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Thoughts on Economic Development and Ensuring a Bright Future for Small Cities

Friday, January 27th 2017 1:32 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
Thoughts on Economic Development and Ensuring a Bright Future for Small Cities By Tim Jacobson
 
What should smaller communities seek from the process of economic development?
 ...

Subject Lines Matter - Avoid Business Disasters with Relevant Labels

Tuesday, May 19th 2015 3:29 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
SUBJECT LINES MATTER Avoid Business Disasters by Using Relevant E-mail Labels By Timothy S. Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
  “Treat your email program like the movies – give a preview so they know what to expect.” — Jordie van Rijn, e-mail consultant

Advice for Creating a Business in Wisconsin

Thursday, February 5th 2015 11:53 am
Timothy S. Jacobson
CREATING A BUSINESS IN WISCONSIN By Timothy S. Jacobson Economic Development Director for Boscobel, Wis. CEO of Visjonaer Consulting “If one advances confidently in the...

Using Surveys and Focus Groups for Better Nonprofit Strategic Planning

Wednesday, January 14th 2015 9:44 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
Using Surveys and Focus Groups for Better Nonprofit Strategic Planning By Timothy S. Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
  "However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results." ―Winston Churchill

LinkedIn's New Look and New Features

Monday, October 13th 2014 1:55 pm
Tim Jacobson
LinkedIn’s New Look and Policies Tips for Formatting Your Header Image and Taking Advantage of New Features By Timothy S. Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
 
As of the summer of 2014, LinkedIn started rolling out a new look, first to its Premium customers and subsequently to users of the free service. LinkedIn users are being offered a chance to make the...

Exploring Rare Sites of the Driftless

Monday, July 7th 2014 7:59 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
Exploring Rare Sites of the Driftless ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~  
 
When Tracy Hames, executive director of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association, asked me for a tour of the Driftless Area, my mind raced around all the possibilities.

Ways & Means Committee Passes Conservation Tax Incentive

Monday, June 2nd 2014 9:51 am
Tim Jacobson
Ways & Means Committee Passes Conservation Tax Incentive ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~  
On May 29, 2014, the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee passed H.R. 2807, legislation to make the enhanced tax incentive for donated conservation easements permanent, but the fight for...

Twitter's New Look - Tips for Formatting Your New Header Image

Monday, April 28th 2014 4:38 pm
Tim Jacobson
Twitter’s New Look Tips for Formatting Your New Header Image By Timothy S. Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
 
In case you hadn’t noticed, as of April 2014 Twitter is rolling out a new look. Some are characterizing it as a transition toward a more Facebook-like appearance. Twitter users are being...

Training for Your Board of Directors and Staff Members

Thursday, April 24th 2014 12:36 pm
Tim Jacobson
Training for Your Board of Directors and Staff Members By Timothy S. Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
 
The board and staff of every organization need recurring training to stay sharp
Leaders strive to be lifelong learners. Professionals such as doctors and attorneys take continuing education courses on a regular basis to maintain their licenses. Seminars and webinars are...

Strategic Planning for Success

Friday, April 4th 2014 3:52 pm
Tim Jacobson
STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR SUCCESS By Timothy S. Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
  “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common...

Marketing for Nonprofits - Tools You Can Use!

Thursday, April 3rd 2014 5:05 pm
Tim Jacobson
Marketing for Nonprofits: Tools You Can Use!
  By Timothy S. Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
Good communication is everything in the nonprofit world. It's the backbone of fundraising. It's how you build support from your community, the people you serve, the foundations you seek...

Twitter vs. Facebook for Nonprofits: How Do They Compare?

Friday, February 7th 2014 3:13 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
Twitter vs. Facebook for Nonprofits: How Do They Compare? By Timothy S. Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
Twitter and Facebook are punching and kicking their way through a knock-down, drag-out fight. Which one is a winner for nonprofit organizations looking to market themselves or raise funds through...

Don’t Use Facebook as a Substitute for a Real Website

Tuesday, February 4th 2014 11:07 am
Timothy S. Jacobson
Don’t Use Facebook as a Substitute for a Real Website By Tim Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
I’m dismayed by how many small, for-profit retailers rely on a Facebook page as their sole digital presence, with the result that important information about the company is scattered and...

20 Traps Nonprofits Must Avoid

Thursday, January 23rd 2014 2:27 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
20 Traps Nonprofits Must Avoid By Tim Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
 
The world is filled with traps for nonprofit organizations—things you and your group must be vigilant to avoid. Don’t get sucked into these sinkholes! Flee from things that absorb most of...

How to Create Compelling Video for Your Nonprofit

Thursday, January 16th 2014 5:30 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
How to Create Compelling Video for Your Nonprofit By Tim Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
Gearheads (people like me!) immediately want to know what camera equipment to buy, what nonlinear editing software to use, what kind of microphones to acquire and how to set up good lighting. Those...

Social Media Marketing - An Explosively Powerful Tool

Friday, December 27th 2013 7:48 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING – AN EXPLOSIVELY POWERFUL TOOL By Tim Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~  “…the Internet has turned what used to be a controlled, one-way...

Earned Media - A Nonprofit's Best Friend

Thursday, December 19th 2013 11:46 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
What the heck is "earned media" and why should your organization care? By Tim Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~ “If Jesus were here today, he wouldn't be riding...

Mobile Websites and Smartphone Apps: It’s Time to Get with the 21st Century

Thursday, December 12th 2013 3:18 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
Mobile Websites and Smartphone Apps: It’s Time to Get with the 21st Century By Timothy S. Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~ "Holding back technology to preserve broken...

The Psychology of Giving: Why It Does and Does Not Matter to Your Nonprofit

Wednesday, October 16th 2013 3:54 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
  THE PSYCHOLOGY OF GIVING: Why It Does and Does Not Matter to Your Nonprofit By Timothy S. Jacobson ~The Nonprofit Provocateur~
  “But history will judge you, and as the years pass, you will ultimately judge yourself, in the extent to which you have used your gifts and talents to lighten and enrich the lives of...

Striving for Personal Excellence

Tuesday, September 24th 2013 4:25 pm
Timothy S. Jacobson
The Nonprofit Provocateur   STRIVING FOR PERSONAL EXCELLENCE By Tim Jacobson   Not too long ago, I was asked to give a keynote speech to a college crowd about personal...
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