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Minnesota Open Idea: Crowdsourcing Contest For Social Change Done Right

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The Minnesota Open Idea is an example of an online social good contest that works. In this interview, Jennifer Ford Reedy , VP for Strategy and Knowledge Management, at the Minnesota Community Foundation shares the how they designed this online social good contest for success. Last November, you may have read about how the Minnesota Community Foundation ’s GiveMN’s Minnesota Give to the Max Day raised $14 Million online in 24 hours.

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24 hours, millions of dollars, thousands of nonprofits—What gives in Minnesota?

Beth Kanter

The campaign was modeled after the grand daddy of match days that happens throughout the entire state of Minnesota. Good luck and Go Minnesota! Our goal in this 3 rd year is to raise millions of dollars for thousands of Minnesota nonprofits in one day. So what gives in Minnesota? Though it never comes easy (and we too get our share of rejections), we’ve managed to convince a number of key funders of the value that this online giving event brings to Minnesota.

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Thank You To the Max: Minnesota Give to Max Day Raised $13.4 Million in 24 Hours

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: The 3rd annual Minnesota Give to Max Day took place last month. And every year, the good folks in Minnesota share their results and lessons learned. Minnesota’s ‘Networked Nonprofits’ raised $13.4M million was raised to benefit Minnesota nonprofit organizations. And, a record 47,534 donors logged on to GiveMN.org to donate to their favorite Minnesota charity. Note from Beth: The 3rd annual Minnesota Give to Max Day took place last month.

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Record-breaking donations on Give to the Max Day in Minnesota

Beth Kanter

1. Hi Dana, congrats on another successful Giving Day in Minnesota. A really unique partnership with Metro Transit, which is Minnesota’s transportation resource offering a network of buses, light rail and commuter trains, allowed us to plug into their engaged audience of commuters. This year, we had all four local TV stations cover our morning event and counted 26 live shots in three hours! The goal was to establish some brand awareness across Minnesota.

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Meet Your Local NetSquared Organizer at #17NTC

Tech Soup Blog

Don't worry, there are NetSquared groups in 75 cities who are dedicated to holding events for their local nonprofit technology communities. Saint Paul, Minnesota: Wow Worthy: Creative Online Campaigns | MCN Communications Roundtable (Free). NetSquared believes in the power of meeting face to face in physical space. Online learning is awesome (and TechSoup has got you covered ), but a special magic is created when we get together in the same room and start building relationships.

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Ahead of Give Local America, 7 trends in Giving Days

Beth Kanter

Source: GiveMN A school principal rides a zipline as a way to bring attention to Give to the Max Day in Minnesota. With the clock ticking for Give Local America on May 5, community foundations and others are finalizing plans for this national day of online giving. New waves of philanthropists are contributing : After Give to the Max Day in Minnesota, 5 percent of donors surveyed said the day was their first time donating to a cause.

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Your Local Tech4Good Club Is Ready to Help

Tech Soup Blog

Saint Paul, Minnesota: Digital Dumpster Fire: Tips to Handle Social and Online PR Problems ( Communications Networking Lunch). Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. Every month I bring you a roundup of free technology training events that will help nonprofit staffers like you build their skills. But maybe you're skeptical and you're wondering: "How can a free event organized by a volunteer be any good?"

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Getting Social with Your Local Nonprofit Tech Community

Tech Soup Blog

Saint Paul, Minnesota: Free and Inexpensive Communications Tools | MCN (free). Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. Webinars are awesome, and so are blog posts. But there's a special magic that happens when we get face to face. That's why each month NetSquared organizers in 60 cities across the globe host networking events for the nonprofit tech community.

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Give Local America Disaster Offers Lessons for Next Time

Beth Kanter

Also, if you have not read it, Kivi Leroux-Miller has written a stellar piece called “ The Heroes and Villains of Give Local America Story. “ Give Local America Disaster Offers Lessons for Next Time – Guest Post by Peter Panepento. Community foundations across the country have been promoting local giving days to motivate people to support nearby charities, encourage nonprofits to embrace technology, and bolster their reputations.

