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  • TECH SOUP BLOG  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2010
    [2010] Microsoft Office 2010 Coming Soon to TechSoup
    You've probably heard the news that Microsoft Office 2010 is launching soon. The suite will be available as a TechSoup donation in June, along with updated versions of SharePoint, Visio, and other Microsoft products. Depending when you last requested Office, you may be able to request an upgrade directly from Microsoft. read more.
  • DEBORAH ELIZABETH FINN  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2010
    [2010] E-newsletters (Or, yet another way in which the electronic.
  • VERTEX SYSTEMS  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2010
    [2010] What is ERP Software for Non-Profits? | The SocialPath
    Posted on December 9, 2010 by vertex | 1 Comment Enterprise Resource Planning is a complete software architecture that supports the streaming and distribution of scattered agency-wide data across all departments of the non-profit organization. The SocialPath The Vertex Systems Newsletter Skip to content Home ← D.O.L. ← D.O.L.
  • TECH SOUP BLOG  |  MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010
    [2010] Earth Day 2010: Recycle
    Recycling is such a complex topic, but basically it involves collecting and processing used materials to recover raw materials, which can then be used in the creation of new products. It is the third and last part of the waste disposal hierarchy because it is the least efficient form of materials recovery. read more.
  • VERTEX SYSTEMS  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2010
    [2010] Is a Sub-Minimum Wage Fair to People with Disabilities? | The.
    Posted on December 20, 2010 by vertex | 1 Comment We create software to help nonprofits that operate vocational rehabilitation facilities (or sheltered workshops) to handle their client payroll. Occasionally we’ll see a call for an end to the sub-minimum wage pay rate for those workers with disabilities. It’s simple business.
  • NONPROFIT TRENDS  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2010
    [2010] 5 Myths about Online Giving | Nonprofit Trends with Steve.
    All Blackbaud Blogs Contact Us Blackbaud.com About Nonprofit Trends Books Research Reports Speaking 5 Myths about Online Giving Posted by Steve MacLaughlin on December 1st, 2010 There are so many myths about online giving. Here are five that need to be busted. 1. Older donors don’t give online Wrong. Thanks! smaclaughlin Kenny.
  • NTEN  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2010
    [2010] NTEN Receives $1.1 Million Grant from Google to Aid Nonprofit Technology Adoption
    We are all very excited to announce today that NTEN has received a $1.15 million grant from the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund of Tides Foundation. This is the first grant NTEN has received from Google. This resource is invaluable to a wide range of people of all ages, skill levels and ethnicity. Google NPTech NTEN Fundraising
  • NTEN  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2010
    [2010] NTEN Receives $1.1 Million Grant from Google to Aid Nonprofit Technology Adoption
    Teaser: We are all very excited to announce today that NTEN has received a $1.15 million grant from the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund of Tides Foundation. This is the first grant NTEN has received from Google. million grant from the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund of Tides Foundation. This is the first grant NTEN has received from Google.
  • TECH SOUP BLOG  |  MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2010
    [2010] SharePoint Server 2010 Learning Resources
    Microsoft just released SharePoint 2010, the latest version of its enterprise-level content-management, search, and collaboration platform. TechSoup has donations of SharePoint 2010 Standard Edition , SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Edition and SharePoint Workspace 2010 to eligible nonprofits and libraries. read more.
  • HAVE FUN - DO GOOD  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010
    [2010] Your Free, Fun Summer 2010 Big Vision Goal Worksheet
    We're also almost halfway through 2010 with the first day of summer coming up on June 21st. What are the changes you promised yourself you'd make at the beginning of 2010, but still need to take action on? As always, I recommend that you start by filling out your 2010 goals first. How do you want to spend your time?
  • BETH'S BLOG: HOW NONPROFITS CAN USE SOCIAL MEDIA  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2010
    [2010] Get Your Social Media Strategy in Shape With Spreadsheet Aerobics
    Flickr Photo by Metro Transportation Library and Archive. Successful social media is like going to the gym because the discipline of a good routine gets results much like  working out on a daily basis. If you have put on running shoes for the first time, do you think you can really expect to win the Boston Marathon? Actionable Measurement. Likes.
  • JOHN HAYDON  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2010
    [2010] Facebook adds date range and sorting features to Pages
    Facebook recently enhanced it’s Insights app for Pages so that admins can filter data better. How to select date ranges for user growth and interactions data. For both the Users report and the Interactions report, you can select from three options: The previous 7 days. The previous month. custom date range. What this means for Facebook admins.
