GUIDE: Growing and Sustaining your Volunteer Program

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

A thriving volunteer program can help maximize your organization’s impact. By evaluating your existing volunteer program and renewing your focus on recruitment and retention, you can build a thriving and sustainable volunteer program that will propel your work forward.

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. With over 100 tools, approaches and platforms for measuring impact, the process can be overwhelming and time consuming.

How to Create a Sustainable Volunteer Program

NonProfit Hub

That’s why establishing a sustainable, organized and engaging volunteer program should be one of your organization’s top priorities. Ask your volunteers to perform purposeful tasks and help them visualize their impact through goal-setting.

Announcing the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact

Connection Cafe

Today, we announced the newly minted Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact. Enter the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact, an initiative that will drive groundbreaking research and insights to equip a thriving social good sector for impact.

Having Greater Impact Through Community and Collaboration

Connection Cafe

This happens all across the sector and aligning grantmaking organizations with their grantee partners has been a challenge at best and at worst has resulted in not being able to measure the outcomes and overall impact of the effort.

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Platform Power: Scaling Impact

Museum 2.0

I value platforms for their power to scale impact. Traditionally, museums and cultural organizations offer programs. Each program has a fixed cost, and expanding that program means expanding that cost. Even a smash hit program is hard to scale up in this model.

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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How Corporate Volunteering Programs Benefit Everyone

Connection Cafe

In addition to attractive employee perks, building transformative employee volunteer and giving programs and embedding them within the organizational culture is key to promoting happy employees who stay with their companies. Be sure the program has impact.

How to Write a Volunteer Program Report That Proves Your Volunteers’ Impact

Wild Apricot Blog

Want to help your organization see just how valuable your volunteers are? Elisa Kosarin, CVA, explains how to prepare a volunteer report that will prove their value

Building Impact Fundraising Capacity

Connection Cafe

Jamie Forbes of Opus Advisers and Alexandra Urbanowski of New Hampshire Public Radio helped attendees understand the value of building a brand within the nonprofit space and how it can impact fundraising. Measurement is essential to understand your impact.

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3 Big Ways Artificial Intelligence Impacts Nonprofits

Connection Cafe

If nonprofit demand is poised to ignite a revolution in the adoption and use of AI in back-office applications, the uprising will begin with the following three “skirmishes” – immediate and current impacts of AI on nonprofit administration: Routine Administrative Tasks.

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It's proven: non-profits thrive when they measure volunteer impact

VolunteerMark

Check out this newly released research report that proves it''s critical for us to measure volunteer impact - it also proves that measurement of volunteer impact is vital for increasing donations & ensuring that your programs are effective

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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Five Reasons Why Every Nonprofit Needs a Sustained Giving Program

Connection Cafe

Unlike installment giving, this financial commitment is ongoing and not typically designated for a particular program or organizational goal. Donors enrolled in a monthly giving program are retained 70 to 80 percent of the time. Sustained giving. Recurring giving. Monthly giving.

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Can you hear me now? Inspired Impact!

Connection Cafe

Call it outcomes, call it impact, call it whatever you like… But does anyone hear you? Grantmakers are big on understanding the outcomes of our programs so nonprofits find ways to tell them. Plan for impact. Now, publish your impact statement.

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How Can You Grow Your Sustained Giving Program?

Connection Cafe

In fact, despite careful planning , your sustainer program may eventually hit a plateau—making it seem nearly impossible to raise more money or acquire more donors. If prospective constituents can’t find it, they can’t join your sustained giving program. If you build it, they will come.

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It's proven: non-profits thrive when they measure volunteer impact

VolunteerMark

Check out this newly released research report that proves it''s critical for us to measure volunteer impact - it also proves that measurement of volunteer impact is vital for increasing donations & ensuring that your programs are effective

7 Tips for Building a Healthcare Fundraising Program

Connection Cafe

I honestly don’t know how to build a full fundraising program.”. Many organizations are also realizing that it is time to expand into a true fundraising program. There are many ways to start or build a robust philanthropy program. “All I do is special events.

Do Capacity Building Programs Help Nonprofits Achieve Better Results?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: My long-time colleague, Teresa Crawford, Executive Director, Social Sector Accelerator, shares some thoughts about nonprofit capacity building programs based on extensive research.

4 Keys to Engaging Employees in Your Company’s Matching Gifts Program

Connection Cafe

The portfolio of programs my colleagues from other companies and I craft and offer fellow employees are meant to teach, to provide opportunities to engage with others and to be stepping stones on individualized paths toward good. But one of my favorite programs is what I’d call a building block of any give-back program – matching gifts. And it’s what I’ve seen unfold at Blackbaud after we launched our matching gift program.

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Why And How to Manage Your Volunteer Program Professionally

Connection Cafe

So let’s take it step by step and look at why and how to manage your volunteer program professionally: 1. Delegation is one of the most important aspects in managing organizations or programs. Give those with responsibility for implementing a program a voice in the decision-making.

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? Align community with member retention programs.

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.

5 Steps to Running a Campus Voter Registration Program

Everyaction

For universities searching for ways to both grow students' engagement on campus and develop their education and participation as active citizens, voter registration programs have become an increasingly popular activity. Use voter data to target students and track your impact.

How Can Systematic Evaluation of a Volunteer Program Positively Impact an Organization?

