Monday, December 22, 2014

Holiday Postings

Posting to the Resource Center blogs will be intermittent during the Holidays.

Holiday Notice: AFP IHQ and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy will close at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014.
- AFP IHQ will reopen on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.
- The AFP Foundation will be open for one day during the holiday week on Dec. 29, 2014, then close again and reopen on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. Gifts can be made at any time online or call Diane LaVigna at (518) 360-4736.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

2014 ASAE Technology Conference Sends In the Drones: Associations Now

2014 ASAE Technology Conference Sends In the Drones: Associations Now: "So was the closing general session, which showed off some innovative technologies—some of which may have seemed to lack context in the current association environment. 3D printers? Check. Beacons? Check. Drones? You know it.

The conversation, led by ASAE Chief Information Officer Reggie Henry, CAE, was meant to get people thinking about the possibilities."



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Friday, December 12, 2014

Volunteering platform Do-it relaunches

Volunteering platform Do-it relaunches: "Online volunteering platform Do-it has been relaunched today by its new owner, the Do-it Trust, with more emphasis on sharing volunteering opportunities via social media.
Do-it was started by YouthNet in 2001 and was sold to a partnership involving volunteering bodies ivo.org, Believe.In, Blue Dot, Prospectus and Vivo."



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Thursday, December 11, 2014

#GivingTuesday is over, now what? | Business Doing Good

#GivingTuesday is over, now what? | Business Doing Good: "eep breath.  #GivingTuesday is a week behind us – but the glow continues!

What a wonderful day it was — December 2nd — with people around the world showing how much they cared about giving back.  They gave money, time, their voices, their all.  And I’m proud that the company where I work was a part of that.  How much good was done?  We’ll actually never know because there’s simply no way to quantify all the good.  What we do know is how much was given online that day, processed by Blackbaud, as a proxy for how much giving has increased year over year. "



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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Don’t get bogged down in data « Philanthropy North Carolina

Don’t get bogged down in data « Philanthropy North Carolina: "nonprofit and philanthropy professionals love data, maybe too much.

Numbers, used sparingly, can help explain a community need, measure how a charitable program is helping to address it, and show donors and funders the return on their investment in the program.

But while data can be a useful means to the end of fixing problems, many people working in the charitable world seem to let data drive their thinking, decision-making, programs and funding, as well as their appeals to donors."



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What #GivingTuesday Makes Possible

What #GivingTuesday Makes Possible: "What does #GivingTuesday make possible?

And what if that potential is far more than just money?

That is a question that Debra Askanase asked a year ago, as she pondered, “Where is the community in GivingTuesday?” This is not surprising if you know Debra, as her website is called Community 2.0, and all her work centers around community engagement."



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Woulda Coulda Shoulda #GivingTuesday | Nonprofit Marketing | Getting Attention



Woulda Coulda Shoulda #GivingTuesday | Nonprofit Marketing | Getting Attention: "Would you have generated donations your organizations wouldn’t have gotten otherwise if you had participated in this year’s #GivingTuesday? Could you have tried some new strategies this year, like the matching gifts offered in so many #GivingTuesday campaigns? Should you have built an all-org #GivingTuesday giving team to capitalize on the relationships with donors and prospects many of your colleagues already have?"



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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Why you should be celebrating your fundraisers on social media | Voluntary Sector Network | The Guardian

Why you should be celebrating your fundraisers on social media | Voluntary Sector Network | The Guardian: "But vital to any fundraising strategy is saying thank you to donors and supporters who have given to your organisation through time, effort or money. In this article, we’ll highlight one charity – Cystic Fibrosis Ireland – that is successfully using social media throughout the fundraising process, particularly when stewarding the people who donate or fundraise on their behalf."



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Monday, December 08, 2014

Don’t Give Till It Hurts - NYTimes.com

Don’t Give Till It Hurts - NYTimes.com: "I love this time of year, except for one teeny, tiny thing: charitable giving guilt. You know exactly what I’m talking about. We’ve all walked past that red bucket without dropping in any money. We’ve all said “no” to those requests at the checkout counter to donate $1 to some worthy cause.

Many of us got buried under giving guilt last week on Giving Tuesday. Social media was flooded with all sorts of calls to donate. "



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Colorado Gives Day collecting donations for local nonprofits on Tuesday | GreeleyTribune.com

Colorado Gives Day collecting donations for local nonprofits on Tuesday | GreeleyTribune.com: "Colorado Gives Day is a statewide program aimed at encouraging philanthropy through online giving. Donations can be made at www.ColoradoGives.org.

This year, the program features a $1 million incentive fund to boost donations made Tuesday. Nonprofits will receive a share of the incentive fund money equivalent to the percentage of the donations the nonprofit collects, compared to the total donations collected in the state."



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Technology, philanthropy team up for religious groups

Technology, philanthropy team up for religious groups: "Through the expansion of eligibility rules, U.S. churches and nonprofit organizations are able to apply for donated desktop equipment and office software. Dan Webb, vice president of technology solutions and services at TechSoup Global, explains how it works."



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Nonprofits find their way with social media - Shelby News: Local News

Nonprofits find their way with social media - Shelby News: Local News: "Just how effectively are nonprofits using social media?
Bloomerang, an Indianapolis company that works with nonprofits to help them improve donor retention, surveyed over 9,000 small to medium-sized nonprofits in the U.S. and Canada earlier this year and found that the vast majority use Facebook as their primary focus."



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Giving Tuesday a day to give back - Philly.com

More opinions around Giving Tuesday



Giving Tuesday a day to give back - Philly.com: "Not everyone supports Giving Tuesday.

Laura Otten, executive director of the Nonprofit Center at La Salle University, said Giving Tuesday "flies in the face of good philanthropy," which depends on cultivating enduring relationships with donors over a long period of time - not on a quick-hit appeal.

Giving shouldn't be a one-day effort, but an ongoing flow based on mutual trust, Otten said. And, she added, giving "shouldn't be about assuaging guilt for spending too much on Black Friday."

Katherina Rosqueta, executive director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania, said some believe that dedicating a single day to giving risks so-called donor fatigue. That's when people who are typically solicited for money feel over-asked.

Perhaps, then, Giving Tuesday could be "a day to thank the folks who've "



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