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  • Catalyzing Change Beyond Grantmaking: A Conversation with Henry L. Berman, CEO of Exponent Philanthropy

    Catalyzing Change Beyond Grantmaking: A Conversation with Henry L. Berman, CEO of Exponent Philanthropy

    In this episode of the Champions for Social Good Podcast, Jamie Serino speaks with Henry L. Berman, CEO of Exponent Philanthropy about how philanthropists can accelerate change beyond grantmaking.

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  • 4 Important Considerations Before Investing in Today’s Technology for Tomorrow

    4 Important Considerations Before Investing in Today’s Technology for Tomorrow

    What technology is best? How can I get the most out of my software solution? If you’ve ever asked yourself …

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  • 4 Steps to Creating Your Nonprofit’s Storytelling Strategy

    4 Steps to Creating Your Nonprofit’s Storytelling Strategy

    Does your nonprofit have a plan for storytelling this year? If you’re like most organizations, the answer is most likely no. Here are 4 steps to help get you started!

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  • Customer Video: Macy's Impact Story1:23

    Customer Video: Macy's Impact Story

    As the Corporate Giving Manager at Macy’s, Robin Harmon is proud to say it’s her job to see how Macy’s can make a difference in the world. In addition to its robust corporate giving program, Macy’s le

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  • Tips for Nonprofits on Using Social Media to Build Supporter Relationships

    Tips for Nonprofits on Using Social Media to Build Supporter Relationships

    Here's what Beth Kanter had to say about demonstrating social love to your most ardent supporters by using social media to build supporter relationships.

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  • A Blueprint for DIY Humanitarianism: A Conversation with Dr. Chris Stout of Center for Global Initiatives

    A Blueprint for DIY Humanitarianism: A Conversation with Dr. Chris Stout of Center for Global Initiatives

    On the Champions for Social Good Podcast, Jamie Serino speaks with Dr. Chris Stout, Founding Director of Center for Global Initiatives about innovative humanitarian strategies advancing global health.

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  • Webinar: Using the Power of Inspiration to Drive Employee Engagement

    Webinar: Using the Power of Inspiration to Drive Employee Engagement

    This webinar, led by Andrew Troup, Director of Corporate Giving & Engagement Strategy, MicroEdge + Blackbaud, discusses how to

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  • Community Foundations Newsletter, December 2016

    Community Foundations Newsletter, December 2016

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  • 5 Things To Stop Doing If You Want A Successful Employee Engagement Program

    5 Things To Stop Doing If You Want A Successful Employee Engagement Program

    As we finalize our goals, set our priorities, and sift through the list of things we want to accomplish in 2017, let's not forget that we can also give some things up.

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  • Engaging Employees by Advancing the Value of Human Capital with Steph Sharma, Human Value Institute

    Engaging Employees by Advancing the Value of Human Capital with Steph Sharma, Human Value Institute

    In this episode of the Champions for Social Good Podcast, Jamie Serino speaks with Steph Sharma, Managing Director of the Human Value Institute about advancing the value of human capital.

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  • 9 Ways Social Media Can Help Nonprofits Ignite Supporter-Led Advocacy

    9 Ways Social Media Can Help Nonprofits Ignite Supporter-Led Advocacy

    In order to ignite a movement in today's digital world, you must tap into the influence of your people.

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  • 5 Trends in Giving That Will Reshape Philanthropy in 2017

    5 Trends in Giving That Will Reshape Philanthropy in 2017

    Here are five trends to look out for – and tips for how your organization can leverage them.

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  • Customer Video: How SEFCU is Making an Impact1:27

    Customer Video: How SEFCU is Making an Impact

    It's one thing to say you donated $3 million dollar last year, but it’s another thing to be able to say that money equated to 15 million pounds of food. That’s how Jolene Barr, Community Impact Leader

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  • The Year Ahead in Philanthropy: 2017 Trends to Watch

    The Year Ahead in Philanthropy: 2017 Trends to Watch

    2016 was a generous year in philanthropy. What else will 2017 bring? Here are our predictions for the coming year in philanthropy from Jamie Serino, the MicroEdge + Blackbaud Director of Marketing.

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  • 6 Trends That Will Impact the Social Good Sector in 2017

    6 Trends That Will Impact the Social Good Sector in 2017

    We're just a few weeks in and already 2017 is shaping up to be a roller coaster of a year. The key for all of us will be to stay on track and keep focused on the work that matters.

