Tips & Tools

  • 28 Nov 2011 11:07 AM | James Ranieri (Administrator)
    Grant Availability: Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust

    The trust supports US nonprofit organizations that provide long-term programs offering direct assistance to disabled veterans and their families.

    Interests include making sure sick and disabled veterans have transportation to VA medical facilities for treatment, supporting physical and psychological rehabilitation projects aimed at the most profoundly disabled veterans, meeting the special needs of veterans with specific disabilities such as amputation or brain injuries, providing food and shelter for homeless veterans, and bringing hope to the forgotten and suffering families of disabled veterans.

    Requests are reviewed quarterly with the next deadline of January 20, 2012. Application guidelines and forms may be downloaded from the Trust’s website.
  • 28 Nov 2011 10:11 AM | James Ranieri (Administrator)
    Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.”

    The first 5 tips:
    • Assemble a dedicated team
    • Overcommunicate
    • Don’t assume
    • Be authentic
    • Know your obstacles
    See the entire article here.
  • 17 Nov 2011 3:53 PM | Deleted user
    Story by Debra Askanase, November 11, 2011
    Google+ launched Pages this week, a move many of us have been looking forward to since the launch of Google+ itself. Within days, stories of unintentional G+ personal posting, problems sharing admin oversight, and issues with merged profiles were shared on the web. However, during that same time frame, hundreds of nonprofit organizations worldwide created and launched Google+ brand pages.
    Google+ Pages are little SEO beacon lights.

    Two nonprofit motivations are apparent. A primary motivation seems to be related to search engine optimization: Google is the largest search engine by far, and Google Pages will certainly benefit from Google’s search algorithm (see why here). I wrote that Google’s+1 button will change search, and so will Google+ Pages. The second motivation seems to be that everyone wants to get in on Google+ Pages early enough to start figuring out the medium. And maybe get a head start.


    Thanks for reading!
    Anna Trott
  • 17 Nov 2011 3:36 PM | Deleted user
    With so many platforms to choose from, it's almost impossible to ignore social media, especially if you own a business. The fruits of being active in social media are sometimes hard to define, but the benefits are truly there. It is also easy to get wrapped up in which platforms to choose from, and which ones suit your business the best. Me, personally, am on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn. I don't think I have the time to manage any more! That's why I am so glad that these websites have made it easy for you to share within one another, posting links and automatically hooking up with one another. Click this link for a great read on how to best manage your time and efforts in the Social Media World. 

    Thanks for reading!
    Anna Trott
  • 14 Nov 2011 11:03 AM | James Ranieri (Administrator)
    The American Hiking Society’s National Trails Fund, a privately funded, national grants program dedicated solely to building and protecting hiking trails, has a deadline approaching for their 2012 awards of December 15, 2011.  Awards range from $500 to $5,000 per project.

    For additional details and application information, please access the American Hiking Society web site.


  • 01 Nov 2011 4:57 PM | Deleted user
    If you, like many others have ever been the victim of identity fraud, no matter how small or how large, it can be a horrific experience, and I am just talking from a personal standpoint. Imagine if your business had to go through something like a security breach. How long would the clean up effort take? And what about the backlash from your customers? No one wants such a scathing incident to come up on your company's "resume". My first suggestion would be to hire Prime Management Services to protect your online identity and make your customers feel safe using your website. :) But, if not quite ready to make that leap, here is a great article to give you the cold hard facts of facing a security breach. Click here to read the article. Thanks for reading everyone, and feel free to contact me with any questions!

    Anna Trott
  • 01 Nov 2011 4:14 PM | James Ranieri (Administrator)

    The Alabama Association of Nonprofits (AAN) announced today the support of Governor Robert Bentley in proclaiming November as Nonprofit Awareness Month celebrating the economic, cultural and community impact of Alabama's nonprofit sector.

     

    Alabama's nonprofit sector is comprised of more than 21,000 charitable organizations employing more than 227,000 Alabamians. The mission of the Alabama Association of Nonprofits during the month of November is to celebrate these organizations while recognizing those who impact their communities through volunteerism.

     

    The Alabama Association of Nonprofits is partnering with its more than 592 members, corporate partners and communities around the state to promote November's designation and to encourage participation in celebrating the sector's successes. Organizations are encouraged to work with local media to share stories of success, inform their supporters of the importance of the sector in economic and community development and work with municipal governments to issue similar proclamations illustrating the community's dependence on the nonprofit sector.

  • 01 Nov 2011 3:21 PM | Deleted user
    It's the newest thing from Google products and apps. It called Google "GoMo" which is short for Google Mobile Ads Blog. Most people don't realize if their website is not showing up properly on your mobile phone or smart phone. The tutorial "How to Use Google GoMo" shows what your business website currently looks like on a mobile phone, and then gives you tips on how to make it better. Click here to read the introduction to Google GoMo. It will give you some great tips on how to make your website more mobile phone friendly. Thanks for reading!
    Anna Trott

  • 31 Oct 2011 10:06 AM | James Ranieri (Administrator)
    The Allen Foundation supports nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions worldwide that promote human nutrition in the areas of health, education, training, and research. The Foundation's grantmaking priorities include the following: nutritional education for mothers during pregnancy and after the birth of their children, training for educators and demonstrators of good nutritional practices, and the dissemination of healthful nutritional information. Relevant nutritional research projects are also supported. Preference may be given to proposals that include matching funds from the applicant or other partners, including in-kind contributions. The upcoming application deadline is December 31, 2011. Visit the Foundation’s website to take the eligibility quiz and submit an online application.
  • 27 Oct 2011 1:40 PM | Deleted user
    I found this great article online, by Craig Newmark, who took the time to look at the highest earning nonprofits and their use of social media in the months of August and September 2001. They asked the questions: 

    Do the highest earning nonprofits use social media the most effectively?

    Do they have the largest followings on Facebook and Twitter?

    Are they the most engaging?

    How are people responding and interacting?

    Click here to see their data: ranging from the most "LIKES" to the most follows and so on - they did their homework!

    Thanks for reading!
    Anna Trott


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