Book Review: “Charity Case”

Connection Cafe

Pallotta’s latest book, Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up For Itself and Really Change the World , was released in late 2012 to very positive reviews. Nonprofit Management book review fundraising Non-Profit nonprofit

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Research Friday: Legal Structure Alternatives to Lead Social Change

ASU Lodestar Center

He suggests that all social entrepreneurs should balance the following four factors when deciding on a legal structure for their venture: Motivation: how strong is our motivation for a social mission vs. making a profit? research friday Karina Lungo nonprofit legal structures

Counting Aloud Together | Stanford Social Innovation Review

AFP Blog

Counting Aloud Together | Stanford Social Innovation Review : If you’re a nonprofit leader, you understand that the pressure to build data-informed practices—and to improve your services using data—has never been greater. You’ve invested in client services, but you’ve neglected to fund the structures that hold those services together—things like staffing, evaluation strategy, and up-to-date technology

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Book Review: Connecting to Change the World

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

There is minimal structure or roles and as a living organism, the structure changes. Almost five years ago to the day, I was lucky enough to meet Peter Plastrik and Madeleine Taylor while I was Visiting Scholar at the Packard Foundation.

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Book Review: The Nonprofit Business Plan

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Structure: How will they estimate, describe and test the operational structure? After the presentation, we worked in small groups to review a couple of scenarios of nonprofit funding requests and whether or not a business plan should be requested and what to look for.

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How After Action Reviews Can Improve Your Social Media Strategy

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

An After Action Review can produce insights, but participants need to embrace with an open attitude, not blame game. What makes it useful as this detailed description of the method points out. Source: via Beth on Pinterest.

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The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

The Science Behind Engaging your Supporters

Stanford Social Innovation Review / Stanford, CA / $950. Within the wide-ranging program, structured by experience levels and topical areas, you can tailor a learning program specific to your interests. It's finally here!

Book Review: The Future of Nonprofits

Tech Soup Blog

In fact, there are organizations that build innovative discovery into their structured work day (think of Google's 20% rule that all staffers are encouraged to spend 20% of their work day doing a project that is of their design and choosing, without the approval of leadership.)

Book Review: The Enemy Of Engagement

Eric Jacobsen Blog

"Frustration in the workplace is a silent killer," claim authors Mark Royal and Tom Agnew in their terrific new book, The Enemy of Engagement , coming out this month from Amacom. Further, "in an organizational context, frustration is not as simple as failing to get something you want.

New on SSIR: The Power of Vision, Review of “The Pollyanna Principles”

Amy Sample Ward

I have a new post up on the Stanford Social Innovation Review and this is a special post because it’s actually a book review. You can find the review below, or on the SSIR Opinion Blog. We have a huge opportunity before us to remodel our social benefit organization structure. Visit the Stanford Social Innovation Review opinion blog to join the conversation there, too!

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EVOLVE: Technology will Mandate Marketers to Keep Up with the Times


Access proliferation puts the customer in an active role that allows them to take control over what they buy through search, friend recommendations, site reviews, text/chat communication. Book review Social CRM and ROI marketing social media

Guest Post by Amy Sample Ward -- The Power of Vision: Review of “The Pollyanna Principles”

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Why I’m excited about The Pollyanna Principles We have a huge opportunity before us to remodel our social benefit organization structure.

Get Open Community on Audible


“This book provides an invaluable analysis of the strategic, structural, and cultural issues associations using social media face. Book review Content Strategy Featured From the Trenches Nimble Nonprofit Open Community Social, In Theory SocialFish News ( photo credit ).

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The 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


Stanford Social Innovation Review / Stanford, CA / $800. 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. It's finally here!

The 2016 - 2017 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


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. Stanford Social Innovation Review / Stanford, CA / Not available.

