Member Round Up: Fundraising tips, new research, and tools

Fundraising tips, some new (and free!) research and tools, and a list of creatures that walk a fine line between ugly and cute bring this week to a close–check out what your industrious community has been up to!

As you refine your fundraising strategy and explore new ways of connecting with donors, check out Blackbaud’s 2013 Online Marketing Benchmark Study for Nonprofits to compare your organization to others and gather new ideas. You can also watch Farra Trompeter talk about three ways to keep your donors engaged so that they stay with you longer. If your organization is considering incorporating mobile giving into their online fundraising campaigns, Artez Interactive’s free whitepaper on mobile fundraising may be a great resource on how to do it. For the grant-seeking, this article by Hallman Communications debunks persistant misconceptions about the Google Grants program in “The Top 7 Myths About Google Grants for the Small Non-Profit”.

New to Salesforce? Cloud for Good released Salesforce 101 for Nonprofits, a free app to help answer questions ranging from, “How do I login to Salesforce for the first time?” to “Salesforce security settings.” As the first Salesforce guide for nonprofits, the manual is a “living” document, so you can also contribute it.

Long-time NTEN member and supporter, Atomic Mobile, recently reached a big milestone of  200 clients on the new TapFunder mobile donation platform – check it out! Another congratulations is in order to nonprofit PR firm and member organization Grizzard Communications Group, Inc. who was recently named a “Top 100 Workplace 2013” by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

If you’re going to be in the Portland, OR area for DrupalCon next week, consider kicking off the event with ThinkShout by raising a pint for a great cause at the Drupal DoGooders Happy Hour for Aaron Winborn. The fundraiser will help the long-time Drupal community contributer in his fight against late stage ALS. You can register for the event or make a donation here:

Funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation helped launch the Norman Lear Center Media Impact Project (MIP) which will attempt to measure the social impact of media. Sound challenging? Learn how a team of researchers from the Lear Center plan to tackle this elusive topic.

The Communications Network’s 2013 conference is in New Orleans, October 2 – 4; cast your votes through May 22 to help choose the 12 breakout sessions. In the next state over, the 2013 Lights. Camera. Help Nonprofit Film Festival, August 15 – 17 in August, Texas, is accepting film submissions through the end of May. See the submission timeline, sign up for the mailing list, or submit your cause film here.

Before you blob out the door for the weekend, see what a real blob fish looks like along with 19 other “Animals So Ugly They’re Cute”, courtesy of Mashable. Happy Friday!

Anything we missed? Let us know in the comments.