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Lame Spam of the Day: Lehman Brothers Centre for Women 2008 Newsletter

Robert Weiner

But the real clincher is that the subject line says it''s a newsletter from March, 2008. To: Subscriber. Newsletter London experience.

GivingUSA Reports a Drop in 2008 Giving

Robert Weiner

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

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2008 Online Giving Trends

Robert Weiner

Blackbaud has released a summary of early results from its analysis of 2008 online giving trends. Consistent with prior years, December online giving in the last month of 2008 quadrupled in size compared to prior months. The results come from 2,000 nonprofits using Blackbaud’s online fundraising tools.

Corporate Giving Declined in 2008

Robert Weiner

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

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Blackbaud Report: 2008 Online Giving Trends

Robert Weiner

Blackbaud has released a summary of early results from its analysis of 2008 online giving trends. The results come from 2,000 nonprofits using Blackbaud’s online fundraising tools. They’ve found: Steady growth throughout the year. read more.

Microsoft Issues Critical IE Patch

Robert Weiner

Microsoft issued a critical patch for Internet Explorer today, described as protection against a “remote code execution&# vulnerability. If your computer is set up for automatic updates, you should get the patch, well, automatically. You should also be able to run Windows Update (under Tools in IE). Or you can get the patch from [link].

Top 10 Threats to Higher Ed Computer Systems

Robert Weiner

In his article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy titled “ Top 10 Threats to Computer Systems Include Professors and Students ,&# Jeffrey Young says. Today a growing number of network bad guys are professional criminals, and they’re looking to steal real money. You can (and should) read the whole article at [link].

Coping with a Troubled Economy

Robert Weiner

Here are two new resources for surviving in tough times: The Chronicle of Philanthropy has compiled a collection of recent stories , discussions, and statistics about how charities deal with turbulent economic times. read more.

Are greyhounds allergic to amoxicillin?

Robert Weiner

Not quite as clever as “ commit suicide on xanax ,&# but this spam comment caught my eye. This one has been posted 3,600 times. Is this the product of a random word generator or does someone actually write this stuff?

Commit Suicide on Xanax?

Robert Weiner

Managing a blog, I wind up reviewing and deleting lots of spam comments. One of the most unusual had the text “commit suicide on Xanax.&# Googling that phrase yields 353,000 hits. Is this a selling point?

Guessing the Gender of a Name

Robert Weiner

Ever wonder how to tell the gender of an unfamiliar first name? The PRSPCT-L listserve (for prospect researchers) had a discussion of resources for figuring this out and members provided the following suggestions: [link]. link]. link]. link].

Everywun Wants Your Clicks

Robert Weiner

The San Francisco Chronicle published an article about everywun.com , a new click-to-give site. The article makes this sound like a new idea, but The Hunger Site (and their later projects for breast cancer, children’s health, literacy, rain forest protection, and animal rescue) has been doing this since 1999. hope they’ll prove me wrong.

Roundup of 2009 Online Giving Stats

Robert Weiner

69% of the organizations they looked at raised more online in 2009 than in 2008, while 31% raised less. The average gift size was $80.80.

Social Media for Revenue or Volunteers? Maybe Not

Robert Weiner

The results of two new surveys paint a bleak picture of the effectiveness of social media for fundraising and volunteer recruitment. read more.

Taking Advantage of a Crisis

Robert Weiner

All key metrics declined for the index as a whole for the first quarter of 2009 as compared to the first quarter of 2008. He says: read more.

Cn U Raise $ Via Txt?

Robert Weiner

The information below was current as of December 15, 2008. Sarah granted me permission to share her findings with the world.

Convio’s 2009 Online Fundraising Benchmark Report

Robert Weiner

Convio has released a new online fundraising benchmark report that is based on data from 600 of Convio’s nonprofit clients from January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008. The average gift amount was unchanged at many organizations, with the average gift hovering around $67.50 in 2007 and 2008. read more.

Matching Gifts Best Practices 2009

Robert Weiner

The findings included: 96% of respondents accept matching gifts (down from 99% in 2008), but only 60% actively ask individual donors to request matching gifts. SupportingAdvancement.com has published the results of their 2009 survey on how nonprofits are handling corporate matching gifts --their fourth such survey. It is available at [link].

The Economy May Be Down, but Online Giving Is Up

Robert Weiner

M+R Strategic Services says that although the economy is down, online giving is up (as of November 2008). Their analysis showed: read more.

MarketingProfs Free Virtual Conference

Robert Weiner

The keynote presentation by David Plouffe, Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign Manager, is titled The Art of the Possible: Online Branding Strategies and Tactics. MarketingProfs , an online marketing resource center, is presenting a free virtual conference on online marketing.

Matching Gifts Best Practices

Robert Weiner

SupportingAdvancement.com has published the results of their 2008 survey on how nonprofits are handling corporate matching gifts. 29% of respondents reported raising over $250,000 in matching gift income in 2008. 63% raised over $50,000. Nearly 50% reported that their matching gift income has increased over the past 3 years. Only 2.4%

Social Media and College Admissions

Robert Weiner

The study compares adoption of social media between 2007 and 2008 by the admissions offices of all four-year accredited institutions in the United States. The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has just published Social Media and College Admissions: The First Longitudinal Study by Eric Mattson and Nora Ganim Barnes, Ph.D.

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

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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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. 

ASAE 2008 Here I come!

SocialFish

Here's my original schedule post. Here's a few others' - Jeff, Elizabeth , Jamie. You'll notice there's a wee bit of repetition, as we're all bloggers and therefore all going to blogger-related stuff!! Here's Lindy's nice post for first timers. So find us, and we will take you under our collective YAP Hostess wings and introduce you to everyone.

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!

President's Update: Summer 2008

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Well, I just got my first one out in 2008! As many folks know, I try to send out quarterly updates on what's new at Benetech. students.

Test driving the 2008 NTC Widget

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

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.

Wild Apricot Blog : An Introduction to Twitter Hashtags

Wild Apricot Blog

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Adventures in vlogging with Third Sector New England: The online.

Deborah Elizabeth Finn

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Anticipate - Personalize - Integrate

NetWits

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Write for NTEN Connect

NTEN

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

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!

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.