  • CONNECTION CAFE  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2010
    [2010] What's your baby?
    Author: Sally Heaven. Last month I talked about how the quality of your email list is rapidly becoming more important than the quantity of folks who are on it. You need to make sure that people on your email list are opening and reading your emails, lest you get tagged as a spammer by internet service providers. And they're good at it.
  • BENEBLOG: TECHNOLOGY MEETS SOCIETY   |  THURSDAY, JULY 22, 2010
    [2010] The 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
    This has been a really exciting week in Washington, DC, with the focus of today's 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. It's hard to imagine a world without the ADA, which was passed during my first year in the disability field. He can also use his cell phone to reprogram his feet! Hope to have more to report on that soon!
  • NONPROFIT TRENDS  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2010
    [2010] 5 Troubling Nonprofit Statistics | Nonprofit Trends with Steve.
    All Blackbaud Blogs Contact Us Blackbaud.com About Nonprofit Trends Books Research Reports Speaking 5 Troubling Nonprofit Statistics Posted by Steve MacLaughlin on October 28th, 2010 I spend a lot of time looking at metrics and benchmarks from across the nonprofit sector. solicit The 2010 Cygnus Donor Survey notes this and other trends.
  • CONNECTION CAFE  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2010
    [2010] “Tis the Season to be Stupid.”
    Author: Tad Druart. Shelly Banjo with the Wall Street Journal wrote an article for today’s edition with that title, to bring attention to t he financial mistakes people make when giving to charities—and how to avoid them. Last night, Andrew, my son was reading Hallowed Ground, the publication of The Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT).
  • TECH SOUP BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 2010
    [2010] Microsoft Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, and the Cloud
    Microsoft's new version of Office 2010 is interesting in several ways, especially in its approach to green IT and cloud computing. The free online version of Microsoft Office 2010, called Office Web Apps for Home and School is free to anyone regardless of whether or not they use a desktop version of Microsoft Office. read more.
  • NTEN  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2010
    [2010] Social Media in Crisis Communication: A Lesson Learned by Charlotte Meckelnburg Library
    In March of 2010, the Mecklenburg County manager advised library leaders that we should plan for a 50% reduction in our operating budget due to a drastic reduction in taxable revenues throughout the county; projecting an $85million shortfall. Jenifer R Daniels, Communications & Marketing Specialist, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. 61-82. .
  • MUSEUM 2.0  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 2010
    [2010] Foot in the Door: A Powerful Participatory Exhibit
    I spent last week working with staff at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) on ways to make this encyclopedic art museum more open to visitor participation across programs, exhibitions, and events. While there, I was lucky to get to experience a highly participatory exhibition that the MIA mounts once a decade: Foot in the Door.
  • JOHN HAYDON  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2010
    [2010] 10 steps to creating a killer ‘call to action’ on your website
    One of the most important elements on your nonprofit’s website is your ‘call to action’ You might have a great design, compelling content, and lots of visitors to your site. But what’s it worth if no one does anything on the page? You want them to do something. Take the “yes&#. They’re busy. They want to be told.
  • NETWITS  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2010
    [2010] Revolutionize Your Website with the 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. What’s the like button look like? Peeks my curiosity.
  • HAVE FUN - DO GOOD  |  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2010
    [2010] What Do Good Books Did You Read in 2010?
    As I'm beginning to draft my list for 2010, I would love to know what do good books you read and loved in 2010. Each year I post a list of my favorite Have Fun Do Good Books for the year (even if they weren't actually published in that year). I've listed some of the books I'm considering below (I haven't read them yet). Thanks!
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 3, 2010
    [2010] What’s ahead in 2010?
    My Focus for 2010. Your Focus for 2010. And I want to keep it that way!  So, let me know what you’re focusing on in 2010 so that I can have your ideas and highlights on my radar, too. Tags: collaboration community 2010 goals planning I’ve just spent a very wonderful 2.5 communities of focus.
  • BETH'S BLOG: HOW NONPROFITS CAN USE SOCIAL MEDIA  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2010
    [2010] Blogging to Support Policy Goals: MomsRising Shares Lessons Learned
    MomsRising Health Reform Blog Carnival – September 2010. Flickr Photo by Vox Photo. They recently held a blog carnival and are sharing some reflections. Guest Post:  A Virtual Party with a Purpose by Anita Jackson & Ashley Boyd, MomsRising.org. Goals. To increase positive messaging about health reform from diverse voices. Key Strategies.
