Myth Busters: Why Donors Shouldn’t Rely on the Overhead Ratio

NonProfit Hub

Rottenness is not a very useful criteria for picking where to eat, but GuideStar President and CEO Jacob Harold said this scenario happens every time a person chooses to rely upon a nonprofit’s overhead ratio to make a donation. The project started two years ago when the companies launched a website (overheadmyth.com) decrying the reliance of nonprofits on overhead ratios. The post Myth Busters: Why Donors Shouldn’t Rely on the Overhead Ratio appeared first on Nonprofit Hub.

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A Closer Look at Nonprofit Technology Benchmarks: Staffing Ratios

NTEN

Another benchmark we think is importmant for nonprofits to consider is the ratio of organizational staff to their tech-responsible staff.

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The Lurker to Contributor Ratio: Tagging Communities Compared To Other Online Communities

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Indeed, I've been looking for some research that confirms that the lurker to participant ratio in online communities (see Nielsen ) holds true for some web2.0 This was an attempt to find out the ratio of contribution to ???lurking??? Chart from David White, JISC funded ???SPIRE???

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Use Nonprofit Financials as a Strategic Decision-Making Tool

BoardAssist

One key to making informed, strategic decisions is financial ratio analysis. Current ratio. The first important ratio to know is your current ratio, which is your current assets (usually cash and accounts receivable and sometimes inventory) divided by your current liabilities.

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Is the 90-9-1 Rule for Online Community Engagement Dead? [Data]

AFP Blog

This rule states: User participation in an online community more or less follows the following 90-9-1 ratios:" 'via Blog this Is the 90-9-1 Rule for Online Community Engagement Dead? Data] : "There is a rule that has floated around in the social media world for quite some time called the Rule of Participation Inequality or the 90-9-1 Rule.

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Guest Post: Facebook Video Tips from Non-Profit Marketers

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

16:9 ratios require that the viewer tilts their phone and watches it in a non-vertical orientation. Both versions were identical except for one key difference—aspect ratio. One was in a 16:9 landscape ratio, and the other was in a 1:1 square ratio.

8 Random But Useful Social Media Tips for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The optimal aspect ratio for Twitter photos is 2:1. For your followers to see a full preview of the photos you upload to Twitter, photos should be sized with a 2:1 aspect ratio.

Don’t Panic: Common WordPress Errors and How to Fix Them (Part One)

Byte Technology

This most often occurs with sites using a custom theme, so first make sure there isn’t a problem with the width ratio (this is most common, and you can fix the problem by fiddling with the ratio until the page displays correctly) or with the “float property” (remember that “float: left” and “float: right” need to be added to all of the elements of a custom theme or they won’t function properly).

How do you make your holiday charitable giving decisions?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last year, Nathanial Whittemore facilitated an online discussion by asking bloggers to answer the question: " What is the one thing you need to know before you donate to charity? " This year the answer to the question isn't overhead ratios and executive salaries. . Photo by Oblivion 9999.

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Social Superpower: Using Facebook to Increase Your NPO’s Website Traffic

Byte Technology

While this may seem trivial, any non-profit sporting an FB presence should be closely monitoring the number of links from friends versus links from “Pages”—it’s more than likely that the ratio is ten-to-one or greater.

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[Cool Social Tools] Awesome-ize your Instagrams and Vines with VideoSound

SocialFish

VideoSound maintains the quality and aspect ratio of the original video and gives you the possibility to choose the desired resolution: Full HD, HD or VGA.

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5 Myths of Mobile Fundraising, Debunked [INFOGRAPHIC]

Connection Cafe

The ratio of mobile-to-desktop donations also varied significantly across organizations. When measuring the top quarter of organizations with the highest mobile-to-desktop gift ratio, the average climbed to 17.8%. I have a confession.

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Takeaways from Cause Camp 2018

NonProfit Hub

You know, “the false conception that financial ratios are a proxy for overall nonprofit performance.” Yet another Cause Camp is officially in the books. A special thanks to all who made it the best one yet.

How Removing Overhead Can Improve Donation Rates

NonProfit Hub

And if your ratio is higher than the magic number, it may drive potential donors to other organizations. Cost of living and supplies affect this ratio as well. As Guidestar points out, program ratios aren’t the last word for how successful a nonprofit is.

