Tech trends

PBS, WTCI deliver content that educates, informs, inspires

By now you know I am a history buff and big fan of PBS. So it will come as no surprise that on this President’s Day, I am pleased to introduce you to a new Presidential collection called 60-SECOND PRESIDENTS brought to you by PBS LearningMedia and PBS Digital Studios.

Have fun exploring and be sure to share (more…)

Meet The Give App

The Give app is a cute little App full of doing goodness in the palm of your (iPhone) hand.  Thanks to a partnership with Guidestar, the Give app provides mobile access to donate to more than 1.9 million nonprofit organizations.

All Give donations are 100% tax-deductible through their accredited charitable donation processor, Network for Good.  According to the Give app website, (more…)

The Ultimate Vision for the Guidestar Exchange

Last month a LinkedIn email from the group “GuideStar — The Nonprofit Conversation” caught my attention.  Written by David Mundy, eCommerce Manager at GuideStar, he wrote an article on the vision behind the GuideStar Exchange. Here is an excerpt: (more…)

Anniversary Videos That Inform and Engage

Slide03I’ve written about videos in the past and how they can turn viewers into advocates for and contributors to your organizations. We now have compelling evidence that shows for a third of all donors between the ages of 18 and 48, video is important to the causes they support. No surprise that the majority of Millennials (56%) view online videos about charities they support, and nearly half (46%) of Gen Xers (including me) do the same. Although a similar comparison is not available for baby boomers, who represent 43% of the total giving (more…)

SignNow App for Nonprofit Professionals

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 8.44.07 PMIn my work as a chief development officer for a community college, my mobile devices are among the most important tools in my work shed. Equally as important are the apps that deliver digital results.

Just this week I used my iPad mini to work on a document that needed signed, dated and returned via email. With SignNow, the  (more…)

The right software to grow causes you care about

Tony Martignetti

Tony Martignetti

The Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio podcast recently featured CEO of Software Advice Don Fornes who spoke about his five best tips for identifying the right software, such as to avoid the allure of “bells and whistles” of a system’s technology and focus on what you actually need. (more…)

Organize volunteers and raise money with

Slide002The nonprofit sector depends on the power of volunteers who share of themselves for the greater good, and any tool that makes it easier to support and encourage volunteerism is a winner to me! We also know that often our very best volunteers become loyal donors. This intersection of volunteering and giving is (more…)

Felt delivers handwritten thank you’s in an iPad app

feltapplogosmallHave you ever felt inspired to write a thank you note, but you didn’t have any stamps or appropriate thank you cards in your magic drawer? A clever new iPad app aims to solve our thank you note challenges and “revives the old school tradition” of handwritten cards. I downloaded Felt today after my friend emailed that it was available on the Apple App Store. (Full disclosure: her son’s design team worked on the app). She wrote:

 I think it’s pretty cool and hope it will get us all back on track with our “thank you’s!” (more…)

Causeway brings support to local causes you care about

1012870_657041407658265_629885379_nAs part of National Volunteer Week, which runs from April 21-27, 2013, I am thrilled to pay tribute to a hometown team who is setting a new standard for supporting local causes with their hyper-local platform Causeway.

This is not your typical crowdfunding site.

Compared to industry leader Kickstarter, Causeway offers something exclusive for a community. Forbes contributor Ryan Caldbeck said in his 2013 crowdfunding predictions: “While Kickstarter can be successful as the of crowdfunding, (more…)

Next Level Volunteer Organizing Solutions

560487_410129935694162_322418226_aI was thrilled when Nazila Alasti, CEO and Founder of Jooners, contacted me this week and invited me to learn more about her online sign up solution. I wrote about two competing online sign up tools last year so I was eager to learn about (more…)