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  • The Internet's Role in Creating and Sustaining Groups

    Lori Halley 04 February 2011 1 comments
    The Social Side of the Internet - a new survey report from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project - is a must-read for membership or volunteer-based organizations. The report confirms that "the internet is now deeply embedded...
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  • 6-Year Online Giving Study Helps Nonprofits to Fundraise More Effectively

    Lori Halley 08 December 2010 0 comments
    Network for Good and TrueSense Marketing have just released a landmark study of “the online giving experience” between 2003 and 2009. The Online Giving Study looks at $381 million in donations made to 66,470 different nonprofits through the nonprofits’...
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  • 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.
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  • Mobile Tops 2011 Nonprofit Technology Trends

    Lori Halley 22 November 2010 2 comments
    A recent survey on Technology Trends for Nonprofits suggests that, compared to email and social media engagement strategies, nonprofits have a long way to go to tap into the fast-growing mobile audience.
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  • 10 Highly Successful Social Media Habits for Nonprofits

    Lori Halley 02 November 2010 5 comments
    Ventureneer and Caliber gathered data from 891 nonprofits to learn what's working and what's not, and to develop “best practices” for social media marketing. The results are detailed in a 44-page report, "Nonprofits and Social Media: It Ain't Optional," that's free to download and CC-licensed to share.
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  • 9 Research Reports for Non-Profit Fundraisers

    Lori Halley 05 October 2010 1 comments
    Veteran fundraisers know that the better your non-profit organization can understand your donors (and potential donors), their motivations, and their patterns of giving, the more effective your fundraising efforts will be. But it’s rare that a small...
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  • Social Networks vs. Real Life Networks

    Lori Halley 19 August 2010 3 comments
    There is no end to the challenges of social media for nonprofits. How can we keep our personal and professional lives separate online? How can we identify the "influencers"? Which social media tools are best? Here, Paul Adams, Senior User Experience Researcher at Google, shares his team's insights into how people actually connect and behave online.
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  • 6 Social Media Lessons for Nonprofits

    Lori Halley 02 August 2010 1 comments
    Wild Apricot Blog welcomes a special guest today: Carol Buckheit of NonprofitMediaWorks. Carol’s been studying Idealware’s Nonprofit Social Media Decision Guide – the latest in a line of Idealware’s terrific research-based publications – and she’s kindly agreed to share her top “take-aways” from this new publication.
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  • Best Practices for Contest Campaigns: AGC Lessons Learned

    Lori Halley 21 July 2010 2 comments
    Results of a detailed evaluation of the 2009 America’s Giving Challenge competition have been released in the “must-read” 2009 AGC Assessment and Reflection Report. The best part? Lessons learned can be replicated by other non-profits, both for contest campaigns and for general social media outreach.
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  • Report: Volunteer Levels Hold Steady in Canada

    Lori Halley 24 June 2010 0 comments
    The new Not-for-Profit Pulse Report on Volunteering, just released by the Association Resource Center (ARC), based on a survey of 74 Canadian not-for-profit organizations, looks at the changes non-profits are seeing in the way people volunteer their time and what, if anything, they are doing to adapt.
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  • Disrupting Philanthropy: Discuss!

    Lori Halley 14 May 2010 2 comments
    Duke’s Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society has just published Disrupting Philanthropy: Technology and the Future of the Social Sector , by Lucy Bernholz of Philanthropy 2173 with Edward Skloot and Barry Varela. As Bernholz explains,...
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  • 2010 Performance Benchmarks for Nonprofits

    Lori Halley 12 April 2010 1 comments
    Benchmarking may sound like a term from the big-business board room, but it’s a useful practice for nonprofits of any size. While you can and should set your own internal performance benchmarks, it can be helpful, too, to look at benchmarks for the nonprofit sector in general, to see where your organization stands. Here are four new benchmarking reports to get you started.
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  • How Strong is Your Nonprofit’s Message?

    Lori Halley 05 April 2010 1 comments
    Your nonprofit puts a great deal of effort into crafting messages meant to attract new supporters, motivate donors and volunteers, and spur your advocates to action. But if you're like 84% of nonprofits, those messages may be failing to connect strongly with your key audience.
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  • New Statistics on Internet, Social Media Use

    Lori Halley 08 February 2010 6 comments
    A number of findings in a newly released study by Pew Internat on Social Media and Young Adults will be of interest to nonprofits who seek to connect with or recruit members and donors online.
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  • Yahoo Search Pad for Automatic Notes

    Lori Halley 16 July 2009 0 comments
    If Yahoo Search is your search engine of choice, you may have noticed a new feature recently. Yahoo Search Pad kicks in automatically when the engine detects a pattern of search that suggests you're researching a specific topic, and unobtrusively tracks...
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