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12 Principles of Collaboration

12 Principles of Collaboration | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Twelve collaboration principles that successful organizations follow.

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Refreshing thinking.

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Paul Thoresen's curator insight, April 21, 2013 10:03 AM

Simple concepts often overlooked. From WIIFM to putting strategy before tech.

Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, April 22, 2013 5:54 AM

Simple, easy to read, colorful inforgraphic on the 'Principles of Collaboration'. Nice!

Scott Span, MSOD's curator insight, May 6, 2013 11:31 AM

How are you collaborating?

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To Stand Out in Today's Nonprofit World, You Must Articulate Impact

To Stand Out in Today's Nonprofit World, You Must Articulate Impact | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Your story. Your case. The difference you make. Your mark on the world. In the nonprofit realm, we use terms like these all the time. They all speak to the notion of "impact." And yet, so many nonprofits struggle mightily to articulate their impact to donors and other key stakeholders.

This problem seems particularly vexing for nonprofits with a research focus. Many such organizations are doing great things behind the scenes, but their impact may not be felt until years from now. Furthermore, they may lack the marketing savvy to explain clearly and in layman's terms what they're doing and why it matters.

Unfortunately, no matter how vital your work is, your fundraising efforts will suffer if you can't communicate impact. More and more charities are competing for donors' money these days. Donors, rightfully so, want to know why they should give to your cause rather than the dozens of others crossing their radar every year. You need to prove you'll put their contribution to good use, thus making a long-term impact. If you can't do this, you won't earn their support.

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The Nonprofits of 2025 (SSIR)

The Nonprofits of 2025 (SSIR) | Organization Management | Scoop.it

ike all institutions and organizations, nonprofits are shaped by political frameworks, policies, and programs. So if we ask what future nonprofits might look like—say, the nonprofits of 2025—we must review past and current trends. For several decades, most developed market economies have seen a general increase in the economic importance of nonprofit organizations as providers of health, social, educational, and cultural services. There also has been a new and renewed emphasis on the social and political roles of nonprofits, usually in the context of civil society, democracy building, and political participation. Indeed, these developments are taking place in many countries, and they are driven in large measure by four broad perspectives.

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This article is largely a consideration of the future relationship between nonprofits and government. Dr. Anheier projects that nonprofits will become more important in policy creation and execution - but exactly how? Here he sets up 4 likely scenarios.

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Nonprofit Collaborations: Why Teaming Up Can Make Sense - Forbes

Nonprofit Collaborations: Why Teaming Up Can Make Sense - Forbes | Organization Management | Scoop.it
Even if your nonprofit isn’t in financial trouble, your board and management should be alert to opportunities that will improve efficiency and sustainability. It’s best to do this before your nonprofit reaches crisis mode.
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7 Strategies for More Productive Non-Profit Board Meetings

7 Strategies for More Productive Non-Profit Board Meetings | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Dysfunctional board meetings are hurting lots of non-profits.  Haphazard and non-productive meetings hamper growth, dampen fundraising efforts, and lead to confusion and frustration among members and staff alike.

Your non-profit’s board of directors meetings don’t have to be tiresome, infuriating affairs.  You can look forward to your board meetings, comfortable in the knowledge that they will move your organization closer to its goals and provide support and encouragement for your staff.

Use these 7 strategies to make your next non-profit board meeting more productive and successful:

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SMARTER Objectives for Your Nonprofit’s One-Person Marketing Team | The Badger Group

SMARTER Objectives for Your Nonprofit’s One-Person Marketing Team | The Badger Group | Organization Management | Scoop.it

When you work in the nonprofit industry it is typical that you are expected to wear many different hats.  This is especially true for the brave folks, who work in the marketing department, or even more common, are the marketing department.  With a small budget and pressures from short deadlines, it is easy to become complacent and settle on not being able to enhance your nonprofit’s marketing efforts because you don’t have the necessary resources available.

If the organization’s marketing efforts are resting solely on your shoulders, every marketing activity you execute should give you the highest return on not only your monetary investment, but your investment of time as well.  This means setting SMARTER (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound, Evaluate, and Reevaluate) objectives.

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Shifting to the Collaborative mindset | Collaborative Strategies

I find that the most critical part of collaboration is "mindset." Most of us still have and use the industrial mindset, which in the case of collaboration is like trying to make a banana into an orange.

