Blockchain Technology: What Is It and How Is It Relevant for Nonprofits?

| May 30, 2019

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We’ve all heard about blockchain, or at least its most famous application – bitcoin. But what exactly is blockchain it and how is it relevant for nonprofits? At its core blockchain is a database technology. What makes blockchain unique as a database, however, is its distributed nature. This means that its software sits on a network of separate computers. Each node is required to verify transactions and store the same records in the database it hosts.

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7 thrilling non-profits that help veterans treat PTSD

Article | March 16, 2020

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 11-20% of veterans are diagnosed with symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in a given year. More and more veterans seek treatment for PTSD in order to learn how to address their symptoms, improve positive thinking, learn ways to cope when symptoms arise and treat problems related to trauma such as depression and anxiety or misuse of alcohol or drugs. We are fortunate to be living in a time when America "supports the troops" and encourages the identification and treatment of invisible wounds. In addition to increased efforts by the Department of Veterans Affairs to treat PTSD, there are many veteran non-profit organizations who step in to help. The treatments and opportunities are far-reaching and varied, including offering psychotherapy or meditation classes.

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Build Your Nonprofit with Funding in Mind

Article | March 4, 2020

Nonprofit Founders open a door to a foreign world when they follow their passion and dream into the nonprofit space. Often, Founders have experienced trauma in their life and didn’t have the help they needed when they were in the middle of their situation. They came through to the other side, but they have a nagging feeling in the very core of their being that they can be the solution that they needed for others. Founders find confusing language – ED, NPO, appeals, Donor-advised funds- and an even more confusing way of doing things. They just want to help people but instead, they feel they are drowning in to-dos and lack of funding. So, they plug along on the never-ending to-do list, never feeling like they are making progress and spending time on things that don’t move the nonprofit forward. They continue to cover expenses with their own money or organize another event because they don’t know any other way to get funds.

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How Nonprofits Can Secure Corporate Sponsorships

Article | May 2, 2020

As a nonprofit organization, you’re doing your part to make the world a better place. Your cause matters to your staff, volunteers, donors, and those you serve. What you do likely also appeals to businesses. Many businesses have corporate sponsorship programs with funds set aside to support nonprofits. According to a study published on Statista, an online statistics company, corporations paid 65.8 billion dollars in corporate sponsorships worldwide in 2018. If your nonprofit hasn’t pursued corporate sponsorship for your programs, capital campaigns, or fundraising events, you’re leaving a lot of potential money on the table.

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Nonprofits Have The Tools To Operate Remotely, But What Should They Work On?

Article | April 15, 2020

Last week we released an article outlining a list of software that can make working from home as painless as possible. The goal of that blog, and all others we post, is to share our insights to hopefully provide value for nonprofits. A few days after writing the post, I started thinking about organizations like Habitat for Humanity and the Red Cross. Zoom doesn’t seem very helpful if you’re trying to collect blood donations or construct new homes.

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A Connected Planet provides Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) support to enable education, medical services and internet based information sharing. ACP empowers nonprofits to use technology in innovative ways to amplify and accelerate the impact of their work. We encourage nonprofits to think boldly and creatively and we support their ambitions with technological expertise and measurement practices that lead to a statistically verifiable proof of concept.

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