443: Giving Tuesday 2019 Part I & Candid – Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio

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Giving Tuesday 2019 Part 1
It’s time to start your prep for this rapidly growing giving day, this year on December 3rd. Asha Curran, CEO of Giving Tuesday, gets you started.

Candid
GuideStar and The Foundation Center have merged to form Candid. Their respective former CEOs are with me to explain what it means for your nonprofit. They’re Jacob Harold and Brad Smith, Candid’s CEO.

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Hello and welcome to Tony martignetti non-profit Radio. Big non-profit ideas for the other 95%. I’m your aptly named host. Oh, very nice to be back in the studio live after several weeks pre recorded and I’m glad you’re with me. I’d suffer the embarrassment of Mega Lo Kyra if you handed me the idea that you missed today’s show. E-giving. Tuesday 2019 Part one It’s time to start your prep for this rapidly growing e-giving day this year on December 3rd, Asha Curren, CEO of giving Tuesday, gets you started, and Candid Guide Star and the Foundation Center have merged to form Candid their respective former CEO’s air with me to explain what it means for your non-profit. They’re Jacob Harold and Brad Smith candids. New president on Tony’s take to summertime is planning time. We’re sponsored by pursuant full service fund-raising Data driven and Technology enabled. 20 dahna slash pursuing by Wagner CPS Guiding you beyond the numbers whether cps dot com and by text to give mobile donations made easy text NPR to 444999 It’s a pleasure to welcome Asher current back to the show with a new title she is CEO of giving Tuesday the global generosity movement that we’re going to learn a lot about. She’s also chief innovation officer at the 92nd Street Y, but not for long. She’s a fellow at Stanford University’s Digital Civil Society lab. She’s at Radio Free Asha and giving Tuesday Is that giving Tuesday dot or GE? I should current Hello and welcome back, Tony. Nice to be here. Thanks for having me. It’s my pleasure. Thank you. Um So tell me about your this new, exciting title that you’ve got CEO of of ah e-giving Tuesday. I didn’t know like that. Sounds to me like CEO of Of metoo are I don’t know, how does that work or CEO of Christmas? It is pretty funny. Well, so e-giving Tuesday’s the movement and on DH movements have lots and lots of leaders and all those leaders Coke create e-giving Tuesday e-giving Tuesday is also how the leadership and has a new organization. And as you know, we have seen incubated at the 92nd Street y forgiving Tuesday’s the 1st 7 and 1/2 years and so we’re going to be transitioning to become independent, which is really exciting It doesn’t make a huge amount of difference to your average e-giving tease, a participant or or a fan or super ambassador. But it makes a big difference to us because it’s really interesting. Actually, they consider that for everything giving Tuesday has has done and for how much it’s grown in the past eight years. E-giving Tuesday has never actually had a single full time employees, myself included, and that just became an unsustainable situation. So the 90 Seconds she wide Belfer center, which I direct the full time leadership and giving Tuesday, needs full time leadership. And and so I’m going to be transitioning out to work full time on giving Tuesday and really double down on arika. Wonderful, you’re our first guest on about giving Tuesday was Henry Henry. Tim’s the CEO of the many secretary. Why, after the first after the very 1st 1 Andi have sampled it from time to time after that, So So this is a paid position, all right, Where does the where does the money come to pay to pay you? Is that is that from the Why? No way. Stop, That’s that part’s not really changing. We fundrasing freezing Tuesday we had fund-raising for years has been very generously supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, so they will continue to support us and we will continue to raise additional funds as well to support all the different parts of the movement that that we want to support and cultivate, including our leadership team. Yeah, and what are the other leadership positions? I don’t I don’t think people know this And plus, it’s all brand new so but I don’t think I know that it’s not new. It’s actually it’s not brand new over there. Over the years, we have built up e-giving Tuesday team court what we call our core team because it’s really important to distinguish the are core team from the leaders that exist all over this country and all over the world who are leading like entire giving Tuesday country movement Right there. We don’t consider them part of our quarantine, but there’s certainly part of our broader community and our broader network. We all work extremely closely together, but our team of 10 is my self, A data lead. We have a strategy lead way, have a fund-raising and data support. We have a global community manager. We have a social media manager. So yes, there are definitely people that are devoting lots and lots of time, making sure that we amplify all the good work that giving Tuesday is doing all over the world. You know, sometimes we have, you know, certain strategic objective that come from us. But often what happens e-giving Tuesday is that we see something, something meaningful, something inspiring, something that we think a lot of tension organically emerging from the movement. And then we, as a team talk about how we can best support that. So there have been lots of different examples our community campaigns, for example, which are entire state or small cities or big town whatever that come together to create a e-giving Tuesday campaign that pulls together all of the different segments and sectors of that community and really reflects that communities, identity and population and a sense of civic pride so that we had no expectation that that who happened, We just had no idea when we first launched e-giving Tuesday and that first, you know, years that Henry and I were working on it. That’s not something we expected to see. It happened. And so our job as a team was to make it at six. Cecil, as we possibly could offer all of the additional support convening power, all of that to what was emerging organically. Another example is our country’s leaders. We had no idea getting Tuesday. We cross borders now, As you know, we we predicated it on Black Friday and Cyber Monday on Thanksgiving, for that matter. But I mean, that’s all pretty us focused. But almost immediately giving Tuesday started to cross Borders, and now we’ve We’ve passed 60 countries, so we spend a lot of time in this sort of Pierre learning ecosystem that those country leaders have come to comprise. Okay, I see so right, not new, but I still, I think, widely unknown. I think people think it’s all undistributed, and, um, I don’t think that’s commonly know that there’s this leadership team of 10. That’s really no, I think you’re absolutely right and partial Tony, that’s kind of fine design, like we’re not, You know, we’re not enough self promotion, you know, exactly minutes, and I think it’s really interesting. You know, a movement can be leaderless right and that there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s just a different model on DH. Movement can be leader full, and we like to think of it in that way that we’re not the only leaders of the movement. But we are way are certainly hear ourselves as its backbone. Yeah, it’s all. It’s all very new power to give old Marge Teo Henry’s book and he’s been on talking about. He was on talking about it when it came out. Yeah, it’s all very new power. So are the Are the 10 people going to be full time e-giving Tuesday employees or just US CEO? No. So what? We’re going to be full time team final e-giving on Tuesday, the full time attention it really needs and hopefully, you know, fingers crossed. Many will raise enough money. Teo even hyre. Beyond that, I don’t think we need to ever become a you know, a a massive team. I don’t think we ever need hundreds of people, but I do think that as we expand to all of these different countries as we get more deeply into data work, we certainly want to be as well staffed as we possibly can be to try to achieve everything that we’ve achieved. But we’re very nontraditional when it comes to fund-raising as well, because we feel like we could do good with whatever we raised, right? So if we raise $100 will do $1000 worth of good with it. If we raise $1,000,000 etcetera Will Will will always parlay that into into exponential growth, as we have so far. All right, Well, congratulations on this new transition. Yeah, that’s happening in just a couple weeks, right? Is it July 1st? Is that one? It is, indeed. It’s happening on a lifer, so it’s really it’s really coming up, and I’m very excited about it. Awesome. Uh, we all are. All right. We gotta take our first break standby for me, Asha Pursuing two. They’ve got a podcast. Ah, and it is Go beyond. It’s hosted by their vice president, Taylor Shanklin, who is a friend of non-profit radio, of course, and has been a guest. Recent episodes of Go Beyond our Self Care for Leaders and for Digital Trends. For 2019 you’ll find their podcast go beyond at pursuant dot com slash resource is now. Let’s go back to giving Tuesday 2019 part one. All right, so that’s, er good news. Fabulous news. Congratulations again. So let’s, uh this is going to be the first of two times that Will, we’ll have you as, ah have the pleasure of you as a guest and now honored to have you as a full time CEO. Uhm, that’s kind of like that’s kind. Like any sample ward, our social media contributors. She started when she was marketing manager or whatever. What marketing lead for? Not for non-profit Technology Network. And then when she became CEO, she I’m glad stayed on as our social media on DH Tech contributor. So you’ll sew in your new position as a full time CEO of e-giving Tuesday. Well, we’ll look forward to having you back, and I’m glad you’re here today. So this whole announcement, Graham. I’m looking forward to you. Thank you. All right, um, so let’s get people motivated. Who have heard of giving Tuesday? Still, there’s still some reluctance, but I see I hear that waning. It’s not like in year one or two where, you know there was there. Was there a lot of naysayers that I think, at least in the press that I read. I think that’s declined. They’re still occasional, but you know, that’s fine. I mean, they’re entitled to their opinions. But for those who need some motivation for being involved with e-giving Tuesday on December 3rd of this year, what can you provide? How it’s growing, how easy it is to participate, etcetera. Oh, boy, we’re to start. You’re gonna have to shut me up, Tony. Okay, we’ll start with Okay, Let’s start with a couple of common misconceptions. Maybe works. So one thing that I hear expressed a concern is that e-giving Tuesday’s encouraging people to move money around on different days rather than being additive. Uh, we’ve done extensive data analysis on this and you know conclusively that giving Tuesday is indeed providing a net list and giving. So, you know, I think the concern that you’re simply moving the donor from December 31st to December December 3rd is pretty misplaced. I think instead, it’s best to think of giving Tuesday as as an opportunity to be more experimental as an opportunity to be more collaborative, not to use the buzzword, but as an opportunity to beam or innovative. I think that these are all muscles that be non-profit community really, really needs to flex its an opportunity to become more more digitally literate on fluent and and again, I think that that’s the muscles that the non-profit world needs. TTO play. So we see a lot of money being raised. Obviously, on the first e-giving Tuesday, we were able to count $10,000,000 being raised online, and they were able to count because, as we all know, data and the sexual notoriously poor and were able to count simply on aggregate total of the different transactional platforms to give us numbers and we add them all together. So that was 10,000,000 in 2012 and it was north of 400,000,000 this past e-giving Tuesday. And that’s that’s $400,000,000 that is made up of gifts, on average size just over $100. So we’re not talking big philanthropy here. We’re talking the grassroots e-giving. Our data also indicates, but be, uh, about 1/4 of giving Tuesday. Donors are new and about 75% are consistent, so it’s an opportunity both to rally your supporters that you have already and also to engage new ones so that sense of experimentation is often around. How could we speak to people in a new way that really gets them engaged with our cause or our issue? It means playing with a lot of traditional assumptions. And what I see a lot of is sort of operating, making decisions based on quote unquote best practices. That might have been true 10 years ago, even five years ago. That simply aren’t true now. And so I think it’s a really good opportunity. Just start from the ground floor, right? If you if you didn’t thank you. If you thought you didn’t know anything about donorsearch gauge Mint or stewardship, what would be the things that you would try? WAY have over 80% of our participating non-profits report to us that they use the day to try something new. To me, that’s a big metric of success. Even if they don’t make their goals because trying something new, that sense of experimentation bye collaboration. I mean reaching out to other organizations to look at them as