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  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2010
    [2010] Building Stronger Online Communities Without Losing Your Sanity
    Next week I’ll be in Atlanta for the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference ( connect with me there! ).  One of the sessions I’m a part of , along with Manny Hernandez, Peggy Duvette, and Christine Egger, hopes to answer the question how you can build strong online communities without losing your sanity. Takeaways: 1.  We need you!
  • CONNECTION CAFE  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2010
    [2010] Guest Post: Measuring Social Media with Multichannel Integration and Meaningful Metrics
    Author: Jordan Viator. It's no secret by now that social media is hot topic with nonprofit organizations, and quickly the topic of social media measurement is becoming a common conversation thread across the community. Guest Post: Measuring Social Media with Multichannel Integration and Meaningful Metrics. By Shabbir Imber Safdar and Shayna Englin.
  • WILD APRICOT BLOG  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010
    [2010] Association Jam: Top Links for October 2010
    Here’s a look at the most popular links submitted to Association Jam in October 2010, by topic category: Membership Are you a membership based nonprofit? ways to be better Mazarine Treyz | Wild Woman Fundraising Do you want to improve retention and.( read more ).
  • CONNECTION CAFE  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010
    [2010] Nonprofit SXSW Goodness – Conference List Toppers, To-Dos and Topics of Interest
    Author: Jordan Viator. It’s less than 24 hours until the masses start filling the Austin Convention Center for one of the biggest and best Interactive conferences of the year: South By Southwest. For news and happenings from the live event, feel free to follow me at @jordanv on Twitter). The Beacon: Lounge with a Conscience! ” 6.
  • WILD APRICOT BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 2010
    [2010] Managing Your Membership - Nonprofit Blog Carnival
    Wild Apricot is delighted to host the Nonprofit Blog Carnival for June 2010. Big thanks to all who sent in their blog posts for consideration! Here for your reading (and thinking) pleasure are five great blog posts that really meshed with this month’s theme – Managing Your Membership – Tips, Tools & Tactics.( read more ).
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2010
    [2010] Launching the Global Scale wiki: Learn and share about scaling up!
    As readers of this blog know, I often mention the idea of “movement building.&# There is enormous opportunity and potential for creating real, lasting impact in our world by operating in a movement-oriented way with our programs, events, campaigns, and calls to action. Introducing the Global Scale wiki! Join & Contribute.
  • ZEN AND THE ART OF NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 2010
    [2010] Social CRM, part 1
    We (the two partners of OpenIssue ) shared a cab from the Atlanta airport to the hotel when we arrived for the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference. This blog series is all Beth Kanter’s fault. We were chatting with her about what kind of work we do, and she asked “do you do social CRM?&# More than that.
  • NETWITS  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 2010
    [2010] Do You do Mobile?
    Are you thinking about the future of communication as it relates to reaching and connecting with your supporters, donors, volunteers and members? What about reaching those who know nothing about you? m thinking about how the nonprofit industry should be adapting to the ever changing landscape of internet use and how mobile devices fit in.
  • BENEBLOG: TECHNOLOGY MEETS SOCIETY   |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2010
    [2010] Market Failure in Global Health Technologies
    New ideas for Benetech projects come to us from interesting people all the time. The challenges that people bring are rarely technology problems: they are market problems. Rebecca was looking for help with a familiar problem. Her students at Rice University have been busy inventing new tools and equipment for global health. So far, so good.
  • NETWITS  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2010
    [2010] Why Segmentation Is So Important in Email Marketing
    In today’s modern email marketing environments, lots of focus is placed on design and content – which we can all agree are very important aspects of any email campaign. However, there is one component of soliciting your donors which should be considered for any and every communication you generate via email. What Is Segmentation?
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2010
    [2010] The other side of the figures: Causes reaches $20 Million in Donations
    Earlier this week, an announcement on the Causes Application blog broke the news that over $20 Million has been donated since May 2007 via donors using the social networking application. You can read more about the MySpace/Facebook move here , here , and here.). 25 median donation amount. 35,000 causes have received at least one donation.
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 3, 2010
    [2010] January #4Change Chat Topic: Campaigning
    Date : January, 14th 2010. The January #4Change Twitter Chat will focus on the use of Twitter and other social media tools in campaigning. About the Topic. Here are some ways that campaigning can be framed for the purpose of this chat: moving canvassing door to door to online networks. political action. local community building. Be cool.
  • NONPROFIT TECH FOR GOOD  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010
    [2010] Any nonprofits out there experimenting with Facebook Community Pages?
