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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

Dear Museums on Twitter, Thanks for experimenting in a new and largely uncharted online environment. But not enough of you. You could do better.

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


Hopefully others will chime in on this point with their own experiences from adventures in social networks. Need some metrics guidelines?

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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.

The Future of Authority: Platform Power

Museum 2.0

It's based on creation and delivery of experiences. Other person: "But doesn't that erode museums' authority?" Me: "No." Power is attractive.

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).

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.

Anticipate - Personalize - Integrate


By leveraging APIs, you can learn more about your constituents and enrich the donor experience to build lasting relationships. Anticipate. There is a generational shift underway, and this year could possibly mark the third year that the actual volume of donors declines in the US. Personalize. Integrate. will all follow suit.

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.

Creature Comfort: Where are the Couches in Museums?

Museum 2.0

It could be a very confusing experience, but they’ve made it pleasant and usable. There was funky music. There were lovely couches. Bathrooms.

Building your Donor base on Facebook - The Nature Conservancy's experience.

Michael Stein's Non-profit Technology Blog

There's been a lot of excitement in the last year about social networking in general, and about Facebook in particular. Here's a success story.

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.

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.

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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. 

Where I'm Coming From

Museum 2.0

Yes, there are some extraordinary museum experiences that have changed my life, but they are the exception, not the norm. What's your goal?

Step-by-Step: How To Set Up A Nonprofit Listening Post (Twitter - Part 1)

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo by Andy Field I think Chris Brogan said that the secret to Twitter is listening (or search), not blasting your message out.  I'm paraphrasing. 

Professional Networking: Just for Fun or Part of Your Job Or Combination? Tips for managing multi-memberships in social networks?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

They started with a survey to examine people's experience using social networks.   Source: Facebook vs LinkedIn Traffic. Other posts.

What Cross-Platform Gaming is Doing for Books. and Can Do for Museums

Museum 2.0

Reading a book can be an intense and powerful experience, but it is a punctuated moment in time. And both experiences enhance each other.

Landing Page Optimization for Online Fundraising - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


The concept was born out of the e-commerce landing page optimization research done by Marketing Sherpa and Marketing Experiments.

Landing Page Optimization for Online Fundraising - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


The concept was born out of the e-commerce landing page optimization research done by Marketing Sherpa and Marketing Experiments.

Digital Citizen 2008

Beaconfire Wire

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to attend ForeSee Results ‘ Digital Citizen 2008 Summit.  I was only able to attend the first half of the event due to client meetings in the afternoon. One morning session was fairly sales-oriented. But the best session I was able to attend was Eric Peterson’s opening keynote.

How Much Does a Nonprofit Website Cost?


But the general magnitude depends on factors that are knowable, so I thought I'd take a crack at defining what you could expect at each price level based on my experience. So that's my experience with website costs. Others want to share their experience Well, it does depend. 50,000 A lot opens up in this price range.

How To Think Like A Nonprofit Social Marketing Genius: What's Your Brilliant Thought?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Listening: If you are new to social media, this should be the objective for your first experiment with social media. More information here.  

NpTech Tag Summary: Learnings from FriendFeed Experiment

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Some participated in the formal experiment I designed which involved a quick knowledge sharing task. The formal experiment I designed involved asking people to pick a useful post from the list of FriendFeed bookmarks in During the past few weeks, Twitter has been down or out due to stress. Read this ). room, etc).

American Express "Members Project" - 2008 Experiences - Interview with Belinda Lang


interviewed her Nov 5, 2008 at our Marketing and Online Communities Conference. modify to better meet a need or to compliment another effort.).

Museum Skunkworks: Carving Out a Place for Risk-Taking

Museum 2.0

I once asked Elaine Gurian how museums can change. Where's the opportunity for risk in museums that are too big to avoid the media microscope?

A Bold Experiment in Micro Donations: $2 from 12, 500 Twitter Users To Fund Clean Water

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Laura Fitton (aka @pistachio ) or otherwise known as the maven of Twitter asks : 1. What can $2 do? 2. What do I want most of all for Christmas?

Free2choose and the Social Dimension of Polling Interactives

Museum 2.0

At level two, the visitor has some interactive experience (pushing buttons, etc.) At level one, the museum preaches to visitors about the issue.

Google AdWords for Nonprofits: 10 Tips About Keywords - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


Check back soon for an article covering one nonprofits account of their experience with the program. Copyright © 2008, , Inc.

NpTech Summary: Nonprofit and Social Change Digg Redux

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

These early experiments were about how to crowd source, aggregate, and share nonprofit technology news using web 2.0 Digg it here ). tools.

Things We Like (October 2008)


Good thing the Twitter Vote Report didn't: tweet your voting experience to help others avoid problems. A monthly roundup of our favorite (zombie-related) nonprofit tech resources. Read more posts on our blog. Zombie Harmony : For all your zombie dating needs. Wait, there's an election going on? Don't know how we missed that. Pumpkin cookies

Tech Quick Take: MS Search Server 2008 vs Google Mini

Beaconfire Wire

Right now, we're in the midst of a website redesign that utilizes Search Server 2008. The search is fully integrated into the main website.

Save Your Trash: An Interview with Ari Derfel

Have Fun - Do Good

Britt Bravo: What did you learn from this experiment? feel the suffering that so many people on the planet experience. realized, "Wow!

8 reactions to NTC 2008 | Beaconfire Wire

Beaconfire Wire

» 8 reactions to NTC 2008 Posted Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 at 9:44 am by Ali Cherry (11 posts) Last week, a whopping 10 Beaconfire employees headed down to New Orleans to learn about how nonprofits are using and can use online technology, and also to connect with others doing work like ours. Long Live IE6!

Arts Summit 2008: The Alliance of New York State Arts Organizations - Reflections

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

tell folks that my recent experiences are like playing a Paganini Violin piece. It's gathering of arts leader from throughout New York State.

Google Connect vs. Facebook Connect : The Results Show

FI Space

With Google Friend Connect there is no programming experience required to get it going on your site.  And experiement. This is a follow up and the second part of yesterday’s post on this topic.  Here are some Beta Test Results we did with Facebook Connect. Had to relaunch the browser.&#. And the results for Google Connect? Hmmmm.

Guest Blogger for Museums and the Web 2008?

Museum 2.0

I'm hoping that you're out there, you eloquent writer you, yearning to share your experiences from MW08 with the Museum 2.0 You lucky person!

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State Fairs and Visitor Co-Creation: An Interview about MN150

Museum 2.0

We had success with another exhibit with an unusual format called open house in which the visitor experience is pretty open-ended. Pretty much.

Going out on a limb

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology Going out on a limb November 6, 2008 I’m going to go out on a really thin limb here, and feel free to saw it off in the comments. :-) If you haven’t been to yet, you need to go.