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Day 2 Recap – Summit on Social Media and Online Giving

Posted by Alexis Nadin on July 15th, 2014
Jai Bhujwala, VP, Online & Retail Giving, GiveIndia

Jai Bhujwala, VP, Online & Retail Giving, GiveIndia

Did you miss GlobalGiving’s Summit on Social Media and Online Giving in New Delhi? Don’t worry! We’ve provided a brief recap of the second day, which focused on strategies and techniques for raising funds online. Check out the Twitter conversation and the event photos online.

Online Community & Social Fundraising: India 2.0Session Presentation

Jai Bhujwala, VP, Online & Retail Giving, GiveIndia
Fundraising has evolved with the invention of the internet. Is it no longer a one-way effort of gathering contributions by soliciting donations. Instead, Fundraising 2.0 is an effort to empower your supporters to raise funds using their networks and communities. Jai shares GiveIndia’s tips for harnessing the power of this new phenomenon to raise funds for your organization.

Corporate Engagement in India

Shefali Arora, Account Planner, Google IndiaSession Presentation

Namrata Rana, Director, FuturescapeSession Presentation

Moderator: Courtney Eskew, Senior Partner Services Associate, GlobalGiving

Panel Discussion: Corporate Engagement in India

Panel Discussion: Corporate Engagement in India

What can happen when the interests of companies and nonprofits collide? Shefali Arora shared five exciting ways that Google is working with NGOs in India and around the world including the Global Impact Awards, GooglersGive, GoogleServe, The NGO Consultant, and Google Ad Grants. Namrata Rana spoke about an exciting new law in India that requires Indian companies to donate 2% of their net profits to Indian NGOs.

Turning Volunteers into Long-Term AdvocatesSession Presentation

Vishal Talreja, CEO & Co-Founder, Dream a Dream
Dream a Dream has successfully engaged hundreds of volunteers over the past several years, including hundreds of corporate volunteers who have become lasting advocates for the organization. Vishal shared insights about the volunteer lifecycle that he has seen at Dream a Dream and provided tips for developing a volunteer engagement strategy.

Building Lasting Donor Relationships

Nandita Mishra, Director of Programs, South Asian Fund Raising Group (SAFRG) – Session Presentation

Priyanka Singh, Chief Executive, Seva Mandir – Session Presentation

Elsa Varghese, Officer – Grants and Communications, Mumbai Mobile Creches – Session Presentation

Moderator: Neeharika Tummala, India Field Representative, GlobalGiving

Attracting donors is one thing, but getting them to continue give is a whole new challenge. Panelists shared their organizations’ secrets to engaging long-term donors: developing a strong donor stewardship plan, building meaningful relationships, showing recognition and appreciation, and communicating impact regularly.

K. Thiagarajan, Agastya International Foundation on Effective Campaign Fundraising

K. Thiagarajan, Agastya International Foundation on Effective Campaign Fundraising

Effective Campaign Fundraising

K. Thiagarajan, Chief of Operations, Agastya International Foundation – Session Presentation

Vasumathi Sriganesh, Founder/CEO, QMed Knowledge Foundation – Session Presentation

Shalia Brijnath, Chairman, Aasraa Trust – Session Presentation

Moderator: Michael Gale, Senior Program Manager, GlobalGiving

These panelists have raised lakhs of rupees from one-month fundraising campaigns! Shaila Brijnath reminded us that if you don’t ask, people won’t give. She talked about the power of hard work and passion in developing a fundraising campaign. K. Thiagarajan shared how to develop a successful campaign strategy and how to leverage trusted donor relationships. Vasumathi Sriganesh wrapped up the session with a discussion about overcoming challenges in online fundraising.

How to Tell Compelling Stories OnlineSession Presentation

GlobalGiving Team at the end of the Summit

GlobalGiving Team at the end of the Summit

Kyla Johnson, Communications Associate, Educate Girls

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a powerful story is priceless. Kyla Johnson shared how Educate Girls uses inspiring stories and reports to motivate donors to give. She provided practical tips for telling engaging stories that keep your network engaged.

