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Summer Cleaning: A Data Hygiene Checklist Any Nonprofit Can Reference!

Connection Cafe

For many nonprofits, in particular schools, colleges, and universities, summer is a great time to do the all important “summer cleaning” that no one has time to do in the spring. With many nonprofits, the end of the fiscal year is either the end of May, or more likely the end of June.

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7 Revealing Questions To Ask When Checking References

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Earlier in the year, the Harvard Business Review published some great questions that Gilt Groupe CEO Kevin Ryan asks when he is checking references.

Seven Questions To Ask When Checking Job Candidate References

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Awhile back, the Harvard Business Review published some great questions that Gilt Groupe CEO Kevin Ryan asks when he is checking job candidate references. Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Job References Leadership

7 Must-Ask Questions When Checking References

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Awhile back, the Harvard Business Review published some great questions that Gilt Groupe CEO Kevin Ryan asks when he is checking references. Hiring Hiring Leaders How To Hire Interviewing References

Seven Questions To Ask When Checking Job Candidate References

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Awhile ago, the Harvard Business Review published some great questions that Gilt Groupe CEO Kevin Ryan asks when he is checking references. Checking References Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Interviewing Job Searching

5 Online Strategies to Grow Your Nonprofit’s Annual Fund

John Haydon

Annual fund campaigns refer to a set of strategies that nonprofits implement to raise the funds needed to cover their operational expenses. The annual fund campaign is a cornerstone of most nonprofit fundraising strategies.

No More Jargon, It’s Time for Plain English in P2P Messaging

Connection Cafe

We also refer to jargon as nonprofit speak—words we use in our internal communications that accidentally end up in our external messaging. We may refer to an individual participant as a self-donor when planning an event, but cut this term from your messaging.

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DIY Social Media Management

Amy Sample Ward

Refer to the slides below for examples. It provides an easy-to-access reference for everyone in the organization showing all content and outlets. Refer to the slides below for examples. Easy reference.

The Nonprofit Summer Reading List

Connection Cafe

The paperback format makes it easy to dog-ear pages that you’re going to want to reference again and again. We are in the midst of summer in the Northern Hemisphere—the time of year when we try to relax, get away, and read a book or two. (I

How to Combat the Excuses of Poor Nonprofit Follow-Through [Part Two]

NonProfit Hub

“For your organization, return on investment refers to how much you’re helping your cause for what you’re putting into it.” ” For a business, return on investment refers directly to their profits.

7 Habits of Highly Successful Technology Partnerships

Connection Cafe

Ask for references and look at their past project successes.

8 Tips for Radical Collaboration to Advance Your Mission and Help Strengthen the Social Economy

Connection Cafe

Cultivate a culture of open sharing and learning , embracing what Brian Eno refers to as “scenius,” a sharing of genius. I celebrated a big anniversary recently (25 years as a professional serving at the same company).

Bring Your Own App - Digital Flexibility Is Being Exercised - The NonProfit TimesThe NonProfit Times

AFP Blog

More than 100 apps were identified at ANPD’s conference alone, according to Pilcher, most fitting in one of four categories: • Educator support such as presentation tools and polling; • Learner assistance like note taking, file sharing and eBook readers; • Performance support including quick-reference tools; and, • Learning activities such as games and case studies." 'via

7 Must-Ask Questions When Interviewing A Potential New Hire

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Awhile back, the Harvard Business Review published some great questions that Gilt Groupe CEO Kevin Ryan asks when he is checking references. Checking References Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Interviewing

People to People Fundraising [Free Webinar by Ted Hart]

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The greater universe of potential lies in the vast number of supporters who can be inspired and referred by current donors. ” – Ted Hart. Ted Hart, ACFRE.

Facebook’s Donate Now Button: A Small Win for Nonprofits

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I’m referring to creating dedicated Facebook ads as part of fundraising campaigns to reach your top audiences with tailored messaging. Since the roll-out of Facebook’s new ‘Donate Now’ button, there have been a lot of voices chiming in about what this really means for nonprofits.

Kicking off SOCAP16 at the Intersection of Money and Meaning

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Impact Investing: Impact investing refers to investments made with the intent to generate a measurable and beneficial social or environmental impact while producing a financial return on invested capital. Greetings from San Francisco!

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5 Ways to Mobilize Advocates to Advance your Mission

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For example, a happy customer might provide a referral, a reference, a review, a social share, case study, or participate in beta testing. Ask supporters to refer you to friends and family. There’s no better spokesperson for your mission than a happy supporter. I believe that. Nothing.

Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 6: Solution Design

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Documenting specifics of site configuration for approval and for future reference. To wrap things up, I’ll post a summary in the coming weeks linking to each of the posts in the series so you’ll have a link to reference all of the posts.

Craft a Writing Style Guide for Your Website


Have you ever heard someone refer to content as “noise”? While the AP and Chicago manuals provide a thorough reference for the nitty-gritty of grammar and style, you’ll probably have some specific requirements that you’ll want to include. References section.

Pricing Discrimination: Should Your Performing Arts Org Price Based on Demand?

