Sat.Dec 14, 2013 - Fri.Dec 20, 2013

UC Santa Cruz Students Volunteering for Impact with Bookshare

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I’m delighted to share with you today a wonderful success story from our Volunteer Program.

3 SEO Strategies To Increase Your Nonprofit’s Online Reach

TechImpact

Image courtesy of Vudu Marketing. Your nonprofit is only as successful as its reach, and in today’s internet focused marketplace your reach is driven by your online presence.

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5 steps to a Holiday Out-of-Office that inspires

Connection Cafe

About to set your out of office for the holidays? You have a golden opportunity to create an out of office that inspires your donors to make a year-end gift!

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HUGE! Facebook Rolling Out "Donate Now" Feature for Nonprofits

AFP Blog

From John Haydon HUGE! Facebook Rolling Out "Donate Now" Feature for Nonprofits : Facebook is rolling out a new feature that lets Facebook users make donations directly to their favorite nonprofits via the News Feed. This donate now feature will appear beside posts in the News Feed and at the top of non-profit Facebook Pages participating in the program

Nonprofit Advocacy Can Be a Force Multiplier for Social Change

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

This post originally appeared on Arabella Advisors'' Greater Good blog as part of the series Impact 2014. For many years, people frequently suggested that Benetech , the nonprofit tech company I founded and lead, get more involved in Washington, DC policy and legislative action.

5 Reasons Why Your Nonprofit Should Care About Cloud Computing

TechImpact

Image courtesy of entech. Chances are good your organization is already using some form of cloud computing without realizing it. Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, and Google Docs are all examples of cloud-based applications, also known as software as a service (SaaS). But what is cloud computing?

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End-of-Year Giving: Fundraising Appeals Our Experts Love

Connection Cafe

Guest post by Amy Bills, Blackbaud’s director of customer marketing. Get ready to hear some great insights from an experienced marketing pro that has a passion for serving the nonprofit community and Blackbaud customers. . I came upon this last week on Twitter (see image to left).

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NEW! Artomatic Diaries, A Living Social Media Case Study

SocialFish

As some of you may know, a couple of weeks ago I was engaged to run social media for Artomatic , an amazing all volunteer-led nonprofit arts festival in the DC area (and newly licensed globally a la TEDx.).

3 Reasons To Incorporate Volunteers With Your Tech

TechImpact

Image Courtesy of Blues By Starlight. Volunteers are often the unsung heroes of the nonprofit sector. The Third Sector Today originally talked about a volunteer’s importance, and how incorporating them into your tech strategy can pay dividends. Americans volunteered 7.9

5 Ways Hands On Nashville Rocked The Music City on #GivingTuesday

Connection Cafe

Last week, I shared how lives are changed when #bigkidsgive and 5 tips on how you can rock #givingtuesday like Camp Kesem.

Google's charity donation app comes to iOS for the holidays

AFP Blog

Google''s charity donation app comes to iOS for the holidays : It''s the season of giving, and this year, iOS users will be entitled to share the love with Google''s One Today app

Best Linkedin Company Pages

SocialFish

Lots of good tips here for amping up your company page. Best LinkedIn Company Pages 2013 from LinkedIn. ————– ( photo credit ).

Facebook Rolling Out “Donate” Feature for Nonprofits

John Haydon

Facebook is rolling out a new feature that lets Facebook users make donations directly to their favorite nonprofits via the News Feed. This donate now feature will appear beside posts in the News Feed and at the top of non-profit Facebook Pages participating in the program (as shown below).

Six Reasons Why Your Website Can Scare Donors

Connection Cafe

By: Laura Iancu, 123ContactForm. The website of any nonprofit can be a core element in communication, providing a valuable tool to build and engage a community. Knowing how to present your cause and having a reliable website can boost your donations.

Digital civil society emerging ? Philanthropy North Carolina

AFP Blog

Digital civil society emerging  Philanthropy North Carolina : Digital technology and data are driving the use of private resources for public good, and the shape of that emerging social economy will depend on how nonprofits, philanthropies, business and government address critical questions about the ways that data are collected, shared and used, a new report says.

The Power of Targeting

SocialFish

This is the fourth post in a series provided for SocialFish by Artie Patel of Attentive.ly. ————— In our last blog post, we talked about the power of personalization and discussed tips and tricks to sending meaningful messages.

3 Ways Salesforce Will Increase Your Annual Donations

TechImpact

Image courtesy of Fundraising 123. How is all your donor information saved? Chances are, if you have not already switched to a cloud-based system like Salesforce, all that data is sitting in a spreadsheet somewhere, only locally accessible by a handful of people.

Four Easy Ways to Land Corporate Donations

Connection Cafe

Robert Bellovin is a Media Relations Coordinator at Software Advice. Before joining Software Advice, he worked as an Account Manager for Granite Public Affairs and as a Deputy Campaign Manager for a U.S. Congressional campaign. At Software Advice, he covers marketing, nonprofit and small business. .

Belfast Nonprofit Brings Affordable Technology to Mainers | Bangor, Maine News, Sports, and Weather - WABI TV5

AFP Blog

Belfast Nonprofit Brings Affordable Technology to Mainers | Bangor, Maine News, Sports, and Weather - WABI TV5 : We’ve helped almost 10,000 families so far in the 12 years,” said E-Commerce Manager Calvin Robbins. Jodi Martin started the nonprofit, Information Technology Exchange, with her husband. “We We have two programs. One is PC’s for Maine and one is PC Medix. PC’s for Maine is our nonprofit.