mission aligned collaborators rather than competitors, as we so often do. We see a lot of that around giving Tuesday, and it really requires taking a step out of your comfort zone. But the lessons learned from things like that and the new muscles being strengthened, our things that benefit and organization all year round. Once you once you learn new lessons, you can’t unlearn them. So we don’t think of giving Tuesdays. Just how much money can you raise on this one day? But really, how can you think differently about engaging people around your mission, right? Not just around your bottom line, but really reasoned that you are the reason that you exist. The thing that you were here, the tackle okay. And the sector has been talking a lot about for years about collaboration. I I’ve heard it Mawr in grants, funding applications, clap teamwork, collaboration with other non-profits. But you’re talking about it in the digital space. So it’s it’s it’s billing over From from what I thought was the genesis of it, which was foundations wanting to Seymour collaboration. Yeah, I mean, when I when I talk about the kind of collaboration I see on giving Tuesday as far more than digitally, you know, we see groups of arts and culture organizations, groups of immigrants, rights organizations, groups, of women’s health organizations are looking out for each other to try to really Coke create not just a fundraising campaign, but really a storytelling campaign and awareness raising campaign. So it becomes less about how much can we raise versus them? Where’s our logo gonna go? How much credit are we going to get? And much more about we all exist to tackle this same mission. How creative can we get in telling a story about why this cause is so important? So I draw a real distinction between transactional collaboration, which is much more along the lines of I’ll scratch your Back, you scratch mine and transformational collaboration, which really involved taking the strength of different organizations and, frankly, different people. Right, because all of this stuff is actually driven by human thought organizations and bringing them together to create something entirely new. So I’m very in favor of that latter part of that lot of definition of collaboration, which also carries, Let’s face it, more risk right in giving up some control over exactly what you’re going to do in the first roll over some of your data, things like that on DH. I’m very much of the mind, that kind of risk tolerance, something that we that we very much wanna build If I’m in an organization and I want to raise this with my vice president or my CEO, how do I start to get buy-in? I’m going to find something that e-giving tuesday dot or gets going to help me get some organizational buy-in or get some talking points that I consulted. Thing. Raise the conversation. I think you know, doing this accessible giving Tuesday campaign. First of all, it doesn’t have to be its resource intensive. So that’s one way to get buy-in, right. Any any good leader should be encouraging their employees and not just only their senior employees, but all of their employees to really think creatively and to try new things and have some tolerance for failure. So I think trying something new on giving Tuesday can can be a pretty light lift financially, and that’s one way Teo that’s one way to sell it. Pointing to the data is another way, right? This is This is something that’s raising people a lot of money that’s forcing people to think different organizationally. That’s become so much greater than just a fund-raising Day that you know the reasons to try it are ample, and the reasons not to are few. It’s not going to do If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. We’re not about every single person participating e-giving Tuesday. But I think if you do go on giving Tuesday website way, always say there’s no such thing as stealing and giving Tuesday. There’s only joyful replication, so we way absolutely encouraged people go online. Read the hundreds of case studies that you’ll find their fund-raising case studies non sun grazing case studies, collaborative case studies, community foundation case studies and go on and on and on corporate, You know, houses of worship and find something that works for someone else and try it so it should be an opportunity to innovate. It shouldn’t be crusher to innovate, right? People should feel a sense of, ah, a sense of adventure when they embark on getting to a campaign. And I think one of the reasons that giving Tuesday is so sticky for people I mean real people, regular people, not sector people is because it has a very celebratory overtone right e-giving Tuesday is not about morning. All of the weighty issues that we all have to deal with it out, celebrated in our ability to make an impact on them. And so if you see all the photos we have the privilege of seeing from all over the world, we’ll see over and over again. Is Thies peace with pictures of people together and looking really happy? So there’s something about this sort of communal right giving as a human community that is very sticky to people. And I think that organizations do the best when they leverage that fact. Can you share a story? I know I’m putting on the spot. One of the one of the collaborative stories. Maybe it’s ah, couple of medium size non-profits. Anything come to mind that you can share so we could take this out of the abstract? Sure, although I hate to do it just there are so many. But I will take a couple of examples and before you do that, I will also say along the lines of selling it internally. Okay. Another misconception about giving Tuesday is that big organizations like multi national you know, huge budget non-profits do better than small and medium sized non-profits, and that is emphatically not the case. In fact, small and medium sized non-profits tend to do better, then huge non-profits, and I’m I’m quite sure that the reason for that is first of all, those. Those small non-profits can often tell Justus compelling a story, but also they often have the ability to be more agile. They left weighted down by bureaucracy, so they’re often idea they’re often able to just sort of put an idea out there, give it a try without having to run it through multiple layers of approval. Rating is important. That’s important for people to know. So one example that comes to mind is there’s a small community foundations in a town called Bethel, Alaska, which has, if I’m not mistaken, 12 area non-profits. Now this town is is the administrative hub for a series of native Alaskan villages that surrounded It has won four way stop, and a few years ago, on employee at that community foundation, not even the most senior employees decided to do a collaborative effort that brought together all of vessels non-profit. And so they did a volunteer campaign where people stood outside of that four way stop all day in a sub xero temperatures, and they gathered donations from passing motorists talking about their area, non-profits and all of the good they do. And then they divided that money equally between those non-profits. So that was an entirely new model and also just amazing story of leadership. That young woman is entrepreneurial and she is creative, and she was able to, you know, put this game changing idea out there. And so the fact that that could be implemented in a town like vessel and also in let’s say, the entire state of Illinois or New York or Arkansas is exactly what we had in mind when we created giving Tuesday as an idea that could really be adapted to anyone or any town or anything or any cause. One collaborative story that I really loved. Tony. There was a group of women’s health organizations in Wisconsin that had always been competing against each other for donors. Ellers we see so often that’s pretty much the default in the sector. And instead of doing that, they decided Teo again do this collaborative campaign. It was not about their their individual P and l’s. That was not about their individual brands But that was about the mission that they were trying to serve collaboratively rights and sew up. That seems so obvious, but I think often mission can become subsumed to brand. So these these organizations were all trying to help women in various ways. They got a local tavern to devote space to them tohave an awareness raising party, basically and fundraiser. And then they had that they got a ton of people came and they again distributed the funds equally. We also see models where organizations will come together, do a collaborative storytelling campaign, and then fundez goto directly to the whatever organization people want to donate too. So it doesn’t have to be that sort of equal divvying up of the pot. It doesn’t have to be anything right. It could be whatever a group of organizations decides hyre to co create together on DH more entrepreneurial better. In my opinion, this is a thank you. These this excellent storytelling in news for our listeners because they’re in small and midsize non-profits and your your larger behemoth organizations are are going to be to your point. First of all, it’s going to be difficult. And then in the end. It’s probably gonna not be so successful anyway, even if they’re even if you can overcome hurdles in willingness to collaborate. But but the small organizations, they have that agility. You’re right. They’re not so deep. And they can. They can knock on the door of another local organization or one you know, many states away, but you know, digitally, they can come together. Um, that so very good news for our listeners. Yeah, you’re exactly right. And then a big priority for us here. Tony is going to be too, too very intentionally Try to create more of those kinds of coalitions, even at a global level. Like so, even seeing organizations that are devoted to social justice of various types coming together to form interconnected network. Because we’ve seen how incredibly useful and productive and inspiring that is among the networks that have already been created with e-giving Tuesday if you can imagine an idea being born in Taiwan and then being implemented in Tanzania within the same two weeks, fan, if we created more of those kinds of network, imagine how radically change and improve the sector. How do you encourage that that international part elaborations about your first question, you know, why does e-giving. Tuesday Nida Core leadership team? I think part of what we what we exist to do is to set a culture and a set of behavioral norms and expectations within the broader giving Tuesday community on a big part of those norms and expectations are that we are as generous within as we are without. So the philanthropic community is often far less still in profit, inside itself, right inside, inside the bubble and with with each other with our what should be our colleagues. Then we are out into the world. And so our network of global leaders, for example, are connected every day, every single day of the year, not just about giving Tuesday. They consider it an obligation to share good ideas and things that have worked with the others in that community, and they find joy and reward in seeing those ideas picked up by others. So there’s no sense of I’m going to do something that works, and then I’m going to afford that ideas so that it only works for me. There’s a sense of I want to see this popping up everywhere because it’s because it’s done so well, we just have a couple minutes left. What are you alluded to? Outdated best practices. Could you, uh, identify a couple of those? Take a couple of those off that you think we’re holding on to need mistakenly. Yeah, sure. And, you know, I’m sure people will be very annoyed with me, but, uh, so one would be the conflict of donor fatigue. I think what I’ve seen, you know, from my observation and from the analysis that we’ve done of the data that we have available to us, donor-centric has become more of an excuse then a fact within the sector. Right? So you don’t see the corporate world worrying that it’s selling too hard. You don’t see the corporate thing that they’re making. They’re asking people to buy and buy again and by again, Right. But you do see that same worry in the sector that we’re over asking that people give. But then they get tired of giving quite on the contrary, our our observation and our own analysis find much more than generous. People are generous. They give over and over again. And they gave in multiple ways. And so you know when you look at giving Tuesday 2017 right? What you saw was ah, fall. That was a series of basically terrible things happening. There was a Hurricane Maria. There was Hurricane Harvey, that was, you know, any number of a natural disasters and people were giving after each one of those. And then they gave again in record amounts on giving Tuesday. So we do see some disturbing trends of e-giving going down. But we do see also these really hopeful trends of generous people giving and giving in multiple ways. The second outdated idea I think that I would raise is this idea that people give either in one way or another. So the way that that worry is currently manifesting in the sector is Oh, my gosh, people are giving so much to their neighbours kapin surgery on an individual cat with a crowd funding site that they’re not going to give anymore to non-profits. That seems to be a kind of logical reasoning, but we don’t see it and we don’t find it in our own numbers. On the contrary, what we’ve found is that he who gives the surgery are more likely to get non-profits because they are generous