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Free Donor Development Webinar Next Week
On Thursday, February 11, 2010 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. Eastern time, our donor partner Mission Research (which donates it's fundraising and donor-management software GiftWorks to eligible nonprofits and libraries) will host a free webinar for nonprofits on building an effective development committee. Linda...
5 Feb 2010
Free Webinar on October 11 from GiftWorks: Your Nonprofit Stories & Facebook
This guest post was authored by Declan Murphy, marketing and social media coordinator at GiftWorks . He maintains the social media presence for GiftWorks via Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn as well as their website and blog, in addition to hosting GiftWorks monthly webinars. Join Robin Blakely and...
4 Oct 2012
1stfans: How Much Is Your Nonprofit's Online Presence Worth?
In December, the Brooklyn Museum introduced 1stfans , a "socially networked museum membership." For an affordable $20 a year, 1stfans members can access special Brooklyn Museum content by email, Twitter, Flickr, and Facebook; and attend members-only events at the museum. I heard about 1stfans...
5 Jan 2009
Nonprofits and Contactless Payments
In reading all the year-ahead prediction articles that compete for attention every January, one forecast that leapt out at me was the U.K. Telegraph's prediction that 2011 would see wider adoption of mobile payment solutions based on Near Field Communication (NFC) technologies (sometimes referred to...
17 Feb 2011
NOZA's Craig Harris on Relationships with Donors
I recently got to interview NOZA CEO Craig Harris . He told me about how nonprofits can get the most out of the NOZA donor database, but we also talked a lot about fundraising strategy in general. Craig kept returning to two key points. First, if individual donors account for 83 percent of the money...
22 Jul 2008
New to TechSoup: CauseVox
TechSoup is proud to announce our newest donor partner, CauseVox. CauseVox is an online platform for creating fundraising and crowdfunding sites. You can use CauseVox to collect online donations and track donors and fundraisers, and your supporters can create their own fundraising pages for your organization...
24 Mar 2014
Roundup of 2009 Online Giving Stats
I t's the season for a slew of reports analyzing last year's online giving results. Convio released their 2010 Online Nonprofit Benchmark Study in March, based on results from nearly 500 clients. Its findings included: 14% growth in online giving overall. 69% of the organizations they looked at raised...
4 May 2010
Free GiftWorks Webinar on December 4: Can Your Board Tell Your Story?
This guest post was authored by Declan Murphy, marketing and social media coordinator at GiftWorks . He maintains the social media presence for GiftWorks via Twitter , Facebook , and LinkedIn as well as their website and blog , in addition to hosting GiftWorks' monthly webinars . Visit the GiftWorks...
29 Nov 2012
Free Webinar September 14: Training Volunteers and Staff Members to Ask
Join Andrea Kihlstedt and GiftWorks on September 14 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time for a free webinar on how to train people to ask for gifts. Andrea's book Capital Campaigns: Strategies that Work is a standard resource on capital campaign fundraising. Her new book, How to Raise $1 Million (or More) in 10...
7 Sep 2010
NOZA Launches 990-PF Database
NOZA , a searchable database of charitable donation records, has a new search feature that allows anyone to sort through a database containing almost 700,000 990-Private Foundation tax returns from over 100,000 foundations. According to NOZA's site, the tax returns include information such as “the...
18 Apr 2008
Free Webinar October 5: True Sustainability - Delivering Outcomes that People Value
Nonprofit sustainability is not about writing a better grant or finding that one product or service for which you can charge a fee. It's about delivering outcomes that people value in order to make their community a better place to live. Join Tom Ralser, Principal / Director of the Outcomes Lab and GiftWorks...
27 Sep 2010
GrantStation Discount Extended Until Noon Tomorrow!
Due to high demand (and the resulting slower-than-ideal site today) the special discount on the popular fundraising software GrantStation , the powers-that-be at TechSoup and GrantStation have decided to extend the $99 discount offer until noon Pacific time (3 p.m. Eastern) tomorrow. What's GrantStation...
21 Jan 2010
Telling Better Stories: Fundraising Tips from 12NTC
Your organization is doing great work, but you may not always be telling that story in a way that resonates with potential donors and other supporters. In It's Not You, It's Your Stories at the 2012 Nonprofit Technology Conference , Steve Daigneault (VP of eCampaigns at M&R Strategic...