Lobbyist Registration Requirements—a brief overview

SocialFish

This is the latest guest post on transparency and other global issues affecting associations from Steven Worth of Plexus Consulting. ——————-.

How Nonprofits Get Significant Value from Content Curation

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Harold Jarche (Click for Original Article). On December 17 at 6:30 pm, I am facilitating a discussion and presenting at one of Scoop.It’s “ Lean Content ” events in San Francisco. The topic is “ The Unanticipated Benefits of Content Curation for Nonprofits.”

3 Tips and a BIG Christmas Bonus to Supercharge Year-End Online Giving

Connection Cafe

This is a Guest Post by Pamela Grow. Committed to empowering small shop fundraisers everywhere with the tools for sustainable funding, Pamela Grow has collaborated on fundraising systems like 100 Donors in 90 Days and The Donor Retention Project.

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VT Nonprofits Get Website Upgrades | Common Good Vermont Blog

AFP Blog

VT Nonprofits Get Website Upgrades | Common Good Vermont Blog : Managing a website no longer needs to be intimidating for a nonprofit of any size. Content management systems, such as WordPress, make adding or editing content as simple as writing an email or drafting a Word document. Since the start of the project, the Vermont Digital Economy Project has helped nearly twenty nonprofits to revamp their web presence in a way that empowers them to control their own messaging.

2014 Cause Awareness Days

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Launching online fundraising campaigns around cause awareness days is good strategy.

#FacebookAdGrants: What Nonprofits Need More Than a Facebook Donate Button

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Image Source: Pando Daily. Over the years, I’ve attended events where a representatives from Facebook shared with nonprofits how to use the platform more effectively.

The Nonprofit Weekly Roundup: #GivingTuesday Changing the World One Online Donation at a Time (and how you can benefit all year long)

Connection Cafe

It’s been almost 2 weeks, but conversations around Giving Tuesday haven’t stopped. From reports of specific organizations’ success to questions of skepticism, one thing is certain – #GivingTuesday rocked the industry.

Facebook's New Donate Button: Good or Bad for Nonprofits?

Frogloop

The nonprofit world was buzzing today over the announcement of Facebook rolling out Donate buttons to nonprofit organizations on pages and posts. This will be similar to the Facebook Gifts button that they have been testing with about a dozen nonprofit partners for the past year.

3 Smart Ways to use Social Media for Fundraising

See What's Out There

There are folks in the non-profit world who believe that, when it comes to fundraising, social media is a waste of time. Many of those people happen to be in the direct mail business!) During this year’s International Fundraising Congress in Holland, it was our CEO Michael Hoffman’s goal to put a critical eye on […

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The Photo that Was Worth 25,000 Shares

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: Earlier this month, I posted shared an article mentioning a warning from Facebook to Page Admin s: Your organic reach will decline. I asked fans if they thought paid reach will become a standard part of their strategy.

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#GivingTuesday and Year End: Where from here?

Connection Cafe

#GivingTuesday 2013 was a huge success! Online giving that day, according to Blackbaud , was up 90% over the previous year. That’s nothing short of incredible. What now? Wait until the Tuesday after Thanksgiving 2014? No way.

Join us for Museum Camp 2014 on Social Impact Assessment

Museum 2.0

What is the change you hope your work effects in your community? Igniting compassion? Building a more creative workforce? Bridging cultural differences? We all have aspirational social impact goals for our organizations. These goals are expressed in mission and vision statements.

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Both Are True

Have Fun - Do Good

As we head into the darkest day of the year I''m trying to remember that so often, "both are true." This is a time of year for rest and solitude and of celebration and company. The holidays are a time of fun and of sadness. It is OK to feel gratitude and grief.

How One Nonprofit Used Social Media for Damage Control During A PR Crisis That Erupted During a Fundraiser

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: I’m facilitating a peer exchange for the Knight Foundation for a group of grantees that are hosting a Giving Days over the next year using its recently published Giving Day Playbook.

Stewardship: The “Healing White Light” of Fundraising

Connection Cafe

So you might be wondering about the title and what it all means. Let me explain. The past seven weeks I have had some health issues, and one of my incredible colleagues, Michael Quevli , who also blogs on this site and is well known in the field of fundraising and prospect research (and also known as one of the most caring and fun-loving people you ever want to meet), used a phrase that just resonated with me during my entire health scare journey of late.

This is What Nonprofits Need More Than a Facebook Donate Button

John Haydon

So Facebook announced a new feature allowing Facebook users a frictionless way to donate to their favorite nonprofit. A few nonprofits currently have the feature on their Facebook Pages, and more will start using it as it rolls out to a greater audience.

Best of the Wild Apricot Blog in 2013

Wild Apricot

Here are the 20 top rated posts from the Wild Apricot Blog in 2013. Wild Apricot

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From the Kids’ Table to the Adults’ Table: Taking Relationships Seriously in a World of Networks

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flickr Photo by Banana Custard. Note from Beth: Last week I published an interview with Lean Start Up author, Eric Ries, that talked about how the lean start up ideas apply to the nonprofit sector.