Rethinking Volunteer Recruitment: A Real-Time Example of How Not to Attract Volunteers


Explore a real-time example to learn from the missteps of one organization''s approach. Leaders of volunteers are just that, leaders of people who choose to serve. They are typically not marketing wizards, and are not expected to be. Still, developing a little savvy around what it takes to wear the marketing "hat" while attracting future volunteers can go a long way. Then, learn more about what it takes to apply "otherliness" to your volunteer marketing messages

Nature Conservancy Instagram Contest and Other Examples

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The post summarized why it may be important, best practices, and a few nonprofit examples. One of my blog readers, Sarah Mowry, Outreach Director for the Deschutes Land Trust pointed me to Nature Conservancy’s Instagram contest , an image scavenger hunt.

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Nonprofits and Instagram: The Ultimate Curated Collection of Best Practices, Examples, and Tips

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Nonprofit Examples and Getting Started or Rebooting A Strategic Approach. Earlier this month, when Instagram announced its user community had grown to more than 400 million, it reminded me that I needed to update my curated collection of Instagram for Nonprofit resources.

The #1 Reason You Need a Recurring Giving Program and 3 Expert Examples


Instead of trying to get more donors to make that switch why not convince them to give on a recurring basis from the first time the give you a donation? If not, here are ten more benefits of a recurring giving program along with a few great examples.

Two Examples of Nonprofit Social Media That Will Make You Smile (and learn a best practice or two)

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Today I’m seeking out examples of how nonprofits use cute dogs, cats, or babies in their social media to feel good, but also extract a social media best practice or two so it doesn’t feel like a “waste of time.”

Where You Should be Spending the Most Time with Donors

NonProfit Hub

The clock is consistently and constantly ticking – 86,400 times a day, to be exact. Despite the seemingly monumental amount of seconds, there never seems to be enough time in a day. Time is a precious resource for fundraisers. So when it comes to divvying up your time among donors, it’s crucial to maximize every second and every minute. There’s nothing worse than wasting precious time on a prospect that will never be fruitful.

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[Book Interview] Nonprofit Example of Social Media Excellence: WITNESS

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Are they paid, full-time, part-time? Since September 2009, I have been responsible for maintaining WITNESS’ social media platforms (paid, full-time). A good example is Organization: WITNESS. Organization Size: 29 staff members.

How to Make a Donor Profile in 5 Easy Steps

Connection Cafe

Truth is – you can absolutely make a useful and insightful donor profile with data from a few donors and a couple hours of your time. This is also where we tend to spend the most money, and a lot of time. Again, saving time and money! For example: use of quotes, dates, etc.

Super Heroes and Major Milestones – Good is Taking Over, One Act of Kindness at a Time

Connection Cafe

Recently, we polled some of our Blackbaud’s Champions and asked for them to share examples of ways they see good taking over.

How To Squeeze Social Media Into Your Day When It Isn’t A Full-Time Job

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

To put this context, a gold fish has an attention span of 9 seconds! Attention span is the amount of concentrated time on a task without becoming distracted. For example, Facebook users share 684,478 pieces of content in a minute. Photo by BirgerKing.

The Story of Stuff: An Inspiring Example of A Network in Action

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

As I listened to her speak about their experience, I knew this would be a terrific case study to share in Beirut as an example of working in a networked way. Annie was kind enough to give me her notes so I could write this case study and hopefully, I’ve captured it correctly.

Is Your Online Community Changing with the Times?


For example, how is your community adapting to the following trends I see developing in the association space? ASAE, for example, started a “Volunteer Town Hall” in their community where members and staff could post all kinds of large or small volunteer activities.

Autumn: A Time for Harvest and Reflection

Connection Cafe

For example, you could look at evaluating the following: How many newly identified mid-level and major gift prospects have come to the forefront?

How Much Time Should Your Nonprofit Invest In Different Social Media Channels?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Along with measuring against impact results, it is important to look at how much time has been invested. This informative post is based on a recent webinar presented by the Ad Council provides an overview of how to understand the return on your time investment.

