Reflections on 2020

Museum 2.0

But here are some of my reflections from this year in museum work: Camp Life: I came to camping late and through my children. Learning from challenges is one of the hardest things for me. I can’t help but wallow in my mistakes and relive my frustrations. So, if you’re not quite ready to learn from 2020, that’s fine. Also, if you have quite got it into your mind to think about The After, that’s okay.

First Reflections on Jumo

Amy Sample Ward

As you may have heard , Jumo is now open in beta. What is Jumo? As Mashable reports, “Jumo was designed to let users find, follow and support the causes important to them, and with 3,500 organizations on board at launch, would-be philanthropists should be able to find and follow something of interest upon joining.

Reflection and Evaluation

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Reflection and Evaluation March 10, 2008 Michele Martin, one of my fave bloggers, has a great post today on Reflective Practice. One question I asked all of them was about whether they had a process of reflection and evaluation of their work, as it was going on, and when the project was coming to a close.

How Your Nonprofit Can Routinize Reflection

Beth Kanter

Reflection is a critical step in assessing individual and team performance at your nonprofit. A reflective process, whether it is a structured process for individuals or groups, can give us insights about what worked and what could be improved. Reflection requires hitting the pause button and asking and answering questions. But how to create a routine around reflection for yourself and at your nonprofit? Capacity Facilitation Leadership Learning Meetings Reflectio

A reflection from two talks

NCE Social Media

In the past week I’ve given two talks to two different groups on the same subject – social media and fundraising. The first group was a group of 32 professionals who work or volunteer for nonprofit organizations through the Foundation Center located at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. The second group was a group of 18 graduate students in a Nonprofit Communications course at Point Park University.

Observations and Reflections on #TakeBackThePink

Amy Sample Ward

You can read the summary of how the free agent community came together to self-organize and create a public action as well as a full report of the lessons learned and reflections on the #TakeBackThePink campaign in this public google doc. After the #TakeBackThePink twitter campaign during the Super Bowl, Beth prompted all of us to share lessons and reflections in a google doc to be captured and shared. Observations & Reflections.

New Blog: Observations and Reflections

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

But I felt like I wanted a place to write a bit more deeply, to delve into the issues of the day in a balanced, reflective, and sometimes spiritual way. I've been a blogger consistently almost 10 years now. That's a long time - longer than most bloggers have been around. I have had a lot of different blogs, too. In 2005, I actually had 3 blogs going: a regular blog, a technology blog, and a ministry blog.

Lessons in Capital Campaign Leadership: A Reflection

Connection Cafe

Last week I had the pleasure of attending one of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Indiana Chapter’s continuing education luncheons. The subject was capital campaign leadership and the panel of speakers was comprised of three of the most influential and successful volunteer fundraisers in our community. I expected a quality program. I got brilliance.

A Reflection on Networked Professional Learning

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It gave me some reflection time away from the daily fast-paced, always moving forward world of social media. It gave me space to give social media use some mindful attention. reflectionBlack-Crowned Night Heron. Many years ago before the digital cameras and children, my husband used to spend many hours combining two past times: birding and photography.

Autumn: A Time for Harvest and Reflection

Connection Cafe

I always think of winter as a time to gather data and plan for the year ahead, spring as a time to implement these strategies, summer as a time to allocate for additional resources and continue executing on the plan, and autumn as a time to reap the harvest and reflect on the year, looking towards planning for the winter and upcoming year. There are several other metrics you can look at, but these are just some that might be helpful for your organization to reflect upon this season.

New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofits To Improve Resilience in 2021

Beth Kanter

These rituals also help me set-up systems for consistent reflection and positive habit change throughout the new year. My journal is not only an annual planning and goal-setting tool but also supports daily reflection as the year progresses. Sunset at Half Moon Bay.

The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


A note on prices: we want anyone to be able to use this resource, so the registration prices listed reflect the full conference rates for non-members at the time of posting. It's finally here! If you loved our 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar get ready for our new, improved, and updated 2019 calendar! We've searched far and wide for the best and brightest nonprofit conferences from all around the country! These conferences range in size, location, and topic.

