Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Best Practlces for Non-Profit Websites.

A few hi lights of the recent free seminar/workshop put on by 

http://www.northwoodsoft.com/Northwoods.htm  

They put on numerous free seminars throughout the year.

Definitely worth attending. 1-2 hours in length.

 Goals of Non-Profit Websites   

    ⧫  Increase Donations
    ⧫ Sell Products/Services
    ⧫  Register/Sign-up for Events

    ⧫  Find/Recruit Volunteers
    ⧫  Engage Community
  
    ⧫ advocate Cause
    ⧫  Build Awareness
   
   ⧫  Inform Members
   ⧫  Inform Media
   ⧫  Inform the Board

Content Is The Same for Many Goals

     A few questions you need to ask yourself

⧫ Who are you as a company or non  profit?
⧫ Who are you trying to reach?
⧫ How are you going to reach them?
⧫ What do you want to accomplish when you do reach them?

 Become As Donor Friendly As Possible

   ⧫  Tell your story in a video/photo gallery
   ⧫  Tell your story in a narrative
   ⧫  Call to action on every page
   ⧫  Show your work
   ⧫  Show what you're doing with the donor's money
   ⧫  Offer multiple ways to donate
   ⧫  Briefly explain each option
   ⧫  Show proof

  How to become donor friendly

 

 Donors want to know:
     Mission, Goals, Objectives, Work
     How are donations being used-be speccific!
     How are you helping-show, don't tell
     Where possible, clearly display Third Party Endorsements

Tie Donation to specific activity if possible
Provide a clear link to "Donate" on every page and streamline the process.

A good example of a great website: 

  Charity: Water     https://www.charitywater.org/about/

Become Volunteer Friendly

   Give examples
       Large commitment, small commitment
      Different skills, different ages
     Guidelines and policies

Celebrate volunteers with picture 
     Offer multiple ways to get in touch
          Phone, Form, eMail, Social media

Clearly explain hours and times needed 


 



     

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Wisdom from my 3 blogs



My first blog post was over 6 years ago! How time flies.

I have 2 newer blogs:

Bloom Where You are Planted 

Strengths and Abilities 

See post below.

My first Blog Post: Dec. 2009

1. My blog is Searchable...see small box on right hand side of blog.
You could experiment with different "words" to find what you might be looking for. 

2. After a little experimenting today...I discovered that most of you find my blog because of a post I put on Twitter! And you find it in a few minutes of my Tweet!
If you did NOT find this post on Twitter...click  HERE  and you can see all my Tweets, even if you are NOT on Twitter!


To a lesser extent others find my blog because we are "connected" on LinkedIn.
You can  Connect  with me on LinkedIN   HERE

3. On the right hand side of the blog are the most "Popular" posts viewed in the last 30 days.

4. If you scroll down to the very bottom of the blog...you will see the most popular viewed posts in the last week.

5. You can also leave comments at the bottom of each post. Would love to answer any questions, etc. 

As you all know...one can find anything we want on  the internet...lots of knowledge out there.

6. I hope to impart some "wisdom" that you could use in your life! Whatever reason would you be searching or looking at my blog?

Blessings on your life and year!


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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Bloom Where You Are Planted!




 Bloom where you are planted! We have all heard this phrase so many times that maybe we don't understand what it really means. Google the phrase...you will see what I mean. Some very good secular or worldly advice.

Be "rooted", "grounded" and "grow" and so rise to the top of your "field"...and "bloom" where you are "planted" ...using the "Abilities", "gifts" and "Strengths" God has endowed you with.

By doing the above...we potentially can rise to the top of our "field". 
But WHY should we Bloom Where We Are Planted?

As a believer in Jesus Christ and desiring to be a good steward and a faithful "follower" of Jesus on our way to glory...we can be a light for others to see the Truth. 

 ●"The Lord created each of us individually with different Spiritual Gifts, Passions, Abilities, strengths and a unique personality with different experiences.  Helping each other put the pieces of the seeming puzzle together so we each can be most effective in our families, church, community and the world and finish our lives well and leave a legacy that gives glory to the LORD so when we stand before Him one day, we will hear, "Well done, my good and faithful servant."

Isn't that what we would like to hear one day?

