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  • WILD APRICOT BLOG  |  TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2010
    [2010] Make Your Own Infographic
    Infographics are to data what storytelling is to an annual report: a more engaging way to help bring attention and understanding to your nonprofit’s cause. Let’s take a closer look at these visual representations of data and ideas, along with great resources to help you get started on making your own infographic.( read more ).
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 18, 2010
    [2010] Return on Engagement for your Community
    Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and I’ve been watching the time zones wake up in the US and start Twittering about the various service projects and community building activities everyone is participating in.  It’s been heart warming and also frustrating – I wish I could be so many places at once!  Then or now. 
  • NTEN  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2010
    [2010] 7 Ways for Nonprofits to Use Mobile Phones to Rake in Cash Monies
    moment in January, 2010, when an outpouring of donations followed the devastating Haiti quake. Ben Rigby, The Extraordinaires. If you’re like most people working at a nonprofit, you probably had a “Holy Mobile!” This, you expected. The Red Cross received 4.1 You breathed in. Did you miss mobile? Where did all of these donors come from? Voila!
  • NTEN  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28, 2010
    [2010] Social Media and Privacy: Best Practices for Managing Your Personal and Professional Identities
    Andrew Heller, andrewheller.com. Here's the situation: midnight is fast approaching and the server is still down. After working on the problem for hours with your manager, you're still scratching your head over how to solve the problem. As the night wears on, business conversation slowly turns into personal conversation. " are bound to come up.
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2010
    [2010] Crowdsourcing: Community vs Crowd
    I’m really excited and honored to be speaking today at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, TX, on a panel with Beth Kanter, Dave Neff, Holly Ross and Kari Saratovsky.  If you’re here in Austin, do join us!  If not, you can follow the conversation in real time on Twitter with the hashtag #crowdx.  Crowdsourcing for Social Change.
  • CONNECTION CAFE  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 2010
    [2010] Top tips for Efficiently Measuring Social Media ROI & Getting Strategic with Your Data
    Author: Jordan Viator. Measuring the return on investment for any organizational effort is a standard of doing business. Was the recent direct mail you sent worth the investment? How much is your online fundraising augmenting offline efforts? Was the social media plan you implemented worth the time you spent running it? Specific and easy to assess.
  • NETWITS  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2010
    [2010] Social Media Strategy: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
    Our social media strategy for nonprofits series continues by taking a look at how the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network ( www.pancan.org ) uses social media to enhance their online efforts. This organization is dedicated to advancing research, supporting patients and creating hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer.
  • NONPROFIT TECH FOR GOOD  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2010
    [2010] 11 Holiday Gift Programs That Benefit Nonprofits and Make the World A Better Place :: 2010 Edition
    In addition to all those wonderful programs, I wrote up 11 more for 2010. Last year’s list of nonprofit holiday gift programs has been getting a lot traffic over the last two weeks thanks to Google searches. It’s been a  tough year for nonprofits … they could use your support. Purchase Green Gifts ]. Purchase Peace Bonds ].
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2010
    [2010] Listen First! Finding Networks and Connections in Social Media
    Notes from the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference for: Who : Speakers: Susan Tenby | TechSoup Global; Janet Fouts; Kira Marchenese. Listen first and discover where the conversations are! —– Tools for listening: Goodbyebuddy – find out when people aren’t listening to you any more. Learn what people want to hear.
  • NETWITS  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010
    [2010] Social Media Monitoring in 30 Minutes or Less
    Most people will tell you that learning how to effectively monitor (or listen to) what’s being said on the web is the beginning of social media success. The increasing popularity of social networking, blogs and social media on the web validates this point nicely – People are talking about you, but is your nonprofit listening to them? That’s it.
  • NETWITS  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2010
    [2010] 5 Reasons Why Your Email Got Deleted
    Would you be happy with a return of.30 cents per email address when asking your supporter based for money through an email appeal? With 10,000 people in your email list you’d make $3,000.00 in revenue from one mailing. Subtract the money it cost you to send the email and you’re looking at a pretty good RIO. bet you’d go for that, right? Poor Design.
