The Problem with Boards


If that were the case, then the symposia, orientations, and conversations would solve the problem, but they don’t. Associations that don’t fix this cultural and system problem will be at a disadvantage.

When Foundations Collaborate to Solve the World’s Problems

Connection Cafe

This week, Council on Foundations ’ (CoF) annual conference is underway in Dallas, with an agenda focused on a timely theme: leading together. In philanthropy, one way you see leadership is in someone’s response to a problem or issue – instead of saying, “Who will fix this?”

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The Problem Isn’t Millennials


EVERY SINGLE younger generation is blamed as the problem as they enter adulthood. The younger generation is NEVER the problem. That’s the real problem. The entrance of the Millennials may be highlighting the problem, but they themselves are not the problem.

The Problem With Crowdfunding

NonProfit Hub

But there’s a problem with crowdfunding. Why waste time trying to get attention in this crowded environment when you can talk directly to the people you know are already invested in your cause? Spend the time to research and read about your organization. Crowdfunding offers the promise of huge returns without much effort; just put your cause on a site, people will share it a few times on social media and boom – a fully funded campaign.

5 Times Foundations Cause More Problems Than They Solve

NonProfit Hub

But all too often, foundations, corporate grantmakers, and donors end up unintentionally causing problems instead of helping to solve them. Here are five common ways foundations cause more problems than they solve: Providing short-term funding for a long-term outcome. Even when foundations have long-term goals like improving drinking water or closing achievement gaps in schools, they only provide support to organizations committed to this work for relatively short amounts of time.

10 Problems Keeping Your Online Community from Being Great


Below are the aforementioned 5 problems, and I’ve attempted to provide a solution to help you remedy the problems. The problem: The initial inclination when building an online community is volume. The problem: People are busy.

The Chicken and Egg Problem of Nonprofit Social Media Measurement


And because you’re a nonprofit staffer, you don’t have a ton of time to dedicate to this activity because you’re also responsible for a bunch of other things–the org’s website or magazine or membership department or fundraising activities or what have you.

Admitting the Problem: Your Donor Retention Needs Work

NonProfit Hub

Sargeant said the problem wasn’t just the board, but also who the board was selecting to lead the fundraising efforts. “A In the United States, more than 70 percent of people who make a first-time donation don’t make a second one.

9 Problems Keeping Your Online Community from Being Great


Below are the aforementioned 5 problems, and I’ve attempted to provide a solution to help you remedy the problems. The problem: The initial inclination when building an online community is volume. The problem: People are busy.

How to Solove the Brand Inconsistency Problem You Didn’t Even Know You Had


It’s intangible and emotional while at the same time tangible and based in real life. Inconsistency in your message causes distrust and over time will make your supporters skeptical about who you are and what you do. Your brand isn’t as simple as a logo or website.

[MCON 2015] The Problem With Nonprofits ‘Non-Yesterday’

NonProfit Hub

There is a problem with nonprofits today. Or as Eric Weinheimer might say, there is a problem with nonprofits “non-yesterday, non-tomorrow.” The title isn’t the only problem with nonprofits though. Weinheimer explained that the times are uncertain, which causes us to think differently. The post [MCON 2015] The Problem With Nonprofits ‘Non-Yesterday’ appeared first on Nonprofit Hub.

Government contracts and nonprofit organizations: Problems and solutions

ASU Lodestar Center

Although these positive developments are possible, the Urban Institute Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy and the National Council of Nonprofits are well aware that there are many challenges and problems that have wormed their way into the system. But these are problems that have plagued a.

What Are the Most Important Problems in Our Field?

Museum 2.0

The crux of his argument is this: make sure you are working on the most important problems in your field. He explains: If you do not work on an important problem, it's unlikely you'll do important work. Let me warn you, `important problem' must be phrased carefully.

What to Do When Technology Isn’t Your Problem

Robert Weiner

People and process problems frequently masquerade as technology problems. In fact, in many cases, what seem like problems with a particular piece of technology are actually due to issues with people, processes, or overall technology strategy. Copyright P. Mueller [link].

