Philanthropy Is a Leadership Issue

Connection Cafe

Philanthropy is a leadership issue. One of the things I love most about fundraising is that it is completely dependent on leadership. In an ideal world. Leaders cast vision that grabs the attention of donors. Donors fund work that allows nonprofits to employ specialists.

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Donor-Advised Funds: Philanthropy’s Hot-Button Issue

Connection Cafe

As assets in DAFs continue to grow, so will the scrutiny—fundraisers are well-advised to stay tuned into philanthropy’s latest hot-button issue. Donor-advised funds (DAFs) have become one of the hottest tools in philanthropy over the last few years.

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The Issue with Nonprofit Overhead and How to Change the Conversation

Connection Cafe

But this creates issues for nonprofits. I remember an article from a while back in the Chronicle of Philanthropy titled ‘Overhead Costs Pose Dilemma for Charities’ It highlighted the issue of nonprofit overhead costs vs programmatic or mission costs.

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Prioritize Your Fundraising Efforts with the New Spring Issue of npENGAGE Magazine

Connection Cafe

In the brand new spring issue , Steve MacLaughlin starts you off with an overview of the sector’s fundraising performance over the past year in Charitable Giving Continued to Grow in 201 6. Fundraisers know the importance of a single moment.

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Issues with Crowdsourced Data Part 2

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

A recent guest guest Beneblog explains why we believe a correlation found between SMS text messages and building damage by researchers was not useful. Some of the questions we received made us realize we need to be clearer about why this is important. Why did we bother analyzing this claim? Why does it matter? Thanks to Patrick Ball, Jeff Klinger and Kristian Lum for contributing this material (and making it much clearer).

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The 16th issue of NTEN: Change is here: Cultivating Leadership


The 16th issue of the NTEN: Change journal is out, focusing on the Best of 2014: Cultivating Leadership. We launched the first issue of 2014 by planting the seed: How can nonprofits remain competitive, innovative, and responsive to the changing external environment?

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The 14th issue of NTEN: Change is Out - "Fundraising in the Digital Age"


The 14th issue of the NTEN: Change journal is out, and this quarter is all about fundraising. This issue is packed with actionable ideas, inspiring interviews, and tips that your organization can use to get ready for the end of the year, if not sooner! >>Read

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RFPs: 3 Lessons for Organizations Issuing Them


Here’s what I’ve learned so far about issuing successful RFPs. This causes more angst than any other aspect of issuing RFPs.

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Measuring Impact: Feature Article from the Latest Issue of NTEN:Change

Amy Sample Ward

[Note: The following is an excerpt of an article in the December 2011 issue of NTEN:Change. Read the complete article, "From Outcomes to Impact," by subscribing to the journal for free! ]. By Julie Macalik, with Greenlights for Nonprofit Success.

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The 15th issue of NTEN: Change is here: Advocacy and Visual Communications


The 15th issue of the NTEN: Change journal is out, focusing on Advocacy and Visual Communications: How to Rise Above the Noise. >>Read the September 2014 issue!

The 17th Issue of NTEN: Change is out - "Digital Inclusion and Technical Divides"


I can be sure of one thing: this issue is going to surprise you. The 17th issue of NTEN: Change covers a range of perspectives from those at the forefront of bridging the digital divide: schools, libraries, city governments, and nonprofit organizations. Access the March 2015 issue!

The 13th Issue of NTEN: Change is Out - "Competitive & Innovative Nonprofits"


The articles in the March issue of the NTEN: Change journal capture stories of nonprofits in transition; they’re transforming from one stage to another, using technology to fuel their campaigns, initiatives, and to optimize their day-to-day work. >>Read >>Read the March 2014 issue!

Get Your Winter Issue of npENGAGE Magazine Today!

Connection Cafe

The latest winter issue is chock-full of ideas to get your organization on the right track for 2015. Read the full issue and download your FREE calendar! Raise your hand if you made a resolution this year. Okay, pretty impressive!

The 11th Issue of NTEN: Change is out: Managing Through the Noise


In this issue of NTEN: Change, we take a holistic approach to looking at some of these internal processes, including trust building to demonstrate impact, making decisions with data, and prioritizing activities through evaluation. Have you looked outside your organization lately?