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  • Fighting Global Poverty Through Impact Investing & Partnerships: A Conversation with Yasmina Zaidman of Acumen

    Fighting Global Poverty Through Impact Investing & Partnerships: A Conversation with Yasmina Zaidman of Acumen

    Latest on the Champions for Social Good Podcast: Jamie Serino speaks with Yasmina Zaidman, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Acumen about how impact investing is working to fighting global poverty

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  • A 2017 Outlook on Corporate Responsibility

    A 2017 Outlook on Corporate Responsibility

    When it comes to the social sector, philanthropy, giving back, helping others, improving our communities, and our planet, we are seeing clear and positive trends.

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  • New Year's Resolutions for Grantmakers

    New Year's Resolutions for Grantmakers

    The New Year presents a wonderful opportunity to press pause and get ready for the coming year. Start by reflecting on your organization’s strategy!

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  • How Citizen Powered Movements Will Lead Social Change in 2017 

    How Citizen Powered Movements Will Lead Social Change in 2017 

    The days of nonprofits having control of all aspects of their campaigns are over. Cause minded individuals are now taking the initiative to create their own change.

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  • Webinar: What Is Your Outcomes Maturity Level?

    Webinar: What Is Your Outcomes Maturity Level?

    Ready to grow your organization's outcomes capacity? No matter where you are in your outcomes journey, view the webinar to learn essential steps to take in order to strengthen your impact.

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  • Impact Crash Course: How to Advance Your Organization’s Outcomes Measurement Maturity

    Impact Crash Course: How to Advance Your Organization’s Outcomes Measurement Maturity

    In our latest paper, you’ll learn about our five stages of outcomes measurement maturity and what you can do to advance your organization’s ability to prove your impact.

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  • The Power of Volunteerism: Strengthening Partnerships and Human Capital with Dr. Rebecca Hardin

    The Power of Volunteerism: Strengthening Partnerships and Human Capital with Dr. Rebecca Hardin

    Latest on the Champions for Social Good Podcast: Jamie Serino speaks with Dr. Rebecca Hardin, Federal Employee Volunteer Program Director, about how employee volunteerism strengthens human capital.

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  • How We Can Inspire Remarkable Change for Good

    How We Can Inspire Remarkable Change for Good

    Successful movements aren’t owned by an organization or single entity; they’re owned by the people who comprise the movement itself. Understanding what we can do as leaders to support how people...

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  • Giving Back: An Afternoon of Job Shadowing

    Giving Back: An Afternoon of Job Shadowing

    A few weeks ago, the MicroEdge + Blackbaud NYC team held a skills-based volunteering project, job shadowing, with Independence High School. Marketing Director Jamie Serino tells the story.

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  • [Podcast] Technology Adoption in the Philanthropic Sector with Lisa Pool, Technology Affinity Group (TAG)

    [Podcast] Technology Adoption in the Philanthropic Sector with Lisa Pool, Technology Affinity Group (TAG)

    In this episode of the Champions for Social Good Podcast, Jamie Serino speaks with Lisa Pool, Executive Director of Technology Affinity Group (TAG), about the adoption of technology in philanthropy.

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  • Webinar: Top 5 Strategies for Corporate Giving and Engagement Programs

    Webinar: Top 5 Strategies for Corporate Giving and Engagement Programs

    Our five-point approach to executing successful corporate giving and engagement programs – so you can make a bigger difference through your nonprofit partners and enhance your organizational culture.

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  • [Podcast] Modern Leadership & Social Change: A Discussion with John Gerzema of BAV Consulting

    [Podcast] Modern Leadership & Social Change: A Discussion with John Gerzema of BAV Consulting

    Jamie Serino speaks with John Gerzema, Chairman and CEO of BAV Consulting, on his recent research on modern leadership, social change and his latest book, The Athena Doctrine.

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  • Our Challenge: How are You Strengthening the Social Economy?

    Our Challenge: How are You Strengthening the Social Economy?

    We believe that if we come together and build a stronger social economy –if we can work together across sectors in ways that are more effective and that drive greater participation – we’ll see...

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  • [Podcast] Trends in Health Philanthropy: A Conversation with Faith Mitchell, CEO of Grantmakers in Health

    [Podcast] Trends in Health Philanthropy: A Conversation with Faith Mitchell, CEO of Grantmakers in Health

    Jamie Serino speaks with Faith Mitchell, President & CEO of Grantmakers In Health on the leading trends in health philanthropy and how they address health equity and impact measurement.

