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50 Fun, Useful, and Totally Random Resources for Nonprofits

50 Fun, Useful, and Totally Random Resources for Nonprofits | Great Ideas for Non-Profits | Scoop.it

It is tough to keep up with all the new websites. Even tougher to keep up with websites that offer tools for non-profits. Here's a great list. Any one of these can further your mission and your outreach.  There has never been more help available to non-profits... if you embrace the web to help you.  -Ken

 

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Combating "Compassion Fatigue"

Combating "Compassion Fatigue" | Great Ideas for Non-Profits | Scoop.it
We’ve all heard the old saw that “one death is a tragedy, a million deaths a statistic.” It’s the guiding principle of public relations for those engaged in building support for humanitarian causes.

 

This article is about several issues facing journalists. How is this relevant to nonprofit storytelling or social cause marketing a business might be doing?

 

Because of 'compassion fatigue.' The article asks how to deal with it. As the author says, "Heart-rending anecdotes are like heroin—the first leads to more and more hair-raising anecdotes. How do we continue to move or inspire audiences subject to an endless parade of woe? (With worse woe?)"

 

Here are a few solutions:

Make sure the parade of woe is part of a complete story arc where negative emotions are transformed into hope or other positive emotions. Make sure you include a call to action -- simple ways for people to participate to combat the overwhelm (and it doesn't have to be about donating) If you want to go even deeper, have the narrator share his/her take-away from the experience or how the experience has changed them, taught them something, or provided some insight.

 

Now journalists cannot incorporate all of the suggestions above. But a nonprofit or business can. I hope these ideas help!

 

This post via Karen Dietz.  Thanks Karen.  -Ken


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Natural Idea Generator- Netted by the Webbys

Natural Idea Generator- Netted by the Webbys | Great Ideas for Non-Profits | Scoop.it

If you want new ideas you need to keep up with what's new on the web, and to do it yourself is hard. Here is a newsletter I've subscribed to for 6 months now that points the best of whats new on a variety of subjects. The key is that what they feature is always good, and always interesting... they're not just listing everything that is new.  Someone is paying attention, making a judgement, and "Curating" recommendations.  I've found probably 10 web services that I use through this site, and more importantly, probably 20 new ideas that help companies and nonprofits.  In fact, I was introduced to Scoop.it (this site) here.  So check this out. Today's newsletter is especially interesting as it is Valentines Day themed, and features Zombie Couples Portraits.  Gotta love it.  -Ken 

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8 Non-profit Fundraising Ideas – From a Donor’s Perspective PART 1 | Us Holidays

8 Non-profit Fundraising Ideas – From a Donor’s Perspective PART 1 | Us Holidays | Great Ideas for Non-Profits | Scoop.it

This is fresh thinking.  Think about your fundraising from the donor's perspective.  Duh.  Do they really need a paper calendar? Read this and remember who your "customer" is.  And it's funny, too.   -Ken

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Amazing Pinterest Referral Stats | Shareaholic

Amazing Pinterest Referral Stats | Shareaholic | Great Ideas for Non-Profits | Scoop.it

Pinterest drives more referral traffic than YouTube, LinkedIn and Google Plus combined, according to Shareaholic.com.  I don't know whether I believe these numbers, but they are stunning.  Pinterest has something all of us need to look into.  -Ken

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2012 SlideRocket “Make an Impact” Non-profit Presentation Contest | SlideRocket Online Presentation Software

2012 SlideRocket “Make an Impact” Non-profit Presentation Contest | SlideRocket Online Presentation Software | Great Ideas for Non-Profits | Scoop.it

SlideRocket is excited to announce the 2012 SlideRocket Make an Impact Non-profit Presentation Contest! $20,000 in donations will be awarded! The four (4) (RT @sliderocket: @nonprofitmatrix SlideRocket is in the cloud! This is another opportunity for non-profits to get their evangelists engaged.  Ask them to make a great presentation for you..  you win, win or loose!  -Ken

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What Can Nonprofits Learn from Robin Good, the Best Content Curator on the Planet?

What Can Nonprofits Learn from Robin Good, the Best Content Curator on the Planet? | Great Ideas for Non-Profits | Scoop.it

If you're reading this on my Scoop.it site, then you are experiencing content curation. What's that? Here's great info from Beth Kanter and Robin Good. -Ken

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9 Ways Board Members Can Raise Money Without Fundraising

9 Ways Board Members Can Raise Money Without Fundraising | Great Ideas for Non-Profits | Scoop.it
Many board members complain that they can't raise money because they hate to ask. But there are many things a board member can do to bring money in the door. Here are 9 to get you thinking.

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Google Grants Success Stories, Case Studies, and Videos

Google Grants Success Stories, Case Studies, and Videos | Great Ideas for Non-Profits | Scoop.it

Do Google Adwords Grants work? Yes. See Google's success stories here. Use these for ideas, inspiration, and to convince your Director that Google Grants are worth investing in.  -Ken

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Nonprofit News - Management: 5 Things Funders Consider When Evaluating Nonprofit Financial Statements

Nonprofit News - Management: 5 Things Funders Consider When Evaluating Nonprofit Financial Statements | Great Ideas for Non-Profits | Scoop.it
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CALLING LOCALLY-FOCUSED, NON-PROFIT NEWS ORGANIZATIONS IN KEY MARKETS: NBC WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU

CALLING LOCALLY-FOCUSED, NON-PROFIT NEWS ORGANIZATIONS IN KEY MARKETS: NBC WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU | Great Ideas for Non-Profits | Scoop.it

Any non-profit local news organizations out there? NBC wants to partner with you.

