The Rundown 5.24.2017

Remember Jan Brady's famous catchphrase, "Engagement, Engagement, Engagement, why is everyone at school always talking about Engagement?" No? Hm. Well, I'm sure I'm close. Anyway, she's right. Poor Jan just isn't as popular as Engagement and while heartbreaking for her, it's worth paying attention to a little more closely. If you find The Rundown helpful and fascinating (of course you do) you're probably what I would call a "nonprofit engagement professional".

To me, nonprofit engagement professionals are individuals who are invested in the skills, design, concepts and implementation of active engagement tactics for the growth and advancement of their organizations. They live in a world often ruled by the 3R’s: recruitment, retention and recognition. These are individuals who professionally work in classic nonprofit roles such as fundraising, volunteer management, and outreach and education.  

And they drive the Jan's of the word mad. Because they get all the attention. As they should, frankly. And in this week's Rundown, we found some blogs that focus on those attributes: strategy implementation, leadership growth, educational motivators, and change. And sure, Jan can benefit from these stories. But us Marsha’s? We nonprofit engagement professionals need them most.

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How to write a fundraising strategy (and how to implement it and keep it alive)

  • Fundraising isn't just "asking for money", it's a dynamic human-based process wrapped in a philosophy, grilled over the flames of philanthropy, and made with love. 
  • The team at the Fundraising Collective are breaking down the basics here to build a smart, comprehensive fundraising strategy model. 
  • 5 MIN READ

From Manager To Leader: How To Transform The Way You Coordinate Volunteers

  • You know the old saying "a square is a rectangle but a rectangle is not a square" I think it's often the same between managers and leaders: a leader is a manger, but a manger is not always a leader.
  • Guest blogging for VolunteerMatch's Engaging Volunteers blog, Clay Boggess puts a smart set of definitions behind this concept and helps people think about how to transition from "volunteer manager" to "volunteer leader" in ways that count. 
  • 4 MIN READ

11 Motivators That Increase the Desire to Learn

  • Have you ever been across the table or at the head of a group of people who were there to listen, but apparently not there to learn?
  • The Amplifire team put together a smart list of motivators that not only help to describe what drives individual's interest in learning, but ways to consider bringing more diversity and strength to your educational models. 
  • My favorite is #11 and it's a cornerstone of some of the magic I've done professionally and now with Rhinocorn for clients who want to invest in those sorts of awesome program models. 
  • 2 MIN READ

Nonprofits: Be Your True Self, Just Like Pinterest

  • Pinterest has recently decided to get rid of their "like" button - a feature considered essential of social medial platforms. Why? Because they found it makes their model more missional. 
  • Which got me thinking... what if nonprofits did the same? What if they looked at things they do because it's the "norm" or an industry standard but they knew it wasn't helping them advance or thrive? So I wrote a small reflection on the subject. 
  • 3 MIN READ

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"I think happiness is a combination of pleasure, engagement and meaningfulness."
Ian K. Smith - American physician and author