Question or comments? Keep the conversation going using the hashtag #SMG14 on Twitter.

Day 1 Recap – Summit on Social Media and Online Giving

Posted by Alexis Nadin on July 15th, 2014

Did you miss GlobalGiving’s Summit on Social Media and Online Giving in New Delhi? Don’t worry! We’ve provided a brief recap of the first day, which focused on using social media to further your cause online, below. Check out the Twitter conversation and the event photos online.

Mobilizing Youth: Transforming Dialogue to ActionSession presentation

Ritu Sharma on Social Media Strategy

Ritu Sharma on Social Media Strategy

Samyak Chakrabarty, Managing Director, Electronic Youth Media Group & Chief Youth Marketer, DDB Mudra Group
India’s youth aren’t waiting for change to happen – the time is now. How can NGOs leverage the energy of today’s engaged youth to strengthen their organizations and ultimately make a difference both on and offline? Samyak Chakrabarty, one of India’s foremost experts on youth engagement and marketing, shared insights based on his research on youth in India.

Social Media Strategy: How to Think About Social Media as Part of an Integrated Market Strategy – Session Presentation

Ritu Sharma, Director and Co-Founder, Social Media for Nonprofits
Social media presents new and exciting opportunities for NGOs to advance their missions, raise much-needed funds, and mobilize huge bases of support, but how exactly can NGO leaders harness its potential? Ritu proposed a four step plan: identify your audience; recruit supporters; engage your audience; and activate your superfans.

Deepa Saptnaker on LinkedIn for NGOs

Deepa Saptnaker on LinkedIn for NGOs

LinkedIn for NGOs - Session Presentation

Deepa Saptnaker, Head of Communications – India & Hong Kong
More than 26 million Indian professionals and hundreds of millions of individuals around the globe use LinkedIn to facilitate meaningful connections, making it the world’s largest professional networking site. Is your organization using LinkedIn to connect with volunteers, board members, new staff, and supporters on LinkedIn? Deepa Saptnaker shared best practices for strengthening your organization’s brand, building and engaging your network, and leveraging your networks on LinkedIn. Learn more about

Drive Change with Online Advertising: Google Ad GrantsSession Presentation

Mohita Mathur, Google-Give Team, Google
More than 14,000 organizations are using Google Ad Grants globally to drive change using online advertising. This program provides eligible nonprofits, ranging in scope and focus from healthcare to arts and culture, with free advertising via Google AdWords to attract volunteers and supporters online. Indian nonprofits can learn more about

Measuring What Matters: Do-It-Yourself Analytics with Syed Khalid Jamal

Measuring What Matters: Do-It-Yourself Analytics with Syed Khalid Jamal

Measuring What Matters: Do-It-Yourself AnalyticsSession Presentation

Syed Khalid Jamal, Digital Communications Manager, U.S. Department of State’s Education USA Program
We gather data to determine what is effective and to improve our efficiency. Data helps us fix what’s broken and it helps us find our advocates, ambassadors, and heroes online. Syed shared what to measure—reach, engagement, competitive data, sentiment, and conversions—and how.

Creating a Movement Through Social MediaSession Presentation

Lavanya Madhyanam, National Development Associate, Teach for India
More than 470,000 people have joined Teach for India’s movement via social media. Using campaigns on Facebook and Twitter, Teach for India is sparking an important conversation about education in India and engaging a large network of fellows, donors, and supporters. Lavanya shared tips for building a brand on social media.

Experiments in Mobile: The Next FrontierSession Presentation

Priyanka Batra, Former Presdient – Delhi, Make a Difference, Anshal Jain, Delhi Fundraising Team, Make a Difference

That piece of metal in your back pocket can help you do a lot more than make calls – it can be a transformative instrument for social change. Make A Difference shared their mobile application, Donut, which they designed to engage Indian youth.

