For those of us who like to learn while we are our daily metro commute. I invite you to pick up a book on social media.
Trying to pull all the social media resources from the web can be an overwhelming if not impossible.. If you have read the book and would like to offer some feed back please feel free to drop a comment below. If you would like to share a social media tool that has helped you or your organization I would also like to hear from you.
Grab your letter head, logo, look at your website?
Do you see a natural evolution of your brand? Most organizations do not think of themselves as brand but your services and product are your brand and when consumers, community members, donors and funders research and discuss you it is your brand that is doing the talking when you are not in the room.
So look at your letter head, logo and your website? Will they be able to capture the eye of the overworked program manager at the foundation who has to decided between your organization and your competition?
Google organizations similar to yours? Do you feel they have better captured the work you are collectively doing? What about their website resonates with you?
Now is the time to create feel good networking. So pick up the phone or send an email and ask your counterpart at organization Y how they managed to pull off such a great social media campaign. I have learned in over 10 years that in the non-profit sector even if we are “competitors” we are never in “competition” I have made truly wonderful friends just by picking up the phone and asking for help. I encourage you to do the same when you find a website that you love that you feel will help you with your own social media campaign.
I just realized the Social Good Summit is starting Sept. 22 -24, 2012. I am going to post the link below for those of you who are on the East Coast or are interested in learning more information about the Social Good Summit. It is a great opportunity to see how technology is having a positive impact in the non-profit sector. For more information visit:
It is Saturday, a day we normally rest, relax, catch up on house-hold chores go shopping. It is also a great day to spend volunteering at the organization of your choice.
For organizations looking to increase the number of volunteers at their organization let me introduce you to http://www.volunteerspot.com/ VolunteerSpot offers both a free and a premium service.
If you are looking to streamline the recruitment of volunteers or need help with your volunteer process check out Volunteer Spot and let me know if you have used the service and your thoughts.
Your organization has to much work, you are understaffed and don’t have the budget to hire. What do you do?September 12, 2012
This is an excellent opportunity for your organization to do a needs assessment across departments brain storm with human resources. Most organization do a needs assessment right around the time the sky is falling or when a funder has requested an assessment for an ambitious new project. Assessing your organization needs should be conducted annually with quarterly updates to ensure that you are on the right path and that you are meeting your goals. Your assessment will also allow you to be more proactive.
So you conducted your assessment but you don’t have the budget for new hires, this is an opportunity to put strengthen your volunteer and intern program.
Volunteers/ Interns are always looking for real world opportunities to develop skills. An added bonus to hiring interns they are fresh blood with new ideas, perspectives and they may even surprise you with information on how your organization is currently viewed and rated.
Interns/volunteers also want to have a rewarding experience and will work hard to ensure that the project is successful.
I encourage your organization to develop a plan, clear guidance and welcoming attitude for your volunteers/interns.