people and generous people give and they give in multiple ways. So I think, you know, back to your reference to new power everything has changed about the way that people engaged about the way that people communicate and about the way that people care about causes. And we need to pay such close attention to those huge ground 12 and tidal shifts so that we know what’s actually happening and react accordingly rather than do things based on the way people communicated and connected and engage her causes back in the day. All right? Or should we have to leave it there? That’s perfect. Thank you so much. Uh, so welcome. Thank you. Pleasure and perfect timing. Asha. Caryn. See, People think this all happens, but this is all planned out. This show was produced, for God’s sake Current. She’s CEO e-giving Tuesday doing that full time. Starting July 1st, you’ll find her at Radio Free Russia and you’ll find giving Tuesday and all the resources and the tool kit everything she’s talking about at e-giving tuesday dot or GE And I love seeing female CEOs. So congratulations again. And Asha, Thank you. Very much look forward to having you back in October. Thanks, Tony. And I do buy. Wonderful. We need to take a break. Wagner, CPS. They’re accountants, for God’s sake. You know what they do? Do you need one? Do you need help with your 9 90? Do you need a review of your books? And maybe it’s not a full audit? Um, you know who to talk to. It’s you goto wagner cps dot com to start, and then you talk to the partner. You eat each tomb who’s been a guest of times two or three on DH. He will tell you honestly whether brechner is appropriate for what your accounting needs are. So it started at Wagner cpas dot com. Now time for Tony’s take to summertime is planned. Giving planning time. I think this is an ideal time to give thought to either moving your game up in plan giving or um, for lots of small and midsize shops. It might be starting your plans giving program, which I’m always evangelizing and advocating for summertime is good time for planning. You can get your CEO tto take your proposal on the beach with her or read it on the plane. It’s a little slower time. I mean, it’s not dead. That was, I think that’s sort of outdated, you know, summertime dead time, but you have a little slower time. You can give thought to what you want to do, what you want to pitch to get your plan giving program started. And, of course, I advocate always starting with simple charitable bequests. The marketing and promotion of GIF ts by will so use summer time so you can rule out in the fall. Or maybe it’s a January rollout. But use this time to, ah, to advantage for planned e-giving planning and is more about that in my video, which is at tony martignetti dot com. And that is Tony’s Take you. Now let’s talk about Candid Sam. We have a guest. They are Jacob Harold. He’s executive vice president of Candid, the Data Platform for Civil society. He was president and CEO of guide Star. Jacob has worked at the Hewlett Foundation, the Bridge Span Group, the Packard Foundation, Rainforest Action Network and Greenpeace Yusa. He’s at Jacob. See, Harold, I hope we find out with C. C. Is for and candid is that candid dot or GE and www dot candid dot or GE and also a way of Brad Smith. He’s the president of Candid. He was president of the Foundation Center. He’s been at the Oak Foundation in Geneva and the Ford Foundation. He’s on the board of the Tinker Foundation and the advisory board of the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security. Gentlemen, welcome to non-profit radio. Welcome back to both of you. Got to be here. Yeah. Great feedback. Thank you. Thank you. Brad. Uh, Harold Jay Jacobs. I’m sorry, Jacob. What’s the What’s the C for in your middle name? What’s your middle name? The C is for Christopher, my eldest uncle. Okay, Jacob. Christopher. Harold. But he’s just at Jacob. See Harold. Ah. All right. Um, I feel like we should start with Brad, the president of Candid. This all this all emerged in February of this year. Uh, what’s going on? A candid bread. Well, first of all, yes, it emerged as a 1st February 1st, but it’s been a decade in the making. The original conversations about this actually started in shortly after the recession in two thousand 9 2000 Can, uh, we started a series of deliberate conversations between the CEOs of both organizations at that time was Bob latto Huff from Guide Star, and we began to see a week collaborate together, commissioned a study into 2012 in-kind consultants to make the case for to bring the two organizations together at that time. The advice. That’s not so fast, but here’s what you can do to collaborate. We did that. We learned a lot about each other, establish a lot of trust among our teams and brought back to consultants in 2017 to take another look. This time they said, full speed ahead. Go for it. So 2018 we we barton long process involving both boards, uh, to do the pre work toe. Actually bring the two organizations together and we inked the deal on January 31st and launch Candid January February 1st on What? Why the name Candid? Yeah, that’s a lot of people ask that question. Which is good, right? I mean, that’s what the name should D’oh! Okay, we didn’t want to call the organization buy-in Foundation Center because, well, that would not be that wouldn’t that wouldn’t have been fair to guide Star That would not have been fairly crowdster. So exactly one. What the foundation center did already wasn’t really captured adequately by the name. GuideStar, in a sense, might not have been fair to foundation center, but would really drove. It wasn’t external professional branding process, that consultant. They did a survey of the staff and surveys stakeholders and the South overwhelmingly decided We need a new name going to leave the past behind and be an organization for the future. And we began to look around at all the names out there in philanthropy, and they’re all the centre for this center. For that, they’re all effective. They’re all sort of similar, and they started to throw at us one word names and the one they threw out there, which he sort of corrects our heads and candid. I was the one that ended up sticking for a lot of reasons. One, because it’s a really word that one was made in. The last words I write to it actually evokes the history of both organizations and our approach to information, which is to be candid about the real information about the sector to really show the sector as it is. So the people in the sector can can do good and make the world a good as it could be. Um, see, So Jacob what? What is the the advantage for non-profits? Our audience is small and midsize shops. How will they benefit from the new from candid? Well, you know, for the first year, you know, from the perspective of a small to midsize non-profit, not a latto current change. Both of the parent organizations programs are continuing, and we’re trying to strengthen them. But over the long term, we think that together we’re going to be able to serve the field as a hole in I’m totally new ways, and I’ll mention a couple. One is to provide a multidemensional view of the work of trying to create social good. What’s happened in the past. We’ve had these fragmented databases grant information over here, information about non-profits over their information about social indicators in 1/3 place, and we believe with databases and resource is and networks of the two parent organizations, GuideStar in Foundation Center. That candid can offer that full of you. Um and that’s gonna be important for small non-profits that don’t have the resource is to constantly hyre consultants to God and do a ton of research or don’t necessarily have the network’s toe have connections, too. The biggest foundations or, you know, the partners that might allow them to do more together. Um, and we also think that the set of resource is that the two organizations provided, um, can be presented in a way that’s just easier for non-profits access organized in a way that that really brings to the top. What’s most important? That’s one thing. The next thing is that by bringing the two organizations networks together, we think we can begin to weave together many of the different fragmented activities around the field. And for a small to medium sized non-profit, the most concrete example is filling out a proposal for foundation funding. But right now, if you were applying to 10 foundations, you’re probably filling out 10 proposals that are all different from each other but are actually asking a lot of the same questions on. And there’s a ton of waste in that process. And not only is their waist i’ma non-profit side, it makes it harder for foundation’s tto. Learn and compare with their peers. And when you look at the networks that Guide Star brings with some of the major technology platforms Google, Facebook, Amazon or major national donor advised funds. Fidelity, Vanguard, Schwab. And then you look at the network that foundation center has with local partners all around the country and indeed, all around the world, hundreds of them where their actual training’s actual relationships. You have a combination of bricks and clicks of a cyber network and human network that we think it’s really powerful. And so we believe that together we’re going to be positioned to begin to establish some common systems of how information flows around the social sector, not making judgments about one organization versus another, but just creating some efficiency in how people learn and how they share their story as an organization. Will we be seeing new new new tools and databases and similar to the Teo well, the foundation directory or the 9 90 offerings that Guide Star has? Will What what’s What’s plan? So right now we’re going through a process of trying to really understand each other’s tools in a much deeper way. Um, we certainly both parent organizations knew the other organizations core tools. We didn’t know him from the inside. So we’re going through that process right now. All of that functionality needs to continue because the ability to find a foundation or I learned about a non-profits programmatic objectives is going to continue R sort of medium term opportunities begin to weave them together so that we can, in one interface, begin to see how these different types of information interact. Um, there are some brand new products that we’re looking at. I’ll give one example is give lists, which are lists of non-profits recommended by experts or that reflect the portfolio of giving of a given foundation. There a number of other ways to generate them. Um, and that’s a tool that we’re that we’re working on right now. But the truth is, right then we have a lot of separate tools. What’s most important is to create a user experience that’s easy for people, and that helps them do their jobs better. So that may mean overtime, just like in the this combination of two organizations that we built that we blend together some of those tools, but keep the core functionality just make it easier to use. Tony, I think it’s, you know, it’s important. Both organizations have you No one through the the Syrians of you, you tell them I work in foundations dunaj, murcott, GuideStar. And usually they know you were sort of one thing. Like I’d say, Oh, yeah, I get nine nineties there or, uh, foundations that are in your foundation director online. Individually, we do so much more than that. So it’s taking all that so Muchmore putting it together, focusing and making much more tighter building synergies between the existing products and services, then building some new ones on top of that. But most important is making it really easy and clear for the user howto access. Exactly what that non-profit Exactly what that foundation social entrepreneur individual donor needs to do what they want to do in the world. Yeah, Andi, I’m glad you mentioned individual donor. This is Guide Star has been a wonderful, important resource. I think 10,000,000 users last year, Jacob. So this is all coming together for individual donors, too. So it’s so it’s ah, holistic in that in that respect that it’s it’s all elements of the community as well as people who are supporting it. A cz well as institutions that are supporting it. Yeah, way talk. You know, we sort of all state non-profit sexually say philantech sector. I think we’re all struggling for exactly what you call the sector. I mean, sometimes I hear it candid. We’ve been, you know, talking about the social sector. Because in today’s world, you have non-profit. You have individual givers. You have social entrepreneurs. You have be corpse. You have corporate social mance ability. You have a mission or impact investing. You have a lot of different kinds of organizations and individuals. They’re using a lot of different mechanism to create good in the world. And that is something that we feel as a combined organization. We can capture and synthesize and put out a really powerful way. All right, we’re going to take We’re gonna take our last break standby text to give. They’re five part email. Many course dispels myths around mobile giving. Earlier, Asher was dispelling myths around fund-raising. These do not mobile. Giving these these gifts do not have to be small gift. They could be in the hundreds. They don’t need to go through the donors phone company. That’s one way of doing it, but you don’t have to do it that way. And phone companies typically put a cap on these gifts. That’s why the misconception that they have to be small double digit gifts to get the email. Many course