Panel Discussion: Turning Failure into Success

Panel Discussion: Turning Failure into Success

Turning Failure into Success

Sonali khan, Vice President & India country Director, Breakthrough
Tejas Patel, coordinator – Digital Partnerships, Amnesty International, India
Anshu Gupta, Founder and Director, GOONJ
Moderator: Shabnam Aggarwal, CEO, Perspectful Advisors
When we talk about failure, it’s often in the context of what we did wrong. But it’s important to see failure as just a stepping stone on the path to success. In this session, leaders in prominent Indian organizations Amnesty International, Breakthrough, and GOONJ shared how their organizations have embraced opportunities to learn and grow from failure and created a “failure-friendly” culture that encourages experimentation.

Question or comments? Keep the conversation going using the hashtag #SMG14 on Twitter.

Online Fundraising Academy: How charity:water is Harnessing the Power of Online Fundraising

Posted by Alexis Nadin on March 7th, 2014

technology to end water crisis_croppedKaitlyn Jankowski, charity:water’s Supporter Experience Manager joined us earlier this week for GlobalGiving’s first Online Fundraising Academy session of the year!

charity:water raised more than $8 million from more than 11,000 individual fundraisers in 2012. How did they do it? Kaitlyn shared charity:water’s approach to raising funds online! Kaitlyn manages mycharity:water, helping fundraisers become rockstars!

Session Recording:

Session Notes:

charity: water founded with two goals: end water crisis and reinvent charity

charity: water values

  • 100% model – all donations go towards funding water projects. Overhead costs covered by the Well (private donors, sponsors, board of directors)
  •  Proof – prove every dollar goes to projects. Email reports that provide information about the community money went to. Local partners contribute pictures and GPS coordinates.
  • Brand – having a brand like Apple or Nike. Building campaigns, invest in a creative team, cool corporate partnerships, no advertising or marketing budget. Everything done in house
    • Invest heavily in social media – Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. Posting updates and stories daily, give sneak peak of campaigns, let team travelling in field take over social media
    • Show what people have done in the past to raise money.
    • Use of photos to show brand

Online fundraising platform

  • Birthday model – Individuals raise money on their birthday.
  • People create their own campaign to raise money
    • Ex. Sarah Peck swim to Alcatraz if raise $29,000

Campaigns – charity: water holds 3 campaigns every year

  • World Water Day campaign
  • September campaign
  •  Holiday campaign – When you give clean water, you give other things like hope, beauty, future, etc. Launched new image every day
  • Campaigns focus on a story. Want to inspire people, not to make them feel guilty to give.
  • Specific campaign to buy drilling rig. To stay true to proof model, campaign broke down entire cost, put GPS on truck and can follow on Twitter.

Engage fundraiser and report back on GlobalGiving

  • Project pages allow donors to get a sense of what they’re giving to
  • Quarterly project reports – emailed to all supporters. Good communications tool. Can tell stories, statistics, and impact. Successful organizations report once a month to keep donors engaged.
  • Donors can fundraise themselves – click “+fundraiser” link on your project page. Donors can create their own page to raise money on behalf of an organization.  See example here:

Question & Answer

Q: “How do you get campaigns to go viral? How do you find trendsetters to make campaigns work?” 

A: Campaigns don’t have to go viral to be successful. Fundraisers work really hard. Sarah Peck made goals to get interviews, have pieces published, post blog posts, sent lots of emails, utilized social media. A lot of it comes from the people’s story, not charity: water’s story.

Q: “Is it better to have multiple networks and less frequent posts, or less networks and more frequent posts?” 

A: charity: water has one twitter handle plus one for the drilling rig, and only one Facebook to keep things all on one page. The frequency of posts depends on channel. For Twitter, charity: water posts every day and retweets throughout the day, posts on Instagram every day, but Facebook is different. charity: water posts on Facebook only a few times a week so don’t clutter people’s news feeds. Call to action is different on the each social media site, so utilize it accordingly.

Q: “What channels drive the most conversions to donations?” 

A: Email is very good for fundraising. Give people a call to action and send 3 emails. People need reminders. You can also encourage others to give by recognizing people who already gave. Conversions over social media are smaller because of plausible deniability – you don’t know if people saw the post and people feel like they don’t have to act.

