5 Ways Hands On Nashville Rocked The Music City on #GivingTuesday

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This week we’re talking #bikesandbakedgoods (a winning combination), and how Hands On Nashville used #GivingTuesday to create local impact – with 5 fundraising ideas to help you rock your next campaign. Introducing Hands On Nashville. Hands On Nashville (HON) works to meet community needs through volunteerism. This is How they Rolled: On #GivingTuesday, HON set up a tent outside their building in downtown Nashville from 11:30a.m. –

NCE in Nashville

NCE Social Media

For folks who are in Nashville for the NCE Summer Leadership Institute , please make sure to visit Holly Ross’ sessions on social media on Saturday. Her concurrent session on social media is at 9:00 am to 10:45 am and she is the keynote speaker at lunch on Saturday. You’re in for a treat. Holly was just named to the Nonprofit Times’ 2009 Power & Influence Top 50 List. This list identified the 50 key people in nonprofit organizations throughout the US.


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Holly Ross at NCE

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If you were at NCE in Nashville and saw Holly Ross , you will want to see her blog posts about her time with NCE. Tags: Education and Training Tools holly nashville nce nten presentation ross slideshare Entry 1. Entry 2. Here are her two PowerPoint presentations from it.

Arts & Cultural Takeaways from bbcon 2019

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It’s been nearly two months since bbcon 2019 in Nashville, and I’m still thinking about the live music, inspiring mainstage content, and incredible sessions delivered in the Arts & Cultural track. Here are three takeaways I am bringing into 2020; whether you joined us in Nashville, or you’re considering attending bbcon 2020 in Seattle , I hope some of these ideas resonate.

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The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 119: Leading for Innovation

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Today’s episode, recorded at bbcon 2019 in Nashville features Kyla Shawyer of DSIL, an agency that works with organizations to innovate through systems changes and human-centered design. Innovation is a big buzzword today, but what does it actually mean for social good organizations to innovate? And how can leaders create an atmosphere that allows for innovation?

Celebrating Women Leaders in the Arts & Cultural Sector for International Women’s Day 2020

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I had a total fan-girl moment meeting Colleen when she delivered the Arts & Cultural track’s keynote at bbcon 2019 in Nashville last October.

The voice and vision of the volunteer

ASU Lodestar Center

Cockrell Coleman is the pioneer of an effort started in his hometown (Nashville, TN) 10 years ago called The Beginners Leadership Achievement Awards. His plan is to combine the awards into a high-quality community mentoring resource in one of Nashville’s least developed communities Illustration by Jocelyn Ruiz. posted by Trehon A. Cockrell-Coleman, Fall 2019 Alumnus, ASU Master of Nonprofit Leadership & Management.

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A Twitter follower is worth $0.24

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This was also about the same time as the flood in Nashville. This terrible flood didn’t spare the Nashville Symphony Orchestra (NSO), an event that he first learned about through his social networks. In my small-scale “free agent” crowdfunding experiment for the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, I ended up with $235 from 1,000 followers by the deadline. Nothing is lost and my “free agent” effort didn’t cannibalize the Nashville Symphony’s efforts.

Tips for a Successful bbcon Experience

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We’re so excited you’re joining us in Nashville this year, and we want to make sure you get as much out of it as you can. The Gaylord in Nashville is gigantic and sprawling. When you decide to go to bbcon , you’re making a big time and resource investment—one that will expose you to new ideas and people and hopefully inspire you when you return to work. Think of me as your guide for the higher ed experience at bbcon.

United Way Community Leaders Conference


The UW Community Leaders Conference is under way right now in Nashville, TN. Participants include leaders from the private sector, elected officials, other non-profit organizations, and of course local United Ways across America. The focus? On how organizations can work together to make change happen in communities through strengthening education, income and health. An appropriate focus, yes? What we learn, earn, and how well we live are so completely intertwined.

The Big Payback is Coming!

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In line with other Giving Events, like Amplify Austin and Richmond’s The Amazing Raise, The Big Payback is Nashville’s opportunity to highlight our spirit of generosity and support the work of local nonprofits. The Big Payback is coming May 5, 2015, and I am excited to be supporting Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art this year.

The 5 Things You Absolutely Can’t Miss at #bbcon 2014

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And this year it’s all happening in Nashville, TN—The Music City. We’ll see you in Nashville. We’re days away from Blackbaud’s premier conference for nonprofits. This is the conference where around two thousand nonprofit professionals come together to re-charge their passion, power on for their missions, and get energized with peers.

Power 2020 Higher Ed Planning with these bbcon Insights

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Nashville, TN.? Last month?we?concluded? concluded? bbcon? 2019 , the premier tech gathering for organizations and change agents driving social good, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in?Nashville, Over 3 ,000 attendees , with almost 1,000 representing higher education institutions, convened to share the latest trends and innovations.? .

