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The 21st Century Appeal

Donations from online fundraising and crowdfunding campaigns are growing at over 13.5% per year, and more than 6% of all charitable giving is done through these platforms.* Here are some tips on how to take advantage of these resources. Use the platform to build a community Tell your story in a personal way. Connect with […]

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How to Use Social Media to Recruit Donors and Volunteer

With “bite-size” information and almost instant delivery, social media is becoming a key player in recruiting both volunteers and donors for nonprofits. Here are some tips to keep in mind when reaching out for support on social media. Keep potential donors or volunteers informed Share your news – Regularly update your followers on your accomplishments, […]

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Keep Your Vital Volunteers

Volunteers are essential to the ability of nonprofits to execute their mission. While volunteer recruitment is often the top priority it is equally important to focus on volunteer retention. Here are some volunteer management best practices from ESC consultant Terry Hamacher’s workshop, the People Factor, focusing on best practices for volunteer retention. Orientation is a […]

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Seven Tips for an Effective PowerPoint Presentation

No matter the topic, using a PowerPoint presentation can be an effective way to communicate, interact, and make a lasting impression on your audience. Here are seven tips to help you create a more engaging and effective presentation. Design When building your presentation take advantage of the slide master feature, this will allow you to create […]

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Meet Our Consultants: Mike Stauff

For 13 years ESC Consultant Mike Stauff has been transforming his community as a volunteer consultant. Mike joined ESC in 2001 and has since worked tirelessly to give back to over 50 organizations in New England. In a 2007 Business Week article he described himself as,“an inner city kid who made good” and decided to […]

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The Facebook Algorithm

In terms of nonprofit organizations and affiliated individuals, Facebook has been somewhat of an underused or misunderstood tool. However, when used correctly it can be an incredible resource. One of the keys to cultivating your audience on Facebook is understanding the Facebook algorithm. The popularity of Facebook is very impressive. ESC consultant and social media […]

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Managing Your Meeting Goals

One of the most important aspects of leading an organization or team is the skill of facilitation. According to ESC Consultant and facilitation expert Jack Smith there are three essential components to facilitating effectively: planning the meeting, managing the tools, and managing the meeting. Planning the meeting is the process that ensures the groups interactions […]

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The 21st Century Volunteer

Volunteer recruitment has changed over the years—not just from the development of new techniques and technology, but in the way that people perceive and take on service opportunities. ESC President & CEO Bethany Kendall breaks down the key characteristics of the modern volunteer in her workshop on volunteer management, based upon material by Thomas and […]

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Assessing Your Burnout Risk Factors

Employee burnout is one of the greatest risks posed to a nonprofit’s success. ESC consultant Sue Ogle teaches leaders to assess the following factors when reviewing their organization’s risks: Workload When assessing employee workload, nonprofit leaders should reflect on influences that may make the employees they manage unable to perform to their highest capacity. First, […]

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