Mark your calendar: best conferences for nonprofits in 2015


Believe it or not, it''s already time to start planning for the wealth of marketing, education, and networking opportunities for nonprofits in 2015. nonprofit conferences

#NPTech, Digital Inclusion, and the Web we are cocreating

Amy Sample Ward

Regardless of the specific sector you work in or the kind of technology you may be interested in, it’s likely you’ve seen blog posts, tweets, or other coverage of some incredibly tough experiences by a few women working in the tech industry.

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The tool that every volunteer coordinator needs


How often has this happened to you - you interview a prospective volunteer, love their background, love what they offer, and love what they could bring to your movement, but you never hear from them beyond the initial interview? If this has happened to you (and I’m sure it has :).

Accessibility Excitement in Geneva

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

One of the reasons I started the Beneblog more than ten years ago (!) was to keep the Benetech team in the loop.

The Ice Bucket Challenge Epilogue: Data

3rd Sector Labs

The conversations about the ALS Association’s astounding success with the Ice Bucket Challenge continue. Blogs, newsletters, periodicals, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter … people are still talking about it.

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#GivingTuesday Online Donations Up 36% from 2013

Connection Cafe

The third annual #GivingTuesday was held on December 2, 2014 and the results continue to be extremely positive. Online giving for #GivingTuesday 2014 was up 36% compared to 2013. Blackbaud processed more than $26.1 million in online donations on #GivingTuesday 2014. This was up from the $19.2

Infographic: 2013 Nonprofit Communication Trends


No matter how you look at it, communication is key. Regardless of your mission, if you are unable to communicate with your constituents, employees, donors, or any other affiliates, accomplishing your mission becomes immeasurably more difficult.

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Sadly, this week marked the loss of one of the disaster response world’s strongest leaders and advocates. Joann Hale was one of the most influential, hard-working, and caring people we have ever had the pleasure of working with here at VisionLInk.

It’s official – marketing will destroy everything good about social media.


Jay Baer posted a provocative post titled Why It Might Be Time to Completely Change Your Social Media Strategy.

5 Cold Calling Tips to Meet Your Fundraising Goals


The fundraising call has always been a staple of donor outreach. However, changes + advancements in the ways you communicate with your audience means adjusting your approach to the dreaded cold call.

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50 Best Nonprofit Twitter Accounts to Follow


A frequent assumption is that social media runs itself, but the “build it and they will come” model won’t yield the engagement or impact that you’re looking for.

Social Media Tools to Watch in 2014 for #NonprofitRadio

Amy Sample Ward

Last Friday, I had my monthly spot on Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio , a weekly online radio show that Tony hosts, it’s Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95%.

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An executive director reminds us of the importance of prayer


Bobby Calvillo is the Executive Director of a large housing non-profit in Texas. He has shared his insight with us on many occasions, and today he speaks from the heart about how prayer can guide us everyday as we work to reshape community

Accessible eBooks for Equal Opportunity

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Kevin Leong was in kindergarten when he experienced an organic brain injury that forced him to relearn everything from walking to using the bathroom. For several years, he struggled in school because his vision was blurry and reading normal size print was grueling.

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Top 10 Tough Donor Data Migration Decisions

3rd Sector Labs

If you’ve migrated donor data from one CRM to another, no doubt you have dealt with a lot of difficult decisions. In fact, our donor data migration clients often express surprise at the number of decisions they have to make.

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For Goodness Shake: The App That Matches Your Passion With A Nonprofit Near You

Connection Cafe

Have you heard of #GivingTuesday ? At Blackbaud, we’re proud to be a founding partner of #GivingTuesday , the global movement dedicated to giving back.

13 Nonprofit Statistics You Never Knew


Image courtesy of ok.gov. Let’s be honest, we’re all suckers for numbers. They captivate us, put things into perspective, shock us, and give everyone something to talk about at the coffee pot in the morning. Nonprofit statistics seem to grow more positive with each passing day.

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Material on Storytelling and a contest from Tech Soup. Storymakers 2014 This webinar is part of a series of events supporting our Storymakers 2014 Contest , which is happening now through September 26, 2014.

