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Test driving the 2008 NTC Widget

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Kids and Philanthropy: Teaching Your Children To Be Charitable

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

When I was a kid, Lucy the Elephant , was in a state of disrepair. also want to them to discover and follow their own sense of social activism. 

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An Open Letter to Museums on Twitter

Museum 2.0

Note: this is a geeky post that assumes familiarity with Twitter. If you are new to Twitter, please check out this post for more context. Guard feed!

Favorite Do-Good Books of 2008

Have Fun - Do Good

PhilanTopic included the book on its list of Best Philanthropy-Related Books of 2008. 3. What are some your favorite do-good books from 2008?

Is It Worth It? An ROI Calculator for Social Network Campaigns - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


April 25, 2008 | Lisa Neal I need help getting training on how to calculate ROI -- more for our client services and training programs. Thoughts?

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Social Enterprise World Forum 2008 - Part Two

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

The Social Enterprise World Forum 2008 was great for gaining a perspective on an island with a great deal of innovative social enterprise.

How Much Time Does It Take To Do Social Media?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Time Chart - See Flickr Discussion on Version 1 Wanna Remix it? Download it here. It's so hard and you could cop out with "It depends."

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Corporate Giving Declined in 2008

Tech Soup Blog

overall in 2008. The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy's 2008 assessment of corporate gving (PDF) reports that corporate giving was down nearly 8% overall ($30.78 Last month we mentioned GivingUSA's annual assessment of individual giving which showed that donations from individuals had dropped 5.7% million compared to $33.19


Wild Apricot Blog : An Introduction to Twitter Hashtags

Wild Apricot Blog

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The Future of Authority: Platform Power

Museum 2.0

Other person: "But doesn't that erode museums' authority?" Me: "No." For hundreds of years, we've owned the content and the message. Every Web 2.0

Technorati: State of the Blogosphere 2008

AFP Blog

Technorati: State of the Blogosphere 2008: "Blogs are Pervasive and Part of Our Daily LivesThere have been a number of studies aimed at understanding the size of the Blogosphere, yielding widely disparate estimates of both the number of blogs and blog readership.

2008 Tech Museum Awards Global Call for Nominations

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

25 Laureates will be honored at a Gala event on November 12, 2008 and five Laureates will share a cash prize of $250,000.

GivingUSA Reports a Drop in 2008 Giving

Tech Soup Blog

philanthropy is that total giving for 2008 was estimated to have exceeded $300 billion for the second year in a row, for a total of $307.65


The (Lil) Green Patch Facebook app has now donated $33,600 to TNC's Facebook Cause

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The most recent donation was made May 1, 2008 to the Adopt An Acre. Lil) Green Patch is a social gardening game. Just read the application FAQ.

Top 10 blog posts of 2008

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Here’s the top 10 list for 2008: 1) Remember when 1 MB was alot ? wrote this post back in 2005, and it is the most popular in 2008! It’s actually because someone included it in a Wikipedia Article (no, it wasn’t me.). 2) Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants on July 27th. One of my frank and painful posts on the topic.

Dragonair Hauls Rami off the Plane

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Our flight from Hong Kong to Fuzhou on Dragonair was made much more interesting when we had a ringside seat on a disability rights demonstration!

Authenticity is the new Cool and other lessons from my Pecha Kucha Session at ASAE 2008


ASAE & The Center 2008 San Diego) view presentation tags: discovery insights ideas story Jeff De Cagna and I conducted a session at ASAE using the Japanese presentation format Pecha Kucha , where the entire presentation is done using 20 slides (images only, minimal or no text) for a maximum of 20 seconds each (totaling 6 minutes and 40 seconds).

My Top 16 tools of 2008

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

So what tools did you come to depend on in 2008? These span the range from tools I use every day or every week, to tools use more occasionally, but depend on. They also span the range of proprietary, SaaS, and Open Source. Open Source Tools. 1. WP is clean and easy, and virtually hassle-free. But now, here I am, and I’m impressed.

Developing a Social Media Plan: Lessons from Election 2008


Election 2008 is remarkable for so many reasons. As agents of social change, there is a great deal the nonprofit sector can learn from Election 2008. Go Mobile: Mobile applications have surged in this 2008 and some predict it will make the difference in the election's outcome. For the first time in U.S. Tools you can Use.