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  • Designing Your Nonprofit Culture for Successful Technology Implementations

    Designing Your Nonprofit Culture for Successful Technology Implementations

    Deliberately, meaningfully, and thoughtfully designing an organization's culture can help people and teams rally around new technology.

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  • [Podcast] Strengthening Communities Through Corporate Volunteerism: A Conversation with Danielle Holly of Common Impact

    [Podcast] Strengthening Communities Through Corporate Volunteerism: A Conversation with Danielle Holly of Common Impact

    Jamie Serino speaks with Danielle Holly, CEO of Common Impact about the organization’s work to build CSR and employee volunteer programs for companies that deliver real value.

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  • Philanthropy and Sustainable Development: Our Role as Interlocutors for Good

    Philanthropy and Sustainable Development: Our Role as Interlocutors for Good

    While we don’t yet know the exact ways in which the SDGs will be accomplished over the next 14 years, we do know that the dedication of philanthropic organizations from Toledo to Tanzania will be...

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  • Announcing the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact

    Announcing the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact

    Enter the Blackbaud Institute for Philanthropic Impact, an initiative that will drive groundbreaking research and insights to equip a thriving social good sector for impact.

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  • Does It Count, If You Don't Count It? The Future of Social Impact Measurement

    Does It Count, If You Don't Count It? The Future of Social Impact Measurement

    Outcomes. Impact. Results. In the for-profit world, all are key to the long-term viability and health of an organization. Today, in the giving sector, we are seeing the same concepts emerge.

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  • Customer Spotlight: MetroWest Health Harnesses the Cloud to Boost Grantmaking Efficiency

    Customer Spotlight: MetroWest Health Harnesses the Cloud to Boost Grantmaking Efficiency

    Learn how MetroWest Health Foundation streamlined their giving by moving their grants management efforts into the cloud with GIFTS Online.

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  • [Podcast] The Evolution of Community Foundations, a Conversation with Julie Cole Mecum of the Community Foundation of Boone County

    [Podcast] The Evolution of Community Foundations, a Conversation with Julie Cole Mecum of the Community Foundation of Boone County

    Hear from Julie Cole Mecum, Chief Operating Officer at the Community Foundation of Boone County (@CFBooneCo), about how the Foundation has been evolving to adapt to the changing needs of its donors.

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  • Technology, Philanthropy, and a Solid ROI with Community Foundations

    Technology, Philanthropy, and a Solid ROI with Community Foundations

    Getting a solid return on investment and helping communities grow through grant making and innovation is all possible with community foundations.

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  • [Podcast] Empowering Leaders to Make a Difference: A Conversation with Mark Monchek of Opportunity Lab

    [Podcast] Empowering Leaders to Make a Difference: A Conversation with Mark Monchek of Opportunity Lab

    Champions for Social Good Podcast: Jamie Serino speaks with Mark Monchek, COO at Opportunity Lab, about Opportunity Lab’s approach to empowering conscious leaders to make a difference in the world.

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  • Outcomes Maturity Assessment

    Outcomes Maturity Assessment

    Can you find your organization in here? Do you want to build your organizations ability to track, report and leverage results?

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  • The Point of Impact: Where Corporate Philanthropy and Social Impact Collide

    The Point of Impact: Where Corporate Philanthropy and Social Impact Collide

    In our latest position paper, we dig in to how things are evolving in the CSR space and detail five distinct hallmarks of strategic, successful corporate giving and engagement programs.

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  • Grantmaking Software Considerations Checklist

    Grantmaking Software Considerations Checklist

    There are many things to consider when choosing a software solution to fit your organization's needs. Our checklist lays out some of the options you'll be faced with, and how to make the best choices.

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  • [Podcast] Accelerating Performance for Social Good with Root Cause Founder Andrew Wolk

    [Podcast] Accelerating Performance for Social Good with Root Cause Founder Andrew Wolk

    Podcast: Accelerating Performance for Social Good with Root Cause Founder Andrew Wolk

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  • Key Takeaways from SOCAP16

    Key Takeaways from SOCAP16

    SOCAP16, a conference truly at the intersection of money and meaning, was successful in unearthing highly complex and overdue conversations on how to leverage capital for social good. Read highlights!

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  • Day Three of #IMPACT2030 – Key Takeaways and Reminders

    Day Three of #IMPACT2030 – Key Takeaways and Reminders

    The last day of the IMPACT 2030 Global Summit focused on the how to drive greater awareness and action on a global scale to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. Here are key some key takeaways.

