Beth Kanter's Blog - Part 40

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

Image from Flickr by Xurble

 

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.    

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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

Flickr Photo by Banana Custard

 

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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#FacebookAdGrants: What Nonprofits Need More Than a Facebook Donate Button

Fundraising

Image Source: Pando Daily

Over the years,  I’ve attended events where a representatives from Facebook shared with nonprofits how to use the platform more effectively.   During the Q/A after the presentation, one of the most frequent questions asked has been, “Will Facebook be making grants to nonprofits?”   The answer is always something along the lines of “We are giving the platform to nonprofits to use for free.”       Earlier this week, in line with that CSR strategy, Facebook announced that it was rolling out a “Donate Button,”  a feature that would allow Facebook users to make a donation to a nonprofit from the brand page and in posts that shared in the newsfeed.    … Read More