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Nonprofit Fundraising Basics: Matching Gifts

EveryAction

While most companies match gifts at a 1:1 ratio, doubling the employee’s donation, some companies match contributions at up to a 4:1 ratio. New to matching gifts or interested in understanding the basics a bit more?

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12 Nonprofit Call-to-Action Twitter Images to Study and Learn From

Nonprofit Tech for Good

It is true that tweets with images receive more engagement , but how much more engagement depends on the quality of the images and if they are properly sized for Twitter ( 1024 x 512 pixels or a 2:1 aspect ratio ).

Best Practices for Nonprofit Financial Health, Part One: Top 3 Measures of Financial Health

BoardAssist

A lot of our inquiry is based more on trend analysis than ratio analysis. Having said that, there are two ratios that I believe are very important for nonprofit leaders to track – and both have to do with liquidity. The first is the months of cash ratio.

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Courting Corporate: Utilizing the Opportunities of Company Philanthropy

Byte Technology

Others mirror matching gift programs in that the businesses will donate funds of equal or greater value (depending on the ratio) to the amount raised by an employee for a specific fundraising activity, like a 5K.”

7 Step Policy Guide for Nonprofit Operating Reserves

Connection Cafe

reserve ratio, outlines and sample language). In part two of this series, “ How To Develop Your Nonprofit Operating Reserves ,” we examined common factors that organizations should take into account when considering how much to set aside for their operating reserves.

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Facebook Metrics Nonprofits Need to Know

Frogloop

The Wildlife/Animal Welfare sector had the highest ratio of Facebook users to email subscribers at 242 per 1000.

How To Simplify Content Promotion with the Twitter Leapfrog Method

SocialFish

Compile all of the exported Excel docs into one sheet, and delete any Twitter handles that have a reply ratio of 0 or a retweet ratio of 100. I was sent this interesting tactical article on the Junto blog.

YouTube Expands Their Video Player

See What's Out There

This new, wider player is in a widescreen aspect ratio which we hope will provide you with a cleaner, more powerful viewing experience. And don’t worry, your 4:3 aspect ratio videos will play just fine in this new player.

If you were stuck on a desert island, and could only follow 150 people on Twitter, who would you follow and why?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

There was considerable discussion about the following to friends ratio (the number of people whose tweets you read compared to the number of people who read your tweets) and whether you should follow everyone who follows you.

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Ask A Nonprofit Specialist - Engaging the Board in Financial Reports

ASU Lodestar Center

Focus Attention on Critical Factors by Using Ratios, Dashboards and Other Strategies. Many ratios and other information can be derived from financial documents that are useful to interpretation. posted by. Anne Byrne , Professional-in-Residence, ASU Lodestar Center.

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Back to Basics: 5 Essentials Steps to Email Marketing

NonProfit Hub

Additionally, consider finding a ratio that works for you and stick to it. If you can get your message across in a more visual way, then perhaps use a 60/40 ratio. With seasonal changes comes an inbox full of updates, newsletters and email marketing attempts.

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Major Gifts: Defining and Enhancing Your Strategy

Connection Cafe

Even with a 5:1 identification-to-gift success ratio (or 200 gifts) annual revenue from this major gift prospect pool could reasonably be set at $5,000,000! Over $400 billion in combined charitable donations were given to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada in 2016.

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7th Annual Nonprofit Technology Staffing & Investments Report: A Closer Look (Staffing Levels)

NTEN

Another way we measure technology staffing levels is determing the Tech Staff - to - Organizational Staff Ratio. If you have 12 total staff members, and you know that the average ratio of tech-to-org staff for your budget size is 1:24, then you know that having at least 0.5

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Twitter Is 2nd After Google in Referrals To My Blog, But They Stay Longer.

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It lead me to this post by Louis Gray called " What's Your Twitter Noise Ratio ?" " He goes on to describe how the noise ratio is constructed. My ratio is 2.4, What's your Twitter noise ratio (divide total updates by number of followers - and see categories).

