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Hundreds of millions of dollars of grants and contracts have found their way to nonprofits across the country via the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA or Recovery or Act). It hit its peak in 2010 and 2011 and organizations are feeling the impact.
Data is the buzzword in business and the charitable sector. Attach words to data such as analytics, warehouse, center, manipulation, etc., and you have bigger words with significant challenges.
You’ve got to get out there, or so nonprofits are told. “There” is the world of social media: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and the ever-expanding array of web-based and mobile technologies that can turn communication into an interactive dialogue.
Score one for transparency: Beginning with its 2011 Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 990, AmeriCares will post its annual tax information form on its website in full – including executive salaries, which previously had been omitted by the $795-million organization.
For all its marketing might, the pink powerhouse that is Susan G. Komen for the Cure is going to need every watt of that power to come back from its public relations misstep regarding de-funding Planned Parenthood and then revising its decision.
Board members and early investors in Convio and the former GetActive are in line for a nearly $100-million payday if Blackbaud’s $275-million acquisition of the company closes this month. At least five key Convio executives will be joining their Charleston, S.C.-based rival but co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer Vinay Bhagat will not be among them.
With economic markets going haywire the past few months and investors looking for a safe place to park their money, some charities are stepping up their efforts to push charitable gift annuities (CGA).
Has Susan G. Komen for the Cure kicked up another hornet’s nest? If the reaction on Twitter and Facebook is any indication, you might say yes.
Standards of accountability for mobile giving might pave the way for an eventual merger between the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance and the Mobile Giving Foundation but also open the mobile channel to smaller charities, bigger donations and monthly, sustaining gifts.
Both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts had an interesting Presidents Day weekend. A California judge has ordered the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to turn over confidential files on volunteers as part of a molestation case brought against the organization by a victim’s family.
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!