Sat.Sep 06, 2014 - Fri.Sep 12, 2014

Emotions vs. Numbers| Developing the Right Strategy for Your Next Fundraising Appeal

Connection Cafe

There are two ways these posts about soliciting donors start: Either we begin with a metaphor about how asking a donor for time or money is like a. some sort of romantic proposition (prom, date, marriage), or b.

Open Source and the Promise of Sustainable Nutrition Security

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Recently I had the opportunity to get introduced to Gerald Nelson , senior climate change researcher and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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VolunteerMark podcast goes live today!


Our podcast is live today! Check out this post for info on how to get involved, and more importantly, how to listen in on the ''reg

Does your charity have too much data?

3rd Sector Labs

How do you know when your organization is storing and using too much data? We were asked this question recently – and it’s a great question.

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Introducing Blackbaud’s Portfolio of Fundraising and Relationship Management Solutions

Connection Cafe

This week, Blackbaud shared our product portfolio strategy for 2015 and beyond, including the highly-anticipated plan for the future of the Raiser’s Edge solution line.

Bitcoin: how the charity RNLI is using the digital currency

AFP Blog

Why did RNLI decide to use Bitcoins? The idea came from our research into future trends and changes that may impact on the RNLI. Basically, it looked likely that we would receive digital currency as a donation and/or as part of a legacy at some point and we wanted to be prepared for that eventuality. While researching, we became aware that using Bitcoin could expose the RNLI to new audiences.

Keeping your employees engaged


We believe it’s extremely important for nonprofits to recognize how crucial people are to your mission. Our friends at Catchafire provide a comprehensive list of tips to help you create an intentional culture that combines purpose with passion. “By

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How to Plan the Fall Fundraiser Everyone Will Be Talking About

Connection Cafe

We’ve almost made it through the sweaty summer season and fall—in all its chilly glory—is knocking anxiously at our doors.

How Baby Boomers Use The Internet


Image courtesy of Modern Senior. The frequency of online giving ballooned in 2013, increasing by 14% in 2013. The huge increase in revenue generated by online donations also helped fundraisers realize their market is now, firmly, online.

We need to change the quality of our conversations


Are you tired of superficial dialogue about giving and charity? Then read this post for ways you can (and must) get meaningfully involved in conversations about serving others

BBC News - Ice bucket challenge: 'One in six Britons took part'

AFP Blog

BBC News - Ice bucket challenge: ''One in six Britons took part'' One in six Britons have taken part in the ice bucket challenge to raise money for charity, research commissioned by the Charities Aid Foundation suggests. The charity told BBC Breakfast that one in 10 people donated as a result of the campaign - each giving an average of almost £5. ComRes polled 2,058 British adults online from 5 to 7 September

4 Ways to Gain Followers for Your School on Instagram

Connection Cafe

The social media channel I’m most excited about using this school year is Instagram. Because in just a little over five months we’ve already doubled our following!

Advancing Reading Equality with Bookshare’s Exponential Growth

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

At Benetech, we always ask ourselves how our existing successful programs can reach more people who need our services and how we can apply technology in new ways to enrich and improve more lives. I’m thrilled to share with you some of the recent amazing impact of Bookshare , a Benetech Global Literacy initiative and the largest accessible online library of copyrighted content for people with print disabilities.

6 Tech Tools That Are Better In The Cloud


Image courtesy of SustaiNet Software. The importance of technology to today’s business world is unmatched. Have you ever been in an office when the Internet goes out? It’s like a field day. The Internet today is central to the way we get work done, and for good reason.

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How to Ensure You Are CASL Compliant : Page 1 of 2 : Target Marketing

AFP Blog

How to Ensure You Are CASL Compliant : Page 1 of 2 : Target Marketing Under CASL, it is illegal to send to or from a Canadian computer a "commercial electronic message" unless the recipient has consented to receiving the message. CASL also requires that all commercial electronic messages include an unsubscribe mechanism

Can Your Organization Survive? The 4 Keys to Nonprofit Sustainability

NonProfit Hub

In an ideal world, organizations would never have to compete against one another for money. But unfortunately, sometimes organizations with the same cause are even competing for funds. But you’re different. You have this amazing idea to make the world a better place.

Association Social Media: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)


Why Your Nonprofit’s Content Marketing Voice is Important


Image courtesy of Pttsburgh Courier. Create content readers will care about. As if this wasn’t a tall enough order, now I have to care about my editorial voice? The short answer is yes. The long answer is absolutely.

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Ep100: Crowdfunding for Nonprofits and Businesses: 7 Best Practices — Selfish Giving

AFP Blog

Ep100: Crowdfunding for Nonprofits and Businesses: 7 Best Practices — Selfish Giving

Tell Me a Story: How to Use Interviews to Enhance Your Grant Proposals

NonProfit Hub

James was a grant writer for a nonprofit that worked with children. Passion fueled his work because he knew the work his organization did improved the lives of hundreds of children every year. He applied for grants to help his NPO expand its reach, but lately, he’s run into a bit of a snag.

