Ning to freeloaders: Ta ta!

Wild Woman Fundraising

You may have heard that Ning is having trouble making ends meet. They're laying off 40% of their workers. Their new COO is implementing a drastic plan to keep them solvent. And they're getting rid of their free networks.

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Not Just Another Post on Ning Alternatives for Your Small Nonprofit

Social Media Bird Brain

Image by guspim via Flickr A lot of bloggers and folks on Twitter are talking about Ning and their decision to go completely to a paid service. Tags: small nonprofits social media Online Communities ning Social network As you might expect, a lot of the focus is on the free communities and what alternatives are open to them. And some are concerned that this is the opening move in a "free is dead" movement. Call me Pollyanna, but I think this is a good opportunity.

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Ning Announces shut down of it’s free service, fires 40% of staff

Search Marketing for Nonprofits

If you have a free Ning network, you will now be forced to upgrade to a paid account or take your business elsewhere. Read more about Ning’s shut down of free service. Tagged: ning. Just announced today.

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Social Media is About Them - Not You

Social Media Bird Brain

Tags: FriendFeed small nonprofits Facebook community social media website Twitter ning links nonprofits

Cause Marketing Triple Play

Cause Related Marketing

Tags: Garmin RIF Ning American Diabetes Association Plus 3 Network business benefits of cause marketing Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Susan G.

5 ways to Overcome Interview jitters

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. two women interview. First of all, you got the interview! Congratulations! Now you’re getting ready for it. You’ve researched your organization on Guidestar. You’ve got your interview questions.

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Are you a Fierce Fundraising Superheroine?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. Super Fundraising. What’s your super power? Is it your vision for your cause to succeed, and your clear fundraising path to get there? Do you have a magical truthtelling lasso? Are you able to clearly state what you need, and identify your allies? Can you levitate above ordinary problems, or attack them head on? Do you have a lot of guns, and some kangaroo friends to back you up? What makes you fierce? What’s your fundraising strength?

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You honor me!

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. Oh wow, it’s an EXPLOSION of INCREDIBLE PEOPLE! I am honored to have been listed by Jason Dick in “A Small Change&# blog in his Nonprofit Blog Carnival, By Jessica Journey, in her blog responding to my question, “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?&#. By the gracious Pamela Grow as one of her top blogs that she reads on the Getting Attention blog , By Sharlyn Lauby at the HR Bartender in this month’s Leadership Development Carnival.

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9 tips to create a winning cover letter!

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. Do you want a fundraising job? What will it take to get the hiring manager knocking on YOUR door and calling YOU back? Here are 9 tips. Be clear. Be concise. Bullet Points. Convey your passion. Convey your experience as it relates to their job tasks. Show that you’ve actually read the job description. Further, show that you’ve actually read the website, and the guidestar.org listing, if they have one. Look up who the hiring manager/decisionmaker is.

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For your favorite comic artist-a grant deadline

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. Do you know a person who loves to draw and write comics? If so, they could get up to $5,000 to publish a comic book with this grant. The Xeric Foundation grant deadline is coming up. The grant must be received by March 31st , or they can wait until the next cycle.

Pat Your Weave Ladies-A New Nonprofit by Beyoncé

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. Beyoncé launches Beauty School for Rehab Graduates. There are many different concepts for celebrity nonprofits. Teaching kabballah to prison inmates. Giving kids karate lessons. But a beauty school for drug addicts?

How can you measure your return on Social Media?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. Check out this presentation by Olivier Blanchard. Olivier Blanchard Basics Of Social Media Roi. View more presentations from Olivier Blanchard. What do you think? How does this give you new ideas for how to measure your impact? If you’re a social media manager, are you using any of these metrics right now? if you’re a development professional, can you make a case for devoting more of your time to social media? Share this on del.icio.us. Digg this!

Why Should We?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. Why Should We? Why should we? Why should we fundraise? Why should we gather stories? Why should we enter donations? Why should we write grants? Why should we hang banners? Why should we throw events? Why should we ask for major gifts? Why should we manage volunteers? Why should we make social media groups? Why should we create direct mail? Why should we knock on doors? Why should we nurture others? Why should we ask for money? Because, if we want clean air.

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Show your boss these social media statistics

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. I found this on Howard Lake’s UK fundraising website , and it makes me happy to see so many people online and connecting. This is certainly a case for your cause to be using social media. Whether it’s SecondLife, SMS fundraising, Facebook, e-newsletters, or Twitter, if this is where people are, this is where you can fundraise.

Did you watch the Oscars? How about the TOXIES?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. While everyone is at home looking at the Oscars, the Californians for a Healthy and Green Economy (CHANGE) are making their own Toxic Chemical Oscars, the Toxies.

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Can your nonprofit blog for cash?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. Last week I went to a Rise Austin presentation by Cindy Cesares, managing editor of Guanabee , a blog which is like Perez Hilton for Latinos. It’s pretty funny. She never did get around to telling us how to blog for cash and prizes, though she did have a lot of interesting things to say about why people read your blog, how often to post, and how she got involved in blogging.

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Livetweeting your Abortion

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. Currently, on twitter, there is a woman named Angie who is making history. She is livetweeting her abortion, which you can follow at @antitheistangie. There is a lot of stigma around abortions. Angie is the mother of one special needs child, and even though she used protection, this pregnancy happened. On her blog, she talks about other people she met in the waiting room, what the chemical abortion feels like, and her thoughts on religion.

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This is what gives fundraising a bad name.

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. Have you heard how the RNC is trying to get money by making people think their mailer is the US CENSUS? The Story Here.

