Donor Spotlight: Lavelle Fund for the Blind

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

One foundation that has been a committed supporter of our work is the Lavelle Fund for the Blind. The Lavelle Fund exemplifies the tremendous social return that bold philanthropy can create. The Lavelle Fund also supports programs benefiting the developing world.

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Donor-Advised Funds: Insight from the Experts

Connection Cafe

Donor-advised funds are a hot topic. According to a study released this fall by the National Philanthropic Trust , the assets held in these charitable funds increased almost 24% last year to a whopping $70.7 Further, contributions coming out of these same funds grew by 27%.

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Donor-Advised Funds: Philanthropy’s Hot-Button Issue

Connection Cafe

Donor-advised funds (DAFs) have become one of the hottest tools in philanthropy over the last few years. While the funds have been around for decades, the 1990s ushered in an increasing interest in DAFs as financial planning and planned giving tools.

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How World Wildlife Fund Used Segmentation to Activate Social Influencers for Their Cause

Connection Cafe

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) used segmentation to identify the right supporters to join them in urging the U.S. Urging House leadership to support the Green Climate Fund. The Green Climate Fund emails asking supporters to retweet received a combined 2,000+ retweets.

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The Crowd is Funding, the Crowd is Funding!

Connection Cafe

The other morning I heard a disturbing report about people asking friends, family and strangers to fund their weddings through a certain crowdfunding site.

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Why Nonprofits Need to Broaden Their Funding Horizons

Connection Cafe

For all the attention paid to how nonprofits raise funds, there is very little public understanding about the practice of fundraising and the various income streams nonprofits rely on.

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Fishing for Funds

AFP Blog

Fishing for Funds : This year we ventured into crowdfunding, another nontraditional model that enables people to share their causes and raise small amounts of money from a large number of people. Select projects receive matching funds of up $5,000, thus ensuring that potential donors know that we put our faith and money in our members’ initiatives

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Milestone Crowdfunding Acquisition: NonProfitEasy Buys Fundly - Forbes

AFP Blog

Milestone Crowdfunding Acquisition: NonProfitEasy Buys Fundly - Forbes : "n what could be a sign of the maturing of the crowdfunding industry, NonProfitEasy has acquired Fundly, the crowdfunding site widely used by nonprofits, and simultaneously rebranded the entire business Fundly." 'via

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Funding Innovation for Skoll Social Entrepreneurs

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

But not just any money -- we talk about the most difficult money to raise: the unrestricted funding that is the lifeblood for a social entrepreneur. That way, there's more of a connection with the innovations being powered by the Fund, both the successful ones and the unsuccessful ones.

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Performance Based Funding Institute to Improve Higher Education


Douglas Zimmerman and Lois Ann Porter traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina to organize the Performance-Based Funding Institute VisionLink produced for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. You can see more photos on the VisionLink Facebook Performance-Based Funding Album.

5 Best Practices for Negotiating Funding for a Thriving Nonprofit

Connection Cafe

In the nonprofit world, the beneficiaries of nonprofit services usually provide little, if any, of the revenue to fund the services they receive. 5 Best Practices for Nonprofit Funding: 1. Your mission needs funding to be sustainable and successful.

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5 Bits Of Advice For A Crowd-Funding Campaign


Crowd-funding websites allow individuals and organizations to create a page on their website and promote donations for a cause, product, or service. Crowd-funding websites are not for your seasonal fundraisers or annual appeals.

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Infographic: How Technology Increases Funding


The post Infographic: How Technology Increases Funding appeared first on Tech Impact Blog - Leaders in Non-Profit Technology.

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Changing The Way We Look At Tech, Nonprofits And Foundations Come Together To Solve Funding Gap


A lot of times, though, organizations can get stuff in an old way of thinking and consider technology funding as a costly expense, not as a promising investment. Blog Fundraising Leadership Tech budgeting funding funding gap technology

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Program Sustainability is Not Just About Funding

NonProfit Hub

In fact, the promoters of program sustainability read like many best practices for operating a non-profit: diversified funding, program champions, evaluation and performance measurement, and collaborative partners. We now know that program sustainability is not just about funding.

