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The Changing Landscape of Nonprofit Technology (and What It Means for Your Org)

Connection Cafe

The emergence of cloud technology has changed the way people around the world work, communicate, share information, and support causes. More than 90% of nonprofit organizations are using some form of cloud computing today with half of them using multiple cloud services.

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The Importance of Heat Mapping for Truly Effective Website Design

Byte Technology

For the past several years Google Analytics has been the go-to tool for parsing a website’s effectiveness for visitors. With a few clicks a designer or administrator can see numbers of hits and click-throughs, time spent on specific pages, which pages and elements are being ignored and much more.

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Infographic Friday: 2015 Nonprofit & Association Technology Trends

TechImpact

Cloud computing continues to intrigue the nonprofit community. The idea of being able to work from anywhere in the world, and still access all your files, regardless of what computer you’re on is attractive for the busy nonprofit. We’ve all have, or hopefully had, one of those servers in the back closet of the office. […]. The post Infographic Friday: 2015 Nonprofit & Association Technology Trends appeared first on Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology.

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24 Must-Read Fundraising and Social Media Reports for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The reports listed below are just a small sampling of some of the research available to nonprofits on the subjects of online fundraising and social media. The data can be used to help your nonprofit craft a technology and fundraising strategic plan.

P2P: It’s All About That Bass…Or Base?

Connection Cafe

It’s no secret that returning peer-to-peer event participants are more engaged and raise more money than new participants. Returning participants are passionate, loyal, and effective fundraisers.

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Is Your Museum Selling Out? Try this Game about Revenue and Ethics

Museum 2.0

A few weeks ago, debates in England got me thinking about the relative ethics of sources of museum revenue. The London Science Museum and the Tate were both under fire for taking sponsorship money from BP (which, at least at the Science Museum, came with some content strings attached ).

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How You Can Use Promotional Products to Boost Your Social Media Campaign

SocialFish

It’s no mystery why more and more businesses are turning to social media to help bolster their marketing campaigns. The right efforts on social media can lead to major increases in web traffic, brand recognition and communication with target audiences.

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Diners, Drive Ins and Donors

Connection Cafe

I love the show “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.” ” The host spends his time crossing the US and Canada searching for unique, special and the oftentimes overlooked restaurants.

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7 Strategies to Increase Facebook Organic Reach [INFOGRAPHIC]

John Haydon

If you manage a Facebook Page for your nonprofit, you’re no doubt painfully aware that Facebook organic reach has plummeted over the past two years. Organic reach has declined for two reasons: The number of business pages competing for fans’ attention has skyrocketed.

The Science Of Viral

SocialFish

Something all psychologists have unanimously agreed upon is the streak of random in all of us. What we decide to click on seemingly has no pattern: or does it? Researchers have spent countless hours trying to rationalize why some content is more viral than other.

Four Website Navigation Tools that are Must-Haves for Nonprofits

NonProfit Hub

When you hear the term “navigation” in regards to a website, it’s referring to how users get from point A to point B. Every website has a navigation system that helps users find what they’re looking for.

Another Case of FOMO? Or Is There Really a Need for MORE Cultivation Events?

Connection Cafe

*FOMO = slang for ‘fear of missing out’—and missing out is something we definitely don’t want ANY of our Arts & Cultural patrons to do! It’s that time of year where you are beginning to finalize your plans and send out invitations to your Annual Gala.

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Three Takeaways from the 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference

Mobile Commons

This past March, nonprofit organizations and technology companies across the country converged at the 2015 Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTEN) to learn more about the latest updates in nonprofit tech.

The #FutureOfBusiness Is Social: Adapt Or Die

SocialFish

I spoke to someone the other day, who, like me, was trying to sell nascent technology/solutions to businesses who were less inclined to buy, let alone understand these new products and services.

Three Crucial Elements of Donor Database Tools

NonProfit Hub

I get asked the question often, “What should we look for in donor database tools?” I believe there are three crucial elements that you need. All good donor database tools worth your time and money will include: 1. A dashboard. This allows you to see how things are going at a glance.

How to Setup Google Analytics Goals

John Haydon

If you want to be smart about using Google Analytics, the first thing you have to do is setup Google Analytics Goals. With goals, Google Analytics starts making a whole lot more sense. What are Google Analytics Goals? Imagine playing soccer without nets.

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Mobile Commons Supports Special Language Character Sets

Mobile Commons

Mobile Commons is proud to announce that our platform now supports both the universal ASCII and the GSM language character sets.