    I was just getting ready to add “Create a Facebook Page for a campaign in addition to your organization’s Facebook Page&# to my Facebook Best Practices for Nonprofit Organizations when I read that Facebook had launched “Community Pages&#. don’t care about your farm, or your fish, or your park, or your mafia!!!
  • CONNECTION CAFE  |  MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010
    [2010] Social Media Makes a Splash at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Conference
    AFP Presentation 2010: Navigating the Waters in the Sea of Social Media View more presentations from Convio. Author: Jordan Viator. Former President of AFP Golden Gate Nicci Noble and current AFP Golden Gate President and Development Director of Center for Environmental Health Sean Sullivan presented on "How Tweet It Is!: Where are you now?
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2010
    [2010] Case Study in Free Agent Fundraising @AbolishCancer
    I often talk about individuals when I’m discussing the way social media can be used to support organizations. Because social media may be about networks, communities, and collaboration; but it is only possible because of the dynamic and powerful tools individuals are using. Social networks are built from all the content individuals share. 
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2010
    [2010] New on SSIR: How Our Tools Define “Community”
    This is my latest post on the Stanford Social Innovation Review opinion blog. Read the original post and conversation here. —– I’ve talked about issues and ideas over the last year about the use of certain tools or platforms in the social technology for social impact sector, from Causes to Ideablob to Ning. 
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2010
    [2010] Live Blog: Is Technology Really Good for Human Rights
    Tonight, I attended a live panel discussion on the question of whether Technology is Really Good for Human Rights, or not.  Below are live notes – apologies for spelling and grammar – that follow the main points and audience q/a.  Enjoy! That ethos continued until the last three years or so with issues in Burma, Iran, and China. 
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010
    [2010] December 2010 Community Builder’s Chat Wrap-up #CommBuild
    In this month’s chat,we had some good discussion around social media guildines and online community moderation. We heard from many people that there were too many holiday deadlines at work to make the chat so be sure to add your thoughts to the comments here after reading the archive to join in! Read the full transcript here!
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2010
    [2010] Unlocking the True Value of Social Media
    I have the fun opportunity to be a presenter at the 2010 Blackbaud Conference for Nonprofits! My session today focuses on the topic of “Unlocking the True Value of Social Media.&#. Slides. Unlocking the True Value of Social Media. View more presentations from Amy Sample Ward. Helpful Links. How to create a Listening Dashboard.
  • FROGLOOP  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2010
    [2010] Online Fundraising Lessons From Campaign 2010
    Check out Teddy Goff, of Blue State Digital and Taryn Rosenkranz of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recent webinar " Lessons from Campaign 2010." Webinar: Lessons from Campaign 2010. Looking to build your email list filled with people who truly care about your nonprofits mission?
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2010
    [2010] Monthly Chats about Community Building: Are you with me?
    Last month, I moderated the June #4Change chat with the topic of “community building&#. There were some excellent ideas and tips, and generally great conversation. The problem for me with the chat was twofold: 1. Twitter fail. It has become a regular occurrence for our monthly #4change chats to find Twitter not even working. One time.
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010
    [2010] Relaunching: A place for conversations, content, and more!
    Clicking on 2010 Presentations , for example, now let’s you browse through individual posts for every presentation and speaking engagement from 2010 (so far). NOTE: I’ve only been able to archive 2010 and 20009 so far, but all presentations will be in this format very soon. Thank You. Thanks, Matt!  What’s new?
  • ZEN AND THE ART OF NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010
    [2010] Women Who Tech Telesummit
    I’ve been involved in this Telesummit now since the beginning. It’s really fun, and important. The Women Who Tech Telesummit was formed three years ago to celebrate all the innovative women who provide incredible value to technology and social media. So So it’s time to come get your tech on ! Female Ferocity. And more….
  • ZEN AND THE ART OF NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY  |  MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010
    [2010] External, alienated, busy-busy
    As you might know, almost a year ago, I made a big change in my use of social media – I segregated my social graph – work related stuff moved to LinkedIn and Twitter, and personal friends only on Facebook. Now, I have taken the next step, and made somewhat of a momentous decision. have been fairly conflicted about this for a while.
  • BETH'S BLOG: HOW NONPROFITS CAN USE SOCIAL MEDIA  |  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2009
    [2010] Network + Self-Organizing + Location + Data Visualization = 2010
    These ideas are going to have an impact on the way nonprofits use the Web in 2010 and into the next couple of years. I've been playing in a sand box to explore online collaboration/social media tools and how they support network weaving.  This gets in the way of everyone being able to do a little bit of work. 
