2015

Picture Perfect: 8 Free Stock Photography Websites for Nonprofits

EveryAction

Stock photos are a problem. On the one hand, they’re a great way to make your content more interesting and attractive by emphasizing a point, breaking up text, or just by helping you stand out from the crowd

Using Salesforce Process Builder & Flow with Opportunity Contact Roles

Judi Sohn

This came out of a discussion (and Idea Exchange idea) on the Success Community around Process Builder’s inability to work with the Opportunity Contact Role object. There are two common requests I often get related to Opportunity Contact Roles, both now solved easily with clicks instead of code thanks to Flow and Process Builder! Automatically create an Opportunity Contact Role record based on a lookup field on the Opportunity.

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Rockstar Nairobi Social Entrepreneur

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Carol Wanjiku is the CEO of Daproim. She’s an incredible social entrepreneur I just visited with in Nairobi, Kenya. She runs a for-profit social enterprise named Daproim that provides data entry services using disadvantaged students as their primary workforce. We go way back with her firm. In 2008, we were the first customer of Samasource as they were getting started. Samasource connected us with Daproim in Nairobi to proofread books for our Bookshare project.

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Making a difference: It takes a village

VolunteerMark

Hello my name is Andrew. I''m the co-founder of VolunteerMark. I''m not a regular blog contributor but today I just wanted to reflect on some of the amazing opportunities we have been given. Thank you to all our great partners. I hope that by reading this, you will be inspired to collaborate with someone new, possibly unexpected, and work together to solve an important problem. Nobody can work alone

Angels as Assets: The Importance of Volunteer Management Software

Byte Technology

For many non-profits, data crunching is everything. From tracking donations and expenditures, the success or failure of fund-raising events, staff protocols and effectiveness, lists of donors large and small and so much more, the organization that shirks information management does so at their own peril. Case in point: one area of data management where many non-profits fall woefully short is in the organization of volunteer assets.

Currency of the Future? Bitcoin and Nonprofits - Third Sector Today

AFP Blog

Currency of the Future? Bitcoin and Nonprofits - Third Sector Today : "If you’ve not heard of Bitcoin, I think it could still be classified as ‘Okay’. But give it another few months, and you’ll be left in the dust. In fact, it’s already recognized as a real word in the Apple operating system (get it together, Microsoft)." Some material via AFP Blogs here 'via Blog this

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How a Leading Nonprofit Used Social Media to Create a Digital Advocacy Movement

Connection Cafe

Our fight against human trafficking is one of the great human rights causes of our time. These were the words President Barack Obama used in his speech to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in the fall of 2012. His speech would be the first speech entirely dedicated to the issue of slavery given by a major world leader since Abraham Lincoln.

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Data hoarding: Does the term apply to your donor data?

3rd Sector Labs

Have you watched the A&E television show Hoarders? The clutter and garbage in some of the homes on that show are unmanageable. It makes you want to shout at the tv: “Throw that trash away!”. Now, let’s talk about your donor database. When was the last time you cleaned it up? Got rid of dupes? Threw the trash out? Perhaps this story is familiar. Year after year you gather information about donors. Donors lapse. Some move away. Others pass away.

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Boulder-Based Company Creates Software to Help Haitian Children

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3 Shocking Statistics from the 2015 Nonprofit Email Deliverability Study

EveryAction

Nonprofits have never had a more powerful fundraising tool than they now have in email , but there''s a growing concern that they might be ignoring one of the most important metrics for a successful online fundraising program. email fundraising deliverability

Good Meets Gadgets: Best Nonprofit Technology Conferences of 2015

EveryAction

It''s almost hard to imagine what life at a nonprofit was like before we could blast out fundraising emails, share stories over Facebook, or issue a call-to-action via Twitter. Remember those days? ). Now, thanks to innovators + technologists committed to doing more good, technology has helped broaden the reach of nonprofits further than ever before. But they''re not done yet. Technology trends evolve fast + nonprofit pros need to stay on the pulse.

A new Foundation in my career

Judi Sohn

Two weeks ago, I joined the Salesforce Foundation in a new role as Open Source Manager. What exactly does that mean? Well, I could tell you about how I’m on the Foundation’s Tech & Products team (specifically on the product engineering side) and how it’s all about working with the broader community and the Foundation to evangelize and grow investment in open source projects.

