Social Media for Nonprofits: Building Online Communities

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For years now, you’ve heard the buzz about the wonders social media can do for nonprofits and their causes. Yet, despite joining Facebook and Twitter and every other hot social network, you’re not seeing the results promised.

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We are a grassroots, open-source, foreign policy think tank. We are also part of a global network of open think tanks, with sister organisations in Switzerland, Germany, and France. Our leadership team and our membership come from a diverse range of professional, academic, and personal backgrounds. What brings us together is a desire to make a meaningful contribution to discussions in the world of international relations.

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How to Boost Donations Through Online Point-of-Sale Fundraising

Article | February 17, 2020

According to data firm Statista’s most recent e-commerce outlook, Americans will spend over $1,500 online each over the next 12 months. Moreover, that number is expected to surge even higher as Americans opt to do their holiday shopping online rather than wind their way through those infamous, in-store holiday crowds. If your nonprofit is able to turn that online shopping activity into a fundraising stream, there’s massive potential to boost donations. And the good news is that it’s not incredibly difficult to get started. Below, we’ll walk through how you can get your organization set up to accept these donations during your community’s online point-of-sale moments. First, however, we’ll explore the overall value of point-of-sale fundraising and why you need to consider it as a viable strategy for your nonprofit.

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The Money Redirect That’s Coming for Donor Wallets

Article | February 17, 2020

I speak to countless people in the nonprofit sector during the year, including many wealthy major gift donors. Throughout my time working with nonprofits, I often get asked and tell others what I see on the horizon. Recently, I wrote about a nonprofit crash that’s on the way. What's next? I see a big governmental money redirect. It’s no secret that zombie philanthropy took root in the sector. According to the National Philanthropic Trust’s "2020 Donor-Advised Fund Report," these funds, also known as DAFs, have approximately $140 billion under management by money managers at institutions such as Fidelity Charitable Trust, Schwab Charitable and Vanguard Charitable. Because these organizations are set up as 501(c)(3) organizations, donors receive immediate tax deductions.

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7 thrilling non-profits that help veterans treat PTSD

Article | February 17, 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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Business Continuity Plans for Nonprofits

Article | February 17, 2020

Many organizations have found themselves in a “gotcha” moment. Business continuity plans are what nonprofits use to make sure operations are uninterrupted during unexpected circumstances. You knew that a business continuity plan was essential. Yet, you put it off because it didn’t seem urgent. Suddenly you are faced with a pandemic and you had to figure out how to operate when offices closed, people had to work from home, clients still needed services, and the board needed to make decisions. You aren’t alone. Many organizations face the same dilemma. How do you operate if there is a catastrophic situation that disrupts everything you do?

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Agora

We are a grassroots, open-source, foreign policy think tank. We are also part of a global network of open think tanks, with sister organisations in Switzerland, Germany, and France. Our leadership team and our membership come from a diverse range of professional, academic, and personal backgrounds. What brings us together is a desire to make a meaningful contribution to discussions in the world of international relations.

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