  • ZEN AND THE ART OF NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY  |  TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2010
    [2010] When data gets political
    Most days, data is pretty straightforward to us here at OpenIssue headquarters. Names, addresses, email addresses, the pesky notes field (today’s bane of our existence.) But sometimes, data is political. Or, I guess more accurately, data models. Gender is one, marital status is another. Here’s the first draft. Yes, we are.).
  • ROBERT WEINER  |  SUNDAY, JULY 25, 2010
    [2010] Chosing a donor database
    I get a lot of emails like the following from small nonprofits: We desperately need to get a new donor database and most of them are totally unaffordable!! Looking at the Idealware Low Cost Database report , I find that there are so many considerations that it is quite complicated to make a choice. As you said, there are a lot of considerations.
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2010
    [2010] Ning: Phoenix or Fizzle?
    Earlier this year, Ning announced that it would be dropping 40% of it’s staff and dropping the free service which came as a shock to much of the community, including author of the Ning for Dummies book Manny Hernandez and spurring many forums and blogs to create lists of Ning alternatives that were still free. Case study: Chain Reaction. Interview.
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  MONDAY, APRIL 5, 2010
    [2010] Social by Social Giveaway for 10NTC
    I’m getting my bags packed to fly to Atlanta for the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference and discovered that I have 4 copies of Social by Social left – and I’m going to give them away! About Social by Social. Whoever you are, it shows you how to take technology and turn it into real world benefits.  How to Win.
  • CONNECTION CAFE  |  MONDAY, APRIL 5, 2010
    [2010] Bikinis, Greed & Adrenaline: Secrets of Social Media’s Dark Underbelly
    Author: Jennifer Darrouzet. “Online gaming” was the reply when I cordially asked a man sitting near me at a conference what industry he represented. “Like World of Warcraft?” ” I asked. “No – these are online gambling sites” was his reply. He laughed when I said I worked with non-profits.
  • SEE WHAT'S OUT THERE  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2010
    [2010] Enter the 2010 Tagline Awards Today!
    Your nonprofit or foundation could be one of this year’s Getting Attention Nonprofit Tagline Award (a.k.a. The Taggies) winners! And this year, for the first time, you can submit your organization’s program, fundraising campaign and/or and special event taglines, in addition to your organizational tagline. So enter here now.
  • WILD APRICOT BLOG  |  TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2010
    [2010] Best of Association Jam for July 2010
    Best of all, you’ll find a number of brand new faces here, among the excellent content submitted to and voted up in “AJam” through July 2010: Membership It's That Time Again: NFP Pulse on Member/Donor Recruitment & Retention has Officially.( read more ).
  • BENEBLOG: TECHNOLOGY MEETS SOCIETY   |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 2010
    [2010] The Davos Blur
    The Davos scene is nonstop: it starts with breakfast meetings at 8 am and ends typically after midnight. You rush from session to session, often jumping a shuttle from one hotel to another or back to the Congress Center. In between the meetings, there’s the powerful force of serendipity. Each hour there’s something memorable.
  • NETWITS  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2010
    [2010] Remember Me? 5 Website Tips to Retain Loyal Donors
    At the beginning of 2010 they no longer needed volunteers for that task because of staff efficiencies – which was great news! When you hear ‘retention’ in the nonprofit industry, you often think about “donor&# retention. For many organizations, volunteers are the life blood of the cause because of budget cuts, small staffs, etc.
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2010
    [2010] Community-Driven Social Impact: Presentation & Game
    Today I had the great pleasure and honor of presenting at the National Conference on Service and Volunteering. had a 90-minute workshop which was broken into two parts: a bit of presentation, and a bit of game time. Presentation: Community-Driven Social Impact. View more presentations from Amy Sample Ward. Resource links: [link]. link]. link].
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 6, 2010
    [2010] Tips for Making the Most of Tweetups
    (This post was originally posted on the Beautiful World blog, here.). This coming Thursday is the next NFPTweetup , taking place at JustGiving ’s new offices.  As part of a blog series leading up to the event, I was asked to share some thoughts on the event, especially for those coming along for the first time that may not know what to expect. 
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2010
    [2010] June #4Change Chat: Local Community Organizing
    This post is reposted from the #4Change blog. love community organizing. It’s true! It’s something that I am energized by, passionate about, and take so much pleasure in helping others do well, too. Social media tools work because they are powered by people, and people are social. What tools have been most unsuccessful? Feeling brave?
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2010
    [2010] Nonprofit Marketing Report: Organizations Failing to Connect
    Nancy Schwartz, president of Nancy Schwartz & Company and blogger at Getting Attention , has just finished analyzing data from a nonprofit marketing survey of more than 900 nonprofit leaders, revealing that they are doing a poor job connecting with their audience and community.  We don’t move our base to action.”. So they fall flat.”.
