We need your vote on the best nonprofit groups, tools and resources

We need your vote on 2017’s best nonprofit online resources

Where do you go to exchange ideas and look for resources?

 

Cast your vote for the best nonprofit tools, groups and resources. We want to know your favorite sites where you go to exchange ideas, seek answers, or look for resources you can use to enhance your job.

Then, in April, learn which tools and resources your nonprofit colleagues use to get ahead. We will share the top 12 that you and your colleagues pick – in our April newsletter.
 
1 minute tops! We want YOUR ideas for 2017’s best nonprofit online resources.
 
Examples could be (but not limited to!):
  • online groups where people exchange ideas
  • social media groups or pages
  • websites that offer resources and tools
  • websites that offer lists of opportunities on training, webinars, online learning
  • inspirational nonprofit blogs
  • nonprofit networks
  • state or county nonprofit associations
  • sites that connect nonprofits to supporters and volunteers
Simply enter your favorites below and we will post the top 12 in our April Newsletter. You only need to enter one – but if you have additional favorites let us know!
 

Thank you for participating!
 
Tim Magee
Executive Director
 
Tim Magee is the author of the Beginner’s Guide to Online Donations

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Nonprofit Survey Results from Nonprofit Professionals: 2017

Strategic Professional Development. The nonprofit survey asked which skills listed in 6 core job areas – if improved – could help you the most.

2017 Nonprofit Survey Results from Nonprofit Professionals

This important nonprofit survey on nonprofit skills is about your use of techniques to help you manage your job more efficiently–and get more done.

Nonprofit Survey: Nonprofit Skills the Pros Want to Improve

Do you agree or disagree with the results? We value your comments.
 
Who Participated: Executive Directors, Directors of Development, Board Members, Grant Writers, Communications Directors and Program/Project Managers (among others) responded to the nonprofit survey. Their nonprofits worked in a number of different areas including:
  • 42%. Education
  • 29%. Human and social services
  • 25%. Health services/healthcare reform
  • 25%. Youth programs
  • 21%. Environmental sustainability
  • 21%. Grant giving foundation
  • 17%. Housing/homelessness
  • 17%. Community development
  • 12%. Arts & Culture
  • 12%. International development
  • 12%. Poverty and social justice
  • 8%. Economic opportunity
  • 8%. Sustainable food and agriculture
Nonprofit Survey Results about Nonprofit Skills: The greatest percentage of respondents felt they needed the most help the following areas:
 
1. Marketing and Communications. I need help with:
  • 70%. Increasing active engagement with our donors and supporters.
  • 56%. Collecting compelling stories from our programs to share with donors.
  • 48%. Effectively orchestrating social media.
  • 44%. Using tools, techniques and editable templates to speed up the writing process.
  • 44%. Clearly articulating what our organization does in a sound bite.
  • 39%. Identifying foundations for funding our programs.
  • 35%. Writing regular, effective donor email newsletters.
  • 26%. Identifying specifically what potential supporters are looking for, where they look for it, and how they ask for it.
  • 22%. Writing an achievable communications calendar.
  • 17%. Clearly identifying who your target supporters are.
Nonprofit survey respondents can receive the help they are looking for here:
 
2. Online Donations and Fundraising. I need help with:
  • 55%. Optimizing our site so that potential donors find us first (SEO).
  • 50%. Determining the best things to ask donors for that will lead to a commitment.
  • 50%. Building our mailing list by getting website visitors to subscribe to our newsletter.
  • 40%. Learning effective online fundraising techniques.
  • 40%. Developing website landing pages that quickly call donors to action.
Nonprofit survey respondents can receive the help they are looking for here:
 
3. Grant Development. I want to be better prepared for contacting donors by:
  • 50%. Being able to better identify potential donors for funding the project.
  • 45%. Learning how to better design monitoring and evaluation plans.
  • 40%. Learning how to better develop a program/project that is attractive to donors.
  • 40%. Learning how to better design a program/project that is manageable.
  • 35%. Conducting a needs assessment to determine specific, verifiable community need.
  • 35%. Identifying activities proven to solve community need.
  • 35%. Learning how to better write budgets, action plans and schedules.
Nonprofit survey respondents can receive the help they are looking for here:
 
