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.

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? The most critical thing that distinguishes brainstorming from other types of facilitated group activity is the absence negative feedback.

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. Facilitation Training Design

The Art of Facilitating Meetings with Sticky Notes

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Post-It Note Facilitation of A Network Map - 2012 Pakistan NGOs. What’s in your facilitation toolkit? Take for example my colleague Eugene Eric Kim who shares his facilitation toolkit which includes links to his favorite Post It notes and markers. Facilitation

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.

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.

Trainer’s Notebook: Facilitating Tech Training Internationally – Tips for Working with Interpreters

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I’ve just returned from an inspiring week in Kiev, Ukraine where I got to facilitate a training for women’s organizations organized by Wake , an amazing start up founded by two respected colleagues Trish Tierney and Heather Ramsey.

#14LCS Facilitator Series: Meet Beth Kanter

NTEN

If you register for NTEN’s first-ever Leading Change Summit this September (#14LCS), you’ll be asked to choose one of three tracks— Digital Strategy , The Future of Technology , or Impact Leadership —and you’ll spend quite a bit of time with your track-mates at the Summit.

Trainer’s Notebook: Finding Inspiration and New Ideas for Facilitation Techniques

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My colleague, Dirk Slater , has written about how he applies Gunner’s techniques in his own technology/activist trainings. I’ve used these techniques myself and been in many other sessions where facilitators used design-thinking techniques.

#14LCS Facilitator Series: Meet Peter Campbell

NTEN

If you register for NTEN’s first-ever Leading Change Summit this September (#14LCS), you’ll be asked to choose one of three tracks— Digital Strategy , The Future of Technology , or Impact Leadership —and you’ll spend quite a bit of time with your track-mates at the Summit.

#14LCS Facilitator Series: Meet Elissa Perry

NTEN

If you register for NTEN’s first-ever Leading Change Summit this September (#14LCS), you’ll be asked to choose one of three tracks— Digital Strategy , The Future of Technology , or Impact Leadership —and you’ll spend quite a bit of time with your track-mates at the Summit.

#14LCS Facilitator Series: Meet John Kenyon

NTEN

If you register for NTEN’s first-ever Leading Change Summit this September (#14LCS), you’ll be asked to choose one of three tracks— Digital Strategy , The Future of Technology , or Impact Leadership —and you’ll spend quite a bit of time with your track-mates at the Summit.

#14LCS Facilitator Series: Meet Tanya Tarr

NTEN

If you register for NTEN’s first-ever Leading Change Summit this September (#14LCS), you’ll be asked to choose one of three tracks— Digital Strategy , The Future of Technology , or Impact Leadership —and you’ll spend quite a bit of time with your track-mates at the Summit.

#14LCS Facilitator Series: Meet Tracy Kronzak

NTEN

If you register for NTEN’s first-ever Leading Change Summit this September (#14LCS), you’ll be asked to choose one of three tracks— Digital Strategy , The Future of Technology , or Impact Leadership —and you’ll spend quite a bit of time with your track-mates at the Summit.

#14LCS Facilitator Series: Meet Bridget Marie Todd

NTEN

If you register for NTEN’s first-ever Leading Change Summit this September (#14LCS), you’ll be asked to choose one of three tracks— Digital Strategy , The Future of Technology , or Impact Leadership —and you’ll spend quite a bit of time with your track-mates at the Summit.

#14LCS Facilitator Series: Meet Londell Jackson

NTEN

If you register for NTEN’s first-ever Leading Change Summit this September (#14LCS), you’ll be asked to choose one of three tracks— Digital Strategy , The Future of Technology , or Impact Leadership —and you’ll spend quite a bit of time with your track-mates at the Summit.

#14LCS Facilitator Series: Meet Lisa Heft

NTEN

All this summer weve been introducing you to the facilitators who will make the three tracks so memorable. View the lineup of #14LCS speakers and facilitators and register today!

5 Ways Technology Will Shape the Nonprofit Sector in 2014

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Technology is changing the world around us – sometimes in subtle ways and sometimes in very dramatic ways. Consumer behavior is changing, companies are figuring out how to best use the latest technology to sell products and services and improve brand loyalty.

What fundraisers Need To Know About Next Era of Digital Technology

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I am very grateful to Valerio Melandri who is the director of the festival for inviting me to participate as well as facilitate a maser class on modern wellbeing based on my book. I spoke about how the technology is evolving and future implications. Credit: Festival del Fundraising.

#14LCS Facilitator Series: Meet Deepa Kunapuli

NTEN

If you register for NTEN’s first-ever Leading Change Summit this September (#14LCS), you’ll be asked to choose one of three tracks— Digital Strategy , The Future of Technology , or Impact Leadership —and you’ll spend quite a bit of time with your track-mates at the Summit. That''s why we''re doing our best to recruit a remarkable group of facilitators to help shape your experience. And check out the full lineup of #14LCS speakers and facilitators !

Technology Challenges Nonprofits Face

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“Nonprofits tend to invest more in their missions and programs, and not necessarily in technology resources,” Anthony Pisapia, Director of Development and Programs for Tech Impact, explained. Image courtesy of Rensec IT Consulting.

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.

