How to Use Storytelling for Nonprofits to Tug Heartstrings and Raise Funds

Get Fully Funded

And if you can use your Core Number to share what it costs to feed that child lunch, even better! And the results speak for themselves. Using the techniques of storytelling for nonprofits can make a huge difference in the results of your fundraising.

8 Must-Have Tools For Your Fundraising Toolkit

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It takes some work to create a hooky elevator speech and the result is well worth it. Or that it costs you 27 cents to feed a hungry person. Having the right tools in your fundraising toolkit makes your life easier. And your fundraising more productive!

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5 Practical Reasons Why You Fail To Get Digital Marketing Results

Nonprofits Source

That’s why In this article I’ve put together a list of 5 practical reasons why digital marketing fails to get results with actionable solutions to move you towards success. How To Measure Your Digital Marketing Results. Before we dive into the 5 reasons I believe people fail to get marketing results, I thought it might make sense to first demonstrate a few ways you can measure and track your performance. Here was the result: Hi Jason, Wow, thanks for the PDF!

ROI (Results on Insights): Nonprofit Examples of How Listening Returns Value

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Click to see larger image I'm very tempted to start using Results On Insights for ROI thanks to Barb Chamberlain's comment in yesterday's post " What Are The Best I-Words For Nonprofits To Think About Social Media and ROI? " But what does that really mean? Listening by using rss feeds helps refine their services and help stay sharp and connected to experts in the field.

Insiders Guide to Video and YouTube for Nonprofits - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

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frogloop Home frogloop Home Receive monthly updates Subscribe to our RSS feed Follow frogloop on Twitter Most Popular Posts Social Network ROI Calculator Social Networking for Nonprofits: ROI, Tracking Tools and More "While Theyre Hot!" The Handbook details important concepts like which formats are best for uploading, camera techniques, lighting/sound advice, and information on how to use a webcam. I have used Youtube in some of my projects and so far I seen great results.

Going Viral: How to Get Your Social Media Voice into the Mainstream

Byte Technology

Whether you’re a media-conscious blogger, marketing maven for a non-profit cause or a new or established e-tailer, having your content feed into multiple social media platforms is a vital element to increasing your visibility and grabbing the attention you want and need. However, simply throwing any and all content and posts out into the digital abyss doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll see viral results.

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Fundraising without donor data: What’s that proverb about giving a man a fish?

3rd Sector Labs

Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Once we got past that uncomfortable moment, we opened the door to opportunities to both reduce fundraising risk and improve fundraising results … through better data. There are a number of techniques and best practices that can be implemented through your giving technology to help you gather more complete donor data.

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Fundraising without donor data: What’s that proverb about giving a man a fish?

3rd Sector Labs

We have all heard the proverb: Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Once we got past that uncomfortable moment, we opened the door to opportunities to both reduce fundraising risk and improve fundraising results … through better data. There are a number of techniques and best practices that can be implemented through your giving technology to help you gather more complete donor data.

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Fundraising without donor data: What’s that proverb about giving a man a fish?

3rd Sector Labs

Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Once we got past that uncomfortable moment, we opened the door to opportunities to both reduce fundraising risk and improve fundraising results … through better data. There are a number of techniques and best practices that can be implemented through your giving technology to help you gather more complete donor data.

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Nail Your Request for Donations During Economic Ups, Downs, and Crisis Times

Get Fully Funded

You’re asking people to help you feed hungry families or save animals or provide scholarships for at-risk youth. Okay, here’s one more technique that can work. The 4 W’s in Your Request for Donations A strong Ask is the key to results.

Fundraising strategy, technology and data Q&A with Chris Goodman and Gary Carr

3rd Sector Labs

We’ve seen nonprofits who do this–better synchronize their strategy, technology and data–lift results by 65% in relatively short periods of time. Study your results. Or, if you (your organization) could double the net income available for you cause, is this important (meaning would this enable you to feed twice as many kids or help X% more people etc.)?

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Online Fundraising Site: How To Create A High-Performing Fundraising Website

CauseVox

Will it feed a family for a week or provide clean water to a village? One of the most common gamification techniques is the progress bar. Another fun and effective gamification technique appeals to our competitive nature.