4. Program/Project Management. I would like to learn more about:
  • 53%. Project reporting.
  • 47%. Project monitoring and evaluation.
  • 42%. Finding, managing and keeping volunteers.
  • 37%. Running projects using the tools written during grant development.
  • 26%. Launching projects.
Nonprofit survey respondents can receive the help they are looking for here:
 
5. Internet & Technology needs at your nonprofit. We need to be:
  • 43%. Modernizing our website to be mobile friendly for visitors with tablets and smart phones.
  • 43%. Developing an effective email newsletter program.
  • 43%. Learning effective ways to convert website visitors into new subscribers.
  • 43%. Modernizing our website to be more engaging for visitors and quickly call them to action.
  • 33%. Learning how to manage and regularly update our website.
  • 10%. Learning how to send newsletters through our newsletter service provider.
Nonprofit survey respondents can receive the help they are looking for here:
 
6. Marketing with a Google AdWords Grant Program:
  • 79%. We would like to learn how to get a $10K a month Google AdWords grant.
  • 43%. We need to train a staff person to start using and manage a new AdWords account.
  • 14%. We have a Google AdWords grant but we would like to learn how to optimize and manage our AdWords account.
Nonprofit survey respondents can receive the help they are looking for here:
 
Professional Development Conclusions. Based upon reviewing the nonprofit skills options listed in the nonprofit survey, respondents then analyzed their professional development needs for the balance of 2017.
 
Are you considering participating in a training program this year?
  • 71%. Yes
  • 29%. No
If I could participate in a training program I would like to focus on:
  • 54%. Social media development and management.
  • 50%. Marketing and communications.
  • 33%. Grant development.
  • 29%. Online donations and fundraising.
  • 25%. Project management.
  • 17%. Newsletter and mailing list development.
  • 13%. Google AdWords grant development and management.
  • 8%. Website development and management.
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If You Haven’t Done So Already, Take the Survey Now! We will continue to fine tune the results.
 
We look forward to your insights and comments!
 
Sincerely,
 
Tim Magee
 

AdWords Keyword Optimization: Using Customer Search Terms

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Chapter 14: AdWords Keyword Optimization: Finding & Using Customer Search Terms

In this chapter you will learn about powerful, simple tools for AdWords Keyword Optimization: How to minimize poor CTR Keywords, maximize high performing keywords, insert AdWords tracking codes into your landing pages, and how to set up Google Google Search Console and Google Analytics.

Learning How to Optimize AdWords.
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Each of the 14 chapters include 3 step-by-step guides that lead you in setting up a modern website, launching a donor newsletter program and applying for a $10k/mo Google AdWords Grant. See what the 42 guides include.
 
You learned about simple management tools like ad extensions, daily budgets, ad schedules, and also learned about AdWords quality score and ad rank—and AdWords performance statistics.
 
Today we are presenting Chapter 14. AdWords Keyword Optimization: Finding & Using Customer Search Terms.
 
What you will Do. Skills you will Learn.
This week we will show you about AdWords Keyword Optimization using customer search terms (and how to find them!) and about conversion tracking.

  1. Guide 40. Keyword Optimization: Minimizing poor CTR keywords.
  2. Guide 41. Landing pages and conversion tracking codes.
  3. Guide 42. Customer Search Terms: Google Analytics. Google Webmaster.
Tech Tools for Beginners: AdWords Keyword Optimization. Chapter 14 is on the range of tools available for effective AdWords keyword optimization: All technical concepts are provided in easy to grasp, jargon-free language, and are supported with step-by-step illustrations: Perfect!
 
In Summary
In Chapter 14 you will learn how to minimize poor CTR Keywords, maximize high performing keywords, insert AdWords tracking codes into your landing pages, how to set up Google Search Console and Google Analytics, and how to insert a site map into your website.
 
Get Going! CHAPTER 14 and AdWords Keyword Optimization.
Optimize and Manage keywords for your Nonprofit to Increase Donations.
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  3. Design, Fund and Manage Nonprofit Programs
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We look forward to your insights and comments!
 
Sincerely,

Tim Magee
Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Development 

 
Tim Magee is the author of:
A Field Guide to Community Based Adaptation, Routledge, Oxford, England.
The Beginner’s Guide to Online Donations