August, 2017

5 Facts About Online Average Gift Size

Connection Cafe

I have a confession to make. I used to believe that online average gift size was a vanity metric. It made for interesting tweets and blog post headlines about online giving trends, but it wasn’t very useful. Over time I’ve learned to love the online average gift size metric.

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7 Steps for Finding Work/Life Balance While You’re Trying to Save the World


By Meico Marquette Whitlock. ——-. You’re deeply committed to your organization and doing whatever it takes to make life just a little bit easier for your members and the community you serve.

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7 Ways to Avoid Fundraising Burnout

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Flickr Photo by Sam Livingston. Note from Beth: This week I’ve been in Finland at the invitation of the US Embassy to do trainings. On August 14th, I’m doing a FREE webinar with Soapbox Engage on how to raise more money and not burnout.

13 of the Best Nonprofit Videos from the Last 13 Years

Nonprofit Tech for Good

YouTube launched almost 13 years ago on February 14, 2005 and you got to give credit to the early adopter nonprofits active on YouTube in its early years. These early adopters were also embracing Myspace when the vast majority of nonprofits hadn’t yet had their aha moment about social media.

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How Nonprofits Are Successfully Using Chatbots

Tech Soup Blog

Whether they're to serve up content, answer questions, or bolster fundraising efforts, chatbots hold great promise for nonprofits and charities. And although chatbots are relatively new to the nonprofit community, some organizations are already using them in interesting and innovative ways.

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Step-by-Step Guide: Nonprofit Walking Meetings

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Earlier this week, I was honored to do a webinar for Soapbox Engage about self-care and bringing a culture of wellbeing into the nonprofit workplace based on The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.

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FAQs about Joining a Nonprofit Board: How does the board matching process work? How long does it take?


Ready to join a board but worried that the process of finding the right one may be be a major project taking a lot of your time? We hope we can address this concern in our new blog series on the most frequently asked questions we hear from candidates considering joining a nonprofit board.

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Telling Your Story: NetSquared #Storymakers2017 Workshops for Nonprofits

Tech Soup Blog

Here at TechSoup, we're big on stories. Effective storytelling means nonprofits can reach more people, touch more hearts, and create bigger impact. TechSoup's NetSquared meetups will bring local nonprofits free digital storytelling workshops in more than 40 cities between August and October.

5 New Facebook Page Features You Probably Missed [Video Tutorial]

John Haydon

Over the past few months Facebook has added several new Facebook Page Features including video covers and linking Groups. Of course you’re busy so you may have missed the memo. At the bottom of this post is a quick video tour of: 1.

Understanding Charitable Tax Deduction Legislation

Connection Cafe

The charitable tax deduction is 100 years old. Yes, 100 years old. It was enacted in 1917 to encourage private philanthropy after individual income taxes were increased to help pay for the United States’ effort in World War I.

Hot Association Jobs – Week of August 9


Here are some cool jobs, hand-picked by me, that you can find via the SocialFish job board ! We focus on jobs in social media , marketing , communications , PR , advocacy , and digital. .

How Your Nonprofit Can Routinize Reflection

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Nonprofits You May Have Overlooked

Wild Apricot Blog

Many people jump into a nonprofit career without understanding what it actually takes to thrive in the nonprofit world. Unfortunately it’s those same people who burn out quickly. Not to be discouraged though, a good understanding of what’s to come will allow you to manage your expectations and plan for a successful, impactful career in the nonprofit world. webinars nonprofits

AI with a Social Impact: The Top 5 Reasons Why Nonprofits Should Explore Chatbots

Tech Soup Blog

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the new tech craze, and everyone wants in. From self-driving vehicles to Alexa, our lives are slowly transforming as a result of constantly changing and improving AI.

Welcome Emails: 10 Essential Elements For Every Nonprofit [INFOGRAPHIC]

John Haydon

Welcome emails are an essential part of your email marketing strategy. It’s that first impression a new donor or volunteer experiences. And that first experience often determines whether they’ll keep coming back.

3 Reasons Your Nonprofit Website Needs Responsive Design

Connection Cafe

Did you know that organizations update their website, on average, every 2-4 years? While this seems to be quite frequent, and perhaps more often than some of you may like, if you think about your website in terms of technology, four years is a very long time!

