It’s been a wild ride lately - with a Hurricane and a Presidential election! So if you’re just catching up on your non-profit or membership reading, here are 5 of the posts we’ve bookmarked on Apricot Jam this week to get you started.
Disaster Fundraising: Hurricane Sandy The Perfect Storm
Roger Craver (The Agitator) tells us:
Here’s a quick summary of actions, responses, questions, advice and, perhaps most importantly, the ‘unknowns’ concerning Hurricane Sandy and fundraising. Every fundraiser is affected. Doesn’t matter whether your organization is in disaster relief or not, or where it’s located. This horrific tragedy comes right after a hard-fought political fundraising season, right before the all-important year-end giving season, and in the middle of a dicey economic climate. The dreaded perfect storm for most fundraisers.
Craver also outlines “… the top seven things to do when fundraising after a disaster, compiled from real examples from Benevon groups after 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.”
You'll find this and other links bookmarked in the Fundraising section of Apricot Jam.
Dress Up That Dog: Making the Boring Stuff Interesting
Kivi Leroux Miller (Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog) suggests:
You are trying really hard to focus your communications on what your participants and supporters want — to make your communications more about them, what they want to read, how they can get involved, and the good work their support has made possible.
But ... Program staff and your management expect you to write about certain events and activities because those things are important internally. Yet you know that people outside the organization will likely be bored by, or worse, annoyed by those stories.
Kivi outlines “some of the stories that are most likely to be boring to outsiders, followed by some tips on how to talk about them — if you must.”
You'll find this and other links bookmarked in the Communications section of Apricot Jam.
Serious Question: Are associations dead?
Jeff De Cagna (Principled Innovation) asks:
Are associations dead?
This was not the “serious question” I planned to write about this month, but a recent conversation with an association executive director inspired me to tackle it. The CEO had just read my new e-book, Associations Unorthodox: Six Really Radical Shifts Toward the Future, and he wondered whether I actually believe associations are “dead” in the long run. It was an unanticipated, yet not entirely surprising inquiry. The answer, of course, is more complicated than a simple “yes or no.”
You can link to this post and others bookmarked in the Membership section of Apricot Jam. Bringing a Network Mindset to Board Development
How to use online social network tools to find the right board members—with the right networks—easier.
Beth Kanter (Stanford Social Innovation Review) explains:
One of my first jobs in the nonprofit sector over 30 years ago was serving as the executive director of a small nonprofit called the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, where I was responsible for many areas, including managing our board. One of the hardest tasks was identifying, cultivating, educating, and recruiting new board members.
… To tap into the network (and this was before nonprofits had Internet connections), I circulated a network inventory survey to collect and organize the contacts of everyone in this network.
Today, if I were a nonprofit CEO, I might turn to LinkedIn Board Connect, a new resource that can help nonprofits transform themselves into networked nonprofits by finding and recruiting board members using a networked strategy.
… If you combine a network mindset with social networking tools, you and your board can recruit both the best talent to join your board and the people with the best networks.
Check out this post and other links bookmarked in the Leadership section of Apricot Jam.
5 Reasons People Come To An Event
Katya Andresen (Katya’s Non-Profit marketing Blog) tells us:
I had a lot of interesting reaction and comments to last week’s post, An Open Plea for Better Events. (Read the comments here.) So I wanted to follow up on two questions: What drives event participation and what are ideas for fun events?
…For an answer to this question, I turned to my friends at Event360. They have a great five-point model to describe event participation. (Get a free download here.) A good event speaks to as many of these factors as possible. Here are the highlights…
You can find this link and others bookmarked in the Events section of Apricot Jam.
These are only some highlights of the articles and blog posts we’ve bookmarked on Apricot Jam this week. We bookmark (or preserve) the tastiest nonprofit and membership content that we find online and serve it up through Apricot Jam.
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