Does SEO Matter for a Non-Profit?

Posted by James Thiessen on May 31, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Have ever asked yourself if SEO actually matters for a non-profit? The answer is a resounding 'Yes!' SEO makes all of the content you create reach more people, and with the amount of content that non-profits produce, it just makes sense for to invest in it. For a non-profit organization, whenever you make a financial investment it important to know if it’s working or not. A bad investment can cause people to question how their donations are being used. SEO will make your online investments work better and reach more people.

Every non-profit should invest in marketing in some way. Marketing is how you connect with people and create awareness for your cause. SEO is a big piece of that, and the online success of your non-profit, as it will help you connect and engage with more people online.

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Topics: non-profit, seo

How To Find The Right Partner For Your Non-Profit Organization

Posted by James Thiessen on May 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM

There are many people who have amazing dreams, visions, and ideas for non-profit organizations that will make a difference in this world. But not everybody can do it alone. Finding the right people to partner with can increase the impact you have. Successful partnerships built on a shared vision are what allow these ideas to take shape, attract volunteers and make an impact.

Before focusing on how to raise money, you need to know how to find the right partner for your non-profit organization. Just simply finding somebody who sounds like they care about the same issues as you, doesn’t constitute a good partnership. The people that you choose to partner with will make a big impact on the success of your non-profit organization.

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Topics: non-profit

How To Attract Volunteers To Your Non-Profit Organization

Posted by James Thiessen on May 25, 2016 8:00:00 AM

For a non-profit organization, there is nothing more valuable than your volunteers. They have a significant impact on the organizations ability to execute plans and strategies. Unfortunately, the number of people regularly volunteering has been decreasing. According to a 2015 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 24.9% of the U.S. population over the age of 16 volunteered at least once in the last year. In 2011, this percentage was 26.8, and in 2005 it was 28.8%.

This decline has caused many organizations to become more desperate because volunteers are such a key piece to raising money for your non-profit. However, there is hope. And it may be found in the millennial generation and their innate desire to do good in the world. 

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Topics: non-profit, Responsive Web Design

How To Inspire People With Your Vision

Posted by James Thiessen on May 16, 2016 8:00:00 AM

One of the most important factors in the success of a non-profit organization is the ability to inspire people with your vision. I have seen it time and time again when someone has an amazing vision, but they struggle to gain any momentum because they can’t get people to follow them. Non-profit's need to invest in marketing in order to reach people with their message. Benjamin Hooks, said it best, "If you think you are leading and turn around to see no one following, then you are just taking a walk."

To start a movement, you need to learn how to inspire people with your visions and embrace people when they choose to follow you. Derek Sivers has an incredible Ted Talk on "How to start a movement". He talks about the power of embracing your first followers by seeing them as equals. When you embrace them, the focus becomes more about the movement and less about the person leading it. First followers are the most important people because they show others what it looks like to follow the person with the vision.

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Topics: non-profit, Web Design

4 Tips On Raising Money For Your Non-profit Organization

Posted by James Thiessen on May 6, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Almost everybody has been at an event where its entertaining and fun until someone walks out on stage and spends 20 minutes asking for your money. You know the feeling. It goes from having fun to wanting to leave in seconds. While this isn't always the case, non-profit organizations need to learn how to as for donations without sounding like they are begging. Which can be a difficult thing to do because if you own a non-profit, you know that your ability to make an impact in the world is defendant upon getting people to donate. Non-profit organizations need to invest in marketing and make sure you have everything you need on your website. find creative ways to raise money for their cause.

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Topics: Web Design

11 Things That Every Non-Profit Needs On Their Website

Posted by James Thiessen on May 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM

 

For a non-profit organization, a website is the best and most effective way to inspire people with your vision. It also is helpful for establishing your organization as long as you don't make any of these design mistakes. It is important to know what information you need on your website to make sure that your are communicating the message well and inspiring people with your vision. Once you have everything you need on your website, you can start investing in marketing strategy to increase website visitors. Here is a list of 11 things that every non-profit organization should have on their website. Different situations might call for some other information as well but this list will tell you the essential pieces.


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Topics: non-profit

Which Part Of The Body Are You?

Posted by James Thiessen on Apr 29, 2016 8:00:00 AM

The bible refers to the church as the Body of Christ several times in the New Testament. 1 Corinthians 12 gives a great picture of the body of Christ and how the church functions as a body. The chapter talks about how the just like a body has many parts that work together, the Body of Christ has different parts with different purposes, different gifts and skills, but we are all still one body. Verses 12-14 say “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.  For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.  Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.”

When we understand that we are part of a larger body the question then arise; which part are you? Churches need to spend time understanding the role that they have in the body of Christ so that they know what their purpose is. There are lots of conversations in the Body of Christ where we talk about all of the different parts of the body being valuable, when not every individual church knows what part they are. When a church discovers what part of the body they function as, they will be filled with purpose and vision as well as an appreciation for the other parts of the body.

 

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Topics: Business Advice, ministry

Finding Your Yes

Posted by James Thiessen on Apr 20, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Do you know what the calling of your church is? Have you found something that you have said ‘yes’ to, committed to it, and focused the vision of the church on it? Just like every person is unique, so is every church. Every church is a part of the body of Christ and has a unique expression that only they can express. This is why finding your yes is so important. Your unique calling is important to the world. Here are a few things you can do to get a more focused vision and find your yes.

 

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Topics: ministry

4 Ways For Church Leaders To Avoid Burnout

Posted by James Thiessen on Mar 30, 2016 8:00:00 AM

As a church leader, finding your church-life balance is a major key to having longevity in your ministry. When life gets busy, there needs to be some sort of structure in place that allows you to take the time to get your own needs met. If you spend all of your time doing ministry and pouring yourself out for other people while neglecting your own needs, you will start to see the signs of leadership burn out. This article gives you 4 practical ways to avoid burnout and find church-life balance.

 

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Topics: ministry

Examples Of Churches Who Have Great Branding

Posted by James Thiessen on Mar 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Branding your church is a powerful way to create community and a connection point for people interested in visiting your church. When you brand your church you create a recognizable imagery to inspire people with their vision and values. Your church website is where this happens and where your brand is communicating to people the most.  In this blog we will take a look at 2 churches who have great brands to help you avoid making common mistakes churches make in design.

 

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Topics: Logos, branding