  • CONNECTION CAFE  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2010
    [2010] 10 TeamRaiser and Online Marketing Tips for 2011
    Author: Jill Ward. Contributed by Jeff Shuck & Jono Smith, Event 360. When it comes to your fundraising events, if you were starting over, how different would they look? The culling, organizing, and assessment of your event data is where the real work happens, and where the real insights emerge. Analytics has been a recurring theme this year.
  • NTEN  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2010
    [2010] NTEN Member Buzz Round-Up: First in 2010!
    (Note: This is a weekly round-up of NTEN members doing and sharing their nptech awesome. Members are in bold. Tag your own news with "nten member" or "nptech" to help us find your awesome online, or contact Annaliese with your updates.) . Congratulations, Peter Campbell , on becoming the newest member of the Idealware board!
  • AFP BLOG  |  FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2010
    [2010] Big Names, Smaller Expo, and a Virtual Option at American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Conference | 2010 Annual Meeting and Exposition
    Big Names, Smaller Expo, and a Virtual Option at American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Conference | 2010 Annual Meeting and Exposition: "he blended meeting component will provide an opportunity for those not able to travel to the live meeting to attend virtually.
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2010
    [2010] Oregon Foundation looking for a Million Dollar Idea
    Ideas can be submitted and commented on until July 13, 2010. Meyer Memorial Trust is a private foundation in Oregon, USA, that has a pioneering spirit and is always up to something new, different, and meaningful – plus it is quite near to my heart. Meyer’s personal estate. We think that’s where Fred Meyer would want us to look.”.
  • BENEBLOG: TECHNOLOGY MEETS SOCIETY   |  THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010
    [2010] Work on Stuff that Matters
    I was impressed when I heard Tim O'Reilly recommending to all tech folks last year that they Work on Stuff that Matters. Tim's point wasn't that all tech developers should go to work for nonprofits, it was that people should step back and think about what matters to them. Like many techies, I came to the field because I loved doing tech.
  • TECH SOUP BLOG  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2011
    [2010] New Microsoft Office 2010 Courses from easyLearning
    And they've recently expanded their catalog with new Microsoft Office 2010 courses. The new Microsoft Office 2010 courses include an overview of common new features in the Office 2010 suite, as well as separate courses introducing new features in the 2010 versions of Word , Excel , Outlook , PowerPoint , Access , and SharePoint.
  • CONNECTION CAFE  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2010
    [2010] 10 Tips to Jumpstart Your Nonprofit Social Media Plan
    Author: Jordan Viator. Last week I had the opportunity to speak with Judy Chang of PayPal and Debbie Swider of the ASPCA on “ 10 Tips to Jumpstart Your Nonprofit Social Media Plan ” with examples of some of the amazing success the ASPCA has seen through growing its social media plan. Leave a comment or @ jordanv me on Twitter to share
  • FROGLOOP  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2010
    [2010] Webinar: The Procrastinator's Guide to 2010 Year End Fundraising
    Join us for this webinar: The Procrastinator's Guide to 2010 Year End Fundraising When: Thursday, December 9th at 2PM ET Who: Alia McKee from Sea Change Strategies, along with a surprise special nonprofit guest and moderator Ryann Miller of Care2. Time is running out to launch your year-end fundraising plan, and the stakes are high. Its free.
  • BENEBLOG: TECHNOLOGY MEETS SOCIETY   |  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2010
    [2010] The Tech Awards - Technology Benefiting Humanity
    just attended the 2010 Tech Awards Gala Even. A Guest Beneblog by Teresa Throckmorton, Benetech's CFO Walking into the Santa Clara Convention Center last night looked very much like so many other black tie events – but that’s where the similarity ended. Inside there were 20 stations set up with this year’s laureates.
  • ZEN AND THE ART OF NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2010
    [2010] Beth Kanter’s Birthday
    And thanks in advance for all the great upcoming posts in 2010 and beyond that will help me sound intelligent when I talk about social media. You don’t hear me talking much about social media. One of the reasons is that there are a number of really good bloggers out there who know the field far better than I’ll ever be able to.
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 3, 2010
    [2010] New on SSIR: Global Tools for Going Local
    My latest post is up on the Stanford Social Innovation Review opinion blog. You can check out the post and conversation there , or read a copy of the post below. Social media may connect people around the world but it can also connect them locally.  Global use of social media is also a great way to amplify voices, ideas, and stories. FourSquare.
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2010
    [2010] Technology for Change Contest: Win a new computer from HP!
    Technology for Change. What’s your favorite example of technology helping people create positive change in the world? think there are too many to count, really.  One example that I’ve blogged about before is the annual project from EpicChange: Tweetsgiving.  Enter the Contest. Looking at all of you readers, hint hint!).
