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4 Fresh Finds For the New Year

As we look back at 2012 and make plans for 2013, here are 4 posts we’ve bookmarked on Apricot Jam that offer great food for thought. They include a look at “why 2012 was the Cloud’s year”; upcoming conference trends; what your board should be talking about; and communications tactics to employ if you didn’t meet your fundraising goals in 2012.

The Sky Is Rising: Why 2012 Was The Cloud's Year

Ernie Smith (Associations Now) tells us:

While a diversity of innovative, often disruptive ideas defined 2012 in the tech world, all of them, in their own way, follow the decentralized ethos of cloud computing.

… For the past few years, a number of key technologies—smartphones and social media among them—have jockeyed to be the lead item for tech execs. Some of these technologies may have gotten bigger headlines than cloud services, but the cloud is the fundamental element that brings everything together.

Smith offers examples of some of the online tools that “hit both the mainstream and the business world” in 2012 that may be useful to non-profits and membership organizations.

You can find this and other related links in the Technology section of Apricot Jam.

Five Top 2013 Conference Trends To Watch

Earlier this month, Jeff Hurt (Velvet Chainsaw’s Midcourse Corrections) noted:

It’s that time of year again.
Time to think of what trends might have an impact on conferences and meetings in 2013.
So what can we expect to see as far as demands from our participants this year?

Hurt outlines the “five trends to watch during 2013”:

    1. The Participation Economy
    2. Social Sharing
    3. The Content Economy
    4. The Smobile Web (social + mobile)
    5. Last Generation Sponsorship

Check out this post – along with many other related posts – bookmarked in the Events section of Apricot Jam.

What Do You Talk About At Your Board Meetings?

 Simone Joyaux (Nonprofit Quarterly) asks:

What do you talk about at your board meetings? Wait. Don’t answer that yet. Instead, let’s start at the very beginning: What is the purpose of a board? There’s only one answer to that question: The purpose of the board is to do governance, the process carried out by a group of people to ensure the health and effectiveness of the corporation.

Joyaux outlines the purpose of the board, what you should and shouldn’t be talking about at your board meetings, and offers six "questions for periodic board meeting agendas.”

You’ll find links to this post and many others bookmarked in the Leadership section of Apricot Jam.

When You Don’t Meet Your Fundraising Goals

Kivi Leroux Miller (Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog) tells us:

You decide to raise money for something very tangible. It seems like a good idea, because you hear that donors like to make specific things happen. So you pick that thing you’ll raise money for, launch the campaign, and . . . you don’t meet the goal. Now what? 

In the post, Kivi outlines an example of an organization that didn’t meet their fundraising goal and offers advice on how to report this in an update.  

You can find this and other relevant links bookmarked in the Fundraising section of Apricot Jam.

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