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The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

EveryAction

Thousands of nonprofit pros rely on our annual Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar to discover skill-building, strategy-slaying, network-enhancing nonprofit events. Today, we're excited to announce the all-new list for 2017! Bookmark it, share it, love it, and download it for Google or Outlook. We've scoured the nonprofit-sphere for high-quality conferences, both large and small, broad and specialized, here in the U.S.

Why We Do It: The Psychology Behind Volunteerism

VolunteerMark

Volunteering is something that betters our world, that much is certain. It helps countless groups of people who may be in need and offers assistance to crucially important nonprofits. But what draws people to volunteer their time and energy when they are not being compensated

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Silicon Valley’s Developing Conscience: It’s Called Apple

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Silicon Valley has a problem. In our quest to build better products and better meet the needs of the world for information, we built the most amazing system for effortless government surveillance as a byproduct. It is now incumbent on Silicon Valley to remedy this situation. Forcing tech companies to weaken their products through compelling the creation of backdoors would be a massive step backwards.

Designing for Good #5: The Best of End-of-Year Email Campaigns

Connection Cafe

For this month’s Designing for Good , it’s time we showed more love to all of you tireless nonprofit email marketers out there. In this episode, we decided to partner with venerable data evangelist Steve MacLaughlin , who does a famous yearly break down of almost 500 end-of-year end-of-year email appeals. With the giving season almost upon us, we’ve mined Steve’s email goldmine and other corners of the web to find our favorite EOY email design inspirations.

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Under Attack: Why WordPress Sites Are So Popular with Hackers

Byte Technology

30,000. That’s how many websites tech security experts and analyze estimate are hacked every single day, a staggering number even when you consider there are some 644 million active sites operating at any one time. And given these statistics, it’s little wonder why website security is such a booming business around the globe. However, most people don’t consider an equally startling fact: WordPress sites are some of those most commonly attacked.

How to Promote Your Blog: 5 Tools to Improve Rankings of Your Old Content

SocialFish

To keep your blog growing, you add more and more content doing your best to market everything you write. It’s a long and challenging process and it’s well worth going through. But while doing that, you may be missing a low-hanging fruit, something that may boost your blog traffic considerably over time, that is go back and optimize your old content. Here are 5 tools to do that, without any help or expensive audits. Serpstat: Re-Optimize For Easier Keywords.

Bring Your Own App - Digital Flexibility Is Being Exercised - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

AFP Blog

Bring Your Own App - Digital Flexibility Is Being Exercised - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times : "The request led her to crowdsourcing apps at national conferences. Pilcher presented roundtable BYOA sessions at the Transformative Learning Conference in Oklahoma City, Okla., this past March and then again at the Association of Nurses in Professional Development’s (ANPD) Aspire to Excel conference in Las Vegas, Nev., in July.

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18 Engaging Ways to Get the Attention of Donors on the Go

Wild Apricot

While charitable giving has actually increased 10% in the last year, so has the amount of effort it takes to get a donation. So, here is a list of 20 ways to help your organization capture the attention of donors on the go and increase donations. Fundraising donations

Five Lies You Tell Yourself About Nonprofit Culture

NonProfit Hub

The best nonprofits are adaptable. Being able to roll with the punches and problem-solve on the fly takes organizations from short-term to the long-haul. At the core of all that change, though, an organization needs something to keep it grounded: a solid culture. You can learn all you want about your competition, supporters and so on—but what happens if you don’t know who you are as an organization?

Data Sanity for Nonprofits: Three Crucial Points

Idealware

Editor’s Note: We are so pleased that we get to share this post from Bob Penna and Deb Finn. They are both brilliant, but on top of that, they have that knack for getting down to what really matters. As you’ll see in this post, they tackle three big challenges nonprofits face as they turn their attention to data. And for anyone looking to get smarter about data, check out our upcoming course: Using Data to Transform Your Organization.

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5 Inventive Ways Donor Data Can Boost Your EOY Fundraising

EveryAction

EOY (or end-of-year) fundraising can be a critical time for nonprofits. The giving spirit is high, and donors want to know how they can contribute to the causes that they care about. Your organization needs to do more than simply ask your donors for contributions. You need to create personal, targeted appeals that show donors how they fit into your fundraising and how their gifts impact the recipients of your aid. Building a deeper fundraising strategy can help you: Raise more funds.

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Simple Ways to Encourage People to Volunteer Their Time

VolunteerMark

Volunteers are the lifeblood of most non-profits and charitable organizations. Organizations that can’t hire as many employees as their for-profit counterparts turn to volunteers who give their own free time without expecting financial compensation

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Geek Heresy

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I just finished reading Kentaro Toyama’s new book, Geek Heresy, tackling the cult of technology as a cure-all for society’s ills. He’s a geek (former Microsoft Research guy) who is making the case that technology doesn’t make the kind of social impact it claims to deliver. There’s often more value to me in reading iconoclastic books than feel-good affirmations of popular icons!

