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An Eleven Step Program to Cure Shiny Object Syndrome

Robert Weiner

NTEN just published of mine called " An Eleven Step Program to Cure Shiny Object Syndrome " (technically, they reprinted an article that AFP will publish this summer). My co-conspirators were Dahna Goldstein , Marc Baizman , and Tracy Kronzak. Best Practices IT Management Nonprofit Management Nonprofit Technology NTEN

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Finding a replacement for Tungle.me

Robert Weiner

found this article listing possible replacements for Tungle (ScheduleOnce, TimeBridge, Meetifyr, Bookeo, Acuity Scheduling, TimeTrade, and Book’d). But I found several articles like this saying that, like Tungle, TimeBridge had been acquired, service had degraded, and its future was uncertain. Hence I've been looking for alternatives.

Robert in the news(paper)

Robert Weiner

I was interviewed for two articles that were published recently. The NonProfit Times ran the story The Evolution of Donor Management And Its Fundraising Future , which deals with how technology is transforming the way nonprofits interact with donors, particularly online. And the Chronicle of Philanthropy ran 'But It's Free!'

Pinterest and privacy

Robert Weiner

The author of this article says "when I used my Facebook account to create my profile, Pinterest used my personal information to automatically have me start following common connections." I have to agree wholeheartedly with her when she says "Pinterest broke a basic tenet of online privacy: To not invasively use my online information.".

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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.

Lame spam of the day: Same Day Transfer sent successfully

Robert Weiner

This article says the links deliver malware. I got 7 emails today claiming to come from the Federal Reserve Bank. Plain text, no logo, and the From address is obviously not from the Federal Reserve (plus, why would the Federal Reserve Bank be contacting me about anything?). Senders: Federal Reserve Bank Auto-Informer [woolgm@eoriginal.com].

Maybe It’s Not Your Database, It’s You

Robert Weiner

I'm working on an article with the title, "Maybe It's Not Your Database, It's You." Here are my thoughts so far. What am I missing? Walt Kelly.

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Lame spam of the day: Intuit GoPayment

Robert Weiner

This article says they're malware delivery devices. Hey, spammers: how about deduping your mailing lists? I got 22 of these on Monday. Payment.

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Lame spam of the day: Raw spam merge text

Robert Weiner

Wow, this {article|post|piece of writing|paragraph} is {nice|pleasant|good|fastidious}, my {sister|younger sister} is analyzing {such|these|these kinds of} things, {so|thus|therefore} I am going to {tell|inform|let know|convey} her.| This {post|article|blog post} {couldn’t|could not} be written {any better|much better}! Way cool!

Lame spam of the day: fake Verizon notifications

Robert Weiner

This article (which includes a screenshot) says the links lead to malware. I got 14 of these over the past 2 days. I'd hope that anyone who gets emails from Verizon would see immediately that these are fake. The senders have been: Account Notify [markabri6@rfast.com]. Account Notify [effervescesdsg79@polysto.com]. Our Valued Customer.

Lame spam of the day: Money

Robert Weiner

Text: Click Here Shared Online News Article. This is about as lame as it gets. hope no one would click on a message like this. Even Outlook recognizes it as phishing. Sender: yomrgoo@yahoo.com (no attempt to make it look real). To: robert@rlplumbingcompany.com (not me). Subject: FW: Money. That's the entire text. The link leads to [link].

Tales of faux donors scamming charities

Robert Weiner

Tale #4: Most recently we had one alumnus promise us his art collection and then went to post an article online about how he strung us along – he actually posted our email exchanges online through a local newspaper where he was a freelancer…. In most cases it’s not clear what the scammers are trying to achieve. They researched online.

Lame spam of the day: Facebook notifications

Robert Weiner

According to this article , they're phishing messages. Similar to the notifications from MySpace, Habbo, Tagged, and Foursquare I got a few weeks ago, I'm getting lots of fake Facebook notifications. Here are a few examples: Sender : Facebook (confirm+robert@ig.com.br). Subject: Reminder: Reset your password. link leads to [link].

More lame spam as blog comments

Robert Weiner

At their best, these are way more entertaining than email spam -- lots of creative English, garbled syntax, and mixed metaphors ("gladsome to mature this website," "earmarks of the army has recruited on boob tube," "Lossing albatross is benificial," "your current article causes me completely happy"). Thanks For Share Robert L. Robert L.

Creating Strong Passwords

Robert Weiner

You can also look at TechSoup's Security Corner for more tips, articles, blog posts, and resources on securing your information. .  . read more.

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Taking Advantage of a Crisis

Robert Weiner

Although some recent news stories have reported postive economic signs, the outlook for the nonprofit sector still looks bleak. He says: read more.

Optimize Your Web Pages

Robert Weiner

Do you know about Google's Website Optimizer ? It's a free tool that allows you to test how different versions of the same web page perform. read more.

Resources from the Compasspoint Panel

Robert Weiner

My own resources page: [link] It includes links to articles like: Should Your Organization Use Social Networking Sites? 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. Attracting New Donors. Ebook: [link].

Thoughts on Software RFPs

Robert Weiner

Resources : My article Finding the Perfect Fundraising Database in an Imperfect World includes a section called "To RFP or not to RFP" Idealware article: The Perfect Fit: A Guide to Evaluating and Purchasing Major Software Systems. Techsoup article: The RFP Process: An Overview. What do you think?

Back Away From That Spreadsheet: Why Excel Isn’t a Donor Database

Robert Weiner

Idealware published a new article of mine today, on a subject that comes up whenever I teach workshops for small nonprofits: "Why not use Excel as my donor database?" The article is at [link].