Q: “What are some tips for small organizations that can’t hire a creative team?” 

A: charity: water is good at asking for things for free. There are lots of design agencies who can help and avenues to get marketing and advertising for free. You can also take advantage of volunteer platforms like Sparked ( and VolunteerMatch (

Q: “How does charity: water find fundraisers? How do people find out about charity: water and start the fundraiser process?”

A: Mostly through word of mouth. charity: water works on getting donors to become fundraisers.

How to conduct a storytelling evaluation

Posted by Marc Maxson on August 2nd, 2013


If you work at an organization and have done an evaluation before, you probably followed these steps:

  1. Define the problem
  2. Design the survey
  3. Collect data
  4. Analyze data
  5. Form a conclusion
  6. Change project direction, apply for new funding, etc.

Our process has pretty much the same steps, only in the opposite order:

  1. Analyze existing data
  2. Form a hypothesis
  3. Design a different kind of survey
  4. Collect more data
  5. Compare your new data against the existing data
  6. Form a conclusion
  7. Define the problem
  8. Change project direction, apply for funding, etc.
  9. Go to step 3; repeat.

This “different kind of survey” uses qualitative stories in a quantitative way by combining text analyiss with questions about the story in the follow-up survey. These questions help define the ambiguity hiding in our preconceptions of the problem, mapping out power relationships in communities, conflict aggressors and victims, problems, solutions, innovation, and understanding what could have happened if things had worked perfectly. We provide a distributed data collection method that ensures many voices are heard. Every response begins with a story – a brief personal narrative – and the phrases in the story are an essential part of forming a hypothesis (step 2).

  • Aggregate power: With tens of thousands of stories in the reference collection, most organizations can find hundreds of stories related to their mission among the >58,000 we already collected in Kenya and Uganda from 2010-2012.
  • Filtering: Stories “at scale” makes it possible to validate the numbers and filter out misleading information.
  • Exploration: Broadness of the narrative prompting question and the scope of indivual perspectives we’ve already heard from allows the analysis tools to reveal unexpected connections between issues, peoples, locations, and organizations.
  • Benchmarking: Another major advantage is that our survey data can be combined with results from surveys conducted by others, as well as with your previous survey data. The analysis tools are built for pooling data and comparing subsets to each other, so that data trends become more reliable over time.
  • Durable, perenial data: Traditional evaluations usually create a new survey each time or lack the technology to merge new results with old ones done by others. Our story form builder is a compromise between design flexibility and instant benchmaring. And because our design makes it easy for you to change your questionnaire while adding to your growing data collection, you can form conclusions based on all of the data (past and present!).

Analyzing existing data

Note: there is a webinar recording for this tutorial. You can access it via

storytelling tools webinarWebinar: Storytelling tools explained (with Britt Lake and Marc Maxson) July 2013

Our process as a series of 9 steps. This tutorial covers the first three steps:
(1)    Analyze existing data — use the story search and story phrase bubbles tools
(2)    Form a hypothesis — based on what you see
(3)    Design a different kind of survey — story form builder
(4)    Collect more data — attract a group of young people, train them, given to papers, and send them out
(5)    Compare your new data against the existing data — in the same analysis tools as step (1)
(6)    Form a conclusion
(7)    Define the problem — informed by a new perspective
(8)    Change project direction, apply for funding, etc.
(9)    Go to step 3; repeat.

Explore the story search tool at


Go to and either type in a word or phrase (in quotes, like “school fee”) to see stories that contain those words. Or you can click on one of the suggested search links below.

Build a good topical story collection with at least 200 stories.


I entered some words and phrases that relate to women entrepreneurs. But note that the word “entrepreneurs” was only found in ~50 stories (out of over 58,000). Instead, words like “micro loan” and “start business” are better choices. You can add several phrases and it will combine results for all stories that contain any one of those phrases.

