Sat.Jul 16, 2016 - Fri.Jul 22, 2016

Customized vs. Configurable Software Solutions: Which Should You Choose?

Connection Cafe

As we evolve into a society that increasingly relies on online—or cloud-based—software to manage everything from personal communications to banking needs, the debate over the pros and cons of configurable vs. customized software has arrived at the main stage.

Ask an Expert: Online Engagement Tool Trends + Advice


The sea of tech options for nonprofits is large and growing - what isn't is data-driven, expert advice on making tech decisions (as a CRM provider, we get it!).

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Understanding the Importance of XML Sitemaps for Website SEO

Byte Technology

It’s great to have a stellar and attractive website, one that was professionally designed to utilize the most current design trends with state-of-the-art plugins and all the accompanying bells and whistles.

An Introduction to Peer-to-Peer Fundraising


This is the first of a series of posts by David Blyer, Founder & CEO, DonorCommunity. ———– Social media has revolutionized the way we raise money, stay engaged with our current donors, and cultivate new donors.

How to Broadcast Your Impact with Facebook Live

Connection Cafe

Facebook Live is a feature that lets any Page live-broadcast events, breaking news, interviews, and more. Nonprofits like The Met and Best Friends Animal Society are using Facebook Live to engage donors in powerful and very creative ways.

How To Incorporate More Movement Into Your Nonprofit Training

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo: Americans for the Arts. Designing and facilitating training (not matter the topic) is one of my passions and why I blog about it on a regular basis. I also love sharing techniques and tips with other trainers and often do “train the trainers” sessions as part of my practice.

The Most Obvious Reason People Use Social Media That Most Brands DON’T Get

John Haydon

It seems that most brands don’t understand why people really share on social media. Yes, people use social media for entertainment, to connect with others, and to be heard. But there’s a deeper motivation behind why people share anything on social media.

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The Art of Building Lasting Donor Relationships with One-To-One Marketing

Connection Cafe

In college, I worked in the Alumni Giving office making cold calls to solicit donations from former students. I wasn’t good at this job at all. I figured if someone hadn’t donated in 5, 12, or 27 years, then I couldn’t change their mind now.

Why Your Nonprofit Needs an Animated Video

See What's Out There

We have a lot of evidence that video is the most important content today for your organization — as you can see here, here and here. As you plan your video strategy, one type of video you need to keep in mind is animation and motion graphics.

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How to Predict What You’ll Raise by Year-End

NonProfit Hub

Wouldn’t you love a crystal ball that you could gaze into and see just what the future holds? You’d know how to make the best choices. Which paths to take. What to say “no” to. What if that crystal ball could tell you how much money you’ll raise by the end of the year?

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[Cool Social Tools] IssueLab: To Unlock PDF Jail, Share What You Know


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! ———— Pity the poor PDF.

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Revitalizing Global Partnerships to Further the Sustainable Development Goals

Connection Cafe

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) present us with a great opportunity to address the world’s most pressing issues and, as we are quickly learning, we need to work together across sectors and borders to strengthen our means of implementation.

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Creating a Culture of Continuous Learning


In the ever-changing climate of business, it is vital that organizational members are able to adapt to their surroundings.

New Study Says Don't Be An Earned Media Hog


Nonprofits spend a lot of their Communications staff time trying to get their issues covered by the media. One common question that gets asked is “how many media hits is good?” M&R reviewed 40 nonprofit organizations media strategy and results from 2015 in hopes of spotting important trends.

What Does Audience-Centered Look Like? It Looks like Glasgow Museums.

Museum 2.0

When we say we want our museum to be "audience-centered," what do we mean?

Do Your Participants Plan Your Nonprofit’s Event?

Connection Cafe

The biggest hurdle many nonprofits face in raising more money from their peer-to-peer event is a lack of time—there isn’t enough time to engage team captains, cultivate top fundraisers, organize volunteers, or segment communications. But what if I told you that the best addition you could make to your event staff won’t cost you a dime? Your event participants.

