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20 Insightful Nonprofit Technology And Social Media Stats


Image courtesy of StavtrupPortalen. Some of the most current and meaningful stats about nonprofits and the digital realm, from sources such as Nonprofit Tech For Good , Waggener Edstrom , TechSoup , and the Artez Interactive.

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Pajama Parties? Three Rules for Running Virtual Meetings

Connection Cafe

In my last blog post “ I Get to Work in My Pajamas ,” I got a ton of great comments and feedback which was very informative and also very fun. Working virtually is a hot topic and one that is near and dear to many people’s hearts. I’m no dummy.

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Congressional Testimony Statement before the House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

On August 1, 2013, I testified before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet on the subject “ Innovation in America: The Role of Technology.”

Crowdfunding Tools to Fundraise the Project of Your Dreams


If you’ve spent much time looking at business blogs, or have friends who support causes on social media, chances are you’ve heard of crowdfunding. In case you’re unfamiliar with the term, crowdfunding usually means drawing funds from a group of people to support a specific cause.

11 Reasons To Fundraise In September, According To Google


Image courtesy of Guide Creative. Google analyzed donation-related searches, finding and increase of 30% from August 2012 to September 2012, according to a study conducted by Google and Millward Brown Digital.

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Nonprofit Weekly Roundup: Surprising Twitter Stats, Content Creation, and Media Love for Your Next Event.

Connection Cafe

This was one of those weeks that will go down in history.

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LinkedIn Changes Could Impact Nonprofit Groups - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

AFP Blog

LinkedIn Changes Could Impact Nonprofit Groups - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly :LinkedIn has implemented some new changes into their social network, which may affect how nonprofits use the website, and specifically how groups will function. The new design will focus on user engagement, encouraging individuals to participate in posts and discussion in order for content to get noticed.

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Five Recent LinkedIn Group Updates Nonprofits Need to Know About

Nonprofit Tech for Good

With the launch of new a LinkedIn Groups design , the company resolved one of its most pressing problems – LinkedIn Group spam. Group management had become cumbersome and time-consuming for many admins of medium and large groups.

npVOICES – Episode #9

Connection Cafe

npVOICES goes deeper into topics that matter in the nonprofit sector. We hope you’ll listen, comment, and share. Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in a reader. In this episode… - Pam Loeb with Edge Research and Mark Rovner with Sea Change Strategies discuss the Next Generation of American Giving report. Erica Waasdorp with A Direct Solution gives some advice about starting a monthly giving program.

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School fundraising grows up with mobile wallets, daily deals — Tech News and Analysis

AFP Blog

School fundraising grows up with mobile wallets, daily deals — Tech News and Analysis : With the growth of crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, services like Fundly, Razoo and Dibbee have made it easier for schools (and other nonprofits) to solicit donations from their communities online. But other startups are pitching schools with even more interesting fundraising models that take a page from the books of consumer e-commerce companies. NPSchoolFundraising

4 Tips For Making Giving Day A Success


Image courtesy of Coordinating Public Relations. The Knight Foundation released the Giving Day Playbook this past week (Aug. 21, 2013), with a step-by-step guide to creating an organized and successful Giving Day Campaign.

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The Mission Driven Volunteer


This is a guest post by Peggy Hoffman, CAE, President, Mariner Management & Marketing and Elizabeth Weaver Engel, M.A., CAE, CEO & Chief Strategist, Spark Consulting LLC.

A Lesson from the Fundraising Roundtables

Connection Cafe

Last year and again this year I’ve had the pleasure of joining the Fundraising Roundtables with many of you across the country. For a digital fundraiser like me, it’s the mental equivalent of being a kid in a candy shop without mom to rein you in.

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Charity website to increase visibility of small causes - Daily News Egypt

AFP Blog

Charity website to increase visibility of small causes - Daily News Egypt : Although there is a constant need for charitable giving, many small organisations struggle to get sufficient funds for their causes. A new website,, aims to solve this problem and increase the visibility of small charities to a wider audience

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5 Nonprofit Tech Solutions For Improving Internal Communication


Image courtesy of MeetUp. For nonprofits, staying connected and efficiently communicating is a high priority. However, some nonprofits have multiple locations, staff that work in the field, and partners and sponsors across the globe.

Building Capacity for Social Change 2.0

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo by Beth Kanter. Note From Beth: A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to participate in a meeting with other capacity builders who work with networks. I wrote a quick reflection on some of the techniques used to facilitate the meeting.

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Exact Target’s 50 Emailing Tips and Stats for 2014 Reduced to Three Key Takeaways

Connection Cafe

I love a good list and, I suspect you do, too. However, even the best of lists can sometimes feel a little long. That’s why I took Exact Target’s fantastic list of 50 Email Marketing Tips and Stats for 2014 and boiled it down to three key takeaways for nonprofits. My top three takeaways (in bold) supported by Exact Target’s list include: Don’t fret the small stuff. For example, panicking over the changes to Gmail Tabs is a moot point if your organization’s emails aren’t optimized for mobile.

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How to Grow Your Fundraising With Video Marketing In Five Simple Steps - Resource Center - AFP

AFP Blog

How to Grow Your Fundraising With Video Marketing In Five Simple Steps - Resource Center - AFP : Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last five years or so, you''ll have undoubtedly noticed the infectious growth in online video. The reasons behind this explosion in online video are numerous, but it basically boils down to two big things: video drives 1. traffic and 2. conversions.