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Eat Local Thanksgiving Challenge

Have Fun - Do Good

Because they didn't have any sugar to make it with - it wasn't locally available to them." from "Keep it Local This Thanksgiving," by Holly Lahd, Minnesota Daily. You can find resources to plan your local Thanksgiving dinner on the 100-Mile Diet's Thanksgiving page where you can read other readers 100-mile Thanksgiving menus and stories , and check out their Getting Started Guide. local food Thanksgiving"I'm not one to rain on anyone's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

EveryAction

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Annual Conference. Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Annual Conference. Minnesota Council of Nonprofits / Duluth, MN / $299. Join the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits for our 2016 Annual Conference. Hosted in Duluth, MN, this year's gathering is the perfect opportunity for professionals from every corner of Minnesota’s robust nonprofit sector to join together, celebrate the sector, learn from one another and prepare for another year.

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How to use social media to inspire 40,000 people to give on one day

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Go Minnesota! This incredible online fund raising event raised more than $14 million last year, and we’re hoping to raise the bar higher this year by engaging more than 40,000 donors to donate to any of Minnesota’s more than 26,000 nonprofits using GiveMN.org. Some local news websites will also be hosting the Livestream feed on their sites throughout the day. We invited you to be part of the Great Minnesota Give Together. Go Minnesota!

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A shared WordPress framework cuts costs for MENTOR and affiliates

The Nerdy NonProfit

The ArcStone team originally sat down with MENTOR MN (formerly the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota – MPMN) at the beginning of 2016. We reached out because we had just designed and launched the local Big Brothers Big Sisters website and thought there may be a fit.

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The 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

EveryAction

As policy changes unfold at the federal, state and local levels, the communities and issues we care about as corporate social responsibility professionals inevitably face uncertainty. The Corps Network National Conference is an annual gathering of national, state, and local leaders in the fields of youth development, community service, and the environment. State/Local / #DCNP2018 / @DMANF. State/Local. State/Local / #NPSummit18 / @SCANPO. State/Local.

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What Nonprofits Need to Know About the New Overtime Ruling

Blue Fox

Check out the The Exemption Test from University of Minnesota’s Office of Human Resources. I bet that your local or regional Chamber of Commerce has information on this matter and they may even be holding workshops or Q&A sessions. Nonprofits, take note. This is important! This also applies to the for-profit social enterprises we serve too!) Nonprofits, take note. This is important! This also applies to the for-profit social enterprises we serve too!)

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Juneteenth Resources

Media Cause

Black Youth Project — BYP has various local chapters. Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)— SURJ has various local chapters. Take time to celebrate your local community and find ways to support them during this time of celebration. Check your local events on Google.

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The #1 Skill Nonprofit Professionals Should Focus on in 2021

DipJar

Imagine you run a performing arts organization dedicated to saving theater programs in your local public school system. Mary’s University of Minnesota. After the drama and trauma of 2020, those nonprofits that survived have a lot in front of them. Tight budgets are just the start.

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How can nonprofits partner with underserved minorities to build better communities?

ASU Lodestar Center

Armin Budimlic of the Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association (IMAA) in Rochester, Minnesota, spoke much truth into this question when he stated that “these efforts cannot just be a blanket statement or goal-that is good, but without having benchmarks, these efforts will not be sustained.”.

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11 Creative Charity Fundraising Event Ideas

CauseVox

Unlike many other nonprofits, Catalogue for Philanthropy used the day to raise dollars for over 200 local nonprofits in their area. Ask local businesses to sponsor a team, or get people to fundraise to fund their participation like The First Tee of Greater St.

