The Promise & Peril of Creator Tools Like ChatGPT for Nonprofits
Beth Kanter
by Beth Kanter
2w ago
The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently published an opinion piece, “AI Can Help Nonprofits Reach More Donors But Fundraisers Can’t Ignore Potential Pitfalls,” a topic that Allison Fine and I have been researching and writing about since 2017.   In 2019, we did a deep dive on AI & Giving to look at the landscape of fundraising tools & platforms using AI and the implications. Our next project was the research and writing of the “The Smart Nonprofit: Staying Human-Centered in an Age of Automation,” a broader look at the implications on all aspects of nonprofits and philanthropy.&nbs ..read more
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New Years Rituals for Nonprofit Professionals: 2023
Beth Kanter
by Beth Kanter
3w ago
Leaving for my first in-person event in 2022 after two years of pandemic shut down Rituals are intentional small, tangible acts done routinely and carry meaning.  Our family has several New Year’s rituals, including a nature hike. Unfortunately, the atmospheric river dumping a lot of much needed rain prevented us from enjoying a hike. Rituals can also be used by professionals to boost personal productivity because rituals capitalize on our brains’ ability to direct our behavior on autopilot, allowing us to reach our goals even when we are distracted or preoccupied with other things. (In ..read more
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The Smart Nonprofit: Free Book Event
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by Beth Kanter
11M ago
Free Event: Register Here It has been whirlwind two weeks since our book launched on March 9th. Here’s a few highlights from the past two weeks, there are more events over the coming weeks, so don’t feel any FOMO! Highlights include: We had a glowing book review by Philanthropy News Digest #1 and #2 rankings continuously on Amazon in for nonprofit books and innovation Interviewed by Julia Campbell on her Nonprofit Nation Podcast Free launch event hosted by the Chronicle of Philanthropy with 835 participants TechSoup Event “Automation for Good” article, slides, and examples of how small nonpro ..read more
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The Smart Nonprofit Book Launches Today! 
Beth Kanter
by Beth Kanter
11M ago
Several years ago, Allison Fine and I started talking about our next book together and started writing and thinking about the implications of an emerging technology that we describe as “Smart Tech,” and what nonprofit leaders need to know to be prepared. Today is the day that a lot of writing, thinking, and speaking about this topic comes full circle.   Today, my new book,The Smart Nonprofit: Staying Human-Centered in an Automated World, co-authored with Allison Fine, launches. The Smart Nonprofit is a jargon-free roadmap for nonprofit staff, boards, volunteers, and funders on the ..read more
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The Smart Nonprofit Book Launches 3/9
Beth Kanter
by Beth Kanter
11M ago
I’ve got some very exciting news, my new book,The Smart Nonprofit: Staying Human-Centered in an Automated World, co-authored with Allison Fine, launches on Wednesday, March 9th. The Smart Nonprofit is a jargon-free roadmap for nonprofit staff, boards, volunteers, and funders on the ways “smart technologies” like artificial intelligence are changing social change work. Smart tech will take over the time-consuming administrative tasks that make work feel overwhelming and endless, and that can lead to staff burnout and a lack of forward progress. And here’s the most exciting part: Smart nonprofi ..read more
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Using smart tech to reimagine nonprofit work
Beth Kanter
by Beth Kanter
1y ago
AI and other smart tech can make work culture more human, but only if you know how the tech works and focus on using it to do what it does best (answer rote questions online) and allow people to do what we do best (e.g. strengthen relationships, tell stories, empathize with others.) Here is an article on the Candid blog that I wrote with the brilliant Allison Fine on how to use smart tech to create more work-life balance for all. The article shares a few themes from our forthcoming book, The Smart Nonprofit: Staying Human-Centered in an Automated World. It is available for pre ..read more
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Five New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofit Professionals
Beth Kanter
by Beth Kanter
1y ago
Sand Dollar Beach, Big Sur Rituals are intentional small, tangible acts done routinely and carry meaning.  Our family has several New Year’s rituals, including a nature hike.  This year we hiked by the Pacific Ocean in Big Sur. (Pictured above) Rituals can also be used by professionals to boost personal productivity because rituals capitalize on our brains’ ability to direct our behavior on autopilot, allowing us to reach our goals even when we are distracted or preoccupied with other things. (In fact, there is a lab at Stanford that studies workplace rituals and a book, “Ritual ..read more
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Five New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofit Professionals
Beth Kanter
by Beth Kanter
1y ago
Sand Dollar Beach, Big Sur Rituals are intentional small, tangible acts done routinely and carry meaning.  Our family has several New Year’s rituals, including a nature hike.  This year we hiked by the Pacific Ocean in Big Sur. (Pictured above) Rituals can also be used by professionals to boost personal productivity because rituals capitalize on our brains’ ability to direct our behavior on autopilot, allowing us to reach our goals even when we are distracted or preoccupied with other things. (In fact, there is a lab at Stanford that studies workplace rituals and a book, “Ritual ..read more
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The Smart Nonprofit Book and New Article in Harvard Business Review!
Beth Kanter
by Beth Kanter
1y ago
The Smart Nonprofit I am thrilled to share with you my article in today’s Harvard Business Review, “How Smart Tech Is Transforming Nonprofits,” co-authored with Allison Fine. The article highlights some of the themes in our book, The Smart Nonprofit: Staying Human-Centered in an Automated World, coming out in March, 2022. The Smart Nonprofit is a jargon-free roadmap for nonprofit staff, boards, volunteers, and funders on the ways “smart technologies” like artificial intelligence are changing social change work. Smart tech will take over the time-consuming administrative tasks that make work f ..read more
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5 Tips To Create a Happy, Healthy Nonprofit Hybrid Workplace
Beth Kanter
by Beth Kanter
1y ago
When I wrote the “Happy Healthy Nonprofit,” in-person workplaces were the norm and the book looked at ways to activate a culture of wellbeing in the nonprofit workplace. Over the last 18 months, I’ve adapted a lot of the best practices for remote work. While vaccines have given us hope, with the Delta variant, COVID is still top of mind. Returning to the workplace likely won’t be everyone in-person, in the office, all at once side-by-side. Some of us will continue to work remotely (all or some of the time) while others will work in person. To help you make the transition back into the offic ..read more
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