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Virtual Event Platform - Time to Take Your Nonprofit Event Global!

Posted on Jul 22, 2021

The nonprofit event management landscape has undergone a major transformation in the recent past. While several nonprofits were still contemplating to what extent they need to adapt to technology, in came the pandemic and left them with no choice! In today’s virtual world, nonprofits must adopt technological innovations to offer their audience a better experience. Organizing virtual fundraising events is one technology-based migration that nonprofits cannot afford to ignore!

Fundraising Platform for a Nonprofit?

Posted on Jul 15, 2021

Build and manage your own fundraisers. Don’t stop at collecting donations, add in auctions, events with tickets, even donated time sold to support your fundraiser! If your nonprofit is shifting towards online fundraising platforms, you need the right fundraising platform for nonprofits to succeed.

Online Donation for Nonprofit – Fundraising Tool to Watch in 2021

Posted on Jul 15, 2021

Online fundraising accumulates millions of dollars every year using various online fundraising methods like online donations, ticketed events, text-to-give or text giving, or mobile giving. To make the donation process easy for you, here are some features and methods of the iConnectX online donation process. iConnectX tool is easy for donors to use for all levels of nonprofit fundraising. There are several fundraising sites available for both individuals and nonprofits. iConnectX has made it possible for both.

Online Auction – Setup and Run Your Own Auctions

Posted on Jul 15, 2021

Online auctions are a great way to bring in revenue, build networks, social interactions, receive donations, and more. Here, we will dive deep to understand what an online auction is, the advantages of the online auction, how to set up an online auction in iConnectX, and alike.

8 Ways to Run a Successful Text-to-Give Campaign

Posted on Jul 13, 2021

Text to give or text to donate is a technique where donors text a specific keyword and an amount they wish to donate to a predetermined number. Donors can contribute to a fundraising campaign of a charity to the annual fund.

What is Charitable Giving and Its Different Types?

Posted on Jul 02, 2021

Ever since the world came into existence, there has been a clear divide between the “haves and the have-nots.” We have a world in which the rich and poor, strong and weak co-exist. Charitable Giving is the act of giving to help those in need to enhance their quality of life.

How to Create a Successful Online Auction?

Posted on Jun 17, 2021

Auctions have been one of the most effective fundraising strategies. Traditionally live auctions were organized by nonprofits where the donors were invited to the venue where the auctions were held. As the internet became a predominant aspect of our lives, online auctions made a foray into the world of charity auctions. Virtual auctions were slowly and steadily making a place for themselves.

How to Set Up a Fundraising Goal Using Fundraising Thermometer

Posted on Jun 14, 2021

Are you using a fundraising thermometer for your nonprofit? Did you know that they are the easiest way to track your fundraising goal? Besides, they offer complete transparency about your nonprofit to your donors!

Selling Tickets to Virtual Nonprofit Events

Posted on Jun 14, 2021

Charity events like auctions, 5km runs, etc. were the mainstay of nonprofit fundraising till the end of 2019. In 2020, when the COVID 19 pandemic struck, nonprofits were left stranded! How to organize fundraising events?How to connect with donors?How to raise brand awareness?

Nonprofit Branding Best Practices

Posted on Jun 04, 2021

The past few years have witnessed an increase in giving across the globe. It is encouraging to note that even the pandemic did not disturb those who wanted to donate. This has led to the rise in the number of nonprofits globally.

How to Succeed in Business When No One Can Pronounce Your Name

Posted on Nov 08, 2019

Varchasvi Shankar is President and CEO of iConnectX, as well as an IT entrepreneur who has built V2Soft into a multi-million-dollar, global operation serving Fortune 500 companies. He grew up in Mysore in the state of Karnataka, India.

Coaching vs Mentoring - What is the Difference

Posted on Sep 09, 2019

Coaching and mentoring are often used and interpreted interchangeably, especially in business contexts. However, there exists a difference between the two. It is important to note and be aware of this difference in order to enable organizations and individuals to rightly choose between the two. Depending on a case to case basis, effective decision making can be highly beneficial in employing a more effective strategy for personal or professional development.

Giving Back Has Never Been Easier!

Posted on Sep 09, 2019

Randy Lewis, the author of ‘No Greatness Without Goodness,’ states that all people, including companies, have the duty to make the world a better place. He began a movement that pushed Walgreens to hire differently abled people.

The Importance of Mentor

Posted on Sep 09, 2019

""A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.""-Bob Proctor Mentoring is when an individual shares his experience, skills, and knowledge to guide another to shape his future.