9 Apr 2012
Notes from SOCAP09: Thoughts on Micro-Donations, Crowd-Sourcing, Radical Collaborations, and Mobile Tech
This post is cross-posted on my personal blog and on the NetSquared Blog . On Thursday, I attended the unconference/open space portion of SOCAP09 (Social Capital Markets 2009). I found a few tech sessions that were relevant to the purposes of TechSoup, and as is always the case, I collected the business...
8 Sep 2009
The Phone Test
Here's an idea from our friend Laura at Idealware: what if you measured any communications method by whether it would have more or less impact than spending the same amount of time calling donors on the phone? ΓÇªYou could spend that time simply calling donors and constituents at random, to thank them...
3 Nov 2009
TechSoup Global Contributors' Summit Wrap-Up: Innovation, Collaboration, Inspiration
This week, TechSoup Global and Microsoft Community Affairs hosted the TechSoup Global Contributors' Summit, a gathering of TechSoup Global Network partners , TechSoup product donors, foundational partners, NetSquared Local organizers , GuideStar International partners , and other members of TechSoup...
22 Feb 2011
Free GiftWorks Webinar: 5 Secrets of Email Marketing Geniuses on 8/22
Join Jay Wilkinson from Firespring and GiftWorks for a free webinar, 5 Secrets of Email Marketing Geniuses on T hursday, August 22nd at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time . In this educational session, you will discover what the best nonprofit marketers already know -- that email marketing is a skill that can...
12 Aug 2013
Better Together: eTapestry and Constant Contact Team Up
If your organization uses separate tools for sending email and for managing donors, you know the kind of problems you can run into: finding potential donors in your email system that aren't in your donor management system, or sending duplicate messages to contacts you have listed in both systems...
20 Dec 2011
Firstgiving: Fundraising as Conversation
The thing I find myself repeating again and again on this blog is that new media and social networking are not ends in themselves. Your nonprofit's goal isn't to make the coolest advertisements or to have a presence on the most social networking sites . Your goal isn't to gain the most email subscribers...
19 Dec 2008
Free GiftWorks Webinar: How Nonprofits Can Use Pinterest to Raise Money, Create Awareness, and Do Good
Join Julia Campbell and GiftWorks for a free webinar, Pinning for Good - How Nonprofits Can Use Pinterest to Raise Money, Create Awareness, and Do Good on Thursday, May 23 at 3 p.m. Eastern time . In this free webinar you will learn how to use Pinterest to promote your cause, to gain a dedicated following...
10 May 2013
Punching at Your Own Weight in Social Media
This post was originally published on Tactical Philanthropy . This is a condensed version of a panel presentation I gave at the European Foundation Center conference in early June. The panel topic was: "Social Media: Threat or Menace?" No, I made that up. The panel was called, Social media: A fad or...
25 Jun 2010
Configuring QuickBooks for Use in a Nonprofit: Planning and Implementation
"Begin with the end in mind" when implementing a new accounting system. "Begin with the end in mind" is based on the principle that all things are created twice. There's a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation to all things. This concept is explained in The...
25 Feb 2013
TSG2011: Introducing the TechSoup Global Contributors' Summit
This post originally appeared on TechSoup's NetSquared Blog and was authored by Amy Sample Ward. For 23 years, TechSoup Global has been working to build networks ' networks of organizations that need technology support, networks of corporations that are willing to donate their products, networks of funders...
16 Feb 2011
Upcoming Webinar on September 27: So, You Want to Be a Consultant
This guest post was authored by Declan Murphy, marketing and social media coordinator at GiftWorks . He maintains social media presence for GiftWorks via Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn as well as their website and blog, in addition to hosting GiftWorks monthly webinars. Join Linda Lysakowski, Susan...
20 Sep 2012
Consumers Guide to Low Cost Donor Management Systems
Our friends at Idealware and NTEN have released their Consumers Guide to Low Cost Donor Management Systems . The guide presents detailed comparisons of 33 donor databases that cost less than $4,250 in the first year. It includes a high-level overview of common features, comparisons and summaries of the...
27 Apr 2009