The Rundown 4.12.2017

In just seven days, Team Rhinocorn has seen buckets of rain, inches of snow, 75 degree weather, and a wealth of sunshine -- all without traveling anywhere. Its enough to make you crazy ...if you're not already.  

Our point? This week's Rundown seems to match this past week - it's covering a lot of ground and is going to help you prepare for just about anything thrown at you. Recaps, productivity tips, creating campaign fundraising themes, and the final blog with Ben & Kathy's VolunteerMatch series are just a few of the topics you'll hopefully appreciate. 

And tucked in the all the goodness is a little plug for our own Ben who recently joined a certain national professional association as a member of their faculty. Pretty cool stuff all the way around this week. 

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    11 Tips to Stay Productive When You're Tired

    • Who doesn't love a good infographic? The folks over at Entrepreneur have put together a quick one on a few thoughtful and unconventional ways to stay productive at work when you're burning the candle at both ends. 
    • We loved tips 5, 6 and 9 especially because we use them ourselves. Yes, bulletproof your coffee. It's life changing. 
    • 2 MIN READ

    4 Ways Smart Integrations Can Improve Nonprofit Fundraising Results

    • Win-Win. This article is supposed to be about online tool and app intregreation at your nonprofit--and it is--but moreover it's also highlighting 4 really important areas of your organization where focus always needs refinement. 
    • The npENGAGE folks are featuring a smart article from Kristine Colosimo that really helps cover a wealth of ground around mission, reporting, ROI and fundraising that's brief and smart. 
    • 3 MIN READ

    #17NTC Recap: The Digital Age of Nonprofit

    • We were there too! The NonProfitPRO team is featuring a piece by Julia Campbell about her experience at the NTEN 2017 Nonprofit National Technology Conference in Washington DC last month. 
    • Ben from Team Rhinocorn was in attendance too, and agrees with Julia's quick and positive assessment of the conference as a first-timer - its well run, delivered and attended by some insanely smart and passionate tech-driven professionals. 
    • Geek Out! In fact Ben was so taken by the NTEN team, he recently applied and was then asked to join NTEN as a faculty member for their Nonprofit Technology Professional Certificate program - he'll be teaching two courses this spring and fall!
    • 2 MIN READ

    How to Create a Compelling Fundraising Campaign Theme

    • Case studies! Our friends over at Classy have put together a case study-driven look at how to create and theme a fundraising campaign.
    • As always, Classy breaks it down in the applicable and then drives it home with real-world examples and success stories you can actually learn from and emulate without copying. 
    • Team Rhinocorn is always coaching about and designing fundraising theme concepts for clients - the Classy team is right on the money. 
    • 4 MIN READ w/o links

    Talent + Time Tracking: Recruitment, Retention & Recognition

    • This is the end. Part three--and the glorious end--of Ben and his amazing writing partner, Kathy Wisniewski's 3-part blog series with VolunteerMatch on their philosophy of progressive new ways to design and direct your volunteer program.
    • Part three is about the classic 3 R's of the industry and how talent + time tracking makes this part of the work a snap. 
    • Loved this series? Please share it! Ben & Kathy are so proud of this series and it's progressive theory for the industry. Thank you for reading.
    • 5 MIN READ

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    "I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature."
    Paulo Coelho de Souza - Brazilian award winning lyricist and novelist