Fundraising as Participatory Practice: Myths, Realities, Possibilities

Museum 2.0

"Fundraising is about relationships." "The The key to fundraising is listening." Anyone who has worked in fundraising has likely heard these missives again and again. Fundraisers therefore want to sculpt the message as much as possible. fundraising

Trainer’s Notebook: The Digital Nonprofit: A Participatory Workshop

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

There are different ways to design a participatory workshop. We focused on digital transformation because incorporating digital has become essential for delivering on all aspects of a nonprofit’s mission, not just fundraising and communications but program delivery and governance.

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Trainer’s Notebook: Just A Few Participatory Facilitation Techniques

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I also had an opportunity to attend a couple of sessions that used participatory facilitation techniques. If you are new to participatory facilitation techniques, use the Spectagram as an opener and use it to better understand skill levels in the room.

With #IceBucketChallenge in the Rear View, Where Does Fundraising Go from Here?

Connection Cafe

It was faster and greater than any such social fundraising campaign in the number of donors, from all walks of life—from President Bush, Bill Gates, media personalities and CEOs to teachers, students and more. This means lower program and fundraising costs.

Attention Fundraisers: Stop Shooting Yourself in the Foot

Connection Cafe

When it comes to fundraising, we all know that there is no “one size fits all” solution, schedule or strategy. Each nonprofit has to consider its donor profile, budget, programming, specific needs and other factors that lead to the investment that makes fundraising as successful as possible.

What I Learned About Philanthropy, Fundraising, and Social Impact at IFCAsia in Bangkok

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The change is intended to honor efforts from all sectors that work toward creating positive, lasting change in the Asia Pacific region: NGO, CSR, individual philanthropy, social enterprise, fundraising, volunteerism, and others. Conferences Digital Trends Fundraising Innovation Philanthropy

Yes, Audience Participation Can Have Significant Value

Museum 2.0

I can't say that any one experience--working on a collage with other visitors, swinging on a hammock, discovering a participatory display for pocket artifacts in the bathroom--directly contributed to increased attendance and giving.

Kids, Coercion, and Co-Design

Museum 2.0

There's a constant dialogue in participatory work about how to make peoples' contributions meaningful. Children understand issues such as fundraising, garden design, or organization and management Children understand how and why compromises are made, if they are necessary.

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The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


and all over the world, that focus on essential topics like: Fundraising & Grants. From communications to fundraising to technology to leadership skills, the conference offers something for everyone. International Fundraising Conference - IFC 2016. Fundraising & Grants.

Vlog Fundraising and Widgets

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I'm thinking about the use of video or vlog posts coupled with fundraising widgets as well as some other possible ways (ad revenue from web videos?) I wanted to capture a few thoughts and pointers about using video for fundraising pitches on the web or grassroots participatory video coupled with grassroots participatory fund raising. Coupling a video with group fundraising on the web has been evolving in the last two or three months.

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Grant Seeking 101: Finding the Right Fit

Connection Cafe

Non-traditional forms of grantmaking are also gaining in popularity, such as “participatory grantmaking,” where community members (not foundation staff) are the people who determine who receives grants. Nonprofit Nonprofit Fundraising applying for grants Grant funding grant proposalIn my last post on getting started with grants , we covered the basics of grants and how to determine if your organization was ready to apply for grants.

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Growth Hacking Your Mission With People Power

Connection Cafe

It is made by many; it is open, participatory and peer-driven.” They are the reflection of a larger trend of individuals interested in fundraising, organizing, and engaging on their own terms. One of main drivers behind the success of p2p fundraising is trust. P2P Fundraising.

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Personal Stories – Arts Orgs Need Not Apply?

Connection Cafe

Give your supporters resources like The Top 3 Things to Do After Making A Fundraising Page that gives step by step instruction on the best way to get your message out. Take notes, whip something thoughtful up and send it to them along with a link to a quick, easy fundraising page. Participatory fundraising often starts with events that allow people to get involved causally with a small time commitment. Annual Fund Fundraising Arts & Cultural museum

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Personal Fundraising Remixed: I Love CC, Do You?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

As a blogger and social media maker, I have a strong interest in the future of my work and participatory culture. That's why I remixed the fundraising widget on my blog in support of Creative Commons Annual Campaign.