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GiveMN Raises $14 Million Online in 24 Hours!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

  It goes "Minnesota from"where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average." " Earlier this week, I wrote about giveMN.org as an example of local and regional online giving initiatives.    GiveMN a new online resource that hopes to encourage more Minnesotans to give and help create a stronger nonprofit community for Minnesota.  

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10 Charity Raffle Ideas That Drive High Ticket Sales

CauseVox

Ask a local jeweler to act as a sponsor and donate a precious jewel. The Autism Society of Minnesota had raffle drawings throughout their A Toast to AuSM livestream event. Raffles are a fun and engaging way to raise money at your charity event.

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Onboarding Your Program and Fundraising Volunteers

Qgiv

Knowing that your food service operation meets the highest standards for cleanliness, or that you source your foods from local providers as much as possible helps your volunteer tell your story to their friends, family, and work colleagues. Mary’s University of Minnesota.

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I Live Here, I Give Here: Place-Based Charitable Giving Hubs

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Give to the Max in Minnesota Day. GiveMN a new online resource that hopes to encourage more Minnesotans to give and help create a stronger nonprofit community for Minnesota. Individuals can browse the site and find local nonprofits and make a donation online. This site, " I Live Here, I Give Here " is to draw attention to giving to local nonprofits in Austin, TX. The partners are a mix of local foundations and corporations.

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Fundraising During COVID: What Nonprofits Should Plan For In 2021

CauseVox

Autism Society of Minnesota’s Brunch @ Home virtual event + livestream. Time: If you’re like many of us, you never had to consider time zones before as all your attendees were local. We’re now a few months into 2021 and a full year into the COVID-19 pandemic.

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2021 Fundraising Ideas Designed To Help You Raise More This Year

Kindful

You can search grant databases to find an available matching donation, or approach your board, top donors, or local businesses to put one together. Choosing a fundraising idea for your nonprofit can be difficult.

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Is There a Community of #Tech4Good Activists Waiting for You?

Tech Soup Blog

Saint Paul, Minnesota: Skill Extension: Maps (on the Green Line) | Sponsors: Maptime MSP Meetup, CARTO. Saint Paul, Minnesota: Communications Networking Lunch. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Nonprofit Communications and Technology Conference (MCN). Mankato, Minnesota: Social Media Outreach for Small Nonprofits | Mankato, Minnesota ($25/$35). Los Angeles, California: Using Technology in Local Activism. Saint Paul, Minnesota: Communications Networking Lunch.

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Find an Awesome Nonprofit Tech Training Near You

Tech Soup Blog

But don't be afraid — huddle up for warmth and knowledge with your nonprofit tech friends at a local Tech4Good meetup. Find your local #Tech4Good group. Saint Paul, Minnesota: Getting the Most Mileage from Annual Reports. Paul, Minnesota: QuickBooks Made Easy. Saint Paul, Minnesota: Treading Lightly | The Delicate Art of Internal Communications. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members.

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Debunking 7 Common Myths For New Nonprofit Professionals

Get Fully Funded

The common thread between 501c3 organizations and other nonprofits is that most are exempt from certain taxes as specified by federal, state, and local codes. Mary’s University of Minnesota. You’re ready to save the world, right?

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Technology to Help You Vote

NTEN

As an alternative, voters can always use our 50 state map to find their state’s official poll finder tool or the phone number for their local election office. 45 states have online registration lookup tools, and calling your local election office is always an option (again, use our 50 state map to get links and numbers). With election day coming right up, Nonprofit VOTE was kind enough to share with us a bunch of ways technology can help you cast your ballot.

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Telling Your Story: NetSquared #Storymakers2017 Workshops for Nonprofits

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup's NetSquared meetups will bring local nonprofits free digital storytelling workshops in more than 40 cities between August and October. Saint Paul, Minnesota: Optimizing Your Communications for Mobile | Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (Free). Saint Paul, Minnesota: Gearing Up for Give to the Max Day | Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (Free). Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members.