  • NTEN  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2010
    [2010] How-to: DIY Community and Content Mapping
    Amy Sample Ward, Community Development Manager, TechSoup Global. Over the last few of years I've had a the opportunity to work with a team of intelligent and thoughtful colleagues, speak at conferences, and collaborate with other facilitators and community builders. So, I thought I'd take the time to document my recommended processes here!
  • BETH'S BLOG: HOW NONPROFITS CAN USE SOCIAL MEDIA  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2010
    [2010] What Was Your Biggest Social Media Mistake? What Did Your Learn?
    Flickr Photo by elycelfeliz. “I made a mistake.&#    Those are hard words for some people to utter when there has been a screw up and they’re responsible for it.   It is especially hard given the blame game culture that exists in most workplaces and work relationships.  They didn’t fool their Twitter followers.  Mistakes happen. 
  • NTEN  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2011
    [2010] The 5 Best Social Impact Games of 2010
    Before the end of the year we conducted a survey to find out what the Games for Change community believed were the best social impact games of 2010. Of course, at Games for Change, we support and assist in creating games for social good. We received some excellent nominations and the voting process was exciting to watch. Everyone wins!
  • BETH'S BLOG: HOW NONPROFITS CAN USE SOCIAL MEDIA  |  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2010
    [2010] My Perfect Smartphone: Not An iPhone
    My Best Buy Recommendation Sheet. queried my friends on Facebook and Twitter and to my surprise, I learned that many of my nonprofit techie friends are Android fans!  Original Photo by Joi Ito. Our online petition has over 5,000 signatures. mobile
  • FROGLOOP  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2010
    [2010] Nonprofits: Time to Get Mobile
    83% of adults have cell phones or smartphones. 35% of users have accessed the Internet via their phone, according to a December 2009 report by Pew. So in times of natural disasters like the catastrophic earthquake that hit Haiti and affected more then two million people, can a mobile strategy help raise money in times of crisis? Livingston is right.
  • BETH'S BLOG: HOW NONPROFITS CAN USE SOCIAL MEDIA  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2010
    [2010] Surfrider Foundation: The Poster Child for a Networked Nonprofit
    Networks aren’t about technology any more than books are about paper. People can get caught up on the “hows” of networks and end up missing the larger point–the “why.”. At Surfrider this is simple–we know that we can ratchet up the impact of our mission of coastal protection if we can increase the number of participants IN that mission.
  • BETH'S BLOG: HOW NONPROFITS CAN USE SOCIAL MEDIA  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2010
    [2010] What is Your Nonprofit’s Holiday Content Strategy for Facebook?
    Image from Humane Society. Note from Beth: Recently, Networked for Good offered a free e-book about how nonprofits can development a micro-content for their social media presences filled with useful tips and best practices.    Carie Lewis gives an excellent mini case study of how to leverage micro content during the holiday and get results.
  • FROGLOOP  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010
    [2010] URL Shorteners: Blind(ly) Heading Towards Disaster?
    If you thought email radically changed the way nonprofits communicated with constituents online, then social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter may have challenged you even more. As part of this communications evolution, nonprofits have grown accustomed to relying on url shorteners such as bit.ly and ow.ly However, just today a.ly Panick!
  • CONNECTION CAFE  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2010
    [2010] 2002 called, and it wants its list management strategy back
    Author: Sally Heaven. I was talking with my pal Michelle Shefter the other day about online advocacy and fundraising. She mentioned a Convio summit session about raising money from your grassroots activists. said: “That’s so old school. Does anyone really keep their lists separate anymore?” I’m here to tell you to stop that!
  • FROGLOOP  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2010
    [2010] Have Questions, Not Answers for 2011
    In the nonprofit arena, the word "marketing" can have a bad rap. But you can help change that--and with good reason. Marketing, in particular, social marketing can make all the difference in your organization's work come 2011. What is social marketing? First, let's start with the basics. This is the opportunity social marketing can provide.
  • NTEN  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2010
    [2010] How-to: Make Your Nonprofit Video More Social
    By Melissa Nelson, Media Production and Outreach Manager, Blackbaud. Video is a great way to engage constituents in your mission. It It adds a visual element to what might be an otherwise text heavy email, blog, or website. Supporters First, think through the four basic steps: Set the tone. Convey real purpose. Define the need. Inspire supporters.
  • MUSEUM 2.0  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2010
    [2010] Quick Hit: 2010 Horizon Report on New Technologies and Museums
    2010 is the first year that the NMC has released a museum-specific report, but previous reports have been informed by museum professionals (as well as other educational technologists). From my perspective, the Horizon Report's value is in its quick technology descriptions and links, not its predictive power. Happy reading!
