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Using Virtual Reality to Showcase Nonprofit Impact
This post is Development Director Ryan Ginard's first impression of seeing how powerful a virtual reality video is in putting the viewer in the middle of a compelling story at the most recent meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative. Being only a small recurring donor to the Clinton Foundation...
10 Tips to Improve Your Year-end Donation Pages
As the year-end giving season approaches, nonprofits can benefit by improving their website donation pages. Whether clicking through on email appeals, visiting your website after getting an appeal in the mail, or doing a web search, a lot of prospective donors will end up on your donation page. But...
7 Steps to Get Ready for Year-End Online Giving
The year-end giving season offers a unique opportunity for engaging with your supporters and fans, whether your ultimate goal is deepening relationships or fundraising. By planning ahead, thinking multichannel, and preparing your communications, you'll be ready for the year-end online giving season...
3 Fundraising Innovations You Need to Know About
It was a pretty interesting summer for charity fundraising launches. Facebook expanded its Donate Now buttons to all charities; eBay has a new Sell for Charity mobile app. And the social media startup, GoodWorld, launched Social Giving September. Here are three fundraising innovations we think you might...
Blackbaud's Raiser's Edge NXT Launches
Raiser's Edge NXT is the new online fundraising and relationship management software for nonprofits by TechSoup donor partner Blackbaud . Like most cloud-based software, it is available anywhere, anytime, and on any device. Raiser's Edge NXT (pronounced N.X.T. instead of "next" and...
Philanthropy University Offers Amazing (Free!) Online Courses
This is an almost unbelievable offer for everyone in nonprofit-land. There are seven free online courses available starting in mid-September by people like Paul Brest, former head of the Hewlett Foundation and a faculty co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. He is teaching...
Insights from the Blackbaud #GivingTuesday Trends Report
By most accounts, the annual late November #GivingTuesday online giving tradition has been gaining traction since 2012. TechSoup donor partner Blackbaud recently released a report that digs deep into the #GivingTuesday results over three years to reveal the patterns that are emerging from this increasingly...
Fundraising Tools to Help You Prepare for End-of-the-Year Campaigns
With #GivingTuesday and end-of-the-year campaigns only a few months away in December, we wanted to round up some of the best fundraising tools from the TechSoup catalog. Up the donation ante with donor management tools, crowdfunding platforms, mobile giving solutions, and so much more. TechSoup's...
5 Tips for Getting Media Pickup for Your Fundraising Campaign
Getting the media to cover your organization's fundraising campaign can help you reach new donors, garner larger donations, and become a well-known, trusted entity in your community. But working with the media is tricky, especially if you don't have a dedicated marketing or press relations person...
What You Can Learn About Cultivating Community from The Lord of the Rings
A ring with unspeakable evil power enters the hopeful and happy Shire, and the mission is set: this small hobbit named Frodo is to begin a journey to take evil head on in an attempt to destroy it altogether. It may not be quite as dramatic, but isn't this the path of the nonprofit? Something has...
5 Steps for Beginners in Peer-to-Peer Fundraising
Do you remember selling chocolate to raise money for your class field trip back in elementary school? Or how about asking your family to purchase gift wrap as a way to raise funds around the holidays? This form of fundraising is called peer-to-peer fundraising , and it's not just for kids. ...
7 Things Nonprofits Should Know As Millennials Take Over the World
In my recent summer reading recommendations post, NTEN's Megan Keane recommended the book When Millennials Take Over . We'd like to go further and recommend the free 2015 Millennial Impact Report on what drives this all-important group of people to support your cause. The report is mainly...
Public Good's Unique Platform for Attracting New Donors
While the charity online fundraising field is very crowded indeed, a major unmet need among charities is to find new, engaged donors. Public Good is a new donation platform from the people who revolutionized grassroots online giving for the 2012 Obama presidential campaign. They have used their experience...
How to Set Up Bitcoin for Your Nonprofit
As Bitcoin has received more media attention in recent years, people are becoming more familiar with it but not necessarily more knowledgeable. In case you're not familiar, Bitcoin is the most well-known "cryptocurrency," a currency like dollars or euros, but one that only exists digitally...
Friends Don't Let Friends Use Excel to Manage Grants
Most nonprofits rely on grant funding to support their programs and services. In fact, 46 percent report that grants make up more than a quarter of their funding. Given how critical grants are for many nonprofits, having good systems in place to manage the grant-writing process from beginning to end...
What Digital Currency Could Mean for Nonprofits
The world seems to be changing at a more rapid pace than any other time in history. Now, with a post-wallet economy gaining popularity, consumers as well as businesses and organizations alike should be paying attention to mobile wallets, digital payment, and even cryptocurrency (a form of digital currency...
How QuickBooks Helps a Nonprofit Recharge Teenagers
Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) is dedicated to improving the lives of teens through mindfulness retreats. The organization offers weekend and weeklong residential mindfulness retreats for teens, including poor youth and those with major emotional issues. The organization uses donated Intuit...
How Churches Can Go High Tech with the Collection Plate
A growing trend among most of us these days is paying for things more with credit and debit cards and less with cash and checks. One church fundraising consulting firm found that as many as 50 percent of people who receive fundraising mailings go online to make their contribution . This trend means...
The Overhead Solution: A New Nonprofit Pride Movement
Think of the words "overhead" and "nonprofits" and what comes to mind? Perhaps the image of inefficient organizations with layers of "fat," overpaid administrators, and wasteful spending? If so, you've fallen victim to the overhead myth. The CEOs of BBB Wise Giving...
Birds of a Feather …
Each donor has a shared interest in your mission — or you would assume they share an interest if they send you hard-earned money — however, otherwise, your donor base can be a varied selection of the general population. Know Your Donors and Tailor Your Strategy Birth dates range...
Upcoming Webinar December 11: Nonprofit Tech Predictions for 2015
Curious about what technologies may be coming down the road that can change the way nonprofits do business? How much will tablets take over in 2015? What about the move to mobile devices and "wearables" for your community? Come mingle with three nonprofit tech pros in our free webinar Nonprofit...
Your Data Simplified: Idealware's Data Don'ts for Nonprofits
At TechSoup, I've noticed we're talking more and more about the importance of data for nonprofits. We're reflecting a larger trend in business, government, and IT to pay more attention to the plumes of information our websites, databases, PCs, and mobile devices are generating. At the...
5 Techniques to Get Your Community Ready for #GivingTuesday
With #GivingTuesday only weeks away, hopefully your fundraising campaign plan has taken shape and you're feeling prepared for the big day. You've got your appeal solidified, communications materials drafted, and partners on board. But does your community know your plan? You may think that...
4 Ways to Use Your Nonprofit Blog for #GivingTuesday Storytelling
With less than a month to go before this year's #GivingTuesday on December 2, it's time to start nailing down your communications for your fundraising campaign. #GivingTuesday is an excellent opportunity to use storytelling to draw in new and existing donors and supporters of your cause, on...
Harness the Power of Story for Successful Fundraising
Want to ramp up your fundraising efforts during the giving season? Adding a visual element can dramatically improve your reach. "Stories told visually tend to naturally engage both sides of our brain. They speak directly to our emotions," explains TechSoup staffer Jim Lynch. That's...