Donor Spotlight: Lavelle Fund for the Blind

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

And what are some of the social benefits and impact that may result from such a relationship? 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.

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Why Nonprofits Need to Broaden Their Funding Horizons

Connection Cafe

This piece originally appeared in The Right Mix: How Diverse Income Models Influence Giving by the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact. There is no question that without charitable dollars, nonprofit organizations could not fund their missions and work. .

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All Facets of the Impact Investing Field at SOCAP16

Connection Cafe

At the forefront of strategies is impact investing. From the plenary speech alone, it was clear how much the impact investing field has evolved. But, impact investing means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. The Path to Effective Impact Investing.

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Embracing the Point of Impact Together: Outcomes Measurement Tips for Funders and Nonprofits

Connection Cafe

My colleagues and I have talked at length about how social good organizations have reached a point of impact – a point in the giving sector’s evolution where organizations are shifting their giving mindset from, “ look how much we gave ” to “l ook at what our grant achieved.”

Is Your Impact Strategy About the Journey or the Destination?

Connection Cafe

It’s no secret that we’re at a point of impact in the giving sector where actions aren’t enough—it’s about achieving measurable outcomes that demonstrate how your giving activities have improved the situation for your intended population.

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Big News: Startup Challenge to Fund & Showcase Social Impact Ventures By Women

Frogloop

Did you know that only 7% of women-led startups receive investor funding, despite that fact that women-led startups have 35% more return on investment than tech companies founded by men. The lack of funding for women-led startups is unacceptable, and we want to do our part to change it.

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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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Infographic: How Technology Increases Funding

TechImpact

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

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Lean Impact Series: 10 Changemakers Using Lean Startup Methods For Greater Social Impact

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

” After spending five years living and breathing networks and measurement and designing and delivering many, many nonprofit capacity building programs, my focus is going to be on how nonprofits can apply measurement and their networks to learn for impact.

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

TechImpact

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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Measuring What Matters: How Funders and Nonprofits Can Leverage Data and Technology for Impact

Connection Cafe

To enhance impact, foundations and nonprofits should leverage their data through platforms like Guidestar, Algorhythm, and Blackbaud Outcomes. This visibility will encourage more partnerships for funding, specifically, partnering to agree on intended results.

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Measuring the Impact of Your Nonprofit Program

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

A few months ago, I facilitated a mini-innovation lab on measuring impact for grantees of the Google Nonprofit program at the Impact Hub. Many times, nonprofits, especially smaller ones, do not have the resources to hire outside consultants to measure the impact of their programs.

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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What I Learned From Grantmakers About Funding Technology

Idealware

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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Small nonprofits, big impact

ASU Lodestar Center

Nonprofit Finance Fund. What these organizations lack in size, however, they make up for in impact. Signup for the Nonprofit Finance Fund Financial Management Webinar Series , presented by the ASU Lodestar Center's Nonprofit Management Institute. posted by.

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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Crowdsourcing: Measuring the Impact of the Crowd in Funding and Doing

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

There are several learning cohort groups, including one on better understanding network impact. Recently, I presented a high level overview of crowdsourcing , including examples from the lens of funding and doing. What domains of impact should be considered (e.g.

Interview: Brigitte Hoyer Gosselink on the Google AI Impact Challenge

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Impact Challenge ” is based on Google’s belief that artificial intelligence can provide new solutions to old problems and improve people’s lives. I recently interviewed Brigitte Hoyer Gosselink, Head of Product Impact, who designed the challenged to learn more.

UC Santa Cruz Students Volunteering for Impact with Bookshare

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Since Roberto’s students saved us over a thousand dollars in proofreading costs through their volunteerism, we’ll also be able to create even more accessible books for other members (we always have more demand for books than we have funding for paid proofreaders).

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The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

They have helped organizations like Common Cause, Plan International USA, and The Children’s Defense Fund raise more money with greater efficiency, including through leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning. Fund X, closed in 2018.

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STUDY: The Business Impact of Online Communities

SocialFish

How do organizations track the impact of their online communities? To get answers to these critical questions, Leader Networks conducted a survey of nearly 300 marketing and community leaders that resulted in The Business Impact of Online Communities Study. We wanted to know how organizations are planning to leverage communities to impact business in the future? How do they measure expenditures, revenue, and cost savings?

Make Mobile Donations Easy Or Risk Losing Funds

TechImpact

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.

STUDY: The Business Impact of Online Communities

SocialFish

How do organizations track the impact of their online communities? To get answers to these critical questions, Leader Networks conducted a survey of nearly 300 marketing and community leaders that resulted in The Business Impact of Online Communities Study.