ASU Lodestar Center

Evaluating volunteer programs within nonprofit organizations is a key step in continual improvement and data collection. Evaluating a volunteer program is exactly like evaluating any other program.

Can you hear me now? Inspired Impact!

Connection Cafe

Call it outcomes, call it impact, call it whatever you like… But does anyone hear you? Grantmakers are big on understanding the outcomes of our programs so nonprofits find ways to tell them. Principle 1 : Plan for impact. Now, publish your impact statement.

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Seven Steps to Ensuring a Successful Sustained Giving Program

Connection Cafe

But, there’s a big difference between understanding its importance and actually creating a successful recurring giving program. However, you and your staff must commit to investing the time and talent needed to develop the program. What is the impact of a $5, $10, or $50 monthly gift?

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Driving CSR Impact & Innovation: 5 Key Takeaways from the 2018 Social Innovation Summit

Connection Cafe

Nimrod Elmish from Cardboard Technologies proved that sustainability, social impact, and profitability go hand in hand , creating a new local industry that breathes new life into recycled products. Lyft highlighted several successful programs they’ve launched, all aligned with their company mission of providing transportation infused with humanity. A key development in the program that is resulting in more successful initiatives? Innovation.

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How Corporate Social Responsibility Programs Improve Employee Satisfaction

Givinga

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs are a great way to achieve this, directly impacting employee satisfaction. This post offers three key ways corporate social responsibility programs work to improve employee satisfaction. America is in the midst of a labor shortage.

5 Things To Stop Doing If You Want A Successful Employee Engagement Program

Connection Cafe

Therefore, when I looked at 2017, I decided to take a similar tact when laying out my tips for building and revamping corporate giving and engagement programs. It is important to take a step back and look more holistically at your overall program.

Econ 201: Macro Influences Impacting Micro Fundraising

Connection Cafe

As a fundraiser, you are well aware of your internal program’s performance metrics. Tax policy, and its impact on charitable deductions. Interest rates, and their impact on saving vs. spending. Unemployment rates, and their impact on donor numbers. Population growth, and its impact on the pool of potential donors. Changes in average gift sizes, donor retention rates, and revenue can all be tracked back to changes in your campaign strategies.

Measuring the Impact of Your Social Media Program

Frogloop

So what should the ROI for advocacy groups’ social media programs be and how can we measure them? Aside from fundraising, a good social media program for advocacy (or rather “social advocacy&# program) should focus on measuring influence.

Youth Programs Featured in TechSoup Global’s Local Impact Map

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup Global's new Local Impact Map is a trove of information on what nonprofits, NGOs, and libraries around the world are doing with their TechSoup-procured IT to further their missions. They’ve made good use of TechSoup’s donation programs.

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10 Best Practices for a Successful Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Program

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Incorporating peer-to-peer into your strategy can not only enhance your fundraising program, but it can also help empower your supporters to go that extra mile for you where it means the most. Choose someone within your organization that can be responsible for heading up the program.

Use Case: The Community-Driven Social Impact game for Community Media Centers

Amy Sample Ward

Last month, at the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference , I had the opportunity to run the Community-Driven Social Impact game in a session workshop. case studies 11ntc case study cdsi community community driven social impact interview workshop

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UC Santa Cruz Students Volunteering for Impact with Bookshare

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I’m delighted to share with you today a wonderful success story from our Volunteer Program. Moreover, the students’ feedback on this pilot project will be instrumental in helping us make an even bigger impact with future volunteers.

How to Build Great Organizations for Greater Societal Impact

Connection Cafe

The Leap Ambassadors Community is a group of nonprofit leaders who are passionate about “inspiring, motivating and supporting nonprofit and public sector leaders (and their stakeholders) to build great organizations for great societal impact.”.

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Betsy Beaumon on Benetech's Literacy Program

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The Year That Was and the New Year Ahead Guest Beneblog by Betsy Beaumon, Benetech's VP and General Manager of the Literacy Program 2012 was a year of titanic shifts in the fields of consumer technology, education, and publishing, along with the requisite challenges brought about by such rapid change. One of the biggest changes to Bookshare in the last ten years has been in the area of education, through funding from the Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

13 Students Graduate ITWorks Fall 2013 Program

TechImpact

It’s the December 19 graduation of the Fall 2013 cohort of the Information Technology Workforce Program (“ITWorks”) program. ITWorks is run by Tech Impact, a nonprofit that helps other nonprofits leverage technology to make a greater impact.

Community-Driven Social Impact: Presentation & Game

Amy Sample Ward

The presentation focused on 4 strategic steps, 3 sets of best practices, and a few case studies for creating programs, services, content, and campaigns in a community-driven process. Presentation: Community-Driven Social Impact. Tags: presentation socialbysocial community building community driven social impact conference event game ncvs social by social social media strategy

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The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Learn about new and proposed accounting and auditing standards and how they will impact not-for-profit entities and their auditors. The IMPACT Conference. The IMPACT Conference. The IMPACT Conference / Charlottesville, VA / TBD. It's finally here!

Tech Impact Receives $200,000 Grant

TechImpact

Tech Impact’s Anthony Pisapia on left, and Patrick Calihan on right. Neighborhood Builder’s Award Tech Impact’s ITWorks program can continue helping at people like William Kendima achieve more, earn more, and make more change in their community.

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