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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]

Charity Miles App Nominated for Webby: Walking for A Good Cause

Over the past year, I have been using a fitbit to help me incorporate more activity in my life.  I’ve committed to walking 10-20,000 steps per day and even earned my 1,000 miles badge.  But what if you could raise money for a charity just by walking, running, or riding your bike?    … Read More

Moving From Verbal to Visual Cause Marketing

Why nonprofit leaders need to improve their visual fluency—plus a crash course on how to do it.

Why Charity: Water’s 100% Model is Bad for Non-Profits and Donors Alike

If you’re at all active on social media or in non-profit marketing, you’ve probably heard of Charity: Water.  They’re one of Silicon Valley’s favorite charities, they are exceptionally good at marketing, and by most accounts they do good work. Charity: Water also aggressively markets what they call the “100% Model” to donors, promising that 100% […]

Using Videos For Retention

Here are some suggestions about using videos to encourage retention from Peter Reynolds at For the Record Productions in Toronto, relayed via fundraising firm Hilborn. Actually, Peter believes all the various videos a nonprofit should have in its repertoire can contribute to retaining donors. He sees that repertoire as including a ‘flagship’ video, a video [...]

New Study: Are You Leaving Money in the Middle?

Mind the gap. That’s the advice in a new report on mid-level donor programs. The folks at Sea Change Strategies caution that nonprofits are missing out on a ton of money simply because they’re overlooking a committed and productive audience:...Show More Summary

How to Start a Revolution?

How field-level strategies could help shift the social sector toward a relentless focus on maximizing impact.

Connect as Powerfully as Lupita Nyongo’o: Messages Matter @ Oscars & Nonprofits

Relevance rules at the Oscars too! Listen here (video). That was reinforced big time in the fantastically-moving acceptance speeches by Lupita Nyongo’o (Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave)AND in the massive media coverage of her speech from the moment it started. Journalists, bloggers and others covering the Oscars are just like you and […]

It’s Not What You Know, It’s How You Learn

About a year ago, Mario Marino reached out to me and several colleagues with some provocative questions about e-learning in the nonprofit sector.  E-learning is using internet technology and your networks to learn in real-time – either as an individual, within your organization, or a network and learning is applied to get results.    … Read More

My TedXBerkeley Talk on Individual Social Responsibility

Earlier this month, I crossed an item off my bucket list when I gave a talk at TedXBerkeley.     I spoke on the topic of  ”ISR” or what I call “Individual Social Responsibility. ”  The idea is that when you give in small amounts – anything...Show More Summary

Presenting 10 Imaginary Nonprofit Blogs

3. HeadDesk-Nonprofit Management Stories: When your boss had to have sex not just with your volunteer coordinator, but also with your board chair, this is where you go.

What’s Your Organization’s Critical Mass? The Simple Genius of Good Deeds Day

Here’s something you might not realize: When you post your nonprofit’s volunteer needs on, they’re not just seen by the people who type into their browsers. Your opportunities are also seen by 3.5 million employees who volunteer through … Continue reading ?

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers

Let’s celebrate the end of the week with a round […]         Related Stories Mixed Links for Nonprofit Marketers  

5 Favorite Nonprofits to Follow on Social Media

In honor of Social Media Week, I asked a few of our favorite nonprofit experts to weigh in on their personal picks for nonprofits who are hitting it out of the park on social media. Here’s what they had to say: Mark Rovner, Principal,...Show More Summary

5 Methods for Avoiding Procrastination for Nonprofits

I found this wonderful comic on Mashable “The Field Guide to Procrastination” that identifies 12 different methods for work avoidance or procrastination, defined in Wikipedia as “putting off tasks for a later date.”     We all do it.  … Read More

The Heart of STEM Education

If we want more STEM graduates, we must promote ideas, language, people, and programs that demonstrate relevance and foster a sense of belonging.

Going for Goal: Shared Knowledge Inspires Successful Giving Days

Note for Beth: Most of my work over the last twenty years in nonprofit technology has been focused on designing and facilitating capacity building projects, specifically training and peer learning projects that help participants successfully learn and apply skills using online technology, social media, networks, measurement, training design or other topic.   … Read More

Social Change and the Shadow Side of Passion

Major opportunities to change the world often lie within our biggest personal challenges.

10 Great Social Innovation Reads: January 2014

January was all about wealth inequality, all the time. The 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s War on Poverty was an appropriate backdrop to growing unease about the fact that the rich are getting exceedingly richer. But there is much debate about what the solution is and even how to frame the problem. Show More Summary

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