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  • A very valuable nugget came out of our 2016 Donor Loyalty Study: Nearly three-quarters of donors who responded to the survey said they were “much more likely” or “somewhat more likely” to donate to a nonprofit after attending one of the organization’s events. This little morsel of insight got us thinking. So much so, that […] You're reading Amplify Your Nonprofit’s Events to Boost Engagement and D...

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  • We’re coming up on budget planning and preparation season! Your budget is always on your mind, right? It can seem tricky and stressful, especially considering the fact that the National Council for Nonprofits describes the annual budget as, “… one of the fundamental building blocks of sound financial management.” Financial leaders know the annual budget […] You're reading Navigating Budget Season ...

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  • We’re at the half-year review mark of the budget lifecycle – how would you score your organization’s budget performance? Pass or fail? Do you believe best practices are being followed and milestones are being met? Is there a way to improve the budget process at the six-month checkup point? The answer is yes! The middle […] You're reading Nonprofit Budget Health Check – Pass or Fail?, originally po...

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  • Many nonprofits are hesitant to move their giving online. However, donors who responded to our 2018 Donor Experience Study expressed their preference to give online in several scenarios, including: In fact, the only scenario in which donors did not prefer giving online, was when making a donation to an organization they’re unfamiliar with. With all this […] You're reading 7 Ways to Ask for Donatio...

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  • In-person courses and multi-day conferences are the top two leading formats for learning for association members today, according to the 2017 Member Professional Development Study. Trailing behind just slightly is online learning and webinars, with online actually taking over the number two spot for Millennial learners. Considering today’s learner consumption habits, how can you offer […] You're r...

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  • If you’re still on the fence about whether or not to attend this year’s AICPA NFP Conference, June 18-20 in the Washington, D.C. area, we have the latest scoop on what you can expect – and it just may be the convincing you need! This year’s conference is offering numerous programs and sessions built for […] You're reading What’s Happening at this Year’s AICPA Not-For-Profit Conference, originally ...

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  • Your donors are having amazing online experiences with the likes of Amazon and Netflix who anticipate their every want and need, and spoon feed them suggestions and recommendations like you would feed a baby. Then … they visit your site. And, meh. Does this sound about right? So many nonprofits I work with are toiling […] You're reading Is Your Nonprofit Meeting Donor Expectations?, originally pos...

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  • This post originally appeared on #Onward, the blog of YourMembership, another member of the Community Brands family.  The World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report tells us many of today’s most in-demand skills didn’t exist 20 years ago. The report cites 65 percent of children now entering primary school will end up working in new types […] You're reading Protecting Members From Their Skills’ S...

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  • Your nonprofit or association has mastered the process of engaging your constituency using a message board, and now you’re ready to take a dive into the social media messaging pool. Your budget hasn’t changed, and the board is wary as ever of approving additional expenditures, so you’re looking for the most cost-effective means to get […] You're reading Meet Your Constituents Where They Are: On So...

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  • Summer is here, and I have to say, I’ve never been so excited about summer in my entire life.  You see, I moved to Saint Paul, Minnesota, last fall. And, now that I’ve survived my first winter and the snow has finally melted, I am loving the Minnesota spring/summer weather! Everyone is out walking their […] You're reading Raise Some Summer Funds in the Sun!, originally posted on Forward Together -...

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  • Show of hands – who has a dedicated team to manage your learning management system (LMS)? Chances are, you’re among the 88 percent of surveyed organizations that don’t. That’s why our partner, Tagoras, and Community Brands very own VP of Professional Services and Account Management, Michele Windsor, dedicated an hour of their time to guide […] You're reading Build Support Behind Your Learning Mana...

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  • Accounting and donor management may seem on different ends of the spectrum, but when fundraising dollars start to come in, both teams need to work together to ensure those contributions are accurately accounted for and effectively managed. Without a consistent data structure and a smooth hand-off between your teams, accounting can spend hours doing duplicate […] You're reading Aligning Your Develo...

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  • This post originally appeared on the blog of NimbleUser, another member of the Community Brands family.  We recently uncovered technology drives member loyalty. This nugget came from our 2017 Community Brands Digital Member Study, which revealed a strong correlation between loyalty and technology. Members who see their organization as an early technology adopter are significantly more […] You're r...

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  • Artificial intelligence is at its best when it augments, accelerates, and multiplies a person. This is just one of the thought-provoking morsels shared by Adam Martel, CEO of Gravyty, during his education session earlier this week at Community Brands user conference, Xperience 2018. Martel got the idea for his company, which he launched in 2016, […] You're reading AI is Revolutionizing Fundraising...

