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In just less than a month, the “Skinned Alive” campaign by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) had garnered 98,000 fans, driven almost entirely through social media, primarily Facebook and Twitter. MySpace? Not so much.
Only a few years ago, MySpace was essentially neck and neck with Facebook in a battle for social networking supremacy. These days it seems to be falling into the niche category while Facebook boasts more than 400 million users worldwide and Twitter has seen fast-paced growth during the past year. Nonprofits, it seems, are following the same lead.
Rejection of a professional fund-raising counsel registration renewal has sparked a battle between an attorney and the Secretary of State of North Carolina regarding the confidential nature of where a fundraiser resides, and the ability to safely raise money for sometimes controversial causes.
Nearly a dozen organizations from around the country will share in the first round of Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grants from the federal government totaling $50 million. Combined with private matching funds of $74 million raised so far, more than $123 million will be targeted toward scaling up innovative nonprofit programs.
Controversial animal rights group PETA has learned the hard way that celebrity spokespeople can sometimes get attention for all the wrong reasons.
Before the days of iChat, Skype or Facebook, Nancy Racette, chief operating officer of DRI Consulting in Arlington, Va., would conduct video interviews with potential candidates at her local Kinkos. Today, she can look at an applicants resume, professional profile and Twitter account, all on her Blackberry. While advanced technology has helped the job recruitment and executive search game evolve, the basic principles have stayed the same, Racette said. The Internet has only leveled the playing field.
A friend sent Bill Strickland an orchid. Struck by its beauty, he bought a beginners guide and asked area experts how to grow the flower. But he failed to sustain any orchids in his basement nursery.
If someone walked up to you on the street and asked that you give them your credit card or checking account information, the odds are that you would think that they think youre a rube with a turnip truck. That sounds just crazy enough to work, so some nonprofits are enlisting canvassers to raise money in metropolitan cities around the U.S. and abroad.
Giving to charity in the United States dropped a little more than 3 percent during 2009 to $303.75 billion, a decline but not the precipitous plummet feared by nonprofits as the U.S. recession was in full bloom. As usual, donations by individuals led giving, with gifts to religion being the top category.
Understanding the nature of generational differences is what will open the doors for new methods of fundraising. According to John Baguley, CEO of the International Fundraising Consultancy in London, for Gen Y, technology is just a part of life — as natural and necessary as eating and sleeping.
The stock market was booming and the housing market was still on the way up when Mary-Alice Frank was hired as chief executive officer of the American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland in 1999.
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!