversational” actually look like? How do you have a conversation with someone you can’t see, hear or talk back to? If staring at a blank Word doc makes you feel anxious, you’re not alone. Creating web content, a blog post, an email, an e-book or a press release can be intimidating even for professionals.

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#GMN2016 Annual Conference| Observations from Day 2

Connection Cafe

The morning began with more conversations with our customers and other attendees that stopped by our booth. The main topic of conversation has been measuring program outcomes and assessing impact.

[Guest Post] How Modern Fundraising Tools Can Help Increase Donor Acquisition/Retention

Donor Search

This blog focuses on the world of prospect research and various related fundraising topics. To diversify our subject matter, we like to feature the work of our friends and colleagues in the community. Join me in welcoming Zach Hagopian, the co-founder and COO of Accelevents.

Day 2: Membership Growth Online Summit - Google Ads for Charities & Nonprofits

Wild Apricot

For Day #2 of the Membership Growth Online Summit you will learn how to set up digital ad campaigns to recruit new members. And today is special, because there will be 2 sessions on this topic! Session #1 @ 11:00 AM (ET) - How to Increase Members with. Marketing digital google-ads

Celebrate International Grant Professionals Day

NonProfit Hub

They spend endless hours researching, consulting, writing and managing. They’re the reason that many nonprofit organizations have the means to operate and make a difference in their communities. They’re grant professionals, and today it’s all about showing them appreciation!

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Virtual Meetings: Their Flaws, and Hacks to Make Them Better

ASU Lodestar Center

posted by Karla Lant Lead Writer, Museum of Science and Sustainability. Virtual meetings are part of working in 2016. Especially for smaller businesses and nonprofits, which need to do more with less, meeting virtually is a necessary evil.

10 #16NTC Sessions to Attend


Another awesome 16NTC conference starts next week in San Jose. There's going to be some terrific panels aimed at nonprofit advocacy, fundraising, tech, and leadership teams. Every year we go through the program to help you focus on the top 10 sessions to attend. Get ready!

Day 3: Membership Growth Online Summit - Social Media

Wild Apricot

How active are you in Social Media? Maybe a better question is, how has your ROI been with Social Media? The first step to turning a great ROI on Social Media is to have a great strategy. Join the Membership Growth Online Summit to hear Amy Sample Ward share her social media strategies. membership engagement social media

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Going to AFP? 10 Sessions You Can’t Miss

NonProfit Hub

Rachel Muir, CFRE, is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub. She is Vice President of Training at Pursuant where she transforms individuals into confident, successful fundraisers through classroom, custom and online training. When she was 26 years old, Rachel Muir launched Girlstart, a nonprofit organization to empower girls in math, science, engineering and technology in the living room of her apartment with $500 and a credit card.

How To Create A Positive Work Experience

Eric Jacobsen Blog

In the new book, The Optimistic Workplace , author Shawn Murphy , explains that the following beliefs are essential to helping create a positive work experience : The team is more important than any individual. For optimism to be strong, a cohesive team is vital.

Best social media tools bringing conversions to your online store


Facebook still dominates as a source for traffic through online stores, and orders from Reddit have increased by 152% in 2013. The average order value is highest on Pinterest, Instagram and a social shopping site called Polyvore.

Day 1: Membership Growth Online Summit - Online Marketing Funnel

Wild Apricot

As a nonprofit manager, one of your main initiatives is to attract and retain new members. You’ve tried various marketing campaigns, but they take a lot of work (plus the payoff is largely unpredictable). All this can be solved by an automated Marketing Funnel. membership growth summit funnel john-haydon

Save on Mobile with a Refurbished iPhone 5s and Discounted Service Plans

Tech Soup Blog

Need to save money on a smartphone or service plan? Check out our new offers from Sparrow. Eligible nonprofits can now request access to a 10 percent discount on refurbished smartphones like the iPhone 5 or 5s or the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Nine Managerial Competencies Essential To Managing Millennials

Eric Jacobsen Blog

In their book, Millennials Who Manage , authors Chip Espinoza and Joel Schwarzbart explain that there are nine managerial competencies essential to managing Millennials.

[Cool Infographic Friday] How Automated Email Can Wow Your Customers


A good reminder from Instiller. ————– ( photo credit ). Cool Infographic Friday

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Day 2: Membership Growth Online Summit - Facebook Ads

Wild Apricot

For Day #2 of the Membership Growth Online Summit you will learn how to set up digital ad campaigns to recruit new members. And today is special, because there will be 2 sessions on this topic! Session #1 @ 11:00 AM (ET) - How to Increase Members with. Marketing digital facebook-ads

Your Guide to Hardware from TechSoup

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup's hardware selection is growing! Check out this list of programs, partners, and special hardware offers to help you find all the equipment you need. Discounts on New Dell Hardware. TechSoup also provides discounted access to new hardware directly from Dell at up to 40 percent off. Choose from desktops, laptops, tablets, servers, and accessories. Read a special message about the Dell Affiliate Program to learn more.

How To Be A Better Leader: 70 Tips

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Back by popular demand. The 70 tips below make for a good list for learning how to become a better leader when you don't have a lot of time to read books about leadership.