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Campaign Closeup: $5k for RVA

The Better Housing Coalition (BHC), a non-profit community development corporation, transforms communities through high-quality, eco-friendly affordable housing. They offer social services that help residents become more self-reliant, seek higher education and age in place. Their portfolio includes 16 residential communities – 8 for lower-income seniors – as well as 180 single-family homes for low- to moderate-income first-time buyers. BHC is known for the many collaborative partnerships they’ve created with financial and commercial organizations, public agencies, other non-profits, private individuals, grassroots community leaders, and builders and developers in order to scale and manage their mission of revitalizing the community.

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Online Fundraising Success: Macon Day at Randolph-Macon College

Video: Rick Golembeski of Randolph-Macon College talks about the success of "Macon Day" - a day where for 24 hrs. alumni, faculty, students and supporters are asked to donate online to the school. On their very first try in 2013 they raised over $650,000 and have continued to see incredible success in numbers of gifts received and total donations.

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Smart Giving: Cooking Up Successful Crowdfunding Campaigns

It?s hard to miss the seemingly endless wave of crowdfunding websites and strategies in the marketplace, and not just for nonprofits. We recently found an intriguing compilation of crowdfunding articles on Mashable, as well as the following definition: Crowd funding (alternately crowd financing, equity crowdfunding, or hyper funding) describes the collective effort of individuals who network…

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Social Media for Nonprofits Closeup: Heather Mansfield, Nonprofit Tech for Good

On March 19, 2015 ConnectVA presents the Social Media for Nonprofits Conference 2015 - "Mobile Technology for Social Good" featuring Heather Mansfield, founder of Nonprofit Tech for Good at WCVE Community Idea Station in Richmond, VA.  Register here for $65-$75 - tickets almost sold out! During the Conference, Heather will host two practical workshops packed with tips, advice,…

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Tech Tips: 10 e-Newsletter Best Practices

Is your nonprofit leveraging communication and driving fundraising through an e-newsletter? According to the Pew Research Center email still dominatesamong online adults and the ROI from e-newsletters is relatively high compared to other Web-based communication channels.  Thanks to social media, e-newsletter growth in the nonprofit sector grew 14% in 2012; this is especially true for…

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Tech Tips: 12 Online Fundraising Best Practices

As you may have heard, charitable giving is at an all-time high by individuals, companies and foundations; according to a report last year from Salsa Labs an estimated $335 billion went to charities in 2013, up 3% from 2012. However, more and more stats are pointing to online giving as the wave of the future. …

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