Social Communication and Barriers to Using It

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Quote of the Week: Removing Barriers

SocialButterfly

When, what they really need from us, is to help them remove the barriers blocking them from changing themselves.&#. Tags: Quote of the Week barriers change choices decisions empowerment perspective Quote

3 Barriers to Integrated Marketing Success

Getting Attention

Welcome to guest blogger Joleen Ong, who is the Marketing & Publications Director at NTEN —the community of nonprofit professionals who put technology to work for their causes. Successful integrated marketing goes beyond the communications products you put out there in the world.

Overcoming Barriers To Growth

The Agitator

If measured by the number of organizations, the nonprofit sector is growing quickly in the US. Up a whopping 47% over the past decade. But, if measured by the share of national income representing private giving to nonprofits, there’s been a decrease of 11%.

Barriers To Growth – Part 1

The Agitator

Last week, in Overcoming Barriers to Growth , I previewed the DMA Nonprofit Federation’s Leadership Summit by the same name that kicks off this Wednesday.

Clueless CEOs — Barriers To Growth, Part 4

The Agitator

Stagnant organizations are generally marked by lousy boards and clueless, or worse, arrogant CEOs. Without the leadership of an engaged, aware and willing-to-learn CEO you might as well forget about growth.

Insufficient Collaboration — Barriers To Growth, Part 8

The Agitator

Of the more than 1 million nonprofits in the U.S., nearly 75% post annual revenues below $500,000. This leaves little or no room for the ‘science’ part of fundraising, like data analytics and predictive modeling.

Poor Or No Strategy — Barriers To Growth, Part 9

The Agitator

Look no further than how strategy is typically thought of by most nonprofits and their consultants and you’ll quickly understand why poor or no strategy is a major barrier to growth.

Insufficient Collaboration — Barriers To Growth, Part 8

The Agitator

Of the more than 1 million nonprofits in the U.S., nearly 75% post annual revenues below $500,000. This leaves little or no room for the ‘science’ part of fundraising, like data analytics and predictive modeling.

Lousy Boards — Barriers To Growth, Part 3

The Agitator

Alfred Sloan was the General Motors Chair and CEO who led GM from the 1920s through the ‘50s and grew it to become largest corporation on Earth at the time. In a board meeting at GM, Sloan asked the board about an important decision: “I take it that everyone is in basic agreement about this decision?” Everyone nodded yes. Sloan’s response: “Then I suggest we postpone the decision. Until we have some disagreement, we don’t understand the problem.”

Easy Excuses & Low Expectations — Barriers To Growth, Part 7

The Agitator

I’m convinced that a major barrier to most nonprofits’ growth is that there is little understanding of an organization’s true potential. As a result, far too many organizations and their consultants set their sights far too low, settling for the average given in a benchmark like Giving USA , which year after year, for the past 20 years, has estimated the growth of giving at 2% of Gross Domestic Product. The first of the Easy Excuses arises from benchmarking.

Monthly Giving Part 3- The Great Recordkeeping and Payment Processing Barrier

The Agitator

There’s no question that solid recordkeeping and donor processing systems form an essential foundation for successful monthly giving programs.

Fundraising Agencies — Barriers To Growth, Part 5

The Agitator

I decided to call out this thorny barrier to growth because I’m not alone in observing a dangerous pattern that’s emerging. A lot of what I’m about to say here will seem offensive to fundraising agencies and insensitive to their problems. I mean to be neither. Higher fees, lost respect, absence of serious innovation – all are trends that manifest themselves in the anger, frustration and angst expressed by clients over their agencies.

Poor Research & Undocumented Best Practices — Barriers To Growth, Part 6

The Agitator

You’d think a $300 billion industry like ours would have empirically based standards and practices readily available and accessible to all. After all, most sectors — ranging from apple growers to doctors and hospitals, and even zoos — have them. Fundraising doesn’t.

