3 Ways to Prepare Up for Your Spring Fundraising Event

3 Ways to Prepare Up for Your Spring Fundraising Event

The days are getting longer, meaning it is time for the fundraising classic: the charity run/walk. The rising temperatures and New Year’s resolutions to get fit lend themselves perfectly to an active, outdoor event. Run/walks require a great deal of commitment, but research has found that events dependent on significant effort can increase willingness to contribute to a pro-social cause.

Although we are still dealing with the chilling cold and snow in most of the country, now is the time to get into gear for your organization’s upcoming run/walk or ride. StayClassy put together this list of easy things you can do to get started now.

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Factors to Consider When Selecting a CMS

The Nonprofit Technology Ecosystem

All CMS solutions do pretty much the same thing, right?

Kind of. There are literally hundreds of Content Management Systems on the market, so how will your organization decide which one is best for you? We’ve discovered that functionality is not necessarily the primary consideration (or even one of the top five factors) for most of our clients. The CMS landscape is a competitive marketplace with all products meeting certain basic functionality requirements. This allows other factors to move into the forefront.

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Make Volunteer Management Simple

Make Volunteer Management Simple

There isn’t much about event planning that is simple or easy and that includes trying to manage your volunteers. Many nonprofit organizations use outside resources like Excel to track and manage their volunteers from year to year. Wouldn’t it be even better if you had all of your volunteers in your database and could easily communicate with them about the schedule, let them sign up for opportunities, track who had volunteered the most, and see which events were most popular? These are all common requests that we’ve heard from organizations we work with and we have the solution for them (and you!).

For our clients on the Salesforce platform, we’ve found one app in the appexchange that stands out for assisting nonprofits with volunteer management: Volunteers for Salesforce. And as an added bonus it’s free!

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International Women’s Day

International Women's Day 2014

Did you know that Saturday is International Women’s Day? Sadly, I didn’t know until my coworker Cynthia informed me, but this day has been around for over 100 years!

Some additional fun facts about International Women’s Day:

    Observed around the world each year on March 8th.
    Began in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on March 19, 1911.
    Over 1 Million men and women attended the first International Women’s Day event in 1911.
    Serves as an opportunity to show appreciation for women and highlight women’s achievements.
    The Theme for 2014 is “Equality for women is progress for all.” and was selected by the United Nations.

For more fun facts, see the full timeline from 1911 through today at International Women’s Day’s website.

There are many ways you can get involved and celebrate International Women’s Day both online and by attending events in your area. If you can’t find an event close to you, you can still participate online using the #womensday and #IWD2014 hashtags which have produced over 26,000 tweets in the last week:

#womensday & #IWD2014 tweets the week of International Women's Day

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#14NTC Social Snapshot – Register Now!

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I’m not the only one getting excited about NTEN.org’s upcoming #14NTC Nonprofit Technology Conference and tweeting about it! In fact there have been over 1,800 tweets in the last 90 days about #14NTC.

#14NTC Tweets So Far from Topsy

I love social media and analytics and in preparation of #14NTC I went through all of the speakers and put together a list of their Twitter handles, as well as the companies they were representing at #14NTC. Out of the 229 speakers (29 of whom are speaking more than once) there are 156 on Twitter. Color me impressed! That leaves only 73 of the speakers who aren’t on Twitter (or easy to find on Twitter).

To help you follow all of the speakers, and see what they tweet about, I put together this handy Twitter list of all 156 speakers:

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Is roundCause Right for My Organization?

Is roundCause Right for My Organization?

Since we announced our partnership with roundCorner last week, we’ve had a few clients and friends ask us for more information about roundCorner and their product roundCause. Generally we direct them to roundCause’s YouTube page as they have many informative videos there, but we understand that many people (myself included) prefer to have a written description instead of a video.

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