  • FROGLOOP  |  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2010
    [2010] How Useful is Social Media to Nonprofits?
    No matter where you look, social media is on everyone’s radar. The big question nonprofits ask is, how useful is social media? In an attempt to help nonprofits answer that question, Idealware , in partnership with NOI , recently released " The Nonprofit Social Media Decision Guide.". But only about 10% to 20% could confirm it.
  • TECH SOUP BLOG  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2010
    [2010] Green Products at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show
    I wasn't able to go to the 2010 CES Consumer Electronics Show this year, but I'm assured by TreeHugger , which reviews the show each year, especially the new green tech gadgets, that it was largely nothing much new. Best of show was the Panasonic TC-PVT2 5 series which is expected to be available in the Spring of 2010. went last year.
  • MUSEUM 2.0  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2010
    [2010] Parents Talking with Parents: A Simple, Successful Discussion Board at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
    On a recent trip to the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, I noted a discussion board in the "Nursery" gallery. The design is nothing special: a question printed on construction paper with a bunch of post-its and pens for visitors to respond. But the board is excellent, and I could see that instantly from a quick read. short break to run/swing/etc.
  • FROGLOOP  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2010
    [2010] Measuring the Impact of Your Social Media Program
    As nonprofits and advocacy groups delve deeper into social media, the need to assess their return on investment (ROI) is critical. Given the organizational goals of advocacy groups, it should be abundantly clear that ROI encompasses far more than fundraising, and in many cases will not include fundraising at all. Engagement. Reach.
  • CONNECTION CAFE  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2010
    [2010] Convio Summit? There's an app for that.
    The result of my* efforts, the Convio Summit 2010 Guide , is now available in the iTunes App Store. Author: Bruce Keilin. Prior to the end of the summer and sending my kids back to school, my family went on a short vacation to Truckee, CA. I'm sure I've missed someone and to them, I apologize in advance
  • CONNECTION CAFE  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2010
    [2010] Will Nonprofits “Like” the More Social Web that New Facebook Features Present?
    Author: Jordan Viator. If you’ve been paying attention to the news in the past week , you’ve most likely heard about the new changes making their way into Facebook to make sharing interests across the web easier. And the nonprofit community is an exceptional example of a group that thrives from people. It could.
  • NTEN  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2010
    [2010] Have it Your Way, at a Price. Facebook Instant Personalization
    Flicker photo: alanak What's the difference between magical and creepy? It's one of those "I know it when I see it" things -- and I can tell you that right now, I feel like I'm smack dab in the middle of a Tim Burton movie. It's hard for me to tell if I should be delighted or scared out of my wits. . " I'm one of those people. Creepy. 
  • TECH SOUP BLOG  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2010
    [2010] CrowdConf 2010 Coming to San Francisco
    CrowdFlower has announced CrowdConf 2010 , a crowdsourcing conference that will take place in San Francisco in October. Presentation submissions are being accepted through next Wednesday, September 1. ( via ). We've talked a lot on this blog about crowdsourcing. It will be fun to see what buzz comes from the conference. read more. Tools
  • BETH'S BLOG: HOW NONPROFITS CAN USE SOCIAL MEDIA  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2010
    [2010] Why I’m Gonna Ditch My Iphone for Android (hint: donation apps)
    His analysis looked at Apple’s flimsy excuses for their  policy of prohibiting donations.  He examines possible solutions to the problem – like in-app donations – which unfortunately would mean that Apple would take a 30% cut!   Finally, he examines Apple’s lack of generosity as a failure of being a good corporate citizen.   mobile
  • BETH'S BLOG: HOW NONPROFITS CAN USE SOCIAL MEDIA  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2010
    [2010] A First Look at Jumo
    About $500,000 came from unnamed individuals in the early days and in September 2010, Omidyar Network announced a grant of up to $750,000. By November 2010, Jumo noted in a New York Times article that they’ve raised $3.5 The Jumo website had its soft launch back on March 18, 2010. What is Jumo?  by Steve MacLaughlin.
  • BETH'S BLOG: HOW NONPROFITS CAN USE SOCIAL MEDIA  |  MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010
    [2010] Got Social Media Policy?
    The other day, Matt Sharp shared this link to a social media policy generator called the Social Media Policy Tool.  It asks you 12 questions mostly having to do with control and then spits out the biolerplate for your policy.  It reminded of the Postmodernism Thesis Generator  could spit out a thesis for you in minutes. How do you operationalise it? 
