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Report Roundup: Nonprofit Technology 2017

Here at ConnectVA we have our ears to the ground for news, trends, and data that could impact your work. A few of the reports we captured last year in our 5 New Reports to Help You Do Your Work post are still relevant, but some new reports have come out that we thought you’d want to know about:

  • 2017 Nonprofit Communications Trends ReportJust like last year, Kivi Leroux Miller of Nonprofit Marketing Guide, has compiled comprehensive data surveyed from nonprofit professionals on the state of nonprofit communications in 2017. This year she goes a step further to include new and different questions like “What are typical staffing and budgeting levels for nonprofit communications teams?” and “Just how important are fundraising goals to nonprofit communications teams?”.
  • 2017 Benchmarks Study – Recently released, the 2017 M+R Benchmarks Study is report and analysis of nonprofit email messaging, email list size, fundraising, online advocacy, web traffic, digital ads, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more for the calendar year of 2016.
  • The State of Peer to Peer Fundraising 2017 by DonorDrive – Insight, research and statistics that dives deeper into why corporate partnerships are important, what motivates fundraisers and why supporters expect fundraising options.
  • 2017 Digital Outlook Report – A joint effort between care2, hjc, NTEN and the Resource Alliance this report captures the nonprofit sector’s changing digital strategy landscape. This year they grouped nonprofits into three levels of proficiency based on survey responses and shared insights accordingly in “Advance Your Nonprofit’s Game to the Next Level”.
  • 2016 Charitable Giving Report – For the fifth year, Blackbaud reports on overall fundraising efforts in the US, specifically on overall and online fundraising trends by sector and organization size, the impact of mobile giving on online fundraising, how #GivingTuesday is dramatically shaping year-end fundraising plus key stats on donation amounts, donor characteristics, retention, and more from across the U.S. nonprofit sector.

We’ve also added these reports to our Nonprofit Technology resource page.

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Nonprofit Mobile App Contest Finalists

Over the past month, we received several incredible entries for our Mobile App Contest for Local Nonprofits in partnership with NS804 Apps & Commonwealth PR to offer the development of a mobile app, free of charge, to one local nonprofit in Greater Richmond, VA – including conception, development and marketing! The nonprofits were asked to describe their organization's mission and vision, talk about 2016 goals, how technology could positively impact their mission and how an app could potentially strengthen their organization, its people or volunteers. The nonprofits were not asked to have a fully fleshed out app concept - but many had some great ideas in the works, already! Although, it was incredibly difficult to narrow down the submissions - we ultimately selected the top four finalists for the contest - (in no particular order) Historic Richmond, GRASP, MS Society Virginia Chapter and Rx Partnership! Here's a look at the video entries and more about these awesome organizations!

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Social Media for Nonprofits Closeup: Sarah Milston of The Spark Mill

On May 4th, ConnectVA will present the only day-long social media conference in the region for nonprofits, government and community-based organizations! You will learn best practices, trends, and need-to-know information to connect your organization with social media to drive change. The day will feature field experts, panel discussions and a presentation and workshop from internationally-acclaimed Master Trainer, Beth Kanter, author of the “Networked Nonprofit” books. ConnectVA’s Social Media for Nonprofits Conference 2016 Becoming a Networked Nonprofit, featuring Beth Kanter 05.04.16 | 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM | $75 – $85 until 04.13.16 Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen | 2880 Mountain Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060 Register here! Below is a conversation we recently had with Sarah Milston – who is leading a breakout session on “Avoiding a Social Media Disaster." Read on to learn more about her!

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Social Media for Nonprofits Closeup: Caroline Browell of Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia and Dean Browell of Feedback

On May 4th, ConnectVA will present the only day-long social media conference in the region for nonprofits, government and community-based organizations! You will learn best practices, trends, and need-to-know information to connect your organization with social media to drive change. The day will feature field experts, panel discussions and a presentation and workshop from internationally-acclaimed Master Trainer, Beth Kanter, author of the “Networked Nonprofit” books. ConnectVA’s Social Media for Nonprofits Conference 2016 Becoming a Networked Nonprofit, featuring Beth Kanter 05.04.16 | 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM | $75 – $85 until 04.13.16 Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen | 2880 Mountain Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060 Register here! Below is a conversation we recently had with Caroline and Dean Browell – who are leading a breakout session on "Assessing and Aligning Resources in Social." Read on to learn more about them!

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Social Media for Nonprofits Closeup: Marcus Messner, Director at VCU Social Media Institute

On May 4th, ConnectVA will present the only day-long social media conference in the region for nonprofits, government and community-based organizations! You will learn best practices, trends, and need-to-know information to connect your organization with social media to drive change. The day will feature field experts, panel discussions and a presentation and workshop from internationally-acclaimed Master Trainer, Beth Kanter, author of the “Networked Nonprofit” books. ConnectVA’s Social Media for Nonprofits Conference 2016 Becoming a Networked Nonprofit, featuring Beth Kanter 05.04.16 | 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM | $75 – $85 until 04.13.16 Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen | 2880 Mountain Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060 Register here! Below is a conversation we recently had with Marcus Messner – who is leading the Foundation course the morning of the conference. Read on to learn more about him.

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Social Media for Nonprofits Closeup: Beth Kanter, Author & Nonprofit Master Trainer

On May 4th, ConnectVA will present the only day-long social media conference in the region for nonprofits, government and community-based organizations! You will learn best practices, trends, and need-to-know information to connect your organization with social media to drive change. The day will feature field experts, panel discussions and a presentation and workshop from internationally-acclaimed Master Trainer, Beth Kanter, author of the “Networked Nonprofit” books. ConnectVA’s Social Media for Nonprofits Conference 2016 Becoming a Networked Nonprofit, featuring Beth Kanter 05.04.16 | 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM | $75 – $85 until 04.13.16 Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen | 2880 Mountain Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060 Register here! Below is a conversation we recently had with Beth Kanter - read on to learn more about her work and her perspective!

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Tech Tips: Nonprofit Technology Resources

If you work for a small nonprofit, chances are you are looking for as many free or inexpensive tech resources as possible. If you represent a large organization, you're probably still looking for budget-friendly ways to enhance productivity and communications. And if you're job-hunting, learning new tech tools is a great way to beef up your resume. We recently updated our Nonprofit Technology resources page - which compiles free or low-cost tools on

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