Structuring Successful Virtual Meetings: A Counterintuitive Approach

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Renowned meeting experts Rick Lent and Nancy Settle-Murphy show you how to avoid the lack of focus, poor engagement and indecision that plague most virtual meetings. With the right planning, a few tips and some simple tools, you’ll actually be able to get work done efficiently at your next virtual meeting. Nancy-Settle-Murphy Rick-Lent meetings virtual-meetings

How Does Organization Structure Affect Online Success?


For those of us who have responsibilities in online fundraising / marketing / technology, often our work doesn’t fit within the traditional department structure of most nonprofit organizations. For those of us who have responsibilities in online fundraising / marketing / technology, often our work doesn’t fit within the traditional department structure of most nonprofit organizations. Norman Reiss. Project Manager, Technology. Center for Court Innovation.

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SMS Thought Leadership Series: How to Structure Tone and Content for Text Message Intervention Programs

Mobile Commons

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Increasing Organizational Buy-in When Building a Culture of Strong Internal Controls

Connection Cafe

Here are 7 practices for building an internal control structure that will increase buy-in and stand the test of time. Nonprofit Management finance financial management grant management internal controls internal controls structure nonprofit culture transparency

Which is better: structure or flow?

Have Fun - Do Good

Maybe you''re naturally a more structured person. When life doesn''t fit within the structure you created, you might feel anxious, scared, powerless, or stuck. Structure or flow? Neither. You need both.

How to Create SEO-Friendly URL Structures for Your WordPress Site

Byte Technology

And doing so begins with ensuring that your WordPress site has a “friendly” permalink—also called a URL—structure that the search engines will find easy to categorize and display for those seeking the information, products or services you provide. In the past, however, WordPress sites defaulted to a URL structure that was decidedly unfriendly to search engines. When you’ve chosen or created your URL structure, be sure to save the changes. Search-engine optimization (SEO).

Occupy & The NY Department of Education. The Peoples' Mic. Who Structures the Conversation?

Network-Centric Advocacy

The people want to be heard. It is interesting that the officals are interested in breaking people into 14 rooms for feedback.(You You can hear the proposal in the background of the first 30 seconds) However, the people want to be heard (by media and the community) not just the leaders at the table.

The Future Role of the CIO in the NonProfit


Change Management changing role of CIO Leadership nonprofit management nonprofit technology leadership nptech Organizational Culture organizational structure Staffing Strategy IT Staff Michael Enos. Chief Technology Officer. Second Harvest Food Bank. Everything we thought that technology would do to democratize information is happening, and it’s happening in ways that we didn’t dream of. So do we still need an IT department, or a CIO?

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Molecular Structure of Sugar

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Ever wonder about what the molecular structure of sugar looks like? Happy Valentine's Day! Did you get a box of chocolate? Or what to learn more about cultural customs of pickles? The exploratorium's " Science of Cooking is the place for curious cooks. Make cooking an educational experience

Flow within Structure: Advice for a Young Artist

Have Fun - Do Good

is to be like a stream: flow within a structure. Life as a creative person is a constant dance between structure and flow. This post was written as part of a gift from wishstudio founder, Mindy Tsonas, to a young artist friend, M.

Leading Great Board Meetings: How to Structure Yours for Success

Wild Apricot Blog

Board Meeting Expert, Dr. Richard Lent shows how you can revitalize your board meetings to be perfectly productive, super structured, and extremely engaging

Are you hiding behind your status?


We non-profits benefit greatly from our legal status, but we also need to be open to other legal structures that may not be non-profit, yet nonetheless allow for an awesome community impact.

What Nonprofits Can Learn About Content Structure… from Pearl Jam


You probably know at least some of their lyrics, but are you familiar with Pearl Jam's content structure? Pearl Jam have been posterboys for a lot of things, but probably not structured web content. government – but given the breadth of coverage (and budgets) available to those entities, making the move to fully structured content may seem daunting in the nonprofit context. Brett Meyer. Content Strategist. ThinkShout.

Notes on Structure Lab: Legal and Financial Models for Social Entrepeneurship

Museum 2.0

Last week, I attended Structure Lab , a half-day workshop on legal and financial structures for ventures for social good. The Structure Lab is set up as a "game" in which you explore cards in various categories (values, assets, financing, etc.)

Structural Poverty and the Non-Adoption Tax

Tech Soup Blog

This post originally appeared at TechSoup for Libraries. I recently spoke with Alice Loy, co-founder of the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship. GCCE and the New Mexico State Library are partners in Fast-Forward New Mexico (FFNM), a BTOP-funded project. Among other things, the project provides for 64 hours of free Internet training in 17 libraries around the state.

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.

The Anatomy of a Content Model

Connection Cafe

A content model is a document defining the structure of each content type within a CMS , or Content Management System. And regardless of which CMS you choose, it’s also crucial to have someone smart “design” your CMS so that the content is structured properly.

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How to avoid the non-profit 'halo effect'


For too long we non-profits have benefited from undue credit for our legal status while for profits face undue criticism for theirs - join the conversation today as we discover that it''s much more effective to focus on impact than legal structure

Free Expert Webinar: Leading Great Board Meetings

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Board Meeting Expert, Dr. Richard Lent shows how you can revitalize your board meetings to be perfectly productive, super structured, and extremely engaging. Board members board-meetings

Infographic: Nonprofit Strategic Restructuring


Your nonprofit’s structure was laboriously built over years of tinkering, learning, and perfecting. So, it’s understandable that restructuring your nonprofit can be a daunting sometimes terrifying thought.