  • NTEN  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2010
    [2010] Tips for Writing Your First Social Media Policy
    Maddie Grant & Lindy Dreyer, SocialFish, LLC and Leslie T. White, Croydon Consulting LLC. Ready to adopt a social media policy for your organization staff? Awesome. You probably have some ideas about the risks you want to avoid and how you'd like your staff to interact on the interwebs. Easy peasy, right? Pick one audience. Mayo Clinic.
  • ZEN AND THE ART OF NONPROFIT TECHNOLOGY  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010
    [2010] Betting the Farm
    Countless nonprofits flocked to Ning to create social networks. Since I’m not a social media guru, I’ve generally kept my opinions about this to myself. But now that Ning isn’t free anymore , I’m going to carp some. Nonprofits find services for free. They start depending on them. The nonprofit community gets up in arms.
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11, 2010
    [2010] Join the monthly Community Building chats!
    Two weeks ago I shared a couple reflections that I had on a recent #4change chat about community building – the major output from that chat and the follow up blog post was the call I heard for a regular opportunity to talk about community building. Monthly Community Builder Chats. Exciting times! it’s a tool that I know works, 2.
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010
    [2010] New on SSIR: It’s not about Apple – It’s about Community
    My latest Stanford Social Innovation Review opinion piece is up and copied below. You can read and comment on the original post here. —– There’s been some interesting discussion about Apple, donations and This American Life ’s iPhone application lately that I want to touch on.  public media is all about donations.
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2010
    [2010] The Networked Nonprofit – #10NTC
    This session with Beth Kanter and Allison Fine will be presented as a webinar and recorded as part of 10NTC Live.  10NTC Registrants can register for the free recording by entering the source code you received via email. Register Now! —— [link]. The writing process for the book: Expository vs storytelling. BE: understand networks. link].
  • NONPROFIT TRENDS  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2010
    [2010] Top States for New Donors & Online Donors | Nonprofit Trends with.
    All Blackbaud Blogs Contact Us Blackbaud.com About Nonprofit Trends Books Research Reports Speaking Top States for New Donors & Online Donors Posted by Steve MacLaughlin on November 23rd, 2010 Blackbaud has a tremendous amount of data about the nonprofit sector. Sometimes that leads to very valuable insights into what’s happening.
  • FROGLOOP  |  MONDAY, MAY 17, 2010
    [2010] Top Three Platforms Your Nonprofit Should Use
    All the nonprofits I work with have one thing in common: they're working overtime just to keep up with the sheer volume of work on their plates. Adding new tools or tasks to their workload wouldn't make me popular, so I've searched high and low to find things that will increase a nonprofit's productivity at little or no cost. SlideShare. What is it?
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2010
    [2010] New on SSIR: Are we addicted to Slacktivism?
    My latest contribution to the Stanford Social Innovation Review is now up – it’s reposted below, but you can find the original post and conversation on SSIR. You may or may not have seen a message from those same friends encouraging you and everyone else to do it, too, as a way of increasing awareness of child abuse. What do you think?
  • NONPROFIT TECH FOR GOOD  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2010
    [2010] HOW TO: Add Your Nonprofit to Facebook Places and Claim Your New Places Page
    UPDATE :: After you verify your business/nonprofit, you are asked to merge your Official Page with your Places Page. have sneaking suspicion that the merged example in this blog post is a glimpse of the new Pages that are launching this week. Hold off on #6 below until further notice. If you get an error message, keep trying. It does work. Click it.
  • NTEN  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2010
    [2010] How-to: Use Google Analytics to Track Your Online Marketing Campaigns
    Brett Meyer, NTEN. You may already know you can use Google Analytics to track your Google AdWords campaigns. Makes sense: Google would integrate puppies into their products if they thought it would help. note: Actually, they have.]. Turns out, it's really easy. Generate the Tracking URL . Bookmark the page. The key is to remain consistent.
  • FROGLOOP  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010
    [2010] Nonprofits Take a Dive into Mobile Apps
    Has the world gone mobile crazy? Apple’s app store just cracked a quarter million available mobile applications, Google’s Android is giving them a run for their money, and Microsoft is waiting in the wings with a Windows 7 Mobile. Does your organization have a mobile and app strategy? Thinking about Developing Your Own Custom App?