The Investment Paradox – Barriers To Growth, Part 2

The Agitator

There’s no question that the shortage of investment funds for fundraising is perceived as a principal barrier to growth. That sentiment was voiced by many attending the DMANF Leadership Summit last week, and it’s certainly a reason offered in a lot of the comments and email from Agitator readers. The solution to this problem may lie within your organization itself. Most charities have significant reserves. Which is no bad thing in and of itself.

Poor Or No Strategy — Barriers To Growth, Part 9

The Agitator

Look no further than how strategy is typically thought of by most nonprofits and their consultants and youll quickly understand why poor or no strategy is a major barrier to growth.

Barriers To Online Fundraising Success

The Agitator

According to a 15-question survey Convio conducted between September 2008 and October 2008 of 60 nonprofits, the most common response regarding their organization’s top barrier to success was insufficient staff. Other barriers to online success noted by those surveyed were lack of coordination, lack of education of online marketing, database issues, integration of different Web tools/technologies and intradepartmental issues.

What happens when you don’t pay a living wage

Wild Woman Fundraising

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This is not a pity party. You understand?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Have you ever stopped to consider what the barriers are for a black woman with two kids? Wow, hello hate mail! Because of my posts about being a nonprofit wage slave , and being unable to make rent on a nonprofit “salary” , someone took issue with this.

Reader Questions: Bootstrap your nonprofit startup in 4 steps!

Wild Woman Fundraising

assessment to identify her specific barriers to independence (ie. First off, if you haven’t done it yet, please, for the love of everything, Take the survey here! If you HAVE taken the survey, very good, carry on, biscuits will be served at 3. Second: Are you in the Austin Texas Area? Do you want more donors? Yes to both questions? We have two slots left in this presentation.

How Valid Is Your Fundraising Yardstick?

The Agitator

In Part 7 of our Barriers to Growth series, I noted that the inability or unwillingness to take a hard and realistic look at an organization’s fundraising potential represents a significant barrier to meaningful growth.

The Benefits Of Collaborative Fundraising

The Agitator

In Part 8 of The Agitator’s Barriers To Growth series I cited “Insufficient Collaboration” as one of the principal barriers. Of the more than 1 million nonprofits in the U.S., nearly 75% post annual revenues below $500,000. I noted that “this leaves little or no room for the ‘science’ part of fundraising like data analytics, predictive modeling and other higher cost skills that can aid in growth.” ” “It shouldn’t be this way,” I lamented.

Top Two Retention Killers & What To Do About Them

The Agitator

Chapter 9 of my book, Retention Fundraising: the art and science of keeping your donors for life, focuses on ‘Barriers to Retention’ The top two barriers? The real killers? #1: 1: Silos and #2: False Attribution. Silos. Those who work in organizations with more than one department are familiar with silos. The online personnel do little to coordinate with the offline folks. Major gift officers look down on direct mail fundraisers and vice versa.

How Valid Is Your Fundraising Yardstick?

The Agitator

In Part 7 of our Barriers to Growth series, I noted that the inability or unwillingness to take a hard and realistic look at an organization’s fundraising potential represents a significant barrier to meaningful growth.

Your Questions about Building a Culture That Supports Communications?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

Failure to connect all the dots is a major barrier to building a better culture of communications. I’m working on a new two-part webinar series for late April on building an organizational culture that supports your communications work. .

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How to Collect Stories About Your Nonprofit [WORKSHEET]

J Campbell Social Marketing

What barriers may we face in getting this story out publicly? What’s it like being on the other side of the barrier?

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Professional Photography: 4 Reasons to Invest In It

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

“But the Budget…” I get that if you’re doing nonprofit marketing, budget is always going to be potential barrier. “I Angela Crist. Self-proclaimed “recovering nonprofit CEO, Angela Crist, joins us again to talk about the importance of professional photography. Kristina.

