Nonprofit Content Creation: Back-To-The Basics of the Writing Process


The Writing Process. Before you put pen to paper, it’s important to establish what the writing process looks like so you can set yourself up for the greatest success. Start to put some structure to your ideas. This is still a preliminary part of the process.

How to Create SEO-Friendly URL Structures for Your WordPress Site

Byte Technology

However, even though you may feel you have a decent understanding of how SEO works—and perhaps you also recognize how important it can be to the success or failure of your site—you may not fully understand how to fully leverage the process to your advantage. In the past, however, WordPress sites defaulted to a URL structure that was decidedly unfriendly to search engines. And thankfully, it’s a relatively easy process. Search-engine optimization (SEO).


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Scrum: A Universal Process for Organizational Success


VisionLink studies manufacturing processes and team best practices to inform the way we operate. Many of our teams use the agile methodology Scrum as a structure, but we rely upon our experience with collaborative work to make this approach work smoothly. Retrospectives After completing a project, a quick, simple conversation about what worked well and what needs improvement can expose potential flaws in your process and new insights for future projects.

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. The structure of governance will depend on the way in which each nonprofit meets entrepreneurial, engineering, and administrative needs. Exploring strategy and board structure in nonprofit.

Guest Post: How to Build Capacity with Roles that Volunteers Enjoy: a process in 4 easy steps

Twenty Hats

I came up with a process for matching volunteers with capacity-building roles that was very successful. The process boiled down to four easy steps: Step 1: Conduct an Assessment of Staff Needs. As long as there is some basic structure in place, the process should run smoothly.

Technology Process Improvement for Nonprofits (Can Help Raise More Funds)


Through continual improvement of your organizational processes, you can harness the technology to be more productive, even in the face of functionality flaws in your systems. What is Technology Process Improvement? Technology Process Improvement (TPI) is the practice of analyzing your team's technology-based processes, identifying how those processes can be improved, and implementing changes to make those improvements. Identify A Process (work on one at a time).

Demystifying Credit Card Processing: Part II

Tech Soup Blog

This post is the second in a two-part series that explains how credit card processing works for nonprofits. Your MSP funds your bank account for any processed transactions, even though your donor hasn't actually paid their credit card bill. This allows MSPs to price their accounts fairly, because nonprofits who process at higher volumes will pay more fees, but only. constant margin, smaller nonprofits are not penalized for processing.

70:20:10: Aligning Learning Needs with Business Process


Aligning Learning Needs with Business Process. Whether it be addressing the blended learning mix we provide, the content we promote directly, or the style in which our learners process information; there are countless decisions that we can make, and the answer that we provide today, may not be what is most effective weeks from now. Learning Management Systems (LMSs) are the foundation of the learning process. Learning Aids or additional learning processes.

The ongoing revolution in philanthropy: An open-ended reading list

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

” Opening Up Grants Processes Leads to More Equity’ After Slamming the Doors on Too Many Grantees, a New Approach Improved Our Foundation’s Impact. Tools: Reflective structured dialogue.

Nonprofit Web Design Process: Summary

Connection Cafe

I recently published the last post in my series about the nonprofit web design process and thought it would be helpful to have a final summary for the entire series. Stakeholder Discovery : How we structure stakeholder meetings, what topics we discuss and some tips for leading discovery conversations. Personas : Process for developing personas, what information to include and some example personas.

Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 4a: Sitemaps

Connection Cafe

Note: This is the eighth in a series of posts about the Nonprofit Web Design Process. Your sitemap is a visual representation of the structure of your website. While it may make it easier for an organization to structure the website according to their org structure, this can be frustrating for users. See the end of this post for a linked index of other posts in the series. Purposes. It defines all of your sections of content and which pages belong in each section.

Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 4b: Wireframes

Connection Cafe

Note: This is the ninth in a series of posts about the Nonprofit Web Design Process. Purposes for the Wireframes include: Creating a structure for key pages and page templates that will be used to guide the visual design. For responsive websites, I prefer to use HTML to create my wireframes since it speeds up the process of designing layouts for each screen size. See the end of this post for a linked index of other posts in the series. Purposes.

People and Process – Making Technology Work | Beaconfire Wire

Allegiance Group

Investing heavily in new technologies without also revisiting and revising the processes and human components can result in dysfunction and entirely new inefficiencies. Even though business process review and change usually makes its way into these project (explicitly or implicitly) out of necessity, it is common for organizations to resist the resourcing and staffing adjustments required to support a new system. Share and Enjoy: Categories: Business Strategy and Process.

How grant makers and nonprofit grant recipients can do great things together with data and evaluation

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

The process was a collaboration in itself, with TSNE MissionWorks , and Essential Partners serving as co-hosts. Talking about and planning the evaluation process well before the grant begins. This is not actually a photo from the dialogue series.

