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Tech Roundup: 10 Nonprofit Mobile Apps to Get Inspired By

With more and more people using their mobile devices to find information about local resources and services, and to connect with their favorite causes, having a mobile friendly website, at the minimum, is essential. Mobile apps are a great next step for nonprofits who are ready to engage with their audience in a new way. We found 10 interesting examples of nonprofit mobile apps - which range in purpose and locality.

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Tech Tips: 10 Ways To Get Started with Instagram and Vine

Statistics show that there are more than 75 million daily Instagram users, and Vine, a mobile video sharing app owned by Twitter, has 40 million users. That's a lot of people poised and ready to hear your nonprofit's story! If you missed Heather Mansfield of Nonprofit Tech for Good's recent webinar on "22 Instagram and Vine Best Practices for NGOs", we've compiled 10 of her tips here, highlighting some of Greater Richmond's nonprofits along the way.

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Spotlighting Technology: Community Innovation Award

For the second year, in partnership with RichTech, the Richmond Technology Council, ConnectVA will present a dedicated technology impact award at RichTech's 20th Annual Technology Awards Gala on May 15, 2015. The Community Impact Award spotlights a nonprofit or civic organization in Central Virginia that displays the most innovative use(s) of technology to deliver services, advance…

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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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Smart Giving: How Can Your Nonprofit Benefit from Pinterest?


How Can Your Nonprofit Benefit from Pinterest?

Today nonprofits have so many social media tools at their fingertips ? it can be quite overwhelming to determine which social media platforms are worth using or which ones will most effectively reach a desired audience. Pinterest is a growing social network medium for nonprofits and companies because of its visual storytelling format that showcases products, news and ideas. It can also serve as a library of sorts, providing a place to store articles and ideas that you would like to explore when you have more time. There are a variety of different ways nonprofits can utilize Pinterest to create a picture driven collection of information in hope of spreading their value and mission.

Pinterest Boards can be created for any and every topic. Check out Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden?s pinterest profile below. This nonprofit has created boards for flower pictures, events, weddings at their venue, Richmond news, gardening ideas, classes offered, etc.

How can your nonprofit use different boards to showcase your mission and values? More examples include animal rescue organizations creating a board for animals waiting to be adopted, art centers creating a board to show recent work, community organizations creating a board with holiday potluck recipes?the possibilities are endless!

Idea Boards: The Pinterest board below is from the HandsOn Greater Richmond profile and serves as a space for the team to collect volunteer appreciation gift ideas. Pinterest boards can be used as a storehouse for lesson plans, gift ideas, recipes, blog post ideas?anything that could be useful to a specific nonprofit organization. Use idea boards for internal purposes or direct clients to a particular board to share ideas and helpful information. The Spark Mill consulting firm has created numerous boards that share tips on how to be more creative, strategic, efficient and more. The whole idea is to showcase information, tutorials and stories. GiveRichmond plans to continue producing ?How To? articles like this one and post them to Pinterest for your future reference. *Important tip: Install the Pin button on your internet browser so that you can immediately pin something you come across on the internet. Several people can be added to the same board to collect ideas in one location.

Product boards can be used to display items available the Pinterest. When an individual ?pins? a picture of a product, the image is seen by all of the individual?s followers ? this rapidly increases the exposure of a particular item as friends ?share? pictures of products with each other. The Richmond Sports Backers have a Pinterest board exclusively for their products, and each picture links to the Sports Backers online store. This way, the user is immediately directed to the online store after clicking the picture and is prompted to purchase the item or view similar products.

Want more tips on social media for your nonprofit?  Come to ConnectVA’s Social Media for Nonprofits Conference on 3/19 @ WCVE/Community Ideas Station – featuring Heather Mansfield of Nonprofit Tech for Good!

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GiveRichmond/GiveSouthsideVA is a program of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond & Central Virginia (TCF). As strategic partners with ConnectVA, TCF and GiveRichmond/GiveSouthsdeVA encourage smart giving by identifying trends and success stories in local philanthropy through their Smart Giving blog series. If you have ideas about topics you would like to have covered, please comment below!

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Tech Roundup: Quick Tips for Social Media part III

Quick Tips for Social Media blog post series part three (see one and two).  In case you missed the recent Nonprofit Tech for Good webinar with Heather Mansfield, 10 Social Media Strategies for NGO's, here are a few quick tips, tools and resources you can use for social media success in ConnectVA's 3-part blog series: 1) Launch a mobile-compatible website: Mobile will…

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Tech Roundup: Quick Tips for Social Media part II

Quick Tips for Social Media blog post series part two (see one and three).  In case you missed last week?s Nonprofit Tech for Good webinar with Heather Mansfield, 10 Social Media Strategies for NGO's, here are a few quick tips, tools and resources you can use for social media success in ConnectVA's 3-part blog series: 1) Integrate your social…

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Tech Roundup: Quick Tips for Social Media part I

Quick Tips for Social Media blog post series part one (see two and three).  In case you missed yesterday's Nonprofit Tech for Good webinar with Heather Mansfield, 10 Social Media Strategies for NGO's, here are a few quick tips, tools and resources you can use to implement best practices: 1) Launch a blog: inspire people to volunteer,…

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