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Scaling the house: scaling the house refers to dividing the seats of a performing arts venue into those that are more and less desirable and charging different prices for them based on that desirability. Have you ever paid $6 or $7 for a bottle of water at a theme park?

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How Will We Harness the Potential of the 4th Industrial Revolution for Good?  

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Deep partnerships – the type of outcome-oriented relationships we at Blackbaud (the tech company where I serve as Chief Product Officer) have come to refer to as radical collaboration – have the potential to dramatically alter the course of the fourth industrial revolution, for good.

May the Source Be with You: The Importance of Multichannel Reporting at End-of-Year

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Specific Luminate Online reports to reference: Email Message à Variant Performance Report. You’ll also want to include a year-over-year column or section to this dashboard for easy-to-reference comparison reporting. You’ve no doubt labored over the perfect end-of-year plan that falls in line with the continuing trend of covering all of your multi-touch, multichannel donor experiences.

The Social Media Pocket Guide


If you’re looking for a general primer or quick tactical reference, The Social Media Pocket Guide is made for you. We’ve started a program to curate free social media resources just for you.

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5 Digital Payment Systems That Could Transform Online Fundraising

Nonprofit Tech for Good

In short, digital payment systems (in some cases referred to as mobile wallets or social payments) allow donors to make a debit or credit card donation in only 2-3 clicks/taps.

Infographic: The Right Crowdfunding Platform For Your Nonprofit


When choosing your crowdfunding platform, refer back to this infographic which might just give your nonprofit the information it needs to make the most informed decision and makes your crowdfunding campaign a huge success this giving season.

Get Smart(er) About Your P2P Recognition Program

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People participate in walks and DIY programs (referred to in the study as “retail unattractive” events) mostly due to a connection to the cause, and there is generally not a registration fee or a fundraising minimum to take part.

5 Ideas to Help You Take the Next Step with Your Online Visitors

Connection Cafe

Encouraging transactional sharing is effective because people are more likely to take an action themselves if referred by a trusted friend. Andrew Shoaff manages Blackbaud’s Essentials with Go!

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Why Leadership is the Real Elicitor of Major Gifts

NonProfit Hub

The leaders Williams is referring to could be board members, the executive director, staff members—or maybe it means you. People give to people. It’s not such a bold, innovating statement—but it’s one we often forget. As fundraisers, it’s a statement that should be engrained in our heads.

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Tracing the Path of the Digital Learner


This refers to prospective students looking for educational institutions generally, but given that educational content is a huge reason for being for association (not to mention revenue driver), does this make you think differently about how to reach your prospective student members?

Tried-and-True Approach for Year-End Campaign Success

Connection Cafe

Then, reverse engineer your task list and reference these documents regularly to ensure that you are on track to getting everything done. Year-end fundraising season is upon us.

3 Ways To Be An Outstanding Volunteer Manager


Hold an interview, check out their social media accounts and ask for a reference or two. Image courtesy of Risky Chronicle. Volunteer managers have the immeasurably difficult task of keeping a workforce happy who is receiving no monetary compensation for their efforts.

14 Must-Know Stats About Fundraising, Social Media, and Mobile Technology

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Facebook refers 29.4% Spring is report season in the nonprofit sector. A slew of new data is released and this year the emerging theme is that online fundraising is rapidly rising, especially on mobile devices.

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Fill More Seats and Boost Engagement with These Arts Pricing Terms

Connection Cafe

Inventory management refers to reviewing and controlling available seats for sale to ensure enough seats are available at various price points at any given time to meet current levels of demand. It’s no secret that arts pricing is one of my favorite topics (See here. And here ).

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Why Your Nonprofit Is Not Ranking on Google


When you are writing something and reference a concept you’ve already written about or an event you are promoting, link to it. What matters with linking is having reputable websites that reference your site for greater validation.

A Few More Tips for Nonprofit Professionals To Avoid Getting Overwhelmed

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Because I keep a bullet journal, I can always refer back to my lists of tasks that need to done that week. Flickr Photo by Real Blades, Creative Common License.

9 Tech Trends Your Nonprofit’s Need To Know About


The Internet of Things is in reference to the number of devices that will be connected to the internet in the next few years. It is of course referring to the large sets of data that help nonprofit organizations find trends through predictive modeling techniques.

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7 Surprising Reasons Why Your Nonprofit’s Emails Should Be Mobile Friendly


You’ve heard the buzz phrases “responsive design,” “mobile friendly,” “mobile optimized,” and so on, when professionals are referring to websites.

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How Accessible Data Can Help You Better Care for Your Donors

Connection Cafe

Instead, I can reference Mr. Smith’s last gift in the parking lot or double check his wife’s name when I run into them at a restaurant. Imagine you find yourself being rushed to the hospital… In that moment, your needs become very basic.

30+ Custom GoogleAnalytics Dashboards For Nonprofits


Adding these two or three ‘widgets’, as they’re referred to as in Google Analytics, to a custom dashboard makes it possible for even novices to quickly see how the website is performing. Google Analytics helps nonprofits understand their website. Period.