What Previous Crises Can Teach Us About Navigating the Current Fundraising Environment

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For nonprofits and other social good organizations faced with difficult decisions, fundraising investments are often the first budget line items to be questioned. Nonprofit Nonprofit Fundraising Nonprofit Marketing coronavirus COVID-19 donor retention fundraising trends Sustainers

Technology and the Environment

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

OK, well, not so unrepentant or unabashed since I’m writing this post on the varied factors around technology and the environment, and have been thinking about this issue for myself for a long time. There is some argument as to whether or not cloud computing is good or bad for the environment. There are some arguments about whether or not these are really helping the environment. The argument goes – nonprofits need up-to-date tools to do their work effectively.

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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 149: Raising Major and Planned Gifts in the Current Environment

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They discuss the challenges of raising major and planned gifts in the current environment, give advice on how to talk to donors and consider how they are feeling and faring during this time, and highlight different giving strategies that can benefit organizations and donors.

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5 Ways “Green Thumbs” Can Text for the Environment

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As environmental awareness campaigns gain attention in mainstream media, more nonprofits use text messaging to rally supporters. Greenpeace USA , an influential environmental nonprofit, consistently uses text messaging to achieve their goals.

Is a Results-Only Work Environment Right for Your Organization?


Flickr: Tracy Hunter We've heard whispers about Results-Only Work Environments – mostly from the corporate world. Well, in July 2008, Jessica Lawrence led Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council to become the first nonprofit organization in the country to migrate to an ROWE.

Girl Scouts Send Text Messages for the Environment

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All Posts Blog nonprofit Use CasesEven Girl Scouts have cell phones. And the Girl Scouts of America is turning those phones into environmental action with a fun text campaign that’s designed to keep girls thinking green no matter where they are. To engage Girl Scouts in an environmental program, Girl Scouts Forever Green is sending weekly earth-friendly texts to all the scouts on its list. Some are thought-provoking facts.

Adobe Systems and the Environment

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At last count TechSoup now has 41 donation or discounted product donors for nonprofits, NGOs, and libraries. From time to time, we get a chance to find out firsthand what some of our TechSoup donor partners are doing in the area of green technology and corporate social responsibility. The occasion for getting to know Adobe better came with the launch of Adobe's new wind turbines at their headquarters building in San Jose.

EveryAction Acquires DonorTrends

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Predictive Analytics Fundraising Product Fuels EveryAction’s Rise in Nonprofit Market. June 6, 2019 – EveryAction, a leading software provider for nonprofit fundraisers, announced today that it has acquired DonorTrends.

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TechSoup's Refurbished Computer Initiative and the Environment

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Matthew combines environmental zeal with good business sense in this rare peek into his world with an update on the impact TechSoup's RCI program is having on the world and nonprofit pocketbooks. Our RCI program (Refurbished Computer Initiative), keeps computers out of landfills, gets much needed hardware resources into the hands of nonprofits and libraries, and saves them money to boot.

Should Nonprofits Focus on Email or Facebook?

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A question I have often heard: should nonprofits focus on email or Facebook? Email “deliverability” bedevils many online marketers , nonprofit and otherwise. . We can only send nonprofit emails so often before our supporters begin to tune us out. .

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Virtual Volunteer Mobilization Strategies That Can Solve Nonprofits’ Challenges During COVID-19

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COVID-19 is forcing nonprofits to think differently about engaging supporters. The unique challenge for nonprofits—especially those that rely on in-person support—will be providing virtual opportunities to their supporters to adapt to this new environment.

5 Nonprofits Financial Drivers That Are More Important Than Ever Before!

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Constant change is a reality in today’s environment but the volatility of the current environment has a lot of nonprofits concerned. Most businesses rely on growth fueled by new products or services to deal with the constant change that is a reality in all business environments.

Optimize Your Nonprofit Fundraising Team with Human Data

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Kachuriak and the NextAfter team conducted a survey among 500 nonprofit executives, consultants, managers, and practitioners. Most nonprofit jobs seem to be a dead end. Nonprofits remain concerned about employee retention and fit.

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3 Steps Nonprofits Can Take to be More Energy Efficient


” In this week’s guest post Natalie McKeon of the Environmental Defense Fund offers a great answer to that question – help your nonprofit become more energy efficient and save them money at the same time. 3 Steps Nonprofits Can Take to be More Energy Efficient.