  • HAVE FUN - DO GOOD  |  MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2010
    [2010] Reflections from Off the Mat, Into the World: Your Wound is Your Gift
    Yesterday I completed a five-day Off the Mat, Into the World Yoga, Purpose and Action Intensive led by Seane Corn , Hala Khouri , and Suzanne Sterling. It was a profound experience. hope I can do it justice in words. My biggest learning was to be aware of where your motivation to be of service comes from. It's the opposite. Your wound is your gift.
  • JOHN HAYDON  |  THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2010
    [2010] How to reveal content on your Facebook Page only when someone clicks like
    One creative way of acquiring Facebook Page connections is to offer free cool stuff for connections, that isn’t available to anyone else (I wrote about this back in January , but it’s worth going over again). For example, on Inbound Zombie I have free video tutorials to anyone who “likes&# the Page.
  • 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  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2010
    [2010] Petition Apple to Support Nonprofits
    Thanks to the leadership and quick acting of Beth Kanter and Sue Anne Reed, there’s now a petition is up on Care2 focused on the fact that Apple’s iPhone app policy does not allow nonprofits to gather donations via the mobile phone platform. What do you think? Did you sign the petition – why or why not? Would love to hear from you!
  • 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.
  • JOHN HAYDON  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 2010
    [2010] The Killer Blog Strategy Mind-Map For Simple Minded Bloggers
    I’m currently working with a number of nonprofits who want to start a blog. They’ve all gone through a process on deciding whether of not a blog is right for them (Also see tomorrow’s free webinar with Charityhowto ). After we establish goals , one of the first steps is to create a blog strategy. The Killer Blog Strategy Mind-Map.
  • BENEBLOG: TECHNOLOGY MEETS SOCIETY   |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2010
    [2010] Wikileaks War Data Reveal Underreporting of Iraqi Civilian Casualties
    A Guest Beneblog by Anita Gohdes, Jeff Klingner, Megan Price and Patrick Ball The recent release of almost 400,000 secret US military files on the war in Iraq through Wikileaks has attracted wide media coverage. In a commendable effort, they are recoding the SIGACTS data to correct coding errors and in order to match it with their own database.
  • 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!
  • BETH'S BLOG: HOW NONPROFITS CAN USE SOCIAL MEDIA  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2010
    [2010] The Ladder of Love: Growing Facebook Fans
    Ladder of Love on Facebook. I was lucky enough to spend my last afternoon in Alaska  driving to  Talkeetna   with Aliza Sherman who lives in Alaska who I’ve known since 1995 and with Cassandra Stalzer  my host!    I love the framework she created for identifying and cultivating Super Fans on Facebook.   I like to call it the ladder of love!
  • TECH SOUP BLOG  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010
    [2010] Deploying and Implementing Microsoft Windows MultiPoint Server 2010
    Carlos just blogged about our recent addition to the catalog, Microsoft's Windows MultiPoint Server. Although there are many advantages such as energy savings and management simplicity, you should carefully plan your implementation in order to maximize the benefits of your donation request. read more.
  • NONPROFIT TECH FOR GOOD  |  TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2010
    [2010] 10 Blog Content Ideas for Nonprofit Organizations
    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 wasn’t convinced at all that the world needed another blogger. But But within a few months it was clear that blogging was the missing piece in my online communications strategy. Share breaking news.
  • CONNECTION CAFE  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2010
    [2010] Putting a Face on Wonkiness OR Wonkiness is Cool
    Author: Jordan Viator. Guest post by Emily Goodstein, Account Manager at Convio. Last week I adopted a wonk. His name is Matt and he loves skinny ties, cooking non-hippy meals, and enjoying televised sporting events. • The videos are accompanied by little pieces of personal and organization specific information.
  • BETH'S BLOG: HOW NONPROFITS CAN USE SOCIAL MEDIA  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2010
    [2010] Apple May Not Listen, But Google and Microsoft Are All Ears …
    Almost 8,000 have signed an online petition to urged Steve Jobs to change its iPhone donation policy. To date, there has been no response. Google and Microsoft are all ears. Apple is a leading platform of mobile apps. GuideStar is the premier source of vetting nonprofit information. think this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.&#.
  • TECH SOUP BLOG  |  MONDAY, JUNE 14, 2010
    [2010] Free Shipping on Idealware's 2010 Field Guide
    Idealware's own articles page and blog offer a wealth of knowledge for nonprofits. A few months ago, Robert blogged about Idealware's 2010 Field Guide to Nonprofit Software , a guide covering a broad range of software that nonprofits should know about. From Idealware: What types of software should your nonprofit be using? read more.
