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<p>With only a little more than a month left for the the 116<sup>th</sup> U.S. Congress, there is still federal data privacy legislation pending that could affect social good organizations. So, what’s included in those bills and how exactly might your organization be affected if they are passed?</p> <p>Today’s episode features experts Sally Ehrenfried, who leads government relations at Blackbaud, and Cameron Stoll, Blackbaud’s Director of Privacy. In this session originally hosted at bbcon 2020, Sally and Cameron discuss the current landscape of data privacy legislation in the U.S., the key committees and lawmakers involved in federal data privacy legislation, and where current legislation stands.</p> <p><strong>Topics Discussed in This Episode:</strong></p> <ul> <li>The federal data privacy legislation landscape</li> <li>Key committees and lawmakers involved in federal data privacy legislation</li> <li>Whether legislation will contain limitations on changing your privacy policy</li> <li>The principle of consent</li> <li>Examples of data use that don’t require consent</li> <li>The Brookings Institution compromise</li> <li>The impact the election might have on federal data privacy legislation</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Subscribe to the podcast on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-sgengage-podcast/id1076667160?mt=2" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">iTunes</a>, <a href="https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/blackbaud/raise-engage-a-filtersoff-podcast-series-for-nonprofits" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Stitcher</a>, <a href="https://open.spotify.com/show/7bwDsFLaWdhMHUFbjDgTGX" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Spotify</a> or your preferred streaming service for future episodes!</em></strong></p> <p><strong>Listen Now:</strong></p> <p></p> <p><strong>Resources:</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/cameronstoll/">Cameron Stoll</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/sallyehrenfried/">Sally Ehrenfried</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.bbconference.com/">bbcon</a></p> <p><a href="https://npengage.com/sgengagepodcast/the-sgengage-podcast-episode-112-tips-for-a-successful-hill-day/">The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 112: Tips for a Successful Hill Day</a></p> <p><a href="https://npengage.com/sgengagepodcast/the-sgengage-podcast-episode-110-understanding-data-privacy-regulations/">The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 110: Understanding Data Privacy Regulations</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Quotes:</strong></p> <p>“When we’re looking at what happens to a federal bill, and with California having such a large delegation, their delegation can actually have an impact on whether a bill passes or not, especially in light of how it treats CCPA.” –Sally Ehrenfried</p> <p>“The information has to be presented in a way that’s concise, transparent, intelligent, and easily accessible to the data subjects, using clear and plain language.” –Cameron Stoll</p> <p>“The GDPR was really the first law to give individuals choice about processing their data on the basis of consent.” –Cameron Stoll</p>
<p>GivingTuesday is less than two weeks away – but there’s no need to panic. We brought in Blackbaud fundraising expert Tanya Fitzgerald to talk about those last-minute things you can do to be successful, whether you’ve been planning for some time or are just pulling something together now.</p> <p>Listen in to learn about the most important thing to focus on, how you can leverage your #GivingTuesdayNow campaign and how to steward those first-time GivingTuesday donors.</p> <p><strong>Topics discussed in this episode:</strong></p> <ul> <li>How to adjust your approach to GivingTuesday messaging this year</li> <li>Leveraging your GivingTuesdayNow campaign for GivingTuesday success</li> <li>How organizations can plan out a GivingTuesday strategy now</li> <li>Last minute considerations for organizations that have already planned their GivingTuesday campaigns</li> <li>What donors want to hear</li> <li>Stewarding GivingTuesday donors</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Subscribe to the podcast on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-sgengage-podcast/id1076667160?mt=2" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">iTunes</a>, <a href="https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/blackbaud/raise-engage-a-filtersoff-podcast-series-for-nonprofits" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Stitcher</a>, <a href="https://open.spotify.com/show/7bwDsFLaWdhMHUFbjDgTGX" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Spotify</a> or your preferred streaming service for future episodes!