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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Tips for Riding the Media Wave to Increase Nonprofit Support

Connection Cafe

There are a lot of ways nonprofit organizations can tell their stories. Most often, nonprofit storytelling is referenced in terms of organizations creating and sharing their own stories. Advocacy groups often rely on the news cycle to drum up support and activate their constituents.

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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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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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Buy Me! Support the 11NTC Scholarship Fund

Amy Sample Ward

You can bid on nearly 100 items in the first silent auction , getting something great for yourself, and supporting the campaign at the same time. And you don’t have to be an NTEN member or attend the NTC to make a bid and support our campaign!

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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

Last week, I was honored to deliver the lunch keynote at the 2014 TechNow Conference in Pittsburgh, PA organized by The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University. (My Giving Day Campaigns and Crowd Funding Campaigns Are Than Dollars Raised.

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7 Tips For Building Nonprofit Supporter Profiles


Donors, volunteers, partners, and sponsors are considered the “life blood” of nonprofit organizations and foundations. Therefore each individual relationship, interaction, and correspondence with these supporters is vital to a nonprofit’s overall sustainability.

Fostering Innovation and Enterprise: Thoughts on supporting the sector from #giveandtech

Amy Sample Ward

Lessons and Opportunities for Supporting Technology Innovation. As the speed at which new ideas can step out on the stage continues to increase, it is less about finding a great idea and pitching it for support. Look to fund projects, not products.

3 Ways Community Foundations Can Become the Donor’s Choice

Connection Cafe

While this is wonderful news for nonprofits and foundations, these organizations still face a significant challenge: how to be the donor’s choice amid a wealth of giving options. People like to support nonprofits, but they want to know they’re making the best decision.

Attract Funding in 2014 with ClickTime's Web Timesheet Solution

Tech Soup Blog

With that growth comes competition for funds and projects: as a public benefit corporation in the current economy, proving your impact is crucial for survival. How can your organization demonstrate the requisite effectiveness – and thrive as a result?

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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. Examples are drawn from charitable organizations working on widely varied issues around the globe.

Is Your Organization Prepared to Dodge Donor Data Disasters?

Connection Cafe

It’s heartwarming to see the generosity from the American people when we rally behind a specific cause and show support through donations of time, money, and materials. Accounting and/or Fund Codes: The first and most basic rule of fundraising – honor donor intent.

Donor Spotlight: Lavelle Fund for the Blind

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

At Benetech, we’re fortunate to have had long-time support from funders who have been willing to bet on us. One foundation that has been a committed supporter of our work is the Lavelle Fund for the Blind. The Lavelle Fund also supports programs benefiting the developing world.

Reflections from the World Economic Forum: Four Big Trends for Social Good Organizations to Watch

Connection Cafe

Social good organizations are embracing the paradigm shift – or risk getting left behind. Social good organizations (nonprofits, foundations, education institutions, etc.) Social good organizations will embrace the new tools of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The tools powering these revolutionary changes in the corporate space can also be leveraged by social good organizations to drive dramatic shifts in effectiveness, scale and outcomes.

How To Develop Your Nonprofit Operating Reserves

Connection Cafe

In part one of this series, “ 5 Cases for Building Nonprofit Operating Reserves ,” I outlined how reserves provide stability and promote strategic decision making for nonprofit organizations. However, this is not a set standard by which organizations should be judged.

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


Today 1400 foundations received a letter from 22 organizations that support nonprofit infrastructure. The letter urges those foundations to commit to directing at least 1% of their grantmaking budgets to support the infrastructure upon which the nonprofit sector is built. They came together specifically to talk about how grantmakers can advance the use of technology at nonprofit organizations. One program officer had a bad experience funding a CRM system.

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Today, Marnie posted an update on her Facebook profile asking for support. It’s an app that helps fund a hotel room for people leaving violent situations. They hold the space online for groups of organizations and people to come together to identify community problems.

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Performing Arts Fundraising: How to Target Life-Long Supporters

Connection Cafe

Almost every arts organization would say that audience development is vital to their long term viability. And they are willing to do this with the hope that these new ticket buyers will become life-long supporters. million in annual fund donors and major gift donors.

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How Charities Get Tech Support in Uganda

Tech Soup Blog

NetSquared is TechSoup's answer to providing local tech support and learning opportunities. For his day job, Robert runs Communications without Borders and the NGO Kikandwa Rural Communities Development Organization. This has a membership of more than 250 organizations.

#BBCON 2016| What’s in It for Arts & Cultural Organizations

Connection Cafe

So I went ahead and picked out some of the top sessions for Arts & Cultural organization to make planning your conference journey just a little bit easier. Being Part of a Funder’s Portfolio: Perspectives on the Public and Private Funding Landscape: Come learn from Dr. Kathryn Mathew, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the main provider of federal support within the United States for museums and libraries.

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


Whether it’s your first fundraising event, or tenth, helping supporters be great peer-to-peer fundraisers is always on the mind of successful event fundraising organizations. In addition to recognizing great achievements, also recognize opportunities for improvement and support.

Will Give Local America Be The Largest Crowd Funding Event in History?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

That makes widespread action more difficult to organize, even though people act in unison on giving days to make a powerful philanthropic statement. Last year, many organizations wanted to participate in Give Local America but did not have a local community to participate under.

