Beth Kanter's Blog - Part 22

Nonprofits Need to Integrate Learning into their Work in 2014

Learning, Self-Directed Learning

The Chronicle recently published an article with expert advice on what nonprofits should start doing in 2014.    If you look down the list of tactical advice and tips, there is a bigger pattern that emerges.    Nonprofits should integrate learning into their work, program delivery, and communications.      … Read More

Happy New Year: What’s Your Theme for the Year?

Housekeeping, Mindfulness, Self-Directed Learning

I have a couple of New Year’s rituals that help prepare me for a new year.  These include a review of the year’s accomplishments and two techniques that help you focus on your goals:   Peter Bregman’s  theme for the year, and Chris Brogan’s “My Three Words .”   I also throughout the month of January review my work routines and systems and redesign or tweak to improve productivity.… Read More

Nine Digital Marketing Lessons Nonprofits Can Learn from charity: water

Cambodia, Networked Nonprofit

 

Note From Beth: The power of observation is key to learning and perfecting any practice or skill.    Observation is not just scanning or browsing, but looking at another organization’s practice with a critical thinking lens and gaining insights.    Along with benchmarking – that is comparing your organization’s numbers with an industry average or simply another similar organization or two is great.  

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How One Nonprofit Used Social Media for Damage Control During A PR Crisis That Erupted During a Fundraiser

Fundraising

Note from Beth: I’m facilitating a peer exchange for the Knight Foundation for a group of grantees that are hosting a Giving Days over the next year using its recently published Giving Day Playbook.   The idea is not only for participants to acquire the skills and knowledge to host a successful giving day, but for them share and transform practices together.  

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From the Kids’ Table to the Adults’ Table: Taking Relationships Seriously in a World of Networks

Networks

 

Note from Beth: Last week I published an interview with Lean Start Up author, Eric Ries, that talked about how the lean start up ideas apply to the nonprofit sector.   One of the themes that bubbled up in our conversation was the relationship between a start up and a VC funder which has many parallels to the relationship between philanthropic funders and nonprofits.    

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