</em></strong></p> <p><strong>Listen Now:</strong></p> <p><br /> <strong>Resources</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://givingtuesday.blackbaud.com/?utm_source=sgengage&amp;utm_medium=sidebar_banner&amp;utm_campaign=GT2020&amp;_ga=2.140768752.355111938.1604938466-1985547250.1579188085">Blackbaud GivingTuesday Toolkit</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.givingtuesday.org/organizations">GivingTuesday.org</a></li> <li><a href="https://hello.blackbaud.com/GivingTuesdayWebinars.html">Free Blackbaud GivingTuesday Webinars</a></li> <li><a href="https://npengage.com/nonprofit-fundraising/3-week-givingtuesday-checklist/">Your 3 Week GivingTuesday Checklist</a></li> <li><a href="https://npengage.com/nonprofit-fundraising/stewarding-giving-tuesday/">Stewarding #GivingTuesday: Increase Your Retention Rate</a></li> </ul> <p><strong>Quotes</strong></p> <ul> <li>“You need to tell your 2020 story &#8211; what happened to your organization this year and how did it affect you all sustaining your mission?”</li> <li>“If your organization hasn&#8217;t started preparing for GivingTuesday yet, there is plenty of time.”</li> <li>“You&#8217;re going to have a lot of traffic on your website on GivingTuesday, and you&#8217;re going to get a lot of first-time donors. Those are the most costly to acquire so you want to make sure that you keep them.”</li> <li>“Don&#8217;t be afraid to reach out to your donors. They want to hear from you. They actually really do want to help you and they want to be part of your team.”</li> </ul>
<p>Have you ever wondered why board management is crucial to any organizational structure? The clear-cut answer is that board members play a vital role in the success of the organization. They’re responsible for making strategic decisions that promote the team’s work and advance them toward their mission. Overall, the prosperity and future of the organization depend upon the rationality, integrity, and <a href="https://npengage.com/nonprofit-management/nonprofit-board-engagement-tips/">engagement </a><a href="https://npengage.com/nonprofit-management/nonprofit-board-engagement-tips/">of board members</a>.</p> <p>As the executive director at your nonprofit, it’s your job to provide the board with the resources it needs to get work done efficiently. Instead of using several individual platforms to organize tasks for your board to act upon, your team will find the most success in investing in a dedicated board management platform that handles a range of processes.</p> <p>A board management platform consolidates many of your day-to-day processes including meetings, and we’ll explore a handful of them in this guide. Specifically, we’ll cover benefits such as the ability to:</p> <ol> <li>Connect remotely.</li> <li>Conduct engaging meetings.</li> <li>Quickly access important materials.</li> <li>Communicate between meetings.</li> <li>Control access to information.</li> </ol> <p>The right board management software can make a major difference in your board’s operations. Ready to learn more about the benefits of investing in a dedicated board portal? Let’s dive in!</p> <h2>Benefit #1: Connect remotely.</h2> <p>Right now, your team is having to adhere to social distancing regulations, interrupting your ability to meet in-person on a regular basis to discuss your initiatives. While going digital is oftentimes a choice, many nonprofit boards must do so now due to the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> <p>Some board software providers have recognized the challenge of going remote and offer dedicated tools to ease the transition to digital meetings. For instance, video conferencing abilities and integrated collaboration tools allow these individuals to continue working together without compromising their health.</p> <p>However, the benefits of virtual meeting tools extend beyond the pandemic! According to <a href="https://boardable.com/blog/virtual-board-meetings/">Boardable’s </a><a href="https://boardable.com/blog/virtual-board-meetings/">guide to virtual board meetings</a>, meeting virtually provides benefits like:</p> <p><img loading="lazy" src="http://npengage.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Boardable_NPEngage_Why-Todays-Nonprofits-Need-Effective-Board-Management-Tools_Supplementary-1-742x247.jpg" alt="virtual nonprofit board meeting tips" width="580" height="193" srcset="https://1dj7ia2prpz93pxo7t32a2j1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Boardable_NPEngage_Why-Todays-Nonprofits-Need-Effective-Board-Management-Tools_Supplementary-1-742x247.jpg 742w, https://1dj7ia2prpz93pxo7t32a2j1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Boardable_NPEngage_Why-Todays-Nonprofits-Need-Effective-Board-Management-Tools_Supplementary-1-365x122.jpg 365w, https://1dj7ia2prpz93pxo7t32a2j1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Boardable_NPEngage_Why-Todays-Nonprofits-Need-Effective-Board-Management-Tools_Supplementary-1-500x167.jpg 500w, https://1dj7ia2prpz93pxo7t32a2j1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Boardable_NPEngage_Why-Todays-Nonprofits-Need-Effective-Board-Management-Tools_Supplementary-1.jpg 750w" sizes="(max-width: 580px) 100vw, 580px" /></p> <ul> <li><strong>Increased attendance. </strong>The ability to go remote allows more board members to attend with just a couple of clicks, instead of worrying about travel time and costs. This way, members are much more likely to set aside time to attend your meetings, which is especially helpful for boards that regularly struggle to meet quorum.