Celebrating Digital Learning Day: How Camp Blackbaud Amplifies Technology Skills for Good

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Today marks 2017’s Digital Learning Day, a day where we celebrate technology’s role in how we learn. While we use our technology skills for good, we don’t stop there. Camp Blackbaud is our signature program highlighting skills-based volunteerism.

Volunteerism Keeps Proving Its Value (Especially When Skills Are Given)

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What’s even cooler is how the value jumps higher when volunteers give their professional skills in law, finance, marketing, operations, you name it. In my experience, volunteers offering their professional skills can make an impact almost immediately, an impact that lasts.

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How Skills-Based Volunteerism Creates Transformational Experiences

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A few weeks ago, we aligned with the YW for a skills-based volunteering project with one of their partners, Independence High School in Manhattan. We discussed the work of our customers, including some of the issues they’re working on and how we help them through the use of technology.

Ways that Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Can Build Virtuoso Listening Skills

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For the past few months, I’ve been facilitating a Nonprofit Emerging Leaders online peer learning project with Third Plateau Impact Strategies. The skills that we are focusing on are “networked leadership” skills both online and offline and working with self and working with others.

Learning is the Work

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If you are not already familiar with their work, you will learn a lot about online collaboration, knowledge management, informal learning, and networks by following them. Jane Hart: Jane has been blogging for many years and writes about informal and workplace learning.

Start Your September with New Tech Skills

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TechSoup is here to help you no matter how you prefer to learn. Then check out our new online learning courses, starting with Tech Training for Nonprofits and Libraries. If there isn't a group nearby, we'll help you start your own NetSquared group.

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Nonprofits Need Integrate Learning into their Work in 2014

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Adding Learning to Work. He points out that approach has value but, by adding activities is only assisting in the learning process. He suggests that design principle is that learning is something separate from work or ‘first we learn and then we work’.

A Crash Course in Design Thinking for Network Leadership Skills

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Last month, I participated in a Design Thinking Lab with network leadership practitioners convened by the Leadership Learning Community. The questions: What do you hope to learn today?

Resources to Sharpen Your Technology Training Skills

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When you work at a nonprofit or public library, it might feel like you constantly need to learn new skills to stay on top of emerging technology and adoption. Thankfully, there are many free or inexpensive training programs that can help you polish your technology skills.

Improve Your IT Skills with Online Learning from Skillsoft

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Skillsoft is offering 10 online learning products across a variety of IT topics. Courses are available for both end users with basic computer skills and IT administrators with some technical knowledge. Your IT staff can learn about Windows Server, networking, security, and more.

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Getting Insight from Facebook Insight Requires Sense Making Skills

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Sense-making is an essential workplace skill along with several others. Robin Good curated this article about research on future workplace skills. The skills are: Sense-making: ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed. [link].

Start 2017 by Building Your Tech Skills and Community

Tech Soup Blog

That's why we do an annual survey of our members — because our local volunteers are always striving to figure out how they can help your nonprofit use technology to do more good. To learn how I can apply technology to my cause or organization. We also learned that.

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Take the Plunge into New Nonprofit Tech Skills

Tech Soup Blog

As employees in the nonprofit sector, we often rely on the transferrable skills we've gained over time to accomplish our jobs. There are entire communities of marvelous people ready to help us get hands on and mindful about nonprofit technology.

How to Nail the Soft Skills of Fundraising: The Face-to-Face Ask

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Strong and effective body language can help establish an immediate rapport with your audience and signal confidence in your message. This helps you exude positive energy and confidence. Learning these details about their likes, lifestyle and hobbies help you deepen your relationship.

Six Books About Skills You Need To Succeed in A Networked World

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Here are six fantastic books that I read this year that help you gain 21st century skills like learning from failure, reflection, visualization, and more. This book will help. The model balances content, learning design, and participants. Photo By h.koppdelaney.

Engaging and Retaining Skilled (and Key) Volunteers

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However, I've learned from both serving on boards and being a volunteer myself, that volunteers can easily become invaluable assets to an organization. Key volunteers are the most dedicated and skilled of your organization’s volunteers who can essentially take on the duties of staff when resources are limited. It is the role of the volunteer coordinator (or whoever assumes that responsibility in your organization) to connect volunteer skills with the organization's needs.

8 Tips for Radical Collaboration to Advance Your Mission and Help Strengthen the Social Economy

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Learning from mistakes. As I pondered the lessons I’ve learned in my career and how to drive social good to greater impact, I landed on eight recommendations for escalating collaboration to advance the social economy. I hope you find them helpful on your journey.

10 Soft Skills to Nail the Ask


10 Soft Skills to Nail the Ask. Strong and effective body language can help establish an immediate rapport with your audience and signal confidence in your message. This helps you exude positive energy and confidence.

It’s Not What You Know, It’s How You Learn

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About a year ago, Mario Marino reached out to me and several colleagues with some provocative questions about e-learning in the nonprofit sector. It can be summed in a tagline: ”It’s not what you know, but how you learn.” Peer learning is an important concept.

Four Tips to Help Nonprofit Marketing Departments Create a Culture of Philanthropy

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Today’s nonprofit marketers must be experts in learning how to shift their organizational culture towards a culture of philanthropy. It means incorporating learning as part of doing the work. Four Tips to Help Nonprofit Marketing Departments Create a Culture of Philanthropy.