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5 Nonprofit Content Themes That Inspire Action

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Your donors and supporters like, retweet, +1, and repin positive stories over negative or depressing news stories on a ratio of 5 to 1.

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Pinterest Nonprofit Benchmarking with Pinerly

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Here’s the stats I asked for and why: Average Repin Ratio : Gives a measure of engagement. For engagement, I looked at the Repin Ratio by board and select those with the highest ratio. The ratio is the total number of repins divided by total pins.

New Refurbished Laptops, Desktops, and Monitors from RCI

Tech Soup Blog

Dell or NEC 17 - or 19-inch LCD Monitors These refurbished monitors feature 1280x1024 pixel resolution, 4:3 width-to-height ratio LCD display, and connect to your PC with a D-Sub (analog VGA) connection. Exciting things are happening at TechSoup's Refurbished Computer Initiative (RCI) , which brings high-quality, donated and discounted refurbished computers to nonprofits and libraries while creating environmentally-friendly alternatives to disposing of used computers.

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Why don’t my friends like me on Facebook?

Connection Cafe

Try calculating a ratio of how many people comment and/or like and/or share your posts divided by how many like your page. So maybe that gets you an “engagement” ratio. Author: Miriam Kagan.Well actually they do. But lately, I've noticed an interesting trend: I post something on Facebook that I think is fascinating, hilarious, or some deep revelation into the mysterious world of Miriam Kagan, and my social sphere reacts in.dead silence.

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Guest Post: Introducing the New GuideStar Nonprofit Profile

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This means simple financial metrics will no longer be the primary focus when telling a nonprofit’s full story ( goodbye, overhead ratios !) Introducing the New GuideStar Nonprofit Profile – Guest Post by Jacob Harold, Guidestar.

4 Tips for Creating Harmony Between Work and Personal Life

NonProfit Hub

Here are a few ways you can create and maintain a healthy ratio of work and personal life. If you’re a workaholic, remembering to make quality time for yourself can be challenging. Of course, if you want to keep both your employer and your family happy, learning to balance the two is important. Get a Day Planner. Physically scheduling for both work and personal tasks in a single planner can help you see how you’re spending your time.

Enhancing Your Major Gift Fundraising Strategy with Analytics

Connection Cafe

Fundraisers should also analyze how much idealized potential exists for a proposed campaign by calculating the low, middle, and high end of capacity ranges, thus weighting “hit rates” or yield ratios.

A Fundraiser’s Secret Weapon: Data Analytics

Connection Cafe

The focus shifted to a new set of key performance indicators (KPIs), including: File size and donor file coverage ratios. For 5 years the Blackbaud Institute has brought together experts in the nonprofit sector to speak on a wide variety of topics.

[PODCAST] Why Nonprofits Need to Dream, Humanize and Have Patience | Ft. Dan Pallotta

NonProfit Hub

“Those of us working in nonprofit organizations need to take our eyes off of overhead ratios and put [our focus] far out into the sky and look at our dreams for impact.” — Dan Pallotta. Pallotta is talking about the dreams that got us involved in our organizations in the first place. Work in the nonprofit sector often gets clouded by stigmas and the notion that no one is supposed to spend any money.

A Lesson on Budgeting from the Blackbaud Management Team

Connection Cafe

Each year you should be evaluating your Annual Operating Plan , reviewing metrics and benchmarks, and determining the ratios and drivers you will use to determine the most effective areas to which to allocate your resources and capital to achieve the optimal return on investment.

The Key to Relevant Fundraising in 2015 and Beyond

Connection Cafe

Are the ratios changing? A few days ago, I spoke to a person who was interested in helping a nonprofit organization raise funds. As far as I could tell, he did not have any fundraising background; he was a matchmaker, linking nonprofit organizations with resources.

ASU Lodestar Center Blog: Can You Teach a Watchdog New Tricks?

ASU Lodestar Center

News and World Report , and Money routinely publish stories that emphasize program spending and fundraising cost ratios. Federated campaigns often "help" their donors make giving decisions by prominently publishing such ratios next to the organizations names. And those ratios are two of the accountability standards at the Better Business Bureau. One is that Ken is publicly calling financial ratios the worst way to choose which charity deserves your donation.

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