You've heard the buzz phrases "responsive design," "mobile friendly," "mobile optimized," and so on, when professionals are referring to websites. However, did you realize that your marketing emails can also be optimized for tablets, smartphones, and other mobile devices?
Every day people are engaging in speaking and listening. Whether it’s through email, phone calls, text messages, in person conversations, webinars, or any other mode of communication, everything we do is based on listening and speaking.
This is never truer than when thinking about nonprofit communication.
We exist because of the trust and support of others. And in the digital age, so much of that communication is done through the internet, social media, online press releases and more.
So if we can not effectively communicate with our constituents and prospective donors, we can not function.
Here are the 4 steps to getting more done at your nonprofit through communication.
Your organization’s most valuable asset isn’t your hardware or software. It’s your list of donors, volunteers, friends and other constituents. It’s their trust and contact information, and their time or monetary support that makes your nonprofit tick.
The nonprofit sector is run almost exclusively off of the generous donations of the people who believe in our missions. These donors are the ones who make our nonprofits tick. Without their support, simply put, we could not complete our mission.
In 2014, $358.38 billion was donated to charities in the United States alone, an all time high in the history of charitable giving. That comes out to approximately 2% of the total GDP.
The truth is, a large majority of these donations are made from a small percentage of the overall charitable giving community. And getting a slice of that pie doesn’t come easy. It takes coordinated and intentional efforts by your charity, and the donor.
In fact, 88% of all money donated in 2014 came from only 12% of the charitable giving population.
Check out the infographic below for more information on how your nonprofit can start working toward prospecting one of these major gift donors.
We all have our missions. It’s why we exist, not only as organizations, but as people. Whether it’s to bring fresh clean drinking water to remote places in the world, or make the neighborhood you live in a better place, nonprofits exist to serve and support.
However noble our causes might be, we often run into the same problems that any for-profit organization is prone to run into as well. Lack of formality in business process leading to workflow inefficiencies, lack of scalability, and we’re faced with the difficult task of constantly adapting.
Whatever the obstacle your nonprofit faces, the one constant is our need for technology to complete our mission. It’s how we work day in and day out, communicate, recruit, campaign, and inform the world of our mission. Without, we’re in the dark.
That’s why it’s essential our nonprofits are running on technology that inherently works to solve our problems.
That’s where the cloud comes in. Here are 3 reasons why the cloud just suits the nonprofit sector.
Nonprofits are moving to Office 365 in droves, and for good reason.
However, in those implementations there are a lot of moving parts, and different things that can go wrong.
Office 365’s service to the nonprofit sector is well documented. One reservation many organizations have with making the switch is how difficult the migration process could potentially be .
It’s imperative that your nonprofit has a firm understanding of what’s going to be required to ensure your nonprofit makes the transition a clean one. The truth is, the migration process does not need to be difficult, time consuming, or expensive. If your nonprofit has properly prepared, it can be a breeze making the switch.
One of the biggest steps to pulling off a successful implementation is migrating users off of your existing mail system and into the new Office 365 cloud environment. Here are the three steps to successfully moving users to Office 365.
1. Choose your identity
Azure Active Directory (AAD) is used as Office 365’s directory services back end. Within that directory, you’ll have a few different options to choose from when selecting your identity models.
• Cloud identities: Often considered the easies model to deploy, this option is maintained independently from an on-premise directory. The issue that’s often run into is that two accounts are needed for one user as it requires an account in the cloud, and in the on-premise server.
• Synchronized identities: This option acts as a link between on-premises domains and AAD using the AAD Synchronization Services.
• Federated identities: Very similar to identities built using AAD Synchronization Services, the only difference is passwords and hashes are never synchronized to the cloud.
2. Import users
By using the sample CSV as a template, build a list of all your users and import it using the bulk import feature. NOTE: Ensure you change the order of the columns in the template. The User Name filed must contain the users email address or else you will get an error while importing.
3. Sync up the accounts
By using the AAD Sync tool, sync your on-premise user accounts to the cloud.
Here’s a great step-by-step guide for setting up the new AAD Sync Tool. http://blogs.technet.com/b/canitpro/archive/2014/09/30/step-by-step-setting-up-the-new-aad-sync.aspx