Discover the nonprofit tools that winners of GlobalGiving’s Top 10 List used in 2018 to become more effective, including webinars, worksheets, and step-by-step guides on social media, program analysis, and more.
Some of the most effective nonprofits and businesses all have one thing in common: They listen to the people they intend to help, they act on what they hear by trying out new ideas, they learn from the results, and adapt their programs and services to improve.
The winning nonprofits on GlobalGiving’s Top 10 List are committed to listening, acting, and learning.
Here are tools they used successfully in 2018 to advance their missions in education, gender equality, animal welfare, and more:
Use this specialized SWOT Analysis Worksheet to examine the internal and external factors that may impact the health of your nonprofit—or a particular department, program, or project within it.
Watch this short webinar, featuring crowdfunding experts from GlobalGiving, to learn how to set SMART fundraising goals for your nonprofit.
Is your nonprofit struggling to create a high-functioning website with web pages that are well-organized and user-focused? Good news! You don’t have to be a web developer or designer to create awesome web pages for your nonprofit’s website. This worksheet will help you plan a new page on your website or improve an existing web page.
Getting feedback is critical to the long-term success of your nonprofit. At the end of the day, you can’t improve and become more effective if you don’t know how well your programs are working, from the perspective of the people you intend to help. This guide demystifies the feedback process and offers practical tools to start collecting feedback—or improve feedback collection.
This free tool from Nesta’s Development Impact & You Toolkit will help and your team get to the heart of what motivates people—whether you want to focus on your staff, donors, or the people you intend to help. As the makers of this DIY worksheet point out, “sometimes reaching the right answer means thinking more about the kind of questions you’re asking. It might sound simple, but focusing on what you’re asking someone is essential for reaching a deeper understanding.”
Nonprofit effectiveness shouldn’t be too academic, unrealistic, or removed from our missions to matter! In fact, starting a cycle of progress at your nonprofit, wherever you are and whatever you do, can be easy, whether you save forests, build houses, or something else (equally amazing). This infographic offers a step-by-step breakdown of how a cycle of progress could look at your nonprofit.
Network mapping is a central step in crowdfunding—the practice of raising small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically online. With this networking mapping worksheet, you’ll be able to easily visualize your network—the donors, influencers, volunteers, and key contacts who are positioned to play an important role in your campaign and help you meet your fundraising goal.
This free tool from Nesta’s Development Impact & You Toolkit makes nonprofit brainstorming easy! Use this worksheet to organize your next team brainstorming session and generate a list of ideas and solutions to any problem or opportunity. As the makers of the worksheet point out, “it stretches the thinking around a concept in different directions, providing a stimulating discussion that will further strengthen the concept.”
Learn how to use a Facebook page to promote your nonprofit and what expectations to set as you build a following, plus get content tips and a list of free social media tools.
Does your nonprofit have a theory of change document? It should! A written nonprofit theory of change will give you and your stakeholders—including your donors and staff—a deeper understanding of the problem you’re trying to solve and the steps you need to take to realize your vision of the world.
Community-led organizations are accountable to the vision and priorities set by the community. They have local voices in the lead and implement adaptable, feedback-driven decision making. They celebrate and mobilize local assets, and they collaborate and share knowledge with others to achieve systemic change. This checklist offers nonprofits a blueprint for becoming more community led.
Defining a problem may seem like a simple task. However, what is identified as the problem at hand is often merely a symptom—and getting at the root of it requires intentional, critical reflection. Use this worksheet to get started.
Learn more about GlobalGiving’s Top 10 Nonprofits Committed To Impact List and get to know all our 2018 winners!
Featured Photo: A student in a program of the Rahul Kotak Foundation, which earned an honorable mention in GlobalGiving's annual Top 10 List. Photo by Rahul Kotak Foundation
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