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7 Top Nonprofit Crowdfunding + Peer-to-Peer Website Examples Of 2021

CauseVox

The Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) has hosted a gala for the last four years, but in 2020 and 2021 they knew it wouldn’t be an option. For people who weren’t local, any park was a great alternative. The last couple of years have been all about virtual when it comes to fundraising.

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NetSquared: The Place for Free Nonprofit Tech Help

Tech Soup Blog

What if there was a place for your nonprofit to get free technology support from local experts? Minneapolis, Minnesota: Communications Networking Lunches: Visual Communications. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. What if there were regular gatherings where nonprofit techies could come together to drink, laugh, and network with their peers? Well, there are!

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Non-Boring #Tech4Good Meetings for Nonprofits

Tech Soup Blog

"Meetings" come in diverse and innovative formats like Mississauga, Canada's Geek Talk — Coffee and Convo; Pangani, Tanzania's Social Media Surgery ; and Birmingham, United Kingdom's Summer Tech for Good Social in a local pub. Join us at your local group. Saint Paul, Minnesota: Tips and Tools to Doll Up Your Data | Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (Free). Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members.

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GiveMN 2012 Giving Day by the Numbers

Beth Kanter

As I wrote back in September when first covering Giving Tuesday, Giving Days are not a new idea and have been successful in local communities and entire states, like GiveMN which raised many millions of dollars in 24 hours using the Razoo platform its first year. Razoo has also promoted local giving days, including Twive and Receive and recently announced reaching a milestone of raising $100 million.

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5 steps for nonprofits to enact diversity, equity and inclusion strategies

ASU Lodestar Center

He has spent the past 20 years in the arts and culture and philanthropy sectors with positions on the local, state and national levels. Illustration by Yuxin Qin. posted by Mitch Menchaca Fall 2020 Alumnus, ASU Master of Nonprofit Leadership & Management.

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NetSquared Events to Cure Your Social Media Ailments

Tech Soup Blog

Minneapolis, Minnesota: NPtech Give and Take. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Maximizing Your Nonprofit AdWords. Saint Paul, Minnesota: Design for the Non-Designer | MCN Lunchtime Communications Group. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. NetSquared events come in all shapes and sizes, and we love them all!

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Free In-Person Events for Nonprofit Techies

Tech Soup Blog

Saint Paul, Minnesota: Working with the Media | MCN Communications Roundtable. Saint Paul, Minnesota: How Audience Personas Help Determine Your Tools, Tech, and Strategy. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso: Monthly Meeting of Local Members. Image: New Orleans Net2NO meetup / New Orleans Local via NetSquared / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. NetSquared gathers together nonprofits and activists, tech leaders and funders, and everyone who's interested in using technology for social change.

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Give to the Max Day Aims to Raise $3M for DC Area Nonprofits

Care2

Can local fundraising campaigns like Give to the Max Day , which is modeled after the successful GiveMN day in Minnesota help boost funding and brand awareness for DC metro area nonprofits? It’s no secret that the struggling economy is hurting many nonprofits financially, especially in the DC metro region. We need these organizations more than ever.

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PhilanthroTech: How Nonprofits Are Using Crowdfunding

Beth Kanter

Giving days are 24-hour online fundraising competitions that combine gamification and deep social interaction to bring communities together for local causes. In November 2012, the giving day platform Razoo partnered with GiveMN, an organization that aims to grow online giving in Minnesota, to break a world record by raising $16.3 million for Minnesota charities in just 24 hours. Flickr Photo by Toddy.

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PCs for People Brings More Great Refurbished Computers to Nonprofits through TechSoup

Tech Soup Blog

PCs for People is a large nonprofit refurbishment program headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Andy found him an old computer the county wasn't using anymore; within a few months, the boy was developing web pages for local businesses and churches. The goal is to receive relatively recent vintage, retired commercial IT equipment from companies and government agencies in Minnesota. Meet our newest Refurbished Computer Initiative (RCI) partner, PCs for People!