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Since the announcement by Harvard and MIT about the launch of their joint online education venture, edX, I’ve seen several articles and opinion pieces about MOOC – massive open online courses. One of those articles, The Big Idea That Can Revolutionize Higher Education: MOOC, was written by Laura McKenna for The Atlantic. She says MOOC […]

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One, Two, Three…Smile!

Donor photos are one of the most valuable pieces of donor experience content a nonprofit can have.  After doing a recent customer photo shoot, I was thinking about how wonderful it was to connect with our customers and what a huge asset we had in the photos. I often see nonprofits with the “shiny, happy […]

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Do you work in the Education department? Why do busy professionals turn to social media? For professional development, of course. Social tools make it possible for you to increase participation in your learning programs, actively engage learners, and make your learning programs more effective. Your job will be more rewarding when you transition your learners […]

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  Just so you know, I was tempted to title this post “playing well with others”. Non-profits, associations and even for-profits, all face the same restrictive challenge – silos! Each department, group, team, or individual, gets comfortable doing their thing, their way, and see no advantages to letting someone else in to mess it all […]

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Tactics That Make Activity Go Up

There are thousands of tactics that will make the level of activity in the community go up. Initiate a poll on a topical issue and e-mail all your members about it. Host an exciting event and invite members to join (their friends too!). Turn the most controversial discussions into sticky-threads. But there is a difference […]

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This week’s nonprofit news has a decidedly international flavor, with philanthropy stories from around the globe. But then we top it off with a charmingly local story about a small boy who made a big difference in his community. We’re smack dab in the middle of the dog days of summer and here in D.C. […]

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Is your organization capturing a slice of the $20+ billion in online giving? Are you raising the funds you expected when you put up your “Donate Now” button? Have you used your online fundraising tools for anything other than a “Donate Now” page? If the answer is “no” then you need to re-think your online […]

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They say it’s lonely at the top, but association leaders aren’t too lonely, they’re surrounded by those on the upper rungs of the leadership ladder. Members who have followed the same path to the board room. Members who have ‘paid their dues’ and who ascribe to the prevailing leadership culture. Members who are happily ensconced […]

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According to Wikipedia, an encumbrance in accounting is “A way to reflect commitments in the accounting system and attempt to prevent overspending. Encumbrances allow organizations to recognize future commitments of resources prior to an actual expenditure.” In your personal life, you may have a piggy bank for your vacation fund.  The money you stash away […]

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 What did you do last weekend?  Avectra’s own John Clese rode 200 miles for the Chicago AIDS ride. He not only completed the 200 miles in two days, but he came in 7th. All of us here at Avectra are so proud of John’s tremendous achievement and thought it would be cool to hear the […]

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