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

3 Nonprofit Fundraising Lessons Learned from Political Campaigns

Connection Cafe

Because of their scope and scale, US presidential campaigns are unique entities. They don’t last very long compared to those of nonprofit organizations, but they raise and spend a tremendous amount of money—growing quickly from scratch into an immense, people-powered machine.

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Getting What Works: Six Things to Look for in a Good Web Designer

Byte Technology

Finding the right match in the field of website design is really not that different than shopping for an auto mechanic, a physician, a plumber of a financial advisor, as there are always multiple questions to be asked: Is this person qualified? Do they have a good reputation in their field?

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New Guide: How To Engage Your Supporters with Social Listening

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: In the decade or so that I’ve been doing social media, I’ve always been an advocate of the “Listen, Learn, Adapt” approach to doing social and a decade later, it is still very important for success.

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Fundraising Week: 'Almost half of donations will be made online by 2020' | Third Sector

AFP Blog

Fundraising Week: 'Almost half of donations will be made online by 2020' | Third Sector : "Online giving will represent almost half of all UK giving by 2020, according to Charlie Wells, chief operating officer at JustGiving.

Volunteerism Keeps Proving Its Value (Especially When Skills Are Given)

Connection Cafe

The news is out, and it’s good! What news? Volunteerism news, of course. For those of you who know me, that’s not much of a surprise. My favorite news days of the year are all about giving back: June 14—Giving USA ( you can stay tuned here ).

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Resources for Small Staff Associations

SocialFish

This post originally appeared on Mizz Information. ————-. This is a list of free or cheap web, social media, marketing and design resources that I presented in my session, 20 Tools to Help You MacGyver Your Small Association’s Communications, at YourMembership Xperience 2016.

5 Ways to Engage Online Like You Mean It

Frogloop

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: social media and the Internet should be like a cocktail party - you should be mingling and engaging with your guests. Be welcoming, courteous, and fun. Social Networking Trends

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Create a Welcome Series for New Supporters in 3 Easy Steps

Connection Cafe

What, you don’t have a welcome series ? Don’t panic: it’s easier than you think to create one. In fact, you just need to follow these three easy steps and you’ll have a welcome series that leaves your supporters asking for more. Sidenote: Wondering what a welcome series is?

A Missed Opportunity to Transcend Hierarchy

SocialFish

This post originally appeared on the Higher Logic blog , where I’m posting an ongoing series related to Millennials and online community. And don’t forget that Higher Logic clients can have access to our Essentials of Online Community Management program at a special discount.

Five Tips for Turning Advocates into Volunteers

NonProfit Hub

Advocates are a vital piece of any nonprofit’s support system. Intangible encouragement from advocates matters just as much as any monetary donation. Advocates aren’t just voices of support, though; they’re also a great resource when you’re looking to increase your nonprofit’s volunteer base.

Colleges are going online to crowdsource donations, and they’re raising millions - The Washington Post

AFP Blog

Colleges are going online to crowdsource donations, and they’re raising millions - The Washington Post : "The small liberal arts school in Massachusetts did it without bombarding alumni with phone calls, sending out a batch of mailers or soliciting donations for seats at a gala event. Instead, school leaders turned to GiveCampus.com, a Washington, D.C.-based based crowdfunding website that appeals to a younger, more tech-savvy audience." 'via via Blog this

The 7 Steps to Choosing Nonprofit Accounting Software

Connection Cafe

Software Advice works with hundreds of nonprofit professionals searching for new accounting software every year. This gives us insights into the challenges they face when researching products. The bottom line—it’s overwhelming.

[Cool Infographic Friday] Association Awesomeness

SocialFish

Wanted to share this great example of how an association can share their awesomeness through an infographic – which I don’t need to tell you is an easily shareable piece of content that members can easily use to spread the love.

Advocacy Policy, Part Two - And Why Now is an Especially Good Time to Create One

Museum 2.0

A few months ago, the MAH board and staff started discussing whether and how to create a formal policy for advocacy activities. I blogged about it , and you offered several good pointers on what should be considered in constructing it.

Apple to Donate Proceeds from 27 Apps to World Wildlife Fund | Non Profit News | Nonprofit Quarterly

AFP Blog

Apple to Donate Proceeds from 27 Apps to World Wildlife Fund | Non Profit News | Nonprofit Quarterly : "Apple said on Thursday, April 14th, that it would donate its proceeds from 27 apps and games, including some of its most popular downloads, until April 24th to the WWF. Those proceeds include profits from Trivia Crack, the second edition of Angry Birds, Recolor, and two dozen other apps. Apple hasn’t said how much it hopes to donate through the program, called Apps for Earth.

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3 Things I learned about Storytelling While Writing The Storytelling Non-Profit

Connection Cafe

It was a warm September day in 2013 and I was about an hour outside of Austin, TX on a bus heading to the airport. I was leaving a conference, and during the course of the bus ride was talking to a friend about what was next. I remember telling him that I was ready to write a book on storytelling.

Mobile Messaging News Roundup

Mobile Commons

Every week, our Lead Mobile Strategist Ti Chesley will post a roundup of the biggest news in mobile messaging. He’s excerpted some key quotes from the key articles.

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Informal vs. Formal Learning: Creating a Blend!

Gyrus

The corporate training world often questions and evaluates the concept of incorporating informal learning. The question always arises whether informal learning can be added to the formal learning and if so, how both can be combined together. Informal learning is the unofficial, unscheduled, and unplanned way to learn and gain knowledge, whereas formal learning is delivered in a systematic, intentional way with a reporting and evaluation process.