from text to give you text. NPR November Papa Romeo to 444999 I want to do the live listener love and and there is a lot of it. We’ve just going to go down the list of alternating between abroad and domestic. Young San Young, San Korea, Korea On your haserot comes a ham Nida Live listener loved their Henderson, Nevada, Tampa, Florida New Bern, North Carolina. Special, of course. Teo New Bern. Close to where I live, Washington, DC Reid City, Michigan. San Francisco, California. Brighton, Massachusetts. And Hanoi, Vietnam. Sand Salvador, El Salvador. I think that’s new. San Salvador. Welcome. Live love to you, Palestine. We can’t see specific region. We just know there’s a listener in Palestine, New York, New York. We have multiple and Brooklyn New York. Where’s Bronx? Queens? Staten Island. They’re not checking in today. Uh, but that’s all right. We’ve got Manhattan and Brooklyn live love to each of our ah, live love goes out to each of our live listeners. And, of course, the podcast Pleasantries toe are over 13,000 listeners in small and midsize non-profits, where they’re an executive director, fundraiser boardmember consultant to non-profits. That’s sort of the declining proportion that you each bear to our audience. The pleasantries air with you. I’m glad that you’re listening on the on the time shift in the podcast when it fits into your schedule. So glad that you’re with us. Pleasantries to our podcast listeners. We have, Ah, we have but loads more time, actually. For for Candid with Jacob Christopher, Harold on Brad Smith, Bradley Case Smith Don’t be formal. Let’s see well, some of the materials from Promise that Candid will further increase transparency and collaboration. Nasha and I were just talking about collaboration around giving Tuesday. Brad, how is this? How is candid going toe foster collaboration among entities within within our community? Well, you know, if you start to think about it, the two most important things to know if you’re going to collaborate our first of all sort of the lay of the land who is doing what? Where let’s say you’re under certain charter schools, you’re interested in animal rescue. You’re sitting human rights, whatever you need to know, and for a specific geography where you wantto work, who’s already working there and where the resources are flowing. And then the second thing you want to know is, Well, what to those that are already working on this issue? Know about it. If you don’t know those two things, you’re you’re likely to put your money where you can see they’re not needed or it won’t be effective. And if you don’t really know what people have already learned, you’re basically gonna be recreating the wheel. So with the vast resource is that both organizations bring to the table of candid, we’re going to be able to actually for geography issues and causes. So you, who’s doing the work on the ground? The different flows of money that air coming metoo support that work where there’s probably more money than I should be going where there’s not enough money and when there’s no money at all, and also by by capturing the outcomes and output to these organizations through our profile program, the research and evaluations and case studies who are issue lab resource. We’re also going to be able to tell you what’s working and what’s not. So you could really hit the ground running and figure out who the best partners are for you work. You know, the lack of collaboration in our sector in our sector is what keeps it from being more than the sum of its parts of the world. Needed to be more than the sum of its parts. You can pull all this all this together breath. We can pull it together. We’re already putting together quite a bit of it, obviously. You know, for some, geography is more difficult than the other. And we have global ambitions. We already have a lot of global relationship, do a lot of global work. Obviously, no one’s ever going to be comprehensive for the entire world. We have a really good shot at being pretty close to a conference on a lot of this information in the US. Okay. Okay. Uh, and of course takes time to develop this with the expertise and the data. The data gathering are, um oh, and and I apologize. Uh, your Bradford Smith, not Bradley got that wrong for that that happens all the time, But most people just call me Brad. I know. Well, that’s what I’m doing. But you could’ve corrected me. I would have been offended. Redford Cat. Okay, um, now I see lots of offices. Um, are those the old those of the foundation Centre offices in New York? Williamsburg, Virginia, Washington, DC, San Francisco, etcetera. Those those foundation centre offices? No, they’re actually have both offices. We had overlap in way have overlap in Washington, D C. And in the Bay Area. And we’re consolidating those into single offices in both places. And the other locations are either foundation center locations or, in the case of Williamsburg, where guys start has the bulk of its tech and customer support step. Okay. Okay. Um, Jacob, I wouldn’t ask you last time you were on several years ago, it was talking about the the overhead myth letter that you and I, Ken Berger and Art Taylor had signed as a CEO’s of ah, Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau. Wise giving alliance. Do you feel like way overcome that now? Are we gotten past the the anxiety that was Experian that donors were experiencing about overhead and the overweighted focus that some donors were putting on overhead. Are we past that now? I wish I could say we were, um so I don’t think so. I do think, though, in the last few years we’ve made some real progress. At least the nature of the conversation I hear within the sector has completely transformed the assumptions that non-profit leaders are making the way that some of the data platforms talk about and share information. Even the way the journalists address these issues, I think has shifted. But I think we have a long way to go to really have that message get into the minds of donors we keep in mind just in the U. S. We’re talking about 100,000,000 people. Um and we have decades of having reinforced this this false idea that the administrative cost ratio was a proxy for the quality of Ah non-profit. So I’m hopeful, but I also recognize it’s gonna take a while and a few other things that are going to be necessary if we’re going to get to that future where donors are really paying attention to results in potential and not an inappropriate accounting ratio And the most important thing is for non-profits to proactively offer an alternative to say I don’t want to be held accountable by this accounting ratio. I want to be held accountable according to results against my mission. And I define that as X, y and Z, and I really does put the onus on non-profits to articulate whatever numbers they think makes sense for their strategy in their mission. Um, and this is something that I think that candid will be especially well positioned to facilitate. We’ve already had 71,000 non-profits achieved transparency seal on Guide Star, which is now part of the Candid Portfolio, with many, many thousands of those providing specific quantitative, programmatic metrics that we can focus on instead of looking at, um at the administrative cost ratio and then, increasingly, some of our platform partners. He’s, you know, big technology companies in Silicon Valley and elsewhere are really thinking about how they might be able to help distribute that information as well. So I see a path to a future where the overhead myth is truly dead. But I think we still have a ways to go. All right, Jacob. Any any bitterness that that Brad is the CEO on your the executive vice president. Any lingering bitterness there? I mean, of course. Of course not. You know, Brad and I have known each other for a decade on, and we we have a pretty good sense of our strengths and weaknesses. And, you know, I think we both think that the two of us can each play important leads in this new organization, but that you need to have a division of labor on DSO. Brad is the chief executive. He’s leading the organization, and my primary task is to really think through the long term vision and strategy for candidate. We’re calling it candid 2030. Um, we’re really trying to think about big technology trends, big social trends and how those match up with our current capabilities, what we need to build, what we could accomplish over the next decade. So a lot of my attention is on that. But on that long term, um, and that’s really only possible, because I can count on Brad as he, you know, make sure that candid as an institution is coming together and, you know, becoming the institution. It we think it could be. All right, Brad, we still have a couple minutes left together. What else you want us to know about? Candid. That I haven’t asked you. Well, first of all, just, you know, a few things we learned from this. I mean, I think there’s a lot of interest in organizations in the nonprofit sector emerging, combining, working together. There’s a sense sometimes that there’s too much duplication. What organization doesn’t know what the other one’s doing and a lot of people are sort of seeing this is is really kind of an inspirational story because first of all, the idea came from us. I was a thunder for years. Jake, You know, I worked at a Ford Foundation Jacob murcott Hewlett Foundation and we, we, you know, probably presided over our share of shotgun weddings right where we basically used grants to tell non-profits they needed to work together or submerged. And those seldom really are successful. I think one of the keys to success of this is inspiration really came from the two organizations. The second thing is the thinking of Jacob mentioned taking up have known each other in a lot of different roles. They could was my program officer right When I was foundation center, he came and he did his first White Glove inspection tour, a cz, the program officer from the Hewlett Foundation to see if we’re worthy of continued support. Now we’re working together in this relationship, but that really establishes a foundation. The third thing is, the we learned to work together is organizations are tech. Teams are marketing our sales different kinds of teams through specific confidence building projects. Before we decided latto actually combine the two and then the last is the role of incredibly strong, dedicated board that you asked the question about you know who the CEO is. All those things were negotiated early on by the board, Um, and they had to master an enormous amount of information about the both organizations in order to go through those negotiations and did a fantastic job. So there’s a whole back story to this. What I think has a lot to learn from in terms of how these things work in the future for the sector. I like the idea that you’re you’re walking the walk in terms of merger and collaboration, Jacob, we have we have about two minutes left. Anything you know, you’d like to like to add? You sure? You know, I think it’d be good to just talk about division of Labor for the field as a whole. Um, and you know that a meeting a few days ago with a number of partner organizations, and we’re we’re talking about the need to figure out where and when do we defer to each other? Um, and that there are lots of topics where candidates Not the expert, um, say board governance of non-profits. And we want to defer to our partners at board source on that, um, we may have something Teo bring, but we we recognize that they’re playing a role, and we want to support that. And similarly, we hope that the field will look at us and say when it comes to questions of organizing data, which often can be really boring. But it turns out a really important. We hope that the field will embrace, um, things like data standards that we propose and know that if we are suggesting that these air the 10 questions we need to ask about a particular topic that we put a lot of thought into figuring that out and that we hope others will adopt that language. And the flip side of that is that that puts the onus on candid to really be accountable to the field and to really listen to the field and to ensure that the voices of those who are impacted by our decisions are heard and those voices are folded into the decisions we’re making. So we really do hope that the field will help us succeed, Um, by adopting some of the standards and tools that we’re putting forward. Um, and we also hope that the field expresses what it needs so that we can listen to make sure that we make the best choices possible. Alright, Tony, your international listeners heard there’s quite a few out there We are. We’ll have more and more information of that kind would be talking about tonight, um, from around the world, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America. We have strong partnerships. We’re going to develop more, and it’s an important part of the future because, you know, this is a a increasingly globalized world we live in and are the information we provide. You have to take account of that. All right, that’s Bradford Case Smith. He’s the president of Candid. Andi with him. Jake of Christopher Harold, executive vice president of Candid. You find Jacob at Jacob. See Harold and Candid is at candid dot or GE and www dot candid dot org’s Gentlemen. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you. Alright, pleasure. Good luck and good luck. Okay. 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429: What Does The Data Divulge? – Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio

tony_martignetti_300x300-itunes_image2This week:

What Does The Data Divulge?
Predictors for planned gifts. The state of online giving. And what to expect for 2019 fundraising. Steve MacLaughlin from Blackbaud shares the data on these topics and explains what it means.”

There’s more at tonymartignetti.com 

409: How Foundations Make Decisions: Data Matters – Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio

tony_martignetti_300x300-itunes_image2Tony’s guests this week:

Grace Sato, knowledge services manager at Foundation Center, and Nicole Lee, senior manager of corporate and community affairs for United Airlines.

There’s more at tonymartignetti.com 

408: Building Relationships With Family Foundations – Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio

tony_martignetti_300x300-itunes_image2Tony’s guests this week:

Susan Shiroma, senior social sector librarian at Foundation Center; Stuart Post, executive director of the Meringoff Family Foundation; and Danielle Guindo, executive director at Read Alliance. 

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407: Getting To Know Community Foundations – Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio

tony_martignetti_300x300-itunes_image2Tony’s guests this week:

David Rosado, manager of community foundation insights at Foundation Center, and Kaberi Banerjee-Murthy, vice president of programs for Brooklyn Community Foundation. 

There’s more at tonymartignetti.com 

406: Foundations As A Tool For Collective Power – Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio

tony_martignetti_300x300-itunes_image2Tony’s guests this week:

Bradford K. Smith, president of Foundation Center, and Ana Marie Argilagos, president & CEO of Hispanics in Philanthropy. 

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291: Online Auctions & It Takes More Than a Hashtag – Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio

tony_martignetti_300x300-itunes_image2Tony’s guests this week:

Jon Kazarian, co-founder & CEO of AccelEvents.

Also, Marty Kearns, founder & president of Net Centric Campaigns & Jackie Mahendra, founding director of Open US Network.

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278: Communicate With Your Communicators and Your Event Pipeline – Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio

tony_martignetti_300x300-itunes_image2Tony’s guests this week:

Kivi Leroux Miller, founder of NonprofitMarketingGuide.com.

Also Pat Clemency, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York.

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215: 10 Nonprofit Nightmares & Treats In Tech Trends – Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio

tony_martignetti_300x300-itunes_image2Tony’s guests this week:

Gene Takagi, principal of the Nonprofit & Exempt Organizations Law Group.

Also Amy Sample Ward, CEO of Nonprofit Technology Network and co-author of “Social Change Anytime Everywhere.”

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127: Information Artichecture And User Experience & Tech Trends – Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio

Tony’s guests this week:

