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What Nonprofits Need to Know about Crowdfunding

With the recent introduction of US crowdfunding platforms Kickstarter and Indiegogo into the Canadian marketplace, interest in the sector is higher than ever. With an increasing number of organizations testing the waters, such as the ambitious Ubuntu ‘Edge’ campaign or community-based efforts such as the Tool Library, there is a growing need for clear and practicable information on the space.  Learn some of the key information that nonprofits need to know about crowdfunding!

So You Want to Raise More Money? Try the F word …

Funding resources are a great way to jumpstart
your grassroot charity or ensure a steady stream of revenue for your
large nonprofit. Grantseeking and prospecting funds is part and parcel of being in the nonprofit sector, so let us help you do it well!

Engaging Your Email List and Measuring Results

Your nonprofit’s email newsletter is one of the most important and direct methods of communication you have with your supporters. But how much time do you spend thinking about how to create a really great newsletter experience for your readers?

How Crowdsourcing Helps Your Nonprofit

Crowdsourcing can be done at an organizational or individual level, and nonprofits have used it for everything from marketing and fundraising to volunteerism and activism. It’s a great way to enlist help from a wider community knowledge base and to engage people in your work.

Funding Resources : The Cornerstone of Your Nonprofit's Toolbox

Are you a newly-formed nonprofit, eagerly searching for a way to build capacity and fund your great ideas? Maybe you’re ready to expand, launch an initiative, or just having trouble covering everything on donations? We may have a funding resource for you, and it’s about to be deeply discounted for a short time! 

Text-to-donate: charitable giving in 8 characters

Have you ever seen something like this? “Text REDCROSS to 30333 to donate $5 to the Canadian Red Cross” And wondered if this was something you could do at your charity?

Toronto Net Tuesday Recap: Know your options for accepting donations online

As a charity – of any size – there are few things as important as being able to properly accept, process, receipt and track donations made online. Without this capability day-to-day operations can be challenging, if not impossible. There are a ton of options out there for every kind of charity. The difficulty is, of course, when faced with a sea of options, which do you choose? Or, how do you even narrow it down?

CanadaHelps 101 - a simple way to get online donations

Note from Tierney: this month we are looking at different ways to receive payments online, so I asked CanadaHelps to provide some information about the service that they offer

CanadaHelps is a registered charity with a goal to make giving simple. Our mission is to engage Canadians in the charitable sector, providing accessible and affordable online technology to both donors and charities to promote – and ultimately increase – charitable giving in Canada. 

Toronto Net Tuesday Recap - Get Your Organization Started with Google Grants

This month, we had Simon and Charles from ConnectAd come in and talk to us about Google Grants, which offers pay-per-click (PPC) advertising grant programs for non-profits and charities.  The guys covered the basics of PPC during their time with us, and gave tips and ideas on how to improve your Google Grant application.

Using Technology for Grants

Many nonprofits and charities rely on grants for a good portion of their funding, however writing grants can be a time consuming and frustrating process. Our February Toronto Net Tuesday explored how grant writers can use technology to find and keep track of grants.

If you happen to notice that the video from Using Technology for Grants lacked sound or failed to focus on the right speaker at the right time, it’s because this camera man is guilty of paying too much attention to our speakers last Tuesday. Tech Tuesday was pleased to welcome an inspired panel of non-profit speakers to our technology forum, where we debated everything from the value of following grant writers on twitter to how to partner with large grant funders. The outcome of the evening was one part tech, one part process, and several great strategies for marketing your not-for-profit cause.