Trends in Donor Management (This article originally appeared in the Nonprofit Times.) As user demand increases, vendors are adapting their donor management system offerings to support mobile devices and cloud computing, one of several recent market trends that are adding value and capability to the software. They’re also enhancing functionality that’s critical for nonprofits, like integrated email and ease of use, in many cases adding substantial functionality without raising prices.
(This article originally appeared on Third Sector New England's site.) If you post a message on Twitter and no one’s there to hear it, does it make a noise? The fact is, there isn’t much reason to tweet if you don’t have an audience—a fundamental truth of all social media channels. As you think about ways to engage constituents and advance your nonprofit and its mission through Facebook, Twitter and blogs, you should also be thinking about how to promote each channel and build your audience.
Looking to boost your software savvy? Here are the online seminars we have scheduled over the next month or so.
For in-depth lessons, check out Idealware's upcoming, intensive five- and six-part online trainings offered in partnership with state associations across the country. Read more or register >
Choosing a Low-Cost Donor Management System October 13, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Eastern. $40.00 The right database can help you track all of your contacts and related data in a manageable, efficient way that ensures your information is current, accessible and reportable. Join Idealware for a closer look at the most commonly used, affordable databases and what each might offer your organization. Read more or register >
FREE! Creating Great Graphics for the Web October 20, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Eastern. $0.00 How do you take your current photos--or find inexpensive photos or illustrations online--and convert them into great graphics for your website? We'll talk through methods to acquire good material, principles of transforming them into great web-ready images, and the inexpensive software packages that can help you whip them into shape. Read more or register >
Telling Your Story with Blogs, Photos, and Videos October 27, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Eastern. $40.00 How do you convey the great work your organization is doing with blogs, photos and videos? These tools are powerful ways to share the difference you're making in the world. We'll cover the principles of good storytelling, look at examples and research about what's working for nonprofits, and then discuss the tools that can help you put them online. Read more or register >
The Social Media Decision Maker's Toolkit November 1, 2:00 pm - December 6, 3:30 pm Eastern. $200.00 The hardest part of getting started with social media is figuring out what tools your organization should use. How do you work through all the possibilities, hype, and data to decide which channels actually make sense for your organization? Offered in partnership with NTEN. Read more or register >