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LinkedIn Groups

Nonprofit Networking with LinkedIn Groups

What are LinkedIn Groups? LinkedIn Groups are meeting places for those in related industries to share expertise, ask questions, learn new information, network, and engage in conversation. Neil Schaffer, author of Maximizing LinkedIn, calls LinkedIn Groups a “virtual trade show”. But unlike a real trade show, LinkedIn offers countless networking opportunities for your nonprofit for free and at your convenience.  The format of a LinkedIn Group is a discussion board where members can share content and engage in discussion. Here, you…

Logo Design

Free & Affordable Logo Design Resources for Your Nonprofit

Why is your nonprofit’s logo important? It is the most prominent graphic representation of your nonprofit, and serves as the outward “face” of your organization. If designed well, your logo can also lead to instantaneous brand recognition, and will successfully express your nonprofit's values to the greater community. According to Sagi Haviv, a partner at the design firm CGH—known for many famous logo designs from Chase to NBC—your logo design should hold the following characteristics: it should be appropriate to your organization, memorable, uncomplicated, and original.  [caption id="attachment_646" align="alignnone" width="743"] Some…

mission

How to Construct the Perfect Nonprofit Mission Statement

Perhaps you are a nonprofit that is just getting started, or you are a more matured nonprofit that is looking to better convey your purpose. Your organization’s mission sets the foundation for your work, goals, and relationship with the community, and having the rightly worded statement is key to your nonprofit’s success. What does a mission statement do? In one effective sentence, a mission statement explains your nonprofit's goals and the importance of the continued existence of your organization. A…

A VR headset

Nonprofits Using VR to Build Awareness & Inspire Donations

Virtual Reality is rich with potential for nonprofits. In addition to emerging as a new entertainment platform, nonprofits and news outlets have begun using virtual reality to tell impactful stories about causes and situations around the world. By bringing the reality of a situation to the public, virtual reality is also becoming a tool to fuel donations and support nonprofit work. Virtual reality stands to have a major role for nonprofits as it becomes more widely used. According to the…

Online feedback concept.

How to Use Feedback to Scale Your Nonprofit

What's the best way to know your nonprofit is on the right track? In the corporate world, companies typically set up systems for getting feedback from their customers about their goods and services. In the art world, creatives rely on critiques and constructive criticism to better communicate their vision. The same is true for nonprofits, who provide invaluable services to their communities. Your nonprofit will grow and progress with regular and open feedback about everything from the effectiveness of your…

Social Media

Nonprofits: Know Your Social Media Platforms

It’s hard to be an expert in any one social media platform, yet legitimate businesses and nonprofits are expected to maintain several different accounts. But it’s worth the effort — becoming well-versed in the various platforms is a vital part of your nonprofit’s marketing strategy, and your accounts can serve as important venues for cultivating relationships with your supporters. However, just because your nonprofit has an active Facebook doesn’t mean you can automatically utilize Twitter or LinkedIn effectively. Each platform…

Company Culture

How to Create an Inspired Nonprofit Company Culture

Culture is the foundation and embodiment of your organization. An effective nonprofit company culture demonstrates the collective understanding of your nonprofit by all those involved, including leadership, staff, volunteers, and the community served. Good company culture is not just a fun workplace with perks. Culture is defined intentionally and must be actively maintained by leadership, requiring work and consistency. The trade-off is that your nonprofit’s culture can give your staff a motivating sense of purpose. The better your company culture,…

2017 Nonprofit Trends

What’s Trending for Nonprofits in 2017

While many of us are grateful for the end of 2016, 2017 is an opportunity to turn over a new leaf and fight for the many important nonprofit missions that serve and sustain our communities. 2017 will see both an expansion of useful technologies as well as a return to the basics which build and elevate the authentic relationships between nonprofits and their supporters. So what’s in store for nonprofits over the course of the the upcoming year? Read on!…

Holiday Charitable Gifts

Make Your Presents Charitable Donations This Holiday Season

Do you need a meaningful gift for your loved ones this holiday season? 2016 is the perfect year to give charitable donations as gifts in honor of your friends, family, community, and the issues about which you feel passionately. Your like-minded recipient friends and relatives will appreciate that they, too, can engage in creating the much-needed impact needed to move forward with the new year. There are many organizations that have created holiday gift programs for you to look into…

Giving Tuesday

Get Ready for #GivingTuesday 2016

#GivingTuesday is a day that serves as a reminder to the community that the holidays are not all about big box sales. Arriving after the consumptive barrage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, many embrace the opportunity to give back. Propelled by the power of social media and collaboration, over 40,000 organizations have chosen to participate. It is also an opportunity to connect with other engaged nonprofits, businesses and individuals around the world doing vital and timely work to support…