The Anatomy of a Content Model

Connection Cafe

What is a Content Model? Content Modeling is a hot topic in the Information Architecture community these days. A content model is a document defining the structure of each content type within a CMS , or Content Management System. Why do I need a Content Model?

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3 Federated Models for Larger Nonprpfits (and How Each Model Impacts Decision Making)

Connection Cafe

While there is little consensus on a “single best practice”, three distinct models have emerged and are recognizable as the most prevalent. For an organization assessing its own structure, this blog is intended to provide a simplified basis for self-comparison against each of the three models.

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Notes on Structure Lab: Legal and Financial Models for Social Entrepeneurship

Museum 2.0

Last week, I attended Structure Lab , a half-day workshop on legal and financial structures for ventures for social good. Like many people in the arts, I'm interested in new models that help people combine mission-driven work with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Predicting the Future: Driving Fundraising Outcomes with Models

Connection Cafe

My first experience with modeling happened at the University of Washington development office in the fall of 1992. My job, as the director of research, was to use the modeling results for prospecting—but also to sell them to the directors of development in the schools and colleges.

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Deliberately Unsustainable Business Models

Museum 2.0

Unlike startups and rock stars, museums aren't structured to shoot for the moon and burn up trying. At one point, Mark commented that they have a "deliberately unsustainable" business model. This is the model that governs most businesses and artistic endeavors.

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Get Your Board on Board: Structuring Governance Based on Organizational and Lifecycle Needs

ASU Lodestar Center

The question then turns to this: how can nonprofits structure their governance based on their organizational and lifecycle needs? Challenging as it may seem, the payoff that comes from structuring governance according to organizational and lifecycle needs is well worth the time and effort.

Salesforce, Dreamforce & Nonprofits: It always comes back to the data model

Judi Sohn

The class was structured with lessons, followed by 20 minutes or so to complete an exercise. Each direction is very different, using a different data model (see below for lots more on that) and approach. So how is it always about the data model?

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4 Straightforward Benefits of Converting to an “Open Garden” Community Model


If you’ve been following our series of Open Garden posts , you know that we’ve offered many strategic perspectives to motivate you to rethink the rigidity of the classic, closed community structure. But we want to outline even more in-depth, qualitative benefits of shifting your structure.

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What is “New” In Adopting New Membership or Business Models?


Her monthly column for us will focus on what Anna calls “the building blocks for constructing new membership and business models” for associations. I have been preaching model change for years. Don’t just play on the periphery; transform your entire organizational model.

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Best Practices for Nonprofit Financial Health, Part Two: Smart Nonprofit Business Models


In this second part of the series, Alice Antonelli, Director for Advisory Services at NFF, shares more terrific advice and insights on financial health and nonprofit business models. Best Practices for Nonprofit Financial Health, Part Two: Smart Nonprofit Business Models.

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Four Models for Active User Engagement, by Nina Simon

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

No one model is better than the others. Nor should they even be seen as progressive steps towards a model of “maximal participation.” Participatory projects are most successful when you can find the right model for your staff culture, your users, and your goals.

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Are Social Enterprises Viable Models for Funding Nonprofits?

ASU Lodestar Center

Social enterprise models may well offer an answer. Should nonprofits become more aggressive in adopting new business models that can add needed revenue? What are the downsides and dangers in pursuing new models? One answer to these questions may be the social enterprise model, which has the potential to revolutionize both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. These social enterprise efforts can add a business model by creating sustainable revenue.

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#11NPD: Impact, Brand, and Business Model

Tech Soup Blog

In the panel Rethinking Strategy: The Intersection of Impact, Brand, and Business Model, three experts defined these terms and illustrated their use for effective nonprofit communications. Model Behavior. Delivery and communications are the business model.

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Reflections from the World Economic Forum: Four Big Trends for Social Good Organizations to Watch

Connection Cafe

Nonprofits are going to become more reliant on enablers like AI and quantum modeling, which will drive everything from financial models to marketing campaigns to donor engagement. And companies like Unilever are not only focused on their supply chain, but re-structuring their advertising practices to better support and promote gender equality. Part 2 in a 2-part Davos report for the Social Good Community ( See Part 1 here ).

