Fri, March 27 2015

Nonprofit Link Round Up

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It’s round up time in the NFG corral! Mosey on over and check out this week’s best nonprofit resources and recommended reads. Round Up

Why do donors give? Science has the answer. Most of this we’ve covered before, but these principles are important for all fundraisers to keep in mind. via The Guardian

“Philanthropy is a way for people to experience human love.”  Don’t miss this great profile of Jen Shang, Professor of philanthropic psychology at University of Plymouth. via Third Sector

Want to rock donor stewardship? Try these six secrets to loving your supporters so that they’ll love you back. via Constant Contact

The team here at Network for Good is honored to be included in this list of 24 Stellar Nonprofit Resources for our Nonprofit 911 webinar series.  via Capterra

Is there anything Bob Dylan can’t do? Peter Panepento reveals what you can learn from Bob when it comes to nonprofit communications. (Hint: it’s not blowin’ in the wind.) via Peter Panepento

To rebrand or not to rebrand? I recently shared some key takeaways about nonprofit branding from Farra Trompeter’s #15NTC session in this recap. via Getting Attention

Transform your fundraising ask from a simple appeal to a compelling case for investing in your mission. via Social Velocity

Need help sorting through cause marketing fundraiser options for your organization? Joe Waters created a cool matrix that will make it much easier. via Selfish Giving

I can’t get enough of the Making Ideas Move series. This week Melissa Skolfield, senior vice president for communications at the Pew Charitable Trusts, offers her insight on building an in-house communications team. via Stanford Social Innovation Review

How are you tracking your donor info? We’d love to get your opinions on the tools you use. Take our quick survey and share your experiences. via Network for Good

As if you needed a reason to watch cat videos… We were happy to see our friends at Cats vs. Cancer get some nice media coverage this week. Keep up the good work, guys!  via The Washington Post

Where to find Network for Good at the AFP Fundraising Conference

The NFG team will be in Baltimore next week for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Fundraising Conference. If you’ll be there, please stop by booth #1008 in the marketplace and say hello. We’ll be offering demos and online fundraising consultations, and, of course, fun swag and a chance to win Good Cards for your favorite cause. Can’t wait to meet you in Charm City!

That’s all for this week. What’s on your reading list? Share your favorite posts and resources in the comments below!


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Fri, March 20 2015

Nonprofit Link Round Up

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Link round upWith so many resources to read and review, keeping up with nonprofit marketing and fundraising insight can be a little overwhelming. Never fear, we’ve collected the cream of the crop in this week’s round up.

Could a single point of failure devastate your organization? Mazarine Treyz takes a look at how can your nonprofit become less fragile. via Wild Woman Fundraising

How do you track your donors? Do you love it? Share your feedback in this quick survey. Your input will help Network for Good provide more great resources to nonprofits just like yours!

Search engine optimization can be complex, but David Hartstein shares 7 Easy Fixes to Get Your Nonprofit Ranking Higher on Google via John Haydon’s Blog

Take your email appeals to the next level with the magic of storytelling. Our friend Vanessa Chase will show you how in our next webinar, Telling Stories Through Email: How to Write Appeals that Rock! Be sure to reserve your seat for this one.

Twitter chats can be a great way to share ideas with your peers and stay up to date on the latest trends. Kerri Karvetski has compiled a big list of Twitter chats and chat tools. via Nonprofit Marketing Guide

If you missed this year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference, Nancy Schwartz has you covered. This week she featured a recap from Kevin Martone all about social media tools and getting the most out of channels like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. via Getting Attention

Do your nonprofit’s communications read like they’re straight from a wonky robot? Learn the secrets to writing colloquial copy via Future Fundraising Now

You’ve empowered your board to make donor thank you calls—what could go wrong? Apparently quite a bit. Gayle Gifford outlines what happens when thank-a-thons go bad. via Cause & Effect

Network for Good is happy to be the lead sponsor of the Individual Donor Benchmark Report. Are you a small but mighty nonprofit with 2014 revenue under $2 million? Don’t miss your chance to be part of this year’s survey and report. via Third Space Studio

That’s it for this week—what’s on your reading list? Please share your favorite links and resources in the comments below.

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Fri, March 13 2015

Nonprofit Link Round Up

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Another Friday the 13th? Never fear! There’s nothing scary about these blogs, events, and resources that rose to the top this week. Round Up

Our friends at Social Media for Nonprofits kick off their new monthly Twitter chat today at 1pm ET. This month’s session focuses on measuring social media for the most impact. Follow along with the hashtag #SM4NPChat. via Social Media for Nonprofits

Brady Josephson nicely summarizes why your landing pages might be confusing your donors. via re:charity

We’re all about monthly giving here at Network for Good with our Recurring Giving Challenge in full swing. You can still sign up, so you probably want to go do that now. Need a nudge? Get the scoop on why a monthly giving program can mean so much for your fundraising plans.