"God has created each of us with a unique contribution to make in our world and our times. No other person has our same abilities, motivations, network of friends and relationships, perspectives, ideas, or experiences. When we, like misplaced puzzle pieces, fail to show up, the overall picture is diminished."   Richard Stearns: President of World Vision U.S.
Quote from his book: The Hole in our Gospel 

 

We are Jesus's hands and feet in the world. 

 

"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10

A few pictures of field grown pansies...from our farm many years ago.

 

Bloom Where You are Planted 

 

The individual beautiful pansy plants grew well in the field where they were planted for the allotted time they were there. They were seeded in the field for a purpose...The  next year they were individually dug up, put in containers and sold to people who then transplanted them to their gardens to be viewed.


 Isn't this what life is all about? 

God, the master gardener created each of us unique...plants us here for a short time...for a specific purpose...and cares for us. "Lord, open our eyes and heart".  "Come Holy Spirit, Come, you are welcome here" 

More later: Come back soon!


The picture above was taken in early to late October.
 Our family grew 2 plus acres of pansies.
 Seeded in the field beginning  of July.

Pansies are bi annuals.
Around Thanksgiving time when the ground was frozen, they were covered with marsh hay.
But before this...all the flowers were hand picked off and discarded. A lot of work!


In spring as soon as the snow melted and it was dry enough..late March.., we uncovered them.
They started to bloom again in early May and we dug each plant and put 12 in a wooden flat or 6 plants in a 2 quart basket and 5 in a wooden crate and sold to Kohls and Sentry food stores. This was in the mid 60s to late 70's. They purchased all we had.

We also sold to Winkies in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, a local 5 and 10 cent store. They had several stores at the time. They are still in business with the store in Whitefish Bay.  


 These pictures were taken in early spring...Mid May.



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Thursday, June 2, 2016

What Does God Expect Of Us?



"God has created each of us with a unique contribution to make in our world and our times. No other person has our same abilities, motivations, network of friends and relationships, perspectives, ideas, or experiences. When we, like misplaced puzzle pieces, fail to show up, the overall picture is diminished."   Richard Stearns: President of World Vision U.S.
Quote from his book: The Hole in our Gospel 


Chapter 24: How Many Loaves Do You Have?
"If you think you are too small to make a difference, try spending the night in a closed room with a mosquito." - African Saying

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

A few pictures from my earlier days on the farm.


Who says you can't grow peaches in Wisconsin!
Never crossed my mind to grow them commercially.


















Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Why we are here: The question of Why?



A good plan for beginning each day:  Pray, Plan and Prioritize. Then Delegate...if you have someone to delegate to!

Finished a good book recently: WHO  by Geoff Smart and Randy Street.

"The most important decisions that business people make are not "what" decisions but "Who" decisions." -Jim Collins, Author of Good To Great.

That also goes for non profit organizations!
 Good book: Good to Great in the Social Sector. by Jim Collins

WHO
WHAT
HOW

It's relatively easy to figure out "What" to do and also "How" to do something.

Maybe a more important decision is "WHY" we do what we do.
Then the rest becomes easy.

A good book for figuring that out is " Start With Why by Simon Sinek.

If you don't know WHY, You can't know HOW.

"All great leaders have clarity of WHY; an undying belief in a purpose or cause bigger than themselves. It's not Bill Gates's passion for computers that inspires us, it's his undying optimism that even the most complicated problems can be solved. He believes we can find ways to remove obstacles to ensure that everyone can live and work to their greatest potential. It is his optimism to which we are drawn." P. 134


“If the leader of the organization can’t clearly articulate WHY the organization exists in terms beyond its products or services, then how does he expect the employees to know WHY to come to work?”
Simon Sinek, Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action

For the church pastor or leader who feels led to plant a new church, the congregation needs to understand the Biblical basis of missions. WHY we are here. Why we exist. For what purpose. 
A good video that explains this. 

 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Exponential 2016 Church Planting: Tweets & Retweets

  Conference Overview

Join thousands of church planting leaders for four days of inspiration, encouragement and equipping at Exponential East church planting conference in Orlando. The conference will feature 175+ speakers, 125+ workshops, 9+ tracks, 5,000 church planting leaders and sunny Orlando, Florida. Don’t miss the largest gathering of church planting leaders in the world.

  https://exponential.org/events/2016east-2/

I'm not at the conference. Watching some of the sessions online and monitoring #exponential on Twitter. See Tweets below.

 

 My Tweets and Retweets from Exponential 2016