News from the NTEN Connect Blog

Meet Our NTC Green Sponsors!

Submitted by Michael on Fri, 02/21/2014 - 3:35pm

We're excited to announce our Green Sponsors for the 14NTC! These sponsors are taking a sustainable approach to sponsoring the NTC and are sharing digital ads instead of print ads. We're happy to have them as part of the NTC and as a partner to help reduce the waste and carbon emissions that go along with putting on the NTC.

Ten Video Tips for Nonprofits

Submitted on Fri, 2/21/2014 - 9:00am
A well thought out video strategy can accomplish all of these goals and more. If your organization has not yet produced video, odds are that you have been talking about it for some time. Now that YouTube is the second largest search engine behind Google, now is the perfect time to create content that will inform, inspire and engage donors.

Personalizing Your Nonprofit’s Fundraising Message

Submitted on Thu, 2/20/2014 - 9:00am
If you’re anything like the majority of nonprofits out there, you’re likely trying to find new, creative, and fruitful ways to raise money. It’s no mystery that fundraising is a pretty important part of an organization’s ability to do good in their community. It’s also well known that fundraising is tough. The first step is overcoming people's inertia of non-action and move them towards acting to help you meet your goals!

5 Tips for Getting Started with Nonprofit Video

Submitted on Tue, 2/18/2014 - 6:22pm
With a good story as the foundation for your video, your organization can use YouTube to spread your message and raise money and awareness online. From free video creation sites to royalty free music to use in your videos, it's easy for a nonprofit to start making videos that tell the story of the work that you do. Here are five easy tips for taking the first steps towards creating great videos for your nonprofit!

The Good News about Giving

Submitted on Tue, 2/18/2014 - 11:00am
For several years now we’ve been reading about the impact of the recession on giving in the United States. Declines in giving and donor retention have been a challenge in recent years, but some new data suggests that the giving environment is improving across the nonprofit sector.

21 Social Media Tips for Nonprofits

Submitted on Tue, 2/18/2014 - 8:43am
I emailed some of the top authors and social media experts from around the world and asked them to quickly answer this question: What is one thing you wish nonprofits "got" about social media? The replies were great! Here they are:

Indexes are the New Infographics

Submitted on Mon, 2/17/2014 - 8:52am
Indexes are de riguer these days. It used to be that indexes (Or more properly, "indices") were used for monetary applications, with well-known examples like the Dow Jones Industrial average and the S&P 500 dominating financial discourse. But now a new breed of index has begun to proliferate some truly unexpected sectors, and they have the potential to have far-reaching impacts.

10 Tips for an Effective Nonprofit Content Strategy

Submitted on Fri, 2/14/2014 - 8:37am
The struggle to create effective content strategies for social networks either comes from not having enough time to devote to social media or not having enough content to post. Truth be told, most nonprofits have an overwhelming amount of content on their websites or other communication channels that can be easily repurposed for social. Below are 10 tips for managing your time and dealing with the problem of feeding your organization’s social media beasts.

On Falling in Love With the NTEN Community

Submitted on Wed, 2/12/2014 - 9:00am
The day before I set off for the Nonprofit Technology Conference in 2012, my boss back in Australia warned me: "Now, don't you go falling in love with San Francisco and not coming back." His warning was prescient. During those three days of scribbled notes, pun tweets, and laughs, I did fall in love with the US nonprofit community, with NTEN, and with a man who I'd move halfway across the world to marry.

What You Need to Know to Launch a Grassroots-led Campaigns Platform

Submitted on Wed, 2/12/2014 - 8:48am
Suddenly, platforms that allow anyone to start a petition and run their own campaigns are everywhere. But many are also asking what it takes to successfully run a grassroots-led campaigns platform. What lessons can we learn from Change.org, 38 Degrees CampaignsByYou, MoveOn.org and other platforms worldwide? What best practices have emerged? What are the steps to success?