3 bbcon Takeaways to Power 2019 Planning for Higher Ed

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Then, lock in your ticket to bbcon 2019 in Nashville now with discounted rates! . Last month we concluded?bbcon bbcon 2018, the premier tech gathering for organizations and change agents driving social good, at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in?Orlando, Orlando, Fla.? Approximately 3,600 attendees joined to share the latest insights, trends and innovations. Over the course of the three-day event,?attendees attendees participated in more than 250 expert-led sessions.

[Cool Infographic Friday] All You Need To Know About The Anatomy of Songs


I’ve just come back from ASAE14 in Nashville, and can honestly say if I never hear another country song again, it will be too soon. This is what they sound like to me. So in the spirit of Cool Infographic Friday, here’s all you need to know about the anatomy of songs. More like this.

Don’t Fear the Fraudster: Three Ways to Prevent Fraud at Your Nonprofit

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Join Melissa and Julia at bbcon in Nashville for their session “Fraud Prevention: How Blackbaud Financial Edge NXT® and Best Practices Can Help You Prevent Fraud.” Occupational fraud is a chilling reality for businesses and organizations of all sizes and occurs across industries—even within the nonprofit sector.

Higher Ed Trends and Learnings from the Experts at bbcon 2019

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Nashville, TN.? Last month we hosted bbcon 2019 , the premier tech gathering for organizations and change agents driving social good, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in?Nashville, With over 4,000 attendees and over 1,000 individuals representing higher education institutions, this was our largest event to date.

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11 Must-Follow Nonprofits on Instagram

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Nashville Symphony :: web.stagram.com/n/nashvillesymphony. For the mobile social media manager, Instagram is a must-download photo-sharing smartphone app – and with more than 80 million users who to date have shared over four billion photos – its quickly becoming a community that early adopter nonprofits have added to their regular list of must-do’s.

4 bbcon Takeaways for Philanthropic Organizations to Power 2019 Planning

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Then, lock in your ticket to bbcon 2019 in Nashville now with discounted rates ! It has been almost three weeks since we concluded bbcon 2018 in Orlando, and we’re still wrapping our head around the terrific content seen and inspiring conversations overheard amongst over 2,000 attendees from across the social, private and public sectors. With over 275 sessions over three days, opportunities for learning were plentiful.

7 Nonprofits that Inspired Us in 2013 and How Your Favorite Nonprofit Can Make the List this Year.

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This year, the 2014 Impact Awards will be announced in Nashville, TN at the Blackbaud Conference for Nonprofits. This is a guest post by Bill Fryman. Bill is Blackbaud’s corporate communications manager. His passion for communications extends to speech writing, blogging, newsletters, and, sadly, bad puns. He avoids clichés like the plague and is finally coming around to the Oxford comma.

Today's Learn & Lead Quotes

Eric Jacobson

"Leadership is the art of accomplishing more than the science of management says is possible." -- Colin Powell, quoted in the Nashville Tennessean. "If If you really want to understand something, the best way is to try and explain it to someone else." -- Author Douglas Adams, quoted in The Boston Globe. When you re-read a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than there was before." -- Clifton Fadiman.

Announcing the Digital Inclusion Fellowship


The Digital Inclusion Fellowship will pair 16 individuals with local community organizations in the eight Google Fiber metro areas - Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Kansas City, Nashville, Provo, Raleigh-Durham, and Salt Lake City - where they’ll spend a year expanding, designing, or building digital inclusion programs. “We’re

4 bbcon 2019 Takeaways to Help You Maximize Your Foundation’s Impact in 2020

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If you were one of the foundation professionals who joined us this year in Nashville, you are hopefully well into your planning for how to put some of what you learned to use; I’m also hoping you enjoy this little refresher on what I consider to be some of the finer takeaways from our foundations track.

Maximizing Meetings: 3 M’s to Make Event Committee Meetings Meaningful

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Tammy has managed events for more than 23 years in major markets such as Los Angeles, Nashville, Boston and Washington, DC, and has managed more than 75 special events in her career. Tammy Moloy is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub. She leads the Events Strategy Team at Ashley|Rountree and Associates —a nonprofit consulting firm based in Louisville, Kentucky.

What Does It Take To Build Strong Business Relationships?

Eric Jacobson

It takes: Trust Confidence Respect Support Appreciation That is what it takes to make relationships what they need to be in order for everyone to benefit says Don Klein, CEO of the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors, as recently quoted in Associations Now magazine.

Times are hard. Associations make the world better.


There was a live performance of the national anthem by Northwestern High School’s talented choir, and later a performance by Nashville music star, Gabe Dixon. Maddie and I attended the ASAE Summit Awards Dinner a few days ago. It’s a beautiful event held annually in Washington, DC. We were at the National Building Museum, with it’s spectacular architecture highlighted with uplights, an understated stage set, and beautiful party decor.

