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  • Don’t Tell the Donor – An Honest Critique Of The Fundraising Conference Circuit

    By The NonProfit Times — April 1, 2008

    I will never forget the first fundraising conference I ever attended. It was energizing to be surrounded by hundreds of passionate fundraisers from a wide range of nonprofit groups who were eager to share their successes and failures. The experience convinced me that this was a profession where I could spend my career learning and growing while helping a great cause.

  • Don’t Tell The Donor

    By The NonProfit Times — March 26, 2008

    The anonymous blogger “a fundraiser,” blew like the wind through the NTEN conference in New Orleans last week. Here’s a report.

  • NTEN And NPT Survey Shows Tech Budgets Average $40,658

    By The NonProfit Times — March 11, 2008

    Staffing the information technology (IT) function is frequently a challenge for nonprofit organizations. Financial resources are typically limited and hiring managers often feel overwhelmed and under-educated when it comes to IT. Determining where IT should fit into the organization, how many IT staff people are needed and what those people should be spending their time doing can be difficult decisions.

  • E-Newsletters: Making Your Code Uniform (Relatively)

    By The NonProfit Times — March 11, 2008

    To make your organization’s simple HTML e-newsletter appear (relatively) alike across platforms, one tip from the experts: code like it’s 1999. This means:

    • Decide which email clients are a priority. One expert prioritizes Outlook, Thunderbird, Yahoo, Gmail and Hotmail, and recommends against prioritizing Lotus unless your organization uses it (“It’s a pain in the neck to standardize.”). Set up email accounts with each of the email clients to test your email.
    • Also for seamlessness, use tables for layout, not cascading style sheets, or CSS. Many email clients don’t understand CSS.
    • Again, don’t depend on CSS. Use inline styles. This means going back to the old-school style of formatting: putting tags for color, font, decoration, margins, etc., directly on links, paragraphs and images. (Example: a style=”text-decoration:none; color:#00ff00; font:Arial”.) According to one expert, you can put styles into the header, but make sure to define them in the body of the email as well.
    • Don’t use Javascript, Flash, video or anything a 1999 Web browser couldn’t handle.

  • Management … Clouding the decision-making process

    By The NonProfit Times — March 10, 2008

    As nonprofit managers have learned, an organization does not operate simply in a world of organization and constituent. Current events can play a huge role in the operation of any nonprofit, from the smallest to the largest.

  • Branding… Your image can take a hit from myths

    By The NonProfit Times — March 6, 2008

    By now, the term “branding” is ingrained into the consciousness of everyone in the nonprofit/philanthropic sector. Despite this widespread awareness, there is a lack of understanding about just what a brand is and what it does.

  • New NonProfit Times Editorial – Don’t Tell The Donor and many more!

    By The NonProfit Times — March 5, 2008

    NPTimes has a new editorial section! Visit us every two weeks to check out our latest web-only content including articles from Don’t Tell The Donor and many others. Click Here to go to NPT’s Web Exclusives. Below is a taste of the latest article from Don’t Tell The Donor featured on our site.

  • Nonprofit IT Staffing

    By The NonProfit Times — March 4, 2008

    Staffing information technology positions at nonprofits is not easy and it can be very expensive. The NonProfit Times and NTEN, the nonprofit technology network, teamed up to find out the state of the nonprofit IT sector from more than 1,000 organizations. Small organizations continue to struggle. The average tenure of an IT profession is slightly more than four years. Read the report at: http://www.nptimes.com/webex.html#nten

  • *&%$#@* Your Email Got Trashed

    By The NonProfit Times — February 29, 2008

    With a little imagination and a bit of a potty mouth, it shouldn’t be too hard to think of what the “Seven Dirty Words” might be in George Carlin’s infamous 197s stand-up comedy routine.

  • Web tools that can make your life easier

    By The NonProfit Times — February 28, 2008

    Although getting the maximum use out of online tools can be complicated at first, even daunting to smaller organizations, there are avenues that can be helpful.

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