Raising money for your organization requires more than just including a ‘donate’ button on your website. There are so many tools available for organizations to cut down on overhead while still reaching the right constituents, but how do you determine which of these are for you? Maybe you’ve overlooked a whole group of tools because you didn’t think they were right for your type of organization.
Luckily we have friends like PICnet who shared with us these 9 tips on why online petitions are great for all nonprofit organizations, not just advocacy groups.Read More
An intranet – an internal internet – is a very useful tool for any organization. Having a centralized file-sharing system is key to collaboration. Many nonprofits today use a shared network drive on their office network (LAN) as a basic sort of intranet. However, nonprofits often struggle with keeping that shared space from getting full of clutter: multiple versions of the same documents, a crazy confusing folder tree, running out of space or simply not being able to find what you need. Everyone agrees it’s probably time to clean up the mess but it’s a herculean task that’s easier to put off in favor of more pressing needs.
Often, the best recipe for success is to actually have two intranets: one that is web-based and carefully curated, and one that is allowed to run with little oversight. There are many platforms you could choose to use for each of these, but perhaps one of the simplest is a private section of your own website, plus that shared network drive you’ve already been using.Read More
Finding a content management system (CMS) that works with your existing tools and constituent relationship management (CRM) solution might not always be easy. If your nonprofit is looking to upgrade, change or start using a CMS and you’re already using Blackbaud’s Luminate Online Tools, you may want to consider using Luminate Online CMS (LO CMS). This Blackbaud solution is perfect for nonprofits who are looking to manage their websites easily from one system and is also capable of integration with Luminate Online which provides a “logged in” user experience for members of their Constituent360 database.Read More
Facebook has updated their algorithm, again. As a result of an increasing amount of content available to Facebook consumers, it seems that the best way for brands to reach their fans these days is by paying. Ultimately, wherever your opinion of the changes falls on the spectrum, it can’t be denied that the new, unnamed algorithm (formerly Edgerank) generated a lot of chatter in the marketing world, with an onslaught of suggestions pouring out from social media blogs across the web.
Despite all the uproar surrounding changes on Facebook, there seems to be a lot of ways to adapt, expand, grow, learn and succeed! These 8 tips on how your nonprofit can continue to stay in your constituents news feeds, come to us from Stayclassy.org.Read More
Over the past several years, Big Data, Data Analytics and Data Visualization have become some of the noisiest buzzwords in the nonprofit lexicon. Data, analytics, and reporting together form the basis of business intelligence, and while many nonprofits are developing core competencies in one or the other of these key functions, it takes a true organization-wide commitment and approach to achieve the benefits of business intelligence and data-driven decision making. Confused about how all of this fits together and makes up business intelligence? This graphic should help:
Wealthengine recently did some research that shows there are five distinct stages of nonprofit data maturity, from oblivious, through aware, emerging, and investing to optimizing. Based on that study, they came up with five key areas that differentiate from those who are practicing data-informed decision making from those who are less data-informed:Read More