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Developing Fanatic Discipline to Meet P2P Fundraising Goals

Connection Cafe

Life is unpredictable. So why do some thrive in the unpredictability while others fail? Jim Collins and Morten Hansen tackle this topic in Great By Choice. As we prepared to produce this year’s Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Study, I decided to dust off my copy of Great By Choice and re-read it. What does Great By Choice have to do with nonprofit organizations and peer-to-peer fundraising? Everything. It has everything to do with us! We too live in a world of uncertainty.

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The Face of the Web: What’s Coming for Content Management Systems

Byte Technology

If you’ve ever designed, built, managed or administered a website, you’re no doubt intimately involved with a Content Management System (CMS), a specific software application or set of programs used to create and manage digital content.

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Congratulations to Higher Logic!

SocialFish

By now, you have probably heard the news that Higher Logic has received a $55m investment from JMI equity. Here’s more analysis on this from community expert Ben Martin. BREAKING: Higher Logic takes $55M investment. Rob Wenger, CEO of Higher Logic, told me: “We have BIG plans for enhancements to our product, and this investment is going to help us get them out the door much faster. This is a big milestone for us! But just another step on a much longer journey.”

Why Vermont's Nonprofits Should Be Thinking About Digital Security | Vermont Public Radio

AFP Blog

Why Vermont's Nonprofits Should Be Thinking About Digital Security | Vermont Public Radio : "Bernholz is a senior research scholar at Stanford University who studies digital civil society and works on using technology for social good among other things. She writes extensively on philanthropy, technology and policy on her blog, philanthropy2173.com, and she’s going to be in Vermont for a series of workshops this week about how nonprofit organizations can better secure their digital world.

Fast Company: The CEO’s Guide To Building Diverse Teams (And Keeping Them That Way)

Amy Sample Ward

“By now there’s little disagreement, at least in principle, about the value of diversity, and there’s plenty of great conversation out there about how to make more diverse hires. But working with organizations of all sizes, I still see little real understanding about how to organize internally in order to benefit from diversity.

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12 Practical Ways To Engage and Retain Members in Today’s World

Wild Apricot

It costs up to 25 times more to find and convince a new member to join than to keep your current members engaged. Here's a list of actually practical tips to retain your members. retain members

Four Steps to Write the Right Content on your Nonprofit Blog

NonProfit Hub

Maintaining a blog is like running a marathon. You can’t just do it on a whim—you have to be in it for the long run, otherwise you won’t be rewarded. So how do you write the right content on your nonprofit blog? When you take away all the bells and whistles, you end up with the foundation of your blog: the content. Your blog is going to have an awfully hard time being exceptional if its content is a flop.

How to Choose Shareworthy Images for Social Media

John Haydon

The best type of content for social media is shareworthy images, if you want more engagement. This is true for all the social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc). But how do you choose the best images for your social media? You look for the stories. Don’t post these pictures on social media: If a picture doesn’t tell […]. The post How to Choose Shareworthy Images for Social Media appeared first on John Haydon. Content Marketing

You Gotta Believe: the Finest #UNselfie Posts of #GivingTuesday 2016

EveryAction

Ah, #GivingTuesday. the day donors wake up from their post-Thanksgiving food stupors, reflect on spending too much money during those retail-holidays-that-shall-not-be-named, and decide to offset the materialistic frenzy with some good-for-the-soul charitable giving - and then, of course, they take a selfie. We're back again this year with all-day coverage of the best #UNselfie posts from around the web - send us your favorites on Twitter and check back here for updates!

Church events made easier with VolunteerMark

VolunteerMark

It’s the annual church carnival and volunteers are needed to make it a successful event for the community. Who’s bringing what? Who’s serving where? What donations are needed? It’s a lot to keep track of. There’s the big task of finding volunteers, then phone calls, reminders, meetings, schedule changes and much more required to plan a church-wide event. But with the help of VolunteerMark.com, a new online platform for volunteers, planning becomes a cinch

From Money to Meaning

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Big complex social problems. Your skills and experiences. Benetech. Combining those three potent ingredients is how we change the world. If you’ve been burning to use your considerable talents to make a difference, rather than make a lot of money, it’s time you considered joining our growing team. We are looking for more than a dozen motivated individuals to make the leap to positive social impact.

