June 9, 2017

My Friday Edit: Restoring My Faith in Tech

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Santorini, Greece/ Courtesy of Shutterstock

This week I was re-inspired by technology. It sometimes feels like we spend a lot of time criticizing or glorifying tech, and honestly neither of those descriptions seem or feel right most of the time. But Trickle Up, an international nonprofit, told me a story this week that reminded me of the basics of why technology applied wisely, in collaboration, and with great heart, can be the thing that transforms and improves so many aspects of people’s lives.

The story goes something like this: (via Trickle Up) 

As Lopamudra Manjhi unboxes her smartphone, a smile appears on her face. She delicately holds the phone in her hands, a little uncertain of what to do next.

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June 5, 2017

The Hidden Magic of Conferences

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Photo courtesy of JD Lasica/Nonprofit Technology Conference 2013

 

If you’re like me, you feel a little bit of dread right before you leave for a conference. All the work I’ve left behind, the accumulating emails and deadlines waiting for me when I get back, and leaving my family behind is never easy. Then there’s the dreaded conference fatigue. Also, trying to find conference session rooms in these maze-like hotels makes me feel like a lost child right before I enter a room where I’d like to feel empowered and oriented. Anyone else?

 

Between room disorientation, sessions, networking, processing of new information, socializing, and then getting back to your hotel late to catch up on work or emails – it’s a lot. So, it’s easy to lose sight of all the great things that are happening while you’re at a conference and the subconscious magic that can integrate into your thinking and work afterwards.

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June 2, 2017

Your Donor Sweetheart + My Nonprofit Comms Edit

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Today is my 10 year wedding anniversary and it got me thinking about how we value and place importance on anniversaries. That the action of acknowledgement is important. It recognizes a significant commitment and bond. It communicates that through the years, I continue to choose you. Pretty big stuff.

It then got me thinking about how we, as nonprofit communicators and fundraisers, celebrate our donor anniversaries. Do we do it? Is it a choice we make to not do it, if we’re not doing it? And what would that anniversary “love letter” look like?

Here are some thoughts on how I might approach the messaging of that “love letter”:

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May 26, 2017

The Friday Edit – Links I’m Loving

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June is just around the the corner, and it gets me thinking a lot about what my creative summer projects will look like. I often use the summer to focus on planning and brainstorming. I treat September like the new year in many ways, so summers spent cleaning up strategic plans, assessing what worked and what didn’t, and brainstorming, are all things I look forward to as the weather warms up.

Do you have any summer projects you’re working on? Let me know in the comments! Would love to learn how you put your summer to work – or not! All good.

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May 19, 2017

The Friday Edit – Links I’m Loving

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It’s the Friday Edit, aka, things I’ve been reading or watching around the web that I found interesting, useful, or downright funny. I hope you enjoy them, too.

I have to start with the funny because, well, it’s needed this week! I saw this movie trailer for NGO – Nothing Going On from Poverty to Power and it seems both hilarious, cringe-worthy, and painfully true in parts. Give it a watch below to see what I mean.

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