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- ⏩ Get things done faster: A beginner's guide to using AI to do more
⏩ Get things done faster: A beginner's guide to using AI to do more
Use AI Tools To Supercharge Your Productivity––A Primer For Newbies.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is a topic that often elicits mixed reactions. Many people should be aware of its potential and are left perplexed by debates about its impact on humanity or the emergence of AI startups. However, there is a ton of value in understanding how AI can be used to enhance productivity and create more time for the things we love. In today's edition, we will explore beginner-friendly AI tools that I use to streamline my work processes and revolutionize how I approach tasks.
ChatGPT: Your Versatile Reasoning Engine: One of the most powerful AI tools I use is ChatGPT. While it most beginners use it as a search engine, it functions as a reasoning engine, setting it apart from Google or Bing. By simply posing a prompt or question, ChatGPT generates thoughtful responses, making it an invaluable resource for seeking advice or brainstorming ideas. You can ask for definitions, a summary of something in the style of your favorite author, or anything you can think of. Whether you need help with donor campaigns or require creative suggestions, ChatGPT is a must-try tool.
Real-Time Internet Searches with Google Bard: For quick and accurate real-time information retrieval, I use Google Bard. Although ChatGPT also offers this functionality, I personally prefer ChatGPT 3.5 for its vast knowledge base and ability to answer a wide range of questions. Nonetheless, Google Bard provides a convenient alternative, allowing you to access valuable data instantaneously.
Grammarly: Beyond Grammar Correction: Grammarly, a popular writing tool, has incorporated AI technology into its platform. I have been using Grammarly since before AI integration, and it has continually evolved to become an indispensable resource. Besides correcting grammar, Grammarly offers writing suggestions and even generates impressive rewrites. Whether you are a professional writer or someone looking to improve your written communication, Grammarly's AI capabilities are invaluable. I highly recommend.
Framer’s AI Feature: Empowering Website Design: Framer is an up-and-coming website builder that I have found particularly impressive. With its AI feature, Framer offers an effortless way to supercharge website design, even for those lacking resources or support. As someone who loves creative side projects, Framer’s AI feature has become an essential tool in my creator toolbox.
There are so many more. And if you're interested in learning more, let me know. I'm happy to do a deep dive into AI productivity.
For those of you who work in nonprofits and are involved in fundraising, I created a resource that might help you get started. It is a document containing 50 ChatGPT prompts that can help you improve your fundraising efforts and make them more efficient. As I mentioned earlier, ChatGPT is a tool that I find very useful, and I encourage you to explore it and experiment with it in some capacity. These prompts are designed to help you complete your fundraising tasks. I hope you find them helpful and enjoy using them!
50 ChatGPT Prompts to Help Nonprofits Fundraise Faster - Click Here
In the News
“Foundation giving and payout in 2022: What changed and what’s next?” -Candid, June 29, 2023. Every January, Candid surveys large U.S. private and community foundations to understand recent grantmaking trends and forecast where giving is headed. In this first blog, we outline what we learned about annual giving and payout in 2022.
“How elite schools like Stanford became fixated on the AI apocalypse” - The Washington Post, July 5, 2023. A billionaire-backed movement is recruiting college students to fight killer AI, which some see as the next Manhattan Project.
“Foundation Funding Of HBCUs Billions Behind Ivy Leagues” - The NonProfit Times, July 5, 2023. Foundation funding of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) is still orders of magnitude less than foundation funding of Ivy League institutions, a disparity that was the focus of a recent study and could receive even more attention in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling ending decades of affirmative action.
“What did a big new study of charter schools really find?”- Chalkbeat, July 5, 2023. In the small world of education research, the Stanford-based institute CREDO is a big name. The organization has produced a series of much-cited, oft-debated studies on charter school performance since 2009. Its latest research, released in June, concluded that charter schools outperform district schools on reading and math exams.
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