2023

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How a Debate Over Vaping Might Derail the War on Tobacco

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Anti-smoking groups aren't just fighting big tobacco. They're fighting amongst themselves. By Marc Gunther Anti-smoking groups aren't just fighting big tobacco. They're fighting amongst themselves.

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Progressive Organizations Must Speak Up about Palestine

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: Gayatri Malhotra on Unsplash During the last week of November, the world watched as a temporary truce took hold in Gaza, briefly pausing Israel’s bombing campaign which has killed over 14,000 people. As a Muslim executive director of a national racial justice organization and a Jewish former foundation executive, we find that most organizational leaders and activists we talk to are horrified by the ongoing Israeli attacks on Gaza, the killing of Palestinian civilians, and the r

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What are the best free Nonprofit SEO tools for 2023

Nonprofit Marketing Insights by GlobalOwls

What are the best free Nonprofit SEO tools for 2023 Want to know what the best SEO tools are for nonprofits? Check out this lineup of, free, SEO tools by Michael Vuong. SEO tools are incredibly important for your growth and understanding of relevant keywords for your target group. Although intent remains one of the most important factors to retain your audience’s attention.

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12 Ways to Use ChatGPT and Other AI Tools for Fundraising

Nonprofit Tech for Good

By Meredith Gray , Head of Marketing at Keela – a complete software solution for nonprofits looking to grow revenue, centralize and manage data, and deepen donor engagement. Does it seem like everyone you know is raving about a new tool that’s revolutionizing the way employees in all industries are doing their work? Yes, we’re talking about ChatGPT , an AI-powered tool that’s gaining widespread popularity on social media and revolutionizing the common workplace.

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21 “nonprofit math” problems that expose the absurdity of doing good

Non Profit AF

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Design Thinking Misses the Mark

Stanford Social Innovation Review

By Anne-Laure Fayard & Sarah Fathallah Design thinking has failed to deliver on its promise to solve the world’s thorniest social challenges. Adopting a critical design stance can help designers serve communities, rather than their own methodology.

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Is your nonprofit thinking about using ChatGPT? Your first step is to do no harm

Candid

In this article, we unpack the lessons learned from a nonprofit’s chatbot project to dispense mental health advice that went wrong, and how nonprofits can reduce the risks when adopting ChatGPT and other generative AI (Artificial Intelligence) technologies. Over the past five years of researching and writing about AI adoption for the nonprofit sector, we have argued for nonprofits to use AI ethically and responsibly—which means taking a human-centered, strategic, and reflective approach.

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Building Relationships is Just as Important as Raising Money

Ann Green

Why does making a donation often feel like a transaction? Organizations get so caught up in the raising money part that they forget about building relationships with their donors. Giving Tuesday is the worst example of this, with Year End close behind. Generally, it happens way too often. Remember this – Building relationships is just as important as raising money.

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Donorbox + Little Green Light: A Powerful Integration to Streamline Your Workflow

Donorbox Nonprofit

How much time does your fundraising team spend manually ensuring all your various tools are in sync? This time suck is not only burning out your employees. It’s also wasting valuable time you could spend sharpening your fundraising strategy – and raising more for your mission. That’s where the Donorbox + Little Green Light integration […] The post Donorbox + Little Green Light: A Powerful Integration to Streamline Your Workflow appeared first on Nonprofit Blog.

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5 Things You Should Never Write in a Thank You Letter

Get Fully Funded

Writing a thank you letter should be the easiest task on your to-do list. There are just two simple words: thank you. And these two simple words are so powerful, showing gratitude and making the donor feel valued. Yet, it can feel hard sometimes to write a good thank you letter. Maybe you don’t know what to write. Or where to start. You want your letter to sound sincere, not like a form letter.

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It’s Open Season on Civil Rights. Philanthropy Must Not Retreat.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

As a new Supreme Court session begins today, an onslaught of lawsuits will use the affirmative-action decision to try to chip away at other rights. Donors should prepare to fight back and recommit to funding racial justice. By Stacey Abrams and Julián Castro J. Scott Applewhite, AP As a new Supreme Court session begins today, an onslaught of lawsuits will use the affirmative-action decision to try to chip away at other rights.

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The State of Black Women Leadership Is In Danger

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: skyNext on istock.com “We have observed a disconcerting pattern where Black women leaders are vacating their roles, with some leaving the non-profit sector altogether, citing hostility toward their leadership, strain on their health and well-being, unfair job expectations, and limited opportunities for career progression” (3). “We have observed a disconcerting pattern where Black women leaders are vacating their roles.” This is the opening of a new report by the Washi

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Online Marketing Tools for Nonprofits Should Use in 2023

Nonprofit Marketing Insights by GlobalOwls

Online Marketing Tools for Nonprofits Should Use in 2023 Work smarter and grow your nonprofit with these digital marketing tools. Starting or growing a nonprofit requires patience and persistence. Charities often have a limited budget and a small team. The following digital marketing tools will help you to work smarter and grow at a faster pace. StoryLab.ai Create better marketing copy faster than ever before with StoryLab.ai’s Marketing Copy Generators.