Donors and “Marchers”: Build an Equitable Following With Major and Small Donors

Qgiv

They’re also the people who give time, energy, and passion, showing up to march (literally), stuff envelopes, man the registration tables, feed the babies, teach adults to read, and so on. Ellen Bristol is renowned for her expertise in managing fundraising strategy and operations.

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Is Measuring Your Facebook Edgerank Useful?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

A popular piece of content will stay for a longer period of time in the News Feed of your fans. It was particularly high this week because I’ve been a/b testing different engagement techniques and some of them seem to be working! Are you measuring your edgerank score to improve results on Facebook?

Great reads from around the web on May 20th

Amy Sample Ward

To follow more of the things I find online, you can follow @amysampleward on Twitter (which is just a blog and resource feed), or find me on Delicious (for all kinds of bookmarks). They are hoping to start conversations and hear feedback about the competitions, the fundraising techniques and more. Many of you are frustrated by “just doing it,&# and feeling that your nonprofit communications impact suffers as a result.

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Happy Information Overload Awareness Day! Here's Some TIps for Reducing It!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

If you've set specific goals and metrics to measure those goals over time, if after 3-6 months you have no tangible or intangible results, don't be afraid to move on or change something. Live in a tool or technique for at least month before adding something new. Use Time Management Techniques. Use tools like PostRank to filter your feeds so you can easily pick out the best content. Learn the techniques of simplify and apply to your social media use.

Making social impact: How nonprofit work taught me to look beyond the bottom line

ASU Lodestar Center

It is said to have the potential of feeding all of East Africa. They depended on price as the chief stimulant for planting--producing large fluctuations of prices and resulting in lower prices to the farmers. I developed relationships with successful farming communities so that other farmers could see efficient agronomic techniques in practice and learn from them. Illustration by Jocelyn Ruiz. posted by BenTe jes Co-founder and CEO of Ascend Finance.

Getting Insight from Facebook Insight Requires Sense Making Skills

Beth Kanter

Cognitive load management: ability to discriminate and filter information for importance, and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques. So, you must have an outcome or result identified and know how each metric you pick helps you take a step towards that outcome. The goal of my Facebook page is serve as a focus group to listen to nonprofit practitioners and their ideas, concerns, and needs to use social media effectively.

The Answer to Sean's Question: Tools for Effective Listening

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Allison Fine in her book Momentum notes: "Listening requires genuine interest in what that person is saying and a willingness to change as a result of what was said." Some tools and techniques follow below. Click on the RSS button in the results page. Add the feed to your RSS Reader. Follow the feed and leave comments when mentioned. News Feeds. s Quick Guide for RSS Feeds for Educators - has advice on setting up search terms.

14 Top Nonprofit Websites to Inspire Your Organization

DNL OmniMedia

This means that web design projects (and even smaller, iterative updates) are important investments for nonprofits, and they can involve any number of different strategies and techniques. Interlochen knows that their campaign results are only possible because of their generous donors.

The Future of the Nonprofit Office: Working from Home v2.0

NTEN

Management by walking around is a proven and effective technique, but it relies on employees being physically located together with the manager. We'll have to move to alternate methods of communication and examine results versus attendance. If we expect productivity and results, we need to measure them. Sales and Customer Support had to address the issue of productivity and results a long time ago.

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Digital Life Hacks: Savvy Social Media

Connection Cafe

For the best results, target your most engaged and well-connected supports first as they will have a higher propensity to respond to calls-to-action and get others involved. Facebook is considering moving all organic page content to a new, segregated feed. By leveraging social advertising, you can ensure that your posts reach your intended audience and aren’t left out of critical news feeds. Did you know there are now over 2.3 billion active social media users?

Listening Literacy Skills: What keywords or phrases have brought you some insights?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I'm passionate about listening - the skills, tools, techniques, and how it translates to continuous improvement of strategy and understanding the value it provides to organization's mission. I would really LOVE to hear about stories about what keywords you've used and how the resulting listening brought some value.