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Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 6: Solution Design

Connection Cafe

Note: This is the final installment in a series of posts about the Nonprofit Web Design Process. For any CMS site, we need to design a content model during the Solution Design phase, which defines how content will be structured. Once we determine what the content types will be, the content modeling process continues with: Defining data/fields needed for each content type. This is the last post in our Nonprofit Web Design Process series!

Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 3: Content Strategy

Connection Cafe

Note: This is the seventh in a series of posts about the Nonprofit Web Design Process. Quote from Kristina Halvorson) It’s an essential step in the Web Design process that’s often overlooked or skimped upon. Here at Blackbaud, we do our best to start our design recommendations with content so that our clients are thinking about content very early in the process. See the end of this post for a linked index of other posts in the series. Purposes.

Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 1: Stakeholder Discovery

Connection Cafe

Note: This is the first in a series of posts about the Nonprofit Web Design Process. Meeting Structure. I always let the client inform how we structure the Stakeholder Discovery. See the end of this post for a linked index of other posts in the series. Purposes. No matter how big or small the design project, Stakeholder Discovery is always the first step. Sometimes it’s a quick, half-hour phone call and other times it’s a two day on-site visit.

Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 2c: Card Sorts

Connection Cafe

Note: This is the fourth in a series of posts about the Nonprofit Web Design Process. Some indicators that a card sort test is a good activity for a design project include: A website that is structured according to the org chart so that each department has their own section. A navigation structure that requires 3+ clicks to get to any substantial content. To guide the sitemap revision process and introduce new ways of thinking about content relationships and groups.

Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 2d: Usability Tests

Connection Cafe

Note: This is the fifth in a series of posts about the Nonprofit Web Design Process. Usability Testing of any sort is a good idea to incorporate into your design process to validate (or invalidate!) To validate that users are able to access key content or complete tasks within your new website structure. To identify stumbling blocks with your new site structure so we can attempt to resolve them before launch.

Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 2b: Surveys and Interviews

Connection Cafe

Note: This is the third in a series of posts about the Nonprofit Web Design Process. Once you’ve determined what your constituents want from your website, the next major task is to define the structure of the site (a.k.a. See the end of this post for a linked index of other posts in the series. Purposes. Surveys and Interviews are useful tools to help us learn and/or validate what constituents want from a nonprofit’s website.

Re-framing Internet Strategy as a Dynamic, Learning Process

Forum One

Organizations must align the management and governance of their internet operations to ensure staff have the right roles, skillls, incentives, structures, and cultural directions to move the strategy forward. The idea of internet strategy as an ongoing dynamic learning process couldn't be closer to the path to achiving online goals. I confess I have become a bit jaded in reviewing management literature, even that from my own alma mater, Columbia Business School.

The Participatory Museum Process Part 4: Adventures in Self-Publishing

Museum 2.0

I decided to self-publish The Participatory Museum for four reasons: OPENNESS: I wanted the flexibility to license and distribute the book using an open structure to promote sharing. Also, my whole career is predicated on a structure where I give away ideas on the blog and then people hire me for money. The second part of the open structure is the Creative Commons license. Getting the book out the door was just the start of the publishing process.

Increasing Organizational Buy-in When Building a Culture of Strong Internal Controls

Connection Cafe

Here are 7 practices for building an internal control structure that will increase buy-in and stand the test of time. A strong first step in building this practice is to communicate consistently, starting with the hiring process, that integrity and transparency are valued by the organization and expected of the employees. Clear communication is a two-way process and it is easy for instructions and goals to be misunderstood.

The Participatory Museum Process Part 3: My Experience

Museum 2.0

This post covers my personal process of encouraging--and harnessing--participation in the creation of The Participatory Museum. Being Inclusive: Finding ways to open up the process Only a few people chose to participate actively as content reviewers during the draft stages of the book, so I knew I had to find a way to encourage more people to help once I had a completed third draft. I structured the copy editing very tightly.

8 Secrets To Writing a Great Nonprofit RPF With Ease [Free Template]


Creating a Request for Proposals can be labor-intensive, time consuming, and stressful, but it's a lot easier when you're not starting from scratch - so we've put together a template that you can fill out as you go, which already contains the structure, sections, and language you'll need. Make sure to address this very basic, yet often overlooked step: before beginning a lengthy RFP process, decide internally on the best vehicle for your request.

8 Organizations to Support this Black History Month


From recruiting, developing and sustaining Black teachers for schools, BTP works to develop recruitment strategies, create support structures and even conduct research to ensure long term sustainability for Black teachers. One of their current policy proposals hopes to to enact solutions that address the structural nature of racial disparities in the economy.

Ask a Nonprofit Specialist: Legal protection of control within public charities

ASU Lodestar Center

Like other successful entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs have the will and skill set to get things done and the traditional public charity structure and requirements may seem like burdensome barriers to moving forward. Since public charities do not have owners, the accountable entity is its Board of Directors, which is vested with the legal and ethical responsibilities associated with this corporate structure. Alternative Structure. posted by.