The 4 Parts of a Successful Digital Strategy

Idealware

Editor’s note: Becca Bloch from Elevation—a web solution agency that works primarily with nonprofits—offers her take on how any nonprofit can develop a successful digital strategy. --. For many people out there in cyberspace, if you don’t have a digital presence, your nonprofit does not exist.

Solving Nonprofit Marketing Challenges across National and Affiliate Offices

Connection Cafe

It takes both a local and national presence to implement the strategies that will allow a nonprofit to make an impact.

5 Creative Technologies to Inspire Your Nonprofit’s Efforts

NonProfit Hub

Kayla Matthews is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub. She is a writer and blogger with a passion for self-improvement and helping others. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter to read all of her latest posts. _. Look around you. How much technology is in your general area? We use technology every day of our lives, whether that be using our phones or surfing the Web. We use it so often because it makes our lives easier.

Our Favorite Prospect Research Blogs

Donor Search

At DonorSearch, we’re proud to share our prospect research knowledge through our blog, but our word is far from the final word on the prospect research world. There are plenty of other blogs that give us inspiration and share even more necessary information on this expansive fundraising topic.

When Your Biggest Enemy is Being Perfect

John Haydon

You spent 5 hours on that blog post to get it perfect, and you still haven’t published it. You can’t find that perfect image for Instagram, so you don’t post anything. And forget about video – you’ll never get that perfect so don’t even try.

Your Donor Management System Questions Answered (Part 1 with Eric Leland)

Idealware

Editor's note: A few weeks back we led a panel discussion on how to choose a donor management system with Eric Leland, Robert Weiner, and our own Karen Graham. The webinar was so popular and the questions so good that we couldn't get to everything in the hour. But we didn't want your questions to go unanswered. Our panelists split up the remaining questions and over the next three weeks we'll publish their answers. The first batch of answers come from Eric Leland from FivePaths.

Six Tips to Help You Select the Right Learning Management System

Gyrus

Editor's Note: This blog was originally published in KM World in April 2016, and has been reproduced here with permission. In the digital world, one can turn to a blog, Wikipedia, social media platforms, online knowledge forums, videos, etc. and get informed on just anything. The information available is abundant. You might think if there is a concrete need of a Learning Management System (LMS) versus letting the employees find and learn on their own.

8 Types of Annoying Board Members

Wild Apricot

Nonprofits are a magical place filled with super passionate, hardworking, and extremely motivated individuals. But, sometimes when you get a bunch of equally passionate people in one room for a Board Meeting, some people's quirks become annoyingly apparent. Board members annoying

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Workplace Bullying Is The Silent Epidemic

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Bullying in the workplace is the "silent epidemic," says Lynne Curry , author of the new book, Beating The Workplace Bully: A Tactical Guide To Taking Charge. How big an epidemic?

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How the NetSquared Challenges Have Accelerated Tech for Good

Tech Soup Blog

The rise of mobile, social media, crowdsourcing, blogging, and citizen journalism in the mid-2000s created extraordinary new communication and information-sharing opportunities.

How 1 Simple Email Will Make Every New Member Happy

Wild Apricot

Your membership organization is large and growing, which means you don't have the time or resources to reach out to each new member with a personal welcome. This is bad! Here's how 1 simple email can solve this problem. member new email

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How To Unlock The Wisdom Of Your Stellar Performers

Eric Jacobsen Blog

The book, The Star Factor , shows you a unique system for unlocking the wisdom of your stellar performers and transforming that knowledge into actionable steps to help other employees internalize these new attitudes and behaviors. The system and methodology is called affirmative leadership.

Online Marketing For Busy Authors

Eric Jacobsen Blog

"There has never been a better time to be an author," says Fauzia Burke , "because for the first time authors have direct access to their readers. While there is more competition in the marketplace, there is also more opportunity."

How To Become An Accountable Leader

Eric Jacobsen Blog

"Truly accountable leadership is the only way to build an organization that can survive and thrive in our increasingly complicated world," says Vince Molinaro , author of his revised and updated bestseller, The Leadership Contract.

Developing Apps with a Community-Centered Approach

Tech Soup Blog

We use mobile apps to capture memories, keep track of tasks, entertain ourselves, and communicate. But what if an app could be used to help nonprofits, public libraries, and other community groups organize and solve pressing problems? That is the mission of Caravan Studios , a division of TechSoup.

How TechSoup Helped to Build the Refurbishment Industry

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup is arguably best known for its technology donation programs. Starting from a basement full of boxes and growing to serve every country on the planet , TechSoup has partnered with leading technology companies for decades to increase nonprofit.( read more ).

Open Challenges Harness Local Knowledge for Local Change

Tech Soup Blog

Since the first NetSquared challenge in 2006, TechSoup has continued to offer people and organizations opportunities to connect, share ideas, and collaborate; they work on solutions online and offline through events, meetups, and hackathons.

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Attract New Members with a New Hook

Wild Apricot

Gaining interest from new members is a struggle for you. Your current members absolutely love being part of your nonprofit, but you just can't seem to get new prospects to see the light. members tennis new persistent hook

Turning City Data into Apps with Apps4Warsaw

Tech Soup Blog

What happens when you combine local government, open data, and creative and tech-savvy citizens? Apps4Warsaw. Led by TechSoup Europe , Apps4Warsaw challenged Warsaw's tech-for-good community members to create useful technology for their neighbors using city open datasets.