3 New Free Resources for Nonprofits

Lori Halley 02 December 2010 6 comments

To help with your nonprofit’s year-end fundraising and strategic planning for 2011, here are three great new resources – two ebooks and an important research report – just released by leaders in the nonprofit sector, and all available without charge.

BigImpactSmallPlaces_coverEbook for Nonprofit Communicators

Network for Good has just launched a useful new ebook writtten by nonprofit marketer Kivi Leroux Miller, Big Impact in Small Spaces: 9 Ways to Write Better Email Subject Lines, Headlines, Tweets and Facebook Updates.

Bonus: Fundraising Webinar

When you fill in the brief form to request the ebook, you’ll get bonus access to a recorded Nonprofit 911 training webinar, The Final Word on Year-End Fundraising - 5 Things You Can Still Do to Boost Your December Income, plus a transcript and PDF of the slides for the webinar to download.

Nonprofit Fundraising Research Report

The Nonprofit Research Collaborative has just released released a report on the state of nonprofit fundraising, based on data collected from 2,356 public charities and 163 private foundations who participated in an online end-of-year fundraising survey conducted between October 19 and November 3, 2010. 

Technically, we’re in a recovery. We are beginning to see some positive signs. But despite that, giving still has a long way to go to return to the levels it was at three or four years ago.
~ Patrick M. Rooney, Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University

You’ll find a good summary of this report highlights at NonprofitTrends, or you can download the full report from Guidestar or the Foundation Center (PDF).

The Nonprofit Research Collaborative is a coalition of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, GuideStar USA, the Foundation Center, the Urban Institute’s National Center for Charitable Statistics, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and Blackbaud.

GettingSocialMediaRight_cover Social Media Guide for Nonprofits

Finally, from Bridgespan comes Getting Social Media Right: A Short Guide for Nonprofit Organizations (download the PDF here). This “evolving but experience-based guide to using social media effectively” was developed with survey input from more than 136 nonprofits, as well as the advice of social media experts such as Beth Kanter and Craig Newmark.

Bonus: Supporting Documents and Data Set

The full data set (purged of any identifying information from the contributing nonprofits), survey, and framework are all available for download as well.

What new resources have you discovered recently that can help nonprofits learn to communicate and fundraise more effectively?

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Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Thursday, 02 December 2010 at 3:42 PM

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Comments

  • brian said:

    Thursday, 02 December 2010 at 8:49 AM

    Thanks for these, you might add that Jumo is a nice new and free platform for nonprofits out there as well.

    brian

  • Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Thursday, 02 December 2010 at 11:06 AM

    I was thinking more of resources in the sense of information, training, research reports, etc., Brian, like the ones mentioned in this post - but thank you for a timely reminder of the beta launch of Jumo. The new social network is certainly getting a lot of mixed reviews right out of the gate, but it is an important landmark for nonprofits, no matter how one may feel individually about the Facebook requirement, fee structure, and so on.

    Amy Sample Ward has written a great review of Jumo http://amysampleward.org/2010/11/30/first-reflections-on-jumo/ for those interested in learning more, and links to some of the other on-going discussion about this new social network. There's also a really lively discussion going on in the comments thread there, well worth reading for a sense of what others in the sector think of Jumo and how they might use it, or if you're just wondering what Jumo is and what the hubbub's all about!

  • Beth Kanter said:

    Friday, 03 December 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Thanks for the shout out!

    BTW, have you seen the issue around iphone and donations?  The petition to Jobs?

    http://www.facebook.com/Beth.Kanter.Blog#!/Beth.Kanter.Blog/posts/152914371421460

  • Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

    Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] said:

    Saturday, 04 December 2010 at 4:54 AM

    Hi Beth, thanks for mentioning that. It looks like your link doesn't work for people who aren't on Facebook and/or haven't "friended" you on Facebook, however - perhaps a temporary glitch?

    For those curious about the iphone issue, however, see "Why I’m Gonna Ditch My Iphone for Android (hint: donation apps)" on Beth's Blog: http://www.bethkanter.org/iphone-donation/  

  • Lauren Russell said:

    Tuesday, 14 December 2010 at 8:42 AM

    Great resources!  Thanks!

    Givimo.com is another new social web platform with free nonprofit and activism tools.

  • Alvin Alon said:

    Thursday, 30 December 2010 at 9:32 AM

    thanks for sharing all the useful resources.

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