Separating Personal and Professional Lives on Social Media

Robert Weiner

In his blog post Separating Personal and Professional Networks Online , Andy Shandlain lamented that "separating personal and professional networks can be a desirable, but elusive goal." His article and the comments provide some suggestions about how to separate the two. What about LinkedIn? His basic advice: "Be Prepared.

Back Away from that Spreadsheet: Why Excel Isn’t a Donor Database

Robert Weiner

Idealware just published a new article of mine, on a subject that comes up whenever I teach workshops for small nonprofits: "Why not use Excel as my donor database?".

Donor Tracking vs. Business Intelligence

Robert Weiner

The Nonprofit Times recently published an article called Is It Donor Management Software Or Business Intelligence. The article is also included in a special report on business intelligence and a vendor list that, unfortunately, says little about how vendors are addressing this area.

Online Alumni Communities in the Age of Social Media

Robert Weiner

FYI, here's an article on using LinkedIn for alumni groups: [link]. I received the following email from a listerve. The topic of closed alumni communities versus social media is on the minds of a lot of university staff, so I'm posting this along with my response. We are on Linked In and hardly any of the alums use it.

TechSoup’s New Site Design

Robert Weiner

For example, while the home page and the search results page have been redesigned, the articles and forums have not yet been updated. TechSoup , the nonprofit tech web site where I host a discussion forum, went live with a redesigned home page over the weekend. love the new look, although it's only skin-deep. single sign-on for our U.S.

Using Prospect Research to Raise $1 Million

Robert Weiner

Margaret King, President of the InfoRich Group, has published an article on how prospect research yielded $1 million in foundation funding for one of her clients. You can read the article at [link]. The results: a 75% success rate, resulting in nearly $1 million.

TechSoup Featured in The San Francisco Chronicle

Robert Weiner

Check out the article about TechSoup in Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle. TechSoup might be shy about blowing its own horn but since I’m a volunteer, I have no such reservations. TechSoup CEO’s are interviewed as well as some local Bay Area organizations who’ve benefited from TechSoup’s programs.

Analysis of Convio’s Online Fundraising Study

Robert Weiner

She interviewed me, so of course I think the article is good. Care2’s Allyson Kapin just published an analysis of Convio’s online fundraising study (which I mentioned earlier this week ). The analysis is posted at [link].

Advice for Consultants - Part 3

Robert Weiner

writing articles. This is the third in a series of posts aimed at new consultants in the nonprofit sector. The previous posts are at Part 1 and Part 2. Make sure you have enough savings, loans, or other income to tide you over while you build your business. Figure out where you will work and what equipment you will need. get a Federal Tax ID.

Twitter Best Practices

Robert Weiner

Every day it seems like there’s a new article on how nonprofits and businesses can use Twitter for engagement, activism, marketing, and fundraising. Today’s entry comes from the Chronicle of Philanthropy, which published When Characters Count: Advice for Charities on Making the Most of Twitter. Be professional. Engage with users.

Do You Need New Donor Management Software?

Robert Weiner

Idealware just published an article by Keith Heller called Do You Need New Donor Management Software?

Trends Affecting Fundraising in 2009

Robert Weiner

You can read the full article at philanthropy.com/news/prospecting/index.php?id=6835. The Chronicle of Philanthropy is starting the year off with a list of trends they believe will affect fundraising in 2009.

Everywun Wants Your Clicks

Robert Weiner

The San Francisco Chronicle published an article about everywun.com , a new click-to-give site. The article makes this sound like a new idea, but The Hunger Site (and their later projects for breast cancer, children’s health, literacy, rain forest protection, and animal rescue) has been doing this since 1999.

Fundraising in a Bad Economy

Robert Weiner

The Association of Fundraising Professionals has posted A Survival Kit for Fundraising in a Bad Economy , which includes links to dozens of articles. read more.

So You Want to Be a Consultant?

Robert Weiner

Build a presence: Public speaking, a lot of writing of books and articles, blogging, volunteering, client referral, meet fundraising consultants if you’re a product consultant and product consultants should meet fundraising consultants, LinkedIn, Google, Facebook, apply for open jobs. The list of links she mentions is at [link].

Coping with a Troubled Economy

Robert Weiner

Some of the articles are free and some require a subscription (in most cases, you can tell because the URL contains the either the word “free&# or “premium&# ). Topics include getting creative in tough times, the job market for fundraisers, and experimenting with new ways to ensure that donations flow over the holidays. read more.

Top 10 Threats to Higher Ed Computer Systems

Robert Weiner

In his article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy titled “ Top 10 Threats to Computer Systems Include Professors and Students ,&# Jeffrey Young says. You can (and should) read the whole article at [link]. Today a growing number of network bad guys are professional criminals, and they’re looking to steal real money.

The Current Economy and Major Gifts Fundraising

Robert Weiner

The full article, including footnotes, is at [link]. I’ve previously posted resources for nonprofits coping with the economic downturn ( Coping with a Troubled Economy , Fundraising Survival Guide , Economic Effects on Philanthropy ). Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated.

The Top Five Nonprofit Articles from 2014

NonProfit Hub

Last week, we shared some of our favorite nonprofit articles that we had written in 2014. Plus, this article comes with a case study.

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112 Nonprofit Blog Posts, Articles, and Stories from 2013 You Can’t Miss.

Connection Cafe

How to Make Your Website Awesome in Seven Weeks.   It’s not a blog or an article- it’s better. Mark Hrywnda and Patrick Sullivan’s article  -   #GivingTuesday Trending and Cashing In   - on The Nonprofit Times is one of the best impact summaries I’ve seen. It’s been quite  the year. With 1.5 Checklists.

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