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5 Ways to Proactively Engage as a Social Brand | Social Media Today

5 Ways to Proactively Engage as a Social Brand | Social Media Today | Organization Management | Scoop.it

The past three years for brands in social media have evolved rapidly. From the days of focused social listening to relying on campaign-based applications, brands now find themselves in a position to focus on real-time, consistent engagement with social customers.

Rather than waiting on opportunities to engage with social communities, brands leading the social charge are creatingopportunities for interaction. This shift, from reactive to proactive, is changing the model of connecting with social consumers. And leading social brands are following five core principles to initiate meaningful social engagement. 

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What Organizations Really Need To Succeed And Thrive

What Organizations Really Need To Succeed And Thrive | Organization Management | Scoop.it

A look at why an organization's shared purpose - and not simply where employees work - plays a key role in managing innovation, success, and failure.

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Limited staff and resources make prioritizing and delegation critical to nonprofits’ success

Limited staff and resources make prioritizing and delegation critical to nonprofits’ success | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Many nonprofit organizations are running a very tight ship these days. Organizations with too few employees creating miracles with too few resources on a shoestring budget are a common tale in this business. This produces a need to have everything we do drive us toward a specific goal and ensure our actions have meaningful use. But in a world full of special events, major gift prospecting, grant applications, and a slew of other responsibilities, how do you decipher which actions should be a priority?

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How charities can use television programmes to raise their profile

How charities can use television programmes to raise their profile | Organization Management | Scoop.it
Top tips from the charities that have used television to their advantage. By Jude Habib
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Television is a huge, under-used opportunity for nonprofits. This article has some really inspiring ideas!

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Facebook Graph Search – Five Things Nonprofits Need to Know

Facebook Graph Search – Five Things Nonprofits Need to Know | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Facebook Graph Search is very different from Google search. With Graph Search, you combine a keyword search with friends who’ve shared content on Facebook related to that search.

For example, you can search for friends in Boston who like volunteering for animal shelters.

What this means is that there are now many more ways for people to discover your organization on Facebook!

Here are just five ways graph search will impact your nonprofit’s presence on Facebook.

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How to Use Social Media To Promote Your Event

How to Use Social Media To Promote Your Event | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Social media is the perfect outlet for small business and event producers to create buzz and spread the word about their upcoming events. Not only will you reach your existing customers, but also you have the opportunity to convert interested parties into customers and garner more traffic and attention to your business.

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There are no breakthrough ideas here, but use it as a checklist to make sure your are doing what you need to do.

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The Role of Brand in the Nonprofit Sector (SSIR)

The Role of Brand in the Nonprofit Sector (SSIR) | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Many nonprofits continue to use their brands primarily as a fundraising tool, but a growing number of nonprofits are developing a broader and more strategic approach, managing their brands to create greater social impact and tighter organizational cohesion.

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An academic "thought piece" about the branding and extended concepts, such as brand integrity and brand democracy.

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5 Storytelling Tips for Compelling Business Writing

5 Storytelling Tips for Compelling Business Writing | Organization Management | Scoop.it

We don’t normally think of business writing and the art of narrative storytelling as having much in common. It doesn’t seem likely, after all, that the person writing a corporate brochure or promotional flyer is also the author of your favorite adventure novel. But at the same time, which of those things are you most likely to actually want to read?


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An easy read, with good actionable advice.

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Two Pens's curator insight, April 15, 2013 1:47 PM

"They Laughed When I Sat Down to Play," penned by John Caples in 1926, is still a great ex. of how telling a story can draw the reader in. 

Steve Schildwachter's curator insight, April 16, 2013 10:51 AM

The more things change, the more they stay the same.  Great principles for direct response, mass advertising and -- yes -- "content marketing".

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4 Things That Are Stopping You from Collaborating - Work.com Blog

4 Things That Are Stopping You from Collaborating - Work.com Blog | Organization Management | Scoop.it

If collaboration was a natural and thriving endeavour, then it seems unlikely that there would be such a clamour from organisations to do it better. A recent IBM study for instance found that over half of organisations wanted to collaborate better, which is great, except many organisations are setup with some natural barriers to the collaboration they crave. Here are four of the main barriers that exist. See how many are present in your own organisation.

