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Tragedy has struck twice at fundraising events during the past month, resulting in the deaths of two volunteers, highlighting that special event risk extends beyond staff to fundraisers and volunteers who might not have a direct connection to an organization.
The About Us section of Feeding America’s website was given special attention during last year’s redesign. Key pieces of information were broken down into easily digestible subsections and a search-engine-optimized “Why Feeding America” page was created, which was dedicated to educating visitors on why they should donate to the organization.
Taking away what it calls a “smokescreen” by abortion opponents to advance an “extreme political agenda,” Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) announced today that affiliates involved in donating fetal tissue would not seek federal reimbursement, even though it’s legal to do so.
The new and growing challenges of today might be met with tomorrow’s advancements in technologies such as virtual reality, image reading and consolidated databases in the years to come.
The 54 traditional chapters of Alzheimer’s Association deadlocked at 27-27 on a plan to create a single, nonprofit entity out of the national office and its 81 chapters.
Many challenges come with growing a nonprofit. One of the trickiest is deciding what kind of financial help one needs, when it’s needed, and what level of professional can best supply it at a given point in time.
What keeps you up at night? The answer to that question might vary whether you’re looking at from a charity executive’s point of view or that of a state charity regulator. That was among the questions raised during a luncheon discussion between regulators and nonprofit attorneys during the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO) annual conference today at the Washington Marriott Georgetown in Washington, D.C.
Three United Way affiliates reported total support of more than $100 million for the 2014-2015 campaign while overall support for United Way was down by 1 percent last year.
With crowdsourcing campaigns popping up all over the news and social media, nonprofit leaders might be tempted to incorporate the strategy into their organizations’ fundraising efforts. Many already have done so.
Blackbaud of Charleston, S.C. has finalized its $190-million acquisition of Smart Tuition, a payment software and services provider for private schools and parents. The deal will fold Smart Tuition’s full product line including Smart Tuition, Smart Aid and Smart for Dioceses into Blackbaud’s K-12 portfolio.
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!