Three Tips for Managing Your Interns & Skilled Volunteers


Skilled volunteers let your organization get high-level work such as social media and web design done, which would otherwise cost you lots of time and money. Volunteering as a Communications & Social Media Intern with VolunteerMatch , I''ve learned first-hand just how important good management really is to keep skilled volunteers like myself engaged. Everyone gives feedback, helps problem-solve and gets excited about each other’s projects.

Learn Nonprofit Tech Skills at a NetSquared Meetup

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With 50 groups in 20 countries, there's probably a NetSquared group near you (but if there isn't, we'd love to help you start a new meetup ). :-). Or learn how to use Excel better? Need help finding the right WordPress plugin for your website?

Nine Digital Marketing Lessons Nonprofits Can Learn from charity: water

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If you are interested in online fundraising but don’t have the resources to build a custom platform for donations like charity: water, there are applications that help nonprofits get started with online fundraising quickly, including Salsa and Network for Good. Learn more here.

The Power of Our Collective Professional Networks and Transdisciplinarity Learning

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It was a great learning experience from both a process and content perspective. Building a solid core, participants can use social media tools to easily connect NGOS with new people who have knowledge, resources, and ideas to share to help with the project goals.

Help! My Nonprofit Needs A Data Nerd

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The workshop used design-thinking based on Luma methodology to help participants develop a communications strategy for measuring impact. The process took participants through an assessment of the problems facing them, collective brainstorming, and prototyping. Help!

3 Things I learned about Storytelling While Writing The Storytelling Non-Profit

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I wanted to write this book because I want more non-profit professionals to feel confident in their storytelling skills and be able to tell great stories. If you’ve ever wanted to get better at or learn more about something – try writing a book about!

Seven Key Skills of High Impact Nonprofit Leaders

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I believe these attributes may be learned and practiced to produce a great leader — you don't have to be born with them to demonstrate great leadership! Dedicating yourself to continuous learning is at the core of investing in yourself and others. Karen Ramsey can help!

Four Early Lessons Learned in the Quest to Improve Feedback Loops in Philanthropy

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But for now, Listening and feedback loops are important skills for nonprofit leaders and for organizations to get better results. Four Early Lessons Learned in the Quest to Improve Feedback Loops in Philanthropy – Guest Post by Melinda T. What have you learned?

Disney’s Secret Sauce – 3 Learnings You Can Take Back To Your Arts Organization Today

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We like to joke that the magic “pixy dust” brought us together and the rest is Disney history or so the story goes… During our visit this spring, I was reminded about my time working with the mouse at Team Disney to help improve the visitor experience.

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Nonprofit Content Marketing in 2015: Storytelling and Visual Content Top the Charts, But What Else Did We Learn?

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They’re trying more tactics, using more social media platforms, growing in their internal knowledge and skills, and focusing on becoming better storytellers. Nonprofit marketers are doing more with content marketing – and feeling more confident about their effectiveness.

Creating Learning Experiences That Connect, Inspire, and Engage

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A few days ago I opened the door on a new learning journey. I am very excited about upcoming peer learning projects that I’m working on in 2012, including several for Packard grantees in India, Pakistan, and Africa as well as the e-Mediat project in the Middle East.

#IFC2015: Viral Fundraising Campaigns One Year Later: What Can We Learn?

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Before I share some the big takeaways from the Big Room session, let me tell you about the IFC. It is one of the best nonprofit conferences I’ve attended in over my 35 years in the sector. I learned some much from the sessions as well as the opportunities to socialize and network.

Self-Care for Social Changemakers: What I learned from Aisha Moore

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One the one hand, it helps them to keep going in face of difficult challenges. After a battery of medical tests, she learned from her doctor that her symptoms were due to chronic stress. She then launched a coaching practice to help other social change makers avoid her mistake.

How Helpful is Teaching Nonprofits How to Fish?

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Note from Beth: I was thrilled that Paul Connolly agreed to write a guest post sharing some of the public learning taking place through the OE Goldmine Project on the Packard Foundation OE Wiki. How Helpful is Teaching Nonprofits How to Fish? Flickr Photo by Minarae.

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How Corporate Volunteering Programs Benefit Everyone

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Deloitte’s 2016 Impact Survey found that skills-based volunteering presents an opportunity for employees to develop their professional and leadership skills, and often results in increased productivity, and ultimately increased employee retention.

Encourage Employees To Learn From Their Mistakes

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The best thing you can do as a leader is to help your employee learn from his (or her) mistake. If he knows that mistakes happen in the course of doing business and that one learns from making mistakes, you will have a more productive employee. Mistakes happen.

Learn Design Basics and Build Brand Guidelines for Your Nonprofit

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In this Design for Nondesigners 101 course, you’ll conduct a self-assessment of your organization, watch videos to learn about design, and practice applying what you've learned. Learn design basics.

Using Peer Learning Strategies To Build A Network

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This peer learning exchange is designed to help state-based groups to be more effective in engaging their networks toward covering uninsured children. We used to help us design the program, determine process outcomes, and help us evaluate participant’s progress.

QuickBooks Helps BITS Serve Struggling Youth

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Whether building a business or pursuing higher education, BITS maintains that all participants greatly benefit from skills acquired through their peer mentorship, such as research, writing, problem solving, concept development, money management, public speaking, and sales presentations.

7 Tips To Help You Focus In Age of Distraction: Are You Content Fried!

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This morning I learned a new word for information overload – “content fried” from a colleague at the Packard Foundation. It resonated. We have so much content in our professional lives. Have you read a helpful article or blog recently that helped get more focused?