Donor Stewardship: Guiding Donors to The Next Level of Support

Connection Cafe

As nonprofits know well, preserving relationships with donors is imperative to an organization’s success. A supporter’s first few gifts might be occasional, or the donor might align directly in the major gifts category. Communicate with your supporters.

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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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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.

Three Ways To Help Support Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

And, as blogger Vu Le says, donating to organizations on the ground can be a form of self-care. I have my go-to global organizations that do a great job at relief efforts on the ground, set up funds for long-term rebuilding, or do a terrific job of vetting local charities to support.

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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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.

How Will Tracking Outcomes Help Your Organization’s Story?

Connection Cafe

Back in my days as a Corporate Funder, I was routinely asked to provide giving details for our organization. What is different for those people that our grants support?” Perhaps before implementing across your organization, you can try to pilot in an area that you have control over.

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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.

How Does a Nonprofit Find Funding to Keep the Lights On?

Tech Soup Blog

In the webinar, she focused on the importance of embracing grantseeking as an integral part of the overall financial approach for your organization. So, how does a nonprofit find funding to keep the lights on and grow the programs?" Reduced organization hours.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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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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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

#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.

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.

So Now What? Finding Funding for Your Nonprofit

Tech Soup Blog

If your organization is like those of many of our respondents, there is never enough time or staff to devote to grantseeking. And because a lot of these organizations are controlling administrative costs by cutting staff, there just isn't much time for additional research.

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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.

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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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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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.

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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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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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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The Issue with Nonprofit Overhead and How to Change the Conversation

Connection Cafe

It’s important that we determine what is and isn’t an overhead cost for nonprofit organizations that are trying to be good stewards of donated or granted money. Could implementation of a better technology solution improve grant funding performance and reporting?

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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.

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.