January 2, 2019

Your 2019 Personal & Professional Strategic Plan

by Caroline Avakian

  If you’re anything like me, then that week before New Year’s Day can sometimes throw you for an existential loop.     All those end-of-year memes on social media seem to be true, given the amount of laugh emoji responses from my friends and family that they’ve received. Truth!   We all want to begin the New Year feeling full … Continue reading

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October 17, 2017

How to Attract & Keep Donors Using Text Messaging

by Caroline Avakian

For many nonprofits, text messaging as a communications and fundraising tool can feel daunting. I’ve worked with nonprofits who grapple with understanding if text messaging is even right for them. Below is a graphic shared with me by TextMagic that can help you better understand what an SMS campaign could look like and if it’s right for your nonprofit. This … Continue reading

September 11, 2017

5 Ingredients to Make Your Nonprofit-Corporate Partnership Succeed

by Guest

  A few days ago, I was strolling along the foggy coast in Northern California when I noticed a cormorant flying in “v” formation with a flock of pelicans. A week later, I saw a pelican flying with a flock of cormorants. I’ve been watching these birds for years and never saw them co-mingle in a flight pattern. I always … Continue reading

August 23, 2017

5 Simple Tips for a More Impressive Twitter Profile

by John Haydon

Is your Twitter profile follow-worthy? Or are you unknowingly turning people away, leaving them confused or unimpressed? Your Twitter profile very is different from many other social profiles. On Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social networks, you have lots of space for your bio, links, and other elements. Not so with Twitter: Limited space: Twitter allows for one link, a small profile … Continue reading

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July 18, 2017

How to Manage Social Media During Summer Vacation

by John Haydon

If you’re like the participants in a recent Harvard study, you work during vacation. You may even skip vacation like the 35% who work over 50 hours a week. The thing is, we’re not machines. We’re animals. And like most animals, we need to rest, unplug, and reset.  But it might not be easy for you to take time off: This … Continue reading

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June 9, 2017

My Friday Edit: Restoring My Faith in Tech

by Caroline Avakian

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, … Continue reading