Monthly Archives: December 2011

Website of capacity building resources

Here is a website that lists nonprofit capacity building resources.  (Capacity building:  actions that improve effectiveness.)   I’m also posting this link on the list of links.  Create The Future

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Starting a nonprofit is hard work

Many people don’t realize how difficult it is to start a nonprofit organization.  There are many pieces to it and much to consider.  This article lists a few common mistakes start-up nonprofits make.  Passion is not enough: The most Common Mistakes Start-up Nonprofits Make

Social media books you should read

One of the trends in 2012 for nonprofits is the use of social media in marketing, fundraising, and connecting with donors.  This blogger has a list of five books she thinks should be read.  Five Social Media Books You Should Read

Engaging readers with your blog

Here are 10 tips to engage readers with your blog.  Blog Tip #3: Engage with Your Readers

Homeless people live 30 years less

It makes sense really.  Here is the link to the article about a British study on homelessness and health.  Homeless people die 30 years younger, study suggests

Get organized before using social media

This is an excerpt from the book Social Media for Social Good.  Social Media: Before You Get Started, Get Organized!

From Brian Vadas – Nonprofit Network – Mojalink

Anyone ever heard of Crowd Funding??? Gartner reseach shows this form of ecommerce is set to explode across the world, and fund businesses, creative arts, and charitable endeavours. Read on….

iPledg, launching January 1, is a broad based crowd funding platform, best suited for very early stage seed capital. No equity needs to be sold off, and there are no loans to repay. Crowd funding offers project creators the chance to engage their networks to pledge small amounts to achieve quite sizeable pools of funding for projects. In return for pledges, project supporters are offered small rewards or gifts. This is the best way to raise $2,000 – $25,000 quickly and simply (although this is the “sweet spot” for funding, much larger amounts have been raised). Fund raising on iPledg is “all or nothing” funding, meaning that if your funding target is not reached by the end of the funding deadline, no money changes hands (and the project creator pays no fees). iPledg – launching January 1 at http://www.ipledg.com

Web based resources for nonprofits

33 Fun, Useful, and Totally Random Resources for Nonprofits is an article about free or low cost web resources for nonprofits.  The best ones to me are #15 Great Nonprofits, #16 Group me, #25 Supporter Wall and #26 Swipe Good.

Linkedin company pages matter to nonprofits

Here is a take on why nonprofits should use Linkedin’s company pages.  “Why Linkedin company pages matter to nonprofits”

Financing not fundraising

A  nonprofit consulting firm, Social Velocity has what I think is a different approach to funding nonprofits.  They have created a blog series on the subject.  I’ve read a few of their posts.  The whole cocept makes a lot of sense to me.  Here is the link to the blog series.   Financing Not Fundraising: A Social Velocity Blog Series