Apply to Give Money Away on Oprah's Reality Show, "The Big Give"

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It also looks like they are doing open casting calls in Los Angeles, Nashville, Chicago and New York at the end of this month and the beginning of next month. If someone asked you, and ten other contestants, to come up with the most creative way to, " take a given amount of money and other resources and multiply them before giving them away to help others ," would you win? That is the premise of Oprah's new reality show, "The Big Give."

NTEN Celebrates National Volunteer Week: Appreciation for 501 Tech Club Leaders


This week is National Volunteer Week ! Points of Light, the organization that established this program in 1974, says "National Volunteer Week is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change – discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to make a difference."

Are You Trying Social Media Contests to Promote Your Conference? [CASE STUDY: AILA]


We also were asked to complete the following tasks: write a blog post on what makes us passionate about immigration law and how our interests related to the conference, use social media to advocate for immigration reform, make a spoof video to promote AC180, and use social media to promote Nashville, the location of the 2012 conference. Lindsay Curcio is an attorney who has been practicing immigration law since 1990.

The Most Generous Online Giving Cities in the U.S.

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Nashville. Online fundraising continued its double-digit growth in 2013, retaining the mantle as the fastest growing fundraising channel, growing at 13.5% according to Blackbaud’s most recent Charitable Giving Report. For many years now Blackbaud has published data on the most generous online giving cities in the United States. For the 2013 edition, we made the decision to significantly expand the amount of data in the analysis.

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Blue Bird Cafe

John Haydon

Matt Duane Griffin encouraged me to take a week down in Nashville and hang at the Blue Bird Cafe, an all-night open mic. He said I could really learn the music biz there just by talking to people and asking them what they do. Maybe I’ll do this in the spring right around when Phantom Heart comes out. I feel like I’ve slowly broken through a limitation in my mind about my music – as if I really do see my work’s quality on the highest level.

Go Holiday Shopping with Your Global Girlfriend

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In the United States, for example, products are made by women from The Enterprising Kitchen and WomanCraft in Chicago, Women's Bean Project in Denver, Appalachian by Design in West Virginia, Thistle Farms in Nashville and Rosie's Place in Boston. According to a recent article in Muncie, Indiana's Star Press , "the National Retail Federation expects the average consumer to spend $791.10 this holiday season, up from $738.11 last year."

Community is even better when it's face-to-face: Check out your local NTEN 501 Tech Club!


Sue Anne Reed is in the very early stages of getting the Nashville Club started, with the goal of a first meeting sometime this summer. Besides Minneapolis and Nashville , groups have started up in Ohio , South Florida , Salt Lake City , and Connecticut. tech club logo. Online community is pretty amazing stuff.

A Simple Way for Nonprofit Leaders To Incorporate Mindfulness Into Their Daily Work

Beth Kanter

He started the session on mindfulness sharing a story about an encounter with a taxi driver in Nashville who answered the “how are you are today?” Yesterday, I had the honor of being a guest facilitator at a transformative leadership retreat with colleagues Heather McLeod Grant, Chris Block, Lance Fors, and David Havens.

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Get Help in Telling the Story of Your Nonprofit's Impact

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Nashville, Tennessee: Apps4Change Demo Breakfast — Nashville — September 2017. TechSoup's annual Storymakers campaign launches September 5. We know that good stories power fundraising and marketing, so join one of our free events to discover powerful case studies and connect with digital storytelling experts in your community.

How Do You Have Fun and Do Good on Your (Gasp, 40th) Birthday?

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Inspired by an article about birthday fitness challenges in Backpacker Magazine , Adrian decided to celebrate his 24th birthday with a physical and mental challenge, and a fundraiser for the Nashville Rescue Mission. People have started to ask me how I'll be celebrating my 40th birthday next month: Will I be having a party, or a day of solo contemplation? Will I go on a fabulous trip, or stay home with friends? And what would I like for gifts, or do I want gifts at all?

Putting On Your Patience Pants


Steve Wright's Pants As I blogged earlier , I was lucky enough to spend last weekend in Nashville talking with the leadership from The Arc. I did a session on social media using the slide deck we created for our We Are Media trainings. All was going well. They were with me. Then a very smart lady in the back of the room piped up: "We did all that, and our campaign still didn't work. What did we do wrong?"

Social Media for Good and Evil, Strong and Weak Ties, Online/Offline,and Orgs and Networks

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Marc VanBree talks about it from his experience as a free agent raising money for disaster relief in Nashville. Malcolm Gladwell’s article “Small Change: Why the revolution will not be tweeted,&# brings the slacktivism , social media for social good or evil , strong and weak ties , and organizations vs networks debates to a mainstream audience.

Meet A Wired Fundraiser: Anne Jackson, FlowerDust

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

My husband and I just moved to Nashville, where we have made providential connections with likeminded people - our tribe if you will. In August, I did a little fundraising experiment that involved Twitter and an integrated offline component at the Gnomedex Conference in Seattle. I was able to raise $2,657 to cover the costs of college tuition for Leng Sopharath, an orphan in Cambodia in just 90 minutes. By the end of the conference, the total had climbed to $3,774.