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CBC News Posted: Apr 04, 2014
The B.C. Lottery Corporation says flattening revenue figures are forcing it to cut costs and layoff staff across B.C.
The job cuts including 29 workers in Kamloops, 33 in Vancouver and five field staff who work around the province.
Wherever possible, roles were eliminated through attrition and voluntary termination, the corporation said in Friday morning in a statement.
Interim President Jim Lightbody says the B.C. corporation is facing the same challenges as lottery agencies across Canada.
"We have a systemic issue that all gaming jurisdictions are facing and that is a mature marketplace with rising operating costs and marginal revenue growth,” said Lightbody.
Overall, the Crown corporation plans to cut $20 million in operating costs and $20 million from capital projects to sustain its current net income.
BCLC generates more than $1 billion in revenue for the provincial government each year.
The Able Altruist, February 10, 2014 by Janna Finch
Nonprofit fundraising is hard. And getting donors to donate more than once isn’t easy, either.
The Urban Institute found that overall donor retention rates fell to 41.5 percent in 2010-11, down from 49.6 percent in 2004-05. Asking for donations from people who have already contributed to your cause costs less than soliciting new donors—so it’s important to implement strategies that facilitate repeat donations.
Software Advice conducted a survey study which found that proving your mission’s success through impact stories and a little old-fashioned direct mail can go a long way towards encouraging donors to give again. The report surveyed 2,833 people who donate to nonprofits to find out what motivates them to give more than once. Here, we explain the most effective ways to persuade people to donate again.
Donors Want Impact Stories
We asked donors what types of updates they want to receive from the nonprofits they contribute to. The results underscore what we expected: a nonprofit’s level of success is a major factor in a donor’s decision to give again. Impact stories are a great way to show the good your organization is doing and proves to donors their gifts are being put to good use.
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Website Strategy | by Alex McLain | March 26, 2014
Navigation is one of the most import building blocks to your nonprofit’s website. It’s one of the first items users see on your site, and it is the system that leads to all of your content. So, it stands to reason that your navigation needs to be as functional as possible.
Now for the tricky part; there are about a million ways to tackle your site’s navigation. Do you have a lot of content, or only a little bit? Should your navigation be on the top or over to the side? What’s right for your site?
First and foremost, you need to organize and categorize your site content. This will help your navigation be clean, clear, and free from clutter. A navigation system is the road map through your site. If confusing, users can get lost, frustrated with their experience, and ultimately leave before engaging with any of the important information you have to offer.
Primary v. Secondary NavigationThe contents of primary and secondary navigation differ from site to site. What might be considered primary on one site, could be secondary on another. This varies depending on what information each organization deems most important, and can be a daunting task for larger, more complex sites. How do you decide what information goes where?
Primary Navigation refers to the content that users are most interested in, and usually holds the most prominent real estate. For your nonprofit, primary navigation could be links like About Us, Mission, Services, Blog, Volunteer Opportunities, or Donate.
Secondary Navigation then refers to the content of secondary interest to users. Secondary navigation also usually holds a prominent spot on the site. Items like log-in or register links, and social media icons are found in the secondary navigation. Even links to a shop, various resources, or a call to request more information about your organization can be found in the secondary navigation.
New York Times, by Jeremy Rifkin, March 15, 2014
WE are beginning to witness a paradox at the heart of capitalism, one that has propelled it to greatness but is now threatening its future: The inherent dynamism of competitive markets is bringing costs so far down that many goods and services are becoming nearly free, abundant, and no longer subject to market forces. While economists have always welcomed a reduction in marginal cost, they never anticipated the possibility of a technological revolution that might bring those costs to near zero.
The first inkling of the paradox came in 1999 when Napster, the music service, developed a network enabling millions of people to share music without paying the producers and artists, wreaking havoc on the music industry. Similar phenomena went on to severely disrupt the newspaper and book publishing industries. Consumers began sharing their own information and entertainment, via videos, audio and text, nearly free, bypassing the traditional markets altogether.
The huge reduction in marginal cost shook those industries and is now beginning to reshape energy, manufacturing and education. Although the fixed costs of solar and wind technology are somewhat pricey, the cost of capturing each unit of energy beyond that is low. This phenomenon has even penetrated the manufacturing sector. Thousands of hobbyists are already making their own products using 3-D printers, open-source software and recycled plastic as feedstock, at near zero marginal cost. Meanwhile, more than six million students are enrolled in free massive open online courses, the content of which is distributed at near zero marginal cost.
Industry watchers acknowledge the creeping reality of a zero-marginal-cost economy, but argue that free products and services will entice a sufficient number of consumers to purchase higher-end goods and specialized services, ensuring large enough profit margins to allow the capitalist market to continue to grow. But the number of people willing to pay for additional premium goods and services is limited.
