Beth Kanter's Blog - Part 33

The Fine Art of “Satisficing” for Nonprofits

Measurement, Organizational Culture

Last November, I had the opportunity to have a conversation with Erie Ries, Lean Start Up, about applying the principles to nonprofits.    He talked about how perfectionism, an internal mindset that bad things in the world will happen if our campaign, program or whatever is not right from beginning.  … Read More

How the Latino Community Foundation Used Learning and Pivoting to Get Better Fundraising Results

Crowdsourcing, Fundraising


Note from Beth:
What if your organization embarked on its first ever crowd funding campaign with a goal of raising $50,000 and only raised $10,000?   Would you stop doing crowd funding, social media infused fundraising and revert back to traditional methods of fundraising?  

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January 2014 Nonprofit Blog Carnival: Measurement and Learning

Measurement

I’m delighted to be hosting the January, 2014 Nonprofit Blog Carnival.   I put the call out for nonprofit blog posts on the topic of measuring your nonprofit’s marketing or communication strategies.

As KD Paine and I wrote in “Measuring the Networked Nonprofit,” measuring your social media channels, overall communications or marketing strategy is not a form of voodoo black magic; it is an art and a science.… Read More

The Heart and Soul of Lean Impact: A/B Testing Experiments and Validated Learning

Measurement

Last week, I was honored to be one of the judges at the Lean Impact Summit in San Francisco where 15 nonprofits, start-ups, and social entrepreneurs shared ignite style presentations about how they applied lean start up principles.    The event kicked off with an overview of lean impact by Dominique Aubry of Lean Startup Machine and a  provocative series of conversations between funders/investors and grantees/startups.    … Read More

How To Think Like An Instructional Designer for Your Nonprofit Trainings

Training Design

Designing and delivering a training to a nonprofit audience is not about extreme content delivery or putting together a PowerPoint and answering questions.    If you want to get results, you need to think about instructional design and learning theory.    And, there is no shortage of learning theories and research.  … Read More