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Engaging Volunteers

Using Social Media to Engage Volunteers Around Social Issues

Guest post by Tom Szaky Consumers increasingly report a willingness to pay a premium for companies dedicated to sustainable causes, but they haven’t been as willing to pay it forward with more of their time. Despite an increased awareness of the need for more resources placed toward corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives and social action,…

Causevox

7 YMCA Fundraising Ideas To Raise Money From Members

Whether it’s for a quality workout, childcare, or swim lessons, YMCAs serve a big purpose for hundreds and thousands of people in communities across the US. But YMCA’s aren’t just a gym. They’re part of an organization focused on “building healthy spirit, mind, and body for all” which can include anything from nutrition classes to…


Bloomerang

9 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Organizing a Special Fundraising Event

So you’re planning a special fundraising event, like a gala or an awards dinner. You’ve picked the date, the venue and even the hors devours. But did you really put enough thought into the most important aspects of the event? Here are the key questions you will need to answer for each of your upcoming…

npEngage

The 9 Considerations for a Successful Budget Process

Building a successful budget is a key component in accounting, and nonprofit accounting is no exception. Whether you are just starting a nonprofit or have been in existence for years, your organization requires a budget. A good budgeting process engages those who are responsible for adhering to the budget and implementing the organization’s objectives in…


Engaging Volunteers

Volunteer Talent + Time Tracking: the Future of Volunteer Programs

Guest post by Ben Bisbee and Kathy Wisniewski Series Introduction As a centuries-old global institution, volunteerism started to finally become a thing that was “managed” in the early 1700’s with the design of Benjamin Franklin’s volunteer firehouse. A management model that’s still in existence today by almost 70% of all fire departments. In the last…

npEngage

11 Expert Tips for Nonprofits to Embrace Technology for Even Greater Impact

Last week I had the privilege of networking with over 2000 nonprofit experts and professionals at NTEN‘s Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC). This conference brings together some of the top minds in nptech and gives attendees a chance to discuss what’s happening across the industry and share best practices for how to work smarter and create…


Social Velocity

Why Nonprofits Need Both Leaders and Managers

In the nonprofit sector the words “leader” and “manager” are sometimes tossed around interchangeably. But the fact is that they are two very different, and equally necessary, elements to an effective and sustainable nonprofit organization. A leader provides an inspiring, motivating big strategy for staff and board to get behind. She asks hard questions and constantly pushes…

Causevox

Fundraising Letter: How To Write A Compelling Appeal (+ Examples)

As the year comes to a close, many nonprofit organizations are developing their year-end communications plans. While organizations are choosing to emphasize digital communication in their nonprofit marketing strategy, a compelling fundraising letter is still an essential part of your marketing mix. Fundraising letters give you a chance to tell potential donors your story, demonstrate…


Bloomerang

6 Reasons Why Most Fundraisers Don’t Know Their Donor Retention Rate

Over the last six years I have had the privilege of speaking to large gatherings of nonprofit professional fundraisers on an average of 2.5 times per month. At the beginning of each presentation, I typically ask the audience by a show of hands how many in the room know their donor retention rate. Each time,…

Beth Kanter's Blog

Emerging Leaders Need More than Leadership Development

Flickr Image – ImageGroup Note from Beth:   Last year I was honored to partner with Kari Dunn Saratovksy from Third Plateau to facilitate an emerging leadership program to a cohort of leaders who were part of the Packard Foundation’s Science and Conservation portfolio of grantees. The project, which combined peer learning and mentoring together with an…