Lacey Kruger, lead information architect at Blackbaud

Misty McLaughlin, Blackbaud’s principal user experience consultant

Scott Koegler, editor of Nonprofit Technology News

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Dahna hello and welcome to tony martignetti non-profit radio big non-profit ideas for the other ninety five percent, i’m your aptly named host it’s february first twenty thirteen we have the campaign for five hundred stars going on, i want to mention it now mentioned also at tony’s take two if you go to my blogged twenty martignetti dot com, you’ll see the campaign video you’ll see the rationale laid out it is basically to extend the reach of the show so that mohr charities khun benefit as i picked the experts, brains were trying to get one hundred ratings on itunes, and hopefully they’ll be five stars. There’s your five hundred stars campaign, please rate the show in itunes. Oh, i hope you were with me last week. I’d be mortified to learn that you had missed grantwriting revealed iana jane hoexter was with me for the hour, she’s, the author of grantwriting, revealed twenty five experts share their art, science and secrets. We talked about researching relationship building, writing and why you can’t polish a turd this week, i and you ex information architecture er and user experience. Lacey kruger lied information architect at blackbaud and misty mclaughlin the company’s principal user experience consultant have lots of ideas to help you design your online properties for success, so visitors return and supporters stay engaged that was recorded at blackbaud sze be picon conference last october and tech trends. Scott koegler, our tech contributor and the editor of non-profit technology news, tells how he sees non-profits using computing to fulfill unique needs, engaged through social networks and customize their own computing. And as i said on tony’s, take two between the guests, the five hundred stars campaign. Right now, i have the audio from my interview at the blackboard conference, and the subject is information architecture and user experience. Here’s that interview. Welcome to tony martignetti non-profit radio coverage of pecan twenty twelve. We’re outside washington d c at the gaylord convention center. My guests now are misting maclachlan she’s, principal user experience consultant at blackbaud and lisa kruger. I need information. Architect at blackboard. Ladies. Welcome. Thank you. Like it’s. A pleasure to have you both. Lacey, i have to ask you, what does a lead information architect do for a big company like blackbaud? I work with non-profit clients of all shapes and sizes at two. Really? Follow-up help create a intuitive structure for their content, so organizing the information they present on the website in a way that people that are using the website can understand it. Okay? And that really is sort of the definition of information architecture is this putting content together so that it’s argast to itiveness usable use your friendly all concerned about the user experience, right? It’s a it’s, a blueprint for a non line experience so it’s the structure of the information okay? And you’re topic that we’re talking about is getting your priorities straight. A guide to successful information architecture, misty let’s. See what? What’s the what’s the first idea that you have around information architectural start basic and we’re built for move up. Excellent. All right, so in my presentation, i outlined sort of a top ten list, like any good late night talk show host, anything that you can be doing, things that non-profits typically get wrong on websites, and i would say almost everything on my list more than half of the non-profits that we work with just get it wrong. So the number one thing that that i would say most non-cash labbate fail at and that’s, the most important online for kind of creating an effective experience for bringing people in and getting people to stay on their website, is articulating their mission in a really short, compelling, concise way that’s almost of the level of the vision of the organization. It’s, what is the social problem that we’re trying to address and what is our particular impact or approach on the world? Hyre we responding to that? What charity is doing wrong around around this? Well, typically, organizations have their mission. They know what their mission is. They want a present too much so they either air on the side of your five senses from my annual report, i’m going to put that right on my home page, which no one can read it super text heavy it boggs people down, people just don’t even see it or they just go for a tagline that might be cute, but it doesn’t. It doesn’t really talk about what the organization is doing, how they’re changing the world so particularly a new visitor coming into a website, they just can’t figure out if they’ve landed in the right place. People just lose tons of new traffic because they’re really true. You are the right size. They’re not even shit. Well, they mate, they made sort of think ellery, this organization has something to do with what i’m after, but it doesn’t seem like they’re really kind of making an impact or this isn’t necessarily the cause that i want to learn more about. I want to support so a lot of the time, if somebody’s coming to you through a google search, you don’t clearly articulate your mission. Just don’t get another chance, lacey. Now, in the last last session, i just learned like boxes. Sure, you both know, like, is this appropriate for for a light box on? Why don’t you explain it like boxes? Because everyone listening to this may not have heard the others weinger light boxes. This is totally just a neophyte question is a light box an appropriate place for you’re it’s, ice efficient state after you tell us what? Like boxes. Okay, so light boxes. It’s. Kind of a non obtrusive papa buy-in. It allows the user to see the content behind the papa. So it interrupts the experience with the message that the organization wants to get across. But you can still visualize what? Behind the message. So it’s really easy. Tio, click out of it and dismiss the message. A shaded bok’s ship you could see behind. Exactly. Yeah, my ideal fight question is, is that is that compelling? Is that compelling enough for light box? Having this concise, efficient, i would not suggest it. I think a lightbox a better use for a light box is something that has a specific action. You want users to take something like donate now or you take action or fill out this form or something. And with learning about the organization learning about their mission you really want them to explore. And, you know, click around and read different stories. You have, you know, it’s not just one thing. It’s it’s. A multitude of different inputs experience so it’s okay, if people have to click to find concise mission statement mr was talking about he used you said he wasn’t such a deal. Fight question. Maybe it’s important enough that it rises to the level of light box. But i understand it does well, where should it be? It should be something that comes across in the home page. So one of the things that we do is is way gauge a user’s reaction to the home page. So we show a home page to a user. This is a usability test. We show them the home page, and we say, what adjectives would you use to describe this page? And if those adjectives match your organization’s mission and your messaging, then you’re in good shape. But oftentimes they don’t that’s a basically a focus group for the home it’s. A usable yeah, basically it’s, a usability test, and you can do it online. So it’s, really quick, and you don’t have to get people all in the room together. That sounds a little sophisticated, but a small and midsize charity could probably do something like that. Maybe in a board meeting or a maybe they do host a little event or something like that if they don’t have in other words, if they don’t have the wherewithal to create something online. Is that is this doable in our little round table or something? Sure, another great place, great free place to get input from your users is your social media channels, so you could you could publish, you can publish a test like this for free online, and you can post a link to it on facebook or twitter and then people that are following you there can that conflict to it? Doesn’t your users so it’s a great freeway to recruit people to help? Okay, this deal will come back. You know the number to now. I know you don’t listen, do you know the same number ten? But mr knows it’s a top ten list presley roughly. Yeah. So what’s your throne. Another one. Whether whether it’s number two or not. Well well, never. Alright s o a few others but i think are worth mentioning. Wanna? Storytelling. One of the most important things in an organization could do is both tell and show the impact of its mission. So showing can happen in a couple of different forms, something like an infographic. We’re showing a few key statistics for those kind of analytical thinkers. Those people who are considering making an investment in the organization who want to know what kind of an impact you’re having. Something like an infographic on the home page that says we provide vaccination for fifty percent of the world’s children. That something unicef does powerful number that can visually represent that, in a way. That’s, really compelling talking alternative radio twenty four hours a day. Are you stuck in your business or career trying to take your business to the next level, and it keeps hitting a wall? 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And when lacey and i talked to our guy notations and we actually go out and talk to their audience, the number one thing that people say they want more of universally stories, it’s stories that helped him get a feel for the emotional impact of the organization and make them connect to it. What are some of the best ways of telling these stories? Well, personal profiles are one way, and the organization could really kind of find a few kind of two faces and a few key stories. Another great way is actually to get people whose lives have been transformed to tell their own story and that’s. One of the ways the web is really powerful, that you can really solicit content from people who were personally involved are helped by the organization and get them to tell the story of what? Happened? How their life has changed as a result of it. Lacey telling it in what format? A week. Talking about video or its print or it’s all these or what? Video video is a great option. I think i think it’s important to have the text as well. The text as the substance of the story, but video. You know, if you have some video testimonials, those can be very powerful tools you do need you do need something to draw somebody and to make them want to watch the video. So it’s kind of a lot to ask for somebody to click and watch an entire video about something. But if you give them a preview of it and make them, you know, compelled toe watch it than video would be a great way to tell the full story. Do you have a place around? How long? Something like this should be a way to talk about drink this two or three minutes too? Increase the viewers or fifteen, ten, fifteen minutes? Yeah, i mean, i was short is better. Our attention spans are not what they used to be. So shorter is always better, i think. All right, so another, aside from sharing impact and outcomes, vividly least he wanted to give us another another idea around information architecture. So one idea that that we see a lot of is organizations that structure their content like their organization and structure so they, you know, they organize it by department four in-kind, you know, a different division that the organization works with, and while that makes a lot of sense to the organization and they can each kind of own a section of the website, it doesn’t make sense for their users. You know, i don’t know what your marketing department does versus your fund-raising department and i don’t i don’t really care, i just care kind of what are you doing on the ground? So i think i think, you know, using structures and labels that resonate with your users and not not necessarily your internal stakeholders users need to come first in their perspective, okay, how do we figure out how are users are thinking about our organization? Information should be yours, there’s various ways to research that on there’s some low cost ways. We’ve talked about smaller non-profit so i’m just talking to people. And asking them kind of what they think. There’s a there’s, a research technique called card sorting that you can present teo users a basically a set of cards with kant, the types of content you offer so these stories would be one of them, you know, news articles would be another one, events would be another one, and then you ask them to group things to group the content, according tto what makes sense to them, and then you can use that to really guide this structure of your website. Okay, is that where you want to say about that? Argast there are a ton of using research methods, and i think that this kind of gets to the heart of what user experience is, which is that we really take the approach that an organization has goals they want to achieve online, but the only way they’re going to do that is if they begin from the place of their audience. So they really research and map out and understand who these folks are. Lacey and i often develop personas, which are kind of detailed portrait of the major audience groups that our organization is trying to reach. Online or offline? And try to really understand what it is that’s driving and motivating that particular type of person and that tell me, organize content, we create an experience, okay, let’s, talk about it. This is interesting personas are hypothetical ideal oppcoll what do you know about these? Look what you create about. So we really try and make that a storytelling exercise, which is a demographic information with kind of fundamental it’s also attitudes, motivations, perceptions, behavior, schools, it’s sort of all the reasons that someone might be seeking out