February, 2018

Is it the Best of Times for Nonprofit Fundraising?

Connection Cafe

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness …”. Does it seem like the opening lines of Charles Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities sum up the times we’re living in today? We tend to view our lives in terms of superlatives.

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3 Ways to Use Social Media to Grow Membership

SocialFish

This post originally appeared on MC Talks. ——-. There are thousands upon thousands of associations out there, but one thing all associations have in common: They all want to grow! Now you may have a growth strategy in place (as part of your association’s strategic plan), but does that growth strategy incorporate social media? If not, you may want to consider adding that in, as social media is typically a fairly cheap and easy way to reach new eyes.

Let’s #ReclaimSocial Media for Social Good

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Earlier this week, I had the honor of kicking off the first day of a week of workshops for 50 women’s right leaders from the United States through a program called “ Tech2EmpowerUSA.”

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing a Fundraising Appeal Letter

NonProfit Hub

The fundraising appeal letter is a difficult one to pen. At its foundation, you’re asking people to part with their hard-earned money , so you’re going to need to present them with a solid case that they’ll understand and connect with.

How to Write a Newsletter Your Members Will Actually Want to Read

Wild Apricot Blog

Does your digital newsletter have low engagement? Here's how to write a newsletter your members actually want to read

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Guest Post: Facebook Video Tips from Non-Profit Marketers

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: Is Facebook Live or posting videos part of your nonprofit’s strategy for 2018? It should be. Using a tool like Animato can make it easy for your nonprofit to create DYI videos, but to be successful you need to develop a strategy and use compelling storytelling.

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How the University of Minnesota Leveraged Social Ambassadors for Giving Day

Connection Cafe

“What’s next?” is becoming a common question for digital fundraising strategists. We’re hearing it about online giving days, about crowdfunding, about email – and now we’re starting to field the same question about peer-to-peer or online ambassador programs.

Wild Apricot Launches Mobile App for Members

Wild Apricot Blog

If you want to speed up event registrations and increase engagement among your members, encourage them to download our free Mobile App: Wild Apricot For Members. Member-App Mobile-App

5 Engaging and Profitable Fundraising Ideas for any Nonprofit

John Haydon

Let’s face it. Sometimes it’s hard to come up with creative new fundraising ideas to rally your supporters.

Direct Mail Is Here to Stay (and How)

Everyaction

(This is the third post in our New Year, New Heights development series. Need to catch up? Click here for practical tips on improving your email program this year and here for an in-depth look at three reporting tools every nonprofit should have to improve their fundraising strategy.). In today’s digital age, it might seem somewhat nostalgic to talk about direct mail.

Bookmark This: 2018 Social Media Image Sizes

SocialFish

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Break Your Mobile Phone Addiction: There’s An App for That and More

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Having trouble getting that mobile phone out of your hands and checking it when you need to focus on work? There’s an app that can help you break your mobile phone addiction and it makes it fun. The app is called Forest that turns putting down your phone into a game. Here’s how it works.

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The Times They Are A-Changin’: Adapting to a Shifting Industry

NonProfit Hub

My staff and I recently noticed a shift in our SEO statistics and started looking at what our data analytics showed for our blog in 2017. The data showed that 49 percent of our readers are ages 18-34. This was a surprise to us. For years, our audience fell in the 45-54 age group. Now, as we learned, our audience is younger than it’s ever been, and we’ve been adapting. More importantly, I think this shift represents changes we’re seeing in the nonprofit sector in general.

Top 10 Tips for Uber-Efficient Meetings (How to Make Every Minute Count!)

Wild Apricot Blog

If you know your meetings could use a boost in efficiency, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve identified ten of the most common ways time is wasted in meetings and the tips that make them uber-efficent. Nancy-Settle-Murphy meetings

Editorial Calendars: The Secret Weapon of Communications Effectiveness

John Haydon

You have too much content to create, too many communications channels to manage and too little time for any of it, right? The urgent overtakes the important. Priorities get lost in the chaos. You can’t get everyone on the same page. You are not alone. This is very common in nonprofits.

Introducing Elected Officials Look Up

Everyaction

Less than half of Americans can name their Representative in Congress, and even fewer know who represents them in their State Legislature. For nonprofits doing political advocacy, this presents a particular challenge when mobilizing supporters for actions such as letter writing or lobby days. That’s why we’ve created Elected Officials Lookup Pages - a tool that allows users to find their elected officials based on their address. Elected Officials Look Up Pages.

How Nonprofits can Use Analytics with Advocacy

Connection Cafe

Analytic Activism is a book about how advocacy organizations can make better decisions in the digital age. I wrote the book because it seemed like something was missing from the conversation about digital advocacy and activism.

Trainer’s Notebook: The Importance of Hands-On Learning

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

For the past five years, I’ve been an adjunct professor at Middlebury College in Monterey teaching a graduate course called “ Networked International Organizations ” for students pursuing an advanced degree in International Development.

