FRIDAY FAVORITES

Hello Nonprofit Enthusiast! Welcome to my Friday Favorites! Each Friday, I curate my favorite nonprofit articles, resources and blogs from the week! Enjoy!


When implemented properly, recurring donations can be an invaluable tool that accounts for the long-term sustainability of your organization’s revenue.
— Will Schmidt

...the best way to assure success is to get inside your donors’ heads.
— Claire Axelrad

... we will come to you live and discuss a topic designed to help you use your limited time and resources for social media more effectively and efficiently.
— Julia Campbell

These changes make capital campaigns less daunting and provide more pathways to success.
— Amy Eisenstein and Andrea Kihlstedt

...even if the motivation was not financial for Carlson, it was arguably inappropriately influenced by his avid interests and friendships, and if that got in the way of organizational stewardship, that is a problem.
— Ruth McCambridge

SHORTLIST FOR BEST NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES

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Dear Nonprofit Friends,

We are, indeed, living in a new day. Because I care, here is my shortlist of my favorite nonprofit technology resources (everywhere from software to social media). 

   Always cheering for you,

Todd

1. Classy

     Classy overs quality and use friendly products to help strengthen and expand your fundraising platform. They are one of my absolute nonprofit favorites and you will often see their blog posts turn up on my "FRIDAY FAVORITES" list (my favorite nonprofit articles of the week). Take a few minutes overs your next coffee week to peruse the wonderful resources they offer.

 

2. TechSoup

     TechSoup offers an abundant amount of resources and services to support the tech side of the  nonprofit life. It's super impressive. Every nonprofit should have the TechSoup bookmarked on their browser page. Just saying. 

 

3. Nonprofit Tech for Good

      Nonprofit Tech for Good is a great blog with current information to keep you organization technologically sharp.. I recently discovered them and I wouldn't be surprised if they make it onto my Friday Favorites list sometime in the future....

 

4. Nonprofit Technology Network

   I recommend nonprofits to consider becoming a NTEN member. The best way to improve your nonprofit technology is to learn how to do so in community. NTEN has a conference coming  on March 13-15, 2019 in Portland,Oregon. In this new day, it's worth having members of your team attend a conference like this one. Nonprofits cannot afford to get technologically behind...

 

Please feel free to add to this list by commenting below. It's always good to share the resources.

FRIDAY FAVORITES

Hello Nonprofit Enthusiast! Welcome to my Friday Favorites! Each Friday, I curate my favorite nonprofit articles, resources and blogs from the week! Enjoy!


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Every day, more and more nonprofits set up an online fundraising platform so they can get in on this action and take home a piece of the pie. However, despite the adoption of online fundraising, we find there are still some misconceptions around online fundraising best practices.
— Will Schmidt

We must shift our focus from just sustaining our programs and our organizations to incorporating sustainability into the program design and outcomes so we leave the recipients of our services in a place where they are able to sustain healthy behavior even when we are no longer there, and the grant funding has ended.
— Regina Brayboy

Not only does research tell us that soliciting donor feedback drives donor loyalty, but it can also generate data that helps fundraisers work smarter, not harder.
— Steven Shattuck

Remember, you aren’t in your role to be liked. You are here to get results for your stakeholders and to reach your mission. Anything that holds you back from that needs to be addressed.
— Sean Kosofsky

The nonprofit sector doesn’t have a problem with the education level, talent, creativity or ability of its workforce. What it has is an image problem and, in some cases, outdated leadership philosophies that thrive on a poverty mentality, leading to low compensation and a perceived lack of prestige surrounding positions in the sector.
— Tracy Vanderneck

FRIDAY FAVORITES

Hello Nonprofit Enthusiast! Welcome to my Friday Favorites! Each Friday, I curate my favorite nonprofit articles, resources and blogs from the week! Enjoy!


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...the 12 million people employed by various social good organizations actually represent the country’s third largest employment base by category behind retail and manufacturing.
— Ben Paynter
...asking folks to “show you the money” isn’t enough if you want sustainable fundraising. For that, you need friendraising.
— Claire Axelrad
Before approaching potential sponsors, think about the demographics of your community and which businesses would like to reach this audience. Your best bet is to seek out sponsors whose business relates to your cause.
— Allison Gauss
No other platform allows you to reach such a large audience so quickly—and no other platform allows you to ensure that of that audience, the vast majority are interested in what you’re selling them. This is even true if you’re running a nonprofit.
— Brad Wayland
Using free and discounted tools first will free up valuable marketing dollars for paid advertising and stretch those fundraising dollars for even greater effectiveness.
— Ansley Jackson and  Chase Bender 

FRIDAY FAVORITES

Hello Nonprofit Enthusiast! Welcome to my Friday Favorites! Each Friday, I curate my favorite nonprofit articles, resources and blogs from the week! Enjoy!


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...if people are given only “overhead” by which to gauge charities, they will crawl toward this mirage and, when there is no oasis there, try to drink the sand.
— Nick Ellinger
Whenever you start a new campaign, consider your target audiences and what modifications you might make to increase engagement within each group.
— Ellie Burke
Simply take an EQUAL or nearly equal amount of time to plan for the year-end appeal acknowledgement process as you did for the appeals themselves!
— Jay Love
Case and data management may not be anything groundbreaking, but tie it into the world of nonprofit technology… and it can be transformed.
— Nhu Te
...year-end fundraising is not isolated from the rest of the year. It takes preparation and coordination throughout the year to build the necessary momentum.
— Barbara O'Reilly

FRIDAY FAVORITES

Hello Nonprofit Enthusiast! Welcome to my Friday Favorites! Each Friday, I curate my favorite nonprofit articles, resources and blogs from the week! Enjoy!