Now the phenomenon is about to affect the whole economy. A formidable new technology infrastructure — the Internet of Things — is emerging with the potential to push much of economic life to near zero marginal cost over the course of the next two decades. This new technology platform is beginning to connect everything and everyone. Today more than 11 billion sensors are attached to natural resources, production lines, the electricity grid, logistics networks and recycling flows, and implanted in homes, offices, stores and vehicles, feeding big data into the Internet of Things. By 2020, it is projected that at least 50 billion sensors will connect to it.
[...] THE unresolved question is, how will this economy of the future function when millions of people can make and share goods and services nearly free? The answer lies in the civil society, which consists of nonprofit organizations that attend to the things in life we make and share as a community. In dollar terms, the world of nonprofits is a powerful force.
ArtsPool is a project of The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York dedicated to developing a next-generation management framework that will reorganize how artists and organizations do their administrative work. ArtsPool will provide a hyper-efficient, shared system for accessing tools, policies, best practices, knowledge, and skilled labor. Governed by the organizations it serves, ArtsPool will initially support three key infrastructure services.
A team of ArtsPool managers works with your staff to ensure that the right job is getting done at the right time and in the best possible way. You will no longer waste valuable time, money, and headspace trying to keep up with best practices, changing technologies, and regulatory requirements.
A mobile, flexible labor pool allows you to expand and contract your personnel dynamically as needed. ArtsPool managers provide direct training and oversight for workers in the pool to ensure that work is completed quickly and accurately.
A web-based information and management portal provides you with a real-time, accurate picture of your finances, active projects, task reminders, and compliance status, allowing you to take action on the fly, even when on the go.
Narrative Tool Kit: Tools to start a New Conversation with Canadians about the Sector
We are Imagine Canada – the umbrella organization for Canada’s charities and nonprofits. We’re working, in partnership with others, to start a New Narrative – a conversation with Canadians about our ’sector’ – who we are, what we do and how we are making a difference.
If you work or volunteer for a charity or nonprofit, you may find some of our Issue Sheets helpful in explaining to others why it’s important that we have a strong voice in public policy and why an organization’s ‘overhead’ is not always the best measure of its success. For more details, including a comprehensive look at the sector’s size, breadth and impact, read the Core Resource. Feel free to share and use any of this information if it is helpful in your own work. We’ll be updating and adding elements to the Narrative Tool Kit all the time so plan to come back and visit often.
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January 6, 2014 by Diane Ragsdale
Happy New Year! This is a condensed and slightly adapted version of a short talk I gave in October at an event called Blowup: Innovation in Extreme Scenarios, hosted by a hub organization called V2, located in Rotterdam.
INNOVATION TO WHAT END?
I predicted in an article I wrote in 2005 that “innovation” would become the next buzz word to emerge in US funding applications and I was right. Predicting the rise of innovation hardly required super human insight. The whole world was striving to innovate—even before the great recession. And over the past few years the hunt for the next great product for the as yet untapped market has become ever-more-desperate.
Speaking of the recession, in 2008, Paul Light, a professor of public service at NYU wrote an article in which he speculated four possible futures for the subsidized sector in the US arising out of the recession:
Here is an interesting discussion…
By Nell Edgington - Social Velocity
Yep, it’s true, the nonprofit sector doesn’t have enough money. There are lots of reasons for that, but part of it stems from the taboos the nonprofit sector (and the staffs, boards and donors within it) perpetuates. But perhaps if we lay them bare, we can start to break free from them, which is the topic of today’s installment of the ongoing Financing Not Fundraising blog series.
If you are new to this series, the idea is that nonprofit fundraising is broken. Instead of continuing to hit their heads against the fundraising brick wall, nonprofit leaders must take a strategic approach to financing their work. You can read the entire Financing Not Fundraising blog series here.
Nonprofit taboos are so insidious because they are unwritten and unquestioned. But that has to stop. If we want to move the nonprofit sector forward, we must uncover certain taboos and determine whether they are really unacceptable anymore.
Here are the five most egregious taboos in the nonprofit sector:
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- See more at: http://www.socialvelocity.net/2013/10/financing-not-fundraising-5-taboos-nonprofits-must-get-over/#sthash.sHLmOnop.dpuf
Crowdfunding has grown increasingly popular in the nonprofit sector over the past few years, thanks to the Internet and crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The question on every non-profit, charity and fundraiser’s mind is “can crowdfunding really raise a lot of money for my cause?” The answer is yes - if you do it properly.
Christopher Charlesworth, co-creator of the CSI Catalyst crowdfunding platform for social good, and Whelena Sainsbury, volunteer and creator of Not Far From the Tree’s crowdfunding campaign, lead a workshop on crowdfunding at Toronto Net Tuesday on October 8th, 2013. They shared tips and strategies on how your nonprofit can be successful in your crowdfunding campaign.
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