Beth Kanter's Blog

#Buypens – Social Media and Crowdfunding Helps Syrian Refugee

Housekeeping

penseller

People who know me well, know that I have an obsession with pens and magic markers.   So, when this viral fundraising campaign – #BuyPens – to help Syrian refugee came across my radar, it immediately caught my attention.

When Gissur Simonarson, an activist from Oslo, Norway, shared a photo on Twitter last week of a father selling pens on the streets of Beirut as he cradled his sleeping daughter, the tugged at the heart strings of the 6,000 followers on Twitter.    … Read More

Facebook Launches Donate Now Button for Nonprofits: Field of Dreams?

Fundraising

donate now

Yesterday, after a planning call with colleagues for a  session I’m moderating at IFC called “Viral Fundraising Campaigns One Year On,”  I noticed a promoted post in my stream for the ALS Icebucket Challenge with a donate button.     Wow, two juicy news events in one post!… Read More

New Playbook Resource: How To Engage Alumni

Engagement

alumni playhbook

I am a huge fan of Playbooks in the nonprofit sector as a capacity building tool.  A playbook is an online resource that is basically knowledge capture around a specific practice or type of program.  The playbook collects, organizes, and synthesizes best practices from “bright spots” and others adopting this practice.    … Read More

How Nonprofit Emerging Leaders Can Build Emotional Intelligence Skills: There’s An App for That!

Leadership


For the past few months, I’ve been designing curriculum and materials and facilitating a Nonprofit Emerging Leaders online peer learning project with Third Plateau Impact Strategies.  It’s a pilot project supported by the Packard Foundation that tests different approaches to emerging leaders professional development.  … Read More

Successful Social Media Content Strategy Is A Continuous Improvement Process for Nonprofits

Content, Tips, Tools and Tactics

I was in San Antonio this week to facilitate an interactive master class for 300 nonprofits that was hosted by the San Antonio Nonprofit Council that hosts The Big Give, a very successful local giving day.  One of the goals of the giving day is to improve the local skills and capacity of nonprofits in online fundraising, and I was impressed at the level of knowledge in the room.  … Read More