Staying Nimble in a Time of Change

Connection Cafe

These are unprecedented times. As a result, nonprofits find themselves in an equally unprecedented situation, where passion, advocacy and cause demonstration are at an all-time high.

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4 Ways We Can Approach the Lack of Time as Fundraisers

Connection Cafe

If I’ve learned anything in my 35 years in fundraising it’s that there really isn’t enough time. Enough time to test before investing the entire budget on a “great” idea. Enough time to learn how to maximize the new ideas that promise to revolutionize fundraising.

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It’s Time to Know What You Don’t Know

Connection Cafe

The experts at the store got me thinking about technique and tools in a way I never considered.Did you know if you pair a thicker roller with a heavier handle and a higher quality primer-included paint you will achieve an evenly colored wall in half the time and in only one coat? I thought “time-suck” was my only option. What I realized that with a greater investment up front—of both my time and money—I would be better educated and better equipped to handle the job ahead of me. .

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Virtual Meetings: 5 Tips for Nonprofits Working Across Time Zones

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Often, the training on-site is the beginning of project which includes facilitating sessions remotely across time zones. I know many nonprofits that work globally, either with affiliate offices or partners in different countries, sometimes with a time zone difference of 6-12 hours.

Overhead: Time to Pull Our Heads Out of the Sand?

Connection Cafe

Over time, funders expect grantees to do more and more with less and less—a cycle that slowly starves nonprofits (1). In just about any place you look today for advice on fundraising, overhead is being discussed.

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Simple Ways to Encourage People to Volunteer Their Time


Organizations that can’t hire as many employees as their for-profit counterparts turn to volunteers who give their own free time without expecting financial compensation Volunteers are the lifeblood of most non-profits and charitable organizations.

How Much Time Social Media Requires for Fundraising Success

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The amount of time that a nonprofit can invest in mobile and social media depends on capacity. Large nonprofits should have in place or be in the process of hiring a full-time new media manager.

Time-Saving Tools and Apps for Social Media Management


The management of social media initiatives will help you align your people, time, budget and expenses together with your goals for successful completion of campaigns. Social media helps you boost traffic to your website (and your physical office!),

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Where You Should be Spending the Most Time with Donors

NonProfit Hub

The clock is consistently and constantly ticking – 86,400 times a day, to be exact. Despite the seemingly monumental amount of seconds, there never seems to be enough time in a day. Time is a precious resource for fundraisers. So when it comes to divvying up your time among donors, it’s crucial to maximize every second and every minute. There’s nothing worse than wasting precious time on a prospect that will never be fruitful.

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Is Giving Tuesday a Waste of Time?

John Haydon

The post Is Giving Tuesday a Waste of Time? Good question, right? First of all, the data says it’s been hugely successful in the past. Over 15,000 nonprofits participated last year, raising over $45 million. Yes, some nonprofits probably raised very little money.

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Why Trying to "Go Viral" is a Ridiculous Waste of Time


As it becomes a bigger part of the marketing lexicon , "going viral" has become everyone’s holy grail, but does that approach to nonprofit campaigns make sense for your organization? nonprofit campaigns campaigns

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Ready to Respond: Real-Time Lessons in Preparedness from the Headlines and the ACLU

Connection Cafe

During times of crisis, do you make it easy for supporters to take action? We’ve heard from experts about the importance of influencers before, but at an increasing rate we’re seeing just how crucial they can be for your cause in these time-sensitive moments.

EOY Hacks: 8 Online Fundraising Ideas to Save Money + Time


What can I write about to help them through this crazy time besides end-of-year fundraising? This time of year, the only thing nonprofit pros need more than fundraising ideas is more time and money to implement them.

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How Much Time Mobile and Social Media Require

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The amount of time that a nonprofit can invest in mobile and social media depends on capacity. Large nonprofits should have in place or be in the process of hiring a full-time new media manager.

Super Heroes and Major Milestones – Good is Taking Over, One Act of Kindness at a Time

Connection Cafe

Our school was closed for a week, so during that time students, faculty, and parents went out in the community to help families clean out their homes and give supplies and food.

How To Squeeze Social Media Into Your Day When It Isn’t A Full-Time Job

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

To put this context, a gold fish has an attention span of 9 seconds! Attention span is the amount of concentrated time on a task without becoming distracted. In short, you don’t spend enough time in either mode for your brain to be effective. Photo by BirgerKing.

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That Time the Godfather of Content Laughed at Me


At the time, I was working for an agency, doing content marketing and sales enablement for large global brands, startups and other for-profit business. This post originally appeared on Mizz Information. ——– Nobody likes to be laughed at–much less, publicly. Amirite?

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Definitive Timeline to Master Follow-Up with First-Time Donors

NonProfit Hub

We’ve developed the ultimate timeline to help master follow-up with first-time donors to help you cultivate relationships that stick around. First things first: follow-up with first-time donors starts by making a point to call your first-time donors as soon as possible. Donor communications expert Tom Ahern found that new donors who receive a personal thank-you within two days are four times more likely to give a second time.

Give Local America Disaster Offers Lessons for Next Time

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

“ Give Local America Disaster Offers Lessons for Next Time – Guest Post by Peter Panepento. Eastern time, the technology provider noticed that donation forms were loading slowly or not at all, and soon many communities were unable to process donations.

Facebook: Is it Worth your Nonprofit’s Time?