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  • by Jay Ablian, EVP and GM of Partnerships, BluePay Community Brands brings you this information from our partner, BluePay, which offers fast, easy and secure payment processing solutions to fit every organization’s needs. Whether a nonprofit or association, BluePay is the all-in-one credit card processing company for any business. This post first appeared on #Onward, […] You're reading 5 security ...

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  • According to our Member Professional Development Study, the number one challenge identified by professional organizations is attracting younger members to education and training programs. With graduation season fast approaching, there’s perhaps no better time to evaluate how well your organization is attracting and retaining new graduates, not just to your elearning offerings, but to your […] You'...

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  • Take a deep dive with us into nonprofit donor experiences and expectations! Our 2018 Donor Experience Study helps answer many questions nonprofit professionals have in these times of ever-changing technology preferences. We conducted this research to better understand donor preferences, as well as their in-person and online experiences. Then, we went a step further to […] You're reading New 2018 D...

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  • Do you know what you need to do to prepare for your nonprofit’s next audit? Preparation can be a daunting task, whether you’ve never been through an audit or been part of a hundred. There are several steps you should follow, including selecting the right auditor, gathering the items you’ll need (like bank account reconciliations […] You're reading Successfully Prepare for Your Nonprofit’s Next Aud...

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  • The countdown is SO ON! Our first ever Community Brands conference – Xperience 2018 – is just 13 days away! To get you excited about attending, we thought it would be fun to take a look at the event by the numbers … # 1 association and nonprofit technology event of the year! 4 inspiring […] You're reading Only 13 Days Left to Register for Tech Conference of the Year!, originally posted on Forward ...

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  • This post originally appeared on #Onward, the blog of YourMembership, another member of the Community Brands family.  Whether your association is working on an integration of your LMS and AMS, or don’t know where to start, here are the ins and outs to the benefits, challenges and support you need to succeed. Perhaps one of the […] You're reading AMS/LMS Integration Blueprint: Create Efficiency, En...

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  • Has your nonprofit been experiencing a lot of growth or have you started adding funding through new grants? It’s great, right? You’re able to better support your community and have more resources to help fulfill your mission. But, with more funding, comes a few more problems. A lot of smaller nonprofits go for the fast […] You're reading More Funding, More Problems?, originally posted on Forward T...

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  • It’s hard to believe Xperience, Community Brands first ever tech conference, is less than a month away! Attending this event is going to be an amazing opportunity for you to network with fellow partners, customers, industry leaders, and Community Brands team members. Because our partners are such vital members of the Community Brands ecosystem, we’ve developed a full […] You're reading Community B...

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  • Let me admit something right off the bat: Despite the title of this article, great associations may not actually do everything in this article every single day. But the truth is, at the very least, they’re likely considering them every day. After working for nearly a decade in association- and member services-related roles, I’ve learned a […] You're reading 5 Things Great Associations Do Every Day...

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  • With 140+ educational sessions, 2,000 professional peers, inspirational keynotes, and a venue like the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, we want to ensure your time at our first ever Community Brands conference, Xperience 2018, is well spent! Here are five suggested must-dos for accounting, finance, and operations professionals: 1.     Review Helpful Information Letter for […] You're read...

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  • This blog was originally posted to #Onward, the YourMembership blog.  Xperience 2018 is just a few weeks away, and around here we’re gearing up for four days’ full of learning, networking, innovation, and fun! This year’s conference is bigger and better than ever, with tracks targeted specifically for continuing education professionals like you. Make sure […] You're reading Xperience 2018: Must-Do...

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  • It’s almost time for the Nonprofit Technology Network’s annual Nonprofit Technology Conference, and we could not be more excited! This year’s event, held this Wednesday through Friday, April 11 through 13 in the beautiful city of New Orleans, offers more than 120 educational sessions. The only downside to the conference will be that we can’t […] You're reading 5 Reasons We Can’t Wait for 18NTC in ...

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  • This blog was originally posted on #Onward, The YourMembership Blog. It’s hard to believe another year has gone by, and what a year it’s been. A year ago, Community Brands was formed when we brought together association and nonprofit technology leaders Abila, Aptify, NimbleUser, and YourMembership. We later added Configio for registration and event management […] You're reading Xperience 2018: Wha...

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  • Is GDPR a four-letter acronym at your association? Short for General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR is legislation passed by the European Union (EU) Parliament to protect the personal data of EU residents. Scheduled to go into effect next month, GDPR grants individuals greater control over their personal information, giving them a say about how their […] You're reading GDPR: The What and Why Beh...

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