Sometimes, less is more.

Too much information and our brains signal overload. Too much work and we’re overwhelmed. Too much talk about ourselves and audiences stop listening.

It’s about being self-aware, knowing when enough is enough. It’s about taking care of yourself so that you can take care of your cause.

Silence the noise and focus on what drives and inspires you.

Here are this week’s nonprofit highlights—not too little, not too much:

  • In Allyson Kapin’s latest entry on the frogloop blog, she kicks off the first installment of Nonprofit 2.0  keynotes. In Dear Nonprofits, Be Fearless, Kapin recaps Director of the White House’s Social Innovation Fund Michael Smith’s urge for social change in this country. It’s time for nonprofit innovation and disruption.
  • This post by Marshall Simmonds, How to Build Relationships with Your Future Major Donors and Board Members: Millennials, dives into the need for nonprofits to begin bridging the generational divide. Gen Y’ers are different, and it’s true that they (we) can be a difficult group for the average charity to connect with. But developing a plan, any plan, to bring this group into the fold of your mission is vital to the long-term health of your organization.
  • The TechImpact blog share’s OneLeap’s Infographic: How To Make Your Online Message Stick. In this age of smartphones and tablets, you don’t get a lot of time to capture the attention of viewers, so make it count.
  • Richard Perry of Vertius Group says that if you really care about your donors, you’ll start keeping notes. In the post  Memory Failed and Major Donor Lost, we’re told the story of  the MGO who lost track of a $75,000 donor. How does that even happen? It happens when contact notes are not kept, the memory fades and the relationship is lost.
  • Social Media Examiner CEO and founder Michael Stelzner shares his interview with John DiJulius, author of What’s The Secret: To Providing a World-Class Customer Experience, in Customer Service: The Key to Delivering Experiences Worth Talking About. From the first experience to how service pays online, you’ll discover how to deliver great service to your audience.
  • Sometimes the creative juices just won’t flow. It happens to all of us. On Future Fundraising Now, Jeff Brooks shares How to get your creativity back (thanks to Geoff Livingston). You can’t always force it. Go experience something out of the ordinary. Change your scenery. Take care of yourself. You’ll get your creativity back.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Madeline Turner is the Online and Social Marketing Manager at Blackbaud. Prior to running Blackbaud’s social media and thought leadership blog npENGAGE, Madeline worked as a Managing Editor for Blackbaud’s Content Marketing program. It is her goal to create content and share ideas that challenge the status quo of the nonprofit industry. When Madeline isn’t tweeting or writing blog posts, you can find her drinking coffee out of her ‘Crazy Cat Lady’ mug, wearing giant headphones and singing off-key.

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