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Using Social Media to Build Nonprofit Awareness (and Raise Funds!)

Posted by Jessica Barrett Halcom on Sep 10, 2018 11:35:00 AM

Social media has long ago sloughed off its reputation for being a senseless place where people make fake friends and post pics of their lunch. Most platforms have established themselves in the unique way they each add value. Social media has also firmly established itself as a real part of our everyday lives. In fact, we spend more time on social media platforms than we do eating.

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Topics: nonprofit, nonprofit websites, fundraising campaigns, donations, social media, nonprofit tech

Creating a Nonprofit Membership Program

Posted by Steven Wesley on Mar 29, 2018 12:18:00 PM


A membership program is one of the most fruitful nonprofit funding models. It allows charity organizations to maintain financial stability and focus on real work instead of chasing money day after day. However, it’s not easy to create a successful membership program.

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Topics: fundraising, nonprofit, membership programs, nonprofit management, fundraising campaigns, nonprofit membership program

15 People Doing Wonderful Things in the World That Will Make You Smile

Posted by Su Sanni on Jul 18, 2016 3:52:00 PM

Hey 2016, it’s me, Andrew.

Listen, you’ve been looking pretty rough lately. Is everything okay? Why do you have to keep throwing all this craziness at us?

It seems like every week there’s another case of violence, hatred, or bigotry being splashed all over my Facebook newsfeed.

Minnesota, Orlando, Baton Rouge, Dallas, Nice, Baghdad, and on and on and on.

Every terrible, awful story brings along a new wave of vitriolic anger and arguments in the comment sections. I’ve even been seeing arguments on LinkedIn lately! Really? LinkedIn?!

And we STILL have an entire election season to get through. Gross.

Enough already. I need a mood booster. Something to keep me pushing forward and looking at my fellow humans with a smile rather than a glare of suspicion. 

After all, this is a blog for nonprofits! We have mountains of "feel-good" stories!

I want to share warm-fuzzies with you, because I’m sure you need it too. Read ‘em. Share ‘em. Smile at ‘em. Bookmark it and come back to it later when you need a boost.

Oh! And leave a comment sharing your own feel-good stories!

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Topics: nonprofit

The Nonprofit Sector Has a Diversity Problem.

Posted by Brooke Binkowski on Nov 30, 2015 2:34:00 PM

Diversity is a big word.

A huge one, actually. Not because it's a particularly long one, or even because it's more than three syllables, but because it's a word that's fraught with meaning and connotation, a corporate buzzword that is also a pretty decent goal. Diversity encompasses differences in how you perceive and are perceived, how you act, how you think, and what you think. It's something that should be pursued, but should diversity be a goal for its own sake, or should it occur organically? How do you foster it in the workplace and create an environment that benefits everybody without creating friction? Where do you begin?

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Topics: nonprofit, nonprofit management, nonprofit leadership

Our Favorite #NonprofitPickUpLines Tweets

Posted by Andrew Littlefield on Nov 5, 2015 4:51:00 PM

You gotta hand it to the nonprofit Twitter community: they can be pretty damn funny sometimes.

Back in September, we saw #MuseumSwearJar explode on Twitter. Now, thanks to the work of the wonderful Vu Le, we have #NonprofitPickUpLines.

Vu wrote a post on his blog (a most follow, by the way) called "10 Rules for Dating in the Nonprofit Sector", which spawned a series of nonprofit-themed pick-up lines in the comments. This spilled over to Twitter, and the hashtag #NonprofitPickUpLines was born. Hilarity ensues.

Here are some of my favs, including some from Vu himself:

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Topics: for fun, nonprofit, social media

5 LGBT Nonprofits You Should Know

Posted by Su Sanni on Jun 29, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Friday’s Supreme Court decision sent a wave of celebration across the country, marking a monumental shift for gay rights in our country.

The decision happened to coincide with Pride celebrations all across the country, including here in New York City. I made my way to the parade on Sunday, fortunate enough to be able to watch from the second floor of my wife’s office on 5th Avenue.

From that perspective, from the street and from my view above, the excitement was palpable. The whole thing had the feeling of a victory parade after a long war, with millions of revelers celebrating along the Canyon of Heros.

I was also struck by the number of nonprofits serving the LGBT community specifically participating in the parade and the wide range of issues they fight for. Here are five LGBT nonprofits that caught my eye, and that you should keep your eyes on.

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Topics: nonprofit

5 Membership-Based Nonprofits Rocking Their Social Media

Posted by Su Sanni on May 28, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Membership-based nonprofits face a unique set of fundraising and marketing challenges that other nonprofits don’t typically face.

Namely this: How do you convince someone to be both a member AND a donor?

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Topics: nonprofit, nonprofit marketing, social media

Nonprofit Storytelling Lessons From GoPro

Posted by Andrew Littlefield on Mar 5, 2015 3:40:00 PM

Do you want your nonprofit to be memorable in an online world with viciously short attention spans? Than you'd better be a good storyteller.

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Topics: nonprofit, storytelling

How To Give the Perfect Tour To a Major Gift Prospect

Posted by Andrew Littlefield on Feb 26, 2015 2:29:00 PM

I had the greatest college job a student could ask for.

I was a tour guide for my university.

This job was an absolute blast. I got to spend my days talking about the school I love, walking around outside, and hanging out with a bunch of classmates I loved. Our office was inside my school's gorgeous football stadium. This also happened to contain the fancy restaurant where they brought all the bigwigs visiting the school. During my time there, we saw multitudes of famous athletes, TV personalities, politicians, even Burt Reynolds.

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Topics: Major Gifts, nonprofit, tours

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