October, 2017

Major Gifts: Defining and Enhancing Your Strategy

Connection Cafe

Over $400 billion in combined charitable donations were given to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada in 2016. It was a record-breaking year that some attribute to an uncertain global political climate. No matter the reason, we’re generous! .

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The Perils of Fake News, Coordinated Misinformation, and Social Media Addiction

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

There have been many news articles recently about social media for evil: How Facebook, Twitter, Google, and even Instagram have been abused for coordinated misinformation paid social media or advertising to influence our political system.

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How To Create an Article That Is Impossible Not to Share

SocialFish

It would be impossible to know what the most shared blog post of all time would be, given the sheer volume of posts (including viral ones) that are released every single day. But if there is one website that embodies popular posts as a concept, it has to be Buzzfeed.

Microsoft's MileIQ Helps a Nonprofit Show People How to Save Lots of Energy

Tech Soup Blog

In 2015, the state of Louisiana consumed more energy per capita than any other state, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Tips to Successful Fundraising: Put Donors First

NonProfit Hub

Donors lay the framework for sustaining your nonprofit. You can’t do much of anything without them—they give your organization the strong foundation that it needs to build upon. But once you have a solid network of donors, how do you keep them? Maeve Strathy is a Fundraising Strategist for Blakely and the creator of her own fundraising blog, What Gives Philanthropy.

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10 Reasons to Attend SURGE 2017

SocialFish

SURGE 2017 is an experiment in collaborative innovation. It is a free virtual summit running on November 7 th -9 th , was inspired by the association community, envisioned in conversations with people throughout the industry, and planned and created through teamwork and cooperation.

Improve Your Fundraising Approach and Skills at NetSquared Meetups

Tech Soup Blog

Fall has arrived, and with it comes fundraising season. More than one-third of charitable giving happens in the last three months of the year , and the emergence of Giving Tuesday (on November 28 this year) makes the year's end even more critical for charities. Feeling overwhelmed?

How Ideology Affects Which Causes Donors Support

Nonprofit Tech for Good

According to the 2017 Global Trends in Giving Report , a donor’s ideology has more impact upon which causes and types of nonprofits they support than gender or age.

What's Your Vision?

Museum 2.0

It's 8am in the classroom; 5am in my body. I'm sitting at my assigned seat, next to a man who sells trailers in in Indiana, a woman who runs a Chamber of Commerce in Pennsylvania, and a guy who provides liability insurance to doctors across the US.

Share of the American Wallet: What It Does and Does Not Mean for Your Nonprofit

Connection Cafe

The Blackbaud Institute’s newest research report, Share of the American Wallet , was released earlier this month. This report is based on data about discretionary spending by Americans, and focuses on the key demographic indicators of charitable giving.

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Three Ways To Help Support Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It has been ten days since Hurricane Maria has devastated the Island of Puerto Rico. We have read the harrowing news reports about a lack of food, electricity, and water and people dying.

Get Ready! Two Unforgettable Days in Your Association Tech Future

SocialFish

Expect the Unexpected at the Upcoming AMS Fest. AMS Fest is a one-of-a-kind event. No, seriously, we don’t say that lightly. It’s two days of your association career that you won’t forget.

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How to Engage Social Media Followers With Storytelling

John Haydon

One of my very first cars was a yellow 1972 VW Super Beetle. It was beautiful and simple and had lots of pep. But after the starter died, the only way to start it was to pop the clutch as I rolled down a hill. I loved that bug dearly. The Nonprofit Storytelling Tour I […].

This Digital Marketing Process Will Make You Write Better Content

Nonprofits Source

Do you have a digital marketing process in place to manage your content, social, email, and engagement activities? I know at times it may feel like a lot to juggle. But if you’re like me, you constantly find ways to maximize your productivity to get the job done. Work smarter, not harder.

How Can a Museum Best Protect Its Assets?

Tech Soup Blog

In this age of increasing hacks and cybercrime, the Norman Rockwell Museum has a lot of digital assets, museum operations data, and private patron data that need to be protected.

Millennial Voices: Advocates and Activists Over Donors and Volunteers

Connection Cafe

Millennials are dissatisfied with and uncertain about America’s future , says the most recent research released by Achieve in the Millennial Impact Report, The Power of Voice: A New Era of Cause Activation and Social Issue Adoption. Should nonprofits be concerned? You bet. Because the largest living generation in U.S. history is taking action to change the future in ways causes, nonprofits, government and even society has never seen before.

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The Surprising Truth About Donor Fatigue And What Nonprofits Can Do To Avoid It

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo by Fuel Relief Fund on GlobalGiving. Note from Beth: With the hurricanes, gun violence, and fires, I gave generously, including donations to Global Giving funds. I surpassed my giving budget for disaster relief giving.

