nonprofit resources

BOOKS TO GIFT A NONPROFIT LEADER THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Tis the season… and in honor of this jolly season, here is a list of some great books you can gift to the nonprofit leader in your life:

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Social change is far more complicated than building a new app. It requires more listening, more care, and more stakeholders. To make a lasting difference, solutions must be embraced by beneficiaries, address root causes, and include an engine that can accelerate growth to reach the scale of the need. Lean Impact offers bold ideas to reach audacious goals through customer insight, rapid experimentation and iteration, and a relentless pursuit of impact.

In this book, Baird demonstrates how and where to find better ideas by lifting up people, places, and industries that are often overlooked. What’s more, Baird ultimately outlines how to create long-term success through “one-pocket thinking”—eliminating the blind spot that separates “what we do for a living” and “what we really care about.”

by Ross Baird



Pivot Point provides a guide for creating an organization that is more responsive, nimble, and open to the dynamic nature of its operating environments. Organizations experiencing sustainable success are willing to take risks, fail and learn from their efforts, and continually adapt their business model to build the highest value proposition possible.

The Digital Fundraising Blueprint provides a one-stop resource for nonprofits to use when it comes to raising more money online. The strategies and tactics contained in this book are the exact same ones used by the author, a digital fundraising consultant, that helped raise over $100 million for nonprofits. Now, you have access to the same tips and frameworks, which can power your nonprofit to do more good in the world

This book also helps readers form an in-depth description of their asking personality. It illustrates how they can best thank, steward, research, cultivate, and ask; which of the five steps they favor; how to address their fears; play to their strengths; overcome their weaknesses; and how to get what they need to excel. There are 16 different and distinct profiles, one suited to each reader.

5 AWESOME NONPROFIT PODCASTS

I am not sure if you heard the big news… I will be hosting a podcast and I am looking for nonprofit influencers to join me as a guest on the show! If you think you would be a good fit for the show, please contact us.

In the mean time, here are 5 nonprofit podcasts that are worth listening to:

1.Nonprofit Leadership Podcast with Rob Harter

Episode Suggestion: #8 Laurel Mintz (Branding for Nonprofits)

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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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...your Giving Tuesday mantra should not only be ‘attract,’ but ‘attract and retain.’
— Ellie Burke

Although traditional methods of giving still predominate, the number of people who give online is steadily increasing.
— Suzanne Coffman

What’s the hardest job in the world? Parenting a toddler or teenager? Milking venom from poisonous snakes? What about motivating unpaid volunteers to raise money and reporting to them because those same volunteers are your bosses?
— Rachel Muir

...organizations are more likely to close when a high-level executive is complicit in the fraud than if lower level employees were involved.
— Ruth McCambridge

You may see obstacles and limitations. Leave behind assumptions and look with the beginner’s mind.
— Pete Kimbis



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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Some of the most powerful organizations have a mission that includes both serving clients and advocating on their behalf.
— Paul Jolly
One of the best ways you can improve is by reading as many CTAs as you can. Almost any website with an online presence will have countless options for you to study.
— Will Schmidt
My friend’s suicide made me realize that we have a long way to go when it comes to mental health awareness, even among those of us who are in the nonprofit sector and thus are supposed to be more attuned to the people around us.
— Vu
What can fundraisers do? Experts recommend being ready to answer donors’ questions about changes to the tax code.
— Margie Fleming Glennon
Being able to de-personalize the friction is really helpful to diffusing and managing situations effectively, and it also has the added benefit of demonstrating leadership by example to everyone in and outside the organization.
— Lisa A. Cohen
If you want your organization to achieve sustainability then succession planning must be a part of the plan. Nonprofits that want to sustain themselves for the long haul need to make sure there is strong leadership ready and available in the future.

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 key is to start designing now so you can let your creativity flourish and produce a template that will serve you well into the future.
— Will Schmidt
As we debriefed on the process, we realized that before we created the Last Step fund we’d had a systemic problem. We’d been trying to work harder at communicating current programming that wasn’t A) meeting the full needs of our students nor B) inspiring our donors.
— Bill Hoffman
“Think about the memories that you have with the people you love, and remember that those memories may be all that you may ever have of them, and all that they may ever have of you.”
— Vu
Nonprofit social media marketing is a cost-effective, creative and flexible way to communicate your story to your audience.
— Leeann Alameda
Potential job applicants are beginning to place as much emphasis on positive organizational culture as they do on job tasks and salaries. This means activating a culture of well being in the nonprofit workplace is even more important to avoid turnover and attract top talent.
— Beth Kanter
Be different but be authentic. Branding without sincerity is just a color scheme.

IT'S TIME FOR NONPROFITS TO BOOGIE TO THEIR OWN BEAT

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Fitting in is a short-term strategy, standing out pays off in the long run.
— Seth Godin

   The amount of information and resources on how you can "brand" your organization is overwhelming. Are you overwhelmed too? Oh, good. I thought I was just me. The internet-world has a million plus one ways on how you can amplify your cause but a word of caution, dear friends:

        Beware of ripping off other successful nonprofits' branding moves with the hopes that what is working for them will work for you.

 

 

    It's time for you to boogie to your own beat.

 

      Instead of looking at how everyone else is doing their branding thing... spend some time looking at what makes your organization unique. What are your quirks? What is the unique flavor or spin on the way you approach your cause? What do donors, team members, and others continually point as your organization's signature dance move?

In other words, how does your NFP rock the Nonprofit dance floor?

(Excuse the all the "dance" metaphors but it just feels right.)

      Look. Branding is a big deal right now. Clever marketing is essential if nonprofits are ever going to survive this current climate. I am not going to sugar coat this: Everyone needs to get their branding/marketing act together. It's kind of a matter of life or death for organizations these days...BUT....

   BUT...

... in the process of clarifying your message ... updating your website... making your logo look  pretty ...and crafting a catchy a  tag line in 7 words or less (or is "4 words or less" now?) ....

   Remember who you are. Remember to boogie to your own beat.

    Don't be afraid to "moon walk" when every else is "whipping and nae-naeing"!  If the other nonprofits are doing the "electric slide" but "Gangnam Style" is more  your organization's style... turn up the music and own your moves!

   The point is get out other and get dancing! Be yourself. Be different but be authentic. Branding without sincerity is just a color scheme.

   If you are in the New Jersey/New York City area, I am hosting a gathering for nonprofits who want to learn:

UNIQUE MARKETING AND BRANDING TECHNIQUES TO ADVANCE YOUR NONPROFIT’S MISSION

 

TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2018 | 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Stony Hill Inn
231 Polifly Road
Hackensack, NJ 07601

  It's going to be a lot of fun and I would love for YOU to be there! If are interested, you can get more information here:

Time to get Footloose! 

(sorry, I can't help myself today)

Your fan,

Todd