social media

social media 101: 5 golden rules

Great tips for those of us using social media in our philanthropic careers!

InsideTimsHead

In creating a Social Media 101 workshop for campus users as well as a new social media users’ guide, I recently crafted five golden rules to consider before beginning social media efforts on behalf of one’s institution or organization. They borrow from advice from many colleagues, but I figured posting them here just might benefit others.

1. Be present. Acquaint yourself with any social media outlets before trying to use them professionally. If you’re not familiar with Facebook, creating a group or fan page 15 minutes after you sign up could be an uphill climb. Learning as much as you can about a particular platform or community will increase your chances of success.

2. Be prepared. Have a plan for who will post and/or respond to social media, how often you may want to post content and what goals you want to accomplish (see below). You may want to prepare…

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crowdfunding, Mission Mondays

Mission Mondays: Crowdfunding saves a cat

This is Bruce Almighty. This sweet cat was found in Regina, SK, Canada in March, with his legs and paws bound in electrical tape. The good folks at the Regina Humane Society began caring for Bruce right away, but his care would be extensive, and costly. Director of Development Karen Mercier quickly went to work on… Continue reading Mission Mondays: Crowdfunding saves a cat

Fabulous Fridays

Fabulous Fridays: A little clowning around helps the Houston Food Bank

Photo courtesy Amy Ragan It's not a typical day at work when the circus shows up, but it was a special occurrence for employees and volunteers of the Houston Food Bank earlier this week. HFB Chief Development Officer Amy Ragan tells us about this fabulous instance of philanthropy: "Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus has a… Continue reading Fabulous Fridays: A little clowning around helps the Houston Food Bank

stewardship, Thankful Thursdays, volunteers

Thankful Thursdays: Summertime Stewardship

Ah summer...it's so tempting to just kick back and take it easy on the fundraising front. But especially in educational fundraising, summer can be a great time to get organized and build strategies for success in the coming year. Today was one of those days! I met with the chair of our Stewardship Committee to… Continue reading Thankful Thursdays: Summertime Stewardship

Just for fun

Want to Be Happier? Give More. Give Better.

Mind Wonder

Did you know that when you make a donation to charity, your brain acts in a similar way to when you are having sex or eating chocolate?

It’s true. Thanks to fMRI technology, researchers are able to see brain activity when certain acts are taken andin a study on charitable giving when people donated to a worthy cause, the midbrain region of the brain lit up. This is the area of the brain that is responsible for our cravings (food and sex) and pleasure rewards, showing the link between charitable giving and pleasure (Note: To my knowledge no study has been done looking at our brain activity when we have sex AND eat chocolate so I can’t say that giving to charity is similar to doing both at the same time. Although, I’m personally volunteering for that study in case you are a researcher who wants to…

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webinars

FREE WEBINAR!!

fundraisergrrl: From Slack to Act! Converting Clicks to Cash in 3 Steps Free webinar, July 29th at 1:00PM EST Ice bucket challenges, hashtag activism, and ribbons for profile pictures are great, but how do you turn all that digital engagement into real world action and donations? In this webinar we’ll talk about turning “Likes” into… Continue reading FREE WEBINAR!!