Beth Kanter's Blog - Part 4

10 Best Practices for Planning Successful Crowd Funding or Giving Day Campaigns

Fundraising

Last week, I was honored to deliver the lunch keynote at the 2014 TechNow Conference in Pittsburgh, PA organized by The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University. (My trick for helping participants avoid a food coma is to get the audience moving).… Read More

6 Fun Icebreakers for Nonprofit Training Sessions

Training Design

 

Note From Beth: Having good openers (and closers) are essential to the success of your training workshop.   I always incorporate an icebreaker, a short exercise that lets people introduce themselves and tap into existing knowledge.   I have a repertoire of icebreakers and always like to discover new ones.    

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How #GivingTuesday Can Help Your Nonprofit Reach PhilanthroKids or Generation Z Donors

Fundraising

I’ve been a huge fan of GivingTuesday since I first heard about it back in September, 2012 during a conference at Stanford.  I’m pleased to see that some of the skepticism and complaints have now morphed in to more capacity builders providing tips for nonprofits to take advantage of this national day of giving.Read More

Pioneers in Justice: Building Networks and Movements for Social Justice

Networks, Reflection



Note from Beth:
How do we build networks and movements around important social change issues.  A generative social impact network links people together through relationships.  They create social capital or value by making their skills, resources, and knowledge available to each other.    

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Using Design Thinking to ReThink Our Nonprofit or Community Foundation Work

Innovation, Training Design, Transparency



Last week I was lucky enough to facilitate a mini-innovation lab for 60 community foundation program officers at the first meeting of ProNet during the Council on Foundations conference in Cleveland, Ohio that celebrated 100 years of community philanthropy. To facilitate the lab, I used human centered design techniques (for a good overview see Jen Bokoff’s terrific overview post here) and more specifically the Luma Institute methods (for more, see my post here.)

The intent was to provide a deep dive for program officers to reflect on the way they currently work, identify what needs to change to create more impact, and come up with some prototypes.  … Read More