The Concept of Microlearning


The Concept of Microlearning. At Gyrus, we believe it is our duty to identify, discuss, and communicate our thoughts on upcoming industry trends. Today, we will evaluate microlearning and the potential it carries in reference to bolstering a learning program.

4 Common Website Problems that Cost You Members and Revenue

Wild Apricot

If you're not growing your membership or generating the kind of revenue you want, your website could be a major culprit. In fact, most membership organizations suffer from at least one major website problem. The good news is, fixing these website issues is probably a lot easier than you might think. design website builder Abourahma Lamees

Your Weekly Mobile News Roundup

Mobile Commons

Hotels Embrace Text Messaging – An article in USA Today notes that hotels texting guests is becoming more commonplace. Updated CTIA Short Code Monitoring Handbook – Version 1.6. – Most notably, opt-out information on calls-to-action no longer needs to appear in bold typeface!

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Digital Strategies are Moving the Needle for Nonprofits

Connection Cafe

By 2018, social media will be one of the most important channels for nonprofits, according to a study conducted by Forrester. But this really shouldn’t be news to any of us.

Vote Now for Your Favorite 17NTC Sessions

Tech Soup Blog

Your opinion counts! Help put together the educational program for the 2017 Nonprofit Technology Conference , taking place March 23 – 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. Nonprofit educators, leaders, and consultants from multiple countries submitted over 540 session proposals to NTEN.

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How To Know When Work Is Right For You

Eric Jacobsen Blog

In Brian Tracy 's book, Find Your Balance Point , he shares this helpful list of the seven indicators of the right work for you and the career where you will feel fully engaged and where you will be the happiest in serving other people: The right work for you is something that you really enjoy doing; something that you love to do.

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3 Strategy Mistakes Nonprofits Can Learn From Donald Trump


Trump knows how to generate a ton of earned media. On the other hand, his digital strategy for running for President of the United States, looks like this. via GIPHY. Email Marketing Social Networking Online Fundraising Technology Nonprofit fundraising Digital Strategy

Leading Through Language

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Communication expert Bart Egnal reveals why jargon is so prevalent in the workplace, and why it usually undermines those who use it, in his book, Leading Through Language. Step by step, Egnal demonstrates how effective leaders reject fuzzy terminology in favor of the language of leadership.

Six Tips For How To Get Feedback

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Getting feedback is an important way to improve performance at work. But sometimes, it can be hard to seek out, and even harder to hear. Feedback is all around you. Your job is to find it, both through asking directly and observing it,” says David L.

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How To Be A More Creative Thinker

Eric Jacobsen Blog

From the book, Leading With Strategic Thinking , by Aaron K. Olson and B. Keith Simerson , here are six ways the authors suggest for stimulating your creative thinking : Engage in communities, conferences, or reading outside your typical area of expertise.

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Debbie Laskey's Expert Insights On Marketing and Leadership

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Debbie Laskey is one of my go-to experts when I seek advice about a number of business topics, including marketing, social media, and nonprofit marketing and leadership. So, it's my privilege to share today some of Debbie's insights on all these topics.

How To Be A Change Leader

Eric Jacobsen Blog

The Art of Change Leadership demystifies the psychology behind our reactions to change and offers a powerful collection of tools to inspire individual and collective transformation quickly and more effectively, explains author of the book, Cheryl Cran.

Ten Questions A Superboss Should Ask

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Here are ten questions (or bundles of questions) you should ask yourself to ensure you are thinking and acting like a superboss. These are from Sydney Finkelstein 's new book, Superbosses.

Getting Your Paws On Office 365

Tech Soup Blog

How about a warmer, fluffier article about Office 365 Nonprofit? Literally. I bring you: Kitties and 6 Things I Learned About Microsoft Office 365 from Linda Widdop and Sam Chenkin of Tech Impact while attending an Office 365 Forum. Yes, that's right. Office 365 and kitties!