University of Michigan – Setting a Higher Standard for Giving Days

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Other times, we plan. On Giving Tuesday 2015 , The Office of University Development at University of Michigan set an example for how this kind of thoughtful planning and preparation can dramatically increase results: 1000 donors completed gifts online within the first 49 minutes. $1

Case Study: NPower Michigan and Board Collaboration Tools


By Chris Bernard, Idealware When [NTEN Member] Andy Wolber worked for NPower Michigan—first as a consultant, then later as executive director—the organization had a geographically spread-out board of 10-15 members. It’s not real time, but you can use it that way.” Google Docs will win out for collaborative document capability every time,” he said. Wolber’s experience highlighted that it often takes time and effort to get people to use new technologies.

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06/28/2010: User Expectations and Interface Response Times 06/16/2010: Making the most of conference hashtags: A tool for presenters 06/08/2010: Beaconfire Survey: Seductive Interactions 06/08/2010: Emailing with Convio – Testing Conditional Content 06/07/2010: Goin’ Barefoot? Thanks for your time and attention!

Should You Use Pop-Ups on Your Nonprofit Website?

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Remember that this could be the first time a user is coming to your website and they may be put off by a quick introduction of, “Hi. Give us your time, money or energy.” Pop-ups , lighboxes, modal windows—you may have heard at least one of those terms.

The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


At frank, we divide our time among great talks by strategists, storytellers and scientists and casual opportunities to connect with other sophisticated communicators over coffee or cocktails. Whether you have a staff of one or 100, you will find benefit in taking time away to attend.

Study Finds Text Messaging More Effective for Healthcare Surveys than Phone Calls

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The study, titled Precision and Disclosure in Text and Voice Interviews on Smartphones , was a joint collaboration with several researchers from the New School in New York, The University Of Maryland, the University of Michigan and other institutions.

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The Science of Nonprofit Marketing and New Donor Acquisition

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A modern marketing geek, crossfitter, Michigan State alum and tex-mex obsessed. Over time you will begin to see the variable that makes the most impact on your campaigns. Marketing Manager at Blackbaud – follow Clare @clareinatx. . Math and science were my least favorite subjects in school. After college, I was determined to find a career that would help me avoid numbers, measurements and calculations at all cost.

A Huge Thanks To Guest Bloggers from the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations Conference 2012

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Evaluation and Learning sessions help grantmakers and their partners better use evaluation to foster learning and make real-time improvements in their work. Vicki Rosenberg, Vice President Education, Communications and External Relations, Council of Michigan Foundations.

Growing the NetSquared Community

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The Ambassadors are senior NetSquared leaders who offer their support to other organizers in their country or region, allowing us to serve members in different time zones and in languages other than English. Detroit, Michigan: Office 365 Setup Event — FREE Email for Your Domain!

Your turn.


It means developing an evaluation process that actually measures learning (rather than preferences) both onsite and at a specified period of time following the program. I mean, by putting myself out there and spending my time in mentoring, teaching and supporting people who need it.

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This Week on Beth’s Blog: Stronger Grantmaking, Stronger Nonprofits, Stronger Results

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Evaluation and Learning sessions help grantmakers and their partners better use evaluation to foster learning and make real-time improvements in their work. Vicki Rosenberg, Vice President Education, Communications and External Relations, Council of Michigan Foundations.

Text Messaging Shows Promise for Managing Patient Adherence to Cancer Medication

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A Michigan State University (MSU) research team, led by Sandra Spoelstra, PhD, RN, set out to assess the acceptability of and satisfaction with a text-messaging intervention program aimed at cancer patients who had been prescribed OAs.


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These requests require a high level of expertise, time, and output, and they often come with unreasonable expectations about costs, complexity of design, and other essential ingredients to successful inquiry and deliverables. posted by. Robert F. Ashcraft, Ph.D. Executive Director.

Socialize the Sign-In - And Never Forget Your Password Again

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How many times have your constituents emailed you about forgetting their password? Michigan Humane Society has implemented this on their Convio sign-in page for their site. Author: Sally Heaven. My newest pal at Convio, Natalie Cole*, sent me a link to this blog post. that confirms using a what I think we all feel in our bones: more. people prefer signing into websites using an existing account over. creating a new profile.

