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Charitable Giving Got Biggest Boost In 2013 Since Recession

Posted: Print Article Charities are finally bouncing back thanks to a recovering economy and a focus on fundraising fundamentals, a new study has concluded. Overall donations grew 4.9 percent last year, the biggest boost since the recession hit, the study conducted by Blackbaud -- a leading provider of online donation processing -- found.

4 Ways to Use Your Blog as a Tool to Steward Donors

Laura Iancu is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub and a passionate volunteer who loves being involved in social and educational projects. She currently tries to bring NPOs around the world closer to technology through 123ContactForm as their PR Specialist.

The rise of the young social entrepreneur

Speaking exclusive to the Information Daily, Development Manager for Youth at Live Unltd, Adam Bradford, believes young people have a very strong social conscience and so their appetite to start up a social enterprise is "huge". Speaking on the availability of loans for start-up businesses, Bradford argues that some enterprises are simply "not quite ready" for what a bank needs to see.

3 Characteristics of Transformative Technology in Underserved Communities

ZeroDivide's McCrae Parker outlines the identifying characteristics of transformative technology in the communities where we work.

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.

Muhammad Yunus: 'be clear what you want when mixing profit and social'

Following the recent building collapse in Bangladesh, the 'godfather' of microfinance talks about the garment industry, corporate social responsibility and starting up a social enterprise

Why Your Nonprofit Should Inspire Youthful Philanthropy

We talk a lot about how your organization can engage Millennials (the 20-35 crowd), but we can't forget about the even younger generations that are more than willing to do their part as well.

The Nonprofit Marketing Personas Workbook [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Marketing personas are powerful tools to help you create more effective call-to-actions, social media content, landing pages, and email messages. This free e-book will walk you through eight steps to creating and using effective marketing personas for your nonprofit. You will learn: What marketing personas are and why you should care.

Social enterprise in the Baltic states: Humble journeys

RIGA, Latvia - Sabine Sile was hoping to score a location that would allow her business to operate rent-free. She's the co-founder of Latvia's first charity shop Otra Elpa (in Latvian, meaning "second breath"). Worried she didn't have the aura of a wise person because of her age, she brought along the Canadian ambassador's wife to a breakfast meeting with a property owner.

New Report! Collected Voices: Data-Informed Nonprofits

What happens when nonprofits make a real commitment to collect healthy data about their programs and operations; manage it well; and make savvy, data-informed decisions? And what happens when you connect energized, smart, data-passionate nonprofit professionals for a year of learning and knowledge sharing?

100 Tweeters of Social Good You Have to Follow in 2013

Each year, Armchair Advocates compiles a list of top Tweeters in social good, cause marketing, corporate responsibility and nonprofit technology. We have enjoyed following and learning from these tech-savvy influencers throughout the year. This is not an exhaustive list; but we hope these social do-gooders will inspire you to tweet, act, and make a difference.

How To Optimize Images For Twitter In-Stream Preview [50 Free Images]

Twitter recently launched several updates to improve user experience. Tweets containing pictures now show a cropped image preview directly in your Twitter streams. The platform also makes it easier for you to favourite, retweet and reply to a tweet directly within your timeline.

THE SAVANNAH YOUNG FARMERS NETWORK (SAVANET)

With mobile market penetration in Africa expected to reach 60% among the continents one million people in 2012; and with the significant rise in Ghana's tele-density (88.6%), it is important that the continent's governmental and Non-governmental organizations promotes the utilization of mobile phones and it's diverse applications to propel the continent's strives at achieving its Millennium development goals (MDG's).

Planning a better future with partnerships and social innovation

Researchers from five countries - Brazil, Canada, South Africa, Uganda and the United States - met in Rio de Janeiro to plan the Better Futures Network. The meeting was co-sponsored by Carleton University's Centre for Community Innovation (CCCI).

With The Rise Of Crowdfunding In Higher Education, Donating To Your Alma Mater Could Be Cool Again

While the average college graduate owes some $27,500 after walking away from the quad, students at New York City's Cooper Union have had a sweet deal for more than a century--entirely free tuition. Now, they are attempting to keep it that way after the embattled administration announced it would be begin charging next year.

6 Cost Effective Ways for Nonprofits to Thank Their Donors

The holiday season isn't the only time your organization should be saying thank you and showing your appreciation of your supporters -- but it's a great time to start. In a recent podcast by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, fundraising consultant Claire Alexrad and Julia Wilson of One Justice shared their affordable methods of saying thank you all year round.

25 Things that Make You Look Dumb on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is one of those social networks you may feel a bit unsure about. You might even be asking yourself, "How can this site help me grow my small business?" LinkedIn is recognized as the professional social network. It's a place where people in all industries can go to build relationships with their colleagues and demonstrate their experience and expertise.

The "How" and "Who" of Emerging Market Tech Uptake

The dynamics of technology are changing rapidly in emerging markets, but leaders don't necessarily agree on all the details. To a great extent, technology drives economic development. Few would dispute that statement, but it's hard to predict-or sometimes even imagine-the magnitude of that impact.