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The Three Types of Nonprofit Thought Leaders

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

During that webinar, Kivi went over the 5-step process for creating a thought leadership communications plan and how to avoid common pitfalls and get past potential barriers. Watch this webinar now with a free membership.

Let’s Talk Business.

A Small Change

There can often be barriers to accessing decision makers to pitch the ideas listed above, but often times our Champions can be the very folks to overcome these barriers and develop partnerships. We’ve had some great responses and feedback on our recent post about finding and cultivating Champions for our agencies, and how their throwing a party can be an effective and fun way to acquire new donors.

Agitator Buys AFP, DMANF and IoF. Bans PowerPoints.

The Agitator

For starters”, noted Lord Hamilton, “we’ll first tackle what the investors consider the Number One Barrier to truly great global fundraising – the crying need for. In a pre-dawn move that caught both your Editors totally unaware, the Global Investment Committee of The Agitator announced the acquisition of three of the largest fundraising associations in the world. With the promise that news of additional acquisitions will follow shortly, Lord McKeever R.

Starting Over #10: Understand Money

The Agitator

As part of the Agitator’s Barriers to Growth series I noted that the shortage of investment funds for fundraising is often perceived as a major hurdle.

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Ep216: How Whirlpool is Cleaning Up a Major Attendance Problem in Schools

Selfish Giving

Whirlpool is fighting against education inequality by installing washers and dryers in schools to remove this barrier to attendance, and give students the confidence they need and deserve to get through class each day.

What’s Wrong with Storytelling for Fundraising

iMarketSmart

By allowing an exchange of stories you break through barriers with your donors (barriers you might not have been able to penetrate otherwise). I get it! I get it! Tell stories! There’s been a lot of talk about storytelling for fundraising recently.

17 Reasons To Fire A Board Member

The Agitator

Without question the greatest barrier to great fundraising is a lousy board. Of course issues like staff quality, the necessary funds for investment, proper organizational structure, etc. are important. But none is more important than a board. Because at the end of the day it is the board that ultimately determines the quality and culture of the organization. Whether it will be mediocre or magnificent.

Don't spin yourself

Mission Paradox Blog

  You have to be able to understand the barriers that separate people from the work. Those barriers could be a misunderstanding of the work itself.    What's important is that you understand that those barriers exist AND that you do whatever you can to reduce those barriers. If price is a barrier I can try to work out a sale that balances our need for revenue with the need for access.

The Idiocy Of ‘Testing’

The Agitator

One of the great barriers to growth is the idiocy of ‘testing’ Not because testing is bad, but because most fundraisers and their consultants don’t have the slightest idea what real testing is all about.

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Monthly Giving Part 1–Why Bother?

The Agitator

Highlight some practical resources on getting started and setting goals while focusing on some practical barriers like record-keeping and easy-to-use systems. Editors’ Note : This is the first in a three-part — and hopefully practical — series aimed at encouraging small, large and mid-size organizations to pay serious attention to the benefits of building a monthly giving or sustainer program. We’ll deal with the question of ‘why’ monthly giving?

Fundraising and Marketing Teams: Integrated or Separate But Equal?

Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog

We need to break down the barriers preventing fundraising and marketing staff from cooperating in order to get the best results. The advice to get rid of “silos” is nothing new.

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All of the joys of 2015

Wild Woman Fundraising

This year marked a turning point for my business where I finally broke through the barrier that most small businesses never cross- the $50,000/year barrier. I also broke through a mental barrier where I thought I could not get sponsorships without a nonprofit behind me.

Challenging A Sacred Cow

The Agitator

Fix It on barriers to growth was triggered by Jay Love’s prediction that when Giving USA 2015 was released it would show that once again charitable giving in the U.S. Our recent post Stop it. would not exceed 2% of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Sure enough, two weeks later on June 15 th Giving USA 2015 was released and once again reported that charitable giving remained at the 2% level. The same 2% of GDP that Giving USA has reported year after year after year.

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