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Reaching for new heights

African News and Analysis from the United Nations

The New Nonprofit IPO

A unique funding model goes beyond donations and offers funders a tangible stake in organizations they support. In 2007, Homeward Bound of Marin County, a social service agency for the homeless, was able to leverage the star power of Warren Buffet to raise more than $1 million.

3 Recent Facebook Innovations Nonprofits Need to Know

Blog Post > 3 Recent Facebook Innovations Nonprofits Need to Know Cheryl Contee - January 29, 2014Author Biography Cheryl Contee is CEO of Fission Strategy, the only Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer that specializes in nonprofits & foundations with experience helping leading mission-driven organizations with their social integration and app development.

Crowdfunding Platform Aims to Break Cycle of Poverty for Adolescent Girls

A new social enterprise is setting its sights on breaking the cycle of poverty for girls in the developing world, by giving them the opportunity to go to high school through the helping hand of crowdfunding.

SunFunder in the News

By Cindy Nawilis, community & operations lead We've had a good run with the press these past several months that you may have missed. In some of them you'll hear from our CEO Ryan Levinson about the origins of and future plans for SunFunder, and in others, you'll find out how our efforts fit into the grander scheme of things like crowdfunding for solar energy and the bankability of off-grid solar for the private sector.

Answers to 11 Questions You've Been Dying to Ask About Twitter

As a concept, using Twitter seems simple. You need to say what you want to say in fewer than 140 characters ... and that's about it. Who would think that writing a sentence or two and sharing it with people who want to hear from you would be that hard?

4 Nonprofits Bringing Their Marketing to Life with Humor

Most nonprofit work is serious stuff. Feeding the hungry, responding to natural disasters, saving the environment- none of this exactly qualifies as natural fodder for comedy. And that's fine. There are a lot of serious problems in the world and the social sector is committed to tackling them day in and day out.

[VIDEO] Nonprofits: Don't Wing It With Social Media

We've entered a new era in nonprofit marketing. If you've dipped your toe in the social media waters, do you wonder why you aren't reaching more people or raising more dollars? If you haven't yet begun, have you considered what social media marketing might do to help you reach - or not reach - your goals?

How Do We Eliminate Poverty? These 8 Books Create A Great Roadmap - Cause Artist

How Do We Eliminate Poverty? A daunting question and an even more daunting task. It's tough to define the world let alone solve this enormous issue, because it means something different in many areas of the world. Poverty in America is much different from poverty in India.

The Global Information Internship Program

The Global Information Internship Program (GIIP, pronounced "jeep") is a fabulous program at UCSC, which allows undergraduates to fund and work on projects they are passionate about in the areas of global social justice and sustainability. This video helps to explain more about GIIP, so students can find out how to get more involved.

Recurring Donor Communications: The 4 Steps

You may already know about some of the benefits that come along with a robust pool of monthly donors. Monthly donations represent stable income Recurring donors are more entrenched in your organization's mission Monthly donors have a high lifetime donor value A solid pool of recurring donors that reduce your fundraising costs But once you are able to convert a supporter to a monthly donor, you face a new problem: how to talk to them.

Which Is Your Next Priority: Younger Donors or Boomers?

Heed these words, from a recent For Impact blog posting: "The best time to plant trees was 20 years ago. The next best time is NOW." This bracing slap, from one of fundraising's most fervent and useful blogs, refers to the marketing of charitable bequests and other planned gifts.

Microfinance, macro risk: Currency

When it comes to international loans from development finance institutions or investment funds issued to microfinance institutions (MFIs), the typical currency used is the US dollar or euro. As MFIs hold foreign currency loans, they face the risk of devaluation of their local currency.

How to write a nonprofit email welcome series

Does your organization offer an email newsletter? Let's say a prospective supporter has learned about your organization, visited your website, and been intrigued enough to sign up for your organization's bi-weekly enews. What next? If you've set things up right, your new subscriber will receive a welcome email.

Driving forward social investment in the UK ... via tax relief

The government is driving the agenda globally in social investment. But I'm not talking about our Big Society Capital, the world's first ever social investment institution of its kind, or our social impact bonds which are informing policy in other countries. I am talking about tax.

Future Fundraising Now

Who's your competition for donor support? Organizations with similar causes? Other fundraisers in general? Commercial offers gobbling up donors' disposable income? Those are probably all factors. But the big one, according to MarketingProfs Daily Fix Blog: Your Biggest Competition Is Noise Your donors have a lot going on. Financial worries.

Best bits: women and social enterprises

Research by Social Enterprise UK shows that twice as many women run social enterprises than lead small businesses, which also puts the FTSE 100 to shame - where there are only three female chief executives.

Practical Visionary: Dorothy Everett video

The woman behind the newly endowed Dorothy E. Everett Chair for Global Information and Social Entrepreneurship and manger of the Everett Program, previously GIIP, at University of California at Santa Cruz. Directed, Produced, Edited by Sienna Thorgusen and Katie Roper

What Deloitte thinks you need to know about millennials today

The third annual survey on millennials released by Deloitte says that those born after 1983 are demanding. They also have high expectations. But just to clarify, the big demands and expectations are mostly for the improvement of society.