Purchasing Fundraising Software: A Small Shop’s Guide


It’s inevitable that as your organization continues to gain momentum and supporters, you’ll have to think about purchasing nonprofit fundraising software.

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Paying Attention to Your Nonprofit’s Workplace Culture Pays Off

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Recently, I was invited to participate in a staff “Lunch and Learn,” by Connor Diemand-Yauman , CEO of Philanthropy University , about building a culture of wellbeing in the nonprofit workplace and capacity building.

5 Steps to Create an Amazing Membership Website with No Technical Expertise

Wild Apricot Blog

Here's how to create an amazing membership website from scratch and without any technical expertise. membership website

From Startup to Social Enterprise … with Rebecca Masisak at the Helm

Tech Soup Blog

It's hard living two lives. Maybe you can relate?

Use Nonprofit Financials as a Strategic Decision-Making Tool


Philanthropic New Yorkers come to BoardAssist every day looking to join a board where they can play a meaningful role – and “be the change” they want to see in the world.

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Why Healthcare Nonprofits Need Analytics-Driven Fundraising

Connection Cafe

Few industries have seen as much change in the past decade as healthcare. And because the forces shaping the industry are so varied—shifts in the regulatory environment, the evolution of technology, changing consumer needs and expectations—it can be hard to keep up, much less stay ahead.

How to be Transparent with Your Donors

NonProfit Hub

A great magician never reveals his or her secrets. Is your nonprofit like a dazzling magical act in your community? Are you doing all sorts of good for all sorts of people and keeping it to yourself? Let me give you one more trick to put up your sleeve: transparency. Being transparent with your donors may sound like a no-brainer, but all too often it goes by the wayside. What do your donors really know about your nonprofit? Do they know where their money goes and what good it does?

What We Can Learn from Finnish NGOS About Resilience

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

3 Common Legal Traps Nonprofits Fall Prey To

Wild Apricot Blog

Have you ever worried your nonprofit could have some hidden legal risks? Nonprofit attorney and strategist Erin McClarty shows you 3 common legal traps and how to avoid them. Erin-McClarty nonprofit-law legal-issues legal-traps nonprofit

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8 Nonprofit and Library Design Projects That Are on Point

Tech Soup Blog

Great design speaks for itself. These nonprofit designs are getting a lot of love on Behance — an Adobe site that allows designers to show off their work   —   and it ' s no wonder why.

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FAQs about Joining a Nonprofit Board: Does it matter that I’ve never served on a nonprofit board before?


Have you been following our new blog series on the most frequently asked questions we hear from candidates considering joining a nonprofit board? All the answers have always be available in our book Giving Back , downloadable from the top of every page of our website.

6 Elements of a Successful P2P Event Homepage

Connection Cafe

The homepage of your P2P event is the first page that most of your participants will see before they register. It’s your job to design a page that inspires action and participation quickly. Potential registrants are the main audience for this page.

How Your Nonprofit Can Benefit From Earned Income Opportunities

NonProfit Hub

It was always a dream of mine to become the executive director of a nonprofit organization. After developing the right relationships and building a career in marketing, that dream became a reality. My goal from there was to disrupt the nonprofit world and look at it through the lens of a business person. What I’m focused on is making a sector-wide shift from simply surviving to absolutely thriving. And part of that comes from looking at other ways you can bring in money to further your mission.

Guest Post by Seema Rao: How Museums Can Resist Racism and Oppression

Museum 2.0

This guest post was written by Seema Rao , a 2017 MuseumCamper and brilliant GLAM visitor advocate. Seema wrote it (original post here ) in response to her experience last week at MuseumCamp. followed by the painful news about racism-fueled rallies and mob violence in Charlottesville, VA.

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5 Simple Tips for a More Impressive Twitter Profile

John Haydon

Is your Twitter profile follow-worthy? Or are you unknowingly turning people away, leaving them confused or unimpressed? Your Twitter profile very is different from many other social profiles.

Top 5 Benefits of Having a Technology Plan

Tech Soup Blog

Whenever I began a new technology consulting project with a nonprofit, one of the first questions I ask is, "Do you have a tech plan?" " That's because a good plan is the foundation of being strategic and successful with technology.

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Nonprofit Tech for Good

Building a Culture of Healthcare Philanthropy with Patients at the Center

Connection Cafe

We all know that patients are at the heart of everything healthcare organizations do.