The 7 Steps to Choosing Nonprofit Accounting Software

Connection Cafe

The good news is that choosing the right solution can more than make up for that investment by saving money, increasing efficiency, and helping your organization build accountability and trust. Don’t be afraid to get specific about your organization’s needs! Training and support costs.

The Three Major Components of a Successful Annual Giving Campaign

Connection Cafe

Focus on these action items as you begin to shape the campaign : Set a realistic annual fund goal. Your development team should focus on the annual giving campaign until they reach the annual fund goal. Your organization’s mission and objectives should be clear to the reader.

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5 Cases for Building Nonprofit Operating Reserves

Connection Cafe

In the annual State of the Sector Survey, Nonprofit Finance Fund reports that recovery of the US economy hasn’t addressed the systemic and perpetual funding challenges facing nonprofits (2015). The Cases for Building Operating Reserves: Support fulfillment of mission.

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Even More Benefits to Tracking Outcomes

Connection Cafe

While these are the primary benefits of outcomes for foundations and nonprofits, there are other benefits that can help organizations become more effective. “It’s all about relationships, which … enable us to better support our partner in good times and bad.

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How Do Other Organizations Control Administrative Costs?

Tech Soup Blog

For many organizations, the terms "transparency" and "accountability," when uttered in the same sentence as "indirect/administrative costs," mean only one thing: it's time for another round of belt-tightening.

Funding Services AND Advocacy: The Smart Choice for Grantmakers

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Funding Services AND Advocacy: The Smart Choice for Grantmakers – guest post by Aaron Dorfman, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. Some grantmakers shy away from funding advocacy, preferring instead to fund direct services.

Preparing for the Annual Audit—Identifying Risks and Establishing Strong Internal Controls

Connection Cafe

An open dialogue about risks helps us move together as an organization to prioritize our time and resources so that we’re taking care of mundane responsibilities as well as our mission work. Careful consideration of the organization’s culture is important.

Our Journey to Support Every Nonprofit on the Planet

Tech Soup Blog

"Today, our network of partners connects more than 90 corporate donors and dozens of foundations with 700,000 organizations in over 100 countries. They will save, on average, $17,800 — funding they can invest in their mission-critical programming.

Are Your Creepy Pitches Spooking Your Supporters? Pitch Fail and How To Fix It!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Are your creepy pitches spooking your supporters? Maybe it wasn’t you, per se, who penned the pitch, but organizations send out appeal letters all the time that are just as creepy as my request for you to buy my book. Sincerely, ED of Organization Awesome.

8 Trends That Are Reshaping Nonprofit Accounting

Connection Cafe

And somehow, you’re able to manage all of the money your organization raises each year without missing a beat. Moving forward, what steps can you take to become more efficient so that you can do even more for your organization? Don’t let that happen to your organization.

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Investing in the Infrastructure of Nonprofit Organizations

Tech Soup Blog

We need training programs that support the growth of staff and volunteers. And we need advocacy for new levels of excellence and for policies that support our work. This work is being done, but not with the level of support it should have. The U.S.

The Internet Domain.NGO Should Serve Best Interests of Nonprofits Worldwide: Sign An Online Letter of Support

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Among the proposed new gTLDs is.NGO.NGO will be the exclusive domain for local and global non-governmental organizations looking to advance their missions or to inspire their communities. million non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and companies worldwide.

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Nonprofits and Foundations: Bridging the Technology Funding Gap Together

Tech Soup Blog

Wouldn't it be great if nonprofits, charities, and foundations had a frank discussion about how to improve the technology funding process? I learned that both nonprofits and foundations have a lot of work to do to help close the technology funding gap.

Nonprofit Disruption: Evolving Models of Engagement and Support

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

DISRUPTION: Evolving Models of Engagement and Support. My colleagues at The Monitor Institute just published a study called “ Disruption: Evolving Models of Engagement and Support ,&# a national study of member-based advocacy organizations.

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Equity in Arts Funding: We're Not There Yet. We're Not Even Close.

Museum 2.0

We may say that we want to support programming and cultural opportunities for low-income and non-white people, but that's not where the money is going. Page 20 of the report describes six barriers to equity in arts funding, all of which apply on the institutional level.

Support Bookshare for Veterans

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

This campaign is part of the Social Entrepreneurs Challenge , an effort launched by the Skoll Foundation in partnership with The Huffington Post and CrowdRise in order to support leading social enterprises. We would love your support for our campaign today through November 22nd.

Scary Supporter Horror Stories

Connection Cafe

So in honor of Freaky Friday, here are 13 real supporter horror stories, none of which involve zombies. A one-letter typo nearly cost an organization a dedicated supporter. After the event, though, he got copied on the heartfelt volunteer thank-you note the organization sent its volunteers. He certainly set a precedent here, and MANY board members chose to forego cash contributions, leaving the organization maimed from the top down. Author: Jennifer Darrouzet.

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Save the IMLS, an Integral Supporter of Libraries

Tech Soup Blog

We benefit from the resources, brainpower, and strength of organizations and individuals to help us support NGOs and public libraries worldwide. The IMLS is an agency of the federal government that funds programs, innovative projects, and technology to fuel our nation's libraries.