5 Simple Steps For Moving Your Nonprofit’s Email To The Cloud


Image courtesy of IT Pro. Moving your nonprofit organization to the cloud is not as hard as you think and the benefits include saving approximately 30% on email services, increased storage space per user, and a more reliable email server, according to an article on The Daily Beast.

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What you need to know about Realtime Marketing


I’m psyched to be participating in this one-day event, as a helpdesk expert. From the Realtime Report: It’s Time For A New Kind Of Social Media Conference: Fun, Hands On, Focused On Tools And Their Business Value. So what’s changed? The social media space has grown up.

5 Ways to Know That Blogging is Part of Your Purpose

Have Fun - Do Good

You know someone needs to read what you have to share. If you have a feeling that there is a community of people, no matter how big or small, whose lives would be richer because of your writing, photos or videos, don’t wait. Start your blog. Don’t worry about the numbers. Write for your people.

Non-profits should not forget online platforms when reaching out to potential donors | Business |

AFP Blog

Non-profits should not forget online platforms when reaching out to potential donors | Business | : Online is an important channel for nonprofits to include in their fundraising practices, and the options for online fundraising include much more than just a donate button on the organization''s website. Online fundraising should involve a coordinated, multi-faceted approach using tools such as email, website, video, social media, mobile, and SEO to solicit donations.

Unlease Your Organizations Knowledge Sharing Processes

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note From Beth: Many of us don’t value taking the time for intentional learning within our organizations.

How many fundraising emails should you send a year?


After working on over 400 nonprofit email recruitment campaigns, and helping clients plan successful recruitment strategies, I’ve realized that most nonprofits don''t send nearly enough standalone fundraising appeals.

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Our Mobile Commons Enroll Video Explains How Text Messaging Can Help Enroll People in Health Insurance

Mobile Commons

How can text messaging inspire people to enroll in health insurance? Well, we made a video to show you! In a country with 48 million uninsured, connecting people with reliable information and encouraging them to sign up for a health insurance plan can be a life-saving endeavor.

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Free Tools to Test Your Nonprofit's Website for Accessibility | NTEN

AFP Blog

Free Tools to Test Your Nonprofit''s Website for Accessibility | NTEN : "People generally associate the topic of web accessibility with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but I like to think of web accessibility as the practice of making websites with content, features and functionality that people of all abilities can access and use." ''via Blog this

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How to make convenings count: a new hands-on guidebook

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: This resource has lots of useful framework and design tips for designing and implementing convenings which can also be applied to designing workshops, meetings, and other gatherings. How to make convenings count: a new hands-on guidebook. By Noah Rimland Flower.

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Painting in Pixels: Using Screenshot Tools to Visualize Software


Can you guess what this abstracted picture was originally? Hint: the title of this blog post may give you an idea…. Can’t figure it out? Well, it’s a distorted and rotated screenshot of my emails. Here in the Idealware office, we create screenshots every day for our online trainings.

Facebook Tweaks Newsfeed to Feature More High Quality Content

John Haydon

Facebook recently updated it’s Newsfeed algorithm to feature organic content (not paid) that’s more relevant to each user. Some of the criteria for selecting posts to display include: Content that is timely and relevant. Content from a source the user trusts. Tanzania: Charitable Giving - Where Are Tanzania's Affluent? (Page 1 of 4)

AFP Blog Tanzania: Charitable Giving - Where Are Tanzania''s Affluent? Page 1 of 4) : IN December 2009, Luca Neghesti, a serial entrepreneur in Media, ICT and Logistics industries in Tanzania spearheaded a relief aid campaign for thousands of victims of the Dar es Salaam floods through the use of social media platforms

11 Ways to Make Conference Planning Easier


Are you planning a conference? It seems like nonprofits are perpetually planning conferences. As a conference organizer, even when the conference finally ends, you breathe a sigh of relief only to realize that you have to update the conference website, send thank you notes, and put out your next ask.

Guest Post: Weaving Community Collaborations into Permanent Installations at the Denver Art Museum

Museum 2.0

Earlier in 2013, I was amazed to visit one of the new “Studio” spaces at the Denver Art Museum.

Four Facebook Metrics Most ROI Calculators Are Missing

John Haydon

Most Social Media ROI calculators include factors for investments and gains, but not many include factors for loss. This means that any “collateral damage” of your campaign might often be overlooked.

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University fundraising service to enter digital realm - The Pitt News: News

AFP Blog

University fundraising service to enter digital realm - The Pitt News: News : TeleFund, Pitt’s telephone fundraising service, suspended its calling operation for a few weeks to take time to consider new ways to communicate with Pitt alumni. The way the world communicates is changing,” said Albert Novak, a vice chancellor in the Office of Institutional Advancement, which oversees TeleFund’s operations

Back to School in Tanzania with a New Windows Multipoint Server Computer Lab

Tech Soup Blog

Jim Shemaria from Grace Ministries International walked in to Interconnection in Seattle and asked for a 20-station computer lab that he could fit in his luggage and take with him on the plane to a school in Africa. Charles Brennick happened to have just the thing he needed.

Join the VegCookbook Club: Vegan Indian Cooking

Have Fun - Do Good

Hello Have Fun Do Gooders! Just wanted to let you know that we''ll be cooking from Vegan Indian Cooking by Anupy Singla over at my other blog, VegCookbook Club.

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Facebook Promotions Just Got Way Easier for Nonprofits!

John Haydon

Written by my good friend, Marc A. Pitman , AKA the Fundraising Coach. Facebook promotions used to be a weird thing. Nonprofits did them but technically, they risked Facebook deleting their page. Facebooks changes its terms again. This time for the good!