Example: “micro loan” “start business” “started business” entrepreneur= 159 stories with any one of these phrases
Example: ugali bread “grow food” maize rice = 1485 stories with any one of these grain crop food words
Example: women and group and business = 290 stories with all of these words

Note that there is no way to combine words with AND and OR at this time, but you can usually find hundreds of stories with the existing search.

Understanding the visual summary icons


When hundreds of stories match, the search results include a visual summary of who told these stories and what they talked about. The icons of girls, boys, women and men will appear different sizes and colors depending on how prevalent that demographic group is in the group of matching stories, compared to the number of people of the same age/sex in all 58,000 stories.

A larger icon means that the demographic group is overrepresented.
A green icon means stories from this group are more positive in tone than the overall sample.
Red means more negative.
Yellow means about the same as the whole set of stories.

Note that you can mouse over these icons and see absolute numbers for the percent of stories that came from each demographic group, or relate to one of the ten story themes.

When is a trend in the icons important?


That is a difficult question to answer because it depends on the context. What are YOU trying to learn? If you have no questions about what your community thinks and feels about a subject, and no doubts about the work you are doing, this tool is not for you. But for me, speaking as a scientist, I am constantly asking myself if I am doing the right thing for the community. This reality check helps.

In this example, the overall sample of stories that mentioned “election” (n=724) was negative. But those about recent events in the last six months (from when the story was collected) from people who felt they played a role in the story were a mix of positive and negative. By selecting a more recent timeframe I was able to see that the trend is towards more examples of respect growing (green, positive icon), yet actual freedom remains negative.

If you were wondering how I was able to reduce the 724 stories to just 24 interesting ones, I was using power search, explained next.

Use Power Search to filter stories


Check boxes next to the things you want to see in your stories


By default, the checkbox for the words you searched for will be selected. Uncheck it if you want to lookat all the stories.
Check other boxes to narrow stories by outcome, demographic group, point of view, or related topics, and git [Generate a custom report now]

Note that within a set of answers to the same question, such as type of story, you can check more than one box and it will return MORE stories than checking just one box, because it will match ANY of the answers you select.

Power search lets you filter by any criteria in the questionnaire and export as CSV.


In the example shown, 1485 stories related to types of crops people grow in Kenya have been reduced to 55 stories using filters. The POV (point of view) filter excludes stories that sound like they are from the organization’s perspective (and not a personal one). The story needs to be focused on a problem (not a solution) and about economic opportunity (not social relations or physical well being).

A quick scan of the visual summary reveals that older men tell more possible “success” stories and women share more negative stories. The themes appear to focus on food and shelter, and to a lesser extent, on self esteem. Oddly, several categories are far less represented or absent: freedom, creativity, knowledge, respect, and family.

Export as CSV


If you want to analyze these stories in any other way, feel free to grab them.

What the export contains: Everything!


age_of_story_when_told, city, country, date_transcribed, felt, group_in_story, id, latitude, longitude, need_prob_soln, net_heirarchy_topic_score, num_stories_told, org, org_type, original_organization_name, other_information, outcome, pov, pov_avg, project_focused, quality_score, revised_organization_name, sex, soc_phys_econ, story, story_char_length, story_connection, storyteller_age, storyteller_contact_sms, title, topic_creativity, topic_family, topic_food, topic_freedom, topic_fun, topic_knowledge, topic_physical_needs, topic_respect, topic_security, topic_self_esteem, translated, url, who_benefited,

You can compare a story to other stories told by the same person


This is a “within-subjects” comparison – a quick way to find out if you are deceiving yourself about how much diversity is in the viewpoints you are listening to. If a person only talks about one issue, and nothing else, they are probably not giving the full story, and possibly not the most honest one.

Summary of hypothesis generating tools


You explore a large collection of anecdotes in order to get a feel for many perspectives on around an issue. Here are some strategies, with case studies to follow:
(1) Pick a general search phrase (e.g. “street child”) and then change the filter options around demographics and point of view. Save screen shots for each perspective and look at them side by side.

