Tips for Working From Home

Tips from Working From Home

When I started working at Heller Consulting in 2001, time management was very simple. Every day I was booked onsite for a full day with a local client here in the Bay Area. I dealt with emails and phone calls in the available spaces in mornings, middays and evenings. Pretty simple, right?

Fast forward a few years and technology has made it possible for us to do more work remotely. Now it is very common for our (much larger) team to work productively from offices, co-working spaces, and home offices around the country. We’ve developed a philosophy and approach to remote work that supports our consultants and encourages teamwork. Here are some tips and tricks we’ve put together for ourselves over the years.

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Pop Quiz: Do you Know These 14 Email Marketing Terms?

Email Marketing Terms

Recently we explored Things to Consider When Selecting an Email Solution for your Organization. Today we’ll dig a bit deeper into email marketing terminology.

Understanding and appraising an Email Service Provider (ESP) can be a daunting exercise. Not only are there dozens of providers in the marketplace today, there is also a whole vocabulary of terms that you need to be familiar with before you can accurately compare providers and get the most out of the platform you choose to adopt. Making matters worse, providers aren’t 100% consistent with how and where they use very similar terms.

The most important thing I have found to be true when having to compare systems is that there are often many small details that you need to tease out of testing and reading documentation to get a full understanding of exactly how a particular piece of functionality works. Take the term “template” for example. It can mean anything from a very bare-bones notion of layout, to a nearly finished design complete with logo, fonts, link colors, and even some content. There are many variations therein as well.

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Using Big Data in Your Nonprofit Organization

Big Data in Your Nonprofit

Big data has been a buzzword that’s been bouncing around for a few years in every industry. What exactly does ‘big data’ mean? Well, Wikipedia defines big data as “the term for a collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional data processing applications.” At a loss for how that pertains to your nonprofit organization? Our friend, Sally Boucher, Director of Research, from WealthEngine tackled this subject in a recent blog post and we wanted to share her post with you.

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roundCorner Partners with Heller Consulting


The nature of the connection between nonprofits and their constituents is being transformed by social and mobile technologies. Today’s leading nonprofit organizations are successfully leveraging technology to achieve true end-to-end constituent relationship management.

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8 Reasons to Attend the NPO Engagement Party at #14NTC

NPO Engagement Party

We all know that the best part of any conference are the connections you make: those chance encounters in the Starbucks line or the hotel bar. Your days are packed with high-quality content and inspiring speakers, but at the end of the day it is those kindred spirits you meet in our zany nonprofit technology community that you will remember.

This is what Idealist Consulting’s Nonprofit Engagement Party is all about. It’s happening March 13 in DC during the 2014 Nonprofit Technology Conference. The Connected Cause is back as a sponsor, and all nonprofit organizations are invited (but space is limited, so RSVP soon).

Here are our top reasons to attend the #NPOEngagementParty:

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Going to #14NTC? So Are We!

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We’re excited that not only are we attending our first conference of the 2014 season, but all Connected Cause partners will be there! That’s right folks, if you’re heading to the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) you’ll get to see Heller Consulting, Firefly Partners and Idealist Consulting!!

Sessions We’re Looking Forward To Attending:

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