your organization, or that you might be trying to get them to be aware of who you are so they can also be aspirational. It doesn’t have to just be people that you’re reaching today, it could be people that you’re really trying to seek, but you failed to be able to connect with well, what’s great about personas is that they give you a framework kind of strategic, audience oriented framework as an organization to get your marketing department on your fund-raising department and your programs, folks all organized around the same type of folks, so that not just your website but you’re offline communications your email. Marketing their social media presence all of that is organized around this theme for audience groups it’s a really good internal tool for building consensus and getting people on the same page. Excellent. And i want to remind listeners that i had a guest. James is your tronvig group his work is around marketing. I talked a lot about building these personas also to some live in unconference i don’t remember the date of that show can can access it, but look for james on the block search for him as a guest, fine, very similar conversation, what we’re talking about right now creating these hypothetical personas, and he talked a lot about involving the board yes, especially in the aspirational persona, anything anything you want to add in that respect so it’s part of our process is that we begin with stakeholders, and we like to begin from the kind of all the way from the bottom, all the way to the top of the organization and everything so board is really critical, particularly board, because they removed from the day to day operations of the organization a lot of the time. But then the web folks with customer support people who answered the phone and they hear the kinds of complaints, but they really know who these folks are because they’re talking to them. So really at all levels of the organization trying to get stakeholder employed and then help people to kind of organize around these personas, including the board, because it can really shape the board’s vision of who you’re going after. Khun really molded it could be a tool for getting boardmember all on the same page with each other. Hoexter lacey let’s, go, teo. Another another good practices. Wait. Let me ask you for that either of you, major in information architecture is is such a major where? Yes, i am saying yes to you might not believe it, but i have a master’s degree and information architecture and usability. Okay. Yes. So there is a program out there in the online world. And i’ll just say it comes from the discipline of information science. So that’s, you know, organizing libraries, organizing videogames, organizing any place that’s an information or an interactive space. These kinds of principles apply. You could really learn a lot there. So that’s, the kind of background that i come from lacey comes from an interactive advertising backgrounds second, tell us where your master’s degree program hey, someone’s grief, they’re interested in such a degree. University of texas school of information how did you become an information architect? So i was an advertising major at the university of texas, and they had an interactive advertising sequence that was just a special series of classes that i took. And so that was the beginning, and then i did, you know, i worked in an ad agency for a while and then moved into the non-profit space that khun vo and and really worked with misty teo, develop our methodology around design and really dive into the information architecture. So anything so it was a slow transition on when i graduated in college in interactive was so new that there weren’t really information architects. So as soon as that niche kind of created itself, i found that that was where my home was. That was where i was meant to be. So i fear that all these years i’ve been mispronouncing the name of your former company convoy, and he wasn’t wrong via can be another reason it’s convenio and not cardio. It’s a schwab. They go back like fourth grade english and my homeroom teacher talking, you know, like more than a second green. So suave officials have you? Yes, i think that people sometimes go for they reach for convict. And so con vo seems like a natural stress, but actually in english. Apparently i’m married to a linguist way. Put the stress on the second to the last syllable in many cases. S o convene. Okay, that would be the italian pronunciation to yeah, very common with italians. Have accent on the second last that’s, right. And so in latin. Convenio means with vision and that’s where the name came from that’s how the founder information architect married to a witness. It’s true snusz lisa let’s. Talk about another. Another good practice in information architecture s o so one of the ones that comes to mind is creating a visual hierarchy. So on your home specifically one identify what the key points, the key messages you want to convey. So, like misty talked about earlier, your mission and vision should be number one on that there’s also, probably some actions that you wantto encourage from your home page. So i think that having a visual hierarchy that it’s basically a design principle that ensures that the big key salient points are what stands out visually on the page so they might be, you know, a different color, they might just be a graphic on next ism text, but the visual hyre he is what conveys to users look at me first, look at me. Second, intel is that kind of guys there experience around a page, okay? And you would develop that screw you users talking to users about how they are going through your sight versus how you’d like them to be going through your sight, or or do you do it more based around the way they’re doing so, whether you want them to or not? So the the inputs are both from the users and from the stakeholders. So our job as information architects is really to combine those two sometimes distinct set of needs, so the stakeholders wanted communicate x, y and z and the users are looking for, you know, a b and c and so it’s it’s a meshing together of those two things that that designates what the visual hierarchy should be. And that that’s sometimes a balancing act, but usually usually stakeholder messaging. What the organization wants to convey kind of comes first because it’s like this, this is what we want you to get across. Can i add one thing there? No dahna wrapped it up. It was perfect that your colleague is given insufficient explanation is that way work together a lot. So we tend to tag team this morning because of course, you’re welcome way often use web analytics data, i think one thing that’s hard, right? If you talk to people, people can often describe their attitudes and their motivations, but they don’t really know what they’re behaviors are there just sort of predicting? I think i would act like this. So analytics data is a really great kind of hard metric sort of way to look at trends and how people use an information structure, a website. What do they really interact with? What are they seeing? What are they not even saying so a lot of the time, you know, the kind of piece of this that we can bring in addition to research we really do with the audience surveys, that sort of thing. Is a really behavioral picture of how people are using the site, and that helps to really inform ways that we think people will use it what we can do with it. Okay, what are some of the ways that we influence? How they move through the site because it is simple is fun size? Lacey mentioned color it is simple in these things visual priority top to bottom orientation. Navigation is obviously the primary tool that people used to traverse when they’re really looking for something to move in and out of a website, you can do a lot that’s really powerful with having really strong navigation devices, um, and then they’re just a variety of ways that we can provide pathways into the content so you can throw all your content up there, and some people think that’s the solution that more is better, lacey and i really take the approach that more, more is not necessarily better if you have a ton of content, what you’re trying to do is move people strategically down paths towards the content that they’re looking for and that helping a lot of klicks is not necessarily a bad thing, but that used to be kind of the common wisdom with the web no clicks, you know, you really want people to get everything from the home page, but actually what people want is to feel like they’re on a journey towards the thing that they’re looking for, that they’re making progress, and if you can help them do that, they don’t actually mind moving around to find the thing that they want. Ladies, i’m going to guess that you have a lot of frustration as you you navigate the web, whether it’s, charitable or run or you’re not charitable sizing goto, who means a lot of frustration, there’s frustration, but there’s also a lot of inspiration. Um, i would say, you know, i didn’t major in information architecture, er and the majority of my training and education about this has been my own experiences online, so i learned a lot from other sides, you know, when i’m looking for something on amazon dot com and i confined it like that that’s something that i’ll take with me in translate to what we’re working on. So there’s good and bad there’s definitely some poor experiences out there, but there are good ones. Too wanted to share. What is it you love about information? Architecture works. I would say it’s very creative without being visual you create on it allows me to really kind of use my let to think about how things should be organized. And, um, you know, the graphic design part of it is is very important. But i think separating the information side of it from the graphic side of it allows for a bigger picture and allows for a cleaner in solution. And i think there’s also just so many facets to information architecture’s. So we designed the navigation structures and the way the continent looks on the page. But we also designed back in data structures and how a gn administrator would put the content into the system. So it’s just a big universe of on a different types of work. And it keeps things interesting and dynamic all the time about you. What i love about this work, we just have a couple of seconds. Yes. So i would say good idea is like a good therapist. But it anticipates your needs before you even know that you have them sometimes that it gives you something. That you may not be able to get anywhere else. And then it sort of satisfies you in a way that keeps you coming back again and again. So i like helping people get what they want and get their needs. Recession was getting your priority. Street guy, too successful. Information architecture. Christine mclaughlin is principal user experience consultant. Blackbaud and lacey kruger is lead information. Architected blackbaud you are listening to twenty martignetti non-profit radio coverage of twenty twelve, thanks for being with us, durney. Thank you, my thanks. Also to the people at blackbaud who helped me that october day last year, especially melody mathos very helpful that day and everybody else’s blackbaud right now, we pause for a break, and when we come back to tony’s, take to the five hundred doors campaign and then scott koegler on tech trends, stay with me. They didn’t think that sending the good ending. Ding, ding, ding. You’re listening to the talking, alternate network waiting to get in. Nothing. 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He’s the non he’s the editor of non-profit technology news he’s, a regular monthly technology contributor on twitter, he is at scott koegler konigstein are scott kottler welcome back. Thank you. Tell me, how you doing? I’m doing terrific. Get that down. Good. Thank you. You do too. We’re talking this this month a little about trends, trends that you saw in two thousand twelve as the editor over there at non-profit technology news. What did you see? Well, you know, there’s always a lot of things going on in one, probably non surprising thing was the increased use of social media. It’s just, you know, it’s almost a given that non-profit i need to participate in social media just like you’re doing, tony, you know, with your itunes and your show and the kind of things were there, but the corollary to that is that people are looking beyond the social media and beyond the traditional methods of getting together, which and that’s, really the more surprising to me is that there was a break from social media into more traditional meaning. Face-to-face or letter writing or what phone calls? What? You mean? Yeah, well, hit one of them, actually, but i throw out six things. I’m bound to hit something was about to hit a target with one shot. Yeah, phone calls, for instance. You know, i used to be that before social media before even all that kind of thing really depended on paper mail and phone calls, you know, if you had paper mail that was kind of general, but if you needed quick responses, if you needed to actually get a message to someone personally was phone calling dahna so as we start to move away from that and rely on facebook and twitter and those other kinds of things, it’s pretty easy to discard the more traditional methods of contacting folks. One of them is the phone calls. And you know, if your constituency is large, obviously making phone calls to the entire, uh, donor base or a participant bases is pretty impossible. That’s impractical. Maybe so we’re seeing we’re seeing more activity. And what phone trees. You know, the thing that churches and schools used to to contact the people? No one like when there’s a snow day like a snow. Day he’s like that, so they’re using. So you’re seeing you’re seeing non-profits enlisting volunteers to use in phone trees? No it’s, thie automated phone trees more often, you know that still technology hyre honor requires, you know, prior set up, but we’re finding that that that the phone is, you know, one of those ways that needs tio needs to be used sometimes, okay, are there are there providers that you’re aware of that that are good in automated