EveryAction Development: Make Your Fundraising Tools Work For You

EveryAction

It’s no secret EveryAction’s best-in-class tools have been proven to help thousands of nonprofits raise more money while saving time on day-to-day operations. With EveryAction Development, we’ve made it truly simple to manage your donors in one, unified platform, giving you more time to focus on your organization’s mission, raise more money, and operate more efficiently. Recently, I caught up with Melissa Wyers, Executive Director of EveryAction, to chat all things EveryAction Development.

Is Your Association Breaking This Key Rule While Trying to Engage Younger Members?

Wild Apricot Blog

Associations that struggle to attract and engage younger members typically break one key rule. In this post, membership expert Amanda Kaiser reveals what that rule is, and how you can apply it so your organization brings in younger members. younger-members engagement Amanda-Kaiser association membership

[PODCAST] Tips and Tricks to Year-End Fundraising | Ft. Sandy Rees

NonProfit Hub

“You have to be transparent with your fundraising. Think if the decision you’re making would be on the front page of the local paper tomorrow and your mama saw it. Would you want your mama to see it?” – Sandy Rees, Founder of Get Fully Funded. Fundraising can be a messy business. Sandy gave us two rules for when you’re asking donors for money: First, Sandy told us to never be afraid of asking. Just go for it.

3 Ways Tech is Changing Strategic Planning for Housing Non-Profits

Exactask Technology

If you’ve heard it before, that’s because it’s become almost universally true: technology is changing everything. This applies to strategic planning for nonprofits as well, and there are more opportunities to reach new audiences and connect with them than ever before.

Lessons on Policymakers, Gender Equality, and Data

Connection Cafe

Last week at the United Nations General Assembly , Equal Measures 2030 launched a multi-country policymaker survey that explored perceptions of progress on gender-related issues and access to and use of data to inform decisions.

Two Examples of Nonprofit Social Media That Will Make You Smile (and learn a best practice or two)

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Recently, my social media feeds have been anxiety producing, if not downright depressing. The parade of bad news: gun violence, hurricanes, earthquakes, nuclear war, fake news, and more.

Where Do You Learn Best? My Personal Learning Journey from Conferences to Trainings

Museum 2.0

The Museum 2.0 blog started because of a conference. In 2006, I attended a big conference for the first time (ASTC). I went alone, sent with a blessing from my boss at the International Spy Museum. I dutifully went to sessions all day, every day.

Really Great Team Communication Follows These 12 Guidelines

Wild Apricot Blog

These 12 guidelines by two leading communications experts can help you create really great team communication in your organization. Team-Communication

Happy Birthday! The Charitable Deduction Turns 100

ASU Lodestar Center

posted by Mark Hager Associate Professor ASU School of Community Resources and Development. On June 28, 1914, political assassins killed Austria’s archduke and his wife, leading to the Austro-Hungarian invasion of Serbia and the beginnings of war across Europe.

5 Data Security Risks for Nonprofits (and How to Fix Them)

Tech Soup Blog

Many nonprofits handle sensitive personal information belonging to community members — whether it's names or email addresses or payment information. But are you handling this data properly to prevent a data breach?

5 Ideas for University Fundraising Campaigns at Year-End

Connection Cafe

In 2016, higher education institutions saw 17.7% of total giving occur in December. Higher education performed in line with the average across the public sector, however, it’s slightly behind Human Services, Healthcare and Environment/Animal Welfare organizations, which means there’s room to grow!

New and Notable: What’s Coming With WordPress 4.9

Byte Technology

Back in May, we took a look at what was coming down the line with the WordPress update 4.8.

Thinking of and Thanking Paul Otellini

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

A friend just sent me the surprising and sad news of the unexpected passing of former Intel CEO, Paul Otellini.

How to Report Live from Nonprofit Events and Conferences

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Real-time reporting from nonprofit conferences and events requires an advanced skill set, training, and a lot of practice.

How to Set Up a Nonprofit Office Space on a Shoestring Budget & Where to Find Free Computer Equipment and Furniture

Wild Apricot Blog

If your operating on a shoestring budget but need to give your nonprofit office space an upgrade, you've come to the right place. Here is a list of all the places you can rent and find free or discounted computer equipment and office furniture. Office-Space

How Libraries Use Social Media

Tech Soup Blog

Eighty-one percent of Americans have social media accounts , and that number is expected to grow each year. Nearly all brands have a social presence, and libraries are no different. Libraries are using social platforms now more than ever before. The New York Public Library has 2.2

Exploring Disaster Philanthropy: Part 1

Connection Cafe

If disasters cannot be predicted or planned, is it reasonable to expect a situation where the philanthropic world is prepared to immediately address the pressing needs that surface in affected areas, both short and long-term?