</li> <li><strong>Greater board member diversity.</strong> Virtual meetings eliminate geographic barriers, meaning that you can have a more diverse team from around the country (or even the globe!). In turn, you’ll benefit from a range of perspectives based on different backgrounds.</li> <li><strong>Enhanced nonprofit governance.</strong> The availability of a secure online environment makes it easy for the chair to plan and execute virtual meetings. In turn, this allows the board to refocus their attention on governance issues that may otherwise be overlooked.</li> </ul> <p>Incorporating today’s technology makes for a much more convenient and engaging virtual meeting experience—regardless of the distance. Some solutions even come with video conferencing tools that allow for the much-needed “face-to-face” element that closes the gap and promotes effective communication.</p> <p><strong>Whether you’re going fully remote or only a few members are attending remotely, virtual meeting tools can help create a much more engaging digital boardroom for many organizations.</strong></p> <h2>Benefit #2: Conduct engaging meetings.</h2> <p>Meetings are when your board members collaborate to discuss your organization’s strategic moves. The last thing you want during these important meetings is to look around and see board members checking their emails, texting their friends, or doodling. This is where the right board management tools can make a major difference.</p> <p><strong>Having a systematic process in place for meetings will </strong><a href="https://npengage.com/nonprofit-management/strategies-for-nonprofit-board-members/"><strong>engage </strong></a><a href="https://npengage.com/nonprofit-management/strategies-for-nonprofit-board-members/"><strong>members</strong></a><strong>, eliminate stress, <em>and</em> improve your nonprofit’s overall performance.</strong></p> <p>To help your board members thrive and stay fully engaged during their meetings, you’ll want to make sure they have access to features like:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Scheduling tools.</strong> It can be difficult finding a meeting time that works for everyone. After all, your board members lead busy lives outside of your nonprofit’s work. Scheduling tools will simplify this process by finding the time that works for the highest number of people, eliminating the frustration of having to manually coordinate everyone’s schedules!</li> <li><strong>Role assignments.</strong> During board meetings, everyone should be aware of what their responsibilities are to help them run smoothly. Within your board management portal, you should be able to assign duties such as designated notetaker, facilitator, and timekeeper <a href="https://boardable.com/blog/board-meeting-agendas/">within </a><a href="https://boardable.com/blog/board-meeting-agendas/">your board meeting agenda</a>.</li> <li><strong>Polling tools</strong> will allow you to gauge opinions on everything from serious strategic decisions to more lighthearted decisions like the theme for your annual gala. Plus, your software should funnel all of the results into a dashboard, so you can quickly determine the winning option.</li> </ul> <p><a href="https://npengage.com/nonprofit-fundraising/four-ways-to-empower-your-nonprofit-board-for-success/">Empowering </a><a href="https://npengage.com/nonprofit-fundraising/four-ways-to-empower-your-nonprofit-board-for-success/">your team</a> with tools like these will lead to a much more engaging and collaborative boardroom. And by hosting efficient meetings, you’ll find that board and committee members are better equipped to make necessary decisions that directly promote the health and financial sustainability of your work.</p> <h2>Benefit #3: Quickly access important materials.</h2> <p>Nonprofit boards handle and produce many documents throughout the year. With a board portal that offers document management, board members can access relevant information that’s necessary for decision-making with only a few clicks. A dedicated document center will house all of the files your board needs in one place.</p> <p>Traditionally, nonprofit boards are limited to printed documents that are handed out at each meeting. However, transitioning to board software grants board members remote access to important materials like:</p> <p><img loading="lazy" src="http://npengage.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Boardable_NPEngage_Why-Todays-Nonprofits-Need-Effective-Board-Management-Tools_Supplementary-2-742x247.jpg" alt="Materials for Nonprofit Board Meetings" width="580" height="193" srcset="https://1dj7ia2prpz93pxo7t32a2j1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Boardable_NPEngage_Why-Todays-Nonprofits-Need-Effective-Board-Management-Tools_Supplementary-2-742x247.jpg 742w, https://1dj7ia2prpz93pxo7t32a2j1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Boardable_NPEngage_Why-Todays-Nonprofits-Need-Effective-Board-Management-Tools_Supplementary-2-365x122.jpg 365w, https://1dj7ia2prpz93pxo7t32a2j1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Boardable_NPEngage_Why-Todays-Nonprofits-Need-Effective-Board-Management-Tools_Supplementary-2-500x167.jpg 