Are you taking your donors on a journey? Derrick Feldmann shares why it’s so important to keep donors engaged. via Philanthropy News Digest

10 traits Infographic alert! Here’s something to print out and hang by your desk: 10 Traits That Make Nonprofits Great via Horatio Alger Association

During last week’s Nonprofit Technology Conference, a few folks on our team were happy to be included in Heather Mansfield’s Instagram video clips, along with a lot of other smart cookies. Check out 16 Professionals Share Nonprofit Technology Advice. via Nonprofit Tech for Good

More NTC goodness arrives in this massive knowledge bomb: a directory of the collaborative notes for each session. Tons of great stuff in here—bookmark it and explore when you can. via NTEN

Some of these 8 cause-based marketing trends are ones you should consider for your next campaign. via Mashable

Still using jargon in your donor communications? Here’s one fact that might convince you to cut out acronyms and technical terms altogether: a survey by the LA Times showed that 1 in 10 Americans think that HTML is an STD! (What!?)  Read why some words are better for marketing. via Orbit Media

One more hit of NTC wisdom:  Amazing Nonprofit Tips in 140 Characters

Finally, if you need a good venting session (and some laughs), stroll on over to discover the 12 types of people who get on everyone’s nerves in nonprofit. Can you relate? via Nonprofit with Balls

Those are the links that caught our eye this week. Please share your favorite posts and resources in the comments—I’d love to know what’s on your reading list!

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Fri, March 06 2015

Nonprofit Link Round Up: #15NTC Edition

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We have had a blast at the 2015 Nonprofit Technology conference in Austin, Texas! Today’s Link Round Up features links we’ve collected this week at #15NTC:

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Want to see an organization that really rocks at encouraging monthly giving? Check out Share Our Strength’s website, donate button, and donation page. Also, be sure to check out their presentation on how they implemented all these best practices.

Liza J Dyer asked us to reconsider using volunteers. Not the idea that volunteers can help us further our mission, but the idea that we shouldn’t USE people. We use things (staplers, cars, and software) we should not use people. Good point, don’t you think? Liza also shared a really great video that Greenslope Private Hospital put together to honor and celebrate their volunteers. Have you surveyed your volunteers or celebrated them recently? Just like donors, volunteers are important, don’t take them for granted!

While we were in Austin, the Amplify Austin Giving Day was happening. More than 500 organizations raised almost $4 million in online donations! The day after Amplify Austin, Jamie MacDonald of Generosity Inc joined our very own Caryn Stein for a session on how to have a great giving day.

Do you ever feel pulled between life and your work? Nonprofit work is fulfilling and amazing on so many levels but sometimes, it can totally wipe you out. Our friend Kivi Leroux Miller was part of a panel that presented a session titled Paradox but Possible: Hardcore on Work AND Life. Check out Kivi’s post on the session and the collaborative notes.

The 2015 Annual DoGooder Award Winners were announced during Thursday’s morning session. If you want to see nonprofit videos that go above and beyond, check out the winners.

One of my favorite sessions was with Kevin Jagoe and Cary Walski. They talked about how to tap into the emotional brain when sending emails to donors. They actually mentioned a research study that I talked about in a previous blog post. Check out the session’s hashtag for some great tips and insights.

We had a great time meeting with some of our customers while we were in Austin. Thanks to Parent’s Place of Maryland, Free Speech for People, La Cruz Habitat Protection Project, Texans Standing Tall, and Project Transition for hanging out with us while we were in town!

Can’t wait for #16NTC! Hope to see you all there!

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Fri, February 27 2015

Nonprofit Link Round Up

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What amazing resources are floating around the web this week? Here’s a sampling of good stuff that rose to the top of the inbox. Round Up Cowgirl

Something you need right now: Kivi Leroux Miller shares an amazing list of 25 interview questions what will help you write better stories about your volunteers and the people you serve.  via Nonprofit Marketing Guide

What’s the Purpose of a Thank You Letter? Simone Joyaux shares two examples and her wisdom on getting donor gratitude right. via Nonprofit Quarterly

Charitable giving can’t stop, won’t stop. That’s according to new research from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Ok, perhaps I’m oversimplifying this, but I was definitely pleased to read the Philanthropy Outlook which projects steady growth for giving in the U.S. over the next two years. Individual giving is expected to grow by 4.4% in 2015. Read the full report for the complete view. via Marts & Lundy

Yes, to all of this:  Joe Garecht shares Smart Online Fundraising Strategies. via Fundraising Authority

Just print the image in this piece from Lori Jacobwith and present it to your board. 7 Powerful Ways Board Members Can Help & NOT Ask for Money via Ignited Fundraising

14 Tips for Great Nonprofit Storytelling Short and on the mark. via Heather Wardle

Are you making communications a true priority? Big Communications for Small Nonprofits is the latest piece in the Making Ideas Move series, and is worth a read. via Stanford Social Innovation Review

Finally, did you know Network for Good is on Instagram? Be sure to connect with our team there, and I promise you there will be plenty of photobombing from next week’s Nonprofit Technology Conference! If you’ll be there, stop by booth #813 to say hi and grab some NFG swag!

Those are all of the links we were able to lasso this week. Go on, share your picks in the comments and let us know what you’ve been reading!

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