The Knowledge is in the Room: How To Let It Out

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This generated some fantastic insights: Foundation for Early Learning shared a story about how they used social media channels to spread awareness about a funding program and how it resulted in getting the information to a wider audience – a 33% increase in traffic and downloads of the information. When asked to share how they achieved their success, they told the audience about the importance of doing homework in the form of listening and setting realistic expectations for results.

Are They Listening Carefully or Not At All?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Allison Fine in her book Momentum notes: "Listening requires genuine interest in what that person is saying and a willingness to change as a result of what was said." Some tools and techniques follow below. Click on the RSS button in the results page. Add the feed to your RSS Reader. Follow the feed and leave comments when mentioned. News Feeds. s Quick Guide for RSS Feeds for Educators - has advice on setting up search terms.

The Real Housewives of Social Media: Cooking up Recipes for Nonprofit Success

NTEN

They built an iGoogle dashboard and fed RSS feeds based on information they were seeking in online social networks. You can make one, too: type in Cancer (or your own keyword) at search.twitter.com and see what results are returned. Then, grab the search RSS feed and add it to your iGoogle. We used this technique for DIGG, forums, Twitter, Bing, and Google and then set up various searches along with monitoring of certain Twitter feeds.

My New Year's Resolution: Use Social Media Efficiently - 52 Tips

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Perhaps you're looking to make your strategy more effective, less time consuming, or see measurable results. If you've set specific goals and metrics to measure those goals over time, if after 3-6 months you have no tangible or intangible results, don't be afraid to move on or change something. Live in a tool or technique for at least month before adding something new. Use Time Management Techniques. Learn the techniques of simplify and apply to your social media use.

[VIDEO] Best Practices for Recurring Donor Acquisition

Bloomerang

Like this dog, you’ve got to drive those results. ” This is a technique that works really, really well. It all feeds into that same pool, if you will, all feeds into the same system because otherwise you go utterly crazy.

One Simple Secret to Social Media Success: Post Consistent Content Your Audience Loves

Beth Kanter

But if you want to get better results, you need a content strategy, strong creation and curation skills, and a robust measurement process. One technique I use to get insights from my social media data is to do an analytics Rorschach Test. And Facebook added that it will load new stories quickly, eliminating interruption in how users scroll through their news feeds. Post consistent content that your audience loves and your social media will be successful.

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

Beth Kanter

Participants were a mix of CEOs and senior staff. At the end of the month, I’ll be facilitating a workshop at the 92nd Street Y in NYC call “ Social Media Mindsets and Toolsets for Nonprofit ,” an interactive workshop is for executive directors and organizational leaders that work for nonprofits and want to learn tips and techniques for scaling social in their organizations.

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Ten Books for Every Nonprofit Professional’s Reading List

Beth Kanter

4) Calm Not Busy: How To Manage Your Nonprofit’s Communications for Great Results by Kivi Leroux Miller. I recently I was the ending keynote for Feeding America’s national conference and David was the opening keynote (although due to an accident his daughter, Jennifer Aaker, a professor at Stanford, delivered his keynote on his behalf). The book also outlines principles and techniques for impact measurement.

How To Use Facebook Metrics To Give Your Audience the Content They Want Most

Beth Kanter

This post covers some simple techniques to give your fans the content they want most and inspire more engagement. Many times we’re on the hunt for the tips of what to do and when we find them, we just implement them. 3. Variety of Content Adds Spice To Your Page: Want to claim a space in your fans’ News Feeds? Vary the content you post. Source: Uploaded by user via Beth on Pinterest.

Which Social Networking Analysis Term Best Describes Virgin America?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This is an area of tools and techniques that I have wanted to explore in further depth, but haven't. . The maps are used to improve the results of your network. The paper discusses network weaving techniques to help evolve a more effective network. What is the best use of the resulting diagram? Are there low cost techology tools for less technical people that provide a resulting map that is useful? You need a good set of URLs to feed it.

Great reads from around the web on August 16th

Amy Sample Ward

To follow more of the things I find online, you can follow @amysampleward on Twitter (which is just a blog and resource feed), or find me on Delicious (for all kinds of bookmarks). " Emergency Social Data Survey Results – americanredcross's posterous – Check out the slides and data from the American Red Cross's survey on Emergency Social Data! I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day.