Why The Pollyanna Principle Kicks Total And Complete Ass

John Haydon

“We have a huge opportunity before us to remodel our social benefit organization structure. Be Human book reviewIt’s rare when a book comes along and changes deeply held paradigms. Especially the ones that are so ingrained that you don’t notice them anymore.

Top 10 Tough Donor Data Migration Decisions

3rd Sector Labs

Keep in mind, however, that all CRMs and donor databases are different – each has its own database structure, definitions of key terms, and attributes for handling certain data types. First, export this data into a spreadsheet and review it. You stop and review your map again.

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Build Core Strength with a Modern Marketing Team


Core strength is made up of culture, human and data assets, and team structure. An organization’s internal structure has huge implications into how successful they are. Technology and market channel growth play a big role in how organizations choose to structure themselves.

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This Digital Marketing Process Will Make You Write Better Content

Nonprofits Source

Structure Content With An Introduction, Body, and Conclusion. This is what makes structure such a critical component of any content marketing process. It’s not a sexy topic, but structuring your ideas is what constrains our thoughts to adherable guidelines.

How Your Nonprofit Can Routinize Reflection

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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. This is known as an “ After Action Review ” or “AAR.” A structured process has a number of benefits.

5 Habits Of A Highly Successful Board


They extensively reviewed literature on the subject of effective boards, and conducted a series of interviews to get to the bottom of what exactly makes one board more effective than another. Structures and information. Image courtesy of

Success By Design: Choosing the Right E-Commerce Platform

Byte Technology

When it comes to hosting, the two platforms are very different: Shopify takes care of it all, from security to payments, as part of its upfront fee structure.

New on SSIR: Should Nonprofits Act Like Businesses or People?

Amy Sample Ward

My latest contribution to the Stanford Social Innovation Review opinion blog is up! . You can read the post and join the conversation on the SSIR blog or below. —–.

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How Can Nonprofits Build High-Performing Teams?

ASU Lodestar Center

In an article for the Stanford Social Innovation Review Monisha Kapila says “The nonprofit sector is known for underinvesting in talent. Build a Supportive Structure. posted by Shannon Harrell Fall 2018 Alumna, ASU Master of Nonprofit Leadership & Management.

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Building Tech Capacity with Pro Bono Volunteers

Connection Cafe

Structure the Engagement – Once you’ve found the right volunteer, structure the engagement as a professional consulting experience. As a best practice, treat this project as one of your own strategic objectives to ensure you carve out time to thoroughly review documentation and address any questions the volunteer brings forward.

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How Nonprofits Practice Continuous Improvement

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

A structured reflection process generates insights about what worked and what could be improved. It isn’t just about writing it down, it is also reviewing what your captured with your team in an “ After Action Review.” Review it together in a meeting and summarize.

Social Businesses Use Technology for more than Marketing


For example, why aren’t our performance reviews more social? For example, Small Improvements is a simple and elegant online tool that provides an online version of the annual performance review forms, but also provides ways for employees to set their own developmental goals and give feedback to others in the organization at any given moment. In our circles, everyone understands that social technologies are a must for marketing and communications.

#mygivingstory: Resources and Best Practices for @GivingTuesday Nonprofit Storytelling

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The details are below, but before you enter, you might want to review some good storytelling resources to ensure that your story is as amazing as Dr. Cairo’s. Good stories are authentic, emotional, and use dramatic structures. Some of those structures include: – Three-Act Structure is a classic approach to organizing your story for emotional impact. But there other structures – for example see the below drawing of the RadioLab story structure.

Nonprofit Web Design Process: Summary

Connection Cafe

Stakeholder Discovery : How we structure stakeholder meetings, what topics we discuss and some tips for leading discovery conversations. Analytics data as User Research : Timeframe for which to review analytics data and some specific research questions to drive data analysis.

Nonprofit Web Design Process Part 4a: Sitemaps

Connection Cafe

Your sitemap is a visual representation of the structure of your website. By reviewing the content inventory and content audit, we can get a pretty comprehensive view of all pages that need to be included in the new website.