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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Last-Minute Gift Guide for Social Impact

Amy Sample Ward

Supporting real impact. and enjoy hearing when someone writes back to tell me which project they funded and why. When budgets are small or time is running out, many people turn to Do-It-Yourself options for holiday gifts.

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Guest Post on Care2 Frogloop: Designing Campaigns for Impact

Amy Sample Ward

—– Whether it’s political or personal, global or local, funded or a grassroots effort, organizations and communities are campaigning for change in many ways, all of the time. campaigns issues goals impact metrics strategy

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The Heart and Soul of Lean Impact: A/B Testing Experiments and Validated Learning

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

How are you using experiments, a/b testing, and validated learning to improve your nonprofit’s impact?

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Big News: Startup Challenge to Fund & Showcase Social Impact Ventures By Women

Frogloop

How do we disrupt the nonprofit sector? I’ve talked about the dire need for nonprofits to innovate over the years on Frogloop. Because there are over 1.5 million nonprofits in the US that are working in similar issue areas and trying to address global warming, poverty, the gender pay gap, affordable healthcare, education, etc. Social Networking Online Fundraising Technology crowdfunding Conferences Nonprofit Events Web 2.0 Trends

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Community-Driven Social Impact: Presentation, Case Studies, and Workshop

Amy Sample Ward

I had a really wonderful time, and the Community-Driven Social Impact session was terrific! Let’s start at the beginning: what is “community-driven social impact” anyway? Community-Driven Social Impact – 11NTC.

6 Trends That Will Impact the Social Good Sector in 2017

Connection Cafe

With the constant changes, innovations, and breaking news impacting the sector, staying focused on the work that matters will be key for all of us. Here are the top 6 trends that will impact the social good sector in 2017: 1.

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Leveraging Impact through Technology (LIT)

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Bookshare is dramatically exceeding its five-year collection and member targets at the close of the fourth year of our Bookshare for Education (B4E) project funded by the U.S. This last September, Benetech won a 3 million dollar award over one year from OSEP for a project we call Leveraging Impact through Technology, or, very appropriately, LIT. The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is today, December 3rd.

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Designing Campaigns for Impact

Frogloop

Whether it's political or personal, global or local, funded or a grassroots effort, organizations and communities are campaigning for change in many ways, all of the time.

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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!)

Mobilizing Impact at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

“Mobilizing for Impact.” Through this three-year project—made possible with support from the Lavelle Fund for the Blind as well as India’s adoption of a new copyright exception for people with print disabilities —we will pilot Bookshare International at scale in India.

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

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

When widely deployed, these tools have the potential to make lasting impact by empowering people to fight abuse and advance democracy. To further enhance the impact of Mobile Martus, we are partnering with The Guardian Project , leaders in mobile security and verifiable mobile media.

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Social Impact Investments

ASU Lodestar Center

What criteria should nonprofits consider before accepting a social impact investment? As a result, an emerging method of investment, called social impact investment, has investors monitor the outcomes produced by their donations while simultaneously producing profit from their investment.

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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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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Relationships That Raise Funds: 5 Tips for Creating Successful Peer-to-Peer Fundraisers

NetWits

Such resources should include sample solicitation letters for mail and email, quick stats and impact statements for social media, sample scripts for phone calls, and thank you letters for follow-up communications.

SocialCoding4Good: Mobilizing Technology and Volunteerism for Transformative Impact

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

While working alongside corporate social responsibility and innovation teams was part of our initial long-term vision, the immediate interest and active participation from the likes of Cisco, Google, HP, ThoughtWorks, and VMware has been tremendous, with very real impact. With generous funding we recently received from the Hewlett Foundation and from Hewlett Packard Company, SocialCoding4Good is taking off!

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Liberating Nonprofit Data for Greater Impact

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: In a report entitled Information for Impact: Liberating Nonprofit Sector Data, authors Beth Novek and Daniel Goroff address the challenges of obtaining better, more usable data on the nonprofit sector to match the field’s growing importance.

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SafeNight: App That Helps Domestic Violence Nonprofits Crowdsource Funding for Shelter

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It’s an app that helps fund a hotel room for people leaving violent situations.

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So Now What? Finding Funding for Your Nonprofit

Tech Soup Blog

Based on years of biannual report analysis, I find that annual budget, mission focus, and service area, in that order, have the most impact on an organization's grantseeking experience. Now you have a reasonable set of award goals and a good idea of which funding sources to apply to.

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