8 Annual Reports We Love

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Annual Reports are a staple of nonprofit life, but are they worth it? Environment America. Environment America uses page breaks with vivid nature images to delineate their various areas of interest. nonprofit tools End of Year

Advocacy & Facebook Political Ads: What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know

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I’ve spoken to several nonprofits that are concerned about the new political/issue designation. environment. If your nonprofit works with an agency, it will need to create an ad account for your nonprofit. What’s up with Facebook Political Ads?

7 Steps for a Successful Lean Implementation at your Nonprofit

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But, having spent most of my career in manufacturing environments, I became aware of these concepts even before lean became the commonly used terminology. However, when I moved into the nonprofit world, I experienced a paradigm shift.

Why Healthcare Nonprofits Need Analytics-Driven Fundraising

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And because the forces shaping the industry are so varied—shifts in the regulatory environment, the evolution of technology, changing consumer needs and expectations—it can be hard to keep up, much less stay ahead. Few industries have seen as much change in the past decade as healthcare.

How Nonprofits Can Build Trust with Strong Internal Controls

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For nonprofits looking for funding sources, trust is paramount. Even when nonprofits balance their desire to do good works with a realistic view of the level of effort required to accomplish those goals, funding may still be elusive if there are not strong internal controls in place.

Help your local museum, food pantry, and the environment all at once


Almost all nonprofits struggle to keep up effectively with new software tools and tactics. By helping us to seed the Idealware Research Fund, you can provide them with information about the software choices that can transform their work—increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of vast numbers of nonprofits working on critical issues, from decreasing illiteracy rates, helping abused animals, fighting global warming, and so much more.

After Rebranding Your Nonprofit, Then What?

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Each year, I crisscross the country speaking at various nonprofit conferences. And while the conversation around nonprofit branding is gaining momentum, many nonprofit leaders continue to hold a narrow perspective on what it means to build and leverage a strong, needle-moving brand.

8 Strategy Basics for Nonprofit Organizations

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What comes to mind when you think of nonprofit strategy? These “pain points” sometimes discourage nonprofits from dedicating resources to strategic planning. Every nonprofit needs strategy: it’s essential to making mindful choices.

Expert Advice for Improving Culture & Morale at Nonprofit Organizations

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It’s no secret that people working at social good organizations, and at nonprofits in particular, have the reputation of being “overworked and underpaid.” According to the 2018 Nonprofit Finance Fund State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey , 86% of respondents said demand for their services was rising and 57% said they didn’t think they could meet it; 59% cited employing enough hands to do all that work as a challenge.

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3 Keys to Pitching Pro Bono Opportunities for Your Nonprofit

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With volunteerism and employee engagement on the rise, your nonprofit can take advantage of this trend by offering a skilled volunteer opportunity rather than a traditional day of hands-on service. In fact, skills-based volunteerism has emerged in response to both corporate and nonprofit desires to make the most out of community service. Nonprofit Nonprofit Management pro bono skills-based volunteerism

Four Tips for Creating a Rewarding Environment for Your Tech Staff


Read the complete issue of NTEN's new quarterly journal for nonprofit leaders by subscribing to the journal for free! ] By Grant Howe, VP Research and Development, Sage Nonprofit Solutions Want to create a more rewarding environment to retain and grow your techies? We'd love to hear YOUR tips, strategies, or #FAIL stories about creating a rewarding environment for nonprofit technology staff.

Three Roles of the Nonprofit CFO that Lead to Mission Success

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Over the years, my experience in a variety of financial leadership roles has led me to the following hypothesis: nonprofit finance is critical to mission success. This is undoubtedly important to your nonprofit and to the societal impact of your mission.

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The 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


If you loved our 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar get ready for our new, improved, and updated 2018 calendar! We've searched far and wide for the best and brightest nonprofit conferences from all around the country! Nonprofit Management. Nonprofit Technology, and more!

Your Official #19NTC Local's Guide to Portland

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We’re eagerly packing our bags, and can’t wait to see our nonprofit friends and family from around the country at this year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference in Portland, Oregon.