  • WILD APRICOT BLOG  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 26, 2010
    [2010] 20 Great Google Docs Templates for Non-Profits
    Creating a presentation for your board? Wading into the end-of-project paperwork? Or maybe you’re signing up a new crop of volunteers for your non-profit. Whatever the task, odds are that there’s a time-saving template, free at Google Docs, to help you do more with less effort. read more ).
  • JOHN HAYDON  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2010
    [2010] How to measure Facebook Page fan growth and fan engagement with Insights (video)
    Facebook Insights lets you view metrics on fan growth, fan demographics, and how those fans engage with your Page. This is your number one tool to get the most bang from your efforts on Facebook. Questions you can answer with Facebook Insights. How fast is my fan-base growing? Where and when are the growth spurts? measurement
  • NTEN  |  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2010
    [2010] NTEN Is Hiring a Membership Director (Breathe Easy, We're Keeping Annaliese Too!)
    2010 has been a good year for NTEN. 2010 has been a good year for NTEN. Teaser: Flickr photo: niallkennedy. We're not joking when we say we couldn't have done it without you. Now, wel need a new person to join our team -- emphasis on the team. Also cat videos. We love those, too.). Are you NTEN's next Membership Director?
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2010
    [2010] Podcast: How Nonprofits Can Use LinkedIn
    Date : December 2nd, 2010. 2010 presentation linkedin nptech podcast social mediaLocation : Online. Topic : Podcast: How Nonprofits Can Use LinkedIn. Sample Ward and Ms. Related Links : Listen to the Podcast.
  • NTEN  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2010
    [2010] Nonprofit Mapping 101: Use Maps to Tell Your Org's Stories
    One of the hardest things to describe about Africa is the sheer size of the place. "How could it take 32 hours to get from one city to another?" " (This, when the interesting part of the story was the trussed rooster under my seat that slowly slid forward and stared at me for most of the trip.
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2010
    [2010] NTEN Communications Roundtable December 2010
    Date : December 7th, 2010. 2010 presentation communications nten roundtableLocation : Phone & online chat. Topic : Questions, conversation and ideas about communications for nonprofits. Related Links : NTEN Roundtables.
  • CONNECTION CAFE  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17, 2010
    [2010] Salmon and Syrup Save the Seals. Seriously.
    Author: Betsy Gressler. The Humane Society of the United States is no stranger to cutting edge advocacy campaigns and they’ve got another winner on their hands right now. HSUS has just launched “ Seriously, Canada ?”, ”, a campaign to call on the Canadian government to end the seal hunt.
  • MUSEUM 2.0  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2010
    [2010] The Johnny Cash Project: A Participatory Music Video That Sings
    One of the questions that comes up most frequently when I talk with folks about participation is: what should we do with the things that visitors create? What should we do with their post-its and stories and drawings and poems? This question is a byproduct of the reality that most participatory projects have poorly articulated value.
  • NTEN  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2010
    [2010] NTEN Member Buzz Round-Up: October 29, 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.). Please enjoy: Tags: bayer center for nonprofit management community buzz NPTech nten member
  • 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. I 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.
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2010
    [2010] NTEN Communications Roundtable November 2010
    Date : November 9th, 2010. Tags: 2010 presentation appeals communications nten roundtable Location : Phone & online chat. Topic : Questions, conversation and ideas about communications for nonprofits. What’s appropriate, when to send, and what works? Join me with your questions and your examples to share!
  • CONNECTION CAFE  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2010
    [2010] Welcome to the neighborhood
    Author: Taylor Shanklin. When you move into a new neighborhood, you’re likely to be welcomed in some way to the community. Perhaps a neighbor stops by to introduce themselves and brings a basket of fresh-baked cookies or muffins. Whatever the welcome is that you may have received, your relationship with that community has begun to be nurtured.
  • MUSEUM 2.0  |  TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2010
    [2010] Teenagers and Social Participation
    Last week, I gave a talk about participatory museum practice for a group of university students at UCSC. There is another, surprising group that is much less likely to participate in dialogue with strangers: teenagers. Many teens love to perform for each other. They like to do and touch and make. This is true for two reasons.
  • NTEN  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2011
    [2010] Report Release: The 2010 Nonprofit IT Staffing and Spending Survey
    Did we see evidence of this in our annual Nonprofit IT Staffing & Spending survey conducted at the end of 2010? For many nonprofit organizations, as with the wider public and private business sectors, the last couple of years have been impacted by a general economic downturn. Well, yes and no.