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#IMPACT2030 Sets Sights on Change and Transformation

Connection Cafe

IMPACT 2030 is the Global Summit at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. It’s the only private sector-led coalition aligning employee volunteering in the services of the Sustainable Development Agenda – a first-of-its-kind plan to ensure a sustainable existence for seven generations. Key Themes on Change and Transformation: Connecting Innovation to the Private Sector.

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Don’t Panic: Common WordPress Errors and How to Fix Them (Part One)

Byte Technology

The vast majority of WordPress users managing and administering their own sites have most likely, at one time or another, received an error message or code that got their hearts racing and induced a bit of panic.

Treat Digital Like Real Property

SocialFish

This post originally appeared on the Tanzen Consulting Blog. —— I am planning to sell a house soon. To prepare for the taxes that will need to be paid, my financial advisor told me I can deduct improvements from the cost basis when determining the capital gains on the property. Repairs and regular maintenance costs cannot be deducted. This got me thinking about how most organizations think about their digital properties.

16 Must-Know Stats About Online Fundraising and Social Media

AFP Blog

16 Must-Know Stats About Online Fundraising and Social Media : "16 Must-Know Stats About Online Fundraising and Social Media" 'via Blog this

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When We Go with Accessible Content, Everybody Wins

Idealware

Editor’s note: A few weeks back, as we wrote about the thinking that went into our new website, we made an embarrassing admission—we’d overlooked the value of designing with accessibility in mind. Kathleen Pequeño of Fission Strategy came to us and encouraged us to rethink our approach and we realized that not only is she’s right, but that more nonprofits need to hear what she has to say.

How This Membership Manager Saved 20 Hours a Week Using Software

Wild Apricot

In this post, I’ll show you exactly how Frank, the membership manager of a sailing club, uses software to save him 20 hours worth of administrative tasks every week. membership-manager save-time 20-hours Frank

Where You Should be Spending the Most Time with Donors

NonProfit Hub

The clock is consistently and constantly ticking – 86,400 times a day, to be exact. Despite the seemingly monumental amount of seconds, there never seems to be enough time in a day. Time is a precious resource for fundraisers. So when it comes to divvying up your time among donors, it’s crucial to maximize every second and every minute. There’s nothing worse than wasting precious time on a prospect that will never be fruitful.

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5 Creative Ways to Engage Supporters with Instagram Stories (With Examples)

John Haydon

Instagram Stories create an extra layer of visibility for your nonprofit – whenever you want that visibility. Like Snapchat, Instagram Stories last for 24 hours. And like Snapchat, stories are told in a series of pictures and videos. Users who’ve published Instagram Stories within the past 24 hours appear at the very top of the […]. The post 5 Creative Ways to Engage Supporters with Instagram Stories (With Examples) appeared first on John Haydon. Content Marketing

Social Media with M+R: How to Measure the Metrics that Matter

EveryAction

Last week, I sat down with Amy Peyrot, Senior Consultant, Social Media Specialist, and resident mathlete at M+R , to discuss all things social media metrics. Through her work with clients like the Wildlife Conservation Society and her love of (math) problem solving, Amy has picked up a lot of wisdom + I wanted to better understand her process for approaching a social media campaign and measuring its efficacy.

How Volunteers Can Organize a Giving Day

VolunteerMark

There’s a cause near and dear to your heart. You spend hours volunteering your time, try to raise awareness and give financially where you can. You wish you could do more to help, but you don’t know how or what you could do. WonderWe, a crowdfunding platform, offers a solution to this issue by providing the tools to help organize a successful giving day. A giving day is a special day designated to generate publicity, find supporters and raise money for your charity.

Commercial Availability: The Poison Pill for Marrakesh Treaty Implementation

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

If you can buy a book, you can’t borrow it. That’s the lobbying position of some companies in the intellectual property field when implementing the new Marrakesh Copyright Treaty. Marrakesh is intended to end the book famine for people who can’t read regular books because of their disability. Libraries for people who are blind or dyslexic are the primary source of accessible books in audio, large print or braille.

Tried-and-True Approach for Year-End Campaign Success

Connection Cafe

Year-end fundraising season is upon us. Whether your organization is large or small, you’ll want to capitalize on December’s fundraising opportunities—from GivingTuesday to end-of-tax-year gifts. But taking advantage of the giving season means planning in advance for the surge. If you don’t, it can get overwhelming and ineffective very quickly. Organizations that are consistently killing it during year-end fundraising season have three things in common. They plan in advance.

Why WordPress is the Best Choice for your Website CMS

Byte Technology

When it comes to choosing a Content Management System to build and manage your website, the choices available might seem a little daunting, especially to a novice just trying to get their feet wet. Indeed, there are hundreds if not thousands to choose from, many geared solely towards professional designers who have the ability to code and who most likely have a strong background in website building and administration.