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  • Rolling Up Our Sleeves to Achieve Agenda 2030

    Rolling Up Our Sleeves to Achieve Agenda 2030

    How can we take concrete, measurable action to align and motivate an unprecedented amount of human resources towards Agenda 2030?

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  • Day 2 SOCAP16: This Journey Is about Measurement and Outcomes

    Day 2 SOCAP16: This Journey Is about Measurement and Outcomes

    It was another exciting day at SOCAP16! While yesterday focused on the meaning behind impact investing, today was important in recognizing how we can achieve progress and results.

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  • All Facets of the Impact Investing Field at SOCAP16

    All Facets of the Impact Investing Field at SOCAP16

    At the forefront of strategies is impact investing. From the plenary speech alone, it was clear how much the impact investing field has evolved.

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  • #IMPACT2030 Set Sights on Change and Transformation

    #IMPACT2030 Set Sights on Change and Transformation

    #IMPACT2030 seeks to align employee volunteering in the services of the Sustainable Development Agenda

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  • Kicking off SOCAP16 at the Intersection of Money and Meaning

    Kicking off SOCAP16 at the Intersection of Money and Meaning

    Impact investors, social entrepreneurs, foundations, and global NPOs are coming together with the goal of furthering social change.

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  • Measuring What Matters: How Funders and Nonprofits Can Leverage Data and Technology for Impact

    Measuring What Matters: How Funders and Nonprofits Can Leverage Data and Technology for Impact

    The role that data & tech plays in the relationship between funders and nonprofits and how critical this relationship is to accelerating success of social good.

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  • Aligning CRA Efforts Within the Changing Climate of Corporate Social Responsibility

    Aligning CRA Efforts Within the Changing Climate of Corporate Social Responsibility

    A key piece of banks’ social responsibility strategies is related to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). Technology is now allowing banks increase their social impact through CRA efforts.

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  • How A Corporate Volunteering Program Benefits Everyone

    How A Corporate Volunteering Program Benefits Everyone

    Research consistently shows that employees are most likely to stay at companies that are innovative, align with personal values, and help employees play an integral role in making a positive impact.

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  • Customer Spotlight: Cox Automotive’s Volunteerism Drives Impact

    Customer Spotlight: Cox Automotive’s Volunteerism Drives Impact

    Learn how Cox Automotive's "No Excuses" approach to employee volunteering drives significant community impact.

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  • A Three-Step Roadmap for Community Foundations to Become the Donor’s Choice

    A Three-Step Roadmap for Community Foundations to Become the Donor’s Choice

    An ongoing challenge all fundraising organizations face is how to become a donor’s top choice. We’ve put together a helpful three-step roadmap for organizations looking to generate more donations.

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  • Customized vs. Configurable Software Solutions: Which Should You Choose?

    Customized vs. Configurable Software Solutions: Which Should You Choose?

    What are the pros and cons of configurable vs. customization software solutions? How do you know which is right for you? Read the blog article to learn more...

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  • Introducing Blackbaud Outcomes1:19

    Introducing Blackbaud Outcomes

    Blackbaud Outcomes™ empowers you to track and understand the measurable impact of your social investments. Make informed decisions, track the effectiveness of your programs and tell your impact story

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  • The Foundation Operations and Management Report—New Advice for Funders and Grantmakers

    The Foundation Operations and Management Report—New Advice for Funders and Grantmakers

    There is also lots of information in the new report that highlights upward trends in strategies for increasing impact.

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  • Celebrating Digital Learning Day: How Camp Blackbaud Amplifies Technology Skills for Good

    Celebrating Digital Learning Day: How Camp Blackbaud Amplifies Technology Skills for Good

    Today marks 2017’s Digital Learning Day, a day where we celebrate technology’s role in how we learn.

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  • (Podcast) Catalyzing Change Beyond Grantmaking, with Henry L. Berman, CEO of Exponent Philanthropy27:41

    (Podcast) Catalyzing Change Beyond Grantmaking, with Henry L. Berman, CEO of Exponent Philanthropy

    In this episode of the Champions for Social Good Podcast, Jamie Serino speaks with Henry L. Berman, CEO of Exponent Philanthropy. Henry provides an in-depth perspective on the complexity of funder-non

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  • Community Foundations Newsletter, August 2016

    Community Foundations Newsletter, August 2016

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  • 4 Ways to Use Facebook to Engage Millennials in Your Cause

    4 Ways to Use Facebook to Engage Millennials in Your Cause

    As the first generation to grow up with modern technology so easily at our fingertips, Millennials have reengineered the way information is delivered and consumed.

