Creating Your Own Lens: 4 Tips for Evaluating Fundraising Advice

Connection Cafe

This is not bad, but it does mean that we need to dig deeper on occasion to see if there are mitigating factors that influence the findings. 4 Tips for Evaluating Fundraising Advice : Look at the credentials of the writers you respect. Evaluate it.

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

And like those other core functions, we must examine our technology and data strategies to properly evaluate and prioritize our needs and successfully build our digital capacity. It's finally here!

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A Nonprofit’s Guide to #GivingTuesday and End of Year Fundraising

Connection Cafe

In this post, I will cover: Advanced social influencer engagement for Giving Tuesday. Social Influencer campaign strategy optimization. Social Influencer Campaign for Giving Tuesday. What are Everyday Influencers? Why target Everyday Influencers?

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8 Secrets To Writing a Great Nonprofit RPF With Ease [Free Template]

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Keeping these eight basic do's and don'ts in mind as you write your RFP will simplify your workload and yield great results! Download our free template rubric for evaluating data vendors here! ].

What Makes an Innovative Idea Actionable?

Museum 2.0

There's a whole section of this blog called Unusual Projects and Influences. Tags: evaluation design Unusual Projects and Influences

MuseumCamp 2014: Experiments in Social Impact Assessment

Museum 2.0

Please bear in mind that these were very quick projects and are more like research sketches than full evaluations. Museum of Art and History professional development research social bridging Unusual Projects and Influences You run a program. It changes kids'' lives.

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The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Impact Convergence 2016 brings together leaders, practitioners, and professionals from around the globe who are interested in impact and evaluation.

Weekend Reading: 2012 Trends and Young Adult Programs

Museum 2.0

Such a diverse group of topics in one report got my mind moving laterally and imagining other trends I might want to follow. It mostly focuses on program design, not marketing or evaluation, and some of the program design insights and framings are really valuable.

Adventures in Artist-Driven Public Engagement: Machine Project at the Hammer Museum

Museum 2.0

This is particularly true when it comes to project evaluation. I'm a bit troubled by the lack of rigor in the evaluation of the impact of all these projects--big and small. T]he sticking point in everyone’s mind is that what you proposed was not an artwork.

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How Citizen Powered Movements Will Lead Social Change in 2017 

Connection Cafe

Cause minded individuals are now taking the initiative to create their own change and rally support…and their efforts are working. In terms of influencing policy, the Sanders example also highlights an important shift in how people want to engage or be organized.

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Collaboration for Funders: Get the Timing Right


As you plan to launch your community, be mindful of the calendar: pay attention to when your grantees will be willing and able to participate, and find ways to align participation with other important events you have planned. Securing funding, kicking off a project, running the project, evaluating progress, and following up: at each step in the program lifecycle, grantees have different needs. Tags: Influence Collaboration

Reinvigorate your Employee Giving Program

Connection Cafe

If your CSR programs are not integrated across lines of business and support departments, keep in mind this is a journey. Keep in mind, executive teams are really busy! Their ability to influence peers over time is the type of champion you want and need.

This Digital Marketing Process Will Make You Write Better Content

Nonprofits Source

Our ideas float freely in our minds and the challenge comes when we have to organize those thoughts into ideas that others can comprehend. When there are no rules, our minds are free to wander to thoughts of the future, or perhaps dwell on a particular issue of the past.

How to Prepare Your Pitch for New Technology Investments

Connection Cafe

How we get and share information, and our fundamental behaviors as human beings, are all being disrupted by the influence that technology and the internet are having on our lives and the world around us. Keep that in mind as your present your case for support. Have you evaluated other technologies – why did this one stand out?

Internet Strategy in a World of Ubiquitous Tools: Sometimes You Just Gotta Launch and Learn


In cases where an organization wants to engage in collaboration online but doesn't know exactly how, they could certainly evaluate the options and do a detailed software selection to find the "right" solution. The feature wrinkles that distinguish different platforms, never mind those customizations that somtimes become "mandatory," will matter little to the initial success of the online collaboration initiative.

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The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Get ready to learn from some of the best analytics minds out there. It will bring together the practitioners, scientists and creative minds of behavior change to discuss the science and technology of change.

Intenet strategy in a world of ubiquitous tools - sometimes you just gotta launch and learn


In cases where an organization wants to engage in collaboration online but doesn't know exactly how, they could certainly evaluate the options and do a detailed software selection to find the "right" solution. The feature wrinkles that distinguish different platforms, never mind those customizations that somtimes become "mandatory," will matter little to the initial success of the online collaboration initiative.

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Market Your Donation Page With 6 Stellar Social Media Strategies


Call on social media influencers to signal boost your donation page. Call on social media influencers to signal boost your donation page. Many of the top social media influencers reach millions of users every day and can be a great asset when marketing your donation page.

#GMN2016 Annual Conference| Observations from Day 2

Connection Cafe

This lines up with the research that influenced our outcomes measurement solution, Blackbaud Outcomes™. Annie asked the panelists if measuring outcomes and impact is on the minds of their board members prior to making funding decisions.

How To Simplify Content Promotion with the Twitter Leapfrog Method


We won’t get too deep into content ideation, but here are a few suggestions for finding a topic to write about: Review industry-leading blogs to see what topics influencers are frequently writing about. A few things to keep in mind as you write: Aim for 1,500-2,000 words.

Why we need Learning Management Systems


An LMS allows you to calculate return on investment, evaluate how the system is working and adjust learning measures to match organizational needs. Why We Need Learning Management Systems. Have you found yourself fighting your way through the learning and development market without a guide?

