GUIDE: Growing and Sustaining your Volunteer Program

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

A thriving volunteer program can help maximize your organization’s impact. By evaluating your existing volunteer program and renewing your focus on recruitment and retention, you can build a thriving and sustainable volunteer program that will propel your work forward.

Ask These Questions Before Changing Your P2P Program in 2016

Connection Cafe

If you are truly looking for 15% growth on a program that is flat (or declining), in an economy that doesn’t seem to realize it has turned around, in a charity space that is more competitive than ever, you’ve got to be ready to turn over every single stone in a sustained, coordinated effort.”.

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When Fundraising Programs Stop Running Like Clockwork

Connection Cafe

Or maybe the better questions is, “Have you ever tried to put a mechanical clock back together again?”) The intricacy of the clock movement is much like our fundraising programs. But when the problem is deeper, we may have to tear a program apart before we can completely fix it.

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

Connection Cafe

In order to secure the charitable gifts that allows nonprofit organizations to fund their missions and work, they must invest in a smart, strategic, and diversified approach to fundraising to build a strong and resilient program.

Introducing the TechSoup Ambassador Program

Tech Soup Blog

" We present you the TechSoup Ambassador Program , TechSoup's very own volunteer program and community. This program provides the tools for TechSoup supporters to help nonprofits take full advantage of all that TechSoup has to offer.

Measuring the Impact of Your Nonprofit Program

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

A few months ago, I facilitated a mini-innovation lab on measuring impact for grantees of the Google Nonprofit program at the Impact Hub. Many times, nonprofits, especially smaller ones, do not have the resources to hire outside consultants to measure the impact of their programs.

7 Questions To Ask First

Connection Cafe

So leaning on that background, as well as my more recent decade in nonprofit technology, I offer the following interview questions that an interviewee can ask of a hiring organization, to determine whether a given group is where you should place a career bet. The Seven Questions.

Seven Steps to Ensuring a Successful Sustained Giving Program

Connection Cafe

But, there’s a big difference between understanding its importance and actually creating a successful recurring giving program. However, you and your staff must commit to investing the time and talent needed to develop the program. You know that sustained giving is important.

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Are You Playing ‘Twenty Questions’ with Your Event Registrants?

Connection Cafe

Just because ‘Twenty Questions’ is a good way to pass the time during road trips, does not mean the game has a place on your event registration form. But are all of those questions really necessary? These questions are your event accessories.

Using Data to Develop Your Alumni Engagement Program: Lessons from UCLA

Connection Cafe

For many institutions, the topic raises more questions than answers. At UCLA, we’ve been mulling over these questions for a while. These four themes have helped us engineer our engagement program to be interactive and serve our alumni.

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Do Capacity Building Programs Help Nonprofits Achieve Better Results?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: My long-time colleague, Teresa Crawford, Executive Director, Social Sector Accelerator, shares some thoughts about nonprofit capacity building programs based on extensive research. Answering these two questions is important to us at the Accelerator.

How to Start A Grateful Patient Program at Your Healthcare Organization

Connection Cafe

Increasingly, organizations of all types and sizes are seeing success with setting up Grateful Patient Fundraising Programs. The main goal of these programs is to raise awareness of your institution and communicate the heartfelt stories of your patients.

4 Questions to Ask Before Going Mobile

Connection Cafe

Here are four groups of strategic questions to help guide your thinking: Who are your constituents and what are they like? In addition, she is an adjunct professor of communications at American University’s Key Certificate Program and serves on the board of NTEN.

2014 SXSW Interactive Scholarships Program

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

What is the 2014 SXSW Interactive Scholarship Program ? Essays should answer the question, “Who is using technology or new media to do the most innovative work for good within their community?” What creative ways are people using tech for good?

12 of Your Email Deliverability Questions Answered

EveryAction

Unfortunately, there were so many questions from the audience that we weren't able answer them all during the alotted time. Here are some great, thoughtful questions that we received and Brett's email wisdom. " My bigger question is: why continue to keep sending?

The Big Twitter Question

Frogloop

If you have a good communications program already, this may be worth a survey them to determine preferred forms of social media. Data from Comscore Nonprofit marketers should evaluate Twitter once again.

