2012 Nonprofit Social Networking Benchmark Report [INFOGRAPHIC]


Blackbaud, NTEN and Common Knowledge just released the fourth annual 2012 Nonprofit Social Networking Benchmark Report.

Philanthropy and Social Media: New Whitepaper from The Institute for Philanthropy

Amy Sample Ward

Earlier this week, I had the terrific opportunity to participate on a panel at the US launch event for “Philanthropy and Social Media”, a whitepaper from The Institute for Philanthropy and The Indigo Trust.

On Uncommon Ground

Judi Sohn

Last Friday, my short 9 month career working on Common Ground came to an end. I'm free (sorta) and sad (sorta) and angry (not sorta). Don't get me wrong. Jobs come and go, especially in this economy. Startups fail. Companies cut back. It happens.

5 Infographics About Infographics To Master Basics in Five Minutes

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Source: Hot Button Studio. In my forthcoming book, “ Measuring the Networked Nonprofit ,” co-authored with KD Paine, my favorite chapter was about the sense-making process of measurement – called “Measurement and the Aha!

The Future of Work: A Manifesto


This manifesto is a work in progress, and my personal output from 4 incredible days in Omaha last November with Joe Gerstandt, Jason Lauritsen, Jamie Notter, Janyne Emsick, Jen Benz, Eric WineGardner, Charlie Judy, James Papiano, Stuart Chittenden, Mike Wagner and David Ballard.

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Building Online Ambassadors

Connection Cafe

Author: Guest Blogger. Fundraising is hard work. From the annual fund to major gift solicitation, there is heavy lifting to do at every step of the process and any help you can get – especially in volunteer form – ultimately makes your efforts more fruitful.

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Blackbaud kills off Common Ground

Robert Weiner

Yesterday the news was that Blackbaud had laid off 50 employees it acquired when it bought Convio in May. In what was said to be an unrelated development, they also announced the departure of Gene Austin, the former CEO of Convio. Today the news is that Blackbaud is killing off Common Ground , one of the two donor management products (aka CRMs or Constituent Relationship Management systems) that they acquired from Convio.

80 Email Subject Lines from End of Year Fundraising

NonProfit Trends

I get a lot of nonprofit email messages through subscribing to lists, working with lots of organizations, and being a donor. That means my inbox gets pretty flooded at the end of each year. Back in 2010, I wrote about all the direct mail pieces that I had collected over a year.

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6 Nonprofit Technology Takeaways and One Killer Find from #12NTC


It’s been a few days since I returned from the Nonprofit Technology Conference (#12NTC) hosted by NTEN in San Francisco, CA. Holly and the rest of the NTEN team (including all the volunteers) did an incredible job inspiring of over 1800 people for three days. The conference was amazing!

Mastering Social Networking as a Volunteer

Amy Sample Ward

Yesterday was the 2012 New York Cares Leadership Conference , and I had the distinct pleasure of presenting a session to volunteer leaders and inspiring community members.

Content Strategies for Nonprofit Websites


Is your nonprofit looking for ways to improve your website and increase traffic? Tech4Good Denver hosted an excellent and extremely informative group panel who shared true and tested content strategies when designing or managing your nonprofit’s website.

Komen Kan Kiss My Mammagram, PinActivism, and Newsjacking for a Cause

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Source: causes.com via Beth on Pinterest. On Tuesday, the Susan G. Komen Foundation , a leading breast cancer charity, pulled hundreds of thousands of dollars in breast cancer screening funds from Planned Parenthood.

Get LinkedIn or Get Left Out: Using LinkedIn Effectively


You hear a lot of hype about the benefits that Facebook and Twitter can bring to your business, but these social networking sites can often overshadow the even greater potential LinkedIn has for virtually every department within the organization.

12 ways to use Pinterest for your nonprofit

John Haydon

Following is a guest post from my good friend Noland Hoshino , who catapults nonprofits and small businesses into the social good space. There is a new darling in the social media world and her name is Pinterest.

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11 Nonprofits That Excel at Social Media

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Large nonprofits usually have the expertise and resources necessary to launch and maintain successful online communications and fundraising campaigns. They’ve been able to hire some of the most well-trained and experienced staff, consultants, and designers that work in the nonprofit sector.

What’s the Best Way to Measure Influence? DIY Not Klout!


I recently stumbled across the Infographic of Who’s Who of Social Influence Measurement and while it’s no surprise to see the social influencer industry growing, it’s a little worrisome.