(2) Build a set of stories exactly related to your work, then broaden your search and look at how the trends change as you adjust your search words.


As you can see, choosing words that are more likely to be used by regular people will lead to stories that have less positive bias. Stories from farmers and that use the NGO phrase “food security” are more positive than those about “grow food” and bread, ugali, etc. — yet stories about these foods are true “food security” stories.

(3) Compare stories related to your work with any other topics that matter to these same people


In this example – over 5000 stories related to farming and agriculture and “food security” there is a reference group of 1106 stories NOT about these subjects but shared by people who gave these stories. The ability to do a “within-subjects” comparison on the fly is unique to this approach. We will be building more tools that make this easier to visualize. For now, you can begin by browsing these stories.

Bubbles: A more abstract comparison tool


The “bubbles” tool attempts to merge and parse all of the narratives in a single view. Words that are common and interesting appear in bubbles. The location of the bubble above or below a line is determined by the meta-data for each story. So far, the types of comparisons this tool allows are:
(1) is the story related to a known NGO or is it some unmet need, (or work by people not NGOs?)
(2) comparing success vs failure stories
(3) how does the number of stories a person shares relate to what is said?

Our process as a series of 9 steps. This tutorial covers the third step:
(1)    Analyze existing data — use the story search and story phrase bubbles tools
(2)    Form a hypothesis — based on what you see
(3)    Design a different kind of survey — story form builder
(4)    Collect more data — attract a group of young people, train them, given to papers, and send them out
(5)    Compare your new data against the existing data — in the same analysis tools as step (1)
(6)    Form a conclusion
(7)    Define the problem — informed by a new perspective
(8)    Change project direction, apply for funding, etc.
(9)    Go to step 3; repeat.

Go to, log into your project leader account, then click on the ‘stories’ button on your dashboard


If you are not currently a project leader you can use this secret link: to collect stories, but you should join officially. The GlobalGiving Organization application page is at

Read the stories page overview


Understand the “scribes” model for collecting stories before you build your form


(1) Engage a group of local people. We find that girls who have just graduated from high school do the best work, and provide you with a broad sample of both men and women, both young and old.
(2) Invite them to a 1 hour training. You want to end up with about a dozen, but you may have to invite 20 or 30 as some will not be interested.
(3) Have them fill out the one-page story form you are building during the training.
(4) Give them blank printed story forms and a goal: interview 10 people in the next 2 weeks. Ask each one for 2 stories. And return all the papers.
(5) Provide them with an incentive to participate – this can be a small payment (in East Africa we found that 10 cents per story was sufficient) or a privilege, or additional skills training.
(6) Collect the stories and scan them using an Android camera phone or iPhone.
(7) Analyze, and share your findings with the scribes. They will want to know what the community is talking about. Then repeat this every 6-12 months.

Customize your own storytelling form. The first questions are selected for you. They are required.


You will see that two of the required questions are scribe’s phone number / email address and the storyteller’s phone number / email address. These will be kept confidential and are used for tracking how many people are actually filling out the forms, and which stories were told which whom. We prefer that you tell your scribes to choose one kind of data (phone OP email) and ask for that one kind of information for everybody.
If somebody (i.e. a scribe in training) tells his or her own story and there is no scribe involved to write it or collect it, then put the same phone number in both boxes.

The next questions, in yellow, are optional. You may add them to your form by clicking on the checkboxes to the right.


Which questions you choose is up to you. It will NOT allow you to add more than front and back of one page worth of questions.

Each of the optional questions are best used with one or more other questions in the set, depending on the kind of stories that interest your organization.


The choices may seem overwhelming at first, so below are a few examples of an organization with a specific goal and which questions they chose.

Example: Story-based program monitoring for a girls’ after school program


Vijana Amani Pamoja runs the mrembo project in Kamukunji, a Nairobi slum. Mrembo (“beautiful girl” in swahili) aims to give adolescent girls ages 8-15 life skills for deal with boys and other threats in their daily lives. This organization collects stories from girls before and after each 10-week session to keep track of what issues are coming up in their girls’ lives that need to be addressed in future sessions.

