I love this week’s links because they’re both thought-provoking and actionable. Pick one that speaks to you, and consider doing something different. Heck, the only way we grow is through experimenting. Take chances! Make mistakes!
Click-it: Mobile for Good: A How-To Fundraising Guide for Nonprofits by Heather Mansfield at Nonprofit Tech for Good is a book the sector has been waiting for. Get step-by-step how-to’s and best practices for all your online, crowdfunding and social fundraising campaigns – and more. Check it out.
Click-It: “Why 2014 is the year your cause needs to go mobile.” This is a free webinar offered by RAZ Mobile and Fundraising Success. You can’t beat the price!
Click-It: 5 Steps to Newsletters that Keep Donors Close. This two-parter from Nancy Schwartz of Getting Attention is a fabulous step-by-step template to help you retain your supporters. Follow it and no harm will befall you, or your donors.
Click-it:. LinkedIn Introduces New Volunteer Marketplace. You may not be aware that LinkedIn recently introduced a new tool to connect people in search of volunteer positions with organizations looking for help. This post by Kari Kratky lays out ways your nonprofit could use this to find exactly the board member you need.
Click-It: Online tool helps you write better. Jeff Brooks shares a simple free web-based tool to improve your writing. It’s pretty cool. Thanks for sharing Jeff!
Click-It: Involving your board members in fundraising. SOFII brings us this frank, brass tacks piece from fundraising guru Simone Joyaux about assuring your board does its job (and that your staff does its job to help your board). One takeaway (among several great ones):
Create your organization’s story together.
a. Through a series of board discussions, collect stories about why they care and why they give. Define priorities for funding with the board.
b. Yes, the staff (or a professional writer) actually drafts the copy. But, engaging the board in defining why your organisation matters, and which stories resonate, is a great involvement tool.
Speaking of Stories…
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