Blog Redesign: Recap and Reflections

Amy Sample Ward

As I recently announced , I’m collaborating with Matt Chevy on a redesign of this website to freshen up the design, make presentations, resources and case studies all easier to find, and surface the rich conversations taking place in the comments. Last week was focused on feedback from readers and wow: I got a lot of really thoughtful, valuable comments! Thanks to everyone who shared opinions and those who I know will continue to weigh in.

Reflections on Movember

Steve Bridger

I reflected on all this while out walking in the Somerset countryside with my family on Sunday. I wanted to let everyone know that I’m doing my bit this year to raise awareness (and hopefully some money) for men’s health – specifically prostate and testicular cancer. You see on 4th October my Dad heard that he’d been successful in pushing prostate cancer into remission. It was my Mum’s birthday; and my eldest daughter’s, too.

First Reflections on Jumo | NetSquared, an initiative of

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First Reflections on Jumo | NetSquared, an initiative of

11NTC reflections


(Picture from [link] ) The hallway conversations, the parties, the amazing array of sessions and vendors. And the inevitable depression that sets in after the return to the office. Oh NTC, how do I love thee, let me count the ways! Best attendees EVAR! The hallway conversations are always terrific. The energy and enthusiasm of a couple thousand people who already "get it" is (almost) enough to keep me energized for a year!

Reflections on Micronesia

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Micronesia left quite an impression on me. It's great to go to completely different places, spending time learning about history, politics, issues and culture from new perspectives. I think it's one of the great perks of my job, working in the nonprofit sector. Plus, the people I visit give me the benefit of the doubt that I'm not an ugly American.

Reflections from SexTech Conference

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

A couple of reflections. On Saturday, I was delighted to have an opportunity to attend and speak at the SexTech 2010 Conference. If you are wondering what Sextech is, it explores research, policy, education, implementation, and evaluation of public health programs that use new technologies to enhance sexual health of young people. The conference participants are a mix of people from nonprofits, schools, policy centers, researchers, universities, government, and young people.

Idealware: Reflections on Idealware’s Facebook Launch

AFP Blog

Idealware: Reflections on Idealware’s Facebook Launch: "Reflections on Idealware’s Facebook Launchby Kaitlin LaCasseAs you may know, we at Idealware launched our Facebook fan page on Wednesday, September 16. Now that we have been trying to nurture the page for over a week, I thought you might be interested in what we’ve seen (so far). A disclaimer before you continue: we are tracking results, but. NPFacebook NPWeb2.0

High Holidays Lessons for Everyone: Using Reflection to Move Forward

See What's Out There

Transitions are always a time for reflection, regrouping, and looking forward. Fall is always a time of transition when vacations are over, school years are starting, and the weather changes. When a leader retires, the organization must take stock of where they are at, and what they need for the next era. When a child […]. strategy

From Risk-taker to Spacemaker: Reflections on Leading Change

Museum 2.0

Fifteen years ago, my boss kicked me under the table. I was a small fry at a big museum, volunteering for a project I had no business taking on. My boss and mentor Anna often encouraged me to stretch the limits. She protected and supported me in leading projects far beyond my job description. We had a push-pull relationship; I’d ask for opportunities, she’d say yes but also help me understand how far I could safely go. And when I went too far over the edge, she’d give me a well-placed kick.

Reflections from the World Economic Forum: Four Big Trends for Social Good Organizations to Watch

Connection Cafe

Part 2 in a 2-part Davos report for the Social Good Community ( See Part 1 here ). As a leader at a company that sits at the intersection of tech and social good, I came away from this year’s World Economic Forum inspired on both fronts. The emerging technology driving the 4th industrial revolution has incredible potential to change the way we work, live, connect and more.

Reflections from Social Good Brasil and a New Word: PhilanthroTeen!

Beth Kanter

Conferences Movement Building Networks reflection brasilI’ve just returned from keynoting the first Social Good Brazil conference that took place in Florianapolis, sometimes referred to the “Silicon Valley” of Brasil and where the nonprofit, social good, innovation, and technology community is leading the social change movement.