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Sandy Hook School Support Fund Link


The United Way of Western Connecticut has established a support fund for the families and the community of Newtown. To donate go here. Children: Charlotte Bacon, 6 Daniel Barden, 7 Olivia Engel, 6 Josephine Gay, 7 Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 6 Dylan Hockley, 6 Madeleine F. Hsu, 6 Catherine V.

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How to Raise Funds Through Crowd Funding Platforms | Social Media Today

AFP Blog

How to Raise Funds Through Crowd Funding Platforms | Social Media Today. NPCrowdfunding

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The Idealware Research Fund

Robert Weiner

Our friends at Idealware (a nonprofit technology resource provider) have created a new fund to support their research. Many of Idealware's reports have been funded by foundations and some have had corporate sponsorship (and some are commissioned by too). As you probably know, neither foundation nor corporate support is a reliable funding source these days.

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Museum launches social media fund-raising campaign -

AFP Blog

Museum launches social media fund-raising campaign - : The Edwardsville Children’s Museum is trying to raise $100,000 by the end of the year through a social media campaign, #SaveOurMuseum

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New and Improved Data Visualization Tool: Maps for Media Funding

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Nonprofit data nerds will love this new resource from Media Impact Funders and Foundation Center called “ Foundation Maps for Media Funding ,” a free, interactive mapping and research tool that shows the full scope of philanthropically funded media projects worldwide since 2009.

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Nonprofit Crowd Funding Success Formula: Robust Planning, Networks, and Blessings

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

After publishing this post about Save the Children’s Crowd Funding Campaign – where I mentioned the Dalai Lama Foundation’s successful campaign , I noticed this tweet in my stream from Brian Rusch the former deputy director for the DLF : Woohoo!

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What I Learned From Grantmakers About Funding Technology


Over the years, I’ve talked to a lot of foundations about funding grantee technology. But our recent three-part course How to Get Your Technology Project Funded: Tips from Grantmakers revealed more than a few interesting takeaways. Most funders don’t fund technology, per se.

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Who Makes Better Funding Choices: Crowds or Experts?

AFP Blog

Who Makes Better Funding Choices: Crowds or Experts? Crowdfunded projects perform as well as expert-funded ones, study finds, but the ''art'' of raising money from crowds may be slightly different

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Soliciting Funds From the Crowd? Results Will Vary -

AFP Blog

Soliciting Funds From the Crowd? Individual artists have been soliciting donations from the public for years, using Internet fund-raising platforms like Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Razoo to defray the costs of producing their work. Museums, long reliant on corporate sponsorships, gifts and bequests, have been more hesitant to raise funds digitally because the substantial commitment of staff time required for such campaigns does not always produce a big financial win

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


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. One program officer had a bad experience funding a CRM system.

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Why Fund Tech for Nonprofits - Final with links (External).pdf - Box

AFP Blog

Why Fund Tech for Nonprofits - Final with links (External).pdf pdf - Box : 'via Blog this

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Buy Me! Support the 11NTC Scholarship Fund

Amy Sample Ward

I’m really happy to be part of the 11NTC Scholarship fundraising campaign this year.

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10 Best Practices for Planning Successful Crowd Funding or Giving Day Campaigns | Beth’s Blog

AFP Blog

10 Best Practices for Planning Successful Crowd Funding or Giving Day Campaigns | Beth’s Blog : "Giving Day Campaigns and Crowd Funding Campaigns Are Than Dollars Raised When nonprofits marry tried-and-true fundraising techniques with social media and online networks, they are able to tap into the power of crowd funding." ''via Blog this''.

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11 Hispanic and Latino Organizations Everyone Should Know

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

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. Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

Is Social Media the Fund Development Professional’s Magic Bullet?