MUST READ: The nonprofit sector’s identity problem


READ THIS awesome post at my new favorite blog, Nonprofit with Balls. Here’s an excerpt, and there’s a lot more where this came from. AMEN, brother!!! Our nonprofit sector has an identity issue, and I think we should resolve this if we are going to reach our potential.

Nonprofits & Gaming: Playing Your Way to More Funds, More Volunteers, and Solving the World's Problems


may prove to be a key resource for solving some of our most pressing real-world problems," according to game designer Jane McGonigal in The Wall Street Journal. Gamers are already helping tackle real-world problems, just by playing games. Casey Golden, CEO, Small Act.

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How To Squeeze Social Media Into Your Day When It Isn’t A Full-Time Job

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

To put this context, a gold fish has an attention span of 9 seconds! Attention span is the amount of concentrated time on a task without becoming distracted. Balancing between the two is essential to completing tasks and coming up with creative solutions to problems.

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Give Local America Disaster Offers Lessons for Next Time

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

“ Give Local America Disaster Offers Lessons for Next Time – Guest Post by Peter Panepento. Eastern time, the technology provider noticed that donation forms were loading slowly or not at all, and soon many communities were unable to process donations.

Why Creating Space for Creative Time in the Nonprofit Workplace Improves Productivity

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Some of our most popular perks include: Accrued paid time off starting at 15 days per year. But as Amber points out, no one was actually using it since no one on the senior management was taking creative time. Flickr Photo by AstridWestvang.

How Much Time Should Your Nonprofit Invest In Different Social Media Channels?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Along with measuring against impact results, it is important to look at how much time has been invested. This informative post is based on a recent webinar presented by the Ad Council provides an overview of how to understand the return on your time investment.

December 3rd: It’s Time To ‘Break The Internet’ With Social Good.

Connection Cafe

The point is these problems aren’t going to solve themselves. Give your time, give your talent, give the shirt off your back or the change in your wallet—just give. The Tuesday following Thanksgiving: for the majority, it’s just another Tuesday. We’re finally waking up from our Thanksgiving food comas. We’ve taken advantage of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Now, it’s back to the office and our holiday vacation countdowns.

Time is Money: Solutions for Monitoring Problems With Your Website

Byte Technology

To begin, consider using a program that monitors your site 24/7 and instantly reports problems when and if they occur. The post Time is Money: Solutions for Monitoring Problems With Your Website appeared first on Byte Technology’s Web Design Insights Blog.

It’s Time for Nonprofits to Grow Their Earned Media Strategy

NonProfit Hub

The low numbers around the holidays are a problem; as organizations are ramping up in an effort to raise donations with year-end fundraising campaigns, their brand is appearing less in the news. Not all of them will be for you, so don’t waste time on the ones that aren’t advancing your cause. The post It’s Time for Nonprofits to Grow Their Earned Media Strategy appeared first on Nonprofit Hub. When it comes to earned media, it’s quality over quantity.

How to Ctrl + S the World, one #14NTC Event at a Time

Connection Cafe

Key Takeaways: With the growth of the nonprofit industry and so many organizations vying for resources, funding, advocacy, and more, the nonprofit sector needs reevaluating so we can work together to solve the world’s biggest problems. Your organization has a mission.

It’s that time of year: your 8-step fundraising data checklist

3rd Sector Labs

This is the time of year when fundraising teams are pouring their available time, energy and talents into perhaps the most important task of the year. When was the last time you cleaned it, appended it, purged it, normalized it? If one or more of those terms sounds unfamiliar, make time for some thorough data hygiene. The problem with donor data – with all consumer related data – is that it degrades so rapidly. And anytime is a good time to start.

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Break Down the Silos—For Real This Time


Smart companies are investing heavily in customer satisfaction—and making the delivery of the right message to the right person at the right time via the right channel the absolute best experience possible. The bigger the organization, the worse this problem seems to be.

