Are Social Networks for You?
So should you invest in creating a profile or networks on social networking sites? It depends on your organization. To succeed with social networking sites, you’ll likely need a staff member or consultant who has a passion for working with these types of sites. You’ll also need to establish goals to understand if the time commitment is worthwhile. For instance, if you’re trying to expand your community, how many new people linked with your cause would make your time worthwhile? Be open to alternative goals, too: Perhaps your primary purpose with social networks is just to get your name in front of the younger members of your audience.
More than most technologies, success in social networks depends on your sense of adventure. There are a lot of opportunities, but many of them are not thoroughly explored or tested. You might achieve great success — or it could all end up being a great big waste of time. Think through the challenges and opportunities carefully, and then decide whether social networking is right for you.
Too Busy To Fundraise
Too Busy To Fundraise, a blog from Janet Levine Consulting, offers insights and information on fundraising, marketing and communications for every one who needs to raise funds for a nonprofit organization.
For over thirty years, Janet Levine has served the nonprofit sector, helping organizations to increase their fundraising capacity and create stronger boards. Starting in 1988 as Director of Corporate Relations for USC’s Engineering School, Janet worked as a front line fundraiser, ultimately becoming VP of Advancement at a public university. In 2007, Janet opened her consulting business. Her many clients have ranged from large to small, representing all areas of the sector. Janet Levine Consulting prides itself on taking nonprofits “from mired to inspired,” better able to fulfill their missions.
In addition to her consulting and coaching practice, Janet is a much sought after presenter at conferences, a regular trainer for such organizations as the Center for Nonprofit Management, Academy Go, and the The Nonprofit Partnership. She teaches three online classes for Ed2Go and has been on the faculty at UCLA’s fundraising certificate program.