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Nine Ways a Dip in the Hot Springs is Like Volunteering


While in Aspen, Colorado last week to watch the autumn leaves change color, my wife and I visited the Hot Springs Pool in Glenwood Springs. This resort is the largest of its kind in the United States, and attracts thousands of bathers each year to its mineral-rich waters.

Does Slacktivism Actually Work?


While social media has profoundly amplified the reach and influence of nonprofits, it’s also created a dilemma commonly referred to as “slacktivism.”

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The 6 Hidden Benefits Of Volunteering


As if contributing to a cause that’s bigger than yourself wasn’t reason enough to give your time, volunteering your time to a charitable cause has some hidden benefits, too. If it is so intuitively obvious that volunteering is beneficial to someone, why is volunteering at a 10 year low ?

2 New Solutions with 4 Big Things| Great News for the Nonprofit Sector

Connection Cafe

Today Blackbaud announces our NXT solutions to the world. This is great news for many reasons, but mostly because nonprofit organizations will soon have the opportunity to expand their missions further than ever before, powered by Raiser’s Edge NXT and Financial Edge NXT.

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We're nearing first place in The Mobileys, and we need your vote!


The Mobileys honor entrepreneurs who inspire and make a difference through mobile innovation - we''re nearing first place for an award, which would mean $10k for us to continue helping volunteers! But, we can''t do it without you! Read more below, and please vote for us at [link

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Big Donors Want Self-Sustaining Projects - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

AFP Blog

Big Donors Want Self-Sustaining Projects - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times : "ig Donors Want Self-Sustaining Projects By Zach Halper - October 7, 2014 Charitable giving by the wealthiest individuals in the world has increased to levels not seen since before the Great Recession, according financial research firms Wealth-X and Arton Capital.

What The Cloud Changes About Nonprofit Tech


We all know technology increases productivity, makes working easier, and better connects us to our missions and our organizations. And in recent years, this has shown with nonprofit organizations consistently increasing the investment in technology every year.

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7 Tips for Running Effective Nonprofit Board Meetings

NonProfit Hub

If fundraising is the lifeblood of your nonprofit then your board of directors is the heart that keeps the organization moving forward. The problem is that despite their importance, many people view board of director meetings as a drab and high level mumbo jumbo.

Meet GoodWorld, the start-up that wants to make giving to charity as easy as using a hashtag - The Washington Post

AFP Blog

Meet GoodWorld, the start-up that wants to make giving to charity as easy as using a hashtag - The Washington Post : "It’s easier than ever to spend money on a cab or music thanks to services such as Uber and iTunes. But how about giving to charity? The start-up GoodWorld wants to let Facebook and Twitter users make donations to their favorite charities by simply using a hashtag.

The Facts Behind Youth Volunteers, And How To Get More


Volunteers help nonprofits accomplish their mission. Plain and simple. In most cases, without the hard work and dedication of volunteers, our nonprofits would not be able to function.

Overhaul Your Social Media Marketing Strategy with These Basic Approaches


As dynamic and potent as social media can be for growing businesses and catapulting causes to million-strong audiences, it’s quite easy for the medium to grow stale.

Nonprofits and Businesses: Two Completely Different Birds of the Same Feather

NonProfit Hub

With many nonprofits running inefficiently and ineffectively, you often hear people talk about how nonprofits should operate more like businesses. As it turns out, that’s not always the best approach, as Mark Holmgren explains.

How to Repurpose Blog Content for Social Media | Social Media Examiner

AFP Blog

How to Repurpose Blog Content for Social Media | Social Media Examiner : "Why Repurpose Content? Content repurposing can help you “be everywhere,” since it can be distributed in different forms on multiple social media sites. It also helps you reach people who would not consume the content in its original form." ''via Blog this

8 Reasons Why Bad Trainings Happen to Good Nonprofits

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: Last January, I put together a train the trainers session for nonprofit trainers. You can find the presentation here and accompanying blog post, How To Think Like A Nonprofit Instructional Designer.

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The Social Media Pocket Guide


We’ve started a program to curate free social media resources just for you. Periodically, you’ll see a post like this which point to something we think you’ll find particularly useful.

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When your big vision dies.

Have Fun - Do Good

A tree grows a tree "The Death of a tree is the birth of a log or a snag [a standing dead or dying tree]. Dead trees are essential to the health of the forest and they are the basis of its astonishing productivity.

Bitcoin: It's Time for Canadian Nonprofits to Take Notice - Resource Center - AFP

AFP Blog

Bitcoin: It''s Time for Canadian Nonprofits to Take Notice - Resource Center - AFP : "Bitcoin is a digital currency that has attracted widespread media attention in the past year with a number of innovative businesses and nonprofits integrating it as a payment option.

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A Crash Course in Design Thinking for Network Leadership Skills

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last month, I participated in a Design Thinking Lab with network leadership practitioners convened by the Leadership Learning Community. The lab was facilitated by Heather Mcleod-Grant and Justin Ferrell , Director of Fellowships at the Stanford d-School.

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7 Surprising Uses of Text Messaging

Mobile Commons

For something as basic as 160 characters or less, a text message’s use can be surprisingly creative. Here are seven examples of SMS popping up in places that you wouldn’t expect. Keeping coworkers in the loop about company events. Mobile Commons: What bagel would you like today?