NTEN Leading Change Summit #14lcs: Reflection

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo by Trav Williams. Last week I facilitated the “ Impact Leadership Track ” at the NTEN Leading Change Summit with John Kenyon, Elissa Perry, and Londell Jackson. Our track was one of three tracks for participants to dive deep into a topic and learn from peers through dialogue.

Join Me at the Outreach Marketing Virtual Summit on 9/23


I will be speaking along with all these smart folks at GroupHigh’s Outreach Marketing Virtual Summit on September 23rd. The event is FREE and will be livestreamed all day from 9 am to 6 pm EDT.

Could The IRS Disallow Ice Bucket Challenge Charitable Contributions?

AFP Blog

Could The IRS Disallow Ice Bucket Challenge Charitable Contributions? OK, rest easy; the IRS isn’t coming after your ALS donation. While the principle of donative intent is very real, in recent years, the courts have tied this principle to a “quid pro quo test,” which states that in order for a donation to lack donative intent, the donor must anticipate receiving a financial benefit from the contribution commensurate with the value the donor transferred to the charity.

Nonprofit Content Marketing—Yay or Nay?

NonProfit Hub

In the article below, Krystyn Tully compares content marketing to Twinkie filler.

A Guide to Evaluating Networks

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: I met Madeleine Taylor back in 2009 while I was Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. This was fairly early in the Foundation’s exploration of networks and Madeleine came in to discuss her approach to evaluating networks.

But What About Quality?

Museum 2.0

Scene: a regional workshop on arts engagement. A funder is speaking with conviction about the fact that her foundation is focusing their arts grantmaking strategy on engagement. Engaging new people. Engaging more diverse people. Engaging people actively in the arts. Any questions?

Mario’s millions: could US charity gaming marathons sweep the UK? | Voluntary Sector Network | Guardian Professional

AFP Blog

Mario’s millions: could US charity gaming marathons sweep the UK? Voluntary Sector Network | Guardian Professional Mario’s millions: could US charity gaming marathons sweep the UK? The craze for video gaming for charity has seen some events rake in more than $1m in the US. Could UK fundraisers tap in

Plan Early, Fundraise Often—The Keys to a Successful Year-End Ask

NonProfit Hub

This article originally ran in our Nonprofit Hub Magazine, a free bi-monthly magazine dedicated to providing focused content on a particular topic. In our September/October edition, we explored year-end giving.

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Mobile Commons Powers Over 100,000 Calls to Congress on Internet Slowdown Day

Mobile Commons

Wednesday, September 10 th , 2014 was a big day for the Internet, as hundreds of thousand of supporters took action and voiced their opposition to the FCC’s proposal to end net neutrality.

Safer Online for Nonprofits: Practical Advice to Keep You Safe

Tech Soup Blog

Most organizations store at least some sensitive personal information. This could be names, addresses, phone numbers, or records of how clients use organizations' services.

Is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge a Model for Jewish Fundraising?

AFP Blog

Is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge a Model for Jewish Fundraising? The Facebook frenzy created by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has now been replaced by back-to-school photographs, but the results have left leading Jewish organizations asking themselves, “Is this the fundraising wave of the future?” “I I don’t believe fundraising is going in that direction,” said J.M. Schapiro, 2014-15 fundraising campaign chair for The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. -

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How to Rebrand Your Nonprofit (And How to Know When It’s Time)

NonProfit Hub

Rebranding a nonprofit requires a lot of letting go and moving on. But as the wise poet known as Dr. Seuss once said, “don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”.

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cockroach killer

FI Space

Cockroaches are typical in older homes, lurking and crawling around, though the truth of the matter is, even in a new home, cockroaches are found.

Everything You Need to Know About Email Graphics


Image courtesy of The EmailADMIN. Email is the second most prevalent form of communication in the world today, second only to text messaging. So why, even to this day, are nonprofit corporations sturggling to fully grasp the power of the email?

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American Red Cross launches Blood Donor App

AFP Blog

American Red Cross launches Blood Donor App The American Red Cross is launching a first-of-its kind Blood Donor App today that puts the power to save lives in the palm of your hand

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Twitter Adds Buy Button to Feed

NonProfit Hub

On Monday, Twitter announced it was unveiling a ‘buy’ button to allow onsite purchases. But before you run to your social media manager to set up a new fundraising campaign, know that it might be awhile before you have access to this new tool.

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Are The Signs Pointing to the Demise of Google+ ?


This post originally appeared on Mizz Information. —————-. As much as I liked the concept of Google+ (or is it Google Plus? There still seems to be no consensus), I can’t say I’ve used it a ton.

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