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Announcing the 2023 Nonprofit Tech for Good Report!

Nonprofit Tech for Good

The biennial Nonprofit Tech for Good Report seeks to gain a better understanding of how nonprofit organizations use technology for digital marketing and fundraising. The 2023 report is based on the survey responses of 1,732 nonprofit professionals that subscribe to or follow Nonprofit Tech for Good on social media. Survey questions covered website and email communications, online fundraising, social media, and professional development in the nonprofit sector.

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Vital and invisible as air: An appreciation of nonprofit professionals

Non Profit AF

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How Gig Work Exploits Instead of Empowers Women in the Global South

Stanford Social Innovation Review

By Irene Mwendwa , Bonnita Nyamwire & Sally Roever Roughly six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of international media outlets reported on a silver linings story in Uganda. A Kampala woman who had lost her logistics job during the shutdown founded a new, all-women ride-hailing app called Diva Taxi, hiring dozens of Ugandan women, many who were also laid off or furloughed, providing these workers an economic lifeline and women riders a safer option for travel.

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TikTok, Reels, and Shorts: Candid’s big swing at short-form video 

Candid

By now you’ve probably heard that short-form video on social media is an important tool for reaching new and younger audiences. This is not groundbreaking news, yet many nonprofit organizations (Candid included) have hesitated to jump in for a variety of reasons. Despite the real and perceived challenges of creating short-form video, there are compelling and research-backed reasons to consider incorporating it into your social media strategy: 88% of people say they’ve been convinced to buy a pr

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7 Ways to Prioritize Donor Acquisition and Retention This Year

NonProfit PRO

Industry benchmarks reveal just 23% of first-time online donors return, compared to 64% of existing online donors. And over the last decade, nonprofits have continued to raise more funds from fewer donors.

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The Promise & Peril of Creator Tools Like ChatGPT for Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently published an opinion piece, “ AI Can Help Nonprofits Reach More Donors But Fundraisers Can’t Ignore Potential Pitfalls ,” a topic that Allison Fine and I have been researching and writing about since 2017. In 2019, we did a deep dive on AI & Giving to look at the landscape of fundraising tools & platforms using AI and the implications.

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3 Technology Tools For Improved Nonprofit Grant Management

Ann Green

Are you looking for tips to elevate your grant management strategy in 2023? Explore three technology tools that can level up your grant fundraising efforts. By Carl Diesing Alongside moves management and capital campaigns, grant fundraising is one of the most intricate fundraising activities that a nonprofit organization will undertake. Rooted in a foundation of strong relationships with grantmaking organizations, successful grant fundraising requires nonprofits to manage and track multiple prio

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Which Fundraising Events Bring in the Most Money for Small Nonprofits?

Get Fully Funded

A very common “go-to” funding idea for small nonprofits is fundraising events. Events are a great way to bring like-minded people together and have a good time in the name of your cause. Some fundraising events are huge, drawing attendees and sponsors like moths to a flame. Other events are smaller, more intimate gatherings where guests are directly asked for money.

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Why All of Us Need to Give to Nonprofit News Outlets

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

If less than half a percent of all private contributions went to journalism nonprofits, we could replace the loss of local newsrooms and strengthen democracy. By Brian Eule If less than half a percent of all private contributions went to journalism nonprofits, we could replace the loss of local newsrooms and strengthen democracy.

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How Disabled People Are Building Political Power

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: visuals on Unsplash In America, 42.5 million people live with a disability. Of these, an estimated 30 million are eligible voters. Despite being one of the largest voting blocks, however, disabled people are underrepresented in electoral politics—both at the polls and on the ballot. But organizations like New Disabled South and Disability Victory are working to change the tide and help disabled people access the tools they need to build political power.

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Best Nonprofit Team Collaboration Tools for 2023

Nonprofit Marketing Insights by GlobalOwls

Best Nonprofit Team Collaboration Tools for 2023 Manage and grow your nonprofit by collaborating better. Check out these Top Team Collaboration Tools for Non-Profits. Written by Lilian Sue. No matter how big or small your passionate non-profit team is, it can still be tough to have all team members on the same page on marketing strategies and campaigns, especially if you have team members working in different offices.