[Cool Social Tools] flyp gives you multiple phone numbers!

SocialFish

Startups and tech vendors are welcome to contact me at maddie[at]socialfish[dot]org to submit guest posts about their platforms – SocialFish readers love to read about new tools and apps! ———– In the nonprofit world, you likely spend a LOT of time on the phone.

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How to Control Marketing (That You Have No Control Over)

NonProfit Hub

If you have no control over something, how do you make sure you have some sort of hold on it? Crazy—it sounds like inception.

Friends Don't Let Friends Use Excel to Manage Grants

Tech Soup Blog

Most nonprofits rely on grant funding to support their programs and services. In fact, 46 percent report that grants make up more than a quarter of their funding.

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The nifty guide to prospect research and major giving

Donor Search

Executive Summary Back testing over 2 million donor records showed a strong correlation between specific philanthropy and wealth markers and future philanthropy.

Measuring Return on Investment for Technology

Idealware

Editor's note: This article was originally published in NTEN: Change ( [link] quarterly/ ), June 2015, CC BY-SA 3.0 ( [link] licenses/by-sa/3.0/). Don’t let technology gobble up staff time and money, without giving enough back.

Board Recruiting Best Practices – Show your board you love them – Put them on your website

BoardAssist

With nearly 2 million nonprofit board seats opening up in this country every year, nonprofits need to work hard to successfully recruit the most attractive board members. We’ve discussed many different strategies for doing just that in this blog. One of the best and easiest strategies is to put your board on your website. If your nonprofit is not showing off who is on their board, they are missing an easy opportunity to maximize their chances of winning at the board recruiting game.

Today You Get a Fresh Start on TechSoup Donation Requests

Tech Soup Blog

Happy New (Fiscal) Year! This coming fiscal year, is your organization planning to add new programs, expand existing ones, or bring on new staff? Well, we've got great news!

Great Coaches Do This

Eric Jacobsen Blog

[MCON 2015] The Problem With Nonprofits ‘Non-Yesterday’

NonProfit Hub

There is a problem with nonprofits today. Or as Eric Weinheimer might say, there is a problem with nonprofits “non-yesterday, non-tomorrow.” a.k.a. today). Could something as simple as the title of our sector be crippling industry growth? As Weinheimer, the CEO of Donors Forum , explained, the term nonprofit is “inaccurate, it’s not who we are. It’s offensive.” During our post-MCON conversation, we joked about how 1950 called and wants its title back.

Nonprofit Blog Carnival June 2015: Motivation for the Nonprofit Nation

Wild Apricot

Want to find out how to motivate your volunteers, donors, supporters and board members? Check out our Nonprofit Blog Carnival round-up for June. membership Non-profit nonprofit blog carnival

We Want YOU to Help Scale Up Mobile for the Common Good

Tech Soup Blog

Although we know we have no lever guaranteed to eliminate poverty — it has been with us for thousands of years — for the first time, we have a tool kit and neural network via mobile and the Internet, which can be pointed at making a difference in people's lives.

Don't Ask Your Customers These 5 Typical Questions

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Consider this advice from author Paul R. He recommends a different twist on asking your customers questions : stop asking your customers the "typical" questions and instead ask them open-ended questions. Here's specifically what Timm recommends: Don't Ask : How was everything?

Meet Avi, One of Our Newest See3ples

See What's Out There

Meet one of our newest See3ples, Avi Kaplan! The post Meet Avi, One of Our Newest See3ples appeared first on The See3 Blog. Uncategorized avi kaplan see3 see3ples

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June 2015 Update: Big Strides Forward in Software & Community

Wild Apricot

June was a big month for us! We made great strides with our software and community offerings. Read more about what we've been up to! Wild Apricot

Finding Your Path to Grantsmanship Just Got Easier

Tech Soup Blog

(Please visit the site to view this video). About a year ago, I (virtually) sat down with my staff and told them I wanted to build an interactive program that would help individuals who are trying to develop their grantsmanship skills.

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The Culture Map

Eric Jacobsen Blog

"The way we are conditioned to see the world in our own culture seems so completely obvious and commonplace that it is difficult to imagine that another culture might do things differently, "says author Erin Meyer. "It

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Carrie Munk, at ALS Association, in the news!

Beaconfire Wire

Check out PR Week’s profile of our client Carrie Munk, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, at the ALS Association. She talks about the challenges of last year’s super viral Ice Bucket Challenge. Says it was “more intense than a natural disaster” and she ought to know. Carrie was formerly at American Red Cross. Here’s a link to the article