Category Archives: News

Current headlines + emerging trends related to the non-profit sector and nonprofit related topics. Topical information for charity executives, leadership.

5 Tips for Election Year Fundraising

Are donors more cash-strapped during an election year? Survey says… Now that the national nominating conventions are over for the country’s two largest political parties, many nonprofits are left wondering how the coming general election will shape their own fundraising campaigns. As…Read more…

Assessing Charity Navigator’s New Ranking System

New nonprofit rating system changes evaluation methods for revenue and administrative costs Earlier this year, Charity Navigator announced it would be introducing a new charity rating methodology, dubbed CN 2.1. The updated version of the charity rating system consists mainly of changes made to…Read more…

LinkedIn Acquisition Will Boost Microsoft CRM Dominance

LinkedIn acquisition fuels Microsoft’s expansion by introducing natively integrated social, analytics, and more. Just last week, Microsoft announced they would be acquiring professional social network LinkedIn for $26.2 billion, the largest acquisition in the company’s history. Under the terms of the acquisition — and with the…Read more…

STUDY: Growth Trends in Fundraising

A new study was recently released that highlights growth trends in online fundraising, advocacy, and nonprofit organizing. The 10th annual M+R Benchmarks Study, dubbed “Benchmarks X”, examines growth trends in 2015 data collected from over 100 organizations across multiple sectors of the…Read more…

New Facebook for Nonprofits Misses The Mark

Earlier this month, a new Facebook site geared toward nonprofits debuted to fanfare and media exposure. This new website, aptly named Facebook for Nonprofits, aims to help organizations by making it easier for nonprofits to set up and manage a Facebook page….Read more…

Gartner: Microsoft Named Magic Quadrant Leader 9 Years Running

For the ninth consecutive year, world-renowned research and advisory firm Gartner has positioned Microsoft as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence for its cloud-based Power BI software product. And for the first time, Power BI also placed furthest in ‘completeness…Read more…

REPORT: How Do Your Fundraising Campaigns Stack Up?

The Nonprofit Research Collaborative released its annual Special Report on Nonprofit Fundraising Campaigns and it’s chock full of great information for nonprofits of any size. The Nonprofit Research Collaborative (NRC) conducts surveys twice a year. This survey covered capital, endowment,…Read more…

REPORT: Creating Better Donor Relationships

It’s not easy to build lifelong donor relationships. Doing so requires a commitment to change your fundraising culture by moving past outdated methods and toward a more comprehensive view of donor relationships. It can sometimes be a daunting prospect to shift from…Read more…

Microsoft Office 365 Continues To Dominate

2015 was a very good year for Microsoft Office 365 — as well as for products and applications that leverage Office, such as StratusLIVE! — thanks in large part to the boom in adoption rates for cloud computing among businesses and nonprofits. In…Read more…

Latest Acquisition Boosts Microsoft Data Insight

In other great Microsoft news, it was announced that the software giant recently completed the acquisition of Metanautix, a data analysis company whose aim is to tear down data silos in order to “connect the ‘data supply chain,’ no matter what [sic]…Read more…

Microsoft Venture Expands Philanthropic Investment

Tech giant reaffirms commitment to philanthropic mission with launch of new organization  Microsoft is known for its charitable programs, mainly thanks to the ongoing work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. One of the reasons that StratusLIVE is built on the…Read more…

Microsoft Ousts Salesforce As Most Used Business Cloud App

As more companies embrace the cloud, Microsoft emerges as the leader among cloud apps for business. When the founders of StratusLIVE chose Microsoft Dynamics CRM as the platform on which we built our award-winning nonprofit software, it was following extensive research into Microsoft’s capabilities, functionality, integration, and vision….Read more…

Must-Have Software: What Nonprofits Want

New report sheds light on nonprofit software challenges What drives nonprofits to seek out new fundraising software? What types of functionality are they searching for? Which are ‘must-have’ features and which are ‘nice-to-haves’? These questions were explored in a new report by Software Advice, a…Read more…