How much time should your nonprofit spend engaging with their “fans” on Facebook? It’s much easier for people to click a button and sign a petition online than it is to take time out of their busy schedules to attend an event.

Is Your Online Community Changing with the Times?


This post originally appeared on the Higher Logic blog , where I’m posting an ongoing series related to Millennials and online community. And don’t forget that Higher Logic clients can have access to our Essentials of Online Community Management program at a special discount.

How Much Time Should You Spend on Social Media?

John Haydon

The post How Much Time Should You Spend on Social Media? I’m sure you have asked this in your work. Just know that you are not alone!

Why Creating Space for Creative Time in the Nonprofit Workplace Improves Productivity

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Some of our most popular perks include: Accrued paid time off starting at 15 days per year. But as Amber points out, no one was actually using it since no one on the senior management was taking creative time. Flickr Photo by AstridWestvang.

Rethinking Volunteer Recruitment: A Real-Time Example of How Not to Attract Volunteers


Explore a real-time example to learn from the missteps of one organization''s approach. Leaders of volunteers are just that, leaders of people who choose to serve. They are typically not marketing wizards, and are not expected to be. Still, developing a little savvy around what it takes to wear the marketing "hat" while attracting future volunteers can go a long way. Then, learn more about what it takes to apply "otherliness" to your volunteer marketing messages

Try Qriously for free: Real-time data for your organization!

Amy Sample Ward

Last week, I had a lot of fun test-driving Qriously , a new application that replaces advertisements on smart phones with questions, creating real-time feedback about the topics you are interested in.

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No time to read books?


And despite all good intentions, you never have time to read them. If you are like me, you likely have a pile of new business books on your desk waiting to be read. Maybe you even received a few more for Christmas. ReadItForMe can help. I was a little skeptical at first when I heard about the site, but then I checked out a few of the books I’ve already read just to see how good these folks are, and I talked to their founder, Steve Cunningham, and I am very very impressed.

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Autumn: A Time for Harvest and Reflection

Connection Cafe

How Much Time Should Your Nonprofit Invest In Different Social Media Channels?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Along with measuring against impact results, it is important to look at how much time has been invested. This informative post is based on a recent webinar presented by the Ad Council provides an overview of how to understand the return on your time investment.

No More Jargon, It’s Time for Plain English in P2P Messaging

Connection Cafe

Lauren, Shana and I talk about this all time… Jargon is a peer-to-peer fundraising don’t! It’s time to cut the jargon and start using language our supporters understand. Jargon: I think this might be my favorite topic in our new peer-to-peer fundraising ebook.

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Attention #AFPFC Attendees: It’s Time to Join the #Giveolution

Connection Cafe

We couldn’t be more excited about where the global philanthropic community is headed. This industry is changing faster than ever before. At Blackbaud, we’re calling this change the Giveolution. It’s a movement that’s advancing the entire giving industry and the community that supports it.

The Best Times To Post To Social Media: Introducing the Burrito Principle

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

How many times have you seen people in the grocery store or waiting to pick up their sandwich order or their burrito from a burrito truck – while standing in a line and browsing their mobile phones? This is the time you should should be posting and engaging on social channels.

Time Management for Nonprofit Social Media Professionals: What’s Your Best Tip?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In the nonprofit sector, time is our most valuable resource. Distractions are time wasters and you need to manage them no the other way around. Some interruptions come from our physical environment. In this video , Chris Brogan talks about how he manages his time.

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A Few Self-Care Tips for Fundraisers During Stressful Year End Giving Time

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

We are heading into the most stressful time of year for nonprofits, especially for fundraisers. With Giving Tuesday just around the corner, the kick off the that busy time of year for most nonprofit development directors and their teams is just ramping up. So, take a deep breath!

Which Social Media Platforms Are Worth Your Time and Energy?


One of the questions I''m asked often when I speak at conferences is which social media platforms should our organization invest staff time and resources in?

International Women’s Day 2016: A Time to Reflect and to Act

Connection Cafe

Right here in my own community, there is no better example than Anita Zucker, who invests her visionary leadership, time, exceptional smarts, charitable donations and unwavering personal energy in improving the state of education through collaborative initiatives. Today, on International Women’s Day , I’m grateful, proud, realistic and hopeful.

Pinterest: Is It Really Worth Your Time?


However, how much time you invest in Pinterest really depends on your organization and your target audiences. Up until January 2012, Pinterest had been slowly gaining momentum and growing a user base over 22 months. Then suddenly, boom, Pinterest became the social media world’s new darling. According to ComScore’s data, Pinterest hit 1 1.7 million unique monthly U.S.

New Study: Investing in Facebook is a Waste of Time


According to the New York Times , Facebook has aggressively promoted its advertising products (like pop up ads that appear on users’ mobile phones urging them to install a new app.Facebook Messanger, anyone?).

Foundational Tools For First-Time Leaders

Eric Jacobsen Blog

The forthcoming First-Time Leader book by George Bradt and Gillian Davis begins with a discussion of taking charge of your new team and then tracks through BRAVE leadership components from the outside in.

The Life Time Magic of Tidying Up Your Professional Life and LinkedIn Connections

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Getting Started with Buffer – 7 Time Saving Tips for Nonprofits

John Haydon

And if already use Buffer, keep reading – you might learn a few time saving tips for nonprofits. The post Getting Started with Buffer – 7 Time Saving Tips for Nonprofits appeared first on John Haydon.