What is Slacktivism and is it Even Helping?

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It’s a simple way to show support and bring awareness, and often times sparks a meaningful conversation about why your profile picture has a colored filter on it. Ah, slacktivism. The juxtaposition of two conflicting actions—being an activist and, well… slacking.

To those of you who just aren't getting it right

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Guest blog alert: In my past life as a staffer for a Girl Scout of the USA affiliate, I met Suneil Singh, the then Chief Communications Officer for Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (for those of you with limited Michigan geography like me, think Detroit). In the summer of 2009, I joined the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan (GSSEM) as their Chief Communications Officer. At that time, there were more than 300 separate Girl Scout pages on Facebook.

News by the Spoonful: TechSoup's 2015 Tech Predictions

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The New York Times also recently came out with an article on Reinventing the Internet to Make It Safer. Let's Encrypt is a project in cooperation with the University of Michigan, the nonprofit Mozilla, and TechSoup donor partner Cisco.

Nonprofits Live: Online Collaboration on October 25

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Pacific time. His best selling Accomplishing More in Less Time, Less Effort, and Less Stress workshop enables business professionals to better cope with information overload and competing priorities. Pierre has published The Accomplishing More With Less Workbook , Accomplishing More With Google Apps , The Results Curve: How to Manage Focused and Collaborative Time! , Pacific time on the October 25th episode of Nonprofits Live.

Member Appreciation Month Week 4: Gobble Up the Grand Prizes and Congratulations to Last Week's Winners


There''s still time to take advantage of special offers exclusively for NTEN Members: Sign up for Foundation Center ''s Foundation Directory Online (FDO) Professional during the month of November!

Top 5 Mobile Articles to Read This Week

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Poor John Cornyn: His pesky constituents keep calling Cornyn, the three-term senator from Texas, reported that his offices were flooded with constituent calls opposing the nomination of Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos as U.S.

A Low Tech Version of Providing the Self-Organizing Platform for Movement Building

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Last week I was in Michigan to do a training for Chapter Leaders of EPIP. We were are all leaving Detroit at different times and the taxi to the airport wasn't exactly cheap.

The New Yorker Highlights the Power of Crisis Text Line

Mobile Commons’s Crisis Text Line has received great coverage from many reputable publications such as The New York Times and The Atlantic. Teenagers who are in crisis can text the hotline at any time to chat anonymously with a trained counselor.

The Public Argument About Arts Support as Seen through the Lens of the Detroit Institute of Arts

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The millage will provide about $23M per year for ten years to support operations, during which time the DIA hopes to raise $400M to enhance its endowment and replace the operating income from the millage. This perspective was rampant in Michigan.

Voices from the Community: Accessibility

Tech Soup Blog

While some web developers may feel that meeting accessibility standards and offering assistive technologies to their staff or users is too large an effort , Rush holds that the time is right to take that very effort on. Voices from the Community is an ongoing series of blog posts culling.

The 15NTC Steering Committee: Ready for your submissions!


It''s that time again! Weiner Consulting Leon Wilson, Senior Director, Technology and Data Engagement, Michigan Nonprofit Association Meico Whitlock, Senior Manager, Communications, National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors We know this power team will help make the 15NTC programming our best yet!

News by the Spoonful: The $10 USB Condom (Seriously)

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" We'll also cover the Internet slowdown protest, Instagram's new Hyperlapse app to make easy time-lapse videos, and the first-ever charity TV shopping channel. Similar rulings are expected in other states, including Washington, New Jersey, and Michigan so far.

Redesigning rebranding | Beaconfire Wire

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Of Mice and Men and Laptops (A Kind of Buyer's Guide)


At precisely the wrong time, it will run out of juice. In that role, he serves on several nonprofit boards including, NTEN, Aspiration, TAG, the Innovation Funders Network, and, the Washtenaw Land Trust, a regional land trust based in Washtenaw County, Michigan. Gavin Clabaugh, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation I walked up the aisle, hat down, eyes shadowed.