  • FROGLOOP  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2010
    [2010] Engagement Ladders: Building Supporter Power
    We, as social change organizations, exist to enable the power of our supporters. That is how change happens. Through getting thousands of people to take mass action. Through getting one person to pressure a decision maker. It is the power of our supporters, collective or individual, that we are trying to enable. Marches? Politics? Direct service?
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010
    [2010] Women Who Tech: Tools and Apps to Energize your Base
    WWT 2010: Apps and Tools to Energize Your Base. Yesterday was the 3rd annual Women Who Tech Telesummit , bringing together over 600 women (and men) from for-profit and nonprofit organizations and technology start, connecting developers and techies with those new to the field, igniting conversations and long-term collaborations. SLIDES. NOTES.
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2010
    [2010] Webinar: Social Media Listening Dashboard
    Yesterday, I had the fun opportunity to present a webinar session with Allen Gunn of Aspiration in part of the TechSoup Talks series.  I can’t believe we had to, and managed to, fit everything into just one hour, including questions/answers! If you missed the webinar, that’s okay! Presentation slides. Audio recording. Leave a comment!
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2010
    [2010] Vote for your favorite examples of Social Media for Social Good
    The Social Media for Social Good collection from NTEN and NetSquared calls for your case studies in leveraging social media tools in your program work. Social Media for Social Good. Everywhere you turn, you’re hearing about social media. Especially when it comes to fundraising. We know that social media can be used to change the world.
  • 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 ).
  • FROGLOOP  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2010
    [2010] Three Social Media Metrics Every Nonprofit Should Track
    Are you measuring the right social media metrics or do you have your head in the sand? Think about that for a minute or so. The answer matters. Oh, and don’t worry if you answered yes. I’ve done it. We all do at some point. Either way those are bad places to exist because they result in you wondering aimlessly with no real purpose.
  • NONPROFIT TECH FOR GOOD  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2010
    [2010] 10 Essential Tools for the Nonprofit New Media Manager on the Go
    The advent of the Mobile Web is slowly starting to permeate and transform nonprofit communications. Just like social media transformed the nonprofit sector and how it communicates with its supporters, so will the Mobile Web (even more so). There’s a good chance that much of this content will be viewed and read on “TV&# sets. Twitter.
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010
    [2010] October’s Community Builder Chat – #commbuild
  • NETWITS  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2010
    [2010] 5 Ways to Increase Peer-to-Peer Fundraising
    million in 2010. Armed with a fundraising page and email tools, peer-to-peer fundraisers turn their family and friends into donors. They reach out to people across the country and around the world. So, I thought I’d share five ways your organization can increase peer-to-peer fundraising revenue. Make Top Fundraisers Part of the Family.
  • JOHN HAYDON  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010
    [2010] How to target wall posts to specific fans
    A little known feature within your Facebook Page gives you the ability to target wall updates to a specific group of connections. Some examples of why you’d want to do this: You want to update certain fans about an event taking place in their geographic area. Who cares about a breast-cancer screening in Boston when they live 2,000 miles away?
  • NETWITS  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 2010
    [2010] A Guide to Facebook Social Plugins for Nonprofits
    You might have read about the recent changes Facebook made. Or maybe you’ve seen changes appearing on one of the sites you frequently visit - there are over 100,000 of them out there. But you may not know how to get started using them yourself.
  • FROGLOOP  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 2010
    [2010] Nonprofits Are Fortresses. Will Free Agents Set You Free?
    The ecosystem of nonprofits is exploding, yet the problems society faces are larger than nonprofits, said Allison Fine, on the Care2 webinar The Networked Nonprofit. The solution? Networking. “Nonprofits are fortresses trying to manage the message. Free agents will free you from your cage,&# said Kanter. What’s a free agent?
  • 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.
  • JUDI SOHN  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2009
    [2010] A move to Posterous in 2010?
    Here’s to change in 2010. My efforts to revitalize my blog were hit & miss in 2009. It has been 7 years since I started blogging. years. My blog has always been my playground. can change the hair color and give it a tattoo, make it walk backwards for a while and it is whatever I decide it is. Nothing has stayed the same in 7 years.
