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Best Links: Writer’s Block to NPO Starvation Cycle


Jeff Brooks, of Future Fundraising, hosted the Nonprofit Blog Carnival with an April Fool’s theme. I especially liked Katya’s “Don’t be a fool: It’s not about you” and the Bestow Community blog’s contribution, “The Well Endowed Fund.”

Do you know about Movie Mondays? It’s a wonderful resource for fundraisers. Let Marc Pitman, of the Fundraising Coach, tell you all about it in Movie Monday’s 100th Episode: Free Fundraising Videos.

Robert J Rosenthal, on Frogloop, slices and dices information from a study about volunteers and giving. In Taking Advantage of the Time-Money Relationship to Engage Both Volunteers and Donors, Robert provides some priceless tips about how to bridge the gap between managing volunteers and creating donors.

Websites and Blogs

Nancy Schwartz, of Getting Attention, tells us that “only 5 to 15% of your website users are coming in through your home page.” Nancy has some suggestions for us in her Nonprofit Marketing Wake-Up Call — 3 Right-Now Website Revisions.

Rebecca Leaman, of Wild Apricot, has the cure for writer’s block in her A Year’s Worth of Blog Topics Ideas. Do you have an editorial calendar?

Social Media

Shel Israel, author of Twitterville, tells us on his blog Why I don’t like Facebook ‘Likes’. The recent changes at Facebook don’t sit well with a lot of users.

BL Ochman, from whatsnextblog.com, writes about privacy issues at Facebook in Facebook Privacy Changes – Opportunity or Threat for Brands?

Are you following Dan Zarrella’s work? He dissects actual social media data to come up with an array of suggestions about how to best use these tools. He also has a new book out. On his blog, Dan recently said, Simple Language Gets Shared More on Facebook. Check out the related articles at the end of his post and you may be reading for a while.

Beth Kanter also goes deeply into social media strategy on her always compelling blog. Recently she exercised my brain with, Spreadsheet Aerobics: Actionable Measurement for Social Media.


Pamela Grow provided some excellent advice to grant writers in her recent Grow Report. Not all funders are worth approaching, Pamela says, and sometimes, “…a major funder has so many hurdles and is thus a ’7-foot bar’ – making you more likely to trip up and, even if you are successful through a herculean effort, more than likely you can garner the same rewards with less effort.”


Brit Bravo, of Have Fun, Do Good, provides many Do-Good Mother’s Day Gift and Donation Ideas. Flowers to e-cards, it’s all here.

Food for Thought

Lucy Bernholz, of Philanthropy 2173, writes eloquently about how best to marry technology and social good in Considering Assumptions. She says, “Thinking about how global + connected changes our assumptions is key. Cell phone access and connectivity by themselves solve nothing…. And good intentions are not enough.”

Webinars You Don’t Want to Miss

The Stanford Social Innovation Review is sponsoring a webinar titled “The Nonprofit Starvation Cycle” on May 12. Find out more and register.

Blackbaud is offering “Wealth and Philanthropy in America: Target Affluent Prospects to Sustain Your Annual and Major Gift Programs” on May 11. Do you know the difference between wealthy donors and affluent donors? Register here for this free webinar.

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Best Links: Writer’s Block to NPO Starvation Cycle originally appeared on About.com Nonprofit Charitable Orgs on Sunday, May 2nd, 2010 at 06:00:42.

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