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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. Storytelling is an essential fundraising skill for nonprofits.

How Citizen Powered Movements Will Lead Social Change in 2017 

Connection Cafe

The magic combination was a traditional advocacy nonprofit that provided a centralized campaign structure and unified rallying message to distributed groups of stakeholders, including individuals as free agents. People want to go big in 2017!

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Becoming a "Workplan” or “Mission Driven” Association

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Do you think your organization might benefit from embracing a “workplan-driven” or “mission driven” structure? association management volunteer management

How Your Nonprofit Can Routinize Reflection

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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 a structured way to capture the lessons learned from any project, with the intent of improving future performance.

All Facets of the Impact Investing Field at SOCAP16

Connection Cafe

The field is evolving at a rapid pace, creating a lot of opportunity for creativity in structuring the market. This should be evident through consistent reporting, structured platforms and networks, and aggregated data around mapped outcomes.

The Nonprofit Accounting Cheat Sheet

Connection Cafe

Whether you’re a nonprofit native or just starting in the nonprofit world, you’ve no doubt realized there are differences in the way fund accounting is structured vs. for profit accounting.

Igniting the Next Generation of Nonprofit Leaders


Yet most nonprofits operate in very old school ways and if we don’t begin to openly examine the problems with these dated structures, we will fail in setting up future generations for nonprofit leadership success.

Does your Group have the DNA of a dancer or campaign team? MIT management professor Tom Malone on collective intelligence and the “genetic” structure of groups » Nieman Journalism Lab » Pushing to the Future of Journalism

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MIT management professor Tom Malone on collective intelligence and the “genetic” structure of groups » Nieman Journalism Lab » Pushing to the Future of Journalism. And that knowledge, just as with the human genome, might help us gain an ability to manipulate group structures. This MIT study of group DNA is interesting and related to the advocacy mix in a network of people working on a campaign. Unpacking the right group DNA for specialized tasks is going to be most useful.

Emerging Leaders Need More than Leadership Development

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

For decades, even centuries, our view of leadership has been defined by top-down, hierarchical structures. From an emerging leader’s perspective, the kind of leadership development that supports these collaborative structures calls for a blending of both hard and soft skills.

Why Healthcare Nonprofits Need Analytics-Driven Fundraising

Connection Cafe

My clients have used analytics to answer questions like: Does the current organization staffing structure support our actual capacity to raise money? Few industries have seen as much change in the past decade as healthcare.

Sales Operations Demystified: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How To Do It Right

Wild Apricot Blog

The Structure of an Agile Sales Operations Unit. Given the variance of organizational structures even among similarly scaled players in the same industry, pinning down the ideal structure for sales ops is nearly impossible. Evaluation of sales processes, and salesforce structure.

Growth Hacking Your Mission With People Power

Connection Cafe

The magic combination was the traditional nonprofit that provided a centralized campaign structure and unified message to diverse stakeholders. Growth hacking: a process of rapid experimentation to identify the most efficient ways to grow a business (or cause!).

4 Steps to Creating Your Nonprofit’s Storytelling Strategy

Connection Cafe

Once you have decided upon your key messages, you’ll be able to structure your story in a way that ensures that this key message is central to the point of your story. Of course, there may be other details that you want to include depending on your team structure and project management system. Does your nonprofit have a plan for storytelling this year ? If you’re like most organizations, the answer is most likely no.

Making #GivingTuesday Count: New Mexico State University’s Story

Connection Cafe

All in all, the teamwork was stellar; however, we did have one key learning that when it comes to our internal planning committee structure, there is such a thing as too many cooks in the kitchen. Be sure you have a structured planning committee with key contributors and stakeholders, only.

3 Federated Models for Larger Nonprpfits (and How Each Model Impacts Decision Making)

Connection Cafe

For an organization assessing its own structure, this blog is intended to provide a simplified basis for self-comparison against each of the three models. Distributed nonprofits are constantly considering how their structure is impacting performance, efficiency and effectiveness.

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How to define affiliation (and is it different than engagement?)


So we came up with a generic definition of affiliation: A set of organizational pathways, structures, policies, and resource allocation patterns….

Why Individual Giving Strategies Often Don’t Work for Communities of Color

Connection Cafe

The unfamiliarity of the nonprofit structure affects all sorts of stuff, from board engagement to hiring, and it often makes giv- ing to a nonprofit a bizarre idea. Plus, they’ve been around as community pillars for thousands of years and are relatively simple in structure.

Amplify #GivingTuesday with Social Ambassadors

Connection Cafe

The main reason for segmenting by social influence is so you can deliberately cultivate this distinct group as new messengers with programmatic support and structure.

Free Expert Webinar: Leading Great Virtual Board Meetings (Part II)

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Learn ways you can use structure to create naturally more effective and engaging virtual meetings. We will share stories, along with tips and tools. These suggestions can be used with any form of virtual meeting technology

Community Management Continues to Mature [REPORT]


these three kinds of community structures often coexist around a single organization or company. - internal community management is very different than external community management , because of the internal structures, culture, silos, etc.