Future Tense: January 4, 2008 Archives

AFP Blog

Future Tense: January 4, 2008 Archives: "Twin Cities Rise! is one of the Minnesota nonprofits that has applied to participate in the F1 Overnight Website Challenge - set to begin on March 1. The event will pair ten teams of Web developers with 10 Minnesota nonprofit organizations.

A Guide To Facebook Activism

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

He was one of 27 individuals to win the first Knight News Challenge. It is a quick read and very useful. Content on the site is disorganized. efforts

My Top 10 Social Action Platforms of 2008

Social Actions

wanted to share my favorite networks of 2008 - innovative sites which either launched, re-launched, or took off in unexpected ways in the past year.

Anticipate - Personalize - Integrate


When I have the pleasure of talking with leaders in nonprofit organizations, two things come up again and again as critical to building a sustainable future: the need to achieve a broader and better view of their constituents; and the need to reach them in new and more meaningful ways. Anticipate. Personalize. Integrate. will all follow suit.

One Laptop Per Adult?

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Why you need to read "Philanthropy Reconsidered"

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

Creature Comfort: Where are the Couches in Museums?

Museum 2.0

In the final installment of Museum 2.0’s four part series on comfort in museums, we get down to the basics: creature comfort. There was funky music.

A Roundup of New Year's Predictions, Resolutions, and Best Of 2008

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Round up of New Year's Reflections, Best Ofs, and Predictions for 2008. Lucy Bernholz takes a look at buzzwords in philanthropy in 2008.

Got Your Ears On? How to Listen to Your Audience Using Social Media


Maddie Grant and Lindy Dreyer, SocialFish, LLC. Social media is all the buzz these days. For associations and non-profits are wondering how to get in the game -- or how to figure out whether they should -- listening is the place to start. What does listening mean? Five Free Ways to Get Started. Set up Google Alerts. Don't worry. Choosing Keywords.

What's the opportunity cost when a nonprofit blocks employees from using social network sites during work hours?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

2008 has been a record year for disasters and therefore a record year for disaster response.  that are easy to grab and use.

Write for NTEN Connect


That's probably a long-term worry. We're also accepting links to interesting things for our "Things We Like" and "How-To" sections.

How Much Time Does Web 2.0 Take?

Museum 2.0

On Monday, David Klevan (from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum) and I spoke at the MAAM Creating Exhibitions conference about Web 2.0 and museums.

ASAE 2008 Twitterfountain


Bookmark this page! To be filed under "How cool is THIS"!!! And fyi you can click the little arrow bottom left to make it full screen.

Trend Blend 2009: A Map of Time and Tide

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

You may remember the very popular Trend Blend 2007 and Trend Blend 2008 which used transportation themes.  Anxiety. Volatility. Uncertainty.

Webinar Presentation Tips for Nonprofits and Other Folks

Have Fun - Do Good

I'm teaching my first webinar for a client in a couple weeks. Wahoo! Below are the webinar presenting tips I found. hope you'll share your tips too. 1.

Twitter As Charitable Giving Spreader: A Meta Analysis

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

August, 2008 Using Twitter and other channels, I raised $2,500 in 90 minutes at Gnomedex.   The experiment was to test Twitter's speed. 

Thinking Differently in 2008


Everyone is posting New Year's resolutions, and learnings from 2007, but I have decided to be true to myself (hehehe) and do something different for my first post of 2008. Which is actually the whole theme of this post. Jnott tagged me, a while back, to take part in the Think Different challenge. To challenge when necessary.

Virtual World Tour 2008

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

If you think that virtual worlds means Second Life, there are many others. just discovered this introduction on YouTube and thought I'd share it here. One thing I learned is that WhyVille is a virtual world that will run on low bandwidth (dial-up) and lower end computers.

Muhammed Yunus on tech, profit, and the poor - Apr. 3, 2008

AFP Blog

Muhammed Yunus on tech, profit, and the poor - Apr. 3, 2008: "NEW YORK (Fortune) -- 'Technology is making more changes in our way of life than ever in human history,' says Muhammad Yunus. The way the Internet and the mobile phone are spreading, you cannot compare with any technology of the past.' He and the Grameen.

Demo 2008: Good2Gether Uses Social Technology to Help Nonprofits | Epicenter from

AFP Blog

Demo 2008: Good2Gether Uses Social Technology to Help Nonprofits | Epicenter from "Founder Gregory McHale came up with the idea for Good2Gether while looking up information on Hurricane Katrina. He created a widget which.

Civil discourse and ownership issues in online communities

Deborah Elizabeth Finn