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AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action 2018: How Startup Nonprofits Can Break Into the Big Leagues

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This presentation is aimed at helping startup nonprofits, or nonprofits that have languished in the shade for a long time, that want to "break out" into major gifts. With decades of hands-on experience helping relatively unknown nonprofits accomplish just this, my presentation focuses on one's mental attitude, the importance of focusing one's attention, watching (and learning from) the "for profit" business startup world, and making use of common tech tools to help nonprofit executives do more with less in the modern age. Although aimed mostly at entry-level or new nonprofits, the advice contained herein would also be helpful to what I could call older, "overweight" nonprofits that could use some streamlining as well.

Quite a bit of real life experiences are not shared in this slide deck but are shared verbally as part of the presentation.

While I have my favorite tech tools for doing more with less, there are others that certainly could be helpful. I explain my reasoning for choosing the ones with which I work every day, but acknowledge the availability of other, similar tools. They are all helpful in their own special ways. And although unwritten here, the presentation will mention a core thought: the "computer" is your brain; your devices should be selected to match your brain and its needs. Use the tools that work best for you and your nonprofit.

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AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action 2018: How Startup Nonprofits Can Break Into the Big Leagues

  1. 1. HOW STARTUP NONPROFITS CAN BREAK INTO THE BIG LEAGUES AFP DFW Philanthropy in Action Irving Convention Center June 15, 2018 Carolyn M. Appleton
  2. 2. BUILDING CREDIBILITY, INSPIRING SIGNIFICANT DONATIONS • IT TAKES TIME AND THOUGHT • BUT LITTLE OR NO MONEY IS REQUIRED • STEP INTO THE SHOES OF SOMEONE WITH THE CAPACITY TO GIVE • WHAT QUESTIONS WOULDYOU ASK OF A “STARTUP” NONPROFIT BEFORE MAKING A COMMITMENT? • HOW DOYOU GET TO THE GOAL AND NOT LOSEYOUR MIND?THAT’S THE FOCUS OF MY TALK …
  3. 3. HOW I GOT HERE • AGREED TO HELP NONPROFITS WITH MODEST RESOURCES - SOME IN REMOTE LOCATIONS WITH LITTLE OR NO STAFFING -WITH MAJOR GIFT FUNDRAISING • HAD TO DO, “MORE WITH LESS” • ADOPTED USE OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND DIGITAL MEDIA • JOINED NTEN: NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY NETWORK • DIDYOU KNOW, MAJOR GIFT DONORS ARE FREQUENT USERS OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND MANY WERE “EARLY ADOPTERS”
  4. 4. DREW HENDRICKS FORBES “7 STEPS TO GETTING FUNDING FORYOUR STARTUP” • HAVE A PLAN OF ATTACK • DOYOUR HOMEWORK • START SEARCHING FOR MONEY • NETWORK • BE PREPARED • HAVE THE ULTIMATE PITCH DECK • BE PERSISTENT