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4 Ways Nonprofits Can Start Using AI in 2024

Nonprofit Tech for Good

By Kyle Behrend — a seasoned not-for-profit professional dedicated to educating and empowering nonprofits with AI through NFPs.AI. The nonprofit sector, often stretched for resources and expertise, is uniquely positioned to benefit from the efficiencies and opportunities offered by Artificial Intelligence (AI). The successful implementation of AI-powered solutions in nonprofits has shown significant potential to enhance organisational efficiency.

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Intermediary organizations are vital and funders need to increase funding going to them

Non Profit AF

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The 10 Most Popular SSIR Articles of 2023

Stanford Social Innovation Review

By SSIR Editors The end of the year is often a time for reflection and looking back, but when you examine the list of SSIR ’s most-read articles of 2023, you’ll find they’re focused on shaping the future: Improving the practice of design thinking to solve social problems, preparing organizations to adopt AI responsibly, telling better stories for transformational social change, coordinating impact investing so communities thrive, achieving equity and justice for all, and more.

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5 things to know about philanthropy to HBCUs

Candid

For every $100 foundations give to an Ivy League school, how many dollars do you think foundations give to a historically Black college and university (HBCU)? That’s a trick question—it’s not a matter of dollars, but of cents. In fact, for every $100 foundations gave to the average Ivy League, they gave 56 cents to the average HBCU. HBCUs have long played a pivotal role in the United States.

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4 Things Every Nonprofit Should Do to Optimize Fundraising Results

NonProfit PRO

Your nonprofit probably spends a great deal of time on fundraising. So, how can you raise more dollars without adding yet another campaign or event to the calendar? Let’s look at four effective ways to optimize your fundraising results.

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Turn The Page: 11 Books You Need To Read Now And Give This Holiday Season

Fundraising Leadership

Check out these great 11 new books by women to keep for yourself or give as gifts. We can always use a new book, life approach, history lesson, toolkit or bible of strategies to improve ourselves and how we think and behave as leaders. Reading and learning is what great leaders do. At a time when books and the prohibition of books makes news across the country, it is necessary to maintain reverence for books as a way to create, recreate and reimagine our lives. “ We can always use a new boo

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Nonprofit Radio for September 11, 2023: Donor Retention

Tony Martignetti

Dennis Fois: Donor Retention The challenges are real and widespread: Aging donors; smaller gifts; and abysmal retention rates. Dennis Fois brings strategies and tactics to raise your consciousness and turn things around. Let’s talk about emotional connections, multithreading, and multichannel, just for starters. He’s CEO of Bloomerang. Listen to the podcast Get Nonprofit … Continue reading Nonprofit Radio for September 11, 2023: Donor Retention → Dennis Fois: Donor Retention The ch

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Examples of Nonprofit Storytelling to Increase Donations and Involvement

Get Fully Funded

Words are everything in fundraising. Your success is found in the strength of your nonprofit storytelling. The way you tell your story and engage people in your message can make or break your fundraising efforts. Again, words matter. You’ve probably heard this already – that storytelling is important. But do you really understand it? What do we mean by storytelling?

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What Would Philanthropy Look Like if Black Women Were in Charge?

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

In her introductory column for the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Cora Daniels explores the innovative approaches of Black women leaders and why the sector should follow their lead. By Cora Daniels Getty Images In her introductory column for the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Cora Daniels explores the innovative approaches of Black women leaders and why the sector should follow their lead.

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Disabled People Need a New Climate Safety Net

NonProfit Quarterly

Image credit: Jacek_Sopotnicki on istock.com Norma Crosby realized her house was flooding when she was sitting at her dining room table and noticed her toes were wet. She knew Hurricane Harvey might hit her rural town of Alvin, TX, but it wasn’t until the water reached her feet that she knew she and her husband had to evacuate. They listened to the news of the storm through the National Federation of the Blind Newsline , which gives newspaper access and emergency weather alerts to blind and vi

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Advice for Social Media Marketing Campaigns in 2023

Nonprofit Marketing Insights by GlobalOwls

Advice for Social Media Marketing Campaigns in 2023 Social media marketing campaigns in 2023 call for a dynamic and adaptive approach. To embrace video content, leverage influencer partnerships, invest in augmented reality experiences, prioritize personalization and customer care, utilize chatbots, harness user-generated content, and keep up with emerging platforms and features Businesses seeking to engage with their target audience in the fast-paced digital realm have found social media marketi

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2023 Cause Awareness & Giving Day Calendar for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Cause awareness and giving days are powerful themes upon which to launch digital marketing and fundraising campaigns. In addition to the international days listed below, see also public holidays by country , Days of the Year , and Wikipedia’s List of Commemorative Months. January. 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service — #MLKDay. 28: Data Privacy Day — #DataPrivacyDay.

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Never ask job candidates to do unpaid assignments as part of your hiring process

Non Profit AF

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