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News from the Community: New Local Platform Launched for Virtual Restaurant Fundraising

RVA has a new online platform to help nonprofits raise funds with the help of restaurants that goes beyond the traditional “Give Back Night”. Serving Up Change is a platform that allows community organizations to connect with restaurants to fund raise with a “Virtual Spirit Night”. Instead of requiring attendance on a specific date and time, Serving Up Change and its virtual fundraiser allows supporters to purchase eGift cards from their phones or website, to be used at any time. The nonprofit organization earns the percentage back (determined by each restaurant) as fundraising profit. Supporters can also make flat donations through the same fundraising page.

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Nonprofit Trends: Impact of Technology

How is technology transforming the way nonprofits operate and fulfill their missions? In many different ways, it turns out. According to Independent Sector’s Nine Key Trends Shaping the Future of the Charitable Sector, there are a few key areas where technology is, and will continue, to have a major effect. We recap those areas here, with local examples and resources. Real-Time Data The availability and aggregation of real-time data will make measuring outcomes easier and more meaningful, will help inform decision making, and aid in the development of new business models. We spoke with two local nonprofits who have been using real-time data in their daily work:

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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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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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Nonprofit Technology

Nonprofit Technology Tools

Videoconferencing Communication

  • GoToMeeting – Citrix web-conferencing software
  • Skype – Person-to-person and group video conference calling available
  • Wiggio – Host virtual meetings and conference calls

Cloud-Based Back-Up Systems and Storage Systems

  • Carbonite – Safe, cloud-based back-up systems for office data and vital information
  • Dropbox – Allows you free document storage with easily controlled sharing or privacy settings
  • MozyPro – Provides online document back up services

Document and Information Sharing

  • Google for Nonprofits – Provides charities access and guidance on how to use a variety of tools and resources that Google offers. Google Apps, provides a free way to host email and provide organization-wide calendar and document sharing
  • Microsoft One Drive – Document sharing site that is useful for sharing collections of documents with groups of people using a password
  • My Committee – Handles committee member contact information, agendas, minutes and other committee documents for a nominal fee
  • Prezi – Create and share presentations online with the cloud-based, free software
  • Slideshare – share PowerPoint slides and presentations

Business Enhancing Software Programs

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  • Account Edge – Manages all elements of accounting
  • Cisco – Servers and Networks
  • Donor Perfect – Manage fundraising efforts with this donor management system
  • ETapestry – Manage donors and all aspects of fundraising
  • Exceed – Several versions provide different levels of donor management
  • Mobile Beacon – Servers and networks
  • Netsuite – Manage fundraising and donors with this system
  • Quicken – Manages all elements of accounting
  • Volunteer Matters Pro – A scheduling software
  • And more!
 
  • Invoicely – Free, unlimited online invoices
  • Slimvoice – Free invoice generating software

Website Content Management and Design

  • Bootswatch – Free themes for Bootstrap
  • Drupal – Open-source web design and content management for nonprofits with little or no web design expertise
  • HTML5Up – Free HTML5 site templates
  • Impossibility – Domain name generator
  • LeanDomainSearch – Domain name search
  • Reviews.com – Comprehensive research into the best web hosts
  • Templated – A collection of free CSS and HTML5 website templates
  • WordPress – Blog and site design for nonprofits with little or no web design or content management expertise

Graphic Design Tools

  • Canva – Create social media and presentation graphics with pre-made or custom templates
  • Easel.ly – Create and share infographics
  • Pablo – An extension of Buffer, this tool provides perfectly sized templates for captivating content creation
  • Piktochart – An easy-to-use infographic maker
  • Relay – Free user-friendly graphic design tool with sharing functions
  • Withoomph – Low-cost instant logo generator

Social Media Tools

  • Blab – Connected to Twitter, Blab enables real-time video conversations from multiple locations
  • Buffer – Schedule social media posts across different channels in advance
  • Klout – See how you rank and guage your influence
  • Latergramme – Schedule and manage your Instagram posts
  • Moovly – Create animated videos and presentations
  • Periscope – A mobile app that lets you broadcast events in real-time
  • RiteTag – Using a campaign hashtag? Track its performance with this tool
  • Social Image Resizer Tool – Optimize your images for different channels
  • SocialRank – Find, analyze, and manage your Twitter and Instagram followers
  • SharedCount – Track URL shares and likes
  • WriteRack – Want to try a Tweetstorm? This tool can help you do it.

Photo Editing Tools

  • Giphy – Create fun GIFs from video files
  • Layout – Use this mobile app to create a collage of photos to share on Instagram
  • PicMonkey – Edit photos and resize graphics for free
  • Pixlr – Online photo editor

Video Editing Tools

  • Replay – An iOS mobile app for mashing together clips, photos, music, and text to make compelling videos for social media
  • Upload’n’Roll – A tool for uploading your photos and videos into Snapchat
  • VivaVideo Pro – An Android video-editing app
  • WeVideo – A comprehensive cloud-based video-editing platform

Web and E-mail Content Tools

  • Bit.ly – URL shortening and redirection service with real-time link tracking
  • BrainyQuote – Find inspirational quotes to use in your communications content
  • Emotional Marketing Value Headline Analyzer – See how your reader will react to your headlines with your EMV score
  • Free Stock Images – Check out this digest of websites with free stock photos
  • GetEmoji – Copy and paste emoji for inclusion in your e-mails and social media
  • HTML and CSS Tutorials – Learning basic HTML and CSS can help when using tools like MailChimp and WordPress
  • HubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator – Enter a few keywords to get new ideas in seconds
  • Iconfinder – Find icons (like social media icons) for adding to your website or e-newsletter
  • Internet Archive Wayback Machine – Review and reference old versions of your website
  • Mapme – Create, share, and embed your own maps!
  • OptInMonster – Get more newsletter subscribers by adding an e-mail subscription pop-up to your website
  • Portent Title Generator – Need a great headline for your blog or e-newsletter? Try this generator using keywords.
  • SnapWidget – Create a collage of Instagram photos for your website
  • Statista – Need a stat? This is a searchable portal to multiple statistics databases worldwide
  • Thesaurus.com – An online thesaurus for when you need help with your writing
  • WiseStamp – Allows you to create HTML-based email signatures

SEO, Analytics, and Website Testing Tools

Productivity and Creativity Tools

  • Board Director – software to help manage communication with board members
  • Evernote – Keep track of all of your notes in one place with this popular app
  • Google Transcribe – a Chrome add-on that helps you transcribe audio
  • LastPass – Create and save passwords for multiple websites
  • Padlet – A cloud-based brainstorming tool. Terrific if you have staff members who don’t all work in the same building & for board members
  • Paper – A mobile app for organizing notes, photos, and sketches
  • Trello – ConnectVA uses this project management tool to keep our web projects organized
  • Yanado – A task and project management tool inside Gmail

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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 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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Spotlighting Technology: My Brother’s Keeper of Greater Richmond

Spotlighting Technology series showcases each of the five finalists of ConnectVA's Community Innovation Award, offered in partnership with RichTech, leading up to theTechnology Awards Gala where the winner will be announced on May 14th. Each of the organizations displayed innovative users of technology to deliver services, advance their mission, or impact our community. Tell us a little about…

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