Top Ten (Week of March 23, 2015): The Lure of Poverty Porn for Nonprofits
There’s so much information online that you’re bound to have missed some of it. Here are some of the top items, articles and ideas you need to know so you can keep up-to-date and find success!
1. Fundraising Strategy/Approach: Truth or Charity? The Lure of Poverty Porn for Nonprofits (Nonprofit Quarterly): Should you use fundraising images that work by playing on public stereotypes even if you know they’re not the whole truth? This thoughtful discussion is well worth considering.
2. Miscellaneous: Good question! (A Small Change): Having ideas and responses to questions like these 7 that are well formed, polished, and accurate can really have an impact on your supporters.
3. Fundraising Strategy/Approach: What nonprofits can learn from Uber and AirBnb (Global Giving): Brian Walsh says, “Disruptive startups like Uber, AirBnB and TripAdvisor use technology to collect and share data about drivers, renters, hotels and their customers. If they use feedback loops to build trust, why can’t nonprofits?”
4. Technology: 75 Mobile Apps to Jump-Start Your Nonprofit's Productivity in 2015 (TechSoup): In case you don’t have enough mobile apps, here in one place is a list of 75 mobile productivity apps organized by task categories. Happy hunting!
5. Fundraising Strategy/Approach: The Psychology Of Distractions (How To Stay Focused Online) (Home Office Hero): Here is useful advice for the latest occupational hazard of fundraisers: how to stay focused online.)
6. Fundraising Strategy/Approach: Why You Should Crowdfund for Your Nonprofit (Care2FrogLoop): Another case for using crowdfunding in your fundraising. This one comes with 5 practical tactics you can use.
7. Fundraising Strategy/Approach: Crowdfunding Fundamentals from School Bake Sales (CauseVox): Five more useful tactics to keep in mind when you are planning your crowdfunding strategy.
8. Online/Social Media: 10 Insanely Useful Free Twitter Tools for Nonprofits (Kivi Leroux Miller): Twitter is simple, short, and fast. But it’s also a firehose, a never-ending unfiltered stream of characters. Originally posted in January 2014, here are 10 bits of free technology that nonprofits actually use to make Twitter mare manageable and more useful.
9. Corporate Philanthropy: Contest Philanthropy at the Council on Foundations: A Troubling Dynamic (Council on Foundations): Rick Cohen’s tough critique of what he calls “philanthropic scrums masquerading as thoughtful grantmaking” is generally negative but contains real-world observations about foundation grantmaking strategies and ends with some positive realpolitik advice: “Listen to what the foundations hint at as their priorities, make sure you reflect their language and codewords, get ready for a quickie pitch, and hope the audience applause meter goes in your favor.” Shark-tank philanthropy, anyone?
10. Fundraising Strategy/Approach: Save your fundraising call to action from these errors (Future Fundraising Now): Here is advice on avoiding weak calls to action from Kivi Leroux Miller's Nonprofit Communications Blog: Five Ways to Sabotage Your Call to Action.