first_imgLagan Harps FcOur ladies first team began their league campaign with a 3-0 win over Bonagee Utd. Nikita Burke, Amber Barrett and Bernie Cunningham were the scorers. Our u/10 boys took part in the blitz. Our A team drew 0-0 with Letterkenny Rovers and Illistrin with Tiernan Brown and Killian Gribben their best players. Our B team lost 3-1 to Letterkenny Crusaders and beat Ballyare Diamonds 2-0. Scorers Were Josh Cafferkey(2) and Taylor Mc Elhinney. Arran Peoples and Damian Kos were their best. In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 8,15, 20 and 22. Damien Doherty, Drunbarnett Upper, won €50 for most numbers(3). Next weeks jackpot is €4175. The club extends sympathy to the Mc Grath family on their recent bereavement.SOCCER – LAGAN HARPS FC NOTES was last modified: May 27th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Lagan Harps FClast_img read more

Transparency is the new black

first_imgThe funds of the first bailout package — your tax money – went where? To what end? How are you feeling about Bernie Madoff? How is your trust level in any financial institution?How is the trust level in us?As a “good organization” – aka nonprofit, you may think people trust you. Sadly, plenty of research has suggested otherwise, for a long time. People are skeptical about all organizations.In this environment, everyone needs to go out of their way to be highly transparent and accountable. Show where they money goes, in all your outreach.Our new president is posting a lot of what he’s doing online – he knows the national mood.Transparency is the new black, nonprofit marketeers.You can’t show enough of it.last_img read more

10 Steps to Online Fundraising Success and 4 Mistakes to Avoid

first_imgThis afternoon, I’m presenting on this topic at CADCA’s National Leadership Forum, the nation’s largest training conference for community substance abuse professionals. You can check out the entire presentation HERE. (While you’re at, also check out John Kenyon’s More Than a Donate Button: Composing Your Online Fundraising Plan in ’09 presentation.) My top ten are:1. Get the tools (decent website, DonateNow button, email signup, email campaign tool)2. Put your DonateNow button and website address everywhere3. Create and fuel your email engine.4. Now make sure people give: Focus on the AUDIENCE.5. Answer for prospective donors: why me?6. Answer: what for?7. Answer: why now?8. Answer: who says?9. Thank early and often.10. Do the advanced stuff (like social media)What to avoid?1. Thinking a DonateNow button alone is an online fundraising program2. Putting yourself at the center of every message — that’s where your audience belongs3. Having a lame, confusing or ill-considered call to action.4. Being ungrateful — thank your supporters lavishly, over and overlast_img read more

11 Steps to Social Networking Success (Hampton Roads)

first_imgOn February 6, 2009, I had the honor to present at the 8th Annual Hampton Roads Institute for Nonprofit Leadership Conference in Norfolk, Virginia. At the bottom of this article is a PDF copy of the slides for this presentation.last_img

Alliance of Artists Communities: Emerging Program Institute

first_imgOn February 16, 2009, I had the honor to present at the 2009 Emerging Program Institute at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, NC.  At the bottom of this article are a PDF copy of the slides for this presentation. In addition, I’ve included some of my favorite articles from here in the Network for Good Learning Center. Enjoy!Favorite Articles10 Things to Avoid in Email Campaigns11 Steps to Success with Social Networking33 Ideas that Change the Fundraising Game4 Basic Website Tweaks5 Elements of a Good Story9 Email Do’s and Don’ts for the SenderBring Your e-Newsletter from Snoring to SoaringCreate an Online Fundraising Plan – Step 1: Work Your WebsiteCreate an Online Fundraising Plan – Step 2: Evolve Your EmailsCreate an Online Fundraising Plan – Step 3: Match Up Your Online and Offline MarketingCreate an Online Fundraising Plan – Step 4: Know Your NumbersDeveloping a Strategic Communications Plan Eight Things Your Home Page Must HaveEmail Signatures: A Missed Marketing OpportunityFive Deadly Sins of Website DesignHow to Ask for DonationsReport: Can donation page optimization boost online giving?Sample Online Fundraising PlanShould You Send Emails to Supporters via Outlook?The Secret to Getting People to Give: 15 Reasons Why People Donate To Increase Charitable Donations, Appeal to the Heart — Not the Headlast_img read more

