Jvillage Blog

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:23am -- Yoram Samets
Spring is a great time to think about growth, to set seasonal goals, and to focus on renewing your love for your community. Just as we remove the chametz from our homes, it is a time to re-focus on our membership engagement ideas and let go of what isn't working in our organizations. Here are a few ways to begin your spring cleaning:
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Fri, 03/28/2014 - 4:14pm -- Mark Yaschik
"As millennials: We think we’re special. Ahem, we know we’re special. We actually do enjoy being social, not just with a screen.We prefer spending our money on experiences over objects. Jewish organizations know that millennials are more than just a vital audience to target; we also won’t take what has been working for previous generations." So what does work? From a millennial, here are six tips.
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Tue, 03/04/2014 - 1:33pm -- Molly Ritvo
Let’s face it: the Internet is an extraordinary place where connections are strengthened, where information is shared, and where relationships can form and flourish, and sadly, where some dangers lurk. Has your e-mail been spammed before? Your twitter account comprised? Unfortunately, computer hackers are getting sneakier and everyday users are becoming more and more at risk. From bill paying to personal social media pages, our private information is sadly no longer be for our eyes only. The best way for you remain less vulnerable to internet hackers is to ensure that all of your passwords are very strong. Below are some important tips for you to remember when it comes to generating passwords:
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Mon, 02/10/2014 - 3:57pm -- Molly Ritvo
A few weeks ago, we shared our 12 Dirty Dozen website mistakes with you and many of you asked for more. At Jvillage, we want your websites to shine and to exemplify the best of the best and to help you cultivate a better engaged and connected membership. Below are six more tips that are key to your online success story:
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Wed, 01/29/2014 - 11:08am -- Jvillage Network

Donors and synagogue members are the lifeline of your organization. They are the faces and the passion behind wonderful organizations and sustain your community through hard times and they celebrate the happier ones. They also are the financial backbone of any your community and as such, they need to be engaged and connected to your community. Donor-centered fundraising is the key to your organization's financial success. Marc A. Pitman, Author of Ask Without Fear recently shared his insight about common donor retention mistakes:

It's not THEIR first date!

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Thu, 01/23/2014 - 10:03am -- Molly Ritvo

Have you experienced the joy of hitting send and then the immediate anguish of wondering if anyone from your organization will open and read your emails, or better yet, will they click through and go to your homepage? All e-mail marketing should direct your community back to your homepage. Make sure every paragraph in your newsletters sends readers to a section on your website where they can find out more information. And while we are at it, here are a few more helpful tips on writing engaging e-mails:

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Thu, 01/16/2014 - 11:31am -- Molly Ritvo

facebookWe all know it is more than a fad. Facebook is here to stay as both a social networking site and a social marketing tool. When used effectively, Facebook can help you build your relationships and community, listen more effectively to your members, and engage them in deeper and more meaningful ways. In honor of our upcoming webinar Using Facebook for Your Synagogue Community, learn some Facebook tips for you to increase communication between your organization and it's members.

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Fri, 01/10/2014 - 1:49pm -- Molly Ritvo
Dirty Dozen

A new year offers fresh opportunities to develop new relationships while strengthening existing ones. It is also the perfect time to tune up your website.

With 2013 behind us, we encourage staffers to take close look at your website and examine every single page for content, style, tone, and layout. Think about the big questions first and ask yourself: is this page really necessary? What is the main message from this page? Is there a shorter, more effective way of saying it? It’s a best practice to regularly maintain your website to keep it functioning optimally, much like a car.

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Thu, 12/26/2013 - 3:09pm -- Jvillage Network
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by  John Haydon

Facebook recently announced a new way for users to easily donate to their favorite causes by adding a donate now feature to their News Feed. Sounds like a great opportunity for nonprofits, doesn't it? But The Huffington Post's John Haydon explains why nonprofit organizations need more than a Facebook 'Donate' button...
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Tue, 12/17/2013 - 10:47am -- Molly Ritvo
Act Now button In the non-profit and synagogue world, philanthropy and member engagement are the keys to success. Securing enough donations is not an easy task, especially in this challenging economy. These last few weeks of December are a crucial time for fundraising. According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, more dollars are donated online in the last five days of December than in other three weeks combined. In fact, it's possible for your organization to raise as much as 40% of all donations in December by maximizing your year-end fundraising appeals.
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