  5. 5. • THE FOUNDATION CENTER: MORE THAN 1,500,OOO TAX-EXEMPT ORGANIZATIONS • JOHNS HOPKINS CENTER FOR CIVIL SOCIETY: $11,900,000 PEOPLE EMPLOYED BY NONPROFITS (2018: https://goo.gl/UrWXUY) • NONPROFIT QUARTERLY: $634,000,000,000 IN SALARIES (2013) • NONPROFIT QUARTERLY: $17,348,000,000 GROSS VALUE ADDED TO U.S. ECONOMY (2014) “IT IS IMPORTANTTO KEEP IN MINDTHAT ALTHOUGH THESE ARETHE BEST ESTIMATES OFTHE SECTOR’S CONTRIBUTIONTOTHE ECONOMY,THESE VALUES UNDERESTIMATETHE CONTRIBUTION OF NONPROFITS.” – NPQ (HTTPS://GOO.GL/RB1DXU) U.S. STATISTICS
  6. 6. HOW WILL YOUR NONPROFIT STAND OUT? Young organizations and startups frequently have limited staff and resources “Think smart” to get ahead Look your best online: like it or not, first impressions online can make or break your enterprise Realizing you have time and fiscal constraints, view your online presence strategically Focus your energies on your central credibility- building activity “hubs” and polish …
  7. 7. HUB #1 |YOUR WEBSITE • YOUR “VIRTUAL” OFFICE AND “FRONT DOOR” • SETS TONE FOR THE ORGANIZATION’S PUBLIC IMAGE • RESOURCE FOR INFORMATION ESSENTIAL TO DONATION AND INVESTMENT DECISION-MAKING • SOME DONORS MAY NEVER MEETYOU IN PERSON, BUT THEY WILL BE WATCHINGYOUR WEBSITE • CONTAINS MISSION AND BASIC ORGANIZATIONAL INFORMATION WITH LINKS TO TANDEM SOCIAL PLATFORMS • KEEP IT UPDATED • POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA FROM THERE, DRAWING EVERYONE BACK TOYOUR WEBSITE
  8. 8. DOYOU NEED A WEB DEVELOPER? • NO • PRESET, FREE TEMPLATES AND MODEST MONTHLY/ANNUAL FEES ARE READILY AVAILABLE • I RECOMMEND WORDPRESS: LEARNED IT MYSELF,TEMPLATE VARIETY IS EXTENSIVE, HIGHLY SEARCHABLE, EXCELLENT ONLINE SUPPORT, “STATS” READILY AVAILABLE • IFYOU DO NEED HELP, FIND A REPUTABLE FREELANCER • I HAVE SEEN NONPROFITS PAY UP TO $50,000 FOR UNNECESSARILY COMPLICATED WEBSITES • DON’T GO THERE
  9. 9. HUB #2 | GMAIL | GOOGLE DRIVE |YOUTUBE | GOOGLE PHOTOS (MOVIES, ANIMATIONS) ETC. • GMAIL ACCOUNT FOR CENTRALIZED PLATFORM MANAGEMENT • GOOGLE DRIVE HOUSES DOCUMENTS SECURELY IN THE CLOUD, EASY ACCESS, GREAT FOR SECURE SHARING AND COLLABORATIVE WORKING • GOOGLE PHOTOS STORES PHOTOS, DIRECTLY LINKED TOYOUTUBE VIDEO EDITOR, GOOGLE MOVIE AND ANIMATIONS • CONSIDER ADOBE SPARK FOR VIDEO AND SOCIAL POSTS (YOU CAN DOWNLOAD AND UPLOAD THOSE VIDEOS TOYOUTUBE), BASICS ARE FREE
  10. 10. HUB #2 CONTINUED | NOTES • GOOGLE IS THE MOST USED SEARCH ENGINE • YOUTUBE IS SECOND IN TERMS OF ONLINE SEARCH (OWNED BY GOOGLE) • ICONTACT, MAILCHIMP, CONSTANT CONTACT AND MORE -WHILE NOT “GOOGLE” PLATFORMS,THEY CAN BE COORDINATED WITH GMAIL • MOST OF THEM HAVE FREE PLANS FOR EMAIL ADDRESSES AT BASIC LEVELS
  11. 11. HUB #2 CONTINUED | NOTES ON EMAIL • EMAIL IS STILL ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO COMMUNICATE WITH DONORS AND CONSTITUENTS • ESTABLISH A REGULAR SCHEDULE OF E- BLASTING (BUT DON’T OVERDO IT) • EMAIL IS A KEY FORM OF SPONSOR RECOGNITION; SOME SPONSORS SEEK THAT OPPORTUNITY WHEN MAKING FUNDING DECISIONS • EMAIL PLATFORMS HELP NONPROFITS COMPLY WITH FEDERAL LAWS REGARDING “SPAM” (SUBSCRIBE /UNSUBSCRIBE ANY TIME)
