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What Small Non-Profits Can Learn from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

It’s all over the place. From celebrities to your Facebook friends, newscasters to rock bands, it seems like everybody is taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. And, as a result, the ALS Association has raised over $62 million in the past month alone, compared to just $2.5 million in the same period last year. The […]

Are Memes Really Just Slacktivism?

New memes get started everyday. Some stick and go “viral” while others just get shared with a small community of friends, and some go nowhere. Remember the FB meme challenge that asked women to post what color bra they were wearing that...Show More Summary

Free E-Book: NetworkforGood Giving Day Planning Guide

While it may be the dog days of August,  GivingTuesday 2014 kicks off on December 4th.   After spending a year facilitating a peer learning community of  Knight Foundation grantees hosting giving days, one of the most factors for success  for local no nonprofits participating is having about 6-9 months timeframe to develop a plan.      … Read More

Shape Messages that Spur Action (Case Study)

Freelance communications strategist Jeremy Porter shares his knowhow in his e-newsletter, his blog (where this article first appeared) and via Twitter. For people to care about global warming it needs to be made relevant. This guide shows the language that’s simple and uncontroversial. In Nebraska, there’s a father thinking about his children’s health and […]

Everything Is NOT Awesome

Agitator readers know I have this obsession with online video. Only yesterday I was writing about it. Sooner or later, one of you will take me to task and tell me to get over it already. But every time I get ready to wax eloquent over putting the donor at the center of fundraising, or [...]

Creative, Fun and Easy Ways to Engage Skilled Volunteers

Our recent announcement of a new partnership to automatically post all skilled volunteer listings from the VolunteerMatch network to LinkedIn’s Volunteer Marketplace has shed a serious spotlight on the importance and potential of skilled volunteering. Check out this special series … Continue reading ?

Markets for Good Post: Design A Better Dashboard

This post was also appeared on the MarketsforGood site as part of my regular column, “Between the Dashboard and the Chair.” How Human-Centered Design Methods Can Help You Design A Better Dashboard Take a look at any nonprofit dashboard and the most effective ones probably have an organizational process that lies beneath.… Read More

What Your Non-Profit Can Learn from WKRP in Cincinnati

Did you ever watch WKRP in Cincinnati, the late 70’s / early 80’s sitcom? When I was young, I used to watch the show, which at that point was in syndication on a local UHF station. (If you’re younger than 30, substitute “low-budget TV” for “UHF,” and you’ll get the idea). One of the things […]

7 Strategies for Mobilizing Millennials

(Part two in our series on the Millennial Impact Project) Millennials: A powerful force for change. Earlier this month, I shared my perspectives on the 2014 Millennial Impact Report and MCON14. Hopefully, that post got you thinking about...Show More Summary

Our Town—Teens Mobilize & Message

Watch the video here So proud of these girls in our town who are pushing back on being blamed for “distracting” boys with their outfits, and getting punished for it. Punishments include having to wear a huge Scarlet Letter-ish “shirt of shame” for the rest of the day, totally covering their bodies. But I’m thrilled […]

6 Video Marketing Tips for Your Next Fundraising Campaign

Guest post by Jeff Achen This week I've got something both fun AND helpful! This guest post is from my colleague and friend Jeff Achen who has just launched his own business: CallSign51. Jeff is a terrific resource for nonprofits using video in any way. Have you heard? Video marketing is so hot right now. Show More Summary

Nonprofit Insights: A 360-Degree View of Corporate-Nonprofit Partnerships, Part II

The Nonprofit Insights webinar series brings major thought leaders and experts to you for thought-provoking presentations on a variety of issues related to technology and engaging your community members for social good. In September, 2013, VolunteerMatch hosted a webinar that … Continue reading ?

The Advent of Zen Marketing

Nonprofit communication strategies need to stop pushing and pulling, and be present.

4 Things Nonprofits Can Learn from the NBA Playoffs

The Playoffs are like the year-end giving season for NBA players. Just like your nonprofit’s staff in December, during Playoffs, athletes are busy, tired, and they have their eye on the prize. What can nonprofits learn from the 16 teams...Show More Summary

Webinar Recording: An Introduction to Results Reporting

On Monday, we hosted a webinar to introduce our new rating dimension. Called Results Reporting, the new metrics specifically examine how well charities report on their results. In the following recording of the webinar, our experts explain...Show More Summary

Design Thinking for Accountability

A new community justice system in Liberia emerges from a design-thinking approach.

Funding digital civil society

Since September of last year I've had the honor of being a Visiting Scholar at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. One of the things I've been doing there is working closely with staff from across the Foundation as they make sense of the emerging landscape of digital civil society. Show More Summary

Take a 2-Minute Vacation Right Now: 40 Inspirational Movie Speeches in 2 Minutes

Nonprofit Life & Style • February 17, 2014 • Email Print Do nonprofits inspire people? or do people inspire nonprofits? If you need two minutes of inspiration, enjoy this video that includes such classics such as "A day may come when...Show More Summary

David Roodman’s draft writeup on the mortality-fertility connection

We’re sometimes asked whether life-saving interventions (such as insecticide-treated net distribution) risk leading to overpopulation. A common response is that (as argued by Hans Rosling of Gapminder and the most recent Gates Foundation annual letter, among others) the reverse dynamic … [CLICK TO READ MORE]

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