Attention #AFPFC Attendees: It’s Time to Join the #Giveolution

Connection Cafe

Our partnership with AFP is just one example of how we’re educating and empowering Giveolutionaries like you to seize the next era of fundraising, discover new opportunities, and multiply your goodness. We couldn’t be more excited about where the global philanthropic community is headed. This industry is changing faster than ever before. At Blackbaud, we’re calling this change the Giveolution.

International Women’s Day 2016: A Time to Reflect and to Act

Connection Cafe

Right here in my own community, there is no better example than Anita Zucker, who invests her visionary leadership, time, exceptional smarts, charitable donations and unwavering personal energy in improving the state of education through collaborative initiatives. Today, on International Women’s Day , I’m grateful, proud, realistic and hopeful.

The Life Time Magic of Tidying Up Your Professional Life and LinkedIn Connections

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

For example, my colleague, Alexandra Samuel , suggests using the “favor rule.”

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

NonProfit Hub

And they could either become a one-time volunteer or a lifelong supporter. Offer multiple ways they could get involved, ranging from one afternoon to a weekly scheduled time they can give back through your organization. This is your time to shine.

Two Social Media Toolkit Examples and Other Goodies


Increasingly, these tools are also being used for predictive and sentiment analysis—using the vast amount of real-time data from these social platforms to predict emerging trends and respond to them quickly (referred to as “social data”). Some goodies I’ve come across this week for you.

Google + for Nonprofits: Invest Time or Not? Nonprofit Starter Steps

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Should your nonprofit do more than simply set up a presence on Google + and not invest any more time? What is a productive way to experiment and learn to the answers to these questions without wasting time? Set aside some “play and explore” time to observe, read, and interact with your colleagues and peers who are on Google +. How much time are you investing? And, not take you a lot of extra time). Have you decided not to invest time?

Coaching Your First-Time Event Fundraisers Toward Success! (Part 1)

Connection Cafe

The first time you got behind the wheel in Driver’s Ed class? The first time you rode your bicycle without training wheels? The first time you jumped in the pool with no life vest? How do you communicate with your first-time participants?

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Why Successful Nonprofits Track Employee Time

Tech Soup Blog

That's where time tracking comes into play. Rather than simply tracking time for compliance or "because someone told you to," successful nonprofits take advantage of the incredible data created by tracking employee time. Need a Time Tracking Solution?

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How Nonprofit Leaders Make Time for Social Media and Other Secrets to Adoption

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The first reaction I typically hear from nonprofit leaders when it comes to social media is “When am I going to find the time?” This is a summary: Make the Time, But Get Started With Small Steps. Use “Fill In” Time.

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5 Times Foundations Cause More Problems Than They Solve

NonProfit Hub

Even when foundations have long-term goals like improving drinking water or closing achievement gaps in schools, they only provide support to organizations committed to this work for relatively short amounts of time. As a result, those organizations must take time and energy away from doing the work in order to continually chase funding. The post 5 Times Foundations Cause More Problems Than They Solve appeared first on Nonprofit Hub.

VolunteerMatch: How Real-Time Data Visualization and Learning Improves Impact

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

As you get off the elevator at VolunteerMatch, you are greeted by the organization’s real time dashboard , a live visualization of all the activity that is taking place on the VolunteerMatch site.

Is It Time To Let Feedburner Burn?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It is time to self-host your RSS feed many people wondered? Rumors that Google will close Feedburner are circulating again, but this time there is an option for an RSS hosting service, although not free. So if your blog is at, your advertised RSS feed would be something like and NOT I’ve been using Feedburner for my blog RSS Feeds since 2005!

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Coaching Your First-Time Event Fundraisers Towards Success!

Connection Cafe

Last month, I kicked off my blog series on how to coach your first-time fundraisers towards success. Examples of such call-to-action statements include: Take 10 to send 10! (Part 3…the Finale!).