  • NETWITS  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010
    [2010] 7 Online Fundraising Tips I Learned By Participating in Movember
    For the past 30 days I have been participating in Movember : a worldwide team fundraising campaign to fight men’s cancer. While the dogooder in me loves a great cause, I also relish the opportunity to learn more about online fundraising and why people give. It was interesting seeing which platform (Facebook, Twitter, email, face-to-face, etc.)
  • FROGLOOP  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2010
    [2010] Is Your Nonprofit Cultivating Women Donors?
    Is your nonprofit reaching women and harnessing their power for social change? If your nonprofit is not actively marketing to women and recruiting them, your organization is missing out on major fundraising opportunities. “Women have numerical advantages,&# said Witter and Mele. The average profile of a volunteer in the US is a working mother.
  • 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.
  • FROGLOOP  |  FRIDAY, JULY 16, 2010
    [2010] Online Fundraising Best Practices
    Did You Know? 300 billion was raised in 2008 (Giving USA); * $15 billion was raised online in 2008 – a 44% increase over 2007) (Blackbaud); * $21 million has been raised by Causes since its launch three years ago; * 30% of online giving happens in December. How Does Your Nonprofit Measure Up? Create Killer Landing Pages.
  • NETWITS  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2010
    [2010] Slacktivism: Can Cartoons Raise Awareness or Just Make Us Feel Good?
    Until Monday, Dec 6th of 2010, there should be no human faces on Facebook, but an invasion of memories! Did you notice something toony about Facebook last weekend? Whether it started on accident, was part of a specific campaign, or originated in Greece , this meme seemed to really have legs! Awareness Can Be the Goal, and That’s OK.
  • NETWITS  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2010
    [2010] Join the Largest Gratitude Wall in the World by Letting us know What You’re Grateful for: #EpicThanks!
    As I’m writing this there’s over 2000 items on the list – can we get it to 5,000 by the time Thanksgiving 2010 is over? Tweetsgiving 2010 – #EpicThanks. The folks at Epic Change, creators of Tweetsgiving and To Mama with Love , are the ones behind Tweetsgiving 2010 – Epic Thanks. Thanksgiving is upon us. d agree.
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 2010
    [2010] Designing Programs to Build Community: Case Study with Charity Technology Trust
    This afternoon I had the pleasure and honor of spending a few hours with members of the Charity Technology Trust/Charity Technology Exchange team, part of the TechSoup Global network , exploring their options for creating programs or services to build and foster community throughout their network. Who is the community? What services already exist?
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2010
    [2010] Looking for panelists – join me for #BrandsConf
    Here are the details: @BrandsConf is a new event taking place in early December 2010 that will explore the “Humanization of Brands” and the underlying effects this is having on business. Date: December 2, 2010. I’m excited to say that my panel submission for Jeff Pulzer’s latest conference, BrandsConf , was accepted! 
  • 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!
  • NTEN  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010
    [2010] How-to: Improve Your Site's Bounce Rate (Intro to Google Analytics Advanced Filtering)
    If you're in charge of your organization's web analytics, you undoubtedly know about bounce rate -- the measure of visitors who enter your site, say "Enh" (or something ruder), and immediately leave, without viewing any more of your carefully crafted pages. Yeah, those people annoy me, too. But that's no reason not to keep improving!
  • 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?
  • 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 ).
  • FROGLOOP  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2010
    [2010] Cheap, Fast, and Good. Can Nonprofits have them All?
    When a nonprofit organization is beginning the process of doing a software implementation (such as a new website, or a new CRM or donation management product,) it is often unaware of the things that might underly whether such a project will succeed, how long it will take, and how much it will cost. But you only get to pick two of those.
  • 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.
  • JOHN HAYDON  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 9, 2010
    [2010] Two imminent changes to Facebook Pages your nonprofit needs to know about
    For months now, Facebook has been saying they were going to be removing the boxes tab and setting a limit to the width of  custom tabs on Facebook Pages. On Friday they finally put a date to those changes : During the week of August 23rd (or sooner*). Deets on the changes to Facebook Pages. No more boxes tab. First, the boxes tab will disappear.
  • 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.