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The Nonprofit Website Project Handbook | SmartCause Digital

The Nonprofit Website Project Handbook | SmartCause Digital | Organization Management | Scoop.it

An organization’s website should highlight its mission and inspire supporters to take action. But where does one begin in building a website? Is your organization ready for a new website project? Who will work on this team, and what is the time and effort required to build a quality website? Does a website fit into this year’s budget?

The Handbook offers an overview of the website design and development process and information helpful to nonprofit staff during a website project. From the organization’s capabilities to design and from launch to post-launch training, this handbook provides essential steps and real-life examples to guide you in what can sometimes be a confusing process.

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Organizations don't evolve, they cope

Organizations don't evolve, they cope | Organization Management | Scoop.it

The board-governed, professionally managed, mixed-diet (earned and contributed), high-fixed-cost nonprofit organization seems increasingly ill-equipped for its changing environment. It seems a creature of a previous ecosystem. It seems in need of evolution. Yet, therein lies the problem.

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How to Demotivate Your Best Employees

How to Demotivate Your Best Employees | Organization Management | Scoop.it

It would seem to make sense that when companies recognize their workers with awards, they are likely to see a boost in morale and perhaps even inspire them to work harder.

 

It turns out that sometimes rewarding employees for good behavior can actually backfire, leading to a drop in motivation and productivity.

 

More than 80 percent of companies dole out work-related awards like "employee of the month" or "top salesperson." Managers often view these awards as inexpensive ways to improve worker performance; many believe that when employees bask in the glow of corporate praise, they may even feel motivated to work harder over the long term.


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An oustanding article examining incentives and motivation.

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Guaranteed To Disrupt Your Conference: The Generational Divide

Guaranteed To Disrupt Your Conference: The Generational Divide | Organization Management | Scoop.it

The under 30s generation has astonishing new attitudes and behaviors that is guaranteed to disrupt your conference. Are you prepared for this major change?

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This article might also be titled: How the young generation is different than Baby Boomers. It's real, it's here, and it will affect how we all interact. A very interesting read.

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Can We Get Some Volunteers, Please?

Can We Get Some Volunteers, Please? | Organization Management | Scoop.it
Fewer boomers have been volunteering lately. One reason is their inability to find places where they can help out in a way that's more meaningful — to themselves.
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Why aren't baby boomers volunteering as much?

What do they bring to the table?

How can we get them to volunteer more?

Plus, a story of what they are doing about it in Florida.

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Four Recent Facebook Upgrades That Nonprofits Need to Know About

Four Recent Facebook Upgrades That Nonprofits Need to Know About | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Hopefully your nonprofit has grown accustomed to the fact that Facebook is a constant work in progress. That said, some recent upgrades to Facebook Pages have a big impact upon your nonprofit’s presence on Facebook and with the site-wide launch of thenew News Feed and Social Graph Searchcoming soon, many more changes are likely to come. Before you fall behind, make sure that your nonprofit is current with these four recent Facebook upgrades.

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The 5 golden rules of event day planning | The NonProfit Times

The 5 golden rules of event day planning | The NonProfit Times | Organization Management | Scoop.it
Every good special event begins with a timeline. This will list all the things you need to accomplish leading up to event day. Once you reach that date, there’s no turning back from the fact that it’s time to have the event.
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A fantastic set of rules that will make your event better, smoother, and less stressful.

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The Biggest Mistake Nonprofits Make With Video | Getting Attention

The Biggest Mistake Nonprofits Make With Video | Getting Attention | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Creating engaging, sharable videos doesn’t seem to come naturally for most nonprofits and I think I know why.  Instead of highlighting naturally dynamic stories about people, nonprofits tend to create videos about programs.

I call this The Program Trap.

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Very quick read. Straight to the point: tell a story, don't describe your program.

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Tips and Tools for Integrating Social Media Into Your Nonprofit Event Marketing Plan

Tips and Tools for Integrating Social Media Into Your Nonprofit Event Marketing Plan | Organization Management | Scoop.it

Integrating social media into your nonprofit’s event can help you engage with your organization’s audiences AND help get better results.      Whether your event is hybrid offline/online event or virtual,  one way to think through a strategy for events is a simple:  Before, During, and After.    I queried nonprofit colleagues, asking for their best advice.  Here’s a summary of tips, tools, examples, and resources for getting the most of our your nonprofit event with social media.

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This article digs a little deeper and reveals some of the lesser-known tools that Beth has uncovered for those of us who manage events.

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