3 Design Thinking Facilitation Resources for Nonprofits

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The design lab was facilitated by Pete Maher, founder of Luma Institute. I even facilitated design labs to help with the research for my book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit. I also get asked about where to get facilitation training for design thinking methods.

Basic Facilitation Techniques for Nonprofits

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There are a lot different styles, philosophies, and techniques for facilitating groups of people. Check out the International Association of Facilitator’s Method database which contains more than 500 entries. Networked Facilitation. Facilitated Listening Skills.

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How To Facilitate Effective Virtual Meetings

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In light of the Coronavirus, many nonprofits are engaging in scenario planning. It’s time to up your virtual facilitation and convening skills. As nonprofits are impacted by the CoronaVirus and need more virtual meeting skills, I’d like to share what I have learned.

Trainer’s Notebook: Facilitating Brainstorming Sessions for Nonprofit Work

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Does your work at a nonprofit include facilitating meetings or trainings? Looking for new techniques to add to your facilitator’s toolbox? Used as a facilitation technique in training can also help people generate ideas on how to apply the skills or concepts being taught.

8 Fantastic Facilitation Playbooks for Designing Productive Nonprofit Meetings

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Whether our meeting is useless or valuable depends on how we design, facilitate, and follow up. If you are facilitating the meeting you need figure out logistics like scheduling, materials, and effective use of technology for virtual meetings. The facilitation methods are participatory.

Methods for Facilitating Innovation in Nonprofits

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The co-facilitator was Amy Hedrick who works in Product and Design Innovation at Intuit. These are methods for developing solutions (any type) in service of people. By applying this approach to program development or strategy, your nonprofit can get more impactful results.

New (Free) E-Book: Leading Systems Change Will Supercharge Your Facilitation Skills

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But this is more than a simple report on a highly successful leadership program that takes a systems approach to serving an underserved community, it is the authors playbook of how to design and implement a program, including facilitation recipes for designing meetings.

Trainer’s Notebook: Just A Few Participatory Facilitation Techniques

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Recently, a colleague asked me a wonderful question: How did you learn to become a good facilitator and trainer? Evaluate your content, facilitation, and logistical skills against participant evaluations. As the facilitator, you have give clear instructions to people and keep time.

Five Tips for Nonprofits to Avoid Virtual Fatigue

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The pandemic has inspire a new breed of online collaboration apps that facilitate drop in video chatting for serendipitous conversations that your team might want to test. These are few tips to help your nonprofit team be more energetic, but also productive.

Reflections on a Decade of Designing and Facilitating Interactive Webinars

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I’ve had the honor of facilitating an online peer learning exchange of Knight Grantees that are hosting Giving Days, applying and iterating on the Giving Day Playbook since 2013. This can be a mix of presentations by peers, with lots of facilitated discussion and interaction.

Visual Meeting Facilitation Workshop with David Sibbet

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We used sticky notes and the mandala template. David modeled a full group discussion to gather up all the ideas – using a template that used the basic flows of facilitation – attention, energy, information, and operations.

#14LCS Facilitator Series: Meet Beth Kanter

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That''s why we''re doing our best to recruit a remarkable group of facilitators to help shape your experience. Today we want to introduce you to one of them, recognizing that she needs no introduction to many of you: Beth Kanter , a Lead Facilitator for the Impact Leadership track.

How To Facilitate Leadership Development In Your Nonprofit As Part of Doing the Work

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One of the biggest challenges that many nonprofits face is the finding time and resources for professional development activities. And, when nonprofits budgets are tight, professional development often gets slashed. Register now!

#14LCS Facilitator Series: Meet John Kenyon

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That''s why we''re doing our best to recruit a remarkable group of facilitators to help shape your experience. Today we want to introduce you to one of them: John Kenyon , a Lead Facilitator for the Impact Leadership track.

Reflections on Twitter Chat Facilitation Techniques

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Has your nonprofit done an online Twitter chat? Yesterday, I had the pleasure of participating in Twitter chat series #socialmedia.

#14LCS Facilitator Series: Meet Bridget Marie Todd

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That''s why we''re doing our best to recruit a remarkable group of facilitators to help shape your experience. Today we want to introduce you to one of them: Bridget Marie Todd , a Lead Facilitator for the Digital Strategy track.

#14LCS Facilitator Series: Meet Tracy Kronzak

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That''s why we''re doing our best to recruit a remarkable group of facilitators to help shape your experience. Today we want to introduce you to one of them: Tracy Kronzak , a Lead Facilitator for The Future of Technology track.

#14LCS Facilitator Series: Meet Londell Jackson

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That''s why we''re doing our best to recruit a remarkable group of facilitators to help shape your experience. Today we want to introduce you to one of them: Londell Jackson , a Facilitator for the Impact Leadership track.

Running Effective Virtual #Nonprofit Meetings: 9 Best Practices for Facilitating Engagement

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Workplace flexibility creates a need for better skills in facilitating virtual meetings and hybrid meetings where some participants are in the room and others participate are using audio-only or video conferencing platform. Roles may include: Facilitator: Designs and Facilitates Meeting.

How Nonprofits Practice Continuous Improvement

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I co-lead a workshop on digital transformation, co-facilitated a master class on digital fundraising campaigns, co-hosted a learning breakfast for scholarship participants, co-designed a Big Room session on Technology for Good, and in between attended some amazing sessions.

#14LCS Facilitator Series: Meet Deepa Kunapuli

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That''s why we''re doing our best to recruit a remarkable group of facilitators to help shape your experience. Each track will have two Lead Facilitators and several additional Facilitators who will design spaces and lead small group conversations to make sure that every participant has the chance to both learn and share. Today we want to introduce you to one of them: Deepa Kunapuli , a Lead Facilitator for the Digital Strategy track.

