Motivation is Key When It Comes to Volunteer Management

Posted by David Blyer on August 8, 2018

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, a quarter of the country’s total population volunteer. It’s truly inspiring that so many people contribute their time and efforts for free to advance charity causes.

Volunteers are central to a nonprofit's success, but they also share a mutual relationship with the organization. While people complete a variety of tasks to advance the charity’s mission, during the process, they also develop skills and gain new experiences. To best motivate your volunteers to become champions for your cause and perform their duties to the best of their abilities, take a look at the tips below for effective volunteer motivation and management.

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Topics: Volunteer Management

The Secrets to Managing Volunteers Effectively

Posted by Kelly Yaker on August 1, 2018

According to Independent Sector, in 2017, every volunteer hour is valued at $24.14, which is up 2.5% from the previous year. That’s over three times the national minimum wage! Even though volunteers contribute their time for free, their contributions have real-world value.

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Topics: Volunteer Management

Nonprofit Data Diaries Part 3: Security

Posted by Kira Bushman on July 25, 2018

Your nonprofit's database is your organization's most treasured possession. It can be difficult to remind yourself of securing the little things, and let's be honest — all of us can get lazy when it comes to being thorough with protecting our data. How many of you have ever written down a password on a sticky note and stuck it on your PC monitor in plain sight? Don't worry. Me too.

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Topics: Donor Relationship Management, Donor Retention

Nonprofit Data Diaries Part 2: Accountability and Analysis

Posted by David Blyer on July 18, 2018

 

 

 

As our Chairman, Susan Orr, said in the first "Data Diaries" blog, "A focus on integrity will ensure that you can successfully build relationships with your constituents, that you can provide accurate information for decision making, and that your organization is accountable to your community." This applies not only to communication and solicitation, but also to accountability and analysis. 

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Topics: Donor Relationship Management, Donor Retention

Nonprofit Data Diaries Part 1: Communication and Solicitation

Posted by Susan Orr on July 11, 2018

We hear a lot about Big Data and how it has transformed the way we live, from deciding which ads we see to finding cures that may save our lives. There’s no doubt about its power to influence and inform.

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Topics: Donor Relationship Management, Donor Retention

Facebook Ads for Nonprofits: Messaging and Imagery

Posted by Kelly Yaker on July 3, 2018

If you work in nonprofit marketing, you probably already have guidelines for the kind of messaging you want potential donors to see. This messaging will stay consistent with Facebook, but the delivery may be a little different from what you are used to.

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Topics: Nonprofit Marketing, Social Media for Nonprofits

Facebook Ads for Nonprofits: Setup

Posted by Kira Bushman on June 27, 2018

Organic reach is important, but it’s getting more and more difficult for businesses and nonprofits to increase their reach organically on Facebook. This is where paid advertisements come in. Fortunately, Facebook is a relatively cheap platform for promoting content. The average cost per click for Facebook ads at the end of 2016 was only 27 cents. Start taking advantage of the low cost and follow these steps to set up your first ads!

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Topics: Nonprofit Marketing, Social Media for Nonprofits

Facebook for Nonprofits: Webinar Follow Up

Posted by Kira Bushman on June 21, 2018

After many changes to the Facebook newsfeed algorithm, it can be confusing to know what to do on this social media platform. Groups, messenger, and advertisements are all great ways to get your organization seen by more potential donors, and they are more effective than just posting to your nonprofit’s Facebook page.

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Topics: Nonprofit Marketing

Get Organized: Grant Tracking Best Practices

Posted by David Blyer on June 20, 2018

When looking for project funding, the chances you’ll only apply to one grant are pretty slim. More than likely, you’ll be applying to a bunch of grants all at once, each with a unique set of requirements. So how do you keep them all straight? This post covers some best practices for tracking grants from application to award and beyond.

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Topics: Grant Management

10 Components of Successful Grant Writing

Posted by Kira Bushman on June 13, 2018

As exciting as a prospective grant award can be, the task of compiling the data and writing a grant that has better chances of earning funding can be a daunting one. It’s important to remember that a grant letter is no different than any other proposal in the sense that it can be broken down into general segments that make up the whole pitch. Below, we’re covering grant writing examples for nonprofits so you can put together a winning grant letter without going crazy. Treat it like a checklist and you’re on your way to securing your grant.

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Topics: Grant Management

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