Keep Calm and Write It Down: How Reflective Practice Leads To Better Results for Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

The guide has a lot of highly useful advice, examples, resources, and templates – mostly about collecting data from surveys and learning from metrics. It also includes an excellent set of terrific questions to discover impact, but there are many different methods for this type of reflective learning after completing an event, communications strategy, or program. Ask team members to reflect on their lessons learned.

Three association practices that reflect your workplace culture


Did you miss these? Jamie’s Association Success posts in December focused on the visible parts of culture… The Link Between Office Design and Culture. Several years ago I saw a presentation from an association CEO who had recently redesigned their office space. He started by talking about the core values of the organization, which included one on “Having Fun” (or something of that sort). This was a place that viewed fun as an integral part of getting their work done.

SXSW Reflection: Using Social Media to Facilitate A Global Back Channel at a Panel Session

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Experimentation Free Agent reflectionOver the past month, I have been thinking about a couple of different ideas and how to incorporate them into training design to facilitate learning. My questions are: 1. How can we integrate content sharing and audience interaction in the right balance to unleash pearls of wisdom from both audience and the experts on the stage?

International Women’s Day 2016: A Time to Reflect and to Act

Connection Cafe

So I have picked these four words as orienting themes as I reflect on life – as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, friend, volunteer, board member, social change advocate and business colleague. Today, on International Women’s Day , I’m grateful, proud, realistic and hopeful.

NTEN Leading Change Summit #14lcs: Reflection

Beth Kanter

Overnight Reflection. What I think is the magic is the use of “overnight reflection.” So, being able to “sleep on an idea” and share a reflection is great. So, one of the things I highly value about instructional design is the time and space to reflect on what worked and what didn’t work. Photo by Trav Williams.

Reflections on Membership in 2011

Wild Apricot

Here's a look back at some of the hot topics that resonated with our association and membership audience in 2011 - and a reminder about our Top 3 Membership Trends Survey. membership

Ocean Conservancy: The Art of Social Media Experimentation, Learning, and Reflection

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In our book, The Networked Nonprofit , we devote an entire chapter to something we called "Learning Loops" which is a combination of tracking and monitoring in real time as a project unfolds, but also incorporates a process of reflection at the end of the project to the next experiment. . It is really hard to carve out time to take a step back and reflect on what has gone well, what hasn’t, and what to do next. Tags: reflection scholar Flickr Photo by PCSO900.

New on SSIR: Reflections on Jumo & Need for Co-Creation

Amy Sample Ward

—– I recently posted about Jumo with reflections, notes from my experience using the new platform, and questions – this post has also generated a great deal of valuable conversation in the comments (over 70 thoughtful comments so far). I hope you’ll join the conversation with your feedback and comments about each one, and share additional elements and reflections on co-creation!

NTC Reflections: The Networked Nonprofit

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo by Geoff Livingston. My goal for conference presenting moving forward is to be on panels that I have designed or co-designed and that design involves the audience beyond a 5 minute q/a at the end. I realized that I enjoy presenting at sessions when the audience gets to share their knowledge with the room and each other. I really think that it is much more effective for learning than talking heads or expert brain dump.

Dangerous/Ridiculous: Reflections on AAM

Museum 2.0

Last week, I was in Minneapolis for the American Association of Museums annual meeting. As always, the conference was a party mix of inspiring and dull, familiar and new. It's one of the rare settings in which you can see glimpses of the past and the future all under one roof. Here, in no particular order, are the things that energized me most: "No idea is too ridiculous." Kathleen McLean led a terrific session called "Dangerous Ridiculous" about risk-taking in museums.

PopTech Fellows Program: Reflections

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

PopTech Slides View more presentations from kanter. I have been near Camden, Maine for the past few days at the PopTech 2009 Fellows Program as part of the PopTech 2009 conference ( streaming live ), which starts on Wednesday. PopTech is an amazing blend of people, ideas, and projects. I was humbled to join the illustrious list of faculty members who have talents and wisdom in content areas that I only dance around of the edges of.