40 Twitter-iffic Event Day Ideas

Connection Cafe

Author: Robyn Mendez. Turn your Captivated Audience of Event Participants into a Social Media Army. Event day is an excellent opportunity for your organization to turn the captivated audience of event participants into a social media army for your event & your organization’s mission.

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IFTTT (If This Then That) where have you been my entire connected life?

Judi Sohn

I used to try everything just for the sake of checking it out. Now, with soooo many tools, apps and startups out there I’m more cautious. I’m tired of apps and technologies that sure, solve a problem, but in order to do it you have to completely change the way you think or work.

Are We Approaching the Fundraising Cliff?

NonProfit Trends

Over the past few months I’ve been asked a lot of questions about … Research & Trends #nptech annual giving communication economy fundraising Goals individual fundraising Online Fundraising relationship management Social Media for Nonprofits

Why Content Marketing is the Key to Your Nonprofits Online Success


I read a blog post by Joe Pulizzi the other day. It got me thinking about how content is used by nonprofits to help them connect with the right audience online. In essence, Joe points out the fact that great content is the tool that moves hearts and inspire action online.

Book Review: Measuring the Networked Nonprofit

Amy Sample Ward

I recently got my copy of Measuring the Networked Nonprofit by Beth Kanter and Katie Delahaye Paine. In the foreward, Beth and Katie say that “measurement is the secret sauce; we provide the recipe.” ” And that they do!

50 State VOAD Community


Pleased to report that Ray, Rene, Joanne, and I are attending the annual conference of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) here in Norfolk, Virginia. This is the 20th annual conference, and befitting the theme, Mountains to Sea , VisionLink is proud to release its 50 State VOAD Community project.

Net Smart: How To Thrive Online

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

NetSmart is Howard Rheingold’s latest book. It synthesizes his 30 years of experience if being a model digital citizen and what he has learned from asking other this simple question: How to use social media intelligently and mindfully?

Generation Y – Reinventing the Way We Communicate


Those of us born between 1980 to 1995 are commonly referred to as Generation-Y. To be honest, I think the name N-Gen (Net Generation) is more befitting. We are certainly addicted to the internet; we grew up with it, so it comes naturally to us.

Five Reasons Why Facebook Marketing Seems So Damned Impossible

John Haydon

It seems that most brands and nonprofits are still trying to get their head around what works on Facebook. What content works best, what time to publish updates, how to use sponsored stories are consistent themes being discussed among nonprofit marketers.

11 Types of Photos Nonprofits Should Post on Social Media

Nonprofit Tech for Good

My Return on Investment (ROI) from using Pinterest to promote Nonprofit Organizations is somewhere between minimal and better-than-expected, but using the site on a regular basis has fundamentally changed how I think about social media and the people who use it.

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New Study Highlights What People Like, Comment, and Share on Facebook


I know what you are thinking – yet another social media study. How many more studies can there possibly be when truth be told, having a good social media strategy is not really rocket science, which I discussed earlier this week in the post “Tips to Humanize your Social Media.”

8 Steps to Writing Successful Fundraising Appeals

Connection Cafe

No matter how digitally savvy you are, if you want to be successful in fundraising you need to come to grips with the fact that fundraising letters work. Direct Mail direct mail direct mail fundraising end of year fundraising fundraising appeals

Bookshare Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary at Google

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Bookshare, Benetech’s pioneering digital library for people with print disabilities, celebrated its 10th birthday last night with a terrific party that was attended by many of our long-time friends and supporters.

#GivingTuesday Online Donations Up 53% from 2011

NonProfit Trends

Blackbaud is proud to be a founding partner of #GivingTuesday, which kicked-off yesterday … Research & Trends

Why Online Donors are Worth More than Offline Donors [INFOGRAPHIC]


A few months ago we published the 2011 donorCentrics Internet and Multichannel Giving Benchmarking Report and yesterday we released the 2011 Online Giving Report.

2012 SXSW Interactive – #nptech Highlights

Amy Sample Ward

Last week I was down in Austin, TX, for the 2012 South by Southwest Interactive Festival.

10 Things To Consider in a CRM


PublishDate: May 2012. Author: Laura S. Quinn. Constituent Relationship Management systems allow you to track a 360 degree view of all your interactions with constituents. What’s more, all the available options—including Salesforce.com, CiviCRM, SugarCRM and Microsoft Dynamics CRM—are relatively inexpensive for nonprofits, or even free. Sounds ideal, right? In practice, though, each of these systems tends to be more of a platform you can customize than an out-of-the-box solution.

Does Your Nonprofit Have A Social Media Work Flow?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Image from Steve Heye.