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  • The Teachable Moment From Mistakes

    By The NonProfit Times — September 6, 2016

    No one expects you to go out for drinks and be best friends with every member of the senior staff. However, it is important to develop some level of interpersonal relationships with all of your staff, especially senior staff, to make teamwork a priority in your organization.

  • Profiting From A Combined Promotable Universe

    By The NonProfit Times — August 30, 2016

    Looking for a higher yield from promotional emails and mail? Try combining lapsed members and prospective members into a single pool. The results might surprise you, according to executives from the AARP.

  • Crowdsourcing Is Also Community-Building

    By The NonProfit Times — August 30, 2016

    Encouraging individuals and groups to raise money for your organization isn’t “Tom Sawyer-ing” them into whitewashing your fence for you. It is creating engagement within your community and raising fun, and funds, for your cause.

  • Mainstreaming Your LGBTQ Fundraising Programs

    By The NonProfit Times — August 30, 2016

    The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) community has grown and will continue to do so. That has implications for the nonprofit sector in everything from hiring to community support, including fundraising.

  • Going Bananas Could Be A Good Thing

    By Darryl — August 29, 2016

    Increasing sales of fruits and vegetables is as simple as increasing interesting and innovative marketing. It’s that easy.

  • 5 Tips For Making Them Part Of The Team

    By Darryl — August 29, 2016

    Turning your donors into fundraisers can be seamless with the encouragement, motivation, and technology.

  • Shining Up Your Proposal

    By The NonProfit Times — August 29, 2016

    Applying for a grant is like selling a car. You want to be sure everything is in ideal condition to earn top dollar in a competitive market. Grants are a great way to fund your organization’s mission, but making your proposal stand out from the crowd might appear to be an impossible feat.

  • There Isn’t A PIN Number For Them

    By The NonProfit Times — August 23, 2016

    It’s okay to follow up if you don’t get an initial response after a job interview, stating your case as to why you would be a good fit for the position. It’s not okay, however, to barge into the CEO’s office, stating that you need money right now.

  • 6 Ideas For Playing By The Rules

    By The NonProfit Times — August 23, 2016

    When applying for grants, you might feel the same stress of a high school senior applying to an Ivy League university; hoping that out of the thousands of applications submitted, yours will shine through as superior and secure you a place in the small percentage of people who get that big envelope in the mail.

  • The Gala Is A Prime Way To Connect

    By The NonProfit Times — August 23, 2016

    Your local McDonald’s franchise might be the golden arches, but the Ronald McDonald House’s annual charity gala, held at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City, is platinum. While charity galas might be filled with fundraising and fun, they also provide a unique platform to educate donors and potential donors about your organization and the work you have accomplished.


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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.

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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
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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
And William shares a story about a nonprofit that may or may not have still been using a typewriter. You don't want to miss this one!

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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.

Episode 1: Corporate Culture & Development: Shake It Up! || daniellejohnson-76

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!


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