  • NTEN  |  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2010
    [2010] NTEN Is Hiring a Membership Director (Breathe Easy, We're Keeping Annaliese Too!)
    2010 has been a good year for NTEN. Flickr photo: niallkennedy. After a lot strategic planning, much hard work (and not a little luck), we've managed to grow our membership, help more nonprofits learn nonprofit technology skills through our programs, and connect the NTEN community more than ever before. Also cat videos. We love those, too.).
  • FROGLOOP  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 2010
    [2010] New Guiding Principles for Fundraising
    During the 2010 IFC Online Conference , Warwick discussed his four guiding principles that nonprofits should adapt as part of their fundraising practices. New Guiding Principles for Fundraising. What are the new guiding principles to fundraising? Principle 1: Donor Choice. Principle 2: Provide Information.
  • BETH'S BLOG: HOW NONPROFITS CAN USE SOCIAL MEDIA  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2010
    [2010] 50 (More) Social Media Tactics for Nonprofits
    View more presentations from Chad Norman. My tactic is to use Rowfeeder to collect  Tweets for an event, meme, or conference presentation – makes it efficient to aggregate and analyze.   Do an analysis to improve or create content.   I’m aggregating the Tweets for #50smt here. 50 (More) Social Media Tactics for Nonprofits by Chad Norman.
  • BETH'S BLOG: HOW NONPROFITS CAN USE SOCIAL MEDIA  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2010
    [2010] TechSoup Global: A Tale of Two Dramatically Different Networks and Their Development
    Photo by Idea Constructor. Last week, I got to BoardSource at 8 am just so I could hear Marnie Webb and Rebecca Masisak, CO-CEOs of TechSoup Global share their lessons learned in developing, weaving, and stewarding two very different types of networks. The presentation is here. Hands-off approach. Local connections built through engagement.
  • AMY SAMPLE WARD  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2010
    [2010] Great reads from around the web on October 25th
    Women Give 2010 is the first report to compare philanthropic giving between men and women across all income levels based on a nationally representative sample. 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 October 25th).
  • BETH'S BLOG: HOW NONPROFITS CAN USE SOCIAL MEDIA  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2010
    [2010] Charity Donations: Is there an App for that?
    Cartoon by Rob Cottingham. Meanwhile, I’m going Android shopping. Charity Donations: Is there an App for that? by Rob Cottingham. If you think of Apple, you may well think of great design, fant­astic usab­ility, innov­a­tion and just plain  cool­ness. But But one thing you prob­ably  don’t think of is philanthropy. Guest Post mobile
  • MUSEUM 2.0  |  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2010
    [2010] Next Book Club: Sustaining Innovation in Nonprofits and Government Organizations
    There were so many fabulous recommendations for the next Museum 2.0 book club, in which we'll focus on a business book about innovation and organizational learning. After much perusing, I've selected Sustaining Innovation: Creating Nonprofit and Government Organizations that Innovate Naturally by Paul C. Light. Including one on Wile E. Coyote.
  • NTEN  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2010
    [2010] Seven Steps for Live-Tweeting Success
    Renée Rybak Lang, New Media Specialist, Education Sector. Live-tweeting -- the kind of tweeting where you replay to your Twitter followers what people are saying at an event in real time -- is something that seems to be gaining popularity at conferences around the nonprofit circuit. Is it to bring attention to a certain issue? Promotion.  Fake it.
  • 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.
  • NETWITS  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2010
    [2010] Using Causes on Facebook to Change the World with Matthew Mahan
    Meet Matt. He’s the vice president of impact at Causes. This year he 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. After our panel I got a few minutes to talk to Matt about his work at Causes and how Causes is empowering grassroots fundraising.
  • VERTEX SYSTEMS  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2010
    [2010] Nonprofit Software Solutions to Cut Costs and Overcome Budget Cuts.
    Posted on December 27, 2010 by vertex | 1 Comment You may be facing severe budget cuts. The SocialPath The Vertex Systems Newsletter Skip to content Home ← Iowa Nonprofit to Repay $40,000 Upcoming Vocational Rehab Payroll Webinars → Can Your Nonprofit Survive Budget Cuts? You could have even less money to spend in the coming years.
  • 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?
  • BETH'S BLOG: HOW NONPROFITS CAN USE SOCIAL MEDIA  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2010
    [2010] Want Apple To Get iPhone Donations Right? Sign the Online Petition!