Program Sustainability is Not Just About Funding

NonProfit Hub

Many of you will recognize this question from grant applications, and unfortunately, it’s one that we often struggle to answer confidently. Then one day I had the opportunity to research what factors are actually associated with greater program sustainability, and my world changed.

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The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

With more than 50+ breakout sessions, roundtable discussions, short talks, and plenaries on the program agenda, there’s sure to be knowledge-sharing, career-building, networking, and solutions that you can take home with you. We know you've got questions. It's finally here!

How to Identify the Right Partner for Employee Matching Gifts Programs

Connection Cafe

Increasingly, though, employees are asking to have a voice in their matching programs, wanting their donation and associated match to go to an organization close to home (physically or emotionally). An excellent example is a matching program in response to disaster relief.

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5 Questions for Pamela Grow

NonProfit Trends

This is a continuing series of 5 Questions for experts from across the nonprofit sector: 5 Questions for Pamela Grow. Author, coach, copy-writer, nonprofit marketing consultant and political junkie, Pamela Grow is the author of “Five Days to Foundation Grants” and the creator of Simple Development Systems , the only online coaching program created for the overwhelmed fundraiser in the one-person marketing and development shop. 5 Questions Fundraising Grants

Announcing the 21st Century Nonprofit Program

SocialFish

Our organizations often struggle to be nimble and agile in today’s changing environment, or to stay focused and on target in our program implementation, or to effectively engage employees, funders, and stakeholders in the process. If you have questions, contact Maddie or Jamie.

To CAPTCHA or Not to CAPTCHA, That is The Question?

NetWits

The CAPTCHA program is able to protect websites because computer programs cannot read or understand distorted text the way a human can. However, there are many instances where the program can also unintentionally work against the user experience.

Buddha’s Advice On Program Measurement

Idealware

Someday I’ll climb a Himalayan mountain to ask the monk there all of my questions about the universe, but I already know what he’ll say when I ask about program measurement. There are two steps to effectively measure your programs and improve them based on performance: 1.

5 Steps to Running a Campus Voter Registration Program

Everyaction

For universities searching for ways to both grow students' engagement on campus and develop their education and participation as active citizens, voter registration programs have become an increasingly popular activity.

3 Questions Environmental Organizations Should Ask When Evaluating a CRM

Everyaction

While this may be an intimidating proposition, the process can be made easier by keeping a larger value framework in mind and making sure to ask a few key questions. For environmental organizations, these are three questions that should be asked about any potential new CRM.

5 Reasons Why Your Nonprofit Program may not be SUSTAINABLE

BoardAssist

How do you increase your chances of program sustainability? 5 Reasons Why Your Nonprofit Program may not be SUSTAINABLE. How do you increase your chances of PROGRAM SUSTAINABILITY? Make sure you ANSWER THE FOLLOWING questions: (SPOILER ALERT: Your answers should be YES!).

5 Questions for Pamela Grow

NonProfit Trends

This is a continuing series of questions for experts from across the nonprofit sector: 5 Questions for Pamela Grow. Author, coach, copy-writer, nonprofit marketing consultant and political junkie, Pamela Grow is the author of “Five Days to Foundation Grants” and the creator of Simple Development Systems , the only online coaching program created for the overwhelmed fundraiser in the one-person marketing and development shop. Nonprofit Trends 5 Questions Fundraising Grants

Want a Winning Volunteer Program? It’s Time to Bring in Your 12th Man.

Connection Cafe

This is a question all too familiar to organizations relying heavily on volunteer support to carryout their missions. Let’s gets down to how you develop a winning volunteer program: Recruit the best team players.

Graduating Ally Finds New Direction Through Program

ASU Lodestar Center

Many people I met through my undergraduate program were competitive and seemed obsessed with putting their personal success above everything else. The tagline, “Everyone Leads” also spoke to me because I had always questioned my capacity as a leader and what I could offer to other individuals.

Graduating Ally Shares Experience in Program

ASU Lodestar Center

Many people I met through my undergraduate program were competitive and seemed obsessed with putting their personal success above everything else. The tagline, “Everyone Leads” also spoke to me because I had always questioned my capacity as a leader and what I could offer to other individuals.

