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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
Global Giving: Making Change Happen on a Deadline
We're happy to announce a new, more robust partnership between TechSoup and Global Giving. For those new to their work, GlobalGiving is an online fundraising platform for nonprofits and charities of all sizes all around the world. Since 2002, more than 7,800 projects have raised nearly $85 million...
17 Jun 2013
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
TechSoup at NTC: Talk Back, Security, Online Communities, Tech Planning, and More!
The time has come. The 2009 Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) has begun. Sessions have started this morning Twitterers and bloggers are live - blogging left and right. Some sessions are being broadcast live or presented via webinar through NTEN's site so even if you're not able to attend in person...
28 Apr 2009
Cn U Raise $ Via Txt?
Following up on Elliot's blog post, How Important Is Mobile Giving? , and the subsequent TechSoup discussion , I'm posting an analysis conducted by Sarah Grosvenor , the Assistant Director of Annual Giving at Willamette University , on the potential for mobile fundraising at the University. Sarah granted...
18 Feb 2009
Used Laptops Needed for Earthquake Victims in Haiti: You Can Help!
TechSoup is united with the world in wishing a quick recovery to the people of Haiti after last week's devastating earthquake (and continuing aftershocks). Our own Tim Suttle was there only a couple of weeks ago volunteering for a local organization: Just last week I was in [Haiti] to setup a computer...
10 Apr 2010
Improve Online Fundraising Results and Wow Donors with These 7 Obvious Secrets
Online fundraising has become a popular method for increasing revenue and acquire new donors. While it does not yet amount to the bulk of fundraising for most nonprofits, online giving grew by 13 percent from 2010 to 2011. The only vertical experiencing a decline from 2010 to 2011 was International...
22 May 2012
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
Debunking the Overhead Myth
Wha t Is the "Overhead Myth"? Nonprofits that spend more than a tiny fraction of their budget on administrative staff, fundraising, or technology infrastructure are inefficient, wasteful, or just plain greedy. Good, responsible organizations — the kind that donors and funders should...
2 Jul 2013
The Idealware Research Fund
Our friends at Idealware (a nonprofit technology resource provider) have created a new fund to support their research. Many of Idealware's reports have been funded by foundations and some have had corporate sponsorship (and some are commissioned by TechSoup.org too). As you probably know, neither foundation...
19 Dec 2009
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
Access Thousands of Grantmakers for $99 a Year
Securing funding is a vital part of keeping your nonprofit up and running, but finding potential grantmakers can often be time-consuming and overwhelming. A solution? GrantStation, a frequently updated, comprehensive online database of private and public grants and funders. This Wednesday, September...
18 Sep 2007
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
Social Media 101 TweetChat: Twitter
TechSoup continued its Social Media Mondays in May with a discussion on Twitter to expand on the resources offered in its Nonprofit Social Media 101 wiki . The second installment of the weekly TweetChat series offered some useful advice on nonprofit Twitter use, a tool that can be difficult to understand...
12 May 2011
Upcoming Webinar September 19: Fundraising with Social Media
Online giving surged by over 35% last year, with gifts over $1,000 becoming increasingly commonplace. What are the keys to successful nonprofit fundraising online, especially through social media? Join us for Fundraising with Social Media on Thursday, September 19 at 11:30 a.m. Pacific time...
11 Sep 2013
Convio Announces New Donor Database
Convio, a popular online advocacy toolset used by many nonprofit advocacy groups, recently announced that they will be releasing a donor database code-named Akido, on the SalesForce.com platform. This will be a separate product from their online Constituent Relationship Management suite — you don...
5 Jul 2008
Nominate a Nonprofit for a Blackbaud Impact Award
Nicole McGougan is a Blackbaud public relations associate. The Blackbaud Impact Awards recognize nonprofits who have used Blackbaud’s solutions in new and innovative ways to make a positive impact on their local communities and around the world. Does this sound like you or a nonprofit you...
24 Aug 2012
Blackbaud Report: 2008 Online Giving Trends
Blackbaud has released a summary of early results from its analysis of 2008 online giving trends. The results come from 2,000 nonprofits using Blackbaud's online fundraising tools. They've found: Steady growth throughout the year. There was a slight decrease in online giving during the third quarter...
22 Jan 2009
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
Idealware Email Fundraising Courses: Discount for TechSoup Readers!
Our friends at Idealware.org are conducting two courses on the ins and outs of email fundraising this fall, starting tomorrow. They're offering a 15% discount to TechSoup readers , so use the code GD15EF during checkout to get access to these great email fundraising events on the cheap! This first is...
13 Sep 2010