Get big ideas from the world’s thought leaders as they talk about their vision for the future.
By: Ray Souder, Innovative NonProfit 9/17/12 When you’re running a nonprofit, it can sometimes feel like you’re spending 98% of your time begging for money. And nothing zaps the fun out of your online marketing efforts faster than asking people to do stuff: click this link, take this survey, give me your email address, Like me, follow me….ugh! Before you know it, your enthusiasm to grow your NPO has morphed your social media platforms into an army of relentless nagging-machines. But you need to raise money, right? So what’s a...read more
By Matthew Sarson All of us in the non-profit sector looked on with intrigue as the ‘Kony 2012’ campaign suddenly started appearing on all of our friend’s Facebook pages. For someone who religiously follows what is happening in development, it felt strange that something I knew nothing about was suddenly everywhere. Of course, I was already familiar with the name Joseph Kony, but how come all of a sudden everyone else was? It didn’t take long for the cynics to follow, earnestly riding on the hype wave, and soon everyone...read more
By Traci Shoblom What do Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, and Jimmy Carter have in common? Other than having the ability to buy almost anything they want, these people are (or were) visionary leaders who made the transition from for-profit to non-profit ventures. They all started out as leaders in for-profit organizations and then went on to create or run a successful nonprofit. In the case of Jimmy Carter, he had the not-so-small task of leading the United States in between. Bill Gates, of course, was the CEO and is the Chairman of...read more
Shaney Jo believes that in order to stick to one’s mission a nonprofit must be in tune with their target audience. The target audience should be the focal point from which everything else branches out. Shaney Jo suggest that perhaps the reason many nonprofits find themselves in a rut is because they have forgotten what they originally set out to do. They have forgotten about their target audience needs. If this happens then...read more