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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Nonprofit Survival 101, Planning for Tough Economic Times

    OneWorld.net is offering a workshop on what nonprofits can do to survive the current tough times. What: Nonprofit Survival 101, Planning for Tough Economic Times When: January 29, 2009 3:30 - 5 p.m. Eastern Time Where: Washington, DC though participants can also join by phone Cost: Free for OneWorld...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Be Vigilant about Disaster-Related Emails

    In the wake of the horrible tragedies in Myanmar and China, millions of dollars worth of donations can be expected from generous people all over the world to help those desperately in need. Unfortunately, we can also count on unscrupulous criminals taking advantage of the situation to defraud individuals...
  • Blog Post: Last Week to Help, Humiliate, AND Fundraise

    With the economic slump, a lot of nonprofits are feeling the crunch, especially when it comes to travel and conference budgets. That's why our friends over at NTEN are reaching out to the community to pitch in for the scholarship fund to help up to 57 nonprofit folks attend the annual NTEN conference...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: TechSoup's 1-day free online event Thurs. Dec. 13th: Gift Giving 2.0: Give the Gift that Keeps On Giving

    Is your organization making the push for seasonal donations? Do you wonder how your nonprofit might benefit from using cause-related shopping sites? Just in time for holiday giving! Mark your calendars for TechSoup's 1-day free online event Thurs. Dec. 13th: Gift Giving 2.0: Give the Gift that Keeps...
  • Blog Post: PdF10: Personal Democracy Forum June 3-4

    The fine folks at Fenton Communications have made it feasible for me to foray into the 2010 Personal Democracy Forum as a "Fenton Fellow" (go ahead, just count the number of "fs" in that sentence). The annual event tackles the broader scope of how technology is changing politics and...
  • Blog Post: Razoo: A Free Online Donation Service

    I recently posted a notice that Google is limiting its free online donation service to Google grant recipients. Subsequently, TechSoup member schobert suggested checking out Razoo for Nonprofits . I looked at the service and spoke with Razoo's CEO, Sebastian Traeger, last week and learned the following...
  • Blog Post: Social Actions API, Semantic Web, and Linked Open Data: An Interview with Peter Deitz

    This post originally appeared on the NetSquared Blog and was authored by Amy Sample Ward. Peter Deitz is a long-time member and contributor in the NetSquared (and TechSoup) community; he started the NetSquared Montreal group and his Social Actions project was a winner in the 2008 N2Y3 Mashup Challenge...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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? …You could spend that time simply calling donors and constituents at random, to thank them...