Sat.Mar 18, 2017 - Fri.Mar 24, 2017

Actigiving—The Next Phase in the Evolution of Episodic Giving

Connection Cafe

Goodbye, slacktivism. Hello, actigiving. For more than a decade now, there has been much debate about whether online activists would ever turn their clicks into gifts. Would these so called “slacktivists” ever do more than like a video or share a link and then feel like they had done enough?

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Tech Wellness in the Nonprofit Workplace: Tips for Avoiding Collaborative Overload

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’m thrilled to be doing a session with Aisha Moore and Gina Schmeling at the NTEN NTC called “ Technology Wellness in the Nonprofit Workplace.” ” If you are attending the NTC, please join us.

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9 Tools to Address Various Aspects of Visual Marketing

SocialFish

Visual marketing has been growing steadily throughout the years now. These days readers expect to see visual content when they land on a blog post. Few people enjoy reading a wall of text. Content marketing will not work unless you engage in visual marketing. Here are a few tools to help you!

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How to Win at Email

NonProfit Hub

An email full of copy with zero visuals hits your trash can as fast as it hits your inbox. We’ve all seen gross emails—and even though we don’t read them, we take two seconds to be appalled by them before clicking delete. Taking time to spruce up your emails can do wonders. We have five quick tips that make all the difference once you press send. Work your email magic! Use White Space.

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9 Things to Look for When Evaluating a Grant Proposal

Connection Cafe

Ensuring that your foundation makes impactful grants to the right nonprofit partners starts with a thorough proposal evaluation. A proposal should include more than just the organization’s mission statement and program description.

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How to Use a Social Media Committee to Create Buzz for Your Non-Profit

John Haydon

There are lots of ways to build awareness for your non-profit organization. Community events, an e-mail newsletter, and good public relations campaigns are all effective ways to make sure that donors, volunteers, and prospects hear about your work.

TechSoup Global Network: A Unique Force for Social Change

Tech Soup Blog

Next week, NGOs from 50 countries, who operate together as the TechSoup Global Network, will gather for three days in San Francisco.

You can’t fix politics, but you can fix this

SocialFish

These are turbulent times, and I think many of us feel pretty powerless (no matter which side of the fence we’re on). So while we can’t fix politics (or maybe we can, but that’s a topic for a different kind of blog), we CAN focus on the things that matter to us directly.

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Fund Accounting Fundamentals: Bottom Line for Fulfilling Nonprofit Missions

Donor Search

What sets nonprofit organizations apart from for-profit businesses? The answer is simple. Each has its own criteria for financial success. For-profit organizations focus on profitability, whereas nonprofits use fund accounting to focus on accountability.

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Introducing Abbott Square Part 3: Community Participation Builds a Community Plaza

Museum 2.0

This is the second installation in a series of posts on the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH)'s development of Abbott Square , a new creative community plaza in downtown Santa Cruz.

Solving the Riddle of Donor Fatigue

Tech Soup Blog

For those of us who live in the universe of nonprofit fundraising, donor fatigue and donor retention are some of the biggest challenges we face. That's particularly true in building an effective direct response program.

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Eight #17NTC Panels on our Radar

Frogloop

NTEN's #17NTC kicks off Thursday, March 23rd in Washington, DC.

Treat Yourself: Tips and Tool for Customizing a WordPress Admin Area

Byte Technology

Much is written for WordPress site owners and designers on the best way to create a unique and customized site for visitors. From inventive layouts to simple insights to create more traffic through an intuitive user interface to choosing the best colors, handiest plugins and the like, the lion’s share of attention is certainly devoted to user. But what about the needs and wants of the person editing and updating the site on a regular basis?

7 creative ways to say 'Thank You' to your volunteers!

VolunteerMark

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings." -- William Arthur Ward Volunteers are the heart of a nonprofit organization. Despite their busy schedules and a hundred other engagements, they have committed to take time out to make this world a better place, and to bring a smile to someone’s face.

Idealware’s revised Consumers Guide to Low-Cost Donor Management Systems

Robert Weiner

Idealware just released the latest version of their Consumers Guide to Low-Cost Donor Management Systems. It will give you an overview of 32 systems and in-depth reviews of their top 11 “best value” choices. Several systems were included for the first time: @EASE, Bloomerang, Exceed Beyond, Salsa CRM, The Raiser’s Edge NXT, and NPOconnect (formerly known as Orange Leap). You can download it here. Databases Donor Databases Fundraising Nonprofit Technology Software

Top 5 Mobile Articles to Read This Week

Mobile Commons

The Picture Show: The Best WordPress Themes for Video Ventures

Byte Technology

Whether you’re a simple weekly WordPress blogger or a seasoned webpage administrator who updates and edits every day, having a video component on your site is a stellar way to draw readers and keep them coming back again and again. Indeed, one need only look at the resounding success of Facebook Live and the myriad social media applications and it’s clear that video can bring loads of attention to you products, services or causes in a way that photos and words alone cannot.

Leading Versus Managing

Eric Jacobsen Blog

In his new book, Getting To "Yes And": The Art of Business Improv , author Bob Kulhan reminds us of the important difference between leadership and management. I'd suggest that the act of managing focuses strictly on strategic thinking at its most practical -- on execution.

Social Media for Non-Profits - Workshop slides

Wild Apricot Blog

Here are the slides from my Mesh workshop - Social Media for Non-profits. Great opportunity? Colossal waste of time? The answer is YES. Social Media for Non-Profits Workshop View more presentations from Wild Apricot. social media training Social networking

Top 5 Mobile Articles to Read This Week

Mobile Commons

A Portlable Panic Button for Immigrants Caught up in Raids HUGE, a digital agency providing strategy, marketing, design, and technology services mostly to Fortune 100 companies, has partnered with our customer United We Dream to disseminate an app that allows people to select contacts they would want to notify in case of emergency and pre-load personalized messages to each recipient.

Ten Ways To Project A Professional Image

Eric Jacobsen Blog

From Jay Miletsky's book, 101 Ways to Successfully Market Yourself , here 10 tips for projecting an effective professional image : Discipline yourself to be positive and enthusiastic. In tense situations choose positive responses by maintaining perspective and getting along well with others.

Ten Ways To Improve Your Connection Skills

Eric Jacobsen Blog

"Connection is what transforms a dog-eat-dog environment into a sled-dog team that pulls together," says Michael Lee Stallard , author of the book, Connection Culture. Connection builds an emotional bond that promotes trust, cooperation, and esprit de corps among people in the workplace."

Eight Guidelines For A Good Company Culture

Eric Jacobsen Blog

"The clearer your company culture, the less likely it will be hijacked by the weaker personalities in your team," explains Mary Christensen , author of the book, Be A Network Marketing Leader. "A

How To Overcome Organizational Drag

Eric Jacobsen Blog

The average company loses more than 25 percent of its productive power to organization drag , reports the authors of the new book, Time, Talent, Energy: Overcome Organizational Drag and Unleash Your Team's Productive Power.

Three Elements To Apologizing

Eric Jacobsen Blog

The following great advice about how to apologize is from the book, The Courage Solution , by Mindy Mackenzie. She recommends you include these three elements when you apologize: Actually say "I'm sorry" out loud, while making eye contact, if possible.

How To Stay Motivated

Eric Jacobsen Blog

To learn how to stay motivated, read High-Profit Prospecting , by Mark Hunter. It's a powerful read that includes counterintuitive advice and cutting-edge best practices for sales prospecting in today's business world. Today, I share one of my favorite sections of the book where Hunter describes his seven things motivated people do to stay motivated : Motivated people ignore voices in their lives. These might be people in the office and friends who have bad attitudes.