Network for Good’s Learning Centre has a library of NFP marketing tips and advice “for the overworked nonprofit”.
Meetup is a way of connecting with individuals or groups from your community who share your interests. Type in your topic of interest (e.g. “mental health”, “parenting”, etc.) and the name of your town or city, and see if there is an existing Meetup group in your area. From the information displayed you will be able to tell the number of people in the group, when and where they plan to meet next, view a calendar of the group’s upcoming events, etc. It is free to access Meetup, but if you want to start your own Meetup group then you will need to pay a fee to be a Meetup Group Organiser (up to US$19/month depending on the payment option chosen).
This site showcases volunteers, businesses and nonprofits working together to make a difference. Stories are around 500 words and are written by WhodidGoodtoday.com. Story packages can be shared on Facebook, and the story is yours to use to help get the word out. WDGT will also promote your story via their Facebook page and Twitter.
Each new story is featured on the front page of the website on its first day and will always be searchable. Photos, videos and marketing material that add to your story package are welcome. A link to your website or influential story partners will be placed under your story.
When funding or positive response happens as a result from being featured on the site, WDGT would love to follow up with a Good Vibrations story.
Blue Avocado is designed for NFP board members. It features articles on topics such as finance and strategy, HR and volunteerism. Although oriented to the US, there will still be material of interest to Kiwi boards.
Management Help is an online library for personal, professional and organisational development. There are approximately 650 topics in the library, spanning almost 10,000 links. Each topic has additionally recommended books and related library topics. The focus is on free, online and practical information that visitors can quickly apply.
This is a platform for people with creative projects to seek funding. If they do not get pledges for the full amount they are seeking by the funding deadline, then no money changes hands. The site became highly publicised in NZ when film producer/director Taika Waititi sought funds to get his movie Boy distributed in the USA.
By the way, at last count, Waititi got his project 123% funded. The publicity didn’t do any harm, which is a learning point in itself. When you are fund raising for a project, think of a genuine ‘news’ angle and get local media interested. You may attract the attention (and financial support) of someone who otherwise may have never crossed your path.
This grant writing blog is aimed at grass-roots organisations and ‘one-person development offices’ that are newbies in the NFP world. Keep in mind that it is US-based, so some material (e.g. legal issues, specific grants, etc.) won’t apply in NZ.
VolunteerMatch is a US organisation that matches individual and corporate volunteers with NFPs. The website’s blog ‘Engaging Volunteers’ features posts about volunteer recruitment, retention and recognition.
Cities of Migration is a Canadian website which showcases good ideas in immigrant integration internationally (including NZ). It also promotes innovative practices that create inclusion and urban prosperity.