NonProfit Hub

And consultants are hotly debating the role of social media in a fund development plan. I don’t have time to get out of the office… I have spent lots of time posting our request for funds on our Facebook page and I have created a new, cool Donate section of our website.”.

Make Mobile Donations Easy Or Risk Losing Funds


According to a recent post from ThirdSector, about half of the people who attempt to give to a charity or nonprofit on a mobile device never actually get to … Continued The post Make Mobile Donations Easy Or Risk Losing Funds appeared first on Tech Impact.

Crowd-funding campaigns gaining popularity with Canadians | News | National Post

AFP Blog

Crowd-funding campaigns gaining popularity with Canadians | News | National Post : TORONTO — A burlesque troupe, a film about female Palestinian race car drivers and a bullied American bus monitor — as diverse as those topics are, they all share a common Canadian thread. All three projects sparked crowd-funding campaigns, an Internet-based trend thrust into the spotlight recently by a Toronto man’s wildly successful fundraising effort for a Rochester, N.Y.,

SIB chief reviews Twitter use after Social Action Fund investigation

AFP Blog

SIB chief reviews Twitter use after Social Action Fund investigation : Jonathan Jenkins, chief executive of the Social Investment Business, has agreed to review his use of social media in order to minimise perceptions that he has social relationships with people from charities that receive statutory funds on his recommendation

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8 Annual Reports We Love

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

The American Kidney Fund. The American Kidney Fund uses a running sidebar throughout its annual report to emphasize important metrics and milestones. Annual Reports are a staple of nonprofit life, but are they worth it?

Five Ways to Help Your Nonprofit Learn from Feedback (and Earn More Funding Too!)

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

They have also provided resources for nonprofits to learn how to use tools to get feedback in t he Feedback Commons or the DIY Toolkit , and join GlobalGiving to earn points (which leads to more funding!)

Fund Accounting Fundamentals: Bottom Line for Fulfilling Nonprofit Missions

Donor Search

For-profit organizations focus on profitability, whereas nonprofits use fund accounting to focus on accountability. What sets nonprofit organizations apart from for-profit businesses? The answer is simple. Each has its own criteria for financial success.

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How Technology Increased Non Profit Funding in 2011 (Infographic)


Here is a wonderful infographic we discovered on how both email marketing and social media were able to increase Non Profit Fundraising in 2011! There are some extremely interesting statistics here.

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Metrics for Building, Scaling, and Funding Social Movements

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It is less about how to raise funds for their organizations (although that’s important) but focused on the big picture: What is the long-term change that we want to see? Investing in movements or networks for social change is a strategy that some funders are using.

How Can Nonprofits Make the Most of Overhead Funds?

ASU Lodestar Center

Many funders, including individual donors, are averse to funding these indirect costs, preferring to support direct program expenses: food for hungry people, medical care for the sick, and childcare for working parents. Grantor agencies also eschew funding these necessary expenses.

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Why You Should Stop Relying on Grants to Fund Your Nonprofit

NonProfit Hub

If you’re thinking about starting a nonprofit and the plan is to use grants alone to get it funded—think again. So many first-timers think grants are the way to go as their main funding source. Fund it yourself.

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Big News in Benetech's Human Rights Program: New Funding and Enhanced Tools!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

This post originally appeared on the new Benetech''s Blog. Secure tools to document human rights violations, such as those developed by Benetech’s Human Rights Program, have become critically important in efforts to pursue reform and seek justice—and in keeping human rights defenders safe.

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10 Best Practices for Planning Successful Crowd Funding or Giving Day Campaigns

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The next day, I facilitated a workshop on Best Practices for Crowd Funding that blended traditional instruction with innovation lab facilitation techniques. Giving Day Campaigns and Crowd Funding Campaigns Are Than Dollars Raised. Successful crowd funding depends on great storytelling.

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GUIDE: Using Donor Personas to Maximize Your Nonprofit Fundraising

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Many organizations offer regular direct bank account withdrawals, or Electronic Fund Transfers, in lieu of recurring credit card charges - ideally, your donation processing software will give you options.

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