Postcard from the #14LCS "Future of Tech" Facilitators

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Take a sneak peek behind the curtain of the Future of Technology track planning for 14LCS. Our track on the Future of Technology is coming together in a great way. We will be exploring the elements that help our organizations manage change as our technology, our staffing, and our constituencies evolve and change. 14lcs Community future of technology Leadership leading change summit peter campbell tanya tarr Tracy Kronzak IT Staff

Nonprofit Technology Training: Book List

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At this year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference, I’m thrilled to be doing a panel on nonprofit technology training and it has a bit of a star wars theme, “ Learn You Will.” Photo from Librarianismchronicles Blog.

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Technology and the Shift to Donor-Centric Fundraising

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Technology facilitates smarter messaging, smarter asks, and more personalized experiences with our organization. But NTEN is certainly not the only organization leveraging advances in technology to make fundraising a donor-centric process.

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10 Reasons to be at NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference (#14NTC)

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We’re one month out from NTEN’s annual Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) in Washington, DC. This was a gathering of people at the forefront of nonprofit technology.

Nonprofit Technology Conference Withdrawal

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The 2012 Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) was the 12th conference that I have attended (it had earlier reiterations). Every year it is like attending a family reunion. I have some many friends and colleagues that I only get to see once a year at the NTC.

A Powerful Way for Nonprofits To Avoid Collaborative Overload

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The process is simple – any nonprofit team, staff, or even board could facilitate this process in less than hour in three steps. Facilitation Meetings

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. It kinds of gets in the way of effective facilitation.

11 Hispanic and Latino Organizations Everyone Should Know

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NALEO Educational Fund is the nation’s leading non-profit, non-partisan organization that facilitates full Latino participation in the American political process, from citizenship to public service.

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?

The 6 Scariest Monsters Nonprofit Fundraisers Are Facing This Halloween

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As the End-of-Year fundraising season approaches and strategic planning for 2019 looms, technological advances, donor demographic shifts and nonprofit workloads all pose challenges for nonprofit fundraising professionals.

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Technology Support as Teaching

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Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Technology Support as Teaching April 24, 2007 I’ve been thinking a lot about technology support lately. Part of it is being prompted by my own technology support experiences with my satellite “broadband&# provider (which have been largely frustrating). All technology providers have to deal at some level with support.

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#13ntc Nonprofit Technology Conference: Plenary Session on Failing Informatively

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The 2013 Nonprofit Technology Conference takes place in Minneapolis next week. It is the largest gathering of people who work in the nonprofit sector and technology. Join us for a discussion about the value of failure in the nonprofit technology sector. Gaping Void Cartoons.

Nonprofit Technology Conference Session Hot Picks! #18NTC

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Are you going to the 2018 Nonprofit Technology Conference (#18ntc)? Activism in the era of Trump: How nonprofits can respond to a mobilized base and the technology that’s empowering them. You may have heard that session voting is open.

What can nonprofit technology trainers learn from the social work field to improve their training techniques?

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Over the past two decades of teaching workshops to nonprofits on the use of technology for mission-driven work and more recently on the use of online networks and data, people come workshops with different degrees of organizational readiness to embrace change that is needed to be successful.

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Attention Nonprofit #DataNerds: A Few Recent Research Studies on Data, Technology, Funding, and Trends

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In the last few weeks, there have been a few good research studies and web sites relaunched that cover technology, data, funding, and trends. Here’s a roundup. Collaborative Technologies: Helping Funders Work Together Better. Technology for Good Report.

Investing in Infrastructure: What Holds Foundations Back From Funding Technology?

Idealware

They came together specifically to talk about how grantmakers can advance the use of technology at nonprofit organizations. A lot of grantmakers are allergic to technology, but not them—these people get it. Even so, they admitted that they struggle with how to make funding decisions and whether technology funding aligns with their foundations’ priorities or will satisfy their trustees. I don’t know enough about technology.”.

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Investing in Infrastructure: What Holds Foundations Back From Funding Technology?

Idealware

They came together specifically to talk about how grantmakers can advance the use of technology at nonprofit organizations. A lot of grantmakers are allergic to technology, but not them—these people get it. I don’t know enough about technology.” .

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Mobile Technology Impacts NPOs

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Technology is transforming our world and impacts everyone, including nonprofits. Consider hosting an auction online , which allows you to reach out to donors anywhere in the world, even those using mobile technology. There is a new application coming out from Acteva in a month to facilitate the event logistics and communication on the go. All in all, mobile technology is evolving and should be incorporated into the event experience.

Microsoft’s Networked Approach To Accelerating Social Change Through Technology

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The Accelerator Summit included interactive sessions show casing their programs in these areas: workforce development , employee giving , environment , online safety , and the role of technology in the non-profit community. “ Unleashing Technology.

SXSWi Innovation and Technology for Nonprofits

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Each year thousands of technology advocates, new media marketers, and multi-channel storytellers come together in the home town of Convio for five days of networking, parties, and sharing. Part conference, part festival, it’s an opportunity for people who embrace technology to find others with similar interests. Marshall Kirkpatrick facilitated an amazing panel on the science of influence on Sunday morning. Author: Corey Pudhorodsky.