Time to Give a Little

ASU Lodestar Center

Other reality: I don’t have the time or money for your cause. I had a chance to chat with Leo Ramirez , President, CEO, and Co-Founder of MiniDonations , and he summed it up excellently: “When compounded, small donations of one's time, talent, and treasure can profoundly impact our world.

How to Ctrl + S the World, one #14NTC Event at a Time

Connection Cafe

Blackbaud hosted an educational webinar with Farra back in June on the effective use of email to Improve Online Fundraising Results that was not only entertaining, but included tons of practical examples and takaways for nonprofit professionals, which you’re sure to receive in this session as well.

Replacing Mobile Advertising with Real-Time Data

Amy Sample Ward

That’s the question I asked this morning on Qriously, a new application that measures public sentiment, in real time. As soon as the question is live, you start seeing the impressions and the responses, aggregated in real time. Do you believe you can change the world?

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How do I find time to __?

Have Fun - Do Good

Many of us feel time-crunched. Now sometimes, "I don''t have enough time," can really mean, "I''m exhausted and need more sleep," or "I''m afraid," or "I don''t want to fail," or "I don''t want to have to make a decision and focus on one project."

It's NTC Community Voting Time!


It''s 14NTC Community Voting Time! It''s time to raise your voice and let us know which sessions have the mettle to be included in the 14NTC breakout agenda. It''s supposed to: when you change your vote from an "Up" to a "Down", for example, the system takes away your initial +1 (from your "Up" vote) and then tacks on the -1 (because now it''s a "Down" vote), for a net change of -2 to the total vote. A: Until Midnight Eastern Time on July 31, 2013.

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Nonprofits and Libraries: It's Time to Move Beyond the Pie Chart

Tech Soup Blog

You can quickly spot trends in donations over time. Choosing the right visualization method means you get more insight in less time. For example, in the chart below, can you tell which slice is the largest or how the Western region differs across age groups?

Do Your Homework First, Write Second—Examples of Successfully Funded Grant Proposals

NonProfit Hub

Nonprofits are turning more and more toward grants as a source of funding for their causes, and that’s not a bad idea—if and only if you can devote the necessary time and energy into it. Here’s a bit of rough, straight shootin’ life advice for you: you’ll probably get shot down the first time.

The Only Time You Should Use a Pie Chart for Your Nonprofit's Data

Tech Soup Blog

We finish the series by explaining the only time a pie chart actually is the right choice. Examples: Percentage of budget spent on different departments. Breakdown of how Americans spend their leisure time. Pacific time for a free TechSoup webinar.

Social Media and Mobile for Real Time Professional Learning at Conferences

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

For example, the City of San Jose is trying to save money by turning off the street lights in the city. Mobile Technology and Social Media and Real Time Learning. The first concept they were playing with was to use it to get real-time feedback to shape the lunch discussion and Q/A.

Nonprofits: Time to Get Mobile


So in times of natural disasters like the catastrophic earthquake that hit Haiti and affected more then two million people, can a mobile strategy help raise money in times of crisis? The carriers are allowing individuals to donate $10 up to three times, and 100% of the donations will reach the Red Cross Foundation. Nonprofits Should Also Know: Mobile vendors will charge a one-time setup fee ranging from $3000 to $10,000. 83% of adults have cell phones or smartphones.

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How SMS Chat Saves Time, Money and Peace of Mind

Mobile Commons

It allows patients to text in their healthcare questions, and the professional on the other end can respond as soon as they see it – making SMS chat allow patient-doctor conversations to occur in real time. Planned Parenthood , for example, had overwhelming success using SMS chat.

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Gender Differences in Participation: The Pocket Museum Example

Museum 2.0

After I took down all the "kick me" and "kick it" post-its covering the Pocket Museum title label in the men's room, I realized that this is the perfect example of an A-to-B test for gendered response to a participatory museum experience.

Example Of Good Guiding Business Principles

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Receive timely responses to their e-mails? You can find more examples of companies with impressive guiding principles in the book, 1001 Ways To Energize Employees.