2 morning tasks to super charge your nonprofit social media strategies #bbcon

At Blackbaud's Conference for the Philanthropic Community in Austin this week, I got to hear Austin Graff share tips from his experiences with IJM (International Justice Mission) and Honest Tea. He said two things that are super simple and super powerful for making sure your social media really connects with people. How to know what

A Twitter chat for fundraising and marketing for small nonprofits - today!

Twitter chats can be a terrific way to meet new colleagues and get ideas for your work from really creative people. I'm particularly excited about the #smNPchat Pamela Grow started. We "meet" on Twitter every other Friday at noon Eastern time to discuss marketing and fundraising topics related to small nonprofits. Many people that join

How to use Twitter lists

Yesterday, I showed you how to How to build a Twitter list. Now that you can make them, how should you use them? Types of lists You could create lists of: boards members and your assigned donors: you'll be able to build relationships right from your desk people with hobbies that interest you: social media

How to build a Twitter list

It's no secret that I love Twitter. But all the tweets in one stream can be completely overwhelming. Years ago, there was a time when I'd get home from work and my wife would ask, "Did you see my tweet?" Well, I hadn't. And I felt awful. I'd seen lots of tweets, but not hers.

3 reasons social media is worth the effort for local nonprofits

This past week, I've been privileged to be on a couple panels introducing nonprofit organizations to social media tools like Twitter, Facebook, and Linked in. While I love these tools, I was quick to express that: They don't replace all the good fundraising practices we've learned over the decades. "Social" media is just that, social.

Fundraising Secret #41: Round with your donors

As fundraisers, we know we are most effective at our job when we're talking to prospects one-on-one. Isn't it amazing how seldom we do it? I've been doing this for years but I'm still amazed at how easily we get caught up in writing case statements, designing fundraising letters, refining development strategies...all things we can

Local Twestivals: Using Twitter to fundraise for charity

Have you heard about Twestival? In one day last February, people all over the globe used Twitter to organize fundraising events that raised $250,000 for charity:water. Well it's back! This time it's Twestival Local. Hundreds of teams around the world will be raising money for hundreds of local charities. Even if you're not one of