Proud Father and Husband: Concert in Palo Alto

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Every once in a while, the Beneblog features something of personal importance to me. I'm very excited (and proud) about an exciting concert coming up soon in Palo Alto. My daughter, Kate Fruchterman , will be returning briefly to the area the evening of June 17th to give a concert. Kate will be heading to Europe this fall to sing professionally in Italy for the Turin Opera Company, as the winner of one of three Opera Foundation Scholarships.

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Comfort Is the Frenemy to the Leader of Volunteers

VolunteerMark

Comfort is a word that typically brings comfort. You know, it’s comfortable. But, comfort may not be your friend if you lead others. Comfort can work against you. A little story about CJ will help us see more clearly how comfort can be your frenemy

Growing Your Email List: Seven Tips for Success

Byte Technology

Wondering just how important it is to build and maintain an email list for your business or non-profit? Consider this statistic from Internet marketing professionals: the average email list degrades by nearly 23 percent each year due to opt-outs, changes in addresses and more. That statistic may seem insignificant until you consider how many people visit your webpage, attend an event or engage your organization on your social media pages.

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5 Ways for Every Nonprofit to Integrate Mobile - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly

AFP Blog

5 Ways for Every Nonprofit to Integrate Mobile - NPQ - Nonprofit Quarterly : "A mobile fundraising study conducted by npENGAGE reviewed the webpages of 343 small to medium-size nonprofits at the end of the 2014 giving season. The study analyzed 22,648 donations, 3,091 event registrations, and 1,476 membership transactions between November 1st and December 31st, 2014." 'via via Blog this

Key Findings From the Fundraising Effectiveness Survey: Where Do We Go From Here?

Connection Cafe

Last week, our friends at AFP released the 2015 Fundraising Effectiveness Survey Report. There is some really great stuff in the report that I urge you and your team to review together! Here are a few findings that I just have to share: For every 100 donors gained in 2014, 103 were lost thru attrition. That’s a NET LOSS of 3%! Every $100 gained in 2014 was offset by $95 thru gift attrition! This nets out to a sad 5% gain.

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5 Low-Cost Technology Resources for Nonprofits

TechImpact

The average nonprofit budgets 1-2.2% of total annual spending for technology, according to the 2014 Nonprofit Technology Staffing and Investments Report from NTEN. Quite often, the majority of that budget only covers IT staff salaries and infrastructure overhead, leaving nonprofits with very little remaining to invest in new, cutting-edge technology resources. Without the ability to […].

Workplace Giving Data Problems Just Got Worse

3rd Sector Labs

Nonprofits everywhere are struggling to get their hands on reliable, useful workplace giving data from corporate giving programs. This has been a problem for a long time. And it is only getting worse. What’s going on? It used to be a United Way problem. Who remembers the days of charities arguing with local United Ways over the donor data?

Your Official Netroots Guide to Shopping Local (and Progressive) in Phoenix

EveryAction

In case you haven't heard, the progressive community is gathering next week in Phoenix for one of the most anticipated events of the year: the tenth annual Netroots Nation conference ! As a Phoenician and member of team EveryAction, I'm thrilled to share that EveryAction is hosting this year's closing party , and am excited to see this fantastic city and the incredible work being done by progressive organizers on display for the entire community to see.

The 6 Most Important Email Series for Nonprofit Marketing

EveryAction

An email series is a set of pre-written emails that are sent to a user after that user takes a specific action. It can also be called a drip campaign, email workflow, or branching email campaign. You want to

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How to Cheat at Nonprofit Fundraising + Get Away with It

EveryAction

Fundraising is a huge job at any nonprofit. No matter the size, legacy, or cause, all nonprofit organizations dedicate endless time + resources to soliciting donated dollars. That got us thinking: is it possible to cheat at nonprofit fundraising + get away with it? If so, social fundraising might just be the ace up your organization''s sleeve. fundraising strategy social fundraising

5 Expert Opinions on the Future of Email Fundraising

EveryAction

Email isn’t dead. nonprofit email fundraising nonprofit technology guest post

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Optimistic about Marrakesh Treaty!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The World Blind Union’s ( WBU ) Right to Read campaign for ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty just concluded two days of meetings in Berlin, Germany. The attendees were mostly the regional coordinators of the campaign, and the news was good. I found the optimism exciting: it seems like we’re moving quickly to getting twenty countries to ratify the Treaty. It even seems likely that it could happen in 2015!

