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Finding Your Path Just Got Easier

About a year ago, I (virtually) sat down with my staff and told them I wanted to build an interactive program that would help individuals who are trying to develop their grantsmanship skills. I thought, this idea might engender some interesting conversation. I had no idea how quickly the staff would latch on to it! […]
Posted: August 25, 2015
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Fundraising Trends and Counting Deck Chairs on the Titanic

On April 15th at 12:05am, the captain of the Titanic gave the order to uncover the lifeboats on the deck, which he knew would only carry half of the 2,227 passengers on the ship. Of all of the stories about the Titanic, none have ever talked about people counting the deck chairs in the final […]
Posted: August 21, 2015
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Step-by-Step Guide to Cultivating a Community For Fundraising

If you were a fly on the wall in any large brand’s boardroom, you’d hear the word “community” at least a dozen times. Fostering a community is high on the list of priorities of many top-level executives today because it builds a loyal customer base. As a nonprofit, it should rank high on your list […]
Posted: August 20, 2015
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Fundraising Online 2015: Five key takeaways

Each May, the Resource Alliance brings together fundraisers from around the globe via our free virtual conference, Fundraising Online. This year, we were joined by over 3,000 fundraisers from more than 100 countries, including 16 speakers who shared their experiences of successfully adapting to and benefiting from technological change to enhance their fundraising. Below are […]
Posted: August 18, 2015
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How to Leverage Short Film to Attract New Donors

The more saturated society becomes with media and mobile devices, the more powerful short films can prove for nonprofits to get their stories in front of new audiences. When done right, short films are inspiring, moving, and bite-sized—they can be quickly watched and easily shared, setting off a viral groundswell in the process. It’s therefore surprising how […]
Posted: August 4, 2015
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Things We Like (July 2015)

A monthly roundup of our favorite nonprofit tech resources and other goodies. Happy 30th birthday, .org. The first .org domain was registered on July 10, 1985. The OED birthday word generator shows which words originated in your birthyear. (.org’s birth word? “Gobsmacked.”) Edie the Spaniel’s friends tried out Tindog—Tinder for dogs—one day. A gobsmacking experience? […]
Posted: July 23, 2015
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The Quest for a Nimble Data System

For this month’s Connect theme, we are highlighting some of the speakers, facilitators, keynotes, attendees, sponsors, and scholarship recipients of the 2015 Leading Change Summit in Washington, DC September 13-16. Data: the answer to my prayers and the bane of my existence. Data can guide strategy and overwhelm you to the point of inaction. If you don’t […]
Posted: July 16, 2015
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Working with Distributed Teams

For this month’s Connect theme, we are highlighting some of the speakers, facilitators, keynotes, attendees, sponsors, and scholarship recipients of the 2015 Leading Change Summit in Washington, DC September 13-16. Information technology (and especially the Internet) have helped to remove geographic barriers that once defined working teams. Organizations of all sizes are finding that the benefits of […]
Posted: July 9, 2015
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July Member RoundUp: Infographics, sizzling campaigns, and an alliance for digital inclusion

Check out the latest news and happenings from NTEN Members: NTEN has joined the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA), an alliance representing those on the ground providing public Internet access, home broadband programs, and digital literacy training and tech support in order to create new operational resources for us. NTEN Member, Community Technology Network, is […]
Posted: July 7, 2015