Sat.Aug 20, 2016 - Fri.Aug 26, 2016

Women Ingenuity is Powering Solutions for the Digital Divide

Connection Cafe

With ingenuity and resourcefulness, women are coding new strategies to bring more women online and empower them. World leaders and technology firms should be paying attention to their solutions—and backing them up.

Seeing Through Walls for Greater Independence!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Kent Presents 2016 I just attended the second annual Kent Presents conference in Kent, Connecticut. It’s the brainchild of Donna and Ben Rosen, a New York power couple with connections to science, technology, politics, the arts and more. There were too many awesome talks to do them justice, but you are welcome to sample the session titles here. The talk that especially blew my mind was by MIT professor Dina Katabi.

How the “Shark Tank” of Podcasts is Changing the Start Up Game


By Kristen Matthews. ———-. So, you’ve finally got it….that that thing that wanna-be entrepreneurs dream about and fight for all their lives…an incredible, original and viable business idea. You’ve done the research, crunched the numbers and wowed your friends with your amazing idea.

How to Train and Develop Millennials


How to Train and Develop Millennials. Everywhere you look there are posts about millennials, mainly focusing on their abilities in comparison to their predecessors.

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The New Wave of Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

Connection Cafe

Just how far will your organization’s supporters go to raise money on your behalf? Would they walk across hot coals? Shave their heads? Ride a rollercoaster with hundreds of strangers…while naked?

Why the Nonprofit Work Ethic Is Outdated and Needs to Change

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

P re-Order my next book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout. The book is being published by Wiley on October 10th. I’ve just returned from week-long leadership development program in Israel called “ Reality Storytellers ” hosted by the Schusterman Foundation.

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Social Media: It’s a Thing


We all know it, but this is kinda fun regardless. Credit: OnBlastBlog. photo credit ). Potluck

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How Corporate Volunteering Programs Benefit Everyone

Connection Cafe

Everyday People Are Heroes: Using Big Data to Engage New Agents of Change Online

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo by CogdogBlog. Note from Beth: I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of Data Driven Nonprofits by Steve Maclaughlin (launching Sept. 6th so stay tuned) and so data and nonprofits has been on my brain.

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How to define affiliation (and is it different than engagement?)


Jamie opines on this topic over at : “One client we’re working with created an “Affiliation and Engagement” task force. Their engagement conversation wasn’t particularly focused on membership.

Marketing Text-to-Give: 7 Promotional Strategies

See What's Out There

Launching a successful text-to-give campaign may seem like a daunting task. But the truth is: it’s all about how you market your campaign. That’s why we’re going to be discussing 7 of the most effective and efficient means for promoting your text-to-give campaign: #1.

Your Donor-Centered Appeal Letter Checklist


You’ve taken the first step and realized your appeal letter might need a face lift to make it clear to your donors just how important they are. But how exactly do you create that perfect donor-centered appeal letter.

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Experiential Leadership Development

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’ve just returned from week-long leadership development program in Israel called “ Reality Storytellers ” hosted by the Schusterman Foundation.

Defining Engagement One Year On: A Case Study


Were you at #ASAE16 ? Joe Vallina and Natasha Bethea of the American Nurses Association joined me to share progress on our massive engagement project. Slides are below! Defining Engagement One Year On: An Ongoing Case Study.

Meet Jess from HFA

Mobile Commons

Companies, brands, and organizations often face a common problem when they’re launching their text messaging campaigns. How do you harness the power of text to reach thousands or millions of people – while also keeping text’s personal, conversational tone?

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Our Museum: Extraordinary Resources on How Museums and Galleries Become Participatory Places

Museum 2.0

Six years ago, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation set out on an ambitious quest. They wanted to help museums and galleries across the UK make significant, sustained changes in the ways they engage community partners and visitors as participants in their work.

How to Get a Raise in the Nonprofit Sector

NonProfit Hub

To say it’s easy to get a raise in the nonprofit sector (or any sector for that matter) would be laughable, but things aren’t always quite what they seem.

