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3 Big Trends That Should Change the Way You Work Online

Sometimes in the nonprofit world, we get consumed with the specific details of online fundraising, advocacy and education for our causes and forget about the bigger trends at play.

Let’s take a quick look at three really big trends that will affect everything you do online, including fundraising. Think about all the pieces in the online experiences you are creating, including your website, email, social media and other third-party sites like crowdfunding or peer-to-peer fundraising pages. These three trends affect how people will feel about the experiences you are providing.


6 Tips for Nonprofits to Combat Digital Distraction and Improve Productivity

Ever hear of something called “Nomophobia? The word itself is an abbreviation for  “no-mobile-phone-phobia and refers to the anxiety you feel when you don’t have your mobile phone handy or have a signal. It is one of a growing number of “digital diseases” that can cause painful physical symptoms as well as mental health issues that ultimately make you less productive, depressed, and sick.


The Robots Have Arrived: How Nonprofits Can Make Sure They Save Rather Than Kill Us

Imagine your best friend Holly is in a horrible car accident and tragically dies. As grief overwhelms you and tears run down your cheeks, you pull out your smartphone. You send Holly a text telling her how much you miss her. Within seconds she responds with a funny cat meme—just like she always did. You start to laugh. After many more back and forth texts it feels like Holly is still alive. Or is she.

This isn’t a plot line from Black Mirror or an updated episode of the Twilight Zone. This technology exists today. It’s called AI, or artificial intelligence, and it is used to program chatbots.


5 Smart Questions to Ask When Buying Nonprofit Software

As nonprofits grow, they quickly realize that Excel spreadsheets and basic, nonprofit-nonspecific software solutions simply don’t cut it. Instead of focusing on strategy and fundraising, nonprofit staff spend valuable time on administrative tasks or, worse, resolving problems caused by disorganization.


6 Tech Tools That Attract Lots and Lots of New Members

From my work with hundreds of nonprofits over the past few years, there are a couple of key trends that have stood out to me. 


How the Olympic Motto Can Help You Find Better Nonprofit Tools

Nearly any manual task your nonprofit is doing right now can be automated with a free or low-cost online tool. So why are many nonprofits not taking full of advantage of the tools specifically built to make their lives easier? In our experience, one big hurdle is that there are so many tools out there, it’s hard to know which ones will actually help you. Some tools sound good, but are they really worth your time and money? 


How Funders Reduce “Nonprofit Starvation” with Tech Funding & Data Best Practices

Between the oft-cited “nonprofit starvation cycle” and a movement to debunk the “Overhead Myth” that holds many in philanthropy back from supporting nonprofit operational expenses, it can feel like the state of nonprofit funding today is grim.

We think that powerful examples of best practices can help turn the tide. So let’s talk about what’s going right. Some leading funders are increasing nonprofit capacity and supporting critical operations in key ways. 


How a Tech Solution Saved This Executive Director’s Membership Growth Strategy


*If you’re having a hard time growing your membership, you won’t want to miss a free webinar on Oct 27 or Nov 17 at 2PM EST, hosted by Wild Apricot.* In the webinar, you’ll learn how four recent tech trends have made it harder to grow membership these days and how one membership manager used software to fight back, reigniting membership growth by 25% in the first six months. Click here to learn more about the webinar and to sign up.

In the spring of 2014, a longtime volunteer of a sports massage association named Ray noticed something worrisome about his organization: after two decades of steady growth, membership had begun to slump. Ray, who owed much of his career success to the association, worried it would die off. So he decided to do something about it and became the Executive Director of the association, with a mission to turn it around. 


What is the Cloud, and is it right for your organization?

By now, most in the nonprofit world are familiar with the Cloud, although many are still not taking full advantage of its numerous benefits.


How to Double Online Giving in Six Months


More and more nonprofit donations take place in today’s digital landscape, but how can causes ensure their online storefront is not only open for business, but optimized?

As I explored this critical issue in my new book, Nonprofit Fundraising 101, I interviewed Roderick Campbell, the CEO of nonprofit fundraising platform CommitChange. He shared a few takeaways from their efforts to maximize digital donations for Mercy House, a $3.8M nonprofit that has provided housing and support to California’s homeless since 1989.