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 10, 2010
    [2010] Join the surprise party for Beth Kanter!
    Happy Birthday! Today we are throwing an online surprise birthday party for Beth Kanter , and you’re invited! In her birthday wish post , Beth announces that she’s trying to send 53 Cambodian children to school by raising $530.  How does it work? Of course, you’re invited to make a gift to make her wish come true as well!).
  • CONNECTION CAFE  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2010
    [2010] Mobile donations and dating – The world has changed
    Author: Tad Druart. As I look back at my communication’s and development career technology has changed the way I work - I remember the days when we had a major product launch and had teams of people in New York and Washington D.C. the morning of the announcement to "run" the press releases to the key media outlets/reporters. Had W.
  • CONNECTION CAFE  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2010
    [2010] Tragedy in Haiti - How can I help?
    Author: Jill Ward. am saddened by the news and images coming from Haiti after the devastating earthquake that hit yesterday. The question on my mind and many of yours is where and how can I help? With a few quick searches on Google and Twitter there is no shortage of options from tweeting to texting.
  • NETWITS  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2010
    [2010] Turn Good Web Pages Into Great Ones
    You may have inherited a vast pool of web content written before your time, or you frequently receive lengthy “expert” articles and other contributed pieces to add to the web site you now manage. Not every expert who contributes to a web site is also an expert in writing for the web. Web writing is often too verbose. Pet Stores.
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2010
    [2010] March #4change topic: How Social Media Can Enhance Events
    From the newest member of the #4Change team, ChristinasWorld : In the wake of South by Southwest in Austin, and in anticipation of some exciting social media and social change gatherings coming up on the 2010 events calendar, we thought it could be useful to explore How Social Media Can Enhance Events as the topic for the March #4change chat.
  • NTEN  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2010
    [2010] How to Use Causes for Your Year-End Fundraising Appeal
    And in 2010, online giving is expected to bring in more donations than ever, after having seen a 46% increase in online revenue between 2008 and 2009. Susan Gordon, Causes. Planning for the year-end giving season is in full swing throughout the nonprofit sector. Fundraising Projects. To create a Fundraising Project on Causes, go to [link].
  • CONNECTION CAFE  |  THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2010
    [2010] Leveraging Twitter Influencers to Drive Social Good – a Success Story from Free The Kids
    And at the time the Haiti disaster occurred in January 2010, the nonprofit had virtually no social media presence aside from the Father Marc’s blog updating supporters of the organization's work in Haiti. Author: Jordan Viator. There are influencers and evangelists among all social media networks. million + Twitter followers.
  • NETWITS  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010
    [2010] 5 Things I’d do if I Started Today
    I was talking to a friend who’s looking to start using the web and social media more effectively to reach a specific group of people. It got me thinking about the basics - the things that are, in most cases, mission critical when it comes to finding success in a digital world
  • ZEN AND THE ART OF NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY  |  MONDAY, APRIL 5, 2010
    [2010] Off to NTC!
    Tomorrow morning, I’ll be leaving on a jet plane, to Atlanta, Georgia, for the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference. This will be my 7th NTC since 2001 (or, more accurately, my 5th. went to two Circuit Rider Roundups.). I’m looking forward to it.
  • ZEN AND THE ART OF NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2010
    [2010] Social CRM, part 2: Metrics vs. CRM
    So while I’ve been off twitter, I’ve had time to research social CRM (funny, that.) And what I’ve found is pretty interesting. CRM stands for “Customer Relationship Management&# (not to be confused with “Cause Related Marketing&# - it came from the for-profit space. That was the question I cam to this issue with.
  • TECH SOUP BLOG  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2010
    [2010] In the Social Media Kitchen with TechSoup Chefs at NSAC 2010
    As we mentioned on the blog, TechSoup's online community staffers along with expert consultants presented at the NSAC (National Sexual Assault Conference) hosted by CALCASA (California Coalition Against Sexual Assault). read more. Tools
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2010
    [2010] New on SSIR – Be Human: Temporary versus Permanent Networks
    My latest contribution to the Stanford Social Innovation Review is now posted, you can visit the SSIR blog to read it there or read the full text below. —– Lately, I’m thinking about the topic of cross-platform community building. Temporary versus Permanent Networks. And engagement requires people. People are networked.
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2010
    [2010] Interview: Kivi Leroux Miller, The Nonprofit Marketing Guide
    I’ve followed Kivi’s work for years and am happy to call her a colleague and friend. She’s a go-to resource for nonprofit marketing and her new book is called The Nonprofit Marketing Guide ( get your copy here ).  This interview is part of her virtual book tour; check out the full calendar of events. love it!