    Alyson Kapin over at Froggy Loop Blog wrote a post,  “ Tell Steve Jobs: Don’t Be A Bad Apple &# where  Dan Moore, Vice President of Nonprofit Programs at Guidestar says, “Apple has been at the forefront of problem solving in the past, and this is just one more problem for them to tackle in style.&#.
  • JOHN HAYDON  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2010
    [2010] Facebook Pages now allows nonprofits to leverage email databases
    Facebook Page owners can now send up to 5,000 email invitations to become a fan or their Page with a new marketing feature called “Tell your Fans”. This feature is only available for newer Pages, and is perfect for organizations who have built up a large email list over months and years. How to import your emails into your Facebook Page.
  • NTEN  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2010
    [2010] Constructive Disruption: Advancing Social Change Through the Cloud
    Jane Meseck, Microsoft Corporation. The technology scene today is distinguished by the growing connectivity among devices, mobile phones, the PC, and the browser, which enable people and organizations to access information, communicate, and collaborate in more powerful ways. This new paradigm offers great potential to improve how we all work.
  • 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?
  • TECH SOUP BLOG  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2010
    [2010] Quick Update on Quickbooks Premier 2010 at TechSoup
    don't have the specifics just yet, though TechSoup did make the request to Intuit for Quickbooks Premier 2010 1-user, 3-user, and Mac editions, as we understand the relevance of this updated version especially in light of Windows 7 compatibility. read more.
  • MUSEUM 2.0  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2010
    [2010] How Does Participation Work in Multi-Lingual Museums?
    Spending time in Europe, I'm reminded how complicated it gets when you have to interpret exhibits for a multi-lingual audience. Here in Barcelona, it's standard to see three languages on labels (Catalan, Spanish, English), and in Scandinavia I've seen as many as six. Even in North America, it's becoming typical to see two languages on the walls.
  • NTEN  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2010
    [2010] Preparing for the Next Disaster: The Future of #crisisdata
    On January 12, 2010, I didn't personally experience the major earthquake that hit Haiti, but I was forever changed by it. But I wasn't prepared for the type of incoming information I saw in the weeks after January 12, 2010.  . By Wendy Harman, Social Media Director, American Red Cross. social tools + people = lives saved. . " .
  • NTEN  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010
    [2010] "Google Was Our First Office": Managing a Worldwide Staff
    Efrat Ben-Dor Erez, NPTech Israel. Imagine a Jewish girl, selling Challah bread on a college campus in America to help support black Muslims in Darfur. This  amazing project , initiated by Eli Winkelman, came to life with the help of  PresenTense. So how does this "incubator" work?   . Online Collaboration. CRM  . Managing Events  .
  • FROGLOOP  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2010
    [2010] The Online Giving Study: A Summary
    This will help you raise more money and deal with list churn, which according to the 2010 eNonprofit Benchmark Study by NTEN and M+R Strategic Services can be almost 17% per year for nonprofits. The study, which you can download here , summarizes “$381 million in online giving through Network for Good’s platform, including 3.6
  • THE SOCIALPATH  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2010
    [2010] How Nonprofits Can Get More Donations
    Many of our nonprofit clients have their own websites. And many of these organizations depend on donations to further their vision and their mission. In fact, many of these social service organizations would close if it weren’t for the gifts and money they receive from donations and fund-raising events. Not to deceive but to tantalize.
  • TECH SOUP BLOG  |  TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010
    [2010] Tomorrow: Free Office 2010 Webinar from Microsoft and CCB
    Today's good news is that CCB and Microsoft are presenting a free webinar about Office 2010. You may be familiar with nonprofit tech reseller Consistent Computer Bargains. CCB is one of the resellers we often refer organizations to when they're not eligible for donations through TechSoup (or they've reached their limit for the year).
  • TECH SOUP BLOG  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2010
    [2010] TechSoup Wins Financial Times 2010 Social Innovation Awards
    NPC is happy to share that TechSoup Global won the open-vote portion of the Justmeans/Financial Times 2010 Social Innovation Awards. This post originally appeared on the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life blog and was penned by DustyArtuad. Great work everybody, and we deeply appreciate the help from the entire virtual community. read more.
  • NTEN  |  THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2010
    [2010] The 2010 NTC by the Numbers
    Those of you who recall the Vegetarian Lunch Scandal of April 9th, 2010 and the subsequent solution that came out of your tweets will be happy to hear that there were a total of 7,903 tweets tagged #10NTC. This year's NTC brought 1,430 nonprofit professionals to the OMNI Hotel in Atlanta GA. Where did that income go? 38,071.01 As for U.S.
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