Community Solutions: Just What the Doctor Ordered!


Last year, 11,000 hospital and clinic patients received prescriptions for food and heat, along with scripts for their medicines.

What is Influencer Marketing?


Short answer – human to human interaction. Here I am with a short video on influencer marketing, filmed as part of Encore Alert ‘s League of Extraordinary Marketers series (*blush*).

Best Halloween costumes ever? We dressed up as our favorite nonprofits.


You have just a few hours before your end-of-the-day office costume contest and evening Halloween festivities, but have no idea what to be. Well, we have your back. For the ultimate procrastinator, we''ve got 6 nonprofit costume ideas that you can do with (almost) no planning at all

Why Donation Pages for Nonprofits Usually Suck


Right now, thousands of donors are being scared, confused, bored, or straight up turned away from donating online

Great reads from around the web on June 29th

Amy Sample Ward

I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of June 29th). You can join the conversations in the comments, or click through to the original posts to find what others are saying.

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Volunteering as part of everyday life.


What systems do you have in place for getting to know your volunteers? How do you tailor volunteer opportunities to match the professional background of your volunteers? How can we, as coordinators, commit ourselves to making volunteering a part of everyday life for our communities?

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The Librarian of Marrakesh

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

One of the joys of my role is meeting other social sector leaders: people with a powerful passion for good. We learn from each other, and try to help each other when we can. Jamila Hassoune Ten years ago, I started corresponding with a fascinating woman from Morocco, Jamila Hassoune.

Fundraising data analytics – mining the gold in your own backyard

3rd Sector Labs

Fundraising data analytics is becoming more popular – and more necessary in today’s philanthropy marketplace. We hear about it, we read about it, we think about it more than ever.

3 Ways to Embrace Change and Shake the Status Quo at Your Organization

Connection Cafe

Your nonprofit’s mission is likely the same as it was when your organization began; to make an impact and to effect change, whether locally, nationally or globally. The challenge then is to stay true to your mission while taking the steps needed to keep pace in a changing industry.

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Infographic: Why Video Is The Best Form Of Engagement


There is a seemingly infinite number of ways for you to engage viewers online. Whether it be through well written content, deeply researched infographics presented in a visually stimulating way, a video, social media, or even a meme.

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Analysts: 'Giving Tuesday' Raised $46M for Charity - ABC News

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Analysts: ''Giving Tuesday'' Raised $46M for Charity - ABC News

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Visual Data for Visual Thinking


Visual thinking has become a way of life and Infographics are the perfect tool for this new trend. They simplify complex information and help nonprofit and government organizations to engage, educate, and inform the public of the great work they do in their communities!

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What is no longer working in social media: 2014 edition


This post by Tinu Abayomi-Paul originally appeared on AGBeat and is reprinted here by permission. ———-. What’s new in social media, and what is broken.

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Give in the Moment: Our Favorite #UNselfies of #GivingTuesday (so far)


At last, #GivingTuesday is upon us! In case you don''t know, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday is dedicated to giving back after all of the indulgences of the days before.

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This is what's wrong with your nonprofit digital strategy


I’ve read and written hundreds of nonprofit digital strategy documents. As a former consultant for the nonprofit space, “I need to create a digital strategy” was something that I heard almost daily. The problem is that you don’t need a digital strategy. You need a strategy.

12 Nonprofit Donation Pages That Don’t Suck


In our last post, we explained why donation pages on nonprofit websites are repelling potential donors.

Uprooting your life and finding your new roots through service


Moving to a completely new place and navigating through unfamiliar experiences can be tough, but finding volunteer opportunities to get involved in and making an impact in your new community doesn''t have to be

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The Case for Copyright Exceptions and Fair Use

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The next time you set your digital device of choice to record your favorite show so you can watch it whenever you want, take a moment to be thankful that you’re protected from lawsuits from the entertainment industry.

More fundraising software = more data headaches

3rd Sector Labs

Technology both simplifies and complicates our lives. Nowhere is this more true than in the nonprofit sector. Let’s face it … there is a direct relationship between the number of fundraising software systems we are using and the data problems we are creating for ourselves.

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