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5 Key Social Media Analytics Your Nonprofit Needs To Track


One of the most attractive things about social media marketing is how measurable it. Want to know how many clicks your Twitter feed gets on Mondays vs Wednesdays? No problem. How about the number of followers you’ve added over the last 6 months?

Don’t worry, just do it | CoolData blog

AFP Blog

Don’t worry, just do it | CoolData blog : "People trying to learn how to do predictive modelling on the job often need only one thing to get them to the next stage: Some reassurance that what they are doing is valid. Peter Wylie and I are each just back home, having presented at the fall conference of the Illinois chapter of the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA-IL), hosted at Loyola University Chicago. See photos, below!)

Standard Templates Make It Easy To Design A Great Website

Wild Apricot

Here''s a look at one organization that created a terrific, professional website design using Wild Apricot''s web builder templates. technology website

Improving Student Life with Text Messaging

Mobile Commons

Student life offices at colleges have a difficult time getting through to students. Students often ignore posters and flyers and don’t read school emails. Even if students do catch wind of an event, they’re so busy that it’s hard for them to keep track of what’s going on around campus.

Is it Real? Artwork, Authenticity. and Cognitive Science

Museum 2.0

A farmer says he has had the same ax his whole life--he only changed the handle three times and head two times. Does he have the same ax? This question launches Howard Mansfield''s fascinating book about historic restoration, The Same Ax, Twice.

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Content Marketing Editorial Calendar Templates: The Ultimate List | Content Marketing Forum

AFP Blog

Content Marketing Editorial Calendar Templates: The Ultimate List | Content Marketing Forum : "Every content marketer needs a plan. Joe Pulizzi, founder of Content Marketing Institute, recently published a blog post about the importance of documentation in content marketing, citing statistics from the recent CMI/MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Benchmark report. This report says that marketers that have a documented strategy are more effective than other content marketers." ''via Blog this

How To Keep Your Volunteers Coming Back, And Why That Matters


We all know how critically important volunteers are to the mission of any nonprofit, but we do a good job of making sure our volunteers know how much they matter to us?

Giving 2.0: The MOOC Launches Today: Sign Up for Free

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Giving 2.0: The MOOC , is a Stanford University-sponsored FREE online course intended to teach givers of all ages, backgrounds, incomes and experiences to give more effectively.

The Seven Roles And Responsibilities Of A Collaborative Leader When Leading Teams

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Edward M. Marshall''s book, Transforming The Way We Work -- The Power Of The Collaborative Workplace , remains relevant today, more than a decade after Marshall wrote it. Particularly useful is the book''s section that teaches readers how to be a collaborative leader.

The Online Benchmark Report is Here| How Does Your Org Measure Against Its Peers?

Connection Cafe

The 2014 Luminate Online Benchmark Report is now available, just in time for #bbcon! It’s the largest and most comprehensive report of its kind, using data from nearly 800 Luminate Online customers to help you evaluate your overall strategies and performance in online fundraising.

Mission-Driven Volunteering Webinar - Nov. 4th

Wild Apricot

We''re offering a new free webinar on Nov 4th – Mission-Driven Volunteering – presented by Peggy Hoffman, CAE and Elizabeth Weaver Engel, CAE. Here is an overview of the program and registration details. webinar Volunteers

Promoting Annual Appeals with Facebook Ads [FREE WEINAR]

John Haydon

Tomorrow (10/8) I’m doing a webinar with 4Good called “Using Facebook Ads to Promote Year-End Campaigns” It starts at 3pm (EDT) , and will be 60 minutes in length.

How To Build Customer Relationships Through Phone Conversations

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Every business leader should periodically call his/her company to observe how their customers are being treated by their employees -- because, all too often a phone conversation becomes a customer turnoff rather than a relationship builder.

How Nonprofits Can Use Customer Journey Mapping

See What's Out There

Nonprofits can use customer journey mapping to increase supporters by understanding how existing donors and advocates communicate with their organizations. The post How Nonprofits Can Use Customer Journey Mapping appeared first on See3 Advice for Do-Gooders. Uncategorized web customer journey customer journey mapping nonprofit tech user experience user journey user journey mapping ux

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“Donor Sapiens”, Supporter Superheroes & More

Wild Apricot

In honor of Canadian Thanksgiving, this week’s link round-up offers 5 terrific posts with insight on fundraising and giving thanks to donors and supporters. Apricot Jam

e-Learning Best Practice: How to Make Sure Your System Works


e-Learning Best Practices, and why they can fail from the very start. There are a lot of things that need to go right for your web based content to be successful. Some of them are easy to see. Like when a learner launches a course and the video refuses to play. Others are harder to see. Like when the internet connection that learner is using gets bogged down and the course never shows up.

On Paid Social Amplification


Guest post by Jennifer Landry. ————— You have web presence on several platforms, with consistent, creative content. You post and share readable items relevant to your target audience unique to the platform placement.

The Story Behind “The Electronic Afterlife”

See What's Out There

Gizmogul recycles more than a million mobile devices a year. They made video to explain the company''s mission, and it''s been featured in Buzzfeed, USA Today and Gizmodo, and watched almost 36,000 times. We asked them why they decided to use video, and what the impact video''s success has had on their company. Video electronic afterlife electronics gizmogul recycling stephen scheider

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