Beth Kanter’s Blog

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Facebook Live-A-Thon for @ASPCA Raises Over $50,000 on Giving Tuesday

Last week, nonprofits in 42 countries celebrated the sixth Giving Tuesday,a global movement to inspire giving. According to the Giving Tuesday report, $275 million was raised in addition the countless hours of volunteer time and in-kind contributions. Giving Tuesday is more than just a day of fundraising or to launch a nonprofit’s year-end fundraising campaign. The…

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Happy Giving Tuesday: How Board Members Participate

Before I take you behind the scenes of our NTEN board fundraiser for Giving Tuesday, let me ask you to consider to a donation of any size to support NTEN and the Nonprofit Technology Conference Scholarship campaign. NTEN believes that finances should not be a barrier for small organizations to be able to access the resources…


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Book Review: Engine of Impact – Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector

Last week I attended the launch of the book, Engine of Impact: Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector by William F. Meehan III and Kim Starkey Jonker, with a Foreword by Jim Collins.  The authors identify seven leadership best practices of high performance based on their extensive experience in the nonprofit and philanthropy sector….

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Keeping your Nonprofit Safe and Happy Online: Dealing with Harassment

  Note from Beth:   Many nonprofit social media managers are also serve as online community managers, supporting communities of their nonprofit’s fans and supporters on social media channels.  Sometimes, they do encounter people online that are less than polite and cross the line over to online harassment.  Here’s some simple ways to handle these uncomfortable…


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Fundraiser, Heal Thyself!

Note from Beth:  Last week, I had the honor of teaching a master class at the International Fundraising Congress (IFC) on avoiding burnout for fundraisers with Corinne Aartman in Amsterdam.   Richard Sved, a fundraising consultant from the UK, participated and wrote a reflection on the UK Fundraising Blog.  He graciously agreed to republish it as…

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Four Reasons Nonprofit Should Consider the Authentic Storytelling Method

Four Reasons Nonprofit Should Consider the Authentic Storytelling Method Guest Post by Lewis Haidt For many nonprofits, taking the “right” photograph or creating the “perfect” video to represent an organization’s mission and work can be an intimidating prospect. This fear-factor can be even greater for a nonprofit creating its first video. This is why TechSoup has…


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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…