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Top Trends in Nonprofit Technology

May 3, 2012 Comments off
Source:  Blackbaud
As a nonprofit, you face a complex and evolving environment. New organizations each day make competition fiercer, while a trend in the privatization of funding sources has created myriad challenges for building a case for funding and demonstrating results to maintain funding levels year over year. Your donors are different, too. A “thank you” letter is the bare minimum standard for stewardship. Today’s donor wants to better understand and engage in your mission. And because of this increased interest and involvement, individual donors, as well as funders, have an increased focus on accountability, outcomes, and evaluation, as well. To keep your organization alive and in the forefront of your donors’ minds despite these challenges, you may feel the need to reinvent your approach to fundraising — either upgrading areas of operations that seem to be under-serving staff, constituents, and beneficiaries, or reevaluating your programs as a whole. Technology can play a key role in efforts to enhance, optimize, or reengineer processes and operations.
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Protecting Your Constituents’ Personal Information: A principle every nonprofit should embrace

May 2, 2012 Comments off
Source:  Blackbaud
Beyond HIPAA, FERPA, PIPEDA, PCI Compliance, and other government-mandated privacy regulations, nonprofit organizations have an obligation to protect the privacy of constituent information. Governmentmandated privacy regulations tell us what kinds of information we can collect, opt-in and opt-out permissions we may need, and how we can use the information acquired. But every organization should further define how staff will manage requests for constituent information such as addresses and phone numbers. You can educate trustees, volunteers, and staff by creating and enforcing a policy to protect the personal privacy of constituents by maintaining confidentiality of all constituent information.

2012 Nonprofit Social Networking Benchmark Report

April 9, 2012 Comments off
Source:  Blackbaud, NTEN and Common Knowledge
Blackbaud, NTEN and Common Knowledge just released the fourth annual 2012 Nonprofit Social Networking Benchmark Report.
We learned a lot of things, but one prevailing theme stood out — despite limited budgets and staffing, nonprofits continue to find great value in their fast-growing social networks.
The report is packed with insights into how nonprofits are leveraging social networks as part of their marketing, communications and fundraising strategies. Have a look at the INFOGRAPHIC below then download the full report to learn more about important behaviors and trends.

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