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2010
    [2010] Connected Generation: Youth Workers and Social Media
    Earlier this month, the Connected Generation conference brought lots of folks from organizations and direct services groups, as well as practitioners, educators, and researchers together in Bristol, UK, to talk about the use of social media in youth work.  Connecting to Youth: Leveraging social media for work with young communities. Discussion.
  • TECH SOUP BLOG  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 2010
    [2010] Learn to Use "Track Changes" in Microsoft Word 2010
    This blog post from Addictive Tips demonstrates how to use the track changes feature of Word 2010. The "Track Changes feature allows MS Word to keep track of the changes you make in a document. It is also known as redline, or redlining. Its real usage can be seen when, two or more persons need to edit the document.". read more.
  • BENEBLOG: TECHNOLOGY MEETS SOCIETY   |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 2010
    [2010] My remarks just made at WIPO today
    with print disabilities, with more than 70,000 copyrighted works in our library, the majority of which have been created under the US copyright exception by volunteers, mainly people with disabilities themselves, helping each other. We now have global permissions for around 8,000 copyrighted books out of our 70,000.
  • WILD APRICOT BLOG  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2010
    [2010] 33 Free MS Office Templates for Non-Profits
    You've heard about some time-saving free Google Docs templates that can save time for non-profits creating documents, spreadsheets and presentations – but did you know Microsoft.com has a bundle of free Office Suite templates that are designed especially for non-profits? read more ).
  • NETWITS  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2010
    [2010] Revolutionize Your Website with a Facebook “Like” Button
    Over the past few months you’ve probably noticed the Facebook like button on at least a few of the websites you frequent. It’s becoming a mainstay on the web and almost essential for any website trying to drive traffic, engagement, and action. suspect you’re in at least one of those categories. few interesting facts. Peeks my curiosity.
  • ZEN AND THE ART OF NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2010
    [2010] Email is dead … long live Email?
    Reports of the death of email are, of course rampant, for the past, oh, 10 years or so. First, spam was going to kill email. It certainly is true that most email sent these days is spam, but that hasn’t managed to kill it. More recently, facebook and twitter were considered likely candidates for killing it off. Nonprofits Open Source
  • ZEN AND THE ART OF NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2010
    [2010] Salesforce.com and Ruby on Rails
    Programming languages and I have issues. By now, I’ve learned quite a number of them (I think 9 by last count), but for some reason, I seem to choose my work on them just at the top of the curve, or as they are going down. have yet to manage to pick one early. learned C at the height of its popularity, just as C++ was beginning to rise.
  • BENEBLOG: TECHNOLOGY MEETS SOCIETY   |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2010
    [2010] Breakthrough Philanthropy - Thiel Foundation event
    I've been asked by a lot of people both inside and outside Benetech lately to not only talk about the what we do, but the why we do it: the thinking behind it. met with a very senior nonprofit leader last week in New York who explicitly asked us to talk more about what we're thinking. The foundation spotlighted eight unusual nonprofit groups.
  • ZEN AND THE ART OF NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY  |  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2010
    [2010] Plotting my return to Twitter
    In April of this year,  I left twitter. had good reason to leave twitter. And, after a few months, I didn’t miss it. And, frankly I still don’t miss it. But I had a bit of an epiphany lately that you social media mavens out there will very much appreciate. figured it was worth writing on this blog about. So I left. nptech twitter
  • ZEN AND THE ART OF NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010
    [2010] Salesforce as a CMS?
    Salesforce is a very powerful platform onto which one can build a large variety of interesting kinds of custom applications. I’ve already talked on this blog about Salesforce integration with Drupal , Plone , and others. First, what are the advantages and disadvantages of this approach? What are the advantages? But there is a lot there.
  • ZEN AND THE ART OF NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY  |  FRIDAY, JULY 2, 2010
    [2010] I’m not changing the world
    I’ve been working with nonprofit organizations on technology issues (strategy, implementation) for about 15 years now. remember the heady days, when most nonprofits didn’t even have networks, and some of them still didn’t have internet access. Now, 15 years later, I’m pretty sure I’m not changing the world.
  • NETWITS  |  TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2010
    [2010] 3 Simple Tips for Turning Good Web Pages into Great Ones
    You may have inherited a vast pool of web content written “before your time” … or you frequently receive lengthy “expert” articles and other contributed pieces to add to the web site you now manage. Not every expert who contributes to a web site is also an expert in writing for the web.
