Beth Kanter's Blog

5 New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofit Professionals to Build Personal Resilience

Resilience

Rituals are intentional small, tangible acts done routinely and carry meaning.  Our family has several New Year’s rituals, including a nature hike.  This year we hiked by Pacific Ocean near Moss Bay.(Pictured above)

Rituals can also be used by professionals to boost personal productivity because rituals capitalize on our brains’ ability to direct our behavior on autopilot, allowing us to reach our goals even when we are distracted or preoccupied with other things.Read More

The Screen Time Genie: A Bot That’s Help With Your Tech Addiction

Mindfulness

Mobile phones and screen can be distracting and overwhelming. Even worse they can be addictive.  Not all technology is bad.  There are apps and other technology tools that can help you create a new habit, healthier habits.

The ScreenTime Genie, a clever chat bot designed by the  BJ Fogg’s Behavioral Science Lab at Stanford can help grant your wish for reduced screen time. … Read More

How WhatsApp Is Being Used by Nonprofits in India

Guest Post

Recently, Social Misfits Media’s Community Manager, Angharad Francis, interviewed the brilliant Pushpa Aman Singh, Founder of GuideStar India. In this interview, Pushpa discusses her journey prior to founding GuideStar India, her role in helping NGOs and how WhatsApp is driving strong communication among stakeholders.… Read More

Leveraging Online Donor Engagement: Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

Guest Post

Guest Post by Sarah Tedesco, Executive Vice President of DonorSearch

As a member of a nonprofit fundraising team, you always have your eyes on a fundraising goal and are working to improve your online donor engagement strategy. 

Fundraising, however, can take many different forms, so it can be difficult to know which is best to improve your online donor engagement.Read More

Trainer’s Notebook: Using Dot Voting Online

Facilitation, Training Design

When I facilitate meetings or workshops for nonprofits, not matter the topic, I incorporate many participatory approaches and design thinking methods.

One technique that I often employ is called “Dot Voting”  or “Visual the Vote.” This is a simple process for getting participants to prioritize ideas or decisions.… Read More