Last 100 Days of 2011: How Will You Make Time for What Really Matters?

Have Fun - Do Good

You can always take care of whatever problem you're having today." - Richard Fern "I don't worry about the future. making time for what matters"As long as there's not an airplane crashing into this building, you're having a good day.

[YOUR IDEAS NEEDED] Crowdsourcing for Problem Solving – Live!


I will be assisting Rick Johnston with his ASAE13 session in Atlanta on Monday on “Crowdsourcing for Problem Solving”, along with IdeaScale’s Josh Folk. Crowdsourcing for Problem Solving – Monday 8/5, 3:15 pm, Room B214. We need your help!

Quick Fixes to Common WordPress Problems: Part 1

Byte Technology

But take heart when it happens: the very fact that you’ve encountered a problem speaks to the estimable beauty of the WordPress program and the myriad options it has for everything from customized design to sleek, no-fuss themes and so much more.

Quick Fixes to Common WordPress Problems: Part 2

Byte Technology

In Part I of “Quick Fixes to Common WordPress Problems” we looked into five of the most frequently encountered hiccups that occur for both beginning users and well-versed pros.

Taking Back Your Time: Is Unplugging the New Green?

Have Fun - Do Good

National Day of Unplugging March 4-5, 2011 "For 24 hours, starting at sundown Friday March 4, 2011, individuals, families and community organizations across the nation reclaimed time, slowed down their lives and reconnected with friends, family, the community and themselves."

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Social Media and Mobile for Real Time Professional Learning at Conferences

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Moving from A Problem to Solution Frame. The only time we reach out to them is when we ask them for money.&# His advice was to schedule “heart time.&# – That is meet with your donors and engage with them — share a story that isn’t linked to an ask.

Is It Time To Worry About Cybercrime?


What can nonprofit organizations, that aren't obsessed with bottom lines, do to avoid the problems that BART and Sony have faced? Second, should breaches occur (and they do), your primary goal should be timely, open communication with the victims of the data breach. For the past decade, the bulk of unlawful web-based activities have been profit-motivated: phishing, spam, "Nigerian" money scams, and hacking to get credit cards.

The New York Times Loves DoSomething’s Crisis Text Line

Mobile Commons

The New York Times wrote a great piece about’s Crisis Text Line , praising its importance and accessibility, particularly to teenagers for whom texting is the main source of communication.

The Strategy Landscape Tool Helps Solve Wicked Problems

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

They are what design theorist Horst Rittel called “ wicked problems ”—complicated, continuously shifting issues where neither the problem nor the solution may be clear or stable. Source: Monitor Institute.

Crisis Management 101: Tips to Help You Survive Tough Times

Connection Cafe

With life already overly busy, increased demand for your services, a constant push to increase funding and more ideas being suggested than you can possibly implement, when do you have time for a crisis? Push the worry away and deal with problems if and when they happen?

Why appealing to reason and logic is a waste of time

John Haydon

If this sounds like you, your problem is that you’re trying to use reason and logic. You want people to join your email list, donate to your organization, or take come other kind of specific action.

Times are hard. Associations make the world better.


The Association of Equipment Manufacturers Education Foundation is responding to the severe shortage of qualified workers needed to tackle America’s infrastructure problems. 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.

Guest Post: Using Participation to Solve a Design Problem at the Carnegie Museum of Art

Museum 2.0

THE CHALLENGE Carnegie Museum of Art director Lynn Zelevansky challenged us to find a way to overcome a major practical problem with our Forum Gallery space: how to get visitors to enter a gallery that is often obscured by a large wall that blocks the light from the large lobby windows nearby.

How To Approach Problem Solving

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Today, I feature a guest post by Garret Kramer: The Problem-solving Fast Track By Garret Kramer Author of Stillpower: Excellence with Ease in Sports and Life In virtually every business, organization, or family in the world today, people are doing their best to solve problems.