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Thinking of and Thanking Paul Otellini

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

A friend just sent me the surprising and sad news of the unexpected passing of former Intel CEO, Paul Otellini.

Share of the American Wallet: What It Does and Does Not Mean for Your Nonprofit

Connection Cafe

The Blackbaud Institute’s newest research report, Share of the American Wallet , was released earlier this month. This report is based on data about discretionary spending by Americans, and focuses on the key demographic indicators of charitable giving.

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Take a Load Off: How to Be “Lazy” with Your Site’s Images

Byte Technology

It’s no great secret that, sometimes, WordPress sites slow down a bit, become sluggish or take what feels like an eternity to load pages.

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Three Ways To Help Support Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It has been ten days since Hurricane Maria has devastated the Island of Puerto Rico. We have read the harrowing news reports about a lack of food, electricity, and water and people dying.

How To Create an Article That Is Impossible Not to Share

SocialFish

It would be impossible to know what the most shared blog post of all time would be, given the sheer volume of posts (including viral ones) that are released every single day. But if there is one website that embodies popular posts as a concept, it has to be Buzzfeed.

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Where Do You Learn Best? My Personal Learning Journey from Conferences to Trainings

Museum 2.0

The Museum 2.0 blog started because of a conference. In 2006, I attended a big conference for the first time (ASTC). I went alone, sent with a blessing from my boss at the International Spy Museum. I dutifully went to sessions all day, every day.

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Lessons on Policymakers, Gender Equality, and Data

Connection Cafe

Last week at the United Nations General Assembly , Equal Measures 2030 launched a multi-country policymaker survey that explored perceptions of progress on gender-related issues and access to and use of data to inform decisions.

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Can you be effective advocate in the age of hyper-partisan politics?

Network-Centric Advocacy

The world of advocacy in 1994-2007. The political landscape and policy agenda is dominated by consensus politics. This is the age of Dick Morris strategy navigating a middle-ground and triangulating a new space to create policy.

Two Examples of Nonprofit Social Media That Will Make You Smile (and learn a best practice or two)

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Recently, my social media feeds have been anxiety producing, if not downright depressing. The parade of bad news: gun violence, hurricanes, earthquakes, nuclear war, fake news, and more.

3 Ways Tech is Changing Strategic Planning for Housing Non-Profits

Exactask Technology

If you’ve heard it before, that’s because it’s become almost universally true: technology is changing everything. This applies to strategic planning for nonprofits as well, and there are more opportunities to reach new audiences and connect with them than ever before.

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[PODCAST] Tips and Tricks to Year-End Fundraising | Ft. Sandy Rees

NonProfit Hub

“You have to be transparent with your fundraising. Think if the decision you’re making would be on the front page of the local paper tomorrow and your mama saw it. Would you want your mama to see it?” – Sandy Rees, Founder of Get Fully Funded. Fundraising can be a messy business. Sandy gave us two rules for when you’re asking donors for money: First, Sandy told us to never be afraid of asking. Just go for it.

Improve Your Fundraising Approach and Skills at NetSquared Meetups

Tech Soup Blog

Fall has arrived, and with it comes fundraising season. More than one-third of charitable giving happens in the last three months of the year , and the emergence of Giving Tuesday (on November 28 this year) makes the year's end even more critical for charities. Feeling overwhelmed?

3 Inefficiencies that Cause Frustration

Vertex Systems

There are multiple inefficiencies that exist that afflict some agencies. These inefficiencies can cause frustration and double work. This ultimately leads to less services delivered and less hours billed for services authorized.

10 Tips For How To Be A Healthy Leader

Eric Jacobsen Blog

If you're like many leaders, you're "too busy" to exercise on a regular basis. And, you don't give yourself time to renew and refresh. Truth is, there are ways to fit exercise and healthful habits into your busy day that will pay off in dividends.

The 5 Habits of Engaging Membership Leaders

Wild Apricot Blog

The most engaging membership leaders share 5 common habits that set them apart from the rest. Find out what those 5 habits are and sign up for free online event where you can hear the advice and strategies of the industry's top membership leaders. Engaging-Membership-Leaders Joy-Duling

Microsoft's MileIQ Helps a Nonprofit Show People How to Save Lots of Energy

Tech Soup Blog

In 2015, the state of Louisiana consumed more energy per capita than any other state, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Open-Ended Questions To Ask Your Direct Reports

Eric Jacobsen Blog

To help you bring out the best in your team, you need to get close and understand their skills, abilities, and motivations. So, the authors of the book, Your First Leadership Job , recommend you hold getting-to-know-you conversations with each of your direct reports. Ask these open-ended questions.

How Can a Museum Best Protect Its Assets?

Tech Soup Blog

In this age of increasing hacks and cybercrime, the Norman Rockwell Museum has a lot of digital assets, museum operations data, and private patron data that need to be protected.

What Dogs Teach Us About Leadership

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Because 44 percent of U.S. households with at least one dog according to ASPCA, many of us don't have to go far to learn about leadership. That's because, according to co-authors Krissi and Dan Barr , dogs can teach humans a lot about leadership.

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Is Your Association Breaking This Key Rule While Trying to Engage Younger Members?

Wild Apricot Blog

Associations that struggle to attract and engage younger members typically break one key rule. In this post, membership expert Amanda Kaiser reveals what that rule is, and how you can apply it so your organization brings in younger members. younger-members engagement Amanda-Kaiser association membership

The Weekly Independent: October 2, 2017

Eric Jacobsen Blog

News and notes for independent professionals and their clients. This is the October 2, 2017 edition