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Gun violence dominated national headlines this past year. If it seemed as if you heard about another shooting incident every day, you were not far off. In 2015, the U.S. did not go for more than eight days without a mass shooting. Yet gun control remains a highly divisive issue. But what if social entrepreneurship could offer answers?
If Americans don’t have much in the way of retirement savings, how much disposable income could they possibly have for future giving to charity? A number of recent surveys spell out a potentially grim outlook for the average American when it comes to savings and retirement:
The Nature Conservancy entered into the face-to-face fundraising realm, fresh off the economic downturn. The downturn exposed the Arlington, Va.-based organization’s heavy reliance on direct mail and the need for building onto its list universe with a younger base.
The money pledged to charity by Google’s founders is in the millions each year but that might not be the most important number. That more vital number is 75,000.
AUSTIN, TEXAS — President Barack Obama stopped by the SxSW Interactive Festival an hour-long conversation on tech and empowerment with Evan Smith, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Tribune. The President outlined areas the government is trying to use technology to support and empower citizens:
Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Chief Executive Officer Steven Nardizzi and Chief Operating Officer Al Giordano were fired today. The move comes six weeks after intense media scrutiny regarding the charity’s spending and personnel policies.
More than 16 million websites use the WordPress platform — nearly a quarter of the entire Internet. A big reason why is its flexibility. Public access to the underlying code and the expansive ecosystem of both free and paid plugins developed and contributed by users, consultants, and software companies makes it extremely customizable for a wide range of needs.
That chances are that you’re paying too much for credit card processing. There are thousands of processors operating in a lightly-regulated, but complex marketplace. And the fact is, what they offer is pretty straightforward. Your processor is simply the communications link between the credit card issuer and your merchant bank account.
If your organization is in the midst of migrating its databases to another system, there is a good chance that your office is littered with clumps of hair and tissues. Employees of organizations considering a migration might fear a similar fate.
The hard fact is that nonprofits need money to fight the good fight. They also need volunteers and various types of political action.
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!
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