Top Reasons to Opt for Data Driven Decisions in Managing Your Nonprofit

Connection Cafe

Depending on the structure of your organization, you can benefit from all details regarding campaigns, volunteers, potential donors, present donors, charity events and many more. Analytics Data Mining & Modeling Donor Strategy Identifying Prospects By: Laura Iancu, 123ContactForm. In the nonprofit area efforts to success are made from all perspectives. That’s why we surpassed the idea that a good cause is the sole element which grants success.

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Great reads from around the web on September 19th

Amy Sample Ward

"This post draws from over 30 in-depth, semi structured interviews conducted with coordinators of and participants in the Egyptian revolution between March and August 2011." " Five Ways for Human Service Nonprofits to Reset their Funding Models – "…most nonprofits have in effect two customers— the beneficiaries they are supporting, and the funders who are paying for the work.

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Introducing Abbott Square Part 6: Two Prioritization Techniques We Used to Negotiate a Great Lease

Museum 2.0

How much would John pay for rent and how should we structure it? So we structured the rent in a “base with kicker” format. Abbott Square business models creative placemaking Museum of Art and History

NetCentric Advocacy: Santa Fe Institute Research Topics - Physics of Complex Systems: Network Resources

Network-Centric Advocacy

Is there a 3 dimensional structure equivalent to the power law? Generic questions include: How is the structure of a network related to its function and behavior? What mathematical and statistical models accurately capture the important aspects of a network’s structure? And, can these models predict a network’s future behavior? Is there a 3 dimensional structure equivalent to the power law? And, can these models predict a network’s future behavior?

CRM & CMS Integration: Plone and

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I am thinking that this might be a good model for how we can do it with Drupal, but that’s a subject for another post. at 10:55 am Michelle- We spent a lot of effort to make the Plone/Salesforce integration products completely agnostic about your data structures. Simply put: we don’t make any assumptions about how you’re modeling your data, we just let you grab it as you need to.

Influence | Forum One: Internet Strategy, Social Media, User Experience and Web Site Development


Skip to Navigation Careers News Client login About Us Services Our Work Blogs Events Contact Us Home › Blogs › Influence Social Networking and #AIDS2010 Suzanne Rainey in Influence 15 Jul 2010 There’s a flurry of action this week as we await the start of the XVIII International AIDS Conference (#AIDS2010) in Vienna, Austria, next week. I wish I was able to attend, but am glad that many of my clients have the opportunity to go. The conference is held every two years, and is always.

Influence Blog: Forum One


Hyperlocal Bets On Nonprofit-Focused Retool |

AFP Blog

Hyperlocal Bets On Nonprofit-Focused Retool | : A Massachusetts-based hyperlocal has relaunched this month, betting on a unique nonprofit-focused content model to drive Web traffic.

Establishing a Grant Office at a Healthcare Organization

Connection Cafe

How your grant office should be structured. In this article, I’ll explore each of these five factors and provide you with two models for structuring a grant office. . Structure: Basic and Full-Service Grant Office Models .

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Coin-Operated Content: Is Pay to Play Really Such a Bad Idea?

Museum 2.0

I've wondered for a long time about the potential for museums (especially interactive science centers) to operate on a "pay to play" model where visitors choose specific content of interest to invest their time and money into. Tags: business models

5 Ways Your Nonprofit Website Can Promote Planned Giving


Another excellent model of using a website’s donation page to highlight the option for Planned Giving is the San Francisco SPCA , which features a blurb about it, alongside their other donation options. Use stories to share a personal aspect Much of the information donors will find regarding Planned Giving is heavily technical and legal, as is necessary to explain the various financial structures available such as annuities or trusts.

The Keys to Successful Nonprofit Digital Teams

Connection Cafe

The Structures of Effective Digital Teams. In 2014, centralized and hybrid models were also nearly tied for first at 40% and 38% respectively. You can read more about the five models of digital teams here. Percent of organizations using each team structure.

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Facebook Linked In Twitter Home About Home Process Modeling for the Masses Process Modeling for the Masses Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 February 2007 09:57 Written by Steve Tuesday, 27 February 2007 09:28 Ismael has some comments on the recent announcement of web-based Business Process Modeling tools. But, they are often very high functioning, and once they are exposed to process modeling they “get it&#.