To Analyze or Not to Analyze… That is the Question

Connection Cafe

So your organization mails to the same group of prospects for your annual giving program year after year, looking at LYBUNTs, SYBUNTs, etc., Keeping a fresh and continually filled pipeline of prospects to qualify makes sure that you avoid donor fatigue by contacting the same group of prospects year after year for your major gifts program or capital campaign.

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A 5 Week Mid-Level Donor Boot Camp: Make Your Nonprofit’s Mid-Level Fundraising Program Great Again

Connection Cafe

For those of you looking to inject some mid-level love into your program, here’s a five-week DIY mid-level bootcamp. Do you have a neglected ‘in name only’ program? Do you have no program at all? Start out by answering some fundamental questions. Un-branded program.

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4 Keys to Engaging Employees in Your Company’s Matching Gifts Program

Connection Cafe

The portfolio of programs my colleagues from other companies and I craft and offer fellow employees are meant to teach, to provide opportunities to engage with others and to be stepping stones on individualized paths toward good. But one of my favorite programs is what I’d call a building block of any give-back program – matching gifts. And it’s what I’ve seen unfold at Blackbaud after we launched our matching gift program.

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Pilot Program Shows How SMS Reduces Hospital Readmissions

Mobile Commons

A pilot program run by Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia recently tested whether using text messaging and email to communicate with patients after their discharge could reduce the rate of readmissions.

Facebook, Nonprofits, and Youth Programs: Safety and Privacy Issues

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’ve also gotten similar questions, particularly about whether or not it is “safe&# for the organization (and the young people) to post photos on Facebook. I asked her this question on the video above.

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Case Study: MPI and the “Social Media Guru†program for #WEC10

SocialFish

MPI (Meeting Professionals International) created a Social Media Guru program, asking their members to apply to help lead their social media efforts around the World Education Congress this past weekend in Vancouver. She asked the question directly of Theresa Davis, MPI’s Director of Strategic Communications and one of the Guru program directors. The post Case Study: MPI and the “Social Media Guru†program for #WEC10 appeared first on Social Fish

To App, or Not to App? That's the (Mobile) Question.

Connection Cafe

To be even a bit more (kindly) cantankerous, I’d also say that any time you have a great new idea for an app, it’s worth contemplating first whether this service, or feature, or program could instead be delivered as a (non-app) mobile site. Author: Misty McLaughlin.

7 Tips to Start a Guest Blogging Program

Frogloop

Have a couple of questions on hand once someone agrees to participate. The questions are helpful to get them ruminating on the issue, and will help mold the direction that you would like them to go.

Next Time, Answer a Different Question

See What's Out There

We don’t enumerate the “point-and-click” of our daily routine, but we do talk — often, and at great length — about the programs we run. Next time someone asks you what your organization does, answer a different question. Because the answer to that question?

If you could Ask One Question what would it be?

NetWits

In true “Ignite” style, each presenter will have five minutes to present 20 slides about their nonprofit programs, initiatives and the ways they’ve seen nonprofits from around the world use social media to make a difference. Blackbaud’s conference for nonprofits is a few days away.

Building Your Grantseeking Program: Setting Measurable Objectives

Tech Soup Blog

It's that establishing realistic objectives for your grants program is always a bit of a guessing game. Most organizational leaders ask themselves these questions when projecting grant support: Who is most likely to fund my organization?

Join me for an NTEN Webinar! More than just a community: Using communities to reach your program goals

Amy Sample Ward

Next Tuesday, I’m running a webinar with NTEN discussing “More than just a community: Using communities to reach your program goals.&# As always, I hope it’s a fun and informative session, but it’ll also have space for sharing and lots of questions. Engaging your network to create deeper connections and get your message out is important, but have you thought about how you might use social networks to deliver your programs?

Guest Post: Community and Civic Engagement in Museum Programs

Museum 2.0

Since then, Stacey has become an indispensable member of our staff, leading our community programs and inspiring us to think in new ways about how we can build social capital in our community. I chose to focus my thesis on Community and Civic Engagement in Museum Programs.