Since it's October, I felt lucky number 13 would be an appropriate number of posts to share with you. This month we have a variety of posts ranging from fundraising to technology to jobseeking. Here are our top 10 posts for October:
+ The Nonprofit Technology Network has released their list of favorites for October. It is pretty exceptional, and I know you'll enjoy it as much as I did.
+ Do you ever wonder why your board members decided to sit on your BOD? Does breaking down the barrier between BODs and nonprofit management create positive change in social funding? The Stanford Social Innovation Review covers the continuously evolving donor-grantee relationship.
+ If you're looking for a way to honor and retain your donors, then thank them. The Fundraising Authority has a great podcast on properly thanking donors. Take a listen.
+ Are you wondering what the benefits of an open data model may be for your philanthropic efforts? Consider Markets for Good's post to answer your questions concerning data in the social sector.
+ Social media and technology are having an ever increasing affect on philanthropy. With this technological evolution came changes to the way grantees utilize their own social media as well as that of their funders. Get the inside scoop on this study conducted by the Center for Effective Philanthropy.
+ Simple rules are typically the best no matter the situation. These simple prospecting rules from 234Fund may land you that next big donor.
+ Jobs seekers, start volunteering. Charity Village has outlined routes to turn volunteer opportunities into paid gigs. This is a great way to help yourself while helping others.
+ Nonprofit employers, it isn't necessary to hire the expert grantwriter with 60 plus years experience when you can train your own expert.
+ If you're as big a nerd as I was in school, you probably enjoyed your psychology courses. Well, put that knowledge to use in your career by using psychology to turn members into donors. This post is brought to you by npENGAGE.
And to bring the month to a proper end, here are three horrifying Halloween posts that will leave your blood cold:
+ Beth Kanter was in the Halloween spirit this month with her two creepy crawly posts. The first centered on creeping out donors with spooky pitches. Her second post was titled Scary Nonprofit Contests, Social Media Content, and Campaigns.
+ Finally, an in-house blog post was created on nixing the 'Village of the Damned' proposals, discovering you've become 'The Uninvited,' and turning into a grantmakers nightmare with 'When a Stranger Calls' behavior.
Cody Stubben, Intern, Foundation Center-Atlanta