500w, https://1dj7ia2prpz93pxo7t32a2j1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Boardable_NPEngage_Why-Todays-Nonprofits-Need-Effective-Board-Management-Tools_Supplementary-2.jpg 750w" sizes="(max-width: 580px) 100vw, 580px" /></p> <ul> <li><a href="https://boardable.com/blog/board-meeting-minutes/">Past </a><a href="https://boardable.com/blog/board-meeting-minutes/">meeting minutes</a></li> <li>Meeting agendas</li> <li>Committee reports</li> <li>Financial reports</li> <li>Committee charters</li> <li>Audit reports</li> </ul> <p>Not only is housing these important documents within one platform more efficient, but a board portal also offers a higher level of security that board members can’t match using their personal or business emails. Software like this gives administrators specific control over who has access to what information, because not every board or committee member needs to see every file.</p> <p>Whether they’re in a meeting or communicating outside the boardroom, your members will appreciate being able to access documents quickly (and securely!) instead of rifling through papers or waiting until the next meeting.</p> <h2>Benefit #4: Communicate between meetings.</h2> <p>If 2020’s events have taught us anything, it’s that nonprofit boards need the ability to communicate quickly and securely to continue collaborating and strategizing regardless of any unforeseen obstacles.</p> <p>Luckily, one of the major benefits of board management tools is the ability to communicate in real-time, allowing for urgent decisions to be made quickly instead of waiting for the next meeting. No need for board members to rely on lengthy email chains or to play phone tag with one another!</p> <p>Today’s nonprofits reap the benefits of access to tools like discussion boards to continue communicating outside of the boardroom. Plus, <a href="https://doublethedonation.com/tips/nonprofit-software-and-resources/nonprofit-membership-management-tools/">this </a><a href="https://doublethedonation.com/tips/nonprofit-software-and-resources/nonprofit-membership-management-tools/">guide</a> mentions that some board platforms even offer mobile apps, so board members don’t have to wait until they have access to a desktop. Between-meeting discussions will allow members to:</p> <ul> <li>Prioritize the most important issues for their agendas.</li> <li>Approve meeting minutes ahead of time using electronic signatures.</li> <li>Discuss important topics and make timely decisions using polling tools.</li> <li>Follow up on assigned tasks and stay on schedule.</li> </ul> <p>By providing dedicated communication tools (like discussion boards and remote voting), board members gain direct access to one another. With this level of connectivity, not only will you drive more productivity between meetings, but you’ll also build rapport and <a href="https://npengage.com/nonprofit-management/10-ways-to-improve-morale-at-nonprofit-organizations/">improve </a><a href="https://npengage.com/nonprofit-management/10-ways-to-improve-morale-at-nonprofit-organizations/">morale</a>.</p> <p>Nonprofit boards are increasingly implementing board portals to promote growth and fulfill their duties. These platforms embrace efficiency, providing board members with the opportunity to spend less time in the boardroom and more time driving real change.</p> <p>The four benefits covered in this article only scratch the surface. From cutting down on administrative costs to consolidating your board’s processes into a single system, there are plenty of other reasons why more and more organizations are turning to these solutions each day.</p> <p>Regardless of why you choose to implement one of these systems, it’s important to conduct sufficient research ahead of time. That way, you’ll be able to select features that are most relevant to your needs and therefore select a platform that suits your unique nonprofit board. In no time, you’ll have a more productive, engaged, and collaborative board.</p>
<p>We are more connected than ever, but loneliness continues to increase. The concept of belonging is important not just in our personal lives, but also at work. Belonging in the workplace has real impacts on employee well-being, retention and business results.</p> <p>Joining the podcast today is Sarah Judd Welch, CEO of Sharehold, an innovation consultancy that recently conducted extensive research into belonging at work. Listen in to hear what Sarah has to say about how organizations should look at belonging, the impact of DEI initiatives, and how times of uncertainty impact belonging at work.