How to Become an Effective Philanthropist and Do Your Part for a Better World

Posted on Jun 19, 2019

Philanthropy is any act that is performed for the betterment of humanity. Philanthropy is derived from “Philos” which means loving and “Anthropos” meaning humankind. Acts of philanthropy are not done with the motive of generating a profit. Philanthropic giving is on a steady rise as donors across various demographics show an increased interest in various issues such as environmental, medical research, etc.

3 Ways Executives Can More Efficiently Use Their Time for Mentoring

Posted on Sep 10, 2018

Most executives have a desire to mentor. It helps encourage growth within their own organizations, and it gives them a sense of fulfillment – putting their hard-won skills and talents to good use.  But mentoring is also time-consuming, and often, if the mentee isn’t fully engaged – or just the right fit for the mentor in the first place – it can mean even more lost time. And that’s just not something most executives are willing to risk. 

How Mentoring Improves Your Performance as an Executive

Posted on Jul 19, 2018

When it comes to mentoring, the benefits to the mentee are pretty obvious. They get expert guidance from a proven pro, personalized advice about their specific career and goals, and most importantly, connections with higher-ups in their organization and across their industry. It's a slam dunk in every sense of the phrase.

Executives Want to Donate to Charity: These 3 Hurdles Are Stopping Them

Posted on Jun 26, 2018

Executives Want to Donate to Charity: These 3 Hurdles Are Stopping Them Most busy executives want to donate to the charities and causes they care about – but actually making it happen? Well, that’s another story. Facing jam-packed schedules, a tenuous work-life balance and all kinds of demands and obligations outside the office, executives often let their charitable goals fall by the wayside.

How to Find A Mentor That Matches Your Needs

Posted on Jun 26, 2018

A mentor can be invaluable. They can guide you toward the right career path, share their hard-won experiences with you, and give you sage advice to help you on your journey. They may even open doors to new opportunities or jobs. But in order to offer all these amazing benefits? They first need to be the right fit. An ill-fitting mentor won't know what to say or where to guide you, nor will they have the experience or skills you need to learn from.

Watch Out For These Signs Of A Bad Mentoring Relationship

Posted on Jun 15, 2018

There’s nothing worse than a bad mentoring arrangement. Already strapped for time and zapped of energy, you shouldn’t be devoting yourself to anything that’s not of value -- both to you and your mentee -- especially given your hard-earned talent, skills, and experience. But how do you spot those bad mentoring relationships? How do you know when one’s just plain not working? 

Ideas for Empowering Your Volunteers to Make the Most of Holiday Fundraising

Posted on Dec 11, 2019

As a nonprofit fundraiser, you know that the period between Thanksgiving and New Year is one of the most important times to fundraise. After all, 30 percent of all donations are made in the month of December. And you’re likely feeling the pressure to meet your yearly fundraising goal… or raise a good chunk of your operating budget for the coming year.

How to be a Subject Matter Expert in your Favorite Cause

Posted on Dec 11, 2019

It’s wonderful to be passionate about a cause. It’s good for you and for the world. Since you are giving-minded, we at iConnectX want to plant a seed. There’s another level of commitment and awareness that’s good for you, for the world, and your career. It’s a commitment to immerse yourself in understanding your cause—the root challenges, overarching trends, and variety of approaches charities take to create social change.

How do you Ask Someone to be Your Mentor?

Posted on Jul 02, 2019

“A lot of people put pressure on themselves and think it will be way too hard for them to live out their dreams. Mentors are there to say, “Look it’s not that tough. It’s not as hard as you think. Here are some guidelines and things I have gone through to get to where I am in my career.”- Joe Jonas

The Value of Mentors: Learn From Mistakes, Without Making Them Yourself

Posted on Jul 19, 2018

We all make mistakes – that’s undeniable. It’s hard sometimes, but it’s also what allows us to learn, grow and improve ourselves – both personally and professionally.  But what if you could get those same benefits, without suffering the consequences and frustrations those mistakes come with? What if you could learn from your mistakes…without actually making them in the first place? 

Why Corporate Mentoring Programs are Not Enough

Posted on Jun 21, 2018

Why Corporate Mentoring Programs are Not Enough  Lots of corporations have in-house mentoring programs, and while the idea behind them is honorable, in the long run, they’re more beneficial for the organization than the actual individuals being mentored. 

Got Goals? 4 Ways A Mentor Can Help You Reach Them

Posted on Jun 15, 2018

Don’t have a mentor? You need one. And fast. Mentors are invaluable. No matter your position, industry or career trajectory, they’re often the missing link between you and your goals. The last rung on the ladder to penultimate success.

Networking Challenges All Professionals Face

Posted on May 18, 2018

Networking is vital to long-term career success. After all, how can you find bigger, better jobs, learn new skills or gain unique perspectives if you never venture outside that same, familiar bubble of colleagues and coworkers you’ve always had?