Changing our vision of Change: Revisiting the Pollyanna Principles

Amy Sample Ward

I reviewed her book in the Stanford Social Innovation Review blog and I’m still excited for the opportunities the sector has as Hildy explains them: We have a huge opportunity before us to remodel our social benefit organization structure.

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How Nonprofits Can Build Trust with Strong Internal Controls

Connection Cafe

Next, is there a structure of responsibility and authority at the organization? This involves everything from authorizing spending based on a pre-determined signatory authorization policy to periodic employee and program performance reviews by appropriate levels of management.

3 Ways To Make Warehouses Safer  More Efficient

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Then, aside from that, it’s also crucial to work on health and safety reviews. The physical structures of the warehouse facility should also be listed. Safety should always be the main priority– in whatever industry it may be, and that includes the warehouses as well.

25 Ways Your Board May be Failing


Poor alignment between goals and:resources, staffing, structure, budget, decision-making. Avoiding annual performace reviews and periodic organizational assessments. We love checklists and we know our readers do too!

Live blogging from the 2011 Millennial Donor Summit: The Generational Divide (Panel Discussion)

Amy Sample Ward

Suzy : I know many people think the boomers like structure in the work place, we are concerned with making money – but we were the age of Aquarius! When you take on a job in a nonprofit, you’re normally doing a lot more than you signed for without a lot of structure.

How to Overcome the 4 Roadblocks Facing Your Grant Strategy

Connection Cafe

For organizations that received government funds through grants or contracts, these government agencies require detailed and highly specific reporting and accountability structures to ensure the monies were used appropriately and to avoid fraud, waste and abuse. Guest post by David Kilmer.

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Humanizing your organization creates amazing results. This is how.


Beforehand I had taken a fairly myopic view that, regardless of structure, a focus on behavior would do the trick. And you then took those conclusions and hired Jamie to help with performance review process… Why did you pick that process?

How to Approach a Nonprofit Job Interview with a For-Profit Attitude (and Résumé)


On top of that, those accustomed to a traditional corporate hierarchy structure and raise-and-review process aren’t always likely to find the same at a nonprofit. This guest post originally appeared on Idealist Careers blog.

Social Businesses Use Technology for more than Marketing


For example, why aren’t our performance reviews more social? By collecting feedback from all sources in one (virtual) place, it makes for an easier annual review meeting, and it makes it much easier to give feedback all year round.

3 New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofit Professionals to Build Resilience

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

1) Review the Year: For as long as I can remember, I have kept an annual professional journal, using a variation of bullet journal technique. I also use it as a year in review tool. As the part of my monthly review, I reflect on my themes and habits to improve. Year in Review.

Hospital Marketing and Fundraising: A Dynamic Duo

Connection Cafe

By sitting down quarterly to review communication calendars, marketers and fundraisers can strengthen calls to action with educational, promotional, and fundraising components that reach all of their target audiences. While this organizational structure certainly facilitates partnership , it is not the only format and is definitely not a requirement to coordinate efforts. Call it cooperation, synergy, or partnership.

Innovate & Thrive or Stagnate & Die

Connection Cafe

The key to success is getting your corporate culture right and then tapping into the new found potential with an efficient and effective structure designed to harness and act on the newly uncovered ideas. Set Your Structure! The most critical component of an innovation transformation is the structure that takes "ideas" and transforms them into "innovations." Make innovative thinking a metric of success in staff reviews and get serious about the evaluation of new ideas.

10 Things to Know When Moving To A More ?Capable Software Platform


To be responsive and to keep costs down you should be able to change all of the following without additional spending or programming requirements: “Look and feel” and branding Narrative content and structure Menus and navigation Access rights and permissions Data fields and how they are arranged and organized Reports and data exports The sentence, “Sure we can do that,” can be broadly defined, thus as you review software options, request to see these features in operation.