Here's what caught my eye from the nonprofit blogs recently.
Nonprofit Blog Carnival
Share Your Multichannel Campaigns. Miriam Kagan of Blackbaud will be gathering all your submissions for the October issue of the Nonprofit Blog Carnival. Multichannel should be a hot topic. The deadline is coming up, so get those submissions in.
Fundraising, Social Media, Politics
- Warning: Lost Donors Ahead! Pamela Grow isn't the only one appalled by the fact that nonprofits are not keeping up in fundraising (read The Agitator). Attrition of donors is awful and the cost of every dollar is too much. Take Pamela's poll about your org's biggest problems in donor stewardship.
- Telling Your Story Through Infographics. This post from Wild Apricot is really a mini tutorial with links to excellent resources. Infographics need not be just for the big guys. You should also check out How to Make an Infographic in Five Steps over at SocialMediaToday.
- Are You Overwhelmed? Kirsten Bullock empathizes. This is a tough time of year for fundraising. So much to do, so little time. Use these tips to get your focus back.
- 12 Laws of Email Newsletters. I heard email referred to as the "dark social" recently. It's harder to track than other social media such as FB and Twitter, but it's ever so much more ubiquitous. That's why constant refinement is important, and what these tips for email newsletters from Chas Grundy will help you do.
- How Nonprofits Can Use Measurement To Adapt to the Facebook Algorithm Change. If "algorithm" is a foreign term, you can skip this post from Hubspot's Meghan Keaney Anderson (written for Beth Kanter's blog). But if you've noticed a change in your "reach" numbers for your Facebook page, this post is the clearest explanation I've seen of what is happening and what you can do about it. The bottom line is that social media takes attention and work, so be prepared to put in the facetime on Facebook.
- Will Donors Give Less if Taxed More? Good question, considering that higher taxes are inevitable no matter how the election turns out. This article from The Center On Philanthropy tries to sort it all out.
- Where the 2012 Presidential Candidates Stand on Key Nonprofit Issues. Before you vote, it might be wise to revisit this article from The Chronicle of Philanthropy. It's a great reference.
- We've Seen the Future, and It's Covered in Mud. Getting tired of the same old walk/run? Get some new ideas from this post at Event360 about a mud event. Sounds like fun!
- Deciding the Fate of Outdated Content: To Update, Redirect or Rewrite? Your content is old and needs updating and you think, why not just delete it? Well, hold on, that might not be a good idea, according to this post from Idealware. There are alternatives.
- Giving Tuesday gathers steam. Jump on the train of this new charitable and fundraising idea. Help make Giving Tuesday (the Tues after Thanksgiving) as well known as Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Stretch the Thanksgiving season in the name of good causes.
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