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Mark your calendar: best conferences for nonprofits in 2015

EveryAction

Believe it or not, it''s already time to start planning for the wealth of marketing, education, and networking opportunities for nonprofits in 2015. nonprofit conferences

The Perfect Volunteer Experience

VolunteerMark

In deference to Craig and Arianna, the popular SNL cheerleader skit from a few years back, I offer the PERFECT CHEER for the perfect volunteer experience. What made it perfect for me? The operation, the other volunteers, the environment, and most importantly, the leaders.

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How to Send More Fundraising Emails and Maintain Conversion Rates

Connection Cafe

There were a number of interesting findings from the new Luminate Online Benchmark Report , released at BBCON. The report includes results from 794 nonprofits, including $1.27 billion in online donations, 18 million transactions and 7.6 billion emails sent from July 2013-June 2014.

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Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

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This is what's wrong with your nonprofit digital strategy

EveryAction

I’ve read and written hundreds of nonprofit digital strategy documents. As a former consultant for the nonprofit space, “I need to create a digital strategy” was something that I heard almost daily. The problem is that you don’t need a digital strategy. You need a strategy.

Do you fear or embrace disruptive change at your nonprofit?

VolunteerMark

Technological change is disruptive, and it can usher in a new era of nonprofit engagement and impact. This will only happen, however, to the extent that we in the nonprofit space learn to embrace change and accept it as the new normal.

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Tapping Giving USA Data for Year-Round Success

Connection Cafe

Each June, nonprofit and philanthropy leaders gather for the unveiling of what’s become an annual report card for charitable giving in America and, by extension, for fundraisers.

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Focus Group of One : Target Marketing

AFP Blog

Focus Group of One : Target Marketing : "If you''re sending your marketing campaigns without benefit of A/B or multi-variant testing—most companies admit to fewer than five tests per month—you are effectively acting as a focus group of one. You are assuming all of your constituents feel the same way about your campaign as you do. Big mistake." ''via Blog this

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Forget ice buckets - let's stop Ebola.

VolunteerMark

Ice buckets were great on the surface, but its time we started a campaign that requires sacrificial giving on the part of donors and volunteers. That''s why we at Volunteermark are calling on our community to STOP EBOLA. Read on to find out what we''re doing

The Future of CSR is People (Your People)

Connection Cafe

This post was originally published on Diplomatic Courier. . It wasn’t long ago that “CSR” was a CEO’s insider reference to a company’s charitable gifts, often to bolster its image and the bottom line.

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5 Social Media Tips for Social Good Companies That Will Get Your Message Heard (In Less Than 10 Minutes Per Day)

SocialFish

Guest post by Meg Rulli, Co-founder, ModMark Group. ———— “I don’t have time for social media.”. “I I don’t have the money to hire anyone to do our social media marketing.”. Social media? I wouldn’t even know where to start!”. Do any of these above statements sound familiar?

Microsoft alumni group giving $175k to former employees' nonprofit ventures - GeekWire

AFP Blog

Microsoft alumni group giving $175k to former employees'' nonprofit ventures - GeekWire : "The Microsoft Alumni Foundation has announced new grants and matching funds totaling $175,000 for former employees whose philanthropy and nonprofit work has been recognized by the group for improving the lives of others." ''via Blog this

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Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

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Do You Know What Your Data is Telling You?

Connection Cafe

“Big data” can help nonprofits predict future behavior precisely and provide an important competitive edge. But how do you prevent information overload and derive these insights efficiently? The key is to make “big data” more manageable.

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5 Marketing Trends for 2015 That You Can’t Ignore

NonProfit Hub

Is your marketing strategy so last season? Update your marketing plan and maximize the impact that your dollars make in 2015 with these five significant trends. Mobile is hot. Still.

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SEO For Nonprofits: What You Really Need To Know | Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology

AFP Blog

SEO For Nonprofits: What You Really Need To Know | Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology : "What are some things my nonprofit can do to start optimizing my website today? Great question, and probably the one we’re asked more than any other. Here are a few ideas to get you started on the road to optimization." ''via Blog this

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How Many Ingredients Go Into Your EOY Recipe?

Connection Cafe

I get this question a lot from my clients when they’re planning their end of year campaign , “What about Giving Tuesday? How do we incorporate that into EOY?” I imagine this is asked as someone is either pulling their hair out in frustration or taking another sip from their 3 rd cup of coffee.

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3 New Places To Recruit Volunteers

TechImpact

If your nonprofit uses volunteers, which it almost certainly does in some capacity, you’ve undoubtedly at times found it difficult to find volunteers.

