When creating a business model, it is essential to have transparency as a key component in order to build trust with donors.
The nonprofit sector is still aflutter with concerns about the departure of senior management and the need to fill the gap.
The right marketing can make anything appealing, even broccoli to a five-year-old.
New ideas are the lifeblood of any organization. They keep the organization fresh and interesting, while appealing to people in new ways.
Maximizing end-of-year revenue relies on creating high donor-retention rates and creating a sense of urgency at the end of the year.
Obtaining financial support from a foundation can be a rigorous, if ultimately rewarding, exercise. Meeting strict criteria, making a good impression and finding a good fit with foundation objectives require hard work, genuine diligence.
The balancing of employer and employee rights can be a tricky one to maintain.
Voluntary waivers by employees can sometimes help the balancing. And, other times the situations can become even messier.
Different managers have differing opinions about cutting-edge technology, but this world of ours is only moving ahead.
The poet and philosopher Paul Valéry wrote in 1937: “The future, like everything else, is no longer quite what it used to be.” A couple of direct response experts gazed into their crystal balls for future indicators during a session at the Bridge To Integrated Marketing Conference.
Giving by individuals was up more than 6 percent during 2014 and another 4.1 percent for 2015, according to Giving USA. Donors gave more of their disposable incomes than before the Great Recession.
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!