This week with Canada Day and the 4th of July celebrations, you may not have had time to wade through your Twitter feed or Google Reader. So we're serving up some of the thought-provoking non-profit and membership posts that we've bookmarked on Apricot Jam this week.
You can check out all of posts we’ve collected on the “Latest Posts” page, or visit the section pages noted under the selected posts below.
What the bus bully video shows about raising money
Janet Gadeski (Hillborn eNEWS) asks:
"Can you imagine raising $650,000 in just one week for a previously unknown cause? That's what Max Sidorov did when he came across an online video of middle-school students taunting their bus monitor Karen Klein, a New York state grandmother."
Gadeski offers an explanation for why it worked and looks at the implications for other charities.
Read this and other posts in the Fundraising section of Apricot Jam.
Is "follow the leader" leading associations astray?
Andrea Pellegrino (The Demand Perspective) suggests:
"Having members as leaders does not make an association "member-driven." At least not in the way most associations think it does. In fact, the practice of allowing a small group of atypical members to "drive" the association is helping drive many organizations toward irrelevance and decline."
Read this and other posts in the Membership section of Apricot Jam.
6 Steps to Making Your Nonprofit a Media Star
Joanne Fritz (Nonprofit.About.com) tell us:
"Carolyn Manning, founder of The Welcome to America Project, had no idea that her sister-in-law had nominated her for a CNN Heroes Award. Then CNN called and put her and her nonprofit in the media spotlight, and on the national map."
Joanne suggests that "getting attention from the shrinking, but highly diversified, press pool still takes persistence and creativity," and offers six tips for "getting your share of the media spotlight."
Read this and other posts in the Communications section of Apricot Jam.
6 Quick Projects to Improve Your User Experience
Andrew Cohen (Forum One) advises that "a full-blown, multi-month redesign project isn't always the best way for an organization looking to swiftly increase their impact online. Often, there are alternative approaches to retooling an existing site and it can be difficult to know which efforts are worthwhile."
Cohen offers examples of six projects, five of which "can be completed in a handful of weeks...for relatively little expense."
Read this and other posts in the Technology section of Apricot Jam.
5 Tips for Creating a Meaningful Volunteer Experience
Brad Jamison (guest blogger on Engaging Volunteers Blog) tells us that he "recently concluded Thirty Days of Service - 30 service projects with 30 organizations in 30 days. And it was amazing."
Jamison shares his thoughts on "how organizations can create meaningful experiences for volunteers" in five quick tips.
Read this and other posts in the Volunteers section of Apricot Jam.
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Have you read any great non-profit posts lately? Let us know in the comments below.