A New Model of Social Enterprise: Master Franchising

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Blog on two pioneering innovations in the realm of social entrepreneurship: social franchising at the statewide level and alternative financing for earned income ventures.

7 Simple Steps to Build a Low-Cost, High-Impact Marketing Program

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  All the best ways to build your market are free — word of mouth and referrals being chief among them. However, to maximize your potential referral sources, you have to make it easy for people to send you their contacts. And no, this is not asking them to literally give you their Rolodex (for those of you in Gen …

A Story to Show the Power of Monthly Donors

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This is the most amazing little story from Catholic Extension: Devoted to the Cause http://www.catholicextension.org/how-we-help/stories-faith/devoted-cause  I encourage you to click the link and read the full story about Virginia and Richard Miles. In brief, they are just a regular couple … probably middle-income, likely focused mostly on raising their family and doing what they can to improve the world. And yet, …

The Best Times for Nonprofits to Blog

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In a previous post, I blogged about a recent Mashable Social Media blog on the best times to share on Facebook and Twitter. This led me to dig into the trends for blogging. I wanted to see if they followed the trends for Tumblr, which I was shocked to learn had the best results for posts after 7:00 p.m. (and on …

Fundraising ProTip: The Best Times for Nonprofits to Share on Facebook & Twitter

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When are the best times for nonprofits to share updates on Facebook and Twitter? To answer that question, I turned to an excellent article from a few months ago. It analyzes a blog posted by bitly.com, the link-shortening service, called “Time Is On Your Side.” The article is by Samantha Murphy on Mashable Social Media, and I think it is well worth the …

A big, important question asked by Salah Boukadoum

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My friend Salah Boukadoum is the founder of Soap Hope, an amazing company with an even more amazing mission. In brief, they sell all-natural, organic, high-quality products … and invest 100% of their profits in microloans to impoverished women. Their model — which Salah calls the Good Returns model (click for his TEDxGrandRapids talk on the topic) — can equip any …

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Robert Egger’s advice on how to give a presentation about #nonprofits

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“Just be cool, drop f-bombs & embrace an unwavering faith in the power of #nonprofits to help rebuild the economy & you’re there.” – @RobertEgger

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Land of Non — More than Charity

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Tomorrow, I am giving a presentation at the Nonprofit Summit hosted by the Nonprofit Center of North Central Florida. I am giving a wide-ranging talk that I am calling “The Land of Non: More than Charity.” (Thanks to my friend Stacy Caldwell for introducing me to this very appropriate term for the ol’ nonprofit sector. See my first blog about it here.) …

Who will win the nonprofit sector’s 10 million votes?

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More powerful updates from the inimitable Robert Egger, founder of the DC Central Kitchen, and the V3 Campaign … which has been reborn as the even more awesome, and far more powerful CForward (a PAC aimed at endorsing and supporting political candidates who have a strong platform for engaging the tenth of the economy known as the nonprofit sector): The …

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10 Things a Nonprofit Should Know About Using Social Media

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I am not going to write about why your organization needs to integrate social media into its communications plan; if you can’t answer that for yourself by now, I can’t help you. But if you’re like most nonprofiteers, you’re already doing this: you just want to do it better. If that’s you, then here are ten pieces of advice that …

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Why Nonprofits Should Give Thanks this Year

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! The Street/MainStreet.com just published a nice article entitled, “What Main Street Is Thankful for This Year” — and I am grateful that I was included in the section about nonprofits. Here was my initial reply to the reporter: “I work for one of the nation’s 1.4 million nonprofit organizations — and I am thankful for the millions of …

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Why innovate when you have $700 million?

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I was delighted to receive an email from Sarah Nelson, Chief Philanthropy Officer for Communities Foundation of Texas, announcing that the 50+ year-old grantmaker was getting a facelift. (There is a fantastic video about it here) My excitement was not because the organization needed it. In fact, I am sure that many feel the rebranding is an unnecessary expense — …

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How to Turn a Seasonal Business into a Year-Round Success

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What dreams do we hold for our neighbors’ children?

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Among the many privileges of my career, I have the honor of working alongside some of the best nonprofits in town. This morning, I was invited to speak to the students of the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) at their 3rd annual Young Entrepreneurs Rally. NFTE is a remarkable organization that is always on my short-list for year-end donations. They …

The Future of Marketing: Predictions For 2012 on Social Media Marketing

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Business 2 Community is an “independent online community focused on sharing the latest news surrounding Social Media, Marketing, Branding, Public Relations & Much More.” The site recently included me as one of its “46 experts on marketing” in the article, The Future of Marketing: 46 Experts Share Their Predictions For 2012. Here was my contribution: The future of marketing will be …

How to Market a Nonprofit Social Enterprise (#socent)

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I was very encouraged to see this piece on CitySquare (formerly Central Dallas Ministries) by NBC 5 DFW. The piece is a prime example of two of the best ways to market a nonprofit social enterprise: It promotes the social benefit of the store rather than just the products or services (i.e. it focuses on its unique point of differentiation from …

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Lessons on Fundraising from To Kill a Mockingbird

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A review of the recent performance of the play by Dallas Theater Center, with an analysis of what this play can tell us about fundraising and nonprofit management.

Is Starbucks “Create Jobs for USA” about microloans… or marketing?

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I admit it: my family probably spends more money at Starbucks than at the grocery store. So, I was grateful to hear the news that our daily addiction might actually fund something useful in the world: Starbucks and Opportunity Finance Network® (OFN) are working together to create and sustain jobs in underserved communities… The Starbucks Foundation is donating the first $5 …

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10 Totally Unique Ideas for Your Next Blog Post (My interview on WordChef)

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I am grateful to Tea Silvestre, aka the Word Chef, for including me among “the brightest folks in web marketing and writing.” You can read the article here: 10 Totally Unique Ideas for Your Next Blog Post http://thewordchef.com/2011/10/10-totally-unique-ideas-for-your-next-blog-post/ The blog featured some great advice from some great bloggers. Here was my contribution: Imitate the Masters One of the best tactics …