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A Few Social and Collaborative Fundraising Approaches

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

With that in mind, I decided to take a look at some of some interesting fundraising tools, ideas, and approaches for small grassroots organizations that came across my reader or inbox in the past month or so. Nancy White recently blogged about a tool called ChipIn which is designed to simplify the process of connecting with people in your social network to collect money for a personal cause, to purchase a gift, or for community fundraising.

5 Tips to Write a Captivating Crowdfunding Description

NonProfit Hub

Give clear participatory instructions. Featured FundraisingWhether you work for a small staff or you’re a bigger nonprofit with a clever new idea, crowdfunding can help you put your plans in motion.

Nonprofit Resolutions That Will Make A Difference in 2009 - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


57) Mobile (15) Nonprofit Benchmark Studies (15) Nonprofit Events (36) nptech (8) Online Advertising (5) Online Advocacy (47) Online Fundraising (97) Online Marketing (59) Online Organizing (32) SEO (3) Social Networking (109) Technology (31) Trends (51) Video (27) Volunteering (2) Web 2.0 (60)

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Fundraising. Fundraising / #casesmg / @CASEAdvance. Fundraising. Participants will acquire a foundational understanding of this increasingly important component of fundraising strategy and will be able to identify and distinguish between the most common planned giving vehicles.

Social Media, Networks, and Data in Patient Healthcare Networks

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Some are describing this shift in perspective as “participatory medicine” or “person-centric care.” There was a shift in the way they work, they had to be more transparent, with everyday fundraisers reports on numbers and people who were doing the challenge.

#ThankYouWednesday After A Successful #GivingTuesday

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

While my in-box filled up with many GivingTuesday requests from nonprofits that I support, I was struck by the creativity of how each organization incorporated giving Tuesday into fundraising or donor recognition campaigns. Fundraising

Nonprofit Disruption: Evolving Models of Engagement and Support

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

We do this not only to stay in the spirit of the participatory engagement styles that are now emerging, but also because the findings represent only the present moment in a story that is far from concluding. Fundraising Networks Organizational Culture Research Studies

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Understanding Charitable Tax Deduction Legislation

Connection Cafe

At our core, we are participatory government and our Representatives and Senators need to know what their constituents think about the issues on which they vote. The charitable tax deduction is 100 years old. Yes, 100 years old.

AAM Conversations: Want to Talk?

Museum 2.0

Participatory history programming. Over the past year, we've found it fairly easy to invent and sustain participatory art and craft projects. Fundraising with a community. Our fundraising, however, is not moving in that direction. (No relation to AAM. Just cute.)

Designing Interactives for Adults: Put Down the Dayglow

Museum 2.0

There are many participatory experiences that appeal primarily to adults, and they are designed distinctly for adults. For example, one of the little participatory projects we're doing now is on the butterfly effect.

What are Your Engagement Goals?

Museum 2.0

In early 2014, we developed a set of five engagement goals: Relevant, Sustainable, Bridging, Participatory, Igniting. We wanted goals that are specific to our organization while applicable across it (archives, exhibitions, historic sites, events, fundraising, school tours, online).

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Dangerous/Ridiculous: Reflections on AAM

Museum 2.0

Attendees brought up questions about how they can get more involved with financial discussions in their institutions, how we can change the ways we approach fundraising, how we can think about earned income differently. Participatory art and co-creation on the rise.

Vote for the sessions you want at 11NTC

Amy Sample Ward

Fundraising. This participatory workshop will help you answer the question: What does old-school community organizing have to teach the wired activist? That’s right, the session selection process is open for the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference ! I have a few proposals up for voting but there are SO many great ones that I am enjoying reading through them all (hope all the 5 star votes don’t through things off!). Vote today!

Successful Social Media Content Strategy Is A Continuous Improvement for Nonprofits

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I was in San Antonio this week to facilitate an interactive master class for 300 nonprofits that was hosted by the San Antonio Nonprofit Council that hosts The Big Give, a very successful local giving day.

Psst. Want an Internship?

Museum 2.0

I'm also making the 2011-2012 budget, getting to know our terrific staff and volunteers, and starting up a few small participatory projects to launch us into being a more community-driven institution.

Year One as a Museum Director. Survived!