The Participatory Museum Process Part 1: Overview and Statistics

Museum 2.0

This week, we'll look at the overview of the process of the creation of the book and some overall statistics for user participation. Part 3 will focus on my experience, and part 4 will discuss the self-publishing process. This process involved people downloading sections of the book, editing them in Microsoft Word, and reuploading them. In a fairly traditional process, I asked professional colleagues to help me source images and examples that should be included in the book.

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? Much of SFI’s contribution to the physics of networks has focused on community structure, in which the network is organized into densely-connected clumps with sparse connections between clumps.

Some South By Favorites

Allegiance Group

It was an intellectual conversation on managing organizational structure and culture to ensure quality products get out the door. Advocacy Business Strategy and Process Communication Cool Tools and Tips Events Here are some of my favorite things I learned at SxSW this year. I’m going to start sticking Post-It notes everywhere. My favorite note-taking app, Evernote, has an integration with 3Ms Post-It notes.

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Report calls for shift to more equitable evaluation practices


Foundation staff participating in the discussion called out “a need to assess readiness for change—willingness, ability, and facilitative conditions—among individuals, teams and organizations” and a “fluidity required to engage in the continual evolution of process, understanding and adoption.”

Some South By Favorites

Allegiance Group

It was an intellectual conversation on managing organizational structure and culture to ensure quality products get out the door. Advocacy Business Strategy and Process Communication Cool Tools and Tips Events Here are some of my favorite things I learned at SxSW this year. I’m going to start sticking Post-It notes everywhere. My favorite note-taking app, Evernote, has an integration with 3Ms Post-It notes.

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The Critical Role Risk Libraries Play in Risk Management Successes

360 Factors

The risk library alerts the risk team about risks they may not have thought of and therefore did not have any controls in place for in their risk management processes. The role that risk libraries play in risk management is foundational to managing and optimizing risk successfully.

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The Nonprofit Fundraising Strategic Plan Guide


The Nonprofit Fundraising Strategic Plan Guide explores the fundraising planning process and breaks down each of the necessary elements that will allow you and your team to elevate your next campaign. Don’t forget - despite the structured, sometimes mechanical feel a fundraising plan can have, storytelling does have a place in the planning process. Tip: At this phase in the planning process, it’s also a helpful exercise to consider the potential for future giving.

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7 Useful Tips to Increase Membership Renewal for Your Association

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Thankfully, there are a few steps that you can take to remove the stress from the membership renewal process. If they need to spend several minutes filling in the form, people will often deem the process too difficult and they’ll choose not to renew.

5 Signs Your Nonprofit Needs a New CRM


We all aspire to live by the age-old mantra “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but often we get so used to our familiar tools and processes that it can be difficult to know when to honestly evaluate them for broken parts. Not only is moving data like this extremely time consuming, any spelling errors or variations will cause records to be lost during the matching process.

2021 SEO Trends That You Need to Know

Media Cause

One thing we always mention to our clients when it comes to SEO is that it is not a set-it and forget-it process. Local SEO refers to the process of optimizing your online presence to show up in relevant local search results. Content Lenght and Structure.

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A look at 15 best and (almost) free mind mapping tools for nonprofits


Mind mapping is an exceptional tool for business planning, communicating ideas to employees, and supporting your nonprofit organization's project management processes. You can involve your entire team in the process. Let's imagine a tree, a spider, or an octopus.

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Planned Giving 101: What Nonprofits Need to Know


Because of the unique legal, administrative, and personal aspects of planned gifts, managing the process can be a complicated task for Development professionals, especially without tools that are built specifically for this type of donation. Most nonprofit fundraising databases are able to mark a gift as a bequest, but this only captures a fraction of the entire Planned Giving process. Planned Giving is the process of arranging a contribution that will be allocated at a future date.

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10 Breakthrough Planned Giving Insights from Chronicle of Philanthropy’s Latest Report


Training and team structure is key Another lesson learned by the Nature Conservancy over decades of planned giving work was that structuring their planned giving team around different types of planned gifts was more effective than dividing fundraisers based on geography. Know your donor’s ages and target at the right time The study draws a number of conclusions geared toward helping nonprofits start or improve their planned gift outreach process.

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3 Financial Statements to Watch Closely Each Month For Your Nonprofit

Blue Fox

Revenue model structure. The next time you review your revenue model structure look for total income earned, total contributed income, then track what percentage of funds are coming from which area.

The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


This conference will examine our role from multiple perspectives, focusing not only on the skills we bring to the fundraising process, but also the importance of the internal relationships that make certain those skills are used, and valued. Structuring Major Gifts Conference. Structuring Major Gifts Conference. Discover how these and other factors are irrevocably changing the ways donors structure their largest gifts of a lifetime.

Build or Buy?

Allegiance Group

In such a scenario organizations are locked in and often end up modifying internal structure or working protocol to map to what the product can do. Business Strategy and Process TechnologyOn the Tech email lists that I subscribe to, one of the questions that comes up frequently is “We need a CMS, how do we decide which way to go – should we build it in-house, continue to build upon our custom CMS, or buy an established product?”

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