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Top 150 Nonprofit Blogs - Top Nonprofits

AFP Blog

2 AFP Blogs make the fall edition of this list. Top 150 Nonprofit Blogs - Top Nonprofits : ''via Blog this

How to Pick Yourself Up When You Feel Like You’re Not Making a Difference

NonProfit Hub

Josh is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub and is a thought leader at VolunteerMark , where they’re dedicated to maximizing the volunteer experience for nonprofits and for-profits alike. Josh writes on all things volunteer, corporate social responsibility and other purposeful musings.

Lessons in Capital Campaign Leadership: A Reflection

Connection Cafe

Last week I had the pleasure of attending one of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Indiana Chapter’s continuing education luncheons.

Tech For Fundraising: What You Need To Know

TechImpact

Whether bringing clean drinking water to a third world country, or making it easier for other nonprofits to utilize technology, there is nothing more central to a nonprofit than its mission. It’s the reason we all wake up in the morning.

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Next phase of anti-spam law targets software - National | Globalnews.ca

AFP Blog

Next phase of anti-spam law targets software - National | Globalnews.ca : ''via Blog this

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The future of customer service

SocialFish

Thanks, Jason Falls for this one. The Future of Customer Service from Jason Falls. ———— ( photo credit ). More like this.

10 Facebook Page Best Practices for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

With more than 1 billion active users, Facebook is the largest social network in the world. More than two-thirds of its users log in every day and three-fourths do so on a mobile device. Without a doubt your nonprofit’s supporters use Facebook on a regular basis.

Should You Fire Your Designer and Just Use Canva?

John Haydon

Graphic designers get paid for their design expertise. The best ones understand how design influences emotions and motivates action. But you don’t need a graphic designer to resize a photo for a Facebook post. You don’t need a graphic designer to create inspirational quotes for Instagram.

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Top 150 Nonprofit Blogs - Top Nonprofits

AFP Blog

2 AFP Blogs make the fall edition of this list. Top 150 Nonprofit Blogs - Top Nonprofits : ''via Blog this

How to Get (and Keep) Major Donors

NonProfit Hub

Over the past few months, I’ve been working to generate interest among potential major donors in our community for a new Nonprofit Hub initiative.

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7 Creative Ideas to Keep Your Nonprofit Mobile Subscribers Engaged

Mobile Commons

Running out of ideas for your text message campaign? Look no further! Getting creative with your mobile strategy will keep your subscribers invested in your organization and looking forward to your next text. Tell a story to share with friends.

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23 Free Non-profit Webinars for November 2014

Wild Apricot

This month''s free non-profit webinar round-up offers 23+ topics, including: Mission-Driven Volunteering (our first Expert Webinar); online campaigns; donor databases; do-it-yourself PR and much more! webinar

How Small Organizations Can Use Affordable ICT-tools to Measure Impact | NTEN

AFP Blog

How Small Organizations Can Use Affordable ICT-tools to Measure Impact | NTEN : "What if nonprofits and social enterprises had an affordable way to report real-time, large-scale data on their social impact? This question inspired Kopernik to create the "impact tracker technologies’" catalog in online and print forms. Organizations are under pressure to measure their performance and results.

Book Review: Connecting to Change the World

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Almost five years ago to the day, I was lucky enough to meet Peter Plastrik and Madeleine Taylor while I was Visiting Scholar at the Packard Foundation. Peter and Madeleine were the among the pioneers in writing about, designing, facilitating, and evaluating networks in the social impact space.

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Three Dos and Don’ts of Business Texting Etiquette

Mobile Commons

Text messaging is increasingly common in the workplace. Employees use their phones during work hours for personal and business use, job recruitment firms are using SMS to reach out to candidates , and some companies even use texts to broadcast important messages to their employees.

Kick-start Your Membership Content Marketing

Wild Apricot

Here are some tips and insight on content marketing based on a recent Small Membership Advisory Community session. membership

Ebola Fighters Enlist Texts in Bid to Curb Outbreak - Bloomberg

AFP Blog

Ebola Fighters Enlist Texts in Bid to Curb Outbreak - Bloomberg : "Aid workers in Liberia tried out a new tool this week to contain the world’s worst Ebola outbreak: the text message." ''via Blog this

#IFC2014 International Fundraising Congress: Inspire, Connect, Transform

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Source: Pamela Sutton-Legaud. I’m just back from a trip to Europe where I was part of the opening plenary at this year’s International Fundraising Congress outside of Amsterdam. (I