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  • Predictive Modeling vs. Wealth Screening: Effective Segmentation Programs Require a Healthy Mix

    Predictive Modeling vs. Wealth Screening: Effective Segmentation Programs Require a Healthy Mix

    Understanding there are blind spots in both predictive modeling and traditional wealth screenings, and living in the age of big data, what new techniques are available for assuring you are...

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  • Donor Retention vs. Donor Acquisition: What Research Shows About Overall Online Engagement

    Donor Retention vs. Donor Acquisition: What Research Shows About Overall Online Engagement

    As fundraisers, we don’t have the option of choosing; we must solicit from existing donors while simultaneously growing prospect lists and converting new leads into first-time donors.

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  • Webinar: The Roadmap to Growing Your Impact

    Webinar: The Roadmap to Growing Your Impact

    Join MicroEdge +Blackbaud in the outcomes focused webinar, "The Roadmap to Growing Your Impact," to learn the steps to take to strengthen your impact, no matter where you are in your journey!

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  • 3 Steps for Avoiding Deficiencies During a Single Audit

    3 Steps for Avoiding Deficiencies During a Single Audit

    The future of grants funding will increasingly go to organizations with “clean” audits.

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  • 8 Tips for Radical Collaboration to Advance Your Mission and Help Strengthen the Social Economy

    8 Tips for Radical Collaboration to Advance Your Mission and Help Strengthen the Social Economy

    How do we accelerate positive change to advance the social economy?

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  • Reflections from the World Economic Forum:  Four Big Trends for Social Good Organizations to Watch

    Reflections from the World Economic Forum: Four Big Trends for Social Good Organizations to Watch

    Here are four big trends for the social good sector over the next few years that I saw playing out at Davos:

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  • How Will We Harness the Potential of the 4th Industrial Revolution for Good?  

    How Will We Harness the Potential of the 4th Industrial Revolution for Good?  

    The fourth industrial revolution is coming, and it will undoubtedly change the world. For those of us in the business of changing the world for good, the challenges are urgent and the opportunity...

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  • Ready to Respond: Real-Time Lessons in Preparedness from the Headlines and the ACLU

    Ready to Respond: Real-Time Lessons in Preparedness from the Headlines and the ACLU

    No matter where we fall in the political spectrum, it's important for us as fundraisers to keep an eye on the issues and the news so that we're ready to act when donations might be spurred.

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  • Using the Power of Inspiration to Drive Employee Engagement36:07

    Using the Power of Inspiration to Drive Employee Engagement

    PRESENTER: Andrew Troup, Director of Corporate Giving & Engagement Strategy, MicroEdge + Blackbaud What makes something inspiring? We know that’s a pretty big question – and it’s one we’re tackling i

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  • How to Design Your Nonprofit Website for Better User Experience

    How to Design Your Nonprofit Website for Better User Experience

    It is much easier to create content for your website once you understand who’s going to need it and how/why they are going to interact with it.

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  • 6 Reasons Your Organization Should Implement Supporter-Led Campaigns in 2017

    6 Reasons Your Organization Should Implement Supporter-Led Campaigns in 2017

    As nonprofit leaders look ahead and think about how to significantly expand the impact of their advocacy campaigns, there is one key tactic that may be your secret to punching above your weight.

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  • Cultivating Donor Loyalty By Differentiating Your Nonprofit Brand

    Cultivating Donor Loyalty By Differentiating Your Nonprofit Brand

    It’s that point of differentiation that may just break through brand apathy and help you journey toward a more committed, loyal donor base.

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  • 7 Ways to Use Infographics to Recruit Volunteers and Telling Your Nonprofit’s Story

    7 Ways to Use Infographics to Recruit Volunteers and Telling Your Nonprofit’s Story

    With the growing access to data and data mining tools, nonprofits have a wealth of knowledge to help them like never before.

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  • Online Benchmark Reveals Key Insights for Nonprofits in 2017

    Online Benchmark Reveals Key Insights for Nonprofits in 2017

    While fundraising involves a lot of common sense and experience, data should be the points on the map that guide our decisions.

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  • 7 Habits of Highly Successful Technology Partnerships

    7 Habits of Highly Successful Technology Partnerships

    In your next search for a great partner, ensure a successful implementation by keeping these seven characteristics as benchmarks for a partnership that will be sure to please.

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