2016

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.

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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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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.

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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.

Benetech: the Equilibrium Change Machine

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I just read the new book from Sally Osberg, President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, and strategy guru Roger Martin, Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works.

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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.

5 Digital Payment Systems That Could Transform Online Fundraising

Nonprofit Tech for Good

In the late 1990’s nonprofits began to launch websites, experiment with email marketing, and sign up for their first “Donate Now” service. Then, in the late 2000’s nonprofits embraced social networking sites, first Myspace and YouTube, then Facebook and Twitter.

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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.

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.

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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.

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The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

EveryAction

In the past year, thousands of nonprofit pros took advantage of our definitive Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar, and we're so excited to share our brand new 2016 list!

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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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.

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Flying High: Some Truly Creative Ways that Drone Technology is Being Utilized

Byte Technology

There was a time—not too long ago—that drone technology, while in its infancy, was being dismissed by many experts in product development fields as a passing fancy, a mere hobby or pastime that few people ever thought would have important real-world applications.

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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.

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.

How Twitter Donations Work: What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Twitter is experimenting with allowing certain nonprofits to accept donations directly through tweets. Like how only a select few nonprofits had access to Facebook’s early launch of their Facebook Fundraising Tools , only a select few nonprofits currently have access to Twitter Donations.

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.

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 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.

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.

2016 Nonprofit Email Deliverability Study: Spam Still Costing Nonprofits Thousands

EveryAction

Today, EveryAction released the 2016 Nonprofit Email Deliverability Study , an exploration into just how much spam is negatively impacting nonprofit online fundraising.

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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.

The No Filter Truth About #GivingTuesday

Connection Cafe

#GivingTuesday is entering its fifth year as a global social media movement inspired by the purpose of giving.

Attention Getters: Tips for Effective Email Marketing

Byte Technology

With the seemingly endless proliferation of websites, social media and online resources, it’s quickly becoming harder and harder to stand out from the crowd no matter your particular niche.

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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Associations Respond to the 2016 Election Results

SocialFish

Associations traditionally send out a bland proforma statement in support of or welcoming the incoming administration after Presidential elections. cough, ASAE, cough ).

5 Nonprofit Technology Trends to Watch in 2017

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The following is an excerpt from October-December 2016 Edition of AsianNGO Magazine. Facebook launched in 2004, YouTube in 2005, and Twitter in 2006. For over a decade nonprofits, charities, and NGOs worldwide have been embracing social media with the hope of raising funds and creating social change.

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6 Insights The Sharing Economy Tells Us About The Future Of Fundraising

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: December is a time when start to reflect on the past year and future online trends for fundraising.

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Crossing the Chasm: Nonprofit Fundraising Strategies and Systems are All Wrong for This New World

NonProfit Hub

Nonprofit giving in America has been stuck at 2% of GDP for 45 years. What is causing this? Is it the tax code? Are we just hardwired to give 2%? How can we move the needle? “If If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep on getting what you’ve always got.” – W.L Bateman. The Chasm.

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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.

5 Donation Page Blunders That Kill Fundraising Response Rates

John Haydon

The latest research from M+R looks under the hood at how 105 various nonprofits raise money online. They found that while email metrics (open and click rates) are down, email fundraising is up (email revenue grew by 25% in 2015).

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The 2016 Nonprofit Fundraising Strategic Plan Guide

EveryAction

For some things, spontaneity is highly desirable, but any fundraising professional will tell you that planning a campaign isn’t one of them.

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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.

#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.

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Stay Sharp: Keeping Your Small Business Fresh in a Digital Landscape

Byte Technology

There was a time in the not-so-distant-past when having a brick-and-mortar storefront and good word-of-mouth recommendations were all you needed to run a viable and successful small business. But unfortunately for the nostalgic among us, those days are quickly waning.

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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