Member Round Up: New projects, reports and inspirations

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we are feeling the love. This Member Round Up is chock full of happenings and news from our members that warmed our heart. From new reports, to funding opportunities, to success stories, we hope you’ll be as inspired as we are by your amazing nonprofit technology community!

We love data! All kinds of new reports are available to inform your organizational strategy. Blackbaud just released the “Charitable Giving Report: How Nonprofit Fundraising Performed in 2012”. The report guides you through key statistics and insights into giving trends. Their accompanying video explores five key report findings.

You might have guessed that social media continues to be on the rise, but you may be wondering where the growth is happening. Nonprofit Quarterly looks at three key takeaways from Nielsen’s 2012 Social Media Report and points you to where you should consider spending your social media efforts.

We all procrastinate and donors are no exception. So when it comes to fundraising in November and December, how does procrastination impact results? Chas Offut has an analysis of 2012 year-end email fundraising and some of the findings may surprise you.

But wait, there’s another report on the way. See3 is generating the first-ever benchmark study of nonprofit online video usage. Take part in the survey and you will help generate more useful data for nonprofits. Plus, by participating you’ll have a chance to win a $400 donation to your organization or one of ten Starbucks gift cards. And who doesn’t love prizes?

Innovative projects…and the funding to go with them make us excited. JPMorgan Chase recently announced a $250,000 donation to classroom projects that promote civil rights, diversity, and multiculturalism. Qualifying projects can receive matching funds of up to $1500 a project, with up to two projects per teacher. DonorsChoose highlights some examples of creative ways educators are incorporating diversity into education.

Got an idea to change the world? Seed money from the new Pollination Project can be just the thing to get your idea planted. Britt Bravo has put together a list of projects funded so far, so you can learn more about these blossoming projects.

It’s been a few months since the Hurricane Sandy disaster and while there’s a lot of rebuilding still needed, the outpouring of relief aid so far is astounding. The Red Cross was a key part of the relief effort and their visual infographics and report on the first 100 days of their hurricane response gives you an idea of just how much help they’ve provided.

Every organization has a vision for how they want to make a difference, so Nancy Schwartz invited nonprofit bloggers to share their big dreams and how they will go about making them a reality. Read through her compilation of responses and ignite your own passion for change.
Even if you’re not a fan of the Valentines Day holiday, why not celebrate by bringing some love into your week? Points of Light has 14 ideas for how you can spread kindness to friends and strangers alike. And hey, why stop at 14?

Missing Valentine’s Day could mean a missed fundraising opportunity. M+R Research Labs points out that the holiday of candy hearts is also one of the biggest gift-giving times. Their post highlights examples of nonprofits, like the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Sierra Club, who are finding creative ways to fundraise around Valentines’s Day.

Anything we missed? Share your links in the comments!