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The Flickr Hold A Sign Meme: Protesting Wendy's Frosty Attitude Towards Animals

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This technique is the " hold a sign meme " where you ask your community to send photos to flickr of you (or your animal) holding a protest sign. Today, I happened to see HSUS that staffer Carrie Lewis posted a note on her profile and it showed up on my friends feed on Facebook. Hence repetition through different channels is probably a necessary as is tracking the results of different channels and interpretation.

NetCentric Advocacy: A list worth reading: Convio Recognizes Winners of First Innovator Awards for Nonprofits

Network-Centric Advocacy

ifteen nonprofit organizations received awards and recognition in eight categories: email communications (newsletters and other email engagement techniques); email list growth; Web site (using Convio CMS or PageBuilder); online fundraising; integrated (online and offline) fundraising; advocacy campaign; use of Web 2.0/peer-to-peer marketing techniques outside of special events (e.g., NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity.

What's Your Content Gathering and Filtering Workflow?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Anyway, I noticed that Sonny had his "Read/Write" lists as RSS feeds going down the left side of his blog. Step 1: Use Newsgator to read and clip posts you want to stream Step 2: Grab the URL of the RSS feed for the clip folder (you have to scroll down to the bottem of the page to see it) Step 3: Cut and paste in RSS Digest Step 4: Edit the formatting (assuming you understand it) Step 5: Cut and paste the resulting javascript into a linklist for typepad.

Build Communities to Enhance Your Fundraising Campaigns

NTEN

And how do you check results? I review both fundraising and friendraising techniques and how to take them, to varying levels, online – from email solicitations and events to social media and websites. It also started Facebook and Twitter feeds to allow volunteer hosts find one another and discuss their party plans. Results: The concept of Red House 2009 was in sharp contrast to concepts of the past. Adrienne D. Capps, U. Davis.

10 Fast Tips to Boost E-newsletter Performance - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop

Care2

frogloop Home frogloop Home Receive monthly updates Subscribe to our RSS feed Follow frogloop on Twitter Most Popular Posts Social Network ROI Calculator Social Networking for Nonprofits: ROI, Tracking Tools and More "While Theyre Hot!" Never miss a post by subscribing to frogloops RSS feed. Even if its just moving down to state-level issues, Ive found that response rates improve as a result.

Reflection and Analysis: Gnomedex Real-Time Social Fundraising Experiment

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This is a technique I've used as a trainer, but it also works beautifully for social media projects. A= Action M0= Monitor RE= Reflection on results - rinse and repeat. First, let me repeat the caveat that my smart colleague, Katya Andresen points out: These results are not typical. Several days later, Jonathan Colman set up a digg and announced it in the NpTech Friend Feed Room. Tools and techniques may get worn from overuse, but new stories can always be told.

NpTech Tag: Change.org To Launch White-Label Social Network for Nonprofits, GeekToys that Give Geekbumps, and Blog Readability

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Would love to read a summary of the campaign results and lessons learned. Tis the Season These sites may not be of interest to participants of " Buy Nothing Day ," on November 23, but what better way to feed your consumer urges and desire to good by shopping for charity! Video The AFP Nonprofit Technology blog points to a story by Jennifer Gilomen from BAVC about digital storytelling techniques and tools for nonprofits in the NPTimes.

10 Steps to Extension Professional 2.0 Remix

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Are the results different? Is anything interesting or surprising in your results? news or web feeds ???? or software that gathers all the news feeds in one place where you can scan/read them quickly. The news feeds are created by some behind-the-scenes code called ???? Most blog software can generate a RSS feed with the click of a button - you don??????t Consuming Reading Feeds. RSS News Search Feeds: You can create an RSS feed on a search term.

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Google Maps: Seek and Hide | Beaconfire Wire

Allegiance Group

Sometimes the result is “neat&# but fairly unexciting – more of an excuse to use display data that happens to have city, state and zip with it than a meaningful experience for the user. Different maps use different techniques to handle the situation, and now Google even provides a built-in way to do this (via the GMarkerManager object) which randomly displays a reasonable number of markers from a larger set.

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