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Making the Case for Advancement Services

Robert Weiner

I got a call last week from the Advancement Services manager at a small college asking for help. She's trying to make the case for investing in Advancement Services at a college that seems to only want to invest in fundraisers. Advancement Services should be the foundation supporting the rest of Advancement. Efficiency. Support for Advancement.

Ingredients of a High Performing Advancement Services Shop

Robert Weiner

I've been thinking about what it takes to run a great Advancement Services operation (aka Development Services, Development Operations, Development Systems, the fundraising infrastructure, the back office). They are the curators of the institution's memory about who gave, when, how much, and for what. Understand and use automation appropriately.

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Predictions for Nonprofit Fundraising Technology in 2012

Robert Weiner

My overall predictions are that most things will be pretty much the same as last year (and 2010 and 2009, etc.): NTEN published my somewhat snarky predictions for nonprofits' use of fundraising technologies in 2012. many nonprofits will struggle with out-of-date systems. No surprise -- many will also lack the funding to replace them.

Lame spam of the day: Fake eFaxes

Robert Weiner

There were lots of warnings in 2010 about fake eFax messages delivering malware. This one's scary since I'm an eFax user. But I was suspicious that it was asking me to click on a link (pointing to a server in Germany) rather than open an attachment. don't know what this one does and don't intend to find out. Here's what they look like.

SF Fundraising Day 2010

Robert Weiner

San Francisco's Fundraising Day will be happening June 16 at the downtown Marriott. Once again I have the honor of co-chairing the Technology Track with Michael Stein. Early bird rates end on April 15, so sign up at www.afp-ggc.org/frd2010. Donor Databases Email Marketing Fundraising Nonprofit Technology Online Fundraising Social Media Web 2.0

Roundup of 2009 Online Giving Stats

Robert Weiner

Convio released their 2010 Online Nonprofit Benchmark Study in March, based on results from nearly 500 clients. read more.

Phishing scam of the day: U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change lottery

Robert Weiner

But this scam is more creative than most. It then informs me that the "NELSON MANDELA FOUNDATION and WILLIAM J. And it's signed by Desmond Tutu.

Idealware’s Field Guide to Nonprofit Software: Fundraising, Communications and Outreach

Robert Weiner

Idealware recently released its Fundraising, Communications and Outreach. You can get more information and order a copy on their site. read more.

Prizes for Paperless Fundraising

Robert Weiner

Entries can be submitted between June 15 and September 15, 2010. Have you successfully moved from paper-based direct mail fundraising to digital tools (email, websites, video, social media, widgets, and/or mobile)? Want to gloat about your successes and possibly make some (more) money as well? For more information go to [link]. read more.

NY Times says text donations system is flawed

Robert Weiner

One of the presentations at last month’s Association of Advancement Services Professionals conference dealt with mobile giving. I’m still skeptical about its suitability for most nonprofits, and the NY Times said the same yesterday. But those are big “ifs” and most nonprofits don’t meet those criteria. I do expect this to change over time.

Nominations Closing Soon for $10,000 Pizzigati Prize

Robert Weiner

Nominations will be accepted through February 1, 2010. The winner will be announced this April at NTEN's 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference in Atlanta. The Tides Foundation is accepting nominations for the annual Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest. From the announcement: read more.

Jay Love leaving Blackbaud

Robert Weiner

Jay Love, the founder and CEO of eTapestry (and before that, of Master Software), is leaving Blackbaud to become CEO of Social Solutions: [link]. spoke with Jay yesterday and he says that Blackbaud is committed to etapestry and will continue to invest in the product. Time will tell.

Resources from the Compasspoint Panel

Robert Weiner

Yesterday I spoke on a fundraising panel at Compasspoint's Silicon Valley/Peninsula Nonprofit Forum and mentioned a variety of resources. Here they are, with links: Donor Retention. AFP's Fundraising Effectiveness Project: [link]. The Agitator’s post “No New Donors!&# [link]. Attracting New Donors. Ebook: [link]. Donor Databases.