Five Signs You Should Double Opt-In Your Emails


The causes we care about transcend borders and email lists often reflect this — yet, with great power comes great responsibility. Building out an email list is a science; each factor from your subject line to the length of your email body, to the timing of your send can contribute to your list growth. But even a perfectly crafted email can underperform on a list that is not vetted for the authenticity, deliverability, and engagement of its email audience.

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Reflections on Scholar 2.0

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It seems like just yesterday when I started my nine-month journey as Visiting Scholar for Nonprofits and Social Media at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. And it's good to have a journal recording what I've learned. But it's even better for learning to have someone asked you some questions. Emily Culbertson from the Communications Network interviewed Stephanie McAuliffe and I for a blog post about my time at Packard Foundation titled " Learning the Ropes of Social Media ".

Self-Reflection: 4 Questions To Ask Yourself Each Day

Eric Jacobson

Akradi tackles self-reflection in this month''s issue. Leadership Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Self-Reflection Life Time Fitness I''m a big fan of the magazine, Experience Life. Particularly the monthly Perspective column by Bahram Akradi , the founder and CEO of Life Time Fitness. He firmly believes the business model that if you aren''t innovating you are dying. And, to innovate, you have to regularly fine-tune both your business and your life.

Reflections on Twitter Chat Facilitation Techniques

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of participating in Twitter chat series #socialmedia. It’s been a one-hour weekly chat on Twitter for the past 10 months organized and hosted by Marc Meyer and Jason Breed. The way it works is they invite a “host&# to ask 3 compelling questions, 20 minutes each, that revolve around a topical subject within the business of social media, but that play to their strengths or backgrounds.

Reflections on Guest Blogging

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

On June 25, 2009, I announced on my blog that I was five days away from a cross-country move and knew it would disrupt my routine, including my blogging routine. I didn't want the stress of writing posts or the stress of having a blog go dark and disappoint loyal readers. The solution? I turned to my colleagues and solicited guest blog posts. I must admit that I haven't taken this long break from blogging since I started in 2004. I've even lived blogged my vacations.

Reflections of a Nonprofit Heart

ASU Lodestar Center

posted by. Laura L. Bush, Ph.D. Manager of Curriculum. Design & Innovation, ASU Lodestar Center. In junior high, I once jumped off a table Wonder Woman-style (but without bullet-proof bracelets) to defend another child from being teased. I don’t remember why I was perched on a table in art class, but I do remember the drama of leaping between this bully and his victim. Without hesitating, I knew I had the power to stop the harassment. And I did. At that moment, my nonprofit heart was born.

A Few Reflections from SXSW Crowdsourcing Panel

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Crowdsourcing View more presentations from Beth Kanter. I was honored to design and facilitate a panel at SXSW on Sunday called " Crowd Sourcing Innovative Social Change." The panelists were Holly Ross , Amy Sample Ward , David Neff , and Kari Dunn Saratovsky. We were also very lucky that Claire Sale volunteered to be our Twitter advocate who monitored the Twitter stream and verbalized important points and insights. .

Social Media and Governance: Reflections from BoardSource

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Board source. View more presentations from Beth Kanter. Last week, I had the honor of doing a mini workshop at the annual BoardSource Conference called “Governing the Networked Nonprofit in An Age of Social Media &# where I had an opportunity to share some ideas on social media culture, transparency, and simplicity from the Networked Nonprofit , co-authored with Allison Fine. I did a book raffle at the end of the session and Tara Veliz and Alex Hildesvend were the lucky winners.

4 Easy Ways to Prepare Your Website for End-of-Year Fundraising


Make sure that the content on display is up-to-date, and accurately reflects the image and message that you want to communicate about your organization during your year-end campaign. The year-end giving season always offers a unique opportunity to engage with your members, donors, and volunteers. It’s a busy time for fundraising, which means you’re competing with a lot of other nonprofits and causes for their attention and support.