</p> <p><strong>Topics Discussed in This Episode:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Why Sharehold decided to conduct research on belonging</li> <li>The core findings of the research</li> <li>Why loneliness is increasing and the impact that has on well-being</li> <li>The four different types of belonging</li> <li>The business case for belonging</li> <li>What employers can do in the workplace to increase feelings of belonging</li> <li>Who leads the charge on belonging in an organization</li> <li>What someone could do to start advancing the idea of belonging in their organization</li> <li>Actionable ideas to increase belonging at work</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Subscribe to the podcast on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-sgengage-podcast/id1076667160?mt=2" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">iTunes</a>, <a href="https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/blackbaud/raise-engage-a-filtersoff-podcast-series-for-nonprofits" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Stitcher</a>, <a href="https://open.spotify.com/show/7bwDsFLaWdhMHUFbjDgTGX" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Spotify</a> or your preferred streaming service for future episodes!</em></strong></p> <p><strong>Listen Now:</strong></p> <p></p> <p><strong>Resources:</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahjuddwelch/">Sarah Judd Welch</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.sharehold.co/redesigningbelonging">Sharehold&#8217;s Redesigning Belonging Research</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Quotes:</strong></p> <p>“We saw that the key to community transformation was organizational transformation.”</p> <p>“We’re in the middle of a loneliness epidemic.&#8221;</p> <p>“What we heard in our research was that there is both an explicit as well as tacit power dynamics that show up in how we belong at work.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
<p>It’s hard to believe that we are now just three weeks away from GivingTuesday! While 2020 has been quite the year, and your organization’s annual fundraising strategy may look very different now than it did on January 1, one thing is certain: people still want to have an impact. Even if your organization participated in #GivingTuesdayNow, you may still want to consider participating in GivingTuesday as the kick-off to your year-end giving season. We’re going into a season of hope, and it’s a good time to give donors (and potential donors) the opportunity to translate that hope into meaningful action.</p> <p>Hopefully you’ve been able to take advantage of all of Blackbaud’s great <a href="https://givingtuesday.blackbaud.com/?utm_source=sgengage&amp;utm_medium=sidebar_banner&amp;utm_campaign=GT2020&amp;_ga=2.140768752.355111938.1604938466-1985547250.1579188085">GivingTuesday resources</a> to build out your strategic framework. But if not, don’t worry, there is still time to get a plan together and engage supporters.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>This Week</strong></h3> <ul> <li><strong>Set your goal.</strong> This is important to any fundraising campaign but will also help you more effectively message out to potential donors. Rather than thinking of a random dollar amount, think of a goal tied to tangible impact. You can also consider using this opportunity to raise money for a project that might not normally get a lot of attention – for example, Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary <a href="https://npengage.com/nonprofit-fundraising/creating-a-giving-tuesday-strategy/">ran an extremely successful GivingTuesday campaign</a> to raise money for new chairs for their nuns.</li> <li><strong>Identify matching gifts.</strong> We’re getting close to the day, but you still have time to identify a donor or donors that might be willing to step up and offer up a matching. This can be a very <a href="https://npengage.com/nonprofit-fundraising/giving-tuesday-nmsu/">compelling strategy</a> for encouraging more donations. Maybe you’ve had a donor who has been looking to engage again on something new with you, or this could also be a great time to call up your board members (particularly those who might still need to meet their give/get).</li> <li><strong>Rally your ambassadors and most engaged supporters.</strong> Now is the time to let this important group know that you plan to participate in GivingTuesday and invite them to help support you, perhaps by creating fundraising pages to raise money from their friends and social media followers. Investigate how your current fundraising solution <a href="https://www.blackbaud.com/products/blackbaud-teamraiser#features">integrates with Facebook</a>, or you still have time to launch <a href="https://www.blackbaud.com/products/peer-to-peer-fundraising-powered-by-justgiving">Blackbaud Peer-to-Peer Fundraising<img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/13.0.0/72x72/2122.png" alt="™" />, powered by JustGiving®</a> for <strong>free</strong> to make it easy for you to manage in a coordinated way.</li> <li><strong>Start segmenting your audience. </strong>Think about what groups might require different messaging – for example, mid-level vs. grassroots donors, lapsed donors, or donors who have given on GivingTuesday in past years.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>Next Week</strong></h3> <ul> <li><strong>Plan out your emails. </strong>You’ll want to create draft emails and start getting any needed sign-offs. Think about sending out an email next week promoting that GivingTuesday is coming up, and plan for the emails you’ll want to send out the day of. You can find helpful email templates in Blackbaud’s free <a href="https://givingtuesday.blackbaud.com/?utm_source=sgengage&amp;utm_medium=sidebar_banner&amp;utm_campaign=GT2020&amp;_ga=2.140768752.355111938.1604938466-1985547250.1579188085">GivingTuesday toolkit</a>.