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How to DELETE Your Yahoo Search Engine Marketing Account

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. Your nonprofit can advertise with Google Adwords. Why would you want Yahoo Search Engine marketing? Well, the story goes, because some people still use Yahoo to search.

Wyclef Jean’s mistress is true recipient of Haiti donations

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. According to Gawker , Wyclef Jean is running a bogus charity where he directly funnels his money from donors to his mistress.

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Ask your volunteers

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. What is your call to action like? Is it as good as Amplify Your Voice ? If not, consider how to engage a volunteer, no matter what time of the day or night it is, with the skills that they possess right now. Do they like to blog?

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The Fog of War

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. A lesson from a previous generation. What can we learn from The Fog of War? What does Robert MacNamara’s experience of the Vietnam War have to teach us about fundraising?

Cabinet of Curiosities-Crowdsource solutions

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. What are Foundations talking about? Well, they’re talking about how to measure which nonprofit programs work, and how to replicate that, the usual, right?

Where is your target audience spending money?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. How much do people spend in your region and on what? Can you compare and contrast regions? This is not only a way to see what people’s disposable income is, but a way to sense how money could be redirected to your nonprofit.

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Who is your nonprofit friend?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. Who makes your workday go quickly? Who is always there if you need to go grab a cup of tea and vent? Who is your friend at work? Do you make friends with staff, volunteers, or board members? Who do you meet outside of work to catch up? Who can you count on? The right friends at work can make or break your work experience. I remember my going away party for a nonprofit in Boston a few years ago.

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Who do you need on your board and how can you get them there?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. If your nonprofit is new, making a tiny amount of money with events, or has a disengaged board, it might be time to get new board members. Where do you find them? You want people high up in a corporation, so that they can approve thousands to sponsor your event, or a year-end gift to your organization, if they have left over marketing dollars in their budget. You also want people who have used your services, who are passionate about your mission.

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What’s your favorite color? And other donor get-to-know you questions

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. Get to KNOW your Donors! You are not in the fundraising business! You are in the relationship business! Ask open-ended questions. Be polite. If they respond with one word or monosyllabic answers, it’s not personal. They’re probably just in a hurry, or want to talk to someone else. Quick questions to ask a donor when you’re sitting next to them at a fundraising event. Why are you here today? How did you get involved with this cause?

Do you belong to a fundraisers union? Should you?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. If there is corruption at your nonprofit, who can you go to? Who helps you get a fair salary for your fundraising experience? Where do you go with fundraising questions? If you raise lots of money, are you promoted? And if not, why not? What do you do if you’ve been wrongfully terminated? Remember your employment contract? Remember seeing the words “At Will&# employment?

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How you can get into fundraising from sales or marketing

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. This is part one in a series of three: How to get into fundraising from sales or marketing, how to get into fundraising from more blue-collar fields, and then, how to get OUT of fundraising and into something you like better.

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Fundraiser of the year of Mismanaged Nonprofit of the Year

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. Guess who made Fundraiser of the Year? Miriam Isserow, of WEAVE , an organization almost entirely dependent on government money, raised the organization out of penury by raising $85,700 in 10 days, and was fired for her troubles. Even after being fired, she continued to work as a consultant for the organization. I’ve never read of a fundraiser continuing to fundraise for an organization, even after being fired, and making the goal she set.

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13 tips on how NOT to get your annual report read

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. Here are some helpful tips that I’ve gathered through the years on how NOT to create an annual report. Make it over 20 pages, and an extremely hi-resolution pdf. the longer, the better, really. No graphics on the cover , just a blue field.

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So you want to lead a nonprofit? Part 1

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. So you want to lead a nonprofit. Maybe you’ve got a cause you really care about, and you’re ready to see a new nonprofit created. Maybe you’ve run programs, and you feel confident that you can lead a nonprofit now.

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How do you de-stress at work?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. Your body will love you. Do you work in the nonprofit or charity sector? Are you stressed? “Northwestern National life Insurance concluded a two-year study on the effect of stress in the workplace. Their findings were startling.

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Where do you see yourself in five years?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. Do you dread this question in interviews? What it really means is, “Can I trust you to be here in five years?&#. Can you respond, “Can I trust you to be a fair and decent employer to make me want to STAY for five years?&# No, of course not.

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Do you still have student debt? What did you do on March 4th?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. When I attended an elite, private college, the rate of tuition was $36,000 per year. Now it’s $50,000 per year. Imagine that. 4 years of college will put you $200,000 in debt. Contrast this with the $500 per year that a student paid in 1953 at Marylhurst University.

Ask your nonprofit leader, “Do you care more about your job, or the cause?”

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. Today the New York Times wrote an article about Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House’s comments to Congress. “Ms.

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Do try this at home

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. If you’re a development person, you’ve probably been called upon to do graphic design, despite the fact that you may never have even taken a graphic design class.

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Why market your nonprofit to women?

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. When sending out your fundraising appeals, you need to know how women react to your mailings. If you are a woman, this is easier! Think of what appeals to you. But don’t stop there. This video shows how much purchasing power women in America have.

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Reader Questions: Bootstrap your nonprofit startup in 4 steps!

Wild Woman Fundraising

I checked out your web presence, and you need a website, not a ning group. The ning group is closed, and you need to be OPEN. 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 you can get into fundraising from construction/law/plumbing

Wild Woman Fundraising

Add this to Ning. So, you want to get into fundraising. Maybe you’re in construction or plumbing. How can you start a fundraising career? Let’s start with what you have. You’re probably good at showing up every day and learning new things. When you’re looking for guidance in fundraising, it’s best to start with shadowing people who are already doing what you want to do. Just follow these steps to see if fundraising is for you.

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