Museum 2.0

We went through a dramatic financial turnaround and redefined our relationship with our community through a series of experimental participatory projects and new programmatic approaches. Personally, I’ve learned to work in whole new worlds, from fundraising to management to community development. From day 1, I believed that we needed to focus in our first year on creating new participatory events to engage the community.

New Power & Social Good: Thoughts from Jeremy Heimans

Connection Cafe

Jeremy: Yeah, well look, we think a lot about fundraising, which I know is something that many organizations here are thinking about. What’s different about fundraising in a new power world, right? Now, this might seem absurd and on some level it is, but what they succeeded in doing here was creating an experience that was so richly participatory that actually the experience of imagining the game was more important than the game itself.

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2012 Conferences: Social Change, Technology, Nonprofit


creative approaches to fundraising that will help you identify and. Communicate, evaluate and fundraise your way to mobile giving success. Association of Fundraising Professionals Rewire to Inspire TechKnow Conference. June 4-5 Orlando, FL Fundraisers and nonprofit professionals need to stay up to speed with today's technology and techniques, plain and simple.

VRM: CRM's flip side

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

Any system that will allow particpation of both vendors and customers (or donors and fundraisers, or politicians and supporters.) Every non-profit now talks about needing to improve their CRM.

Nonprofit SXSW Goodness – Conference List Toppers, To-Dos and Topics of Interest

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Digital Marketing for Non-Profits panel Saturday, March 13 at 03:30 PM – “How to work with limited marketing budgets and a failing economy to build an online brand, raise awareness of a cause and fundraise effectively. Author: Jordan Viator.

10 Nonprofit Books from 2010

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The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising by Mazarine Treyz. She’s been a regular commenter on this blog. Her book is perfect for small nonprofits who are looking for practical and tactical tips and wisdom in developing a fundraising plan.

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Connect with TechSoup at NCVS!

Tech Soup Blog

Live: Participatory Events, Webinars, Conversations, Local and Global. YouTube tutorials — YouTube offers special features just for nonprofits , including the ability to add fundraising links to your videos. Second Life — TechSoup formed the Nonprofit Commons five years ago as a virtual community of nonprofits, thriving and building complex 3D interactive environments and hosting regular meetings with streaming media and a wide variety of participatory options.

The Impact of Your Donation: Leah Horn, 14LCS Scholarship Recipient Shares


Support NTEN''s Community Champions and Board Members today by donating directly to their fundraising pages on the NTEN Community Challenge campaign on Crowdrise.


Katya's Five Minute Guide to Social Networking

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I've been reading Henry Jenkin's book, Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide" - I ordered after I heard him speak at the MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning briefing (Nancy Schwartz recently wrote about it here ) and read his white paper on participatory culture. He defines participatory culture as a culture: 1. Our conversations here in the blogosphere are participatory, although it would be nice to have multimedia conversations.

Your Local Tech4Good Club Is Ready to Help

Tech Soup Blog

Boston, Massachusetts: TNB Roundtable: Participatory Analysis with Data Placemats in Nonprofits. Seattle, Washington: Creating Videos to Inspire Fundraising and Engagement. Kampala, Uganda: Introduction to Online Fundraising.

The Outcome of Our Outcomes

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Do you hope to fundraise or garner more support by measuring? The goals need to be front and center through the entire process, particularly when the measurement approach is more new or participatory and is designed to evolve over time. Flickr Photo By Mastery of Maps.

Ideation Conference Notes

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I spoke about free agent fundraisers and the networked nonprofit. I'm always up for a conference that has been designed to be participatory and offers a creative format Charles Lee It's conference season and I will be on the road at various conferences this week and next.

Keep the World Talking - Support Global Voices

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Global Voices is the leading participatory media room for voices from developing countries around the globe. They've just launched their online fundraising campaign to keep the world talking.

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Nonprofit Resolutions That Will Make A Difference in 2009


This section has great tips on peer-to-peer applications and discusses its benefits such as the ability to grow your database, build community and constituent loyalty and expand fundraising. Resolution Two: "I resolve to use social and participatory media to expand my reach and brand." Get the low down on social media platforms and what social and participatory media entails. What are your nonprofit resolutions for 2009? Need ideas to turn your resolutions into reality?