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How To: Create a Listening Dashboard for your Organization

Amy Sample Ward

To stay on top of it all, I suggest you create a listening dashboard for your organization - and here’s how to do it! Getting Started.

Creating Your Organization's Social Media Strategy Map

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I've come up with synthesis - a worksheet, how-to points, and resources that would guide an organization to think strategically about social media.

How Do Other Organizations Control Administrative Costs?

Tech Soup Blog

They reference an article from the fall 2009 Stanford Social Innovation Review , The Nonprofit Starvation Cycle. We stopped services.

Using the Social Web to Make Local Impact


Friday, October 2, 2009, is LIVE STRONG Day. As part of the LIVESTRONG Action campaign the LIVE STRONG day is focused on unifying people from all around the world through local events and activities that celebrate cancer survivorship. It’s also designed to generate awareness and foster support so the world can be freed from cancer.

Payment Processing- You Raised the Dollars, Keep Your Cents


It is an intriguing field since it is utilized by everyone that holds a credit card and every organization that processes credit cards, yet very few people fundamentally understand how transactions get authorized, processed and settled Over the last couple of weeks I have learned a tremendous amount about payment processing.

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Best Campaigns of 2009


In 2009 their campaigns made me laugh or helped me channel my frustration over injustices into action. The result?

Report: Rural-Based Organizations Receive Fewer Grants than Urban NPOs

NonProfit Hub

According to a report issued by the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, rural-based organizations received just 5.5

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Active, Advanced or Averse - Nonprofit Change & Social Media

Connection Cafe

Author: Jordan Viator. Seth writes “Take a look at the top 100 twitter users in terms of followers. None of them are non-profits.

The 10 Commandments of Effective Homepage Design

Connection Cafe

I’m hoping it will be a great tool for them to use to convince others in their organization to make some iterative changes. Author: Lacey Kruger. Just coming out of the Homepage Design Slam session at the Summit, I wanted to provide a brief recap for those who couldn’t make it. The 10 Commandments of Homepage Design. I.

The 4 Must-Haves of a Successful Web site Redesign

Connection Cafe

Many organizations make the mistake of organizing their web site in a way that makes perfect sense to their staff or internal stakeholders, but is not ideal for the users of the site. strong information architecture is scalable to grow with your organization, so that you can add information to your web site over time. What now?

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10 Tips for Managing Social Media Burnout

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Don’t update your organization’s profiles on the weekend. If you work in an office, then when you leave for the day, leave the work in the office and don’t login to your organization’s profiles when you get home. 3. Tell her or him that it’s for the sake of the organization. This an important one.

Thanksgiving 2009

NCE Social Media

Many Arc chapters have joined the socialmedia-sphere in 2009. 9. News organizations that continue to use social media even though there isn’t revenue in it. 6. Here is my top ten list of socialmedia things I am thankful for this year. All of the games on Facebook. 8. Open APIs and deals between social media sites. 7.

5 Steps to a Successful Social Media Strategy

Amy Sample Ward

Evaluate your goals and objectives, as an organization.  Identify the resources currently available within your organization. Capacity.

Craigslist Foundation Bootcamp 2009

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Enjoyed my day in Berkeley yesterday at the Craigslist Foundation Bootcamp 2009. took a lot of pictures, but not that many turned out.

5 Key Metrics to Improve Your Email Campaigns


Typical issues causing unsubscribes include: recipient no longer interested in your organization, emailing too frequently, emailing inappropriate content to a subscriber (e.g a fundraising appeal to someone who asked to be excluded from fundraising asks,) and your position or messaging on a particular issue. Jeff Patrick, Common Knowledge.

The State of Online Fundraising


The last three months of the year represent a critical time for the fundraising efforts of nonprofit organizations. Blackbaud studied 1,274 nonprofits to compare their online fundraising results for the first six months of 2008 to the same period of 2009. Steve MacLaughlin, Blackbaud. Here's your official wake-up call.

2009 Member Appreciation: Daily Member Prize Winner for 11/17


We're sending you Second Life for Dummies , by Sarah Robbins and Mark Bell, courtesy of Jossey-Bass/Wiley Publishers.

10 Things Every Nonprofit Should Know About Social Media and Online Communications - Online Fundraising, Advocacy, and Social Media - frogloop


Enewsletters Still Work Enewsletters are still a valuable form of communications for most organizations. April 28, 2009 | Joanna M.

10 Disruptive Technologies You Need to Think About


If you're a small nonprofit, you won't see a ton of cost savings, but it will add up for larger organizations. AND, it's the green thing to do.

2009 Member Appreciation: Daily Member Prize Winner for 11/10


And if you're not a member of NTEN -- what are you waiting for? Member Appreciation Month? Well you got it -- join us !

HOW TO: Use Twitter Lists to Promote Nonprofits and Causes You Care About

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Twitter’s new Lists are a great way to organize your followers, and with a little intention and a dose of good will, Twitter Lists can also be used to promote your favorite nonprofits and the causes you care about. Example Tweets: Good use of Twitter Lists by @ NationalNOW to organize NOW chapters @ NationalNOW/nowchapters !