The Change Journal's 10th Issue is Out: It's a Mobile World


This issue of NTEN:Change provides statistics you should probably know about your supporters and constituents, strategies that might need to incorporate mobile technology considerations, tips, stories, and insights from nonprofit professionals and technology experts.

Issue 8 of NTEN:Change: The "Collaboration" Issue


This issue of NTEN:Change takes a look at the various aspects of collaboration that nonprofit leaders should consider: benefits, tools, examples, pitfalls, and organizational "readiness.".

Surviving Browser Compatibility Issues


If you thought browser compatibility issues were on their way out, think again. As more organizations realize the cost savings of using a web application over a traditional desktop application, and more and more software becomes packaged as software as a service, some of the same issues that plagued desktop apps have come back to haunt in the Web world. On the other hand, as we demand more and more from web applications, arcane browser version issues now surface.

JVIB 2012 Special Issue on Technology: Today's Game Changer

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

I'm very excited to be a guest editor with the awesome Donna McNear on next year's special technology issue of the Journal of Vision Impairment and Blindness. JVIB is the peer-reviewed journal of record in the field of vision loss, and a past tech issue in 2003 featured my article, In the Palm of Your Hand, a vision of what mobile devices would mean for blind people in the future (a future that has already happened, of course!). Help us make this a terrific issue!

How Do You Deal With IT Issues When Your Staff Works From Home?


I’m by no means an IT expert, but I have had to figure out a system for dealing with these issues on a shoestring budget while juggling my other responsibilities. Let’s start with the trickiest issue. This option works well for most issues, but sometimes the shared screen can be hard to see. These sorts of tools usually require you to pay for an account, but a free trial can get the job done for those rare, one-off issues.

The Content Curation Issue: NTEN:Change Six is Live


If you’re still unsure of what the term encompasses and why it’s relevant to nonprofit work, see our “What’s Hot: Content Curation” article in the new issue for a quick introduction. I'm pleased to announce Issue Six of NTEN:Change, A Quarterly Journal for Nonprofit Leaders !

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Latest Issue of NTEN:Change is Live: Myth-Busting, Everyday Innovation, Case-Studies, Confessions, and More


Indeed it has, and the latest issue could be our best ever. I'm pleased to announce Issue Five of NTEN:Change, A Quarterly Journal for Nonprofit Leaders ! The latest issue also features articles from NTEN experts in our "Tech Across Your Org" and "DIY Nonprofit Technology" sections.

Data-Driven Nonprofits: Issue 7 of NTEN:Change is Live!


Whether you call it "data-driven", "data-informed", "evidence-based", or something else, making smarter decisions and strategies for your organization is something every nonprofit leader strives for—and what the latest issue of NTEN:Change is all about.

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Can Public Art Increase Civic Participation?

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This “millennial conference” gathers leaders, activists and social entrepreneurs to “act and find creative solutions for social issues.” Use Art to Tackle the “Big Issues”. Nonprofit Marketing Advocacy Giving in an Election Year MCON Social Good Social Issues

Measuring Impact: Feature Article from the Latest Issue of NTEN:Change


[Editor's note: The following is an excerpt of an article in the December 2011 issue of NTEN:Change. Read the complete article, "From Outcomes to Impact," by subscribing to the journal for free! ]. By Julie Macalik, with Greenlights for Nonprofit Success.

Hot Off the Press: Issue Two of NTEN:Change is Live


They're all featured in the latest issue of NTEN:Change, A Quarterly Journal for Nonprofit Leaders ! I couldn't possibly list everything here in this blog post, so please open the new issue to see more. What do Guerrilla Video, Facebook for Volunteer Management, and #GettingSlizzard have in common? NTEN's newest publication is free and hot off the press.

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The 12th Issue of NTEN: Change is Out - "Outcomes & Impact"


That’s why we’ve focused this entire issue on nonprofit impact. The true test of any nonprofit is to demonstrate impact. But the first test is to set up a way to measure it. Every nonprofit aims to have impact, but few have the systems in place to calculate little more than outputs.

