Article Type: Reports & Resources

We are calling on foundations to actively partner with grantees to fund and enable cybersecurity.

NTEN, TAG, and Tech Impact aim to elevate cybersecurity as a sector-wide concern, including funders, grantees, and nonprofit partners. The first step to making a change is to build awareness among those with the ability to do and fund capacity building work. In this partner report we cover:

  • The state of cybersecurity among nonprofit organizations
  • Guidance on providing direct funding for security projects
  • Capacity building grant ideas for cybersecurity
  • Where to locate resources specific to grantees’ size and structure
  • Thoughts on how to set standards for grantees while avoiding unfunded mandates

Download the report and share with someone who can make a difference in philanthropy today.

Demand for social good services is rising faster than organizations can meet it. To fund your mission, you need to know where your organization stands compared to your peers.

In this white paper — created in partnership with the Blackbaud Institute and NetHope — we’ll explore the value of collaborative benchmarking to comparatively measure your performance against peer organizations. By understanding your position in the sector, you can:

  • Prioritize resources according to your organization’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Ensure that you invest in programs which will lead to organizational growth
  • Enhance collaboration across the social good sector for stronger mission delivery
  • Download the white paper to find out how you can make the most of your benchmarking opportunity!

Download the report from the Blackbaud Institute and begin collaborating today.

As organizations who provide professional development and the support for career growth in a number of ways, both NTEN and
Cornerstone were interested to better understand what trends, challenges, and successes may exist in the nonprofit sector with regard to both the cultural practices around professional development and the specific structure and financial support for it in organizations of all different sizes and types.

This is the first time we’ve surveyed the community on this topic and the results include some surprises and confirm our experience. We were disappointed to see the number of folks who don’t have equal access to training opportunities and funds, but heartened to hear that even if professional development isn’t a formal part of staff evaluations now the practice is desired and seen as valuable.

Nonprofit staff want to learn and grow in their jobs and careers. We hope that this report supports organizations making adjustments and improvements to the way professional development is encouraged and supported for all staff.

Now in its fifth year, the 2019 report has data from hundreds of organizations from more than 20 countries, and features in-depth guides and expert advice. With actionable ideas for every organization, it’s a valuable resource for nonprofit digital teams hoping to improve their results in 2019.

Learn how to better measure the ROI of your fundraising efforts, simple ways to improve cross-team communication, and how to think outside the #nptech box to find software solutions that fit your organization.

Download your free copy here.

Report webinar on February 28

Interested to hear directly from the research and report partners? Join Care2, hjc, and NTEN for a webinar to discuss report findings on Thursday, February 28, at 12 pm PT/3 pm ET. We’ll recap trends and strategies, and highlight best practices and expert insights along the way.

 

As nonprofit professionals, we hear about cyberattacks and understand the importance of protecting our organizations and our clients. But what are we doing to prepare, and what is stopping us from a higher level of protection?

We wanted to find out, so together with Microsoft, we polled more than 250 community members about their cybersecurity practices. The result is the State of Nonprofit Cybersecurity report.

Report front cover: NTEN State of Nonprofit Cybersecurity

In this inaugural report, we examine the steps nonprofits are taking to develop secure practices around technology use in their nonprofits, and identify some areas where the sector can improve. But it isn’t just academic! We wanted to give you insights that you and your organization’s leadership can immediately use to better secure your systems and protect your data.

Some of the points covered are:

  • the policies and procedures your nonprofit has for who and how people can access your systems,
  • to what extent nonprofits are using technology to protect their systems,
  • what kind of training is offered to nonprofit staff, and
  • how nonprofit operations contribute to cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

Nonprofit organizations are embracing cloud technologies to help them more powerfully serve their constituents and better connect their services and staff. But while the benefits are great, there are still some roadblocks.

NTEN and Microsoft surveyed more than 250 nonprofit professionals to produce the 2018 State of the Nonprofit Cloud report.

Some of the key findings include:

  • The benefits of hosted software and hardware include increased access, performance, features, and resources.
  • More than half of respondents said they had moved one or more services to the cloud in the past year.
  • Larger and more established organizations tend to use more cloud services and are more likely to be considering new services.
  • Smaller organizations put a slightly greater emphasis on the cost and staff time, compared with features.
  • Challenges to cloud service implementation include staff training, subscription costs, and calculating return on investment.

It is free to download for everyone. We hope you use this report to learn about how nonprofits are making decisions about cloud services and to benchmark your own organization.

There are trees, and there is forest. There are anecdotes, and there is data. There are the pinprick pixels of our individual experiences, and there is the vast picture they paint together of the world we share.

The M+R Benchmarks Study is our annual attempt to bridge that divide. This year, we have collected an extensive array of data points from 154 nonprofit participants. Each of them marks a single digital interaction with a supporter: an email opened, a donation made, a petition signed, a website visited, an ad clicked, a Facebook post liked, or tweet retweeted. All told, these add up to 4,699,299,330 email messages, 527,754,635 web visits, and 11,958,385 donations.

NTEN is proud to partner with M+R once again for the latest Benchmarks report. Explore or download it here.

 

The internet is truly a required service for any organization to be successful in 2018. But what if your programs are meant to serve people who are among the 60 million Americans who don’t have internet access at home?

The Digital Adoption survey seeks to understand how organizations are making decisions and addressing the challenges of internet access and use by both staff and the communities they serve. The good news is digital adoption is increasing, but there are still gaps or needs among specific communities that digital inclusion programs have the opportunity to address.

2018 Digital Outlook ReportDo you have the strategies you need to launch your nonprofit into the stratosphere? NTEN, along with partners Care2, hjc, and Resource Alliance, have produced the 2018 Digital Outlook Report, which includes data collected from over 500 nonprofit professionals in more than 20 countries.

The theme of the 2018 report is expand your nonprofit’s universe, and it encourages nonprofit professionals to explore new worlds of digital marketing and fundraising innovation.

Key points include:

  • Pundits claim that no one uses email anywhere and that its time has passed, but the report shows that for fundraising success, it’s more important than ever that nonprofit emails reach their intended inboxes.
  • A focus on mobile is central to improving a nonprofit’s digital strategy.
  • Tracking, analytics, and proper attribution have been an Achilles’ heel for most nonprofit organizations, so the report focuses on the benefits of digital tracking and attribution.

With in-depth guides and expert advice, we’ll walk you through three areas that may be uncharted terrain for your organization: mobile optimization, tracking web conversion, and email deliverability.

Providing actionable ideas for every organization, the 2018 Digital Outlook Report is really a must-read for any team hoping to improve.

Download your free copy here.

 

NTEN is proud to release a digital fundraising workbook designed for nonprofit professionals: Embracing Your Strategic Potential.

Taking you step-by-step through the development of a successful strategy, this workbook helps you craft a plan that includes a single goal, clear objectives, and detailed, measurable tactics. The framework is fit for organizations big and small, and emphasizes collaboration among relevant departments.

Written by digital fundraising consultant and trainer Todd Whitley, this 21-page toolkit will guide you from crafting a strategy through tactical implementation, testing, and review.

Thanks to our sponsor, DonorPerfect, we are able to offer this resource free of charge.

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Todd Whitley leads our online course, Digital Fundraising Fundamentals, March 14, 2018.