2014

Infographic: 2013 Nonprofit Communication Trends

TechImpact

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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The tool that every volunteer coordinator needs

VolunteerMark

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 :).

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The Top 10 Most Effective Donation Form Optimizations You Can Make

Connection Cafe

Online giving was up 13.5% in 2013 and has been growing by double digits ever since. Though it still doesn’t represent a massive amount of total giving, it’s well worth the effort to optimize your online channels in order to get the best possible performance out of it.

Mark your calendar: best conferences for nonprofits in 2015

EveryAction

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

The Psychology of Sharing

SocialFish

How often do you find yourself sharing news with your followers on social media?

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The Difference Between One-Time and Lifelong Volunteers: A Short Case Study

NonProfit Hub

Sure, most of the information about your volunteer opportunities is listed on your website. But how do you handle inquiries such as this one: “Hello, I am interested in your cause and looking to get involved, what can I do to help?”. It’s an open window.

Thank You, Gerardo!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The Benetech team has just bid goodbye to VP of Engineering Gerardo Capiel, who is moving on to his next adventure. A passionate technology-for-good advocate, Gerardo has made major contributions to Benetech’s social mission since he joined us over four years ago.

5 Web Design Trends To Watch Right Now

Frogloop

Is your organization embarking on a website redesign in 2014? Here are five design trends to consider. Simpler Navigation to Get Readers to Focus More on Content. One of the big design trends that is beginning to fade is mega navigation menus that are cluttered and distracting to website visitors.

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7 Strategies Your Nonprofit Should Implement to Engage Volunteers

TechImpact

Image courtesy of Huffington Post and Idealist.org. While volunteers keep your staffing needs minimal, and allow your nonprofit to focus on the next big project, are you really getting the most out of your volunteers?

How the Grinch Inspires Change for Leaders of Volunteers

VolunteerMark

The holiday season is a perfect time to solidify strategic plans for 2015. the future of your organization may have opportunities to grow, develop, extend its reach. Change may be in the works.

8 Ways to Make Your Nonprofit Website Unwelcoming to Potential Donors

Connection Cafe

When someone visits your nonprofit’s website, it takes them just 5 seconds to: Learn your mission. Form an emotional reaction. Decide credibility. Choose to engage. Those 5 seconds are critical if you want to make a potential donor feel unwelcome.

This is what's wrong with your nonprofit digital strategy

EveryAction

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.

Are The Signs Pointing to the Demise of Google+ ?

SocialFish

This post originally appeared on Mizz Information. —————-. As much as I liked the concept of Google+ (or is it Google Plus? There still seems to be no consensus), I can’t say I’ve used it a ton.

Nonprofit Innovation Toolkits: Methods To Invent, Adopt, and Adapt Ideas to Deliver Better Results

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Does your charity have too much data?

3rd Sector Labs

How do you know when your organization is storing and using too much data? We were asked this question recently – and it’s a great question.

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9 Must-Know Best Practices for Distributing Your Nonprofit’s Content on Social Networks

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The following is an excerpt from Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits. The Internet is at a tipping point.

Four 21st Century Marketing Terms Nonprofits Need to Know

NonProfit Hub

Steven Shattuck is VP of Marketing at Bloomerang. As a HubSpot Certified inbound marketer, he is a contributor to Nonprofit Hub, National Council of Nonprofits, Ragan, Social Media Today, Search Engine Journal, The Build Network, HubSpot, Content Marketing Institute and Business2Community.

Arts Assessment: Let's Stop "Proving" and Start Improving

Museum 2.0

Research and assessment is rare in the arts, and it tends to focus on "proving" our value. Economic impact studies. Studies of how arts participation affects student test scores.

Tricks and Tips to Use #Ello (With Screenshots)

Frogloop

Last week I joined Ello , a new social network that is ad-free and allows users to opt out of some data collection and tracking. Last week, Ello said that there were 31K invite requests per hour. Why is Ello sparking so much interest? Ello had great timing.

Infographic: Why Video Is The Best Form Of Engagement

TechImpact

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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An executive director reminds us of the importance of prayer

VolunteerMark

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

One Thing Most Nonprofits Stink at (Donor Retention) and How You Can Change It in 2014

Connection Cafe

Donor acquisition is all the rage, but did you know nearly 3 out of 4 new donors leave and never come back. I’d stay that’s pretty stinky, wouldn’t you? In 2013, Chuck Longfield was on a mission to shed light on the importance of donor retention in the nonprofit industry.

Why Donation Pages for Nonprofits Usually Suck

EveryAction

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

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

SocialFish

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

SXSW: What Social Media Analytics and Data Can’t Tell You

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’m just back from the SXSW Interactive Festival where I was on a panel called “ What Social Media Analytics Can’t Tell You ” moderated by Alexandra Samuel of Vision Critical , Jeremiah Owyang , Crowd Companies, and Colby Flint, Discovery Channel.

What’s in your data management plan?

3rd Sector Labs

If your data isn’t getting better, it’s getting worse. – TSL data expert. Those are words we live by. And no, we aren’t simply advocating some chaos theory about data.

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10 Must-Have Skills for Nonprofit New Media Managers

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The following is an excerpt from Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits. In 2013 the number of nonprofits that hired part-time or full-time new media managers increased fourfold.

The Ultimate 2015 Nonprofit Social Media Scheduling Guide

NonProfit Hub

Steven Shattuck is VP of Marketing at Bloomerang. As a HubSpot Certified inbound marketer, he is a contributor to Nonprofit Hub, National Council of Nonprofits, Ragan, Social Media Today, Search Engine Journal, The Build Network, HubSpot, Content Marketing Institute and Business2Community.

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5 New And Quirky Nonprofit Social Media Tactics

TechImpact

Image courtesy of athgo. Social media is well documented as a necessary marketing platform for all nonprofits. They allow you instantly connect with millions of users who represent every demographic under the sun.

5 Ways To Make Your Donors Feel Loved

Frogloop

I feel like there is a lot of donor fatigue happening right now in the nonprofit community. Our donors are being solicited on every channel from numerous organizations multiple times a day. Today I received at least 10 fundraising pitches.

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Infographic: When To Post To Your Nonprofit’s Social Media Feeds

TechImpact

Social media, to many, is a total mystery. When do I post? What do I post? How often do I post on all the different social media feeds? Can I post the same thing twice?

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Volunteering as part of everyday life.

VolunteerMark

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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11 Donation Form Optimization Stats You’ll Wish You’d Known Yesterday [INFOGRAPHIC]

Connection Cafe

Donation for optimization is a key part of online fundraising success and a great way to boost donor acquisition. But sadly, so many nonprofits are doing it all wrong.

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50 Best Nonprofit Twitter Accounts to Follow

EveryAction

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.