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When former University of Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez, armed with his full wardrobe of Michigan garb, punched in a Salvation Army location into his GPS he couldn’t have imagined he was answering the prayers of staff from the Salvation Army in Wayne, Mich.
Five years after federal tax law changes shifted the landscape of vehicle donations, charities have been revamping marketing strategies for their donation programs.
Five days after a historic earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, charitable donations have reached nearly $25 million, about one-tenth of the level seen at the same time after other recent, large disasters.
With seemingly the entire nation transfixed on the misadventures and public scorched earth policy of actor Charlie Sheen, the American Red Cross (ARC) has capitalized on his Internet meme of the Twitter hashtag #tigerblood, propelling the charity into the middle of the condemnation of the television star.
National Public Radio (NPR) announced the resignation of its president and CEO this morning, days after its top fundraising executive was caught on hidden camera calling Tea Party members racists that hijacked the Republican Party.
Three weeks after announcing a merger of the organizations, two cleft surgery charities this morning voted to annul the fledgling relationship.
The people have spoken in Tunisia and Egypt. Citizens have taken to the streets in Iran, Yemen and other nations throughout the Middle East. And while the leadership fell only in Tunisia and Egypt as of this writing, the form of government had less to do with the uprising than did the people’s living conditions.
More than half of the money given to charity by Americans goes to religion, even though it ranks fourth when donors are asked which type of organization actually needs the money. They see education as the top priority but don’t back up their words with their giving.
The Court Appointed Special Advocates of Los Angeles (CASA/LA) might be the canary in a coal mine for the more than 1,000 CASA affiliates around the nation as it begins a new course as a self-sustaining nonprofit.
As American donors seek more and more information about charities and Web sites compete for visitors to view financial data, questions arise about the need for and longevity of the organizations providing that information.
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!