How Nonprofit New Media Managers Can Manage Mobile and Social Media Burnout

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The following is an excerpt from Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits. Nonprofit new media managers often battle mobile and social media burnout. The mental energy required to actively engage multiple communities simultaneously is exhausting.

Hotels Turn to Text Messaging to Communicate with their Guests

Mobile Commons

When you’re staying at a hotel on the road, who wants to actually call the front desk to request extra towels? Wouldn’t it be easier to just send a text message? That’s the verdict that hotel chains around the country are reaching.

The key to great year-end fundraising? Your brand.

John Haydon

And just like that, it’s August, which (believe it or not!) is a great time to take a step back and plan ahead for year-end fundraising season.

[PODCAST] Gain Major Donors for the Small Shop | Ft. Jay Love

NonProfit Hub

Major gifts seem like a fantasy for some of those in the small shop, to others they may feel like it will just magically happen when someone with a lot of money believes in them enough; which does happen, but you can’t exactly budget for it.

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10 Website Design and Email Marketing Best Practices for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The rapid rise of social media and mobile technology has had a profound impact on website design and email marketing, yet many nonprofits have not yet adapted to the new aesthetics and functionality of a mobile, social Internet.

Mandalay Bay Uses SMS to Help Book Their Guests

Mobile Commons

We wrote yesterday that hotels are using text messages to connect their guests with amenities. Las Vegas hotel Mandalay Bay is going even further. They’re helping guests book their hotel stays over text.

How To Attract, Recruit And Retain Star Talent

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Hiring Greatness is the book by David E. Perry and Mark J. Haluska , who combined have closed more than 1,800 search projects. In their book, the authors share their guide for how to attract, recruit and retain star executives.

QuickBooks Made Easy Training Coming to a City Near You

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup donor partner QuickBooks Made Easy is taking its popular QuickBooks trainings on the road, and offering a special discount to TechSoup members!

3 Key Pieces of SMS Advice from a Millennial

Mobile Commons

“Millennials are a bunch of tech-addicted, attention-span deficient, Snapchatting, texting-thumb-suffering zombies.” And that’s exactly why they’re the best people to ask about SMS strategy!

How To Listen And Learn As A Leader

Eric Jacobsen Blog

In John Baldoni's book , The Leader's Guide to Speaking with Presence , he provides these tips for listening as a leader and learning as a leader: When Listening As A Leader : Look at people when they are speaking to you. Make eye contact. Ask open-ended questions, such as "Tell me about."

How To Spot A Leader During A Job Interview

Eric Jacobsen Blog

The next time you are interviewing a candidate and you want to access their leadership skills, consider asking the candidate these questions: What personal qualities define you as a leader? Describe a situation when these qualities helped you lead others.

Always Follow Through

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Set a good example for your employees and follow through on everything you say you are going to do. If you promise to get an employee an answer, get it for him or her. If you say you'll send a team member a report, do so. As the Nike campaign/slogan so aptly says, "Just Do It."

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Ten Important Questions Business Leaders Should Ask

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Here are 10 important questions business leaders should ask, according to Ken Blanchard and Garry Ridge , authors of Helping People Win At Work : Does my business have a clear, meaningful, and easily understood vision/mission? Do I have the right people in the right seats on the bus?

Book Highlights: The Leadership Contract

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.

Seven Ways To Be An Open Leader

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Open Leadership author Charlene Li reminds leaders to periodically ask themselves these " open leadership skills assessment " questions: Do I seek out and listen to different points of view? Do I make myself available to people at all levels of the organization?

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Grow Your Email List Without Spending Money

Tech Soup Blog

Growing the size of your email list is an important strategic goal for your nonprofit's marketing, communications, and fundraising programs. Even with average email open rates under 20 percent, email is consistently the best performing communications tool for most nonprofits.

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4 Performance Measurement Mistakes You Don't Want to Make

Tech Soup Blog

Performance management can be a tricky beast — hugely important, but difficult to get right. Here are four common mistakes my team and I see made by social, government, and nonprofit organizations trying to measure their impact, and tips on how to avoid them: 1. Measuring Too Much.