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10 Free Market Research Tools for Small Businesses

10 Free Market Research Tools for Small Businesses | Great Ideas for Non-Profits | Scoop.it

Free is good. Market research is good too.  Here are some free tools non-profits can use to understand their target markets. - Ken

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Social Media and Cute Dogs Go Mobile And Other Cute Animal and Nonprofit Tales

Social Media and Cute Dogs Go Mobile And Other Cute Animal and Nonprofit Tales | Great Ideas for Non-Profits | Scoop.it

Something fun and an introduction. Non profit dog adoption group Best Friends has created a mobile web AP that takes your picture and matches it with the dog that looks like you.  That's fun, and a great idea. And, an introduction, if you don't know Beth Kanter meet her blog here.  Enjoy!  -Ken

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Crowdfunding Enters the Charitable Giving Tool Kit

Crowdfunding Enters the Charitable Giving Tool Kit | Great Ideas for Non-Profits | Scoop.it

Great overview article of crowdfunding for non-profits and foundations.  This is new, folks, so learn all you can.  Article includes current websites for non-profit crowdfunding, and more are being added every day.  Stay tuned as this new way to raise money unfolds over the next year.  -Ken

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How to thank your donors right - Future Fundraising Now

How to thank your donors right - Future Fundraising Now | Great Ideas for Non-Profits | Scoop.it

A brief reminder of the basics for a thank-you.  And all gifts need a thank-you!  Automate this through your email giving or tracking program. Almost all of the software does this, but if yours doesn't, do it by hand.  Personalized thank-you's are critical.  And, to add my own opinion, if you or your volunteers can send a hand-written thank-you note via traditional snail mail, that is even better.  -Ken

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Nonprofit's giving portal aims to drive more donations to charities - Washington Post

Nonprofit's giving portal aims to drive more donations to charities - Washington Post | Great Ideas for Non-Profits | Scoop.it

This is an interesting new idea- a local giving portal for companies to encourage their employees to give year-round.  This one is in Washington, but might be a good model for any city, even small ones.  -Ken

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21 Ways Non-Profits Can Leverage Social Media

21 Ways Non-Profits Can Leverage Social Media | Great Ideas for Non-Profits | Scoop.it

I like these because they are specific and actionable.  Especially Flikr for Good and Google Grants.  -Ken

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SignOn.org- New Free Service for Petitions

SignOn.org- New Free Service for Petitions | Great Ideas for Non-Profits | Scoop.it

I'm tired of general complaining. It's time to act. Here's a service that makes it easy to create a petition and get it signed and sent.  Make your voice heard!  -Ken

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8 Steps to a Successful Major Gifts Program | Growing Your Donors

8 Steps to a Successful Major Gifts Program | Growing Your Donors | Great Ideas for Non-Profits | Scoop.it

While setting up a major giving program is a long-term process, there are some things you can do to shorten the time required. Here are 8 steps you can take now. Like the Tourtise and the Hare story, don't be sucked into having a bad Hare day... sorry...  -Ken


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Linkedin for Nonprofits

Linkedin for Nonprofits | Great Ideas for Non-Profits | Scoop.it
There are five ways to best utilize Linkedin professionally: be goal-oriented, optimize both your personal and company profiles, utilize groups, and use Linkedin Answers.

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Thanks for scooping this! I'll be updating this presentation shortly as there are a few new features that Linkedin has rolled out since this presentation was conceived.
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Growing Twitter Followers with a Google Adwords Grant

Growing Twitter Followers with a Google Adwords Grant | Great Ideas for Non-Profits | Scoop.it

A good example of a creative use of a Google Grant. This can be done for Facebook as well, and doesn't need an international catastrophe to make it happen. Just some new thinking.  Our issue with their use is that it is against Google Guidelines, which don't today allow you to point ads directly at Twitter feeds.  So, they are breaking the rules.  Good for them in the short run, I've done the same in the past.  Worth the risk, and Google could crack down on this and recind the Grant, but in my experience they don't do so.  They say stop, and do this another way first.  And there is another way. Set up a landing page on your website as a destination for the Google ads and you can accomplish the same thing and be within the Google Guidelines.  - Ken

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Why It's Time to Rethink the Language of Nonprofit Leadership ...

Why It's Time to Rethink the Language of Nonprofit Leadership ... | Great Ideas for Non-Profits | Scoop.it
We talked about some of the new research about what Generation X and Y nonprofit professionals need as well as ideas for how managers, organizations and associations might experiment with different strategies.
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30 Ideas For Your 2012 Social Media Plan - Adrants

30 Ideas For Your 2012 Social Media Plan - Adrants | Great Ideas for Non-Profits | Scoop.it

The team at Radian6 compiled their most-shared posts from 2011 into this eBook. Download it free.  -Ken

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Google+ Best Practices for Nonprofits

Google+ Best Practices for Nonprofits | Great Ideas for Non-Profits | Scoop.it

Thanks to the launch of Google+ Pages for brands, Google+ traffic hit an all time high in December 2011 and it's likely that the trend will continue in 2012. Here is a quick best practices tutorial, enjoy!  -Ken

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What are Advanced Segments in Google Analytics and Why Should You Use Them? | SmartData Collective

What are Advanced Segments in Google Analytics and Why Should You Use Them? | SmartData Collective | Great Ideas for Non-Profits | Scoop.it

For the techies among you. A good discussion of Advanced Segments on Google Analytics.  Essential to really know what you're doing.  We use these all the time.  -Ken

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