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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27 Online Stores That Benefit Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The National Retail Federation estimates that online sales will grow 6 to 8 percent this holiday season. That translates into billions of dollars in consumer spending that can empower philanthropy and social good. By shopping at any of the 27 online stores listed below, conscious consumers can channel some of their spending power into the nonprofit sector. Or, if you prefer to donate to a nonprofit in the name of a friend, colleague, or loved one, you can purchase a tribute holiday gift.

Become the Association Your Members Want

As the pandemic advanced, we were keenly aware of the apprehension and pain throughout our community. Clients and colleagues contacted us with questions about managing revenue shortfall, introducing new technology, and preparing for changing membership patterns. The.orgCommunity organized a Think Tank to help identify trends and crystalize our outlook on the future of membership. The sessions were facilitated by Elizabeth Engel, Chief Strategist, Spark Consulting. This article is the result of feedback gleaned during those dialogues, previous research, and the viewpoints of the.orgSource team.

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.

How To Find Your Nonprofit’s Social Media Audience

TechImpact

You know you should be tweeting, posting, sharing, and engaging. But are you entirely sure who’s on the other end of all your nonprofit’s social media marketing efforts? The truth is, most nonprofits run wildly into the light, hoping their ideal donor, volunteer, or otherwise constituent is on the other side eagerly awaiting their arrival. […]. The post How To Find Your Nonprofit’s Social Media Audience appeared first on Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology.

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Boulder-Based Company Creates Software to Help Haitian Children

VisionLink

What to Do When Technology Isn’t Your Problem

Robert Weiner

Copyright P. Mueller [link]. Does it feel like you never find the right combination of technologies to just make things work? Do you lie awake at night and wonder how everything is going to get done, or why a new project was just dumped on your plate? If you technology decisions at your organization are driven by some of the following, we’d love to see you at NTEN''s Nonprofit Technology Conference (aka the NTC): We chose the system because we have a volunteer who knows it.

17 Free Non-profit Webinars For July 2015

Wild Apricot

This summer is a great time to get ahead on your non-profit education. Here's a list of 17 FREE live webinars that offer up a host of learning opportunities. webinar Wild Apricot

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5 Social Media Lessons for Nonprofits

See3

Setting up a social media presence for your cause or organization is not only important, it''s essential. With so many platforms available and so many ways to connect, maintaining your organization’s social media can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. The post 5 Social Media Lessons for Nonprofits appeared first on The See3 Blog. strategy kindling group Nonprofits polk brothers see3 social media social media boot camp

Achieving Organizational Transformation: Pathways to Success

Association executives—and hopefully their boards—know that they are facing perilous times. Driven by the pace of cultural and technological change, they are experiencing major disruptions in the traditional business models that used to guide organizational growth strategies.orgSource offers a straightforward approach to navigating these changes and readying your organization for growth.

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

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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20 Must-Know Fundraising and Social Media Stats

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Google research has revealed a 30% uptick in searches from August to September related to charitable giving. Your donors are currently in the process of deciding which organizations will be receiving their year-end donations. Thus, in time for the year-end fundraising season, below are 20 stats about fundraising and social media that every nonprofit needs to know.

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The Denan Project - Leveraging WhatsApp for Good

As part of building a new supporter journey (from making a one-time donation to becoming a sustaining supporter), The Denan Project set out to shorten the time between the first donation and the recurring donations.

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 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?

VisionLink Welcomes Our Newest Customer, Nevada 2-1-1!

VisionLink

Nevada 2-1-1 is a program of the Financial Guidance Center (FGC) and is committed to helping Nevada citizens connect with the services they need. FGC is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) HUD approved housing counseling agency and has been serving all Nevadans since 1972. With offices throughout the state, FGC can provide face-to-face service in addition to an interactive website for those unable to access in-person service due to distance, as Nevada is predominantly a rural and frontier state.

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Important changes for GiftWorks users

Robert Weiner

FrontStream, the current owner of GiftWorks, sent me the following notice this week: Hey there Robert, As in the past, we are preparing to upgrade FrontStream CRM (previously GiftWorks 2013) users to the newest version of CRM. This change is in-line with our transition to a subscription-based service. As such, current and new clients are guaranteed access to ongoing software updates, training and support, and enhanced features.