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Helping Students Discover Why Volunteering is Important

VolunteerMark

Often, young people see older adults in positions of power and success and think that in order to effect change they have to be of a certain age and status in society. But that’s not true at all. It’s time we start teaching young people that they can make a positive and lasting impact in their community and society-at-large

Mobile-Friendly Searching: Getting Your Non-Profit’s Website Up to Speed

Byte Technology

If you’ve initiated a Google search anytime recently, you may have noticed a new designation underneath the listed results: “mobile-friendly.” It seems that the search engine behemoth is rolling out a new algorithm that will now rank sites based on how they render across the wide spectrum of mobile devices, whether they be smartphones, tablets or even the new watch technologies.

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Best fundraising blogs for 2015 - Future Fundraising Now

AFP Blog

Jeff Brooks has one good list here Best fundraising blogs for 2015 - Future Fundraising Now : ''via Blog this

Facebook’s Donate Now Button: A Small Win for Nonprofits

Connection Cafe

Since the roll-out of Facebook’s new ‘Donate Now’ button, there have been a lot of voices chiming in about what this really means for nonprofits. Not surprisingly, there’s been a mix of praise and scrutiny. No, Facebook’s new Donate Now button won’t send your online fundraising soaring any time soon. But, if you look close enough, there was a small win.

5 Social Media Analytics Your Nonprofit Should Care About

TechImpact

Here at Tech Impact, we love numbers, analytics, and anything else that shows us exactly how effective our online content is. And why wouldn’t we? Being able to prove how much all of you love our content gives us a great feeling! We’re tracking not only the performance of our Twitter account, but we’re also […]. The post 5 Social Media Analytics Your Nonprofit Should Care About appeared first on Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology.

5 Ways Technology Can Help Your Nonprofit Do More Good

EveryAction

The way people give is constantly changing. People may care about your cause, but it doesn’t mean they will donate. So what drives them? software nonprofit technology CRM

Dressed to Impress: our Favorite Nonprofit Halloween Costumes

EveryAction

For the second year running, we asked our team to forego the typical, boring Halloween costumes and dress up as some of their favorite nonprofit organizations. Here are some great examples you can still throw together in time for trick-or-treating

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6 Things Wrong With Your Nonprofit Donation Page (and How to Fix Them)

EveryAction

End-of-year fundraising and #GivingTuesday are around the corner , so it’s time to pull up your donation page and make sure it’s up to scratch. Once someone has arrived on your donation page, it’s your job to make sure the experience is as painless and quick as possible. Here’s 6 things wrong with your donation page right now, and how to fix them. nonprofit websites fundraising campaigns

4 Marketing Lessons Your Nonprofit Can Learn From Tinder

EveryAction

What does Tinder have to do with your nonprofit marketing strategy? Probably a lot more than you realize. Think about it: what is Tinder if not a massive, multi-million-user experiment in online marketing

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1999 vs 2015: The 7 Greatest Transformations in Nonprofit Web Design

EveryAction

We’ve come a long way since 1999. The web has seen multiple updates to HTML and CSS, witnessed the explosion of video, and the meteoric rise in mobile traffic among many other siesmic shifts

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Are You Passionate about Technology and Social Good? Benetech Needs You!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Guest post by Betsy Beaumon, President, Benetech We are seeking visionary leaders to join Benetech in applying technology to advance the rights of disadvantaged people around the world. Technology is playing an ever larger role in increasing respect for human rights and delivering better services, and we have two rare opportunities to lead world-class tech-for-good programs. Benetech is hiring new Vice Presidents for our Global Literacy and Human Rights programs.

Community Leadership and Volunteering: A Gateway to Happiness

VolunteerMark

Volunteering your time serves an important function in your community. To put this into perspective, in 2011 American’s volunteered almost 8 billion hours of their time, which accounted for over $170 billion worth of labor. This saved money across the board and helped many non-profit organizations stay afloat. So, you want to help better the world around you through volunteering? That’s great! Follow these guidelines and you will be well on your way to successfully bettering your community

Join the Crowd(funding): Strategies for Successful Non-Profit Campaigns

Byte Technology

Crowdfunding—also known as crowdsourcing—has become a potent and viable means of raising money for thousands of non-profits around the globe. Indeed, if done correctly, such a campaign can see full funding for a particular effort or event.

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