Technology

The Keys to Building a Sustainable Nonprofit
January 10, 2017 at 8:00 am

It’s one thing to come up with a great idea that may serve a need within the community. It’s quite another to build a sustainable nonprofit organization that will grow and thrive well into the future. Local standouts in the nonprofit sector say a sound strategy, a dedicated staff, a healthy infrastructure, educated board members…

7 Tips for Nonprofits Transitioning to a New CRM Database
December 22, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Eventually, most nonprofits will face the challenge of replacing their constituent relationship management (CRM) database. Sometimes, it is a good thing. Your current system simply can’t keep up with growth. Other times, it is a matter of an aging system, an unsupported infrastructure or slowness in customer support response. Here are seven tips for nonprofits to follow when moving to a new CRM database...

The Tech Industry Is Reshaping Philanthropy, One Big Bet at a Time
December 22, 2016 at 2:00 pm

The year 2012 marked the first #GivingTuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, where leaders across nonprofit and for-profit industries use social media to promote the end-of-year giving season. Since the holiday was created by the United Nations Foundation and the 92nd Street Y, philanthropy in the U.S. has evolved significantly. Philanthropists are giving larger charitable donations…

eBay Launches 'Gifts That Give Back' Initiative for Charities
December 15, 2016 at 8:00 am

We’re used to scouring eBay for scoring deals on designer duds, or for maybe finding that obscure vacuum part. But now the online market behemoth has jumped into the world of charity gifting. Launched on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 29, the eBay for Charity team’s new "Gifts That Give Back initiative" allows charitable organizations to “sell”…

Someone Figured Out How to Use Google AdWords as a Weapon Against Brands (and That's Scary)
December 13, 2016 at 8:00 am

There is a viral campaign going around right now born from the discomfort people have with a certain online news site. This website seems to polarize many people in the U.S. and has been a big player in the recent political arena. The campaign is trying to use the very basic feedback elements of AdWords to hurt the website. That has some scary implications...

Google Donated Its Employees' Holiday Gifts to Charity
December 12, 2016 at 8:00 am

The employee perks at Google are legendary, and they’ve always included an over-the-top holiday gift for every employee. In the past, the company has surprised its 70,000 employees with Nexus phones, Android smartwatches and Chromebooks. This year, employees speculated they might get Google’s new Pixel phones or a Google Home unit, the company’s competitor to…

For Today’s Giver, 'Robo-Advisers' Streamline Philanthropy
November 22, 2016 at 8:00 am

Charitable planning and giving is going robo. New services are emerging that not only make giving automatic, but help you screen and select charities online that match your objectives. These “robo-donors” are also helping those who are tech-attuned to target their donations. Scott Yak, 27, a software developer with Google in New York City, came…

Facebook Live Now Supports Fundraising
November 18, 2016 at 9:16 am

Supporting your favorite cause through social media just got simpler—and you have Facebook to thank. The social media giant rolled out the update on Thursday, which allows users to fundraise for their favorite nonprofits through Facebook Live. The new feature lets users connect fundraiser pages directly to Live, displaying a donate button and fundraiser progress…

What a $1.15B Nonprofit's Website Tells Us About Growth
November 17, 2016 at 8:42 am

I decided to look at Food for the Poor's website to see if I could learn anything about its growth from its site alone. There are many things I do not know about the charity—but neither do many people considering making a donation. Often, all someone has to go by is a website. So, what’s happening on its siteI decided to look at the charity's website to see if I could learn anything about its growth from its site alone. There are many things I do not know about Food for the Poor—but let’s face it, neither do many people considering making a donation. Often, all someone has to go by is an organization's website. So, how is Food for the Poor using its site to engage donors?...

What Apple Pay Change Means for Your Nonprofit
November 16, 2016 at 9:10 am

Apple has had a rule that banned iOS apps from collecting funds for charities or fundraisers via Apple Pay. That means if they collected funds, it would have to take place outside the app, such as through a browser or text. Apple also made it difficult for nonprofits to collect in-app donations without incurring huge…