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17 Free Non-profit Webinars for May 2015

Wild Apricot

Spring is here and there are lots of fresh new ideas for non-profits in a host of free webinars popping up this May! Check out the round-up of 17 free webinars. Non-profits webinar

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4 Things We Learned While Applying for a B Corp Certification

See3

One of See3’s company goals for 2015 is to obtain a B Corp certification. What started as a “we’ll-have-this-done-in-a-month” project has become a deeply reflective organizational journey. We’re getting close to completing our application (yay!) but in the collaborative and do-gooder spirit that is the B Corp community, we thought we’d share some tips and surprises we’ve learned on our path to becoming a certified B Corp.

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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.

Will Judi ever update her blog again?

Judi Sohn

It’s kinda sad when a blog looks abandoned, isn’t it? When I started blogging way back in January 2003, there weren’t a lot of other places where I could communicate and express myself publicly. My blog picked up in popularity in the early years because there weren’t that many of us with blogs compared to those who were reading them. It was because of this blog that I had the amazing opportunity to write for GigaOm and I got noticed in the nonprofit Salesforce community.

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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HOW TO: Add a “Donate Now” Button to Your Nonprofit’s Facebook Page

Nonprofit Tech for Good

For years nonprofits have hoped for the capability to accept donations through their Facebook Page and although Facebook recently added a “Donate Now” option to their call-to-action buttons, only a handful of partner nonprofits have been selected to accept Facebook digital payments through a “Donate” button (see Oxfam America).

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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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.

How to forecast fundraising risk before your walkathon stalls

3rd Sector Labs

Can the risk to your next fundraising effort be forecast in advance through some basic data algorithms? The answer is a resounding ‘yes,’ which should be good news to nonprofit organizations concerned about recent news articles portraying the declining fortunes in walkathons and other popular team-building events. Throughout the early 00’s these team-building events enjoyed enormous popularity with their nonprofit sponsors and the participants who joined them.

Geo-Tagged Map Shows Impact of Hurricane Joaquin in Real Time

VisionLink

Map illustrates damage reports as hurricane hits North Carolina. BOULDER, Colo. — 5, 2015— VisionLink , a community inspired software and consulting company, has developed a free, shareable, real-time, geo-tagged map depicting actual damage reports produced by Hurricane Joaquin. VisionLink is partnering with local churches and community groups to poll between 2,000-3,000 people throughout North Carolina.

Discussion of Donor Data Retention

Robert Weiner

A few months ago I wrote a post on the topic of whether nonprofits should delete old donor records. The same topic came up recently on the APRA''s listserve, PRSPCT-L. The original question: My organization is working on a data retention policy and wondering if others have insights to share. There seems to be a feeling we should remove any records that have not had an action in 7 years. I’m a bit worried by this. Does this make sense to others?

Your Volunteers Rock! Be Sure to Tell Them How During National Volunteer Week

Wild Apricot

April 12 to 18th is National Volunteer Week in Canada and the U.S. Here are some resources to help you recognize and celebrate with your volunteers - including our Expert Webinar on "Converting Joiners to Stayers", tips and tools from Volunteer Canada and Points of Light. national volunteer week webinar Volunteers

5 ELI talks Videos to Inspire Your High Holidays Conversations

See3

For your pre-High Holiday viewing pleasure, here are a few of my favorite “inspired Jewish ideas.” These ELI talks videos can help you open up the conversations you need to have to build the community you dream of. Which video fits your vision for the new year best? The post 5 ELI talks Videos to Inspire Your High Holidays Conversations appeared first on The See3 Blog. video eli talks High Holidays jewish jewish life

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.

Are you ready for Google’s next search algorithm update?

Allegiance Group

If your website isn’t responsive or optimized for mobile devices, you should be worried. Because as of April 21st, Google will expand the use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal in search results. Websites that are optimized for mobile devices will receive the highest SEO rankings , and the rest will be penalized in rankings which will result in a decline in organic search traffic.