4 Your Mission is a blog from Mobile Beacon that helps you – a nonprofit – achieve your mission by bringing you up-to-date info and tips that you can really use.
Tech Term of the Week
Electronic Resources Management (ERM)
Systems developed to assist librarians in the control of licensed third-party resources published electronically (databases, e-books, e-journals, etc.), including license management, renewal, legal use, access management, and collection development.
Data is the new coin of the realm. Learn how to stretch your budget!
Real time access to information enables nonprofits to more effectively advance their mission in a rapid response world. But anytime/anywhere access comes with a price, which can vary significantly. How do you choose the right data plan among all the options out there? Start with the numbers.
Being able to work anytime/anywhere can greatly expand your reach, but it requires mobile Internet access. There are many connectivity tools available to keep you connected to the data and online resources you need outside the office. What’s the best option for you? That depends on what you’re using it for.
Problem: College Unbound is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to providing a pathway to an accredited bachelor’s degree with partnering colleges and universities. The program is targeted to those who began a degree program but were unable to finish, often adults who are full-time workers, full-time students and full-time parents. Though College Unbound is dedicated to educating one student at a time in out-of-the-classroom settings, many of their students did not have the necessary access to computers or Internet to complete their coursework.
The Providence Housing Authority (PHA) not only provides safe, affordable housing, its mission includes addressing residents’ economic needs and offering a bridge to a better future. But one-fifth of their residents don’t have Internet access at home – a key tool in finding and applying for jobs, signing up for an affordable healthcare plan, and continuing education.
Recently we gave you our top tips for going mobile. Today we’re sharing some of our favorite sites that can help bring those tips to life for you. Feel free to click away and see how these work on your smartphone or tablet!
We’ve talked about how important mobile sites are and why responsive design is a great option. To help you get started, we’d like to share some tips on creating a good mobile web site. Ready to take the plunge? Keep these guidelines in mind:
One of the things we love most about our jobs is knowing that we’re helping other nonprofit organizations fulfill some truly worthwhile missions. In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are some that are especially close to our hearts.
In January, we shared some statisticson the explosive use of mobile devices and how important responsive design has become for mobile commerce. Now we’d like to share why mobile sites have gone from a “nice-to-have” to a “must-have” for nonprofits.
As seen in the infographic below, more and more people are relying on smartphones and tablets to get information and make purchases. Nonprofits must figure out the best way to make sure their Web sites display information just as well on the small screen as on computers. Many nonprofits are now exploring the use of responsive web design to improve overall website functionality, allow for engagement with the public no matter what device they are using, and further their outreach and increase online giving.
It seems like the Internet is everywhere, with everyone tweeting, posting, reading, and enjoying its many resources. But as educators and nonprofits, we know not everyone is online. We see the people who are affected by the digital divide and the real problems they face, every day.
As the world of technology constantly evolves, so does its language. Just when we think we can hold our own in a conversation with the office IT specialist, or our tech savvy kids at home, we find that the vocabulary we’re using so authoritatively is now hopelessly obsolete—along with the technology that spawned it.
With Thanksgiving upon us, we’ve officially entered the “Holiday season.” You know, that cookie-baking, turkey-eating, charitable-giving time of year. It’s coming up faster than a Nor’easter in Maine, and the push is on for nonprofits to boost the bottom line. How? With last minute gift donations (think Heifer International) and reminders that givers can increase their charitable giving tax donation right up to the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve.
With 33% of all online gifts being given in December and donors giving 80% larger gifts on average, the holiday season provides the #1 fundraising opportunity of the year for many nonprofit orginizations.
Peer-to-peer fundraising (crowdfunding) can magnify your efforts by engaging more of the supporters you already have while gaining new ones (55% new donors on average per campaign) at the same time. The infographic below provides strategies and tips to make crowdfunding a part of your holiday fundraising mix! Also, check out these 5 crowdfunding tools to consider.