Cities Acting Like Nonprofits

Robert Weiner

I just spoke on a fundraising panel at Compasspoint's Silicon Valley/Peninsula Nonprofit Forum. One takeaway: some California cities are finding that they need to raise private funds to make up for cuts in State and local funding. This means thinking and acting like nonprofits.

Getting RSS Feeds Via Email

Robert Weiner

There are a few RSS feeds I don't want to miss. have an RSS feed reader but I often go for days without looking at it. The surest way for me to be sure see new items is to have them delivered as email messages. Some RSS feeds offer email subscriptions, but most don't. I'll use Leah Garchik's Twitter feed of public eavesdropping as an example.

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The Limits of “Free” Software

Robert Weiner

I received an email newsletter today with the following pitch for a web-based donor database (perhaps you can guess which one): The Cloud offers you constituent relationship management (CRM) software that's less expensive, easier to maintain, more accessible, more intuitive, and with greater flexibility and capacity than you've ever seen before.

Thoughts on Software RFPs

Robert Weiner

I received the following email from Keith Heller , a database consultant who works with Raiser's Edge and Common Ground clients: We’ve been involved with responding to many RFPs over the years and I have a general inquiry that is in your bailiwick. What’s the thought behind requiring quick responses from the vendors? What do you think?

Separating Personal and Professional Lives on Social Media

Robert Weiner

Do you "friend" your co-workers, clients, or service recipients on Facebook? What about LinkedIn? Are your tweets appropriate for all audiences? Andrew Heller discussed the risks of oversharing in his NTEN blog post Social Media and Privacy: Best Practices for Managing Your Personal and Professional Identities.

Intuit QuickBooks Premier Editions 2010 (with 3 User License) (TechSoup Limited), Admin Fee: $65.00 USD

Robert Weiner

Limited offer: Accounting and financial management software with a choice from six editions (electronic delivery only). TechSoup

The Nonprofit Guide to Going Green: Book Release Parties!

Robert Weiner

The website for the new book, The Nonprofit Guide to Going Green describes it as "a comprehensive learning tool to guide nonprofits and NGOs towards becoming greener. The definitive, practical, go-to resource guide on helping all charities become more green.". read more.

Keeping appointment times from moving around

Robert Weiner

I've been trying to find a way to keep my appointment times from moving around on my calendar as I change time zones. Here's a description of the problem from Microsoft (edited to match my situation): You are traveling through multiple time zones and need the calendar to display the local time for each appointment. and the dinner is at 7:00 P.M.

A Month with the Palm Pre

Robert Weiner

I've had my Palm Pre Plus for a little over a month now. wrote up my initial impressions after having it for a week. Overall, I love it except for Outlook sync. My major problem with the Pre is due to its lack of a built-in sync with a standalone/desktop copy of Outlook. Tasks: gSyncIt, via Google. Calendar: Google Calendar Sync. Notes: Evernote.

Phishing Scam: Habitat for Humanity fundraising

Robert Weiner

I received the following phishing email today. It's a variation on the "your email inbox is too large" scam I posted in June. It plays Habitat's name, Haiti relief, and pure greed -- it claims you can earn big tax-free commissions as a fundraiser. There are so many things wrong with this pitch. Fundraising (at least in the U.S.)

Texting for $$: The Definitive Guide

Robert Weiner

In the wake of the huge number of donations given to Haiti earthquake relief via text mesage, MobileActive has published Texting for Charitable Dollars: The Definitive Guide. It describes the process of raising funds via SMS from the donors' and the nonprofits' perspectives, including costs and tips for getting started. read more.

The continuing saga of the new T400S

Robert Weiner

The continuing story of my new Thinkpad T400S laptop. finally feel like it's starting to come together, particularly the upgrade to Windows 7. Here's the story so far. Maybe my experience will help someone else. couldn't access my files or apps from my account or the Administrator account. fixed that with an application called TakeOwnership.

Setting up my new Thinkpad T400S

Robert Weiner

I recently received my new Lenovo Thinkpad T400S -- thinner, faster, and lighter than my current T400. But getting it set up has been a bear. A few of the lowlights, after 6 days of work: 1) I used Laplink to transfer my data, apps, and settings. I've been using Laplink products for at least 15 years with good results. This time, not so good.