I’ve highlighted the optional questions in red. This organization chose to focus on the who, what, and why of the story, along with two questions about power and hierachy.

Example: VSO’s Valuing Volunteering community research project questionnaire


Two VSO volunteers (Jody in Philipinnes and Simon in Kenya) are gathering community feedback about what would make volunteerism more effective in developing countries. They’ve included a lot more of the conflict and power mapping questions, and some less structured open-text questions, like “what else would have made a difference in this story?”

Even though few of these questions overlap with VAP, both will be able to benchmark their answers against the other on these questions and story elements:
1. All words in the actual story — you build a set of relevant stories by searching the text first.
2. topics
3. age
4. sex
5. role
6. authority figures
7. why it happened
8. who benefitted (outcome)
9. types of solutions

That’s nine different criteria even though these two groups have never coordinated on which questions they’ll ask. And there are many more people collecting, so that everyone will eventually have comparable data for every question they could ask.

Choose your questions and submit the form.


You can mouse over the tooltip (?) symbol for more information about the context for each question.

Your form is ready – check your email for instructions


The email will contain unique URLs to your specific story form. There are two links. One is a web form where you can enter data. Our free transcription service will use this when you scan your stories with a camera phone and email them to us ( or The other link is a printable PDF that you should print and photocopy many times so that scribes can collect stories anywhere without needing any technology.

Scanning stories with a smart phone


We have an instructional video to demonstrate this. Basically, there are many android and iPhone apps that do repetitive document scanning faster than a conventional scanner. We recommend you download one of these:

Scan to PDF (free on android)
Genius Scan (free on iPhone, $2 on android)

These apps will create a PDF and attach it to a gmail message for you. If you address it to us at GlobalGiving, we will do the rest and email you back when your group of stories is available online for analysis (at and

Ready to begin?

— marc maxson (mmaxson at globalgiving dot org)

Upcoming Trainings – Mark your Calendar!

Posted by blake on May 17th, 2011

Thank you to everyone who has given us suggestions on the types of trainings you’d like us to provide.  We’ve listened to your suggestions and found some great guest experts to speak on the topics you’ve asked us to cover.  We have some really exciting trainings coming up over the next few months, so mark your calendars now!

All trainings will be held at 9am EDT and 3pm EDT unless otherwise stated.  You can access the trainings using the following call information and webinar link.
Call Number: (218) 339-2409
Attendee PIN: 8788194
Webinar Link: Webinar Link

May 19: New Project Leader Introduction – Are you new to GlobalGiving?  Do you need a refresher course? Get all your questions answered during this webinar.  This is a great introduction to basic tools and tips to using GlobalGiving.  Sign up for a reminder here.

May 25: Strategic Planning 101 – Join guest host, Vincent Dawans from Virtue Ventures in a training on Strategic Planning 101. Vincent will answer questions about the who, what, where, and when of strategic planning and provide valuable resources to help get you started. He will also demonstrate seToolbelt, a free open-content community initiative to help social entrepreneurs plan, start, manage, and grow successful social enterprises.  Sign up for a reminder here.

June 29: Collecting and Using Community Feedback (Noon EDT) – This training will talk about how important feedback from your community can be in your fundraising and the work your organization does on the ground.  This webinar will be co-hosted by Perla Ni of GreatNonprofits and Marc Maxson, who leads GlobalGiving’s community feedback project in East Africa.

July TBD: Taking Great Photos – Just in time for GlobalGiving’s upcoming photo contest, this training hosted by a professional photographer, will go over some tips and tricks for taking photos that really speak to your donors.  Don’t forget that submissions for GlobalGiving’s photo contest will open up on July 15.

August TBD: Grant Proposal Writing – The Foundation Center guest-hosts this webinar on how to write winning grant proposals, including what to include in a standard proposal, how to make proposals stronger, and tips for communicating with funders during the grant process.

Please send us your ideas for upcoming trainings as well. Looking forward to talking to you soon!