Karen Graham, Idealware, on 4/22/19 8:00 AM
Carl Diesing, DNL OmniMedia, on 7/2/18 8:00 AM
At the heart of it, your nonprofit’s software solutions are in many ways the backbone of your organization’s fundraising strategy. Your technology tools power your team’s operations and make it easier to manage your data, monitor your campaigns, and stay in touch with donors and volunteers.
Since you rely on nonprofit software for so much, it’s important to periodically take inventory of your technology strategy to make sure you’re getting as much from your solutions as you can.
Unfortunately, many nonprofits aren’t even aware they have a nonprofit technology strategy, much less if they’re maximizing it!
Kivi Leroux Miller, on 3/20/18 8:00 AM
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.
Beth Kanter, on 2/6/18 8:00 AM
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.
Beth Kanter and Allison Fine, on 1/11/18 8:00 AM
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.
Dan Quirk, Salsa Labs, on 1/9/18 8:00 AM
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.
Terry Ibele, Wild Apricot, on 10/16/17 8:00 AM
Jason Shim, on 4/11/17 8:00 AM
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?
Exponent Partners, on 11/11/16 8:00 AM
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.
Wild Apricot, on 10/26/16 9:18 AM
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.