Storybanking: A Bank That Always Builds Interest

first_imgInvesting time now in building your storybank can ensure your people will always find the right story when they need it.When good causes realize that storytelling can enhance advocacy, fundraising, recruitment and just about everything they do, they start looking for stories everywhere. Staff retreats are held exclusively to collect stories. Board members and volunteers are interviewed to mine their experiences. Web sites are updated with “Tell Us Your Story” pages where members and others can post their anecdotes.Collectively, these processes can yield dozens (if not hundreds) of stories, which presents an entirely new challenge: once you’ve got ’em, where do you put ’em? The answer is a storybank, which can take many forms but generally serves one purpose: to provide a central repository where you can easily and quickly find a story that enlivens whatever point you want to make.We asked readers for best practices in storybanking so we could share them here. Many responded and we built on this feedback with new research of our own. The lessons learned are below, and through it all one message kept coming back loud and clear. If you’re serious about storytelling, get serious about building your own storybank. Stories can be a powerful tool, but they can’t help you if you can’t find them when you need them.Building it doesn’t have to be complicated or costly.If you haven’t started a storybank due to concerns over technical hurdles or huge start-up costs, stop worrying and start building. Some of the organizations that responded to our request had their IT departments whip up a simple proprietary database. Others got a little fancier – with built-in content management, online collection tools, and cross-referencing with photos – but one respondent simply set up a single folder (containing categorized subfolders) on her company’s intranet while another started with just an Excel spreadsheet.Two of the best articles about building a storybank and collecting stories come from FamiliesUSA. Although the organization focuses on health care issues, its tips are applicable for any good cause actively soliciting stories. “The Art of Story Banking” [PDF below] and “The Story Bank: Using Personal Stories as an Effective Way to Get Your Message Out” [PDF below] both offer clear step-by-step guides to help you get started.Collecting stories can also be simple and cheap.Some organizations solicit stories by advertising in internal newsletters and mailing lists. Others send out postcards advertising the URL of their online story bank where individuals could post their own stories. Brandon Seng of the Michigan Nonprofit Association strongly endorses the online approach since it eliminates faxing, transcribing, and other time-intensive activities.The Literacy Volunteers of Tucson used SurveyMonkey to collect information about the quality of their services from volunteers, tutors and students. The survey included some open-ended questions (e.g., “What can you do now that you couldn’t do before?”) and many respondents filled in these boxes with personal success stories.Cathy Beaumont of the University of British Columbia’s development office combs through various publications produced by the school and staff and tells us, “There’s no shortage of material.” On average, she finds two new stories per month to add to UBC’s online story bank.As part of her job as a communications officer at PATH, Teresa Guillien actually goes into the field for two weeks every year and produces six or seven stories per trip. She is accompanied by a consultant (a former NBC journalist), a videographer and a photographer and travels to various countries to interview people face to face.It’s not just about fundraising.Most organizations assume that stories support development, which is true, but we heard from many who were using stories in a variety of ways:The University of British Columbia uses stories to demonstrate to donors the school’s diversity. The Michigan Nonprofit Association uses stories to train staff and help them better understand the work of the organization. The Literacy Volunteers of Tucson uses them in volunteer recruitments and orientations “to give more humanity to the project,” according to Lisa Kemper.Jim Gangl from St. Louis County Public Health & Human Services told us his organization consisted of employees at the end of long careers mixed with younger ones just starting out. “Because there isn’t much in the middle,” he said, “we need stories to convey our experience.”And just this week we heard from an aquarium that was looking to tell stories on the labels of exhibits to create a more engaging experience for visitors. You may find entirely new ways to use stories, but first you have to find the stories and keep them in a safe, easily accessible place. So build your storybank and watch it build more interest in everything you do.To see a sampling of online storybanks:League of Women VotersBoston Youth Environmental NetworkAmerican Cancer Society (video story bank) To see how organizations collect stories online:FamiliesUSAMedicare Rights CenterBarack Obama – Share Your Story About the Economic Crisis(Thanks to Cathy Beaumont, Jim Gangl, Teresa Guillien, Lisa Kemper, and Brandon Seng for their assistance in writing this story.)About Andy GoodmanAndy Goodman is a nationally recognized author, speaker and consultant in the field of public interest communications. Along with Storytelling as Best Practice, he is author of Why Bad Ads Happen to Good Causes and Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes. He also publishes a monthly journal, free-range thinking, to share best practices in the field.Andy is best known for his speeches and workshops on storytelling, presenting, design and strategic communications, and has been invited to speak at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs at Princeton, as well as at major foundation and nonprofit conferences. He currently serves on the faculty of the Communications Leadership Institute, which trains nonprofit executive directors and grantmakers.In 2007, Al Gore selected Andy to train one thousand volunteers who are currently helping the former Vice President engage more Americans in the fight against global warming. In 2008, Andy co-founded The Goodman Center to offer online versions of his workshops and additional communications and marketing classes to nonprofits, foundations, government agencies and educational institutions across the U.S. and worldwide. When not teaching, traveling, or recovering from teaching and traveling, Andy also serves as a Senior Fellow for Civic Ventures and is on the advisory boards of VolunteerMatch and Great Nonprofits.For more information, visit: Resource made available in part due to the support of the Surdna Foundationlast_img read more