What The Cloud Changes About Nonprofit Tech


And in recent years, this has shown with nonprofit organizations consistently increasing the investment in technology every year. Staffing and maintaining an IT department is expensive, can detract from your nonprofit, or even hinder it from completing its mission.

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One Thing Most Nonprofits Stink at (Donor Retention) and How You Can Change It in 2019

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Blackbaud’s latest Charitable Giving Report sheds light on the importance of donor retention in the nonprofit industry. Couple that with the rising cost of donor acquisition and you’ve got an incredibly difficult environment for fundraisers (and their nonprofits) to succeed.

3 Emerging Fundraising Trends for Nonprofits

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For nonprofits, fundraising can be a challenging proposition. There are strict rules regarding what you can do to collect funds, and what you’re allowed to do with that money once you have it to retain your nonprofit status.

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Four Tips to Help Nonprofit Marketing Departments Create a Culture of Philanthropy

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Today’s nonprofit marketers must be experts in learning how to shift their organizational culture towards a culture of philanthropy. But the reality is that in many nonprofit organizations, different teams and departments do not have a shared mental model for a culture of philanthropy.

7 Nonprofits that Inspired Us in 2013 and How Your Favorite Nonprofit Can Make the List this Year.

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For all the good they do, nonprofits deserve recognition. They feed the hungry, provide medicine for the sick, shelter the homeless, educate our youth, protect the environment, prevent animal cruelty, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. This is a guest post by Bill Fryman.

Catch EveryAction at NTC 2019

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Learn more from our nonprofit experts at these panels: Raise More Money by Automating Right Message, Right Person, Right Time Join EveryAction Executive Director Melissa Wyers along with Mel King and Rosa Del Angel from Voto Latino in a conversation about digital automation.

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A Nonprofit Guide to DIY Fundraising

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The concept of ‘DIY Fundraising’ has been quite popular in the nonprofit world for some time now. DIY fundraising works particularly well in nonprofit organizations because donors may see some kind of community or overall value in the mission of the nonprofit.

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How Your Attitude Shapes Your Nonprofit

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I make a conscious effort not to get overly pessimistic or have an irritable attitude towards my coworkers because I want to be mindful of the type of work environment I’m creating. Nonprofits are established to create support for people, for social causes, for a particular belief or view.

Why is the Cloud Right for Your Nonprofit?

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Nonprofits are striving to invest more in their core missions, decrease the cost of operations, and ultimately execute more successfully. In other words, the cloud can provide both cost savings and innovative, integrated solutions that enable your nonprofit to be the best it can be.

Real Talk About Real Costs for Nonprofits: Stepping Beyond the Overhead Myth

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It’s a dirty word in the nonprofit sector. So that’s WHY we’re talking about it, to clarify what it means, to encourage a broader understanding of why it matters and, finally, to motivate nonprofit leaders to be proactive about how they dispel “the overhead myth.”. Overhead.

8 Ways To Avoid Nonprofit Work Burnout


All too often nonprofit employees fall victim to the daily rhythm, and allow it to dictate their mood and their effectiveness at work. Nonprofits and their employees are naturally ‘go getters.’ Try doing one part of a big project outside of your normal environment.

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10 Tips To Drive Your Nonprofit’s Website from Good to Great

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For a nonprofit, it’s not only mandatory to have a website but to have a website that connects constituents to your cause. In order to design a nonprofit website that drives donations and empowers supporters to be champions for your cause, you must: Understand your audience.

Creating the Right Culture at your Nonprofit

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At your nonprofit, culture is at the heart of who you are. If you’re thinking about culture (and you should be) at your nonprofit, think about the following areas as ways to ensure you are being true to the brand, to the mission, to the reason why your organization exists.

9 Tech Trends Your Nonprofit’s Need To Know About


Because of this, anticipating tech trends is the only way to ensure your nonprofit is staying ahead of the latest technology. Here are 9 buzz words and tech trends that your nonprofit needs to be on the look out for in the coming months and years.

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Conservation Planners Use Benetech's Miradi Software to Help Save Reefs in Guam

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Elaina Todd, an environmental planner who develops social marketing campaigns with the nonprofit conservation group Rare, is profiled in our most recent case study for Benetech’s Miradi software. conservation CMP Guam RARE Miradi environment

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