phone tree work? You know, i don’t know who they are. We’ve had comments from a couple of, uh, back-up couple of non-profits that have used them, but my understanding is that the that they are locally based a lot of times, and some of them are actually equipment that you install so there’s a variety of things if you have a question about it, my my recommendation is going to go to your local church and ask them what they’re using because they’re probably have one installed somehow, okay? So going backwards in technology to get attention because people have been abandoning the phone just like they’ve been abandoning hand written notes exactly and there’s a couple of reasons. Aside from just you know, you want to contact somebody but one of the organizations that we talked to, uh, those events and, you know, there’s a change in the weather and you need to contact folks email is really not always going to get there. Not everybody has seen on their smartphone. Not everyone has a smartphone, and so being able to contact folks as there may be getting ready to go out the door it’s really important. So that’s, why the phone tree but there’s also another piece to that, and that is along with the fact that people you can’t get too may not get to email right away or in some cases again, depending on who your audience is may not even have e mail, and that is the text messages. And again, there are there are providers that can do what’s equivalent to an email blast by text message again that requires having at all set up and having your you know, your text, your phone number’s already installed and ready to go. Um, the text messaging is one of those very immediate contact method. So again, do you have a the event, the weather? Changes. You need to change the location or tell people that has been called off. Text messages is one of those not quite as retro as telephone. Direct telephone contact. Sure, but it’s, you know, it’s. Another another method. Ok, yeah, if you if you know your constituency has the has the technology. Um, i see text messaging, you know, going back to the phone. It’s. Interesting. I own a home in in north carolina, and the police department there uses automated phone tree to alert us to incoming bed whether hurricanes, there was a rash of burglaries in one neighborhood, not my neighborhood. Of course we’re we’re we’ll secure. I haven’t, you know? Yeah, but some in one of the lesser neighborhoods in that town, the police were saying that there have been burglaries people had been. And they got to the level of saying that the burglars were getting in a lot of times through the garage garage doors being left open. So, you know, they got to that level of detail in aa in a in our automated phone call. So you know, there’s a there’s, a town government using it and not a big towns small. Town north carolina? Yep, yeah, those technologies kind of reach everywhere, so and so wrapped up in what we’re talking about is figuring out what what is what makes sense for your you’re non-profit and your constituents, whoever they are you trying to reach exactly the point, tony it’s uh, not not all constituencies have, you know, our enthusiastic facebook users. So, you know, some are some, aren’t i, uh, i know that some of us older folks, you know, just don’t always live and die by facebook, so wei need to have other methods and, you know, not just older folks, but, uh, it really just depends. I mean, think about the disabled community, you know, they may have special, special needs in terms of being reached, you know, if you have a i don’t know death community, you know, you need some other way than just telephone, so lucy need the enhanced telephones. So now i see why you unfriended me on facebook you’re using this opportunity using this platform that i give you as as a way of explaining to me why you unfriended me on facebook, i guess because you don’t use it very often, right? So you figured, you know, i have tony as a friend as well, unfriended. Co-branded yeah, sorry, all right, um, but ok, so you’re a former ceo, chief, information officer. How do we go from recognizing what our needs are specific to our organization and finding the technology that’s going toe? Help us fulfill those needs? Good question, but then that’s what your baby, i try. It’s really a kind of a multilevel approach. First of all, you got yeah, you really have to think. I mean, hopefully, if you’re if you have a constituency, you have been able to connect with them. I mean, that’s kind of the whole point, and so you have some basic understanding of what their needs are, right? So so you need to just think about that, you know, how how do these people communicate? How what do i see when i when i talk with them, what do i experience when i’m when i’m with them? And of course, one another way that is maybe not quite so obvious is actually ask them, yeah, certainly would like to be communicated with, right? What? How did they get messages? Have a talk with people that are important to them to find that out on dh, then kind of pursue the the resolution for that just to research again, asking maybe other non-profits you know, a lot of intelligent non-profit activity out there, you might have, you might have expertise on your board, correct possibility if there’s a marketing communications person or if there’s a technology person um what’s your what’s your sense of, you know, technology consultants? I mean, are there people who who think broadly about technology or there, or there only consultants who work in phone trees or social media or, you know, other other other specific areas? Uh, yeah, of course, there are people who work only in specific technologies that generally called sales folks. Yeah, and, uh, you know, there are consultants to deal in social media and unfortunately, no that’s become kind of a commodity kind of a thing. I i saw a survey recently were there were, um just the term social media consultant has has become meaningless because everybody is one. Yeah, yeah, i see that i’m not on the more important way to go about it is to find find somebody who does consult on a broad range of of issues and isn’t really focused on anyone. Technology, uh, isn’t being paid to promote one specific thing, not not to put down social media experts, but it’s really it’s become a catchphrase? Yeah, that not everything is social media. You know, it’s, not the whole world. On twitter, i see so many people who call themselves social media either experts or gurus. Oh, yeah, guru is just so become become so ubiquitous that it is meaningless now, and i think every it seems like so many people who are just users of social media consider themselves now gurus and experts. So if you are looking for somebody in that area, you know, make sure they’ve been doing this for, you know, i mean, social media, ten years or so, ten or twelve years, it goes backto old social communities, there’s more than just facebook and twitter in social media, you know, early blogging was is certainly social media, so you want somebody who has, who has a breath of experience and many years, and i personally i tend to stay away from the people who are self proclaimed gurus. Um, i’m just kind of off the topic, but there is another way to check that out and to find out if somebody is, in fact, a social media guru, and i don’t really mean that. I mean, i mean, if they’re well connected and that’s really more important than being, you know, any particular label, i think we talked about this before there’s a site called clout k l o ut yes. Right? And it, uh, it takes a kind of a broad perspective. It is still based on social media, so it, uh, it takes into account traitor twitter, facebook, google plus link, then foursquare, youtube, the flicker, you know, all kinds of things, and it measures your influence of anybody’s influence on, um, you know, on those different areas. Yes. Okay, so you can pretty easily go on to clout and find find somebody’s measure, in fact, okay, hold that thought. We’re going to take a break right now. Scott will come back, and we’ll continue talking about clout and measuring the influence of the gurus. Stay with us. Snusz you’re listening to the talking alternative network. Are you stuck in your business or career trying to take your business to the next level, and it keeps hitting a wall? This is sam liebowitz, the conscious consultant. I will help you get to the root cause of your abundance issues and help move you forward in your life. Call me now and let’s. Create the future you dream of. 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Dot com scott, what were going to say about clouds? Cloud is again a measurement of the social media in foot, right, quark, a variety of places. So what i was going to say was let’s, check tony um, and but you know what, tony? I did, and for better or worse, you and i have an equal score of fifty nine that’s humiliating to me what you’re equal to me. Yeah, because you said you don’t even use facebook thing is rigged. Forget cloud, alright, everybody listeners ignore what everything said everything that god said about cloud because it’s it’s clearly a charlotte in sight, it doesn’t doesn’t know what he’s talking about no it’s k l o ut clout, dot com and that’s interesting scott that we are that we’re equals it is and you’re not even trying. I know, i know, but you know just let’s. Look at the score for a second. Okay, fifty nine is actually not bad. Oh, they give you a rating for that fifteen out where it stands. You have fifty nine. I mean, if you just look at kind of the general, um, the seventy is like, almost the top of the rank really is for seventy is really, really good. Eighty is like superstar, um, fifties is, you know, is pretty good. So, you know, actually a fifty nine or sixties is actually you and i, tony, are among the influential gru’s there’s that word in social media. So without without really talking about you and me as we were talking about gurus and health, that term has really kind of become irrelevant. You can look at a sight like cloud, and there are a couple others that i can’t remember. They’re kind of up and comers, the cost been around the longest of those and so eh, it’s, war, you know above fifty is actually pretty good. Okay, so that person would have some credibility in social media, right? But and that’s a good way to check out somebody if they say they’re grew. Just put their ideas in cloud and we’ll see if they got a twenty five they want yeah, right. That’s, that’s. More like your grandmother, right? Grandfather’s? Exactly. Right. So we have a few more minutes left. What do you see coming as a trend in twenty thirteen or and maybe beyond, you know, specialization. I think the whole issue of using existing applications and existing tools in ways that they were designed, um, is what everybody does. The what’s coming now is using tools, system’s, applications, methodologies in new and different ways that we were not originally intended. Is what’s happening next? I think you know the phone tree. Text messaging. All those kind of things are becoming more and more viable again after all this time. Text messaging blast. You mean so right? Ok. Anything more specific that you can say about what you want? Oh, let’s, try it this way. What would you like to see? What would you like to see that’s not out there? I would like to see more, more personalized connections again if we just take text messaging, for instance, with email. If you’re sending out an email blast to your constituency, most email systems allow you to insert their name. You know, some information, all right on the flight. So it looks like it’s personal, even though you really know that it isn’t. But it would be nice to have that kind of capability with text message, even though they’re very short. Hey, tony, you know, i hope we show up today. We changed the location. Make sure you get the right place. You know, that kind of a message would be nice to be able to do, um and it used to be i think that text messaging in particular was kind of frowned upon because it was because it costs. The receiver money, and that hasn’t really changed except that now most phone plans include some number of text messages in their plan, so it’s a little bit less onerous on the recipient. Okay? And i think it’s always smart if you’re going to do that to offer a way of opting out absolutely no block, text block or text opt out or something back, and then the person is saying, i don’t want to incur the charges for any future messages that this center would might might send to me, right and that’s that’s the personalization. And along with the personalization is the method of contact when you sign up for a service, a lot of, uh, a lot of the services will say what? How would you prefer us to contact you? My voice by email, by text, whatever it might be. And so those kinds of personalization services can really go a long way too, you know, kind of solidifying that that connection between you and whoever it is that you’re trying to communicate with you. Okay, well, we’ll look for more, more personalization. Anything else you want to wrap up with? Scott? No. Tony let’s, let’s. Get out there and boost our krauz scores. Yeah, well, seventy to me especially. I just i don’t know. I don’t know whether you should be elated to be at the same score i am. Or i should be very disappointed to be at the same school you are. But something definitely is off to look into this more. Okay, thank you very much. God good to talk to you. Take care. He’s the editor of non-profit technology news again at n p tech news dot com and he’ll be back next month. Next week professor john list from the university of chicago on the value of lead and matching gift in your campaign. And chuck longfield, chief scientist at blackbaud has lots of ideas for increasing your matching gifts. So we have some research people next week, but don’t worry, i’ll keep the keep to talk straight forward and relevant, not not academic and pedagogical. Sorry i couldn’t send live listener love this week. You know, i love to do that a few times a show, but this show was pre recorded. 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