The Language of Change: 20 Words and Phrases that Impact Attitudes, Actions, and Funding

first_imgDownload the presentation handout, transcript and audio below ‘Related Documents’!Learn how to engage board members/stakeholders, simplify your message and jumpstart funding by understanding the lexicon of change and–more importantly–the thinking behind it.This is the difference between charity and philanthropy, sustainable funding and transformation, a mission statement and a message.It’s the difference between just another ‘not-for-profit begging for money’ and a movement to change lives, save lives and impact lives.Funding veteran Tom Suddes challenges nonprofitss to change the way they think while connecting on simple ideas that will help organizations of all types raise more money immediately.This archived presentation offers:A new way to talk about (re-frame) concepts ranging from capital campaigns, to annual funds to debt.Examples used with schools, community service organizations and funding start-ups.Practical ideas that apply to marketing, funding and leadership.About our speakerTom Suddes is a nonprofit coach, trainer, consultant, speaker and writer with over 33 years of experience in development, strategic visioning, campaign management and major gift solicitation. He began his career in the Development Office at the University of Notre Dame in 1973. He eventually became the Director of Development and headed the Campaign for Notre Dame, which raised $180 Million ($50 Million over the $130 Million Goal). In 1983, he founded For Impact | The Suddes Group, which managed over 300 campaigns, raised over $1 Billion, and helped generate 3 million new jobs in their work with 125 economic development organizations around the country.last_img read more

Sell Better with Stories

first_imgSource: © 2009 SYS-CON Media, Inc. – All Rights Reserved. Casey Hibbard is president of Compelling Cases Inc. and author of the first book on customer case studies, Stories That Sell: Turn Satisfied Customers into Your Most Powerful Sales and Marketing Asset. For more tips, visit the Stories That Sell blog. If you heard that a certain type of fox is endangered, would you be moved to act?How about if you heard that a mama fox was trying to keep herself and her litter safe as their forest disappears?Now that’s different. There’s a story there with actual individuals being affected.Such was the storyline for a campaign by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), which told a universal tale of survival to communicate about the kit fox problem in Northern California.Information in the context of a story is dramatically more compelling than straight facts. Yet, many nonprofits fail to tell stories to illustrate their challenges and successful outcomes.“If you look at the web sites of fifty small nonprofits, you would be hard-pressed to find written stories or pictures that tell a story,” says Katya Andresen, author of Robin Hood Marketing and Chief Operating Officer, Network for Good. “You should never be communicating without stories – pictures, examples or full-blown stories.”Most nonprofit staffers know they need to tell more success stories, but just don’t have the capacity.Whether you work for a nonprofit, are an independent writer, or board member or volunteer, here are some tips for helping nonprofits integrate stories more frequently and effectively into communications.Leverage praise lettersNonprofits that serve their beneficiaries well inevitably get praise letters from time to time. Make the most of this unsolicited praise.Immediately ask the submitter if and how you might use their comments. Even take a few minutes to collect a few more details about their story if possible. Can you reprint their comments and stories in your newsletters, blog, annual reports and brochures, or read them at events? Can you use the person’s full name or just first name?Ask the people you serveEncourage those that the nonprofit serves, or family members, to submit their own stories. Include a “share your story” page on your web site, ask on surveys, or hand out “share your story” forms at live events that they can fill out right there and hand back.Be sure to collect contact information in case you need to follow up, and let them check multiple-choice options on how you can use their stories publicly.ID story witnessesWhat individuals – paid or volunteer – are in a position to see successes firsthand and relay those back to office staff or someone handling communications? Identify your potential story witnesses.Make it easy for witnessesCommunicate to story witnesses – in regular communications – specifically and frequently where to share their positive accounts.Should they email a specific point person? Fill out an online form? How about a success story box in your office for staff or volunteers to write down a few words?Also solicit stories in staff and volunteer meetings.Share within the teamEveryone in the organization that communicates with internal and external audiences should have access to your latest success stories.Your communications person or a volunteer may produce your newsletter while others are creating donor letters, annual reports or grant requests, or training new volunteers and staff. Email stories among the staff to ensure everyone has access to them, or post them on an intranet site.The president of EDF holds fireside chats annually to tell stories and build team spirit with new employees.Stay positiveAndresen urges nonprofits not to tell tales of doom and gloom. Rather focus more on the positive outcome to avoid depressing your audience.Mix your mediaTell your stories in various ways – audio, video, written, in photos, and verbally in meetings with potential supporters.Find a talented volunteerNo time to interview beneficiaries and write or video success stories? Engage freelancers, or even talented journalism, film or public relations students.But remember, quality does matter. You want to look professional, so hire the best you can.Vary story perspectivesDon’t just tell beneficiary stories. Make-A-Wish Foundation also features wish-granter, volunteer and sponsor stories.Remember, always use stories in all internal and external communications to connect with your various audiences.As for EDF’s kit foxes, as a result of the campaign, farmers signed a safe harbor agreement to help protect them.last_img read more