  12. 12. HUB #3 | GUIDESTAR | GREATNONPROFITS • GUIDESTAR IS WORLD’S LARGEST PUBLIC INFORMATION DATABASE ON NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS • GUIDESTAR HOUSES TAX RETURNS FOR EVERY NONPROFIT (YOU HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO APPEAR) • NONPROFITS OF ALL SIZES BENEFIT BY FLESHING-OUT THEIR EXISTING PROFILE, SECURING AT LEAST THE GOLD SEAL FOR TRANSPARENCY • EVEN THOSE WITH MODEST OR CHALLENGED FUNDRAISING TRACK RECORDS GAIN CREDIBILITY BY SECURING THE GOLD SEAL OR HIGHER • IT IS NOT ABOUT HOW MUCH MONEYYOU HAVE, IT IS ABOUT HOWYOU OPERATE
  13. 13. ACCOUNTING | MEDIA | GIFT PROCESSING • MEDIA EXPOSES ABOUT HOW NONPROFITS USE DONATIONS MEAN THE MORE TRANSPARENT YOU ARE,THE MORE LIKELY DONORS AND PROFESSIONAL ADVISORS WILL HAVE CONFIDENCE IN GIVING (BE OPEN AND HONEST) • KEEP MEDIA INFORMED, INVITE ARTICLES, GET INTERVIEWED (EMAIL WORKS FOR MOST) • ASK FRIENDS TO WRITE ABOUT AND ENDORSE YOU (REFRESHING CONTENT) • NOMINATEYOURSELF FOR AN AWARD • A GOOD ACCOUNTANT IS WORTH PAYING FOR (TAX PREP WITH NONPROFIT CONCERNS IN MIND, OBJECTIVE PERSPECTIVE) • GIFT PROCESSING: MAKE IT EASY, PROVIDE VARIETY OF OPTIONS FOR PAYMENTS, AVOID “PLATFORM” FEES - I RECOMMEND QGIV
  14. 14. HUB #4 | SOCIAL MEDIA FACEBOOK |TWITTER | INSTAGRAM & MORE • CHOOSE SOCIAL MEDIA BASED ON THE PLATFORMS’ RESPECTIVE STRENGTHS AND YOUR ORGANIZATION’S STYLE AND PURPOSE • STICK TO A FEW, AVOID SHINY OBJECT SYNDROME • FACEBOOK IS ESSENTIAL BUT IT IS NOTYOUR “WEBSITE” • TWITTER IS “QUICK NEWS,” EVENTS-FOCUSED • INSTAGRAM AND PINTEREST ARE STRONG “VISUAL” PLATFORMS GROWING IN IMPORTANCE AS VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS ARE FAVORED OVER WRITTEN • LINKEDIN HAS A SOLID, BUSINESS FOCUS
  15. 15. Google Suite & Email Platform GuideStar & Partners Social Media
  16. 16. ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS • IFYOU LEARN HOW TO USE EACH SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM,YOU WILL NOT NEED AN “AUTO POSTING” SERVICE (TAKE THE TIME) • DON’T INSERT THE EXACT SAME INFORMATION INTO EACH SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM AND EXPECT READERS TO THINKYOU ARE, “PAYING ATTENTION” • GUIDESTAR WILL BECOME STRONGER AND IT WILL ADD MORE PARTNER PLATFORMS – BE WATCHING #TREND • CONSIDER EARNED INCOME (MANY FUNDERS TODAY LIKE TO SEE FLEXIBLE THINKING WHEN IT COMES TO INCOME GENERATION) • REPORT BACK ON A REGULAR SCHEDULE, QUARTERLY IF POSSIBLE – FANCY REPORT NOT REQUIRED (JUST AN HONEST ONE)
  17. 17. CAROLYN M. APPLETON BLOG | CAROLYNMAPPLETON.COM EMAIL | CAROLYNMAPPLETON@GMAIL.COM MOBILE | 512-954-4477
  18. 18. RESOURCES •CAROLYN’S NONPROFIT BLOG: HTTPS://CAROLYNMAPPLETON.COM/NONPROFITS-AND-STARTUPS- BIRDS-OF-A-FEATHER/ •FORBES, “7 STEPS TO GETTING FUNDING FORYOUR STARTUP”: https://goo.gl/TZmBN •GUIDESTAR: HTTP://WWW.GUIDESTAR.ORG •IDEALWARE: HTTP://WWW.IDEALWARE.ORG •NTEN: NONPROFITTECHNOLOGY NETWORK: HTTP://WWW.NTEN.ORG/AND NTEN ONLINE GROUPS: HTTP://WWW.NTEN.ORG/COMMUNITY/ONLINE-GROUPS/ •TECHSOUP AND NETSQUARED: HTTP://WWW.TECHSOUP.ORG/ AND HTTP://WWW.NETSQUARED.ORG/ •TEXAS SECRETARY OF STATE: https://goo.gl/Muh5XN
  19. 19. CREDITS • PHOTOGRAPHS WITH QUOTES CREATED WITH ADOBE SPARK • QUOTATIONS OBTAINED FROM BRAINYQUOTE • POWERPOINT TEMPLATE FROM MICROSOFT • SELF PORTRAIT BY IPHONE (INSTAGRAM: CMAPPLETON) ALL RIGHTS RESERVED CAROLYN M. APPLETON CAROLYNMAPPLETONINC.COM

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