How to Engage Alumni Effectively | 4 Flawless Best Practices

Donor Search

If there’s one golden rule of university fundraising, it’s that the key to effectively engaging alumni supporters is making meaningful connections with them year after year. No matter how long it’s been since graduation, your school always wants to remain a part of your alumni’s lives (and be first on their list when making a… University Fundraising alumni engagement Prospect Research

A Sneak Peak at Wild Apricot’s Online Store

Wild Apricot Blog

Here's a sneak peak at what you'll be able to do with our new Online Store feature once it launches on April 3, 2018. Online-Store

For Sale For a Cause: Four Seasons

Judi Sohn

If you want to know what I’m doing, read this post. My 3rd shawl completed in 2018 is ready to go to a good home and support a great cause of your choice. This one is ‘Four Seasons’ by Kitman Figueroa, another favorite lace designer.

Nonprofits! This Is How to Use Facebook’s Fundraising Tools

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Through a process of trial and error, the Beagle Freedom Project is learning how to effectively use Facebook’s Fundraising Tools and they are being rewarded with more than likes and hearts – their followers are donating!

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Introducing Basic Pages on EveryAction

Everyaction

Some nonprofit communications and digital staffers may not have easy access to edit their CMS/website platform, but need to quickly spin up a basic page with information or helpful links for their supporters. We've recently built out Basic Pages on EveryAction to empower users to do just that. Basic Pages are available for all EveryAction packages, and allow users to display content without collecting information from supporters.

Breaking through the Noise on Social Media: How to run a Twitter Chat That Spotlights Your Nonprofit’s Impact

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Breaking through the Noise on Social Media: How to run a Twitter Chat That Spotlights Your Nonprofit’s Impact – guest post by Neil Parekh. Every second, on average, around 6,000 tweets are posted to Twitter.

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The Importance of the Thank You: Creating an Attitude of Gratitude

NonProfit Hub

Sponsored by Network for Good. From early childhood, we are taught the magic words: thank you. I don’t have to tell you that these two simple words can make or break the relationship between an organization and its donors.

100-Percent Board Giving

Connection Cafe

Board members are your organization’s advocates, ambassadors and vital volunteers. It’s imperative that your board understands that their participation level sets the tone for community impact.

This One Simple Habit Will Make You More Productive

John Haydon

You have big goals you’d like to achieve. But many of these goals have been on your list for the past few years. If you’re so smart, why can’t you accomplish your goals? You’re smart, passionate and hard-working.

A Better Way to Manage Your Client Payroll

Vertex Systems

Are you currently using a potpourri of software and spreadsheets to manage your client payroll? . If so, what benefits is it offering you? Does it save time, increase productivity and eliminate data entry errors? . If not, there is a much better solution. .

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How to Engage Alumni Effectively | 4 Key Best Practices

Donor Search

If there’s one golden rule of university fundraising, it’s that the key to effectively engaging alumni supporters is making meaningful connections with them year after year. No matter how long it’s been since graduation, your school always wants to remain a part of your alumni’s lives (and be first on their list when making a… University Fundraising alumni engagement Prospect Research

Leading with Accountability: What Accountability Strategies are Critical to Foster Nonprofit Donor Support?

ASU Lodestar Center

posted by Fernanda Torres Maqueda Sr. Program Manager, Public Allies Arizona | Graduate Alumna, ASU Master of Nonprofit Leadership & Management. As public-facing and serving organizations, nonprofits are held to higher ethical standards than their business counterparts are. Ethics,” 2017).

Five TED Talks for Nonprofit Professionals

NonProfit Hub

As nonprofits, sometimes we need a little extra inspiration to keep doing what we do. We work in a sector that sets out to change the lives of others, and for that reason we need to understand where others come from first.

Step Up Book Authors Talk About Leadership And Leadership Moments

Eric Jacobsen Blog

The book, Step Up , shows readers how to step up to the plate during six critical leadership moments. Readers learn how to: Use anger intelligently in the workplace. Recognize and deal with terminal politeness. Make decisions when no one else is making them.

8 Tips for Your Nonprofit RFP Process Featuring a Free RFP Template

Everyaction

So your nonprofit needs a new vendor or consultant. You know what that means! Time to start the RFP process to make sure you find the best vendor for your organization. While creating a Request for Proposals can be labor-intensive, time consuming, and stressful, we've put together some tips to make the whole process go a little smoother. From developing, distributing, and reviewing RFP’s - here are 8 strategies to help you out along the way.

Getting More Done for Less?

Vertex Systems

Have you ever stopped to think if it’s possible to get more done in your agency without hiring new staff? Wouldn’t it be great if you could service more clients, deliver more authorized services and create a bigger impact on the lives of these clients without having to hire new DSP’s?