5 Hot Topics and Fresh Links

Lori Halley 28 September 2012 0 comments

Here are highlights of some of the fresh links we've "preserved" on Apricot Jam this week:  

Members won’t tell you, but your data will

In this guest post on the  XYZ University blog, Breanna Vanstrom suggests:

“associations aren’t using data to make changes in the way they operate. Too often, associations talk to or plan events around one type of member, sometimes at the expense of other members. And again, these “others” are exactly the new people they want to reach.

You’ll find this and other links bookmarked in the Membership Section  of Apricot Jam.

Want to drive online giving? Send a letter 

 Marc A Pitman (the fundraising coach) tells us:

Studies continue to show that online giving is the fastest growing fundraising channel. But not every nonprofit is experiencing this stellar growth.

…So what’s the best way to grow online donations? A firm called Dunham+Company recently released a study that has counterintuitive results. The study says direct mail is a growing source for online gifts.

In fact, it says more than three times as many donors say they gave online because of being prompted by a letter than by an email.

Check out this and other links bookmarked in the Fundraising section of Apricot Jam. 

Jargon, Jargon, We Got Jargon… 

In this guest post on Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog, Claire Meyerhoff  “tackles the horrible jargon we use.”  Claire notes:

We’re people who work in the “nonprofit sector” and we’re swimming in jargon…
Capacity Building! ...Leveraging Stakeholders! ...Civic Engagement!
Jargon is internal shorthand, so when we’re chatting amongst ourselves we just let a phrase fly and everyone nods.
But jargon just makes everyone else just want nod off…zzzz….

You’ll find this and other links bookmarked in the Communications section of Apricot Jam. 

When is Strategic Thinking a Luxury?

Anna Caraveli (The Demand Perspective) asks:

Is “big-picture,” strategic thinking a luxury to be indulged in our spare time? We found that how an organization thinks, learns, makes decisions or determines priorities are not as much indicative of the situation it faces as they are of the organization’s “personality;” the real orientation and focus that drive it.

You can link to this and other posts bookmarked in the Leadership section  of Apricot Jam.

Ten posts to take your website to the next level

As the host of the September Nonprofit Blog Carnival, Elizabeth Ricca (The Duck Call) tells us:

The nonprofit blog carnival is back in town, and this month's topic will have your head spinning faster than the Tilt-a-Whirl (in a good way). It's all about creating a smart, powerful website for your nonprofit, and we've gathered up some excellent posts to help you do just that.

You’ll find this and other links bookmarked in the Technology section of Apricot Jam.

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Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Friday, 28 September 2012 at 9:30 AM

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