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3 Tips to Leveraging Corporate Giving in Your Fundraisers

As a fundraising professional, you know that nonprofits rely on individual donors and businesses to help push their mission forward. Conversely, companies look for more opportunities to contribute to causes that resonate with them. With experience serving more than 7,000 nonprofits, John Killoran, Founder of Snowball Fundraising, shares his expertise for working with for-profit companies to further your mission.

3 Tips to Assessing Your Nonprofit's Digital Infrastructure

May 27, 2021 Technology
Your nonprofit’s website is one of your most valuable tools for interacting with supporters and spreading the word about your organization. However, your website is more than a collection of text blocks and images! Proper website management requires more than updating old information; it necessitates taking a look at and improving your digital infrastructure as a whole.

Taking Action Against Anti-Asian Hate

In the past two weeks, greater public attention has been called to anti-Asian hate. In Seattle, a man was charged with malicious harassment after two instances where he shouted profanities and threw things at Asian women and their children. In Atlanta, eight people were killed by a mass murderer, six of whom were Asian-American women.

Volunteer Opportunities for the New Year

January 3, 2013
If you resolved to help others and volunteer more in 2013, we have several great opportunities for you! From social service agencies to arts organizations, you can put your skills to work to support nonprofits.

Salesforce Apps: What You Need to Know BEFORE You Install

December 18, 2012
From time to time, our consultants put together posts about technology issues, how-tos or best practices. This post comes from Patrick, our Senior Database and Online Services Consultant, he spends much of his day working with clients to help customize, implement and learn Salesforce databases. In this post, Patrick discusses common issues that can arise for organizations seeking further customization.

We Have Lift-Off!

December 10, 2012
We often talk with nonprofits about how to better use their website to tell their story. Websites are a key tool in strengthening engagement of donors, volunteers, and partners. With our own website redesign, it was time to take our own advice. Visit a bit and let us know what you think.

Policy Governance Workshop Jan. 22

December 10, 2012
501 Commons presents an informative introduction to Policy Governance on January 22, 5-8pm. Get a solid understanding of the principles and practices of this fast growing approach to nonprofit governance.

Security Policies for Mobile Devices

December 4, 2012
Originally published on the NPower blog, this post was written by NPower consultants seeking to provide some helpful information regarding security policies and mobile devices. Click through for details about smartphone usage, security, and more.

Google Apps for Nonprofits: Your Questions Answered

November 18, 2012
During the Google Apps for Nonprofits training on Nov 7, audience members wrote related questions into a shared document for the Tech Corps to later answer. This blog are the responses to those questions.

Passwords and Security

November 14, 2012
Using an online password manager throughout your organization can not only save staff time, it can protect important records and information and avoid fraud.

Fulfilling the Promise of the Commons

October 19, 2012
“Convergence - How Five Trends Will Reshape the Social Sector” advises us that "traditional approaches by nonprofits, funders, and capacity builders will fall short, and the old rules will no longer apply." That's why we believe that providing NPower tech services is helping us fulfill the promise of the Commons.

The Tech Corps Presents at the WA Food Coalition Conference

October 14, 2012
The Tech Corps attended the Washington Food Coalition Conference in Chelan WA to present on Google Apps for Nonprofits. The attendees consisted of 20-30 nonprofit members who serve to alleviate food and hunger related issues to low income individuals within Washington State.

Three Simple Ways to Get People to Come to Your Fundraising Event

October 5, 2012
Originally posted on the NPower blog, this post covers notes from a Brown Paper Tickets workshop on event promotion. These tips are designed to help you set strategy, brainstorm tactics and brush up on your social networking to get the word out about your nonprofit event.