</li> <li><strong>Plan your social media posts.</strong> Of course you can continue to tweak these, but it’s a good idea to have a framework for when you plan to send them and narrow down on the language you’d like to use to encourage maximum support. To get started, check out the sample social media posts in Blackbaud’s free <a href="https://givingtuesday.blackbaud.com/?utm_source=sgengage&amp;utm_medium=sidebar_banner&amp;utm_campaign=GT2020&amp;_ga=2.140768752.355111938.1604938466-1985547250.1579188085">GivingTuesday toolkit</a>.</li> <li><strong>Outline your stewardship plan. </strong>You want to retain those new GivingTuesday donors and turn them into bonafide supporters, right? Then it’s critical you are thinking about both the immediate “thank you” for their donation and the subsequent follow up. Need help? Take a look at this example <a href="https://npengage.com/nonprofit-fundraising/stewarding-giving-tuesday/">GivingTuesday stewardship plan</a>.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><strong>Week Before GivingTuesday</strong></h3> <ul> <li><strong>Schedule your emails.</strong> You now have your email templates and your audience segmentation plan, so take some time to schedule out your emails based on your plan. This will leave you time next Monday to take care of any other last-minute tasks that pop up.</li> <li><strong>Schedule your social media posts.</strong> You’ll likely want to send out a post or two this week or weekend to start getting followers thinking about your organization on GivingTuesday, so get those scheduled out in addition to your day-of posts. You may need to update your posts on GivingTuesday as the day goes on if you are including fundraising updates, but it’s important to have a schedule for when those updates should happen.</li> <li><strong>Test your fundraising and gift processing systems.</strong> This is obvious, but make sure everything is working as it should be and that any donation links on your website are correct. Also test any website updates you plan on pushing live on GivingTuesday.</li> <li><strong>Remind your supporters.</strong> If you are executing a <a href="https://npengage.com/nonprofit-fundraising/the-sgengage-podcast-episode-165-engaging-supporters-on-givingtuesday/">peer-to-peer fundraising strategy</a>, make sure you send a note out this week to amp up your supporters and provide them with any last minute tips to help them be prepared.</li> </ul> <p>If you check off these tasks over the next three weeks, you should be in good shape to successfully execute on GivingTuesday. And here are some more resources you might find valuable in these remaining weeks:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://givingtuesday.blackbaud.com/?utm_source=sgengage&amp;utm_medium=sidebar_banner&amp;utm_campaign=GT2020&amp;_ga=2.140768752.355111938.1604938466-1985547250.1579188085">GivingTuesday Toolkit</a></li> <li><a href="https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&amp;_ga=2.220434075.2003866750.1604939033-1985547250.1579188085&amp;eventid=2539474&amp;sessionid=1&amp;&amp;ey=044E6A56E32A70167FB6CAC654771B85&amp;regTag=&amp;sourcepage=register">Facebook Fundraising 101: Tips to Help You Have a Successful Online Campaign</a></li> <li><a href="https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/2594294/3E753543257D667D08398C6556B3C210?_ga=2.263864975.2003866750.1604939033-1985547250.1579188085">Beyond Giving on Tuesday: Steward Donors Through the New Year</a></li> <li><a href="https://npengage.com/nonprofit-fundraising/the-sgengage-podcast-episode-165-engaging-supporters-on-givingtuesday/">The sgENGAGE Podcast Episode 165: Engaging Supporters on GivingTuesday</a></li> <li><a href="https://npengage.com/nonprofit-fundraising/getting-your-organization-ready-for-giving-tuesday/">3 Weeks Until #GivingTuesday! Is Your Organization Ready?</a></li> </ul> <p>Good luck!</p>
<p><span data-contrast="auto">It’s no secret the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the face of scholarship management this year. </span><span data-contrast="auto">Keith Brown, University of </span><span data-contrast="auto">Wisconsin</span><span data-contrast="auto"> – </span><span data-contrast="auto">Madison’s</span><span data-contrast="auto"> Assistant Director for </span><span data-contrast="auto">S</span><span data-contrast="auto">pecial Awards, and Alania Cater, Blackbaud’s Director of Product Management, </span><span data-contrast="auto">were recently featured on the </span><a href="https://thechangeleader.com/che-060/"><i><span data-contrast="none">Changing Higher Ed</span></i></a><span data-contrast="auto"> podcast with </span><span data-contrast="auto">Drumm</span><span data-contrast="auto"> McNaughton</span><span data-contrast="auto"> to share their insights on how the global pandemic has impacted scholarship management at institutions across the country</span><span data-contrast="auto"> and the long-term effects it will have moving forward</span><span data-contrast="auto">. </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span></p> <p><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span></p> <h3><b><span