The September Issue of NTEN:Change is Now Available


The third issue of NTEN's quarlerly journal for nonprofit leaders is free and hot off the press. Featured in this issue: " Measuring Your Social Media Success ," from Idealware's Andrea Berry, which provides guidance for measuring what matters when it comes to social media for your nonprofit.

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Nonprofit Technology News for April 2014 - The Green Issue

Tech Soup Blog

The 2007 winner of the Nobel Peace prize, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) just issued its fifth report on what the science tells us about how fast human created global warming is affecting the biosphere. This is our earth month edition of nonprofit technology news.

2012 SXSW Interactive – #nptech Highlights

Amy Sample Ward

Hot Button Issues at SXSW: Kony and Homeless Hotspots. events issues webtools 2012sxsw blog nonprofittimes notes sxsw sxswiLast week I was down in Austin, TX, for the 2012 South by Southwest Interactive Festival.

How To Expose The Real Issues That Underlie Paradoxes In Modern Organizations

Eric Jacobsen Blog

These perplexing, recurring issues are familiar to anyone in a leadership role today, including: How do I balance my functional or business unit goals with the needs of my peers and the whole company?

3 Common Legal Traps Nonprofits Fall Prey To

Wild Apricot Blog

Erin-McClarty nonprofit-law legal-issues legal-traps nonprofitHave you ever worried your nonprofit could have some hidden legal risks? Nonprofit attorney and strategist Erin McClarty shows you 3 common legal traps and how to avoid them.

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Google's "+1" might be a big thing for charity and issue work.

Network-Centric Advocacy

This could playout very interesting to get a bunch of activists to search on an issue and +1 the most informative news and issue sites. Will large groups upload their entire list to google contacts so that the "social search" guides thier members through the web? How does it work?

Crucial Policy Issues for Nonprofits: Attend California Nonprofit Convention Sept. 13

Tech Soup Blog

Crucial Issues for Nonprofits. Jan Masaoka's California Nonprofit Policy Convention is far from conventional. "This is a different kind of conference," says Masaoka, California Association of Nonprofits CEO. Her goal with this year's event is one that's provocative, offers a diversity of viewpoints, and gets the audience involved.

Community Engagement and Social Media for Public Media

Amy Sample Ward

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New on SSIR: Slacktivism, the gateway to change?

Amy Sample Ward

I’ve also worked with an organization that has created an online portal that helps connect teachers to content about global issues they can use in their class, and that gives students opportunities to take action and to connect with other students around the world. Online connections with organizations and causes can help expose people to information about issues in a much richer, more dynamic, and more accessible (not to mention more scalable) way.

Civil discourse and ownership issues in online communities

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

Picture Perfect: How to Remedy the Most Common WordPress Image Issues

Byte Technology

And although the program comes with some truly nifty tools for managing and editing images it’s not always intuitive when in comes to tweaking definition, size, cropping and the like, and uploading images onto pages comes with inevitable technical issues. On that subject, when importing a external image into WordPress there are sometimes issues to overcome, especially if you’re migrating your site to the WordPress platform and certain photos are still aimed at the older location.

The Future of Service in a Connected Society: What do we stop doing?

Amy Sample Ward

future issues change ideas ncvs serviceNext week, volunteer managers, service leaders, nonprofit staff and government representatives will come together for three days of learning and sharing in New Orleans, LA, at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service.

Great reads from around the web on February 24th

Amy Sample Ward

" roundup activism bookmarks branding code data examples infographic issues list marketing media millennials movement news occupy opendata opensource pinterest politics postalicious resources social socialmedia strategyI come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of February 24th).

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Send Your Feedback to the FCC: Net Neutrality Needs You


There have been a tremendous amount of issues and disasters in the news recently, but I want to draw your attention to a critically important story that is developing as you read this: once again, our open Internet is in danger. I strongly encourage you to discuss the issues related to the FCC''s proposed rules, Internet accessibility, and your community as a staff and with those you serve. Advocacy Communications fcc internet issues law net neutrality open web