Advice & Inspiration

What Impact are we Having?

The Centre for Social Impact 2The Centre for Social Impact has released a handy document called The Compass.  It is a thorough, yet simple guide to help organisations best measure the positive social impact they are having.

‘This guide is for everyone working towards the creation of positive social impact in Australia and who wants to know if they are making a difference.’

Identifying, evaluating and communicating our social outcomes is essential for all charities and this guide can be used as a tool to effectively do that. It will also help you learn the difference between outputs, outcomes and impact.

The Centre for Social Impact says:

‘We measure what matters, and The Compass is here to help you understand how you can measure what matters too.’

Get your hands on The Compass.

Building a Better Board

Building a Better Board

Most organisations would like to help improve their Board and the skills and knowledge of Board members. Better Boards may just help you do that.

Better Boards aim is to create positive impact through governance and leadership solutions. They have Australasia’s largest selection of governance and management titles for non-profit leaders. At their website you can find answers, examples, tools, advice and information, insights and inspiration.  There are lots of books, articles, surveys, seminars and news from the NFP sector.

They also hold master classes for you or your organisation’s board members to attend.  For example the last master class was on ‘Practical Governance & Leadership’.  These Classes are held in major cities across the country for your convenience. Better Boards holds an annual three day conference to share knowledge, learn and network.

Find more information about Better Boards.

Google for Non-Profits

‘You are changing the world. We want to help,’ says Google.

Google for Non-Profits is being rolled out around the world and now includes Australia.  It offers charities free access to Google tools including Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Ad Grants.  Google’s tools are designed to help you work more efficiently in reaching your donors and volunteers.

You can store and share documents from the cloud with 30GB of Google Drive space.  Google Apps for Non Profits, Google Outreach and YouTube are all free for charities also.

In one case study WaterAid explains how they make YouTube clips to attract a younger audience to their website and integrate these videos with Google Earth.  They also link with Google analytics and Adwords to track their visitors.

With Google products being widely tried and trusted you will be hard pressed to find a reason not to give Google for Non-Profits a go. For more information, click here.

GoFundraise Whitepaper

gofundraise_logoHistorically DIY fundraising was known as community fundraising, but as this space has grown in popularity, so has confusion around the terminology used. DIY fundraising can involve peer-to-peer, but doesn’t necessarily need to; meaning that it could be a door-knock campaign with no peer-to-peer element at all. Some examples of DIY fundraising are:

– A company holding a lunch in support of a charity
– A group of friends organising a bike ride in support of a charity
– An individual affected by a cause holding a cake bake for a charity

GoFundraise is an expert in this field. Working with non-profit organisations to leverage the internet and social media through the use of its leading software, GoFundraise enables individuals to help fundraise more effectively than ever before.

Market research shows that 30% of online peer-to-peer fundraising is undertaken by DIY fundraisers, which is why charities need to plan and build DIY into overall fundraising strategies. GoFundraise’s new Whitepaper titled, ‘The growth of DIY fundraising and how to incorporate it into your fundraising strategy’ will provide you with the tools and strategies you need to implement, and really grow, this method of fundraising in your organisation.

Fish Community Solutions was proud to support GoFundraise in pulling this Whitepaper together. For more information or to download the Whitepaper for free, please click here.

Being Connected

windows8If your Australian non-profit has technology needs, you  should consider getting a Connecting Up account.

Connecting Up offers not-for-profit organisations a place to find donated and discounted computer software, hardware and resources.  Services are available in Australia, New Zealand and throughout South East Asia.

For donated items an administration fee of between 4-10% is charged to cover the cost of keeping the service available.  As an example you can get a copy of Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 for $35 or Norton 360 for just $9.

Connecting Up were award winners in the 2013 Social Enterprise Awards. Partners donating technology include Microsoft, Cisco, Symantec and Adobe.

Informative webinars and a directory services are also available to connect non-profits and charities with each other and as a resource for the public, donors, funders, government and business.

For more information click here.

Keep Your Donors

thank-you-note11Pamela Grow is an author, coach, copy-writer & nonprofit marketing consultant.  Pamela specialises in helping small nonprofits develop and has been named as one of the top 30 Most Effective Fundraising consultants.

In her article 10 things that will make your donors say “Wow!”, Pamela gets together with ten charities to give us a few hints on how to keep donors.  The common theme through the list was board members reaching out to their donors.  Not to ask for money but to share ideas or just say ‘thank you’.  Handwritten thank you notes were popular, either from board members or people who have received benefits from the charity.  Releasing an impact statement and personally inviting your top 100 donors to your annual general meeting were other ideas.

To read the full article click here.