data-contrast="auto">Shift</span></b><b><span data-contrast="auto">ing</span></b><b><span data-contrast="auto"> </span></b><b><span data-contrast="auto">priorities</span></b><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span></h3> <p><span data-contrast="auto">In the podcast, Keith shared that UW-Madison has seen a significant shift toward support</span><span data-contrast="auto">ing</span><span data-contrast="auto"> emergency funding on top of their regular scholarship funds. Their fundraising team got to work right away raising emergency funds to help students who were impacted financially by the pandemic. Once that money was raised, Keith and his team </span><span data-contrast="auto">began</span><span data-contrast="auto"> making awards and disbursing the money to their students. Between CARES Act funds and emergency fundraising, they disbursed close to $10 million by the end of July. </span><span data-contrast="auto">That is separate from the regular scholarship awarding season. </span><span data-contrast="auto">This</span><span data-contrast="auto"> leads us to our next takeaway. </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span></p> <p><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span></p> <h3><b><span data-contrast="auto">Flexibility is key</span></b><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span></h3> <p><span data-contrast="auto">Shifting priorities have affects all across campus which means that being flexible and agile is more important than ever. </span><span data-contrast="auto">Due to the increase in funds to disburse and the shift to a virtual environment, many institutions are having to push their deadlines for scholarship applications, admissions, and more. </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span></p> <p><span data-contrast="auto">Keeping their students top of mind, UW-Madison </span><span data-contrast="auto">also</span><span data-contrast="auto"> made an effort to shift other campus funds around to help meet the needs of their students who </span><span data-contrast="auto">were not eligible for</span><span data-contrast="auto"> CARES Act funding. </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span></p> <p><span data-contrast="auto">Since meeting in person with students for scholarship interviews is off the table in most places, some institutions have begun offering alternative options to meet with students via zoom or by phone. </span><span data-contrast="auto">Alania mentioned that many institutions who are doing this have said they’ll never go back to those in-person interviews. Alania also</span><span data-contrast="auto"> shared that many institutions are working with their donors to adjust scholarship requirements to be less strict, making them easier to disburse during this time. </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span></p> <p><span data-ccp-props="{&quot;335559685&quot;:1080}"> </span></p> <h3><b><span data-contrast="auto">Virtual is the name of the game</span></b><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span></h3> <p><span data-contrast="auto">And finally, going virtual is the name of the game.</span><span data-contrast="auto"> While many institutions were poised to make the leap to fully virtual, other institutions are quickly realizing that managing a paper scholarship process is no longer </span><span data-contrast="auto">an option</span><span data-contrast="auto">. From applications to awarding to reviewing, moving your scholarship process to a virtual setting is the most efficient way to meet the needs of your staff and students during this time. </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span></p> <p><span data-contrast="auto">Going virtual does bring some added work on the front end. Finding ways to support your staff and students through the transition to virtual is </span><span data-contrast="auto">important</span><span data-contrast="auto">. Alania mentioned that many </span><span data-contrast="auto">scholarship administrators now spend more time working with and training their reviewers to fully understand the virtual scholarship process. Setting them up for success is key to reaching your deadlines and ensuring funds are awarded appropriately. Keith shared that UW-Madison is providing extra support to their scholarship applicants via Zoom calls and an online phone system to ensure they don’t have any issues applying for scholarships. These additional steps are worth it in the long run to keep your scholarship process running smoothly and to meet your </span><span data-contrast="auto">students’</span><span data-contrast="auto"> greatest needs. </span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span></p> <p><span data-contrast="auto">To hear more, including Alania and Keith’s top three recommendations for institutions during this time, check out the </span><a href="https://thechangeleader.com/che-060/"><i><span data-contrast="none">Changing Higher Ed</span></i><span data-contrast="none"> podcast</span></a><span data-contrast="auto">!</span><span data-ccp-props="{}"> </span></p>
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