  • FROGLOOP  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 23, 2010
    [2010] How to Engage Donors with Mobile
    Savvy fundraisers know that every time a donor interacts with their nonprofit, the bond strengthens. The donor becomes a touch more loyal and connected to the charity. Mobile is a rapidly emerging platform for engaging donors in new and powerful ways. This single extremely versatile channel of mobile allows you to. receive donations.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • NTEN  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2010
    [2010] Creating Website Content: What Do Your Visitors Really Want?
    Kivi Leroux Miller, EcoScribe Communications. Your website is out there for all to see. You never know who’s going to end up visiting. So how can you create website content that all kinds of potential visitors will find interesting and engaging? Let’s think about the stages that your supporters go through as you build rapport with them over time.
  • FROGLOOP  |  THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2010
    [2010] Fundraising Goes Social
    While social media isn't a magic solution for nonprofits to raise millions of dollars, you can't deny that this evolving medium is more and more integrated into many nonprofits outreach strategies. Can nonprofits also use it to raise a little money too? You bet. Crowdrise. transaction fee for donations $25 and over.
  • FROGLOOP  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2010
    [2010] The Email Wars
    In the battle to win the war to become a one-stop channel for all your commmunications, Facebook is launching its new Messaging service. Will it impact nonprofits? To understand why, first you need to understand exactly what Facebook mail is attempting to do. But that’s not entirely true. This remains unclear as of this blog post.
  • FROGLOOP  |  SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2010
    [2010] Five Online Fundraising Tips to Raise More Money
    Repeat after me. I will no longer send out fundraising appeals with boring subject lines and long-winded pitches.". Don’t have the budget to hire fundraising strategists to help you craft your online fundraising campaigns? No problem. Short, Catchy Subject Lines. Hook your supporters right off the bat with a short and catchy subject line.
  • 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!!!
  • 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  |  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  |  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. 
  • 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 ).
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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  |  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.
  • 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.
  • JOHN HAYDON  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010
    [2010] How to use categories and tags in your nonprofit blog
    Publishing posts in WordPress (.Com Com and.Org) entails the use of categories and tags. Essentially they’re a way for readers to easily find other articles on your blog. Sounds simple enough, right? No so. Why it’s easy to be confused about tags and categories. simple way to understand tags and categories. Make sense?
  • TECH SOUP BLOG  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2010
    [2010] TechSoup Announces 2nd Annual Digital Storytelling Challenge
    TechSoup Global, the leading technology place for nonprofits, just announced it will kick off their annual Online Digital Storytelling Challenge January 13, 2011. Last year, over 100 organizations participated, with top submissions earning prizes from Flip Video, Adobe, Flickr, and GoldMail. Every organization has a story to tell. read more.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • WILD APRICOT BLOG  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010
    [2010] Interactive Timeline Brings a Non-Profit’s History to Life
    Showcasing your non-profit’s history helps to establish its stability, to build trust, and to communicate the general development of the organization and its mission. But let’s face it, those “Our History” pages can be deadly dull! What if your website visitors could explore by clicking around a colorful timeline, instead? read more ).
  • FROGLOOP  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 2010
    [2010] Social Networks to Replace Email? NOT!!!
    Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg fired up the death of email debate at the Nielsen’s Consumer 360 Conference Yesterday. She said only 11% of teens email daily and that they are using SMS (or Twitter) and social networks for communications. To Sandberg these are signals that email will die. In India it grew by 1250%. Will they survive?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • WILD APRICOT BLOG  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2010
    [2010] 9 Research Reports for Non-Profit Fundraisers
    Veteran fundraisers know that the better your non-profit organization can understand your donors (and potential donors), their motivations, and their patterns of giving, the more effective your fundraising efforts will be. Fortunately, there’s no lack of expert research to be found on the Web.( read more ).
  • 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.
  • NTEN  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010
    [2010] Digital Ecology: The Future of Nonprofit Websites
    By Phillip Djwa, Founder, Agentic. As part of their digital footprint, Mercy Corps , a prominent NGO that acts to alleviate poverty and suffering throughout the world, has seven major websites, including their main site, campaign sites, and regional sites in the UK, China, and even Mongolia. The Digital Ecology . Important Considerations .
  • 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.”.
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