Raise Money on Facebook: Four Strategies You Need to Know About


As of September 2009, scores of Facebook applications have been developed to support the nonprofit sector in one way. Over $5 million has been raised in 2009 alone. In April 2009, the Washington Post published a critique of Facebook Causes on the basis that it wasn't an effective tool for raising money. and Canada. Conclusion.

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Need Some Inspiration To Video Blog? Look no further.

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Now all I need to find is some additional brilliant examples of nonprofit organizations using FLIP cameras.  FLIP Camera. Editing Software.

Blog for Choice Day 2009

Connection Cafe

Today is Blog for Choice Day 2009 , an event organized by NARAL Pro-Choice America. binds the members more tightly to the organization.

Can A Public Nonprofit Dashboard Be Your Organization's Best Friend or Worst Enemy?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

What if the default was to share your organization's dashboard openly with everyone?  Photo Source: Indianapolis Museum of Art Blog.

2009 Nonprofit Tagline Awards

Amy Sample Ward

strong tagline does double-duty — working to extend your organization’s name and mission, while delivering a focused, memorable and repeatable message to your base. All entrants will receive a free copy of the fully-updated 2009 Nonprofit Tagline Report in late 2009. Enter today. About the Tagline Awards.

Social Media in the Nonprofit Workplace: Does Your Organization Need A Social Media Policy?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

But, if an organization simply cuts and pastes a social media policy without the internal culture change, it won't be effective. 

2009 eCampaigning Review Released

Amy Sample Ward

Resources or capacity are still an issue - the big organizations do better with online actions.  This isn’t really a surprise as bigger organizations naturally have more people/staff and time, technical capacity and so on (many groups working on advocacy have only a couple people vs a large organization with hundreds).

10 Blog Content Ideas for Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofit Tech for Good

There are now over 143 million blogs on the Internet and when I launched Nonprofit Tech 2.0 in September of 2009, I had very low expectations. I

Avoiding the Participatory Ghetto: Are Museums Evolving with their Innovative Web Strategies?

Museum 2.0

But I left uneasy, grappling with questions that plagued me throughout the conference. How does their work relate to their physical institutions?

What's an Email Address Worth? Just Calculate it!


The first challenge in answering this question is that different organizations use and value online supporters differently. And we should.

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New SSIR Post: Will 2009 Bring Social Learning Spaces to Life?

Amy Sample Ward

When I talk with organizations about how they are using social media tools to engage online, whether they’ve already started or not, I find that the most common approach is to set up that Facebook group, add a blog to the website, or even set up a wiki for an event.  But that’s it.  Why is this our pattern? 

2009 GreatNonprofits Youth Thrive Awards

Amy Sample Ward

The 2009 GreatNonprofits Youth Thrive Awards will recognize the top-rated youth-focused nonprofits. In the month of September, the small, medium, and large organizations with the most positive reviews will be featured on GreatNonprofits and Guidestar. All reviews will be automatically visible on About GreatNonprofits.

Time Management Tips for Nonprofit Techies and Social Media Strategists

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Using Social Networking to build your YMCA career View more presentations from steveheye. Use of YMCA equipment. Sharing confidential information.

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Three Lessons in Social Media Fundraising


Bigger organizations have bigger lists and bigger staff to cultivate those lists, amounting in bigger fundraising. In this case, smaller orgs had a much better showing than anticipated: "Indeed, larger organizations with slower-moving hierarchies and professional development staffs were less successful in this fast-paced effort."

Index of National Fundraising Performance- Q2 2009


Target Analytics , a Blackbaud company, announced last week the latest Index of National Fundraising Performance for the second quarter of 2009. The index compares trends in key fundraising indicators from 77 organizations, including over 36 million donors and more than 68 million gifts totaling almost $2 billion in revenue

10 Things Every Nonprofit Should Know About Social Media and Online Communications


Enewsletters Still Work Enewsletters are still a valuable form of communications for most organizations. All great questions! Let’s get down to my top 10 list of things every nonprofit should know about social media and online communications. 1. Agreed! 2. The entire world seems to be fixated on Twitter and for good reason.

A Very Brief Primer: Measuring the Return on Investment of Nonprofit Technology


ROI can help your organization avoid a technology purchase that is a huge mistake or avoid not investing in a technology that could return many dividends. An ROI process focuses on identifying and unpacking the benefits of efficiency and effectiveness and how these support your organization's mission. Beth Kanter, Beth's Blog.

So How Are We Doing? How are YOU Doing? Tell Us!


How you use tech in your organization. Your organization's most significant tech challenges. > Take the Survey! So has NTEN. We ask!


Moving away from “organizations” - to what?

Amy Sample Ward

The word most in question: “organization&#. How important would volunteers be without any organization or community to support?