The 10 Elements of an Effective Fundraising Email Appeal

NonProfit Hub

If the reply appears to be to a real person, that builds trust in the mind of the recipient that this an email they might want to open. It’s important to evaluate how we’re talking with our donors, and how it affects their trust of our organization and our senders.

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How Nonprofits Can Engage an Audience Through Storytelling

ASU Lodestar Center

Through stories, people can speak out their minds, share wisdom, and pass information to others. Telling a good story can influence the mindset of the audience, and this explains why a lot of businesses today are using this tool to market their brands to their potential customers.

The Future of the LMS


Throughout the course of history, some very brilliant minds have endeavored the obscure task of forecasting the future of technology. With the exception of some authors who were able to write so brilliantly that they were able to shape the future, just through the power of their influence.

Observations and Reflections on #TakeBackThePink

Amy Sample Ward

Many Komen supporters expressed anger that an organization positioned to make such positive impact would allow for political influence and would make a decision that appeared to be going against the mission of serving women (especially low income women served by PP affiliates).

John Barksdale Talks About How To Make a Business Profitable

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

In order to make a business profitable one should constantly evaluate the productivity gains that the business is experiencing. Moreover, prior to buying equipment, supplies, or inventory, one should consider the direct or indirect influence the investment can have on the business.

5 Tips For Brand Survival In Today's Social Climate

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Even more important, all employees have become their own personal brands – some even major influencers – with their own fans and followers. With all the social sites available to your brand, take time to conduct a social media audit and re-evaluate the names of all your accounts. [3]

8 Research-Backed Ways To Improve Marketing For Nonprofits

Nonprofits Source

Back in 2011, Google Panda was released with one purpose in mind. Armed with this information, you can evaluate keywords that present an area of opportunity. Search engines began evaluating backlinks in search algorithms as a way to assign authority to sites.

How to Generate Association Revenue Through Grants – It’s Easier Than You Think


Be wherever the influencers and people with access to grant monies are. When you begin writing a grant for your association, there are a few basic rules to keep in mind. By Amy Gitchell, GrowthZone AMS. “We We need to do more fundraising and generate more revenue.”.

Apps that Pay you to Use Them


Okay, so, the most famous apps are those that deal with online surveys, which I will start by evaluating, then, later on, we shall talk about other types of apps. Most people are looking for ideas on how to make some extra cash.

The 4 Parts of a Successful Digital Strategy


Keep in mind that however you decide to approach email, you’ll want to test your ideas to be sure they work and adjust your approach as you go. Whatever it may be, make sure your nonprofit has an objective in mind.

The Benefits of a Solid Warehouse Management System

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Nevertheless, when it concerns reducing inventory storage abilities and also amounts, the influence is less most likely to occur. It is necessary to keep in mind that the style of WMS is very data reliant as well as limiting in nature.

Twitter Community Organizing Rules for Non Profits

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In fact, it shows that you don’t think you are too important to have relationships with the people you want to influence. Drop them if they don’t and they are not influencers. An organization needs to cultivate relationships with influencers through interaction.

The Ultimate Guide To The Google Ad Grants

Twenti - Digital Marketing For Nonprofits

Let’s break down the key factors which influence when your ads are shown: Targeting. There are several points to keep in mind here: There are some search terms you can’t bid on, such as names of other organisations and most single words (other than your brand name).

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Better marketing for nonprofits

ASU Lodestar Center

Influencer marketing is the latest craze in marketing, for good reason. The best marketing campaigns aim to influence culture. For more on how to evaluate “softer” campaigns, check out the Ad Council's website to see how they assess their success.

How to Engage Your Supporters and Find Super Fans

Tech Soup Blog

NetSquared DC organized a panel discussion on Engagement Strategy: Empowering Champions* and Influencers* on November 3, 2015, to delve into this question. Interview people who are your influencers and champions, and find out why.

How to Train and Develop Millennials Today?


Since millennial buyer behavior is so vastly different than what traditional advertising channels can influence, understanding the demographic completely, is vital. How to Train and Develop Millennials.

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Groundwire’s 10 Rules of Engagement


These are the people that show up in your theory of change – the people who need to educate or be educated, influence or be influenced, make decisions or take action for you to achieve your vision. Keep it in mind as you evaluate your engagement strategies and tactics, and I promise you’ll be better at creating and cultivating the critical relationships for your organization.

Get to Know the Lodestar Center: Lili Wang

ASU Lodestar Center

She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on such diverse subjects as Program Evaluation & Information Management, International NGOs, and Philanthropy. It’s not the lesson I have learned, but rather it’s generally an important point for junior scholars to keep in mind, to protect your time for research and learn to say “No”. Welcome to a new ASU Lodestar Center Blog series, “Get to Know the Lodestar Center!”

How to: Develop an Advanced Understanding of Social Media


Social Network Analysis : Evaluate your social networks. “Popularized by movies such as “A Beautiful Mind”, game theory is the mathematical modeling of strategic interaction among rational (and irrational) agents.”

7 Questions To Ask First

Connection Cafe

Daring to Lead report finds that a full 55% of your peer executives name technology as a “depleting” aspect of their job (it would have been the most depleting of all options surveyed, if not for the joys of HR – like evaluating and hiring/firing staff). This blows my mind.

5 Ways to Achieve Greater Impact & Effectively Communicate Your Mission

ASU Lodestar Center

The goal is to achieve the greatest ROI and to keep track of the budget in order to influence budgetary needs for the coming fiscal year. Evaluation: Measure outputs and outcomes. Here at the Center, we offer valuable courses on how to effectively evaluate your programs.

Social Media 101 TweetChat: Twitter

Tech Soup Blog

The first, and often easiest, step is identifying who are the influencers on the subject of your cause and/or in the nonprofit field, in your local community and beyond. While it is obvious that organizations should follow influencers, what about examining who is following you?