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3 Keys to Pitching Pro Bono Opportunities for Your Nonprofit

Connection Cafe

At Common Impact, we’ve identified three keys that will help you confidently structure a pro bono project, identify organizational challenges your potential partner could help solve, and propose a skills-based volunteer engagement that meets your nonprofit’s needs and supports the interest of the volunteers. The business case for pro bono is a great tool for nonprofit staff to use when looking to steer the conversation and engagement towards a skills-based model.

How SMBs Can Use Corporate Responsibility Software to Increase Sales


Fortunately, technology and ROI models have come a long way in the last five to ten years. It does this by creating a structured advocacy program that let employees promote the charities they identify with most.

Understanding and Leveraging the Power of “Digital Disruption”

Byte Technology

Planning and executing ‘disruption’ can mean changing business models, org structures, vendor relationships, budgets, authority assumptions—it touches every piece of your company,” adds Best.

5 Important Higher Ed Fundraising Truths for FY2020

Connection Cafe

The Traditional Phone Model is Shifting. Blackbaud’s predictive modeling projects a $130K reduction of phone dollars over the next 5 years. But we do know a multichannel approach is always more effective than single channel and predictive models work with any sequence.

Modern Mobilization: People Powered Engagement

Connection Cafe

This tech driven model is moving away from a ridged hierarchy where an elite few hold on to powerful connections like a currency , to one which resembles an interconnected network acting more like a current , which flows sideways from one participant to the next.

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Connecting Your Organization to Deliver a Constituent-Driven Experience

Connection Cafe

Outdated organizational models that segment departments into their own distinct areas and with their own distinct messaging leave constituents confused and even less connected than before they first engaged.

How Citizen Powered Movements Will Lead Social Change in 2017 

Connection Cafe

The magic combination was a traditional advocacy nonprofit that provided a centralized campaign structure and unified rallying message to distributed groups of stakeholders, including individuals as free agents. People want to go big in 2017!

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7 Patterns of Nonprofit Digital Teams


What we’ve seen across all organizations, regardless of size, is that digital teams—their structure, leadership, and how they are affected by the culture of the institutions where they work—are the biggest predictor of online effectiveness.

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Open Letter to Salesforce Nonprofit Admins

Judi Sohn

When trying to troubleshoot a problem, one of the first things I typically look at is how the organization has structured their security and sharing model. This will show you who has made changes to the structure of Salesforce.

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Diversifying Fundraising Programs: A Q&A with the CEO of Emancipet

Connection Cafe

What were the unique factors of Emancipet’s structure that led to that decision? The biggest thing that people were excited about was the speed – through this model we had cash in hand much sooner than we had ever been able to fundraise for projects through traditional fundraising models.

Enhancing Your Major Gift Fundraising Strategy with Analytics

Connection Cafe

As a fundraising analytics consultant, I see a variety of development program structures and fundraising strategies.

Nonprofit Membership Programs: A How-To Guide

NonProfit Hub

Keeping your supporters’ best interests in mind, decide on a structure and strategy for membership. Members as consumers: This model has less to do with fundraising and more to do with community-building.

Life after Common Ground: Part 1 – Nonprofit Starter Pack

Judi Sohn

It has a consistent structure but it’s not rigid. Reporting is so much easier in this model because it can all be done based on Opportunity fields. All in all, I believe this is a much better model than Common Ground where this information was only tracked on the stand-alone Pledge or Recurring Gift record.

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Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 6: Solution Design

Connection Cafe

For any CMS site, we need to design a content model during the Solution Design phase, which defines how content will be structured. Our content model begins by identifying content types for the site.

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A Golden Nugget in Your Own Backyard

Connection Cafe

Yet, within the structure of their current employee giving program, this wasn’t presented as an opportunity. Many of these individuals would clearly “match the model” of prospects we actively cultivate for these gifts.

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Solving the Nonprofit Data Paradox

Connection Cafe

Data is fragmented across multiple systems and structures. The modern day Merlin makes modeling magic more mainstream using data science. When you have have something valuable, the more you have of it, the richer you become.

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