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...one of the best ways to surface compelling content is to stop talking and listen to what your audience has to say.
— Will Schmidt
Looking for some inspiration? Check out these social media accounts and websites from the best thought leaders the nonprofit sector has to offer.
— Hannah Trull
The reality is that nonprofits must keep up with changing donor expectations or they will be left behind… along with the communities they aim to serve.
— Ray Gary
...it’s particularly important that you understand and connect with the employer’s purpose and mission
— Nonprofit HR
Knowing my “why” would mean they should know I need more education about the impact they’re making in the community before I’d be ready to give again.
— Gabriel Harkov

FRIDAY FAVORITES

Hello Nonprofit Enthusiast! Welcome to my Friday Favorites! Each Friday, I curate my favorite nonprofit articles, resources and blogs from the week! Enjoy!


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You may not care one bit about professional football. Even if you do, you probably aren’t overly concerned about the off-season trades and signings of multi-millionaire players. This blog post isn’t going to convince you otherwise.

However...
— Andrew Cecil
Successful organizations expand their passion for the mission to include passion for the organization.
— Ellen Mowrer
Stories are a fundamental device that we humans use to communicate and process information. We think in metaphors and we learn through stories. Which means that every time you communicate to your audience—whether through your website, email, videos, social media, events—you are telling people a story about your nonprofit.
— Ron Arnold
Are you a valuable and valued board member for a nonprofit? If not, a graceful resignation and reassignment may be good for you and the organization.
— Gene Takagi
We always recommend donors begin their charitable giving with a plan. It should include a list of the causes you’re most passionate about, your budget, and your timeline.
— Ashley Post

WORDS MATTER. SPEND THEM WISELY.

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.
— Robin Williams

    Words matter. I know your kindergarten teacher told you that but I also want to remind you:

Words really do matter.

   Communication gives birth to inspiration... or apathy. Words produce action - but they might not produce the action desired. This is why NFP's would serve themselves well by investing in quality marketing and publicity. The message of the mission has to be carefully crafted. It has to be inspiring ...and when it's not...well... 

     No one cares. 

No one wants to roll up their sleeves and pitch in.

No one wants to contribute financially.

No one feels the urgency of the mission.

        It is of my opinion that it is every nonprofit's right to speak about their mission as though it is the most important mission the world. The words that communicate the mission should mirror this kind of radical passion. They should stir hope and possibility and makes us all feel invited to take part in this great big good.  They should utterly convince us that the solution to the mission is found within us.

  Inspiration causes others to believe they hold the power to bring change... not just the organization.

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    Robin Williams was right. Words do change the world. Your words change the world. And I want to hear them! Sooooooo.....

      I work at SAX LLP which is firm that LOVES nonprofit organizations! To show our love, we are giving a winning NJ/NYC organization a $15,000 unrestricted gift : The Founder's Award. This year's theme is HOW DO YOU INSPIRE?

   If you are a NJ/NYC nonprofit, please... PLEASE apply for the Founder's Award

Tell us your inspiring words:

      Dear nonprofit friends, I am cheering for you. You are amazing and your are doing good work! Keep on inspiring and using your words to change the world!

Always your friend,

Todd

FRIDAY FAVORITES

Hello Nonprofit Enthusiast! Welcome to my Friday Favorites! Each Friday, I curate my favorite nonprofit articles, resources and blogs from the week! Enjoy!


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The fact of the matter is that there are lots of ways your organization can manage your donors as effectively and efficiently as a larger nonprofit.
— Jay Love
We know it can be scary to invest hard-earned money in overhead expenses or areas that the average supporter may not understand, but it’s your job to make an informed decision on what will have the most impact for your nonprofit.
— Ellie Burke
It is easy to get caught up in fundraising efforts as a nonprofit and count solely on those campaigns and projects to advocate for your audience. While this is helpful, fundraising should not be your only advocacy effort!
— Adam Weinger
... creating that kind of donor experience involves more than just assessing a donor’s wealth and giving history. It also involves creating a complete picture of who they are and how they are engaging with your organization.
— Nonprofit Times
Just saying “Hey everyone, it’s Giving Tuesday!” is NOT a compelling reason to make me take out my wallet or click the donate button.
— Julia Campbell

FRIDAY FAVORITES

Hello Nonprofit Enthusiast! Welcome to my Friday Favorites! Each Friday, I curate my favorite nonprofit articles, resources and blogs from the week! Enjoy!


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A rising tide lifts all boats, and when national and chapters work together effectively, how high that tide goes can skyrocket.
— Will Schmidt
Nonprofits of all sizes struggle with the issue of visibility. We know that we do fantastic work each and every day, but how can we get others to pay attention?
— Julia Campbell
The hiring process can be scary, but when you find the right person for your team it makes a world of a difference for your organization.
— Aly Sterling
One of the biggest challenges for any conference or event planner is getting funding. Love it or hate it, this one piece determines whether the rest of the conference efforts succeed or fail.
— Joanna Hogan
Whether you’re a shark or #SharkWeek enthusiast, we have a list for you! Keep reading to learn about five highly-rated charities that are working to advocate for and protect this unique and important creature.
— Charity Navigator