Welcoming New Board Members and Staff

Submitted by Amy on Tue, 03/04/2014 - 12:16pm

The NTEN team continues to grow with four new board members and a new team member! Join us in welcoming Bethany, Gayle, Jereme, Maddie, and Miriam.

NTEN is going Southwest! Join in the SXSW social good

Submitted by Megan on Mon, 03/03/2014 - 9:00am

NTEN is excited to once again head to SXSW in Austin, TX! We're continuing our tradition of being a part of the Beacon Lounge, a comfy conference oasis where geeks and social changemakers - or both! - can relax and find inspiring conversations and connections.

Will you be there? We want to meet you! Here's how you can take part in the SXSW in Austin or virtually.

The Four Surefire Ways to Ensure Your Nonprofit Technology Training Is Successful

Submitted on Fri, 2/28/2014 - 11:00am
Wondering what to do before, during, and after leading an effective technology training. The design work you do prior to delivering your session, if done well, can have a huge impact on whether your participants walk away inspired to practice their skills or apply their knowledge in the real world. Here are four tips that will help you design fun, interactive, and highly effective technology training workshops.

How Do Questions Improve Nonprofit Technology Training?

Submitted on Fri, 2/28/2014 - 8:00am
What are some ways you can use questions to improve your technology trainings? Questions ask your brain to mine your experience and expertise to come up with answers. You become aware of what your thoughts and understandings are about the topic. You are then able to build on this as you incorporate new information. You connect any new knowledge to that which you already know.

6 Ways to Create Content Your Donors & Members Will Value

Submitted on Thu, 2/27/2014 - 9:02am
A recent survey by the Content Marketing Institute showed that 92% nonprofits are using content marketing. While nonprofits are using a wide variety of sites and services to distribute their content, the effectiveness of these efforts is often uncertain. Without a plan for content creation, it’s pretty hard to gauge success. Here are 6 ways you can develop a content strategy and create content your audience will value.

Three Easy Tips for Boosting Your Organization's Signal

Submitted on Wed, 2/26/2014 - 1:00pm
Since launching, Speek has been covered by numerous major publications both in print and online. They were the subject of a Wall Street Journal documentary and have won countless awards. We rank on the first page of Google search results for all relevant search terms. And they achieved all of this without a PR firm and with a negligible marketing budget. They decided to take three easy steps to help get their message out and help grow their company.

Webinar: Building Community Online

Do you want to build a community online, but you're not sure how? It seems like everyone's talking about bringing people together online to accomplish a goal. We know it takes a lot of work, research, and planning to get people rallied around a cause. In this session we'll look at the groundwork for building communities, online tools to support a community, audience behaviors, and internal capacity so you can build a vibrant and successful community around your mission. Learn more »

Test, Send, Adjust, Repeat

Submitted on Tue, 2/25/2014 - 9:12am
In order to make sure that you get your message out effectively, you need to regularly check the data that shows what works, what messages did well, and where you can improve. Sometimes the answer isn't just one metric, but in a combination of metrics that you can find by testing your messages.

Top 10 Tips for a Fabulous 14NTC

Submitted by Megan on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 3:30pm

14NTC is just around the corner and the community is buzzing with tips, recommendations, and other advice on making your Washington D.C. and NTC experience a rewarding one. We'll be crossing our fingers for a blizzard-free time (13NTC, anyone?) and some early cherry blossoms. But besides packing that warm jacket just in case, you can plan your D.C. trip with the help of your fellow nonprofit attendees.

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.

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, 38 Degrees CampaignsByYou, and other platforms worldwide? What best practices have emerged? What are the steps to success?

Webinar: Get Really Fabulous Proposals for Your Technology Project

Ever have a data project go south because of a bad vendor? Don't know where to look for quality firms for a web project? Are you getting uninformative or mismatched bids? There might not be a magic wand to make it all easier, but there's something that's really close.Your RFP is the guide to the work that needs to be done to support your latest tech project. An RFP that's just OK will get you a lot of proposals that are just OK. Find out how to build a strong RFP that will help you get proposals that will dazzle you, make the new project easier on everyone involved, and help you have a positive experience working with your vendor and implementing your project. Learn more »

Don't Miss Out: NTC Hotel Prices Go Up Soon!

Submitted by Michael on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 12:25pm

The deadline for special hotel pricing for NTC is February 25th! Don't miss out, book your hotel before prices go up!

Three Elements to Create a Powerful Communications Triangle

Submitted on Mon, 2/10/2014 - 8:47am
When aligning your fundraising strategy, you focus on two major paths: donor retention and donor acquisition. These are the everyday struggles for any nonprofit. While projects emerge from passion and commitment towards a cause or purpose, finding the proper support to get you there and even further is a true quest based on determination and perseverance.