  • CONNECTION CAFE  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2010
    [2010] The Generational Divide - The Landscape of Donor Research, Relationships and Generational Realizations Every Nonprofit Should See
    The Generational Divide of American Giving - 2010 NTC Next Generation Presentation View more presentations from Convio Author: Jordan Viator. If you currently work in a nonprofit organization, or the corporate world for that matter, you've no doubt had a conversation in the past year about "generational differences" today. My main takeaway?
  • AFP BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010
    [2010] Text-to-donate a huge success
    30, 2010Text-to-give campaigns are one of the biggest philanthropic success stories of 2010, with mobile relief efforts having raised tens of millions in micro-donations across North America -- more than $750,000 of which came from Canadian phones Text-to-donate a huge success: "Misty Harris, Postmedia News  Tuesday, Nov.
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 2010
    [2010] Future Trends in Charity Communications #CC2020
    Ben Matthews has just announced the launch of CharityComms 2020 , an initiative that Bright One has been spearheading in partnership with CharityComms, the professional body for charity communicators. What were my ideas? co-creation – of services, programs, campaigns. View more presentations from Ben Matthews. Your Invitation.
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 2010
    [2010] Show Your Love on Mother’s Day for Your Mom & Mama Lucy
    Last year, using the theme of gratitude and TweetsGiving, Epic Change catalyzed the global community to help build a school in Tanzania. The work they have done with Mama Lucy has been incredible and the school is now serving over 400 children. Just imagine. According to the LA Times, this year Americans alone will spend $14.6
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010
    [2010] Ning saying no to free networks
    As someone that has helped others to create, and has created many networks on the Ning platform, yesterday’s news that the company would be dropping 40% of it’s staff and dropping the free service was incredibly alarming.  We will phase out our free service.  [ Read the full letter here. ]. And I see it working. 
  • ZEN AND THE ART OF NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY  |  MONDAY, JULY 19, 2010
    [2010] Three months without Twitter
    As you know, I left twitter 3 months ago today. figured it was a good time to do a reflection of my experiences over this time – what I miss, and what I don’t miss. What I don’t miss. Distractions: I find myself more productive, for sure. never was very disciplined about turning twitter off, so I was constantly distracted.
  • BENEBLOG: TECHNOLOGY MEETS SOCIETY   |  THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2010
    [2010] Authorized Entities Trusted Intermediaries
    A hot topic at the SCCR20/WIPO discussions in Geneva on global access to materials by the print disabilities is the term "Trusted Intermediaries"("TIs"). The concept of TIs uses U.S. and similar copyright exceptions as a starting point. In the U.S. exception, Section 121, posted at Bookshare as the Chafee Amendment, the term is "authorized entities."
  • ZEN AND THE ART OF NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2010
    [2010] The easier it looks, the more expensive it will be (or, how to avoid clusterfrack projects)
    As most of you know, I’m a very long time veteran of web application building. I’ve been involved in web application development basically since they started – when, when a cgi-bin folder with some perl scripts to process simple forms was the norm. And, frankly, have come to expect. What could I have done differently? Dig in.
  • BENEBLOG: TECHNOLOGY MEETS SOCIETY   |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2010
    [2010] Total Engagement
    I just finished reading the book Total Engagement. It's rare that I read a book that has me wondering if the authors have caught a glimpse of an unexpected future, and that ten or twenty years from now people will be looking back and saying: that was the book that spotted this crucial trend. This could be one of them. The thesis is simple.
  • BENEBLOG: TECHNOLOGY MEETS SOCIETY   |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2010
    [2010] Benetech Human Rights Data Analysts Uncover Critical Evidence
    In 2010, Benetech’s Human Rights Data Analysis Group examined once hidden government documents from Guatemala and Chad that provided key evidence needed to hold former national leaders and security forces accountable for human rights violations. Guzmán’s testimony was based on HRDAG’s analysis of the 31.7
  • NETWITS  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2010
    [2010] 10 Things I've Learned Over 2,000 Tweets
    On May 18th, 2007 at 5:18pm I tweeted for the first time, saying "@Ruby. vote teleporting." I was at the 2007 Personal Democracy Forum , and if memory serves correctly, I was replying to a general question another attendee, Ruby Sinreich, was asking of other attendees.
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2010
    [2010] Great reads from around the web on January 15th
    Submissions close January 22, 2010." I come across so many great conversations, ideas, and resources all over the web every day. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve found recently (as of January 15th). You can join the conversations in the comments, or click through to the original posts to find what others are saying.
  • BENEBLOG: TECHNOLOGY MEETS SOCIETY   |  MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2010
    [2010] Bookshare in Chennai
    Two years later, Maria who was affected by polio at the age of one and has to use a wheel chair and calipers, is now soon to be married on Jan 18th, 2010. A guest Beneblog by Viji Dilip International Bookshare Program Manager Every morning braving the heavy Chennai traffic Maria wheels into Worth Trust to start her work as a proof reader.