Lame spam of the day: spam mashup

Robert Weiner

And all you need to know is that Tarzan menage a trois made its way onto TCP/IP 2010 SF 100 Things you Need to Eat & Drink Before you Die. Another newbie spammer playing with a toy? This plain-text spam has no sender, subject, formatting, or graphics. Nothing unusual there. Here''s the whole thing (minus the links): act. with ServerM 2.7.3

Lame spams of the day: assorted LinkedIn ploys

Robert Weiner

2010, LinkedIn Corporation. Lots of spam is coming from fake LinkedIn accounts these days. Most of it is more scary than lame -- it uses the right logo, colors, and fonts. They typically say I have new invitations or messages or that I need to confirm my email address. Subject: LinkedIn Invitation from your official. PENDING LETTERS.

New Survey: America’s Nonprofits in Danger

Robert Weiner

Just 16% anticipate being able to cover their operating expenses in both 2009 and 2010. The Nonprofit Finance Fund just published a survey on how the economic downturn is affecting nonprofits’ current and long-term finances. Their conclusions are scary. summary of the survey is available at [link]. The full results are at [link].

Datamining my Facebook Friends

Robert Weiner

Also interesting: when I visited Katie’s page today the top ad was for the “Poizner for Governor 2010″ exploratory committee. I’m fascinated by the ad for Gavin Newsom’s gubernatorial exploratory campaign that’s been showing up on my Facebook page lately. Her page confirms that she is a supporter of Gavin.

10 Nonprofit Books from 2010

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Technology at the Margins:  How IT Meets The Needs of Emerging Markets by Salesh Chutani, Jessica Rothenberg AAlami, and Akhtar Badshah. Books

2010 Online Giving Trends

NonProfit Trends

All Blackbaud Blogs Contact Us Blackbaud.com About Nonprofit Trends Books Research Reports Speaking 2010 Online Giving Trends Posted by Steve MacLaughlin on February 15th, 2011 Blackbaud released its 2010 Online Giving Report today. 18.4% of online giving took place in January compared to 18.3% in December 2010. Any suggestion?

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2010 Nonprofit Social Network Benchmark Report

NTEN

As it turns out, Facebook and Twitter really do count as work. How many members do nonprofits have on their social network communities?

The 2014 Charitable Giving Report

Connection Cafe

Nonprofit Fundraising 2010 State of the Not-for-Profit Industry Survey Analytics Blackbaud Blackbaud Index fundraising nonprofit online giving

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My Three Words for 2010

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Last year, I used Chris Brogan's "Three Words" to set some professional/personal goals for the year. The process is simple: Think of how you want to be successful in 2009. Then, try to think in even broader terms. Extrapolate on.

Birthing a Curriculum for Building a Community

NetWits

Every org is different and must build its community to work toward its own goals and mission. Do you have worksheets you love or templates you hate?

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I'm on a Horse! Four Lessons From Social Media in 2010

NTEN

Teaser: NTEN friend Janet Fouts -- have you read Social Media Nonprofit Tweet yet? -- invited a few folks to share the big lessons they learned from social media in 2010. Because I learn something new every fifteen minutes on Twitter, I had a hard time narrowing it down. The Old Spice Man was a fantastic case study on the use of social media.

I'm on a Horse! Four Lessons From Social Media in 2010

NTEN

NTEN friend Janet Fouts -- have you read Social Media Nonprofit Tweet yet? -- invited a few folks to share the big lessons they learned from social media in 2010. Because I learn something new every fifteen minutes on Twitter, I had a hard time narrowing it down. The Old Spice Man was a fantastic case study on the use of social media.

7 Tips for Successful Online Fundraising

NetWits

On mothers day 2010 they set out to raise money for Mama Lucy - a change maker who’s dedicated her life to helping kids in Arusha, Tanzania. The folks at Epic Change continue to do great things using the web as their medium. We can learn some things from this online fundraising project

100 Social Media Tactics for Nonprofits

NetWits

So, you have a social media plan…right? Hopefully your nonprofit is pretty far down the social media strategy rabbit hole at this point.