One of the most complex and potentially frustrating stages of converting to a new software system is data migration. Your new software vendor will likely offer help of some kind, but you might want a voice guiding you through the process that is impartial and whose first priority is your organization and its needs.
Focus. Dedication. Practice. Whatever.
People have a lot of opinions about Facebook, both a means of connection and about its use by various segments of society. In the nonprofit sector those opinions are often about whether it is a worthwhile vehicle for fundraising.
Yes, nonprofits need people to donate money. That’s a fact. What is also a fact is that focusing only on the money people will contribute can be counterproductive.
For many people the prospect of delivering a speech is a case of bad news, bad news. There’s the speech itself, and then there’s the writing of the speech.
Although “analytics” is a term often used in relation to gauging success in, there is a trend toward using the concept for employer-employee relations.
Where is the nonprofit sector heading? That’s a tough one. But, at the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International Fundraising Conference, Kay Sprinkel Grace mentioned several trends in both the sector and the world at large to answer the question of where it’s all going.
Finding the right fit for any position can be tricky but worthwhile. Finding the best person for the position of major gifts officer can be especially beneficial.
Integrating communication streams across multiple channels on social media is the key to increasing donor retention and turning prospects into donors.
Maximizing end-of-year revenue relies on creating high donor-retention rates and creating a sense of urgency at the end of the year.
You have a job description, but on any given day, you're probably doing dozens of things outside the scope of that description. Combine that with the challenge of a fast-paced environment and the shifting priorities of funders, colleagues, and board members and it’s easy to fall short of doing your best. By being mindful of your limitations and capacity—and saying “no” when your plate is full—you can actually do more for your cause. In the sixth installment of the Raise and Engage podcast Danielle Johnson and Robin Anderson discuss the power of saying “no” at work.
In the most recent episode of Raise + Engage, Danielle is back with Brian Reich from little m media to discuss how nonprofit professionals can stay motivated and energized in their day-to-day roles. Brian shares his experience working with nonprofits and the lessons and tips he's learn from and shared with them over the years, including tips for avoiding a professional rut, creating forward momentum in your career and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. If you're considering making a career move or want to ensure you're on the right path, you won't want to miss this inspo-packed episode!
Episode 4: Apps and Hacks to Stay (Mostly) Sane, is all about tips, tricks and tools for sanity. Blackbaud’s own interactive product marketer, Julia Lenz, joins host Danielle Johnson to share some high tech. (and no tech.) productivity tips to help nonprofit professionals stay sane in the crazy world of philanthropy. Tune in to hear:
- Tips for how to spend the first 30 minutes of your day
- The benefits of 15 minute meetings
- Why notebooks are still relevant to a successful organization
- Ideas for better managing your inbox
- Why you should take lunch outside the box
- ...and much more!
Episode 3: Tech. Connection: Solutions, Strategy, and Staff In episode 3 of the Raise + Engage podcast, Danielle Johnson is joined by Chris Geady and William DaSilva, two IT experts in the nonprofit space, to talk technology integration for NPOs: when you need it, when you don’t, and how to do it successfully. Tune in to hear:
- When to say NO to integration
- How to set your strategic plan before even looking at technologies
- Ways to get your entire team on board
- The importance of identifying a project lead
- The RFP process - how it should and should not go
According to Danielle Johnson, straight-shooting host of the Raise + Engage podcast series, if your staff members aren’t the number one advocates for your cause on social media, you’re failing. In the most recent episode, Danielle is joined by Blackbaud’s own social media guru Madeline Turner to discuss overcoming social struggles and creating a social ambassador program at your organization. This entertaining and insightful duo dishes on the importance of making your social media presence human, making the case for a formal social program to leadership, how University of Michigan turned a one time social media campaign into a long term social program, and how Madeline's mom unknowingly became a social ambassador on #GivingTuesday.
In the premiere episode of Raise & Engage, Danielle is joined by three straight-shooting nonprofit rock-stars: Jodi Smith of Sanford Health Systems, Veronica Brown of Chicago Public Library Foundation and Ali Burke of Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation. The group talks organizational culture, problem employees, why its important to celebrate and how to shake things up this year and build a better more authentic team that gets stuff done!