  • WILD APRICOT BLOG  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2010
    [2010] Association Jam: Top Links for November 2010
    Here’s a look at the most popular links submitted to Association Jam in November 2010, by category: Membership Association Horn-Tootin' and Why Being Member Driven is Only Half the Battle Carol-Anne Moutinho | Association Resource.( read more ).
  • TECH SOUP BLOG  |  MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012
    [2010] Upcoming Webinar on June 21: How Real Nonprofits Fundraise with Microsoft
    Fundraising Microsoft Office 2010 TechSoup Event webinarsDo you want to know how other nonprofits use Microsoft products to create innovative brochures, presentations, and other fundraising materials? Don’t forget to check out the third webinar in our Microsoft Tips & Tricks series on Thursday, June 21 at 11 a.m.,
  • BENEBLOG: TECHNOLOGY MEETS SOCIETY   |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2010
    [2010] Bookshare Creates Opportunities For Gifted Students
    I talk a lot about how technology can help create tremendous educational opportunities for students with print disabilities. As part of my holiday greetings this year, I would like to introduce you to two young people who have used Benetech’s Bookshare library to reach academic excellence and find the books that keep them engaged in their off hours.
  • BENEBLOG: TECHNOLOGY MEETS SOCIETY   |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2010
    [2010] Verdict in Guatemala Disappearance Case!
    Just got late-breaking news: the judges just rendered a guilty verdict in the trial I was about to discuss in the following blog post! Will share more details from our team later, but this is a great day for fighting impunity around forced disappearances. The estimated 31.7 You can read more about the case at [link].
  • ZEN AND THE ART OF NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2010
    [2010] Why use contributed Salesforce modules for Drupal?
    Lobo’s comment on my post yesterday prompted me to complete this blog entry that I’ve been ruminating on for a while. wrote a blog entry a while back on the state of Drupal/Salesforce integration. Truth is, it wasn’t really a choice for me – I’ve got using and contributing back to open source projects in my DNA somehow.
  • ZEN AND THE ART OF NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2010
    [2010] Drupal 7
    I’ve been doing a bit of playing around with Drupal 7 in my copious spare time (not a whole lot of that!) I’ve also been keeping track, a bit of how the development process is going, and what things will look like. One thing to say – it feels like as big an improvement as Drupal 6 was to Drupal 5. But some may well not make it.
  • ZEN AND THE ART OF NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2010
    [2010] Drupal Commerce
    Although it’s not often used in nonprofit settings, the Drupal module (or, more correctly, a large suite of modules) called “ Ubercart &# is a pretty amazing tool if you need to create a shopping cart system. We’ve implemented it for organizations that want to sell fees for events, sell items, and take donations.
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 2, 2010
    [2010] Blog Redesign: The Content You Want
    Last week I announced that I’m [finally] doing a redesign of this site – and I need your help to make it as valuable as possible.  I’m really lucky to be working with Matt Chevy, a designer who’s totally supportive and even into this approach of involving all of you in making this a better site. blog posts and conversations.
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  MONDAY, APRIL 5, 2010
    [2010] New Book: #NONPROFIT SOCIALMEDIA tweet
    Tap into the consciousness of social media and remarkable things can happen. That’s how #SOCIALMEDIA NONPROFIT tweet came to be. The Nonprofit Technology Conference is in Atlanta April 8-10 and Beth Kanter and Janet Fouts crowd-sourced a book of tips and tricks for the event. Start to finish the entire book was done in 3 weeks!
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010
    [2010] Creating Social Change with Social Media
    Over the last week, technology has played an unprecedented role in bringing aid to and saving lives in Haiti. Over $22 million has been raised by the American Red Cross via text message (about a fifth of total Haiti-related giving to the organization so far). And then there’s the role that Facebook and Twitter are playing.
  • NETWITS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010
    [2010] Claire Williams Diaz talks Hope140, T.W.E.E.T. and her Passion to Change the World
    Meet Claire. She leads social innovation, philanthropy, and causes at Twitter and Blogs at Claire.us.com. This year she joined a few of us for the Ignite Panel at Blackbaud’s conference where we talked about how social media is helping non-profits change the world. Check out the video
  • NETWITS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2010
    [2010] If you could Ask One Question what would it be?
    Blackbaud’s conference for nonprofits is a few days away. As the conference nears I’m getting ready for an exciting session focused on the use of social media in the non-profit sector, but I need YOUR help (make sure to read the whole post
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