Beth Kanter’s Blog

Beth Kanter's Blog

A New Approach for Nonprofit Professional Development: Micro-Learning

Recently, a nonprofit professional said to me, “I don’t have time to learn anything new because I have too much work to do.” Indeed, she had a calendar full of meetings, an endless to do list, and an inbox that was anything but zeroed out. Yet, we know that  learning continuously  in a complex world…

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The Surprising Truth About How Nonprofits Can Avoid Donor Fatigue

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.  However, I still plan to make my year-end gifts (during Giving Tuesday), but I couldn’t help but wonder about donor…


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

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. Find out what funders are doing to fight it in this upcoming Media Impact Funders webinar series. It makes me miss the…

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

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. Unfortunately, if you work in digital strategy and social media, monitoring social is a daily task and as a result a bad mood has become an occupational…


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Happy Healthy Nonprofit Workplaces: How To Kick the Sit Out It

Last week, I was honored to do the keynote workshop at the Peel Leadership Center’s TimeOut Conference in Toronto, Canada. This conference is an opportunity for executive directors to build skills in resilience as part of a day-long seminar. (They gave out a special blend of tea as a Giveaway, something I have never seen…

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Three Ways To Help Support Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico

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. We are horrified by the scale of destruction and suffering of our fellow Americans as they wait for aid to reach them….


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Is Influencer Marketing Part of Your Nonprofit’s Social Media Strategy in 2018?

Rob Cottingham, Social Signal – Cartoon for Measuring the Networked Nonprofit It is not too early to start thinking about your nonprofit’s social media strategy for 2018, including how you want to capitalize on social media trends that will have maximum impact in 2018. According to Lee Odom, influencer marketing is one of those trends….

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How To Use Microsoft Technology To Supercharge Your Fundraising

SOS Children’s Villages International uses cloud technology to help fundraise for children in need. Photo courtesy of SOS Children’s Villages International. Note From Beth:  I am thrilled to host this guest post from Microsoft Philanthropies General Manager that showcases examples of  digital transformation and fundraising. How To Use Microsoft Technology To Supercharge Your Fundraising guest…


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Stop Days: The Secret To Nonprofit Productivity

Last week, the NTEN Book Club, organized by Lauren McKown and Kai Williams, hosted a video chat.This month they have been reading The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout and discussing it in the NTEN online community. The video chat provided a nice opportunity to have conversation in real-time about the relationship between…

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Running Effective Virtual #Nonprofit Meetings: 9 Best Practices for Facilitating Engagement

In many of the workshops I’ve been facilitating based on the Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout,  many nonprofits are recognizing that offering some flexibility to employees is not only an attractive benefit, but also can increases productivity and help with burnout prevention.Many nonprofits allow staff to work remotely one day week.This creates…