Beth Kanter's Blog - Part 11

Healthy and Productive Nonprofit Meetings: What Does the Research Say?

Leadership, Meetings

Flickr Photo by Haldane Martin

How many meetings and conference calls did you have yesterday?  Our work days are filled with meetings and conference calls with the intent of getting stuff done.  But many meetings end up being a complete waste of time.… Read More

Help Empower Women Rights Organizations in the Ukraine

Fundraising, Training Design

BADGEwomanMaidanphoto

 

A branch of my family tree is from the Ukraine.   At the age of 13, my grandfather left his country and ended up as a refugee in America.    Despite harsh conditions, he made a new life in a new country, but never forgot his homeland.… Read More

#Buypens – Social Media and Crowdfunding Helps Syrian Refugee

Fundraising

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