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On Philanthropy: 7 trends in philanthropy to expect in 2017

2016 was a great year for philanthropy. It included record levels of giving and impact investing and more strategic approaches to charitable efforts. 2017 will likely launch its own unique trends. I’ll be watching for these highlights: 1. Reduced tax incentives for giving Many knowledgeable observers predict that Congress will reduce income tax rates for the wealthy — thereby decreasing the tax savings from charitable deductions. Many also expect the …Read More

Starting Your Nonprofit Grant Application Story the Right Way

The start of the grant process is similar to writing this article. At first, you have a few ideas of where you want to start, but the emptiness in front of you and the blinking cursor can be overwhelming. There are so many options on where to begin. Should I start with an inspiring anecdote? (Tina, the development director, found the perfect grant in the most unlikely of places…)  A …Read More

#HeyDish: Why Does Chrome Have So Many Open Processes?

If you’ve ever taken a peek in Task Manager while running Google Chrome, you may have been surprised to see that the number of chrome.exe entries radically exceeded the number of actual Chrome windows you had open. What’s the deal with all those processes? Today’s Question & Answer session comes to us courtesy of SuperUser—a subdivision of Stack Exchange, a community-drive grouping of Q&A web sites. The Question If you’re …Read More

How Often Should You Post on Social Media?

I recently came across an infographic on Pinterest which told me exactly how often I should post on Social Media. And while there might be some vague truth behind the classification of some networks as “high volume” and others as “low volume” networks, I still think this infographic has it all wrong. There is no general answer to the question how often to post. There is no general answer to …Read More

The Best Fonts & Colors in the Most Shareable Social Media Images.

If you’ve been looking to supercharge your social media strategy, you probably know a lot about the benefits of using images. But, how much do you know about actually creating scientifically shareable images? Turns out, there’s tons of actionable, research-backed advice on how to create social media images that get shared—the ideal colors, fonts, text, and more, all leveraging what we know about design, psychology and the Internet to get more shares and engagement.  …Read More

Engaging Content Marketing

Content marketing is the process of creating valuable, relevant content for the purpose of attracting, acquiring and engaging your audience. While content marketing can be anything your organization creates to share its story, it only qualifies as content marketing if it aims to drive customer action. Today your buyers and customers are thrust into a crowded market filled with marketing messages – up to 2,900 per day. As a result, …Read More

#HeyDish: How Can I Manage Multiple Instagram Accounts?

Instagram is unstoppable, and so are its users. With the recent additions of video and Web embeds, more and more of you might be consolidating all your media-sharing activity within the platform. For some of you, that means running more than one Instagram account; maybe you run one for work, or for a community group of some sort, in addition to your personal profile. Unfortunately, Instagram doesn’t have a native function …Read More

#HeyDish: Facebook Save — A Read-It-Later Option For Facebook Posts & Pages

Facebook, and most of the features it adds or the UI changes it makes are more often than not, a source of discontent among its users but just at the end of last month, Facebook introduced a bookmarking feature and it turned out to be downright useful. Among other things, it makes your news feed ten times more useful than it was before. As opposed to reading what filters through and forgetting …Read More

#HeyDish: How Do I Mute or Leave Group Conversations in iOS 8

Among the features in the newest iOS update were many improvements to the messaging system. The app includes a number of functionality upgrades that enhance the most-used aspects of the older version, from greater iMessage compatibility to more control over how texts are displayed and responded to. While iMessage already had a well-featured group messaging system, it left something to be desired, and it was difficult to wade through the …Read More