Tips To Make Online Meetings Less Exhausting

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Recently I facilitated an online session about how to get better at online meetings for Lightful in the UK where I am a Senior Advisor at Lightful, among other activities, facilitate online master classes for their BRIDGE programme. Facilitation

5 Key Relationships for Your Nonprofit: And the Tools and Tactics to Facilitate Them

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Has this happened to your nonprofit? Will Colely. Producer/Founder. Aquifer Media. Instead of siloing social media into “that stuff that so-and-so does,” what would a more integrated approach look like?

SXSW Reflection: Using Social Media to Facilitate A Global Back Channel at a Panel Session

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Over the past month, I have been thinking about a couple of different ideas and how to incorporate them into training design to facilitate learning. My questions are: 1. How can nonprofits learn from one another across borders without the barrier of translation, particularly online?

Understanding the Reasons for Nonprofit Donor Churn

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When nonprofits want to pinpoint where their donors are leaving, they often look at the last thing that happened to their donor as the tipping point that got them to stop donating. To understand why donors stop giving to a nonprofit, we need to understand why they gave in the first place.

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The 6 Scariest Monsters Nonprofit Fundraisers Are Facing This Halloween

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This October 31 st , it’s not ghosts and ghouls that most nonprofit fundraisers are worried about. Rising email spam rates Many nonprofits depend on email as the backbone of their digital fundraising programs. fundraising nonprofit tools

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How Your Nonprofit Can Routinize Reflection

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Reflection is a critical step in assessing individual and team performance at your nonprofit. But how to create a routine around reflection for yourself and at your nonprofit? How does your nonprofit routinize reflection at staff meetings, after major projects, or in other ways?

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.

A Powerful Way for Nonprofits To Avoid Collaborative Overload

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Online collaboration tools and platforms give nonprofits the opportunity for connectivity and collaboration internally as well as with external stakeholders like volunteers and board members. But how exactly do you do this with your nonprofit staff? Facilitation Meetings

Healthy Nonprofit Work Culture: Shouldn’t That 2 Hour Conference Call Have Been An Email?

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That is a slogan on a t-shirt, and while meant as a joke, it is all too familiar for many nonprofits. Listen to this Nonprofit Radio show on walking meetings. Facilitation Leadership Organizational Culture

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

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Has your nonprofit used design thinking for strategy, problem solving, or new idea generation?

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Trainer’s Notebook: Using Dot Voting Online

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When I facilitate meetings or workshops for nonprofits, not matter the topic, I incorporate many participatory approaches and design thinking methods. Facilitation Training Design

Making the Most of Your Nonprofit’s Website: Understanding the Basics

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A nonprofit’s website is one of its most valuable assets. Facilitating online donations, sign-ups, pledges, and more. At DNL OmniMedia, we help nonprofits refine and then implement new technology plans and strategies. Effective web design and customization can be game-changers for nonprofits that put in strategic thought with an eye on the long term. The ‘backend’ of your nonprofit’s website is just that, the back part of the donor-facing elements.

11 Hispanic and Latino Organizations Everyone Should Know

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Hispanic Heritage Foundation is an award-winning nonprofit that identifies, inspires, prepares and positions Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities.

What are your most useful synchronous online facilitation practices?

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TechSoup holds regular meetings for nonprofits in Second Life and I have been attending regularly and sometimes facilitate like this I did this past week. I learned one from Nancy White when I took her online facilitation workshop.

Great reads from around the web on May 3rd

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HOW TO: Create Custom iFrame Tabs on Your Nonprofit’s Facebook Page – "In March 2011 Facebook disabled the popular Static FMBL App that many nonprofits had used to create custom tabs on their Facebook Pages. 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 May 3rd).

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What Are Your Best Tips for Organizing or Facilitating a Charity 2.0 Event?

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Take a look at the web site of any well-established nonprofit organization , and you'll probably see past invitations to these types of events or one for an upcoming event We're seeing the rise of social media to promote, organize, and in some cases hold the actual charity event itself.

Using Design Thinking for A Foundation’s Investment Strategy

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I was thrilled to work with the Brainerd Foundation staff to help design and facilitate a design lab using techniques based on Luma Institute methods earlier this month. Here’s what I learned about the facilitating design thinking processes: What Is A Design Lab?

A Nonprofit Organization’s Most Valuable Asset

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They discuss how important people are to every cause, and how technology can and is helping manage and facilitate this precious resource, and enabling and encouraging people to engage civically and do more good. Natalye: First of all, we’re really focused on better leveraging the power of people – being a network of networks where we work with corporations, individuals and nonprofits. Companies Nonprofit Social Good csr nonprofit volunteers volunteerism

The 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

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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!

9 Tips for Nonprofits To Boost Resilience During A Pandemic

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I realized after the first week, that I needed to gather every tool from my Happy Healthy Nonprofit toolkit to try to keep calm, focused, and positive. In the workplace, nonprofits have experimenting with zoom and social activities. Happy Healthy Nonprofit Walking

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Tips & Tools To Appreciate Your Nonprofit Staff and Build A Culture of Resilience

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As part of my work with nonprofit organizations to help them build a culture of resilience that I wrote about in the Happy Healthy Nonprofit , I have facilitated retreats where staff brainstorm ideas and identify simple ways that they can make working at their organization more enjoyable.

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. The organization will often do something to facilitate the raising of funds, but the exact method of how is up to the individual fundraisers.

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