How Faith-Based Hope Endeavors Effectively Fights the AIDS Epidemic and Changes Lives in the U.S. and Africa

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This is the story of how a Michigan faith based organization called Hope Endeavors leads significant humanitarian work from a home office. Maddie is from a small town in Michigan. I forgot to mention that she has another part-time job and runs the entire organization from her home.

More travel notes

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Another thing that's kept me away from blogging: we've been travelling to Lansing to work with our newest user, United Cerebral Palsy of Michigan. We've known Linda Potter, the executive director, for years - but this is the first time we've had an opportunity to work directly with her Project kickoffs are always exciting - and working with a human services organization that provides so much direct assistance to its community is especially gratifying.

Research Friday: What Affects Hispanic Volunteering - Comparing Three Surveys in the United States

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times more likely to volunteer than Hispanic immigrants. Participation in philanthropic activities: Donating money and time. posted by. Lili Wang, Ph.D. Assistant Professor. ASU School of Community. Resources & Development. Welcome to Research Friday !

Lights. Camera. Help. is this weekend!

FI Space

We do have some PSAs, like the humorous ones produced by the Ad Council and the hopeful one by the Michigan Humane Society , but we also have feature length films and narratives. Think Pink Lemonade Stand - Women Playing for T.I.M.E. Perfect Match - Michigan Humane Society.

One Small Step for Detroit, One Giant Leap for Museum Ethics (Maybe)

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And now, in the past month, Michigan''s Attorney General and State Senate have blocked the emergency manager of Detroit from seizing the DIA''s collection to pay off the city''s debt. But this argument for the public value of the art is tough to uphold in a time of severe challenges.

Research Friday: Senior Arizona volunteers -- how do they stack up against the rest of the nation?

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Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes, and we in the nonprofit sector are thankful for their involvement any time we can get it. Over 3,500 households in Arizona, Indiana, and Michigan were asked about their giving and volunteer behavior. percent and the average volunteer time by 22.8

NP2020 Conference: Issues and Answers from the Next Generation

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times the number currently working the field. The conference will bring together individuals from around the country to begin a discussion about leadership in the nonprofit sector from July 26-28th at the Pew Campus of Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. NP2020 is both a conference and a call to action to address a leadership deficit in the nonprofit sector.

Measuring your Social Media Success: Case Studies


We pay some freelance stipend, but have no full-time staff. We wanted to watch our competitors—I’m using that term loosely—to see how many times they were posting, how many times they were retweeted, how often they were retweeting others’ content, things like that,” she said. “We She also uses that time thinking of ideas for posts. We’ve tried to even play around with the times we post. But I don’t have a lot of time to measure.”.

Celebrate National Volunteer Week April 27-May 3

Have Fun - Do Good

One of the things I've realized while doing the 29-Day Giving Challenge is that I "volunteer" a lot of free advice for organizations and individuals, but I haven't volunteered in my community for a long time. Some of my favorite things I've done have been as a volunteer.

Bracketology (or the Study of Brackets)

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And it needs to do it 64 times (65 if you count the play-in game). The fonts look smushed – just look at the “I” in Michigan state: What’s that little note next to each team? So when my eyes are tired, I can really zoom in and look at one region at a time.

Happy Holidays!

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

The YWCA of the National Capital Area launched their Members Only installation this month - so we've been up and down 9th Street quite a few times, working with NPower to get their new server up, talking to the bank to make sure our software was handing Electronic Funds Transfer the way they want, getting the register drawers set up, and a million other details. Last time I checked, that goal hadn't been quite reached yet, so I guess we'll be busy in 2008 as well.

How-to: Manage Your E-mail Campaigns (and Be a Good Guest)


As with any translation, there's room for error, which is why render testing is vital and potentially time-consuming. After earning his degree in psychological research at the University of Michigan, Matt has dedicated his analytical and programmatic skills to enhancing the fundraising potential of non-profits across the spectrum. By Matt Burghdoff, Email Marketing & Online Fundraising Specialist, Grizzard Communications.